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About Kayla Krantz
Kayla Krantz is an International Bestselling Author responsible for a number of novels in the genres dark fantasy, psychological horror, and supernatural thriller. She is fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all-time inspiration, mixed in with some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror, but somehow drifted into thriller and fantasy. She loves the 1988 movie, “Heathers.” Kayla was born and raised in Michigan, but traveled across the country to where she currently resides, in Texas.
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For fans of Nightmare on Elm Street and the 1989 classic Heathers comes Dead by Morning, a supernatural thriller that combines the angst of a high school drama and the gore of a nightmarish slasher.
"He was real, and he was a monster."
Obsession is deadly.
No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. Caught between the intentions of her stern father and business-minded mother, boys are the last thing on Luna’s mind, but this fact doesn’t detour mysterious bad boy Chance Welfrey from trying to gain her affection. Luna doesn’t think twice about him until girls at their high school begin to disappear. Girls who tended to hurt her.
Girls she wished would disappear.
When she receives a call from a long-lost friend, normalcy goes out the window as she’s plunged into the paranormal. There’s a world beneath the surface of the unconscious mind, and the killer knows how to navigate it. Luna is in danger and although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.
*Rated for mature adult themes and depictions of violence*
Kindle Book Awards 2021 Semi-Finalist in Horror/Suspense
It was all in the name of science. Now someone has to clean up the mess.
Stan Armstrong dedicated his entire life to science. Branded as a maverick and a risk-taker by his colleagues, his unorthodox experiments and outlandish theories of time and space resulted in loss of funding and ultimately, his termination from tenure at the university where he’d spent his entire career.
Stan’s insatiable quest to explore extreme hypotheses and to prove the unproven were matched only by his neurotic lust to peel back the mysterious layers of time and space to expose the hidden secrets of the universe. Determined to continue his work at all costs, he uproots the life he once knew, liquidates his assets and builds his own lab on a desolate twenty-four-acre rural property in Devil’s Gulch, Utah, no longer bound by government regulation or the prying eyes of small-minded administrators.
Whether born from his profound love for science, or his enormous ego, Stan unintentionally unleashes something sinister in Devil’s Gulch—something that was never meant to walk this Earth.
Sinister Smile Press presents Devil’s Gulch, a horror novel written by Claire Brown, Matthew A. Clarke, T.M. Morgan, Chris Wilkerson, Chisto Healy, Kayla Krantz, Jon Miller, T.M. Brown, Mark Young, Bridgett Nelson, R.E. Sargent and Steven Pajak.
Lilith Lace, a witch thought to be born powerless, happily resides in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, until she suddenly develops telekinesis, an ability only seen in some witches born in Mentis, the Coven of the Mind. She's terrified of it, unsure who she can trust. Her best friends, Helena and Clio, are hot and cold about what she can do, leaving Lilith even more unsure about her future.
At her Arcane Ceremony, the truth comes out.
When the Council learns what she can do, she’s taken under their wing and is finally told the truth—everything she’s learned about the Land of Five, herself included, have been nothing but lies.
Second place winner for best fantasy in Metamorph Publishing's 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards (#SIBA)
**Winner of the 2019 Fiction - Fantasy Pencraft Award of Literary Excellence**
Golden Squirrel Awards 2019: Best Fantasy (Silver Award)
"Features a strong leading female role coming into her own, a whole lot of magic, and witches all shrouded in mystery. I'll be reading the rest of the trilogy!" - C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author
"This is a very enjoyable YA story about a witch discovering her powers as well as her hidden past." -Maya Daniels, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Lots of magic and conflicting personalities, a secretive Council, a shady Matriarch, and witch covens who are not what they seem make this novel so much more than just another ya story. If you enjoy magical adventures, strong heroines, and intriguing plots - this book is for you!" -Nikki Landis, Award Winning and Amazon Bestselling Author
Murdered by her rival, Chance Welfrey, left Luna with the impression that she would be forced to live forever in Purgatory. After being offered a deal by Morpheus, the God of Dreams, Luna is given a second chance at life. Back on Earth, she can’t speak due to the healing injuries that killed her, and she finds herself in police custody as the primary suspect in the murders of her friend, Amy, and mother, Rose.
But Luna isn’t the only one to make a miraculous recovery. With the help of Cody and his compound, Chance is also given a second shot at life using ex-Keeper Reese as a vessel. Tasked with his own mission to stop Luna from succeeding and to find the perfect vessel for Epiales, the God of Nightmares, Chance and Luna will once again partake in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Except this time, the consequences could bring about the end of the world.
What could be a worse feeling than that?
After 18-year-old Sam gets an invitation for a free vacation in the mail, she hops on the opportunity despite her mother's pleas not to go. With the realization that her best friends have all been invited as well, she's sure she made the right choice. Once they board the fancy cruise ship however, things aren't as luxurious as they had seemed.
Passengers start to disappear and once the ship lands on a deserted island, Sam and her friends are left on their own to figure out why. Faced with a deadly predicament, they have to learn to survive amid a mass of nightmare creatures all out for the taste of her blood. With the help of a handsome yet suspicious island native, Sam must figure out how to get back to the mainland before she's trapped on the island forever.
With memories of her dead family and friends haunting her, Luna Ketz tries to untangle her life from the hold Chance has had on her over the past four years, but it’s harder than she thought. In death his secrets are revealed, plunging Luna into the mind of the man who ruined her life. Thoughts of her soon-to-be-born baby only bring to mind its monstrous father. Haunted by a new set of dreams, Luna fears her baby will grow up to be a carbon copy of him.
She battles to keep hold of her sanity as she loses a grip on the world around her. The dead begin to speak, and she can’t possibly ignore them. With Chance whispering evil deeds in her ear, she treads a trail she never thought she would venture and must rely on her worst enemy to help her conquer her biggest trial yet—herself.
*Warning: This book contains content that may be disturbing to some.*
Upon waking in the cabin of her nightmares, Luna discovers she is caught in limbo between the waking world and the dead. There she is reunited with her loved ones, but it comes at a price—she has lost herself to the darkness inside her. Desperate to save her baby and herself from a war that threatens to destroy them all, Luna submits to the mercy of her long time enemy, Chance Welfrey, with the hope that his knowledge will be enough to save them from certain destruction.
Cody, desperate to save the leader of his compound from a deadly sickness, is tasked with tracking Luna down. After finding her in the midst of Purgatory, he enlists Chance’s help by cashing in a favor. Reluctantly, Chance calls on Reese and together, they unblock Luna’s magic. Desperate to stop Luna and Chance from spilling anymore blood, Keepers Amy and Max go on a journey of their own where they learn a secret about the deadly duo’s child.
He may be the key to saving them all.
After her high school experience, Luna Ketz moved on. She's in college, studying to be a doctor, and lives an hour away from her old home in Lima, Ohio--where the worst of her memories lie. Three years have passed since her friend Violet's death and the thought of that day in the woods hasn't left her mind once. Every week, she visits the hospital where Chance Welfrey remains in a coma. She tries to move on...wants to move on...until once again, she receives a phone call from Max Cazmea warning her that things may not be over just yet.
Chance, having recovered from his recent coma, shows up on her doorstep. He has found a way into Luna's life that she cannot escape--he's dating her roommate, Amanda Grey. Back in her life once more, Chance has a list, and everyone on it ends up dead. As things escalate, Luna finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse that will take all of her wits to survive.
*Warning: This book contains content that may be disturbing to some including sexual abuse and graphic violence.*
As the number of local murders rises, Sam’s and Lance’s secrets are at risk of being exposed. With the help of a blossoming young witch, Sam and Lance must find a way to stop Clyde once and for all before his new thirst for blood condemns them all to death.
Just when they think their lives can finally go back to normal, their biggest problem yet emerges. After learning of the East Coast Pack’s existence, they’ve done their best to lay low, but Riley, brother to the leader of the pack, is urgent to find his girlfriend—recently changed vampire, Ruby. As Riley digs deeper into her disappearance, he comes closer to uncovering the truth about Luxury Island.
Desperate to keep Ruby’s hiding place a secret, Sam and Lance travel back to where it all began with the hope of saving her. What they find when they arrive makes all their unpleasant memories of the island seem like a daydream. There is a new source of evil on the island. One who is desperate for revenge against all werewolves, Sam and Lance included.
Everything’s changing. Friends are becoming enemies and enemies are becoming friends. Will Lilith finally get to the bottom of her past among the ranks of The Elemental Coven or will they hurt her worse than anything she’s encountered so far?