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About Lauryn Christopher
I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, and looking for clues in the ordinary behavior of my friends and family. Then I graduated to the Alfred Hitchcock school of mysteries, where innocent people were often caught up in situations that were beyond their worst imaginings. That led to police procedurals, and "whodunits" and a whole slew of other figure-it-out reading.
Much as I loved solving the mysteries, I often wondered about the shadowy characters who perpetrated the crimes. The people who had gone over to the "dark side." So I decided that while I'll often write stories from the point of view of the problem-solvers, I'd also write some from the criminal's point of view as well -- they're not always who (or what) you might expect. I hope you enjoy exploring what makes these characters tick as much as I have.
-- Lauryn Christopher
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Deception awaits around the next curve in the road. Rumors spread over garden hedges, fishing ponds, and knitting circles. Neighborhood cats discover a boneyard.
And when Death strolls through the tranquil countryside or checks into the quaint village inn for the weekend, it's the intrepid - and often accidental - investigators who must find and decipher clues, unravel mysteries, and bring the killer to justice.
Includes stories by John M. Floyd, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Annie Reed, Lauryn Christopher, C.C. Guthrie, Joseph S. Walker, Margaret S. Hamilton, Ben Harshman, C.J. Mattison, Clifford Royal Johns, D.T. Langdale, Kelly Zimmer, Merrilee Robson, N.K. Wardley, and Ursula Hoult. Edited by Lyn Worthen
Drift away on the muted, sepia tones of memory, through stories layered with tradition and nostalgia.
Contains stories by Melissa McShane, Anthea Lawson, Lauryn Christopher, Rebecca M. Senese, Susan J. Kroupa, Brenda Carre, M.J. Stoumbos, Kat Farrow, Chrissy Wissler, and Pamela Love. Edited by Lyn Worthen.
Contains stories by Annie Reed, Rebecca M. Senese, L.D.B. Taylor, Lauryn Christopher, C.J. Mattison, Katharina Gerlach, Kelly Zimmer, Michele Bazan Reed, R.W. Wallace, and Sarah Czarnecki. Edited by Lyn Worthen.
Table of Contents
“Murmuration of a Darkening Sea” by Lee Allred
“Swimming on the Grass” by David Stier
“Get Inside” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Dark Queen” by J. F. Penn
“Fear in Black and White” by Dory Crowe
“A Fall of Life and Death” by Michael Kowal
“High Places” by Laura Ware
“Legs” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
“Power Outage” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“The Taste of Red” by T. Thorn Coyle
“The Playground of Lost Children” by Erik Lynd
“Tin Can Man” by Annie Reed
“Piggyback” by Robert T. Jeschonek
“The Well” by Lauryn Christopher
“Mechanical Advantage” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Visit” by Anthea Lawson
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“The Four Thirty-Five” by Annie Reed
“Bertie’s Choice” by Jamie McNabb
“Mirror Skillz” by Dave Raines
“Holding the Door” by Elliotte Rusty Harold
“Trees” by Diana Benedict
“The Blood is on the Wall” by Felicia Fredlund
“The Glass Girl” by Leah Cutter
“Breaking Kayfabe” by Kelly Washington
“Lemonade and Larceny” by Lauryn Christopher
“First Day, Every Day” by M. L. Buchman
“Touch” by Michael Kowal
“The Rock of Ages” by Ron Collins
“He Saw” by Dan C. Duval
“Bad Dates Bite” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“No Farther” by Laura Ware
Take stories detailing all the nastiest parts of human behavior, from theft to murder to mayhem, throw in some of the “lesser” darkness that humans can provide during the holidays, and assemble them into one volume—welcome to Bloody Christmas.
These stories, dark and vicious, form the perfect antidote to the holiday season’s sugary sweetness. So, consider this the savory part of the holidays for those whose reading tastes get darker in the darkest part of the year.
As Alfred Hitchcock used to say, read these stories with the lights on—and the doors locked, curtains drawn, and protective gear at hand. One never knows what lurks in the darkness.
“Asking For It” by C.H. Hung
“Some Folks Just Need Killin’” by Lauryn Christopher
“A Crafty Affair” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“A Hidden Gift” by Meyari McFarland
“The Perfect Gift” by Robert Cutchin
“Why Don’t You Make Gingerbread?” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“A Killer Party” by Annie Reed
“Wild Nights and New Roads” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Sister Silence Night” by Michael Warren Lucas
“Bobo” by Ron Collins
“Christmas Dessert” by Juliet Nordeen
From old books, to vinyl records, antique mirrors, vintage figurines, or a Bob’s Big Boy piggy bank, curses have no limits.
Featuring stories from D.J. Butler, Joy Auburn, Martin L. Shoemaker, Jessica Guernsey, John D. Payne, Jen Bair, Karen Pellett, Steve Ruskin, Tanya Hales, Lauren Lang, Frank Morin, Mike Jack Stoumbous, Kelly Lynn Colby, Jace Killan, Jo Schneider, Gama Ray Martinez, Martin Greening, Chris Abela, A.J. Mayall, Heidi A. Wilde, Shannon Fox, Lauryn Christopher, and Mark Leslie.
These are stories of everyday women. Humble women. Not the ones endowed with god-like talents. These women have ordinary jobs. Take care of their families. Their friends.
Until something happens. It may be terrible. It may be a light-hearted crime.
It isn't the expected heroes or heroines who save the day.
But rather, these unexpected heroines who no one has even noticed before.
They are the ones who step forward.
Come dip into this wonderful collection of heart-warming tales of simple, or not so simple, justice. You'll be glad you did.
And maybe you will start to see the unexpected heroine among the women in your life.
Liz, Deb, Mikki, Anna, and Meg believe they know everything about each other -- but one of them carries too many secrets -- secrets that tear at her heart and eat at her friendships. Secrets she will kill to protect.
The quick assignment in Charleston promised to be a simple job - but the target's dying words changed everything. A human trafficking operation has been smuggling teenage girls into the country.
The target offers Meg a new contract: avenge her death, shut down the operation, and save the girls.
The first hit was easy. Working for a dead woman turned out to be much more complicated.
Whether you’re traditional, indie, or hybrid; a journalist, novelist, or blogger, we hope their stories provide encouragement for you, wherever you are in your journey toward publication.
The stories in this compelling volume traverse an emotional rollercoaster. Some revenge stories uplift, while the very darkest stories shine a light on the disturbing underbelly of human nature.
But heroism—or at least an attempt to do the right thing—provides hope.
So, brace yourself for a swirl of emotions—and some dark and deadly passions.