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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
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.
"Thief" by Michael Kowal
"Death's Other Cousin" by Lisa Silverthorne
"Making Amends" by David Stier
"Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time" by Dayle A. Dermatis
"The Goddess Killer" by Lauryn Christopher
"Love Locks" by Dale Hartley Emery
"Love Bots" by Dæmon Crowe
"Loving Abby" by Angela Penrose
"Foiled" by Brigid Collins
"A Love to Remember" by Tonya D. Price
"The Refurbished Companion" by Kelly Washington
"The Secret of Catnip" by Stefon Mears
"Lifeblood" by Alexandra Brandt
"Who Loves the Unloved?" by Laura Ware
"Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home" by Joe Cron
"Truth and Lies" by David H. Hendrickson
"With Love in Their Hearts" by Robert Jeschonek
"Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful" by Annie Reed
"The Fiction River series is a wonderful mind-expanding read..."
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.
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.
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.
When a friend is accused of murdering her deadbeat ex-husband - a man Meg had on her hit-list for reasons of her own - Meg Harrison sets aside her usual paid assassin's role and takes it on herself to discover what really happened.
But what begins as a routine inquiry dredges up long-buried memories, forcing Meg to deal with her own demons while simultaneously hunt for a man her instincts tell her might not really be dead.
Can Meg reverse-engineer the murderer's scheme and bring down the real killer before her friend becomes their next victim?
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
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.
- Lemonade and Larceny
When a silly law forbids Effie Birmingham from practicing her trade as a psychic, she feels obliged to break it!
- A Little Casual BlackmaiA housewife's eavesdropping on the neighbors escalates from entertainment to entrepreneurship...
- The Goddess Killer
Tommy has to choose which of the women in his life - his mother, his wife, or his daughter - he loves the best.
- The Man in the Gabardine Suit
Who was the "man in the gabardine suit" from the Simon & Garfunkel song? Why was he on that bus in the first place?
- Mistletoe and Murder
When the members of a highly dysfunctional family are snowed-in for the holidays, tempers flare, secrets are revealed, and someone's bound to die...
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.