A Warrior’s Nightmare


Jessica is excited about starting college in the fall, already enrolled at the University of Oregon. Every year for as long as she can remember, she has enjoyed spending a week camping with her father before school started, but this year is special because her best friends are coming with them. She has no way to know they will all be walking into a nightmare straight out of a horror movie.

Eighteen years before, Jessica’s mother died under mysterious circumstances right after giving birth to her. Her dad refuses to speak about it, though his eyes grow haunted every time the subject comes up. All Jessica knows is that it was a violent death. Her answers will come from a stranger, one who knows far more than he should.

Nethaniel is a Lycaeonian from the planet Laizahlia, a wolf shapeshifter. He is taking his first trip off world with his…

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A WARRIOR’S NIGHTMARE (Immortal Warriors book 3)

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Jessica is excited about starting college in the fall, already enrolled at the University of Oregon. Every year for as long as she can remember, she has enjoyed spending a week camping with her father before school started, but this year is special because her best friends are coming with them. She has no way to know they will all be walking into a nightmare straight out of a horror movie.

Eighteen years before, Jessica’s mother died under mysterious circumstances right after giving birth to her. Her dad refuses to speak about it, though his eyes grow haunted every time the subject comes up. All Jessica knows is that it was a violent death. Her answers will come from a stranger, one who knows far more than he should.

Nethaniel is a Lycaeonian from the planet Laizahlia, a wolf shapeshifter. He is taking his first trip off world with his father when he runs across Jessica fly fishing at the lake. Though it shouldn’t be possible, he recognizes her immediately as his fated mate. Unfortunately, Nethaniel’s father has enemies, and three have followed them to Earth, vengeance on their minds. Jessica and her friends are considered little more than collateral damage.




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The Coven Murders opens with a horrifying account of a ritual Black Mass with a human sacrifice in an abandoned church. Twenty-one years later, near an old ruined church in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team discover the skeleton of a young woman. But what seems initially to be a straightforward case, brings the team into conflict with a powerful Satanist who has plans to offer up to Satan another human sacrifice on the evening of the great Illuminati feast of Lughnasa.

Amazon Reviews:
“Yes, it is frightening. And yes, it is disturbing. But then, it is always frightening and disturbing when men are willing to go to any lengths to fulfill their personal ambitions, regardless of the consequences. This book will keep your eyes glued to the page until the very end. I highly recommend it, along with the first two in the series, and hope Brian O’Hare has more in the works!”
“The Coven Murders is a brilliantly crafted mystery that left me on the edge of my seat right up to the last page.”
My Review:
Five out of five stars
This story caught and held my full attention from the very first scene. I felt like I was right there with the characters as they struggled to comprehend an enemy with ties to the supernatural realm. I’m not sure this is one you’ll want to read at night however. Made me want to look over my shoulder a time or two, afraid the devil himself might be after me. Whether you enjoy murder mysteries or paranormal genres, I guarantee you’ll connect with The Coven Murders. A solid five out of five stars. Brian O’hare is definitely one of my favorite new authors.


The Winds of Revolution by Mark Conte

The Winds of Revolution by [Conte, Mark]

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The haunting love story of a young American sailor who falls in love with a girl battling Batista’s evil regime in pre-revolutionary Cuba, this is a fascinatingly accurate snapshot of time and place that will both intrigue and move the reader.

The author has drawn on his own experience of pre-revolution Cuba to set history straight, weaving together fact and fiction. Telling the story of a young American sailor’s ill-starred passionate love for an older woman fighting in Castro’s revolutionary army, historical figures are introduced to paint a graphic picture of the mood of the times and the harsh reality of prevailing living conditions, against which the people of Cuba so valiantly rebelled. The tragedy and the triumph are masterfully set forth, leaving the question as to why the rest of the world so disastrously misunderstood the events that led an entire people to reject the cruelty and abject poverty imposed upon them by a heartless dictator and to wholeheartedly support perhaps the one man who could have united them and saved Cuba for its people.
Fidel Castro’s moving speech at his trial under the repressive Batista regime is a graphic testament to a troubled time, but has been largely ignored in the U.S. Included in the fascinating factual section at the back, it makes this book a very important documentary piece, which coupled with the poignant love story at its heart deserves to be read by discerning readers everywhere.

My Review:

Five out of five stars

Having visited Cuba for mission work in the past, I was very interested in reading this story about pre-revolutionary Cuba. I found the Cuban people to be a warm and extremely friendly group, but I also picked up how difficult life is for them. Downright scary at times. Those of us who live in the States can’t imagine how hard life is for a majority of the people there.

Mark Conte has managed to work a little magic by blending reality with fiction in this story. I picked up some of the Cuba I learned about firsthand told through the eyes of a young sailor who falls in love with an older Cuban woman. There is definitely a love story being told here, but also so much more.

The writing is well edited and easy to follow, told in such a way that I felt like I was right there with the characters. I admire the author for not only giving us a realistic view of Cuba and her wonderful people, but also a realistic look back at history. Kudos.

I think there is something to be found in The Winds of Revolution for every reader, whether you are interested in romance or a just a peek at a piece of history. I definitely recommend it and will look forward to more by Mark Conte.

The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali

The Devil's Lieutenant by [Jamali, Shervin]

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In the blink of an eye, Michael loses his family. As his life spirals out of control with grief, he is presented with the possibility that their souls might be trapped in Hell. Michael is a good man, a moral man, forced to do terrible things.

Thus begins an unimaginable and nightmarish journey to rescue his family from the depths of Hell, with the Devil as the puppet master pulling his strings.

My review:

The Devil’s Lieutenant is a fast-paced story that managed to hold my interest enough to read in one sitting. It’s about a man who loses his wife and son to a terrible accident and then falls into deep despair, basically trying to drink himself to death. One night Lucifer shows up to inform Michael his family is suffering in hell and he needs Michael to perform a task for him if he wants any hope of rescuing them.

The plot description caught my interest right away as I was curious what type of task Lucifer could have for a man. I did groan a bit at the start with the abrupt changes in the time line. This continues throughout the story and though I’m not sure I cared for it, I did eventually settle in. What Lucifer asks of Michael was interesting and unique. I can’t say I’ve ever read anything quite like it, so kudos to the author for coming up with something original. In today’s world, this is extremely difficult.

I do feel the characters and the story needed to be fleshed out a little more. Though it’s a novella, I personally think it would have worked better as a full novel. I wanted to get inside the character’s head better, feel his pain for myself instead of sitting on the outside looking in. I received hints of awesome with his portrayal of the devil character, but it could have been so much more. The action scenes were interesting. I’m usually groaning because the pace is too slow and I end up skimming, but here, except for one scene with the KKK, I actually craved more detail. It’s hard to explain what I mean without giving anything away. You’ll have to read it for yourself. From the other reviews, most readers were extremely happy with the character development and pace, so I have to assume I’m in the minority here.

I do recommend readers give this story a look. It’s a good, fast-paced read at a more than reasonable price of .99. I think the author is talented and I’ll look forward to reading more by him.



Ghost Warrior (Immortal Warriors Book 2) by [Holm, Denna]



Amanda Cross survives one nightmare only to face another. She’d always thought of herself as a strong woman, but her many trials on the hostile planet Lavina almost break her. After her rescue, it should be an easy decision to return home to Earth, but she didn’t count on her attraction to the tall, handsome shapeshifter.

Tallyn’s parents rule the most powerful werewolf pack on Laizahlia. As heir to the crown, they expect him to mate with a strong female, but he can’t deny his attraction to the short, curvy woman from Earth. He suspects there is more to Amanda than first meets the eye. To learn what, he must first convince her to trust him enough to remain on Laizahlia.

Calem has waited centuries to right a wrong done to his mate and only daughter. Their deaths nearly destroyed him, but he sees a chance for redemption through Amanda. Tallyn was right to ask for Calem’s help, because he is the only one who can guide the petite female toward her destiny. Calem is determined to protect Amanda from facing the same fate as his mate and daughter, even if it ends up costing him his own life.



The Winners of the 2016 Crimson Cloak short story writing competition, along with a selection of the best runners-up, are presented here in a compilation volume entitled THE RIDER.
Writers were asked to write a story of 1500-3000 words based around a stock picture showing a hooded rider in a fantasy landscape. The standard was so high that judging proved very difficult: in fact, first prize was a tie between talented writers Dawn McCracken and Ricky German. Third prize was won by David A. Jones after a tiebreak involving authors James Bruce and Denna Holm.

Buy this book to read the cream of the crop.

Victims of Vanity, Ricky German JOINT FIRST PRIZE
The Crimson Crown, Dawn McCracken JOINT FIRST PRIZE
Of Malice and Magic, David A. Jones THIRD PRIZE
The Good Exile’s Grub, by James Bruce
Spirit Ride, Denna Holm
The Awakening, Nikki Broadwell
What You Wish For, Keith and Jess Flaherty
Ruby’s Return, Rosalyn Kelly
The Switch, Debbie Proulx
Tor Donnach, D.J. Reid
Gray Riders, Rick Stepp-Bolling
Lady Shalamaine, Veronica Taylor
Tineria, Paul Thurston







The judges for the competition are Veronica Castle, Lynne North and Clive West.

Carly McCracken, proprietor of Crimson Cloak will be keeping track of the lists, without judges knowing which story belongs to who.

* Veronica Castle is the chief editor of Crimson Cloak Publishing and loves stories with a good solid structure to them.

* Lynne North is an author of several books and Marketing Manager of Crimson Cloak Publishing.

* Clive West is a busy commercial writer as well as author of a number of books including the blockbuster white-collar crime story, The Road.

First Prize – $150 (this will be increased if there are a high number of entries so watch this space)
Second Prize – $100
Third Prize – $50
Runner Ups – Free entry into the next competition

Competition opening date – Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Competition closing date – Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Lower word limit (minimum) – 1,500
Upper word limit (maximum) – 3,000
Entries are welcome from all countries but must be written in English.

Please look carefully at the picture – there are several key features which stand out, these being:
•    The hooded rider
•    The horse with red eyes
•    The body hanging from the gibbet
•    The castle with its single tower
•    The high mountain in the background
•    The lake, sea, loch, or fjord (etc)

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CRIMSON TIMELINES BY 13 Crimson Cloak Publishing authors

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Crimson Timelines is an anthology of engaging stories weaving paths in time and the mind. Enjoy a stroll through the fourth dimension with these diverse authors. A great read with wide appeal.

  1. Stepping out of the Holocube by Janice Clark– A clever paradox story. 
  2. Life Within a Stone by Madeline Dow
  3. The Lighthouse by Glennyce Eckersley– A couple tour a fascinating lighthouse, only to later discover it has been in ruins for years  …
  4. Captain Tom’s Trophy Time Safaris by TW Embry– An escape to the past has unexpected consequences.
  5. Second Chance by Denna Holm– Gillian had longed for years to see her lost daughter and husband again. Could her prayers have been answered?
  6. The Certain Path by W.H. Matlack– An antiques expert stumbles upon a mysterious “watch” that appears to be able to turn back time …
  7. The Grass is Always Greener by Lynne North– One should be careful
    when transporting oneself to the past …
  8. The Man on the Beach by Rodney Page– A mysterious encounter proves life-affirming for a despairing man.
  9. The Tattoo by Esma Race– A window in time helps a mother to keep her promise.
  10. A Mother’s Love by P.J. Roscoe– Bittersweet memories of an often-absent parent.
    A story with a twist.
  11. Mail by Patrick Shanahan– Unravels the consequences of a late-delivered letter.
  12. Vladimir Lazorav is Missing by Patrick Shanahan
  13. In the presence of time by Sean Tate– Time is a mysterious thing, that catches up to us in the end …

You can learn more about these authors and other wonderful books here at Crimson Cloak Publishing.

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EDO BLOOD by Don McCann

Edo Blood by [McCann, Don]

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When a present-day student, on a field trip to Kagoshima, Japan, found an ancient scroll in an abandoned monastery, he unlocked a dark secret that had lain hidden for over 1400 years. As he followed what turned out to be a trail of scrolls all across Japan and China and back, he was shocked to find himself reading about a 16th century feudal lord named Mitsui Hamada—a woman!

Except there were no female feudal lords in 16th century Japan.

Mitsui’s dark history began with a vow of vengeance, then faded into a sweet promise of love. But that promise was torn asunder as that love was ripped from her grasp in one horrific moment. Plunged headlong back into her nightmare of revenge, her enemy’s destruction was the only thing that would satisfy her. At that moment, she embarked on a twisted journey which sent her fleeing her homeland in pursuit of ancient knowledge. At the end of Mitsui’s bloody journey waited an enemy more dangerous and powerful than she could ever imagine.

But, none of this was Mitsui’s secret.

Mitsui’s darkest secret—only told in the scrolls—was that she was a vampire. But, in this tale of blood and vengeance, Mitsui’s was not the only secret . . .



Wow! That about sums up my feelings about this novel. I had a real love-hate relationship going on while reading Edo Blood and actually fought with myself a bit over the stars afterward. I was almost ready to give it four stars, but then the truth is, I couldn’t put this story down, finding it completely captivating. Anything that gives me that kind of rush, the “I’ve got to finish this” deserves nothing less than five stars. So now I’ll get down to the review itself.

At the start of this story, Mitsui is a very young girl in 16th Century Japan, a male oriented society. Her father (a Samurai warrior) is a bully, who ends up raising another bully in Mitsui’s brother. But her brother attacks the wrong boy at school one day, one younger than him, and he is defeated, his father left humiliated. Shamed, their father sends his son to a monastery and then begins to devote his time to training his young daughter. He doesn’t do this because he loves her. He does it because he doesn’t have another son to train. Mitsui puts all the blame for what happened to her family on the shoulders of the boy who defeated her brother, not aware of the circumstances that initiated it. She is determined to train hard and become a strong enough warrior herself one day to kill this boy, vengeance all that matters to her.

Kenji is the young boy who defeated Mitsui’s older brother, but he doesn’t have any idea what happened to Mitsui’s brother or that she grows up hating him. Kenji is a smart young man devoted to his training. He eventually ends up being in charge of the Daimyo’s personal guard, a great honor for a young man.

The story mainly alternates between Kenji and Mitsui, both of them living separate lives, though we know they will eventually come together at some future point. Then we have the vampire element added in, which is completely different from any other type of vampire story I’ve ever read. I’ve held a lifelong fascination with vampires, be they the evil kind, the good kind, or even the sparkly types. Doesn’t matter, I like them all. But this story is unique, a little evil and a little something I can’t quite figure out. What I do know is that once I started reading, I had a tough time trying to put this book down, and it’s one of those rare stories that stays with you long after you finish it. I have a feeling most readers are going to be just as spellbound. Such a wonderful, realistic view of Japan. I can’t give it high enough praise.

So, why the conflict with stars? The author has a way of getting the reader straight inside the character’s head, a talent I wish more authors had. It allows us to experience it firsthand right along with the characters we’re following. Unfortunately, there are a few places where we go off on little side stories, such as with the father of Mitsui. It’s all wonderfully written, but it took me away from the two characters I wanted to know better, Kenji and Mitsui. As a standalone book I would probably have preferred these scenes to be cut. But, because this is a series, I’m assuming these extra bits of information will probably be needed for future books. Regardless, the story is awesome, with vivid descriptions that I swear takes us right to Japan and the era involved.

Am I going to buy the next one? You bet, can’t wait. If you like vampire stories, I’m willing to bet you’ll like this one too. If you like martial arts, you’re going to love this, vampires or not. The same if you enjoy the history of Japan and Samurai warriors. I feel the author either has firsthand experience living in Japan, or he did a bang up job studying Japan’s history before he put pen to paper. Either way, kudos, I’m impressed.