Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bayou Blues is here!

Bayou Blues is here! 
Sixteen year old orphan, Ava Lopez, has returned to New Orleans, Louisiana, just as a dark entity has taken residence in the Bayou. 
Not only does Ava have to discover who or what is taking its victims from the Quarter, and leaving their remains in the Bayou. 

She will also have to maneuver her way around a new school and deal with a new bodyguard. 
Ava will have to uncover the mystery before she becomes its next victim.

And you can find it at Amazon

Bayou Blues takes place a few months after Murder on Mars finishes and has its own mystery for Ava to work on.

Murder on Mars:
Sixteen year old orphan, Ava Lopez, has been called to New Orleans in search of her best friend Dyson. She discovers a series of dark crimes committed with supernatural forces and fears that Dyson may be involved. 

Shadow people fiercely haunt the city, unchallenged. Ava must discover the secret they are so determined to keep hidden and she will have to risk everything, because when the 'Fates' are involved there are no second chances. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bayou Blues Book #2 A New Orleans Mystery

Here is a excerpt from Bayou Blues! I plan on having this out shortly and can't wait to share this with you!
Bayou Blues
Sixteen year old orphan, Ava Lopez, has returned to New Orleans, Louisiana, just as a dark entity has taken residence in the bayou.
Not only does Ava have to discover who or what is taking its victims from the Quarter, and leaving their remains in the Bayou. She will also have to maneuver her way around a new school and deal with a new bodyguard.
Ava will have to uncover the mystery before she becomes its next victim.


It had been at least three years since he had left New Orleans, Louisiana and Auguste Cheval still wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision in returning. It didn’t feel right, yet he no longer had the option to stay away. His father had skipped out on him again leaving him no choice but to live with his uncle Prosper Cheval.
Uncle Prosper was absolutely crazy. He refused to live in town preferring instead to live out in the Bayou. Auguste had to make the long trek from town to his uncle’s shack each and every day, to and from his high school. Auguste attended Ben Franklin, in part thanks to his social worker, who for some reason or another seemed focused on making sure he stayed the course. His social worker Phillips believed that Auguste had the grades and the drive to excel at school; a school where nearly everyone excelled at one thing or another.
The only issue Auguste had was that a normal life could never be in the cards for him, but he wasn’t about to tell his social worker Phillips just why that was. How could he even begin to explain it?
As Auguste headed deeper into the Bayou he ventured down a narrow pathway that was nearly completely covered over with knee high marshway cordgrass. Auguste had taken the long way home as he was in no hurry to return. His uncle Prosper probably wouldn’t be there, more than likely he was out checking on his traps.
A slight sound came from his left. Something heavy was pushing through the marshway cordgrass, but Auguste couldn’t see what it was. So he waited. He didn’t want to move any further until he could see it clearly. In the light of the fading sun, Auguste held his breath as he waited to identify what moved in the cordgrass. In spite of the fact that the sun had reached the horizon, the air remained hot and humid enough to cause his clothes to stick to his body.
A man in his early forties rolled out of the cordgrass falling right in Auguste’s pathway. The man rolled until he was on his hands and knees, he lifted his head high up in the air, his chin tilted skyward and his eyes closed. He smelled the dry stillness in the air. His eyes opened and he quickly shifted toward Auguste. His eyes locked in on Auguste and his head made a rather sharp movement almost like a wolf finding the scent of his prey.
As the man’s eyes focused sharply on Auguste, a deep low growl escaped his throat. The eerie sound was so disturbing that it caused Auguste to feel ill. As the man leaned onto his back legs ready to pounce on Auguste, a wolf jumped out of the marshway cordgrass and latched onto the man’s throat, dragging him onto the ground and ripping at his flesh.
He tried to fight back, sinking his teeth into the wolf’s coat, but to no avail as the wolf tore fiercely away at him. The man screamed out in pain against the assault. Sudden silence signaled that the man had given up the fight. His body grew limp as his life began to ebb, leaving him unable to endure anymore.
The wolf turned and shifted toward Auguste, it took a step towards him with a giant paw. The wolf had an unearthly presence as its paws were large and sunk into the earth with each heavy step. Its head was slightly larger than the rest of the body giving it a disproportionate appearance. The wolf’s green eyes looked like they had seen centuries of war and chaos  and were filled with a sadness that tore at Auguste’s heart. In spite of his feelings, Auguste found the hint of darkness lurking beneath the wolf’s demeanor disturbing. It was a darkness that wouldn’t think twice about attacking Auguste and harming him, just as it had killed the man without hesitation.

 Auguste held out his arm as if to prevent it from coming any closer. As he did so, the fading sunlight illuminated the scar that ran from the outside of Auguste’s elbow to the inside of his middle forearm. The wolf sniffed at him before taking another step; then, as quickly as it had appeared, it turned and ran back into the cordgrass leaving behind the lifeless body of the man it had just killed for sport. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Guest Post: Dark Energy by John O'Riley

Guest Post

Dark Energy, is the third installment in the Grumpy Old Wizard series. It takes place in a contemporary setting in Sarasota, Florida. Like the other two books in the series, this story offers plenty of adventure and fun. In the Grumpy Old Wizard series, Josephine is a special type of wizard called a category six which involves very slow aging. Even though she is in her eighties and retired, she enjoys the body and vitality of a twenty year old. Unlike other immortals you may read about, she doesn’t behave like a youngster but instead, as an individual whose accumulate a lifetime of experience. Her two friends have recently become immortal as well so the fact that they are young forever hasn’t quite sunk in with their preconceived beliefs that they are elderly.

Josephine has a lot more fire power than the normal wizard and a few extra abilities thrown into the mix. One of her rare talents that gives her an edge with police investigations is her psychometry which is so sharp and finely tuned that she doesn’t usually have to touch an object to receive psychic impressions from it. Her best friend, Helen, is the cool-headed member of the group while Alice is a spitfire with her own area of expertise that helps Josephine to crack her cases.

In Dark Energy, Josephine discovers secrets about the Valituras that put her in harm’s way as she is a threat to their plans. The Valituras have spies everywhere and infiltrated all levels of the government. They have amassed powerful enchantments over centuries and have decided that now is the time to make their move.

Title: Dark Energy

Series: Grumpy Old Wizards (Book #3)

Author: John O’Riley

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

Publication Date: November 16th 2013

Blurb: Josephine uncovers an important secret about the Valituras, a power-hungry organization that has lived in secret for centuries. They have amassed powerful dark magic and infiltrated all levels of the government. Now that their existence is publicly exposed and Josephine’s discovery leads to the capture of more Valituras agents, they decide to make a big move and declare war against the country. Josephine scrambles to protect herself and her loved ones from this powerful foe.

As she uncovers more clues in her search to expose the hidden identities of the Valituras leaders, her boyfriend grapples with his new talent of white magic which proves to be a potent yet unreliable source of power. Even as Mark’s abilities expand, he struggles to avoid burnout which will lead to a coma and reversion back to mainstream magic. When the U.S. government’s MADA department hires him to attempt restoration of an ancient historical site, American Stone Henge, the Valituras target him for termination.

As Josephine’s psychometry brings her closer to the truth about the Valituras, she fears the answers will come too late.

About John O’Riley:

John O'Riley began writing at a very early age. In fact, he's been writing for as long as he can remember. He is an award winning writer of novels and screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.

He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper (Bishop Files/ psychic detective thrillers), Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a very friendly parakeet named Amy who helps spark his imagination.

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