Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law

Mark Souza

Horror / Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

It started at a smoky bar, a conversation with a beautiful woman, a night in her bed. Private Detective Murphy McEvoy can’t believe his luck. But for some, when things go too well, there is a reckoning, a balancing of the cosmic scales, and Murphy is one of those people.It started at a smoky bar, a conversation with a beautiful woman, a night in her bed. Private Detective Murphy McEvoy can’t believe his luck. But for some, when things go too well, there is a reckoning, a balancing of the cosmic scales, and Murphy is one of those people.Janine Johnson is a woman down on her luck, escaping something and new to town. When Murphy receives a desperate call and finds Janine beaten, he realizes what she's fleeing from and sets out to help her. But nothing is that easy.
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Welcome to Dunvegas

Welcome to Dunvegas

Mark Souza

Horror / Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Welcome to Dunvegas, an out-of-the-ordinary Las Vegas casino/resort. Catering to a preternatural crowd, Dunvegas hosts the annual ParaPleasures Expo, the largest trade show on Earth dedicated to the pampering and pleasuring of vampires, weres, dragons, Fae, mages, and everything in between. What's your pleasure? Find it in the pages of this anthology.Welcome to Dunvegas, an out-of-the-ordinary Las Vegas casino/resort modeled after an ancient Scottish castle. Dunvegas is unlike any other casino on The Strip. It caters to a preternatural crowd and plays host to the annual ParaPleasures Expo, the largest trade show on Earth dedicated solely to the pampering and pleasuring of vampires, weres, dragons, Fae, mages, and everything in between. The stories in this book take place in a roughly chronological order and contain connecting elements, but you do not need to read them all to appreciate the individual tales.So pack light (Dunvegas has everything you could ever need) and confirm your reservation. The concierge desk is just beyond the fangs and hellhounds that guard the portcullis. Just keep your arms and legs inside as you cross the moat—the mermaids and the Kraken aren’t just for show. They’re real.And it’s feeding time.Authors and stories include: 1. Things Are Popping Up In Dunvegas, Part 1 by S.J. Willing2. Touch Not The Ungloved Cat by Carolan Ivey3. Never Too Late by Xakara4. Things Are Popping Up In Dunvegas, Part 2 by S.J. Willing5. I Dream of Desi by Jenna Leigh6. NightMare in Dunvegas by Sela Carsen7. Vegas Magic by Ember Case8. The Big Bad Wolf by Bianca D’Arc9. Dunvegas: Alien Attack by Jody Wallace10. Things Are Popping Up In Dunvegas, Part 3 by S.J. Willing
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Second Honeymoon

Second Honeymoon

Mark Souza

Horror / Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

When Jack Duncan finds out his wife changed the terms of her life insurance policy, he’s not a happy man. Instead of a cash payout, he gets a clone. His wife is back and all his planning has gone for naught.When Jack Duncan finds out his wife changed the terms of her life insurance policy, he’s not a happy man. Instead of a cash payout, he gets a clone. His wife is back and all his planning has gone for naught.He is tasked with helping her adjust and re-assume her life. But maybe all is not lost. Perhaps she will have problems adjusting. Maybe she'll commit suicide.
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Appliances Included

Appliances Included

Mark Souza

Horror / Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

How scary can appliances be?For Mary and Lou Givens, their first house is the deal of a lifetime. And when the family cat disappears, rumors of their home’s past percolate to the surface.How scary can appliances be?For Mary and Lou Givens, their first house is the deal of a lifetime. And when the family cat disappears, rumors of their home’s past percolate to the surface.People have been disappearing from the Given’s house for decades, never to be seen again. Are the rumors true, and what does it mean if they are? If only the house’s appetite could be quelled with a cat - but the family pet was only an appetizer and things quickly go from bad to worse. Sometimes the scariest places on Earth don’t look scary at all. Sometimes a haunted house looks just like the house next door. And every now and again, the haunted house is the one you live in.If you can recall the vacuous adrenaline rush of having a child disappear at a department store, if you’ve ever been accused of something you didn’t do, then this is a story that will strike home.
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The Diary of Horatio White

The Diary of Horatio White

Mark Souza

Horror / Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Corporal Horatio White knows firsthand how General McClellan lost the Battle at Antietam Creek during the Civil War. Though the Union Army outnumbered Lee’s forces two to one and had the element of surprise, the battle would take a shocking turn.Corporal Horatio White knows firsthand how General McClellan lost the Battle at Antietam Creek during the Civil War. Though the Union Army outnumbered Lee’s forces two to one and had the element of surprise, the battle would take a shocking turn. After surviving the horrors of a full day of battle, Corporal White discovers the horror has only just begun. Despite being sworn to secrecy, White reveals the details of that day.
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Cupid's Maze

Cupid's Maze

Mark Souza

Horror / Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

A short story - Sean has popped the question and dreads the drive across the bleak Kansas landscape on Valentine's Day to announce his intentions to his fiancee Janet's parents. When he sees a sign for a corn maze, he pulls in for a momentary reprieve. Little does he know what a mistake he's made.Hiding her powers was never a problem for seventeen-year-old Graylee Perez. Not until her diabolical twin sister decided to go on a rampage that could expose them all or get someone hurt.  To add to the aggravation, coven reject Raj McKenna catches Gray performing a complex spell and is convinced they would make a powerful couple. He can delude himself all he wants. Gray has sworn off dating warlocks, especially delinquents who play with fire.  But even Gray’s mysterious death won’t deter Raj, not after Gray is brought back from the great beyond. Only she’s not truly back. Her body’s still six feet under and she’s on borrowed time. There are forces threatening Gray’s existence and a powerful wizard willing to help . . . for a price. Gray doesn’t know who to trust or how long she has left before she vanishes for good, but she’s determined to stick around no matter what the cost.
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