THE NINTH CIRCLE by Brendan Deneen

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Brendan Deneen
Permuted Press
Publication Date: January 2014
Trade Paperback ISBN: 9781618681904
E-Book ISBN: 9781618681911

THE NINTH CIRCLE is the debut dark fantasy/horror novel set in a creepy travelling circus written by Brendan Deneen.

About Brendan Deneen
After a successful career in the film industry, Brendan Deneen joined Macmillan Entertainment, where he’s edited a string of popular titles including The Walking Dead novels by Robert Kirkman. Deneen is also the author of several comic book series, including Flash Gordon, Casper the Friendly Ghost, the critically acclaimed Scatterbrain series, as well as the graphic novel Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys. He also has film and TV projects in development at MGM, Legendary Pictures, The Weinstein Company, and others. Deneen was named to the Studio System News “Hottest Book Film Dealmakers to Watch” list, and you can check out his recent interview with MediaBistro here.

Inspired by Dante’s Inferno and drawing on works like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, THE NINTH CIRCLE follows the adventures of Dan, a 16-year-old runaway, as he travels with a circus through nine states. The Ringmaster guides Dan through this magical world, and soon Dan has fallen deeply in love with the circus life…and with the Bearded Lady. But the circus is full of mysteries. Many performers boast strange talents, and one harbors a secret that could destroy the circus forever.

Read the first few chapters of THE NINTH CIRCLE over on And watch THE NINTH CIRCLE’s spine-tingling book trailer here.

Cover Reveal
Check out Entertainment Weekly‘s exclusive cover reveal of THE NINTH CIRCLE in their book news and review section, Shelf Life, here.

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It’s Time for Some Time Travel

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Click here to be re-directed to my post on the Books on Tape blog for more information on SYNC and how you can download the (FREE) audiobook editions of WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer and THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells.

The free downloads are only available this week, from May 15th – May 21st. Unless you’re a time traveler, of course.

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STUNNER by Niki Danforth

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Niki Danforth
Pancora Press
September 2013 | E-Book Edition (ISBN 9780615882314)
April 2014 | Audiobook Edition

STUNNER is the first book in Danforth’s Ronnie Lake mystery series. In a recent free promotion on, and the book peaked at #1 in the Crime, Private Investigators, and Women Private Investigators categories, and #5 in the Mystery Category, with over 20,000 total downloads. The audiobook released on April 3, 2014, and is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.


Beautiful. Bright. And possibly deadly…

That’s all Ronnie Lake knows about her soon to be sister-in-law, Juliana. But Ronnie is determined to find out the truth about her wealthy brother’s new lover—before he throws away his happiness, his fortune…maybe even his life. Who is this mysterious woman, and where did she come from? What is she hiding? And how deep could the deception go?

First the family receives strange phone calls. Then a disturbing package appears at their estate outside New York City. Ronnie—a divorced, downsized, 50-something—seems an unlikely detective. But she soon finds she’s got an instinct for this type of work, as she falls ever deeper into a sinister world where people will do anything to escape their past. And Juliana may be the most desperate of them all.

About Niki Danforth

As the daughter of a Cold War covert intelligence officer, Niki Danforth has the thriller/adventure gene in her DNA. After a career as a successful TV/video producer and director in New York, this empty-nester is embarking on the next chapter of her life, returning to her first love, mystery books, and reinventing herself as an exciting new voice in the genre.

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THE REAPER by Sean Liebling

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Sean Liebling
Permuted Press
Publication Date: January 2014
Trade Paperback Edition: 9781618681881
E-Book Edition: ISBN 9781618681898

From the top selling author of the post-apocalyptic Blood, Brains and Bullets series, comes the first book in a new standalone series set in the same Blood, Brains and Bullets world.


Former USMC Captain Jason Scott comes home one day to find that ravenous zombies have slaughtered his family. Berserk with rage, he kills every one of them. As he stands over the bodies of the now truly dead, his mission is clear. He must fight the Lord’s fight and take the battle to the evil minions of Satan, both living and dead. And he must scout westward to recon the forces of a shadow government. In the process, Jason Scott becomes the coldest, deadliest killer in the new world of the apocalypse: The Reaper.

About Sean Liebling

Sean Liebling served twice the in USMC before turning to writing. The author of the Blood, Brains and Bullets series, Liebling resides in Saginaw, Michigan with his family.

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GREY FOX by J.L. Bourne

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J.L. Bourne
Permuted Press
Publication Date: October 2013
ISBN 9781618681591

GREY FOX is the most recent installment in J.L. Bourne’s noted  Day by Day Armageddon zombie fiction series. An e-short story, GREY FOX brings readers deeper into the Day By Day Armageddon world

A short note about the story from J.L. Bourne:

Time is a very fluid thing, no one really has a grasp on it other than maybe how to measure it. As the maestro of the Day by Day Armageddon Universe, I have the latitude of being in control of that time. I can adjust the slider either direction, moving the timeline back and forth along the continuum. This is one of the perks of creation, the benefit in constructing something (albeit small) from nothing. Sort of makes you wonder what the maestro of the universe is up to, no? You have again stumbled upon a ticket with service through the apocalyptic wastes, but this time the train is a little bit older, a little more beat up, and maybe a little wiser. Keep your doors locked.

About J.L. Bourne:

J.L. Bourne is an active duty military officer and and the author of DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON (September 2009), and its sequels, DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON: BEYOND EXILE (July 2010) and DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON: SHATTERED HOURGLASS (December 2012). He started out his Day by Day Armageddon series by posting handwritten installments of it on a personal website back in 2003. He had no idea he had even drawn in readers for a while until they started emailing him (there were no metrics back then).

On top of being an active duty military officer, Bourne also has a very active social media presence.

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A Series of Novellas by Thomas Steinbeck

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Thomas Steinbeck
Post Hill Press

From the son of Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck comes three e-novellas that are being published successively, with CABBAGES AND KINGS (ISBN 9781618689832) in October 2013, DR. GREENLAW AND THE ZULU PRINCESS (ISBN 9781618689849) in November 2013, and MRS. PENNGELLI AND THE PIRATE (ISBN 9781618689856) in December 2013. A hardcover omnibus edition is to follow in January 2014.

About Thomas Steinbeck

A California native, Thomas Steinbeck is the author of the short story collection Down to a Soundless Sea (Ballantine 2002) and the novels In the Shadow of the Cypress (Simon & Schuster 2010) and The Silver Lotus (Counterpoint 2011).  Along with his writing career, Steinbeck is a public speaker and lecturer on American literature, creative writing, and the communication arts and their benefits to contemporary society. He serves as an honorary board member at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.

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