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Spawn of Lilith

SPAWN OF LILITH

Out of the spotlight, in the darker corners of the studio backlots, Hollywood hides a remarkable secret. Actor or actress, set designer, electrician, best boy, or grip—in la-la land, it pays not to be human. Vampires, succubae, trolls, elementals, goblins—studios hire anyone and anything that can take direction, be discreet, and not eat the extras. (The less you know about your agent, the better.)

Though only human, stuntwoman and struggling actress Lee Striga is a member of the legendary Katz Stunt Crew. They’re the best in the biz, in part because they can fly, and boast superhuman strength.

When Lee lands a job on the movie Pale Dreamer, however, not everyone is following the script. It’s up to her to figure out who—or what—is killing the cast and crew. Especially when Lee goes from stuntwoman to lead role… and the next target.

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“Dana Fredsti tells a great story: vivid settings, interesting characters, and action galore. 
Each book is an adventure.”–Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

“Fast, fun and unrelenting.” –Seanan McGuire, bestselling author of the October Daye novels

“One of today’s edgiest new writers,” –Jonathan Maberry, bestselling author of the Joe Ledger novels

 

BLOOD INK (Book Two in the Lilith series)

Death and Tattoos in the Big Easy!

Having killed her last producer (SO not her fault, though), stuntwoman Lee Striga’s next film shoot takes her to the voodoo-soaked bayous and haunted back alleys of New Orleans, where sinister supernatural figures stalk the streets. In a dark corner of the French Quarter, an arcane tattoo artist is using his clients in rituals that will open an inter-dimensional gateway for a demon god from beyond the stars.

Release date April 2nd, 2019!

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TIME SHARDS – co-written with David Fitzgerald 

It’s called “The Event,” an unimaginable cataclysm that shatters 600 million years of the earth’s timeline.
 
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of “shards”. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.

A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.

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“Grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.”–Patrick Freivald, author of Jade Sky

“Smart, visceral…and by far the most creative novel I’ve had the pleasure to read this year. This book had me tearing through the pages.”–Mark Wilson, author of the dEaDINBURGH series

“The best of history, magic, and sci-fi mayhem.”–Maria Alexander, Stoker Award-winning author of Snowed

“Dinosaurs, Roundheads, cavemen, and more…a fascinating what-if filled with action and adventure.”–Craig DiLouie, author of Suffer the Children

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TIME SHARDS – SHATTER WAR (Book Two in the Time Shards Trilogy) – co-written with David Fitzgerald

Time shatters into shards of the past, present, and future. A group of survivors dodges threats from across history to locate the source and repair the damage before it’s too late.

A group of unintended heroes forms, including San Diego native Amber Richardson, 1880s reporter Nellie Bly, a young warrior from Roman Britannia, a Victorian scoundrel, and a World War II commando. This ragtag team of survivors joins “Merlin,” a mysterious figure who may be their only hope to save the world–if he is who he claims to be. When their 23rd century ship the Vanuatu is sabotaged by an unknown enemy and thrown far off its course, the team quickly finds itself torn apart…

Release date early 2019!

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PLAGUE TOWN (Ashley Parker Book One)plaguetown

Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak. It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!

 

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PLAGUE NATION (Ashley Parker Book Two)

Having stopped the wave of the undead that swarmed their facility, Ashley Parker and the other wild cards (those immune to the zombie virus) are assaulted by an unknown enemy and forced to travel to a secret laboratory in San Francisco.

En route some are killed, while others are kidnapped by their shadowy foe, who seems to use the zombies as a weapon. But the worst is yet to come, as the plague begins to manifest in key locations nationwide. And the truth begins to emerge about the paramilitary society, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús (DZN).

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PLAGUE WORLD (Ashley Parker Book Three)

The thrilling conclusion of the zombie apocalypse begun in PLAGUE TOWN and continued in PLAGUE NATION! The zombie plague has gone airborne, and the conspiracy that began it all reaches the boiling point.

Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover a splinter of their own organization, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús, which seeks to weaponize the plague. But that isn’t the worst news. The plague has gone airborne, making it transferable without physical contact. It cannot be controlled by anyone, so reports of the zombie swarm are coming in from across the United States – and across the world.

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MURDER FOR HIRE

Connie Garrett knows that a trenchcoat and a fedora don’t make a detective. She’s the co-founder of Murder for Hire, an acting troupe that specializes in spoofing, not sleuthing. When MFH performs at a sleepy coastal community’s mystery gala, celebrating the works of a famous hard-boiled mystery writer, the bodies start stacking up, and Connie finds herself on the case whether she likes it or not. Now Connie is committed to solving the murders while trying to keep both the show–and her love life-afloat.

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Murder For Hire was started many years ago (more years than my vanity cares to calculate) by my best friend, Maureen Anderson and me.  Maureen and I met at Clairemont High (the ‘stunt double’ high school for Ridgement in the book and movie FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH) and discovered we shared a love of Daphne Du Maurier’s gothics, Gene Kelly movies, Betsy/Tacy books, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, and cocoa, and, of course, mysteries. (More…)


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