Sandcastle Dreams

      Mark Holtzclaw
Sandcastle Dreams

Autumn took a bus to the end of the line. She found an abandoned amusement park surrounded by the sea, the sky, and nothing. But someone was waiting for her on the shore. Someone who knew her intimately.The book that started it all. Jack Blackwood is a lonely drunk who starts a detective agency in the heart of Washington DC. As Fort Sumter is attacked, he and his partner Ezra are embroiled in a case that could change the very course of the war: the son of a retired congressman has gone missing, along with military papers outlining the Union's Anaconda Plan. At the heart of the matter is a beautiful prostitute, a trail of dead men, and a spy who will stop at nothing to deliver the plans to the Confederacy. The investigation uncovers murder, blackmail, and the plight of a woman scorned. Will Jack survive the first bitter taste of war?
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    The Collectors

      Mark Holtzclaw
The Collectors

Nobody could understand Molly, or her favorite place to visit: a cemetery. Nobody knew about the secret she kept hidden in her bedroom. Was there anyone in the world who could possibly love her? Maybe he was not too far away, and maybe he collected secrets of his own.The world's #1 Big-Data Detective returns in yet another extremely unlikely, if not impossible adventure. This time the wrong things are happening at the wrong times in the wrong places while pasts and futures hang in the balance. Part Freakonomics, part Sherlock Holmes, part Doctor Who, part somewhere on the spectrum and 100% completely absurd, The Outlier series continues with "The Outlier #3, Lost Souls, another Dillon Sharif Tall Tale.
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    The Edge of Eternity

      Mark Holtzclaw
The Edge of Eternity

After two decades Laura Gentry has returned to Hathaway Hall. The old house stands firm upon the cliffs against the windy lament of Eternity Bay - the place her sister fell to her doom. Now a man waits for her on the shore, who at once bewitches her heart. But is he real, or is she losing her mind? Or could Jordan really be a ghost?A Short Story-Bill Tompkins is a retired high school science teacher turned novelist and indie author. Frustrated at the lack of sales for his AWESOME book, he turns to extreme measures.Nar Schmidt is Bill's 15 year-old neighbor, former student and computer prodigy whose favorite pastime is roaming around in the elaborate computer systems of large corporations.Bill enlists the teenager in a wild scheme to exact revenge on unfaithful readers- forcing them to buy his book at the point of a gun.
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    On the Shores of Eternity

      Mark Holtzclaw
On the Shores of Eternity

After two decades Laura Gentry has returned to Hathaway Hall. The old house stands firm upon the cliffs against the windy lament of Eternity Bay - the place her sister fell to her doom. Now a man waits for her on the shore, who at once bewitches her heart. But is he real, or is she losing her mind? Or could Jordan really be a ghost?The day the burka bandit hit the King Kebab mini mosque and sparked an international incident, Detective Constable “Metal” Mike Malloy was raiding his brother in law’s scrap yard. It was good solid CID work, the sort he enjoyed, so whenever the stats needed a boost he would borrow a couple of PCs from the relief, a handful of PCSOs and a dog handler for good measure and they would roar down the Old Kent Road in unmarked cars and a couple of vans blues-and-two’s going full blast and turn the place over in fine old style.Over his twenty years in the job “Metal” Mike had become a past master in the technique of raiding premises, and every time he would burst into the office, scowl menacingly and announce: “OK, everybody stay put – this is a police raid!” And Alex Donnelly, his brother-in-law would look up from his desk with tired, patient eyes and reply: “You got a warrant this time, Michael?” To which Malloy would invariably respond: “Since when did I need a warrant, Alex, this is family business.” With a sigh Donnelly would push his work aside, produce a concertina print out of his scrap register for official scrutiny, and exchange pleasantries on family affairs while the raiding party, suitably equipped in loaned hard hats and steel toe caps to avoid infringing Health and Safety scrambled over the acres of junk in the yard outside.When it was all over “Metal” Mike would return to the station, de-brief his team, crank up the system and input the “dynamic intel” in meticulous detail. The Borough had never had a more conscientious crime intelligence analyst than DC Malloy and nobody seemed unduly concerned that the monthly crime profiles uploaded to The Yard’s number crunchers appeared to relate exclusively to the activities of Southside Ferrous Factors, Alex Donnelly’s scrap metal business. Malloy could be relied upon for big number crime stats which kept the dream factory happy, and that was all that mattered.Of course “Metal” Mike’s preoccupation with his brother in law’s scrap yard was not as simple as might appear at face value. For one thing, Detective Constable Malloy was blissfully ignorant of the fact that Donnelly really was a high-class villain and that was why he never complained to the brass about the seemingly unwarranted intrusion into his business. Similarly Alex Donnelly, who felt quite confident in his ability to hoodwink his numbskull brother-in-law was unaware of the fact that the Borough’s glowing crime stats had risen through the system and had impressed NSY’s Serious and Organised Crime Command. So much so that unbeknown to him, Donnelly had been elevated to the rarefied status of a Zatopec target and circulated to all London-wide crime squads.
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    The Eyes of Midnight

      Mark Holtzclaw
The Eyes of Midnight

Karen Bishop longed for the day when the man of her dreams would appear. But being plain and ordinary did not grant her the opportunities she desired. Not until she discovered love through the eyes of midnight."Trust me, Maddie. I'll be right behind you.""What if I fall?""I can skate faster than you can fall," Jack whispered,and Maddie closed her eyes against the shiver thatenveloped her body…Ice Hockey. Strong coffee. His infant son, Duncan. Three things Jack McKenzie could not do without. Now he was about to add a fourth. Beautiful, green-eyed Madelyn Cross has reappeared in his life with a load of baggage and a history riddled with emotional landmines.They almost hooked up in high school, but their fathers had different ideas. Now, years later, their paths cross in a beautiful Southern California park. Each has a son, and each has an unhappy past; both share a need for love, passion and devotion. But can Jack solve the mysteries in Maddie's past, overcome the specter of her dead lover and still come out the hero?
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    Dawn Haven

      Mark Holtzclaw
Dawn Haven

Autumn took a bus to the end of the line. She found an abandoned amusement park surrounded by the sea, the sky, and nothing. But someone was waiting for her on the shore. Someone who knew her intimately.Book 1 of The Chronicles of Nevin Reasoner introduces the title character. Nevin Reasoner never completed an advanced degree because he wanted freedom to explore the sciences without pedantic constraints. As a result, he lost his job as a Lecturer at Hempstead College. On his last day, he discovered a peculiar small man in his office recovering from a physical assault. Anson, dressed in tunic and breeches, claimed he was a “mage” from a place Nevin could not find on any map. Anson pleaded for help in ending persecution, anarchy and devastation in his land.Nevin refused to believe that magery existed beyond sleight-of-hand, superstition, or rational explanations—until he was shamed for his own scientific chauvinism. Following some inspiring and amusing experiences, Nevin agreed to help Anson and together they contrived a plan. After a deliverance to Antrim by extraordinary means, Nevin gradually sorted out the scientific plausibility for the spellwork he witnessed and helped carry out. After all, he saw nothing supernatural, no talking animals, and no items created out of nothing. The mage and the “sage” teamed up with a soldier for a so-called alliance for Antrim. Both magery and scientific acumen would be needed to supplement their courage in overcoming obstacles to pacify the warring kingdoms. Sometimes they had to deal with physical altercations, forcing Nevin to use his relatively large size in an unfamiliar role as a fighter. Unfortunately, another stranger to the land brought science for nefarious uses to aide one side with impending tragic results. Forced to add a high-born woman to their troupe, they put their plan into action to turn the tide of war.Book 2 of The Chronicles of Nevin Reasoner picks up the story when they must face the destructive effects of science gone wild.
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