Guest Author: Dana Griffin and Calamity

Calamity_-_FullRes_6_x_9SYNOPSIS:

Contrail Airlines flight 1917 descending to land at Denver airport loses power to both engines. The aircraft glides to an unplowed runway avoiding a catastrophe of landing miles from the airport in a foot of new snow.

NTSB investigator Lori Masters’ team is called in to investigate the accident of a foreign manufactured aircraft that began flying in the U.S. in the last six months by a startup airline.

Lori’s team encounters data being stolen that would tell them what happened during the accident flight and witnesses murdered. Lori’s, her husband Kyle, a Boeing subject matter expert, and her daughter’s lives are put in danger.

Someone doesn’t want the cause of the accident discovered.

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EXCERPT:

CALAMITY

by Dana Griffin

CHAPTER ONE

Friday, February 14th, 2:32 p.m. MST.

Denver approach air traffic controller Art Contu watched the blip on his radar screen. Contrails Airline’s flight 1917 had passed through its assigned altitude on its descent. Contu keyed his mic, “Contrails 1917, your crossing restriction at Fulla intersection is thirteen thousand. Climb and maintain thirteen thousand.”

Neither pilot responded. Contu frowned. “Contrails 1917, Denver approach. Your assigned altitude is thirteen, one three thousand feet. Climb and maintain thirteen thousand.”

“Contrails 1917 has a dual engine flameout.” The pilot’s voice was hurried. “We’re declaring an emergency and need vectors to land immediately.”

Contu leaned closer to his radar screen. He had worked numerous aircraft with emergencies, but not one that had lost power to all of its engines. “Contrails 1917, Denver international is three o’clock and ten miles. Turn right heading two six zero. Say fuel and souls onboard.”

The pilots didn’t acknowledge his instructions. The blip on his screen continued south, taking the Contrails flight away from the only airport to which they could glide, if they turned now.

Contu swallowed although his mouth was dry. Were the pilots too busy to reply? “Contrails 1917, Denver is at your three thirty and fifteen miles. Turn right heading two seven zero.”

“Two seven zero.” The Contrails pilot voice was high. His words strung together. “We need the fire trucks. We have no power.”

The blip on Contu’s screen turned towards the approach end of runway two-six lessening the tightness in his shoulders. “Contrails 1917, the emergency equipment has been alerted. Turn right heading two eight zero. Say fuel and souls on board.” The rescue workers needed that information to know how big a possible fire might be, and how many passengers, babies, and crewmembers would need to be pulled from the aircraft.

“United 865 going to tower,” the pilot of another flight said.

Contu squeezed his eyes shut, mentally kicking himself. He’d been so wrapped up in Contrails’ emergency he’d ignored the other aircraft he was sequencing onto final. United should have already been told to contact the control tower for landing clearance. After acknowledging United’s transmission, he gave instructions to a couple of other flights, picked up the phone and speed dialed the controller responsible for giving takeoff and landing clearances.

“Tower.”

“Contrails 1917, an ADB-150, has a total power loss.” Contu realized his voice was as rushed as the Contrails pilot’s. “I’m vectoring them for two-six.”

“They’ll be landing in a twenty knot crosswind. The runway hasn’t been plowed in an hour and has two inches of snow.”

“At the rate they’re losing altitude they’ll be lucky to make to any runway,” Contu said.

He hung up. “Contrails 1917 runway two-six is eight miles. Turn right two nine zero.” The crosswind pushed the flight south, away from the runway.

Contu was glad the snow that had been falling hard over the last several hours had let up. “Contrails 1917, Denver twelve hundred overcast, five miles in blowing snow. Wind three three zero at twenty gusting to thirty.” Contu wiped the sweat from his forehead. During a normal landing the pilots would’ve balked at landing on a runway with a crosswind that strong. Now they had no choice.

Although the pilots didn’t acknowledge Contu’s instructions, their blip turned further north.

The chair creaked when Contu squirmed after he noticed Contrails’ altitude read-out. They had descended to eight thousand feet, putting them twenty-seven hundred feet above the touchdown zone of two-six. At the rate they were losing altitude, they’d slam into the ground short of the runway tearing the airplane apart.

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Denver air traffic tower controller Bradley Messano cleared United flight 865 to land on runway three five left, then turned and looked out the tower’s windows to the east. He lifted a pair of binoculars to his eyes and spotted the landing lights. The Contrails ADB-150, an aircraft similar in size and appearance to a Boeing 737, descended at a rate that lodged his heart in his throat. It would hit short of the approach lights. The foot of new snow would cushion its touchdown, but would make it almost impossible for rescue workers to reach the passengers and crew.

The flight aimed at the end of the runway but continued to drop to fast. Messano’s heart thudded.

When it appeared the aircraft would impact, Messano braced himself on the counter surrounding the tower.

Except Contrails didn’t hit.

The aircraft flew at what looked like inches above the snow drifts. Then the right wing and nose rose. The left wingtip dragged through the snow, sluing the aircraft left.

The aircraft rose, the wings leveled, then banked right to realign with the runway.

The nose swung left and right with the wings rocking.

The aircraft cleared the approach lights by a few feet and continued to climb. “They’re going to make it,” Messano yelled out to no one in particular.

When over the end of the runway, the nose dropped. It swung to the south, pointing the airplane to the side of runway. Messano braced himself again. The aircraft would touchdown on the side of the runway. The snowbanks lining its edges would pull it off into the unplowed snow.

The right wing dipped, the nose slued to the north, rolling the wing further. The wingtip contacted the runway, yanking the nose further north.

The aircraft slammed down. The nose began to turn toward the center of the runway, but not before the right main gear caught the snow bank on the side of the runway and yanked the aircraft off the pavement.

“Shit,” Messano yelled.

The nose gear snapped off, dropping the nose. It plowed a furrow, sending a cloud of snow into the air making it impossible to see what happened for the next few seconds.

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Brazil Arrests One of World’s Most Active Serial Killers

handcuffed_man1A serial killer who has confessed to his crimes was arrested in Brazil this past week, and the number of people he is believed to have murdered makes him one of the most active of such criminals in modern history.

During interrogation by law enforcement, Tiago Rocha blogpost1admitted to killing thirty-nine people in only the past year and a half, primarily women and members of the homeless community. Including in this count were six women whose murders were connected to the gun recently found in Rocha’s home. While Rocha’s attorney insists that his client is innocent and the professions of guilt were made during intense questioning, many others say that Rocha’s cold descriptions of his victims, to whom he referred only by the number corresponding with the order they represent in his killing spree, and his acts of violence point to a guilty man with a lot of rage.

Ironically, Tiago Rocha worked as a security guard prior to his capture by authorities. So a man who was responsible for the safety of others turned out to be the worst nightmare of at least three dozen individuals who were shot during what Rocha pretended to be a robbery attempt before killing his victims and then fleeing. Rocha is said to have told police that he committed these murders as a way of reducing his anxiety.

If you look at a photo of Rocha, like the one I have posted above, you can sense an emptiness and lack of human connection in his eyes. And with such a characteristic, he joins the ranks of other serial killers who appeared to be normal and functioning members of society until you really looked into their eyes. It is unfortunate that we often cannot see the evil until it is too late.

I have spent a good part of my career learning and then writing about the criminal mind. What makes a man like Tiago Rocha determine that murder is the best way to relieve stress? Why did he choose the victims that he did? In the coming days and weeks, I hope we will find out more and learn from what is discovered.

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Guest Author: Robert Pruneda and Devil’s Nightmare

HalloweenTourDevil’s Nightmare by Robert Pruneda is a chilling read, perfect for the Halloween season. If you are a fan of horror and suspense, you’ll want to check this one out. To hook you to the series, the first novel is only 99 cents on Kindle (and Kindle reading apps). For those who have been waiting for the sequel, Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions is also now available worldwide.

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get-attachment (2)Devil’s Nightmare (Book 1)

Detective Aaron Sanders’ abilities and fortitude are put to the test when he investigates a brutal double-homicide where a boy’s parents are found mutilated inside their home. The boy is the only witness to the crime and his clothes are stained with his parents’ blood. His clothes are also tainted with the blood of other victims from a separate and even more horrific crime scene at a nearby cemetery. All of the victims appear to have been killed in the same manner and the boy knows the true identity of the evil responsible for the multiple deaths, but he is unwilling to talk. No one would believe him. A threat on the boy’s life and a disturbing nightmare causes Detective Sanders to question his beliefs and his own sanity. This investigation ultimately leads Sanders in a fight to save himself and the life of an orphaned boy from an unimaginable evil that is spawned from the curse of the Devil’s Nightmare.

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get-attachmentDevil’s Nightmare: Premonitions (Book 2)

Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he? Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.

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Paperback coming soon to Barnes & Noble.

RobertPrunedaAuthor bio:

Robert Pruneda is author of the Amazon Kindle best selling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare and contemporary family sports drama series Victory Lane: The Chronicles. He lives in south Texas and has called the Lone Star State his home all of his life. Pruneda is also a classic car enthusiast and proud owner of a black 1981 Corvette that his friends call “The Bat Mobile.” He is very active in social media and is an avid gamer who can often be found fighting side-by-side with his friends on his favorite first-person shooter . . . but he prefers survival horror.

Follow Robert Pruneda on Twitter and on Facebook. You can visit his website at SharkbaitWrites.com to follow his blog posts and stay current on upcoming novels.

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

by Jennifer Chase

Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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Guest Author: Douglas Wickard and Perfect

sami-series-perfect-hiresSYNOPSIS:

… A transatlantic cruise bound for Rome …
… An Italian Dynasty celebrated for centuries …
… A “besties” plan to have fun and forget … heal and move on …

Sometimes, the past catches up with you …
Sometimes, the past can get in the way …
The results can sometimes be … sheer murder

 

PERFECT 

Some trips just shouldn’t be taken! 

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Amazon Review:

“Warning!! Make sure you have some time to read, coz once you start reading this story, you won’t want to put it down!!… I decided to buy this book after seeing a 5 Star recommendation from a friend with similar tastes in fiction… I have to say it totally pulled me in right from the start, throughout the whole book, then at the end it left me wanting more of this talented author’s works!”

All of the Sami Saxton Novels are available for 99 cents until December!

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A Perfect Husband

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series
by Jennifer Chase
Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.
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Guest Author: Caleb Pirtle III and Secrets of the Dead

SecretsOfThe-LowerPixSYNOPSIS:

Ambrose Lincoln is one of the government’s prized operatives, a trained assassin, a man whose past is continually erased by mind control tactic and shock treatments.

His days have no meaning. He no longer fears death. As far as he is concerned, a man without a memory is a man who’s already dead.

From Germany come rumors of a mad man threatening to rule Europe and maybe the world. On the Night of Broken Glass, his browns shirts and storm troopers move into Baden-Baden and begin their methodical termination of the Jews.

In America, so far away, the violence is nothing more than a protest over a Jewish boy who murdered a German diplomat because the Third Reich had removed and maybe killed his family. It was simply a case of vandalism that got out of hand. No one is concerned, and the American government wants to keep it that way. No one in Washington wants to go to war with Hitler, and President Roosevelt continues to preach neutrality.

But word is leaked that one Jewish photographer took pictures of the rampage of brutality and murder that night. He was killed, but his daughter is in hiding with the film. Ambrose Lincoln is dispatched to Baden-Baden with one charge. Find the film and bring it back. It will tell the truth. It will uncover the lies. The photographs will reveal to the world the sadistic threat that exists for everyone if Hitler’s mad march isn’t stopped. His mission is to uncover the deadly secrets that his own government doesn’t want him to find, secrets that can change history.

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Caleb Pirtle’s Secrets of the Dead offers every element you want in a thriller. There is espionage involved with those early days of hostilities in Germany that led to World War II. It is full of suspense.

It is a wild thrill ride. It even has a touch of romance between a tormented American operative and a Jewish girl on the brink of forever losing her way of life. Nothing in the story is ever as it seems. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you realize you don’t. The plot takes another turn that you didn’t see coming. Ambrose Lincoln is on a mission.

Those in Germany want to kill him. And back home, the government wants him dead. He has no idea who his friends are and has doubts that he even has any friends. There are some novels that are unforgettable. This is one of them.

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

by Jennifer Chase

Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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Female Serial Killer Reminds Us that Violence is Nothing New

blogpost1Even though it sometimes seems that the 24-hour news cycle is fed primarily by grim stories of violence and the ugly side of human nature, we know that such behavior did not start the moment CNN took to the air. There have been sick individuals who have been committing awful acts against those around them since people first came in contact with one another. Jack the Ripper managed to do some heinous acts before the days of the internet. And if you go back in time even further, you will find someone who still holds the record for number of murders committed by a woman.

Countess Elizabeth Bathory lived four hundred years ago as a noblewoman and ruler over a part of Slovenia. In addition to her work in governance, following the death of her husband she apparently had a mental breakdown and went on to torture and kill somewhere between 100 and 650 girls from surrounding villages. (I would guess there were some psychological issues at play prior to her husband’s death.)

It is unclear why Bathory focused her evil acts on girls and young women, but the rumor is she believed that she could maintain youthful-looking skin by bathing in the blood of virgin girls.

The countess was never convicted of her crimes, even though the servants who helped her were tortured and burned at the stake, but she was walled into her castle and forced to live out her days in isolation.

When we watch the nightly news and see report after report of violence taking place across the globe, it is easy to think the world is a more evil and dangerous place than ever before. But history shows us that serial killers and torture and depravity are, sadly, nothing new.

What do you think? Is the world more violent and filled with people intending evil than in previous generations, or are we just more aware of these events as technology shrinks our world?

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Guest Author: Scott Bury and Army of Worn Soles

ArmyofWornSolesSynopsis:

A Canadian is drafted into the Soviet Red Army in 1941, just in time to be thrown against Nazi Germany’s invasion in Operation Barbarossa. Caught in the vise of the Nazi and Communist forces, Maurice Bury concentrates on keeping his men alive as they retreat across Ukraine from the German juggernaut. Now the question is: will they escape from the hell of the POW camp before they starve to death?

Reviews:

“This true story is a must-read for so many reasons.”—Gary Henry, author of American Goddesses and reviewer of Honest Indie Book Reviews

“A real sense of the desperate fear that must grip every combatant.” -

“…gripping and emotional. So well written that it will make you suffer and cry with Maurice, and also laugh with him and celebrate when the story requires it.” – Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, author of A Foreigner in London

“a perfect title for this poignant true story” — Emily Stokes, author of the Cassidy Jones adventures

“a short, beautifully written novel”— Frederick Lee Brooke, author of Collateral Damage

“I got a real sense of the desperate fear that must grip every combatant.”—Alan McDermott, author of Gray Justice

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series
by Jennifer Chase
Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.
This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.
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