RUN: A Collection of 10 Dark Tales by 10 Authors COMING HALLOWEEN

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When I was asked to participate in the RUN anthology, I jumped at the chance. Not only are there some amazing authors that I respect and enjoy their work, but I love scary, horror, and paranormal stories. I strongly suggest checking out each of the authors on Amazon.

RUN is an anthology of 10 twisted tales by 10 authors. It will be available Halloween 10/31/2016, but you can pre-order for only 99cents.

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Nightmares come to life in this thrilling collection of dark tales.

Resurrection Morning by Caleb Pirtle III: Ambrose Lincoln is a man without a memory. The government has erased his mind with drugs and electric shots. He is a more effective operative, the powers say, if he has no fear. A man without fear can accomplish assignments that others would be afraid to try. Besides, a man cannot reveal any secrets if the secrets have been taken from him. Lincoln is sent to Paris with a British Intelligence officer to help a famous jazz singer escape. She has been smuggling German information out of the country, and someone has betrayed her. If the Gestapo finds the jazz singer first, she will be executed as a spy. Who can Lincoln trust, who wants him dead, and who can help them in their frantic, desperate flight from Paris to the English Channel? If the don’t make it out of France by morning, they won’t make it at all.

Black Out by Sue Coletta: When the power goes out on Bear Cat Mountain evil stalks the terrain. With a fallen tree blocking their only escape—live electrical wires dancing across the road and cell tower down—the body count quickly rises. Blu and Jake Carpaccio must track down the killer before they fall victim to his trap. But who can they trust? And how do you fight someone, or something, you cannot see?

Sweeton’s Shangri-La y Rachel Aukes: When a young couple discover a mythical paradise, they learn that a fantasy can all too quickly become a nightmare.

The Sideshow by Kimberly McGath: Katie Cartwright is struggling with her memory and is haunted by flashbacks. Regressing to an evening at the circus, things are not as they first appear. Strange events, suspicious deaths, and eerie music set the stage for an unforgettable trip to the big top.

Three Days by Jennifer Chase: Samantha Carr receives a special email invitation for three days to stay at a new luxury beach hotel. Nothing is as it appears including where the hotel is located. The view from her room changes, leading her into the middle of a gangland war. Will she be driven to madness or give in to the sinister force that relentlessly stalks her?

Smile For Me by Kristine Mason: Make me young, make me pretty, make me happy, make me smile… Lisa Duplain refuses to grow old gracefully. Fearing the aging process and desiring youth, she books a weekend at Melody’s Grace—a quaint bed and breakfast also known as the fountain of youth. But something wicked dwells within the walls of the B&B and not everyone who stays at Melody’s Grace leaves happy…even if they have a smile on their face.

Bleeder by Paul Dale Anderson: Lucy makes the mistake of answering her doorbell early one morning to find a handgun shoved in her face. The armed man, bleeding from gunshot wounds, forces Lucy to patch him up and hide him inside her house. But the bleeder picked the wrong house, and Lucy is far from innocent victim she pretends to be. A taut tale of blood and fury with no bounds.

A Love Story by Kathy Love: When a group of teens use social media to create a fictional love interest for a fellow classmate, they have no idea the horrible chain of events they will set in motion. Now they are the ones receiving messages from the boy they created. But the question is, who is sending them the messages? Someone who knows what they’ve done? One of their very own group? Or could it be something far more sinister? One thing is for certain, this isn’t a story about revenge. It’s a love story.

A Promise is a Promise by Joe Broadmeadow: When an innocent summer day turns into a lifetime nightmare, two friends make a promise to visit vengeance on those responsible. The naivete sets in motion a deadly conclusion.

The Game by Elle J Rossi: You win, you live. You lose, you die. The game is as simple and as complex as that.

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Here’s where you can purchase RUN:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

KOBO

iBOOKS

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DARK PURSUIT was Chosen for the 2016 Shortlist at BookViral: Cast Your Vote

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Vigilante detective Emily Stone respectfully requests readers and followers support. Please cast your vote for DARK PURSUIT before October 17th at 2016 BookViral Book Award Shorlisted Authors.
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BookViral is pleased to announce the shortlisted authors for the 2016 BookViral Book Award and the standard as always has been extremely high. Shortlisting titles is always extremely hard and as in previous years, we now open the shortlisted titles to readers votes.

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This is your opportunity to influence the six finalists. Your votes won’t decide the winner but they will influence and inform our thinking.

Where you see our BookViral logo beneath a title you can click on that titles cover to read our full spotlight review. To vote for your favourite title simply click on the voting button to be taken to our voting page. It’s a simple as that, but your vote will help  your favourite title receive the recognition it deserves.

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10 Common Traits of Career Criminals

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From hectic police precincts to overwhelmed court dockets to overpopulated prisons, the evidence is everywhere – the American criminal justice system is inundated with habitual offenders.

Otherwise known as career criminals, these outliers use crime as the primary method for financing their morally bankrupt lives. Although career criminals run the full spectrum of age, gender and ethnicity, there are certain psychological traits that bond them. Here are some common characteristics:

Rationalization

People who live a life of crime tend to rationalize their own behavior by diverting blame and questioning the motives of others. “If that lady didn’t want her purse stolen, she should have been smart and locked her car.” As part of the rationalization process, the career criminal generally does not evaluate the consequences of his own behavior.

Entitlement

Self-centered, and oblivious to the needs of others, a career criminal lives by the simple motto of “me, me, me.” Essentially, these people have the right to commit any acts they desire, because life is all about them – all the time.

Asocial Value System

Many habitual offenders suffer from antisocial personality disorder and what’s called – “criminal thinking.” The career criminal will very rarely show any remorse for their actions, or empathy towards others. The career criminal’s complete failure to adhere to acceptable social standards coupled with a lack of self-control leads to a life filled with confrontations, and arrest after arrest.

Sentimentality

Despite their prevailing antisocial behavior, many career criminals see themselves in a positive light because they have sentimentality towards certain things, like children or animals. This sentimental attitude just further fuels the fire of rationalization for the offender’s continuous cycle of criminal behavior.

Impulsive

This trait is pretty obvious. An inability to control one’s behavior, by acting on every impulse, is a dominating characteristic of a career criminal. Not only do these outliers fail to have control over their impulses, but they often lack control over their temperament, which often leads to disastrous results – especially when these criminals lose their cool.

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Family Dysfunction

A very common trait of career criminals is the lack of family support, both on emotional and financial levels. When someone’s family is unable to effectively problem solve or provide any sort of emotional and psychological stability, it can lead to significant problems for a person that already is predisposed to asocial behavior.

Oftentimes, substance abuse issues are found in this dysfunctional environment, which further erodes the stability in which a family should provide.

Easily Distracted

Career criminals have serious distraction issues, and often lose focus of their legitimate goals. The inability to remain focused and on-target with their socially acceptable objectives, often leads criminals to fall back into their old patterns (even after the person has been released from prison, and believes they have been rehabilitated).

Power Centric

Interestingly, habitual offenders tend to look at people and situations as a power struggle. Essentially, each encounter becomes a battle between strong and weak. Once the criminal has decided they hold the strength, they will exploit the weaker opponent.

Invincibility

Career criminals often have an inflated sense of optimism, which translates into “I’ll never get caught.” This fantasy belief of invincibleness leads criminals down a dangerous path of ill-fated patterns. They often believe that because a certain strategy worked in the past, that it will continue to prove fruitful. But, it usually doesn’t, and they wind up in jail. Again, and again.

Cognitive Laziness         

Choosing the path of least resistance is a trademark of a career criminal. Their lack of ambition (in the traditional sense) coupled with being easily bored leads criminals to make poor, not well thought-out, decisions. In their youth, career criminals had a strong desire to live outside the rules, and test the boundaries of acceptable behavior. As they age, criminals tend to live within, and fully accept, the antisocial boundaries that they established in their younger years.

History suggests that our society will always be comprised of a certain number of career criminals. Is there a way to reverse that disturbing trend?

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American Gangs: 5 Notorious Gangs

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Gangs have plagued the fabric of American society, in some form or another, for centuries. In the United States today, there are a staggering 1.4 million gang members spread over an estimated 33,000 violent gangs.

Despite the general ruthless and violent nature of a gang’s collective consciousness, a fascinating aspect of many street gangs is that the group’s genesis is often innocuous. The idea is simple: people from the neighborhood (guys mostly) want to socialize and unify. The fundamental problem, however, is that this brotherly love is usually coupled with poverty and disenfranchisement.

And then, you sprinkle in some boredom, and there you have it – an organized group of young, angry and bored men with limited financial resources.

What’s the inevitable outcome? Crime. And, with that said, here are some of America’s most notorious gangs.

Mexican Mafia

As one of the nation’s most dangerous prison gangs, the Mexican Mafia originated in the late 1950’s. The gang formed by uniting rival gang members that were serving time in California’s prisons. This unification led to the Mexican Mafia gaining significant control, and forcing its dangerous and lethal agenda on non-members.

The gang is heavily involved in extortion and drug trafficking, both inside and outside of prison. Although the Mexican Mafia has a bloody rivalry with another Latino prison gang, Nuestra Familia, the group has aligned itself with several other non-Latino prison gangs in order to maintain an unobstructed flow of its’ illegal moneymaking schemes.

The Mexican Mafia is known for its loyal members. Because, if a member is found to be disloyal, death is the penalty.

Aryan Brotherhood

A notoriously ruthless and sinister gang, the Aryan Brotherhood (or “Brotherhood”), can be found menacing and lurking in the prisons and streets of Arizona, California, Texas, New York, Ohio and Indiana. Proudly displaying despicable swastika tattoos and other racist ink, the Brotherhood has a relatively small membership number; yet, the gang is responsible for a disproportionately large number of prison deaths over the past few decades.

Earning their cash mainly through drug trafficking and prostitution, the Brotherhood is a force to be reckoned with, as evidenced by law enforcement’s inability to weaken them. Many believe the Brotherhood is difficult to subdue due to its highest ranking members already serving extreme prison sentences.

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Hells Angels

In the desert of Southern California, in 1948, the outlaw motorcycle club Hells Angels was formed. Despite being heavily involved in the trafficking of drugs and stolen goods, as well as prostitution and extortion, “Hells Angels” is surprisingly an incorporated brand that sues entities for copyright infringement.

The members of Hells Angeles consistently maintain that they are simply a fraternal organization of motorcycle enthusiasts, which has gotten a bum rap over the years.

Although its membership includes 2,500 bikers spread across six continents, Hells Angels’ remains true to its California roots, where its strongest presence is felt, and where the gang is constantly engaged in turf wars with its rival – the Mongols.

The Crips and Bloods

Notorious rivals and two of the largest street gangs in the country, the Crips (known for their blue attire) and the Bloods (known for the red attire) have a total collective membership of approximately 50,000 violent criminals.

Formed in predominately African-American neighborhoods in Los Angeles in the late 1960s – early 1970s, the Crips and Bloods are now nationwide street gangs, which have been, and continue to be, involved in murder, robbery and drug dealing. The gangs each have a loosely based network of smaller neighborhood crews (or “sets”) which follow the same customs, but have independent leadership. Over the years, the open turf warfare between the Crips and Bloods has led to the gangs’ pop-culture notoriety.

Many believe that traditional street gangs have moved “indoors” and are more low profile then they were during their prior heyday (1960s – early 2000s). This more discreet behavior is allegedly attributed to the need for gangs to be more covert with their drug trafficking and other illegal activities, due to more community policing and federal RICO crackdowns.

Does your city have a gang problem?

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Serial Killers: Not Just an American Problem

Author Jennifer Chase

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Not just in America – but across the world – people have been plagued throughout recent history by the wicked actions of serial killers. Unnervingly, these living monsters – and their menacing eyes, disturbing thoughts and horrific acts – prey upon the innocent across the globe.

Although often glorified in the media, make no mistake about it – serial killers are of one society’s darkest creations. Here are three of arguably the most depraved serial killers who have hunted outside of America’s borders.

 Pedro Rodrigues Filho (Brazil)

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In 2003, the Brazilian courts convicted Filho for his maniacal killing spree, which spanned from 1967 to 1973. Filho is credited with 71 confirmed kills, but many suspect that this number is well over 100. Fliho’s homicidal actions began at the ripe old age of 14 with the murder of a local town official…

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BODY OF THE CRIME: 2016 Mystery Silver Medal Award Winner from Readers’ Favorite

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I’m so honored and excited by winning the Silver Medal Award for Fiction/Mystery-Sleuth from the 2016 International Book Awards Readers’ Favorite. Thank you so much Readers’ Favorite!

Body of the Crime is a Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery and is the first book in the series. I had so much fun creating this forensic hero and you will definitely be seeing more of this quirky character. Thank you to all who have supported, purchased, and reviewed this book, and have made it a best seller. I couldn’t do what I do without all of  you. For that, I’m truly grateful.

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From the multi award-winning author of the Emily Stone Thriller Series, comes a new kind of forensic hero:

Three grisly murders linked to five old cold cases, dubbed the Flower Girl Murders, pushes detectives to their limit to find a clever and extremely brutal serial killer, leaving a California town demanding justice. The District Attorney’s Serial Special Task Force retains the help of the reclusive Dr. Chip Palmer, a forensic expert and criminal profiler, to steer them in the right direction. Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He is partnered with the tough and beautiful D.A. Inspector Kate Rawlins, a homicide detective transplanted from Phoenix, and the chemistry ignites between the team–both good and deadly.

The Flower Girl Murders leaves three homicides, five cold cases, two seasoned detectives, three suspects, and one serial killer calling all the shots. The investigation must rely on one eccentric forensic scientist to unravel the clues to solve the case. But at what cost?

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Here’s what readers and reviewers are saying about Body of the Crime:

“A powerful start to an edgy forensic series, with a lead character who’s likely to attract a lot of interest. Body Of The Crime is sure to win favor with Chases many fans and is highly recommended.” ~BookViral

“No lack of explosive drama here! Try and be bored reading this… just try. I dare ya!”  ~Indie Book Reviews

“Jennifer Chase has a gift for excellent plot and characterization, but what will blow readers’ minds is the way she leads them into the criminal mind of the killer.” ~ Readers’ Favorite

“I was so captivated by this suspenseful and action filled book that once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down.” ~ Amazon Reviewer

“Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well-described (where we feel like we are there) and always added to the progression of the overall storyline (no needless filler fluff here!).” ~ Avid Reader

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Boosting Creativity for Writing Crime Thrillers

Author Jennifer Chase

I thought I’d lighten things up today with a break from crime scenes, serial killers, fiction thrillers, and forensic breakthroughs.  I love to share all of this information.  I forget sometimes that I find all of these things fascinating and maybe it might be a little depressing at times.

So hang in there, I’m switching gears today…

Writing is tough work, but at the same time it’s a bug that I can’t seem to shake.  It’s get into your bones and you seem to live, eat and breathe it.  I can’t imagine my life without it even with all of its challenges.  I budget my time for writing projects, clients, and studying crime trends.  Sometimes it’s a difficult life to balance and I find that I need to have some other creative outlets to calm and balance my mind.

I haven’t experienced the infamous and sometimes taboo condition of “writer’s…

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