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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Det. Lupèe: The Impossible Choices

Now available through Ingram, Amazon & many other distributors!

7 strangely different detective stories from an author who has devoted his career to the understanding of language and how it works in the theatre and in his other stories. 
This is writing the way it's supposed to be.

ISBN: 978-1-927915-004
5" x 7" mass market paperback
234 pages

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Det. Lupèe: The Impossible Cases by James Secor. Strangely different short detective stories available for review as an ARC at

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Speed of Dark Wins Reader's Favorite International Bronze Award for Fiction Anthology

The Speed of Dark
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

“The Speed of Dark” is a horror anthology of short stories written by an assortment of authors, and published by Chase Enterprises Publishing. Editor Clayton Clifford Bye states in his Introduction that “horror” means many things to different people. It can mean an intense feeling of fear or shock or disgust. It can mean terror, dread and fright. He quotes Lovecraft as defining horror as a profound sense of dread. He quotes Stephen King as identifying three levels of “scary”, terror, horror, and revulsion. In “The Speed of Dark” the editors were going for a different level of horror, they hand-picked 27 authors to craft “disturbing” horror stories. They succeeded admirably. Don’t expect to sleep well after reading this book. Some of these stories will stay with you for a long, long time, continuing to disturb you long after you have read them.

Many of the tales in this collection are superbly written. They also happen to be very disturbing. One can be forgiven for wondering about the mental state of some of these authors. But for a fan of horror, there is much to revel in within the pages of this compilation. I believe that every word used above to describe “horror” represents an emotion you will feel during the course of reading this book. Some of the stories have unexpected endings, which create the horror you will feel. Others start out with disturbing circumstances, and maintain that sensation of uncomfortable dread throughout. The editors at Chase Enterprises Publishing have tapped some brilliantly twisted minds to contribute to their anthology. In their effort to produce “disturbing” horror stories they have succeeded far beyond what I expected, even in spite of the introductory warning. Horror fans take note, “The Speed of Dark” is a book you must add to your library. Now.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

A 2 for 1 sale you won't want to miss!

After the April Fool's Day publication of The Speed of Dark, a collection of strangely different and disturbing horror stories, the summer gradually began to stagnate for us, Jimsecor and me. But then the earth began moving again. With a publication looming, I was invited into The Write Room Blog, a collective of writers who sequentially post blogs that show the impact of life on writing. We welcome comments, especially from the non-initiated. Dialogue develops. Jimsecor's first posting is not until later this fall.

However, shortly will come the publication of seven stories: Det. Lupée: The Impossible Cases. These are Jimsecor's tongue-in-cheek detective stories dealing with the unsolvable—or, more to the point, the impossible to prosecute—crimes. Crimes of society, as in Robbie Burns' man's inhumanity to man. Lupée is based in Liverpool, though I do not think he is a Scouse. His assistant is the extremely intelligent Sgt. Cassandra Dumqik—please call her D.

Det. Lupée: The Impossible Cases will be offered in a two-for-one with Clayton Bye's new edition of The Sorcerer's Key, the story of a dark sorcerer from Eden who battles Jack Lightfoot for a talisman that will give him unrestricted access to Earth and her technology.

Both covers are accomplished by Zentao.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sanford

Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

John Sanford
Putnum, 2010
Hard Cover
Virgil Flowers

Virgil Flowers, the detective everyone loves but hates, because trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes, has a puzzle on his hands that even he doesn't even like the feel of. But doing what he does best―Virgil finds trouble wherever he goes, along with interesting women and a litany of other characters. This time, however, the trouble has already raised its mighty head. Virgil has 4 dead bodies in one very small Michigan town and virtually nothing to move forward on. So, he keeps knocking on doors and reporting his progress at lunch at the local diner, looking for some way in; he wants a way into the problem, something, anything that will produce a crack in the invisible shield that surrounds the town and its mysterious church. Oh, Virgil can guess. In fact, he's pretty sure he knows exactly what is going on. But it's so heinous, so unbelievably wrong, that he can't bring himself to accept it until he and the local sheriff find some proof.

Virgil Flowers, otherwise known as that fucking flowers, is quite the character. A maverick who owns an endless supply of inappropriate T-shirts for the job he does. That job is lead investigator for Lucas Davenport of the Prey Novels. Other than being a fellow with absolutely no pretenses, Virgil could be a young Davenport, with his unrelenting focus on each case he works, with his propensity  for rule breaking and for a type of charisma that simply wins people over.

Bad Blood is not a wild ride. It's not even the thriller that the Dust Jacket claims it is. Bad Blood is a police procedural. John Sanford marches his character(s) through a step by step process that cannot help but isolate the core problem and crack it open like a nut. Even with the almost unbelievable scope of the crime(s) Virgil Flowers must solve, I still felt as though each step taken was a step that must be taken, that this was how police work is actually done. Now, that's a suspension of belief!

John Sandford's Bad Blood develops more of his hot new character, Virgil Flowers, in one hell of a case. How could a fan not like that?

Copyright © 2013 Clayton Clifford Bye

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