Winter Holiday Extravaganza Hot Shot by S.A. Stolinsky

 



James Ellroy once said to me, “Go
to the museums, the out of the way art galleries, the people in the park, any
park, and talk to everyone.  That’s where
you’ll get your stories and that’s where you get ideas.” I have no quarrel with
that. After I stopped shaking because I was meeting a literary “star” I
realized he was interested in the common man, woman, the everyday person whose
story was on its face boring, but whose psychological makeup was anything but.
In Hot Shot, my protagonist,
Tyler West, is depressed.  He starts out
depressed, lonely, unsure of himself, angry, a real Borderline
Personality.  He’s tried the drugs, the
alcohol, the sex addiction, and now he’s lodged into gambling which turns out
to be his worst nightmare yet.
He lost everything.  His girlfriend, his money, his life savings,
his friends and almost his family—because there is one woman who still wants to
see him—his mother, Sue,  and then I
wondered, “Where am I going with this?”
Honestly, the way I write—I start out never knowing where I’m going
with a book. I start with an idea and I always know the ending, always the
ending.  Like, this one is going to be
about gambling.  Okay, okay, what do I
know about gambling?  Well, I love
Vegas.  I love to watch some cowboy with
a gut hanging over his belt, come in wearing a white Stetson hat and sit down
at a $10,000 buy in table and literally put down $10,000 dollars!!
I freak out.  I do.
Who lives like that?  My mind goes
over all the things I could buy for that much money and why is it so important
for this man to chance it all?  Then that
leads from one place to another. And then I just tell myself the entire
story.  After that, what most of our
colleagues call “Panstering” I will do the outline.  Because by then I know the story.
Then chapter one leads to chapter
two, and so on. But when I first met the real “Tyler West” the pseudonym for a
guy I worked with, I had no idea he was going to end up winning the World
Series of Poker.  I mean how many people
do that?  Then that led me to researching
the book.  Oh, poor me.  I had to go to Las Vegas for a weekend, stay
at New York, New York, eat all that glorious food, and wind my way to the Rio
where the poker series takes place. 
What an arena—the size of about
five football fields with tables bunched up against each other and six chairs
to a table and rows upon rows of lighting above.  It’s daunting.  I spoke to some players who had lost, some
guards who explained how the series worked and even a winner of three million
dollars.
It’s always good for me to go
anywhere at Christmas time, too.  I love
Christmas and as a child, my mother always had a very ornamental tree with gobs
of presents under it.  And at an early
age I realized, a good novel must have a Christmas or holiday scene, a rain
scene, a love scene and a death scene.
Pretty good for a 10-year-old, but those were the stories I liked to
read.  Especially Dickens.



I discover along with him what’s
going to happen next.  When the book is finished,
it’s generally around 315 pages, I re-read it and go where the book takes me.
So, let me end by saying, along with your central plot, the added texture of a
time and place really enhances a story.
Hot Shot
S.A. Stolinsky
Suspense
November 1, 2016
Book Description:
Payback is a powerful thing…
Actor and bartender, Tyler West experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games. Determined to change his life, he enters the World Series of Poker. His life is suddenly turned upside down when the Russian mafia fronts him 1.5 million dollars to play at the tables. And then…he loses…
Now on the ride of his life, deceit and deception are his key to uncovering the truth. He must recoup the money, but will it come at a price? Can he stay alive long enough or will his time run out?
About the Author:
Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and forensic psychologist with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She  specializes  in trauma, adults sexually, physically and emotionally abused as children, and PTSD. She is an international speaker and has taught training seminars in overcoming the aftereffects of child abuse. She has also taught licensing examinations to candidates for both marriage, family and child counseling and for the psychology licenses. 
She began her career as an actress in motion pictures, television and stage and created a unique therapy combining acting exercises with psychodynamic psychotherapy to help survivors of all kinds of trauma overcome the aftereffects of abuse. The first edition of “ACT IT OUT” was a top seller for over nine years. A second edition of the popular book was launched in April of this year and is available on Praeclarus Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. 
She is also the author of several award-winning short stories including her newest short story anthology, DATE NIGHT, and numerous comedy mystery. Dr. Stolinsky lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

 

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Bad Blood by Laurencia Hoffman and Sophie Smith

 

Bad Blood
Wages of Sin
Book One
Laurencia Hoffman
and Sophie Smith
Genre: Horror/Paranormal
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
Date of Publication: 4/3/2016
ISBN: 1532872887
ASIN: B01DTIIGVY
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 70,000
Cover Artist: Rue Volley
Tagline: Not all monsters live in dreams…some are real and they walk among us.
Book Description:
Vampire, Blake Auckley develops a wild and rebellious nature that puts him and all humans who are unlucky enough to make his acquaintance in danger. Abandoned by his maker, Melina, the night he was created, Blake is used to being on his own, but when she suddenly reappears in his life, it changes his world yet again.
Though forgiving and forgetting the past is hard, Blake and Melina attempt to put their differences aside and repair their relationship. However, with dark secrets and old wounds marking their souls, Blake’s enemies not far behind, and so many obstacles still ahead they must fight to survive the danger, as well as each other.
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“Why did you
turn me, Melina? Why did you take my life?”
“What are you
going to do? Kill me? And here I thought we were getting along so well,” she
said with a chuckle.
Blake considered
the idea of destroying her there and then; how satisfying it would have been,
even if that feeling would only last a moment. But, realistically, he knew that
he would still be left with unanswered questions, and the prospect of Silas
hunting him down. It would just prove to be more of a hindrance than anything
else.
His grip relaxed
and then fell from around her throat. “I don’t know why I waste so much energy
despising you. Think of what I could accomplish if you didn’t burden my mind.”
Clearly angry
that he had been aggressive, her slender fingers clutched his neck and threw
him to the floor.
“You’re stronger
than I thought you would be, but do not forget your place. It would not matter
if I were merely a year older than you; every year counts. Your elders are
stronger than you, even if it’s only by a sliver. If you forget that, you may
become vulnerable. And in a fight between you and them, you would lose.”
 “You’re attractive when you’re angry,” he said
with a smirk.
With a roll of
her eyes, Melina released him, got back to her feet, and then composed herself.
However
disrespectful he was toward her, he had asked her a question, and it was only
polite for Melina to respond.
“I was
desperate, lonely, and hungry when I turned you. There was something about your
eyes…something that indicated that immortality would suit you.” Her answer
was simple. Blake could tell by her answer that she hadn’t put much thought
into turning him. “Any other questions?”
“Have I become
just what you imagined, your perfect progeny?” That, most of all, was what
irked him. She had been so thoughtless, so careless with his life.
“I’m not sure. I
don’t really know you, so I can’t make any assumptions. You could use a lesson
in manners, though.”

 

 
About the Authors:
Laurencia Hoffman is the author of Casting Stones, Bittersweet, A Wish for Remembrance, Life and Death, No Love Lost, and co-author of The Wages of Sin series.
When she’s not writing, she also enjoys making her own line of natural products, satisfying her sweet tooth, and watching films.
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Sophie Smith is the co-author of the Wages of Sin series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gaming, blogging, and watching her favorite shows.
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Deadly Eleven

 


Deadly Eleven: A Collection of Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, and Horror Thrillers
 
Mark Tufo, Michelle Bryan,
David Moody, Bobby Adair,‎
Shawn Chesser,‎ Leigh M Lane,‎
John O’Brien,‎ Jaime Johnesee,‎
Heath Stallcup
 
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Dystopian
 
Publisher: Devil Dog Press
 
Publication Date: June 1, 2017
 
ASIN: B072M6WX9T
 
What happens when everything comes crumbling down?
Some of today’s best -selling authors take you to the dark side in this collection of eleven deadly tales.
What happens when everything comes crumbling down? Some of today’s best-selling authors take you to the dark side in this collection of eleven deadly tales.
Zombie Fallout – Mark Tufo 
This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.
Strain of Resistance – Michelle Bryan 
I was 12 years old when the world ended. For eight years I’ve survived in this shithole once known as earth. Fighting the alien parasite that mutated most of the population into blood-thirsty freaks, while the rest of us became the lunch special on their alien menu.
Now things are changing, and not for the better. The parasite is evolving. Becoming smarter, stronger and deadlier.
Strangers – David Moody
A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock…
“In his evocation of fear and unease and the speed with which he grips you, he brings to mind old Brit horror writer James Herbert. And that is some recommendation.” —London Lite
“Moody has the power to make the most mundane and ordinary characters interesting and believable, and is reminiscent of Stephen King at his finest.” —Shadowlocked
World-Mart By Leigh M. Lane  
World-Mart takes place in a not-too-distant future, one in which the collective and all-powerful entity known as “Corporate” owns and controls every aspect of society. One held in place by complacency and mediocrity.
One that could very easily come to pass . . . very soon.
What does your future look like?
A New World: Chaos – John O’Brien
This hard-hitting, action-packed series begins with Jack Walker being suddenly thrust into a world where the infrastructure which cherished Armani suits, night clubs, fast and expensive cars and watching the daily stock market are gone. Left in its place is the material world mankind built but a majority of the population has vanished; replaced by a new, savage, unrelenting, cunning, animalistic species which hunts and operates at night.
Trudge: Surviving The Apocalypse – Shawn Chesser 
Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician’s inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000 mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive—or die trying.
Black Virus- Bobby Adair 
Alienated in a world where he doesn’t fit in, Christian Black survives because he’s different. Then the virus came, and made the world turn different, too.
Now people are dying by the million. Food supplies are short. Riots are blazing through the streets, and Christian’s only goal is to keep his family alive. But safety lies far from the city, and just getting out will be tougher than anyone knows.
Next: Aftermath – Scott Nicholson
But as a half-mutant, Rachel’s choice isn’t as simple as mere survival—the mutant way of life might be more promising than anything humans could hope to restore. And Rachel’s next decision could tear apart her family and the entire world.
The Death of Kaylis – Jaime Johnesee
In a post apocalyptic future, Kayliss and her vultures rule the wastelands with an iron fist. Nobody’d ever had the guts to stand up to her until her sister came home. Sasha doesn’t like the person Kayliss has become and vows to stop her by any means necessary. In a world where the lawless make the rules can anyone truly make a change?
Dead Hunger – Eric A. Shelman 
Something happened to the earth. Inexplicable. Not a product of man, but of nature.
Now Flex Sheridan and Gem Cardoza must do all they can to protect Flex’s six-year-old neice Trina and find ways to survive a massive outbreak that has caused most of humankind to metamorphose into the walking dead.
Return of The Phoenix – Heath Stallcup
Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go ‘bump’ in the night have been shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. Their mission: to keep the civilian populace safe from the monsters that go bump in the night and hide all evidence of their existence.

 

 

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