Here are the new releases from Crossroad Press for February 2023. Unless noted otherwise, you can purchase any of them at Amazon, B&N, Apple, Google Play, Smashwords, or Kobo.
Rei would do anything for those she loves.
As her best friend, Abby, struggles to cope with the sudden loss of her husband, Rei and her closest girlfriends take her to a beautiful lakeside house nestled in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, hoping that a weekend of support from long-time friends will help Abby along her road of emotional recovery.
But as the young women get settled, Rei begins to notice there’s something wrong with the place. Could this peaceful, idyllic location be hiding an ancient evil below the waters of the lake? Or are the problems wholly within Abby herself, who seems to be losing her grip on reality? When unexplainable, nightmarish things occur, Rei realizes this weekend getaway may turn into their last outing.
Ameri-Scares: Hawai’i: Legend of the Night Marchers
When Jeremy and his family vacation in Hawai’i, they get more than they bargain for. First, Jeremy makes a new friend, Kai, and it looks like nothing but good times ahead. But then Jeremy crosses paths with the Night Marchers, long-dead warriors doomed to walk their paths for all eternity.
That’s when the problems start.
As troubles pile on, it seems as though Jeremy’s entire family is cursed. Now, it’s up to Jeremy to solve the mystery and save his family. Can Jeremy make things right and break the curse? Or is his family doomed?
Death is rarely the end in Savannah. Sometimes it’s only the beginning.
Clementine is ready to live her best life, starting with a new job at O’Hara’s Pub. But working as a server isn’t easy for a lifelong wallflower. She encounters a sympathetic ally in Rosemary, but there’s a problem: Rosemary’s a ghost, a former slave trapped for eternity in the pub.
The girls form an unlikely friendship. Clementine offers compassion to the lonely ghost, who defends her by playing harmless pranks on rude customers and cruel co-workers. Their activities soon attract another spirit—Deadeye Abernathy, the madman who murdered Rosemary 150 years ago.
Deadeye joins the fun, turning the pranks into gruesome attacks. Clementine must find a way to stop him before he destroys her friends and the new life she loves. But how can a human survive a battle between two ghosts in the Most Haunted City in America?
Fear: Author’s Preferred Edition
by Ronald Kelly
It was a legend in Fear County…a hideous creature—part snake, part earthbound demon—that feasted on the blood of innocent children in the cold black heart of the Tennessee backwoods.
But ten-year-old Jeb Sweeny knows the horrible stories are not simply tall-tales, but true. Several children in the town of Pikesville, as well as his girlfriend, Mandy, have been abducted in the dead of night and taken to the Snake-Critter’s lair. Jeb knows that no one has ever had the courage to go after the monster and put an end to its raging, bestial hunger.
That is, until now.
But Evil is well guarded. And for young Jeb, who is about to cross over into the forbidden land of Fear County and unknown territory, passage through the gates of Hell comes with a terrible price.
Unbearable and everlasting…FEAR!
This special Author’s Preferred Edition of Ronald Kelly’s magnum opus, Fear, contains the original novel, an introduction by author Brian Keene, a Fear testimonial section, two bonus novellas, and an afterword by the author.
by Jason Parent
All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.
Filled with hope and compelled by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.
Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.
Brimming with action and intrigue, The People of the Sun is sure to entice fans of dark fantasy and sci-fi thrillers such as Watchmen and I Am Number Four.
Breaking a promise can have deadly consequences.
Grandma Maureen escapes the nursing home and walks into the water. The McNamara curse strikes again as another member is taken by the sea.
Shaelyn, Cordelia, and Riley—triplet terrors who once dreamed of stardom and true love—return home to mourn the woman who raised them. Shaelyn lost the man of her dreams and had to raise their children alone while running the family business. Cordelia married her childhood sweetheart and became his princess, but he began punishing her after she failed to meet his expectations. Riley’s a famous musician, but a life of excess and regret has taken its toll.
Someone else lurks in Provincetown, eager for the sisters’ reunion—a mysterious man who’s watched them from afar for years. One of the sisters has a secret, a bargain struck which must be fulfilled or else disaster will follow. The McNamara Girls have no choice but to set aside their differences and unite against a predator whose vengeful obsession refuses to be denied.
In a world where children are forbidden, one couple will not comply…
The human race is dying.
In the near future, genetic mutation causes everyone born after a certain date to mature into psychopaths. Massacres plague the nation. For the safety of all, anyone born after Red Line Day is interned, and giving birth is illegal.
Kyle and Addie are part of Generation Omega, the last people born before Red Line Day and the final senior class that will ever graduate. Their destiny will be to bury their elders and turn out the lights for all mankind. When Addie gets pregnant, the law is clear. She cannot carry a psychopath to term.
She and Kyle decide to run. A mythical town called Ashrama is said to exist where people live naturally, free of the disorder that created the Psychopocalypse. They set out to find it. Guided by the shadowy members of the Invisible Skyway, and assisted by their principal and a dying pharmacist from town, they begin a cross-country journey.
But much stands in their way. Escaped young psychs and bands of criminals ravage the no man’s land between cities. Government agents hunt anyone planning on breaking the rules of reproduction. And those they must trust often become betrayers when it serves their self-interest.
GENERATION OMEGA combines the epic post-apocalyptic scope of THE STAND with the pace of a Lee Child thriller. The storyline taps into the common fears of an unready upcoming generation and the effects of toxins we are releasing into the world.
The Journey: Reflections on Life, Illness, and Death
First diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2001 and later with Hep-C, award-winning author Brian A. Hopkins started writing about the experience immediately, sharing his story online in personal, often humorous, and frequently poignant episodes, many of which were penned by his miniature Schnauzer, Gator. This is the compilation of that 20+ year journey, a unique journal that ventures beyond one man’s struggles with illness and the entity his dog labeled “The Great Recycler” to illustrate the bond between human and canine and the inevitable conclusion all such relationships must endure. It’s the true story of two friends supporting each other “through chemo and interferon-induced depression and all the grey days of human existence.” Hopkins says, “I’m no superhero, but Gator always was … If you walk away with nothing else from this book, you’ll know the absolute nobility of her breed, and through her words, I hope you’ll come to love her, just as I did, just as all my friends on Facebook did. There was rarely a day she wasn’t in their newsfeeds. For a great many of them, it felt like she was their dawg too.”
Brian is a four-time winner of the coveted Bram Stoker Award for excellence in horror literature. He’s also been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His books include These I Know By Heart, Salt Water Tears, Phoenix, Road’s End, Escape Velocities, and others.
by C. T. Phipps and Frank Martin
(Destiny’s Paradox is only available at Amazon, but is enrolled in the KDP Select program.)
Ex-HOPE Activist and future dictator of the world, Rob Stone, is now a twenty-two year old college student at the ultra-high tech Conner University. Studying to be a corporate stooge in hopes of reforming Butterfly International from the inside, Rob has made some sociopathic friends as well as put most of his trauma behind him. All of that comes back when HOPE seemingly bombs his college to assassinate a bunch of future corporate fascists.
Implicated in the bombings, Rob finds history has been changed and new time travelers are continuing to play havoc with reality. His pacifist plans ruined, Rob has to decide to embrace his punk roots and fight fire with fire to save tomorrow. Enjoy this exciting new chapter in the cyberpunk series by C.T. Phipps and Frank Martin!