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    As a publisher of predominantly full-length fiction, we always wanted to create a collection of short stories by our talented Crooked Cat authors – so here it is!

    You will find twenty tantalising tasters from Crooked Cats from the UK and the US, all keen to showcase their writing skills with glimpses into their existing releases, or with something new altogether.

    Twenty stories of historical and contemporary fiction, crime and drama, fantasy, humour and ghostly shenanigans. Murder. Love. Adventure. Gossip. Growing up. Scheming. Friendship – Crooked Cats’ Tales has it all!
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    Crooked Cat authors and their contributions:
    Cocktail Hour by Pamela Kelt
    A Rescue in Graphite by Maggie Secara
    Once Again by KB Walker
    The Pied Piper of Larus by Kathy Sharp
    Her Visitors by Ailsa Abraham
    White Rose by Carol Hedges
    A Bright New Copper by Catriona King
    Altared by Adele Elliott
    Misgivings by Nancy Jardine
    Saturday Fever by Sue Barnard
    The Wanderer by T.E. Taylor
    Sheffield Steel by Trevor Ripley
    The Blue House by Carol Maginn
    Processionary Penitents by Nik Morton
    The Second Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien Young Loves by Jeff Gardiner
    Cradle of Man by J.L. Bwye
    Silken Knots by Frances di Plino
    The Thread that Binds by Mark Patton
    Boo! by David W Robinson


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    They do like to be beside the seaside.

    With The Lazy Luncheonette under threat of redevelopment, Joe, Sheila and Brenda take time off for the STAC Easter outing to Blackpool, fun capital of the North of England. But after a scrape with a drunken lorry driver on the motorway, Joe finds himself embroiled in a double murder at a parcel distribution depot where everything is done by the book.

    Confronted with obstinate police officers, reluctant witnesses and a tangled puzzle of personality clashes, Joe is driven to distraction trying to pin down the killer. Hounded by a determined property tycoon and wooed by an amorous shop steward, Joe is sure of only one thing…

    It’s MURDER at the mail order depot.


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    Blurb coming soon.


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    Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors.

    Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story.


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    Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors.

    Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story.


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    HOWARD CARTER SAVES THE WORLD is a romp through the sacred cow pastures of pop culture and a humorous celebration of all the things that used to make science fiction and fantasy fun. If Enders Game had been written by Douglas Adams, it might’ve looked something like this.

    Howard Carter knows that Frozen Funtime Pops are the secret to cold fusion and that time travel is not only possible, but awfully handy if you mess up your first day at a new school. His friends suspect that he was born with an exemption from the laws of physics, but Howard really just wants the same thing any eleven year old boy wants: friends, video games, and a robotic servant to help out with the chores.

    Unfortunately for Howard, mad scientists, government conspiracies and alien invasions have no respect for the plans of 11-year-old boys.


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    When an office worker receives a photograph of a grisly murder scene, he thinks it’s a prank, not the start of a killing spree where he knows every victim.

    Nigel Randolph, a solitary man suffering from mental health issues, is implicated in a macabre set of killings, drawn into a dark world of subterfuge and deception, which leaves him questioning his own sanity.

    As the police investigation progresses, Randolph discovers evidence that he may have been experimented upon as a child during radical hypnotherapy sessions, and is now victim of a high-level cover-up.

    Only if he can piece together what happened to him during the controversial psychiatric treatment of his youth, can he ever hope to find the truth.


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    “It has a magical feel and is a book that you may find yourself staying up late to finish.”
    ~ Arkgirl, Vine Voice

    A haunting read from SHANI STRUTHERS, author of the Amazon #1 bestselling, THE HAUNTING OF HIGHDOWN HALL.

    “The dead of night, Jess, I wish they’d leave me alone.”

    Jessamin Wade’s husband is dead – a death she feels wholly responsible for. As a way of coping with her grief, she keeps him ‘alive’ in her imagination – talking to him everyday, laughing with him, remembering the good times they had together. She thinks she will ‘hear’ him better if she goes somewhere quieter, away from the hustle and bustle of her hometown, Brighton. Her destination is Glenelk in the Highlands of Scotland, a region her grandfather hailed from and the subject of a much-loved painting from her childhood.

    Arriving in the village late at night, it is a bleak and forbidding place. However, the house she is renting – Skye Croft – is warm and welcoming. Quickly she meets the locals. Her landlord, Fionnlagh Maccaillin, is an ex-army man with obvious and not so obvious injuries. Maggie, who runs the village shop, is also an enigma, startling her with her strange ‘insights’. But it is Stan she instantly connects with. Maccaillin’s grandfather and a frail, old man, he is grief-stricken from the recent loss of his beloved Beth.

    All four are caught in the past. All four are unable to let go. Their lives entwining in mysterious ways, can they help each other to move on or will they always belong to the ghosts that haunt them?

    From the author of the bestselling PSYCHIC SURVEYS series.


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    1912.

    David Klein is eighteen when he runs away from the poverty and orthodoxy of his Jewish home in Birmingham, England, for the bright lights and opportunities of New York. But trouble is in store.

    From the anguish and terror of nearly drowning at sea, the story moves between New York, Birmingham and eventually to Breslau in Germany where, when working as a war reporter, he meets Karin. Together, they live through the burgeoning terror of Nazi Germany in 1938.

    Book #1 of the David Klein War Reporter series.

    Coming soon:

    Vichyssoise, book #2, is set during the noir days of Vichy France during World War II.


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    Disgraced guardian angel, Jack Foyle, is hunting for his missing girlfriend, Lizzie, from somewhere in the 1840s when he butts in on a chrono-criminal organization stealing oil from the past and selling it in the future. No wonder his home time of the twentieth-century is running out of oil.

    On the run and chased through time by the criminals, the Time Cops, the guardian angels and a hungry kitten, Jack must protect the twenty-first century inventor of time travel or he will never see Lizzie again.

    But it’s a race against time…