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The Visitor: The Dark Corner - Book I (Dark Psychological Suspense) (The Dark Corner Archives 1)

Don't Move. Don't Breathe. Don't Die

Dana Johansen is being watched. Someone has been following his every move for months. Each month that's passed, they have been getting closer. He doesn't know who they are or what they want. He just knows that they are after him.

Now, they're in his house. His refuge. His safe haven. It's been invaded. If he leaves, the visitor will follow. He's not sure what to do. One thing is certain -- if Dana doesn't do something, the visitor will.

The Visitor is the first story in The Dark Corner miniseries, a collection of supernatural, dark fantasy short stories, novelettes, and novellas. There are five stories in all, each story getting progressively longer, giving the reader a novel buy the end of the series.

Easton Livingston is a supernatural/superheroic fiction author, weaving together action, fantasy, and suspense. The Visitor is the entry point into his Reality Imagination Universe (RIU). Those who are RIU Citizens have special access to all the books in the series. His writing can be described as The 4400 television series meets Stranger Things.

Become an RIU Citizen today. Download The Visitor now and begin your journey. And if you feel you're being watched, it's because you are.

Preludes: A Story of Child Sexual Abuse from a Child’s Perspective in a Middle Class American Family

Illuminating the horrors of child sexual abuse from a child's perspective, "Preludes" is a novella-length story chronicling the experiences of a nine-year-old boy as he struggles to survive sexual abuse by his father in a middle class American family in the 1960s. "Preludes" is based in significant part on the experiences of its author, a child sexual abuse survivor.

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When a nine-year-old boy in a "respectable," middle class family is raped, then repeatedly molested by his father, how does the boy experience the abuse and how does he manage to survive?

"Preludes" examines these questions.

The boy wakes in the middle of the night to find his father sitting on the edge of his bed, gently shaking him from his sleep. Though confused by his father's unexpected presence, for a few brief moments he suspects nothing unusual.

His father then accuses him of having misbehaved without saying how, and tells him he'll have to be punished. The boy initially protests, but then, sensing the futility of resistance, grudgingly prepares himself for what his father tells him will be a spanking, all the while thinking, "Gee, this is ridiculous--I haven't done anything wrong." His father then proceeds to rape him, and, the rape completed, threatens to murder him if he tells anyone, including his mother.

Thus begins the boy's struggle for survival in the face of his father's nightly onslaughts--a struggle that stretches the boy's physical, psychological, and emotional resources to their limits and beyond.

Adding to his struggle's immensity is the story's milieu: a "Pleasantville" middle class neighborhood in a mid-sized American city in the early 1960s--an environment that gives no indication, on its surface, that dysfunction of such proportions could occur within its hermetic confines. The boy's family enjoys a high status--the father is a professor at a prestigious university, and the family belongs to a Presbyterian church that counts among its members some of the city's most prominent citizens. It is an environment in which acknowledgement of even the merest possibility of child sexual abuse within a family as respectable as that of the boy's is as taboo as the abuse itself. Sensing these constrictions, the boy feels his isolation in his suffering increase exponentially.

The prime importance placed by the community on maintaining a semblance of normalcy, no matter the cost to the truth, extends to the day-to-day life of the boy's home. The family's nightly meals together, at a table set with engraved silverware and an "everyday" china of the most tasteful design, and the "Smile Club" photos the boy's mother hangs in the downstairs hallway--family photos, taken regularly, for which the fundamental requisite is that everyone in them be wearing a pleasant smile--help form the bulwark of the mother's determined effort to put the best possible face on things.

To survive, the boy attempts to hide the truth as much as possible, even from himself, with his mind employing, as its chief means to this end, a total forgetting of the abuse when it's not actually happening--a strategy his mind has utilized on previous occasions of his father's abuse.

But survival, though laudable, comes at an enormous price--a price exacted, among other ways, in the warped perception the boy forms of what it means to "be a man." A price, the story suggests, the boy will have to pay going forward, into adulthood, until he reaches a point of substantial healing.

Execution Is Everything: The Girl (Jon Kaine)

"I'd landed in New York to commit a crime, but that wasn't the problem..."

Jon Kaine is a business psychologist - confident, successful, and more used to seminars than bar room brawls. But when a beautiful woman walks into a New York bar Kaine's life becomes anything but theoretical. As the night descends into violence he's forced to reawaken a buried part of himself, and put his skills to darker use.

With a razor sharp plot, fast dialogue and a stripped-down reading time, this is the short, gripping 'pilot' for Nick Warren's acclaimed new thriller series. If you like your stories lean, mean and intelligent... you'll love this.

Download Part 1 of Execution Is Everything now and witness the battle unfold.

Heart of Darkness

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My Sweet Captive

There's nothing remarkable about the woman tied to the chair before me. At least, that's what I tell myself. I have to keep an emotional distance if I'm going to watch my sadistic brother torture my captive.

There are so many other ways I'd like to break her, none of which involve carving her up. Her pale skin would mark up nicely under my darker forms of discipline.

When my brother decides to spare her and give her to me instead, I know I'm lost to those sky blue eyes. Samantha will be mine.

Note: My Sweet Captive is the beginning of Samantha and Andres' dark romance told from Andres' point of view. It can be read before Sweet Captivity as a prequel, or after Sweet Captivity as bonus material.

The Night Walk Men: A Novella

Three-year old Gabriela plays with her twin brother on a train platform. Blind sax man, Braille the Rail, meets with an old, old friend. The earth rumbles beneath them all: the promise of an approaching locomotive. Now, two mysterious strangers, both of them acting in the interest of an otherworldly sense of duty, will decide their fate over a cup of tea.

Laughing at the rain

When a former TV personality has his world thrown into chaos by false allegations and media uproar he finds himself fighting for his life in the hands of an obsessed fan. What follows is a shrewd examination of celebrity, the influence of the media and enslavement to the limelight that is sometimes too addictive to quit.

Who Needs Justice? (Chris Seely Vigilante Justice Book 1)

Following an unexpected medical diagnosis, Christian approaches life differently.

So he makes a list on the back of a Starbucks receipt of people who shouldn't be walking around anymore.

1 Ray

2 DS

3 'Chip'

4 Simmons

5 Ike's guy

6 video store Australian

7 football driver

8 Maierhaffer situation

9 soccer guy

10 Eric Mossman's person

And all bets are off.

Usher Syndrome (Becoming Agie Book 1)

Love makes us blind, but can it cure physical blindness?

Agie used to be a man. Now she has opened her heart to someone who would accept her for what she is.

But her destiny has other plans and Agie has to fight for her love in the most challenging and unexpected way.

This short novella, warmly received by the readers, contains themes of love, friendship, betrayal, self-identity, gender and even cutting-edge gene therapy.

The book was adapted to stage and the "Usher" play had a successful run at Baron's Court Theatre in West London in 2010.

A Mother's Day: A Short Story

AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY

FROM THE CELEBRATED AUTHOR OF

THE BESTSELLING NOVEL HERE, HOME, HOPE ....

Three mothers. Three sons. One day that changes them all forever.

Five Star Reviews!

"Nicely written - very quick read - sad moment but wonderfully heartwarming! Ms. Rouda - you're Light Blue!" ~ Stacy Eaton, author

"Kaira Rouda does an amazing job of weaving three disparate tales together by uniting them around a single shocking event as observed by three very different types of women, all at different stages of motherhood. Her voice is authentic and each story is engaging and leaves you wanting to know more. It was a perfect story." ~ Hobson, Amazon Reviewer

"I enjoyed the short story which delves into the lives of three different women who are mothers - each of them is at a different stage of motherhood (a new mom with a baby to a mom of a teenage son) and each has boys (I have two sons myself). We get a peek into the lives of these three women on Mother's Day and a shocking event that happens that they are all tied to in some way - a life-changing event - and eventually see how the three moms are connected (think like the movie CRASH with Sandra Bullock where the characters are slightly connected). For those who enjoy it, dive into the author's full-length novel called HERE, HOME, HOPE. Both are great reads for women who enjoy women's fiction novels that are both inspiring, real and well written." ~ WriterCrys, Amazon Reviewer

(beach reads, award winning, Amazon bestseller, motherhood, women's fiction, mothers and sons)

I Have a Secret: Volume 3

It's been twenty years since PI Sloane Monroe has returned to her hometown of Tehachapi, California, but when a former classmate is stabbed and tossed overboard during the high school reunion cruise, Sloane isn't about to allow a murderer to run free in her own backyard. But in a town where everyone is harboring secrets, how many more men will die before she uncovers the truth?

Hyde, an Urban Fantasy

To survive, they must embrace what they most despise . . . in themselves and each other. Mitch Turner is everything women want most in a man-charismatic, successful, drop-dead gorgeous. Except he's not a man-he's a monster. The only way Mitch can protect others from his monstrous side is to stop them from getting too close..."that" and a 7x7 foot cage. Isolated by his genetic curse, he spends his life hurting people emotionally, driving them away before Hyde can harm them physically. But, after a night of the best sex Mitch has ever had, he realizes that might be impossible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn't remember any of it. Eden Colfax is everything men want most, men other than Mitch, that is. She's kind, honest to a fault and sickeningly sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn't lie, doesn't curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers' beds...until the day she does. Then the flashbacks start-places she's never been, people she's never met, blood she's never spilled. She discovers she's split into two parts-the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again. What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected. Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for. *** This novel is intended for adults only, as it includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and themes similar to those in Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," from which this story was inspired.

Under The Litic Legacy: A Paul Litic Conspiracy Thriller

Sometimes the price of justice is too high ...Washington Post reporter Michael Litic gets a strange request. It triggers a dark secret he would like to forget so, he turns to his mob connections to come up with the answer.

The problem gets solved. Life returns to normal.

But a mysterious letter has begun its journey to his desk at the Post. And it threatens the security of everything he holds dear.

This time, Litic must face a reality he can't discuss with anyone.

This time, he must find the answer.

And this time, he must do it alone.

Do you like a good thriller? Do you like suspense, mystery, and gripping intrigue in a story?

Then you'll love the Paul Litic Conspiracy Thriller Series.

Get your FREE copy of Scott Michaels prequel, Under The Litic Legacy, today and discover how it all began!

Sara's Game

Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few sightings over the following months, but little else. Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children go missing from their schools, all at the exact same time. And the note under her windshield wiper asks one simple question: Are you ready to play the game?

Freeing Her (A Hart Brothers Novel #1): The Hart Brothers Series: Volume 1

Freeing Her (A Hart Brothers Novel, Book 1) * This novel contains mature content and is not intended for younger readers This is the beginning of a story... the story of two people who were meant to be together. Why? Because unknown to them, they shared terrifying pasts and the cruel circumstances of their births doomed both of them to a life of hell. Two strangers ... one night ... one accidental meeting that changed their lives forever. Gabriella Martinelli, Manhattan psychiatrist had only one goal in life-to help abuse victims avoid the horrors she'd experienced herself. She worked late, volunteered, and donated her services to anyone who needed them. Life was good ... until her nightmare resurfaced. HE found her, and began stalking her, and she knew he wouldn't stop until he destroyed every ragged piece of her. Kolson Hart, Manhattan's most eligible bachelor, was ruled by his dark past. He liked control, from the boardroom to the bedroom and didn't care to be involved with someone whose life was just as screwed up as his was. But one look at Gabriella short-circuited everything. Want ... desire ... need ... will sometimes drive a man to do things he swore he never would. He freed her from a life of fear ... When he couldn't even save himself. "I only ask for one promise and that's honesty. Can you give me that?" she asked. "Yeah. I can. But if you decide to take this leap with me, I must warn you that I have certain compulsions, if you will." "Compulsions?" "Needs, compulsions, call them what you want. But you asked for honesty and I'm giving it to you." "I see. So what do these needs entail?" "Right now, I'd like to blindfold you, bind your wrists in silk, paddle your sweet ass, and f**k you until your legs are so weak you couldn't possibly walk, even if your life depended on it."

Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer: Volume 1 (Nightmares Trilogy)

The worst monsters are human.Six months ago, Nathan's sister was brutally murdered.Now the former playboy desires only one thing: revenge. Late at night, Nathan trudges down the beach where his sister's body was found. He's searching for answers, but all he finds is a new nightmare: another girl's tortured body. Only this one isn't dead . . . yet. The unlikely hero becomes the prime suspect. Saving Caitlin's life was just the start. Nathan must win her trust and unlock the memories hidden in her nightmares to find out who's really responsible, before it's too late. A tiny taste of what's in store: "Stay away from her, Nathan. That girl isn't good for you."Stay away from her? I'd go crazy with worry in a day. "You don't know her."Chris looked grim. "Neither do you. Is there anything you wouldn't do for her?" "Yes," I snapped. "I wouldn't die for her."Chris turned around to stare at me, her mouth hanging open. "Do you want to know why?" I asked steadily. "I wouldn't die for her because I wouldn't be able to protect her any more. What if I missed one of the people who hurt her? I couldn't take that risk. She's too important." Nightmares Trilogy: This is the first book in the Nightmares Trilogy, which includes: Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (#1)) Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller (#2) Afterlife of Alanna Miller (#3)

Watching

Witness (Witness, Book 1): Volume 1

College student Courtney Hartford's worries are confined to doing well in school and having an active social life. That is, until she witnesses a murder. And then recognizes the murderer. His warning not to tell, coupled with his threat against her life and the life of her mother, pushes her to make a difficult decision-tell the police the truth, or let the people who are threatening her control her life. Witness does not contain any profanity or sexual content.

The Goodbye Storm: Volume 1 (Rough Waters Series)

Autumn Chase is painfully aware grief is a beast that won't be chased off before it's ready to leave. When an icy road and a dark night leave her a young widow, she's forced to trade in her perfectly planned future for the unknown. Like a child hiding from a monster, she pulls her covers up over her head with the intention of sheltering herself forever. But once an unexpected stranger shows up on her doorstep, Autumn has to choose between being alone or connecting with someone who is hurting as badly as she is. Noah Key, an emergency room doctor, has solemnly informed countless families that their loved one could not be saved. However, when his own wife dies suddenly there are no words to bring him comfort. His in-laws want him to fall to pieces to confirm his love for his late wife. His colleagues want him to take time off to grieve. The only thing Noah wants is to work enough hours in the day to forget his wife is gone. He's written himself a prescription for a cocktail of distraction and exhaustion in order to trick his brain into thinking his life isn't in shambles. When the world keeps moving on without them, Noah and Autumn will need to decide if they'll survive the storm or allow themselves to be swept away by it.

Casanova Killer, An SSCD Crime Thriller

Catching the eye of a delusional serial killer known as Casanova Killer signals the end for certain beautiful young women of San Francisco. True to his name, Casanova offers the women a taste of romance and unparalleled adoration before sending them to a bloody death.

The FBI Special Serial Crimes Division, SSCD, sets a trap for the killer with one of their own as bait. Agent Jerry Forbes pairs with Interpol's Ethan Barnes to capture Casanova before another woman falls prey to his charms.

Jerry and Ethan soon discover that pretending to be lovers may be more dangerous than catching a killer. Follow their story from the moment they set up house to the abrupt end that Jerry does not see coming.

Is it love or certain death?

Promises, Promises: A Robin Bricker Prequel

Love, mystery, and broken promises....

Sixteen years ago Robin spent her summer at an elite boarding school, sharing oxygen with secret society members and exploring the haunted cairns. Lonely, enigmatic Tristan was her only friend, but when tragedy struck, Robin shamefully abandoned Tristan to resume her safe, suburban life.

Now Robin has a successful design business and a passionate relationship with her boyfriend, Nick. Yet when Tristan calls out of the blue, Robin must revisit a dangerous world of lies and ghosts.

Will keeping her promise and helping her friend cause Robin to lose everything she holds dear?

NOTE: This novella is a prequel to the full-length, standalone 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, The Standout, from award-winning author Laurel Osterkamp. A preview chapter of The Standout is also included.