Before the vampire...before the werewolf...there was the Strigoi
On the verge of suicide, after his wife left him, Alex Regal learns he has inherited property located in a small town deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Putting things on hold, he heads to Glade, hoping for something positive in his life. Getting there is easy but leaving proves to be impossible. A dark spell exists, keeping everyone captive, and the place is run by a Shapeshifter called the Strigoi
Romanian tales tell of the Strigoi, a creature who once was a man that died and rose again to become the undead. The Strigoi, according to shapeshifter folklore, is capable of taking on the form of another man or animal, a favorite being the wolf. This being needs to drink human blood to survive. The Strigoi became the basis of vampire and werewolf mythology, including the most famous one--Dracula by Bram Stoker.
In 1792, Nikola Choroleeva emigrated from the city of Sighetu Marmației near the Carpathian Mountains to the Americas and founded a secret colony, hidden in the mountains of Appalachia, comprised of followers who took a blood vow to provide for his nourishment, and he in return gave them eternal life. Being infected with the malady as him, they became the living Strigoi.
Impervious to old age and disease, the members of this society from time to time die by accident or murder. By Lord Nikola’s edict, they are staked through the heart and buried to keep them from coming back as the dead Strigoi. When a citizen is lost, a replacement must be found. To this hidden world, an unwilling Alex Regal was brought as a replacement. To escape he must find a murderer, discover who the ghost bride is, and break the blood curse.
WHEN NORTH MEETS SOUTH IT'S MURDER!!!
Millionaire playboy Peter Reynolds is at loose ends, not terribly moral and more than a little spoiled to a lavish lifestyle. All that he has come to know and cherish is about to change when he gets an invitation to attend the funeral of an ex-girlfriend, Diane. Her death that initially looks like a home invasion gone wrong starts to look more and more like a planned murder. Soon more die, and Peter discovers he's not welcomed in the small North Carolina town.
The ill-tempered moonshiner...the power-hungry businessman...the love-starved country girl...the lustful trophy wife...the psychopath...the lady sheriff...the clever country boy...all provide plenty of diversions as Peter struggles to figure out who's behind the murders.
From a backwoods moonshine operation to big business southern style, Peter must unravel the mystery of who's behind the murders, and how to keep himself and Diane's eight-year-old son from becoming the next victims.
Move over Nancy. Here comes Penelope!
Never having experienced Christmas, twelve-year-old Penelope finally gets her wish when her parents decide to celebrate it as part of her home-schooling education. Traditions become murky as her parents improvise curious ways to observe the holiday.
To make things weirder, a moving van arrives at the old Compton house down the road and delivers a fully decorated Christmas tree, an armchair and a lamp, and nothing else. Penelope sets out to discover who lives in the old house and why they only own those three items.
As the holidays progress she gets a unique experience that she will remember for a lifetime.
This short story is the prequel to PENELOPE AND THE BIRTHDAY CURSE and is sure to delight children and adults alike. After reading this, Christmas will never be the same.
THE BIRTHDAY CURSE is set outside the town limits of Dillwood, in a strange old house called the Manor, with a detective who is bold, brassy and only thirteen. Her name is Penelope Amour.
Her parents invite family and friends to the Manor to celebrate Penelope’s birthday, assembling an odd mix of characters. Complications soon arise when a snowstorm knocks out the power, stranding them in the country, fourteen miles from town. Then on the morning of Penelope’s birthday, they find one of the guests dead. Another guest spins a tale of a triple curse, claiming that two more will die in the next two days. While the adults bumble along trying to find the killer, Penelope enlists the help of friends Ruthie, Wendell and Orson to find the murderer.
THE BIRTHDAY CURSE is a blend of humor, cozy mystery and suspense that is a fun read for adults as well as tweens.
First days at a new school never go well, and for Penelope it is a disaster. Within minutes of being at the school, a teacher falls over dead and everyone thinks Penelope caused it.
Penelope enlists the help of her offbeat friends and a quirky professor to find the real killer in an adventure that leads across roof tops, through hidden passages and in the woods outside the school. Complications arise when a feud develops with some other students and when the wily principal plots ways to expel her. Before it’s over she must save herself and everyone in the school from the hands of the crazy killer and find the ghost's treasure.
To complicate matters, the school has a new chef and Penelope’s friend Raddy thinks Chef Judy is trying to poison them. The new girl at school steals away everyone’s friends. As always Principal Merriweather keeps finding new ways to expel her. Between trying to get her friends back, starving and keeping away from the killer, she has her hands full in this next Penelope Mystery