Halloween has always been a special holiday in my family and it's instilled in me a great appreciation for the supernatural. So to honor, both I am releasing a supernatural-themed novel each October as part of my Occult-tober celebration. Enjoy!
Blood Ties is a wicked supernatural mystery surrounding an orphan and his long lost uncle...
It seemed like such an easy case.
All attorney Liz Dunn had to do was escort Ryan Hart to meet his long lost
uncle in the tiny country of Carpathia on the Transylvanian border. Ryan stood
to gain a ten million dollar estate. Liz wanted the hefty check that would keep
her law firm in the black. But Ryan’s dying uncle, the enigmatic Stefan
Carpathios, planned to get something far more sinister in return. In an ancient
land where legends come to life, Liz is about to discover that the world is much
more complex than she believed and a blood tie can be an exceedingly dangerous
High Above the Waters
One of my favorite Occult-tober novels is High Above the Waters. It's a unique story about a ghost trapped on a bridge...
Marcus Hunter won’t stay dead;
He stalks his bridge all bloody red.
Throws people off on stormy nights;
And smiles as they scream
a pregnant fifteen year old, Autumn Fields learned firsthand that the town
ghost was more than a creepy legend. Rejected by her boyfriend and beaten
bloody by her father, Autumn climbed out onto the old railroad bridge to kill
herself, but a mysterious figure talked her into running away instead. Sixteen
years later, she’s come back to Prospect with her daughter to learn if there
really is such a thing as a ghost on Hunter’s Bridge…
Lazarus Key is my first Occult-tober story and the start of the Pembroke Steel series, a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy.
When the girl of Mitch Pembroke’s dreams responds to his invitation to meet his parents by fleeing home to a remote Caribbean island, the former Great War pilot does what he thinks any red-blooded American male would do—he drops everything and goes after her. But Mitch isn’t the first man to follow Lorali home and like his predecessors, he may not survive the visit. Lazarus Key is the first novella in a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy.
“Stack takes you into an incredible environment in Lazarus Key, an island so gruesome yet fully believable thanks to the masterful descriptions he gives of place, sound and smell, weather and weirdness in all directions. I highly recommend this tale for the way it straddles the historically-accurate world of Prohibition America with the supernatural sphere…If you like the well-thrown fist or the prospect of being eaten alive, sail straight ahead into Lazarus Key."
William L. Hahn, author of the Shards of Light Series
Hearts of Ice and Other Stories
Occult-tober continues in two of the stories of the second Pembroke Steel collection:
Now that the Great War is done, ace pilot Mitch Pembroke just wants to spend a few peaceful years enjoying the Roaring Twenties before he settles down and takes the corner office in his father’s company, Pembroke Steel. Unfortunately, peace is the last thing Mitch can find. Trouble follows wherever he goes and not even his best friend, boxer-turned-bodyguard, Kit Moran can keep him out of all of it. Hearts of Ice and Other Stories is the second volume in a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy. This second volume of the Pembroke Steel series collects four short stories and novellas at one low price:
Hearts of Ice
When Mitch’s wealthy father summons him to the family’s long unused mountain hunting lodge, he reluctantly packs his bags and catches the next train to Colorado. Corazón del Hielo—the Heart of Ice—was once the focus of many happy family vacations, but it’s also the last place anyone saw his cousin—alive or dead. It’s been thirteen years now since the boy mysteriously disappeared and what Mitch doesn't remember about that night may just kill him…
A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance
When Mitch makes a surprise visit to see Kit and his family over Christmas, he’s only trying to get away from his domineering parents and their never-ending plans to end his bachelor ways. A little snow, a few carols and maybe a little harmless flirting with Kit’s sisters promises a pleasant change in atmosphere from the tense matchmaking of the Pembroke household. But the light-hearted visit takes a nasty turn when neighbors find Kit’s mother lying beaten and bloody on the sidewalk. With Mrs. Moran unconscious and Kit seeing red, it’s up to Mitch to help his friend secure A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance.
When Mitch and Kit receive news that an old war buddy has gone missing, they drop everything to travel to Baltimore and search for him. Their one real link to the missing man is his Kid Sister, but it’s just possible she’s also the reason he’s disappeared…
Riddle of the Deceiver
When Mitch and Kit get involved in a search for a missing school teacher, they get more than they bargained for. Miss Egan is not the only resident of her Maine logging town to have gone missing in recent weeks and her terrified neighbors are desperate for answers. Are the disappearances really tied to an old Native American legend or is there an even more sinister solution? Can Mitch and Kit find Miss Egan or will they too end up victims of the Deceiver?
The Shore and Other Stories
And in the final Pembroke Steel volume, Occult-tober returns in the novella, Lorali.
The Great War is eight years past, but for dashing war hero Mitch Pembroke the Roaring Twenties is proving to hide many more dangers than he ever found in the skies of France. Wherever he travels, trouble seems to lie in wait for him. And this time his boxer-turned-bodyguard friend, Kit Moran, might not be able to get him out again. The Shore and Other Stories is the third volume of a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy. It's two short stories and a short novel:
Wealthy playboy and confirmed bachelor, Mitch Pembroke, has finally run out of room to run. His parents have maneuvered him onto a transatlantic cruise with Jenny Lee Danforth, the lovely heiress to a business they wish to merge with their own Pembroke Steel. But while the enchanting Jenny Lee is making Mitch reconsider the desirability of being single, someone else is going to great lengths to keep him that way—especially if it kills him.
Millionaire's son, Mitch Pembroke, was hoping to spend a relaxing week on the Jersey Shore with his fiancé, Jenny Lee Danforth, and his friend and bodyguard, Kit Moran. He was not expecting an old war buddy to die tragically or one of his fiancé’s friends to disappear under mysterious circumstances. Now Mitch, Jenny Lee and Kit must find out why people are dying or risk becoming three more victims of the Shore.
A year ago, Lorali Sinclair broke Mitch Pembroke’s heart when she took her son from a previous relationship and deserted him. Now Lorali has had second thoughts and she isn’t at all happy to learn that Mitch has moved on with his life. She’s decided she wants him back—even if she has to kill his new fiancé to get him.