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Dark Longings Ruby Hayes spends her days working in a coffee shop and attending college. After a mysterious phone call, her ex-boyfriend Kenny goes missing and Ruby is determined to find out what happened to him. Although the police are looking into his disappearance, Ruby decides to pursue her own investigation. Details, seemingly unconnected to Kenny, begin to emerge. A body fished from the river. A vampire-themed nightclub. A shadowy group whose members include the elite and powerful of the city. Secret gatherings where perverted desires are sated and dark fantasies played out. A series of unsolved murders.

Each clue brings Ruby closer to the truth...and nearer to danger. Will she find Kenny? Or will she herself become prey?

 

 

 

 

Sue Cox had been lured into a bizarre relationship with Zeke, a man whose stunning looks hid a demented mind. She had left own with him on a road trip and had nearly lost her life in the process. She was saved from death at the last minute by a private investigator, Will Falstaff, whom her parents had hired to find her and bring her home. But, Zeke was still out there.

In this sequel to the novel, Zeke, Sue begins her long recovery. Melvin, the young assistant to Will, is hired to escort her, a recaution in the event Zeke returns to finish the job. Though Sue does not want protection, she gradually grows to trust Melvin even as she learns to be more self-reliant. With the help of her psychiatrist and the loving support of her parents, she works through her tangled emotions and begins to clear the brainwashing from her mind so she can rebuild her life. She vows to never be a victim again. But, Zeke has other plans. . .

 

 


Zeke is a dark novel of sexual obsession, psychological manipulation, and looming peril.

A naive college student falls for the new clerk at a local store. Captivated by his brooding good looks and menacing but irresistible charisma, she leaves herself wide open for exploitation and agrees to leave town with him. As they travel, his behavior grows more deviant and increasingly volatile.

Her parents’ concern leads them to hire a small-town PI, who begins his inquiry with only two objectives: first, to verify that her departure is voluntary, and second to ascertain her whereabouts. A simple case; however, he soon finds himself locked into a chase to save her life. Will he find her in time or will she become another victim of a cunning sociopath?

 

 

Betrayed is a novel of suspense.

Brook, a Denver socialite, seems to have a good life until she becomes the victim of a botched carjacking. In a matter of minutes, her life is forever altered. She is abducted, transported, and held for days by three brutal men in a remote mountain location. She escapes only to end up barefoot, nearly naked, and hopelessly lost in the Colorado wilderness at the beginning of a harsh winter. Suffering physical and psychological damage from her captivity, Brooklyn sustains more injuries as she struggles through the forest. Adding to her misery, the snow begins to fall. In the middle of nowhere, she encounters a bloody wild man, turns to flee from him, and runs headfirst into a tree, knocking herself unconscious. Brooklyn awakens in the rustic cabin of Lance, a reclusive man who has shunned society. Terrified and wounded, Brook fears she has traded one form of captivity for another.

Betrayed now contains the bonus of Betrayed Alternate Ending which starts at Chapter 49 and takes the reader in a whole new direction.

Betrayed is not for the faint of heart. It contains violence and adult situations.

 

Catch Her in the Rye, Selected Short Story Volume One

Catch Her in the Rye contains the tragic love story by that name plus thirty other short stories in a wide variety of themes, from the surrealistic I Wish to the heartwarming Homeless Thanksgiving.

These short tales offer a cross-genre experience, with literary tidbits that include science fiction, horror, contemporary fiction, and those hard-to-classify yarns that fit neatly into no category. In addition to the eerie Ain't No Lights, the collection features a cast of engaging characters from a lovable stray dog in Belle to a mute Appalachian girl with a unique musical talent in Callie's Fiddle, and even an online villain in Bingo Killer.

 

 

 

Blue, Selected Short Stories Volume Two

Blue contains three novelettes, which in and of themselves make the book a must-read. In addition, Blue also features eleven shorter works that run the gamut from bawdy humor in The Erotic Adventure of Dick Speed to the contemplative surrealism of Death Hates His Job.

Wodke Hawkinson writes across genre lines, providing a tasty variety of subjects which are peopled with unique and memorable characters. Each of the three novelettes in Blue introduces the reader to a different and compelling story. In Back to the Past, a young man recalls meeting his bride years before when they were children, and reminisces about their childhood friendship. The Deconstruction of Dennis is a tragedy that illustrates the lonely sorrow of mental illness. The title piece, Blue, tells the harrowing story of a young girl who is thrust into the custody of her father’s unsavory family upon the death of her mother.

 

 

Alone, Selected Short Stories Volume Three

This book is populated by memorable characters; the tales in Alone give readers the cross-genre experience they have come to expect from this author in 18 tales of drama, weirdness, humor, or literary speculation.

The story Band Joe is about an alien and her companion pet who are starving and nearly out of fuel. They crash in the backwoods on Earth and are found by a young boy who is bent on helping them get back into space before they are caught. Diary of a Psycho follows a woman who has, shall we say, an unusual take on life. The story follows her through approximately one month and leaves the reader feeling like checking all their possessions at work before using them again. Alone, the title story, begins when a man awakens on his couch only to find he is the only person left on Earth.

 

 

Tangerine has been picked up by a traditional publisher and is now available on Smashwords. It is set to be released as an e-book on the other sites in the next month or so with the paperback following next spring. If you were fortunate to purchase a copy before we removed it from stores, you will know that Tangerine is a novel set in a future time where long distance space travel is commonplace and aliens are a natural part of society. A story of an interstellar biologist who explores the wild orange beauty of the planet, Tangerine, and discovers she is the heir to a device of great power. As she and her furry companion take to the stars, she is pursued not only by an evil collector but also by a romantic rogue!

You can view the Tangerine Book Trailer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8myZB8xm_E&lr=1

 

 

TROLL, a short story by Wodke Hawkinson

The Macksburg County Sheriff’s Office
receives a report of a “troll” under the William Frank Bridge. Officers arrest
the culprit and bring him in. Then things get interesting.

A earlier version of “Troll” was first included in the book, Alone - Selected Short
Stories, Volume 3, by Wodke Hawkinson.

 

 

Acim, is a short story of approximately 6,173 words.

Mica is just a boy when a small grizzled man enters his bedroom one day from a miniature door in the wall. His name is Acim and it seems his whole purpose is  to torment Mica. Mica must figure out a way to deal with the nasty little imp.

Mica soon discovers the way to rid himself of the horrid little man and continues through twenty years without Acim resurfacing. Then, Mica has a bad day and Acim is back on the scene.

 

 

 

Ghost Writer is a short story about a pair of co-authors notice strange things happening to their writing project: Missing or altered text, a chapter appearing in and then disappearing from their local newspaper, and other odd occurrences. It seems as if someone, or some thing, does not want them to write their story! Find out who or what is causing these issues.

 

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