As many bloggers know, Friday is the day we observe the 'Celebrations' blog hop. It has been a joy and an inspiration (and, often, a smile-maker) for several years: you can visit Lexa Cain and her two delightful co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits for more information.
There are always things to celebrate - you just have to look.
And today I am celebrating the arrival of a new book by a talented author who graces several blogs that I frequent and who, further research uncovers (well... Not research, exactly. She told us about this and it sounded wonderful the sort of thing to share) Anyhow, after a number of pieces in anthologies - the sort of pieces that have interesting twists to them, stories that make you think and wonder and, perhaps, glance over your shoulder, she has he has published HEART STOPPER and other Stories.
This collection of stories will send shivers up your spine and make your imagination work.
This is not sledgehammer blood or gore, but the sort of tantalizing, slowly building tension that will send you groping for another pillow and eyeing your alarm clock to see if you might be able to read to the end and not be too impaired in the morning at work.
In her own words:
Heart Stopper and Other Stories
By Tamara Narayan
One collection, four stories, 171 pages of suspense...
The disappearance of random household items baffles Dallas Radner and his eleven-year-old daughter, Tessa. Ten plastic bags, nine ballpoint pens . . . what's next? This odd countdown should end on November 1, The Day of the Dead. That's also Tessa's birthday and the one-year anniversary of her surgery, the day her heart stopped on the operating table.
Dallas almost lost Tessa once. On November 1, one thing will vanish forever. Will it be his daughter?
Fed up with her abusive boyfriend, coed Chloe Langley takes off in a borrowed car for the safety of home. She'll never make it.
One Step Away:
Acrophobia has ruined Darryl James's marriage and stolen his son. To get Andrew back, Darryl undergoes desensitization therapy. Just as success is within his grasp, a relapse occurs with shocking consequences.
Perched on a mountain with a view to die for, Laura and Paul Alderson have it all: new house, new baby, and new challenges. But urgent whispers from the baby monitor about her infant son and the garage threaten to turn Laura's American dream into a nightmare.
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Heart Stopper (click to go to the book page) (this is a geotargeted link - it will take you to your own Amazon store):
Four seasons of suspense to let you unwind.
Lives at a crossroad, a breakdown of order
Between life and death, it’s a tenuous border.
Halloween comes, and the Day of the Dead
For one man this custom brings heartache and dread.
As belongings disappear, a child makes her shrine
Is it a ghost? Perhaps. Or a shattered mind?
A couple spars, and fear invades
An abused coed flees on a spring escapade.
Across Florida’s searing and pocked landscape
Sinkholes will assume many a shape.
Another dreams of feathers, wings of might
Yet experiences terror at a meager height.
This phobia takes every dear thing away
Then, in a brutal twist, saves a dark summer’s day.
Peppermint, mice, and a cold-as-winter voice
A mother must make a desperate choice.
Heeding her instincts to save the child
What’s lost instead, the pain won’t be mild.
Four tales I present to tingle your spine
Four stories of suspense to let you unwind.
Read on to learn more before you order
Between art and madness, it’s a tenuous border.
You can visit Tamara at her blog HERE
And you can find her Author Page HERE