Hello Book Lovers of Bloglandia!
Another new indie title hits the shelves next month.
And this time, it’s one of mine!
And it seems I’ve completely forgotten to share a sample with you…so much for that Handy Dandy Release Checklist I created specifically to NOT forget things like this.
I guess it would help if I didn’t have the checklist buried under a pile of notebooks.
Anyway, the book is called Day Sixteen, and it’s a supernatural thriller that’s got all kinds of creepy, dark, psychological stuff going on that is a far cry from the funny and farcical paranormal mysteries I’ve been cranking out.
Below you’ll find an enticing sample chapter from this eerie tale, as well as a little explanation for why this all might seem strangely familiar.
If you just want to jump to the sample, you’ll find it below, just after the description and some reader reviews.
However, if you’re feeling confused right now…
For those of you who have been with me a while, you might be feeling a sense of confusion and deja vu right now.
Don’t worry, this is NOT a glitch in the Matrix.
Yes, Day Sixteen should seem familiar to you.
I had planned to release this book last year. I even had my review team read it, I mentioned it in newsletters, and all kinds of business-y kinds of pre-release stuff.
Then I realized last year was not the time to release the book to a larger audience.
This is mainly to do with how stores’ algorithms recommend books, and since I’d just come off The Cassie Black Trilogy releases and was trying to keep the humor ball rolling with The Circus Unusual Creatures mysteries, throwing a dark thriller into the mix ran the risk of confusing our AI overlords.
So, I only released Day Sixteen on my Payhip Bookstore and bided my time until I had more of a footing with my humorous stuff.
It was a tough call, but I think it was the right one.
Or not, who knows, I’m just winging my way through all this and hoping I don’t crash into a plate-glass window. Wheee…ow!!!
For those of you who are new here, or who completely missed all the Day Sixteen drama last year…
Hopefully, you’re NOT confused. If you are, that’s (probably) not my fault.
If you’re someone who found me from the Cassie Black or Circus of Unusual Creatures stories, Day Sixteen is quite different than those silly tales.
It’s rather dark, it’s a little creepy, and it’s got a serious lack of pastries and omelets (although, I think there’s a plate of spaghetti in there somewhere… and quite a bit of red wine).
But I still would love it if you’d give the book a gander.
…you’re nearly to the sample!
You’ll find the sample after this quick description and a few comments from Day Sixteen‘s early readers.
Day Sixteen: A Supernatural Thriller
At first, Moire’s sleepwalking incidents don’t faze her. She’s never had them before, so surely they’ll pass.
When further troubling events and coincidences begin plaguing Moire’s sleeping and waking world, her paranoia mounts. Paranoia her husband Neil insists is a clear sign that Moire needs help.
Moire struggles to get a grip, telling herself what she believes is too crazy to be true.
But when people close to her start disappearing, she realizes what’s been happening is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. And that she’s in a fight for her mind and her body.
If you’re captivated by The X-Files and The Handmaid’s Tale, if you enjoy peeling back the layers of an otherworldly mystery, or if you’ve ever doubted what you’ve been told is true, you’ll find yourself gripped by Day Sixteen, a modern day thriller with light supernatural elements.
What other readers have to say…
- …the storyline had me on the edge of my seat — really hard to put down. You need to read it! –Bookbub Reviewer
- If you want a thrilling read with some solid creepy moments along the way, this book is for you. –Jonathan Pongratz, Author of The BEK Curse
- …keeps the reader engaged wanting to see where this will lead. But still…not wanting it to end. –Bookbub Reviewer
- If you’re a fan of creepy books with a bit of a paranormal twist, you’ll enjoy this! —T.M. Baumgartner, author of The Chaos Job
You’ve finally reached the sample!!
Here’s the prologue, and a link to a few more chapters if you want to keep reading.
Prologue – The Test
She eyed the empty glass as he lowered it to the table.
The wet mark where his mouth met the rim. Would it be enough?
Moire Anders stood up from the table, taking her half-finished lunch to the sink. Food held little appeal with the thoughts running laps through her mind — the thoughts they’d told her not to think anymore.
Should she take the risk? She could leave well enough alone, ignore the warnings in her head, and live as she had done for the past several years. Safely. Freely.
You aren’t safe, and you most definitely aren’t free.
She didn’t want to be taken back to the Ward, but neither could she deny the certainty of what was going on, of what had been done to her. If she could prove it, though…
Then what? Who would believe her? There were times she didn’t believe it herself.
“Done with this?” she asked, placing her hand well below the lip shadow at the rim of the glass with as much care as if preparing to pick up an injured fledgling.
Neil flicked his gaze from the newspaper to the tumbler, gave a sharp nod of his head, then returned his attention to his reading.
The glass shook as Moire lifted it from the table. She told herself it was stupid to be nervous. He drank a glass of water with every meal. She’d have plenty of chances to do this. But, she reminded herself, not many when Xavier would be sound asleep instead of under her feet asking what she was doing and why she was doing it with every movement.
No, it had to be this lunch, this glass.
Her and Xavier’s samples waited in the envelope for Neil’s to join them. She only needed to swab the rim, seal up the packet, then mail off the paternity test kit.
Angled to keep Neil in her field of vision, tensed and ready to toss the test swab under a kitchen towel if he got up, Moire’s hands trembled. She should drop this madness. It wasn’t too late. Just toss the kit into the trash and move on with her life.
No, Moire. The swab. Just hold the swab, swirl the cotton tip over the saliva on the glass. You deserve to—
Neil flicked his newspaper to straighten it. Moire bit her lip to stop herself from crying out in fright at the unexpected crinkling snap that blared like an alarm through the kitchen.
She darted a glance at her husband. Still seated. Still reading. The swab quivered in her hand.
I can’t do this. I can’t. Just pack up the kit and toss it in the trash. Don’t ask questions if you can’t handle all possible answers.
Moire then remembered her sister. She remembered where they had been confined for five months.
And who had signed the papers to put them there.
The anger stirred by the memory steadied her hands.
Want to try a couple more chapters? You’ll find them HERE
Or, if you’d like to pre-order a copy, you can find Day Sixteen at a handful of retailers at Books2Read.com/DaySixteen (sorry, pre-orders at Amazon aren’t available, so Kindle copies won’t pop up until Release Day, 11 May 2023)
And, if you absolutely MUST have your copy today, you can find Day Sixteen at my Payhip Bookstore or as a paperback at that Books2Read link.
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Note on trigger warnings: This book doesn’t have explicit sex scenes, but there is mention of forced sex. There is also a small amount of cursing and talk of abortion. If you feel any of this will upset or offend you, this may not be the book for you.