First Newsletter From A.B.Normal Publishing and Media Group: October

Hey folks,

Today A.B.Normal Publishing and Media Group released their first newsletter. You can check out some upcoming and ongoing deals on some exciting titles.

Also, there is a contest for TWO paperback proof copies of The Chronicles of Bob: The Chronic Suicidal going on until Sunday night. Check out this post.

Now on to the newsletter!


For the PDF version of this newsletter click here.

A.B.Normal Publishing and Media Group |10/25/2017—11/03/2017 |Edition 1, Volume 1

 October’s Best Reads

Author News


Hello and welcome to our first newsletter being published and viewed as a blog post. Today we’re jumping right in and looking at some authors who have some interesting stories. These titles have been hand selected and may have a promotion already running.


Awake Asleep Dreaming

By John Siwicki


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This mystery/suspense/psychological thriller by John is dubbed as a “very thought provoking” and “intense story…that asks the important questions about life.”

With a solid rating and listed currently at $0.00, what is there to lose?

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DESCRIPTION: Who sees the future, who knows the future, and who makes the future? If a wish or a dream comes true is it ours? Where did it come from? Why do we want it? Is life simply a coin toss floating in time waiting to be snatched and held? Do we make it happen? Is it a random snap of a finger instance moment selection, or can we choose which way to turn? Is it magic, illusion, something made from nothing? In the end there’s silence, peace after the last images of life fades from thought, and the whisper on our breath sounds a word. And, as the last word rolls off our lips into the eternal silence of a cool peaceful morning it’s broken, and this last flutter of time will offer a choice—be awake, asleep, dreaming or dead.

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Driven to Death

By Elleby Harper


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Driven to Death is an acclaimed British crime and mystery story with an American twist.

Fans of Tami Hoag, Harlen Coben, Victor Methos and James Patterson’s Bookshots will enjoy this novel. This is a “read on the run” book that you will be able to consume quickly. Thus, making it ideal for today’s busy readers.

It is currently listed at $0.99 until November 2nd. It is advised to act now!

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DESCRIPTION:

Would you save your daughter’s killer?

When Evie Butterworth faces every parent’s nightmare, the death of her daughter, the police are brought in to determine whether it was murder.

Heading the investigation is NYPD homicide detective Bex Wynter. Abandoning her own train wreck of a life she becomes head of a new investigative team in a brand new country. But not everyone welcomes an American to the London Met. Quinn Standing has a hard time dealing with the failures piling up in his life, and an even harder time adjusting to his new boss.

As her team peels back the layers to discover what really happened at Richmond Bridge, pressure builds from the media, the killer’s high profile father and Bex’s tragic past. Will she be able to shake off her demons to bring justice to light?

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Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle

By Robert J. S. T. McCartney and Albert J. Debusschere III


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Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle is an urban fantasy novel that revolves around Lilah, a girl who was down on her luck and committed suicide.

Striking a deal with a demon named Mullin, Lilah uses the very skill that led her to ruin, only she is capitalizing off the newfound powers she has come into possession.

Book two of the Tragedy in Four Acts Series, Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle serves as number one in the chain of cataclysmic events that are about to unfold across numerous novels and novellas.

This title will be FREE from October 29th until November 3rd.

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DESCRIPTION:

“All life is a gamble . . . We go to sleep every night comfortably betting that the next day we’ll wake up.”

Demons. Sorcery. Magical playing cards. It’s anything but a fairy tale. Armed with her choice deck, her beloved book, “Hoyle’s Guide to Poker and Parlor Tricks”, and the skill that led her to throw away her college fund, Lilah gambles with her life—and with the lives of those around her.

Elsewhere, other players have a different idea of the rules of the game. And investigating the bizarre chain of events is Middleton PD’s finest, Detectives Dana Deupree and Walter Conway.

It’s anyone’s game. The cards have been shuffled and the stakes are high. The call has gone around the table. Others may fold, but not Lilah.

She plays for keeps.

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There will be more literature releasing in the coming month. November 30th will mark the release of The Chronicles of Bob: The Chronic Suicidal. Pre-order sales will be donated to Mission 22 for our veterans in the fight against suicide. Proceeds from paperback sales of Abnormal Side Effects will go 100% to suicide prevention charities and organizations. —Check out the post by Robert J. S. T. McCartney for more details. 

As always, we welcome authors and other publishers (self-published, traditional, or hybrid authors) to share their stories with us. We wish you all a happy and safe Halloween.

Until next time,

A.B.Normal Publishing and Media Group

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Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle

The urban fantasy novel, Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle is now available for purchase. Hardcovers will be arriving soon.


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Description:

“All life is a gamble . . . We go to sleep every night comfortably betting that the next day we’ll wake up.”

Demons. Sorcery. Magical playing cards. It’s anything but a fairy tale. Armed with her choice deck, her beloved book, Hoyle’s Guide to Poker and Parlor Tricks, and the skill that led her to throw away her college fund, Lilah gambles with her life—and with the lives of those around her.

Elsewhere, other players have a different idea of the rules of the game. And investigating the bizarre chain of events is Middleton PD’s finest, Detectives Dana Deupree and Walter Conway.

It’s anyone’s game. The cards have been shuffled and the stakes are high. The call has gone around the table. Others may fold, but not Lilah. She plays for keeps.

What will you wager? Will you call? Stand? Or will you fold?

Amazon Kindle:

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Paperback: Amazon Createspace

Hardcover: COMING SOON


It’s been a fantastic ride and I am pleased to share this story with everyone. By all means, this is one of the many stories to be told…so stay tuned.

Timeline of Things to Come

Greetings, salutations, and heyo!

It’s been a little while since I posted here versus the Publishing site. As I stated before, with the Kickstarter going off and whatnot, I was going to promote it relentlessly.

Hindsight being 20/20 I probably should have kept promoting Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle longer and some more behind the scenes things…but oh well. Regardless, the book will come out, it’s just another hurdle to overcome. It’s something that happens I suppose.

Now, besides that setback, I wanted to share a list of things to come…

Note: prepare for a lot of new… You may get tired of the word.

To sum up the newness of new with a side of new, so you can, therefore be tired of the word new. NEW! Some will be a continuation of some other short stories, similar to what I had outlined in my prior “Future Titles and Works.”

Things that are completed or are on the slab for completion.

  • The next chapters and conclusion of The Mysterious Stranger.
  • The next chapters and conclusion of The Lodestone Files.
  • Sinclair Gets His Rolex.
  • Multiple Heroes and Villains stories!
  • There will be more stories involving Dana and Walter.
  • Johnny “Nightwalker” is going, going…and going.
  • The Chronicles of Bob: The Chronic Suicidal is completed. No, not right now, there is still more.
  • The current season completion of The Diary of the Wasteland Bear God. The first season will be archived after a few months and will be turned into a lovely little pamphlet to hand out for long Sunday walks, and to ring your bell at 5 AM on every weekday.
  • The prequel to Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle is finished and is given a TBD date of release. The title is still being worked out. I hate giving titles out.
  • A collection of short stories, poetry, random thoughts, and more is completed and will be available shortly.

Things that are coming up on deck…

  • My tale of Chucky’s Origins
  • Pandemic Tales, a small collection of a few stories which involve viral fun.
  • A romantic comedy that pushes the boundaries of the absurd.
  • A (so far) 600+ page epic post-apocalyptic fantasy science fiction story. Working title: Decrepit World
  • Several other post-apocalyptic stories.
  • Several new short stories.

And more…

Whew. There we have it, folks. It might not seem like a lot but really it is. I will also be continuing to add more ideas and inspirations to my list as they seem fit. I’m excited. Some people I know are excited. I would like you to be excited! Weekends are also exciting. And apparently, my phone at the moment is exciting because my youngest, Aeris, is trying to steal my phone, while my oldest, Zelda, laughs. Kids.

Until next time, folks.

RJM

Cover image for The Lodestone Files: The Things in the Shadows by Robert J. S. T. McCartney

What Would You Say to…Free?

Cover image for The Lodestone Files: The Things in the Shadows by Robert J. S. T. McCartney

They lurk in the shadows. They could be anyone…or anything.

Hello, everyone.

The ebook version of the novelette The Lodestone Files: The Things in the Shadows has been released for free on Smashwords, iBooks, and Amazon.

You can download it here and choose your format.

Alternatively, you can click “here” for listing formats below.
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Click here for .doc
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For iBook users, click here.

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Description:

Idris Sinclair lives a rather typical life; helping his family run their cherished diner. However, all the normalness he knows in life is about to go straight out the window when he happens to break into an abandoned van in the restaurant’s parking lot. He discovers a small weapon’s stockpile and various files, involving affairs foreign to him.

As night begins to set in, the family is involved in one of our government’s most heinous and dastardly secrets involving entities, not of this world.

It walks among us. It could be anyone—or anything. Suspect everyone you know, or you pass on the street. There is nowhere where you are safe. Run all you want; it will only make you taste more delicious to it.

It’s too late. It already knows where you are.

It’s. Here.


 

I hope you enjoy the story. There will be a continuation of this story. Don’t worry. 😉

Look for Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle coming soon.

RJM

The Final Countdown! Last Excerpt of Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle.

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I know I haven’t posted a blog post much “here” as I have over on A.B.Normal Publishing. I’ve been busy doing some other short stories, and getting outlines done, while making sure everything is ready for the Kickstarter for Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle.

I wanted to share the final raw excerpt before it goes through ch-ch-changes and gets red inked to death. So, here you go!


Dana flipped through the newspaper, sighing at the uninteresting articles. Another tragedy? The whole goddamn world is a tragedy. Give me something worth reading on this goddamn toilet paper. The rain beat angrily on the car, as rhythmically as a tribal ceremony, with the flashes of lightning here and there, painting the various gray-streaked sky. Dana leaned forward, looking up towards the heavens through the windshield of the car, noting the giant blobs that pooled together and were then swept away clean by the windshield wipers. He sighed again and let himself collapse back into the car seat. He looked over to his left, waiting for Walter to come out from the coffee shop. Goddamn it, Walter! What the hell are you doing, ordering the whole damn store? Dana rubbed his forehead and glanced back up to see Walter scurrying in the rain to the car. Walter opened the driver’s side door and got in, handing a warm paper coffee container to Dana; setting down a white and brown paper bag beside himself, placing his jumbo coffee cup in the cup holder. Walter buckled his seatbelt, giddy as a schoolgirl. Licking his lips, he reached for his ‘goody bag.’ “Don’t eat it all in one sitting now, Walt.” Dana jokingly jabbed Walter.

Walter sighed and slowly drifted his gaze at Dana, annoyed, “Are you seriously going to do that, every damn time I get a few doughnuts? I mean c’mon Dana.”

Dana snickered at Walter, “Easy, Walter, easy.I’m just pulling your leg, Walt. Don’t go having a coronary on me.”

Walter mumbled something incoherently about a ‘third leg’ as he reached into the paper bag, and grabbed a giant frosted raspberry jelly doughnut. He eyed it, having already turned ‘ignore Dana mode’ on, and then took a massive bite from it. “Mmm, this one, mmm, man, it’s so great.” Walter licked his lips, catching bits and pieces of jelly.

Dana shook his head at the sight of his partner’s eating matters. “Walt, use a damn napkin man. God, you are acting like a dog.”

“Yeah, well, at least I’m housebroken,” Walter mumbled, to which Dana grinned.


I hope you all join me in helping raise the necessary funds to get Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle out in your hands, and the hands of folks around the globe.

See you all Tuesday!

RJM

My Three Lights

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In a world consumed by darkness,

There are but three beacons to pierce the veil.

In a world consumed by sadness,

There are but three beacons that enable me to prevail.

In a world consumed by misguided anger,

There are but three beacons which chain me to stability.

In a world consumed by madness,

There are but three beacons which help me practice humility.

 

In my world there are but three lights,

There to help me get through my trying times.

Where they exist at such great heights,

Because you will need help often than not, not just sometimes.

 

For what I once was,

For who I am now.

I am better now because of my three lights.

 

 

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[Free Ebook] The Lodestone Files: The Things in the Shadows

Cover image for The Lodestone Files: The Things in the Shadows by Robert J. S. T. McCartney

They lurk in the shadows. They could be anyone…or anything.

Hello, everyone.

The ebook version of the novelette The Lodestone Files: The Things in the Shadows has been released for free on Smashwords, iBooks, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

You can download it here and choose your format.

Alternatively, you can click “here” for listing formats below.
Click here for .PDF
Click here for .doc
Click here for .txt
Click here for .epub
Click here for .mobi

For iBook users, click here.

For Amazon users, click here.

For Barnes and Noble, click here.

I hope you enjoy the story. There will be a continuation of this series.

Look for Lilah’s Guide to Hoyle coming soon.

RJM

 

Apple

"Apples" Photo by Esther Groen. Esther Groen has no affiliation with me or A.B.Normal Publishing Media Group, nor do they support my work and/or practices.

Photo by Esther Groen. Esther Groen has no affiliation with me or A.B.Normal Publishing Media Group, nor do they support my work and/or practices.

Available in red, green and more. Delicious. Crispy and juicy. Baked like a pie, or smothered in caramel and sometimes dipped in nuts, and comes as other confectionary goods. Good in any form. Especially from the tree.*

*Wash before you eat. 😉

Blood

"Blood Cells" Photo by Andrew Mason. Andrew Mason has no affiliation with me or A.B.Normal Publishing Media Group, nor do they support my work and/or practices.

Photo by Andrew Mason. Andrew Mason has no affiliation with me or A.B.Normal Publishing Media Group, nor do they support my work and/or practices.

The serum that flows within our veins and helps give us life. It links us, as family and is an alleged bond. It is forensic evidence, life to others, and the preferred choice by vampires. Red by oxygen, blue by carbon dioxide. Recycled until the cycle of life ends.

Life

"Cemetery" Photo by Createsima. Createsima has no affiliation with me or A.B.Normal Publishing Media Group, nor do they support my work and/or practices.

Photo by Createsima. Createsima has no affiliation with me or A.B.Normal Publishing Media Group, nor do they support my work and/or practices.

It comes and goes with each breath. From the smallest of cells to the biggest of beasts. A cycle in which we exist only for a moment.

A series of events and experiences most will endure. Others long, some short, and some something will never get through. Though normal, it must end, but it’ll keep going, through a new way. Still, things will turn out OK.