#TBT Seven Authors Killing Up a Storm

killing sand antho w dan amesI got together with six other writers to do some killing.  We called it The Killing Sands.

Released in January 2013, The Killing Sands is an anthology of short stories by some great crime novelists I’m happy to have been associated with.  It includes stories by Dani Amore (Dan Ames’ alter ego), Tim Ellis, Traci Hohenstein, Rebecca Stroud, Gary Ponzo and Rick Murcer.

What are they doing now?

Rick published Drop Dead Perfect in May of this year.

Dani Amore has a great backlist but Dan Ames is doing most of the writing these days.  Dan will be releasing his 3rd John Rockne mystery in October.

Gary Ponzo was the big finishing author in June for Flight 12. (Twelve NY Times bestselling authors wrote their own Flight 12 story each month for the past year and this is the final edition of that line of thrillers.)

Traci Hohenstein is still going strong with her Rachel Scott Adventures, publishing #4 earlier this year.

Tim Ellis is juggling several series.  His latest release was Tom Gabriel #3 in June.

Rebecca Stroud has been quiet for some time, but that could mean anything.  Check out her backlist here.


About The Killing Sands

Sand, sun, waves, and unforgettable holiday journeys to heavenly bodies of water and exotic homes make up the dreams of summer, right? But not with these seven tales . . . far from it. Murder, blood, and death born from deception, hate, and lust are the norm for this gathering of beach yarns. Read them in the company of the light. They will force you to thank God that such scenes live only in the minds of authors . . . or do they?

Available at Amazon

By S. Warfield on June 7, 2012

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

“The Killing Sands: An Anthology” is a collection of seven short stories written by seven different authors, some stories a little longer than others, that are all full of mystery and intrigue and take place by a body of water and a sandy beach. The seven authors are Rebecca Stroud, Dani Amore, Gary Ponzo, Lawrence Kelter, Traci Hohenstein, Tim Ellis and Rick Murcer.

This collection is a chilling, engaging and well-written group of stories by skilled authors who know how to put together a good mystery with interesting characters and some surprising twists that come along just when you think you have everything figured out.

The stories included are:

“A Lethal Connection” by Gary Ponzo
Detective Mike Barton and his partner Nate Jenson investigate the death of a man found among the rocks on a La Jolla, CA beach. The picture and note found in the dead man’s pocket makes Det. Barton especially sad.

“Bullet River” by Dani Amore
Housesitter and guy who “retrieves” illegal and dangerous people and things is staying at a beautiful home overlooking a river in Florida. Known as “The Garbage Collector” he takes the kayak out one day and comes across the body of a dead woman in the river, and when he turns the body around, he realizes that it’s someone he knows.

“The Lighthouse” by Rick Murcer
In this well-written story, Chase Andrews and his girlfriend, Maggie Burrows, often visited the Little Sable Point Lighthouse that was their special place. The lighthouse overlooked Lake Michigan and on their final night there tragedy strikes and life changes forever. As police in the small town try to solve the crime, a familiar detective from Rick Murcer’s books is called in to help.

“The Honeymooners: Jekyll Island-Book 1” by Traci Hohenstein
A truly chilling story of a serial killer who is murdering couples on their honeymoons. The story follows three newlywed couples who are honeymooning at an ocean-front bed and breakfast. As news of the honeymoon killer makes the newspapers and television news, each of the three couples worries about being next on the killer’s list.

“As You Sow, So Shall You Reap” by Tim Ellis
A very scary story of Verona Izatt, a woman who lived alone in a cottage by the sea in Wales. Her aunt had left her the cottage that she loved, and Verona was trying to write for a living. Verona’s body is found with her lips sewn together and her heart missing. It will take a lot of steps to find the killer, especially when police find that Verona hadn’t been truthful.

“Rum Shot” by Lawrence Kelter
This is a very well-written short story about a female spy who was the mistress of the President of the United States in 1963 and who turns up dead. It’s up to PI John Angel to find out why the woman was killed and who killed her. This takes place in Miami Beach, FL.

“Jinxed” by Rebecca Stroud
This is a very good story about several murders committed during spring break in Cocoa Beach, FL.
All of the victims are young women who are brutally stabbed to death. Police officer Scott McBride and his dog, Jinx, are on the lookout for the killer as is Scott’s girlfriend, Erin. The killer is closer than they know.

These are highly enjoyable stories that include suspense, mystery and pages of chills. All seven are very well-written and should appeal to readers who enjoy the suspense/thriller genre of books. Highly recommended.


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