#Excerpt “Dark Drink” by Tina O’Hailey

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Jude and Mercedez have kept deadly secrets from each other.

Jackson’s suicide haunts Jude. She burned all evidence of her brother’s depravity. One less monster in the world, right? Tech-savvy Mercedez is the last living witness to a teenage amateur horror film that ended with a gruesome death. She never told.

A viral video (thanks, Whiskers) brings internet fame—forcing flip-phone wielding Jude to choose between her job as the second female in the VP motorcycle motorcade or her mixologist hobby.

Global visibility brings naked vulnerability—someone has subscribed to Jude’s channel.

Missing neighbors found dead in side-by-side freezers, viral drunk “I quit” videos, spammed porn magazine subscriptions, snail mail severed fingers, sabotaged cave trips, cryptic social media comments, and stalking photos push the codependent friends over the edge (literally, off the side of a bluff) when best friends find out secrets can kill.

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The main character, Jude, who is stressing about her upcoming psych evaluation at work, has just had a bizarre encounter with her batty neighbor.

This is the moment that Jude is brought into the modern age. And a psychopath is going to find her and her best friend Mercedez.

Every chapter from Judes point of view has a drink recipe. Thats her hobbymaking drink recipes. Mercedez and her cat Whiskers will push that hobby into something that jeopardizes Judes career. What are friends for?

Trigger warning: good golly, Jude is foul-mouthed.



Holy-get-the-god-damned-bleach. I shiver and dance in place with a full-on case of the heebie-jeebies.

I have to disinfect my phone.

I’m slathering the phone with sanitizing gel when Mercedez opens the apartment door. She has pizza in one hand, a shiny white box in the other.

“OK, Luddite-Lucy, we’re going to get you hooked up into the new world,” she says.

How can I fight pepperoni and bacon pizza? She even got mushrooms on my half.

Plus, at this moment my slide-phone is a biohazard and I am ready to give it up.

“You just missed a show.” I fill her in on the Betty incident.

“Oh, I run the other way before she can berate me.” Mercedez unwraps the new phone and pulls off the protective plastic cover. She fiddles and plinks. The weird little device lights up and beeps in response to her cajoling.

“Do you think she is dangerous?” I ask. “I mean, what if she hurts herself? Confuses bleach for apple juice. How would we even know?” I adjust my hold on the plate to keep the pizza slices from sliding off. “Here’s yours.” Mercedez takes the plate from me without glancing up. I continue, “I don’t think she has family.”

“I guess we’ll know something’s up when weird things stop happening to the neighbors,” Mercedez answers and continues to twiddle with the phone. “Remember when she flooded that couple?”

“From Venezuela?”

“Drug a hose over, stuck it through the shared air- conditioning handler closet and watered them good.”

“Hid everything before the HOA investigator got there.” “Yeah. When weird stuff like that stops, we’ll know she

drank the Lysol.” “She’s creative.”

“Let me show you how to use this.” Mercedez proudly walks me through features I’ll never remember.

“Here, I’ve made a Facebook account for you. I’ll make up a name for you—security clearance blah, blah, blah—you’ll probably say. Your 21st century social media name will be Jude Lawz. That’s funny,” she mumbles around mouthfuls of pizza, “and I’ll send you a friend request.”

Jude Lawz. Yeah, that’s not funny. I do not—and never will—wear a badge. My Dad would spin in his grave.

Mercedez gets silent, lost in phone-land. I sit back, determined to finish the apple-pie moonshine so I can move back to just plain smoky whiskey.

Mercedez interrupts my peace saying, “I joined you into the caving group and followed this funny mixologist. I’ll bet you’ll love him…”

I tune her out, nod at the appropriate places. She doesn’t need my approval to continue on. Mercedez—she self entertains. She picks me up when I am down. In return, I talk her off of ledges when she needs to be saved from herself.

“…in this weekend?”

Darn it, she requires words from me. “Huh?” I’m eloquent like that sometimes.

“We still going to Caver’s Heaven this weekend?” Mercedez phone buzzes like an angry hornets’ nest. We both jump. She picks up the pink iridescent beast and grimaces. “Damn. I gotta sit down and handle this Instagram campaign that’s got a type-o in it. Hold on, Penelope-Plum.”

Just for the record, Mercedez is not from the south. She transplanted from Ohio to the Valley when we were in fourth grade. That same year Forrest Gump came out and Mercedez watched it 5,000 times. She doesn’t exactly have a drawl, but her alliterations are totally south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Crisis averted—she experiences those hourly—she looks at me expectedly.

Mercedez has trust issues with me and plans. My job needs me sometimes at a moment’s notice and I have to drop everything. It’s a valid question if we still have weekend plans.

“Well, of course. It’s a three-day weekend! I’ve got caves to visit. No local VP detail. She’s in China,” I assure her.

If I’m not on a motorcycle, I love to cave. Mercedez does not do either. She doesn’t do dirt. You’ll never find a speck of grime on her.

She does like to sit up there in the woods and read through a stack of paperbacks—oddly no electronic reader for Ms. 21st century—while yours truly leaves in the wee hours and returns in the evening as a battered, muddy, and bruised mess. Caving is fun that way.

I continue to explain my plans for the weekend, “I want to take the Triumph out for a spin and dust some cobwebs out of him.”

For what I do not own in trinkets or hair products I make up for in motorcycles. I have three at the moment. Two stored at a friend’s house up in the mountains and one here in the city. I don’t even own a car. Given that my job is to drive a motorcycle no matter the weather—one gets used to driving in anything.

I also don’t get asked to help people move: Win. Win.

At night the white-dragon-phone beeps and blinks at me. I glance at it a few times to see what the commotion is about. I got to get some sleep. Got to arrive at work buttoned-up. The psych- eval is just one part of a stress-me-out performance evaluation. I’m not senior and I am not in the Johnson club. Have to be tip- top, rested, and shiny—always.

‘You killed him didn’t you?’

 Facebook profile written by Mercedez Jones User id: Jude Lawz

Works at: Motorcycle Club for Men Interest: Mixologist, Caving, Motorcycles

Quote: “Taste this for me—is this too sweet?” Friends: Mercedez Jones


Recipe notes from Jude’s journal.

Shake gently in shaker with ice until chilled. Equal parts:


  • Smooth whiskey of choice
  • Sour mix (equal parts lemon + simple syrup)
  • Half part Cointreau

Strain over ice, judging is optional.

  • Garnish with lime


Tina OHaileyAuthor Bio

Tina O’Hailey is an animation professor, a caver, and an occasional mapper of grim, wet, twisty caves (if she owes a friend a favor or loses a bet), whose passion is to be secluded on a mountain and to write whilst surrounded by small, furry dogs and hot coffee. Tina was once struck by lightning.

She has served as an artistic trainer for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks, and Electronic Arts. Any movie credit she has is minimal and usually found in the special thanks section. The meager credits do not account for the great honor it was to teach talented artists who worked on numerous feature films and games.

She has authored animation textbooks “Rig it Right”, “Hybrid Animation” published by Focal Press, and the Darkness Universe novels “Absolute Darkness”, “When Darkness Begins” published by Black Rose Writing. O’Hailey is a member of the NSS, VES, and International Thriller Writers.

Her favorite motorcycle is her BMW R1200C—mathematically perfect for her short legs, turns on a dime, and is the ugliest bike ever.

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#BookBlitz #PreOrder “Future Skinny” by Peter Rosch

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I’m happy to share this upcoming release with all of you today! Future Skinny by Peter Rosch will be available later this spring, and if you pre-order all proceeds will go to eating disorder treatment programs like MEDA and Project Heal. Pre-order today!


Future Skinny

Expected Publication Date: May 24th, 2022

Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Suspense

TW: Body Dysmorphia/ Addiction

Casey Banks is a devoutly anorexic man who discovers he can see the future by binge-eating. His new plan? Perform visions for cash while staying thin by any means necessary. Reading futures proves to be lucrative, but when he ignores a vision of his girlfriend committing a grisly murder, it sets Casey on a dangerous path toward a destiny he’ll do anything to avoid.

*If you pre-order now, all proceeds will go to eating disorder treatment programs like MEDA and Project Heal.


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Peter Rosch is what happens when a Polish drag-racing varsity bowler and a beautiful, but über paranoid, French Canadian Air Force brat get together on a disco dance floor in glorious Albuquerque, NM. An award-winning writer whose decades in advertising, music, and film introduced him to more than a few bad habits. He hopes it wasn’t for naught. Kirkus called his first novel, My Dead Friend Sarah, “a gripping story” in which “Rosch skillfully renders a unique story of a missing woman.”

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#PreOrder “Mail Duty: A Crazy Town Series Novella (The Crazy Town Series by Crazy Ink Book 15)” by Tracy Ball

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Captain Dustin Reed escaped from an understaffed psychiatric hospital. Three years later, he was Justin Rowe, the Crazy-Town mailman—a lovable, eager to please, nerd. He knew his customers: when their bills were late, when their adult-toys arrived, when they went on vacation, and when their cars were parked at the church, while they were at the bar or motel.

He knew them, but they did not know him.

They didn’t know he was an ex-soldier whose untreated PTSD forced him to relive missions. They didn’t know he broke into their homes, touched their things, and invaded their lives.

Cheyenne Taylor was just getting used to her new life in Crazy-Town and welcomed a visit from her sister, Sage, who needed to get away from a bad relationship. But, someone was stalking them. Yet, every time danger got close, Justin was on hand to save the day. Only, he couldn’t explain how he knew so much about them.

With the town under scrutiny, protecting the girls could get him arrested. Not protecting them wasn’t an option.

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#BookTour “Bluebird at My Window” by H. Noah

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Welcome to the book tour for Bluebird at My Window, a dark exploration into the human psyche and deep trauma. Read on for details!

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Bluebird at My Window

Publication Date: February 15th, 2022

Genre: Dark Fiction/ Psychological

When faced with trauma, how would you react?

Would you survive, succumb, or lose yourself to your own meaning of justice?

Ann was only seventeen when she died. She tried to be a dutiful daughter, to pray, to repent. But it wasn’t enough. Her mother, Diane, didn’t mean to kill her but when she found Ann consorting with devils, she had no choice. She believed the angels—that in the end, the water would save them both.

But every choice holds weight.

One death, and Arthur is thrown back into the work he wanted to leave. One death, and Richard must face the reality of his choices. One death, and Maddie and Marie are confronted with the hardest parts of love.

If only good intentions were enough to keep them from the carnage of their own decisions . . .

A dark contemporary fiction drenched in blood, this debut novel from H. Noah has an intricate true crime feeling with psychological depth.

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They’ve been a massage therapist, social worker, poet, teacher, and more. Picking up a B.A. in Criminology and an M.S. in I-O Psychology. They’ve also lived in Alaska, Maine and many places in-between. They are currently still trying to find a forever place as they travel the US.

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#FREE “The First Wife’s Secret” by Claire Amarti

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Dinah Spencer is back in her childhood home for one stressful weekend: it’s the twenty-five-year anniversary of her father’s marriage to his second wife, Dinah’s stepmother. Those twenty-five years haven’t all been happy ones for middle child Dinah, but she’s getting ready to put the past behind her, keeping the bonds of family strong for her daughter Josie’s sake – until her beloved father collapses in the middle of an emigmatic anniversary speech.

Now, youngest daughter Lottie Spencer must struggle to keep her family afloat in the wake of her father’s shocking illness. But with her father now unconscious in the hospital, this family’s fraying at the seams–and everyone has secrets. As an unexpected will is uncovered, Lottie begins untangling the threads of her family’s complicated past, including what might be the most explosive revelation of all: the long-buried secret of beautiful Bonnie Spencer, her father’s first wife…

Whose secrets would you keep, to protect the family you love? Family secrets abound in this gripping, suspenseful, and ultimately uplifting page-turner about buried pasts, little white lies, and the twists and turns that finally lead us home. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Kerry Lonsdale, Emma Davies, and Nicole Trope.

“An Unforgettable Book! Family dynamics with emotions ranging from love to anger, from fear to terror and every emotion in-between, make this a book that is hard to put down. Secrets galore between two families and between family members makes this a book readers will remember for a long time.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” -Goodreads

To read more from Birch Bend, be sure to ALSO pick up bestselling Claire Amarti’s brand new release AFTER SHE LEFT during its current 99c launch promotion!

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When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he secludes himself in the mountain home of a world famous artist. One day, the young painter hears a noise from the attic, and upon investigation, he discovers a previously unseen painting. By unearthing this hidden work of art, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances; and to close it, he must undertake a perilous journey into a netherworld that only Haruki Murakami could conjure. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art, Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

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#CoverReveal “Ouijanaut” by Phil Motel

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Expected Publication Date: February 19th, 2021

Genre: Dark Fiction/ Psychological/ Romance

The bleak loneliness of a seaside town in winter.

A bereaved man with many secrets tries to escape the ghosts of his past.

His passionate relationship with Rachel comes with its own complications; the scars from losing her father at a young age remain.

Trying to escape from a past that haunts him, he meets Hanna, a Hungarian mystic. The meeting will change his life…

Ouijanaut is a psychologically dark love story with themes of life, death and the afterlife, and may be unlike anything you’ve read before.

Warning: Contains scenes of an explicit sexual nature.

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Phil Motel

Phil Motel was born in North London, England but has now been a resident of the US for a decade. Having spent time in Colorado and New Jersey, he currently lives just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Ouijanaut is his second novel. His first, Rum Hijack, was published last year.

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#BookReview “Spider Hunting (A Conspiracy of Betrayal, Book 2)” by K.J. McGillick

Title: Spider Hunting

Series: A Conspiracy of Betrayal
Author: K.J. McGillick
Genre: Legal Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: August 22, 2020


5/5 Stars!

Book 2 of the A Conspiracy of Betrayal series introduces another savvy young attorney whose life is upended simply for doing her job.

When Drew Bradley, a partner in the law firm she works for, is murdered on a New York street, senior associate, Asia Blythe, is assigned some of his high-profile cases, but given few details and little access to case files. She’s also offered her dream, the opportunity to buy-in as a partner, but as she delves deeper into Drew’s cases, Asia is torn between accepting the offer and completing the mysterious cases that hint at illegal activities and international crime.

Assisted by the firm’s private investigator—and love interest—Sam Flynn, Asia seeks only to protect the firm… and her career. But when Sam reaches out to a friend for help with the international aspects of the case, we meet global security expert, Jaxon Brandt, again from book 1. He gets involved because the shadowy Grigory Petrov is one of Asia’s new clients.

Asia doesn’t see a way out of the dangerous web they have pulled her into, but when an attempt is made on her life, she’s shaken but determined to see the case through no matter where it leads.

Good writing, an intricate plot, and strong characters made this a one-sitting read. Asia is tenacious and confident, and she and Sam have good chemistry, but my special nod goes to Sylvia, Asia’s administrative assistant, who comes off as a gossip but in fact, finds out the info she needs to watch Asia’s back.

With cases involving cryptocurrency, biological weapons, and DNA manipulation, Spider Hunting is a fast-paced, smart, legal thriller. Reading book one first isn’t necessary to enjoy book two, but I recommend it to understand the full global reach of the bad actors involved.



It’s never what it seems.
A murder of a high-profile law partner on a Manhattan street should have made the front page of the news. And yet it didn’t. Drew Bradley’s murder was treated as just another senseless crime and relegated to page four of the evening edition. But what if the press had been privy to the fact that the murder was actually an assassination?
As the partners at Lannister and Stewart scramble to fill the vacuum left by Drew Bradley’s sudden death, Asia Blythe, a rising star in the firm is offered his coveted position. But this golden opportunity that brings with it power, prestige, and unlimited financial rewards demands adherence to a code. A code of allegiance to the firm with no exceptions. Catapulted into the world of genetically modified designer babies and state-sponsored espionage, is Asia prepared to deal with the intrigues of a world that will threaten her life and shatter her illusions?

Kathleen McGillick is an author of fast paced mystery, suspense and thriller novels. Her fascination with the genre reaches back to her childhood when she read every Nancy Drew book she could find. This, one could say, laid the foundation for her future love of all things mystery and who dun it’s. 
Although she has lived in Georgia for over thirty-five years and is practicing attorney in the Metro Atlanta, she will always call New York her home. 
When writing her novels she draws from her extensive experience in the medical and legal field to weave her twisted plot lines. Kathleen counts herself an ardent student of art history which allows her to add a dash of art to her novels adding to the mystery of the story.
As a young person her dream was to become an English literature teacher. Although life took her on a different path, one might say she found her way back to her early love of books by spending her time now writing them.

#Spotlight “In the Best Interest of the Child” by Felicia Denise



In the Best Interest of the Child

by Felicia Denise


Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Livvie_HospitalOlivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

NOTE: This book is intended for mature readers – 18+.


What Readers are saying…

Best Int 5 Stars

“Each page left you wanting to read more to find out what would happen next.” -Kotrish W., Amazon review

“I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or contemporary fiction.” -Kathy G., Amazon review

“I can’t wait to read the next installment, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.” -A.C.M., Amazon review



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#BlogTour “Attraction” by Ruby Porter

Title: Attraction
Author: Ruby Porter
Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: April 14, 2020
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The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter’s atmospheric debut novel.

Three women are on a road trip, navigating the motorways of the North Island, their relationships with one another and New Zealand’s colonial history. Our narrator doesn’t know where she stands with Ilana, her not-quite girlfriend. She has a complex history with her best friend, Ashi. She’s haunted by the memory of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. And her period’s now weeks late.

Attraction is a meditative novel of connection, inheritance and the stories we tell ourselves. In lyrical fragments, Porter explores what it means to be and to belong, to create and to destroy.


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My mum buys her lotto tickets from that Mobil. She rings ten minutes after I leave to remind me to pick one up. —Somewhere lucky. Maybe Matamata, or Thornton. Get it where you feel the pull.

I say, —Okay, Helen, and hang up.

I’ve always called her that, because I have two mums. She met Chris not long after I was born, and Chris moved in when I was eighteen months old. They were together for ten years. My dad was never really on the scene.

My earliest memories don’t come in images, but in thoughts. Realising it was my third birthday. Wondering what to call my mums. Recognising Helen walking down the road, while in a car with Chris. I haven’t retained the picture of her, or the road, just that knowing. Maybe it shocked me that her life existed outside of our house. Maybe it shocked me that her life existed outside of mine.

I say, —What’s your first memory? No matter how vague.

—It’s not vague, Ilana says. —Falling into the bath. I don’t remember the feeling, but I remember the view of the ceiling.

Through the soft light of water.

—And I remember Mum, pulling me out. That was the scar­iest part, her being that frightened. You know, cos I was a kid.

Ruby Porter is a prose-writer, poet and artist. She tutors creative writing at the University of Auckland, and in high schools. Ruby was the winner of the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Award in 2017, and the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, with her debut novel Attraction. Attraction was written during her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland under supervisor Paula Morris, and published in May by Melbourne-based Text Publishing. It is distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand.