New Releases by Scarlet Tie Books:
You Never Cared by Michele L. Montgomery
“I would gladly trade places with Casper, given the chance. I lifted my head to see Casper’s best friend standing on the other side of the grave.”
Jordan is a golden child – wealthy, popular, the self-professed ruler of the senior class. Jordan is also a bully, a bully whose group of friends mercilessly tormented seventeen-year-old Casper for being different, for being poor, for suffering silently. Random acts of abuse from his classmates were par for the course in Casper’s life, until one night, the bullying evolved into a hate crime and he, unable to endure, longing for peace, finally took his own life.
You Never Cared is the heartbreaking tale, told in Jordan’s words, of a life stolen, of love lost, and of a soul compromised. But ultimately, it is a story of forgiveness and redemption. As Sammy, Casper’s friend and lover, attempts to cope with the anguish of his boyfriend’s loss, Jordan attempts to own his part in the crime, trying to make amends but knowing his only hope is to carry on Casper’s legacy, to work to build a better future for boys and girls who, like Casper, just need a strong voice to encourage and stand up for them.
The Statue by Zathyn Priest
Freelance journalist, Tristan Church, wants to expose Galloway Mental Hospital’s dirty secrets. Teaming up with broody photographer, Mark, promises other perks. A ten year relationship with high school sweetheart, Eli, no longer offers Tristan the excitement he craves. Mark made his intentions clear and Tristan is close to giving in to his advances.
One morning at ‘The Gallows’ leaves Tristan reeling. He wasn’t prepared for the hell he witnessed and certainly wasn’t prepared to meet Zane. Disarmed by Zane’s angelic manner, Tristan can’t believe anyone would stand him up. He soon realises the tardy boyfriend only exists in Zane’s mind and the beautiful young man is not a visitor to The Gallows but a patient.
Eli walks out and Tristan’s life falls apart. A decision to meet with Mark almost ends in tragedy and Tristan finds solace in Zane’s company. Before long Zane’s delusions begin terrorising him again. While Tristan fights to save his own sanity and get Eli back, he knows someone must fight for Zane’s right to love a man no one else can see. A man who scares away violent hallucinations, takes away Zane’s fear, keeps him safe, and is trapped inside a stone statue.
Liquid Glass by Zathyn Priest
Lillyport House was one of Britain’s most haunted residences. Originally home to Viscount Eldon Davenport, one of history’s most controversial poets, the house was sold by Davenport’s parents after he was found dead of a gunshot to the head, the Colt pistol that killed him still clutched inside his hand. The majestic mansion in Hampstead Heath refused to let go of Eldon’s misplaced spirit. Jailing him in death inside the room in which he’d lost his life.
Reclusive painter Cameron McKenzie is the latest owner of Lillyport, and he doesn’t believe in ghost stories. At least not until he spends his first evening at Lillyport and is jolted out of sleep my mournful wailing and terrified screams. Drawn to the bedroom by an unseen force, Cameron’s presence calms the distressed spirit and Lillyport House falls silent once again. When Cameron falls asleep, he unintentionally sets in motion a 19th century necromantic ritual and raises Eldon from the dead. Two soul mates, kept apart by death and a rip in time, are reunited.
But what happens when that rip in time tears open again? Enter parapsychologist Malcolm and psychic Trudy, each with their own agendas. Malcolm wishes to sever the link between Cameron and Eldon, while Trudy is attempting to keep them together. Will she be able to unravel Lillyport’s secrets or does the answer to Eldon’s survival depend on Cameron, a painting, and a guilt-ridden 19th century stable boy?
The Slayer’s Apprentice by Zathyn Priest
After sixteen bizarre murders and the abduction of a child, The Crucifix Slayer’s reign of terror ends as abruptly as it started. Four years later another two bodies are found and Australia’s most notorious serial killer has returned with a vengeance.
When Senior Constable Daniel Hart catches bartender Phoenix Love from picking his pocket one evening, it’s an inauspicious beginning but Daniel soon becomes obsessed with the anti-social eighteen year old. Things become more complicated when Detective Somerset, who’s been on the trail of The Crucifix Slayer, sets his sights on Phoenix as the prime suspect.
Convinced that Phoenix Love is the killer, Detective Somerset pursues him single-mindedly. As evidence, and Phoenix’s sociopathic behaviour, point toward Somerset being right, Daniel must protect their fledgling affair, his own heart, and his lover while trying to prove Phoenix is innocent.
Is Phoenix Love a victim or has Daniel fallen for The Slayer’s apprentice?