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“Orpheus’ Blues” by Carlos Rubio
Genre: Mainstream fiction
Release: March 2003
Publish America, www.publishamerica.com

Orpheus’ Blues chronicles the struggles of Jack Stewart to achieve a name for himself as a jazz musician.Throughout the novel we become aware of his dream, and the high price he must pay to ultimately achieve his goal.

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“The Legend of Ron Anejo” by Ed Teja
Genre: Humorous adventure
Release: March 2003
NovelBooks Inc, www.novelbooksinc.com

It takes courage, low cunning, lots of optimism, and a healthy sense of humor to survive as a Caribbean boat bum. Even then, survival itself can often seem like a pretty ambitious goal. Despite the best efforts of government officials, raging tropical storms and a casual attitude toward basic survival, the legendary Ron Añejo keeps on squeaking by.

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“Dance with the Dragon” by E.F. Watkins
Genre: Horror
Release: 4/1/03 (Electronic); 4/8/03 (POD)
Amber Quill Press, www.amberquill.com

Peggy Walsh, daughter of U.S. Senator Dan Walsh, is kidnapped into a dangerous cult, the Church of Eternal Life. When an FBI rescue attempt fails, Walsh accepts help from super-psychic, Dr. Armand Renascut, who has worked for the Pentagon. But can Renascut be trusted? If cult leader Stephen Farkas really drinks the blood of his followers, can Renascut hope to defeat him? And why has Renascut concealed his own past from everyone except his beautiful assistant, Kat Van Braam?

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“The Lair” by J.Q. Starmer
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Release: April 2003
New Concepts Publishing,
www.newconceptspublishing.com/jqstarmer.htm

When the caretaker of the old closed down Manor’s Peak Hotel suddenly and unexpected leaves for an extended vacation, Annie and her friends finally get their chance to explore the once popular resort. Two strangely unexplained deaths have greatly contributed to its dark and mysterious past. THE LAIR is a frightening story of four friends who unwittingly uncover the resting-place of a fiend. By their discovery, they are forced to defend themselves and their families, who remain blissfully unaware of any danger, against a deadly encounter with the thing that they have angered.

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“Sam’s Ghost – A Nick Ellis Mystery” by Tony Ardito
Genre: Mystery
Release: May 2003
Publish America, www.publishamerica.com

The old buildings at the university were spooky, with creaky floors, dimly lit halls, eerie sounds and strange shadows. When Nick Ellis took a job as a campus security officer he never thought it would lead to an encounter with a ghost, time travel and the investigation of a sixty-year old murder. Nick is drawn into the murder investigation by an unlikely source; the restless ghost of the murder victim. Sam’s Ghost has crossed time and space to seek Nick’s help in uncovering his murderer and saying goodbye to his lost love. Then Nick uncovers a mystery could change his life forever.

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“Saints Preserve Us” by Kathryn Lively
Genre: Mystery
Release: May 1, 2003
Wings e-Press, www.wings-press.com

Where’s Lorena Alger? This is what everyone in Ash Lake, Florida is asking about their most famous resident…a young girl about to be canonized as a saint, a young girl who hasn’t moved from her grave in over 150 years. Now she is gone, and her grave is now occupied by the fresher corpse of the cemetery caretaker. Great grandniece Ronnie Lord is determined to aid the town sheriff in Lorena’s safe return. She finds it isn’t an easy task when obstacles like a nosy reporter and stubborn relatives get in the way. Meanwhile, as an object of ransom tucked away in a single-wide trailer belonging to two petty thieves, Lorena is in for the adventure of her…well, death.

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“Dangerous Words” by Bob Stanton and Kathryn Lively
Genre: Suspense
Release: May 2003
an Echelon Press Dollar Download, www.echelonpress.com

HE is Jack Daniels, a lonely man who certainly lives up to his name, a blossoming psychotic who aspires not only to write the great American serial killer novel, but also to become one with the character he creates. SHE is Vanessa Russo, a forensic expert whose skills in the lab have helped her avenge the tragedy that incessantly haunts her. She is everything Jack desires and desires to become, and she hates herself for it. Thrown together for a week-long writing workshop, Jack and Vanessa struggle to channel their emotions into the therapeutical exercise of writing, all the while engaging in a game of cat-and-mouse with the streets of the French Quarter as their maze. But who exactly is the cat, and who ends up getting scratched as the game turns deadly? Dangerous Words is an Echelon Edge exclusive novella, co-authored by EPPIE nominee Kathryn Lively and best-selling author Stanton (The Devil’s Rood, with the US Five).

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