DONN'S HILL

A paranormal mystery

Mackenzie Clair needs a fresh start. The death of her father and a broken relationship rendered her old life unlivable. What better place to build a new one than Donn’s Hill, the most haunted town in America and her favorite childhood vacation spot?

But returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. As memories resurface, so does a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead... a power the poltergeist haunting Mac’s apartment is eager to use. 

Aided by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and the ghost-hunting crew of the Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to control her newfound talents. She’d better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.

First in a new series, this cozy paranormal mystery was the 2017 winner of the League of Utah Writers Silver Quill award.

A genre-bending gem of a book, cozy meets horror meets cat fancier in a unique town of psychic tourism and ghostly secrets.”
— Johnny Worthen, award-winning author of THE FINGER TRAP, THE BRAND DEMAND and WHAT IMMORTAL HAND
Family secrets. Town secrets. So many secrets! Toss in a few psychics, ghost hunters, Mackenzie’s cutie-pie landlord (in my opinion)and her new feline friend Striker (I loooovveee that cat) and you have a great mystery to solve.
— The Bookish Writer ARC Review

 

Winner of the 2017 League of Utah Writers Silver Quill Award

Winner of the 2017 League of Utah Writers Silver Quill Award

Ghosts, psychics, intrigue, and a really cool cat! What more could you ask for?
— Holli Anderson, best-selling author of FIVE: OUT OF THE DARK
... a wonderfully told, haunting tale...
— Daniel Yocom, Guild Master Gaming
This was a really enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend this book to any paranormal cozy mystery fans.
— Clare Kauter, ClareKauter.com

SUPERHERO SYNDROME

An urban fantasy novel

Tess McBray was dying. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure, and she resigned herself to an early grave. But just when she gave up on survival, all her symptoms mysteriously disappeared.

All but one symptom, anyway. Something is wrong with Tess’s hands. They absorb any material they touch, and her skin turns to wood, or steel, or concrete. It doesn’t take this comic-book obsessed 21-year-old long to figure out what’s going on: somehow, she’s developed super powers. And she’s not the only one; across the country, people are coming forward and sharing their gifts with the world. In her own city, where the police are battling a human trafficking operation, a masked vigilante called The Fox is saving lives and stopping criminals.

Tess doesn’t know where she fits into this new, super-powered world. But when people around her start disappearing, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. Teaming up with The Fox to create the world’s first superhero duo might be the only way to rid her city of evil and save the people she loves most. 

Published by Twisted Tree Press

Praise for Superhero syndrome

"Thoroughly engaging... intelligent, insightful, and charming... A superhero saga featuring an appealing heroine with a frankly cool power.” - Kirkus Reviews

"... a hidden gem..." - Milky Way of Books

A Year of the Monkeys

An anthology

There is a theory that says if you give typewriters to one hundred monkeys, and let them type for one hundred years, they will eventually reproduce the works of Shakespeare. We decided to put that theory to the test - with a few minor modifications.

We didn’t have one hundred monkeys - but we did have the membership of a League of Utah Writers chapter that calls itself “The Infinite Monkeys.” Most of them didn’t have typewriters, but worked on laptop or desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. And instead of one hundred years to perfect their prose, we gave them one year to get from blank page to published anthology. So while you won’t find any reproductions of Shakespeare here, what you will find are thirty-five short stories that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, and sometimes make you glad you don’t live in the unsettling worlds of the imagination.

Featuring #1 Amazon bestselling author Michael Darling’s "Sailing on the Sands of Burning Tides," the award-winning stories, "What We Leave Behind" from Masha Shukovich, and "Stone Soup" from Leigh Saunders, together with a brand new story, "A Friend in Need," from the award-winning Caryn Larrinaga. Also includes stories by: Jenn Adams, Jenna Bowman, Scott Bryan, Julie Frost, Effie Graves, Joni B. Haws, Laurie Heath, Sariah Horowitz, Jonathan Humphries, Norm Jenson, Craig Kingsman, Gregory Lemon, C.H. Lindsay, Victoria Lisowski, Terra Luft, Anna Marasco, Justin C. Matthews, J.T. Moore, Jared Quan, Talysa Sainz, Rachael J. Sparks, P.A. Sterling, Jennie Stevens, Scott E. Tarbet, L.D.B. Taylor, Richard Timothy, Patrick M. Tracy, Heidi Voss, Johnny Worthen, Rashelle Yeates, and Daniel Yocom.

Published by Infinite Press

A Year of the Monkeys  features Caryn's award-winning story, "A Friend in Need," which won 3rd Place in the 2018 League of Utah Writers Awards: Speculative Fiction Category

A Year of the Monkeys features Caryn's award-winning story, "A Friend in Need," which won 3rd Place in the 2018 League of Utah Writers Awards: Speculative Fiction Category

APOCALYPSE UTAH

A collection of Utah Horror

From the Creators of Old Scratch and Owl Hoots and It Came from the Great Salt Lake, comes the next installment of new Utah horror, Apocalypse Utah: a Collection of Utah Horror.

Twelve Apocalyptic horsemen of the Rocky Mountains have come together in this terrifying anthology of Utah Horror. After years of dystopian fiction, these twelve writers won the challenge to portray how the apocalypse would occur.

Questionable kittens, ritualistic killing, destroying angels, ancient gods seeking punishment, lawless renegades, practitioners of the dark arts, and zombies will haunt every corner of your mind as you read these thrilling accounts of what could happen during the end of days in Utah.

Reanimated corpses of religious fanatics proclaiming salvation are the least of your worries...

Published Griffin Publishers

PRAISE FOR HIDE AND SEEK

"Hide and Seek is a short, quick and creepy listen." ★★★★☆ - AudiobookReviewer.com

"I would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a Christmas story the whole family can enjoy." ★★★★★ - Derek, Audible.com Customer Review

"This is high among my favorites." ★★★★★ - Mark, Audible.com Customer Review

"If you are looking for a fun, quirky and well written short story that is well executed, you can not go wrong with this little gem." ★★★★☆ - WadeVC, Amazon.com Customer Review

HIDE AND SEEK

A novelette

Agatha isn’t looking forward to Christmas. While other eight-year-olds are hoping for a pile of presents, she just wants her evil stepsisters to leave her alone. Summer and Rain have a cruel idea of what passes for fun, and it always involves tormenting Agatha.

When the three of them get stuck inside their house on Christmas Eve, the twins force Agatha to play a twisted version of Hide and Seek. But they aren’t the only things hiding in the house, and someone is about to get more than they bargained for beneath the tree…

GALTZAGORRIAK AND OTHER CREATURES

Stories Inspired by Basque Folklore

From creation stories and explanations of natural phenomena to fables and cautionary tales, ancient Basque mythology has endured for centuries thanks to a strong oral tradition and, quite simply, love of a good story. In this unique collection, Basque-American author Caryn Larrinaga explores and expands upon the rich, traditional folklore from her family’s homeland.

Dive into stories about love, loss, greed, and revenge. Meet creatures like the mischievous Galtzagorriak, the deadly Gaueko, the beautiful Lamiak, the legendary Erensuge, and the wicked Sorginak.

The captivating tales in Galtzagorriak and Other Creatures are accompanied by breathtaking illustrations by artist Carina Barajas, and are sure to delight the whole family. Whether you’re already familiar with the Basque Country or this is your first introduction, you don’t want to miss this collection.

Published by Twisted Tree Press