Tony Acree to be on the Star Chamber Show

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Hydra Publications owner Tony Acree will be on the Star Chamber Show on Blog Talk Radio tonight at 9 pm. He will be throwing down about Dystopian Express, the new anthology edited by Robin Blankenship and Frank Hall. Robbin will join Tony on the show, along with Colonel R.A. Acula and others about all things unpleasant, totalitarian, and environmentally degraded. Hence, dystopian. The show is hosted by Seventh Star Press head honcho, Stephen Zimmer, and Michael West, one seriously whacked out dude who writes horror, among other things. Join us and ask about the anthology, publishing, writing, or why Michael West can’t hold his liquor. Just a rumor.

Bill Noel to release two new books for 2016

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Hydra Publications is thrilled to announce Bill Noel, a Hydra bestselling author, has signed on for two new books for 2016. In September, Silent Night, a Bill Noel Christmas mystery will be released, followed in November by the next Folly Beach Mystery, Dead Center. Fans will get a double dose of mystery and intrigue from one of the regions best and we at Hydra Publications are proud to count Bill a member of the family.

Trajectories: The SciFi Anthology You’ve Been Waiting For

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Shepherding Trajectories, a new SciFi anthology from Hydra Publications, from thought to creation, took time. To the authors who waited patiently for this day, we are excited to have you part of the Hydra family and we say “thank you”.

Edited by the incredibly talented Dave Creek, Trajectories, features stories by Bud Sparhawk, Marianne J. Dyson, Brad R. Torgersen, Mary A. Turzillo, John F. Allen, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Jay Werkheiser, Arlan Andrews, Sr., and Martin L. Shoemaker.

The anthology is now available for Amazon Kindle and will be available soon in print everywhere fine books are sold. (We’ve always wanted to type that line.)

Ella Minnow and the New Fish

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Hydra Publications is proud to announce our first ever children’s book, Ella Minnow and the New Fish by John Avera and illustated by Crystal Johnson. Book two in the Ella Minnow series, Ella Minnow and the New Fish is a story about a new fish in school that only has one fin. Ella does all that she can to help him out, only to find out that he can do most things on his own, just in a different way.

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John D. Avera is from Somerset, KY and now resides in London, KY. He is an Arts and Humanities teacher at Sublimity Elementary in London. He is also the Minister of students and Worship at Hart Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation. John and his wife Katie have one son, Leighton and one daughter, Raylee. He is the first children’s author to sign with Hydra Publishing.

John is the author of Ella Minnow Peed, which received a five star rating from Readers Favorite. Ella Minnow Peed is a book about bullying that has been endorsed by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. John’s new book is the second in the Ella Minnow Series, Ella Minnow and the New Fish. Both books have extra information in the back for parents and teachers to teach their children about a very important life lesson.

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Dystopian Express

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Hydra Publications is proud to announce the release of Dystopian Express. This anthology features the talents of 19 authors from around the world and is edited by Robin Blankenship and F. L. Hall.

About the book:

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

You are followed. You are watched. Suppress your thoughts. Do as they say.

You stand as one against them all.

What happens when every aspect of your life is managed, manipulated, and controlled by someone else. Everyone is guaranteed the opportunity to suffer equally for the greater good in this dystopian society.

You become weary in your helplessness and have no voice in what happens to you, your family, friends and neighbors.

Your possessions, your body, and even your thoughts, belong to them and not yourself. What will you do?

Jump on board and witness how the landscape has changed as we ride the rails of the Dystopian Express.

The ebook is now available on Amazon, with the print due out soon.

Boneyard Beach for the Beach

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Headed out on a Spring Break vacation in the next few weeks? Then do we have the right book for you. Boneyard Beach, the latest in the Folly Beach mystery series by Bill Noel, fits the bill (no author pun intended).

This Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bill will be at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange, Kentucky signing Boneyard Beach and all the other great books in the series.

Here’s more about Boneyard Beach:

A knock on Chris Landrum’s retirement cottage door proves that he doesn’t have to leave home to find trouble. His friend, Mel Evans, a marsh tour-boat captain, arrives to tell Chris that there might be a little problem. Chris is shocked to hear that the little problem is that his friend is accused of murdering a college student. Before he has enough time for that to sink in, Chris learns that another friend Larry’s shady past is threatened to be exposed by a con artist and former partner-in-crime who has moved to their South Carolina beach community.

Chris and his best friend Charles, a self-appointed private detective, join a senior citizen’s walking group to learn more about Larry’s nemesis, but instead of the health benefits of walking and the comradery of a group of friends, he and Charles come face-to face with deception, intrigue, and murder. Mel’s in jail, Larry is moments away from being arrested, and Chris escapes death by inches and must find not one, but two murderers, before they can kill again.In a new Folly Beach mystery, Chris and his cadre of quirky pals, once again risk their lives for their friends, and to prevent more deaths, including their own.

Enjoy a scenic drive to the country and visit Karen’s Book Barn and the other wonderful shops on Main Street. You might even get to see a train roll right down the middle of town.

The Cockatoo Called

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Rachael Rawling, author of the best selling mystery, The Parrot Told Me, is out with her latest, The Cockatoo Called.

Ainsley doesn’t have much experience with pets, especially with fluffy feathered ones who want to sleep in her bed and eat her breakfast. When she finds a cockatoo in her yard, she is unaware of the adventures that will result from his accidental landing. After locating his owner, she is introduced to an entire cast of fascinating characters. But there is someone after the bird. From a search for a lost piece of valuable artwork, to a trip with a pirate, Ainsley’s life has taken a turn toward danger. Gabe, the cockatoo’s owner, has his hands full trying to keep them safe from whoever is after his inheritance. Can anyone blame Ainsley for losing her head, and her heart, to the adorable pair?

 

 

The Poker Game by Tom Wallace

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The Poker Game is the newest in the best selling Jack Dantzler mystery series from Tom Wallace. Set in Lexington, Kentucky, Dantzler clears more murder cases than any other detective, but in The Poker Game he faces his toughest challenge yet.

About The Poker Game:

Judge Leonard Kurtz presides over a Saturday-night poker game fifty weeks each year. But this is no ordinary game—it begins at precisely seven p.m. and lasts exactly twelve hours, and to sit at the table, each of the six players must have ten-thousand dollars in cash. But then, on a warm summer night, five players are brutally murdered, victims of a single gunshot wound to the head. Veteran homicide detective Jack Dantzler is faced with the task of finding the person—or persons—responsible for the crime. His initial questions are, which of the victims was the primary target, and what is the name of the missing player? Was that player lucky, or could he be the killer? As Dantzler begins to peel away the many layers of this baffling case, the answers he finds are not what he expected. They put him on several different paths, including one that will bring him face to face with the only murderer he has failed to catch.

The Poker Game proves once again why critics have consistently praised Tom Wallace for his ability to “make his characters come alive,” while adding that he has done “a great job of creating a world-class detective in Dantzler.” Simply put: The Poker Game belongs on your must-read list.

About Tom Wallace:

Tom Wallace is the award-winning author of five mysteries featuring Lexington, Kentucky Detective Jack Dantzler—The Fire of Heaven, The ListGnosisThe Devil’s Racket and What Matters Blood. He also wrote the thriller,Heirs of Cain.

In 2010, Tom’s novel, Gnosis, won the prestigious Claymore Award at the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference.Gnosis would go on to become one of the most downloaded e-books on Amazon in 2013. In 2007, The Devil’s Racket also took home a top prize, captureing the Mystery Novel Award.

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A graduate of Western Kentucky University’s outstanding Journalism Department, Tom spent many years as a

From 1986 until 1993, Tom worked for the legendary broadcaster, Cawood Ledford, serving as editor for  successful sportswriter in his native Kentucky. From 1983-86, he served as sports editor for the Gleaner in Henderson, where he twice was honored by the Kentucky Press Association for writing the best sports story in the state.

Cawood on Kentucky, a weekly publication covering UK basketball and football. During that time, Tom also wrote many of Cawood’s TV and radio commentaries. He also helped put together and write Cawood’s Comments.

As a free-lance writer, Tom has authored five sports-related books, among them the highly popular Kentucky Basketball Encyclopedia, an in-depth history of the University of Kentucky’s legendary hoops program. He has also written books with former Wildcats Travis Ford and Jeff Sheppard. In addition to those books, Tom and the late John McGill wrote Embracing the Legend with former UCLA coach Jim Harrick.

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Tom, a Vietnam vet, lives in Lexington and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and the Author’s Guild.

Book Launch Party for Revenge by Tony Acree

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Hydra owner and author, Tony Acree, will be signing the newest Victor McCain thriller, Revenge, today at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange from 12-7 p.m. with a dinner to follow at Big R and Shannon’s BBQ, also in La Grange. He will also have other Hydra titles with him, including Dearly Beloved, the final book in the Grave Reminders series by Rachael Rawllings and Boneyard Beach, the tenth Folly Beach Mystery by Bill Noel.

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We have three new books for your holiday shopping pleasure which run the gamut of a genre press: YA paranormal romance, mystery and paranormal crime noire.

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First is Dearly Beloved, the final installment of the Grave Reminders series by Rachael Rawlings.

She walks in her dreams…
Savannah finds herself at the site where her brother lost his life, but she knows it cannot be real. Neither is the man who stops to help her on the roadside. Until she meets the man in the light of day and realizes he is no fictional character, conjured from her imagination.

Dreams are not always what they seem…

This realization leads her to revisit the place of her brothers’ accident; where one twin was left for dead and the other a changed man. After a confrontation with the latter, she realizes that there is more to the mystery of her dreams than she ever imagined. As the two chase down an ancient religious artifact and the rumors surrounding it, one figure in the night wishes to stop and silence them forever.

Silent as the grave.

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Boneyard Beach is the latest in the Folly Beach mystery series by best selling author, Bill Noel.

A knock on Chris Landrum’s retirement cottage door proves that he doesn’t have to leave home to find trouble. His friend, Mel Evans, a marsh tour-boat captain, arrives to tell Chris that there might be a little problem. Chris is shocked to hear that the little problem is that his friend is accused of murdering a college student. Before he has enough time for that to sink in, Chris learns that another friend Larry’s shady past is threatened to be exposed by a con artist and former partner-in-crime who has moved to their South Carolina beach community. Chris and his best friend Charles, a self-appointed private detective, join a senior citizen’s walking group to learn more about Larry’s nemesis, but instead of the health benefits of walking and the comradery of a group of friends, he and Charles come face-to face with deception, intrigue, and murder. Mel’s in jail, Larry is moments away from being arrested, and Chris escapes death by inches and must find not one, but two murderers, before they can kill again.In a new Folly Beach mystery, Chris and his cadre of quirky pals, once again risk their lives for their friends, and to prevent more deaths, including their own.

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Revenge is the latest novel in the best selling Victor McCain series by Tony Acree.

Victor McCain, God’s bounty hunter, knows how to hunt down the world’s most evil beings and remove them. Permanently. In Revenge, the thrilling follow up to The Speaker, Victor learns what it’s like to be the one targeted for death.

With a $10,000,000 bounty on his head, assassins are finding their way to Louisville to try and collect on the contract of a lifetime, including Black Ice, the world’s top killer. But he is not alone.

An old foe has returned from the dead to seek revenge on Victor by destroying those he holds dear, including a new love. To save her and the others close to him, he must avoid the assassin’s bullet and the efforts of an angry cop intent on putting Victor away for life and unravel a trail of kidnapping, torture and murder.