Susan Boulton:Hand of Glory: Passchendaele, 1917. Captain Giles Hardy is trapped on the wire, wounded in mind and body, convinced he should be dead. This is the beginning of his battle to come home, to bring with him and lay to rest the ghosts of the men who will never leave the fields of Flanders. Giles's fight is not only against the evil of a thief who exploits the grief of the bereaved, it is against a Hand of Glory, the mythical tool of robbers, a collector of lost souls. A new friend, Agnes Reed, and the ghost of an old one, Corporal George Adams, aid Hardy in his battle. Set in the torn fields of Flanders and a small English county town, Hand of Glory tells the story of a battle of hope against an enemy that feeds on despair.
The Sorceress and the The Skull: A Gothic novella from award-winning Donald Michael Platt. Michele, a direct descendant of Nostradamus, is born in 1932. She'll have all his gifts of precognition and even greater powers, but they will not fully manifest until she enters puberty. More than one secret society has been obsessed with finding Michele, to control her and learn where Nostradamus’s unpublished prophecies have been sequestered. Hidden since birth, protected by aliases, an aunt, and a gargoyle, Michele at age 13 has become a fugitive, fleeing across Europe and Canada before finally arriving in San Francisco. Around Michele deadly forces are closing in, but a new ally, Le Crâne, the Skull, has also appeared. Who will lay claim to Michele's powers and at what price to her? And who will succeed in acquiring the hidden secrets of Nostradamus?
Donald Michael Platt: A Gathering of Vultures. Professional ballroom dancers Terri and Rick Hamilton aspire to be world champions. Unfortunately, Terri's recurring back and health problems place that goal well out of reach. They travel to Terri's birthplace, Florianópolis, on the scenic island of Santa Catarina off the coast of Brazil to vacation and visit their best friends and mentors. Along the picturesque beaches, dead penguins and eviscerated bodies wash up on the shores of paradise, and Antarctic blasts play counterpoint to the tropical storms that rock the island. The scenic wonder is home not only to urubús, a unique sub-species of the black vulture, but also to a clique of mysterious women who offer Terri perfect health and the promise of fame--at a terrible price. Beneath the idyllic surface, Florianópolis seethes with murder, mutilations, carrion, or the lure of eternal youth.