We have an end of the month treat for fans of urban fantasy, and sci-fi, as four titles buy some of CQ’s most prolific authors are on sale. The Dead Detective, Ghosts of Christmas Present, and Deadbeat Dad, by J.R. Rain and Rod Kierkegaard Jr, as well as Hand of Raziel by Matthew S. Cox, will be on sale for 99 cents; September 28 - 30.

The Dead Detective, by J.R. Rain & Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. - CoverAbout The Dead Detective

Medical-school-dropout police detective Richelle Dadd is… well, dead.

But that won’t stop her from trying to hold on to her house in a divorce battle with a bitter husband. Or keep her from digging into her own murder, to discover who put the bullet into her heart. Or from coming to terms with her Gypsy heritage. And it certainly won’t stand in the way of finding out the reason she’s been reanimated as a zombie assassin, no longer in control of her life.

Richelle will face off against Romani shamans, double-crossing ghosts, a partner she can’t trust, and her own undead nature in a journey into the depths of the occult world and out the other side without losing her sense of humor - or humanity - along the way.

It’s a good thing her deductive skills - and her aim - are still up to par.

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Ghosts of Christmas Present, by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr. and J.R. Rain - CoverAbout Ghosts of Christmas Present

Richelle Dadd is feeling an emptiness in her heart this holiday season. And not just because said heart is as cold and dead as the icy cityscape in her window. The undead have feelings, too - and in the time for family and presents and friendship, this lost soul is feeling… lost.

Backstabbed by those she considered her allies, neglected by the only ghost that understood her, and with her best friend murdered before her very eyes, Richelle doesn’t have a ton to celebrate this year.

But the “Christmas miracle” isn’t just something that goes on a greeting card..

Ghosts of Christmas Present is a short story set in the aftermath of the events in The Dead Detective, and is accompanied by Christmas in the Morgue (a Department of Magic short story) by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr., and Zombie App, by J.R. Rain.

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About Deadbeat Dad

Hard-boiled police detective Richelle Dadd is back. And in a whole world of fresh trouble. Still… well, dead as the result of a Gypsy curse, she must now face life as a single mom. Not only does Richelle have to worry about all the usual stuff—her baby’s health and well-being and keeping a roof over their heads by working a precarious dead-end job—there’s also her homicidal ex-boyfriend to fear, the father of her child, stalking them both day and night with the avowed intent of kidnapping baby Tamara.

Not to mention a mysterious Russian agent hell-bent on “recruiting” Richelle into a suspiciously perfect overseas job, plus there’s a vicious Ripper-style killing to investigate, one that ties in with the Black Rose Murders that terrorized the city nearly ninety years ago. Throw in the increasingly bizarre behavior of Richelle’s ex-husband Devon and the fact that somebody’s bugged every inch of Richelle’s house—and it all adds up to a recipe for disaster…

But once again, just as in the Dead Detective, the first book in the series, some very off-beat characters come to her aid. There’s her love-sick ex-detective partner Malena Ayon, for one, and the long-dead ghost cop Bull McGuinness for another. And Richelle’s equally dead new boyfriend, a dreamy World War I vet cut down in the prime of his youth. Last but hardly least, the roguish old Irish Traveler and scam artist Dicky Dadd, who claims to be Richelle’s vanished father, but who may be something else entirely; a half-Gypsy wizard sent to watch over her by the kriss, or Romani High Council.

On the eve of a second ‘Ripper’ murder at a nearby theme park, Richelle and Malena must race to save an innocent victim’s life—along with that of Tamara—while battling shadowy forces both real and supernatural, as the story builds to a shattering and unexpected climax.

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About Hand of Raziel

Risa Black will decide the fate of an entire planet. After all, an angel told her so.

Orphaned young, she grows up among the resistance, fighting to give the people of Mars command of their own destiny. Two governments from Earth vie for control of the Red Planet; she wants them gone, regardless of how many explosives it takes.

To the outside world, she’s an emotionless, broken marionette. Inside, her father’s fiery end haunts her every waking moment. She never cared for destiny or politics, until the angel Raziel focused her anger. Both friend and foe alike believe her grip on sanity tenuous; she knows he is real, and pities those who
will never feel his divine presence.

Whenever her adrenaline wears off, guilt at what her bombs did cuts deep, as does the apathy of the citizens she wants to liberate. The pain worsens after unexpected love cracks open her armored heart, causing her to question the role she plays in the bloody conflict Torn between duty and desire, she learns change never comes without loss.

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