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From Severed Press
HOW CAN YOU FIGHT A WAR WHEN THE DEAD DON’T STAY DEAD AND THE LIVING ARE JUST MEAT?
“I loved so much about this book, I don’t even know where to start .A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, must-read-just-one-more-chapter, relentless pace.”
Breakout. Escape the city. Stay alive.
Sixteen-year-old David Simmons is on a mission to save his eight-year-old sister. In a smoldering world infested with walking cadavers, the survivors of Simmons infantry reserve unit are going hatches down in a pair of armoured personnel carriers and everyone knows that it’s only a matter of time until their fuel runs dry.
There’s a weak short wave radio signal from a place called Sanctuary Base and it’s supposed to be zombie-free. But there’s more than a thousand miles to cover, a biting, unforgiving cold, armed survivalists, legions of the living dead and someone called SUNRAY.
They’re outgunned, outnumbered and out of time.
This tense thriller for teens offers a terrifying vision of survival in a post-apocalyptic world where the bonds of friendship and family are the only things left that are worth fighting for
“From start to eminently satisfying climax, To Catch a Cat Thief is a rollicking comedy adventure positively sparkling with eccentric characters, quick-as-a-cat plotting and the author’s keenly tuned ear for pitch-perfect teen-speak. Highly recommended!” Christian Schoon, author of Zenn Scarlett.
THE. CATS. ARE. MISSING!
Fear not! Penelope Ann Pickersgill and her grandmother are on the case … assuming that Grandma Bev can coax Penelope out of the spare bedroom and into her psychedelic minivan.
Did I mention that Penelope’s granny is from the 1960’s?
Sure there’s macrobiotic food, and yes, the soundtrack from Woodstock is playing on Grandma Bev’s CD player. Yep, the house smells like incense & the Groovy Gals (a trio of hippy seniors with a penchant for civil disobedience) want to bring down City Hall. But … there are strange lights in the sky. Grandma Bev is certain there’s a UFO cat-abduction conspiracy afoot. Penelope, being the sensible one, thinks all the evidence points to a faceless corporation that produces GMO’s and one very angry farmer. If only she can convince her granny.
MEET VALERIE STEVENS. SHE KICKS EVIL’S ASS.
“I fell into this job quite by accident, when I discovered that I possessed the ability to see the preternatural world. There are a handful of people with similar abilities, and part of my job is to locate them, since Government Services and Infrastructure Canada likes to keep track of these things. Don’t ask me why.”
There’s a malevolent force in town, and it’s quite literally Valerie Stevens’ job to determine who’s behind it and why they want to destroy the city of Calgary. She’ll have help, in the form of her best friend (now more or less a zombie, unfortunately), a powerful dwarf troll, and the ghost of former Prime Minister ( he goes by ‘Bill’ these days). But that’s not all – Valerie has some tricks up her sleeve and, she hopes, luck on her side. Oh, and her boyfriend, Dave. He drives a dump truck.
Praise for Shade Fright
“Funny, action-packed and takes no prisoners. An urban fantasy thriller with a terrific cast of supernatural characters. Move over Chicago, Calgary’s Valerie Stevens is Canada’s answer to Harry Dresden!” SciFiGuy.ca
“SHADE FRIGHT grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until you’ve read the final sentence.”
Nancy Holzner, author of the Deadtown series.
SUPERHERO – URBAN FANTASY FUSION!
Someone is murdering the good people of Greenfield, and there’s talk of a serial killer on the loose. Finding him should be an easy job for a guy with super-powers; too bad he keeps falling out of the sky. If Marshall Conrad has any hope of ending the killing spree, he’ll need a little help from a morbidly obese shop keeper (who just happens to be a witch) and a hard-drinking senior citizen with a penchant for lifting heavy objects… like auto- mobiles. Corrupt cops, ogres, thirty-six-year-old Siamese cats, and of course, the netherworld. All in a day’s work when you’re trying to save your city from a simmering evil that’s about to be unleashed.
Praise for Marshall Conrad!
“Dark magic is rife in this world-on-the-edge urban fantasy. Sean Cummings’ great humor and awesome vision weave a thrill ride of a story.” Erin Kellison, author of Shadow Bound
‘Unseen World does for superheroes what Charlaine Harris does for vampires. The book’s reluctant hero, Marshall Conrad, puts the everyman into Superman in this spandex-free Urban Fantasy. A mighty read!’ Wayne Simmons, bestselling author of FLU
“End-of-the-world seriousness combined with a healthy dose of humor,” Bitten by Books
“Cummings has packed a lot into these pages, and every single one of them flies past at the speed of a reluctant superhero.” Genre Reviews
“I’ve decided that my entire existence is somewhere between a freak show and a 3D movie with explosions, the living dead and the very real prospect of my getting killed. Still, I’ve got a boyfriend who thinks the sun rises and sets on me so that has to account for something. My life is pretty good right now but that can change in a heartbeat. After what happened to Mom, every day is an “anything can happen” day…”
Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity. After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates.
If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.
“Student Bodies’ is an action packed appealing YA urban fantasy” Examiner.com
“Sean Cummings is a master of the dark fantastic. His writing brims with soul, guts, and a dark wit sharp enough to draw blood.” Chris F. Holm, award winning author of The Collector Books
“Thrilling, funny with a kick ass heroine who’s not even phased by mystic maggots.” Keren David, award winning author of When I was Joe
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15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When she and her best friend and uber-geek, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it’s pretty obvious to Julie there’s a supernatural connection. The house is occupied by a poltergeist and in order to reclaim it, Julie’s going to have to exorcise the spirit. Of course, she’ll need her mother’s help and what teenager in their right mind wants that? Surely she can do this on her own – right…? But there’s a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie’s high school, her mother falls victim to Endless Night – a dark spell that rips her mom’s soul from her mortal body. Now it’s a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won’t just lose her mother’s soul, she’ll lose her mother’s life.
PRAISE FOR POLTERGEEKS!
POLTERGEEKS is absolutely everything you could possibly want in YA fantasy.
POLTERGEEKS is action and magic brewed into a fast-paced, death-defying spell of a read. Best friends Julie and Marcus make for a fantastic team with great chemistry and quick humor to balance out the dark peril in this high-stakes, do-or-die tale of witchcraft and suspense.
The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. Julie, an apprentice witch, and her sidekick Marcus, a science nerd who can’t quite believe some of the things he’s seeing, make an ideal team. Together, they face everything from the hazards of high school hallways to an evil spirit bent on destroying witches. By turns funny, moving, and action-packed, POLTERGEEKS is almost too much fun!
“POLTERGEEKS is GHOSTBUSTERS meets SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH with a dash of X-FILES. A magical spell with equal parts humour, adventure and surprise.”
“Julie is one kick-ass young woman! The story gripped me from the first page and provided a dark but thrilling romp through a wonderfully constructed magical world. POLTERGEEKS is true edge-of-your-seat entertainment and I am really hoping there will be a sequel!”
“POLTERGEEKS rattles along at a fair old clip, shooting out thrills and spills and quite a few good jokes along the way. All this is carried off with an enviably light touch that makes Sean Cummings not just a good YA writer, but a good writer whatever genre he chooses to work in.”
Funeral Pallor (Valerie Stevens book two)
There’s a nest of rotting husks in an old Calgary warehouse and they’ve got a hankering for human flesh, but that’s the least of Valerie Stevens’ problems. While necromancers are a dime a dozen, these mindless killing machines all share one thing in common: they’re former occupants of every funeral home in the city.
The evidence points to the zombie Caroline, especially now that she’s been experiencing short term memory loss and an inability to account for her whereabouts. If Valerie plans to clear her best friend’s name, she’ll have to move fast: someone has dispatched a zombie assassin and Caroline’s only hope may rest with a pair of middle-aged head-bangers with a few secrets of their own.