Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tim Hemlin



Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride. He has published in poetry journals, anthologies, and magazines--most notably in Ellery Queen. Currently he has six novels out. Finds the links to his books and social media sites at the end of this book.

By day he is an educator; however after teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master's degree to work and is now a high school counselor. In addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman. He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.


Neil Marhsall is a graduate student in the University of Houston's creative writing program and a promising young poet.

However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So, to make ends mee, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high-society caterer.

Just when Neil's life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.

To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding.

Neil's friends -- his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman -- offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.



Graduate student and part-time chef Neil Marshall only wants to go for an early morning run. Instead he witnesses the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston private eye C.J. McDaniels, and he fears the gunmen can identify them. 

Before long, Neil finds himself in the eye of a hurricane, his quiet academic life ripped apart as he rides a swath of violence that cuts across a mansion in River Oaks to an eerily silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman. In Houston's sultry summer heat a deep-rooted rage is building from a whisper to a roar. 

Praise for Book One of the series: 
"Tim Hemlin's 'If Wishes Were Horses...' is one of the most entertaining first mysteries I've read in several years, and aspiring writer Neil Marshall is the most engaging amateur sleuth to come along since Jeff Abbott's Jordan Poteet. This novel is so good, I'd like it even if it weren't set in Texas." - Bill Crider, Author of many series including the Sheriff Dan Rhoades Mysteries, and resident of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. 

"A Welcome new voice in the mystery field." - Earl Emerson.


America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation. Caught outside his spiritual haven when the Cartel moves against the Wastelanders, Joey is aided by Bear, an enigmatic weapons runner, Moon, a lovesick Scrapwoman, and Bernie Hawke, his estranged father. But against the Cartel's military strength, led by the power hungry Rex Fielder, Joey's only hope may be Si-Ting, a young woman with prescient abilities--a woman who not only holds the key to his heart but also to an American conspiracy to crown its future with the withered laurels of the past.

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A ghost from the past . . . A girl lost in the Wastelands . . . Bernie Hawke missing . . . 

Can the enigmatic Bear join forces with warrior-priest Joey Hawke, and Caballito, the legendary descendant of the ancient Running People, in time to rescue them? Or will they fall prey like so many others to the black silence of the Wastelands?

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Thirteen never before seen YA short stories just in time for the holidays! 

Book 1: Twelve Days to Christmas by L.A. Starkey 
Book 2: Christmas Seasoning by DB Nielsen 
Book 3: Merry Chris Witch by CK Dawn 
Book 4: Wrapped in the Past by Chess Desalls 
Book 5: Butterflies in the Snow by D.E.L. Connor 
Book 6: The Darkest Night of the Year by Tim Hemlin 
Book 7: Cold Hearth by Kelly Hall 
Book 8: Code X by W.J. May 
Book 9: Good Saint Nick by Lu J Whitley 
Book 10: Soaring by K.K. Allen 
Book 11: A Spirit’s Last Gift by Kathy-Lynn Cross 
Book 12: Winter Trials by K.S. Marsden 
Book 13: The Edge by Fleur Camacho 

((Take a peek inside the cover to read the synopsis for these great YA short stories!)) 

These stories have never been published before and were written specifically for this anthology. Hope you enjoy this wintery adventure!!

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