W. I . T. C. H. Hunters Forever is now available!

“W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever” is short-story collection/spinoff of the Forever Detective Series available now in Kindle and Paperback form! Within the pages of this brand new collection you’ll find some familiar faces from Rafael Jones’ adventures such as the beautiful and talented Clara Thomas, Sir Lynn Fox her brother-in-law/wizard, as well as our favorite  spiritualist accountant Medium Brown, along with many new faces (as well as a brief appearance from Mr. Jones himself during his time gathering evidence for the Nuremberg trials). 

And if all that’s not enough, here’s more:

When he heard about Hitler’s interest in seeking out artifacts and legends, British wizard Sir Lynn Fox knew he needed a group with unusual talents to do more and better. W.I.T.C.H. Hunters is that group.

This collection of stories gives us a sample of the wide variety within the group: a sympathetic healer, a hedge witch with a penchant for sleuthing, a telekinetic sculptress, a spiritualist accountant, a demonologist monk, two Antipodean adventurers, and one extraordinarily ordinary woman who wants to do her part, and an immortal cat.

So grab your copy now, and maybe one or two extra for a family member/friend who love some good fantasy adventure tales. Just choose the link that works best for you below:

Amazon US Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Amazon UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Amazon CA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Amazon AU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Until next time, happy reading everyone and thank you all for making this site and the series so highly rated.

****Smashwords, NOOK, Kobo, Apple and other e-book formats will be available soon. Just stay tuned to this blog for updates. Also, the Audible version is currently in the works and will be made available within the coming months.****

Sneak Peek Sunday–Safe Where It Belongs (part 2, follow the lizard)

Author’s note: this is the continuation of the story from last week’s post. Please scroll to the beginning to read in the correct order. 



“Hei Tiki says the First Fire is here,” Private Hana Parata said, gesturing toward the building where people were going in and out with file cabinets. 

“What did they want with it?” murmured Jarrah Barambah, “They know how to set fire to things.” Jarrah’s hair was white. He thought he was sixty-seven years old, but he may have lost track at  some point. The Australian recruiters had laughed when he had tried to enlist, so he just concentrated on the white men for a while and then followed their songline in his sleep, waking up in a strange green land, like the northern coast, but cool. That was when he had met a man named for a fox, a creature like a dingo, but playful and small. That man had given him a chance to help take back things that had been stolen from his people. 

“The closest thing they have to the First Fire is white phosphorus,” Hana reminded him. “They probably want to find a way to make weapons like the First Fire. Do you know how it works?”

“It came from the sky people. They know how it was made. They brought it so we could learn to make our own fires. But not like it.”

“Yes, our fires burn out in time, unattended.”

“Which is a good thing, most of the time. Still. Properly guarded, it is safe and useful. And if the sky people ever come back, I want us to show them we have kept it properly.”

“Of course. You ever think about modern uses for that? Like fueling a power plant?”

“If we did that, the local whites would steal it from us.” A touch of anger broke through the stoic expression he usually wore. “It was a local man who stole it this time and sold it to the Germans. My tribe found him, and learned from him who bought it. I think the whites would say we saved the government the price of a rope.”

“Do you ever wonder how Australia and New Zealand can be so close and yet still be so far apart? I mean, our peoples never found each other, and then when the colonists come, we end up with different results.”

The Aborigine shrugged. In that one motion was a wealth of unspoken commentary about the cultural differences between them, and as well between the groups of whites who started new societies on their shores. Quirks of geography and history had made their experiences too dissimilar for fair comparison. And yet, here they were, so far away from home and they could find in each other something familiar. 

The tattoos the Maori wore were imbued with magic. Hei Tiki was a figure representing wisdom, insight, and it communicated information to Hana Parata. That sort of thing was helpful, but, as much as white New Zealanders had accepted much of Maori culture into their own, wanting to haka before a battle, for instance– the idea that the tattoos could serve as a sort of spell or resource didn’t make sense to them at all. He’d learned not to talk about it until there was an urgent message he couldn’t ignore, and a name to tell it to; Sir Lynn Fox. That had gotten him a chance to help guard his old unit against an upcoming attack and a reassignment to W.I.T.C.H. Hunters. 

“I can scout ahead,” Private Parata suggested. He was still in uniform and ANZAC enlistees were as likely as any other Allies to have a few men placed to help in joint enterprises. If nothing else, they’d talk to him, as he was wearing the right uniform and quite obviously not German. But few people resisted a pair of willing hands when there was plenty of work to be done. 

“No. They will be done soon enough, and I can wait better with company. When they are gone, we go in like the swan gliding by at night, unheard and unseen.”

“Here the swans are white,” Parata reminded him. “But since we are not, you are correct.”

While they waited, they sat in the shade of a building and talked quietly. Parata asked about what Barambah’s people had done with the fire and learned they’d used it it cultivate the land, clearing spaces amid the trees to grow their favorite plants, creating other, grassy spaces to give the kangaroo places to eat that weren’t their gardens, and then replacing their cropland with new trees and starting again elsewhere. 

“And the thing about using the First Fire to start it,” Barambah said, “is the damn hawks can’t take that heat. It’s just enough that they don’t go start burns of their own.”

“Your hawks start fires?”

“It helps them hunt.”

“Our parrots can kill sheep,” Parata countered with. Then he added, “We lost our land ownership, so they aren’t our sheep. Frankly, some of us have taken lambs and left feathers.” They laughed together. 

Then they heard engines starting, and watched the occupation trucks pull away. But there was one Jeep left. Parata shifted. “We could probably get past anyone left.”

Barambah looked up at him and shook his head. “You’re young. All young men cannot wait. Which is silly, because you have so much more time coming than I do. Wait a little longer. We will see what happens.”

The last four men came to the door. An American major came out, along with a lieutenant with several small boxes under one arm. They were escorted by two enlisted MPs. The MPs took up stations at the door and the officers got into the Jeep and drove off. 

Parata thought he could take the remaining guards, but before he rose to his feet again, he saw a lizard scurry by his feet. That didn’t seem odd, even in this climate. Every bombed city seemed to have small animals that sought the shelter easily provided by rubble. But both men watched it run around the remnants of a wall and followed. For Parata, there were legends of spirits using lizards to communicate to people. Barambah was reminded of Alinga the Lizard Man trying to get at a great boomerang under Uluru and wondered idly if this lizard also wanted to get at something hidden. Accordingly, both men followed the lizard out of curiosity and saw it disappear into a hole in a trap door.

“We should follow it,”  both men said together. 

The trap door, when raised, revealed a set of stairs. Hana Parata pulled an electric torch from his kit and shined the light ahead of them. “I think this might go to a bunker under the compound.” For people who started so many wars, the German military seemed fearful of the consequences.

What they found as they went forward, however,  didn’t seem to be any kind of air raid shelter. The stone-lined passage they walked down eventually opened onto alcoves. In the first one, a stone head was displayed. In place of hair, it had snakes carved into it. But it was not displayed facing out toward the passage. Instead, it faced a cloudy mirror behind it and her startled face could only be seen in the reflection. 

This time it was Parata who stopped his older companion from getting into trouble. As Jarrah reached forward, Hana stayed his hand and said, “No good will come of playing with it. It was set that way for safety.”

The next alcove had a sword of Japanese design, sitting on a stand with the blade facing upward. Moving on, they saw another sword, carefully encased in a leather sheath. 

“This is more like a museum than an air raid shelter,” Jarrah said. “I like museums, when I can get in. They tell you what people think are important. Of course, weapons are important in a time of war, but why these? They must have stories.”

“I am sure they do,” said Hana. “We will tell Fox about this. He will know more about how to handle these things than we do. Let’s stick to our business. Your First Fire. It might even be down here.”

“No. There are stones in the walls to keep the dirt from crumbling, but the bracers are wood. You cannot have the First Fire here. What is that by your foot?”

The private looked down. There was a strip of something, cloth he thought at first, but rather, more like very thin leather. It led deeper into the passage and he turned the light to follow it. As far as he could see, it didn’t end, but at one point, turned around a bend or into another alcove. Impulsively, he followed it, not studying the other alcoves. 

His urgency may have come from a hint of sound he thought he heard from the same place, a murmur that may have been nothing. The Australian followed but stopped shortly. “There are numbers on one section.”

“It leads here,” Hana said, as he stopped at another alcove. “Oh, no,” he moaned, staring at what was there.


To Be Continued…

What’s coming up

 Seems like I haven’t posted here in Forever. 

Seriously, sorry for the long absence. I’d rather work on my fiction than the blog in general, when time is limited, and I think we all found last year pretty stressful, and stress isn’t great for the creative juices. Allan and I both have multiple conditions that make changes for the worse dangerous. I hope you’ve all weathered the pandemic all right yourselves. My sympathies for any losses you’ve had– health, loved ones, finances. No one’s pain is lessened by someone else having it worse, so it’s okay to share your burdens. 

But enough about what’s been going on. You want to know what is happening with the books. Forever Festive will definitely by out in November, and I’m only waiting that long because I think that Christmas books are most enjoyable at Christmas time. You’ll get to meet Rafael’s family, find out a bit about the magic community in Buffalo, New York, and best of all, spend more time with Clara. At least, Rafael thinks that’s the best part. There’s also a guardian angel with a missing ward, who brings the mystery to Rafael Jones. (photo by Ralph Skirr, courtesy of Unsplash)

As for the anthology, Forever W.I.T.C.H Hunting, that will be out after Forever Festive, probably around this time next year. The good news is, I have four stories already finished and will release at least one more here for you to enjoy in advance. More good news: Rafael, Clara, Sir Lynn, Flannery, Eugene, and Medium Brown will all be represented if I get all the stories finished. Clara is slated for three stories, and Sir Lynn is pretty much involved throughout in some way, since he manages the group. The first story starts before Britain is officially at war, and the last one comes just after Forever Festive. There will also be new faces, one of which will be an important part of Forever Chosen… the next novel coming after Forever Festive. Oh, and the new people include– a cryptologist, a telekinetic, a demonologist, a witch, a healer, and a few who can’t be summed up that easily. 🙂  

Forever Chosen will bring back the vampires you love to hate. 

Any questions? 

Close one door; open another

 

So, the rules with Audible say that if we have an audiobook with them, we can’t have it available elsewhere. No one has nibbled on buying it direct from us through our store.

I do know there are people who just use Audible, because they want to get their subscription’s worth. And there are book clubs who only choose books where their members can get it in audiobook form. It seems better to put it on a site where it will be easily found and used. So the book is now available through Audible and Amazon. So now “Forever’s Too Long” is available exclusively through Audible and Amazon.

In the meantime I’m removing the downloadable audiobook option (which I was supplying personally) of “Forever’s Too Long” from my online store. I’m going to put the links for both Audible and Amazon there instead, so you can get your own audiobook through either of those sites.

I will be adding and I-Tunes Link as well once it is available there.

Here’s the link to my online store:

https://www.theforeverdetective.com/p/store.html

“Forever In Deep” Just Got Its 1st Review

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Marian Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this 3rd in a series
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2020
 
“Helen has done it again. Her characters are engaging and somewhat quirky. The story line had me guessing until the end. :Loved the supernatural aspects. While this is 3rd in a series it also stands alone. The story is complete on it’s one but the interaction and history of the characters is enhanced if you read the other books.”
 
Interested in checking it out or reading a sample for yourself? Just click on one of the links below and start reading. You’ll also find links to books 1 and 2 for this 5-Star series as well.
 

Book Trailer – “Forever In Deep”

COMING SOON! 

The 3rd installment of the Forever Detective Book Series.

A brand new tale in the after-life of  Rafael Jones, private investigator/vampire.

No sooner has our hero wrapped up a case involving the ghost of a flapper at the hands of her former mobster boyfriend, that he finds himself venturing back upstate in the summer to investigate a series of mysterious drownings. Now working in the summer is hard enough for a vampire, but add running water to the mix and you’ve got… well, check out the trailer and you’ll get a good idea of what dangers await in this brand new adventure

“Forever in Deep” will be available later this month in all e-book formats, as well as trade paperback at all the usual online book stores.

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One of the common questions a writer gets is: why do you write?

It’s not just a valid question– it’s one every writer has to work out. The fact is, writing is time consuming. If you write short, nonfiction pieces, you can probably make a decent living off of doing that. “For the money” is definitely a good answer for someone doing that.

But a novelist? Unless you are famous already, your chances of making good money from it is very low. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at writing. What really matters is being good at marketing. In fact, if you’re doing it for money, people will tell you to research the markets before you even start writing, because you have to decide not what story to tell but what story will sell. Fame is at least as long a shot as money. If you want fame, you might do better creating a YouTube show because it asks people to invest less time to consume your product.

Other people will tell you it’s a compulsion. They need to put down the words to get it out of their system. It sounds good. It suggests the story is semi-autobiographical, something that has deep meaning to them and may reveal their soul. But a lot of people say it. I don’t know how common a real sense of compulsion is, and it sounds pretty awful to experience. While I am regularly drawn to write, I can easily opt to keep my ideas to myself, and, in fact, it takes discipline for me to keep up the daily effort. I can daydream in my head without anything like the time cost  of putting it into words.

So what motivates me? I want to make readers happy. Yes, they may experience some fear or have their heartstrings pulled, but overall, my novels will make you laugh, have a vicarious experience of friendship, the satisfaction of resolutions… I want people to feel good and have a chance to recover from a world that is plenty stressful.

That’s all. I’m donating books to libraries. I’m willing to give free copies to get reviews. But it’s frustrating because it is very, very hard to reach a larger audience. What would you recommend for getting the word out about my books?

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Amazon Link: Forever Haunted Amazon

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AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE, NOOK, KOBO, SMASHWORDS AND SIGNED PAPERBACK

“FOREVER HAUNTED” 

By Helen Krummenacker is now available for NOOK and KOBO as well as KINDLE and SMASHWORDS for just $3.99

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Life isn’t easy, but it’s easier than adjusting to being dead. Rafael Jones is still learning about his new diet, powers, and limitations when he’s asked to certify that a house isn’t haunted. But when it turns out to have the ghost of a murdered flapper, his new mission is to locate the missing gangster who killed her, the magic mirror that helped the killer disappear, protect his client, and stop a new string of murders. Magic and mystery collide in the summer of 1947, and our detective is digging up answers to questions going back as far as the end of WWI.

*And remember, you can ‘gift’ a copy to your family and friends and have it delivered to their e-reader on Christmas*

 

And finally, you can also get a signed copy of both the 1st book of the series “Forever’s Too Long” as well as “Forever Haunted” for just $20.00. And be assured that more books are coming next year for this growing series.signed paperback copies are available now for just $12.00 each or 2 for $20.00.

The author accepts checks and Paypal at (helenkrummenacker@gmail.com). You can contact the author by e-mail to place your order at:

helenkrummenacker@gmail.com

****NOW AVAILABLE FOR KOBO AND NOOK****

“FOREVER HAUNTED” 

By Helen Krummenacker is now available for NOOK and KOBO as well as KINDLE and SMASHWORDS for just $3.99

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Life isn’t easy, but it’s easier than adjusting to being dead. Rafael Jones is still learning about his new diet, powers, and limitations when he’s asked to certify that a house isn’t haunted. But when it turns out to have the ghost of a murdered flapper, his new mission is to locate the missing gangster who killed her, the magic mirror that helped the killer disappear, protect his client, and stop a new string of murders. Magic and mystery collide in the summer of 1947, and our detective is digging up answers to questions going back as far as the end of WWI.

*And remember, you can ‘gift’ a copy to your family and friendsand have it delivered to their e-reader on Christmas*

“FOREVER HAUNTED” Is Now “LIVE” on Amazon…

Just in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the second installment of the Forever Detective Series.

The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, he’s trying to continue his work as a detective, while attempting to adapt to and understand his condition. 

Now he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is… and the ghost needs Rafael for help and justice.

Can our hero find answers and evidence a 20 year old cold case no one knew about? Can he find the Prohibition gangster who murdered the young flapper? These things are harder than you’d expect them to be with a view of the murder on replay. As Rafael finds out, the secrets of the supernatural are not known only to the good guys, and gangsters with access to magic are all the more dangerous. 

Find out in “Forever Haunted” available NOW in Trade Paperback and Kindle:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0821Z6RMY

AmazonUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0821Z6RMY

AmazonCA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0821Z6RMY

AmazonAU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0821Z6RMY

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/993061

*LINKS for Nook, Kobo, and other outlets coming soon*