The Order by Rebecca Besser

THE ORDER

By

Rebecca Besser

 

I woke up and found myself in darkness.

They were all around me.

Their faces were missing, void below their eyes as if someone had peeled away their nose and mouth, leaving a void of rippling skin healed in disfiguring patterns.

They motioned to me in a come-hither way, beckoned me to join them, inviting and beseeching me to be like them, because they could no longer be like me. Their humanity had been stolen from them. Now…they were creatures of the order. Their breath and their smiles had been stolen, leaving them expressionless and barren of voice.

Their eyes were watery…emotional. Their gazes locked on me like I was the only thing of import. Their focus was unnerving; there seemed to be a desperation in their unwavering attention.

They beckoned more forcefully, their eyebrows dipping in the center, between their eyes, into a frown. Their pain fueled anger was like a thick fog in the air.

I shook my head no and took a step back, unwilling to give up my humanity just to appease them. I didn’t want to lose my breath or my voice. The order wasn’t worth it.

The order was based on false safety.

They had failed to see that until it was too late for them.

They moved toward me… Those who were once men, women, and children, now a faceless crowd of obedience. Their alliance was to lies, believing they were safe.

They didn’t understand they were the most at risk… The commander now knew they could be used at will, to whatever end suited the purpose, the order.

They no longer had a voice, after all. They could no longer say no.

I pushed my way through them.

They clawed at my face, my mouth, trying to force me to obey the order, trying to break me with violence and fear. They tried to keep me where I was at their mercy.

I broke free, running through the darkness, toward the twinkle of light off in the distance.

I ran, knowing they were at my heels, knowing the commander wouldn’t let them stop until I too obeyed.

They couldn’t catch me, unable to breathe—their stamina waned quickly.

I broke through the darkness to find a vast open space, warmed by the sun. I breathed deeply and smiled at the people who were there.

They smiled back; they too were still human, they too were free.

I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t obeyed the order.

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Nurse Blood – Out of Print

If you’ve been looking for Nurse Blood, but couldn’t find it. Don’t worry. She’ll be back.

My contract with Limitless Publishing has ended, so I have the rights back. This means there will be a bit of an edit and a new cover coming in the future. And…a sequel!

But, if you can’t wait until then… I have some paperbacks on hand since I didn’t get to do any book signings last year or this year. So, if you can’t wait, or just want a signed copy of the now out of print version, reach out to me to find out how to make that happen.

Note: I also have paperbacks of Undead Drive-Thru, Undead Regeneration, Zombies Inside, and Twisted Pathways.

New Release – 324 Abercorn by Mark Allen Gunnells

Now available!

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324 Abercorn

by Mark Allen Gunnells

 

Brad Storm doesn’t believe in ghosts, but moving into the house at 324 Abercorn just may change his mind.

Best-selling author Bradley Storm finally has enough money to buy and restore his dream home. Despite 324 Abercorn’s reputation as one of the most haunted houses in America, Bradley isn’t worried. He doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Then strange things begin to happen. Objects no longer where he left them. Phantom noises heard from empty rooms. Shadows glimpsed from the corner of his eye.

Is his house truly haunted, or is there something more sinister happening on the property?

With the help of Bradley’s new boyfriend and a few friends who are just as intrigued with the seemingly inexplicable occurrences surrounding the infamous house, they set out to find the truth of what stalks the halls at 324 Abercorn.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

 

Copyright © Mark Allen Gunnells and Crystal Lake Publishing 2020

New Release – Bedbugs by Lee Andrew Taylor

Now available!

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Bedbugs

By Lee Andrew Taylor

‘NIGHT, NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT AND DON’T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE’

In 1947, around the same time as the so-called Roswell alien landing, another UFO crashed to earth, falling deep within the soil of Lemonsville County. During the night five people were slaughtered, but nothing happened for the next seventy-three-years.

In 2020, an earth tremor shook Lemonsville, leaving an opening for the new killers of the night to attack.

Daniel Boone, the local police chief, must find a way to solve the mystery of why people are being slaughtered or have gone missing. It takes him on a journey to the past, where his grandfather was a witness to the original murders, but, as he tries to uncover what happened all those years ago more and more people are being killed.

But will Daniel work out the link and save the people of Lemonsville, or will he too fall down and be destroyed by the things that want to take over the WORLD…

The BEDBUGS are coming!!!

 

Also check out The S.T.A.R.S. Project by Author Lee Andrew Taylor!

 

Author Lee Andrew Taylor

Lee Andrew Taylor was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, in 1969, moving to Bedworth, Warwickshire at the age of 9. All his life he’s had a passion for creating things, whether it was new games to play with family and friends, drawing, or creating a story.

It was 1993 when Lee first dabbled in writing as an adult. He was at college when someone asked if he would enter a writing contest with other students. He agreed, and that’s when the first idea for his killer rats novel – The S.T.A.R.S Project – came about. He wrote around 30 pages and kept the story safe. In 1999, at the age of 30, Lee bought his first computer from a friend and immediately got down to writing a story that was growing inside his head from when he watched his first zombie movie as a child. CLIFTON FALLS – was originally finished in 2001, but wasn’t released until around 2011. It was taken down from sale around 2015 after a few problems with a publisher, but Lee is hoping to re-release it as a 2-part novel in 2021. Since then Lee has written – BEDBUGS (Can you see them?) – A story based on his childhood fear of the old saying – Night, night, sleep tight & don’t let the bedbugs bite – Where he thought the bedbugs were really going to bite him if he didn’t sleep tight.

Both novels are only available in Audio right now but Bedbugs will be re-released around July of 2020.

Lee also writes movie scripts, with the likes of Elijah Wood’s & Joe Dante’s production companies’ asking to read them. He spoke to the director of the Sharknado movies on Skype about his Bedbugs idea and has written a TV, sci-fi, horror pilot for a production company in the UK. He is hoping to write the rest of the TV series when it gets put into production.

Copyright © Lee Andrew Taylor 2020

New Release – What Hell May Come by Rex Hurst

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What Hell May Come

by Rex Hurst

Based on the untrue writings of the Satanic Panic.

The Satanic Panic was a moral outcry in the United States over supposed “satanic” influence in media that were warping the youth of America. Claims that playing an elf in Dungeons and Dragons could lead to demonic possession, that playing heavy metal music backwards would reveal satanic messages, and that therapists could uncover repressed memories of satanic ritual abuse, were all too common.

Volumes and volumes of material were produced on this fake subject. These texts lead to What Hell May Comewhich takes a look at what the world would actually be like if all of the claims of the satanic panic were true.

Set in 1986, Jon St. Fond’s life is a living Hell. Deliberately abused and neglected by his parents, the only joy he has in life is an escape into a fantasy land of role playing games. Soon he discovers that his parents are part of a secret occult religion with hidden ties all across the world.

As Jon and his friends dig, they learn more of the secret history of the world and discover the power of making deals with creatures from Beyond. However, power has its price, as Jon and his friends quickly discover. One-by-one they begin to become consumed by their own desires and hatreds.

Jon learns there is method behind the madness of his life, as his Father begins to bring him closer and closer into the ways of the cult. Ultimately, Jon must make a choice between all the pleasures of the earth and the future of his soul.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

Copyright © Rex Hurst and Crystal Lake Publishing 2020

 

Chaos and Confusion – Educate Yourself

Chaos and Confusion – Educate Yourself

By Rebecca Besser

 

I don’t think anyone in the entire world feels stable right now. Everyday something new, wrong, questionable, messed up, and unreasonable is being thrown at everyone in an attempt to make them afraid or confused. Let’s face it…we’re not being given any form of comfort or reassurance about anything from anyone.

Instead we get lies from every angle. We all know we aren’t getting the truth, or at least the full truth. We all know to some extent we’re being violated in some way by what someone else says, wants, or does.

We’re left to try to sort things out, to find what’s real and what matters. The hardest part is that the same things don’t matter to everyone. There are so many views and angles that it just adds to the overall confusion. And no one seems to want to sort that confusion out in any way that will actually benefit anyone.

Unfortunately people are accepting the fear and hiding from anything remotely close to the truth. Why? Because they can’t face what acknowledging it would make them feel or realize. No one likes to find out they’re wrong, or that something they’ve said or done has caused harm rather than good. No one wants to find out they’ve believed lies and based their reality and actions on those lies. In response, they swallow those lies, and more lies, scream that they’re truth, and lash out at anyone who says different than what they’ve been told to believe. Yes, told.

Most people who believe lies don’t look for truth. They hear something and automatically believe it’s the truth, because they don’t believe the sources would lie to them. Instead of looking deeper into things, researching fact, reading, looking at things from the angle they believe and from the angle of opposition to evaluate if they’re wrong or there’s more to an issue, they just believe. They trust with blind faith. They follow because they’re scared of the feeling of not fitting in or being liked. Unfortunately this leads to more lies and confusion.

As human beings, this is a pit that we easily fall into. We’ve done it in the past and we’ll do it in the future. But if we’re aware of it, we can do better. We can search for those deeper meanings, the truth buried beneath the shiny lies, and build our existence on knowledge and not fear everything that’s thrown at us.

We don’t have to be afraid if we learn the truth.

Instead, each and every person can look deeper, stop blindly trusting or following or accepting without question everything that gets thrown in our faces by the world every day.

It’s a personal choice.

We can make a choice to educate ourselves. We have the power over our minds and our lives, but only if we accept it and do something about it.

We have to educate ourselves. We have to take responsibilities for our thoughts, our choices, and our actions.

Are you scared of COVID-19? Do research! Do you know how the disease and treatments work? Do you know how the tests work? Do you know if they’ve isolated the virus to create the “gold standard” for test accuracy? Do you know how accurate the tests are? Are there tests that are more accurate than others? Do you know how the numbers you’re being told have been compiled? Do you know what studies have been done on asymptomatic transmission? Do you know what studies have been done on the benefits/harms of masks? Do you know why there’s a conflict in procedure from one health agency’s suggestions to another’s? Do you know why your governor or other leader is making the decisions they’re making? Do you know what data/science your leader is making decisions based on? Do you know what age group of people are being affected in your area? Do you know your actual risks?

Are you afraid of what’s happening with politics? Do research! What’s the candidate’s track record on the issues that matter to you? How have they voted in the past? What have they done to benefit/harm on the issues that matter to you? How do they treat different economic/social groups that matter to you? What have they done (good or bad) that will tell you if that candidate is the one you want to support? What do they support as far as healthcare and choices, taxes, upholding the people’s rights, etc.? (I’m talking about mayors all the way up to country leaders, as people’s eyes have been opened up lately as to the local government’s involvement in their everyday lives.)

Are you interested or concerned about a movement and/or organization? Do research! What do they believe in? What’s their mission? What’s their end goal? Where does the money from donations actually go? How can you get involved in supporting/opposing? Why are they doing what they do? Are their claims valid?

You get the idea. Whatever is paramount in your mind or life: Do reseach!

You have the tools to educate yourself. You have to choose to do it. You have to choose to learn things for yourself. You have to ask the hard questions and find out what you believe and act on what you want.

Don’t leave your mind/thoughts and/or the basis of your actions up to anyone else. Don’t let their thoughts be your thoughts because you’re too lazy to find things out for yourselves.

Read the articles, watch the videos (or full videos if you’ve only seen shortened clips), and talk to someone who believes different than you who’s willing to discuss the topic in a calm, mature fashion.

#educateyourself

New Release – Hunted: A Suspense Collection

Available today for Kindle!

Hunted: A Suspense Collection for $0.99

 

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Get ready to dive into these five captivating novels that will have you feeling like you’re on the edge of your seat…

– HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL? by Carissa Ann Lynch –
Wendi was lured away from a local skating rink, at the age of thirteen, and held captive in a place she calls ‘The House of Horrors.’ Dumped off blindfolded on the side of a dirt road, Wendi soon discovered that she was addicted to the drugs they fed her while she was captive. Too scared to go home, she hopped on a bus, vanishing from the family she loved.

The town of Flocksdale is littered with fliers with a grainy image of young Wendi, and the words ‘Have You Seen This Girl?’ written below. Now, eight years later, she’s on a mission—a mission to find the mysterious house from her youth and the monsters who dwell inside it.

– DARKNESS LURKS by J.L. Drake –
Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession. He is watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike, and that time is coming soon; he’ll make sure of it.

When Emily begins hearing noises and suspects someone has been in her house, Seth urges her to get a roommate. But after a search, she realizes a certain attractive cop would be the perfect choice, so Seth moves in. In all areas of his life, Seth sees himself as a protector and he’s determined to keep Emily safe.

But is it worth the risk to bait the trap with what he wants most?

– NOT FORGOTTEN by Camille Taylor –
Detective Matt Murphy is assigned the case no one else wants. The Butcher is a ghost, killing all over Australia for years, and now he’s made the small coastal city of Harbour Bay his hunting ground.

Gifted psychologist Natalie Miller is no stranger to a violent past and wants to help Matt solve this unsolvable case.

Matt races against time to stop the bloody rampage, and Natalie might hold the key to breaking the case. But will they survive with their lives and hearts intact?

– NURSE BLOOD by Rebecca Besser –
Agent David McCoy vows to find out how and why his twin brother disappeared. When the evidence finally uncovers the shocking truth that Daniel’s disappearance is linked to organ harvesters, David knows his brother is most likely dead. But he’s determined to stop the villains’ killing spree before they strike again.

One last harvest is all Sonya and her team need to put their murderous past behind them…

Will David unravel Sonya’s wicked plans in time to avenge his brother and save an innocent family or will Sonya cash in her final kill and escape for good?

– THE TEN by Luke Swanson –
Thou shall not steal.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Thou shall not kill…unless it’s torture.

Abel believes he is chosen by God to rid the world of the unrighteous. One by one, he hunts down those who break the Ten Commandments and plots heinous deaths.

Jason has been to more crime scenes than he can count. As the bodies continue to surface, Jason knows he is out of time. He has only two choices…

Track down the elusive serial killer and save the next target from a grisly demise, or wait for Abel—the self-proclaimed assassin of God—to trigger the most horrifying religious war of his time.

– AMBER ALERT by Sara Schoen –
Anna was taken…
Taken from her home to live out a sick game that a guy has been playing for the last ten years. With no certainty that anyone is looking for her, and seemingly hours away from home, she’s forced to play housewife with a man that has had twelve other ‘wives’ each of them now dead.

With 12 rules and the obvious exits blocked, from the previous girls attempts to flee, is Anna’s only way out to play along and become a ‘loving wife’? Or will she die during the chase?

Would anyone even know what happened to her?

 

Simple Eating – Smoothie

I picked out an Instant Pot Ace blender for my Mother’s Day gift, which I got early. My son, who is obviously schooling from home right now, is taking a Principals of Food class for school. This means he has assignments to make food. He had to make a microwave breakfast sandwich, and there was a “bonus” smoothie he could make. So, naturally, we made one because I had this awesome new blending toy. And, we’ve pretty much had a smoothie every day since. We’re now addicted to smoothies. I don’t feel bad about it either. They’re healthy and delicious, and they’re a great source of vitamin C, protein, and a zinc boost for the immune system (with spinach, fruit, and greek yogurt)! Below is the simplest form of the recipe I’ve been using to make these vitamin and fiber packed treats.

 

Smoothie

By Rebecca Besser

 

1 single portion yogurt (6-8 onces)

1 cup juice

1 cup ice

1 cup frozen fruit

Optional:

1 small handful of raw spinach

1 banana broken into three or four chunks

 

Instructions:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Yield: 2 large servings, or 3 to 4 small ones.

Warning: If you add too much ice or frozen fruit, the smoothie gets too thick and doesn’t blend well. You want a slightly thick consistency, but you also want it runny enough to suck through a straw with ease (if you’re using a straw).

 

Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie

 

Note: I use greek yogurt because it’s thicker and has more protein than regular yogurt. I’ve also been using apple juice, but plan to experiment a little with some other varieties.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Ranch Tuna

Another lovely lady shared this recipe with me on Facebook when I asked for simple, easy recipes using limited ingredients.

Ranch Tuna

by Elisa Fisher

 

– 1 can tuna, drained

– 1/2 block of cream cheese, softened

– 1 packet of dry ranch seasoning

Mix well.

Serve with crackers, or butter some bread and put some of the tuna mix inside, and grill it like a grilled cheese. You can even add some lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and/or extra cheese.

 

Copyright © Elisha Fisher 2020

Happy Easter Weekend – Free Ebook

Twisted Pathways of Murder & Death by Rebecca Besser is free on Kindle from April 10th-12th (2020).

Happy Easter!

 

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Twisted Pathways of Murder & Death

by Rebecca Besser

 

When emotions go to extremes murder happens.

Sometimes it’s because of betrayal.

Sometimes it’s in revenge.

Sometimes it’s to hide a lie or in self-defense.

Sometimes it’s to feed a secret hunger.

Whatever the reason, the human mind lends itself to twisted pathways that lead to murder and death…

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

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