When the Police Show Up at YOUR House

It’s always a little disconcerting when you’re driving up your neighborhood to five patrol cars parked haphazardly in the streets and a helicopter circling overhead. Even more concerning when you realize the cops are coming out of your home.

I arrived home after work today to the aftermath of what could have been one of the most frightening scenarios for a father. My wife had taken one of our daughters to a dance class, leaving my oldest to watch her brother for an hour. On her way home she got a call from my daughter saying, “Someone’s in the house.”

 

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What I imagine this “home invader” looked like ….

Allegedly they heard the front door slam and someone walking through the house. My wife, being the good mother she is, told them to immediately run to the neighbors, then promptly dialed 911. Fortunately nothing was taken, no one was hurt, except maybe my wife’s pride for making a call when she wasn’t 100% certain of the situation. But the police were amazingly understanding and told her again and again she made the right call. Better to be safe, in a situation like that, than sorry.

The false alarm — if indeed it was — got me thinking about how quickly our lives can change. We think we’re running down a stream, steering clear of the sides or any obstacle in our path, but no matter how safe you play it you can’t predict the potential disasters that can strike at any second. Physical or mental illness; the death of a loved one; the loss of employment, or faith, or love; utterly freak accidents … They come when they want, never arriving according to our schedules or desires. It’s all part of this experience we call life, and it’s how we pick ourselves up afterward that’s what makes humanity so great.

So in light of all the political upheavals and daily struggles we all entertain, be grateful today that the police didn’t show up at your house with news that your life will never again be the same.

I know I am.


 

 

Because Who Doesn’t Love a Free Book?

Sadly the word FREE, as it goes with offering a product, often assigns a “value-less” attachment to whatever is being offered. Ebooks are no different, and with the desperation many authors face in trying to attract readers, it’s no surprise that this trend has affected — and disrupted — the wonderful world of reading.

There are, however, times when great books are offered at heavily discounted prices.

Recently, Amazon has introduced a new program called Prime Reading, in which Amazon Prime members can “borrow” up to ten ebooks at a time for absolutely no cost to the reader. Thousands of books are plugged into their rotating carousel of available books each month and, much like borrowing a book from a library, readers can check one out but WITHOUT accruing late charges.

My novel, HOUSEBROKEN, was a part of the introductory Prime Reading program when it first launched, and it was a great way to introduce my work to new readers during that time frame. Well, as the carousel continues its rotations, I thought I’d make you lovely readers aware of a few books you can download today for free that are part of this program, books you won’t want to miss.

Books You Can Download for FREE w/ Amazon’s Prime Reading:

1984First, do yourself a favor and pick up George Orwell’s fantastic dystopian novel, 1984. If you haven’t read this one yet, you’re in for a treat. In today’s world this little classic is looking more and more prophetic, and not in a good way.

 
Unpaved SurfacesFor a chilling character-driven suspense read, make sure you grab Joseph Souza’s award winning novel, Unpaved Surfaces. About the deconstruction and reconstruction of a family who has a child go missing, it’s a fantastic read.

 

melophobiaAnother dystopian novel that’s near and dear to my heart is Melophobia by James Morris. About a world where music is banned and musicians are fugitives, this one takes some surprising turns. Definitely one of my top reads for 2016.

 

twistedAuthor Andrew Kaufman has a dark thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island that’s available. While I preferred Lehane’s execution, Twisted is still a great psychological thriller definitely worth checking out.

 

freelancer.jpgOff the beaten path from my normal dark reading, for fans of YA & sci-fi, I found Freelancer by Jake Lingwall a particularly clever novel. He’s created a futuristic world with hackers and drones and a protagonist you want to root for.

 

lewisAnother genre-blending novel is Forever by Linda Cassidy Lewis, who combines a gripping love story with a dark tale of possession. This definitely went in directions I wasn’t expecting and is an extremely memorable read.

 

Support an Author and (Potentially) Receive a Free Book!

Haunted HouseOutside of the Prime Reading program you’ve got an opportunity to help a fantastic author win a contract through the Kindle Scout program. Norman Prentiss’s novel, Life In a Haunted House, has been on the Hot & Trending list since it debuted on Kindle Scout and his campaign is up in a matter of days. By taking a moment to nominate his book, if it wins you’ll pick up a free advanced copy (and I’d be earth-shatteringly shocked if this one doesn’t win). Plus it’s just fun to help a deserving author along their road to success.

Check out his campaign and click nominate here. And if you dig what he’s doing with this release, he’s also offering three shorter tie-in novelizations which are also currently available for free. Check them out below:

* “The Lake Monster” — https://instafreebie.com/free/PMtEs

* “The Dungeon of Count Verlock,” — https://instafreebie.com/free/bu1p9

* “The Space Visitor,” — https://instafreebie.com/free/bu1p9 

My Own Free Offerings

Lastly, (if you aren’t sick of free stuff by now — I did warn you!!) if you haven’t yet subscribed to my newsletter, I’m currently offering 3 free eBooks as a Thank You for subscribing. The First Book in The Creation Series, The Creation: In The Beginning; my short story The Lines (The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With an Original Title); and an exclusive story that’s only available through my newsletter, entitled “Patterns.”

I only send out the occasional update through the newsletter to announce new releases, contests or sales. Subscribe here and I’ll get your free books on their way.

See? Whoever said free wasn’t a good thing?

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Kindle Scout 2 Yr Anniversary – $0.99 Sale!

Hard to believe it’s been two years since my debut novel, HOUSEBROKEN, was published through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. I still remember the anxiety of going through that 30 day campaign … the hopes, the frustration, and the eventual bliss and validation in having my novel selected for publication.

HousebrokenSince then, HOUSEBROKEN has gone on to be a #1 Amazon best-selling novel, both in the US and UK, for horror-suspense. The Kindle Scout program has, within this same time period, launched over 250 books, some to incredible success and others to lack-luster results, but publishing has never been a perfect science. It continues to be a great way for readers to discover new books and authors (and be rewarded for your efforts), while helping to launch careers and offer alternative options for authors these days.

To celebrate 2 years of the program’s success, Kindle Press is offering a sale on every one of their titles!

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For a short time period, you can pick up every Kindle Press title for just $0.99, including my novel HOUSEBROKEN. You can check out all the titles here — With an impressive array of authors across multiple genres, there’s sure to be something that will grab your attention. (And to grab HOUSEBROKEN for less than a buck, click here)

Later this week, I’ll add a post on a few Kindle Press titles I’ve read over the past 2 years that are ones you won’t want to miss. Till then, happy shopping. 😉

 

Interview – Confessions of a Reviewer

If you haven’t heard, I’ve got a 2-part interview series that Nev Murray put together over on his fantastic site, Confessions of a Reviewer. Much more than your run-of-the-mill interview, Nev dug deep, and I have to say he came up with some of my favorite (and most revealing) questions I’ve been asked as an author.

Today he also posted a review for Book 2 in The Creation Series and had some great things to say about both the book and series in general. Authors like me are indebted to people like Nev who not only enjoy reading but take the time to share their thoughts and help others discover great books and new authors to check out.

So head on over to his site to show him a little love for all he does as a book enthusiast, and if you learn more about me than you wanted to know, remember it was a Confession …

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ON SALE – Book One in The Creation Series just $0.99

For all you dark souls looking for something a little less red and smelling of roses today, Book One in THE CREATION SERIES is discounted to just $0.99 today through Thursday.

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A science-fiction apocalyptic thriller, this novel takes place in the Amazon Rainforest, where a frightening power stirs, an event beginning that’s occurred only once on our little planet — during its process of Creation.

In seven days God created the world. This God will destroy it in less.

See what’s being said about The Creation Series:

“A story that  captured my complete, undivided attention … the emotions felt as if they were ‘bleeding’ off the page. Highly recommended!”  — Horror After Dark

“A thriller of the highest order … Will have you begging for more.”  — Confessions of a Reviewer

“From the boardrooms of  corporate  America to the jungles of Amazon, this novel   completely captivated me … If you life horror and science-fi, then there are elements in this work that will appeal to you. Great start!”  — Joseph Souza, best-selling author of Unpaved Surfaces

“This book will have you laughing, crying and cringing with the characters. The Behrg is an amazing author and continually surprises me with such well written stories. This book is a MUST READ.” — Amazon Top Reviewer

Grab your copy for less than a buck today!

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A Farewell to 2016 / Behrg’s Favorite Books of the Year

This is a post I’ve been meaning to get to for … oh, about a month … but the important thing isn’t WHEN we arrive, it’s THAT we arrive … eventually … right?

RIGHT?!?

Or was it something about the journey being more important than the destination? Well, late or not, here are all of my 5-star reads for 2016:

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My Top Reads of the Year:

While all of the books featured above are outstanding, there are a few that stuck with me long after their stories were concluded. Here are my favorite reads of the year, in no particular order, with a short blurb about why you should pick them up today. (Links will jump to my original review of the book rather than a place you can purchase them).

THE SILENCE by Tim Lebbon — Apocalyptic horror at its finest, I’ve quickly become a fan of pretty much anything Mr. Lebbon writes. You’ll find some of the most haunting scenes in fiction within this story. As close to perfection as you come with a novel.

WE EAT OUR OWN by Kea Wilson — One of the most audacious debuts I’ve read, this novel took so many risks and succeeded not in spite of, but because of them. A perfect example of what “literary horror” should be. I’m looking forward to what Miss Wilson produces next.

ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER by Norman Prentiss — Probably one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever read, disguised as a horror novel, this book has to go down as the one I’ve recommended the most to people this year. Intoxicating storytelling and a message that isn’t shoved down your face but delivered with subtlety and a quiet beauty. This one’s on my shelf of top reads ever, not just for the year.

BLISTER by Jeff Strand — This is another one that took me completely by surprise, with a story that’s as charming as it is twisted. By far two of my favorite characters of all the books I’ve read this year, Strand really nailed this one. I dare you not to fall in love with this unlikely couple.

END OF WATCH by Stephen King — The king of horror closes out his Bill Hodges series by tying the supernatural into a story line that had been alarmingly void of the other-wordly. Masterfully told, and with one of the most frightening villains King has come up with in some time, this was the perfect closure to this outstanding trilogy. (By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea …)

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle — This is one of those books you just drink in, letting the story carry you pretty much wherever it decides to. Mesmerizing and unapologetic, this is proof that novellas can pack an amazingly strong punch.

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch — Concept is king in Crouch’s latest speculative thriller. Pleased to hear he’s working on a screen adaptation, which is pretty much guaranteed to be one of the top films of whatever year it comes out. If Christopher Nolan and Michael Chrichton had collaborated, this book would likely have been the result.

BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley — This one was all about the execution, and I’m not sure another author could have turned what was in essence a simple story into something so intricately complex. Another great example of what literary fiction should be.

THE GIRL ON THE GLIDER by Brian Keene — Another heart-wrenching, honest piece that completely surprised me in both its approach and deliverance. This one was magic, one of those books you secretly treasure and that feels written just for you.

A fond farewell to the many adventures of 2016, the new authors discovered, the new friendships formed, the new readers who may have stumbled upon my own work. And here’s looking forward to many adventures to come.

Merry Christmas

To my dear friends, family, fellow authors, fellow readers, and fellow fellahs and femme fatales (lot of F’s in this greeting) …

Just to want to thank you all for making 2016 bearable, for giving me something to believe in, for focusing on hope versus staying rooted to the ground. Thank you for the cherished memories, the kind words, the laughs and even shared moments of tears, and for the journeys trodden together.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours, and may the warmth you feel this Holiday season carry you into the new year.

X’s & O’s,

Behrg

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