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Author Reveal for January/Winter 2016 Issue

After careful review and much discussion, Brandon and I have selected the stories for the second issue, which goes live January 2016. All of the authors have been notified and it’s now time to reveal their identities in a segment we call “Author Reveal”.

So, without further suspense, here’s the line-up of authors and stories for the next issue of Flash Bang Mysteries (arranged alphabetically by last name):

JUST REWARD by O’Neil De Noux

UP PERISCOPE by John M. Floyd

THIS ISN’T THE WAY by Kaye George

FIRST DATES by Ruth M. McCarty

THE PLAN by Steve Shrott



These authors wrote some great stories and we’re honored they submitted their work for consideration!

The Editors,
BJ and Brandon Bourg


Five short mystery stories make up the Three-Minute Mysteries Bonus Pack by Stephen D. Rodgers. Each short mystery is designed to give the reader enough clues to solve the case. Once you think you have the mystery figured out, you turn the page, and see if the solution is the one you came up with to solve the case.

Store owner Alice Mendoza needs to forget about her insurance claim to focus on the questions of Police Detective Carol Simmons. In “Think Globally, Steal Locally” an armed robbery of a store that specializes in hand-crafted items from all over the world has few suspects.

Stacy is the new widow in “A Dying Clue.” Detective Laura McKinley has to figure out what role, if any the restaurant partly owned by Stacy’s husband, Matt, played in the death.

The Boss is dead in “Cream of The Crop.” Detectives Wilson and Handler have to go figure out who killed Mr. Baldwin at work.

As in the first tale, robbery is also the subject of the “All-Knowing Eye” where Detective Pamela Yates tries to catch the thief that hit the Nyman House. A character name change part of the way through the story is not a clue though the error does mar the read a little bit.

It is a far different world than Officer Dana Cooke is used to as she does perimeter duty in “Models of Bad Behavior.” Blending into the background and being ignored by several suspects who just can’t be quiet could be a very good thing for her career wise.

The tales in the Three-Minute Minute Mysteries Bonus Pack are all good ones. Author Stephen D. Rodgers makes sure that there are multiple possible suspects in each tale who are capable of various crimes. An entertaining and fast read, the book moves quickly and offers quite a few surprises.

Three-Minute Minute Mysteries Bonus Pack
Stephen D. Rodgers
March 2015
25 Pages

Amazon reports that I picked this up in the middle of August to read and review. I have no idea now how I came across it, but am sure I saw it online somewhere.

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By way of “Kindle Worlds” comes Slip the first novella of the G.I. Joe Interstellar Cadet Corp Series by Jack Bates. Mission commander Josie Llewellyn has a major problem. Her trip with the seven young cadets has gone horribly wrong. It was supposed to be a simple in and out mission onboard an experimental spaceship to test the capabilities of machine and give the cadets a little flight experience. That was before they encountered the worm hole and were flung far off course. Where they are and how to get back are just two of the obvious issues from the start.

The fact there is a COBRA mole onboard is just going to make things much more difficult for all involved. A damaged ship, a stressed and very inexperienced crew, and more are at work in G.I.  Joe Interstellar Cadet Corps: Slip by Jack Bates.

A few typos marred this otherwise very enjoyable read that shifts in point of view between the various members of the crew aboard ship and people at the COBRA base. As it is a 66 page novella, character development is somewhat limited as the focus is on setting up the future books of the series while proving plenty of action. That is done very well by the author who has created a read that is quite enjoyable. The book serves as a good solid foundation of what clearly is going to be an interesting series.

G.I. Joe Interstellar Cadet Corps: Slip
Jack Bates
Kindle Worlds
September 2015
66 Pages

Material was purchased to read and review using funds from my Amazon Associate account because of the author’s recent mentioning of the book on Facebook.

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