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  • Callie

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, Nov. 21, 2017)
    2019 FIRST PLACE INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS WINNER FOR HORROR!2019 SILVER IPPY AWARD FOR HORROR!2018 FIRST PLACE EVVY AWARD WINNER FOR HORROR!Deep in the Louisiana bayou, an ancient mansion sits empty and abandoned.Callie Pilantro inherits the house and finds a mysterious child there who appears and disappears at will.Even the walls of the mansion hold long-forgotten secrets.Get your copy today!Follow Callie as she struggles to find the secrets of her house even as someone or something tries to stop her. It all ends one eerie night. Will it be too late for Callie?Buy it now!
  • The Experiments

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, Nov. 20, 2019)
    Everything’s been quiet in the bayou town of Jeanerette, Louisiana for years. The last big news was when those rich people burned to death at their plantation in 2003. Most people have forgotten the details, but no one can forget Amelia House, the beautiful old home on Bayou Teche where the Morisset family lived.Craig Morisset grew up in Jeanerette and started a company when he was in college. He sold it for almost a billion dollars and became the town’s most talked-about product. When his parents died in the fire, he never returned and didn’t even afford them a funeral. Instead, he ordered Amelia House shuttered. Since then, only the occasional caretaker goes inside, and they make sure to be out before nightfall.For years people have whispered about the awful things Craig’s parents did in the name of science, and some brave teenagers who went up to the house after dark reported ghostly wails coming from somewhere on the upper floors. Famous ghost hunter Landry Drake comes home to Jeanerette to interview Craig, who is in town for a class reunion. Craig regrets coming back and when a hurricane heads their way, he makes a fatal mistake. Since they have no place to stay, he invites three classmates and Landry to spend a night inside Amelia House. The mansion may have been closed up for years, but Craig’s mother and father have patiently waited to resume their life’s work. The operating room’s all prepared; all they need is a patient. When Craig and his friends arrive, they can at last resume the experiments.
  • Forgotten Men

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, June 26, 2018)
    WINNER OF 2019 EVVY AWARD FOR HORROR!The once-famous Hotel Iberia was where society’s finest gathered in the days before 1859 when Victory, Louisiana became a ghost town. A building where people had laughed, dined and passed the time among friends became something dark, sinister and evil.The town was dead, so no one complained when the Victory Institution for the Criminally Insane opened in the old hotel. The state sent its problems to the Asylum — violent, disturbed men who entered the gates of hell and never came back.Hundreds died inside those walls before scandal closed the prison in 1907 and the corpses of those forgotten men were buried in a cemetery at the back of the property.For a century, the building has been abandoned. But only by the living.The dead couldn’t leave. Their tormented spirits couldn’t escape the horrors they had experienced. Unspeakable things kept them locked in the ancient cell blocks, doomed to haunt the building forever.Rookie deputy sheriff Landry Drake spends a frightening afternoon inside the Asylum, investigates a series of apparently unrelated, unsolved murders inside the prison. He and a friend are caught in a trap. Kidnapped and chained in the old prison’s underground torture chamber, they know what fate awaits them at the hands of a maniacal sociopath. He’s killed many times before, and they will be next.Landry must solve a puzzle before more people die, and he must find a way to keep himself from becoming the next name on the list of terrifying crimes at the Asylum.
  • The Nursery

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, Dec. 1, 2018)
    2019 INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY & REGIONAL FICTION!2019 EVVY AWARD WINNER FOR HORROR!A house that sat empty for fifty years as its dead owner instructed. A locked room with no key. A single father with eight-year-old twin girls. A nursery from long, long ago that no child ever played in.There are eerie things going on at The Arbors in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Architect Jordan Blanchard is joined by his friend Callie Pilantro (“Callie – The Bayou Hauntings 1”) and Landry Drake (“Forgotten Men – The Bayou Hauntings 2”) to learn the secrets of a domineering matriarch whose two husbands died in bizarre ways. They explore the house as someone watches from a hidden place high above. The Nursery, the third book in the series, will keep you up late at night wondering what’s behind the next door, what lies beyond the mirror and who hides and waits at The Arbors.
  • Temple: The Prophecy of the Hidden Treasure

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, Aug. 12, 2017)
    2019 INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR POLITICAL THRILLER & RELIGION-FICTION!For over two thousand years there have been whispered rumors of a vast treasure hidden somewhere in Israel. Using the prophecies of Isaiah as their basis, many believe there is a cavern where a thousand golden objects – the sacred relics of the Second Temple – lay strewn about in disarray where they were hurriedly tossed the night the Romans burned Jerusalem.Television personality and antiquities dealer Brian Sadler and his wife arrive in Jerusalem and find danger and uncertainty everywhere they go. In a controversial move, the U.S. president has moved the American embassy to West Jerusalem, inciting riots and anger from the Palestinians.Brian’s colleague, a Syrian who owns a shop in the Old City, offers to show him a cache of wondrous objects, but everything isn’t as it appears. Brian questions if the treasure exists and in a dank underground room, he learns that danger and deceit must be overcome before he can learn the answer. He faces both a ruthless terrorist and someone he once trusted, both of whom want the same things he does. If the words of the Bible are correct and if Isaiah’s prophecy is about to be fulfilled, who will find the hidden treasure of Jerusalem’s Second Temple? An imminent war and a kidnapping put Brian’s mission in peril. It’s a race to find the relics before ISIS does, and the sacred icons are lost forever.
  • Order of Succession: Getting Away with Murder

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, June 24, 2016)
    FIRST PLACE EVVY AWARD WINNER IN TWO CATEGORIES - ACTION/ADVENTURE AND THRILLERS/SUSPENSE!NOT SINCE 9/11 . . .One evening in the midst of prime-time programming, networks worldwide interrupt programming to announce that Air Force Two, a Boeing 747 carrying the Vice President and Secretary of State of the USA, has disappeared after leaving Honolulu, Hawaii on a flight to Hong Kong. An extensive search and rescue effort will soon be underway.President William Henry Harrison IV hears the news aboard Air Force One as he flies with his wife and children from the Caribbean to Dallas. The president's plane changes course, heading now to a secure military installation in Florida.Then the unthinkable happens. Twenty minutes after the first plane disappeared, Air Force One vanishes too. Its last reported location was over the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, an area known as the Cayman Trench. These two incidents, now unmistakably part of a single plan, harken back to that terrible morning on 9/11 when one tragic crash became two, then three, and the world realized it was all part of a massive terrorism plot.In Washington, Speaker of the House Chambliss T. Parkes, a greedy, vulgar buffoon, is rushed to a secret location as the nation goes to DEFCON 1, the highest threat level, for the first time in history. If the planes are truly gone, Parkes will become President of the United States.As financial markets crash, rioters take to the streets and mass hysteria threatens to destroy the framework of free-world government, the CIA must find answers. Were the two most secure aircraft in the world sabotaged? How could it have been anything else? But how could it have happened? Who is behind it and why?Brian Sadler, a wealthy adventurer and the missing President's closest friend, becomes part of the mission to uncover a plot with worldwide implications. What could possibly get worse?
  • Callie

    Bill Thompson

    Paperback (Ascendente Books, Oct. 31, 2017)
    2019 INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS WINNER FOR HORROR!2019 SILVER IPPY AWARD FOR HORROR!2018 FIRST PLACE EVVY AWARD WINNER FOR HORROR!Deep in the Louisiana bayou, an ancient mansion sits empty and abandoned.Callie Pilantro inherits the house and finds a mysterious child there who appears and disappears at will.Even the walls of the mansion hold long-forgotten secrets.Get your copy today!Follow Callie as she struggles to find the secrets of her house even as someone or something tries to stop her. It all ends one eerie night. Will it be too late for Callie?Buy it now!
  • Unhitch the Wagon - The Story of Boomer and Sooner

    Toby Rowland, Rob Peters

    Hardcover (Ascend Books, Aug. 26, 2020)
    Unhitch the Wagon, The Story of Boomer and Sooner is the rhyming tale of Bennie and Bud, two ponies who have a big dream to one day become Boomer and Sooner, the greatest ponies in all of Oklahoma. When training they must conquer Sooner archrivals in longhorns, cowboys, bears, and more on their brave quest to reach the Palace on the Prairie and pull the glorious Sooner Schooner. Young Oklahoma Sooner fans will delight in the ponies quest and connect to the traditions of the University of Oklahoma. Established OU catch phrases and Sooner landmarks help tell the story. The moral of the story is to dare to dream of greatness. History rewards the daring and those who work hard and persevere. Author Toby Rowland, Voice of the Sooners, takes young Sooner fans on this adventure of triumph. No Sooner fan collection is complete, and no OU fan should be without Unhitch the Wagon, The Story of Boomer and Sooner. An Officially Licensed book of The University of Oklahoma.
  • The Crypt Trilogy Bundle

    Bill Thompson

    eBook (Ascendente Books, July 28, 2018)
    The Crypt Trilogy follows the adventures of one unique, wealthy man with many identities. In "The Relic of the King" a London bookseller falls through a basement floor into an ancient crypt, discovering something that may change history. An astonishing set of diaries turns up, written by a monarch whom history says never existed."The Crypt of the Ancients" takes the protagonist into the jungles of Guatemala, where a rebel leader captures a busload of tourists and holds them for ransom. When he begins killing them one by one, something must be done quickly. A beautiful archaeology student discovers an astonishing connection between two civilizations and secrets in a cave that will help free the prisoners.In "Ghost Train," our hero arrives in Berlin looking for clues about a rumored trainload of wealth stolen by the Nazis and hidden in a cavern. A cache that would fund Hitler's Fourth Reich lies hidden, and a Romanian family believes its patriarch has a coded diary that tells where he helped hide the train. Nothing is as it should be; a hundred-year-old murderer, a gypsy fortune-teller and greedy relatives lead Paul Silver on the most exciting adventure of his life - a search for the mysterious Ghost Train of the Nazis.
  • Ten Little Puppies, My Counting and Colors Book

    Ascend Books

    Board book (Ascend Books, Oct. 15, 2019)
    Dogs are man's (and kids!) best friend, and these little best friends want to jumpstart your little one's educational journey. Ten Little Puppies is a counting and colors book to help young readers identify common colors and count from one to ten. And it's all with the help of some incredibly cute and furry friends! Do you have a favorite puppy? Ten Little Puppies, My Counting and Colors Book is from the Tiny Tutors children's book series from Ascend Books. A portion of the proceeds will go to helping homeless animals find forever homes.
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  • Go Chiefs Go!: The Championship Season of the Kansas City Chiefs

    Chris Meggs, Rob Peters

    Hardcover (Ascend Books, May 15, 2020)
    Go Chiefs Go!" captures the magic of the Kansas City Chiefs season for young Chiefs fans that lead to a victory in Super Bowl LIV. This book tells the story of the Kansas City Chiefs 2019 season that lead to the team's first Super Bowl in 50 years. The book records the wonderful and historic season in an easy-to-read and colorful format. Full color illustrations introduce children and adults alike to the pride and joy of being a Chiefs fan. The book also helps keep the memories of a trip to the Super Bowl alive for young readers to experience again and again.Description: It had been 50 years since Chiefs fans had a chance to celebrate a Super Bowl victory. But through the legendary play of Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and the grit and determination of his teammates, that moment finally arrived! Fans along with the players had an unwaivering belief that at times seemed to will the team to victory. But it wasn't an easy road. There were times when it appeared the season might not turn out the way the Chiefs Kingdom had hoped. But the Chiefs battled to overcome setbacks to triumph in the playoffs over teams that had beaten them. Even in the Super Bowl when it seemed like the game was slipping away the Chiefs dug down deep and found a way to not only comeback but to take control in a way that let everyone know victory was never in doubt."Go Chiefs Go!" allows fans to relive those incredible victories and more as they follow their team on the road to glory and secure their legacy among the great Chiefs teams of the past and shine as the best team in professional football!"Go Chiefs Go!" is an official publication of the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs!
  • The Nursery

    Bill Thompson

    Paperback (Ascendente Books, Nov. 30, 2018)
    2019 INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY & REGIONAL FICTION!2019 EVVY AWARD WINNER FOR HORROR!A house that sat empty for fifty years as its dead owner instructed. A locked room with no key. A single father with eight-year-old twin girls. A nursery from long, long ago that no child ever played in.There are eerie things going on at The Arbors in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Architect Jordan Blanchard is joined by his friend Callie Pilantro (“Callie – The Bayou Hauntings 1”) and Landry Drake (“Forgotten Men – The Bayou Hauntings 2”) to learn the secrets of a domineering matriarch whose two husbands died in bizarre ways. They explore the house as someone watches from a hidden place high above. The Nursery, the third book in the series, will keep you up late at night wondering what’s behind the next door, what lies beyond the mirror and who hides and waits at The Arbors.