Cheops Books LLC: 10 Years On Kindle:

Did you know that this autumn marks ten years of Kindle? I looked it up in my journals, and I bought the first Kindle the first month it was being sold in November of 2007. I hadn’t read any news stories about it. I just came across the device suddenly being marketed on Amazon. I knew that for years manufacturers had been coming up with various e devices, none of which caught on.

I said to myself when I read about Kindle, “This is it! It seems like it will work.” And this was before I read a single news story. And I was right, of course. The real key, of course, was that Amazon already had all these books to sell.

We here at Cheops Books LLC started to list titles on Kindle almost right away in 2008. It took us four years until the late spring of 2012 to get all our titles listed. We even did hardback collections of all the young adult novels. We also started to publish Edward Ware Thrillers at War on Kindle. Now all our titles are Kindle exclusives. You can’t buy them any other way except on our own website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org.

Ever since we have been continuing to list our titles on Kindle under two authors: Linda Cargill and Dora Benley. We have just published Silver Wolf Moon. On November 1 we will be publishing Dark 1 by Dora Benley.

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Dark 2 and Point Horror Halloween:

Dark 2 was still another Scholastic Point Horror young adult thriller published in their line as a Point Horror Halloween special. It is now brought to you in time for Halloween by Cheops Books LLC.

In Dark 2 Bianca Winters thinks she has lost the love of her life, Doc Ernie McCollough. He used to be her medical advisor when she was recovering from the shock of witnessing a murder. Now she must try to cope all by herself while serving as the live-in nanny/permanent babysitter for St. Simons Island’s little heiress, Little Katie Shipley.

Suddenly there is a new man in town, Byron Kingsley, fresh from England. He begins to serve as her new medical advisor while she tries to recover her memory after the shock of the killing two years before while she was babysitting her charge. And he shows up just in time as the Island’s infamous criminal, Mike Fellini, tries to kidnap Little Katie and hold her for ransom.

But just as Bianca, Byron, Little Katie, and entourage are ready to flee to safety in England, a controversy breaks wide open about Byron Kingsley. Mysteries are associated with her new love as they lead to the horrendous, spine tingling conclusion to Dora Benley’s new young adult thriller.

If you liked Dark 2, you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Dora Benley including Dark 3: Special Edition, Dark: A Trilogy, and Dark 1. You will also like Pool Party and The Surfer by Linda Cargill

Teens rarely need an excuse to stay up late, but The Dark by Dora Benley would give pause for thought to even the most steely-nerved youngster. A genuinely gripping horror story. Approach with caution.
The Sunday Independent, Dublin, Ireland

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Halloween and Dark 1:

If you you still thinking all those spooky thoughts, go no farther than Dark 1 by Dora Benley, pen name of Linda Cargill. It is perfect for Halloween and things that go bump in the night. It, too, was part of the Point Horror Line.

Bianca goes babysitting one day at Little Katie Shipley’s house and finds herself immersed in a murder. Upstairs she hears the housekeeper screaming. The baby starts to bawl. She runs to save the child just as the maid falls to her death. Bianca flees out the door only to see the killer at the top of the stairs.

After that night Bianca cannot remember the killer’s face. But two years later when her memory starts to return she is locked in the restroom and threatened at the movie theater with what will happen to her if she remembers and tells the police. One day when she is staying after school the killer confronts her there, too, after he turns off all the lights. Bianca is horrified at what will happen when the inevitable occurs and she once again sees the face at the top of the stairs.

Dark 1 is the first volume of the Dark Series. If you liked this young adult thriller by Dora Benley you will like the successor volume Dark 2. Dark 1 and Dark 2 are part of the Scholastic Point Horror Series first published by Scholastic UK and now brought to you by Cheops Books LLC in time for Halloween. Can’t get enough of the Dark? Read Dark 3: Special Edition with the biggest surprise ending of all time. Or read all three suspense novels in a single volume: Dark: A Trilogy.

Teens rarely need an excuse to stay up late, but The Dark by Dora Benley would give pause for thought to even the most steely-nerved youngster. A genuinely gripping horror story. Approach with caution. The Sunday Independent, Dublin, Ireland

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Point Horror: The Surfer and Pool Party

As Halloween gets nearer and nearer, we think not only of Horror Week on Goodreads but of the old Scholastic Point Horror Line and its wonderfully scary books for teenagers and adults who like good, clean fun and big scares that make you scream. Cheops Books, LLC has republished several of these classic Point Horror titles by Linda Cargill such as The Surfer and Pool Party. Soon under her pen name, Dora Benley, we will be republishing Dark 1 and Dark 2, which were Point Horror titles in Great Britain.

Jessie had never seen her before. The beautiful girl who seemed to get a thrill out of surfing on a stormy sea. Maybe she’d been lucky in the past, but Jessie saw the girl’s luck run out. Jessie saw her drown.

So who’s the new girl in town? The one who doesn’t know who she is — or where she came from. The one who seems to cast a spell over everyone else she meets? Has the beautiful surfer come back from the dead? Or is it something else?

This young adult horror novel by Linda Cargill was originally published in the Scholastic USA Point Horror Line and the Scholastic UK Point Horror Line. It was also published by Cora Verlag in German as the Sea Witch. There was also an Italian edition. After selling 200,000 copies worldwide this bestselling novel is now available in a Kindle edition, published by Edward Ware Thrillers YA, an imprint of Cheops Books, LLC.

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Cheops Books And The Mystery Genre:

What occurs to me about mysteries and style is that the mystery genre could not have evolved at all if it were not for the development of the third person limited point of view. Think about it. If all you had for a point of view was omniscient or the omniscient narrator (all-knowing) it would be impossible to have a mystery and the mystery genre. The narrator would be like God. He would always know who did it. All this happened in the 19th century, so mysteries are a newer kind of fiction unlike romances which go back to ancient times and the Hellenistic period.

Cheops Books LLC issues almost all of its books in the mystery genre and all of them use the third person limited. This autumn our entire line up consists of mysteries and thrillers. On September 15 we published Dark 3: Special Edition, the third book in the Dark Series. On October 15 we will publish Hitler’s Agent, book 6 of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. On November 1 we are scheduled to publish Dark 1. On November 8 we are scheduled to publish Dark 2. And finally on November 15 we are to publish Dark: A Trilogy, a collection that includes the text of all the Dark novels including Dark 1, Dark 2, and Dark 3. It features a special cover designed by Andrew. On December 15 Cheops Books LLC will publish Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 in German, the first issue in a foreign language. This novel is also making a trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany this autumn.

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Dark 1 Available For Pre-Order on Kindle:

Pre-order today. Dark 1 will be published on November 1 in a handy Kindle edition.

Bianca goes babysitting one day at Little Katie Shipley’s house and finds herself immersed in a murder. Upstairs she hears the housekeeper screaming. The baby starts to ball. She runs to save the child just as the maid falls to her death. Bianca flees out the door only to see the killer at the top of the stairs.

After that night Bianca cannot remember the killer’s face. But two years later when her memory starts to return she is threatened at the movie theater about what will happen to her if she remembers and tattle tales to the police. One day when she is staying after school the killer confronts her there, too, after he turns off all the lights. Bianca is horrified what will happen when the inevitable occurs and she once again sees the face at the top of the stairs.

Dark 1 is the first volume of the Dark Series. If you liked this young adult thriller by Dora Benley you will like the successor volume Dark 2. Dark 1 and Dark 2 are part of the Scholastic Point Horror Series first published by Scholastic UK and now brought to you by Cheops Books LLC. Can’t get enough of the Dark? Read Dark 3: Special Edition with the biggest surprise ending of all time. Or collect all three suspense novels into Dark: A Trilogy, also offered by Cheops Books LLC.

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Dark Series Kick Off September 15:

Starting this Friday, September 15 we have the fall kick off for the Dark Series at Cheops Books, LLC at http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org. Dark 3: Special Edition will be published. Right after it is published we will hold a special promotion or kick off on amazon.com. For five days you will be able to download the new young adult thriller title for free. As a special extra, this edition will be illustrated with Andrew the artist’s ideas of the major characters.

On November 1 Dark 1 will be published followed by Dark 2 on November 8 and finally by Dark: A Trilogy on November 15.

Bianca mourns for her old friend Doc who helped her overcome her fear of the dark after being the only witness to a brutal murder on St. Simons Island. He was driven out of town two years ago when the locals concluded that he must be the killer. She last saw him parachuting from a plane escaping from the law, a fall he couldn’t have survived. She’s moved to California with her employers, the Shipleys, and taken on a permanent babysitting position with Little Katie. Suddenly there’s a kidnapping attempt on the rich little heiress that Bianca is employed to protect. To the rescue comes a tall, dark young man who reminds her of somebody she’s lost. But it just couldn’t be . . . After all, he’s dead. And after all . . . he’s supposed to be the bad guy.

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Dark 1 Has A New Book Cover:

Bianca goes babysitting one day at Little Katie Shipley’s house and finds herself immersed in a murder. Upstairs she hears the housekeeper screaming. The baby starts to ball. She runs to save the child just as the maid falls to her death. Bianca flees out the door only to see the killer at the top of the stairs.

After that night Bianca cannot remember the killer’s face. But two years later when her memory starts to return she is threatened at the movie theater what will happen to her if she remembers and tells the police. One day when she is staying after school the killer confronts her there, too, after he turns off all the lights. Bianca is horrified what will happen when the inevitable occurs and she once again sees the face at the top of the stairs.

Dark 1 is the first volume of the Dark Series. If you liked this young adult thriller by Dora Benley you will like the successor volume Dark 2. Dark 1 and Dark 2 are part of the Scholastic Point Horror Series first published by Scholastic UK and now brought to you by Cheops Books LLC. Can’t get enough of the Dark? Read Dark 3: Special Edition with the biggesst surprise ending of all time. Or collect all three suspense novels into Dark: A Trilogy to be published soon.

Dark 1 has a new book cover drawn by artist Andrew. You see an ominous figure brooding over the graveyard and church on St. Simons Island, Georgia, the setting for Dark 1 and Dark 2.

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Did Hurricane Irma Strike St. Simons Island, Georgia?

How did your ex mother in law get to Fort Myers, Florida? Is she retired? You say you don’t know why they didn’t leave. I would have been out of there as soon as the storm was even mentioned or forecast.

Believe it or not we drove through Fort Myers once on the way back and forth to Sanibel/Captiva which are barrier islands right off shore from Fort Myers. Captiva Island in particular was so small that any storm surge at all would immediately make it disappear. You could see from shore to shore and easily walk the distance on that island. At the narrowest point the island was only 100 feet wide or so. All the buildings there were built up on piles so the storm surge would go underneath them. I remember being in a grocery store like that where your bags were lowered down on a dumb waiter to the parking lot level and put in your car.

My own grandmother, Doris Benner, the one I used as a model for Dora Benley, owned a condo in Sarasota, Florida, but that was high rise. My great-grandmother, the model for Etta May for in fact her name was Etta May, had a house in Sarasota.

Have you heard what happened to your ex mother-in-law? This morning all I hear is that Jacksonville, Florida on the Atlantic Coast was flooded with a storm surge bigger than any since Hurricane Dora in 1964. I also visited Jacksonville. We stayed at the Ponte Vedra Resort outside town on the beach. Jacksonsville looked like an old industrial city somehow in the South. It is near St. Augustine where the Spanish settled hundreds of years ago.

It is also very close by to St Simons Island, Georgia, the setting for Dark 1 and Dark 2 of my Dark Series, the one that was originally published by Scholastic UK. It is soon to be republished by Cheops Books, LLC.

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I don’t like poetry either for the most part. That is no doubt why I never wrote it. That is probably why I write novels. It is probably why you write novels, too. I just thought of something neat. You will think it is neat, too. The passage I sent you yesterday has a new meaning based on terrorist attack on London Bridge this year in England. Think of a newspaper reporter talking about the attack on tourists on London Bridge and quoting these lines from T.S. Eliot: “A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many . . . ” T.S. Eliot must have had a premonition about the future.

By the way this same T.S. Eliot also wrote poetry for children a little bit later on. He showed that he had the ability to entertain people by writing Possum’s Book of Practical Cats about pussycats. For instance there is Macavity the Mystery Cat who is called the “hidden paw” and who has the ability to be the “Master criminal who can defy the law”. Apparently this book of verse for children was also the inspiration for Cats: A Musical. It must have been T.S. Eliot’s more pop or American side. After all he was an American who was born in America and moved to Britain to become a British citizen.

Cheops Books LLC publishes only novels, not poetry. This autumn it will publish Dark 3: Special Edition on September 15, Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel Hitler’s Agent on October 15, Dark 1 on November 1, Dark 2 on November 8, Dark: A Trilogy on November 15, and Captive at the Berghof part 1 in the German language on December 15. The publication of Old Faithful Plot, an Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel, will soon be announced. None of the novels contain any poetry.

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