A Bulwark Anthology ~ Release Blitz / Excerpt / Teasers / Giveaway

Series: A Bulwark Anthology
Authors: Brit Lunden ~ DJ Cooper ~ R.L. Jackson ~ E.H. Graham ~ Kay MacLeod ~ Kate Kelley ~ Del Henderson, III, and Brittney Leigh 
Genre: Paranormal/Paranormal Romance/Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: March 19, 2019
 

The Knowing – Brit Lunden
Paranormal Romance
 
 
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? 
Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.
 

The Illusion by DJ Cooper
Paranormal
 
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
 
Things are not what they seem in the small American town of Bulwark.
 
Hospital lights flicker for no reason. Townsfolk are overcome with a salacious appetite for the demise of others.
Accompanied by would-be boyfriend Deputy Terence Blake, Dr Peter Kent is caught in the middle of mind-bending events. 
A café opens in town. The food is great. It’s the unexpected distortions in time and the surrounding world that make Peter question his mind and his grip on reality.
 
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Illusion is the second volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.
 

The Craving by R.L. Jackson
Urban Fantasy
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
 
Savannah Daniels is looking forward to spending some alone time with her longtime boyfriend, Marshal. Everything during this fun-filled spring break was moving along fine, until his awkward cousin Stefano, and his equally weird girlfriend, Sheena decide to crash the party. It didn’t take a college graduate to realize something was definitely up with these two blood-sucking intruders, and it isn’t long before the true intentions about what they are and what they want become clear.
Savannah is powerless to stop their attack on Marshal but with capabilities passed down from her grandmother, she finds the tools she needs to stop them and hopefully prevent Marshals transitioning. When all three disappear before she can act, Savannah jumps into high-gear tracking their every move. Finally, her journey takes her to Bulwark, Georgia where she learns things are equally as complicated there, and more that just vampires go bump in the night.
 
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Craving is the third volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.
 

The Window by E.H. Graham
Mystery/Thriller
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
 
Brianna Scott has nothing but her window and pet cat to entertain her. Stuck inside for more years than she can remember with a degenerative disease, she has become invisible and has retreated from her small community. Only Jim, the town grocer and old high school friend, seems to care about her lonely existence.
However, when the window in her living room provides her a front row seat to the latest mysteries haunting her small town, Brianna discovers that some things can’t be unseen.
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Window is the fourth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.

The Missing Branch by Kay MacLeod
Paranormal Romance
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
Trapped in a tedious job without fulfilment, ambitions, or a boyfriend, Izzie Murray’s only passion is researching her ancestry. But the beautiful mural of her family tree switches from a distraction to an obsession once she hits a mysterious gap in the timeline. Why would an entire family just disappear?
 
With an intense craving to find the last pieces of the puzzle, Izzie ditches her life in England to investigate the last known whereabouts of the family – the little town of Bulwark, Georgia. Between the unnatural behaviour of the local wildlife, tales of witches, and the overpowering draw of a puddle of weird goo, she’s only finding more questions to answer. The instant attraction to the one resident in town that seems to be on her side isn’t helping either.
Bulwark does not give up its secrets easily. And sometimes, things are hidden for a reason.
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Missing Branch is the fifth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.


The Body by Kate Kelley
Paranormal Romance
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
Troubled is an understatement when it comes to Rudd. 
He’s a cage fighter with a sordid past, and has no family or any friends to his name. He does, however, have one enemy—Vic, his ultimate rival in the cage. But even a match with Vic isn’t enough to stir any emotions in the 28 year old man. He may as well be a shell. Body only, no spirit.
It’s the anniversary of his sister’s death when he takes a walk through Bulwark’s strange woods and wanders a little too far. It’s there in the dense, secluded gloom that he meets a glowing, transparent woman named Lili. She isn’t real— she can’t be real, except that she’s the only one that makes him feel anything at all. The two form an unlikely friendship that quickly morphs into an attraction neither can act on.
As his final fight draws near, Rudd must face the demons of his past, solve the mystery of Lili’s murder and deal with the inexplicable love that is growing in his heart for someone who can never be his.
 
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Body is the sixth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.
 
 


The Battle of Bulwark by Del Henderson, III
Mystery
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
Outside of being the sheriff’s daughter, Claire Finnes’ life was the same as any other fifteen-year-old. However, recurring nightmares and an encounter with a dead Civil War soldier send Claire and her friends on a journey that makes her question if those nightmares really were just dreams. As she uncovers the dark history surrounding her small town Claire begins to wonder—can a doomed future be changed or can the secrets of Claire’s own past provide the key to altering fate?
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Battle of Bulwark is the seventh volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.

The Dark by Brittney Leigh
Paranormal
Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.
 
Bulwark, a quiet town… or is it? Four best friends, Sophia, Scott, Chloe and Chris, are just trying to manage their senior year at Bulwark high school when Sophia realizes that her feelings for Chris are really meant for Scott. Before she can deal with that though, the four friends then stumble upon Bulwarks darkest secrets when a spell is cast on Bulwark High. Students have been disappearing and no one has any clues as to their whereabouts. With a town curfew set and parents on edge, the four friends decide to take things into their own hands. Will they break the spell, or will Bulwark High and the town be changed forever?
Based on Bulwark, a paranormal thriller by Brit Lunden, The Darkness is the eighth volume in the multi-author Bulwark Anthology.

THE KNOWING – BRIT LUNDEN

 

 

 

She swung open the door, pushing him back as a blaze of torches lit the night sky. Slamming it shut, she turned to him. “You have to get out of here.”

 

 

 

He fell against the wall, breathing heavily.
Ellie put her hand on the doorknob. “Go out the back way. I’ll delay them,” she said urgently.
“No.” JB gripped her by both shoulders. I won’t let you do that.”
“Leave now, while you can. I’ll be alright. We’ll be alright.”
“I don’t want to leave you. I don’t want to live without you.”
“We’ll always be together.” She kissed him sweetly on the face. Her cheeks were wet with tears.
Ellie composed herself and opened the door, shouting to the strangers, “What do you want?”
JB stood there, frozen, unable to move. He heard a man’s voice.
“. . . know you’re hiding . . .”
Ellie’s strident denial was cut off by a gunshot.
“No!” JB dropped his crutch and swung open the door. Five shots went off at once, and he felt himself falling. He landed with a thud on the floorboards of the porch, his fingers linking with Ellie’s limp ones before everything vanished. She looked at him, her eyes sad. Her mouth opened, and he heard her whisper, “I love you.”
THE ILLUSION – DJ COOPER
Peter’s thoughts were interrupted by screams of excitement from Terence as they were manhandled onto the horses they had been presented with. As he looked at Terence at the other end of the arena, he fought to do something, anything to stop the madness. He was presented with a lance. As he had suspected, it was heavy and unbalanced, and he had no desire to point it in Terence’s direction. But that was exactly what he did. Peter’s mind screamed fall off. All he managed was to close his eyes as the horses began to gallop.
THE CRAVING – R.L. JACKSON
A skateboarder barreled by her on the sidewalk, music blaring through his headphones and side swiped her, knocking her ass to the ground. She hit the damp grass with a thud, the duffel bag she carried on her shoulder with a weeks worth of clothes on top of her. She looked in the skateboarders direction and he had continued about his business. He didn’t even look back!
“Asshole!” Savannah screamed, still sprawled on the lawn. She sat up and started getting up when a hand reached down in front of her and the hairs on her arms stood up. She looked up at the man staring down at her and he wasn’t someone she knew or recognized. He was too young to be a teacher, but looked more mature than a student. She grabbed his hand, embarrassment washing over face.
“Are you OK?” he asked. His voice was deep and baritone, his eyes so gray they were almost white. Her head felt a little tingly, almost dizzying as she stared into the pools of his eyes.
“I’m fine,” Savannah replied, taking her hand back.
“You have to be careful out here at night,” he said. The tone of his voice sounded threatening and her anxiety went into overdrive.
“Thanks, again,” she replied, picking up her damp bag. She threw it on her shoulder and started walking fast towards the frat house, her eyes darting on either side of her. There was no one out on the quad now and the hairs on the back of her neck stood up straight. Instinctively, she turned around to see if he was still there, but the stranger was gone. She exhaled, her fear subsiding a bit. There’d been some students from the university who were reported missing a few weeks ago, and everyone on campus had been on edge ever since. Maybe it was all in her head. When she turned around though, he stood a few feet in front of her, a slight grin on his mouth. How the hell did he get there?
THE WINDOW – E.H. GRAHAM
She picked up her binoculars and focused them on his back. As she did he turned his head in her direction, staring straight-faced back through the lenses of her binoculars and piercing her eyes with his. She dropped the binoculars and wheeled quickly back from the table. Her chest rose and fell sharply with her quickened breath. Fear settled deep in the pit of her stomach and flared to the ends of her fingers and toes. “He knows,” she whispered under her breath, “he knows what I have seen.”

 

 

 

 

 

THE MISSING BRANCH – KAY MACLEOD
 

 

The small gap was a gaping chasm, a sudden cutoff in the 1700s that refused to give up its secrets to her thorough research. Hours of Google searches and dozens of email requests for information hadn’t turned up anything. The family that moved from England to America had just disappeared.

 

 

 

Once Izzie filled the space in the mural, she would finally have the complete picture of herself – her history, and meaning, and purpose. Somehow, she knew this family was the most important part of her story.
THE BODY – KATE KELLEY
“Spirits aren’t real,” I spit, not sure who I am trying to convince, her or me. I trudge through the forest, weaving through the trees. My breathing is harsh, like at the end of a long, bloody fight.
“Please, they claw at me. Please.”
The voice behind me pleads again, but I can already hear the defeat in her voice. And there’s something about it that stops me.
Maybe it’s because it sounds like the same thing that runs in my head day after day. Maybe it’s something in her tone that resonates with me. Or maybe I’m just batshit crazy.
THE BATTLE OF BULWARK – DEL HENDERSON, III
That morning I woke to the taps of the bugle and quickly dressed. It was a foggy morning as if death himself had breathed onto the battlefield from some island on the lake. I promptly joined the unit as we took our positions upon the hill. A few soldiers were keeping guard on the back of the hill, but the majority of us were placed upon the ridge facing the road. We stayed hunched against the stones and the small ditches we were able to dig into the rocky soil. I almost choked upon a cracker I was eating when Little Abe open fire upon some unseen enemy in the fog. Then all at once, as if the shots from the cannon popped off the cork of war, the enemy started firing at our position as their musket and cannon fire lit up the fog with an eerie golden glow.
THE DARKNESS -BRITTNEY LEIGH
Dear Diary,
To anybody else, you would think a town like Bulwark is just plain boring. It’s a small town, quiet, more like a village than a town. Our whole population is football crazy. The high school is the centerpiece of our home, and that makes football the center of our attention.

 

 

 

Pep rallies and homecoming events are our Oscars. The people all come out to cheer our native sons and daughters, making them royalty.

 

 

 

Behind the facade of this folksy atmosphere, I’m afraid to admit there is something more, something darker. Most people say not to take it too seriously. After all, every town has its secrets.
That sounds okay to most people, but then I’m not most people. Mom always told me, Sophia Beachwood, curiosity killed the cat. I have only one thing to say to that.
Meow.

 

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

 

Living and working in South East England, DJ Cooper is an author of science fiction with a flair for humour and the bizarre. A wife, mother and business owner, she splits her time between many things, rarely completing anything. You can follow her at https://djsworld.co.uk/ and https://medium.com/@debzcooper
where random thoughts are regularly unleashed onto an unsuspecting public.

R.L. Jackson is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter who also writes contemporary romance, PNR and romantic suspense. She writes hoping that readers, “Get Lost in Intense Passion and Diverse Worlds.” She lives in South Florida, enjoys binge-watching Netflix and has a passion for life.

Stepping into the world of adult fiction and penned under the name E.H. Graham, The Window is the debut novel of this award-winning children’s author. Whether reading or writing, Graham enjoys the escape into worlds of mystery, fantasy and suspense.

 

Kay MacLeod is a fantasy addict from England. She loves gaming, playing bass for her church, painting miniatures, and drinking tea. Kay created new worlds throughout most of her young life by running Dungeons & Dragons games and drawing scenes from her stories. Now she mainly writes fantasy novels packed with awesome powers, intriguing characters, and snarky banter.

Kate Kelley is a writer of epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. She spends her days banging on a keyboard and chugging coffee while two small, feral children run around her feet.
Del Henderson, born and raised in Illinois, enjoys writing, fueling his passion and love for the noble art of putting pen to paper, or more appropriate, keyboard to computer. Diving into pure imagination he has produced works that grip his reader’s minds with mystery and suspense as they are brought into the fascinating world of fiction.
 
Brittney Leigh is gracing the Bulwark anthology as a debut author. She is a proud graduate of SUNY Old Westbury College, with a bachelors degree in Media & Communications. Gifted in singing, acting, and dancing, she finds her voice reaches its highest ground in writing. She resided in Long Island where the darkness of New York City comes to sleep.

 

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