Rose was waiting tables at Ken’s All-Nite Diner in Keokuk, Iowa, circa 1959, when something happened that would change her life forever. Two men burst through the front door, fighting for their lives. Though it was morning, she could see stars in the nighttime sky through the doorway as the door closed behind them. The larger of the two men quickly gained the advantage, knocking the smaller man unconscious before running out of the diner. Rose, a student nurse, quickly patched up the injured man, and when an ambulance arrived, insisted on riding with him to the hospital. His name was Henry Martin, according to his driver’s license, though both the license and the money in his eallet are dated some 60 years in the future. There’s something else, too—a portable telephone that plays music and seems to have a miniature color television inside.
Just who is Henry Martin, where did he get these things, and why is someone trying to kill him?
Memories of a Ghost
Claire Summers awoke in a doctor’s office, heart pounding in her chest, blouse hiked up around her belly. She watched in confusion as a dark-haired woman moved an ultrasound paddle over her exposed stomach. “Claire,” said the woman, her badge identifying her as Dr. Greenwald, “your baby’s going to be okay.” She turned her head, scanning the room. They were alone. “I found the heartbeat,” the woman continued. “You were lucky this time. Your baby’s fine.”
Claire? Is that her name? She doesn’t remember coming to see Dr. Greenwald, or even being pregnant. She doesn’t remember anything before waking up in the examination room, her life a complete blank. The only thing she really knows is that someone, somewhere is trying to kill her.
Memories of a Ghost tells the story of a young woman’s quest to remember her life. And just when she thinks she’s put all the pieces together, along comes an entirely different puzzle that will make her doubt herself and her sanity.
Is she really Claire Summers?
Odds and Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise
This collection contains twelve short stories and one novella in the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. In A Stranger with Your Hair, you’ll meet Parker McCain, a womanizer who’s always looking for the perfect partner. He’ll get all that and more when he makes a certain wish. Speaking of wishes, The Wish shows exactly why you should be very careful when you hold someone’s heart in your hands, while Mommy’s Favorite illustrates what can happen when a mother’s love goes too far. In Beside Myself (currently in development with Council Tree Productions as a television series) you’ll find out what happens when you really get to know yourself, and in Merryland, you’ll spend time with Zara Boone, a woman who gets far more than she bargained for when she inherits her dead grandmother’s house. Those are just a few of the stories that await you in Joe DeRouen’s Odds and Endings.
The Small Things Trilogy
Carthage, Illinois, 1975. It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.Shawn doesn’t believe in monsters… but he will…
The real threat, however, lies in the man behind the monster, a mysterious old man who has vowed to settle an old grudge and regain something that was stolen from him decades earlier. To survive the dark days and nights ahead, Shawn must not only decipher what the man is after, he must move past his own grief, fears, and insecurities, and learn to trust in Jenny, the disgraced town sheriff, and, most importantly, in himself.
The Small Things trilogy spans forty years and three generations in a tale of murder, betrayal, corruption, sacrifice, love, redemption, faith and magic that culminates in a showdown that will pit the very forces of heaven and hell against Shawn and his family in a battle for the future of mankind and the world itself.
Threads (Small Things Book 2)
History is changing around nineteen-year-old Ben Spencer, and he’s powerless to stop it. His sister has disappeared, his family thinks he’s schizophrenic, and, worse yet, the girl he’s madly in love with won’t give him the time of day. Enter the mysterious Michael, who, years earlier, helped Ben’s parents defeat a powerful sorcerer bent on destroying them and reclaiming a relic stolen from him years before. With Michael’s help, Ben will travel back in time, to 1977, and attempt to set the past straight. But will he undo himself and the woman he loves in the process?
A Pattern of Shadows (Small Things Book 3)
Five years ago, the demon Azazel tricked Ben Spencer into giving him possession of his body. After countless frustrating and heartbreaking dead ends, Ben’s family and his girlfriend Katy Ruskin have finally located him. Will their daring rescue attempt work, and will they be able to free Ben from the demon? And with Ben free, is everything truly over…or is it only just beginning?
A Pattern of Shadows brings the Small Things trilogy to a stunning conclusion that pits Ben and Katy and their families against the very forces of heaven and hell itself in a battle that will decide the fate of humanity. Who will survive?
Joe DeRouen (joederouen.com) is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His novels include Small Things, Threads, A Pattern of Shadows, Memories of a Ghost, and Leap Year. His short stories and novellas are collected in Odds and Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise.
Joe DeRouen (joederouen.com) is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His most recent novel, Leap Year, has enjoyed strong reviews and currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon. His other works include the Small Things trilogy (Small Things, Threads, and A Pattern of Shadows) stand-alone novel Memories of a Ghost, and his collection of short stories and novellas, Odds and Endings. Joe lives in Rogers, Arkansas, with his wife, son, and two cats.
Joe DeRouen (joederouen.com) is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His most recent novel, Leap Year, has enjoyed strong reviews and currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon. His other works include the first two books of the Small Things trilogy (Small Thing, Threads, and A Pattern of Shadows) stand-alone novel Memories of a Ghost, and Odds and Endings, his collection of short stories and novellas.
Joe was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Archer and Biscuit. Joe is a freelance writer, web designer, and substitute teacher. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action figures from the 1970s.
“I marveled as the story just kept getting better and better and was quite pleased to discover that it’s just the first volume in a trilogy.”
“At times haunting and mysterious, and other times horrifying, the tales in Joe DeRouen’s Odds and Endings will draw you into a weird, often macabre world where things dark and paranormal masterfully coexist with the everyday. Every story has an ending, but not all of them are happy.”
“Small Things has a Stephen King feel to it…I was listening for things that go bump in the night!”
-United Indie Book Blog
“I found myself having a hard time putting the book down. I enjoyed getting to know each of characters and how everything fit together.”
“This is a heartwarming, creepy story that you will not be able to put down.”
-Madeline Francisco, Top Amazon Reviewer
“I found myself flipping pages, over and over, getting deeper into the story, and losing hours.”
-Mountain Book Reviews