New Release


Hello Everyone.

Let me first say that my newest release has nothing to do with the original Frankenstein novel released on New Year’s Day in 1818, exactly two hundred years ago. However, that novel by Mary Shelley, has a lot to do with my newest release, FRANKENSTEIN – The Curse of Knight’s Island. This is a romance mystery and suspense novel. My two nieces from Melbourne and Sydney, Australia made the final decision on the cover for this novel, see below.

Frankenstein – The Curse of Knight’s Island is a romantic novel with lots of twists and turns. The one thing we learn from this novel is what happens when a man messes around on his wife, even if it was over four hundred years ago. God forbid!

It begins with Professor William Knight, a two-time Nobel Prize Winner in Physics from an earlier novel, Rosenthall. Follow him as he dictates to his daughter what she must do to try and break the Knight Family Curse.

Excerpts from the novel include the three curses.

 

THE FIRST CURSE

The woman began to laugh devilishly under her breath and said, “When one spends the three years on this Island, or the two, unneglected, unslighted, and never regretting having come, I forgive you to the extent of my very first curse.”

“But that will never ever be! Never!”

“It might never be. But, by your own words, you said my daughter was happy here. Was it that you were lying to her? She is dead. And my little one lived here three years or two, almost three.”

 

THE SECOND CURSE

The man fell to his knees beside his dead wife. He was stricken with terror. He looked up at the woman and continued, “What about the second curse?”

“Do you think that time may find a way out of two? You are more of a fool than I thought. Listen again, ‘When the first marriage is loveless on both sides and unselfish on both sides, may that be the last marriage on which the second curse falls!”

The man was at the end of his rope. He was at a loss of words. There were none more he could find. What could he say? Not once did it ever occur to him to deny her power and defy her malice.

 

THE THIRD CURSE

After a long pause, while the man buried his head in the palms of his hands, the woman had one last thing she wanted to add.

“When a person of my blood would share the Knight’s fate again or when someone wronged by a Knight forgives the injury to the benefit of the child of the wrong-doer –.” She stopped to tickle the baby under the chin to help stop it’s crying. “When someone loves life willingly gives it for a Knight in peril, gives it without thought of other glory or reward than the thanks of a Knight, let the third curse go away.”

 

Some reviews of the proof before release got high marks from Johnathan B. and Anna Deane M.

  • The Curse of Knight’s Island is a profound story that goes beyond the usual and goes beyond the extraordinary. Without a glitch, it weaves intrigue, suspense, torment, and romance into a well-crafted masterpiece that holds you and never lets you go. This is a novel that grabs your attention, draws you in and will have you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. — Jonathan B.
  • It has been quite a while since I enjoyed reading such an entertaining romance novel that has great suspense and well-written romance throughout the pages. I found the story-line and plot fascinating with intriguing details. The characters are exciting and engaging with real emotional feelings. — Anna Deanne M.

Remember: People place curses because they themselves are angry! The are missing out on personal power of their own and believe they can make themselves stronger by hurting another. The dead woman’s mother had self-esteem that was non-existent. Her life was empty and bleak. Her curse was powerful, lasting for well over 400 years.


New Release of Volume 2 in the Gideon Detective Series

James takes an age old skill of his as a Professional Genealogist and puts it to work in the last Chapter of the Gideon Detective Series. This is Volume 2 just in time for the Christmas Holidays.

The author understands that it can get confusing sometimes. One would have to search their own family history to understand. Who was the Aunt, or who was the Uncle and who had children and who didn’t. All the confusion on putting the pieces of the puzzle together for the McElroy Family comes to a great climatic ending to the series in this novel.

The author, as he always does, likes to put a twist on his ending novel in a series… and what a twist it is!!! Indeed. Many of the characters in the first novel are portrayed in this one.

There was only one case out of hundreds of cold cases that Vincent James Gideon never wholly solved, Rosenthall. (Read about in Book 1 of the Gideon Detective Series.)

Watching her take a sip, it took the assassin every urge not to swat the glass away, but he knew it was the only way to save his life. He stared at the beautiful woman and wondered how long it would take to go into effect. He questioned how much time it would be before she became dizzy and forgot where she was.

Everything seemed to switch into slow motion. For a moment, the killer doubted himself and wondered if, in fact, he poisoned the wrong glass? Guilt began to creep into his gut. It took all his strength to withhold the tears that started to glisten in his eyes. Why?

She began to cough and cough. The wine glass fell to the side, and her body collapsed to the floor. The assassin wasted no time. With an ivory handled dagger, he stuck the Ace of Spades across the point of the blade and pierced her in the chest. From the many trunks in the hallway packed for a long journey, he placed her body inside the largest one available.

Then, he called on a deaf-mute to carry the trunk to an unknown destination. But, the blundering detectives assigned to the case get all the facts twisted, and the wrong man has been accused, one known as Billy Bob Tanner, Gideon’s son.

Vincent James Gideon, the famed detective who went into retirement eight years earlier tried to avoid the case when the Black Rock Cove Police Department requested his services. He recommended his sidekick of many years, Bridget Flynn to take it over. One thing after another happened to where he was forced out of retirement. Then, he was blamed for the murder of not just the woman, but a reputable pharmacist downtown on Pacific Avenue.

This is Volume 2 in Book 6 of the final chapter in this long-running detective series. For more details and to follow Sidney St. James’ blog, visit the author’s page at www.sidneystjames.com or follow the author on Instagram at Sidneyst.james.


Release date for James’ next novel is October 12, 2018 from BeeBop Publishing Group. Vincent Gideon, a famed detective who got his first real start in the private eye business in Rosenthall, Book 1 in the series brings to a close his long running career in The Case of the Ace of Spades.

There was only one case out of hundreds of cold cases that Vincent James Gideon never wholly solved, Rosenthall. (Read about in Book 1 of the Gideon Detective Series.)

Watching her take a sip, it took the assassin every urge not to swat the glass away, but he knew it was the only way to save his life. He stared at the beautiful woman and wondered how long it would take to go into effect. He questioned how much time it would be before she became dizzy and forgot where she was.

Everything seemed to switch into slow motion. For a moment, the killer doubted himself and wondered if, in fact, he poisoned the wrong glass? Guilt began to creep into his gut. It took all his strength to withhold the tears that started to glisten in his eyes. Why?

She began to cough and cough. The wine glass fell to the side, and her body collapsed to the floor. The assassin wasted no time. With an ivory handled dagger, he stuck the Ace of Spades across the point of the blade and pierced her in the chest. From the many trunks in the hallway packed for a long journey, he placed her body inside the largest one available.

Then, he called on a deaf-mute to carry the trunk to an unknown destination. But, the blundering detectives assigned to the case get all the facts twisted, and the wrong man has been accused.

Vincent James Gideon, the famed detective who went into retirement eight years earlier tried to avoid the case when the Black Rock Cove Police Department requested his services. One thing after another happened to where he was forced out of retirement. Then, he was blamed for the murder of not just the woman, but a reputable pharmacist downtown on Pacific Avenue.

This is Volume 1 in Book 4 of the final chapter in this long-running detective series. Volume 2 and Book 5 is due to be released in December 2018. For more details and to follow Sidney St. James’ blog, visit the author’s page at http://www.sidneystjames.com.

 


Beginning October 8, 2018 Sidney St. James will be offering his novel, Sam Bass – A Dead Man’s Hand with Aces and Eights, free on Kindle at Amazon.com. Please be kind enough to come back after reading and leave a review. This is the first novel in the Texas Outlaw Series offered by this prolific author. Oh, and yes, if you share this post on social media, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sam Bass and His Horse Marines, The Robin Hood of Texas

After a month of moving to Georgetown, Texas, I took a ride south on IH-35 from Georgetown to Austin. I couldn’t help but notice a large green and white highway sign that said Sam Bass Road. I became interested where this road went and exited and followed it to where another road sign came into sight, A. W. Grimes Boulevard.

I am not sure why, but I needed to find out who these people were just like I did when I wrote a story about The Rose of Bray’s Bayou – The Runaway Scrape in Texas and discovered Three-Legged Willie’s statue on the town square in Georgetown.

Sam Bass and his gang held up two stagecoaches while in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1877. Sam had a fling with Calamity Jane and sat in the same chair Wild Bill Hickok sat in before being shot in a poker game holding a Dead Man’s Hand.

In the fall of 1877, Sam Bass and his friends robbed the eastbound Union Pacific passenger train and came away with over $60,000 in twenty-dollar gold pieces. After a successful robbery, they split up into pairs and went in all directions. Some were caught. Bass was an excellent Transformist (See novel, The Transformist by St. James) and disguised himself as a poor farmer and made his way back to Denton County, Texas with his share of the gold.

In the springtime of 1878, Sam and his gang robbed four trains within twenty miles of Dallas. Word was sent to Governor Hubbard that something needed to be done. The bandits became the object of a spirited chase across North Texas by reward-seeking citizens and a unique company of Texas Rangers headed by Junius Peak.

Follow the life story of Sam Bass from his childhood days to his last days in Round Rock, Texas on July 21, 1878. Even though this notorious outlaw spent less than a week in this small community, his short visit put the town on world atlases and had a major street named after him. It wasn’t, but a few years ago the community got together and called a boulevard after Deputy A. W. Grimes, the man Sam Bass was accused of killing in 1878. Unlike John Wesley Hardin, he had no notches on his gun handle and once joked about selling his revolver for money.

In death, the Texas Outlaw’s legend grew, helped out by a song entitled, “The Ballad of Sam Bass.” The fame of this outlaw spread as far as England in the 1800’s. There is even a wax statue in Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London. In 1964 Frontier Days Celebration was started. In the 1990’s Sidney Struss and the KOOL99 Oldies Road Show would perform for KOOL99 Radio to highlight the event’s entertainment.

Reviews from an Earlier Reviewer, Milton O’Dell:

What a captivating and visual ride following colorful characters through a reenactment of historical acts of crime, escape and capture. This exciting and adventurous journey was a great introduction to me to a fascinating part of Texas history which I had only heard reference growing up. I never realized that Sam Bass’s repeated successful train, stagecoach and bank robberies threatened the reputation of Texas in the eyes of the nation. The facts behind the delay in his capture as well as impetus to resolve touched on commercial, political and social realities that are applicable today. They paint the complex and grey reality that we live in and not the simplistic black and white good guys and bad guys world that doesn’t really exist. Like Sam Bass, I imagine there are more than a few criminals that started out on the very straight and narrow, were cheated by others in some abuse of position or situation, and then turned to crime. The story was easy to follow being complimented with detailed experiences of many real people and historical accounts. The images of the scenes and events form easily and made it less a read and more a journey. It was so easy to immerse into the story when the crap-detectors aren’t firing because of fictitious characters or their actions don’t make sense.

Historical figures in novel: Jack McCall, Wild Bill Hickok, Deadwood, South Dakota, Calamity Jane, Martha Cannary, Joel Collins, Samuel Bass, Henry Underwood, Steeldust, Sheriff Eagan, Sarah Lacey, Kate Leroy, Frank Corley, Maggie MacDonald, Jack Davis, James Berry, Tom Nixon, Bill Heffridge, Jim Murphy, Sheriff Brousaard, Frank Blockey Jackson, Tooney Waits, Tom Gerrin, Billy Everheart, Bob Welch, Elizabethtown, Marshall George Smith, Arkansas Johnson, Charlie Carter, Sawnie Robertson, John Laws John Wesley Hardin, Waco, John Jones, Colonel Richard Hubbard, T. J. Jackson, Judge DuVal, Texas Rangers, Scott Mayes, Judge Jim Hogg, Round Rock, Texas, Brushy Creek, Dick Ware, Chris Connor, George Harrell, Mary Matson, Reverend J. W. Ledbetter, Walter Johnson, Tom Spotswood, Seaborn Barnes, Nubbins Colt, Sheriff George Drennan, Thomas Gerren, Albert Herndon, Sam Pipes, Billy Collins, Will Scott, George Noble, Governor Richard Hubbard, Lieutenant Junius Peak, Frank Finley, James Curry, John Lovejoy, John McKeen, Julius Alvord, Albert Grimes, Judge Jesse Grimes, Captain Lee Hill, Kopperal’s Store, Highsmith’s Livery Stable. Texas Outlaw. Outlaws. Cowboys. Texas History. Historical Fiction. Creative Historical Nonfiction. Thriller. Suspense.

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