R. J. Sullivan’s paranormal thriller series starts with Haunting Blue, a literal ghostly roller coaster ride and the first chapter in the adventures of punk girl “Blue” Shaefer. The second book, Haunting Obsession, introduces readers to Maxine Marie, the iconic ghost from Hollywood’s golden age, and the agent Rebecca Burton, mysterious investigator of the supernatural. Virtual Blue continues Blue’s story and pairs her with Rebecca Burton. Rebecca also appears in the “Seventh Star Single” Backstage Pass.
R. J.’s popular short story “Robot Vampire” is featured in the acclaimed Seventh Star anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes in the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry. R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. www.rjsullivanfiction.com.
Punk, blue-haired “Blue” Shaefer, is at odds with her workaholic single mother. Raised as a city girl in a suburb of Indianapolis, Blue must abandon the life she knows when her unfeeling mother moves them to a dreadful small town. Blue befriends the only student willing to talk to her: computer nerd “Chip” Farren.
Chip knows the connection between the rickety pirate boat ride at the local amusement park and the missing money from an infamous bank heist the townspeople still talk about. When Blue helps him recover the treasure, they awaken a vengeful ghost who’ll stop at nothing–not even murder–to prevent them from exposing the truth behind his evil deeds.
Haunting Blue is Book One of the Adventures of Blue Shaefer
Did you ever wish you could escape to a virtual world? What if you could…but then couldn’t get out?
Two years after her deadly clash with a vengeful ghost, Fiona “Blue” Shaefer still can’t shake off the trauma of that night. Moving to New York with her father didn’t help. Neither did absorbing herself in her college classes. Not even her poetry provided the solace it once did. She convinces herself that ending her relationship with Eugene “Chip” Farren, her long-distance boyfriend and final tie to the horrors of that night, might bring the closure she needs. Blue travels to Bloomington to break the news to Chip in person, but her timing couldn’t be any worse.
The Sisters of Baalina, vengeful cultists who practice a new form of “techno-magic,” have targeted Chip’s multi-player videogame as the perfect environment to cast a dangerous spell to free a demoness from the very pits of hell. In the process, their plan may trap Blue in a prison of the mind with no locks, no bars, and no escape.
“She wants to be loved by you…alone!”
Daryl Beasley collects all things Maxine Marie, whose famous curves and fast lifestyle made her a Hollywood icon for decades after her tragic death. Daryl’s girlfriend, Loretta Stevens, knew about his geeky lifestyle when they started dating, but she loves him, quirks and all.Then one day Daryl chooses to buy a particularly tacky piece of memorabilia instead of Loretta’s birthday present. Daryl ends up in the doghouse, not only with Loretta, but with Maxine Marie herself. The legendary blonde returns from the dead to give Daryl a piece of her mind—and a haunting obsession he’ll never forget!Haunting Obsession is a Rebecca Burton Novella. Readers who enjoy this tale may also enjoy R.J. Sullivan’s Rebecca Burton short story series from Seventh Star Press that began with Backstage Pass.
Darkness with a chance of Whimsy
Short Story Collection
Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series. Among the ten stories, you’ll find:
“The Assurance Salesman” shows five strangers more about themselves than they ever guessed.
You don’t want to venture into Daddy’s basement in “Fade.”
Rebecca Burton tries to talk someone out of a bad idea in “Backstage Pass.”
A bullied police detective finally defeats his rival in “Able-Bodied.”
A desperate father finds the “Inner Strength” to save his young daughter, “Becky” Burton.
A child seeds his aquarium with a most unusual “Starter Kit.”
A brilliant robotics engineer creates a “Robot Vampire.”
In this Rebecca Burton Short Story from the Seventh Star Singles collection, 80’s pop singer Fiddle Dee-Dee is decades past the peak of her popularity. But when she’s tragically killed at the hands of a psychopath, one of her most loyal fans, Jared Price, makes a deal to channel dark magic and risk everything to help her. Can he change the past and prevent the tragedy?
Fate of the Red Lotus
From the moment Sayuri Arai leaves Earth in her father’s private shuttle to dock with Pandora Orbital Space Station, she can’t shake a feeling of dread. Her father is the CEO of one of the most successful space mining corporations in the solar system and she’s an honors graduate of Harvard Earth Campus. Within days, Sayuri transitions from diligent student to corporate vice president.
As she faces a future that most people can only dream of, Sayuri knows the path handed to her is not the one she’s destined to travel. She then learns of a run-down mining spaceship in her father’s fleet scheduled for demolition. Sympathetic to the displaced crew, Sayuri sets out to change the fate of the Red Lotus, and perhaps discover her destiny in the process.
In the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry, Fate of the Red Lotus is the first of a series of all-ages science fiction novelettes–re-igniting a classic sense of wonder for today’s readers.
Red Lotus: Innocence Lost
Commander Sayuri Arai has what she’s always wanted…at least, that’s what she keeps telling herself to fend off despair. In just the last few days, she’s purchased the antiquated Independent Mining Ship Red Lotus, invested in major repairs and upgrades, and taken on the role of its co-commander alongside trusted right hand man Dravin Sow.
Now, Sayuri finds herself at wit’s end. Her veteran crew of “Spacers” seems to take pleasure in citing her inexperience and odd “Grounder” ways while they correct, contradict, or dismiss her every order. Even Sayuri’s attempts to socialize with her new subordinates are rebuffed. But when space pirates attack and board the vessel, Sayuri and her crew must learn to work together if they’re going to survive.
Red Lotus: Innocence Lost is the second of a series of science fiction novelettes that began with Fate of the Red Lotus–re-igniting a classic sense of wonder for today’s readers.