About the series

Welcome to Immortality

Rafael Jones is just starting out as a private investigator after working as a detective for police forces in Buffalo and New York, NY, when...

Monday, November 28, 2022

SALE ALERT: The Entire Forever Detective...

The entire Forever Detective Series, plus its short-story collection spinoff, 
"W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever" 
are all now on sale in e-book form 
for just $2.99 (US Dollars) each 
from now until December 26th!!!


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That's right you can get ALL 5 e-books for less than $15.00 (US Dollars) just in time for the holiday season!






E-books make great gifts for the holidays. You can even schedule when the book arrives to the recipient, such as during Hannukah, birthday, Christmas Eve, and of course Christmas day itself. 

And if you have someone on your list who prefers good old fashioned paperback books, we have those too at the Amazon and Barnes and Noble links above. 

**Query author for signed copies at helenkrummenacker at gmail.com** (remove spaces and replace at with @-- sorry I can't post it in a way you can use effortlessly, but spambots look for that kind of thing)

Finally, if you have someone who prefers audio, we have that too through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. (Note: you can even schedule when the audiobook arrives with Amazon). And remember you don't have to be a member of Audible to get/give an audiobook. 
 





So why not give the gift of fun and adventure with Rafael and friends this holiday season. And keep in mind Rafael will be back next year with a whole new adventure, with many more to come! 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!































 


Sunday, October 9, 2022

Nearing the Finish Line


                                                              (photo by Kenny Eilason)

Every time I approach the last few chapters of a novel, I get a strange feeling. Part of it is nervousness-- is the book suspenseful enough? Funny enough? Emotional enough? Did I leave a major question unanswered? 

But another part of it is a kind of reluctance to let go. if a book is like a child to an author, this period near finishing is when they are getting close to legal adulthood, and you are realizing they have grown up too fast! You need more time to savor their development.

And  yet it is not only inevitable that they leave you and go out into the world; it's the goal. 

Forever Chosen is at that stage. 

Friday, September 16, 2022

New Non-Amazon Distributors for W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever...

Sorry for the long delay, but we've recently switched from Smashwords to Draft2Digital for non-Amazon e-book releases and there was a bit of a learning curve. For one thing we learned that Smashwords and Draft2Digital (D2D) have recently merged, and that getting books uploaded onto D2D is much easier. 



However, there was a learning curve along the way, but Allan (my husband/voice actor) managed to finally learn the new formatting and I am proud to announce that "W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever" is now available in the following e-book formats:

Barnes and Noble: W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever by Helen Krummenacker | eBook | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

Kobo Link: W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever eBook by Helen Krummenacker - EPUB | Rakuten Kobo United States

Apple Books Link: W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever on Apple Books

Scribd Link: W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever by Helen Krummenacker - Ebook | Scribd

Indigo Link: W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever eBook by Helen Krummenacker Kobo Edition | www.chapters.indigo.ca

And if you're looking for other links, just click on this Books2Read Link which will show you even more places where you can find "W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever" along with other fine books.

Books2Read: https://books2read.com/u/bzVewz

Also, please remember to rate and review the book wherever you get your copy, and if you happen to be on Goodreads, please leave a rate and review there as well. Remember, reviews and ratings can make or break a book or a series. Thank you and happy reading.










Saturday, August 13, 2022

W. I . T. C. H. Hunters Forever is now available!


"W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever" is short-story collection/spinoff of the Forever Detective Series available now in Kindle and Paperback form! Within the pages of this brand new collection you'll find some familiar faces from Rafael Jones' adventures such as the beautiful and talented Clara Thomas, Sir Lynn Fox her brother-in-law/wizard, our favorite  spiritualist accountant 
Medium Brown, and many new faces (as well as an appearance from Mr. Jones himself during his time gathering evidence for the Nuremberg trials). 

And if all that's not enough, there's more:

When he heard about Hitler's interest in seeking out artifacts and legends, British wizard Sir Lynn Fox knew he needed a group with unusual talents to do more and better. W.I.T.C.H. Hunters is that group.

This collection of stories gives us a sample of the wide variety within the group: a sympathetic healer, a hedge witch with a penchant for sleuthing, a telekinetic sculptress, a spiritualist accountant, a demonologist monk, two Antipodean adventurers, and one extraordinarily ordinary woman who wants to do her part, and an immortal cat.

So grab your copy now, and maybe one or two extra for a family member/friend who love some good fantasy adventure tales. Just choose the link that works best for you below:

Amazon US Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Amazon UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Amazon CA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

Amazon AU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0B8YFYH8G

And on a final note, Smashwords, NOOK, Kobo, Apple and other e-book formats will be available soon. Just stay tuned to this blog for updates. Also, the Audible version is currently in the works and will be made available within the coming months.

Until next time, happy reading everyone and thank you all for making this site and the series so highly rated.



Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sneak Peek Sunday-- Safe Where It Belongs

 This is one of the stories from W.I.T.C.H. Hunters Forever. I will be posting it in sections. I hope you like it. It takes place between Victory in Europe and the Nuremberg Trials.


Safe Where it Belongs 

“Lock, label, and ship out those file cabinets. We’ll go through them and condense the information later,” Major Rafael Jones instructed his team. There were a lot of file cabinets. Each file was a prisoner that had been taken here. A total of fourteen had been rescued when the place fell to the western Allies.

It was called a research facility. It was a war crime. They’d sent Allied prisoners here. They had also sent civilians, and that was something that had been given a name: crimes against humanity.

A young man, just a couple of years out of law school, was with Jones, as the second in rank. He was Lieutenant Paul Smith. He nodded, “We want the commanding officer’s records, most of all. We need direct orders from people higher up. We want to track everything back up the chain of command as high as we can.”

They moved further along the main corridor of the building as they talked. Jones said in a friendly way, “Just like a mob round up. I may not have finished college, but I have some experience with the needs of the prosecution. Let’s see. I think the commanding officer’s office is going to be around here. Look at the upper edge of the wall. There’s wires there. Antennae for wireless reception, and some other lines, too. Trace those to the communications room, that will be right next to the commanding officer’s.”

The young man took that in. “How long have you been a policeman?”

“Since 1930. They were hiring, and I figured I wouldn’t get bored doing it. I was pretty much right about that, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated, wanting to accomplish more. The best days, you get there before the worst happens.”

“And then, there’s today.” Smith said it with a trace of sadness of his own, as well as understanding. “I understand the survivors have already given statements.”

“For what the statements are worth. I’m not sure the levitating bell that kills people with sound is going to be something to lead with. Especially since they didn’t see it first hand. Still, they’ve given specific actions by their guards that will put those men behind bars.”

He opened a couple of doors. The first was, as he predicted, a communications room, small, with several devices, including one of those Enigma machines, and multiple radios with headsets. There were two stations for workers to take down and send out messages. It was of no particular interest to their investigation, but the next door down was what they were looking for. The commanding officer wouldn’t be going to trial. He was another one who hadn’t wanted to face the consequences of his actions. According to the troops who had secured the facility, they’d had the local coroner or whatever the equivalent was take possession of the body and handle the job of identifying the cause of death-- although the bullet entry wound on his temple was noted. That was appropriate. A verdict of suicide would sound better coming from a local source, and the Allies had enough to keep them busy.

“I’ll bag and tag anything I find with writing, even a shopping list, just in case it’s the key to a code,” remarked Rafael. “If you see film or any kind of recordings, give me a holler. Documentation can come in many forms. Some of these places filmed their atrocities and I imagine that’s all the more likely when they are calling it research.”

Paul looked in some cabinets. Opening the first door, he said, “I have definitely found some pear brandy, and I don’t even know what that tastes like, do you?”

“No, but… if you want to confiscate some of that evidence, we could probably investigate it further after the day’s work is done.” It wouldn’t be the first time a few drinks had helped wash away thoughts about what had happened, not on the battlefield, but in the cold planned destruction of everyone the Nazis deemed unworthy of a place in their Reich.

“Sounds good. And I’ve got some film reels, you were probably right, unless this is a girly movie for troop morale.”

“Either way, we’ll have to have a look. Let’s hope it’s dancing girls.” Rafael finished packing up the paperwork from the officer’s desk. “Hey, what’s that?”

He approached a portrait of Hitler that hung on the wall, just a trifle askew.

“Something for the target range?” suggested Paul.

“I mean, when a picture isn’t straight, sometimes,” Rafael took it off the wall, “There’s a safe behind it.”

“You don’t say,” Paul came over, eyeing it with interest.

“I’ll send a runner to get some tools so we can drill it.”

“No need,” Paul told him. He was rubbing his fingertips together as he said it. “Look, the Smith isn’t just a name. My dad was a locksmith. I used to help out around the shop, and I think I can get this open with what we have on hand.”

“It’s not someone’s hope chest, this is real high security stuff. You can really do it?”

Paul had already removed a screwdriver from his pocket and was unscrewing a metal plate with the name of the safe manufacturer on it. “There’s usually a bypass here that allows us to avoid the combination entirely. Are there any keys in the desk?”

“Ah,” Rafael went back and started looking. “I didn’t notice anything first time around, but there could be something under paperclips or in the box of staples. Good places to hide small things, always handy but never obvious.” “Nothing on one. I have a click on two… two is in a false set. Three is binding, four is binding, nothing on five or six. Let me go back…” The words Paul was saying to guide himself were almost like a song or a meditation, thought Rafael. He was distracted from the search for the key and doubted he needed to find it.
“Six is binding. Six is set. I’ve got something, I’ve lost five. Four is set. Three is moving; it was in a false set. I have it in place now. Two is binding. Two is set. One is set. Back to five and…” Paul turned a bent clip he’d used as a tensioning tool. There was a click and the door sprung open.

Inside the safe was nothing but a fire. Paul gasped and stepped back. “That’s scorching!”

Rafael stared at it. “They must have started the fire, then closed the safe. Without air, it’s been smoldering all this time. That’s why it can still burn. I guess we’ve lost some documents, or maybe some valuables they didn’t want us to get. Either way, we can just let it burn itself out. We don’t want the fire to spread, though.” He had leather gloves and strode forward quickly, closing it.

“That is hot. But at least this should exclude sparks. Anything else you think we should check for here? No sense trying the safe again until the fire is really dead or we have an extinguisher.” Major Jones was the senior officer, but the attorney would be organizing the information for the prosecution and any ideas he had were worth using to focus the collection. Besides, the young prosecutor clearly had some unusual interests of his own, suited for uncovering secrets. They cleared out much of the building, and took photographs of some sites and equipment that couldn’t be taken to the courtroom.

They had no idea there were others nearby with interest in the contents of the complex.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Sunday, July 10, 2022

W.I.T.C.H. Hunters Forever update

 I know it's taken longer than expected, but life got in the way. This weekend we have gotten everything formatted for the proof copy except the back cover. I need to choose a photo!


Maybe this random one  will work. Might just be odd enough for a story collection about witches, spies, mysteries, and sabotage!


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sound Sample Saturday - Forever Festive Chapter 8

The saying goes that Mother knows best. That's may not always be true, but Rafael's mother knows a lot more than he realizes. 


Chapter 8 "Home Cooking"



NEXT WEEK: Chapter 9 "CANVASSING THE BUILDING"

And if you can't wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:


 Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KCC5HZV

Smashwords Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112190

Barnes and Noble Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forever-festive-helen-krummenacker/1140442307?ean=2940165068287

Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/forever-festive

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forever-festive/id1592528404

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Sound Sample Saturday - Forever Festive Chapter 7

The problem with looking for something when "I'll know what it is when I see it" is that you can wind up finding something you weren't looking for in the process. A magical gathering place is definitely going to be open late at night but so are other kinds of businesses.



Chapter 7 "Where the Magic Happens"


NEXT WEEK: Chapter 8 "HOMECOOKING"

And if you can't wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:


 Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KCC5HZV

Smashwords Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112190

Barnes and Noble Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forever-festive-helen-krummenacker/1140442307?ean=2940165068287

Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/forever-festive

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forever-festive/id1592528404

Friday, May 6, 2022

Sound Sample Saturday - Forever Festive Chapter 6

 Welcome to Winding Ways, the shop where Persephone used to work. Rafael gets to combine working with Clara on a case with doing a bit of Christmas shopping, You can always get a few good finds in a store run by a clever witch. 





 Chapter 6 - "Winding Ways"



NEXT WEEK: Chapter 7 "WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS"

And if you can't wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:


 Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KCC5HZV

Smashwords Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112190

Barnes and Noble Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forever-festive-helen-krummenacker/1140442307?ean=2940165068287

Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/forever-festive

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forever-festive/id1592528404