Spotlight on Phobia

Phobia by C.A. Shives

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Ex-cop Artemis Herne thought he left the grit and crime of the city in the past when he moved to a small town in Pennsylvania. But the discovery of a woman’s dead body, bound and covered with snakes, sends panic through his community and ignites his investigative instincts.
As the serial killer continues to target his prey, Herne must confront his own haunted past to uncover the pattern in the deaths. He soon discovers that every victim suffers from a phobia. And every murder transforms the victim’s worst fear into reality.
Tormented by his personal demons, he is forced to face his own fears as he hunts for a murderer who uses terror for a weapon.

Book Excerpt – EXCERPT 1

They stared at each other as memories flooded Herne’s mind like a scattering of photographs faded by sunlight. On summer break their freshmen year of college, they shared a bottle of illicit whiskey in Tucker’s basement. Best buddies having a little fun on a typical Saturday night. Walking a street in Hurricane, on their way to meet Tucker’s girlfriend—who would later become his wife—they saw the unmistakable glow of flames a few blocks away. The old brick bakery was on fire. They ran to it, knowing that the building was really a shelter for battered women. Once there they found a thin, long-haired man in the parking lot, holding a lit Molotov cocktail while screaming the name of his wife. Two more unlit homemade frags sat on the asphalt.

When the man saw them, he threw the bomb against the building and charged at Herne.

Herne pounded at the man’s face until his fist pulverized bone into tiny shards. Through a red haze of fury, Herne only saw the face of his sister—his sweet, young sister—beaten to death in her teenage years by a jealous boyfriend.

Tucker pulled him away into the night as sirens sounded in the distance. The man spent years in reconstructive surgery, and he never looked anything less than a monster. The brain damage he suffered made it impossible for him to identify his attackers.


There was no trail through the woods and Emmert stumbled each time his foot struck a rock or exposed root. He panted with exertion and fear, and sweat mingled with his tears as they moved deeper into the trees.

The Healer wore a baseball cap with the bill pulled low to hide his features. He was certain no one was watching them in the secluded woods, but it wouldn’t hurt to be cautious.

The afternoon sun blazed in the sky, and The Healer felt some pressure and a little tinge of fear at the sight. The task before him would take some time, and he knew that daylight was limited. He urged Emmert faster through the trees and brush.

Emmert scratched his face on a branch and cried out as blood spilled down his cheek. Suddenly, in front of them was a clearing in the woods.

The open area was small, just a patch of grass and ferns among the trees, and in it rested a plain wooden box with a hinged lid, the size of a coffin. The pine wood was so fresh that The Healer could smell it.

“I’m not a craftsman, unfortunately,” The Healer said. “Please pardon my amateur attempt to make your casket.”

Author Bio
C.A. Shives is the author of PHOBIA, a suspense novel based in a small Pennsylvania town.  When not reading, writing, editing, or publishing, C.A. enjoys watching a good action movie. The author also spends time target shooting on the range and raising backyard chickens.  C.A. loves cheesy poofs, Bruce Willis movies, and wine (often simultaneously). The author is also a fan of Professional Competitive Eating.  A second book in the Artemis Herne series is scheduled for a winter 2012 release. C.A.’s upcoming novel weaves a dark tale of horrific vigilante justice tainted by the bitter taste of revenge.


Twitter: @CA_Shives
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  • Heather

    Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! ~Heather

  • Based on the excerpts the book seems very intense and interesting, I’ll have to pick it up.

  • S Voss

    Very interesting choice of name for the main character – Artemis Herne. I love it when authors put some thought into the names so there is something extra to ponder as I read the book.

  • Cricket

    Oh, this sounds so good. I love thrillers and suspense.

  • Makaela

    Wow, the book sounds pretty intense. I love thrillers and mysteries, this definitely sounds like it won’t disappoint.

  • Adriane

    Sounds really interesting! can’t wait to read this one!

  • Fiery Na

    This sounds very thrilling especially with a serial killer involved.

  • This book sounds extremely good! Love love love the 2nd excerpt! I will be checking this out for sure 🙂 Thanks!

  • linda foster

    wow sounds great, I will definitely move it up on my massive tbr list 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    It sounds intense, but very intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway…

  • The cover alone has me scared.

  • What would be more terrifying than death by the thing you fear most! I can’t wait to read this

  • jessica e

    Looks really, really good!

  • thanks SO much for the awesome giveaway…the book looks really good! Thanks for another add on to my TBR pile!!
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  • Oh, this looks phenom!! I definitely have this on my amazon list!!

  • Juana Esparza

    I’d love to read this book. Story sounds like a keeper. I added it to my book wish list.

  • I love the cover so intriguing sounds like a great book!

  • lol! oops. ok NOW I’ve commented. As a student studying Psychology I can’t help but feel drawn to this story line and it’s characters! I’d love to read it!

  • Tracy Awalt Juliano

    Phobia sounds like a great psychological thriller. The excerpts have definitely piqued my interest.

  • Jennifer

    This looks like a great read!

  • This book sounds great! Thanks for introducing it to me!

  • Katie Amanda

    I love suspense novels! Thanks!

  • Danielle B!

    Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  • Hwa Sun

    That cover kind of freaks me out.

  • Kara D

    Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a good book. The psychology of it sounds fascinating.

  • I’d love to read this!

  • Tiffany

    First time coming across this book, it looks pretty awesome! Thanks for pointing it out to me 🙂

  • thanks for the chance, sounds like a book i’d enjoy reading and posting myr eviews. Julie

  • Sounds like an interesting read – thanks for the excerpts!

  • Sarah Rooney

    Ooooh, this looks good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • LisaILJ

    yikes, even the first few lines of the description gave me the heebie jeebies. Covered in snakes?!?! It looks really good and suspenseful.

  • Allie

    Sure looks interesting.

  • “But the discovery of a woman’s dead body, bound and covered with snakes, ”
    After I read that line a shiver just went down my spine.

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway! I have my fingers crossed!
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  • The book sounds interesting. I love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Donna Simmonds

    Thanks for sharing. Always looking for a new suspense.

  • Denise Z

    Thank you for your incredibly generous participation in this fun hop! Definitely intrigued by Phobia 🙂

  • MMVisso

    is it really as fascinating as it sounds 🙂 ?

  • This seems like the kind of intriguing psychological thriller I go for!

  • Thank you for this awesome giveaway. This book looks wonderful 🙂

  • This book looks really great, thanks for the excerpts!

  • Kajal Kaushal

    This is awesome!

  • Ann Parker

    this book is right up my alley…thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Stefanie Gladden (ann lyfe)

    thanks for the awesome giveaway!