From the Twisted Mind of North Carolina Resident and First Time Author Tom Brandner comes the Year’s Most Compelling Horror Story

Fiction Thriller, Likened in Quality of Writing and Edge-of-Your Seat Thrills & Chills to That of Phenomenally Popular Author Stephen King, Tells the Story of the Mysterious Disappearance of Small Children, in a Drought-Afflicted Small Town

Nashville, TN, March 27, 2007 --( The children were disappearing in the small town of New Bern, North Carolina, and its surrounding counties. The residents were baffled. To make matters worse, a total lack of rain was causing one of the most severe droughts in years. Today, Cold Tree Press announced the release of author Tom Brandner’s newest fiction novel, The Rain.

A unique and compelling thriller that will keep readers up late at night turning the pages and guessing, The Rain propels the reader into the world of nine-year-old foster child Trent. Trent knew he loved the rain. What he didn’t know were the dark and sinister happenings that were about to befall him at his new foster home – happenings that grab the reader, forcing them into the middle of a nightmare from which Trent may never escape.

The thrilling twists and turns in The Rain, include Randy and his friends, to whom the drought was a mere inconvenience. It had indeed rained on their farms, enriching their lands, enabling their crops to prosper. Neighboring residents had no answers for the phenomenon bestowing its fellow farms.

Why are the children disappearing? How does Trent deal with the threatening and evil forces facing him? What causes the rain to finally fall? Could it be that Randy and his friends had sold their souls to the devil in exchange for rain, and unknowingly unleashed an unforgiving monster that lived hovering in the ground since the very existence of God? The answers don’t come easy and this page-turning novel rivets the reader until the very last page.

The Rain is available via traditional books stores as well as online book retailers in hardcover and paperback editions at the publisher’s suggested retails prices of $22.95 and $14.95, respectively. (Category: Fiction, Hardcover ISBN: 1-58385-105-4, Paperback ISBN: 1-58385-077-5, Pages: 264, Size: 6" x 9")

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About the Author
Tom Brandner was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mt. Olive College in North Carolina. After many years of dabbling in short stories while working as an insurance adjuster, Tom devoted his energy to completing his first novel, The Rain. He resides in Kinston, North Carolina with his wife Belinda, and their two children, Thomas and Ashley.

About Cold Tree Press
Cold Tree Press in an independent self-publishing house with a distinguished selection of fiction and non-fiction books, human-interest books and biographies and autobiographies. Cold Tree Press is dedicated to providing a resource for writers who endeavor to achieve the highest quality in bringing their words to the marketplace in book form, with a partner whose foundation is based on honesty, integrity and professionalism.

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