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The June edition of THE BIG THRILL is here!

It’s all about the challenge, and this month’s issue delivers interviews on how authors rise to every one of them, beginning with our cover-story interview with Daniel Palmer. We’ve got other insightful interviews with bestsellers Brad Meltzer, Mary Kubica, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, J.T. Ellison, John Farrow and Lisa Unger.

In “Trend Report” James Patterson explains how the new short novel could be a game changer. Simon Toyne takes us with him to Arizona on “Author Guided Tour,” and in the debut of the new column “Get It Right,” Susanna Calkins explains how long it really takes someone to arrive at a destination on horseback.

We highly recommend two entertaining interviews: Brad Parks talks to Allison Leotta, and Marcus Sakey breaks it all down with Johnny Shaw. And check out our other top-notch interviews with James W. Ziskin, Roger Smith, Sofie Sarenbrant, Karen Harper, Addison Gunn, Joshua Hood, and twenty other thriller authors.

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International Thrills: Sofie Sarenbrant

International Thrills: Sofie Sarenbrant

The New Star of the Swedish Mystery Scene By Layton Green Sweden has a history of producing excellent crime novelists, famous for bleak Scandinavian settings and dark, psychological suspense.  Names such as Liza Marklund, Mari Jungstedt, Camilla Läckberg, and of course, Stieg Larsson come to mind.  Our guest this month is Sofie Sarenbrant, a rising star in the Swedish mystery scene who has sold more than 700,000 books in 12 countries. Hollywood is calling, she has appeared on numerous magazine covers, and her future is brighter than a summer solstice in Stockholm. KILLER DEAL, Sofie’s fifth crime novel and the third in the detective Emma Sköld series, released on May 16th.  The novel is a page-turner about a father who is found dead by his six-year-old daughter more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Trend Report: The New Short

Trend Report: The New Short

Trend Report: Can the New Short Capture Reluctant Readers? By Dawn Ius Hey, reluctant readers! James Patterson is gunning for you. The author of 156 bestselling novels that have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide is poised to further expand his readership by launching a line of cheap, concise page turners that are “impossible to put down.” Harkening back to the era of the dime store novel, Patterson’s BookShots are aimed at the 27 percent of Americans that haven’t read a book in the past year. Writers, take note. “Unfortunately, people aren’t reading in the same way that they have in the past,” Patterson says. “While there are still wonderful stories out there, many people have turned away from books as an accessible form more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Turning Point: Brad Meltzer

Turning Point: Brad Meltzer

A Game-Changing Female Protagonist  By Nancy Bilyeau Brad Meltzer writes carefully crafted, high-stakes thrillers loaded with secret history.  So he’s delivering a hot story to the thriller crowd while making legions of nerds very, very happy. (Their fact-checks on the Internet while reading Meltzer’s books often lead to loud exclamations of “He was right about that!?”) While not writing his bestselling novels, Meltzer also crafts nonfiction for adults and children and hosts History Channel shows. Oh, and he writes comic books. Meltzer’s 2015 thriller, The President’s Shadow, featuring brilliant National Archivist Beecher White, was the third in a successful series. His latest book, THE HOUSE OF SECRETS, co-written with Tod Goldberg, introduces a new kind of main character for Meltzer: Hazel Nash. When she was more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Get It Right: Susanna Calkins

Get It Right: Susanna Calkins

How long does it take to travel by horse? By Susanna Calkins While working on my Lucy Campion historical mysteries, I came across a rather straightforward mystery of my own:  How long would it have taken to travel the 50-plus mile trek from London to Oxford, by horse and carriage, in the mid 17th century? This is the kind of question that can baffle me as a writer of historical mysteries. I want to be reasonably accurate when I write, but questions which focus on things we no longer do (“How did this work?” “How long did this take?” “How hard was this to do?”) or which we don’t have access to today (“What did this sound like?” What did this smell like?”) can be more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
International Thrills: Obinna Udenwe

International Thrills: Obinna Udenwe

Writing a Conspiracy Thriller Set in Nigeria By J.F. Penn Nigerian author Obinna Udenwe’s latest book, SATANS AND SHAITANS, is out now in Kindle edition, and available for pre-order in paperback. USA Today bestselling thriller author J.F.Penn interviewed Obinna for The Big Thrill. Tell us a little about you and your writing background I come from Abakaliki, a rice-rich town in South Eastern Nigeria. I was born in 1988 in a small missionary hospital that I mention in Satans and Shaitans. I grew up in a university neighborhood and as a child experienced gang activities/wars and killings, armed robberies, political instability and incessant strike actions by teachers and civil servants. Perhaps my experience as a child in this environment prepared me to become a writer. more »

By April 30, 2016 Read More →
Common Ground: Writers Answer Our Questions, by Dawn Ius

Common Ground: Writers Answer Our Questions, by Dawn Ius

Common Ground: Chasing the Thrill—For Real By Dawn Ius Anyone with Google Maps and access to Yelp can pinpoint the exact address of the best pub in New York (Finnegan’s?) A deeper search might even net you pictures of the bar’s interior. Thanks to modern technology, novelists can complete  this—and almost any research—from the comforts of their home. But even some of the most-savvy Yahoo searchers sometimes just want to break from virtual life and experience the sights, the sounds, and the energy of a time and place no amount of keyboard clicking can replicate. In some cases, though, authors can get much more than they bargained for. In this issue of The Big Thrill, we asked our some of our authors this: What is the most terrifying thing that more »

By April 30, 2016 Read More →

Between the Lines

Between the Lines with Daniel Palmer

Between the Lines with Daniel Palmer

Embracing the Legacy—and Setting a New Mark By Austin S. Camacho I’ve heard that varied experiences, an artistic temperament, or even genetics could predict writing talent. By any of those measures it’s no surprise that Daniel Palmer has turned out a steady flow of bestsellers. After earning his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer. He’s an accomplished blues harmonica player. And he’s the son of bestselling author Michael Palmer, whose legacy lives on because Daniel’s been asked to continue his father’s oeuvre. Which means now two of Daniel’s novels are being released at the same time. MERCY is the second Michael Palmer medical thriller Daniel’s written in the tradition of his late father. In it, Dr. Julie Devereux more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Charlaine Harris

Between the Lines with Charlaine Harris

Extraordinary Characters Hiding Among the Ordinary By Nancy Bilyeau The place is Texas. We find ourselves in a small town, and by that I mean a very small town. One streetlight, a diner, a few stores. It’s quiet. And the people … well, this is a Charlaine Harris book, and the people are definitely not what they seem. It doesn’t stay quiet for long. Harris’s latest book, NIGHT SHIFT, is the third in her new series. These exciting mysteries revolve around the residents of Midnight, Texas: an Internet psychic named Manfred who may or may not be a real psychic; Fiji, a woman who runs a New Age witchcraft shop for a good reason; a gay couple, Chuy and Joe; a pawnshop owner, Bobo; another couple, more »

By April 30, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines: Interview with Lisa Scottoline

Between the Lines: Interview with Lisa Scottoline

Finding the Monstrous in the Ordinary By Robert Rotstein The best thrillers begin with ordinary, even joyous events and explore how one unfortunate turn can threaten everything that a person holds dear. And “best thriller” describes Lisa Scottoline’s compelling new novel MOST WANTED, in which a couple’s dream—to have a child—becomes a nightmare, placing at risk a woman’s unborn child, her marriage, and ultimately, her life. Christine Nilsson is a devoted school teacher and a loving wife. She and her husband, Marcus, desperately want a baby, but Marcus suffers from fertility problems. After much soul-searching and research, they decide to use a sperm donor, and Christine becomes pregnant. Then, after two months, she discovers that her donor might be a serial killer. Against her husband’s more »

By March 31, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Harlan Coben, by A.J. Colucci

Between the Lines with Harlan Coben, by A.J. Colucci

Lessons From the Master of the Twist By A.J. Colucci Crime writer Harlan Coben is arguably today’s Master of the Who-Done-It. The author is known for leaving a trail of breadcrumbs along the way to fool readers into thinking they know the ending when they don’t. FOOL ME ONCE is the latest novel to demonstrate his skill at the double-twist. It grabs you from page one, and tosses your sensibilities around like a ragdoll, until the shocking end. I started the book early morning, broke for a quick lunch and closed it around midnight. I’m still not sure what my family ate for dinner. If you read Coben, you know what I’m talking about. Since his breakout novel, TELL NO ONE, he’s been churning out more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Maverick Novelist Barry Eisler

Between the Lines with Maverick Novelist Barry Eisler

What Happens If Our Government Takes Surveillance One Step Further By Josie Brown An interview with author Barry Eisler is always timely and provocative, to say the least. A prolific author, this former CIA operative and attorney has landed on numerous bestseller lists with novels based on his iconic assassin anti-hero, John Rain. He has won both Bouchercon’s Barry Award and Mystery Inc.’s Gumshoe Award. Those who read his blog know that Eisler is a staunch public advocate of human rights—a topic covered in his latest thriller, THE GOD’S EYE VIEW—as well as authors’ rights. Since both are hot topics for those of us who write (and read) thrillers, yes, you’ll want to read what he has to say. When, and how, did the idea more »

By January 31, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Ian Rankin

Between the Lines with Ian Rankin

Crime Fiction, the Reality of Evil, and Some Really Great Music By Nancy Bilyeau There came a time, not long ago, when Ian Rankin, 55, decided he needed a break. He’d written nearly 30 novels and short-story collections, many of them reaching the top of the bestseller lists. In fact, it’s been estimated that Rankin is responsible for 10 percent of all crime fiction sales in the UK. He’s won four Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers’ Association and snared the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The man who describes himself as a “frustrated rock star” bought a house in Edinburgh in the same neighborhood as Alexander McCall Smith and, for a time, J.K. Rowling. But wealth and literary awards can’t protect against more »

By December 31, 2015 Read More →

Special to the Big Thrill

Author Guided Tour: Simon Toyne Explores Arizona

Author Guided Tour: Simon Toyne Explores Arizona

In Search of Redemption in 118-Degree Heat A man walks barefoot from a burning plane wearing an elegant suit jacket with his name stitched into the label. Ahead of him, a small town shimmers in the desert heat. He doesn’t know where he is, or who he is, or even if he was on the crashed plane—the only thing he knows for sure is that he has come to the town to save someone. This is the opening scene of THE SEARCHER and also the first solid image I had of the story. A new book often starts this way for me, with a scene or an image, and from this glimpse I knew I needed to find a desert town, so I booked a trip to more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Trend Report:  Can the Devil Make Us Do It?

Trend Report: Can the Devil Make Us Do It?

By Dawn Ius From Paradise Lost to Rosemary’s Baby, Satan hasn’t exactly been hiding in hell when it comes to storytelling. But in the last decade, with supernatural fiction cycling through vampire/werewolf/zombie, it seems the Prince of Darkness lingered in the shadows of society’s fascination, waiting to take his moment in the cultural spotlight. Could the time be now? “Horror fiction—and genre fiction generally—feeds upon the anxieties of the moment, and spits them back at us in transfigured, mythologized forms,” says Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of several literary horror stories, including The Demonologist, winner of the ITW award for Best Hardcover Novel in 2014. “Even on the intimate level of the people in our immediate lives and the conversation around the ‘sociopath next door,’ we turn, more »

By April 30, 2016 Read More →
Author Guided Tour: E.M. Powell Takes Us to Medieval Ireland

Author Guided Tour: E.M. Powell Takes Us to Medieval Ireland

By E.M. Powell The island of Ireland occupied a unique place in the medieval world. It was, as far as the millions of inhabitants of Europe were concerned, It. Nothing else existed to the west (sorry, Americas). In a 7th Century letter to the Pope, Saint Columbanus refers to the Irish as the ‘Dwellers at the Earth’s Edge.’ And even by the 12th Century, Gerald of Wales, royal clerk to England’s King Henry II, still confirmed Ireland as ‘the farthest western lands…Beyond the whole horizon only the ocean flows and is borne on in endless space.’ Now, Henry had a keen interest in Ireland and, as it happens, so do I—it being the land of my birth and all. But I also have a keen interest in more »

By February 22, 2016 Read More →
Turning Point: Gregg Hurwitz Launches a Series

Turning Point: Gregg Hurwitz Launches a Series

A Compelling Protagonist for ORPHAN X By R.G. Belsky So why does a best-selling thriller writer like Gregg Hurwitz decide to launch a new series now, after putting out a string of hugely successful stand-alone books? Hurwitz, author of the highly anticipated ORPHAN X, says it’s because it took him 15 novels to find a character he wanted to spend that much time with–but he finally has one in Evan Smoak. “A book series is a huge step,” Hurwitz said when we interviewed him about the debut of this exciting series hero, who is already being compared to the likes of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne. “It’s not just who you’re living with that book and that year. It’s the next book. And the next. more »

By January 31, 2016 Read More →
Industry Focus: Being Published in France, by Anne Trager

Industry Focus: Being Published in France, by Anne Trager

Anne Trager has over a quarter of a century of experience working with the French in translation and publishing. She founded Le French Book, a mystery and thriller publishing house dedicated to translating French mysteries and thrillers into English. She is frequently asked about going the other way around, from English to French. Here she shares insights, in Part One. France—the name itself evokes the good life, with food, wine, lovely countryside, and a huge network of independent booksellers and readers who love authors. Better yet, France is a country where one out of four books sold is a mystery or thriller, one out of five books published is a mystery or thriller, and a quarter of the bestsellers are mysteries or thrillers. The country more »

By November 30, 2015 Read More →
In the News: Florida Benefit for Navy SEALs

In the News: Florida Benefit for Navy SEALs

By A. J. Tata Like the protagonists in their own novels, 25 suspense writers descended on Tampa, Florida, in full force on November 7th to support the SEAL Legacy Foundation inaugural fundraiser at the Tampa Bay Book Festival. From No. 1 New York Times bestsellers to debut authors, the writers first rallied at the home of Jeff and Wendy Wilson for an evening of renewing and forging friendships in the name of a worthy cause. Jeff, who is the co-author with Brian Andrews of the Nick Foley Series and the Tier One Series as well as a medical doctor and Navy veteran, spent countless hours organizing and fundraising for the event. “While on active duty in the Navy, my greatest pride was to have served in more »

By November 30, 2015 Read More →

Crime Fiction

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott

By Matt Ferraz Having traveled around the word for twenty years as a DEA special agent, J. Todd Scott knows the drill when it comes to law enforcement procedures. With his upcoming debut novel THE FAR EMPTY, Scott creates a modern western environment, set in the small town of Murfee, in the Big Bend area of Texas. There, two men join forces to take down an untouchable figure that commands the town. Chris Cherry is a once promising high school football hero who has to come back to Murfee and become a deputy under the orders of Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross. Caleb Ross, on the other hand, is Judge Ross’ son, and believes his father might be responsible for the death of his mother. Together, more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Riot Load by Bryon Quertermous

Riot Load by Bryon Quertermous

By Amy Lignor “Writing is hard!” may have been one of the best lines ever stated by someone in this industry. But when it comes to author Bryon Quertermous, the “hardhat” of writing comes hand-in-hand with that of being an editor for others. Quertermous chatted with The BigThrill this month to share his advice on writing, his future thoughts regarding the cyberpunk genre, a writer’s take on the benefits of the “Golden Arches,” as well introduce new work that will definitely have suspense/thriller fans begging for more. Being an author and an editor, you wear two very different hats. Can you describe how easy/difficult it is for you to step away from your own work when it’s completed and let another editor take over? It’s more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo

Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo

By George Ebey Christine Carbo brings us her second thriller set in the Glacier National Park.  In this story, a wildlife biologist’s body is found at the base of a ravine, prompting rookie investigator Monty Harris to take on the case.  He’ll soon learn that the truth is buried in the gorgeously terrifying wilderness surrounding him.  And the wilderness does not give up its secrets easily. The Big Thrill recently caught up with Carbo to learn more. What first drew you to writing stories involving mystery and suspense? I didn’t begin to dabble with writing until I was in college—a short story or two and a little poetry. After college, while teaching English and Linguistics at the community college in my hometown in northwest Montana, I wrote two more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Floodgate by Johnny Shaw

Floodgate by Johnny Shaw

By Marcus Sakey Rather than ask each other the same questions via email, authors Marcus Sakey and Johnny Shaw decided to have a conversation on the phone with no set plan. No prepared questions. They just let the conversation go in whatever direction it headed and made notes as they went. This had nothing to do with both of them being unprepared for the interview or forgetting the deadline until the last minute. Absolutely nothing to do with that. The following is a sampling of a conversation that was mostly laughing. Attribution didn’t seem necessary as neither author was great at keeping notes or really wanted to take credit for what they said.   ON THE PROCESS “The process sucks. It’s also awesome. That’s the more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison

Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison

Tracking a Killer and Facing Down the Past  By Alex Segura Even as a series pushes forward, there’s always an opportunity to go back to the beginning. Author J.T. Ellison manages to do both in her latest Lieutenant Taylor Jackson thriller, the menacing and intense FIELD OF GRAVES. With a serial killer on the loose in Nashville, readers are left to ride along with cops that seem just as damaged as the madman trying to speed up a nightmarish future. Jackson and some of Ellison’s most memorable characters join forces to not only defeat the killer—but to fight back their own haunted pasts. Ellison, a New York Times-bestselling author, keeps you on edge with stellar pacing and lively characters. Coupled with some surprising peeks into the history more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta

The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta

By Brad Parks Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington, D.C. who now writes kickass, ripped-from-the-headlines thrillers. She has been called “the female John Grisham.” She has also been called “someone who tolerates Brad’s presence at the bar at ThrillerFest.” Therefore, they decided to sit down for this electronic chat about her latest novel THE LAST GOOD GIRL. We’ll get to the serious subject of this terrific novel in a moment. But first: You write at your kitchen table. In order to be more in tune with you, I am writing this interview at my kitchen table. I can report it’s a typical day for my kitchen table, which means it currently contains: my children’s breakfast dishes and their contents (unfinished oatmeal, more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

The Mask of Minos: Bruno’s Inferno by Robert Walton

The Mask of Minos: Bruno’s Inferno by Robert Walton

By Ruth Marie Oakes Watson What would make a retired, independently wealthy archaeologist want to leave the comforts of his retreat in Costa Rica, join forces with an accountant from the Bureau of Audits and Reclamation, and fly to Europe in search of a mysterious notion with no foundation in reality, all while being chased by nefarious killers from a secret society older than Herodotus? Well, for starters, the accountant is coercive and, oh yes—she’s a knock-out. Harry Thursday has been in trouble before in Robert Walton’s first novel, Fatal Snow. Now THE MASK OF MINOS takes the reader through an allegoric story retelling Theseus’ journey to becoming the ruler of Greece. Along that path, he is besotted by enemies and finally battles the son more »

Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller

Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller

By Basil Sands Due to some business travel to Fairbanks Alaska I had the chance to read STARRIE by Heidi Ruby Miller in two sittings on the same day. And let me just say, I’m glad I had that opportunity. STARRIE is one ripping fast book and a well told story. I loved it! It was a perfect diversion as I looked out the airplane window across the billowing clouds and Alaskan mountains Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in anthropology, geography, foreign languages, and writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She’s put her experiences and studies to paper in her new, far-future novel. She took a short break more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Pegasus Down by Philip Donlay

Pegasus Down by Philip Donlay

By Alison McMahan In college, Philip Donlay was once asked to write an article. He got a B on it, which made him angry. He sent the article off to a magazine, then, in the way of freshmen, forgot about it, until a check showed up in the mail. This experience left him with the idea that writing is easy. Just write something, send it off, and a check shows up in the mail. Because he spent the next few decades flying all kinds of airplanes all over the world, it took him years to learn the truth. He wrote his first three novels while working as a pilot. It was difficult, but he learned as he went. Oceanview bought his third novel. Donlay has more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Yeti by Richard Edde

Yeti by Richard Edde

By Richard Edde These days the line between fact and fantasy keeps getting increasingly blurred. That gray area between truth and fiction gets narrowed to a fine line. With all the advances in science and technology, the things we read in the books we buy and see in the movies can certainly cause us to pause. I have always enjoyed those novels whose plots were made plausible within a background of scientific information. The reader no longer knows what is fact or fiction but doesn’t care because the story is so good. Since college I have been fascinated with the science of our human origins and the fossils that make up the collection of early humans and proto-humans. I read everything I could get my more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Forsaken by Ken Newman

Forsaken by Ken Newman

By Jeff Ayers In Ken Newman’s new novel, FORSAKEN, Maggie Black is the champion of a fallen angel she loves as a father. She relishes her heroic life of danger and intrigue-until the day the angel betrays her and sends a witch to kill her. However, the assassin, Mrs. Kerr, fakes Maggie’s death and kidnaps her. Renamed Hajar, which means forsaken, Maggie is forced to commit crimes to support her master’s lifestyle. When all seems lost, hope arrives in the form of a world-weary adventurer, Gideon Kane. He bargains for Maggie’s freedom, offering Mrs. Kerr a prize the power-hungry woman can’t resist-the Tree of Life, whose fruit can turn mortals into gods. Ken Newman has loved stories of the supernatural since listening to his grandmother’s more »

By January 31, 2016 Read More →
Powerless by Tim Washburn

Powerless by Tim Washburn

By Jeff Ayers In Timothy Washburn’s novel POWERLESS, a massive geomagnetic solar storm strikes without warning. It destroys every power grid in the northern hemisphere. In one week the human race is flung back into the dark ages. After which, survival becomes everything. Only one man—army veteran Zeke Marshall—is prepared to handle a nightmare like this. But when he tries to reunite with his family in Dallas—across a lawless terrain as deadly as any battlefield—he discovers there are worse things in life than war. And there are terrible and unthinkable things he’ll have to do to survive… Washburn chatted with The Big Thrill about his new book. What sparked the idea for POWERLESS? I read an article in a journal about the effects of space more »

By December 31, 2015 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

Turning Point: Brad Meltzer

Turning Point: Brad Meltzer

A Game-Changing Female Protagonist  By Nancy Bilyeau Brad Meltzer writes carefully crafted, high-stakes thrillers loaded with secret history.  So he’s delivering a hot story to the thriller crowd while making legions of nerds very, very happy. (Their fact-checks on the Internet while reading Meltzer’s books often lead to loud exclamations of “He was right about that!?”) While not writing his bestselling novels, Meltzer also crafts nonfiction for adults and children and hosts History Channel shows. Oh, and he writes comic books. Meltzer’s 2015 thriller, The President’s Shadow, featuring brilliant National Archivist Beecher White, was the third in a successful series. His latest book, THE HOUSE OF SECRETS, co-written with Tod Goldberg, introduces a new kind of main character for Meltzer: Hazel Nash. When she was more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Daniel Palmer

Between the Lines with Daniel Palmer

Embracing the Legacy—and Setting a New Mark By Austin S. Camacho I’ve heard that varied experiences, an artistic temperament, or even genetics could predict writing talent. By any of those measures it’s no surprise that Daniel Palmer has turned out a steady flow of bestsellers. After earning his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer. He’s an accomplished blues harmonica player. And he’s the son of bestselling author Michael Palmer, whose legacy lives on because Daniel’s been asked to continue his father’s oeuvre. Which means now two of Daniel’s novels are being released at the same time. MERCY is the second Michael Palmer medical thriller Daniel’s written in the tradition of his late father. In it, Dr. Julie Devereux more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Dark Hours by Sidney Williams

Dark Hours by Sidney Williams

By Terri Nolan Sidney Williams is a self-proclaimed nerd with an oversized enthusiasm for creativity in all its forms; apropos for a professor of creative writing. His newest novella, DARK HOURS, features student journalist Allison Rose. Ali is the Associate Editor of the campus newspaper at Pine College, and takes her job seriously. On a stormy night the newsroom at the Evergreen Gazette is abuzz with campus issues: parking problems, condemned buildings, leaky roofs. But Ali is more interested in the rumor that an escaped murderer is hiding on campus. Students are on edge. But no one, not the cops, campus security, or even her editor, seem interested. Then she gets a text: You write good stories, Aligirl. Want an exclusive? This thriller transpires in more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Returning to a Reader-Favorite Character 15 Years Later By Austin S. Camacho Die-hard fans of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will cheer now that the pair has finally written a sequel to The Ice Limit, a bestseller they wrote 15 years ago. Even better, they let their series hero Gideon Crew be the man to take us BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT. In the fictional universe,  it was only five years ago that Eli Glinn led a mission to recover a giant meteorite from an island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship broke apart in a storm in the Antarctic waters and sank along with its unique cargo. Glinn survived, but was left paralyzed. The meteorite proved to more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Seven Days Dead by John Farrow

Seven Days Dead by John Farrow

Setting as Touchstone and Unforgettable Characters By Austin S. Camacho A great detective never turns his back on a murder, even when he’s on vacation. John Farrow shows us how gripping such a mystery can be in his latest, SEVEN DAYS DEAD. One reason this story will grip you is the sleuth: Detective Emile Cinq-Mars is based on an actual heroic detective from the past but, of course, he is fictionalized and brought into the present. “The real guy from the ’50s beat people up,” Farrow says. “My guy doesn’t. Yet he does not compromise for the sake of expediency, or to conform to a superior’s command. Both officers, the real and the fictional, have operated within corrupt departments; they have recognized that fighting internal battles becomes as important more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

By Dawn Ius Mary Kubica didn’t start out writing psychological suspense. In fact, the New York Times bestselling author—often dubbed by her peers as a master of the genre—says when she completed her first novel, The Good Girl, she wasn’t even sure how to categorize it. “Because I don’t plot my novels in advance and prefer them to unfold on their own, even I’m often surprised by the way the stories turn out,” she says. “But more so, I’m intrigued by those somewhat shrewd attributes of psychological suspense—the unreliable narrators, the sleights of hand, and more. I love surprising myself and my readers.” Kubica continues to surprise readers with her third novel, DON’T YOU CRY, a pulse-pounding tale of deceit, obsession, and yes, riveting psychological more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

The Hooker by Simon Wood

The Hooker by Simon Wood

A Reprehensible Acts Story In this novelette, Mark was content to see out his single days with a bachelor party, but his best man, Lance, wasn’t. He insists in sending Mark off in style…in the company of a hooker. It’s supposed to be the last hoorah of a single man before being condemned to a life of marriage, but that all changes when the hooker scams them. Mark’s world unravels and a dark side he never knew he possessed spills out. The Reprehensible Acts series features stories without heroes or happy endings in most cases. These stories feature characters that lose their way and may never find their way back. You can’t condone their actions, but perhaps you can have sympathy for their damaged souls. more »

By June 27, 2016 Read More →
Obsessed By Darkness by Autumn Jordon

Obsessed By Darkness by Autumn Jordon

An elite U.S. Marshal team goes uncover on a college campus to locate a drug operation and unearths a psychopath’s murderous plot. Chase Hunter, the youngest member of the elite U.S. Marshal C.U. F. F. Team, heads an operation on a college campus where a new drug is sweeping the campus and has caused multiple deaths. Chase’s own demons surface and he fights to determine when to trust his gut and when to obey orders, especially when it comes to their number one person of interest, the studious, pretty Emma Lewis. Chemistry graduate student Emma Lewis’s roller coaster ride begins when she discovers a fellow student dead, inciting the police to probe every aspect of her life. When new student Chase Hunter arrives on campus, more »

By June 27, 2016 Read More →
Malbec Mayhem by Cathy Perkins

Malbec Mayhem by Cathy Perkins

Successful restaurateur Alex Montoya’s charmed life has hit a snag. His trusted business partner turned out to be not exactly trustworthy, and Alex could be facing jail time over some of his partner’s shady financial deals. As if that weren’t bad enough, creditors are calling in loans he didn’t know he had and he’s desperate to prove his innocence before all his businesses are repossessed. After a career-building stint in Napa Valley, Sofia Pincelli has returned home to eastern Washington to take over the family’s winery. Running the family business, however, means dealing with her ailing father’s continued micro-management—and his disapproval of Alex. Her father’s condemnation of Alex’s rumored involvement in his business partner’s schemes runs so deep, it threatens Alex and Sofia’s blossoming romance…along more »

By June 27, 2016 Read More →
Brown Sugar in Minnesota by Joe Field

Brown Sugar in Minnesota by Joe Field

When a ruthless drug dealer from Minneapolis murders his competitors in their own backyard, he triumphantly lays claim to the lucrative heroin networks on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota. He seems all but unstoppable until Cooper Smith, a young, enthusiastic reporter, stumbles upon the story. Soon he is using his Minnesota Public Radio credentials and voice recorder to wage war against the dealer. For Cooper, the murder of a friend and the fear of being laid off push him to pursue the story despite enemy threats to make a homicide headline out of him. “Brown Sugar in Minnesota by Joe Field is a short, thrilling ride fueled by drugs and danger. By their very definition, thrillers are high-intensity stories, and whether that manifests in more »

By June 17, 2016 Read More →
Trading Salvos by Holly A. Bell

Trading Salvos by Holly A. Bell

Finance professor Kate Adams is reeling. After her husband’s unexplained death, she runs away to the remote Alaskan wilderness to catch her breath, get back on her feet, and complete her research sabbatical in peace. But even at the ends of the earth, Kate can’t shake one nagging question: What was her husband working on before he died? As Kate continues her research into unusual financial phenomena across the globe, a picture slowly starts to emerge, and suddenly, her husband’s death doesn’t look so accidental. Together, Kate and Brad, a former flame and CIA officer, dig deeper into the mystery, and a global-scale financial conspiracy comes into focus. Even with Brad covertly watching her back, it doesn’t take long for Kate to be thrust into more »

By June 17, 2016 Read More →
Daughter of Count Dracula: Kula’s Dilemma (Transylvanica High Series Book 3) by R. Barri Flowers

Daughter of Count Dracula: Kula’s Dilemma (Transylvanica High Series Book 3) by R. Barri Flowers

From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of the young adult Transylvanica High series featuring Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter and Out for Blood: Kula’s Destiny, comes the exciting third book in the series, Daughter of Count Dracula: Kula’s Dilemma. Seventeen-year-old honor student Kula Lockhart is a junior at Transylvanica High School in Harbor Heights, Michigan. It is one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist. As the half human, half vampire daughter of Count Dracula, Kula has become a target of those who seek to destroy vampires, in spite of her vamp guardians, Ivan and Amelia, and Kula’s own growing sense of self-preservation that she inherited from her father. In her latest crisis, Kula is devastated when more »

By June 17, 2016 Read More →
Brain Storm by Elaine Viets

Brain Storm by Elaine Viets

After a brutal investigation, Death Investigator Angela Richman goes to the ER with stroke symptoms. The powerful, respected doctor on call sends her home, where Angela has six strokes, then emergency brain surgery and is in a coma. She’s saved by a brain surgeon, a brilliant outsider who is the bitter enemy of the ER doc. The ER doc is murdered and the brain surgeon is arrested. Drug-addled, hallucinating Angela fights to save the man who saved her life. I lived this story. “Elaine Viets has written the exciting first book in a multi-layered crime novel series. Angela Richman is not only an investigator but a victim in this complex novel of crime, punishment, and medical malfeasance.” — Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling more »

By June 17, 2016 Read More →
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright

Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright

When Anna Ramsey, a 30-year-old American with a history of bad choices, learns that a meth-addicted looter has dug up what might be the funerary mask of Montezuma, she books a flight to Oaxaca. Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiancé, a museum curator, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico’s underground art world. But Anna is not the only one chasing the treasure. There’s the ruthless, dying drug lord who will stop at nothing to own it; a secretive expat American collector, who keeps his art locked in a private chapel; a Mexican gardener who needs cash to escape with his teenage lover; and Salvador, the sensual and mercurial painter with a hidden agenda of his own. more »

By June 13, 2016 Read More →