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By Sandra Parshall Working in a loft at her New Hampshire home, Lisa Gardner reliably turns out a book a year for her eager readers. Charismatic characters and breathtaking plots that always have a little something extra—lessons in raising spiders, for example—have made her an internationally bestselling author with more than twenty-two million books in print in thirty countries. Lisa’s resume includes four romantic suspense novels written as Alicia Scott, the FBI profiler series featuring the Quincy family, four standalone thrillers, and seven novels and a novella in the Detective D.D. Warren series. THE NEIGHBOR was honored by ITW with the Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel and the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, Prix du Policier in France. THE OTHER DAUGHTER received the more »
The only two vampires left after the eradication are side show attractions in a traveling carnival, caged and forced to perform for paying gawkers. The carnival’s bombastic owner learns that his exploitation of both the vampires and his 15-year-old nephew, who is in charge of their care and feeding, can have undreamed-of and most unwelcome consequences.
L.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery series—a two-time Readers Favorite Award winner—as well as provocative standalone thrillers. Her novels have been highly praised by reviewers, and her Jackson books are the highest-rated crime fiction on Amazon. L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon where her novels are set and is an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal. When not plotting murders, she enjoys standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She’s also been known to jump out of airplanes. In CRIMES OF MEMORY, the eighth in her Detective Jackson series, Jackson returns to the Eugene, Oregon Police Department after a leave of absence resulting from a personal tragedy. He’s immediately assigned to investigate the homicide of a man who lived more »
Writing this prescient story last year (I wrote LIES IN WAIT before the recent and tragic Boston Marathon bombings) was a challenge. I read scores of books and articles about Islam, Muslims in America, the Qur’an, the history of Islam and the FBI’s undercover and intelligence strategies in counter-terrorism. What I discovered was both enlightening and deeply disturbing. I read declassified reports by the CIA on what law enforcements agencies can expect will happen when the Muslim population in an American city reaches 1%, 2 %, 3-5%. When the population reaches the 3-5% range, the Muslim community begins to petition for Sharia Law zones, like the ones that currently exist in the Netherlands. Denmark and France are approaching that percentage and their laws are facing more »
By Lisa von Biela The Genesis of Genesis What possessed me to write THE GENESIS CODE? Looking back, I can tell you the tale was a long time in the making, and so different layers of inspiration over the years contributed to what eventually became the novel. To begin with, I’ve always had a fascination with the brain: how it works, what it’s capable of, what’s in it. For example, one of my early short stories, GIFT HORSE, concerned a full body transplant for the main character. The story explored what it might be like to have your head grafted onto another body. Who is the person, really? Does identity fullyand solely reside in the brain? Combine that brain fascination with the reality that our more »
The Questions I Get Credibility. Verisimilitude. The willing suspension of disbelief. These are what authors strive for and what readers demand. And for good reason. Every author attempts to create a story world that draws in the reader, that takes him or her to an unfamiliar place or into a fascinating and suspenseful situation. A place where the reader, page after page, will ask, “What happens next?” But if the author stubs a toe on the details, the reader will fall out of the story and will no longer trust the author. Writing a credible story requires an understanding of the story’s world. In crime fiction and thrillers this often involves various types of science, arenas that are foreign to many writers and readers. Until more »
1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord “Butcher” Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton-who spurned his king and his love-leaving her to die in her father’s arms. Now: After the day’s final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking up…and finds a colleague slumped over Bedford’s desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet. Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison-a noted historian-is indignant at the prospect of “ghost hunters” investigating this apparent murder.
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A man who has spent his life defending his country discovers that fate has presented him with an even higher calling. Ben Morvant is not what you would call ordinary and, as a Navy SEAL, he never expected to lead an ordinary life. But when a routine mission to protect a local village in a war-torn region of Africa goes terribly wrong, Ben is presented with truths beyond what his military training and experience have prepared him to accept. With his dying breath, a village elder passes to Ben a gift—a simple ring, unremarkable except for its ever-changing color and the feeling of power emanating from within.