Shawn Starling is a native of Richmond Virginia. The father of two girls, grew up in Mosby Court, one of the city’s worst projects where he chose the life of crime. As a result, he end up serving 9 years in federal prison where he taught himself how to write. Shawn was released in July of 2013 and while on house arrest he typed up his debut novel, Real Recognize Real. He’s penned several novels since, including his new release, Wrestling Demons. Keep on reading!
I was born in Wallingford but have spent most of my life living in a village outside Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton I began working life as a retail pharmacist, quickly realising that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for me. I left to join the pharmaceutical industry where I spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. My life long love of reading romance often led me to wonder if I could write about it, too. If only I had the time.
Gary Lindberg traveled around the world to research The Shekinah Legacy. As a writer and film producer/director, he has won over one hundred major national and international awards. He is the co-writer and producer of the Paramount Pictures feature film That Was Then, This Is Now starring Emilio Estevez and Morgan Freeman.
Fascinated by good people who do wicked things, Southern mystery author Lisa Turner examines human nature against the rich backdrop of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. Keep on reading!
Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. Her books include SILENT CHILD, which has topped the kindle charts in the UK and Australia, as well as being a top ten Amazon bestseller in the US. SAVING APRIL and THE BROKEN ONES are both top thirty bestsellers in the US and UK Amazon charts. Keep on reading!
I won’t lie, I’m just like every other guy on the planet. I love action movies, first person shooters, fast cars, technology, guns, cool kit and of course beautiful women. Jack Silkstone grew up on a steady diet of Tom Clancy, James Bond, Jason Bourne, Commando comics, and the original first-person shooters, Wolfenstein and Doom. His background includes a career in military intelligence and special operations, working alongside some of the world’s most elite units. His love of action-adventure stories, his military background, and his real-world experiences combined to inspire the no-holds-barred PRIMAL series. Keep on reading!
As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that, shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head. Keep on reading!
Shadows of the Stone Benders
(The Anlon Cully Chronicles Book 1)
by K Patrick Donoghue (Author)
For fans of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, a riveting archaeological mystery.
World-renowned scientist Anlon Cully is unexpectedly swept into the thick of a suspense-riddled adventure when his archaeologist uncle, Devlin Wilson, dies under suspicious circumstances.
Prior to his “accidental” fall off a New Hampshire mountain trail, Devlin made the discovery of a lifetime – unearthing undeniable proof that a technologically advanced society thrived on Earth long before archaeologists thought possible!
The key to this shocking evidence lies in a set of mysterious stones forged by a long forgotten race of ancient mariners. Instilled with formidable powers to build, communicate, fight and heal, the stones draw the ruthless attention of villainous thieves hell bent on their acquisition by any means possible…including murder.
Aided by friend Pebbles McCarver and police detective Jennifer Stevens, Anlon follows traces of bewildering clues left by his uncle in a dangerous chase to unravel the stones’ secrets before the killer strikes again and escapes with the priceless artifacts.
Peppered with the thought provoking intrigue of a Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child thriller, Shadows of the Stone Benders leaves readers questioning the technological prowess of modern man and the belief that Neolithic humans were nothing more than unsophisticated cave dwellers.
K Patrick Donoghue
Patrick Donoghue is the author of The Anlon Cully Chronicles, including his debut novel Shadows of the Stone Benders, and the series continuation, Race for the Flash Stone (targeted release date of April 30, 2017, now available for Kindle pre-orders).
A newcomer to mystery fiction writing, Patrick’s inspiration for The Anlon Cully Chronicles is rooted in his long standing interest in ancient civilizations. In particular, a series of still-unexplained archaeological discoveries that suggest at least one advanced society thrived on Earth long before consensus views. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and two sons.
Murder at Sea of Passenger X
Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #5
by Anna Celeste Burke (Author)
“Man Overboard!” That’s not what you want to hear when you’re a week into a 10-day South Sea Island honeymoon. Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler are living it up on Marvelous Marley World’s luxurious cruise ship, the MMW Fantasy of the Sea when trouble strikes.
Stolen jewelry. A murdered man and his killer on the loose, and an unidentified passenger overboard. Who is passenger X?
The deluxe accommodations, 5-star cuisine, legendary Marley World entertainment, and exotic locale comes with something extra–a boatload of mystery!
Anna Celeste Burke
Life is an extravaganza! figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.
On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University. A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor in social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.
An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! My books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark also set here in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com.
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The Boy: A Novel
by Tami Hoag (Author)
An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.
A panic-stricken woman runs in the dead of night, battered and bloodied, desperate to find help…
When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he’s ever seen. Genevieve’s seven-year-old son, P.J., has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick’s wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she’s troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?
When the very next day P.J.’s sometimes babysitter, thirteen-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing, the town is up in arms, fearing a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. But sifting through Genevieve Gauthier’s tangled web of lovers and sorting through a cast of local lowlifes brings more questions than answers. Is someone from Genevieve’s past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is the missing teenager, Nora, a victim, or something worse? Then fingerprints at the scene change everything when they come back to a convicted criminal: Genevieve herself.
The spotlight falls heavily on the grieving mother who is both victim and accused. Could she have killed her own child to free herself of the burden of motherhood, or is the loss of her beloved boy pushing her to the edge of insanity? Could she have something to do with the disappearance of Nora Florette, or is the troubled teenager the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?
Tami Hoag is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, including her latest thrillers–COLD COLD HEART and THE 9TH GIRL. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. She leads a double life in Palm Beach County, Florida where she is also known as a top competitive equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage. Other interests include the study of psychology, and mixed martial arts fighting. A woman of eclectic tastes, to say the least, Tami was recently asked to list seven things people may not know about her: 1. I was once offered a job by a private investigator. 2. I have a license to carry concealed weapon, but never do. I took the course for research purposes. 3. My high school guidance counselor encouraged me to become an actress, but I thought that was too impractical (Of course, there’s nothing practical about being a writer, either, but at least I’m not obligated to look good on a daily basis.) 4. I used to sing at weddings. 5. While I have no intention of ever getting married again, I love watching Say Yes To The Dress 6. I have legitimate knockout power in my right hand, and I’m not afraid to use it. 7. When I’m stressed out, all tech devices around me go haywire. I’ve stopped watches, and fried hard drives. I once killed a television in a store display by merely touching it. I’m better off sticking to life’s simple pleasures–like books!
Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty (Author)
The #1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called “a surefire hit.”
NOW AN HBO® LIMITED SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON, NICOLE KIDMAN, SHAILENE WOODLEY, ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD, LAURA DERN, ADAM SCOTT, AND ZOË KRAVITZ FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WILD AND DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, JEAN-MARC VALLÉE, AND WRITER DAVID E. KELLEY
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies.
The Husband’s Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a no. 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and will be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights.
With the launch of her novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on the book is currently in production with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley playing the three lead roles.
Liane’s newest novel, Truly Madly Guilty, will be released in July 2016.
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His next book is a short story collection, The Refugees, forthcoming in February 2017 from Grove Press.
The Roanoke Girls
by Amy Engel (Author)
“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”
After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.
Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY young adult series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS is her first novel for adults.
The Lost Order
by Steve Berry (Author)
The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.
Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.
Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution—linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.
From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 11 Cotton Malone adventures and 4 stand alone novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 21,000,000 copies in 51 countries.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising over one million dollars via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, over 3,000 students have attended those workshops.
In 2012 and 2013 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve as the spokesman for National Preservation Week. He also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him their Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written, and The Patriot Threat won the 2015 Audie Award as best thriller audio of the year.
Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers–a group of more than 3,800 thriller writers from around the world–and served three years as its co-president.
For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.
A Simple Favor
by Darcey Bell (Author)
“Riveting and brilliantly structured, A Simple Favor is an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller about a missing wife and mother that relies on a rotating cast of unreliable narrators to ingeniously examine the cost of competitive mom-friends, the toll of ordinary marital discontent and the fallacy of the picture-perfect, suburban family.”—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author
She’s your best friend.
She knows all your secrets.
That’s why she’s so dangerous.
A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.
But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.
Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.
A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.
Darcey Bell was born in 1981 and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa. She is a preschool teacher in Chicago. A Simple Favor is her first novel.
Never Let You Go: A Novel
by Chevy Stevens (Author)
“Stevens’s taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Disturbing, suspenseful, and just a little nerve-wracking.” ―Library Journal
Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.
Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?
With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.
CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, STILL MISSING, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Please visit her at http://www.chevystevens.com.
All By Myself, Alone
by Mary Higgins Clark (Author)
A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from “Queen of Suspense” and #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark.
Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship—the Queen Charlotte.
On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, “Lady Em,” as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.
Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead—and the necklace is missing. Is it the work of her apparently devoted assistant, Brenda Martin, or her lawyer-executor, Roger Pearson, and his wife, Yvonne, both of whom she had invited to join them on the cruise? Or is it Professor Henry Longworth, an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar who is lecturing on board? Or Alan Davidson, a guest on the ship who is planning to spread his wife’s ashes at sea? The list of suspects is large and growing.
Celia, with the help of her new friends Willy and Alvirah Meehan, who are celebrating their forty-fifth wedding anniversary, sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination.
Never, in all her long career as a #1 bestselling suspense novelist, has Mary Higgins Clark been in better form.
Mary Higgins Clark
If I were to define myself in one sentence, I would say, “I’m a nice Irish Catholic girl from the Bronx.”
I was a Christmas Eve baby all those years ago, the second of the three children of Nora and Luke Higgins. Mother was pushing forty when they married and my father was forty-two. My older brother was named Joseph. Nineteen months later I, Mary, was born. Three and a half years later, my little brother, John, came along.
We lived in a very nice section of the Bronx on a street off Pelham Parkway. I loved our house. I still love it. After my father died, when I was eleven, my mother had to sell it.
by Chris Bohjalian (Author)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.
When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.
Lincoln, Vermont’s Chris Bohjalian is the author of 20 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies.
The paperback of his new novel, “The Guest Room” — a literary thriller about a marriage in crisis, two remarkable women, and human trafficking — was just published.
He also has a new novel arriving on January 10, 2017, “The Sleepwalker.” (You can read a prequel to it, a 40-page e-short called “The Premonition,” on November 29, 2016.)
His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.
He has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He was a weekly columnist in Vermont for the Burlington Free Press from 1992 through 2015.
Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated are “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” “The Guest Room,” and a part of “The Sleepwalker.”
Track You Down Kindle Edition
by Luis Samways (Author)
A brand-new edge of your seat psychological thriller from bestselling Kindle author Luis Samways!
Stephanie Kurtis’s life is perfect. She’s got a great job. She has good friends. And to top it all off, she’s in love! Life could not be better. The fact that she lives in a small town is just a snag in her otherwise fulfilled existence. One day she plans on taking the world by storm. And why not? She’s young, attractive and smart. Sticking around Heavensworth isn’t in her long-term plans, but unfortunately for her, plans change…
It starts off with a strange text from somebody she doesn’t know. But then it escalates. Weird things start happening to her. Things that she can’t control, and before she knows it, her whole life is in ruins.
But some things just can’t be fixed, and Stephanie must contend with a vicious foe that will stop at nothing to track her down…
Can she identify her stalker before it’s too late?
Or will she get dragged kicking and screaming from her seemingly perfect life?
Find out in this riveting, bone-chilling thriller that will leave you absolutely dismayed!
WARNING: This book contains scenes that some readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.
Interview With Luis Samways
Q: What kind of research do you do for writing violent thrillers with twisted plots and depraved baddies?
A: “This is going to sound really bad, but to be honest, I’m not that much of a researcher per se! (Anyone familiar with my Sci-Fi will know that about me, haha!) But when it comes to research on baddies or plot ideas, I tend to get most of my inspiration from what I see around me, on the news, or through film and television.
I get inspired by historical bad guys, and have read a ton of stuff on serial killers. I also watch a lot of documentaries on TV, so the bulk of my “research” is done that way.
As for coming up with the murder scenes and various other inventive deaths in my stories, I just let my imagination run wild. I actually don’t like horror movies because I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat, so I use my inner most fears to fuel the thrills in my novels.”
Q: How did you develop Stephanie’s personality and did you intentionally incorporate any particular character traits for her?
A: “With Stephanie, I wanted to test myself a little. I’ve written female characters before, but never anyone like her. She’s a lawyer, so I figured that she’d be quite smart. But I guess she actually ended up a little different. So my original idea to focus on her intelligence soon morphed into something else entirely. I decided to focus more on her wants and wishes.
I assumed that someone as young as her on her current career path would have some regrets in life. I chose to use her social life as a catalyst in the novel, or more precisely, the fact that she didn’t have one.
I thought that her loneliness would help the reader relate to her a bit more. I also thought that it would help manifest a certain paranoia in her, a paranoia that could trick both herself and the reader into wondering if what was happening to her was in fact real or not.
Besides from that, I didn’t really intentionally ‘inject’ any personality or traits into her. She, like all my characters, evolved naturally.”
Q: What did you edit out of Track You Down?”
A: “All the bad stuff (hopefully!)…
… I tend to edit out all the junk that I find boring, like inner-thoughts from the characters, or stage directions if you will. (Character walked here, character looked there, ect. ect.)
I feel like that sort of thing slows a thriller down. When I’m editing, I start to notice annoying things I do, like describing the ground, or what someone is wearing. No one needs to know that stuff, so I cut it.
I also get rid of a lot of the swearing! By the time I’m done with the book, I’ve culled the bad words, and replaced them with smarter ones. I don’t know why I do it, but during the writing process, I get carried away and end up dropping all sorts of expletives onto the page!”
Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
“I do. But Track You Down didn’t have any secrets really. It did have a few head scratching scenes, but I decided to leave them in there because I like people wondering what they meant. I supposed it’s a tactic I’ve used in the past, especially when it comes to a book’s final scene.
I like to leave people thinking about my stories for a little while after they finish them. It hopefully starts a dialogue between themselves and me, where they either email me asking me what the scene meant, or better, email someone else who may have read it and discuss the meaning of it with them.
Secrets and ‘Easter-eggs’ usually happen by accident. I don’t force anything in there, but when I’m editing through the final draft, I’ll come across something like that, and expand on it a little, giving it some sort of meaning.
My aim is to make people talk about my books, so anything like that is a good thing, but at the same time, I don’t strive for hidden meanings. I’m more concerned with entertaining people.”
Q: What was your hardest scene to write?
A: “The end, it’s always hard to say goodbye to a story. During the writing process, I always get immersed in the story and end up getting attached to whatever I’m creating. But when the end comes, I start to get apprehensive. I don’t like the idea of ending a story because in my mind I tell myself that there’s no going back now, which is ridiculous, because that’s what a rewrite is for!
None of the scenes in Track You Down were especially hard to write, but the ending does stand out a little in my mind. It was the big climax, and I’d been leading up to it during the whole story, so the payoff had to be big.
I don’t know if I pulled it off or not, I never do, but once the story is out there, the easy part is over and done with. The hard part is moving onto something else, something that is better than the last thing I wrote.”
Q: Is there anything that you want readers to take away with them after reading Track You Down?
A: “The only thing I hope a reader takes from any of my books is a good time. If they enjoyed the ride, and feel like it was worth their money, or more importantly, their time, then it was all worth it on my end.
On the contrary, if a book isn’t as well received as I would like, I end up beating myself up and feeling guilty. My only goal ever is to entertain, and if I fail at that, then in my mind, I’ve failed as a writer. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do the job and above all, do it well, so if anybody takes anything at all away from any of my books, then I guess I’ve done my job right!”
Q: What do you want readers to know about you?
A: “Apart from writing, I enjoy various other creative endeavors. I produce music as a hobby. My brother is a DJ. He’s reignited my passion for music and making it since we reconnected a year or two ago. I love hanging out with my wife Louise and our two cats, watching TV, and generally lounging about.
It’s quite embarrassing, but I’m a huge WWE fan. Have been since I was little. Wrestling was in fact my first passion, and I dreamed of becoming a wrestler when I was younger. If the WWE offered me a writing job (paid or otherwise), I’d probably drop everything in a heartbeat!
I know it’s a cliché, but I do feel like the luckiest man on earth sometimes. I’m able to make a living doing what I love, and I owe it to all the readers out there that ever picked up (or clicked on) one of my books.
I’ll be slogging away at this till I’m 100. I’ll never retire from writing, although I’ll probably think about slowing down on the output a little. A book every month and a half is tiring, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it, so I guess I’ll continue to write at the speed of light!”
A psychological thriller with a killer twist you’ll never forget
What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected quite a stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture.
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham, England with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim’s daughter, Francesca, and Mac’s sons, Nathan and Jake.
She also writes award-winning Young Adult fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.
Author website: http://www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Facebook: KL Slater Author
Losing the trial of his life could mean losing everything.
When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.
Mick’s played both sides of Philadelphia’s courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he’ll need every one of them to win.
But as the trial progresses, he’s disturbed by developments that confirm his deepest fears. This trial, one that already hits too close to home, may jeopardize his firm, his family—everything. Now Mick’s only way out is to mastermind the most brilliant defense he’s ever
William L. Myers Jr.
William L. Myers Jr. is a Philadelphia lawyer with thirty years of trial experience in state and federal courts up and down the East Coast. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, he has argued before the United States Supreme Court and still actively practices law.
Myers was born into a proud, working-class family and now lives with his wife, Lisa, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
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Genre: Mystery, Detectives & Spies
Date Posted: April 20, 2016
The secret device has gone missing!
Isabelle Jones and her sister, Kathryn must race against time to find the villain, Dr. Sinister who has stolen the F-143, a very important secret device from S.P.Y. (Sisters Protecting You), a top secret agency dedicated to protecting the world against super villains. If the secret device is activated, it will destroy the world!
Their mission takes them to the beautiful city of Paris, where they must find Dr. Sinister’s hideout and put an end to his evil plans.
Can the sisters save the world?
Author: Shayne McClendon
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Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Date Posted: February 23, 2016
Synopsis: When Dr. Ryan Wallace retreats to the Alaskan wilderness to find peace with his past, the last thing he expects is to stumble across a broken woman barely clinging to life. Continue reading The Hermit
Liam Quinn Mysteries Book 1
Author: LH Thomson
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Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Date Posted: February 23, 2016
Synopsis: A gallery heist isn’t what it seems, and pretty soon, former forger Liam Quinn is running out of people to trust. The biggest mobster in town, a sweetheart named “Vin The Shin,” is calling him out; a steady string of lowlifes want his head; his brother the patrolman can’t forgive him and the woman he loves can’t see him for what he is. The police think he’s hiding something, and he may have turn to his sociopathic ex-mentor for help. But hey, when trouble comes knocking? That’s when Quinn Checks In.
Continue reading Quinn Checks In
A Mystery Suspense Crime Thriller Short Story (Alexis Fields Thrill Series Book 1)
Author: Alex Dean
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Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Date Posted: February 22, 2016