Do You Believe?

on October 28, 2014

by Alexandra Sokoloff Halloween is almost here; my favorite holiday and, because I write spooky paranormal thrillers, it’s my busiest time of year as a writer. I always know I’m going to have an event on Halloween night. This year I’ll be doing spooky readings at the Dark Nights, Dark Deeds Crime Festival in Grantown,… Read More

Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff

I’m the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing,The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI thriller series: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon, and Hunger Moon. The New York Times Book Review has called me “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and my novels “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” I’m a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where I majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for. After college I moved to Los Angeles, where I’ve made an interesting living doing novel adaptations and selling original thriller scripts to various Hollywood studios. In my stories I like to cross the possibility of the supernatural with very real life explanations for any strangeness going on, and base the action squarely in fact. The Unseen is based on real paranormal research conducted at the Duke University parapsychology lab, and Book of Shadows teams a Boston homicide detective and a practicing Salem witch in a race to solve what may be a Satanic killing. The Space Between, is an edgy supernatural YA about a troubled high school girl who is having dreams of a terrible massacre at her school, and becomes convinced that she can prevent the shooting if she can unravel the dream. I also have written paranormal romance (The Shifters,Keeper of the Shadows) and the non-fiction workbooks Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Writing Love, based on my internationally acclaimed workshops and blog. I live in Los Angeles and in Scotland, with Scottish crime author Craig Robertson. When I’m not writing I dance: jazz, ballet, salsa, Lindy, swing — I do it all, every chance I get.

https://www.alexandrasokoloff.com

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The Value of an Outline, by a Pantser

on October 2, 2014

There is something so incredibly exciting about the birth of a new book. THE LOST KEY, the second Nicholas Drummond thriller, is out September 30. Drummond has been asked to join the FBI, and has agreed to leave Scotland Yard and come to America. The book opens on his first day of work at the… Read More

J. T. Ellison

J. T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. Follow J.T. on Facebook or Twitter @thrillerchick for more insight into her wicked imagination.

http://www.jtellison.com

A Book’s Path…

on February 20, 2014

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but February 25, my eleventh novel will be born into the world. WHEN SHADOWS FALL is the third Samantha Owens novel, a seminal book in the series, as it decides the course of action for the next several books. Every series has a path, planned or unplanned. When… Read More

J. T. Ellison

J. T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. Follow J.T. on Facebook or Twitter @thrillerchick for more insight into her wicked imagination.

http://www.jtellison.com

The Romance of Urban Fantasy

on January 24, 2014

Writing romance into a thriller, without letting it take over completely, is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Romance is addictive, we all know it, we all live with the need for it, we all want it for ourselves, and we all want our favorite heroine to get lucky, get happy, and get connected in… Read More

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter, urban fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SciFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

The dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is composed of Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, the compilation eBook Cat Tales, Raven Cursed, the compilation eBook Have Stakes Will Travel, Death’s Rival, Blood Trade, Jane Yellowrock World Companion (December 2013) and Black Arts (January 2014).

Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the world book / role playing game, Rogue Mage. Rogue Mage contains lots of fiction!

Under her pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 28 books in print in 28 countries.

Along with other published writers, Faith participates in an online writing community geared to helping fantasy writers with tips and publishing advice called www.MagicalWords.net

Join the fans at the official Faith Hunter Facebook or follow her on Twitter @HunterFaith. For more, including a list of her books, freebies, & upcoming events see www.FaithHunter.net and www.GwenHunter.com.

http://www.faithhunter.net

Time Traveling with Amanda Carmack

on October 18, 2013

The Elizabethan age has been a (nearly!) lifelong obsession for me!  It started one weekend when I was about seven or eight.  I was staying with my grandma, who loved old movies, and Anne of the Thousand Days came on TV.  I was totally fascinated by the fiery, take-no-crap Anne (and her great clothes!), and… Read More

Amanda Carmack

Amanda Carmack

Amanda has been in love with the Tudors ever since an accidental viewing of “Anne of the Thousand Days” on TV as a kid! Now she just wishes she could live with them all the time—but there has to be time for writing about them too.

She also writes as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee, and her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, yoga, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network—even though she doesn’t cook.

http://ammandamccabe.com

Enough Testosterone to fuel an Aircraft Carrier

on July 12, 2013

I’ve got a slew of high-octane heroes for you—nine Navy SEALs in my seven-book Navy SEALs Series and three government agents in my Counterterrorist Taskforce Series. That’s enough testosterone to fuel an aircraft carrier. They come in all shapes and sizes with various temperaments and talents. I love these guys! Meet my latest three heroes:… Read More

Marliss Melton

Marliss Melton

My greatest blessing was to grow up overseas without any television time. Sure, I missed out on The Waltons and Saturday morning cartoons, but how many kids get to ride on the back of an elephant, eat candied ants, visit every museum and chateaux in Paris, or track tigers in northern Thailand? As the youngest of four daughters, I had the example of my brilliant sisters, who read voraciously, and I bypassed Nancy Drew to read every book in the Hardy Boys series. (That was the first indication of my fascination for male heroes). By the sixth grade, I'd discovered Victoria Holt and moved back to the United States . I wrote my first book—a wretched historical novel—when I was thirteen. Two teenage years in Houston, Texas, saw me reading Harlequin® romances and writing several more books.

I've always been an over-achiever, with so many interests it was frustrating to have to choose just one career. I could have been an opera singer—but no. I excelled in language and for many years taught high school English, Spanish, and then Linguistics at the College of William and Mary, my alma mater.

But my first love, writing romance, remained a dream for decades. I wrote throughout my twenties and early thirties, completing more manuscripts, getting really serious with agents and publishers, etc. Danger's Promise (writing as Marliss Moon), a medieval romance, was finally published in 2002, becoming a RITA finalist for Best First Book. Since then, I've written ten books (some waiting to be released) and I've branched into romantic suspense featuring Navy SEALs. (My husband is a Navy veteran, making military romance a natural fit.)

My personal life is frankly hectic. We have children ranging from college students to a first-grader. I think that says it all. But I always find time for my loyal readers, so feel free to introduce yourself to me, as I have to you.

http://www.marlissmelton.com

Writer’s Block – It Exists!!

on July 8, 2013

For years, I’ve been one of those admittedly annoying writers who denied the existence of true writer’s block. I’ve always gotten tons of ideas for books and stories and my “quick tip” for conquering writer’s block was just to apply some BICFOK (Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard) since writer’s block was essentially just a… Read More

Michelle Rowen

Michelle Rowen

Michelle Rowen has sold sixteen novels in paranormal romance, urban fantasy, futuristic romantic suspense, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestsellers list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book. Michelle lives in southern Ontario and is the 2010 President of the Toronto Romance Writers. Please feel free to contact her at michelle@michellerowen.com. She loves hearing from readers!

http://www.michellerowen.com

Thanks For Allowing Me To Torture You…

on July 3, 2013

It’s release week, release week, release week!  Whooop!  I loooove release week!  My latest Pyschic Eye Mystery, DEADLY FORECAST, debuts Tuesday, July 2nd and I’m oodley excited about it.  It is the wedding book after all. For the past ten years I’ve nurtured the relationship between Abby and Dutch and at last their wedding day… Read More

Victoria Laurie

Victoria Laurie

I began writing my first Abby Cooper novel in the winter of 2003. As a professional psychic of many years, I really wanted to portray an intuitive as a normal person ... because we really are normal after all...we’re just a bit more “sensitive” than most.

Truth be told, even after Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye was published, I had no thoughts of becoming a full time professional writer too. Back then I firmly believed that I’d write two or three books in the Psychic Eye series, and move on to some other hobby.

It wasn’t until I was finishing my third book, that I could truly appreciate how much joy I had in telling a story. For me, there is almost nothing more satisfying than writing those final twenty pages of a novel after taking all my characters on something of a roller coaster ride. And I live for those moments when, creatively, it feels like I actually got it right.

I suppose I’d better love what I do, because now there’re three separate books for each of my three series to turn out every year. It is work, but it’s fabulous work if you can get it.

I no longer do psychic readings professionally, but I will admit, being psychic is super cool. :)

http://www.VictoriaLaurie.com

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Richard Godwin

Richard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels One Lost Summer, Apostle Rising and Mr. Glamour. One Lost Summer is his third novel. Set in a heat wave, it is very much a summer read, a Noir story of fractured identity and ruined nostalgia and available at all good retailers and online. He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in over 29 anthologies, among them his anthology of stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man. Apostle Rising is a dark work of fiction exploring the blurred line between law and lawlessness and the motivations that lead men to kill. Mr. Glamour is about a world of wealthy, beautiful people who can buy anything, except safety from the killer in their midst. Richard Godwin was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King's College London, where he also lectured. You can find out more about him at his website www.richardgodwin.net , where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN CONTINUES TO TAKE ITS TOLL – 137 YEARS LATER

on June 25, 2013

Imagine you are a free-living Lakota. Your tiospaye, your clan, has set up summer camp with other friendly tiospaye. Last night you and some friends you haven’t seen since last summer’s gathering celebrated your grand reunion, visiting other camp circles, feasting on elk and deer and dancing into the dawn. Then as the sun peeked… Read More

C. M. Wendelboe

C. M. Wendelboe

C. M. Wendelboe entered the law enforcement profession when he was discharged from the Marines as the Vietnam war was winding down. In the 1970s, his career included assisting federal and tribal law enforcement agencies embroiled in conflicts with American Indian Movement activists in South Dakota. He moved to Gillette, Wyoming, and found his niche, where he remained a sheriff's deputy for more than 25 years. In addition, he was a longtime firearms instructor at the local college and within the community. During his 38-year career in law enforcement he had served successful stints as police chief, policy adviser, and other supervisory roles for several agencies. Yet he always has felt most proud of "working the street." He was a patrol supervisor when he retired to pursue his true vocation as a fiction writer.

http://www.spiritroadmysteries.com