Next Exit Dead Ahead by CW Browning

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by CW Browning

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Alina Maschik expected to have a few quiet days alone in New Jersey.

She should have known better.

FBI Agent Stephanie Walker has a problem. Whenever Alina comes into town, someone ends up dead. When the enigmatic Damon Miles follows, that count is doubled. Now, a mere week before Halloween, Stephanie’s main informant has gone missing. When part of him shows up in a reputedly haunted prison, the local attraction becomes the center of a macabre and baffling spectacle. As bodies start to fill the morgue, Stephanie must trust in Alina’s particular skill set to prevent further bloodshed. But that trust comes with a price, as Alina and Damon bring their own brand of trouble, uncovering a sinister web of deadly intrigue reaching far beyond the familiar South Jersey suburbs.

A prison haunted by tortured souls, a puzzling federal investigation, a rising body count, and a pair of deadly assassins…what could possibly go wrong?

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“Well, then what do we do?” Angela demanded, getting up and setting her hands on her hips. “What’s the plan?”

“9 minutes!” Viper called down the hallway to Hawk, closing the laptop with a snap. “I armed the perimeter so we know where he is, but it won’t stop him.”

“9 minutes till what?” Angela cried. “Lina, what the hell are you talking about?!”

“Until he breaches the perimeter,” Alina said shortly over her shoulder. “Michael, take her upstairs.”

“Like hell I will,” Michael retorted. “You stay with her. I’ll take care of Kwan. Just tell me where he is.”

“Spoken like a true Jarhead,” Damon muttered, emerging from the hallway. “All the lights are out in the front of the house. If he wants to see inside, he’ll need night-vision goggles.”

“He won’t get close enough to need them,” Viper said grimly, spinning around and heading for the back door. “Michael, last warning. Take her upstairs.”

“STOP!!!” Angela screamed as her hand touched the sliding door handle.

Viper swung around, her hand reaching for her gun even as she realized there was no threat. Michael’s eyebrows soared into his forehead with the shriek and Damon rolled his eyes, grimacing at the sound.

“What?” Alina demanded impatiently.

“You’re not going out there! Are you crazy?!” Angela cried. “He could be armed!”

“I hope he is,” Alina said under her breath.

“No!” Angela stalked over to her and stomped her foot. “You’re not going out there!”

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MEDIA KIT cwbrowning-headshotAUTHOR Bio and Links:

CW Browning was writing before she could spell. Making up stories in the backyard with her childhood best friend, imagination ran wild from the very beginning. When she moved to New Jersey from Kansas at the age of seven, those tales became written words as she adjusted to life on the East Coast. Her first full-length novel was printed out on a dot-matrix printer at the age of eight. Through the years, the writing continued as an enjoyable past-time while she pursued other avenues of interest, attending Rutgers University and studying History. In time, though, it became apparent where her heart truly lie. CW still makes up stories in her backyard, but now she crafts them for her readers to enjoy. She makes her home in Southern New Jersey, where she loves to grill organic steak and sip red wine on the patio.

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Schism by Gregory Eaves

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by Gregory Eaves

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SCHISM is an atmospheric journey back in time to the year 1970, when drugs and anti-war protests dominated the headlines. This psychological suspense mystery follows the life of a middle-aged college professor, Jackson Boone, as he tries to unravel the truth about his girlfriend. He is in danger of losing his job, and perhaps his life, when he takes on a violent radical group in the process. Haunted by a past mistake, Boone tries to do the right thing in a world of increasingly ambiguous moral shadings.

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Like falling down a hole or a shaft of darkness, Boone was sucked back to his bedroom by a drastic change of music coming from the library, and he sat up. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring reverberated through the house, its sudden, exciting blasts from the horn section conjuring up prehistoric imagery instead of the usual pagan dances. He held his head on both sides because it seemed to release a pressure that had built up. He realized he was no longer human, that he was the first amphibian crawling out of the Paleozoic mud. He could feel his gills, not quite lungs, but almost, pulsating with life as he breathed air for the first time. There were no thoughts to form, no emotions to feel, just pure existence. A light seemed to be coming into his head from above, as if he were underwater and the sun was shining on the surface.

Again, he was sucked back to the bedroom, to solid form, and this time he felt like himself. He didn’t know how much time had passed – it could have been eons, or it could have been a few minutes or an hour or two. He was strangely detached from his thoughts; in fact he wasn’t thinking much at all. Boone took his socks off and stood up. Clothing seemed so unnecessary. He was an ancient human now, with strong, callused feet impervious to rough terrain. His feet were alive, as if he had been cut off from that part of his body, existing only as an ego that abused and ignored them. Boone walked over to the window and looked out with a sense of wonder and awe, marveling at the exquisite texture, shape, and color of the shrubs and flowers he saw. It was like he had never seen plant life before and he was viewing it for the first time, as a visitor from outer space would.

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An Author’s Journey Through Reading to Writing

1. When did you start reading?

I don’t know the exact age I first started reading, but I think I was in the fourth grade when I really started reading a lot for my own enjoyment.

2. What was the first book you remember reading?

What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you? The Dr. Seuss books were early ones I liked. A little later I read the entire Hardy Boys series – I was really addicted to them. In seventh grade, I read one of my first books that felt like an “adult” book, and it had that “wow” factor – Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne. There were others, but that one was huge – 800 or 1200 pages or something – and I really got into it. The cover was fantastic.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?

I was kind of shy and didn’t make friends easily, and I wasn’t into sports, so reading was a natural activity to turn to. I read a lot as a kid, and never lost that fascination with books.

4. What genres (topics) have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage….

I have always loved mysteries. In grade school and high school I read adventure stories a lot, Jack London and that sort of thing. I liked science fiction a bit when I was in college, although most of what I read in college tended to be nonfiction. I have enjoyed some historical mysteries and spy novels. I haven’t read much in the horror genre, but I read one by Dean Koontz that I liked, and a couple by Stephen King that were great. But mystery is the genre I love the best, and which I’m the most familiar with.

5. Who are your favorite authors today? What types of books do you like to read today?

Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith are at the top of my list of favorites. I also like Alan Furst, Michael Crichton, Ross Macdonald, John LeCarre, and Raymond Chandler. I like to read books that have mystery and suspense in them, or that have an adventure that the characters have to go through, as in some of the Michael Crichton stories.

6. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?

First and foremost, a mystery has to underpin the story. Something unknown that is haunting the characters, and that creates an atmosphere of foreboding. Then, the voice of the narrator has to have a certain quality. I know immediately if I like it or not. If the voice doesn’t sound right, I won’t continue reading. And there has to be a narrator. I don’t like books that are all dialogue.

7. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?

I first started writing poetry after the breakup of a romantic relationship. It felt therapeutic at the time, and I learned a lot about how words sound when spoken or read. That was in the early nineties. I tried writing a few songs, since I play guitar and sing sometimes. It wasn’t until 2008 that I started writing fiction. I had just finished a master’s degree in library science, but there weren’t any jobs for librarians where I lived, so I had all this free time. I just thought, why not try my hand at writing fiction? I started with short stories and found out I loved writing fiction.

8. What do you like to write about?

I like writing mysteries that have interesting settings. It’s fun to research the culture and geography of a place, and then include lots of factual information in a story to make it a little educational. As a reader, I like to be able to learn something new even though it’s fiction.

9. What are you currently working on?

I am working on a novella set in China, and at the same time I’m planning for a novel that will have at least one of the main characters from the novella in it. I originally started working on the novel, but realized it was going to take so much research that it was just too big a project for me right now, hence, the novella. I have a background in Oriental Medicine, so I want to work in the use of Chinese herbs into the plot. It will be a mystery, of course, and will recount a private eye’s first case.

10. What inspired the plot for your current novel?

The novel I just published, Schism, was inspired by my own experiences in college during the late sixties. Although it’s not really autobiographical, I used my own experience to inform the fictional account, so many of the details concerning people and places are factual. The plots for my upcoming novella and novel were inspired by my love of eastern culture and Oriental Medicine. I studied acupuncture and herbs formally at a college in Orlando, Florida. A lot of research will go into creating that novel – it’s a little daunting, but I’m up for it!

11. Anything else you’d like to share?

Just that I hope my stories are entertaining and worthwhile reading for folks. I don’t want to write entirely for myself – I try to think of the reader, to have them in mind when I’m writing so it’s fun for them to read.

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Gregory Eaves was born October 18, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Speedway High School and Indiana University. In his twenties, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, with an eight year stay in San Diego, California, where he studied and practiced meditation.

Gregory moved to Florida and completed a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

Library school rekindled his interest in reading, which had been his favorite activity as a child growing up. Mysteries had been his first love, and he devoured his first mystery books with singular passion and zeal. Nothing else seemed to hit the sweet spot like reading The Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes, and Poirot. He later enjoyed authors like Raymond Chandler, John D. McDonald, Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith, and others.

SCHISM is Gregory’s first novel. His prior experience with writing included poetry and short stories. One of his short-shorts won runner-up in a contest in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

He now lives on the east coast of Florida, and when he isn’t writing, he enjoys playing guitar and collecting vintage stereo gear and vinyl records. He is a member of American Mensa.

Links:

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Confessions of a Self Help Writer by Benjamin W. Dehaven

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by Benjamin W. DeHaven

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A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghost-writing more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book, and former collaborator. Defrauding an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people’s insecurities and profiting from them, more than likely these friends contributed more to the field of self-help, while profiting from it, than they will ever know. Believing they could only understand people’s problems by suffering along with them, they lived on the razor’s edge. If you’ve ever picked up a tell-all biography of a celebrity or a title from the self-help section at the bookstore, certainly you would question the source.This is an inside look at the mind of Michael Enzo and it is the author’s hope that people will start helping themselves again after reading it. Discover what turns someone from preaching salvation towards seeking its destruction. You won’t believe this could be true.

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What kind of writer am I?
Lazy, followed by bouts of insane commitment. When I write, I’m an addict. I will stay up for 3 days if an idea gets stuck in my head. I write sloppy and loose. my grammar and spelling are terrible. I have no idea what diagraming a sentence means. I am generally of the opinion that if you don’t know the rules, how could you possibly break them? I’m not sure if that’s entirely correct in literature or if this makes me a terrible writer, but it sure drives editors mad. I am fascinated with the minds interpretation on the page and how it affects the flow. I want to communicate with the reader, I want the story to explain itself and become something new for you individually. I am the type of writer that wants to help people, but never have Matt Dillon play me in a movie –(although he did personally request a copy of Confessions-Jesus save me).

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A Graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Benjamin DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost cried out for acceptance in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper, a free art newspaper and the 2nd largest monthly paper in the New Orleans, MSA. . He also has a “shout out” in a Jay “Z” Song.

DeHaven, who currently resides in Las Vegas began his writing career with Stone United, a Chicago based Film Company, which works primarily in independent film. As an unknown fiction writer, he feels the best description of himself, is a sarcastic one and is as follows:

Benjamin W. DeHaven was born on a pool table after a Waylon Jennings’ concert in 1977. His personal success is outweighed only by his stunning good looks and adherence to unwritten moral guidelines. He has been described as a thinking man’s Tucker Max as well as an idiot’s Hunter S. Thompson. His goal is to die from an unwavering commitment to be more like Hemingway.

He and Michael Enzo were friends.

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Project Firebird by Nick Green

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by Nick Green

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Don’t ask Leo Lloyd-Jones. Ask him how to steal a car, or why he got excluded from every school in Salford, but don’t come to him for help. This whole thing must be a daft mistake – and if anyone finds out, he’s done for.

Earth is on a deadly collision course that nothing can prevent. The only real hope is Project Firebird, deep inside a blast-proof bunker that shelters the brightest and bravest young people. Leo has got mixed up with the likes of Rhys Carnarvon, the celebrated teenage polar explorer, and other child prodigies chosen to keep the flame of civilisation.

Among them is the streetwise Paige Harris, a girl Leo likes a lot (but not in that way). Paige is desperate to rescue her little sister from London before the catastrophe strikes. But no-one is crazy enough to try that. Almost no-one.
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‘That which you have there, is a frog.’

Lenka stood in the doorway, smiling. Dressed in a casual blouse and vaguely military trousers, she looked wide awake and not surprised to see them. Leo managed to get his head to stop swimming. Puking on her boots would not be attractive.

‘What is going on here?’ she asked. ‘The midnight feast?’

Rhys wrung the hem of his t-shirt awkwardly. ‘I’m sorry, Doctor Mironov. We couldn’t sleep.’

‘A North American wood frog.’ Lenka nodded at the frozen thing. ‘Rana Sylvatica. A very special animal.’

‘Why –’ Leo coughed. ‘Why have you got dead frogs in your ice box? You’re not French.’

Lenka giggled like a schoolgirl. ‘No, Leo. I’m from St Petersburg.’ She took the lolly in her hand. ‘And this frog, he’s not dead. He’s sleeping.’

‘It’s frozen solid,’ Paige protested.

‘That’s how wood frogs hibernate,’ said Lenka. ‘They’ve evolved to stay alive inside a solid block of ice.’

Rhys made an odd strangled noise. Now he was the one who looked green in the face.

‘We keep these specimens for demonstration purposes,’ said Lenka.

‘Demonstration?’ Rhys spluttered. He seemed unable to take his eyes off the frog. ‘Demonstrating what?’

Lenka tapped her capped teeth with one perfect fingernail.

‘You weren’t supposed to be told this yet. But since you ask, let’s strike while the ironing’s hot. Come. I’ll show you.’

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nick Green lives in the UK. He is the author of seven fiction books to date, including the middle-grade CAT KIN trilogy published by Strident. His other books include THE STORM BOTTLE, a fantasy adventure about the dolphins of Bermuda, and most recently the FIREBIRD trilogy, a YA science fiction epic.

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Shadows of Ghosts by Stefan Haucke

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by Stefan Haucke

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Shadows of Ghosts carries readers to Enara, a kingdom at war with itself, where for centuries centaurs have been treated like animals because of their horse-like lower bodies; they’ve been forced to work as slaves in the southern agricultural provinces, and have been bought and sold like livestock. But a strong abolitionist faction has convinced many that centaurs’ human torsos, heads, and intellectual abilities make them humans, who should be liberated from slavery and granted the same rights as any other person.

After four years of being forced to live in a remote village and having to keep his real identity a secret, Cal Lanshire, days away from his thirteenth birthday, is given the best birthday present he can imagine. He is told the war is almost over and he will soon be allowed to return home.

But then an old acquaintance unexpectedly arrives with news that changes everything. Cal’s father, the king, has been assassinated.

Suddenly the outcome of the war and the very fate of the kingdom depend upon Cal being able to reach the capital where he will take his father’s place.

With only his crafty best friend by his side and an escaped centaur slave to guide him, can Cal make it through an enchanted, hostile wilderness, past the assassins sent to kill him, and back to the capital before it’s too late?

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Suddenly, Grintar shouted something, but Cal couldn’t understand the words. Grintar’s men spread out, and there was a tension that Cal could sense, like the way it felt seconds before a bolt of lightning was about to strike nearby. Grintar raised his sword over his head, held it there for several seconds, and then he swooped it down, slashing it through the air, and shouted, “Advance!”

Chaos exploded. Crossbow bolts and arrows whistled through the air, and men on both sides charged forward, yelling battle cries, and the ringing sounds of metal striking metal pierced the air as the opposing troops crashed into each other. Soon the agonized screams of the wounded and dying joined the other sounds.

The men who were guarding Cal moved him back, and they tightened their circle around him so that their shields were almost touching; Cal strained to see out through the thin slits in between the shields. All he saw was an occasional flash from the sun reflecting off metal, and at one point he saw a streak of red, which he was certain was blood pouring out of a wounded man.

It was difficult to estimate how long the battle lasted. The agonized screams and the ringing of metal striking metal seemed interminable, and it took all of Cal’s willpower not to clasp his hands over his ears, but the battle stopped so abruptly Cal had a sense that it hadn’t lasted more than three or four minutes. There came a brief span of absolute silence which, after the battle’s cacophony, seemed eerie, as if the dead had suddenly demanded the payment of silent respect.

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Interview with Stefan Haucke

1. If you could travel back in time, which famous historical figure would you like to meet?

I would like to meet Shakespeare. I think Mark Twain would be fun to hang out with. Abraham Lincoln would be interesting to talk to. And spending and evening with Albert Einstein would be fascinating.

2. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to?

I’ve traveled to over twenty countries and all across the United States. Every place I’ve visited has been interesting. My favorite places I’ve visited are Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, Greece, and Churchill, Canada where I photographed polar bears.

3. Where haven’t you been that you’d like to travel to?

I’d like to go to South Africa and or Kenya. I’d love to go on a photographic safari. This is definitely on my list of things to do in the future.

4. What kind of music do you like?

My favorite music is classic rock. My iPod is filled with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen.

5. What is the most interesting job you’ve had?

I worked on a farm one winter and helped deliver lambs. There was a flock of almost one hundred and fifty pregnant ewes. I helped when the ewes were having difficulties giving birth. After the lamb was born I cut the umbilical cord, sterilized it with iodine, weighed the lamb, and then made sure the lamb was nursing properly. I fed milk replacer to the lambs that were rejected by their mothers. It was hard work but a lot of fun. For many years after that I volunteered to help out during the lambing season.

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MEDIA KIT Author1 2Stefan Haucke, driven by the desire to learn about other cultures and the need for adventure, has traveled to over twenty nations. He rode a camel near the pyramids in Egypt, swam with sea lions in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, climbed the Great Wall of China, hiked near the Acropolis in Athens, went dog sledding in northern Michigan, and photographed polar bears in Canada.

Along his many travels, Stefan has successfully worked as a deckhand, a shepherd, a dispatcher for an emergency services unit, an electric meter reader, and an office manger. He has also found the time to study the literature and history of ancient Greece, Russia, and the United States, and loves reading folktales, fairytales, and urban legends. He also enjoys astronomy, and on clear nights can be found gazing at the stars and planets with his telescope.

My website:

http://www.stefanhaucke.com/

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Maggie Thom- Author of Captured Lies – 99 cents

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An Author’s Journey through Reading

Maggie Thom

1. When did you start reading?
I really don’t know what age I was but I do know that I was fascinated with books and words from a young age. In fact I used to cut the words out of books. Cat in the Hat was never the same.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
I remember a lot of the See Spot Run series – I think that’s what they were called. The first book that had a real wow for me had to be either The Diary of Anne Frank or Helter Skelter. Both nonfiction and very eye-opening.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
No idea. I think because I lived on a farm and in winter there were many hours to fill and you can only play with your siblings so long, I started reading. My mom and dad were a big influence. We had a huge shelf of books and they were both frequently reading. I know when we were young, my mom used to take us the library to get books. The librarian was a sweet older lady who made it so much fun to go there, although she was pretty stern about keeping quiet.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…
I have read pretty much every genre, I think. I read a lot of romance in my teens and twenties but then I found fantasy and espionage and they became my favorites for a long time. Then I branched out to suspense/mystery/thrillers – the type of books I like writing today.

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
I like believable characters and feeling like I know them, understand them. I need the story to be one that pulls me in and makes me want to follow along the journey with characters and wonder where is it going to take me. I love getting lost in a story.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for a long time. My first memory of writing was when I was nine, I was going to write the tiniest book ever. I cut up yellow paper into one inch pieces and started writing. I know I wrote a lot of pages but have no idea how long it was. What got me started I think was a fascination with words and having so many ideas and wanting to do something with them, so I wrote them down.

7. What do you like to write about?
I love to write suspense/thrillers that are full of mystery, characters you can relate to and a story that makes you wonder where it’s going to take you.

8. What are you currently working on?
I have two novels I am currently working on.
Deadly Ties – What connection could there be between a twenty year-old murder and a thirty year-old murder and a present day attack on Kyara’s mother? Did her grandmother falsely go to jail for twenty-years?
Split Seconds – Twins sisters meet for the first time as adults and soon discover that someone has gone to great lengths to keep them apart and will even kill to ensure that continues.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
As Captured Lies is currently on for 99 cents I will talk about it.
Captured Lies was conceived after I had seen posters about missing children, I heard about a child being abducted by a family member and a plane flew rather low over us on its way to the airport. I started to wonder what would happen if someone was kidnapped and grew up not knowing. Then one day they accidently found out the life they’d lived wasn’t the one they were supposed to have. What if that life was supposed to have been good but turned out to be really lousy? The ideas kind of melded together and out the other side, came Captured Lies. So ideas for my books often come from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling something and then changing the circumstances and wondering ‘what if’. It comes so natural to me that I’m surprised that not everyone does it :).

10. Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you to all of the readers who have read my books, thank you to all who follow my blog, thank you to all who have connected with me on the internet and thank you to all the authors who continue to supply me with great reading material.

Author’s Books:
Captured Lies - new cover 3-210x315Captured Lies (Book 1 – The Caspian Wine Series)

 

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Author’s Bio

Me - 2014 4x4.6Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine and Captured Lies won book of the Month through LAS Reviews (February 2014). She published her third novel, Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series – Book 2), March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is a wholehearted nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape.
“Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine

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Website: http://www.maggiethom.com
Blog: http://maggiethom.wordpress.com/the-write-to-read/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormaggiethom
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maggiethom2
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6549592.Maggie_Thom
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Emerald O’Brien – Author of Darkness Follows – 99 cents

#Follow - 2Today I’d like to welcome Emerald O’Brien suspense/thriller author. Emerald is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel Darkness Follows  is now available for 99 cents.

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An Author’s Journey through Reading
Emerald O’Brien

1. When did you start reading?
I can’t remember the exact age I started reading, but I’m sure it was when I was around five years old, and I never stopped.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
Aside from young children’s books, the first book that had a major impact on me was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Very Canadian of me.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
I was read to often when I was young by my family. I loved hearing stories, and before I could read, I loved looking at the pictures and making up my own as most children do. When I could read on my own, I read all night most nights.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…

I started off reading children’s books. In grade six, I remember getting into the paranormal genre. Just before high school I was into classics. Through high school I began to read many different genres, as well as non-fiction.

5. Who are your favorite authors and when did you start following them?
Today my favourite author is hands down Stephen King. I started reading his books the summer before I went to college. I read Lisa Gardner a lot in college, and she became a favourite of mine as well. I also discovered Mo Hayder a few years ago, and she makes the list, along with too many others to name.

6. What genre(s) do you read today?
Today, I read several different genres. I love books that incorporate a few as well. I love mysteries, thrillers, horror, supernatural, and sci-fi. Throw a little romance, crime and adventure into the mix and that’s my kind of book.

7. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
For the most part when I read, I like a story that is unpredictable. I want to keep guessing when I’m on the journey. It doesn’t have to be plot twists that create suspense, but I like to be kept on my toes.

8. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing different things for as long as I could write, but I began to take writing seriously (as in finishing my work) when I was twenty four. I made a goal to finish writing a story, and it took me almost a year, but I did it. After that, I had to write another, and that turned into my debut novel Darkness Follows.

9. What do you like to write about?
I love to write the same things I love to read. I mentioned the genres already, but I also love writing about people and relationships. I like to
explore different themes, and to be honest, I’m still discovering the core of what I like to write as you read this.

10. What are you currently working on?
I just published my debut novel, Darkness Follows, a New Adult Mystery. Next I’ll be getting the sequel (which I’ve already written) ready for the editing process. I’m working on putting it out late this year (2014).

11. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
Darkness Follows was put together from many pieces. It began with a scenario: two sisters in danger being placed in the Witness Protection Program. I started to develop the plot from the question of ‘What if this happened?’. I wanted to play it out, but I only knew the two main characters, so I had to flesh out the rest as I went.

12.Anything else you’d like to share?
Darkness Follows is a little different from the average mystery because the protagonists are between the ages of twenty two – twenty eight. I knew I was writing a mystery when I began, but when I was finished, I realized it also fell into the New Adult genre which was recently developed. I believe the most popular new adult books are also contemporary romances. Darkness Follows puts a twist on that, bringing something new to the genre that I rarely see– mystery. It gives readers within the age group a chance to read about characters they can relate to, and other readers a chance to see something different within the mystery genre.

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419877_597170940470_1925906746_n-001Author’s Bio:
Emerald O’Brien is a Canadian author who grew up just east of Toronto, Ontario. Emerald studied Television Broadcasting and Communications Media. She graduated from the program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Her debut novel, Darkness Follows, is a New Adult Mystery novel.

When she is not reading or writing, Emerald can be found with family and friends. Watching movies with her husband and their two beagles is one of her favourite ways to spend an evening at home.

Website: http://emeraldobrien.com/
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 Author’s books:

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K39VQ4C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18710014-darkness-follows

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Mandy White – Author of The Feeder – 99 cents

#Feed - 2Today I’d like to welcome Mandy White suspense/thriller author. Mandy is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel The Feeder is now available for 99 cents.
GiveawayAn Author’s Journey through Reading
Mandy White

1. When did you start reading?
– First grade. I devoured the words as quickly as the teacher could teach them.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
– I remember the Dick and Jane school readers as my first books (if those count). A Wrinkle in Time was the first book that had that ‘wow’ factor for me.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
– I have one of those active minds that is hard to shut off at times. Reading provides a focal point that allows me to relax. I like to read myself to sleep, enjoy a hot bath with a good book. I’m waiting for someone to invent a waterproof e-reader.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…
– I was a horse fanatic when I was a kid, (still am) so I read a lot of horse-related books. Black Beauty was a favorite and I had almost all of Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books. I went through a mystery phase, first with the Bobbsey Twins, then Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. I discovered Stephen King in my teens and have been a horror fan ever since.

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
– I like a story that surprises me with twists that I don’t see coming. Action early on will usually grab me and hook me into a story.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
– I started writing stories as soon as I was old enough to put sentences together. Writing is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do. I dreamed of being an author ‘someday’, but never pursued it seriously. When I reached age 40 I realized that ‘someday’ was never going to arrive unless I made it happen.

7. What do you like to write about?
– I like to write the sort of thing I enjoy reading – creepy stories that shock and surprise readers.

8. What are you currently working on?
– I currently have two novels in progress: Fed up, the sequel to The Feeder and Phobia, a novel about a woman who is terrorized by strange occurrences inside her home but agoraphobia prevents her from leaving. Phobia should be ready for release by the end of this year and Fed Up will follow in 2015.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
– The Feeder started as a short story about a serial killer who dressed as a prostitute to lure victims. I liked the concept and decided to develop it into a novel. I did the rough draft as a NaNoWriMo project. The plot developed in some surprising ways as I wrote.

10.Anything else you’d like to share?
– My other pet project involves a group called WPaD (Writers, Poets and Deviants). I formed the group about five years ago with some like-minded writers I met on Facebook. We challenge ourselves to write short stories in various genres, then compile them into anthologies. We have published six books to date, donating a portion of royalties to Multiple Sclerosis research in support of a couple of our members who have MS. You can learn more about WPaD on our website: http://wpad.weebly.com/
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mandy white profile picAuthor’s Website: http://mandywrite.weebly.com/

Mandy White is a Canadian author who resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is a fan of oxygen, shiny things and personal space. Right now, she is probably lurking in the forest somewhere, being one of those weird, reclusive writer types.

She primarily writes fiction in the horror genre, often featuring Canadian characters and locations. She is founder of the WPaD group (Writers, Poets and Deviants), best known for their charity anthologies for MS.

 

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Author’s books
The FeederThe Feederhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTJYY4Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PictureAvenging Annabellehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058ZYCHO

PictureDysfictional 2: Shreds of Sanityhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MT6P1S4

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How and where to connect with this author:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authormandywhite

Twitter:   @mandywrite    https://twitter.com/MandyWrite

Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=235794626&trk

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4789936.Mandy_White

Wattpad:  http://www.wattpad.com/user/MandyWhite

 

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Carys Jones – Author of First to Fall – 99 cents

#Fall - 2Today I’d like to welcome Carys Jones suspense/thriller author. Carys is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel First to Fall is now available for 99 cents.

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An Author’s Journey through Reading
Carys Jones

1. When did you start reading?
I started reading at a really young age, probably as soon as I was able to!

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
Growing up one of my favourite books was always Little House on the Prairie. I loved reading the vivid descriptions of the American frontier, it definitely made me feel as though I was right there living out the adventure with the Ingalls family instead of in my little bedroom in rain soaked England.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
My Mum teachers English so she encouraged both me and my brother to read. She was always buying us books, taking us to the library and reading to us before bedtime. Books and reading were very much an integral part of life in my family.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…

I will read absolutely anything. As long as a story interests me I will read it regardless of genre. I tend to have fads. I had a phase a few years ago when I kept reading horror novels and at the moment I’m really enjoying YA fantasy books. That’s the great thing about books – there’s an endless choice of stories and genres to keep you entertained!

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
For me I have to connect with the protagonist. I need to care about what happens with them and feel as though I’m experiencing the story with them, rather than against them.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
My love of writing stemmed from my love of reading. I was enchanted by how a great book could transport you to another world and I was keen to try and recreate some of that magic for myself. I’ve been writing since I was about six or seven. I started doing short stories and then progressed to full length novels in my early twenties.

7. What do you like to write about?
I think to write about people in difficult situations. Good people who are forced to make hard decisions. Characters are at their most interesting when they are pushed to the limit.

8. What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m writing the third book in my Avalon series, Third to Die, and also in the editing process with my YA dystopian novel which is being released with Reuts Publications in early 2015.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
First to Fall is the start of my Avalon series and the plot derived from a simple idea of having a female character in a life or death predicament. I chose to place Brandy White on death row in a seemingly bleak situation where she is set to die for a crime she committed. But is she the heroine or the villain of the story? That’s what my protagonist, Aiden Connelly, needs to figure out.

10.AnythiRollo watchingng else you’d like to share?
Every time I write my beloved cavalier, Rollo, sits either across my shoulders or on my lap. Sometimes his loud snoring can drive me to distraction but he is my constant writing companion, and for that I’d like to give the little guy a shout out! : )

 

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Author’s books:

Prime DeceptionPrime Deception
When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…

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First to Fall Cover First to Fall (Avalon Book 1) – available now for 99 cents!
Aiden Connelly’s first case will be one he’ll never forget.

Lawyer Aiden Connelly has traded the frenzy of Chicago for a slower pace in sleepy Avalon – and his first case appears to be as open-and-shut as he could hope for. Hired to defend a local ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…

Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realise that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…
Second to Cry (Avalon Book 2)
Aiden Connelly is just settling in to life in Avalon following the shocking revelations of his first case. But it seems he can’t escape the ghosts of his past. His new case involves the Sheriff’s millionaire brother, Samuel Fern, and the paternity of one of his sons.

When the truth threatens to tear about not just one family but two Aiden must ask himself how far he is willing to go to protect the people he loves…

 

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carys_adj2Author’s Bio:
Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

For more information about Carys please visit http://www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter: @tiny_dancer85
Author’s Website: http://www.carys-jones.com

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Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/CarysJonesWriter

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/tiny_dancer85

GoodReads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7314534.Carys_Jones

Pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/carysjwriter/

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