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The Battle for Reading High School by Jon Bennett

It’s a pleasure to welcome Jon Bennett to the site today. I had the honor of working with Jon on his novel Reading Blue Devils (Open Books). In the book, Bennett uses a fictional student rebellion at Reading High School in Ohio to tackle serious topics such as bullying and racism, the struggling American educational system, and the very nature of good and evil, yet manages to do so with his tongue planted firmly in cheek throughout most of it. Today, Bennett shares a secret about American high schools that helped inspire his novel: bathrooms are where you get the true pulse of a school.
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The Grind by Frank Bill

It’s an honor to welcome Frank Bill back to the site. Bill burst onto the scene with his powerful collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, which was named by GQ magazine as one of the best books of 2011. Next came the hard-hitting novel Donnybrook, which is currently in production by director Tim Sutton with Frank Grillo starring. Bill’s follow-up to Donnybrook, The Savage, out now from FSG Originals, is “an unnerving vision of a fractured America gone terribly wrong, and a study of what happens when the last systems of morality and society collapse.”
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From Finance to Fiction by Martin Bodenham

I’m pleased to welcome Martin Bodenham to the site today. Martin’s latest novel, Shakedown, is out November 13th from Down & Out Books. Today, Martin reflects on how the big egos and greed he witnessed during his extensive career in private equity and corporate finance inspired the plots of his three financial crime thrillers.
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What Inspired Me to Write this Book by Rebecca Marks

It’s a pleasure to welcome Rebecca Marks to the site. Rebecca is here today in conjunction with Stone Cold Sober (Black Opal Books), the latest entry in her Dana Cohen Mystery Series. Cohen, a fortysomething retired NYPD detective, moved back to her family’s home “on the crags over the Long Island Sound” with the intention of settling down and helping her aging father with his winery. You can’t turn off twenty-two years of cop instincts, however, and Cohen keeps finding herself drawn into investigations, with or without the blessings of local law enforcement.
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Reading Blue Devils

“Elizabeth came highly recommended, and I learned why. She truly amazed me with her personalized approach to editing. When it came time to give her feedback, she presented it as a conversation in which I could enter rather than a mere summative opinion piece. She opened herself to answer questions and give suggestions. I really valued that. My novel is to be published in large part because of her work, and my writing is greatly improved because of working with her.” — Jon Bennett

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Stopping Monsters with a Story by Rich Zahradnik

I’m pleased to welcome Rich Zahradnik to the site in conjunction with the release of Lights Out Summer, the fourth book in Zahradnik’s award-winning Coleridge Taylor mystery series. Lights Out Summer is set against the backdrop of the infamous summer of ’77 in New York City, which saw the Son of Sam killings and a July blackout plunge the city into fear and chaos. Zahradnik stopped by to talk about some of the journalists who inspired him at the beginning of his nearly four-decade journalism career, and therefore became a part of Coleridge Taylor as well.
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You Have the Right to do Research and a Lack of Accuracy May be Held Against You by J.J. Hensley

It’s a pleasure to welcome J.J. Hensley to the site. The author of three previous novels, his debut, Resolve, was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine, Hensley’s latest, Bolt Action Remedy (Down & Out Books), is the first in a new series featuring former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway. Today Hensley is here to talk about one of his pet peeves—law enforcement inaccuracies in crime fiction. Having worked as both a police officer and a Secret Service agent, J.J. knows what he’s talking about when it comes to getting law enforcement procedure correct. He just wishes everyone paid as much attention to detail.
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Killing Malmon by Dan and Kate Malmon

“Never before has killing someone benefited such a good cause.” So goes the tag line for Killing Malmon, a collection of short stories in which longtime Crimespree Magazine contributor, Kit Kat lover, and hug eschewer Dan Malmon meets his demise. Thirty times. But don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause. I’ll let Killing Malmon editors Kate and Dan explain.
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Banned Books Week 2017: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Today is the start of Banned Books Week 2017:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

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Remo Went Wild

“I’ve worked with Elizabeth on both self-published and traditionally published books. Each time I found her to be extremely professional, timely and she provided a great knowledge of the genre of crime fiction, as well as fixed my grammatical travesties. I could go with any number of people to correct my spelling, but Elizabeth gave my writing a bit more that I feel really helped push it to its final stage.” — Mike McCrary

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What Does Sex Have to Do With It? by Jack Getze

It’s always a pleasure to welcome Jack Getze to the site. Getze is perhaps best known for his Austin Carr mystery series, the most recent of which, Big Shoes, won Deadly Ink’s David Award for Best Mystery. The Black Kachina, the first book in Getze’s new thriller series featuring Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Maggie Black, was recently published by Down & Out Books. Today, Getze stops by to talk about how a book over twenty years in the making finally clicked into place once he realized that instead of being a secondary character it was meant to be Maggie’s story all along.
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The Valley by Brandon Daily

So much had been undone in both their lives in that moment; they were things that could not be tied up or mended.

Author Brandon Daily burst onto the scene in 2014 with his debut novel A Murder Country, which was met with critical acclaim and won him the Silver Medal for Georgia Author of the Year—First Novel. Any doubts that he would succumb to the dreaded sophomore slump were quickly laid to rest with the release of The Valley.

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Island X

It was a pleasure to work with Theolyn Brock on Island X, a story that explores what happens when six federal inmates previously scheduled for execution are instead exiled on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean a thousand miles from anywhere, completely cut off from the outside world. As the days pass, the men come to realize the greatest threat to their survival may be more sinister than merely the lack of modern civilization. Dark, elemental forces seem to be reaching out to them from deep within the island itself.

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Steady Trouble

“I’ve worked with Elizabeth on both self-published and traditionally published books. Each time I found her to be extremely professional, timely and she provided a great knowledge of the genre of crime fiction, as well as fixed my grammatical travesties. I could go with any number of people to correct my spelling, but Elizabeth gave my writing a bit more that I feel really helped push it to its final stage.” — Mike McCrary

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Crossed Bones by S.W. Lauden

She would have made a great detective, if she didn’t like breaking the law so much.

Shayna Billups is not a woman to be trifled with. As ruthless and conniving as she is beautiful and charming, Shayna will go to any lengths to get the things she wants in life—namely, money and a good time.

Having put ex-flame Tommy Ruzzo’s heart through a blender in Crosswise, the book that introduced Shayna and Tommy to readers, Shayna has left Tommy reeling in Florida, and settled in New Orleans.