The Second Time Around by Brandon Daily

Very excited to welcome Brandon Daily to the site today, because him being here for a guest post means his second novel, The Valley, is about to drop. Like, tomorrow. Brandon stormed onto the scene in 2014 with A Murder Country, a novel that justifiably won praise, and awards, from critics and readers alike. Despite the great reception once the book was released, however, that didn’t mean the run-up to publication was easy on Brandon’s nerves. Today he’s here to talk about how that process went the second time around, including the actual writing of the The Valley, and whether it looks like it will ever get easier.
Benjamin Dancer

Is Jack The Good Guy or the Bad Guy? by Benjamin Dancer

I’m pleased to welcome Benjamin Dancer today to talk about his novel Patriarch Run, which drops tomorrow (Conundrum Press). In Patriarch Run, lead Jack Erikson is confronted with problems both highly personal, the nature of fatherhood and relationship between father and son, and truly global, the consequences of our relentless population explosion and its potential tipping point on the sustainability of the human race. Both are obviously complex, nuanced topics, and in Jack readers are presented with a suitably complicated character to carry the burden of sorting out the mess he finds himself in.

The Butcher

“Having worked with several editors from publishing companies, I know how much value a good editor can bring to a novel. When I finished the first draft of my book The Butcher, I knew it needed something more. Elizabeth made some key suggestions to make the story much better, and her wordsmithing improved the manuscript dramatically. If you want to take your novel to the next level, take your novel to Elizabeth.” — Dan Ames


Because: Bears by S.W. Lauden

The busy (three books in eleven months) S.W. Lauden is back on the site today, this time to talk about his newest novel, Grizzly Season (Rare Bird Books, October 11th), the sequel to Steve’s lauded debut Bad Citizen Corporation. Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Steve also managed to sneak in a novella, Crosswise, between the two. Today, Steve proves that he has a more than worthy tale to tell when asked where the inspiration for Grizzly Season came from.

Banned Books Week 2016: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to ReadToday is the start of Banned Books Week 2016:

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.

Andrew Diamond

A Classic Crime Novel for the Digital Age by Andrew Diamond

Few topics are hotter these days in the world of fiction than cybercrime/cybersecurity, so I’m pleased to welcome Andrew Diamond to the site to talk about his newest, Impala (September 21st from Stolen Time Press), a book that drops its protagonist Russ Fitzpatrick right in the middle of a fast-paced cyber mess, caught between crooks, the FBI, and a woman who may be more dangerous to Russ than the rest combined. Today, Andrew’s here to talk about how what began as something of a personal writing challenge grew into a book that’s generating such great advance buzz it was selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016, alongside such luminaries as James Patterson, Carl Hiaasen, Karen Slaughter, Harlen Coben and Anne Perry.
Trace Conger

The Origins of Mr. Finn by Trace Conger

It’s a pleasure to welcome Trace Conger back to the site. Conger has previously released two books in his Mr. Finn series to great acclaim, including winning a Shamus Award for series opener The Shadow Broker. I started out as one of Trace’s readers, but had the honor of stepping into the role of editor on The Prison Guard’s Son (Black Mill Books), Trace’s most recent Mr. Finn release. As such, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to review The Prison Guard’s Son, but I’m more than happy turn things over to Trace to talk a little about his fateful conversation with a retired private investigator that gave rise to the creation of Mr. Finn.

Could America Collapse? by James R. Duncan

I’m pleased to welcome Jim Duncan to the site today. I had the pleasure of working with Jim on his novel Blood Republic, a book that looks more and more prescient as each day of our current election cycle passes. In Blood Republic, America descends into a second civil war, one driven by conservative vs. liberal ideology run amok in the wake of the most hotly contested presidential election in history. Jim presents the story in a balanced manner, showing no discernible preference for either side. Instead, he leaves it to the reader to decide where their allegiance lies and with whom they sympathize, as well as challenges readers to question why that is.
The Prison Guard's Son

The Prison Guard’s Son

“Choosing an editor is tough. It’s supposed to be. You want people on your team who are as passionate about your work as you are. Elizabeth edited my third Mr. Finn novel, The Prison Guard’s Son, and she delivered. She surprised me several times with her comments and level of detail. In short, she knows her stuff, and she made me look like a better writer. If you’re looking for someone to substantiate how wonderful your writing is, move along because that’s not what Elizabeth does. Instead, she’ll provide the critical eye that you need. She’ll ask the right questions and poke holes in your work. And then she’ll help you fix it. And that’s what a damn good editor should do.” — Trace Conger


Write What You Know, Y’all by Neliza Drew

It’s a tremendous pleasure to welcome Neliza Drew to the site today. I had the honor of working with Neliza on her debut novel, All the Bridges Burning, which was released on July 1st. Accomplished authors and respected reviewers are already weighing in with raves and kudos for Neliza and her lead character, Davis Groves. Author Josh Stallings calls the book “heartbreakingly real. Neliza Drew understands pain and alienation. She sees the scars we inflict on ourselves and the ones the world gifts us with.” Author Thomas Pluck says Davis Groves is “tattooed, with scars inside and out, and armed with brutal experience, an unfazeable demeanor, and a wicked sense of humor.” And reviewer Benoit Lelievre calls All the Bridges Burning “a very good mystery” that has “a powerful sense of realism.” So how did Neliza create that pain and alienation for Davis Groves, that sense of realism that permeates All the Bridges Burning? I’ll let her explain.
Tantra Bensko

Shakedown of the CIA in Books and Movies by Tantra Bensko

Today author Tantra Bensko is here in conjunction with the release of Glossolalia: Psychological Suspense, the first book in her Agents of the Nevermind series. Both Glossolalia and the series use the shady history of spy organizations, like the CIA, as the jumping off point for a trip down the rabbit hole into areas like mind control, false flags, virtual reality abduction, cultural orchestration as espionage, the collusion of church and state and more. It’s bound to be a wild ride, so buckle up.
Archer Hunt

Reboot/Reborn by Arlene Hunt

I’m very pleased to welcome Arlene Hunt back to the site today. Arlene is the author of numerous books, including one of my favorite reads ever, The Outsider, an emotional sledgehammer of a story that dissects life in a small, rural Irish village by delving into aspects of human behavior that are at times extremely unpleasant: bigotry, sexism, religious intolerance, callousness, casual cruelty. Arlene previously guest posted in conjunction with her book The Chosen, in which she talked about how an Irish author went about writing a psychological thriller set in North Carolina. Today she’s here to talk about how that same book came to have a second life with a new publisher, this time under the title Last to Die, available now in the US and in the UK.
Neliza Drew - All The Bridges Burning

All The Bridges Burning

It was a tremendous pleasure to work with Neliza Drew on her debut novel All the Bridges Burning, which has garnered praise from readers, reviewers, and Drew’s fellow authors.

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