Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HBS Author’s Spotlight – Class of March 2015

This month we have a group of interesting writers with worlds of knowledge and expertise. The author interviews are a MUST read.

Be sure to check out what they have coming next for their readers. I try to pick authors who are interesting studies and ask them unique questions for our Q/A section.

Check out the Showcase feature of the HBS Author's Spotlight. I have included those authors in this class. Also, we have added the Author Bundles we have posted this month.

Thanks to the following outstanding authors for a great month. Here is a summary of our March 2015 crew.

Dale Mayer

Author Genre: Romantic suspense,thrillers,Paranormal Romance

Author's Blog: Dale Mayer blog
Website: Dale Mayer
Twitter: @DaleMayer
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

My next release is Scars – book 2 of the Broken but… Mending series. It's available on Feb. 24th. My next vampire book – Vampire in Chaos is being released on April 28th!

Great covers: I get an idea of what I want then look for images that can somehow portray my concept. After a discussion with my son – my cover artist – he does up a couple of mockups. I always let my street team see the prototypes.

Author bundles: The Romance Superbundle was the first bundle like that I ever participated in. It had a decent impact on sales initially then that wanted somewhat but we revived interest in the bundle when we put out a second one. I find that it's not about sales as it is about getting your name out there. Having readers see it over and over again.

Giveways: I love giving away free books! I have done many different types of giveways from facebook parties, draws through my websites, monthly contests, and large donations of books to libraries that have requested materials. It's all about getting your name out there.

Reviews are huge. I do contact blogs and put out a call for readers through social media, however I have been blessed with receiving most of my reviews from my readers.

You publish fiction and non-fiction plus different genres.
Changing hats meant rising slower in different genres as I wasn't trying to attract just one audience I was trying to attract and hold multiple audiences. Now however, many of readers have crossed from one genre to the other with me

Author's Book List
Eyes to the Soul
Rare Find
Knock, knock…
Garden of Sorrow
Maddy's Floor
Hide'n Go Seek
Tuesday's Child
Vampire in Conflict
Vampire In Defiance
Vampire in Deceit
Vampire in Design
Vampire in Distress
Vampire in Denial
Haunted by Death
Touched by Death
Dangerous Designs
Sian's Solution

For the rest of the story...View Dale Mayer - HBS Author's Spotlight

Nancy Naigle

Author Genre: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery & Thrillers

Author's Blog: Nancy Naigle
Website: Nancy Naigle
Twitter: @nancynaigle
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Next: IN HIGH COTTON is the third book in The Granny Series that I co-author with Kelsey Browning. Its humorous women’s fiction and we like to say, “Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies. These gals are more like Dirty Harry…only female, over 50, and from the south.”

My social media relationships are critical. Funny you should mention newsletters. The truth is my social media builds my newsletter, not vice-versa. I’ve been active on multiple platforms for years, and built it slowly. Interacting with people is really the only way to build and get active followers.

Book signings: Folks can stay up-to-date on where I’ll be when on my website under OTHER STUFF or on my author page on Amazon. My next big event is at the Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon in Milwaukee, WI. The luncheon is sold out, but we also do Friday night Q&A and a Saturday signing which are both open to the public. I hope we’ll see some of y’all there.

Great covers: I love my covers too. Just as important as the cover is the title and my Facebook fans are very active in naming my books. That is so much fun. I’m very hands-on in the cover process and my focus is on the image matching the feel of the book

Book trailers: Book videos are a fun way to give people a taste of the story. I like them because it gives a more visual experience, rather than just words or a static book cover.

Author bundles: I was asked by Dianna Love to be a part of THE PERFECT 10 and I was so thrilled to be with some authors that I really respected in that collection. I gained lots of new readers that wouldn’t have normally picked up my stories. I know that because they point blank said it in their reviews and letters. I thought that was really neat. The focus was to cross-expose our work and it worked perfectly.

Co-authored books: All three of those ventures were born out of ideas that I absolutely adored and believed in. So, the story came first and then we decided to work it together. It’s interesting too that the process of working with those authors has been very different in each case, but I’d call every single one a success.

Free books: I’ve given away a lot of books for free, especially at Book Expo America where I do giveaways and book signings each year. The readers pay a fee to get in to the event and meeting them is totally worth the trade-off to me. I’ve made some great connections and faithful readers through Book Expo/BookCon.

Author's Book List
Life After Perfect
Barbecue and Bad News
Mint Juleps and Justice
Out of Focus
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Sweet Tea and Secrets

For the rest of the story...View Nancy Naigle - HBS Author's Spotlight

Ty Patterson

Author Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Crime thriller

Author's Blog: Ty Patterson - Taking the road less traveled
Twitter: @typatterson67
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

NEXT: fourth thriller, The Warrior’s Debt will be published before the 9th of March. As it happens, I’m currently scrambling around to get everything done before pressing the button.

Social media: I was much more active on Twitter previously but have reduced it a lot now. Engagement with readers on Twitter or any other social media channels but I can’t say that I’ve got increased sales because of Twitter. Facebook is a different animal. Most of my Facebook likes are those who’ve read my books.

Paid ads: I have used paid advertising quite successfully. They give a temporary boost to the rankings and if there is a word of mouth buzz around the books, the rankings can have a long tail.

Covers: I use Akira on Fiverr for my books. I can’t praise him enough. He’s not only reasonably priced but has an extremely fast turnaround time.

Support groups: I am a member of the The Writer’s Café on Kboards. It is a fantastic forum where successful authors share tips and best practices. I strongly recommend it to any indie author.

Free books: All those who sign up to my mailing list, get my first thriller, The Warrior free. In addition, if they join my Launch Team, they also get advance copies of all my upcoming releases, free.

My mailing list and Launch Team help me enormously in getting me reviews and also the paid purchases that Amazon and other retailer’s value. This helps boost my book rankings in the initial weeks of a release.

Blogging: I want to make my blog as the starting point for my readers’ journey but I am nowhere near that point. Currently my blog serves as yet another discovery platform for my books. I also use it to share my writing experiences with other authors.

Author's Book List
The Warrior Code
The Reluctant Warrior
The Warrior

For the rest of the story...View Ty Patterson - HBS Author's Spotlight

Charlotte Raine

Author Genre: Suspense, Romance, Thriller

Website: Charlotte Raine - Romantic Suspense Author
Twitter: @crainebooks
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Next: Devil’s Dawn should be out around the end of March or early April.

Social media: My reader relationships are everything to me. I encourage my readers to contact me and share my email freely in my books, on my Amazon author page, and on my website as well. I try to do some work on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads every day or two.

I do have a reader list. I include a link to sign up for my newsletter at the end of each book. I think it’s working ok so far.

Free Books: The experience has been wonderful and I love connecting with my fans. I couldn’t have asked for a better turn out for the first two because they have both been really awesome.

Newsletter: I just try to keep my readers informed with books on sale, insider peeks, interviews (like this one) and new books coming out. I do try to build my list but only very passively.

Getting reviews: I rely on my readers to provide them. I know there are services you can use to bump up your reviews very quickly but I don’t think that is right. If you read my book and like it, leave me a review. I ask my readers to leave me a review at the end of each book and if someone contacts me and says they loved my book.

Author's Book List
Midnight Sun
Disturbed Mind
Teacher Beware
Do You Want To Play

For the rest of the story...View Charlotte Raine - HBS Author's Spotlight

HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

Jenna Bennett
Featured Book: Finding You

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance

Author's Blog: Jenna Bennett
Website: Jenna Bennett - Jennie Bentley
Twitter: @Bennett_Jenna
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Jenna Bennett writes the Cutthroat Business mysteries, featuring realtor and Southern Belle Savannah Martin, who stumbles over dead bodies in Nashville, Tennessee. She's also the author of the award-winning Soldiers of Fortune series of science fiction romances from Entangled Publishing, along with assorted other romance-type books, about FBI agents, Greek gods, and rich businessmen, among other things.

As Jennie Bentley, she writes the New York Times bestselling Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime, featuring Avery Baker, a textile designer, and Avery's boyfriend Derek Ellis, a handyman, who renovate houses in fictitious Waterfield, Maine.

Author's Book List
Finding You
Past Due
Kickout Clause
Change of Heart
A Done Deal
Close to Home
Contract Pending
Hot Property
A Cutthroat Business
Home For the Homicide
Wall-to-Wall Dead
Flipped Out
Mortar and Murder
Plaster and Poison
Spackled and Spooked
Fatal Fixer-Upper

For the rest of the story...View Jenna Bennett - HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

Dianne Harman
Featured Book: Murder in Cottage #6

Author Genre: Romance and Literary Fiction

Author's Blog: Dianne Harman Author
Website: Dianne Harman Author
Twitter: @DianneDHarman
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote - all of which are available now in the Coyote Series.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs, thus the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series, which includes family recipes! Kelly's Koffee Shop and Murder at Jade Cove have been on the top of the culinary, cozy, and animal charts within a week of being published and the third in the series, White Cloud Retreat, will be published very soon. Kelly's Koffee Shop was recently voted as one of the top 30 Best Self-Published Books of 2014.

Author's Book List
Murder in Cottage #6
Marriage and Murder
White Cloud Retreat
Murder at Jade Cove
Kelly's Koffee Shop
Tea Party Teddy's Legacy
Coyote in Provence
Tea Party Teddy
Blue Coyote Motel

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J.A. Jance
Featured Book: Cold Betrayal

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Author's Blog: J.A. Jance - NYT Bestselling Author
Website: J.A. Jance
Twitter: @JAJance
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; four interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and eight books featuring Ali Reynolds.

As a second-grader in Mrs. Spangler’s Greenway School class, I was introduced to Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series. I read the first one and was hooked and knew, from that moment on, that I wanted to be a writer.

The third child in a large family, I was four years younger than my next older sister and four years older than the next younger sibling. Being both too young and too old left me alone in a crowd and helped turn me into an introspective reader and a top student. When I graduated from Bisbee High School in 1962, I received an academic scholarship that made me the first person in my family to attend a four year college. I graduated in 1966 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. In 1970 I received my M. Ed. In Library Science. I taught high school English at Tucson’s Pueblo High School for two years and was a K-12 librarian at Indian Oasis School District in Sells, Arizona for five years.

My ambitions to become a writer were frustrated in college and later, first because the professor who taught creative writing at the University of Arizona in those days thought girls "ought to be teachers or nurses" rather than writers. After he refused me admission to the program, I did the next best thing: I married a man who was allowed in the program that was closed to me. My first husband imitated Faulkner and Hemingway primarily by drinking too much and writing too little. Despite the fact that he was allowed in the creative writing program, he never had anything published either prior to or after his death from chronic alcoholism at age forty-two. That didn’t keep him from telling me, however, that there would be only one writer in our family, and he was it.

My husband made that statement in 1968 after I had received a favorable letter from an editor in New York who was interested in publishing a children’s story I had written. Because I was a newly wed wife who was interested in staying married, I put my writing ambitions on hold. Other than writing poetry in the dark of night when my husband was asleep (see After the Fire), I did nothing more about writing fiction until eleven years later when I was a single, divorced mother with two children and no child support as well as a full time job selling life insurance. My first three books were written between four a.m. and seven a.m.. At seven, I would wake my children and send them off to school. After that, I would get myself ready to go sell life insurance.

I started writing in the middle of March of 1982. The first book I wrote, a slightly fictionalized version of a series of murders that happened in Tucson in 1970, was never published. For one thing, it was twelve hundred pages long. Since I was never allowed in the creative writing classes, no one had ever told me there were some things I needed to leave out. For another, the editors who turned it down said that the parts that were real were totally unbelievable, and the parts that were fiction were fine. My agent finally sat me down and told me that she thought I was a better writer of fiction than I was of non-fiction. Why, she suggested, didn’t I try my hand at a novel?

The result of that conversation was the first Detective Beaumont book, Until Proven Guilty. Since 1985 when that was published, there have been 21 more Beau books. My work also includes 14 Joanna Brady books set in southeastern Arizona where I grew up, and seven Ali Reynolds books, set in Sedona, AZ. In addition there are four thrillers, starting with Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees, that reflect what I learned during the years when I was teaching on the Tohono O’Odham reservation west of Tucson, Arizona.

The week before Until Proven Guilty was published, I did a poetry reading of After the Fire at a widowed retreat sponsored by a group called WICS (Widowed Information Consultation Services) of King County. By June of 1985, it was five years after my divorce in 1980 and two years after my former husband’s death. I went to the retreat feeling as though I hadn’t quite had my ticket punched and didn’t deserve to be there. After all, the other people there were all still married when their spouses died. I was divorced. At the retreat I met a man whose wife had died of breast cancer two years to the day and within a matter of minutes of the time my husband died. We struck up a conversation based on that coincidence. Six months later, to the dismay of our five children, we told the kids they weren’t the Brady Bunch, but they'd do, and we got married. We now have four new in-laws as well as six grandchildren.

When my second husband and I first married, he supported all of us–his kids and mine as well as the two of us. It was a long time before my income from writing was anything more than fun money–the Improbable Cause trip to Walt Disney World; the Minor in Possession memorial powder room; the Payment in Kind memorial hot tub. Eventually, however, the worm turned. My husband was able to retire at age 54 and took up golf and oil painting.

One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything–even the bad stuff–is usable. The eighteen years I spent while married to an alcoholic have helped shape the experience and character of Detective J. P. Beaumont. My experiences as a single parent have gone into the background for Joanna Brady–including her first tentative steps toward a new life after the devastation of losing her husband in Desert Heat. And then there’s the evil creative writing professor in Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees, but that’s another story.

Another wonderful part of being a writer is hearing from fans. I learned on the reservation that the ancient, sacred charge of the storyteller is to beguile the time. I’m thrilled when I hear that someone has used my books to get through some particularly difficult illness either as a patient or as they sit on the sidelines while someone they love is terribly ill. It gratifies me to know that by immersing themselves in my stories, people are able to set their own lives aside and live and walk in someone else’s shoes. It tells me I’m doing a good job at the best job in the world.

Author's Book List
Cold Betrayal
A Last Goodbye
Remains of Innocence
The Old Blue Line
Moving Target
Second Watch
After the Fire
Judgment Call
Deadly Stakes: A Novel
Left for Dead
Paradise Lost
Breach of Duty
Exit Wounds
Birds of Prey
Edge of Evil
Betrayal of Trust
Payment in Kind
Fatal Error: A Novel
Minor in Possession
Improbable Cause
A More Perfect Union
Dismissed with Prejudice
Justice Denied

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Robin Mahle
Featured Book: Inherent Clarity

Author Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime

Author's Blog: Robin Mahle
Website: Robin Mahle
Twitter: @RobinMahle
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Bestselling Author, Robin Mahle, lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. Robin found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending nearly 20 years in the construction industry.

Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 14 years. Backpacking (or certainly close to it), throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author- idols in the thriller/suspense genre.

Keep an eye out for the next KATE REID novel, coming early this summer!

LAW OF FIVE, book three in the bestselling REDWOOD VIOLET mystery/suspense series is available now. Books one and two are fan favorites and should not be missed.

Her other bestselling novels include the exciting corporate thriller, LANDSLIDE and the supernatural/suspense novel, BEYOND THE CLEARING.

Author's Book List
Inherent Clarity
Law of Five
Beyond the Clearing
All the Shiny Things
Redwood Violet
Long Journey Home

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M.J. Rose

Author Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Author's Blog: Museum of Mysteries
Website: M.J. Rose
Twitter: @MJRose
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and her next novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS will be released March 2015.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president..

Author's Book List
What To Do Before Your Book Launch
The Collector of Dying Breaths
The Book of Lost Fragrances
The Hypnotist
The Memorist
The Reincarnationist
Lip Service
Flesh Tones
In Fidelity
Sheet Music
The Halo Effect
The Delilah Complex
The Venus Fix
Lying In Bed

For the rest of the story...View M.J. Rose - HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

Maggie Toussaint
Featured Book: G-1

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance,Suspense

Author's Blog: Mudpies and Magnolias
Website: Maggie Toussaint - Romance Danger Mystery
Twitter: @MaggieToussaint
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Award-winning southern author Maggie Toussaint is published in romance and mystery genres. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America.

Maggie uses real life inspiration to flavor her books. Her rich scenery and colorful characters have received much notice, but at heart, she tells a darn good story.

Author's Book List
Rough Waters
Gone and Done It
On the Nickel
Dime If I Know
Hot Water
In For A Penny
Death, Island Style
Murder in the Buff
Seeing Red
Muddy Waters

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P. C. Zick
Featured Book: Behind the Bar

Author Genre: Literature & Fiction

Author's Blog: Living Lightly
Website: P. C. Zick
Twitter: @PCZick
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
P.C. Zick began her writing career in 1998 as a journalist. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre.

She's published five works of fiction and two nonfiction books.

She was born in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980. She finds the stories of Florida and its people and environment a rich base for her storytelling platform. Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife - both human and animal - supply her fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.

Her fiction contains the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. In her novels, she advances the cause for wildlife conservation and energy conservation. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.

"This is one of the most exciting times to be an author," Ms. Zick says. "I'm honored to be a part of the revolution in writing and publishing."

Author's Book List
Behind the Bar
Native Lands
Behind the Altar
Odyssey to Myself
A Lethal Legacy
Trails in the Sand
Tortoise Stew
Live from the Road

For the rest of the story...View P. C. Zick - HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

HBS Bundles and Co-Authored Showcase

Featured Set: At Odds with Destiny

Available at Amazon: At Odds with Destiny

Uvi Poznansky
Title: Rise to Power

Author Genre: Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Poetry

Twitter: @UviPoznansky
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist.

She earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. During her studies and in the years immediately following her graduation, she practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, 'Home for the Soldier'; a controversial design that sparked fierce public debate.

At the age of 25 Uvi moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children. Before long, she received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she guided teams in a variety of design projects; and where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

During the years she spent in advancing her career--first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices)--she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work can be seen online at It includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Uvi published two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (see Author Videos at the bottom of this page.) She won great acclaim for her novel, Apart From Love, and for her poetry book, Home (in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. Rise to Power (volume I) and A Peek at Bathsheba (volume II) of her trilogy The David Chronicles have just been published.

Aaron Paul Lazar
Title: Double Forté

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction, Young Adult

Website: Aaron Paul Lazar
Author's Blog: Aaron Paul Lazar
Twitter: @aplazar
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Aaron Paul Lazar wasn't always a mystery writer. It wasn't until eight members of his family and friends died within five years that the urge to write became overwhelming. "When my father died, I lost it. I needed an outlet, and writing provided the kind of solace I couldn't find elsewhere."

Lazar created the Gus LeGarde mystery series, with the founding novel, DOUBLE FORTÉ (2004), a chilling winter mystery set in the Genesee Valley of upstate New York. Like Lazar's father, protagonist Gus LeGarde is a classical music professor. Gus, a grandfather, gardener, chef, and nature lover, plays Chopin etudes to feed his soul and thinks of himself as a "Renaissance man caught in the 21st century." This book has since be rereleased in 2012 as an "author's preferred edition," via Twilight Times Books.

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!

Christoph Fischer
Title: The Luck of the Weissensteiners

Author Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Website: Christoph Fischer Books
Twitter: @CFFBooks
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. 'The Luck of The Weissensteiners' is his first published work. "Sebastian" has been released in May 2013. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Brandt Legg
Title: Outview

Author Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Website: Brandt Legg
Twitter: @BrandtLegg
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Google+: Check Out Google+
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
Brandt Legg is a former child prodigy who turned an interest in stamp collecting into a multi-million dollar empire. At eight, Legg's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while suffering from crippling migraines, he started in business. National media dubbed him the "Teen Tycoon," but by the time he reached his twenties, the high-flying Legg became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties, lost his entire fortune... and ended up serving time in federal prison for financial improprieties. Legg emerged, chastened and wiser, one year later and began anew in retail and real estate. From there his life adventures have led him through magazine publishing, a newspaper column, photography, FM radio, CD production and concert promotion.

Amalie Jahn
Title: Among the Shrouded

Author Genre: Suspense, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Website: Author Amalie Jahn
Twitter: @AmalieJahn
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
"I spent my childhood writing journals about the boys I loved, especially the ones who never loved me back. I never imagined I'd be channeling those emotions into full-length novels later on in my life." - Amalie Jahn

Undeterred by fickle teenage boys, Amalie won her first literary award in seventh grade for a fictional short story about a girl struggling with accident-induced hearing loss. She's been writing ever since.

After briefly setting aside the creative writing of her youth to pursue a career in education, she found that creating lesson plans for her elementary school students cultivated a desire to write for young adults. However, it would be many years before her first full-length YA novel, The Clay Lion, written as a tribute to a pair of siblings who were close to her heart, would eventually be published.

The Clay Lion's Best-Selling March 2013 release was followed by the publication of Among the Shrouded in November of the same year, the first in a series of novels exploring real-world issues under the umbrella of paranormal suspense. Tin Men, the second time travel book in the Clay Lion series was released in July of 2014, and Amalie is currently working on the final installment of the series entitled A Straw Man, with publication anticipated for mid-2015.

Suzanne Jenkins
Title: Pam of Babylon

Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Website: Suzanne Jenkins
Author's Blog: Suzanne Jenkins
Twitter: @suzannejenkins3
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Author Description:
My books are all creations of a rich and sometimes devilish dream life. Don’t worry—you won’t see yourself in any of my books, but if you do, it’s just a coincidence…

I live in the west Michigan lakeshore area with my high-school sweetheart husband of forty-four years. We have two children, five grandchildren, with two on the way. Oscar, a six-year-old mixed shepherd-type doggie. We have an aged sheep, Spot who lives in a pasture outside my office window with a borrowed companion, Dot.

In a former life, I was a registered nurse who worked in the Operating Room for many years. Prior to nursing school, I was an OR technician. I did my training at Marygrove College, and the clinical experiences we had took place in the Detroit Medical Center. I remember going to a mandatory autopsy in the morgue at Detroit General. All I can say is wow! I was so relieved; the only thing going on the day I was scheduled to observe was a brain dissection. After working in the OR for over thirty three years, I can’t stand the sight of blood now.

S.W. Vaughn
Title: Broken Angel

Author Genre: Thriller, M/m Romance, Paranormal

Website: S.W. Vaughn - page-turning thrillers
Author's Blog: Sonya Bateman
Twitter: @SWVaughn
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Author Description:
S.W. Vaughn lives in central New York and writes in a few different genres, including thriller and paranormal.

Current projects include a brand new thriller, a series of modern fairy tale retellings with a twist of sweet paranormal romance, and an upcoming anthology story in the Mammoth Books series.

Janet E. Morris
Title: Tempus

Author Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Website: sacredbander
Twitter: @uvmchristine
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Author Description:
Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 30 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.

P. C. Zick
Title: Native Lands

Author Genre: Literature & Fiction

Website: P. C. Zick
Author's Blog: Living Lightly
Twitter: @PCZick
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Author Description:
P.C. Zick began her writing career in 1998 as a journalist. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre.

She's published five works of fiction and two nonfiction books.

She was born in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980. She finds the stories of Florida and its people and environment a rich base for her storytelling platform. Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife - both human and animal - supply her fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.

Her fiction contains the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. In her novels, she advances the cause for wildlife conservation and energy conservation. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.

"This is one of the most exciting times to be an author," Ms. Zick says. "I'm honored to be a part of the revolution in writing and publishing."

J.J. DiBenedetto
Title: Dream Student

Author Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, Romance

Website: Writing Dreams
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Author Description:
J.J. (James) Dibenedetto's fans would swear he's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.

His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.

Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.

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Diane Capri
Title: Raw Justice

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Website: Diane Capri - Licensed to Thrill
Author's Blog: Diane Capri - Behind the Book
Twitter: @DianeCapri
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Author Description:
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author Diane Capri's work, #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child calls "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too."

Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award-winning MWA Past President, says: "Expertise shines on every page."

And Library Journal raves: "….offers tense legal drama with courtroom overtones, twisty plots, and loads of atmosphere. Recommended."

Diane's new Jess Kimball series kicked off with Fatal Distraction, opening as the #3 Amazon Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. Jess Kimball's second outing, the short story Fatal Enemy was recently released. Diane's new Hunt for Jack Reacher series began with Don't Know Jack, which garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. Don't Know Jack was followed by two bestselling short stories in the Hunt for Jack Reacher series, Jack in a Box and Jack and Kill. Diane's Bestselling Justice Series suspense mysteries were praised by Romantic Times and garnered the coveted "Top Pick."

Diane is the past Executive Vice President of International Thriller Writers, past member of the Board of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and active in Sisters in Crime and other writing organizations. She comes to writing after a successful legal career and is married to her college sweetheart. She loves her nomadic snowbird existence preferring perpetual summer migrating from Florida to Michigan each year.

Diane says she writes mystery, thriller and suspense for the same reason she reads: to find out what happens, why people do what they do, and how to bring justice to an unjust world. Her books are translated in twenty territories. Diane loves to hear from readers.

Cheryl Bradshaw
Title: Grayson Manor Haunting

Author Genre: Mystery/Thriller fiction novels

Website: Cheryl Bradshaw
Author's Blog: A Place to Embrace our Love of Books
Twitter: @cherylbradshaw
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Author Description:
Born and raised in Southern California, Cheryl Bradshaw became interested in writing at a young age, but it was almost two decades before she put pen to paper. In 2009 Bradshaw wrote Black Diamond Death (Book One: Sloane Monroe series). Within six weeks it entered the top #100 in two different categories and remained in the top #100 for over a year.

Since that time, she has written two more novels in the series and is working on the fourth as well as other projects she currently has in the works. In August 2012, Bradshaw was named one of Twitter's seven best authors to follow. Bradshaw is also the founder of IWU on Facebook, a writers group with almost 1,400 members.

Russell Blake
Title: Black

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Website: Russell Blake Suspense Writer
Author's Blog: Russell Blake - Author Spotlight
Twitter: @blakebooks
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Author Description:
Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is the USA Today bestselling author of twenty-nine books, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, JET VI - Justice, JET VII - Sanctuary, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, and BLACK To Reality.

Non-fiction includes the international bestseller An Angel With Fur (animal biography) and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated), a parody of all things writing-related.

Blake is co-author of an action/adventure novel, The Eye of Heaven, with legendary author Clive Cussler, to be released by Penguin in September, 2014. Blake's novel King of Swords has been translated into German by Amazon Crossing, and his JET novel into Spanish by Reprobatio.

Blake lives in Mexico and enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns.

Jack Patterson
Title: The Warren Omissions

Author Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Website: Jack Patterson
Author's Blog: Jack Patterson Blog
Twitter: @MrJackPatterson
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Author Description:
Jack Patterson is an award-winning writer and thriller author living in the Pacific Northwest. While growing up in a military family, he spent some of his formative years living with his family on the estate of an English baron and baroness. It was there that he developed his passion for good literature and an appreciation for football.

Upon returning to the United States, Jack entered the field of journalism where he won numerous writing awards and has written articles for many prestigious U.S. newspapers, including The New York Times. He later left journalism full-time to pursue writing books and now resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three young children. He plans to write many more thrilling novels unless the CIA presses him into service to save the world.

"The Warren Omissions", a high-stakes thriller in which ex-CIA operative James Flynn uncovers who was behind the conspiracy to assassinate JFK before being pressed into service to stop another assassination and nuclear world war, is his latest novel.

Mark Dawson
Title: The Cleaner

Author Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

Website: Mark Dawson
Twitter: @pbackwriter
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Author Description:
Until recently, Mark Dawson worked in the London film industry. He now writes full-time and is working on three series.

The John Milton books feature a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people to make amends for the things that he has done.

The Beatrix Rose series feature the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother - who happens to be an assassin - against the six names on her Kill List.

And Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970. It has been compared to The Sopranos in austerity London.

You can get Mark's Starter Library - two best-selling novels and two novellas, with hundreds of five star reviews between them - by signing up for his mailing list at

Emma Jameson
Title: Ice Blue

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Website: Emma Jameson
Twitter: @msemmajameson
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Author Description:
Emma Jameson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series. Book #1, ICE BLUE, Book #2, BLUE MURDER, and Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, are available now.

She is also the author of MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, the first book in a new series set in wartime Cornwall. She is at work on Lord & Lady Hetheridge book #4, BLACK & BLUE, and also DIVORCE CAN BE DEADLY, the second mystery starring Dr. Benjamin Bones.

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