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ITW’s ThrillerFest Debut Author Jonathan Putnam Talks ‘Perish from the Earth’

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ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Authors Jonathan Putnam PERISH FROM THE EARTH

Meet today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Jonathan Putnam and his soon-to-be-released historical thriller, Perish from the Earth. Check out what he has to say about his favorite thriller and preferred method of murder (in books!). BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Jonathan Putnam: My first inclination is to say The Idiot’s Guide to Death Row Appeals, for obvious reasons, but since I was a trial lawyer before becoming a mystery writer I could actually represent myself. So I’ll say instead Nabokov’s autobiography, Speak, Memory. It is one of the most beautiful, perceptive and haunting books I’ve ever read. I’d want it with me at the end. BT: If you were going…

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Cate Holahan Shares an AuthorBuzz Giveaway and Story!

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s AuthorBuzz author, Cate Holahan has to say! In each note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, LIES SHE TOLD is the story of a novelist whose art imitates her life. Or, is it the other way around? Protagonist Liza Cole has an idea to put her back on the bestseller list: a revenge tale about Beth, a postpartum mom that unwittingly discovers her husband’s extramarital affair and, ultimately, murders the mistress. Liza doesn’t see herself in her combative main character. Her problems stem from an inability to get pregnant, despite extensive fertility treatments, and the disappearance of her husband’s business partner,…

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Author Cate Holahan Answers One Question about ‘The Widower’s Wife’

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The opening lines to Cate Holahan’s The Widower’s Wife (Crooked Lane Books, August 9, 2016) solidified my perpetual refusal to go on a cruise ship. Her newest thriller follows the investigation of a young wife gone missing on a cruise and she just so happens to have a lofty inheritance. Ryan Monahan, a character I’m dying for Holahan to feature in future work, is on the case to find out what happened to Ana Bacon. Her follow-up to her debut novel, Dark Turns, took me on a weaving narrative to the aftermath and the events leading up to the mysterious woman’s disappearance. Perspective is reality, as the tired, ever-relevant saying goes. For the One Question and Answer series, I asked her about the…

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Google Searches for Your Next Novel Could Get You in Hot Water with the NSA!

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“What are the weakest ports of entry to the United States?” “How much for a fake social security number?” “Caribbean to the U.S. without documents…” NSA spies could be forgiven for pegging me as a human trafficker. A scan of web queries from my IP address in the last year would reveal that someone with access to my password-protected router routinely Googled for information about sneaking into the U.S. I’m somewhat surprised that a black suited agent in dark sunglasses hasn’t come to check out my basement. I’m not shocked, however, that my questions all had answers buried in the recesses of the web. Google is to information what Ali Baba’s imaginary, magic cave was to treasure. It’s almost unfathomable…

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Author Cate Holahan: How I Made Two Cinematic Book Trailers, Each For Less Than $500

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In my head, my finished books are already films. The faces of my characters, drawn out in detail over months of writing and editing, are etched into my mind’s eye. When I re-read my novels, these imaginary people perform for me. I can hear the unique rhythms of their speeches, see their facial ticks. Reviewing a key scene is a screening. Yet none of my imagined scenes ever had a chance of making it into a book trailer. Translating even snippets of my cinematic visions into a trailer would have demanded qualified actors, location scouts, permits, directors, producers, editors and a budget many multiples of my advance. Fortunately, the former television producer in me was aware—albeit vaguely—of the costs associated…

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Just Keep Swimming: 4 Books to Read After You Finally See Finding Dory!

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P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney has been ingrained in my brain thanks to the hilarious Dory. Thirteen years ago, Disney-Pixar introduced a film that touched the hearts of all ages and we’ve been (im)patiently waiting since then to see our favorite characters of Finding Nemo back on the big screen. Well, the wait is over because on June 17, we will be onto the next adventure with Marlin, Dory and Co. in Finding Dory (We’re wishing her the best of luck considering that pesky annoyance of having no short-term memory!), with the familiar bickering voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks leading the way. We know that you’ve already bought your ticket to go see Finding Dory on Friday and that you’ve…

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