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Tall Poppy Review: Ghosts of the Past in “One More Day”

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When someone dies, we may wish for more time with them. Just one more day. But what if that happened? What if they actually came back?This premise launches Kelly Simmons’s graceful and otherworldly suspense novel, One More Day (Sourcebooks Landmark) Carrie and her husband are mired in grief after the mysterious kidnapping of their son Ben. One second he was in his car seat. And the next, while his mother looked for change for parking, he was gone. The detectives have made no headway and the case is quickly turning cold. But then a year later, Ben returns. His parents are shocked and overjoyed. The detectives are astonished, as well as suspicious. But, there’s something odd about Ben’s reappearance. It’s been a whole…

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4 Indie Bookstores Offer Their Top Suspense Reads

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Sunscreen? Check. Swim suit? Check. Summer suspense? Grab some of these. There’s nothing like a good, gripping tale to help you unwind. We randomly polled four independent bookstores that specialize in murder and mayhem about new bestsellers in the suspense category. Surprisingly, there were no overlaps as each store named four titles selling well, in no particular order: Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store, Delray Beach, Florida: Cheryl Kravetz, a bookseller at the Murder on the Beach Mystery Book Store, named the following four as her top sellers: 1.) The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (William Morrow). A woman returns to her home after a 10-month absence, too terrified to step outside. Shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear…

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Art Teacher in Peril in Kelli Clare’s Debut Novel “Hidden”

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Can’t decide whether you want your next book to be a romance or a thriller? Never fear: If you pick up Kelli Clare’s debut novel Hidden, you don’t have to choose. This romantic suspense novel follows an art teacher named Ellie James who realizes that her life is in danger. A handsome stranger named Will Hastings appears and claims he will protect her from a bloodthirsty group named the Order, but will his help be enough? To celebrate this book’s June 5 release, check out this exclusive excerpt from the fourth chapter of Hidden. I pounded the side of my fist on the door frame. The police believed we were missing—we’d have to skip the funeral. Not…

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Part One: BookTrib Q&A with Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

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There’s something great about reading the next book in a series – it’s like an exciting new adventure with an old friend. You know all their secrets, passions and dreams; and, even though some time has passed since you were last together, when you open that book cover it’s as though you’d never been apart. This is what bestselling author Lisa Gardner accomplishes in her Detective D.D. Warren series: she has made it her specialty to take us to places we never thought we’d go. Look For Me, sees the return of both beloved Detective D.D. Warren and Flora Dane, the victim-turned-vigilante from Find Her and takes them on a case involving the brutal deaths of an entire family, with one teenager missing. It may…

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Q&A: Betty Jean Craige Turns Genetics Into Suspense in ‘Aldo’

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As science explores the possibilities of genetic therapy, questions arise as to how far is too far when it comes to scholarship and academic freedom in science; such is the case in Betty Jean Craige’s novel, Aldo.  Aldo is not only a suspense novel, it’s a timely look at the politics involved in academia and the ethical considerations of science we all must face. Isabel Canto, the associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University’s Institute for Genome Modification finds out that she is pregnant, the same day that the university president receives a letter from someone calling themselves “Aldo.” The letter threatens physical harm if the president does not shut down the Institute and fire the director. While Isabel recommends that the president refuse…

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Part Two: BookTrib Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Gardner

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This is Part Two of our interview with Lisa Gardner. Click here to read Part One. New York Times best selling author Lisa Gardner’s latest novel in the Detective D.D. Warren Series sees the return of not only D.D., but also Flora Dane, the victim-turned-vigilante from Gardner’s previous bestselling novel, Find Her. Now, in Look For Me, D.D. is given a case where an entire family has been murdered, and the teenage daughter, Roxy, is missing. With a ticking clock on how much time is left, D.D. is confronted with one of the most complex cases of her career. BookTrib got to talk with Lisa Gardner about the research behind her novel, returning to old characters, writing kick-ass women and more.   BookTrib: As…

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The Return of Bailey Weggins: Author Kate White Talks About Her Latest Book, ‘Even If It Kills Her’

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Bailey Weggins is not your typical heroine. She started out as a writer for a major women’s magazine, before becoming an amateur sleuth with a brief moment of work for a celebrity gossip publication, and then turned true crime journalist. But rather than being the tortured lead character who often thinks that the people she loves would be better off without her in their lives, Bailey is actually relatable: sometimes she makes mistakes, but she tries to put them right; she has good relationships, and people she loves. She’s smart, bold, and pretty gutsy – a character that we can not only relate to, but want to read about. Similarly, the author of the Bailey Weggins Mystery Series, Kate White,…

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Sex, Voyeurism, A Legendary Journalist And The Thin Line Between Fact And Fantasy

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Ever go to a hotel and wonder if anyone is watching you? Voyeur, a documentary shown this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival about well-known journalist Gay Talese and motel owner Gerald Foos, the voyeur who chose him to write his story. It started more than thirty years earlier when Foos wrote a letter to Talese. Foos owned a small motel in Aurora Colorado that he turned into a laboratory designed specifically to spy on his clientele. In April, 2016 a controversial excerpt from Talese’s upcoming book The Voyeur’s Motel was published  in The New Yorker. Just before the book’s release, The Washington Post ran a story stating the book had factual inconsistencies threatening to destroy the story Talese was working on…

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Bad Boys Make the Best Books in This Week’s Author Buzz

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Dear Reader In the spirit of writing about bad boys and the women who love them, it’s my pleasure to bring you the first stand-alone book in my Bodyguard Bad Boys series, Rock Me. My bodyguard bad boys are sexy, hot and oh so protective. First up is Ben Hollander, who has a past he doesn’t want to remember with pop star Summer Michelle. But when he’s assigned to be her bodyguard, he can’t help but remember why he couldn’t keep his hands to himself in the first place. She’s on the verge of ultimate fame and he’s not looking to get his heart broken again. Join them on their emotional journey! Want to win one of five copies of…

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AuthorBuzz: Suspense and Intrigue Inspire This Week’s Featured Authors

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Dear Reader, this week’s AuthorBuzz selections are full of suspense and intrigue, just in time to meet your end-of-summer reading goals! Learn about the authors and what inspired these original works. Also, learn how you can enter giveaways and contact both writers.      Dear Reader, I adore Nikki and Damien Stark—their passion, their connection, their vulnerability to each other. One of my greatest joys has been writing their after “happily ever after” stories as their relationship grows and changes. Hold Me is especially dear to me because it delves into the challenges this couple faces when work and family collide, and hard choices must be made—the story is so real and true to me, and I hope it rings true to you,…

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Fenton and Steinke Turn Up the Suspense in ‘The Good Widow’

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There is nothing wrong with a quick departure from reality with a good suspense novel at your heels. As you become wholeheartedly absorbed in the suspense of The Good Widow, you will find that reality isn’t what it seems. Jacks answers her front door to find two police officers telling her the shocking news that her husband is dead. She knew he was on a business trip in Kansas… or was he? The plot thickens when they tell her he was in an accident in Maui, Hawaii. With another woman.  And so it begins… the unravelling of the truth behind their rocky marriage, the mother in law, fertility issues and unmet expectations. Then there’s a visit from Nick, the fiancé…

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Naomi Watts Intensifies this Family Drama in ‘The Book of Henry’

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It’s rare that a movie trailer can surprise us these days. We’re so used to hearing that music swell and watching the main conflict unfold that it almost feels like we could write our own at this point. Which makes the trailer for the upcoming film, The Book of Henry, stand out so much. What begins as a touching, child-genius story rapidly shifts gears, and soon we’re dealing with a mystery and a complicated plan on par with Gone Girl. Thrilling, moving, sweet, smart, and scary, this movie looks like it’ll have something for everyone. And while it may not be based on a book, it’s certainly centered around a book, as Henry’s inventive solution is at the heart of this compelling…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 140: Writing Multiple POV Suspense — Interview with Jessica Strawser

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In this week’s DIY MFA Radio episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews Jessica Strawser, editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine, and author of the stunning debut novel, Almost Missed You. They talk about writing multiple point-of-view suspense and how to craft that crucial first chapter for maximum impact on your readers. They also discuss the juggling act involved with being moms who write and also have busy “day jobs.” (It is possible to balance it all!) ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading + Community = MFA This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is:…

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K.J. Howe on Researching the Scary World of Kidnapping for Her Latest Release, The Freedom Broker

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, starting with this article written by K.J. Howe! If you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat thrills, we recommend checking out The Freedom Broker. The first in a new series from K.J. Howe, this novel follows kidnap negotiator Thea Paris as she attempts to free her father from the clutches of a mysterious captor. Thea is a bold heroine who readers will love rooting for, but crafting her was no easy task. Here, Howe shares stories from the three years she spent researching kidnappers, their victims, and the heroes who fight to bring loved ones home safe. Have you ever heard the term “response consultant?” If not, you’re not alone. A hidden world exists…

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Interview with Dale Wiley and Southern Gothic (Video)

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Aspiring author Meredith Harper owns the hottest bookstore in Savannah. Michael Black is her favorite writer—long thought dead—until he mysteriously approaches Meredith with a new manuscript, and a most unusual offer. Meredith can keep the manuscript to herself, or publish it under her own name. Her decision results in a bestseller, but the novel contains a coded secret; one that will put her on trial for murder and in hiding from “the blood stalker,” proving too late that making a deal with the devil comes at a heavy price.     ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dale Wiley has had a character named after him on CSI, owned a record label, been interviewed by Bob Edwards on NPR’s Morning Edition and made…

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