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Told from the point-of-view of a former elite U.S. military intelligence operative, and the perspective of an Al Qaeda-backed terrorist cell, The 19th Element by John L. Betcher is a first rate psychological thriller that will hook your interest early and keep you reading non-stop until the final page. Although this is the second release in the series, The 19th Element takes place a few months prior to the author's debut, The Missing Element. James "Beck" Becker has settled into retirement and is attempting to live a normal life, putting his law degree to use with a legal practice in his hometown... Read More

"Amid the Cacophony of Cries," by Brandi L. Bates is intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging...

Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that rejects piety, cynicism, and self-pity, it brings us face-to-face with a provocative new understanding of the nature of love, sex, betrayal, and the great unknown. an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice. Starkly honest and mincing no words. Our acerbic narrator conveys urgency and youthful spirit with an angry,... Read More

Some Crimes Can Never Be Forgiven.

Lainie Goff thought she had it all. The ambitious young attorney was brilliant, beautiful, and on a fast-track to a lucrative partnership at one of the top firms in New England. But then, one cold night, a dark and ugly secret comes back from Lainie’s past and she pushes things too far. Soon her body is found, frozen solid in sub-zero temperatures at the end of the Portland Fish Pier.

A mentally ill woman named Abby Quinn witnesses the brutal crime. But when she tells what she has seen, nobody will believe her. Not until she too mysteriously... Read More

About Sue Provost:

Sue Provost is an active spiritual director, religious education teacher for both children and adults, and author of Where is God in Your Life? Three Retreats in Christian Spirituality. Her vocation in the practice of spiritual direction supports lay men and women, as well as clergy and those in ministry formation, in discernment of God’s gifting and God’s calling.

Sue has a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation from Regis University, in Denver Colorado. She is on the board of directors for the national headquarters of Small Christian Communities Connect (SCCC),... Read More

I suspect a lot of you reading this that were around in the 70’s got turned onto the sub genre of heroic fantasy called sword and sorcery the same way I did: The re-discovery of Robert E. Howard thanks to the Lancer Conan paperbacks with the exquisite Frank Frazetta covers. I devoured all the Howard I could get and once I was through gobbling all of his stories I quickly moved onto Charles R. Saunders, Fritz Leiber, John Jakes, Michael Moorcock, Jack Vance and Lin Carter. Carter was a little bit too slavish in his homage to Howard in his Thongor series, though. But still, at that age... Read More

Don’t you just love reading a page-turner? As a mystery writer, I constantly strive to write books that readers have a hard time putting down. After much trial and error, I learned to write fast-paced novels by dissecting well-written, engaging books and studying how the author structured the story.

You, too, can write a page turner. Here are five tips I use that will help you keep readers turning the pages.

1. Create Characters the Reader Cares About..

To hook your readers, give them characters they can root for as well as root against. If your protagonist is an underdog... Read More

Joining us today is Rebecca James. Rebecca is the author of Beautiful Malice, a psychological suspense novel The Wall Street Journal called a “publishing phenomenon".

Welcome Rebecca, it's great to have you with us. Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in various places throughout New South Wales. I’ve worked as a waitress, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a bartender, and a mini-cab telephone operator in London. I currently live in Australia with my partner and our four sons.

Tell us about Beautiful Malice.

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