Books To Read For Fans of Agatha Christie

Books To Read For Fans of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie needs no introduction as one of the greatest writers of all time. Whether you’re a fan of traditional mystery, thriller, or cozy mystery novels, all readers can appreciate her timeless stories. If you’ve been searching everywhere for some new mystery and thriller novels, don’t miss these books to read for fans of Agatha Christie. Happy reading!


Sorry Can’t Save You

by Willow Rose

Release Date: October 29, 2020

The new mystery novel from bestselling author Willow Rose… What if you thought your husband was a murderer? The man you loved, the man who gave you two beautiful children and a perfect life. What if no one believed you? “One of the best books I’ve read this year!”

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Unbound Ties

by Liz Mistry

Release Date: October 21, 2020

The seventh book in the DI Gus McGuire Series by bestselling author Liz Mistry… When the past unravels, all that’s left is death. When DI Gus McGuire is called out to the murder of a pregnant woman, the crime scene tells him that this killer is not only taunting them… he’s also just getting started. With ritualistic precision, the killer has placed a series of clues beneath the victim’s feet.

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Skeptic in Salem

by Fiona Grace

Release Date: October 30, 2020

The first book in A Dubious Witch Cozy Mystery Series by Fiona Grace… When Mia Bold, 30, learns that the pharmaceutical company she works for only cares about money, she quits on the spot, walking away from a high-powered career. Worse, her long-time boyfriend, instead of proposing as she expected, decides to break up with her.

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Three Women Disappear

by James Patterson

Release Date: October 26, 2020

Accountant Anthony Costello has a talent for manipulating both numbers and people, turning losses into profits, enemies into allies — and vice versa. When Costello is found murdered in his own home, three suspects had motive. All three had access to his home. And all three women are missing. Are they in the wind — or in the grave?

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The Sentinel

by Lee Child

Release Date: October 27, 2020

The 25th book in the Jack Reacher Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Child… As always, Reacher has no particular place to go. One morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee. But there’s nothing pleasant about the place. In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. “It was four against one”… so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution.

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The Gift of the Magpie

by Donna Andrews

Release Date: October 20, 2020

The 28th book in the Meg Langslow Mysteries Series by Donna Andrews… Meg’s running Caerphilly’s Helping Hands for the Holidays project, in which neighbors help each other with things they can’t do and can’t afford to have done. Her hopes for a relatively peaceful (if busy) Christmas vanish when someone murders Harvey the Hoarder.

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Books To Read For Fans of Max Monroe

Books To Read For Fans of Max Monroe

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling writing duo of 27 contemporary romance novels. Some of their popular recent releases include: Single Dad Seeks Juliet, Hate the Player, Winning Hollywood’s Goodest Girl. If you’ve been on the lookout for some fantastic new romance novels, don’t miss these books to read for fans of Max Monroe. Enjoy!


Get Over You

by Skylar Hunter

Release Date: September 22, 2020

The first book in the Dare Me Series by Skylar Hunter… They call me a football god. After I won back-to-back championships with Baltimore, I shocked the world and decided to take my talents elsewhere. But not just anywhere. Back to the hometown that I despised growing up. I’m going back because that’s where she is. The girl who stole my heart when we were kids. Now she is all grown up and more beautiful than ever. I can have any woman I want… but I only want her.

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Dark Ruler

by Xavier Neal

Release Date: October 12, 2020

The first book in The Bennett Duet by Xavier Neal… I was raised to be a ruler of two worlds. One with a pen and the other with a knife. Be the King of the concrete jungle at all costs. I should have just taken a queen and not courted one. I should have forced her submission and not earned it. I should have let respect be enough and not fall in love.

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The Billionaire’s Cinderella

by Ava Ryan

Release Date: October 22, 2020

The third book in the bestselling Fairy Tale Billionaires Series by Ava Ryan… Relationships and marriage aren’t for me. I work hard and play hard–period. That was until her. Sexy, sweet, and unforgettable. Just one night with her was all it took to whet my appetite for more. She has been burned before and is suspicious of me. She doesn’t think she’s good enough for me. If only she knew I only have eyes for her.

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On the Hunt

by V.J. Fitz-Howard

Release Date: May 20, 2020

The first book in the Shrimp & Grit Series by V.J Fitz-Howard… Tami Vaduva, the most decorated female soldier in U.S. Army history, is on a mission. Her commanding officer and certified “Southern Gentleman”— impregnates her on his last night of active duty, hours before a military helicopter whisks him out of an Afghan combat zone. She is determined to break the curse of single motherhood that has plagued the women in her family for centuries.

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Stroke of Midnight

by K Webster

Release Date: October 27, 2020

The new Cinderella Novel from USA Today Bestselling Author K Webster… Money can buy anything and anyone. As the head of the Constantine family, I am used to people bowing to my will. When I discover a woman who doesn’t wither under my gaze, but instead smiles back at me, I am intrigued.

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Happily Letter After

by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Release Date: October 20, 2020

The new release from New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward… My love story all started with a letter. Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter. A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.

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RUTHLESS: BLACK MOUNTAIN ACADEMY by ARIA COLE & MILA CRAWFORD

“Whatever happens. You. And. Me.”

Bully romances intrigue us, it’s one of those times where fiction should remain fiction as it would be too heart-breaking for the real world. Mila Crawford and Aria Cole’s writing is seamless, and we really enjoyed Ruthless and the dark and angsty romance between a battling Kyler and Madison.

This is your typical bully romance, Kyler is an utter arse, hiding his broken heart behind a tattooed and pierced veneer. Whilst Madison is a sweet naïve girl, she has an inner strength she thoroughly needs to draw on when she meets the anti-hero, she reads about in her books. Their journey is incredibly intense and angst-filled and Kyler’s demons from his past are utterly heart-breaking.

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Interview with Skylar Hunter, Author of Get Over You

What can you tell us about your new release, Get Over You?

Get Over You is a second chance romance featuring star-crossed high school sweethearts who are reunited after eight years. Reyes has never gotten over Emerson or the cruel way she broke his heart. He wants answers, but Emerson isn’t ready to give up the terrible secret she’s harbored for years. Their journey to reconciliation is steamy, angsty, and packed with twists and turns.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mother has always been an avid reader. She fostered my love of reading, which developed into a passion to write my own books.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

My all time favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King. Other favorites are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Perfect by Judith McNaught, and House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would definitely be Stephen King. I would ask him to share the secret to sustaining a long, prolific writing career. I’d also want to hear his thoughts on our current global pandemic in comparison to the apocalyptic nightmare he crafted in The Stand.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love escaping into fictional worlds and creating flawed, complex characters who don’t always do what I tell them. And the satisfaction of completing a book is indescribable!

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually wake up around six, eat a light breakfast, and spend thirty minutes on the treadmill while catching up on the news. After that I take a shower and head into my office to begin writing. Sometimes I get into such a good flow that I work through lunch. This has become rarer now that my husband works from home due to the pandemic. When he breaks for lunch, he usually lures me out of my cave to eat with him, which is always enjoyable. Afterward I return to the keyboard and write until quitting time, which varies from day to day. In the evenings, my husband and I eat dinner together and then curl up on the sofa to read or watch TV. We’re currently binge-watching Bosch— good show with great characters and engrossing storylines!

What scene from Get Over You was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene was Emerson telling Reyes the truth about why she broke up with him. Capturing the raw emotion of that scene was both painful and cathartic for me. Reyes and Emerson had been through the wringer, enduring an equal share of heartbreak. I enjoyed finally putting them out of their misery. 🙂

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Life is full of ups and downs, but I’ve never been afraid to take risks because I learn something valuable from each experience.

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Interview with Christiane Joy Allison, Author of Infinitus

What can you tell us about your new release, Infinitus?

Infinitus is the story of two outsiders from very different worlds in the dystopian future. Gina is a young shirker purposefully living removed from civilization in the Dregs, hiding a disabling genetic condition, while Hawk is an undercover government operative who protects that civilization with the animal traits he was born with. In this cyberpunk adventure, most of the Earth and technology are controlled by the Global Fellowship using their Global Reform Interface and Database, or GRID, which operates on the brainpower of the world’s population. Gina has abstained from the GRID all her life for fear of what the government might do to her if her condition was discovered, but events force her to grow the mental wetware to connect for the first time. She soon finds herself on the run for her life, with Hawk, Fellowship assassins, and terrorist forces all maneuvering to kill or capture her. Navigating some of the darkest places of the world’s underground, she battles her own body in a fight to stay alive and hidden.

Infinitus, the first full-length novel in The Infinitus Saga, takes place in a world dominated by a government-controlled worldwide community with a chimera minority. These chimeras are born with unique animal traits that have reemerged from banned Old World super soldier programs. Some, like Hawk, have heightened senses and strength, or may even be venomous. They are often visibly inhuman and the Global Fellowship teaches all citizens to fear them.

On the fringes of this society is a complicated world of black market traders and specialized tech, like Gina’s rare technological mind-link with her pet bat! The complex world of Infinitus will draw you in and introduce you to a cast of unforgettable characters and amazing technology.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My desire to become an author developed from watching and reading amazing stories. I started writing my first book, short stories, and essays in the 7th grade, and took creative writing classes and after-school programs in middle school, high school, and college.

I also love the art of broadcast media and dreamed of working in film and television. I pursued a degree in the closest thing locally available, Journalism and Public Communications. I did work in television for a brief period, and received a scholarship from the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation. However, after graduation I ended up using my writing and public speaking talents in public service, believing my life in storytelling to be over.

The lure of storytelling was a powerful thing and could not be ignored forever though. I started writing my own stories again in 2012 to help me relax while finishing my MBA. Then when life intervened and I found myself disabled with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I turned back to writing full time.

I started with children’s picture books for kids impacted by the criminal justice system. I had children like that in my own life and I wasn’t going to let them go on without resources and stories to help them in their struggles. Similarly, the characters in The Infinitus Saga were, in part, inspired by my own battle with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the desire to communicate what it’s like to live in a body like mine. My kid’s books won awards and provided me with encouragement as I worked through my first novelette and novel in the saga.

Writing gives me wings.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

  1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann
  4. The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
  5. Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My guest would be Stephenie Meyer. She has had an amazing opportunity to work with the film industry amidst a national craze surrounding her books. I would ask her about that experience. What did she enjoy? What would she have done differently? Why does she think she’s been more successful than most in keeping her characters and stories intact? I have always been fascinated by the industry, and would love to see my own works translated to film or television someday. However, I know there is an absolute minefield for authors on that journey, and I would want important aspects of my stories to stay true to the original.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My absolute favorite thing about writing is causing my readers to experience deep and real emotion in response to what I’ve written. I love getting the little messages that say, “Oh my gosh, you just made me bust out laughing in the middle of class!” or “I just finished the chapter. It was great. Now I’m going to take a hot bath and cry with my glass of wine.” Seeing a man smile with tears on his face after reading my children’s picture book or watching someone sit thoughtfully after finishing a passage makes my heart soar. Knowing that I’ve connected with my readers on that level is what inspires me to keep writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

In my life, there is no typical day. I am blessed to be surrounded by a big bustling family and dear friends that share a selfless kind of love that tends to interrupt and shape day to day plans. I also struggle with an illness that loves to throw in complications when I’m least expecting it. I usually walk with a cane, but can end up in my wheelchair on any given day without a moment of warning. I may plan to write for the day and end up foiled by emergency appointments or sudden requests to babysit. However, one of the things I love about writing is that I can work it around all of life’s complications and fit it into all of the little moments I have in between.

When I do get the chance to sit down and write for the day, you’ll usually find me propped up in bed or in a comfortable chair with my laptop and lapdesk balanced as I type away furiously. I take breaks for snacks and small meals, but try to stay mentally buried in the events that are taking place in the story. Music helps inspire my writing, but only when I’m in the car or pacing around my house — never while the writing is taking place. When I’m done pacing or driving, I’ll jump back onto my laptop and try to capture the movie I’ve seen in my head as fast as I can.

What scene from Infinitus was your favorite to write?

That is such a hard question! Spoiler alert!

Despite Infinitus being filled with action, my favorite scenes are always the tender and vulnerable moments between characters. After Hawk and Gina end up on the run together, they hide one night inside a decaying Old World parking garage in the middle of an overgrown forest. They’ve been arguing and keeping secrets from one another, but without warning, they realize they are sharing their hiding place with a clouded leopard! Hawk ends up revealing chimera traits he prefers to keep hidden to keep the predator at bay, and they end up talking all night to stay awake and keep an eye on the big cat. In this scene, Gina begins to realize how much Hawk has come to mean to her and gets a chance to ask him what his life as an operative and a chimera is really like. It’s a warm moment amidst the frightening journey they are on together, and I love the way it affects how they view each other and their situation through the rest of the book.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The famous poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling expresses many of my sentiments. My love for it started with my favorite passage:

“If you can keep your head when all about you,

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you”

As I have grown, I have found I have accomplished or experienced more and more of the poem’s challenges. There is a lot of wisdom and experience buried in those lines, and each one makes a worthy goal.

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Interview with Xavier Neal, Author of Dark Ruler

What can you tell us about your new release, Dark Ruler?

It is one of my favorites to date. I had so much fun writing it and building the world. I am a sucker for an alpha in a suit.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have loved to tell stories all of my life. I used to do it verbally as a kid for my friends before I learned to write and once I learned to write I just never stopped.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

That’s hard…These are definitely in my top 5. I Break Series Boxset by Kendall Ryan, Dray by Tess Oliver, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire and Lover at Last by J.R. Ward.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Fun question, lol. I’d probably want Oprah to be my first guest and ask her about her choices/her magazine choice for “the book club” and what it would take to get more indie writers/less well-known writers featured.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Telling stories. I LOVE to tell them.

What is a typical day like for you?

Usually some version of coffee, writing (even if it’s just outlining), texting with my besties, and lots of laughs with my husband.

What scene from Dark Ruler was your favorite to write?

Favorite? Um…lol There’s a pretty intense kitchen scene I had a lot of fun with, haha.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“Be The Change”, it’s the shortened version of “be the change you want to see in the world”. It’s how I approach most avenues in my life.

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Interview with Marie Sexton and Cari Z, Authors of The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion

What can you tell us about your new release, The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion?

Marie: Way back in about 2016, Cari and I were chatting. She said something about how she loves plotting, but sometimes gets annoyed dealing with characters. I said I could play with characters all day, but plot is my weak point. The obvious solution was to team up and write something together.

We actually finished the first draft of this book back in about January of 2017, but then Cari had a baby (babies take a lot of work!) and we both abandoned the book and did other things for a while. Then sometime around January of this year, I was between projects and decided to dig it back out and see if we could pull it together and publish it. It took some work, but it’s finally done, and we’re really excited to finally be able to release it.

Cari: This book has been literal YEARS in the making, since I started it pre-baby and then, well, the baby came along and everything else ground to a halt for a while. When my coauthor reached out to me about getting it ready for publication, I was excited to pick it up again.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Marie: Nobody, really. I never planned to become an author. It just kind of happened. I had quit my day job – this was back in 2009 – and I suddenly had an idea. I started writing, although I felt like a fraud. After all, I’d never written a book before. But I kept going and that idea turned into a book. It was accepted by a publisher and… suddenly I was an author.

Cari: I think authors are, firstly, readers. People who read great books and then thing to themselves “I want to do something like this, but with—” are nascent authors. That’s how it worked for me, at least. Doing the actual writing bit is a lot harder, but I got there eventually.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Marie: Xenocide, by Orson Scott Card – I know, nobody’s supposed to admit to reading him these days. But I read these books decades ago, before people decided it wasn’t allowed. Ender’s Game gets all the attention, but for my money, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide are the best books of the series. (Not the same series, but Songmaster is also amazing.)

The Virtu, by Sarah Monette – I adore Mildmay and Felix. They’re so messed up and yet they can always depend on each other. I had them in mind as I wrote Denver and Laramie in Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion. In fact, Cari had to rein me in a few times and make sure I didn’t make them too much like Felix and Mildmay.

Dune, by Frank Herbert – It’s been quite a few years since I read these, but seriously, Herbert was a genius.

Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold — David Arnold is so damned talented, he makes me feel like a fraud for daring to call myself a writer. If you enjoyed The Outsiders, you should definitely read this book. (All of his books are good, but this one is by far my favorite.)

Curse of the Were-weiner, by Ursula Vernon – Okay, maybe it shouldn’t be in my top 5, but honestly, my kid and I enjoyed the hell out of this series when she was younger. These are the types of books I wish I could write,

Cari: How dare you ask me this favorite-child type question? I will not let my love of books be pigeonholed! Although I will say I’ve been adoring every single Naomi Novik book I can find lately.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Marie: Do they have to still be living? Or is this a “living or dead” thing? I would love to talk to Tom Piccirilli. He was an absolutely brilliant author, and it kills me that he lived just up the road from me, but we never met. I’d love to ask Frank Herbert what was going to happen next. And I bet Mark Twain was a lot of fun.

Cari: I’d bring on Steven King and ask him to talk about his work ethic as a writer, then ask him to sit down some of his contemporaries and MAKE THEM FINISH THEIR DAMN SERIES!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Marie: I can go on vacation any time I want! Nobody counts how many days per year I take off.

Cari:  Finally exorcising an idea from my brain in a way that readers enjoy.

What is a typical day like for you?

Marie: Well, pre-Covid, a typical day was like this: Hubby goes to work. My teenage daughter goes to school. I take my dog for a walk, and then I have the whole day to work (or not) as I see fit. These days, of course, things aren’t so simple. Our school district has been 100% remote up until this week. Now they’ll be hybrid, so two days at the school and three days remote. Which means my kid is still home more often than not. I don’t really have a typical day. I just sort of wing it, one day at a time.

Cari: With kid or without? With kid–play play play, keep her from causing egregious damage to herself or others, put her down for a nap and write, wake up and play play play, make sure she’s fed and clean and loved on, put her down for bed and then write like the wind. Without kid–write, edit, take the dog for a walk, write some more.

What scene from The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion was your favorite to write?

Marie: Every scene that involves Denver and Laramie making up after a fight. I loved playing with their connection, seeing how co-dependent I could make them.

Cari: Everything with OPAL. She takes comic relief to a whole new level. I also liked Gru’s introductory scene, with fungi and fire.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Marie: Mind your own business, and don’t be a dick.

Cari: GET BACK TO WORK! No, I’m kidding. It’s more like “Be there. Be there for my kid, my husband, my work, but most of all for myself, whether I’m feeling up or down or somewhere in-between. Be there, work it out, make the most of it.”

 

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Interview with V.J. Fitz-Howard, Author of On The Hunt

What can you tell us about your new release, On the Hunt?

On the Hunt is book one of the just-released Shrimp & Grit Trilogy. It’s a rollicking, raunchy, romantic romp across the contemporary South. The heroine, Tami Vaduva, is the most decorated female soldier in U.S. Army history – and she is on a mission! Her commanding officer, a dashing U.S. Army colonel and certified “Southern Gentleman,” impregnates her on his last night of active duty, hours before a military helicopter whisks him out of an Afghan combat zone. Determined to break a curse of single motherhood that has plagued the women of her family for generations, Tami tracks the retired colonel to his estate in the genteel horse country surrounding Charlottesville, Virginia. A master of military dark arts, she deploys covert operations, surveillance tactics, deception and PsyOps in her quest to “capture” the colonel – and the wedding ring for which she longs. But after four combat tours fighting jihadists and insurgents, she is about to confront her most ruthless enemy yet: old money Southern snobs determined to prevent her from climbing over the gilded walls of their high-society citadel.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Living in the South, which is filled with fascinating, eccentric characters everywhere you turn – all of them brimming with contradictions: The nicest people are often mean as snakes; scratch the surface of the {seemingly} meanest folk and they’re sweet as fresh cream. Millionaires afraid of being perceived as “shiny” pretend to be poor, and drink cocktails out of jelly jars. Blunt, grunting rednecks have a philosophical side. Everybody down here has a story and is a story – often a funny one.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Flannery O’Connor’s A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND AND OTHER STORIES is the gold standard: She nails the South like no one else. Florence King’s CONFESSIONS OF A FAILED SOUTHERN LADY and John Kennedy Toole’s A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES are two of the funniest books ever written, and not coincidentally, they, too are about the South. On the Hunt aspires to be a fast, fun read in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen’s novel SKIN TIGHT. And I’ll add one more, just because our heroine is a randy military gal: George MacDonald Fraser’s legendary FLASHMAN. Only instead of being a cowardly rake and cad like “Flashy”, Tami from On the Hunt is described by her commanding officer as “the fiercest, grittiest, ass-kicking-est Southern girl ever to join the United States Armed Forces.” She’s all honor and all heart.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I can tell you who it couldn’t be: Somebody who is oh so serious! There are so many prophets of doom and gloom today. An ideal guest would be somebody who knows how to tell a story, doesn’t have some big MESSAGE to impart, and has a sense of humor, for God’s sake. If he could be brought back from the dead, Ian Fleming would be fun to talk to. My first question: “Tell me about how you came up with the name ‘Pussy Galore’?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair with my spouse, cocktails in hand, dreaming up wacky characters and cooking up jokes to insert in the novels. That is the most golden aspect of the process.

What is a typical day like for you?

Like most people’s work routine in the COVID era, when everyone is trapped at home: Write, get kids up for online classes, write, fix lunch, write, help with schoolwork, write, get interrupted again, edit, call it a day, have a cocktail on the porch, feed everybody, clean up and retire. Then repeat the next day.

What scene from On the Hunt was your favorite to write?

The heroine in our tale, just back from a combat tour, makes an unannounced visit to West Virginia, to the home of her mother, grandmother and great grandmother, all of whom are certifiably bananas. It’s a comic head-on collision.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yes, from the British writer Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey. “If you have the misfortune to be born into a generation who must earn its living, you might as well do something amusing.” Writing this series was a ceaseless source of amusement.

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Interview with Tanya E Williams, Author of All That Was

What can you tell us about your new release, All That Was?

All That Was takes place in Seattle, WA and follows the lives of two strong women. Emily is a young lawyer in 2015 and Elizabet is a ghost who passed away in 1935. Both women find themselves “stuck” in their current situation due to their own unwillingness to move through their grief. As their journeys cross in a historic church, both women must find the courage required to move forward. They are both supported by a loving, inspiring, and occasionally comedic cast of characters. All That Was is a story about love, loss, family, friendship, and letting go.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I am currently reading When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor and The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker. Waiting my attention is Jackie & Maria by Gill Paul, Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh, and The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, among many, many others.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t let fear get in the way of reaching for your dreams. My motto is, learned the hard way of course, fear can come along for the ride, but fear does not get to drive the bus.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Researching! I fall down many a rabbit hole while gathering research for one of my novels and the result is generally hours spent with little awareness of the world beyond what I am researching. That extra hour would be magic!

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My family is at the core of my world. I find immense joy in the daily interactions that I share with family and friends. Sharing a sense of humor, an inclination for storytelling, and having a grateful attitude help turn everyday life into something to be cherished.

What scene in All That Was was your favorite to write?

The final scene, but not because it meant the novel was complete. The story’s final scene is my favorite because the scene reminds us of how we are all connected to one another, to the past, and to the memories a building’s walls might hold.

Tanya E Williams is the author of the new book All That Was.

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Interview with Liz Mistry, Author of Unbound Ties

What can you tell us about your new release, Unbound Ties?

Unbound Ties was written during lockdown and is about a serial killer who targets pregnant women. However, this serial killer has links to my main detective (DI Gus McGuire’s) family and so the story takes us back into Gus’s mum’s past as a black girl growing up in foster care in a mono-cultural Scotland. It also looks at injustice and how family secrets can have serious repercussions.

What books are currently on your night stand?

My TBR (To Be Read) pile is a mile high. But, I’m currently reading an early copy of Jeffrey Deaver’s The Goodbye Man which will be followed by Ayesha Malik’s This Green and Pleasant Land and then Noelle Holten’s Dead Perfect – after that, I’m not sure.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Not to wait till I’m in my fifties to go after my dream of being a published author!

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Probably reading… or writing … or going for a walk … or eating ice cream … or having a bubble bath … or catching up on sleep … or swimming … or drinking coffee on my decking …

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My family really do make my world go round. I have periods of severe and debilitating depression and anxiety and my family are the ones who help bring me out of these slumps. They are endlessly supportive, humorous, patient and always light up my world – even in my darkest moments.

What scene in Unbound Ties was your favorite to write?

In Unbound Ties I had a few scenes I was particularly happy to write. The ones with Compo (the lovable computer nerd) and Professor Sebastian Carlton (the eccentric profiler) are always a joy to write. I write about dark things and these scenes inject a humour and warmth into the novels which gives both me (and the reader) a respite from the bad things that are going on. I think the inspiration for this dark humour has to come from Stuart MacBride, a Scottish author whom I greatly admire, who has a wonderful way of making you laugh out loud amidst his very dark crime thriller books. Another author who does that is JD Kirk.

Liz Mistry is the author of the new book Unbound Ties.

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