Interview with M Gustafsson, Author of The Asset

What can you tell us about your new release, The Asset?

The Asset is a low key but intense spy novel about an interpreter turned asset to the CIA and the Swedish KSI, a branch of the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service.

Readers who like John Le Carré and Daniel Silva, will probably feel at home and hopefully enjoy Klara Andersson’s world.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always loved writing, but the trigger came when I was recruited by Stockholm’s University to teach simultaneous interpreting, and a colleague sarcastically called my Swedish, being my mother tongue, “kitchen Swedish”. The comment challenged me and I wrote a book that got published – and fantastic reviews, among them one in the largest Swedish newspaper on a Sunday, with the headline Intelligent entertainment —thrilling and fact-based.

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

The Little Drummer Girl and Agent Running in the Field, by Le Carré. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva, The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and Blood Allegiance by Elin Barnes.

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

Elin Barnes. I would ask her how she came up with the flaw that taunts her main character, Detective Darcy Lynch.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

To start out with a small fact, something from the real world, then use it fictitiously and turn it into something totally different.

What is a typical day like for you?

Five to 8 days a month I work as an interpreter, meaning you sit in a small glass fronted and soundproof booth, with a colleague and listen to a speaker through headphones as you render, in real time, what she/he says in another language in a microphone. Through headphones, those who don’t understand the original language can follow what is being said. There are always two interpreters and you work half-hour shifts because it is so exhausting.

To be able to do that you have to prepare the topic for the political or business meeting, conference or symposium, to have all the specific terms that the speaker/s may use. That part of the job takes at least as many days or more of my time.

I love the job! It’s a little like broadcasting a live TV show, so intensely and totally ‘here and now’ – and you get to cover a wide variety of subjects.

The rest of my time I spend writing. That is eventless, peaceful and equally rewarding. My computer is by a large window, and I look up and out over the Mediterranean when I need to re-think what I just wrote. I often have to be reminded to eat because I get so engrossed in the writing. If something comes up that I need to research, I sometimes do that right away, and sometimes just make a note and leave it for later, depending on at what stage of the novel I am.

What scene in The Asset was your favorite to write?

It is hard to say. Maybe the scenes with Louis Hornett, Klara’s CIA handler. The character is based on someone I knew, a TV producer for international co-productions, and it was fun to make what I knew of him fit the story.

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

Pursue your dreams.

The Asset (Klara Andersson series Book 1)

 

M Gustafsson is the author of the new book The Asset.

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The Story Behind All The Good Girls by Willow Rose

By Willow Rose

Harry Hunter is a Miami PD detective and a father of a teenage girl, Josie.

His wife Camille overdosed on drugs three years earlier and suffered a brain injury from it. She’s now in a vegetative state, while Harry is praying for a miracle to happen.

His next door neighbor, Jean is a nurse and helps with taking care of his wife. She used to be Camille’s best friend and feels awful for not having noticed that Camille was back on drugs again. She is also secretly in love with Harry and he is crazy about her, even if it is hard for them both to admit it, with Camille still being alive.

Harry doesn’t want to move on as long as Camille is still breathing but being with Jean so much, it’s getting harder and harder to fight it.

Meanwhile five teenage girls are found murdered in Miami, four of them on a boat, one in a dumpster. All of them were witnesses to a rape that happened some months back, and now Harry’s boss wants him to be a babysitter for the guy who allegedly raped the girl, but was acquitted of all charges.

Harry’s boss fears he might be the next victim and that’s why he sends in Harry to protect him. This doesn’t suit Harry well, and soon he digs into the case of the murdered girls, even if he’s not supposed to. The closer he gets to the killer, the more he realizes that he’s becoming a part of a terrifying game, where he can’t believe anything he sees.

All The Good Girls (Harry Hunter#1)is the first book in a planned series of shorter, more fast-paced mysteries. I loved writing this story so much and I am completely in love with Harry Hunter. He is a genuinely good guy that you can’t help but root for.

Willow Rose is the author of the new book All The Good Girls.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | January 21

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Willow Rose, Nancy Warren, M Gustafsson, Joseph Finder, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Books To Read If You Like Alex Michaelides

Books To Read If You Like Alex Michaelides

Alex Michaelides is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the smash hit The Silent Patient. If you loved this exciting novel and are searching for a new thriller for your reading list, look no further than these latest books by bestselling authors Willow Rose, R.C. Blackburne, M Gustafsson, Liz Moore, Jayne Ann Krentz, and James Patterson. Happy reading!


All The Good Girls

by Willow Rose

Release Date: January 15, 2020

The first book in the Harry Hunter Mystery series by Willow Rose… Detective Harry Hunter of Miami PD’s homicide squad has thrown himself into a case nobody asked him to solve. Four teenagers have been murdered on a boat. Another is found in a dumpster. All five of them are from one of Miami’s most affluent neighborhoods and attend the same school. They are all also on a list of witnesses to another crime. Harry was tasked with protecting a possible future victim. But Harry doesn’t like following his boss’s orders.

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A Conspiracy of One

by R.C. Blackburne

Release Date: November 28, 2019

Most people like to keep an illusion they call their happy place. A place to go when they have to unwind. On the outer edge of Utah’s Color Country, Green River is Mike Renford’s hideout from his law practice. Soon his happy place illusion starts to fade away when his client is arrested in Green River for distributing unlawful controlled substances. Then the illusion is over when he discovers the drugs were hijacked from cartel traffickers.

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The Asset

by M Gustafsson

Release Date: December 25, 2019

The first book in the Klara Andersson series… Klara Andersson is discreet, anonymous, and lethal. The CIA groomed her. The Mossad persecutes her. The KSI, the most secret branch of MUST, the Swedish Military Intelligence, recruits her. A Swedish high-tech defense project is coveted by a hostile power. The CIA and MUST are working together to prevent a stealth ship from getting into the wrong hands. Will Klara put her life at risk to befriend the enemy and avert the threat?

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Long Bright River

by Liz Moore

Release Date: January 7, 2020

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two sisters are at odds. Kacey lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. Mickey walks the same blocks as a police officer. They no longer speak but Mickey never stops worrying about her sister. Then Kacey disappears. At the same time as a series of mysterious murders begin in Mickey’s district.

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The Vanishing

by Jayne Ann Krentz

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The first book in the Fogg Lake series by New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Ann Krentz… It was decades ago when THe Incident occurred in the small town of Fogg Lake. An explosion in the cave system released unknown gasses while the residents slept for two days. When they woke up things had changed. Some started to have visions. Others heard voices. Then the scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived.

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Lost

by James Patterson

Release Date: January 13, 2020

Miami is Detective Tom Moon’s backyard. He has always kept things local and protects the city’s most vulnerable. Now he is the new leader if an FBI task force called “Operation Guardian” and must move his attention to international crime. His team discovers the opportunistic “Blood Brothers” – Russian nationals Romans and Emile Rostoff. They have evaded authorities for years and built a powerful crime syndicate throughout Europe and metropolitan Miami.

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Interview with R.C. Blackburne, Author of A Conspiracy of One

What can you tell us about your new release, A Conspiracy of One?

In A Conspiracy of One, a lawyer, Mike Renford, attempts to leave behind the demands of his law practice by going to Green River, a small, secluded town in Southern Utah. It works, until the hijackings begin. When Renford’s client is arrested for drug trafficking, Renford discovers the drugs were stolen from cartel mules. Then the cartel sends strong men to recover its cargo and Renford is thrown into the middle of a war.

Comfortable in the crossfire of a courtroom, Renford is out of his element when the cartel arrives to retrieve the stolen product and exact retribution. As the hostilities escalate, Renford realizes that there is a lot more going on than just an interruption to the cartel’s traffic. And he becomes aware that he may be the only one that can return the peaceful town to its tranquil setting, but to do so, he must survive the war.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I like to read books by Harlan Coben, C J Box, Craig Johnson, Lee Child, and John Grisham. I enjoy those authors because they weave stories with a well-developed cast of characters. When I complete one of those books, I miss having those created characters around. I hope with A Conspiracy of One that I too am able to create an enjoyable escape with memorable characters.

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

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
Papillon, Henri Charrière,

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 be the author of the Walt Longmire series, Craig Johnson. I would want to ask him about living in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. “Did you live in Ucross before you started writing or did writing make it possible for you to live in Ucross, because I would like to know what it takes to be able to live in a small town like Ucross.”

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

For me, writing, like reading, is a break from the demands of everyday life. I enjoy my day job and have no plans to quit working. Writing, however, provides a way for me to step into an alternate life where I meet new people of my own creation and work through resolving their issues. Over time, those characters become a part of my life. I also take satisfaction in learning that A Conspiracy of One has brought enjoyment to my extended family and friends. Although the book has only been out for a short time, many have written or called to let me know how much they enjoyed the book and have asked when my next book will be released. I’m working on it.

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually wake around 6 am and read for about an hour. Typically, I read while peddling on a stationary exercise bike; one of those recumbent types, not a cool Tour de France racer type. I then make breakfast and write/edit for about an hour. At some point I feed the horses (yay) and clean up after them (boo). At nine, I open the law office and work to around five. In the evening my wife and I watch a show or two or go on a horseback ride. A few nights a week, don’t judge me, I play Call of Duty online for a half an hour or so.

What scene in A Conspiracy of One was your favorite to write?

It’s the calm before the storm. Mike Renford and his friend, Jimmy Gates, take a horseback ride that begins at the arroyos near Robbers’ Roost Canyon and ends at a remote Anasazi ruin. Although the Anasazi site is a creation of my mind’s eye, I like to imagine that there are still undiscovered or rarely visited Anasazi sites that I may stumble on someday, where I could spend the night and absorb the still, quiet setting.

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

Sometimes it is best to remain silent and seem a fool than to open my mouth and remove all doubt.

R.C. Blackburne is the author of the new book A Conspiracy of One.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | January 14

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including R.C. Blackburne, James Patterson, Diane Chamberlain, Charlaine Harris, Kendra Elliot, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Interview with Anya Mora, Author of Tuesday’s Child

What can you tell us about your new release, Tuesday’s Child?

Tuesday’s Child is a psychological suspense — lots of twists and surprises. However, what sets it apart is the main character, Emery. As a wife and mother she tells us the story of the unraveling of her family – and her desperate desire to piece it back together. Her daughter has been murdered and her newly adopted son is the prime suspect.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I am moved by stories of complicated families and broken relationships. Kind of dark — but something we can all relate to on some level. As a mother myself, I began thinking about my worst nightmares, and I teased one of those out in Tuesday’s Child.

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

Can I do my top 5 for this year? All time is too hard!

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Conviction by Denise Mina
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The One by John Mars
Deep River by Karl Marlantes

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I am a plotter and love to outline … but the part I love most is when I am deep into a scene and lose myself in the world completely. It’s the closest thing to time travel in the world.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a mom with six kids — my life is full! I usually get them off for the day and then take my coffee, with my springer spaniel trailing me, into my 1967 Aristocrat travel trailer where I sit down to write until they return from school!

What scene in Tuesday’s Child was your favorite to write?

There were lots of scenes that were hard to write. I grew my family by birth and older child adoption so many parts of this novel are laced with personal memories. But one of my favorites is near the end of the novel, in a flashback, when Emery is at the kitchen table with her children making costumes. The conversation they have brings happy tears to my eyes. Even though they were going through so much, their growing love for one another was central.

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

I love this one: Love Rewards The Brave. Life is messy, complicated, and tricky— there is no getting around that. But love rewards the brave every. single. time.

Anya Mora is the author of the new book Tuesday’s Child.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | January 7

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Anya Mora, Jerry Lambert, James Patterson Iris Johansen, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Books To Read If You Like Brian Freeman

Books To Read If You Like Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is a New York Times Bestselling Author of thriller novels. Some of his popular recent releases include the Frost Eaton Series, Thief River Falls, Alter Ego, and Marathon. If your mystery and thriller reading list needs some exciting new additions, you won’t want to miss these books to read if you like Brian Freeman!


Tuesday’s Child

by Anya Mora

Release Date: January 1, 2020

After the death of our daughter, my husband and I are clinging on to what’s left of our family. Then the sheriff knocks on our door and delivers news no mother should ever have to hear. Our daughter was murdered and my son is the prime suspect. We weren’t wearing rose-colored glasses when we adopted eleven-year-old Holden, but we never would have imagined he could do this. They say you can’t pick your family but I did. Did I choose a murderer?

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Heartbreak

by John Righten

Release Date: November 29, 2019

The first book in the Lenka Trilogy by John Righten… 1990. Lenka Brett has volunteered to deliver medical aid to Romanian orphanages after she learns of the horrifying plight of the children living in them. She is joined by Captain Simon Trevelyan, an English naval officer, as her co-driver. Together they join the convoy of humanitarian aid drivers, known as the Rogues, as they deliver supplies to countries most charities dare not to enter. Lenka soon falls for another driver, but she soon discovers he is not what he appeared to be when the Rogues become the target of mercenaries.

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Minor Arcana

by Jerry Lambert

Release Date: December 6, 2019

The second book in The Dark Emeralds series by Jerry Lambert… Georganne Blaylock is trying to get her life and career back on track after she was almost murdered. She and her business partner Tom Standridge have been hired by the conductor of the New Orleans Symphony to redecorate his historic mansion and design the decor for Réveillon, the most important social event of the season. Things finally seem to be going her way… that was until her terrible dreams return. Once again someone from the other side is trying to reach out to her.

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As the Crow Flies

by Rysa Walker

Release Date: October 15, 2019

The first book in the Enter Haddonwood series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Rysa Walker and debut author Caleb Amsel… Haddonwood is not real. It can’t be. Another world, another reality, hovers just beyond Chase Rey’s reach. In that world, things are in balance. The dead stay dead and it isn’t a patchwork quilt of every scary book or movie he’s ever seen. In that world, nightmares have an end. Chase is determined to return to that world but the only way out may be the noose that seems to lurk around every corner.

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Unspeakable Things

by Jess Lourey

Release Date: January 1, 2020

Inspired by a true story from the author’s hometown… Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980’s Minnesota seemed very wholesome. Yes, her parents threw strange parties with a parade of deviant guests, but she got used to that. But then everything changed when someone comes hunting in Lilydale. The locals start going missing one by one. They all return but they are changed. They become violent, moody, and withdrawn. Shocking rumors start to surface about what happened to them and the town’s dark secrets start to surface.

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Good Girls Lie

by J.T. Ellison

Release Date: December 30, 2019

The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as Silent Ivy. It is the boarding school of choice for the daughters of the rich and influential. Only the best and brightest are accepted. Now a stranger has come to Goode and the ivy has turned poisonous. No one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women. But when a student is found dead, the truth can no longer be ignored.

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Interview with John Righten, Author of Heartbreak

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

Heartbreak is set in the 1990s and tells the story of Lenka Brett, a smart but unworldly, young, Irish teacher, who volunteers to deliver medical aid when she learns of the horrifying plight of children in Romanian orphanages. An English naval officer, Captain Simon Trevelyan, volunteers to be her co-driver. Together, they join a convoy of humanitarian aid drivers known as the Rogues, the last hope for those in areas where official charities cannot enter. Lenka falls in love with one of the drivers, but when the Rogues become the target of mercenaries, tragedy follows, and she discovers her lover is not who he appeared to be.

Heartbreak is a fast-paced thriller, but delves into subjects that are relevant today, such as the role of the individual in a world of superpower politics, and the plight of refugees caught in wars not of their making.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Sadly, I lost several friends that I worked with during my days delivering medical aid across the globe, and this inspired me to tell their stories in my first novel, my autobiography, The Benevolence of Rogues.

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

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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

Howard Jacobson. I would ask him why comedy is so important when he writes about love and loss.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When I’m finally happy with the first line of a novel, and can invite readers to join me on the path to a new world that until then was only in my imagination.

What is a typical day like for you?

7 to 8.30am, the chaos of a family breakfast. 8.30am to 6pm the intrigues that come with the day job. 6 to 7pm, family dinner together. 7.30 to 8.30pm (sometimes 10pm) reading bedtime stories to my son. 10pm to whenever, time with my wife. Getting up between 2 and 4 am to write.

What scene in Heartbreak was your favorite to write?

The opening paragraph, where a radar operator on a battleship monitoring a caravan of fleeing refugees, spots a lone truck going in the opposite direction into the war-zone. The challenge was to build the tension from the first sentence, without giving away the identity, or even the gender of the driver.

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

Fight for what you believe.

John Righten is the author of the new book Heartbreak.

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