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Underground! What an intriguing, descriptive word. I love words that tease and tantalize the imagination. Underground! What does it conjure up, the benign or the deadly? Secretive, cloak and dagger, clandestine, covert or a mine. What a gamut of scenarios. It’s the type of word an author can build on, creating a mystery around it. I recently discovered a unique twist to the perception of the meaning of underground. One that isn’t the mystery but instead crafts the mystery. Going Underground An imaginative and talented group of authors banded together to create a fictitious Texas town, Magnolia Bluff. It’s a…
An interview with Dana Killion
Dana Killion is a successful author known for her mystery series featuring protagonist Andrea Kellner, an investigative reporter based in Chicago. The five books in the series have been well received by readers and critics alike, with Killion’s latest book, The Liars Code, garnering high praise. However, Killion has also recently ventured into new territory with her upcoming memoir, Where the Shadows Dance, set to be published in May. Killion’s original decision to create her female protagonist was rooted in her love for reading series mysteries and thrillers with a first-person point of view and a female lead. She also…
Book Review: Fool Her Once by Joanna Elm
About the Book: Book Title: Fool Her Once (A Novel) by Joanna ElmCategory: Adult Fiction (18 +), 416 pages Genre: ThrillerPublisher: CamCat BooksRelease date: Feb, 2023Content Rating: PG-13 + M. There’s adultery, language, some sexual content, and violent crime, but no explicit descriptions of the crimes. Some killers are born. Others are made. As a rookie tabloid reporter, Jenna Sinclair made a tragic mistake when she outed Denny Dennison, the illegitimate son of an executed serial killer. So she hid behind her marriage and motherhood. Now, decades later, betrayed by her husband and resented by her teenage daughter, Jenna decides to resurrect her career—and returns to…
Guest Post: How to Plot Your Thriller in 5 Steps
We’ve all wondered how authors come up with the best ways to plot thrillers, and thanks to Hank Scheer we have five easy ways to outline a thriller book! Sarah Brenalen, my protagonist in Fade to Blue, is a well-intentioned scientist who accidentally creates a monster. To save her boyfriend’s life, Sarah writes an untrue note to him announcing she’s running away to start a new life elsewhere. In Fade to Blue, Sarah escapes three times, but doesn’t jump through a plate glass window or pick up a machine gun and miraculously kill a dozen would-be assassins. Nonstop peril gets…
Book Review: Fade To Blue
Welcome to the iReads Book Tour of Fade To Blue by Hank Scheer! FADE TO BLUE by Hank ScheerCategory: Adult Fiction (18+), 288 pagesGenre: Thriller Publisher: Top Reads PublishingRelease date: Mar 2023Content Rating: PG-13 for some bad language Synopsis: Will Dr. Brenalen’s unauthorized experiment lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s, or will it be used for bioterrorism? Biotech researcher Sarah Brenalen is frustrated by her boss’s dismissal of her controversial theory, so she secretly injects lab mice with experimental Alzheimer’s drugs of her own design. Sarah is stunned when one of her experiments goes horribly wrong. But Marcel and his international cabal are intrigued.…
sixty-three and counting
Sixty-three and Counting It’s hard to believe, but in a matter of days I am going to be sixty-three. Did I read that right? Yep, like or lump it, I was born in 1960; therefore, I will indeed be sixty-three. Funny, I feel about forty-five. That said, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you the wisdom I’ve accrued over the past sixty-three years. Don’t worry, this won’t take long… I used to be afraid of getting older or maybe I was afraid of getting old, but I’m finding that as I age, there are things I’ve simply…
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