Monthly Archives: March 2015

RACHEL HOLLIS: SWEET GIRL IS MUCH MORE OF A LOVE STORY THAN PARTY GIRL

Rachel Hollis was a party organizer of VIP events in LA, and is an author for many well known entertainment magazines and internet sites. Her first book Party Girl is a real hit with average 4.5 Amazon stars from 250 reviews. The sequel Sweet girl will be released on May 5 and is already available for order. Thanks to Eryn Kalavski we are welcoming Rachael Hollis at Land of Books for our next cute interview.

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– Rachel, your next book Sweet Girl is set for release in May. What the readers will find inside?
– I think what I’m most nervous/excited about is that they won’t find a character that’s at all like Landon from Party Girl. Max is a much more damaged character and while she’s pursuing her childhood dream she’s much harder on herself than Landon was. Also, Sweet Girl is much more of a love story than the first book. Landon needed to grow on her own, what Max needs most is to allow someone to love her.
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13 FACTS ABOUT DEAD HEAT AND PATRICIA BRIGGS

Patricia Briggs’s next part of her Alpha & Omega saga Dead Heat jumped right to the top of New York Times bestselling list. Currently the book is on #2 spot of the prestigious rankings. The fantasy novel was released on March 3. Here are 13 interesting facts around Dead Heat and Patricia Briggs.

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KATI HIEKKAPELTO: THE HUMMINGBIRD IS ABOUT RACISM, IMMIGRATION AND HONOR

Kati Hiekkapelto showed her talent in the last few years. She became a famous writer in her home country of Finland. Her novel The Hummingbird was released on English by Arcadia Books on December 23 2014. As you know Land of Books loves to present foreign language authors, so we are sure you will learn a lot more about Kati after you read the following lines.

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– Kati, Give us some insight about The Hummingbird?
– Young girl is found dead from the remote jogging path with an Aztec amulet in her pocket, shot by a shotgun, straight to head. At the same time another young girl, Kurdish, calls 911 because she is afraid that her dad is going to kill her.
Anna Fekete starts a new job as a crime investigator after being several years in uniform. The beginning is not easy for her. The cases, she has investigate, are hard, she has to face racist and misogynist attitudes from her colleagues, especially her partner Esko Niemi is a difficult and nasty person. Anna´s past begins to haunt her. She suffers from severe sleeping problems and panic attacks. When more bodies with amulets in their pockets are found, it seems obvious that there is a serial killer out there.
For me The Hummingbird is a book about racism, immigration and honor related violence. For readers I wanted it to be an exciting crime story with strong characters where you can find, if you want, deeper layers and something more to think about than just “who is the murderer”.
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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: THE WATER DIVINER

Actually, we’ve got movie to book adaptation in the case of The Water Diviner. The latest film with Russell Crowe was a common project by scriptwriters Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. The story is inspired by real events. Andrew Knight was very interested in his wife’s family history. Her grandfather was water diviner, a very rare and well respected profession in Australia.

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ERIC RICKSTAD: I PUT ALL I HAD INTO MY NOVEL REAP

Eric Rickstad’s The Silent Girls became one of the hottest mystery horror titles in Amazon. Currently the novel resides in Top 30 of the most downloaded Kindle books. Our next guest has one more published novel – Reap, which was his official literary debut.

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– Eric, The Silent Girls won a lot of fans of dark mystery thriller genre. Did you expect the novel to be part of Top 40 bestselling Kindle books?
– Its success has come as a very pleasant surprise to me. One never knows how readers will respond, though my publisher, Harper Collins, has done a superb job reaching reader. I am glad the readers have responded so enthusiastically and the book has struck a nerve. Its momentum is continuing and gaining more fans each day, now a #1 horror thriller and Top 25 mystery in the UK and Canada.
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RUSSELL BITTNER: MADAME BOVARY AND ANNA KARENINA WERE “THE MODELS” OF TROMPE-L’OEIL

Russell Bittner’s Trompe-l’oeil was described by the readers as “sexy and sophisticated read”, “a fascinating mixture of sensuality and romanticism”, “prose as its best”. The book gathered nice 4.5 average Amazon stars from 39 reviews. Our next guest’s prose publications have appeared over the years in journals/magazines. Lets welcome in Land of Books Mr. Russell Bittner.

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– What is your book Trompe-l’oeil about?
Trompe-l’oeil is, in a nutshell, a modern-day love story. What makes it modern? Its explicitness. That, and the fact that the usual roles are reversed. The principal female character is about a decade older than the principal male character.

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KARPOV KINRADE: WE WERE SURPRISED BY HITCHED’S SUCCESS

Together in life, together in work. This is the flash non-fiction story of Kimberly and Dmitry, who are teaming up to produce Karpov Kinrade’s books. They are writing in many different genres with success. Their novel Hitched became USA Today Bestseller and found a place in Top 20 Amazon Kindle books. With pleasant assistance of Anne Chaconas from Badass Marketing Land of Books managed to question our next guests.

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– Kimberly and Dmitry, did you expect your last novel Hitched to climb up among Top 20 Amazon ranks and to become USA Today Bestseller?
– We certainly hoped it would! But still we were surprised and excited when it did.
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SUSAN STOKER: MY NEW SERIES TEXAS HEROES IS STARTING IN AUGUST

Susan Stoker is a Texan author specialized in SEAL romance stories. She has firsthand experience being married to an army veteran. Both of her series SEAL of Protection and Beyond Reality are well respected by the readers with very high Amazon rating and grateful reviews.
In our next interview we will receive valuable info about the future plans of Susan Stoker and something more about her person.

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– Susan, SEAL of Protection series continues with the next two episodes – Protecting Summer and Marrying Caroline. What the readers may expect from your new novels?
Marrying Caroline is a novella that includes the people from the first three books. It’s about Caroline and Wolf’s engagement and wedding (the couple from the first book in the series). Because they were first, I wanted to show their wedding because a lot of people are emotionally involved with them…and they are featured in every book in the series. Protecting Summer continues with the men on the SEAL team and introduces Mozart.
As far as what to expect…more hunky SEAL goodness and strong women that get into hairy situations and need help getting out of them.
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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: THE HUNGER GAMES

When Suzanne Collins wrote The Underland Chronicles, five books of Epic fantasy, she showed her potential. The genre’s fans praised the series, which were just a stepping stone for the American author. The last part of Gregor’s adventure in the hidden land of New York was published in 2007.

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SUZANNE MUNSHOWER: ANNA FROM YOUNGER HAS A LOT IN COMMON WITH MYSELF

Suzanne Munshower’s Younger topped the Kindle Amazon bestselling list in the last few days. The medical thriller received many positive comments by the readers and currently is standing with average 4 stars from 57 Amazon reviews. Our next guest worked many things in her life. In the following chat she will let us know how she became a writer and how excited was for her to see Younger on the top of Amazon list.

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– Suzanne, what is your book Younger about?
Younger is about a 57-year-old woman who has lived too well and taken her privileged position for granted too long, so that when she loses her last remaining public relations account, she ignores her better judgment and accepts an offer to “test-drive” and market a product designed to take 30 years off the user’s appearance. By the time she figures out she has made a bad decision, dead bodies have piled up and she needs to run for her life, facing the truth about herself as she does so.
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