Monthly Archives: October 2015

DOUG JOHNSTONE: THE JUMP IS ABOUT SUICIDE AND REDEMPTION

Our guest for today’s interview is the Scottish writer Doug Johnstone. His latest novel The Jump was released in the summer. The book received positive feedback not only in the United Kingdom, but also worldwide.
It’s a great pleasure to introduce to you at Land of Books Mr. Doug Johnstone.

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– Doug, what is your book The Jump about?
The Jump is about suicide and redemption. It’s set in the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge outside Edinburgh in Scotland. The main character Ellie is struggling since her teenage son killed himself, and the book begins with her finding another boy about to jump off the bridge. She talks him down and takes him home, but finds he has blood on him that isn’t his. This leads her down a terrifying path as she tries to protect the boy and keep her own sanity.
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JAMIE BECK: ACCIDENTALLY HERS IS FILLED WITH ETHICAL AND MORAL DILEMMAS

This week Land of Books continues new interviews series with our former guests. This time Jamie Beck is returning with her new novel Accidentally Hers. The book hit the market on October 6 and as expected matched the positive feedback (av. 4.3 Amazon stars!) from her other two releases Worth the Wait and In The Cards.
If you missed the first interview with Jamie Beck you may check it here. It’s time for our second (and hopefully not the last one) meeting with the promising romance author.

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– Jamie, welcome back to Land of Books, what the readers will find in your new novel Accidentally Hers?
– Thank you for having me again!
To answer your first question, Accidentally Hers is the first book in the Sterling Canyon series, which is set in a fictional Rocky Mountain ski town based on Telluride, Colorado.
In this first book, I hope readers will find a complex story filled with legal, ethical, and moral dilemmas. There are no easy answers or resolutions for either Grey or Avery. I’ve put Avery in a particularly sticky situation where, no matter what she chooses, someone she cares about (or who is counting on her) will end up hurt. Readers will also meet (and fall for) Grey Lowell, the extreme skier with a heart of gold. I love him.
The secondary characters in this book will eventually get their own books as well (Secretly Hers is due out in July, 2016).
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TIJAN: THE INSPIRATION OF KIAN HIT ME WHEN I WAS WATCHING A SHOW

The mysterious romance writer Tijan released his latest novel Kian on October 17. Once again the feedback by the readers is splendid. So far the novel carries an average of 4.6 Amazon stars from 170 reviews.
Land of Books is following the career of our next guest. You may read his first interview for the blog here. Now here is something more from Tijan about his new book and his future plans.

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– Tijan, welcome back to Land of Books. What the readers will find in your fresh release Kian?
– I’m hoping they’ll find a new and unique book that they’ll love! Kian‘s book is different than I’ve written before. The inspiration hit me when I was watching a show where the girl had a stalker. I didn’t want to go that route, but the guy was super sexy and that appealed to me. 🙂 Honestly, I tried writing Fallen Crest University instead of Kian, but the FC characters weren’t speaking to me so I decided not to fight it and I just went with Kian‘s book. I absolutely loved writing it.
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CHANCE CARTER: BAD BOY DADDY WAS INSPIRED BY MOTORBIKE GANG STORIES

A debut book, newbie author, military romance, place in Kindle Amazon Top 20, more than 700 Amazon reviews with average 4.4 stars for less than a month after the release. The common thing is the novel Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter.
It’s always a pleasure to see such a great start of a writing career. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you The Bad Boy who writes about bad boys, Mr. Chance Carter.

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– Chance, what is your book Bad Boy Daddy about?
– A woman who is tied to a gang and a guy that offers to free her of this if she bears him a son.
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13 FACTS ABOUT JOHN GRISHAM AND ROGUE LAWYER

John Grisham published his latest thriller Rogue Lawyer on October 20. As it may be expected the novel directly occupied the bestselling lists.
However, this is one of the few books by the famous lawyer, who turned writer that received mixed reactions from the readers. Currently the thriller is standing with unexpected average of 3.5 Amazon stars from 140 reviews.
For all Grisham fans Land of Books is featuring him and his new book at our 13 Facts rubric

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H. TERRELL GRIFFIN: MATT ROYAL IS BASED ON MY FEELINGS

Lawyer turned to a writer. Sounds familiar? Thanks to those kind of transformations we are lucky to understand better the law system and all the drama that surrounds big and not so big trials.
H. Terrell Griffin is part of the famous author’s club. He developed his trilling stories around the funny character of Matt Royal. His latest adventures were told in Chasing Justice that was released in September.
We are honored to have as a guest at Land of Books Mr. H. Terrell Griffin. Special thanks for arranging the interview to Mr. David Ivester from Oceanview Publishing.

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– Mr. Griffin, what is your book Chasing Justice about?
– The protagonist, Matt Royal, is a highly regarded lawyer who, disgusted with the practice of law, retired early to Longboat Key, Florida, with the goal of becoming a beach bum. His friend the chief of police on the island calls Matt when the chief’s wife is arrested for the murder of a shady character with whom she is accused of having an affair that went wrong. Matt reluctantly comes out of retirement to defend the woman
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ANDRA WATKINS: CHALLENGES KEEP US ALIVE

Not Without My Father is a very special memoir by Andra Watkins. The book describes the personal challenge of the author. Our next guest did something very tough. She admitted her pure feelings and reflections during a very rough adventure.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you Lady Andra Watkins.

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– Andra, what is your memoir Not Without My Father about?
– In 2014, my debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published. Because it was set on the Natchez Trace, I thought walking the Trace would be a brilliant marketing ploy. I’d take readers into the world of the book, all while walking more than a half-marathon every day for a month. I knew my stunt would make my novel a New York Times best seller.
I needed a wingman to accomplish my dream. The only available person was my eighty-year-old father, the one person in the world who drives me absolutely insane. I didn’t want to live with his gas and non-stop talking for a month.
But I was desperate for my best seller.
Dad agreed to be my wingman while I walked the Trace in fifteen-mile daily increments. My memoir is the story of our dysfunctional family adventure, a story that asks if one really can turn “I wish I had” into “I’m glad I did.”
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JENNIFER HILLIER: I TELL LIES FOR A LIVING

The Amazon profile of our next guest starts with: “Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things”. Yes, be prepared for some scary moments in her books that are very well accepted by the readers.
We are happy to speak with Jennifer about her writing.

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– Jennifer, what is your book The Butcher about?
The Butcher is about a notorious serial killer who everybody thought was dead. But he’s not dead. He’s in an old folks’ home, bored, and ready to come out of retirement.
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JONAH C. SIROTT: THIS IS THE NIGHT IS ABOUT A COUNTRY MIRED IN WAR

The official release of Jonah C. Sirrot’s first full novel This is the Night is set for November 1. The book is already available for pre-orders.
Our next guest is living in San Francisco, but was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated at University of Minnesota with MFA degree.

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– Jonah, what is your book This is the Night about?
This is the Night is about a country mired in war, and specifically, how that war effects the characters in the book.
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MATTHEW SALESSES: THE HUNDRED-YEAR-FLOOD TOOK 11 YEARS

Matthew Salesses’s new book The Hundred-Year-Flood was published on September 1 and received mixed reactions from the readers. The novel was described as “A masterfully written novel of self-discovery” and “Beautiful, tragic, but realistic”.
Our next guest was featured with articles in The New York Times. He is a master of essays and also is a speaker. So here is our quick chat with Matthew:

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– Matthew, what is your next book The Hundred-Year-Flood about?
– It’s about an American who goes to Prague and there is asked to pose for a series of paintings by a famous artist. He gets into an affair with the artist’s wife, and they get stuck in a hundred-year flood.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I started the book when I was living in Prague in 2004. I didn’t write the flood into the book until later.
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