Monthly Archives: November 2015

RITA CARLA FRANCESCA MONTICELLI: THE MENTOR WAS MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT WRITING A THRILLER

The Italian author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli released with success the English version of her novel The Mentor on November 1. During October the thriller was available for pre-orders and for Amazon Prime members. The book collected many positive reviews.
Our next guest made a name in her country with sci-fi series about Mars. She is very interesting interlocutor and I am sure you will enjoy our chat.

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– Carla, what is your book The Mentor about?
The Mentor is a crime thriller set in London involving a forensic squad from Scotland Yard. The main character is a chief forensics detective, Eric Shaw, who investigates a series of murders that seem related to a cold case involving a person he cares for. This person, Mina, was just a child when twenty years earlier four men killed her family.
The purpose of the story isn’t exactly find out the culprit, but rather observe how the main character decides to react to his findings.
Though it can be read as standalone, this book is the first one in a trilogy, whose second book, titled “Syndrome”, I’m currently writing.
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CINDY KIRK: CHRISTMAS IN GOOD HOPE IS A BOOK ABOUT LOVE AND SECOND CHANCES

Cindy Kirk’s new novel Christmas in Good Hope will be officially released on December 1. As part of Kindle first program the book is already available for download to Amazon Prime members. The contemporary romance was received very well by the readers with average 4.5 Amazon stars from almost 100 reviews. The novel is standing solidly in Kindle Amazon Top 10 rank for the last two weeks.
Our next guest is an award-winning author. Let’s meet her in the following Land of Books interview.

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– Cindy, what is your book Christmas in Good Hope about?
– It’s a book about love and second chances in the context of family and community.
Ami and Beck would rather forget the past, but this Christmas of love is one to remember.
Amaryllis “Ami” Bloom’s cheerful smile greets everyone in Good Hope, Wisconsin. But her merry facade hides a dark secret she won’t ever forget. Still, she throws herself into celebrating Christmas—and convinces her handsome, and stubborn, new neighbor to join her.
Beckett Cross, however, is determined not to celebrate the holidays. He moved to Good Hope to leave behind reminders of how he’d had it all…and lost everything. But it’s hard to resist adorable Ami, the designated keeper of the small town’s holiday traditions, when she asks for help with the Twelve Nights celebrations. And Ami has a hard time resisting Beck’s soft Southern drawl and gentle eyes. Will a Christmas miracle give them a second chance at love and the hope to heal both of their hearts for good?
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SIENNA VALENTINE: KELLAN IS A MAN WHO MADE A LOT OF BAD DECISIONS

Sienna Valentine has her best moment as an author in the recent days. Kellan , the latest novel of the talented romance writer, entered into Amazon Top 20. Even more, the readers loved the plot and valuated the book with respecting average 4.7 Amazon stars from 70 plus reviews.
Dear friends, it’s time to introduce to you lady Sienna Valentine.

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– Sienna, what is your book Kellan about?

Kellan is about a man who has had a hard life, made a lot of bad decisions and then joined the military to try to get straightened up. But when that was done, he realized that it only made him more dangerous than before, and put him even more on the fringe. It isn’t until he meets Parker that he re-discovers his own self-worth and that he can be loved (and return that love).
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TIM JOHNSTON: IT TOOK ME SIX YEARS TO FINISH THE FIRST DRAFT OF DESCENT

With Descent Tim Johnston climbed the big mountain to reach The New York Times bestselling list. His third book was received positively by the readers and critics. So far the novel accumulates average 4.0 Amazon stars from almost 850 reviews.
Our next is also known as a master of short stories for which he won many awards.
Let’s welcome Tim Johnston.

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– Tim, what is your book Descent about?

Descent tells the story of a family of four from the American Midwest who, on summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, lose their 18-yr-old daughter. The novel follows the four members of the family over the next two years as they grow increasingly distant from each other, and fight to survive this trauma in their own isolated ways.
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LIBBIE HAWKER: DAUGHTER OF SAND AND STONE IS ABOUT REAL WOMAN SURROUNDED BY MYTH AND LEGEND

If you like historical fiction, Libbie Hawker is a perfect choice for something fresh. Her new novel Daughter of Sand and Stone is set for release on December 1. “Surprisingly good fiction”, “An author to watch,” are just few of the comments by the readers of the book. It’s not by coincidence that this is interview #300 at Land of Books.
With a great pleasure we welcome our next guest Libbie Hawker.

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– Libbie, what is your book Daughter of Sand and Stone about?
Daughter of Sand and Stone is about Zenobia, a woman who ruled ancient Palmyra (in modern-day Syria) during the third century C.E. Very few facts are known about Zenobia’s life, but she has been surrounded by myth and legend for a very long time!
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MATTHEW FITZSIMMONS: THE SHORT DROP WAS INSPIRED BY THRILLERFEST

Matthew FitzSimmons made a dream debut. His first ever novel The Short Drop is currently #1 at Kindle Amazon Bestselling list. The book was loved by the readers, who are giving average 4.7 Amazon stars from 280 plus reviews.

The Short Drop is an adrenaline-fueled thriller that has it all—political intrigue, murder, and suspense. Matthew FitzSimmons weaves a clever plot and deftly leads the reader on a rapid ride to an explosive end”, said the good friend of Land of Books Robert Dugoni, author of My Sister’s Grave.

Andrew Peterson added: “Beyond exceptional. Matthew FitzSimmons is the real deal”.

So here we are with another special chat with the new star of thriller genre Mr. Matthew FitzSimmons himself. We owe special thanks to lovely Dennelle Catlett for her great assistance in doing the interview.

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– Matthew, Tell us about your new book, The Short Drop. What is it about?
The Short Drop is about Gibson Vaughn and the search for Suzanne Lombard, a childhood friend and daughter of the American vice president. Her disappearance has haunted Gibson since he was a troubled teenager. Ten years later, he’s been given the chance to solve the mystery. It’s an opportunity that he can’t pass up and of course gets him into all sorts of trouble.
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CAROL MCGRATH: THE BETROTHED SISTER IS A STORY OF LOVE, REVENGE, JEALOUSY AND RIVALRY

Carol McGrath published the third part of her The Daughters of Hastings series at the beginning of October. The Betrothed Sister is another history journey that started just after the Battle of Hastings. Our next guest is historian, who is specializing in medieval era. It’s is a real pleasure to welcome at Land of Books lady Carol McGrath for the following chat.

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– Carol, what is The Betrothed Sister about?
The Betrothed Sister tells the story of Harold II’s elder daughter Gytha, who, because her grandmother has the same name, is called Thea in the novel. It is a story of love, revenge, jealousy, and rivalry. Thea travels into exile in Denmark after The Battle of Hastings and the Norman take-over of England. After a time coping with the jealous Danish princesses, her cousin, King Sweyn, brokers a spectacular marriage for her with Prince Vladimir of Kiev. Thea now has to adjust to a very different society, one very protective of its women, deeply religious and war-like but with many beautiful palaces, castles and great trading wealth. Will her marriage bring her happiness? Will she earn her princely husband’s respect as together they confront danger from within and without the court? The story also contains a small sub-plot, that of Padar who was the Godwin skald/poet/spy and Thea’s protector.
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WHO IS PAULA HAWKINS’S NEW BOYFRIEND

Paula Hawkins emerged as a top author in the beginning of 2015. Her novel The Girl on the Train is the main favorite for the best book of the year. The title already earned huge praise by readers and critics. The thriller set a record with four consecutive months (From February to March) as a winner of our Amazon Bestselling Ranks.

Photo credit: Arild Vågen

Photo credit: Arild Vågen

43-year old former business reporter at Times is hiding her personal life. The new millionaire was busy after the release of The Girl on the Train and traveled a lot to promote the book. However she found time for a romance.

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TONI DWIGGINS: THE JELLYFISH IN SKELETON SEA ARE REAL

The fourth part of thrilling Forensic Geology Series was published in May. Toni Dwiggins continues with the adventures of Cassie and Walter after they took a new case in Skeleton Sea. Once again the response of the readers was very nice with average 4.4 Amazon stars. It’s a great pleasure to welcome for the first time at Land of Books Toni Dwiggins.

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– Toni, what is your book Skeleton Sea about?
– Two forensic geologists investigate the mystery of a ‘ghost ship’–a fishing boat found adrift without a fisherman aboard. They soon discover that the mystery goes deeper, down into a subsea cavern where a man with a toxic agenda is at work on a project that threatens the California seas. Climate change, warming oceans, and oxygen-starved waters set the scene.
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LUCY SCORE: I WROTE PRETEND YOU’RE MAIN AS TWO SEPARATE BOOKS

Lucy Score debuted in 2015. Her second novel Pretend You’re Mine was published on October 22. For a fresh author our next guest showed great talent and received well deserved positive critics. The Amazon feedback is more than perfect averaging 4,8 stars from 160 plus reviews. The book is stranding solidly in Kindle Top 10 bestselling list. Let’s see who is hiding behind the lovely writer from Pennsylvania.

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– Lucy, what is your book Pretend You’re Mine about?
Pretend You’re Mine is about a mismatched couple in a small town. They’re both running from something and that brings them together and also tears them apart. It’s a sweet story with a whole cast of hilarious secondary characters.
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