MELISSA LENHARDT: STILLWATER STARTED AS A MODERN DAY RETELLING OF JANE AUSTEN’S PERSUASION

Melissa Lenhardt made the big break in the literary world with her novel Stillwater. The book was published in October 2015. The story received a lot of positive feedback with the readers giving an average of 4.5 Amazon stars. Melissa will have a very busy year, because two more novels by her are waiting for their premiere.
It’s a great pleasure to speak with our next guest for her amazing debut. Let’s welcome Melissa Lenhardt.

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– Melissa, what is your book Stillwater about?
STILLWATER is the story of an ex-FBI agent who takes the job as Chief of Police in small-town East Texas thinking it will be a nice, easy gig, but who ends up investigating two murders, fifty years apart, that share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.
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WESTON OCHSE: GRUNT TRAITOR FOCUSES ON POST TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME

Weston Ochse published the second part of Grunt series – Grunt Traitor last year. The novel received very nice feedback from the readers, who are waiting for the third part. Our next guest’s books were nominated and won several awards. He wrote 25 novels and currently is living in Arizona desert. Let’s say welcome to Weston Ochse.

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– Weston, what is your last book Grunt Traitor about?

Grunt Traitor is the second book of the Grunt series which focuses on the effects of PTSD and how people develop methods (for good and bad) of overcoming them. The novel centers around Los Angeles where the unnamed aliens are terraforming. Strange flora and fauna are appearing and upon investigation, it becomes apparent that each one was developed and cultivated for a specific purpose.
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SYDNEY JAMESSON: BLUE HEARTS IS EMOTIONALLY DRIVEN BOOK

Sydney Jamesson made big impact with her The Story of Us books. Our next guest is working as an English teacher, who turns out to be a very good storyteller. She has five novels behind her and all of them received positive feedback by the fans of romance genre.
It’s a great pleasure to introduce at Land of Books Sydney Jamesson.

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– Sydney, what is your last book Blue Hearts about?
Blue Hearts is the continuation of The Story of Us. It follows on from the trilogy and is the second part of the Into the Blue Series, following on from Blue Genes. It features Ayden Stone and Elizabeth Parker-Stone and is an exploration of the heartache that comes from forced separation. Fearing for her and their unborn twins, Ayden has sent Beth away for her safety, knowing he has the fight of his life on his hands to save himself and— more importantly—his family. He must do things he knows will jeopardize his marriage, but with his back against the wall, he has no choice. He must do … whatever it takes.
In staging their marriage break-up, Ayden must appear to return to his old ways; reestablish his playboy lifestyle and seemingly rekindle a love affair with a beautiful ex-girlfriend. Believing their marriage to be a sham, and unaware of his duplicity, Beth suffers emotional torment. Ayden’s reputation suffers and he appears to have everything; in fact he is close to breaking point too. He needs the one thing he cannot have—the only woman he has ever loved: Beth.
Enemies from their past close in, threatening their relationship and their very existence. With everything to fight for, he must make a stand to safeguard their lives and their love … or risk losing it all.
It’s an emotionally driven book, receiving excellent reviews.
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VINCENT ZANDRI: I WAS IN A VERY DARK MOOD WHEN I WROTE ORCHARD GROVE

The New York Times bestselling writer Vincent Zandri is returning with his new book Orchard Grove. The novel was released on January 12 and already was valuated very high by the readers.

The good friend of Land of books was already our guest. Check out the previous interview with him. Now we are adding some more questions around his interesting character and intriguing new books.

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– Vincent, welcome back to Land of Books. You recently released Orchard Grove, tell us about your new novel?
– I wrote Orchard Grove while recuperating from extensive foot surgery not long ago. I was housebound and miserable, since normally, I’m a very active person. I love lifting weights, jogging, hiking, traveling, and just being on the go. I think the only thing I slow down for is to write and read. Orchard Grove is the result of my frustration. Here’s the plot:

Sometimes fences make for nice neighbors. Other times they hide the evil within. Orchard Grove is a town like any other, with quiet neighborhoods and apple groves . . . though Ethan, the depressed screenplay writer, and his secretive wife, Susan, would tell you differently. So would the seductive serial killer living next door.
The apple trees are fertilized with evil, and the backyard fences aren’t enough to stop the manipulative mind games and dangerous lies. The lines between good and evil are blurred, and then erased, as Ethan does what it takes to survive.

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TAMI HOAG: JUGGLING THREE PLOTS AT ONCE WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE AT THE BITTER SEASON

Tami Hoag started very strongly the New Year with her recent release The Bitter Season. The novel debuted on January 12 and already is accepted as a strong title. So far 170 Amazon reviewers gave a decent average of 4.6 stars.

Our next guest has 30 books behind her. The novels were translated in more than 30 languages. With the quality of her writing Tami Hoag has a well deserved spot at NY Times Bestselling list.

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– Tami, what is your new book The Bitter Season about?
THE BITTER SEASON follows two homicide cases, one a 25 year old cold case murder of a decorated sex crimes detective, and the present day brutal double homicide of a university professor and his wife in an apparent home invasion. Liska is assigned to the cold case, and Kovac and his new partner are working the new case.
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AMAZON TOP 10 BESTSELLERS: JANUARY 2016

Hello everyone, it’s time for the first chart for 2016. January is usually calmer month in the bookstores after December’s huge sales around Christmas.

We’ve got another portion of Kindle first choice books, who occupied the front places. The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann is the champion with a full score of 80 points. The Former monthly winners The Short Drop and The Good Neighbor are brought back in contention with solid positions in Top 10.

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ELLE CASEY: WRONG NUMBER, RIGHT GUY WAS INSPIRED BY AUTO-CORRECT-SCREW-UPS

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Elle Casey started last year The Bourbon Street Boys series. The first novel Wrong Number, Right Guy became a big hit with average 4.4 Amazon stars from 600 reviews. The second part, Wrong Place, Right Time, is coming in March.

Our next guest is living in Southern France with her family. She is writing in different genres as Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi. It’s a great pleasure to Welcome at Land of Books Elle Casey.

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– Elle, what is your book Wrong Number, Right Guy about?
– It’s about a girl who receives a text message on her phone that she assumes is from her sister in crisis, but when she goes to the rescue, she finds that it wasn’t from her sister and she’s in a bunch of trouble, showing up in the wrong place at a bad time. She’s rescued by Ozzie, the head of a private security firm, and then she’s eventually offered a job to work with his team. At first it seems like she’s really not suited to the job, but it turns out she fits right in with the team.
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MICHELLE GABLE: I DECIDED TO WRITE I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS DURING THE RESEARCH OF A PARIS APARTMENT

Michelle Gable is returning with her second historical fiction novel I’ll See You in Paris. The title is set for release on February 9. She made the headlines of literary world with her debut book A Paris Apartment, which became international bestseller.

Our next guest grew up in San Diego. She is currently residing in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. We’ve got a great chance to speak with Michelle about her new book and her experience as a writer. Enjoy!

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– Michelle, what is your new book I’ll See You in Paris about?
I’ll See You in Paris is based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a woman whose life was so rich and storied it could fill several books. Nearly a century after Gladys’s heyday, a young woman’s quest to understand the legendary Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a dilapidated manse kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris, where answers will be found at last. In the end, she not only solves the riddle of the Duchess, but uncovers the missing pieces in her own life.
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ELIZA HENRY JONES: IN THE QUIET IS AN EXPLORATION OF GRIEF

Eliza Henry Jones released her debut novel In The Quiet on July 1. The book received huge praise by the readers with av. 4.7 Amazon stars. “Stunning debut”, “Absolutely Amazing”, This book just oozes raw emotions,” is the voice of the positive reviews.

Land of Books got a chance to meet the Australian author. Let’s say hello to Eliza Henry Jones.

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– Eliza, what is your book In The Quiet about?
In the Quiet is a novel set in rural Australia. It’s narrated from the perspective of Cate, who has recently died, as she watches her family. It’s an exploration of grief, family, the land and the ways that people relate to animals – specifically, horses.
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ELIZA GRAHAM: THE INSPIRATION OF THE ONE I WAS CAME AFTER GERMAN TV SERIES: HEIMAT

Eliza Graham made the big break in the literary world with her most popular novel The One I Was. The book was released last year and very fast found its audience. A serious positive feedback came from the readers (av. 4.4 Amazon stars from 620 plus American reviews) who described the title as “Fascinating novel”, “Mesmerizing and captivating” and “Amazing”.

Our next guest lives in Oxfordshire countryside with her family. She is a pure example how an avid reader may become a successful writer. Let’s welcome at Land of Books Eliza Graham.

– Eliza, what is your book The One I Was about?
The One I Was is the story of two people in an old country house in England living a kind of lie about who they really are, hiding from the past, which they both have good, but very different, reasons to fear. They come together at the end of the story when one of them, Benny is on his deathbed, and they find the courage to confront the truth about themselves.
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