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LAUREL SAVILLE: NORTH OF HERE IS ULTIMATELY A LOVE STORY BETWEEN DAMAGED PEOPLE

Laurel Saville is getting ready for her new release North of Here. The book will have a premiere on March 1, but already is a hot title and is standing solidly near the top of Kindle Amazon rankings.

Our next guest is well established author and writer of articles, that were published in LA Times Magazine, The Bark, NYTimes.com and many other popular publications. It’s a great pleasure to introduce to you Laurel Saville.

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– Laurel, what is your book North of Here about?
– Set in the Adirondack Park / North Country area of upstate New York, the book follows the intersecting fates of four very different people who are trying to create meaning and structure in their lives: Miranda is a 23-year old woman trying to find her footing after a series of tragedies befall her privileged family; Dix is a 30-year old, local handyman whose humble demeanor belies a more complex background; Darius is a charming narcissist who tries to build a back-to-nature commune; Sally is a no-nonsense social worker who tries to fix problems and people. There is a lot of searching and frustrated ambition, the characters are often not what they seem, there are many fumbled attempts to help each other, but the book is ultimately a love story between damaged people and also with a very challenging landscape.
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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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J.A. HUSS: I THOUGHT THREE, TWO, ONE WOULD RUIN MY CAREER

J.A. Huss celebrated the best year of her writing career in 2015. Her novel Three, Two, One hit the bestselling ranks and became one of the top titles in romantic suspense genre.

Our next guest likes to write about family, loyalty and extraordinary characters that have problems with some basic emotions.

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Julie Huss at Land of Books.

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– Julie, Three, Two, One became one of the biggest hits for 2015. Did you expect that the book will become NY Times and USA Today bestseller?

– No, not at all. I really thought that book would ruin my career because it’s so out of the mainstream of what people are writing. No one, as far as I could tell, was focusing on what a real love relationship between three people would be like, and that was the main focus of my book. That these three people were one hundred percent in love. When you add in the erotica and the dark suspense, that makes it even less mainstream. So I really have no idea why this book was the one to take off for me.
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NIKKI WILD: AT THE HEART OF IT, ARROGANT BRIT IS A LOVE STORY

Nikki Wild hit the top of Kindle Amazon chart with her book Arrogant Brit. The novel was released few days before Christmas, and already picks up a nice amount of positive feedback.

Our next guest specializes in Romance genre. She is living in Southern California and is ready to surprise her fans with some new books in 2016.

It’s a great pleasure to welcome at Land of Books Nikki Wild.

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– Nikki, what is your newest book Arrogant Brit about?
– I think at the heart of it, Arrogant Brit is a love story. Dalton knows where his life is heading. He’s waiting to inherit a fortune and nothing is going to derail that train…. Until he meets Clara.
He’s a bad boy, yes, but the book goes so much further than that. I tried to incorporate hopes and dreams, and an attraction that goes beyond how big his muscles are.
I tried to write the book I wanted to read… I enjoy romance stories with more than just lust as a driving factor. Bringing in emotion grounds the characters and makes their story arch feel more authentic. I hope that came across in the story…
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BRAD TAYLOR: PIKE LOGAN IS AN AMALGAMATION OF PEOPLE I SERVED WITH IN SPECIAL FORCES

Brad Taylor is a real deal. A former military commander with huge experience in Special Forces, he became a very successful writer. Our next guest is born in Japan, grew up in Texas and spent most of his life around the most dangerous places on the planet like Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you want to touch the reality of warfare Pike Logan is your man. The famous protagonist of the same name series is ready for his next adventures in the Chapter IX The Forgotten Soldier. The novel was released on December 29 and made a quick entry into NY Times and USA Today bestselling list.

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Brad Taylor at Land of Books.

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– Brad, Pike Logan continues his adventures in Book #9 of the series The Forgotten Soldier. What the readers may expect from the new novel?
– The Taskforce was created out of whole cloth, completely made up by me for my novels, but I used my experiences to do so, tapping into what I knew of the world in which I’d lived. The organization is nothing more than a fantasy we used to wish existed whenever we ran into the inertia of the United States bureaucracy, but inside, we realized why such inertia exists, and it’s precisely to prevent any one individual from misusing a dangerous asset. America has had a love/hate relationship with special operations throughout its history, resulting in many units being disbanded or rendered toothless the minute the threat was gone because the cure was believed to be worse than the disease. It is only in modern times that SOF has flourished, but it has come with a price. The crux of repeated covert action in a democracy is that a nation can only go so far before its actions begin to erode the very ideals the unit was designed to protect, which is why we have such robust oversight in United States Code. The Taskforce has no such constraints, and I’ve threaded the potential for its abuse throughout my books. This time, I decided to explore it as a main theme.
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CATHERINE RYAN HYDE: ASK HIM WHY IS A STORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON’T LISTEN TO EACH OTHER ENOUGH

Three weeks ago, American bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde released her latest novel Ask Him Why. The book grabbed right away readers’ attention with its deep emotion.

We’ve got a great chance to speak once again with the good friend of Land of Books. In the next lines she is talking about her new book, her next project and how different is Amazon publishing from the traditional publishers.

It’s a great honor to welcome for the second time at Land of Books Catherine Ryan Hyde. If you missed our previous interview with her check it out here.

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– Catherine, your latest book Ask Him Why once again is praised by the readers. The publisher Lake Union describes the novel with “stunning and emotional story of a young soldier’s unthinkable act…and the bonds of a sister and brother’s love.” How would you describe it?
– I think I’d say it’s a story about what happens when we don’t talk to each other enough. Or, more importantly, maybe when we don’t listen to each other enough. It’s about a family in which communication is nearly nonexistent, and the chilling effects of this silence on a teenage brother and sister. Their older brother, Joseph, has come back from the war in Iraq surrounded by a cloud of controversy. Everyone thinks Joseph refused to go out on duty because of cowardice, so no one asks. Until ten years later, near the end of the book. Then Ruth asks, and the answer is nothing anyone could have imagined.
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CRAIG SCHAEFER: I SPENT ABOUT A YEAR DRAFTING HARMONY BLACK SERIES

Craig Schaefer started a new mystery series with his new book Harmony Black. The novel is set for official release on February 1, but already scored very good results. The title averaged 4.7 Amazon stars from 60 plus reviews. “Fun read”, “Tremendously enjoyable”, and “Absolutely fantastic,” are just part of the comments by the readers.

Our next guest is residing in Illinois and already had a nice volume of quality books. Let’s welcome Craig Schaefer at Land of Books.

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– Craig, what is your new book Harmony Black about?
– A veteran FBI agent with a concealed talent for witchcraft is drafted into Vigilant Lock, a black-ops wing of the government dedicated to hunting and eradicating supernatural threats. Her latest mission turns personal when she’s set on the trail of the Bogeyman, the creature who tore her family apart thirty years ago.
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FERNANDO GAMBOA: CAPTAIN RILEY IS AN ADVENTURE WITH CAPITAL A

The Spanish bestselling author Fernando Gamboa is ready to conquer the English language literary market with his book Captain Riley. Our next guest is not a typical writer. He knows how to challenge the fate from the first hand with his wild spirit. Prior to his writing career, Fernando Gamboa worked as a diver, Spanish teacher, entrepreneur, poker player and adventure guide.

Our next guest made his English language debut with Ulysses Vidal series in 2014 and now he continues with another great character – Captain Riley. It’s a great honor to welcome at Land of Books Fernando Gamboa.

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– Fernando, tell us about your new book Captain Riley?

Captain Riley is an Adventure (yes, with a capital A). A book that will make you laugh, thrill you, make you fall in love, or make you feel like you’re standing up on a ship deck facing a storm on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a novel to lose yourself in and let your imagination take you to places you’ve never been before. A great adventure that you won’t want to leave. It was the best selling novel on Amazon Spain in 2015.
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MARK WHEATON: FIELDS OF WRATH STARTED LIFE AS A COMIC BOOK PITCH

Mark Wheaton has big experience in writing. He was freelance reporter and later became screenwriter and producer. Under his belt are projects like Friday the 13th, The Messengers, and the forthcoming Voice from the Stone.

The talent of our next guest showed on the radar of Amazon’s Thomas& Mercer. The house showed support in publishing the first part of Father Luis Chavez’s series Fields of Wrath. The novel is part of Kindle first program and is set for official premiere on February 1. The story already gathered huge interest, received positive feedback and found a place at Kindle Amazon Top 3.

Land of Books got a chance to chat with Mark Wheaton about his books, past and current projects and working in movie industry.

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– Mark, what is your book Fields of Wrath about?
– A number of years ago, I read that in the Los Angeles undocumented immigrant community, a number of people had begun to take their problems to the church rather than the police. Fields of Wrath is about a young priest named Luis Chavez, only six months past ordination, who has a crime involving a missing Oaxacan girl fall into his lap. Deciding that God put it in front of him as a test, he goes about trying to get to solve the case.
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