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It was September to remember for James Hankins and his thriller The Prettiest One. The novel’s official release has been set October 1, but in the previous month the book was available for pre-order and download due to Kindle First program.
The noise about Ridley Scott’s movie The Martian reflected directly to the Andy Weir’s original. The novel returned in the Top 10. There are some other interesting trends in the book market so you may enjoy them in the following chart.

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Give it All by Cara McKenna is the second part of Desert Dogs series. The novel was released in February. “Can’t wait for the next book”, “Thrilling and emotional romantic suspense” and “This was an excellent follow up to the first book” are just few of the opinions from readers. We’ve got a great pleasure to welcome Cara McKenna as our next guest at Land of Books.


– Cara What is your last book Give it All about?
Give It All is the second book in my Desert Dogs romantic suspense series with Signet Eclipse—the books all follow characters who are childhood friends from a rough town called Fortuity, in northern Nevada, which is besieged by corruption and violence when a large casino begins development there. The books are all full of sex and motorcycles and cussing and intrigue. Give It All is centered on the romance between Raina, the wayward owner of Fortuity’s dive bar, and Duncan, an uptight, entitled employee of the developers.
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The 34th book of Stone Barrington series Naked Greed will be released on July 14 2015. The NY Times bestselling author Stuart Woods continues the adventures of the former detective, who turned lawyer. Land of Books is honored to present our fun chat with the legendary writer.


– Mr. Woods, what the readers will see in your new book Naked Greed?
– IÒm not going to tell them; they’ll have to read the book to find out.
– How did you decide to write the story of Stone Barrington series?
– I didn’t. I resisted my publisher’s suggestion to write a single-character series, but then, few books after New York Dead, I had an idea that required a character much like Stone, so I plugged him into the novel, and thus, a series was born.
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Dear friends around the world, we are celebrating the Julian Easter today. I would like to wish you best of health, positive thinking, and clear and honest mind. Let our souls to be reborn and to feel a new way of inspiration!


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The first chart for 2015 surprised everyone with a winner from a debuting author. In the month before Academy Awards the books with movie adaptations did it very well. I added just one new thing to the ranks – a notification about the books, which were selected by Amazon as Kindle First Choice. You may see below the explanation.
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The seventh chapter of MP-5 CIA SeriesA Containable Incident was released year ago. M.H. Sargent produced another nice book with his personal thriller signature. The best prove is the positive feedback by the readers.
In the times of remembering Iraqi war our guest gave very interesting angle in his most popular book Seven Days From Sunday. Let’ hear from M.H. more in the following interview.

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. What is the seventh book of MP-5 CIA SeriesA Containable Incident about?
– Is is about Iranian hackers getting into various American banks and draining accounts.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– My brother and I were out to dinner with a group of people and someone asked my brother his opinion about the U.S. debt and deficit problems (he is a securities broker), and he said, “We’ll be fine until we wake up one morning and find out that China has drained all our bank accounts.” Everyone at the table laughed and the conversation went to different things, but I just kept thinking about his comment. So we talked the next day and he said electronic sabotage is the one thing that keeps securities people awake at night — it’s like a freight train that we don’t see it coming and it wipes us out. He suggested I find some experts in bank fraud and I did, truthfully a guy that could hack into a bank and get away with it. Luckily, he’s a good guy, working in the Silicon Valley in California.
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Vincent Lowry wrote three books. All of them are in different genres. We’ve got a chance to speak with him for his entire literature career.
Vince is also a moderator in one of the biggest Goodreads groups. He has a great insight view into the most popular community for authors and readers on the planet. It’s time for our next special Q&A.


– What is your last book Surfing the Seconds about?
Surfing the Seconds is collection of poetry about mortality, parenting, love, heartbreak, and forgiveness.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I had a sizable collection of poems on Goodreads after several years of writing, and I decided to put them all within a single book for readers to enjoy.
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Beneath Him by Komal Kant is the current #1 romance bestseller in Amazon. The book is featured in Top 20 of the most popular novels. The author of the new hit is just 24-year-old but already wrote some amazing stories. We’ve got a great chance to speak with the rising literary star Komal Kant in our next interview.


– What is your book Beneath Him about?
Beneath Him is the story of Sky Hudson who is hired as the new nanny for Madeline, the niece of the wealthy Ruggarson family. She clashes with arrogant Nick Ruggarson and tries to deny the feelings she begins to have for him.
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S.S. Lange made her debut in the writing world with Charlotte Hayes series. The first book Long Lost scored a nice impact among the readers. It’s a very rare case when a debuting novel receives full 5 stars average valuation in Amazon. Blood is Thicker is the second part of the series, while the third one Almost Found was released few days ago. Are you ready for our next interview with another promising indie author?

– What is your book Blood is Thicker about?
Blood is Thicker is the second novel in The Charlotte Hayes Series and picks up a few months after the first one leaves off. Charlotte, the protagonist, is working for her local police department while waiting to hear if the FBI has accepted her to the Special Agent program. She’s also plotting how she can derail her sister’s wedding to a man she is not a fan of while trying to avoid a revenge attack.
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The second part of Karma series Jinxed was published on November 10 by the master of dark fantasy Donna Augustine. The novel followed the success of the opening book Karma. Our next guest is another pro writer, who shared some of her time to pass by our blog.


– What is your latest book Jinxed (Karma series, book two) about?
Jinxed continues the story that Karma (Book One) set the stage for. Camilla (Karma) is just starting to get the hang of how things in the Universe work when she’s thrown another curve ball. Someone has been stalking her for centuries and forces her to help him stop certain things that were supposed to happen. He does this by threatening those around her. It’s both a psychically, and emotionally, demanding time in her life. You get more character depth in this installment and it really clarifies some of the relationships.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I’m not sure how much of a decision it really was. Most of the things I write, started off as a little scene that grows and starts demanding attention.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Probably my obsessive need for each new book to be better than the last.
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is she close to someone from your real life?
– She is tough, tenacious and very sarcastic. She’s not modeled after any one individual but I would say she borrows traits from different people I’ve encountered over the years.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– This series has been brewing in my brain since before I finished Shattered, so about a year? I’ve got a horrible sense of time so it’s hard for me to pin down dates of when an idea started to form.
– Give us some insight about your very popular The Alchemy Series?
– The idea stemmed from the theory of multiverses and what would happen if beings from one universe could travel to ours. It grew from there. Once I imagined this really hot guy running a casino, and controlling the passage back and forth, the story sort of just took off on its own.
– What the readers would find in Obsidian Souls, part I of Souls series?
– A very rough first book!
– Who are you?
– I’m a very normal but quirky woman with an over-active imagination who is constantly struggling with the bargains that have to be made in life. I love science, psychology, sociology and learning new things. I very rarely hear a question that I don’t research the answer to.
– What are your writing habits?
– For the most part, I write every single day. Occasionally, I will sometimes take off on a holiday or an occasional Sunday but I always feel guilty afterwards.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book?
– I am pretty pleased. I was #1 on the dark fantasy list for quite some time. But, I’m always striving for better, a better book, better sales, a better me.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I might be one of the worst marketers around. I’m surprised I sell any books. I do very little marketing and I’m pretty downright horrible at it but I’m trying to learn.
– When we will see your next novel?
– Fated is currently scheduled for late February and will pick up where Jinxed left off.
– Do you have some other job outside writing?
– I’m fortunate enough to be able to write full-time.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– What do you think the most important thing is in order to succeed? Passion. If you aren’t passionate about something in life, then you’ll never be satisfied, successful or happy doing it.

Learn more about Donna at her Web page

Take a look at her books:
Karma (Karma series book 1)
Jinxed (Karma series book 2)
The Keepers Box Set (Alchemy Series) Books 1-4