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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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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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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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MEGG JENSEN: ATTACK ON PHOENIX IS MY HOMAGE TO FLASH GORDON

USA Today bestselling author Megg Jensen started a new adventure with her latest release Attack on Phoenix. The title premiered on October 20. Few days later we’ve got a great chance to speak with sci-fi and fantasy author about the first book of Forsaken Stars Saga. Let’s say a warm welcome to our next guest.

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– Megg, what is your latest book Attack on Phoenix about?
Attack on Phoenix is my homage to my favorite science fantasy movies – Flash Gordon, Dune, and John Carter of Mars. Two hundred years ago, an Earth spaceship crashed on a desolate planet. Just as they are about to get back into space, they are besieged by an alien species called the dragzhi. Only an ancient relic, the Key, can save them – if it even exists.
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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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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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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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KIM LINWOOD: BOSSY IS HUMOROUS AND SPICY

Kim Linwood’s second book Bossy was released at the end of September. The novel quickly jumped into Kindle Amazon’s Top 50 and stayed there for a third week in a row. The readers are loving the story and are giving pretty high valuation of average 4.8 Amazon stars from almost 200 reviews.
It’s a real pleasure to welcome the romance author Kim Linwood at Land of Books.

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– Kim, what is your book Bossy about?
– It is a steamy romance of the bad boy variety. Claire is a recent college graduate, starting a summer job before grad school at her stepfather-to-be’s law firm. Declan is her stepbrother-to-be, who is set to be her mentor and boss for the summer. They find themselves in a love/hate relationship while forced to work together, and it turns into a little office war that escalates until everything blows up. The tone of the book is both humorous and spicy, and it seems to have gone over well, judging by our reviews.
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