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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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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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CHANCE CARTER: BAD BOY DADDY WAS INSPIRED BY MOTORBIKE GANG STORIES

A debut book, newbie author, military romance, place in Kindle Amazon Top 20, more than 700 Amazon reviews with average 4.4 stars for less than a month after the release. The common thing is the novel Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter.
It’s always a pleasure to see such a great start of a writing career. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you The Bad Boy who writes about bad boys, Mr. Chance Carter.

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– Chance, what is your book Bad Boy Daddy about?
– A woman who is tied to a gang and a guy that offers to free her of this if she bears him a son.
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13 FACTS ABOUT JOHN GRISHAM AND ROGUE LAWYER

John Grisham published his latest thriller Rogue Lawyer on October 20. As it may be expected the novel directly occupied the bestselling lists.
However, this is one of the few books by the famous lawyer, who turned writer that received mixed reactions from the readers. Currently the thriller is standing with unexpected average of 3.5 Amazon stars from 140 reviews.
For all Grisham fans Land of Books is featuring him and his new book at our 13 Facts rubric

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ROBERT DUGONI: IN THE CLEARING (PART III OF TRACY CROSSWHITE SERIES) WILL BE OUT IN MAY

The second part of Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni was released on September 15. Her Final Breath is the next title that is fated with the success of the opening story My Sister’s Grave (4.4 Amazon stars from 8000 plus reviews). Land of Books is happy to be friend of the famous American author, and to introduce some interesting notes by him regarding the new novel and his future plans.

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– Robert, welcome back at Land of Books, Tracy Crosswhite returns in Her Final Breath. How the adventures of the homicide detective continue?
– Tracy is back in Seattle after the retrial of her sister’s murderer and the resulting consequences. Shortly before she left for Cedar Grove she and her partner, Kinsington Rowe, were called to a cheap motel in North Seattle and found a woman tied up and deceased. Tracy is back working and gets called to another motel and they find a woman killed in the same manner, indicating, possibly, a serial killer.
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PAMELA FORD: TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE IS A HISTORY SAGA ABOUT THE POWER OF LOVE

Pamela Ford’s last book To Ride A White Horse is standing with a very rare average valuation of 4.9 Amazon stars. “Overwhelming”, “A warm and lovely book”, “Why did it end,” are just few of the opinions about it. The novel is the most successful one of the American author, who specializes in Romance genre. It’s a great pleasure to introduce at Land of Books Pamela Ford.

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– Pamela, what is your book To Ride a White Horse about?
To Ride a White Horse is set in Ireland and America during the 1840s. With Ireland in famine and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey must leave her country to find work. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she sets sail for Canada, determined to save her family. But her voyage goes awry and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice—remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart. To Ride a White Horse is a historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love.
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SAM REAVES: COLD BLACK EARTH GREW FROM A SINGLE VIVID IMAGE

Sam Reaves’s Cold Black Earth was selected among Kindle First Choice’s books for July. The novel stepped up solidly in Amazon Top 10 ranks few weeks before the official release, set for August 1. Our next guest is a very interesting person. He loves to travel around the world and is capable to translate from several languages. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you Mr. Sam Reaves.

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– Sam, what is your next book Cold Black Earth about?
– It’s a mystery set in western Illinois farm country. My elevator pitch is “A Thousand Acres meets Psycho.” A deranged killer escapes from prison and farmers start dying. It’s a crime novel but also a story about farm people and their problems in the 21st century.
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