REVIEW OF THE CON ARTIST BY FRED VAN LENTE

  It’s 2018 and it’s a fact that geeks now rule the world. Marvel rules the theatres, everyone and their mother knows who Iron Man and Black Widow are, and it’s a good chance your humble reviewer is typing this while wearing a Captain America t-shirt (SPOILERS: it’s true). Super-heroes have always been a part of American culture, but it’s always been with a bit of a snide side-eye from the jocks and cool kids. Not anymore. The geeks won, and now we walk with our ironically-chunky-eye-glasses wearing heads held high. But let’s not forget that comic-book pop-culture all comes from a source material: the humble comic-book. And while...

REVIEW OF JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

JAR OF HEARTS JENNIFER HILLIER MINOTAUR BOOKS JUNE 12, 2018 High school best friends Georgina Shaw, Angela Wong, and Kaiser Brody were living their best lives. School, sports, and 7-11 Slurpies. Life took a severe left turn when sixteen-year-old Georgina, Geo to her friends, met 21-year-old Calvin James in that 7-11 parking lot. She fell for him instantly and completely. She knew the relationship was wrong. She knew he shouldn’t make her feel bad. She knew he shouldn’t be so mean to her. She knew he shouldn’t hit her. But she loved him and she thought he loved her, too. Then one night, Angela was murdered, and buried in the woods. In...

DAN & KATE PRESENT… THE JENNIFER HILLIE...

  Dan & Kate: Congratulations on the release of your new thriller JAR OF HEARTS! This book has been getting tons of buzz. Please, tell the folks at home a bit about the book. What can readers expect when they meet Geo Shaw? Jennifer Hillier: Thank you so much! I’m finally starting to become aware of the buzz, and it’s been exciting and terrifying all at the same time (but slightly more exciting than terrifying, thankfully). I’m super proud of this book. I feel like JAR OF HEARTS is the result of every lesson I’ve ever learned as a writer up until now. I know every book should feel that way, but sometimes they just don’t. The story...

Cover Reveal for RECORD SCRATCH by J.J. Hensley May01

Cover Reveal for RECORD SCRATCH by J.J. Hensley

Ah, book covers. They can be such a source of stress for traditionally published authors who may have a limited amount of control of what image graces the cover of his or her book. Of course, by the time my first novel got picked up for publication, my wife and I had all sorts of ideas and were more than willing to share them with the publisher. When I finally got the long-awaited email letting me know it was time to select the cover art, I let them know our mental warehouse was overflowing with concepts. Fantastic concepts. Brilliant concepts. The publisher let me know the warehouse could remain locked up, was in a bad neighborhood anyway,...

REVIEW OF BIRTHDAY GIRL by MATTHEW IDEN

BIRTHDAY GIRL MATTHEW IDEN March 20, 2018 Thomas & Mercer A good thriller is only as good as it’s hook, and with BIRTHDAY GIRL, Matthew Iden hooks the reader right in the heart. Iden introduces us to Sister, one of the most chilling villains I’ve yet come across. Sister is collecting children. She’s plucking them from broken homes in the DC area. She brings them home and locks them in her rundown house. The one on the edge of the woods with the boarded up windows and locked doors. She dresses them in old time-y, Howdy Doody-style clothes. And almost worse of all, she renames them. She gives them the names of her lost family. And then...