INTERVIEW WITH TIM MALEENY

1) It’s been over ten years between your last Cape Weathers novel, GREASING THE PINATA, and the publication of BOXING THE OCTOPUS. What made you set aside the series for so long? And what brought you back to writing a new entry? Real life sometimes gets in the way of fiction. After moving my family from San Francisco to New York City, I reluctantly decided to take a break from writing novels until everyone got settled and my schedule was under control. Little did I realize that when you live in New York, your schedule is never under control, but I finally got behind a keyboard long enough to finish my latest novel. Also, BOXING THE OCTOPUS...

INTERVIEW WITH NELSON DEMILLE AND ALEX DEMILLE

The Deserter (Brodie/Taylor Book 1) Nelson and Alex DeMille Simon & Schuster Pub. October 22nd, 2018 The Deserter by prolific author Nelson DeMille is co-written with his son, Alex DeMille.  Readers will not be disappointed.  After all, what is there not to like with a DeMille novel.  It has a thrilling mystery, engaging characters, and humorous/sarcastic banter. The story seems to be based on Bowe Berghdal, a US soldier stationed in Afghanistan who walked away from his post, had two of his peers killed trying to find him, and was caught by the Taliban who kept him in supposed captivity. But then the plot takes a twist and turn. Delta...

INTERVIEW WITH LAURIEN BERENSON

Here Comes Santa Paws by Laurien Berenson blends a cozy mystery with fantastic characters along with tidbits about dogs.  As the story progresses readers attempt to solve this “who done it” murder right with the main character Melanie, ever the amateur sleuth. The plot begins with Melanie’s Aunt Peg calling her to announce someone left three Australian Shepherds puppies in the Christmas stockings at the end of her driveway. While visiting her Aunt and playing with the puppies Melanie gets a frantic call from her good friend Claire Travis, now married to Melanie’s ex-husband.  Taking on a personal shopper gig in the affluent town of New...

INTERVIEW WITH NAOMI RAGEN

An Unorthodox Match (Yaakov and Leah Book 1) Naomi Ragen St. Martin’s Press Sept.24, 2019 An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen has a basis for this novel, the insular world of the Jewish community; yet, any denomination can fit into this beautiful love story.  The powerful and moving plot considers how faith, love, forgiveness, and acceptance are all intertwined. Issues sensitively explored include hypocrisy, bigotry, family dysfunction, the stigma of mental illness, and the economic hardships confronting men who choose to be studious religiously, instead of earning a living. The story begins with Lola Howard, now called Leah, who...

INTERVIEW WITH IRENE HANNON

Dark Ambitions (Code of Honor Book 3) Irene Hannon Revell Pub October 1st, 2019 Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon has action, mystery, suspense, and some romance.  Politics, money, and greed come together to show how power can corrupt. This finale in the series brings back a secondary character from the previous books and introduces a new one. The book begins with former army captain Rick Jordan finding at his camp for foster children, in rural Missouri, some blood in the snow.  Investigating further he recognizes a good luck charm of his army buddy Jackson “Boomer” Dunn. Believing Dunn is in trouble he hires the private investigation...

INTERVIEW WITH KYLE MILLS

Vince Flynn’s LETHAL AGENT by Kyle Mills harkens back to earlier Mitch Rapp books. Although fans miss Vince Flynn, having Mills continue the Mitch Rapp series has made the passing much easier as his writing style does not stray very far. This story is classic Mitch Rapp, putting him in a hostile environment, having to face off against the Islamic terrorists and corrupt Washington politicians, along with those who have no loyalty, no gratitude, and no courage to defend the CIA as others try to throw them under the bus. The only part where this story has differentiated from the earlier Vince Flynn novels is the lack of team work, comraderie,...