Book Review: LIES COMES EASY

  LIES COMES EASY by Steven Havill brings back Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. This is the 23rd book in the Posadas County, New Mexico mystery series. “I wrote Estelle as a savvy investigator.  She started out in the Sheriff’s Department at the age of twenty-one.  I think of her as tough, protective, and self-contained.  She is a hands-on officer who is very brave.  But she is a very private person who loves her family and has a good relationship with her husband. I think people should read all the books if they really want to get to know her.” The story starts out with a gripping scene of a toddler wandering down the highway on his...

INTERVIEW WITH LYNN BLACKBURN

  In Too Deep by Lynn Blackburn blends romance, suspense, and a riveting subject matter, human labor trafficking. Although the first book of the series was good, this book should be rated excellent. The novel begins with a partially submerged car that drives off a bridge, killing the woman occupant, where readers might think of Chappaquiddick. After recovering the body, the Carrington North Carolina dive team finds an encrypted laptop, and an unsettling connection with investigator Adam Campbell concerning a message written on the woman’s tummy in permanent marker. They enlist Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a professor at the local university with...

BOOK REVIEW: RED RIBBON

  THE RED RIBBONby H. B. Lyle blends fiction with historical reality.  The essence of the story is the up and coming British Secret Service that must look for spies on the home front and abroad. Lyle noted, “I was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the British secret service.  While in the film industry, I was working on some spy movies and also read an official book on the anniversary.  American readers need to understand that the UK secret service is different.  In the States, it is a protective service, while in Britain it is split in two halves, to find spies in the UK and in other countries. They were after a lot of anarchists who...

INTERVIEW WITH WWI HISTORICAL NOVELISTS

The 100th anniversary ending World War I happened at 11 am on the 11th of November 1918. Around the world November 11th is known by various names including Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and in the US, Veterans Day. Several best-selling historical novelists were interviewed about the effect WWI had on veterans who gallantly fought it.  They want to inform the readers about real facts, events, and issues, such as PTSD, prosthetics, the reaction of the civilian population, the effect on military families, atrocities committed, and integrating back into society. Charles and Caroline Todd write two series, Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford, with...

Behind the Book: Ed Kurtz

On Racist Aliens the Power of Satire Earlier this year, I put out a little social satire book called The Wypipo, released under the pseudonym Kaspar Totmann. The novella posits that all white people on Earth are descended from an ancient alien species—an evil and racist alien species—and they’re beginning to remember and, ahem, change. It generated enough interest and positive response that a sequel is due out this December: The Wypipo 2—Becky Strikes Back. Next summer, I’ll wrap up the trilogy with a third and final volume. It’s damn fun to write and it’s been a thrill to see how well the story has been received so far. Of course, not...

In Memoriam: Author and Founder of Soho Press, Juris Jurjevics Nov10

In Memoriam: Author and Founder of Soho Press, Jur...

Juris Jurjevics is a legend in the publishing world. Full stop. When he started Soho Press with my parents, Laura and Alan Hruska, back in the mid-eighties, he had already made a name for himself as one of the best editors in the industry in New York. In those early days, he brought Soho true credibility, and with Laura, he went on to discover and edit exciting new voices including Edwidge Danticat, Jacqueline Winspear and Dan Fesperman.  By the time I joined my mother at Soho in 2008, Juris had left to pursue writing full-time. But to this day, people still ask me about Juris at conferences and publishing events. Juris and Soho are forever...