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Fast, furious, and fun, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series is one of my all-time favorites. Any book in the series is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon (as long as you don’t intend to relax too much – these books are seriously action-packed) and GUILTY PLEASURES is the one that kicks it off.

Give it a shot. I bet you’ll want to read the next one … and the next after that …

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I first read Chiefs decades ago, before I was published myself. It has proven to be one of the books that has most influenced my writing. Chiefs begins early in the twentieth century and follows the careers of three police chiefs in a small Georgia town.

The stories of the chiefs are intensely personal, incredibly compelling, and give insight into how small towns work. There is an overarching story of a serial killer that begins early in Will Henry Lee’s days and isn’t solved until the well into the third chief’s time of duty. It’s shocking and will keep you on your toes.

The chiefs themselves aren’t always what you might expect and that’s one of the reasons I consider this a great novel. This epic is laden with detail that enriches the story. I just reread it and t is as absolutely riveting as it was the first time through.

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I’ve read American Gods several times. It pushes all the right buttons from the fantastical to the mysterious. I’m a life-long lover of mythology and Gaiman’s use of it throughout the novel is absolutely delightful. He manages to fuse contemporary sensibilities and humor with those of the old gods. I’m particularly fond of Loki and Eostre, who eats live bunnies. It’s by turns, touching, horrifying, and funny, and it’s full of heart. If you love world mythology, I think you’re especially likely to love this book.

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The Manitou is one of my all-time favorite reads. I recently reread it and it was just as fresh and funny – and terrifying – as it was the first time I read it well over two decades ago. Written from the point of view of protagonist Harry Erskine, a man who makes his money as a sham tarot reader telling little old ladies what they want to hear, the novel works especially well because Harry knows he’s a fraud and because he holds a healthy skepticism for all things supernatural. When he is confronted by the real thing, the action – and the wit – is unrelenting. All of Masterton’s Harry Erskine books work- Harry is the perfect imperfect hero.

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Gone Girl isn’t like anything I’ve ever read before – and that alone is almost worth the five-star rating I give it – but I loved this book for more than its originality. Most of the characters are despicable, it’s true, but they’re also believable and endlessly fascinating. This story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, but that, too, is fine by me (I don’t particularly care for happily-ever-afters).

Gone Girl is gritty, uncomfortable, and violent, but it’s also smart, intriguing, and excellently written – and for me, this unlikely combination of beauty and brutality made it 100% unputdownable. Highly recommended to lovers of mystery and psychological thrillers.

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You guys! To celebrate the recent releases of BRIMSTONE (Tamara) (https://tinyurl.com/y5ns7olt) and THE SILVER DAGGER (Alistair) (https://tinyurl.com/yyvjwsax), our collaboration, MOTHER, will be on sale in ebook for $0.99 at Amazon (US and UK) July 28th – July 31st!: https://tinyurl.com/y64smfb3
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Says NYT bestseller, Andrew Neiderman, author of the V.C. ANDREWS series:
 
“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”
 

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After reading Audrey Rose, I decided I was probably going to be a pretty big fan of anything by Frank De Felitta – so I got a copy of THE ENTITY and promptly proved myself right. THE ENTITY is fascinating, chilling, and surprisingly unpredictable. I recommend it to lovers of classic horror and anyone looking for something familiar – but just a little bit different. An outstanding read.

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