Thursday, December 1, 2016

Walk Into Silence - Spotlight and Q&A Into Silence by Susan McBride (December, 2016; Thomas and Mercer)
When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.

But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.

For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.

Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries and the River Road Mysteries. She has won a Lefty Award, been twice nominated for the Anthony Award, and received the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and daughter.

Q & A with Susan McBride

1.     What was the inspiration behind Walk into Silence, a suspenseful, investigative thriller?

I was reading FBI files of unsolved cases online many years ago, and I stumbled upon one that stuck with me: a woman who had disappeared and been found in a quarry. I don’t remember too much more about the case than that, but it was all I needed. I started thinking about this woman, who she was, what her background was, and what might have happened that caused her to meet such a tragic end. This woman became Jenny Dielman in Walk Into Silence.

2.     You write both women’s fiction and award-winning mystery novels, and have also penned several series.  Do you prefer series or stand alone novels?  Which genre do you prefer to write and why? 

I started out writing mysteries, and I’ve always loved them. As a kid, I was a huge Nancy Drew fan (and still have my collection with the yellow spines that I plan to give my daughter someday!). In college, I got caught up in Sue Grafton’s series with Kinsey Milhone. So it felt really natural to craft mysteries. Doing a series is very comfortable, as you really get to know the characters. You watch them grow and change, and they feel a bit like family. On the other hand, writing stand-alones is a lot of fun, too, and a great challenge. With my women’s fiction, I had stories to tell that I could complete within 400 pages. I knew how they started and how they would end, and I didn’t really see them moving beyond that. Once I told those tales, I felt complete, like I had happily waved “goodbye” to those people and didn’t need to revisit them. Honestly, I just like to write. My husband calls me “Crazy Brain,” as my imagination just won’t quit (and it freaks him out a little!). If I had to pick a favorite genre, it would probably be mystery. Even the women’s fiction books all have mysteries running through them!

3.     Jo has many skeletons in her closet which sometimes get the best of her and become her greatest weakness.  Why did you choose to have a flawed character?  What do you think is Jo’s greatest strength?

I don’t believe there’s a human being on earth who isn’t flawed. So I can’t fathom writing a character—particularly a main character—who hasn’t been damaged, or at least dinged, in some way. Jo’s experiences have made her the person she is, and I see her as stronger because of them. She understands and empathizes with victims in a way that others cannot. She fights for them wholeheartedly because no one fought for her, so she’s determined not to let them down. She’s often called “dogged,” and that is definitely one of her strengths. Jo is a seeker of truth. She wants to believe in justice. If she’s on your side, you’re damned lucky. If she’s against you, you’re screwed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

When All the Girls Have Gone - Spotlight may be interested in New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz’s newest romantic thriller, WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE (Berkley Hardcover; November 29, 2016; $27).  Told in shifting viewpoints—including the killer’s—Krentz’s riveting story reveals the lengths people will go to for the truth, and the chilling measures some will take to keep it buried.

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her stepsister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest friends, Louise, was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.  Instead of going on the retreat she described to Charlotte, Jocelyn has simply disappeared.  Desperate to find her, Charlotte joins forces with struggling PI Max Cutler who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames.

Together, Max and Charlotte turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, the women of a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers.  Only they discover the true purpose behind the club is far riskier than financial investments.  These women have made enemies of some very dangerous people.  And when a member of the club dies and Jocelyn disappears, it seems the women are being hunted down, one by one.


Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers and has sold 40 million novels.  She has written romantic thrillers under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. Learn more at and connect with her on

The Fate of the Tearling, Final Book in the Tearling Series - Spotlight

By Erika Johansen
ISBN 13: 9780062290427
Harper/ HarperCollins Publishers
$25.99/$31.99 Can.; Hardcover; 496 pages
On-sale: 11/29/2016

Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling introduced readers to a wholly original heroine Kelsea Raleigh Glynn. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns with full blown magic, these books were a magnificent creative achievement, a feat of epic world-building, and some of the most original works of fiction to come around in years. Foreign rights were sold in 20 countries and Warner Bros. acquired the film rights, in conjunction with Harry Potter producer David Heyman and actress Emma Watson. Book 1 was a #1 IndieNext Pick and a LibraryReads Top 10 Title.  Book 2 was an instant New York Times bestseller, an IndieNext pick, a LibraryReads pick, and both books were widely praised.  

With THE FATE OF THE TEARLING, Johansen offers long-awaited resolution to the mysteries introduced in The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling, bringing the series to a climactic and satisfying close.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.  

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, trusted head of the Queen’s Guard, as Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned and imperiled in Mortmesne.  Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed. 

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing. She lives in England.  *Stay up to date on all things QOT by visiting: &

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Friday, November 25, 2016

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Victoria: A Novel from the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS - Spotlight

St. Martin's Press
November 22, 2016

“I do not like the name Alexandrina. From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria.”
Melbourne nodded. "Victoria."

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

The young queen is no puppet, however. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

Everyone keeps saying she is destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.
Drawing on Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen richly to life in this magnificent novel.



Daisy Goodwin is a writer and television producer.

After reading history at Cambridge, she went to Columbia Film School as a Harkness Fellow. After ten years at the BBC making arts documentaries, she left to join the independent sector and created a number of programmes including Grand Designs which is now in its 18th year on Channel 4.

In 2005 she started Silver River productions, which she sold to Sony in 2012. Alongside her tv work , Daisy has written a memoir, Silver River and two novels My Last Duchess Uk/The American Heiress US and The Fortune Hunter, which were both New York Times bestsellers. In 2014 Daisy decided to concentrate on writing full time and was commissioned to write her first screenplay, Victoria, an 8 part series about the early life of Queen Victoria for ITV and WGBH Masterpiece Theatre.


Daisy is currently writing Series 2 of her hit show “Victoria” for ITV/PBS. In Series 1 – Victoria starts as the young Queen comes to the throne just after her eighteenth birthday and follows her through the stormy early years of her reign as she tries prove herself as a woman and a monarch. Victoria kept a diary from the age of twelve, and in the course of her lifetime wrote over 62 million words, so we have real access to her thoughts and feelings. This series will explore what it was like for an emotionally deprived teenager of diminutive stature to wake up one morning and find that she is the most powerful woman in the world.

VICTORIA is being produced by Mammoth Screen, the makers of Poldark; Victoria is being played by Jenna Coleman, Lord Melbourne by Rufus Sewell and Prince Albert by Tom Hughes.