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Caroline Hewitt: An Author Meets His Audiobook Narrator by Rex Pickett

When my first novel Sideways was published in 2003 I didn’t even know there was going to be an audiobook until I got a call from my agent saying he had negotiated a deal with Blackstone Audiobooks, one of the biggest in the business. I didn’t listen to audiobooks back then. They came in boxes […]


Understanding the Accidental Killer by Rebecca Taylor

When I was sixteen and just about to get my driver’s license, my friend’s mother made a surprising confession. When she was a young adult, she made a right-hand turn on a green light when a woman on a bicycle suddenly rode in front of her moving car. She hit the woman, launching her body […]


11 Creepy Cliques in Literature

11 Creepy Cliques in Literature   Anyone who has been part of an insular friend group can tell you that cliques are powerful. Group mentality is a force to be reckoned with, which is why I spend a lot of my time reading (and writing) about close-knit friendships that turn, if not deadly, at least […]


Ski Weekend (Excerpt)

Ski Weekend (Excerpt)   We’re almost to the foothills when the trouble begins. Flashes of red and blue light up the stormy night sky as police cars hurry along the side of the snowy mountain highway. My heart does this flip-floppy, somersaulty thing in my chest as I watch them line up, blocking the path […]


True Crime10 Novels Inspired by True Crimes

As true crime stories, documentaries, and podcasts become more mainstream, it only makes sense that it continues to weave its way into fiction as well. Part of what makes true crime so fascinating is the horror and intrigue we feel when trying to wrap our heads around the darkest parts of humanity – and the […]


Six Survival Thrillers That Will Make You Question Your Own Life

By Rektok Ross Ever since I was a young girl, I have been obsessed with survival thrillers. Whether they’re nonfiction tales rooted in unbelievable yet true, real-life situations or fantastical made-up fictional scenarios, the stakes don’t get any higher in storytelling than life or death adventures. These types of stories never fail to make us […]


Jeffery Deaver on the Final Twist


6 Books That Inspire Me by James Swallow

I’ve always felt that to write books, you need to love books; one thing follows the other! But the inspiration to tell a story comes from many sources, and one that’s always been key to my work are the books that surround me, the books I grew up reading and the works created by the […]


JOHN BANVILLE AND ALYSSA COLE BAG THE TOP PRIZES ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, STEPHEN KING, JOSH STANTON AND JOYCE CAROL OATES HONORED

JOHN BANVILLE AND ALYSSA COLE BAG THE TOP PRIZES ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, STEPHEN KING, JOSH STANTON AND JOYCE CAROL OATES HONORED   The Best Novel Award went to John Banville for Snow, while Alyssa Cole took home the Best Debut Mystery Novel Award for When No One Is Watching.   John Banville, who has written several thrillers under […]


Data Integrity: Brent Spiner Talks About His Famous Character, 1st Book

Data Integrity: Brent Spiner Talks About His Famous Character, 1st Book By Kurt Anthony Krug Actor Brent Spiner – best known as the android Lt. Cmdr. Data on all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and its four subsequent movies – thought he was done with the beloved character that made him so […]


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