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Feathers in the Wind – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

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Lynn Case

In Lynn Case’s Feathers in the Wind, Catherine is left heartbroken and widowed after the sudden death of her beloved husband, S.J. She does the best she can to move on, ultimately deciding to pursue her dream of owning a ranch in Wyoming. Soon after she moves to Wyoming, however, mysterious events begin to unfold. Cattle are being horrifically slaughtered, and a shadowy stranger is seen lurking around the perimeters of her land. She enlists the help of her ranch hands and a Native American chief to get to the bottom of this mystery, but she soon discovers that there might be more to these events- including S.J.’s death- than meets the eye.

Feathers in the Wind is a bit of a difficult book to read, largely because of its dire need of thorough editing. There was hardly a single sentence in the entire novel that didn’t contain some sort of error. Aside from that, the general narrative was also grossly inconsistent. Painfully slow in some areas and rushing through others, the pacing needs work. Also, the constant shifts in perspective and time frame grew to be confusing rather quickly.

These drawbacks are truly quite a shame, because it’s clear that Lynn Case had an interesting idea in her mind. The bare plot of Feathers in the Wind was intriguing and certainly holds a great deal of potential. It features a unique blend of mystery, drama, and western literature that seems rather promising. The story is there, but it’s not executed nearly as well as it could be. With some comprehensive editing and a bit of fine-tuning, Feathers in the Wind could be an excellent novel. It just needs a bit of help to get there.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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The Perfect Square – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Isobel Blackthorn

In Isobel Blackthorn’s A Perfect Square, pianist Ginny moves back in with her mother after a particularly difficult break-up. Her mother, Harriet, is a secluded and eccentric artist with little time for her daughter’s wallowing. Disheartened by Ginny’s sadness, Harriet proposes a creative collaboration to lift her spirits, an exhibition pairing her art and her daughter’s music. Ginny reluctantly agrees to the project, unaware of the emotional renaissance in store for them. Meanwhile, another mother-daughter pair halfway across the world is enduring an eerily similar situation, perhaps connected in more ways than they might first believe.

A Perfect Square is not the ideal book for light, easy reading. On the contrary, it’s quite wordy, with complicated, winding phrases and ideas that can be difficult to follow. Though it’s certainly skillfully written, it’s rather dense. In fact, perhaps it is too much so. The separate, yet interconnected story lines, along with the constant jumping back and forth between past and present, made for an almost frustratingly intricate read. A Perfect Square has an aura of modernized classical literature about it, but at times, it just felt like it was trying too hard.

However, there is much to be appreciated in this novel. Isobel Blackthorn’s exploration of dysfunctional family relationships was particularly interesting and detailed. With a backdrop of artistic creativity, the whole of A Perfect Square had an almost mystical feel to it. This novel is a work of art in itself, albeit a more complicated one than the average reader might like.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Beautiful Masterpiece – Entered in Romance Novel Contest

5 Stars

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Gen Ryan

Romance and serial killers have never met more seamlessly than in Gen Ryan’s Beautiful Masterpiece. We are treated to a love triangle between three characters that unfolds against the background of gruesome murder, fractured childhoods, and tuggings of the heart. Madison Walsh is a strong, smart heroine that draws us into a story where her serial killer father is on the hunt for her and those closest to her.

There are some intriguing characters in both Madison, and the FBI agent Liam and Scott, and overall Ryan has provided us with characters whose background stories are as twisted as the budding romances and fast paced plot. This is a welcome change for romance readers who care about literature and a well-structured story.  The book is peppered with explosive romance scenes which are varied enough in their intensity to ensure that there is a little something for everyone. Being a book for mature audiences, there are descriptions of domestic abuse and sexual torture which may not sit well with all readers. That being said the novel is easy to read, and the fast paced action makes it a page turner.

The only problem with the book is that urgency of a serial killer on the loose is not keenly felt. Madison does not seem scared nor does her fathers’ stalking presence appear to lower her libido. Her constant craving for Scott seems unrealistic at times. However, the second half of the book makes up for this in its action and nail-biting interactions between the killer Walsh and the trio of characters that you come to care for deeply.

Beautiful Masterpiece is a story that puts a strong heroine in the spotlight. It is refreshing to see characters with motivation in a romance novel that could have been very cliched and one dimensional.  The romance is hot, and you won’t find a romance novel that weaves the genres of thriller and romance quite like Beautiful Masterpiece.

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To Fool an Assassin – Entered in Romance Novel Contest


4 Stars

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India Kells

To Fool an Assassin is the first novel in India Kells’ Women of Purgatory series. Gabrielle is an ex-mercenary who is now working for an organization called Purgatory, which specializes in dangerous rescue missions. Her latest assignment is to rescue a Navy SEAL who has been captured in South Africa; once the rescue is completed, however, the real trouble begins. There is a traitor in their midst, sending Gabrielle and Captain Sullivan Thorne on the run. Meanwhile, there is an attraction between them that cannot be ignored, even amidst the danger lurking around every corner.

To Fool an Assassin certainly doesn’t waste any time getting to the sexually explicit bits, that’s for sure. The romantic tension between the main characters is written strongly and evident from their first meeting. However, it does have a very rushed feel to it; there isn’t much actual compatibility or development beyond the initial sexual attraction. Also, while the plot around the romance has great potential, it seems very watery and underdeveloped.

Despite its rather poor development, To Fool an Assassin is very entertaining. It is full of suspense, intrigue, and bold sexuality; combined, these factors make it an exciting novel. India Kells is a creative and descriptive writer, and her characters are engaging and witty. The story, although not quite reaching its potential, is well-written and enjoyable to read. To some extent, its flaws are forgivable, since To Fool an Assassin is captivating regardless.

Originally reviewed by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.

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Target in the Sun – Entered in Romance Novel Contest


4 Stars

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Lynda Filler

Target in the Sun, written by Lynda Filler, is a very unusual approach to a romance novel.  Embedded with a wealth of suspense, heartbreak, hope and love, this story focuses on a romance between Carlos and Mia.  The story explores the Mexican drug cartel and trafficking between Mexico and numerous cities in the United States while it takes a deep dive into Carlos’ life.  He was orphaned at a young age and fought hard to overcome his tragic situation.  Eventually, he fell in love with Mia and together they find love and compassion again.  Lynda Filler shares this love story from the perspective of a decorated FBI agent, Lucia, who risks her entire career to help these two lovers escape the ultimate dangers they face from the Mexican drug cartel.  

Writing Target in the Sun in a journal entry style, Filler gives the reader a unique look into the characters.  This does lead to over 100 chapters, but many are only a few paragraphs in length.  The format is quite a different take and may not be to the liking of some tried and true romance novel fans.  However, this particular way of experiencing the story can be quite refreshing, and  when it comes to refreshing, the author does a fabulous job of painting a picture of the Puerto Vallarta area.  Wrapping readers up in the story goes well beyond descriptive imagery of Mexican locations though.  Expressing the intensity of Carlos and Mia’s experiences is something Filler does easily while she takes readers along for the ride.  This could be a great book for readers looking for a suspense-filled romance with a unique twist in writing style.

Originally reviewed by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.

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2016 Horror Novel Contest Winner – Drawing Dead

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Drawing Dead

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Book Description:

Faolan O’Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he s ever imagined.

Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can t conquer a city alone.

Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?


Notes: 

Drawing Dead (Faolon O’Connor Book 1) takes you back to the 1930s era of organized crime when mobsters, gangsters and mafia bosses were somewhat common.  Yet, author Brian McKinley has written a book that is far from stereotypical.  Why?  Because Faolan O’Connor isn’t just a gangster, he’s a freshly turned vampire.  The expectations of those above him aren’t necessarily difficult for this tough-as-nails, cold-hearted killer or are they?  Faolan’s superiors test him, and his so-called friends willingly turn their backs on each other to save their own necks.  Whether or not McKinley’s young vampire will succeed in this new world or whether he’ll finally end up dead remains to be seen.

From the get go, readers will likely be captivated by the cover.  It fully captures the essence of Drawing Dead.  Vampires don’t run around announcing to the world what they are, and the secrets that are fluidly woven throughout Drawing Dead are reflected not only from the cover but from page one.  Admittedly, the scenes do jump around a bit, which can make it a little confusing at times.  But there is so much action and intrigue embedded within the storyline that this is an aspect that can almost be overlooked.  McKinley does a great job offering readers the opportuntiy to take a look at their own values and morals as Faolon seems to reconnect with his humanness.  Of course, this may end up ending his life.  Highly recommended – readers can feel the danger, the excitement and the horror of a vampiric gangster life in this pragmatic tale. 

Originally critiqued by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com


Brian McKinley

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Brian Patrick McKinley doesn’t really exist. He’s a constructed mortal identity used by a relatively young Vampyr in order to publish the truth about The Order. Due to the world-wide influence of The Order and its minions, these accounts must all be published as fiction; however, they are all very real and actually happened. Sometimes the names and sequence of events have been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty, and to keep from getting sued. 

Brian is no longer a typical Vampyr and, for this reason, lives in hiding and writes from a secret location. The real “Brian” lives a life of danger and excitement; he loves Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire as much as he loves Chicken Fried Steak. He’s a reader, a role-player, and a dreamer who doesn’t believe that “liberal” is a dirty word. He’s lived many lifetimes and is eager to share as many of them as possible with his readers.

 


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The Unholy

Today’s Featured Author and Book

The Unholy: A Novel

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Book Description:

A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, “The Unholy” is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision. PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.


Notes: 

The dark and frightening depths of radical religious leaders, as well as their followers, is blatantly displayed in Paul DeBlassie III’s book, The Unholy.  Claire Sanchez is a woman who continues to deny to herself or anyone else that she is a medicine woman, a healer.  Tragedy in her childhood pushed her away such acceptance.  Yet, she ultimately has no choice but to face her own personal demons as evil surrounds her from the bowels of the church or is it, in this case, really the bowels of Hell?  The Ecclesia Dei, a “wealthy, centuries-old church”, maintains control over its members and the community through the manipulations of Archbishop William Anarch.  Not only does Claire have to choose her path spiritually, but DeBlassie interweaves the challenge of choosing her path in other areas of her life, including her love life.  The question really is whether or not Claire will be able to make her own decision – that is, if she is even allowed to survive. 

 
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. has crafted a tale of tragedy and upheaval with a full scoop of mystery mixed in.  Readers may be shocked at the psychotic and twisted mind of not only Archbishop Anarch, but of others around him.  This thriller will keep readers turning pages with bated breath.  DeBlassie’s ability to paint a picture with words helps readers easily imagine the details of each scene.  Though the plot is complex, and one readers need to give their full attention to, it is a story that will have them anxious to find out what happens next.  The Unholy will lead readers on a path to wonder what really is holy as well as what really is unholy.   
 
 
Originally critiqued by staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com

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Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. DeBlassie writes psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. In The Unholy, a young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

 


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Have you checked out the 2016 Horror Novel Book Contest yet? Deadline is 9/30/16

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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

We decided to share our top 10 author interviews for 2015.  It was exceptionally challenging to choose only 10 as we interview hundreds of authors and dearly LOVED so many of them.  

This is not about the top 10 books, but rather the authors themselves and their interviews. Every single one of these interviews are ones you should put on your “must hear” list…and perhaps, you’ll put their books on your “must read” list 🙂

We’ve opted to share these on the show as well as here in the shownotes in order of interview date versus in order of our favorites.  


Tash McAdam

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Book Description:

Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.


Michaelbrent Collings

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Book Description:

The Douglas family just wants to live their lives, and maybe find a bit of happiness. But when the ghost in their home breaks out of a centuries-long sleep, all hope for happiness will die. Because the thing that haunts them is not just evil… It is something much, much worse. Watching them from the shadows. Hungry to start killing once more. And thirsty for the blood of the children, the blood he has so long been denied. The thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is twisted.


Michael Modzelewski

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Book Description:

A memoir of my life as a Cosmo Bachelor with some names and locations changed to protect the not so innocent along with the innocent.


Jane Carroll

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Book Description:

Bertha-Size Your Life! Is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins. 

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she’s always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph! 

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette. 


James Goi Jr.

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Book Description:

How to Attract Money Using Mind Power may be the most concise, usable book of its kind. It sums up key points taught in countless mind power, metaphysics, and success books. It shows how to apply this knowledge to attract money. In twenty brief chapters, the science of attracting money is presented in such a simple, straightforward way, that any person of average intelligence will be able to grasp and use these profound teachings. Now, using the techniques given in this astounding little book, anyone can attract all the money they want by harnessing the power of their own mind.


Melissa Krivachek

Melissa Bold

Book Description:

BOLD Is The New Sexy! Everyone dares to be great but very few ever have the courage to step into their greatness.” Have you ever wondered what it was like to jump off a cliff and soar or take a leap of faith knowing it will work out? Following the principles shared within the book the authors have created the life and lifestyle they truly desired. But it wasn’t the titles, accolades, power, or money they’ve acquired that has made them BOLD because when they first started they had none of that yet they jumped anyway. 

Sharing their passions, stories, and expertise you’ll discover why BOLD is the new sexy! You don’t have to be smart, sassy, strong or sophisticated to be BOLD but as a result of being BOLD you become all of that and so much more. In fact you’ll find yourself running up the cliff without fear ready to take on the world as you explore opportunities you never knew existed while playing with a child-like behavior, and what was once just a dream soon becomes your reality. If you know you deserve better than mediocrity, excuses and the BS stories you tell yourself then…….. you owe it to yourself to get BOLD! 


Ernie Lojoi

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Book Description:

The Preyers, Lijoi’s latest blockbuster in his best-selling crime thriller series based on his true life service as a deep cover undercover cop using his guise of Eddie Pannoni, drug dealer and gun-runner extraordinaire.

Targeted for assassination because of his success in infiltrating the organized crime families, resulting in their arrests and imprisonment, Pannoni (Lijoi) has had enough. Five innocent people are killed as the drug lords from Columbia unleash their killer, seeking revenge. 
First they murder New England’s main narcotics connection. Then they take out his partner. Then it’s time to punch Eddie Pannoni’s ticket. But Eddie is no novice to the gun game. 

Eddie (Detective Ernie Lijoi, Sr.) and his partner Detective Jack Wade decide not to wait for the Columbians to send their henchmen, but to go after the drug syndicate with all guns blazing. It’s a fight to the finish and the devil takes the hindmost.


Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Designer Relationships

Book Description:

Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute’s Polyamory Archive, has called “designer relationships.”

Designer relationships may encompass: people who bond emotionally but not sexually; people who agree to be non-exclusive; single people who have occasional lovers or friends with benefits; multiple partner configurations where long-term bonds exist among all or some; partnerships in which people are kinky and that make room to explore kink.

The possibilities are limitless, and thinking about a partnership as something people can craft allows for flexibility and change. Relationships can open and close or have varying degrees and kinds of openness as circumstances demand. In the context of a designer relationship, decisions are made mutually, consciously, and deliberately. Best-selling authors and nationally known relationship experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years. This book explains exactly how you and your loved ones can design your own life and love.


Paul Margolis

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Book Description:

Three years ago, Jack was a brilliant young detective with the LAPD. Now he plays poker to make ends meet, and to forget the horrific event that ended his police career. Out of the blue Jack gets a call from his father Joseph Pearl, a distinguished Harvard professor who is in Los Angeles for a philosophy conference. The two haven’t spoken in years yet Pearl seems anxious to discuss some matter in person, behavior strangely out of character for the emotionally-distant dad who Jack still blames for the family tragedy that tore them apart. But when the philosopher fails to show up and can’t be found, Jack knows something is wrong and feels compelled to find him. 

As his shaky detective instincts kick in, Jack tracks down a beautiful yet troubled Yale grad student named Claire who was having a clandestine affair with Pearl. Together they search for the man they both have issues with and uncover secrets and lies in the world of philosophy, including a trail of murder and no shortage of colleagues who wanted Pearl dead. The more Jack risks his life for answers, the more he fights old demons and his growing attraction to Claire. Then just as he learns the shocking truth behind his father’s disappearance, Jack finds himself drawn back into the haunting, unsolved case that got him kicked off the force. 

Impossible to put down, THE NAKED PHILOSOPHER is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping crime thriller about family and revenge that keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.


Bill Cortright

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Book Description:

In Bill Cortright’s new book, TRUTH: The Ten Minute Life Plan, we explore the real reasons we procrastinate. How diet, exercise, self-talk, childhood programs, and stress will cause us to procrastinate. You are going to gain easy-to-use tools that will help you break through and break out. If you claim any of these tendencies, this simple book will change your life. 

DO YOU HAVE A TENDENCY TO: 
• Put things off to the point you rush in “panic mode” to complete them? 
• Daydream about what you are going to do one day but never seem to get it done? 
• Get lost with distractions such as computer games, social media, television, movies, etc.? 
• Start a new diet or proclaim the same New Year’s Resolutions every year? Do you lose weight and gain weight on a regular cycle? Are you overweight? 
• Make “To Do Lists” that are never completed? Do you feel overwhelmed with so much to do but get little accomplished? 
• Believe that there is a “magic time” when things will get done? 
• Put off what you should do now with a set time in your head for when you will make up for the lost time?


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The Naked Philosopher

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Book Description:

Three years ago, Jack was a brilliant young detective with the LAPD. Now he plays poker to make ends meet, and to forget the horrific event that ended his police career. Out of the blue Jack gets a call from his father Joseph Pearl, a distinguished Harvard professor who is in Los Angeles for a philosophy conference. The two haven’t spoken in years yet Pearl seems anxious to discuss some matter in person, behavior strangely out of character for the emotionally-distant dad who Jack still blames for the family tragedy that tore them apart. But when the philosopher fails to show up and can’t be found, Jack knows something is wrong and feels compelled to find him.

As his shaky detective instincts kick in, Jack tracks down a beautiful yet troubled Yale grad student named Claire who was having a clandestine affair with Pearl. Together they search for the man they both have issues with and uncover secrets and lies in the world of philosophy, including a trail of murder and no shortage of colleagues who wanted Pearl dead. The more Jack risks his life for answers, the more he fights old demons and his growing attraction to Claire. Then just as he learns the shocking truth behind his father’s disappearance, Jack finds himself drawn back into the haunting, unsolved case that got him kicked off the force.

Impossible to put down, THE NAKED PHILOSOPHER is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping crime thriller about family and revenge that keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.


Notes: 

Wow!  Paul shared some very interesting things in his interview – personally and professionally.  Plus this is a book, you simply won’t be able to put down!

Janelle’s Review:

Paul Margolis has hit a home run with his book, The Naked Philosopher. This is a book that readers just won’t be able to put down, and they’ll be salivating for a sequel! There is a grace and eloquence in the way that Margolis takes the reader on a deep dive into the emotional turmoil of Jack Pearl. Jack, a former LAPD detective, who was recently kicked off the force after being accused of a heinous crime, had grown up feeling a sense of deep rejection from his father Joseph Pearl, a world renowned philosopher. Therefore, Jack was shocked to receive a phone call from his dear old dad one morning requesting they meet for lunch. Lunch never happened though as Joseph never showed nor did he show up for his presentations or debate at the philosophy conference he was attending in Los Angeles. Joseph’s disappearance sent Jack on a roller coaster ride over the next few days as he revealed a number of well-kept secrets while he tried to find his father. As readers near the end of The Naked Philosopher, they will be shocked and wowed at Margolis’ skill as a suspense writer as he brings the story to a masterful close while simultaneously setting the stage for more by leaving Jack in a bit of a conundrum.

The Naked Philosopher is one of the best books I’ve read this year! Paul Margolis brings you philosophy, kidnapping, hidden secrets, murder and heart gripping suspense. Readers never know from one scene to the next what is going to happen. The superbly written chapters are short and concise, but filled with amazing depth and the ability to tease readers into reading the next one and the next one and the next one. The pictures that Margolis paints for readers without really painting the picture allows their own imagination to overflow with details and possibilities. The Naked Philosopher is a suspense, thriller that everyone should have in their personal library! Simply magnificent!


The Mastermind behind The Naked Philosopher:

Paul Margolis

Paul Margolis is an award-winning screenwriterand producer who has worked extensively in both film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.

Learn more at PaulMargolisAuthor.com.


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Halloween Special w/President of Horror Writers Association

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Halloween Special!!!

President of Horror Writers Association, StokerCon 2016 &

Ghosts: A Haunted History

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Key Points:

  • Dean Koontz was the first Horror Writers Assoc. President!
  • There is a strange relationship between horror and comedy.
  • The HWA is really like a family as there is a lot of camaraderie in the association.
  • Members (new writers) can even get a professional horror writer as a mentor for one year!
  • Debut of StokerCon 2016 in Las Vegas
  • Where did Halloween even come from?
  • Discussion of Lisa’s book, Ghosts: A Haunted History

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Book Description:

Ghosts Haunted

From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly every era and every culture in human history. In this book, Lisa Morton uses her scholarly prowess—more powerful than any proton pack—to wrangle together history’s most enduring ghosts into an entertaining and comprehensive look at what otherwise seems to always evade our eyes.

Tracing the ghost’s constantly shifting contours, Morton asks the most direct question—What exactly is a ghost?—and examines related entities such as poltergeists, wraiths, and revenants. She asks how a ghost is related to a soul, and she outlines all the different kinds of ghosts there are. To do so, she visits the spirits of the classical world, including the five-part Egyptian soul and the first haunted-house, conceived in the Roman playwright Plautus’s comedy, Mostellaria. She confronts us with the frightening phantoms of the Middle Ages—who could incinerate priests and devour children—and reminds us of the nineteenth-century rise of Spiritualism, a religion essentially devoted to ghosts. She visits with the Indian bhuta and goes to the Hungry Ghost Festival in China, and of course she spends time in Mexico, where ghosts have a particularly strong grip on belief and culture. Along the way she gathers the ectoplasmic residues seeping from books and film reels, from the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto to the 2007 blockbuster Paranormal Activity, from the stories of Ann Radcliffe to those of Stephen King.

Wide-ranging, informative, and slicked with over fifty unearthly images, Ghosts is an entertaining read of a cultural phenomenon that will delight anyone, whether they believe in ghosts or not.


The Mastermind behind Ghosts: A Haunted History:

Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”. Her most recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and the short story collection Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She currently serves as President of the Horror Writers Association and can be found online at http://www.lisamorton.com.

 


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