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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Shari Randall's"Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood'sshort story, will also bepublished. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.
Last week for several
nights I stayed awake late because I couldn’t stop reading Hank Phillippi
Ryan’s latest book, What You See. I’m
a big fan of her books, and each one seems to get better and better. But then
that happens in those series in which one gets attached to the main characters.
I bought this book at Malice Domestic
along with far more books than I could read anytime soon. In addition to ones I
bought, there were the free ones in our Malice bags.
When I got home from
Malice, I had a lot of catching up to do with gardening, writing, family events
and other things that needed taken care of. I also belong to two book clubs,
and those books need to be read first. Since I bought the hardcover version of What You See, I couldn’t take it with me
on my camping trip to the Catskills in June, again delaying its reading.
Finally, I got to it
last week. I almost never read books
during the day, instead saving them for evenings in my nesting chair in the
living room before I head to bed. I also have another book on the stand beside
my bed to read there before going to sleep. I ended up skipping the half-read
book beside my bed and took Hank’s book upstairs to read. Rather than tell you about the book, following
is the blurb on the inside cover:
Ryland’s sister is about to be married, but disaster threatens the wedding when
the groom’s daughter goes missing. The flower girl, nine-year-old Gracie, has
disappeared, along with her stepdad, Lewis. By all accounts, he’s a wonderful
father, and Gracie’s mother doesn’t seem too concerned, but . . . why won’t
Lewis bring her home? Where is Gracie? And is the little girl in danger? Soon
Jane discovers there’s a limit to the bonds of family, and learns to her peril
what happens when loved ones are pushed too far.
Detective Jake Brogan’s handling a doozy of a case. At Boston’s historic
Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists who’ve
snapped photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be a
slam dunk, but the pictures and surveillance video lead Jake to a twisted
conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives.
no escape from today’s world of constant surveillance, but what if those images
aren’t showing reality? As Jake and Jane race to uncover the dark secrets
hidden in these pictures, they find a shocking truth that will shatter lives forever
. . . including their own”
Not only does Hank
Phillippi Ryan write stories that hook the reader, but because she writes about
what she knows, it becomes real to the readers. Jane Ryland is a temporarily
unemployed reporter – both TV and newspaper. Hank is the investigative reporter
for Boston’s NBC affiliate and has won thirty-three Emmy Awards, and thirteen
Edward R. Murrow Awards for her groundbreaking journalism, as well as a lot of
awards for her fiction. It’s no wonder that the reader can believe in Jane
Ryland. In fact I picture Jane as looking and talking like Hank. The fact that
her books take place in Boston, where she has lived and worked for many years,
makes her books even more believable.
Finally, what really
appeals to me is she writes in multiple points of view. In this book she has
five POVs, with one becoming a victim. The conversations and descriptions of
other characters make them seem real to the reader even if their POV isn’t
there. And, of course, she always ends making the reader want to immediately
read the next book. I hope Hank’s next one will be published soon.
For those of you who
have never met Hank, she is the most amazing person. She is not only extremely
talented, she has been totally involved with Sisters in Crime and was a past
president of SinC, and still is one of the Guppies. She is a founding teacher
at Mystery Writers of America University, and appears at writing events all
over. She manages all this while maintaining her job as an investigative
reporter. I should mention she’s also drop dead gorgeous, very friendly and
open with others, and has a great sense of humor. What amazes me the most though,
is I’m not a very important person being an indie writer with no awards and
nothing that makes me stand out, and yet she always greets me by name when she
sees me at conferences or the few writing events we’ve both attended. Can you
imagine having a memory like that?