Yesterday, Robert Bryndza unveiled the cover for the fifth installment of the Erika Foster series – which I’m a big fan of. Without further ado, here is Cold Blood, due out Sept. 20:
The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…
When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.
As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.
Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.
But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.
Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.
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I’m so excited to be part of the cover reveal for Hickville Redemption by Mary Karlick, which seems to have a great Nancy Drew-like feel. Without further ado:
Publication date: July 17
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
A 30 year old mystery…
A 15 year old sleuth.
Freshman Mackenzie Quinn wants nothing to do with the mysterious death of Cassidy Jones. But when her crush, Braden McGuire, declares he’s determined to uncover the truth, she is drawn into the cold case. The problem is her dad is the number one suspect. Things look pretty hopeless until her best friend, Travis Barns, loans her the secret diary of Cassidy Jones. His only stipulation is that she not share it with anybody else. But when her jealous boyfriend finds and exposes the diary, secrets come to life that could ruin MacKenzie’s whole family.
Can she find a way to clear her father’s name and atone for her own mistakes before it’s too late?
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Following a career as a nursing instructor, award-winning author, Mary Karlik earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, country music, and small town diners. Although life has taken her elsewhere, her heart remains in the Lone Star state.
Mary served as the VP of programs for the Young Adult Romance Authors of America (YARWA) from 2015 – 2016. She currently serves as the President of the YARWA.
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Today, Carol Wyer unveiled the cover for her follow up to “Secrets of the Dead,” and the next Robyn Carter novel. It looks great!
The book is due out Sept. 14! I can’t wait!
One girl found dead. Another girl gone…
Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…
When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.
No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.
As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.
Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?
An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!
In August, the first book in a cool-sounding new YA series – Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros – will be released. And today, we got a first peak at the cover!
Here’s a description by the publisher:
Olympus is rising…
Tyler hasn’t been feeling like himself lately, his dreams are full of violence and death, and there are days where he can’t remember where he’s been.
Miles away, Shannon finds herself haunted by similar nightmares. She is afraid that she has done something terrible.
As the daughter of a state senator, Elizabeth has everything she could ever hope for. But when an uninvited guest interrupts a fundraising gala and stirs up painful memories, everything goes downhill fast.
Murder is what Hades is good at. So when two of his comrades go AWOL, he is rewarded with the most exhilarating hunt of his lifetime. For him, the game has just begun.
Project Pandora comes out August 1!
Check out YA Book Central for more information about the book as well as a chance to win an advance copy!
Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is the beginning of the Evelyn Talbot series, though there is a prequel, whose events are referenced, available. But this novel really needs no introduction.
It’s creepy, spooky, and I couldn’t put it down!
The novel centers on a psychiatrist, Evelyn Talbot, who studies the minds of psychopaths. She was the victim of a violent crime at the hands of her high school boyfriend and since then she has dedicated herself to trying to prevent others from falling victim to psychopaths. She’s one of the founders of Hanover House, a mental health facility in Alaska which specializes in psychopathy. It’s the dead of winter and employees at Hanover house start turning up dead. Chaos ensues.
All this as Evelyn begins to reignite her romance with the local cop.
Oh boy. The setting was incredibly spooky, and the focus on the minds of the deranged killers really adds a horror-movie-like feel to the entire novel. And Brenda Novak comes up with some incredibly creepy characters to fill the role of the ever-present psychopaths.
This book was like watching a great scary movie, filled with a pervading sense of unease. The romance is also pretty hot and heavy, so this book will appeal to people who love both genres.
The ending is also pretty good, if a little predictable.
My only critique is that the whole “psychopath” focus was a little much at points. It’s unbelievable that the government would create an institution like Hanover House, or that someone would study such people with no clear goals (Evelyn never states what she’s studying or how it will help people, really beyond “They must be stopped!!!!”). But I like the novel that suspends belief for a little bit so this didn’t bother me a lot.
Overall I am looking forward to future books in the series and would highly recommend to anyone looking for an excellent thriller.
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