Just in time to choose some great summer reads, come enjoy some presentations and a Q&A with book club favorite mystery and suspense authors Kim Taylor Blakemore, Laurie Buchanan, Rich Farrell, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Ona Russell and Wendy Walker.
The event will feature an interactive virtual game of bingo and fun prizes, and all you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well!) Bingo cards will be sent to your email a few days before the event.
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About the Authors:
Kim Taylor Blakemore is an award-winning author of the historical novel The Companion, lauded by Publisher’s Weekly as “a captivating tale of psychological suspense.”
Outside of writing about fierce and often dangerous women, those with darker stories, tangled lies and hidden motives, she is a novel coach (www.novelitics.com), a history nerd and gothic novel lover. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest and loves the rain. Truly.
In her Amazon bestselling historical thriller After Alice Fell, Marion Abbott is summoned to Brawders House asylum in New Hampshire, 1865. to collect the body of her sister, Alice. She’d been found dead after falling four stories from a steep-pitched roof. Officially: an accident. Confidentially: suicide. But Marion believes a third option: murder. Until she discovers the truth of her sister’s death, no one will rest in peace.
Laurie Buchanan is the author of the fast-paced Sean McPherson thrillers set in the Pacific Northwest that feature a trifecta of malice and the pursuit and cost of justice. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her pilot-husband, and enjoys yoga, bicycling, camping, and traveling, having walked across Scotland, a 211-mile journey from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. At the mid-point, she climbed Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles.
In her latest thriller, when a sniper kills his partner, Sean McPherson is injured in the ambush. Now an ex-cop, he takes a job at a writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest where he hopes to heal and put his life back together in the Zen-like capacity of groundskeeper and all-around handyman that is until the sniper who blames McPherson for the loss of more than ten million dollars’ worth of heroin, wants revenge. I
Rich Farrell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews and book reviews, has appeared or is forthcoming in The Forge, Potomac Review, Hunger Mountain, New Plains Review, upstreet, Descant, Contrary, Newfound, Numéro Cinq, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Grossmont College and at San Diego Writers, Ink. His first novel, The Falling Woman, is now available in paperback from Algonquin Books.
In The Falling Woman, Rich’s fast-paced debut novel, Erin Geraghty has reached a breaking point in her cancer treatment. She believes that she is essentially already dead to all who know her. Facing a third round of treatment, she decides to take a week off from doctors and hospitals and even her family, and to fly from her home in Washington, DC, to a retreat in California. When the plane she is on comes apart in midair, she accepts the reality of the fact that this will be her real death. But fate has other ideas, for she miraculously survives not only the explosion but also the fall from the sky.
Charlie Radford is a young National Transportation Safety Board investigator who is part of the team sent to determine what caused the crash, and also to find and identify the bodies of the fallen. When, several days into his investigation, he hears a rumor that a woman was found alive in a barn, still strapped to her airline seat, he assumes it is a hoax. As word of this “miracle” has reaches the media, Radford is forced to assume responsibility to find the woman, should she actually exist. Once he does he must convince her to come forward. The problem is that Erin refuses to cooperate. The Falling Woman is a story of the irony of fate, and of which conflicting factor will prevail: the need of the government and its people to know the truth, or the right of a woman to determine how her personal story will play out.
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a former model who lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their three children. She is the author of three young adult novels: Firsts, Last Girl Lied To, and All Eyes On Her, under the name L.E. Flynn.
In her adult fiction debut, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, which became an instant bestseller in Canada, has sold in 11 territories worldwide and been optioned for television by AMC, two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before—and will stop at nothing to get it—in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.
A lot has changed in the years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she’s worked hard to create a new life for herself. But then an invitation to her ten-year reunion arrives in the mail, along with an anonymous note that reads “We need to talk about what we did that night.” Alternating between the reunion and Amb’s freshman year, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a shocking novel about the brutal lengths girls can go to get what they think they’re owed, and what happens when the games we play in college become matters of life and death.
Ona Russell is a San Diego based author of four books that shine a light on the shadowy places where history and fiction meet. She earned a BA, MA and ultimately a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego. Teaching for years in various colleges and universities, she developed courses that combined her interdisciplinary interests: from “Poetry and the Workplace” to the “Truth of Historical Fiction” to “Literature and the Law.”
Son of Nothingness, a novel of appearances, Los Angeles, 1949. Attorney Andrew Martin, aka Andrés Martinez, is doing what he does best: surviving. His career is stable, he has his pick of women, and his beloved parrot, Emerson, keeps him company. True, he’s still lamenting his rejection from the military, still tormented by memories of his father, and then there’s his leg, which continually feels like an imposter. But he’s learned to live with all of that, too.
Until the arrival of Penny, a member of the Salvation Army, a stranger with a secret. Andrew’s meeting with the woman is brief, but what he learns from her upends him. Suddenly nothing makes sense. He needs to get away, and it seems the gods are listening, for he’s soon offered a job in Sacramento. And not just any job. He’s been asked to confirm a plot that the government is using ex-Nazis to spy on communists in the U.S. The timing seems perfect, and Andrew agrees. What he doesn’t know is that this quest will lead him straight into the heart of that from which he is trying to escape.
Wendy Walker is the New York Times bestselling author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not Forgotten, Emma In the Night, The Night Before and Don’t Look For Me. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages and topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad. They have been selected by the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, The Today Show and The Book of the Month Club, and have been optioned for both television and film.
Wendy holds degrees from Brown University and Georgetown Law School, and has worked in finance and several areas of the law. As a former family law attorney with training in child advocacy, Wendy draws from her knowledge of trauma and psychology to write compelling and complex characters and stories.
In her most recent book, Don’t Look for Me, the greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time.They called it a “walk away.” The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to start over. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?
The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man in a truck offering her a ride to town. With him is a little girl who reminds her of the daughter she lost years ago. It feels like a sign. It feels safe. And Molly is overcome with the desire to be home, with her family—no matter how broken it is. She accepts the ride. But when the doors lock shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.