Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The second Jon Reznick Thriller, Hard Kill by J.B. Turner!

 

Hard Kill by J.B. Turner

The Second Jon Reznick Thriller…
An American diplomat goes missing and ex-Special Forces operative Jon Reznick joins a top secret team, led by FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein, to help track him down.
The team believes that there may be a terrorist group – perhaps Islamists – who have kidnapped him, as the diplomat’s area of expertise is the Persian Gulf. But Reznick is training his sights on an unlikely candidate – a leading Washington DC surgeon.
But as the team itself comes under attack, and the 9/11 commemoration approaches, it becomes clear that the kidnapping is part of a much bigger plot, one that threatens not only New York, but the whole country too.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spain Has Talent: Author Jana Petken Reveals All.... | Novel Ideas

JANA PETKEN TELLS ALL ABOUT HER NEW SMASH HIT
“THE GUARDIAN OF SECRETS”

About This Interview
Jana
Petken is a talented writer who currently resides in Spain. She chose ahard genre when she became a writer and it’s only fair that we give her a great interview. What makes her stand above other writers? That’s an
easy one to answer– she writes as though she is watching a movie– her words are moving pictures. I think you will love her interview and her book… Enjoy!
The Guardian of Secrets
A historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936–39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different
paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields, and in the shadow of war, an evil ghost from the past watches and waits for an opportunity to destroy the entire family. In exile, Celia and Ernesto can only wait and pray for their children and their safe return home..
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre and what does a would-be writer in your category need to know?

History has always held my interest. I love the subject and the wonderful opportunities that history can bring to the imagination. This is not a genre that I chose; I believe it chose me. To be able to read about kings, queens, wars, politicians, villains and heroes throughout
history, is a wonderful experience.

I can only give this advice to, would be, historical writers: When you tell a story, make your backdrop real. Take the time to investigate and research the facts surrounding your characters, such as locations, names, dates or events.

What kind of research did you do and where do you begin your research?

The research for The Guardian of Secrets was a long, painstaking job. I had no internet and spent my time in libraries, buying reference books, watching documentaries, visiting battle sites in Spain, studying the lives of nuns, interviewing Civil War survivors, and a couple of soldiers from opposing sides – I said painstaking but it was a wonderful
experience.

I still prefer researching the old fashioned way, rather than using Google or Wikipedia. They are both great tools but they don’t bring me the same sense of “Learning” as reference books.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Surrender By Donna Malane

by Bryon Quertermous
It’s cover reveal time again. I love doing these. This is an exciting time for the book and for the author and I’m always happy when we get to be part of it here at Exhibit A. Before we get to the reveal though, I wanted to do an update on the decision I made after the last reveal. If you’ll recall I gave you two different styles of reveals. First, there was the smaller cover with all of the buying info right there in the post. The second was a larger cover with a link to the buying info on another page. And the winner is: The Larger Cover. So without further delay, I present:

SURRENDER

Available September 2014
Surrender-144dpi
Missing persons expert, Diane Rowe, is used to making sense of other people’s lives. It’s just a pity she’s not having much luck with her own.
The brutal murder of her little sister, Niki, and the break-up of her marriage have tested her usual tough optimism. When Niki’s killer turns up dead, Diane is determined to nail the truth, despite the best efforts of her policeman ex-husband to sideline her.
But uncovering Niki’s seedy past reveals truths and dangers she never expected – or wanted – to face. Diane is determined to make sense of it all – whatever it takes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Paul D. Brazill's 2-Minute Pitch for "A Case of Noir"


OK, Mr. Brazill--and I must say that that's a terrible pen name. Couldn't you have gone with something classy. R.L.Stine, say. Anyway, that's not what this meeting is about, after all we're going to have you sign over all your rights to Megalith Studios, so it's a bit moot.

Let's change things around and go with the short, sharp questions first. What's the Logline?
 The Only Crime Is Getting Caught.
Hmm. Not bad but it could be about Wall Street. What’s the Teaser Pitch?
 Like the Coen Brothers directing The Talented Mr Ripley.
 
Well, that would be almost unimaginably strange. Is anything really like the Coen Brothers? Let's move on.  Why did you pick this title, A Box of Black or whatever?
 A Case Of Noir. 
 It’s a collection of darkly comic interlinked stories – like a case of dark whiskey. 
 It’s also a pun on the protagonists name, Luke Case.
Who is your hero and how does he change in the book?
 I just told you, Luke Case is the hero. A boozy English hack with a dark secret. He changes location but he doesn’t change since people don’t really change. 
Of course it's Luke Case, I knew that. I was just testing you. How did you come up with the idea?
 The publishers - an Italian company called Lite Editions-  asked me to write an erotic noir set in a European city. So I wrote Red Esperanto – set in Warsaw, Poland. They liked it and asked me to continue Luke Case’s misadventures so I dragged him off to Spain, France and then back to England..
Is Poland in Europe? I thought that Russia was invading it or something?
 No, that's the Ukraine. 
Well, Poland shouldn't be in Europe anyway. How else could we tell Polish jokes? Don't answer that. Why should I, the Incredibly Rich and Handsome Movie Mogul, buy this book?
 Because you, like everyone else, like to peek – if not gaze - into the abyss- as long as it’s not looking back at you!
The Abyss? You mean like a life without Maseratis, lunches at pop-up restaurants that no one has heard of, and willing interns? My God man, that would be horrible! I LOVE this book! It'll scare the Ferragamo loafers off every man in this town. We'll buy it--how many zeros do you want me to put on the check?