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Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: Snatch Girl by L. J. Kane


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Thriller/Horror


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Girl missing: What if you’re with her all the way to the end? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his own getaway driver, eighteen-year-old student Ellie realises that she’s still kidnapped. As the enigmatic Darren Broderick drives off into the night with the terrified girl beside him, the sadistic Jon Braddon is not far behind.

Thrown together, on opposing sides, Darren and Ellie must stay one step ahead of Braddon’s twisted mind, and Ellie must resist Darren’s Aussie charms to the end. Darren Broderick needs the ransom, Braddon needs a victim. And he will fight to the death to get her back.

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Excerpt:

A shapeless shadow lunged from the semi-darkness, pitching her to the floor, with its solid weight on top of her, as Ellie pushed open her front door. She squealed as her head smacked against the hall table, with the blood from her split brow spattering across her forehead, her body overpowered by his strength, and her senses overpowered by his vile stench of sweat.
Ellie screamed and writhed, face down beneath him, as he slammed the door, and forced her face against the cold, hard tiles, tearing her college bag from her shoulder, and snatching her phone from her hand, hurling them across the floor.
He pinned her arms behind her back, with her shoulder blades burning, and the ice-cold metal biting into her flesh as the handcuffs snapped shut around her wrists, trapping her stinging, bleeding skin, Ellie kicking and thrashing, her body shaking beneath his weight as he held her down.
“Let me go. For Christ’s sake, let me go, you bastard. What are you doing to me?” She curled her hands into fists, yanking her wrists apart, but the handcuffs held firm, with the rough, metal edges cutting into her skin. “Help me, somebody, help me.” The pitch in her voice rose to a scream as fear tightened her throat.
He wrenched her onto her back and straddled her, smothering her, with his thumb and finger sealing her nose, and his calloused palm crushing her lips, stifling her harrowing screams. The claustrophobic vacuum constricted her throat as she gasped in vain for air, her back arching, her heels drumming against the floor, and her lungs burning. Somebody help me. Please help me . Oh, God. What’s happening? What’s going on?
He tugged a damp, sweet-smelling cloth from his pocket, bunching it in his hand. He let go of her for a second, and in that moment of freedom, Ellie took a deep breath and held it. The cloth came over her face like a crushing mask, Ellie clawing at the shackles beneath her trembling body, with her eyes wide, and her heart palpitating. Oh God, no. No.
He pulled her up from the floor, and dragged her backwards through the hallway, with the heels of her boots scuffing the tiles as Ellie squirmed in his vice-like grip, wrenching the handcuffs clamped between her wrists. Don’t breathe, Ellie, don’t breathe.
The sweet smell of chloroform fought for supremacy over his body odour, her stomach jolting with every dry retch, and her eyes streaming, Ellie nauseated by the spinning sensation inside her head. Come home, Doug, please. I need you. What’s happening to me?
Their reflections edged into the hall mirror, Ellie lurching at the sight of her blue eyes wide open in terror, her pale blonde hair streaked with blood, with her tanned complexion, ghost-like. The bloodstained cloth obscured her face, with her cheeks pushed in by the pressure of his hand as the blood from her split brow trickled over his fingers. Gone – the flirtatious glint in her eye. Missing, the teasing grin she kept for the boys. Her captor’s dark, soulless eyes stared back at her through the mirror, and Ellie’s veins iced up as his lip curled into a snarl…


About the Author:

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L.J. Kane is the author of Snatch Girl, the shocking, fast-paced, kidnap thriller/horror released on 21st April 2017.

L.J. Kane loves people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. She is having so much fun with her novels, and it’s because she always believed in herself, that she has finally become an author after procrastinating for twenty years!

She lives with her husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between them, they have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom she can derive lots of inspiration.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
I wrote the very first draft of Snatch Girl about twenty years ago, it was untitled back then, and Darren Broderick was the only recognisable character in it. I read the first few chapters to a friend who loved it, and when I met up with her, about 5 years later, she asked me whether I’d written more, as she liked it that much. So, I guess I knew then, that I’d be an author. It just took twenty years to take the plunge and bring Snatch Girl to life. I made my debut in April 2017.

Are you currently working on a book?
I have three thrillers in the pipeline! I am currently writing the first draft of a thriller mystery set in the UK where the witness to a murder becomes the target, and the other two novels are scary psychological thrillers, exploring the dark side of human nature, which I have plotted, and can’t wait to start.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love exploring the emotions and reactions of the characters as I thrust them into each scene, seeing how they interact, and cope with the difficulties I throw at them.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I prefer to outline the novel first, and then plot each chapter, so I know where it’s heading and this helps me to avoid writer’s block. Drinking hot chocolate with a dollop of fresh cream on the top seems to help too!

Which of your characters is your personal favorite?
It has to be the star of Snatch Girl, Ellie, the kidnap victim we follow right through to the end. We have been at her side throughout her ordeal, and I really felt her emotions as I dragged her through nightmare situation after situation. I guess I have to feel sorry for her, maybe even a little guilty!

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
With Snatch Girl, I found that the scenes just flowed, and amazingly, the scariest parts were the easiest! I think it helped that I had all of the characters firmly drawn in my mind, and knew just how they would react to each scenario. The hardest scene was where Ellie faced Braddon alone, and I guess that was my favourite, because it was so emotional to write.

Do you have any tips for new writers?
Never give up. It helps to have a love for your native language, and a passion for sharing your stories with the world. With so much advice and tools out there to help you succeed, there is a lot of support for the new author. Marketing and self-promotion plays a big part in writing, and an online presence is a must.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
My favourite book has to be Misery by Stephen King. His books just hook me in, even if I don’t feel like reading. I also read his book ‘On Writing’ and it really helped me focus on my own project, but I still can’t bring myself to read the axe scene in ‘Misery’.

What about Movies?
My favourite movies of all time are, ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘Get Carter’ from 1971. Vanishing Point has a surreal edge to it; a gritty film so different from the modern day, with a nod to escapism that I love. In one particular scene, the filmmakers overlaid a violent attack with gentle music, which stressed the poignancy of the scene, and changed the mood of the film.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?
I read the Magic of Thinking Big by David. J. Schwartz a few years ago, after my friend recommended it to me, and I realised then that we can achieve so much if we remove the limiting beliefs that most of us have acquired over the years.


Psychological Thriller Spotlight and Interview: Saints of Camarillo: Inside California’s Infamous State Hospital by Dovie Ruth @dovie_ruth


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Psychological Thriller


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Lacey got more of an education than was ever intended at Camarillo State Hospital. A new novel set in the 1970s at California’s largest mental institution. A juicy riveting tale based on a psychology intern’s true story.

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Excerpt:

Elaine blanched. “The beginning of my trouble started about the time I turned five.”

“Why then?” Lacey ventured, being a little hesitant about where their art therapy session would go. They sat cross-legged on the floor of Elaine’s dorm room with a drawing tablet in between them.

Dr. Asher had paired the two interns to practice on each other before she turned them loose on a patient. “You need to work through your own issues first,” the professor explained, “before you begin shrinking other people’s heads.” Lacey took a deep breath and focused on her colleague. “What happened when you were five?”

“That was the first time,” Elaine mumbled, “when my uncle came to visit.” The lanky woman pressed her shirt sleeve against her eyes and tried to capture her tears before they ran their course down her cheeks. “My parents left us alone for part of the day while they were working. It wasn’t long before ….”

Lacey felt helpless when her friend doubled over as if she was in pain. Elaine hid her face in her lap and sobbed, her shoulders convulsing with each breath.

There was little doubt in Lacey’s mind about what had happened.

Lacey leaned forward and smoothed Elaine’s silky hair against her damp neck. “I am so sorry that happened to you.” she whispered. Then she gathered Elaine into her arms. Together, they rocked back and forth, warming, blending, until the tide of Elaine’s sorrow ebbed from her trembling body.


About the Author:

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Born into a family overcrowded with teachers, an austere respect of educators was fostered in Dovie, second only to a fear of God. Children were expected to be compliant and silent about family matters. Questions were met with stinging consequences.

Dovie took solace in her pen –– even with the knowledge that her journal would be breached periodically and read out loud to the family.

Nothing was going to stop Dovie’s quill from dissecting the guarded veils of family life, the hidden stories that swam in academic fishbowls, and the nature of God. Fueled by the transgressive examples of Sylvia Plath, Ken Kesey, Shirley Jackson, and John Steinbeck, Dovie has inked her observations about courage, mental illness, disabilities, alternative lifestyles, the dark side of academia, and the baffling fit of traditional religions in the modern world. The subject matter might be heady, but Dovie Ruth’s story is delivered in a lively, juicy, provocative tone that leaves the reader questioning the status quo.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

It has always been easier for me to communicate through written language than through speaking. As a child and young adult, I always felt such solace in putting a pen to paper and working through my thoughts, ideas, and feelings that way. Journal writing generally kept me out of trouble, too, I could express my opinions without the backlash.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I have one that needs to be rewritten, and another one started. No definite release dates at this point in time.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Writing sometimes helps me make sense of something that was confusing at the time it happened.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Fortunately and unfortunately, my life seems to be a series of adventures. When I am not writing, I am off on some kind of quest, sometimes not by choice. It’s all good, though. Inspiration always follows.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Most of my characters misbehave the majority of the time. They say things they shouldn’t. They don’t recognize healthy boundaries in relationships. They tell big whopping lies. That’s what makes them interesting.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Why?

Dr. Maxine Stokes is my favorite hands down. She is a boisterous but crusty psychologist in a mental hospital who just can’t seem to figure out her role as a young professional. She is bright, sensitive, and enthusiastic, but boy does she have issues!

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

Dr. Maxine Stokes concocts a treatment plan to do sex therapy with a patient, and it goes horribly awry.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

Live, live, live, and then, write.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

I enjoy most novels that have mental health themes, social commentaries, cozy mysteries, and tales with fantastic twists at the end. I don’t want to be able to guess what happens in the final chapter.

What about television shows? Movies?

I am definitely a fan of some of the classic thrillers on television like Alfred Hitchcock and Unsolved Mysteries. I make my big dog watch Dateline with me every Friday night. As far as movies go, I am back to the classics. Anything Agatha Christie, Truman Capote, or John Steinbeck. My favorite movie is Passage to India, which is based on the book by E. M. Forster. I love the wondrous but sometimes disastrous clash of cultures, and how understated feelings, facts, and opinions often lead to unintended results.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

Definitely, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It helped me understand a tragic suicide in my own family and was one of my influences in deciding to work in the field of mental health.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

Bless every experience. They are all grist for your mill.


Fiction Book Spotlight: Terror in Tulsa: A Gay Thriller Romance by Buck Powers


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Gay Fiction, Gay Thriller Romance, Contemporary Gay Fiction, Urban Dystopia


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On opening night of Gay Pride Weekend, a militia group wielding M16s surrounds the Equality Center. Frantic volunteers call 911. But operators refuse to place the calls. Doing so would violate their religious convictions. They mention the state’s new religious freedom law and hang up.  It’s up to the center’s rag-tag volunteer security team to maintain order.

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Excerpt:

Andrea Minotti had learned how to bust down doors when she worked as a police officer. After the separation, she had trouble sleeping, and she began spying on her ex-husband, Enzo, driving by his rented bungalow at all hours of the night.

Around three in the morning, she awoke drenched in sweat from a nightmare. Something told her to check on Enzo. She found a strange car parked behind her husband’s in the driveway. For more than an hour, she waited outside in her car, but no one stirred inside the house. Had Enzo and this new friend left in someone else’s car?

Finally, she couldn’t take the suspense any longer. She lurched from the car and padded down the driveway to the back door of the police detective’s small, wood-frame house.

Using the technique taught at the police academy, she slammed her torso into the door. It popped open and she stepped inside the laundry room, walked through the kitchen, and rounded the hallway that led to Enzo’s bedroom. When she got to the door, two naked men confronted her. One was her husband, gripping a baseball bat.

“What the hell are you doing, Andrea?” he yelled. “I could have knocked your god-damned teeth out.”

She sized-up the naked stranger and then met her husband’s gaze. “What the hell are you doing?”


Psychological Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: On The Verge by Dan R. Fowler @DanRFowler2


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Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


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Release Date: July 10, 2017

Publisher: Light Switch Press

A life unhinged. Dreams shattered with no answers to how to fix them. Jackson is sitting in a hospital treatment room.

His life is hopeless memories and whispers full of shadows, until death comes to visit. This story is based on some truth about personality disorders, suicide and dysfunctional demons. Ben, Carl, Denny, Darrell, Johnny, and Randy, the “others,” share the same body, but each has a different life. Things are out of control. Dr. Alfred Fine “Jake” tries to help Jackson come to terms with his friends. A traumatic climax ensues with the introduction of Januari Winters. There seems to be nowhere to turn, but the answer comes very unexpectedly.

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Excerpt:

Mary glanced down a pastel-colored corridor that now was mired with fingerprints from children wishing to find something to do or perhaps leaving an initial of a friend. She followed the lines on the wallpaper that led to the room and to Jackson. Anger and discuss swelled within her as she thought of the time and life she had given away to him. Recounting the memories, times together, she thought it had meant something to him. Wonderful things had been accomplished by both of them, or so she thought. Where had this stranger entered into their life?
Angry tears ripped at her eyes. She wondered how he could have done such a thing. There was no reason to change, no reason to become what he was now. She had raised their son; she thought she had done her best. Besides, he wanted this child, he begged for a son. She kept up the house, perhaps not a spotless one, but livable and comfortable. Life wasn’t that bad, really. What had gone wrong?


About the Author:

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Dan Fowler was born in West Virginia. He attended public schools graduating with Honors. He attended Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, earning an undergraduate management degree BA and attended Hawaii Pacific University, receiving his graduate degree in Management, MA/HRM. Dan worked with U.S. Steel Corporation 1975-1986, served in United States Navy 1986-1994, served as Assistant Director/Director: Project Development with HPI/Diagnostic, Inc., Pharmaceuticals, Trenton, NJ, (1994-1997) and Associate Director, Deborah Heart Foundation, New Jersey, 1997-1999. Dan taught at a two year Georgia Community College Brunswick, GA -Business & Industry Division. He serves as an Executive Director and Management Consultant for IMC. He lives in Georgia with his wife Mary and granddaughter.

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Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published? 2 books are currently published

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? On The Verge is my favor because it allowed me to expose myself to a variety of characters within the same main character, Jackson Stafford

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes, I’m currently working on a new Jackson Stafford thriller.

What do you enjoy most about writing? Writing allows me to become anyone I wish.

Do you ever get writer’s block? Yes but I step away from my work and take a different perspective of the character.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? In On The Verge, Jackson Stafford has multiple personalities, all unique. I must say Carl is the favorite probably because he knows now laws or standards.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Be patient, but be vigilant about your skill and talent. Never be afraid to launch out.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? New readers should read On The Verge first. It’s the first in the series that sets the stage for the following novels

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? The next in this series, The Deception of Jackson Stafford, will explore his seduction by one of the personalities he thought was controlled in On The Verge.  His travels under the city lights of Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Los Vegas, NV, and Jacksonville, FL
and the dark streets and back highways expose many unlikely experiences for Jackson Stafford.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I enjoy Dean Koontz novels.

What about television shows? Movies? Love SYFY

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve never given up on my dreams.


Paranormal Thriller Book: The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III @pdeblassieiii


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 Paranormal Thriller/Horror/New Age Fiction

Awards: 2014 International Book Award – New Age Fiction & Pinnacle Book Award: Metaphysical Thriller

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.

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Excerpt:

Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.

Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.

Turning toward the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.

All but two flew off, disappearing into the piñon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.

Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.

The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.

The crows waited, watched, then flew away.


About the Author:

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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.

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Interview:

In your own words, please describe your book.
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.

What genre/genres does your book fall under?
The Unholy was awarded The International Book Award for New Age Fiction and the Pinnacle Book Award for Metaphysical Thriller, fashioning it as a tale of thrills and chill in the world of dark fantasy, horror, and paranormal thrillers!

Is this book part of a series?
The Unholy sets the tone and background for each of my upcoming novels, Dark Goddess to be published in 2015 and building on the mystic world of Aztlan; so, it’s not a series but it definitely is the foundation of all of the paranormal thrillers to come.

What was the inspiration behind your book?
For over thirty years I’ve treated patients traumatized by the nightmare of religious abuse, having been scarred by clergy emotionally and sexually. The Unholy tears through the veil of denial that hides pain. Nightmares then are unleashed in a person’s psyche and in the story. They turn a person’s world upside down and inside out so that healing can begin.

What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?
I’ve been writing thirty years, The Unholy my first supernatural thriller. Writing was and is a lifelong passion. Thing is, writing is chock full of turning points. So, the calling to be a writer takes you by force, shakes you up and won’t let go.

So far, what has been the greatest moment in your writing career?
Sunstone Press in Santa Fe caught the terror and total mind-blowing vibe of The Unholy and wanted to publish the controversial story and be part of the spiritual and emotional revolution it portends. This was fantastic, a truly great moment.

What are you working on now?
The Dark Goddess is about ready to hit the paranormal literary streets, a novel of love and whether bad love is better than no love at all. It’s set in mystic Aztlan, as is The Unholy. Dreams and visions and natural set the course of the spine tingling drama.