Tag Archives: Bestselling

Collaborations Can Be As Easy as 1-2-3 / Author Steven Womack

Writing with someone else is tricky. Most writers have their own toys, their own ideas, and they like to write in their own way. How do you keep the other person from being an intrusion rather than a partner? How … Continue reading

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Outline or No Outline? / Author Rick Reed

Outline or no outline? That is the question. Sometimes it’s great to hear how other successful writers do it. Author Rick Reed, after writing several acclaimed books, has found his groove. Here’s his take on how he plots. Happy Reading! … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Baron R. Birtcher / Killer Nashville Success Story

Killer Nashville is pleased to present an interview with author Baron R. Birtcher, whose novel Rain Dogs was acquired by The Permanent Press after being named a Killer Nashville Claymore Award finalist. KN: Baron, welcome, and thank you for joining … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Eyre Price / Killer Nashville Success Story

Today, it’s my pleasure to interview Eyre Price, author of the Crossroads thriller series and Killer Nashville Success Story. So, Eyre, when did you know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve absolutely always wanted to be a writer. It … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Friday, October 4, 2013 / “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by Alex Haley / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

As abhorrent as I have always viewed slavery, this book actually made me feel it. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley Like most of Americans in the 1970s, I was riveted to the mini-series “Roots.”  Also probably … Continue reading

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2014 Guests of Honor Announced

Killer Nashville is please to announce bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Krueger as the 2014 Guests of Honor for our 9th annual writers’ conference. Lisa Jackson is neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, USA … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Wednesday, September 18, 2013 / “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A young wannabe lawyer finds himself on the wrong side of the law in “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham. Read my review. Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham I grew up reading John Grisham books.  Now my son … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Who murdered a pregnant teenage girl? Her mother is not talking. Tell Me by Lisa Jackson Thriller author Lisa Jackson’s new book “Tell Me” sucked me in and disabled me like a snakebite.  Out of nowhere, from the first page of … Continue reading

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The Fictional Serial Killer / Criminologist & Author R. Barri Flowers

Many of today’s bestselling mystery and thriller novels revolve around serial killers. Makes sense as this type of killer seems to appeal most to the fear factor in us, or the bogeyman or bogeywoman come to fictional life, waiting to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Tuesday, June 23, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

The senseless murder of children in Africa, an Amish love affair, a woman’s heart-tugging self-discovery, the financial industry’s crooked corporate deals, and the death of a police officer. Here are some books I think you might find of interest. Some I have … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Friday, June 19, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A man on death row, a second wife learning the startling truth about the first, a sister avenging the death of her sister, and how to write a killer thriller.  Here are some books I think you might find of interest. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Rapscallion” by James McGee / Tuesday, May 28, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Rapscallion by James McGee It’s the early 1800s and espionage is alive and well in jolly old England. “Rapscallion” by James McGee is the third adventure for Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood and in this installment, without giving … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Green Light For Murder” by Heywood Gould / Saturday, May 18, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Green Light For Murder by Heywood Gould I’ve heard it said that the only good producer is a dead producer.  In “Green Light for Murder”, Heywood Gould takes that literally.  This is a true insider’s look at the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Another Sun” by Timothy Williams / Tuesday, May 14, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Another Sun by Timothy Williams I love taking trips to places I’ve never been and I think this is the first novel I’ve read set in Guadeloupe.  It is an underdog tale with a twist. “Another Son” by … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne / Monday, May 13, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne If you are looking for a page-turning mixture of suspense and betrayal within a well-executed part love story, part historical epic, and part-tragedy, then “The House of Special Purpose” is … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Don’t Go” by Lisa Scottoline / Thursday, May 9, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline Most of the books I read from Lisa Scottoline are series related.  Here’s a standalone you won’t want to miss.  Scottoline is one of the best writers I’ve ever read.  This one goes … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “No Way Back” by Andrew Gross / Wednesday, May 8, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is No Way Back by Andrew Gross In Andrew Gross’s “No Way Back,” a woman has an affair and, while in the illicit situation, her lover is murdered.  In self-defense, she kills the killer, whom she IDs as a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Blood Trade” by Faith Hunter / Tuesday, May 7, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Blood Trade by Faith Hunter “Blood Trade” is the sixth in the Skinwalker series from USA bestselling author Faith Hunter (also known as writer Gwen Hunter). Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer who finds herself working for the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Farewell To Freedom by Sara Blædel / Thursday, April 11, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Farewell To Freedom by Sara Blædel Sara Blædel was voted as Denmark’s most popular novelist three times in a row. That’s no surprise. When it comes to police procedural, she’s always been one of my favorites. “Farewell to Freedom” … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger / Friday, April 5, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger William Ken Krueger’s new deeply human grief-ridden novel “Ordinary Grace” is as much a literary novel as it is a mystery. Told from the point-of-view of a 13-year-old boy, Frank, an about-to-be … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The Seventh Victim” by Mary Burton / Wednesday, April 3, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton This is a sick, edge-of-your-seat ride with no good end in sight. From the first page you know it is going to be a rollicking ride. Mary Burton’s “The Seventh Victim” blew … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / “Heart of Ice” by P.J. Parrish / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish I save books from P.J. Parrish for when I know I won’t be interrupted. For “Heart of Ice” even sleep had to wait. I can’t say enough superlatives about this writing dynamic … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Dead Letter Day” by Eileen Rendahl / Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Dead Letter Day by Eileen Rendahl A smorgasbord of supernatural characters await in Eileen Rendahl’s well-written “Dead Letter Day.”  Third in the series and a combination of mystery, fantasy, and romance, this novel is an excellent blend of … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, February 26, 2013 / “The Incense Game” by Laura Joh Rowland / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Incense Game by Laura Joh Rowland. “Here’s my numerical review: 16-15-1. It’s a lottery number you’ll win by. Sixteenth Century mystery. Treacherous politics. History. Culture. An earthquake bringing the city down upon them. Number 15 in Rowland’s … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “And When She Was Good” by Laura Lippman / Monday, February 25, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman. “A mom’s sacrifices for her only child. A mom’s secret Heidi Fleiss life behind a gated community. A suicide that might be murder.  Washington D.C. politicians and power managers. Betrayal. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, February 19, 2013 / “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. “A classic. Pulitzer Prize winner. Modern Library’s 36th greatest novel of the 20th Century. The fictional rise of governor Willie Stark and the self-discovery of Jack Burden. Written in the classic voice … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, December 13, 2012 / “Death of a Neighborhood Witch: A Jaine Austen Mystery” by Laura Levine / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Death of A Neighborhood Witch (Jaine Austen Mystery) by Laura Levine. Who says you can’t mix murder with laughs? And some candy? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: This book was released by Kensington in time for Halloween. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, December 7, 2012 / “Last to Die” by Tess Gerritsen / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen. Save the kids. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Let’s hope there is no “three’s the charm” in this book. Twice in a row, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre of his … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, December 6, 2012 / “Far North” by Michael Ridpath / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Far North by Michael Ridpath. What if greedy investors wiped out your life’s savings and walked away unscathed? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: What if greedy investors wiped out your life’s savings and walked away unscathed? Well, … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, December 4, 2012 / “L’Assassin: A Thriller” by Peter Steiner / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is L’Assassin: A Thriller by Peter Steiner. Anti-terrorist fanaticism can be as dangerous as the real thing Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Today’s Book of the Day comes from fellow University of Miami alum (had to plug it) … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, December 3, 2012 / “Valley of Ashes” by Cornelia Read / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read. Nosey joking gets you burned. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: For those who have followed the writer/sleuth character Madeline Dare, she’s moved again. From Syracuse, NY (“A Field of Darkness”) to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, November 30, 2012 / “12.21” by Dustin Thomason / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is 12.21 by Dustin Thomason. Read this novel before 12/21/12. After that, it may not be available. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Conspiracy theories and doomsday predictions do nothing for me in real life, but they are great … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, November 28, 2012 / “Run to Ground” by D.P. Lyle / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Run To Ground by D.P. Lyle. What would you do if someone brutally murdered your child? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: The thriller “Run to Ground” is D.P. Lyle’s best work of fiction. I served for four … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, November 14, 2012 / “Death in the Floating City” by Tasha Alexander / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander. Venice. Cat fights. Ill-fated love. Murder. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: With “Death in the Floating City,” Tasha Alexander has written what I think is probably her best … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, October 22, 2012 / “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s classic, gothic, romantic suspense at its finest. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” One of my absolute favorite opening lines. And the book never … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?” by Christopher Buckley / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? by Christopher Buckley. Washington, D.C. has gone upside-down. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: This book cracked me up. In honor of the political season, today’s Killer Nashville Book of the Day is … Continue reading

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On Romantic Suspense / Author Greg Herren

“Carmela Lacy is the silliest woman I know, which is saying a good deal.” That’s the opening line of Mary Stewart’s Airs Above the Ground, which I read for the first time when I was ten, and transitioning from the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, October 16, 2012 / “Only One Life” by Sara Blædel / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Only One Life by Sara Blædel. A dead teen and an ethnic community wishing autonomy. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Today’s Killer Nashville Book of the Day is an introduction to author Sara Blædel, Denmark’s designated “Queen … Continue reading

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Juggling / Author Reed Farrel Colemam

I recently did a rough estimate of how many words I’d written in my lifetime. The total is approximately four million, give or take. To what end, you ask? It was to help emphasize a point I make to all … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, October 8, 2012 / “A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel” by Anne Perry / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry. For the brutal murder of of one woman, an innocent woman may hang. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Real. That’s the word I would use to describe … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, September 27, 2012 / “No Sale” by Patrick Conrad / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is No Sale by Patrick Conrad. A serial killer is loose in 1998 and taking his cues from old movies. Why I chose this book: Wow. Having just read this, I’m dumbfounded. Incredible. From the first page two things … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, September 5, 2012 / “Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes” by Laurie R. King

Today’s featured book is Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King. Why I chose this book: This is not your traditional Sherlock Holmes. In the latest novel featuring Mary Russell and her … Continue reading

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“A Member of the Family” / Author Donald Bain

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas.  The late Nora Ephron and I agree. We get our ideas from life. She used to say: “Everything is copy.” My favorite phrase is:  “Everything gets used.” Often a fictional account … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, August 20, 2012 / “Pork Pie Hat” by Peter Straub

Today’s featured book is Pork Pie Hat by Peter Straub. Why I chose this book: From our 2012 Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Peter Straub, but that is not why I chose it. It’s one of my favorite books, which just happens … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, August 10, 2012 / “The Spymasters” by W.E.B. Griffin

Today’s featured book is The Spymasters by W.E.B. Griffin. Why I chose this book: This is number seven in Griffin’s Men at War series. Griffin, frankly, is one of the best, no matter what the subject. This is the third one he … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville Book of the Day / Wednesday, August 8, 2012 / “The Crime of Julian Wells” by Thomas H. Cook

Today’s featured book is The Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas H. Cook. Why I chose this book: How can you not love a writer who has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven different times in seven different categories? 🙂 Cook’s novel “Julian Wells” … Continue reading

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Under the Bloody Tuscan Sun / Author Jon Jefferson

Amid the green-gold hills of Tuscany in summer – a dazzling landscape of farmhouses and villas, olive groves, and picture-postcard views – a depraved killer stalks lovers’ lanes, spying on young couples and killing them as they make love, then … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / “The Darkest Part of the Woods” by Ramsey Campbell

Today’s featured book is The Darkest Park of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell. Why I chose this book: Something older than time in a dark forest finds an opening into this world through the actions of the Price family in this modern … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, July 27, 2012 / “The Jaguar” by T. Jefferson Parker

Today’s featured book is The Jaguar: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker Why I chose this book: In T. Jefferson Parker’s fifth Charlie Hood novel, Hood is involved in finding the wife of a deputy who has been kidnapped by … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning / Author J.A. Jance

It’s Saturday morning, July 21, 2012.  I’m thinking about my cousin Polly Johnson who died at age 24 in 1963.  Once you hear the story, you’ll know why I’m thinking about her today. Polly lived in Rapid City, South Dakota, … Continue reading

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