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Guest Author: Annie Kagan: On The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Guest Author:Annie Kagan

annie kaganWhen you meet someone new, one of the first questions they often ask is—“What do you do?”

After saying “I’ve just had my first book published,” the next question is—“so, what’s it about?”

Even though I’ve been through this scenario dozens of times, I still get a flock of wild butterflies in my stomach. The reason is that my book is not what you’d call ordinary. It isn’t a novel or a self-help book; The Afterlife of Billy Fingers is a true story, a thriller, about life’s biggest mystery — what happens after we die. And although being alive myself obviously doesn’t qualify me as an expert on that subject, I do have an extraordinary story to tell.

A few weeks after my brother Billy died unexpectedly, I was awakened at dawn by his unmistakable deep mellow voice calling my name. “Annie, Annie it’s me. It’s Billy.

At first I thought I was dreaming. But when Billy instructed me to “Get up and get the red notebook,” I knew I was awake.

I got out of bed, searched my closets, and found the red notebook Billy had given me as a birthday gift the year before his death. I never imagined it would become a book detailing my dead brother’s journey through the afterlife.

As Billy began speaking again, I grabbed a pen and began writing. “Right now I’m drifting weightlessly through space with these gorgeous stars and moons and galaxies twinkling all around me. The whole atmosphere is filled with a soothing hum, like hundreds of thousands of voices are singinThe afterlifeg to me but they’re so far away I can just barely hear them. And although I can’t exactly say anyone was here to greet me, I feel a Divine Presence, a kind, loving, beneficent presence, and really, that’s enough.”

Although Billy’s first visit lasted only about fifteen minutes, the love and bliss he was experiencing in his new dimension somehow flowed into me. Instead of feeling distraught about his death, I felt serene.

When the visit was over, I also felt skeptical.  I was completely unprepared to accept the fact that someone was speaking to me from another dimension. Had I gone a little crazy? Was my brother’s voice a delusion to help me feel better about his death?

Billy knew I had doubts and on his next visit he promised to give me evidence that he was not simply a figment of my imagination. So, as Billy describes the world beyond this one and dispels many myths about what lies ahead on the “other side.” he offers me profound proof in ways I cannot deny.

In a sense, I didn’t choose to write this book; it chose me. The butterflies that show up when I tell my story are a small price to pay.

Annie Kagan Bio

Annie Kagan is a singer/songwriter who had a chiropractic practice in Manhattan for many years. Kagan gave up her medical practice, returned to songwriting and began collaborating with award winning producer Brian Keane. While writing her first novel, her brother Billy died unexpectedly and began speaking to her from the afterlife. Annie now shares Billy’s wisdom, humor and detailed description of the bliss and wonder to come in the next life in her debut book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers; How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved To Me There’s Life After Death.

Visit her at or and download a free chapter.

Best Books to Give This Christmas

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

As the Christmas is just around the corner, we have compiled here a list of some fabulous and fascinating titles you can give as gift on this holiday season. You may pick one or more titles from the list as it contains books from all genres that some people will appreciate as they read in the New Year. So, make 2014 a year of inspiring and engaging study for someone by giving thoughtful and worthwhile books.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

The Yellow Birds

Published in 2012 by Little, Brown, The Yellow Birds is a perfect gift for anyone who loves history, politics or war writing. Kevin has conjured a poignant and devastating tale of war’s deep impact on the individuals. Written with profound emotional insight, this is an enormously powerful debut novel from an Iraq War veteran. A perfect amalgamation of love, courage and extraordinary human survival, this book is already being hailed as a modern classic.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Anyone, who love thriller must like reading Gillian’s amazing novel. It is an utterly gripping thriller about a wife who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. And her husband Nick Dunne comes under police scrutiny as the prime suspect. The novel is told from alternating viewpoints — the wife’s diary and the husband who searches for his wife. With this book, you may give the present of a page-turning abduction mystery this Christmas. 

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Curl up in front of a warm fire with this captivating and impressive story of 19th-century New Zealand. Set amongst the New Zealand gold fields in the 1866, this meticulously constructed mystery opens with Walter Moody who stumbles across a group of ten people discussing a series of unsolved crimes. Canada-born author, Eleanor Catton, has proved with this wonderfully vivid book that she really deserves the Man Booker Prize.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Fangirl is neither thrilling nor drama ridden, just exquisitely and cleverly plotted tale by Rainbow Rowell. It revolves around Cath, the protagonist of the story, and her freshman year of college away from her father and twin sister. Unlike other YA novels, it is not a story just about romance but it is a tale that looks at family and the complex relationships between kids, parents and siblings. A coming-of-age tale with convincing starting, middle, and end, this is a refreshing pick for anyone who is looking for a light read this holiday.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The ocean at the end of the lane

Anyone who is wishing to give the gift of emotion this Christmas, this book may be the best choice. As it is Gaiman’s first new novel for adults, but it will feel as though your childhood is reading it as well. This is an enchanting and well-written story of growing up, sacrifice with enough dream and emotion to attract readers of all tastes. 

The Fields by Kevin Maher

The Fields

Some books managed to capture the Christmas spirit without actually being about Christmas and Kevin Maher’s debut novel is one of them. The Fields is an entertaining, often hilarious, touching and coming-of-age-story by an amazing new voice. Filled with pin-sharp period detail, this Irish novel is funny and heart-warming. Convincingly portraying the uncertainty and trouble of being a teenage boy, this is a book that readers won’t want to put down.

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Friday, December 20th, 2013

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Mad Women: Behind the Scenes of the Sexy, Sexist Sixties

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Guest Author: Jane Maas

Jane Maas new I wrote Mad Women to tell the real story of what it was like to be a woman in advertising in the 1960s – – the era of television’s Mad Men. That show gets a lot of the details right, but it gets a lot wrong, too.

My book has been getting enormous attention in the media, chiefly because Mad Men has stirred up such curiosity. Over and over again, I get three questions. Were women all treated like second-class citizens? Did we actually have three-martini lunches every day? And then the questioner leans forward and asks, in hushed tones: was there really all that much sex in the office?

The answer to all three questions is unequivocally YES.

Most of the women working in advertising in the 1960s were secretaries. There were a few women copywriters, but we were limited to categories considered “appropriate” for us, like detergents and baby foods and toilet bowl cleaners. The men who ran the advertising agencies and the men who ran the client companies never let us write automobile advertising, because they thought we didn’t know how to drive. They didn’t allow us anywhere near financial advertising; we didn’t know how to balance a checkbook. Write about liquor? Oh, no! Liquor was what they used to seduce us, so clearly we didn’t understand that, either.

Strangely enough, we were pathetically grateful to be allowed into this man’s world. So grateful, in fact, that we accepted making about half the salary of the man in the next office- – and working longer and harder, too.Mad Women

How about the three-martini lunch? Yes, lots of men went out to lunch every single day, and lots of them drank two or three martinis. Then they came back to the office and napped for a while on their office couches. Women didn’t go out for lunch: we couldn’t afford it. And somebody had to be in the office and alert in case a client called with a crisis.

There’s one thing Mad Men gets all wrong, and that’s drinking in the office in the morning. There are constantly scenes in that show of men coming in at ten a.m. and pouring themselves a shot from the handy bottle out on the table. I never saw that happen even once in all my years in advertising.

Finally, sex in the office. It wasn’t just the advertising business, for sure; sex was in the air, sex was everywhere. First of all, the birth control pill had just come on the market, freeing women to have sex without the threat of pregnancy. (Remember, in that era abortions were illegal, expensive, and terribly dangerous.) It was also an era of revolution: Viet Nam, flag burning, “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” hippies and Flower Power, protest marches and protest songs. Women wanted to have as much right to sexual activity as men did.

The Mad Men era of the sixties. Sexist. Sexy. WONDERFUL!

About Author:

Jane Maas has been a Creative Director at two New York advertising agencies, and served as president of another. She is also the author of her best-selling biography, “Adventures of an Advertising Woman” and co-author of the classic “How To Advertise,” which has been translated into 17 languages. Her newest book and first work of fiction, “The Christmas Angel,” was published in November.

Celebrating Jane Austen’s 238th Birth Anniversary

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Today is 238th birth anniversary of Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated and widely read authors of English literature. Born on December 16, 1775, Austen was the seventh of the eight children of the rector of Steventor, Hampshire. She Jane Austenlived her entire life as a part of a supportive family that let her to learn the custom and the lifestyle of the middle class, upper class and the gentry. At a very early age she started writing stories, sketches and satires of the most acclaimed novels for her family’s entertainment.

Though the realm of Austen’s works was as circumscribed as her life, her biting irony, social commentary and keen observation made her equal of one of a handful of authors who have found enduring fame with both popular and academic readers. She was known for addressing the issues of class-consciousness and gender politics through her well-plotted characters and storyline. On her birthday, let’ remember this legendary soul through the works of literature. Here we have compiled the most popular major and minor works of Jane Austen, dating from her early life to the last incomplete works of her later years.  

She earned a huge fame as a published writer with her four major works:

Sense and Sensibility (1811):

Sense and SensibilityThough Sense and Sensibility was not the first novel written by Jane Austen, it was the first published novel in 1811 under the pseudonym “A Lady”. Set in the Southwest England, this novel revolves around the dreams, love, romance, desires and deeds of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne.  


Pride and Prejudice (1813):

Pride and Prejudice

Sold more than 20 Million copies all over the world to date, this is one of the most popular published works in English literature. A romantic novel set in the early 1800’s, Pride and Prejudice was initially entitled “First Impressions.” This much admired love story centers on the main protagonist Elizabeth Bennet who deals with the issues of family, education, women, class-distinctions, manners, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England.

Mansfield Park (1814):  

Mansfield Park

Written at Chawton Cottage between 1812 and 1814, Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen’s first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound. After undergoing several revisions and corrections, the novel was finally published in May 1814 by Thomas Egerton.

Emma (1816):


A well written and an enormously funny Jane Austen’s novel Emma explores the concerns and intricacies of well-intentioned women living in 19th-century English village. Her finely drawn personalities along with a lively comedy of provincial manners make this one of Jane Austen’s finest novels.


These two additional novels were published posthumously in 1818:

Northanger Abbey (1817):


One of Jane Austen’s earliest novels, Northanger Abbey was brought out posthumously in late 1818. Of all her highly acclaimed novels, this one is the most explicitly literary in that it is primarily concerned with books and with readers. The novel concerns over the matters of courtship and marriage. Throughout the novel, Austen elaborates the economic importance of marriage: in 18th century England, fortunes were built through family alliances.

Persuasion (1818):


Published in 1818, this is the last finished novel by Jane Austen. Set partly in Bath, a fashionable city with which the author was well acquainted, this novel chronicles the story of the Austen’s most appealing heroine Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth and their meeting after years of separation; Anne declined the proposal of Captain in order to satisfy familial and social duties.

Minor Works:

The Watsons (1803, 1805):

The Watsons

The Watsons is an uncompleted novel by Jane Austen. Jane started penning down this novel circa 1803 and probably stopped writing it after her father’s death in January 1805. Austen’s niece, Catherine Hubback completed this untitled and unfinished manuscript in the mid 19th century. Catherine gave the title Younger sister to this approximately 18000 words long novel.

Sanditon (1817):


Austen began writing this book on the 17th January 1817 and abandoned it on 18th March 1817. This is the last unfinished novel by Jane Austen set in a newly established seaside resort, offers a wonderful cast of speculators, and presents an author considering the great social commotions of the industrial revolution with a blend of skepticism and delight. The original title of the manuscript was “The Brothers” likely after the Parker brothers in the story. Later, after the death of Jane Austen, her family renamed it “Sanditon”. The original manuscript includes only the first eleven chapters of the story.

Unfinished works:

Lady Susan (1794, 1805):

Lady Susan

Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen depicts the behavior of the main protagonist- the widowed Lady Susan- who engages in affairs and seeks a new suitable husband for herself, and one for her younger daughter. This novel was possibly written in 1794 but the author never submitted it for publication.

Happy 238th Birthday, Jane Austen! On this special day we remember one of the most beloved writers of all time with all our heartwarming wishes.


Interviewing Susan Conley on Paris Was the Place

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Guest Author: Susan Conley

Susan Conley_5315 Susan Conley is an award-winning author, poet, teacher and a creative writing professor. Her latest book, Paris Was the Place has been receiving strong reviews and gaining much praise since it was published on August 2013. This debut novel follows her 2011 introspective memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune (Knopf 2011) that chronicles her family’s move from Portland, Maine, to Beijing, a cross-cultural odyssey on the eve of the 2008 Olympics. In her latest tome, Paris Was the Place, the author has given a wonderful description of the inner works of the city hidden behind its seductively beautiful facade. Susan’s writing has earlier been appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Review, The North American Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Susan Conley to ask her a few questions about her recent release, her plans for future projects, and other topics of interest.

Let’s start with an easy one, What are you currently reading and which books you have reread many times in your life?

I am currently reading Colum McCann’s new novel Transatlantic. I have been known to re-read the essays of Joan Didion many times in my life so far (The White Album) in particular. I also go back to Virginia Woolf a lot and re-read Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse for the experimental, fluid prose she was inventing on the page. I also really enjoy the intricate novels of Colim Toibin and have read some of his novels several times.

How did you come up with the idea of setting your novel in Paris? Do you have any personal history with Paris?

I lived in Paris in the late 1980’s, and I really wanted to capture that time and place in my novel. I wanted Paris to come alive on the page, almost as if the city was a whole separate character in the novel. I felt I understood some aspects of what Paris was like in 1989, and I very much wanted my protagonist, Willow, to have to grapple with what it’s like to be an outsider looking in.

Tell us something about the portrayal of the character Willie Pears. Is she related to you personally in some ways?

Willow, or Willie as she goes by, isn’t related to me really in any way. She is a fictive character who came to life on the page. My first inkling of her was when I imagined an American woman riding a train alone in France, and I realized that I wanted to write a novel about that woman. I wanted to understand what she was doing in France and what would happen if she fell in love and had to grieve the death of her mother and had to make very hard professional decisions about how much she could ever help any one student of hers.

Your book requires a great deal of research. Could you share those experiences you have had whilst conducting research for this book?new

Living in Paris in the 1980’s was experiential research. Then I returned as a visitor to Paris in 2007, after which I spent more time traveling through France, which all really helped my work. In the United States I have had the honor of being a story writing teacher to different refugee teenagers through a writing center that I helped start with two other writer friends (The So I understood a lot of the components of what it means to try to teach storywriting to teenagers who have a very powerful and important story to tell. I also did a lot of research around the French judicial system and the intricacies of the French courts as well as the neighborhoods.

If you had one day to show someone around the city, what would be in the Susan Conley tour of Paris?

I think now that I’ve completed Paris Was the Place the tour would be a replica of the places Willie enjoys going in the novel: The Rodin Museum, the Tuileries, the narrow, winding streets in the 6th arrondisement, the creperies along St. Germain des Pres, the gorgeous Parisian bridges and the walks along the Seine, the Luxembourg Gardens. But at every turn I would also encourage people on this tour to take time to go off the beaten track and explore unknown neighborhoods:  try some Indian food in Brady Passage for example. Get lost in the alleyways around the Pantheon. Paris is such a vivid, fascinating city and is almost a world unto itself.

We would like to know something about your next book. What and when can we expect it?

My next book may follow in the footsteps of my first book and find itself set in China. My family and I lived in Beijing for close to three years from 2007-2010, and my memoir (The Foremost Good Fortune) traces our time there. Now I’d like to write a novel and Americans and Chinese–all friends living in Beijing who travel to a small town north of the city for the weekend. It’s meant to be a study in cultural intersection and perhaps a story about  how people re-invent themselves when they are far from home.            

What message do you want to convey to your readers?

I like to convey complex emotion to my readers. I like to render my characters in ways that show that the choices we make are never as simple as they may appear. I also like to give my readers the joy and the pleasure of being on the open road:  meeting new people in the pages of my books, seeing new sites, eating delicious food.  So much about my writing is about tracing the moments of real connection between one character and another. It’s my hope that this emotional connection is then transferred to the reader.

Thanks for answering my questions Susan and best of luck with your writing!

The Dark Side of Love

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Guest Author: CJ Lyons

CJLyonsbookphotoLOResI’m CJ Lyons, pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller author. I call my books Thrillers with Heart because they’re less about car chases and explosions and more about people, their relationships, and exploring the grey areas between good and evil.

The number one question readers ask about Blind Faith is where the idea for the story came from. It all started with a newspaper article about a woman who was searching 700 miles of an interstate highway trying to find the bodies of her murdered children.

Her ex-husband had kidnapped the children and confessed to killing them but didn’t pinpoint the site where he buried them before he killed himself. 

As I read accounts of this mother’s determination to bring her son and daughter home to their final resting place, I couldn’t stop thinking about how grief shapes our lives.

You see, I’m no stranger to violence. Not only because as a pediatric ER doctor I handled cases of child abuse, sexual assault, and homicides, but also because violence has touched me personally.

During my internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh one of my fellow interns was murdered. It was a brutal crime. Made national headlines. And I would never be the same after.

All my life, I’ve used my writing to make sense of this crazy world. After Jeff’s murder, I needed to understand how evil could exist, I needed to know justice could prevail, and that everyday people could find the courage to become heroes and change the world, so I began writing crime fiction. My Thrillers with Heart.

But it wasn’t until I wrote Blind Faith that I fully explored my own griefBlind Faith surrounding Jeff’s death.

I began a journal. Not as myself, but as my character, Sarah Durandt, a mother who has suffered an unspeakable loss, a loss so devastating and horrifying no one can guide her through the pain and darkness engulfing her—because no one knows how.

I knew Blind Faith would be a dark, edgy novel, filled with betrayals and intrigues.  A novel where nothing could be taken for granted, where no one was the person they appeared to be.  Where dark secrets would be unearthed and the lives of every character would be forever changed. But also an uplifting novel of courage and strength and perseverance, revealing that we each have the power to choose.  To choose to have faith, to choose to love, to choose to forgive.

Lies and betrayals build on each other until Sarah has nowhere to turn, no one to trust…but that’s when she realizes she can’t live like that…no one can.

She puts her trust in love. In the man she once loved. And the hope that the power of their love can overcome anything.

BLIND FAITH starts with a mother facing every parent’s worst nightmare. But it ends with a simple truth, one we all need to remember: All courage comes from love.

Thanks for reading,

About CJ:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at

Paying Tribute to Global Icon Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

new imageToday the world mourned the loss of a great iconic and inspiring figure of our time-Nelson Mandela. An international hero, whose struggle against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Noble Prize, died at the age of 95 in Johannesburg, after a prolonged lung infection. Jacob Zuma, South African President, announced his death on late Thursday.

First democratically elected president of South Africa, Mandela survived decades in prison for his fight against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies. In his lifelong dedication to the freedom of his people, Mandela became an enduring icon of humanism, integrity, dignity and resilience.

Born the son of a tribal chief on July 18, 1918 in the Umtata province of Transkei, Nelson Mandela was expelled from University of Fort Hare for his participation in a student strike. In 1941, he left Transkei and ran away to Johannesburg to avoid his marriage, which was arranged by the Themby chief.

In Johannesburg, he earned a law degree from the University of Witwatersrand and joined the African National Congress (A.N.C). In order to infuse new enthusiasm into the A.N.C body, he formed the A.N.C youth league that would take radical steps against the white minority’s supremacy. On 5 December 1956, Mandela was charged along with the 156 leading members of ANC with high treason ended with their acquittal 5 years later. Due to Mandela’s perseverance in fighting the apartheid system, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island in 1964.

Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years in Robben Island and rest in Pollsmoor Prison. During that time, his name as the powerful figure of the resistance of anti-Apartheid system grew progressively. On Feb Long Walk to Freedom11, 1990, all TV channels around the world broadcast live Mandela’s walked out of prison to freedom. He was awarded more than 695 awards, including the Noble Peace Prize in 1993 and the U.S. Congressional medal in 1998.

During the course of his 27 years in prison, Nelson began writing his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom that reveals his involvement in the African National Congress and his lasting devotion to public works. He wrote many books, mostly autobiographical that gives a lot of insight into the man, his political and personal beliefs. A few books by him that disclose the horrors of apartheid and the liberation movement are “No Easy Walk to Freedom,” “Conversations with Myself,” and “In His Own Words.”

From a young boy, to a political protester, to President, to peacemaker, Mandela never wavered in his convictions. He is an epitome of forgiveness and his leadership style is an inspiration to mankind.

We extend our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the Mandela Family and friends at this difficult time.

Guest Author: Stephen Leather: Writing Is Fun

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Guest Author: Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather pic high resWriting should be fun. If it isn’t fun, you really shouldn’t be doing it. A horror writer by the name of Steve Mosby recently complained on Twitter that he found writing like pulling teeth.  My reaction to that – if it’s that painful, you shouldn’t be doing it. Mosby spends a lot of time tweeting about how hard he finds it to write his books, and how much effort he has to put into rewriting them.

I love writing. I always have done. I was a journalist on newspapers like The Daily Mail and The Times and the South China Morning Post before I became a full-time fiction writer. I enjoyed every singlefs day as a journalist. Now I have more than thirty novels to my name and I have enjoyed writing every one. I think the fact that I enjoy writing so much is reflected in the quality of my work – I do very little rewriting and my publisher generally has little to do in the way of editing.

The books I have most fun with are the ones with continuingcharacters. There is something very satisfying about writing a series featuring a single character. I have just started writing the fifth book in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series. It’ll be called Lastnight and follows on from Nightfall, Midnight, Nightmare and Nightshade. Jack Nightingale has his own website at

But my most sFalse Friendsuccessful continuing character is Dan “Spider” Shepherd. He started life as a former special forces soldier turned undercover cop in my book Hard Landing. The 9th Spider Shepherd Thriller– False Friends is now available in all bookstores. And the latest tenth, True Colours, was out in hardback in July.

I have enjoyed writing every single Spider Shepherd book – not one of them has been the equivalent of pulling teeth. I love to immerse myself in Shepherd’s world and find that I get caught up in the story. I have contracts for two more Shepherd books but plan to write many more than that. Shepherd ages in real time and is about to turn forty years old. I don’t see why I couldn’t continue the series until he is in his sixties, though of course by then he won’t be jumping out of planes and gTrue Coloursetting into fist-fights so much!

Over the course of the series, Shepherd has moved from being an undercover cop to working with an undercover unit within the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the British equivalent of the FBI. From there he switched to working for MI5, the spies who are British equivalent of the CIA. He changes as a character over the years, and a big part of the books is the way in which he deals with his son, Liam. Liam was a toddlerSpider Web cover when Shepherd’s wife is killed in a car accident in Hard Landing, but by the time, we reach False Friends he is a teenager with problems of his own.

Moving Shepherd between jobs is a great way of putting him into different situations so that the plots never get boring. In False Friends he is protecting two British-born Pakistani men who have infiltrated an al-Qaeda terrorist cell. And in True Colours he is brought in to bodyguard a Russian oligarch who has been targeted by a professional assassin. I’m not sure what will happen in the eleventh Shepherd book but I am sure that like the rest of the series it will be action-packed. You can read more about the character at  And my publisher, Hodder and Stoughton, has released a collection of Shepherd short stories as a free eBook – look out for Spider’s Web.


About Author:

Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. He has sold more than two million paperbacks and is one of the most successful eBook publishers. His novel The Basement topped the Kindle charts in the UK and the US and in 2011 The Bookseller magazine named Stephen Leather as one of the Top 100 most influential people in publishing. Stephen Leather’s bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series. You can find out more from his website,


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