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All the best to readers and writers for 2019.

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Characters we love to hate: Bestselling authors talk about villains

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We admit it: authors love creating villains, the characters readers love to hate. It’s a lot of fun! Over the next couple of weeks, some of your favorite bestselling author s will reveal the secrets behind the nastiest, creepiest, meanest and scariest people you’ll be lucky to find only between the covers of books.

This week, mystery author Gae-Lynn Woods and paranormal-romance-fantasy author Samreen Ahsan dish about the evil.

Which villainous character did you have most fun writing about?

Gae-Lynn Woods: The first character that popped into my mind when I heard this question was not one of my murderers or even one of the all around baddies in Forney County. It was a police officer named Hugo Petchard, and funnily enough, he’s the character people tell me they most love to hate!

Samreen Ahsan: Villains play a major role in any story, both in books and movies. If there is no villain, then we don’t see the importance of hero as well. In my books, villains are as important as main characters. I show my villains as more powerful than my main character. The hero doesn’t have to win against the villain all the time.

So far, the villainous character I enjoyed writing most is King Stefan from Once Upon A [Stolen] Time. He is a manipulative, mean and self-centered person who wants to break down his son to make a diabolical copy of himself.

How did you make him detestable?

Gae-Lynn Woods: Hugo Petchard is an absolute snot. Despite the grand name of Hugo, he’s small in stature, which bothers him mightily. Petchard is in his job because his daddy has money and the Forney County Sheriff owes Daddy for making significant campaign contributions. Deep down, Petchard suspects that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a real police officer, and that unacknowledged insecurity makes him show off in ways that inevitably lead to embarrassment for himself, his fellow officers, and occasionally the entire sheriff’s department.

Samreen Ahsan: King Stefan wants his son to be as ruthless as himself, not being able to love at all. As the [Stolen] series advances (coming soon), his character grows darker and darker, until my readers would hate him so much that they’d wish to kill him. But that’s not just the end. He will be there till the last book of [Stolen] series until everything around him is destroyed, including his son and his lover.

Why was it so much fun writing about him?

Gae-Lynn Woods: Hugo Petchard is the kind of person we’ve all worked with who thinks he’s more important / intelligent / better looking / funnier / and all around sexier than he really is. He’s that co-worker the boss tolerates despite his incompetence, that one person the boss refuses to fire. It’s a blast to put him in positions where he has the potential to succeed, but because he can’t contain his ego, he ends up falling on his face. It’s also fun to put the Forney County Sheriff in the position of having to defend Petchard’s stupidity to keep the campaign dollars flowing.

Samreen Ahsan: My villain is always more powerful than the hero in my books. They control minds, they hold more power and they have the ability to create destruction for all the main characters. I loved writing him in installments as he became more ruthless and vicious as you read further.

Which book is this villainous character in?

Gae-Lynn Woods: Petchard appears in The Devil of Light, Avengers of Blood and A Case of Sour Grapes, and you can bet he’ll worm his way into the novel I’m working on now.

Samreen Ahsan: Readers already have a glimpse of this cruel character in first book of the series, Once Upon a [Stolen] Time, and he will appear in the next volume,

Gae-Lynn Woods

Author of three mysteries featuring Forney County police detective Cass Elliott, bestselling author Gae-Lynn Woods makes her home on a ranch in East Texas, with her husband, British jazz guitarist Martyn Popey. When she’s not busy being a ranch hand or roadie, she’s working on the next Cass Elliot mystery and the next companion novel featuring Cass’ best friend, Maxine Leverman.

Get to know more about Gae-Lynn on her BestSelling Reads author page. You can also find her at Amazon, or her own website.

Samreen Ahsan

Since childhood, bestselling author Samreen has been into reading and writing—which can’t happen without imagination. Her Prayer Series, A Silent Prayer and A Prayer Heeded, have won numerous awards from critics and readers in North America and Europe. Samreen is hard at work on her new [Stolen] series from her home in Toronto, Canada.

Visit her Bestselling Reads page to get to know her better. You can also find her at Amazon, or her own website.

Next musings: BestSelling authors Toby Neal and Seb Kirby on their favorite villains.

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A BestSeller returns: Welcome back, Sydney Landon

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sydney Landon has returned to BestSelling Reads.

“I’m thrilled to come back to BestSelling Reads,” Sydney says. “I’m looking forward to participating in the blog, giveaways and promotions for avid, discerning readers.”

Sydney Landon was one of the early members to join BestSelling Reads in 2013. She is the author of the Danvers series and the Pierced series of romance novels.

She’s now hard at work on new bestsellers as well as participating in author and literary events. She lives with her family in Greenville, South Carolina. Keep on top of the news about Sydney Landon by following her on Facebook or on Twitter @SydneyLandon1.

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Learn more about Sydney Landon on:

her BestSelling Reads author page    |     her website    |    Amazon Author page    |    Barnes & Noble    |    Kobo    |    Google Play    |    iBooks

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Enter to win Volcano House, 34 more cozy mysteries and an e-reader

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Do you love cozy mysteries? Then don’t miss your chance to win 35 e-titles, including Volcano House by J.L. Oakley. 

Contest closes April 17. Don’t delay!

You’ll also receive a collection of free ebooks just for joining, and the chance to win a $50 bookstore gift card courtesy of Bargain Booksy!

Follow the link to the form to enter. https://booksweeps.com/book-giveaway/cozy-mysteries-april-2018/ 

Volcano House by J.L. Oakley

Auntie Bee Watanabe is turning 80 and her friends in the U’ilani Book Lovers Club are planning a big celebration up at historic Volcano House. Plans take a dangerous turn when a long missing manuscript of The Bottle Imp, Robert Louis Stevenson’s great horror story, shows up among Bee’s stack of books. Tied to an unsolved murder 125 years old at the old Kilauea hotel, someone doesn’t want the crime to come out. When weird accidents and mysterious happenings threaten Auntie Bee and members of her book club, her great-niece crime reporter Wendy Watanabe will have to step in to keep her safe. At the heart of her investigation, are the secrets behind two warring families spanning four generations and a land grab.

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New and soon to be released bestsellers

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Your favorite bestsellers are still working their fingers to the bone to bring you great reading. Here are some books that have just been released, and more you can look forward to in the coming months.

New releases

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Here the Truth Lies by Seb Kirby

Emma Chamberlain has a consuming ambition – to prove the innocence of a convicted murderer sentenced to life. But the more she digs into the evidence, the more she is forced to confront threatening secrets about her own past that lead her to the ultimate question – who is Emma Chamberlain?

To discover the truth, Emma must expose those responsible for a dark conspiracy that has ruined the lives of many and now threatens her own.

Now available on Amazon in paperback; coming soon as an e-book.

Wildfire: A Wine Country Mystery coverWildfire by Scott Bury

Wine Country Mystery Book 1: Law school grad and single mom Tara Rezeck takes a job in Sonoma’s most award-winning winery, and confronts a mystery in the wildfires that swept California in 2017.

Now available on Amazon; coming to other e-tailers on April 1.

Self-Publishing for Canadians by Barb Drozdowich

Barb Drozdowich brings her experience and expertise as publisher of 11 books to help authors produce, publish and market their books to bear specifically on Canadians. This book guides authors through formatting, editing, getting ISBNs and uploading manuscripts..

Now available on Amazon.

 

Coming soon

Driving Tempo by Raine Thomas

Book 3 in the House of Archer series

Rosemary was supposed to be helping her sister Lily in managing her reality show with the rock band The Void. Then things between Rosemary and The Void’s spoken-for sound specialist, Sage Strickland, start to heat up. Now there’s one more teetering band relationship for Lily to balance in the media along with her own. One misstep could not only destroy The Void’s recent success but end the only career she has.

Coming May 2018.

 

Finding You by D.G. Torrens

Noah Ainsworth has been hiding away in his ivory tower for far too long and decides it’s time he started living again. The enigmatic Eden Marshall is his prime motivation—captivated by her, he begins to trust in love again.

Until a dark secret from his past emerges, threatening all that he loves.

Coming November 2018

 

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Welcome new member Corinne O’Flynn

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BestSelling Reads welcomes our newest member, Corinne O’Flynn, bestselling author of fantasy, paranormal and mystery books.

Her books include The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series, the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series, and the Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense stories, including the award-winning Ghosts of Witches Past.

She has also written the Half Moon Girls murder-mystery series, part of the Lei Crime Kindle World: Half Moon Girls, Tell the Truth and Pay the Price.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this group,” Corinne says. “I look forward to working with some familiar writers and getting to know all the authors and readers.”

A native of New York, she now lives in Colorado where she serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW).

Get to know more about Corinne on her:

And follow her on Twitter at @CorinneOFlynn.

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