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I am happy to announce the release of the mass paperback edition L’évadée from French publisher City Editions. How to describe the book? I’ll let the publisher do that…

Récemment diplômées, les étudiantes Zoé et Holli prennent la route pour Las Vegas afin de décompresser et de profiter de la vie. Mais les choses tournent mal. Les deux jeunes femmes sont enlevées par un psychopathe que la presse surnomme « le Numéroteur ». In extremis, Zoé parvient à s’évader. Mais pour elle la vie a changé et rien ne sera plus comme avant. Tourmentée par les remords d’avoir laissé son amie entre les mains du tueur, Zoé tente de retrouver des pans effacés de sa mémoire et d’obtenir que justice soit faite pour Holli. Quand elle apprend qu’un crime qui ressemble à son propre enlèvement vient d’être commis, elle décide de se lancher sur les traces de son bourreau. Mais « le Numéroteur » est lui aussi à l’affût de Zoé. Pour lui, ce n’est pas une survivante, mais simplement celle qui s’est échappée… pour un temps.

Terrifiant et machiavélique : un thriller insoutenable.

I do like the tagline they’ve given the book. So if you’re French or know someone, I hope you’ll check it out.

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November has quite a few bargain books for you to enjoy for my American, British, Australian & German friends.  Here they all are!!

PAYING THE PIPER: The Piper is the infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to chronicle his latest kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing.  Now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s children. He can have them back as long as he can pay the ransom, but it’s a ransom not measured in dollars, but in blood.

Just $1.99 at

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Zoë and Holli’s Vegas road trip goes wrong when they’re abducted. Zoë escapes leaving Holli behind. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a murder that eerily resembles her abduction. Her attempts to find justice for Holli brings her to the attention of the “Tally Man.” For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.

Just 99p at Amazon UK & $1.49 at Amazon Australia

RACHE IST BITTER: The Piper is the infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to chronicle his latest kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing.  Now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s children. He can have them back as long as he can pay the ransom, but it’s a ransom not measured in dollars, but in blood.

Just 2,99 Eur at Amazon DE

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It’s Halloween and I’d be amiss if I didn’t offer up some of my Halloween scares for you to enjoy this all hallows eve.

In THE SCRUBS, James Jeter, the notorious serial killer with a sixth sense, holds court inside London’s Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He’s the focus of the “North Wing Project.” Under the influence of a hallucinogen, Jeter can create an alternative world known as “The Rift” containing the souls of his victims.

Pardons are on offer to inmates who’ll enter The Rift. Michael Keeler has nothing to lose and little to live for. He’s sent into The Rift to learn the identity of Jeter’s last victim.

It’s a mission where the guilty can be redeemed, but at a price…


In DRAGGED INTO DARKNESS, people spend their entire lives staving off the dark — but no matter the measures taken, black paths and shadowy pits lurk in the unlikeliest of places, waiting to pull the unwary into the depths of despair. These eleven tales offer a morbid sampling of the many forms and fashions of terror — from the subtle prickling of neck hairs at the kiss of a ghostly breeze to the raw-throated screams and feverish clawing of a desperate fight for survival. Witness eleven people torn from their ordinary lives and cast into twisted realities that test their sanity, faith, and very will to live… A pilot must land a crippled aircraft on an impossible runway… A doctor feels far too much sympathy for his deformed patients… A schoolgirl’s secret contract could cost her mother’s soul… A woman whose pack rat obsessions hide the obscene… For these and seven others, the darkness comes from within and without, subtle, deadly…and relentless.

Road-Rash-500In ROAD RASH, Straley might think his life is cursed, but it doesn’t compare to what lies ahead of him on life’s highway. He’s on the run with the proceeds of a botched bank robbery. It’s all he has. His crew is dead and his getaway car just died on him. He’s on foot with the cash when he comes across a two-car pileup. There’s no saving the drivers, but he can save himself and steals one of the wrecked cars. But he boosts the wrong set of wheels. Within an hour of driving off, he develops a rash that eats away at his flesh. No doctor can help him–only the car’s original owner. If Straley wants his skin back, he must journey on the road to redemption, which ends in the heart of Central America.

I hope I’ve given you something to keep you busy this Halloween. 🙂


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Hello, neighbors. You’re all invited to the Golden Elm Lane Block Party!

Welcome to Golden Elm Lane. It’s just like any other small-town street…or is it?

Horrible things happen on Golden Elm Lane…vile, monstrous, evil things. Serial killers, ghosts, and monsters of all kinds hide behind the walls lining Golden Elm Lane. Each house tells a story…a horrifying story.

And now, for the first time ever, fourteen masters of horror will give you a bloody tour of Golden Elm Lane and bring it to full, terrifying life.

The collection features my story UNTIL IT HURTS, which is about a homeless man who comes to Golden Elm Lane for a job. With an introduction by the legendary creator of Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise, Victor Miller, you’ll find it difficult to turn down an invitation to attend our…CHOPPING BLOCK PARTY.  You can pick it up here: The Publisher & Amazon.

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I’ve got some good news on the translation front.  Newton Compton has bought the Italian rights to PAYING THE PIPER for a hardback release.  This is my second book with them.  And Limos has bought the Turkish rights to THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY.   This is my first book with them, although my second Turkish book, so I hope this is the start of something good with Limos.

I love that my books get translated across the world.  It’s amazing to think people around the world get to discover my stories.  There are some countries that I still hope will pick up my books.  I’m looking at you Japan and Sweden.  🙂

Here’s hoping…

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Longtime followers know that I donate to/fundraise for various charities each year and I usually drag you all in too.  I want to do something for the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  The worst of the storms may have passed but the devastation hasn’t.

Here’s where you come in.  If you buy a book from my website bookstore, I’ll donate the value of your order to charity–dollar for dollar.  Not only will you be giving to charity but you’ll be getting a book out of it.  So don’t miss your chance to run me up.

Not everything is listed on the bookstore so if you’re looking for translated titles, out of print titles, hardbacks of the Aidy Westlake series and audiobook editions, let me know.  I can do a few MYSTERY BOXES.  If you’re ordering out of the USA, please contact me first so I can quote shipping costs.  Thanks.

I hope you’ll pick up a book or two for you, a friend or even an enemy.  And even if you don’t get a book, please share this post.  Thanks.

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Time pull back the sheet on the cover of my next book, SAVING GRACE.  I can’t say too much about the book other than it’s the follow-up to PAYING THE PIPER.  Scott Fleetwood and Tom Sheils are back.  The book will be in January.  You can preorder it already.

The story goes like this:

Former reporter Scott Fleetwood and his family are still recovering from the aftermath of tangling with the notorious kidnapper, the Piper, when another kidnapper grips the city. The Shepherd announces to the San Francisco Independent that he has snatched a young girl from a vacationing family. Other than money, he has only one other demand—he’ll only talk to Scott. The request brings in Special Agent Tom Sheils and his team to work the case and watch over Scott. The Shepherd promises the girl’s safety as long as Scott follows the rules of his game. Forced to trail the kidnapper’s twisting lead—and haunted by a previous victim he failed to save—Scott is desperate to keep the past from making a brutal comeback.

But just when Scott and Sheils think they’re winning and that it will all be over soon, the Shepherd ups the stakes. Scott begins to realize he’s a pawn in a scheme that runs deeper than greed…and colder than death.

I hope you’ll check it out.   🙂


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I’m happy to announce the release of LA PUTE, the French edition crime novelette, THE HOOKER.  It’s the first in the LES ACTES RÉPRÉHENSIBLES series of stories.  The storyline is as follows:

“Mark est heureux de célébrer la fin de son célibat avec un enterrement de vie de célibataire, son garçon d’honneur, Lance, ne l’est pas. Il insiste pour que Mark souligne l’événement en grandes pompes … en compagnie d’une prostituée. Le dernier baroud d’un célibataire avant qu’il ne soit condamné à une vie d’homme marié, mais tout prend une autre tournure quand la pute les escroque. Le monde de Mark s’effiloche et le côté sombre de sa personnalité, jusque-là insoupçonné, se manifeste.”

La série présente des histoires sans héros ou sans fins heureuses dans certains cas. Ces récits mettent en scène des personnages qui perdent de leur chemin et peuvent ne jamais le retrouver. Vous ne pourrez approuver leurs actions, mais peut-être pourrez-vous éprouver de la sympathie pour leurs âmes endommagées. Vous pourriez trouver ces histoires désagréables, c’est là le but recherché. Ne jugez pas. Personne n’est immunisé contre la perpétration d’un acte répréhensible.

L’idée à l’origine de la série ACTES RÉPRÉHENSIBLES a vu le jour suite à une situation dans laquelle je me trouve parfois quand des éditeurs croient que le ton ou le sujet d’une œuvre peut heurter la sensibilité des lecteurs. Un éditeur m’a déjà téléphoné pour me dire, «C’est un peu sinistre. Voulez-vous descendre d’un cran ?» Dans certains cas, je peux le faire, dans d’autres, non. On m’a demandé de laisser tomber quelques histoires de ma collection ASKING FOR TROUBLE à cause du ton employé. LA PUTE était une de ces histoires. Parfois, il vous faut aller là où l’histoire vous amène, dans toute sa gloire hideuse. Une histoire doit nous faire ressentir quelque chose — même si c’est de la répulsion ou de la désapprobation. Dans les mois et les années à venir, je planifie de vous offrir quelques nouvelles et histoires qui vous feront réagir. Je sais que ces histoires ne seront pas pour tout le monde, mais j’espère que certains d’entre vous m’accompagneront dans ces excursions à vau-l’eau, parce qu’en fin de compte, si cela peut arriver à d’autres, cela peut aussi nous arriver.

I hope you’ll give LA PUTE a try.

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Rache Ist Bitter, the German edition of Deceptive Practices, launches today!  The plot goes a little like this…

Über Nacht steht Olivias Leben plötzlich Kopf: Ihr Mann kam gewaltsam zu Tode und sie steht unter dringendem Tatverdacht. Sie wollte ihrem untreuen Ehemann nur einen Denkzettel verpassen lassen und hatte in ihrer Wut eine dubiose Firma beauftragt. Jetzt ist sie in einem Netz aus Erpressung und Mord gefangen.

Mit einem hartnäckigen Cop dicht auf den Fersen, bleibt Olivia nur eine Möglichkeit: Sie muss das Komplott aufdecken, wenn sie ihren Kopf rechtzeitig aus der Schlinge ziehen will. Oder ist es dafür schon zu spät?

This represents my fifth German book, so I’m very grateful to my editors and readers who’ve embraced the books.

I hope you’ll share the news with your German speaking friends…

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