The Next Big Thing

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I get to be Queen For A Day as I talk about The Next Big Thing. I’ve been tagged by fellow author Donna Fasano who writes terrific women’s fiction. I’m supposed to tell you about my next book by answering the following questions, and then I have tagged five other authors who will tell you about their Next Big Thing. Let’s get started!
 
What is the working title of your next book?
 
Cut and Run (the third installment of the Rachel Scott series)
 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
 
It is book three in the Rachel Scott series. I wanted to set the book in New Orleans – I city that I love to visit. It has voodoo, alligators, and a missing family.
 
What genre does your book fall under?
 
Suspense
 
 
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 
 Scarlett Johannson as Rachel Scott and Charlize Theron as Stacy Case. Michael Chiklas as Red Cooper.
 
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 
A family vanishes in New Orleans, and a grisly clue tells investigator Rachel Scott she’ll need to act fast to save them from a horrifying fate.
 
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 
Thomas and Mercer (Amazon’s Suspense/Thriller Imprint)
 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
 
Two months
 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 
I don’t know of any missing persons series to compare it to but some readers have compared my writing as a cross between James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark.
 
 
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
 
The idea for the series came about when I was watching the Natalee Holloway story unfold. I wonder what happened to all the people like her who just vanish without a trace. And I thought it would be great to have a person who ran a missing persons investigation company that was devoted to helping solve those types of cases. Rachel Scott and Florida Omni Search was born!
 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
 
Rachel Scott, my main character, started Florida Omni Search after her own daughter vanished without a trace from their front yard.  You can read the prequel to the series, Look for Me, just released on Amazon. Perfect for new readers to the series and  a great story for those who are already fans of Rachel Scott and want the background story on Rachel to read while waiting on the next book!
 
Here are some lovely authors I’ve tagged to tell you about what they’re working on. Look for their posts and consider trying…their Next Big Thing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Release Alert!

Look for Me is now out on Amazon. For a limited time (11/2 – 11/6) you can download the exciting prequel to the popular Rachel Scott series for FREE. http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Scott-prequel-Adventures-ebook/dp/B009ZYIF8Q/ref=zg_bs_157317011_f_52

Bestselling Suspense Author, Traci Hohenstein, brings readers an exciting prequel to the popular Rachel Scott series.

Three-year-old Mallory Scott has disappeared from her front yard in the exclusive Bal Harbour neighborhood of North Miami. With no eye witnesses and very few clues, Rick and Rachel Scott have experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. 

After weeks of looking for Mallory, Rachel’s hopelessness and desperation has grown out of control at the lack of leads in her daughter’s case. When another toddler vanishes without a trace in a nearby city, Rachel leaves her high profile real estate career to help find him. 

In her search for the missing boy, Rachel finds a sense of purpose – and hope that she may find her own daughter one day. This leads her to a life-changing event that may destroy her marriage and transform her life forever. 

Look for Me is a must read for any fan of the Rachel Scott series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

Also included is an excerpt from Cut and Run (4/2/2013 release date). 

Let me know if you downloaded a copy and how you liked the book!

 

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New blog site

Hi all.

This site will be moved to tracihohenstein.com and tracihohenstein.wordpress.com. It’s a work in progress! Thanks for stopping by and check out the new sites.

xxTraci

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Guest Post by Faith Mortimer

Today we have a guest post by fellow suspense/thriller author, Faith Mortimer, who has a new release – Diana Rivers and “The Surgeon’s Blade”.

Mystery-suspense-thriller writer, Faith Mortimer is delighted to add book three to her best-selling Diana Rivers mystery thriller series. This latest novel, “The Surgeon’s blade” is more chilling, tense and is described as a ‘real corker of a read’. When nursing sister, Libby Hunter wakes up in hospital following a traumatic sailing accident she discovers two deeply disturbing things. One – she has lost her memory and two – the stranger, (Nigel) whom she finds sitting by her bedside when she awakes claims to be her fiancé. During her hospital stay, Libby regains most of her memory, except the bizarre thing is she cannot remember ever being engaged to surgeon, Nigel. Against her will Nigel persuades Libby into agreeing to move in with him.  Working on instinct she finds excuses to put him off until she is completely sure of her true feelings. During a series of attacks on nurses in London and Southampton, Libby finds herself in great danger when her home is broken into one night. Who is the intruder and does he plan on harming her? And is this connected in any way to the recent attacks on nursing staff. Will Libby be the attacker’s latest targeted victim? Distressed Libby turns to pilot, Robert for help and understanding, but is he as respectable and kind as he appears to be? Is her fiancé, Nigel trustworthy, especially when his ex-wife, Stella enters the scene and Libby suspects them of rekindling their relationship? The night time intrusion to Libby’s house sets in motion a downwards spiral of cataclysmic and terrifying events, culminating in our favourite sleuth, Diana Rivers stepping in to help solve the case in this chilling mystery thriller. For a glimpse of early reviews please go to: Amazon Customer 5 Star Reviews About the author: Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. She qualified as a Registered nurse and after some years changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies. In 2005, Faith decided to read for a science degree with The Open University.  She believes that the dedication and stamina needed to sit for a degree gave her the confidence to finish writing her first novel. January 2009 saw the publication of, The Crossing”. This novel is based on a true incident and Faith thoroughly enjoyed the six months or so research that went into the book and the 18 months writing and editing. In spring 2011 Faith published her second novel, The Assassins’ Village”, a murder mystery set in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. This novel was chosen as best book #1 on the Harper Collins/Authonomy site out of over 8000 books during November 2009. (Excerpt from the review can be found under Faith’s Amazon author page). Available in paperback and eBook. Summer 2011, Children of The Plantation” was published. This is the second in the bestselling Diana Rivers’s mystery series.  This time the story is set in exotic Malaysia. “Children of The Plantation” was Amazon’s number 1 in movers and Shakers for 48 hours during October 2011. Faith is thrilled with, The Surgeon’s Blade, book number three in her mystery thriller series and sincerely hopes you will be too. Please note any of the books of the series can be read in any order. Please take a look at the stunning reviews for all Faith’s books under each book heading. Almost all reviews  are 4 & 5 stars! Available in paperback and eBook. For updates on Faith’s books and regular blog posts please go to: http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com Thank you for taking the time to read through this and a huge thank you to my dedicated readers and followers to whom I owe so much.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who entered the contests. And the winners are… Drum roll please….

Michelle M – Kindle Fire

Maria M -$25 Amazon gift certificate

Fiery N - $25 Amazon gift certificate

Cindy Parsons - $25 Amazon gift certificate

Terri M- $25 Amazon gift certificate

Please contact me  at tracihohenstein@gmail.com and let me know what email you use for your Amazon account. I will email your gift cards to you!

Congrats and thanks for reading and sharing Asylum Harbor.

xxTraci

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!

Yipppeee!!! Today Asylum Harbor was released. To celebrate, I’m running two contests. Here is a recap in case you don’t want to read through the last three blogs.

To enter to win the KINDLE FIRE, purchase a copy of Asylum Harbor and then come back here and comment with your order number. Entries close at midnight on December 26th and random drawing will be held on December 27th. An Amazon gift certificate in the amount of $199 will be emailed to the winner where you can order your own Kindle Fire (or any other Amazon merchandise).

To enter to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards, all you have to do is tweet, share on Facebook or write a blog post about the release of Asylum Harbor. Don’t know what to say? Relax, I’ve included some sample posts and all you have to do is copy and paste.  Then comment here where you posted, tweeted or shared. It’s that simple. I’ve decided to extend this contest until December 27th. So tweet, Facebook and blog away.

Tweets:
Reserve your copy of Asylum Harbor by @tracihohenstein http://tinyurl.com/74j7tsz
#ebooks #kindle #suspense

Facebook:
Reserve your copy of Asylum Harbor by Traci Hohenstein at http://tinyurl.com/74j7tsz

Can’t wait to read Traci Hohenstein’s new release Asylum Harbor out on December 20th. http://tinyurl.com/74j7tsz

BLOG POST:
Traci Hohenstein’s new release, Asylum Harbor, will be out on December 20th. To celebrate, she is running two contests. One lucky winner will receive the new Amazon Kindle Fire (a $199 value) and the four other winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Check out Traci Hohenstein’s website at http://www.msthriller.wordpress.com for details on both contests.

About Asylum Harbor

Amber Knowles, a beautiful high school senior and Florida governor John Knowles’s daughter, has everything going for her until she disappears during a cruise to the Bahamas. After an extensive search of the ship SeaStar, it’s clear that Amber has vanished without a trace. When Governor Knowles receives the distressing news, he asks for Rachel Scott’s help.The teenager’s disappearance represents every parent’s worst fear, and Rachel, founder of Florida Omni Search, knows only too well what losing a daughter feels like. Her three-year-old, Mallory, went missing five years ago. As she works with FBI special agent, Drake Reynolds, Rachel discovers an organized crime ring linked to the cruise line. The last person known to see Amber aboard ship was an incognito DEA agent, who also has vanished. Where is he? And where is Amber? Finally, where is Mallory?Traci Hohenstein’s Asylum Harbor draws inspiration from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 and delves deeply into the mysteries and suspense of missing-person investigations and organized crime detection. The first in a series, Asylum Harbor introduces Rachel Scott and her team and compels readers to follow Florida Omni Search and all their investigations.

Good luck and Happy Holidays to everyone!!!

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7 days to Asylum Harbor Release

Only a week away to the release of Asylum Harbor – the long awaited pre-quel to BURN OUT. To celebrate, I’m running another contest. Win one of four $25 Amazon gift certificates.

How to Enter:
1. Over the next seven days, post a tweet, share on Facebook, or – if you’re a blogger, feature a blog post regarding the new release.
2. Leave your Facebook or Twitter name or blog website address in the comment section below.

I will enter your name for a drawing of a $25 gift card to Amazon.com. I will draw 4 names. Each tweet, Facebook post or blog post counts as one entry. Contest ends at midnight on December 20th. I will draw names on December 21st. Amazon gift cards will be emailed to the winner. You must have an Amazon account to collect gift card (easy and free to set up an account). Here is some sample tweets/Facebook shares to post – or feel free to make your own. Good luck!!!

Tweets:
Reserve your copy of Asylum Harbor by @tracihohenstein http://tinyurl.com/74j7tsz
#ebooks #kindle #suspense

Facebook:
Reserve your copy of Asylum Harbor by Traci Hohenstein at http://tinyurl.com/74j7tsz

Can’t wait to read Traci Hohenstein’s new release Asylum Harbor out on December 20th. http://tinyurl.com/74j7tsz

BLOG POST:
Traci Hohenstein’s new release, Asylum Harbor, will be out on December 20th. To celebrate, she is running two contests. One lucky winner will receive the new Amazon Kindle Fire (a $199 value) and the four other winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Check out Traci Hohenstein’s website at http://www.msthriller.wordpress.com for details on both contests.

About Asylum Harbor

Amber Knowles, a beautiful high school senior and Florida governor John Knowles’s daughter, has everything going for her until she disappears during a cruise to the Bahamas. After an extensive search of the ship SeaStar, it’s clear that Amber has vanished without a trace. When Governor Knowles receives the distressing news, he asks for Rachel Scott’s help.The teenager’s disappearance represents every parent’s worst fear, and Rachel, founder of Florida Omni Search, knows only too well what losing a daughter feels like. Her three-year-old, Mallory, went missing five years ago. As she works with FBI special agent, Drake Reynolds, Rachel discovers an organized crime ring linked to the cruise line. The last person known to see Amber aboard ship was an incognito DEA agent, who also has vanished. Where is he? And where is Amber? Finally, where is Mallory?Traci Hohenstein’s Asylum Harbor draws inspiration from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 and delves deeply into the mysteries and suspense of missing-person investigations and organized crime detection. The first in a series, Asylum Harbor introduces Rachel Scott and her team and compels readers to follow Florida Omni Search and all their investigations.

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Win a copy of the new release The Baby Trap

I’m gearing up to release my new romantic comedy, Special Delivery, later this month. My friend and best-selling chick lit author, Sibel Hodge, has a new release of her own that you have to check out. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you’ll love reading Sibel’s novel, THE BABY TRAP. And you can enter to win a copy on her blog.

Based on her own experiences with infertility and two attempts at IVF, Sibel Hodge’s The Baby Trap will have you laughing and crying at the ups and downs of modern baby-making…

When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with annoying persistence. The only problem is, having a baby isn’t as easy as she thought. Whether she’s feng shui-ing the house to death with fertility symbols, throwing out her husband’s tight boxers in favour of baggies, swapping wine and chocolate for green tea and yams, popping fertility drugs like M&M’s, or having sex so precision-timed it makes international warfare manoeuvres look unorganized, her life is turned upside down. And when nothing seems to be working, her quest for the B-word turns into an obsession.

Can Gina stay sane, get pregnant, and keep her marriage together? Or will her baby trail become a baby trap?

About Sibel Hodge…

Sibel Hodge is the author of bestselling romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons, she writes quirky chick lit with a hefty dose of screwball comedy. Her other books include, My Perfect Wedding, The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery), Be Careful What You Wish For (Amber Fox Mystery), and How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men’s Room (and other short stories).

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

Praise for her books…

“Yet another winner by Sibel who is fast becoming my favourite ‘chick-lit’ author” Wistful Kimmie’s Book Reviews

“Sibel Hodge has perfect comedic timing” Lisa Lim, author of Confessions of a Call Centre Gal

“Ms. Hodge is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine.” Coffee Time Romance & More

“Sibel Hodge does it again!” Geeky Girl Reviews

“Sibel Hodge has a way of writing that really makes the characters come to life” Can’t Put It Down Review Blog

In celebration of the release, Sibel is giving away 10 ebook copies of The Baby Trap on her blog . Head on over to enter!

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Asylum Harbor available on Amazon Dec. 20th!

So the day has come and Amazon has put Asylum Harbor as a pre-order for $7.99. The official release date is December 20th! To celebrate, I’m doing another contest. If you pre-order (or buy after December 20th) Asylum Harbor, I will enter you for a drawing to win a new Kindle Fire. To enter, just comment with your Amazon order number (which is under YOUR ACCOUNT, then ORDER SUMMARY). Entries close at midnight on December 26th and random drawing will be held on December 27th. An Amazon gift certificate in the amount of $199 will be emailed to the winner where you can order your own Kindle Fire (or any other Kindle products or Amazon merchandise).

Purchase your Kindle copy of Asylum Harbor here

Asylum Harbor draws inspiration from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 and delves deeply into the mysteries and suspense of missing-person investigations and organized crime detection. The first in a series (the pre-quel to Burn Out), Asylum Harbor introduces Rachel Scott and her team and compels readers to follow Florida Omni Search and all their investigations. . In Asylum Harbor, Amber Knowles, a beautiful high school senior and Florida governor John Knowles’s daughter, has everything going for her until she disappears during a cruise to the Bahamas. After an extensive search of the ship SeaStar, it’s clear that Amber has vanished without a trace. When Governor Knowles receives the distressing news, he asks for Rachel Scott’s help.The teenager’s disappearance represents every parent’s worst fear, and Rachel, founder of Florida Omni Search, knows only too well what losing a daughter feels like. Her three-year-old, Mallory, went missing five years ago. As she works with FBI special agent, Drake Reynolds, Rachel discovers an organized crime ring linked to the cruise line. The last person known to see Amber aboard ship was an incognito DEA agent, who also has vanished. Where is he? And where is Amber? Finally, where is Mallory?

Thanks to all that enter and GOOD LUCK!

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Exciting News and Decisions To Make

I haven’t written a blog post since the beginning of summer. I feel like such as slacker. But the truth is, I’ve been busier than ever. First things first! My exciting news…

I signed a four book deal with Thomas & Mercer (Amazon’s Mystery/Thriller imprint). They will be re-releasing Burn Out (which has since been revised, edited, corrected) along with the next book in the series Asylum Harbor. And for those that have read Burn Out, I must explain that the second book, Asylum Harbor actually takes place prior to events in Burn Out. In Asylum Harbor, we are actually introduced to the character Stacy Case. She meets Rachel during a search for the daughter of Florida Governor, John Knowles. Amber Knowles vanishes from a cruise to the Bahamas and Rachel is called in to help search for her. We also meet Mike Mancini for the first time as well as some new characters.I will let everyone know when the release dates are! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this Christmas…but we’ll see. You can read the full story on my signing with Thomas & Mercer here on David Gaughran’s blog site.

I need to decide what to do with this blog, MsThriller. I have a few other books planned for publishing in the next few months. Special Delivery, a romantic comedy novellini (my new term for a cross between a novel and a novella) will be released this month. I also have another book that will be more of a southern lit that I plan to release next summer. Since I like to write in different genres, not just suspense/thriller, I feel like my blog should reflect that. I may have to reconstruct this blog to showcase all the books that I write. Look forward to some changes soon – with the new edition of a website, more photos, author guest posts, and a section just for reader posts with book suggestions.

xxTraci

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