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DJ AdamsonD.J. Adamson is an award-winning author. Her family roots grow deep in the Midwest and it is here she sets much of her work. She juggles her time between her own desk and teaching writing to others at two Los Angeles area colleges. Along with her husband and two Welsh Terriers, she makes her home in Southern California.

Her latest book is the mystery, amateur sleuth, Admit to Mayhem.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

My mother stated I popped into the world holding a pencil and a piece of paper wanting to record my birth. A born writer? No, I see myself as a born storyteller.

Admit to Mayhem 2What was your inspiration for Admit to Mayhem?

My father estranged himself from his sister who was an alcoholic. I never knew her, yet I have been told I am much like her in personality. I am sorry I didn’t get to meet my Aunt Lillian. Like the Mormon religion believes someone can still be saved after they have died, I wrote Admit to Mayhem wanting to give my aunt the chance of living life sober. The story is not about alcoholism. It’s about giving a person rebirth and watching how she handles a new life. My protagonist’s name is Lillian.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Funny you should ask this question. My newsletter Le Coeur de l’Artiste, found on my website, djadamson.com, is exploring theme in writing this February issue. My overall work is challenged with themes of self-discovery, renewal, justice, looking for that holy grail that slips from us each time we turn our heads, common man, or woman.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I worked on the concept for this novel series for a year. It then took a year to write the first novel, four complete drafts before editing and revising. Suppose, the second book in the series will be out Fall of 2015.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Writing for me is a job, like my other job as a professor. I write four-six hours a day at least five days a week. I work best in the mornings. Rule: No email until 2,000 words are written! Discipline is the key. When I am in the editing phases, I stretch my schedule to seven days.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Providing the reader truthful moments. Isn’t that always the most difficult, to let the raw truth out?

What do you love most about being an author?

Love? You haven’t read Bukowski’s poem, “So You Want To Be A Writer.” His advice, “Don’t.” It’s a long, difficult, generally lonely. Bukowski influenced modern poetry and left a legacy. But don’t forget, his day job for a great while was in the post office as a mail carrier. I cannot stop telling stories. I am lucky enough to thoroughly enjoy my characters, as if they are people in my life. Well, aren’t they? And I have a supportive family who understands my need.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I created my own company, Horatio Press. I self-published because I didn’t want to write “marketable” stories others wanted me to tell. The stories I write are mine. The characters, mine. Writers think that traditional publishing will do the work of sales and marketing. If they can just land a Big 5, then they will be a success. Not true. Editorial advice is valuable, but the author still has to promote the work and generate sales numbers that will create a product the publisher will want to keep. I’ve had friends knocked off lists.

I can’t fail at self-publishing. I write the stories without expectations. If a reader asks when the next book is coming out, I’ve been paid.

Where can we find you on the web?

Readers can find me or my newsletter at djadamson.com. Admit to Mayhem can be found at Amazon or Goodreads. I also walkabout on twitter @adamson_dj and Facebook.


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Every Move She MakesTitle: Every Move She Makes

Author: Jannine Gallant

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Format: Kindle
No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…

Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open up a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open up his heart. But everything is about to change…

Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…

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Jannine Gallant

Write about what you know. I’ve taken this advice to heart, creating characters who live in small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors.I grew up in Gasquet, a tiny town in Northern California, where as kids we swam in the river, ran wild in the woods, and rode our bikes every-where we wanted to go. Now I live in Tahoe City with my husband, two daughters, and dog, Ginger. When I’m not busy writing or being a full time mom, I enjoy taking Ginger for hikes in the woods around our home.Whether I’m writing romantic suspense, contemporary, or historical romance, I try to bring the beauty of nature to my stories.I graduated from U.C. Davis with a double major in history and creative writing. Though I’ve worked in both the restaurant and ski industries, I never wanted to be anything but a writer. After many years of pursuing my passion, I’ve finally achieved success, proof positive that dreams do come true!

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Death and DesireTitle: Death and Desire

Author: P.H. Turner

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Format: Kindle

Ancient rituals. Up-to-the minute deception.

Reporter Taylor McWhorter knows something is going on at the newly reopened uranium mine on the local Navajo reservation. The Native workers are being fired. Rumors of bad Native American spirits and shapeshifters mingle with the stink of leach pit mining. The rough red mountains and steep canyons hide more passes and getaway trails than any maze. And Taylor’s sources keep turning up dead…

Until she meets Captain Trace Yazzie, head of the tribal police force and plenty to reckon with on his own. The chemistry between them is enough to incinerate Taylor’s rule about mixing business and pleasure. But with a murderer on the loose, priceless Navajo artifacts turning up in the wrong places, and Trace’s suggestion that spirits disturbed from looted burial sites might be part of the problem, Taylor can’t afford to lose her head to lust. This might be the story of the year. But unless she keeps her wits about her, it could be the last one Taylor ever tells…

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P.H. Turner
Teaching and shooting news and documentaries took me to work on the East and West coasts, the Midwest and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Born a fourth generation Texan, I live in Denver with an energetic mutt that waits patiently every day for me to come home and work on my second novel.
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Title: Twelve Hours

Author: Leo J. Maloney

Publisher: Pinnacle

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Format: Kindle
“A must!” —Lee Child

Black Ops veteran Leo J. Maloney delivers an explosive tale of international intrigue and the menace of a third World War. The clock is ticking…
Twelve Hours

New York City is under siege. A bomb has exploded in Penn Station. Islamic terrorists have occupied the Waldorf Astoria. And a bloody, catastrophic battle is being fought in Grand Central  Station. It’s all part of an insidious plot targeting a visiting head of state. Dan Morgan knows what he has to do to prevent an irreversible domino effect from bringing the world to its knees. There’s just one catch. Dan’s teenage daughter is trapped among the hostages. And she’s determined to fight her way out…

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Leo Maloney

Leo Maloney was born in Massachusetts, where he spent his childhood and graduated from high school and attended Northeastern University. In the mid 1960’s, while in the army, he was recruited to become a deep cover black ops contractor for a clandestine government agency.

While he was serving his country in the secretive world of Black Ops over 30 years, he operated several “cover” businesses including a classic car brokerage, promotions and limousine companies, and a detective agency. He served as a municipal police officer in Revere, Massachusetts and is still a licensed private investigator in the state of Massachusetts.

After leaving his career in black ops, Leo continued several of his cover businesses, and also had the opportunity to try his hand at acting in independent films and TV commercials. Leo has 5 movies to his credit both as an actor and behind the camera as a producer, technical advisor, and assistant director.

In his most recent project, Leo began writing, reliving many of his Black Ops experiences and evolving them into his books. In 2011 he signed a contract with Kensington Publishing Corp for the Dan Morgan thriller series. The first book, Termination Orders, was released in September 2012. The second book, Silent Assassin, was released in August of 2013. The third book, Black Skies, was released on 26 August 2014. The fourth book a novella, Twelve Hours, will be released in March of 2015. It’s now official, Leo has signed a movie deal with Amber Entertainment in LA / London to bring the “Dan Morgan” thriller series to the “BIG SCREEN”. It is slated to begin filming in 2015.

Leo currently resides in a suburb north of Boston with his wife and their German Shepherd, Neika.
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