Beyond The Cover with Bestselling Author Brett Battles

Bestselling author Brett Battles is that kid back in 6th grade who convinces his teacher that, as an assignment, everyone should write a short story that is at least 10 pages long. He received an A- on his project, while another student (name withheld) received an A+. Brett's not bitter about this, nor does he ever think about the incident. Mostly. Since that unfortunate injustice, Brett has written over thirty-five novels, a few novellas, and several short stories, and is a USA Today bestselling author (take that unnamed 6th grade classmate!). He has been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award three times, losing once to some hack named Robert Crais ;), and winning for Best Thriller in 2009, for his novel The Deceived. The majority of his books, such as his Jonathan Quinn series, are spy and mystery thrillers. But he does dabble in sci-fi thrillers now and then, with the likes of his Project Eden series, his time bending Rewinder series, and his first contact novel Mine. He's also the coauthor, with Robert Gregory Browne, of the Alexandra Poe series.

Suspense Radio
00:40:43 10/1/2020

Past Episodes

Bestselling Author John Gilstrap is back on Suspense Radio. It's been a couple of years since we last talked to John. Now he comes on to talk about book twelve in the Jonathan Grave series, "HELLFIRE." For hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave, every mission is a matter of life or death. But he faces his most personal challenge yet when two boys are abducted while being driven to Resurrection House, the school Jonathan founded as a sanctuary for children of incarcerated parents. The boys were entrusted to Jonathan's care. Now they're missing. It's time to fight fire with fire . . . The boys' mom, Connie Kendall, is awaiting trial on drug smuggling charges. Prosecutors want her to testify against the brutal Cortez Cartel to help bring down their ruthless operations. If she cooperates, she'll get an easier sentence. But with her kids in the grip of the cartel, her lips are sealed. As Jonathan and his team of skilled operatives close in on the kidnappers, they realize that their enemies aren't just hell-bent on selling drugs. Rival factions have even deadlier agendas. The clock is ticking on an attack that could kill thousands in a single breath. And it's almost zero hour . . .
00:29:41 10/22/2020
Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway and The Turn of the Key have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family. Visit www.ruthware.com to find out more. I'm often asked what advice I would give to aspiring writers, and although I wish I had a magic formula or something that would work for everyone, I don't. The truth is that your obstacles are maybe not my obstacles. But I can tell you what I wish someone had told me, all those years ago, which was, have faith, and hang in there. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep sending out your work even when you get knocked back. Oh, and learn to self-edit.
00:27:39 10/12/2020
Shannon burst onto the scene with the dark novel "Method 15/33." This book was critically acclaimed and sold in several countries. Well Shannon is back with the sequel to that book "Viebury Grove." Shannon Kirk is a practicing attorney and former law professor in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, a physicist and ultra-marathoner, and son, a cat-loving, basketball-player. Shannon is a multiple-award winning author of Method 15/33, which is optioned for film and an international best seller, Viebury Grove, Gretchen, In the Vines, and The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall. "Viebury Grove": Recent headlines focusing on the famous and infamous?CEO's, royalty, politicians?being accused of taking part in decades' long human trafficking, lend to this novel's fictionalized focus on a small, but powerful, global human trafficking cabal referred to as The Center Ring, which sells "sexual experiences." It is the Center Ring that Lisa Yyland has been planning to take down for eighteen years; planning every day since her release from confinement, as she discovered the group was, indeed, connected to her kidnapping at age sixteen. What does eighteen years of planning and collecting assets to catch these horrific people in the act look like? Will her plan work? Will she get revenge? Law enforcements' good intentions, due process, and procedures seem to fail when put up against the powerful elite in these age-old sick enterprises. Does Lisa's brand of vigilante justice stand a better chance?
00:40:21 9/22/2020
We are so excited to bring you #1 NYT Author Kathy Reichs. Kathy Reichs's first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan books include Death du Jour, Deadly Decisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, Bones of the Lost, Bones Never Lie, Speaking in Bones and the Temperance Brennan short story collection, The Bone Collection. In addition, Kathy co-authored the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, Terminal, and the novella collection Trace Evidence. The series follows the adventures of Temperance Brennan's great niece, Tory Brennan. Dr. Reichs' latest novel, Two Nights, was released July 11 and features Sunday Night, a tough-talking, scarred heroine. Dr. Reichs was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
00:20:44 9/21/2020
We are joined by the wonderful writing team of Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson, they have some very exciting news to share and also talk about their latest Tier One Novel "Collateral." Andrews & Wilson is best-selling co-author team of multiple covert ops and action-adventure thriller series: TIER ONE, SONS of VALOR, and THE SHEPHERDS. Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University. He is the author of three critically acclaimed high-tech thrillers: Reset, The Infiltration Game, and The Calypso Directive. Learn more at: www.brianandrewsauthor.com Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the US Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon with an East Coast-based SEAL Team. The author of three award-winning supernatural thrillers, The Traiteur's Ring, The Donors, and Fade to Black, and the acclaimed faith-based thriller War Torn. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children. Learn more at: www.wartornnovel.com
00:34:35 9/1/2020
Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Laura is a two-time RITA® Award winner (for Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Her book Desperate Girls was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly. Laura lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next novel. She is on the show talking about her latest book "Hidden" book one in her new Texas Murder Files Series. "Hidden": A riveting new thriller featuring an ambitious female investigative reporter in Austin, Texas by New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin. When a woman is found brutally murdered on Austin's lakeside hike-and-bike trail, investigative reporter Bailey Rhoads turns up on the scene demanding access and answers. She tries to pry information out of the lead detective, Jacob Merritt. But this case is unlike any he's ever seen, and nothing adds up. Bailey has a hunch the victim wasn't who she claimed to be and believes this mugging-turned-murder could have been a targeted hit. When she digs deeper, the trail leads her to a high-tech fortress on the outskirts of Austin where researchers are pushing the boundaries of a cutting-edge technology that could be deadly in the wrong hands. As a ruthless hit man's mission becomes clear, Bailey and Jacob must embark on a desperate search to locate the next target before the clock ticks down on this lethal game of hide and seek.
00:34:20 8/28/2020
Yep, she's back! We are very excited to talk with Laurell about her current release "Sucker Punch." Laurell Kaye Hamilton (born February 19, 1963) is an American multi-genre writer. She is best known as the author of two series of stories, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry. Her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series centers on Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Six million copies of Anita Blake novels are in print. Her New York Times-bestselling Merry Gentry series centers on Meredith Gentry, Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie, a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts. Both fantasy series follow their protagonists as they gain in power and deal with the dangerous "realities" of worlds in which creatures of legend live. "Sucker Punch": A brutal murder, a suspect in jail, and an execution planned?but what if the wrong person is about to be killed? When a fellow U.S. Marshal asks Anita Blake to fly to a tiny community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she arrives, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle in the most gruesome and bloody way possible. As the mounting evidence points to him, a warrant of execution is already under way. But something seems off about the murder, and Anita has been asked for her expert opinion on the crime scene. Despite escalating pressure from local cops and the family's cries for justice for their dead patriarch, Anita quickly realizes that the evidence doesn't quite add up. Time is against Anita, as the tight-knit community is up in arms and its fear of supernaturals is growing. She races to uncover the truth and determine whether the Marshals have caught the killer or are about to execute an innocent man?all in the name of justice.
00:57:20 8/11/2020
It was great to have Bestselling Author Riley Sager on the show to talk about his latest book "Home Before Dark." Riley has some great news to share and so much more, check it out. Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer. Now a full-time writer, Riley is the author of FINAL GIRLS, an international bestseller that's been published in 25 languages, and the New York Times bestsellers THE LAST TIME I LIED and LOCK EVERY DOOR. His latest book, HOME BEFORE DARK, is available now. What was it like? Living in that house. Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity?and skepticism. Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father's book. But she also doesn't believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don't exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father's death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren't thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie's father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself?a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father's book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction. Alternating between Maggie's uneasy homecoming and chapters from her father's book, Home Before Dark is the story of a house with long-buried secrets and a woman's quest to uncover them?even if the truth is far more terrifying than any haunting.
00:38:40 7/23/2020
It's always a treat to bring on a debut author. To experience the journey with them for the first time is really quite cool. Debut author Leslie Lutz penned a great debut novel "Fractured Tide", so when we had the chance to talk to her, we jumped. Here is Leslie in her own words: I started writing FRACTURED TIDE while I was taking an advanced open water scuba class out in Clearsprings Lake near Dallas. Our group dove in this uberscary area of the lake called The Silo, which is not much more than a sixty-foot-deep muddy sinkhole where light can't reach. It was terrifying. After that, I got the chance to dive off the coast of Key Largo on this monster wreck called the Speigel Grove. This time I got clear water, coral-encrusted railings, and schools of snapper. That wreck is beautiful, but it's also a little creepy down there. The 90-foot depth keeps the place in perpetual twilight, and the empty hallways of the ship feel haunted. Those experiences got inside my head, and over the last three years, I wrote a book. For the record, there are no recorded sightings of sea monsters on the Speigel Grove (yet). My short fiction and poetry has been published in several journals, including Orca Literary Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Typishly, The Lyric, and Raintown Review. I won the 2018 Frisco First Chapter Contest for FRACTURED TIDE, which gave me enough confidence to pitch the novel to Amy Bishop, an agent with Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. She said yes, and I've been celebrating ever since.
00:31:16 7/8/2020
It is with great pleasure that we bring you Bestselling Author Scott Turow to the show to talk about his latest book "The Last Trial." Scott Turow is the author of many bestselling works of fiction, including Testimony, Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Here's a look into "The Last Trial": Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller from Scott Turow: a "brilliant courtroom chess match" about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci). At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial. In a case that will be the defining coda to both men's accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend's dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Despite Pafko's many failings, is he innocent of the terrible charges laid against him? How far will Stern go to save his friend, and -- no matter the trial's outcome -- will he ever know the truth? Stern's duty to defend his client and his belief in the power of the judicial system both face a final, terrible test in the courtroom, where the evidence and reality are sometimes worlds apart. Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, Scott Turow's The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in page-turning suspense -- and questions how we measure a life.
00:28:25 7/4/2020

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