Beyond the Cover with Carol Van Den Hende

We are pleased to be joined by writer, marketer, speaker Carol Van Den Hende. This is a wonderful interview, that fans and authors will love to hear. CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an author and American Fiction Awards winner who explores the visible and invisible challenges of imperfect heroes and heroines. When she's not penning stories of resilience and hope, Carol applies her MBA to marketing and strategy (in chocolate, sweet!). She's also a public speaker, who's presented at Writers' Digest, Women Who Write, Authorpreneur, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, NJ Romance Writers, Rutgers, Liberty States Fiction Writers' conferences and other events. Carol is active in her community, as a Climate Reality Leader, as a Board of Trustees Volunteer Officer for a special needs school, and by raising funds for non-profits through the launch of her novel, Goodbye, Orchid. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband, kids and rescue cat, who prove that love really does conquer all. https://carolvandenhende.com/

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00:29:36 11/3/2020

Past Episodes

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We are very pleased to bring back bestselling author Alan Jacobson, as he talks his latest book "Red Death," the eighth book in the Karen Vail series. My debut novel, False Accusations, was a product of what I'd learned in that blood spatter class. It was a national bestseller and was ultimately published in several foreign countries. My follow-up novel, The Hunted, likewise a bestseller and published in several foreign countries, met with rave reviews from critics, booksellers, and readers. It introduced the characters of FBI Director Douglas Knox and covert government operative Hector DeSantos, who would return in a future novel "Red Death": In Hawaii, FBI agent Karen Vail pursues a killer without a profile, in this thriller by the USA Today-bestselling author of The Darkness of Evil. When Det. Adam Russell of the Honolulu PD encounters the body of a woman in her sixties?the second in recent days to inexplicably die of what seem like natural causes?he reaches out to Karen Vail, the renowned FBI profiler, who hops on the next plane. But even for someone as fluent in the language of murder as Vail, this case is hard to read. How were these women asphyxiated with no signs of trauma? How can she gather clues or collect evidence when the killer seems to strike during the briefest casual encounters? Is this the behavior of a male or a female perpetrator? And perhaps most terrifying of all, if the deaths appear so natural at first glance, how many victims have already been overlooked? Now, as something cold and dark lurks under the sunny warmth of this island paradise, Vail must stop a serial killer as elusive as the breeze . . .
00:49:33 11/24/2020
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We are very pleased that we were able to talk to Drew Murray about his latest book "Broken Genius." You'll find Drew at the intersection of technology and creativity, hard at work on creating another thrilling story. Passionate about tech, the forces that drive it, and the impact on our society, Drew created the Will Parker series both to entertain and examine the darker side of technology. Drew grew up in Southwestern Ontario, obtained an MBA from the Ivey Business School, and had a successful career in corporate technology before transitioning into investing and education. Drew has travelled throughout Europe, North America, South America and the South Pacific on business and pleasure. An avid story teller since he was a child, Drew has been an actor, an educator and now an author. "Broken Genius": In 2011, Will Parker, the young prodigy CEO of a big tech company makes a coding mistake that costs a college student her life. To assuage his guilt, Will pursues a career in the FBI Cyber Division. Now, Special Agent Will Parker is called to investigate a murder scene at a Comic Con event in the Midwest, where the victim has ties to a radioactive quantum computer that Will was working on before he left his gig as CEO. Working with smart local homicide detective Dana Lopez and FBI stuffed-shirt Thomas Decker, Will discovers the victim was holding an auction for the computer on the Dark Web?and the bidding is still live. With bidders including a legendary Chinese hacker, Russian criminals sent by the Kremlin, and a corporate executive desperate to escape a scandal, Will once again finds a life in his hands when the victim's daughter is taken hostage. A trail of blood and high-tech breadcrumbs leads Will deeper into mystery, danger, and a race against time to keep unlimited power out of the wrong hands.
00:31:46 11/24/2020
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David Bell is the USA Today-bestselling author of ten novels from Berkley/Penguin, including THE REQUEST, LAYOVER, SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages, included on several bestseller lists, nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and, in 2013, won the prestigious Prix Polar International de Cognac for best crime novel by an international author. "The Request": When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman's murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover. Ryan Francis has it all?great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child?and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman's home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan's darkest secret?which could jeopardize everything in Ryan's life?Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake's request. When he arrives at the woman's home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead?and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder. Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer?but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.
00:34:50 11/23/2020
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DANIEL KRAUS is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus's The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Year, and he has won two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler) and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist, and more. "The Living Dead": New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus completes George A. Romero's brand-new masterpiece of zombie horror, the massive novel left unfinished at Romero's death! George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating a monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Romero often felt hemmed in by the constraints of film-making. To tell the story of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity the way it should be told, Romero turned to fiction. Unfortunately, when he died, the story was incomplete. Enter Daniel Kraus, co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water (based on the Academy Award-winning movie) and Trollhunters (which became an Emmy Award-winning series), and author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch (an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year). A lifelong Romero fan, Kraus was honored to be asked, by Romero's widow, to complete The Living Dead. Set in the present day, The Living Dead is an entirely new tale, the story of the zombie plague as George A. Romero wanted to tell it.
00:30:23 11/23/2020
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We are pleased to bring you Dr. Ian Smith, many of you know Dr. Smith for his work on dieting and nutrition, however he just completed his first thriller "The Unspoken" and it's fantastic! Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, and BLAST THE SUGAR OUT. Dr. Smith's highly anticipated newest book, The Clean 20, became an instant New York Times best seller, helping hundreds of thousands of people reduce bad sugars from their diet, lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, and cut the cravings. Dr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to a second term on the prestigious President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is currently the medical contributor and co-host of the nationally syndicated television show The Rachael Ray Show. He is a former co-host of the Emmy award winning syndicated daytime talk show, The Doctors. He also served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1's highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, and is the creator and founder of the national health initiatives The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. Dr. Smith is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for NewsChannel 4 in New York, where he filed reports for NBC Nightly News and The Today Show as well as WNBC's various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey Show, The Talk, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, MSNBC and many more. He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men's Fitness, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, People, Redbook, Details Magazine, Essence, Ebony, University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway, Cosmopolitan, and Black Enterprise.
00:30:46 11/10/2020
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We are pleased to have our good friend Brad Parks, as he makes his way back to the show to talk about his latest book "Interference." From international bestselling author Brad Parks comes an emotional, heart-pounding thriller that explores the scientific unknown?and one woman's efforts to save her husband from its consequences. Quantum physicist Matt Bronik is suffering from strange, violent seizures that medical science seems powerless to explain?much to the consternation of his wife, Brigid. Matt doesn't think these fits could be related to his research, which he has always described as benign and esoteric. That, it turns out, is not quite true: Matt has been prodding the mysteries of the quantum universe, with terrible repercussions for his health. And perhaps even for humanity as a whole. Then, in the midst of another seizure, Matt disappears. When foul play is feared, there is no shortage of suspects. Matt's research had gained the attention of Chinese competitors, an unscrupulous billionaire, and the Department of Defense, among others. With Matt's life in clear danger, Brigid sets out to find him. Will Matt be killed before she reaches him, or could the physics that endangered him actually be used to save his life?
00:34:30 10/27/2020
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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
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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
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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.
00:40:43 10/1/2020
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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

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