Award-winning author Nicolette Pierce joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her Nadia Wolf romantic suspense series, which begins with THE BIG BLIND.
I began reading this series during a three-week podcasting break when I had the opportunity to catch up on some of my “non-show” reading. I’d downloaded THE BIG BLIND for free sometime last year and spotted it while going through the unread books on my Kindle, I thought I’d read the first few chapters to see if I was interested. Well, that was the start of a very enjoyable binge reading week where I read all four books in the Nadia Wolf series.
Interview Notes with Nicolette Pierce
We discuss the genesis of the idea for the series, which came from a fascination Nicolette’s husband had with watching tournament poker on television.
Nicolette shares the way she developed the different recurring characters and the world she built for the series.
We discuss the world of romantic suspense and Nicolette explains why she enjoys writing and reading the genre.
After the series had concluded, Nicolette found she still wasn’t done and began a new series based four of the supporting characters in the Nadia series. Two of those have already been published, one is set to publish soon, and a fourth is in the planning stage.
From the Publisher:
Series includes: The Big Blind, High Stakes, Cashing Out, and Squeeze Play.
Nadia Wolf had one wish, and it wasn’t for the latest designer purse, fashion-forward clothing, or even a handsome man to marry . . . although, that would be acceptable too. Her wish was to win the World Poker Tournament and collect the one million dollar prize, beating the arrogant men who made her professional poker career a daily challenge.
The odds were stacked against her when sexy poker celebrity Caleb Usher sat down at her table. As they pin their battles against each other, a steamy side wager drew them both in and gave them an even greater reason to fight for the championship. It only took one hand to make tournament history and leave them both hot under the collar. But before they could settle their spicy wager, the million dollar prize disappeared in front of an audience. Not one witness could explain what happened or where the money disappeared.
Greyson Miller CEO of the Lost City Casino had a mystery to solve. Not only did a thief steal the million dollars from under his watchful eyes, but a secret swelled so large it threatened the very core of the casino. In a twist of fate, Nadia teams up with Greyson in an attempt to find the missing prize and to solve the perilous mystery that plagued the Lost City Casino. With Greyson’s overwhelming allure, Nadia has to keep both her head in the game and her hands to herself.
Will she be able to unravel the mystery and find the lost prize money while keeping both Greyson and Caleb at bay? Can she fend off her fanatical self-appointed poker manager Frankie Garza before he flushes her career down the toilet in offbeat attempts to make her famous? With Caleb, Greyson, and Frankie all claiming a stake, Nadia’s career, her life, and her heart will never be the same.
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the 8th in her Detective D.D. Warren series, FIND HER.
FIND ME is an intricately plotted and tightly written thrill ride with a unique and complex protagonist in Flora Dane. As you’ll hear during the interview, I was unable to put the book down until I reached the end.
Lisa Gardner Interview Notes
Lisa shares the backstory of Flora Dane, who was the victim of a high-profile kidnapping.
We discuss some of the research Lisa did for FIND HER, which included interviews with the FBI’s Office of Victim Assistance as well as with the mother of a Kidnap victim who was returned to her family.
Detective D.D. Warren, a recurring character in many of Lisa’s books, plays a pivotal role in FIND HER.
We discuss Lisa’s writing process. She believes her best work during the process is the editing phase, which typically takes her three months.
From the Publisher:
Flora Dane is a victim.
Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.
Flora Dane is a survivor.
Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.
Flora Dane is reckless.
. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.
Award-winning author Michael Sears joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the fourth in his Jason Stafford thriller series, SAVING JASON.
Michael Sears Interview Show Notes
Michael shares the back story of his protagonist, former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford. Jason allowed a mistake to go uncorrected for too long and wound up in jail. Upon his release, the only work he could find was investigation financial crimes. He’s also the father to a young autistic son, and their relationship is one of the joys of reading this series.
We discuss the storyline behind the latest book in the series, SAVING JASON, where a minor investigation into some odd penny stock trades develops into something that puts Jason, his son, and his employer into grave danger.
We discuss Michaels early days as an actor in New York. In one year he guest starred on every soap opera filmed in New York.
We discuss the various ways in which Michael’s acting background has helped him with his writing career.
SAVING JASON – From the Publisher:
Jason Stafford used to be a hot Wall Street trader, went too far, and paid for it in prison.
Now a financial investigator, he’s been asked to look into rumors of a hostile takeover of his firm, but he has no idea it will turn his whole life upside down. Suddenly embroiled in a grand jury investigation of Mob-related activities on Wall Street, and threatened by some very serious men, he is thrust into witness protection with his young autistic son. And then his son disappears. Has he been kidnapped, or worse?
With no choice but to act, Stafford has no choice but to come out of hiding and risk everything to save his son, his firm, his pregnant girlfriend—and himself.
Bestselling author John W. Mefford joins us in this first ever audio AND video episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the first in his new Alex Trout thriller series, AT BAY. You can scroll down to watch the video below and of course, our normal audio link for the podcast is above.
The interview portion of the show is exactly the same on both audio and video. The difference comes in at the end. The video ends when the interview is over, but the audio version continues for a few minutes beyond the point where John and I say goodbye.
Notes from the John W. Mefford Interview
John is a subscriber to the CrimeFiction.FM email list, and responded to a message I sent to the list last week asking if anyone was interested in doing a video interview. As you’ll see, John is comfortable doing video, perhaps because he’s been posting video of himself speaking directly to his readers on Facebook. He’s finding that to be a great way to communicate with his readers. (See this link for the video he did using cards while his voice was under the weather.)
We discuss the opening scene for At Bay, in which FBI Agent Alex Trout wakes up in a hospital having lost her memory from a recent car accident.
As a parent, John understands the connection between a parent and a child, and uses that understanding to great effect in the book, where Alex learns that she has two children, but doesn’t recognize them.
We discuss the two other series that John writes, the Greed Series and the Booker series. He walks us through the themes explored by each series.
John published 6 1/2 titles (one was a novella) in the Booker series last year, and plans a similar publication schedule for his Alex Trout series in 2016.
Watch the Video
From the Publisher:
Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.
As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn’t sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that’s when she begins to question everything, including herself.
Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a mental metronome…anything to crank the gears of her feeble mind.
And then it happens—a bizarre, ritualistic murder. She loses herself in her work, fully immersed in the investigation. Unable to recall even her own kids, she’s somehow able to formulate coherent theories on what type of person could pull off such a sickening act.
As her mind slowly plugs a few memory gaps, her emotions are scrambled by the reality of her worlds colliding. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.
Can she pick up all the incendiary fragments to solve the twisted crime while she clings to some semblance of sanity?
New York Times bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the first in his Gus Murphy series, WHERE IT HURTS.
Show Notes for Reed Farrel Coleman Interview
Reed shares the story behind WHERE IT HURTS and how a real-life scandal provided an inspiration for the story while he was creating the character of Gus Murphy for the new series.
Reed enjoys taking the conceits and tropes of private eye fiction and turning them on their ear, which is exactly what he’s done with the character of Gus Murphy.
We discuss the character of Tommy Delcamino, who spends little time “on screen” in WHERE IT HURTS, but plays a pivotal role in the story. “I don’t believe in minor characters in my stories,” was Reed’s response when I asked him about Tommy.
Reed has two other series characters that he’s created, as well as taking over the Jesse Stone franchise from the estate of the legendary Robert Parker. We discuss each series.
Gus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, Gus had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. In the course of a single deadly moment, his family is blown apart and he is transformed from a man who believes he understands everything into a man who understands nothing.
Divorced and working as a courtesy van driver for the run-down hotel in which he has a room, Gus has settled into a mindless, soulless routine that barely keeps his grief at arm’s length. But Gus’s comfortable waking trance comes to an end when ex-con Tommy Delcamino asks him for help. Four months earlier, Tommy’s son T.J.’s battered body was discovered in a wooded lot, yet the Suffolk County PD doesn’t seem interested in pursuing the killers. In desperation, Tommy seeks out the only cop he ever trusted—Gus Murphy.
Gus reluctantly agrees to see what he can uncover. As he begins to sweep away the layers of dust that have collected over the case during the intervening months, Gus finds that Tommy was telling the truth. It seems that everyone involved with the late T.J Delcamino—from his best friend, to a gang enforcer, to a mafia capo, and even the police—has something to hide, and all are willing to go to extreme lengths to keep it hidden. It’s a dangerous favor Gus has taken on as he claws his way back to take a place among the living, while searching through the sewers for a killer.