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$2.99 eBook Sale: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall and Remembrance by Rita Woods

The eBook editions of They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall and Remembrance by Rita Woods are on sale for the month of February for only $2.99 each!


They All Fall DownAbout They All Fall Down:

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is soon shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and all seven strangers harbor a secret.

Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one . . .

They all fall down…

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This sale ends on 2/28/2022 at 11:59 pm ET.

RemembranceAbout Remembrance

Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields and veiled behind sheets of laundry. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, a safe haven protected by more than secrecy…if you can make it there.

Ohio, present day. An elderly woman who is more than she seems warns against rising racism as a young woman grapples with her life.

Haiti, 1791, on the brink of revolution. When the slave Abigail is forced from her children to take her mistress to safety, she discovers New Orleans has its own powers.

1857 New Orleansa city of unrest: Following tragedy, house girl Margot is sold just before her 18th birthday and her promised freedom. Desperate, she escapes and chases a whisper…. Remembrance.

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$2.99 eBook Sale: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

The ebook edition of They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall is on sale now for only $2.99! Get your copy today!

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It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is soon shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and all seven strangers harbor a secret.

Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one . . .

They all fall down

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Six Mysteries That Kept Us On Our Toes In 2019

Six Mysteries That Kept Us On Our Toes In 2019

By Alison Bunis

How was your 2019? Did you hit your Reading Challenge goal of 25 books by the end of the year? Or however many books you wanted to read? If so, color me impressed! If not, we’ve got a few suggestions here with enough spine-tingling, page-turning mojo to make sure you rip right through them. And since you won’t be able to put these mind-bending mysteries down until you’ve finished them, you’ll definitely be able to pad your end-of-the-year reading numbers.

 

Redemption Point by Candice Fox

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A disgraced former cop and a convicted murderer don’t sound like the P.I. dream-team, but Candice Fox is so good, she not only makes it work—she makes you wonder why you didn’t think of it first. In Redemption Point, the follow-up to Crimson Lake, Ted and Amanda are pulled in separate directions. As Amanda investigates the murders of two young bartenders, Ted desperately tries to prove, once and for all, that he was not the man who brutally abducted Claire Bingley. If Ted can’t prove his innocence, he’ll be the victim of a brutal revenge plot orchestrated by Claire’s devastated father. As Ted and Amanda circle closer to the truth, redemption appears to be on the cards—but it may cost them their lives.

 

Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble

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Lady Dunbridge—Phil to her friends—has no intention of sitting around and missing out on all the fun just because she happens to be a widow. She got into some wonderfully scandalous adventures in Ask Me No Questions, and now she’s back with her signature brand of stylish sleuthing in Tell Me No Lies. Murder and scandal abound in Gilded Age Manhattan, after all. This time, a handsome young business tycoon has been murdered. His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and out into the country beyond. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

 

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Rachel North loves her life. Her hard work and dedication in law school have paid off in the form of a top-notch internship with the Boston DA’s office. She’s in a loving, happy marriage, and her handsome, devoted husband just happens to be a successful defense attorney. Rachel knows that it’s her smarts and her determination to do the right thing got her here, and she’s got a clear picture of what the future will bring. 

Problem is, of course, she’s wrong. And in this cat-and-mouse game, the battle for justice is about to become a fight for survival.

 

Hudson’s Kill by Paddy Hirsch

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When Justy Flanagan became a city marshal at the end of The Devil’s Half Mile, he thought he’d seen the worst New York City had to offer. Now, in 1803, the city continues to surprise him with worse depravities than anyone could have imagined. When a young black girl is found stabbed to death in an alleyway, Justy and his old friend Kerry O’Toole, now a schoolteacher, each follow the girl’s murder down separate paths to the same shadowy community on the edge of the growing city. There is a craven political conspiracy in the heart of the city, and it’s tied up with a stunningly depraved criminal enterprise—and Justy and Kerry must fight to save the city, save themselves, and bring the girl’s killer to justice.

 

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

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A group of sinners. An isolated island. A mysterious force picking them off one by one. If it sounds familiar, no, this is not And Then There Were None, although you’d be forgiven for thinking that—Rachel Howzell Hall was inspired by Agatha Christie’s classic when she sat down to write They All Fall Down. In this case, ten sinners become seven, and we’re updated to present day, where Miriam Macy receives a surprise invitation and sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water, everyone soon learns that they have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and that they all harbor a secret. Danger lurks in the lush forest and the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one . . .they all fall down

 

Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn

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No offense to all the human narrators in the crime fiction genre, but Chet the dog might just take the cake as our very favorite crime narrator. He’s a dog who solves crime—along with his P.I. pal Bernie, of course. Chet & Bernie are both music lovers, so when former country superstar Lotty Pilgrim turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. And then the C-note is stolen right from under their noses—even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing. Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, and Chet & Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there’s no one to trust but each other.

 

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Four Books That’ll Convince You to Keep Your Lights on at Night

Four Books That’ll Convince You to Keep Your Lights on at Night

By Mary Halabani 

Spooky season is finally here! What better way to celebrate than with a stack of extra thrilling and oh-so chilling reads? Get comfortable in your coziest jammies and be sure to sleep with one eye open: it’s going to be a long night of suspicious noises from potential murder suspects.

Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Poster Placeholder of - 66Ashlyn Bryant is on trial for the heinous murder of her daughter, and it’s all anyone in Boston can talk about. Mercer Hennessy is assigned to cover the trial and spin it into a best-selling true crime book, but the subject is hitting too close to home. In award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Trust Me, the unlikely alliance between grieving journalist and accused killer leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that is sure to leave you breathless.

When Old Midnight Comes Along by Loren D. Estleman

Image Placeholder of - 19Award-winning author Loren D. Estleman is back with a new Amos Walker mystery to satisfy longtime fans and new readers alike. This time, Amos Walker is hired by one Francis X. Lawes, a private-sector mover and shaker in Detroit politics, to prove that his wife, Paula, who disappeared under sinister circumstances six years ago, is dead, so he can remarry without having to wait for the seven-year-declaration-of-death rule to kick in. But Lawes is still the police’s prime suspect, and Walker has to wonder: if Lawes is really guilty, why would he put himself in jeopardy by hiring Walker to find the body and give the forensics team something to work on? 

Redemption Point by Candice Fox

Placeholder of  -7The follow-up to Candice Fox’s Crimson Lake is just as compulsively readable and thrilling. Ted Conkaffey is the most infamous man in Australia, accused but never convicted of abducting a young girl named Claire Bingley. He attempts to disappear to Crimson Lake, but nowhere is safe from Claire’s grieving father. Dale Bingley wants revenge on the real abductor, and if that fails, Ted will be his first casualty. Meanwhile, Amanda Pharrell–a convicted killer, and Ted’s partner in the PI business–takes on the homicide case of two young bartenders. Ted and Amanda must hunt for the truth to redeem themselves, but it could cost them their lives.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

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Four Books That Will Make You Want to Skip Your Next Vacation

By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

Have you had it with seeing your friends’ amazing vacation photos on Instagram? The only thing more fun than reading about someone else’s vacation is reading about someone else’s vacation gone horribly wrong, right? Take a different kind of vacation with these other great reads full of twists and turns for tourists.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Placeholder of  -9It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. In They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall, Miriam Macy is excited to receive a surprise invitation to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, as are the 6 other strangers joining her. They soon find themselves in a lonely mansion in the middle of a lush forest, surrounded by miles of open water with sporadic cell coverage. Strange accidents start happening, killing off the strangers one by one, leaving the survivors to wonder who is responsible for all of this? And more importantly, who’s next?

American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray

Image Placeholder of - 83US Army veteran River Roulet takes off to Rio de Janiero to escape his troubles in this thriller by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham and actor Chad Michael Murray. Escape is what he finds in the spirited grasp of Brazil, until he falls in love with Natal, a drug lord’s mistress. The former soldier finds himself on the run, hunted down by the gangster and his men, the Brazilian government, and the painful memories that haunt him.

The Toll by Cherie Priest

Poster Placeholder of - 46Is there anything more tantalizing than Southern gothic horror? Titus and Melanie find out exactly what it means to be on the highway to hell while on their honeymoon. Titus wakes up in the middle of the road to find his wife has vanished. The swamps of Florida are the perfect steamy backdrop for this unforgettably creepy read.

 

The Retreat by Sherri Smith

Image Place holder  of - 10A former child star, her best friends and her soon-to-be sister-in-law travel to upstate New York to a wellness retreat, each for her own reasons and each hiding a grim secret. They start the weekend seeking inner peace and soon find themselves wondering if they’ll survive it. Self-care takes on a whole new meaning in this twisty, turny thriller.

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New Releases: 4/9

Happy New Releases Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran

Placeholder of  -23During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio—a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin—embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known, Genghis Khan.

A rousing tale of adventure and romance about three young people who must grapple with fundamental issues of loyalty, friendship, faith, honor, and courage against the backdrop of conflicts that still resonate today.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Image Place holder  of - 9It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is soon shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and all seven strangers harbor a secret.

Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one . . .

They all fall down.

When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

Image Placeholder of - 43Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

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The Ten Commandments of a Writer’s Life

By Rachel Howzell Hall, author of They All Fall Down

I. You shall not ignore your emotions.

You received a rejection, you don’t know what else you can do to move ahead in this field. Everyone else is winning big except you. I know—I’ve been there. Cry—it’s appropriate. Laugh because life is funny and people are strange. Acknowledge your emotions—it’s healthy.

II. You shall not forget those trunk novels.

Place holder  of - 2The Muskrat Chronicles may not have sold and you’re kinda embarrassed to read it but! There may be a few good passages, names or descriptions in those pages. Tear off that meat and stuff it into your work-in-progress. Let The Muskrat Chronicles help you and jumpstart a better story.

III. You shall not quit your day job

It’s easier to accept failure and setbacks in writing if you’re not writing to eat. Also: compelling characters don’t live at home. No, they steal creamer from the fridge in the breakroom.

IV. Remember the IRS.

Ask your accountant about new tax laws. Keep your receipts. Pay taxes as soon as you get a check. I keep an expandable file folder at my work desk. Whenever I come from something book-related, I drop receipts and slips into that folder. Never think that the IRS won’t catch you. As the kids say: LOL

V. Honor your interests outside of writing

Take a break away from books. Let your mind refresh. Videogames are my getaway. Nothing’s better than wandering around, looking for gold, power armor and mutants to shoot.

VI. You shall not ever say, ‘I don’t have time to read.’

Wrong answer! There is no better way to improve your craft and to see new tricks. Writers need random bits of trivial knowledge that we can pull out to pepper our pages. Even if it’s ten pages or ten chapters, all reading counts!

VII. You shall not shun friends and family.

They love you and understand your need to write. But treat them right. Play ‘Ticket to Ride’ or go to the movies. Take a walk. It won’t kill you. Maybe Nana will say something so crazy that you’ll have to put it in a story.

VIII. You shall not hustle all the time.

See commandments 5 and 7. But also, enjoy what you’ve done. Tell yourself, ‘good job,’ and smile and sigh. This is hard. Give yourself a moment. Don’t worry: the hustle will be there, waiting.

IX. You shall not stay home.

Travel. Even if it’s just 30 miles, smell different air. How does the Denny’s thirty miles away cook their Grand Slam? New places spark new conversation, and new surroundings bring new people (and potential characters) into your life.

X. You shall be kind.

Don’t be a jerk. Always play it forward. If you can’t attend a panel discussion, suggest someone who can. This is a small world and people will remember if you were an ass or an angel.

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Excerpt: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

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Place holder  of - 35It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is soon shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and all seven strangers harbor a secret.

Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one . . .

They all fall down.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall goes on sale on April 9.

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The Los Angeles International Airport was the worst place to lose your mind in post-9/11 America. Especially if you were a person of color. Especially if you perspired like Kobe Bryant in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Especially if you popped Valium twice a day to combat anxiety. And there I was, standing in the TSA security clearance line at LAX, a sweaty, anxious black woman wearing sweaty green silk, sipping air and blinking away tears.

Miriam, keep it together. They’re gonna pull you out of line if you keep on. Calm down. But “calm” was slipping further away, an iceberg on a quick current being pushed by a pod of enthusiastic killer whales.

And so I closed my eyes and I prayed again. God, don’t let them kick me out of LAX today. Please help me stay calm.

“Next.”

In my mind, I said, “Amen,” then opened my eyes. I forced myself to smile at the gray-eyed TSA agent seated behind the little podium, and hoped that she thought I was a slow blinker and not a terrorist praying one last prayer before setting one off.

The agent flicked her hand at me and said, “ID and boarding pass, please.”

I handed her both without saying a word.

She glanced at me, glanced at my passport—Miriam Macy, Los Angeles, forty-five years old—then she stamped, scribbled, and handed me back each document. “Have a nice trip.”

I croaked, “Thanks,” just as a teardrop bubbled to the rim of my right eye. I swiped it away, dropped my bag, shoes, and phone into a gray bucket, then sat the bucket onto the conveyor belt. With panic punching at my gut, I stepped into the full- body scanner. Clamped my lips together as imaging beams searched my body for weapons.

“Step through, please.” Another TSA agent, this one male and bearded, flicked his hand at me. He waited for the all-clear from the agent at the monitor, then said to me, “Thanks.”

I snatched my bag, shoes, and phone from the gray bucket and hurried away from the security clearance area. I’d kept it together. But my prayer had met its expiration date and that calm I’d prayed for was now wearing away like sandcastles at high tide.

You have to respond to her.

You can’t get on a plane and leave it like this.

Breathless, I tottered to the nearest bathroom, this close to 405 freeway levels of hysteria. I hid in the farthest stall, then shoved my hand deep into my bag. Shaking, I popped off the Valium’s cap, then slipped a tablet beneath my tongue, not caring if enough time had passed between this and my last dose just two hours before. I closed my eyes and waited for the drug to untangle the bundles of nerves along my shoulders and neck. Didn’t have to pretend for cameramen capturing B-roll here. I could be a loser in the privacy offered only in a bathroom stall.

Outside my cubby, women washed their hands at the sinks, then convinced children to wash their hands, too. They pulled paper towels from dispensers and made the air blowers roar.

So loud.

Loud enough?

Yes.

So I wept and rocked on the toilet and waited for the drug to work, for the drug to make the world softer. How long would it take?

How long would I have to wait?

Valium became a part of my life on the afternoon I lost it on the westbound 10 freeway. It had been last New Year’s Eve, and I’d had enough, and I’d stopped the car to wail in the far-left lane. Traffic had built around me, but I didn’t care. I’d called my husband Billy, he’d called 911, and I rode in an ambulance for the second time in two months (the first time after I’d confronted Billy about his affair but left his girlfriend’s apartment without killing him). Dr. Sandoval, a kind man and Cesar Romero lookalike, diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress disorder and wrote me a prescription for Valium.

A week later, I took a leave of absence from my job as the marketing and communications director for Hidden Treasures, a luxury goods consignment store. I’d loved my job—spinning stories about a secondhand Gucci satchel (Indy stowed that simple cup here without worry . . .) or a Chanel brooch (She always said you had Coco’s overactive imagination . . .) or Louboutin stilettos (At the stroke of midnight, you chose the shoe over the prince . . .). Sartorial creativity made me swoon.

But I hadn’t been able to create, not with all the drama swirling around me. My boss Lola lost all patience and told me that it was best that I left. No more creating something out of nothing for a living. After my departure, the copy read flat, like a bad first draft of an M.F.A. novel set in Nebraska. There were rumors that Hidden Treasures would file for bankruptcy—no one was inspired enough to buy other people’s crap (or, as I’d called it, “luxury shared between friends”) and no one ordered the catalogs just to read my product descriptions. Their loss—the company and its customers.

Five minutes of hiding in the bathroom stall had passed—but the world still hurt.

So tired. Last night, after fleeing from my ex-husband’s house, after popping ibuprofen to banish the pain in my head, I hadn’t slept. There had been cracking and snapping twigs outside my bedroom windows. Slowing cars rumbling too close to my driveway. Shadows lurking up and down my street, some stopping to lean against the palm tree in front of my house. In a state between dozing and awake, I had crept to my living room and perched in the armchair, eyes burning, iPad and cell phone on my lap. Flinching. Tight.

My heartbeat had ticked in my head and I’d tasted sour milk and I’d tried to swallow it but my throat and stomach were too tight, and so whatever it was pooled in my mouth.

A tub of Valium sat on the dining room table.

Drugs would smooth me out, but I didn’t want to be smooth then. I had a game to win.

And so, I sat there in the living room, forcing down bile and fighting back dizziness, until a shaft of copper light broke past the wooden shutters.

This morning, the show’s producer had sent a Town Car to drive me to the airport, and as I strode to the sedan, I ignored the state of my raggedy house and watched a flock of green parrots circle the glossy blue sky. Airplanes glinted like silver bullets en route to someplace better.

That will be me, I’d thought. In Someplace Better. Soon . . .

A half hour later, though, here I was, hiding in an airport bathroom.

In Someplace Better. …

Ten minutes.

It had taken ten minutes for the Valium to work.

And now I felt nothing.

Smoothed out. Empty. Void of emotion.

And that hollowness lived solidly next to my heart and my lungs, that hollowness as useful as my appendix.

I took a deep breath, then found my phone in my purse. I took another breath, then reread my daughter Morgan’s text message, the same message that had sent me flying into a toilet stall.

It was a short message. Just three words.

I hate you.

 

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