Win the December bookshelf of signed thrillers!

Originally posted on Stacy Alesi’s

348499418December is here! I updated the Win Books page with some fantastic books. As always, there are NY Times bestsellers, favorite series, and debuts.

Tess Gerritsen brings back her hugely popular Rizzoli & Isles in Die Again. Charlaine Harris hand picked a team of superb writers to dream up more tales for Sookie Stackhouse in Dead But Not Forgotten. Laura Joh Rowland takes us back to feudal Japan in her latest Sano Ichiro novel, The Iris Fan.

Phillip Margolin stumbled across a haunting photograph in a breakfast eatery in Virginia which inspired his latest, Woman with a Gun. Brad Taylor continues his tremendously exciting Pike Logan series with No Fortunate Son.

Land of Careful Shadows by the award winning author Suzanne Chazin introduces Jimmy Vega, a Latino homicide detective. Reece Hirsch brings us into the secretive world of Big Data inIntrusion. Jeff Markowitz wonders, “did you ever have one of those days,” in his latest, Death and White Diamonds. And Tiffany Snow brings us into an underground British agency in In His Shadow.

I love finding new authors so it is with great pleasure I offer up two smashing debuts, The Monarch by Jack Soren, and How We Fall by Kate Brauning.

If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers group. We put together a list of books including bestsellers and debut authors, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author!

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

Book Tour Update and Stuff

I just updated my book tour dates for THE MONARCH.

More will be coming, including signing locations and dates. Stay tuned.

I’m working at getting THE MONARCH bookmarks printed and I’ll be offering signed bookmarks here and in a few other strategic locales.

And a contest is in the offing!


Casting Couch

Only 10 days until THE MONARCH steals his way into your hearts, so you know what that means — let’s cast the movie!

I’m just going to share my picks for the top characters so I don’t give anything away. You guys can tell me if you agree, who your picks are and how you’d cast the rest of the book after it releases on December 2nd.

So here we go!



Starring as our main hero, Jonathan, is Scott Bakula! A bit younger than his current years, but hey, the dude can time travel!

Mark Valley




Next, as the devil-may-care Lew, Jonathan’s partner in crime, is Mark Valley.  I’ve loved Mark’s work ever since his short-lived television show Human Target.

Jessica Chastain



As Emily, we have Jessica Chastain. You may remember her from Zero Dark Thirty. Interesting note, I originally wrote this character with a young Emma Thompson in mind, but as the character grew and took a life of her own, Jessica made much more sense.


Gregg Henry


As FBI agent Joe Wagner, we have Gregg Henry. I’ve loved Gregg’s work ever since Payback (you remember, the movie Mel made before he went bat-shit crazy). Gregg can be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy as Grandpa Quill. (Special Easter Egg here…if anyone can tell me what THE MONARCH and Guardians of the Galaxy have in common, I’ll send you a signed bookmark.)






And finally, our villain, Mr. Nathan Kring, is played by the wonderful Jeremy Irons.

I’d list all Mr fildena from canada online. Irons’ work that I love, but we’d need more pixels.

If I had to pick a couple, it would be Dead Ringers, Die Hard With a Vengeance and, of course since I’m a writer, The Words with Bradley Cooper.

That’s it for now.  So if you want to see these fantastic people (and more) together on the big screen, remember to buy THE MONARCH on December 2nd. (And become a producer and spend millions of dollars, but let’s not split hairs.)


New Novella Available

SlaybellsNine college coed bodies have been found around L.A. over the past six months — but only their bodies. Around their necks a cheery red ribbon and a tiny silver bell. Just below where their heads used to be. Nicknamed “The Slaybell Killer” by the L.A. Times, the killer is a madman and a ghost. And no one has ever seen his face.

At the center of it all is Detective Frank Morresi, a grizzled veteran of the force and widower who randomly caught the case of his life. Only he wishes he hadn’t. Mostly because every victim reminds Frank of his only daughter, Kerry.

Determined to end the lunatic’s reign of terror, Frank gets aggressive. But instead of getting him off the streets, Frank thrusts himself center stage — along with his daughter. Now it’s personal. The killer will do anything to kill Kerry, and until he does he’s going to kill every lookalike he can find.

Kerry’s a beautiful girl, but looking like her can be deadly.


The Monarch Now Available for Pre-Order

Preorder your copy today!The Monarch

Fans of thrilling adventures and international suspense will love Jack Soren’s whirlwind debut novel—a tale of two thieves detoured on the road to redemption.
On Sale: 12/02/2014

When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from crime, from life as The Monarch, from an early grave.

But when The Monarch’s signature symbol resurfaces, carved into the mutilated bodies of New York’s elite, Jonathan realizes his retirement may have been short-lived. Someone is framing The Monarch for horrific slayings. But Jonathan and his former partner, Lew, know this isn’t just murder—it’s a message.

Now caught in a deadly game against a fanatical madman whose reach penetrates the darkest corners of the globe, Jonathan and Lew have no choice but to play along. But when Jonathan’s daughter becomes a pawn, all bets are off. To win this game, Jonathan and Lew will have to accept one final task as The Monarch—a job that could change the course of history forever.