Publishers Weekly declares The Two Lila Bennetts (Lake Union Publishing), “Intriguing … Chapters headed ‘captured’ and ‘free’ alternate, each describing a parallel reality … Along with two perfect endings, this satisfying thriller offers food for thought. Flawless pacing will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” Its authors, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, the writing duo behind five previous novels, Girls’ Night Out, the Amazon Charts bestseller The Good Widow, The Year We Turned Forty, The Status of All Things, and Your Perfect Life, will be with us as Special Guest Speakers. It’ll be the first time we’ve had tag-team authors address their approach to crafting creativity–and remaining best friends in spite of it. We’re thrilled to welcome both aboard.
Several new titles recently out from SCWCers. The first in Pamela McCord’s Pekin Dewlap Mystery Series, The Haunting of Elmwood Manor follows “Ghosties” Pekin, Amber and Scout as they attempt to solve the disappearance of a young girl, missing for 100 years … David Putnam’s sixth entry in his Bruno Johnson Thrillers, The Reckless, finds the inexperienced young LA County Deputy Sheriff put on loan to the FBI … And in Teresa Burrell’s tenth Advocate Series outing, The Advocate’s Justice, attorney Sabre Brown is charged with somehow saving her boyfriend’s teenage nephew, charged with murder, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
In yet more series, ever prolific author Bethany Lopez has been busy. Night & Day: A Time for Love Series Novella (Blackout Series), Lei’d in Paradise: A Cupcakes Series Novella, and Too Dangerous (The Lewis Cousins Book 5) are her most recent. And that was just in April! After a long hiatus, Bethany will be back on staff next San Diego.
Finally, a couple of debut novels are coming up. From Mike Murphey, June brings the release of Section Roads. Set in a small town in Eastern New Mexico, an unsolved murder haunts three high school friends decades into adulthood … And dropping in July, in Carl Vonderau’s Murderabilia the son of serial killer must reconcile his dark past to stop a string of new murders.
Discounted pre-registration is now open for our September event. Limited to 150 participants, secure your Full Conference spot today and save, save, save. To put you in the mood, in the WTW doculogue below, shot across several SCWCs, authors Lisa Brackmann, Matt Coyle, Sara Gran, Isla Morley, and Matthew Quirk address infusing fiction with truth in the face of rejection.
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC/SWS