I've been on a darn good string of kick butt novels lately, each one seemingly trying to out do the one before it.
The most recent streak began with Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Fall (The Strain Trilogy), which I read along side Baltimore Volume 1: The Plague Ships. Two superb stories filled with history and mythology and vampiric action.
From there I read Robert Swartwood's thriller, The Serial Killer's Wife, a novel that will hijack your time and threaten your kids with murderous intent. Alright, I'm having fun. But it's a damn good novel that should be read by all you thriller lovers out there.
From there it was Die, Lover, Die!, a short story from The Top Suspense Group that should come with a warning label for readers with weak hearts.
Now, speaking of thrillers, you must check out the book I finished reading just last night. It's called No Shelter (Holly Lin, No. 1) by Z. Constance Frost. It's the story of Holly Lin, a secret government assassin, and how she pretty much kills anything that gets in her way. She's hot, feisty, frighteningly tough, and loves to drop the f-bomb.
Oh, and she's also a nanny.
That's right, a nanny. And when scum bags kidnap and threaten to kill the two kids that mean more than the world to Holly Lin, well, she'd do anything to get them back and some.
NO SHELTER is part mystery, part thriller suspense, and all kinds kick ass!
With so many books to read, it's actually quite lucky that I read NO SHELTER when I did. I hadn't even heard of it until I finished THE SERIAL KILLER'S WIFE, where it was spotlighted with an excerpt at the end of that book. I have a ton, I mean a ton, of books to read. I don't have time for new books!
But here in lies two lessons for you e-book authors out there.
One, it's a good idea if you can, to have your book excerpted at the back of another kick-ass novel. That way, the reader finishes one amazing read and while they're still on a high, there they find YOUR book.
Lesson two? Have an amazing product description.
These two simple things helped NO SHELTER skip to the front of my reading book line. No easy feat, that!
I don't know much about Z. Constance Frost, other than she's a mother of two that lives in the Washington D.C. area and writes heart pounding thrillers. One reviewer on Amazon.com suggested NO SHELTER was far too polished to be a first time author's book, going so far as to ponder whether or not Frost was a nom du plume of a published writer simply testing the e-book waters.
I have to admit, the possibility is intriguing. A cool name like Z. Constance Frost writing about a cool chick that kicks butt? Hmmmm...
Regardless, NO SHELTER offers up a new foul mouthed, knuckle brawling, gun shooting, sexy heroine for readers to love and cheer for. Frost writes with the emotional force of an AK-47, taking no prisoners. And just when you think you have it all figured out she kicks your legs out from under you, leaving you wondering where she's going to go next.
I look forward to the next Holly Lin story, called DOWN IN A HOLE.