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Darkness
Divergent
Darkness
The Pariah
Strangers
Danger in Cat World
The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology
A Stampede of Westerns: Fourteen Novels, Novellas & Story Collections of the West & Weird West
The Crime of Our Lives
Wolf's Gambit
Dark Passions
Stories of Your Life and Others
The Druid King
Never Fear
The Inheritance Trilogy
One of Us: Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway
Marked / Betrayed / Chosen / Untamed
Eutopia
Choosing A Self Publishing Service 2013 The Alliance of Independent
The Hunter


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Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction writer

Paul Dale Anderson at a Steampunk Party
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15.05.2018
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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur Books, St. Martin’s Press, June 2018) is a cautionary tale about the consequences of lying. Lying to others, and lying to oneself. Sometimes lies will come back to haunt you. Sometimes they bite you in the butt when you least expect it. Geo calls it Karma. Georgina Shaw, Kaiser Brody, and Angela Wong are best friends. They’re normal sixteen-year-olds until they encounter Calvin James. Cal’s a 21-year-old bad boy who smokes cigarettes, chews cinnamon hearts, and hangs around local convenience store parking lots to sell drugs. Geo is naturally flattered when Cal pays her more attention than he pays Ang. There’s something about him that’s exciting and compelling. And definitely dangerous. She can’t help but fall in love with him. He knows exactly how and where to touch her to turn her on, and he never takes no for an answer. Suddenly, Calvin James is all she can think about. Geo ignores her friends, ignores her schoolwork, even ignores cheerleading practice. Ang and Kai try to talk sense into her, but she can’t see the forest for the trees. She loves Calvin, and nothing else matters. Fourteen years later, Kaiser Brody is the detective who arrests Calvin James, the Sweetbay Strangler. Kaiser also arrests Georgina Shaw as an accomplice to the murder and dismemberment of Angela Wong. Geo goes to prison for five years. Calvin goes to prison for life, but he escapes. That’s just the backstory. The real story begins when Geo pleads guilty and goes to prison. This story is about love and death and human relationships and compulsion and heartaches and heartbreaks and the mistakes we all make as we live and learn. It’s a hard-hitting look at the raw emotions that drive human behavior. It’s also about survival and what we all do to survive, not all of which is good or pretty. No one remains innocent nor guilt-free forever. Life quickly becomes complicated, and unintended consequences often develop when we’re not paying attention. Jar of Hearts is a real eye-opener as well as a full-of-twists page-turner. Highly recommend for everyone but the faint of heart.
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