Vigilante Detective Emily Stone and Knockout Author Roundup

EmilyStone_workoutIt’s been a fun blog hop to share these amazing ten authors and their books with you during the Emily Stone Tour.  Thank you ALL so much for participating with me, oh, and Emily Stone of course. When I first started writing Compulsion, I did not know any other authors. I’ve been so fortunate to have met so many other authors and to find many great books that I might not have discovered.

Here’s a recap of the excitement. You can click on any of the authors to find out more about them or the cover of their books to take you to Amazon.

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Caleb Pirtle SecretsOfThe-LowerPix

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The Psychology Behind Loving a Killer

eyes+CharlesMansonAs regular readers of my novels or this blog (or likely just anyone with whom I strike up a conversation) will know, I have a longstanding fascination with the criminal mind. What makes a serial killer commit the heinous acts that he does? How does a person come to show complete disregard for the life of another? I have spent time in classrooms and in the field learning about forensic psychology and how experts put together such detailed profiles of the predators they are trying to catch.

But you know what is just as interesting to me? The psychology of the person who loves the killer and is drawn to his supposed charms. We know that prisoners get married behind bars regularly, sometimes to spouses who began corresponding with them only after they were found guilty of awful crimes. And now one of the most infamous prisoners in America appears to be preparing to take a bride.

Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence in California State Prison of the murders of seven people, has requested a marriage license and plans to become blogpost1 a husband to Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name of “Star.” This young woman,  who is only twenty-six years old, has been communicating with Manson since she was a teenager, even leaving her home so that she could move closer to his prison. Star is adamant about her fiancé’s innocence and has made it her cause for several years.

The psychological power that Manson seems to have over this woman, who is more than fifty years his junior, offers an eerie reminder of the Manson Family that developed in the late-1960s and was comprised of the young men and women who eventually carried out the brutal murders as commanded by Manson. Members of this “family” never wavered in their allegiance, calling out their love for Manson during the murder trials and many of them still serving time in prison today. Could Star have fallen for the same perverted persuasion?

It has been theorized that these women who proposition killers behind bars seek control in a relationship. It could be as simple for these women as wanting the media attention to a myriad of psychological disorders driving them to gain some type of control in their own lives. Either way, both incarcerated serial killers and the women who love them no doubt need more study to understand the intricate dynamics of their behaviors.

manson-followersI could not help but notice some physical similarities between Star and Manson’s family going to court during his trail in 1970.

Have you read about Charles Manson’s intention to get married? What were your initial thoughts about the woman who wants to be his wife?

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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The Sociopaths Among Us

Close Up Portrait of Ted Bundy WavingFor most of us when we think of the term sociopath, we likely imagine some terrifying man boring through the television screen with an unchanging stare and creepy smile. Maybe we are reminded of a scene from an episode of Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Minds, when the female killer describes each brutal murder without a hint of emotion.

While uncomfortable stares and lack of emotional connection to actions are characteristics of a sociopath, the individuals who match the description go well beyond the serial killers who make the headlines. I recently read a gripping article, written last year, by a successful attorney and Sunday school teacher who also has been diagnosed as a sociopath.

M.E. Thomas writes in the article, as well as her book Confessions of a Sociopath, about how she simply does not feel connected to social norms; she is not “motivated or constrained” by what most of us hold as normal behavior. She feels no guilt and readily admits that she uses emotions and charm to manipulate. However, she also writes that she loves her family and friends.

Thomas notes that she has had dreams about killing people and believes that if she had been raised in a more abusive home, she might have been triggered to act out on those fantasies. The truth is, though, that she is among the thousands of other sociopaths living in our communities who lead seemingly normal lives while posing no threat to those around them. In fact, Thomas shares that one in twenty-five adults could be labeled a sociopath.

I encourage you to give the entire in-depth article a read. It is a captivating narrative written by a woman many of us probably would enjoy having as a friend. Like all mental illness, there are unique individuals behind each diagnosis who are more than the labels they are given.

I was intrigued by the author’s ability to make her readers rethink sociopaths but also uncomfortable with her narcissism and what seemed to be bragging about her detachment (which should be expected from a sociopath).

If you read the article, I would like to know what you thought of the piece!

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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Guest Author: Helen Hanson and Ocean of Fear

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Meet Baxter Cruise. Gifted robotics student. Spammer for hire.

A six-figure income softens the loss of his family while he attends college. But his cozy world of lattes and free wi-fi explodes when his hippie professor friend disappears, and Baxter discovers a lady professor’s steaming corpse.

With his secretive lifestyle, he hasn’t cultivated any real friends. When a student asks for help with a class assignment, Baxter figures it’ll throttle his funk. But the guy blackmails Baxter into programming narcotics delivery robots for a notorious cartel. Working for drug lords rattles the needle on Baxter’s errant moral compass, but it’s better than a bullet in the head.

Beautiful FBI agent Claudia Seagal tracks the professor’s brutal assassin, but every angle of her investigation returns to Baxter. He’s hiding something, and he’s in far too deep to cooperate with the law.

Hijacked from the comforts of his ivory tower, Baxter lives under constant surveillance. The cartel is in bed with dangerous allies, and they require his unique talent to complete their underwater robots. After that, Baxter is expendable.

With no one left in the world who cares about him, only survival matters. When he realizes the depravity of his involvement, it’s too late for remorse. Baxter just wants to go home. It’s not his war.

But he’s the only one who can stop it.

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BIO:

Bestselling Kindle author Helen Hanson HelenHansonwrites thrillers about desperate people with a high-tech bent. Hackers. The CIA. Industry titans. Spammers. Guys on sailboats. Mobsters. Their personal maelstroms pit them against unrelenting forces willing to kill. Throughout the journey, they try to find some truth, a little humor, and their humanity — from either end of the trigger.

While Helen writes about the power-hungry, she genuinely mistrusts anyone who wants to rule the world.

Helen directed operations for high-tech manufacturers of semiconductors, video games, software, and computers. Her reluctant education behind the Redwood Curtain culminated in a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrated studies in Computer Science. She also learned to play a mean game of hacky sack.

She is a licensed private pilot with a ticket for single-engine aircraft. Helen and her husband spent their first anniversary with their flight instructor studying for the FAA practical. If you were a passenger on a 737 trying to land at SJC, she sends her most sincere apologies. Really.

Born in fly-over country, Helen has lived on both coasts, near both borders, and at several locations in between. She lettered in tennis, worked as a machinist, and saw the Clash at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium sometime in the eighties. She currently lives amid the bricks of Texas with her husband, son, a dog that composes music with squeaky toys, and another dog that’s too lazy to bother.

Please visit her website at http://www.HelenHanson.com. If you enjoy her books, please consider writing a review at Amazon. If you don’t, please be kind.

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Indian Man Kills His Daughter’s Alleged Rapist

IndiaWhen you see a horrible crime described on the evening news, do you ever stop and think about what you would do if someone you loved was a victim of such brutality? I imagine it must be incredibly difficult for the parents of a murdered child to sit in a courtroom and stare at the person who is accused of harming their son or daughter without wanting to lunge in rage. It is our natural instinct to protect and defend those we love.

In my series of novels featuring Emily Stone, the protagonist takes it upon herself to seek vigilante justice for some of the most vicious criminals lurking in society. Recently in India, a man took matters into his own hands in exacting what he believed to be appropriate punishment for his 14-year-old daughter’s alleged rapist.

Vinod Kumar invited his neighbor over for dinner but after the meal was complete, they did not sit around with a glass of wine and talk about current events. Instead, Kumar gagged his guest, burned his genitals, and then strangled him. Kumar turned himself into police the next day and is now in jail facing murder charges.

It can be difficult when you are told to let the legal system do its job in punishing violent criminals, especially in a country like India in which rape is often excused or turned around to be a point of shame for the victim and her family. But is there also some danger in one man determining the fate of another before guilt has been verified? Does this perpetuate the cycle of violence?

What do you think? Placing yourself in the position of parent whose child has been the victim of an awful crime, could you see wanting to seek revenge by your own hands?

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

Click here to watch Short Film Trailer

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Guest Author: Benjamin Sobieck and The Invisible Hand

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Wil Reynolds doesn’t remember murdering two of his neighbors in the small North Dakota town of Betrug. He’ll need to think fast, because the sheriff just hired a ruthless vigilante to hunt him down in the chaos of the modern day oil boom. It’ll take a hitchhiker with a solid gold raccoon phallus around her neck, a delusional “man camp” crime boss and sightings of strange shadow people at night for Wil to unravel the murders and discover the disturbing truth at the heart of the oil boom.

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Amazon-Kindle-Scout-Campaign-2You can nominate The Invisible Hand by Benjamin Sobieck on Kindle Scout by clicking HERE. You can check out an excerpt.

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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Guest Author: Gary Starta and Blood Web

BLOOD_WEB_2014_COVERSYNOPSIS:

FBI Special Agent Caitlin Diggs faces a paranormal killer when a crystal takes over a teen and leads her on a chase across the country. Empowering the teen with supernatural abilities, the crystal exacts revenge on descendants of soldiers responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre but it also has a taste for neurotransmitter serotonin which it needs from humans to continue its consciousness.

Agent Diggs is the only FBI agent in the bureau to consider extreme possibilities and surmises the teen has a means to track his victims via DNA.

A heart pounding cat and mouse game ensues as Diggs attempts to fool the teen she is his next victim but as she plays with fire, a former military man begins to see the crystal as the perfect ingredient for a mind control weapon. Because the crystal possesses sentience it can counter Diggs’ plan for its demise and possibly exert mind control over her as well.
Can Diggs stop this biological internet from taking more victims, becoming a tool for mass mind control and resist the lure of its blood web?

Buy now on Amazon for 99 cents!

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FIVE-STAR REVIEWS:

“This book was hands down the best fiction eBook I have read in a long while. This author will definitely be on my list of authors to watch! The story was an interesting mix of mystery, thriller and science fiction. Maybe you could even consider it a supernatural thriller, based on history. The imagery was amazing, as the author painted very wonderful pictures of the settings and the characters. I could vividly imagine the entire book, as if it were a movie in my mind. The concept of the book was like nothing I have ever read before! The characters were very well developed and the antagonist was surprising! It will definitely keep your attention if you read it (which you should!) I can’t wait to read more books in the Caitlin Diggs’ Series and I know if you take the time to purchase and read this book, you will want to also! Absolutely LOVED it!”

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“This was a great book! There’s SO MUCH to like, and it is all intertwined but not overly complicated. There is love/lust, action, adventure, intrigue… I don’t usually read sci fi OR paranormal, but this was recommended by a friend and it was a GREAT recommendation! This book crosses genres and appeals to a wide audience. Starta is definitely a writer on the way up. Keep an eye open for the next ones!”

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“Rivers and Diggs are such good characters that the author has crafted I really feel like I am there with them through a lot of the story. This one starts out at a million miles an hour and barely slows down at all the entire way through. The twists and turns come at you from every angle and the finish will not fail to impress. 5 stars all the way!”

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“This is one of those exciting books you just fly through. “Was it hours since the hailstorm subsided? Or days?” Great opening line and the prologue was even better. Blood Web: Caitlin Diggs Series #1 by Gary Starta is an exciting thriller that I couldn’t let go of! Gritty and filled with True characters. Diggs is a strong character that I believe in. Love this line, “Her thoughts flipped like passing television channels.” Shenk is a real piece of work. This is another cool line “Shenk likened America to one big broken family in desperate need of someone or something that could glue it back together.” The author weaves a good plot that surprised me several times and intrigued me the whole way. The author brings a lot of real life to the story. More than the authentic characters, there were no holes in the story. I can’t wait for the next book! Recommended read, five stars.”

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Emily Stone Crime-Thriller Series

Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

Click here to watch Short Film Trailer

 

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