A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry

leighAbout the book :Moving back into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery’s “Plan A.” But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends.

Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

Sid walks, he talks, he makes bad jokes, he tries to keep Georgia’s dog from considering him a snack.  And he manages to persuade Georgia to let him leave the house. But when she takes him to an anime convention—disguised as a skeleton, of course—he sees a woman who triggers memories of his past.

Now he is determined to find out how he died—with Georgia’s help.  But their investigation may uncover a killer who’s still alive and well and bad to the bone…

My Review: Georgia returns and moves back into her parents home. With a job at the college, she is closer to her friends and family. Georgia has one secret – there really is a skeleton in her closet. His name is Sid. Sid knows what happened to him and how he became a walking, talking skeleton. He’s been apart of the family for a long time. Georgia and Sid grew up together.  Can Georgia’s daughter learn of the family secret? Will Sid become her friend to. Georgia takes Sid out after pleading with her, Sid sees someone who reminds him of his past, will Sid enable Georgia on the pursuit to find out just what happened to him? Or will Sid get himself in trouble? After all he is the skeleton in her closet.

No bones about it everyone will wish they had a Sid.

  • Series: A Family Skeleton Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 3, 2013)

About the author: Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner, who is an award-winning mystery author, and the co-editor, with Charlaine Harris, of a series of New York Times bestselling fantasy-mystery anthologies, including Many Bloody ReturnsWolfsbane & MistletoeDeath’s Excellent Vacation; An Apple for the Creature, and Home Improvement: Undead Edition.

To find this series or Leigh’s page, please follow the links.

http://www.amazon.com/Skeleton-Family-Mystery/dp/0425255840/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421733929&sr=1-3&keywords=leigh+perry

http://leighperryauthor.com/

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

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My Review: Clare has returned back to The Village Blend to manage the coffee shop once again. She was talked into coming back by her ex mother in law, Madame, who owns it. She is a divorced mom with a grown up daughter. On Clare’s return with her cat Java, she discovers the body of her most valued employee, her assistant manager, Annabelle. Just what has Clare gotten herself into moving back to historic Greenwich Village in New York? Is she thinking she should have stayed in New Jersey? She just might be thinking that when she thinks she hears a intruder in the upstairs of the Village Blend. She soon finds out its her ex husband Matt. With Matt being around and not going away, Madame hiding her own secrets, will Lieutenant Quinn of the Homicide Department help her or leave Clare to her own grind? Just who started all the mess and why does Clare have to pick up the mess? With a murder to solve and coffee to brew will Clare find her own fortune in her coffee grounds?
A excellent series full of robust tales. Wonderful recipes for brewing coffee just the right way.  On What Grounds will leave caffeine pumping in your veins. This book is so good you better make full pot, sit back and turn the pages.
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 2, 2003)

About the author : Visit Cleo Coyle at her online coffeehouse: http://www.CoffeehouseMystery.com where she posts bonus recipes, shares coffee picks, and maintains a message board.

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. With close to 1 million copies in print worldwide, the Coffeehouse Mysteries are a critically acclaimed series of light, amateur sleuth mysteries with two starred reviews. Multiple entries have been reviewer Top Picks and chosen for Best of the Year lists as well as featured selections of the Mystery Guild, and the first book is now in its 20th printing. Together Cleo and her husband also write the bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are New York Times bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting http://www.CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site’s Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.

To find  The Coffeehouse Mysteries try here: http://www.coffeehousemystery.com/
 Also sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or order them from your favorite bookstore near you.

Catering To Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

cateringAbout the book: Even though working a wake isn’t Goldy Bear’s idea of fun, the Colorado caterer throws herself into preparing a savory feast featuring Poached Salmon and Strawberry Shortcake Buffet designed to soothe forty mourners. Her culinary efforts seem to be exactly what the doctor ordered . . . until her former father-in-law, gynecologist Fritz Korman, is struck down—and Goldy is accused of adding poison to the menu. Now, with the Department of Health impounding her leftovers, her ex-husband trashing her name, and her business close to being shut down, Goldy knows she can’t wait for the police to serve up answers. She soon uncovers more than one skeleton in the closet, along with a veritable slew of unpalatable secrets—the kind that could make Goldy the main course in an unsavory killer’s next murder.

My Review: Goldy Bear is a caterer in Colorado, who owns Goldilock’s Catering. Trying to live her life apart from her ex husband, Dr. John Richard Korman is no easy task. It seems he’s out to get her when his father gynecologist Dr. Fritz Korman is stuck down at the funeral of her sons teacher Laura Smiley during her catering event. He ex husband is out to get Goldy and shut her catering business down. Goldy now finds herself trying to make ends meet taking care of her son Arch with now having her business shut down until they can find out what happened. Goldy is on the hunt for information to bail herself and her company out before someone else ends up murdered.

Goldy and Investigator Shultz, have a huge road ahead of them, as more mysterious event happen. There’s not much help coming from the Korman family. Where does all this leave Goldy and her business? Just what relationship does Investigator Shultz play in all this? Will it be to late for Goldilocks Catering to save its good name?

There are some amazing culinary delights in this book. Diane’s series will leave your taste buds watering for more mystery and more yummy goodness.

To find Diane’s book see thehttp://www.amazon.com/Catering-Nobody-Goldy-Book-1/dp/0553584707/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421637099&sr=1-3&keywords=diane+mott+davidson links below.

http://www.amazon.com/Diane-Mott-Davidson/e/B000AP8PXY/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

The Mockingbird Next Door -Life With Harper Lee by Marja Mills

mockingAbout the book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a great friendship.

In 2004, with the Lees’ blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees’ inner circle of friends.

Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story—and the South—right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family.

The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle.

Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees’ life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.

My Review: To Kill A Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s one hit best seller. I read this book in school, I still have a copy to this day. I was a bit skeptical on reading this book, just because I knew Harper wanted to be left alone and in peace. My thinking was it would be an intrusion on her life and what she wanted most, solidarity.  Marja Mills story didn’t leave me feeling it was a invasion of privacy, in fact it was just the opposite. Usually my reviews I never give my opinion, I just give some of the bits and pieces of the story and leave a few hints for readers to see if they want to read it or not. The book left me feeling of great appreciation knowing what Marja shared with us was exactly a really nice friendship that she shared with Harper and her sister. She, I’m sure did leave a lot of personal stories out, that I’m sure wouldn’t harm Harper or their friendship.

I’m really glad I listened to another author’s advice to pick up this book and read it for myself. Marja Mills, has done the best job of still leaving Harper’s life and story still intact. I know Harper Lee will always be a favorite of mine, and let me share the book To Kill A Mockingbird with my friends and family. There are many fine moments in this book that will just leave you smiling, or even a bit of tears, happy ones of course. When a book is a true story, its hard to not want to share everything. I thank Marja for the fantastic job she did with writing this book and sharing some of these memories, I know she will have for a lifetime. What a fabulous thing to be giving a friendship with Harper Lee.

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Penguin Press; 1st edition (July 15, 2014)

To find a copy of The Mockingbird Next Door :

http://www.amazon.com/Mockingbird-Next-Door-Life-Harper/dp/1594205191/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421634626&sr=1-1&keywords=marja+lee&pebp=1421634628900&peasin=1594205191

Shadow Of Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman

Shadow Of DoubtA bit about the book:

When a top Hollywood Agent is found poisoned in the bathtub of her home, suspicion quickly turns to one of her two nieces. But Carol Childs, a reporter for a local talk radio station, doesn’t believe it. The suspect is her neighbor and friend, and also her primary source for insider industry news. After a media frenzy pits one niece against the other—and the body count starts to rise—Carol knows she must save her friend from being tried in the court of public opinion.

But even the most seasoned reporter can be surprised, and when a Hollywood psychic shows up in Carol’s studio one night and warns her there will be more deaths, things take an unexpected turn. Suddenly nobody is above suspicion. Carol must challenge both her friendship and the facts, and the only thing she knows for certain is that the killer is still out there. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she’s in.

My Review: Carol Childs, daily job being a talk show reporter on a radio station, leaves Carol wanting more of the limelight. Mysterious deaths have been in the news lately, and Carol wants a piece of the action. Her neighbors famous aunt has been found dead. Samantha Millhouse and her twin sister Sarah, have a feud about Aunt Pepper’s estate. Carol’s FBI boyfriend Eric Langdon, always gives little bits of information to Carol. Tyler Hunt, her boss would rather not have Carol telling stories on air till he gives the approval. There are some crazy people in this story, the one true woman who kind of haunts and makes Carol all weird is Misty Dawn. With a desperate spoiled Hollywood child actor being involved who wants everyone’s direct attention. Just who are involved in all these murders? Is Carol about to be involved so deep in the murders, that she finds her self on the list of the next murderer?

Shadow Of Doubt is a inspiring read. The characters involved will become a part of you as you get  inside the book. A true look at how some are greatly spoiled by wealth that nothing is too short of murder. Nancy Silverman’s first book is a mystery that any reader will fall in love with. Lets just say Love Potion # 9 has nothing on what could be hiding in Silverman’s own bottle.

  • Series: A Carol Childs Mystery
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press (December 2, 2014)

To find this book or information about Nancy Cole Silverman follow the link to learn more.

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Doubt-Carol-Childs-Mystery/dp/1940976537/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421632087&sr=1-1&keywords=nancy+cole+silverman&pebp=1421632093050&peasin=1940976537

No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie

no ghouls allowedAbout the book: M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family home in Valdosta, Georgia, they find Montgomery Holliday a changed man. The source of his happiness seems to be his new fiancée, the charming Christine Bigelow.

But despite the blush of new love, Montgomery and Christine are dealing with a big problem in the form of the antebellum mansion she is having renovated. After a series of strange accidents, the work crew is convinced the place is cursed, and the contractor has walked off the job. At Christine’s request, M.J. and her pals agree to find out if they’re really dealing with some spirited saboteurs and a possessed plantation home.

My Review: M.J and her friends, leave for Georgia for her fathers wedding, what is in store for all of them is a big house full of ghostly crazy fun. A mansion Christine has purchased leaves contractors in harms way and a few bodies to be found and saved. This mansion is like no mansion anyone has ever had the experience of just how many curses has been built upon this dwelling. Will M.J, be able to save her family from a pile of debt this mansion could cost? Or are they all in extreme danger? Just who is behind all the creepiness? After all these is a wedding that needs to happen. Can Montgomery finally show his daughter the love she is entitled to after all the estranged years from her father, since her mother passed away?

Victoria Laurie, has taken her Ghost Hunter Series and just set a no boundary. She has again delivered a remarkable book. Ghostbusters needs to have V.L on speed dial. What a remarkable book, that leaves you squirming page after page. She just took the Cozy genre to a all new level. Its a Ghoul of a tale.

  • Series: Ghost Hunter Mystery (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 6, 2015)

To find out how you can get this book or any other Victoria Laurie series please check the websites below.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Ghouls-Allowed-Hunter-Mystery/dp/0451470087/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421630016&sr=1-1&keywords=no+ghouls+allowed+victoria+laurie&pebp=1421630018620&peasin=451470087

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/victoria-laurie?

http://victorialaurie.com

Writes Of Passage Edit Edited by Hank Phillippi Rayan

writes of passageThe path of a writing career can be rocky and twisty and full of dead ends. But it’s also well-traveled-and in Writes of Passage, fifty-nine mystery authors offer the secrets that helped them navigate their success. When you’re in need of an author’s roadmap, “pick up this book,” as Hank Phillippi Ryan says in the introduction. “Open it to any page. The sisters of SinC have shared their personal journeys-and they have many tales to tell.” These tales reveal the “Writes of Passage” every author encounters, and Sisters in Crime hopes these beautifully told experiences will guide you along your way.

Writing stories for books, no matter what the genre is can be a very scary thing, Writes Of  Passage hand you the fabulous Sisters In Crime. SinC as they are called amongst themselves and those who know them. The experiences told by almost 60 of these very talented artists, will leave an impression on anybody who either reads or wants to write. This was a very easy book to just fall into and sit and read for a few hours. The ladies pretty much pour their heart and soul out telling about what scared them or helped them the most. This is a very close group who are always able to give a hand or just lend a ear. They help each other through the good times and bad. If you are a friend, you are a friend for life. Writes Of Passion, is having a old blanket you never want to give up, you can return to it over and over again and still find a friend exactly how you remembered.

If you want to own a copy, please check out the links below.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/writes-of-passage-hank-phillippi-ryan/1120265465?ean=9781941962190

http://www.amazon.com/Writes-Passage-Adventures-Writers-Journey/dp/194196219X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421628537&sr=1-1&keywords=writes+of+passage

http://henerypress.com/

  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014

A Good Girl: A Charlie McClung Mystery (The Charlie McClung Mysteries) (Volume 2) by, Mary Anne Edwards

xxxxAbout the book ;For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family.

“Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma”

Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life, revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.

My Review:

A Good Girl, is the second book in the Charlie McClung Mystery. Detective McClung in on a well needed vacation, with girlfriend Marion. What should be an Irish family meeting of his girlfriend and all of Charlie’s loved ones turns out to be a murder of a girl wanting to be a nun, amongst his own childhood hometown. Charlie pins his badge on to help his family and find out just how this murder occurred in his quiet neighborhood with his own families business in the mix. With all the McClung’s fawning over Marion, she has to decide if she will get involved to help Charlie, so this family celebration stays on track. With police, detectives and family running about, there is a calm that is in store. A safe place to be with this new family for Marion. There’s also a surprise in store for all involved, but can it take place with all this murder and drama going on? Let’s see if this can hold these two love birds together and maybe just maybe start a never ending chapter that’s full of love from the first page you turn the very last page in the book.

 

The McClung Mystery series, are books you can easily get consumed in. Close character relationships, comfort, laughs and a few tears will also be provided. Edwards never lost track of the story line and keep the reader quite content. Her giving the reader a total “wow” that no reader saw coming is just the added bonus that will bring the reader back. A Good Girl is the element of an Irish treasure trove. The Charlie McClung mystery series, is a twist of romance, mystery, suspenseful “whodunit” pot of gold.

 

Marie Nicoll

 

About the author:

I was born in Mercedes, Texas, I have lived in Georgia most of my life which has been filled with a variety of experiences. Some were great and some, well let’s just say I have learned many lessons the hard way.

I am active in Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter and sit on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc., a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.

I began writing in high school but not seriously until 1999. I write traditional mysteries and my biggest influences are Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, Elizabeth Peters, and my family.

Brilliant Disguise is the first book in the Detective Charlie McClung Mysteries. The second book, A Good Girl, will be released September, 2014. There are eight more to follow in the series. I hope you enjoy reading my books. Please visit my website, http://www.maryanneedwards.com, and send me note. I love hearing from you. Thank you to all of my readers.

 

 

A love for V.C. Andrews

Twenty seven years ago, Andrew Neiderman took over the writing of the beloved books of V.C Andrews. Here are some interesting, facts and the reason to keep the books alive and present for this generation.

Lifetime airing five movies adapted from five V.C. Andrews titles! The first, Flowers in the Attic, breaks a viewing record at 6.1 million.

     V.C. Andrews is the longest, consistently published book franchise in American publishing history, now into its 35th year!

     Andrew Neiderman(author of The Devil’s Advocate)has carried the franchise for nearly 27 of those years. He is now the world’s most successful ghostwriter having moved the books from just under 30 million to over 106 million worldwide in 95 countries and 24 languages.

     Because of his success at reviving and prolonging the book franchise, other publishers have imitated the process by continuing such authors as Tom Clancy, Lawrence Sanders, and Raymond Chandler. In an increasingly changing book publishing world, ghostwriting successful authors has become a major factor in the market. Neiderman, as one of the original practitioners of this can best speak to the phenomenon. He has spoken on many talk shows and now with the tremendous Hollywood interest in the novels, has been interviewed by none less than NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and L.A. Buzz Feed, among many others.

     Heightening the interest for media in hosting an interview, is the upcoming publication, Christopher’s Diary, Secrets of Foxworth, the first of three novels to be born out of the worldwide successful Dollanganger series. It has already been sold throughout the UK and will be simultaneously published on October 28, 2014 in the UK, Australia, and India with a follow up in Poland.

     Neiderman, a former English teacher, can cover the topic from many angles. Under his own name, he has over 45 thrillers, a number produced as television and feature films, the most famous being The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, now in development as a stage musical in London and stage play in Holland.

Contact: Andrew Neiderman at 760-322-0889 or at Neid1@aol.com. Visit Neiderman.com.

 

Why V.C. Andrews Lives on

 

Witnessing the resurgence in the V.C. Andrews thirty-four-year-old book franchise, one has to wonder what it is about the titles, style, characters and stories that has made it so enduring despite the dramatic upheavals in the book publishing world, for there have been many. At the top of that list is the elimination of major retail book outlets that heavily featured mass market novels, such as Borders, as well as the surge in e-book sales that have had a devastating effect on brick and mortar stores everywhere.

     Yet, one fact remains, V.C. Andrews has outlasted competitors and strung a list of more than seventy titles, most of which that have found markets and sales internationally as well and continue to do so. There are a number of possible reasons for this phenomenon.

From Flowers in the Attic to the most recent, The Unwelcomed Child, V.C. Andrews novels have tapped into the psyche of young female characters who embody and express the fears, desires, and struggles involved with any child’s search for love and meaning in an increasingly dysfunctional environment. What was once thought to be practically fantasy (locking up your own children in an attic world for over three years) has proven today to be quite unexceptional. Indeed it seems as though reality is imitating fiction.

     V.C. Andrews was not the first to capture the confusion and complexity of family relationships, of course, but centering solely on the world of budding femininity and capturing the struggles in a style that borrowed from gothic, mystery, and romance and then churning them together in a new recipe to create a genre one could even call The V.C. Andrews genre, the novels found their own place to exist and flourish through decades now. Despite the changes in lifestyle from the late seventies to the second decade of the 21st Century, there was and is something universal, something untouched and undisturbed by whatever upheaval in social mores we’ve seen worldwide. The same question lives on…why do people who are supposed to love each other hurt each other so much and so deeply?

     In the course of answering the question, the V.C. Andrews novels created what has now been exploited as “New Adult” fiction, stories involving young people who have adult crises in their lives, whether it be a literal fight for survival or a relationship with someone older, someone forbidden.

     Indeed what has made V.C. Andrews so popular and attractive is that very word, “Forbidden.” The subject matter is usually not fodder for everyday dinner conversation, where that still exists, whether it is incest, The Dollanganger Series; a father who sells his own children, The Casteel series; or a father who casts his own daughter into the street to fend for herself, Forbidden Sister and Roxy’s Story. Others are writing about some of these subjects, but none have been able to duplicate the V.C. Andrews’ style described above, at least to the extent to be able to survive for now thirty-four years and going, for there are literally eight more titles in the pipeline.

     Pocket Books/Gallery, the publisher since the inception of the franchise, has adeptly managed the packaging of the new titles so as to give them a contemporary feel and yet maintain the style and flavor of what is special about V.C. Andrews novels. It is a challenge they embraced and continue to embrace with consistent new energy.

     Now this resurgence has finally caught the interest of Hollywood. Lifetime network’s embrace of the Dollanganger series has taken on the most difficult of all challenges perhaps, incest in a story involving young people. Perhaps its time has just come, but now other film entities are seriously considering the newer titles.

     Nothing shows the publisher’s awareness of the power of the V.C. Andrews phenomenon perhaps as much as the upcoming publications of Christopher’s Diary, Secrets of Foxworth, followed by Christopher’s Diary, Echoes of Dollanganger. The story, despite having four sequels and one prequel, has far more life and impact to deliver. Viewed through the eyes of a contemporary character, the diaries present a new prospective on the forbidden topic and with all the power and influence of modern mores, brings the followers of V.C. Andrews to a new place, born in their time and contemporary enough to challenge them to rethink what they will accept today.

     Alive and well, the V.C. Andrews novels, although ghostwritten for nearly twenty-seven years by novelist Andrew Neiderman(The Devil’s Advocate), are about to step on another stage and reawaken older titles thought sleeping on library shelves. It’s quite an exciting journey that has no end in sight.

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     Witnessing the resurgence in the V.C. Andrews thirty-four-year-old book franchise, one has to wonder what it is about the titles, style, characters and stories that has made it so enduring despite the dramatic upheavals in the book publishing world, for there have been many. At the top of that list is the elimination of major retail book outlets that heavily featured mass market novels, such as Borders, as well as the surge in e-book sales that have had a devastating effect on brick and mortar stores everywhere.

     Yet, one fact remains, V.C. Andrews has outlasted competitors and strung a list of more than seventy titles, most of which that have found markets and sales internationally as well and continue to do so. There are a number of possible reasons for this phenomenon.

From Flowers in the Attic to the most recent, The Unwelcomed Child, V.C. Andrews novels have tapped into the psyche of young female characters who embody and express the fears, desires, and struggles involved with any child’s search for love and meaning in an increasingly dysfunctional environment. What was once thought to be practically fantasy (locking up your own children in an attic world for over three years) has proven today to be quite unexceptional. Indeed it seems as though reality is imitating fiction.

     V.C. Andrews was not the first to capture the confusion and complexity of family relationships, of course, but centering solely on the world of budding femininity and capturing the struggles in a style that borrowed from gothic, mystery, and romance and then churning them together in a new recipe to create a genre one could even call The V.C. Andrews genre, the novels found their own place to exist and flourish through decades now. Despite the changes in lifestyle from the late seventies to the second decade of the 21st Century, there was and is something universal, something untouched and undisturbed by whatever upheaval in social mores we’ve seen worldwide. The same question lives on…why do people who are supposed to love each other hurt each other so much and so deeply?

     In the course of answering the question, the V.C. Andrews novels created what has now been exploited as “New Adult” fiction, stories involving young people who have adult crises in their lives, whether it be a literal fight for survival or a relationship with someone older, someone forbidden.

     Indeed what has made V.C. Andrews so popular and attractive is that very word, “Forbidden.” The subject matter is usually not fodder for everyday dinner conversation, where that still exists, whether it is incest, The Dollanganger Series; a father who sells his own children, The Casteel series; or a father who casts his own daughter into the street to fend for herself, Forbidden Sister and Roxy’s Story. Others are writing about some of these subjects, but none have been able to duplicate the V.C. Andrews’ style described above, at least to the extent to be able to survive for now thirty-four years and going, for there are literally eight more titles in the pipeline.

     Pocket Books/Gallery, the publisher since the inception of the franchise, has adeptly managed the packaging of the new titles so as to give them a contemporary feel and yet maintain the style and flavor of what is special about V.C. Andrews novels. It is a challenge they embraced and continue to embrace with consistent new energy.

     Now this resurgence has finally caught the interest of Hollywood. Lifetime network’s embrace of the Dollanganger series has taken on the most difficult of all challenges perhaps, incest in a story involving young people. Perhaps its time has just come, but now other film entities are seriously considering the newer titles.

     Nothing shows the publisher’s awareness of the power of the V.C. Andrews phenomenon perhaps as much as the upcoming publications of Christopher’s Diary, Secrets of Foxworth, followed by Christopher’s Diary, Echoes of Dollanganger. The story, despite having four sequels and one prequel, has far more life and impact to deliver. Viewed through the eyes of a contemporary character, the diaries present a new prospective on the forbidden topic and with all the power and influence of modern mores, brings the followers of V.C. Andrews to a new place, born in their time and contemporary enough to challenge them to rethink what they will accept today.

     Alive and well, the V.C. Andrews novels, although ghostwritten for nearly twenty-seven years by novelist Andrew Neiderman(The Devil’s Advocate), are about to step on another stage and reawaken older titles thought sleeping on library shelves. It’s quite an exciting journey that has no end in sight.

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     Witnessing the resurgence in the V.C. Andrews thirty-four-year-old book franchise, one has to wonder what it is about the titles, style, characters and stories that has made it so enduring despite the dramatic upheavals in the book publishing world, for there have been many. At the top of that list is the elimination of major retail book outlets that heavily featured mass market novels, such as Borders, as well as the surge in e-book sales that have had a devastating effect on brick and mortar stores everywhere.

     Yet, one fact remains, V.C. Andrews has outlasted competitors and strung a list of more than seventy titles, most of which that have found markets and sales internationally as well and continue to do so. There are a number of possible reasons for this phenomenon.

From Flowers in the Attic to the most recent, The Unwelcomed Child, V.C. Andrews novels have tapped into the psyche of young female characters who embody and express the fears, desires, and struggles involved with any child’s search for love and meaning in an increasingly dysfunctional environment. What was once thought to be practically fantasy (locking up your own children in an attic world for over three years) has proven today to be quite unexceptional. Indeed it seems as though reality is imitating fiction.

     V.C. Andrews was not the first to capture the confusion and complexity of family relationships, of course, but centering solely on the world of budding femininity and capturing the struggles in a style that borrowed from gothic, mystery, and romance and then churning them together in a new recipe to create a genre one could even call The V.C. Andrews genre, the novels found their own place to exist and flourish through decades now. Despite the changes in lifestyle from the late seventies to the second decade of the 21st Century, there was and is something universal, something untouched and undisturbed by whatever upheaval in social mores we’ve seen worldwide. The same question lives on…why do people who are supposed to love each other hurt each other so much and so deeply?

     In the course of answering the question, the V.C. Andrews novels created what has now been exploited as “New Adult” fiction, stories involving young people who have adult crises in their lives, whether it be a literal fight for survival or a relationship with someone older, someone forbidden.

     Indeed what has made V.C. Andrews so popular and attractive is that very word, “Forbidden.” The subject matter is usually not fodder for everyday dinner conversation, where that still exists, whether it is incest, The Dollanganger Series; a father who sells his own children, The Casteel series; or a father who casts his own daughter into the street to fend for herself, Forbidden Sister and Roxy’s Story. Others are writing about some of these subjects, but none have been able to duplicate the V.C. Andrews’ style described above, at least to the extent to be able to survive for now thirty-four years and going, for there are literally eight more titles in the pipeline.

     Pocket Books/Gallery, the publisher since the inception of the franchise, has adeptly managed the packaging of the new titles so as to give them a contemporary feel and yet maintain the style and flavor of what is special about V.C. Andrews novels. It is a challenge they embraced and continue to embrace with consistent new energy.

     Now this resurgence has finally caught the interest of Hollywood. Lifetime network’s embrace of the Dollanganger series has taken on the most difficult of all challenges perhaps, incest in a story involving young people. Perhaps its time has just come, but now other film entities are seriously considering the newer titles.

     Nothing shows the publisher’s awareness of the power of the V.C. Andrews phenomenon perhaps as much as the upcoming publications of Christopher’s Diary, Secrets of Foxworth, followed by Christopher’s Diary, Echoes of Dollanganger. The story, despite having four sequels and one prequel, has far more life and impact to deliver. Viewed through the eyes of a contemporary character, the diaries present a new prospective on the forbidden topic and with all the power and influence of modern mores, brings the followers of V.C. Andrews to a new place, born in their time and contemporary enough to challenge them to rethink what they will accept today.

     Alive and well, the V.C. Andrews novels, although ghostwritten for nearly twenty-seven years by novelist Andrew Neiderman(The Devil’s Advocate), are about to step on another stage and reawaken older titles thought sleeping on library shelves. It’s quite an exciting journey that has no end in sight.

 

 

     Witnessing the resurgence in the V.C. Andrews thirty-four-year-old book franchise, one has to wonder what it is about the titles, style, characters and stories that has made it so enduring despite the dramatic upheavals in the book publishing world, for there have been many. At the top of that list is the elimination of major retail book outlets that heavily featured mass market novels, such as Borders, as well as the surge in e-book sales that have had a devastating effect on brick and mortar stores everywhere.

     Yet, one fact remains, V.C. Andrews has outlasted competitors and strung a list of more than seventy titles, most of which that have found markets and sales internationally as well and continue to do so. There are a number of possible reasons for this phenomenon.

From Flowers in the Attic to the most recent, The Unwelcomed Child, V.C. Andrews novels have tapped into the psyche of young female characters who embody and express the fears, desires, and struggles involved with any child’s search for love and meaning in an increasingly dysfunctional environment. What was once thought to be practically fantasy (locking up your own children in an attic world for over three years) has proven today to be quite unexceptional. Indeed it seems as though reality is imitating fiction.

     V.C. Andrews was not the first to capture the confusion and complexity of family relationships, of course, but centering solely on the world of budding femininity and capturing the struggles in a style that borrowed from gothic, mystery, and romance and then churning them together in a new recipe to create a genre one could even call The V.C. Andrews genre, the novels found their own place to exist and flourish through decades now. Despite the changes in lifestyle from the late seventies to the second decade of the 21st Century, there was and is something universal, something untouched and undisturbed by whatever upheaval in social mores we’ve seen worldwide. The same question lives on…why do people who are supposed to love each other hurt each other so much and so deeply?

     In the course of answering the question, the V.C. Andrews novels created what has now been exploited as “New Adult” fiction, stories involving young people who have adult crises in their lives, whether it be a literal fight for survival or a relationship with someone older, someone forbidden.

     Indeed what has made V.C. Andrews so popular and attractive is that very word, “Forbidden.” The subject matter is usually not fodder for everyday dinner conversation, where that still exists, whether it is incest, The Dollanganger Series; a father who sells his own children, The Casteel series; or a father who casts his own daughter into the street to fend for herself, Forbidden Sister and Roxy’s Story. Others are writing about some of these subjects, but none have been able to duplicate the V.C. Andrews’ style described above, at least to the extent to be able to survive for now thirty-four years and going, for there are literally eight more titles in the pipeline.

     Pocket Books/Gallery, the publisher since the inception of the franchise, has adeptly managed the packaging of the new titles so as to give them a contemporary feel and yet maintain the style and flavor of what is special about V.C. Andrews novels. It is a challenge they embraced and continue to embrace with consistent new energy.

     Now this resurgence has finally caught the interest of Hollywood. Lifetime network’s embrace of the Dollanganger series has taken on the most difficult of all challenges perhaps, incest in a story involving young people. Perhaps its time has just come, but now other film entities are seriously considering the newer titles.

     Nothing shows the publisher’s awareness of the power of the V.C. Andrews phenomenon perhaps as much as the upcoming publications of Christopher’s Diary, Secrets of Foxworth, followed by Christopher’s Diary, Echoes of Dollanganger. The story, despite having four sequels and one prequel, has far more life and impact to deliver. Viewed through the eyes of a contemporary character, the diaries present a new prospective on the forbidden topic and with all the power and influence of modern mores, brings the followers of V.C. Andrews to a new place, born in their time and contemporary enough to challenge them to rethink what they will accept today.

     Alive and well, the V.C. Andrews novels, although ghostwritten for nearly twenty-seven years by novelist Andrew Neiderman(The Devil’s Advocate), are about to step on another stage and reawaken older titles thought sleeping on library shelves. It’s quite an exciting journey that has no end in sight.

Why Did I Write Christopher’s Diary?

 

By Andrew Neiderman

 

 

After writing V.C. Andrews novels now for over 27 years and developing a Facebook page for the fans that Facebook itself called the 7th most explosive in terms of its growth, I realized that www.

 

Flowers in the Attic and indeed the entire Dollanganger series has been and continues to be a phenomenon in the publishing world. If any title deserved a retrospect and revisit, it was surely this one.

 

But it was important not to simply retell the story developed in Flowers in the Attic. Christopher’s Diary does give another prospective to the events. Christopher, as a character, has been seen only through Cathy’s eyes, and basically she assumes and interprets as would anyone, through her own perspective and subjective feelings about what’s happening to them throughout the series. Virginia Andrews did a wonderful job of fleshing out Cathy’s character and although limited obviously by her point of view, Christopher’s and Corrine’s characters especially.

 

It was time to delve deeper into Christopher’s motivations. He is, we quickly see, an extraordinarily intelligent boy, far more mature than most his age. Like any child, he is not objective about his parents, but in Christopher’s Diary we see that he can be when it is necessary to be. His disappointments in his father and his mother become clearer and understandable for us. Most important, perhaps, we see more motivation for why and how he put up with his mother’s obvious lies. He battles the child in himself constantly, the urge to be optimistic and naïve, and eventually he faces the truths about his parents and most importantly, about himself.

 

What a wonder all this can be when it is brought together with some of the mysteries not really solved in the Dollanganger series. Christopher’s Diary provides that.

 

The second major reason for the novel is to develop the A-story, the story of the high school senior girl whose father while evaluating the ruins of Foxworth Hall discovers the diary. Couched now in what would be closer to reality if such an event as depicted in Flowers in the Attic really happened, Christopher’s Diary is full of discoveries for any reader. What the novel examines and personifies through the main character, Kristin Masterwood, is how readers through the decades reacted to reading Flowers in the Attic. The way the diary affects her is the way the novel affected the millions of readers who experienced it. There will be a great deal of understanding and the resurrection of feelings that were experienced.

 

Christopher’s Diary reinforces therefore why Flowers in the Attic is a publishing phenomenon and will help it live on for decades to come.