PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN MARKETS OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. (FICTION AND NON-FICTION)
This is a list of properties that are available in certain foreign markets. This list does change frequently so if you are interested in any of these on the list please contact PMA to confirm availability. This list is updated monthly.
Creator of the Chocolate series, Kay is a writer and speaker who is known as “the caretaker of stories for women of the world.” PMA placed Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart, Chocolate for a Lover’s Heart, Chocolate for a Mother’s Heart, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit, Chocolate for a Young Woman’s Soul and a limited hardcover anthology of both Heart and Soul with Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. To date, there are more than a million Chocolate books in print in the US alone. PMA also licensed the books in the UK, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Holland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Turkey and Slovakia thus far. In addition, we recently optioned the television rights for Kay’s first book, Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul. Kay lives with her husband, Eric, in Oswego, Oregon.
Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul: 77 Stories to Feed Your Spirit and Warm Your Heart (Fireside, 1997)This collection of soul-bearing essays capture the essence of what it means to be a woman. The contributors include best-selling authors, motivational speakers, spiritual leaders, and women from all walks of life; each shares their most personal experiences–funny poignant, powerful and uplifting–as they inspire you to excel at each of life’s challenges. Like a box of chocolates, these stories soothe, satisfy and delight and, like chocolates, they can be enjoyed in one sitting or savored one at a time. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Winter 1997, paperback; US audio rights to Simon & Schuster Audio; US Spanish rights to Simon & Schuster; Czech Republic: Columbus/hardcover; UK: Simon & Schuster UK/hard-soft; Holland: Het Spectrum/hard-soft; Italy: RCS Libri/hard-soft; Korea: Premium/hard-soft; Japan: TBS Britannica; Mexico: Editorial Diana/hard-soft; Slovakia: Slovensky Spisovatel/hardcover; Hungary: Trivium; Taiwan: Locus/hard-soft; Turkey: Altin Kitaplar Yayinevi & TIC A.S. Soft; China: Shanghai Far East Publishers)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart: 77 Stories of Love, Kindness & Compassion to Nourish Your Soul and Sweeten Your Dreams (Fireside, 1998) This is a collection of love stories of all kinds. With the emphasis on romantic stories, the second book in the series also includes tales of love about grandparents, children, friends and others. Some stories inspire us to love ourselves, while others demonstrate kindness to those around us. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Fall 1998, paperback; US audio rights to Simon & Schuster Audio; Czech Republic: Columbus/hardcover; Holland: Het Spectrum; Italy: RCS Rizzoli; Japan: TBS Britannica, hard-soft; Slovakia: Slovensky Spisovatel/hardcover; Turkey: Altin Kitaplar Yayinevi & TIC A.S. soft; UK: Simon & Schuster UK; China: China Translation & Publishing)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart and Soul: Stories of Love, Courage & Compassion to Nourish Your Spirit & Sweeten Your Dreams (Fireside, 1998)A limited edition hardcover containing the complete texts of both Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul and Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Winter 1998, hardcover; China: China Youth Publishing House)
Chocolate for a Lover’s Heart: Soul-Soothing Stories that Celebrate the Power of Love (Fireside, 1999)
The third edition of the best-selling Chocolate series, this collection celebrates the triumph and power of love. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, February 1999, paperback; UK: Simon & Schuster UK; Czech Republic: Columbus; Japan: TBS Britannica; Hungary: Trivium; Turkey: Altin Kitaplar Yayinevi & TIC A.S. soft; Mexica: Editoral Diana; Thailand: Nahmee.)
Chocolate for a Mother’s Heart (Fireside, 1999)
The fourth edition of the best-selling Chocolate series, this collection of heartwarming stories captures the joys, pains and adventures of motherhood. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, May 1999, paperback; Mexico: Editorial Diana; UK: Simon & Schuster UK; Turkey: Altin Kitaplar Yayinevi & TIC A.S. soft; Thailand: Nahmee; China: Shanghai Far East Publishers)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit (Fireside, 1999)
The fifth edition of the best-selling Chocolate series, this collection celebrates the power of intuition, divine intervention and spirit. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Fall 1999, paperback; Italy: RCS Libri; SPA Mexico: Editorial Diana, Fall 2002; China: China Youth Publishing House)
Chocolate for a Teen’s Soul (Fireside, 2000)
The sixth edition of the best-selling chocolate series, this collection celebrates the joys, triumphs and mysteries of being a young woman. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Spring 2000, paperback; China: Shanghai Far East Publishers)
Chocolate for a Teen’s Heart (Fireside, 2001)
The seventh edition of the best-selling chocolate series, this is a collection of love stories specifically aimed at teens. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Spring 2001, paperback; China: Shanghai Far East Publishers)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Blessings (Fireside, 2001)
The eighth edition of the best-selling chocolate series, this collection celebrates women who have survived and thrived, lost and loved, cried and laughed, and most of all, discovered the infinite joys of living. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Fall 2001, paperback; Mexico: Editorial Diana, Fall 2002; China: China Youth Publishing House)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Dreams (Fireside, 2002)
The ninth edition of the best-selling chocolate series, this collection celebrates women’s dreams and goals. (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Fall 2001, paperback; China: Shanghai Far East Publishers)
Chocolate for a Teen’s Spirit (Fireside, 2002)
The tenth edition of the best-selling chocolate series, this is a collection of stories to bolster teen’s spirits (China: China Youth Publishing House)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Courage (Fireside, 2002)
The eleventh edition of the best-selling chocolate series celebrates stories of women’s strength and wisdom. (China: China Youth Publishing House)
Chocolate for a Teen’s Dreams (Fireside, 2003)
The twelfth edition of the best-selling chocolate series, this collection celebrates the stuff made of teen’s dreams (China: China Youth Publishing House)
Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul II (Fireside, 2004)
The thirteenth edition of the best-selling chocolates series that uses the same formula that made the first book so popular. (China: China Youth Publishing House)
PMA has recently attained management of The Association for Research and Enlightenment and the Edgar Cayce Foundation. The ARE has successfully published hundreds of spiritually enlightening books of all kinds, including the continued classic biography of Edgar Cayce, THERE IS A RIVER, by Thomas Shugrue, which has sold over a million copies. PMA’s Management will include revitalizing the ARE’s publishing program both domestically and internationally. Miller negotiated PMA’s management agreement with ARE director Charles Thomas Cayce, grandson of Edgar Cayce. PMA’s general focus will be the most important tiles published by the ARE, the “Edgar Cayce Classics” and the continued publication of these both domestically and foreign.
The Story of Edgar Cayce: There is a River by Thomas Sugrue (ARE)
This original biography of Edgar Cayce tells the complete story of America’s most well documented psychic. Explore Cayce’s life, work, psychic readings, and phenomenal medical cures. Contains a photo section about Cayce’s life. (Finland: Kirjakuutio Oy Ulvilantie)
The Place We Call Home by Robert J. Grant (ARE, February 2000)
This compelling and contemporary book takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the realms that await us after physical death, a place which those who have glimpsed it call our true home. Grant delves into the questions that everyone asks about death, souls, and survival after death. A hopeful and inspiring look at the dimensions of life beyond the illusion we call death and a celebration of the eternal nature of the human soul. (Finland: Kirjakuutio Oy Ulvilantie)
The Edgar Cayce Companion by B. Ernest Frejer (ARE, December 1995)
This outstanding reference work contains concise quotes from the Edgar Cayce readings on 264 separate topics, including past and future world conditions, life’s purpose, evolution of the soul, reincarnation and karma, religion, the Bible, Jesus the Christ, and health and diet. (Bulgaria: Hermes Publishing House)
The End Times by John Van Auken (ARE, 1994; NAL 2001; Poland: Droemer Weltbild, 2002)
This eye-opening book looks at prophecies from four major sources: the Bible, Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, and the Holy Mother as she appeared in visions over the years. The author examines startling predictions of the end times as they relate to the turn of this century, emphasizing the strong similarities among these diverse sources.
The Intuitive Heart by Henry Reed, Ph.D. and Brenda English (ARE, September 2000)
Is intuition real? Where does it come from? How can we learn to use it and trust it in our own lives? Henry Reed, a psychologist and expert on human consciousness, has developed an important and reliable way to develop it, use it, and trust it for answers for others and ourselves.
Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates by Kevin J Todeschi (ARE, January 1999)
Twin souls, soul mates, perfect partners-do they really exist? Can we find perfect relationships, or must they develop over time? This book explores these questions through case histories from the Edgar Cayce readings on the deeper, hidden meaning of soul mates, friendships, and family relationships. It provides unique insights into the dynamics of soul attraction and how relationships develop over time within the framework of reincarnation.
Meditation: The Light From Within by Harry Glover (ARE, February 2001)
Forget the idea of meditation as a difficult and time-consuming practice for divorcing oneself from the real world. In fact, meditation based on the simple method described by Edgar Cayce offers profound yet safe experiences that can enhance soul growth and give us useful, sometimes life-changing spiritual guidance.
Soul Development by Kevin Todeschi (ARE)
Using contemporary examples and case histories from the Edgar Cayce readings, this volume explores how individuals constantly create the substance of their lives, sometimes as “victims” and sometimes as “Conscious co-creators.” It also explores how soul development is achieved and how collective development impacts the world at large.
Live Well, Sleep Well by Dan Campbell (ARE, January 2001)
Sleep is something we should fall into naturally. But for millions of people, poor or inadequate sleep has become one of the banes of modern life. Dan Campbell looks at sleep in a new and exciting way, through the twin lenses of modern sleep research and the information on sleep in the Edgar Cayce readings, to offer a fully holistic approach and a wealth of practical, in-depth, and meaningful information.
Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records by Kevin Todeschi (ARE, January 1998)
The Book of Life, or the Akashic Records, is the storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth, containing every word, deed, feeling, thought and intent that has ever occurred. This major work is about how each of us is very much in charge of shaping our destiny. It provides examples of how we can tap into our records; our past lives, our present experiences and our unfolding futures, and create that destiny. (Finland: Kirjakuutio Oy Ulvilantie)
A Parent’s Toolbox for Spiritual Growth by Johanna van Zwet (ARE, January 2001)
How can the practical world of child rearing be reconciled with the lofty realm of spirituality? When she began to search for answers about her own spirituality, Johanna van Zwet discovered it’s relevance to another important part of her life: raising her three children. Now other parents can learn from her recognition of parenting’s potential for spiritual development.
Dreams by Elsie Sechrist (ARE, December 1995)
This book provides clear evidence of the importance of dreams and symbols in everyone’s life. Elsie Sechrist knew Edgar Cayce and received readings from him. From this relationship came her twenty-year study of dreams and their impact on individuals. Learn to preview future events from your dreams, to interpret dreams of departed loved ones, to receive messages that will be helpful in your life.
Your Life: Why It Is the Way It Is and What You Can Do About It by Bruce McArthur (ARE, June 1993)
Our lives are governed by laws that are just, fair, and forgiving and promise the potential to experience prosperity and joy. Learn to connect with your higher self, improve finances, and attract loving relationships. Based on the Edgar Cayce readings.
The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy by Harold Reilly, D.Ph.T., D.S. and Ruth Brod (ARE, January 1988)
Harold Reilly’s work with the Cayce therapies, combined with the psychic’s own wisdom, shows how to cope with the common cold, control arthritis and psoriasis, protect your heart, increase sexual fulfillment, fight fat and fatigue, improve your figure, enjoy health spa benefits at home, and much more.
Nourishing the Body Temple by Simone Gabbay (ARE, April 1999)
This comprehensive diet and nutrition guide is a road map to better health. The author, a nutritionist offers important information from the Cayce material on all types of foods and how they react in the body. Covers alkalinity, enzymes, pH balance, vitamins, minerals, food combining, a vegetarian diet, food as medicine, and foods for particular needs. (Finland: Kirjakuutio Oy Ulvilantie)
Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose by Mark Thurston, Ph.D. (ARE, October 1984)
Looking for assistance in discovering what you were born to do in this lifetime? Using techniques described in the Edgar Cayce readings and drawing from other paths, Thurston outlines an easy-to-understand procedure for discovering your soul’s purpose and opening new opportunities for fulfilling your soul’s talents.
Edgar Cayce’s Story of the Soul by W.H. Church (ARE, January 1989)
Gain a true understanding of the genesis of souls, what happened in the Garden of Eden, Amilius and Adam, fallen angels, the Yucatan, and mound builders. (Finland: Kirjakuutio Oy Ulvilantie)
Healing Through Meditation and Prayer by Meredith Ann Puryear (ARE, January 1979)
A guide for anyone who wants to be healed or who would like to serve as a channel of healing for others. Learn how healing energy flows, spiritual principles of healing, techniques for the laying on of hands, and much more.
The Oil That Heals by William A. McGarey, M.D. (ARE, August 1993)
Castor oil was recommended by Edgar Cayce for curing many ailments that resist traditional treatment. Dr. McGarey’s book recounts case histories in which he succeeded in employing castor oil packs as a healing agent. Includes instructions for use of castor oil packs.
Lives of the Master by Glenn Sanderfur (ARE, June 1988)
Did Jesus have past lives? Here is a bold look at how the Edgar Cayce readings, the bible, and ancient Gnostic, Eastern, and Egyptian religious texts reveal a consistent and intriguing pattern of incarnations of the Master soul. Some of the many lives covered include His lives as Amilius, Adam, Hermes, and Jesus of Nazareth.
Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis and Lemuria by Frank Joseph (ARE, January 2002)
A contemporary look at the Edgar Cayce readings on Atlantis and Lemuria, in light of the most recent discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, and other sciences, and whether those discoveries support the information in the readings. Includes numerous photos.
Your Shadow by Robin Robertson (ARE)
(Spain: Ediciones Paid—s IbŽrica, Argentina: Editorial Paid—s SAICF)
Jay Bonansinga has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. His novels include OBLIVION, THE SLEEP POLICE, BLOOD HOUND, HEAD CASE, THE KILLER’S GAME, SICK, and THE BLACK MARIAH. Each of his books has been optioned for the movies, and two are currently going into production at major networks and/or studios, including OBLIVION at Turner Broadcasting, and THE KILLER’S GAME (aka THE GODFORSAKEN) at InterMedia. Jay’s fiction has been translated into ten different languages, and he is a visiting professor at Northwestern University.
At The River’s Edge (Kensington Books, 2003)
AT THE RIVER’S EDGE is a moving and engrossing true story of human survival and terrible tragedy: A moment-by-moment account of the worst disaster in Chicago history (and we’re not talking about the Great Fire). 844 people — nearly 4 times the death toll of the Fire — lost their lives in the 1915 wreck of the Great Lakes excursion boat, S.S. Eastland. It’s a disaster, which is, to this day, inexplicably obscure and unknown.
Vincent T. Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964 from the UCLA Law School, where he was president of his graduating class. In his eight-year career as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, he tried close to 1,000 felony and misdemeanor court and jury trials. Of 106 felony jury trials, he lost only one case. HELTER SKELTER is the best-selling true crime book in publishing history; both HELTER SKELTER and his subsequent TILL DEATH US DO PART won Edgar Allan Poe Awards for best true crime book of the year.
Helter Skelter (W.W. Norton & Co., 1974; Russia: Limbus Press, hardcover, 2002)
HELTER SKELTER was born from a Beatles song and branded the 1969 Manson murders and later became the title of the best-selling book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, the Godfather of true crime books, about those murders. The book sold close to 7 million copies and is still the biggest selling true crime book in publishing history. One of the most baffling murder cases of this century began on the night of August 9, 1969, with the brutal killing of actress Sharon Tate and four others at her home in the hills above Hollywood. It continued the next night with the equally cold-blooded murder of a Los Angeles supermarket owner and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. It ended, or so it seemed, with the conviction of Charles Manson and his coconspirators, three young women and a youth known as an “All-American boy.” Their guilt was proved, but the guts of their story remained untold. The detective work with which the story begins, the intimate inside view of a complex murder trial as the prosecutor saw it, the revelation of what actually happened at Sharon Tate’s house that night, the realization of what sort of philosophy the young killers lived by- these elements make a book that is compulsive reading at every level. The Manson case is the most voluminously documented murder case in legal annals. It was the longest trial in American history. The jury was sequestered longer than any jury before or since. The case was an international press, radio, and television spectacular for more than a year. But until this book, the real story could not be told, and twenty-five years later the story reverberates still for millions of readers and television viewers. Helter Skelter is more than a publishing phenomenon: it has become a signature document of an era. Its narrative is enthralling; its importance as a document of our time is great.
Clyde Burleson is the author of over ten books, including two novels. A native of Texas, he works as an advertising executive and partner of a major Houston-based firm.
The Jennifer Project (Texas A&M University Press)
It is a rare event when the details of a secret government mission are presented to the public. It is rarer still when that presentation is made while the operation is still generating headlines. The book gives readers an inside look at what has been called “the greatest covert espionage effort ever undertaken,” is the work of Clyde and Suzy Burleson. To get the facts they conducted interviews in person and by telephone, in major cities and bayou backwaters, to learn the truth. At the same time, they directed an elaborate computerized search of trade journals, scientific publications, newspapers, and other document sources. The results were spectacular. In eight months, including time needed to write the book, this team produced a very human story. And they proved that under our system of government, interested citizens, without an authorized “need to know,” can unveil the details of even a highly classified project. (Texas A&M University Press, March 1997; Film rights to Parkwood Pictures for MGM Studios)
Deep Challenge: Our Quest for Energy Beneath the Sea (Gulf Publishing Co., 1998)
Kursk Down: The Shocking True Story of the Sinking of a Russian Nuclear Submarine (Warner Books, 2001)
As the world’s attention is focused on the tragic deaths of 118 seamen aboard the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, the question that plagues us most is why? In this nonfiction book, noted authors Clyde and Suzy Burleson aim to give us the answer. This exciting book, ripped from today’s headlines, will reveal the true story of the ill-fated Soviet Oscar II Class Russian nuclear submarine. From the brave spirit of the crew to the desperately valiant efforts made by their comrades to mount a successful rescue, this book is a tale of courage thwarted by suspicion, fear of personal retribution and repressive leadership. It is also a story which, in the context of submarine disasters, is frighteningly common. In addition to the Kursk, the authors plan to survey other undersea disasters, such as the loss of the US nuclear sub Scorpion; the downing of the US nuclear boat Thresher; the recent sinking of a Soviet November Class submarine near Portugal; and a 1986 incident in which a Russian sub caught fire and sank, dumping its atomic warheads. These narratives will be woven together to form a historical portrait of the dangers lurking under the sea and the courageous men who have challenged deep waters. (World English: Warner Books, February 2001)
Caidin is the author of 30 works of fiction and 90 works of non-fiction on subjects ranging from biotechnology to UFO’s, chemical warfare to astronautics. His books have had worldwide sales of well over 60 million copies. Mr. Caidin’s fiction has inspired TV shows (“The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”), been made into major motion pictures (“Marooned” and “The Last Commander”), and influenced an entire generation’s feelings about technology. Mr. Caidin is also a world-record-breaking pilot and a former member of the USAF Thunderbirds. He taught nuclear warfare doctrine to the Air Force, was closely associated with both the U.S. and Soviet space programs, and even hosted his own TV talk show, “Face to Face.” Martin Caidin now resides in Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Dee (who’s also a pilot) and their two airplanes.
The B-17: The Flying Forts (ibooks, 2001)
This is a story about a vanished era and a great and gallant plane- a plane that could absorb three thousand enemy bullets, fly with no rudder, and complete its mission on two engines. A plane that American pilots flew at Pearl harbor, Tunis, Midway, Palermo, Scweinfurt, Regensberg, Normandy, and Berlin, in thousands of missions and through hundreds of thousands of miles of flak-filled skies. A plane that proved itself in every combat theater as the greatest heavy bomber of World War II.
Fork-Tailed Devil (ibooks, 2001)
This is the true story of the only warplane to fight in every operational theater from Pearl Harbor to Europe. The Lockheed P-38 is known today as a fighter airplane, but in fact it was never intended to combat other fighters, nor was it created as a fighter. It was designed to intercept and destroy enemy bombers. Simply put, it was a flying anti-aircraft weapon, not a combat plane. But, from the first test flights at Lockheed in 1937, the plane that was to become the P-38 made it clear that it truly was a new generation of fighter. And it demanded a new kind of pilot-one who could handle the kind of firepower and speed that foreshadowed the modern jet fighter. Here is the story of pilot and plane in development and in combat, as they swept the skies of Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific. A magnificent story of one of the finest weapons to be applied in WWII, told by Martin Caidin and the men who flew the “Fork-Tailed Devils.” (ibooks, July 2001)
Samurai! (ibooks, 2001)
Written form Sakuro Sakai’s own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito’s extensive interviews with the fighter pilot, this book vividly documents the chivalry and valor of Saburo Sakai, the combat aviator who time after time fought American fighter pilots and, with 64 kills, would survive the war as Japan’s greatest living ace. (ibooks, July 2001; Italy: Tascabili degli Editori Association)
Thunderbolt: The P47 (ibooks, 2001)
They were outnumbered and underrated. They were fresh from the training fields in America and ordered to fight an enemy that had rewritten the book of war and brutally controlled a continent and the air above it. But the men of the 56th Fighter Group had courage and more importantly, they had the P-47 Thunderbolt. This is the incredible story of the U.S. 56th Fighter Group as told by one of its best pilots, Robert S. Johnson, who would rack up a score of twenty-eight kills against the Luftwaffe and become one of America’s top aces, one of special breed of men who changed the course of history. (ibooks, July 2001)
Ghosts of the Air (ibooks, 2001)
There are events witnessed in the ether between heaven and earth that defy all rational explanation. For years, author and pilot Martin Caidin has collected these strange but true stories of aerial hauntings from experienced pilots and astronauts. His startling conclusion: Something is out there! The accounts recorded here are not just flights of fancy but spine-icing documented reports of the supernatural sworn to by men and women with cool heads, keen eyes, and both feet planted firmly on the ground – even at 20,000 feet! (ibooks, July 2001; Hungary: Ederviz)
Natural or Supernatural (ibooks, 2001)
Throughout history and continuing to this day, occurrences have been reported that are so extraordinary there seem to be no possible natural explanations. Yet the credibility of the witnesses – often including thousands who have simultaneously observed the same mysterious events – and the consistency of these events across centuries of time and disparate parts of the earth indicate that they cannot be easily dismissed. In Natural or Supernatural?, popular writer and aeronautics expert Martin Caidin reviews some of the most fascinating of these observations. (ibooks, July 2001; Spain: Plaza y Janes)
Wensley was born in London in 1956. By the age of 19, he was working as a reporter on a tough inner city newspaper. Within two years he was traveling the world on the staff of one of Britain’s biggest circulation national newspapers. He has gone on to write for many of the world’s most prestigious publications. He also directed an award-winning TV documentary. Since then, he has written more than a dozen highly successful books which have been published in 20 countries. They include four show business biographies plus best-selling true crime books in Britain and the United States. He also wrote a highly acclaimed book about his family’s experiences in Los Angeles. One of his most recent books premiered as a Movie of the Week on CBS. He has also written scripts for television crime series on both sides of the Atlantic.
Caged Heat (St. Martin’s Press, 1998)
They were once sweet little girls, sugar and spice and everything nice. Now they’re cold-blooded criminals, behind the bars of America’s most dangerous prisons, hardened women doing their time. How and why did they cross the dark side? What makes women kill husbands, lovers, family and innocent strangers? Step inside and find out. Clarkson has used his unique, unlimited access to some of America’s toughest prisons to reveal the shocking world of female criminals, form their illicit love affairs to race relations, prostitution, protection rackets, drug smuggling, and more.
In the Name of Satan (St. Martin’s Press, 1997)
On the surface, the Dwight Correctional Institute in Illinois appears to be like any other American penal institution C gray, forbidding, and surrounded by miles of razor-wire. But a closer look reveals a small homey cottage set among the institutional blandness. Here, some of America’s most violent long-term female inmates are housed and given a great degree of autonomy in conducting themselves. This book goes behind these relatively cozy walls to chronicle the lives of the Ano-hopers.@ Wensley was given unprecedented access to the inmates, their families, and the Dwight Prison staffers in this provocative look at crime in the 1990s. (St. Martin’s Press, Fall, 1997, paperback)
Slave Girls (St. Martin’s Press, 1996)
Veteran investigative author Wensley Clarkson has unearthed fifteen deeply disturbing true stories which prove that slavery still exists in 1995, and in some of the world’s most civilized countries. Graphic, shocking and nearly unbelievable, these stories of modern day enslavement read like fiction but are the actual experiences of contemporary slaves, girls plucked from around the world and forced to be cooks, cleaners, nannies… and concubines for wealthy families. (St. Martin’s Press, Spring 1996, paperback; UK: Blake; Germany: Goldmann; Norway: Egmont, 1997, hardcover)
Doctors of Death: Ten true Crime Stories of Doctors Who Kill (St. Martin’s Press, 1992)
(Barricade Books, 1992, hardcover; St. Martin’s Press, 1992, paperback; UK: Blake Publishing, 1993, paperback)
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, James now lives in San Francisco where he works as a screenwriter and producer. His first novel, Bohemian Heart met with critical acclaim and his second, a true crime book titled Citizen Jane: The Jane Alexander Story, is due out this fall. The television rights have been optioned to Hearst Entertainment, with Dalessandro scheduled to write the teleplay. James is also penning the much-anticipated novel, 1906, which is also in development with Barry Levinsons Baltimore/Spring Creek Productions as a feature film. James is writing the screenplay and Barry Levinson is slated to direct.
Citizen Jane: The Jane Alexander Story (Dutton/Signet, 1999)
In 1983, Jane Alexander was an attractive widow who was in love with a dashing man, the charming Tom O’Donnell. When Gertrude McGabe, her wealthy, 88-year-old aunt, was found murdered in her San Jose home and Jane became the prime suspect, Tom proved to be the rock she needed. But months later, when Jane was finally cleared, the real bomb hit. The evidence now pointed to the love of her life, Tom O’Donnell, as the real murderer… and Tom O’Donnell vanished. This is the story of Jane’s pursuit of justice for 13 long years and her obsessive investigation, which ultimately exposed Tom O’Donnell as a ruthless con man with a string of crimes in his past. (Dutton/Signet, Fall 1999, hard-soft; publisher controls world English rights; Movie rights optioned to RGP/CBS)
Mr. DeStefano is uniquely qualified to write religious books with cross-denominational appeal. As the executive director of the Catholic organization, Priests for Life, he has worked closely with the top religious leaders of the country for over a decade.
A Travel Guide to Heaven (Doubleday Religion, 2003)
Heaven is a place all of us are interested in going to but few of us know much about. Based on the Christian teaching that heaven will be both physical and spiritual, Mr. DeStefano has developed a wonderfully original travel-motif to introduce readers to the after-life. Acting as “tour guide,” he takes us on a vivid and realistic “sight-seeing” trip through paradise– making heaven come alive in a way that no other book ever has. Unlike many other spiritual works, A Travel Guide to Heaven is not preachy, heavy-handed, or judgmental. On the contrary, it is funny, upbeat, energizing, extraordinarily clever and imaginative. (US Audio Rights to Random House Audio, 2003; U.K.: Transworld Publishing, 2003; Brazil: Distribuidora Record S/A 2004; Spain: Plaza & Janes 2004)
Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To (Doubleday Religion, 2003)
Johnny Dodd has won more than a dozen journalism awards for his reporting and writing for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine, The Seattle Times, and Bike Magazine. Born in Tennessee, raised in Kansas, Dodd graduated with honors from the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism. He joined the staff of People Magazine in 1992, profiling a variety of celebrities ranging from Dennis Rodman, Jay Leno and Jamie Lee Curtis to Kurt Cobain, O.J. Simpson and Jenny McCarthy. (And yes, that was his story on the world’s larges fungus.) When he’s not chasing down stories in the City of Angels, he’s either kayaking in the Pacific or spending time with his family in L.A.
Higher Purpose by Johnny Dodd and Tom Whittaker (Regnery Publishing, Fall 2001)
Tom Whittaker is nothing short of a hero. After losing his lower leg in a 1979 auto accident, he went from contemplating suicide to setting records and motivating millions. In 1998, Tom became the first amputee to summit Mt. Everest. But reaching the top of the world was not his most satisfying achievement; indeed, it was only the beginning. Tom’s work with disabled people and the innovative outdoor therapy program he pioneered have earned him far greater recognition and personal gratification, and his plan to summit all the world’s Seven Summits together with unique teams of disabled persons is truly his most daring and most fulfilling adventure yet. Higher Purpose, written by People Magazine writer Johnny Dodd, will recount in detail Tom’s successful and riveting 1998 Mt. Everest climb, will provide a dramatic glimpse into the unforgiving world of extreme mountaineering and will reflect symbolically the path of Tom’s difficult yet richly rewarding life. Capitalizing on the popularity of true extreme stories, inspirational tales and memoirs in general, this book has all the right ingredients. The solid writing of a veteran People Magazine writer, as well as the extensive media platform Tom has created for himself, will certainly enhance the appeal of what is sure to be an instant bestseller. (Regnery Publishing, Fall, 2001, Hardcover; Germany: LŸbbe Verlag, hardcover, fall, 2001)
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Jerry Ellis has had four plays produced and has written for The New York Times. He has lectured about his literary adventures throughout the United States as well as in Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, and Taipei. In 1989 he became the first person in modern history to walk the 900-mile route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears and recorded his experiences of that journey in WALKING THE TRAIL.
Walking to Canterbury (Ballantine, 2000)
In this book, Pulitzer Prize nominee Jerry Ellis, author of WALKING THE TRAIL (Delacorte, 1991), which has sold over 150,000 copies and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, heads back out into the great wide open to explore his, and much of America’s, English roots on the pilgrimage from London to Canterbury made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer’s THE CANTERBURY TALES. This soulful journey will take readers along this sainted path, where Ellis will ponder the give-and-take mirror reflection between literature and society, and how the Pilgrim’s Path has changed over the last thousand years. Jerry Ellis will converse with people of all kinds whom he meets along the way, discuss the historic sites and landscape, and provide a vivid, introspective journey for all who join him. (World Rights: Ballantine Press, 2000, hard/soft)
William A. Jenkins
William A. Jenkins is the Vice Chancellor for Administration (CFO) at Vanderbilt University and a professor at the Owens Graduate School of Management where he teaches leadership classes. He is the author (with Terry Deal) of Managing the Hidden Organization: Strategies for Empowering Your Behind-The Scenes Employers.
The Eagle & the Monk: Seven Principles of Successful Change by William A. Jenkins and Richard W. Oliver
In order to build the bridge and then cross it we all have to change. No way around it. This book is about change, the fundamental, unalterable force of our time. It is about the way we all have to change our understanding and acceptance of change. It is about how we as individuals and organizations, families and corporations, countries and continents, can deal with change. This is a very personal book. It is both political and business related. It is required reading for the CEO, his secretary, his staff, his spouse, his children. The authors address the complicated subject of change in the fresh, suspenseful and easy to read format of a fable. They tell us how to achieve successful change. (Hastings House, 1998, Hardcover)
PMA recently placed THE NEW JERSEY CYBER MURDERS, a true crime, for Mr. Karem with Kensington Publishing. A Fall 2000 publication is planned. We also placed another true crime, FAMILY HONOR, with Kensington for a Summer 1999 publication.
Warning Signs by Brian Karem and John Kelly (Regnery, 2001)
This book explains the mentally, physically, and spiritually destructive aspects of low self-esteem from the point of view of a cocaine addict-turned-counselor. Author John Kelly, Director of the ExtraCare Health Services addiction clinics and member of the President Clinton/Lee Brown National Drug Strategy Development Plan Committee, proposes powerful self-help methods of rebuilding self-worth, and highlights the signs of developing low self-esteem in children and adolescents in the context of prevention. So many treatment programs focus on the substance abuse or compulsive behavior of the addict rather than on the underlying emotional trauma; Going For the High outlines an individualized course of therapy that digs deeper to cure suffering addicts and support their families for life. (Regnery Press, Fall 2001)
Gary C. King has published five true crime books and more than 400 true crime stories in the United States, Canada, and England. Reprints of his stories have appeared in a number of Pinnacle paperbacks. As a contributing writer CRIMES OF THE 20TH CENTURY, he has written pieces on several celebrated cases including David Berkowitz and Jim Jones. An active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Gary resides in Las Vegas with his family.
An Early Grave (St. Martin’s, 2001)
An Early Grave explores the murder of Lonnie “Ted” Binion, executive of and heir to the famous Binion’s Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, a tale of cheating lovers, betrayal, torture, and greed that culminated in Binion’s untimely demise. Binion’s girlfriend, 27 year-old Sandra Murphy was carrying on a romantic relationship with his friend, 34 year-old Rick Tabish. Together, Murphy and Tabish were plotting to kill Binion and then steal a good portion of his fortune, some $4 million in silver that Tabish helped Binion stash in a vault in the Nevada desert. Murphy was also listed in Binion’s will to receive the bulk of his $50 million estate. Before Binion was able to take Murphy out of his will, however, he was found dead in his mansion, presumably from an overdose of heroin and the prescription sedative, Xanax. (St. Martin’s Press, March 2001)
The Texas Seven (St. Martin’s, 2001)
The book is based on the events surrounding the recent audacious Texas prison escape of the band of inmates dubbed “the malevolent seven.” The inmates, each serving hard time for a variety of crimes ranging from armed robbery, serial rape, and murder, devised a meticulous escape plan that involved taking 13 hostages, gaining access to the prison armory, and stealing a marked state vehicle. They left a note in a prison guard tower that read, “You haven’t heard the last of us yet.” The plan was executed flawlessly, without drawing any attention to themselves, and they literally drove away from the John B. Connally prison south of San Antonio on the afternoon of December 13, 2000. They disappeared until Christmas Eve, when all seven participated in a daring robbery of a sporting goods store in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, in which they made off with $70,000 cash and checks and a large cache of weapons. They also murdered a policeman, Aubrey Hawkins, in a hail of bullets. The book is presently being developed as a made-for-television or cable movie with Frank Abatemarco Productions. Mark Pariser of APA is representing the project. (St. Martin’s Press, January 2001)
Murder in Hollywood (St. Martin’s, 2001)
Bonny Lee Bakley, actor Robert Blake’s wife, was murdered as she waited for Blake outside a Hollywood restaurant. Since the details of the case have come to light, the press has uncovered a number of bizarre details about Bakley’s past and her relationship with Blake. Although the Los Angeles Police Department claims it doesn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest at this point, Blake has secured two defense lawyers. Even if Blake isn’t indicted, the dark Hollywood appeal of this case will continue to attract the public’s attention. (St. Martin’s Press, August 2001)
Tammy Kling is the author of SEARCHING FOR A PIECE OF MY SOUL: How to Find a Missing Loved One. She travels the country speaking on adoption issues, family searches and reunions, and coping with the emotional aspects of the search for a biological parent or child. She has appeared on more than twenty national television programs, including Dateline NBC. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, she resides in Dallas, Texas, where she is hard at work on her first novel.
Exit Row (Sourcebooks, 2001)
From the moment an airplane crash occurs to the time the last passenger returns home, Exit Row provides insight into the reality of air travel and the emotional roller coaster that Tammy, and other Emergency Response Team members, experiences as she shifts from airline employee to crisis manager the instant an airplane goes down. Woven throughout the book is the story of a young woman who, with three other passengers, survived a major commercial plane crash in which everyone else on board died. In this book, the reader witnesses the unexpected turns life can take and how forgiveness can change lives as two young women, airline crisis worker and airline crash victim, reconnect and build a relationship eight years after the crash where they first met. The counterpoint between Tammy’s experiences and her interaction with the crash victim underscores Tammy’s message: that life is not only too precious but too fleeting to take for granted. (Sourcebooks, January 2001)
The Transparent Leader (HarperBusiness, 2003)
The Transparent Leader, scheduled for Spring 2004 publication, is written by Herbert M. Baum, President, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Dial Corporation, and Tammy Kling, author of Exit Row (Source Books). In The Transparent Leader, Baum illustrates how he has produced consistently positive returns for shareholders by managing with integrity and transparency. Baum has implemented a unique corporate code of ethics at every company he has led, a practice that many CEO’s are just beginning to adopt as a result of the recent corporate scandals and CEO indictments.
In 1959 J.J. Luna sold his outdoor advertising business in North Dakota and moved with his wife and three small children to the Canary Islands. For the next eleven years, he worked underground in an activity that was at that time illegal under the regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. In 1970 General Franco, yielding to intense pressure from the western world, moderated Spain’s laws, leaving Luna free to come in from the cold. By that time, however, privacy had become an ingrained habit. He continues to run low-profile operations via corporations, limited liability companies, and nominees. Luna keeps his private life private–the ultimate luxury.
How to be Invisible: A Step-By-Step Guide to Hiding Your Assets, Your Identity, and Your Life (St. Martins, 2000)
In this highly entertaining and informative book, Luna can show you how to achieve the privacy you crave, whether you just want to shield yourself from casual scrutiny or take your life savings and disappear without a trace. He reveals the shocking secrets that private detectives use to uncover information, and then shows you how to safeguard against them. Filled with vivid real life stories drawn form the headlines and from Luna’s own consulting experience, this is the essential guide to preserving your personal security. Privacy is commonly lamented as the first casualty of the information age, but that doesn’t mean you have to stand for it. (St. Martin’s, 2000; Japan: Hamano Publishing Co., Ltd.)
David Mehnert is the co-author of Citizen Jane: A True Story of Money, Murder, and One Woman’s Mission to Put a Killer Behind Bars (Penguin Putnam, Onyx Books, New York, 1999). The book is currently planned as a CBS television movie from Robert Greenwald Productions. David is a People magazine stringer, and has written for Newsweek and many other publications. He was educated at Princeton and Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. He lives in Los Angeles.
Sea of Suspicion (Avon, 2001)
Sea of Suspicion offers the definitive inside account of an extraordinary 1997 Newport Beach society murder. On a calm and cloudless day, as she piloted a yacht and towed her husband behind her on a body board, 38-year-old millionaire Pegye Bechler “disappeared” when a rogue wave hit the boat. On February 1st, 2001, 34-year-old husband Eric Bechler was convicted of first-degree murder, although there was no forensic or physical evidence of his crime. His wife’s body has never been found. The star witness in the trial was “Baywatch” actress and model Tina New. New fell in love with Bechler shortly after his wife’s disappearance. New’s testimony, which included a police wiretap confession made during a meeting with Bechler, was instrumental in swaying a deadlocked jury. Sea of Suspicion will provide her exclusive first-hand account of what it was to live with a murderer, and what it was like to crack a spectacular “cold” case. (Avon Books, March 2001)
Marla Runyan is extremely dynamic and tremendously dedicated as well as being a fantastic athlete. Her place as the first blind athlete to compete in the Olympics has already caught the world’s imagination, so a win or loss can only enhance her story, and at age 31, she still may have one more try in 2004. Marla’s dramatic rise has captured the imagination of the world. Not only has she received numerous awards and honors, she has appeared on Good Morning, America and many other shows and has been interviewed by Tom Brokaw. She is an inspiration to thousands of people, young and old, worldwide. Her story represents a true profile in courage. Sally Jenkins, New York Times best-selling author of Lance Armstrong’s, It’s Not About the Bike, chronicles Marla Runyan’s dramatic journey to compete in the 2000 Olympics.
No Finish Line (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002)
Written with Sally Jenkins, NO FINISH LINE chronicles Marla Runyan’s dramatic journey to compete in the 2000 Olympics. Marla was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a degenerative eye condition, at nine years of age. Intent on fulfilling her dream of becoming an Olympic runner, Marla refused to allow her disability to limit her. She astonished the sports world by qualifying for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the extremely demanding seven-event heptathlon. She finished 10th. Having broken the world record for the heptathlon 800 meters (2:04), she decided to concentrate on her running. In 2000, despite an accident that limited her to water running for a month prior to the 2000 Trials in Sacramento, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team by finishing third in the 1500 meters. Runyan, the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. Marla Runyan is extremely dynamic and tremendously dedicated as well as being a fantastic athlete. Her dramatic rise has captured world’s imagination. Not only has she received numerous awards and honors, she has appeared on Good Morning, America and many other shows and has been interviewed by Tom Brokaw. She is an inspiration to thousands of people, young and old, worldwide, and her story represents a true profile in courage. (G.P. Penguin Putnam Sons, October 2000, hardcover; Germany: Verlagsgruppe LUbbe GmbH & Co. KG, hardcover, 2002; Reader’s Digest: 2nd Serial; Brilliance: Audio)
Author Steve Salerno has been a freelance feature writer, essayist and investigative reporter for America’s premier publications. His stories on business, sports, politics, and their wider social ramifications have appeared in Playboy, Esquire, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated, and others. His first book, TNS: The Newest Profession, gave Salerno access to some of the movement’s gurus in their earliest years. His second book, Deadly Blessing, later became a TV movie from Warner Bros. At present he is writer-in-residence at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
Hyping Hope: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless (Crown Forum, 2004)
A no-holds-barred look at a phenomenon that’s at the center of the devolution of today’s American attitudes and values. In this important work, Author Steve Salerno will show how, far from just having an impact on its individual disciples, the self-help movement’s unproven rhetoric has found its way into all contemporary institutions, including politics, academics, health care, corporate life, and even sports.
Kevin J. Todeschi
An international speaker and media representative, Todeschi has given hundreds of lectures to thousands of individuals on five continents. Some of Todeschi’s previous materials have been translated into Spanish, Finnish, French, Japanese, and Romanian. Several of his books have been met with widespread enthusiasm.
Personal Encounters With the Divine The author of a dozen books in the field of spirituality and transpersonal psychology, Todeschi is ideally suited to pull together this fascinating look at the variety of ways that individuals from both history and contemporary society believe they have experienced a direct encounter with the Divine. An international speaker and media representative, Todeschi has given hundreds of lectures to thousands of individuals on five continents. The enclosed work grew out of stories Todeschi collected on his lecture circuit. Oftentimes those stories entailed a dream, an experience with heightened awareness, a visionary encounter, or some kind of supernatural healing that seemed to defy logic. Eventually, more than five hundred people would ask to participate in his research. The stories came from every imaginable religious background and life experience.
JOE TYE is a master motivator and frequent speaker on personal success and organizational effectiveness. Through his company Paradox 21, he produces audio and videotape programs, including Radical Faith and Success Warrior, and organizes the acclaimed Never Fear, Never Quit Ultimate Success Conferences, of which one highlight is the presentation of Rafe Awards to people who exemplify courage and perseverance. Tye has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives on a small farm in Iowa with his wife and two children.
Never Fear, Never Quit (Discover 21: Japan, 2002)
Fear is the most toxic of emotions – and no one knows this better than Paul Peterson, who is losing the fight to sustain the school he has built for troubled youngsters and sees no way out but to end it all. “It’s a beautiful evening for flying, isn’t it?” With these words Paul is pulled back from the edge of a windswept cliff by Rafe, his guardian angel, who takes him on a backward voyage through time and on a profound journey of self-transformation. In this extraordinary book, Rafe shows Paul how new perspectives and attitudes can create a radically different picture of reality, and how he can find solutions to his seemingly intractable problems. Brave, wise, and wonderful, Never Fear, Never Quit teaches that miracles are worth working for, that we each have the power to create the person we were meant to be – and to give that gift of knowledge to others.
As a very young woman Brenda Venus met the famed Henry Miller, and for years was his muse. Out of this came her first book DEAR, DEAR BRENDA, a collection of many of the more than 4,000 letters Henry Miller had written to her. This represents Miller’s last significant body of work. Her next book turned to the subject of seduction in which she grabs men by the hand and shows them the secrets places and yearnings of a woman in the book SECRETS OF SEDUCTION: How To Be The Best Lover Your Woman Ever Had. Translated into fifteen languages, it was an international best seller. After the success of the men’s book, she wrote a sequel entitled SECRETS OF SEDUCTION FOR WOMEN, which also became a best seller. Aside from being a best selling author, Brenda Venus is also an actress, dancer, and model who has her fingers on the pulse of the world of sensuality. As a result of her extensive interviews with thousands of men and women, she is in touch with the secret passions of everyone with whom she comes in contact.
Secrets of Seduction for Women (Plume Books, 1997)
Brenda Venus does it again and tells you how to become irresistible to the man of your dreams. Her torrid techniques are gathered from her own exquisitely varied erotic experiences and from over a thousand women who have done it all, enjoyed it all, and told it all to Brenda. Written with utter candor, rich wisdom, and winning wit, this extraordinary book is an unforgettable foray into an exhilarating and delicious sexual terrain where safe sex and real love can cap off an encounter to remember. It is a book for all women who seek that certain something to enrich their love lives. (Plume Books, February 1997, paperback, reprint; Portugal: Publicaceos Europa-America)
Secrets of Seduction: How to Be the Best Lover Your Woman Ever Had (Plume Books, 1996)
In this sizzling intimate guide, Brenda Venus, love goddess extraordinaire, will tell you how to become the lover that every woman has dreamed about. Culled form intimate conversations with over 1,500 women throughout the world, this uninhibited work will turn you on to romantic gambits that never fail. You’ll learn how and where to meet women, what to say (and what never to say), and how to orchestrate and unforgettable first date. You’ll discover how to unlock a woman’s mysteries, interpret her body language, and sense what she likes best in bed. A surefire way to supercharge any relationship, this book id the only aphrodisiac you’ll ever need. (Plume Books, February 1996, paperback, reprint; The Czech Republic: Nakladatelstvi Erika; UK: Orion; Germany: Goldmann; Korea: Multi-Mage; The Netherlands: Het Spectrum; Japan: Nihon Bungeisha; Portugal: Publicaceos Europa-America; Spain: Ediciones Temas de Hoy; Taiwan: TTV)
Nicole is an English teacher with the Ewing Township Board of Education. She is also a freelance writer and co-host of “The Literary Review,” a book review show that airs on WDAS (1480 AM). She received her BA in English from Hampton University and her MA in Education from Temple University. She has been commissioned by the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to write a biography of William P. Young, Pennsylvania’s first African American Secretary of Labor and Industry.
A Little Piece of Sky (Harlem Moon, 2002)
In her lyrically-written debut novel, Bailey-Williams explores the anxieties of youth and the duality of the spirit that often engulfs people who straddle two worlds through two classes. Battling survivor’s guilt, feelings that arise from being the only person in her family to survive whole, Song feels very much alone. With language as alluring as the protagonist’s name, Bailey-Williams creates characters who readers will readily embrace. Readers will mourn in Song’s despair and revel in her joy as she navigates her way to stability and into readers’ hearts. Told in a series of vignettes that trace the morning, noon, and evening of her life, A LITTLE PIECE OF SKY is the gem that will be added to the canon of coming-of-age classics like The Catcher in the Rye and Butterfly Revolution.
(Harlem Moon Books/Doubleday, Summer 2002)
Sweetie’s Diamonds (Five Star, 2006)
Diane Boston lives with her Marfan syndrome-afflicted 13-year-old son in a suburb of Chicago and teaches social studies at the high school, with the students even voting her Teacher of the Year. But she has some dark secrets. Her ex-husband Greg always suspected that Diane kept things from him, but he has no idea just how right he is. When Diane’s son, David, finds a box of unmarked videotapes and watches one of them out of curiosity, he discovers that it’s a hardcore adult movie from the late 1970s. The star, Lucy Luv, was an actress that mysteriously disappeared in 1980. Some suspected she’d been murdered. David recognizes the actress as his mother. Then, somehow, the news of Diane’s involvement in the adult film business hits the streets and causes chaos at her school and at home. It also attracts the attention of the West Coast porn czar who has ties with organized crime. Apparently when Lucy Luv disappeared, she took a cache of stolen diamonds with her. This is the catalyst for a non-stop roller-coaster ride of suspense and mystery that involves the dark side of the adult film industry, the mob, kidnapping, and murder.
Face Blind (2003)
Imagine a world where you don’t recognize the human face. That’s Hannah’s condition—prosopagnosia, or “face blindness”—when the brain center that recognizes faces is inoperable. The onset of the condition occurred when she was attacked and nearly raped by an unknown assailant in the inner lobby of her New York City apartment building. And now she thinks he’s back, and not just in her dreams. When she also attracts the attention of a psychopathic predator and becomes the unwitting target of a Mafia drug ring, the scene is set for a thrill ride of mistaken identity, cat-and-mouse pursuit, and murder. Face Blind is a twisting, turning tale of suspense in which every character has a dark side. The novel will keep the reader surprised and intrigued until the final violent catharsis.
Evil Hours (2004)
Shannon Reece’s mother was one of several women murdered in the small Texas town of Limite when Shannon was six years old. Her mother’s alleged killer was convicted and sent to jail, where fellow inmates subsequently killed him. Now, 26 years later, Shannon has decided that the unresolved questions about the case, which continue to haunt her, can no longer be ignored. With the help of a private eye, Shannon sets out to find the answers, and what she finds reveals some truths that several prominent Limite citizens would rather she had not discovered. Raymond Benson pulls us, revelation by revelation, into a story you’ll not soon forget.
Jay’s first two novels, The Black Mariah and Sick, were published by Warner Books to rave reviews. The Black Mariah was nominated as a “Best First Novel” in the Bram Stoker Awards. PMA optioned the property to New Line Cinema for director George Romero, and Jay co-wrote the screenplay. Simon & Schuster published his next two novels, The Killer’s Game and Head Case. The Killer’s Game was optioned by producer Andrew Lazar and New Line Cinema. Jay’s fifth novel, Bloodhound, was placed with Dutton-Signet for a Fall 1999 publication. Additionally, Jay’s treatment for a sixth novel, Oblivion, was optioned by Universal for Will Smith’s Overlook Productions, and Jay wrote the screenplay. Jay is also an award-winning filmmaker and holds a Master’s degree in film from Columbia College Chicago. His work has been shown on public television, cable networks and several film festivals. His 15-minute science fiction film City of Men won the prestigious silver plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival and the ABest of Festival@ at the XIII Festival of Illinois Film Artists. His music videos have been in heavy rotation on The Nashville Network, Country Music Television and the Americana network. He currently resides in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Jeanne, their son and three anti-social cats.
The Black Mariah (Warner Books, 1994)
Lucas Hyde and Sophie Cohen are career truck drivers. Fiercely independent and loyal to each other, these two restless spirits find peace only on the open road. But after watching a man burst from his car and erupt into flames, a curse is transferred to the truck drivers. To survive, they struggle to fight the dark magic and ultimately learn the stunning secrets behind it. “Fast paced… Haunting.” Publishers Weekly. Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for ASuperior Achievement in a First Novel.
(Warner Books, Spring 1994, paperback; UK: Orion, hardcover; Germany: Bastei-Verlag; Hungary: Pecsi Direkt; Japan: Fukutake-Shoten; Italy: Sonzogno/Rizzoli; France: Pocket; Spain: Ediciones B; Russia: AST; film rights optioned to New Line Cinema for director George Romero with Bonansinga co-writing the screenplay.)
Sick (Warner Books, 1995)
Sarah Brandis, a disillusioned stripper, is battling a brain tumor with Acreative visualization. The tumor goes into remission, but Sarah starts blacking out… and waking to find that people she knows have been murdered. As her mind begins to unravel and bodies continue to surface, Sarah plunges into a spiral of terror and shattering revelations.
(Warner Books, May, 1995, paperback; UK: Orion, hardcover; Germany: Bastei-Verlag; Hungary: Pecsi Direkt; France
Pocket; Japan: Gakken)
The Killer’s Game (Simon & Schuster, 1997)
When veteran hit-man Joe Flood is warned that he has a terminal illness, he decides to end it all by issuing an open contract on himself via the Internet. A bounty of $6 million is now on offer to every professional assassin, terrorist, mob enforcer, ex-KGB cutthroat and homicidal maniac crawling the planet. The one who terminates him will get the prize, and the contest starts at midnight. But as Joe settles down to wait for his own deadline, he notices his answering machine is blinking. The clinic has made a terrible mistake. Suddenly Joe is desperate to live… but already, predatory footsteps are advancing along the corridor. All he can do is flee… out the window, down the alley and onto a terrifying switchback ride of violence and destruction.
(Simon & Schuster, March 1997, hardcover; US audio rights to Dove Audio; Bulgaria: Bard; France: Presses de la Cite; Germany: Goldmann, paperback; Netherlands: ECI; Russia: AST, hardcover; UK: Pan Macmillan; film rights optioned to Mad Chance/Intermedia and production slated for 2003)
Head Case (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
Days after awakening on a hospital gurney-seriously injured and with total amnesia-the patient known as “John Doe” receives a visitor claiming to be his brother. When the two go for a walk, the visitor pulls a gun and growls, “You can stop the amnesia routine now. I know who you are and I know what you’ve done!” The two men struggle and the gun goes off, but John manages to escape. After his terrifying brush with death, John is plunged into a hideous waking nightmare. The cops want him, dead or alive, and the entire world seems to be conspiring against him–except for the tough, wounded beauty and private investigator Jessie Bales. Jessie agrees to help John discover his true identity. But all she finds is a secret police file, a madman’s diary and a trail of mutilated bodies–and she is forced to face the fact that John really might be a brutal killer. As John and Jessie close in on the answers, two things become apparent: they are quickly falling in love, and the truth may by more sinister than they dare imagine.
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover; US audio rights to Sunset Productions; Bulgaria: Odisei, paperback; France: Presses de la Cite, hardcover; Germany: Verlag Gruppe, hard-soft; Netherlands: ECI; UK: Pan MacMillan UK)
Bloodhound (Signet/Onyx, 1999)
Charlotte Dumont, a retired police psychic, is at first reticent about helping young Natalie Fabian find her boyfriend, Paul Lattamore, who disappeared without a trace. But the woman persists and Charlotte takes Paul’s personal effects into seclusion. She emerges with the information that he is alive, married and living somewhere in Colorado. Meanwhile, Paul Lattamore, under the protection of the Federal Witness Protection Program and hiding from the mob, paces the living room of his mountain cabin, his wife and kids fast asleep in the next room. When Charlotte learns that Natalie is really the daughter of Mafia don John Athe Fist@ Fabionne, and Paul is really the accountant who turned states’s evidence, she is launched into a terrifying cross-country chase, utilizing all her psychic gifts in order to save Paul and his family.
(Signet-Onyx, Fall 1999; UK: Pan MacMillan UK, Bulgaria: Bard)
Blackout a.k.a. The Sleep Police (Signet/Onyx, set for publication in September 2000)
Frank Janus is about to meet the most dangerous man in the world: Himself. Burned-out, hung-over and haunted by four gruesome, unsolved murders, the stressed-out police detective discovers a small package on his desk. Nobody knows who left it there. It’s an unmarked videotape. But when Frank pops it into a VCR, his life is suddenly turned upside down. The man on the tape is Frank. But Frank doesn’t remember making any such videotape. “I hate to break this to you, Sport,” the onscreen Frank says. “But the guy responsible for those murders that have been keeping you up at night–the guy you’re looking for–is you. Or should I say, me. That’s right, you’ve got another personality, and that personality is me. And I have a nasty compulsion to make people dead.” Thus begins a very unique and horrifying story of one man’s waking nightmare. Is Frank on the brink of a psychotic breakdown? Has he already experience one? Or is something more sinister at work?
(Signet/Onyx, September 2000)
Oblivion (Pan Macmillan UK, 2000)
Luther Lombardo is a streetwise, tough-as-nails ex-priest, excommunicated from the Catholic Church twenty years ago for performing an unsanctioned exorcism. Since then, he has been living a quiet life on the north side of Chicago, counseling addicts and trying to lead a good life. When a former altar boy turns up to ask Luther for a favor–a simple cleansing of one of his clients’ houses–Luther can’t refuse. “There will be a few special conditions though,” Jimmy Dodd explains as they board a private jet. Since the client is very gun-shy about publicity, Luther will have to be blindfolded. They fly hundreds of miles and arrive in an anonymous city, and Luther is ushered into the mansion, where his blindfold is removed. Immediately, Luther is stricken with the most powerful, vile, evil feeling he has ever encountered. Something horrible is present in this place. Luther can’t stand it any longer and stumbles outside, nearly vomiting. He manages to gaze back over his shoulder, recognizing the mansion immediately: the White House. From here, the story spirals into a nightmare of lies, historic apparitions, violence and apocalyptic magic. Ultimately, though, it’s up to Luther to save the house, the First Family, and himself.
(UK: Pan Macmillan, September, 2000, hardcover; Film rights optioned to Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions for Universal with Bonansinga writing)
Joan Brady is a freelance writer, a registered nurse and a former lifeguard. She lives in California and is the author of God on a Harley and Heaven in High Gear, both published by Pocket Books.
Joyride (Spain: Ediciones B, 2002, hard/soft)
In JOYRIDE, the new book by Joan Brady, the author continues the journey that began in her best-selling book God on a Harley. Countless readers were inspired by the odyssey of self-discovery embraced by Christine Moore in God on a Harley. JOYRIDE picks up ten years later, where we find that Christine is dismayed to realize that she has done some serious spiritual backsliding. The routine of her life has become banal, and she feels as if she has lost the connection and love she once had with her husband and kids. After an encounter with Joe, the man who changed her life years before in God on a Harley, Christine begins to examine exactly how he life has gone off-track, and begins to takes the measures in order to bring it back on track. Precariously poised at the crossroads of mid-life, Christine returns to her interrupted personal journey. With Joe’s gentle guidance, she embarks on another wild ride as she delves even deeper into the spiritual realm. Readers everywhere will find in JOYRIDE the simple, profound secrets to an enlightened and enriched new life.
I Love You, Don’t Call Me (Spain: Ediciones B, 2003, hard/soft)
Living in a room above the bar she tends, Jeri is struggling with a commitment-phobic man and the lack of an alternate life plan. Getting a man was her plan but, unfortunately, Jeri has a terrible track record when it comes to picking men. After her second broken engagement to Jeff, she decides it’s time for her to retire from the mating scene and to face spinsterhood with what little dignity she can still muster. Following, a series of unexpected twists and turns, Jeri finally realizes that the man you want most is oftentimes the one you need least…and that sometimes the best plan is the one you didn’t make. In I Love You, Don’t Call Me, Joan Brady uses her trademark humor and compassion to explore a woman’s intimate beliefs and fallacies concerning romantic love versus her soul’s true needs.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, James now lives in San Francisco where he works as a screenwriter and producer. His first novel, Bohemian Heart met with critical acclaim and his second, a true crime book titled Citizen Jane: The Jane Alexander Story, is due out this fall. The television rights have been optioned to Hearst Entertainment, with Dalessandro scheduled to write the teleplay. James is also penning the much-anticipated novel, 1906, which is also in development with Barry Levinson’s Baltimore/Spring Creek Productions as a feature film. James is writing the screenplay and Barry Levinson is slated to direct.
Bohemian Heart (St. Martin’s Press, 1994)
“Peekaboo” Frankie Fagen is a long-haired, leather-jacketed private detective, best known for his unconventional methods and the Norton Commando he rides through his beloved San Francisco. When summoned to a box at the opera, he meets the beautiful Colleen Farragut, due to go on trial the next day for the murder of her husband, the city’s richest and most powerful real estate developer and a lifelong Fagen nemesis. A million-dollar bonus is Frankie’s if he finds the actual killer-but the real prize would be a century’s worth of Farragut diaries that document a family tradition of criminal activity and corruption. With evidence and public sentiment stacked against his client, Frankie, motivated by both love and revenge, races against the clock to find the killer and save Colleen.
(St. Martin’s Press, 1994, hardcover; Japan: Hayakawa, paperback; Germany: Droemer Knaue, paperback)
As the evidence mounts against the most powerful and corrupt official in San Francisco, so does the friction beneath the earth’s surface. At midnight on April 17, 1906, Enrico Caruso took his final bow at the Opera House following a legendary performance as the tragic Don Jose in Carmen. Five hours later, the “Paris of the Pacific” was engulfed in flames after America’s most destructive earthquake. A runaway Kansas farm girl, a sophisticated opera reviewer and a truth-seeking detective struggle to save themselves and their city–not only from the corruption and evil that rules it, but from total destruction as well.
(Chronicle Books, 2003; Germany: Droemer Knaur, hardcover; film rights sold to Baltimore/Spring Creek Productions for Warner Bros.)
Michael C. Eberhardt
Michael is a renowned California criminal defense attorney whose 17-year career includes the successful defense of Steven A. Jackson in a 1982 “no body” murder case that was the longest murder trial ever to end with an acquittal. Michael lives in Lancaster, California, with his wife and their three children.
Body of a Crime (Dutton, 1994)
In Body of a Crime, a beautiful Hollywood starlet has vanished. All evidence points to murder and the police and prosecutor are convinced they’ve got the killer behind bars. Sean Barrett is a brilliant young defense attorney and devoted surfer who takes on the representation of a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend-even though no one can find her body. Barrett discovers a labyrinth of legal and financial corruption, violence and deception; when new evidence arises and a photograph of the dead body emerges, the mystery is further confounded. Sean must fight to save his client’s life and examine the limits of his own morality. “A page-turner!” The San Francisco Chronicle
(Dutton, Spring 1994, hardcover; Onyx, Fall 1995, paperback; US audio rights to Magna Story Sound; Germany: Bastei-Labbe; Japan: Kodansha; Spain: Planeta; UK: Headline; Hungary: General Press Kiado KFT; Netherlands: ECI; Russia: Olma Press; Bulgaria: VL Publishing; Korea: Kang Chun; Literary Guild alternate selection, Mystery Guild #1 lead selection)
Against the Law (Dutton, 1995)
Set against the exotic, politically incendiary backdrop of contemporary Hawaii, Against the Law is a riveting thriller that revolves around the investigation of the slaying of the governor, found brutally stabbed to death alongside a dead prostitute. Instead of prosecuting the prime suspect, Peter Makai, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dan Carrier decides to exonerate the man C a longtime friend of his-and carries out the investigation personally. Shocking details are revealed, and Carrier begins to suspect Makai’s son of setting up his own father. As the islands erupt with political unrest, the prosecution becomes hellbent on a fast conviction, and Carrier is forced to unravel a mystery that could topple the state and destroy his family.
(Dutton, Summer 1995, hardcover; Onyx, Fall 1996, paperback; US audio rights to Magna Story Sound; Germany: Bastei-Labbe; UK: Headline; Hungary: General Press Kiado KFT; Italy: Mondadori; Japan: Kodansha; Spain: Planeta; Bulgaria: VL; Netherlands: ECI; Literary Guild, Mystery Guild selection)
Witness for the Defense (Signet/Onyx, 1997)
Attorney Hunter Dobbs finds himself under investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and the California State Bar for perjury, and hires Sarah Harris to represent him. In exchange for her services, Hunter agrees to help her represent Jared Reineer, an employee of her father’s (a former judge), who is accused of the kidnapping and child molestation of a young boy named Danny Barton. As the investigation begins to unfold, Hunter is faced with an ethical dilemma that will ultimately destroy his career or his faith.(Signet/Onyx, Fall 1998, paperback)
Christopher Cook Gilmore
Christopher Cook Gilmore once spent a winter writing short stories in a big blue tent on top of a sand dune on the coast of southern Morocco – and never got a grain of sand in his typewriter. After college (Miami), graduate school (Stanford), the Marine Corps Reserves, a winter with the Associated Press (Richmond-Denver), and two years teaching the sixth and seventh grades in Absecon, NJ, Gilmore waved job security in favor of artistic freedom, sold his XK-120, and started traveling. Gilmore, who has lived in dozens of foreign countries and speaks five or six languages, hasn’t had a day job since he began writing fiction. Lifetime Writer in Residence for the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Paris, the prize-winning author divides his time between that city, certain small North and East African ports, the Extreme Orient, The Caribbean, New York City, and his family home in Margate City, New Jersey. Today, when he isn’t working on novels or screenplays, he’s writing essays and feature articles for Atlantic City Magazine, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine, about the glories, past and present, of the Jersey Shore. When he has the time he teaches creative writing courses at Atlantic Community College in Atlantic City.
Atlantic City Proof
(Simon & Schuster, 1978, hardcover; Tor, July 1982, paperback; UK: Lowe, Sperling & Kupfer, 1985, paperback)
The Bad Room (Avon Press, 1983, paperback)
Like most writers, the fancy for story telling derived early for author Darlene Johnson. She began by writing explosive articles for her high school newspaper and yearbook. After graduation she put aside her love for writing to venture into the fast growing computer industry. She attended Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati and majored in Information Technology. But the yearning to write remained and in 1993 she purchased a top of the line Brother’s Word Processor and sat down and began tapping away at a story that became her first novel, Dream In Color. At the end of 1997 an Indiana-based insurance company acquired the company she had been employed in Cincinnati, therefore provided an opportunity for her and her two young sons to relocate to Indianapolis. Pulling out her manuscript and sharing it with friends, she was finally convinced to move forward with the story that she had been writing, rewriting and stashing away in her closet for years. A decision to self publish came because of extensive research of the publishing industry and the understanding that she was virtually an unknown with no published work to her credit. Therefore, to introduce the literary word to a fresh new voice, she made the commitment and the sacrifice to tackle the publishing industry and fulfill a dream.
Dream In Color (Striver’s Row, 2002)
Victoria Chandler had a picture-perfect family. However, there were many flaws hidden behind those smiles. Gerald did not run out on Victoria when she got pregnant. He married her but he made it clear that his responsibility was to his daughter, not Victoria. Ultimately, Victoria is stripped of her self-esteem and her willpower to make any changes in her life. Then one night a single dream changes that, and Victoria is reminded of how it felt to be held, to be kissed and to be beautiful.
(Striver’s Row, May 2002, trade paperback)
As We Lay (Striver’s Row, Spring 2003, trade paperback)
Lynne Kaufman began her writing career with dozens of short stories published in such magazines as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, McCalls etc. For the past fifteen years she has been an award-winning playwright with ten national premieres. Her play “Fakes” was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox for a feature film. She is currently at work on “The Escape Artist”, a novel about a celebrity masseur and his three top women clients; a film star, a best selling inspirational author and a major Cabinet member. When one of the women dies on the massage table, no one escapes the consequences.
Slow Hands (MIRA 2003)
A witty, contemporary novel that explores the last taboo in women’s sexual liberation–paying for it. Two sisters inherit a handsome sum of money from their mother with the stipulation that it be used to go into business together. Sara, the elder, is a psychotherapist in a companionable but unexciting marriage, who is frustrated by her inability to help a group of her women patients. When her sister, Coralee, a caterer, suggests opening a bordello for women, Sara is resistant, until one of her patients attempts suicide.
If men can pay for sexual attention, why can’t women, and wouldn’t it combat depression and raise self-esteem? Sold on the idea, Sara and Coralee open “Slow Hands”, a brothel staffed by Zen monk students, chosen after a series of outrageous “auditions”, because of their sensitivity, attentiveness and staying power. The resulting complications when the “Zennies” are introduced to Sara’s clients make for a book that is funny, wise and thought provoking in its exploration of women’s desires, marriage and sibling rivalry.
Jeffrey Lord served successively as a senior aide to a U. S. Congressman and U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania before becoming a political director in the White House. He divides his time between Pennsylvania, Washington, D. C., and eastern Long Island. The President and Madame Chen is his first novel. He is currently working on his next novel, which will be another romantic novel set against the backdrop of the seat of American power.
The President and Madame Chen
This is the story of a man who must choose between the duty to his country and the duty to his heart. At 43, Vice President Drew Jefferson is America’s most eligible bachelor and his future ascendancy to the most powerful position in the world is all but assured. But when he falls in love with Mei Chen, an official for The People’s Republic of China, one of his country’s most bitter enemies, Drew’s life heads in a direction he never could have imagined. Rising to the Presidency when his predecessor dies of a heart attack, Drew’s relationship with Mei is suddenly a political lightning rod. American’s are clamoring for him to end the relationship, but they have no idea how Mei has filled his heart. Can he possibly find a way for the two greatest passions in his life to co-exist?
Karen E Quinones Miller
Karen E. Quinones Miller was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She dropped out of school in the 8th grade, and spent the majority of her teenage years experiencing street life firsthand. At age 22, Karen joined the Navy and realized for the first time that loansharking is not a legal business (although she still believes that loansharks perform a vital service) and that it is immoral to break someone’s fingers for cheating at poker. After spending five years in the Navy, Karen married, had a child, and divorced — all within a two-year period. She moved to Philadelphia at age 29, and got a secretarial job with The Philadelphia Daily News. After three years of complaining about media coverage of people living below the poverty level, she enrolled at Temple University’s journalism program. In 1994, Karen started her first permanent journalism job at The Virginian-Pilot Norfolk, Va. Less than a year later she left to join the staff at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also worked as a correspondent for People Magazine.
Satin Doll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Based in part on the author’s own experiences, SATIN DOLL’s protagonist, Regina Harris, is living in two worlds. Born and raised in Harlem, she’s savvy, street-smart and fiercely independent, and uses these qualities to make it as a freelance writer and to win the heart of one of the most eligible young bachelors around. But when her shady past comes back to haunt her young husband’s political campaign, Regina must make some difficult choices. Caught between her high-society in-laws and her Harlem friends, Regina is put to the test when her two worlds collide
(Simon & Schuster, July 2001, hard/soft)
I’m Telling (Simon & Schuster, 2002, hard/soft)
Holly L. Payne
Holly L. Payne is a screenwriter, novelist and triathlete living in San Francisco, where she teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Art College. She received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Richmond, Virginia and her MFA in professional writing from USC, Los Angeles. She has lived and worked in London, Hungary and Turkey.
The Virgin’s Knot (Dutton, 2002)
Villagers call her Nurdane (Noordanna), piece of light. She is the famed weaver of Mavisu, remote mountain village in Southwestern Turkey, who makes dowry rugs for brides, although she will never become a bride herself. Known for their healing capacities, the prayer rugs are as much a source of local legend and mystery as are the young woman’s hands. Tormented between her love for Allah and her submission to Islamic law, Nurdane risks her gift to discover the truth about her hands.
(Dutton, Spring 2002, hard/soft; U.K. and Australia: Orion; Greece: Livanis; Yugoslavia: Narodna Knjiga; Holland: Archipel; Turkey: Inkilap Kitabevi)
The Sound of Blue (Dutton, Spring 2004) The Sound of Blue is the raw and gripping account of an American, Sara Foster, who after unwittingly taking a job to teach English in a refugee camp in southern Hungary, crosses into war-torn Croatia to exonerate one of her students, a celebrated synesthete composer from Dubrovnik. It is in this enchanted yet haunted coastal city where Sara unveils the secret of the composer’s escape and finds the courage to confront her own search for refuge.
Chris is the creator of the hugely successful Dixie Flannigan mystery series (Bitch Factor, Rage Factor and Chill Factor). She teaches mystery writing at the University of Houston and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Two of her short stories were published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, she’s published various non-fiction articles and co-authored two non-fiction books. She lives in Houston, where she’s working on the third book in her Dixie Flannigan trilogy, Chill Factor. The trilogy is also the basis for a TV series, under option to Dan Paulson Productions.
Bitch Factor (Bantam, 1998)
In Bitch Factor, Dixie Flannigan hauls a bail jumper-on trial for vehicular manslaughter in the death of a little girl-from South Dakota back to Texas in a blizzard, and hears enough of his story to wonder if he might be innocent. Once back in Houston, she begins investigating and uncovers a truly heinous crime. When she fingers the real culprit, Dixie finds herself not only fighting for the life of another child, but for her own life as well.
(Bantam, Winter 1998, hardcover, Bantam Summer 1998, paperback; Japan: Kondansha; Germany: Alfred Scherz Verlag; Brazil: Editora Leganto; trilogy film rights optioned to Dan Paulson Productions)
Rage Factor (Bantam, 1999) In the second book in the series, Houston is gripped by a series of vigilante-style attacks against brutal criminals themselves, and Dixie begins to suspect that a former colleague from the district attorney’s office may be involved. After hauling in sexual sadist Lawrence Coombs to stand trial for rape, bounty hunter Dixie Flannigan is appalled when the jury lets the man walk. A vigilante group calling itself the Avenging Angles viciously attacks Coombs, and Dixie begins to suspect her friend is involved. But the sadist thinks Dixie is behind the Angels and he vows revenge on her. Now, the bounty hunter has become the hunted.
(Bantam, Winter, 1999, hardcover; Bantam Summer 1999, paperback; Japan: Kondansha; Germany: Alfred Scherz Verlag; Brazil: Editora Leganto; trilogy film rights optioned to Dan Paulson Productions)
Chill Factor (Bantam, 2000)
Dixie Flannigan is back again, only this time, she stumbles onto a series of strange bank robberies that may be part of a tangled web leading to a political assassination. When Dixie finds herself in the middle of a bank robbery, she’s shocked to find her 60-year-old neighbor is the robber. This is the third robbery staged by elderly women in two weeks. At the urging of her neighbor’s son, Dixie investigates these elderly thieves and discovers a seemingly inane tie: they all attended the same health club, headed by a sleek young trainer. Convinced he has devised more than just a fitness program, Dixie uncovers an elaborate scheme of extortion, theft and corruption that stretches far beyond Houston.
(Bantam, Spring, 2000, hardcover; Bantam, Summer 2000, paperback; Germany: Alfred Scherz Verlag; Brazil: Editora Leganto; trilogy film rights optioned to Dan Paulson Productions)
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
Nancy is a best-selling author who draws on her personal experience as a former police officer and investigative probation officer. Mitigating Circumstances, her first book, sold more than one million copies, was a New York Times bestseller for eight weeks and is published in 26 countries. She followed that up with five more New York Times bestsellers: Interest of Justice, First Offense, California Angel, Trial by Fire and Abuse of Power. Her tremendous success makes her one of the leading women’s thriller writers. She is currently penning her much-anticipated seventh and eighth novels for Hyperion.
Conflict of Interest (Hyperion, 2002)
Conflict of Interest is a masterpiece of suspense-a complex and profound novel featuring a veteran female district attorney attempting to reconstruct her shattered personal life when she is suddenly plunged into a moral, legal, and emotional nightmare. While trying three defendants for robbery, Joanne Kuhlman discovers a far more serious crime may be unfolding. One of the defendants is developmentally disabled. His attorney and mother insist he was cruelly exploited by his crime partners. When the young man disappears, Joanne fears he may have been murdered in a ruthless act to silence him. Her sympathies for this defendant lead her to entangle herself with his attractive attorney and compromise her career so the truth may be revealed. Filled with extensively researched detail, breathtaking plot twists, and front page legal dilemma, Conflict of Interest provides irrefutable evidence that Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, one of the pioneers of the legal thriller genre, is still writing at the top of her game.
(Hyperion, Spring 2001; UK: Orion; Germany: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag; Hungary: Uniscorp; Audio: Brilliance Audio)
Buried Evidence, a sequel to Mitigating Circumstances (Hyperion, 2000)
Lily Forrester is back on top as a district attorney, but haunted by an explosive secret. Six years prior, she tracked down and killed the man she believed raped both her and her young daughter. Although she got away with the murder, she killed the wrong man. Now her ex-husband, who is facing criminal charges in a hit-and-run, is threatening to expose her unless she uses her position to get him out of this mess. When Lily refuses, her life is turned upside down. Police reopen the six-year-old homicide case and charge Lily, catapulting her into the media spotlight. In this riveting sequel to Mitigating Circumstances, Lily Forrester must choose between doing what she believes is right and further hurting the one person she has always tried to protect: her daughter.
(Hyperion, August 2000; UK: Orion; France: Editions L’Archipel; Germany: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag; Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild main selection; film rights optioned to Columbia Tri-Star; Bulgaria: Veronika Publishing House; The Czech Republic: BB/art; Denmark: Egmont Wangel; The Netherlands: House of Books; Bulgaria: Uniscorp; Turkey: Epsilon Yayincilik; Audio: Brilliance Audio)
Mary Hanlon Stone
Mary Hanlon Stone is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, specializing in the prosecution of Sex Crimes and Domestic Homicide. During her fifteen years as a deputy, she has prosecuted many high-profile cases, several of which have been featured on television shows including “Oprah”, “E-A Hollywood True Story”, “City Confidential” and “Inside Edition”. She has also appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor”, “The Leeza Show” and German and Australian television. She is a national consultant for drug-related sexual assaults and has lectured on Sexual Assault Awareness. She attended the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.
In the hauntingly authentic voice of this novel’s young heroine, Stephanie, Mary Hanlon Stone traverses the delicate and precarious bridges that join the worlds of adolescent politics, international terrorism, and family dynamics. Stephanie’s is a sophisticated coming of age story that gracefully unfolds its poignant and universal themes to address a meaningful contemporary context. After her mother was killed by terrorists, Stephanie conspires with a young male companion to seek revenge on their alienated Arab neighbors. Culminating in a botched murder attempt, the narrative’s juxtaposition of poetic lyricism and stark realism crescendos in a moment of revelation that is well earned and lands soundly.
In a new arena for PMA, PMA sold ten young adult novels by Rob to Simon & Schuster. The first novel, Rats Saw God, was chosen by School Library Journal as one of the “Best Books of 1996.” Rob’s second novel, Slave Day, was published in 1997 to enthusiastic reviews. PMA also negotiated screenwriting deals for Rob, including an original script, Fortune Cookie, an adaptation that Rob will be completing for Ruben-Robinson Productions, a 20th Century Fox company. Rob was a staff writer on the WB drama, Dawson’s Creek, and wrote the pilot for the ABC series Cupid. He is also completing his screen adaptation of Slave Day for Universal.
Doing Time: Notes from the Undergrad (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997)
Each student at Robert E. Lee High School is required to perform 200 hours of community service in order to graduate. Their responses to the assignment are as varied as the organizations for which they volunteer: Jill Stephenson helps out at an adoptive services agency, where discretion is exposed at all costs. Tommy Parks directs a production of Robin Hood, featuring at-risk teens who would rather be hangin’ in any Îhood than this one. Laura Tuttle volunteers at a convalescent hospital, where she finally gets to meet the boy of her dreams, who sustained head injuries in a motorcycle crash. In Doing Time, Rob Thomas displays his perfect pitch ear for the music of teen language, culture and sensibilities.
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Fall 1997, hardcover; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, March, 1999, paperback)
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999)Winner of two National Science Fairs for his work on plant life, thirteen-year-old Grady Jacobs isn’exactly Mr. Popularity. While spending his summer with the famous botanist Dr. Phillip Carter trying to save the rain forest with a new species of super trees, Grady stumbles on a startling discovery: a system of sounds that enables him to control the movement of trees. Even as Grady discovers the tree language, he realizes that Carter’s super trees aren’t saving the rain forest-they’re killing it. But even with the help of the Urah-wau Indian tribe and the secret tree language, can Grady stop Carter’s super trees?
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Spring 1999, hardcover)
An international speaker and media representative, Todeschi has given hundreds of lectures to thousands of individuals on five continents. Some of Todeschi’s previous materials have been translated into Spanish, Finnish, French, Japanese, and Romanian. Several of his books have been met with widespread enthusiasm.
A Persian Tale: A Novel of the Ancient Past
This novel traces the development of the legendary city of Ishlandoen, a great metropolis that arose on the plains of the Persian desert and eventually gave birth to the Zoroastrian (Parsee) faith and the Persian empire. The story follows the life of a reluctant leader, Ravi, who was trained from his birth to bring a scattered desert people together into one nation. It is the story of a powerful nemesis, the emperor of Lydia, who resides in pampered luxury while his kingdom is rampant with unspeakable crimes of lack. It is the tale of a mysterious Egyptian Holy Man who possesses mystical powers found nowhere else on earth. And it is the story of two young lovers who are separated by a continent and are somehow destined to find each other. The book contains something for everyone. There is myth, magic, mystery, intrigue, love, sex, spirituality, and violence. It also contains a glossary of Parsee terminology.