Deadly Dozen Hits The New York Times Bestseller List

Wow! Exciting news today as ‘Deadly Dozen,’ the thriller/mystery box-set by The Twelve, hit the New York Times Bestseller list.

NYTimesDeadlyDozen130314It’s #13 for fiction E-book bestsellers and #19 for combined print and ebook, plus it’s also now ranking #42 on the USA Today list, up from last week!

That’s a writing dream achieved for many of us!

Thank you so much to everyone who bought the book.

And if you’d like to read 12 mystery/thrillers for a great price, you can still buy the book from all ebook stores, or read more about it here.

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Deadly Dozen By The Twelve Hits The USA Today Bestseller List

Since its release two weeks ago, Deadly Dozen has hit the bestseller charts on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo and this USAT oday Bestsellerweek, it hit the USA Today Bestseller List!

Here’s the full press release:

A power list of indie authors team up & hit USA Today Bestseller list with “The Deadly Dozen”

Twelve top independent eBook Thriller authors have hit the USA Today Bestseller List with a ‘boxed set’ of their crime novels, aimed at giving readers a bigger taste of the action.

The authors have each seen much individual success in the eBook market, including listings on the NY Times and USA Today best-sellers lists. They hope to give their own fans a chance to sample books by writers they may not yet have come across. The books have, between them, 650 5-star reviews.

One of “The Twelve”, British thriller writer, M A Comley, said,

“It’s an exciting venture and terrific opportunity to link up with such fantastic authors. Some of my fans may not have read some of the other authors before and vice versa, so it’s a great opportunity to discover new favorites at a great price.”

The authors who make up The Twelve are New York Times & USA Today bestselling writer, J.Carson Black; Award-winning writer, Joshua Graham, an Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestselling thriller author; USA Today Bestselling author, Cheryl Bradshaw; Al Leverone, a 2012 Derringer Award winner for excellence in short mystery fiction;

USA Today Bestselling author Diane Capri, who is among the 150 bestselling indie authors on Amazon; M A Comley, a Publishers Weekly and Amazon Top 20 bestselling British crime writer; Aaron Patterson, USA TODAY Bestselling author of the Mark Appleton thriller series; Carol Davis Luce, Amazon bestselling author of the “Night” books.

Oxford-educated, British author, J.F.Penn, who writes the fast-paced, bestselling ARKANE thrillers; Vincent Zandri, the No.1 International Bestselling Amazon author whose book, The Innocent was described by the New York Post as “Sensational… Masterful…Brilliant!”; Linda S. Prather, Kentucky-based bestselling author of The Jacody Ives Mysteries and finally, Michele Scott, the author of the popular Wine Lover’s Mystery series and The Michaela Bancroft mysteries who also writes international bestselling thrillers under the name A.K. Alexander.

The box set is on offer for only $0.99/77p for a very limited period, a huge discount on the cost of buying all the books individually, which would set you back more than  $46.00/£30.00..

The set comprises:

·     deadly dozen  J. Carson Black – Cry Wolf

·       Joshua Graham – Terminus

·       Allan Leverone – Final Vector

·       Michele Scott – Dead Celeb

·       Cheryl Bradshaw – Stranger in Town

·       J. F. Penn – One Day in Budapest

·       M.A Comley – Guaranteed Justice

·       Diane Capri – Don’t Know Jack

·       Vincent Zandri – Moonlight Sonata

·       Linda Prather – The Gifts

·       Carol Davis Luce – Night Widow

·       Aaron Patterson – Breaking Steel

The authors have launched their own website at http://thetwelvexii.com/authors/ and are offering the chance to win an Ipad Air for those taking part in their giveaway.

The box set is out now and can be found following the links below:

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Amazon: http://smarturl.it/deadly12

Barnes & Noble: http://smarturl.it/deadly12-bn

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/deadly12-itunes

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1f7It0V

 Find our more about The Twelve:

·       Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/thetwelvexii

·       The Twelve’s Website: http://thetwelvexii.com

·       Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DianeCapri/lists/the-twelve

·       Newsletter: http://www.thetwelvexii.com/list/

Suspense Magazine Features The Twelve

Suspense Magazine for March 2013 has an article with Allan Leverone that mentions The Twelve, as well as a great Q&A suspense mag2with Allan. Here’s an excerpt.

S. MAG.: As a man who worked in Bangor, Maine at one time, home of one of the most famous and talented horror/thriller writers ever, did you and Stephen King ever meet? Perhaps sit around and swap nightmares?

A.L.: I wish! I can tell you that hanging around outside the wrought-iron fence in front of his house reading loudly from his work probably won’t get him to come out and talk to you. Unless things have changed since I lived there.
I lived in Bangor in the mid-1980s and at least back then, it was not at all unusual to see him around town. I remember once in particular, my wife and I were standing in line at the video store, and King was right in front of us. I really wanted to look over his shoulder to see what he was renting (Carrie?), but didn’t want to bother him.
suspense magThe funny part of the story is that even
then, he was extremely well-known, especially around Bangor, but the kid behind the counter didn’t
seem to have a clue who he was and asked him for ID…

S. MAG.: Along that line, if you could sit and talk to an author (either living or dead), who would it be? Would King be the choice, or would Poe be a contender?

A.L.: Wow, what a great question. Poe would definitely be a contender, as would King, both because of the effect they had on the horror genre specifically, but on writing in general as well.
Since we’re speculating, I would make it a group outing, maybe for drinks. In addition to the two already mentioned, I’d include Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake, two writers I truly admire. And Lee Child. Oh, and Shirley Jackson. And Brad Thor and Vince Flynn.
Now that I think about it, we might have to rent a banquet hall.

Legal Thrillers And Finding Jack Reacher. Interview With Diane Capri

Diane Capri is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the ‘Hunting Jack Reacher’ series, as well as legal thrillers, featuring victims’ rights advocate Jess Kimball and judge Willa Carson. Diane is also one of The Twelve, award-winning and bestselling authors collaborating on some exciting fiction projects.diane capri

Joanna: Welcome Diane, please start off by telling us a bit more about you and your writing background.

“I think that life is a mystery”

Diane: Well, I write legal thrillers, primarily, with a heavy element of mystery, because I think life is a mystery, and that’s one of the reasons that I read and one of the reasons I write, and why I’m still here, you know, to find out what happens. So, we’re heavy on the mystery and thriller and suspense in my series.

Most recently I’ve been writing some stuff on the hunt for Jack Reacher. It’s a frightening project, because Jack Reacher has tons and tons of fans, and some of them are happy with me, and some are not. But it’s a lot of fun: I really enjoy it.

And then I write a series set in Florida, involving Judge Willa Carson, and that’s really lots of fun. If you like, say, Travis McGee and those kinds of stories where you’ve got an unusual, idyllic lifestyle and also a little mystery thrown in, you’ll like that.

And then I have started a new series: my protagonist is Jess Kimball and her mission in life is to hunt down the guy who stole her child.

So you were a lawyer. How much of that is woven into all of your books?

Diane: Oh – well, a lot. All of my books have lawyers in them, they all come from me, because I draw on my fatal distractionpersonal experiences and my thoughts in the characters, and it’s what I know. And readers find it really fascinating. What I try to do is highlight things about the law that they don’t necessarily know: I try to find some gaps, try to make some mystery out of it where a lot of it’s just kind of dull. So it’s fun to write something that’s not quite so dull!

You’re obviously very focused on justice, but what are some of the other themes that come up in your writing over and over again?

Diane: Well, I think – and it’s kind of related to justice in the broader sense, not the legal sense – but I write a lot about trust and betrayal. And that really is what justice is, in society. You know, when we trust someone and they betray us, and you feel unjustly treated, and you want justice.

And then the other thing is, I just like to kind of write things. And it’s really fun for me to do research for these books, and I like to share what I’ve learnt. It’s one of the reasons why I was attracted to the Lee Child Reacher books initially: they’re just full of little arcane facts that you would never know, like the perfect shape of a button cuff, for example. And I think that’s fun, and that’s the stuff that attracts me. If it’s unusual or clever or different and I didn’t know about it, it’s like “Wow, hey, did you know that?” and that’s how I usually end up with it.

Joanna: I’m the same: I love finding out little things. And if I don’t learn something from someone else’s book, I get very annoyed! Coming back to the Jack Reacher series, obviously Jack Reacher books are kind of archetypal masculine hardness, and you obviously write kick-ass female protagonists.

How do you balance the gender issues between the Reacher series and your own writing?

Diane: Well, you know, there’s no question that the Hunting Reacher series of books are, like you say, harder than my Justice series, and I guess the Jess Kimball books are kind of in the middle of that. And it is a different perspective for me: you’re absolutely right.

get back jackI’m enjoying the Hunt for Reacher series: I hope someday there’ll be a showdown between my character, Kim Otto, and Jack Reacher. I discussed this with Lee Child, and I’m not really sure that Reacher’s going to win this one. I mean, I think, she’s tough, and she’s clever, you know.

The way Reacher is, it’s part cerebral and it’s part that he’s just so huge. So he can just roll in there and wipe the floor with the bad guys, and he’s done, you know. My girl, she obviously can’t do that! So she has to be more clever, and it would be interesting to think one day they could eventually square up what happened there. Now, fans tell me all the time there would be no contest between them, but just let’s wait and see.

Joanna: Yeah! I’m keen to see that, too, actually.

Tell us a bit more about Get Back Jack, and what people can expect in that book.

Diane: Get Back Jack is my newest book in the Hunt for Reacher series. It’s the second novel. There was a novel called Don’t Know Jack, and then two shorter books, and there’s now the second novel. So, now we have our FBI agents, Otto and Gaspar, still hunting for Reacher, and by the way, this is the Hunt for Reacher series. Some people think Reacher’s going to be the main character, and he isn’t. They’re looking for him. So we’re kind of going where he’s already been.

We always have a launch book, and the Lee Child book that we’re launching from this time is his book called ‘Bad Luck and Trouble‘. And that was a story where Reacher got involved with his old army buddies, and they got into a whole bunch of trouble, and Reacher made some mistakes. I know we think Reacher never makes any mistakes, but I’m telling you he does. And so Kim and Gaspar go behind that, and they also get into a whole lot of trouble, because Jack didn’t take care of business first time round.

Joanna: Obviously, I’m a Reacher fan, and I really like this idea. Just coming back to your research process: when you’re researching these books, is it primarily delving into the source book, as such.

Do you do any other research on scene, or do you go visit places?

Diane: Sure. You know, I really never write about somewhere that I’ve never been physically, because I bring my own inner perspective to it. Everybody, I’m sure, has had this experience, it’s different to go to a concert and watching it on TV. Or even going to one of those movie theaters where they show the concert on the screen: that’s still different in feel from being in a place. So I never write about a place I haven’t been.

jack in a boxSo far, in the Reacher books, I have been all the places that we are covering. I think it may end up one of these days that that’s not the case, and then I’m in a lot of trouble. I mean, we have to sacrifice for our art, right?

Joanna: Yes, it’s important to do a lot of sacrificial travel!

Diane: But as far as research goes, it’s very challenging to stay true to the Reacher world, and yet add something new to the mix. So that’s where the intersection is, for me, and that’s where I have to spend the most time. So, I need to be true to what happened before, but I am writing a new story, so it has to flow from that, but it has to add a new element as well.

So, you know, Kim sees the world differently than Reacher does. I mean, they’re both cops in a way. He’s sort of gone over to the dark side, and she’s tried not to, so they see the world differently, and that is a challenge. It’s fun, I like it.

Joanna: Talking about writing and a sense of place, you write a lot about Florida.

What does Florida mean to you, personally?

Diane: To me, Florida’s a state of mind, really. I mean, I love it here, and right now, I especially love it, because it is freezing cold everywhere north of me! Right now, it’s really perfect here. I like to live where it’s perpetually summer. So that’s what Florida is to me: it’s all the summers in my mind, and I try to be there as much as I can.

Joanna: And you bring that kind of feeling into the books?

Diane: I really try to. You know, a lot of people, people who live here, even, will say, “Wow, I didn’t think about that”, or “That sounds like fun”. You know, if you live in a place, you sort of don’t see it anymore. It just becomes home; you’re not really noticing the things that strangers will notice.

Joanna: I haven’t been to Florida. I’ve been to other places in the States, but not Florida. Maybe one day!

Diane: Well, you should come here, and I can buy you some café con lecce, which is fabulous, and you will enjoy it, it’s very fun. I mean, it gets a bit chilly where you are, sometimes.

Joanna: It is. I’m freezing in London right now. Just a question, and I ask this of all the people I talk to on this thriller series: we write these exciting characters who have fights, and explode things, and shoot. How exciting are you in comparison?

Tell us some thrilling things about you, Diane!

raw justiceDiane: Oh, my gosh: I am really very boring. All of the exciting things that I’ve done in my life just sort of happened, you know?

Like a lot of writers, I’m very much an observer. I’m a little bit adventurous, but I don’t love danger. I’m not afraid of things, people say that when you write thrillers or noir, you’re really exploring what you’re frightened of. So it’s kind of a challenge for me, because I’m not afraid of a lot of things, like I’m not afraid of heights, and I go up in hot air balloons, and helicopters and things like that. But my life in general, I try to keep it quiet.

Joanna: Keep the drama on the page! That’s great. And then what about your writing life?

Do you have a special writing space?

Diane: Oh, I do, and we’re there right now. I guess it’s like a den. For me, it’s an office in my home, and I have a desk and a computer, and that’s about it. I have a couple of photographs on the wall that were taken – not by me – in Venice during the Carnival. And what I like about them is that they’re very inspiring for a writer, because they give you the impression that there are a lot of people out there, and they all have shadows, you know: there’s all kinds of things you can’t see, stuff going on that you don’t know, and that’s where I like to put my books. When I read, I like that, I like there to be something behind the words that I didn’t catch. So, you look up and you see these pictures and you think, “OK, there’s something that you can’t see: what is that thing?” and that’s what I like.

Joanna: I’m a very visual person as well: I love images. Do you get a lot of ideas from physical images or seeing things, or do you read stuff?

How do you get those ideas?

Diane: You know, I think that’s magic, don’t you? I mean, I don’t really know the answer to that. What I have a tendency to do is to take in a lot of stuff in a variety of ways. I think writers are like sponges. You know, think of a sponge, and then maybe you spill some milk, and then maybe spill some red wine, and you’re wiping it up with the sponge, and then when you squeeze the sponge out, it’s going to be totally different, right?

Joanna: And much nicer in a book than in that metaphor!

Diane: Right! So, I travel a lot, I read a lot, I watch a lot of films. I meet people and talk to people about their lives. I think people are pretty fascinating – you know, there’s that catchphrase on one of the TV shows, I think it’s called Biography, where they say, “Every life tells a story”. Well, I think everyone tells a million stories, and if you talk to people about different experiences they’ve had, even though they’ll say, “Oh, I’m not interesting”, you know, if you chat for five minutes, you find out a whole lot of things.

Joanna: Yes. And you mentioned reading different books there.

Who are your favorite thriller authors to read?

Diane: I have a list that’s endless.

Joanna: You can just pick a couple!

Diane: I read everybody. And do that, obviously because I like it, but also because I want to see what’s out there in the world. I don’t want to do something that everybody else is doing: I want my stuff to be different. So you have to stay aware of what’s going on in your genre. And I also read writing outside the genre.

But out of writing by others, my favorites are Lee Child, and Michael Connolly is a favorite. I like James Rollins. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with John Grisham, sometimes I like him, except when he’s beating me on the bestseller list, then I don’t! I enjoy some of James Patterson’s work, some of them are not for me, some are in other genres. I love Jeffrey Deaver. They all do really, really well, and they all write books that are really exciting.

jack and killI like Robert Crais, and I’m so excited that he’s been made the Grand Master this year. I love Sue Grafton. That’s some of my favorites. It’s a long list.

Joanna: Yes, a long list! I’m interested, then, because a couple of the names on your list could be considered more crime authors. I feel that I write thriller/crime/horror.

Do you feel that there’s any real distinction between genres, or are we blurring the lines now?

Diane: Well, I think we are blurring the lines. I think the lines have been blurred for a while. You know, for a long time I resisted the idea that I would write thrillers, because to me that was wrong, and I wasn’t sort of in that box. I don’t like that. Or supernatural, or whatever they call it – paranormal. It’s not that I don’t like that stuff, but I don’t write any of that. So, to me, that’s where the thrillers go. And crime fiction was something else. And when it started out, it was called Mystery, regardless of what it was, and then they broadened it to crime fiction.

So I think it’s really all blended together. I think it’s very hard to kind of draw those distinctions now. So I don’t know – that’s a very interesting question.

Joanna: It is interesting. Following on from that, and with your legal background, one of the biggest kind of attacks that we get, I think, as thriller writers, and particularly as women, is,

“You’re writing too much violence: why don’t you write something more edifying for humanity?” What do you say to that?

Diane: Well, you know, we do hear that. I think the kind of work that I do, and I enjoy reading, is sort of a modern morality play.

And we really are sort of demonstrating – hopefully in an entertaining and exciting way, because if we’re not entertaining and exciting you might as well watch the news on TV – how to behave and how not to behave.

So, one way you don’t behave in life is you don’t betray people who trust you. You don’t take advantage of people who are weaker than you are. You don’t hurt others intentionally. And in most of our books, unless they have, I guess, a Jack Reacher, in most of our books, what we do is to highlight that, and to say, you know, “OK, if you do those things, you’re the bad guys, and if you’re trying to bring those people to justice” – because my books are always about justice – “then you’re on the good side”.

And I think that kind of moral instruction, if done well, in an entertaining environment, is really kind of what we’re doing here. I think in an earlier age, this same role was played by Dickens, for example. That’s what he wrote: all the misery out there, you know, don’t be Scrooge, try to be Tim Cratchit instead. In general, I think that’s what we write.

Joanna: I agree, and I think as long as we come down on the side of the angels, and our books have that message, and good always wins, which, let’s face it, with most thriller writers, good always wins, then that’s cool.

Diane: Well, unless it’s in the middle of a series and you’ve got to come back to the next book!

secret justiceJoanna: So, on that, you’ve got a book that’s just come out, Get Back Jack, but what’s next?

What are you working on next?

Diane: Oh, my gosh! See, this is always a secret, because I’ve promised my readers that I will tell them first. So, what I can say right now is that I’ve got a novella and two novels in the pipeline that I’m working on. I’m a slow writer. I know lots of people are faster than me, but I’m just not. I try to be faster, but really I’m just not. So it takes me a while.

Coming soon, I hope, in early 2014, is a German translation. Lots of German readers enjoy their crime fiction, so that’ll be good fun.

Joanna: Thanks ever so much for your time, Diane, that was great.

Diane: Thank you, Joanna, I really enjoyed it.

You can find Diane and her books at DianeCapri.com and on twitter @dianecapri

Her latest book is ‘Get Back Jack,’ available now.

On Writing Horror And Thrillers With Award Winning And Bestselling Author Allan Leverone

Allan Leverone writes thriller and horror dark fiction.

Allan LeveroneHe is the bestselling and award-winning author of 12 books and many short stories, including the Paskagankee series and his latest book Mr Midnight. Allan is also one of The Twelve, thriller and suspense authors collaborating on some exciting new books.

In the video interview below, Allan and I talk about his writing life and his books. You can read show notes under the video.

In the interview we discuss:

  • Allan’s background as an avid reader and fascination by the ability of authors to immerse the reader in their worlds. He wanted to do the same thing, so intended to be a writer – but it took him many years to actually get into writing novels because ‘real life’ happened first. Once he got started though …
  • Some of Allan’s favorite authors include Stephen King, who we both love, and who transformed the genre of dark fiction. He also mentions Dean Koontz, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, who are all inspirations for an author who is still growing an audience.
  • On the distinction and blurred lines between thriller and horror, as I also walk the line in ‘Desecration.’ However the book works out, it all comes down to the reader relating to the characters. Allan wants you to stay up all night reading his books, because you’re hooked into the character and their journey.
  • How different cultures share commonalities in myth and legend and how it’s natural to weave these supernatural elements into our stories, because all humans resonate with aspects of it.
  • How Allan’s ‘day job’ as an air traffic controller works with his writing life, and how much of his own character is in his books.
  • On being ‘nice people’ and writing violence and horror
  • The Paskagankee series is based around a fictional town in Maine, isolated and a perfect location for supernatural things to happen. The latest book is Wellspring, based around the myth of the fountain of youth.
  • Mr Midnight is based on the bond between twins, even when they were raised separately and whether evil can ever truly rule a person.

allan leverone booksYou can find Allan at AllanLeverone.com and his books on Amazon and all online bookstores.

His latest book is Mr Midnight. Find Allan on twitter @allanleverone