Anybody who has read my fiction knows that I have a soft spot for the unlikely hero—that character who isn’t ex-military or proficient in the use of blades, but who yet finds him or herself in a bad situation. Do they roll over and die? Or do they stand up and fight? WESTLAKE SOUL is a pretty good example of this. So is Matthew Bridge from POINT HOLLOW. And hey, let’s not forget Harvey Anderson from my latest novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL.
Such is my fascination with the unlikely hero, that I have written an article about it for CRIMINAL ELEMENT. It’s called “We Can Be Heroes” and you can find it right HERE. If you check it out before May 30th and leave a comment, you could win a copy of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. You have to be a Criminal Element registered user to enter, but if you’re not, it doesn’t take long to scratch your name down. And Criminal Element is an excellent website—probably the best out there—for all things crime and thriller. It’s well worth signing up.
Only a couple of weeks now until THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits stores. I’ll be back with more news soon!
Got a couple of minutes? Head on over to the very excellent criminalelement.com and take a visual tour of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. It’s like CliffsNotes, but with .Gifs.
The link is HERE. Check it out … it’s so much fun.
There’ll be more from me and the good people at Criminal Element very soon. Stay tuned.
More great news: Hungry Eyes Media has optioned WESTLAKE SOUL for the screen.
Jennifer Holness (Hispaniola; Shoot the Messenger) will write the screenplay and produce. Sudz Sutherland (Home Again; Shoot the Messenger) will direct. Yours truly will be a consultant on the script.
You can find the official press release right HERE.
Naturally, I’m beyond thrilled, and I’m so delighted to hand Wes over to Jen and Sudz, who have an incredible body of work behind them. I know they’ll do an amazing job.
I’ll post more details as and when they come in. In the meantime, check out more from Hungry Eyes Media over on their WEBSITE. And if you haven’t read WESTLAKE SOUL, now might be a pretty good time to do so. You can order it from all bookstores and online retailers.
The first review for THE FORGOTTEN GIRL has landed and it’s a belter—a starred review, no less, from the good people at Publishers Weekly. Here it is:
“Canadian author Youers (Westlake Soul) makes his U.S. debut with a paranormal thriller distinguished by subtle characterizations and emotionally evocative prose. Some vicious thugs abduct street musician Harvey Anderson from his apartment building in Green Ridge, N.J., and give him a savage beating. They want to know the location of Sally Starling, a name he doesn’t recognize, even after they show him a copy of the rental agreement that he and Sally signed in 2010 for the Green Ridge apartment. Later, a man, whom Harvey dubs “the spider,” shows up and explains this memory lapse. The spider reveals that Sally used her power to erase Harvey’s memories of her and that he has a similar ability to probe people’s minds. But despite the spider’s best, excruciatingly painful efforts, all Harvey can summon up is a vague recollection of a dancing woman and the boardwalk at Asbury Park. Harvey’s compelling, moving search for Sally and the truth offers everything that fans of intelligent suspense could wish for.”
Pretty good, huh? Needless to say, I’m over the moon.
With fewer than six weeks until THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits stores, the reviews will start coming thick and fast.
Publishers Weekly also ran an interview with me recently. You can check it out right HERE.
I’ll be posting more cool stuff as it lands, so stay tuned. And just a reminder: THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits bookstores and online retailers on June 13.
Not long now!
(My thanks to Chris DiLeo for nabbing this shot from PW.)