• Claire Fishback Interview

    Today we have a special treat--an interview with my good friend Claire L. Fishback, whose novel, THE BLOOD OF SEVEN, is a Kindle Scout Campaign nominee. That's her above, trying to kill me at THE DROWNING GAME release party. Here's the deal, in Claire's own words: Kindle Scout has selected my book, THE BLOOD OF
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  • END OF THE ROAD Cover Reveal

    My third suspense novel from HarperCollins Witness Impulse, END OF THE ROAD, drops January 31, 2017! Here's the new cover, which I absolutely love. To celebrate, I'm running a Rafflecopter giveaway, in which you can win a $50 Amazon gift card! Scroll down to enter, and for information on how to add END OF THE ROAD
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  • Body and Bone Release Party

    Fifty to sixty friends and family attended the BODY AND BONE release party on June 25, and we didn't wrap until 2 a.m. As a thank you to guests, we gave away BODY AND BONE swag--hats, mugs and t-shirts emblazoned with main character Nessa Donati's radio show logo, and/or her fictional employer, Altair Satellite Radio's
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  • The Music Behind the Book

    Click to read “The Music Behind the Book,” my guest post for Books Direct. You’ll have to scroll down below the excerpt, reviews, etc. to get to the actual post. Enjoy!

  • Radio Days

    Setting a novel in a radio station has been a long-time dream of mine. Early in my career, when I had no concept of how much money was required to both pay rent and eat, I worked at a small-market top-forty station in a Midwestern college town. My current thriller Body and Bone is set
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  • What Happened to Petty’s Dogs

    What happened to Petty’s dogs? I’ve gotten this question so many times, I thought it was time to address it. Originally, it was explained in the novel, but that part was cut. So here’s the explanation for you dog lovers out there. Dekker called Uncle Curt from Motel 9 and asked him to go with a vet
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      195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 Publicity Contact: Ian Crutcher //   BODY AND BONE LS Hawker May 3, 2016 Witness Impulse E-Book Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense $2.99 USD, $2.99 CAD, £2.99 GBP, €2.72 EUR Perfect for fans of hard-hitting, fast-paced thrillers, BODY AND BONE continues what LS Hawker does best: creating
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  • Finalist in the ITW Thriller Awards

    THE DROWNING GAME is a finalist in the International Thriller Writers 2016 Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category. The winners will be announced at the ThrillerFest awards banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on July 9.

  • The Denver Broncos and Watching Grown Men Cry

    I’ve never seen so many grown men cry in one place in my life and probably never will again. It was New Year’s Day, 1978, at Denver’s old Mile High Stadium. I was in the north stands with my family, like every home game, but that day was different. That day, the Broncos won their
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  • The Trouble Starts Here

    Originally published on SIRENS OF SUSPENSE. The first time someone pointed a gun at me, I remember musing, “I really need to rethink my life choices” and “What in the world am I doing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, anyway?” and “DON’T WET YOURSELF.” Okay, none of that’s precisely accurate (except the don’t-wet-yourself part). Mostly because
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  • The Power of the Purse

    An interviewer recently posed this question to me: Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase, or meal? Which caused my inner twelve-year-old boy to roll his eyes (What kinda girlie question is that?) and decide that the question required an asshole answer, like ​If you consider bourbon-water-rocks a meal, then YES, I DO. But
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  • New Thriller Features Badass Modern-day Rapunzel with a Bra Knife

    Contact: Lisa Stormes Hawker 720-289-8139 New Thriller Features Badass Modern-day Rapunzel with a Bra Knife They said she was armed. They said she was dangerous. They were right. Debut HarperCollins Witness Impulse author LS Hawker spins a suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future and from the nightmares
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  • The Drowning Game Cover Reveal

    Today’s the day! Check out the cover of THE DROWNING GAME:   They said she was armed. They said she was dangerous. They were right. Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and
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  • Just the Tip

    I was not a great cocktail waitress. My junior year of college, I worked at a bar called the Country Playhouse, and the very first guy I waited on ordered eight draws of beer for him and his friends. I scampered like an excited puppy up to the bar and put in my order, where
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  • The New Band Name Game

    New band names usually bubble up spontaneously. For instance, my friend Andrew sent me a text in which he inadvertently thumbed the numeral 9 instead of the @ symbol. His next text said, "Disregard the 9." Thus a new band name was born. If you'd like to play, use the hashtag #NewBandName when posting or
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  • Used Soap

    After college, I lived in Manhattan, Kansas, and worked at radio station KQLA-FM. During that time, I was so poor that at one point all I had to eat for six weeks was frozen English muffins. I was so poor I qualified for government cheese, but I didn’t know where to get it. I was
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  • Wacky Anniversary

    Today is the anniversary of my arrest. Let me explain. My sophomore year of college, I took a semester off to work at a Colorado mountain resort so I could enjoy my latest existential crisis at altitude. I would get to live the dream: earn $3.35 an hour, sleep in what amounted to a broom closet with bunk beds, and ski during
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  • Blame it on the Boomtown Rats

    In my second senior year of college at KU (long story), I lived in an ancient studio apartment building across from the Beta and ATO frat houses on Tennessee Street. It was so old it had dumbwaiters in the halls and murphy beds in the apartments. The closet was only three feet wide, and the
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  • The Drowning Game Soundtrack

    The Drowning Game Soundtrack from LSHawker on 8tracks Radio. Name Artist Time Album Year 1 Fire Delta Rae 3:41 Carry the Fire 2012 2 American Girl Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3:33 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1977 3 Mama Flyleaf 3:56 New Horizons 2012 4 Troublemaker Weezer 2:45 Weezer (Red Album) 2008 5 All Messed
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  • Cemetary


    by Chloe Hawker My mother gave me her love of cemeteries And words—those carved into stone monoliths As well as those scrawled across the back of Receipt paper and notepads stained with old Coffee drippings. She gave me skinned knees From kneeling in front of gravestones taking Rubbings of the names and strange symbols, Of the
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  • Tor Bought Mike’s Book

    Tor has finally bought Michael Haspil‘s brilliant urban fantasy Graveyard Shift. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mike’s agent, Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency, Graveyard Shift is slated to be released the first or second quarter of 2015. Congratulations, Mike!

  • Headstone

    What an idyllic scene. In the corner of our yard grow three mammoth pine trees, in one of which an owl roosts occasionally. Underneath it is sand, Tonka trucks and…is that a…headstone? Well, yes and no. You see, my dad passed away in our old house. Andy found him dead one Monday morning. Dad was
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  • RIP, Cort McMeel

    “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ― Jack
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  • 101 Favorite Novels

    1984 – George Orwell Alas Babylon – Pat Frank All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner Anthem – Ayn Rand Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson Bel Canto –
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  • 101 Favorite Movies

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin Air­plane Aliens Almost Famous Amer­i­can Graffitti Ani­mal House Annie Hall Apollo 13 The Big Lebowski Blaz­ing Saddles Blood Sim­ple Bull Durham Cad­dyshack Casablanca Close Encoun­ters of the Third Kind The Com­mit­ments Con­tact Dazed and Confused The Descen­dants Dodge­ball Drug­store Cowboy Dumbo Ed Wood The Emperor’s New Groove Fail Safe A Few Good
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  • 101 Favorite Record Albums

    After the Gold Rush — Neil Young 1970 Against the Wind — Bob Seger & the Sil­ver Bul­let Band 1980 Aja — Steely Dan 1977 Almost Famous Soundtrack — Various 2000 Amer­ica — Amer­ica 1971 Another Grey Area — Gra­ham Parker 1982 As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls — Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
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