My first novel, The Hanging Woods (Houghton Mifflin) is a dark, disturbing murder mystery set in mid-70's Alabama. My second novel, again with Houghton Mifflin, entitled Gray Baby, will be released in March 2009.
The Hanging Woods has so far received excellent reviews from the national journals, including a starred review. Publisher's Weekly said, "The squeamish might want to stay away from this potent first novel...[it] stays suspenseful from start to finish." The Bulletin's starred review said, "Sanders handles...narration deftly, seeding it with clues...but masterfully camouflaging the story as an atmospheric period buddy tale, complete with the lacerating unchallenged racism of the place and time, until the corruption becomes inescapably overt. Readers accustomed to literary morality setting like concrete from the get-go will find this bracingly unsettling."
Houghton Mifflin is marketing it as To Kill a Mockingbird meets Stand by Me, only much darker. And though the reviews have been a big help, the best news just came from Ed Sullivan, who is a member of the American Library Association. My editor recently informed me that Mr. Sullivan just picked The Hanging Woods as a must Must read for all librarians. Who am I to argue with the ALA? I certainly can't complain.
And please don't be concerned with the fact that the three boys in this book are fourteen years old. These are some seriously disturbed and bad young men who will haunt you.
I'm trying to get the word out, especially to the adult crime/mystery audience. I know that sometimes adult readers shy away from a book written from the perspective of a teen, but I believe a well written, engaging story always trumps age constrictions.
For a full run-down, please check out my website below.
And by the way, it's cheap. Brand new, it's less than eleven bucks on Amazon. You can't beat that. Thanks, Scott
Hi Scott, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
Welcome aboard. I'm a rookie on this site too. I've been on it about a week. Don't sweat the small stuff, I'm sure that at 1:30am an edited comment on the forum will be forgiven. No one has thrown rocks at me yet and I'm sure they probably needed to.