Goode girls don’t lie…
Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with
murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.
But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.
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Thrilled to return to one of my favorite festivals!
I’ll be a part of this panel with author Jeremy Finley:
Sunday October 13, 1 pm: The Complex Darkness: Mysteries
Location: Nashville Public Library Auditorium
The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠ is a free, three-day Festival hosted each October where readers and writers are offered an opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning.
Thousands of book lovers come together to hear panels and solo sessions featuring 200 of the nation’s foremost writers. In addition to attending sessions, attendees peruse exhibitor booths, food trucks, and enjoy musical, theatrical, and spoken word performances, along with events for children and youth, on our three performance stages on the Plaza.
Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Lisa Unger author of THE STRANGER INSIDE, in conversation with J.T. Ellison.
Even good people are drawn to do evil things…
Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice—and killed him in cold blood.
Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?
Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them.
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE . With millions of readers worldwide and novels published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The Edgar-nominated Under My Skin is also a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize. And the original short story The Sleep Tight Motel is a #1 bestselling single.
Unger’s critically acclaimed books have been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
I’m thrilled to celebrate David’s Bell release LAYOVER at Shakespeare & Co! I’ll be part of a panel, along with Jamie Mason, Nina Laurin, and J. Todd Scott that’s moderated by Liz and Lisa.
Thursday, July 11, 7pm - Shakespeare & Company
To celebrate the release of my friend David Bell’s new book, I’ll be part of a panel, along with Jamie Mason, Nina Laurin, and J. Todd Scott, that’s moderated by Liz and Lisa. (For more details, see here.)
Friday, July 12, 2:20-2:50 pm - MIRA Signing at TFest
Signing with Kaira Rouda, Heather Graham, and Kat Martin
Saturday, July 13, 4:20 pm - 5:10 pm - TFest Panel
Panel: “SUPERMAN, WONDERWOMAN OR DEXTER? Protagonists That Rock”
(signing to immediately follow the panel from 5:10 pm - 5:40 pm)
From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against the head of a private space agency who has the power to end the world as we know it.
It’s Bastille Day in France, and the private French space agency Galactus—France’s answer to Space X, owned by the eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard—has just sent a satellite payload into orbit. Billed as a “communications” satellite, it harbors a frightening reality: a nuclear electromagnetic pulse has been hidden aboard.
In days, when the satellite is in position, Galactus’s head and Broussard’s second in command, Dr. Neveah Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with her EMP, and create her own immortality with the Holy Grail––the stones of the heavens and the very treasure Broussard has spent his life searching for.
The countdown has begun, and Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine will go down to the wire to stop this heinous attack. With their signature “nonstop action with enough realism to keep you thinking and scare the daylights out of you at the same time” (Suspense Magazine), Coulter and Ellison have created a thriller to take you on a breakneck and breathtaking journey.
Parnassus Books welcomes Laura Benedict author of The Stranger Inside, in conversation with J.T. Ellison.
What if you came home to find a stranger living inside your house? An “outstanding, ever-twisting, surprise-filled” psychological drama (Publishers Weekly), in the tradition of Shari Lapena and Liane Moriarty, from Edgar- and Thriller Award-nominated author Laura Benedict.
There’s a stranger living in Kimber Hannon’s house. He tells the police that he has every right to be there, and he has the paperwork to prove it. But Kimber definitely didn’t invite this man to move in. He tells her that he knows something about her, and he wants everyone else to know it too.
“I was there. I saw what you did.”
These words reveal a connection to Kimber’s distant past, and dark secrets she’d long ago left buried. This trespasser isn’t after anything as simple as her money or her charming Craftsman bungalow. He wants to move into her carefully orchestrated life–and destroy it.
Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award-nominated author of seven novels of dark suspense, and numerous published short stories. With her husband, Pinckney Benedict, she founded and edited the groundbreaking Surreal South: Anthology of Short Fiction series. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, PANK, on NPR, and in numerous anthologies, most recently St. Louis Noir.
What do our favorite books about villains, monsters, and evil forces tell us about ourselves and our darkest desires?
On the panel:
J.T. Ellison, author of Tear Me Apart
Grady Hendrix, author of Paperbacks from Hell.
Mary Kubica, author of When the Lights Go Out
A.J. Tata, author of Direct Fire
We are drawn to stories of power, lust, revenge, and evil, with characters who haunt our sleep and torture our psyches. In fact, dear readers, you have chosen so many of these tales for your list of 100 best loved novels that it begs the question: what accounts for the attraction they exert? Where does this urge to enter the mind of a killer, or descend into another person’s madness, come from?
Perhaps we choose stories featuring villains and monsters because they allow us to experience our fears safely, and put them down again when we need to get away. Whatever form they take, our fears have much to teach us, and from Shelley to Rowling the experience of reading these books is cathartic, and quite often, wicked fun.
Come to WriterFest and learn from bestselling authors, screenwriters, and hit-makers!
Ticket price includes admission to the two-day event; three meals; three keynote sessions; and your choice of over 30 classes with bestselling authors across genres, successful screenwriters, poets, songwriters PLUS the folks behind the art: agents, editors, and producers.
I will be on the Villain panel.
The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.
We've all played the "what if" game. For Mia Jensen, "what if" is a fact of life. Dissatisfied with her choices, she often dreams about what could have been. Now she has the chance to know. But that knowledge is going to cost her dearly. Only through death can she fully realize the value of her life.
Forty-year-old Mia Jensen is home after a terrible day, trying to figure out how she's come to this point in her life, when she hears a strange noise from the kitchen. She investigates, only to be brutally attacked and left for dead. As she dies, she experiences some of the lives that could have been hers had she only made a different choice.
Can one woman can find peace with the path she's chosen before it slips through her fingers forever?
Through the unique voices of New York Times bestsellers and rising stars in women's fiction, A THOUSAND DOORS examines how our smallest decisions can create lasting effects, and allows the thought–can we actually change our lives?
Bringing Mia to life are the following fabulous contributors:
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9TH ANNUAL BIBLIOFEAST BOOK & AUTHOR DINNER
The National Reading Group Month Event will be hosted by the Charlotte, NC chapter.
Maggiano’s, SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte
I'm thrilled to return to one of my favorite conferences this year! I have two panels at Bouchercon:
Thursday, September 6 @ 4pm
with A.C. Frieden, K.J. Howe, Chris Pavone, and Boyd Morrison (M).
Saturday, September 8 @ 10am
Everyone Knows Your Name—Partnering with an Established Writer
with Boyd Morrison, Terry Farley Moran, and Jamie Mason (M)
The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s TEAR ME APART is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them…
It's the largest one-day reading festival in Florida—and I get to go! I'm doing a Q&A at 11:30 a.m. in the A1 Tent and have a signing after.
This Colorado girl can't wait to be back in her old stomping grounds. I'll be chatting with my pal, fellow thriller writer Chris Goff, and signing LIE TO ME. Come say hi, Denver peeps!
DATE: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Tattered Cover – Aspen Grove
This is a ticketed event: click here for details.
This is a ticketed event: click here for details.
Who wants to talk secrets, lies, and murder with me and the brilliant Tess Gerritsen? Any takers? ✋
DATE: Sunday, September 3, 2017
TIME: 1:15–2:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary, presented by Emory University