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GOOD GIRLS LIE releases!

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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to Oct 13

Southern Festival Of Books

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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. 

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6:30 PM18:30

Author Lisa Unger in conversation with J.T. Ellison at Parnassus Books

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 showGood Morning AmericaEntertainment WeeklyAmazonIndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesWall Street JournalNPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.

Event date:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm

Event address:

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14

Nashville, TN 37215

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7:00 PM19:00

A Thrilling Evening at Shakespeare & Co


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.

The lineup:

Moderators: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke ( @lizandlisa)

Featuring: David Bell (@DavidBellNovels), J.T. Ellison   ( @Thrillerchick), Jamie Mason ( @jamiemason_), Nina Laurin ( @ninalaurinbooks), J.Todd Scott ( @J_toddscott)

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ThrillerFest 2019
to Jul 13

ThrillerFest 2019

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)

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12:30 AM00:30


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.

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THE STRANGER INSIDE: Laura Benedict in conversation with J.T. Ellison at Parnassus Books
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THE STRANGER INSIDE: Laura Benedict in conversation with J.T. Ellison at Parnassus Books

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.

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