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Guest Post: Michael Scott and Colette Freedman - 13 Most Favorite Thrilling Books (or Authors)

>>Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hi everyone! I'm pleased to introduce Michael Scott and Colette Freedman, authors of the recently released The Thirteen Hallows (review). Since their new book is deliciously thrilling, I thought it would be nice to have them share their 13 favourite thrilling books or authors. Take it away!

My 13 most favorite thrilling books (or authors)
1. Lois Duncan "Down a Dark Hall"
2. Robert O' Brien "The Silver Crown"
3. Stephen King "Misery"
4. Robin Cook "Coma"
5. Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain" (the new one, Micro is fabulous too).
6. Robert McCammon “They Thirst.”
7. Thomas Harris “The Silence of the Lambs.”
8. Shirley Jackson “The Haunting of Hill House.”
9. H.P Lovecraft – read them when you’re young and they will haunt you forever!
10. Joe R Lansdale – everything! He is THE master storyteller.
11. Matthew Reilly – the Scarecrow novels.
12. Lee Child – everything/anything. He gets better with each book.
13. Robert E Howard “Conan.” (Guess which one of us added that title!)

Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over twenty-five years ago, and is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, with over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a 
variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore. 

He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-seven countries, in over twenty languages. 

Praised for his “unparalleled contribution to children’s literature,” by the Guide to Children’s 
Books, Michael Scott was the Writer in Residence during Dublin’s tenure as European City of Culture in 1991, and was featured in the 2006 edition of Who’s Who in Ireland as one of the 1000 most “significant Irish.” 

COLETTE FREEDMAN is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”. Her play Sister Cities (NYTE, 2009) was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She has authored fifteen produced plays including Serial Killer Barbie (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004), First to the Egg (Grand prize shorts urban shorts festival), Bridesmaid # 3 (Louisville finalist 2008), and Ellipses… (Dezart Festival winner 2010), as well as a modern adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis written in iambic pentameter. She was commissioned to write a modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya which is in preproduction and has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she has just sold the thriller The Thirteen Hallows, to Tor/Macmillan, which comes out Dec 6, 2011. She has just sold the novel The Affair to Kensington and is getting ready to shop her YA series The A+ Girls. 

Tor Books
December 6th, 2011

The Hallows. Ancient artifacts imbued with a primal and deadly power. But are they protectors of this world, or the keys to its destruction? 
A gruesome murder in London reveals a sinister plot to uncover a two-thousand-year-old secret.

For decades, the Keepers guarded these Hallows, keeping them safe and hidden and apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood. Now, only a few remain.

With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow—a broken sword with devastating powers—to her American nephew, Owen.  The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress.  

As Sarah and Owen search for the surviving Keepers, they unravel the deadly secret the Keepers were charged to protect. The mystery leads Sarah and Owen on a cat-and-mouse chase through England and Wales, and history itself, as they discover that the sword may be the only thing standing between the world… and a horror beyond imagining.  

The Thirteen Hallows is the beginning of a spellbinding new saga, a thrilling tale of ancient magic and modern times by a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning playwright.

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