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Meet Joseph Heywood

Meet Joseph Heywood

Joseph HeywoodJoseph Heywood arrived on the literary scene in 1985 with the largely overlooked Viet Nam thriller, TAXI DANCER, a mass market release with collectible copies bringing as much as $300! Two years later, he released BERKUT. A riveting story based on the premise that Hitler escapes the Bunker in 1945, and Stalin’s obsession with capturing him using the full resources of the Soviet Union.

Heywood began his The Woods Cop Mysteries in 2001, a series of novels based on the life of the conservation officers of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Heywood has spent a month per year for many years on patrol with the officers in any and all kinds of weather researching the topic.

They include last year’s KILLING A COLD ONE, as well as Ice Hunter (2001), Blue Wolf in Green Fire (2002), Chasing a Blond Moon (2003), Running Dark (2005), Strike Dog (2007), Death Roe (2008), Best Shadow of the Wolf Tree (2010), and Best Force of Blood (2011).

Mountains of the Misbegotten Joseph HeywoodReleasing this week is MOUNTAINS OF THE MISBEGOTTEN, the second historical Lute Bapcat mystery. We first met Lute Bapcat in RED JACKET, an orphan, loner, former cowboy, Rough Rider, beaver trapper, a man who in 1913, with the enthusiastic recommendation by Theodore Roosevelt, himself, became one of Michigan’s first civil service game wardens.

Fans of CJ Box, Craig Johnson, Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, Michael McGarrity, Tony Hillerman, and Keith McCafferty will be captivated by Heywood’s knowledge of his geography, history, flora, fauna, and mythology as well as the region’s colorful, sometimes deadly inhabitants, as he guides readers on an exotic and challenging journey.

“Joseph Heywood has long been a red-blooded American original and an author worth reading. With Red Jacket—a colorful and sprawling new novel with a terrific new protagonist named Lute Bapcat—he raises the bar to soaring new heights.” — C.J. Box, NY Times bestselling author

We have just spoke with Heywood’s publisher and ordered the new title and were fortunate to locate a few copies of his earlier titles. You will definitely want to add Joseph Heywood to your reading list!

– John

Alan Jacobson Kickstarter Campaign for Spectrum Now 84% Funded

Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches 84% Funding Within the First Two Weeks for Norwood Press and Bestselling Author Alan Jacobson’s thriller novel, SPECTRUM.

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Norwood Press (an imprint of VJ Books) and national bestselling author Alan Jacobson launch Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to publish the sixth book in the Karen Vail series — SPECTRUM. After just 11 days, the campaign is already funded 84%.

Alan Jacobson, the national bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed thrillers, and independent publisher, Norwood Press (an imprint of online bookstore VJ Books) are creating the hardcover publication of Alan’s next book in the popular Karen Vail series, SPECTRUM, through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

“One of the things I love about working with Norwood Press — aside from the best-in-class product they publish — is John Hutchinson’s ability to think outside of the box and try new things. This is extraordinarily rare in the world of publishing,” said Mr. Jacobson. “The 2013 No Way Out Kickstarter project (funded 104% ) was a prime example, and now, reaching over 80% funding for SPECTRUM, within the first two weeks of launching, Norwood Press continues to blaze new trails. This could radically change the way publishers-and authors-reach their readers.”

The campaign goal is $11,999 which funds the publication of SPECTRUM. Backers are offered unique rewards, such as “early bird” specials, signed editions of SPECTRUM, signed editions of other Alan Jacobson novels, and more. The project will run through July 17, 2014, and pledge amounts range from $30 for the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM to the $10,000 I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN option where you and a guest fly to Wine Country (Napa Valley) California for an all-expense paid Get-Away Weekend. That package includes US domestic airfare for two, hotel accommodations for two nights, airport transfers, and an elegant dinner with Alan Jacobson and Norwood Press publishers. As a bonus, that winner will receive The Alan Jacobson / Norwood Press Collection including four books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), and signed hardcover editions of INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and NO WAY OUT.

“Both Virginia and I read the advance copy of SPECTRUM. The story is absolutely riveting as we join Vail, fresh from the police academy, and follow her as she becomes the FBI Profiler that we have come to love and respect,” says John Hutchinson.


New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who’s terrorized The Big Apple for decades. The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie’s first day on the job is anything but uneventful, however, when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she’s looking at or what it means—but it’s a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years. As the years pass, Vail’s career takes unexpected twists and turns—as does the case that’s come to be known as “Hades.” Now a skilled FBI Profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail’s hell on earth? The character who has captivated readers worldwide—and who won the praise of literary giants Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille—returns in a story that captures the experiences that shaped the revered profiler and made her the top cop she is today.

Praise for SPECTRUM and Alan Jacobson

“Compelling and crisp, Spectrum satisfies the reader on every level. A pleasure to read.” — Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“During my 40 years with the NYPD, I knew the streets of New York and the challenges a detective faces solving crimes in the big city. Alan Jacobson’s Spectrum put me back on the street by bringing a gritty realism and noirish perspective only a fellow New Yorker can provide. Spectrum’s authenticity enhances a riveting, well-told story.” — Captain Edward Mamet, Commander of Detectives, NYPD (Ret.)

NO WAY OUT was named to Suspense Magazine and The Strand Magazine’s “Best of 2013” Lists.

Bestselling author Michael Connelly calls Karen Vail “My kind of hero.”

“A hell of a lady: tough, smart, funny, and very believable.” – Nelson DeMille

VJ Books Announces Lisa Gardner as Author of the Month

VJ Books Announces Lisa Gardner as Author of the Month with the Book Release of “Fear Nothing”

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

“Lisa grew up in Oregon, and we are pleased that her work is getting the recognition it deserves. Her mysteries are crisp, taunt thrillers that deliver every time. I can’t wait to read this one!” reports John Hutchinson, owner, VJ Books, specializing in signed and collectible mysteries, science fiction, adventure and horror titles.

Lisa began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, her work as a research analyst for an international consulting firm parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of internationally bestselling suspense novels.

With over 22 million books in print, Lisa is published in 30 countries. Her success crosses into the small screen with four of her novels becoming movies and personal appearances on television shows.

Lisa Gardner’s novels have also received awards from across the globe. Her novel, The Neighbor, was recognized as the Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers in the United States and Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle, prix du policier in France. She was also recognized with the Daphne duMaurior Award presented by RWA in 2000 for The Other Daughter.

Lisa lives in New Hampshire with her auto-racing husband and black-diamond skiing daughter. She spends her days writing in her loft with two barky shelties and one silly puppy. Her website has numerous videos and book reviews.

About “Fear Nothing”

DD Warren returns in a tale of two sisters, one a successful doctor who can’t feel pain, the other already incarcerated for multiple murders. Daughters of infamous serial killer Harry Day, their separate worlds are about to collide as they work with DD to catch a predator copying their late father’s murders.

Praise for:

“Lisa Gardner delivers an intelligent, sophisticated, psychological thriller in her latest installment “Fear Nothing”… Gardner continues to show why she is on the short list of top thriller writers today.” – Suspense Magazine

“Gardner has become one of the best psychological thriller writers in the business. The compelling characters, the shocking plot and the realistic atmosphere of how police operate make this a “must read” for any suspense aficionado.” — Associated Press on Catch Me

VJ Books is offering autographed copies of Fear Nothing, as well as many other signed title by Lisa Gardner, many at special “Author of the Month” pricing.


The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Gods of Guilt by Michael ConnellyI’m not very fond of Mickey Haller – he’s a hard man to like.  His daughter doesn’t even have much use for him.  He makes his living, working out of the backseat of a Lincoln town car, defending the dredges of society – pimps, prostitutes, and the occasional killer.  Sometimes his has no scruples, like when he has his new client strategically stage his business cards around the courthouse holding cell.

Mickey is a defense attorney, one without a friend on the prosecution side.  Mickey has one moral compass though – he believes that everyone deserves a defense, even when the popular opinion is that his client should be locked up and the key thrown away.

Sometimes when he wins the release of the defendant it comes back to bite him, and that is just what happened when his just-freed client kills again.  It couldn’t come at a worse time, causing Mickey to lose his bid to become LA District Attorney, and the resulting scandal causes a rift between him and his daughter.  It didn’t help the latest victims are a friend of his daughter and the friend’s mother.

In The Gods of Guilt, Mickey’s new client is a cyber-pimp accused of killing one of the prostitutes that he manages.  As it turns out the victim is one of Mickey’s former clients that he thought he had helped get free of the trade.

As Mickey maneuvers through the case he learns that he is deeply connected with the motives for this murder, and that people from his past were not what they appeared to be at the time.  As the two cases converge Mickey is faced with a dilemma that strikes fear in the heart of the “Lincoln lawyer.”  His client just may be innocent.

Michael Connelly is the master and he proves that you don’t have to like the main character to love the book.  His wordsmith can get overlooked as you try to deal with unlikable characters, but don’t be fooled.  There is no one better a spinning a yarn than Michael Connelly.

His courtroom scenes are top notch, building a true legal thriller with a murder mystery thrown in just to keep it interesting.

I may long to read more about Harry Bosch (I like him), but Mickey’s story is one that needs to be told and has to be read.