Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What is Bill Cameron reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Bill Cameron, author of County Line.

His entry begins:
In the last few years, I've been reading more and more young adult fiction. We've all seen the explosion in YA: the paranormal Twilight series, the dystopian Hunger Games, and a host of other tales from fantasy to adventure to contemporary. When I first picked up some of these offerings in the recent YA renaissance, it was more out of bemusement than genuine interest. I'm a crime guy, after all—the darker, grittier, and more adult the better.

What I discovered is some of the best writing going on today. The audience might be young adult, but the stories are of the kind any age can appreciate: rich, engaging, often thought-provoking and in many cases simply damn fine reads. Hourglass, the debut novel by Nashville author Myra McEntire is the latest young adult novel to blow me away.

Part science-fiction, part romance, part spiritual journey, with a dash of mystery and a mega-dose of suspense, Hourglass centers around Emerson Cole, a young woman who hallucinates visions of people from the past. As the story opens, Emerson is struggling to...[read on]
Among the early praise for County Line:
"Contemporary sharp-edged noir doesn't get much better than Cameron's mournful novel featuring ex-cop Skin Kadash."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"It's a perfect fit for Archer Mayor and William Kent Krueger fans."
--Library Journal

"Cameron spins a fine web of a story that builds upon itself, revealing secrets and twisting in unexpected directions."
--Bob Etier

“With twists and turns, mystery, drama, suspense and compelling characters, County Line is a book you won't want to put down!”
--Wendy Hines

“A captivating story inhabited by characters who will stay with you."
--Erin Faye
Learn more about the book and author at Bill Cameron's website and blog.

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The Page 69 Test: County Line.

Writers Read: Bill Cameron.

--Marshal Zeringue