07-10-2011 08:56 PM
This week's featured author is REBECCA CANTRELL, author of the amazing Hannah Vogel mysteries.
Her website is here: http://rebeccacantrell.com/
Rebecca has visited here before:http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/IT-
And she recently wrote a guest blog for us:
Her book A TRACE OF SMOKE was a B&N Bookseller Pick:
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- Featured in I Spy a Stash of Espionage Novels, USA Today
- Review in theBoston Herald
- Mentioned inBerlin Noirin the Wall Street Journal
- InI, Spyat Publisher's Weekly
- InA Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to World War IIat Booklist
- An Anticipated Read atFresh Fiction
- Publisher's Weekly,What Else Is Hot? Mystery, May Through July
A Night of Long Knives
- Nominated for the Bruce Alexander Award and theDABWAHA Crossover Award
- Chosen for "Dear Author Recommends for June"
A Trace of Smoke
07-10-2011 09:05 PM
A few years ago Rebecca Cantrell quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Hawaii to write a novel because, at seven, she decided that she would be a writer. Now she writes the Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s, including “A Trace of Smoke and the forthcoming “A Night of Long Knives.” “A Trace of Smoke” was considered by major cable networks as a television series.
A faded pink triangle pasted on the wall of Dachau Concentration Camp and time in Berlin, Germany in the 1980s inspired “A Trace of Smoke.” Fluent in German, she received her high school diploma from the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin and studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Georg August Universität in Göttingen before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University.
When she visited Berlin in the summer of 2006, she was astounded to discover that many locations in her novel have been rebuilt and reopened in the last few years, including the gay bar El Dorado and the Mosse House publishing house.
Her short story “Coffee” appear in the “Missing” anthology, and her short story “On the Train” will be in the “First Thrills” anthology in June 2010.
Her screenplay “The Humanitarian” was a finalist at Shriekfest 2008: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival. Her screenplay “A Taste For Blood” was a finalist at the Shriekfest 2007: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival.
As of this writing, she lives in Hawaii with her Ironman husband and son.
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You can see the full list of Rebecca's scheduled events here:
Her blog is here: http://rebeccacantrell.com/blog/
Contact Rebecca Cantrell by emailing email@example.com
07-10-2011 09:11 PM
Even though hardened crime reporter Hannah Vogel knows all too well how tough it is to survive in 1931 Berlin, she is devastated when she sees a photograph of her brother’s body posted in the Hall of the Unnamed Dead. Ernst, a cross-dressing lounge singer at a seedy nightclub, had many secrets, a never-ending list of lovers, and plenty of opportunities to get into trouble.
Hannah delves into the city’s dark underbelly to flush out his murderer, but the late night arrival of a five-year-old orphan on her doorstep complicates matters. The endearing Anton claims that Hannah is his mother… and that her dead brother Ernst is his father.
As her investigations into Ernst’s murder and Anton's parentage uncover political intrigue and sex scandals in the top ranks of the rising Nazi party, Hannah fears not only for her own life, but for that of a small boy who has come to call her “mother.”
07-10-2011 09:13 PM
Journalist Hannah Vogel has vowed to never again set foot in her homeland of Germany while the Nazis are still in power. She has good reason: three years ago in 1931, she kidnapped her "son," Anton, from the man claiming to be his father—Ernst Rohm, head of the Nazis' SA. A powerful man not to be trifled with, Hannah knows that Rohm will never stop searching for them.
Hannah is asked to write about a zeppelin journey from South America to Switzerland, but Switzerland turns out to be too close. The zeppelin is diverted to Munich, where Hannah and Anton are kidnapped and, to Hannah's horror, separated.
It's unlucky timing for Rohm, however. Hitler has ordered the execution of Rohm and hundreds of his storm troopers and is determined to wipe out any remaining traces of his name. The Night of the Long Knives has begun.
When Rohm is killed before Hannah can ascertain Anton's whereabouts, she desperately enlists all of her remaining sources and friends to locate Anton before the Nazis do. And the Gestapo is closing in...
Thrilling and powerful, A Night of Long Knives breathtakingly recreates a shattered and betrayed city as it plunges into darkness.
07-10-2011 09:14 PM
Journalist Hannah Vogel returns in A Game of Lies by award-winning author Rebecca Cantrell
In preparation for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Nazis have rid the streets of anti-Semitic material and other propaganda, and present a peace-seeking face to the world. Journalist and part-time spy for the British, Hannah Vogel, shudders to think of what lies under the temporary coat of gloss.
Posing as travel reporter Adelheid Zinsli and lover of SS officer Lars Lang, Hannah has been collecting Nazi secrets from Lang and smuggling them back to Switzerland. Wanted by the SS, her travel in and out of Germany has always been fraught with danger, but this trip is especially treacherous.
Surrounded by former colleagues who could identify her, Hannah tries to keep a low profile while reporting on the Games as Adelheid. Her relationship with Lang gets more complicated as he sinks into alcoholism; the whispers she hears about his work in the SS give her chills. Whose side is he on?
Hannah agrees to meet her mentor, Peter Weill, at the Stadium, but before he can reveal information that will expose the Nazis, he dies in front of her. Hannah suspects poison.
Hannah must discover who killed Weill and get his secret package out of the country before the Olympics end and the Nazis tighten their noose…and before her true identity is revealed. And her partner may be the very one about to expose her…
07-10-2011 09:19 PM
Also by Rebecca Black, writing as Bekka Black:
The classic vampire story that started it all gets new life for a generation of connected teens
18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker's original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings.
"Bold, innovative , and warped. . .an insanely imaginative tour de force."
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
"Black expertly interweaves story and technology in this timely Dracula tale."
—Rebecca Maizel, author of infinite Days
"Not sure. I was fine when I went to bed."
"But I dreamed that someone got into my room."
"I don't remember his face. He was tall, thin, pale...I was paralyzed. And then my neck hurt and my mouth was full of..."
"Blood. My mouth was full of blood."
07-10-2011 09:22 PM
Excerpt of A Game of Lies
feel routine, but this time I was frightened.
07-11-2011 12:46 AM
Welcome Rebecca to the B&N Mystery Forum. I haven't read any of your books yet, but they sound great. I'm a big Dracula fan, so I'll enjoy your modern take of the classic story. OMG, OMG, OMG! I am so excited about your events. I clicked on your schedule link, just curious of course, because NO ONE ever comes to the Pacific Northwest. The Bellevue Library is two blocks from my workplace so I'll plan to be there. Thank you for including us in your book tour and also thank you for taking time to visit with us here. Enjoy your stay.
Oh, I do have a question. I understand the Germany setting with your educational background, but is there a particular reason that you chose the 1930's and the Nazis?
Killing the Blues by Rowland Salley
Performed by Robert Plant and Alison Kraus on RAISING SAND
07-11-2011 01:49 AM
07-11-2011 09:15 AM
Welcome back, Rebecca, to our forum here. I enjoyed reading your earlier blog, about Sam Spade meeting(and being outdone by) Ms. Precious R. ( sorry, it's toooo early in the morning for me to remember how her last name is spelled!--I'm not quite fully awake yet!)
I'm just wondering--it seems(to me) that it's curious that you are living in Hawaii and yet writing about events in WWII Berlin. Did you begin your research on Germany BEFORE your move to Hawaii, or did that come after the move? Do you think you will eventually write a mystery located in Hawaii??
07-11-2011 10:50 AM
It's easy to see why Rebecca's books are constantly winning awards. Her books give us a new perspective on a period of history that's been covered by thousands of authors, and yet she still makes it fresh and new. And did I mention suspenseful? I was on the edge of my seat from the first page of GAME OF LIES. And I can't get Rebecca's short story from FIRST THRILLS out of my head, even though I read it weeks ago. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
07-11-2011 11:40 AM
Thank you, Becke, for the lovely welcome! All the book info AND roses. I feel like a celebrity.
Now, off to answer questions...
"A City of Broken Glass"
July 2012, Forge Books
07-11-2011 11:45 AM
I look forward to seeing you in Bellevue!
>Oh, I do have a question. I understand the Germany setting with your educational background, but is there a >particular reason that you chose the 1930's and the Nazis?
Germany had its own roaring 20s, but that screeched to a halt after the Nazis came to power. I wanted to learn about the last few years of that life, so 1931 was a pivotal year. After I wrote the 1931 book, the others just followed along (1934 because a key historical figure from the first book dies then, 1936 because of the Olympics, and so on).
Thanks for the great question!
"A City of Broken Glass"
July 2012, Forge Books
07-11-2011 11:50 AM
>I'm just wondering--it seems(to me) that it's curious that you are living in Hawaii and yet writing about events in >WWII Berlin. Did you begin your research on Germany BEFORE your move to Hawaii, or did that come after the
>move? Do you think you will eventually write a mystery located in Hawaii??
It is a backward way of doing things, isn't it? I did most of my Germany research from Hawaii , just to make things as complicated as possible. I'm thinking of moving to Berlin in a few years. At that point, if history is any judge, I'll immediately start writing about Hawai.
I never do anything the EASY way.
"A City of Broken Glass"
July 2012, Forge Books