April 17, 7 PM EST

Meet author all-stars Alma Katsu, Don Bentley, Joshilyn Jackson, & Brendan Slocum for an intimate evening of insider stories, your questions, and their always entertaining answers. Emcee is our own Tosca Lee.

Not only is Rogue Reads FREE, you and three other guests can win one of these award-winning writers hot new books. (U.S. addresses only.) Wishing you the best of luck!

RED LONDON by Alma Katsu
FORGOTTEN WAR by Don Bentley
WITH MY LITTLE EYE by Joshilyn Jackson
SYMPHONY OF SECRETS by Brendan Slocumb

As an added treat, while you’re watching at home you can sample each author’s favorite snack and drink.  Feel adventurous and culinary? Dining and drinking will commence at the start of the show.

If you’re among the first 100 in the Zoom room, you can personally debrief the authors, or you can catch them on Facebook Live and interrogate via comments. Join us by clicking here. Come and enjoy great book talk!

Former intelligence officer Alma Katsu worked at several federal agencies, advising policymakers and military commanders on issues of national security. The last third of her government career was spent in emerging technologies and technology forecasting. But she left the DC area with her musician husband for the mountains of West Virginia, and some of her books delve into very low-tech events; for example, The Hunger is a horror novel reimagining the fate of the Donner party. Her newest book, however, harkens back to her roots in the intelligence community.

Red London, March 14, 2023

CIA agent Lyndsey Duncan is sent to London to keep tabs on the Russian president by monitoring one of his BFF oligarchs, and with doing that by befriending the oligarch’s lonely British wife, Emily. But Lyndsey and her team learn that the oligarch’s money could usher in a new and disastrous geopolitical reality. Lyndsey must walk a tightrope where any slip could prove the end of her new friend Emily, everyone in the rest of the world—and Lyndsey.

Favorites: Lyndsey Duncan’s favorite drink would be a good red wine, nothing too fancy, and for a snack, probably something healthy—like a banana.

-Decorated soldier Don Bentley served as an Apache helicopter pilot and a Troop Commander in Afghanistan during his time in the military. From there he became an FBI agent, including working SWAT in Dallas. From there he spent some time with companies developing Special Ops technology, and now writes his own Matt Drake series as well as Tom Clancy universe novels.

Forgotten War, April 25, 2023

Matt Drake and his partner have always, always, always had each other’s six, no matter what. When Frodo is accused of a war crime that supposedly took place in Afghanistan ten years ago, Matt is determined to prove him innocent.

But is he?

The more Matt questions, the less Frodo tells, until Matt wonders if the truth may prove more explosive than any IED possibly could.

Don’s favorite drink is Jameson and ginger ale with a slice of lime. His favorite snack: Texas Burgers—
a. Use 80% lean 20% fat meat.
b. Make patties small and thin.
c. Liberally pre-season meat with Lawry’s seasoned salt and Montreal Steak seasoning on both sides.
d. Grill at high heat for 2:30 minutes per side. Add plenty of Worchester sauce while grilling.
e. Burgers should be served medium well to rare.

NYT and USA Today bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson has written 8 works of Southern fiction, dealing with themes of family, class, justice and the lives of women. A former actor, she narrates her own audiobooks and those of other authors as well. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, and enjoys diving and teaching creative writing at local women’s prisons.

With My Little Eye, April 25, 2023

Actress Meribel Mills has gotten used to creepy fan letters over the course of her career, but when one fan goes way too far, invading her home and threatening her life, she retires from public life and moves across the country to keep herself and her daughter safe. Is the fan a stranger? Or is he much closer than she thinks?

Favorite drink: Joshilyn tells us, “My narrator is a television actress, and one theme explored in between the murders is the pressure on women to not age, and to be thin as whippets. She drinks gin, soda, and lime, which I think is an abomination in the sight of the Lord. I do know how to mix a perfect one though!”

Brendan Slocumb’s debut novel, The Violin Conspiracy, thundered onto the stage last year to scores of readers who became adoring fans. Something like his character, Brendan began to play the violin through a routine public school music program and now has been the concertmaster and principal violinist for major orchestras, currently the NOVA-Annandale Symphony. He not only plays but teaches students from kindergarten through high school, founded a nonprofit to support disadvantaged music students in the Philippines, and occasionally finds time to add to his comic book collection.

Symphony of Secrets, April 18, 2023

Bern Hendricks is the world’s foremost expert on twentieth-century composer Frederick Delaney, and the natural person to enlist to authenticate the man’s recently found last opera. But the more Bern delves into the composer’s history, he finds disturbing questions about Josephine, a contemporary of Delaney’s and just possibly, the real talent behind the crown. And with very current threats interested in the outcome of Bern’s investigation, the truth may prove not only disappointing, but fatal.

As for everyone’s faves, Brendan tells us: “My protagonist, Bern, is much like me. He LOVES Pizza. Unlike me, he can eat it. I’m a vegan so I settle for chips and salsa: take your favorite tortilla chips and add diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, green and red peppers, black beans and corn. Totally delicious.

To drink, we are both pretty boring. Bern would have a Miller Lite. Me, a mix of Sparkling Ice waters: Cherry Limeade and Lemonade combined together.”

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Our MC:

Tosca Lee is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels including The Line Between, The Progeny, Iscariot, and The Legend of Sheba. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and optioned for TV and film. She is the recipient of two International Book Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion, ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, and the Nebraska Book Award. Her work has finaled for the High Plains Book Award, the Library of Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, the Christy Award, and a second ECPA Book of the Year, among others. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States, she lives in Nebraska with her husband and two of four children still at home.