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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Making the Cover of Southern Writers Magazine

I received an incredible honor this month; I made the cover of Southern Writers Magazine, a fabulous publication for authors and readers. They wrote a wonderful article about my secrets to writing suspense, and mentioned a cause that is dear to my heart: Book 'Em North Carolina, which raises money to increase literacy rates and raises public awareness of the direct link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates.

You can read Southern Writers Magazine in traditional print or in eBook format. Just follow this link.

Book 'Em North Carolina is less than seven weeks away. I hope you'll consider attending the event on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina. We bring together more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents, movie makers, and rock stars to raise money for literacy campaigns in Robeson County, North Carolina. This year we have our best line-up ever, with headliners:

Bob Mayer, considered the Father of Factual Fiction, a New York Times bestselling author of more than 52 books;

Haywood Smith, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of such greats as The Red Hat Club and The Red Hat Club Rides Again;

Scott Mason, the Emmy-award-winning host of the television series The Tarheel Traveler, who has written a book about the zaniest, wackiest things he's covered;

Adam Cushman of Red 14 Films, a Hollywood production company that specializes in getting the movie industry's attention for turning books into movies, through visual mediums;

Jamie Oldaker, the drummer for Eric Clapton and many rock legends, who is writing his memoirs on how a small boy with big dreams grew up to share the stage with music's most legendary performers;

and John Regan, the guitarist for legends such as Peter Frampton, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, who will speak about songwriting.

For more information about the event, which is FREE to all attendees (plus free parking) visit

Speaking of songwriting, I am very proud of my brother-in-law Robby Hicks, who co-wrote the song All the Difference in the World. The song has been performed by Russian musicians, including singer Ksenona, and it's one example of what the arts can do to promote peace in the world. It's the perfect song for starting the new year and in many people's opinion, the perfect song for the upcoming Olympics in Russia: