The Shop by J Carson Black is the next book to be featured on The Summer Book Club. Let's find out more about it...

How the Cult of Personality Inspired My Thriller THE SHOP 

When I decided to write a new thriller, I had several ideas on the table.  None of them made the final cut.  The idea for THE SHOP came out of the blue, thanks to a cable TV news show. 

Come to think of it, most of my ideas come out of left field.  When one of these ideas strikes, it’s like being hit by lightning.  I get a tingle in my gut and then my mind starts working a hundred miles a minute. 

This time, my husband Glenn and I were watching cable news while eating dinner.  John Mark Karr’s plane was coming into Boulder, Colorado, where he would face charges for killing JonBenet Ramsey.  He’d been flown over from Europe, dining on shrimp cocktail and entertaining his captors—federal marshals, I believe—and generally having a great time of it.  Now the press was lined up along the airstrip in Boulder to cover his arrival.  Picture the private jet coming in for a landing, with all the pomp and circumstance of the Space Shuttle.  The reporters, the news vans, the cameras, the microphones, the breathless reporting on the ground and in the studio: an absolute frenzy! 

Glenn and I looked at each other.  This was a farce worthy of commentary.  This is the new American way: celebrity from nothing.  It turned out later that John Mark Karr was playing everybody.  He didn’t kill JonBenet Ramsey.  But he’d fulfilled his purpose—he’d fed the hungry maw of the media for a short time. 

Something could be done with this—the distraction of celebrity.  That was the seed for my story, THE SHOP.  

In the opening scene of THE SHOP, celebrity Brienne Cross is killed in her Aspen chalet, along with the four finalists of her reality show, SOUL MATE, and the producer of the show. 

I knew right away who killed them.  But why? 

Even the killer wants to know why.  And so he sets out to find the truth.

Getting a plot idea from the instant celebrity mode of television news.  Who knew? 

J. Carson Black is the author of THE SHOP—available for purchase as a Kindle ebook for $0.99 (USD)—a Summer Book Club promotion for a limited time at amazon US and amazon UK.

You can catch up with J. Carson at her website and blog. 

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Or find out more about her in some great interviews...

IndieReader interviews J. Carson Black to find out how she made the successful transition from traditionally published to indie-published with her thriller THE SHOP, and asks if she would consider signing with a traditional publisher again. 

JET-Fueled Fiction – Interviews and Rants

J. Carson Black talks with J.E. Taylor’s JET-Fueled Fiction about how it takes a village to build a detective for her thriller, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

SUNDAY BLOG in BED: The Eye of the Reader

Bestselling author Vincent Zandri’s SUNDAY BLOG in BED: The Eye of the Reader explores the importance of a great eBook cover on a book’s success and talks about why the cover of J. Carson Black’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN is so effective. 

The Criminal-E interview with J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black talks with Allen Guthrie in the Criminal-E interview on packaging and marketing her bestselling thriller THE SHOP. 

Adventures in Writing, Steven R. Drennon’s Interview with J. Carson Black

Facebook Alert!  J. Carson Black will be doing a live Facebook chat on Saturday July 16th at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at   Please join us with your questions for J. Carson.

The Summer Book Club 

Remember when going on vacation meant filling your suitcase with hefty volumes that threatened to tip you over the baggage allowance limit? The last minute dash into the airport bookshop and the desperate quest to find something to entertain you on the plane and the beach? 

Thanks to the Kindle and other e-readers, those days are gone. What to take? How do you choose from the hundreds of thousands of books available?

Along with some fellow Indie Authors, we set up the Kindle Summer Book Club to help you overcome that tricky problem this summer, whether you’re going away or relaxing in the garden. We handpicked eight books to entertain, thrill and enlighten you; make you laugh or shiver with fear. The eight authors in this anthology are all ‘indie’ writers who took their destiny into their own hands and self-published. All enjoy considerable success on Amazon, selling many thousands of copies and pulling in great reviews.

In this book you will find exclusive short stories and articles from these authors along with first chapters from each of the eight books specially selected for the Club. If you like what you read, all the books are available on Amazon right now.

Each week during the summer of 2011, the Club will feature a different book from one of the participating authors, from a range of genres to suit all tastes from thriller to romance to paranormal. 

All authors’ royalties from the sale of this book go to help victims of the recent tornado that hit Joplin Missouri. We will donate all royalties to a fund supporting members of staff at the Joplin Public Library. 


THE SHOP, J. Carson Black. In this pulse-pounding US bestseller, the murder of a celebrity in Aspen sets the table for an orgy of death, destruction and infamy, revealing a shadowy conspiracy going to the very heart of the United States government. 

SUGAR AND SPICE (US EDITION), Saffina Desforges. Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter's killer? The groundbreaking debut UK crime novel that dares to tackle the last taboo - now recreated for the US.

KILLING CUPID, Mark Edwards & Louise Voss.  Alex is obsessed with his writing tutor, Siobhan. He stalks her, breaks into her house, hides in her wardrobe...But when he loses interest Siobhan decides to take revenge. By the UK No.1 authors of CATCH YOUR DEATH.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, Sibel Hodge. Armed with cool sarcasm and uncontrollable hair, feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox is back in a new mystery combining murder and mayhem with romance and chicklit…

NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS, Victorine Lieske. Steven Ashton, a billionaire from New York, and Emily Grant, on the run from the law...and when they meet he can’t help falling for her. What he doesn’t know is that interfering in her life will put his own life in danger.

TO KILL A WARLOCK, H.P. Mallory. Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth. First in the new urban fantasy series from the bestselling author of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble.

DISINTEGRATION, Scott Nicholson. When a fire destroys his home and kills his daughter, Jacob Wells enters a downward spiral that draws him ever closer to the past he thought was dead and buried. A shocking psychological thriller from the author of Liquid Fear.

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM, Cheryl Shireman. A story about the power of love, the devastating consequences of depression, and the strength of the human spirit. A woman goes alone to a secluded cabin to rethink her life in the stunning debut novel from a talented new writer.

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Happy Summer Reading!

Sibel XX