Cover Reveal ~ Best Friends Forever by Shannon Hollinger

I’m thrilled to share the cover for my first release with publisher Bookouture, the psychological thriller Best Friends Forever! And don’t let the title fool you – my name for this book was Unspeakable. So be warned…. this is #NotYourAverageBFF!

Best Friends Forever will be released on January 12th, 2023. The Kindle version is available now for preorder!

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The story is set in the fictional town of Wakefield, Florida, parts of which coincidentally mirror the dunes we weren’t supposed to visit back when I was in high school. Hmm… must have used my imagination to create the setting then!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the cover, and if you’re compelled to read it, the book! You can tag me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @thiswritersays and/or use the hashtag #NotYourAverageBFF!

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

I emerge from the trees, drenched in sweat, my voice lost as I take in the scene in front of me. The blood. The body. Emma’s eyes meet mine for a second. “It was an accident,” she whispers.

Emma and I were childhood best friends. We did everything together. Until that terrible night in the woods.

I couldn’t tell anyone what I’d seen. We never discussed it, but our bond was too strong; I could never betray my best friend. Even if she had killed someone.

But I also couldn’t stay in town and watch her live a normal life, knowing what she’d done. So I left.

Now, ten years later, I’m back. The guilt and the fear have stayed with me. And I have realized I need to reveal the truth if I’m ever going to move on.

But I never get the chance. Because the day I turn up, Emma is found dead, and the way she died means I start to doubt everything I thought I knew about that night all those years ago.

As my grief turns to anger at all those lost years of friendship, I realize with horror that Emma might not have been the only killer. Someone else is out there. Someone who was close to us both, someone who knew the smallest details of what had happened back then. Who from our small town could have murdered not once, but twice? And who’s next…?

An utterly gripping and compelling psychological thriller with twists and turns to die for. If you love Karin Slaughter, Paula Hawkins and Freida McFadden, you’ll love Best Friends Forever.

Black Ink Contests ~ Flash Fiction

While perusing the web last month, I somehow came across a Valentine’s Flash Fiction contest. On a whim, I entered. And I won!

This isn’t the type of thing I normally do.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even remember entering until I got an email saying I won.

Yet, this seemingly small thing has had a huge impact on my life.

Since winning, I’ve bought a small villa in Italy where I now focus on my writing full time. Was that believable? It’s not true. The prize money wasn’t quite enough for all that. But what winning did do was give me a much needed boost in my confidence as a writer. It seems like I’ve been stuck in agent search limbo for  forever (It’s only been a year – but still. I want what I want and I want it now.).

wpw2The struggle to allocate my free time between writing another novel, writing more short stories, editing, tweaking my queries and synopsis, submitting, submitting, submitting, all while trying not to stalk the agents who have requested my manuscript in bated anticipation of a positive response is EXHAUSTING! Some days, (more and more often, lately), I wonder if there isn’t a better use for my spare time than pursuing a writing career that may or may not happen.

Then this happens. I win a contest. A small victory, but a huge relief. Maybe I’m not wasting my time. Maybe I can write this thing called a story after all.

I’d like to send a HUGE thanks to Black Ink Contests for choosing my story as the winner of their 2016 Valentine’s Flash Fiction Contest. If you’re interested, the winning story can be found here.

Are you in need of a boost? Their next contest opens March 5th – what are you waiting for? Go for it! Enter here.


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