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I had the opportunity to meet up with thriller author Jenny Milchman last week, and all I can say is - "Wow!"

Jenny is the co-chair (along with Anthony Franze) of the International Thriller Writer's Debut Author Committee and keeps busy encouraging new authors to "follow their dreams." She, along with author Lauren Sweet, gave an insightful talk about the differences and similarities between traditional and self-publishing in the more than an hour discussion with new and established authors, readers and fans. It was very interesting hearing Jenny's story of how her first story was bought (see this blog post for more details) and what she has learned along on her path to becoming a wonderful writer.

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman Her newest book is RUIN FALLS and has already gotten great reviews:

Jenny Milchman has a gift that allows her to delve deep into the mind and psyche of her characters, and fans of dark plots like the works of Gillian Flynn will find another author to savor."RT Book Reviews

"Essential for psychological thriller fanatics . . . Extreme, heart-pounding action follows this determined mother as she risks everything to save her children."Library Journal

"Jenny Milchman carves out a new niche with this unusual mix of ecothriller and family suspense drama."Booklist (starred review)

You'll want to start reading it today -

Story Summary:

Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains behind for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. But Liz's husband, Paul, has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the farm in western New York where he spent his childhood.

On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz checks on her sleeping children, all of her anxiety from the day before comes roaring back to life: Ally and Reid are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of her kids. Soon, Paul and Liz are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.

Frantic worry and helplessness threaten to overtake Liz's mind—but in a sudden, gut-wrenching instant she realizes that it was no stranger who slipped into the hotel room that night. Someone she trusted completely has betrayed her. Liz knows that Ally and Reid are safe, but she will stop at nothing to find them and get them back. From her guarded in-laws' unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her own hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares.