Omnimystery News is pleased to welcome Michael Scott and Colette Freedman, authors of The Thirteen Hallows (Tor Books, December 2011 Hardcover), a thrilling tale of ancient magic and modern times and the first in a new series.
Today Michael and Colette share their collective expertise with us, offering up 13 (amusing) ways to read a thriller.
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1. Carefully, checking for spelling errors (and then write to the authors and tell them).
2. Quickly, ignoring spelling errors.
3. Read the end first then ruin the entire book.
4. With chocolate. (Nothing less than 85% cocoa will do.)
5. With ice-cream. (Get small tubs — the large ones melt too quickly.)
6. With chocolate and ice-cream.
7. By flashlight under the covers (not good for the eyes).
8. By the swimming pool — though not in the swimming pool. Books are unforgiving that way.
9. Alone, in a cabin in the woods (though we do have to ask what you’re doing alone in a cabin in the woods in the first place!).
10. Listen to it. (We’re both huge fans of Books on Tape — and The Thirteen Hallows has a fabulous audio version.)
11. While listening to classical music.
12. While listening to a soundtrack (choose one that matches the scene and mood).
13. Resting in bed, propped up by pillows with a dog curled at your feet. (Must own dog. This does not work with a cat.)
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Michael Scott is an authority on mythology and folklore, and the author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Colette Freedman is an award-winning, internationally produced playwright. She lives in Los Angeles.
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About The Thirteen Hallows:
The Hallows. Ancient artifacts imbued with a primal and deadly power. But are they protectors of this world, or the keys to its destruction?
A gruesome murder in London reveals a sinister plot to uncover a two-thousand-year-old secret.
For decades, the Keepers guarded these Hallows, keeping them safe and hidden and apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood.
Now, only a few remain.
With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow — a broken sword with devastating powers — to her American nephew, Owen.
The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress.
As Sarah and Owen search for the surviving Keepers, they unravel the deadly secret the Keepers were charged to protect. The mystery leads Sarah and Owen on a cat-and-mouse chase through England and Wales, and history itself, as they discover that the sword may be the only thing standing between the world … and a horror beyond imagining.
Watch a trailer for the book below.