Willow Rose

The Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is an Amazon ALL-star Best-selling author. She writes Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Paranormal Romance, and Fantasy. She is inspired by authors like James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Isabel Allende. She lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you'll find her surfing and watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. She has sold more than a million books.

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"The charming protagonist surrounded by a winsome family should surely enhance future mysteries.'- Kirkus Reviews"

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ISBN: 978-1-973279-42-6
Page count: 368pp

A girl whose skin is black on the right side of her body, white on the left, becomes a magical figure in an apocalyptic future in this YA fantasy novel.

A full-on race war rages across a near-future America, pitting black and white Americans against one another: “There was no African American anymore, no Asian, no Native American, and no more Hispanic or Middle Eastern people. If you weren’t white, you were black.” The assassination of a far-right president by a militant black separatist leads to a police-state climate, resulting in murders, arrests, and mass incarcerations of black people in cities across the country. For Jetta, a sheltered 14-year-old girl in New Orleans, the horrors are particularly personal; she was inexplicably born half-white, half-black. When she was an infant, firefighters and paramedics barely rescued her from a deadly church-burning by neo-Nazis. Raised by her loving grandmother in a black household, she’s considered freakish by both militant factions; as a result, she customarily hides the white side of her face under a hoodie in public. The genocidal destruction of a New Orleans neighborhood makes Jetta a fugitive; Tyler, another resilient survivor whose brother is a fighter for a black nation-state, accompanies her. Jetta’s other traveling companions include the friendly ghosts of her grandmother and other slain friends, plus a cheerful, drum-playing drunk who, significantly, bears the name of an African storm god. In short, exciting chapters, prolific thriller writer Rose (Waltzing Matilda, 2018, etc.) spins an action-fantasy yarn with a hot-button premise that will strike some readers as urgently timely and others as being in questionable taste. As the story goes on, it moves away from gritty, gory descriptions of large-scale urban civil warfare and into magical-realism territory involving spirits and symbolic monsters, akin to those in Neil Gaiman’s 2001 fantasy novel, American Gods. Rose strives ambitiously to make a bigger metaphorical statement about the nature of human conflict, although it’s an unfocused one with an open-ended conclusion. Readers may find it easier to latch onto the story’s nightmarish left-versus-right mortal combat than its immortal deities wrestling with their destinies.

An incendiary tale featuring mythic and realistic elements.

MYSTERY & CRIME
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ISBN: 978-1-5115-2949-5
Page count: 424pp

Jack Ryder’s latest case involves a dismembered body, and a precursor to a string of deaths, in this first thriller of a series featuring the Florida detective.

Jack’s been at the Sheriff’s Department in Cocoa Beach for seven years, but only now has his first homicide assignment: Laura Bennett’s partially mutilated corpse that cops find in her bedroom. Her husband, Brandon, who claims he slept through the murder, is unsurprisingly the first suspect. But Laura’s estranged father was John Platt, the celebrity writer who bequeathed his millions to the daughter he didn’t know and possibly incited his three other children. So it can’t be a coincidence when Laura’s neighbor Rhonda Harris is discovered dead from an apparent suicide, her house filled with Platt’s novels. The subsequent death of a judge in a fire takes top priority, especially after a gasoline can at the scene points to arson. Jack, however, isn’t any closer to finding a killer, though there very well could be more than one. His personal life, as it turns out, is just as demanding. Helping his parents run their beachside motel, Jack meets and befriends Shannon King, famed country singer under an alias while she and her 6-year-old daughter, Angela, abscond from abusive husband, Joe. Rose (Edwina, 2016, etc.) bolsters her tale by thoroughly developing the protagonist. Jack, for one, is a single father raising spunky twins, Abigail and Austin, and moody teen Emily, daughter of former, killed-on-duty partner Lisa. The likewise riveting killer, whom readers know as The Snakecharmer, is frighteningly diligent, and whether or not he’s responsible for every murder remains a mystery for much of the story. Various subplots abound, including a flashback to the life of Annie, a college student who endured rape two decades ago. There are red herrings, though Rose sufficiently ties up all the storylines. Jack and Shannon’s (potential) romance, despite momentarily benching the detective’s ongoing investigations, is a welcome addition. But while the killer’s identity plus ultimate motivation are plausible enough to satiate and maybe even shock readers, the big reveal is something Jack probably should have noticed a lot sooner.

The charming protagonist surrounded by a winsome family should surely enhance future mysteries.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

BLACK JACK: A NAIL BITING, HAIR-RAISING THRILLER (JACK RYDER BOOK 4)
Mystery, Thriller, Horror

A spine-chilling mystery from the Queen of Scream If you like an unputdownable mystery mixed with horror, then you will love BLACK JACK! Welcome to the Blackwood House. Enter if you dare. In Savannah lies a house about which is said that all who have ever lived there have gone insane. When Kimberly and Joseph inherit the house from an unknown aunt, they don’t know the house’s murderous history. They move in and soon a series of strange events occurs. It’s like the house doesn’t want them there. Little by little, Joseph starts to change, and soon Kimberly begins to wonder: is the house haunted or is her husband just going mad? Jack Ryder and Shannon King have run away to Savannah to get married. They are preparing for their wedding when they stumble upon a young girl sitting alone on the docks at the harbor at night. She doesn’t seem to have any parents, nor does she know where she lives. Her feet are bare and she has nowhere to go. They take her in for the night, but as they try to pull out information from her, bizarre stories are revealed, and soon they start to speculate about the girl. Is she telling the truth or hiding unsettling secrets of her own? ??? This exhilarating new chapter in the Jack Ryder series, Black Jack, serves up a double dose of nail-biting, chilling suspense, twists, and shocking revelations as only Willow Rose can. This is determined to terrify you. No one is more addicting than the Queen of Scream.

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ISBN: 978-1537114385
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SLIP OUT THE BACK JACK: A BONE-CHILLING GRITTY SERIAL KILLER THRILLER (JACK RYDER BOOK 2)
Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Mystery, love and action this book has it all From the Amazon ALL-star Bestselling author Willow Rose They take turns with the knife, cutting their thumbs open. A drop of blood lands on the dark wooden table. Eyes meet across the room. All four thumbs are pressed against each other one by one. Blood is shared, secrets buried. Years later a brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd at a movie theater in Miami and sends a chill through the entire nation. When human remains are discovered in the dense forest next to a biking trail in Brevard County, it is only the beginning of a series of gruesome murders, which will shock the entire Space Coast. Detective Jack Ryder is preoccupied with Shannon King and the strange email she has just received that leaves her terrified just as she prepares to go on stage at the Runaway Country Festival. Jack Ryder senses the connection and soon he realizes he is on the hunt for a serial killer with a killing spree that spans over more than a decade. ??? It’s spring break in Cocoa Beach and evil is lurking everywhere. Slip out The Back Jack is the second novel in Willow Rose’s bestselling series about Jack Ryder, a devoted father and committed homicide detective.

Published:
ISBN: 978-1512212037
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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: AN EDGE OF YOUR SEAT SERIAL KILLER THRILLER (JACK RYDER BOOK 3)
Mystery, Thriller, Horror

...better than King and Koontz combined! From the Amazon ALL-star Bestselling author Willow Rose Scott Kingston is afraid of monsters. He thinks they’re lurking outside his bedroom window at night when his mother tucks him in. He asks his mother to keep the light on to scare the monsters away. But that light is exactly what lures the kidnapper to his window and the next morning, Scott Kingston is gone. Twenty-eight years later, Vernon Johnson is released from jail after spending the biggest part of his life on death row, convicted of having kidnapped and killed Scott Kingston. As so many times before, he has appealed his case, but this time, the judge decides to let him go. A witness has finally told the truth, and there is no longer sufficient evidence to keep him in jail. But shortly after Vernon Johnson is released and has returned to his childhood town, another child disappears, and soon all eyes are on him again. Jack Ryder is getting ready to build the house of his dreams while hoping that Shannon won’t end up in jail for the murder her ex-husband committed. She is expecting their child and the pregnancy, along with the worrying, takes a toll on the both of them, especially when a dark secret is revealed about the lot where they are preparing to build their house. The fourth installment in the Jack Ryder Series, BLACK JACK is out now!

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ISBN: 978-1514308288
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UMBRELLA MAN
Supernatural Suspence, Thriller

If you like Stranger Things - you will love this! In your dream, no one can hear you scream When the body of the teenage boy, Julian Long, is discovered in the Green Swamps of Florida, the citizens of Bushlake know the city will never be the same again. Julian was popular, loved by all, and the circumstances of his death are more than strange. What secrets is the boy in the swamps hiding? Stephanie Boulder has returned to the town after fifteen years to take care of her grandmother, who is terminally ill. She writes for the local paper, and as soon as she starts digging into the story of Julian Long, she discovers secrets deep within the town’s history. Secrets so cruel, so profoundly buried, uncovering them will put her life in grave danger. What if dreams were not just dreams? Would you dare to sleep again? Desperate for answers, Stephanie embarks on a journey that spans beyond her beliefs, heading towards a terrifying nightmare, trying to figure out who the Umbrella Man is. Umbrella Man is a page-turning supernatural thriller from the Queen of Scream, Willow Rose. It is fast paced and packed with suspense. This is one book you don’t want to miss.

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ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1542542746
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WHAT HURTS THE MOST: AN ENGROSSING, HEART-STOPPING THRILLER (7TH STREET CREW BOOK 1)
Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Engrossing mystery from an Amazon ALL-star Best-selling author. You will never guess the ending! Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends from the 7th Street Crew, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them. Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again. ??? What Hurts the Most is a chilling, fast-paced story of murder and revenge. It’s the first in Willow Rose’s new series about Mary Mills and her childhood friends from 7th Street. It is full of the twists and turns that Willow Rose is known and loved for by readers all over the world.

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ISBN: 978-1522774938
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YOU CAN RUN: A HEART GRIPPING, FAST PACED THRILLER (7TH STREET CREW BOOK 2)
Mystery, thriller, Horror

Heart gripping mystery from an Amazon ALL-star Best-selling author. It’s not the kind of thing you’d expect to happen on an ordinary Saturday morning. Her kids are arguing and her husband is still sleeping. Lisa is tired and wonders why her husband keeps working late. Is he having an affair? Is it the same girl as last time? Lisa’s teenage daughter is acting up, and just as Lisa is about to walk up to her room and tell her who’s the boss around here, she feels the cold steel of a gun pressed against her cheek, while a hand covers her mouth. Years later, it remains a mystery. Who killed Lisa’s family after holding them captive for twenty-four terrifying hours in their own house? Mary Mills is enjoying her new life in Cocoa Beach. She is back with her husband Joey and the rest of the 7th Street Crew that she grew up with. She is writing a blog and doing pretty well for herself when she realizes one of her best friends, Marcia is in serious trouble. It is well known within the crew that Marcia likes to drink a lot, but things are getting worse. Marcia is deep in over her head and she risks losing her children. Soon Mary realizes that maybe she doesn’t know her old friend as well as she thought. It is said that a friend will help you if you’re knocked down, while a real friend says, “Stay down; I’ve got this.” Will Mary be able to live up to this? Will she be able to help Marcia, to save her before it is too late? Does she want to after she digs deeper into Marcia’s story and finds out who she really is? ??? You Can Run is the second mystery in Willow Rose’s series about the childhood friends from 7th Street in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It’s a fast paced, heart-stopping thriller, but also an emotionally charged novel about strong friendships and never giving up on each other, no matter what.

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ISBN: 978-1530251056
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YOU CAN'T HIDE: A PULSE-POUNDING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER (7TH STREET CREW BOOK 3)
Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Another gripping serial killer thriller from the Queen of Scream. Young girls are being kidnapped and so are their mothers. They are being bought and sold as slaves. Behind these kidnappings stands a ghostly person who calls himself the Boxer. He finds the girls and their mothers online, where he stalks and chats with the girls until he decides who to pick up and sell. A new reign of terror has fallen on the unsuspecting residents of Cocoa Beach. They think their worst nightmare is the environmental catastrophe causing the thousands of dead fish in the river”"until the first body turns up among the dead fish. Mary Mills’ personal life is in chaos. She is trying to balance being a divorced mother and dealing with the presence of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend in her, and especially her son’s, life. Mary gets on the trail of the disappearing mothers and daughters, and when she finally thinks she has it all figured out, it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems. Meanwhile, Mary’s brother Blake is preparing an attack on her, and before she knows it, she is the one who desperately needs the help from her friends in the 7th Street Crew. Every bit as pulse-pounding as her other books You Can’t Hide, delivers further proof that Willow Rose is the most addictive thriller writer around. The fourth book Careful Little Eyes will be released in the fall of 2016.

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ISBN: 978-1533608949
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