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Tillery Vargas, intelligent, attractive, divorced and bored, lives with her mother in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. Her aspirations of writing a best-selling novel were crushed after three of her manuscripts were rejected. She abandoned her dream and took a position with a popular women’s magazine published in downtown Atlanta. On her way home to celebrate a promotion at work, she stopped at a local Wal-Mart where tragedy struck. Her ordeal lead to unbelievable horrors at the hands of a deranged drifter. The news coverage of her abduction and rescue in a daring raid by a local sheriff’s department brought her sudden fame. Tillery’s dreams of writing and romance were rekindled in this new reality by handsome police detective Joe Dillard.

Available in: paperback (5-3/8×8-3/8, 284 pages) $14.95

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Young newspaper reporter, Colette Withers, witnessed a horrific act she was not supposed to see and instantly became the target of a corrupt county judge, an unscrupulous sheriff and a greedy developer. Fearing for her life, she fled and found refuge with new found friends in Atlanta’s literati high society. Handsome private detective Brad Johnston, hired to protect her, challenged Colette’s innocence and forced her to choose between bittersweet revenge and her heart’s desire. Forget-Me-Not is the story of how friendships changed a wounded and bitter heart into one of forgiveness and love. A compelling revelation of how murder, intrigue, humor and romance mingled in tiny Milton, Alabama.

Available in: paperback (5-3/8×8-3/8, 284 pages) $14.95

Also available on Kindle and e-book. 

BJ Gillum Forget-me-not

Love. Friendship. Intrigue. Lost. Found. In 1986 Richard Zacharias went back home for his 25th high school reunion, his first, out of curiosity and a sense of unfinished business. He found all five. But Zack, as his friends called him, was not prepared for the power and durability of long-buried feelings and relationships he encountered. The re-awakening grip of old friends, old flames, and an old, festering grudge grew in power and intensity in the following years through a series of reunitings, some arranged, some by happenstance. Zack’s efforts to understand and address his relationship with his old girlfriend, Corey James, were intertwined with and affected by his involvement in a high-stakes conflict between the energy industry and research that threatened to engulf and destroy them.

Size: 6X9 | Number of pages: 298 (as paperback)

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Interview with Author

Why did you choose to write Forget-Me-Not as a mystery instead of some other genre?

Although there is romance and humor woven throughout the story there was always the question of an unpunished murder committed by ruthless men who manipulated the innocent to serve their purposes. That wouldn’t end satisfactorily until it was solved and justice served.

How does your mystery Forget-Me-Not differ from other mysteries?

This story allows the reader to feel the inner motivations of the victims and villains equally.

How do your characters in Forget-Me-Not differ from characters in other mysteries?

I think all human characteristics and motivations are very similar and are molded by circumstances and environmental factors largely uncontrollable by themselves. My protagonist is motivated by fear and a need for justice. She is able to achieve her goals by associating with people who befriend her. Believe in her cause and eventually facilitate her success. I’m not sure this deviates from the norm. 

Describe your main character, Colette Withers.

Colette is a cub reporter beginning her first real job. She is ambitious and willing to work hard to prove she is more than capable. Her ambition burns within her and she is anxious to prove herself when through no fault of her own she feels her life threatened and must flee to survive.

Will there be a sequel to Forget-Me-Not?

There certainly could be because she is still young and just reaching her peak professionally when the book ends. Funny, I’ve never looked at it as a candidate for a sequel.

My Latest Blogs

06 February 2015
Tips & Hints

A thriller is a story about a large poisonous spider you’ve been trying to kill for weeks (nobody believes there actually is one) that suddenly drops onto your face in the middle of a dark night; you lose control of bodily functions and scream uncontrollably because you’re alone and you can’t defend yourself since you are a quadriplegic from Afghanistan war wounds. Your new Medal of Honor still hangs around your neck where President Obama placed it earlier today in a tearful ceremony before TV cameras and a sobbing audience. Tension is made higher because you are now in a sound-proofed dressing room and a noisy Mick Jagger concert is in full swing in the next room beyond the one-way mirrored wall of the White House theater. With your remaining one good eye, you notice there are young spiders clinging all over the back of the large one that is now devouring your face. That is a thriller.

A mystery is a story about discovering how it got into the room by using clever techniques as employed by detectives or forensic pathologists, or as in the case of the spider attack, exterminators. A grinding, painstaking process that progresses like molasses in December until finally the obvious is observed. A badge of honor for the passionately detail-oriented late-night reader. NEVER read the last two pages of one of these before reading the entire book from front to back!

There are many authors who write novels that are cross-genre. For example, combine the two examples above and voila – cross genre! Even Mother Goose rhymes like Little Miss Muffett. It was a short biography until the spider came along and changed it to a thriller. That is cross-genre! If it had bitten her that would have become a Horror genre. If it had tried to take liberties with her, it would have become an erotica genre, depending on how the writer explained the details of the attack. -By BJ Gillum – Author of a series of humorous books

Cautionary Note: These are the opinions of this writer only and should not be taken as arachnophobic views nor are they authentic or representative of the official view of the Authors Guild of TN.

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