Sunday, February 10, 2013

NYT Best Selling Author Gregg Olsen

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A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest," he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.”

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012. 
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Top 10 Favorite Things with Gregg Olsen 

Favorite Author (dead or alive) 

Stephen King. 

Favorite Chocolates 

See’s Bordeaux chocolates 

Favorite books that inspired you to write 

Son by Jack Olsen and Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule 

Favorite songs to listen to while writing 

Moby Hotel (Ambient) 

Favorite destination to live? 

Olalla, Washington, where we’ve lived for the last twenty years. I love no place on earth more than my home. 


My tastes lately are very pop oriented at the moment – Pink (everything she’s ever done), Kelly Clarkson (love the new song, People Like Us – an anthem for bullied kids, at least that’s how I interpret it). 

Favorite movies of all time 

Fargo, Blood Simple, just about any Coen Brothers movie! 

Favorite TV program/series? 

Any incarnation of Law& Order! 

Favorite movie moments 

When Cinderella is given the slipper in the Disney animated movie. My girls know that I tear up at that silly scene almost every time. 

Favorite Super Villain 

Ursula the Sea Witch! 

Favorite gadgets 

Roomba. Seriously, I am in love with that robotic vacuum! 

Favorite dream destinations 

I would love to go to Italy, Japan, Australia; Fiji …the list goes on and on!


Ted Bundy. America's most notorious serial killer. For two women, he is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy's victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison--and raised her son to finish what Bundy started. To charm and seduce innocent girls. To kidnap and brutalize more women than any serial killer in history. And to lure one obsessed cop into a trap as sick and demented as Bundy himself. . .

Praise for Gregg Olsen's novels




Fear Collector is a chilling story that takes real events and people and stirs it in a thrilling fictitious world that only author Gregg Olsen can bring. He brings a suspenseful page-turner about the continuing and spreading effect of the notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy. Readers are presented with an unsettling experience with police detective Grace Alexander and a fanatical woman, Peggy, who adored Bundy and believes to be raising his son. Before Grace was born, her sister Tricia was murdered and her mother believes that Ted Bundy was responsible. In order to find answers, she gets involved with a career in law enforcement. Peggy’s mammoth-sized love for Bundy makes her raise her son to be just like his father. As the dead bodies of girls start appearing, Grace begins her search for clues and answers that unearths a very suspenseful tale.

The one thing that readers will appreciate in this book is how Gregg is able to flawlessly take them inside the minds of all his dynamic characters. The upbringing of Grace is saddening as her mother had to cope with the loss of a daughter as she drifted away from being part of Grace’s childhood. The chill-factor multiplies each time Gregg takes readers into the perspectives of the killer and Peggy. Although it was absolutely frighteningly creepy, the writing etiquette of Gregg made it lusciously satisfying reading their parts. The characters are so well-rounded that it made the story seemed so real.

Like all of his previous works, the world building is precise and on-point. The multiple perspectives, the letters from Bundy, and secondary characters all seemed to lead to confusion as the story went back and forth with different characters. However, it never looked back and the story progresses in a well-paced manner. Readers are able to create their own events and predictions and be fully entertained to read how this chilling story unfolds. The surprises and twists that are sprinkled throughout the story will have readers’ eyes glued to Gregg’s wonderful writing. Fear Collector is like an art. Taking something real from our world and mixing it in your own rather dark and twisted idea takes quite the talent to do so. It is not an easy task to do but Gregg does it naturally with ease like breathing.

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Gregg for making this giveaway possible.
 2 Winners will receive a Copy of Fear Collector by Gregg Olsen.
2 Winners will receive an ARC Copy of Fear Collector by Gregg Olsen.
1 Winner will receive One poster, One Bookmark, and One button of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.
10 Winners will receive a Grace Art bookmark by James Vallesteros.
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  1. Another great post from JBN, always look forward to my JBN emails to discover new authors (new to me)

  2. terrific giveaway. Sounds like a great book!

  3. Thanks for the donation Gregg Olsen!! <3


  4. Thanks Gregg for the donations. Awesome giveaway

  5. Thanks for the giveaway Gregg! Always love your books!