Monday, September 10, 2018

Guest Post with Steven James

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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe. In his podcast “The Story Blender,” he interviews leading storytellers in film, print, and web. Listen now to any of the dozens of archived podcasts for free by visiting his website

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the art of fiction writing, STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE, won a Storytelling World award. Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY CROOKED PATH—a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold.

If you’ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY CROOKED PATH is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.



It was 2005 and I was a frustrated wannabe novelist.

I’d been wanting to write a thriller for years, but every time I started one, I found that my story wasn’t as fresh and original as I needed it to be. I was about ready to give up.

Then one day, while researching investigative techniques, I stumbled across an article about geospatial investigation, a little known, cutting-edge way of analyzing the timing, location, and progression of serial crimes that the FBI was starting to use.

It was unique, different, and perfect for my story. Everything began to click and FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers was born.

THE PAWN released in 2007 and my life would never be the same again.

Since each book takes me around a year to research and write, chronicling Patrick’s adventures and cases has been a labor of love for more than a decade.

And now, with the release of the eleventh and final book, EVERY WICKED MAN, the long-running series is coming to an end and it’s come time to say goodbye to my old friend.

In my search for authentic locations and characters, writing this series has been a journey that has taken me all across North America—from San Diego to New York City to Charlotte to Milwaukee to Denver and many places in between.

In my research I’ve been honored to tour the Pentagon and the FBI Academy, ride along with police officers in Detroit, tour abandoned gold mines in the Rocky Mountains, visit military bases in Texas and consult with leading scientists and law enforcement personnel from across the country.

To all of you who have been fans of the series, I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed the books and I’d like to thank you for entrusting me with your time. Hearing from you over the years has been a highlight for me.

If you’ve never read one of the books, I invite you to give them a try. As a prequel, EVERY WICKED MAN sets up the storyline for the next seven books so there’s no better time than now to dive in.

To me, the series has offered a deep exploration of human nature—both the depths of evil we can be drawn into and the heights of love and hope we are capable of experiencing.

As Patrick has grown, so have I.

As he has learned to love his stepdaughter, Tessa, so I’ve learned to grow closer to my own daughters.

As Patrick likes to say, “Everything matters.” Well, I’ve found that that’s true not just of his investigations, but in all of life as well.

So thanks, Pat for teaching me not just how to track down serial killers, terrorists, and arsonists, but for letting me learn with you the most important lessons of all.  --Steven James

A criminal mastermind's chilling terrorist plot forces FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers to the brink in the latest thriller from bestselling novelist Steven James.

When a senator's son takes his own life and posts the video live online, Agent Bowers is drawn into a complex web of lies that begins to threaten the people he loves the most. As he races to unravel the mystery behind the suicide and a centuries-old code that might help shed light on the case, he finds a dark pathway laced with twists and deadly secrets that touch a little too close to home.

Praise for the BOWERS FILES thrillers

“A smart, taut, intense novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Michael Connelly and Thomas Harris…a blisteringly fast and riveting read.” Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author of Gunmetal Gray

“From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story of relentless power.” Michael Connelly, Author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye

“With a multi-dimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease.” Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The 14th Colony

“High tension all the way…  Fast, sharp, and believable. Put it at the top of your list.” John Lutz, Edgar Award-winning author of Single White Female and Slaughter

“Full of secrets and mind games that are entertaining and thought-provoking.” RT Book Reviews

You can purchase Every Wicked Man at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you STEVEN JAMES for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Every Wicked Man (The Bowers Files: The New York Years #3) by Steven James.


  1. "When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?" An Egyptologist.

  2. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a nurse.

  3. When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher. Thanks! :)