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Ava_Black

Ava_Black

Joined September 2018

Fresh Fiction for Twisted Minds. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18454786.Ava_Black
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Thanks to all the fabulous readers and crime writers for turning up at last night‘s Noir at the Bar, NYC at Shade Bar in Greenwich Village.
Writers pictured above (from L to R) are:
Thomas Pluck, John Vercher, Jen Conley, Scott Adlerberg, Rob Hart, Hillary Davidson, Alex Segura, Angie Kim, Ava Black, Adrian McKinty.

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“If you liked The Girl On The Train you will love this book.” —Shamus-Award Winning Author, Paul D. Marks
“Eloquent and moving.” —Book-of-the-Year Award-Winning Author, Renee James
“Excellent debut....” —Raymond Benson, author of James Bond (1996-2002).

Find out why award-winning authors and avid readers raved about a novel that literary agents deemed, “too non-commercial for mass-market readers.” Now available at a special price on Amazon.

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Join award-winning authors in a New-York-Magazine-recognized setting on Sunday, July 14, the day after Thrillerfest, for readings from their latest crime fiction publications. Topics to be explored include mental health, gentrification, and murder.
No admittance fee. No minimum drink purchase. Book giveaways which included signed copies!
Hope to see you there.
Noir at the Bar
Shade Bar
241 Sullivan Street
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

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“Embrace the great swell and wallow of hurt around us
though no words suffice to magnify its name.”

—J.D. Smith, Canticle In Noir

Brilliantly crafted, Noir Nation Number 7 is a unique and eloquent anthology of short stories, poems, and non-fiction which reminds us that dark literature is truly a longing for lost light.

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Book mail!

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Hipster Death Rattle | Richie Narvaez
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“Women had always been victimized and it just didn‘t seem fair, and he didn‘t want to contribute to that victimization, at lease not for the first one.”

Loving this new crime fiction release by debut author Richie Narvaez about a murderer targeting Hipsters in New York‘s trendiest neighborhood. Great settings and voice!

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In Just the Right Light | WILLIAM R. SOLDAN
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“And until he was alone, much later, cupping that drink between his weathered palms, he would fight the need to cry with her.” —William Soldan, In Just the Right Light

Book mail! Excited to start this noir-bent collection of short stories set in the Midwest.

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Thank you to THE BOOK CELLAR in Lincoln Square (Chicago) for hosting tonight‘s spectacular reading of THE BUG JAR. And thank you to the readers who took time from their busy schedules to attend. Standing room only!

Cinfhen Wonderful!!! Glad to see book is getting attention 💜 6mo
Ava_Black Thank you @Cinfhen ❤️ 6mo
Djspens You had me at your bio! Fresh fiction for twisted minds..... I must read your book! #TBR 4mo
Ava_Black Thank you @Djspens. I hope that in some way, it moves you. Apologies for delayed response. Was out of country. 4mo
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BOOK MAIL! This one by the emerging author S.A. Cosby.

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Hello, Littens!
You are invited to discuss how mental illness, mistresses, murder, and one very nasty politician influenced the Chicago-based psychological thriller THE BUG JAR on Sunday, January 13 at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park, Chicago, from 3 p.m until 4. This event is free! All are welcome.

BookishMarginalia Wish I were in Chicago! 6mo
Ava_Black @BookishMarginalia Wow! What a compliment! I wish you were, too! 🙂 6mo
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Chicagoland Littens:
Meet the latest mystery sensations on Saturday, Nov. 24th at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, Il from 10-5. Walk the author gallery to chat with your favorite mystery writers about the latest releases, literary movements, your favorite novels, and other trending topics. I'll be in the gallery from 1-3 discussing The Bug Jar. : )

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Thank you, Minneapolis for an incredible afternoon filled with champagne, chocolates, and murder at Once Upon A Crime Bookstore! Always so much fun connecting IRL with mystery readers and writers. ❤

vivastory Fun! I somehow never managed to visit this store when I lived there. Was there snow on the ground? 8mo
Ava_Black @vivastory. There wasn't snow on the ground, but it had snowed the night before. It was cooold. COLD! 18ish degrees? Brrr! The store is a dream. Cozy, well-stocked, friendly owner, rare books, exactly how you want an indie bookstore to be. Lovely! 8mo
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#AmazonGiveaway
Still haven't won your copy of the 5-star #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR yet? Don't fret! Head on over to Amazon to enter the #Kindle giveaway from today, Monday, Nov. 5, until next Monday, Nov. 12. 25 entrants will win! Good luck! 🍀
#giveaway #giveaways

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INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL POP-UP GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the iconic Mysterious Bookshop in NYC stocking the new psych thriller THE BUG JAR, you can now win 1 of 5 signed copies on Litsy! Drop your favorite author quote and country of residence below, before 3p.m. CST on Sun., Nov. 4th, for your chance to win. 2 of 5 copies are reserved for Littens outside the U.S. Winning Littens may message a mailing address to Avablackbooks@gmail.com. Good luck! 🍀

Amabear “Reader I married him” -Jane eyre 9mo
Jilly6183 "And once the storm is over, you won‘t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won‘t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won‘t be the same person who walked in. That‘s what the storm‘s all about."
- Haruki Murakami
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erzascarletbookgasm “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” Angelou 9mo
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Ava_Black Wow @erzascarletbookgasm @Jilly6183 @Amabear, those are powerful, and the Jane Erye quote was shocking! 9mo
Marilyncjackson Thank you @Ava_Black. This is one of my favorite quotes “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” Erasmus. I live in the USA 9mo
quirkthenerd “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Paulo Coelho 💛 (edited) 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook One of my favourite quotes of all time: "A difficulty is a light. An insuperable difficulty is a sun." - Iris Murdoch 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Pressed send by mistake! South Africa 🇿🇦 9mo
Ava_Black @MommyWantsToReadHerBook No worries. South Africa! Gotcha. 🙂 9mo
Victoriahoperose Favorite quote - “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (The Great Gatsby). I‘m from the US - thank you for hosting the giveaway 😊😊😊 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel I‘m currently living in Israel 🇮🇱 Thanks for the chance to win a copy
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julesG Thank you for this giveaway. I live in Germany. "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." 9mo
quirkthenerd Forgot to add, I‘m from Canada. Thank you for this opportunity @Ava_Black ☺️ 9mo
Lel2403 “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one - George RR Martin.”.....I live in the UK 9mo
TheBookBabes This is so wonderful! I live in Canada and one of my favourite quotes of the year has been from Meg Wolitzer‘s The Female Persuasion— “I think that‘s what the people who change our lives always do. They give us permission to be the person we secretly really long to be, but maybe don‘t feel we‘re allowed to be.” (edited) 9mo
Joy0201 “The past is not dead. In fact, it‘s not even past.” Faulkner. I‘m in the US (edited) 9mo
Ava_Black @quirkthenerd Canada! We're neighbors! Gotcha. Thank you. : ) 9mo
Ava_Black Congratulations to @Amabear @Jilly6183 @erzascarletbookgasm @Marilyncjackson @quirkthenerd @MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Victoriahoperose @Cinfhen @julesG @Lel2403 @BookBabes @Joy0201 ! YOU ARE ALL WINNERS! Please email you preferred shipping address to avablackbooks@gmail.com and your book will be shipped before 11/10! Please note it will be coming via US Postal and may take more than 10 days for international delivery. CONGRATULATIONS! 9mo
Lel2403 @Ava_Black thank you so much. I‘m a bit excited 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
Ava_Black @Lel2403 Welcome! I'm excited for you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
Marilyncjackson Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for the giveaway @Ava_Black 9mo
TheBookBabes Eeeeek!!! Yay!!! Thank you @Ava_Black 9mo
Ava_Black @BookBabes 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉Congratulations! You're very welcome! 9mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Thank you soooo much!!! Super excited to read this book xx 9mo
Jilly6183 @Ava_Black Amazing! Thank you much! 9mo
quirkthenerd Thank you so much! I had a little dance party to celebrate... I might be slightly excited 😅 9mo
Ava_Black @quirkthenerd Dance parties are awesome! So glad to hear this brings you joy. Yay! Congratulations! 🎉 Shipping tomorrow. 9mo
Ava_Black @Jilly6183 You're very welcome! 🎊 9mo
Ava_Black @Cinfhen I'm excited to hear that you're excited! ❤️Congratulations! 9mo
Ava_Black @TheBookBabes You're very welcome. Congrats! 🎉 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm What?! Thank you so much! I‘ll drop you an email. I‘m in the international category, which now I realise I did not mention in my comment earlier. 9mo
Ava_Black @erzascarletbookgasm Malaysia? Awesome! Congrats again. Tomorrow your book will be on it's way! ❤️ 9mo
Amabear Yayyyyyyu 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I never win anything! So cool! Thank you!!! 9mo
Ava_Black @Amabear Love it when that happens! So cool! A huge congrats to you! ❤️ 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Oh wow, thanks so much @Ava_Black ! 9mo
julesG Thank you so much for this! 9mo
Ava_Black @julesG You're very welcome! ❤ 9mo
Ava_Black @MommyWantsToReadHerBook You're welcome. Congrats! 🎉 9mo
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New York City Readers:
The new psychological thriller THE BUG JAR is now available at the iconic Mysterious Bookshop in Tribeca. It is an enormous honor for this indie pubbed novel to be carried in a bookshop alongside Big 5 new releases and classics. Thank you, Mysterious, for taking a chance on indie! ❤️

Marilyncjackson This is so cool!!! 9mo
Ava_Black Very excited! Thanks @Marilyncjackson 9mo
Cinfhen Congrats!! Looking forward to reading this book....sounds gripping 9mo
Ava_Black @Cinfhen Thank you! Parts of it are based on truth, which is what people say makes it good. Hope you like it. ❤ 9mo
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Less than 48 hours left!
Enter the #goodreadsgiveaway where you can win your digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR, featuring Samantha Holland, the mentally-ill mistress of a Chicago mayoral candidate who is accused of murdering his son. Contest closes on Halloween. Good luck! 🍀
#giveaway #giveaways #crimefiction #thriller #mystery #suspense

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was just gifted your book by @CoffeeNBooks ☺️☺️ I can‘t wait to read it!! 9mo
Ava_Black Oh my gosh, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! That is so cool! Hope you like it. ❤️And thank you @CoffeeNBooks! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black I‘m going to buddy read it with @AmyG 🙌🏻 I‘m sure we will love it!! 👍🏻🙌🏻 9mo
Ava_Black @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Be still my heart. ❤️ 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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#Goodreadsgiveaway!
Jump to #goodreads to win your digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR, featuring Samantha Holland--the mentally ill mistress of Chicago mayoral candidate, Richard Harrison, who is accused of murdering Richard's son. The book is loosely based on a childhood friend, an avid reader, who suffers from bipolar disorder and wanted to share her struggle with misdiagnosis through fiction. Good luck!

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Chicagoland Littens:
Celebrate independently released mysteries at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL during the author's soiree on Sat., Nov. 24 from 10am-5pm. Walk the bookstore's author gallery to interact one-on-one with the Windy City's finest indie writers. Also, discuss the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR, along with writing, rejection, and publication, with me between 1 and 3pm.
#authorevents

JennyM Hope it goes well! 9mo
Ava_Black Thanks, @JennyM Very excited! 9mo
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Littens!
WIN a digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR during the #goodreadsgiveaway from now until Halloween! 20 entrants will be randomly selected and your copy will be delivered by Nov. 1. Good luck!
#giveaway #giveaways #booklovers #bookworm #goodreads

eanderson Yayyy!!! Good to know! Going to enter right now! 9mo
Ava_Black @eanderson Awesome! 20 winners so your odds aren't bad! Good luck! Also, if you're on #NetGalley, THE BUG JAR is there, too. Thanks for entering! 9mo
tpixie 🎉🎉🎉🎉 9mo
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LA CROSSE AREA LITTENS!
Join the discussion about writing, rejection, publication, #mentalillness in literature, and the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR at Pearl Street Books in LaCrosse tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m All are welcome. And, oh yes, there will be cheese! Lots and lots of cheese! ❤️
#authorevents #booksigning #bookevent #crimefiction #thriller #mystery #bookevents #womensfiction

Marilyncjackson Hope it is awesome! 9mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson Books! Readers! Cheesecurds! Sure to be a blast! ❤ 9mo
Marilyncjackson Wish I could go lol it sounds perfect lol. Have a good time and some curds for me! 9mo
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Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson Absolutley! Hope to see you at an upcoming Illinois event. Will try to smuggle in some curds. 😉 9mo
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black lol! I am hoping to be able to get there. Good luck 🍀 this weekend 9mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
tpixie 🎉🎉🎉📚📚📚 9mo
Ava_Black Thanks @tpixie 9mo
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CHICAGOLAND LITTENS!
YOU are invited to discuss #politicalcorruption, #mentalillness, murder, and how Chicago's political landscape influenced the plot and characters in the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR on Wed., Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar. Can't wait to see you there! ❤️
#bookevents #chicagolit #chicagoliterary #litevents #authorsignings #womensfiction #crimefiction #suspense #thriller

LaurenReads A year until I move back!! 9mo
Ava_Black @LaurenReads Bummer! I'll be on O.D. Book Blog sometime this month...you could win a paperback copy! Details to come! Thank you for supporting the book. ❤ 9mo
AJones Looks like a lovely place to sit and relax with a good book. 💙📚 9mo
Ava_Black @AJones Absolutley! 9mo
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GOODREADS GIVEAWAY TODAY!

Jump to #goodreads to win your digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR from now until Halloween! 20 readers will be randomly chosen to recieve a copy. Good luck!
#giveaways #giveaway #bookblogger #blogger #womensfiction #crimefiction

zzz Thank you! Done✔ 9mo
Ava_Black @JenIsAlwaysReading You're welcome! And thank you for entering! Your support is appreciated. ❤ 9mo
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Rereading. That last page...still chilling.

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Congratulations to the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR which was downloaded 26 times in the past 50 minutes after becoming available just now on #netgalley.
#reviews #bookbloggers #bloggers #crimefiction #mentalillness #reviewers #womensfiction #bibliophile

GripLitGrl Sounds like a real page turner just downloaded my copy👍 9mo
Ava_Black @GripLitGrl Wow! That is incredible! Very much appreciate it. Thank you so much! ❤️ 9mo
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Stuck very, very late at work and sneak-reading Spanish-language magazines from Los Angeles.

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POP-UP GIVEAWAY!
Happy Friday, Littens! Celebrate the week's end with a free paperback copy of the thriller The Bug Jar. Enter NOW, Friday, Oct. 5, between 7 and 9 p.m. CST by dropping the name of your favorite book-to-movie adaptation in the comments. One winner will be drawn at 9. If you don't win, don't sweat it. A limited number of Kindle copies will be given away on Goodreads starting next Friday, October 12. Good luck!
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Mccall0113 The Godfather 10mo
TheBookAddict The Help 10mo
Elma Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 10mo
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Jerdencon An oldie but the Pelican Brief 😀 10mo
Librarybelle Austenland 10mo
CouronneDhiver Another oldie but goodie: 10mo
AsYouWish I have a lot of favorites, but I would say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I love both the book and the original movie with Gene Wilder. 10mo
Ava_Black These are all such great books! 10mo
Sassy_Steph Eat pray love 10mo
JennyM This for me was fantastic - made me ugly ugly cry! 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you for entering, Littens! The drawing is now closed. In a few minutes I'll be back to announce the winner, but if you didn't win, remember you can enter the Goodreads giveaway starting next Friday, Oct.12 to snag your free Kindle copy. Again, thanks for entering. Happy reading! ❤️ 10mo
Ava_Black A big congratulations to @AmyG for winning tonight's giveaway! Amy, please email your shipping address to Avablackbooks@gmail.com, at your convenience, to claim your win! Your paperback will be shipped on Monday! 👏🏻🎊 10mo
AmyG Wow. Thank you so much. 10mo
Ava_Black @AmyG. Welcome! Wish I could do more paperback giveaways like this on Litsy. Lots of fun! 10mo
AmyG It was so nice of you to do a giveaway. I look forward to reading this. 10mo
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Marilyncjackson Congratulations @AmyG . Thank you @Ava_Black 10mo
AsYouWish Congrats @AmyG 📚🎉📖🎊 10mo
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Chicagoland Littens!
Join the discussion about political corruption, scandalous affairs, mental illness, and murder on Sunday, January 13th at 3 p.m. @57thStreetBooks in Hyde Park. The new psychological thriller THE BUG JAR will be discussed as well as Chicago's social and political influence on the novel.
#bookevents
#authorevent
#booksigning
#bookdiscussion
#booktalk
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Marilyncjackson Wow this is in my neck of the woods I hope I can go. 10mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson I hope you can, too! It'd be great to see some friendly faces there...plus, this is an extra special event because the first time I read sections of this book in public, when it was still unedited and unpublished, was 2 years ago at 57th Street. Will be surreal to hold the actual book, not manuscript pages, and read it to actual readers. Very special. 10mo
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black So cool! I wish I had anything I wrote published. (Other than in a literary magazine for college.) Even is I can not go I wish you the best of luck and I think it is awesome that you are doing this 😊 10mo
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Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson If you'd like, you can jump to my FB/Twitter/IG pages where I talk about writing and rejection A LOT. Have over 100 rejections on this one. Feel free to message me about your writing journey anytime. I totally get it. 10mo
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black you are so awesome! I will find you in Facebook this weekend. 10mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson ...and congrats on your publications. Every single one is something to be proud of! (edited) 10mo
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Today's book mail!
Both are new releases! Beta read and critiqued WHAT CANT BE TRUE by Bo Thunboe. So cool to see it in print!

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Oh my gosh! How cute is this?!

BethM Idk If i could eat it lol. 10mo
tpixie 😍 10mo
Ava_Black @BethM I know, right? Maybe just eat off the backside. ❤️ 10mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Holy moly!!! That cake is adorable!! 10mo
Ava_Black @JanuarieTimewalker13 Completely! Can't imagine the time and skill it took to make! 10mo
SandyW There is no way I could eat that. It's amazing! 10mo
Ava_Black @SandyW She does other cakes, too! Complete talent! The patience it must've taken... 10mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I want to live in that cake. Eat one book at a time. Lol 10mo
Ava_Black @JanuarieTimewalker13 That is an incredible idea! ❤❤❤ 10mo
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POP-UP GIVEAWAY!

Win a paperback copy of the new psychological thriller THE BUG JAR today, Friday, Sept. 28, by dropping the name of your favorite antagonist in the comments below between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m (CST)!

One reader's name will be drawn after 9 and your copy will be shipped on Monday.

One final giveaway will pop up later next Friday or Saturday night between 7 and 9.

Good luck! : )

AmyG I‘ll go with my first thought...he who shall not be named...Voldemort. (Thank you for the giveaway) 10mo
TorieStorieS My favorite antagonist recently is Paul Barone from November Road! 10mo
quirkthenerd My pick would have to be Negan from The Walking Dead, he‘s monstrous. 🧟‍♂️ 10mo
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Ava_Black @AmyG Voldemort! Of course! Classic. Thank you for entering. ❤️ 10mo
Ava_Black @TorieStorieS Awesome! Thanks for entering. ❤️ 10mo
Ava_Black @quirkthenerd Walking Dead. Yes! 10mo
AsYouWish This is difficult, because I love a good antagonist! My first thought was Colonel William Tavington from The Patriot, he is the best/worst! 10mo
Ava_Black @AsYouWish Whoa! He is a heavy one! Thank you for entering. 10mo
Bklover Annie Wilkes from 10mo
Ava_Black @Bklover OMG! Yes! ❤️ Thank you for entering! 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you to everyone who entered! Another drawing will be held next Friday or Sat night around the same time. Please don't hesitate to enter! Congratulations to @TorieStorieS! Your post-it was pulled! Please friend me on FB to verify, then we'll jump to Messenger for shipping details. FB: Ava Black. See you there! (edited) 10mo
AsYouWish Yay!!! Congrats @TorieStorieS 📚🎉📖🎊 10mo
TorieStorieS Wow!! That‘s so exciting!!! But I don‘t use FB!! Can you email me at victoria.marie.kurr@gmail.com? 10mo
TorieStorieS And thanks for the congrats, @AsYouWish !! 10mo
Ava_Black @TorieStorieS Absolutley! Excellent! Thank you. 10mo
TorieStorieS Thank you!!! 😃👏👏👏👏🎉 10mo
TorieStorieS This is my first giveaway win on Litsy!!! 😊 10mo
Ava_Black @TorieStorieS Oh my gosh! That is so awesome! Last week's winner was also a first-time Litsy winner, too! Love it when that happens! So exciting! ❤Yes! CONGRATS! 🎉🍾🎊 (edited) 10mo
Ava_Black @TorieStorieS There seems to be email issues. The message I sent on Friday came back as temporarily undeliverable. Please feel free to reach out at avablackbooks@gmail.com. Or on Goodreads as Ava Black. Twitter/Instagram @jlightbody11. I apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to shipping your copy on Monday. : ) (edited) 10mo
TorieStorieS Oh no! I just sent you an email- will try goodreads next if that doesn‘t work!! Thanks for your patience! 10mo
Ava_Black @TorieStorieS Please check your email. Very small world! 10mo
TorieStorieS Indeed it is!! I have the book!! Thank you!!!! 10mo
Ava_Black You are very welcome @TorieStorieS. Thank you for reading! ❤️ 10mo
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Egg-Lady Terri, who sells free-range chicken eggs (goose upon request), and brings them to your home or business if you commit to a weekly purchase, FINALLY switched from Nicholas Sparks to Chelsea Cain to THE BUG JAR! Go, readers! Go, free-range chickens!

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Ava_Black She loves them dearly. And all the chickens have names! Named after country singers. @romanceaddict 10mo
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Crashed my car in the McDonald's parking lot and met this guy, who turned out to be a hard-core crime/legal-thriller aficionado with hundreds of books in his collection! When he fixed the Suburban, he researched THE BUG JAR, then requested a signed copy. Here he is, getting it! Readers are incredible!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s fantastic! 😁 10mo
Ava_Black @ErikaS_Flyleafunfurled. Yes! Readers, readers everywhere! ❤️ 10mo
Ava_Black Always a little surprised to see who is reading and what they read. Some of the most religious people I know read the darkest stuff. Always surprised. 10mo
zzz Very nice😊 10mo
Ava_Black Thanks @Jen_is_always_reading He is a hoot! (edited) 10mo
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Ah! The sales associates at the romance boutique are reading THE BUG JAR! Turns out they're huge book nerds who are in book clubs and love to read about political/sex scandals! Yay for books! Yay for reading!

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Wonderland | Jennifer Hillier
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Jennifer Hillier never disappoints and this book is no exception. She took a different approach to this novel by including character types who aren't normally what she writes, but it worked. Sufficiently creepy and weird, this is a good read for a dark and chilly autumn night.

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LA CROSSE AREA LITTENS:
Come talk about the best thing in the world...books! Join me for a book talk about corruption, greed, lust, murder, and mental illness on Sat., Oct., 20 from 12-2 at Pearl Street Books in LaCrosse. Can't wait to see you there!

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POP-UP GIVEAWAY!

Want to win a free paperback copy of the psychological thriller The Bug Jar? Yes? Then drop your handle in the comments before 9 p.m. CST today (9/22) along with your most beloved, and your most despised word in the English language! One winner will be drawn after 9 p.m.

Keep watching for more pop-up giveaways in the weeks ahead!

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Ava_Black @carriepaige Moist was doomed from the beginning! 10mo
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MINNEAPOLIS LITTENS!
On Sat., Nov. 17, come to Once Upon A Crime Bookstore from 12-2 to discuss the writing journey, rejection, publication, murder, and mental illness. And oh, yeah--The Bug Jar! Guaranteed to be a hoot!
#minneapolisliteraryevents
#minneapolisevents
#mentalillness
#psychologicalthriller
#crimefiction

RaimeyGallant Sounds fun. Would if I lived there. 10mo
KatieCarpenter Oh for cool! 10mo
Ava_Black @RaimeyGallant Really? I'm glad you said that because I'm still trying to figure out Litsy (was a Goodreads girl, but this is so much easier!) and not really sure if I should be promoting my own book on here! I don't want to get kicked off because I've found a goldmine of stuff to read, and like reading people's conversations and reviews, but don't want to overwhelm anyone with event updates and promos. Thanks for giving me that feedback! ❤ (edited) 10mo
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Ava_Black @KatieCarpenter How flattering that you think so! I'm hoping you can make it so there will be a familiar, or cyber-familiar at least, friendly face in the audience 🙂. Have an event booked in LaCrosse, too and working on events in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and that almighty New York! 10mo
RaimeyGallant There are other authors on here. Maybe observe what they do and try to find what balance of self promo works for you? 10mo
Ava_Black @RaimeyGallant Thank you so much for that idea! Because I follow my fave authors on FB and Twitter, never thought to follow them here! Just thought about this for finding new books. Will do this. Thanks so much! ❤️ 10mo
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The Damned | Algernon Blackwood
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This is such a cool idea! Books by the Foot!

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OMG! 2 more bookstores just invited me to speak, and The Bug Jar is in the top 1% of sales on Amazon! Thank you, friends ❤!

BethM Congrats! Eye catching graphic lol. 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you, @BethM. Thought the graphic was fitting since most publishers and NY agents deemed this book as too 'on the fringe' to publish. 😉 (edited) 10mo
Crystalblu So, you do know that patch means you‘ve killed someone, right? 10mo
Ava_Black @Crystalblu Yep, but this killing is metaphorical only. 🙂 (edited) 10mo
Crystalblu Haha! Good on ya! 10mo
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YOU ARE DOING IT! The Bug Jar is Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore (Chicago) bestselling book for the month of September, number 32 for the year, and still climbing! It's charting in the triple digits on Amazon in psych thrillers and has moved up 50,000 spots on Amazon's Best Seller list. THANK YOU! ❤️

Mdargusch 🎉🎉🎉 great news! 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you @mardargush! 10mo
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Hello Littens!
I'm writing proposals to 2 NYC/2 CHI bookstores which hopefully persuade them to carry THE BUG JAR. Some bookshops read reviews to aid their decision making process. If you've read it, and liked it, please leave an Amazon review of the paperback which I may quote/include in my proposal. I feel slimy asking, but need your help. Check me on Facebook at Ava Black if you'd like to message about this. I really appreciate your support. ❤

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Did a NYC bookstore, a well-known, established, reputable, NYC bookstore, just request a preview of THE BUG JAR? YOU DAMN RIGHT THEY DID!
#mentalillness
#psychologicalthriller
#crimefiction

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JennyM Awesome - congrats!! 10mo
Ava_Black @Suet624 Thank you! 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you @JennyM 10mo
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Who is Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore's (Chicago) bestselling author for the week of Sept. 9-16 and possibly the month of September? THIS GIRL! We ROCKED that joint! Send that sales report to the New York Times, Augie!

GypsyKat Congratulations!🍾 🥂 10mo
Ava_Black @GypsyKat Thank you so much! It was a blast! 10mo
julesG Congratulations! 10mo
Ava_Black Thanks @julesG 10mo
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The hair artist who prepped me for today's launch made the first official, real-world purchase request for THE BUG JAR. Here is the first sale!

CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Awesome! Congrats 10mo
vivastory Congratulations! 📚🎉👏 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you @CouronneDhiver! ❤️ 10mo
Ava_Black Many thanks @vivastory 🌈 10mo
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The cake! Release day for THE BUG JAR is here!

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Marked pages, a folder full of notes, and the shoes--they're all good to go. Lord, please don't let me fall. Book launch day is here.

tammysue Congratulations! 🥂 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you so much @whatshesreadingnow. Trying to calm down and sleep so tomorrow I'm rested. Not working so well. Time to grab a book. They're magic! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats! 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you so much @erzascarletbookgasm 10mo
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Model image for The Bug Jar's book-birthday cake which will appear at tomorrow's launch event. Hope you can come party with us and celebrate the birth of The Bug Jar, a psychological thriller featuring a Chicago mayoral candidate's mentally disturbed mistress who is accused of murdering his stepson. The launch happens at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park (Chicago), IL on 9/16 from 2:30-4:00. ❤

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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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Although I loved Creep and Freak more, Jar of Hearts did not disappoint. The characters' voices are raw and intense, while the plot is unique. Neatly placed clues keep the pages turning and absorbing character arcs keep the reader engrossed. This book is different from Hillier's norm, but a lovely change.

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I'm new to Litsy, and may be doing this wrong, but I can't find the book BROKEN WINDOWS on this site. It released yesterday. I'd read an ARC of it and liked it, and wanted to post about it, but can't find it when I search this site for it. Any thoughts? Thank you so much for your help. ❤

CouronneDhiver Magnifying glass > Set the search bar to “Book” > Search for the title you want When you find the book you like, you can go to the bottom of the screen to choose whether you‘re creating a Blurb, Review or Quote. 10mo
Ava_Black Thank you CouronneDhiver. 10mo
CouronneDhiver No trouble. :) If you put an “@“ sign in front of my name in the reply, I‘ll get notification that you commented to me. Example: @Ava_Black There are some how to videos on You Tube that might help: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd0O0XST71p_t9yU4fLtN5m9T-GUOqmYN 10mo
Mdargusch Welcome! 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 Litsy is a lot of fun! 10mo
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Transition to Murder | Renee James
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A hairdresser who seeks vengeance on her client's killer, the falls in love with him? Yeah, that just happened. AND the hairdresser has to deal with issues which accompany being transgender, as well as her failing business. This book is not dull, but the best part about it is that it is written by a transgender hairdresser so it reads as an autobiography, but isn't. Vivid. Graphic. Raw. Powerful. Only for readers seeking intensity. Loved it.

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