Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Welcome author Julia Derek

Welcome author Julia Derek

Bio: Julia Derek grew up in Sweden but always knew she was meant to live in America, more specifically, in New York City. A former stand-up comic, she has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. When she doesn't write or read, she spends her time whipping people into shape as a fitness trainer. She is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor, which was published in August, 2004. It's only available in print on Amazon.com. Her YA romantic thriller, The Smiley Killer, is now available. It's the first in a trilogy entitled The Unnaturals. The sequel, Unnatural Born Killers, will be released shortly.
Entangled Publishing will release her first romantic suspense novel, Undercover Lovers, July, 2014.
Her NA romance, TRIGGER, will be released May, 2014.


Seventeen-year-old Riley has been fascinated with crime investigation since she discovered CSI on TV. So, when it’s announced a serial killer is loose in the city, hell-bent on killing girls like Riley’s little sister, Riley’s on full alert. Not even Mark, the super hot college boy pursuing her, can get her mind off the case. 

A victim found near the research lab where Riley’s friend Alyssa volunteers makes Riley think she’s found a lead: The killer’s signature—sad smileys—appears in the lab, so it seems the killer could be someone working there. Riley alerts Alyssa and the two notify the NYPD. But the police dismiss their claims.

Convinced she’s onto something, Riley embarks on her own investigation together with Alyssa. When another victim is found near the lab, it seems they’re close to finding the killer. Problem is, their prime suspect is a scientist’s younger brother—who happens to be Mark… 

Guest Post:
Five Creepiest Serial Killers in American History
1. Ed Kemper. Body Count: 10
This still-alive but imprisoned schizophrenic is 6'9", weighs 300 pounds and has an IQ of 130. He got his start when he killed his grandma at age 13, "just to see how it'd feel to kill grandma. After being released from psychiatric care at 21, Kemper killed hitchhikers and engaged in necrophilia with their corpses. After six murders, he beat his mother to death with a claw hammer, decapitated her, had sex with her head and then used it as a dart board. 
2. Carl Panzram. Body Count: 21+
Thankfully, this psycho, who committed evil for evil's sake, was hanged in 1930. Just before he died, he said: "I wish the entire human race had one neck and I had my hands around it!" This charmer killed men and boys primarily, often raping them before. His favorite rape-kill was a young boy "because the boy spent so much time begging and pleading for his life before Panzam strangled him to death."
3. Ed Gein. Body Count: Unknown
This creep was the inspiration for Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. When Gein's mother died, he started robbing women graves to make furniture and clothes of their skin. Soon, Gein moved on to live women whom he killed to make body suits from their skin. Police “discovered human noses, vulvae, skulls made into bowls, skin masks, human heads in sacks, lamps and chairs upholstered in human flesh, organs in the refrigerator, and a belt made of human nipples.” 
4. Jeffrey Dahmer. Body Count: 17
This gay alcoholic frequented gay bars to lure young men to his apartment by promising them cash. There, he raped and tortured them before strangling them. He sometimes used the bodies for sexual pleasure, often dissolving them in chemicals or eating them. In attempt to turn his victims into sex slaves, Dahmer even tried to lobotomize some of his victims.
5. John Wayne Gacy. Body Count: 33
The worst part about this successful, married business man was that he was a pillar of the community, performing as a clown at children's parties. He was a chaplain and did volunteer work, a force in the Democratic Party. In private, this upstanding citizen raped and strangled dozens of young boys.

Source: PJmedia.com

Giveaway: eBook


  1. Loved the guest post you shared. Thanks for taking the time to be here today.

  2. There are a lot of sickos in the world. But while I - and almost everyone else - find serial killers sort of fascinating, I find them interesting from a psychological standpoint - why do they need to do what they're doing - and less so from the perspective that I'm interested in what, specifically, they do. It's all very nauseating and makes me lose sleep. :(

  3. And yes, I am (mostly) a cozy writer at heart. :)

  4. Julia is trying to reply, but Blogger hates smartphones, so she's having trouble getting through. Stay tuned...

  5. This so sounds like my kind of book. I'm fascinated by serial killers too. I guess we all are to a certain extent though.

  6. I find serial killers fascinating and am very glad I never met one. Did you base your story on any one in particular?