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The new crime novel by award-winning detective novelist Lisa Towles connects crime fiction with contemporary themes of mental health awareness and public safety.

A fast-paced and psychologically astute thriller.

— Prairie book review

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA, May 16, 2022 / — “A fast-paced, psychologically shrewd thriller.”
– Prairie book review

Award-winning Bay Area novelist Lisa Towles of OAKLAND will release her 8th crime thriller title, Hot House, through Indies United Publishing on June 15, 2022. Hot House marks the first of three new books by Towles E&A Private Investigation Series, with Book 2 due out in summer 2023. Indies United, a small independent press, publishes both commercial fiction and non-fiction. Towles is leveraging his deep community ties to support his book launch through planned engagements, including a June 15 book signing at Books, Inc. in downtown Alameda, Folio Books in San Francisco, interviews on literary podcasts, a signing event at Castro Valley’s TwiningVine Estates Winery on May 28, as well as a radio interview on 91.3 FM KSVY Monday Morning Sonoma hosted by Marcia Macomber on June 6.

Towles, who works full-time in the tech industry, has an MBA in IT management. She is also chair of the board of an Oakland-based non-profit organization, BRIDGEGOOD. Hot House won a Literary Titan Gold Literary Award, won 1st place in The Book Fest 2022 Literary Award for Mystery/Crime, and the book received outstanding editorial reviews: “A dark, edge-of-the-siege thriller , highly recommended” by Chanticleer Reviews and “An exceptional read with a powerfully unexpected conclusion” by Midwest Book Review. Besides writing, Towles’ true passion is supporting other authors. She frequently speaks about creativity and strategic self-care to groups of writers and entrepreneurs.

After Hot House, Towles has a political thriller titled The Ridders, slated for release on November 30.

Set in Southern California, Hot House follows private investigator couple Mari E. and Derek Abernathy as they leverage their collective experience to connect a blackmailed federal judge with a murdered college student and two missing journalists.

Through her immersive voice and engaging story, Towles explores some hard-hitting social themes in this book, including mental health awareness and student safety on campus. Towles’ previous novels Ninety-Five, The Unseen and Choke have each won acclaim for a number of literary awards. A frequent panelist and inspirational speaker, the author is available for interviews, podcasts and appearances. For media reservations, contact her directly at [email protected]

Hot House will be published in paperback, hardcover, Kindle and audiobook formats and available from retail booksellers on June 15. Pre-order from Amazon now.

To visit publisher’s website to read the synopsis, watch the book trailer, see editorial reviews and read an excerpt from Hot House.

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