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Mariah Stewart is one of the most popular authors of the romantic fiction genre from the Unite States of America. She has written a number of highly successful novels under different series’, many of which have featured in the USA Today and the New York Times bestseller lists. Apart from writing her novels in the romance genre, Mariah also likes to write in the mystery and thriller genres, and has written some of the very successful novels in these genres. The books written by her have won a number of prestigious awards as well as have been nominated on many occasions for the major awards. Some of the prominent awards that Mariah has received include the Golden Leaf Award by the New Jersey Romance Writers’ for three times in the Best Single Title Romance category in the years 1998, 2001 and 2002 for three of her novels. For her excellent contribution in the field of literature and arts, Mariah has been inducted into the Hall of Fame and has also been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The other awards to her name include the Award of Excellence from the Reviewers International Organization in the year 1999 and the Reviewers Choice Award in the year 1995 and 1999. In all, Mariah has written over 26 novels in her entire writing career. Her initial stint as an author began with writing romance novels. However, after writing around 7 contemporary romance novels, Mariah began writing murder mysteries and was finding true happiness in it. She believes that by being an author she has the privilege of being at home and working according to her own convenience and at the same time getting paid for making up stories that come to her mind. Hence, she thinks that being an author is the world’s best job and that life could not be any sweeter. Mariah is a native of New Jersey, however, she currently lives in Chester County, Philadelphia along with her husband and daughters. Her Victorian country home of a century old is full of Golden Retrievers as mariah is very much fond of them. As a senior author, Mariah is the member of PASIC, Sisters in Crime, Novelists, Inc as well as many other writing associations. Apart from writing novels, Mariah likes to spend some time taking care of her gardens and travel peacefully in her SUV.
Author Mariah Stewart has completed around 5 novel series’ in her writing career, one of which is the ‘Dead’ series. The Dead series consists of a total of 4 novels published between the years 2004 and 2005. The first novel of the series was published by the Ballantine Books publishing house in the year 2004. The novel was titled ‘Dead Wrong’ and depicted a suspenseful and murderous plot, intriguing characters and an exciting mystery. In the opening sequence of the novel, three prisoners are introduced who have taken a vow for a murderous revenge. After some time, one of the three devious prisoners is set free. Soon, murders begin to take place in the city and it seemed that the murderer was killing his victims methodically by working out his way easily from a phone book’s torn page.
The initial three victims who were brutally killed in their homes had a common thing in them, all of them were listed as M. Douglas in the phone book. The situation had become very chilly. A character named Mara Douglas is introduced in the plot of the novel, who seems to be jumping at the shadows and suspecting every activity happening around her as she thought that she was next in the list of the murderer as her name was similar to the previous victims. However, an FBI agent named Aiden Shields comes to her aid and makes sure that the murderer does not make her his fourth victim. Agent Aiden was kept out of service for certain duration as one of his undercover operations had gone very bad around a year ago. However, he seemed to be gaining back his razor sharp instincts after joining duty again. However, he is required to use all his wits and intelligence in order to stay a step ahead of the brutal killer. On one hand, the killer is determined to take the life of Mara Douglas and on the other, Aiden is dedicated to saving her. Only one of them is sure to win this deadly game.
The second novel of the Dead series was titled ‘Dead Certain’ and was published by the Ballantine Books publishing house in the year 2004. The novel is considered to be a sexy and romantic suspense. Among the three prisoners who had vowed to take a murderous revenge, the second one is set free. An antiques dealer named Amanda Crosby seems to have a sigh of relief as her stalker has been captured, who had been harassing her for a very long time. Now, she has vowed not to become a victim again after working very hard to forget her nightmare experience. However, she seemed to become a victim in another sense as her business partner named Derek England is found dead with a bullet fired at his head from the back, just after she had left a warning message on the voicemail of Derek. As all the evidences seemed to be going against her, the Chief of Police named Sean Mercer proceeds to build a strong case against her as Derek’s killer. However, when another of Amanda’s colleagues is found dead after getting murdered brutally, it becomes clear that there was someone else behind the killings. And in no time, Amanda once again becomes the target of the killer, who keeps getting closer to her. However, Sean Mercer, the Chief of Police stands between the murderer and Amanda and is determined to save her from his deadly intentions. The novel went on to become a bestselling novel and featured on the New York Times’ bestselling list. It also had an excerpt from the third novel of the series, which kept the readers intrigued and kept them waiting impatiently for it to be completed and published. The success of the novel helped author Mariah Stewart to add more colors to her writing career. It also motivated her to write a couple of more novels in the Dead series as well as the novels of other series’
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