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J.J. HENSLEY is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Mr. Hensley is the author of the novels RESOLVE, MEASURE TWICE, CHALK'S OUTLINE, BOLT ACTION REMEDY, RECORD SCRATCH, FORGIVENESS DIES, and several shorter works. He is originally from Huntington, WV and currently resides near Savannah, GA.

RESOLVE was a Thriller Award finalist and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by both Suspense Magazine and Authors on the Air. Record Scratch was an honorable mention for Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers.

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An Attack Against the Heart of Our Democracy

My thoughts on the attack against the U.S. Capitol.

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Moving the pillow and carefully holding the murder weapon, he asked, “Expecting trouble?”
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J.J. Hensley Book launch 10/7 2PM, Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA

Here is the event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/22320...

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J.J. Hensley My novel Chalk's Outline is now an audiobook! This means my entire back list of novels are available in audio format.


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J.J. Hensley My upcoming book was featured on West of Mars. In the piece, I let you know what song I hear when thinking about Bolt Action Remedy.

(it's not exactly Barry Manilow)


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J.J. Hensley Be sure to FOLLOW my Amazon page. It's like joining a cult, but with less deprogramming on the back end.


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J.J. Hensley I have no idea why, but the hardcover and audio CD versions of my novel RESOLVE just became really inexpensive on Amazon (approx. $15).


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J.J. Hensley NetGalley has the advance copy of my next book.


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J.J. Hensley My 4th book, Bolt Action Remedy, is available for pre-order. Be sure to mark it as "Want to Read" on Goodreads!


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J.J. Hensley Good news. An audiobook version of my novel MEASURE TWICE is in production. It should be on Audible this spring.

Next up: An audio version of Chalk's Outline.

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J.J. Hensley “No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them”
― Elie Wiesel

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J.J. Hensley Two of my titles, Chalk's Outline and Measure Twice, can now be found for $2.99 on Kindle.

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J.J. Hensley The audiobook version of RESOLVE is crazy cheap for Black Friday over at Downpour.com (Blackstone Audio).


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J.J. Hensley Need an audiobook for a long Thanksgiving drive? The marathon mystery RESOLVE is on Audible. http://amzn.to/2g3LNza

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J.J. Hensley Amazon has announced their 10 Best Books of the year. Nine out of the 10 are from on of 5 large publishers. The problem? There are THOUSANDS of publishers out there, but the larger publishers have financial resources to push their products. Seek out books from independent presses as to not limit your reading list!

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J.J. Hensley A really cool event called #30Authors kicks off on September 1st. 30 authors (including me) review 30 of their favorite books via an assortment of talented book bloggers. Be sure to check this out! https://t.co/PWgSVrrZBl

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J.J. Hensley I wrote an article about the Secret Service for The Big Thrill. http://www.thebigthrill.org/2016/06/g...

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J.J. Hensley My 2nd novel - Measure Twice - is only $0.99 on Kindle for a limited time.

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J.J. Hensley HERE IT IS!
You can pre-order the Kindle version of Chalk's Outline (release date is 2/6). http://amzn.to/1m99lUW

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J.J. Hensley The paperback version of my third novel, Chalk's Outline, is available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local independent bookseller. The full release, including the Kindle version, is scheduled for 2/6/16.


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J.J. Hensley Measure Twice (Kindle version) is only $0.99 on Cyber Monday. You know you've spent a dollar on worse at some point in your life. :)


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J.J. Hensley A retreat for writers who run (or walk). Pretty much the coolest thing EVER. bit.ly/1PNMl9m

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J.J. Hensley See the cover for my next novel, find out how the book came to be, and win a copy of Measure Twice.


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J.J. Hensley My first column on the International Thriller Writers' page, The Thrill Begins is live. I take a few minutes to encourage other writers to be really and truly... awful.


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J.J. Hensley The title of my third novel is going to be - CHALK'S OUTLINE.

It is scheduled for release in early 2016. Join me on FB, Twitter, or at www.hensleybooks.wordpress.com for updates and event news.

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J.J. Hensley Legacy Anthology giveaway on Goodreads!


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J.J. Hensley Be sure to "like" my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hensleybooks . I'm closing in on a milestone over there!!!!

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J.J. Hensley This week:

02/27/15: Signing and Discussion – Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA 7-9 PM

02/28/15: Signing and Discussion – Rickert & Beagle Books, Pittsburgh, PA 2PM

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J.J. Hensley Thanks to all the readers for the reviews on Amazon. Those are extremely important as they can drive recommendations from that site. Keep it up!!!!!!

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J.J. Hensley Win a free Kindle version of Measure Twice!! http://www.themissingniche.com/2014/1...

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J.J. Hensley Measure Twice makes an Amazon Best Seller list!

Thanks to all the readers!


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J.J. Hensley It's Cyber Monday!!! http://amzn.to/1yBNhoT

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J.J. Hensley If you are in Western, PA tomorrow (10/23) come see me at this event: https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/...

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J.J. Hensley Tomorrow (9/20) is my chance to participate in the incredible event: 30 Authors in 30 Days. Be sure to check it out.

Twitter: #30Authors

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J.J. Hensley Here is the link to my interview on Authors on the Air Radio. In case you missed my interview on Authors on the Air Radio, you can listen to the entire broadcast here:  http://tobtr.com/s/6464505



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J.J. Hensley RESOLVE has been named as a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. You can view the entire list here: http://thrillerwriters.org/programs/t...

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

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J.J. Hensley I am very pleased to announce a two-book deal with Assent Publishing under their imprint, Bad Day Books. The first of the novels (currently titled Measure Twice) is tentatively scheduled for release in late 2014. Be a fan on Goodreads and receive updates.

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J.J. Hensley Win a signed copy of RESOLVE!


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J.J. Hensley Post about research in fiction writing.


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J.J. Hensley REJECTION: Part of the business


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J.J. Hensley I've published a new short story (and two bonus stories.


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J.J. Hensley New post where I actually make a reference to THE LOST BOYS.


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J.J. Hensley Come on, Runner's World! There were FOUR cardboard subscription cards in the latest issue. I love your magazine and you've already got me for a 2 year stint, but let's try to keep the commitment bracketed between two seasons of locusts.

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J.J. Hensley Reviews are important in The Matrix. Don't ask me how it works, but you can bend the spoon (if it's really there).


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J.J. Hensley Enter the RESOLVE giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy!

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J.J. Hensley RESOLVE Giveaway on The Big Thrill

Check out The Big Thrill which is put out by the International Thriller Writers. By scrolling down to the RESOLVE giveaway, clicking "reply" in the upper-right hand corner, and leaving a comment, you can enter to win a signed copy of RESOLVE. Promotion ends 1/17/14 at 3:00 PM EDT.


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J.J. Hensley The things I learned in the fist year of getting published.


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J.J. Hensley An interview with Small Press Picks:


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J.J. Hensley Win a signed copy of Resolve! The Giveaway ends on Friday, December 13th.

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J.J. Hensley Would Philip Marlowe have made it two miles before trying to order a scotch at the first water station? Would Miss Havisham only have entered costume races? Would Gandalf attempt to pass his staff on to others like a baton? We may never know the answers to these questions, but why should that stop us from guessing?


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J.J. Hensley Book Signing - Barnes and Noble
J.J. Hensley Event for J.J. Hensley

November 22, 2013 06:30PM -- November 22, 2013 08:00PM

Barnes and Noble, Cranberry Township, PA, 1000 Cranberry Sq. Drive, Cranberry Township, PA, US

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.c...

Signing and discussion with the author of Resolve.

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