"Better Than Barstow," a noir short-story featuring a destructive friendship between Cora, a disturbed pin-up photographer, and Vivianne, a sociopathic make-up artist, is featured in Bristol Noir's eZine and will appear in print in Bristol Noir: Volume One.

Click the link below to read Better Than Barstow. 



Author Event: Indie Author Day

2 -4 p.m

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore

7419 Madison Street

Forest Park, IL

Join Ava Black, along with other Chicagoland crime writers, as they discuss and sign their most recent works.


Author Event: Noir at the Bar, NYC

Readings from The Bug Jar

6 - 9 p.m.

Shade Bar

241 Sullivan Street, Greenwich Village

Join Ava Black, Hillary Davidson, Rob Hart, Adrian McKinty, Angie Kim, Alex Segura, Thomas Pluck, and John Vercher for a night of crime fiction readings, discussions, signings, and book giveaways. 



"Jacked," a noir-thriller featuring Anita Jackson, a single mom and crooked Detroit cop who criminals cross, debuts to rave reviews in Noir Nation Issue 7. 


Author Event: The Bug Jar

1 p.m.

The Book Cellar

4736 N. Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL


Author Event: The Bug Jar at

1 p.m.

57th Street Books

1301 E 57th Street

Chicago , IL

10/3/18 U{DATE: THE BUG JAR becomes available for purchase at the iconic Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

10/30 UPDATE: O.D. Book Reviews names THE BUG JAR one of their 'Best Reads of 2018.'

10/25 UPDATE: Author signing at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 24th from 1-3 p.m. Check the Centuries and Sleuths website for details. 

10/14 UPDATE: Click the link to enter a chance to win in a signed, paperback copy of THE BUG JAR at O.D. Book Reviews!


10/12 UPDATE: Author reading and signing at The Book Cellar in Chicago on Wednesday, January 16th at 7 p.m Check The Book Cellar's Twitter/FB/website for details.

10/10 UPDATE: Win a digital copy of THE BUG JAR from 10/12 - 10/31 on Goodreads. Check the Goodreads site for details. 

10/9 UPDATE: THE BUG JAR receives 26 downloads on NetGalley and one positive review within it's first hour of listing

10/8 UPDATE: THE BUG JAR will be featured on O.D. Book Reviews. A signed, paperback copy will be gifted during an October drawing! Subscribe to O.D. Book reviews to stay current. http://odbookreviews.blogspot.com/

10/3 UPDATE: Author reading and signing at 57th Street Books in Chicago on Sunday, January 13 at 3 p.m. Follow 57th Street Books on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter for details.

10/2 UPDATE: THE BUG JAR garners multiple five-star reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes&Noble while receiving numerous stack-adds on Litsy and a listing on BookBub. 

9/22 UPDATE: Author reading and signing at Pearl Street Books in LaCrosse, Wi from on October 20 from 12-2pm

Follow Pearl Street Books on Facebook/Twitter for details

9/21 UPDATE: Author reading and signing at Once Upon A Crime Bookstore in Minneapolis, MN on November 17 from 12-2pm

Follow Once Upon a Crime on Facebook or Twitter for details

9/16 UPDATE: THE BUG JAR launches at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, IL (Chicago) and becomes their bestseller of September! Thank you to all the readers for a wonderful, exciting, day filled with incredible discussion and camaraderie 

9/7 UPDATE: Reveal for the redesigned cover of THE BUG JAR launches.  

8/16 UPDATE: Join me at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, Il (Chicago), for a launch/signing party on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Refreshments and snacks provided.



Living in the deep woods of Wisconsin, I have been a fan of spine-tingling stories from a young age. Things that go bump in the night invigorate me to delve deeper into the human psyche and twist my characters' lives into a chaotic mess that only the truly sane can untangle. I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line at Avablackbooks@gmail.com.

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Launch Date: Sept. 16, 2018

For make-up salesgirl Samantha Holland, life is a constant struggle to cling to reality. Her tenuous hold on sanity is exacerbated by a toxic affair with wealthy and powerful State Representative Richard Harrison, who gets sadistic pleasure toying with her already confused mind. But Sam comes closest to losing her grip when Harrison’s emotionally disturbed stepson is murdered—and the police suspect her. When Harrison tries to break off their relationship, Sam tries to save herself by piecing together patchy memories of what might be her own involvement in the killing. The truth she uncovers is more sinister than she could have imagined.

"The writing is spot-on in this fast-paced read." - Shamus Award-Winning Author, Paul. D Marks

"Excellent debut that works as a serious character study of a young woman with mental illness..." - James Bond Author, Raymond Benson

"Eloquent and moving,"- Book-Of-The-Year Award-Winning Author, Renee James



"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am"

-Sylvia Plath



Get in touch with me for more information about my previous publications and upcoming releases and appearances. 


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