Showing posts from June, 2014

Thursday Threads: Cold Ambition by Rachel Sharpe

Title : Cold Ambition (Jordan James, PI series) Genre : Mystery/Suspense Heat Level : Sweet Buy Link : Blurb : "It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare..." When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feis

For the Love of Bathrooms

Silence spread across the room, thick and sour.                "So where’s the bathroom in this place?” Josh asked, looking around the dull metal room. “I know we’re supposed to pray and all, but I really have to pee.”(Hill, The Tithe ) My first sci-fi romance novel, The Tithe , comes out in early August. Yay, me! I always pen paranormal romances, although early in my writing career, I seriously contemplated writing high fantasy, especially since I enjoy reading it so much. I’m also a history buff, albeit mostly 20 th -century American history. In spite of all this, I will likely never publish any flavor of historical romance, in large part because most of human history happened sans bathrooms. I like bathrooms. To me, those small rooms with their plumbed water and bath towel racks The bathroom in my new house looks just like this -- at 1/6 the scale. And without the fancy bits. signal the height of human civilization. Now, I don’t say this just because exper

The Tithe Cover Reveal

Your agonizing, nail-biting wait has ended, my friends. Only a short year after I finished my last novel, The Tithe , the peeps over at Soul Mate Publishing have slapped together one heck of a gorgeous cover. I am perfectly thrilled with it. It captures the bleakness of the Mojave Desert; the alienness and familiarity of this universe's future California; and the austere, twisted beauty of Joshua trees, the namesake of our shero. Plus, it's just super purty, amiright? Without further ado, here is the cover.  Pretty sleek and sci-fi, right? (Or, if I were an advertiser, I'd write "Pretty. Sleek. Sci-Fi.") I am sad to report, however, that the novel itself, in all its dark, lengthy glory, won't be available till early August. But that gives you plenty of time to save up in order to buy copies for yourself, your sister, your significant other, your cat sitter, your neighbor, your Cousin Sherman, and maybe even your boss. In case you forgot --  although

Happy International Elle's Big Four-Oh!

Next Wednesday, June 11, is my 40 th birthday. You’ve probably heard something about this, since it’s, well, kind of a national holiday. It’s almost universal, but I’m having a few problems getting Slovenia and Yemen onboard. I’ll keep you updated. But anyway, it’s both a milestone in my life (the big Four-Oh!) and, you know, my birthday . I’ve been bouncing around my world lately, generously reminding everyone of the forthcoming holiday. Because politics are so important to me – not to mention forty is the ruby anniversary (just sayin’) -- I make sure I never, ever forget to mention which birthday it is. I. Am. Turning. Forty. People react to my proclamation about the way I expected. Most raise their eyebrows, say, “Oh!” uncomfortably, and/or add, “I never would have guessed! I would have thought early thirties, tops.” Yeah, I know. Fat does that. I even wrote a poem and an anthology piece about the ageism implied in the cliché “fat doesn’t crack.” I know thes

Thursday Threads: Confederado do Norte by Linda Pennell

Confederado do Norte by Linda Bennett Pennell Genre :  Women’s Historical Fiction Due for Release : July 2014 Other Books :  Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel   now   available from Soul Mate Publishing Facebook: Website: Twitter:    @LindaPennell Back Cover Description for Confederado do Norte : October, 1866. Mary Catherine is devastated when her family emigrates from Georgia to Brazil because her father and maternal uncle refuse to accept the terms of Reconstruction following the Confederacy’s defeat. Shortly after arrival in their new country, she is orphaned, leaving her in Uncle Nathan’s care. He hates Mary Catherine, blaming her for his sister’s death. She despises him because she believes Nathan murdered her father. When Mary Catherine discovers Nathan’s plan to be rid of her as well, she flees into the wilderness filled with jaguars and equally dangerous men.