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How did I become a Jett Girl?
Hell if I know, one moment I’m working at the premiere spot for creepy men and sloppy drunks and the next, I’m being whisked away by a moody ex-boxer and a mysterious man in a suit that overlooks his girls from the third floor of the Lafayette Club.
It wasn’t easy but now that I’m a Jett Girl, there is only one thing on my mind and that is Jett Colby.
He has captured me, stolen my heart and entwined my soul into his at such an alarming rate that it seems almost difficult to breathe without him holding me, touching me, kissing me…
He won’t give me his heart though, he won’t let me own every last inch of him and not because he doesn’t want to, but because he doesn’t want to jeopardize my ambiguity.
Because of this, there is only one thing standing in my way when it comes to completely and utterly living my life with Jett Colby and it’s called Lot 17.
December 8th (PST)
In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she’s up to.
Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.
Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.
OH MY GOD you have no idea how much I wanted to slap Rina. I mean, you’re a big thing to the family, and you’re STAYING QUIET?? Did you learn nothing from the last book? Or are you just monumentally stupid??
And your boyfriend? Let’s not talk about him.
Well-written, emotional with emotion-inducing (is eye-roll an emotion?) characters. Didn’t care for the major characters, but loved the secondaries. Wonderful book.
My hero and heroine from The Tranquilli Bloodline series are visiting with Holly today. They agreed to answer a few questions so I can attend to the business of release week for Destiny, the second full-length novel in their series.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Carina: Hi, I’m Carina Agostina Ottavia Tranquilli. My friends call me Rina. But my fated soul mate calls me Carina.
Alexander: That would be me, the soul mate, full name Alexander Wallace. Many call me Alex. I prefer Alexander, especially when Carina says it when we’re…intimate.
What is your hair color? Eye color?
Carina: Dark brown hair and eyes. When I go all vampy, though, my eyes darken to black. And when my special super power kicks in? Add some blinking stars in there, too.
Alexander: My hair is more milk chocolate to Carina’s dark chocolate tresses. My eyes are blue-grey. Carina likes to call them smoky blue.
How old are you?
Carina: I’m 25. Okay, don’t be startled when Alexander tells you his age. He doesn’t look a day over about 28. He was turned in his twenties.
Alexander: 45. Flattery will get you everywhere, Carina.
Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?
Carina: Born in Italy. I live in the U.S. now. West coast. San Francisco. Best city on the planet.
Alexander: Born in San Francisco. I still live there, in the inner Sunset. But in truth, Carina is my home. I’d follow her anywhere.
What is in your refrigerator right now? On your bedroom floor? On your nightstand? In your garbage can?
Carina: LOL, you really want to know? Okay, fridge first. Thai takeout leftovers, sake, sparkling water, orange juice, bacon, eggs…Stopping now. Otherwise, we’d be here all day. My fridge is well stocked, thanks to my roomies Mark and Ren. Those boys can cook! Workout clothes on my bedroom floor. Water bottle on nightstand. Huh, garbage can is empty. I’ll thank Mark and Ren again. Those boys are super tidy.
Alexander: Is this a serious question? I have blood in my refrigerator, of course. Bedroom floor is clear. Nightstand is also clear. Garbage can…yes, empty. I’m a bit of a neat freak.
Who are the people you are closest to?
Carina: My close friends are my family: my business partner Adrian, my psychic pal Faith, her boyfriend Kai, and, of course, my badass bodyguards Mark and Ren. I have three brothers, but I’d call our relationship…hm…let’s just say it’s a bit strained. A work in progress.
Alexander: Thomas. No comment on the family.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Carina: I love karaoke and wish I could sing as well as a trained singer. Of course, my lack of vocal chops doesn’t stop me from belting out the tunes with my pals at our local sushi-sake-karaoke hangout.
Alexander: I have it. I play piano and guitar. Classically trained on both.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Carina: When I’m upset I tend to curse in Italian. Porco dio spills out of me most.
Alexander: Pass. But here’s the word the older vampires overuse – Youngling. I hate it when they call me that.
When transsexual starlet Aisling is murdered, Detective Geraldine Meyers is assigned the case. With help from medical examiner Dr. Rachel Hunter, Gerri realizes this is no ordinary killing. While she might not want to call in over-eager anthropologist Dr. Kinsey DanAllart, the detective is forced to trust her friend’s expertise in symbology, even though doing so means admitting “weird” things might be happening in Silver City. As the three friends unravel the mystery of the dancer’s death, one thing is made absolutely apparent–something isn’t right in their new hometown. And someone is doing everything they can to make sure the truth doesn’t come out.
In Silver City, sometimes friendship can be murder.
First up, I hope Jackson gets shot in the face, and soon.
Now, this is a story that brings thought to mind. From working out who the killer was (didn’t see it coming), to the idea of six races of paranormals (I think I know what the unrevealed four are), to a cri-fi story shielding the truth of a paranormal romp. Well-written and covered in enough racism (as in, of paranormal races), sexism, homophobia and self-denial that I wonder why every character hasn’t been slogged in the face at least once.
Definitely a story to read, one that will keep you entertained, for a few hours at least.
It has been quite a long time since Officer Peter Silone has been back to Tipple Hollow, the small Appalachian town where he spent many childhood summers with his uncle and his now-deceased younger brother. So when a job opens up in neighboring Gilchrist, Kentucky, Pete naturally jumps at the chance to escape big city police work, and spend some time taking it easy in the country.
Nothing in rural Appalachia is as it seems, however. A meth amphetamine epidemic is sweeping the land, and Pete hears pray tell that monsters roam the hillsides and coalmines where no man has ventured in quite a long time. That all changes, however, when a reclusive and mysterious billionaire named Rufus Petulengro sets up camp in Tipple Hollow, and begins to conduct research in the long-dormant mines. He claims he wants only to help the environment, and to undo the damage he wreaked as a commodities trader exploiting the world for its natural resources. As Pete’s curiosity leads him on, deeper into the country and finally into the mine, he discovers a dark secret, hiding within the black bowels of the coalmine.
This book is pegged as a ‘Supernatural Mystery’, but the only thing mysterious that happens in it, really only happens in the last 30-40 pages. It’s closer to a police procedural/crime-fiction with a couple of weird things thrown in. Meth is everywhere, explaining pretty much everything.
The book is written well, if not especially horrifying or mysterious. The first 2/3rds of the book bring you into the area, get you knowing the people involved, the history of the town. But there are still parts of the story I don’t understand their connection (or maybe I’m just dense), like the storey of Joe C. and his mother, or the history of Jerry Silone and his friends in the mine.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the thrill of watching Pete fumble his way through the small-town beat, only to end up facing hell, in the worst possible way. Can say I wasn’t really expecting the ending. I mean, he went to the Inn? Really??
Ugh, so annoyed at that.
Anyway, I look forward to the next Hirsch installment.
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.
As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.
The seeds are planted. Which will take root, change or destruction?
A seed of destruction is sprouting in Forest End, but the kingdom is in too much of an uproar trying to locate their missing princess to notice. Princess Willow has been kidnapped by the enemy. Her mother, the Fauna Queen known as Watcher, is the only one who can reach Luminar and rescue Willow before the winter snows come. While the queen finds a way to save her daughter, the princess is able to plant seeds of change in the enemy kingdom. But if Watcher doesn’t make it back in time to stop the abomination that has been growing in Forest End, Willow’s seeds will never take root.
1. Why didn’t you become a policeman instead of a writer?
While handcuffs and donuts have a certain appeal, driving around arresting criminals would require an alertness that daydreamers like me don’t possess. I’d be so preoccupied imagining myself solving crimes, I’d probably miss an actual robbery in progress.
2. If you could only tell one story in your life, what would it be?
I want more than anything to be able to tell the story of my son’s victory over Leukemia. He was recently diagnosed and it’s the only story that matters to me right now.
3. Apples or pears?
Apples. Adam & Eve, Snow White, Johnny Appleseed. What stories ever centered around a pear?
4. Which of your own characters would you like to meet and why?
Right now I could use the counsel of the holy man, Goran. His spirituality, wisdom, and perspective would be comforting. Plus he’s got a bit of sarcasm to him, so I think we’d get along quite well.
5. How would you like the world to end?
In a metamorphic way, in which the old gives way to something new and improved. (After humans have colonized the moons of Jupiter, of course. What good is new and improved if we aren’t around to enjoy it?)
6. Which genre do you wish you could write, and why?
I’ve got a horror story floating around in my head. I think it would be a challenging genre to write, crafting something truly scary without being hokey. And if I were good at it, I’d scare myself so bad I’d have to sleep with the lights on for months.
7. You’re stuck on an island with only three things: A knife, a match and a stick. What would you do to survive?
I’d have to put all my eggs in the ‘building a signal fire and hope for rescue’ basket. If that didn’t work I supposed I’d have to whittle myself a miniature Les Stroud to talk me through survival techniques.
8. Which of the following would you rather have stalking you through the night: A vampire, a werewolf, or Stephen King?
Stephen King, of course. I’d much rather have my blood curdled with a good scary story than have it devoured by some supernatural creature.
9. Who is the best villain you’ve ever read, and why?
Rowling’s Snape comes to mind. We hated him throughout the series for his bullying nature, but in the end we discovered the true depth and complexity of his character. The best villains are ones who aren’t necessarily evil after all.
India Othmar isn’t having a great year. Her husband of thirty-one years has left her for their son’s ex-girlfriend. Her grown children have moved home. Her best friend Eva seems determined to set her up with every oddball in their small Massachusetts town. And her most significant relationship these days is with Cherry Garcia.
But India is more resilient than she thinks. And though it will take a broken arm, a lawn littered with engine parts, some creative uses for shoes, and a scandalous love affair of her own, she learns, much to her surprise, that her life hasn’t ended with her marriage.
While Matt’s down-and-out, he’s decided it’s time for him to create one of his favourite things – a comic book – and he’s using one of my books to do it! So, if you have a spare $2-3 in the budget this month (or more, we’re not fussy), head over to the Kickstarter page and pledge.
What book are we converting? Blood Moon. We’re calling it “The Battle of the Blood Moon”, the book’s original title. Look, we even have a cover(ish):
Two things to keep in mind though:
1. It’s in Australian Dollars which means my US friends will (at writing) only be paying 93c to every dollar they pledge. Make you feel good? You’re saving money AND helping us out!
2. If we don’t get the $2,500 we’re asking, you don’t pay anything at all. I can’t stress that enough. If we don’t hit our goal, we don’t get anything – meaning you don’t spend any money at all!
3. You can elect to receive stuff for pledging to us! Everything from a simple ‘thank you’ email, to copies of the comic, and even an appearance in one! If we get funded, you get the goods! How awesome is that?
So go on, what’s $2 worth to you? It could be the difference between getting this comic together…or not. Hitch a ride over and pledge. Make a little boy’s dreams come true.