Saturday, March 25, 2017

Character Interview with Jon Riche' from The Jordan James P.I. Series

Today Carly welcomes Jon Riche', a character in the Jordan James P.I. series by: Rachel Sharpe. Thank you for joining us Jon.

The pleasure is all mine, Carly.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Glocester, Rhode Island (boring town. Don’t waste the airfare) by my dad. I have two overachieving older brothers, Ted and Harvey, who both work for my dad’s company as financial planners (there’s a reason I moved to Boston).
I’m a Leo, which tells you more than you need to know about my personality. I tried college for a while, but it wasn’t my thing. I’ve learned more outside of the classroom than I ever did inside one.
 I’m an actor who also happens to work with Jordan James, PI, the most successful private investigator in Boston. I’m the main reason for her success, but sometimes Jordan forgets that so I have to remind her.
How would you describe yourself?
In a word? Amazing. I am constantly amazed by myself. I’m smart, funny, charming, handsome and clever. And famous. You probably recognize me from my most recent guest starring roles in Breakdown Lane and Brooklyn Times.
 I just shot the pilot for a new drama being shopped to Netflix. It’s about a family of cops in Boston. I play the middle son, Joey. Great story. Can’t wait to see it. I’m in SAG, by the way. I’m also pretty big on Instagram and Twitter. I’ve got over twenty-five hundred followers now (sorry; I don’t follow followers).  
Who is your hero?
Besides myself? I guess I would have to say my mom. She was an amazing, strong woman. She was compassionate, funny and always thinking about others. She loved life. She could drive me insane sometimes  but she always brought out the best in me. Don’t tell her I said this, but I guess Jordan is kind of like that, too. Maybe that’s why we work so well together.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment in life?
Besides acting? Helping Jordan achieve her dreams as a PI. Before I came along, she didn’t think she could make it. She was scared to try. I convinced her to believe in herself and she’s never looked back.  I never would have imagined how much my life could change after she ran out in front of my bike. Acting is my passion, but working with Jordan is real. And it’s a wild ride. I always look forward to our next case. 
Tell us about your favorite case with Jordan James.
Wow. That’s a tough one. We’ve had so many and they’ve all been interesting in their own right, but I guess the one that resonated the most with me was when we solved that murder in Colorado. The idea that anyone would want to shoot an actor is beyond me. 
What would you say is your greatest strength?
There are so many, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. If I had to choose, I guess I would go with my ability to think outside the box. It’s one of the main reasons I’m so successful in both my fields.
What would you say is your greatest weakness?
I can’t think of any off hand. I’m pretty amazing.
What haunts you?
Next question.
What are your thoughts on the current political climate in America right now?
I have way too much going on in my own life to be worried about that. 
Anything you would like to add?
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter and if you’re ever in need of a private eye, give us a call. We’re the best. Seriously.
Jon, you are a fascinating character and I'm happy you spent some time with us on Carly's View. Shall I introduce the books you co-star in with Jordan?
Yes Carly. I think that would be fabulous.
BITTER RETRIBUTION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK THREE)

"What started out as a star-studded vacation has turned into a sensational avalanche..."

When private investigator Jordan James decided to join her best friend on the set of her hit television series in the Rocky Mountains, she had no idea she would become a key player in a murder mystery more suited for the big screen than the slopes. With one actor dead and a killer on the loose, can Jordan uncover the culprit before another victim makes headlines on Hollywood Minute?

"BITTER RETRIBUTION" Available Now on Amazon!!! http://www.amzn.com/B015YS0O94

Also Available in the Jordan James, PI Series - COLD AMBITION and LOST DISTINCTION!!!


BITTER RETRIBUTION EXCERPT

“Maybe it’ll be okay?” he repeated, his green eyes widening. “Have you decided to eighty-six common sense? Jordan, you watched somebody die today! You yourself said he was murdered. What makes you think everything’s gonna be all sunshine and lollipops with a killer on the loose?"



COLD AMBITION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK ONE)

"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 feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

"COLD AMBITION" Available Now on Amazon! http://www.amzn.com/B00L2OLQPG/


LOST DISTINCTION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK TWO)

“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore...


"LOST DISTINCTION" Available Now on Amazon! http://www.amzn.com/B00Q5OGCS4


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, Lost Distinction, and Bitter Retribution, all part of the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, "Yankee" relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series. 

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband and children in the Greater New Orleans area.

Check Out Rachel's Sites to Keep Up with Jordan James!!!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

Carly's View welcomes writer Peyton Garver, author of SUBLIME KARMA. Peyton gave me an ARC copy of her book for an honest review. Read on for my review and for other news regarding her book.

     
  BLURB:

When Brie's stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it's not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she'd overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross country team. Jake's romantic histories with the girl next door and the school's queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

CARLY'S REVIEW:

I read through this book rather quickly as it caught my interest and then held on to it. I enjoy young adult fiction and this book does not disappoint. The book centers around Brie, the new girl in town. She is beautiful which makes her a target right away with the "mean girls." Their jealousy and desire to hurt in order to make them feel better about themselves is something I think every teenage girl can relate to. It doesn't help that Brie has attracted the attention of popular Jake, a football player and band member of Sublime Karma. 

Jake has his own battles he is dealing with and now he has competition in Ryan, the captain of the cross-country team, for Brie's affections.  It's refreshing to see how Jake supports Brie and her battles. He shows that even though he is popular, he doesn't have to be mean or intimidate in order to be liked. He is genuine.

The book also deals with cutting. This is something that a lot of teens are struggling with. I never understood the concept because self inflicted pain just seemed strange to me. I mentioned this to a teen girl a few years ago and that is when I discovered she was a cutter. She explained that with all the things she had gone through and had no control over, that cutting was something she could control. She could control how deep she cut or how many times. The sting of the blade reminded her she was alive and could still feel things. She said it was a release of everything she kept pent up inside. It's sad. Just sad.

My only issue with this book is that there is a lot going on in it. I got pulled out of the story a couple of times just checking to make sure I was getting everything. All in all, this is a good read. I would rate it at 4 stars.

EXCERPT FROM SUBLIME KARMA:

The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured, as minions of the privileged.
Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.
The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.
Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.
Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.
“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.
Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.
His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But, as long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge. Becca looked at him from her seat across the aisle then whipped her phone out and started her eager texting. He narrowed his eyes at her, and then with a smirk, he stood.
“Really?” he bit out at her under his breath, leaning close so only she could hear. He grabbed his backpack from the seat and football bag off the wheel well and then moved his six-foot-one frame into the aisle. With a jerk of his head, he directed her to the space by the window.
She slipped by him with lithesome poise, maneuvering in the small space without so much as brushing against him. He watched her settle into the seat with perfect posture, even though her feet were raised up on the wheel well. Her vacant eyes never returned to his. So, why was his heart suddenly beating faster? Was it because of his rudeness and the fact that she ignored it? Could it be remorse? She didn’t seem to have that presumptuous, stuck-up attitude that so annoyed him. She looked almost . . . empty.

ABOUT PEYTON GARVER:

As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it's no stretch to say she's outnumbered.

When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma will be published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.

When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. "One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth's novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript.  I've since added those dream casts to my website."

When she's not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. "Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can't put down."

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cool Language and Slang from CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC By: C.D. Hersh

Copacetic, Cool language from Can’t Stop the Music



Slang has always played a part in the English language, no matter the era, and when you’re creating a period piece, the story wouldn’t be complete without the use of the slang of the time.
A lot of the hippie slang in our book, Can’t Stop the Music, had its origins in earlier eras.

Take the slang for money—in the 20s someone who was hip (a 20s and 60s word) might call money Cabbage. In the 30s the slang term morphed to Buck. In the 50s you would have said, Bread. By the time the slang reached the 60s the terms Bread and Dough were used interchangeable, and the term Buck was still around as well.
Various slang terms for policeman have also survived the decades, and are still being used today. Police officers have been called Flatfoot, Cop, Fuzz (1920); Copper (1930); Heat (1950); Fuzz, Cop, The Man (1960). The Man was probably the most popular term for police among the hippie generation.
Slang terms for women, especially attractive women, have abounded through the past decades. In the 20s women were often called Dames or Dish. In the 30s a pretty girl would be a Hot Tomato. Fifties terms for women included Chicks, Barn Burners, Dolls. In the 60s, the most commonly used slang was Chicks or Birds.
We’ve heard, and even used some of the above slang, although we don’t use it as freely as we might have in the 60s. Still, it was fun going back and searching out the slang of our youth. We were amazed how much of the groovy language from bygone eras has survived into present day.
We don’t want to seem like Abercrombies (20’s/know-it-alls) but we kinda blew our wigs (20s/became very excited) when our peepers (20s/eyes) landed on this groovy (60s/great) subject. We thought it would be blast (60s/ a lot of fun) if we clued you in (60s/informed you) on the story. And now, we’re going to make tracks (60s/leave) so you can read the outtasight (60s/fantastic) excerpt from our story, Can’t Stop the Music, set in Woodstock, where the music was hip (60s/very cool, far out (60s/wonderful) and righteous (something really great).


Can’t Stop the Music
By C.D. Hersh

The Soul Mate Tree …
An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.
For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

For college senior and hippie wannabe Rosemary—Rose for short—a teaching job is within her grasp, but she wants more. She wants love, the kind of love that has bound her parents for so many years. When she’s dumped by her current boyfriend because her morals can’t bring her to give in to free love, she finds herself at Woodstock in the middle of the biggest free-love, music festival of the Sixties. Alone, again. Until a magical tree grants her wish and she finds the man of her dreams—and loses him before she really knows who he is.
Dakota meets the girl of his dreams at Woodstock, but a jealous wannabe girlfriend drives them apart before he can discover Rose’s last name and where she comes from. After he sees a disappearing tree that promises him true love, a frantic search to find Rose comes up empty-handed.
Magic and music brings them together at Woodstock in 1969. Misunderstandings tear them apart. Will two flower children find one another again, or live with missed opportunities?


Bethel, New York
August, 1969

Rosemary Sterling pulled her striped, gauzy maxi-skirt to her knees, stuck her sandaled feet out the rear passenger door opening of her friend Willow’s ’51 Woodie, and wiggled her toes. Sweat rolled down the center of her back. Not even a tiny breeze tickled the air on the crowded, one-lane road to the Woodstock Music Festival.
The heat radiating from the string of cars stretching in front and in back of her only added to the hot, summer air. Most of the vehicles’ occupants lounged on the hoods, the dirt road, or sat cross-legged on the ground, smoking pot or playing their guitars, their psychedelic clothing bright spots of neon color against the deep-green grass.
“How much longer before we find out what the holdup is?” she called as she exited the steamy vehicle.
Shielding her eyes, Willow straightened from her slouched position against the side of the car and peered between the row of stopped cars. “I see Bodi coming now. Maybe he’s found out what’s causing the traffic jam.”
“Aren’t you burning up?” Rose flapped the bottom of her cotton peasant blouse to stave off the hot, humid air. When the motion didn’t cool the sweat running between her breasts, she jammed the fabric under her boobs, swiping at the damp flesh. Then she clambered onto the sun-scorched hood, careful to tuck her skirt under her bare legs.
“I shouldn’t have let you talk me into burning my bra last night.” She glanced at Willow, envying her pert A-cups. You couldn’t tell Willow’s girls were unchained. “Even that thin layer would have kept the sweat off. Bra burning might be the rage right now, and that’s fine for someone built like you. For C-cups or bigger, loose boobs are a drag. Pun intended.”
Willow laughed. “You’ll get used to it. Once you do, you’ll see the advantage.”
So far the only thing her hippie friend introduced her to that she’d embraced was the shortened flower name Willow had given her.
“Rosemary’s the name of your grandmother, not a flower child. I’m renaming you Rose,” Willow had said.
Jake and Starr, the other two in their group, came around the side of the Woodie. Jake’s tangled curls looked as if he’d just rolled out of bed. Grass stuck out of Starr’s hair in a green corona. She doubted they’d been doing anything that merited halos.
Frowning, she slid off the hood, motioned Starr over, and began picking grass from her braids. “I hope you two weren’t cavorting in poison ivy. I don’t think we packed any anti-itch lotion.”
“You should cavort sometime, Rose.” Starr gave her a friendly shove. “You need to loosen up, girl. Partake of free love.”
She couldn’t get used to free love either. “No thanks.”

Can’t Stop the Music is available at Amazon  https://www.amzn.com/B01N9RDN96


Can’t Stop the Music is book number 2 in the Soul Mate Tree series. A new book centered around the legend of the Soul Mate Tree will be released every month through January 2018. To learn more about the collection check out Amazon.

Book Trailer for CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC: https://youtu.be/ItRDZ5G-5Cw
Book Trailer for The Soul Mate Tree Legend: https://youtu.be/uPFCGwtw_Ic


About the Author:

C.D. Hersh–Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.
Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

The books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a short Christmas story, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow: Soul Mate Christmas Collection, with seven other authors.

They are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Welcome Guest Blogger, Jessie Salisbury

Today Carly's View welcomes author, Jessie Salisbury. Jessie is an author with Soul Mate Publishing. Her latest book, LEAVE ME MY CONVICTIONS is available on Amazon. Jessie has written a guest blog titled Obsessed by a Dream...Literally.

Almost everyone has dreams, at least occasionally, that they can remember vividly when they wake up. Writers have those kinds, but also aspirations, grand dreams. I got possessed by one of the former, which became one of the latter, and now, 50-odd years and 125,000 words later, it's an integral  part of me.

The dream was what I call a “story dream,” one in which I am not really a part but more like watching a movie. Several of those have become, in whole or in part, short stories. I find them interesting but not disturbing.

This particular dream, sometime in the late 1950s, was a sci-fi story in which some distant civilization had  developed a genetic weakness which prevented women from having a second child and many of them did not survive a first birth, if they could conceive at all. The solution, according to one faction in that place, was to find compatible women in other star systems, since their traders had often seen such people. Rather than negotiate, they kidnapped. One of those stolen women was an earth girl named Janice.

Great story, I thought, although I had never written fantasy. But five or six pages into it I got stuck. It didn’t work. I still liked the idea and I put it away. Over the next ten years I came across it occasionally, reworked the beginning, but never got past the block. Then I had one of those 2 a.m. revelations we all get: just change the point of view, stupid. Two months later I had a novel and thought I was at last free of that civilization, that strange culture, that clash of religions, and I could go back to writing what I was really interested in: contemporary dysfunctional family problems.
Not at all. At the end of the book I called “The Sol Girl,” two minor characters were introduced. They grabbed me. Totally seduced me. “The Sol Girl” is in the middle of that larger story – that of another kind of involved dysfunctional family, and over the next 20 years, whenever a new chapter came along, I wrote both ways, back to the birth of the central character (the result of an incestuous rape) and forward to the resolution of that culture’s problems, or at least some of them. Along the way are several romances, disowned children, a civil war, and advances in medicine and technology we can only dream about.

When I had at last finished it – I had thought that several times over the years – I put it all away again still not really wanting to deal with it. A few years ago, I decided all my stories should be on CDs. That meant retyping it, which meant, of course, extensive editing, which is what we writers do. I tightened parts, expanded parts, eliminated parts which obviously didn’t fit, and fell in love with it all over again. But, still, I put it away.

Last year my daughter read it for the first time. Really read it, she said, sat down and read it through, Why, she asked, hasn’t this been published?
So that’s where I am. It is under consideration by a publisher of sci-fi, and I have my fingers crossed.

The point of all this is, don’t give up on a story if it grabs you, even if you don’t want to follow it wherever it seems to be going. There is something there that resonates with your inner being. “The House of Olin” may never be in book stores, but it has been a grand journey, one on which I learned a lot.

Thank you for joining us Jessie and sharing your "dream" with us. It sounds like a fascinating story. Hopefully, that publisher you mentioned will make you an offer.

Jessie's books are available on Amazon. You can learn more about Jessie at her Soul Mate Publishing Author page. 

https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/meet-jessie-salisbury