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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