Hello everyone and Happy Holidays! I kept my word; Pussycat Death Squad The Lion in Russia is live at ARe and Smashwords. It’s not up at Amazon or Barnes and Noble yet, their process takes longer, but these sellers will have all the formats you need for your various devices. I will let you know when Amazon and B&N come online. Thank you all ever so much for your support.
Category: The Industry
Russian mob romances are very popular right now. I assume the authors are inspired by Viggo Mortensen’s hot to death turn as a mobster in Eastern Promises. I enjoy reading these books, but I’m more intrigued by politicians, and with Vladimir Putin you get a politician who acts like a mobster. Oh joy! Come on, doesn’t he look like a mob boss in this picture? I can just see people queuing up to kiss his ring. No worries, he’s not the hero of The Lion in Russia (formerly The Goddess of Milan), he’s the villain. But this story was at least partially inspired by this photo. More than anything I think it conveys his character.
Dark Star, the sequel to my best-seller Rock Star is free December 18-19th at ARe. They have all the formats for your various devices, so if you haven’t read this one yet be sure to check it out!
I came across a bookmark yesterday, 50 Books to read Before You Die. I plan to buy a couple of the books off the list as stocking stuffers for Whit. I wondered if anyone had compiled such a list for Multicultural Romance. It’s been around for a while now. Do we have classics in the genre and what woukd they be? This includes romance whereas at least one of the characters is nonwhite. And yes before some idiot chimes in I know white people have different cultures, but this isn’t about them, okay?
The lovely and talented Yvonne Nicolas invited me to participate in this blog hop. I’ve never done one before and I think it’s hella cool. She asked me to answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress.
What is the working title of your book? Until last week the title was Pussycat Death Squad: Goddess of Milan. Now it’s Pussycat Death Squad: The Lion in Russia
Where did the idea come from for the book? I’ve always been fascinated by Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, who seems to pretty much do as he likes, up to, and including murder (allegedly). A while back I read a story about the murder of an Ukranian dissident who everyone knows was killed at the behest of Putin (allegedly) and the germ of the story was formed. Later, I read an article in Vanity Fair about the way Putin is imprisoning the oligarchs, the Russian billionaires and confiscating their wealth, and the story grew from there. The 90s were a very exciting time in Russia in a way that reminds me of the Robber Barons of American history. The way the oligarchs took control of much of the wealth of the country is very familiar to a history geek like myself.
What genre does your book fall under? Multicultural Romantic Suspense, though really that should be Action Adventure, but I don’t think that’s a sub-genre under romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie? Viggo Mortensen would be perfect for Leo. For Vries I think it would be Taraji P. Henson.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book? Vries must protect the man she loves from political assassination, even though she runs a risk greater than bullets; losing his love.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher? Self-published
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Four months
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? There are a lot of books with Russian heroes about these days, but theirs are about the Russian mafia. My book is about the oligarchs and is more of a political drama, but obviously there are some similarities. Certainly it can be difficult to tell the criminals from the politicians in this story, especially as it pertains to the level of violence. But with the female assassin, and bodyguard I can’t think of anyone who has written anything like it. It’s very James Bond/Nikita.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khordokovsky and Alexander Litvinenko all inspired Leo. Vries is a bit La Femme Nikita meets Naomi Campbell meets Pam Grier. She’s a supermodel assassin with a big fro, wearing a designer maxi dress who in the opening scene kills a man by poisoning him with a syringe hidden in her platinum Black Power afro pick!
What else about your book might interest the reader? This book is a sequel. The first story, Pussycat Death Squad came out in 2009. The Pussycat Death Squad concept was inspired by the late Libyan leader Muammar Quadaffi’s all-female Amazon Guard. This series will continue next year with Pussycat Death Squad: Diamonds on the River.
Be sure to visit these authors on the blog hop:
Don’t forget, Hot For Teacher will be on sale at ARe through midnight on Cyber Monday. All my ARe books are on rebate there, so now is a great time to pick up my backlist.
Also, Loose Id has one of the historicals that Lisa G. Riley and I wrote, Given, on sale for .99! That’s $5.00 off. you van’t beat that. This book is one of the best we’ve written. Don’t miss out. #LIHistoricalHysteria.
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For those of you who have liked my Facebook page, (and I assume that’s all of you, otherwise, WTF!?) you might have noticed that you haven’t been getting all my posts in your newsfeed. Well, Facebook in their finite wisdom decided to cut some people off, presumably to encourage advertising revenue. Now if you want to know when I make a post on my fan page you have to manually opt in. Fortunately it’s simple. Go to my page which is linked under the Facebook logo to your right. On the page click the like button and you’ll see a pull down menu. Click on Receive Notifications, and there you go. That way if I ever finish Goddess of Milan you’ll be the first to know. Oh, and if you haven’t liked my page yet, for the love of buttercream frosting get on it, wilya? I’m feeling unloved and y’all know nothing good ever comes from that!
Hey y’all don’t forget to come over tomorrow for the book fair and signing at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference. I’m so excited about this opportunity to meet my fans! If you’re in the Atlanta area I’ll be signing Try a Little Tenderness. I think I’ll also have a few rare print copies of Rock Star so come grab them before they’re gone.
Y’all better have some. That’s a picture of my legendary Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup, a recipe I reverse engineered from a soup they serve at the Olive Garden. And I can tell you without any false modesty–mine is better. Hey, Muhammad Ali said if it’s the truth, it’s not bragging! -lol-
Now you might be asking, where oh where can I get my hands on the recipe for such a culinary delight? Believe it or not, it’s all yours, along with recipes from nearly a hundred of your favorite authors, for the low, low price of FREE!!! On October 1st ARe will release their free cookbook collection, Passionate Cooks. And yes, I was one of the lucky writers to be included. So, save the date! And please, tell all your friends.
This is a great, easy recipe. It’s rustic, which means you can leave the skins on the potatoes and rough chop. No fancy dicing necessary. Potato skins are so thin these days, that it’s fine to leave them on. I love this soup on a rainy Saturday when I’m too lazy to fuss too much with dinner. Vegetarian? No worries, switch to veggie stock and substitute Great Northern beans for the potatoes. I like to have Meatless Mondays and have served this soup sans sausage and it was a hit! You will have to double down on the spices, and if you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them off before adding them to the pot, otherwise the’ll have a yucky metallic taste. Here I served it with grilled cheese sammies, but it’s equally delish with a lovely crusty Italian bread, or a good old pan of Southern cornbread. A rib sticking meal for sure!