The Lion in Russia is an ARe Recommended Read!


Do you get ARe’s newsletter? If you don’t you definitely should. This week The Lion in Russia is a Recommended Read. It’s not up on their site yet, (or I can’t find it) so I’m quoting the review here. And yes, I’m squeeing like a newbie because y’all know these books are my first love.
ETA: They’ve got the link up now.

Pussycat Death Squad: The Lion in Russia by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb is an action-packed, interracial romance that is short, sweet and full of grit. The female lead character Vries St. John is a cross between a “Charlie’s Angel,” and a “Bond girl”. She is the epitome of beauty and brains with the ability to literally stop a man’s heart with just one touch. I loved the role reversal in that the big, hulking man is being protected by this waiflike supermodel agent. With all the action comes some comical scenes and one in particular when Vries and Leo are attacked while in the limo and Vries pulls Leo to the limo floor and uses her body to shield him from a barrage of bullets aimed for him. It reads as very comical but Leo was far from amused to say the least. It is at that point that Vries’ cover is blown and Leo blows his top. This is also an enjoyable read because while Vries and Leo are mature lovers, they exhibit an intensity and passion that is ageless.

Pussycat Death Squad: The Lion in Russia has an intricate but easy to follow plot. Vries St. John is a high fashion model, government operative and assassin. Her cases are usually straightforward; take out the bad guy. Her most current assignment is difference though because this time she has to protect someone. She is assigned to protect Russian magnate Leo Azhikelyamov, a man she has feelings for. Her mission is particularly sensitive because she has to protect him without his knowing. Leo successfully built an empire from questionable deals with the Russian Government and now wants to give back to the economy that made him wealthy. However, those in power don’t share his vision and instead have marked Leo for death. Vries knows this mission would be unique because she never guarded someone she cared about. Their long held feelings run unchecked as they spend time together and Vries soon succumbs to her feelings for Leo. When Vries is seriously hurt while guarding him, Leo takes on the role of protector. His integrity is important but not as important as the woman who has come to mean so much to him. He is willing to sacrifice his wealth but he won’t lose Vries now that she’s become the most important person in his life.

Happy Cyber Monday, Y’all!

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.


Passionate Cooks: Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup



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!

Major Favor, Major

I have a strange and painful relationship with reviews. Initially I paid them little to no attention as I felt as a writer they’re not for me, they’re for readers. Then I had a baptismal by fire when someone commented on another writer’s work on Amazon and said that I must be paying reviewers to denigrate that writer. It’s been five years and that still stings like it happened yesterday. Not only is that a violation of my own personal honor code, it’s beneath contempt. Since then I went back to ignoring them until recently. I understand that readers like to read reviews from other readers–I do too, so I get why they’re important. Unfortunately, there are some very petty people out there. If you don’t like my book, hey, I have no beef with that. My style is not for everyone. However, one reader over at Goodreads one-starred all my books because she didn’t like the review I gave one of her fave authors. (Yeah, I know that’s nutty as hell, but hey anonymity give folk the freedom to commit all manner of fucknuttery.) This would be fine, except that I don’t have very many reviews for some of my books. Even if you have three five star reviews a one-star review can make major impact. I’ve done many things in my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever written a one-star book. So once again I’m asking that if you’ve read my book and enjoyed them, please do me a favor and review them at Amazon or Goodreads. You can also review at ARe and Fictionwise if you bought the book on those sites. Word of mouth sells more books than all the advertising and promo in the world and I’ve been loath to ask, but please, please, please do everything you can to help me in this regard. Facebook and Twitter are good as well and posting them on your blogs would be great. Again, thank you ever so much.