Friday, May 29, 2015

FRIDAY FREEBITS #frifeebits

I posted a page from The Locket on Wednesday, so I may as well give you another glimpse of this "whodunnit" with multiple suspects. This is the next scene:

Father Finnegan’s brow furrowed at the woman’s sudden departure.  “A curse?”

He stood and pushed through the curtain at the rear of the confessional, walked around and opened the door to the parishioner’s side.  There on the shelf lay the necklace the woman had left.  A heart-shaped gold locket hung from a long chain, and when opened, displayed a picture of a mustached gentleman wearing a black fedora.  Father Finnegan pinched the locket closed.  The pendant looked entirely harmless—nothing more than a delicate piece of jewelry. 

“What have you got there, Father?” 

He turned to find Sister Mary Catherine.  “A locket…supposedly cursed.”  He laughed. “Methinks ‘tis the soul of the person who left it who needs the blessing.”


“The jewelry looks to be a fine piece for the fund-raising bazaar, if you’ve no other plans for it.”  The nun smiled and opened her hand. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Writing Anniversary by Jamie Hill

http://www.amazon.com/Family-Secrets-Cop-Book-ebook/dp/B004478IN6/
Ten years ago in June I signed my first contract to have a book published. Family Secrets wasn't the first book I wrote, but it was the first to get published, other than a couple of short stories. I had a wonderful editor (thank you, Susan) and I really loved the book. I'll never forget my first ever review-- 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5, and the reviewer said glowing things. I printed that puppy out and carried it around for days, reading it to anyone who would listen.

The book did okay, and garnered more lovely reviews. Sadly, the small press that published Family Secrets closed it's doors and my book was an orphan. It took several years before I found a new publisher and the next two I chose folded before I ever really got going. (The book had five different covers in it's short life, too!) I didn't give up, kept persevering, but just couldn't seem to find the right fit for the book and me. Harlequin liked my premise but said they could never have divorced heroes or heroines with kids for the lines I submitted to. (Really?)  By the time I got done trying to figure out their guidelines, my head was spinning. But it would have been nice to see my book in bookstores.

Actually, a nearby bookstore, Hastings, has a local author section, and they let me place some copies of Family Secrets there on consignment until they got too dusty a couple years later. I sold two, and one was to my best friend. LOL (An aside--Thanks to Books We Love, Family Secrets is now available by request at any bookstore, just for the asking. That's so cool.)

http://www.amazon.com/Family-Ties-Cop-Book-ebook/dp/B00457XJMK/
Family Secrets was always meant to be part of a series. I started book two, Family Ties, shortly after book one. But frankly, when I couldn't find a good home for the first book, I didn't have much motivation to complete the second one.

My publisher, Books We Love, came along at just right time in my life. Once Family Secrets was happily settled in, I got busy and finished Family Ties. In 2012 the Amazon revolution happened, and many of our Books We Love titles took off. I'm thrilled to say that Family Secrets was one of them. It hit #67 on the Top 100 Paid Kindle Books, which was great considering the thousands of books Kindle offers. 

What that did was motivate me to get off my duff and write that third book I'd always imagined. It actually came easier than I expected, and I was very, very pleased with the result. Family Honor made the sixth novel I'd published, three romantic suspense and three older titles that were straight romance. At that point I decided that romantic suspense is my true love. 

I've continued in that spirit with my latest romantic suspense series, Witness Security. I'm currently working on the third book in that one. I hope you'll check out my books and join me on my unfinished journey!



Family Honor

Bodies of dead women are piling up and Detective Melanie Curtis is doing everything she can to solve the 'Cheerleader Slasher' case. Surprised to discover her chief has requested help from the FBI, she's even more shocked when she meets the sexy FBI special agent sent to assist her.
 
SSA Nate Willis tracks serial killers for a living. The slasher case is a challenge, but nothing compared to the feisty police detective he finds leading the investigation. Their attraction is swift and mutual, but the killer is escalating and they need to solve the case before they can focus on their personal relationship. When the unthinkable happens and the investigation is turned upside down, is their chance for happiness also in jeopardy?

“Author Jamie Hill has a knack for pulling a reader deeper and deeper into her stories as they try to figure out where she is leading them.” ~ Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A PAGE STRAIGHT FROM GINGER SIMPSON #apagestraightfrom

Today marks the end of this Wednesday feature.  I've been using it for quite a while, but it's time for me to actually blog.  Next week, I'll do just that.  In the meantime, enjoy the first page of The Locket.



Sheila Townsend hauled open the heavy cathedral door and slipped inside. She scurried up the long aisle into the safety of the confessional and collapsed. Panting, she creaked open the little sliding door. The priest’s outline loomed on the other side. 

"Father, forgive me, for I have sinned.” She swiped at her bangs, wet from the fog outside. 

“How long has it been since your last confession?” The priest’s voice filtered through the mesh between them.

“Six months, Father.”

 “Tell me of your sins, my child.”  

“I-I’ve had evil thoughts and fear I’ve done something horrid.”

“What have you done?”

“I might have killed someone because of the curse.”

“Curse?”  The deep voice rose an octave.

“The one that plagues this locket.”  She dangled a necklace close to the screen. “I must leave it here with you and stop this madness.”  

Sheila rose, dropped the pendant onto the shelf separating parishioner from priest, and fled without another word. She paused at the door long enough to secure her scarf over her head and pull her coat collar higher. The stained-glass window, an image of the Holy Mother, looked far less impressive at night than when the sun shone through the tinted panes.

 Sheila pressed her weight against the door, allowing the breeze to flicker the candles at the altar. The gripping hatred that had consumed her for the last month melted away like snow in springtime. Her need to hurt someone had only intensified when she put a picture in the locket.  But now she was free—free from everything but the guilt and memories of plunging the knife into her boyfriend’s back.  

Stepping back into the misty night, she headed toward the river.  She hadn’t actually been honest with the priest.  The police were sure to soon find the body in her living room, and she no longer had a will to live. She’d made peace with the Lord; now she needed to find peace with herself and what she’d done.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Best Websites for Authors...According to Writer's Digest - Offered by Ginger

We are always looking for resources, so I thought I would share  some of the 101 Writer's Digest listed as their Seventeenth Annual listees:

Creativity
Creativity Portal - http://www.creativity-portal.com
Seventh Sanctum - http://www.seventhsantum.com

Best of the Best
Six Words - http://sixwordmemoirs.com
The Story Starter - http://www.thestorystarter.com
The Writer's Journey:  Roadmap with Author Laura Davis - http://www.lauradavis.net/roadmap

Writing Advice
Better Novel Project - http://www.betternovelproject
Daily Writing Tips - http://www.dailywriting.tips
Grammar Girl - http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
Helping Writers Become Authors - http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com
Women Fiction Writers - http://www.womensfictionwriters.wordpress.com
Romance University - http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/RomanceUniversity

Online Writing Communities
Critique Circle - http://www.critiquecircle.com
Romance Writers of America - http://www.rwa.org
Reddit's Writing Forum - http://www.reddit.com/r/writing
My Writer's Circle - http://www.mywriterscircle.com
Absolute Write - http://www.absolutewrite.com
Authonomy - http://www.authonomy.com

Thriller
International Thriller Writers - http://thrillerwriters.org
The Kill Zone - http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com
Murder by 4 - http://murderby4.blogspot.com

Children's/YA
Adventures in YA Publishing - http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com
Kid Lit 411 - http://www.kidlit411.com
Rachelle Burks Resources for Children's Writers - http://resourcesforchildrenswriters.blogspot.com

These are just a sampling of the 101 listed.  I didn't have the energy to type them all, but I thought this would provide a great resource for those in search of help.  This information is taken from the May/June 2015 issue of Writer's Digest, and I believe I've tested all the links.  If you find one that doesn't work, you can always use Google.  :)









Monday, May 25, 2015

Family Honor by Jamie Hill ~ A Steamy Memorial Day Excerpt


Happy Memorial Day to those in the United States. Today is the day we remember those who have served for us, and especially those who have fallen. 

I don't have any books with service related story lines, but I do have one with a character who did a stint in the Army, so I thought I'd share a scene from that book with you.

From Family Honor, book 3 in my A Cop in the Family series. (These stories are stand alone and don't have to be read in order.)

In this excerpt FBI Agent Nate Willis is out to lunch with Wichita Police Detective Melanie Curtis, and they're having trouble keeping their minds on food.

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"Anyway, seeing as how my prospects for the weekend just took a turn for the better, I'm ready to get this show on the road. Shall we ask for our meals to go?" His grin turned devilish.

"We will not," she insisted. "We're going to sit here and eat like civilized folks. When we're through, I might even order dessert."

His foot nudged her leg and wrapped around it. "Okay, if that's what you want. I like dessert."

She worked one knee over the top of his leg and rubbed their legs together. "You're gonna like it."

Nate groaned. He found the waistband of her jeans and unfastened the snap.

Mel stared straight ahead. "You wouldn't dare!"

His fingers pried her zipper down as he glanced around the room. "Is that a challenge?"

"Stop that!" she whispered out of the side of her mouth.

"Nope, I've been double-dog dared. I can't stop now."

The waiter chose that moment to return with their plates, and the pair of them froze. He set the steaming dinners in front of them and asked, "Would you like extra cheese on those?"

"Yes, please." Nate smiled pleasantly, and feigned interest as the boy shredded fresh cheese on top of the veal.

"For you ma'am?"

Mel could barely speak. Nate's hand had made it inside her jeans and one finger was rimming the edge of her panties. "No thank you," she squeaked.

The waiter left, and she looked at Nate. "You are evil!"

"And you are gorgeous! All I can think about is making love to you. I can't wait to get you home so I can count the ways I'm going to cherish you." One finger dipped through her folds.

It was her turn to groan. "Can we ask for doggie bags now?"

"Nope." He grinned. "We're going to sit here and eat like civilized folks." He removed his hand and began to eat with a self-satisfied smirk on his face.

"What if I've changed my mind?" She couldn't face the huge plate of food in front of her. 
At that moment, the only thing she wanted to do—the only place she wanted to be—was in Nate's arms. 

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