TGIF … Heroes

Today Riley McKissack is talking about her hot hero Mick Hampton in the Men of the Badge series.

FBI agent Mick Hampton has a blood grudge against the drug runners who killed his partner Tess Jefferson. The guilt he feels over his inability to protect her has destroyed any chance for a life together with the woman he loved, Becca, his dead partner’s twin.

So, when Mick gets a chance to go undercover with a domestic terrorism cell who justify their drug trafficking as a way to fund their fight against theTargeted final[1] - Copy federal government, the danger is insignificant compared to the guilt he’s lived with since the day his partner was gunned down.

The undercover operation takes a drastic left turn when the drug dealers kidnap his former love, who is also a daughter of the judge who put them away in prison.

Coincidence? Or a premeditated move to get Mick out of the way for good?

No matter the circumstances, Mick and the woman he’s loved and lost could end up dead. Not to mention the fact that countless civilians could also die if Mick doesn’t stop the drug runner’s plot to wreck vengeance on the federal government they hate.

Thanks Riley for sharing with us. I know everyone wants to run out and grab a copy of Targeted so they can know more about Mick.


What are You Reading Thursday?

I’m reading an advanced reading copy of Lexi Witcher’s soon to be released young adult Bittersweet Sixteen which is a Dodie Jenks Novel. The paranormal plot has a pretty interesting twist. A curse that has been killing off the oldest female child for generations. But Dodie and her bittersweetsixteen200x300grandmother are determined to break this curse with the help of a young warlock, Leopold, who Dodie falls head over heels for. I’m almost finished reading to the end, but even if I knew how it all plays out I wouldn’t want to be known as a spoiler. So be sure to pick this one up if you get the opportunity.

Rumor Has It Wednesday

We had snow! Big shocker!

Knox County is out today and tomorrow.

UT had a two hour delay. What will tomorrow bring?

My road looks like it is thawed out. Ice is gone for now. Snow has melted. Will the sun dry it enough to keep the low temps from freezing it back?

Sprinting on a Snow Day with friends is great. You should try it.  No. No. Sprinting as in writing. Not running.

Random Thoughts Tuesday

The day started out bitingly cold. They said we’d see snow by mid-to late afternoon, yet it started early. By 9 a.m. it was falling and the ground. Then the county schools announced they are dismissing early. More snow is scheduled to fall and accumulation is expected. Do I go home early or stay at work and risk it? Last January I stayed too long and couldn’t make it up my driveway. I think I should go. It’s better to be safe than sitting on the interstate for hours.

Stay safe folks!

Guest Author Monday

Please welcome with me our Guest Author — Liz Flaherty

Reinventing the Writing Wheel

Thanks for having me today, Leanne. One of my favorite parts of having a new book out is all the visiting I do. My husband says—with only mild exasperation—that I like to run the roads because I’m afraid I’ll miss something. He’s pretty much right.

We were at a party once, and six or eight of us were standing in a loose circle with wineglasses. We were all women, all mothers, though we didn’t all really know each other. I wasn’t all that comfortable; it was my husband’s boss’s wife and his boss’s wife and a few other bosses or bosses’ wives. I have a tendency to put my foot in it and even though my husband isn’t one who’s easily embarrassed, I didn’t want to be the one to do it. So I listened. I’m a writer, you know, so listening’s good—you never know when you might hear a plotline or a piece of dialogue.

One of the other women was talking about high school gymnastics, in which her twin daughters were active and skilled, and we were all waxing “oh, I know what you mean” about having no life of our own because of all the time spent on bleachers and waiting in the car with our busy children. Then she said, “Even though I complain, I don’t know what I’ll do with myself next year when they go off to college.”

We were fresh inhabitants of an empty nest, I still wasn’t used to cooking for two or having a quiet house (that one took a long time—I hated that quiet), but I said without any thought at all, “You reinvent yourself. You become who you never thought you could. You go different places and cook different things and you don’t close the bathroom door anymore. It’s great. It’s exciting. Really it is.”

It was a nice party, I don’t think I said anything embarrassing, and I don’t remember much of the rest of the conversation. But once I said it out loud, it became important that I follow my own advice.Annie

Sometimes it was hard, like getting used to quiet. Sometimes it was pure fun, as in eating out wherever we liked whenever we liked. Sometimes, like when I sold my first book, it was downright amazing.

I’ve always written—essays and a newspaper column and the occasional short story. But I wanted to write romance, so I did. I was 48 when the first book, Always Annie, came out. My youngest son got married within that year, I was four-deep in my career as Nana (my favorite one to date), and reinvention was working out really well.

downloadFifteen years after Annie, my eighth book, The Girls of Tonsil Lake, has been released by The Wild Rose Press. At present, it’s only available from the publisher or on Amazon but will be released worldwide on April 30, 2014. It’s about Andie, Vin, Suzanne, and Jean, four women—lifelong friends—who are facing down their fifties.

I am as excited about my first women’s fiction title as I was about my first romance. It is reinvention in its finest form. It’s great. It’s exciting. Really it is.

The Girls of Tonsil Lake is Liz’s eighth book, and it is no less thrilling than the first one was. Retired from the post office, she spends non-writing time sewing, quilting, and doing whatever else she wants to. She and Duane live in the old farmhouse in Indiana they moved to in 1977. They’ve talked about moving, but really…36 years’ worth of stuff? It’s not happening!

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Thanks for being with us today Liz and for sharing The Girls of Tonsil Lake.

Sunday Sundaes

Today it tried to get warm. We were in the 50s so it felt like a small heat wave after the cold temps we’ve been having. I celebrated and wore short sleeves with a sweater.

My critique group got together today for the first time since before the holidays. We are going to try to meet at least once a month and see if we can stay on that schedule. It is hard to get together when you have family members ill or needing your assistance.