Hello everyone. Today author Rachel Sharpe is visiting, bringing along her feisty Southern character, ‘Jordan James’. Welcome, Rachel.
Ryan: You have a new release in the Jordan James series. What can you tell us about this?
Rachel: It’s called Bitter Retribution, and it’s about “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?
Why did you write it? I wrote this because it’s a continuation of the series. After handling a particularly difficult international case, Jordan finds herself facing a life changing decision at the end Lost Distinction, book two in the series. Book three begins with her having made a hard choice and now trying to live with that decision.
How long did it take? It took about three months to write this one, but the editing took longer.
Any special inspiration? I am a fan of all things Hollywood. I consider it a gift from my late grandmother, who introduced me to old Hollywood through the films of the 1940s and 1950s. I am also fortunate enough to have close friends who are in the entertainment business and the last time my husband and I visited them in L.A., we took several studio tours and spent a lot of time experiencing California through their eyes, which fed my love of cinema and made me realize I had to bring Jordan into this exciting world.
Are you working on anything else right now? The working title is Misconception. It’s book four in the Jordan James, PI series. Jordan is home in New Orleans for the Christmas holidays and while hanging out in the French Quarter, a friend is kidnapped and another is shot. Jordan knows she has to act fast if she wants her friend to be found alive. Unfortunately, there’s more to this situation than she knows and if she isn’t careful, the next victim could be her.
Sounds nail biting intense. What is the hardest part about writing? Right now, the most difficult part about writing is finding the time. My husband and I were blessed to become parents to two amazing children within a year of each other. It’s been a whirlwind experience in raw parenting, but that’s another story.
How do you beat procrastination? Stay ahead of your bad habits. Most people consider me someone who gets things done fast, but that only happens if I handle the issue the minute it arises. If I don’t, my natural inclination takes over and it takes much, much longer.
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BITTER RETRIBUTION EXCERPT
“Don’t let your tears flow,” she insisted passionately from the screen. I glanced up and saw Roch and Nikole embracing while the KGB closed in on them. Slowly, a crescendo of brass arose as Roch and Nikole fought gallantly to their deaths. The credits began and I glanced at the clock. It was ten.
“What garbage,” I laughed aloud, grinning at the thought of meeting Roch Turner the next afternoon. I turned off the television and stretched. Yawning, I walked into my bedroom. After doing one more double-check, I was satisfied I had not forgotten anything. I got ready for bed before climbing beneath my heavy, down comforter and closing my eyes. Sighing contentedly, I thought with excitement about seeing Heather for the first time in six months, skiing in the Rockies, and watching a hit sitcom being filmed. This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever, I thought happily. pushing images of Rick from my mind.
As I succumbed to the tranquility of slumber, eagerly awaiting a much-needed vacation, I had no idea of the depth and complexity of the situation in which I would soon be enmeshed. I had no idea of the sheer magnitude of the vendetta in which I would find myself, a senseless dispute which began years before my own birth. If I had, I would have ripped my flight itinerary up into a million tiny pieces and stayed in the warm haven of my bed.
Ryan: Awesome. What about the other two books in the PI series? Please share!
Rachel: COLD AMBITION and LOST DISTINCTION!!!
“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?
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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…
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Ryan: Intriguing. Because readers love to get to know their favorite authors, let’s get personal and nosy. The most recent movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read? (or both)
Rachel: The most recent movie was Deadpool (my husband’s idea of a romance) and the most recent book was Antibodies, which was one of several fictional books written as stand alone stories based on the sci-fi series, The X-Files.
Your favorite town/ city in the world? Why?
Rachel: Boston. I’m from New Orleans, but my father’s family is from New England. Boston is easily my most favorite city. There’s always something to do there.
What is your favorite past time?
Rachel: B.C., which in my case means Before Children, I would have said reading, but right now, I’d love to get a solid eight hours of sleep.
Would you rather have the ability to be invisible or have x-ray vision?
Rachel: Invisible. I would love to see how people behave when they don’t know others are watching.
Do you play any musical instruments?
Rachel: I can play the guitar. I was in a garage band in high school and we played a lot of cover songs. Mostly of the eighties because the eighties were awesome.
Do you know any foreign languages?
Rachel: I wouldn’t say I’m fluent, but I know basic Spanish and I have a close friend who lives in Germany and she’s taught me a few conversational phrases. I would love to incorporate them into the series, but the timing hasn’t been right yet.
What one item would you grab if the house was on fire? (assume no living beings are inside)
Rachel: My photo albums. I’ve never been really into material things. I prefer spending money on memories, like traveling, and I treasure the photos I’ve taken of those events.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
Rachel: According to my grandmother, I wanted to be an astronaut and a lion tamer. Apparently, I was very ambitious.
Favorite food to cook? Red beans and rice
Favorite animal? Cat
Favorite color? Blue
Favorite book? Great Expectations
Favorite sport or physical activity? Running
Favorite place to visit? New England
Favorite season? Fall
Strangest thing you ever ate? Fried bug chips in biology class (I got extra credit, so no regrets)
What kind of car do you drive? Color? Silver Buick
Favorite vacation spot? New England
What three items would you take if you knew you were going to be stranded on a tropical island for a year? (enough suntan lotion is a freebie) A cell phone, a portable charger with a ridiculously long battery life, and a year’s supply of wine.
One quote you love, that keeps you going in life? Tomorrow’s a new day.
What would you do in life if you knew you couldn’t fail? Run for president.
Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe in an instant connection, but real love takes time.
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.
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