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Author:   K.S. Thomas

 

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Book Synopsis: 

Tritonia ‘Salty’ Casavant has spent her entire life out at sea on her parents’ sailboat. Raised by a marine biologist and her mother’s extended family of modern day pirates, her perception of the world isn’t exactly normal.

Now a single mother herself and living alone on the boat her parents left her, she enjoys her private paradise as she cruises back and forth between the Islands of Hawaii.

Everything changes when a local gang begins using her strip of ocean as a dumping ground for smuggled drugs and firearms. Soon Salty is in the middle of an all-out turf war she inadvertently started and the only way out is through Detective Finn Murphy.

Excerpt:  

As the challenger approached, it became apparent that Chick was bringing visitors. Salty frowned as she spotted two haoles standing at the helm. Even from where she was positioned she could tell that they were cops. Given her life experience, she knew the type inside and out. Then, having written those characters a hundred times over in her stories as the antagonists and the nature of the heroine in her novels, it was hard for Salty to muster any warm fuzzy feelings at the sight of the two police men as they pulled up beside her sailboat.

From the look on Chick’s face, she could tell that he wasn’t thrilled either, although those feelings were probably partially directed at her now that he had likely discovered Amaui’s identity.  Regardless of the reason, the strangers’ presence seemed to be a necessary evil for the time being, so Salty made her way to the stern and waited for Hani to toss her a rope. Once the speedboat had been securely rafted off the Salty Kisses, all four of the men aboard the A’ole Aina found themselves standing on Salty’s front step.           

“Salty, this is Lieutenant Pierce and Detective Murphy. They’re colleagues of Detective Mahelona’s.” Chick made a face as he said Amaui’s name.

“That’s nice. Why the hell did you bring them here?” Salty replied, completely ignoring the two men wearing badges.

“Because we asked him to,” Lieutenant Pierce interjected. “Ms. Casavant, you were witness to a crime. We were hoping you could recount the events that took place the night you met Detective Mahelona for us.”

Salty eyed the man from top to bottom. He was almost as tall as Chick, but considerably leaner. His hazel eyes had a youthfulness about them, but the flecks of grey he had spread throughout his hair and goatee had Salty gauge him to be at least in his early forties, forty-five at the most. Even though he was a white guy, he had the distinct look of someone who had lived on the islands for a very long time. With his loosely fit grey cargo pants and navy blue polo shirt it was about as lax a uniform as you could find. Not uncommon for Hawaii though. Pierce’s partner, on the other hand was as much of an outsider as the tourists who trampled the beaches year after year, season after season.

Murphy was shorter than Pierce with dirty blond hair and blue eyes that matched the surrounding waters. He was stocky and muscular and wore his black pants and fitted blue button up shirt nicely. The sleeves had been rolled up, but that was the only indication Murphy gave that he was aware of the summer climate and its accompanying 83 degrees.

Salty glanced back and forth between the two one last time, trying to decide whom she would rather deal with, when she heard Murphy mutter, “This is a complete waste of time.”

“Whose time is that exactly, Detective?” Salty demanded.

“Ours. We should be out following real leads, not wasting our time taking boat rides out to see some modern day pirate princess who’s probably been out at sea for so long she no longer has a real grasp on reality!” Detective Murphy ranted at her.

While Salty had been sizing up the two officers, Murphy had apparently done the same with her. Judging from his little speech, he hadn’t been too impressed with what he’d seen. Maybe it had been the fact that she was barefoot and wearing nothing more than her standard shorts and bikini top. Or perhaps it had been the sight of her tattoos which spanned the greater part of her body. Salty had to take a mental account of what her hair might look like at that very moment. She had washed and brushed it just that morning, but the ocean air and constant breeze wreaked havoc on her long brown locks, and most days Salty found herself staring at a wild woman anytime she came face to face with her reflection. She never bothered with make-up, but her permanent golden tan, sparkling green eyes and wind burned red lips had made it unnecessary anyway.

“What are you doing, Finn? You can’t just insult these people!” Pierce sounded appalled as he scolded his partner. He turned to Chick and Salty, looking mortified. “I am so sorry. Please, let me apologize for Detective Murphy.”

Salty was starring daggers at Finn Murphy and he was locked onto her returning fire.

“No, I agree with your partner. This was a complete waste of your time. You should go.” She turned on her heel and began to walk away. “For what it’s worth, this wasn’t the first drop the Kakumei have made. I’ve counted at least seven, always between the hours of midnight and 2am. By sunrise some local fishing boat comes tugging along to retrieve the shipment. It’s never the same boat, but twice I noticed they had the same colors. I was never close enough to make out any lettering, but I could still give a pretty good description if I needed to.” Salty didn’t know what had possessed her to divulge all of that. Probably the part where that idiot Murphy had implied that she was crazy and incompetent. It’s not like he could have known that it would strike a chord with her, but it had…and not in a good way.

So much for not getting involved, she thought. She could already feel Chick’s glare burning through the bare skin of her back and she reached up absentmindedly to rub the spot.

“How do you know it was the Kakumei?” Murphy asked.          

“For starters, I’m not an idiot. Just because I don’t spend my time on land doesn’t mean I don’t know what happens there. It’s all about perspective, haole. When you’re standing directly in front of a tree, all you can see is that tree’s bark. But, if you back away a bit, you start to see the entire forest…or, as it is in my case, the entire island.” Salty was slowly meandering back over to where the men stood. “Look, if you don’t believe me, send a dive team out. Last week they made a drop. Three times I heard something hit the water, but the next day the crew only pulled out two shipments. I’m guessing whatever else they dumped is still sitting at the bed of the ocean in hopes of never being found.”

The officers exchanged a glance. Both Chick and Salty noticed.

“What?” Salty asked. “You already know what it is, don’t you?”

“Eric Choy’s father went missing ten days ago. He’s been a prominent player in the business world for many years, not just on the island but internationally. We think his shipping company may have been compromised somewhere along the way…and we think the Kakumei had something to do with it,” Pierce expounded stepping forward.

“That explains what they were doing with Eric. How did Detective Mahelona end up in the mix?” Salty wasn’t even sure why she wanted to know. If nothing else it was potential material for her next novel.

“Amaui’s his girlfriend. It was just an unlucky coincidence that she was there when they grabbed him,” said Murphy. Pierce shot him a look suggesting he zip it, but Murphy just shrugged and said, “What? Now we’re not disclosing important information regarding our highly sensitive, open investigation? My mistake. I was just following your lead, buddy.” For the first time since meeting Finn Murphy, Salty had to fight back a smile.

“Anyway,” Pierce continued, “any information you can give us regarding that night, or any others involving these ‘drops’ would be greatly appreciated.”

Salty twisted her mouth from side to side as she mulled it over, purposely avoiding eye contact with Chick as she did so. Finally she said, “I’ll tell you whatever I can, but honestly I don’t see how any of it will help. I mean, sure, I can identify boats, but not people. I doubt any of my information will trump what Amaui already knows.”

“That might be less than you think,” Murphy said, shaking his head and turning away. Neither he nor Pierce elaborated on it any further.

So, Salty began to recount everything that had happened, starting with the first night she had heard the plane down to the night she pulled Amaui and Eric from the water. She was sure not to leave out even the tiniest of details, not because she wanted to be thorough, but because she simply couldn’t help herself. Details in descriptions had become a hazard of the job a long time ago. Even Finn Murphy seemed pleased with everything she was able to give them.

“That was incredibly meticulous. Are you sure you don’t have a background in law enforcement?” he joked.

Salty snorted. “Not exactly. I write about a lot of cops in my books though.”

Chick chuckled.

“Why’s that funny?” Murphy asked.

“Because the cops I write about aren’t exactly the most observant. They can’t be. I mean, it wouldn’t work very well for my heroine if they were stellar members of the force,” Salty explained. She knew she wasn’t coming off well, but then Murphy and Pierce had to have known when they were coming on board that they wouldn’t be held in the highest regard. Cops and pirates just didn’t mix.

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Va-squeeze and the Chooie Woo

Odd title, huh?   Yeah such has been my week but it did end good.  As always twas filled with much laughter and my friends helped me out on that.  I have some pretty awesome ones at that.

In between my day job and nights of kids/home and working on ALL ACCESS I’ve been going over REMEMBRANCE (once again).   I wanted to do some house cleaning on it as there’s still a few cobwebs there.  Now my story, REMEMBRANCE, holds a wonderful character named Vaz, or rather his full name is, Michael Vasquez, and he’s ummm…he’s quite the stand out character.   This week I heard a cute story by my coworker about something her young son Anthony said.  He happened to see a name on an envelope and the person’s last name was Vasquez, only he said it as Va-squeeze.   This tickled my funny bone so much that I knew it needed to be included in REMEMBRANCE.  I hunted through the story to find just the right spot that I can work that reference in, and I do believe I found it.  Va-squeeze indeed.

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Big shout out to: Anthony Carvino for his cuteness and misspeak.

I love music (who doesn’t) and a good friend of mine went to see a Lou Reed tribute show the other night.  Well we were online in chat discussing some new music I came across and she began telling me about the show she saw.  Somehow we ended up discussing people and how they dress.   This is a smidgeon of our online chat:

HER:   You wanna know who is bad ass? This woman who sang the song, VICIOUS by Lou Reed. Holy Shizz, she belted it out and had a good edge factor going too.  But she was awesome and very properly dressed,  not slutty, just rocker cool.

ME:   Yeah.  That is bad ass.  I love it when they are a “rocker chick” chic not “show your yaya and hoochies and call it a manufacturer defect” chic.

HER:  You crack me up – who ha’s, yaya’s, hoochies, and chooie woos … love that woman humor!

ME:    LOL    chooie woos?   I LOVE IT   A character in the story must somehow say chooie woos.

I know exactly where chooie woos will be inserted in ALL ACCESS too.  Have the scene outlined as well.   I love odd-ball words and this is definitely one of them.  Now that I think of it. I may have to put the word shizz in there too.  Hmm.  I kind of like that one.

So there you have it.  Va-Squeeze and the Chooie Woo + Shizz.

Have you come across some oddball words that made you laugh when you heard them but now you find yourself using them?    Share them with me.

C’mon you know you wanna.

It’s time for a resolution…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

I know I’m late on the well wishes (sigh) but better late than never I always say.   I have a perfectly good reason but it’s moot now.   All is good.  I’m on and I’m blogging.  woot woot

And I have a question.  resolution

Do people still make resolutions?

I mean, this is when one usually makes them, right?

People usually ask me what my resolutions are but I’ve begun noticing this trend, especially now that I’m getting a tad (yes I said a tad) older..nobody asks me anymore.

Perhaps it’s because I used to do resolutions but stopped when I realized that come January 3rd or 4th I was already breaking what I proclaimed I wouldn’t.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have willpower, I did.   I had determination…grit.  The want.  The need.  I lacked motivation and needed inspiration to keep going.

That’s when I hit upon lifethis novel idea to not make it a New Year resolution.   I quit smoking on an icky cold March day four years ago.   I just picked a day, marked the calendar, and prepared.   Yes, it was rough, those first few days were awful.  But I knew it would be.  I did the research.  I warned everyone (to stay far away) and every day it got a little easier.  I learned not to beat myself up for sliding backwards.  It happens but you move forward and before you know it you’ve attained the goal.  Smoking was a big hurdle but I did it.

This year I’ve made no resolutions.  I just want to enjoy life with all its ups and down.

What I have made are intentions.  This is the year I plan to release two books, YES TWO.   If I’m good and my beta readers don’t red ink me too much maybe, just maybe, GASP a third.   Good things are coming.   2014 is a magical year and well, I believe in magic.

Now, I suppose if I had to make one resolution it would be: less web time.

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So tell me…Did YOU make a resolution?  What was it?  C’mon you can tell me, I won’t laugh.  Well, I might giggle but it will be more of snerk kind of thing.  Unless…well we’ll cross that bridge.

Bring it on 2014…Bring it on!

Crimson and Clover

Ok so earlier tonight I posted a book review up over at Bluebird Reviews (read the whole article here:  www.bluebirdreviews.com), a web-based music review site.  I know I know.  It’s a music review site I get it.  But Juli Page Morgan’s books are not your average romance stories.  In fact none of her books are your typical everyday romance novels.   All three books:  Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words are all part of her Romance that Rocks series and that makes them unique.

I picked Crimson and Clover not because it was a finalist in Book Junkie’s Reader’s Choice Awards (it was), or even because Amazon chose the book to be part of its Kindle Big Deal promotion for December, I did it because I know the author, Juli Page Morgan; a fellow lover of Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, French onion dip, a coffee lover, and who is a fantastic friend.  Juli and I schlepped around Memphis, TN seeing all the musical sites and I know first-hand how much she loves music and its history.

Crimson and Clover is a story entrenched in the late 60’s early 70’s.  You can (almost) smell the weed, feel the flower power, and free love coming from within the pages.  Jay and Katie’s fire and passion never let up throughout the story, they are a couple you root for.  Ms. Morgan researches and strives to be historically correct in all her stories and weaves her knowledge of music and bands right into every page.  Her characters leap out of the book and you become enthralled with them.  Whether you’re male or female Crimson and Clover has it all and then some.

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                             by: Juli Page Morgan

Under Katie Scott’s flower child exterior beats the heart of June Cleaver.  Though she digs her bellbottoms and love beads, she longs for the idyllic family life she was denied as a child.

Laughed out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury after the Summer of Love for believing rock ‘n roll and white picket fences can coexist she decides to try her luck in the bohemian neighborhood of Ladbroke Grove in London.

When she discovers her new friend Adam is starting a band with Jay Carey, she’s ecstatic.  She’d admired the British guitar god from afar for years, and when she and Jay finally meet the attraction between them is instantaneous.

But life with a rock ‘n roll star doesn’t lend itself well to white picket fences.  And when Katie Jay the secret she’s carried for two years it may end the dream before it begins.

 

Juli’s thrilled that Crimson and Clover has been received so well by readers.  Since February, Juli’s published two more stories from her Romances that Rock catalog:  Athena’s Daughter set in 1975 Memphis, and Song Without Words primarily set in a radio station in New Orleans in 1982. (Gee, wonder where she got that idea? Find out in the full article over at www.BluebirdReviews.com ) In both books, Juli strives to keep the realism that touched so many of her readers in Crimson and Clover. And best of all they’re full of the music that we all love.

Juli’s working on her next book, Sister Golden Hair, set in present day and it’s the first story that doesn’t have a rock guitarist as the hero. This time around he’s a lead singer and you’ll get to meet him March 2014.

All of Juli’s Romances that Rock are available in eBook and paperback at your favorite online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Tower Books and more.   And right now through December 22nd, Crimson and Clover is AMAZON’s big steal deal at .99 cents.  Purchase it for yourself, your friends, wives, girlfriends, husbands, etc.   Jay and Katie sizzle; you need to read their rockin story.   Show Juli Page Morgan a Whole Lotta Love and purchase this book.

Go here to Ms. Morgan’s website:  http://julipagemorgan.com/buy-the-books/

Use the link here:  http://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Clover-Juli-Page-Morgan

 

AUTHOR BIO:juli behind the mic

Juli Page Morgan is a former rock ‘n roll radio announcer who had the great luck to meet and interview lots of bands over the years. During those interviews she heard lots of interesting stories, but it was when the microphone was turned off and they were just hanging out that she heard – and saw – the really juicy stuff! Incorporating these revelations in her books (with names and locations changed to protect the innocent, and often the not-so-innocent!) lets her remember those wonderful people that briefly rocked through her life, and to take her readers on a hard rocking journey full of love, music and happy endings while giving a “backstage peek” at some of the things that really happened.  Her Romances that Rock™ include Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband. When she’s not writing, she’s recording voiceovers for television commercials, remodeling her old house, and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and exceeds the speed limit when she drives.  Juli’s an unapologetic lover of rock ‘n roll, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and French onion dip, not necessarily in that order.

Like her author FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JuliPageMorganAuthor

Visit Juli’s website at:  http://julipagemorgan.com/

I have arrived…

On Facebook that is.   I’m not sure why it took me so long to create an author page but I’ve gone and done it.  I am determined to get my stories, REMEMBRANCE and ALL ACCESS out there to the public and I need a page (no, not that PAGE…though I wish…sigh) to help me get my information out there to my public.

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I’m also going to be posting here every week.  I’d like to say every day but I know me and my crazy life.   Let’s go with once a week and if I do more, well we can call it a banner week.  🙂

I can’t wait for everyone to read my stories.  I’ll be posting tidbits, music pieces, trivia from my stories over on my Facebook page.  Will probably do some contests too.  So come check it out.  Invite your friends.   Let’s rock-it-write over on my new site.

www.facebook.com/pages/S-A-Hussey-Author/383101255157699

Thank you in advance for stopping by.

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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WRITE STAR

Christina or Rachel

RACHEL RUEBEN

Author Bio:

Rachel Rueben went to school to become an administrative assistant but instead, wound up an author.  In her defense, she tried freelance writing, virtual assisting, and blogging to pay the bills, but creating worlds was her one and only passion.

This past summer, Rachel entered the sacred order of authorhood with the release of her first novel “Hag” which made it to #10 on the Amazon’s Women’s and Girl’s Literature list.

To find out what Rachel is up to you can check out her new site at: http://www.rachelrueben.com

A little Q & A with WRITE STAR Rachel:

1. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter was chapter 8 because it was the part where my heroine has to accept her new life as a vampire.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

I would say Mark Twain he was simple and honest in his work.  He taught without preaching down to the reader.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

I have no clue, I would like to believe my work is a culmination of all the books I’ve read.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

I learned to not force things and definitely not to chase trends.

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Yes, I generally write in the morning and  afternoon.  I also make sure all my chores and errands are done before I begin.   I don’t want any excuses .

6.  Tell me about your muse?

My muse is a funny little creature that likes to wake me up in the middle of the night with the darndest stories.  And when I’m wide awake she loses the ability to speak.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

My book was an abandoned work, a starter novel if you will.  So the hard part was picking up the pieces and reworking the project.

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yeah, this takes time as with any other career, you need to learn, practice and even explore.  Also, the business aspect is just as important as the artistic part.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with Apollonia, she was probably one of the most outrageous characters I’ve ever dreamed up.  I would like to go into her past and see what made her what she is in Eternal Bond.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment? 

The toughest criticism was when someone called me an amateur which I was at the time, but what surprised me most was that it came from another author.  Needless to say, I was disappointed that someone felt the need to do that.

The best compliment was when someone said they loved my book so much that they wanted to give it to their daughter.

To keep up-to-date on this WRITE STAR and read more of her work, please follow RACHEL RUEBEN on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachelRueben

Website:   http://www.rachelrueben.com

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RachelRueben

Blog: http://www.writingbytheseatofmypants.com

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786176.Rachel_Rueben

To learn more of Rachel’s stories click here:  http://rachelrueben.com/my-books/

rachels book    Coming Soon in 2013    

I interviewed with each one these amazing authors.

Check out their blogs to learn more about me.

 

Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

Kristen Duvall: http://www.kristenduvall.com/blog.html

Ruth Davis Hays:  http://jorthusbooks.wordpress.com/

Juli Morgan:  www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Karen Vaughan: www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Karina Gioertz: www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

 

The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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WRITE STAR

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S. A. HUSSEY

 

Hey wait…that’s me! 

That means I am on tour!

Today I am guesting (hopping) on the other WRITE STARS blogs.   Check me out and my interviews (each will be different) on their blogs below:

Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

Kristen Duvall: http://www.kristenduvall.com/blog.html

Ruth Davis Hays:  http://jorthusbooks.wordpress.com/

Juli Morgan:  www.julipagemorgan.com/blog

Karen Vaughan: www.karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com

Karina Gioertz: www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com

Rachel Rueben: http://www.rachelrueben.com