The Write Cast – episode 10

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It’s the most wonderful time for the year – unless you have to shop for somebody who is hard to buy for.

Let Drew Kozub, J.H. Moncrieff, and I help you with that. The Write Cast is pleased to present Gifts for Book Lovers as a free podcast.

In case you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing (but you should, because we had a lot of fun with this one), let me sum up. You can never go wrong with post-its 🙂

Relaunch and new covers

Screen Idol and Drama Queen are coming back.   And Drama Queen has a gorgeous new cover!

Publishing changes meant that Screen Idol and Drama Queen disappeared for a few days but they are back now. If you’d like to pick them up, they’ll be reappearing at various vendors over the next few days. I’ll put up links as I have them.

Screen Idol: Amazon US

Drama Queen: Amazon US

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The Write Cast – episode 9

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It’s November. If you are a writer, you know what that means. NaNoWriMo! or National Novel Writing Month to the uninitiated. For the next thirty days, tens of thousands of people around the world will try to complete a 50,000 word novel in a month.

Drew Kozub, J.H. Moncrieff and I have all participated before. I am the only one who hasn’t successfully finished, but there’s always this time. Check out our past wins and losses, and our plans for this year in this month’s NaNoWriMo podcast on Soundcloud.

If you are attempting this great feat as well, feel free to add me as a friend. I’m on the NaNoWriMo.org site as ElleRush. I’ll be working on Action Hero, book 5 in my Hollywood to Olympus series.

ENTRAP is live!

entrap-21Mackie and Leandra are ready to meet you. But are you ready for them? The action-packed follow-up to Pursuit is out!

Sergeant Oliver Mackie doesn’t have time for reporters, but he’s making an exception for Leandra Northman. Not because she’s so hot he should arrest her for indecency, but because she might have information he needs to identify the Calendar Killer, a serial murderer who has been terrifying Winnipeg for months.

Leandra needs a source if she’s going to get a seat at the anchor desk. Mackie is the perfect pipeline into the biggest story to hit the city in decades, but she won’t sacrifice him for her career. Not that it matters: even as they get close physically, she can’t break through emotionally.

After the case explodes publicly, Mackie is stunned when it appears Leandra leaked classified information to put herself in the spotlight. Leandra is determined to prove her innocence, and Mackie must decide if catching the bad guy really means he can’t catch a bad girl too.

Get ENTRAP today at Amazon US, Amazon Canada, iTunes US, iTunes Canada, Kobo US, Kobo Canada, Barnes and Noble, ScribD.

Happy Hallowe’en

large_transparent_halloween_pumpkin_with_black_cat_clipartHello, boos and ghouls. I wish you a very happy Hallowe’en, whether you are handing out the candy, or are out collecting it.

In case you have some time between trick-or-treaters, may I suggest Decker and Joy from the Crazy Cat Ladies collection? Four adorable kittens, a surly PI, and a woman determined to keep them all together at the end of October. (It may also have Elvis, but I’m not telling.)

Available at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon UK, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo

Entrap – sneak peek

entrap-21With a week to go before ENTRAP is released, I thought I’d be mean and give you just a little taste of Leandra and Mackie’s story.

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Chapter One

Leandra

“Come on, Sergeant Mackie, give me one minute.” Leandra Northman trotted alongside her prey. She wasn’t short, but Sergeant Oliver Mackie was well over six feet, and it took her two steps to keep up with one of his.

“Miss Northman, I can’t comment on active cases. You know that. Talk to the Public Information Office,” Mackie replied without losing speed.

She had less than twenty metres to make him stop. Mackie was one of the most approachable detectives she’d dealt with since she began her career with Central and Western Canada Broadcasting. He’d never played shy before. “Don’t you want to tell the public that the Winnipeg Police Service is working hard to solve these horrible murders? Or that you are following up on all leads? Or how glad you are that the Calendar Killer’s latest victim is recovering from her brutal attack?”  A mutual friend of theirs, Bree Collingswood, was the first woman to survive an assault.

Mackie stopped in his tracks and then whirled on her. His usually pale face was tomato-red under his copper hair. Leandra didn’t want to piss off a potential source to the point where he blew his top, but getting anything on camera was better than going back to the studio empty-handed. He stared down at her and through grinding teeth said, “One, that was really low. And two, you need talk to the PIO about ongoing cases.”

Ten metres. If she wanted something to put on the air, she needed to switch gears. “Okay, I promise not to ask you about the Calendar Killer case. How do you feel about the rumours that the Crown is considering a significant sentence reduction for former WPS Sergeant Ryan Zane in exchange for his testimony in a case related to his own gun-smuggling conviction?” she asked.

“Excuse me?”

“I’ve been up to Stony Mountain Penitentiary twice, and I haven’t been his only visitor. Somehow I don’t think Crown Attorney Courtney Fournier is going up there for the scintillating conversation.”

That earned Leandra a reaction she didn’t expect. “I’ll have to get back to you on that one,“ Mackie said.

Mackie continued up the front stairs of the station, leaving Leandra standing in the middle of the sidewalk. Her cameraman, Gabriel Ocampo, lifted the camera off his shoulder. “That was a bust.”

“No, it wasn’t,” Leandra argued. Mackie had given her a lot with his non-answers. She couldn’t use any of it for broadcast but she had plenty to follow up on.

The Winnipeg Police Service was currently dealing with a matched set of public relations black eyes: the Calendar Killer, and Ryan Zane. The former was an ongoing case. The latter was supposed to be resolved, and the department wanted it to be swept under the carpet until it faded from the news and community memory.

Mackie should have been surprised by her question. Shocked, even. Nobody liked dirty cops.

Ryan Zane was no exception.

He had been the inside man for the Nasty Boyz, a local gang who’d run the illegal gun trade in Winnipeg for several years. Then Zane had blown his own carefully-constructed cover in a raid gone bad. He’d tried to get another officer to take the fall, but Sergeant Eric Parker had proven his innocence and taken him down instead. Leandra had covered Zane’s trial and subsequent conviction. All that was left was his sentencing hearing, which had been postponed twice. Leandra had tracked Crown prosecutors to Stony Mountain Penitentiary prior to both delays. She knew something was up, but she didn’t have the details. Yet. Which was why she was digging for more information.

But that problem was more or less contained. Zane wasn’t in a position to do any more damage. His was an interesting story, but it wasn’t the primary one on everybody’s mind.

The Calendar Killer was the man of the moment. With six attacks and five kills to his name, the whole city was on pins and needles waiting for him to strike again. That time was coming soon. The serial killer got his name from picking his curvy, brunette victims on the twenty-first of the month.

They had a week to go.

Leandra was safe, relatively speaking. Her blonde hair and thin, tall frame didn’t match his victim preferences. Knowing that didn’t make her feel any better, though, as the twenty-first drew closer.

With no other cops in sight who would be inclined to talk to her, Leandra told Gabriel to drive back to the studio while she made notes.

“Do you think Sergeant Mackie knows anything?” Gabriel asked.

“About what? The Calendar Killer or the Zane sentencing agreement?”

“Either.”

“Yeah, he definitely knows something,” Leandra said.

“Like what?”

She knew he wouldn’t spill his guts about the Calendar Killer case on the station steps. The police always held information back in cases like that. He was too good a cop not to. It bothered her that he hadn’t been upset to hear about Zane. It was like he’d already heard the rumours. It made her wonder what he knew, and what she could do to convince him to share his sources. “That’s what I’m going to find out.”

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To make sure you get your copy as quickly as possible, get your pre-order at Amazon US, Amazon Canada, iTunes US, iTunes Canada, Kobo US, Kobo Canada, Barnes and Noble, and ScribD.

 

Introducing DECKER AND JOY

ccl-coverIt’s here! It’s here! DECKER AND JOY: A North Pole Unlimited Romance is part of “Crazy Cat Ladies” – a collection of nine stories, each starring a cat lady who finds love thanks to her feline companions.

My entry is the first story in my North Pole Unlimited series.

Jaded P.I. Decker Harkness must track down a missing prototype if he wants a shot at a corporate security contract with the mysterious North Pole Unlimited. Sexy cat shelter manager Joy McCall has her own investigation running – she needs to figure out who broke into Kitten Caboodle and made off with her foster kittens before she can decide if she wants to leave her hometown – and potential new man – for a new job. They’ll have to work together to get the happy ending they both deserve.

AND there are eight other stories. AND it’s only $0.99 for now.  What a purr-fect combination of events for hours of enjoyment. (Catnip not included.)

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The Write Case – episode 8

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Just in time for Hallowe’en, J. H. Moncrieff, Drew Kozub and I talk about horror. Mostly books, but some movie references make an appearance.

This month, The Write Cast chat about all things spooky and scary as they delve into crafting the feeling of fear in writing. Discussions of monsters, horror tropes, and classic characters weave into this month’s discussion. What do you find to be the most unsettling, unnerving, and downright scary when you’re reading or writing?