Hello Passionate Readers! Today I have a guest, crime author Rachel Sharpe. Her stories unfold like movies. A PI flick that would make any film noir buff proud. Read on to learn about Rachel and her fascination with film!
FASCINATION OF FILM
Whether it’s the big screen or small one, there is something about film that draws interest, captivating an audience like nothing else. From comedies and tragedies to everything in between, people love stories and enjoy watching them performed. While this love affair can be traced back to Shakespeare, the ancient Greeks, and even further than that, all in the form of plays, with the introduction of film came a level of enjoyment few other mediums, apart from books, have ever reached.
I, too, share this passion. I have always enjoyed movies, especially the old black and white classics. My husband and I recently visited southern California and took several studio tours and it was from those tours the idea originated that Jordan James could solve a murder on the set of a television show. People love watching movies and television shows, but few have the opportunity to witness them being made.
I took what I learned on this trip to help flesh out the reality of the action that goes on behind the scenes of a television show. Add in one murder, a gorgeous location, in this case the Rocky Mountains, and an eager PI, and you have Bitter Retribution, book three of the Jordan James, PI series. Lights, camera, action!
BITTER RETRIBUTION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK THREE)
“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?
BITTER RETRIBUTION EXCERPT
“Maybe it’ll be okay?” he repeated, his green eyes widening. “Have you decided to eighty-six common sense? Jordan, you watched somebody die today! You yourself said he was murdered. What makes you think everything’s gonna be all sunshine and lollipops with a killer on the loose?”
Amazon link for “BITTER RETRIBUTION” http://www.amzn.com/B015YS0O94
See below for more from the Jordan James, PI Series – COLD AMBITION and LOST DISTINCTION!!!
COLD AMBITION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK ONE)
“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?
COLD AMBITION EXCERPT
Perilously perched on the edge of a high-rise that offered a spectacular view of Faneuil Hall is most certainly not how I pictured my untimely demise. Call me old-fashioned, but I was kind of hoping to go out in a more peaceful manner. Unfortunately, things don’t happen exactly how you plan them, especially when your chosen profession has the uncanny ability to thrust you into the icy hands of Death. I stood there, inching toward the edge, wondering how it came to this point. But forgive me; I have a tendency to digress. Let me start at the beginning.
Amazon link for “COLD AMBITION” http://www.amzn.com/B00L2OLQPG/
LOST DISTINCTION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK TWO)
“It all started with a favor…”
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…
LOST DISTINCTION EXCERPT
“So, when was the last time you saw Arthur?” I asked as the guys cheered when one of Stuart’s sons scored a touchdown with George’s help.
Michelle stared past the men. “I guess the last time I saw him was at Easter. Since Mr. and Mrs. Cross couldn’t make it back from London in time, we went over to Stuart’s house in Falmouth. I was surprised to see him there.”
“Why? Does he usually avoid family holidays?”
She clapped when Rick carried one of the twins over the “goal line” for a touchdown. She looked back at me and shrugged. “To be honest, I haven’t seen Arthur many times in all the years I’ve been married to Eddie. He lives and works in Middletown but just always seems too busy to come around. Eddie never gave me specifics, but I think Arthur tries to stay away from his family for some reason.”
“He didn’t say why?”
“No,” she shook her head. “Can’t say I blame him…”
I found myself more confused every time I learned more about this situation. As I sat there, I considered all the things I knew as fact. First, Arthur Cross was missing and had been missing for several days. Second, his family was concerned enough about his disappearance that they felt it necessary for his parents to fly in from London, but they did not want to involve the police as it might generate unwanted publicity. Third, they were going to a lot of trouble pretending like nothing was wrong.
I looked across the yard and saw the Crosses watching their children and grandchildren with absolute enjoyment. The last thing I knew was by far the most troubling fact of all. As I sat there, it became crystal clear that this family was hiding a secret. What I didn’t know at the time was how great the secret was and how many lives its revelation would affect, including my own.
Amazon link for “LOST DISTINCTION” http://www.amzn.com/B00Q5OGCS4
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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