Showing posts with label My Writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Writing. Show all posts

Friday, August 28, 2015

Virgo's Vice Cover Reveal

I just received my cover for the next story in my Zodiac Series, Virgo's Vice. As always, Soul Mate Publishing's artists did an amazing job and captured the essence of the story, which is a romantic suspense thriller set in Africa. 


Lexie King can't believe she did this to herself -- she signed up to work as a camera operator in Allan Dockery's new survival type reality show.


She wanted to prove she could break her reliance on anti-anxiety meds, and make something of herself. But she had no way of knowing he would be there. The monster.


Now all she wants is to get away--as far away as possible. But how? They're one stop past nowhere in Africa.


When shocking events start to happen, she draws comfort from Jake, the producer's chocolate lab, and cowboy contestant Billy Murphy, who makes her laugh at the darkest of times, and heats up more than her heart with his touch...





Scheduled for release in October 2015.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Aquarius Addiction Cover Reveal

I;m getting excited about my next novel in the Zodiac Series, Aquarius Addiction, now that the cover is done.



FBI psychic Arlette's Xylander's life changes dramatically when her mysterious Aunt Lucie, whom she has never met, dies, and bequeaths two things to Arlette--her country home on the banks of Bayou LeGue, and an ancient spell book. 
Then, on the same day she meets hunky Andre Rossouw, her doctor tells her she's suffering from a terminal disease. 


The house holds many mysteries, including the ghosts she hears meeting in her dining room in the dark hours of the night, and why is there a gris-gris -- the talisman of a voodoo curse -- outside in her yard? Could it be something to do with the mysterious, cloaked woman she sees at her aunt's graveside?

She displays all the character traits of her star sign, Aquarius, being feisty, eccentric, freedom-loving, flirtatious, rebellious and unpredictable, and she determines two things; to beat the odds of the disease, and to have wild and passionate sex with Andre.

Then she finds out he's engaged.

Get the prologue, Arlette's Story absolutely free here.  


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Backwoods Boogie Countdown...

It's not long now before Backwoods Boogie is released by my publisher, Uncial Press on November 14th, 2014.  I will be hosting a launch party on Facebook and I'll give away free downloads of this and the prior books in the Redneck P.I. Series -- Redneck P.I and Kick Assitude.



Redneck P.I. has been off the market for a while in e-book format, and it will come back on the same day as Backwoods Boogie and with a brand new, very fancy cover. I think Twila looks pretty tough in it!



(The print version has not changed and will keep its old cover.)








BACKWOODS BOOGIE is getting not one but two covers. As you will see, in the two years that have passed since Redneck P.I. was released, Twila has grown her hair quite a bit and she wears it in a different style.
This is the third book in the Redneck P.I. Mystery Series.


Redneck P.I. Twila Taunton cannot believe she is working for Jimmie-Ray, the man who stood her up on her wedding day. But she can't allow gentle Pam Taylor to go to prison for a murder she did not commit. Twila sets out to hunt down the real killer, with the help of hacker and mean guitarist Gasser Cunha, her hard-drinking great aunt Essie, and office assistant LaMercy Howard, who reluctantly agrees to go Goth. When she discovers an illegal puppy mill, and a possible dog fighting ring, Twila calls on a vigilante biker gang and her long distance lover, Harland to help. 
Oh… and she might be pregnant. 

20% of the author's proceeds will be donated to the ASPCA to aid in their fight against the disgusting cruelty and deplorable conditions of illegal puppy mills in the US.



Click on the Link below to get your copy:





Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pre-Release Reviews for Backwoods Boogie

I'm very thankful for the wonderful people who have taken the time to read and review Backwoods Boogie, my upcoming third book on the Redneck P.I. Series. A couple of people are still reading it, and here are the ones that have been posted on Goodreads only because it won't be available on Amazon until November 14th.


Here is the pre-order link for Amazon:
Backwoods Boogie


Twila Taunton, redneck detective, reluctantly joins forces with her ex-fiancée to solve the mysterious murder of British resident, Janice Woodward.

Sensing an innocent woman was setup for the crime, Twila assembles a small group of trusted friends and specialists to dig deep and unearth the truth, and needs all her sass and guile to overcome the many challenges they hit along the way.

Backwoods Boogie, the third in the Redneck Series, is a fast-paced journey that spans America’s Deep South to the rainy reaches of Northern Europe, and keeps you reading on and guessing throughout. The characters are wonderfully vivid and you’re transported directly into their gritty setting, observing them first-hand as they slowly piece together the puzzle – but can they do it in time?

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys well-written detective stories and wily whodunits.


Lee Bullen, Author, UK

****

If you are looking for a delightful story packed full of an eclectic group of witty characters, Backwoods Boogie is the book for you.

Twila Taunton, self proclaimed detective of the Redneck P.I. Agency, is hired to help her friend Pam Taylor. Pam has been imprisoned for a murder Twila is sure she didn't commit. To make matters worse Pam's attorney is Jimmie-Ray, the man that left Twila standing at the alter.

Murder, Motorcycles, Aunts Gone Goth and Baby Scares, Oh My!

Flat out Fun! Trish Jackson once agains provides a captivating cast that will having you laughing out loud. A perfect balance of mystery, sexual spice and action makesBackwoods Boogie a wonderfully engaging read. 

Beth at Tome Tender Blog

****

I was pleasantly surprised by Backwoods Boogie. To be honest, I'm not usually a fan of real hard-core country books but for the most part I didn't mind it in this one. At times, Twila's rather butch demeanour did get on my nerves but the story was fast-paced enough that I quickly got over it. This book reminded me a little of Charlene Harris and her writing style so if you're a fan of hers you should enjoy this one.

I did quite like how the last page of every chapter contained a perspective from another character, it did fill in a lot of the plot and provide insight and depth into the characters. The supporting cast was fun.

I don't quite see why Twila had to travel to London, I think that was perhaps my least favourite part of the book but it was brief. The plot was captivating and action-packed for the rest of the book I thought.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It was fun and wild and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery with a hint of romance and a lot of crazy

Jules dePlume, Author

Thanks to those three wonderful people, and I'll be adding more when they come. Currently there are two others reading a pre-release version.


Monday, June 23, 2014

My Inteview on Blog Talk Radio

I had my first interview on Blog Talk Radio last night.  Trish Jackson, Capricorn Cravings on Writer's Alive with John Byk in the USA and and co-host Marta Merajver in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I have to admit I was I am not accustomed to speaking in public. My books are fiction and they don't address any one particular subject that I could travel around and speak about.

I had a blast, and I was so impressed with the questions both interviewers came up with, and in particular, Marta.

Here's a recording of the interview:

Trish Jackson and Capricorn Cravings 06/22 by John H Byk and Marta Merajver | Books Podcasts



Saturday, June 7, 2014

First Page - Aquarius Addiction by Trish Jackson

Aquarius Addiction

Trish Jackson

(To be released by my publisher Soul Mate Publishing just in time for Christmas 2014!)

CHAPTER 1

     "I am not dying," Arlette Xylander banged her hands on the steering wheel and yelled out loud. "I don't have to believe it." She dug in her handbag for a tissue and dabbed at the angry tears. She found a space, pulled to a halt in the parking lot and blew her nose. She let out a gut-wrenching sob and forced back others that wanted to follow.

     She sneered at herself in the mirror. "Get a grip. Now your face is a total mess."

     The label on the eyedrops said they would get the red out. She poured liberal amounts into both eyes, and with shaking hands, she wiped the mascara that had run down her cheeks, her jaw clamped tight. She had to stop her hands from shaking, but how? Her whole body was still reverberating from the shock. Her mouth was dry and her stomach clenched tight.

     She took a deep breath, and another. Would nothing slow down her racing heartbeats? She threw her head back and rested it on the back of the seat. Tears threatened again, but she forced them back.

     Still fighting to control her runaway emotions, she thrust her feet into the red high heel sandals and jumped down from the truck, dragging her handbag with her. She took a few more deep breaths and squared her shoulders.

     A few minutes later she entered the red brick FBI building on shaky legs, and, after showing her ID to security, headed for the elevator.

    She peered through the glass door of Chad Kingsley's office. Another man sat across from him, with his back to the door.

     She unclenched her fists and flexed her fingers, and took a few more deep breaths before she knocked. Chad lifted his gaze from the paperwork, and beckoned. She opened the door and stepped inside, closing it carefully behind her.

     "Arlette. Thanks for coming in so quickly. Let me introduce you." His open palm pointed to the stranger, who stood up and turned around to face her.

     His dark blonde untidy hair framed a square jaw and straight nose. He was heart-stoppingly handsome.

     "Andre Rossouw," his gray-green eyes flicked across her breasts before he lifted them to stare into her face. She noticed an old scar running from the corner of his right eye across his cheek. It didn't detract from his good looks, but rather it made him more interesting. Make that stand-and-stare-with-your-mouth-open handsome. She closed her mouth and took the offered hand.

     "This is Arlette Xylander," she heard Chad speak, but she felt like she was underwater. "The psychic I told you about."

     He held onto her hand for a few seconds more than necessary. "I didn't expect you to be so…" he said, and slowly released his grip.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Backwoods Boogie - Cover Reveal

Backwoods Boogie, the third in my Redneck Series of romantic suspense/comedy novels is due to be released by my publisher in the fall of 2014.


Redneck P.I. Twila Taunton cannot believe she is working for Jimmie-Ray, the man who stood her up on her wedding day.  But she can't allow gentle Pam Taylor to go to prison for a murder she did not commit. 

Twila sets out to hunt down the real killer, with the help of hacker and mean guitarist Gasser Cunha; her hard-drinking great aunt Essie; and office assistant LaMercy Howard, who reluctantly agrees to go Goth. 

When she discovers an illegal puppy mill, and a possible dog fighting ring, Twila calls on a vigilante biker gang and her long distance lover, Harland to help.


Oh… and she might be pregnant. 

Yesterday my editor sent me the cover concept and I love it!!


















I'm giving away FREE DOWNLOADS  of Redneck P.I. for a limited time. Click here

I discussed it on my recent posting on Sooz Buchanan's blog. http://susancbuchanan.blogspot.com/2014/05/guest-post-by-author-trish-jackson.html

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Every Writer Needs a Good Editor

"Trish is the corner man every author should have in the publishing ring." I was thrilled to get this wonderful review from Canadian Kevin Zdrill after I helped him with his newest novel Crazy Mixed-up World. (Click here to buy it on Amazon.com.)


"I found Trish by chance while searching the web for an individual who could provide my fiction novel a critical and polished editorial assessment. My chance discovery with Trish was an author’s dream. Trish is a caring, passionate individual with profound editorial skills, a tremendous depth of knowledge in the publishing industry and possesses an amazing warmth to go the extra mile teaching and assisting me with my book to bring it up to industry standards. Having Trish involved with my book validated it had reached its potential as a creditable novel.
A tremendous distinction that separates Trish from so many other editors is that she is a highly accomplished author. Her insight into the industry is timely and relevant.
Any author who has the ambition to elevate the polish of their novel will achieve this goal under the guidance of Trish and her services. My experience with Trish exceeds any university course on writing, marketing and publishing. Trish is a one room classroom that will teach an author on all the aspects required to help in the success of a challenging publishing world. Like any champion boxer, Trish is the corner man every author should have in the publishing ring."

:-)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meet my Main Character -- Twila, Redneck P.I.

Thank you so much Maggie Tideswell for inviting me to join this blog hop. Maggie's posting about her new main character in Ben: Roxanne's Ghost is here. She writes paranormal romance, and if you like things that go bump in the night, you'll love her stories.

My good friend Marta Merajver also asked me to participate and I let her down badly. She is a wonderful writer. Check out her post here.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? 

The story I am showcasing is Backwoods Boogie, the third in my Redneck P.I. Series. Twila Taunton is a redneck and proud of it, so proud that she has named her private investigation business REDNECK P. I. She is fictional, of course.

2) When and where is the story set? 

It takes place in today's world, in the small, Southern town of Quisby, Alabama.

3) What should we know about him/her? 

Twila is tough on those who do her wrong, but compassionate to the underdogs of her world. She is in love (but refuses to admit it) with hunky Harland O'Connor, but... he lives far away on his family farm in Nebraska.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? 

Due to some very steamy make-up sex in the barn with Harland, Twila thinks she may be pregnant, which would be a disaster for her because she is never getting married.  Jimmie-Ray, her childhood sweetheart stood her up on their wedding day and she will never put herself in that position again. Now she finds herself actually having to work for the asshole, despite all her best intentions. He is the attorney representing the gentle Brit, Pam Taylor, who has been set up as the perpetrator of a gruesome murder. Twila has no faith in Jimmie-Ray, and cannot allow Pam to go to jail for the rest of her life.

5) What is the personal goal of the character? 

Twila has to find the real killer so Pam can be exonerated. In the course of her investigation, she comes across an illegal puppy mill, where a large number of dogs are living in squalor with little food and no veterinary care. When one of the dogs looks into her eyes, she knows she has to rescue them, but going the legal route will take way too long. She calls on her quirky friends to help--Harley-riding Great Aunt Essie, master hacker, songwriter, and farter of note, Gasser Cunha, and her office assistant LaMercy with the big afro, who reluctantly agrees to go Goth.


6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

The title BACKWOODS BOOGIE will remain in force. There's more about it and the preceding two books in the series at my website. www.trishjax.com I'm also currently giving away FREE downloads of the first book in the series, Redneck P.I. for a limited time, details on my website.

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

My publisher, Uncial Press will release this story in the fall of 2014.

Five other wonderful writers will post their Meet my Main Character information on May 25th. Their blogs can be seen here:


Cynthia Ainsworthe  http://ainsworthe1.wordpress.com/ 
Diana Hawkins   http://dianamhawkins.blogspot.com/ 
Mary Patterson  Thornburg www.marypattersonthornburg.com
Anna Othitis  http://www.annaandfrankieothitis.com/







Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Great Pictures for Writers

Don't you just love the pictures on Facebook?  I don't know where people find them but I've been sharing them like crazy with other writers recently, and I thought why not share them on my blog?


This is the first one I really like. It hints at the power we hold in our hands--or should I say in our heads?




I liked this one so much I made it the header on my Twitter page. @trishajauthor 



This is particularly true when writing romance. You're far less likely to meet anyone in a salad bar. We all know alcohol does tend to make people bolder than normal. It also makes them do crazy things. And who wants to read about normal stuff?




Most writers I know are avid readers and I'm no exception.



Isn't this one SO apt? Once you're a writer, everything takes on a totally new meaning and you see things in a different light.



And this call to action is great. Life is such a blessing.  There are only three kinds of people in this world--those who make things happen, those who wait for things to happen, or those who wonder what happened.
Which one will you be?


Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Guest Post on Just Romantic Suspense

I'm thrilled to be on the Just Romantic Suspense blog, and I'm giving away two free copies of CAPRICORN CRAVINGS plus free downloads of the novelette that precedes it, RILEY'S STORY.


My post asks a question -- why do you love books by one author and can't read books by another? Why are some author's books addictive to you, but other readers don't enjoy them?

Here is how the post starts --

                                     Why?

Trish Jackson


Have you ever participated in (if you are a writer) or seen (if you are a reader) an interview on a blog, radio, TV or some other platform where this question came up—'Why should we buy your book?'

If it's a non-fiction book, the answer is simple. If your book is called 'How to Prevent Bullying', or 'How to Grow Roses', it's a no-brainer.

But what about fiction? What is it that compels us to buy one writer's works and not another? Why do we like certain books while we can't even finish others? Even if we like most romantic suspense stories, there are some that just don't have any appeal.

Why?


To read more please click on the link below. I'd love to hear your answers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Internet Friends - Are They for Real?

Before the Internet, (BE) people made friends the old fashioned way, by meeting them face to face.


Friendships bloomed between neighbors, school associates, co-workers, church goers and members of groups with common interests who gathered and met regularly.  Dating Services organized blind dates between likely candidates. We usually lived close to our friends.

Face to face meetings meant we assessed others by their physical appearance, their voice, and the conversations we had with them.

Today, we meet people online. They may belong to a group we have joined and therefore have a common interest, they may wish to become a business contact on LinkedIn, or they can ask to be your friend on Facebook or other social media. If you join a dating site, you no longer have to endure the old fashioned blind date. You can swap pictures and emails and never know one another's residential address. 

Today, our friends can live anywhere in the world. We may never hear their voice but feel that we know them intimately after exchanging emails for a while. We've seen their pictures and we've shared some of our more private stories with them, yet we don't know what they really look like or even if the pictures we’ve seen are legitimate.

One can understand why scams have multiplied exponentially in recent years. Most of us have a lot of faith in our fellow humans and just because they seem nice in their emails, we think we can trust them.
So how do we tell if someone is genuine or not?

The answer is we don't. Online scams have caught hundreds, probably hundreds of thousands of people in the past few years.


And yet, despite it all, I still feel an emotional connection with certain people I have met online. I feel their pain when they suffer, and rejoice with them when something good happens to them. I know my life would be poorer if the Internet had never been invented and I truly cherish all the wonderful friends I have, scattered all over the world.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Writing Process - Romantic Suspense

I was invited by Marie Lavender to take place in this Writing Process blog tour.  She is a romance writer who focuses on historical romance. Her Heiress in Love series is a must read for all romance readers who enjoy reading what was once known as 'bodice rippers'. Here's a link to her books.


What am I working on?
Romantic suspense is my genre and I usually write about small towns and country folk, and their pets -- and often my stories are set in Africa. 
Capricorn Cravings was released in February 2014 by Soul Mate Publishing. This is the first on my Zodiac Series where each heroine will belong to a different star sign and display the characters associated with that sign of the zodiac. 
The second in the series, Aquarius Addiction, is completed and I've entered the manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. So far I've made it to the second round so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I'm currently working on the third, working title 'The Reality Show'. I originally planned to keep the series in the order the zodiac signs are usually presented, but Lexie King is most definitely a Virgo and she wouldn't let me make her anything else. Lexie is a camera operator, and when her boss, producer Allan Dockery pushes her out of the aircraft with the other contestants she knows something is wrong. Okay, so she has a parachute on, and she signed up to work on the show in Zambia in Africa, but she didn't think she would be treated the same as the contestants. Then she discovers the monster who abused her as a child is one of them. When people start being killed, the only thing that keeps her sane is the comforting presence of the cute cowboy Billy Murphy.

 How does my work differ from others of the same genre?
I don't think anyone has ever done a series using the signs of the zodiac in romantic suspense. 

 Why do I write what I do?
 I grew up in Zimbabwe, where life was an adventure and there was a time when I had to keep a loaded UZI by my side at all times in case of an attack by armed insurgents. I think this probably helped to create my love of suspense and thrillers. I'm also an incurable romantic--hence romantic suspense. 
I also write a series about Twila Taunton, a redneck private investigator, which is a little crazy, politically incorrect and definitely in bad taste. Why? It gives me freedom of speech.

  How does your writing process work?
I am a 'pantser', which means I write by the seat of my pants. An idea forms in my head. I mull it over for a few days, then I sit down at the computer and start typing. No careful plotting or planning. That comes later when I need everything to work out in the timeline I've created. 
There is no greater adrenalin rush for a writer than to sit at a computer and start working on the next story.

Here is a link to my books on Amazon and my website www.trishjax.com 

These are the wonderful authors who will follow me on this tour:


http://www.petersavagenovels.com/

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Tragedy of Puppy Mills in the U.S. and How You Can Help

If you love animals, you have probably stopped at a pet store to pet the adorable puppies and kittens. Sadly, very often these are the progeny of puppy mill parents that live in appalling conditions, where the owners are only concerned with making money and have no empathy for the dogs they use for breeding.

So what exactly is a puppy mill?
It is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where the welfare of the breeding animals is not taken into consideration. One or more of the following are common:
1.       The animals are kept in small wire cages, often stacked on top of one another, and are never taken out for exercise. They are forced to urinate and defecate in their cages and it is rarely or never cleaned up.
2.       The cages are located outdoors or under a roof where heating or cooling is not provided, no matter how hot or cold the weather conditions.
3.       The animals are not given adequate food and water.
4.       The bitches are bred as often as possible until they are physically unable to reproduce, at which time they are killed.
5.       No veterinary treatment is given to the animals.
6.       The dogs are not protected from parasites.

The Federal Animal Welfare Act requires breeders with more than three breeding female dogs, and who sell puppies to pet stores or middlemen, called puppy-brokers, are required to be licensed and inspected by the US Department of Agriculture.

You may be disgusted to hear federal law allows a dog to be kept in a cage only six inches longer than the dog in each direction, with a wire floor and stacked on top of another cage. Fortunately additional animal anti-cruelty laws are administered on a state-by-state basis, and many states have imposed stricter guidelines for dog breeding operations, plus greater penalties for cruelty to animals. Sadly, others only offer the bare minimum of protection as dictated by the federal government.
I would never have found out about puppy mills if I hadn't adopted a dog from a rescue society.
My little Yorkshire Terrier, Purdy was rescued together with more than 100 other dogs from a puppy mill in Arkansas.
When the number of dogs rescued is too great to be accommodated by local rescue facilities, a wonderful organization called Pilots n' Paws flies them to rescue societies in other parts of the country. http://pilotsnpaws.org/
Most members of the public have no knowledge of puppy mills and the extent of the suffering these poor dogs go through. I certainly didn't until I went online and searched for 'puppy mills'.  You can do your own search but I've placed some links at the end of this article. Be warned, if you love dogs this information will bring tears to your eyes.
My beautiful little Purdy was emaciated, suffering from heartworm, filthy, and almost dead when they saved her. Her teeth were falling out because of malnutrition and calcium deficiency. She was also terrified of everything and everyone. The rescuers and their dedicated staff of veterinarians treated her for heartworm and other parasites, spayed her, and pulled the loose teeth. They guessed her age was around 10 to 12, but she was so debilitated she looked more like 14. Now we know she was probably actually only six.
Her health problems, caused by the way she was abused, will never totally end.  She's been diagnosed with a mass on her pancreas, and can never eat fat. We've fed her all sorts of supplements and a special organic diet and her immune system, once non-existent, has slowly begun to recover. It's been a hard seven years; emotionally draining for us, and physically tough for her, but finally, things seem to be turning around for her. She has picked up a half pound in weight, which is a lot for a dog under 10 lbs, and she sometimes goes for long spells without throwing up. I had never heard her bark until a few months ago—she was too timid. She is certainly the most loving dog I've ever owned. She expresses her love by pressing her head into me or by just gazing into my face.
It's hard to imagine how many more Purdy's are out there.  
The Humane Society of the United States http://www.humanesociety.org/ and the ASPCA http://www.aspca.org/ are doing all they can to spread the word and educate people not to purchase puppies from pet stores.
The great thing is, every single person, including you, can make a difference. Here's how:
1.       Spread the word about puppy mills – start by sharing this article on the social networks and with everyone on your mailing list. Even if you don't really care for dogs, great satisfaction often comes from knowing you've done a good deed.
2.       Go to the Humane Society website and sign the pledge. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6041&s_src=web_86162527
3.       Educate people –  tell your friends why they shouldn't buy puppies from pet stores. Make sure they are aware that puppies bred in puppy mills are a bad investment because they are often inbred and unhealthy. Suggest to them that before making a commitment, they ask for the name and address of the breeders who supply the puppies, and make a point of checking up on them.
4.       If you live in a rural area and hear a large number of dogs barking from a single location, make it your mission to find out if the owner of the property is licensed to keep dogs and that they have been inspected by the local US Department of Agriculture inspector. While anti-cruelty agencies and organizations work to ferret out illegal puppy mills and close them down, others are brought to justice by the diligent efforts of animal lovers, many of whom place themselves in danger by posing as buyers or puppy brokers so they can gain access to the breeding facilities. (Please do not take this risk. Go to your local authorities.)
5.       Consider getting your next pet from your local animal shelter or a rescue organization. They offer hundreds of pets that may otherwise lose their lives if nobody claims them. If you particularly want a pedigreed dog with papers, look to bona-fide breeders and visit their premises before making a purchase.
6.       Give a donation. No matter how small, it will be put to good use. The veterinary treatment for dogs rescued from puppy mills runs into the hundreds of thousands.
7.       Consider being a dog foster parent. You'll be asked to keep one or more rescued dogs at your home and socialize them to ready them for adoption.
I love all animals, and I try to always incorporate some sort of animal in my writing. In Backwoods Boogie, the third book in my Redneck Series, which is still in the draft stages, redneck P.I. Twila Taunton rescues several dogs from an illegal puppy mill. I'm thrilled to have come up with a way to bring to people's attention the appalling conditions these dogs have to endure.
The book will be published in the fall of 2014, but you can contact me to sign up to pre-order it or ask to be notified when it's available on my website: http://www.trishjax.com

More info about puppy mills: (Get the tissues ready – the first one is really graphic).


(This story first appeared on The Write Room Blog in August, 2013)
http://www.thewriteroomblog.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The results of the first round picks for the ABNA were posted today and I'm totally thrilled that my novel, Aquarius Addiction,  has qualified.


This portion of the competition was judged solely on the pitch. The judges didn't read any part of the manuscript. Here's mine:

Aquarius Addiction
Anyone who thinks God doesn't have a macabre sense of humor answer this—why did he bring Andre Rossouw into Arlette's life on the same day her doctor told her she was about to die?
Attractive FBI Psychic Arlette Xylander displays all the character traits of her star sign, Aquarius, being feisty, eccentric, freedom-loving, flirtatious, rebellious and unpredictable. She may be only five feet tall, but she epitomizes the old adage that dynamite comes in small packages.
Her emotions rage between denial, anger and tears when her doctor tells her she is suffering from a rare terminal disease.  When hunky Andre Rossouw asks her to help find his sister who has been missing for four years, Arlette makes two decisions. To beat the disease and find a cure, and to have wild and passionate sex with him.
Then she finds out he has a fiancée.
Arlette's country home on the banks of Bayou LeGue was left to her by her mysterious aunt Lucie, whom she never met, and whom her dysfunctional parents have never been willing to discuss. She often wakes in the dark hours of the night to hear ghostly voices downstairs, and wishes she could find out who they are and what they want.
A mysterious letter arrives from her aunt, hinting at a secret in the house, and her friend, Reay, agrees to research her home's recorded archives, while Arlette plans to dig into her family history. She starts by visiting her aunt's grave, where she finds a mysterious woman wearing a hooded cloak, who leaves in a hurry.  Arlette's instincts tell her the woman holds the answers to all her questions, but how can she find her?

 There are five categories and my book is one of 400 finalists in the romance category. In the next round they'll take a look at the synopsis. I have my fingers and toes crossed. I know my book is well-written and different, but luck does come into the mix, because judges are all human and they have their own opinions, likes and dislikes.


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The second round is judged on 5,000 word excerpt, specifically 
a) Overall Strength of Excerpt, b) Prose/Style,

c) Plot/Hook, d) Originality of Idea. 
The top 100 from each genre will advance to the quarter finals. These excerpts will be posted where Amazon customers can download them, read them, and write a review on them.
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If anyone is interested, I got this from an ABNA discussion board.
TWITTER PITCH TO AGENTS - On May 25th, 2014, between 8am and 8pm (not sure if that is US Eastern or Pacific time) tweet a blurb for you novel and use #pitmad. Agents will be monitoring the tweets.



Friday, February 21, 2014

Wow! Two Novels in One Year!

I'm thrilled that I managed to write two full length novels in 2013, and finish Capricorn Cravings, which was published in February 2014.


Aquarius Ardor is the second in my Zodiac Series, in which each main character displays the traits of her star sign. 



Aquarius Ardor

"Anyone who thinks God doesn't have a macabre sense of humor answer this—why did he bring Andre Rossouw into Arlette's life on the same day her doctor told her she was about to die?

Attractive FBI Psychic Arlette Xylander displays all the character traits of her star sign, Aquarius, being feisty, eccentric, freedom-loving, flirtatious, rebellious and unpredictable. She may be only five feet tall, but she epitomizes the old adage that dynamite comes in small packages.

Her emotions rage between denial, anger and tears when her doctor tells her she is suffering from a rare terminal disease. When hunky Andre Rossouw asks her to help find his sister who has been missing for four years, Arlette makes two decisions. To beat the disease and find a cure, and to have wild and passionate sex with him.

Then she finds out he has a fiancée.

Arlette's country home on the banks of Bayou LeGue was left to her by her mysterious aunt Lucie, whom she never met, and whom her dysfunctional parents have never been willing to discuss. She often wakes in the dark hours of the night to hear ghostly voices downstairs, and wishes she could find out who they are and what they want.

A mysterious letter arrives from her aunt, hinting at a secret in the house, and her friend, Reay, agrees to research her home's recorded archives, while Arlette plans to dig into her family history. She starts by visiting her aunt's grave, where she finds a mysterious woman wearing a hooded cloak, who leaves in a hurry. Arlette's instincts tell her the woman holds the answers to all her questions, but how can she find her?"

I have yet to find a publisher for this story.
Capricorn Cravings is the first in the Zodiac Series.
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The second book I wrote is the third in my Redneck series.


Backwoods Boogie

"It goes against all her principles when Redneck P.I. Twila Taunton accepts a case from local attorney Jimmie-Ray, the person she despises more than anyone else in the world, but she simply can't let the harmless, soft-spoken Brit Pam Taylor be convicted of a murder she clearly did not commit.

She flies in master hacker and computer expert Gasser Cunha, who brings his guitar and joins a local band.

They find they have two suspects. One requires a trip to England. The other is a local, and when Twila discovers he is abusing several dogs he has locked up in his barn, she calls on her long distance boyfriend, Harland. "Have to save those dogs," she tells him.

There's only one problem. The suspect's crazy Goth girlfriend, Xyla. Twila begs her office manager, LaMercy and Great Aunt Essie to do whatever it takes to gain access into the property.

Oh, and Twila thinks she could be pregnant."

This is the sequel to Kick Assitude


My publisher Uncial Press plans to release this sometime in the fall of 2014.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Woman with a Past, Indecision, and Murder

Here's the first review for my new romantic suspense, Capricorn Cravings from Ruth Ann Hicks:


Trish Jackson has done it again. She's written one of her superior mysteries with all the action and tension as the rest of her work. Capricorn Cravings has a daring set of characters that one would expect from Trish. 

Riley is a woman with a past that she doesn't want anyone to know about. She moved the the mountains of Colorado to take over the practice of a retiring veterinarian. Then her assistant disappears. She doesn't know who she can trust. So she decides to do a little investigating on her own. She meets a mysterious man who lives in a camp in the woods. Is he a government agent like he tells her or is he a serial killer? Add to that, a man she met in town is determined to make her his girl. She is turned off by his heavy drinking and crass behavior. 

She must decide which man she wants. And then her new assistant disappears.

 This book will keep you up at night. It did me. I finished it at 4 a.m. It was just so compelling, I couldn't put it down.


BUY IT HERE FOR $2.99

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Capricorn Cravings New Romantic Suspense

I am thrilled that my romantic suspense Capricorn Cravings was released today by Soul Mate Publishing.


The only thing missing from Riley Shaughnessy's life is a man. She has a thriving veterinary practice, a home she loves, and has managed to put her dark past behind her.

Everything is turned upside down when hunky Powell Stewart arrives and overhears her saying she needs to get laid. Could he be the serial killer who killed her young assistant Jamie? She can't help being attracted to him despite the warnings in her daily horoscope.


Buy it today on Amazon at the link below: