Showing posts with label romantic suspense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label romantic suspense. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rview - Target for Terror by L.A. Iding

Fast-paced, thrilling and sexy.

Natalia Sokolova is the critical care nurse assigned to the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia after he has been shot on US soil. He appears to recognize the unique pendant she is wearing around her neck – the one that could help lead her to her Russian birth mother. He claims he was shot by an FBI agent, but before she can find out more, he dies.

Natalia's life is catapulted into confusion and terror. When she arrives home that evening her house blows up in front of her eyes. She races to get help from her friend, Ivan, only to find him brutally murdered.

Enter tall, dark and handsome ex FBI agent, Sloan Dryer, now a private security specialist, who had been hired to protect the Russian diplomat.  He meets Natalia in the hospital, and when he sees her burning home on TV, he knows it cannot be a coincidence. He sets out to find her. It doesn't take much for him to realize her life is in grave danger, and he becomes her self-appointed protector.

They spend the next few days running from their ruthless pursuers who leave a bloody trail behind them. But who wants Natalia dead? And why?  And can Sloan control the burning desire he feels for Natalia?

If you like fast-paced action with hot, passionate romance, you won't be able to put this book down.

My rating: ☻☻☻☻1/2 (Four and a half happy faces = 4 1/2  stars.)

I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

First Draft Completed -- Phew!

Today I am celebrating the completion of the first draft of my next romantic suspense thriller. The working title is The Reality Show, and it is about a reality show gone very wrong.

Here's the first Page sneak preview:

The Reality Show 
by Trish Jackson

This is the craziest thing that's ever happened to me. I am shaking so bad I can hardly breathe and I think I'm gonna throw up.  I glance back at Joel. He gives me an encouraging smile. He looks cool and composed.
"Your turn, Lexie," the Old Man says.
I swallow and wipe my sweating hands on my jeans. My legs feel like jelly and I just want to sit down before I pass out.
"Go on," he gives me a gentle nudge with his hand on my back.
I take a very small step forward, toward the yawing hole in the aircraft. "I can't," I say to him. My voice doesn't seem to work.
It comes out in a whisper.
I'm about to step back and hand in my resignation—anything but this—when I hear the voice. The voice I never, ever wanted to hear again.
The one that haunts my nightmares.  
A far greater fear grips my whole body.
I start shaking all over.
It cannot be him.
But I know that voice.
I could never ever forget that voice.
So many things rip through my mind I almost collapse. He can't be here. I know it's not possible, but that voice…
I look down at my hand. My knuckles are white where I hold onto the side of a seat. I turn and scan the faces behind me. He's not here. It's just the fear of having to jump out of an aircraft that's making me hallucinate.

I try to swallow. My mouth is too dry and my throat feels like it has a lump the size of a baseball in it...

The story is set in Africa, in terrain like this.

This piece still has a long way to go before it will be published, but I'm very excited to have the story down. Now all I have to do is work through it and make it better. IT's the longest first draft I've ever written -- 202 pages. Usually they run around 150 pages.

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!)


     "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, June 5, 2014

Another Great Review for Capricorn Cravings

Capricorn Cravings

Review by Christina Renee

Mystery -- Intrigue -- Action

The book starts of with a bang rather quickly and from that moment, Trish Jackson weaves a tale that keeps you hooked and guessing the next move. The main character, Riley Shaughnessy, finds her quiet world turned upside down in the ensuing chaos. A man has been shot; there's no evidence. An assistant goes missing; Riley is a person of interest.

When you first meet Riley, she's quietly meditating in her "spot" when gunshots ring out. Someone falls near her, and once she hears no one is coming towards her, she starts to crawl towards the injured individual. As a veterinarian, she at least can assess injuries and see if she can help. Unfortunately, she has a habit of speaking her mind aloud, so while assessing injuries, she also starts vocalizing her thoughts on the person in front of her. Alas, he wakes and enjoys the commentary, much to her embarrassment. She informs him she's going to get help, but when she returns, the man has disappeared.

I wont give away more, but I loved how Jackson wove the plot so that you were constantly trying to figure out "who did it" and what would become of Riley, the town, and of those caught in the crossfire. The astrological aspect of the novel was a really nice touch, as there are many people who give credence to what is said in horoscopes and will make decisions, consciously and unconsciously, in relation to those predictions. It also gave Jackson a way to tie in the serial killer.

When I first saw the cover, I figured this would be an intense romance with a little murder and mystery. I was pleasantly surprised by the focus more on the characters, the story line, and the interlacing of romance. It was tasteful, fun, playful, and there were areas of dark and violence. I loved it.

All in all, a highly recommended read. Fast paced easy read that you can do in a few hours if you have the time! I look forward to reading more from Trish Jackson in the future.

Get a FREE Download of my novelette and prologue to this novel, Riley's Story

More info Here

Amazon Link to Capricorn Cravings

Thank you so much Christina -- I really appreciate this lovely review.

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.

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. 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 
Diana Hawkins 
Mary Patterson  Thornburg
Anna Othitis

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 --


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.


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

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 

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