THURSDAY Threads Welcomes Rachel Sharpe

Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition and Lost Distinction, the first two novels in 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 in the Greater New Orleans area.

Lost Distinction Blurb:

“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…

Also, be sure to check out Jordan’s first case in Cold Ambition, available now on Amazon!


“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.

BUY LINK For “COLD AMBITION,” Book One of Jordan James, PI series:





THURSDAY Threads Welcomes Linda Pennell

Confederado do Norte by Linda Bennett Pennell

Genre: women’s fiction with romantic elements
Heat level: mild

Set during the aftermath of the American Civil War, Confederado do Norte tells the story of Mary Catherine MacDonald Dias Oliveira Atwell, a child torn from her war devastated home in Georgia and thrust into the primitive Brazilian interior where the young woman she becomes must learn to recreate herself in order to survive.

October, 1866.

Mary Catherine is devastated when her family emigrates from Georgia to Brazil because her father and maternal uncle refuse to accept the terms of Reconstruction following the Confederacy’s defeat. Shortly after arrival in their new country, she is orphaned, leaving her in Uncle Nathan’s care. He hates Mary Catherine, blaming her for his sister’s death. She despises him because she believes Nathan murdered her father. When Mary Catherine discovers Nathan’s plan to be rid of her as well, she flees into the mountain wilderness filled with jaguars and equally dangerous men. Finding refuge among kind peasants, she grows into a beauty, ultimately marrying the scion of a wealthy Portuguese family. Happiness and security seem assured until civil unrest brings armed marauders who have an inexplicable connection to Mary Catherine. Recreating herself has protected Mary Catherine in the past, but this new crisis will demand all of the courage, intelligence, and creativity she possesses simply to survive.

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Romance Writers Weekly: Book Boyfriends

The fabulous Sarah Hegger asked me to list my top three book boyfriends, and explain why I love them so much. Well, here we go.

1. Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series

The why of this is harder to pin down. Barrons is the ultimate bad boy: he’ll chew you up and spit you out (quite literally). He’s so far beyond alpha male that he’s an Omega–the last man you’ll ever have. Which, as I write, doesn’t sound appealing at all, but trust me, so is.

I think Barrons is one of those men that you either buy into right away or you never do. He’s not especially kind, but he’s magnetic. You’re either drawn to that or you’re not.

2. Smite Turner from Courtney Milan’s Unraveled.

I loved Smite from the first moment I met him. He was stiff and aloof, but brilliant, too. His past, his childhood was so awful, but he found a way to overcome it.

What I loved most about Smite is that he recognized that love wasn’t going to heal him, fix him, and make him whole. It changed him and made him a better man, but I felt like he remained essentially the same. Because underneath that cool demeanor beat the heart of a very good, if tortured, man, and by the end of the book, he let us see it.

3. Drummond Roak from Jodi Thomas’ The Lone Texan.

I loved Drum. I guess, in a way, this is the character who, of all the characters mentioned, reminds me the most of the man I married. Drum is an alpha male, but he’s a good guy with a very strict moral code. It might not be the most conventional moral code, but you know there are lines he won’t cross. He’s also willing to risk it all for the woman he loves, and he will be loyal to her until his dying day. There is something achingly romantic about that.

So there are my three. Why not stop in and see what LaNora Mangano has to say about her book boyfriends!