Blog Minion Note:
C.P. is nearing the end of her latest novel and won’t mind if I sneak in to let people know her last release was shortlisted for a Lammy.
Congratulations to all the amazing finalists!
25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists
1. Ill Will, J.M. Redmann, Bold Strokes Books
2. Jacob’s War, C.P. Rowlands, Bold Strokes Books
3. Lemon Reef, Robin Silverman, Bold Strokes Books
4. Molly: House on Fire, R. E. Bradshaw, R. E. Bradshaw Books
5. Rest for the Wicked, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books
More news on the release date for the next book when it becomes available.
Virtual Living Room this weekend…
“Just a reminder that beginning this Friday, November 2 and continuing through Monday, November 5, C.P. Rowlands will be with us in the VLR with a Spot On her latest book, “Jacob’s War.” It is a wonderful book and C.P. has graciously agreed to post the first two chapters, as well as links to the trailer and other information on the book. Be on the lookout for that posting, especially if you haven’t read the book. And get ready with your questions beginning on Friday.
C.P. is pretty well know here in the VLR, but just in case you are new to her and her work, here is the description off her publisher’s (Bold Strokes Books) website: https://rowlandscrowsnest.wordpress.com “
For the: Video Book Trailer
Recently, I’ve had a number of questions about the research for my recent book, “Jacob’s War”, and, I hope to have the opportunity to provide a sequel to that book.
“Research” is something I’ve always loved, and it’s certainly a vital part of “Jacob’s War”. However, the drug culture was a reality check unlike anything I’d ever encountered. In the first place, there’s a huge difference between researching ideas and events for a novel–versus collecting vital stats on drug trafficking. Then, the personal cost–addiction–a cultural epidemic that affects millions of people from every corner of society. I collected current data and met with real people who added another dimension to the actual process. For example, the members of my family that are in law enforcement, or the State and local operations that responded. The employees at the Federal level were willing to do more than just hand over data. They took the time to meet with me, lending a personal side to the problems they face daily.
This “research” for this book was fascinating, but also the most complicated project I’ve ever worked on. I have no comparison on how America is doing with their war on drugs, except to say that we spend billions of dollars fighting the problem. Also, law enforcement in this area is enormous. The people who I came in contact with felt that they were doing the right thing and, at the end of the day, their results provided the most important data of all.
I had so much fun writing “Jacob’s War” that I can hardly wait to reconnect with AJ, Katie and their group…and several new characters have appeared. That means new challenges and professional growth. Also, I get to deepen their exciting, young relationship. Love, of course, always love.
But first …more research.
Meanwhile, you can enjoy a little video teaser Jacob’s War Video trailer
The book is widely available and at Bold Stroke Books
More News about appearances to come. C.P.
To celebrate my third book, “Jacob’s War”, I am adding a blog!
It’s really from the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” department.
Twenty-some years ago, when retirement seemed far away, we bought this home. Our five kids were gone to marriage, college, or finding their own space, and the house was just our size. Across the street is a huge park and forest with a creek fed by natural springs. And trees. Lots of trees that shelter the deer, fox, and coyotes that live there. Also, all sorts of birds from hawks to geese to cranes. And a huge crow population which I loved. It was, in a word, peaceful.
Several houses away was a traditional family. Four little boys, the youngest still in diapers, a mother and a father. They were true neighborhood kids and we all watched over them as they roamed the park and trees. They mowed our yard, shoveled our sidewalks, and even helped us carry in the groceries. One of our Christmas gifts was “free sidewalk shoveling” for a week. We played cards and ate apples on our front porch. It was the best of “kid-dom” without the responsibilities.
The little boys grew, and lives changed. One of us retired, families moved, and the neighborhood shifted. The park and woods began to attract older teenagers and young adults. There were break-ins, petty thefts and vandalism. It was a little edgier, particularly at night. In warmer weather we saw more of the local police than we were comfortable with and they began to talk to us about drugs. Finally, one gorgeous Sunday morning, we all woke up to a breath-taking thirty-three vehicles with all of their tires slashed. One of them was my brand new Subaru. The police went door-to-door as we all dealt with flatbed tow trucks.
Drugs became a problem and we began to witness things that I describe in “Jacob’s War”. And our little neighborhood boys became a part of the problem. Two ended up in jail. One is out today and doing well in rehab. The other will be there a lot longer. We wrote letters and got involved, because of those boys. The two that managed to avoid drugs began a business and it’s thriving. We use their business for help around the house. They just installed bars on one of our doors. I hate the vigilance we have to live with but it’s part of our life.
As I write this, I am finishing the research on the sequel to “Jacob’s War”.
Please see the video that a good friend of mine attached. Hope you enjoy the book. ~C.P.R.
www.boldstrokesbooks.com September 1st 2012
C.P. is up to her elbows in rough drafts, notes, edits, and mayhem–no, not Him.
So as a means of updating her readers, her webmistress has hijacked the site to let you know that all is well and ‘Books’ are a’comin’.
y’all remember these two faves. (No one suggested she NOT cover the titles. sigh, writers…)
Next up a real kick-ass thriller Fall 2012
Alison Jacob is smart and tough; enough of a character to warrant more coverage. C.P. is currently working on a sequel…
…and if that’s not enough, here’s a clue for the next project…A simple ROMANCE–she says.
Check out Bold Stroke Books for more.
Bold Stroke Books proudly presents:
ATF Special Agent, Allison Jacob has never had an assignment like this. Formerly undercover, she now leads a task force that has trailed meth from the Mexican border to Wisconsin. Teamed up with a Milwaukee Police Special Crimes unit, they fight a daily battle with drugs, sex crimes and murders but her investigation has hit a wall, on the streets and within her organization.
In the worst blizzard of the year, the latest victim unexpectedly shows up at AJ’s office. Bright and attractive, small business owner Katie Blackburn angrily relates her experience during the interview when, suddenly, unknowingly, Katie gives AJ the break she’s desperately needed.
Immediately, Katie presents another kind of battle for AJ. Just as she took the oath to keep America safe, AJ’s heart begins to shadow the same words for Katie. She knows drugs don’t care who handles them, but AJ does. It’s her job and her war.
Release: Fall 2012