Epilogue or Not?

http://lorilrobinett.comWhen I began writing the Diamond J series, I envisioned several books, with the characters’ stories winding through the books, intermingling and joining as time went on. Although Diamond in the Rough doesn’t focus on Beth and Beau, we do find out that they are living together in the big house. For that reason, I didn’t do a “wrap-up” chapter in either book. I wanted folks to look forward to the next book, to read more, to get to know the characters better over time.

I’ve gotten a couple of average reviews on my last book that talk about the book just ending without an epilogue. That made me wonder – what do you think? Would you prefer to have a final chapter that wraps everything up nicely, or have the story continue in the next book?

Diamond in the Rough: Easter Eggs

Renegade Jeep eggDo you know what Easter Eggs are? They’re fun little hidden things left by designers for people to find. They can be found in video games, movies, books, etc.

I just bought a new vehicle recently – a Jeep Renegade. I absolutely LOVE this Jeep! When I went in, I had a list of wants: power MySky sunroof, automatic, 4WD, bright color, tow package. But as I started researching the vehicle, the thing that intrigued me the most was the Easter eggs. There are little goodies hidden all over the little SUV. One of my favorites is a little Jeep crawling up the windshield on the passenger side, which looks really cool as a shadow on the interior pillar. There’s also a bigfoot and a spider hidden on the vehicle.

Diamond in the Rough was born during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to those of us who participate in the madness), so I hid a couple of Easter eggs in the story. One of them was cut in the final edit (the Traveling Shovel of Death), but one did make it into the story. If you’re a NaNo’er, let me know if you find it! I’ll give you a hint – it appears during the BBQ scene at the Diamond J.

If you like cozy, crafty mysteries, why not give a cozy, crafty romance a shot? Pick up a copy of Diamond in the Rough for yourself, or buy it for your favorite crafter. It makes a great beach read for vacation season!

Comment below and let me know if you’ve found a fun Easter egg anywhere.


Special Guest Tierney James: Rooftop Angels

RooftopAngelsTierneyJames200x300I met Tierney James at a writers’ conference several years ago. We bonded immediately over scrapbooking and guns, and I feel fortunate to count her as a friend. In honor of her recent release, I asked her to stop by and answer a few questions.

First, some background. Tierney has been in education for over thirty years. She recently stopped teaching World Geography for a nearby college to pursue her writing career. Creating a workshop for beginning writers, speaking at schools and serving as an officer in the writing group Sleuths’ Ink, are some of the work she does when not writing. With the creation of Winds of Deception, Tierney is now working with one of the crew members of USS Liberty in hopes of obtaining the Medal of Honor for him.
Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney has traveled across the world. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Africa, she ties her unique experiences into other writing projects such as the action thriller novel, An Unlikely Hero, the first in the Enigma Series. Winds of Deception is the second in that series. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town for many years fuels the kind of characters she never tires of creating.

And now, for the questions!

What prepared you to write action thrillers with a Homeland Security theme?
Curiosity. The Twin Towers coming down. I’m also really into geo-political conflict.

This is the third in your series. Can you give us a little taste of the book?
When Tessa Scott wakes with blood on her hands in a rat infested shack in Afghanistan, she discovers six orphan girls and the Undersecretary of State counting on her for protection. Confused at how she got there or why a smoldering Black Hawk helicopter has crashed outside the village, forces her into yet another adventure of cat and mouse with the Taliban who intend to kidnap them. With the help of a Kyrgyz tribesman and his men, they elude the danger only to discover their protection comes at a price which involves marriage to the leader. An unexpected chance at new love outweighs the secret Tessa must now carry forever. Meanwhile Captain Hunter, an Enigma agent, desperately searches for her before she disappears on the rooftop of the world. A race against time and ruthless drug lords, who work with the U.S. government, create obstacles which change Tessa’s life in a way she never expected.

Afghanistan is a pretty exotic locale. Your first two books took place in the United States. Is this the new Enigma?
Well I love geography and sometimes my story just takes me to faraway places. There will be one in China and Turkey but the others will probably remain in the good ole USA.

How many books will there be in the series?
Right now I think there will be about eight.

Will you try to write in other genres?
I’ve tried my hand at paranormal thriller and now science fiction/fantasy. Those are really fun.

List your favorites:
1. Author – James Rollins, Brad Thor, Steve Berry, Daniel Silva, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown
2. Music – Movie soundtracks, jazz
3. Actors – Dwayne Johnson, Jason Scott Lee, Jeremy Renner, Daniel Craig
4. Hobby-Gardening
5. Animal—Dog & the Okapi
6. Exotic locale—Tibet & Israel
7. Movie—Wind & the Lion

What else would you like others to know about you?
Besides teaching and writing, I enjoy family, gardening and traveling. I like trying new things such as learning Hebrew in hopes of incorporating the knowledge in a future Engima Series. Doing research sometimes involves learning new skills, such as being certified with various weapons. I had a blast taking a Samurai class at Killer Nashville. I’m also addicted to writer conferences.

Social Media:
Twitter: @TierneyJames1
Website: http://www.tierneyjames.com