Monday, February 2, 2009
I am honored to be here, blogging among the finest contemporary authors. My name is Robin Shope and I am a serial writer. What that means exactly is, I just cannot stop writing no matter how many rejection notices I get. My dogged perseverance has landed me with hundreds of articles in print, a few dozen stories in popular collections and my sixth book will be out in May.
How did I get here? It’s been a journey. From an early age, I discovered I wasn’t really good at anything but playing; school became an ongoing struggle. It might have helped if I paid attention but I was so busy with make believe that reality took a backseat. It probably didn’t help that my dad owned a Chicago nightclub that was fashioned after an old castle and stories of Robin Hood and his merry men abounded. Yep, I was the Princess of my very own castle to play in on weekends.
When I reached high school, my counselor advised I forgo college. I went to college anyway. I kept on plugging, working, taking some courses over again, like ‘weather’. All my life I hated school so I decided to become a teacher. And I got rejections notices so I decided to make writing my part time job. It works for me.
I am the co-author of the Jill Lewis Trilogy by Revel. My first book with TWRP, The Christmas Edition came out December 2008 and recently released is book two in The Turtle Creek Edition Series, The Valentine Edition (more edition books will follow in 2010). A stand alone, Wildcard releases early May.
Here are some quick blurbs…
The Christmas Edition
Lucy Collins has given up on Christmas since the painful break-up with her fiance. Things only get worse when a large newspaper is about to come to town and threatens the livelihood of their family run business, The Turtle Creek Newspaper. At the staff Christmas party, she makes a wish and what seems like the answer to her prayer walks in the front door to apply for the editor position, which they are hoping will bring new life to the paper. Not only is Joe McNamara a genius when it comes to the written word, but he is also gifted with ideas about keeping the newspaper afloat. However, Joe has a secret of his own that he is keeping from Lucy. If she finds it out, then what looks like a promising relationship will unravel, but it's Christmas time, the season of rebirth and miracles. Will the spirit of celebration be enough to heal two hearts? Or will the reality of deception make this the worst Christmas of all?
The Valentine Edition
The last place in the world Jodi Williams wanted to live was Turtle Creek, Wisconsin, but when her stepdad refused to put in a good word for her at the Chicago paper, she had no other choice than to accept the first job offer that came her way. Josh Thomas was Turtle Creek's veterinarian, but he also happened to be single and quite handsome. His life was pretty peaceful until a pretty, young stranger came to his clinic with a dog that had been hit by a car. While his first reaction was to care for the injured animal, he couldn't help a few glances at this unique young woman. That day was one of quite a few new beginnings. Jodi came to the aid of an injured animal, earning her the respect of a handsome man, she started a new job as a reporter for The Turtle Creek Newspaper, and she gained the wrath of the vet's receptionist. Della had her sights set on Joshua, and she wasn't about to let anyone come between her and the man of her dreams.
What would happen if someone secured a microchip that could be manipulated to give his or her candidate the edge to win the next presidential election? Not enough votes for a landslide, but just enough to put their candidate over the top in a decisive win. The Wildcards are a group of maverick agents who want to take over the outcome of the next election for President of the United States. During Ivy Dillon's last week as a Washington Intern, she and Ms. Geneen Waters, the secretary to the President of the United States, overhear a conversation about voting machines and missing software. Months later Ms. Waters body is found floating in the Potomac River. FBI Special Agent Ian Serby, who swears he will give his life to protect her, takes Ivy into protective custody. Ian is smart, sexy and seems to have a hidden agenda all his own. Will Ivy follow her heart and believe what Ian tells her about trying to stop the Wildcards or is he actually a member of the Wildcards?
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God Bless, Robin Shope AKA Serial Writer
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