Break of Reality.

So, we spent my birthday weekend doing things we don’t normally do…even though we talk about doing them all the time. We went to Lincoln Center Friday to catch Dawn Upshaw with the New York Philharmonic. We enjoyed it, but Dawn only performed for 25 minutes. Next time we go to Lincoln Center, I think I want to see an opera or ballet. And I want box seats.

Saturday, we went to see Break of Reality perform at Baruch College’s performing arts center. It was our first time there and it was pretty. It was also our first time seeing a full performance by Break of Reality, a chamber rock quartet we just happened to stumble upon last year while they were performing in the middle of one of the paths we frequent in Central Park. Three cellists and a percussionist play heavy metal, rock and original pieces, sometimes standing up with their cellos to play hard like dueling guitarists. It’s just about the coolest thing you can see on stage. What’s even cooler is that they’re kind of geeky and shy. I love it when talented people leave their egos at the door.

A Link to an Excerpt. And a Good Review.

Still working on it, but my site has been updated. We’ve added a Whiskey Road excerpt and the cover is up. The cover is growing on me. My web designer said it looks pulp fiction-y to him, which we both think is pretty cool. (I devoured Jim Thompson novels in college.) I really like the way the woman’s jacket sleeves cover her hands and I dig that camera strap across her back. She’s hot, actually. My heroine is hot, too, so it works.

A librarian from Illinois reviewed Whiskey Road for Library Journal.

When paparazza Jimi Anne Hamilton shows up in rural Darby, NY, with a bruised face and a duffel bag full of cash, she is only looking for a quiet place to lick her wounds. She never imagines that accepting a ride from a handsome white contractor with a knack for angering jealous husbands will leave her as breathless as the celebrity chases that made her famous in L.A. Big-city, African American Jimi and blue-collar Caleb are both trying to rebuild their lives. They soon learn it’s one thing to rebuild, another to reinvent. Jimi’s wealthy brother doesn’t like her slumming with the locals, and Caleb’s recently paroled brother is intent on proving that a bad man can’t change. One of the strengths of Siplin’s (Such a Girl) contemporary interracial romance is a hero who is as well developed and interesting as the leading lady. – Review by Karen Kleckner Copyright 2008