Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Pinch of Poison: Guest author Jordyn Redwood

(2/22/13 2:27 PM: Congratulations to our giveaway winner: Cheri Swalwell! )

I thought this would get your attention! 

No, of course this isn't an ingredient in any recipe you'll see here on Authors' Galley. But that my very first kitchen guest is the author of a book called POISON seemed more than intriguing. Popular medical thriller author Jordyn Redwood agreed: "That's suspense author perfection!"

Truthfully, I pulled a bit of  bait-and-switch on Jordyn, because she'd offered this post before I switched the blog venue to "mansuscripts & wooden spoons." But this fellow nurse is fast on her feet, a skill required of folks who spend long hours in scrubs, jogging the corridors of ER. So, though Jordyn readily admits she's not the cook in the family, she is the Christmas Cookie Mom. " . . . the one who deals with rolling out the sugar cookies and supervising Christmas cookie decorating which is always a melee of sprinkles, frosting mayhem and things getting colored that maybe shouldn't (like the dog's nose!)."

To prove it,  Jordyn offered this peek into her kitchen, featuring a couple of adorable Christmas elves:

I'd say that's a happy kitchen!

And now (cue the suspense music)  let's move on to some POISON, shall we? 

If you haven't read Jordyn's work, you're in for a treat--if you've read Proof  (the first book in the exciting Bloodline Trilogy) then I suspect you've been waiting impatiently for Poison.
Well, the wait is over--it has released!  And, trust me, it was worth the wait. You'll find my enthusiastic endorsement in the opening pages:

“Jordyn Redwood’s Poison delivers compelling characters, intrigue,
chills, dizzying twists that leave the reader gasping—then offers a perfect
antidote: hope.”—Candace Calvert, best-selling author of
Code Triage and Trauma Plan

To whet your appetite (yes, food pun intended), here's the back cover description:

Five years ago, Keelyn Blake's armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father's frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI's hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man's delusions and end the standoff peacefully.

Now, Lucent is back, and he's no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven's daughter, and--Keelyn worries--maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she can emerge unscathed a second time.


And finally, just for FUN, I thought I'd put Jordyn on the spot with what may well become a classic Authors' Galley question: 

Imagine a dinner scene with three characters from your book.  WHO are they, WHERE are they eating, WHAT has each person ordered, and what conversation topic would each person want badly to AVOID?

Here's Jordyn's answer:

" WOW. Such a great question.

They are eating at Shanahan’s Steakhouse.  

Keelyn Blake: The heroine. She’ll order a salad with a regular Coke to wash it down, and a wonderful piece of salmon to go with it. Then cheesecake for dessert and a fun cookie to take home for her niece, Sophia, that she is now caring for. Keelyn will not want to talk about anything associated with her mentally ill stepfather who is now in prison. 

Lee Watson: The hero. He’ll order the 22oz Prime Cowboy Bone-In Rib Eye with Black Truffle Butter and a side of the Truffled Cheddar Mac ‘n Cheese because being on SWAT does make for a hungry man. A side salad so Keelyn won’t feel bad about eating healthy. A dark ale type beer to wash it down. Dessert—he’ll just try a few bites of Keelyn’s cheesecake. Any conversation about his life before he was a cop is off limits and preferably any topics that cover children.

Gavin Donelly: The villain (or is he?) Gavin is all about putting on airs so he’ll order a Jumbo Australian Lobster Tail (which alone goes for $78.00) and add roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed wild mushrooms. For the table, he’ll buy a very expensive bottle of champagne to toast Lee and Keelyn who he never thought would sit down to have dinner with him. Dessert will be Crème Brule with fresh berries. He’ll probe Lee and Keelyn (after all—he is a psychiatrist) about their troubled families but absolutely not want to talk about his own—particularly the events that surrounded his father’s death. 

Thanks so much for having me back, Candace. I love visiting with your readers."

It was our pleasure, indeed, Jordyn! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your kitchen--and your work.

Now, as one last treat, our guest author has graciously offered to include a signed copy of Poison in a giveaway. Simply post a comment below (including an e-mail address), and your name will be entered in a random drawing. The winner will be chosen on Friday, February 22nd and be notified by e-mail. 

Good luck to you all . . . and Bon appetit! 


Hutt-Write Voice said...
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Hutt-Write Voice said...

Sign me up! Have never heard of this author, but your endorsement along with the fact I love suspense has me convinced I want to read her books. Thanks for this offer, Jordyn and Candace!

And a heads-up to your readers: Candace will be a guest at my blog real soon. Come on over. Who knows, you may be the lucky winner of 'Disaster Status'.

Andrea said...

Oh I can hardly wait for this new book! The first one kept me on the edge of my seat!

kaskaggs at fourway dot net

Anonymous said...

Oh the book sounds amazing! My fav part was how you incorporated food with the book and what they would order lol :)
Lisa Medeiros

Beth said...

Would love to be added for this contest! This book sounds awesome!

Michelle Prince Morgan said...

Great post, can't wait to read Posion.

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this series. I love the new venue for this blog. As a former hospital worker, you do have to be fast on your feet, so I can appreciate your minds. You are both authors I'm enjoying getting acquainted with and reading your books. Blessings to both, Susan Fryman

karenk said...

a great posting...
thanks for the chance to read jordyn's latest novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Brooke @ i blog 4 books said...

Jordyn - I'm so looking forward to reading Poison! Been excited about it since I turned the last page of Proof. :)

Candace - Love the new blog. Great question about a character dinner! I definitely think you should make it a standard question for authors to answer. Great fun!


CandaceCalvert said...

Linda, I know you're going to love Jordyn's work! And I'm looking forward to connecting with readers on your blog. :-)

CandaceCalvert said...

Andrea: I know what you mean--I think I got a (kindle) blister from turning the pages so fast!

CandaceCalvert said...

Hi Lisa! I thought the (characters at at meal) would be a fun question, and Jordyn proved it!

CandaceCalvert said...

Beth and Michelle: thanks for stopping by my new blog!

CandaceCalvert said...

Susan: welcome, and thank you for the kind words--it's great fun having Jordyn here.

CandaceCalvert said...

Karen, thanks for stopping by!

Brooke: I think Jordyn may have outdone herself on this new book--prepare to go sleepless!
And I'm so glad you like the new blog; we're gonna have fun here!

Redwood's Medical Edge said...

WOW-- Everyone-- I'm so enjoying your comments and Candace is a GREAT host. And she really is that way in real life, too.

I can't wait to see who wins!!

Kelli Jo said...

WooHoo! I've been waiting on Poison to come out - I'm slipping - didn't realize it had already been released!! Can't wait!!

Carol Dunson said...

I've been waiting on it too. Have it ordered and am waiting it's arrival. I'm always amazed at what Jordyn comes up with. What a mind. She has wanted to write for a long time and now she gets to do it for real. Congrats, Jordyn Kath's mom

Redwood's Medical Edge said...

Hi Kellie-- glad you entered!

And Carol-- so good to see you here and thanks for ordering the book.

Kathy T said...

I am so excited about the release of POISON and waiting for the Kindle version, unless I just happen to win the paperback version first :-). Jordyn, I love your detailed research and how you seek for unique "methods" of murder - oooh, that sounds like I'm a bit ghoulish--but, you know what I mean. I also like how you include psychiatric detail as well as I find those aspects very interesting. Candy, loved the question you asked and the way Jordyn set the restaurant scene with the characters in the book. Jordyn, you have a wonderful gift for writing and I'm thrilled to be reading your books. Here's to Poison!

Vera Godley said...

Two of my favorite authors - Candace & Jordyn. Both write really good medical suspense and they have medical information/facts/techniques that I feel trustworthy because of their own experiences in the field. I'm waiting for my copy of Poison, but who knows, I might win one. Then I'm also waiting for Candace's next release. :) Lots of fun ahead.

Vera Godley said...

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Cheri Swalwell said...

I was excited to read Poison before but now I'm even more excited. Thanks for this opportunity.

In Him,

Cheri :)

Richard Mabry said...

Wow, an opportunity to see two of my favorite colleagues in the area of medical suspense together.

Candace, delightful blog you've put together--hope I can continue reading without gaining too much weight.

Jordyn, as you know, I've had the chance to read your work, love it, and feel privileged to have endorsed it.


Unknown said...

I love medical suspense stories. so for sure put my name in the bag!If Jordyn writes anything like Candace it def is a great book. besides if I win I don't have to wait for it at the library.

CandaceCalvert said...

So enjoying your comments--and can hardly wait to see who wins the signed copy of POISON.
Susan: so glad to have another member of the medical team join us here--yes "fast on our feet," for sure.
Kathy T: so nice to see you here, friend--yes, Jordyn's mind totally amazes me. You're going to LOVE this book!
Vera, Cheri: how wonderful to have you here in the cyber kitchen. :-)
Bonnie: best of luck to you!

CandaceCalvert said...

DR. RICHARD: What great timing to have you stop by . . . Watch out, I'm going to be asking you to tell us "What's Cooking" too! Would love to have you as a guest here.

Redwood's Medical Edge said...

Thanks, Kathy! Hopefully that Kindle version will be out in just a few short days. I'll be sure to let everyone know.

Vera-- so good to see you here! Thanks for entering.

Richard-- I was SOOOO honored to have your endorsement (and Candace's!!)== Truly a highlight of my writing career. What are you working on these days? I agree it is probably good that the two of us don't live close to Candace so we can maintain our waistlines.

Bonnie-- I'm a little scarier than Candace-- if you can take that I'm sure you'll love the book. Candace is too sweet to torment her characters the way I do.

CandaceCalvert said...