Welcome to Hump Day Sparks, my place to feature this Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Today’s spotlight shines on The Last Kind Words, by Tom Piccirilli…to be released on June 12, 2012.

Amazon Description:  From International Thriller Writers Award winner and Edgar Award nominee Tom Piccirilli comes a mesmerizing suspense novel that explores the bonds of family and the ways they’re stretched by guilt, grief, and the chance for redemption.

Raised in a clan of small-time thieves and grifters, Terrier Rand decided to cut free from them and go straight after his older brother, Collie, went on a senseless killing spree that left an entire family and several others dead. Five years later, and days before his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to return home. He claims he wasn’t responsible for one of the murders–and insists that the real killer is still on the loose.

Uncertain whether his brother is telling the truth, and dogged by his own regrets, Terry is drawn back into the activities of his family: His father, Pinsch, who once made a living as a cat burglar but retired after the heartbreak caused by his two sons. His card sharp uncles, Mal and Grey, who’ve recently incurred the anger of the local mob. His grandfather, Old Shep, who has Alzheimer’s but is still a first-rate pickpocket. His teenage sister, Dale, who’s flirting with the lure of the criminal world. And Kimmy, the fiancée he abandoned, who’s now raising a child with his former best friend.

As Terrier starts to investigate what really happened on the day of Collie’s crime spree, will the truth he uncovers about their offenses and secrets tear the Rands apart?

Walking the razor-sharp edge between love and violence, with the atmospheric noir voice that is his trademark, The Last Kind Words demonstrates why Tom Piccirilli has become a must-read author.


Exciting?  I think so…and I really can’t wait to break the spine on this one.  What are the rest of you awaiting?  Come on by and share….



Welcome to another day in the blogging world of NaBloPoMo.

Today’s episode will touch on all the Hump Day events around the blogosphere, as well as on my own family stuff.

Over at Embrace the Whirlwind, you’ll find the new book I’m waiting for…full of family moments.

Then, at Creative Moments, I updated my progress on the ROW 80 Challenge.

Today is my day to pick up youngest grandson Noah at school, and the manicurist is also coming by to do my nails later this afternoon.  All morning, I’ve been cleaning!  In-between those tasks, I’ve been blogging, writing, etc.

Moments with Noah

The book I finished yesterday is reviewed at Chasing Stardust.


Lots of family and friend moments in this one, too.

I started my next read, which I was really excited about…but, for whatever reason, just couldn’t connect with the characters last night.  Maybe today…

If things don’t improve, I’ll have to find another one on my stacks.  My vow:  to read at least one book a week from my Old TBRs (as distinguished from my newer ones).

Now I’m off to do some more writing before settling in to read.




Hump Day is that time during the week when we can look behind us and then ahead of us, contemplating our progress and looking forward to the weekend.

Since October is my “birthday month,” I do feel a bit of chagrin as the days move forward.  But then I remind myself that the passage of time is a good thing.  Especially considering the alternatives.

When we add another year to our number of years, we can feel pride at how far we’ve come.  Or we can experience regrets at time lost.  I prefer to do the former.  I like to think of all I’ve learned over the years, especially what I’ve learned from my mistakes.

Mistakes are a great teacher.  Especially if we determine not to repeat them.

This year I’m looking forward to November, because, for the first time, I’m going to do the NaNoWriMo challenge.  I’ll be documenting my progress on Creative Moments.

This is my “go-to” blog for creative endeavors. I’ve even created my own little NaNoWriMo button:









I’ll be spending my days between now and November 1 trying to sort out the various story ideas and settling on something that will keep me writing every day through the whole month.

I have a lot of reading ahead, too, but I’ll slow down the pace a bit so as not to interfere with the Grand Plan of 50,000 words from November 1-30.

What is the worst that can happen?  No matter what, trying to accomplish something is better than sitting on my hands and wishing to do it….

It’s been two years since my last book was published, so I think it’s time for fresh ideas and new projects.

Is anyone else out there going for this one?  I hope you’ll stop by and we can share the dream….