Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Treat with Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore

Hi, we’re Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth.  The kind people here have invited us to stop by and tell you a little about our newest book, Peripheral People.  

A standalone novel in the Ylendrian Empire series, Peripheral People combines elements of romance, science fiction, paranormal, and crime drama in the intense, galaxy-spanning hunt for a psychic serial killer.  Hot on the trail and hot for each other (in the sense that they’d both prefer to be set on fire than work together), the imperial agents who stumble into the case must evade terrifying mental traps, their own volatile relationship, and the discovery that someone in a higher pay grade may not be so keen on their quest for justice. 

We’re thrilled to be with you today, and we’re looking forward to any questions or comments you might have.

Senior Inspector Corwin Menivie’s Top Ten Rules For Personal Interaction

There are a number of vicious rumors floating around the ‘verse concerning Inspector Corwin Menivie.  Inspector Menivie is a decorated veteran of the IEC, and contrary to popular opinion is neither a “grumbly grump” nor is he a Luddite who opposes new and different ways of capturing criminals.  He would like to state for the record that his reticence is in no way an attempt to hide a hatred of psy agents, and that any gossip to the contrary are lies.

Having said that, Inspector Menivie firmly believes avoiding certain things will make coexisting less stressful.  His top 10 tips are presented below, in no particular order.

1. Bare feet.  Feet are meant to be in shoes.  Shoes should be worn unless one is sleeping or bathing—and nobody needs to see his toes to confirm they exist.

2. Counters are for preparing food, not sitting on.  Definitely not improvisational rhythm solos.

3. Surnames are a perfectly valid form of address.  Nicknames, on the other hand, are a slanderous form of nomenclature.

4. There is a very set and specific way to prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and there should be no variation, lest the quality deteriorate.

5. Personal questions, unless directly linked to a life or death situation, should be avoided.

6. Personal spaces, unless directly linked to a life or death situation, should not be violated.

7. When given a choice, always choose baked goods.  Cookies are an excellent option.

8. Monochromatic clothing saves time and resources.  Black should be the color of choice.

9. It is perfectly acceptable to be good at gestures.  It saves potential verbal misunderstandings.   Offering coffee is an excellent gesture.

10. When there’s something unpleasant to do, it’s best to get right on it sooner rather than later.
Corwin isn’t really a hopeless grump, and he demonstrates his remarkable flexibility in Peripheral People.  But really, the cookies are still a safe bet.

Peripheral People
Corwin Menivie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple homicide.
During a routine investigation, West’s talent puts them on the trail of a brutal serial killer who traps his prey in a deadly mental playground. Then the killer starts baiting the team, laying psychic landmines at crime scenes and exposing IEC secrets. The strain of the case binds the agents closer together—so close that Nika and Gavin start sharing a room, and even the curmudgeonly Corwin finds himself as occupied with West as he is with the murders.
But as West’s visions of death grow more violent, the only way out for all of them may be straight through the mind of a monster. If they’re not careful, they may forget which side of the hunt they’re on.

Michelle Moore has a well-documented obsession with travel, television, frappuccinos and flamingos. These, however, come in a distant second to her love of writing. Most evenings she can be found huddled over her laptop at the local Starbucks, dividing her time between actually writing and pretending to be a barista.

Reesa Herberth was born in Nevada and spirited away to California before moving to Hawaii, where she grew up on the Big Island. She tried Arizona for a few years, then lit out for the D.C. area, where her nomadic itch is regularly curbed by the nightmares of urban traffic. She’s held a handful of the requisite crazy writer jobs, including book store overlord, office goddess for an artisan ice cream maker, and cheese-cup scrubber at an organic goat dairy.

Michelle and Reesa have been writing together for over fifteen years. They are currently working on more Ylendrian stories, and a petition to have cat hair recognized as a form of currency.

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Reesa Herberth - @reesah

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  1. I agree 100% with #6!

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  2. You and Corwin (and me!) would get along famously, in that case. :)

  3. I am sure if many of these rules were followed a lot of conflict and issues could be avoided, as they could be applied to many other areas of life as well :)