As you know, we at Pop Culture Curmudgeon love a good book. And we are looking forward to the release of Bitter Pill by Stacey Kade.
So we were thrilled that Stacey chose us to be part of the reveal of the cover image for Bitter Pill. Even better, you can participate in a contest to win some great prizes, including an annotated advance review copy of Bitter Pill.
When I wrote this story, I was desperately homesick for the very tiny town where I lived in junior high. As some of you know, my dad is a Lutheran pastor, so we moved quite a bit during my childhood. For whatever reason, that small town in Southern Illinois really stuck with me. Morrisville is a (very) fictionalized version of that place.
There’s an odd mix of intense gossip and deep reserve that seems inherent to small towns. It’s part of the culture—“We know everything about everybody, but we don’t talk about that.” Certain things were just not discussed, which makes small towns a prime environment for secrets. And secrets are at the heart of every mystery.
So, when I sat down to write this story, that element of knowing someone well but not really knowing what they might be capable of intrigued me.
Rennie Harlow is my grown-up version of Nancy Drew, I suppose. Except, unlike cool, calm and collected Nancy, Rennie’s life is a disaster. She’s trying to make it through a particularly rough patch, but she’s flailing and fumbling, and I can so relate to that.
As for Sheriff Jake Bristol…well, what can I say, there’s something about an honorable man in a tough situation that’s pretty irresistible.
Thank you again for checking out Bitter Pill, and I hope you’ll give it a try!
Now, without further adeiu, is the cover and description.
As the news of the cancellation of Bunheads (ABCFamily) began making the rounds yesterday, I have to admit I was more saddened by the news than I’d have expected. Evidently Michelle and the girls wormed their way in to my cynical, world-weary heart.
If you enjoyed Bunheads, be sure to read this lovely piece over on Pajiba by Amanda Mae Meyncke. For that matter, read it even if you haven’t been watching – it may convince you to give Bunheads a shot.
I’ll leave you with the rather show stopping performance of Makin’ Whoppee from the season’s finale.