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Jo’s New Release — Without Malice

Cmas decorationsHappy holidays, everyone!

I don’t know about you, but around mid-December I really get into the Christmas spirit.  Everything before that just feels like days of harried busyness, but by now, everyone usually has their holiday decorations up, the virtual and brick-and-mortar stores are buzzing with goodies and visitors, and the winter solstice is just around the corner.

This year that astronomical event occurs on December 22.

Take a look at this amazing picture of the Winter Solstice in Stonehenge.Winter Solstice

Did you know that the Winter Solstice is actually called Dongzhi and that it represents both the shortest day and the longest night of the year?  Of course you did!  I’m actually looking forward to December 23, when we begin that long, long trek back to the longest day of the year.  I do love me some summer!

Tomorrow is the kick-off day for our annual Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration, so be sure to return right here Monday morning to read Bandita Susan’s hilarious take on the Golden Rooster’s plans for the holiday!  Trust me, it’s enough to shiver your timbers!

ARe JO ROBERTSON MALICEI have been on hiatus from the Lair the last six months or so because of a complicated knee surgery, so am very thrilled to return in time to announce my new release and the first book in a new (or extended) series.  WITHOUT MALICE pairs prison doctor Frankie Jones with Correctional Officer Santiago Cruz to solve the murders of homeless people in Bigler County.  We’ll see our old friend Sheriff Slater (from THE WATCHER) and introduce a new (dare I say insane?) serial killer in this recent story.

Someone is slaughtering homeless people in Jo Robertson’s latest suspense-thriller, Without Malice. It’s personal to Parole Officer Santiago Cruz because the targets appear to be parolees assigned to him.

Dr. Frankie Jones, prison doctor at Pelican Bay State Prison, has a special interest in murders because of anomalies she’s discovered in the prison’s medical records. Both Frankie and Cruz begin private, but parallel investigations of the incidents.

Finally, when Frankie’s life is threatened, Cruz and she are forced to join forces and trace the brutal killings back to their tragic origin.

Find the book exclusively on Amazon, in e-book format: http://tinyurl.com/gv5k5vp

WITHOUT MALICE has been on pre-order since December 1 and releases today!  I’m very pleased this book finally came to fruition because it’s been very difficult for me to write during my recovery.

homeless manThe idea for WITHOUT MALICE came from my observing the way police often treat homeless or impoverished people in my own California county.  I personally noticed the lack of respect and fair treatment these people sometimes receive.

I’m reminded of an article I read decades ago about a woman and her two children who ended up living out of their station wagon after a series of bad luck – an unfair divorce, the loss of a home and job. This was a woman just like me!  She had a job, a marriage, a home, and a life, but suddenly found herself living on the streets, trying to survive with her children.

From personal experience I know that some panhandlers are tricksters, but many are addicts or mentally ill.  I wondered, given certain circumstances, if I, myself, could be just one accident or tragedy away from homelessness.

homeless childWhen I visited my daughter in New York this fall, I noticed how she handled people who asked her for money.  She said, “I don’t have any money, but I can get you something to eat.”  Often the beggar said no, but sometimes they gave her their order, she went into the nearest food service place (there are tons of them in NYC), and purchased their dinner. The recipients were always surprised, but very grateful.

Most of us are quite generous at this time of the year.  We like to donate to worthy causes.  The spirit of giving and sharing abound.  I decided long ago that I didn’t want to be the person who refused the beggar’s petition.

What about you?  What charitable causes do you take part in this season of the year.  As you get older, does it seem harder to serve the needy?  What family traditions do you carry on during this time of year?