A Leisure Moment Podcast #8 features Jessie Humphries, author of Killing Ruby Rose. Wife, mother, part-time attorney, and writer, we are so glad that she had time to have a casual conversation with us. From book inspiration, unique story lines, and a Debut Novel Party event that is sure to keep people talking for weeks, we had a lot to talk about…Enjoy! (See bottom of post for podcast)
In sunny southern California, Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died six months ago, she’s also got a few killer secrets. To cope with her father’s death, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Mahnolo Blahniks are nothing if not loyal), but after months of therapy and more than a few months of pathetic parenting by her mom, District Attorney Jane Rose, Ruby decides to pick up where her dad left off and starts going after the bad guys herself. But when Ruby ends up killing a murderer in defense of another, she discovers that she’s gone from being the huntress to the hunted. There’s a sick mastermind at play, and he has Ruby in his sights. Ruby must discover who’s using her to implement twisted justice before she ends up changing Valentino red for prison orange. With a gun named Smith, a talent for martial arts, and a boyfriend with eyes to die for, Ruby is ready to face the worst. And if a girl’s forced to kill, won’t the guilt sit more easily in a pair of Prada peep-toe pumps?
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For me I have to switch up genres that I’m reading once in a while. So when I saw that realistic fiction, with a hint of mystery was next in line to read I was excited. I try hard never to judge a book by it’s cover, but this book was shooting out lots of questions in my mind. I’m staring at a classy girl, with a cute dress and super cute shoes. What does that tell me? The heroine is bound to be a female. A seventeen year old female she is, with lots of deep stuff to tackle at such a young age. However, she is determined, even if some of those things to tackle is murder. Yes, you heard me right. It’s the story of good vs. evil, family turmoil, and even a love interest sprinkled throughout, all in a unique storyline.
It isn’t your normal “who did it” figure it out early on type of story. Killing Ruby Rose, is solid until the very end. Jessie Humphries provides her readers with a unique writing style that truly brings her characters and events in the story alive. The character’s conversations and the author’s descriptive use of writing is carried throughout the entire novel. I must admit that when I initially read the summary of Killing Ruby Rose, I immediately thought about a television show that I used to watched and wondered how Ms. Humphries would create a young adult world with the nucleus of the novel being centered around murder, but she did it. This is one thriller that is sure to keep your fingers moving pages until you get to very end.
Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.
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