I’ve just got off the phone with Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes receiving an update on their final book in the Trinity Trilogy, Scorpions In Stilettos, centring around the third friend Clara James AKA Flat White.
Comes hard on the heels of Snakes In Suits, book three will be heading to the copy editor this Friday!
Initial sketches of ideas for the cover are being discussed and will be sent to the cover artist Michelle Connor next week so she can work her magic.
When will Book Three be released? Not long now to wait, we are aiming for mid March but we will let you know closer to the time for the actual date.
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Sharks With Lipstick – Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes
Review by Karen Chisholm (Reproduced with permission)
SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK is a satirical romantic mystery written by Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes. Satirical it definitely is, as you’ll get from the blurb – with the concept being that there’s a Big Super Ministry as part of the government, where it seems employees spend more time playing their own form of politics than they necessarily do getting any actual work done. Aside from the trials of the workplace, there’s also a train that takes workers to and from Wellington to outlying country destinations, and you get to know a lot of the characters in this novel on that train journey. The journey is a commute, social event, meeting place, gathering point and sort of all in party on rails. Everyone has their own groups of friends, the alcohol flows freely on occasions, games are played, secrets are shared, and, on one particular night, a dead body discovered. Further complications arise because the body is that of the dreaded HR Director of the Big Super Ministry and the investigating officer is central character Samantha (aka Sven) Svensson’s ex. Needless to say Cat, the HR Director, and Sven have some history, but then there’s pretty much no-one in the Ministry that hasn’t got a problem with Cat. Everything is further complicated by an earthquake that’s just hit Wellington, and there’s plenty of concern about predictions of the next, really big one, happening any moment.
Firmly on the madcap side of satirical romantic mystery, SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK is often extremely funny. The biggest problem is the satirical gets in the way of the mystery, and whilst many of the scenes being executed by these authors are deadpan and often hilarious, they also form a sort of liquefaction effect (ridiculous earthquake analogy – sorry), where everything gets bogged down, and sure you’re laughing whilst stuck in the bog, but there’s also a suspicion that you’re never actually going to get out. SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK has some potential, and I know how hard it must be to set a really good funny line free, but I did come away from it thinking a bit less would have been way more in the long run. This is flagged as the first book in the Trinity Trilogy and it feels like Sven has more than enough chutzpah to carry that off.
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So Hinemura how’s tricks? How is the sequel to ‘Sharks With Lipstick’ coming
HE: Well, funny you should say
that, my partner in crime Ted and I have been working really hard on the second
book in the Trinity Trilogy Series and it’s getting close to being finished.
BD: Really, do go on? How much
can you spill? I hope it’s more of the same characters. I did get quite
addicted to the three besties. Are they back?
HE: Yes, Freya, Sven and Flat
White are back in full force, along with some of the other characters, but the
difference this time, is that this book focuses on Freya as the main character.
BD: Oh, so does Sven take a back
seat for this one?
HE: Well yes and no. Freya comes
into herself more in this book. We really don’t know much about her in ‘Sharks
with Lipstick’… I know it is old coinage, but she finds herself in this one,
and we go along for the rollercoaster ride.
BD: And can we ask what the title
is of this next book?
HE: Well you can, but my
publisher may shoot me.
BD: What you mean it’s even
better than ‘Sharks with Lipstick’? Is that possible?
HE: Well yes. It’s a whole
different ball game to get the series titles to fit in with each other, but we
are bubbling with excitement.
BD: So, any clues?
HE: Well as you know ‘Sharks with
Lipstick’ is predominantly about women. The next one is about men and their
shady wheeling and dealing in the business world.
BD: Hmm how intriguing, so come
on what’s the title?
The sequel to ‘Sharks With Lipstick’ is, drum roll please… ‘Snakes In Suits’.
We have also realised that we may need to change up the book covers, so I’ll
get Ted to send them through once we have them back from the book cover artist.
I just know that everyone will love the new covers and the juicy twisting plots
as both ‘Sharks With Lipstick’ and ‘Snakes In Suits’ are set at the same time.
Are you telling me that the plots of both books are intertwined?
They sure are, and will also be tied into the third book, which we have started
and which won’t be too far away.
Wow, that’s a huge achievement! Congratulations, any hint on the third books
You will have to talk to Ted about that, he’s still trying to decide over a
couple of options.
Great, well Hinemura thanks again for your time today and I look forward to
talking with you and possibly the infamous Ted later.