Featured Release: The Cutting Edge


I know. Usually, when I do this sort of thing here at the Meet and Greet, I feature a book that’s been released around the day the post goes live. My friend Darcia Helle’s book, The Cutting Edge, has been out since July. (Sort of like Trevor’s Song!)

To help raise the book’s visibility, on December 20 (that should be today, if you’re reading this when it goes up) she’s doing a campaign to try to lift her Amazon ranking. For me, one of the best components of this campaign is that she’s taking a page from my book and donating all profit from her Kindle sales to “Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, FL, which is a nondenominational church that runs a food bank and also fixes meals daily for the homeless and the poor in our area.”

I can get behind that in a big way. I hope you will, too — especially since she’s dropped the price of The Cutting Edge to 99c. A buck will get you a book and let you help someone! How can you resist?

Now, down to business: I asked her the usual question: What song makes you think of your book?

Here’s what she had to say:

The song is Terrible Thought by a little known artist called Poe. When I hear the song, I can hear my main character Skye singing. The music is kind of messy and dark, which mimics the confused state Skye’s mind was often in. The lyrics could be grabbed right out of Skye’s thoughts. She’s sick of her job, sick of her clients, and has these dark fantasies that she can’t seem to control.

The first line in the song is, “A terrible thought has moved into my mind…” That sets the stage for Skye’s entire dilemma. The tone of Poe’s voice when she sings is, at times, reluctant acceptance, tinged with a bit of awe that this thought could have so easily taken over her mind.

At the end of the song, her father’s voice breaks in. (Poe’s real father, taken from recordings he’d made before he died.) He says, “What is your greatest worry because you seem to be worried all the time?” That is something Skye’s hippie father would have asked. Poe answers, “Sometimes I can’t hear myself think,” which is how Skye often feels, with her clients constantly needling at her.

This song could definitely be the background music for The Cutting Edge. You can read the lyrics at: http://www.lyricsdepot.com/poe/terrible-thought.html

You can hear a clip of the song on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Terrible-Thought/dp/B0026GFB3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1291912523&sr=1-1

Poe is not well known enough to have many YouTube videos. I could not find one with this particular song. However, if you want to see her performing a different song – Control – at an outdoor concert in RI, you can watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rkhp71j7VY&feature=related

So there ya go. The Cutting Edge at Amazon today. Can’t wait, or you buy through Smashwords? Here’s the link over there.



  1. Darcia Helle

    December 20, 2010 3:06 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Susan!
    .-= Darcia Helle´s last blog ..Meet Author CJ West =-.

  2. maria savva

    December 20, 2010 3:09 pm

    Thanks for spreading the word about this, Susan 🙂
    It was great to learn some more about the background to The Cutting Edge, Darcia!

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