Blogroll: Mysterious Writers

Using Flawed Characters as Detectives by Larissa Reinhart by Jean Henry Mead

closeup1-681x1024Larissa Reinhart began her writing career in second grade when she sold her first publication to a neighbor for a nickel. After moving around the Midwest, Japan, and the South, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. Portrait of a Dead Guy is a 2012 “Daphne du Maurier” finalist, a 2012 “The Emily” finalist, and a 2011 “Dixie Kane Memorial winner”. Still Life in Brunswick Stew, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #2, releases in May 2013.

Welcome to Mysterious Writers, Larissa, on this 12th day of the Mystery We Write Tour. Please tell us about using flawed characters as detectives.

I have to admit, I don’t read mysteries for the mystery. Don’t get me wrong. I love trying to solve the puzzle and figure out whodunit before the end of the book. But it’s the characters that stay with me. Many times I forget the puzzle after I solve it. And the characters that stick with me the most are the ones I worry about after the book is closed. The flawed detective who does not do everything perfectly. Yes, they may be brilliant, but their personality or real life tends to be a mess. [Read more...]

IBPA Roundtable

What Publishers’ Web Sites Can Do, Part 2

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Information Flowing Out and In

Like most companies, we need to understand where visitors come from, how often they return, and where they spend the most time. Our back office people do the analysis, and then discuss their findings with our marketing team to ensure we have the most optimized Web layout. By providing a clean and well-designed Web site, we can quickly deliver information to our readers and keep them coming back for more.

Because we feel a loyal base of Hen House readers is critical to the growth of Henery Press, we provide our readers with current information on upcoming releases and book reviews, as well as author and industry updates.

Our Web site highlights each book with an engaging description, recent reviews, and active buy links. And so our readers can connect with the authors, we showcase author profiles with a quick bio and a snapshot, so people can see the face behind each great work.

Other Web site features include ways to subscribe to our newsletter; to provide feedback on our authors, books, and company; or simply to send us a compliment or a complaint. We always like to hear what our readers have to say—and happily, the vast majority of responses have been very positive (people just love that little bird!).

Today, our Web site provides a platform for indirect sales. Readers come to the site, learn about our authors and books, then have the option to purchase print or electronic copies from their preferred vendor (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo).

Over the next several months, we will be growing the Hen House with an online store, offering our readers fun and useful products they can all enjoy.

 Click here for the online article  or pick up the December 2012 issue (page 32).

- Art C. Molinares, VP of Business Development, Distribution, and Marketing Strategy at Henery Press

Blogroll: MysteryScene

Small Press Reviewing the Independents by Betty Webb

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Belly laughs are all over the place in Larissa Reinhart’s riotous Portrait of aDead Guy (Henery Press, $14.95). Set in a small Georgia town, local artist Cherry Tucker finds herself easel-deep in a murder case when she is commissioned to paint a “coffin portrait” of Dustin Branson, a young man who’s been murdered in the full bloom of his criminal career. Like many artists, Cherry lives in near-penury, so when she finds out anotherartist is trying to hijack her commission, she breaks into the funeral home to finish the dead man’s portrait first— thus getting the jump on the competition. Instead, she’s caught breaking and entering, and the county sheriff—her uncle—is faced with the prospect of arresting his favorite niece.

The tonPORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUYe of this marvelously cracked book is not unlike Sophie Littlefield’s brilliant A Bad Day for Sorry, as author Reinhart dishes out shovelfuls of ribald humor and mayhem.  It takes a rare talent to successfully portray a beer-and-hormone-addled artist as a sympathetic and worthy heroine, but Reinhart pulls it off with tongue-in-cheek panache. Cherry is a loveable riot, whether drooling over the town’s hunky males, defending her dysfunctional family’s honor, or snooping around murder scenes. Southerners (and I am one) know that funerals are often attended by feuding clans and that emotions can run riot. Reinhart upholds that fine old Southern tradition in the funniest scene in a very funny book when a brawl breaks out at Dustin’s memorial service, and the dearly departed is knocked out of his casket to land…. Oh, well, better not give away too much.

Blogroll: Library Journal review of OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE

Mystery Reviews | December 2012

by Teresa L. Jacobsen on December 11, 2012

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Lynn, Kendel & others. Other People’s Baggage: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas. Henery Pr. Dec. 2012. 272p. ISBN 9781938383106. pap. $14.95. M

Three novellas are built around the premise that a major airport snafu resulted in each protagonist picking up the wrong suitcase. In Diane Vallere’s “Midnight Ice,” interior decorator Madison Night (a Doris Day fan extraordinaire) gets caught up in an undercover operation dressed in Western wear that is decidedly not her norm.OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE Lynn’s “Switch Back” features a Texas town that proves less than hospitable to Eli Lisbon when she investigates a philanthropist’s murder wearing tiny black pieces that belong to another sleuth. Meanwhile, across the pond in Edinburgh, Gigi Pandian’s historian Jaya Jones (“Fool’s Gold”) is grateful for her magician friend’s help in a decidedly locked room treasure hunt case involving a stolen museum-quality chess set.

VERDICT A cozy triple-scoop that tastes divine… the pleasantly contrasting novellas make it easy to finish off a story in one sitting, plus each novella serves as a prequel to the respective author’s full-length work.

Blogroll: Huff Post Books

Shrimp, Grits and Murder

by Chef John Malik

Are you looking for a clever murder mystery? One with a unique sense of place and enough quirky characters to make the cast of The Big Bang Theory take notice? Can you deal with a ghost as a central character? And I don’t mean a ghost in the traditional sense, one that fades in and out on a whisper and holds the same mass as the aromatic vapors of a warm chicken pot pie. Nope. This ghost comes and goes when summoned, holds conversations with a dear friend and plays an integral part in a tightly knit crime drama. If you can let yourself go long enough to enjoy the preposterousness of the ghost of a 17 -year-old sworn to protect the fictional island of Stella Maris, just north of Charleston, S.C., then you’re going to love Lowcountry Boil, the debut novel of Susan M. Boyer. [Read more...]

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Blogroll: Mystery Scene Review

Humor is in the ascendancy in Susan M. Boyer’s Lowcountry Boil. A plethora of Southern eccentrics populate this rousing tale of murder and real estate on the tiny South Carolina island of Stella Maris. After her beloved grandmother dies, PI Liz Talbot suspects murder and uses her considerable investigative skills to find out the truth. Along the way, she discovers a plot to develop the serene island for tourism, something the island’s strict zoning laws have historically forbidden.

Murder may be a serious matter, but there are guffaws galore as author Boyer treats us to some of the goofiest and most loveable characters in crime fiction. There’s Liz’s cousin Colleen, who, due to her untimely death, is now a ghost who delights in popping up at untimely moments; Liz’s mother, who believes that mayhem and heartbreak can be cured by freshening up your lipstick; Liz’s shotgun-toting daddy; her brother, the perpetually perplexed police chief; and last, but certainly not least, Chumley, a drooling basset hound.

Twisted humor has long been a tradition in Southern literature (maybe it’s the heat and humidity), and Boyer delivers it with both barrels. In lesser hands, all the hijinks could be distracting, but not in Lowcountry Boil. Boyer’s voice is so perky that no matter what looney mayhem her characters commit, we happily dive in with them. An original and delightful read.

—Betty Webb

Blogroll: Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More

Guest Post: Terri Austin, author of Last Diner Standing

 

Hi, Melissa! Thanks so much for having me on Mochas, Mysteries and More! It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve just released my second Rose Strickland Mystery, LAST DINER STANDING—a traditional, amateur sleuth mystery with a dash of spicy humor.Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year’s tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles across dead bodies, ex-cons, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers as she searches for the truth. What she finds will leave her entrenched in a battle for freedom she might not survive. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

Mystery We Write Tour: Larissa Reinhart

Larissa Reinhart began her writing career in second grade when she sold her first publication to a neighbor for a nickel. After moving around the Midwest, Japan, and the South, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. Portrait of a Dead Guy is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. For more about Larissa, check out her blog theexpatreturneth.blogspot.com. [Read more...]

Blogroll: The Outside Lane

Front Page Fatality–an Interview with the Author, LynDee Walker

You may remember my Cousin-in-Law, LynDee Walker, from such hits as Women Worth Knowing: Meet LynDee, or What is Sexy: Part Two, or her parenting articles for The Examiner, but pretty soon she is going to stand out in your mind as one of Henery Press‘ premier authors.  Nothing could make me happier than to introduce you to LynDee as the author of the Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery Series.

Isn’t that the cutest book cover ever?!

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

The first book of the series, Front Page Fatality, will be available to the public on January 29, 2013, but since I know the author *hair fluff* I got an advance copy to enjoy.  Now, I love spoilers, but I know most people don’t, so I won’t tell you ANYTHING about the story (because if I try, I’ll spill), but I will tell you this:  Front Page Fatality is a tightly written, interesting mystery that is fun to read because of how vibrantly and realistically Nichelle Clarke is written.  From the top of her head, to the soles of her Louboutin shod feet, Nichelle is personable, relatable, and exactly the kind of person you’d like to take out for Happy Hour.

Since I can’t do any real talking, I asked LynDee if she would.  I’m excited to bring you The Outside Lane’s first official interview with soon-to-be-best-selling author, LynDee Walker. [Read more...]

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