Blogroll: Terry’s Place

Give Me A Beach by Terry Odell

Today I wel­come Susan M. Boyer to Terry’s Place. Susan is a life-long book lover and author of the Liz Tal­bot mys­tery series. She tags along with her hus­band on busi­ness trips when­ever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh cof­fee all day and cook­ies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occa­sion­ally visit.

Susan will be giv­ing away a copy of her book, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL to one lucky com­menter. Win­ner will get to choose for­mat: dig­i­tal or print. You have until Fri­day to enter.

And while Susan is here, I’m also giv­ing away a book at Just Roman­tic Sus­pense.

Like many folks, I love the beach. Give me a beach umbrella, a chair, and a book, and I am one happy camper. I used to swim in the ocean, or per­haps more accu­rately, bob around in it, and ride the waves on any­thing that would float. That was before my close encounter with a stingray.

The waters off the coast of South Car­olina have a fair amount of sand and such stir­ring around in them cour­tesy of the rivers flow­ing into the Atlantic in the vicin­ity. Dis­claimer: I’m not a sci­en­tist who stud­ies such things. This is the rea­son I’ve been given since child­hood when I ask why the water in South Car­olina isn’t as clear as south Florida and the Caribbean. This could just as eas­ily be some­thing Mamma pulled out of thin air to keep me quite. I digress. The point is, you can’t see the bottom. [Read more...]

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Blogroll: Karen’s Killer Book Bench

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer by Karen’s Killer Book Bench

Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench where, every Wednesday, readers can discover talented new authors and take a peek inside their wonderful books. This is not an age-filtered site so all book peeks are PG-13 or better. Come back and visit often. Happy reading!

LOWCOUNTRY BOIL by Susan M. Boyer Book Blurb

Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Everybody Need A Little Romance

Susan Boyer Visits ENALR by Cynthia D’Alba

Hi Susan. I’m thrilled you added EverybodyNeedsALittleRomance to your blog stops for Lowcountry Boil.  I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Lowcountry Boil and just loved it. It has the feel of a cozy mystery but isn’t your usual cozy! Click here for my review.

Cynthia D’Alba

Let’s start with Susan Boyer, the author. Tell us a little more about you.

Cynthia, first, thank you so much for having me on Everybody Needs a Little Romance today! I am married to my best friend, Jim. I usually call him Sugar, and my family and friends are so accustomed to it, even some of them call him Sugar as well. We have four children—three of his, one of mine, all of them ours. Our nest is sporadically empty. Our youngest child is still in boomerang mode.

Do you have another job other than writing? What?

No, I write full time. I should rephrase that. My full-time job is author. I’m learning there is much more involved than just the writing. I had a day job for years, first as a computer programmer, then a systems analyst, then a project manager, and later a store planner for a ladies apparel store chain. But I’ve always wanted to write, and when I got the chance to make the transition, I took it.

Why do you write (other than the obvious fame and fortune it will bring)? [Read more...]

Book Review: SOUTHSIDE BOOK REVIEWS

Reviews Of Books Recently Written By Southside Authors: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

The title of Larissa Reinhart’s debut novel refers to the coffin portrait Cherry Tucker is painting of murder victim Dustin Branson.  It also refers to the biographical portrait of the man himself which emerges in the story as Cherry tries to find out who his murderer is.  But I think the story is really a portrait of Cherry Tucker herself (and of the other wacky inhabitants of the contemporary rural Southern town where she lives).

Cherry is a graduate of one of our nation’s premier art educational institutions, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she was molded into a skilled professional artist.  But she is an amateur in her sleuthing and in her relationships with men, which generates the wacky humor in the story.  She is, however a feisty and delightful character whose adventures proceed at a rapid pace spiced with silly stuff not only from her and other humans but also from her ornery goat Tatter — if you like goat humor, you will enjoy Tatter! [Read more...]

Book Review: LOWCOUNTRY BOIL

Lowcountry Boil by Susan Boyer – A Review by Cynthia D’Alba

 From the back of the book:  Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer.

She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.

I found this book to be a totally charming read. The author’s voice and writing style are cozy-mystery in tone but the protagonist here is a professional private investigator (as opposed to a nosey heroine we find in so many cozies!) [Read more...]

Blogroll: Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

Book Club Friday – Guest Author Larissa Reinhart by Anastasia Pollack

Our Book Club Friday guest today is award-winning author Larissa Reinhart. Larissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. When she’s not writing about southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat. Learn more about Larissa at her website.  Larissa is offering an advance reading copy of Portrait of a Dead Guy to one of our readers who posts a comment to the blog. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday to learn if you’re the winner. — AP

Do Good Girls Love Bad Boys? Uh, Yeah

The other night, while watching an episode of Girls, my husband turned to me with a look of such concern and disgust, I immediately clicked out of Pinterest and focused on my distraught betrothed.

“Why,” he sputtered, “do nice girls think they like bad guys?”

I refrained from delivering some smart-mouth remark, but instead of returning to pinning other people’s pictures, I gave his question a moment’s thought. The Good Girl-Bad Boy axiom is older than the reclaimed hills we live on. Drooling over bad boys isn’t just a rebellious need to overthrow our Electra complexes. It’s more to do with the Alpha male so inherent in bad boys. Which is why, as writers and readers, we love our fictional bad boys. They’re swimming with Alpha pheromones, and we can dip our toes in their testosterone without actually getting wet. Theoretically. [Read more...]

Book Release Day!

LOWCOUNTRY BOIL by Susan M. Boyer

Happy Release Day to debut author Susan M. Boyer!!! Her 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award-Winning Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boil, is available TODAY! This traditional mystery mixes mayhem and manners, enveloping the reader in sea, sand, and suspense. The Hen House is just bursting with pride over Susan M. Boyer and her fantastic page-turning gem. And we’re not the only ones who adore this book:

“Plenty of secrets, long-simmering feuds, and greedy ventures make for a captivating read…Boyer’s chick lit PI debut charmingly showcases South Carolina island culture.” – Library Journal

“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” — Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

“I love this book. And you will too. Witty, droll, clever—and just a tad quirky! This light-hearted and authentically Southern mystery is full of heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature. Susan M. Boyer is a fresh new voice in crime fiction!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha & Macavity Winning Author of The Other Woman

 

 

Blogroll: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Review of  LOWCOUNTRY BOIL by Lesa’s Book Critiques

Today is release day for Susan M. Boyer’s debut mystery, Lowcountry Boil. And, it’s quite a debut. This terrific traditional mystery has been nominated for both the Golden HeartAward from Romance Writers of America as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Mainstream Category (unpublished division). Anyone who enjoys a solid traditional mystery set in the South will be glad Henery Press, a small independent publisher, recognized Boyer’s ability.

Meet Liz Talbot, the private investigator who is the sleuth in Boyer’s Liz Talbot mysteries. For six years, she’s been a partner with Nate Andrews in Talbot & Andrews, a private investigative firm in Greenville, South Carolina. Her grandmother’s unexpected death sends her home to Stella Maris, a small sea island near Charleston. But, when her brother, the local police chief, tells her Gram was murdered, she packs up to move to the house she inherited, and find a killer. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Kaki’s Blog

Virgin No More: Susan M. Boyer! by Kaki Warner

And our next virgin is…(drumroll)…   SUSAN M. BOYER!  Susan has been making up stories her whole life. She tags along with her husband on business trips whenever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh coffee all day and cookies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occasionally visit. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, Relief Journal, The Petigru Review, and Catfish Stew. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® Finalist and a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist.

Susan is generously giving away one copy of her award-winning debut to one lucky commenter—in the format of the winner’s choice: Kindle, Nook, or Trade Paperback. So please come on by, read her wonderful post about her journey to publication, then go check out her mystery—Lowcountry Boil. It sounds like a wonderful read: here’s a taste… [Read more...]

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