Blogroll: dru’s book musings

Those Darn Racks…A Day in The Life of Faith Hunter by Christina Freeburn

 

“Your grandmothers said you needed my help.” Steve placed a large cup of coffee on the counter, pushing it toward me.

I held in my sigh…a cross between annoyance, resignation and appreciation of a man’s hotness. One thing Steve had going for him was his keen insight on how a peace offering made meddling a little better–especially, when his offering combined caffeine and chocolate into a delicious beverage. Once again, I’d forgive his attempt to play knight-in-shining armor to the damsel-in-distress my grandmothers kept insisting I was.

“Can’t say that I do.” I lifted the foam cup to my mouth and blew on the steam.

Steve’s mouth quirked up. Darn him. Why did he have to be gorgeous? It would be so much easier if he lacked manners, never showered, and my grandmothers loathed him. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Chick Lit +

CLP Blog Tours: Spotlight & Interview with Terri L. Austin

 

Thanks to Terri L. Austin for letting me interview her today for her stop on CLP Blog Tours for Diners, Dives & Deads. Please visit her tour page for more information and a giveaway.Please, tell us a little bit about you, who’s Terri L. Austin?

I’m a writer, wife, and mom to two. My youngest went off to college this fall, so this is the first time in forever that I haven’t had kids in the house. I’m officially an empty nester. Or as I like to call it—free. My husband works from home as well, so we meet up for coffee breaks, lunch, and make dinner together.

What was your favorite part of the writing of Diners, Dives & Dead Ends?

I love my characters. I never know what they’ll say or do next. I like to wake up every morning and wonder what they have in store for me. Rose, my main character, is a bit of an underdog. After turning her back on her wealthy parents and their overbearing ways, Rose is a waitress and part-time student. I hope readers can relate to her and her struggles.

I also write a lot of humor. So I love snappy, witty dialogue. To me, dialogue and quirky characters are the best part of writing.

Tell us why we should read your book.

If you’re looking for a laugh or a fun mystery, this book is for you. Roxy Block, Rose’s best friend is a bit of a loose cannon. As Rose navigates the mystery, she has Roxy by her side. Which isn’t always helpful, but it’s always funny.

Also, if you love hot bad guys—Diners is your book. And really, who doesn’t love a hot bad guy?

How did you get the idea to write Diners, Dives & Dead Ends?

I wanted a heroine the reader can root for. I like to think Rose is a good candidate. She’s unsure about her life and her future, but she keeps trying to figure it out. When her friend, Axton, goes missing, Rose is determined to find him.

My goal was to write a book about a sassy heroine and her missing stoner friend. I wanted to show loyalty, friendship, and let the reader have a lot of laughs along the way. I basically wrote the type of book I love to read.

What was your favorite character from Diners, Dives & Dead Ends?

That’s a hard one. I love them all. Rose, of course, since she’s my heroine and we see everything through her perspective. Roxy is a snarky, loveable oddball. Ma, Rose’s boss, is almost eighty, but thinks she’s still twenty-five and insists on tagging along. And then there’s Sullivan, the aforementioned hot bad guy. I really can’t choose. It’s like asking a mom which kid is her favorite. She may have one, but she’ll never admit it.

Are there any songs you could list as the theme of this book or any of your characters?

It’s an oldie, but Me and My Friends by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Freaks of a feather stick together.

Can you give any details of the second part in Rose Strickland Mystery Series?

LAST DINER STANDING comes out December 3rd and 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.

Diners, Dives and Dead Ends

A Rose Strickland Mystery

By Terri L. Austin

978-1938383007

Henery Press

As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland’s life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she’s hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out.

With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose discovers political corruption, illegal gambling, and shady corporations. She’s gone from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn.  Amazon, Kobo, B&N

 Giveaway!

**Everyone who leaves a comment on Terri’s tour page will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Diners, Dives & Dead Ends before December 3 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

Author Bio:

Terri L. Austin lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo.  She loves to hear from readers. Find her on Twitter, FB, TerriLAustin.com, Goodreads and Henery Press. She and her writer friends have a book chat every Wednesday on Little Read Hens. Check it out and join in the conversation!

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Publishing Gives Back – Hurricane Sandy Relief

KENDEL FLAUM — MANAGING EDITOR, HENERY PRESS — PARTIAL CRITIQUE WITH FOLLOW-UP CALL

BIDDING NOW OPEN!
Critique of first 50 pages and follow-up phone call

Genre:  mystery

More on Kendel:

Kendel Flaum is a Southern California native who now parks her flip flops in Dallas, Texas. Deciding to combine her fifteen years of entrepreneurial savvy and over a decade of designing, writing, and editorial experience, she launched Henery Press, an independent publishing house focused on mystery and suspense. As managing editor, she’s always looking for engaging stories with sharp twists and lively characters, from cozies and crime capers to paranormals and PIs. She’s got a coop full of award-winners and nominees in the Hen House, and just loves finding a gem in the slush pile.

http://henerypress.com/

Place your bid in the comment section of this post.  Auction ends 9:00 a.m. EST, Wednesday, December 5th.  For full auction schedule and rules, click here.

So many of us in the publishing world are heartbroken over the devastation and tragedy that Hurricane Sandy wreaked on the East Coast.  There are many ways we can donate our time, money and resources, but BookEnds was eager to create another opportunity for publishing professionals to donate their skills to this cause which is so important to all of us.

We’re organizing an auction to benefit the American Red Cross.  Publishing professionals interested in donating a partial or full manuscript critique (or 20-minute phone call, meeting at a conference — other suggestions welcome) can e-mail me at klionetti@bookends-inc.com with “Auction” in the subject heading.  Please specify genres of interest and attach a photo, if you’d like.   I’ll start posting the items on Monday, November 26th and bidding for each item will be open for one week.  Winning bidders will verify their contribution by e-mailing their Red Cross donation receipt.

Publishing professionals may contact me with questions or interest at klionetti@bookends-inc.com.   Interested bidders, please just check back here on November 26th.

Thank you!

Blogroll: Feeling the Fiction

Mystery We Write Tour: Larissa Reinhart

 

Larissa Reinhart 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. However, adopting her daughters from China has been her most rewarding experience. After moving around the Midwest, the South and Japan, 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. When she’s not writing about southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat at theexpatreturneth.blogspot.com. She and her writing friends also chat weekly about books on their Little Read Hens Facebook page and littlereadhens.com. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Diners, Dives & Dead Ends (A Rose Strickland Mystery) by Terri L. Austin (Author Guest Post / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews welcomes Terri L. Austin, author of Diners, Dives & Dead Ends (A Rose Strickland Mystery – Book 1)!

Author Guest Post

Hello, Jersey Girl readers! And thank you, Kathleen, for having me on your blog today. It’s a pleasure to be here!

My name is Terri L. Austin and I’m the author of Diners, Dives & Dead Ends. My humorous mystery debut features heroine, Rose Strickland. Rose is a former rich girl who turned her back on her wealthy parents and their overbearing ways to strike out on her own.

Rose was fun to write. She’s a complex character and a girl you’d want as your BFF. She’s loyal to her friends—a quirky bunch—smart, and hard-working. She hasn’t quite figured her life out, but she’s trying. I wanted a likable heroine who’s a bit of an underdog, but has a lot of heart. I like to think Rose fits the bill.

The secondary characters in Diners made me laugh out loud. Roxy was a blast to write. Inspired by the Loli girls my daughter saw on her trip to Japan, Roxy follows her own path. And it’s sometimes a strange one. Then there’s Ma, Rose’s boss. She’s a sassy senior who likes to hang with her girls. And that’s fine. As long as she doesn’t break a hip while she’s doing it. Axton, an affable stoner with a secret, is Rose’s friend from her old life. And then there’s the smoking hot bad guy who makes Rose forget she’s a good girl. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Karen Doctor blog

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s *Author Special* with Terri L. Austin

 

Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!!  Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors.

Introducing author, TERRI L. AUSTIN, and her favorite recipe for PUMPKIN BREAD!

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BOOK PEEK ~   LAST DINER STANDING by Terri L. Austin

Henery Press
978 1938383083
Released December 3, 2012

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.

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About the author, Terri L. Austin….

Terri L. Austin lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo.  She’s the author of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends—a Rose Strickland Mystery.  “Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.” Kirkus Reviews

She loves to hear from readers and you can finder her on Twitter, FB, Goodreads, TerriLAustin.com, and Henery Press. Terri and some of her writer friends have a Wednesday book chat on Little Read Hens. Stop by and join the conversation. [Read more...]

Happy Tofurkey Day!

We wish you and your families a peaceful day.  Thank you for all your support!   – The Henery Press team

Blogroll: Scrapping Is Heart Work blog

Scrapbooking mystery is beautifully composed by Cynthia McCloud

 

A first for me and this blog — I read and reviewed a scrapbooking mystery!

Here’s my review of “Cropped to Death” by Christina Freeburn, a fellow writer, West Virginian and scrapbooker.

“Cropped To Death” is a cozy mystery that exceeds expectations. The author, Christina Freeburn, writes what she knows: scrapbooking and small-town West Virginia life. As a West Virginian who scrapbooks and runs a scrapbooking retreat for women, I was excited to get my hands on an Advance Reader Copy. The 290-page book, published by Henery Press, will be on sale Nov. 20, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. [Read more...]

Congrats to Christina Freeburn on today’s release, CROPPED TO DEATH

The first book in Freeburn’s Faith Hunter mystery series, this novel brings together her love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia.

 

As a former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Grab your glitter and your glue gun and help us celebrate Christina and the release of her crafty mystery!

Blogroll: Evolvedworld

Excerpt and Review: Diners, Dives and Dead Ends by Terri L Austin

 

Diners, Dives & Dead Ends 

By Terri L Austin (Henery Press, 2012)

As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland’s life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she’s hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out.

With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and a pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose discovers political corruption, illegal gambling, and shady corporations. She’s gone from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn.

Diners, Dives & Dead Ends is the first book in the Rose Strickland humorous mystery series. Last Diner Standing will be published December 3, 2012.

Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

Available as paperback and ebook.

Read also Terri’s guest blog about Bad Guys, and her interview with Sophie Sansregret. [Read more...]

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