Happy Release Day! Heartache Motel!

Heartache Motel! by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

HEARTACHE MOTELA Hip-Swingin’ Release!

The Hen House chickens are all shook up and bustin’ out their best Elvis moves! Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker certainly know how to start off the season. Dead impersonators, poker hustlers, and stolen memorabilia are nothing that these amateur sleuths can’t handle. HEARTACHE MOTEL is a must for any blue suede shoe wearin’, mystery lovin’ reader on your shopping list!

Heartache Motel, written by three talented storytellers, is three times the fun and mystery…It is the perfect rainy day, sunny day, I don’t feel like getting out of bed book. Have your Happy Holidays with a 5-star humorous set-of-three mysteries.” – Heather Haven, Author of the Humorous Alvarez Family and Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries

“I was laughing out loud and couldn’t stop turning the pages as I read the adventures of amateur sleuths Rose Strickland, Cherry Tucker, and Nichelle Clarke, who find themselves at the Heartache Motel in Memphis, just in time for Christmas.” – Gigi Pandian, Author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or to any of the authors. We’d love to hear from you.


Cheers!

Happy Book Birthday! FORGET ME NOT by Heather Ashby

FORGET ME NOT To celebrate the release of the second book in her LOVE IN THE FLEET series, Heather Ashby talks about the influence her experience in the Navy has had on her writing career, her Best of 2013 award from Suspense Magazine, and of course, FORGET ME NOT.

You come from a large family of military veterans, yourself included. Did that influence your decision to join the Navy?        

Surprisingly, no. My parents both served during WWII, but most everybody’s dad did when I was growing up, so I didn’t pay much attention. However, when I was figuring out a way to finish college, I happened to be on vacation in Jacksonville, Florida. Everything clicked into place when I met sailors from Naval Station Mayport. Realizing enlisting in the Navy would allow me to finish college and have an adventure, I left for boot camp within three months. Little did I know I’d be writing books about sailors out of Naval Station Mayport thirty plus years later!

Another example of your never-ending generosity, you’ve decided to donate half of all royalties received from your LOVE IN THE FLEET series to the Fisher Foundation. Why this charity in particular?

My son joined the Army pre-9/11 so it was a shock to all of us when he spent his 20th birthday searching caves for Taliban and his 21st taking Baghdad. My husband and I were blessed beyond belief that our son returned safe and whole from 18 months of combat. Fisher House lodges and supports families who have not fared as well as ours, while their military members receive treatment at military hospitals.

In a Hen House full of mystery writers, what was it like to be Henery’s first romantic suspense author?

I was very impressed with the treatment my Golden Heart® sister, Susan Boyer, and her books received at Henery Press. I submitted my manuscript and said, “and if you don’t take this genre, can you please recommend a small print press as good as yours that does.” I was beyond thrilled when they wanted to buy my series! My stories do have suspenseful elements, so I think I kind of squeaked in with romantic mystery.

Suspense Magazine recently put your first novel FORGIVE & FORGET on their Best Of 2013 list. That’s spectacular! Not bad for a debut author. :) How did you celebrate? 

Now, this just about blew me away, because I think I write love stories. Okay, so they’re suspenseful, but the focus is the love story. My husband and I celebrated the award by looking up their list of “Best of 2012” and were excited to see some Henery Press names along with some very well-known authors. That’s when I started to get that this might be a big thing. I am thrilled and honored. And I’m glad to bring this award home for Henery Press, because they were instrumental in making my stories the best they can be.

Now, playing favorites and including each and every bias, which leading man do you like better? Phillip from FORGIVE & FORGET or Sky from FORGET ME NOT?FORGIVE FMN dual email blast 2

Sky is the kind of guy I dated and Philip is the kind of guy I looked for when it was time to settle down. Fortunately, I found him. I still adore bantering with Sky-type guys, and will probably be doing it in the nursing home some day. Maybe it comes from hanging with military men for so many years.

 You’ve said before that Phillip & Hallie’s relationship in FORGIVE & FORGET is somewhat autobiographical. Is any of that autobiography present in FORGET ME NOT?

It’s quite possible that Sky is me if I were a guy. First of all, I’ve been a sport flirter my entire life. Sky is ADHD and his mind races in a thousand directions. Let’s just say I understand how his brain works, which makes him soooo easy to write. The mentor, George, is a compilation of three delightful retired Naval officers at my mother’s nursing home, here in Atlantic Beach, Florida. The veterinary clinic in the story is based on my vet’s office and the Siamese matchmaking cat is one of my rescue cats.

Finally, tell us your favorite romance novel and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.

I can’t choose just one book, but if I can have a series, it would be Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter Series. For starters, it was my escape when my son was at war and the catalyst that sparked me to write military romance. Although her books are considered Romantic Suspense, they are more romance than suspense, the way I like it. I want a really good love story with just enough external conflict to threaten my hero and heroine or their relationship.

It’s her voice that makes her stories. I read them over and over again, and sometimes I don’t even care what happens. It’s the way she writes, how she tells a story, the language and attitude in her writing that keeps me coming back for more. I do not have a favorite genre, but am drawn instead to any works that have exceptional voice. Another reason I love all the Henery Press books!

 

The Secret’s Out! CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE by Annette Dashofy

A cover so good, it refused to hide.

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCEMurderous secrets may run rampant in Annette Dashofy’s debut novel, but not here at the Hen House! We’re happily revealing the intriguing cover for CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE. Unlock the secrets of the first book in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series set to release March 2014.

Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Annette.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

 Hen House Staff

 

Happy Release Day! DINER IMPOSSIBLE by Terri L. Austin

Happy Release Day! DINER IMPOSSIBLE by Terri L. Austin

DINER IMPOSSIBLECelebrating her THIRD book release, we’re excited to be chatting with Henery’s first published author, Terri L. Austin.  In this exclusive HP interview, Terri compares the release of her first book with the release of her third, the necessity of white noise in the background, and her almost red leather purchase.

HP:  Congratulations on the release of DINER IMPOSSIBLE! Release days are always very exciting and in just three weeks, you’ll be celebrating another one. Your novella “Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers” will premier in the HEARTACHE MOTEL anthology December 10, 2013. How do you normally spend your release days?

TA:  Thanks! I usually have a blog tour in the works, but mostly, I spend the day working. It keeps my nerves to a minimum and I tell myself I’m being productive at the same time.

HP:  DINERS, DIVES, & DEAD ENDS was the first Henery Press mystery to enter the world. It’s more than a year later and you’ve just released DINER IMPOSSIBLE, the third in the Rose Strickland series. Congratulations cannot be said enough! How is this release day different from the first?

TA:  Your first book is like having your first child, but without the crying. Mostly. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was a bundle of nerves. With the second book, I kept myself busy, writing throughout the day. I imagine release day gets easier with each book. At least that’s what I tell myself!

HP:  As a self-proclaimed ‘empty nester,’ have you embraced the quiet? Or just created a new kind of noise?

TA:  I have a white noise machine going at all times. I think I write better with a consistent noise in the background. My friends tell me they listen to theme music or watch TV while writing. I wish I could do that, but I can’t. White noise is as crazy as I get.

HP:  I read that you are a collector of watches. Which one from your collection would you consider to be the best find?Twitter-00

TA:  I just bought two more today! I bought a lovely, chunky rose gold chain watch that I’m dying to wear. I saw a red leather watch with studs the other day. I managed to pass it up, but it was difficult.

HP:  In DINER IMPOSSIBLE, or in any of the Rose Strickland mysteries, I really admire the tight friendship between Rose, Roxy, Axton, and even Stoner Joe. Do you have a similar Rat Pack you belong to?

TA:  I do. My girls are always there for me. They may not be as eccentric as Rose and her crew, but they’re every bit as loyal. I’m lucky to have them in my life.

HP:  Upon completing a draft, you’ve said you always make sure to send it out to beta readers for critiques before submission. Do you use the same betas consistently or do you prefer to mix it up?

TA:  I usually send it to the same core people every time. Occasionally, I might throw another opinion into the bunch, but I’ve developed a trust with my betas. That’s the key, I think: trust.

HP:  Finally, tell us your favorite mystery and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.

TA:  My all-time fave is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I was in seventh grade and I never saw the end coming. Mysteries are great because they allow the reader to become an armchair detective. I love trying to figure out the bad guy before the hero does. That’s part of the fun!

HIJACK IN ABSTRACT by Larissa Reinhart

Happy Book Birthday! HIJACK IN ABSTRACT by Larissa Reinhart

closeup1-681x1024HP:  From Japan to Georgia, Larissa Reinhart is a one woman dynamo. We are lucky to have her here talking about her time spent abroad, life in the golf cart lane, and her newest book HIJACK IN ABSTRACT.

LR:  Hey y’all! Thanks for the opportunity to chat.

HP:  Larissa, you are quite the globetrotter. Japan, Thailand, and Egypt are just a few of the places you’ve visited. Do you have any plans for future traveling expeditions?

LR:  We are always up for travel. We hope to go back to Japan this summer for a few weeks. My girls and I haven’t been back since we returned from living there three years ago, although my husband travels to Japan quite often. We want to visit friends and check out our old haunts. I even hope to do a book signing while I’m there! Right now I’m working on a place to stay that’s not a hotel room.

We’d also love to go back to Europe. My husband and I have been there a few times and took the girls to France when they were babies. However, mainly we travel back and forth within the U.S. Both sides of the family are ten hours away in opposite directions. And I make those drives at least four times a year.

HP: It’s really amazing that you adopted your children from China. Your girls are absolutely beautiful. Did your travels in the East influence your decision to choose China?

LR:  Well, thank you! I think they’re pretty cute. Actually our travels partly influenced our decision. Growing up, I babysat two boys adopted from South Korea, so the idea of a multi-cultural home was familiar. We also felt very comfortable with adopting from Asia because we had both studied some Asian history. My husband has a M.A. in Japanese Art History and is fluent in Japanese. We lived in Japan twice before adopting our girls, where I taught English.

However the book, The Lost Daughters of China really influenced our decision. The One Child Policy in China has ravaged that country in the last thirty years. There’s an underpopulation of girls now because of it. In China, the son takes care of his parents. Daughters leave the home to live with their husband’s family. This is particularly true in rural areas and among the poor. When you can only have one child, you’re faced with a terrible choice. These brave parents leave their daughters in places where she’ll be found quickly with the hope they can have a better life. The adopted children are called “Lucky Babies.”

My oldest daughter was found in a tax office at three months old. Can you imagine giving up your baby after three months of caring for her, maybe in secret? My youngest was found on the orphanage steps at a day old. Ads are placed in the local newspapers for about three months in search for the parents. But it’s illegal to give up your child. I know families who can afford to do so, sneak into Hong Kong to have their babies where they won’t be registered. This was all true ten years ago when we adopted our first daughter. Hopefully as China’s economy is improving, this situation will get better.

Sounds like a dystopian novel doesn’t it? But I firmly believe that my husband and I were meant to parent the children we have. It just so happened our daughters were born in China!

HP:  Did you all go trick or treating this year for Halloween? And let us know your costumes!

LR:  The girls were book characters. My oldest is into Harry Potter (finally! I’ve been waiting!) so she went as Hermione. The little one read Ruby the Red Fairy and went as Ruby. So cute! We live in a planned city created with miles of golf cart paths. Folks walk their dogs by golf cart. I take my children to school by golf cart. It’s crazy. So, of course, they trick-or-treated by golf cart.

*This interview was conducted on a golf cart.

HP:  HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. Does it get easier as the series continues, or more difficult?

LR:  I’m nodding to both answers. I wrote a post on this for Romance University about a month ago, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Series Writing.” LOL! You know the characters so well that a lot of that side of the writing is intuitive. Naturally, Cherry would make this or that decision. To keep it fresh is difficult. I write very linearly in terms of picking up where I left off in the last book. However, I want someone who starts reading mid-series to not feel lost without boring the readers who have stuck with the series.

I also have to juggle a lot of characters. It seems everyone (but Cherry) is hooking up with someone new. So some characters are not as prevalent in one book, but will take their turn in another book. The characters have to learn to share or they’ll start falling off the pages. I’m imagining that old nursery rhyme “Roll Over” where they all roll over and one falls out.

Of course, Cherry keeps center stage. As she is want to do.

HP:  Having taught English in Japan and World History at home, do you have any plans to return to teaching?IMG_4181

LR:  I teach every day from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break to drive to various activities, then more teaching until dinner time. Third grade is going to kill me.

HP:  Recently you wrote the novella “Quick Sketch,” which will appear in HEARTACHE MOTEL along with two other novellas by LynDee Walker and Terri Austin. What was it like collaborating with two other authors? Did you jam out to Elvis during your brainstorming sessions?

LR:  I totally jammed to Elvis while writing! Now my kids love Elvis. Collaborating was so much fun. At first, it was a game. What would happen if Cherry met Rose or Nichelle (Terri and LynDee’s characters)? How would we get them together? Could they swap supporting men (just kidding, not really)? When OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE came out, we had an Aha moment. Three interconnecting mysteries. In Memphis (someone threw out Graceland). At Christmas (the only time of year they might all travel to the same place). We pitched the idea to our editor and were amazed when she fell for it. I mean accepted it.

There was a flurry of emails in the beginning. Half of them ridiculous, intent on making each other snort. Actually, most of that brainstorming was ridiculous. We used Pinterest to share research photos. I have no idea where the female impersonators originated. They just showed up one day and suddenly the motel was filled with Elvis’s gals, all in drag.

I love my Priscilla. She may be my favorite character to date.

Each of our mysteries were realized independently. I wanted to do a scam/caper/heist. I think Terri had focused on an Elvis robbery from the beginning. LynDee wanted a theft with “no dead people.” When I finally read Terri and LynDee’s, their mysteries were a surprise. Actually, I think that was the most fun. Reading the harvest created from our crazy brainstorm seed planting.

HP:  Finally, tell us your favorite mystery and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.

LR:  That’s not a fair question! I have so many favorites. In the mystery genre, I really prefer British classics from the first half of the twentieth century. Which makes total sense why I would write modern American redneck mysteries, right?

The author I turn back to the most is Agatha Christie. I reread her mysteries because I love the characters, her voice, and the time period. Then I’d have to whittle it down to And Then There Were None, The Secret Adversary, and They Came to Baghdad. I love the plot and overall creepiness in And Then There Were None. I love the characters (Tommy and Tuppence, still my favorite detectives) in The Secret Adversary. And I love the setting  and style of They Came to Baghdad.

Thanks so much for this fun interview!

Larissa

Happy Release Day! HIJACK IN ABSTRACT by Larissa Reinhart

Painted to Perfection

HIJACK IN ABSTRACTParty time!! Paint brushes at the ready, little chickens. We’re decorating the Hen House to celebrate the book birthday of Larissa Reinhart’s HIJACK IN ABSTRACT. Cherry Tucker is back in action and sassier than ever. The third book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series goes on display today, so grab your copy and get sleuthing!

“Reinhart manages to braid a complicated plot into a tight and funny tale. The reader grows to love Cherry and her quirky worldview, her sometimes misguided judgment, and the eccentric characters that populate the country of Halo, Georgia. Cozy fans will love this latest Cherry Tucker mystery.” – Mary Marks, New York Journal of Books

“Cherry Tucker is back – tart-tongued and full of sass. With her paint-stained fingers in every pie, she’s in for a truckload of trouble.” – J.J. Murphy, Author of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries

“I love this series! Cheeky, clever, and compelling—keeps me reading way too late. This book has one of the most original—and fun—love triangles you’ll ever come across.” – Kaye George, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Imogene Duckworthy Mysteries

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Larissa. We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Hen House Staff

Politics, Scandal, & Designer Footwear

BURIED LEADSNichelle Clarke is back and we couldn’t be more excited for her return!! Once again, she finds herself heel deep in drama. Equipped with her extra-high designer shoes, she must use her reporter’s instinct to uncover the truth behind the murder of an influential lobbyist. LynDee Walker’s follow up to FRONT PAGE FATALITY will have you turning pages faster than you can say “Louboutin.” So, let’s give BURIED LEADS a feather flappin’ round of applause as its takes its first steps into the book world.

“Very smartly written and cleverly plotted, with a nifty surprise ending. Another winner from author LynDee Walker!” —Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mystery Series

“A must read for any mystery fan. I loved Front Page Fatality, but Buried Leads may be my favorite in the series to date. If you’re a fan of mysteries or contemplating trying a new genre, I highly recommend Buried Leads. Five stars!” – Literary, etc.

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or LynDee.  We’d love to hear from you.


Cheers!

Hen House Staff

Happy Release Day! BURIED LEADS by LynDee Walker

BURIED LEADSFrom awardwinning crime reporter to bestselling author, LynDee Walker is here with us today to talk about Virginian enchiladas, her once-upon-a-time dream to be a country music star, and her newest book BURIED LEADS.  Thanks for having me on today, y’all! I can’t believe launch day is finally here!

HP:  As a reporter, what news story or article made the most impact on you?

LW:  Two things always stand out when I think about my reporting career: September 11, and people who lost children.

Being a journalist on 9/11 was hard, but it was also one of those days when doing my job made it feel like I was helping, somehow, which was nice.   [Read more...]

#SpookyChicken

Spooky Chicken BasketHappy October from the Hen House! The season for fluffy blankets, mugs of cocoa, and reading mysteries by the fire is finally here. So we’re celebrating with a happy hashtag hurrah – and a cozy gift basket for the prize!

Use #SpookyChicken on Facebook or Twitter (any tweet, retweet or post) and we’ll enter you into the drawing. And for extra fun, you can enter as many times as you can tweet/post #SpookyChicken!

Content doesn’t have to be Halloween related, book related, or anything chicken related. You can even say “I love Wednesdays. #SpookyChicken.”  And for those especially funny tweets and posts, extra special prizes will be awarded every few days.

The contest starts today and runs until October 31, and here’s the grand basket one lucky chicken will win:

A cozy basket stuffed with fall goodness

  • A dark brown wicker lidded basket
  • A snuggly throw blanket
  • A limited edition Henery Press mug (signed & numbered, peeps)
  • 5 ARCS: DOUBLE DIP, PIRATE VISHNU, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, DINER IMPOSSIBLE, & HEARTACHE MOTEL
  • A Pumpkin Spice scented candle (one of our favorite Pottery Barn finds)
  • A stack of Ghiradelli Double Chocolate hot cocoa packs
  • A box of pumpkin spice chai tea
  • A jar of the most deliciously scented Mulling Spices

If you don’t already, like Henery Press on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep updated on contest happenings. We’ll announce the grand basket prize winner on November 1. Happy Hashtagging, little chickens!!

Viva La NetGalley!

HEARTACHE MOTEL Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

HEARTACHE MOTELGet A Rockin’ And A Rollin’ 

Elvis has left the building and shimmied on over to NetGalley! Break out the sparkly jumpsuit, grab the mike, and get ready for a long night spent reading these three novellas by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker. Admission is free, so visit NetGalley to download your copy of HEARTACHE MOTEL today!

Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers by Terri L. Austin- A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella.

When Rose heads to Graceland right before Christmas, she gets all shook up: the motel is a dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never.

Quick Sketch by Larissa Reinhart- A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella

Cherry Tucker pops into Memphis to help a friend who’s been hustled out of his savings, and quickly finds herself in a dangerous sting that could send her to the slammer or mark her as a pigeon from cons looking for an even bigger score.

Dateline Memphis by LynDee Walker – A Headlines in High Heels Mystery Novella

A quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places for crime reporter Nichelle Clarke. When the King’s home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight, and right into the thief’s crosshairs.

Visit NetGalley to find out more!

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or any of the authors.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Henery Press

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