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Wednesday Coffee with LynDee Walker

LYNDEE WALKER

Welcome LynDee Walker! I’m thrilled to have you over today. Kick back and tell us all your secrets.

Thanks for having me, Jerrie! I really enjoy reading your blog and am glad to be here.

Tell us about your new release.

The book is a humorous mystery with sassy, smart heroine who is a lot of fun to write. Nichelle is a reporter who gets herself into more than she was really looking for when she starts poking around in a crime story that doesn’t add up. Plus, there are sexy men, shoes, and chocolate.

You write with a sense of humor, which I think is a true art form. What made you pick this genre?

I’m not sure I picked it—at least, not consciously. I read a lot of humorous mystery: Laura Levine’s Jaine Austen mysteries are some of my favorite books, and have been for years. When I started writing about Nichelle, I really didn’t know what kind of story it was going to turn out to be, but the funny elements have always been there. I love to read books that can make me laugh, so that’s what I wanted to write. The early drafts had a lot more romance, though. It wasn’t until I was revising that I figured out it was a mystery.

Where do you find story ideas?

A lot of the ones in Front Page came from my experience as a reporter, but I made them a little more interesting or funny.

How do you research for your novels?

I am on a first-name basis with Google (and probably on some sort of watch list for serial killers for some of my search terms). When I can’t find what I need online, I interview people.

What about your current release excites you the most?

Everything! It’s my first novel, so just the idea that people will read it and it might make someone laugh or make their day a little better is very exciting.

Do you set daily expectations or goals for your writing?

I try to hit at least 1,000 words a day, on average, and to write every day.

What do you know now that you wished you’d known when you started writing?

That fiction is a tough business! I worked in the news business for almost a decade and I have a pretty thick skin, but fiction publishing is a whole different beast. I took a break from querying for an entire year before I finally sold Front Page Fatality, and I think it really helped me gain perspective. Often, writers get so miserable in the query-go-round, they forget why they started writing in the first place. In that year, I wrote a whole other book, and rediscovered what I loved about writing. I think that also strengthened my skills, which helped when I went in to revise Front Page Fatality again.

Do you ever hit the wall or find you’ve written yourself into a corner? How do you turn that around?

All. The. Time. I plot out my mysteries (usually backward), but when it comes to the rest of the story, I’m a total pantser. So I find myself following rabbit trails that turn out to be ridiculous and won’t work in the story. I fix it by cutting the parts that don’t go. I’ve learned that you can’t get too attached to a particular scene or subplot, because that makes it hard to ax it.

Okay…enough with the business stuff! How about some personal insider info.

When you’re not writing or reading, what would we find you doing?

Playing with my little ones, drinking coffee, reading, or eating Mexican food. Or occasionally, sleeping.

Favorite food or recipe?

My all-time favorite food ever is my mother’s cornbread. She made it in a cast-iron skillet with sugar and Crisco, and it was legendary. Seriously. People talked about it in eulogies at her funeral. Unfortunately, no matter how many times she showed me, I never learned how to make it right. But I keep trying.

Do you have a pet? Cat or dog?

I have a six-pound toy pomeranian, and we think she’s the most awesome dog ever. Her name is Scarlett.

Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us…it can be a secret…we won’t tell. :)

Oh, goodness! I’m a reporter at heart, and as such, I’m lousy at keeping secrets. Let’s see … okay here’s something that people might not guess from reading my work: I’m a total Disney nerd. I have always loved the movies (Pooh bear is my favorite) and my husband took me to the parks for the very first time on our first wedding anniversary. It was on my “I want to do this before we have a baby” list, because I’d never been for myself. Now, we take the monkeys about every other year, and as much fun as it is for them, it’s more fun for me. I love the colors and the sounds and the food and the characters. I’m one of those people who could actually be happy going to Disney World every day.

FRONT PAGE FATALITY Blurb:

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.

Excerpt:

“Sweet cartwheeling Jesus. Let’s go see what else we can find out,” I said. “Kiss your Saturday goodbye, Mr. Columnist. You’re going to be at the office tomorrow.” And so was I. So much for my leisurely weekend.

I turned to dive back into the crowd in search of Aaron and mid-whirl, I noticed Jenna standing there, still and surprised. Her eyes were doing that white-all-around thing again.

“People died out there?” she squeaked.

I patted her hand. “You want to go back to the car?”

“No.” She squared her small shoulders and gripped my arm a little tighter. “I want to go to work with you.”

I turned back to Parker. “Grant Parker, this is my friend Jenna Rowe. This wreck crashed girls’ night. She drank too much tequila, but she’s very excited to see the glamorous world of journalism up close.”

“The best way to do that is after too much tequila,” he said. “Nice to meet you, Jenna.”

The thin fingers around my arm dug in tighter, and I didn’t think their owner was breathing. I elbowed her lightly in the ribs, rolling my eyes. Her forceful exhale sounded like a sigh as she gazed at Parker.

“I really love your column,” she lied. Jenna hated sports in any incarnation. She was already bemoaning the start of Gabby’s soccer season, and it was three months away.

“Thank you.” He smiled.

We moved through the crowd as a unit until I saw a familiar face.

“Mike!” I waved at Sergeant Sorrel from the narcotics unit.

“Nichelle,” he said, turning from the water to face me when I stopped next to him. “Where’ve you been? You missed the TV crews. They all left about twenty minutes ago.”

Damn. Charlie no doubt drank her margaritas with her scanner in her lap.

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What to Read Wednesday

Time for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have LynDee Walker in the hot seat! She’s here to tell us about her book Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery ( just love that title).

LYNDEE WALKERLynDee is also giving away one signed e-card, which is good for a download of her novel for any device the winner chooses. So please leave your email address with your comment and at the end of the day we’ll pick a winner who will be contacted for their mailing address. WOOT WOOT!

Let’s get started!

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! I’m excited to have you here. What five words best describe you?

Thanks so much for having me, Christine! I’m excited to be here today! Oh, goodness, five words. Talkative. Fun. Real. Mom. Dreamer.

If we lifted the cushions on your couch what would we find?

Popsicle wrappers! My children adore the popsicles that come in those plastic tubes, and they stuff the wrappers into the couch rather than walk ten feet to the trash can.

Kids…they are a blessing and a curse! lol Do you prefer to read with an e-reader or to read “real” books?

It depends. I love my kindle when I’m traveling, because I can carry hundreds of books in my handbag. But nothing beats the feel and smell of a book in my hands. Especially an antique one.

What genre (s) do you write?

Humorous mystery and women’s fiction.

Why did you choose that particular genre?

I guess because those are the genres I gravitate toward most as a reader. There are books I love from almost every genre, but those are the two I love best. My WF has a bit of magical realism, too, which is also something I like to read.

Share the blurb from Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery.

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.

What’s something about your book that makes it stand out from others in the same genre?

I think Nichelle is a bit different from a lot of other heroines, because while she’s smart and sassy, she’s also very independent and can definitely take care of herself.

What’s a favorite line from your book that you’re proud of?

But that’s the thing about dead people: they can’t warn you to keep your nose out of things that are going to put your ass in danger.

Nice one! Tell us the thing you like most about your hero.

Because of the above mentioned independence, I’m not certain I really have a hero. I have a few sexy male characters with hero potential, maybe, but Nichelle is definitely the star of this story.

Fair enough…I like the idea of hero potential. Tell us what you like most about your heroine :)

The things I like most about her are her tenacity and wit.

Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?

I know newspapers and reporting inside and out, but I had to do some interesting research for the mystery. Drug trafficking, Mafia families … I must be on some FBI watch list for some of the things I googled! I also got into the trunk of a friend’s car to make sure one scene was properly executed.

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Love it LynDee! Please share an excerpt from Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery.

“Have a seat.” Aaron cleared a stack of paper off a black plastic chair in his cluttered closet of an office. An ever-changing collection of maps, photos, and notes made it impossible to guess the color of the walls, and the small metal desk was buried under piles of manila case file folders. Judging by the detectives’ offices, Richmond was a downright dangerous place to live.  His gray upholstered chair rocked backward as he settled into it and looked at me expectantly, the genial manner that made him the department’s king of confessions evident in the smile that lit his round face. Aaron’s charm was his central talent. He had a real gift for getting people to talk to him, and was nearly as good at keeping his own hand close.  Often, reporters left his office with little or nothing, and felt like they’d somehow been done a favor. Not me. Usually, anyway. Aaron and I had a nice little groove where he tried to bullshit me, I called him on it, and then we bantered until I talked him out of some actual information. It wasn’t personal. It was the job. Personally, I liked Aaron, and the feeling seemed to be mutual.  “Who is our unfortunate friend who was shot in the head?” I asked.  Aaron flipped a page on a legal pad. “Darryl Anthony Wright, African-American male, age twenty-five. Formerly a resident of cellblock seven at Cold Springs.”  I jotted that down and pulled the police report on the Noah Smith murder from my bag. “Are you guys looking for some kind of Charles Bronson wannabe?”  He pinched the bridge of his nose between his thumb and forefinger and chuckled. When he looked up, his hand slid down his face so his fingers rested over his lips and muf- fled the first part of his answer.  “Not pulling any punches today, I see. But I think so.” His hand dropped to the desk and he shook his head. “I can’t say anything for sure without ballistics.”  “When is the report supposed to be back?” I smiled as I scrawled his words into my notes. That was easier than I thought. It took about thirty-five seconds to figure out why.  Ignoring my question, Aaron cocked his head to one side and grinned. “This whole damned thing is about to turn into a giant pain in my ass, isn’t it?”  I arched an eyebrow. His Detective Adorable routine was usually reserved for the TV crews. I waited, eyebrow up, for him to go on.

Great blurb! What’s the best advice you were given on your road to publication?

Never give up! Publishing is a business, and you can be a good writer but not have a hugely marketable product for many reasons. Keep learning, honing your craft, and seeking honest feedback. And if this is really your dream, hang on with both hands, because writing is a necessity for a writer, but publishing can be a brutal business sometimes.

Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?

In the beginning, everything did! I thought you just wrote a book and wrapped it up and sent it to New York and it magically showed up in Barnes and Noble. (Why are you laughing?) But I educated myself about the way the business works over a period of several years, all the while writing new projects and polishing FRONT PAGE FATALITY. From the moment I signed my contract, I have been nothing but happy with the home I found for Nichelle (and myself). Henery Press is top-notch.

I’ve heard wonderful things about Henery Press…congrats on working with them! Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is?

Which one? I’ve *just* finished the rough draft of Nichelle’s second mystery adventure, which I’m tentatively calling Buried Leads, and am beginning to revise it. She’s poking around in backroom political deals, a prostitution ring, and assorted other shady situations. There are laughs, gasps, and more sexy men. Plus, fantastic shoes—and chocolate! I’m also about to start at Nichelle Clarke novella for an anthology with two other fabulously funny authors: Terri L. Austin and Larissa Reinhart. I’m excited to get into that. I’ve never written a novella, so wish me luck!

For sure…GOOD LUCK! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

I am online every day: catch up with me at www.lyndeewalker.com, like my author page on Facebok at www.facebook.com/lyndeewalkerbooks, fan me on goodreads at www.goodreads.com/lyndee_walker, or follow me on Twitter @LynDeeWalker. As for the book, it’s everywhere!

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo, iBooks, or your favorite independent bookseller.

Thank you for joining me today LynDee! I’m so glad you visited and we got the chance to get to know you and learn about your fabulous sounding book :) !

Thanks again for having me!

 

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The Interrogation Room

ISit down in that chair over there.

I’m Kathy Bennett and I’m askin’ the questions and you’re going to give me some answers.  Don’t even think about not telling the truth.  This isn’t my first rodeo.

You see that big glass window over there?  There are readers behind that glass.  They’re gonna judge you on your answers and how truthful you are here in the Interrogation Room.  Don’t let your readers down.  Now, lets get to it…

State your name: LynDee Walker

Tell me about your last interaction with a police officer. What did you think about it?

I got pulled over because the tags were expired on my car. The guy was SUPER sweet—to be fair, police officers don’t make me nervous, because I covered cops for a long time, and also because my father-in-law is a retired police officer, and he’s a big teddy bear. I chatted with the officer who pulled me over that day and it turned out that he had family who lived in the next town over from where I grew up, halfway across the country from here! It was pretty funny. He also used to be a K-9 officer, and back in my pre-mommy life, my K-9 officer was one of my favorites in the department I covered (he’s the chief there, now, actually). Yes, he still wrote me a ticket, but I went home and renewed the tags online and all was forgiven.

Tell me about the last time you were afraid.

Really afraid? The day my mom passed away. I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed and face the world the next morning, because how could there be a sunrise without my mom? But there was, and I got up, because my babies needed me to get up. They are my light. The thing that scares me most often is that they’re growing up so fast.

How would your worst enemy describe you?

Probably as overly talkative. I can be snarky on occasion, too.

How would the love of your life describe you?

He loves big, sweeping adjectives, and would tell you that I am beautiful and brilliant, funny, loving, loyal, a good listener, and a good mom. But a so-so dancer.

What’s the biggest misconception about you?

People tell me all the time that I seem like I have it all together. I wish! I lose the children’s shoes and forget to brush my hair in the morning at least once a week.

What’s your biggest self-doubt?

That I’m not a good enough mom. Though, most people seem to be of the opinion that when you worry about that, it means you are.

What would you like to tell readers about the writing business that would be a surprise?

That getting a book deal is HARD. I’ve been an avid reader all my life, and I always just thought if you actually managed to write a book, you wrapped it up in brown paper and sent it to New York and someone published it. What? Why are y’all laughing?

If there was one thing you could take back – what would it be?

I called my mom a hateful name once when I was eighteen. She and I were very close, and I still feel bad about that. I would love nothing more than to have one day to tell her again that I didn’t mean it, and all the other thingsI know I always meant to say, but now can’t remember if I did.

What is your greatest weakness?

Chocolate. No, wine. Oh, you mean, like, of character? Probably worry. I worry about … not everything, but lots of things. And a lot of the time, too. That’s the thing I don’t want my little ones to get from me, anyway.

What is your greatest strength?

Determination. That’s the thing I want my kids to get from me. When I have a goal, I don’t give up until I find a way to get there.

If you were going to wind up on a reality television show, which one would it be – and why?

Is there one about silly mommy writers? There should be! I don’t know, because I don’t watch a lot of reality TV. Unless HGTV counts. That’s reality. And I would love to be on My Backyard Goes Disney, so if there’s a producer out there, give me a call!

Have you ever been so mad you would have liked to punch someone?  Tell me about that situation.

Yes. That kind of anger is generally reserved for people who are hateful to my children. I’ve never actually acted on it, but through working with my wonderful trainer, I discovered that I love kickboxing. He encouraged me to buy a punching bag, and I love it. It’s stress relief and a great workout all in one!

Have you ever divulged a secret?  Did the person who expected your discretion ever find out you’d blabbed?

Oh, I used to get myself in trouble with this all the time as a child. And I (at least temporarily) lost a few friends over it at different times. I’m an excellent secret-keeper now, though. Trial by fire is a good way to learn a lesson, and that one has stayed with me since childhood.

When was the last time you righted a wrong in a public place?  What was the ‘wrong’ and how did you fix it?

This was a tough one! It’s been a few years ago, and I was at the grocery store looking at tomatoes, when I looked up and saw a mom nearby absently hand her toddler a plastic produce sack to play with as she talked on the phone and inspected apples. The little girl opened the bag and put it over her head. I watched for a good thirty seconds, the mom with her back turned and the child sucking plastic into her face trying to breathe, grabbing at the bag, which was static-clung to her hair. I’m not usually one for sticking my nose into other people’s mommying, because Heaven knows I’m not perfect, but I’ve written enough tragic stories to know how wrong a situation like that can go. I walked to the cart, pulled the bag off the child’s head, handed it to the mom (who had no idea what had just happened), smiled, and said “she put this over her head. Do you need a toy for her to play with? I know how bored they get and I bet I have an extra one I can give you.” My kids weren’t with me that day, and no one has ever noticed that the ducky rattle went missing.

How old do you think is the right age for a first romantic kiss?  How old were you when you had your first romantic kiss?

As a mom, I think the right age is twenty-five! But that’s probably impractical, isn’t it? I was thirteen, and I wish I’d been a little older. Maybe fourteen or fifteen.

Now, for the most revealing question of all…

Do like your hero in boxers, briefs, or commando? 

Actually, I like the fitted boxer brief combo. But forced to choose between the two, boxers are definitely sexier.

Now, give up the info on one of your books and tell us all about you.

My debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, released this week from Henery Press.

FRONT PAGE FATALITYHere’s the back cover copy:

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.

You can get a signed copy and support a fabulous small bookshop here: http://www.fountainbookstore.com/product/front-page-fatality-autographed

You can also order from Amazon (paperback or kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Fatality-Nichelle-Clarke-Headlines-Mystery/dp/1938383125/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353177713&sr=8-1&keywords=front+page+fatality

Barnes and Noble (paperback or nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/front-page-fatality-lyndee-walker/1113507547?ean=9781938383120

It’s also available in the iBookstore and on kobo.

All about me? Here’s my “official bio:”

LYNDEE WALKERLynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. When not writing or reading, LynDee is usually wrangling children, eating barbecue or enchiladas, or trying to walk off said barbecue and enchiladas. She and her family live in Richmond, Virginia.

I love the Internet, so you can find me in lots of places online:

http://www.lyndeewalker.com

http://www.facebook.com/lyndeewalkerbooks

Twitter: @LynDeeWalker

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lyndee_walker

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lyndeewalker

I don’t know what is it is about you girls from the South, but you all try to play me as some kind of fool. I’m not sure if I’ve got Carol Brady, Mary Poppins, or Mother Teresa in my chair today! I can hardly move my feet because the ‘stuff’ on the floor is so sticky sweet. I find it interesting that you so readily confessed to ‘covering police officers’ – and for long periods of time! Exactly how did their supervision feel about that – or did you cover them too? Not only that, but you apparently went from town to town ‘covering officers.’ Of course, that was before you had your children…and allegedly turned over a new leaf.

But then there are the issues of the ‘snarky’ mouth, and forgetting to brush your hair. Perhaps if you weren’t out covering police officers all the time you wouldn’t be so forgetful. I admire the fact you admitted to wanting to punch someone – of course it didn’t escape my eagle eye that you failed to divulge just who it was you wanted to punch AND that you’ve taken training and obtained equipment to better your combat skills. You know what this means, don’t you? LynDee Walker, I’m going to have to keep a close eye on you…a very close eye.

News from the Hen House

Happy Book Release Day! FRONT PAGE FATALITY by LynDee Walker

FRONT PAGE FATALITY

It’s time for fabulous shoes and a great mystery: Front Page Fatalityreleases today! The Hen House is doing the chicken dance, we are so excited about this page-turning debut novel by LynDee Walker!  Check out what others are saying about LynDee’s first Nichelle Clark Headlines in Heels mystery:

“Author LynDee Walker sure knows her way around a plot twist. She kept me turning pages late into the night, following the rollercoaster adventures of her fashionably feisty heroine—crime reporter and designer shoe fanatic Nichelle Clarke. Front Page Fatality is smart, funny, and loaded with surprises. A terrific debut mystery.” – Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mystery Series

Front Page Fatality is delightful, with engaging characters, a crackling good mystery, and of course, high, high heels. LynDee Walker writes with wit and intelligence and the confidence of a newsroom insider. What fun!” – Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-Award winning author of Dating Dead Men and Keeper of the Moon (March 2013)

“This is a joy to read: Nichelle is a likeable character who does put her nose into whatever seems curious to her…the book can be read in one sitting thanks to the easy and casual language the author has employed in writing the book. Highly recommended to the fans of cozy mysteries!” – Mystery Tribune

Amazon Kindle  |  Amazon trade paperback

 

A Writer’s Audience: How to Market with Social Media

Which came first: the chicken or the egg writer or the audience?

by Alicia Tonne, Editorial Assistant at Henery Press

ProfMe01With the world adapting to social media, writers and publishers have to be flexible and shift to a global reader-market to create traction for their work. What does this mean?

It means network, network, network. For all the writers out there (published or not) you need to be building a fan-base. Now. No, really, like, now.

Where to start?

  • Connect to other authors
  • Connect to publishers looking for witty writers (i.e. YOU)
  • Most importantly, connect to readers who are looking for what your selling (even if you’re not technically selling yet)

So you say you write YA mystery with various horror elements. Find fifty readers who love just that. Then entertain them with your daily musings and writing process. In this age, people are the product.  If your audience likes what they see through your blog, Facebook, or twitter, chances are they’ll like your book once you publish.

If a publisher must choose between two equal manuscripts, one whose author has an established 1000+ social following and another whose author’s media presence cannot be found, well then, the publisher will choose the first.

You know what I do after I’ve read about three to five chapters of a new submission? I Google the author (praise Google). I look for anything I can find– and can I even find them? What have they accomplished in their writing career? What do they show on their home page? Do they have a home page at all? This quick peek lets me evaluate the whole package. You’re not just selling one manuscript, you’re selling you as an author.

Writing, revising, polishing your novel is top priority. But top does not mean only. Comma usage and character development are but two of the activities a writer must do before getting published. You also need to make yourself known. It takes effort and time; hard work in a community of millions where your voice must call out to garner attention. However, we promise the payoff is worth it.

This is a new world. Diligently building an audience can now come before your book is published. Turns out, it’s never too early (but may be too late) to start gathering affection from loyal followers. An audience that will quite literally follow you past the first page and all the way from a starting point of, “So, I started writing chapter one today…”

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Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker originally Posted on by kickbookchick

FRONT PAGE FATALITY

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Book Description:

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.

Page Count: 292 Pages

My Thoughts: This book was provided by NetGalley and Henery Press for an honest review.

Nichelle Clark is a crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph. She is sassy, smart, and ambitious and hopes to one day land a spot in the Washington Post White House press corps. With her sights set high on the Post, Nichelle (Nicey to some) beats the pavement and glues her ears to her police scanner looking for a story that will give her her big break. In a stroke of serendipity, a major story finds her but in many, seemingly unrelated, pieces. As Nicey tries to make sense of the separate pieces she begins to see that there is an ominous connection between them and nothing is as it seems on the surface. The line between the good guys and bad guys blurs and Nicey is square in the middle.

Wow. This was an excellent story. Ms. Walker is a new to me author but I’m putting her on my ‘to buy’ author’s list. This story had it all: humor, adventure, intrigue, interesting characters, and an excellent story line. Walker did an excellent job providing the reader with clues but not prematurely giving away the story plot. If you’re looking for a story that will engage you from the first page to ‘the end’ then Front Page Fatality is the story for you. It was full of twists, turns, and the (pleasantly) unexpected. I absolutely enjoyed it and the “who done it” feel of the story. Very well done indeed, Ms. Walker.

Reading Time: 5 Hours

 

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Looking for a fun mystery novel ? One written by a male author ? Check out the latest Henery Press release by Alan Cupp.

MALICIOUS MASQUERADE

Review: Malicious Masquerade – Alan Cupp – March 2013.

It’s very rare that males tend to write humourous mystery novels , ones along the lines of Janet Evanovich and Lisa Lutz , but Alan Cupp has stepped up to the plate and delievered his new novel Malicious Masquerade.

Imagine waiting at the altar only to learn that the guy you were going to marry is not what he seems and that it looks like he has stolen over seven million dollars from your family , money that was hidden in secret accounts and if word ever got out , then Jasper Bedford would be done for. That is what has happened to Cindy – on the day of her wedding her fiancé Tyler disappeared and now her father thinks that he is responsible for theft and lots of it. Can Cindy hire a PI – Carter Mays to discover what really happened to Tyler ? What will happen though when Tyler rings Jasper and it is discovered that he has set him up to look like he has been soliciting in Child Prostution ? As Cindy and Carter start their own investigation , will they get out before trouble hits the fan or will they uncover sordid details that will leave Carter’s life hanging on the balance ? Will Carter at the same time get the girl Cindy or will we read about Cindy going back to Tyler ?

Find out what happens when everything you have ever known turns out to be a lie and it seems everybody is wearing a mask – when life gets like this , who can you really trust to be honest and themselves ?

Blogroll: The Cozy Chicks

Welcome to Dru’s Cozy Report. Today’s read are not “exactly” cozies, but recent mysteries that I had the pleasure of reading.

FRONT PAGE FATALITY
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker is the first book in the new “Headlines in Heels” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, January 2013

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.

This is a good start to an exciting new series featuring Nichelle Clarke who is a gutsy news reporter whose simple investigation turns into a risky exposé that saw our heroine tackle the police, a mobster and a competitive co-worker. I love the concept of this well-written mystery that pulled me in immediately and kept me guessing as this captivating drama came to its explosive conclusion. Led by a believable cast of characters that was diverse in their role where everyone was suspect, this was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait for the next book in this appealing series.

Visit LynDee at http://lyndeewalker.com

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me an ARC of this book in hopes I would review it. Book will be available January 29.

Agatha Noms Due Soon

Agatha Noms Due Soon

For those who registered early for Malice Domestic, January means its nomination time. Those Hollywood Oscar folks aren’t the only ones who get to have all the fun…

Malice attendees have the opportunity to spotlight the best and brightest in mystery writing by nominating favorites for Agatha Awards. This year, Henery Press has several eligible titles, and we’re proud as a peacock to be able to share them with you.

 Best First Novel:

** Diners, Dives & Dead Ends by Terri L. Austin (July 2012)

** Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Hoffman (August 2012)

** Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer (September 2012)

 Best Novel:

** Cropped to Death by Christina Freeburn

 Best Short Story:

** Switch Back by Kendel Lynn (December 2012)

** Fool’s Gold by Gigi Pandian (December 2012)

** Midnight Ice by Diane Vallere (December 2012)

(Note: All three shorts were featured in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE, and qualify individually in the Best Short Story category.)

We’ve been lucky little chickens to have such charming, funny, crafty, twisty, mysterious whodunits in the Hen House, and truly appreciate the support the community has shown us. We’re so looking forward to attending Malice Domestic in May, and hope to meet you there!

Blogroll: Mystery Tribune

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“Front Page Fatality” By LynDee Walker

Henery PrFRONT PAGE FATALITYess has an upcoming cozy mystery to be released by the end of January 2013 titled Front Page Fatality (A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery). This is a nice mystery with humorous language and interesting characters…If you like this sub-genre you should give it a try.

A Brief Summary:

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. [Read more...]

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