Happy Release Week, DOUBLE STRIKE!

Gretchen Archer’s bestselling series continues with the third installment, DOUBLE STRIKE. Stay tuned as she talks hair mishaps, hashtags, and book four teasers.

ARCHER picWhen your second Davis Way Crime Caper released earlier this year, the first in the series, DOUBLE WHAMMY, hit the USA TODAY bestsellers list. How did you celebrate such an achievement?

I celebrated by waking everyone up. I have my titles set up on Google and Topsy alerts, and I work ridiculous hours—I’m at my desk every morning by 3:30—so that day I opened my email to the alerts with the subject line reading the usual, alert. Not READ ME NOW, YOU’LL BE SO GLAD YOU DID. A cup of coffee later, I clicked. And when I did, I ran screaming up the stairs at four in the morning with the news, scaring my husband and son to death. They thought the house was on fire. That was the beginning and the end of the celebration, except for a gorgeous graphic from my daughter Laura, who does all my great social media. I posted and tweeted. That’s all.

In DOUBLE STRIKE, Davis has a pretty incredible hair mishap. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your own hair (purposeful or not)?DOUBLE STRIKE

Oh, good grief, I got extensions. You won’t even believe what a pain extensions are. First, they’re a huge commitment: time, money, and mental health. There are so many things they don’t tell you, including you can never scratch your head. You don’t think about asking, “How am I supposed to scratch my head?” because until you get those crazy things taped to your SCALP, your head has really never itched. I didn’t think to ask. I swear, I came this close to buying one of those metal garden claw things at Target just so I could scratch the itchy things. Another thing they don’t tell you? It takes four hours to dry your hair. FOUR SOLID HOURS. Then there’s the psychological factor. Salons really should screen potential extension clients thoroughly, and include this question: Are you going to be totally freaked out with SOMEONE ELSE’S HAIR ON YOUR HEAD? I had no idea. The next morning I waited until daybreak to text my stylist, Tra, (who gets a special mention in DOUBLE STRIKE, by the way), because I hadn’t slept a wink, and asked, “Is this hair from a dead person? If it is, just tell me now.” He told me where they were from—not a morgue—which went a long way in explaining the expense of it all and why the salon keeps the hair LOCKED IN A VAULT. (Honestly, there are a million things I’d steal before HAIR EXTENSIONS.) The freak factor was HUGE and no one tells you that beforehand. And the biggest thing you just can’t know up front—THEY RANDOMLY FALL OUT OF YOUR HEAD. I am NOT kidding. (“Uh, ma’am?”)(Humiliating.)

Davis has to master the art of hashtags while working as a social media assistant for Strike It Rich. If you had to sum up the book in three hashtags, what would they be? (And what’s your opinion on using them?)

#BananasInEveryBook #MadeItAllUp #Don’tDiscriminate #LoveHashtags

In all of the research (gambling?) you’ve done for your series, have you found a favorite casino? (And are you usually lucky when playing?)

I’d give my favorite casino a mention here, but every time the doorbell rings I’m relieved to see the pizza man, because I know any minute I’m going to be served with a cease-and-desist (writing Davis) from my favorite casino. So instead of naming it and speeding the process along, I’ll speak to casinos in general. I love the Bellagio in Vegas, fountain side. I was married and honeymooned at the Golden Nugget in downtown Vegas. (Some days I get so mad at the Golden Nugget.) Aria in Vegas was a one-time visit for me, because all the circulated air is exceptionally and profoundly vanilla scented. (Sneeze, sneeze.) By far, though, I love Southern casinos the best: New Orleans, Biloxi, Tunica, Shreveport, Cherokee, Immokalee, I love them all. Am I lucky? I’m like every other gambler; there are days when it’s my turn.

We know you won’t give much away, but can we have a sneak peek at what Davis will be up against in book four?

The question I’m exploring in #davis4: How many secrets can Bradley Cole keep?

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...]

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: 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...]

Blogroll: Kristi Belcamino

Writer Interviews: Susan Boyer by Kristi Belcamino

I love this interview and getting to know my fellow Mysteristas gal, Susan Boyer, even more. We would totally have a blast hanging out together. And the lovely and talented Susan has offered to give away one of her books to a reader who posts a comment on this post by Wednesday, Sept. 26th. Thanks, Susan!

Here are Susan’s words of wisdom:

1. Describe your writing routine and/or schedule?

I typically try to be at my computer by nine in the morning with my second cup of coffee. Because I can’t seem to help myself, I check email, just in case something treś important requires my attention, which is almost never, but still. I log into and quickly out of Facebook and Twitter, again, just in case someone has posted something I need to see before I begin my day, like a really funny YouTube video.

By ten I’m putting words on the page or editing them. On a good day, I’m so engrossed in what’s going on in my alternate reality I forget to eat. When my stomach starts growling, I go to the kitchen and forage for anything to make the noise stop so I can get back to my characters. I’ve eaten some really odd food combinations because I couldn’t be bothered to go to the grocery store, or even a drive-thru window.

After lunch, I repeat the process until either my stomach growls again or it’s time to go to Jazzercise—or the exercise room if I’m out of town. When I’m traveling with my husband on business trips, I stop working when he does and we exercise then have dinner together. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Dru’s Cozy Report

September 2012 Reading List by The Cozy Chicks

Welcome to Dru’s Cozy Report. This month we have four new series for your reading pleasure.  Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer is the first book in the new “Liz Talbot” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, September 2012.

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...]

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