THAT TOUCH OF INK Release Day! Guest Post by Diane Vallere

THAT TOUCH OF INKOn the release day of her second Mad for Mod Mystery, THAT TOUCH OF INK, Diane Vallere pops over to the Hen House and discusses how she picked Doris Day as the inspiration for amateur sleuth, Madison Night, and why she’s a perfect role model for modern day women.

People have asked how I decided to write a series that featured a Doris Day-loving amateur sleuth. Was I raised on her movies? No. Well, not exactly…

I was going through a divorce, and that was a period of great empowerment for me. I was 38 and on my own for the first time in 13 years.  Armed with a laptop and a membership to Netflix, I was working my way through the cannon of Alfred Hitchcock movies, and the first Doris Day movie I ever saw was The Man Who Knew Too Much. I had a preconceived notion about Doris Day, and was surprised to find her to be nothing like what I expected. Intrigued, I added Pillow Talk to my Netflix Queue. Two days later, I was hooked. [Read more...]

PILLOW STALK Release Day! by Diane Vallere

PILLOW STALK Release Day! by Diane Vallere

PILLOW STALKOn the day of PILLOW STALK’s book birthday, fabulously talented author Diane Vallere chats with us about her career in fashion, writing three different mystery series at once, and her recent promotion to president of SinCLA.

In addition to the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, you also write three other mystery series. You are a one-woman dynamo! How do you keep so many characters in your head at once (without going crazy)?

It is a challenge! But truthfully, each set of characters is inspired by something: a movie, a decade, a time in my life. When I’m working on a book, I try to root myself in the things that inspired that particular set of characters. I do occasionally catch myself putting actions that one character would do in another character’s books. That’s when I have to say, “Madison would never do that. That’s Samantha.” And rewrite.

You recently became President of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinCLA). Congratulations!! What exciting things do you have planned for this year?  [Read more...]

Hot Cash and Jealous Lovers!

THAT TOUCH OF INK by Diane Vallere
Mid-Century Money Madness

THAT TOUCH OF INKThis cover is the perfect accessory for any bookshelf! THAT TOUCH OF INK, a Mad for Mod Mystery and the fabulous follow-up to Diane Vallere’s PILLOW STALK, hits bookstores April 2014.

When interior decorator Madison Night receives a five thousand dollar bill in the mail, she knows it’s a message from her past. But when she discovers a corpse while trying to learn of the bill’s value, Madison suspects her former lover wants more than a reconciliation. His actions belie his intentions, and even a gallon of daisy yellow paint can’t hide the writing on the wall. Madison follows a circuit of rare dollars and common sense and discovers a counterfeit operation, a jealous lover, and the true value of her independence.

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 Diane. We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

A Fresh New Design! PILLOW STALK by Diane Vallere

Capri Pants & Bubble Hats!

PILLOW STALKNo one knows 60′s mod quite like Madison Night, and no one else makes it look so good. PILLOW STALK is a fun and trendy mystery, one to make Doris Day proud. The first in Diane Vallere’s Mad for Mod Mystery series will be decorating bookshelves March 4, 2014.

Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after a character in a Doris Day movie, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation.

The local detective connects the new crimes to a twenty-year old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up like a stack of plush pillows, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.

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 Diane.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Hen House Staff

 

Henery Press Loves Malice!!

The Hen House is chirping with excitement over our fun weekend at Malice Domestic. We met readers, fans, colleagues, and lots and lots of favorite authors. And oh, yeah, our very own Susan M. Boyer won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel!! Chicken kisses to Susan and her fantastic LOWCOUNTRY BOIL!!  So deserved and we are so proud of you!!

For more Malice scoop, peek at the pictures posted on our Facebook page. And you might want to read through these great blogs for more details and even more cute pics.

My First Malice, by LynDee Walker

Malice Domestic 2013! by Diane Vallere

Malice Domestic 25: Interview of a Lifetime, Friends Winning Agatha Awards, and More Fun! by Gigi Pandian

Marvelous Malice, by Catriona McPherson

“Oh Kaye!” Goes to Malice, by Kaye Barley

Our feathers will stay happily ruffled for a very long time. Mystery, mayhem, and Malice is soooo enjoyable! See you next year, little chickens…

Blogroll: Mystery Tribune

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5 New Picks For The Lovers Of Cozy Mysteries

If you like cozy mysteries, make sure to check out these new exciting titles; you will not be disappointed:

LAST DINER STANDINGLast Diner Standing By Terri L. Austin: 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, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.

13520172Pillow Stalk By Diane Vallere: Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after Doris Day’s character in Pillow Talk, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation.

The local detective connects the new crimes to a twenty-year old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up like a stack of plush pillows, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.

CROPPED TO DEATHCropped to Death By Christina Freeburn: 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. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Library Journal review of OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE

Mystery Reviews | December 2012

by Teresa L. Jacobsen on December 11, 2012

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Lynn, Kendel & others. Other People’s Baggage: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas. Henery Pr. Dec. 2012. 272p. ISBN 9781938383106. pap. $14.95. M

Three novellas are built around the premise that a major airport snafu resulted in each protagonist picking up the wrong suitcase. In Diane Vallere’s “Midnight Ice,” interior decorator Madison Night (a Doris Day fan extraordinaire) gets caught up in an undercover operation dressed in Western wear that is decidedly not her norm.OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE Lynn’s “Switch Back” features a Texas town that proves less than hospitable to Eli Lisbon when she investigates a philanthropist’s murder wearing tiny black pieces that belong to another sleuth. Meanwhile, across the pond in Edinburgh, Gigi Pandian’s historian Jaya Jones (“Fool’s Gold”) is grateful for her magician friend’s help in a decidedly locked room treasure hunt case involving a stolen museum-quality chess set.

VERDICT A cozy triple-scoop that tastes divine… the pleasantly contrasting novellas make it easy to finish off a story in one sitting, plus each novella serves as a prequel to the respective author’s full-length work.

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Blogroll: Examiner.com

Explore ‘Other People’s Baggage’ by Lynn Farris

 A major storm combined with a computer glitch strands thousands of passengers at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. ‘Other People’s Baggage’ is really three novellas about women whose lives happen to intersect when they each receive the wrong suitcase. All of them have the same vintage bright turquoise hardback Samsonite suitcase with white trim and metal latches.

Of course, all three of these women have a penchant for solving mysteries and all three find themselves ensconced in a mystery. Stuck without their own suitcase, they are forced to use the contents of the suitcase they have been mistakenly given to assist in their search.

This is a great way to sample the work of three authors who have either recently published a book or will have a book coming out soon. The protagonists from those novels are the women involved with the lost luggage. [Read more...]

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