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 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!

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

News from the Hen House

Dive into the Newly Garnished ROSE STRICKLAND MYSTERIES

Rose Strickland Mysteries by Terri L. Austin

Hey there Hen House regulars! Check out the delicious new covers for Terri L. Austin’s ROSE STRICKLAND MYSTERY SERIES. Don’t be the last reader standing – make sure to pick up your copy of LAST DINER STANDING, the second installment in the Rose Strickland Mystery series. And if you haven’t already, dive into DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS. Both are now available with the fabulous updated designs. It’s Mm-Mm-Good!

Diners, Dives & Dead Ends:

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.

Last Diner Standing:

Rose Strickland is having a very blue Christmas.  Her friend, Janelle, is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush, Sullivan, is marked by a hit man, and her boss, Ma, is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner.  Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on another investigation, and this one is 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.

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And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Terri.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

The Hen House Staff

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: Review from Plot Driven

Diners, Dives, and Dead Ends by Terri L. Austin

 

DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDSRose Strickland left the expensive, all-girl college her parents picked out for her and is now making her own way as a diner waitress and part-time local college student.  Her friends – Axton, the stoner computer geek, Roxy, fellow waitress, former juvenile delinquent, and fashion pioneer, Janelle, single mom and fellow student, and Ma, the owner of the diner – may not impress her country club parents, but they’re loyal and help her out any way they can.  Though she doesn’t waste any time describing herself, she must be very attractive as 5 different men are madly in love with her.  Otherwise, she’s tenacious, scrappy, sassy, self-aware, and just all kinds of awesome.  In this first of a series, a very nervous Axton leaves his backpack with Rose for safekeeping and then disappears, and Rose does all sorts of risky things to find him.

I’m getting awfully close to being unable to say, “I don’t read mysteries,”  since I keep reading and writing positive reviews for them.   I suppose what I really mean is, “I don’t read John Grisham, James Patterson, serial killer books, or any sort of military based thriller.”  But that takes an awful lot longer to say.  I like old fashioned whodunit structure with quirky characters and realistic dialogue.  This one definitely fits into that category. [Read more...]

Hen House Holiday Sale!!

Ho Ho Ho!  It’s a Hen House Holiday Sale on the entire Henery Press Mystery Collection thru Jan. 13th.

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Save up to 80%, so load up that kindle or nook little chickens…

DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS on Sale 99¢

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PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY on Sale 99¢

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PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY

LOWCOUNTRY BOIL on Sale 99¢

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CROPPED TO DEATH on Sale 99¢

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LAST DINER STANDING on Sale $2.99

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OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE on Sale 99¢

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Blogroll: Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More

Guest Post: Terri Austin, author of Last Diner Standing

 

Hi, Melissa! Thanks so much for having me on Mochas, Mysteries and More! It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve just released my second Rose Strickland Mystery, LAST DINER STANDING—a traditional, amateur sleuth mystery with a dash of spicy humor.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. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Change the World

book review: diners, dives & dead ends

Action-packed from page one with unexpected twists and turns along the way, Terri L. Austin’s Diners, Dives & Dead Ends offers plenty of intrigue for fans of mystery — and a little romance.  Rose Strickland is a 24-year-old who is working at Ma’s Diner and taking a couple of classes at her community college while she figures out what she wants from life. Formerly a child of privilege, her life circumstances are different than the ones her parents planned for her.

Life already off track, it goes even farther off the deep end when her best friend Axton shows up at the diner and asks her to hold on to his backpack for him. He then goes missing. Rose must turn to her long-time friends and new ones as she tries to find 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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