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!

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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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Three Fun Mystery Novels From Henery Press: Review/Giveaway

This week we are featuring three mystery novels from Henery Press, a small press KRL recently discovered. Check out these reviews & maybe you will discover some great new mysteries to enjoy just like we did. Details on how to win a copy of all 3 books at the end of this post. Reviews are of Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery by Terri L. Austin, Still Life in Brunswick Stew: A Cherry Tucker Mystery By Larissa Reinhart, and Double Whammy: A Davis Way Mystery By Gretchen Archer.

Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery By Terri L. Austin

Roselyn “Rose” Strickland knows that no phone call at 3a.m. ever brings good news. However, even she was not prepared for the news that her study partner, Janelle Johnson, was in jail for attempting to kill her ex-husband and was calling to ask Rose to get a good lawyer–and cigarettes to trade with Janelle’s jail mates!

While Rosé is a former rich girl turned diner waitress and long-term college student, her previous experiences with the law put her in contact with her former schoolmate and current high-price attorney, Dane Harker. However, his high fees and firm’s pressure to make a deal force Rose to investigate on her own if she wants to free Janelle in time for her to spend Christmas with her two children, one of whom is a biter.

Luckily, Rose has the help of her best friend and fellow waitress Roxy Block, an anime fan with a hankering for Janelle’s brother and Axton Fuller Graystone, college IT specialist and roomie of a house of potheads. Rose soon learns that Janelle’s ex, AKA “Asshat,” was involved in off-the- books auto mechanic work, chop shops, and strippers–lots of strippers. So there’s no lack of suspects who include jealous dancers, enraged husbands, and IOU’d acquaintances.

As Rose attempts to fit in her investigation with her morning shifts at Ma’s Diner new breakfast service, competition from Rudy’s Roundup Restaurant threatens whatever sanity remains, as Ma Ferguson insists on adding a chicken lunch service that will either bankrupt them or drive them into the grave from exhaustion. The additional discovery of evidence that a hit was placed on Thomas Maxwell Sullivan, the sexy but extremely dangerous crime lord, tests Rose’s loyalties and her priorities.

What elevates this mystery from being just a comical caper novel is that the author creates well-rounded characters with backgrounds which explain their eccentricities, and prevents them from becoming over-the-top comic relief caricatures. Rose is still suffering from the trauma of having killed someone who was a psychotic stalker, and also must contend with her mother’s disapproval and continual disappointment in her daughter’s failure to live up to her potential.

At times it seems that Rose’s friends place an unfair amount of pressure upon her to investigate, yet Rose has made her friends her family and never asks for help for herself. Her stubborn independence, as she attempts to assume control over everything only makes her surprisingly vulnerable as she eventually finds a point where her facade must crack.

While this is an undeniably hilarious and entertaining novel, it always retains at its core an affection for its characters and a sentimental tone. Well-written with a complicated plot and very engaging characters, this second Rose Strickland proves to be entertaining and moving without ever becoming an absurd parody. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Kirkus review of LAST DINER STANDING






LAST DINER STANDINGA waitress helps a friend charged with assaulting her worthless ex-husband.

Rose Strickland (Diners, Dives & Dead Ends, 2012) is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year. As always, her mother is full of advice about the careers she could pursue if she just had the ambition to do more than sling hash at Ma’s Diner. Meanwhile, Ma’s stepped up the pace by going head-to-head with Rudy’s Roundup. Since Rudy’s been muscling in on Ma’s early morning business, Ma abandons her breakfast-only policy, producing a dizzying array of lunch specials that run Rose and her best friend, Roxy Block, off their feet without generating an extra dime in tips. Then, Janelle Johnson, Rose’s study buddy from Huntingford City College, calls to say that someone beat up her ex-husband right after Janelle came by to hit him up for child support and throw a little furniture around too. Now, Sheik “Asshat” Johnson is in a coma, and Janelle’s in the slammer. Rose looks for other suspects, starting with Crystal Waters, the stripper whose appearance in Janelle’s bed sent her marriage to the showers. She unearths many prospects, including Crystal’s other boyfriend, Sheik’s other lovers and the other lovers’ boyfriends. The clue that sends Rose careening, though, is a pile of pictures stashed at Sheik’s apartment of Thomas Sullivan, the bad boy who makes Rose’s pulse beat faster. Rose is convinced that Sheik’s criminal connections, not his ex’s wrath, put him out for the count. But convincing hard-assed Officer Andre Thomas and cute Officer Mike Goedecker may be even harder than convincing Ma to go back to bacon and eggs.  Austin’s second course has the menu of feisty underemployed gal detective with a side order of romance down pat.


It’s another Pin It to Win It Book Hunt – this time for LAST DINER STANDING! Here’s how it works: Pop over to our Pinterest board , repin the LAST DINER STANDING Pin It to Win It image, then using the list and instructions on the pin, create a board with all your found goodies! After that, just cross your chicken fingers that you’ll win the prizes (good prizes, too).

This contest runs until March 10, and we’ll announce the winner on March 12. Pretty cool, right? If you love Pinterest, or have been itching to try it (beware: it is ADDICTING), now’s your chance to showcase your scavenger hunting talent. And then WIN!

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Blogroll: Mystery Tribune


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...]

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Last Diner Standing by Terri L Austin


LAST DINER STANDINGLast Diner Standing by Terri L Austin is the second book in the “Rose Strickland” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, December 2012

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.

OMG! There’s no sophomore slump here in the second book starring spitfire Rose Strickland. When her friend is jailed, Rose knowing she is innocent sets out on a course using any means necessary to free her friend including breaking and entering and allying herself with a person of nefarious distinction.

This fast-paced and action-filled story kept me plowing through the pages as fast as I could because I had to know what happens next in this thrilling and riveting drama. When the chips are down, Rose is there and I was rooting for her as she took on everything thrown at her to help her friend. This is a great read and I’m looking forward to the next book with Rose and her friends in this terrific series.


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...]

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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...]
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