SMALL TOWN SPIN’s Book Birthday!!

LynDee Walker stops by the Hen House on her SMALL TOWN SPIN release day to chat about her biggest new stories, Nichelle’s deepening love triangle, and her own real-life love story.

LYNDEE WALKERFirst of all, congrats on your third Headlines in High Heels book release! One of the things we love about Nichelle is how she digs into a story until her inner Lois Lane is satisfied. Has there been a time in your own life, when you’ve had to summon up that same level of tenacity?

LW:  Thank you! I’m SO excited about this book.

I had a few big investigative stories in my career that required Nichelle-style digging. It started early, with a story all the way back in high school that caused a clash with the administration and won me a couple of friends at the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.

In college, I worked for an entire semester on a series about why our professors were so underpaid (can we say “football?”). They ended up getting a significant raise, and many were so grateful they set up a scholarship fund for the journalism school. I was shocked last year when I found out my alma mater still awards a LynDee [Walker] Integrity in Journalism Award every spring. That’s one of the coolest things ever.

I wasn’t quite twenty, working my first huge investigative story at my first “real” job, when a high-ranking officer in a large police department threatened to arrest me because I wouldn’t give him my tape recorder. Looking back, I think I might’ve been too young to understand the gravity of that situation. As it was, I stood up and said “Sir, I’m not sure exactly what that section of the Texas penal code says, but I am pretty sure it doesn’t say I can’t have a tape recorder in a public meeting.” And then I walked out of his office. Shaky and colorless, but I walked. I spent the entire elevator ride to the lobby convinced the doors would open to a trio of uniformed officers with guns drawn. Thankfully not.

I didn’t ever meet anyone like Joey, though. And I’ve never been shot.

HP:  We love this first line from SMALL TOWN SPIN: “The news doesn’t take sick days.” As a writer and mom, you’ve probably pulled your share of working sick days. Do you have any funny personal stories from the trenches?

HS papersLW:  Aw, thanks! And I do indeed. I once had a big murder trial story going out, and I had the stomach bug. I went to work (these days, I would totally hate myself for spreading germs, but back then, I only cared about the story) for about half the day to get that copy ready and babysit it through production. I got so tired from running back and forth to the restroom that one of the other reporters collected every trash can in the newsroom and brought it to my desk, just in case.

I just thought that was hard until last year when I found myself alone for a week, caring for three little ones while I had a horrific upper-respiratory mess. My hardest memory of that week is vacuuming baby powder out of my son’s carpet at 10 p.m. while hacking up half a lung and running a 103 fever. Moms don’t often get sick days, either.

HP:  SMALL TOWN SPIN opens with a high-profile teen suicide. Nichelle did a great job as a reporter, showing compassion for the family’s loss despite the media frenzy. What challenges did you face when writing these scenes, given your real-life experience as a crime reporter?

LW:  Fictional bereaved people are so much easier to handle than flesh and blood ones, but I still cried writing those scenes. It’s so hard, asking people who are living a nightmare to talk to you about something that’s painful for them. It was always my least favorite thing about the job. Nichelle gets that from me.

HP:  Fans of the Nichelle Clarke series will be excited about the ongoing romantic tension between Nichelle and her two hotties, Joey and Kyle. Any hints for your loyal readers, about what’s to come in Nichelle’s complicated yet exciting love life?

LW:  Hmmmm. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’m almost finished with DEVIL IN THE DEADLINE, and Nichelle’s love life definitely heats up in this book. I don’t expect her to be stuck between these guys forever—she won’t handle the uncertainty well. But she has some things she needs to work through for herself before she can commit to a guy. She’s figuring that out.

HP:  We heard that you and your husband just marked your thirteenth anniversary together. Congratulations!! Did you two do anything special to celebrate?halloween

LW:  Thank you! Thirteen years married and *cough* nineteen this week *cough* as a couple.  That’s more than half my life. Wow.

We celebrated the wedding anniversary with a day in Washington, D.C. My friend Rick Campbell’s book launch party was on our anniversary, so we went to the Navy Memorial to celebrate with him in the morning, then walked around the city a bit and shopped (my hubby bought me new shoes! Aren’t they gorgeous?) for the afternoon.

This week we’re celebrating the dating anniversary (yes, we are those cheesy people who do both) with a book launch. I’m a lucky girl.

HP:  Your references to mouthwatering BBQ meals in SMALL TOWN SPIN and the other Nichelle Clarke titles make us hungry for more! How do you handle food cravings, when you write certain scenes?

LW:  When they get really bad, I drag someone to Buz and Ned’s in Richmond for lunch or dinner. It’s the restaurant where Nichelle and Parker had dinner in FRONT PAGE FATALITY, and they have the best BBQ I’ve ever eaten. Since I’m from Texas, that’s saying something!

But then I have to walk. Far—their food is definitely not points-friendly.

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Happy Book Release Day! SMALL TOWN SPIN by LynDee Walker

SMALL TOWN SPIN by LynDee WalkerPaparazzi & a Sassy Reporter!

Nichelle Clark fans rejoice! SMALL TOWN SPIN will knock off your kitten heels. When a superstar athlete’s family suffers a tragic loss in a town more concerned about protecting its own, Nichelle throws on her slingbacks and starts digging for the real story. You’re going to love LynDee Walker’s SMALL TOWN SPIN, the exciting third book in the Headlines in High Heels Mystery series.

“Whether she’s juggling the demands of her complicated love life or solving the mystery… reporter Nichelle Clark jumps headlong into any situation with courage and tenacity, not giving up until she gets the answers she wants.” – Maggie Barbieri, Author of Once Upon a Lie

“A riveting mystery with big ideas and wonderful characters. SMALL TOWN SPIN is a treat not to be missed, a fantastic addition to the Headlines in Heels series.” – Duffy Brown, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Consignment Shop 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 LynDee.  We’d love to hear from you.

 Cheers!

 The Hen House Staff

Pick up your copy at these resellers:

Amazon Kindle     B&N Nook     Kobo

Amazon Paperback     B&N Paperback

Good things come in threes! CONGRATULATIONS to THREE Henery Press Authors on their Agatha Award Nominations

CONGRATULATIONS to our THREE Henery Press Authors on their Agatha Award Nominations:

Best First Novel:
FRONT PAGE FATALITY by LynDee Walker
BOARD STIFF by Kendel Lynn
Best Short Story:
“The Hindi Houdini” by Gigi Pandian

We’re so proud, so happy, so delighted for these talented authors! We’ll be cluckin and feather-flappin for weeks!!So many wonderful things come in threes: Three French hens, Three Musketeers, Three Dog Night, Three Coins in a Fountain, three Bronte sisters, three bean salad, three holes in a bowling ball…

Here’s the full list of Agatha nominations:

*Agatha Award winners will be announced at the banquet during Malice Domestic on May 3, 2014.

BEST FIRST NOVEL:

Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley)

You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Pocket Books)

Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn (Henery Press)

Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (Kensington)

Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker (Henery Press)

BEST SHORT STORY:

“Evil Little Girl” by Barb Goffman, Don’t Get Mad, Get Even (Wildside Press)

“Nightmare” by Barb Goffman, Don’t Get Mad, Get Even (Wildside Press)

“The Hindi Houdini” by Gigi Pandian, Fish Nets (Wildside Press)

“Bread Baby” by Barbara Ross, Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold (Level Best Books)

“The Care and Feeding of House Plants” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013

BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL:

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)

Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

Clammed Up by Barbara Ross (Kensington Books)

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

BEST HISTORICAL NOVEL:

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)

Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)

A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy (Signet)

Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow)

BEST NONFICTION:

Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester (Source Books Inc.)

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova (Viking Penguin)

Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen, Editors (Wildside Press)

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)

BEST CHILDREN’S/YA NOVEL:

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)

Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)

Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books)

Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure by Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)

Purple is the New Black! SMALL TOWN SPIN by LynDee Walker

A Cover Guaranteed to Make Heads Spin

SMALL TOWN SPIN

We are head over heels in love with this new cover! When crime reporting starts to morph into crime fighting, Nichelle Clarke always has the necessary footwear to get the job done, and done in style. SMALL TOWN SPIN, the third book in LynDee Walker’s Headlines in High Heels mystery series, struts into bookstores April 2014.

When a superstar athlete’s son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her Lois Lane cannot ignore.

Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number – and it might be up.

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 LynDee.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

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!

Politics, Scandal, & Designer Footwear

BURIED LEADSNichelle Clarke is back and we couldn’t be more excited for her return!! Once again, she finds herself heel deep in drama. Equipped with her extra-high designer shoes, she must use her reporter’s instinct to uncover the truth behind the murder of an influential lobbyist. LynDee Walker’s follow up to FRONT PAGE FATALITY will have you turning pages faster than you can say “Louboutin.” So, let’s give BURIED LEADS a feather flappin’ round of applause as its takes its first steps into the book world.

“Very smartly written and cleverly plotted, with a nifty surprise ending. Another winner from author LynDee Walker!” —Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mystery Series

“A must read for any mystery fan. I loved Front Page Fatality, but Buried Leads may be my favorite in the series to date. If you’re a fan of mysteries or contemplating trying a new genre, I highly recommend Buried Leads. Five stars!” – Literary, etc.

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 LynDee.  We’d love to hear from you.


Cheers!

Hen House Staff

Happy Release Day! BURIED LEADS by LynDee Walker

BURIED LEADSFrom awardwinning crime reporter to bestselling author, LynDee Walker is here with us today to talk about Virginian enchiladas, her once-upon-a-time dream to be a country music star, and her newest book BURIED LEADS.  Thanks for having me on today, y’all! I can’t believe launch day is finally here!

HP:  As a reporter, what news story or article made the most impact on you?

LW:  Two things always stand out when I think about my reporting career: September 11, and people who lost children.

Being a journalist on 9/11 was hard, but it was also one of those days when doing my job made it feel like I was helping, somehow, which was nice.   [Read more...]

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

Rock ‘N Roll is Here to Stay

HEARTACHE MOTELA star is on the rise! Feast your eyes on this electrifyingly rockin’ cover for HEARTACHE MOTEL, a new collection of novellas featuring a few fan favorites. Rose Strickland, Cherry Tucker, and Nichelle Clark can’t help but find mysteries wherever they go, and these legendary escapades are ones you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar for the live debut, HEARTACHE MOTEL shimmies its way onto bookshelves December 3, 2013.

Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin
A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)

DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker
A Headlines in Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)

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, Terri, Larissa, or LynDee.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

The Hen House Staff

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Murder(s) She Wrote

Richmond author LynDee Walker’s humorous thriller turns heads

 arts_culture2-1Who but a journalist could stroll along the leafy streets of the Fan and the lazy banks of the James River and see nothing but high-level crime rings and half a dozen bodies hidden in the shadows?

For LynDee Walker, a Texas-bred reporter turned fiction writer who lives in Richmond with her family, those thoughts are all in a day’s work. Walker’s recently released light thriller, “Front Page Fatality,” portrays Richmond caught in a web of intrigue, which hungry young journalist Nichelle Clarke is eager to untangle before she gets ensnared.

Since its late-January release, “Front Page Fatality” — the first of three books and a novella contracted by Texas publisher Henery Press — has caused a stir, shooting to a peak of No. 1 on Amazon’s new-humor list, fifth on its humor list, and 10th on its mystery list. No one is more shocked than Walker. [Read more...]

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