Blogroll: Feeling the Fiction

Malicious Masquerade

Alan_CuppWith his new mystery/suspense release, Malicious Masquerade, just hitting the shelves, Author Alan Cupp met with me to talk about life and his love of writing.

Whether it’s with a captivating mystery novel or a funny promotional video for his church, Alan is always anticipating his next creative endeavor. In addition to writing fiction, Alan enjoys acting, music, travel, and playing sports. His life’s motto is, “It’s better to wear out than rust out.” Alan places a high value on time spent with his beautiful wife and their two sons. He lives his life according to his 4F philosophy: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Romance & Beyond

Lifetime of Little Things

Posted by Sherry Isaac on Mar 22, 2013 in Friends on Friday

Alan-Cupp-HS-199x300Alan Cupp loves to create and entertain, always anticipating his next creative endeavor. In addition to writing fiction, Alan enjoys acting, music, travel, and playing sports. His life’s motto is, “It’s better to wear out than rust out.” He values time spent with his beautiful wife and their two sons. Keep up with Alan on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. Information on Alan’s new release, Malicious Masquerade, can be found at Henery Press. [Read more...]


Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker originally Posted on by kickbookchick


My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Book Description:

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

Page Count: 292 Pages

My Thoughts: This book was provided by NetGalley and Henery Press for an honest review.

Nichelle Clark is a crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph. She is sassy, smart, and ambitious and hopes to one day land a spot in the Washington Post White House press corps. With her sights set high on the Post, Nichelle (Nicey to some) beats the pavement and glues her ears to her police scanner looking for a story that will give her her big break. In a stroke of serendipity, a major story finds her but in many, seemingly unrelated, pieces. As Nicey tries to make sense of the separate pieces she begins to see that there is an ominous connection between them and nothing is as it seems on the surface. The line between the good guys and bad guys blurs and Nicey is square in the middle.

Wow. This was an excellent story. Ms. Walker is a new to me author but I’m putting her on my ‘to buy’ author’s list. This story had it all: humor, adventure, intrigue, interesting characters, and an excellent story line. Walker did an excellent job providing the reader with clues but not prematurely giving away the story plot. If you’re looking for a story that will engage you from the first page to ‘the end’ then Front Page Fatality is the story for you. It was full of twists, turns, and the (pleasantly) unexpected. I absolutely enjoyed it and the “who done it” feel of the story. Very well done indeed, Ms. Walker.

Reading Time: 5 Hours


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: Shelf Pleasure

Read: Fall is a Great Time for a Lowcountry Boil

Susan M. Boyer’s Lowcountry Boil is the first in a delicious new mystery series featuring private eye and modern Southern Belle Liz Talbot. When Liz’s beloved grandmother is murdered, she hightails it back to South Carolina to find the killer – and things get even more complicated when her long dead best friend pops up. Liz took a break from detecting to pop by Shelf Pleasure and share her recipe for a true Lowcountry Boil. 

Hey y’all, Liz Talbot here. I can’t believe Halloween has come and gone. I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve stashed some chocolate away for emergencies. Before we go straight into talking turkey and put up the Christmas lights, I’m in the mood for a Lowcountry Boil. Lowcountry Boil is not just a dish—it’s an event. And fall is the perfect time for one. [Read more...]

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...]

Blogroll: Everybody Need A Little Romance

Susan Boyer Visits ENALR by Cynthia D’Alba

Hi Susan. I’m thrilled you added EverybodyNeedsALittleRomance to your blog stops for Lowcountry Boil.  I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Lowcountry Boil and just loved it. It has the feel of a cozy mystery but isn’t your usual cozy! Click here for my review.

Cynthia D’Alba

Let’s start with Susan Boyer, the author. Tell us a little more about you.

Cynthia, first, thank you so much for having me on Everybody Needs a Little Romance today! I am married to my best friend, Jim. I usually call him Sugar, and my family and friends are so accustomed to it, even some of them call him Sugar as well. We have four children—three of his, one of mine, all of them ours. Our nest is sporadically empty. Our youngest child is still in boomerang mode.

Do you have another job other than writing? What?

No, I write full time. I should rephrase that. My full-time job is author. I’m learning there is much more involved than just the writing. I had a day job for years, first as a computer programmer, then a systems analyst, then a project manager, and later a store planner for a ladies apparel store chain. But I’ve always wanted to write, and when I got the chance to make the transition, I took it.

Why do you write (other than the obvious fame and fortune it will bring)? [Read more...]

Book Release Day!


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: 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...]

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