Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

Cate Kinkaid's life is ... well, frankly, it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut – they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.

All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI Job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

Excerpt from the end of Chapter One, DYING TO READ

The third-floor hallway ended in a door to the outside. Cate was surprised to see that it stood partway open. "Maybe she leaves this open for the cat to go in and out?"

"Not Octavia," Doris said. "That cat may have been a stray at one time, but she thinks she's queen of the universe now. She's also deaf, so Amelia keeps her inside."

Cate felt an unexpected flicker of kindliness toward Amelia. She hadn't heard much good about the woman so far, but anyone who'd take in a deaf stray must have some redeeming qualities.

Cate stepped onto a small square of weathered boards outside the open door, Doris right behind her. The steep stairway below them looked dangerously flimsy, the old boards dark and cracked. And at the bottom. . .

Cate's breath snagged in her throat. Uncle Joe had assured her this assignment was strictly routine. No murder, mayhem, or mystery, not like what those detectives on TV always encountered. No dead bodies.

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I grew up in various small towns in eastern Washington, and I started trying to write when I was in the fifth grade, usually horse stories. I sent them to magazines, but they were not impressed with my "talent," and sent them right back. My interest in horses continued on through a university degree in agriculture. (Which I can assure you is not a particularly useful education for a fiction writer – but, of course, I didn't know I wanted to be a writer then.)

When I did realize I really did want to be a writer, I began with children's short stories. This seemed logical, since I had a small son at the time. It was quite a long time before I moved on to write romances for publishers such as Silhouette and Harlequin. Eventually I turned to Christian romances and now feel I've found my "real home" in Christian mysteries.

Some of my most popular books have been the lighthearted Ivy Malone Mysteries, about an older woman who finds she seems to have aged into invisibility. And invisibility can be a rather handy asset for a sleuth. The first book "Invisible" is currently a free download on Kindle, Nook, etc.

Lorena is giving away a copy of Dying to Read. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy holiday reading!
Caroline Brown



cjajsmommy said...

Great excerpt! I'm snagged already. Thank you for the heads up for the book "Invisible" -- it is now on my Kindle. Please enter my name to win a copy of the book "Dying to Read." djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Can't wait to read this book. It sounds quite interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.


Pam K. said...

Now I'm dying to read this book! I've read several good reviews so would love to win a copy of Dying to Read.


ann said...

Thanks for the review of the book. Dying to Read is a book I would enjoy reading because it sounds interesting to me.

Merry said...

Thanks for the little peek, I love Lorena's characters. Please add me to the drawing, thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The last part of this excerpt really caught my attention. Now, I have to read this book. Hopefully I can win it. Thanks Carole for this interview.
Maxie ( )

KayM said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. I enjoyed the bit of humor!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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