Monday, November 19, 2012

Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr: Guest Post: PUYB Tour Stop


Please help me Welcome Lauren Carr as she kicks off her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.  There's a fantastic guest post and a giveaway for you today.  :)

Why Paranormal Scares This Mystery Writer
By Lauren Carr 

Okay, everyone knows that paranormal is IN. Not too long ago an author of suspense told me that she knew of a paranormal writer who was making money hand over fist. “What is she doing that we’re not doing?” she asked.
“She’s writing paranormal,” I replied. “Angels, demons, elves, fairies, wolves, and vampires are in. Cozies are out.”
So now she’s inserted a ghost into her next suspense.
I’m still holding off. I confess—I am that one person with the ability to read left in the United States who has not read any of the Twilight books. I am the same one left on the planet who never read Harry Potter.
What’s keeping me from jumping on the bandwagon?
Paranormal scares me.
I can sit all day and watch an autopsy scene on CSI without cringing. Give me a shoot ‘em up or a car bomb and I’m glued to the pages. How about suspense that involves a husband in the midst of a mid-life crisis killing his wife and disposing of her frozen body in a wood-chipper? I consider that how-to-catch-‘em detective work in top form.
But throw an elf into the mix and – well, that’s just weird.
Give me the daring young lovers trying to identify the crazed ax-wielding serial killer? Little do they know that the killer is one step behind them, revving up his chain-saw while waiting for the perfect time to dismember them. By the end of that book, my nails are chewed down to nubs.
Make one of those lovers a vampire and I’m out of there. The thought of anyone but the Red Cross taking my blood, even if he is handsome and loves me more than life itself, is just too creepy.
 I can write about psychopaths, dysfunctional couples, robbers, kidnappers, and even a serial killer or two. I can have people poisoned, stabbed, drowned, blown up, suffocated, tossed off tall buildings, or even run over by a car and then backed over again.
Sorry, I cannot write about sexy young teenagers who feel compelled to stop at every fire hydrant and chase cars at every full moon. Werewolves creep me out. (Only recently a paranormal fan told me that there is an actual difference between a werewolf and a wolf-man. I never knew that.)
Fairies give me the willies, too. Little people with wings scare me more than killer bees.
Okay, I confess. I’m a wimpy murder mystery writer. 
About the Book:
In this Loves in Crime Mystery, Spunky Pennsylvania State Homicide Detective Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer.

Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

In this Loves in Crime Mystery, Spunky Pennsylvania State Homicide Detective Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.


About the Author:

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. A Reunion to Die For was released in hardback in June 2007. Both of these books are in re-release.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The first two books in her series, It’s Murder, My Son and Old Loves Die Hard have been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Lauren’s fifth mystery, Shades of Murder has been receiving rave reviews since its release.

Lauren’s sixth book, Dead on Ice, will be released in Fall 2012. Dead on Ice will introduce a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, in which Joshua Thornton will join forces with homicide detective Cameron Gates.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Nov 19th - Dec 14th
Next Few Stops
Monday, November 19
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, November 20
Interview at Blogcritics
Wednesday, November 21
Interview at Reviews by Molly
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Lauren Carr said...

Hello, Laurie and Friends,

Okay, I confessed that I'm not a paranormal fan. Irving, the skunk cat in Dead on Ice, has separation anxiety, but he doesn't suddenly transform into a creature during a full moon. I welcome you to weigh in and try to convince me that he should.


beedyr said...

Hi...I'm with you Lauren. I'm a big fan of murder and mayhem, but Zombies. etc turn me off...unless it's ANGEL ;p .

angela s. said...

i enjoy murder mystery books.thanks for the chance to win

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