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A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder: The Scoop

Geek Girl Mysteries is a new series about a geeky woman (girl was good for titular alliteration, but Mia’s most definitely an adult woman) who uses her dogged curiosity and fat IQ to solve murders. I modeled her after Felicia Day. She’s a delight to me. Her local PD and homicide thinks she’s kind of a pain, but what can I say? She gets the job done. 

She loves all the coolest things from vintage clothing to cosplay and Ren Faires. Her family’s a large slice of fruitcake. And her community is wealthy-weird. I hope you’ll enjoy her stories, too. 

About the book:

A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder, book 1 in The Geek Girl Mysteries

GEEK-GIRL_murder_ROUGHS_3IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu’s timing couldn’t be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia’s family’s business relies on her presence.

Mia doesn’t have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.

Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he’s closer than she’d ever imagined.

NEWS: A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder is at Alloy Entertainment right now!! Alloy is part of Warner Brothers and they requested an early copy in April, for television series consideration. I’ve got my fingers crossed & you can read it first here:

***Click HERE to Request an advanced read from Net Galley today! ***

How about an excerpt?

I dashed my coffee with cinnamon and grabbed a little wooden stir paddle. Bernie’s blog was right. There was trouble at the clubhouse. I pressed the cup to my lips and inhaled tendrils of bitter steam. My eyes slid shut while I counted to ten and organized my thoughts. What exactly were residents receiving in email? Whatever it was, it hadn’t come from me and I doubted it came from the clubhouse system. Could they be lying? How many complaints were there?

A long shadow overtook me.

My lids popped open, and I jumped to attention, stuffing swollen feet back into their luxurious torture devices.

The shadow had a stiff-looking man in his midthirties at the end of it. “Mia Connors?” His voice was deep with a hint of Southern charm.

Hmm. White dress shirt. Shiny shoes. “Are you a cop or a salesman?” I squinted through foggy glasses and set my coffee aside. “I met with our software rep last week, and we’re all up-to-date on licensing, so I guess cop.” Cops wore uniforms and carried twenty extra pounds but, for some inexplicable reason, most men liked being mistaken for one. He was definitely new to Horseshoe Falls. Resident? Guest?

He frowned. “I look like a cop?”

I wasn’t expecting the frown. I gave him another long look. The light bulb flickered on in my scrambled brain. “Oh.” I dug into my handbag, searching for my business cards. “Are you looking for some technical assistance?” I stage-winked. Detailed internet research was my specialty. If the information existed, I could find, compile and deliver it with great discretion. For a reasonable fee.

“Technical assistance?”

“Sure. Online. I can clean up anything you need or get details on anything you want.”

He tented his brows.

I backpedaled. “Research is a passion of mine.”

He shifted foot to foot and stretched a hand in my direction. “Before you say anything else and this conversation takes a whole new turn, I need to introduce myself. I’m Jake Archer. I’m the new Horseshoe Falls Head of Security.”

“You’re not wearing a uniform.” I gave him another once-over. “Why are you in a suit?”

“It’s my first day. I’d hoped to make an impression. Disappointed?”

Disgusted with my lack of insight. Of course he was the new guy. Bernie described him on her blog. Handsome. Sullen. “I thought you’d be more brooding.”

He slouched forward and looked at me with narrow eyes. Like I wasn’t making any sense. Which I wasn’t.

I pinched my lips between my teeth. “I mean, someone said you were brooding. Not me.” I flailed mentally. “Not brooding.” Swarms of staffers rushed past us. The meeting was over.

A nervous laugh bubbled up, and I tamped it down. “I meant serious. You’re very serious. Probably in cop mode. Security mode? I’m sure you’re not at all brooding. I’ve got to go.” Ugh. I turned away, stuffing napkins and sugar packets into my bag for later. I’d finish mixing my coffee behind the safety of my office door.

He followed me down the narrow hall toward the line of employee offices, easily matching his pace to mine. “Anything you want to tell me?”

“I sometimes help people erase things they don’t want online. I also help them with research. I thought you were approaching me for my help.”

“Anything else?”

“Nope.”

“Why’d you assume I was a cop?”

“Or a salesman.” I slowed my pace, relieved to reach my office door. “It was just a guess. You know, like when you go to a restaurant or a party and someone catches your attention, so you make up what you think they’re saying, what they do for a living and why they’re there. Then you get closer to see if you’re right.”

Jake blinked. “No.”

Of course not. Normal people didn’t do that kind of thing. Socially awkward girls with insane imaginations did. “Well, anyway. This is my office.” I turned my back to the door, hoping he wouldn’t follow me inside. “I’ve got work to do if I want to get the system’s problems worked out before we’re all fired, and I’m having a rough day anyway so…”

He didn’t make a move to leave.

My heart stammered. Why was he grilling me like this? I couldn’t take confrontation. I babbled. I behaved stupidly. I filled quiet moments with my personal brand of crazy.

Two seconds later, I caved. “First, some jack—someone took my parking space, and now I have to fix whatever has happened to the email system or lose my job.” I exhaled deeply. “You should go.”

His scrutinizing blue eyes pierced me to the door. “Why do I make you nervous?”

I tugged at the neckline of my dress to circulate the suffocating air and chomped on the inside of both cheeks. You’re too close. Asking a whole heck of a lot of questions and way too close. My fingers curled at my side. I shut my eyes and cried out to the Universe, Help!

“Nothing else you want to tell me?”

I rolled the back of my head against the office door. “Uh-uh.”

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Thangs and Stuff. STUFF.

A lot has happened over the past six months. Like, a whole lot. As a result, I’ve fallen away from blogging in favor of making contracted deadlines and self-imposed ones.

 Busy busy busy

My stress level is creeping toward insanity levels, but insanity is my sweet spot, so it’s all good.

I’m basically a high functioning caffeine-addict. Thank you, Writer-Life.

Here’s a quick catch up on all the things and stuff I wanted to blog about, but didn’t get to in a timely manner: 

 

These are not in any particular order….

1. I signed two new contracts for a total of 5 upcoming releases in 2015-2016. 

** 2 contemporary YA titles from Lyrical Press

**3 cozy mystery titles with Carina Press

2. Murder in Real Time, book 3, The Patience Price Mysteries, was picked up for Harlequin’s book club distribution

3. Murder in Real Time was also selected for a new retail trial program with Harlequin 

4. I’ve been to a legit zill author/book events on the East Coast and throughout Ohio. It’s been fun. I love to go. Please invite me. I will come.

5. A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder, my upcoming August cozy release, is available for request on NetGalley!

REQUEST IT HERE: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/64955

6. A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder was requested by Alloy Entertainment a couple months ago. Alloy is a Warner Brothers affiliate and they requested an advanced copy from Harlequin. Yes. I die every time I share that news.

7. I parted ways amicably with my agent. It was the scariest thing I’ve done as an author, but necessary…I think. I’ll talk more about this later.

8. I’ve entered short stories into 2 anthologies 

9. I entered the opening chapters of a new work for the Stafford Award

10. I’m planning my trip to New Orleans for the Red Carpet Awards in July. Murder Comes Ashore was a mystery finalist. I CAN NOT WAIT.

That’s the scoop. 

 

Murder Comes Ashore is a Red Carpet Award Finalist and I’m Going to NOLA!

BTSawardfinalist_2014_webSo, I’m super stoked for the summer to arrive. Book two in my Patience Price Mysteries series, Murder Comes Ashore, received a five star review from BTS eMag last fall and thus, became a nominee for their Red Carpet Awards. When the voting ended, I got more news: Murder by the Seaside is one of three finalists and all finalists are encouraged to attend the Red Carpet Awards in New Orleans!

AH!! NOLA is one place in America I’ve been in love with all my life, but never visited, despite several attempts. Life has interrupted my dream trip since spring break senior year (college). It’s ridiculous, really. BUT not this time. This time, I’m GOING. I’m obsessed, even plotting a book based on the local lore. I can’t explain how excited this makes me, but I can tell you about the event and encourage you to join me. JOIN ME!EasterEgg8

The Red Carpet Awards are part of a weekend-long reader event: ARC Author & Reader Convention. Readers get in for $15. Seriously. For $15 there are nonstop opportunities for fun with other readers and authors all weekend long, beginning Wednesday July 29th.

I’m still six months away from the event and already have plans to join readers and authors for a Haunted New Orleans tour, a Haunted Pub tour, breakfast with
BTS eMag directors and a Midnight Ball. I mean….SERIOUSLY.

Check out the link and make plans to hit NOLA with this girl. Heaven knows I could use the supervision.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway!!! Love, Lattes & Mutants by Sandra Cox

LOVE, LATTES, AND MUTANTS

 Sandra Cox

Cover Reveal

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 RIGHT? DO you love it? I LOVE this!

Now, wait until you read what it’s about:

Blurb: Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why…

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story…

sandraBio:

Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She’s a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

 

Links:

EKensington: http://www.ekensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/31643

$2.99 at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Lattes-Mutants-Sandra-Cox-ebook/dp/B00PP2ZXBE/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420399004&sr=1-7&keywords=sandra+cox

$2.99 at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-lattes-and-mutants-sandra-cox/1120791624?ean=9781616506063

$2.99 at Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/love-lattes-and-mutants

Blog: www.sandracox.blogspot.com

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/sandra_cox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandraCox.Author

Now for the Giveaways:

First prize:

A Piper-approved necklace and $10 Starbuck Card

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Second Prize:

A Piper-approved bracelet

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Host Prize:

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To enter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/927e5e0011/

 

To enter for Hostess Only Giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/927e5e0012/

 

Cover Reveal: Naked by Stacey Trombley

I’m excited to be part of this awesome cover reveal!

Here it is…..I’ve got it …Are you ready???

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Naked

by Stacey Trombley

Release Date: 07/07/15

Entangled Teen

Amazing, right? Wait until you read what it’s about!

Naked by Stacey Trombley

The best place to hide is in a lie…

I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.

The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.

Someone knows who I really am.

And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…

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Stacey TrombleyAbout the Author

Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list.

She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.

Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in 2015

Author Links:

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Add it to my 2015 TBR pile. I mean, what’s one more, really? Especially one that looks like fabulous? 

What do you think?

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