Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Diner Standing by Terri L. Austin


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, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.

I usually get three questions from my parents’ friends: Am I dating anyone? Am I still in school? Have I found a real job? So I had a strategy this year, I would bob and weave my way through this thing, never landing in one place long enough to answer awkward questions. Make the greetings and move on.

So far, I’d been pretty successful. Then my mother suddenly appeared at my side, her hand wrapped around the bicep of an average-looking man in his thirties.

“James Benchley, I’d like you to meet my youngest daughter, Rosalyn.”

“Hello, Rosalyn, it’s nice to meet you.” He held out his hand.

Oh crap, a set up. I smiled. “You too, James.”

“Your mother tells me you’re a student.”

I raised my brows. “She did?” Usually she liked to hide the fact I’d been in school for the past six years and still didn’t have my Bachelor’s.

“I’m a big believer in continuing your education. Going for your doctorate, that’s impressive.”

I raised a brow at my mother. “Thank you.”

Her smile hardened. “I told James how important your studies are to you, dear. James is a financial planner.”

“You don’t say?”

When a roaming waiter presented us with a tray of salmon and dill covered cucumber slices, James’ attention was diverted. My mother leaned closer.

“He’s divorced, no kids, and has a decent job. Be nice,” she hissed in my ear. “Enjoy the party, James,” she said in a loud voice. 

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Terri L. Austin lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo.  She’s the author of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends—a Rose Strickland Mystery.  “Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.” Kirkus Reviews



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  1. WELL...A book just can't go wrong with a "gaggle of stripper" in it! LOL. Too funny.

  2. Each excerpt is so hilarious. I can hardly wait to read this book.

  3. Thanks, Catherine Lee and MomJane! It's a pleasure to be here today.

  4. I love this series! Congratulations Terri on publishing book #2. Can't wait for #3!

  5. Thanks, Larissa! I'm so happy people are enjoying it. And right now, it's 2.99 on Amazon and B&N. The first book in the series, Diners, Dives and Dead Ends is on sale for .99! Don't know how long it will last though...

  6. UGH I've been in that position before. I hated my parents' cocktail parties. LOVING the book. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  7. Hearing that makes me very happy, Sophie! Thanks Ingeborg!

  8. Like your writing style. Enjoyed the excerpt and I thought the blurb was well done.

  9. Thanks, Cara! Nothing says Merry Christmas like ex-cons and a gaggle of strippers!

  10. Thanks so much for having me on today! It was a lot of fun!

  11. Love the series and can't wait until the next one comes out!

  12. Thank you, Carolyn! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. That makes my day!

  13. Brilliant excerpt!! I could totally picture this.