Monday, December 31, 2012

Excerpt Tour & Giveaway - Last Diner Standing by Terri L. Austin



Welcome to my stop on Terri L. Austin's Excerpt Tour for Last Diner Standing.  Please make sure to leave a comment below to let Terri know you stopped by.  Terri will be awarding one commenter at every stop a signed bookmark and a cover postcard (USA/Canada Only), and one randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N, winner's choice.  You can follow her tour stops here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.  

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Last Diner Standing 
A Rose Strickland Mystery
by Terri L. Austin

Publisher: Henery Press
Release Date: November 30, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-938383-08-3
ASIN: B00AGLOFOK

Pages: 296

Buy Links: 

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Blurb:

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.

Excerpt:

There are some absolutes in this life that are irrefutable. If you leave the house looking like crap, you’ll see someone you know, usually an ex-boyfriend. If you’re running late for an appointment, you’ll hit every red light on the way. And a three a.m. phone call is never good news. Either someone’s dead, in the hospital, or you’re a drunken booty call. But that Saturday morning, I discovered another reason to avoid the ringing harbinger of bad news.

“’ello,” I answered, my eyes still closed.

“Rose, I’m in jail, girl.”

I sniffed and sat up on my futon. “Janelle?”

“Of course it’s Janelle. They think I tried to kill Asshat.”

Scrubbing a hand over my eyes, I glanced at the clock. “Asshat?”

Janelle lowered her voice. “Rose, wake up and listen. I’m in jail, Asshat’s in a coma, and they’re saying I tried to kill him. I need help.”

Her dilemma finally penetrated my sleep-fogged brain. “Oh my God. Where are the kids?” Janelle had two, Damon, nine, and Sherise, seven. Both so cute you wanted to pinch their little cheeks. But I wouldn’t recommend it—that Sherise was a biter.

“They’re staying with my cousin, Sondra. But I got to get out of here. If they think I’m spending Christmas in jail then I’m Halle Damn Berry.”

“What do you want me to do?”

“Call that fancy lawyer you know. He’ll figure it out.”

Dane Harker. “I’ll call him and come see you in the morning. Will they let me bring you anything?”

“Cigarettes and toiletries. These bitches trade everything for cigarettes. And Rose? Thanks.” 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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Don't forget to leave a comment below to let Terri know you stopped by.  Terri will be awarding one commenter at every stop a signed bookmark and a cover postcard (USA/Canada Only), and one randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N, winner's choice.  You can follow her tour stops here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.  

16 comments:

  1. Sounds exactly like the sort of thing I'd like to read xx

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  2. I really, really want to read this book. I give up. I am buying it today.

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  3. I really, really want to read this book. i wish i could buy it but i can't afford it with being out of work..so i really hope i win it

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  4. Well...That's a fine way to wake up in the morning! That usually means it's going to be a bad (or at least interesting) day.

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  5. This sounds like a very fun read! It's a definite add to my TBR ;)

    Alyssa
    hesperialovesbooks(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  6. Love the excerpt, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I need this one! As I just had the author featured on the blog with another Rose mystery, I need to add this one :)

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  8. Thanks for having me on today, O my Queen! And thanks for the comments everyone! Rose and her motley crew are a fun group to write.

    Btw, Amazon and Barnes have my first book, Last Diner Standing on sale for .99 and Last Diner Standing is 2.99! I *believe* the price is good through the new year, but I'm not sure how long it will last.

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    1. Whoops! I meant Diners, Dives and Dead Ends is on sale for .99! I have Last Diner Standing on the brain!

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  9. Love, Love , Love this series and this book in particular. Think it is even better than the first and was amazing. Cannot wait for more int his series. The sexy bad guy is just that, yummm!!! Rose is a hoot and her friends, well read the book and you will unferstand!!!

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  10. Thank you, Pamela! I'm so happy you liked it. And sexy bad guys are the best, IMO!

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  11. Happy New Year! Loved the excerpt.

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  12. This sounds like such fun read! I'm going to put it on my TBR list. I love the name!
    Lauren@Mommabears Book Blog
    Lmackesy @ gmail.com

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  13. Thanks, cmgren and Lauren! Appreciate your taking the time to comment.

    And thanks for having me Queen of All She Reads today! It was a pleasure to be here!

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  14. Such a fabulous excerpt thank you!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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