Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Tour, Review and Giveaway - Heartache Motel Three interconnected Mystery Novellas

Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

Heartache Motel 
Three interconnected Mystery Novellas

A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE) When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into the death and her suspicious mind flips into overdrive, questioning her fellow guests, the staff, and even a cute impersonator who keeps popping up. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart 
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)  Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

A Headlines in High Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)   Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke thinks she’s going home for Christmas. But a quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places. When the King’s home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight—and the thief’s crosshairs. Christmas dreams of blue suede Manolos fade, and all Nichelle wants from Santa is to land the story before the thief cuts off her news feed for good.
About the Authors:
TERRI L. AUSTIN  As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she’d outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she’s made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri. She loves to hear from readers!

LARISSA REINHART   After seeing Paper Moon as a child, Larissa Reinhart fell in love with stories about confidence capers. QUICK SKETCH is the Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit.

LYNDEE WALKER   LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel.

My thoughts:  Each of these stories revolve around the Heartache Motel, a run-down motel located near Graceland.  The characters in the stories are visiting in the area but find themselves in the middle of solving mysteries during their stays.  With the addition of drag queens ( that are on staff at the motel ), and the rooms and beverages that are titled after Elvis Presley songs, - all 3 of these books grabbed my attention!
I liked all of the interesting situations that the Characters get themselves into while solving the crimes, the stories really had me guessing till the end!
I plan on reading more books by all 3 of these authors!

For more reviews and interviews - see these Tour Participants
December 10 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
December 11 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog – Socrates’ Cozy Cafe – Review, Interview
December 12 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – Spotlight
December 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
December 14 – Books-n-Kisses – Review
December 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
December 16 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review 
December 17 – fuonlyknew – Review

December 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
December 19 – Mochas, Mysteries and More – Interview
December 20 – My Recent Favorite books – Review
December 21 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Interview
December 22 – Jane Reads – Review, Interview
December 23 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
December 23 – Queen of All She Reads – Review

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  1. Thanks Melissa for the lovely review! And nice to meet you on Google+, too! Love your blog, it's very pretty!

  2. Larissa, LynDee and Terri are three of the most talented authors that I have come across lately. There is another author too, all of them who are with Henery Press and these ladies just seem to "get it" and know what the readers want and like. Every book of these authors that I have read has been terrific and I am looking forward to reading more in each of their series. I am not able to read a lot lately, so quality books are what I am looking for, and everyone of the books written by these authors has always made me glad that I read them. Hopefully, all of them, plus one other, will continue to write and write and write more of this quality and entertaining dialogue that makes me have a full range of emotions during the book. Keep up the great work ladies. Thank you for hosting this blog Melissa. It is always a joy to read about my favorite girls.
    Happy Holidays to all.
    Cynthia Blain

  3. Thanks for taking the time to read and review our book, Melissa! And thanks ceblain. We're so glad you enjoy them! Happy Holidays!

    1. Terri - I really enjoyed this book! =)
      Thanks so much!

      Happy Holidays!

  4. I love Elvis and any book that remotely reminds me of him I usually read. Looking forward to this one! Great review and giveaway!


  5. These look like fun stories ... I've always been an Elvis fan so that influence just makes it all the more interesting. Thanks, so much, for this opportunity!

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  7. Def not the Graceland we know and love. Sounds like a great plot twist! Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

  8. And Merry Christmas to you, Melissa!

  9. Wow! I won! Thank you, Melissa, for the giveaway. I can't wait to see the prizes!


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