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Blog Tour: Dying to Be Beautiful

 

BOOK ONE: WITHOUT A HEAD

Saturday Morning, 6:00am

The head in the sink stared up at her. Darcy Monroe, the owner of a popular, chic hair salon was used to this. Only this time, the head was there without a body.

Chapter One: The Murder

As a Private Investigator, Jenna Preston had been hired to help solve murders, insurance fraud, cheating spouses and more. This was a new one for her.

She received what could only be described as a hysterical call from Darcy Monroe, owner of a popular, upscale hair salon in The Hamptons. A head without its body was rolling around in one of her shampoo basins.

Almost five-feet, five-inches tall, always looking taller in her two- or three-inch heels, Jenna had long red hair, blue eyes and was often seen driving around the East End in a white jeep, and in recent years, with her Irish setter sitting next to her.

 

Excerpt

 

Chapter 1

The Murder

Saturday, 6:10 A.M.

As a Private Investigator, Jenna Preston had been hired to help solve murders, insurance fraud, cheating spouses and more. This was a new one for her.

She received what could only be described as a hysterical call from Darcy Monroe, owner of a popular, upscale hair salon in The Hamptons.

A head without its body was rolling around in one of her shampoo basins.

Almost five-feet, five-inches tall, always looking taller in her two or three-inch heels, Jenna had long red hair, blue eyes and was often seen driving around the East End in a white jeep, and in recent years, with her Irish Setter sitting next to her.

As a well-respected private investigator in the area, she told the salon owner, “I’ll be right there, and don’t touch anything until the police arrive.”

Jenna knew they needed to secure the business as a crime scene and Coroner Doc Bishop and Head of Forensics Lara Stern had to be brought in as well.

“Troy, someone left a head, without the body, in a shampoo bowl at Darcy’s Salon. I’ll be there in about ten minutes.”

”Damn it, Jenna, I nearly spilled my coffee listening to this bizarre message. I’ll be there within the half hour. Meantime, I’ll ask Lara to get over there to check the crime scene for prints and other possible evidence and for Doc to arrange to bring the head to the morgue. We’ll want to look at it there, after he’s had a chance to determine how it was cut off and anything else he might find.”

Detective Johnson hung up.

He and Jenna had worked together and known each other for a long time. They clearly trusted each other. He knew she would follow police protocol at the crime scene.

Saturday, as always was an exceptionally busy day, “in season” at Darcy’s Salon, which is why she had gotten there so early. She always wanted the salon looking perfect, ready for stylists and clients, who this day had appointments beginning at 7 am.

Located off the main avenue of this posh resort at the East End of Long Island, less than ninety miles from Manhattan, the salon was known for catering to the rich and famous, as well as some of wanna-be customers, primping for weekend parties and fundraising events.

The salon was truly beautiful with warm color tones and soft matching leather client chairs facing gold (well, fake gold), trimmed mirrors. There was a reception area with the latest issues of fashion magazines from Paris and Rome, and a few of the more popular Hampton rags, like Dan’s Papers were spread out on a marble table, next to it a coffee machine offering gourmet flavored coffee and teas.

Most of the women who came to Darcy’s Salon had plenty of money, some from their own success, although others were arm candy for much older, wealthy men. Sometimes one of them would joke (maybe not) that they were “Dying To Be Beautiful” like some of the famous models and celebrities, many of who summered in the Hamptons.

“Jenna, you’ve seen how difficult and fussy they can be, and their egos—they’re constantly seeking confirmation of how beautiful they look. They want to come to a high-end salon, expecting to be treated like royalty. And believe me, we do.”

Darcy Monroe was only too glad to charge megabucks for her services since it included a whole lot of catering to their whims and demands. Beauty could indeed be expensive in The Hamptons. The chatter amongst the clients, the eight hair stylists, three manicurists and several assistants meant gossip was a basic ingredient of conversation. The story about the body without a head, and the head found in the salon, was sure to explode through The Hamptons. It certainly had all the elements of a soap opera.

“My god, Jenna, the gossip about this mess is going to be like a volcano spilling over this town.”

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Genre: Mystery

Pages: 140

Release: February 1, 2016

Publisher: Lulu

ISBN: 9781483445304

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BOOK TWO: FASHION QUEEN

Monday, 6:45am

Kevin Larson swam in his pool nearly every morning. Going on sixty-five, he prided himself on being in good shape.

Walking toward the small pool house, off to the left of the pool, he noticed a light was on. He was certain he turned it off the night before. Strange, he thought.

Even stranger, lying in a different sort of pool—blood—was his long time friend and lover, fashion designer Andre Yellen. Yellen was stuffed into one of the gowns he had designed and a wearing a blond wig.

The gown had been auctioned off the night before at a huge Hamptons fundraiser.

People in the Hamptons were certainly dying to be beautiful.

 

 

Excerpt

 

Chapter 1

THE GOWN

Monday, 7:30 a.m.

Detective Troy Johnson was at Larson’s house when Jenna arrived. He had covered the victim with a large beach towel until the coroner and forensics arrived. [deleted “He and”] Sergeant Stan Miller, who had taken the call, accompanied him and was presently attempting to hold back the media. They had heard about Yellen’s death on the police scanner, and in no time, the active crime scene was quite a wild sight.

It was 6:30 A.M. when she had received the call from Johnson that he was on his way to Kevin Larson’s house: “Jenna, there’s been a murder. Designer Andre Yellen, the Fashion Queen, was found dead this morning at the home of movie mogul Kevin Larson. He gave her the address and exactly where it was located, “past the windmill at the edge of Southampton.”

“More like the situation was at the edge of reason,” Jenna thought.

“Jenna, they’re acting like a bunch of hungry vultures. Help! These are your people. Well, they’re reporters like you used to be. The homeowner is either in shock or just completely uncooperative except for telling me where and when he found Yellen’s body.”

Jenna sighed, “Sure, I can’t say no to such a lovely invitation.”

The death of Andre Yellen was big news.

Andre Yellen was squeezed—really, truly squeezed—into a beautiful ocean blue, sleeveless, silk gown he had designed and donated for a fundraiser the evening before. The size-8 dress was torn at all the seams. Yellen, in his early fifties, 5’9” and clearly out of shape, was more like a size-18-plus, and stuffed into a dress way, way too small for him.

As a designer for major celebrities for nearly twenty-five years, Yellen was a man about town who loved both the ladies and the men, or so it had been gossiped around the East End of Long Island, also known as The Hamptons.

After all, this is THE HAMPTONS, and all sorts of lifestyles are accepted, where choices are supposedly not judged, and relationships are not restricted by conventional boundaries. Unfortunately, there are always those determined to exercise their own brand of severe judgment.

However, there was no evidence this murder had anything to do with narrow minds. Not yet, anyhow. In fact, it wasn’t clear at all what this murder was about—or who had committed it.

Private Investigator Jenna Preston was familiar with many celebrities who lived or vacationed on the East End. Before becoming an investigative reporter, she was entertainment and social events reporter for the local daily paper and had interviewed quite a few of the “anointed” as she had once called them. Gossip columnists covered the rest.

Jenna was regularly hired by law firms, insurance companies and businesses for corporate fraud issues. She also had an arrangement and relationship with the local police—especially when it came to murder investigations. Some of the people she had once written about also tried to hire her for personal investigations and for, what she considered, ridiculous reasons. Such complaints included some new fence being too high or people walking on the beach in front of someone’s home.

Most of these cases she didn’t accept.

“For me, it’s about justice. We all have reasons, even life experiences motivating our passions. I have mine for what I do,” Jenna told a local reporter whose paper was doing a story on crime in The Hamptons.

Jenna had a solid reputation for being smart, resourceful and most definitely charming—without an attitude—which was different from many of the people who summered in The Hamptons.

She did love nice clothes, including the red shoes or red boots she almost always wore.

“Hey,” she laughed once when Troy made fun of her red shoes, “you wear a cowboy hat most of the time, so don’t make fun of me, Tex.”

Jenna and Troy worked together professionally almost as soon as she had become a licensed private detective. It was a small police force, often stretched thin during the summer season. Because they actually had few experienced investigators, he had requested and been given approval by his captain to use a discretionary fund to hire Jenna on an as-needed basis. She was often a member of his investigative team, usually for murders.

Lately, there didn’t seem to be any shortage of them.

Slender and almost 5’5,” yet always looking taller in her two- or three-inch heels, Jenna had long red hair, sometimes pulled back in a ponytail when she was working. She also had deep blue eyes. With more than a hint of spunk and mischief about her, she was definitely considered attractive.

Jenna’s new romance, Dave, thought so!

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Dying to Be Beautiful: Fashion Queen can be purchased at:

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iTunes

99¢ EBOOK SALE!

runs June 1-30, 2016 

Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 132

Release: June 1, 2016

Publisher: Lulu

ISBN: 9781483449159

Click to add to your Goodreads list.

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About the Author

Glenda Rosen is the author of The Woman’s Business Therapist: Eliminate the MindBlocks and RoadBlocks to Success, and award-winning My Memoir Workbook. For over fifteen years, she helped numerous authors develop and market their books, and presented writing programs in New York, The Hamptons, New Mexico and Carmel, California, on “Encouraging and Supporting the Writer Within You!” She’s the founder and owner of a successful marketing and public relations agency for twenty-five years.

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Chasing Memories

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Author: Tia Silverthorne Bach

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: Rated LI

Synopsis:

There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.

Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

This book was too short. Just when things started picking up, it ended. I hate that about series! At first I wasn’t sure if Reagan was losing her mind. Things happened so fast the night her brother was taken. I really didn’t see how her memory of that night was longer than originally portrayed.

Anyway, it was clear that Reagan had stumbled into some sort of battle between werewolves. I can’t wait to see how that turns out. Also there is the whole Wiccan aspect of the story. It wasn’t clear that Reagan’s grandmother was aware of whether werewolves exist. I thought that was unusual. In most paranormal books everybody knows about all the other creatures.

Can I just tell you how much I dislike Reagan’s mother! I understand the desire to protect your children; however, having your child committed is going way beyond. I don’t understand people who go through such lengths to deny the truth. And the one love interest made me become quite violent. I was ready to shake Reagan. I don’t understand attraction to those type of guys.

Anyway, the series promises to have a lot of conflict- good vs evil werewolves, daughter vs mother vs grandmother, psychotic boyfriends….
I did like the surprise at the end of the book. I always think its great when the people you think are gone aren’t really gone.

This was a great first book in a series, and I’m quite eager to see how the rest of the series goes.

As you can see from the picture above, I’m part of a blog tour. Here is the rest of the info.

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Web Site:
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Who Am I?

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Welcome to the Armchair BEA. So today’s topic is all about introductions. We are supposed to answer 5 questions. So here we go…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

Myblogging alias is Bluestocking. My real name is Brooke. I have been blogging since May 11, 2007. I got into blogging because I wanted to write. At the time that I started I didn’t want to blog about my life because I thought it was too personal. Funny enough, I have a personal blog now. Books seem liked the perfect topic because it want too personal, yet it was something I cared about a lot. Books have been my truest friends over the years.


Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
I’m blogging from a section of New Jersey known as the Pine Barrens. No, I have neve seen the New Jersey Devil. It’s pretty far out. In fact, Comcast wont run high speed Internet to my parents’ house. We get the lowest speed DSL. We’ve only had it for a little over a year! My town’s population is less than 10,000. Our crime rate is so low that we don’t have our own police. The state police services the town.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
the first and only car accident that I had was between me and a tree in my driveway. Since there are 4 cars in my household, getting out of the driveway can be an obstacle course. I thought I had cleared everything. I cleared the cars, but not the tree.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling. She still hasn’t written that HP encyclopedia! I want to know what the 12 uses of Dragon’s blood is. I really want to know what Voldemort did to give himself that rudimentary body. I have a hunch, but I want to know if I’m right.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Bath. I just want to see why everybody and their mamas wanted to go there for vacation. I wouldn’t mind trying the baths; it might be relaxing. It probably won’t be as nice as it was during the Regency period, but still, it might be interesting.

Thanks for visiting! Please leave a ink to your post!

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Welcome to the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party

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Welcome to the 2013 Blog Party. I’m kind of late to the par this year. Do you know that I actually forgot? Yeah I know! I’ve been participating in the Ultimate Blog Party for 4 years now.

Anyway, a little bit about this blog. My name is Brooke/Bluestocking. This is a book review blog! I read just about anything with a cover. However I don’t like bodice rippers. This blog is in a state of transition. I am moving over here to WordPress. Hopefully this will be my last move. So have a look around. And keep coming back because I”ll be adding new reviews and reporting old reviews. While you’re here grab a cupcake! Don’t forget to leavealink so I can visit!

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2009 Party Post

Welcome to The Bluestocking Guide:Reviews by a Partial, Prejudiced, and Ignorant Reader.

I’m Bluestocking the webmistress of this site. I’m a book blogger. So everything on this site is about books- book releases, author news, and most importantly book giveaways!! So this week I thought I’d give you new visitors a small snip of what I do. So I’m happy to announce that 14 authors have agreed to stop by for the party this week. Better yet, there will be 9 book giveaways! Oh yeah! I’m also giving away gift cards, Godiva chocolate, and magnetic bookmarks. So let me tell you a little bit about my site. But first, check out the links to the right. Subscribe to my book review blog and podcast to keep up with the new stuff.

The Welcome page and About Me section are self explanatory.

Book Reviews- this is where all the magic happens! On this blog you will find the latest book reviews, author birthdays and book giveaways. Some of the books will be sneak previews, meaning that the author/publisher/publicist sent me a copy in advance of the general release date. Also, Hatchette Book Group (they brought us Twilight) regularly offers me books to giveaway here on my blog. So visit often.

Inklings- this is my podcast. Instead of doing transcibed interviews, I record our telephone interviews and post them for all to hear. You can download episodes through iTunes. There will be 3 interviews this week.

The Wall of Fame- send me something memorable and you too will have immortality here.

Store- I have an Amazon store set up so that you can purchase books I highly recommend. There are also purchase links on the individual reviews.

Index- if you are looking for a book, I’ve got my reviews cross-referenced by Author, Genre, and Rating. Oh! If you don’t understand the rating system, just click on Book Reviews. On the right hand side under the picture you’ll see them.

So are you ready to meet my a-list guests? Here are the visiting authors. Most of them will be guest posting, I will hyperlink their post to their name which will make the text orange.

Lillie Amman author of Dream or Destiny (signed book giveaway)
Heidi Thomas author of Cowgirl Dreams (bookmark raffle)
Charlotte and Mark Phillips authors of Hacksaw (book giveaway)
Chris Tusa author of Dirty Little Angels (random giveaway)
Christina Rodriguez, children’s illustrator (Random giveaway)
Joan De la Haye, author of Shadows (ebook giveaway)
J. R. LaGreca, author of Afternoon Tea (random giveaway)
Anne Cordwainer, author of Modern Magic (book giveaway)
Katie Hines, author of Guardian (random giveaway)
Bob Sanchez, author of Getting Lucky (random giveaway)
Carolyn Hart, author of Ghost at Work and Dare to Die (2 book giveaways)
Marta Hiatt, author of Memories of Times Past (signed book giveaway)
Penelope Przekop, author of Aberrations (book giveaway)

Sounds like fun right! So anyway, Lillie and Heidi are the first two authors visiting. Click on the name to go to the post. Thank you for visiting! I hope to see you again. Leave a comment so I can visit you.