Monday, April 25, 2011

New Contest!!!

Occasionally publicists offer copies of books for me to give away on my blog. Today's contest gives you a chance at a book that won't be available in stores until May 17. Here's how The Ambition the debut novel by by Lee Strobel is described.

A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it. New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue. The unexpected climax is as gripping as the contract killing that punctuates the opening scene.

You can read more about Strobel, a pastor and former journalist, at his website. There's also a book trailer.

Post a comment and let me know why you like to try new authors. This winner's book will be sent directly from Strobel's publicist.

Good luck, all!

PS More contests are upcoming!!!

PPS The contest closes at midnight Sunday, May 1.

Winners - We've Got Winners!

Thanks, everyone for entering! We had some great reasons for receiving either of the two books—Dead by Midnight by Carolyn Hart and Come and FInd Me by Hallie Ephron. And the winners are

Lynn who loves, "to read a book that's so intense you can't put it down…"
Doreen who vacations in Beaufort SC every May.

If these folks will contact me at mysteryheel @, I'll get the books out to them.

Congratulations, Lynn and Doreen!

Watch the next posting (above) for details of a new contest!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Triangle Mini Mystery Tours

Folk, I've got a series of three mini tours lined up for the Triangle area of North Carolina, beginning this Saturday, April 22.

OLDER, HOTTER, DEADLIER (Vicky Delany, Elizabeth J. Duncan, Mary Jane Maffini)
4/22 - noon - Lunch (catered by Fowler's) @ Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill

4/23 - 2:00 McIntyre's, Fearrington Village

4/25 - noon - Brown Bag Lunch @ The Halle Center, Salem St., Apex (Co-sponsored by Eva Perry Library)

- 7:00 - Panel Discussion @ Page Walker Hotel, Cary (Co-sponsored by the Cary Library)

4/26- 5:30 - Wine, Wit, and Lit @ The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill (Carolina Club members and their guests)

LETHAL LADIES (Elizabeth Lynn Casey, Hannah Dennison, Kate Carlisle)
5/13 - 9:00 - Coffee @ The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill (Carolina Club members and their guests)

- noon - Lunch (catered by Fowler's) @ Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill (Carolina Club members and their guests)

5/14 - 2:00 - McIntyre's

5/15 - 3:00 - The Halle Center, Salem St., Apex (Co-sponsored by Eva Perry Library)

5/16 - noon - Brown bag at West Regional Library, Morrisville

- 7:00 - Page Walker Hotel, Cary (Co-sponsored by the Cary Library)

LADIES ON THE LAM (Jane K. Cleland, Rosemary Harris, Stefanie Pintoff)
6/3 - noon - Lunch (catered by Fowler's) @ Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill

6/4 - 2:00 - McIntyre's

6/5 - 3:00 - The Halle Center, Salem St., Apex (Co-sponsored by Eva Perry Library)

6/6 - 12:30 - Holly Springs Library (Brown Bag lunch)

- 7:00 - Page Walker Hotel, Cary

6/7 - 8:00 - Continental Breakfast @ The Carolina Club

Library events are free and open to the public, but please register. The number for the Eva Perry Library is 919.387.2100, the Cary Library is 919.460.3350, and the Holly Springs is 919.577.1660 (press 4 to bypass message & talk all library lines).

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Winners and Another Contest!

Ta da da da ta da! The entries in the drawing for J. T. Ellison's So Close the Hand of Death were drawn from the virtual hat this morning. If you see a reference to your entry, you're a winner! Please email me your snail mail address so I can forward the book. The winners are
Pat R from the Midwest
Shirley who wants to read after dark…

I'll give you until Thursday to send your information to me (mysteryheel @ before drawing another winner.

New Contest
I was lucky to receive extra copes of Carolyn Hart's Dead by Midnight, a Death on Demand Mystery, and Hallie Ephron's Come and Find Me, a novel of suspense. I haven't had a chance to read either book yet (I'm hosting 9 authors this spring and moderating a panel at Malice Domestic, so my reading's been planned for me!), but I can guarantee both of these will make fine reading. Carolyn's books are excellent examples of the traditional mystery. Hallie's are the kind of suspense that requires to read them in one sitting.

To enter, post a comment below telling why you're ready for which type of crime fiction. I'll announce the winners next Sunday, April 24. Again, watch this blog for winners. (I've got at least one more contest for the future.)

Happy reading—and thanks for entering!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Drawing for J.T. Ellison's SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH

I'm always glad to offer readers an opportunity to win a book! Today I'm announcing a drawing for J. T. Ellison's latest homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson's psychological thriller, So Close the Hand of Death. You don't have to do much: Just post a comment telling me why you'd like to read this "hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back...and he's got helpers."

Entertain me with your reasons! I'll announce the winner on Sunday, April 17, asking him/her to email me a snail mail address.