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Excerpts from Small Town Spin by LynDee Walker

Small Town Spin 1The news doesn’t take sick days.

Generally, the number of blocks on a calendar that I don’t work are rarer than comfortable shoes at a runway show. But four hours into a double shot of Claritin and DayQuil on a sunny April afternoon, I still felt like I’d been hit by a truck, and had only managed to finish one story.

“I think pollen season has won the afternoon, kiddo,” my editor said, eyeballing me from the doorway of my cubicle. I tried to lift my head to reply, but dropped it back to my desk with a dull thunk.

“I’m fine,” I said into the blotter.

“Go home, Nichelle.” Bob patted my shoulder.

Happy to oblige.

Settled on my overstuffed navy sofa with my toy Pomeranian snuggled in my lap and the TV remote in hand, I managed three sips of my honey-lemon tea before my Blackberry erupted into Second Star to the Right.

The dog sat up and growled. I patted her and dropped the remote, reaching for the phone. Parker.

“I really am sick,” I said by way of hello when I picked up. Just in case he couldn’t tell—a shoebox full of clothespins clamped on my nose wouldn’t have lent my voice any more of a ridiculous twang.

“You’ll thank me in a minute,” he said. “I have a story for you. An exclusive, if you can drag yourself back out of bed.”

“Drugs or gambling?” I asked, tilting my head to hold the phone against my shoulder while I reached for a notebook and pen. Parker was the star sports columnist at the Richmond Telegraph, and I figured if he was tipping the crime reporter (that’d be me) to a story, it meant an athlete had been busted for one of those things.

“Suicide,” he said.

“Aw, hell.” I blew out a short breath and dissolved into a coughing fit. “Sorry. Stupid pollen. I hate writing about suicides. Of all the depressing stories I do, those are the ones that get to me the most.”

“I need you to do this,” he said. “Personal favor. It—” His voice broke, and he paused. “It won’t stay quiet forever.”

His pleading note left no room for excuses—or allergies. Parker was a good friend. I could suck it up to help him out. Plus, sad subject aside, I couldn’t hang up without getting the scoop. Story of my life.

I sighed, pen poised. “Spill it.”

“Tony Okerson,” he said.

“The football player?” Holy Manolos. “How do you figure that’s going to stay quiet for three seconds? That guy is a living legend.”

“Tony Okerson, Junior,” Parker said, and I pinched my eyes shut. A kid. Crap, crap, crap. I noted the name and listened as he went on.

“So far, they’ve kept a lid on it, but it’s only been a few hours,” he continued. “The local paper will run a spread tomorrow and it’ll be open season. Tony is one of my best friends, Clarke. They’re devastated.”

“I can’t imagine,” I said, my heart dropping into my stomach at the depth of pain in his voice. “I’m sorry, Parker. But what is it you want me to do with this?”

“Tony’s convinced he can control the media spin. I told him he has a better shot if he talks to you and lets us break the story. You know cops and crime better than anyone. Can you be in Tidewater by four o’clock?”

“Tidewater? Not D. C.?”

“When Tony retired last year, they moved into their beach house. It’s on a little island out there. Tony wanted his kids to have normal childhoods. Thought moving to a real-life Mayberry was the best way to keep them grounded and safe.” Anger bubbled just under the sorrow in Parker’s voice. “He said he’d talk to you tonight. I told him he could trust you. But this whole thing is making me antsy. I’m just waiting for someone to tweet him a well-meaning ‘My condolences.’ It’ll be all over the Internet in an hour as soon as that happens.”

“Jesus. What a mess.”

“Yeah. I just…I’m not asking you to print anything that’s not true, but I figure if you soften it, maybe the TV folks won’t smell blood in the water, you know?”

I shook my head, staying quiet. The suicide of a three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback’s son wouldn’t go unnoticed for long. The size of the town where it happened was likely the only reason it wasn’t already all over ESPN. And the sleepy little burg was in for a rude awakening when the cameras descended.

“What happened?” I asked finally.

“I don’t know,” he said. “They found him out by the shore early this morning.”

“Cause of death?”

“I didn’t ask. Tony sounded—” He paused. “Broken.”

I knew the tone. Too well. But I didn’t want to think about that, so I shoved the memory to the back of my mind and locked it away. Parker. His friend. Big story, handle with care. Focus, Nichelle.

“No note?” I asked. “No.”

“History of problems?”

“Not that I know of.” The words choked off and I heard a couple of deep breaths before he cleared his throat. “I’m not really clear on the details. But they’ll fill you in. Take care of this for me, huh, Clarke? I taught that kid to throw a baseball. Bounced him on my knee. Cheered at his games. He was a good boy. Smart. Talented. If we can keep it from turning into a media circus, let’s do it.”

“I’m on it,” I said, ignoring Darcy’s yip of protest when I moved her into the floor and sat up. “I’ll be there as soon as I can. Text me the address?”

“I’ll send it right after I hang up. And thanks.”

“Parker?”

“Yeah?”

“I really am sorry.” The words felt lame, but I knew from too much experience they were the only ones that fit.

“Me, too, Clarke.” He sighed. “Me, too.”


You can read more about Small Town Spin when it becomes available on April 8, 2014, published by Henery Press. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Meet the author
LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation. After nearly a decade covering crime, courts, and local politics, she left full-time reporting for motherhood with a side of freelancing and fiction writing. LynDee’s debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller, and a 2013 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. SMALL TOWN SPIN is the third in her Headlines in High Heels mystery series. The fourth arrives January 2015.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is either playing with her children or working on her next novel—but probably not cleaning her house. You can find her online at www.lyndeewalker.com.

A Few Words About “Small Town Spin” by LynDee Walker

Small Town Spin 1Good morning, Dru Ann! Life has been such a crazy whirlwind since I was here last month—I can’t believe February is almost over. Between writing, juggling the details that come with an impending book launch, and vacation, it feels like January and February have zipped by.

I am so excited to be back today (thank you for having me!) to share what a few of my favorite mystery authors have said about SMALL TOWN SPIN. Sending a new book out into the world is always nerve-wracking, no matter how proud you are of it. I am positively bouncing that folks are enjoying this one, and I cannot wait for everyone to be able to read it. Just about five weeks to go, y’all!

Here’s the copy from the back cover:

When a superstar athlete’s son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her inner Lois Lane cannot ignore.
Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number—and it might be up.

And here’s what folks are saying:
Don’t let the Jimmy Choos fool you, this Lois Lane doesn’t need Superman to save her. Whether she’s juggling the demands of her complicated love life or solving the mystery of two dead teenagers in a small town where everyone knows everyone, reporter Nichelle Clarke jumps headlong into any situation with courage and tenacity, not giving up until she gets the answers she wants. In Small Town Spin, LynDee Walker has given us a female protagonist with guts and smarts to spare. Oh, and shoes. Great shoes.”—Maggie Barbieri, author of Once Upon a Lie and the Murder 101 mystery series

A riveting mystery with big ideas and wonderful characters. Small Town Spin is a treat not to be missed, a fantastic addition to the Headlines in High Heels series.” —Duffy Brown, Agatha Award-Nominated author of the Consignment Shop mystery series

Stop the presses! Small Town Spin makes headlines with a smart, stylish reporter who has a knack for solving mysteries—and winning over readers.”—Elizabeth Craig, author of the Southern Quilting mysteries


You can find the first two Headlines in High Heels books, FRONT PAGE FATALITY (a 2013 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel!) and BURIED LEADS, in paperback and ebook format anywhere books are sold. SMALL TOWN SPIN is coming from Henery Press on April 8, 2014.

Giveaway: LynDee has a Headlines in High Heels swag bag and an ebook copy of BURIED LEADS for one commenter today, y’all! I love the Atlantic coast, where a good deal of the action in SMALL TOWN SPIN is set. So tell me, are you a beach fan, too? What’s your favorite thing about the seashore? Contest is open to US residents only and ends at noon EST on February 26.

Meet the author
LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the United States. LynDeeAfter nearly a decade covering crime, courts, and local politics, she left full-time reporting for motherhood with a side of freelancing and fiction writing. SMALL TOWN SPIN is the third novel in LynDee’s bestselling “Headlines in High Heels” Mystery series. The fourth is coming in January 2015.

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 either playing with her children or working on her next novel (but probably not cleaning her house). You can find her online at www.lyndeewalker.com.

Cover Reveal: Small Town Spin by LynDee Walker

I am SO EXCITED to be here today to show off the cover for the third novel in my “Headlines in High Heels” mystery series! Thanks so much for having me, Dru Ann!

Small Town Spin

This book is near to my heart for many reasons, not the least of which is that part of the subject matter hit close to home while I was writing. SMALL TOWN SPIN opens with Nichelle getting a call about the death of a famous athlete’s son—which the local cops have labeled a suicide. While I was working on it, a dear friend of mine lost her teenage son to suicide. It was a horrific thing to witness, as a mom and as a friend. I have rarely felt so powerless. I wanted to do something, however small, to honor my friend and her family with this book, so the shoes on this gorgeous, gorgeous cover are purple, because it was her late son’s favorite color.

Didn’t the art department at Henery Press just outdo themselves this time? Here’s all the scoop on SMALL TOWN SPIN, on sale everywhere April 8, 2014:

When a superstar athlete’s son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her inner Lois Lane cannot ignore.

Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number—and it might be up.


Tell me about the coolest or craziest small town experience you’ve ever had or heard of (pig wrestling? Yarn festival? Fabulous arts fair/street dance?) in the comments below, and Dru will enter you to win an ebook copy of the first “Headlines in High Heels” Mystery, FRONT PAGE FATALITY. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck! One winner will be chosen at random and contest ends January 10.


LynDee’s bio
LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the United States. LynDeeAfter nearly a decade covering crime, courts, and local politics, she left full-time reporting for motherhood with a side of freelancing and fiction writing. SMALL TOWN SPIN is the third novel in LynDee’s bestselling “Headlines in High Heels” Mystery series. The fourth is coming in January 2015.

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 either playing with her children or working on her next novel (but probably not cleaning her house). You can find her online at www.lyndeewalker.com.

A Day in the Life of Man-Margret by Austin, Reinhart & Walker

Heartache Motelby Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

Hey y’all. I’m Man-Margret, seven feet of awesomeness with a bouffant that can scrape the ceiling on my good days. Honey, stop staring at my neck and feast your eyes on my broken heart charm bracelet. Fabulous, no? Since y’all have stopped in at the Heartache Motel here in south metro-Memphis, you probably guessed that this is the place to be if you are a female impersonator with a penchant for the King. Don’t mind the graffiti, boarded windows, or our Christmas tree still standing since 1978. The owners are in the process of renovating this vintage motel. By renovating, I hope they mean tear down and rebuild. And by vintage, I mean they’ve barely replaced a lightbulb since 1982.

Still, for someone of my persuasion and inclination to dress like my favorite Elvis gal, Ann Margret, I fit right in. Just take a gander over at our specialized acts in the Suspicious Minds Lounge, enjoy a Rock-A-Hula cocktail, and rest your weary head in one of our themed rooms. I wouldn’t rest too long, though. Those mattresses will kill your back. Towels are extra, so make sure you pay for them at the front desk. And I don’t recommend using the elevator. But the stairs are standing and we girls could all use a little workout, right?

We also had an unfortunate event right around the holidays. Please don’t think dead bodies are a common occurrence at the Heartache. Accidental deaths, possibly, but not murder. This blonde girl, Rose Strickland, and her adorable blue-haired friend who had the sassiest clothes–I envied those pink lace up boots, something fierce–anyway, they were running around, asking all sorts of questions about it. I shouldn’t say anymore. Management frowns on that type of thing.

We don’t often get honeymoon couples at the Heartache, and when we do they are usually a sorry sight. Just pitiful to think that the happiest night of your life should be spent in the Blue Hawaii suite. I always recommend drinking the complimentary All Shook Up sparkling wine before entering the room. Makes it easier when you take in the de-luxe bathroom with shower. And what might or might not be growing on the shower walls.

Anyway, I was surprised when the most adorable couple showed for the weekend. Little blonde spitfire artist named Cherry Tucker (how could you forget a name like that?) towing a beautiful, Viking-sized poker whiz whose IQ might hover near a coffee table’s, but God love him, who cares? That man could melt the panties off an eskimo. So this Cherry and Todd are on their way to Vegas, but stopping at the Heartache to meet Todd’s cousin who was scammed by some poker pros. Cherry and Todd claim it’s a quicky stopover, but I’ve a feeling they’re looking to win the cousin’s money back. And maybe get even. And by the way he’s looking at her, maybe they’ll want that suite for a honeymoon after all.

I see you brought a dog. Dogs are my new favorite guests, just between us girls. There was a reporter here earlier this week. Brought the most adorable little loud-mouthed pup with her. She got locked in Graceland for the day—the reporter, not the dog. Somebody stole a piece of the King’s heritage. Can you believe that? What is the matter with folks? Anyhoo, this reporter, Nichelle Clarke, chased down her story, but she left the dog upstairs in her room. Pooch kicked up all kinds of fuss. This phone was ringing off the hook with folks complaining. I went up to check it out and brought her back down to entertain her. At the customer’s request, of course. Adorable little thing. Welcome back here anytime. That’s the kind of full service we offer our guests here at the Heartache.

So listen, sugar, are you staying? It’s Christmas Eve, and our Santa Elvis musical revue is the highlight of the whole year. I want a seat down front. You just fill out this card and then take this key on up to the Roustabout suite. But don’t miss the show—it’s a killer.


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.

  • Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers by Terri L. Austin
    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.
  • Dateline Memphis by LynDee Walker
    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.

Terri, Larissa and LynDee are giving away one (1) digital copy from each of their series for Kindle or Nook only. That’s three lucky winners! Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends December 27.


Meet the authors
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 (December 2013). HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (November 2013) is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (May 2013) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her at on Facebook.

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! Terri writes the Rose Strickland Mysteries including DINERS, DIVES, AND DEAD ENDS, LAST DINER STANDING, and DINER IMPOSSIBLE. Visit Terri at her website or on Facebook

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. Visit LynDee at her website or on Facebook

Heartache Motel by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

Heartache MotelHeartache Motel by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, LynDee Walker is three Interconnected Mystery Novellas from Henery Press, December 2013

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.

DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin
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
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.

DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker
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.

This was a delightfully entertaining collection of short stories featuring beloved characters: Rose, a waitress; Cherry, the artist and Nichele, our crime reporter, who arrived for a stay at the aptly named Heartache Hotel. This was a great read; that was well done, by three authors who created a wonderful and cohesive spin of mysteriousness that took place in one location staffed by a zany cast of characters that had me laughing-out-loud in this fast-paced drama.

Buried Leads by LynDee Walker

Buried LeadsBuried Leads by LynDee Walker is the second book in the “Headlines in High Heels” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, October 2013

Slingbacks and Scandal

When an Armani-clad corpse turns up in the woods, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke smells a scoop. A little digging, and Nichelle uncovers a web of corruption that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C. Politics. Murder. And a dead lobbyist. It’s everything Nichelle’s ever dreamed of.

The cops are playing it close, the feds even closer, and Nichelle’s afraid her boss will assign the story to the political desk any day. Richmond’s new ATF SuperCop makes an arrest before she can say “Louboutin,” but Nichelle’s gut says he’s got the wrong guy.

Her sexy Mafia boss friend warns her off the case, her TV rival is hot on her designer heels, an ambitious copy editor wants her beat, and victims are piling up faster than she can track them down. As Nichelle zeroes in on the truth, it’ll take some fancy footwork to nab this headline before the killer nabs her.

There’s no sophomore slump when LynDee presents her second narrative featuring Nichelle Clarke. Immediately pulled into this fast-paced and action-filled drama, this well-written plot held me captive from beginning to end. The author did a good job in giving us plenty of twists and turns and suspects that when I thought I knew what was going on, she dropped a surprised element that kept drawing me into the circle of events as the story moved to its daring conclusion. Nichelle is a great character and I love that we get to see continual growth as she tackles her career and her personal life. Sporting a mystery, a romance and humor, Buried Leads was delightfully engaging and I can’t wait to see where the next case leads Nichelle and her cohorts.

Blog Tour With Nichelle Clarke by LynDee Walker

Buried LeadsWhen my mornings don’t start with a dark-fifteen o’clock breaking story, I go to the gym first thing. I find body combat to be effective at combating the calories in the white chocolate and southern-fried foods I like to inhale the rest of the day. It also comes in handy when my nosy reporter side gets me into tight spots.

The workout, plus my coffee, gives me enough energy to make it through the morning. In my line of work, that can include talking to a murderer, grabbing the last good seat at a trial, or trying to tug information out of tight-lipped cops.

Coffee has been a sore spot this week, because someone else in the newsroom at the Richmond Telegraph has developed a taste for my sugar free white mocha syrup. No matter how far back in the cabinet I push the bottle, a little more of it disappears every day. And my nights have run late with this murder investigation, so I haven’t made it by the market to grab a new bottle.

I’ll have time to worry about the syrup bandit when I’ve figured out what happened to this guy, though. Generally, tagging a killer is best left to the police, but they think they’ve wrapped it up already. But something doesn’t feel right. I’ve covered enough murders in seven years at the crime desk to have a decent radar for when a puzzle doesn’t piece together the right way, and this one is off.

I have a major digging to do, just as soon as I file the two normal stories I have for today: a hearing and a burglary.

There goes my scanner again. Excuse me for a second.

Wait. Why in the name of Christian Louboutin are they calling a structural engineer to a car accident?

Let’s see if Google maps can give me a location for this commotion.

Holy cow. It’s a shopping center.

And my scanner chatter just got interesting. Somebody drove a truck through a jewelry store.

I’m so sorry, but y’all are going to have to excuse me—I need to run to the West End and get this story. The most fun thing about being a reporter is that there’s never a dull day. It makes up for the salary that restricts my shoe shopping to eBay.

Y’all hang out and make yourselves at home. Just steer clear of the copy desk. There’s a wannabe crime reporter there who won’t take to anyone I invited into the newsroom. If you get bored, find Grant Parker—our star sports columnist is a former almost-pro pitcher who’s pretty easy on the eyes. Tell him I sent you, and ask him about baseball. He’ll talk until I get back.

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You can read more about Nichelle in Buried Leads, the second book in the “Headlines in High Heels” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Front Page Fatality.


LynDee is giving away one (1) copy of BURIED LEAD. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends October 17; US entries only.


Meet the author
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. BURIED LEADS is her second Headlines in High Heels Mystery. Her debut, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon new humor #1 bestseller. A Headlines in High Heels novella, DATELINE MEMPHIS, is part of the anthology HEARTACHE MOTEL, on sale December 10, 2013, and the third novel in the series will be available in April 2014.

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. You can visit her online at www.lyndeewalker.com.

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Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Meet Nichelle Clarke by LynDee Walker

Front Page Fatality ….Missing cops, a wayward casket, and a dash of sexy mobster

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

I read that somewhere when I was in college, but I don’t remember in which book, or even which class. I’ve thought about the phrase a lot this summer, though. I’m up to my body-combat-toned rear end in dead guys and missing people, and I’m trying my best to figure out what happened to my favorite cops while not ticking off whoever’s responsible for this mess. But my inner Lois Lane tells me I’m getting myself into more trouble with every Google search and interview.

I actually used to think my life—outside of work, anyway—was fairly dull. I’m a reporter, currently covering cops and courts for the Richmond Telegraph. Between the criminal-du-jour and trying to stay ahead of my TV rival, my days can be long and gruesome, but are generally pretty interesting.

The nights are a whole ‘nother story, though. One that usually involves my spoiled toy Pomeranian, a jigsaw puzzle, a bottle of wine, and scouring eBay for used Louboutins that are in my Nine West price range.

But that could change, I think. I got home from work the other night to find an Armani-clad Christian Bale clone in my living room, and I haven’t felt sparks like that with a guy since I left my first love at a gate at DFW International when I headed off to Syracuse University to chase my dreams. Sexy, smart, clever—the only issue is that I’m pretty sure he’s a Mafia boss. But that’s more interesting than puzzles and eBay, right?

Plus, if he’s right about this story, I could land that byline at the Washington Post I’ve wanted since I could talk.

Beep.

Oops. Be right back. I just have to check my police scanner.

Wow. Sounds like I’m going to have to excuse myself for a bit—there’s a junkyard owner out in Amelia who found a coffin in his driveway this morning. A coffin! The dispatcher said she asked him what was in it and he started screaming at her about his tax money and coffee, so I’m betting he hasn’t opened it.

If you’ll excuse me, I have a few phone calls to make and an article to write. Whatever else is in that casket, I smell a story—and whether it turns out to be horrifying or hilarious, my day just got a lot more interesting.


LynDee is giving away one (1) copy of FRONT PAGE FATALITY. Contest open to US residents only and ends January 31. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Book will be shipped directly from the author.


You can read more about Nichelle in Front Page Fatality, the first book in the new “Headlines in Heels” mystery series.

Meet the author
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. When not writing or reading, LynDee is usually wrangling children, eating barbecue or enchiladas, or trying to walk off said barbecue and enchiladas. She and her family live in Richmond, Virginia. You can reach LynDee on her website, Twitter or Facebook.

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Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker

Front Page FatalityFront Page Fatality by LynDee Walker is the first book in the new “Headlines in Heels” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, January 2013

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

This is a good start to an exciting new series featuring Nichelle Clarke who is a gutsy news reporter whose simple investigation turns into a risky exposé that saw our heroine tackle the police, a mobster and a competitive co-worker. I love the concept of this well-written mystery that pulled me in immediately and kept me guessing as this captivating drama came to its explosive conclusion. Led by a believable cast of characters that was diverse in their role where everyone was suspect, this is an enjoyable read and I can’t wait for the next book in this appealing series.
previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog