Monday, December 17, 2012

Last Diner Standing by Terri L. Austin - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

Today we're spotlighting author Terri L. Austin on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the mystery, "Last Diner Standing". She's sharing an exclusive excerpt with us.

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, so comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner above, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a GC!

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.

Gone was the flirtatious, smooth ladies’ man, and in its place was a businessman who sized me up as a potential customer. “Maybe. What type of car you looking for?”

“One that won’t get me pulled over for grand theft auto.”

He stroked his jaw. “How much you want to pay?”

“A couple hundred.”

He started laughing hysterically. “Shit, Rose. You’re funny.” Tears filled his eyes. “A couple hundred.”

I waited until he sobered a bit. “What can you tell me about Asshat? And what’s his real name anyway?”

He wiped his eyes. “Sheik.”

I blinked. “Sheik? Sheik Johnson? Really? Who else would want to bash him on the head besides Janelle?”

“How about all his women? All his friends? All his family? Pretty much anyone who’s ever met the dude.”

Asshat sounded like a real charmer. “What do you mean ‘all his women?’ I thought he only dated Chicken Licker.” She of the infamous eating-a-drumstick-while-getting-it-on-in-Janelle’s-bed incident.

Roxy popped her gum. “I thought he was dating someone named Flat Ass for a while.”

Janelle was going to have to start using real names instead of physical descriptions.

“Yeah, he fu…dates a lot. He was living with Chicken Licker for a while. But she kicked his ass to the curb.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Hell if I know,” Tariq said.

I dug a pen and small note pad from my purse. “Okay, Tariq, names please. Let’s start with Chicken Licker.”

“Destiny Lee. She works at The Bottom Dollar off South Birchwood. Asshat dates a lot of strippers.”

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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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today! It's great to be here!

  2. Love these excerpts, Terri! You have an exceptional gifts for descriptive names. Diners, Dives & Dead Ends was hilarious and Last Diner Standing did not disappoint! Can't wait for #3!

  3. Thanks, Larissa! Rose and her band of misfits are fun to write!

  4. I just purchased the first book in the series Diners, Dives & Dead Ends (A Rose Strickland Mystery). Would love to hace the second book Last Diner Standing standing by to read. Thanks for having this contest.

  5. I can't possibly LOVE this more. Unless you deliver Sullivan to me.

  6. Thanks, Sophie! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. And maybe something can be arranged. I'll talk to Henry about it! ;)

  7. Sounds like a great read, thank you.

  8. I really love this excerpt. I caught myself grinning as I read it. Soundsike a lot of fun.

  9. Thanks, everyone! And btw, Diners, Dives and Dead Ends is on sale at Amazon and B&N for .99. Last Diner Standing is on sale for 2.99. Don't know for how long, though.

  10. The whole series looks fun!


  11. Thank you so much for having me on It's Raining Books today! It's been a pleasure!

  12. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  13. wow!! so adding Terri to my list of authors to read!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  14. I had to laugh at all the fabulous nicknames in the excerpt.


  15. This book is in my favorite genre and sounds like such a fun read. I have already added it to my TBR list as I saw a blurb about it somewhere else. I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Happy New Year,

  16. The series looks great and the nicknames are awesome!

    lennascloud at gmail dot com


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