Monday, May 26, 2014

Five Things You'd Probably Never Guess About Me by Lawrence Kelter - Guest Blog and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lawrence will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN gift card to one randomly drawn commenter and 5 autographed copies of the book as runner up prizes (US & Canada only). Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Five Things You’d Probably Never Guess About Me

Fun Fact # 1: First and foremost I have to give mad props to New York Times best-selling novelist, Nelson DeMille, who of his own volition, actually picked up a pencil and edited portions of my first manuscript. I still have his hand-edited pages safely tucked away. Way before he ever said, “Lawrence Kelter is an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum,” he said, “Kid your work needs editing, but that’s a hell of a lot better than not having writing talent. Keep it up.” I’ll always be indebted to that man. To this day I still can’t believe how selfless he was, and generous he was with his time. What a guy! And one of my all-time favorite writers.

Fun Fact #2: I was part of a small writer’s workshop led by the late soap opera legend, Ann Loring. Some of you may remember Ann for her role as Tammy Forrest in the soap opera Love of Life. She was a star of that sitcom for fourteen years and won three Emmy Awards. Ann really helped me to develop my sense of drama. The knowledge she imparted to me was priceless. We’d meet every Friday night and review our week’s work. I had an insane amount of fun. Under her tutelage I penned an original screenplay that finished prominently in the Nicholls Fellowship Awards program. The Nicholls Fellowship is sponsored by AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. You know, the people who give out the Oscars.

Absurd Fact #3: I was voted The Individual Least Likely to Visit a Library while in high school. If you don’t believe it I’ll scan my high my yearbook and post it on Facebook for the entire world to see. Just a painful heads-up—my yearbook picture is absolutely dreadful. Talk about an awkward age?

Not So Fun Fact #4: I was The Replacement Baby—at least that’s what I used to call myself. Sadly, my parents lost a child. My sister was only eleven years old when she passed. I was born almost one year to the day that she died. My father was about fifty-years-old at the time. I really don’t think my parents would have had me were it not for the tragedy of losing my sister. Now here’s the part that few know. The opening scene in Don’t Close Your Eyes, the very first book in the Stephanie Chalice Series is based on my older brother’s account of the night my sister passed away.

Believe it or Not Fact #5: Like the fictitious Dr. Hannibal Lecter I have six fingers on my left hand. No not really. The extra finger is on my right hand. No not really. Would you believe that I have a Siamese twin? Not buying that one either? Tough crowd. How about a Chinese teapot? A Swedish Car? A love of Italian food? If you said yes to any or all of the last three you're right on the money—good detectives. Stephanie Chalice is also a pretty savvy detective. There are a total of five books in her series, which include Don’t Close Your Eyes, Ransom Beach, The Brain Vault, Our Honored Dead, and now Baby Girl Doe. The series has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide and topped bestseller list in the US and UK. Here’s a short teaser for Baby Girl Doe, the most recent release.

Everyone deserves a well-earned vacation, don’t they?

Guess again!

Plans have been made and the bags are packed but Detective Stephanie Chalice is having about as much fun as Michael Vick at an ASPCA fundraiser.

In his latest thriller, “Baby Girl Doe,” the fifth book in the international best-selling Stephanie Chalice Thriller Series, author Lawrence Kelter tackles murder, arson, abduction, and government secrets held as closely to the vest as those related to the existence of UFOs at Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico.

The new story finds Chalice and her eye candy husband, Lido on the East End of Long Island, vacationing with Max, their new arrival. Things go wrong from the very start. Their vacation rental burns to the ground, bodies pile up, and just to make things interesting, Lido . . . All I’ll say is that you’ll never believe it.

Chalice may be out of her jurisdiction but she's never out of questions or determination and soon connects two unsolved homicides. As always, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and her initial findings plunge her deeper and deeper into the most extraordinary investigation of her career.
About the Author:
A resident New Yorker, Kelter often uses Manhattan and Long Island as backdrops for his stories. He is the author of the Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series and other works of fiction.

Early in his writing career, he received support from best-selling novelist, Nelson DeMille, who reviewed his work and actually put pencil to paper to assist in the editing of the first novel. When completed, DeMille said, “Lawrence Kelter is an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum.”

His novels are quickly paced and feature a twist ending.
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  1. I really enjoyed all your fun facts. I think this story sounds really good.

  2. Thanks for the chat.

  3. I enjoyed the five things. Fact #4 was very sad.


  4. Makes me want to find out more about this investigation! ;D

  5. The 5 things were fun to read through.

  6. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.


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