Guest Post with Giveaway ~ A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay

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     There was a magical day in Long Beach, California last November, at least, it was magical for me. I was attending Bouchercon, the largest mystery convention in the United States, and I was scheduled to have lunch with my editor Kate. We met at the hotel restaurant, just to keep it simple and it was thankfully quiet enough so we could talk.

     At this point, Kate and I had worked on over twenty books together during my five years with Berkley Prime Crime, but because I’m in Arizona and she’s in New York, we had only met once before. Mostly, I was happy that we recognized each other.

     We hugged and sat down to lunch and I immediately began to study the menu. This is where I always start my internal debate, you know the one, where you try to decide what looks the most appetizing while also be the least likely to get caught in your teeth. Like I said, we’d only met once before and I didn’t want to put her in the awkward position of having to tell me I had spinach wrapped around my incisors.

     I shouldn’t have worried. Before I had settled on my choice, Kate announced that she had some news. My book had just come out so I figured it was either oh-my-god-your-book-tanked or a hey-you-did-all-right sort of news. It was neither.

     Instead, she grinned at me and said, “The publisher has made the decision to move your library lover’s series into hardcover.” I was speechless. Anyone who knows me even a little can tell you that this is a near impossibility. I always have something to say. Always. Our waiter chose that moment to reappear at which point I choked out, “We’re going to need a minute.”

     Twenty-six books it took to get moved into hardcover. It’s been quite a journey, let me tell you. If anyone had told sixteen year old me, that silly girl who blithely decided to be a writer, that it would take so many books to make it into actual libraries, well, she may have worked a little bit harder in her math classes and pursued a degree in accounting. Yeah, probably not.

     The library is where I always dreamed of finding my books. Libraries are my oasis, my sanctuary, my happy place, and from the day I started working as a page at the public library in my home town of Niantic, CT, I dreamed of finding my book on a library shelf one day. That is why being published in hardcover is such a big deal for me. So many libraries can’t buy paperback books because their budgets are too tight to spend on books that can’t survive the wear and tear of the public’s love.

     On November 3rd, my first hardcover, A LIKELY STORY, will be released. And, yes, I will be hawking my local library just waiting until it hits the shelf. I’ll probably cry, yes, even in public and I’ll likely take a picture.

     This has been a dream a long time in coming, and I am going to savor every second of it. For those of you who have dreams that seem to be taking a lot longer than you thought, take heart and be patient. Dreams really can come true and usually when you least expect it.

     For anyone interested in A LIKELY STORY, here’s a snippet so you can see what our intrepid librarian Lindsey Norris is up to next. Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until the day she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.

Thanks so much for letting me visit and I’ll see you in the library!

Happy Reading,

Jenn

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likelySeries: A Library Lover's Mystery (Book 6)
Publisher: Berkley (November 3, 2015)
Genre: English
ISBN-10: 0425260747
ISBN-13: 978-0425260746
ASIN: B00SI026IS
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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A new hardcover in the Library Lover's mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time. Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person's case involving two reclusive brothers.

NOT HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER

Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of A Likely Story to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 16th



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jennJenn MckKinlay is what is known as a dessert-freakosuarus. She has been known to eat leftoverbirthday cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the frozen top tier of her wedding cake didn't stand a chance of seeing its first anniversary. Luckily, herhusband is more of salt guy. Since the arrival of the hooligans (her sons), she has honed her culinary skillsto include cupcakes and has baked and frosted cupcakes into the shape of cats, mice and outerspace aliens to name just a few. Writing a mystery series based upon one of her favorite food groups (cupcakes) is as enjoyable as licking the beater and she can't wait to whip up the next one. She is the author of another mystery series under the name Lucy Lawrence and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her musician husband Chris, their two sons, two cats, one dog and one fish.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sandy Todd says:

    Oh Jenn, congratulations on being published in hardcover!  You deserve it girl!  I have been hooked on your books for some time now and always look forward to your newest releases.  

    Thank you Lori for the interview today…another good one!

    I appreciate the chance to win A Likely Story.

    Sandy in So. Cali

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