Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ 16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart

When The Walking Dead Live Down the Road

The zombies descended upon us in 2010. At the time, I wasn’t aware of the fact. There were a few mentions from Atlanta friends about the show when it first aired, but I wasn’t really into zombies and didn’t pay it any mind. Between the third and fourth season (2013), I visited the town of Grantville, Georgia, because I had interviewed a rookie deputy there for research for Still Life in Brunswick Stew from my Cherry Tucker series. I brought my young daughters (definitely not zombie fans) to give a book to the mayor, who’s a friend from church, for the town’s library.

The mayor, Jim Sells, asked if I wanted to see one of the sets of The Walking Dead. He owned a building on the town’s short main drag — in my mind, Grantville is a lot like Cherry Tucker’s fictional Halo — where The Walking Dead had used the upper apartment for Morgan’s apartment in Season Three, Episode 12, “Clear.”

“Sure,” I said, because why the heck not? I had no idea who Morgan was, but who wouldn’t want to see a set from a successful TV series, particularly if they’re filming in small town, Georgia?

That set made an impression on me in more ways than one.

First, as soon as I got home, I convinced my husband we had to watch the show because I wanted to know what the deal was with all the stuff written on the walls of that room. Which meant starting at the beginning and working our way to through the third season.

We watched the first episode, which made me a little squeamish (gnarly zombie gook, natch) but continued and we became hooked by the emotional drama of the characters. We’re big fans now, and although I sometimes wince and cringe while watching, I quickly got over the gore factor.

Second, Morgan’s building became the Dixie Kreme Donut Shop for the Maizie Albright Star Detective series. Nash’s office is on the second floor. Although his office is not as big as Morgan’s apartment (Nash only has two rooms and the bathroom is down the hall), this is the property I see when I’m picturing the Dixie Kreme building, down to the fan window above the door. (There’s no donut shop in the Grantville building, unfortunately. But hey, Jim Sells, there’s an opportunity for you…)

Third, I began to think about the odd and unique nature of having this big series shot near my town when I lived far from Hollywood or New York. I’m not even that close to Atlanta. Senoia, the town where The Walking Dead is primarily filmed, is four miles from my house. We’ve had movies filmed in the area and (I was also late in realizing this) even the television show Drop Dead Diva filmed in our town, but they didn’t affect my life in any way. Until I went to Grantville, that is. And that was just a “hey, isn’t this cool” kind of event. A related story about the film industry in small town Georgia began to percolate in my brain.

The movie and TV industry continues to grow here, maybe thanks in part to The Walking Dead. In early 2015, while pitching an idea to an agent (they didn’t want that idea), I had a lightbulb moment. I came up with the premise of a young actress who is kicked out of Hollywood and returns to Georgia, but upon moving home finds Hollywood has come to Georgia. After fidgeting with the premise (originally the agent and I thought Veronica Mars meets Sweet Home Alabama), Maizie Albright was born.

So thanks, The Walking Dead. You’ve brought Hollywood into my life in more ways than one. We’re now into the second season, I mean book, of Maizie Albright Star Detective.

File Size: 3028 KB
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ASIN: B074TW9MZ8
Buy: Kindle

16-millimeters

Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound…Wait, what?

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

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After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies, particularly featuring sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble.

The first in the best-selling, humorous Cherry Tucker Mystery series (Henery Press), Portrait Of A Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Following Portrait are Still Life In Brunswick Stew (2013), Hijack In Abstract (2013) a 2014 Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year nominee, and Death In Perspective (2014), the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year finalist for Best Mystery. The Body In The Landscape (2015) and A Composition in Murder (2016) follow. There are also two Cherry Tucker novellas, Quick Sketch, in the 2013 mystery anthology, Heartache Motel, and A Vigilante Vignette, which first appeared in the Halloween Mystery Anthology, Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales from Nine Bestselling Mystery Authors (2016).

Like the Cherry Tucker series, Larissa's newest humorous mystery series, Maizie Albright Star Detective, has an amateur sleuth set in a fictional Georgia town. Inspired by the growing TV and movie industry near her town of Peachtree City, Larissa created the character Maizie Albright, an ex-child and reality star who returns to her hometown in Georgia to become a private investigator. The first in the series 15 Minutes (Past Perfect Press) launched in January 2017. Currently, there are three books in the works for that series, (16 Millimeters and NC-17), although more may be planned for the future.

Larissa also plans to release a series of romantic comedies, including a series set in Japan with Southern heroines.

Although they still consider Peachtree City, Georgia, home, since June 2015, she, her family, and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, moved to Nagoya, Japan. There she continues to write about characters living in Georgia.

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Tour Schedule

October 17 – Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW

October 18 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

October 18 – Celebrating Authors – SPOTLIGHT

October 19 – My Reading Journey – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

October 20 – Valerie’s Musings – GUEST POST

October 21 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

October 22 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST

October 23 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 24 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT  

October 25 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – COZY WEDNESDAY – INTERVIEW

October 26 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

October 26 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 27 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 27 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

October 28 – Jane Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST

October 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 30 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

October 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Lori!

  2. Jana Leah says:

    Love that a TV show filming near your house inspired your series.

    • Hey Jana! It's fun. A lot has changed in the years since the show has moved here (since then a lot of film industry has moved in. I wrote about that for another post in my book tour). I think I'm the only one that hasn't experienced star sightings!

  3. Karlene Barger says:

    I live in Georgia, also and have a nephew that lives in Peachtree City. This sounds like such a fun story (Nancy Drew type detective grows up and fights for truth, justice, and the American Way southern style!) 

    • Hey Karlene! Have your nephew take you over to Senoia to see the big wall around "Alexandria." The main street used to be Woodbury. Plus Senoia is darling. Lots of cute shops and restaurants.

  4. Congrats on the new release!  It sounds like a very interesting book.  Thanks for sharing.

  5. How many hours a day do you write? 
    Thanks for the contest.

    • Hey Sarah! Sorry I missed this yesterday. It depends on the day and what's going on, but generally, I write from around 9 am to 2 pm during the week. I'm a little slow compared to some of my friends, but if I can keep to that schedule, I can write a book of this length in about three months. Then there's revisions and editing to do. But that's the cycle that keeps me happiest. I've got children so my weekends, afternoons, and evenings I'm in mom mode. 🙂

  6. Thank you! 

  7. Della Williamson says:

    Your experienace on visiting the WD sets reminded me of when I was a kid. We used to live in AZ. We often went camping in an area that was close to the 'town' used in many westerns (this was the 50's) Mostly just building fronts on a dusty street. The in building scenes (like the salon) were done at the studio. But the outdoor scenes were filmed there. Not to far from there was where they had filmed a bit of Cheyenne Autumn with Richard Widmark. The Indian was supposed to be giving him directions or something like that. But the Navaho that we met there said that what was actually said was a joke about the size of Widmarks penis. I had wondered why the Native Americans at the theater when it showe had laughed. I mentioned it to the Apache who worked for my Dad as a mechinic. He grinned. Said the Navaho language lent itself to earthy jokes. Got to watch them filming scenes there twice. I hadn't thought of that in years. Thanks for the memories.  I am hoping for a win so that I can read the book sooner. Rather than later. Looks like a really good read

  8. Love a humorous mystery and you are a new author to me!! So glad to have discovered your work and looking forward to reading your series!!!

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