Thursday, May 19, 2016

HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE - Rebecca Adler - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I contacted this author when I saw the titles of two of her books. They intrigued me.

Welcome, Rebecca. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Interesting question. I would guess I write about fifty percent of myself in my characters. I like to think that my heroine, Josie Callahan, is younger, smarter, and much braver than me. We both like to indulge in Tex-Mex even though we know better.

James and I had Tex-Mex yesterday, and we brought half of it home to eat today. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
As an out-of-work actor living in New York City, I worked the New York Toy Fair as a giant Furskin.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
My mother remembers discovering my love of writing in second grade. She thanked the teacher for casting me in our class play, and Ms. Valentine responded, “She wrote the play. The least I could do was let her star in it.”

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
As I continue to hone my mystery writing skills, I’m afraid that’s all the fiction I’m reading these days. Non-fiction reading includes my daily Bible passages and online newspapers.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
That’s easy. Pray. I also try to be grateful no matter the situation: good, bad, and ugly. Oh, and I must admit, I’m trying to use calendars and planners more consistently.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Names are funny. They have to sound right, and they definitely have to fit the locale and the character’s personality.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I moved to NYC right out of college to study acting in a Broadway theatre, light years from my home in a small coastal town in the South. I didn’t crumble or lose my faith. That was pretty cool.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Hard one. I would be a long-haired Chihuahua like the one in my book. Lenny’s feisty, but nobody minds because he’s so stinking cute.

What is your favorite food?
Easy one. Queso with spicy ground beef, guacamole, and fresh tomatoes.

I love a good queso, but I’m not fond of adding other things to it. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Staying focused has always been my greatest roadblock. I’m under a lot of deadlines with this series, and that’s helped a great deal. I often chat with other writers during my writing time, reporting my progress on regular intervals. That accountability really makes the difference for me.

Tell us about the featured book.
Reporter turned Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan is about to go from serving queso to solving cases…

After losing her newspaper job in Austin and having her former fiancé unfriend her on Facebook, Josie Callahan scoops up her Chihuahua, Lenny, and slinks back to Broken Boot, Texas. Maybe working as head waitress at Milagro—her aunt and uncle’s Tex-Mex restaurant—isn’t exactly living the dream, but it is a fresh start.

And business is booming as tourists pour into Broken Boot for its famous Wild West Festival. But when a local jewelry designer is found strangled outside Milagro after a tamale-making party, Josie’s reporter instincts kick in. As suspects pile up and alibis crack faster than taco shells, Josie needs to wrap up this case tighter than her tía’s tortillas—before another victim calls for the check…


Yea. I love recipes. Please give us the first page of the book.
“Josie!” Aunt Linda’s high-pitched drawl soared like a heat-seeking missile up the wooden stairs from our restaurant below, through my quaint living room, and into my sweet but tiny bedroom.

There are three things Aunt Linda and Uncle Eddie have in common with tamales: they’re unpretentious, comforting, and fattening when consumed in excess.

“Be right there,” I bellowed.

“I’ll believe it when I see it, monkey.”

I groaned, but it was all for show. Long gone were the days of hiding beneath the warm cocoon of my quilts. I was no longer that grieving twelve-year-old orphan, yanked from the concrete glamor of Dallas and plopped into the dust bowl of the West Texas desert. Back then, Aunt Linda forced me to partake in what she knew best, the banality of folding napkins and the comfort of tamales. Now I craved the nostalgic aromas and chaotic chatter that would soothe my eviscerated heart and humiliated pride.

And it was time to boogie downstairs to set up for tonight’s festivities before the stink of self-pity started oozing from my pores. I scrunched up my nose at my reflection. “You may not be a waitress, but you can toss plates with the best of them.”

My dog, Lenny, barked from the doorway in disbelief, his bright button eyes and long, silky coat trembling with excitement.

“Little man, watch and see.” With a sigh, I smoothed the red bandana at my neck and yanked up the neckline of my peasant blouse so as not to inspire a lecture on modesty from the matriarch of our clan, Aunt Linda’s mother-in-law, Senora Mari. I tightened my ponytail and turned to my four-legged confidante. “Where is your bandana?”

“Yip.” Wagging his shaggy, miniscule tail a million times a minute, Lenny trotted to his doggie bed. The bed’s designer had gone to a lot of trouble to create a sophisticated bed for beloved canine companions, and I’m sure in her mind it was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, it reminded me of a crunchy taco with a golden outside and a brown lumpy cushion.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Facebook: Author Gina Lee Nelson/Rebecca Adler

Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing this new book with us. I love cozy mysteries, and I'm eager for my book to arrive so I can read it.

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Here Today, Gone Tamale: A Taste of Texas Mystery - Paperback
Here Today, Gone Tamale: A Taste of Texas Mystery - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win

Library Lady said...

I love the title of Rebecca's book.
Now I want Mexican food for lunch.
Janet E.

Elly said...

Mexican food and mystery! 😃 Two of my favorite things!
J.C. -Indiana-

Linda Shenton Matchett said...

Great title! I love mystery fiction! Can't wait to read it.

Kathy A said...

I am so glad you contacted Rebecca for an interview, Lena. What a great interview!

Rebecca, I look forward to reading your books. They combine three of my favorite things. A cozy mystery, Tex-Mex food, and West Texas life. I lived in San Angelo, Texas throughout my junior high and high school years except for my freshman year at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Kathy from the Flowerbox City, Neosho, MO

Kathy A said...

I love the book covers, Rebecca

Britney Adams said...

This story sounds delightful! Thanks so much for sharing Rebecca's interview and giveaway.

Britney Adams, TX

Rebecca Adler said...

Howdy, y'all! Thanks so much for visiting Lena's blog and for leaving your generous comments.

J.C. and Library Lady commented on their love of Tex Mex and mystery. Well, those are two of my most favorite things as well!

Kathy, hope this tale reinforces your fond memories of West Texas. My inspiration was the beautiful landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert, Chisos Mountains, and Big Bend National Park.

Kathy and Library Lady, glad you like the titles. Finding a punny title is half the fun!

Thanks, again, for commenting. I hope you enjoy my lighthearted mystery and the easy recipes in the back of the book!

Linda Kish said...

I would love the chance to read more of this story.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Melanie Backus said...

What a great, cover, title and story! Mexican food is my absolute favorite so I would thoroughly enjoy reading this one. Thank you for a great interview and giveaway opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

I love this cover. Sounds great.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

This books title sounds like a really fun read. Would love to win.

Cindy W.

from Indiana

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I enjoy cozy mysteries and this title is so creative! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Wendy Newcomb said...

What a spicy cover and I love a good tamale!

Wendy in FL

wfnren at aol dot com

Merry said...

Here Today, Gone Tamale sounds like a great cozy for a Tex-Mex love like me!
Merry in MN

Caryl Kane said...

YUM! Mexican food and a mystery...Sounds delish!

Caryl K in TEXAS

Becky said...

Ohhhhh!!! I LOVE mysteries!

kim hansen said...

Cool title, LOve the cover and love mysteries. north platte nebraska.

Rebecca Adler said...

Hi gals, glad you like the title and description of my first book in this series. Waving to Caryl Kane in TX. Wendy, I was born and raised in Florida. How about you?

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

KayM said...

Sounds like a fun book! I enjoyed the first page.

Trixi said...

Hi Rebecca. I had to laugh out loud when you shared what inspired you to be a writer! Of course that teacher HAD to make you the star since you wrote the play...haha! :-D
You are a new-to-me author and I do love discovering new writers. I've not read a lot of cozy type mysteries, this one sounds fun, quirky and from the first page I was hooked! And who could resist a cute long-haired chihuahua?

Thanks for the author interview and book giveaway!

Trixi in OR

Brenda Arrington said...

Gone Tamale sounds like a great mystery. Add good recipes and you have a winner. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Brenda in VA