Tuesday, October 18, 2016

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GUACAMOLE - Rebecca Adler - One Free Book

Welcome back, Rebecca. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
My first person voice is a good fit for cozy mysteries. And I enjoy writing stories set in small towns with everyday people with human foibles. Big Bend Country in far West Texas is my favorite part of Texas, and I love sharing it with my readers.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The happiest days of my life had to be the days that my boys were born, all three of them.

How has being published changed your life?
Now that I write the Taste of Texas Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, I write on a very tight schedule—especially when I combine my writing with teaching theatre to middle school students every day. And it's a blessing to hear from people who enjoy my books.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished A Traitor to Memory in the Inspector Lyndley series by Elizabeth George. Definitely not cozy, but complex and superbly plotted.

What is your current work in progress?
I'm working on the third book in this series, currently entitled Cinco de Murder.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be to visit Italy and Greece—so much history, architecture, and delicious cuisine.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I like to choose settings that mean something to me. My first novel was set in New York City where I lived for eight years after college. This series is set in my favorite region of Texas. I try to do my best to bring my love for these settings to my readers.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I'd like to spend an evening with Emma Thompson. She's such a brilliant writer and actress and so witty.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Hmm. I enjoy teaching; but it's not exactly a hobby. In the past, I have sung on different worship teams at church. I look forward to doing so again.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time is my most difficult writing obstacle. It can be overwhelming balancing all the many responsibilities that are on my plate. I depend on writing sprints with friends, a planner I check and update daily, and setting daily writing goals.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write every day. Write when you don't know what you're writing. Don't wait until you have time. There's never enough time.

Tell us about the featured book.
Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.

Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame, Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer’s guitar strap.

To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to Patti’s house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark face down in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder—before the killer double dips....

Please give us the first page of the book.
“Ride ’em cowgirl!”

Diablo lurched, twirled a half turn, bucked his rider, and reeled the opposite way.
“Shut your mouth before I jump off this contraption and belt you one across the kisser,” hollered Patti Perez, her jet-black hair flying in all directions.

We might not be real cowgirls, but living in far West Texas meant we could play the part when the occasion warranted. And there was no better time to talk like characters from an old Western than when riding the mechanical bull at Two Boots on the first night of Broken Boot’s Homestead Days Music Festival.

Patti is the sole proprietor of the Feed and Supply, the only Goth princess in our town of plus, and my best friend. With eyes wide, she rode that bull as if she planned to ride it all the way to the weekly livestock show in San Angelo.

Without warning, Diablo shuddered to a halt, causing Patti to slide from the saddle to her feet in the blink of an eye. The crowd near the padded arena burst into applause with a few appreciative whoops from the menfolk. I joined in though I couldn’t miss the fact she’d barely escaped hitting the mat face first.

“Come along, Grace,” I said, raising my voice above the wail of an electric guitar. “You don’t want to show up the band.” The festival’s first act was in full swing.

“Just you wait,” she muttered. “You’re up next.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook: @AuthorRebeccaAdler
Twitter: @CozyTxMysteries

Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing this new book with us. I love the setting, since I'm also a Texan.

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The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole (A Taste of Texas Mystery) - oaoerback
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Connie Porter Saunders said...

This sounds like a fun book. I enjoy cozy mysteries.
Connie from KY

Rebecca Adler said...

Hi Lena and Connie! Thanks for stopping by. It is a fun book, especially if you love Tex Mex and adorable chihuahuas.

Brenda W said...

I live in TN. I like reading books about TX.

Melanie Backus said...

I think this would be a great read! Melanie Backus, TX

Melanie Backus said...

I think this would be a great read! Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

Such a fun title.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I love the cover of this book.

Cindy W.
from Indiana

kim hansen said...

Sounds like a fun read. north platte nebraska.

Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win.

rubynreba said...

Sounds like a fun mystery!
Beth from Iowa

Lourdes said...

Sounds like a great book,I so enjoy this blog so much and all the interview.

Lourdes, Long Island, NY

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.