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October 7, 2015

Kill and Run

by Lauren Carr

Kill and Run (2)

 

About the Book

Kill and RunFive women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a town home outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?

 

Three Days Forever (A Mac Faraday Mystery)

Three Days to ForeverIn this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a roller coaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

 

From Writers Block to Best Seller

By Lauren Carr

Recently, a book blogger sent an email which read, “Lauren, you have been averaging two to three murder mysteries a year—all of them best-sellers! This year, you have released three books. Do you ever get writer’s book?

Actually, I have had writer’s block. Between drafts of It’s Murder, My Son, the first Mac Faraday Mystery, I spent a year staring at my laptop. I was completely frozen.

At that time, I had left my publisher because they did not have a paperback division. It is very hard to sell a $26 hardback when you’re an unknown. Ebooks were still being discovered back in 2010. Getting rejection after rejection, my search for a publisher specializing in mass paperbacks was going nowhere.

After a full year of staring at my laptop, I threw up my hands and walked away. I actually announced to my family that I was giving up writing for good. I spent the next month doing volunteer work, going to lunch, and working out at the gym.

Suddenly, I was back at the laptop rewriting It’s Murder, My Son. Notably, this draft included the beloved canine character of Gnarly (my most popular character), who had not been included in the previous drafts.

Of course, my family reminded me that I had said I was giving up writing for good, to which I responded that I was going to return to writing, but this time, I was going to self-publish. If my books sold—fine. If not, that was okay because I was going to write what I wanted to write and for no one else.

Ironically, a month later I received an offer from a traditional publisher. I turned them down. It’s Murder, My Son has been one of my most popular books, making it to #1 in mysteries on Amazon.

Since that time, I have never had any trouble writing—except for that time Gnarly drooled all over my laptop and it shorted out. As a matter of fact, I literally finish one book and go right into the next one. The day after I sent Kill and Run, the first Thorny Rose Mystery, off to the editor, I went to work on Cancelled Vows, the next Mac Faraday Mystery.

What was the secret to getting over writers block?

American poet William Stafford offers this advice to poets who suffer from Writer’s Block: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.”

This sounds terrible at first. “What? I’m supposed to write junk? I need to write the great American Novel! I’m better than that!” No, Stafford is not encouraging writers to produce garbage. He is suggesting, however, that it’s easy to take yourself too seriously.

When I walked away, when I stopped trying to impress literary agents and publishers and decided to write what I want for myself, my writers block went away and I am now the happiest writer in the world.

Now, fourteen, going on fifteen, books later, I am still writing for myself. Yes, I do check out reviews and I love to read emails from readers about how they love Gnarly and how much they are looking for to the new series, or asking what is next for Mac Faraday and Archie.

When that rare reader takes offense by a certain turn I have taken in a plot or how they perceived a certain character, or an unintended message written between the lines, I may listen to their opinion, but in the end I make the final decision based on what I want to write, because—

I write for myself.

When teaching a class about writing, I open and close with a warning to the writers not to give into the temptation to rewrite the latest best seller in hopes of cashing in on the latest trend—like all those 50 Shades of Grey or Hunger Games books that have hit the market in the last few years.

As tempting as it may be, even if you self-publish, then once again, you find yourself writing for someone other than yourself—stretching and straining to meet someone else’s standards.

The truth is … gradually readers have been discovering the previously undiscovered treasures produced by independent authors. It’s a huge library in cyberspace. So, even when an author’s writings don’t meet the desires of the most popular marketing demographic, he or she can still find a niche audience who will appreciate his or her story on his or her own terms.

Believe me, it is much more fun writing what you want and love to write.

 

About the Author

Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the AuthorWebsite  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook

 

Giveaway

Prizes:

  1. Win an ebook copy of Kill and Run with a $15 Amazon gift card (open internationally – 5 winners)
  2. Win a print copy of Kill and Run (USA only – 4 winners)
  3. Win a print copy of both Three Days to Forever and Kill and Run with a $25 Amazon gift card (USA only)

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Tour Schedule:

Aug 31 – Book Stop Corner – review of Three Days to Forever/author interview /giveaway

Aug 31 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Aug 31 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Aug 31 – The Booksnake Etc. – review of Three Days to Forever

Aug 31 – Coffee, Books & Art – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 31 – Manic Mommy of Two – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Aug 31 – readalot – review of Kill and Run

Sept 1 –  Book Stop Corner – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 1 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 1 – My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 2 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 2 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 3 – Bound 2 Escape – books spotlighted / giveaway

Sept 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 3 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 4 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – review of Three Days to Forever/ guest post / giveaway

Sept 4 – Manic Mommy of Two – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 7 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – guest post

Sept 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 8 – My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – review of Kill and Run

Sept 8 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Three Days to Forever/interview/ giveaway

Sept 9 – T’s Stuff – review of Three Days to Forever / guest post / giveaway

Sept 9 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 10 – fundinmental – review of Three Days to Forever / author interview / giveaway

Sept 11 –Vic’s Media Room – review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Sept 11 – Cassidy Salem Reads and Writes – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 13 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / giveaway

Sept 14 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Kill and Run

Sept 15 – The Booksnake Etc. – review of Kill and Run

Sept 15 – Life as Leels – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 16 – Readers’ Muse – review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 16 – T’s Stuff – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 17 – fundinmental – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 18 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 21 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Kill and Run

Sept 21 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 22 – Celestial Reviews – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 22 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 23 – fuonlyknew – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 23 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Kill and Run

Sept 24 – fuonlyknew – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 24 – Readers’ Muse – review of Kill and Run

Sept 25 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – guest post

Sept 28 – Celestial Reviews – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 28 – Christa Reads and Writes – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 29 – A Blue Million Books – book spotlight / author interview

Sept 29 – Life as Leels – review of Kill and Run

Sept 30 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Oct 1 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Oct 1 – Writers and Authors – guest post

Oct 2 – Book and Ink – review of Kill and Run / guest post / giveaway

Oct 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Kill and Run

Oct 6 – Jessica Cassidy – review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Oct 7 – Room with Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 7 – Pause for Tales – review of Kill and Run

Oct 8 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 – Jessica Cassidy – review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 – Book and Ink – book spotlight for Three Days to Forever / giveaway

 

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One Comment

  • Lauren Carr October 7, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Thank you so much, ROOM WITH BOOKS, for inviting me to stop by your site to tell my story about writers block. I hope my story helps other writers who may be suffering from writers block. Also, for those writers gearing up for National Novel Writers Month next month, I invite them to attend my writers retreat in Deep Creek Lake, MD, the setting for the Mac Faraday Mysteries. http://mysterylady.net/Appearances.php

    Hope to see you there!

    Best Regards,
    Lauren Carr