Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last Diner Standing

Today's special guest is Terri L. Austin. Terri lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo.  She’s the author of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends—a Rose Strickland Mystery.  Kirkus Reviews says, “Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.”

Terri will be awarding one commenter at every stop a signed bookmark and a cover postcard (USA/Canada Only), and one randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N, winner's choice.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles across dead bodies, ex-cons, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.


I’d finished rolling silverware into paper napkins when Roxy Block, a blue-haired fashion plate and my bestie, walked in from the kitchen, chomping gum. She’d quit smoking almost two months ago and now she and her nicotine gum were inseparable. Her short, black skirt was patterned with kittens and playing cards and yarn balls.
“Couldn’t sleep again, huh?” She tied an apron around her waist and headed for the coffeepot.
“Not this time. Janelle’s in jail.”
Roxy’s mouth hung open for so long her gum fell on the floor. “For what?” She bent down and scooped it up, stared at it for a second, as if she might pop it back in her mouth. But with a sigh, she walked to the trash can in the corner and threw it away.
“Asshat’s in a coma, the police think Janelle tried to kill him. Dane and I are going to see her this morning. Cool?”
“Yeah, of course.” She poured a cup of coffee and glanced up. “Do we think she’s guilty?”
Janelle was capable of many things. Putting sugar in Asshat’s gas tank? Naturally. Super gluing his dork to his stomach? Of course. But murder? That just wasn’t her style. “No, I can’t see her killing anyone. Not even Asshat.”
“Me neither,” Roxy said. “But I can totally picture her beating the shit out of someone.”
Ma Ferguson barreled through the connecting door and paused in the doorway, looking like a vengeful goddess in sweatpants. Her short white hair stood on end, her eyes narrowed behind large-framed trifocals.
“That man will regret this, I tell ya.”




Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Terri L. Austin said...

Thank you so much for having me on today. It's a pleasure to be here!

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for joining us today, Terri! I love the premise of a series set in a diner. What prompted you to come up with that setting?

Terri L. Austin said...

I wanted Rose to be a bit of an underdog. She's left her rich family and is making it on her own. Plus, a diner allows her some flexibility to solve cases around serving flapjacks!

Terri L. Austin said...

My publisher is having a huge holiday sale. Diners, Dives and Dead Ends is on sale for .99 at Amazon and Last Diner Standing is 2.99!

Diners, Dives and Dead Ends

Last Diner Standing

Jerrie Alexander said...

Terri! That was a laugh out loud excerpt. I love your sense of humor and know the Last Diner Standing will be as well received as Diners, Dives, and Dead Ends!

Terri L. Austin said...

Aw, thanks, Jerrie! It was so much fun to write. Rose and her gang of pals are a blast!

Shannon Ro said...

Thanks for sharing your story, I will have to check out the sale on Amazon.

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Christine D. said...

I love mysteries with a dose of humor in them. For instance, that description of Ma Ferguson was funny to me. Sounds good!
Thanks for sharing!


Ingeborg said...

Sounds like a good read, thank you.


Larissa Reinhart said...

Love this series! DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS was so funny and a great mystery. So excited that you already have #2 out! Rose Strickland rocks the house! And that Sullivan ain't too bad either...

Terri L. Austin said...

Thank you, everyone! I love humorous mysteries, too. My goal is for the reader to have a few hours of fun and some chuckles along the way!

Anonymous said...

A little humor sounds so, so good these days!


Terri L. Austin said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. It was a pleasure!

Catherine Lee said...

I love diners...and eclectic characters!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

That really is such a fabulous excerpt thank you.