Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Get Lost in a Story welcomes back Larissa Reinhart


Get Lost in a Story Readers.  Im very pleased to have Larissa Reinhart visit Get Lost in a Story again.  I cant believe her heroine Cherry Tucker is on book four.  (I thought shed be long dead by now), but here she comes again.  I know youll love Cherry as much as I do.  Lets learn about Larissa Reinhart and why shes determined to keep tormenting Cherry!

ABOUT:  DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4:

In Cherry Tuckers fourth mystery, the curtain rises on Cherrys debut as a high school set designer at the posh, private Peerless Day Academy. Cherrys been hired to design scenery for an avant garde adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the theater teacher's hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious bully whos sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The directors got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When a school secretary's death is ruled a suicide, Cherry suspects foul play. The phantom bully may be using blackmail to rid the school of unwanted staff, urging a Montague-Capulet styled showdown.
 
With Deputy Luke Harper wanting to return as Cherrys leading man, hes eager to assist her efforts in fingering the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets may doom them to the role of star-crossed lovers. Offstage, Cherrys searching for her missing brother whos fixed on a vendetta against Lukes stepfamily, so she instead turns to the local, foreign racketeer, Max Avtaikin, for assistance. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides its curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow. 

And now let's learn more about Author Larissa Reinhart!
Larissa Reinhart
 

DONNELL:  Larissa, I'll be redundant and say welcome back again, and ohhhh, I cant wait to read this one.  Youre dealing with a bully love to root against bullies.  But poisonous texts?  You want to expand on that a little one?


LARISSA: I wanted to write a poison pen mystery, but for this day and age it seemed texting or emails would be more apropos. And where do you see the most texting? In a high school. Also a good place to find bullies. However, this is no Young Adult yarn, so theres a twist on the cyberbullying. Its happening among the faculty. And as a ex-high school teacher, I had fun setting the story in that wheelhouse.


DONNELL:  Your books are fairly humorous and cozy?  Do I use the right word.  This sounds rather suspenseful.  True/false?


LARISSA: Yes, yes, and true? The term cozy mystery means a lot of things right now. A lot of humorous mysteries are considered cozy, because they’re not detective stories, nor romantic suspense, and not really a traditional mystery. However, this new breed of humorous romantic mysteries aren’t the typical Agatha Christie cozy. I was at a mystery conference in January where one author called them the “modern cozy.” I like that term. It’s more like Stephanie Plum meets Miss Marple.


DONNELL:  I love Luke Harper.  Every girl should have a Luke in her life.  Describe how you see him, vs. how Cherry sees him.  Then, how do your fans see him?


LARISSA: I see a good looking veteran who had big plans to become a big city police detective, but because of his family situation, has been forced to settle into the role of a small town deputy. He really struggles with the resentment he has for his stepfamily and also struggles with his feelings for Cherry. Hes incredibly attracted to her, has been since he was a teenager, but shes so reckless and impulsive, she really drives him crazy.

Cherry sees Luke as tall, dark, and moody. She finds him uncommunicative and often crabby, particularly when hes trying to stifle her free spirt because hes worried about safety. She also sees Luke as the perfect model for painting (which he wont do) with the body of a Greek hero, V-cut and all, stormy gray eyes, and demonically sexy dimples. Lukes a real weakness for her. Her first love. She resents that, yet still wants him pretty badly!


DONNELL:  Cherry is highly craft-oriented.  Do you do crafts, and whats your favorite?


LARISSA:  I am not a good crafter! I lack the patience and ability to measure correctly. I did take art classes in university and do like to draw and paint if I have the time. I also enjoyed design and photography, although they were a lot lower-tech back in those days. Writing is enough of a craft for me now. But I love art. I majored in art history in grad school. Its a treat to be able to use my art history books for Cherry Tucker research!


DONNELL:  This is a two part question.  Im most comfortable when Im . .   If you want to see me out of sorts make me do this . . . .

LARISSA: Most comfortable when Im propped on the couch with a book, knowing my to-do list is done (which doesnt happen nearly enough). If you want to see me out of sorts make me go to a party where I dont know anybody.


DONNELL:   Early bird or night owl?


LARISSA: Night owl, most definitely, but forced into early birdness by my children.


DONNELL:  Whats the most interesting thing youve learned doing research?


LARISSA: Thats a hard one. Ive learned so much trivia! Recently Ive been doing a lot of research on feral hogs, Civil War swords, and bow hunting. Did you know General Grants presentation sword had a diamond encrusted monogram and was bought by a private collector in Texas recently for more than a million dollars? I thought that was interesting.


DONNELL:  I'll say that's interesting.  Larissa, thanks for being our guest today.  Now its your turn.  Time to ask readers a question and explain whether or not youll do a book giveaway.


LARISSA: Thanks so much for having me here!

LARISSA WANTS TO KNOW:Cherry loves to bling out her clothes with DIY accents. Im always looking for some interesting craft ideas.   Id love to know about the arts and crafts your readers do. Ill randomly pick a commenter to give away any Cherry Tucker e-book of their choice!

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24 comments:

  1. Hey Donnell and GLIAS! So thrilled to be here today! Thanks for having me on again.

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    1. Thanks Angi! So glad to be here again! It's been a while -- four books to be exact. LOL! Love GLIAS.

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  3. I wanted to stop by and say "Hello" to Larissa! I love your books.

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    1. Hey Mary Anne! Thanks so much. That means a lot coming from another Georgia mystery author!

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  4. Larissa, welcome to GLIAS. You need to meet my friend Mo. She is the craftiest person I know. She would keep Cherry in crafts and trouble indefinitely :) Great to see you here, my friend!

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  5. I can't wait to read another Great book by Larissa.

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    1. Thank you! How sweet of you! So glad you're enjoying Cherry Tucker!

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  6. Loved your post and can't wait to read one of your books! I'm afraid I'm not very "crafty" either, but I enjoy reading about those who are.

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    1. Thanks Marja! Good luck in the drawing!

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  7. Don't do any, but sounds fun

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. What a great interview on GLIAS today. I always enjoy learning something new about an author that I follow and read and today was no exception. I have not yet ordered Death In Perspective, but if I have a lot of luck, maybe I won't have to purchase it?? :) I am truly looking forward to reading this book and also book 3 as I have gotten way behind due to some medical issues but I sure do hope to be feeling better and catching up on all of my favorite Modern Cozies. As to crafts, I do a lot of them but don't pretend to be an expert in any of them, but having a good time doing them has to count for something. I love to make Dichroic pendants; not a real hobby as I don't have the kiln at home, but do love making them at a studio. My favorite methods of painting are watercolor, acrylics and Asian brush art, and I do love to do graphite (pencil) sketching too. I do jewelry making but have now limited my time to making memory wire items due to vision problems as I can feel the wire and the beads better than other ways of beading. I don't know if cooking and baking is a "craft", but I do that too but my favorite hobby was entering cooking contests and entering recipe contests, and the win with the prize of being on television was one of my favorites as it was so much fun. I also do Zentangle art and combine art with Zentangle in many ways, as many others do too. With three grandchildren, you are always trying to find crafts that can be done with them, and we have a lot of fun with everything and anything we do. The last big craft event we did was pottery/clay painting.

    Keep up the great writing, Larissa.
    Loved your daily posts on FB of your trip to Japan.

    Cynthia

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    1. Thanks so much Cynthia! I don't know what Zentangle art is. I'll have to look that one up!

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  9. Fabulous interview, ladies. I enjoyed every word! I'm afraid I haven't read one of your books, but they are on my list!

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    1. Thank you, Penny! I hope you enjoy Cherry Tucker when you reach that point. If you're like me, your TBR list feels infinite!

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  10. saying HI. Larissa sent me ;)

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  11. Hi, Larissa! so exciting to get to know you on GLIAS. and am a big lover of funny cozies.

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  12. Just stopped in to say hi and read the great interview. I have read a couple of your books and love them, but I would like to read the whole series, it is on my tbr list.

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    1. I forgot to tell you my crafting pleasure. I really enjoy making stain glass pieces and making my own jewelry.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping in, Jen! I'm so glad you enjoy Cherry T! Stain glass is so difficult! I'm really impressed. I'd love to make my own jewelry. I might have to have Cherry do something with stain glass in the future;)

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  13. oh eeks...........I am NOT creative!!! but I don't have a problem 'borrowing' ideas!!! LOL!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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