Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Get Lost in THE DEEP END from debut author Julie Mulhern

Today, I am beyond thrilled to be introducing Julie Mulhern, an amazingly talented debut author whose new romantic mystery THE DEEP END is garnering much deserved praise and streaking up the charts. You see why when you read the excerpt.

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Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.

It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.

As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her? 

Excerpt
June, 1974
Kansas City, Missouri
            My morning swim doesn’t usually involve corpses. If it did, I’d give up swimming for something less stressful, like coaxing cobras out of baskets or my mother out of bed before ten.
            Watching the sun rise over the seventh green is often the best part of my day. I dive into the pool while the water is still inky. When the light has changed from deepest indigo to lavender, I break my stroke, tread water and admire the sky as it bleeds from gold to yellow to pink. It’s a ritual, a metaphorical cleansing, a moment of stolen peace.
            After all, I have a teenage daughter, a mother with strong opinions, a Weimaraner named Max who plots to take over our house on his path toward world domination, and a husband. Much as I’d like to, I can’t leave him out.
            I kicked off my Dr. Scholl’s, tossed my husband’s button-down onto a deck chair, dove into the dark water and gasped at the sudden, encompassing cold. That shock of chilly water against my skin is better than coffee when it comes to waking up. Maybe not better. Faster.
            My legs kicked, my arms sliced and I settled into the comforting rhythm of the Australian crawl. My fingers knifed through the water, anticipating the smooth parting of liquid. They found fabric and the horrific touch of cold flesh.


“Part mystery, part women’s fiction, part poetry, Mulhern’s debut, The Deep End, will draw you in with the first sentence and entrance you until the last. An engaging whodunit that kept me guessing until the end!” – Tracy Weber, Author of the Downward Dog Mysteries

Meet Julie

Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.

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E.E.: Where do you write and how often?
Julie: Remember Murder She Wrote and the shots of Jessica Fletcher pounding away at the typewriter on her kitchen table? I too write at the kitchen table (laptop not a Royal typewriter). I do it because it is close to the coffee-maker. I get up between four and five every morning to write so a steady stream of caffeine is essential.

E.E.: Tea or coffee?
Julie: See above. Coffee with a healthy (okay, unhealthy) dose of cream.

E.E.: Why the 1970s?
Julie: Part nostalgia—I was a kid of the seventies and remember by childhood through a rose-colored haze. Part fascination with the roles that women play in society and decades when those roles change dramatically (I’d love to set a book in the 1920s). Oh, and I also like the music (not so much disco).

E.E.: Do you listen to music while you write?
Julie: No, but I listen to music while I think about writing. When I’m thinking about a book for the Country Club Murders I listen to so much seventies music that my kids carry earplugs. Sometimes a song will slip into a book. In Guaranteed to Bleed, which releases in October, the heroine and her daughter have an argument and on the radio plays The Bitch is Back.

E.E.: What would we find in your heroine’s purse?
Julie: Car keys—two of them—one for the ignition and one for the trunk. Also Kleenex, lip balm, a comb, a sketchbook, pencils, three separate single earrings, a checkbook, a billfold and house keys.

E.E.: What’s the first thing you do when you finish a book?
Julie: Stretch the crick out my neck then start the next one. Seriously. By the time I finish a book, I am so sick of it I can’t stand it. Meanwhile, there’s been this bright, shiny idea waiting for my attention. I hop in feet first. The honeymoon lasts for the first ten chapters. That’s when the next shiny idea starts begging for attention.

E.E.: What’s next for you?
Julie: A Haunting Desire, my RWA Golden Heart book, will release from Entangled Select in August. Guaranteed to Bleed, published by Henery Press will release October 6th. Right now I’m writing, A Haunting Need, book two in the Haunting series. By late May, I’ll begin the third mystery in Country Club Murders. Lots of early mornings and lots of coffee!

Today, Julie is giving away an autographed copy of her debut novel, THE DEEP END. All you have to do is comment and enter the raffle. 

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36 comments:

  1. Welcome Julie! I'm so excited to be able to introduce you to our readers here at Get Lost in a Story. I know they'll love your writing as much as I do.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

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  3. Hi E.E.! Hi Julie! This book is getting so much buzz, I wonder if it's also mainlining coffee?? Congratulations on your debut! It was fun to read about your writing process, too. Many happy sales to you!!

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    1. Thanks, dearie! Many happy sales to you too!

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  4. Hey Julie. Just stopping by to say hi! Your book is in my must-read list in my iBook and I'm looking forward to reading it. Great excerpt!

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  5. LOVE that snarky excerpt, Julie. One of the best debuts I've read in awhile! And I also love how you tie in those FB pics/posts that send us down the 1970's brick road. Wasn't a great era while I as living THROUGH it, but it's fun to look back now and think "oh yeah...I remember THAT!"

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    1. I keep a pad of things I remember from the 70s. Recently I was talking with friends about a 'salad' I remember--a leaf of iceberg lettuce topped by cottage cheese topped by a half a canned pear. All with a dollop of mayo. I thought it was unique to my house. Imagine my surprise to learn that every woman at the table had eaten it as a child. Do you remember that?

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  6. Julie,
    Loved that excerpt! No wonder everyone keeps talking about THE DEEP END. It's sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it. It's on my TBR list for as soon as I finish my revisions. I know exactly what you mean about those shiny new ideas. I have so many manuscripts STARTED--just to get it out of my system a tiny bit. haha.
    It sounds like you can't afford to have too many completely new shiny ideas right now. Your schedule would throw me into THE DEEP END. haha.
    And I love 70s music. So, so, soooo much. All of it--including disco. Sorry.
    Off to see Barry Manilow tonight for his One Last Time Tour. :-(
    **puts some yellow feathers in my hair**

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  7. Copa Cabana?

    Really?

    Weekend in New England or Ready to Take a Chance (brings back fond memories of Foul Play - one of my favorite movies of all time). Thanks for stopping by!

    Planning any cross-country trips this summer?

    Hope you enjoy The Deep End!

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    1. I have seen Foul Play a million times! That was one of my favorites too!

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    2. Of course it was, soul sister.

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  8. Such a great post Julie. And I love the excerpt! It always makes me so happy to see GH sisters doing so well!!

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    1. Sharon, still thinking about your Kiss and Thrill post... thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Awesome excerpt! Can't wait for A Haunting Desire (love the title!). I'm a huge fan of all things Sherlock Holmes...whether it's the original books and old movies like Hounds of the Baskervilles, or the super sexy Mr. Cumberbatch in the new series.

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    1. I too have a thing for Mr. Cumberbatch - smart is sexy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Welcome to Glias, Julie! and I love the cover to this book; however, I am partial to cartoon covers. Congratulations and happy writing.

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    1. Vicki - thanks for the warm welcome and the congratulations! So thrilled to be here!

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  11. Dang, I loved Murder She Wrote. I DVRed an old episode the other day and plan to watch it soon. Can't wait to read The Deep End!!!

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    1. What was the Sheriff's name, Laura? I'm thinking Otis Taylor but it's been a long, long time. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Julie - What a fabulous excerpt! Congratulations!

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  13. Sherlock Holmes

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I agree on the Sherlock! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  14. Tiffany Yates MartinMarch 4, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Fun interview--book looks great!

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  15. Julie, the excerpt pulled me in. In a big way. You're on my TBR list, and today you're moving on up to head of the line! Congratulations on a stunning debut!

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  16. Hi Julie!

    I started reading The Deep End over the weekend. I'm hooked! I've been suggesting it to anyone who enjoys mysteries--or the 70's! What a fun decade to be writing!

    I'm so happy for all your success with this book!

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  17. I think a mystery set in the 70's sounds good. A lot was changing then, for women, for politics etc.

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    1. Almost forgot.... JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Great interview, E.E!

    Julie, congratulations on the release of The Deep End and on all your fabulous publishing successes. I have my copy of your right next to me. I love that image of you tapping away at the kitchen table like one of my favourite TV heroines, Jessica Fletcher! I agree — coffee is essential at that time of day.

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  19. I am truly looking forward to ready your novel. I love all of the Henery Press authors and you will be no exception, I am positive of that. Good luck and much success with your release.

    Sincerely,
    Cynthia Blain

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