Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Launch Party: A Few Dead Men


Today, I'm welcoming Nancy Lauzon to talk about her new book A Few Dead Men — a Chick Dick Mystery. Her book launch party began March 1 and ends March 8. 

I wanted to help during her book launch, because I enjoy Nancy's writing style. Her blog is fun — can you say Bag Hag Saturday. She is generous — she throws a Book Shower for authors to welcome their babies (books) into the world. Nancy Drew fans will love Nancy too.

And now to learn more about A Few Dead Men and a chance to win her book.



The Party: Book Launch Party! A Few Dead Men - a Chick Dick Mystery — March 1 - 8

Drop by anytime at http://chickdickmysteries.com/ during this week to join in the fun! Play games, nosh on virtual goodies (a.k.a. recipes) and win prizes!

Leave a comment on Nancy Lauzon's blog to win a FREE copy of A Few Dead Men.
If you like what you read, post a review on Goodreads, Amazon or the website of your choice anytime to win another FREE copy of any Chick Dick Mystery!

The Blurb: A Few Dead Men - a Chick Dick Mystery

Life has dealt part-time mystery novelist Darcy MacDonald a lousy hand. The men she knows are either missing, dead, drunk or demented.

Lying next to the corpse of her boyfriend, the head of Bloodhound Investigations, definitely qualifies as lousy since he’s the man who also issues her paychecks.

The doctor says her boss had a massive heart attack during an orgasm, and it wasn’t Darcy’s fault. But she can’t help feeling guilty, since his orgasms were her responsibility. Or so she believed, until his grieving widow shows up, along with a mysterious, punk rocker chick who weeps inconsolably at the funeral and claims he was murdered.

The Post: 
Are there more Dead Men than Live Men?
By Nancy Lauzon

My latest mystery novel, A Few Dead Men, was inspired by my youngest daughter's disastrous dating history. The 'dead men' in the novel are composites of every boyfriend and/or bad date my daughter ever had. Believe me, I had lots of material to choose from. In fact, I didn't have room for all the 'dead men', since I didn't want to go over my word count.

This book raises several questions: Who exactly are dead men, metaphorically speaking? How did they become dead? Are there more dead men than live men? And where do you find live men?

But the book is also about a young woman compelled to solve the mysteries around her, like her favourite amateur sleuth, Nancy Drew. She doesn't go about it in exactly the same way.

Previous stops on the Blog Tour: My Interview with Annie Acorn at http://annieacorn.com and How Does a Dead Man Become Dead? at http://limebirduk.wordpress.com/

I hold onto the hope that here are more Live Men than Dead Men in this world, because I have some Live Men in my life already (my husband and my son-in-law are excellent examples). But there seem to be a lot of Dead Men out there, too. From my perspective, lately they outnumber the Live ones. I hope I'm wrong.

Some of my friends were (or still are) married to Dead Men. Did these women know these men were Dead when they got married, or did they turn Dead later on?

The few Live Men my daughter has met are taken already. They have steady girlfriends, a fiancée, or a wife. It stands to reason. Live Men are snapped up at an early age and their women hang onto them for dear life. That's what happened when I met my husband at age 20.

On occasion these men have flirted with my daughter, despite their 'taken' status, and so she realizes they're actually Dead Men, they just don't know it yet. 

Next stops on my Blog Tour:

I'm a guest at Write My World, Lena Hillbrand's blog. She's the author of vampire fiction, The Vigilantes and The Superiors. 

I'll blog about the question: Where Do You Find Live Men?
Saturday, March 10 - http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com

Calling All Sleuths! I'll be blogging at the 2012 Nancy Drew Web Con. What is a Web Con you may be wondering? It's simply a convention on the web! The subject of my blog will be Nancy Drew with a Twist of Lemon.

A Few Dead Men - a Chick Dick Mystery is available now at Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129059 Coming soon to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Chapters/Indigo/Kobo

Nancy's Bio: 

Nancy Lauzon worked nine years on a hospital ward as a cardiac nurse before the night shifts turned her into a zombie. She got a day job in health promotion and began to write health-related articles for magazines and newsletters.

Life threw out a few curve balls, and to relieve the stress, she began to write fiction part-time. Five years later she sold two different manuscripts to two separate small-press publishers, using a pseudonym. She left nursing in 2003 and began to write full-time. Nancy lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Follow her on Twitter  (I love her profile picture on Twitter. - ssj) Friend her on Goodreads 

Thanks for stopping by Nancy. I appreciate you including us in the party. Good luck with A Few Dead Men and the live ones in your life. — Stacy

27 comments:

  1. What a fun read! Thanks Stacy for introducing Nancy. That must have been very funny and therapeutic to write.

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    1. Yes Catherine funny and therapeutic — that's a good combination.

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    2. Hi catherine, you have no idea. Frustration makes a great motivator! Thanks for your comment!

      Nancy

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  2. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thank you for sharing Nancy with us. Her book sounds very interesting. I'm hoping right over to her blog to check things out.

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    1. Jennifer, We're all about sharing here (well, my toddler is still working on the concept).

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    2. Thanks, Jennifer, for checking me out!

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  4. I love learning about how people come to writing/drawing for a living. Thanks!

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    1. I love those stories too Helena.

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    2. Hi Helena, it can be a broken road, for sure. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Great intro and info on Nancy and her new book. And what a great idea - a book shower! That's awesome. Going over right now to put my name in to win a book!

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    1. Karen, the book shower is great. I'm not sure what is more difficult — birthing a book or a baby? That might be a blog question for the future.

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    2. Hey, now there's a great question!

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  6. A book shower is an awesome idea, Stacy. I love Nancy's cover. And the writeup on the story is hilarious. This is something I definitely want to read. Thanks for the great recommendation. I have to go search this book out now, because I'm pretty sure it's going to the top of my TBR pile. :)

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  7. Oh, couldn't find it on Amazon and just reread your post and noticed it's 'coming soon'. I'll be back for it. :)

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      Thanks for your comments. It should be available on B & N and Amazon within the next weeks :)

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  8. Stacy, thanks so much for having me today! It's been great!

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  9. Ha! Ha! I love the theme of Nancy's book. I can't believe she's based the book on all the "dead men" in her daughter's life. Brilliant. Sounds like great fun.

    Stacy, I'm going to be reviewing a well-known adult author on my blog in the future and I was concerned a bit because it goes beyond my normal children's theme -- although somewhat related. But, after reading your review, I am rolling in laughter, and won't worry. I hope Nancy sells lots of books. Should buy this for my daughter.

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    1. Pat, Nancy wrote a great post. I think it's fine to share authors from other genres. It adds to our experience as writers.

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    2. Patricia, thanks for your comments!

      Nancy :)

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  10. Terrific interview...and I can't stop laughing at the term Chick Dick. (Did I seriously just type that?!) Thanks for introducing us to Nancy, Stacy.

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    1. Hi August,

      As long as people don't except women with male genitalia, it's all good, LOL!

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  11. August, Yes. Chick Dick just rolls off the tongue (or the fingers at the keyboard).

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