Monday, June 30, 2014

Death in Perspective by Larissa Reinhart Interview & 2 Giveaways


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Death in Perspective
by Larissa Reinhart


There is a lot of snooping, spying and action that gets Cherry in dangerous situations.I can’t wait to see what happens next…
~readalot
Author Larissa Reinhart is a master at creating terrific characters like Cherry.
~Mommasez….
Larissa is a fantastic author and her 4th book Death in Perspective was incredible! Love it!
~Shelley’s Book Case
Death in Perspective is a fun cozy mystery that I really loved reading. Cherry is funny and crazy and I warmed to her instantly.
~Carole’s Book Corner
A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4
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Synopsis
In Cherry Tucker’s fourth mystery, the curtain rises on Cherry’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh, private Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s 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 who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s 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 Cherry’s leading man, he’s 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, Cherry’s searching for her missing brother who’s fixed on a vendetta against Luke’s 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.
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About The Author
After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. She lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting on Facebook. Death in Perspective is the fourth book in the best selling Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a Daphne du Maurier finalist, Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner.



Interview 
Thanks so much for having me here today! Im excited to be on your blog.

Where are you from?
Im originally from a small farm town in Illinois, called Andover, but I moved to Atlanta in 1996 and have remained in Georgia, except for a few bouts of living in Japan. Ive got country roots, but I also like city living.

Tell us your latest news?
The release of DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE is exciting news for me. Its the fourth book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series and fifth in publication (Cherry & I had a novella in the anthology HEARTACHE MOTEL). Now Im working on her fifth book, THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE, which takes place at Big Rack Hunting Lodge. Cherrys hired to do a kill portrait, but ends up chasing down a killer instead. That should come out in 2015.
 
When and why did you begin writing?
I remember writing lists of all the words at age four, and by second grade I was hocking homemade books and magazines to my neighbors. Ive always loved creating stories and using my imagination, and Ive always loved to read. I think thats where all writers start. Were fascinated with making the unbelievable believable. At least I am.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably in second grade when I was hocking those homemade books! In high school, I thought Id work for National Geographic or Travel & Leisure (I also loved foreign destinations). I secretly wanted to be a novelist, but I didnt know how you became one, it seemed too fantastical. So I wrote short stories for myself and for my creative writing classes. Then I got sidetracked by boys. And life. Twenty years later, my first book, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, was published and then I thought I guess Im a writer!

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first manuscript was inspired by a young adult series I read, then told my husband my issues with it and how I would write it differently. He said, so go write one that way. And I did. My second manuscript was PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY. While I was writing the first manuscript, I had ideas for a kind of redneck heroine living in a small town in Georgia with a quirky cast of friends and family. We were living in Japan at the time, and my father died, so I flew home to my hometown of Andover, population 600. While staying with my mother, I got the idea for that redneck heroine to be an artist who had to paint a coffin portrait of a murdered man, and I named her Cherry Tucker. Then flew back to Japan and wrote that manuscript. I sold PORTRAIT after I returned home.

Do you have a specific writing style?
The Cherry Tucker series is considered humorous. Ive written a couple darker manuscripts, but I think humor suites me.

How did you come up with the title?
DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE was a bit harder to get than my other titles. We (my editor & I) always mix an art term with the story. Originally I thought of POSTMODERN GOES POSTAL. In the story, the Romeo and Juliet play has been adapted (postmodern) and its a poison pen mystery (postal). But my editor found that title a mouthful. So I thought about the different perspectives Cherry could take on the mysterious texter sending malicious messages. Was he or she interested in blackmail? Causing anarchy? Trying to hurt many people or just one? Trying to push someone toward murder or were they after murder themselves? And of course perspective is an art term, and Cherry is doing scenery work and would use perspective in her painting. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Mainly, I hope they just have fun with the story. I have themes on vendettas and bullying, plus theres a Romeo and Juliet subplot to go with the play. As an ex-high school teacher, setting the story at a high school allowed me to examine issues like competition, devices in schools, and cyberbullying. When I was teaching, cell phones were just becoming popular, so they werent a huge problem yet. Now, teachers have to compete with all kinds of devices, not to mention some of the stuff thats going on in social media which can be downright scary. If your kids have YikYak on their phone, delete it.

What would you like my readers to know?
They can usually find me chatting on Facebook, just look for Larissa Reinhart. I also have a street team called the Mystery Minions with author LynDee Walker, so if you enjoy our books, I urge you to join our group on Facebook. We have a lot of fun and have special opportunities and contests just for the Minions. One character in DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE is named after a Minion who won a contest. I had the same contest for my fifth book as well. Im also on Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest. I love hearing from readers and learning about them!

Thanks so much for having me today! I look forward from hearing from you!
Author Links:
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1qMwr29
Purchase Links
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Tour Participants
June 24 – Mommasez… - Review, Interview, Giveaway
June 25 – readalot blog - Review, Giveaway
June 26 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
June 27 – Shelley’s Book Case - Review, Giveaway
June 28 – Carole’s Book Corner – Review
June 29 – off
June 30 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway
July 1 – Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Review
July 2 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
July 3 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Review, Interview
July 4 – off
July 5 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Interview, Giveaway
July 6 – Back Porchervations – Review
July 7 – Traveling With T – Review, Interview, Giveaway
July 8 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Giveaway
July 9 – Community Bookstop – Review
Each Blog can give away 1 Cherry Tucker Mystery/Winner’s Choice – E-Book. Please enter here:

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on! What a fun interview. Good luck to the contestants!

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  2. I read your book DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE and like it. Your other books are now on my TBR list

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank Betty! I'm so glad you enjoyed Death. Hope you like the other Cherry Tuckers!

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  3. I could use a good mystery series to watch. Do you advise reading them in order?

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  5. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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