Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dang Near Dead by Nancy G. West Guest Post

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Dang Near Dead
by Nancy G. West

Just like Fit to Be Dead – Dang Near Dead is a humorous cozy mystery that takes the reader all over the place. There are different threads to the craziness that don’t seem to be connected and then all of a sudden something happens or is said and everything falls into place.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
The characters are well-developed and unique, as is the context and plot line. West combines humor and mystery to create an entertaining story.
~Christa Reads and Writes
Nancy West has done it again with another hit…you will enjoy this read.
~ Shelley’s Book Case​
Dang Near Dead
Series: An Aggie Mundeen Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press (September 30, 2014)
Hardcover: 238 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962169
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976402

Aggie vacations with Sam and Meredith at a Texas Hill Country dude ranch with plans to advise her column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. Except for wranglers, dudes, heat, snakes and poison ivy, what could go wrong?
When an expert rider is thrown from a horse and lies in a coma, Aggie is convinced somebody caused the fall. Despite Sam’s warnings, Aggie is determined to expose the assailant. She concocts ingenious sleuthing methods that strain their dicey relationship as she probes secrets of the ranch and its inhabitants. After she scatters a hornet’s nest of cowboys, she discovers more than one hombre in the bunch would like to slit her throat.
About This Author
I’ve been writing since age seven: poems back and forth with my mom. I had a real poem published in the Library Journal, Pegasus, at age fifteen. At eighteen, I wanted to study journalism and English literature, but friends who chose that college route were making minimum wage or selling lingerie. Being practical, I earned a business degree. After marriage and two children, I decided I HAD to study literature and write. I wrote non-fiction articles, a biography, and a suspense novel in 2004. That’s when whimsical Aggie Mundeen cut through the suspense, popped into my head and demanded her own series. The Aggie Mundeen mystery capers were born. Aggie must have been right: FIT TO BE DEAD is a LEFTY FINALIST 2013 for best humorous mystery, nominated by Left Coast Crime.
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Tour Participants
February 18 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review
February 19 – Omnimystery News – Interview
February 20 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
February 21- Off
February 22 – Off
February 23 – Babs Book Bistro – Interview
February 24 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
February 25 – deal sharing aunt – Guest Post
February 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
February 27 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
Guest Post:

                       Recipe: Mixing Mirth with Murder
                                      by Nancy G. West
                                                   Murder Is Never Funny. People generally are …

1.      distinctive place
2.      characters likely to go there
3.      off-the-wall protagonist with foibles (and a serious side)
4. murder
                        Voilá: MIRTH with MURDER.

1.      Distinctive Place
            A place where people are apt to act in predictable ways because of where they are. The
            setting would be similar to locked-room mysteries, but in a place that suggests humorous   possibilities.
            For example:
            __ Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality.
            If you put a tough, no-nonsense FBI agent used to wearing uniforms and no makeup in a beauty pageant, do you think funny things will happen?
            __Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin
            If you drop a klutzy, feminine, out-of shape girl into a military unit under a hard-as-          nails sergeant, do you expect humor?

            __Aggie Mundeen in Fit to be Dead #1
            If you put an out-of-shape woman, pushing forty, into a health club where she has to
            shape up before anyone discovers she writes the “staying-young” column, do you envision fiascoes?

            __Aggie Mundeen in Dang Near Dead #2
            If you put city-girl Aggie and friends at a ranch with dudes, wranglers and
            varmints (human and otherwise), do you foresee comical events?

            __Aggie Mundeen in Smart, But Dead #3 (2015) 
            If Aggie takes a course about the genetics of aging because she fears nothing but middle- age decrepitude, gets a professor who dislikes her, finds a campus corpse and goes to           jail, do you see possibilities for humor?  
            So, focus on a unique setting, humorous characters and events, and add murder. But
            murder is never funny. Keep the murder off stage (and as antiseptic as possible) and
            focus on characters' reactions to their surroundings and events before and after the crime.
            Which brings us to the second ingredient:
2.      Amusing Supporting Characters
            When you think of a beauty pageant, a boot camp for women, a health club with more “sedentaries” than “Stallones,” or a working ranch full of dudes, do you expect certain
            types of people to be there? Exactly. Exaggerate these types. Absorb their traits into your             supporting characters. They won't disappoint you. They'll do nuttier things than you ever        imagined. Which brings us to the most important element – Ta Dah!

3.      Your distinctive, determined, protagonist with a unique set of foibles.
            When your main character is determined to solve a crime with no investigative       training, in an unfamiliar environment, while thinking she might also impress a            particular detective, will her plans succeed? Doubtful. Not without mishaps, screw-ups
            and hilarity. Her foibles will be accentuated. She'll try harder. And you'll have as much
            fun as your readers, rooting for her while she struggles.

                                Aggie Mundeen Mysteries by Nancy G. West

            FIT TO BE DEAD #1     Lefty Award Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery  

       DANG NEAR DEAD #    “Must Read” Southern Writers Magazine
       Release video:

       SMART, BUT DEAD #3       2015

            All books, all formats:                               

                           WHERE TO FIND NANCY

                  Nancy and Aggie Mundeen clash brains:                                

              Henery Press:



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