Monday, September 5, 2011

LET'S GET COZY: DEATH IN A DIFFICULT POSITION - A GIVEAWAY

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DEATH IN A DIFFICULT POSITION
A Mantra for Murder Mystery #4
BY DIANA KILLIAN
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Yoga can lead to a serene life...or a sudden death.

At Sacred Balance yoga studio, owner A.J. Alexander tries to help her clients feel heavenly. But a seriously inflexible preacher claims she's sending them straight to hell...until he ends up dead, and A.J. has to stretch her sleuthing skills to the limit.

The Mantra for Murder Mysteries follows the comic misadventures of freelance publicist, sometime amateur-sleuth and full-time Jersey Girl A.J. Alexander as she tries to deal with her wacko mother and the Yoga studio she's inherited from her late, beloved Aunt Diantha.

DEATH IN A DIFFICULT POSITION includes Yoga Facts and Organic Recipes!

PRAISE FOR DIANA KILLIAN'S MANTRA FOR MURDER MYSTERY SERIES' FIRST BOOK, CORPSE POSE:
"Diana Killian rises above the standard cozy cliches to create a fresh, solid, and most importantly entertaining, kickoff to her new yoga-themed series with Corpse Pose... As seems mandatory in cozies these days, we also have the possible love interest who is the investigating officer and an embarrassing family... And yet Corpse Pose makes it all work beautifully, turning these old standards into something new. Part of it is the characterization: Killian makes all of her characters three dimensional... But the biggest star is Killian's writing. Not only does she mark a distinctive shift between the frenetic life in Manhattan and the slower, calmer pace of Stillbrook, New Jersey, she peppers the book with little bits that just sparkle, in both dialog and narrative...
Corpse Pose is the best a cozy can be. Even if you're not that fond of yoga, there is plenty to keep you entertained."
-- Linnea Dodson, Reviewing the Evidence 


"This is the kind of story that began my interest in mysteries: great setting, engrossing story, plenty of suspects, and characters to care about. I look forward to more from this talented author."
--Deborah Hern, CA Reviews 


"The character of A.J. is funny, frantic, and a hoot to follow around in this particular new series. Definitely worth the time."
-- Affaire de Coeur 


"Killian's light yoga twist enhances a nicely executed cozy."
-- Publisher's Weekly 


"The support cast is one of the major reasons that this series is going to be a hit. Diana Killian provides a delightfully entertaining amateur sleuth tale."
-- Genre Go Round Reviews 


"With more twists and turns than the most difficult yoga position, Diana Killian's Corpse Pose is sure to leave readers breathless."
-- Madelyn Alt, author of Hex Marks the Spot 


"Diana Killian has outdone herself with this first book in her new series. Corpse Pose has it all from well-written plot, sharp prose, wit and humor that had me rolling with laughter and memorable characters who I definitely want to read more about. As aheroine A.J. is delightful, witty and smart. You don'thave to be into yoga to enjoy Ms. Killian's Corpse Pose, but you may find yourself doing thedownward dog before you're finished. Fun, fun, fun!"
-- Michele Scott, author of the Wine Lover's Mysteries
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
(I included all of Diana's "BIO" from her website as I think it shows what a wonderful writer she is with a great sense of humor. I hope you enjoy it!)

I hate trying to write a "bio."

Most writers, I think, are by nature observers rather than participants, which doesn't make for thrilling A&E Biography specials -- unless you're Hemingway. And... I'm not.

I could start at the beginning.  I was born and bred in a far distant galaxy known as Los Angeles. It's a good town for mystery writers, and many good mystery writers, including two of my all time favorites, Raymond Chandler and Joseph Hansen, lived and wrote here. L.A. is about style -- and so is writing, of course. Certainly for me it is. After all, whether you're talking hard-boiled PI novels or some cozy set in an English village that only exists in a writer's imagination, it's all equally unreal, isn't it?

I guess I could throw in some of that basic character sketch stuff.

"Diana loves autumn, antiques, Midori margaritas, chocolate almond ice cream and rainy days." Blah, blah, blah. I can tell you what she hates: lazy writing -- one obvious example: writers who depend on profanity for laughs instead of taking the time to write dialog that snaps, crackles and pops. This is not to say that I do not, in real life, resort to profanity when occasion warrants. But fiction is not real life, is it?

The other problem with a bio is you have to leave out the more sensational bits (assuming there are any) so that you're just left with the basics. Basically, I graduated from Pepperdine, Malibu about a million years ago, tried and failed at teaching and decided to give writing another shot.

That sounds like I had quit writing at some point. I've been writing and publishing since I was a kid. The first things I ever sold were a couple of poems to Seventeen magazine. This kind of thing: 

Snow
Bits of broken stars
Crunching underfoot
As we walk in the moonlight 

I still love poetry, especially Amy Lowell and Sara Teasdale, but there's even less money in poetry than in mystery writing.They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but these days it's probably easier to earn your living skewering people than writing fiction. (Certainly more relaxing, I should think.) Recognizing at a tender age that it would be difficult to earn my keep as a scribe, I wandered through the world for a few years (making more than my fair share of left turns and several rolling stops) and finally decided to grow up and become A Writer. Not necessarily in that order.

Of course there are other basic biography-type questions that I'm skirting. I'm married. It still feels new enough that I forget to call when I'm going to be late. And who did a nice girl like me find to marry? Yep, the vicious rumors are true, I'm married to my old partner in crime -- the scourge of many a mailing list -- Kevin Burton Smith. Mr.and Mrs. Smith. It has a ring to it, don't you think?

I don't have children. I do have two nieces, two nephews, the original set of parents, two talented and beautiful sisters, a handful of terrific friends. I belong to two writing groups, a Celtic music band. I still have a day job. I use it to support my addiction to eBAY and to pay for "treatment" of a serious book-buying disorder. All of the above provide numerous distractions to writing.

That's one of the dilemmas about writing, isn't it? Writers must remain a little detached, but life demands engagement. And the best writers seem to be those who have lived a little. You can always tell when you're reading someone who has lots of theories and no practical experience of life and people. You see it a lot in Hollywood screenplays. As though ten years in Film School were indicative of anything but ten years in Film School. Whether it's riding a bike (or falling off a bike, in my case) or shooting a gun or kissing a boy, writers need to get their hands dirty. And then be able to translate the experience into words and paper.

Of course there's more to being a human than one's artistic gifts -- unless one is happy being a version of Waldo Lydecker from Laura. 

But we may as well talk about writing, since that's how I define myself to myself (on those occasions that I need a definition). I guess I'm a traditionalist. I definitely prefer the mysteries of the 30s and 40s, partly because the world seemed a simpler, safer place then, and partly because the level of writing in the average "popular" fiction was far superior to what we consider "average" now. These days "average" and "mediocre" seem to be synonymous. That's a generalization, naturally, but then that's something true of me: I tend to generalize.

I read a great deal of romantic-suspense as well as Golden Age mystery when I was growing up: Mary Stewart, Phyllis A. Whitney, Patricia Wentworth, Agatha Christie, Ellis Peters, Ngaio Marsh, Elizabeth Peters, Georgette Heyer. But what I really loved were what I call "Chick Fic" writers. The less well-known women writers of the 30s and 40s. Or writers that have fallen out of fashion. Mabel Seeley, Leslie Ford -- women who wrote crackerjack mysteries about ordinary American women who managed to get their smart-assed selves involved in murder. I've devoted a few pages to these authors and what they meant to me in my -- er -- formative years. Just look under Chick Fic.

So I figure this should be enough about me.

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAITLYN AND THE GOOD 
FOLKS AT BERKLEY/NAL, I HAVE ONE
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 GOOD LUCK!

132 comments:

holdenj said...

Interesting that this LA gal has a Jersey gal as her heroine! Looks like a great, new-to-me series! Thanks!
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I loved the intro of Diana's website with the keyhole and all! I also enjoyed looking over her recommendations for movies, books and music. I have watched almost all of those old Thin Man movies, they were great.
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I love a good cozy mystery, esp. when it includes recipes.
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I want to win because I love cozy mysteries and this is a new series. I have recently become interested in yoga because I SUP and yoga helps me with my balance. I would love to read this!

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Sue Farrell said...

I like murder mysteries with a little humeor---so this sounds like a good book for me. Wacky mothers seem to run in our family so that should make me feel right at home while I'm reading.
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On the author's website the descriptions of the books of the Poetic Death series sounds very interesting.
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The organic recipe element caught my attention
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Carol N Wong said...

I really like the idea of a yoga theme for a cozy series. From what I read it sounds like this book is going to be really funny.


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I bookmarked her Chick Fic page that had some sample of her favorite writers of the 30's,40's & 50's.

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ann said...

Just the title of the book makes me want to read it to find out what position the death was in

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sweetpea said...

its a new twist, a yoga studio and a preacher and a death, sounds intriging and different!

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diane and i have two authors in common we liked to read years ago, agatha christie and phyliss whitney, i read all their books too!

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Misusedinnocence said...

I have always been interested in yoga, so having that as a back drop seems like it would make for a really interesting read

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I learned that she has an official newsletter through Yahoo. :)

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LAMusing said...

I loved the premise of a Jersey girl who inherited a yoga studio
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Linda Kish said...

Sounds fun and add in a bit of yoga and a couple recipes and I'm good.

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I liked the Chick Fic section. boy, it's hard to believe some of those Nancy Drew books I loved so much were written so long before I was born. I didn't realize that.

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Pamela Keener said...

This book sounds like a gem. This is a new to me author and series and I love discovering them.
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All the reviews sound like just the type of mystery I'd enjoy - a good plot and lots of fun!
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MRWriter said...

I like the combination of yoga and a mystery. Sounds like a fun read. (-:

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I like the graphics on her site -- especially the keyhole at the menu.

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