Saturday, February 11, 2012

LET'S GET COZY: DEATH ON HEELS - A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
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DEATH ON HEELS
A CRIME OF FASHION MYSTERY
BY ELLEN BYERRUM

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sometimes you want to get your characters out of town, out of their comfort zone. Mix things up, throw them new experiences, revisit old memories. So in Death on Heels, my heroine Lacey Smithsonian returns to Sagebrush, Colorado, the scruffy, rough-and-tumble, boom-and- bust town where she earned her spurs as a young reporter—and where the man she once loved has been accused of three murders.

Sending Lacey back to her reporting roots sent me back to mine—to the real town I call “Sagebrush.” Sagebrush has changed in some ways and remains frozen in amber in others. Landmarks I looked for had been torn (or burned) down. Fast food joints (and Wal-Marts) have sprung up like mushrooms. But the bleached bones of long-dead cows still dot the barren, sagebrush-covered landscape, the highway signs are still riddled with bullet holes, and the denizens still believe they live in God’s own country. Highlights: interviewing a legendary cowboy, Monty Sheridan, about the endangered cowboy way of life. Hiking through the sagebrush to find an old abandoned cabin—and a friendly wild horse. For  Death on Heels, I wanted to take Lacey for the Wild West, boots-and-saddles, Last Frontier ride of her life. I think she got it.
---Description from Ellen Byerrum's website HERE 

AN EXCERPT FROM DEATH ON HEELS:
Chapter 1

“Dying with your boots on is a point of pride in the West, Vic. But these women died barefoot,” Lacey said. “And that grieves me.”        
     
Digging around the bottom of her small closet, she hunted for her cowboy boots. Lacey wasn’t going to be caught unaware and unshod. Not like those three women.
     
Colorado rancher Cole Tucker had been arrested for murder, so fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian was heading back to the last place on earth she swore she’d ever return: Sagebrush. That meant she would need, among other things, her best, dandified, make-a-statement cowboy boots. And more than a little guts. Lacey was afraid she was really going to stick her foot in it this time. She needed the most fearsome footwear she owned to wade through all the mud. And the mudslinging.
Tucker can’t be a killer, she kept saying to herself. I loved him. That cowboy wanted to marry me.
To finish reading this excerpt from DEATH ON HEELS, visit Ellen's website HERE. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ellen Byerrum is a novelist, playwright, former Washington, D.C., news reporter, and holder of a private investigator's registration in Virginia. Her Crime of Fashion mysteries star a savvy, stylish female sleuth: Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C., "The City Fashion Forgot." 
     
Lacey wants to work "hard news," but her nose for nuance, eye for a great story, and talent for getting into trouble all make her the right reporter for the Crimes of Fashion beat. In her vintage suits and killer heels, she trips over fashion clues, fabulous shoes, dangerous women, drop-dead men, and the occasional corpse (who wouldn't want to be caught dead dressed like that). 
     
Ellen and her fictional friend Lacey Smithsonian share a balcony view of the Potomac River and a love for vintage clothes, as well as their humorous viewpoints on life, love, mystery, fashion, and the wild and wacky world of Our Nation's Capital.
To read more about Ellen in her interesting "Bio", visit her website HERE

  
GIVEAWAY
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I enjoyed reading Ellen's description of her "Sagebrush" Interesting boss and townies. Quite interesting with how many were missing appendages and teeth. :) I think I like Ellen quite a bit! Can't wait to dive into one of her books!

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