Twofer Murder ~ Spotlight, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Book Details:

Book Title: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 400 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 1 to 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence--though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!". Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking among the protagonists.)

Book Description:

Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?

Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!

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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Interview with Lauren Carr

Lauren, fans of audiobooks are excited to discover that your best-selling mysteries are finally coming out in audio. What took you so long?
Thirteen years ago, my first book, A Small Case of Murder, came out. That wasn’t so long ago. Believe me! Thirteen years is not that long ago—not when you compare it to when the dinosaurs were lazily grazing in Yellowstone National Park.

Anyway, back to what we want to talk about …

At that time, one of my friends instantly asked when my book would be available in audio. My eyes
glazed over and I stammered out, “Eventually.”

This friend only listened to her books in audio. She had a long commute to work and that was when she would listen to her books. She would go through a couple books a week.

Not long after that, I discovered that another friend only did audiobooks. She loved to read, but couldn’t due to extremely bad eyesight. While she wasn’t legally blind, her eyesight was so poor that the only way she could enjoy a book was if it was available in audio.

Yet, back then, audiobooks were available on cassette or compact discs. I considered myself lucky when a traditional audiobook publisher picked up my first three books to be produced in audio (compact disc and digital download)—until I started receiving my royalty checks. I was lucky if I made over two hundred dollars a year! I would take a few copies of the compact discs to book events—only to have them gather dust. Eventually, I tossed them into the back of my closet, where they still rest and decided that that market was not really worth the effort.

What changed your mind?
Occasionally, readers would request that I make my books available in audio and I did notice that the
requests were coming with increasing frequency.

Then, Amazon suggested I make my books available through their company ACX. They also pointed out that Audible, a very successful audiobook dealer fell under their umbrella. Audible is lie the leading seller of audiobooks.

By going through ACX, I would essentially be self-publishing my own books—thus, keeping all of my rights. Over the years, I had seen on my royalty statements how many thousands of dollars my audio publisher was making annually on the sales of my books. So, this was quite appealing to me.

How do you see the market in audiobooks now?
I believe that the audiobook market is where the e-book market was about seven years ago. When my
books first came out in e-book, it was a big deal for me to sell any. Now, the lion’s book of my books
sales are in e-book, but I see a gradual increase in sales in audiobooks. Currently, I make more in
monthly royalties for my audiobook sales than I do for my print books. Note, that is after splitting my
royalties with the producers!

Here's the way I look at it: If it weren’t for my readers, I would not be living my dream of being a mystery writer. My readers want my mysteries to be in all formats: e-book, print, and audiobooks. Even if fans of one format are a smaller number than another—they are still my fans and deserve the reading experience they enjoy the most!

Do you have any upcoming projects that your fans should be looking for?
ICE, the first installment in my new series, will be coming out this spring.

The Chris Matheson Mystery series revolves around cold case mysteries. Retired FBI investigator, Chris Matheson and his friends, retired from various law enforcement agencies, combine their investigative specialties to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

In the first installment of this series, ICE, the Geezer Squad (the name they gave to their team) reopens the missing persons case of Sandy Lipton, a pregnant girl who disappeared during an ice storm.

Here’s the synopsis for ICE, scheduled for release in March!

They say no good deed goes unpunished. Such is the case for Christopher Matheson.

Twenty-five years ago, Chris accepted an invitation to escort Sandy Lipton to her senior prom. The
college senior had been long aware that the shy teenager, who always waited on him at his favorite local diner, had a heavy crush on him. His feelings for the socially awkward girl was an equal mixture of affection and sympathy.

Months after a pleasant evening that ended with a single good night kiss, Sandy’s family slaps Chris with charges of statutory rape and a paternity suit.

No problem, declares Chris’s father, captain of the local state police troop, and their family lawyer. A
paternity test on the baby as soon as it is born would surely prove Chris’s innocence of all charges.
Except that days before Sandy Lipton’s due date, she disappears, along with any chance of proving Chris had not taken advantage of the vulnerable girl.

The disappearance divides the townspeople of the Shenandoah Valley. While many believe that the real culprit had abducted Sandy to keep the identity of her baby’s father a secret, others believe the state police captain had made her disappear and used his influence to keep his son out of jail.

Decades later, the Sandy Lipton case is has gone as cold as ice.

Now a retired investigator of the FBI, Chris Matheson returns home to discover that the cloud of
suspicion that had been cast over himself and his family is still there. A single father, he is determined to
clear his family name for the sake of his three young daughters.

With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson goes to work to thaw out this cold case and chip away at the truth to
uncover what had happened to Sandy Lipton and her baby.

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