A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey
Publisher: Carina Press (August 31, 2015)
IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu’s timing couldn’t be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia’s family’s business relies on her presence.
Mia doesn’t have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.
Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he’s closer than she’d ever imagined.Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | iTunes
Well, summer has come and gone, and I’m working my way into a new normal. Summer always leaves me a bit flustered and upside down. I have three children and when they’re home, my life is not my own. No matter how vigorously I plan ahead for summer vacation, it never works out. The kids are overwhelming in a lovely way and I can’t stand to miss much of my time with them, so I pretend I’m 15 years younger and I try to keep up.
These are my three darlings. All are competitive swimmers. We nearly live at the pool.
They are 12, 9 & 6, respectively (from leader to princess). They are very curious, intelligent and busy young people, and we cram a year’s worth of life experiences into every summer, making memories and reconnecting after a long school year of homework and swim meets. The kids play tennis and attend church camp and kids’ college. We take vacations, watch fireworks and eat TON OF CAKE. We’re never home unless there’s a party. Then again, we have LOTS of parties. We celebrate all summer long. There’s Memorial Day & Fourth of July, then two of the darlings have summer birthdays. And so do I. And so does my husband, and my father-in-law and brother-in-law. I consume a completely fabulous amount of cake between May and August. My pants will testify.
Now that school has started, we’re all adjusting again to bedtimes and homework and swim practices. Dinner’s always a big rush and I’m lucky to have a conversation with any of them, let alone all of them each day.
I’m back to writing full time, running down deadlines and handling new release promotions. I’m thrilled to see A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder make its way into the wild. I’m writing a manuscript that’s due October 1st and will release next summer. I’m preparing for an October 13th young adult release. I’m writing manuscripts in the hopes of landing new contracts. All the work I put off this summer, in trade for more time with the kids, has fallen on my head. I’m counting on sleep deprivation and coffee to get me through until Christmas.
I’m thankful for these summers together. I truly am, and I’m thankful for a network of readers and writers who know what I’m saying, especially those who have survived these whirlwind child rearing years and who encourage me to keep my head up and keep going. The time will be gone too soon. I know, so I’m working on a balance. If anyone knows the secret, please share!
I’ve decided balancing kids and career is a near magic trick for anyone. It’s possibly a full fledged illusion, but summers are a special sort of panic for me and back-to-school turns it all on its ear again. So, while I’m thankful for it all, I will be a hot mess for the next few months. I’ll get a new rhythm straightened out in time for Christmas. Don’t even get me started on holiday routines.
I guess what’s most important is that my kids see me putting them anytime I can while never giving up on my dream of making strangers smile. That’s why I write. I want to touch someone else’s crazy life and give them a small reprieve from the bananas.
If you’re in the mood for a fresh new mystery series, I hope you’ll check out A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder. Maybe it will make it to the small screen one day, and you can say you read it first! Who knows? However you meet my heroine and her cast of sidekicks, I hope it will make you smile!
About the Author
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
Julie also writes The Patience Price Mysteries series.
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