Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOOK TOUR: Cancelled Vows by Lauren Carr (Mystery)

Book Description for Cancelled Vows:

Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can tie the knot—divorce his first wife!

Lauren Carr takes fans of the Mac Faraday mysteries to the Big Apple in this nail biting adventure. In Cancelled Vows, David, Mac, and Gnarly, too, rush to New York City to dissolve David’s marriage to an old girlfriend—and he’s got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a road block, it is up to David’s best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church in time!

​Buy the book here:  Amazon

Author's Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real live Gnarly!) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook


Cancelled Vows

By Lauren Carr

Book Tour Interview One - Writing Ritual

1)      Do you write every day?

Yes, I do.  I always manage to squeeze in at least a couple of hours to work on a book. If I don’t have time to write during the actual day, I will write in the evening, after getting everything else that needs completed done.

2)      What is writing schedule?

My dogs get me up at six o’clock in the morning. After a half hour of feeding them and brewing coffee, then I’ll sit in bed with my husband, drinking coffee and “take care of business.” It’s not as naughty as it sounds. We go over my sales figures, etc.

Then, I will move onto social media. But I’m not playing on social media. I’ll spend a couple of hours retweeting posts from members in my retweet groups, checking out new followers, answering e-mails.

It is usually about eleven o’clock before I can sit down to start writing.

3)      Not only are you a best-selling author, but you are also a wife, mother to a teenager, and you have four dogs. Wow. How do you balance your time?

I don’t. If I didn’t have my husband, nothing would get done. He does the errands and grocery shopping, so that I am able to stay home.  The important thing is keeping on a schedule and planning out what deadlines have to be met. I’ll admit that half the time I don’t meet a deadline, but the important ones—like interviews—I do meet.

4)      Where do you write?

I have a writer’s studio on the top floor of my home.  It is my space. No one is allowed in it because in my studio—I am completely me—the good-the bad—the messy.

Translation: When I write, I only write. That means I don’t pay attention to dust on my desk or the ringing of the phone. My husband is a former navy officer who sees every speck of dust. So he’s not allowed to enter my studio—because then he would have a stroke and I’d have no one to go out to get food.

5)      Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

I wouldn’t call it ritualistic, but I do have a tendency to get lost in my book when writing. I mean I can even lose sense of time.

The other day I was working away on my next Lovers in Crime Mystery, Killer in the Band. I lead a book club at our church. Suddenly, I saw that the time was 6:35 pm. The meeting at the church started at 7 pm. I wasn’t dressed. I hadn’t thawed anything for dinner. The dogs weren’t fed.

I made the meeting. Luckily, the members never realized I was in my pajamas under that coat. If they did, they didn’t say anything. My family ate dry take-out chicken for dinner.

6)      In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?

Back in the nineties, before laptops, I would write outlines for my books on yellow notepaper. Rarely would I refer to them. The writing of the outline helped me to sort out the plot in my own mind.

Actually, you would be surprised by how many writers do write in longhand. I once took at survey of the students in a writing class I taught. Half of the students write in long-hand. I have a niece who wants to be a writer. She’s in her twenties and she writes in long-hand.

Me—my handwriting is so bad no one would be able to read it if I wrote in longhand.

7)      What project are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on Killer in the Band, the Lovers in Crime mystery coming out at the end of April, readers will get to know more about Joshua Thornton Jr (J.J.), Murphy’s identical twin brother. J.J. has graduated at the top of his class from law school and is returning home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to the Thornton’s shock and dismay, J.J. decides to move in with Suellen Russell, a lovely widow twice his age. The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. When a brutal killer strikes, the father and son must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the crosshairs of a murderer.


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  1. Good morning, Teresa! Thank you so much for inviting me to your site today for such a fun interview! It is great to be here and I look forward to meeting your followers. I'm sure they will enjoy CANCELLED VOWS.

    1. You are very welcome. Sounds like an amazing book.