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Christine Presents ~ Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

Please welcome Julie Mulhern author of Guaranteed to Bleed.

Julie Mulhern will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Guaranteed to Bleed

by Julie Mulhern

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GENRE: Mystery

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I give full credit to my seventh grade teacher, Dottie McCord, who suggested I should be a writer. She planted a seed that took many years to grow.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

My books are set in the 70s, a time before cell phones, personal computers, and the internet. They take place in and around the country club district in Kansas City, where I’m from. The Deep End (book one) came to be because I thought it might be fun to take an insular group of people, reveal a few naughty secrets and watch the fall-out. The secrets in Guaranteed to Bleed are tragic but the same sense of time, place and snark exists.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have signed a contract with my publisher for another six Country Club Murders and next year, The Deep End will be translated and sold in Italy. I’m trying to convince my husband of the necessity of an Italian book tour. No luck yet…

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’d be Max be the dog. Max has no secrets. No one ever tries to kill him. He eats. He sleeps. He chases squirrels. What a life!

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I am in a critique group and I thank my lucky stars each and every day for Sally and Madonna. They are the first sets of eyes that see each chapter. Their advice is invaluable.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I wrote a romance. I got an agent. The agent sent out my manuscript. I got rejections. Lots of rejections. A year’s worth of rejections. Somewhere along that rejection line, I decided to try my hand at writing a mystery. In late 2013, I began The Deep End. My agent sent it out in the spring of 2014. On June 19th—I remember because it was my birthday—I got the call. Best birthday present ever! I know submitting to an agent or a publisher is a big step, but if a writer wants to get their stories in readers’ hands it’s a necessary step. And rejection isn’t always a bad thing. There were generous editors along the way who offered their opinions on my romance. Those opinions made me a better story-teller.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I write to plot points. In general, I know the BIG things that are going to happen. I just don’t know what happens in between until I sit down to write.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Right now, I am finishing up book three of the Country Club Murders. It’s called Clouds in my Coffee. The gala that’s hinted at in the first two books takes place. It’s too bad someone is murdered…

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress? Living or dead?

I love Steve McQueen and Daniel Craig…I know, I know. As for actresses – I adore Meryl Streep, especially in The Devil Wears Prada. I swear she was channeling Frances from the Country Club Murders.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

In Guaranteed to Bleed, Ellison must make a gut-wrenching choice. To tell you about it would spoil the mystery but rest assured it a choice that would make anyone think long and hard about consequences.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I love and adore Project Runway. There’s something about throwing a bunch of creative people together and making them compete that is compelling…and I like the clothes.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?

The upside of writing a series is that I know my characters’ personalities like the back of my hand. The downside is that I forget their eye colors, their middle names, their maiden names, their children’s names… Thank God for excel sheets.

BLURB:

With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”

Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.

Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.

Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.

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EXCERPT:

The nurse led me to a room with real walls, paused outside the real door, then offered me a gentle pat on the shoulder. “Is there someone I can call to come pick you up?”

I shook my head. Libba was taking care of Grace. I’d talked to them both, assured a teary Grace I was fine and promised to be home soon. Calling any of my other friends would mean a lengthy explanation. I had only one explanation in me and it was reserved for the police. “No, thank you.”

“Not your husband?”

“I’m a widow.”

She sucked in a breath. “I’m sorry.”

I wasn’t. Even if he was still alive, it was unlikely Henry would have gone to thetrouble of picking me up from the hospital. “Thank you for offering. When I’m done, I’ll call a cab.”

I smoothed the loose folds of my shirt. Why did I never talk to the police looking polished or put together? Then I entered the room.

Detective Anarchy Jones sat at the table inside.

My feet stopped moving forward, my intestines defied the laws of science and turned from solid to liquid in the time it took me to blink. My knees no longer seemed strong enough to support me. Only my mouth continued to function. “What are you doing here?” I lifted my unbandaged hand to cover it before it said anything else.

Detective Jones stood. A smile that webbed the corners of his eyes and quirked his lips ghosted across his lean face. “The usual. Investigating a murder where you found the body.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/juliemulhern/

Website: www.juliemulhern.com

Guaranteed to Bleed buy links:

Amazon – http://hyperurl.co/agtq4j

Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/1MzJzBl

iBooks – http://apple.co/1KfPitl

Kobo – http://bit.ly/1KcOZBS

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Julie Mulhern will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1310

 

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13 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 2, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. julieinkc
    November 2, 2015

    Thank you for hosting me today!

  3. Mai Tran
    November 2, 2015

    Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?

  4. achristay
    November 2, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Betty W
    November 2, 2015

    Sounds intriguing-thank you for sharing!

  6. Eva Millien
    November 2, 2015

    I enjoyed the excerpt and interview, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  7. Victoria
    November 2, 2015

    Great post – I enjoyed reading the excerpt and interview. Thanks for sharing.

  8. bn100
    November 2, 2015

    nice excerpt

  9. Cali W.
    November 2, 2015

    Thanks for the giveaway! ❤ I like the excerpt.

  10. Betty W
    November 3, 2015

    I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

  11. nikolina84
    November 3, 2015

    Enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  12. Ree Dee
    December 14, 2015

    I really enjoyed the interview, the blurb and the excerpt! I can’t wait to learn more. Thank you!

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