Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Few Dead Men




A Few Dead Men – a Chick Dick Mystery launches on March 1st!

Life has dealt part-time mystery novelist Darcy MacDonald a lousy hand. The men she knows are either missing, dead, drunk or demented. Lying next to the corpse of her boyfriend, the head of Bloodhound Investigations, definitely qualifies as lousy since he’s the man who also issues her paychecks. The doctor says her boss had a massive heart attack during an orgasm, and it wasn’t Darcy’s fault. But she can’t help feeling guilty, since his orgasms were her responsibility. Or so she believed, until his grieving widow shows up, along with a mysterious, punk rocker chick who weeps inconsolably at the funeral and claims he was murdered. 

People often ask what inspires an author to write a book. In the case of A Few Dead Men - a Chick Dick Mystery, inspiration was easy. 

I used my youngest daughter's disastrous dating history. 

The 'dead men' in the novel are composites of every boyfriend and/or bad date she's ever had. Believe me, there was lots of material to choose from. There's the commitment-phobe, the deadbeat who lives in his mother's basement, the married man who forgets to mention his non-single status and the guy who whips out a calculator at dinner so he can figure out how to split the bill, including tax and tip, even though he issued the dinner invitation. 

I could have mentioned her first dates with the guy who got so hammered he fell out of his chair, or the guy who boasted that he had a big 'package', but hey, I didn't have room for all those characters. I didn't want to go over 100,000 words.

I also had a little help from He's Just Not That Into You, the best-selling book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (much better than the movie of the same name, in my opinion). Some of the scenarios in there were jaw-dropping. Apparently men will do just about anything to avoid telling a girl the truth about their feelings and what they want out of a relationship. 

It makes a person wonder who's raising these men. And who's raising these women to put up with these men?
These are some of the central questions in A Few Dead Men, along with a mystery (of course) since I'm all about mysteries. 

A Few Dead Men - a Chick Dick Mystery is available March 1st at the following online retailers:
Smashwords
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Chapters/Indigo/Kobo
(Purchase links to follow)

Author Bio
Nancy Lauzon worked nine years on a hospital ward as a cardiac nurse before the night shifts turned her into a zombie. She got a day job in health promotion and began to write health-related articles for magazines and newsletters.

Life threw out a few curve balls, and to relieve the stress, she began to write fiction part-time. Five years later she sold two different manuscripts to two separate small-press publishers, using a pseudonym. She retired from nursing in 2003 and began to write full-time.

She is now the author of four Chick Dick Mystery novels, inspired by her early love of Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Nancy lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Visit her website http://chickdickmysteries.com


Coming soon to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Chapters/Indigo.

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5 comments:

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness, this book sounds absolutely hilarious. In a few years I might have some bad dating inspiration from my daughters' selections too.

Best of luck with your book,

Cheryl

Nancy Lauzon said...

Thanks, Cheryl! This book seemed to write itself :)

Nancy

Kathleen Kaska said...

Maybe your books should be passed out to a few of those bad boyfriends.

Nancy Lauzon said...

Hey, now there's an idea. Although I'm not even sure they'd recognize themselves. That kind never does!

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