Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Merit Badge Murder on Sale March 28-April 3!


Thank you so much for hosting me today, Meredith! My name is Leslie Langtry and I'm the author of the Bombay Family of Assassin Series and most recently, Merry Wrath Mysteries. I've been writing contemporary, humorous cozy mysteries for ten years now. 

I came to writing later in life than most (because I'm kind of lazy). I'd been writing since the 2nd grade, but didn't actually attempt a book until I was 38. And I didn't sell a book until I was 40 - and even that was my fourth novel (the first three will never, ever see the light of day because they are AWFUL – I should probably destroy those disks if I can find them).
My first book was 'SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY, a mystery about Gin Bombay - who's family business has been assassination (of baddies only) since 2000 BCE. Even that character was older - a widowed mom in her late 30's. I liked writing a heroine that age, because Chick Lit was huge then and most characters were in their 20's, tottering around on stilettos and drinking soy lattes. I couldn’t relate to that because 1) stilettos hurt my feet, and 2) I’m not even sure what a soy latte is.

Currently, at a few months away from 50, my Merry Wrath series is about to welcome it's 3rd book - MARSHMALLOW S'MORE MURDER - which comes out on March 29. The first book - MERIT BADGE MURDER is on sale for 99c, now through April 3. 

Merry Wrath is an 'accidentally' outed CIA spy who retires to Who's There, Iowa to run a Girl Scout troop. This is a fun series for me to write because I am from a small town in Iowa (Hello DeWitt!) and I had a Girl Scout troop for ten years. And believe me, those girls gave me LOTS of material.

I write the kind of things I like to read: cozy mysteries that make me laugh. Why? Because life is too short not to have a little fun now and then.  Why cozy mystery? Well,  Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot were my idols growing up - which made me seem strange to the other girls who worshiped Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garrett (for you kids out there - they were the equivalent of Justin Bieber and One Direction).  I spent most of my childhood with a book in my hands - something that drove my mom nuts, especially in summer when she thought I should be outside playing (which, now that I have kids of my own, I totally get now). 

The people I know figure heavily into my books. Besides the girls in my own troop, I've cast neighbors, friends and family as characters in my stories. Some of them know that - others don't. Some people mistakenly think that I've used them for characterization, such as the PTA President of my kids' elementary school - who was worried that the villain PTA President I'd written in one of my books was her. It wasn't. Actually, that villain is from someone else in my past who I refer to as She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named. And no, I won't tell you who she was. Suffice it to say she was horrid.

If you take advantage of the current sale of MERIT BADGE MURDER – I hope you enjoy it. And I hope it gives you a few laughs and a chance to escape. After all, you deserve a little fun now and then too!

Leslie Langtry
Bestselling Author of 
THE BOMBAY FAMILY OF ASSASSINS Series 
& MERRY WRATH MYSTERIES, 
with MARSHMALLOW S'MORE MURDER coming 3/29!

Merry Wrath Mysteries book #1 
When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidently" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her—Iowa. Instead of black bag drops in Bangkok, she now spends her time leading a young Girl Scout troop. But Merry's new simple life turns not-so-simple when an enemy agent shows up dead at scout camp. Suddenly Merry is forced to deal with her former life in order to preserve her future one. 

It doesn't help matters that the CIA sends in her former, sexy handler to investigate…or that the hot new neighbor across the street turns out to be the local detective in charge of her case. And when Merry is forced to take on a roommate in the voluptuous form of a turned KGB agent/bimbo, things become trickier than wet work in Waukegan or cookie sales in the spring. Nothing in the CIA or Girl Scouts' training manuals has prepared her for what comes next…
BUY LINKS:

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this series. Your sense of humor is the best. I too am a former Girl Scout leader.Mari Hinton

Leslie Langtry said...

Thank you Mari! I love hearing from other Girl Scout aficionados! I miss those days!

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