Friday, July 29, 2011

Laura DiSilverio, Guest Blogger

Laura DiSilverio is not new to the mystery field, but I only "discovered" her with the  publication of her new book, Die Buying. The amateur sleuth sounded a little different, so I asked Laura to write a guest post for us. I hope you'll welcome her to the blog today.



A heroine who used to be in the military?  A sidekick grandfather who is a retired CIA operative?  Sounds more like a thriller than a cozy mystery, some might say.
Not so fast.  Emma-Joy “EJ” Ferris enlisted in the Air Force as an act of teenage rebellion against her Hollywood-liberal parents and was medically retired in her twenties when her leg got shredded by an IED in Afghanistan.  Now she’s a mall security officer with not even a taser or a bottle of pepper spray, never mind a gun, to subdue shoplifters and vandals at the Fernglen Galleria in Vernonville, Virginia.  That might be okay on an average day, but an animal rights group recently “liberated” all the reptiles, including a 15-foot python, from the Herpetology Hut, and a murderer left a dead body in a boutique window.
As if EJ’s life isn’t complicated enough, her 83-year-old Grandpa Atherton buys spy gadgets off the Internet and uses them to spy on mall customers and merchants, resulting in complaints that make EJ’s professional life awkward, to say the least.  Her best friend Kyra, a roller derby enthusiast, encourages EJ to investigate the murders, she has the boss from Hades, and EJ’s cat Fubar insists on littering her house with dead rodents.
So, in DIE BUYING, the first in my Mall Cop series, EJ must come to terms with the fact that her disability makes it unlikely she’ll ever get a “real” police job, keep her grandpa out of trouble, deal with body image issues as a result of her injured leg, help her hero-worshiping co-worker Joel lose a few pounds so he can get a girlfriend, and catch a murderer.
I have fun writing this series because I like infusing a cozy mystery with new elements and lots of humor.  EJ has a little more crime scene related knowledge than most cozy heroines (such as the ladies of Violetta’s Salon in the Southern Beauty Shop series I write as Lila Dare), but she doesn’t have access to any of the tools cops use to solve cases:  no cop databases, no legal authorities, no forensic capabilities.  She works in a mall which is a setting just made for laughs.  How many times have you visited the mall and not seen or heard something funny?  A ludicrous product in one of those kiosks that turn the halls into obstacle courses (Egyptian hookahs, anyone?), an outfit that makes you gasp, an unintelligible conversation between teenage girls?   (I have two teenage girls and, let me tell you, using the word “unintelligible” is probably redundant.)
I hope you have as much fun reading DIE BUYING as I had writing it.  I’m donating the profits from this book to the Wounded Warrior Project that helps injured veterans because EJ’s a vet and my husband and I are both veterans and it’s important to care for the military members who sacrificed so much for this country. 
Many thanks to Lesa for inviting me to post on her excellent blog today.
Please visit my website, http://www.lauradisilverio.com/  to learn more about my books, or “Like” me on Facebook.   http://www.facebook.com/LauraDiSilverio

Thank you, Laura. I hope that summary will encourage readers to try Die Buying. Thanks for taking time to write for us. And, good luck with the book, and the series!

Die Buying by Laura DiSilverio. Penguin Group (USA), ©2011. ISBN 9780425242735 (paperback), 288p.

21 comments:

Laura DiSilverio said...

Hi everyone,

I'll be in and out throughout the day to respond to any comments or questions. Thanks, Lesa, for hosting me!

Beth Hoffman said...

This sounds like a fun read!

How lovely that profits will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Laura DiSilverio said...

Thanks for stopping by, Beth. It's a cause my husband and I both believe in. They do great work. If anyone isn't familiar with WWP, you can check them out at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .

Lesa said...

Laura,

I'm so glad you're stopping in off and on today. I'm going to be in a workshop all morning, so once I leave for work, I won't be around until late this afternoon. Thanks for chatting with the readers! And, thanks for a terrific post.

Janet said...

This is one I've really been looking forward to reading because I love the books in both of the other series so much. Here in Eugene books sometimes get put out early, so I'll be looking out for it tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest.

Laura DiSilverio said...

Hi Janet--Thanks for the kind words! I'm actually heading to the Oregon beach on vacation and can't wait to get there. I won't get to Eugene, but I'll check out Powell's and Murder by the Book in Portland!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Hey Laura! (and Lesa!) Wow--I can't believe all you do.
TO be an author you have to be so disciplined--did being in the military help you with that? Or did you go into the military because you were already organized, focused and disciplined? (And that's a big compliment..)

xxo

Laura DiSilverio said...

YOU can't believe all I do? You hold down a full-time job on top of all your writing/promoting responsibilities. Anyway, to answer your question, I think I was attracted to the military both because it was familiar (my father was career AF) and because I have always been organized and disciplined. Thanks for asking, Hank!

Kari Wainwright said...

I'm so happy to have the chance to read another book by Laura. I'm a total fan of her work, both as Laura and as Lila.

I, too, can't believe how she can write so many books and yet have them all be so funny, as well as touching.

I'm off to buy the book right now.

Kari Wainwright said...

Oops, Amazon told me I already preordered the book. Too bad I can't order more memory as well. Sigh!

Laura DiSilverio said...

Hi Kari--LOL! Thanks for pre-ordering and wanting to re-order DB. I'm so glad you enjoy my books. (I know what you mean about needing more memory . . . the closer I get to 50, the less memory I seem to have.)

Lesa said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! I'm glad you could stop in during the day, Laura. I appreciate it. It makes a difference when readers know the author will read their comments.

Laura DiSilverio said...

Happy to do it. It's been fun.

Liz V. said...

Caught by surprise by revelation that you write the Southern Beauty Shop series, as well as authoring Die Buying. So enjoyed Violetta and her daughter and friends in Tressed to Kill and Polished Off. Is Violetta going to sell?

Go Air Force!

Laura DiSilverio said...

Violetta will never sell! Next one is DIE JOB and it comes out in Feb 2012. (And, in case you missed them, I write the Swift Investigations series about two mistmatched female PIs in Colorado Springs. The first one is SWIFT JUSTICE and the next one, SWIFT EDGE, comes out in Dec of this year.)

Absolutely go Air Force!

Liz V. said...

Definitely will look for Swift investgations.

Karen said...

I've been away from reading mysteries for awhile and since I've found Lesa's blogspot I have been introduced to a lot of new to me books and authors - what fun! I love the sound of Die Buying - and the cat's name is just perfect. I'm adding Die Buying to my TBR list. Thanks for a great post.

Lesa said...

Thanks for a great post, Laura. I loved the conversation you generated today. I hope that means good things for Die Buying! Good luck with it, and thank you, again.

Laura DiSilverio said...

Hi Karen--Sorry to get back to you late, but I go to bed early. I hope you enjoy Die Buying and like Fubar. (Not everyone realizes what his name means--Are you/were you in the military?)

Karen said...

Laura - I have never been a part of the military, although they have my greatest respect and admiration. I'm one of those people who wear their hearts on their sleeve regarding the military and tend to get teary eyed at even the commercials!

I knew what the name meant from reading so many books with military heroes - mostly romantic suspense up to now.

Thanks for the response!

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