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Coming Soon–A Novel and a Short Story

Over the next two weeks, I am going to PUSH to get the editing finished on the novel, so that I can put it into the hands of an editor. Also, I have a 8,000 word short story that I also want to release about the same time as the novel as a $.99 special on Amazon.com.

The short story is titled “Strange.” I am thinking of a marketing teaser that goes something like this:

Everything in this story is strange, from the name of the town to the personality of the male character to the abnormal fear of the female character to the strangely fatal  miscommunication between them.

If you were a reader, how would that strike you? Does it make you curious about the content? Are you tempted to read the story? Let me hear from you. Your feedback is helpful to me. Thanks.

My goal for getting the short story onto Amazon.com is the end of June. There is much to do between now and then. I’ll share my learning curve–and mistakes–with you. Better you learn from my mistakes than have to make your own.

There will be cover art to commission, editing and formatting to accomplish, and finally uploading the manuscript. Then comes the marketing. If I come across as a little overwhelmed in the next few weeks, the impression will be accurate.


Lauren Carr Tour Schedule Press Release
Visit Lauren Carr’s website for tour schedule
Dead on Ice Virtual Book Tour Launches Monday, November 19!
November 19-December 14
You can’t be a true author without going on tour. So, once again, with a new book, Dead on Ice, released September 1, Lauren is striking out across cyberspace. This is your invitation to join her on tour, coordinated by Pump Up Your Book Tours. Click on the banner to visit her website for the schedule and check in each day from November 19-December 14 for interviews, giveaways, and insight into the mind of this middle-aged wife, mother, chauffeur, and mystery writer. You’ll have fun! That’s a guarantee.Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime). It features Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and his new love, Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

Dead on Ice (A Lovers in Crime Mystery)

by Lauren Carr by Acorn Book Services
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2012-08-22

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In this Lovers in Crime Mystery, spunky Pennsylvania State Homicide Detective Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, when her body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to Cameron’s lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was found in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too-because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

In her new series, Lauren Car teams up her first literary detective with a new and exciting partner. Homicide Detective Cameron Gates has a spunky personality that’s a perfect complement to Joshua Thornton’s logical and responsible nature.

“Readers of my first series kept asking when I would bring back Joshua Thornton,” Carr explained. “However, they are going to find that single father Joshua Thornton is not in the same place since we left him in A Reunion to Die For. His children are grown. He’s more independent, and he’s ready for some romance and adventure. That’s where Cameron Gates comes in.”

With that, Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates strike out to explore the mysteries of both murder and love!


Dead on Ice Book Trailer
Dead on Ice Book Trailer

Here’s what Reviewers are saying about Dead on Ice

Mystery and Suspense Galore

I love reading mystery, suspenseful books! When I read the synopsis for Dead on Ice, I knew immediately that I wanted to read this book! Dead on Ice includes romance, mystery, suspense, and murder! When your past catches up to you, you have no choice to but to face it.

We first meet Joshua Thornton in court, who is up against his own cousin Albert. Even after the case is heard, they are still friendly with each other. Later, Albert is found dead. We soon meet Cameron Gates, the homicide detective, who is dating Joshua. Cameron and Joshua work together to solve his death. As they both dig deeper, they discover more dead bodies, secrets and lies that come to light in their investigation.

The whole town’s history comes back to the present and everyone is forced to face how they behaved. Some characters have not changed, while others have moved on and grew up.

Dead on Ice kept me guessing until the very end. Dead on Ice is certainly a page turner. I read this book in less than two days!

Reviewer: Stephanie Fratta, Beauty Brite

Exciting New Series for Lovers of Crime

I’ve had the pleasure of reading the Mac Faraday series and also the Joshua Thornton mysteries, so I was excited hear the author decided to create a new series just for Joshua, Hancock County’s Prosecuting Attorney and Cameron Gates, a homicide detective for the Pennsylvania State Police. The two met on a previous case, and it’s good to see that they are now going to be working together in the Lover’s in Crime mystery series.

The story actually begins many years ago when eighteen-year-old Angie disappears following an evening at the local roller skating rink. The year? 1978.

Years later, Cheryl Smith, the prime suspect in Angie’s disappearance, is found in an abandoned freezer at the home of Joshua’s recently deceased cousin. Cheryl, now known as Cherry Pickens, spent many years in the pornographic industry. How her body ended up in this location prompts another look into the original unsolved case so many years ago.

What Cameron and Joshua find are a trail of lies, deceit, murder and cover-up, as they search for the truth.

This novel has more twists and turns than I’ve seen in a while, but it all adds up to an interesting and unexpected reveal. Many more people are involved in the original disappearance than first expected, and it seems everyone has their own secrets. Trying to unravel the truth from the twisted lies that have remained hidden for so long leads the investigators on quite an interesting chase.

Family and friends of the couple help lighten the mood and provide a homey feel to the story. It will be interesting to see where Carr takes the two next. Although the Mac Faraday series is still my favorite by this author, this new duo has the possibility of ranking a close second.

Review: Edie Dykeman, Mystery Editor, Belleonline Reviews

About Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder, have all been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers.

Lauren Carr, author & publisher

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

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 two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Visit Lauren’s websites and blog at:

E-Mail: writerlaurencarr@comcast.net

Website: http://acornbookservices.com/


Blog: Literary Wealth: http://literarywealth.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lauren.carr.984991

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Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie