Guaranteed to Bleed
by Julie Mulhern
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication Date: October 13, 2015)
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.
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.”
Interview with the Author
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I’m a Kansas City native so it’s really no surprise that I set my Country Club Murders in my hometown. Yes, I belong to a country club. No, the characters aren’t real people. Except for Max the dog. Max is based entirely on my dog, Sam.
Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I wrote two YA clunkers. An agent suggested my voice might be better suited to adult fiction so I wrote a historical romance and got myself an agent. That book was on submission all of 2013. I needed something to think about and the romance wasn’t selling, so I wrote a mystery, The Deep End. In 2014, both books sold in three-book deals.
Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
I adore Janet Evanovich and Gretchen Archer for humor. Pat Conroy for the way he uses language. Allison Brennan for pacing.
What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I have a full-time job so I get up early to write. Every single day. On weekends, when my kids are asleep, I can write for hours. A typical day also includes work, trying to figure out what’s for dinner, and hopefully at least a few minutes to read.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
When I’m writing a mystery I figure out who did it and why, then work my way backwards. In Guaranteed to Bleed there are two murders and the reader must decide if one is justifiable. It was a fun book to write.
What do you have planned next for your Country Club Murders series?
The next book, Clouds in my Coffee, will release in May. I’ve signed a contract for an additional six books so Ellison and the gang will be around for a long time.
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.