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Julie Mulhern's The Deep End

Did you miss AVELYNN’s Facebook Cover Reveal Party? No problem! I’m going to be posting all the wonderful author interviews here on my blog!

Sitting down with Julie Mulhern …

I’d like to official welcome to the party my first guest author, Julie Mulhern!

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. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.

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Heather M O’Connor Tell us about your book, Julie.

Julie Mulhern I think I need to shrink my screen! My face looks GINORMOUS.

Marissa Campbell Lol, it’s a beautiful face!

Julie Mulhern Heather, my book is a murder mystery set in 1974 at a country club.

Julie Mulhern Marissa, I can see every wrinkle.

Julie Mulhern Heather, here’s the blurb:

Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.

It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.

As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?

Marissa Campbell Julie’s book!

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Julie Mulhern Don’t you love my cover? I can say that because I had nothing to do with its design…. sending Henery Press all sorts of love!

Marissa Campbell We are knee deep in snow here, Julie. That cover looks wonderful!

Heather M O’Connor Sounds fabulous! The Deep End is a great title. Such depth.

Julie Mulhern Inspired by the deep end of a pool…

Marissa Campbell How so?

Heather M O’Connor And getting in out of her depth. I love the double and triple entendre.

Julie Mulhern My heroine dives into a pool and swims into a body.

Julie Mulhern Heather. I love it when people get that!

Heather M O’Connor And not just any body… anybody…

Julie Mulhern Nope – the one body guaranteed to make her a murder suspect!

Margaret Madigan I love that it’s a cozy-ish/amateur sleuth mystery with some edge to it. And Ellison is fabulous.

Marissa Campbell I love her name too! Where does the name come from?

Julie Mulhern She might be the tiniest bit snarky, Margaret – nothing like me at all.

Margaret Madigan *snort* Whatever you say, Julie.

Julie Mulhern Marissa, I’ve known several Ellison’s in my life, all belonged to country clubs.

Marissa Campbell So, your heroine, Ellison … is she like you? What’s different? What do you admire in her?

Alison I love the cover. Sounds like a great read.

Julie Mulhern Ellison and I might share a certain level of SNARK but our lives are different.

Julie Mulhern First off, my husband does NOT frequent sex clubs….

Marissa Campbell A fact, you are probably thankful for.

Margaret Madigan Julie, I totally wanted to toss out some snark of my own there, but I held my tongue. You’re welcome.

Marissa Campbell What inspired you to write the book? Do you like reading mysteries?

Julie Mulhern Second, I’ve never run over a body with my car – hit someone, yes – actually put tire tracks on their shirt, no.

Marissa Campbell There’s a story in that! What happened?

Julie Mulhern I was only sixteen and not the best driver…he was mowing a lawn…

Margaret Madigan You were driving on the lawn?

Marissa Campbell Car on the road … man on his grass … continue!

Julie Mulhern Kid in the gutter starting the lawn mower…the kid walked away. My parents replaced the lawn mower.

Marissa Campbell Oh dear. Glad everyone was okay!

Julie Mulhern I spent the next month sitting in my room.

Monique Nadeau Massabki “The Deep End” sounds intriguing (and I will be getting my very own copy), but even I want to read the story you (should) will write about running over Lawn Mower Kid.

Julie Mulhern Monique just join us for a holiday dinner – it gets dredged up every year.

Marissa Campbell lol

Monique Nadeau Massabki All the good stories do.

Marissa Campbell What draws you to mysteries, Julie?

Julie Mulhern The story gets funnier every year – just ask my husband. He’s heard it 20+ times now.

Julie Mulhern Marissa, haven’t you ever wanted to kill someone?

Margaret Madigan Oh wow. Scary answer, Julie.

Julie Mulhern Bwahahahaha

Margaret Madigan Remind me to stay on your good side.

Monique Nadeau Massabki Note to self…No negative reviews for Julie Mulhern.

Julie Mulhern I love mysteries for the puzzles. I love writing them because I can seriously torture people I never liked.

Rachael Stapleton Killing on paper is the best form. I do all my murdering between this pages as well. This book looks awesome, Julie!

Margaret Madigan She might hunt you down and run over you while you’re mowing your lawn. hehe.

Julie Mulhern Thanks, Rachael!

Monique Nadeau Massabki All joking aside, that was probably the best answer to that question. And I’ll take the plunge and admit ‘Yes. Every day. Yes.’

Julie Mulhern I can drive to N.D., Margeret. Beware!

Rachael Stapleton I was going to say between the sheets but I knew Marissa would take it somewhere else.

Julie Mulhern You gotta watch out for Marissa.

Margaret Madigan She comes across as all sweet and innocent, but she’s not.

Alison Yes, definitely have to watch out for Marissa.

Heather M O’Connor Starting to write my first mystery soon. Any tips you’d like to share?

Monique Nadeau Massabki Do you have another victim lined up for another novel, Julie?

Julie Mulhern Hmmm, Heather. Tips? I work backward. I know who did it and why and then I start writing.

Monique Nadeau Massabki And please don’t pick me.

Marissa Campbell lol

Julie Mulhern Monique, my second book releases in October and poor Ellison finds a body under the stands during a high school football game.

Margaret Madigan Bahahaha! Funny, Monique.

Dale Long Julie, that’s the same reason. I write horror. Plus, there is that thrill of having no boundaries, of writing on the edge. Agatha Christie was one of my favourites and inspirations. You’re a great cheerleader on. #1lineWed.

Heather M O’Connor What was the hardest part of writing the book?

Julie Mulhern Still working on the third book – I’m thinking poison? I’d like to title it, Clouds in My Coffee….anyone up for another ear worm?

Heather M O’Connor Ooh! I like that! Clouds in my Coffee–poison is such a great way to kill someone.

Julie Mulhern Heather, the hardest part for me is the middle, when I hate it and there’s a bright shiny idea waiting to be written. The key is to ignore the idea and finish the damn book.

Heather M O’Connor “What’s your poison?” LOL

Heather M O’Connor Oh, I am right with you on that! Messy, muddy, muddy middles.

Julie Mulhern I haven’t decided. I’d better hope no one poisons my husband because my recent internet searches would land me in jail.

Marissa Campbell I hate middles!

Heather M O’Connor I have a file on my desktop called “How to slit a throat”

A.b. Funkhauser I love middles. They get me into so much trouble. Usually, a side character starts a hijack.

Cryssa Bazos Hi, Julie. Nice to see you on FB instead of just Twitter. Just reading the part where you hit someone at 16. This is one of my fears when I’m backing out with my car.

A.b. Funkhauser I don’t recommend throat slitting. Impossible to remove blood traces.

A.b. Funkhauser Julie. Tell us a secret.

Heather M O’Connor It came from a great Facebook discussion with about a dozen other writers. We were brainstorming and problem-solving for someone. Had to save it. It was invaluable research and less messy than the firsthand kind. But I had to add the title of the book to the file name. I didn’t want any hard feelings or misunderstandings.

Julie Mulhern Cryssa – me too! Aside from the neighborhood kid – yes, he lived down the street – I’ve managed to avoid hitting humans.

Julie Mulhern A secret, A.b. I have no secrets. Not one. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Margaret Madigan Besides, if you told it then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

A.b. Funkhauser But you write fiction, so nothing you say is nonfiction.

Julie Mulhern A.b. since we’re talking murder, my mind goes immediately to pretty little liars…. DO YOU HAVE A SECRET?

A.b. Funkhauser Dozens!

Julie Mulhern Spill…

A.b. Funkhauser I, too, write fiction and am therefore incapable of telling the truth.

A.b. Funkhauser When I was young, someone tried to recruit me as a professional escort.

A.b. Funkhauser As opposed to an unprofessional escort.

Julie Mulhern Actually – I think writers are better at telling the truth than anyone…big truths, universal truths.

Heather M O’Connor And big lies, universal lies, too.

A.b. Funkhauser Lies are great. They mislead the audience and frame the set up for the BIG SURPRISE.

Marissa Campbell I’d like to thank Julie for coming out to play!

A.b. Funkhauser Thanks, Julie!

Monique Nadeau Massabki We had a great time, too, Julie. Thank you for letting us into your world (and not killing us…yet).

Julie Mulhern Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. This has been great fun!

Marissa Campbell She is giving away an ebook of The Deep End!

Marissa Campbell Drum roll …..

Marissa Campbell Alison YOU’RE A WINNER!

Margaret Madigan Thanks for tolerating us, Julie! Congrats Alison!

Alison Thanks that is so exciting. Yay me and thanks, Julie.

Nicki These bios sound so interesting, now I feel my life is boring, lol. Maybe I should write a book.

Marissa Campbell Nicki Lou your life would make a great book! Happily ever after! xoxo

Laura Beautiful and Smart! How lucky can an author get? I have always wanted to write a book, but lack the talent to make it happen. Congratulations, Julie!

Nicki Lol thanks Marissa. Yeah a bit of everything. Can’t be published until I die.

Nicki Beautiful and smart!

Marissa Campbell Want more Julie? Find more about her here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/juliemulhern/

Website: www.juliemulhern.com

 

 

The BIG Reveal!

I give you the cover to my debut historical fiction, AVELYNN!

Coming September 8th, 2015!Avelynn by Marissa Campbell

Here’s a little something about the book: 😀

One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut.

869. For eighteen years, Avelynn, the beautiful and secretly pagan daughter of the Ealdorman of Somerset, has lived in an environment of love, acceptance, and equality. Somerset has flourished under twenty years of peace. But with whispers of war threatening their security, Avelynn’s father makes an uncompromising decision that changes her life forever.

Forced into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status, Avelynn’s perception of independence is shattered. With marriage looming, she turns to her faith, searching for answers in an ancient ritual along the coast, only to find Alrik The Blood-Axe and sixty Viking berserkers have landed.

In a year of uncertainty that sees Avelynn discover hidden powers, stumble into a passionate love affair with Alrik, and lead men into battle, Avelynn must walk a fine line as her deceptions mount and Demas’ tactics to possess her become more desperate and increasingly brutal.

Avelynn and Alrik are caught in the throes of fate as they struggle to find the way back to themselves and onwards to each other.

AVELYNN Day 6 Cover Reveal Countdown!

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ONE HOUR and counting!

JOIN the event! Win LOTS of prizes! Every comment earns an entry for the giveaway that hour. Come in your pyjamas, in your underwear, heck, you’re welcome to hang out in your birthday suit! It’s all happening on Facebook, and it starts in less than an hour.

Here is your Day 6 AVELYNN Cover Reveal Countdown Teaser! (This one is EASY) Hope you’ve been keeping track.

Pop over to the party for your chance to win!

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

Day 4 AVELYNN Cover Reveal Countdown

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Day 4 AVELYNN Cover Reveal Countdown Teaser:

Since it’s my $50 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs, it’s time to crank this game up a notch. 😉 Find the hidden word in the picture (above). Jot down all the clues and bring them to my Facebook Party Sunday March 8th, 2015, for your chance to win.

In addition to the gift card, I have author friends joining me all day long! Pop in and comment for your chance to win one of the many prizes each hour! GIVEAWAYS all day long! Fun starts at 12:00pm EST!

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

Day 2: Countdown to Cover Reveal Party with Friends

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Good morning, everyone!

It’s day 2 of the Cover Reveal Countdown with Friends cover tease for my debut historical fiction! Collect the words in the puzzle images and enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Join me and my friends on Facebook Sunday March 8th for lots of author giveaways and loads of fun! 😀 Party starts at noon!

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

AVELYNN Cover Reveal & Publication Countdown Party!

Secret word "Campbell"
Secret word “Campbell”

AVELYNN is coming! September 8th, 2015!

In celebration of this awesome feat, I am having a Facebook 6 month countdown to publication party this Sunday (March 8th) with guest authors and the BIG reveal of the cover! For the next 5 days I’m going to give you a tease – a tiny piece of the cover with one word hidden in the image. Collect the words and bring the list to the Countdown Party. Get them all right and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

But that’s not all! My guest authors will be giving away free copies of their books, and/or gift cards for anyone who comments! Giveaways EVERY hour! As a bonus, anyone who signs up for my author newsletter list (Top Right Corner of the Webpage!) not only receives my sexy, short story Italian Delicacy, but will automatically be entered to win a signed copy of AVELYNN! (September 2015).
Pop over to the Facebook events page and JOIN!
In gratitude,
Marissa xo

Let's Make a Deal!

New Historical Fiction by Marissa Campbell
New Historical Fiction by Marissa Campbell

I am thrilled to announce that Avelynn will be published in the fall of 2015 by St. Martin’s Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books. Gratitude and much love and respect to my wonderful agent, Margaret Bail, of  Inklings Literary Agency.

As a reminder, here’s a little ditty all about Avelynn. Can’t wait to see it on the shelves!

Avelynn wants equality. She wants love, respect, and the freedom to choose her life and follow her pagan faith. Unfortunately, she lives in Anglo-Saxon England.

It is the year 869, and Somerset has flourished under twenty years of peace. But with the whisper of war against the Vikings threatening their security, Avelynn’s father makes an uncompromising decision forcing her into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status.

As tension mounts between her unwavering convictions and Demas’s ambitions, Avelynn stumbles into a passionate affair with Alrik the Bloodaxe, a Viking warlord. In a summer of awakening passion, Avelynn finds the love and respect she craves, while Demas’s tactics to possess her become more desperate and increasingly brutal.

Avelynn challenges the country’s most powerful men, disregards the Christian church, leads an army into battle, and faces Alrik on the battlefield. Passion and desire come at a high cost and through her inexorable choices and actions, Avelynn risks losing everything she values most.

Set within the social and political turmoil of Alfred the Great’s England, Avelynn brings the Dark Ages to light and illuminates one woman’s passionate struggle to fight for what she believes in.

Join me for a wonderful journey into ninth century England and on the road to publishing!

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

 

Vikings are Sexy!

Raven's Blood by Marissa Campbell
Raven’s Blood by Marissa Campbell

A little Viking foreplay … a peak from Raven’s Blood … Enjoy 😀

By the time the wine was finished, I was feeling warm and languid. “You’ve been to Francia and Ireland … but where is home?”

“I am from Västergarn, Gotland, an island off the eastern coast of Sweden. My Grandfather is Jarl there.” He leaned against the log, the fire between us. “And you are from England.”

“I live a day’s ride from here. It was quite the adventure to meet you this evening.” I proceeded to tell him about Ealhswith and her daring plan to help me with my deception.

“I am forever in her debt.” He poked the fire with a stick, sending a procession of hot, orange embers floating upwards. “I hadn’t thought of the means necessary for you to meet me. I was focused solely on what it took to make my way back to you.”

It hadn’t occurred to me there would be challenges for him either, but I felt rather pleased with the notion that he had gone to some length to see me again. “What could possibly stop a Viking from getting what he wants?”

The distance between us evaporated, and he pulled me onto his lap, my skirt rucked up to my waist, his intentions hard and clear beneath me.

“Nothing,” he said and proved it.