Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things," by Nancy Tesler

Two things suburban mom and biofeedback stress reduction therapist, Carrie Carlin knows:

1) your body believes everything you tell it, and

2) she is telling hers that her life isn’t worth living…

…because on Christmas Eve, the day after her fortieth birthday, her husband of eighteen years flies the coop with a young, drop-dead gorgeous wicked witch.

Carrie can’t eat. She hardly sleeps. When she does, her dreams are nightmares fraught with deadly specters. Her waking fantasies are equally lethal. When the bimbo is found conked over the head and tossed in the family’s half-filled pool on the very afternoon Carrie has been spying on her, Carrie’s fight-or-flight response goes into orbit as she finds herself topping Homicide Detective Ted Brodsky’s suspect list. The scandal sheets go wild, Carrie's clients start canceling appointments, her ten-year-old son is forced to fight for her honor at school, her preteen daughter vows never to marry, and the family dog develops bladder problems. Something has to be done and it seems Carrie is going to have to do it.

Now the single mom turned sleuth is on the run, finding out shocking secrets about her ex, her friends, and even her clients--as a killer targets her....

“Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things” is Book One in the five-book bestselling “Other Deadly Things” series. It is on sale for .99 for a limited time only.

Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin series Book 1), by Nancy Tesler
Price: $2.99 $0.99 (save 67%)
224 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 116 reviews

"Nancy Tesler is author of one of the most original and brilliant series featuring an amateur female detective…. To the format of the traditional detective novel Tesler brings emotional integrity and a deep sense of humor that few other writers possess….This is a novel of real quality….As a debut in a packed and competitive field, “Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things” is way out front.” –Female Detective.com

Carrie is a clever, slightly neurotic heroine whose personal life is in disarray–the kind of heroine that Susan Isaacs might put in a mystery…. Fortunately, the detective on the case finds Carrie’s inept assistance charming and together the two make a fine team.” – Publishers Weekly

“If you like loveable, dysfunctional characters and a story that includes mayhem and murder, then you’ll be mad about this series.” – Old Book Barn Gazette

“Carrie Carlin is a mature Stephanie Plum….Well written, tightly plotted with characters you could meet on the street. Nancy Tesler is a winner!” – A five-star Amazon reader review

“I think this is going to be my new series...move over Janet Evanovich because this author is as good…." -- A five-star Amazon reader review

Book One

“Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things” marks the debut of the Carrie Carlin Other Deadly Things mystery series. Publisher’s Weekly called Carrie “a clever slightly neurotic heroine whose personal life is in disarray—-the kind of heroine that Susan Isaacs might put in a mystery....” and British reviewer John Lewell of Femaledetective.com writes “Nancy Tesler is author of one of the most original and brilliant series featuring an amateur female detective....This is a novel of real quality....As a debut in a packed and competitive field ‘Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things’....is way out front.”

When Carrie's husband, Rich, flies the family coop with his young, drop-dead gorgeous marketing director on the eve of Carrie’s 40th birthday, the stress-coping skills she practices and preaches daily in her work as a biofeedback therapist fly out the door along with him. She can’t eat. She hardly sleeps. When she does, her dreams are nightmares fraught with deadly specters. Her waking fantasies are equally lethal. Spying on the semi-nude bride-to-be, sunning herself by the family swimming pool, visions of stoning and scalping dance through Carrie's head. Then the bimbo is found floating face-down in the pool, a valuable gold chain, a gift to Carrie from Rich, ripped from her neck.

Homicide detective Ted Brodsky shows up at Carrie’s office asking questions...about her impending divorce...about the necklace...about her emotional state...about her financial situation. A nosy neighbor has placed Carrie in the vicinity shortly before the murder. Carrie’s fingerprints are on a toy boomerang discovered in the yard. And the very afternoon of the murder, Brodsky himself had stopped Carrie for speeding a few blocks from the scene. While Carrie has certainly wished her replacement dead and buried, she can't quite convince this stern, sexy cop that she didn't actually do it.

The scandal sheets go wild, Carrie’s clients start canceling appointments, her ten-year-old son is forced to fight for her honor at school, her pre-teen-age daughter vows to give up on men forever, and the family dog develops bladder problems. Now the suburban single mom is on the run, finding out shocking secrets about her ex, her friends, and even her patients--as a killer targets her....

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Meet the Author

A longtime member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Nancy started as an actor, took a hiatus to do the wife and mother thing, then began writing for the stage and screen. Suddenly single again and inspired by an overwhelming urge to do someone in, she created the “Other Deadly Things” mystery series which describes the murderously wacky world of divorce where biofeedback stress reduction is the order of the day.

Things she loves include reading, writing, (definitely not arithmetic) all four-legged creatures, good food, good wine, good theater and good men, primarily her newly acquired husband and three grown sons.

Just published in 2014, her romantic suspense novel “Ablaze,” is a riveting saga of romance, murder and redemption.

Learn more about Nancy Tesler at her website www.nancytesler.com

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