From somewhere way back in one of the cobwebbed corners of my memory, I recall a TV commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Someone had a chocolate bar that accidentally landed in someone else’s peanut butter. An argument ensued along the lines of “You got peanut butter on my chocolate.” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter.” The idea, of course, is that they tasted great together. I love Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I always overbuy them at Halloween so I can have the leftovers and rationalize eating them by telling myself that wasting them would be sinful. I digress.
What I really want to say is that Amazon and Barnes & Noble have started shipping the new Liz Talbot mystery, Lowcountry Bombshell–YAY! The eBook versions will be up soon–likely a few days before the official launch date of September 3. And I’m so, so excited!
But I also wanted to say to readers, y’all know these books–the whole series–they’re like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, right? They are mysteries, but there is also a romance that plays out over the course of the series. In the first book, we get some of Liz’s relationship angst, but she isn’t really in a romantic relationship. There are hints of one to come, to be sure. And it does, in book two, and it will be a part of every other book in the series.
So, I’ve gotten romance all over the traditional mystery, or put mystery in the romance, depending on your perspective. Like Lowcountry Boil, Lowcountry Bombshell has many cozy elements–a small town setting, family interaction, humor, etc. But, also like Lowcountry Boil, it contains a few elements which are not cozy. In Lowcountry Boil, there was a bit of sexual content and some bad language. Lowcountry Bombshell has more sexual content, but less bad language. These weren’t arbitrary choices, but where the story took me.
I know–because I’ve heard from readers–that many are eager for Liz’s romantic life to take off. Most have a particular guy in mind for her. I hope you’ll all be happy with where the story goes. I also know that some readers will not care for the sexual content. So, I’m doing everything I can think of to let readers know what to expect. I’ve put an author’s note on Amazon. I’ve made it clear–I think–in the back cover copy. If it were a movie, Lowcountry Bombshell may well be R-rated. (We’re not talking Fifty Shades of anything here, really. Just a private investigator getting to know her boyfriend a lot better.)
One lovely lady who reviews for our local independent bookstore described Lowcountry Bombshell this way:
Store pick: Another sharp, sassy, intriguing mystery from Susan Boyer, after her Agatha winning debut Liz Talbot mystery. Lowcountry Bombshell is again filled with unique southernisms, gracious charm, and a cast of eccentric characters. They include Liz’s client, Calista, a Marilyn Monroe look alike who is afraid for her life. Lowcountry Bombshell is a cozy feeling, hard boiled PI novel with a little romance thrown in. The best of three genres all mixed together. –Nancy M., store volunteer
Can I just say how much I love Nancy? I hope y’all enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you’d like a signed, personalized copy, but can’t make it to one of the events, the books can be ordered through Fiction Addiction here in Greenville. I run by the store and sign them before they’re shipped.