I leave this morning for Bouchercon. Bouchercon is in Alaska. I am not looking forward to the 9.5 hours of flight time and 5 hour time difference. I am looking forward to the conference itself. If you're there, please say hi. And buy my book. It will make the return flight much more pleasurable.
On the heels of yesterday's Dave White Love Fest, Dave has posted a smattering of pics and videos from his launch day. Yes, Grover does make a cameo.
Now on to the main event.
I met Brenda Janowitz a few weeks ago at the launch party for M.J. Rose's THE REINCARNATIONIST. Brenda and I both write for different imprints of the same publisher. Always nice to meet a publishing cousin. Anyway, later that week I picked up the latest issue of "Entertainment Weekly," and perusing the book section I was happy to see Brenda's novel SCOT ON THE ROCKS among that week's bestsellers. I sent Brenda a congratulatory email. It wasn't until this came out that I realized EW has mistaken Brenda's book for Mary Daheim's SCOTS ON THE ROCKS. Brenda emailed me the story, and we figured since her book was mistaken for mystery, it might be fun to trade blog postings. Brenda would write something about mystery, and I would write about chick lit. My entry should be up on her blog in the next few days. So here she is: Brenda, take it away!
I love a good mystery thriller. Who doesn’t? The drama, the suspsense, that edge-of-your-seat feeling—nothing can beat that! So, when Jason Pinter and I decided to swap blogs for a day, I thought that, even though I normally write chick lit, it might be fun to create a mystery thriller myself! To do so, I used the characters from my debut novel, SCOT ON THE ROCKS (How I survived my ex-boyfriend’s wedding with my dignity ever so slightly intact) and the forthcoming sequel, JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they don’t teach you in law school.). Here goes:
Brooke Miller, a big-time attorney in a large New York City law firm, wakes up one morning to find that 10 million dollars of her client’s escrow funds have somehow been transferred over to her own personal account. She is shocked—how could this have happened? Is she being set up? If so, why? And more importantly, would it be unethical go to Saks Fifth Avenue before reporting this to the firm? (Just to make up for the mental anguish of the whole situation, that is.)
Brooke decides to go to her law firm, Gilson Hecht and Trattner, and get the whole thing cleared up before the client can find out about the mess. But, she arrives at the firm to discover that the place is crawling with police. Her best friend Vanessa sends her a text message to tell her that a warrant has been put out for Brooke’s arrest and that federal marshals are after her. Brooke flees to the only place in the world that she can think of, the one place where she knows she will be safe—Barneys New York—and plots her next move.
The manhunt is on! Or, the womanhunt is on! Okay, that doesn’t sound very good. Try: the girlhunt is on! Whatever, you get the point, the point is that things are getting dicey for our gal Brooke…
Back at the firm, senior associate Jack Solomon just knows that Brooke couldn’t be responsible for stealing 10 million dollars. Sure, Brooke loves shopping, but this is ridiculous. And at any rate, she’s a junior associate, so she doesn’t have access to escrow funds. Something is not adding up…
Unsure of what to do, Brooke does the one thing that makes sense to her. The one thing that will help her to think: shop the sale at Barneys. What? You can get really good deals during the sales! And more importantly, shopping helps her think. Her best friend Vanessa meets her there to figure out who would have the motive to set Brooke up (and to see if there’s anything in her size). While there, they have a run in with Brooke’s high school nemesis, Nina. Nina casually asks Brooke about her ex-boyfriend, Hollywood agent, Trip, since Nina helped Brooke pick out a dress to wear to his wedding. The mention of Trip’s name instantly makes Brooke and Vanessa think, and they begin researching away on their BlackBerries.
Brooke emails Jack everything that she and Vanessa figured out and unmask ex-boyfriend, Trip, as the culprit—after all, he is a well connected Hollywood agent who would have the contacts to set Brooke up. And motive? Well, he first tried to foil her by inviting her to his wedding, but when Brooke attended the wedding with her dignity ever so slightly intact, that was it for Trip. Something inside of him snapped and he realized that he had to make her pay for breaking up with him back in law school.
Brooke and Vanessa return to the firm to a hero’s welcome, and Brooke falls into Jack’s arms and they kiss, realize they are madly in love, and live happily ever after.
And you thought that chick lit couldn’t be thrilling….
Brenda Janowitz is the author of SCOT ON THE ROCKS (Red Dress Ink). Visit her website at www.brendajanowitz.com or on MySpace here.