Monday, February 16, 2015

All That Glitters - First Chapter / First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

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Glitzy Hollywood starlets, shady mobsters, movie studio moguls, murder, intrigue, and a little romance. All That Glitters has it all! After reading the first Jake and Laura Mystery (The Yankee Club), I knew I'd found a series that I'd want to continue reading. This second book definitely does not disappoint, and a third one (Wings in the Dark) is available for pre-order now. If you enjoyed the old Nick and Nora Charles "Thin Man" movies, you'll adore Jake and Laura. 

First Chapter / First Paragraph:

[FYI: A prologue sets the scene - 1933 Hollywood, Prohibition era - and then the story begins this way)
Chapter 1: The Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year Yet
     I struggled to carry three overstuffed suitcases through a crowded Grand Central Station, and keep up with Broadway actress Laura Wilson. I accidentally bumped her backside and apologized.
     She stopped and glanced at me. "Jake Donovan, did you just pat my bottom?"
     I couldn't help laughing as several passengers gave me a cold stare.
     Her playful smile faded. She turned her back and pretended to fluff her black curls with her white-gloved hands. She spoke in a whisper I could barely hear over the din of the travelers. "Don't look now, but two broad-shouldered lugs in dark suits are following us."

Teaser from 56% on my Kindle- 
Jake (a mystery writer) gets a phone call from his literary agent, and she has bad news
[agent:] "If the police arrest you for murder, Empire Press won't release Blackie Doyle's Revenge and will sever its relationship with you."
"Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?"
"That doesn't apply to business...."

Genre: Mystery / Humor

Book Length: 261 Pages
Amazon Link: All That Glitters
Link to my post about The Yankee Club, Book 1 of the Jake & Laura Series:  HERE

Synopsis:
Just arrived from New York, Broadway actress Laura Wilson is slated to star in Hollywood’s newest screwball comedy. At her side, of course, is Jake Donovan, under pressure to write his next mystery novel. But peace and quiet are not to be had when an all-too-real murder plot intrudes: After a glitzy party, the son of a studio honcho is discovered dead from a gunshot wound. And since Jake exchanged words with the hothead just hours before his death, the bestselling author becomes the LAPD’s prime suspect.

In 1930s Tinseltown, anything goes. Proving his innocence won’t be easy in a town where sex, seduction, and naked power run rampant. With gossip columnist Louella Parsons dead-set on publicizing the charges against him, Jake has no choice but to do what everyone else does in the City of Angels: act like someone else. Blackie Doyle, the tough-talking, fist-swinging, womanizing hero from Jake’s novels wouldn’t pull any punches until he exposed the real killer—nor will Jake, to keep the role of a lifetime from being his last.


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37 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

Another fantastic teaser Sandra! Here is my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/teaser-tuesday-17-february/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I fell in love with Jake and Laura when I read the first book in the series. The author did a great job getting them into trouble in this book too. The Hollywood setting was lots of fun, especially with movie stars of the era included in some of the scenes.

Margot said...

I had the same reaction when I read these two books. The author did a great job of making that era seem fun and yet real. Jake and Laura are good characters too. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series.

Suzie Quint said...

This sounds like a fun mix of Hollywood nostalgia and mystery. I may have to check it out.

Beth F said...

Sounds like a fun one with good characters.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sandra -- this sounds like a good one; great pick

Topazshell said...

I've never heard guys called "lugs." Have you? That caught my interest. Enjoy.

Topazshell said...

I do like the time period, 1930's. This seems like an interesting Historical novel.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I have to check out this new-to-me series. Thanks for sharing.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/02/first-chapter-first-paragraph-94.html

Monica's Bookish Life said...

Thanks for sharing this one. It looks like fun to read! I love that 1930s era, and I am a fan of the Nick and Nora Charles movies!

Michael Murphy said...

Thanks for reading and reviewing All That Glitters. Jake and Laura are a fun couple to write about. I'm enjoying creating the series. Jake even has his own twitter page!

Michael Murphy said...

Thanks, Diane!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am so in! Love the setting, the era, and the thrills that will be forthcoming. Thanks for sharing and enjoy....and here's mine: “YOU CAN TRUST ME”

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree. The book is nicely written too -- no typos or other errors. I appreciate that.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Even though it's part of a series, it stands alone.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

LOL. I've heard guys called "lugs" in old movies, but never in real life. Michael Murphy does a great job of including the slang of the era without overdoing it.

Juli Rahel said...

This sounds quite intense! I have no idea how someone can carry three suitcases at once when I struggle carrying just one next to my bag! I'm not quite sure this is one for me, but I really hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a great week!
My Tuesday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

kelley jensen said...

sounds like an adventure! Enjoy your book. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Your enthusiasm comes through in your writing. Such a fun series!

Naomi.S said...

I love the mysterious feel to this book it is very intriguing, great teaser!!
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Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

Literary Feline said...

I have been curious about this one. Love the title! I like the teaser and would definitely keep reading.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's a fun and fast read that gave me a lot of smiles.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

The introduction sure had me smiling, I was able to even hear a southern accent to the tone of Laura Wilson, this looks like a thrilling adventure; great feature Sandra :)

My Teaser

Laura Thomas said...

Just look at that cover. I love it. My sister would love this series and so would I!
My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/17/teaser-tuesdays-102-the-loch-by-steve-alten/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love that Art Deco look too! Reminds me of the hotels on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.

Jess @ Jess Time To Read said...

Great Teaser! This one sounds like an exciting mystery novel. I love reading about the 1920-1930's era. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Alice Audrey said...

What a great teaser! It's so true.

Trish said...

oh great tease! that's a really good one this week. Thanks for sharing!
trish - my teaser

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

A really well put together post, which gives me a real sense of the time and place, as well as some excellent character profiling.

It wasn't until I read a way down to the synopsis, that I realised Jake was the one trying to prove his innocence, when it was Laura who spotted that they were being followed at the railway station.

I do like a good murder / mystery, but I am wondering if this one is going to be just a little too theatrical for my taste, despite all the reviews to date being very positive. Let's just say that I would read the book if it happened to come my way, but I probably wouldn't be proactive in seeking out a copy.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week,

Yvonne

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for stopping by, Yvonne, and for your kind compliments on my post. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Nadene Reynolds said...

This sounds like a great read. I love mysteries so I will be adding this to my TBR.
Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your teaser.
Nadene@Totally Addicted to Reading

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds like a fun mystery. Is it part of a series? Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yes! This is the second book in the Jake & Laura series, and the third book (Wings in the Dark) is available for pre-order.

Kate said...

I enjoy historical fiction and this sounds like a great book! I've never heard of this series before; I look forward to checking it out! Thanks for stopping by!

Jaina said...

Great teaser! I especially love the opener. It's such a playful beginning.

Sarah's Book Shelves said...

This one sounds like fun! Hope you enjoy it!

Carolyn Brown said...

What a great insight into the old Hollywood era!