Blast from the Past—and a Giveaway!

Lauren Carr 2Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder, was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder have all been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Blast from the Past is the fourth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

Released September 1012, Dead on Ice introduces a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates. The second book in this series, Real Murder, will be released Spring 2013.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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The next installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries is now available: Blast from the Past. (See giveaway below!)

After releasing Shades of Murder, where Mac and Archie were finally together in the biblical sense, the question became, “What now?” Not only were readers asking that, but so was I.

Do you remember back in the early nineties, television came out with all of these great couple shows: “Mad About You”, is one that comes to mind. Rachel and Ross in “Friends”. “Moonlighting”. “Remington Steele”. In recent years, Rick Castle and Beckett in “Castle”.

There were, and are, all of these wonderful couples in books, movies, and television who writers refuse to bring together, even though readers and viewers want them to be together and happy.

There is a reason writers don’t want their couples to get together. Sure, the couple is happy for a while, but then, after a string of plotlines involving quirky friends and relatives, writers find themselves writing more about the quirky friends and relatives and less about the couple because a happy couple is—I have to say it—boring.

In an effort to make the happy couple interesting, writers are forced to introduce this element: Conflict. How do you create conflict with a happy couple? Break them up and keep them apart, even though they long for each other.

I don’t know about you, but I hate seeing happy couples broken up, which is why I don’t like daytime television. After years of the star-crossed lovers cheating on each other because of the lies and manipulations of a whole town, the couple finally gets together and married only to be rubbed out in a hailstorm of birdseed and bullets while coming out of the church—all because the writers don’t know what else to do with them.

That’s what’s so great about being a murder mystery writer. I don’t have to break up Mac and Archie to get conflict. All I have to do is throw in a dead body and they’ve got conflict coming out of their ears!

Blast from the PastIn Blast from the Past, Mac Faraday finds himself up to his eyeballs in mobsters and federal agents.

After an attempted hit ends badly with two of his men dead, mobster Tommy Cruze arrives in Spencer, Maryland, to personally supervise the execution of the witness responsible for putting him behind bars—Archie Monday!

Mac Faraday believes he has his work cut out for him in protecting his lady love from one of the most dangerous leaders in organized crime; but when bodies start dropping in his lakeshore resort town of Spencer, Maryland, things may be hotter than even he can handle.

Blast from the Past takes Mac Faraday to a new level in his relationship with Archie Monday. Readers have been clamoring for Mac and Archie to get together for three books.

In this fourth installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, readers learn more about Archie Monday’s past in a flash—as in a gun fight when the syndicate comes to town. They are going to be surprised to discover the secret of Archie Monday’s past, which threatens her and Mac’s future.

What about Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s canine inheritance—the only German shepherd to be dishonorably discharged from the United States Army? It’s not a Mac Faraday Mystery without Gnarly. Let’s just say Gnarly kicks things up a notch in his own way from stealing a rubber duck and flooding the bathroom to taking on the mob single-pawed.

You’re going to love Blast from the Past—I had a blast writing it.


Take a look at the book trailer for Blast from the Past:

To learn more about Blast from the Past:

Blast from the Past Press Release


Giveaway: One Print Copy (U.S. only) and one E-book (any e-reader format).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment naming your favorite fictional

detective couple and what made them your favorite and also tell us

whether you’d prefer print or ebook. The winning names will be drawn

on the evening of Sunday, January 13th.


I’ll start: The Thin Man: Nick and Nora Charles. I love the chemistry

between them. They actually feed energy off of each other

which you can pick up in their dialogue.