Monday, August 5, 2013

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering ends August 12th

 JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

Please welcome Julianna Deering to my blog this week! Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing or tell us have you ever kept a big secret?

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in my office, and I’m wearing the jeans and shirt I’ve had on all day.  Socks but no shoes.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?

I found out there are no hummingbirds in England.  I just hadn’t even considered that there might not be.  Thank goodness one of my advance readers mentioned it and the reference could be changed before Rules of Murder was printed.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I used to play the oboe and the bassoon when I was in junior high and high school.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)I have a gorgeous mantle clock.  It’s at least 100 years old, and it’s made of brass and green marble.  It’s very ornate, lots of flowers and doves and even a Romeo-looking lute player leaning against the actual clock part.  It’s wonderful.  I think it’s French.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future,  when and where would that be and why?
Oooh, this is a tough one.  I’d love to see the past.  I’d love to see great historical events and people as they really were, but I’m such a baby, I would have a hard time not having any conveniences, especially air conditioning and clean running water.  I’m sure there will be many wonderful things in the future, too, but I’m not so sure what our society will be like.  It might be too scary for me.  I think I’ll just stay where I belong.  Yes, I’m a big baby.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?Psalm 66:16.  It says, “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.”
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?Oh definitely The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I so wanted to be there with the talking Beasts and mythical creatures in the amazing land of Narnia.  And I wanted to talk to Aslan!

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?I got all moved into a new house before I told my family I was moving.  I didn’t want them to feel like they had to help.  I think they were surprised I didn’t say anything until it was all done.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?Try to get my first book published.  I had no idea what I was getting into or how hard it should have been.  It was a true miracle that it ever happened.





Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this game.


Julianna is giving away her book Rules of Murder. Leave a comment or tell us have you ever kept a big secret?



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28 comments:

  1. thanks for the chance to read this mystery...i'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hey Karen, Thanks for coming by. I love a good mystery!

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  2. Poor English people, hummingbirds are so cool.

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    1. I know! I love hummingbirds. I bet when they see pictures of hummingbirds they can't believe how tiny they are and are amazed at the way they fly!

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  3. I didn't know either that England had no hummingbirds. They are neat to watch. I like a mystery, so would love to win your book Julianna. Thanks for a chance to win it. Thanks Debbie for having Julianna here. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hey Maxie! Thanks for coming by. There is a moth called a hummingbird moth that looks so much like a hummingbird you have to get close to see that they are not a bird! They are pretty cool too!

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  4. How very interesting, no hummingbirds! But birds do tend to live in certain geographical regions I suppose... Would love to read Julia's book!

    pattymh20009at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Patty. Thanks for coming by. I'm so glad ours is the region that contains them. :o)

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  5. Yes, I was definitely surprised about the hummingbirds. There are so many little things that would be obvious to a native of a country that others might not even think about.

    It's been an eye-opening experience, to say the least. But I've enjoyed it! :)

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  6. I saw a hummingbird just the other day on my jog through the trails near my house.... Such a cool experience! Man, those little guys are LOUD.

    Would LOVE to read this book! Please toss my name in the hat! I love mysteries!!!

    Emily_reynolds(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh Emily if you like mysteries you'd love my house. WE have mysteries every day! Who put their dirty hand prints all over my clean window? Who ate all the chocolate cake? Who left the dishes in the sink? Whose socks are in the middle of the floor...? Heehee. But thankfully Julianna's mysteries are much more intriguing!

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  7. Sounds like my kind of book. I love those types of mystery stories.

    I am a feedburner follower.

    deamundy@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Deanna and for being a Feedburner follower!

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  8. No hummingbirds over there??? What a loss for them! Great interview. :)
    I know I have kept secrets before, but I don't think any of them have been earth shattering or horrible ones. Probably the biggest ones are with each of my pregnancies - keeping those secrets for the first 3 months is torture. ;)
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean, Susan. But their was always a part of me that liked having that secret. It made it special. Just something my husband and I shared. :o)

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  9. I have kept big secrets before so that they would not hurt someone.

    I looked up about not having hummingbirds in England. Apparently hummingbirds originated in the New World!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Not sure about keeping a big secret, but I'm sure it would be fun ( and very difficult at times).
    I am a feed burner follower, and I would love to win this book!
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Betti! Good to see you. Thanks for coming by.

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  11. I didn't know there were no hummingbirds in England. I learned something new. I have kept big secrets, usually about my health. I found a problem and knew it could be serious and told no one until doctor checked it. I'm keeping a big secret for a friend now and it may be one I'll go to my grave with.

    I love mysteries. Thank you for sharing and please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Also, I am a FeedBurner follower!

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    1. Wow, Barbara! I hope that health problem turned out to be nothing! You are a good friend to be able to take a secret to your grave. It's a wonderful attribute. Today too many people take confidentiality too carelessly. They tell one person, who tells one person, who tells one person...well, you get what I'm saying. ;o)

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  12. Secrets can be fun if it is something exciting or a great responsibility if it is something serious. It can be so hard either way. Thanks for a chance to win Rules of Murder!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Merry. I know a couple people that you DON'T want to tell them a secret because they get so excited they can't not tell! It's actually kind of funny.

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  13. I've kept a lot of secrets, most big to the people I'm keeping them for! I have been so excited for this one! I'm a follower through feedburner. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Veronica, thanks for coming by and for following through feedburner. Good luck!

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  14. I am a very good secret keeper because usually when people tell me something, I immediately forget it. I love English mysteries and can never figure out the villain before hand because I miss all the clues.
    louise567@hotmail.com

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    1. LOL! Louise that is funny on both accounts! That you forget what the secret is and that you miss all the clues. Maybe someone should read the book first and highlight the clues. heehee. Good luck!

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  15. I think I have always been known as a person who could be trusted with secrets or confidential information. So, yes, I have been privy to many secrets over the years. Are they still secrets? Perhaps. I will probably never know the answer to that question.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I am a follower.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Kay! I'll keep that all in mind should I want to tell someone a secret. :o)

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