Fans of suspense novels: Here's your chance to win the debut novel from D.B. Henson: "Deed to Death, " (Touchstone Paperback/Simon & Shuster, July 2011, 277 pp., $14).
I have a brand-new review copy to give away. Just send me your contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org, as a direct message on Twitter (@mercbiz) or simply comment on this blog (with a way to contact you). I'll select one person's name out of the proverbial hat and mail the book to you.
About the book:
Nashville real-estate agent Toni Matthews, 29, is about to finally have it all: A great career, friends, love, and marriage, and the promise of a bright future. Then, just two days before her planned wedding, her fiance is killed.
The following synopsis is taken from Henson's website: Real estate agent Toni Matthews' problems begin when her fiancé, Scott, plunges to his death from the top floor of a hotel under construction. Having to bury the man she loves on the very day they planned to be married is almost more than Toni can take. Dealing with her loss becomes even harder when Scott's estranged brother, Brian, contests the will, threatening to take away her home. After learning Brian is in deep financial trouble, Toni suspects he may have murdered Scott. Determined to find the truth and frustrated with the police, she begins her own investigation. Toni soon realizes she didn't know her fiancé quite as well as she had thought. Scott had been keeping secrets. Secrets that make Toni the killer's next target.
Henson originally published "Deed to Death" as an e-book on Amazon Kindle in April 2010. From there, the book landed on the bestsellers list, selling more than 100,000 copies, and caught the attention of Noah Lukeman, president of Lukeman Literary Management (who now represents Henson). Three weeks after Lukemon first contacted Henson, he sold the book to Simon & Schuster. "Deed to Death" remained on Amazon's bestsellers list for more than eight months and also made Amazon's Best of 2010 Customer Favorites List.
This video by Life Videopedia features Henson talking about the book.
Henson, who had worked in the construction industry, said she got the idea for the book while touring a high-rise under construction. "As I looked down from the top-floor balcony, I thought about how terrifying it would be to fall. It was late in the day and all the workmen had gone home. With the site deserted, I realized it was the perfect place to stage a fictional murder."
About the author:
D.B. Henson was born and raised in the South. According to her website, Henson's love of reading began at age 6 when she was given the first book in the Trixie Belden Mystery series. Shortly thereafter, she began writing stories of her own.
A former real estate agent, Henson most recently worked as the director of marketing for a construction company. During a slump in the housing market, she decided to leave the construction industry and pursue her lifelong dream of writing.
Henson and her husband reside near Nashville, Tenn. She is working on a second novel - the first book in a planned series about a female police detective.