I am so excited to have Beth Yarnell here today, talking about her latest release, Dyed and Gone!
Welcome, Beth! I’m so glad you could be here with us today!
Tell us more about your book—take us beyond the official “book blurb”.
Dyed and Gone is about a group of hairstylist friends visiting Las Vegas for a hair show. What happens that weekend goes beyond anything they ever expected to happen. Friendships are tested and new relationships form. People die. Romance blooms in unexpected places. And Elvis performs a wedding ceremony.
Give us more info about your main characters—who are they?
Azalea is an overly curious hairstylist who is fiercely loyal to her friends. Juan Carlos says ‘em like he sees ‘em and doesn’t let a thought pop into his head that doesn’t fall out of his mouth. Vivian is the most practical of the three so it’s interesting that she’s the one Azalea and Juan Carlos have to save.
They sound like a lot of fun!
What scene in your book was the most fun to write, and why?
The scene where the hotel manager for the Raine Hotel nearly looses his cool trying to get Azalea away from the scene of Dhane’s murder. He’s a company man who believes in customer service and the customer experience. The last thing he wants is for any of the guest to find out there’s been a murder in the hotel. He nearly hurts himself trying to distract Azalea with offers of a free dinner, a free round of golf, and credit in the casino—anything to get her out of that hallway and away from the room where the murder occurred.
That sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to read it…
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
I started writing my first novel in 2006/2007 after reading several books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I had no idea that books could be funny! She writes the kind of books I realized that I wanted to write.
I do love her sense of humor! So many of my favorite books have that same kind of quirky twist to them.
What do you like best about being a writer?
I love getting to know my characters and seeing where their stories will take them. I’m often surprised by the turns their stories take. And of course, I love typing The End. It’s a bittersweet moment when I have to say goodbye to my characters and move on to another project.
What is the most challenging part of being a writer?
I have more ideas for stories than I have time to write. Either I need more hours in my days or I need to turn off the idea spout until I can catch up.
LOL! Have you considered cloning? 😉
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?
Dyed and Gone is the second of five new releases in 2014. I’ve got three novellas releasing this year—Wake Up Maggie (January), You’re Mine, Maggie (April), and Find Me Maggie (July). I’m currently working on my fifth release of the year, a romantic suspense novel titled Lush, which will be out in October.
Wow! That’s fantastic! So much to look forward to!
What authors and/or books have inspired you?
Janet Evanovich was a huge early inspiration. I also really love Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, and Nora Roberts to name just a few.
You can’t ask for better inspiration!
What are you currently reading?
I’m rereading the JD Robb In Death series all over again from the beginning and remembering why I fell so in love with it in the first place.
I just picked up the first–8? Maybe? When they were on sale. Can’t wait to start them–I’ve heard awesome things!
Please share a favorite scene from your books with our readers.
One of my favorite scenes in andDyed Gone was the one where Azalea meets the attorney that Alex arranged for her. As Azalea puts it he found Burlesque Barbie to represent her. And her name, Amber Hooker… But Amber is smart, smarter than anyone else in the room and she uses her outstanding looks to distract and intimidate and to succeed in a man’s world. Amber is a lot more than blonde hair and a set of double D’s on heels. She’s the best defense attorney in the state. I loved writing her and watching her best the men in the room to defend Azalea.
Thanks so much for being here today, Beth–and good luck with all of your new projects!
Best selling author Beth Yarnall writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.
Dyed and Gone
by: Beth Yarnell
Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend, Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?
Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.