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Win a Copy of David Burnsworth’s Southern Heat

In an effort to help unknown writers find audiences, I periodically highlight books I’ve read and enjoyed. I’m not a book reviewer. I’m more a cheerleader for other writers. When I find one I like, I want them to sell books, find readers and have success.

I recently read David Burnsworth’s Southern Heat after meeting him at a book signing. Billed as a rollicking mystery set in Charleston, the book made me hesitate. I don’t like to read books set where I’ve lived for over 23 years, because I get distracted by details. Have I been to that place recently? Oh, THAT’S not what that street looks like! Clearly, this poor writer has never been here.

David’s story hooked me early. I cared about the main character’s predicament, and I enjoyed the reporter clearly patterned after my friend Angie Mizzell. The mystery wasn’t formulaic, and the characters weren’t cliches. Buy David’s book and support a worthy writer.

Buy the Kindle version of Southern Heat here: http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Heat-David-Burnsworth-ebook/dp/B00IF9FAKS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Today, I have a signed copy of Southern Heat for a lucky winner. Simply leave a comment to qualify.

54 Comments Post a comment
  1. The book sounds very Intriguing to me. Thankl

    September 25, 2014
  2. Tweeted it out, Andra. Love the cover!

    September 25, 2014
  3. Heat and Charleston? I would never think to put those two together….

    September 25, 2014
    • Our poor English guests. Alan and Margaret came prepared for Southern Heat, and what do they have? Chilly England gray………

      September 25, 2014
  4. i’ll be needing some extra heat this winter.

    September 25, 2014
    • You certainly will, Beth. Hope it isn’t as bad as last winter, though they’re projecting another cold one, aren’t they?

      September 25, 2014
  5. You know I love new/indie authors and their books. I hadn’t heard of him. I will have to check this out

    September 25, 2014
  6. I’m waiting for the day when some author around here “nails the voice of the new Midwestern noir.” Or maybe I’m just waiting for the day when there is Midwestern noir! 😉

    In the meantime I’ll read this book. Sounds like it is one that I’d enjoy. Thanks.

    September 25, 2014
    • Catchy tag lines and covers are everything in writing. Wish I were better at them.

      September 25, 2014
  7. It sounds good, Andra, and that cover is certainly eye-catching.

    September 25, 2014
    • I made the cover pop a little, but only a little……

      September 25, 2014
  8. Would that more people would practice what they preach. Hope he is successful.

    September 25, 2014
    • I don’t know how anyone who writes books is successful……..I hope to figure that out someday.

      September 25, 2014
  9. Love the freebies.

    September 25, 2014
  10. You may also purchase his book here (and, yay, it comes in Nook format): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/southern-heat-david-burnsworth/1116603795?ean=9781432828004

    Adding this to my ever-expanding TBR list; I’ll read just about anything related to Charleston, particularly if it comes with your endorsement.

    September 25, 2014
    • It would make a nice little visit back, Karen. It ranges all over the geography here and isn’t just focused on downtown.

      September 25, 2014
      • All the more reason to read it….. 🙂

        September 25, 2014
  11. Good for you. Good for him. Good for us all.

    September 25, 2014
  12. Nice recommendation

    September 25, 2014
  13. tarakianwarrior #

    A mystery? Well that sounds right up my alley. Think I’ll look for it on my nook… Thanks Andra.

    September 25, 2014
  14. I’m glad you took a chance on this book. I know what you mean about wanting to avoid books set in your town, especially if the books get it wrong. 🙂 Sounds like this one got everything right.

    September 25, 2014
    • Linda, I usually challenge myself and read books I think I won’t enjoy, but this one was no great stretch. It’s a page-turner.

      September 25, 2014
  15. Here you are sending that elevator back down! 🙂

    September 25, 2014
    • I keep trying, though my elevator doesn’t go up many floors. Someday.

      September 25, 2014
      • Even if you are on the 1st floor, you send it to the lower level. 🙂

        September 25, 2014
  16. Small world alert!! I was on a panel with David at Killer Nashville this year. He’s not only a kickass author, but also a really cool human being. I love it when writers run into each other in different settings.

    September 25, 2014
  17. This is not like Southern Charm is it? LOL! Sounds like something I would really enjoy.

    September 25, 2014
  18. Debbie #

    Putting it on my list of books to read.

    September 25, 2014
  19. I’m always on the lookout for a fine mystery writer. Thank you for recommending this book.

    September 25, 2014
  20. I usually like reading books set in my area because I can settle in and feel close to the story right away even if some of the details don’t match my personal experiences.

    September 25, 2014
    • I’m sure my problem is just writerly envy, Lisa. I really struggle with some of our acclaimed area writers. They’re all great people, but the writing isn’t always great. But what do I know, because I certainly struggle to convince people to read me.

      September 25, 2014
  21. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m always on the look out for books about the south.

    September 25, 2014
  22. Greg Jacobs #

    Read it. Makes me want to visit Charleston.

    September 25, 2014
  23. It sounds like an excellent read Andra and I imagine that David is thankful for your cheerleading efforts.

    September 25, 2014
  24. You are the best cheerleader, Andra, and I am not quite intrigued over Southern Heat.

    September 25, 2014
  25. I like that you showcase other writers. If you enjoy something, share it!

    September 26, 2014
  26. If it’s set in Charleston shouldn’t it be titled Southern Humidity? 🙂 JUST TEASING!!

    September 26, 2014
  27. Thanks to everyone interested in Southern Heat! I’m working with my publisher on the second in the Heat series titled Burning Heat. Should be out in 2015.

    And a special thanks to Andra for this giveaway!

    September 26, 2014
  28. Sounds a great read, Andra!

    September 28, 2014

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