Monday, March 10, 2014

Release Party for CURTAIN CALL Lisa Karon Richardson and Jennifer AlLee

Following on the success of  A Diamond in the Rough and Vanishing Act,  we're celebrating  the release of Curtain Call, the third book in the Charm and Deceit Series from Whitaker House Publishing.

We also love the fact it's written by our own dynamic duo: Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson!

Welcome to the Curtain Call release party  and the famous (historic) Delmonico's Restaurant in Manhattan. We have a private room reserved and you are our specials guests.  Jen and Lisa have covered the bill so the sky's the limit!

Don't forget to join us for some entertainment similar what you'll find inside the pages of this story!
The original Delmonico's in Manhattan, site of today's festivities and some memorable scenes in Curtain Call
After our meal we'll be escorted (horse and carriage, of course) to  gather at the glorious Academy of Music  to hear:

Contralto Joyce DiDonato singing Tanti Affetti, the final aria in La Donnal del Lago--the vocal role performed by our heroine Emily!

Emily Forbes has worked hard to make a name for herself as a world class mezzo soprano
After the loss of her right leg from the knee down, Emily Forbes has focused on becoming a renowned opera singer. When at last it seems her dream is within reach, she ignores the concern of her detective brother and heads off to New York City, where she lands the lead role in a performance. While promoting the production, she hears a familiar name: DeKlerk. Soon she's digging through the only case her brother never closed.

Samuel DeKlerk is a respected physician. After serving in the Civil War and witnessing the devastating effects of privation and war on fellow soldiers' physical and mental well–being, he shifts his clinical interests to diseases of the mind. He's now an alienist—a doctor to the mad—with little time for frivolity. He agrees to invest in the opera, in the memory of his sister, Sarah, who was murdered by a yet nameless killer. When he catches Emily Forbes prying into the past, his life is upended again.

As they work to solve a case gone cold, determined to bring Sarah's killer to justice, tolerance for each other turns to mutual respect. Might love be waiting for them in the final act?
Samuel DeKlerk, wealthy, disillusioned Civil War physician how now studies diseases of the mind.
links you'll love:
Whitaker House  
Amazon Kindle Link
Lisa's Pinterest Page
Jen's Pinterest Page - buy single or the complete series!

 Our Guests of Honor, Authors Lisa Karon Richardson and Jennifer AlLee!
Another hero from the Charm and Deceit Series, Grant Diamond!  
Carter Forbes returns to see that there is no trouble. But we expect all sorts of trouble with his sister Emily and a certain doctor, the 'alienist" Samual DeKlerk

Thanks so much for stopping in to celebrate with us. 
Congratulations Lisa and Jen!

Please leave a comment and let us know if you'd like 
to be in the drawing for CURTAIN CALL!


  1. Woo hoo! Congratulations ladies!!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  2. oh goodie! another release party! congrats ladies on a really cool sounding book!

    um, i guess i should lay off the exclamation points... but i'm looking forward to this week as more info gets revealed. love all the pix.

  3. Thanks Amy C and DebH for stopping by! You're both entered for the drawing. No need to lay off the exclamation points. We love those around here!! (At least in this sort of situation!)

  4. Thanks Deb Marvin! My dear, you throw the most magnificent parties. And as you said, the virtual sky is the limit everyone. Feast away. Delmonico's is the place to see and be seen, and the food's pretty good too! I understand there will be baked Alaska later. Yum!

  5. Deb, you sure know how to throw a party! Thanks for celebrating with us. I'm going to wander around and check out the goodies!

  6. I'm late because my lady's maid is too short to reach the hooks on my dress. I managed the hoops, the petticoats, the shift and corset. My dress must weigh five pounds alone. Not only is it wide, it's an evening style and drags about 2 feet behind me. I thought it just the thing for the opera. I worry I might fall at one of the gentleman's feet. (If I time this well!! eeny meeny miney mo...)

    Congratulations ladies! I'm looking forward to this one and I love the music. Prepare for some goose-bumps!

  7. Congratulations, Jen and Lisa! I'm SO eager to read more of your stuff. Loved the earlier books in the series.

    Is there Baked Alaska? I have no idea what it is, but I always wanted to try it. :D

    1. Meringue and ice cream. Delish and the perfect "light" dessert after a heavy meal. Or the perfect refresher after an evening at the opera.

  8. Congratulations, ladies! And thanks for the fun party, Deb. I've never had Baked Alaska, either, DeAnna, but there's meringue involved. Ooh. Let's try it on Jen and Lisa, shall we?

  9. Congratulations, Jen & Lisa! You two always come up with the most intriguing stories and unique characters!

  10. Niki, that made my day. Your copy is in the mail by the way!

  11. Niki will be doing a review later in the month. of the book. not the meringue.

    Am I the only one in this silly get up?

  12. This is my first experience with baked Alaska, too. But how can you go wrong with meringue and ice cream?

  13. Congratulations, Lisa and Jen! I can't wait to read this book. I'm especially intrigued by the term "alienist". It really doesn't sound like a doctor at all, but rather a person who studies extraterrestrials. Lol. This really does sound like a great book. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    1. Thanks Suzie. I know it sounds very strange. The first time I heard it was the novel by Caleb Carr. Interesting story. But also fascinating to think of these men who pioneered research into mental disease.

  14. Baked Alaska is meringue and ice cream? Oh how delightful that sounds! Yum.

  15. Oh, did I come in time for the baked Alaska? This has become the party place! Congrats, Jen and Lisa!!

  16. I've never had it but I think I've 'seen' it in person.
    My grandmother used to do a lot of meringue pies. Once in awhile, she'd brown it off in the broiler. There's something I've never done in baking!

  17. For the curious, I added a pic of Baked Alaska to the end of the post!

  18. YAY! how will I eat that without dribbling on my satin dress?
    A BIB!

    1. Forgot to mention how gorgeous you are my darling! I have loosened the stays of my own gown to accommodate another ladylike helping of baked alaska!

  19. The story sounds like a lot of fun. You ladies did a great job coming up with creative concepts for these novels.

  20. Great job on the book as well as the post with pics. I'm very much looking forward to reading this and agree on the unique characters which draw me in because I'm fascinated.

    We made Baked Alaska once in Home Ec. It was one of those dishes that we thought would never work out and when it did, we couldn't believe we had made it or that it held together.

    I read this yesterday before the Baked Alaska pic and then forgot to comment. Now I'm looking at that scrumptious pic before breakfast. Not a good plan. LOL.

  21. Sorry to make you hungry for the wrong stuff Anita Mae. Come back after lunch!


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