Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Guest Post by Diana Orgain: A First Date with Death - March 4, 2015

Please welcome Diana Orgain to The Qwillery. A First Date with Death, the 1st Love or Money Mystery, was published by Berkley on February 3rd.

A FIRST DATE WITH DEATH: A Love or Money Mystery 
by Diana Orgain

I am so happy to introduce A First Date with Death to you. I wrote the book because like many of you, I’m a huge fan of some reality TV programs. I especially love those shows that deal with dating or a love story. I’m riveted by the human dynamics of watching one girl/boy go after the person that is unavailable while completing shunning the contestant that proclaims ever-lasting love. And yes, I’ve been known to yell at the TV.

But, of course, I’m a mystery author at heart. So, I began to wonder what would happen if I played with that setting and placed a mystery around it?

A First Date with Death was born! What could be more fun than to mix up the venue of reality TV and a murder mystery? (Although I promise you no one was harmed during the writing of this book). But if you watch any of the commercials for the TV Shows of which I speak, you know that usually there’s a fair amount of tears.

I hope you won’t cry when you read A First Date with Death except maybe from laughter. Oh – and there is a bit of suspense, not only will you have to keep guessing "who done it" but also you’ll have to guess who wins the show!

I'd love to hear from you. You can find my website at: Or email me at:

A First Date With Death
A Love or Money Mystery 1
Berkley, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Reality TV meets murder in the first in a new mystery series from the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and co-author the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries.

When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose—apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life…

What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend—and producer of the reality show Love or Money—thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia’s first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge.

He’s replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia’s former fiancé. But the cop isn’t looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover’s leap was no accident, Paul’s going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show—and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can’t count on…

About Diana

Diana Orgain is the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and coauthor of Gilt Trip with Laura Childs in the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries. She holds a B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting. Diana has acted professionally both on stage and in national commercials. She’s written several plays, which were produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouse Productions, and PlayGround. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Visit her at

Website  ~  Twitter @DianaOrgain  ~  Facebook

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