Blog Tour With Nichelle Clarke by LynDee Walker

Buried LeadsWhen my mornings don’t start with a dark-fifteen o’clock breaking story, I go to the gym first thing. I find body combat to be effective at combating the calories in the white chocolate and southern-fried foods I like to inhale the rest of the day. It also comes in handy when my nosy reporter side gets me into tight spots.

The workout, plus my coffee, gives me enough energy to make it through the morning. In my line of work, that can include talking to a murderer, grabbing the last good seat at a trial, or trying to tug information out of tight-lipped cops.

Coffee has been a sore spot this week, because someone else in the newsroom at the Richmond Telegraph has developed a taste for my sugar free white mocha syrup. No matter how far back in the cabinet I push the bottle, a little more of it disappears every day. And my nights have run late with this murder investigation, so I haven’t made it by the market to grab a new bottle.

I’ll have time to worry about the syrup bandit when I’ve figured out what happened to this guy, though. Generally, tagging a killer is best left to the police, but they think they’ve wrapped it up already. But something doesn’t feel right. I’ve covered enough murders in seven years at the crime desk to have a decent radar for when a puzzle doesn’t piece together the right way, and this one is off.

I have a major digging to do, just as soon as I file the two normal stories I have for today: a hearing and a burglary.

There goes my scanner again. Excuse me for a second.

Wait. Why in the name of Christian Louboutin are they calling a structural engineer to a car accident?

Let’s see if Google maps can give me a location for this commotion.

Holy cow. It’s a shopping center.

And my scanner chatter just got interesting. Somebody drove a truck through a jewelry store.

I’m so sorry, but y’all are going to have to excuse me—I need to run to the West End and get this story. The most fun thing about being a reporter is that there’s never a dull day. It makes up for the salary that restricts my shoe shopping to eBay.

Y’all hang out and make yourselves at home. Just steer clear of the copy desk. There’s a wannabe crime reporter there who won’t take to anyone I invited into the newsroom. If you get bored, find Grant Parker—our star sports columnist is a former almost-pro pitcher who’s pretty easy on the eyes. Tell him I sent you, and ask him about baseball. He’ll talk until I get back.


You can read more about Nichelle in Buried Leads, the second book in the “Headlines in High Heels” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Front Page Fatality.

LynDee is giving away one (1) copy of BURIED LEAD. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends October 17; US entries only.

Meet the author
LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. BURIED LEADS is her second Headlines in High Heels Mystery. Her debut, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon new humor #1 bestseller. A Headlines in High Heels novella, DATELINE MEMPHIS, is part of the anthology HEARTACHE MOTEL, on sale December 10, 2013, and the third novel in the series will be available in April 2014.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. You can visit her online at

Twitter: @LynDeeWalker

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

36 responses to “Blog Tour With Nichelle Clarke by LynDee Walker

  1. Look forward to reading this. Sounds like a good series.

  2. I’m looking forward to reading this series

  3. I love it…sounds fun!

  4. Debbie Carney

    sounds great, can’t wait to read it

  5. I’m in. I was a reporter in a former life, the kind of reporter people called at home on my day off because they knew I’d be kind. That and my co-worker was a real biotch. Hey, it was a small paper. I like any mystery involving reporters. I’d still be one myself, except I got seduced by a decent living wage and more than three holidays a year.

  6. this series is a new add to my WishList!!!
    thank you for the giveaway……..

  7. This is a new to me author and series, but is definately going on my wish list ! Thanks for the giveaway !

  8. This sounds like a great series! I would love to start reading it! Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. I love mysteries, horror and new authors.

  10. Annette Naish

    I was a feature writer on two different small town newspapers. Nothing exciting ever happened, but interviewing the lady who did the flowers for an event….I was a whiz. Would like the series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. And another series to add to my t-b-r list. I think that list stretches around the world at least once thanks to this blog! 🙂

  12. I enjoyed this book. Thanks for your review and contest.

  13. I want some of that sugar free white mocha syrup and this cozy!

  14. Wow, thanks so much for coming by and commenting, y’all, and good luck in the contest!

    Annette and Denise, always lovely to “meet” fellow journalists.

    Carolee, the syrup can be hard to find, but it’s really good! 🙂

    If anyone missed the first book in the series (Front Page Fatality), it’s on sale this week if you’re an ebook person: 99 cents for kindle, nook, kobo, and apple! 🙂

  15. Reporters always make good amateur sleuths—I’d like to read this book. Oooh, that sugar free white mocha syrup is going to be on my grocery list this week.

  16. Barbara Thompson

    Book sounds fantastic. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance of a giveaway.

  17. Barbara Jones

    Sounds good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  18. The cover with the high heels caught my attention. I could tell I’d enjoy it even before reading the synopsis. Sign me up, please. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

  19. We haven’t started this series yet but it does sound like one that my wife and I would enjoy. Please enter my name for the chance to win a copy of Buried Leads. Thanks. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    • Thanks, Carl! I hope y’all have fun with Nichelle. If you don’t have it yet, go grab an ebook of Front Page Fatality while it’s only 99 cents! 🙂

      • Stephanie Carr

        I already did–I’m about two-thirds of the way through and hope to finish up this evening. great read!

  20. Stephanie Carr

    This sounds great–already heading off to find the first one! Would love to win!

  21. This sounds like a fun read, thanks for the chanced to win.

  22. Sounds like a fun series!

  23. Barbara Tobey

    Trade you a bottle of sugar-free white mocha syrup for a book.

  24. Thanks LynDee for dropping by and giving us a glimpse into Nichelle’s day.

  25. contest is closed.