Friday, May 20, 2016



When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again?

Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee.


Julie, do you have a writing routine?
The alarm goes off every day around five. The awful thing is that I’m usually awake long before the alarm goes off. I stumble downstairs, push the button on the coffee maker, let the dog out, then write.

Do you write every day?
I do. Every day. On weekends I sleep in until six or so.

Whoa! Go wild! How often do you read?
I read whenever I can. I love mysteries, biographies, and history.

What do you think makes a good story?
I love a story with compelling characters, a killer plot, and lots of laughs.

What books do you currently have published?
Clouds in my Coffee is the third book in the Country Club Murders series. The fourth book will release in October.

Do you have any marketing tips you could pass on to indie authors?
Be present, be real, and don’t be afraid to tell people about your book if they ask. That said, don’t be that person—the one who says, “Nice to meet you, buy my book!”

If you could only watch one television station for a year, what would it be?

Can I say Netflix?

Absolutely! How often do you tweet?
I tweet everyday. I’m boring. Don’t bother.

How do you feel about Facebook?
I love Facebook and post pictures from the seventies, songs, bad advertising, bad clothes and fun memories.

What scares you the most?

I am terrified of snakes.

What five things would you never want to live without?
I need my Kindle, my phone, coffee, cream, and wine.

What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
I’d like to say my keys, but the truth is I forget them all the time.

What’s your favorite fast food?

I could eat a burrito bowl from Chipotle every day.

What’s your favorite beverage?
Wine or coffee? Wine or coffee? Coffee. Definitely coffee. Or wine.

Name one thing you’re really really bad at.
I have a terrible memory. Seriously. What was the question?

What do you wish you could do?
I wish I could travel more.

What do you like to do when there’s nothing to do?

Have I mentioned Netflix?

Point taken. 
Would you rather be a movie star, sports star, or rock star?
Movie star, no one wants to hear me sing.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Wine, cream for my coffee, blackberries, raspberries, yogurt, almond milk, lunch meat, and sour dough bread.

What’s one of your favorite quotes? 
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." — Camus

Who is your favorite fictional character?

I am quite fond of Davis Way who is written by Gretchen Archer.

What’s your favorite song?
Today, it’s "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart.


Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders.

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean—and she's got an active imagination. Truth is—she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

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