Friday, March 13, 2015

A Day in the Life of Georgia Thornton {+ Giveaway}

A First Date With Death by Diana OrgainIt’s a pleasure to welcome author Diana Orgain to Thoughts in Progress today to talk about her protagonist in her latest release, A FIRST DATE WITH DEATH, the first installment in her new A Love or Money Mystery series.

Diana is here to tell us how Georgia Thornton, her new protagonist, spends a typical day. I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on this fun new series. In addition, thanks to Diana and the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of A FIRST DATE WITH DATE to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details on this.

Please join me now in giving a warm welcome to Diana. Welcome, Diana. What’s a day in Georgia’s life like?

5:30am – Get into Hair and Make-up. Really? Why did I agree to appear on the godawful reality TV show, Love or Money? Oh yeah. Life wasn’t going as smoothly as it could.

6:30am – I’m still not awake yet, and I look unrealistically pretty for this “reality” show.

7:00am – Time to get on the set. I miss my phone and wish the producers would let me have communication with the outside world.

8:00am – Still waiting around the set (which happens to be on location at the Golden Gate Bridge) for the crew to finalize things.

9:00am – Back into hair and make-up even though we haven’t filmed a single scene. The wind on the bridge is fierce. Why does this make-up lady look so familiar? Oh Lord. Is she the same woman I put behind bars before I got canned from SFPD?

10:00am – Ah! The men for first date have arrived. Yippee. Time to get the show on the road.

11:00am – Disaster strikes…

Diana, thanks for sharing this look at Georgia’s day. I think we can all relate to a day going nothing like we’d like for it to.

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Diana, here’s a little background on her.

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. 

Diana lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. For more on Diana and her writing, visit her at

Here’s a brief description of A FIRST DATE WITH DEATH:

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 of the Golden Gate Bridge.
        He’s replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia’s former fiancĂ©. 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…

Here are my thoughts on this entertaining cozy mystery…..

You don’t have to be a fan of reality TV to enjoy author Diana Orgain’s A FIRST DATE WITH DEATH as the suspense and mystery will hold you captive until the very end. 

The story flows smoothly and at a good pace to keep you guessing who will be picked and who the killer really is. The setting comes to life through the author’s eye for details.

The characters are likable and realistic. The protagonist is funny with strengths and weaknesses readers can relate to. The secondary characters add charm to the fascinating story.

This is a delightful beginning to a promising new series that puts reality TV in a whole new perspective. The author combines humor, friendship, and loyalty with suspense and intrigue for a well-developed story.

A First Date With Death by Diana Orgain, A Love or Money Mystery Book #1, Berkley, @2015, ISBN: 978-0425271681, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


This giveaway is for one print copy of A FIRST DATE WITH DEATH. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 12 a.m. on Sunday, March 22.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Diana Orgain’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks everyone for stopping by today during Diana’s visit. I hope we’ve enticed you to check out this new series. Have you ever thought about being on reality TV? Do you have a favorite reality show? BTW, Happy Friday the 13th! (the second one this year).

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  1. That sounds like a heap of fun. And fits quite comfortably with my preconceptions (alright prejudices) about reality television.

  2. What's the disaster? Now I want to know...

  3. Now that is quite a twist on reality TV.

  4. Love new series, looks great, thanks for the chance to win :)

  5. Sounds like a good read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  6. Mason - Thanks for hosting Diana.
    Diana - Thanks for sharing a day in Georgia's life. It's interesting how we get to know our own characters by thinking about what their daily lives are like. Wishing you much success.

  7. I'm not a fan of reality shows, unless they are cop shows i.e. 48 hours, and my favorite Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda, but this book sounds interesting. grammyd 91 at comcast dot net

  8. I love cozy mysteries and this sounds like a fun one. Thank you for sharing

  9. My daughter loves cozy mysteries and I think she'd enjoy this one. Thank you for the chance to win it for her.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  10. I'd love to read the first book in this series! It sounds like one I'm going to enjoy! Thank you!

  11. I'm not a fan of reality shows either but they do make a good setting for murder....

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  12. This cozy mystery is delightful and unique. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I don't watch much reality tv myself, but sure think it would be a great venue for a murder mystery! So excited for the debut book of Diana's new series! Thanks! JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. This sounds so different from other cozies, I can't wait to read it it. Please pick me :)

  15. Diana, thanks again for joining us today. This is a delightful beginning to a fun new series. Wishing you much success.

    Hi, all! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

  16. This sounds like a fun read, thanks for the chance to win it.

  17. I just watch Amazing Race but I think this cozy would be a lot of fun. I wonder what an cozy aping the Amazing Race would be like??/ Thank you for the chance.

  18. I don't watch reality TV, but I will read about it. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

  19. Reality TV is a great source for a murder mystery, I'm surprised a real one hasn't taken place.

  20. I don't like the kind of reality shows where they yell at each other. I wouldn't want to be on one. I like Househunters on H.G.T.V. and the ghost shows where it's reenacted and the people tell their story, such as A Haunting and My Haunted House. I also like Extreme Cheapskates.

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