Friday, January 31, 2014

Justice Perverted Book Tour

Justice Perverted by Dee Wilbur

Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/13/14 - 2/10/14
Series: The Richmond Saga
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Medical Mystery, Beach Read

Sandy dozed intermittently with her head on Jon’s shoulder as they headed west on IH10. She thought about the changes that had just occurred in her life: her father’s death, quitting her teaching job in New Orleans, and packing all her belongings into the moving truck she was riding in. Her mind raced to the changes that were to come: her marriage to Jon, moving to the town of Richmond, Texas, and the effect that the community would have on her—and she would have on the community. She could not have foreseen the arrest of Jon’s partner for murder, the teenage marijuana ring, or the complete perversion of justice about to take place.

Author Interview:
Dee Pipes and Charlie Yates write together as Dee Wilbur, a combination of their middle names. Using first names, Beatrice Charles, sounded too much like a blues singer. Last names, Yates Pipes sounded like either a plumbing store or a tobacconist.

When we speak before groups, we always leave time for questions. It seems like the same questions always reoccur, so we thought that would be the best way to introduce ourselves.  We don’t have some burning issue that we want to blog about, because we are mostly about writing and reading mysteries. 

1.       Are you married?
A.      Yes, we are, but not to each other.

2.       How did you get together to start writing?
A.      We, Dee, her husband Bryan, Charlie and his wife Sally, all sat close to each other for about fifteen years at Rice University basketball games. Rice has some wonderful student athletes and some winning athletic programs (think baseball and the Liberty Bowl Owl football team)—but not basketball.  Lots of suffering and lots of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory bonded our friendships.   All four graduated from Rice.

3.       What motivated you to start writing?
A.      Charlie had retired from thirty years as a practicing radiologist (interpreting X-rays and nuclear medicine studies). We were out eating dinner together, and Dee innocently asked, “What are you going to do now that you are retired?” Charlie innocently answered, “I’m going to work in my garden and keep my swimming pool clean. And maybe write a book.” A week later Charlie got an e-mail from Dee saying, “I have decided that I am the one to help you write your book.” Being smarter than the average bear, Charlie realized that arguing with Dee was futile. He did get her to agree that they would write together, equally, rather than that she would be helping him.

4.       How did you decide to write mystery novels?
A.      We both read mysteries and enjoy them.  It seemed like a good place to start. 

Dee and her mother-in-law left for a two-week vacation immediately after she and Charlie decided to write together. Her final instructions were, “Have an outline of the book ready when I get back.” She claims that she thought it would be a book on cognitive psychology. When she returned, Charlie dutifully presented her with a seventy-page condensation of their first novel, A Jealous God. He had been working on the twists that make the surprise ending for a while. 

5.       How did you get an agent?
A.      We sent out more than one hundred query letters to agents found in the Writer’s Guide. We rapidly got over ninety rejection replies, many of them on pre-printed post cards. The final ones didn’t arrive until about nine months later, but it was still a rejection. Undaunted, we changed the first part of their query letter to read something like this: “This book is the one you have been waiting for; it will make your career as an agent. There is so much sex in this novel that it will get a strong R rating when it is made into a movie; when made into a TV show it will be listed as TVMA14 with strict parental discretion urged.” We sent out ten copies of this letter. Within two weeks we had received five requests for the first three chapters. Within two more weeks, we had received four requests for the entire book, within two more weeks, we had two offers for people wanting to be our agents.

6.       What has been the reaction of your friends and those that know you?
A.      Dee was so frightened about a negative response that she hoped the pseudonym would serve as a good disguise and that no one would recognize the authors. In fact Dee Wilbur is a limited liability partnership with a limited liability corporation as the general partner because she thought they would be sued. For the most part reaction has been very favorable. Only two or three people serve as models for characters in the book. They are aware of this and seem to derive pleasure from it. More people who are not models for characters seem to think they are and seem to derive much pleasure out of their misconceptions.

My Review:
A successful attorney named Jon is the main character of Justice Perverted.  He is from a small town in Texas and knows the "ins and outs" of his town.  Sandy is his girlfriend, and she lives New Orleans.  Her father dies and she moves from a big city to a small town.  It is a hard adjustment for anyone to make, especially for two people who are learning to stride together.

This mystery novel keeps you on your toes.  It has a plot went in logical progression, so it make this an easy novel to read.  I would recommend Justice Perverted to anyone who likes a good mystery or who would like to ease into the genre.  

“And why doesn’t he want to handle divorces? It’s not like he has to do the investigation?” Daphne asked. I’m still not getting all of it, she thought. “I know he does pre-nups. He did one for someone last week, and I’m billing for it today.”
       “Two things. Don’t send out the bill for the pre-nup for another week or two. Doesn’t seem exactly polite to go sticking your hand out right away. And if that old coot actually does marry little miss smiley tight britches . . .”
       Daphne laughed at the description. Maureen certainly remembered the couple correctly. And she had been as nice as anything when they were in the office.
       “If they have the lack of taste to send Jon an invitation to the wedding, we send them a fifty dollar gift certificate to Yastremski’s Meat Market in East Bernard and sign the card Jon Miller, Esq.”
       “The meat market? For all the wedding invitations Jon gets?” Daphne asked with a shocked expression on her face.
       “Lord, no. Just the ones where he does the pre-nup. It’s his little joke,” Maureen explained with a grin.
       “Back to the pre-nups and divorces, which of course go hand in hand. If the couple divorces, at least one or maybe both, will continue to reside in Richmond,” Maureen continued, “and Jon, of course, wants both of their business.”  Daphne laughed as the light finally came on.
       “Yes, indeed. And no one remembers their divorce lawyer positively.”
       “I sure don’t!  He took my money, didn’t get me enough money from that lazy bastard ex of mine, and took his own sweet time doing it,” Daphne said with feeling as her voice broke.
       The older woman looked at her and asked, “It’s been about a year since you started proceedings?”
       “It’s been a year and one month since I threw his lazy cheating ass out of my house. How did you know?”
       “These things seem to go in stages, and you are at about the one year mark, give or take a couple of months.”
       Maybe this woman does know something. I’m gonna try to keep an open mind and listen and learn, Daphne told herself silently.

Buy Link:      Amazon

About the Authors:

Beatrice Dee Pipes and Charles Wilbur Yates, Jr. write under the pen name Dee Wilbur, a combination of their middle names. This is their second work of fiction. A Texas native, Dee Pipes grew up in a small Texas town. Her degree from Rice University is a B.A. in English. She currently runs a company that helps other companies with marketing, project management, and other tasks. She has been married to her husband Bryan for thirty years. Also a native Texan, Charles Yates, Jr., was also reared in a small Texas town. He graduated from Rice University in Houston with a B.A. and Ph.D. in Biology. He received the M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He has been married to his wife Sally for forty-five years. They have four adult sons and six grandchildren. He now tends his garden in Richmond, Texas.

Author Links:  Website    Goodreads

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