I’m so very excited to announce Dust Up with the Detective has landed on bookstore shelves!
About Dust Up with the Detective:
Every dead body in Butte is someone’s kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it’d feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he’s known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.
It’s been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake’s daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family’s secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they’d broken long ago…
I LOVED writing this book and it is definitely one of my very favorites (though picking my favorite would be exactly like picking a favorite child–completely impossible). I still have a major crush on Jeremy Lawrence and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes an appearance or two in upcoming releases!
In preparation for Dust Up with the Detective’s release, I hit the road and visited Butte, Montana.
Butte is an incredible city with an even more interesting history that centers around the grueling reality of mining and the lives it impacts, lives I tried to capture in the pages of the book. The city was coined ‘The Richest Hill on Earth’ as it provided the United States with a hefty supply of copper, silver, gold, and other heavy metals. However, due to the nature of mining and a blind eye to environmental issues, Butte and the Berkeley Pit (an open-pit mine) are now home to one of the most toxic man-made environments in the United States. New environmental laws and protections have been come into play, yet the damage of generations past can still be witnessed firsthand in this one-time boom town.
One of the iconic images of Butte, Montana are the headframes that are scattered around the city. Each has its own name, but my favorite was the headframe named Orphan Girl.
A headframe is used in underground mining, and in Butte some are illuminated with LED lights to commemorate Butte’s history in copper mining.
I bet you can guess why, but the picture of the Berkeley Pit was my absolute favorite! If you look closely, there is another headframe in the background.
If you have been to Butte–feel free to share you stories! Also, I hope you get a chance to check out Dust Up with the Detective! I can promise this book is just as enchanting and full of intrigue as the city in which it is set!
You can get your copy of the book anywhere books are sold or you can visit these online retailers (please note it is also available in large print):
As always, I want to take a moment to thank my readers. I can’t wait to hear what you think about this book! I love getting feedback! And, if you get your hands on a copy, please make sure to send me a picture! You can send it to me on Twitter (@DanicaWinters) or Facebook!!
If you post a review on Amazon or send me a picture of you (or your furry kids) with Dust Up with the Detective, you will be entered to win a set of Headframe Distillery pint glasses (and some other goodies may be thrown into the box as well–mugs, signed books, tote bags, and pens)! So send those pictures and post those reviews (don’t forget to tag/email me)! You can enter more than once. Contest ends October 5, 2016 and winner will be notified via social media or email. *U.S. Residents only.
Wishing you the happiest of reading,
PS – Enjoy this slideshow of Butte, Montana!!!