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Burnout: My Thanksgiving Mystery!

I love to write books around the holidays and Burnout is my Thanksgiving book.  Of course, this may or may not be a reflection on my cooking when you look at the title. This is the fifth book in the Pecan Bayou Series and if you are a fan of my character, Rocky, the editor of the Pecan Bayou Gazette, then this book is for you. My very favorite scene to write in this book was when I armed Miss Ruby with a can of Final Net to go after a killer. It’s a hair product and also a deadly weapon!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Pecan Bayou Series #5

Pecan Bayou Series #5

It’s November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office.When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband’s newfound celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for an under-the-weather Hurricane Hal. Leo loves all the attention he’s getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you’ve come to know and love are back and you’ll find plenty of the Happy Hinter’s recipes and tips included at the end of the book.

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The mystery is a real page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end. And the small-town characters are a hoot.
~Traci Andrighetti’s Blog

Teresa is a new author to me… I like how she paints the town and the people in your mind so vividly.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This was a quick and very entertaining mystery that kept me up most of the night.

This book really grabbed and pulled me wanting to know what happened to certain characters. I just enjoyed it so much!!
~Community Bookstop

I love the town of Pecan Bayou and their involvement with everyone business. The caring of different characters and their relationships to each other. The humor in the book is fun and made me smile a lot.

Burnout… was a pleasure to read.
~Back Porchervations

I have been enjoying this series and it has only gotten better with each installment, including this one.
~Rantin, Ravin and Reading

I truly enjoyed all the different characters and story lines in this book!
~My Recent Favorite Books

I absolutely loved this mystery. Pecan Bayou is a place that’s easy to revisit. You’ll love the town and all of its inhabitants and you’ll never guess whodunit! ~A Chick Who Reads


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Read an Excerpt



Every end is a new beginning.
“He’s not in there.”
“What do you mean he’s not in there? I left him just a few hours ago. We have get in there and check! Why is everybody just standing around?” Leo and my father didn’t move. What was wrong with them?
I started running into the fire, but felt hands fastening onto my arms to hold me back. The Pecan Bayou Gazette building that had stood proudly on Main Street for sixty-three years now began caving in on itself as the white-hot flames overtook the structure. The repository of Pecan Bayou’s history— the place where everything that happened in our corner of Texas for the past half century had been recorded — was now turning into a pile of burning beams.
Elaina leaned up against her squad car, cell phone in hand. “I’ve called him three times, but still nobody is answering.”
It was all gone, the Pecan Bayou Gazette, a newspaper office that had told the story of our little town from basketball championships to church suppers. Weddings and funerals. It was all stored there, but the biggest loss was the man no one could get through the flames to rescue.
***** I had been in the Pecan Bayou Gazette office earlier in the day searching through some old issues that contained Thanksgiving recipes. Many years ago, Rocky published recipes from a Miss Caroline who wrote a much-loved food column. She wrote about everything from deviled eggs to making pot roast. I had been sifting through previous editions that had contained some recipes for Thanksgiving. Miss Caroline Ogilvy started out sharing some of her church’s favorite potluck recipes. According to Rocky so many people asked her to write down her recipes on cards for them that she believed it would just be easier if he printed them in the paper for her. He did, and they were a big success and pretty soon churches all over Pecan Bayou were cooking up her dishes and calling them their own.
She was retired now, but her recipes were still good stuff. Her culinary delights became so popular that Rocky included them in the paper once a month and once a week during the holiday season. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, I was happy to resurrect Miss Caroline’s gold mine of information to help my readers cook the perfect holiday dinner. “Where did you say Miss Caroline’s recipes were?”
“In the filing cabinet under C for Caroline.”
“Of course, filing by her first name. Who would have thought of that?”
“Miss Caroline will be happier than a tick on a hound dog that you are using her recipes. She told me she didn’t want to continue her column quite a while back, but I think she still misses being a local celebrity. You know she’s a little touched, right?”
“I hadn’t heard about that, but her recipe for cornbread stuffing was so good and was used by so many people that Aunt Maggie said she saw it printed in the paper over in Andersonville.” “I should have known they’d steal my quality copy.”
“Think of it as a compliment.”
“It’s hard to be humble when your stuff is good enough to steal. So how are your two young men liking middle school?” Rocky asked as he peeled an apple from behind the editor’s desk of the Pecan Bayou Gazette.
I sighed and shook my head. The boys had been on my mind a lot lately. Between the new school and all their friends and activities, sometimes I felt like there was so much going on with Zach and Tyler that it was growing out of my control.
“I don’t know,” I said. “Tyler seems to be fitting in pretty well, considering he’s a transplant from Dallas into our little town of Pecan Bayou. Zach, on the other hand, seems to be a little uncomfortable all of a sudden. He’s gone to school with these kids since kindergarten, but he just isn’t fitting in. Does that seem strange?”
“Come on, Betsy. Think about it. Tyler is the new kid in town. Worse than that, he’s a kid from the sophisticated big city of Dallas. He’s still a man of mystery. The spotlight is on him. Once they get used to him, things will settle down and Zach will find his place.”
“I guess you’re right.” I sighed. “I emailed you my latest column on getting water rings off wood. Do you want me to print it out for you so that you can edit it?”
“Don’t you worry about printing it out and having me edit it. I’ve got somebody to help me out with some of the paperwork around here now. I can handle it. One thing I can count on is my Happy Hinter articles. Wish Shorty was as conscientious as you are.”
“You know that huntin’ column he’s supposed to be writing? He hasn’t sent me anything in weeks and here we are at the heart of deer season.”
“Maybe he’s getting ready?”
“Yeah, and maybe he’s passed out in a deer blind somewhere.” Rocky threw his apple core away and then reached into his top drawer and pulled out a pack of antacids.
“Do you always have one of those things right after you eat, Rocky?”
“Not always, but I can already feel a stress-induced acid attack coming on. I got the Pet of the Week lady coming in around ten. She’s not too happy with me. I moved her pet picture to the comics page thinking it’s a great place for the kids to be lookin’.”
“Sounds like a good idea to me. Wasn’t it next to the obits?”
“Yes, and she complained that if the little critter didn’t get adopted, then why not just slide that picture on over to the dead column? She feels like I’m not taking in the gravity of the situation.”
“Obviously, she needs to spend a little more time reading the funnies.”

Burnout was Nominated for a RONE!

Check out the May Issue

Check out the May Issue

InD’tale is one of my favorite online magazines.  They review mostly romance but also have categories for mystery, suspense, novellas, chick lit, young adult and much more.  It’s a wonderful place for independent authors like me to make myself known to readers.

I was so happy to hear that BURNOUT has been nominated in the mystery category of the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards!  If you have read Burnout and would like to vote in the poll, please go here and vote!  While you’re there, you can sign up to get InD’tale magazine every month.

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It’s Chock Full of Book Reviews, articles and author interviews

It’s interesting for both readers and writers

Check out the current issue in the upper left hand corner of the site and I would love it if you put in a vote for Burnout!

Pecan Bayou Series #5

Pecan Bayou Series #5

4 Star Review of Burnout From InD’Tale Magazine

I was so excited that InD’Tale Magazine reviewed BURNOUT!  Here is part of the review.


Pecan Bayou Series #5

Pecan Bayou Series #5


…A fun new mystery has arrived in the fifth book in the “Pecan Bayou Mystery Series”.   Regardless of whether the reader has read the previous books, this is a great read.  The plot is smooth and the characters develop well.  The office fire is slowly uncovered leaving the reader guessing until the last moment.  The drama at home also gives the story some depth as it is not just the story of a lone detective only on the hunt, but an amateur detective and mother balancing life.  Overall, an excellent installment in the series.  Mystery lovers- take note!

Sarah E. Bradley

In’Dtale Magazine




If you are an Indie writer or just a lover of romances and mysteries, this is an excellent free publication.



BURNOUT is now available on Nook!

Happy September!  For my Nook fans that means my fifth book, BURNOUT is now available for their ereader.  

Here is the link:  BURNOUT on NOOK!burnoutatbn

Thank you to everyone who downloaded BURNOUT on Kindle this last week and also for the kind reviews you left me on Amazon.

BURNOUT will be available on Apple and Kobo by October 1st.

You Are Never Too Old To Write

Never to old to write!

Never to old to write!

I love this article that came out today about an 86 year old woman who has self-published a steamy romance novel.  It just goes to prove you’re never too old to write!  Not only that, but it’s a great exercise for your brain.  Personally, I have to make myself lists not only in my writing but in my day to day activities.  Writing causes a person to constantly reorganize and re-evaluate work.

I write several drafts and as I go through each draft I make little notes that will have to be addressed in the next draft.  For instance in the book I’m working on now my notes look something like this:

*Where is the dog?  Write him in!  For goodness sake, you have a whole book dedicated to him and he can’t score a single scene in this one?

*Give Leo’s mother more lines.  She’s melting into the background.

*Make sure you haven’t mentioned this fact before scene 2.12

And on and on and on.  I really do take on the “character” of an editor in my notes.  If I feel snarky about something, I just go on ahead and write that too.  If I don’t constantly” laundry list” what I need to do, then I end up wasting precious writing time rethinking what is wrong with my manuscript.  Sorry to have to tell you, I ALWAYS find something wrong.  Maybe it’s perfectionism, but all you have to do is look at how I load a dishwasher to know I’m no perfectionist!  I just don’t always get it right the first time.

I hope to be writing at 86.  I know I’ll still be making mistakes, but that’s just part of the journey.

Just a reminder-my book Burnout will be free on Kindle from August 26 to 30!  If you don’t have a copy, save the date!

August 26-30!

August 26-30!



BURNOUT Will Be Free on Kindle August 26-30 – Mark Your Calendar!

Here in Texas it’s hot enough to start a fire,  so I think I’ll put my book BURNOUT on for free for five days!  Tell your friends!  Tell your relatives!  BURNOUT will be free on Kindle August 26-30!    If you think you need a reminder, follow me on Twitter, Facebook or join my mailing list!

August 26-30!

August 26-30!

Thank you to all of my Nook readers!  I promise BURNOUT is coming to Nook in September.   I have been touched by your overwhelming rush to get my books this summer.

One more thing.  The last book in the Pecan Bayou Mystery series is in final revisions.  I even have a title now, but can’t share it yet.  It’s a good one.  Plenty of ghosts, plenty of small town goofy people, and plenty of murder!


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I will be having five free days in a row this month for my latest mystery Burnout.  You can check back here to see if it’s free, join my mailing list or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

In September the book will be available through Barnes and Noble as well as Smashwords so all you Nook owners-hold on!  Burnout is coming to you 🙂

Enter My Goodreads Giveaway for a Free Copy of BURNOUT!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Burnout by Teresa Trent


by Teresa Trent

Giveaway ends June 03, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

I’m giving away a signed copy of Burnout to one lucky reader. Enter through Goodreads and good luck!

Had so much fun at Menilfest in Houston talking to other authors and meeting people who love a mystery.   It was a little hot (remember this is Houston) but we survived!


Bargain Book at Brooke’s- Burnout is free today!

I’m guest posting at Brooke Blogs today giving an overview of my little town of Pecan Bayou.  If you are new to the series, you can get to know the place without using Google maps or that pushy little voice on the navigation.

If you haven’t picked a FREE copy of BURNOUT yet-this is your last chance so grab yours and tell all your friends.

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New Review for Burnout at A Chick Who Reads Today

A Chick Who Reads




I’m hopping over to A Chick Who Reads today for a review of  Burnout.  Thank you Andrea!  Take a look through her book reviews.  It’s a nice mix of romance and mystery.  She also lists plenty of giveaways.  Only three days left to enter my giveaway for an Amazon gift card for $25.

Burnout will be FREE on Kindle one my day on my tour.  Not today….but soon. Very soon.