Murder on the Down Low (Blog Tour and giveaway)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Meet Pamela Samuels Young,
author of Murder on the Down Low

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and author of the legal thrillers, Murder on the Down Low, In Firm Pursuit, Every Reasonable Doubt, and the
forthcoming, Buying Time, A desire to see women and people of color represented in today’s legal fiction prompted Pamela to start writing despite a busy career as an attorney. The former journalist and Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Pamela is the fiction writing expert for and is on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos,
revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled. At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fiancĂ©e’s death. For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Master your craft! Take the time to study writing the same way you would study any other profession. Also, read like a writer. When you read a book you enjoy, study the author’s writing style and the book’s story structure. Ask yourself why the book was a great read. One of the most helpful things I did as a new writer was outline John Grisham’s The Firm and examine the story structure. It helped me tremendously in learning how to build suspense.

Pamela is the Fiction Writing Expert for Her bi-monthly articles cover a range of topics on fiction writing. Here’s a link to Pamela’s article The First Paragraph.

Read an excerpt from Pamela's novel, Murder on the Down Low, here

Murder on the Blog Tour Giveaway

Please leave a comment with your e-mail address to enter to win an autographed book and a 25 dollar gift card from Pamela Samuels Young. One winner will be chosen each day for a total of FIVE winners.


Nikola said...

Hey I'd love to enter! My email is

Also, you have an award waiting for you on my blog, make sure you pick it up! :)

Ty said...

Jenny, Thank you so much for introducing your readers to Pamela Samuels Young today.

The embed for the excerpt seems a little funny. If you want to remove it and just link to the URL, that would be great.



Wanda said...

I'd love to be entered in your draw.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I'd love to enter to win! Email is

Thanks for the review and author interview.

I signed up to follow and put you on my blogroll. Thanks for finding me on Book Blogs. I'll look forward to more great info on your blog!

sumanam said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment and also for introducing Pamela Samuels Young to us. Looking forward to reading such reviews more...

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'd love to enter! My e-mail is

Tea said...

I love mysteries. I would love to read Murder on the Down Low. This is exciting.

okbolover said...

oh oh oh oh oh!! enter me pls!

sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

looks like an awesome book.

Sheere said...

I'd like to enter please!

rubymoon said...

OMG this looks like a great book! Thanks for introducing me to Pamela Samuels Young's writing. I'm bumping this book to the top of my TBR pile whether I win or not.

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All the Buzz Literary Reviews said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book. I've read your other novels and really enjoyed them.

I wish you continued success.

Linda Ellen said...

wow wow wow! This sounds like a really good book! Me want! =P

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Colleen said...

I would like to enter....this sounds good!

Pamela said...

Hey everybody!

Thanks for the shout outs and hope you enjoyed the interview and that you get a chance to read Murder on the Down Low as well as my other books. My fourth novel, Buying Time, goes to the printer next week. I'm still revising. So hard to let it go! You can find it in stores November 1st.

If any of you belong to book clubs, I would love to attend your book club meeting via speakerphone, telephone or webcam. You can email me at

Jenny, thanks for featuring me!

Happy reading!


Victoria said...

I'd love to win this!

Thank you!

Barb said...

This book sounds great. I would love to read it. Please enter me.

Your blog is great to read also.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

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