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Best-selling, multi-award-winning authors with 45 published
titles and over three million copies in print worldwide
Recipients of The Romantic Times Career Achievement Award
Reviewers International Organization's Award of Excellence
STIFF, Sofie Metropolis IV,
in Paperback Now!
Summer is here...woot! Well, it doesn't officially arrive until the
21st, but the hot sun and soaring temps tell me it's come early. Don't
know about you, but I say bring it on!
In need of a little summer reading? Allow me to suggest the paperback
of WORKING STIFF, the
4th title in our Sofie Metropolis if you don't already
have it! Reports have copies still available in bookstores, so go snatch
up one now. If they happen to be sold out, make sure you place an order
and ask them to stock more. Or if online ordering is more your thing,
find links listed below:
in Paperback Now!
Reviewers' Choice Nominee
The week before Halloween, a body disappears from Sofie’s
Aunt’s funeral home. It might be a holiday prank, but
Sofie’s barely begun to investigate when she’s handed
a truly hot case: prove the innocence of Little Johnny Laughton
who's on trial for murder! And what happens when sexy Aussie
bounty hunter Jake Porter finally takes her up on her many offers?
Carrington's entertaining fourth Sofie Metropolis novel (after
2007's Foul Play), the Queens Greek-American PI is on the hunt
[again]... [R]romance, humor and appealing characters will keep
readers happily turning the pages."Publishers
"I loved this book and probably found it the best of
all the Sofie novels. There’s a genuinely good mystery
embedded in a very funny story... Don’t miss this one;
you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait for the
next Sofie book to come out. I’ll be first in line
to get it!" Jeri Neal, The
Romance Readers Connection
Missing Dead Bodies and a murder case, oh my. Such
is the life of Sofie Metropolis in her latest adventure, Working
Stiff... I just couldn’t wait for the next chapter to
come so I could see what was going to happen. Tori Carrington
has really outdone herself with this one... [I] can’t
wait for the next Sofie Metropolis installment to see what happens
in Sofie’s life. " Lydia Funneman, Writers
That's right! We're delighted to share the news that Edwin Buckhalter
of Severn House has picked up the next two books in our Sofie Metropolis,
PI series, with the 5th book to be released in hardcover both in the
UK and US later this year. Woohoo! I'd say that calls for a celebration.
Pieces of Tony's
Famous Baklava all around!
Warm thanks to our agents Robert Gottlieb and Alanna
Ramirez of Trident
Media Group who love our girl Sofie as much as we do.
celebrate the paperback release of WORKING
STIFF, the 4th title in our Sofie Metropolis
series, we're offering up an Unabridged Audio copy (a $63 value)
of the 2nd title DIRTY LAUNDRY. Click here
to listen to a sample.
to send us an email to enter now.
to the winners of The Book Exchange's Special Drawing:
1st: Jackie Wisherd
2nd: Kathy Sanders
3rd: Leslie Wilton
June 12th, 2010 Books-A-Million
The Town Center at Levis Commons
Signing from 1-3:00 p.m.
with fellow local authors Tracy
Madison and Elizabeth
Can't make it out? Call to reserve your signed copy at (419) 873-0727.
Saturday, July 17th, 2010 The
A Day of Romance Multi-Author Signing!
Keep posted for more info. JoAnn Ross, Holly Jacobs,
Susan Gable and Madeline Hunter so far scheduled to be there!
Call to reserve
your signed copy at (419) 734-7018.
photos from our most recent appearances by clicking here!
here for more chat/appearance
posted for more!
A coincidence that even as pro baseball teams everywhere race
toward the pennant that FOUL
PLAY is available in paperback? We think not! The
third title in our SOFIE
METROPOLIS series, celebrates all sports
dreamers as it becomes available for the first time in paperback!
(We're getting numerous reports that readers can't find copies
in stores. If this happens to you, make sure you ask the store
to order more!)
Here's the blurb: The wife of Reni Venezuela, a pitching
phenom just signed by Sofie’s beloved New York Mets, arrives
on Sofie’s doorstep in a gigantic bright yellow Hummer
and declares that something is wrong with her husband. Can Sofie
find out what even as things heat up with yummy Greek baker
Dino and Aussie bounty hunter Jake Porter?
In case you missed the hardcover edition last year, here are
a few reviews for FOUL
sassy Sofie knocks the ball out of Shea Stadium in this colorful
"If you like Stephanie Plum, you've got to meet Sofie
Metropolis - she's a keeper!" Merry, Annie's
Book Stop, Sharon, MA
retaining all the humor and off-kilter exploits that have made
this series such a delight, Carrington's latest shows Sofie's
growing confidence in her instincts and abilities. This writing
duo excels at delivering both giggles and gasps, and they have
another winner."Romantic Times
January 2010! BLAZING
BEDTIME STORIES January
Tori Carrington and Tawny Weber invite you to indulge in two
tales of love, adventure...and really hot sex!
The Body That Launched a Thousand Ships
by Tori Carrington
Elena Anastasios is finally going to get her fairy-tale wedding.
Little does she know that ultra-hot Ari Metaxas is about to
steal her away from her groom-to-be. Or that he intends to give
her multiple mind-blowing reasons to believe that he's the better
You have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs...
by Tawny Weber
Reporter Sebastian Lane knows he's tangled with the wrong woman
when she puts a curse on him to lose his sexual mojo! It's going
to take a real woman to save him. Luckily, Jordan Oliver has
a weakness for Sebastian, warts and all...
these novellas are sure to please fans of Harlequin Blazes.
They are well-written, short, intense stories filled with passion
and conflict and hot attraction between characters. Excellent
for cold winter nights!" Jeri
Romance Readers Connection
hot tale of duty and desire clashing...captivating tale from
beginning to end..." Patti Fischer, Romance
"The Body That Launched A Thousand Ships
was a steamy story that helped to make the cold wind outside
my windows warmer." Lydia Funneman, Writers
Last Stop, Ditmars
contributed a novella to Queens Noir, a collection
of crime stories set in the gritty NY Borrough, including mysteries
by Jimmy Breslin, Denis Hamill
and Malachy McCourt. Here's what Publishers
Weekly has to say: "The husband-and-wife team
writing as Tori Carrington (Sofie Metropolis) weighs in with a
gritty whodunit set in a Greek diner in 'Last Stop, Ditmars...'
[T]here’s plenty to enjoy here for Akashic completists and
anyone who’s ever cheered (or jeered) the Mets."
The anthology is available now from Akashic
Books, and features Sofie's uncle
Spyros Metropolis, and is set before she signs
on at his agency. Our thanks to author Robert
Knightly, and Bonnie and
Joe of Manhattan'sBlack
Orchid Mystery Bookstore for leading us to this exciting
project, and for our TDA
editor Melissa Ann Singer for encouraging us
to take it on. Order your copy now by clicking here.
out the Astoria
Gumshoe piece on our Sofie that appeared in the Astoria
Times last month by clicking here.
Warm thanks to April Isaacs for the great convo!
"In Working Stiff, the Karayiannis deliver
another entertaining story of their "Greek Nancy Drew"
who has an attitude to match her sense of adventure. And they
do it in a way that will make you look forward to Sofie's next
adventure. Yes, they're back. And hopefully soon they will be
back yet again."
Erica Blake, The
"The evolution of Sofie Metropolis from devastated non-bride
to self-confident woman has been a huge part of the charm of these
novels. While humor is still a factor in this one, the focus is
more on Sofie's developing deductive skills. A creepy plot with
plenty of chills and action makes this time well spent."
Catherine Witmer, Romantic
"Tori Carrington has done it again in the continuing misadventures
of Sofie Metropolis. I simply adore this well written series,
and WORKING STIFF is no exception... With its heart stopping action
and funny but realistic characters, I highly recommend you add
WORKING STIFF to your book shopping list today." Patti
January 2008 Queens Noir Short
Story Collection Our short story features Sofie's uncle Spyros
Metropolis and is set before she signs on at his agency.
ISBN 1933354402 Akashic
week before Halloween, a body disappears from Sofie’s Aunt’s
funeral home. It might be a holiday prank, but Sofie’s barely
begun to investigate when she’s handed a truly hot case: prove
the innocence of Little Johnny Laughton, who's already on trial
wife of Reni Venezuela, a pitching phenom just signed by Sofie’s
beloved New York Mets, arrives on Sofie’s doorstep in a gigantic
bright yellow Hummer and declares that something is wrong with her
husband. Can Sofie find out what even as things heat up with yummy
Greek baker Dino and Aussie bounty hunter Jake Porter?
In case you missed the hardcover edition last year, here are a few
reviews for FOUL
sassy Sofie knocks the ball out of Shea Stadium in this colorful
"If you like Stephanie Plum, you've got to meet Sofie Metropolis
- she's a keeper!" Merry, Annie's Book Stop, Sharon,
retaining all the humor and off-kilter exploits that have made this
series such a delight, Carrington's latest shows Sofie's growing
confidence in her instincts and abilities. This writing duo excels
at delivering both giggles and gasps, and they have another winner."Romantic Times
in Trade Paperback
Books FeaturingSPYROS METROPOLIS, PI
"The husband-and-wife team writing as Tori Carrington (Sofie
Metropolis) weighs in with a gritty whodunit set in a Greek diner
in 'Last Stop, Ditmars...' [T]here’s plenty to enjoy here
for Akashic completists and anyone who’s ever cheered (or
jeered) the Mets."Publishers
in Paperback Still
Avail in Hardcover DIRTY
ISBN 0-765-35100-5 Book Two
Starring Sofie Metropolis Forge Paperback
Available May 2, 2007
"More frappe-fueled fun in Astoria, Queens, with the Hellenic
depicts Sofie's world with the nutty sweetness of baklava.”—Publishers
Sofie Metropolis is the newest P.I. on the mean streets of Astoria,
Queens. She’s known for her trademark frappes and her itchy
trigger finger. She even shot one of her own clients!
Well, he was trying to kill her at the time . . . and she only
hit him in the knee . . . .
Sofie’s hot on the trail of a missing pet ferret—wait,
aren’t those illegal in New York City?—and a missing
dry cleaner. According to his furious wife, Aglaia, Uncle Tolly
was acting odd right before he disappeared. The proof? The brand-new
Mercedes Tolly just bought. And the business’s books, which
show that Uncle Tolly was laundering more than just clothes.
Which is where the mob comes in, in the darkly handsome figure
of Tony DiPiazza. Tony’s very taken with Sofie. Too bad
she won’t back off the money-laundering and kidnapping (or
is it murder?) investigation.
Really too bad, since hunky Australian bounty hunter/man of mystery
Jake Porter is hanging around again, tinkering under the hood
of Sofie’s car and kissing Sofie like he really means it,
only she’s too busy to notice.
Too busy: being attacked by a malevolent dry-cleaning bag; bailing
Aglaia out of jail; airing out her apartment after an assault
by noxious dog-farts; and spying on her own father. Because Sofie’s
mother thinks that after nearly thirty years of marriage, her
husband is having an affair. Can’t anyone stay faithful
for five minutes?
Sofie’s quest for the truth gets her into hot water—and
a pair of cement overshoes. It’s not her best look.
On her wedding
day, right before the ceremony, right there in the Greek Orthodox
church, Sofie Metropolis discovered her groom and her maid of
honor in each other's arms. Sofie took this as a sign, and since
then, she's been doing her best to confound her own, and her family's,
First, she is no longer waiting tables at either her father's
or her grandfather's dueling Greek restaurants in Astoria, Queens.
Second, she kept the engagement ring (the garbage disposal choked
on it) and all the wedding presents, including the small apartment
building that was a gift from her parents. It's not easy to collect
rent from an eccentric group of tenants that includes a trio of
lackadaisical business school students and a nice little old Jewish
lady who plies Sofie with ethnic delicacies, but at least Sofie
has a roof over her head. And her ex-fiance's recliner in the
Sofie also has a new career, thanks to uncle Spyros's detective
agency. Okay, so far, the cases haven't been all that exciting-mostly,
Sofie's been tracking down lost pets and cheating spouses-but
at least she's in control of her life. And even Sam Spade had
to start somewhere.
Then Sofie's mother's best friend, Mrs. Kapoor, who seems to dose
everything, even tea, with curry, reports that her dog has been
stolen. Sofie must drop everything to search for the meanest mutt
on the face of the earth...
The agency's usually unflappable office manager comes to Sofie
in terror because the neighborhood "vampire" has disappeared,
replaced by his even creepier nephew...
Tailing a wayward wife, Sofie is caught in a shoot-out and is
rescued by Australian man-of-mystery Jake Porter, who might be
a bounty hunter and who definitely gets Sofie's engine started...
And what is Jake Porter doing in the middle of Sofie's adultery
case anyway, and why is the cheating wife now on the run?
Letter Magazine has included a piece on us and what our girl
would eat for Valentine's Day. (Given her recent experiences with men,
we included items with lots of garlic and pork...only she probably should
have listened to the male Greeks in her family who insist that both actually
stimulate the sex drive!) Click here
to check out more info on the mag. Our thanks to Kris Alice Hohls for
her warm generosity.
Check out this video review of the first book in our Sofie
Metropolisseries. We don't
know who vernfonzndrian is, but we'd love to
drive up her video views. So click on the above icon to watch
the video, tell your friends to watch it, and then watch it again!
This is so majorly kewl!
In an on-line poll for you to decide which
Australian actor best represents Sofie's Man-of-Mystery Jake Porter,
Hugh Jackman or Russell Crowe. No surprise, Hugh won by a wide margin!
So here is another pic of him for all of us to drool over. Mmm...
Thanks for voting!
Want to personalize your book purchase as a gift to yourself or someone
else? Send an SASE to P.O. Box 12271, Toledo, Ohio 43612 and we'll
send you a signed bookplate. Or, if you'd like a cover flat of any
of our books, mail us a 9" x 11" self-addressed envelope
with two first class stamps and we'll send you one, depending on availability.
summer Greek recipe for Sofie's Souvlaki with Tzatsiki!
Click here now.
Mmm...a Greek aphrodisiac? Of course, Tony swears that all Greek
food falls solidly in that category. But his baklava...mmm. You
be the judge! You can find a recipe for Tony's Famous Baklava
by clicking here.
Or catch up with us at appearances to sample some. Kali
The view from Smila in 2004. The forests on
the mountains across the way have burned to ash.
to view Maria Menounos' personal report on the fire in Greece.
- Greece Forest Fires:
We've been on the phone constantly with family (Tony's brother, sister-in-law,
niece and her family including two young children were down vacationing
in their Smila country house -- niece and fam evacuated early Sunday
morning, brother and sil still there) in the exact area near Olympia
where the fires have been raging since Friday. At one point we were
all terrified the family (and other extended family members in neighboring
towns) were blocked in, the electric and water were off, and there was
a time when we couldn't get through to them on the phone either.
it looks like the fire has finally passed them, but it's still raging
in the area.
insurance is virtually unheard of in Greece, so abandoning houses to
fire means losing everything. I don't think the image of so many trying
to battle back monstrous walls of flames with garden hoses will ever
"This fast-paced book captures the colorful Greek community of
Astoria where Sofie navigates between the expectations of her Greek
upbringing and the desires of her heart to be an independent and strong
woman." Greek Circle,
"Tori Carrington has a hit with this oddball mystery that is in
the same class as Stephanie Plum... The novel is a delightful first
installment that will have readers laughing out loud." The
Midwest Book Review, Nov 2006
"If you're thinking Stephanie Plum in My Big Fat Greek Wedding,
you're not far off. But Dirty Laundry has its own unique appeal. It's
a breezy and amusing glimpse of Greek American life. The many references
to Greek food will soon have you salivating for spanakopita; fortunately
there's a recipe for it at the end." --Mystery
droll approach to crimesolving while attempting to solve some of the
lingering gender and cultural biases facing female PIs. The wife/husband
writing team of Lori and Tony Karayianni combine elements found in the
movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding with the kind of capers Janet Evanovich's
Stephanie Plum has made famous, and the result is Sofie, a Greek-American
woman swimming against the tidal forces of family expectations with
predictably little success but with the resolve to continue on. The
ethnic humor is good-natured. Carrington's filled the book with characters
that have enough originality to stand out."--Alfred
Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
"DIRTY LAUNDRY is the type of book
that will appeal to everyone. It has danger, excitement, humor and a
zany supporting cast that'll keep you entertained...I loved every page
of this story and can't wait for the next installment." Rosie
Welcome in Greek. Following the 2004 Athens
Olympics, we’re all feeling a little Greek, aren't
we? And with good reason. Greek history and culture are the foundation
on which much of our civilization was built. Tony’s always been
proud of his heritage, but never prouder than he is now. This new
awareness has touched every aspect of our lives, including the characters
we create, the stories we choose to tell.
This evolution couldn't be more evident than in SOFIE METROPOLIS,
our hardcover series from Forge! The first novel of the same name
introduces a Greek-American heroine who breaks from tradition to become
a P.I. The fourth hardcover title WORKING STIFF hits
store shelves September 2nd, 2008.
Other Tori Carrington titles starring Greek-American characters...
Amore!(Wedding Fever in the British market, if you prefer.
What's with the Italian thing, anyway? ;>) Features a Greek-American
hero *and* heroine from the Grosse Pointe area north of Detroit. Efi
Panayotopoulou is about to marry her childhood sweetheart Nick Constantino.
Everything should be perfect. But their families seem hell bent on
turning the wedding into a farce – or Greek tragedy. And Efi
is about a baklava flake away from running off…without her groom.
and Reckless stars Alex Cassevetis. And our first ever
Temptation Constant Craving features a Greek-American
family in Mississippi Delta, bayous of Louisiana. A Greek-American
sports agent makes an appearance in Just Between Us.
And in Flavor of the Month, the heroine's sister
married a Greek-American and has two Greek-American neices who help
her with her bakery. Click here
to check out full bibliography.
As you can see, Tony's Greek heritage usually finds a way into many
of our books.
World Famous Baklava Recipe
That's right, you, too, can make baklava just the way Tony does.
Well, okay, maybe not *exactly* the way he makes it (a guy's got
to maintain some mystery), but close enough to satisfy your appetite
for the traditional Greek dessert that he claims is an aphrodiasiac.
Of course, he believes that everything qualifies as the same,
but that probably falls solidly into TMI territory. I think it's
a Greek thing. ;> At any rate, we've created a Recipes
page that we'll be adding to monthly. And for even more
great Greek recipes, check out Cooking
with Georgia and her many fantastic cookbooks by
clicking here!. Kali orixi!
Curious about the inspiration for Sofie's stomping grounds in
Queens, NY? Check out some of our favorite pictures out of the
hundreds we've snapped. Ah, I can almost smell the
souvlaki grilling on Broadway and 32nd now...
Lynne Welch rings in with a NoveList review:
"Great characterization, especially of ethnic family dynamics
and expectations, add charm and humor to this romp reminiscent
of Stephanie Plum at her most wacky and wonderful." (Read
more reviews below.!)
in seeing SOFIE for possible foreign language reprint?
Contact us at email@example.com
for our foreign rights agent's name, address and phone number at Trident
RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING...
summer nights - this is what Detroit Free Press
reviewer Marcia Abramson had to say about Sofie: "Bright and breezy,
contemporary romance novels are filling beach bags and airplane carry-ons
this summer. They're as hot as the weather. Especially hot is the chick-lit
detective. Chick lit has been big since about 1996, building
on the popularity of the Bridget Jones novels and "Sex in the City."
But the shoes-sex-and-shopping formula is starting to look like last
year's Jimmy Choos. That's why "Sofie Metropolis," by Tori
Carrington [is] such a treat." Click here
to check out her full review.
in The Greek News. Click here
to check out the great piece written by Vicki Yiannis.
We had a great phone interview with Andrew Moesel of the Queens
Tribune. He's planning on running a piece soon! Keep posted
New York's TimesLedger
reporter Kelly Loudenberg called and chatted with us this past week.
Look for a piece in the next weekly edition!
Local 13ABC morning new anchor extraordinaire Rebecca
Regnier put together a special bit for summer reading, and
right up front and center is none other than SOFIE,
along with fellow MVRWA
member and Tor author
Elizabeth Vaughan's first book War Prize!
To read a transcript of the broadcast, click here.
"Sofie is one modern
Greek girl with attitude. Reminscent of Stephanie Plum, Sofie
is a wonderful character whose exploits are amusing, offbeat and
a little dangerous. The writing duo Tori Carrington strikes gold
with this sassy, sexy new series." Romantic
"Sofie is a delight, a thoroughly Greek-American, who
seems to always come out on top even in the most dire of circumstances.
This book reminded me of the early Stephanie Plum stories, with
its snappy dialogue, its rich cultural descriptors, and laugh
out loud hilarious scenes. "
Jeri Neal, The
Romance Readers Connection
is a fantastic story! I was sucked into Sofie’s world
and didn’t want to come up for air... Sofie is smart
and plucky, while at the same time doesn’t take herself
too seriously. In fact, I found her endearing and amusing
and will definitely be picking up more of Sofie’s books
as they are published. When reading this book, be sure and
pick a time when you will have few disruptions as you won’t
want to put it down. I highly recommend SOFIE METROPOLIS,
especially for fans of the Stephanie Plum books. Top Pick!"
Kendra Patterson, Romance
Reader at Heart
"SOFIE METROPOLIS is the first hardcover from popular
author Tori Carrington and is also the first in a hopefully
very long series... I have been looking forward to Sofie Metropolis
for what seems like forever and now that I read it, can honestly
say the wait was worth waiting for and I cannot wait for the
next installment of Sofie Metropolis."
Barb Hicks, The Best
over Stephanie Plum, there’s a new gal just east of
your home turf that will give you a run for your money in
apprehending the bad guys. SOFIE METROPOLIS Private Investigator
is the stellar comedic mystery debut of beloved husband/wife
writing team, Lori & Tony Karayianni aka Tori Carrington
for TOR/Forge June 2005. This quick-witted P.I. while trying
to catch her suspects in the act often finds herself in big
T-R-O-U-B-L-E in her very ethnic Greek neighborhood of Astoria,
Queens, NY. Being a good Greek daughter, Sofie was about to
get married and have lots of babies. However, finding her
husband-to-be schtupping her maid of honor on her wedding
day drastically changed her plans. Now Sofie works for her
absentee Greek uncle, assisted by feisty office manager, Rosie,
she drives around in her troublesome vintage Mustang, Lucille
and runs into hunky Australian, Jake Porter at every turn.
The burning question on Sofie’s very kissable lips is
who is this guy anyway? Read this delightful mystery to find
out why shots were flying on Sofie’s cheating spouse
case, if she can find her elderly neighbor’s annoying
Jack Russell terrier, Muffy and why her other neighbor is
never seen in the light of day. SOFIE METROPOLIS kept me grinning
from first page to last and anticipating more zany adventures
from this lovable P.I.! Oh, and craving all those delicious
hard to pronounce Greek dishes!” Patricia
Rouse, Rouse’s Romance Readers Groups
FENN Rep Pick!
"If you loved Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I’d
like to introduce you to Sofie Metropolis... Recommended for
summer reading—make sure you have your coffee and a
snack on hand, all the references to food will make you hungry!"
Carol Gordon (Product Manager)
"Excellent mystery. This terrific private investigative
tale reads more like a chick lit amateur sleuth novel as Sofie
is a rookie learning on the job. The story line focuses on
her lighthearted cases with a hint of romance between the
heroine and Jake. Tori Carrington writes a fun breezy detective
tale starring a likable protagonist who brings alive the mean
street of Queens, New York." Harriet
"A different type of P.I. story takes 'Fiction' to a
whole new level. More than one plot is continuously running.
There are also a few sub-plots to keep the pace moving at
a good clip. Romance is touched on, but no hot scenes, so
either gender will enjoy the ride. Of course, everything closes
neat and tidy. Yet Tori Carrington ends it in a way so that
another 'Sofie' book may come out in the future. I certainly
hope there is another! Lots of action, comedy, and mystery
rolled into one great tale. Recommended reading."
Debra Fitch, Huntress
"Tori Carrington has once again written a funny, sexy
and I am hoping a series of books to come. I want to know
about each character in more detail. I want to also know will
there be a relationship between Jake and Sofie. I am left
looking for the next chapter in their lives! Once you start
reading you will not be able to put the book down. It’s