Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Bear Witness To Murder

 

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Meg Macy and her new release Bear Witness To Murder.  This is the second book in her A Teddy Bear Mystery series.  I have read both books and I enjoyed them both.

 Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (May 29, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496709653
Digital ASIN: B075C38DMD

 

Purchase Links:  

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I was riveted and worried and really did not see THIS ending happening.
~Laura’s Interests

I loved all the things that were going on in the town, Oktobear Fest and the Cranbeary Tea Party and all the interesting things!
~Valerie’s Musings

I may be biased because I have a huge love for all things teddy bear but this is just the cutest cozy mystery series . . . The characters are all well developed pulling you into the story until you feel like you have known them forever.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Mystery lovers will enjoy this story filled with whimsical themes and fun characters that will have you wanting more.
~Texas Book-aholic

I don’t know what I enjoy more about this series – reading about the teddy bear-themed events, or the mystery itself. Sasha Silverman is such a down to earth, believable character that she makes both of them fun.
~The Book’s the Thing

All the story is told around the Oktobear Feast, it was really original reading about all the bear creations and ideas for kids, really, if this kind of village exists I want the name of the town!
~Varietats

The story/plot around the murder made the book a page-turner . . . As I turned the last pages I thought two things. I need to go back and read book 1. And how long do I have to wait for book 3?
~My Reading Journeys

 

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BEAR WITNESS TO MURDER

 

 

As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow, there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and murder in cold blood . . .

Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble for the Silver Bear Shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .

But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now, before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her stuffed bears . . .

 

 

 

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I like the fact that Sasha and her sister Maddie work together and they always look out for each other.  In fact I like the fact that The Silver Bear Shop & Factory is family owned and operated. It makes for some stressful times and conflict but it also shows their family love, loyalty and pride.  The family is quirky and at times crazy and they made me laugh a time or two. The secondary characters added a lot to the story and I was glad to get to spend time with everyone.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defined the characters clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was watching all of the action taking place at the Oktobear Fest.  I was drawn into the story and taken away on a BEARY nice trip.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a great pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I liked all of the twists and turns thrown in.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I enjoyed book one and I am looking forward to book three.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

 

 

 

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Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter — the area she chose for the setting of her new “Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear” cozy mystery series for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series; two books have been named Agatha Award finalists. Meg’s first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. She’s a graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Meg loves reading mysteries, historical, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.

Author Links:      www.megmacy.com      Meg Macy on Facebook      Meg Macy on Twitter

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

May 23 – Lisa Ks Book Review – REVIEW

May 23 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

May 24 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

May 24 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 25 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

May 25 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 26 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 26 – Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 27 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

May 27 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 28 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 28 – Varietats – REVIEW

May 29 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

May 29 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 30 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW

May 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

May 31 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 31 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 1 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

June 1 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

June 2 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

June 2 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

June 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

June 3 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 4 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

June 4 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Confessions Of A Red Herring

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Dana Dratch and her new release Confessions of a Red Herring.  This is the first book in her Red Herring Mystery series.

Confessions of a Red Herring (A Red Herring Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (May 29, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496716569
Digital ASIN: B075C8FDT5

 

Purchase Links

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CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING

 

 

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As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.
Now she’s the headline.

Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story, and unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list.
And Alex is on it.

 

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Well written with an intricate plot, CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING is a good debut book for author Dana Dratch.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

While a red-headed Vlodnachek might not be the full attraction here, Alexandra’s family and close-knit support group provide a lively and fun romp through the storyline.
~Rosepoint Publishing

 

 

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Alex is fiesty and spunky and does not let much slow her down.  When the CEO of her company gets murdered, she is considered a person of interest.  It is a good thing that she used to be a reporter. She will need all of her skills to clear her name.  I enjoyed getting to meet her crazy zany family and they added a lot of humor to the book. Her two brothers and her grandmother were quite a handful and I had to laugh at some of their antics.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions drew me into the story.  The language was a little harsher than most cozies but not offensive in any way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a humorous lighthearted cozy mystery.  If you like funny you have to give this book a try.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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About the Author

 

Dana Dratch is a former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer. When she’s not finishing Seeing Red—the next Alex Vlodnachek mystery—you’ll spot her byline on a host of top news sites. You can learn more about her mysteries at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.

 

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I come from a family who loves books. I was always reading something. And mysteries were an early favorite.

 

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I hope readers enjoy the characters, the mystery, and the humor. When the story opens, Alex Vlodnachek is a former reporter who’s been in public relations for all of three months. After the P.R. agency’s CEO is killed, scheming co-workers don’t want the authorities digging too deeply.  (Let’s just say this is one company with plenty to hide.) So they fabricate an open-and-shut case, complete with a suspect: Alex. She’s new, she had a loud public argument with the boss, and she makes the perfect red herring. Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

A little of both. I write down the major plot points on 3×5 cards. And I’ll arrange them on a cork board – that serves as my outline. But sometimes one of the characters hijacks the action. So you have to be flexible.

 

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 Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

Readers’ opinions are all their own! And I love it when readers write that they enjoyed the book or connected with a scene or a character.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Invest in tech stocks.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Definitely! Michelle Grant does fantastic covers. Her art invites you to pick up the book and learn more.

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Alex doesn’t take anything — including herself — too seriously. But she’s smart. She notices things others miss. She has good instincts. And she doesn’t give up.

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I need a faster way to charge my devices.

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What do your plans for future projects include?

Right now I’m finishing Seeing Red, the sequel to Confessions of a Red Herring.

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hard part: Drained batteries and hand cramps. The easy part: I love it.

What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

Everything. But I have a weakness for mysteries. I have a lot of favorite writers in a lot of different genres, and I’m always discovering new ones. In mysteries, I enjoy stand-alones with suspense, like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. And I love a good mystery series – it’s like visiting old friends. Some of my favorites: the “Agent Pendergast” books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; M.C. Beaton’s “Hamish Macbeth” mysteries; the “Alex Delaware” series by Jonathan Kellerman, and Louise Penny’s “Chief Inspector Gamache” books.

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I’m having a lot of fun writing Seeing Red. In it, Alex, Trip, rescue-pup Lucy, and the rest of the crazy Vlodnachek family tangle with spies, art thieves and a very single-minded killer. Alex learns a bit more about Ian Sterling, the enigmatic B&B owner across the street. And readers will finally meet Alex’s mother.

 Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thanks for reading! And I really hope you enjoy Confessions of a Red Herring!

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

My website — and I’m also on Goodreads, Bookbub, and Amazon. Here are those links:

Website: ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com

Blog: On my website and my Goodreads author page.

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/dana-dratch

Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/danadratch

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17143743.Dana_Dratch
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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

May 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST

May 29 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 29 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

May 30 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW, GUEST POST

May 30 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW

May 31 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 31 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

June 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 1 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 2 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 2 – The Montana Bookaholic – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 3 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 3 –  Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW

June 4 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 4 – Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 5 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 5 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 5 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

June 6 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 7 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW

June 7 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

June 8 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST

June 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

June 9 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 9 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 10 – The Mysterious Inkspot – REVIEW

June 10 – Laura’s Interests – CHARACTER GUEST POST

 

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