Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Shattered At Sea

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Cheryl Hollon and her new book Shattered at Sea.  This is the fifth book in her A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Cozy series.

 

 

Shattered at Sea (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (August 28, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711777
ISBN-13: 978-1496711779
Digital ASIN: B077WY2SRQ

 

Purchase Links:
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A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .

When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.

Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

 

 

 

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

As I was climbing up the corporate ladder as an software programmer, project engineer and finally program manager, I knew at some point I would want to do something else. Then I boarded a long-haul flight to Sidney, Australia, with a new mystery all set to enjoy the 14-hour flight with a new-to-me author. The book was terrible, horrible, simply unreadable. Then I said those deadly innocent words, “I can do better than this! How hard can it be?” That’s when I started writing and shortly after that I discovered just exactly how hard it could be. REALLY HARD! That’s what I love about writing – not that it can be hard – but that it is ALWAYS hard.

 

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

In the somewhat crowded category of craft cozies, there are only a few that target the glass arts – and within that short list, I stand out because I have been working in glass for over twenty-five years. Each book in the series features a different type of glass work and I’ve taken classes in everything I right about. I walk the walk and talk the talk.

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

I’m a bit of a hybrid.  

 

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

I read them even though sage advice is to ignore them completely. I use them to see if there are any craft areas I can study to make the next book better. I’m always taking an on-line class of some sort. My publicist at Kensington sends out Advanced Review Copies and they also post on NetGalley to get those import launch day reviews.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Start writing NOW! You’re going to want to be good at it.

 

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

I really don’t think there’s anything more critical than an effective cover. It’s EVERYTHING to an unknown newbie. Kensington Publishing Corp. has a cadre of talented contract artists that have nailed the theme on each of my books. I’m grateful.

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

I concentrate on giving my characters a solid life to live. They experience irritations, challenges, good days, bad days, friendships and enemies. All have flaws, and traits to admire. They keep me interesting in getting to know them better – I hop you feel the same.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned that I’m a good deal more introverted than I thought. I can sit in my office and play with my imaginary friends for extensive periods of time. I still have a large part of me that is extroverted to call upon, but I need more restoration time than before I started writing full time.

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Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you enjoy your day job?

I’m so lucky to be able to write as a full-time job. I took early retirement from an engineering career designing and installing military flight simulators in England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

A few more Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries, of course. But also, I’m thrilled to be writing the first book in a new series for Kensington. The main character is Miranda Trent, who inherits her uncle’s farmhouse in Wolfe County, Kentucky. She starts up a new business that takes tourists on short hikes to paint trail stunning mountain vistas in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Afterwards, she takes them to her farmhouse for a traditionally prepared southern meal cooled by the local church ladies. Each course is paired with a sampling of moonshine. The name of her business is Paint ‘n’ Shine. The first book in the series should release sometime in 2020

 

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

The hardest part for me is to carve out that first rough draft. I find revisions fairly easy and immensely enjoyable.

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

I read across the entire spectrum of fiction / non-fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and westerns. I also ready many, many, many cozy mysteries – mostly by friends I’ve met in the industry.

 

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

I’m grateful – very grateful for the opportunity to write books. It’s a give that not all writers get to experience. I’m keenly aware of how lucky I am.

 

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

Read, just read – in any form – in any venue – all the time. Just read.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://cherylhollon.com/

    Blog: http://www.killercharacters.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherylhollonwriter

    Twitter:   https://twitter.com/CherylHollon

     Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SQGDNL8

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9259834.Cheryl_Hollon

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 17 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

September 17 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 18 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

September 19 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

September 20 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 20 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW,

September 21 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

September 21 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

September 22 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

September 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

September 23 – Handcrafted Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 24 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

September 25 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

September 26 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 27 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

0September 28 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 28 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 29 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

September 30 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

 

 

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New Releases For The Week Of September 16th, 2018–Part 4

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 16th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

BETRAY THE LIE (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #11) (The Sydney Rye Series) by [Kimelman, Emily]Justice with a vengeance

How do you find peace in a world rife with injustice? A world that is so wrong?

Sydney Rye is in Miami, surrounded by friends and co-conspirators who share her values and goals. People who believe in her. For the first time since her brother’s murder, Sydney Rye is finding a way to live in peace…but also isn’t helping anyone in need.

Unfortunately, this peace can’t last—Sydney is in the eye of a storm. With the effects of Datura under control, she no longer hears thunder, sees lightning, or feels the cold sting of hard rain. But danger rages all around her, circling closer every moment.

Declan Doyle spent the last five years hunting Sydney Rye. He’s faced humiliation and grave injury at her hands, but nothing can stop him now. He has a warrant, she’s on US territory, and this time he’s locking her up for good. They can take his badge and career, but he’ll get Sydney Rye this time.

Dan Burke is obsessive, brilliant, and a founding member of Joyful Justice. Safely ensconced on the isolated island headquarters of his organization, Dan does what he wants, when he wants. He’s the man in charge. But when the island stronghold falls under attack, and his closest allies betray him, he’s forced to defend the network they’ve built at any cost.

Lenox Gold is dangerous, gorgeous, and devoted to justice. As a gigolo and pimp, he runs his business at the highest standards of ethics—everyone is a consenting adult getting what they need out of the transaction. With the help of Joyful Justice, Lenox is determined to bring these ideals to the entirety of his industry. But when the woman who showed Lenox how to transform his life turning tricks on the beach into a profitable international business begins breaking the rules, Lenox must choose between betrayal of a trusted friend and the ideals he spent his life defending.

What none of them see coming is a brewing discontent. Masses once thought to be harmless—splinters of humanity the internet fostered into groups of organized zealots—are forming their own networks…preparing to take revenge.

The status quo is cracking.

The war is brewing.

Continue the adventure on September 20th.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death of an Old Girl (Pollard & Toye Investigations Book 1) by [Lemarchand, Elizabeth]A classic cosy mystery from a master of the genre! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M C Beaton, Sophie Hannah and Faith Martin.

How do you solve a village murder when everyone is under suspicion…?

 

1966, Rural England

Shockwaves are sent through the sleepy village of Trill when a woman’s body is discovered in a local school.

Beatrice Baynes – interfering, overbearing and spiteful – was not well liked. But no one expects a body to be found on their doorstep… And how did the annual festival at Meldon School turn from a light-hearted celebration to a gruesome crime scene?

With the local constabulary completely stumped, Scotland Yard’s Chief Detective Inspector Pollard and Detective Sergeant Toye are called in to investigate.

But the further Pollard & Toye delve into their inquiries, the more complicated the case becomes…

Death of an Old Girl is the first cosy village mystery in the Pollard & Toye crime series: an intriguing police procedural set in rural England. 

‘This is a real genuine police-detective story, and a first-class one at that … altogether I would call this a hundred-per-cent winner’ – Guardian

‘In the best Agatha Christie tradition’ – Argosy

‘The characters … are expertly developed. Lemarchand builds her tale to a satisfying conclusion’ – ALA Booklist

‘An engrossing British murder mystery’ – Drood Review

‘an entertaining nod to the Golden Age’ – In Reference To Murder Blog

‘An excellent example of the classic British mystery’ – Romantic Times

‘a charming little book’ – Noah’s Archives Blog

‘an excellent mystery’- My Reader’s Block Blog 

‘a nice comfy, intellectual mystery’ – AQ’s Reviews

THE POLLARD & TOYE INVESTIGATIONS SERIES
Book One: Death of an Old Girl
Book Two: The Affacombe Affair
Book Three: Alibi for a Corpse
Book Four: Death on Doomsday
Book Five: Cyanide With Compliments
Book Six: No Vacation From Murder
Book Seven: Buried in the Past
Book Eight: Step in the Dark
Book Nine: Unhappy Returns
Book Ten: Suddenly While Gardening
Book Eleven: Change for the Worse
Book Twelve: Nothing to Do with the Case
Book Thirteen: Troubled Waters
Book Fourteen: The Wheel Turns
Book Fifteen: Light Through the Glass
Book Sixteen: Who Goes Home?
Book Seventeen: The Glade Manor Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

A Plummet in the Polls: A delicious cozy mystery (Murder, She Tasted Book 2) by [Ling, Alana]When everyone hates the new mayor, how do you find who killed him?

Joanna Christie can taste people and it isn’t always as fun as it sounds.

She knew planning the mayor’s gala would be a challenge.

And although Arthur Foster, the new mayoral candidate, tastes of soothing chamomile, he makes her feel anything but.

What she didn’t know, was that she’d end up with his dead body at her feet and her godfather as the prime suspect.

Now, Joanna promises to find the real murderer and clear her godfather’s name before it’s too late.

A PLUMMET IN THE POLLS is a first person cozy mystery with a female sleuth, a blooming romance, a not-so subtle admirer, quirky politicians and a great deal of English tea.
Written in British English.

BUY NOW and find out who killed the mayor!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Crepes: A Paranormal Vampire Baking Cozy (Priscilla Pratt Mystery Book 4) by [Monroe, Melissa]Blood is boiling in Bellmare.

A summer heat wave is the worst of vampire-baker Priscilla Pratt’s problems — until an anti-vampire religious sect shows up in town.

Someone else comes knocking: A grumpy (though handsome) investigator who is suspicious Priscilla has been surrounded by so many murders recently.

Avalon, Priscilla’s wacky fairy godmother, is causing a ruckus again, too.

And finally — another murder, right under Priscilla’s nose, found dead on the steps of the church.

Priscilla is the No. 1 suspect, and everyone seems to want to do her in.

The best amateur sleuth in town now must investigate under the radar — or find herself in the hot seat.

Scroll up and one-click this sweet, cozy mystery!

Blood in the Batter is Book #4 in the Priscilla Pratt cozy mystery series. It can also be read as a standalone. Free dessert recipes included with every book!

Read More in the Priscilla Pratt Series:

    • Book #0 – Fangs & Fairy Dust (FREE with purchase of Holy Crepes!)
    • Book #1 – Fangs and Fondant
    • Book #2 – A Bite of Blueberry
    • Book #3 – Blood in the Batter
  • Book #4 – Holy Crepes

Sink your teeth into this sweet cozy mystery today! (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract for Chaos: Kelly O'Connell Mystery Number Eight (Kelly O'Connell Mysteries Book 8) by [Alter, Judy]

When four young men sign the rental contract on a Fairmount House, realtor Kelly O’Connell has no idea she has just signed a contract for chaos. But the racial tensions sweeping the country erupt in Fort Worth, and her tenants fan the flames. A young black policeman shoots an unarmed white teenage thief who charged him, the chief of police is shot by a sniper, and Kelly’s husband, Mike, is appointed interim chief of police. Life changes dramatically for Kelly and her family. Protests, threats, beatings, and graffiti mark daily life in Kelly’s beloved city. She must protect her infant, reassure her older daughters, and support Mike as he deals with the racism and dissension creeping through the police force and the city. How can she keep her family safe and stop the hate? Will the mayor’s city-wide Celebration of Neighbors calm a city on the edge?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Willing Murder: A Medlar Mystery by [Deveraux, Jude]New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and an improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover the truth regardless of the consequences…

Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and she’s found herself back in her hometown of Lachlan, Florida, remodeling the grand old mansion she’d admired as a child. It’s much too big for her alone, but she’d die before letting anyone in town know that.

Then Sara’s niece Kate is offered a job in Lachlan—a start in what could be a very successful career in real estate. She accepts immediately, but with so little saved up, she’ll have to approach her estranged yet incredibly famous aunt for a place to stay while she gets herself settled. But when she arrives at Sara’s home, she finds she’s not the only long-term houseguest. Jackson Wyatt already has his own room, and though it’s impossible to deny his good looks and charm—he’s clearly got her aunt wrapped around his finger—she’s also never met anyone who irritates her quite like Jack does.

However, when two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, this unlikely trio is suddenly thrust together by a common goal: to solve a mystery everyone else seems eager to keep under wraps. United by a sense of justice and the desire to right old wrongs, Sara, Kate and Jack will have to dig into Lachlan’s murky past to unravel the small town’s dark secrets and work to bring the awful truth to light.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author.

The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t—take their lives.

Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late.

Captain Williams’ sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula—a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she’s learned too much to be allowed to leave. What’s more, no one in England knows where she is.

Why is there no Constable out here? And who is the mysterious Ellen? Captain Williams and his brother’s widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger. . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder at Cluster Springs Raceway: A Brandon Hall Mystery by [Theo Jr., John]A deadly auto accident at a southern Virginia racetrack draws private investigator Brandon Hall into a new case. When young race car driver Drew Schilling dies in a fiery crash, his politician father hires Brandon to investigate. Virginia Senator Gregory Schilling believes his son’s death was not an accident, but a politically motivated murder.

With the help of friends, Brandon uncovers evidence which ties the raceway death to the rapidly changing political landscape in the United States. Radicalized groups, promoting violence on college campuses and cities, have found their way into rural southern Virginia. Enter the corrupt world of Washington DC politics, old Dixieland families, and the volatile culture wars unfolding within the United States.

Brandon Hall is an army veteran who owns a cattle farm in the quiet southern town of Nathalie, Virginia. It has been just over a year since the death of his two-year-old son at the hands of a drunk driver. Together with his wife Annie, and ten-year-old daughter Emily, the Halls struggle to recover from the devastating loss. Each day is a spiritual, emotional, and financial struggle. To supplement the farm income, Brandon moonlights as a private investigator and contract diver. Murder at Cluster Springs Raceway is a tale straight from Virginia, and national, headlines.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death said the Gypsy Queen: A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Book 4 by [Boles, Susan]“Beware the sign of the vampire blood,” said the fortune teller. “It brings madness and turmoil.”

Lily Gayle knows what that means, but, for the life of her, can’t figure out how the fortune teller does.

A quick road trip with Dixie. An unplanned stop at a roadside park. And, an hour later a dead body. Lily

Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna find themselves knee deep in another homicide investigation when the local vet assistant turns up dead behind an outbuilding at the farmers market.

Lily Gayle believes the words of the fortune teller will have a major impact on the investigation but can’t bring herself to tell the other ladies.

To reveal what she believes the words mean might bring trouble to another old friend. And would betray a trust. Only Ben knows and he, as usual, advises Lily Gayle to stay out of his investigation – which she isn’t about to do.

When the secret is revealed, the townspeople go mad and the fortune tellers words come true. Can Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solve the murder before more people are harmed?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decaffeinated Scandal: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Series) by [Kappes, Tonya]Welcome to the Bean Hive Coffeehouse where the coffee is as hot as the gossip.

Maybe the killer drank decaffeinated.

Coffeehouse owner turned amateur sleuth Roxy Bloom is serving up all the fall coffees tourists love at the Neewollah Festival, where all the proceeds are going to save the Bee Farm from a major resort development.

When Camey Montgomery, owner of the Cocoon Inn-Honey Springs only Inn, is seen fighting with the development owner and he shows up dead in the Inn, she’s named the number one suspect.

Roxy must put her sleuthing kills to work not only to prove Camey didn’t kill anyone, but calm all the jittery citizens in Honey Springs by bringing the killer to justice.

If you like quaint, cozy, small towns with a tasty murder, you’re going to love the KILLER COFFEE MYSTERIES! Each book can be read as a stand alone! Start your adventure now and buy them today!

Book Five in the very popular A Killer Coffee Mystery Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Finding Courage

Finding Courage
Rescue Alaska Mystery, Book #3
Kathi Daley
5+ Stars

 

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His pulse quickened as they approached. He’d waited so long. Too long. He closed his eyes and reveled in the memory, which did not come as a gentle wave, but as a surge of agony from the depths of his personal hell. He’d craved the searing pain, the deeply felt anguish. It was only during these moments, when he was sure that he would drown in a river of grief, that he felt truly alive.

Harmony’s life is thrown into turmoil after she shares a memory with the madman responsible for the death of a popular member of the Rescue Alaska Search and Rescue Team. She knows she must overcome her fear and grief in order to track down the man, who has threatened the safety of the entire community.

Rescue Alaska is the eighth series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kathi Daley. It is a fast moving mystery series with a paranormal twist which takes place in a small town in northern Alaska where visitors come to hike and ski. Harmony Carson is a lifelong resident who volunteers as a member of the local search and rescue team. Harmony has a unique gift which she often considers a curse. She is able to ‘see’ the individuals she is meant to help rescue, and more often than not she can feel their fear and their pain as well. When she isn’t aiding in a rescue, Harmony works at Neverland – the bar owned by her brother in law Jake, and volunteers at the local animal shelter. Harmony lives in a rustic cabin with six dogs, four cats, six kittens, eight rabbits, and a blind mule named Homer. (Amazon)

 

Review:

This is soon becoming my favorite series. It has two of my favorite things: search and rescue and paranormal. Add in engaging characters, a top notch mystery and a flock of lovable animals and it is a real winner.

Harmony is a kind hearted person who loves helping people and animals. She has a whole house and yard full of animals that she has rescued. And she does her best to rescue missing people, as part of the search and rescue team. She has a special talent (or curse) where she can connect with the person she is trying to save. While connecting with them she experiences their pain and their fear. She has learned to live with this ability, but at times if is very difficult. And when she connects with a killer, she is terrified but determined to find the murderer.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. The people from the rescue team are like family to Harmony and they are all very willing to help each other and take care each other. Each one adds something special to this book. And the animals are so cute and fun to read about.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and in creating suspense with the written word. There were many scenes in this book that were tension filled. The mystery was well written and carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. Even after the culprit was identified, the reason behind the killer’s actions needed to be found out.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am already looking forward to the next book so I hope the author writes fast.

New Releases For The Week Of September 16th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 16th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Free Spirit (Violetta Graves Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Bardsley, Michele]

When the guy next to me keeled over dead, I admit I almost left his ass there and bailed.

Judge me if you want. I’m tired of telling Las Vegas homicide detectives that I’ve found a body. Again.

My name is Violetta Graves. I’m a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. And I see ghosts. I should’ve never attended the séance for a murdered drag queen. Because now we’re all trapped in a house with a killer.

And the dead ghost hunter?

He was sitting in my chair.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood in the Batter: A Vampire & Baking Cozy Mystery (Priscilla Pratt Mystery Book 3) by [Monroe, Melissa]There’s a body in the bakery.

It’s the day of the annual Bellmare parade, and so the last thing Priscilla Pratt wants is a dead body in her bakery.

Bad luck on that front.

The murder victim had plenty of enemies, Priscilla quickly learns, and she’ll have to sort fact from fiction among the suspects.

Was it his disgruntled boss? A werewolf foe? The furious ex-wife? Or was it Priscilla’s young apprentice vampire, who was found in the middle of the crime scene?

Can the best baker-vampire in New England catch a murderer before the murderer catches her?

Scroll up and click “Buy Now” to devour this sweet mystery today

*This is the 3rd book in the Priscilla Pratt mystery series, but each book can be read as a standalone*

Recipes included!

Priscilla Pratty Mystery Series:
Book #0 – Fangs & Fairy Dust (FREE with purchase of Blood in the Batter!)
Book #1 – Fangs and Fondant
Book #2 – A Bite of Blueberry
Book #3 – Blood in the Batter
Book #4 – Holy Crepes  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Diamonds & Murder: Val Masters Wedding Planner Cozy Mysteries Series Book 3 by [Harris, Harper]A murder threat. A scared DJ. And the dreaded chicken dance.

Weddings are usually a billion-dollar business in Buckingham Downs, a charming coastal village in California. But not everyone who lives there is rich. Valerie Masters is planning a small wedding this time.

The bride and groom are on a budget and Morris, otherwise known as DJ Meow Meow, is the best man. Both of the bridesmaids are causing problems. One, along with her MMA fighter boyfriend, is bringing up the past for Morris. The other is a “friend” of the handsome Detective Mathews— with whom Val thought she had started a romance.

When someone stabs a knife through a rubber chicken and DJ Meow Meow’s door, Morris runs straight to Val for help. She, Buttons the Yorkie, and her wedding planning team take the case, even though it’s one that Detective Mathews wants her to forget. But, Val’s eyes are clouded by jealousy and she won’t listen to the detective. She’s solved two murders already, so an attempted murder should be cake. Right?

Can Val figure out who is threatening Morris’ life before he has to walk down the aisle? Can she keep a murderer at bay and get the wedding to go off without a hitch? If there’s any hope, Morris will have to confront his past and finally explain why he will never play the chicken dance. And Val just might have to take a look at why she’s so darn envious of Detective Mathew’s personal life.

Pink Diamonds and Murder is a full-length cozy mystery novel. It is Book 3 in the Val Masters Wedding Planner series, which can be read in any order and are best enjoyed all together.  (Amazon)

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“Riveting . . . one of the series’ more powerful recent entries.”—Publishers Weekly

When a ransom exchange turns deadly in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men.

Jacob’s Island is a broken-down waterside slum, a place of perpetual gloom where Monk is just as likely to lose a man to the mud and tides as to the criminals who hide in the shadows. Kidnappers have chosen this warren of tunnels and alleys as the site of a ransom exchange for Kate Exeter, the wife of wealthy real estate developer Harry Exeter. Harry asks the Thames River Police to secretly accompany him to the spot and ensure that no harm comes to him or his captive wife. But on arrival, Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans.

As Monk follows leads from Kate’s worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems undeniable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his right-hand man John Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on—but who is also hiding a dreadful secret. As the case runs into a series of deadly obstructions, Monk must choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the mystery—and to figure out where his men’s loyalty really lies. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Body: In which Professor Molly deals with a new baby, an old flame, and a regrettable coincidence. (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 8) by [Bow, Frankie]

 

 

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacey Luzzi: Shaved: a humorous, cozy mystery! (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries Book 12) by [LaManna, Gina]When a dazzling destination wedding brings the Luzzi Family to Hawaii, Lacey plans to take advantage of the sunshine and relaxation, along with a healthy diet of papaya and shaved ice. However, Lacey has her work cut out for her. Somewhere between traveling with a baby, learning to Hula dance from her grass-skirt-attired grandmother, and keeping Anthony’s hands off her coconuts, new mom Lacey Luzzi is sucked into a pulse-pounding chase when her hotel room explodes and leaves a dead body behind.

Is someone after the Luzzi family? Or is it all an unfortunate coincidence? Lacey doesn’t plan on waiting around to find out, and neither do the island locals. However, after she’s hired to investigate the death of a hotel maid, Lacey peels back the layers on the case, and realizes the attack might be more personal than she ever expected.

The big island doesn’t seem so big… when a murderer is on the loose.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bewitching Familiar (Fear Familiar Book 7) by [Haines, Carolyn]TIME IS RUNNING OUT—for Abigail and Familiar. In the crush of current-day Washington traffic, Abigail West is struck a glancing blow by a car. The black cat that pushed her to safety isn’t so lucky. He’s injured and unconscious.

Abigail rushes to help the black cat—and her antique pendant swings free of her shawl. The world goes black, and Abigail awakens in 1692 Massachusetts. With her are Familiar the black cat detective and Samuel Truesdale, the man who hit her and in 1692 is sworn to prosecute witches.

If Abigail is convicted of practicing witchcraft, the hangman’s noose awaits her.

Familiar’s greatest challenge in mystery solving—and love—comes in a time travel adventure where Abigail is pitted against the man she grows to love in the midst of the tragic witch hysteria.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death at the Lake (Death Card Series Book 2) by [Peck, J. S.]

Determined to find her fiancé’s murderer, Rosie remains undercover at the Purple Passion Lounge, where she is convinced it will all end. Partnering up with Brian and Mike, who are also investigating suspicious goings-on there, she becomes involved in more trouble. As a psychic and tarot card reader, Rosie knows the Death card popping up means more deaths are to happen. She then needs to use her talents in a whole new way to save people or solve murders.
Just as things couldn’t get worse, her former college roommates head to Las Vegas for a planned visit. Things go awry. Her friends begin to discover some of what Rosie is involved in when they are kidnapped. Their sisterhood is hilarious while death still abounds all around Rosie, heading toward a grand finale. Her silky dog, Sweet Pea, is her sidekick and her grandmother’s spirit still pops into her life with advice or simple expressions of love — sometimes at the most ill-timed moments. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookies and Chaos: A Maple Lane Cozy Mystery (Maple Lane Mysteries) by [Phipps, C. A.]*** Cookies come in all shapes. As do murder victims. Delicious Cozy Mysteries with free recipes!***

From USA Today Bestselling author C. A. Phipps comes Book #3 in the Maple Lane Cozy Mystery Series, Cookies and Chaos.

Maple Falls – the home of delicious treats, yard sales and a sense of community.
And now . . . murder!
Someone has a chip on their shoulder and it isn’t made of chocolate.

Madeline Flynn, her posse of girlfriends and Gran, as well as Big Red, her faithful Maine Coon, are whisked up an investigation that will take all their sleuthing skills to solve as they wade through clues as thick as cookie batter, hoping that the timer won’t go off on another murder.

With the handsome Sheriff’s protection, can Maddie and her team solve this Maple Falls crime or have they taken on more than they can chew?

The Maple Lane Mysteries are light cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.

You can catch up with Maddie’s earlier exploits in Book 1: Apple Pie and Arsenic, and Book 2: Bagels and Blackmail

Apple Pie and Arsenic

Madeline Flynn thought that opening her bakery and winning the top prize for her apple pie at the Spring Festival would be the most excitement in her day.

She isn’t expecting to find a dead body beside her car, or be accused of murder.

Things like this just don’t happen in small town, Maple Falls.

With nowhere else to turn, Maddie enlists the help of her old flame Sheriff Ethan Tanner, as well as her irrepressible Gran, to find the murderer before Maddie’s put in jail or there’s another death on their hands.

Danger threatens at every turn, and when Maddie ends up on her own, scared and out of her depth, it seems that even an award-winning baker isn’t safe from Maple Falls’ first serial killer.

Bagels and Blackmail

Big Red is missing! And her faithful Maine Coon isn’t the only pet in town to do so.

Madeline Flynn’s Maine Coon cat is more than a pet… much more, and now, just when her bakery is taking off, and life in the small town of Maple Falls is settling down, someone’s stolen him, along with several other pets.

To everyone’s shock, ransom letters start appearing all over town, and then a case of blackmail. While Sheriff Ethan Tanner is doing what he can to solve the crimes, Maddie can’t sit by and watch.

Going against Ethan’s, and her darling Gran’s wishes, she once again decides to do her own sleuthing, with a little help from her friends. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cry Wolf (A Zoe Chambers Mystery Book 7) by [Dashofy, Annette]Rural Pennsylvania’s Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams is down an officer and has been dealing with extra shifts as well as a pair of bickering neighbors, one of whom owns a machete and isn’t afraid to use it.

Golden Oaks Assisted Living is outside Pete’s jurisdiction, but a murder in the facility his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father calls home makes the case personal.

Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers has been itching for an opportunity to take the lead in a death investigation. She gets her chance when her boss is hospitalized and not only assigns her to the Golden Oaks homicide but puts her in charge of the county coroner’s office.

As if she doesn’t have enough to handle, a long-lost, over-protective, older half-brother walks into her life threatening to drive a wedge between her and the man she loves.

A second dead body leads them to realize the case may have dark ties to a distant past…and if Zoe doesn’t untangle the web of lies, Pete will be the one to pay the ultimate price.

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CRY WOLF by Annette Dashofy | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

Review of Pecan Pies and Dead Guys

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys

Southern Ghost Hunter, Book #7

Angie Fox

5 Stars

40742181Synopsis:  

Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.

Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her… or stalking her.

Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?

A warm and witty paranormal cozy mystery!  (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Anytime that I get to spend with Verity and Lucy, her pet skunk, is time well spent.  Verity and Ellis make a great couple and I enjoy seeing how their relationship is growing.  And Ellis’s mother is still as nasty as ever, I hope one day she gets hers.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the ghosts in their togas, partying,  and listening in on conversations. I liked the fact that there were a couple of mysteries to solve, a long ago one and a current one. There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through and were not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal cozy.  I am already looking forward to Verity’s and Frankie’s next ghostly adventure.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book and gave my honest opinion.

 

New Releases For The Week Of September 16th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 9th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are s  many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Weeping Moon (Lella York series Book 4) by [Swan, Maria Grazia]

 

 

Lella York has a way of getting herself into trouble, even when she’s doing volunteer work. Who is the mysterious storyteller, and what is going on at the senior living center? And will Lella find out before it’s too late?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBone's Revenge by [Jay, Bradley]Ready for a game of keep-away with a human arm?

If you’re the brindled mutt named TBone, that’s exactly what you’d expect to do after finding the limb in a flooded creek. But if you’re Zak Martin, TBone’s best friend and owner, playing keep-away with the arm is the last thing you need. Especially when the limb used to be attached to your lover. Who was the wife of your mortal enemy, the wealthy and despised investment mogul intent on destroying everything you live for.

All Zak wants is for his quiet life to return to normal. Operating his nursery. Growing and smoking a little weed on the side. Playing the blues and planning gnomegeddon. But first, he must navigate the violent rages of a humiliated husband, dodge the bullets of a mysterious sniper, and avoid bondage obsessed mobsters, all while trying to answer the vital questions: who killed Astrid Garibaldi, and why?

“TBone’s Revenge” is written for the adult mystery market. With elements of satire and humor, the book will be enjoyed by socially engaged readers of all ages, and especially those readers with a love of dogs.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 95% Solution (Ghost Hunters Mystery-Detective Book 12) by [Marpel, S. H.]For all John’s genius, he had overlooked a simple clue. And the mystery would kill him if he didn’t solve it.

The discovery was a freak chance crossover between scammer business plans and half a dozen statistical anomalies. Completely unexpected. Accidental.

And led to a vast conspiracy hidden in plain sight. Or so he thought.

It took one of his spirit guides to make sense of it for him. By taking him on a tour thorugh time and space so he could see for himself.

Her mssion: to change him forever, and cure the mistake his mind had created. One that was driving him insane.

Because his mind was the most potent weapon they had. Aimed at the wrong target, and it would destroy itself. She had this one chance to help him…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirtside Decluttering: Space Janitor Two by [Huni, Julia]They say you can never go home. But, you can clean it. 

Triana Moore, maintenance bot technician on Station Kelly-Kornienko, prefers life in orbit where the air is purified, the commute is short, and nature doesn’t get all over you. But when a minor infraction gets her sent to remedial training dirtside, she doesn’t complain. Who wouldn’t enjoy a few days of sitting in the sunshine, eating gourmet burgers, and drinking too much Jager Hula?

When an unscheduled beach weekend uncovers dangerous squatters in her childhood home, the space janitor decides to clean house. She enlists the help of her roommate, Kara, and security agent Ty O’Neill. As they investigate, old friends resurface in suspicious circumstances, and Triana doesn’t know whom she can trust. She’s scheduled to work on Monday, so she must answer these questions before the weekend is over: Who are these infiltrators? What do they want? And when will that pizza finally be delivered?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go for the Juggler (Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Series Book 4) by [Leeds, Leanne]A jarring homecoming.
An uncertain fate.
To save everyone, one witch must perform the juggling act of a lifetime

When Charlotte returns home with Gunther, Devana, and Ethel Elkins in tow, she doesn’t think her life can get any more complicated. But when one of her parents’ Animal Shelter volunteers turns up dead, her control begins to slip as her old human life and her new paranormal life collide.

While racing to come up with a plan to defeat the Witches’ Council, Charlotte must defend her family against an intrusive police investigation that risks exposing their true nature to the human world—an act which will condemn them all.

Go for the Juggler is the fourth book in the hypnotizing Magical Midway paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like eccentric characters, show-stopping magic, and twisty mysteries, then you’ll love Leanne Leeds’ crowd-pleasing whodunit.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honeymoons & Honeydew: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]

 

Over the time Rose has lived in Silver Falls, she’s developed a lot of friendships. Dr. Jane has been one of the best. The problem is she has a secret. One that she’s finally done carrying, so she tells her husband everything.

Rose and Simon return home from their honeymoon to the fight between their friends. Before Rose is able to catch her breath another body is found. Putting the last of their honeymoon on pause, Rose and Simon join up with Zee and Carver to solve the murder. Just who killed Jane’s ex and why? They need to find out before their friend is arrested for a murder they know she didn’t commit.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dastardly Death in Hillbilly Hollow (Ozark Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 3) by [Baker, Blythe]

 

 

In the sleepy town of Hillbilly Hollow, the dead are waking…

When her cozy hometown is visited by death, Emma’s investigative skills are enlisted by a secretive ghost. But with the uncooperative spirit holding so much back, and with the handsome local doctor pressing Emma for answers, will she ever get to the bottom of the case? Or will the Hollow be forever haunted by the secrets of the past?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wychwood - Hallowdene by [Mann, George]

 

Former London journalist Elspeth Reeves is trying to carve a new life for herself in the sleepy Oxfordshire countryside, until she’s sent to cover the excavation of a notorious local witch’s grave. Three hundred years ago, her name mixed up with murder and black magic, Agnes Levett was hanged and then buried under an immense stone, to prevent her spirit from ever rising again. Elspeth investigates, but soon finds there is far more to the old tale than meets the eye, as the surrounding area is rocked by a series of mysterious and brutal murders, all of people somehow connected with the dig. She and her childhood friend DS Peter Shaw race to uncover the truth, but secrets lain buried for centuries are not easily discovered.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messenger Bags and Murder (A Haley Randolph Mystery) by [Howell, Dorothy]Amateur sleuth Haley Randolph returns in a hilarious new novella!
Haley Randolph, fashionista and event planner to the stars, must find a way to stand out at the prestigious conference of the Hospitality Professionals of America—not easy with a celebrity chef marinating in all the attention.

But Haley gets distracted by five mouthwatering messenger bags from the world’s hottest new designer, a delectable treat she can’t resist—and they’re up for grabs!

Haley expects to find peace and tranquility in the moonlit labyrinth walk, but stumbles over a dead body instead. And as if that weren’t enough to sink a soufflé, she learns that the messenger bags have been stolen.

Hot PI Jack Bishop is providing security for the conference but his reputation will be burned to a crisp unless Haley can whip up the killer. Soon she discovers a dash of family secrets, a pinch of old grudges, and a sprinkling of broken dreams—a recipe for murder!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 7) by [Fox, Angie]Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.

Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her…or stalking her.

Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?

A warm and witty paranormal cozy mystery!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

New Releases For The Week Of September 16th, 2018–Part1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 16th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Murdered by News: A Midwest Cozy Mystery by [Harman, Dianne]

 

He was a Pulitzer Prize winning publisher. She was a celebrity newscaster. Someone hated one of them enough to commit murder.

Over 450,000 books have been sold by this two-time USA Today Bestselling Author. You can read all of them for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Kat’s shocked when she’s asked to help solve the murder but it looks like her daughter may be marrying into the decedent’s family. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing. Nice to know there’s a Rottweiler at your back!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch in Disguise (A Blair Wilkes Mystery Book 4) by [Adams, Elle]Everyone knows Blair’s secret now… and it’s up to her to deal with the aftermath. With her love life in tatters and her family beyond reach, now isn’t the best time for her unpleasant former co-worker Blythe to show up on the doorstep begging for help.

A strange curse is spreading through the town and turning its victims’ personalities inside-out. With her boss missing, her best friend indulging in death-defying broomstick stunts and her neighbours hiding secrets, she has her hands full.

As if that isn’t enough, Blair finds herself with an impossible quest to handle and a potential relationship to save.

Can Blair keep it together and undo the curse before the town falls apart?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Without Malice (THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS) by [Creeden, P.]Special 99¢ pre-order price!
Merry thought she’d take her grandchildren to see the parade of lights display in town, but she can barely get them to pull their eyes off their smartphones. When she looks around, almost everyone is filming the lights display instead of enjoying the experience right now. But a sudden scream breaks the jovial atmosphere. One of the spectators has been stabbed. When the police detective turns out to be her own son on his first case, Merry discovers clues to help him solve the crime.

THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS series:

• IN THE NICK OF TIME by Susette Williams

• GABRIEL’S SECRET by Alexa Verde

• GUARDING CANDY KANE by V.B. Tenery

• MURDER: UP ON THE ROOFTOP by Tina Dee

• JOY IN JEOPARDY by Lynette Sowell

• HOLLY IN HIDING by P. Creeden

• STARR WITNESS by Susette Williams

• NOELLE ON THE RUN by Alexa Verde

• GOLDEN BELLES ARE WRINGING by Gina Conroy

• DEATH BY FIGGY PUDDING by Tina Dee

• DANGER FOR GLORIA by Lynette Sowell

• MERRY WITHOUT MALICE by P. Creeden  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fresh Kill (A Stoneybrook Mystery Book 2) by [Scott, Eryn]Competition stings…

There’s nothing like the Stoneybrook farmers market in summer. Fresh flowers, organic veggies, delicious jams… and a dead body. When an outsider turns up murdered, all of the evidence points to his rival, Stoneybrook’s beloved florist.

Unable to believe a pillar of their community could be guilty of such a heinous crime, Hadley dives head-first into the investigation. Sure, she’s busy looking for a new house, running her business, and dealing with her ex–who’s back in town–but Hadley is determined to find the truth before the wrong man goes to jail.

Recipes from Food in Jars creator, Marisa McClellan, included: peach lavender jam and honey-sweetened peach chutney!  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decluttered and Dead A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery: The Lily Sprayberry Cozy Mystery Series Book 2 by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]Smalltown realtor Lily Sprayberry is back again in the second book of the Lily Sprayberry cozy mystery series!

Every time the Bramblett County Georgia body count rises, so does realtor Lily Sprayberry’s popularity.
And these days, she’s very popular.

When a member of her decluttering and staging class winds up dead, Lily takes it personally and sets out to find the killer.

Saddled with guilt, she struggles to accept that the killer just might be someone from her past.
The problem is figuring out who before the killer catches on.

You’ll enjoy this stand-alone cozy mystery even if you’ve not read Deal Gone Dead, the first book in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery series. Get your copy now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dogfather (The Pampered Pets Mysteries Book 10) by [Abbey, Sparkle]“Sympathetic and delightful heroines.” —King’s River Life Magazine

Who knew the world of designer purses could be such a dog-eat-dog business?

When a local, designer handbags store owner is found dead, the police first believe it’s an unfortunate accident. But the evidence doesn’t lie. Before you can say “wiseguy,” Bow Wow Boutique owner, Melinda Langston’s, former fiancé and undercover FBI agent, Grey Donovan, is the prime suspect.

Now the two are working side-by-side to prove Grey’s innocence— nothing personal, just business. Or is it? Suspects are piling up, family secrets are exposed, and no one is who they appear to be, including Mel’s newest employee. Time’s running out. Mel better sniff out the killer before she and Grey end up sleeping with the fishes.

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets—Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and, depending on the time of day, with either an iced tea or a margarita.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery by [Penz Sheluk, Judy]

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present…
It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?
Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.
It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone—least of all Callie—could have predicted.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Shots (Coffee Shop Mysteries Book 2) by [Weldon, Sarah Jane]A gap year job in the coffee shop of a ski resort….what could possibly go wrong?

After solving the Doughnut mystery, Miranda and Skye are ready for the upcoming ski competition that’s going to bring in tonnes of tourists and lots of media attention.

One of the boss’s suppliers is unveiling a special coffee – Extra Shots – exclusive to the coffee shop. Cyrus Klugen gets first access to it and winds up sick, unable to compete.

The coffee shop is under the microscope again. The supplier insists he did nothing wrong but then results come back saying his coffee was laced with a laxative that could be deadly with frequent exposure.

To help the supplier, Miranda and Skye are back on the case. Cyrus has his enemies – a jealous rival, an ex-girlfriend who still hasn’t moved on, and a crazy fan – all of whom would be ecstatic to see Cyrus unable to defend the gold.

Miranda and Skye must solve this now before things escalate and get even more dangerous!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturn Night Fever: Sylvia Stryker Space Case #3 (Outer Space Mysteries) by [Vallere, Diane]

 

Sylvia Stryker has found her footing in the Moon Unit Corporation–but it’ll take more than fancy dance moves to stay alive on this rescue mission to Saturn from national bestselling author Diane Vallere…

When amateur space sleuth Sylvia Stryker discovers details of her defense instructor’s murder hidden inside her robot cat, she sets off on a new adventure that puts her on the wrong side of the rules. Good thing Neptune, the head of security for Moon Unit Corporation, is on her side this time! With his help, she hijacks a spaceship, assembles a crew, and takes on space pirates. But there’s more to this trek than expected and Sylvia’s focus on solving her friend’s murder might lead her into a trap. Between the truth and the lies is a galaxy of questions that lead to an unexpected answer.  (Anazon)

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Crushed in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Novella (Christmas River Cozy Mystery Novellas Book 3) by [Muldoon, Meg]A heartwarming, hilarious, unputdownable read featuring characters from the Amazon bestselling Christmas River Cozy Mystery series… Recipes included!

Kara Billings is one tough cookie.

But after getting roped into playing Mrs. Claus again in the annual Christmas in July Parade and Play, Cinnamon Peters’ best friend Kara is having trouble keeping her cool. With an ornery director, a scheming theater owner, and a grueling rehearsal schedule, Kara comes close to throwing in the wig.

But when a string of mysterious not-so-accidental accidents hits the cast and crew of the production, Kara delays her dramatic exit and sticks around to solve the mystery.

Unfortunately, staying on is going to cost her big time.

Can Kara stand the heat? Or will she crumble under the pressure?

Featuring one of the most beloved characters from The Christmas River series, this lighthearted, laugh-out-loud mystery of 22,000 words is the perfect weekend read and includes recipes! So curl up with a mug of hot cider and enjoy this latest entry from the world of Christmas River!

Look for Mistake in Christmas River: A Christmas River Cozy Mystery (Book 11) and Midnight in Christmas River (A Christmas River Cozy Mystery Novel) coming to Amazon this fall!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Gold Pawn

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author L. A. Chandlar and her new release The Gold Pawn.  This is the second book in An Art Deco Mystery series.

 

The Gold Pawn (An Art Deco Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (September 25, 2018)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713435
ISBN-13: 978-1496713438
Digital ASIN: B078QSRGRY

 

 

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November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .

Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

 

 

L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.

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

 

  • Before I knew I wanted to be an author, I just knew I had a story to write. I have always been an avid reader and I suddenly got the idea to have a story that featured a different view of the Thirties that is usually pigeon-holed into the vision of soup lines and unemployment. Because there was so much more going on! The creativity of the Thirties is often overlooked. Then I had to figure out how to write a novel when life was already full and overwhelming. So I consistently wrote for a small amount of time that didn’t overwhelm me, but inspired me. I started with two hours a week, and two things always happen when you have dedicated time, even in small increments: 1) It creates appetite for more and 2) your work compounds. When I wrote The End for the first time –and cried–  that’s when I knew I wanted to be an author.

 

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

  • The time period and the art make it stand out. I pull in a lot of nuance to the time and help people see sides to an era that maybe history books don’t cover. Like what it felt like to dance at the first integrated dance hall that was wildly successful – the Savoy – where it didn’t matter what your race, paycheck or religion was, it only mattered if you could dance. Take a ride on the Hindenberg, see the humor and style of the Thirties not just the Depression, and crazy cameos of people who really could be crossing paths at the time… It’s delicious.

 

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

 

  • Both! I start with a general idea for a plot, then start writing scenes. Then I create a time line / outline, and go back to scenes. It’s circular, because I need a good idea to start, but I really want the characters to be able to do what they want. And they do! Sometimes they even surprise me.

 

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

 

  • You know, it’s a very subjective industry, all entertainment industries are… I read some of them. I read most of the 4 and 5 stars, but even so, you can get in your head and start to write for the reviews, instead of for you and the story. I haven’t done anything special for reviews other than let people know how meaningful they are.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

 

  • Most people say take more risks. But I took that to heart at a young age and I’ve taken a lot of risks – I love that. I would tell my younger self something that took living in New York City to figure out: to not be concerned with what other people think, and live somewhere that makes you feel alive on a daily basis, not just on vacation.

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

 

  • I think they do because good ones catch your eye in some way and give a visual taste for the book. Kensington designs mine, I love the artist I get to work with, Kristine Mills-Noble. I wanted a book that “Spoke” art deco, had the flair of the era, and it had to have city vibes / scenes. Kristine did an amazing job. I had a major author ask to read my book at a conference simply because she saw my cover and loved it. She ended up giving me a great blurb for THE GOLD PAWN.

 

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

 

  • Lane Sanders is the protagonist. I love her for her zest for life and the ability to take a good look at herself, flaws and all, which is a theme in THE GOLD PAWN. Mayor Fiorello La Guardia is pretty much true-to-life in my book. I’ve romanticized him a bit, but not much. Always read my author notes! I include a lot of real history, and real antics that Fio did in fact do. My biggest goal, that I hope makes my characters special, is to help my readers delight in life. So my characters have flaws, fun idiosyncrasies and lots of humor. I want readers to miss them like friends at the end of the book.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

 

  • I’ve learned that I love telling stories and bringing intriguing, inspiring bits of history to life. That I’d love to be successful, but no matter what, I write because of the love of it. I had a fellow author once say that after a year or so of rejections, he was about to quit. My reaction to that was that if he could quit, he wasn’t a writer after all. It takes two years just to get an Associates degree, four for a bachelor, six for a masters, and up to twelve or so for a PhD. I figured I could handle years of rejection –and I did– but I’d keep writing and learning. I had to find out what happened next to Lane!

 

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

 

  • I write mostly full-time, but I also teach corporate classes and workshops on the psychology of creativity, called Fight to Keep Creativity Alive. I think something that sets me apart in the corporate world is that I put my money where my mouth is. I have a mystery series that I write and ADORE. Since a big part of my life revolves around my own creativity where I didn’t just all into an overnight success, I’ve worked my tushy off, it’s interesting to people and it makes creativity seem possible, because I figured it out. I hope it’s inspiring.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

 

  • I have a three book contract for the Art Deco Mystery series, with THE PEARL DAGGER coming out in 2019. This time I still have the main mystery in NYC, but I take Lane and Finn to London where Finn faces the ghosts of his past. It’s FUN. I hope to increase the length of the series, i.e. it’s not a trilogy. I have big plans for Lane involving Whiskeytown (Detroit’s nickname during Prohibition), the Savoy, jazz and Coney Island…  Another project, is a favorite holiday traditions book that I wrote for a talk I did for a holiday tea for women at the United Nations. It’s a historical fiction novel that’s like Mitch Albom meets Sophie Kinsella, about a modern day journalist who travels to New York to get the human interest stories about the people behind beloved -and often unknown- holiday traditions. It’s called The Christmas Journalist and has stories about the first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; the first radio transmission Christmas Eve 1906; how the end of the Civil war, the beautiful Jewish response to Lincoln’s assassination, and a disheartened pastor all came together to pen a beloved carol; the WWI Christmas Truce, and lots more delicious stories. I also hope to write a YA series that has Morgan from the Art Deco Series as the main characters, where the stories weave in and out of the other Deco series. And lastly, I’ve been toying with a coming of age thriller based in the Eighties that’s like Stand by Me meets Big Little Lies.

 

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

 

  • The hardest part of writing is conquering self-doubt. In my creativity workshops, I always teach that self-awareness helps you learn and grow even if it hurts, but self-doubt always tears you down. It’s a discipline to figure out how to get over hurdles, how to keep going when you have a blank page before you, when you wonder if your editor will like your wording, when you get a bad review, etc…  The easiest part? Hmm… There isn’t any easy part – lol. BUT there are a ton of joyful and fulfilling parts. Like figuring out a delightful way to get your character out of a pickle, having something surprising happen that you didn’t see coming in the plot, meeting readers and authors at conferences and signings, supporting other authors… It’s truly a joy and I’m honored to get to be part of it all.

 

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

 

  • I read a LOT and a wide variety. My mainstay, though, is historical mystery that has an interesting angle. I love Rachel MacMillan, R.J. Koreto, Colleen Gleason, Hank Philippi Ryan, Louise Penny… And I’ll always go back to Rosamund Pilcher and Elizabeth Peters. And classics! Like The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Mis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, J.R.R. Tolkien…

 

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

 

  • One of my biggest goals in writing to help give my readers time to breathe, and soak up life. To bring delight and help them find the beauty and humor even in the midst of adversity.

 

 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

 

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It’s a limited edition gold author card, swag and a Silver Gun bracelet :-).

 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

September 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, RECIPE

September 12 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 13 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

September 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

September 15 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 16 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST

September 17 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

September 17 – Handcrafted Reviews – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 18 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 18 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

September 19 – Ruff Drafts– RECIPE

September 20 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW

September 21 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – GUEST POST

September 22 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 23 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 24 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST

 

 

 

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death Said The Gypsy Queen

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Susan Boles and her new release Death Said The Gypsy Queen. This is the fourth book in her A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series.  I have read all of the books in this series and they were all excellent.

 

Death said the Gypsy Queen: A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Argent Ocean Publishing
Number of Pages – 210

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“Beware the sign of the vampire blood,” said the fortune teller. “It brings madness and turmoil.”

Lily Gayle knows what that means, but, for the life of her, can’t figure out how the fortune teller does. A quick road trip with Dixie. An unplanned stop at a roadside park. And, an hour later a dead body. Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna find themselves knee deep in another homicide investigation when the local vet assistant turns up dead behind an outbuilding at the farmers market.

Lily Gayle believes the words of the fortune teller will have a major impact on the investigation but can’t bring herself to tell the other ladies. To reveal what she believes the words mean might bring trouble to another old friend. And would betray a trust. Only Ben knows and he, as usual, advises Lily Gayle to stay out of his investigation – which she isn’t about to do.

When the secret is revealed, the townspeople go mad and the fortune tellers words come true. Can Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solve the murder before more people are harmed?

 

 

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Susan is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and a contributing author to the Brotherhood Protectors World.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba. She currently writes the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series set in the fictional town of Mercy, Mississippi featuring a multi-generational cast of female sleuths and romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World.

Susan writes mysteries and set in the big city of Memphis, TN and the fictional small town of Mercy, Mississippi.

CONTACT SUSAN:

Susan loves to hear from readers and book lovers! Visit her website at www.susanbolesauthor.com Or drop her a line at susan@susanbolesauthor.com

Author Links:
Website  Twitter – @SusanBAuthor – Blog – Facebook – Linked In – GoodReads – Instagram – Pinterest – Bookbub

 

 

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

I knew I wanted to be an author when I was in sixth grade. I was writing short stories at that time. And added poetry to the mix when I got to high school.

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

I try to incorporate southern mannerisms and speech into my books to make them more true to the area where the stories take place As an indie author I can do thing that traditional publishing houses would never allow.

 

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

I used to work from the ‘seat-of-my-pants’ but that can be very hard when you write a series and also book that require clues to be sprinkled throughout them. No one wants to get to the end of a book and feel cheated because there weren’t clues throughout the book that led to the killer at the end. The trick is to sprinkle in the clues without giving away the killer too soon. So now, I do a chapter-by-chapter outline of a few sentences to let me know what needs to go in that chapter.

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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?

I sometimes read my reviews. But I haven’t responded to any of them. I think it’s a good idea to get a sense of what people like and don’t like about the books for reference, but no author can please every reader, so there will be good and bad reviews. I have a small review group that reviews all of my books soon after release. Other reviews are left by readers I don’t know. But I give the same amount of consideration to what it said whether I know the reader or not.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

To get serious about writing far sooner than I did. I let a lot of things get in the way that shouldn’t have and now I’m working to build up my books to a place where I may be able to write full time.

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

I believe covers play a big part in getting a reader’s attention. I know I always pick up a book with an interesting cover and read the back copy. I have a fabulous cover designer. We put our heads together for each book. So I try to make sure mine are unique and eye-catching. I tell my designer my vision for what I think it should look like and she pulls together something wonderful for each one. Big kudos to her. Her name is Sheri McGathy.

 

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

The main character in my series is Lily  Gayle Lambert. She’s late forties, a native of the small town where she’s living and has ties to everyone in it. She’s been back in town for eight years. She moved back after the death of her husband. She’s pulled together two talents to make a living for herself. She does genealogical research and she makes costumes for people who are re-enactors and renaissance faire participants. Or anyone who wants an outfit from another era. These are two jobs she can do from her home in an online capacity.  She’s rebuilding her life in the place she couldn’t wait to leave after high school. She’s come to appreciate all the things she hated when she was growing up. The close -knit community. The kinship. The small town knowledge of everyone’s past. When her world got pulled out from under her, she came back to the place she knew best.

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What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned that writings books is far more involved that actually writing the book. You also have to have a great cover and a great blurb. You also have to make sure it’s formatted correctly. And you have to be pretty good at marketing. No one is going to market for you. So there are things you learn to do yourself and things you find someone who’s great at to do for you.

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write part-time. Evenings and weekends.

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What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m working on another Lily Gayle Lambert mystery for next spring. I’m also working on my next romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors World. The romantic suspense books are also set in Mercy, Mississippi and have some cross-over characters and they have more romance in them that the Lily Gayle books. I have another mystery series that I’m working out the details on, but it’s not ready to actually begin writing yet.

 

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

The hardest part of writing is all of the words. LOL. Really. I can see my books in my head like a movie, but when it comes to getting them down on paper, it can be hard to get all the words in place. For me, the easiest part is coming up with ideas. I have so many of them! I keep them in a notebook so I won’t forget about them. That way, I don’t lose a great idea.

 

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What type of books do you like to read?  

I love to read mysteries! And also thrillers. Another favorite is historical. It can be romance or women’s fiction. Who are some of your favorite authors? Agatha Christie. Victoria Holt. Phyllis Whitney. Those ladies are the ones who got me started on mysteries and suspense after the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books I read first. Current writers I love are Patricia Cornwell and Peter Robinson for thrillers. Along with J.T. Ellision. In cozies, I really enjoy Kathi Daley, Tonya Kappes, Vicki Fee and a whole slew of other cozy writers. I also really enjoy Shelley Adina’s steampunk books even though I’m not a huge fan of the genre.

 

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

I work very hard to write books that I would love to read in the hopes that other readers will love them too.

 

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

I appreciate each and every person who reads my books. Y’all are the reason I’m writing them. To create something that people enjoy.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: https://www.susanbolesauthor.com

    Blog: https://www.susanbolesauthor.com/sundayeveningwithsusan

    Facebook: https://http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Boles-Autho

    Twitter:   https://twitter.com/SusanBAuthor

     Pinterest; https://http://www.pinterest.com/2suzeecue

     Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Boles/e/B01D90M65O

     Goodreads: https://http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14866595.Susan_Boles

     Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-boles

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 5 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

September 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST

September 6 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW 

September 6 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – GUEST POST

September 7 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 8 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 8 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – SPOTLIGHT

September 9 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 10 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 11 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 12 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

September 13 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

September 14 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 14 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

September 15 – The Montana Bookaholic – GUEST POST

September 16 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

September 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 17 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST

September 18 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Read And Gone

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Allison Brook  and her new release Read And Gone. This is the second book in her A Haunted Library Mystery series.  I have read the first book in this series and I really liked it.

 

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317340
Digital ASIN: B078M7MXGR

 

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Twenty million dollars’ worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton’s long-lost and larcenous dad back into her life and it’s up to Carrie to clear his name.

A devoted dad is as precious as diamonds, but Carrie Singleton wouldn’t know since her dad Jim’s been on the lam most of her life. In an unusual family reunion, she finds Jim breaking into her cottage in the middle of the night. The fun really starts when he begs her to help him recover his half of a twenty-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again.

Carrie finds her father again behind bars for the recent murder of Benton Parr. Who made the connection? Unbeknownst to her, Carrie’s boyfriend Dylan, an insurance investigator, has been searching for the gems. Determined to find the jewels herself, she starts examining every facet of Parr’s life. She turns up a treasure trove of suspects, one of whom bashes her on the head as she’s searching the victim’s country cabin.

Retreating to the quiet confines of the library where she works, Carrie watches as Smokey Joe, the resident cat, paws at a hole in the wall. Is he after the library’s ghost Evelyn, or something shinier?

READ AND GONE

 

 

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Carrie has a wonderful job as head of Programs and Events at her local library.  She has a loving and caring aunt and uncle and an adorable cat. She also has a absent father who has returned home to ask Carrie for help locating stolen gems (he had a big part in the gems being stolen).  Just what every daughter wants, to help her dad finish pulling off his crime, especially when she has not seen him in a long time. She will have to decide if she wants to help him or not, and also figure out who has gone a a killing spree.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  The relationship between her and her aunt and uncle is special and you can tell how much they love each other.  She has some good friends that she works with and she has a resident library ghost, Evelyn, that she talks to whenever the ghost appears.  I do wish that Evelyn would have had a bigger part in this book, like she did in book one. Hopefully she will be more active in the next book.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing without getting to wordy.  The mystery was well plotted and was carried on well throughout the entire book. With numerous killings and twists and turns, it was not an easy mystery to solve.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I have read both books in this series and I enjoyed both of them.

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

 

 

 

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Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

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

When I was in early elementary school, I wanted to be a writer or a ballerina. I suppose being a constant reader influenced me to become a writer.

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

My characters, I think. I have the good fortune to be able to write three-dimensional appealing characters who don’t always do the expected and have a few flaws. I spend a good deal of time on my characters’ relationships with one another. Many of my characters have secrets—often an event that occurred in their past and continues to impact their present lives.

 

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

I do both. I work from an outline, but no outline will take you from one part of the day to another, one conversation to the next. I am constantly inventing and creating incidents and make discoveries as I’m writing.

 

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

I read some of my reviews. I don’t respond to the few critical ones, probably because years ago when I first was published I was advised not to because responding serves no purpose. And so I don’t  respond, no matter how mistaken the reviewer is about a point he or she is making. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of taste. I’ve come to accept that not everyone will love my books—or anyone else’s, for that matter. Many reviewers offer to review a book both privately and when I arrange a virtual book tour when a new book comes out.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Not to get upset regarding rejections.

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

I think good covers encourage new readers. I love the covers of my new series.  Readers have told me how much they like them, which is so nice to hear. My covers are done by Griesbach/Martucci.

 

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

My main characters are three-dimensional, with strengths and weaknesses, with many likable characteristics and a few imperfections. They have been through some difficult times and are still learning how to deal with some issues. My characters are memorable and many readers identify with them.

 

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

Writing as I do about various characters and how they relate to one another has given me insight into my own personality

 

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write a few hours every day, which is as much as I can write.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m contracted to write the next two books in the Haunted Library mystery series. I have an idea for a new series that I’m piecing together in my head.

 

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

I find plotting to be the hardest part of writing. I love writing dialogue and find that the easiest.

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

I read mysteries and mainstream novels. I have so many favorite authors, it would take pages to list them all.

 

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

I write novels to entertain my readers and to give them characters and situations to think about long after they’ve finished reading the book. I love to hear from my readers.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://www.marilynlevinson.com

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