November 15, 2018

Murder at Harbor Village by G.P. Gardner - Spotlight

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery New Series 
Lyrical Underground (November 13, 2018) 
Paperback: 216 pages 
ISBN-10: 1516109007 
ISBN-13: 978-1516109005 
Digital ASIN: B079WM9X29
  

Book description
Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .

It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.

When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .

Meet the author - G.P. Gardner
Born and raised in Alabama, G. P. Gardner earned BS and MA degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) and an MBA from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL). She also attended the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), where she studied biopsychology and primatology. But her heart belongs to Talladega College—an HBCU and the first educational institution in Alabama to admit students without regard to race—where she taught business. Her writing life began with short stories, some of which were published in regional literary journals and some of which won prizes. She enjoys the classic mystery writers as well as contemporary whodunits but reads widely. She is a knitter and once owned a knit shop in Fairhope, AL. She studied mystery writing with Terry Cline, another Fairhope resident. Murder in Harbor Village is the first in her series about social worker Cleo Mack. You can visit her at gpgardner.com.

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November 18 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW 
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November 19 – Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW 
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November 19 – Moonlight Rendezvous - REVIEW, GUEST POST

November 13, 2018

Wreath Between the Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber - Review and Giveaway


Book details
Cozy Mystery 7th in Series 
Beyond the Page (November 8, 2018) 
Print Length: 221 pages 
ASIN: B07GC4FJK4
  

Book description
The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .

The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.

Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .

Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!

Meet the author - Daryl Wood Gerber
DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Author Links Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com
Daryl’s Blog – http://www.darylwoodgerber.com 
Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com 
Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com 
Killer Characters – http://killercharacters.com 

Purchase Link - Amazon 
My thoughts
Another fun installment in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries. It is perfect for this time of year to help to get you in the Christmas mood. You have to understand why Jenna feels this need to solve the murder this time since it involves family. I always like the way that the author makes you feel at home with in the quaint little town of Crystal Cove with all the fun characters. I like how they give you twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I look forward to the next book in this series. 

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November 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - REVIEW 
November 21 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW 
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Fatal Invasion by Marie Force - Spotlight and Excerpt


Book details
Series: The Fatal Series
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (November 27, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1335000439

Book description
First the fire, then the heat…

A brutal home invasion. Two small traumatized survivors who may have witnessed the horror. Lieutenant Sam Holland has never worked a case quite like this one, in which her eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. But when Sam steps up in a big way for them, she risks her heart as much as her career.

While Sam and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, go to battle in more ways than one for her tiny witnesses, her colleague Sergeant Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales battles his own demons. Months of unbearable grief and despair come to a head in an unimaginable way that threatens Gonzo’s status with the department and his relationship with his fiancée, Christina.

With trouble both at the precinct and on the case, Sam struggles to keep her priorities straight at home and at work while trying not to lose her heart to her latest crime victims.



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Meet the author - Marie Force
With more than 3.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Gansett Island Series, Treading Water Series, Green Mountain Series and new erotic Quantum Trilogy. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com

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Excerpt
“Why’d you have to tell Nelson you wanted to be more than a figurehead vice president?” She play-punched his chest. “Everything was fine when he was ignoring you.”

He kissed her lips and then her neck. “You’re so, so cute when you pout.”

“Badass cops do not pout.”

“Mine does when she doesn’t get her own way, and it’s truly adorable.”

She scowled at him. “Badass cops are not adorable.”

“Mine is.” Leaving a trail of hot kisses on her neck, he said, “Come with me, Samantha. London, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Amsterdam, Brussels, The Hague. Come see the world with me.”

Sam had never been to Europe and had always wanted to go, so she was sorely tempted to say to hell with her responsibilities.

“Come on.” He rolled her earlobe between his teeth and pressed against her suggestively. “Three whole weeks together away from the madness of DC. You know you want to go. Gonzo could cover for you at work, and things have been slow anyway.”

There hadn’t been a homicide in more than a week, which meant they were due, and that was another reason to stay home. “Don’t say that and put a jinx on us.”

“Come away with me. Scotty will be fine. We’ll FaceTime with him every day and bring him presents. He’ll be well cared for by everyone else who loves him.” He kissed her neck as he unbuttoned her shirt and pushed it aside. “You’d get to meet the Queen of England.”

Sam moaned. She loved the queen—speaking of a badass female.

“And the Pope. Plus, you’ll need some clothes—and shoes. Lots of shoes.”

“Stop it.” She turned her face to avoid his kiss. “You’re fighting dirty.”

“Because I want my wife to come with me on the trip of a lifetime? I need you Samantha.”

As he well knew, she could deny him nothing when he said he needed her. “Fine, I’ll go! But only if it’s okay with Scotty and if I can swing it at work.”

“Yes,” her husband said on a long exhale. “We’ll have so much fun.”

“Will we actually get to see anything?”

He pushed himself up to continue packing. “I’ll make sure of it.”

“Um, excuse me.”

“What’s up?”

“My temperature after your attempts at persuasion.”

A slow, lazy smile spread across his face, making him the sexiest man in this universe—and the next. “Is my baby feeling a little needy?”

She pulled her T-shirt over her head and released the front clasp on her bra. “More than a little.”

“We can’t have that.” Stepping to the foot of the bed, he grasped the legs of her yoga pants and yanked them off.

“Lock the door.”

“Scotty’s asleep.”

“Lock the door, or this isn’t happening.” With Secret Service agents all over their house, Sam couldn’t relax if the door wasn’t locked.

“This is definitely happening, but if it’ll make you happy, I’ll lock the door.”

“It’ll make me happy, which will, in turn, make you happy.” She splayed her legs wide-open to give him a show as he returned from locking the door, and was rewarded with gorgeous hazel eyes that heated with desire when he saw her waiting for him.

“You little vixen,” he muttered.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Sure, you don’t,” he said, laughing as he came down on top of her and set out to give her a preview of what three weeks away together might be like.
Review tour:
Monday, November 12th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, November 13th: A Holland Reads – excerpt
Wednesday, November 14th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, November 15th: Becky on Books
Monday, November 19th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Tuesday, November 20th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, November 21st: Jathan & Heather
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Wednesday, November 28th: What is That Book About – excerpt
Thursday, November 29th: Natalie the Biblioholic
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Tuesday, December 4th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, December 5th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, December 6th: Stuck in Books
Friday, December 7th: Books & Bindings
Monday, December 10th: Evermore Books

November 12, 2018

The Killer Christmas Sweater Club by Terry Ambrose - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Publisher: Satori 
Print Length: 342 pages 
Digital ASIN: B07H27NCP4
  

Book description
All ten-year-old Alexandra Atwood wants for Christmas is to get her dad and the B&B’s cook Marquetta under the mistletoe. After all, how can they get married if they don’t kiss first?

When murder strikes in Seaside Cove, bed-and-breakfast owner Rick Atwood is asked to help find the killer. But this will not be an easy case to crack. Not only did the killer contaminate the crime scene, but there are suspects all over town. And they all received the same Christmas sweater from the victim.

Alex hears rumors about the murder and decides that since she’s on Christmas break, she has time for a little multitasking. She launches her own investigation even as she continues her efforts to get her dad and Marquetta together.

Just when Rick thinks he’s identified all the suspects, he discovers a new one—his estranged wife. With the days until Christmas ticking down, Rick feels pressured from all sides. He needs to solve the case. He needs to send his wife back to New York. But the one thing he doesn’t need is for his daughter to be one step ahead of him and the cops.

Meet the author - Terry Ambrose
Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.

Author Links: Website: http://terryambrose.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/suspense.writer Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6447968.Terry_Ambrose Purchase Link - Amazon 

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November 9 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW 
November 9 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews - SPOTLIGHT 
November 10 – The Montana Bookaholic - CHARACTER GUEST POST 
November 11 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW 
November 12 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
November 13 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
November 13 – The Power of Words – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
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November 14 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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November 15 – That's What She's Reading – SPOTLIGHT 
November 16 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT 
November 17 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
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November 18 – Laura's Interests – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
November 18 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT 
November 19 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW 
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November 20 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 
November 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST 
November 21 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW

November 11, 2018

A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2018) 
Paperback: 264 pages 
ISBN-10: 0738752274 
ISBN-13: 978-0738752273 
Digital ASIN: B0795RTP2B
  

Book description
As the new music box store owner and resident of Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. She volunteers to plan the Fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who's come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed by a pair of vintage scissors.

Suspicion is cast on the victim's estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove's vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep quiet.

Meet the author - Mary Ellen Hughes
Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. 


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November 8 – The Book Diva's Reads - GUEST POST 
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November 13 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW 
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November 14 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT 
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November 16 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

November 8, 2018

A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Lyrical Underground (November 6, 2018) 
Print Length Approximately 250 Pages
Digital ASIN: B079R5Y14L 

Book description
When an ice cream vendor discovers a frozen stiff, Florida diner owner Gia Morelli has to serve up some just desserts . . .

Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something's very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man's troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice . . .

Meet the author - Lena Gregory
Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children. When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories. 

Author Links: Website: http://www.lenagregory.com/ 

Purchase Links Amazon B&N Kobo 

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November 8 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
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November 13 – The Montana Bookaholic - REVIEW 
November 13 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT 
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November 15 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW 
November 16 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW 
November 16 – Brooke Blogs - SPOTLIGHT 
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November 18 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
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November 19 – Cassidy's Bookshelves – GUEST POST 

November 7, 2018

Winter at the Beach by Sheila Roberts - Review

I received this book free from the author - All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: A Moonlight Harbor Novel (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (October 23, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0778369950

Book description
The town of Moonlight Harbor needs to convince tourists that the beach is still the place to be—even when the sunshine goes south for the winter. Jenna Jones, new proprietor of The Driftwood Inn, has the perfect idea: a holiday festival called Seaside with Santa.

Jenna is happy to throw herself into planning the event. With all the decorating, preparation and extra reservations at the inn because of the festival—and with two wonderful but very different men hoping to claim more of her time and her heart—Jenna is busy. Busy, but happy. Even with her troublesome ex in the picture, life feels as close to perfect as she’s ever known.

Until the weather turns her festival into a farce. Suddenly Mother Nature is not only raining on Jenna’s parade, the old bat’s trying to blow the floats and their princesses out to sea. Soon everyone is without power and the road out of town is blocked. And Jenna has a full motel.

After the generator conks out, she’s not so sure she and her guests will make it through to the New Year in one piece. But with a little pulling together and a lot of holiday spirit, everyone might find that life—and Christmas—is always good at the beach

Meet the author - Sheila Roberts
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have been published in several languages. Her book, Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark . You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).

My thoughts
Of course I have to say it another great book by Sheila. I enjoyed getting to know the new cast of characters that decided to go to the Christmas Festival at Moonlight Harbor. I connected a little with Taylor at first as I have a husband who is trying to start his own business. Luckily though he is doing it on the side. I kind of wish Taylor would not have put on the blame on her husband as her job was not paying or working out either so she should have looked for something else. Then you had rude Susan who kept saying the festival was going to fail. She was a negative Nellie. I liked how everyone pulled together when the power went out and made the best of things. That would not be how I would want to spend but they made it work. I wonder who Jenna is going to decide to date Seth or Brody - I think she thought she knew but now not so much. I look forward to the next book to see what adventures will happen in Moonlight Harbor