June 25, 2017

Death on West End Road by Carrie Doyle - Character Guest Post and Giveaway


Book Details:
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Dunemere Books (June 20, 2017)
Paperback 268 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997270181
E-Book ASIN: B06XKLVMZC

About this book:

Like a basket of warm cinnamon buns, an unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. The crime scene is compromised, the circumstances are complicated, and former witnesses are cagey, haunted and very reluctant to revisit what happened on that sun-splashed afternoon decades earlier. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia’s world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort.

Death on West End Road is the third book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover.

Meet the author - Carrie Doyle

Carrie Doyle was the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire Magazine. She is currently a Contributing Editor of Hamptons Magazine and has written extensively for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and has also written for Women’s Health and Avenue on the Beach. With Jill Kargman, Carrie co-wrote the film Intern (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999), as well as several screenplays sold to Showtime, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films and the Oxygen Network. Carrie and Jill co-wrote five books together, including three teen books for HarperCollins and two bestselling women’s fiction books, The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing (Broadway Books). Carrie also penned the popular novel The Infidelity Pact (Broadway Books). Carrie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is currently at work on an animated series for broadcast as well as her new series, the Hamptons Murder Mysteries.

Social Media Links:
Webpage – https://carriekarasyov.com
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/51439.Carrie_Karasyov_Carrie_Doyle
Amazon- amazon.com/author/carriedoyle
Publisher Page – http://dunemerebooks.com/book-author/carrie-doyle/

Purchase Links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Death-West-Hamptons-Murder-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B06XKLVMZC

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/death-on-west-end-road-carrie-doyle/1125956843?ean=9780997270181

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/death-on-west-end-road

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997270181

Guest Post:
WEST END ROAD
By Carrie Doyle

The street I chose as the scene of the crime in my new novel DEATH ON WEST END ROAD, is actually quite notorious. It’s where Grey Gardens is located, the first house on the left, caddy corner to Steven Spielberg’s compound. In 1975 two brothers, Albert and David Maysles, released their documentary about the residents of this house at the Cannes Film Festival, and shocked the world.

Grey Gardens belonged to a mother and daughter, both named Edith Beale, who were referred to as “Big Edie” and “Little Edie.” Although highly educated at top schools, and one time very wealthy, they lived in absolute squalor in a derelict mansion, filled with raccoons and cats, in the center of one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the United States. In addition, “Big Edie” was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ first cousin, and there was outrage that Jackie had allowed her kin to live in such harrowing circumstances.

Both Edies were colorful characters—flirtatious, vain and delusional. They dressed dramatically with silk headscarves and spoke with a flair. After the film was released, Jackie O made a visit to their house to try and assist them. But little could be done, as they were opinionated, and quite happy living in their own world. Needless to say the documentary became a cult classic. In 2009, Grey Gardens became a movie with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. There were photo shoots in the top fashion magazines emulating the Beales and their fashion.

I remember Grey Gardens when I was little. It was like a haunted house, forbidding, run down and scary. Little Edie had a crush on my father and used to call him all the time to ask him to do favors for her around the house. My father was in the auction business so he was used to visiting old houses to look at their furniture but this was the only house where he walked out of and threw up on the front lawn. The smell really got to him.

Years later legendary newspaper editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Sally Quinn bought Grey Gardens and restored it. It recently came back on the market. It will be interesting to see who is the next owner of this storied property. Perhaps there will be more drama.
Giveaway:


TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 19 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
June 19 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 20 – deal sharing aunt – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
June 20 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT
June 21 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW 
June 21 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST
June 22 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
June 22 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
June 23 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
June 24 – Valerie’s Musings – INTERVIEW
June 24 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 25 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 26 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
June 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 27 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT
June 28 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
June 28 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
June 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 29 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 22, 2017

A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander - Book Blast


Book Details:
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (June 27, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250088079
E-Book ASIN: B01MRU56AS

About the book:
Torte―everybody’s favorite small-town family bakeshop―is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. . .

Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary café to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules’s estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be skeptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can’t resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary . .
“A warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and likable main characters, and a nasty murder mystery to solve!” ―Fresh Fiction

Now, instead of enjoying tropical drinks on deck between whipping up batches of sea-salted chocolates and flambéing fresh pineapple slices in the kitchen, Jules is plunged into dangerous waters. Her investigation leaves her with more questions than answers: Why can’t anyone on board identify the young woman? And how can she help Carlos keep passengers at ease with a killer in their midst? Jules feels like she’s ready to jump ship. Can she solve this case without getting in too deep?

“A perfect mix for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck.”
―Library Journal

Meet the author - Ellie Alexander:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

Author Links
Web: http://www.elliealexander.co/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elliealexanderauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeshopmystery
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellie_alexander/

Purchase Links
Amazon B&N IndieBound

Book Blast Participants

June 22

June 23


June 20, 2017

Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway


I received this book free from the publisher

Book details:
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 6 hours and 9 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Audible.com Release Date: November 23, 2016
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English
ASIN: B01N782VZ0
Series: Lovers in Crime #1
ISBN-13: 978-0985726737

About this book:
Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates. Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

Meet the author - Lauren Carr
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

My thoughts:
I thought this was an interesting book to listen to. The mystery part had me trying to guess what would happen next. In fact there were multiple murders that you had to try and piece together as the story went along. I really enjoyed Irving and his interactions with the characters. It is kind of funny that he is Cameron's ride along. There were just enough twists to keep me guessing. A good start to a new to me series.

Guest Post:
Ten Tips for New Writers
By Lauren Carr

So you want to be a writer?

Maybe you have “write a book” on your bucket list. Or maybe you’ve had a story idea floating around in your head. Or maybe, just maybe, you have a personal story that you just need to tell the world about.

Whatever the case, you want to give this writing thing a crack, but other than sitting down at a laptop or keyboard and typing out words to form sentences, you aren’t quite sure what to do to complete not just a book, but a book that someone will want to read from beginning to “the end.”

Okay, here’s ten tips to get you started. Granted, these tips aren’t all you need to know. So don’t just read these and think that’s it. There’s still more that you need to learn in order to become a professional writer. But, these tips are enough to get you started and hopefully help you to finish your book.

1) Become a Reader. Some writers, especially those who don’t have much time, can easily slip into the routine of writing, but not reading other writers’ works. This is a mistake. Just like how athletes watch others to study routines and techniques, you can learn from reading other writers’ books—even bad ones.

I had a friend who had an issue with how she handled backstory. I had explained the issue to her more than once, but she didn’t get it until she read a book by a writer who had the exact same issue. As soon as she saw another writer do it, she realized exactly what I had been telling her. That fixed it.

2) Commit Yourself. No, I don’t mean check yourself into a mental hospital because you’re crazy for even thinking of being a writer (though I do have some relatives who might disagree with me on that). I mean, commit yourself to not just starting to write a book, but finishing it.

I’m telling you right up front that if you want to write a book, there is going to be a point (usually around page 40) where it’s not going to be fun anymore. If you are serious, then you need to make a commitment of working on it even when it is not fun anymore.

3) Make Time for Writing. If your lifestyle is like most of ours, you have a busy life with a real job, family and friends. Part of making a commitment to being a writer is making time to actually write. You are not going to be able to write a whole book by typing out a sentence here and there during commercials while watching television. You need to carve out at least a couple of hours of time to devote to it. There are a ton of articles on the Internet about how to make time for writing. Check them out.

4) Write Every Day. Even when the words aren’t coming easily. You’ll be surprised how much good stuff you will end up keeping, even though they did not seem that great when you composed them. Writing is a skill. As with any skill, it improves with practice.

5) Set Deadlines. I find that I write more and better when I have a deadline. But make your deadline realistic. Unrealistic deadlines (like to write your whole book during your one week vacation) will only frustrate you. A good deadline is 500 words a day. There are many writer websites and communities where you can join other writers to hold each other accountable to write every day.

6) Make Your Readers Care About Your Characters. Have you ever read a book and gotten up to page twenty or so and thought, “I don’t care what happens to any of these characters?” At which point, you stop reading. You need to make your readers care about what happens to your characters from the very beginning. You do that by giving them some redeeming qualities.

I once edited a book which opened with the protagonist raping a woman. The story was about the transformation of this character from a despicable evil man into a born-again Christian. Unfortunately, the main character had no redeeming qualities until that transformation more than halfway through the book. Therefore, the reader wasn’t going to care enough about him to read beyond the opening chapter.

On my suggestion, the writer inserted a prologue of his protagonist on his deathbed, giving the reader a view of him after his transformation, making him more sympathetic to the reader. Then, the rest of the book became a reflection of his life.

7) Do Your Research. I once read a murder mystery, set in present day, in which the detective arrives at a murder scene, takes a deep drag on his cigarette, and then tosses it down next to the dead body. It wasn’t just as mystery writer that I screamed, “No!” Any fourth grader knows nowadays that the detective had contaminated the murder scene.

Failure to do proper research can make writers lose credibility with their readers. Many new writers refrain from research because they fear that it will squelch their imagination. On the contrary, research can open other doors for possibilities that you may never have imagined. For example, in my Thorny Rose Mysteries, I have a “character” named Nigel, the smart house computer who provides security and other services for Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton. Every technical service that Nigel performs in the Thorny Rose mysteries is available with today’s technology. My inspiration for Nigel came while researching smart houses and home security for the rich to include in the Faraday-Thornton home. As I learned more, a few simple computerized devices grew into a whole intriguing character who has become a fan favorite.

8) Use Adjectives And Adverbs Sparingly. Writing legend Elmore Leonard said in his Ten Tips for Writing to not use -ly words at all. While I don’t refuse to use them at all, I try to keep away from them. YMost of these descriptive words are cliché and can make your writing seem amateurish. Not only that, but if you think about the passage where you are sticking that word, you will find that the context itself will describe the scene, making the word unnecessary. For example, if your scene is a couple fighting after the wife has discovered that her husband is cheating on her, then you don’t need to tag their statements with the word “angrily.” The reader is going to know that the wife is angry.

9) Kill Your Darlings. The point to this tip is to make sure every section and chapter moves your reader toward the conclusion. Portions of books that fail to do this are called “darlings” because brilliantly written passages are like children to most writers. They become your darlings and unfortunately every good writer has to kill a few to save the whole book. As you become more accomplished at writing, you will come to recognize darlings before you take the time to create them.

The beauty of the digital age is that you can save your darlings and put them in a “cut scenes” file to use in a future project. A large portion of my third Mac Faraday mystery, Shades of Murder, is made up of a subplot that I had cut from an earlier book.

10) Get Out of the House. Now that I have told you to commit to your book and to write every day, I’m telling you to get out into the world and meet people. Writing can become a solitary exercise and it is very easy to get sucked into your literary world to the point that you don’t get out to experience life. I have that problem myself. Sometimes, my husband has to drag me away from the laptop, leave my characters in the middle of a gun fight, and go to lunch.

Walking away from your laptop does make you a better writer. It is a big world out there filled with interesting characters and a planet filled with inspiration. Even if you already have your plotline written in your head, who knows, you may see an intriguing character sitting across from you at the diner who will be the perfect red herring in your plot twist.

So there’s ten writing tips to get you started on that book. The only question now is “What are you waiting for?”

Start writing!

Giveaway:

AUDIOBOOK AND BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 8 - Library of Clean Reads - tour spotlight / interview with C.J. McAllister
May 8 - Corinne Rodrigues - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 8 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Old Loves Die Hard
May 9 - T's Stuff - review of Old Loves Die Hard / author interview / giveaway
May 9 - Amie's Book Reviews - review of Old Loves Die Hard
May 10 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveaway
May 10 - TDC Book Reviews - review of Shades of Murder / author interview
May 10 - TDC Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
May 11 - Amie's Book Reviews - review of The Murders at Astaire Castle / interview with Dan Lawson
May 11 - Blätterflüstern - review of Old Loves Die Hard / interview with James Lewis
May 12 - Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama - book spotlight / interview with CJ McAllister / giveaway
May 12 - Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 12 - The Cubicle Escapee - review of The Murders at Astaire Castle
May 15 - Dab of Darkness Book Reviews - review of Old Loves Die Hard
May 15 - Books for Books - review of Blast from the Past
May 16 - Books for Books - review of The Lady Who Cried Murder
May 16 - And the Buck Starts Here - review of Old Loves Die Hard / author interview
May 17 - Books for Books - review of The Murders at Astaire Castle
May 17 - Lovely Loveday - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 17 - The Cubicle Escapee - review of The Lady Who Cried Murder
May 18 - Blätterflüstern - review of The Murders at Astaire Castle
May 18 - Writers and Authors - guest post / giveaway
May 18 - The Cubicle Escapee - review of Twelve to Murder
May 19 - T's Stuff - review of Shades of Murder / interview with Mike Alger / giveaway
May 19 - Stylish Brunette - book spotlight / giveaway
May 22 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of Old Loves Die Hard
May 23 - And the Buck Starts Here - review of The Murders at Astaire Castle / interview with Dan Lawson
May 23 - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf - review of Old Loves Die Hard / guest post by James Lewis
May 24 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Old Loves Die Hard 
May 24 - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf - review of Dead on Ice
May 25 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - interview with James Lewis / giveaway
May 26 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Old Loves Die Hard / giveaway
May 26 - T's Stuff - review of Dead on Ice / giveaway
May 26 - Book Lover Promo - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 29 - Blooming with Books - review of Cancelled Vows / guest post / giveaway
May 30 - Literary Flits - review of Old Loves Die Hard / giveaway
May 30 - Blooming with Books - review of Twelve to Murder / giveaway
May 31 - TDC Book Reviews - review of Blast From the Past / interview with Dan Lawson
June 1 - Working Mommy Journal - review of The Lady Who Cried Murder
June 2 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review of Real Murder
June 5 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Old Loves Die Hard / guest post
June 6 - Dab of Darkness Book Reviews - review of Dead on Ice
June 7 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - guest post by Mike Alger
June 8 - #redhead.with.book - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 9 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Twelve to Murder
June 9 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Shades of Murder / giveaway
June 9 - Travelling Through Words - book spotlight / interview with C.J. McAllister / giveaway
June 12 - Literary Flits - review of Dead on Ice / giveaway
June 13 - Books for Books - review of Three Days to Forever
June 14 - Laura's Interests - review of Cancelled Vows / interview with James Lewis / giveaway
June 15 - My Reading Journeys - review of Shades of Murder / author interview / giveaway
June 15 - Dab of Darkness Book Reviews - review of Shades of Murder
June 16 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Dead on Ice / giveaway
June 19 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of The Lady Who Cried Murder
June 19 - By The Book - review of Kill and Run
June 20 - A Holland Reads - review of Dead on Ice / guest post / giveaway
June 21 - Laura's Interests - review of Killer in the Band / guest post by Mike Alger / giveaway
June 22 - Melina's Book Blog - review of The Lady Who Cried Murder
June 23 - Melina's Book Blog - review of Open Season for Murder
June 27 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Real Murder / giveaway
June 28 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Dead on Ice
June 29 - Kristin's Novel Cafe - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
June 29 - Dab of Darkness Book Reviews - review of Blast from the Past
June 30 - Kristin's Novel Cafe - review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
June 30 - Outset - review of A Fine Year for Murder
July 1 - Writers and Authors - review of Dead on Ice
July 3 - A Holland Reads - review of Real Murder / giveaway
July 3 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Dead on Ice / giveaway
July 4 - Outset - review of Twelve to Murder 
July 5 - The Journey Back - review of Dead on Ice / interview with Mike Alger / giveaway
July 6 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Old Loves Die Hard / guest post / giveaway
July 7 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Shades of Murder / guest post
July 7 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Open Season for Murder
July 10 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Three Days to Forever
July 11 - Rainy Days Reviews - review of Dead on Ice / giveaway
July 11 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
July 12 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Blast from the Past
July 12 - Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight
July 13 - Rainy Days Reviews - review of Real Murder / giveaway
July 13 - Elsie's Audiobook Digest - review of Old Loves Dies Hard
July 13 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Dead on Ice
July 14 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Shades of Murder

June 18, 2017

Dead Air & Double Dares by Janis Thornton - Spotlight


Book details:
File Size: 3231 KB
Print Length: 241 pages
Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (June 18, 2017)
Publication Date: June 18, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B071L28F34
Series: Elmwood Confidential Cozy Mystery #2

About the book:
Who killed Horace Q. Ogilvie, owner of Elmwood’s radio station and the most hated man in town? Crystal Cropper, editor of the Elmwood Gazette, needs to solve the mystery—pronto! Horace turned up dead just moments before he planned to ruin yet another Elmwood luminary with a vindictive radio editorial. The good news? Horace left a list of future VIP targets, so the police have plenty of suspects. The bad news? Crystal’s name is at the top!

Meet this author - Janis Thornton:
Janis Thornton is an award-winning novelist, freelance writer, personal historian, and journalist.
She is the author of the cozy mystery Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies, a finalist in the East Texas Writers’ Guild Book Awards Contest. Dead Air & Double Dares is her second book in the Elmwood Confidential series.

She also authored two local history books, Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort. Upcoming projects include a collection of fifteen true crime stories set in Indiana and scheduled for publication in 2018.

Janis lives in a small Indiana town not unlike Elmwood. You may connect with her at www.janis-thornton.com.


Killer Music by Tammy L. Grace - Guest Post and Giveaway


Book Details:
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Lone Mountain Press (April 7, 2015)
Paperback: 212 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0991243464
E-Book ASIN: B00V0V4HP2

About the book:
When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.

The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.

Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.

Meet the author - Tammy L. Grace
Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of The Hometown Harbor Series of women’s fiction set in the picturesque San Jan Islands in Washington and a mystery series set in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring Cooper Harrington, Private Detective.

Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

Website: http://www.tammylgrace.com/
Blog: http://www.tammylgrace.com/blog.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammylgrace.books
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7799289.Tammy_L_Grace
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TammyLGrace
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/tammylgrace

Books Published with Buy Links
Hometown Harbor Series:
Finding Home (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZJ6W7E
Home Blooms (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVVKG44
A Promise of Home (Book 3) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OWHG42U
Pieces of Home (Book 4) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015JPAXJ8

Hometown Harbor: The Beginning http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GW9407Q

Cooper Harrington Detective Series:
Killer Music (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V0V4HP2
Deadly Connection (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0ON7I6

Guest Post:
The Making of a Mystery
Tammy L. Grace

Writing two series, one being a mystery and the other women’s fiction, often leads readers to ask me which is my favorite. It’s a tough choice because I do feel a real connection to the characters in all my books, but if I am forced to choose, it would be the mystery series.

I’ve always been a fan of mystery novels. I love puzzles and brain teasers. I just recently learned about puzzle rooms and can’t wait to try one of them. If you haven’t heard of them, they consist of a live game played with a group and the object is to escape a locked room using clues found in the room. I wish I would have thought of this! I think I need to work it into a novel soon.

My dad became a police officer when I was a very young child, so I’ve always been exposed to stories of criminal disobedience. We live in a small town, so the crimes are not at the level of the horror visible on the news each night, but we’ve had a few murders and a never-ending supply of entertaining mischief.

When I’m working on plot ideas I always brainstorm with my dad and get his input on the various aspects of the crime. He’s now serving as a judge pro tem, so I also pick his brain for questions related to the law. I like to keep the story as realistic as possible and his expertise is always valuable.

When I was developing the characters for the Cooper Harrington Detective Series, I wanted an actual detective, not the amateur character who stumbles upon dead people constantly. Not to say I don’t enjoy those types of stories, but some of them can become juvenile quickly. I didn’t want to walk that line between entertaining and just downright annoying. My detective emerged from visions of characters I enjoy from movies, television, books, and even real life, along with my own twists on some quirky traits.

Coop, as he’s known to all his friends, is a forty-something bachelor who suffers from chronic insomnia and mainlines caffeine. His uncle was a police detective who retired and opened his own private investigation agency where Coop worked as a college student. When his uncle dies, Coop takes over the business. He lives with his aunt in a posh neighborhood in Nashville. Aunt Camille fills the goofy character role perfectly. She’s well-meaning, but a bit nosy and loves to be involved in Coop’s cases.

Every good detective needs a sidekick and Coop’s is Annabelle, who is known as AB. Coop and AB met when they were both attending law school, along with Coop’s best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben. The threesome make a formidable team, combining legitimate law enforcement skills, legal talents, and good old fashioned detective work to catch murderers.

Along with his human colleagues, Coop also has a canine companion named Gus. I feature dogs in all my books and Gus is a beautiful golden retriever who goes to work with Coop and accompanies him on his cases. Gus has his humans trained much like my dog has trained me.

I’m always asked if Coop and AB will get together, romantically. The answer is I have no plans to make them a couple. Many good male and female detective or police combo have been ruined when the characters become a romantic duo. Just my opinion, but I like the tension when the reader or viewer knows they would be “perfect” for each other, but the characters are oblivious. I enjoy the plot and mystery in these novels and would rather not complicate it with the hassle of a love interest.

Killer Music is the first in this series and is an award-wining mystery. I have a notebook filled with ideas for future cases for Coop. Although the books can be read as stand-alone novels, they’re a series for a reason, so I recommend starting with Killer Music. Deadly Connection, the second book, was published in 2016 and I plan to have the third one out in 2018.

If you enjoy fast-paced whodunits that are on the cozy side, you’ll love the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels. I hope you enjoy them and if you do, please consider leaving a review on Amazon…it’s the best way to let an author know you enjoy her work. I invite you to connect with me on my mailing list. You’ll get free content emailed to you just for subscribing and be the first to know about my latest book news, blogs, offers, and contests. Sign up at my website at www.tammylgrace.com.

Giveaway:


Tour Participants

June 12 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
June 12 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, INTERVIEW 
June 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
June 13 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 13 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW
June 13 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
June 14 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
June 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
June 15 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
June 15 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
June 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
June 16 – Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
June 17 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST
June 18 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
June 18 – Community Bookstop – INTERVIEW

June 15, 2017

Traitor's Knot by Cryssa Bazos - Spotlight



Book Details:
Traitor's Knot by Cryssa Bazos
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Endeavor Press
eBook; 394 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Historical


About the book:

England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace in the year since Parliament executed King Charles I. Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman. Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with the dashing Hart. The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself. Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.

“A hugely satisfying read that will appeal to historical fiction fans who demand authenticity, and who enjoy a combination of suspense, action, and a very believable love story.” - Elizabeth St. John, author of The Lady of the Tower
“A thrilling historical adventure expertly told.” - Carol McGrath, author of The Handfasted Wife
Traitor's Knot is available in eBook from Amazon

Meet the Author Cryssa Bazos
Cryssa Bazos is a historical fiction writer and 17th Century enthusiast, with a particular interest in the English Civil War (ECW). She blogs about English history and storytelling at her blog, the 17th Century Enthusiast, and is an editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog site. Cryssa's debut novel, Traitor’s Knot, a romantic tale of adventure set during the English Civil War. Traitor’s Knot is the first in a series of adventures spanning from the ECW to the Restoration and is now available from Endeavour Press. For more information visit Cryssa's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads


Book Blast Schedule

Wednesday, May 31 Passages to the Past 
Thursday, June 1 A Bookaholic Swede 
Friday, June 2 The Writing Desk 
Monday, June 5 Pursuing Stacie 
Tuesday, June 6 Oh, for the Hook of a Book! 
Friday, June 9 I Heart Reading 
Monday, June 12 What Is That Book About 
Tuesday, June 13 Books, Dreams, Life 
Wednesday, June 14 The True Book Addict 
Thursday, June 15 A Holland Reads 
Sunday, June 18 Ageless Pages Reviews 
Monday, June 19 Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots (with excerpt) 
Wednesday, June 21 Svetlana's Reads and Views 
Thursday, June 22 CelticLady's Reviews 
Friday, June 23 Book Nerd

June 12, 2017

Dancing in the Rain by Lucy Appadoo - Spotlight and Giveaway


Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?

Book Details:
Book Title: Dancing in the Rain (The Italian Family Series)
Author: Lucy Appadoo
Category: Adult Fiction, 274 pages
Genre: Historical Coming of Age/Romance/Family Drama
Publisher: Lucy Appadoo
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 23, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is physical abuse and death involved.)

Book Description:
Fifteen-year old Valeria Allegro works diligently on the family farm in Italy, where she is torn between her duty to her family and her desire to find freedom from her strict, domineering father. She finds solace in Dario, a young student who provides a blissful escape—until a neighbour’s son, Gregorio, decides he wants her for himself.

This raises an alarm for her father, which leads to family conflict and aggression. When Dario is threatened and her family is plagued by a series of suspicious accidents, Valeria is desperate to keep her loved ones safe. Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?

Buy the Book:
Amazon.com.au ~ Amazon.com ~ Barnes & Noble
Other online stores
Add to Goodreads

Meet the Author:
Lucy Appadoo is a registered counsellor and wellness coach with a part-time private practice. She also works as a rehabilitation counsellor for the Australian government. In her spare time, she self-publishes or writes nonfiction and fiction texts. She previously worked as a rehabilitation consultant, caseworker, English as a second language teacher, and proofreader.

Lucy has postgraduate diplomas in psychology, education, and English as a Second Language teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in grief counselling and hypnosis. She has also completed wellness coaching courses (levels 1-3) at Wellness Coaching Australia.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She writes in the genres of romantic suspense, historical fiction, and romance. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, playing tennis, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Enter the Giveaway!
Ends July 1




June 11, 2017

Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz - Spotlight


Book Details:
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752402
E-Book ASIN: B01M1FC4OK

About this book:
Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident—or did someone even the score?

Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

About The Author
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Purchase Links
Amazon B&N kobo

Giveaway:


Tour Participants

June 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
June 6 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
June 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 7 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW
June 8 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW
June 8 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
June 9 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
June 9 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
June 10 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
June 10 – Bookworm Cafe – SPOTLIGHT 
June 11 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
June 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 13 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
June 13 – Queen of All She Reads – SPOTLIGHT
June 14 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
June 14 – Deal Sharing Aunt – INTERVIEW
June 15 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW
June 15 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST
June 16 – Varietats – REVIEW
June 16 – Teresa Trent Author Site – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW 
June 18 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
June 19 – My Journey Back – REVIEW

June 10, 2017

Marriage is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin - Guest Post and Giveaway


Book details:
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (May 30, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758294920
E-Book ASIN: B01LJKQFH6

About the book:
Wedding bells are ringing at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in California’s postcard-perfect Blossom Valley. The entire staff is pitching in to send one of their own down the aisle. But no one knew the nuptials could turn up so many secrets—or that marriage and murder could go hand in hand . . .
Dana Lewis is marrying Jason Forrester, a talented reporter and the love of her life. She couldn’t dream of a better venue than the farm where she works, and her friends are determined to give her the wedding of her dreams. Even her florist, Bethany Lancaster, is making sure she has just the right flowers. But Dana’s happiness wilts when she finds Bethany shot dead—and discovers her friend was a busybody with a blackmail list longer than a cathedral veil. With so many enemies, finding Bethany’s killer seems all but impossible. And when Dana herself is eyed as a suspect, she’ll have to chase down the culprit faster than she can say, “I do”—or she’ll be trading in her wedding dress for prison stripes . .

Meet the author - Staci McLaughlin

Staci McLaughlin graduated from the California State University, East Bay before becoming a technical writer for a number of years. Now she is a stay-at-home mom and a cozy mystery writer in my spare time (Ha!). Once she can wrangle the kids into bed, my husband and I enjoy watching scary movies and playing both board games and video games.

She is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, as well as a contributor to the LadyKillers blog at http://www.theladykillers.typepad.com/. She lives with my family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Author Links:
Webpage – http://stacimclaughlin.com/home
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Staci-McLaughlin-161577987251041/

Guest Post:
One of the things I enjoy about writing the Blossom Valley Mysteries is talking about the settings in the stories. Much of the series takes place at the organic farm and spa where Dana, my main character, works as the sole marketing person. Not only do I get to spend my writing time at a beautiful country destination with vegetable and herb gardens and walking trails, but several animals call the farm home as well. Ducks splash in the pond out front, chickens settle into their roosts in the hen house, and pigs relax in their sty. My favorite pig is Wilbur, who I actually consider to be one of the characters in the books, right up there with Gretchen, who runs the spa, and Gordon, the farm’s manager. Wilbur might not say a lot, but he’s an excellent listener when Dana needs someone, or something, to talk to.

When Dana isn’t working at the farm, she is often hanging out in Blossom Valley, the small Northern California town in which she lives. When I first started the series, I knew I wanted the story to take place in a small town, a place where you might run into your fourth grade teacher at the grocery store or your dentist at the coffee shop. At first, I was going to set the story in Ukiah, the town where I grew up. Soon after I started writing the first book, however, I realized that the Ukiah of my youth wasn’t quite the same as the Ukiah of today. It had grown quite a bit, gotten a few big box stores, and was a lot trendier than I remembered.

So I decided to take the Ukiah from my memory and turn it into Blossom Valley. The town is situated in the same location, but it’s smaller and more isolated. It’s the kind of place where the entertainment choices on the weekend are seeing a movie or trying your luck at bowling. The restaurants are rarely crowded, the sidewalks are litter free, and the shop keepers are extra friendly, except when Dana is asking them questions about a murder, of course.

For my third book, Green Living Can Be Deadly, Dana had the chance to get out of town and drive over the hill to Mendocino, which is a real-life coastal town in Northern California. The area is well-known for its giant redwood trees and beautiful coastal cliffs. That’s one of the fantastic things about setting a book in California. All Dana needs to do is drive an hour or two for a completely different change of scenery.

The possibilities are endless for settings in future stories, but when all is said and done, Dana’s favorite place is with her family and friends. Her mom still lives in the same house where Dana grew up, and Dana loves to go over for Sunday dinners. When she’s not at her mom’s house, she likes to curl up on the couch with her boyfriend, Jason, or even hang out with her immature but lovable sister, Ashlee.

And whenever she has a problem, she knows she can always drive to the farm and talk to Wilbur. He’s always willing to lend an ear.



Tour Participants

May 30 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
May 31 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
June 1 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW 
June 1 – Queen of All She Reads – SPOTLIGHT
June 2 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW
June 2 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
June 3- Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
June 4 – Teresa Trent Author Site – SPOTLIGHT
June 5 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
June 6 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
June 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
June 7 – My Journey Back – REVIEW
June 8 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW 
June 9 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
June 10 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
June 10 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
June 11 – Varietats – REVIEW
June 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
June 12 – Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT