October 17, 2018

Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas - Spotlight and Excerpt



Book details

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (October 1, 2018)

Book description
A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back home.

Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit. He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch. Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time for Christmas.

Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his door, he realizes just how much one person can need another.

Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr. Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does everyone think he’s her husband?

In this uplifting novel, three unlikely couples discover just what Crossroads, Texas, can offer: romance, belonging, and plenty of Christmas spirit.



Meet the author - Jodi Thomas
New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.
Connect with Jodi
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Excerpt
He hated cute decorations. Hell, he hated all decora­tions. He hated holidays, period. Halloween to Christ­mas was not a happy time for him. But if he wanted Miss Franklin’s help, he’d better leave her creepy me­nagerie alone.

She offered him the seat at the end of the table.

“Daisy!” she yelled without noticing her sister standing three feet away at the door Griffin guessed led down a hallway. “The oldest Holloway boy has come to ask for our advice.”

Daisy made a squeaky noise, then answered, “I’ll get the muffins and coffee. Don’t start talking until I’m in the room. If a Holloway thinks he’s got a prob­lem, it must be huge ’cause them boys were all three spoiled by their mother to think they were perfect and knew everything.”

“I heard that.” Griffin plopped his Stetson down on the table just to irritate the ladies. “Mom has been buried for over a dozen years. Perfection seems to have slipped a bit among her offspring.”

Rose picked up his hat and set it brim up on the windowsill. “Except for being nearsighted about her sons, your mama was a good woman.”

Griffin nodded and took the seat offered. He had no idea if he was being ordered to the head of the table or the tail. “That she was and I’m hoping the next Mrs. Holloway will be the same.”

Rose’s bushy eyebrow raised slightly. He’d caught her interest.

A few minutes later when Daisy rushed in with apple muffins, honey butter and a pot of coffee, he re­alized he was beyond dumb. Who goes to two women who’ve never married for advice? The gang at the bar would probably have better ideas. He shrugged. On the bright side, the gang at the bar wouldn’t offer apple muffins and coffee along with their advice.

Besides, it was too late to bolt now. He’d set his course. While the ladies downed their coffee and two muffins each, he laid out his problem as quickly as possible.

One of the Holloway men needed a wife, one with money or land. One willing to marry by Christmas. Leaning close, he lowered his voice and added, “I wouldn’t want this out, but come January, we’re li­able to lose the place if we don’t come up with cash.” He winked at them. “You’ll keep that quiet, ladies?”

They both nodded, swearing to a secret everyone in the county already knew. If the Holloways weren’t low on cash, now that might be something new. Word was, several ranchers were already planning to make the bank an offer as soon as the land was foreclosed on. Of course, no one would want the whole ranch, but the bank could split it up into a dozen smaller parcels.

Griffin would rather have someone carve up his heart than sell off the ranch in pieces. Five genera­tions were buried there. His father’s trees. His mother’s honeysuckle. Over a hundred years of Holloways had worked the land, and Griffin wanted another hundred years more to do the same.

To his surprise, the sisters didn’t ask one question about the why to his plan. They were far more inter­ested in the who.

When he admitted he didn’t have a bride in mind, the Franklin sisters just stared at him as if they’d ac­cidentally let in a serial killer.

Griffin ate his muffin in silence and waited. The plan had sounded better in his head. Maybe he should have been more detailed, but the whole thing seemed simple. Find a rich woman, marry her, add her money or credit potential into the bank account. He’d heard a dozen women over the past year say they’d love to marry into his family. Only they didn’t seem to be around now.

The only other choice was to sell part of the ranch, and every Holloway buried on the land would come back to haunt him if Griffin did that. He was out of options.

“What about love?” Rose whispered. She said the words slowly, as if fearing he might ask for an expla­nation.

“Of course we’d love her.” Griffin wanted to scream that love had nothing to do with this. The Franklin sis­ters didn’t seem to realize the sacrifice he, or one of his brothers, was willing to make. He quickly added, “Franklin men tend to fall in love fast. We’re kind of the at-first-sight types. So the falling-in-love part won’t take long, but meeting eligible women is hard when you’re busy from dawn till dark ranching.”



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October 15, 2018

A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage - Review and Giveaway

I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own

Book details
A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback 514 Pages
Series: The Wanderer, Book One
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal

Book description
In the long lost ancient past, two men fought over the girl with eyes like the Bosporus under a summer sky. It ended badly. She died. They died. Since then, they have all tumbled through time, reborn over and over again. Now they are all here, in the same place, the same time and what began so long ago must finally come to an end. Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and she’ll laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognizes him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other’s guts. Helle’s life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting. 
Meet the Author - Anna Belfrage
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…) With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so. Find out more about Anna by visiting her website, www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads

My thoughts
I have been a fan of Anna's for awhile now so when I heard she was starting a new series I was pretty excited. The time travel aspect really appealed to me - I know you probably would not technically call it time travel since they are reborn. In this story though Helle did not know she has traveled through time. She can't quite figure out why she recognizes Jason or why him and Sam hate each other. This story pulled me in from page one. The characters were very strong and well developed. Anna did not disappoint with her vivid descriptions and details to make you really see and understand the story. Now if you don't like sex scenes then you may not like this book as there are a lot of them but that did not bother me as they just added to the story. My only disappointment is that I have to wait for the next book to come out to see what is going to happen next. 

Giveaway
During the Blog Tour we will be giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of A Torch in His Heart! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to residents INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. A Torch in His Heart


Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, October 9 Review at Pursuing Stacie 
Wednesday, October 10 Review at Oh, October 
Thursday, October 11 Interview at Let Them Read Books 
Friday, October 12 Review at A Chick Who Reads 
Monday, October 15 Review at A Holland Reads 
Friday, October 19 Feature at A Bookaholic Swede 
Sunday, October 21 Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All 
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Wednesday, October 31 Interview at Passages to the Past 
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Friday, November 16 Review at The Book Mind

October 14, 2018

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin - Review


Book details
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 3rd edition (October 11, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060520760
ISBN-13: 978-0060520762

Book description
“David Laskin deploys historical fact of the finest grain to tell the story of a monstrous blizzard that caught the settlers of the Great Plains utterly by surprise. Using the storm as a lens, Laskin captures the brutal, heartbreaking folly of this chapter in America’s history, and along the way delves into the freakish physics of extreme cold. This is a book best read with a fire roaring in the hearth and a blanket and box of tissues near at hand.” — Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City

Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Meet the author - David Laskin
David Laskin was born in New York in 1953 and educated at Harvard College and New College, Oxford. For the past twenty-five years, Laskin has written books and articles on a wide range of subjects including history, weather, travel, gardens and the natural world. His most recent book, The Children’s Blizzard, won the Washington State Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Nonfiction. Laskin’s other titles include Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather, Partisans: Marriage, Politics and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals, A Common Life: Four Generations of American Literary Friendship and Influence, and Artists in their Gardens (co-authored with Valerie Easton). A frequent contributor to The New York Times Travel Section, Laskin also writes for the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, and Seattle Metropolitan. He and his wife Kate O’Neill, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle with their two sweet old dogs.

My thoughts
Overall I really liked this book but there were a few parts that drug a little for me. Those parts were when meteorology and the process of putting out the cold weather flags. For me on small chapter on this would have been enough. With that being said the rest of the book was so enjoyable for me that it outweighed the other. I don't really like saying the book was enjoyable as it was about many people's pain and suffering so it was not "enjoyable" in that it was a fun book but "enjoyable" in that it was very informative to me. I grew up in Nebraska and Kansas and have been to many parts of Nebraska and South Dakota that were mentioned in this book. My ancestors were Norwegians that settled in the Dakota Territory where this book took place. I am sure I had family that went through this horrible time period and would like to know their story and how they fared. I liked that the author used first hand accounts to tell many of the stories. I can't imagine being that teacher who had to make the decision on whether or not to send the children home and then finding out the kids did not survive. The way this blizzard happened after a very nice day is so typical of the Midwest weather. I highly recommend this book. 

October 13, 2018

A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn - Spotlight and Giveaway


Book details
NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES SET IN WISCONSIN 
Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018) 
ISBN-10: 1683317718 
ISBN-13: 978-1683317715 
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5ZM5
  

Book description
For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.

Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.

Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.

As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.

Meet the author - Holly Quinn
Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. 
Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com 

Author Links - Website - www.authorhollyquinn.com 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS 
October 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 
October 8 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT 
October 9 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW 
October 9 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW 
October 10 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT 
October 11 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST 
October 11 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 12 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW 
October 12 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 
October 12 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – RECIPE POST 
October 13 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
October 13 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
October 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 14 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
October 15 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW 
October 15 – The Montana Bookaholic - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST 
October 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW 
October 16 – Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW 
October 17 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW 
October 17 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
October 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - REVIEW 
October 18 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW 
October 18 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
October 18 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT 
October 19 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW 
October 19 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW 
October 20 – The Book Diva's Reads – GUEST POST 
October 20 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
October 21 - Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW 
October 21 - StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

Murder in the Museum by Karen Shughart - Spotlight

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Cozy Cat Press (February 13, 2018) 
Paperback: 266 pages 
ISBN-10: 1946063509
ISBN-13: 978-1946063502 
Digital ASIN: B07CF74JHQ
  

Book description
Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, NY police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford's body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily's coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum's gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister?

When the police chief is called out of town for a family emergency, he hires Ed, now working as a criminal consultant, to assist deputy police chief, Carrie Ramos, with the murder investigation. After several leads don't pan out, the chief, now back in Lighthouse Cove, decides to close the case. Confident that with more time the murder can be solved, Ed is determined to continue investigating on his own, with encouragement from his wife, Annie the museum's executive director.

One morning while in the basement of the museum, the couple discovers a copy of a map dated 1785, and Ed's instincts tell him it may be connected to Emily's death. On a hunch, he and Annie travel to Toronto, Canada, where he learns of the original map and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an archaeological dig. The manuscript contains information about a ship that capsized during a fierce storm on Lake Ontario -- in 1785. Now Ed has clues as to why the murder occurred, but he still doesn't know who committed the crime. Or does he?

Meet the author - Karen Shughart
Karen Shughart received a B.A. in Comprehensive Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate courses in English at Shippensburg University. She is the author of two non-fiction books and has worked as an editor, publicist, photographer, journalist, teacher and non-profit executive. A Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery is her first work of fiction. Before moving to a small village on the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York, she and her husband resided in south central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, PA. 

For more information, visit her website: www.karenshughart.com
Author Links: Website: https://www.karenshughart.com

Purchase Link - Amazon

TOUR PARTICIPANTS 
October 10 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog – REVIEW 
October 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
October 11 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
October 12 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, RECIPE 
October 13 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
October 14 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT 
October 15 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
October 16 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT 
October 17 – Varietats – REVIEW 
October 18 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
October 19 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
October 19 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE 
October 20 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT 
October 21 - Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST 
October 22 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW 
October 23 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 23 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

October 9, 2018

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle - Review and Giveaway

 

Book details
Paranormal Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Berkley (September 25, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 0425237451 
ISBN-13: 978-0425237458 
Digital ASIN: B078VX9SNF
  

Book description
Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop's ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful...

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it--literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

Meet the author - Cleo Coyle
Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries--now celebrating nearly fifteen years in print. They also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which were originally published under their second pseudonym, Alice Kimberly (The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, The Ghost and the Dead Deb, The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion). Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.

Author Links Visit Cleo online: www.coffeehousemystery.com 
Friend Cleo on Facebook:www.Facebook.com/CleoCoyle 
Follow Cleo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleocoyle/ 

Purchase Links Amazon B&N Kobo Google Play BookBub

My thoughts
I really enjoyed going back to this bookstore and to follow along with Pen as she is trying to figure out why people are turning up dead after the bestseller comes out. It is neat how Pen and Jack play off of each other even though Jack is a lively ghost. There was definitely something more to the bestseller than what everyone thought. I could not wait to figure out why the woman was on the cover and who killed her. I always like the style in which this author writes and I loved the twists that kept me guessing until the end. I hope we get to have another book in this series. Worth the read. 

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October 8, 2018

Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran - Review and Giveaway

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

Book details
Cozy Mystery 15th in Series 
Berkley (October 2, 2018) 
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 0451489543
ISBN-13: 978-0451489548 
Digital ASIN: B078VVDSQT
  

Book description
An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

Meet the authors - Laura Childs and Terri Farley Moran
Laura Childs
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links: Webpage - http://www.laurachilds.com/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

Terri Farley Moran
Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat cafĂ© and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

Terrie’s Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrie.moran.9 Blog: www.womenofmystery.net Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23186092-terrie-moran
Purchase Links:
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My thoughts
I was so happy to get read this next installment in one of my favorite series. When I am looking for a good book I know I can always turn to Laura. I was so happy to see Carmela and Babcock are talking more about their engagement. It seems no matter where Carmela and Ava go they seem to find themselves in a heap of trouble. The banter between Shamus and Carmela is fun but at the same time you kind of want to have him leave Carmela alone, but then again the books would not be the same without this. This time I had my sights set on the same people that Carmela did as the main suspects but you will have to read the book to see who actually planted the bomb on the float. I am going to be waiting anxiously for the next book in this series.

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October 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW 
October 4 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 4 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW
October 5 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW 
October 6 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW 
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October 8 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW 
October 8 – A Holland Reads - REVIEW 
October 9 – Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW 
October 9 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
October 10 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW 
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Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque - Spotlight and Interview


Book Details:
Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children's Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:
It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?

Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.

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Meet the Author - Alysson Foti Bourque 
Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

Interview
What genre do you write and why? I write children’s books. Having young children, I feel that it is important to teach through literature. There is a lot of books out there that lack problem-solving skills and self-evaluation. I wanted to write a series that teaches gratitude, generosity, perseverance, responsibility, and respectfulness.

What is the last great book you’ve read? Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis. This book is honest, enthusiastic, and relatable. All things I love in a book.

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack? Where do you write? Yes! I write in my office when my children are at school or in bed. I have to have a bottle of water, cup of coffee, and some sort of pack of crackers or candy.

Do you ever get writer’s block? Sometimes, but it is more of an overload of imaginary ideas that get me. I like to start a story, leave the ending blank, and come back to it with a fresh idea.

How did you do research for your book? When writing for children, you have to think like a kid so I read a lot of kid’s literature. Then I combine our own experiences with imaginary ideas and come up with the plot. It has to be relatable but a tad far-fetched.

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October 3, 2018

A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates - Spotlight and Excerpt


Book details
Mass Market Paperback: 496 Pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (October 1, 2018)

Book description
It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy!

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Meet the author - Maisey Yates
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Connect with Maisey
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Excerpt
McKenna Tate was used to sleeping lightly. And to­night was no exception. She had been keeping one ear tuned into the sounds around her, just in case, even while she dozed.

Not that deep sleeping in this place was likely. It was cold, and the floor of the little cabin was hard. Two days spent in it didn’t make it feel any more like home.

Except it wasn’t fine right now, because she heard something. And that was why she’d stirred.

Suddenly, reality slammed into her. The door to the cabin was opening.

She scrambled into a sitting position, attempting to push herself onto her feet, but then the door flung open completely, and she found herself stumbling back, hit­ting the wall and curling up there like a startled animal ready to strike.

It was a man. Which, out here in this big bad world, was the scariest thing she could think of. She would rather tangle with a bear any day. This was definitely a man.

Silhouetted in the doorway, tall and broad and ter­rifying. He had a cowboy hat pulled down low over his face, and she couldn’t see any of his features. She could just see that he was big.

“Calm down,” he said, as if a command issued from a stranger would make her feel calm.

“What?” So, now she knew he was insane, which was great. Telling a woman whose sleep he’d just in­terrupted to be calm.

“I said,” he responded, “calm down. I’m not going to hurt you.”

“Like you would announce you were going to hurt me if that was your plan,” she said, curling up tighter.

“I have no idea what I would do if I was going to hurt you. Because I’m not going to. I do, however, want to know what you’re doing here.”

“Sleeping.”

“I can see that. Or rather, I could. Though you aren’t sleeping now.”

“Very observant. I’d give you a trophy, but I’m fresh out.”

He shifted, crossing his arms. “You’re awfully mouthy for somebody sleeping on someone else’s prop­erty.”

“And you’re awfully chatty for a guy who just found someone sleeping on his property. Don’t you have follow-up questions?”

“Several. But I don’t want you crouched there in the corner like you think I’m about to stab you.”

She snorted out a laugh. “Oh, I’m not really that wor­ried you’re gonna randomly stab me. It’s other things I worry about with men.”

“You don’t have to worry about that, either,” he said.

His voice didn’t soften it all. He didn’t look like he felt bad for her, or like he pitied her in any way. That would not be the angle to take with him. Crying or anything like that. She could see that right away. She could paint a glorious picture of her tragic plight, and he would probably just stand there like a man carved from rock. Unmoved. Whoever he was, he was not a soft touch.

She was pretty good at identifying a soft touch. They were the kind of people who came in handy in desperate situations. People who wanted to wrap you in a blan­ket, give you a piece of pie and say some encouraging words so that they could go on with their day feeling like they were decent human beings.
Tour stops
Monday, September 24th: The Romance Dish
Tuesday, September 25th: What is That Book About – excerpt
Wednesday, September 26th: Book Fidelity
Thursday, September 27th: Reading Reality
Thursday, September 27th: @dreaming_of_stories
Friday, September 28th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Monday, October 1st: Moonlight Rendezvous
Tuesday, October 2nd: Written Love Reviews
Wednesday, October 3rd: omg.kacie.reads and @omg.kacie.reads
Thursday, October 4th: A Holland Reads – excerpt
Monday, October 8th: Books & Spoons
Tuesday, October 9th: Into the Hall of Books
Wednesday, October 10th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, October 11th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – excerpt
Friday, October 12th: Crystal Blogs Books
Friday, October 12th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Monday, October 15th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, October 16th: Becky on Books
Wednesday, October 17th: Jathan & Heather
Thursday, October 18th: Evermore Books
Friday, October 19th: Books and Blends

Past & Present by Judy Penz Sheluk - Review and Interview

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Superior Shores Press (September 21, 2018) 
Paperback: 232 pages 
ISBN-10: 0995000735 
ISBN-13: 978-0995000735 
Digital ASIN: B07FYZ6HPF
  

Book description
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.

Meet the author - Judy Penz Sheluk
Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

Author Links Website http://www.judypenzsheluk.com 
Purchase Links Amazon

Interview
What made you want to start an investigation company?
I’d learned a fair bit about investigation over the past year as I researched my mother’s disappearance thirty years earlier, when I was just six-years-old. I’d quit my day job working at the call center of a bank’s call center, and I’ll be honest, I was in no rush to return to a nine-to-five job where my every movement was being supervised. I decided to call on my friend, Chantelle Marchand (now business partner) and two friends who helped me on my mother’s case. Chantelle’s expertise is genealogy, Shirley is a retired archives/research librarian, and Misty is a self-proclaimed psychic who is tuned into tarot. It’s an unusual combination, but we’re making it work. Sometimes I call on my friend, Arabella, who owns an antiques shop. She’s the one who referred our first client to us, for which I’m incredibly grateful.

What is your most memorable case so far?
Ha! Well, we’ve actually only had one official case that’s been solved. That’s the one I write about in Past & Present, and so I guess that’s my favorite. But Judy has me writing a third book based on a newspaper article she read a few months ago. She’s got me doing no end of research, and we haven’t yet solved that case. But I’m excited about it.

What is the weirdest or scariest thing you have encountered in the places you have searched?
OMG! I found an actual skeleton…in a coffin…in the attic of the Marketville house I inherited. I wrote about that in Skeletons in the Attic. That was my first book.

What is it like to help solve a murder?
It’s hard to explain, because even if you do solve it, that doesn’t necessarily mean justice has been served, and it certainly doesn’t bring the dead back to life.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about you?
Just that I’m so happy to be here, and hope you’ll read my stories.

My thoughts
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. I liked the setting and the subject of this story. The town was a quaint little town that was nice to get to know the people that live there. I liked that there was both a genealogist and physic involved in the story. The author also included some plot twists that made you want to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. All in all an enjoyable well written mystery book.
 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS 
September 21 – Community Bookstop – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
September 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST 
September 23 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 
September 24 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST 
September 24 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT 
September 25 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE POST 
September 25 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW 
September 26 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 
September 27 – Mysteries with Character – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
September 27 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
September 28 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW 
September 28 – The Montana Bookaholic – GUEST POST 
September 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
September 30 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 1 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 
October 1 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
October 2 – Here's How It Happened – REVIEW 
October 2 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
October 3 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 
October 3 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
October 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST