January 17, 2018

Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton - Character Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Kensington (January 30, 2018) 
Paperback: 256 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496711878 
E-Book ASIN: B071HKMK38
  

Book description
Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.

If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .

Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . .

Meet the author - Ginger Bolton
Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series--cops, crime, coffee, donuts and one curious cat. When Ginger isn't writing or reading, she's crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes were folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company.

Author Links Webpage: http://gingerbolton.com
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Guest post
WISCONSIN WINTER WONDERLAND 
by Emily Westhill from SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS by Ginger Bolton 

In northern Wisconsin, we’re used to snow. We cope. So, when Tom, my business partner at Deputy Donut, called at five in the morning and told me not to rush to work through the foot or more of snow that had fallen during the night, I said I wouldn’t.

But I knew I would.

For one thing, I lived much closer to our coffee and donut shop than Tom did. I knew he would be there, if not as early as usual, in time to serve fresh donuts and coffee to our patrons. Tom used to be Fallingbrook’s police chief. He could drive through conditions that might cause other hardy northerners to roll over in bed and pull the covers over their heads.

For another thing, many of the customers at Deputy Donut were first responders. A little snow didn’t keep them from work, or from their breaks. They might be able to make coffee at emergency medical services headquarters, the police station, and the fire station, but as they often told Tom and me, their coffee didn’t compare to ours.

I lifted the drape and peered out through my living room window. It was still dark. Giant snowflakes swirled down underneath the nearest street light. In the driveway, my car resembled a slightly misshapen marshmallow.

I let the drape go and looked down at my tortoiseshell tabby, Dep, short for Deputy Donut. Tom and I had named our donut shop after her. “You’re not going to want to walk to work today. How about if you stay warm and snug here at home? You’ll have food, water, toys, a litter box and lots of comfy places to sleep.”

“Meow.” She trotted to the front door and stood with her nose almost glued to it.

“I’m not driving until the roads are plowed,” I informed her. “Besides, you hate being put in your carrier and riding in the car.”

She pawed at the door.

“You can’t walk in that stuff.” Actually, I wasn’t sure I could, either. I went to the kitchen and filled her food and water bowls.

Dep stayed by the front door. “Okay,” I finally said. “Let’s try that sling pouch I made for you that day it was raining really hard.” That day, Dep had ridden in luxury in the pouch and had watched the passing world through my clear plastic poncho. She had seemed perfectly happy. She was very fond of being held close and cuddled.

I put on my cross-country ski boots and then dug out the sling pouch and put it on. Dep let me tuck her inside it. She was even purring. I managed to zip an extra-roomy jacket over the bulging pouch, just high enough for Dep to peek over the partially closed zipper and see where we were going. Imagining tangling my ski poles in the trailing corners of the poncho, I left the poncho inside.

In winter, I kept my skis and poles on the front porch. I carried them to my front walk. As the first snowflakes brushed past her ears, Dep scrunched down into my jacket. I pulled the zipper up so she could shelter completely inside my jacket, snapped on my skis, and mushed out to the street through snow that was too deep for easy skiing.

Sometime during the night, snowmobiles had traveled along the road. In their tracks, I picked up the pace. Dep was a warm and quiet bundle on my chest. No one else was out, and I kept up a nice rhythm all the way to Deputy Donut.

Tom’s SUV was already in the lot behind our shop. I left the skis and poles on the back porch and took Dep into the shop’s office, where she had food, water, toys, a litter box, and comfy places to sleep—just like at home. But in the office at work, she also had her own playground. Tom and I had built multi-level catwalks, complete with tunnels, up near the ceiling. She scrambled up one of her carpeted columns to her playground. I took of my boots, put on my sneakers, and shut Dep into the office.

Tom was in the kitchen, making batter and dough and heating the oil in the deep-fryers.

We opened on time.

My best friends, Misty and Samantha, came in moments later. Misty was a police officer and Samantha was an Emergency Medical Technician. They’d both been working all night, clearing fender-benders and shuttling injured people to the hospital. They looked exhausted.

I brought them hot coffee, a full-bodied medium roast from Columbia, and warm, raised donuts. They thanked Tom and me for opening on a snowy morning. “We really needed this,” they said.

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January 15, 2018

Kiss Carlo by Adrian Trigiani - Review and Giveaway

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

Book Details:
Book Title: Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
Category: Adult Fiction, 560 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release date: January 2018
Content Rating: G (For general audience. Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking.)

Book Description:
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.

It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.

Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.

From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.

Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.

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Meet the Author: 
Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

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My thoughts
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was a good one for me to start with. Let's start with the characters. I thought they were well developed and believable. They could have been anyone's family. Then the setting of the book, now I have to admit I liked the Italy parts of the book the most but the Philly and New York parts were well described as well. I liked how this book was about a close knit family and you got to see their traditions. I also liked the theater part of this book and that Nick wanted to follow his dream. This book could be a tribute to any one wanting to follow their dreams. I will be picking up some more books by this author in the future. 

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January 14, 2018

Unorganized Crime by Synova Cantrell - Review

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

Book details
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539389324
ISBN-13: 978-1539389323

Book description
Why would anyone want to be a gangster? “I wanted the respect, the women, and the money” – Sidney Heard. Raised in a mob-controlled suburb of Chicago, Sidney Heard grew up wanting to be a gangster. He was on probation by the age of thirteen, and continued building his criminal resume over the next half a century. He was a professional arsonist for nearly twenty years; escaped from jail twice; ran a gold scandal grossing over a quarter of a million dollars, and that’s just to name a few of his illegal escapades. To top it off, he played a role in one of the most important Supreme Court Decisions of all time (Gideon vs. Wainwright). Sidney’s underworld connections ran from the Chicago-based Italians, to the Mexican Mafia. He even worked undercover for the Federal Government at one point in his life. However, all of Sidney’s so-called glory would come with a price. While working undercover for the F.B.I. D.E.A., Sidney became hooked on drugs. He soon found himself staring at 125 years of jail time , a massive criminal record, and pushing his fiftieth birthday. Can a career criminal change? “One of the few books written that gives the reader an insight into the criminal mind” – Retired FBI Agent Egelston

Meet the author - Synova Lantreli
Synova Cantrell is a true crime writer/blogger, fiction writer, and children’s book author. As a freelance journalist, her works could be seen online at ehow.com, livestrong.com/lifestyle, hubpages.com, and amykitchenerfdn.org and in five regional publications. Deeply concerned with illiteracy in America’s youth, Synova took her children’s book The Sleepy Little Sun and spoke in schools state-wide about the importance of reading. As a motivational speaker, Synova has encouraged fellow writers at local conferences, presided over a local writers’ guild, and spoke at writing workshops. For more information of her many projects or to follow her true crime blog, log on to www.synovaink.com

My thoughts
I thought this was a very interesting book. This book held my attention from the first page and did not stop until the end. You can tell by reading it that the author really did her research. I liked her writing style as well as I thought the book flowed nicely. It shows in the little details. Sidney wanted so bad to be in the mob that he committed a number of crimes trying to prove he could do it. He was a very smart man and it showed in the crimes he committed and how some of them played out. All he really wanted was to be a gangster and he spent his life with that goal in mind. I think no matter what he put his mind to he could have done he just chose the criminal path. I am glad I got the chance to read this book and learn about Sidney Heard. 

January 13, 2018

Murder, by George by Jeanne Quigley - Review

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Book details
Series: A Veronica Walsh Mystery #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: Five Star Publishing 
ISBN-13: 978-1432831431

Book description
Retired soap opera actress Veronica Walsh leads a fulfilling second act in her Adirondack hometown of Barton. Her boutique, All Things, is thriving and she enjoys a romance with Professor Mark Burke. She has neither the time nor the desire to be an amateur sleuth.

Trouble finds her when architect Scott Culverson buys a vintage box at the village's annual flea market and discovers a valuable painting and love letter inside a locked drawer. The awe over the masterpiece, a 1920's portrait of Barton's main street, turns to rage when a fierce argument ensues. The box's seller insists the painting was not included in the sale, while Ella and Madeline Griffin, whose mother received the painting as a wedding present, demand that Scott return the painting to their family. The artist's daughter, the formidable Leona Bradshaw Kendall, later joins the battle over Orchard Street.

When Scott is stabbed to death and the painting and letter stolen, the Griffin sisters ask Veronica to help clear suspicion from their hot-tempered great-niece, Regina. Despite a vow to stay out of the investigation, Veronica's loyalty to her friends draws her into the case.

Veronica crosses paths with a shady contractor, brassy hairdresser, overwrought lawyer, and adoring Czech housekeeper as she searches for both killer and work of art. Whom can Veronica trust, and who will lead her to the brink of death?

Meet the author - Jeanne Quigley
Jeanne Quigley grew up reading mysteries, watching soap operas, and vacationing in the Adirondacks, never imagining these pleasures would be the foundation of her debut novel. Her love of characters-real and fictional-led her to study Sociology and English at the University of Notre Dame. Jeanne has never been a soap star, but she has worked in the music industry and for an education publisher. She lives in Rockland County, New York.

My thoughts
I was excited to continue with Veronica on her adventures in her quaint little town. This installment was set around an antique box and the treasure found inside of it. There was more than one person who was upset about the painting in the box which made for a good mystery as you were not sure who was the murderer. I liked how the romance from the first book continued on with this story. I thought the the author did a good job with keeping you interested when continuing with the series. The characters are developing more and the story lines remain interesting. A good second book. 

All Things Murder by Jeanne Quigley - Review

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Book details
Series: Veronica Walsh Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 411 pages
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing 
ISBN-13: 978-1410471208

Book description
Emmy-winning actress Veronica Walsh is accustomed to role-playing. Over her thirty-two year career on the soap opera Days and Nights, her character has been a businesswoman, wife (multiple times), mother, prison inmate and fugitive. None of that prepared Veronica for the role of real-life sleuth.

When Veronica cannot land a new part after the soap's cancellation, she returns to her Adirondack hometown for what she hopes is a temporary visit. No sooner does she arrive than Veronica finds herself in a swirl of turmoil, with her neighbor at the center. In the span of a few hours, powerful businesswoman Anna Langdon extends an invitation to Veronica to discuss a business proposal, ends a short romance with Veronica’s high school beau, threatens to evict one of her retail tenants and thwarts a deal to build a mall on local farmland. Veronica receives an unexpected welcome-home present when she finds Anna's body the next morning, the cast-iron skillet used to kill her lying at her feet. Soon Veronica is chasing leads with the help of friend Mark Burke and her former co-star Alex Shelby.

Twists straight from a soap script, including two leading men vying for her attention, entangle Veronica as she gathers clues. Will Veronica solve the case, or will the killer be as elusive as an acting job? And will she play the heroine or the damsel in distress?

Meet the author - Jeanne Quigley
Jeanne Quigley grew up reading mysteries, watching soap operas, and vacationing in the Adirondacks, never imagining these pleasures would be the foundation of her debut novel. Her love of characters-real and fictional-led her to study Sociology and English at the University of Notre Dame. Jeanne has never been a soap star, but she has worked in the music industry and for an education publisher. She lives in Rockland County, New York.

My thoughts
This was a fun start to a new to me series. I really liked Veronica from the beginning. She was a believable character who fun to get to know. Not to mention her age as a breath of fresh air since most lead characters are not middle aged. The setting for the book was also nice and a place I would like to visit. I liked that the author gave me a few twists so that I did not figure out the killer until the end of the book. There was also a touch of romance in the book for more added enjoyment. All the makings of a good book - great character, nice setting, keeps you guessing, mystery and romance. Glad I was able to read this book. 

January 12, 2018

Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt - Excerpt


Book details
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (January 23, 2018)

Book description
Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.

Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.


Meet the author - Margot Hunt
Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.

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Excerpt
Three Years Earlier

“What are you taking time off from?” Kat asked, looking at me intently over the rim of her martini glass.

“I was an associate professor at the University of Miami,” I said. “I taught in the math department there.”

“Wow,” Kat said, looking impressed. I could feel my cheeks growing hot. “What did you teach?”

“Logic.”

“You mean like Mr. Spock?” Kat asked.

I smiled. “Not exactly, although he always was my favor- ite Star Trek character. I taught systemic reasoning.” Kat’s eyebrows knit together, and I knew she wanted an example. “Problems like…all humans are mortal. Kat is a human.” I gestured toward her with a wave of the hand. “Therefore Kat is mortal.”

Kat wrinkled her nose. “I don’t think I like that problem.” “Sorry,” I said.

“I’m just kidding,” Kat said. “I think it’s fascinating. So these days you’re, what—illogical?”

I laughed. “Pretty much. That’s what being a stay-at-home mother feels like a lot of the time. But, no, actually I’m writ- ing a book of logic puzzles for kids.” I surprised myself by telling her this. Hardly anyone knew about my little project, as I thought of it. I looked at it much like not telling anyone you’re pregnant until you get past the risky first trimester. I didn’t want everyone asking me about it if I failed to finish or publish the book. So why had I told Kat? Was I trying to show off?

Kat looked impressed. “Good for you.”

“What do you do?” I asked. I had already clocked her Louis Vuitton carry-on, her navy cashmere sweater, the diamond studs sparkling in her ears that I suspected were not cubic zir- conia, like the pair I was wearing. If she was a stay-at-home mom, it was on a different level than the one I lived on. “You said you have kids?”

“Kid. One daughter, but she’s all grown up now. She’s pre- med at Vanderbilt. She obviously didn’t take after me, since I faint at the sight of blood.” Kat smiled. “I have an art gal- lery, which is probably about as far away from medicine as you can get.”

“Wow,” I said, intrigued. “What kind of art do you sell?” “Mostly modern and contemporary, although my real pas- sion is sculpture,” Kat said. “That’s why I came up to New York after Christmas. To tour some galleries, follow a few leads. Nothing panned out, but what are you going to do?

How about you? Were you staying in the city?” “No, we were in Syracuse, visiting family,” I said.

“You’re smarter than me. I don’t know what I was think- ing going to Manhattan on New Year’s.” Kat rolled her eyes. “The crowds were insane. I finally gave up and spent the last two days holed up in my hotel room, eating room service and watching reality TV, which I really don’t get at all. Why does anyone find watching grown women wearing far too much makeup, going to awkward social events and throwing temper tantrums entertaining? It’s so bizarre. And why would anyone want to have someone following her around, filming her? That would be my worst nightmare.”

Her trip sounded incredibly glamorous to me. The idea of having two days to myself to luxuriate in a posh hotel, or- dering room service and watching mindless television shows sounded like sheer decadence. I couldn’t remember the last time I had traveled without my husband or children.

“Total nightmare,” I agreed.
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Stowed Away by Barbara Ross - Spotlight and Giveaway



Book details
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Setting - Maine 
Kensington (December 26, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback 280 Pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496700414 
E-Book ASIN: B06XZSXYQ6
  

Book description
It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .

When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .

Meet the author - Barbara Ross
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is co-editor/co-publisher of Level Best Books, which produces anthologies of crime stories by New England authors. She writes at her home overlooking the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. Readers can visit her website at MaineClambakeMysteries.com.

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Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series 
Minotaur Books (December 12, 2017) 
Hardcover: 304 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1250081261 
Kindle ASIN: B071LM71RR
  

Book description
Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.

Shirley, the town's Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt's suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.

Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper's shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth, and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.

Meet the author - Gail Oust
Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words, “maybe it’s a dead body,” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL. In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look. Gail has written five Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s. Her favorite pastimes are reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

Author Links Webpage - www.gailoust.com

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January 11, 2018

Fatal Fall by Teresa A. LaRue - Spotlight and Giveaway


Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Cozy Cat Press (September 28, 2017) 
Paperback: 220 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1946063397 
Digital ASIN: B076YJNVCY
  

Book description
Lori Reynolds thought she’d never return to the home where she spent her teenage years, but her sister Kay’s death from a fall down a staircase, changes all that. Having recently spoken with her sister on the phone, and knowing how worried Kay had been about all the strange things happening in her house, Lori suspects that her sister’s fall was anything but an accident and she resolves to investigate. Now that she has arrived for Kay’s funeral, she is caught up in the very family battles that she had tried to avoid when she left seven years ago. From Kay’s husband, Trevor, to his daughter from a previous marriage, Selena, to Lori’s first love and now Selena’s husband, Marc, to Trevor’s brother, Derek, to Selena’s grandmother, to Trevor and Kay’s daughter, Amber, the tension runs high. Then it really explodes when Trevor’s first wife, Jocelyn, decides to make an appearance. Did any of these family members have a motive strong enough to kill Kay? And if so, what was it? Kay moves closer and closer to the truth behind her sister’s fatal fall.

Meet the author - Teresa LaRue
Teresa LaRue grew up in a small town along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She’s worked as a secretary, assistant manager of an audio book store, and manager of a fashion jewelry store. She is an avid reader, gardener, and movie buff. She lives across the lake from New Orleans with her family, including a dog named Bones, and a cat named Chloe.

Link to Webpage: http://tlarueauthor.wordpress.com 

Purchase Links: Amazon Cozy Cat Press 

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January 9, 2018

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Setting - Pennsylvania 
Zebra (December 26, 2017) 
An Imprint of Kensington Books 
Paperback: 352 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1420142976 
E-Book ASIN: B06XZQTCQH
  

Book description
Content to be unmarried and plain-spoken, Kathryn “Kappy” King is an odd-woman-out in the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. But she’s skilled at making the special kapps local women need to cover their hair. And she might be the only one who can unearth the danger hiding in this peaceful valley . . .

When Kappy's neighbor, Ruth Peachey, turns up dead in her yard, everyone in Blue Sky believes it’s a tragic accident. Until the Englisch police find the gentle dog breeder was deliberately struck down—and arrest her mentally-challenged son, Jimmy, for the crime . . .

Jimmy’s sister, Edie, returns to Blue Sky clear his name, yet no one will speak to a shunned former Amish woman, much less give her information. Determined to help, Kappy starts digging for the truth among her seemingly-innocent neighbors. But suddenly a series of suspicious “accidents” threatens Edie and the Peachey farm—property Edie is determined to protect for her brother’s future.

Now, as danger looms large in the small community, Kappy must bait a trap for a killer snapping hard at her heels. And Edie must decide whether to make a home once more in the town she thought she’d left behind . . .

Meet the author - Amy Lillard
Amy Lillard is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Wells Landing series, The Quilting Circle novels, the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries and the Kappy King Mysteries. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

Author Links:
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Facebook: @AmyLillard918
Twitter: @AmyWritesRomance
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January 8, 2018

Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series 
Midnight Ink (January 8, 2018) 
Paperback: 288 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0738750682 
E-Book ASIN: B0711WY9ST
  

Book description
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she's disappointed when a special dinner doesn't end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him. When his wife's body is found—by Kate and her dog, no less—Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Meet the author - Tracy Weber
Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she's not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

Author Links http://tracyweberauthor.com/ 

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January 3, 2018

Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book Details:
Book Title: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach
Category: Adult Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Bookbaby
Release date: Dec 1, 2017
Tour dates: Jan 3 to 31, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:
At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She's just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.

Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt's work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.

Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.

A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.

Praise for Degrees of Love:
"Slabach crafts a relatable, heartbreakingly real story that will no doubt resonate with those at a similar station in life: women who love their families yet yearn for just a little more—to feel wanted rather than needed, to feel passion rather than complacency. In engaging prose and through skillful storytelling, Slabach captivates with an all-too-familiar story that raises questions with no easy answers."
- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"This does not read like a debut author’s book. Slabach shows herself to be adept at portraying the complex emotions of the human condition. Her characters live and breathe on the page in a way that every author strives for, but few actually manage. Susan’s struggles ring true, and the way she handles everything makes her a very likable and relatable character."
- Sarah Perry, San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars

"Profound, heart wrenching and very emotional, it is hard to believe that Degrees of Love is a debut novel by Lisa Slabach. This is one of the best novels I have read this year."
- Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite

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Meet the Author - Lisa Slabach
Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.

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Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower - Review


Book details
Series: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 29, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1496706390
ISBN-13: 978-1496706393

Book description
Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

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Meet the author - Amanda Flower
Amanda Flower, a three-time Agatha Award–nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. Readers can visit her online at www.amandaflower.com.
My thoughts
I both loved this book and was angry with the author. I can't tell you why I was angry because it will ruin the story for you but something happens at the end that made me chose up. Now for why I liked the book - Amish, candy, mystery, and a cute cat all good things to a story. I really liked the closeness that Bailey had with her Amish grandparents even though she is not Amish herself. I also liked all the references to chocolate and how Bailey would recite the names of chocolate when she got stressed. I was not happy that someone was threatening the Amish and making them sell their businesses just for their profit. Then when a dead man turns up in the candy shop - the same man who was buying all the property - I have to say that like the Amish said I know it is not right to be glad he was gone but I was glad. The two main people I had in mind for the murderer ended up not being the right person, but that is what makes the story a good one. I also like how Aiden and Bailey are kind of starting to maybe like each other. I hope their relationship continue to grow in the upcoming books. I am looking forward to continuing this series.