November 18, 2017

Dead Storage by Mary Feliz - Spotlight

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Lyrical Underground (July 18, 2017) 
Paperback: 216 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1601836687 
E-Book ASIN: B01MDPY3CU

Book description
As a professional organizer, Maggie McDonald brings order to messy situations. But when a good friend becomes a murder suspect, surviving the chaos is one tall task . . .

Despite a looming deadline, Maggie thinks she has what it takes to help friends Jason and Stephen unclutter their large Victorian in time for its scheduled renovation. But before she can fill a single bin with unused junk, Jason leaves for Texas on an emergency business trip, Stephen’s injured mastiff limps home—and Stephen himself lands in jail for murder. Someone killed the owner of a local Chinese restaurant and stuffed him in the freezer. Stephen, caught at the crime scene covered in blood, is the number one suspect. Now Maggie must devise a strategy to sort through secrets and set him free—before she’s tossed into permanent storage next . . .

Explicit language, sex, or violence: No
Series or Stand-alone: It is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Meet the Author - Maggie McDonald
Mary Feliz writes the Maggie McDonald Mysteries featuring a Silicon Valley professional organizer and her sidekick golden retriever. She's worked for Fortune 500 firms and mom and pop enterprises, competed in whale boat races and done synchronized swimming. She attends organizing conferences in her character's stead, but Maggie's skills leave her in the dust.

Author Links: Website: www.maryfeliz.com
Blog: www.maryfeliz.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryFelizBooks https://www.facebook.com/mary.feliz.581 Twitter: @maryfelizauthor Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/author/mary-feliz/preview/ Purchase Links: Amazon IndieBound B&N kobo iTunes Google Books



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November 17, 2017

Etched in Tears by Cheryl Hollon - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Kensington (November 28, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496711755 
E-Book ASIN: B06XFHHZJQ 

Book description
When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer’s cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah’s first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis’s return home has her reflecting on the past—a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father’s records sheds new light on Dennis’s history, but it seems his present life wasn’t so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it’s up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.

MEET THE AUTHOR - CHERYL HOLLON
Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks.

Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

Purchase Links Amazon B&N Hudson Booksellers BAM IndieBound 
This book will also available at Target and WalMart.

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November 16, 2017

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review

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

Book details
Series: The Amish of Hart County
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Avon Inspire (November 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062469142

Book description
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.


Meet the author - Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

My thoughts
When you start reading this book you are grabbed on the first page. I wanted to know right away who was causing the accidents. Like Susanna's father you think the obvious person would be Vance and his family but you don't want to it to be him so you keep looking for clues to figure out who it could be. This book was full of adventure, mystery and love. It was fun to go back to Hart County and meet some new friends. The author does a good job of developing the characters and making them very likable. This series has been fun to read and while they are best read as the series you can read them and stand alone books and still be enjoyed. 

Canal Days Calamity by Jamie M. Blair - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2017) 
Paperback: 240 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0738751221 
E-Book ASIN: B01N5RVJDY

Book description
Cameron Cripps-Hayman is taken aback when she stumbles upon another murdered neighbor, this time behind her sister's shop, Dog Diggity. The timing couldn't be worse, as there's only a week left before the store's grand opening during Canal Days, the biggest festival of the year.

When the police arrest her handyman, Cameron knows they've got the wrong suspect, so the Metamora Action Agency sets their sights on cracking the case. With one solved murder under their belts, how hard could a second be?

With a flood warning and a murderer on the loose threatening the start of Canal Days, can Cameron and her crew save the town's annual dog and pony show from being canceled?

Meet The Author - Jamie Blair
Jamie Blair (Ohio) is the award-winning author of young adult and romance books, including Leap of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and Lost to Me. Visit her online at www.JamieBlairAuthor.com and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JamieMBlair

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November 15, 2017

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay - Review

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

Book details
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 7, 2017)

Book description
Love Jane Austen? Then you’ll adore The Austen Escape.

Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues – particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.


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Meet the author - Katherine Reay
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com.
Connect with Katherine
Website | Facebook | Twitter

My thoughts
This is one of the authors I like to read when I just want to get away from it all. She has a way of writing books that make you get lost in the pages. Poor Isabel she wakes up thinking she is living in Jane Austen times, but then again maybe not poor Isabel maybe this it what we all need for short time an escape to another place and another time. Maybe not in the same circumstances but may as a way to just forget our troubles for a short time. I liked how the author described Bath so you can really get a feel for where the story took place. This may be my favorite book by this author and I have enjoyed each of her books. Whether or not you are a fan of Jane Austen you will enjoy this book. As always I will be looking forward to the next book this author has to offer us. 


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The Bedtimeasnaurus by Bike Bayliss - Review

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

Book description
A charming collection of gorgeously illustrated poems to encourage fun and bedtime bonding between parents and their children.

The bright pink flamingoasaurus spends its day standing on one leg looking for something to eat. The round and delicious tomotoasaurus sings a tune while soaking up the sun. These are just two of the imaginative and amusing dinosaurs dreamed up in The Bedtimeasnaurus, the sometimes naughty and always hilarious poetry collection for children by Mike Bayliss.

Developing the idea for over thirty years while working on other projects , Bayliss was encouraged to publish his collection after being diagnosed with stage IV non - Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2017, using his work as a positive outlet for his energy as he worked to battle the illness.

Complimented by charming illustrations, opportunities for kids to draw their own dinosaur creations and simple quizzes on each of the characters, The Bedtimeasnaurus not only provides an entertaining read for young children before they go to sleep but also offers a valuable chance for parents to connect and engage.

Purchase from Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bedtimeasnaurus-Mike-Bayliss-ebook/dp/B076PP4GT6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1509618423&sr=1-1&keywords=mike+bayliss

Meet the author - Mike Bayliss
Born in Walsaill West Midland, UK, Bayliss is an entrepreneur that owns companies in several industries including building supply and property development. He also owns Bespoke Brewery, which opened in 2012 and has since won a number of awards for its craft beer. He lives with his wife and three children in Forest Dean, UK. This is his first book.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thebedtimeasnaurus/

My thoughts
This is a fun colorful book that you can enjoy with your little one. This makes bedtime a fun part of the day for everyone.  Each of the poems were fun to read over and over again. The illustrator did a good job with the drawings. I loved the bright colors and all the fun animals. This is a must have for your child's collection. 

November 14, 2017

Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J Duncan - Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (November 7, 2017) 
Hardcover 265 Pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683313250 
E-Book ASIN: B071RR32NZ

Book description
Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the latest performance of the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company, Much Ado About Nothing. The company’s steady growth enables them to cast star British actress Audrey Ashley, who arrives on scene to play the lead role of Beatrice. But things immediately get more complicated when Audrey insists the company replace the current director with new, up and coming British director Edmund Albright.

Edmund plans to change the popular romantic comedy, which alienates several people associated with the production. And the list of people he upsets only grows: the laid off former director, the hotel owner’s secretary, and even Audrey herself. Just as Edmund’s plans are about to come to fruition, his body is discovered on his sofa, holding a gun in his hand. His death is quickly ruled a suicide but Charlotte thinks otherwise. Why would Edmund, on the brink of greatness, kill himself? And in such an American way?

With a whole cast of characters to investigate, Charlotte is determined to unmask each one before it’s final curtain call on the whole production in award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan’s third Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery, Much Ado About Murder.

Meet the Author - Elizabeth J Duncan
Elizabeth J Duncan is the author of two mystery series – Shakespeare in the Catskills and the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales. She is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada's best light mystery and lives in Toronto.

Author Links www.elizabethjduncan.com www.facebook.com/elizabethjduncan @elizabethduncan Purchase Links amazon.com amazon.ca Barnes and Noble Walmart Chapters.Indigo

Guest post
Character interview 
Charlotte Fairfax 
Much Ado About Murder 
by Elizabeth J. Duncan 

“What kind of underpants should I wear?”

That’s the question I get asked the most and I understand why. Actors like to build their characters from the bottom up, so to speak. And costumes work better when they’re created from the inside out, authentically, and in keeping with the period. And the right underwear provides the right foundation for any garment of any century.

My line of work, and clothing, is usually Tudor and Jacobean. I’m the costume designer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. We’re based in Jacob’s Grand Hotel, in Walkers Ridge, upstate New York, and although we’re a small troupe operating on a miniscule budget, we pride ourselves on our professional Shakespeare performances that people have been coming to for decades, from all over New York state and beyond.

I’ve been here for about ten years. I started my career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, so you could say my whole career has been about helping actors look the part. I’ve dressed some of the biggest and best knights and dames of the British theater, and most of them were cooperative and fun to work with. And you’ll have to forgive me, but I still call the women actresses – it just makes my job easier to distinguish between male and female actors.

Our current production, Much Ado About Murder, is set in an unusual time and place: just after the Civil War, and as you can imagine, that change really threw the company for a loop. The leading lady, who is in her forties, was understandably worried that she would be forced to dress like a southern belle in her twenties. And I was terribly concerned about budget and how much time we’d have to get all the costumes researched, designed and created. Especially the men’s uniforms. But the play was set in upstate New York, so we were spared what I call the fiddle-dee-dee look, and with help from my assistant, Aaron, we got everything on track.

But getting back to traditional Shakespeare stage wear, well, like the rest of the costume, the kind of underwear would depend on your status in life. A Tudor lady would wear a soft linen smock, or chemise, to protect the rest of her clothes from sweat and body oils. Beneath her chemise, she would wear stockings, which were tied with garters above the knees.

On top of her chemise, a lady would wear her bodice, designed to flatten the front of the chest and lift the breasts.

As for underpants, knickers, panties – whatever you want to call them -- they didn’t really appear for another couple of centuries. But I want my actresses to be confident on stage, so I tell them to wear whatever they’re comfortable in, even if it breaks character. So the next time you see a Shakespeare in the Catskills production, you can ask yourself, is she or isn’t she?

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