July 12, 2019

Murder's No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher - Review and Giveaway


Book details
Murder's No Votive Confidence (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Kensington (June 25, 2019) 
ISBN-10: 149672139X 
ISBN-13: 978-1496721396 

Book description
Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . .

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptials promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen to provide the decorative centerpiece for the wedding ceremony: a two-foot-tall scented unity candle—a symbol of the happy couple’s love. But it looks like the bride-to-be’s uncle won’t be walking his niece down the aisle after he’s found dead. The murder weapon is Stella’s seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two.

When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stella’s sure a visiting police captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be canceling orders and sales waxing and waning at her store, the Wick & Flame owner decides to do some sleuthing of her own. Abetted by a charming reporter and challenged by the town’s sexiest cop, Stella’s determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer who’s snuffing out her own flame.
Meet the Author - Christin Brecher
Christin Brecher was born and raised in NYC, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-long connection to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spending summers there as a child, Christin read from her family’s library of mystery novels, after which she began to imagine stories inspired by the island’s whaling heyday, its notoriously foggy nights, and during long bike rides to the beach. After many years in marketing for the publishing industry, followed by years raising her children, Murder’s No Votive Confidence is Christin’s debut novel. Visit her at www.christinbrecher.com.

Author Links

Website - http://christinbrecher.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/christinbrecherbooks/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/christinbrecherbooks/
GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18483379.Christin_Brecher
BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/christin-brecher

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My thoughts
I really liked this first book in this new series. It has the makings of a series that will be around for awhile. The setting of a candle makes is a win for me as that is something that interests me. Also that the first story is set around a wedding is neat as my daughter just got married a few days ago. I enjoyed getting to know Stella in this first book and hope as the series goes along we will know more about some of the other characters. I thought the book moved along at at good pace and the author did a good job of giving you just enough hints that you thought you might have it figured out then she put a little twist in there. A good start to a new series. 


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July 3, 2019

The Portrait by Cassandra Austen - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
The Portrait by Cassandra Austen
Publication Date: December 31, 2018 
Apollo Grannus Books 
eBook & Paperback; 340 Pages 
Genre: Historical/Romance/Suspense

Book description
Lady Catherine, banished to the countryside as a useless girl with a lame leg, got her revenge by playing a dangerous game. And now it will ruin her. When the old earl dies, his only child feels no sorrow. The earldom will now revert to the crown and Lady Catherine will continue to live life exactly as she pleases. But when she learns that she is the heir to a secret family title, everything changes. Marriage had once seemed unnecessary and out of the question; now it is the only thing she wants. The two men in her life both need her influence and wealth. Whom shall she choose? The kind but secretive Captain Avebury? Or the notorious Sir Lyle, the handsome smuggler? Both men deal very differently with honor. And when Catherine's secret self-destructs, which man can be trusted to save her? The Portrait is about a strong woman, foolish decisions, trust, and the definition of honor. Fans of Jane Austen's independent women will recognize in Catherine a voice which will not be silenced. 

Meet the Author - Cassandra Austen
Cassandra Austen writes historical and contemporary fiction set in both old and New England. She is the author of The Portrait, a historical romance that takes place during the Regency period in England, and Coming Home to Greenleigh, a contemporary New England romance. She lives and works in her 1700s farmhouse in northern New England, but you are welcome to visit her at her virtual home: cassandraausten.com. You can also find Cassandra on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two copies of The Portrait! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open internationally. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. The Portrait

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Monday, July 1 Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots 
Tuesday, July 2 Feature at A Holland Reads 
Wednesday, July 3 Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads 
Thursday, July 4 Interview at Passages to the Past 
Friday, July 5 Review at A Chick Who Reads Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Monday, July 8 Interview at Let Them Read Books 
Tuesday, July 9 Feature at CelticLady's Reviews 
Wednesday, July 10 Review at McCombs on Main 
Thursday, July 11 Feature at What Is That Book About Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit Friday, July 12 Review at Coffee and Ink Review at Book Reviews from Canada 
Monday, July 15 Review at My Vices and Weaknesses