Chocoholic Charity Penn must smoke out the killer to stop her newly inherited beachside chocolate shop from going up in flames in Dorothy St. James’ decadent follow-up to Asking for Truffle.
Chocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the quirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats. She’s even helped organize the town’s lively beach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag. That is, until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfire.
While also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis, in town for the festival, and her quest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon, Charity dives into the investigation. Though it’s more spice than sugar when she discovers a threatening note, comes across decades of age-old secrets, and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront house.
Now Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away in Playing With Bonbon Fire, the delightful second Southern Chocolate Shop mystery served up just right for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (Mar 31, 2012) Category: Literary Fiction, Military Fiction, Adventure, Realistic Fiction Tour dates: Feb/Mar, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-61434-957-0 Available in Print, ebook, & Audiobook 280 pages
From award-winning author. In 2006, with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raging, Rod Strong enlists in the Army to achieve the goal his father sought before he tragically died in the Gulf War. His objective: The Old Guard regiment, the elite Soldiers who stand as Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Rod overcomes the obstacles that litter his path until an unexpected firefight in Afghanistan changes his life forever.
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Even with the
wall furnaces blasting full on, Rod felt the cold concrete of Charlie Company's
balcony floor through his spits. The
heavy soled black shoes meant for walking served Guards fine as long as they
kept moving, but not standing immobile for twenty-five minutes while snow
flurries wrapped the building. The excitement of Christmas and New Year's Eve
at home seemed too long ago. He thought about the sad look on Beth's face when
he'd left her at San Diego Airport, and felt a pang of loneliness that made him
frown; a forbidden gesture.
"That's one gig, Strong!" yelled
Staff Sergeant B.J. Hawkins, descending on him like the predator bird she
unfortunately resembled. "Don't let me see five more!"
The tall NCO walked up and down in front
of the new class of Old Guard Soldiers, black eyes darting back and forth
watching every soldier for mistakes. Rod heard about Hawkins when he arrived.
Of the two noncoms assigned to week one of ROP, she had the rep for being the
toughest in the bunch.
Instantly, Rod pulled his face into an
emotionless mask and began to count the minutes, seeing them fall from a clock,
rather than speaking them aloud. Inwardly, he cursed his failure to sustain the
ceremonial composure he desperately strove to learn. For all the rigors of PT
and the stamina he'd developed, standing absolutely still became an almost
insurmountable obstacle. I'd better
figure this out, he thought. I got 50
minutes to stand next week and 75 week three. Shit.
By the beginning of week three he'd sorted
out a way to trick his mind into standing for 75 minutes with ease. Visualizing
the manual of arms, he'd picture the steps like a movie, counting the movements
in each routine. Later, he practiced the exacting steps physically under the
tutelage of a sergeant. To strengthen his legs, his daily workouts on the roads
within Fort Myer became positive highlights. Not content with the three-mile
round trip pussy run to the Iwo Jima
monument every day, on alternate days he took off for the Washington Monument,
six miles. He'd finish the last leg up Cardiac
Hill doing Iron Mikes. The
punishing lunges strained his thigh muscles to the burning point. He never
thought he'd be grateful for the Ranger School endurance ordeal he withstood,
yet admitted it prepared him for this.
One Tuesday, turned out in ACUs, Rod and
Private Jackson stood with Sergeant Cleveland on a third floor Charlie Company
balcony practicing Eyes Right, Right
Shoulder Arms. The nearly twelve pound Army M-14 felt like a beast in his
hands compared to the lightweight M-16 he'd left behind at Ranger School. Rod
and Jackson stood at parade rest waiting for instruction.
"You two are going to march until
shit runs down your leg," Cleveland said, "So I don't want to see any
mistakes when that happens. Half second off and we do it again and again. Got
Sarn't!" They responded
Rod and Jackson kept their eyes on the
sergeant, watching his every move and adjusting their weapons. Each then stood
at attention, eyes front, left hands clenched.
"All right," Sergeant Cleveland
drawled. "And that left arm swings smoothly in unison. You are not
"Okay, here's the drill. We're
marching, just as our right feet hit the ground, I yell Ready. Next, right foot hits the ground I yell Eyes. Got that so far?"
"Don't anticipate the command. Eyes
are forward. Then I give the command Right
and you snap your head forty-five degrees to the right. Everybody does it at
the same time."
"And I want to see your heads snap on
those chicken necks." The sergeant paused and looked at Rod. "Show me
forty-five degrees, Strong!"
Rod jerked his jaw over his right
"That's ninety degrees you idiot!
At that, Cleveland snapped to eyes right, his chin pointed halfway to his
right shoulder. Jackson, show him how."
Private Jackson executed the 45-degree
head snap, glanced at Rod then turned his attention back to Sergeant Cleveland.
"Next step, now that Hotrod knows his
geometry, is to bring the weapon down. And I don't want to see any jackrabbit
or slo mo actions. It's uniform. Got that?"
"Yes, Sarn't," both men said.
Snow had begun to fall and blow onto the
balcony, making the floor slick, yet still they drilled. Soon Rod's breath
enveloped his face in moist bursts and the M-14 began to feel twice its weight.
By 1700 when winter blackness closed in on Arlington and Sgt. Cleveland called
a halt to that day's lesson, Rod's arms and legs felt like lead.
He passed week one and two of the Friday
tests, even managing to get a little positive nod out of Sergeant Hawkins. When
Friday rolled around on week three, he faced Cleveland for his test just before
"Well, well, Strong, you got your
math straight now?"
"Yes, Sarn't Cleveland."
"Let's see you execute eyes right while marching, call it out
for me as you do it. I'll tell you when to stop."
Rod stepped off ten times, counting each
motion and performing it as routinely as possible, until
finally, Sgt. Cleveland called out.
"Stop. You got it. Stop," the
sergeant ordered, throwing up his hand in exasperation. "At ease."
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“The author of this book, Sarah Bates, is a liar. She professes not to know much about the military yet she tells an inspiring story that captures the true essence of what the military is all about -- love of country -- unit esprit de corps -- family values -- personal courage. Every high school student, every parent and all of the politicians in this country should read this book.” Lloyd N. Cosby, retired Tomb Guard (Alexandria, VA, US)
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"I...read the book and I cried A LOT--it was very heartwarming and extremely interesting. When you described the part about him fighting and saving his brother--I felt I was there--a sure movie deal I hope." Detra Hoffman (Los Angeles, CA)
"Loved your book. It was hard to put down.” George H., (Crystal Lake, Illinois)
“Twenty-One Steps of Courage is a well balanced story about military life. Not too left or right, it's a good read, one that I would recommend to anyone, but especially to people who are thinking about joining the military.” -Caradea Linore, (San Diego, CA)
“The book was informative and well-researched. The story was quite interesting.” LAWonder (Los Angeles, CA)
And I Thought I was actually surprised at how much I liked this book. Twenty-One Steps To Courage was much more than I expected. It was a book filled with lots or emotion and courage. Sarah Bates does an incredible job of research which makes this book a great read. I would recommend anyone to read it. There is some language in it but it kind of goes with the territory. Expect a fast paced and fascinating read as you journey along with Rod through basic training and then into infantry training and then Ranger school and ultimately to the 'Old Guard'. 21 Steps to Courage is filled with love of country/family. You'll find strength and courage portrayed but very strong characters. Whether your a fan of military books or not you need to give this one a chance. I received a complimentary copy. This review will appear on retail sites and Good Read.
Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.
There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.
Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.
Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle.
And others are saying
Do not be afraid to read and laugh hysterically at this book even if you have not yet read the previous ones in the series. You will fall in love with the setting and characters and BW and then NEED to go back and read the previous books. Look forward to hours of escape and enjoyment. ~Laura’s Interests
I love this story! I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything like Lethal in Old Lace, and it just might be the funniest cozy mystery I’ve ever read. ~The Power of Words
Duffy is an excellent writer and I’ve loved everything she’s written. Her cozy mystery novels are completely engaging from the first page. ~Sapphyria’s Books
As always the writing in this one was superb and the plot was very good and believable. It was a fast read that flowed well and kept me turning the pages. ~Melina’s Book Blog
Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot are a humorous look into my probably future. I don’t have any sister, but am quite capable of taking on the role of a couple of ladies who reminded me of the Baldwin sisters on The Waltons. ~Back Porchervations
And I thought Let's start with 5 stars. And 'Best of the Year'!
I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. But Lethal in Old Lace gets my vote as 'Best of theYear' (so far). Coming in at book 5 in the series you might be concerned you'd be lost. You won't. But you will want more and be prepared to buy the rest. Lethal in old Lace is a stand alone. It is filled with a huge cast of characters from town. This story revolves around the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center. A home for the seniors in town that can guarantee a little drama, a little romance and a little murder. So what is up and why are people getting the proverbial 'axe'? Raegan our little sassy heroine has to save the day and find out when her next door neighbors who helped her get through her divorce in previous books the elderly sisters Annie and Elsie become the prime suspects when a body is found in their vintage Cadillac which btw is not unlike the one the author is seen driving in the tour banner below this post. Along with her Auntie Kiki, her new fiance Boone and her hero dog BW aka Bruce Willis. Just saying who names a dog Bruce Willis? Reagan jumps on her scooter with her pink helmet and yellow purse and runs around town snooping and solving the crime (s). Yes 1 dead body turns into 2. And then there's the whole scandal at the retirement home which almost burns down in the end. Are you jumping to buy the book now? Lethal is a fun and funny ride that will keep you turning the pages. You'll love the characters. All of them. Well maybe not the one that did all crimes. But everyone else will have you smiling and wanting to come to town and have a drink. There are some cool recipes at the end. Martini's of all kinds await you. Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic. Sample a few and you'll be happy, happy, happy. Lethal in Old Lace was the best book I've read all year.
You'll be enchanted, swept away on the twisty road and happily turning the pages and then waiting for the next one. Because there has to be a wedding coming up soon! You'll love this one. I did! I received a complimentary copy. This review will appear on retails sites and Good Reads.
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Setting – Kentucky Henery Press (March 13, 2018) Paperback: 268 pages ISBN-13: 978-1635113082
About the book
Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. And let me tell you, this broth is in trouble. Get ready for a Southern showdown.
The residents of Cottonwood, Kentucky are sent into a tizzy when the Culinary Channel comes to town to film an episode of Southern Home Cookin’ with celebrity chef Frank Von Lee.
Especially Sheriff Kenni Lowry.
Her mama’s award-winning chicken pot pie is what brought Frank to town, and they don’t make hair in the South bigger than her mama’s ego after the news.
When Frank Von Lee is found dead from food poisoning and the most likely culprit is Mama’s chicken pot pie, Kenni’s poppa, the former sheriff, comes back from the Great Beyond to assist in the investigation.
But nothing’s prepared Kenni for such a personal tie to a case, and she finds herself pushing the limits of the laws she’s sworn to protect.
This book’s so delicious it’ll make your mouth water and leave you hankerin’ for more.
And others are saying
There are some very funny moments in this mystery along with plenty of down-home charm. ~Teresa Trent, Author
This is one of those books that there are a few characters that could be the killer and is in your hands to discover the truth. ~Varietats
I loved the fast pace story and the suspects that started to come out of the woodwork. The author sure knows how to weave a tale of mystery that entices readers to stay glued to the book. ~Texas Book-aholic
Kappes captures the spirit of Kentucky small towns once again in Six Feet Under and is always a pleasure to read. The mystery is creative, the story well-paced, and the recipes, well, to die for, downright delicious! ~Back Porchervations
There’s a bit of romance, a juicy murder, a sprinkling of the paranormal, and a whole lot of southern flavor and shenanigans. All the fixins you need for a fun cozy mystery. ~FUONLYKNEW
Character guest post
TO BEN’S DINER
Take a seat anywhere! I’ll be right with you!
Menus are stuck between the salt and pepper shaker. They could be stuck
together, just pull them apart.
Here’s your creamer for your coffee. Do you mind
flipping your cup over for me? Great. I’ll leave the pot here for you to refill
as much as you like. I’m Ben, the obvious owner of Ben’s. You new around here?
Oh, visiting. That’s nice. I’m a homecooked diner. Most of our food, well all
of our food is southern. I’ll let you look over the menu. Do you have any
questions about Cottonwood? I’ve lived here all my life.
The rock wall around Cottonwood? Those are
amazing, aren’t they?
A lot of people have the wrong idea that these
were built by black slaves. They’re half wrong. If there’s one thing you’ll
learn about your visit to Cottonwood, people love to gossip. Half-truths and
half-tales. I’m not saying their liars or making it up, I’m just saying they
light to stretch the truth. Here’s the real story. The walls were built by
stone mason Irish Immigrants in the early 19th century. The walls were
constructed with the fine limestone that you’ll find all over Kentucky. The
limestone also gives the tint of blue in our bluegrass. It’s also very
nutritious for the horses to eat. You know we love our horses. One fact about the walls, they are all built
with NO mortar. The stones are all laid by hand and mortar free. After the
Irish immigrants left, the walls were finished up by black slaves. These walls
very built for pastures and to keep in the herds. Now they are a beautiful
sight in Kentucky. In fact, it’s against the law to take a wall down and you
have to get it repaired if it’s on your property.
You got any more questions? The biscuits and gravy? Mmmm,mmmm good. It’s
sausage gravy. Sure, you can have that. Anything else before you get your day
And I thought
The Kenni Lowry series just keeps getting better! Six Feet Under is only the 4th book in the series. Don't worry if you start with this one. You'll catch on real quick but be warned you'll really want to pick up the rest. I actually wasn't really sure how I would feel about the whole paranormal spin. Kenni's father is the previous town sheriff. But well he's actually dead. And so Kenni became the new sheriff. But well daddy isn't leaving things alone. He shows up and talks to Kenni and gives her suggestions and lets her know what's going on. In book 4 Kenni daddy shows up more and more. Well of course he would his wife is the prime suspect. And since he's showing up more poor Kenni gets caught 'talking to herself' but she's not really she is talking to daddy. The cast the residents of Cottonwood are a fun and comical group. You might snicker. You might giggle. And there are a couple of scenes you might just have a good 'ole laugh. The plot is fast paced and you'll be turning the pages trying to figure out who did it. It might slow you down though as the suspects start piling up! If you love a good cozy mystery Six Feet Under is for you! Oh and there is some romance too! You'll enjoy it so much you'll want to pick up the other 3.
There are some Giveaways going on with this tour. And some recipes too. Including the Chicken Pot Pie that started all the trouble!
You'll want to visit the tour. See the link below.
I received a complimentary copy. This review will appear on retail sites.
Boy meets girl. Eyes lock, they fall in love, live happily ever after.
Not this story.
Lacey baby, was what he called me. He said I was too young for him but who cares, we were both young. He stopped resisting and we fell in love.
I thought we were going to be forever. We were. Until the unthinkable happened savagely ripping through us, ripping us apart, and forever turned in to never.
He was gone. I was left to pick up the shredded pieces. Punished for the life inside me I couldn’t give up. the very thing I didn’t know would bring me out of darkness years later, could be the very thing that brings us together again for a second chance.
If we can only survive the ripple effects of the pain of the past and what lies ahead…
**A standalone with a happy ending. Contains possible triggers.**
Title: My Unexpected Love (The Beaumont Series: Next Generation #2)Author: Heidi McLaughlinGenre: Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: April 10, 2018Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen Okay Creations.Hosted by:Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
Ben Miller met the love of his life the day he crossed paths with Elle James in their high school cafeteria. New to Beaumont, he took a chance when he approached her. Their first encounter was everything his mother ever read to him about fairy tales. He saw the girl who would be his forever.
From the moment Elle James met Ben Miller they’ve been best friends. Everything they did, they did it together, from late night study sessions, family vacations, throwing bottles off the water tower, going to prom and finally moving to California for college.
However, after the almost tragic accident where she nearly lost her twin sister, Elle’s life hasn’t been the same, and neither has her relationship with Ben.
One fateful decision changes the scope of Ben and Elle’s relationship. For one, it means a new beginning. For the other, it means change.
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About The Fighting Lancasters by Deb Julienne
Chrysanthemum Lancaster is a geek to the core. The youngest of three children, all geniuses, and yet they have trouble fitting into their own family. Chrys has always felt stupid when compared with her elder brother the financial wizard, and ugly when beside her older international super model sister. The only place she feels comfortable is on the computer where no one can see her. When their father is killed, the three Lancaster’s must quit their bickering and find a way to get along. While her siblings believe the police report that it was an accident, wrong place, wrong time, Chrys takes it into her own hands and contact an old hacker buddy to help her discover the truth. Along the way the three siblings find themselves embroiled in a bitter fight between Lancaster Pharmaceuticals and the Board of Directors accusing them of stealing and selling the three patent pending serum breakthroughs on the big C to the highest bidder.
Nicholas Porter aka The Dark Knight, at one time was well on his way to a life behind bars for hacking into the Government database, the National Treasury, and the White House for the fun of it. Thanks to his current boss, who saw the brilliance in him, he now works for the FBI Cyber Crimes Team. When his old sidekick, 4n0m@ly, contacts him begging for his computer skills to uncover a murderer, three things soon become abundantly clear: 1) Can he use his Federal skills to help an old friend? 2) Will he have to break a promise to the man who saved his life? 3) What happens when 4n0m@ly turns out to be a very pretty female trying to save her family legacy, find a killer behind the death of her father, and if it’s the same person who stole the secret recipe that was about to go public as a cure for Cancer.
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“Is this an honest conversation?”
“Of course! Why?”
“Because I’m twenty-four years old and this is the first time you’ve ever had a conversation with me.”
“Come on, Chrys, don’t play stupid, it doesn’t become you. You were Mother and Father’s favorite.”
“Bull that’s you and Frank.” Chrys clutched her head.
“Seriously?” Lily stood up and glared down at her.
“Do you have any idea what it’s like having to live up to the fact that Frank’s the financial whiz who made his first million before he turned twenty-one? And then there’s Princess Lily. The beauty and the brains. You’ve been on every continent in the world, worn the most incredible gowns, mingled with royalty, and rubbed elbows with the handsomest men on the planet. How’s a computer nerd supposed to compete with that?”
“You’re joking, right?” Lily said.
“Between you and Frank, I didn’t stand a chance. Do you know what my handle is?”
“What’s a handle?”
Chrys chuckled. “My online name in the computer chat rooms. It’s Anomaly. Do you know what an anomaly is? Look it up, you’ll find my picture and the definition: one that is abnormal or doesn’t fit in. Why do you think I hang out on the computer? It’s my hiding place.”
And I thought
A great little love story with a little suspense thrown in.
I enjoyed the characters. Well. Most of them.
The main character Chrysanthemum aka Chrys is charming and delightful.
Her brother Frank and sister Lilly (nicknames you'll
have to read it to find out their real names) are not very nice and very hard to like. They are no at all nice to Chrys.
Nick an old pal of Chrys is a great leading guy. They've known each other for 10 years but never met. When they do they are immediately attracted to each other.
Nick drops everything to go to Chrys aide when she texts him for help.