Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

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About the book 
Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew. 

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities. 

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

CULT OF THE CAT - Series Blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.

But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world. 

In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.
And I thought 
Not a normal kind of read for me.  

Daughter of the Sun is filled with action and adventure. 
With a combination of Egyptian mythology and cultism Daughter of the Sun is a captivating read.  

A page turner that will keep the reader engaged and turning the pages to the end.  

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Tuesday Teaser-Feat. About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

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About that Kiss

Kylie Masters watched him walk into her shop like he owned it while simultaneously pretending not to notice him. A tricky balancing act that she’d gotten good at. Problem was, like it or not, her attention was caught and captured by the six foot, leanly muscled, scowling guy now standing directly in front of her, hands shoved in his pockets, body language clearly set to Frustrated Male.
She sighed, gave up the ridiculous pretense of being engrossed by her phone, and looked up. 

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Murder of a Good Man-Book Review-Great Escapes Tour w/ Giveaway

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Texas
Camel Press (January 15, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603816359

About the book 
When Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, Texas, to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish, she has no idea what awaits her. First she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she delivers turns out to be a scathing rebuke to the town’s most beloved citizen and favored candidate for Piney Woods Pioneer: Adam Brockwell. Next thing you know, Adam has been murdered in a nasty knife attack. Suspicion instantly falls on Nora, one of the last people to see him alive. After all, everyone in Piney Woods loved him. Or did they? Nora learns that her mother had a complicated past she never shared with her daughter. Told not to leave town by Tuck the flirty sheriff, Nora finds a job with Tuck’s Aunt Marty trying to get the rundown Tunie Hotel back in the black. The old hotel was Piney Woods’ heart and soul in its heyday as an oil boomtown. Now the secrets it harbors may be the key to getting Nora off the hook. She’s going to need to solve the mystery quickly to avoid arrest, or worse: becoming the killer’s next victim.
And others are saying 
Family secrets abound in this small town novel. . . Not an easy mystery to figure out.
~Laura’s Interests
There is an amazing amount of secrets revealed that I never really saw coming making this a fascinating read, to say the least.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
And I thought
First off . . . I was reeling right along with Nora about all the secrets!  

It was a little predictable because Nora's mom on her deathbed asks Nora to deliver a letter to a man she never told Nora about.

As soon as I realized who the man was...he's age etc.  I realized 
he was Nora's father.  But the secrets don't stop there.  And, I can't say more because I just can't 'spoil it'! 

And that is where 'predictable' ended.  I promise if you a fan of a good Cozy you'll love this Cozy.  You might just have a hard time figuring out 'Who Dun It'. 

I loved that the author set us up for a great new series!  Book 
1 has the makings of a great series.  

The characters are fun, believable, charming and welcoming.  
I can't wait to read more about this little town.  

And, to see what trouble Nora might get into down the road!  

I might be a tad biased because the story takes place in the Piney Woods of Texas my home state.  

And, the cover 'got me' because it reminded me so much of a town close to me that is so fun to visit and shop in!  

I am looking forward to my next visit with Nora and her friends 
at the Tunie Hotel!

Murder of A Good Man is a 5 star keep you turning the pages 

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I was delighted to get the chance to chat with Teresa . . . 

Is this your first tour with Lori at Great Escapes? 
No. I found Lori while doing my Pecan Bayou Series. I love it that she caters to cozy authors.

What is your favorite part of the tour? (interviews, quest post etc.)
Interviews! Writers live a pretty solitary existence, so I love it when people ask how I do what I do.

Before we get into the new book I have a few fun questions.  At least I hope they are fun!

Do you have any little guilty pleasures that you indulge in when you writing? 
You are asking me this in January, also known as resolution month. So I say, healthy salads, 8 glasses of water a day, plenty of exercise (and maybe a little macaroni and cheese!)

Do you have any pets that keep you company while you write? I write with Max a toy poodle and Martin Luther a long-haired dachshund.  They helped me out with several books and yes, we all fight over the chair I sit in to write.

Which is more intriguing as a place to write.   A private island?  A cabin in the woods?
The busy city?    Have you ever written in any of these places?
I guess technically I write in the busy city. If I could write anywhere it would be a cabin in the woods. No distractions. I've read books about people who go to a cabin and come back with a book. I can't imagine having that much undisturbed to write. Knowing me, I'd get writer's block.

Can you tell us a little about the new series?  How many books in the series are planned?  This series takes place in the historic Tunie Hotel in East Texas.  The Tunie has seen better days and is picked up in foreclosure by one of the characters. It is the ultimate rehab project, but what fun! I have a brother who has worked in hotels for decades and over the years he shared stories about his life behind the front desk. From drunks, to robberies, to con men and even a few celebrities. What a great backdrop for a variety of characters coming and going. In the first book Nora gets her footing in Piney Woods by finding friends, family and a job. At this time there are two more books planned for the series! I am loving writing Nora and the occupants of Piney Woods.

As I said I am just a few pages in so I have to ask are Nora and Tuck gonna get cozy?
I understand if you can’t answer to keep from spoiling things.  I'll admit it. I'm a hopeless romantic.  If you are a few pages in, then you know there is a definite attraction between the two characters. Could be.

How did you choose the wonderful location of Texas?  I am a native Texan so I 
was super excited to get the chance to read the book!   I love the charming small town!

I think I started considering the Piney Woods area for a book series when I was driving my daughter up to Nacogdoches to look at Stephen F. Austin College. I loved the woods and small town feeling up there.  Maybe it's because I grew in Colorado that I still get excited seeing so many trees! 

If you were to have a little time for a chit chat with one of the cast who would you choose?   What would you serve?  Coffee, tea a glass of wine?  I guess it would be tea with Rosalyn or anyone who was at the Tunie Hotel in forties and fifties.  I loved creating the history of the place and would want to hear more. I grew up near the Stanley Hotel in Colorado It had a history of presidents, inventors and a bevy of famous people who stayed there.  I loved going up there and looking at the rooms, the elevator, the stairway, and even the smell of the wood. I guess it's a hyperactive writer mind thing.

I love the cover my first thought was it reminded me of Grapevine, Texas.  I was wondering how much input do you have in the cover design.  Is it a real place?   I admit I am a bit of a cover junkie I am always curious! 
 I only had a little input, but I wanted the look of a small town. I wish it was a real place because I think I would love to live there!

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I had a great time.  Congratulations on the new book and Best Wishes on the tour!

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Collateral Risk-Goddess Fish Tours Reviews/Giveaway

About the book 
After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner drowns under suspicious circumstances.

Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?

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Mia Lindgren winced as the bagel knife sliced her fingertip. She wrapped the cut in a napkin and hurried over to the sink, turning on the tap and thrusting her pointer finger into the stream of cool water. Morning sunlight poured through the kitchen windows, warming her face and reminding her how late she already was.

After a minute or so, she pulled her finger out of the water and inspected it. The cut was about a quarter of an inch long, not very deep. Nothing to get worked up about.

She crossed from the kitchen to the bathroom and opened the medicine cabinet, wondering if she would ever be able to cut herself and not freak out. For the past year she’d slipped into panic mode whenever she got so much as a paper cut. She could only imagine what would happen if she ended up with a scraped knee. All that exposed skin would leave her sleepless for a week.

You were the one who signed up for this.

She loved her work, but she still questioned her choice even though three years had passed since she first crossed the threshold of the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases in Somersville, Maryland. Her friends, her mother, her stepsister, and just about everybody else she knew told her she was crazy to work there. She could still hear Ashley’s horrified tone on the other end of the line when she’d called Burnleigh Hall to tell her half-sister the news.

“So you want to work with Ebola?” Ashley had asked, forgetting to season her tone with the usual dose of teenage cynicism. “Like, on purpose?”

And I thought
If your a fan of Romantic Suspense you won't be disappointed. 
Collateral Risk by Gwenan Haines has all the elements to keep you on the edge of your seat and enjoying the romance of it all. 

Great characters the not only intrigue you but expect you to join them in their world. 

A  world of lies and deceit.  A world of suspense.  And world with a hint of romance.

Take a 'Risk' and check this one out!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Bayside Passions by Melissa Foster- Spotlight for the Beck Valley Tour w/ Giveaway

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**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

About the book 
Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

When Emery Andrews's best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens a an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who's as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean's ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he'll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she's there, Dean doesn't hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what's right before her eyes--although that guy she's got a date with might be a problem.

About the series 
All BAYSIDE SUMMERS books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:
Bayside Desires Book 1
Bayside Passions
Bayside Heat (available for pre-order)
Bayside Escape

*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Got A Gift Card-What To Buy

Thank you to Goddess Fish Promo's.   I received a gift card! 
And now which book by my favorite author should I buy?

So many choices!
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Night Shift by Carey Decevito-Review-Buoni Amici Tour w/Giveaway

About the book 
A serial killer…
A past that haunts no matter how much the distance…
Which one will strike first?
Eighteen deaths over eight years has left Shane Peters itching to find his mark. The death that started it all ensured his obsession with the murderer who had turned his life into a living hell, leaving him to raise a newborn daughter on his own.
Starting over wasn’t the easiest thing, but Emberlyn Roth had managed by shear grit and the skin of her teeth. It’s too bad one can’t outrun their past.
A protector of the wronged, Shane is torn between his duty as a detective for the Jacksonville PD and a quest to find himself some peace. Red tape binds his capabilities and moonlighting as an investigator for Nightshade Securities has him feeling stretched thin. Late nights on the streets and his sense of duty keeps him from being the father he wants to be. Throw onto his already rickety house of cards, an attraction to the mysterious Emberlyn, the lead he’s got on the murderer he’s been hunting for nearly a decade, and threats his woman is receiving by an unsavory character from her past, and he’s seriously tempted to take Dalton Kipper’s offer to join his team in a permanent basis.
Rules have a place, but when you’re faced with losing the one that means most to you, lines can become blurred. With the fate of his family’s future hanging in the balance, he’s ready to risk it all.
Read an excerpt
The moment I walked over the threshold, I knew a clusterfuck of epic proportion awaited me.Blood was everywhere. Spatter by the front door, smears over the walls, and droplets leading to where I knew the victim would ultimately be laying in a pool of her life’s essence.Forensics was going to have a field day with this one.Just like with the other fifteen.Donning the protective gear the lead officer had ordered me to change into before entering the scene, I made my way toward the back of the house.Carefully avoiding one evidence marker after another, I entered the master bedroom. The grizzly sight of Victoria Spark’s mutilated body, lying face up on the bed, greeted me. The standard ligatures on her wrists and ankles proved that she’d been restrained and alive through most of her torture; the killer leaving her to die in excruciating pain from her wounds and ultimately, blood loss.The scent of copper on the air thickened as I made my final approach, slipping my hands into a pair of plastic gloves. I was looking for something I knew was meant for me.Setting my evidence kit down beside the bed, I bent toward the body in search of my next clue.The sickening crack of the victim’s jaw set my stomach to roiling as I pulled her mouth open, locating the three pieces I had come to expect after so many years of chasing this perp. Letting go of the victim, I grasped my digital camera and photographed my findings. Setting the camera down, I whipped out the small evidence bag from my kit and opened it, manning my tweezers.Fishing the objects out one by one, I dropped them in the bag, then photographed them again. Fragments of a photograph were what this sicko leaves. Camera in hand, I shot a few frames of the room, as well as the rest of the premises. The team would have their own photos, but I liked being thorough with my investigations, thus preferred gathering my own shots, comparing them with the others’.Closing up my kit, I stood to take my leave.Fucking sadistic bastard and his games.It pissed me off that he was always one step ahead of me.

And I thought
I admit it.  I am a cover junkie and this one 'got me'.  I was expecting sizzle and that's exactly what I got.  Some sizzle and a sweet romance.  Combined with a thriller that kept me turning the pages.
I can easily say that Night Shift is a 5+ star page turner. 

The characters are charming and delightful, hot (Shane and his co-workers) and just a little bit stubborn and opionated. 

Emberlyne has been through a rough time. She's a big girl and wants to stand on her own. 

Shane is a widower struggling with working way too much while trying to raise his darling daughter Lana Rose with the help of his wonderful mom.  Mom is wise and dedicated to helping her son and grand daughter. 

While Shane and Emberlyne become friends and then step over into a relationship Shane struggles with catching a serial killer 
that ends up connecting with Emberlyne's ex to reck all kind of 

Night Shift is a page turner that kept me turning the pages and forgetting about the 'real' world.  

There were some sub-characters that immediately caught my attention and I was delighted to see that Devolin and Dalton are the main characters in Book 1 of this series.  

I am looking forward to reading Night Break 1 in the series. 

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