Friday, May 10, 2019

Fair Game by Annette Dashofy- Great Escapes Tours-Book Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Paramedic Zoe Chambers hoped a week at the Monongahela County Fair, showing her horse and manning the ambulance, would provide a much-needed diversion from recent events that continue to haunt her.
An old friend, a bossy nemesis, and a teenage crush from her 4-H days fail to offer the distraction she had in mind. But ever the caregiver, she soon bonds with a troubled teen and a grieving father.
Back in Vance Township, a missing woman turns up dead, leading Police Chief Pete Adams into a journey through her mysterious final hours. With each new clue, the tragic circumstances of her death grow increasingly muddied.
A cryptic phone call leads Pete to join Zoe for an evening at the fairgrounds where the annual school bus demolition derby concludes with a gruesome discovery and a new case that may or may not be connected to the first.
Pete’s quest for the motive behind two homicides—and Zoe’s stubborn determination to reunite a family—thrust them both onto a collision course with a violent and desperate felon.
And others are saying 
This is a wonderful series with great, realistic characters. I love Zoe and Pete. They are both intelligent, caring, loyal and somewhat emotional.
~Carla Loves To Read
One of the great aspects of this endearing cozy mystery series is that a reader can jump in and just be entertained even if one hasn’t read the series in order.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
And I thought 
Another fun read.  Annette Dashofy and Zoe and Pete do not disappoint!  
Fair Game coming in at 8th in series is a page turner.  I have only had the chance to read a couple of others in the series but each one has been easy to read and captivating!   If your coming in at #8 don't fear you'll pick it up.  You'll probably love these characters so much you'll want to read the others too!
The cover of this one 'got me'.  School Bus Demolition Derby what an interesting event.  I wanted to see what this odd (for me) event had to do with the story. 
I was turning the pages wanting to get to the end but also feeling I didn't want to turn the last page.  
Fair Game is just so good I hated for it to end! 

Check out this series by Annette Dashofy. 

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt-Book Spotlight

Moments We Forget

Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Christian Fiction
Age category: Adult
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date: May 7, 2019

About the book 
Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.
Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.
Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?

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Friday, May 3, 2019

A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette-Great Escapes Tour-Giveaway

About the book 
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.
Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more assignment to put to bed for Key Zest magazine before she gets to celebrate with her family and her police officer fiancĂ©, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.
The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of the customers collapsed—dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tour—and ruining Analise’s business—Hayley can hardly refuse her friend’s entreaties to investigate.
As if wedding jitters and family strife weren’t enough for Hayley to worry about, there’s crusty pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weapon—but did she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast, national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Winter Frost by Lauren Carr-Book Review-I Read Book Tours

Winter Frost by Lauren Carr
About the book 

It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.

Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas. 

Nothing is as it seems. 

In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered in Switzerland that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him? 

And I thought
They just keep getting better and better!  I admit I am a fan of author Lauren Carr.
She has not written a book that I haven’t loved.  Each and everyone is a page turner.

One of the things I like best about how she presents her books is that she includes a
Cast of characters at the beginning.  Which is a huge help because each book
has a lot going on and a lot of characters.   As a fan I know all the regular characters so I don't get 
any confused but it's fun to read the cast.  And is helpful with the new characters.

The characters draw you in along with the plot.

Another thing I really like is how she crosses over the characters from the different series.

In this one Murphy and Triston from the Thorny Rose series are a huge part of the story.
Jessica Murphy’s wife and their dogs make a cameo appearance as well.

The story takes place when Chris and his girlfriend go into the city for a
weekend away.  But before than can even manage dinner Chris see’s his wife
who is supposed to be dead.  But sure enough she is alive and well and running for
her life! 

The suspense starts from page one and continues on a fast and furious ride to the

There were a couple of gasps along the way.  And a “No she didn’t do that”
referencing the author….and thankfully she didn’t ‘Whew’!  Giving nothing away
here….so if you wanna know exactly what made me ‘Gasp’ and ‘What made me
ask the question you’ll have to read Winter Thaw.  I promise you will love it
And you’ll be surprised and shocked as much as I was. 

Winter Frost is a super fun and fast paced ride.  It is super clean.  No bedroom
Scenes and no language. 

I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.
My review  and a Spotlight will also appear on My Journey Back – The Journey Back.

And others are saying
 "But nothing interests me more than having The Geezer Squad go into action. For those who haven't previously read their entry into this series, this is a group of retired professionals, from various agencies, who have formed a "book club." Yes, they meet to study true crime...which are actually cold or, in this case, recent crimes. They are amazing as they use their professional skills, expertise, and contacts, to move each case forward to completion... " 5-Star Review of WINTER FROST by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven  

"Winter Frost is the second installment in Lauren Carr's Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Series. It features an engaging cast of characters and a gripping plot.

"Single father and retired FBI Agent Chris Matheson recently joined the Geezer Squad, a group of retired experts acting as a book club who help solve cold case files. This time around, they find themselves investigating a member of their own.

"Chris’ wife, Blair, passed away a few years ago while on assignment. He and his three daughters are trying to move on as best as they can when, a few years later, Chris sees his late wife at the train station. She yells out a cryptic message at him before disappearing again. Now begins the hunt for Blair and the truth about her alleged death.

"Chris is a likable character, a tough guy with a tender heart that goes very soft at times, especially with his daughters. The members of the Geezer Squad are hilarious; made up of a retired set of experts with a broad and impressive skill set, they form a club that no one wants to mess with. The cast of secondary characters adds to the story line with personality and spirit, leaving space for not a single dull moment. The air of mystery surrounding Murphy makes him particularly interesting.

"Filled with twists and turns, Winter Frost reads perfectly well as a stand-alone, although it is part of a series. The author creates tension and suspense throughout by keeping the reader guessing; she keeps readers engaged with well fleshed out characters and a dash of humor. Sterling, the retired German Shepherd police dog turned card shark, is a new favorite. As the story flows, the truth unfolds, layer by layer, leading to a satisfying conclusion.

"Winter Frost was an entertaining, at times humorous read with suspense, some surprises, and even cute animals in the mix." 4-Star Review of WINTER FROST by The iRead Review 

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Book Spotlight-Hide Not Seek by D.E. Haggerty-Great Escapes Tour with Giveaway

About the book 
I know who you really are.
Pru has a secret, which she has no plans to reveal – ever. But after a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations help thwart the killer’s plan to frame Pru for the murder, the killer begins stalking her. With each note he sends, he gets closer. The police are stumped. Pru wants to run away. She really, really wants to run, but Ajax has found the woman of his dreams and he’s not letting her go anywhere. He can be patient. In the meantime, he’ll protect her with his life. Pru isn’t feeling very patient, and her friends, Mel and Terri, are definitely not willing to wait until the police uncover who the stalker is. The three friends take matters into their own hands and jump headfirst into the investigation.
Will Pru and her friends uncover her stalker before he turns his violence on Pru?
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fighting For Our Forever-by Heidi Mclaughlin-Release Blitz

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About the book 
The members of Sinful Distraction are living their best life as they travel around the country on the heels of 4225 West's sold-out tour. Unfortunately for drummer, Ajay Ballard, that means a stop at the county jail after he's arrested for an outstanding warrant - one he didn't even know about. With an overzealous judge, Ajay's forced to hang out in his hometown longer than anticipated. 

While the town folk aren't exactly rolling out the red carpet for him, Quinn, Elle and the rest of Sinful Distraction are warmly welcomed into the fold. 

Some never get over their first love while some just can't erase the memories. Jameson Foster falls somewhere in the middle. She's done her best to let the past stay in the past...until she's forced to save the one man who ruined her.

Genre: Romance

And I am thinking
. . . Still turning the pages.  And it is a page-turner.  I was 
drawn in from page 1.  The characters capture you and don't let go. . .  
My full review will post soon.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

A Note To My Readers

Hello friends, authors, publicists, tour hosts.  Recently I have had to slow way down on reading and reviewing.    
The last few months have been difficult and I have had a hard time putting into words.  
This morning I saw this on FB.  I gasped when I began to read it and then weeped when I read it to The Cowboy.  
Yesterday we attended a Memorial for his brother who passed away a few weeks ago shortly after my mother passed.

Below is the most precious remembrance shared by my daughter.  This was very special to me and I thought that it would share a little of my heart.    

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As I read this on my phone I was unable to really see it well I did not realize at first she had written it.  Because we 'share' alot of other peoples horse stories.  The photo's are hard to see and I didn't even know that she still had these.  It wasn't until I reached the third line and the mention of NYC I realized what I was reading. 
Here's her beautiful story . . . 
 I’ve ridden a lot of horses in my life and I’ve owned a few that make my heart leap. 
But this story is about a horse named Bach. He was a big bay thoroughbred gelding and he lived at Claremont Riding Academy just blocks away from Central Park in NYC. I rode him once and the memory will be forever etched my mind.
Back before I had FB, an iPhone and before I’d ever even taken a selfie I rode Bach.
You see, my uncle invited me to visit him in NYC back in 2002. For the first time I rode in a taxi, aabnd the subway, I ate sushi (and I liked it), I saw where the Twin Towers had been, I saw Times Square, I ice skated in Rockefeller Center, I ate the best bagels and pizza I’ve ever had...and I rode Bach. My uncle had made reservations for us to ride through Central Park.
He knew I LOVE horses. (He did too)
My uncle spent the afternoon riding with me in a setting that I won’t forget. It was like a movie. Little kids saw us and said “mommy, look horsey!”. We waved and smiled. Our horses knew the path, they were well seasoned at carrying riders thru the park. 

Bach was a beautiful horse and I felt special to share that time with my uncle. The way to this girl’s heart is thru horses-he knew that.
The Claremont Riding Academy was such a neat place. I’d never seen a barn right in the middle of a busy city. There were multiple levels; one for stalls and an indoor arena. When you go for a ride they send your horse down a ramp to you so you can catch the reins. It was so foreign to me, so different than riding in TX where we have plenty of space.
At that point in my life I had already been more trail rides than I could count and even competed in different states but I gotta say riding Bach in Central Park still ranks as one of my best riding memories.
Uncle Bruce, thank you for the ride. This memory won’t be forgotten, it’s ours.
I’m still riding and I hope you are too; heaven is paradise so there must be horses there.

Please forgive my absence.  I am trying to get back to a routine.