Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Spotlight--Once in a Lifetime by Kathryn R. Biel

Once in a Lifetime
I have not read this book.  This is a spotlight for the tour at Lola's Blog Tours

About the book
Ten years ago, the Sassy Cats were at the top of the charts until Callie Smalls walked away to pursue her career in fashion and television. The other four members—Angie, Tabitha, Mandy, and Daphne—were left to fend for themselves and continue on with their lives.
That is, until the day when Callie decides to book a gig for the group at a major music festival, without talking to her former band mates. Scattered across the country, at different points in life, can they rekindle the magic in the music?
A soccer mom who’s husband doesn’t know about her past. A fading star, sacrificing all to stay in the spotlight just one second more. A party girl, challenged with her most important role yet. A tiger mom, fighting for her son. A desperate woman, unhappy and alone.
A lot can change in the course of a decade. Will it be harmony or hatred for the Sassy Cats?

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About the author 
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn R. Biel hails from Upstate New York where her most important role is being mom and wife to an incredibly understanding family who don’t mind fetching coffee and living in a dusty house. In addition to being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage insurance companies to fund her client’s needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Kathryn is the author of ten women’s fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and chick lit works, including Live for This and Made for Me. Please follow Kathryn on her website, www.kathrynrbiel.com and sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/KRBNews.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Review, Excerpt /Giveaway-Neespaugot by John Magglebee-

Neespaugot: Legend of the Indian's Coin by John Mugglebee   
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Neespaugot: Legend of the Indian’s Coin by John Mugglebee

Publisher: Brandt Street Press (May 29, 2017)
Category: Historical Fiction, Native American Fiction, African American Fiction
Tour dates: Sept-Oct, 2017
ISBN: 978-0974260792
Available in Print & ebook, 378 pages
Neespaugot
Melba Blue Jay, sixteen, scrambling up a snow-filled mountain path, her knife at a child’s throat. Archie Chung at the helm of the South Pacific Belle, foremast snapped like a toothpick, barreling toward a coral reef. Spindly Lydia Freeman, skin the color of dark ale, feeding tea made of birch bark to an Irish murderess. Zeke Roxxmott teetering at three hundred feet on the five-inch ledge of his penthouse, bent on a flawless destruction.
Adventurers, inextricably linked by a bloodline… and an Indian’s coin.
Where history and imagination meet!
John Mugglebee’s Neespaugot is based on the real-life exploits of his own ancestors.  A sweeping historical saga of his Native American, African American, Scots-Irish, Chinese, Russian Jewish family, it spans three centuries with adventures that keep you turning page after page.  You’ll fall in love with these characters, who stay with you long after you’ve put the book down.

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The Captain paced nervously in the parlor window, a watchful eye on Franklin Street, as he made repetitive glances at his pocket watch. She’s late, he thought to himself. No, she isn’t, you old fool. Stop second-guessing yourself! But a faith healer, of all things? With my own son a Harvard-educated physician. What was I thinking? I’m a practical man, for God’s sake! A man of rules and regulations. I have led men into battle on the high seas. I must’ve been mad to agree to such hocus-pocus. You’re not mad, you worn-out boot, you’re in pain. The acute headaches. You’d try anything that didn’t involve bleeding.
He watched a two-horse cabriolet clop to the curb. The coachman shouted “Whoa!” and climbed down as the horses shuddered and shat. Franklin Street began in town, between the Old Port and Grover Wharf, but made a soaring rise up Sentinel Hill from sea level to Revolutionary Park, a two-hundred-foot elevation gain in one hundred yards. The coachman naturally had some difficulty securing his livery before opening the coach door for his passenger. A young, spindly mulatto woman the color of dark ale stepped down. Her hair was shorn like a sheep’s wool, with only a thin tuft of black winkles on her head. She wore a purple robe, like some kind of Gospel singer, and looked barely twenty years old. The Captain decided she was much too young to be of any good to him and caned outside to the stoop.
“Coachman,” he called to the driver. “There’s been a mistake. Take this young lady back to where you fetched her.”
The passenger ignored the Captain’s directive and sent the driver on his way. Then, the brazen moll came up the walk and hailed him like an old friend. “Hullo, Captain George!” On the stoop, she grabbed his hand and shook it forcefully. “I’m Lydia Freeman, sir, and I mean to get you well.”
Polite but firm, he disengaged his hand. “Well, Miss Freeman, you heard what I told the driver. I’m no longer interested in this mumbo jumbo.”
Playfully, the mulatto popped open her large bag and began rummaging around inside. “Good news, Captain,” she said. “Seems I’m fresh out of mumbo jumbo today.”
“Are you mocking me, young lady?”
“Only funning you, sir. I believe that amusement is the best medicine. And rest assured, Captain, there’ll be no bleeding.”
He was dumbstruck. “How did y…? Who have you been talking to about me?”
“Just you, Captain. Your scalp rash and age tell me everything I need to know about what’s ailing you. I’ll bet you’re having headaches.”
“Why, yes—”
“Any doctor worth his salt would diagnose arthritis and prescribe bleeding. Except you’d sooner be shot than bled, am I right?” She winked, knowing the answer already. “I read up on you, Captain. Fifty years ago you almost bled to death at sea, the famous fire fight at Flamborough Head. ‘Surrender? I have only begun to fight!’” she said, her voice dropping comically. “What did your son have to say about it, sir?”
“You really have been studying up on me, miss.”
“Call me Lydia, Captain. You’ve had words, I suppose, the two of you?”
“Every blasted conversation with George Jr. ends up in the shoals. The last time we spoke, he warned me that my stubbornness would cost me my eyesight. Is that true?”

“Stubbornness causes grief, not blindness, Captain. You know, we can do this here on the stoop or perhaps I can come in…”
About the author Neespaugot: Legend of the Indian's Coin by John Mugglebee
John Mugglebee is a racial and ethnic jigsaw puzzle. His heritage, in chronological order, includes Native American, African American, Scots-Irish, Chinese and Russian Jew. John has said there were two major factors that shaped him as a person and a writer. One was “Being colored but not knowing which color.”
The other was upheaval. Born in Massachusetts, at age eleven he was uprooted to Southern California in the midst of the ’60s race riots. Growing up, John was told family stories that had been passed down for generations.  Neespaugot is loosely based on those stories.
He currently lives in the South of France, where he heads a language laboratory for French Civil Aviation. John graduated from Dartmouth and earned a master’s in creative writing from Colorado State University. His previous novel, Renaissance in Provence, was published in 2004.
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And I thought . . .Not the kind of book I normally read so I wasn't real sure what to expect.  However I was intrigued and not disappointed. 
The plot/story ending up very interesting and will keep the 
reader involved all the way to the end. 
It was an interesting book to read. 
   
The weaving or races and cultures causes the to think. 
I recommend anyone to check it out. 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Spotlight-Until Love Finds You by Pamela Aares

Until Love Finds You

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Pamela Aares’ USA Today bestselling Tavonesi Series continues with another suspenseful, page-turning and heart-warming novel about the healing power of love.
Reclusive tech billionaire Evan Forbes finds himself lost and lonely in the secretive world he’s cloaked around himself. He may have changed the way the world communicates with his innovative, high-tech businesses, but the language of the heart has brought nothing but pain.
When Evan meets the vivacious heiress Coco Tavonesi on a garden tour, she fires a spark of desire he can’t resist. Pretending to be an ordinary computer geek, he conceals his true identity and accepts the thirty-dollar an hour job she offers, tracking down a hacker who’s stolen her prized nature photographs. After years of hiding his famous name and his own incredible wealth behind a disguise, has he met the woman worth revealing himself to? Can he risk his heart?
Coco doesn’t count on falling for the sexy techie, but when she playfully snaps a photo of Evan, his resulting anger triggers fears from her past. What does he have to hide? Is Evan the quirky, sweet geek he seems, or yet another fortune hunter using this chance to get close to her?
When Evan discovers that Coco is being hacked by a high-level genius, he’s determined to bring the criminal down. But the hacker accesses Coco’s photos of Evan and threatens blackmail and violence, and suddenly the secrets Coco and Evan have kept from one another endanger not only the love blooming between them, but their very lives.
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About the author Pamela Aares
Pamela Aares is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her contemporary series, The Tavonesi Series, explores the lives, loves, friendships and sizzling romances of the Tavonesi family and their captivating friends.
Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by reviewers to Nora Roberts.
Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.
Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination.
If not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at http://www.PamelaAares.com.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Body on Baker Street-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room in anticipation of the store’s upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock’s legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table―dead.
Donald insists he didn’t do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author’s bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta’s depiction of the Great Detective. It’s up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in Body on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle.
And others are saying
I had no idea who the villain was until he/she was revealed. As Gemma explained her logic behind her deduction, I could see the way the clues lined up, but the villain definitely wasn’t on my radar before that.
~Valerie’s Musings
What’s not to love about this series – a Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore, a tea shop, and murder!
~The Book’s the Thing
And  I thought 
A fun series set in a quaint New England town that has just of bit of Britain in it.  
I loved the concept of Tea Room and Book Shop.
Gemma of the book shop and Jayne of the tea room are besties 
that work together and sleuth together as needed. 
When a controversial author ends up dying in the bookstore their 
frient and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast becomes the prime suspect 
Gemma and Janyne have to step up and figure out who dun it. 
In a good 'ole fast paced keep you on the edge of your seat trying to figure which of the many suspects could be the one Body On Baker Street provides an entertaining read. 
Whether your a Sherlock Holmes fan or  not you'll enjoy this 
cozy mystery.  

 I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review /Giveaway -A Christmas Peril by J.A. Hennrikus


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When Edwina “Sully” Sullivan’s life imploded, she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to start a new life as the general manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years, she focused on budgets instead of crimes and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial artistic director.
But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the rich and powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Her two lives collide when her ex-husband gets on the suspect list and she’s forced to confront her past in order to save her present.
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Fans of small town theatre and cozy mysteries will be delighted with this new series. 
A Christmas Peril is book 1 it's always fun to start a series in the beginning.  
The characters are charming.  The town is charming.  

I expected the crime to happen around the theme of the theatre but I was surprised that it was another story line altogether.  Making for an interesting read.  

The author weaves the story along with the production of A Christmas Carol keeping the reader interested and anticipating the end almost in a bittersweet way.  I wanted to see how it ended.
But I knew it would end too soon.  There was steady  to the plot making it  an easy read.

The story is full of twists and turns and a little romantic drama
when Sully's ex makes an appearance.  There seems to be a few 
embers still burning there.  But there are a few sparks with an actor too.  So there's a little triangle that Sully needs to figure out.

A new series on my list to read.  Waiting for book 2.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book Review-Cat Got Your Secrets- by Julie Chase


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Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.
It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.
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And I thought
They just keep getting better.  Although I have to admit I didn't get the chance to read book 1.  
I was introduced to Julie Chase and the Kitty Couture series with book 2.  I was delighted to get the opportunity to read and review 
book 3 Cat Got Your Secrets.  

Admittedly I am not a cat fan. I know gasp! But I was intrigued and delighted with Lacy's crazy cat that rides a Robot Vacuum.

The Kitty Couture Series is written so that each installment is 
stand alone.  But a word of warning....you'll probably be so 
enchanted you'll want to read them all. 

The characters are charming. 

 Lacy and her family and close friends pull you in and you'll want to become their new 'bestie'.  I was!   

Cat Got Your Secrets was a great follow up to the previous 
installments.  

I liked that the book/story took off right from the beginning.  I didn't have to go through multiple chapters before we got into the serious drama and mystery! 

If your a fan of Cozy Mysteries you'll enjoy this series.  Whether
your a cat lover or not!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review with Giveaway-Chickadee Chickadee Bang Bang by J.R. Ripey


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Ruby Lake, North Carolina, might be the perfect place to go birdwatching during autumn, but it’s also a habitat for murder . . .
As Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms guides a halfhearted birding group around Ruby Lake, rumors soon start flying about the annual Fall Festival’s classic car and tractor show. Local eccentric Chick Sherman—boasting the hottest ride in town—has ruffled feathers by mysteriously entering the contest, and curious Amy hatches a plan to sneak a glimpse at the phantom automobile before the big event kicks off . . .
But competition turns deadly when Amy finally spots the sleek ’56 El Morocco—and it’s on top of Chick’s very dead body. With her neighbor and business partner framed as the murderer and priceless Audubon prints suddenly missing from Chick’s home, only Amy can identify the telltale markings of a killer before another hapless victim is plucked from the flock . . .
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Not only did stepping in at book 5 have me a little skeptical but I have to say I was not sure how I would enjoy a book/series titled
A Bird Lover's Mystery.  
I was mainly skeptical wondering how much actually bird watching was going on and how much depth there would be to the story. 

I was pleasantly surprised.

Early in I was captivated by the town of Ruby Lake.  It seemed like a fun place to visit.  The characters were charming.  
I loved the interaction between them.  

I thought it was clever to build the story around the towns car show.  

Amy seems to constantly get herself into trouble and seems to irritate the local law enforcement with her meed ling.  She goes 
from prime suspect in book 1.  To sending the police on a wild goose chase for a body in book 4. and now in book 5  to finding dead bodies and stepping on a few toes while she investigates. 

There is just enough information about birds and birding to cause
this reader to become interested in learning more about birds. 
Each book in the series gives a small amount of birding info. 
without over doing it.  The non birder just might be converted 
as I was.  

Chickadee Chickadee Bang Bang not to be confused with the children's book Chicka Chicka Boom is anything but a children's 
book.  It is a good ole cozy mystery that will keep the reader 
interested and wanting more.  

I enjoyed the clever titles of the books in this series and  look forward to going back and reading the series from the beginning.  

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