Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Blown Up In Paradise by Deborah Brown-Beck Valley Tour- Rrview/Giveaway

About the book 
I’ve come a long way since inheriting my Aunt Elizabeth’s Tarpon Cove house and her beach cottages full of quirky residents. I strap a Glock to my thigh as easily as I slip into flip-flops.

Even Fab is going legit… mostly. When she’s hired to investigate some high-end boat thefts in Biscayne Bay, I go along to do what I do best. Chat up the help to get the real story.

Neither of us expected the case to explode—literally—and take out one of Miami’s richest men. And possibly a mistress, though no one’s found her body floating among the bits and pieces.

Somewhere in the Miami upper-crust’s phony smiles and even phonier alibis there’s someone who wanted to see Marshall Sacks dead. Someone willing to ruin Fab’s and my lives to keep their secret. It’ll take calling in every favor I’m owed to keep us out of trouble.

And I thought 
I am loving this series.  Even though I got in at book 12 and this 
one is #14 the characters drew me and won't let go! 
This is a great series to start.  Don't worry if you can't start at book 1.  Check this one out and then back track it's worth it. 

There are a lot of sub characters in the story since Madison is the owner of a Cottage/Apartment Building she inherited from her aunt.  The residents are quirky and funny.  And then there are short term renters that add more quirkiness and cause trouble.  

Her best friend and partner Fab who is a P.I.  has lots of interesting 
cases that have lots of crazy and sometime strange characters. 
In Blown Up In Paradise Fab is called on to investigate the 
death of a wealthy local.  Madison as her assistant helps dig up the truth.  

Along with Madison and Fab their boyfriends decide they have to help to keep the girls out of trouble and keep them safe. 
They tend to break a few rules from time to time and make a few 
people mad. 

Jobs come if for Fab almost daily even while they are on one case another pops up.  This time an elderly man living near them has lost his dog.  Sadly as soon as they start investigating the find a dognapping ring located in the area.  They waste no time shutting it down.  

Madison and Fab are all about helping out the down trodden and making things right when the can.  

Among the colorful characters are Madisons family. Her mom, step father, her brother Brad and a younger brother Liam.  They are always into some kind of trouble as well and keep Madison on her toes. 

The Paradise Cove is a great Cozy Series with some thrill and suspense and lots and lots of humor. 
A great clean read.  No language and no bedroom scenes. 
Deborah Brown in just two books has become a favorite.  I can't wait to read the next one!

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The cover
I have to add the cover doesn't in my opinion give anything away about the book or story line.  
I am a cover junkie.  This cover didn't do anything for me and based on it I probably would have passed it up.  Except that I would have notice the title and author and checked it out.  
 The plot is about a wealthy local that gets Blown Up along with his yacht.  Madison and Fab are hired
to investigate.  There isn't anything about girls on the beach except for the occasional afternoon off for Madison and her boyfriend Creole.  Would a blowing up boat been a better cover?

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert Great Escapes Tour-Review/Character Interview

Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)
Hardcover: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315957
Digital: ASIN: B075QJHPR9

About the book 
Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.
October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.
The body belonged to a renowned artist who was murdered with her own pallet knife. A search of the artist’s studio uncovers a cache of forged paintings, and when the sheriff’s chief deputy Brad Tucker realizes Amy is skilled in art history research, she’s recruited to aid the investigation. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but when the state’s art expert uncovers a possible connection between Amy’s deceased uncle and the murder case, Amy must champion her Aunt Lydia to clear her late husband’s name.
That’s when another killing shakes the quiet town, and danger sweeps in like an autumn wind. Now, with her swoon-inducing neighbor Richard Muir, Amy must scour their resources to once again close the books on murder.
And I thought 
So Taylorsford isn't so quiet after all.  Just when everyone thought things were settling down after the last drama another dead body turns up.  
As the townsfolk plan a Heritage Festival Amy the Library director and her employees, family and friends are collecting donations to sell at the fair.  Seems besides a few books the Library just might need some cameras and security system what with all the crime that seems to be hitting the quiet sleepy town. 
In book 2 Amy, her boyfriend Richard and Sonny her friend and co-worker stumble onto the body of the local artist.  
As the 3 tell their stories of what they saw to the local law the daughter and husband of the victim are hiding secrets along with some paintings that are in a hidden closet at the crime scene. 
When Amy is asked to begin doing research on the paintings and is actually deputized she discovers the paintings are forgeries.
And the door is open to all kinds of intrigue when it's discovered a gang of art thieves has been working in the midst of the quiet town for years. 
Everyone ends being surprised especially Amy's aunt Lydia when more paintings are found in their home. It appears Lydia's dead husband was into forgeries too. 
There are few suspects including the husband of the victim, the towns young drug dealer and then maybe an 'art collector/who knows what'.  The art collector Kurt Kendrick seems to have either some skeletons or shady business going on making him a suspect too.  
Some great characters make Shelved Under Murder a really 
good read that kept me turning the pages.
When the smoke clears (and there is a smoking gun in the end) the mysteries are solved and everything returns to normal in the 
quiet town of Taylorsford.  
One thing I thought that was refreshing was that Richard Amy's boyfriend doesn't get all protective and overbearing about Amy's sleuthing.  I like that.  The romantic part of the story was just smoothly fit in woven into their everyday lives.   This is a clean cozy read with no bedroom scenes.  
Alot of murder and crime keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages. 

A character that stood out to me was Kurt Kendrick the art collector.  I suspect there is much more to Mr. Kendrick.  Just a sneak peek he didn't do the murder(s) but what else is he up to? 
(My interview with Kurt Kendrick follows)

Shelved Under Murder is book  in the series.  Each book is written as a stand alone.  You'll enjoy jumping into the series.  

I enjoyed reading Shelved Under Murder and I am looking forward to many more visits to Taylorsford. 

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Interview with a character
Kurt Kendrick-Character Interview

*Note: changed the one question (about the protective custody) because it’s a spoiler for the book. Hope you don’t mind! – Victoria

Hello Mr. Kendrick thank you for allowing us to visit.  Your home is

Thank you. It dates from the late eighteenth century and I consider its restoration and maintenance as essential to my art business as the paintings and other pieces I house within its walls.

I am sure the lure of a quiet small town must be pleasant. Have you lived in Taylorsford long? 

I’ve owned my estate outside of town for some time, but I only stayed there over one or two weekends a month until about a year or so ago. To be honest, before that I primarily used it to house part of my extensive art collection and to host parties for major art dealers, buyers, and critics. Until recently, I never mingled with the people in town much.

Now, just between us, I did live in Taylorsford before, when I was around twelve to eighteen. First, in an orphanage that is long gone, and then with my foster father, the author Paul Dassin. But that was under another name. Few are currently aware of that connection.

I heard you have a big city gallery.  Where is it located? 
Isn’t it where you hosted the fundraiser for Richard Muirs dance

Yes, I have a gallery in New York City that I use for special exhibitions. It’s located on the top floor of a rather non-descript office building. I prefer that, as it means the gallery is only visited by appointment by serious buyers or critics. As a patron of the arts, I did recently donate use of the space for a party held by the Ad Astra Dance Company. It was for a fundraising gala connected to their performances of Richard Muir’s dance piece, Return. I know Richard and his former dance instructor, Adele Tourneau, so I was happy to contribute to this effort.

I also own a gallery and townhouse in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. That is actually my primary gallery for retail sales, and I typically stay at the townhouse during the week, only residing at my Taylorsford residence over the weekend. But I must admit I’ve been spending more time in Taylorsford recently.

If you don’t mind my asking what is your connection to Richard or
are you just a fan?

As I mentioned, I was the foster son of Paul Dassin, who’s actually Richard’s great-uncle. Paul, who never married and had no children, left his estate to his niece, Richard’s mother. That’s how Richard came to inherit Paul’s 1923 farmhouse, which once belonged to a farmer named Daniel Cooper and his wife, Eleanora. There’s a very interesting murder mystery connected to the Coopers, but I’ll just refer you to A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert for that story.

You may wonder why Paul left nothing to me. Well, I must confess that after I left his house at age eighteen I changed my name and never contacted him again. Not because Paul had ever done anything wrong—he was one of the kindest and most moral men I’ve ever known. But that was the problem. Let’s just say that I was not so morally upright for quite some time, especially in my business dealings. I didn’t want any of that to blow back on Paul so I just cut ties.

It was only within the last year that I contacted Richard and informed him of my connection to Paul. I like to think we’ve become friends since that initial encounter, but I admit that I haven’t yet told Richard that I’ve been following his dance career since he was a teen. So yes, I am also a fan.

I know you’re an art collector and I noticed the lovely piece at the top
of the stairs would you mind telling us a little about it.  

I have several pieces hanging on the walls of that upper hallway. I’m not quite sure which one you mean—the large Jasper Johns or the slightly smaller Giorgio de Chirico? Both are quite spectacular, I admit. There’s also the little Degas sketch of the dancer. I have a few of those scattered about the house. If you mean the small piece that looks like a Van Gogh, I’m afraid that’s probably a forgery. I just happen to like it despite its shaky provenance, so I still display it.

Do you have any other special pieces you might share with us?

You may think it odd, but my favorite painting in my collection is by a little-known artist named Andrew Talbot. He was Lydia Talbot’s late husband and Amy Webber’s great-uncle. He was also my best friend. Sadly, he died far too young in a tragic accident. I didn’t own any of his works so I treasure the little still-life I was able to “acquire” recently (ahem, we won’t go into how).

That’s one painting you won’t have seen yet, as it’s hanging in my bedroom. (Although, if you wish, a private viewing could be arranged <wink>).

I have to ask it was rumored that you helped someone get into protective custody.  I was just wondering how you managed that one?   You must have some friends in important places.   

I confess I’ve helped the powers-that-be from various countries from time to time and have established a few significant connections over the years, but you know—if I told you…

As a connoisseur of Cognac, I was wondering if you might have any interest
in wine making since the owners of the winery are otherwise ‘engaged’?

No, I don’t think I can take on another time-intensive trade like that at my age. My art business keeps me busy enough. I also have to consider my priorities—since I’ve recently expanded my social circle in Taylorsford I want to be sure I reserve some of my free time for my new friends.

Speaking of Cognac, I know you needed to keep our little visit short because
You have dinner plans with Amy and Lydia.  Will you be taking a bottle
to go along with some of Lydia’s desserts?  I am free tonight do you think
you could sneak me along for dinner?

Yes, I plan to take along a little something to complement Lydia’s excellent cooking and baking. And as for as you joining us—please do! I’m sure neither Amy nor Lydia would mind and I always enjoy intelligent and charming company. I can already tell that you would prove to be both, so if you don’t mind being an old man’s date for the evening, we can take the Jag and make a night of it. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

I Think I love You by Lauren Layne-Book Tour-Spotlight/Giveaway

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
About the book 
A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.
I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

And I thought
5+ stars.  I knew I would like/enjoy I Think I Love You honestly
I didn't expect to Love it.  I was so not disappointed. 
From page 1 Lauren Layne and her characters Brie and Hunter 
grabbed me and didn't let go. 
And then there were the sub-characters all friends and co-workers.
I want to work at Oxford/Stiletto.  The work environment is friendly.  Very friendly all the staff are friends.  Everyone likes each other (some maybe more than others) and supports each other. There is no shortage of romance.  Some of the co-workers are married and starting families.  Some are engaged and end up married by the end of the book. 
Brie and Hunter are just hard to explain. 
He is a bachelor that knows women.  He has money and knows how to use it and enjoys his bachelor life. 
He has an amazing best friend in Brie.  She is there for him when he needs 'out' of a relationship.  And there to just hang out. 
But what they don't realize it is actually Hunter that causes Brie not to find 'the one'.  Unintentially their relationship runs off any other guy that's interested.  
Brie is sweet and funny.  She is just a little uncertain of her own attraction to men and doesn't realize it really isn't 'her' it's 'him' as in Hunter.  Who unknown to both of them is standing in the wings and causing the other guys to not get closer or romantic with Brie.
Finally the two realize that they are more into each other than they 
thought and another whole ball of wax starts.  There's a little drama that ends up worked out neatly in the end and there is a great
Happily Ever After. 

I Think I Love You is part of a series.  But it is stand alone.  
Be prepared when you read it you'll want to read the others. 
Each of the sub characters have a charisma that will draw you in and keep you wanting to read each of their stories. 

I have to say that this book and this author has made it's way to the top of my best reads for the year (so far).

If you like a good sweet romance you'll love this series. 
Mama might blush a little there are a few bedroom scenes but they are subtle and classy.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dangerous to Know -Book Review- I Read with Audra Tours

Dangerous to Know Megan Whitson Lee

About the book 
“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.” 
Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.
Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.
Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?
And I thought
Admittedly Historical/Regency Novels (Romances) are not my 1st choice when I am thinking about a new book.  

A cover would have to 'get me' (not into a bunch skin).  This one 
got me it hit the Sigh/Gasp button. It is a very romantic cover. 

I was offered to read Dangerous to Know as part of the 
Read with Audra tour.  I was delighted for the opportunity. 
The main reason that I don't usually read H.R.'s is to me they
are usually long and just a bit deep.  With all the history that is thrown in and the locations, culture and language is sometimes 
daunting to me. 
Dangerous to Know did not hit me as daunting it was a long read. And I did have to concentrate through some parts but the characters drew me in. 

Megan Whitson Lee did an excellent job of spinning a tale based on real people.  The writing and detail make you feel a part of the 

I always seem to cheer for the rebel, the bad guy or the guy that is 
just haunted.  That was the character of Bromby.  He was haunted.
Isabella's character is sweet and charming. 
Is it sad to say she probably should have taken the advice and 
not look at him.  But, there was chemistry that was hard to deny.

Without giving the story/ending away I had a feeling the reader 
might be left feeling that there might just be a part 2 ending in 
a Happy Ending for all.

If you are fan of Historical or Regency novels you'll enjoy this book. 

I enjoyed reading Dangerous to Know and look forward to reading more from this author. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tied Up With Strings-Great Escapes Tour-Spotlight/Giveaway

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About the book 
An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella
Big mysteries often come in small packages…
When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?
As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?
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Love Beneath the Might Dome-i Read Book Tour Spotlight

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About the book 
Book Title: Love Beneath the Mighty Dome: Volume 1 by Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 332 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery and Suspense
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date: September 21, 2017
Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

What if you felt that Almighty God had called you personally to devote your life exclusively to His service only to discover that those in charge of your training were people not worthy of your respect? Would you stubbornly stick to your path? Would you rebel and try to change the institution from within? Would you begin to doubt yourself and your own integrity? Or would you question whether the institution itself was actually what its founder, Jesus of Nazareth, had intended so many hundreds of generations before you?

Turn the pages of Love Beneath the Mighty Dome and discover what happens to those confronted by just this dilemma, how it affects their lives, their ability to function, their ability to love.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tempting Beat by Brooklyn Ann-Goddess Fish Promotions


About the book 

Bleeding Vengeance’s drummer, Roderick Powell knows he’s a sod for feeling glum, especially after moving into a beautiful new home in a smart Denver suburb. But all his mates are partnered or married, and dreadfully happy. It’s enough to make a rockstar rethink his options. And even though his sexy neighbor has given him the brush-off, he’s decided to have another go – at this point he has nothing left to lose, apart from his heart.


Gwen Mason’s romantic past has been bumpier than most – twice divorced by thirty, she’s had enough of broken promises. An ER nurse who keeps a brutal schedule, she’s happy to become known as the neighborhood crazy cat lady. But…the most delicious man has moved next door. He’s British, he’s famous, he’s a rockstar. And, hard as she tries, Gwen can't keep Rod Powell from breaking all her rules, and suddenly she sees a future she never believed possible.

And I am thinking
I got into this tour at the last minute and I am still turning the pages. 
So far I am loving this romance.  
Updated...turned the last page.
Tempting Beat is filled with some great characters especially 
Rod and Gwen.  I am fascinated with Rod.  His character is from English nobility.  But he put all that aside and came to the U.S. to be a drummer for a heavy metal bad. 
The locale is Denver, Colorado.  The bad members have chosen Denver as a place to set down roots.  A place that is convenient and legal for some of the leisure things the like to do. 
Rod is interesting because he likes to restore old cars.  He gets into a conflict with the cities council when they try to get him to get rid of his cars.  
Gwen is just a sweet character that has been through a lot of heart break. 
As I turn the pages I am rooting for them to get together in the end. 
That makes a good great romance!
I enjoyed the Rod-Gwen romance.  I enjoyed Rod's band mates
and their characters. 

Gwen struggles with 'really' believing that Rod is really into her because she is stuck on the age difference (she is older). 

Rod has some struggles with neighbor council and then ends up 
in jail for a night when ICE shows up and his 'mates' wedding. 

The author gives us a sweet romance and ties up the relationship 

What I didn't particularly care for was how the author tied-up the 
conflict that Rod was having with some of the neighbors.  The 
story went from Romance to just a weird ending when two of the neighbors are unexpectedly killed in a really strange way.  It just didn't make sense to me and kind of took away from everything that I liked about the storyline.  

I did really enjoy this book and would be interested to read more in the series.   Tempting Beat is book 6 in the Hearts of Metal series. 
It is written as a stand alone and was very easy to get into.  No need to read the series in order but I think the characters are so interesting I would like to read more.  

Cautions for the reader there are some bedrooms scenes.  There are some scenes where the characters are doing drugs.  

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