Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge-New Hobby I'm trying

Today’s topic is: 

New Hobby I’m trying (or want to try)

Today I'll share my newest Hobby.  I have waaay too many.  
My creative side isn't normally shared here so I am glad this is today's topic.  This is my first time joining this challenge!

My newest Hobby is making Junk Journals and paper crafting. 
I actually spend more time looking at and thinking about Junk Journals than actually making but maybe some day. 
Tag I made for a Vintage Button Challenge

Last fall I found some groups on Facebook and I love the creative 
challenges and support I have found with these great people!  

Another tag with burlap, lace, fabric and a paper doiley

I love this new hobby.  It keeps me busy when I'm not reading!

Linking today with Long And Short Reviews
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Love Is In The Air Tour-Feat. The Cowboy's Christmas Baby by Cathy McDavid-Author Interview

The Cowboy's Christmas Baby: A Clean Romance (The Sweetheart Ranch Book 3) by [McDavid, Cathy]

Hello Cathy welcome to the blog.  I am so excited to chat and talk about your books.

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be here. Thank you, Sherry, for the invitation.

As promised some fun and simple questions to get started!

Do you like boxed Valentine Candy?

Why limit ourselves to Valentine’s Day? I think I just finished off a box caramel and pecan turtles hubby bought for the holidays.

Are you a nuts in your chocolate girl or just plain ‘ole chocolate?

Nuts. As you can tell from my answer above ☺ That said, I will take chocolate in almost any form.

Favorite flowers to receive on Valentines Day?

I’m a sucker for any flowers, but I do like roses. It’s not just that they’re pretty, I love the way they smell.

Favorite drink/snack you enjoy when you read a romance?

Coffee. Which is also my favorite beverage for writing and watching TV at night and breakfast and socializing with friends. Okay, upon reading that, I realize that, with the sole exception of writing, you could substitute wine in place of coffee in every instance. What does that say about me? (hee, hee)

If you could go anywhere in the world for a Romantic vacation  where would you go?

Hubby and I are traveling to Montreal this summer. I’m hoping that will be a romantic trip, especially when we visit the French Quarter. Another romantic place I’d love to go with him is on one of those European Viking cruises. The commercials make it look so wonderful. Maybe some day.

Favorite movie romantic couple?

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. A close second is...oops, wait. Nope, Sandra and Keanu are my favorite.

What is your favorite romantic movie?
The Lake House because, you know, Sandra and Keanu star in it.

Let’s talk about your books.  For the new readers can you tell us a little about your books?

I’ve been writing contemporary westerns for Harlequin since 2005. I started with their American line, which became Western. When that line closed a few years ago, I switched to Heartwarming.  When I first started with Heartwarming, I admit I wasn’t sure I’d be as happy with that line as I was with Western. Turns out, I am. I truly love the books I’ve done for Heartwarming and think they’re some of my best.

I’ve dipped my toe in the independent publishing pool as well and released a few works. Mostly novellas and short stories. And in case you were wondering, the novellas are westerns. Gotta have my cowboys!

Of all the books you’ve written could you tell is if you have a favorite?  A favorite couple?

My all time favorite book is The Gate to Eden, a western historical originally published by Dorchester back 2006. It was what authors call a book of the heart. I wrote it during a difficult time in my life (deaths of two family members three months apart) and was told the odds of selling it were next to null. The story spoke to me, however, and I just had to write it. So glad I did. It was my first sale to a big publisher and the first book of mine to be in bookstores. FYI, if anyone is interested, I obtained the rights back and republished the book, adding some new scenes. It’s available in audio, too — free if you have an Audible subscription.

My favorite couple is from my recent Harlequin Heartwarming, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby. These two people are in a nearly impossible situation. Whichever way they turn, someone is going to get hurt, especially the other person. I still can’t believe I managed to find a path to their happily-ever-after. My May 2020 release, Her Cowboy Sweetheart, is a close second. It’s a friends to lovers story with two people totally deserving of finding love.

Okay, yes, you can see I really do like writing for Heartwarming!

Which book was the easiest to write and why?

Some books have been easy to write (like The Gate to Eden) and other have been really difficult. It all depends on the story conflict and how my life is going at the moment. My recent novella The Magic of Mistletoe was very much a pleasure to write. I gave the heroine a darling little boy and the hero a wonderful horse. They both stole every scene they were in.

Just in case the readers are being introduced to you today which book or series would you recommend starting?

Well, I can’t wait for my newest series to be released, Wishing Well Springs. But the first book won’t be out until November 2020. I’d suggest starting with my latest series, Sweetheart Ranch. Any of those books are good, but The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby is the best, in my opinion. And even those I write series, all my books can be read independently.

Let’s chat a bit about writing.  Do you have a favorite place to write?

Mostly, I write in my office at the computer. Yes, dull. Sometimes for a change of pace I write at a coffee shop (of course, coffee) or at the library. I edit all over the house. In front of the TV. In bed. At the breakfast bar or dining room table. Sitting on the patio. This is because I don’t like editing at the computer prefer to print out my pages.

Do you have a little furry friend that helps you write or keeps you company?

I have three — all rescues — and my cat Ozzy has his own regular column in my newsletter. He utterly devoted to me and always nearby. In fact, he’s sleeping next to my computer as I’m typing this. Also always nearby is my dog Nacho, who happens to be special needs, although he thinks his just plain special. He’s sleeping on the futon in my office, his usual place of choice while I work. Lastly is Sushi. We got her at the pound and, as an older cat, saved her from almost certain death. She’s less interested in being part of my writing life and hangs out more with the hubby. It’s only fair he should have his own furry friend.

And one last one you already told us your dream vacation location.  What is your dream location to while away the days writing?

If I had endless supply of money, I’d own a house in the mountains and one at the beach. I can’t imagine two better places to write. Of course, I’d have to take the pets along. Oh, and hubby. Sure. Right. Him, too.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope we can get together again soon to chat up your titles!

Meet Cathy

As a sophomore in high school, NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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The Nutcracker Co cy by Lauren Carr-I Read Book Tours-Review/Giveaway

The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr

Book Title:  The Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi, epub, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:Jan 20 to February 28, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

About the book 
Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:


And I thought
Grab your snacks. 
 Put the cat/dog out.  
Send hubby somewhere to entertain himself.  
Beware don't start at bedtime!

Get ready for a page turning ride that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Lauren Carr does it again giving us a fast past thrilling ride.  That will knock your socks off.  Or maybe knock you right out of your stiletto's!  

If your a fan of The Thorny Rose series you'll want to snatch this one up.  If your not.  You don't know what your missing!

The main characters Jessica Faraday Thornton and her husband husband Murphy are the main characters in this series.  

Another main character is Jessica's brother Tristen and their virtual Butler Nigel that runs the homes security and a few other tecky things that helps solve the mysteries and keep everyone safe when the bad guys come calling.  

One of the things I like best about Lauren Carr's series is how they cross over.  In The Nutcracker Conspiracy Jessica's father Mac 
Faraday (The Mac Faraday Mysteries) and his wife Archie make a cameo appearance when they drop off Mac's dog Gnarly on their way out of town.  Gnarly is the mayor of Spencer who gets into a few little scraps because he is a bit of a klepto.  But Gnarly is a hero too.  He helps his humans solve crimes and he even catches a few bad guys himself.  

The Nutcracker Conspiracy is super fast paced filled with suspense and a staggering amount of crime.  All told in a believe able yet clean book that has no bedroom scenes and no bad language.  

If your a fan of suspense.  You'll want to check this one out.  

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will be posted on Amazon and Good Reads. 
The Nutcracker Conspiracy will be promoted on social media and featured at My Journey Back-The-Journey Back blog. 

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Glitter,Glam And Contraband by Heather Weidner-Great Escapes Tour with Giveaway

About the book 
Private investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in Glitter, Glam and Contraband. In this fast-paced mystery, the Falcon Investigations team is hired to find out who is stealing from the talent at a local drag show. Delanie gets more than she bargains for and a few makeup tips in the process. Meanwhile, a mysterious sound in the ceiling of her office vexes Delanie. She uses her sleuthing skills to track down the source and uncover a creepy contraband operation.
Glitter, Glam, and Contraband features a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations like helping sleezy strip club owner, Chaz Smith on his quest to become Richmond’s next mayor, tracking down missing reptiles, and uncovering hidden valuables from a 100-year-old crime with a Poe connection.
And others are saying 
Full of action and humor, Heather Weidner delivers another enjoyable story.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Using a drag show and a strip club as settings in a cozy mystery was innovative. I liked that the cases were wrapped up in different times in the book—rather than waiting to the end of the book for all the mysteries’ solutions.
~Diane Reviews Books
Glitter Glam & Contraband by Heather Leigh Weidner gets my rating of four stars as it was highly entertaining. I loved this type of mystery, and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
~Baroness’ Book Trove Bulletin
Both Delanie and Duncan are wonderful characters. They are vivid, full of depth, and a joy to read. Their supporting cast adds a terrific balance to the story … I could totally see binging this as a television show. I will have to settle for reading the books over and over.
~I Read What You Write
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Silenced In Sequins by Debra Sennefelder-Book Spotlight-Great Escapes Tour/Giveaway

About the book 
Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .
With her bottom line looking a little threadbare, Kelly is going all out to promote the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. She’s counting on Black Friday to recover her start-up expenses—including a website and an advertising blitz. But the publicity is overkill when two warring divas, and one sparkly evening dress, thrust Kelly and her fledgling business into a scandal she can’t afford.
The gorgeous garment came to Kelly from the walk-in closets of Wendy Johnson, one of reality TV’s Long Island Ladies. When Wendy’s former co-star, Diana Delacourte, graces a Christmas gala in the dress that was once her rival’s, a very public catfight ensues. But is Wendy to blame when sequin-clad Diana turns up dead? Dodging the show’s ever-present cameras—and a detective’s stern warnings—Kelly hunts for a killer before the powerful celebrity-suspect makes good on her threats and rips her to shreds . . .
And others are saying 
Debra writes mysteries with a touch of quirky and this is what makes her one of my favourite authors.
~The Book Decoder
. . . a great mystery full of good clothes and multi-layered characters. Makes a great read for fans of cozies and fashion.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
The mystery was well crafted with a variety of suspects with believable motives. Ms. Sennefelder fills this story with twist after twist . . .
~Escape ith Dollycas Into A Good Book
The mystery itself kept me guessing until the end . . . Kelly manages to find herself in the thick of things until the bitter end and is lucky that she didn’t end up dead herself…but not for lack of trying on the killer’s part.
~Storeybook Reviews
Silenced in Sequins by Debra Sennefelder is an entertaining read that will keep you guessing from the first moment you open the book.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
SILENCED IN SEQUINS brings together guilty pleasures, lifestyles of the rich and wanna be famous, and murder in a charming mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Lots of complications and obstacles, possibly a love interest, and a good mix of tension.
~Christa Reads and Writes
The mystery is laid out fabulously with lots of suspects and the occasional red herring. I was sure someone else was the big bad, though honestly there was plenty to see in retrospect. I love that!
~I Read What You Write
The reality television angle was fun and added some humour, some nastiness and some food for thought. There are both likeable and unlikeable characters that add to the plot.
~Carla Loves To Read
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney-Great Escapes Tour

About the book
Welcome to the first in the Apron Shop mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, set in the quaint village of Blueberry Cove, Maine where an expert seamstress turned amateur sleuth is getting measured for murder. . .
Iris Buckley is sew ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help out her widowed grandmother, Anne—and bring her online hand-made apron designs to real-time retail life. Her and Anne’s shop, Ruffles & Bows, is set to include all the latest and vintage linen fashions, a studio for sewing groups and classes, and a friendly orange cat. The only thing that they were not planning to have on the property? A skeleton in the basement
Anne recognizes the remains of an old friend, and when a second body shows up in the apron shop—this time their corrupt landlord, whom Anne had been feuding with for decades—she becomes a prime suspect. Now, it’s up to Iris to help clear her name. Enlisting the help of her old high-school crush Ian Stewart who, like certain fabrics, has only gotten better-looking with age and her plucky BFF Madison Morris, Iris must piece together an investigation to find out who the real killer is. . .and find a way to keep her brand-new business from being scrapped in the process.

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And I thought
I was taken in by the cover.  And then I read about the locale in the synopsis and I knew I would be turning the pages.
And I did.
I love the characters.  
This was a fun read for me.  I may be bias (ed) That is actually a sewing term.  Did you know?  For me that Iris ran on on-line shop was near and dear to my heart.  Anne's shop was near and dear to me also. 
I wish places like this still exist.  Do they? If you know of any let me know! 
Hems & Homicide turned out to be a page turner that I could not put down. 
If you love a good Cozy Mystery check out this new series!

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retails sites and Good Reads. 
Hems & Homicide and my review will be featured on social media. 

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Bound For Murder by Victoria Gilbert-Great Escapes Tours

About the book
Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn’t all peace and love among the “flower children” when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune.
Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber’s friend “Sunny” Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate’s closet. Sunny’s grandparents ran a commune back in the 1960s on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges when human remains are found in their fields–and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental.
With Sunny’s mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says “not yet” to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend’s family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can’t find whoever killed these “flower children,” someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave.
And others are saying 
Victoria Gilbert writes entrancing and engrossing stories that pull you win and leave you wanting more!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Bound for Murder is the fourth book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. I’ve read them all and they just keep getting better. Maybe it is because the characters feel like old friends.
~Diane Reviews Books
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