Friday, September 20, 2019

1st LIne Friday-Feat.-The Garden Club Murder by Amy Patricia Meade-A Great Escapes Tour

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Today I am Featuring 

I've already finished this one and loved it (my reviews posts next week)  I think you'll love it too.  

Here's the first few lines. . . 
'Good Lord!"  Jules Jefferson Davis exclaimed. . . 'It's like The Stepford Wives meets Cocoon.'

And on about page 56 . . .
The end of chapter 4 . . . 
'Because,' Tish nearly sang, 'I already told you. I don't want to get involved with the investigation.'

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg-I Read Book Tours-Review/Author Interview/Giveaway

The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg

About the book 
A terrorist bombing in Bergama, Turkey kills twenty-three people including three children. Modern Bergama is built on the site of ancient Pergamon, a city whose art and wealth and culture rivaled Athens. It was also the home of the Aesklepion, the world’s greatest healing center, and the birthplace of Galen, the Roman Empire’s most famous doctor.

Tuğçe Iskan, a Turkish Ministry investigator, finds evidence that links the terrorism to a powerful criminal family and to Galen’s life and Pergamon’s lost treasures. But Iskan is alone, an outcast in the Ministry because she is honest, diligent, and a woman.

As Iskan delves more deeply into the heinous attack, she needs allies outside the Ministry. She must turn to Özlem Boroğlu, a local archeologist, and Boroğlu’s daughter Elif, an artist with an affinity for ancient Aegean goddesses. Can these three women defeat ISIL terrorists, criminal oligarchs, and corrupt officials? Can they even survive?

And others are saying 
"Amberg...shines at creating distinctive characters. Elif and others, for example, conduct a ritual to remember lost lives, which is a striking contrast to others who use the "Bergama Bombing" to boost their political careers. Moreover, Amberg deftly shows how viewing unfamiliar cultures as exotic can be insensitive; Özlem confronts a crass British photographer who thinks nothing of snapping pictures of praying mourners... A large, memorable cast augments this dramatic mystery/thriller." --Kirkus Reviews

"Keep[s] readers on their toes. With its powerful blend of Turkish cultural explorations, international intrigue, a treasure hunt, historical references, and characters who hold their own special interests close to their hearts, The Healer's Daughters is an exceptional thriller that proves hard to put down." --Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"All the elements [of] a compelling thriller--international terrorism; a greedy, powerful and ruthless criminal family; a group of inept, corrupt and "bought" government officials; a secret, elite, and clean anti-terror department of the said, corrupt government; and a principled, high-minded academic who will stop at nothing to ensure her country's past and valuable heritage is preserved for the ages." --Grant Leishman, Readers' Favorite

"Drama, pressure, and tensions mount in a plot with great descriptive writing and scene setting.... A glimpse into different cultures, beliefs, and economies [and an] adventure filled with fear, danger, and discovery." --K.J. Simmill, Readers' Favorite
And I thought
A thrilling ride that is hard to put down. The Healer's Daughters 
is filled with lots a lover of books can enjoy.  There is suspense and danger,drama and much more.  It is interesting because of it's setting and just might give the reader a glimpse into a culture that is somewhat foreign.  

The main characters and their heart and strength pull you into the story and keep you interested through the twists and turns and the 

If you enjoy a good thriller.  Check this one out. 

I received a complimentary copy. 
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An Interview wit the author . . . 

Q: Do you like chocolate?

A: I am a serious fan of dark chocolate. My current addiction is TCHO 70% Cacao (“with rich chocolatey notes”).

Q: Where do you write?

A: Over the years, I have gradually become able to write almost any place. I do, though, have a favorite place—Guanajuato, Mexico. Almost every year, I run away from my home in Chicago to GTO because I am able there to turn off all the clocks and to eat a lot of sunlight, neither of which I can do regularly in the American Midwest. I can write within each day.

Q: Do you write every day?

A: When I’m in writing mode, I need to write every day. If I let the work go for even one day, I run the risk of losing the story’s momentum. I used to have to write early in the morning before the normal diurnal chaos of my life intruded, but I have gradually become able to write at other times. I’m still, though, impelled to work every day.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. When I was in graduate school, I wrote a piece for The English Journal about the history of my writing from first grade through the beginning of college. The early doggerel was especially painful to revisit, but the piece did provide evidence that I was always writing.

Q: Do you experience writer’s block?

A: I’ve never experienced writer’s block for an extended period, but I have intermittently gotten stuck. I find that a long walk, a ramble, works wonders. My unconscious (and, for that matter, my conscious mind) works better on the problem if I’m outside wandering around.

Q: What advice do you have for young writers?

A: Two thoughts: 1. Write. A writer writes. That’s what a writer does. Write every day. Sit down to the task even when it’s not going well. 2. Read. Read voraciously! Not just the classics. Not trash, but everything else. You really will learn as if by osmosis.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Flair For Flip-Flps by Deborah Garner-Beck Vally Tour-Review

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A vacation on the Southern California coast promises rest and relaxation for flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer and her mischievous Yorkie, Coco. But when the body of a heartthrob celebrity washes up on the beach outside her luxury hotel suite, Sadie's fun-in-the-sun soon turns into sleuthing-with-the-stars.

The resort's wine and appetizer gatherings, suspicious behavior of hotel guests, and casual strolls along the beach boardwalk may provide clues, but will they be enough to discover who the killer is?

Or will mystery and mayhem leave a Hollywood scandal unsolved?

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And I thought 
I felt like I was on vacation.  Deborah Garner took this reader right into the story with great narratives and descriptions!
This was my first chance to meet Sadie Kramer and Coco and what a delight it was!  I have the remaining part of the series on my TBR list!
Sadie is fun and charming and funny.  And Coco offers a few laughs as well. 
Sadie's fun in the sun doesn't last long as just a few hours into her stay a celebrity misses dinner and then washes up on the shore just outside Sadie's door.  So sleuthing begins along with a new friend staying at the resort too. 
There are some great twists and turns but the truth comes out in the end.  The who dun it is solved and Sadie and CocCo are ready for their next mystery.  

I enjoyed A Flair For Flip-Flops and look forward to reading more in the series. 
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A vacation on the Southern California coast promises rest and relaxation for flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer and her mischievous Yorkie, Coco. But when the body of a heartthrob celebrity washes up on the beach outside her luxury hotel suite, Sadie's fun-in-the-sun soon turns into sleuthing-with-the-stars.

The resort's wine and appetizer gatherings, suspicious behavior of hotel guests, and casual strolls along the beach boardwalk may provide clues, but will they be enough to discover who the killer is?

Or will mystery and mayhem leave a Hollywood scandal unsolved?

*Recipes included!

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"Deborah Garner is gifted at bringing each character to life. She adds details seamlessly, making it seem like you know these people. She presents scenarios that have you thinking you know who did it, and then in the next sentence you are second guessing yourself. And that is to say, this is a great “who done it” … it gets 2 thumbs up from me :)" - reviews Tracy Helps You

"I love the way Deborah Garner describes everything in this book, and I can't wait to read more in this series! This book literally kept me guessing until the very end." - reviews Sanity is for those without children

"Deborah Garner has created a unique and very flamboyant main character who seems to find trouble all by herself and turns into an amateur sleuth!" - reviews Miki's Hope

Above reviews from A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)

A Flair for Chardonnay (The Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)

When flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer learns the owner of Cioccolato, her favorite chocolate shop, is in trouble, she heads for the California wine country with a tote-bagged Yorkie and a slew of questions. The fourth generation Tremiato Winery promises answers, but not before a dead body turns up at the vintners’ scheduled Harvest Festival.

All four Tremiato siblings have possible motives, as well as a few peripheral acquaintances, but only one could be the guilty party. As Sadie juggles truffles, tips and turmoil, she’ll need to sort the grapes from the wrath in order to find the identity of the killer.

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A Flair for Drama (The Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 2)

When a former schoolmate invites flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer to a theatre production, she jumps at the excuse to visit the Monterey Bay area for a weekend. With quaint Carmel shops a short drive away and luxurious linens in her hotel accommodations, the excursion promises to be both entertaining and relaxing.

Plenty of action is expected on stage, but when the show's leading lady turns up dead, Sadie finds herself faced with more than one drama to follow. With both cast members and production crew as potential suspects, will Sadie and her sidekick Yorkie, Coco, be able to solve the case?

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A Flair for Beignets (The Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 3)

When Sadie Kramer heads to New Orleans with her sidekick Yorkie, Coco, her sole expectation is a spectacular vacation. With fabulous music, exquisite cuisine, and rich culture, how could a week in The Big Easy be anything less than fantastic? And it is - until a customer at popular Chez Lisette Patisserie drops dead face-first in a raspberry-almond tart.

A competitive bakery, a newly-formed friendship, and even Hotel Arnaud-LeBlanc’s luxurious accommodations offer possible suspects. As Sadie sorts through a gumbo of interconnected characters, will she discover who the killer is? Or will the killer discover her first?

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A Flair for Truffles (The Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 4)

Sadie Kramer's friendly offer to deliver three boxes of gourmet Valentines truffles for her neighbor's chocolate shop, Cioccolato, backfires when she arrives to find the intended recipient deceased. Even more intriguing is the fact that the elegant heart-shaped gifts were ordered by three different men.

With the help of one detective and the hindrance of another, Sadie will search San Francisco from the prestigious financial district to a low-life bar, to iconic Fisherman's Wharf, looking for clues. With the help of her trusted sidekick Yorkie, Coco, will Sadie manage to find out "whodunnit" before the killer finds a way to stop her?

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About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Single Dad by Noelle Adams-Release Blitz

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Single Dad (Milford College #3) by Noelle Adams is available NOW!

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Title: Office Mate
Series: Milford College #3
Author: Noelle Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: no-strings-attached; single dad


The last thing I want is to partner on a library exhibit with Max, a hot new art professor at my college, but it's part of my job as librarian so I don't have a choice. My attraction to him is intense and immediate, but I'm taking a break from dating so I can focus on myself. I don't need a distraction like Max.
He's a single father, and that's the only thing he can focus on now. He's never going to take a relationship with me seriously, no matter how much I want him to.
Single Dad is the third book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.
 Single Dad by Noelle Adams

Enjoy a fragment

I’m pretending to work on email but mostly giving myself a pep talk when there’s a tap on my half-open door.
I turn around with a practiced smile, only to freeze when I see Max standing in my doorway, dressed in tan trousers and a black Oxford with that intimate smile on his face.
It’s unseemly for a man to look that sexy. A universal injustice.
“I’m three minutes early, but surely you aren’t surprised to see me,” he says.
“Come on in. Of course I’m not surprised.”
“Then why do you look like you’ve been socked in the gut?”
“I don’t look like that.”
“How do you know? You can’t see yourself.”
I roll my eyes, my annoyance at this teasing overcoming the rush of attraction that had paralyzed me. I stand up. “Let me show you the books.”
“Ah. I’m back to being treated with cold-as-ice professionalism.” His smile is even warmer than before, so it’s clear he isn’t remotely offended.
I roll my eyes again. “I’m not treating you cold as ice.”
“It feels kind of icy to me. And here I was being nice and bringing you lunch.” He raises a bag he’s been holding that I only half noticed before.
“You brought me lunch?”
“I brought us lunch, but if you don’t want me to eat with you, I can take mine with me.”
“Why did you bring lunch?” I’m filled with another rush of pleasure.
“Because I figured I was using up your lunch break, and I thought you might be hungry. I’m a nice guy that way. You just haven’t realized it yet.”
“I know you’re a nice guy.”
“Do you?”
“Yes. I do.” I’m afraid I might be gazing at him fatuously, and he’s going to be able to see it. So I clear my throat and give myself a mental shake. “Why wouldn’t I?”
“I don’t know. Like I said before, I’m still trying to figure you out. So do you want some lunch?”
“What did you get?”
“I didn’t know what you would want, so I got two kinds of salad, three kinds of sandwiches, and some pasta salad. I’ll eat whatever you don’t want.”
I gape at him. “You’ll eat two salads and two sandwiches?”
He laughs as he pulls containers and wrapped sandwiches out of the bag. “I could, but I probably won’t. You’ll have to eat half this stuff.”
“I can’t eat half of all this. You do see the size of me, don’t you?” I’m checking the labels and getting excited at every one I see. They’re just half sandwiches, so I pick the chicken salad on sourdough and the small Greek salad.
“Yes. I see the size of you.”
My breath hitches at his shift of tone. When I lift my eyes to meet his, I’m trapped by the heat of his gaze. His eyes are running up and down me, from my loose hair to my sandals. I’m wearing a long, soft skirt today in a pretty, feminine print. It’s not a sexy outfit, but I feel that way under his possessive gaze. My whole body starts to pulse.
When I realize what I’m feeling, I wrench my eyes away from his and focus down on my food again. I sit in my desk chair with an awkward flop.
He appears in better condition than me, but he doesn’t say anything else as he takes the turkey club and the pasta salad. He hands me a napkin and utensils, and we begin to eat.
“Thank you for this,” I say, after I’ve swallowed a bite of sandwich. It’s really good.
“You’re welcome. Thanks for your help with the exhibit.”
“No problem. The books are over there.”
“Great. We can look at them after we eat.”
His suggestion makes sense since we obviously don’t want to get food all over the books I’ve collected for him. But it extends our time together longer than I was hoping.
It would be so much easier and better for my state of mind if I could get him out of here in ten minutes.
No such luck.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

A Tangle In The Vines by Anna Celeste Burke-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
The curtain may fall on the Calla Lily Players’ first season unless Lily and Austin can find a killer on the loose in California’s wine country. Torrential rains threaten to put a damper on The Calla Lily Players’ first outdoor theater production. When the ground suddenly shifts, buried secrets revealed amid the tangled vines put the spotlight on murder. As Lily and Austin dig deeper into the mystery, the drama unfolds onstage and off. The race is on to find a killer before opening night.
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And I thought
This reader was swept away in the first couple of pages.  As the mystery unfolds and the characters are introduced there really does seem to be not only torrential rains and mystery but actually a floodgate is opened of characters.  To the authors credit she does provide the reader with a cast of characters at the beginning of the book.  Which ends up being helpful as there are alot of 
characters running around.  

Although A Tangle In The Vines is presented as a stand alone this reader felt a better connection to the characters would have been established from reading book 1 Lilly's Homecoming

The main character Lily and her 'sort of' boyfriend Austin (he is a Marshall) are instantly likeable.  Along with Lily's troupe of old friends from the California days and her aunts friend Judy are all fun and colorful characters.  

Then there is the addition of Billy the young boy who shows up on the property toting his fathers gun.  When it is discovered that Billy's home is not safe he ends up with Lily and the group.  I enjoyed the way Billy numbered the Grandma's and called Lily #1 mom.  

I enjoyed the recipes at the end as my mouth was watering from the mention of all the yummy cookies they fed Billy and the police and investigators that kept showing up.  

A Tangle In The Vines was a fun read.  I can't help but say that through the middle it seemed to bog down a bit and read a little slow.  In the end everything is wrapped up, the mystery is solved and Lily and Austin become a 'real' couple.   There isn't a cliff-hanger per se but the reader is left expectantly waiting for the book 3 and the holiday play and festivities that are planned.  

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Serial Date by D V Berkom A Leine Basso Thriller-Silver Dagger Tour-Review


About the book 
A former assassin is drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past.
What happens when a reality show turns deadly?

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.

When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him... 

...and rescue her daughter.

And I thought 
Serial Date is book 2 in this fast paced mystery thriller that will keep you turning the pages to the end.  

At this writing I have read book 1, and 3 and honestly I have to say that this one was a little difficult read for me.  

But I enjoyed book 1 and I enjoyed the characters and so I keep reading past the f-bombs and the creepiness.  But what should I have expected the plot centers around a serial killer that know his business. There are mutilated bodies turning up almost at every turn.

Liene Basso thinks it's a failure routine assignment when she is asked by an old friend to just keep an eye on things at a reality t.v. show set.  But when the actresses keep showing up dead things get risky.  Then her daughter is kidnapped making it personal.  

There are a few adult scenes that also include some adult language.  This is not a book for a young adult.  

My MaMa and Jazzy Grandma would not touch this one.  

Giving it a chance and getting to the end I was glad I did.  

The Leine Basso Thriller series is a great read.  I have already read book 3 and it is the best so far.  So it is easy for me to 

They keep getting better.

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And others are saying 
"If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don't mind a few F-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you." ~ BloodWrites 

"Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful, fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end..." ~ Confessions of a Reader

"Why should you read it? In a nutshell it's a fast-paced, non-linear story with some creepy elements mashed together with a splash of romance and dark humour. What's not to like?" ~Indie eBooks