Thursday, November 30, 2017

Execution Of Justice by Patrick Dent-Book Review/Giveaway


About the book 
When three Covert Operatives are brutally murdered while investigating a human trafficker who has taken a congressman’s daughter, John Drake is called in. Driven by personal demons, he is determined to deliver his own brand of justice to this ruthless gang.
As Drake tracks the most powerful enemy he has ever faced, an already tough mission becomes nearly impossible when Drake’s assignment propels him to the fulcrum of a new World War, and a CIA plot to incite conflict between the Muslim oil countries and Israel unfolds.
Haunted by trauma from his past, Drake must ultimately confront the most terrifying identity of all – his own. Can he hunt down the most dangerous man in the world and prevent a war? Or will he become the monster he hunts?
And I thought  
I am a fan of thrillers.  I am a fan of an action packed military thriller.  Execution of Justice was a 5 star read.  If I had a print copy I would have this one in an evening.  It kept me that engaged. 
With that said  . . . 
In the beginning it was a little difficult to keep up with the plot. 
The story jumps from the Middle East as each of the operatives are caught and assassinated. 

The story jumps to John Drake as his background before ending up in the army.  Which in itself is really interesting and kept me engaged. 

Once Drakes goes to basic he is immediately noticed by his superiors.   His dad ends up pulling strings and getting John 
assigned to the Covert Operation to extract the kidnapped girl. 

John is his partner Gip who went through basic together are sent on a mission with financial support and not much else.  If the complete the mission the hero's.  If they don't likely become the 4th and 5th fatality.

Although John has some personal background that could affect his military career these same personal conflicts are what make him the soldier that he is and allows him to step up to the plate and get the job down.  

I enjoyed the ending as much as the rest of the story.   

I would like to see more of John Drake and his partner Gip.  

I received a complimentary copy from Goddess Fish Promotions.
This review will appear on retail sites where available.
This review will appear on Good Reads. 

Read An Excerpt
Outside, Drake had moved to the north side. Men occupied all eight windows, their AK-47s at the ready. By his count, there were over twenty men remaining inside the citadel. It was time for the claymores.



When Drake hit the button, the result was devastating. All the men in the windows on the north side were shredded as thousands of steel balls passed effortlessly through the heavy wooden shutters, then through the soft tissue and bones of their bodies. After the smoke and dust had settled, Drake shouldered his weapon and sprinted toward the aqueduct grating.


Gip was back at his original position, flanking the south entrance. He continued to move to and fro, rattling off automatic fire to create the illusion that he was an entire squad. Abruptly, the earth shook with a massive explosion from the north side. He was caught by surprise. His ears rang terribly. He ceased fire and low crawled his way toward the claymore switch.


Tartus' men were bustling with panic on the south side. After the enormous explosion from the north side, the firing from the rocks had stopped.The northern entrance had obviously been compromised. After much shouting, the men outside stopped their wild firing, eventually realizing they were shooting at no targets.

Gip peeked out and saw heads or silhouettes occupying all the southern windows, rifle barrels waving back and forth across the rock formations. Although he couldn't see them, he guessed there were at least six more men hiding outside among the rocks.


Bracing himself against the sound, he fired the claymores. Again, concussion rocked the night. Body parts were strewn about the compound, falling to the ground with a sickening, wet sound. A preternatural silence followed the explosion. No gunshots, no birds, no insects, no voices; merely the ringing in his ears. Everything outside the citadel was dead.

Gip estimated about a dozen bodies in the south compound. He didn't know how many Drake had gotten on the north side, but with luck he had gotten at least the men in the windows. That left the four snipers on the roof, plus between two and five inside, plus Tartus.



Gip checked his watch. Drake would be in the aqueduct soon. It was time for phase two. 

Visit the tour

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder by Mary Cunningham-Great Escapes Tour


About the book 
Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work!
But is Ruby a murderer?
Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect.
Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manual Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.
In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy.
And others are saying 
. an enjoyable escape read and sets things up for potential continuation.
~Laura’s Interests
. . . a comical investigation that introduces us to some crazy characters that really keep the story flowing.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
And I thought
Gosh as of today book 1 isn't even released and I am ready for book 2.  You will be too!  As the last page is turned you'll be 
antsy with anticipation to read more Andi.

Andi is a charming and delightful character even though she isn't such a great sleuth or travel agent. 

She is honest and trustworthy and takes care of those she loves 
or tolerates. 

As in the relationship with her step mother who drags her down to Mexico after she gets accused of murder.  All isn't a loss though because the Mexican law man isn't too bad to look at!  And a little romance begins to bloom.  

What's a girl to do?  Move to Mexico?  We can only wait to see how all that unravels in book 2.  

As Andi follows leads and clues to save Ruby her step mom she winds up in Vegas and gets herself in a fix.  

All the mayhem that follows is a fun and funny read!  

I loved my introduction to Andi and her friends.  

I got a chance to interview the author how shared a little more about how the series began and what might be in the future.  Check out the interview below.

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
This review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

Author interview
Welcome Mary. I am delighted to have you visit the blog!

Thanks for hosting me!

You must be so excited to have Margaritas Mayhem and Murder completed and ready to release on November 30th!

 Excited is an understatement! The writing, editing, and publishing experience (Imajin Books) has been, not only exciting, but very rewarding.

I notice you have a wonderful children’s book series.

I’m so proud of the Cynthia’s Attic series. It’s based on a recurring dream I had for almost twenty years about a mysterious attic. After repeating the dream one morning, I realized it took place in the home of my children friend, Cynthia. Let the writing begin! I’ve loved time-travel from the time I could read, so the chance to combine family stories, ancestors, and a little fantasy, was the ideal writing experience. Besides the friendship between the two main characters, Cynthia and Gus (Augusta Lee (but, don’t call her that unless you want a kick in the shins), the bond that’s formed with their grandmothers is one I wish I had nurtured when my grandmothers were alive. Family tales and ancestors are scattered throughout the five books.

Is this your first tour with Lori at Great Escapes?

Yes, this is my first with Lori and the experience has been amazing. Cozy mystery author, Nancy J. Cohen (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) highly recommended Great Escapes! She wasn’t wrong.


What is your favorite part of the tour? (interviews, quest post etc.)

I love it all! The most challenging are the character interviews. Although I wrote an entire book about travel agent/amateur sleuth, Andi Anna Jones, to get inside her head to pull out her thoughts about the story, her career, and her adventures, was a daunting task.


Before we get into the new book I have a few fun questions.  At least I hope they are fun!

Ask away!

Do you have any little guilty pleasures that you indulge in when you writing?

Dark Chocolate! When I’m dragging a little, or encountering writer’s block, nothing beats a small piece (or three) of dark chocolate and salty caramel.

Which is more intriguing as a place to write?   A private island?  A cabin in the woods?
The busy city?    Have you ever written in any of these places?

I’ve done a small bit of writing in a cabin in the woods, and would love to do more. While I do love water, being a Pisces, I suppose my ideal location would be a cabin in the woods beside a lake.

Can you tell a little bit of the behind the scenes in the new series.  How you came up with
your main character and a little about her?

Did you ever wish you could take a horrifying job experience and turn it into something positive? My main character, Andi Anna Jones, and the series, is my way of coming to terms with a short-lived career as a travel agent. Oh, yes, I was truly awful, and often wished I could disappear into the life of a fictional confident, efficient protagonist who could think on her feet. Unfortunately, my crowning achievement was pretending to be as invisible as possible when customers walked through the door. Although I went on to teach travel and the airline computer reservation system with much more success, my time as an agent haunted me! Andi is my alter-ego, in a way, and she allows me to tell my story, laugh at all the mishaps, and heal from the experience. 

 If you were to have a little time for a chit chat and maybe a little dinner or a drink with one of the cast who would you choose and what would eat or drink?

Oh, definitely Sheriff Manual Rodriquez! Wouldn’t you? Of course we’d start with margaritas on the rocks, salty rim. Maybe a nice Mexican shrimp cocktail, then the restaurant “special” as long as it didn’t include fried armadillo. Of course I’d never turn down music and dancing to a Mariachi band; then, who knows?

I couldn’t help but notice in the description about Andi meeting a handsome Mexican policeman.
Does anything come out of their meeting? Is he or will he be a central character in the series?

Speaking of Sheriff Manny Rodriquez! Ha! He may not be in the next book, but I’m trying to decided when/if he’ll return. I’m just not sure, at this point, how settled Andi wants to be. While she envies her sister Georgia’s marriage and motherhood (4 kids!), she also fights against it and treasures her independence. Andi is a complicated woman.

I know you’re busy working on that second book but I have one more fun question!

You got the call Margaritas Mayhem and Murder is going to be made into a movie.  And you get to cast the main characters!  Who would you choose?

Oh, great question! Maybe Emma Stone or Bryce Dallas Howard as Andi. Annie Potts would be the perfect stepmother, Ruby! Javier Bardem might make a gorgeous Sheriff Manny. As to the ambulance-chasing lawyer, Bert, maybe your readers can give me some ideas. I’m stumped! Andi has a love/hate relationship with him.

This has been so fun!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.

No, thank YOU!

Congratulations on the new book and series!

Thanks for hosting me and the book!

Thanks so much for chatting today.  I hope you have a Great tour!


I hope your readers enjoy the interview and will be excited to read the first book in the Andi Anna Jones Series! After all, Book # 2 is already in process!

Buy the book 

Visit the tour 
To read more reviews, guest posts, character and author interviews visit the tour. 
Click here
Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deadly Choices by Karen Randau- Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour


About the book 
An engaging ex-con. An arrow in an elderly woman’s chest. A slain investigative reporter. Karen Randau brings back Rita and Cliff as innocent bystanders to a secret worth killing for in Deadly Choices: Book Three of the Rim Country Mystery series.
An elderly woman stumbles into their campsite as Rita, Cliff, and Rita’s long-lost mother enjoy s’mores and folk music around the campfire. Things get interesting when Rita’s mother falls for the key suspect, Rita’s old friend and mentor. Rita discovers her mother isn’t the woman she thought she was, and her dear friend has forced her into hiding.


Murder and decades of someone else’s bad choices — this isn’t your average motherly visit!
And I thought 
Not just a page turner!  It will grab you at page one.  You'll be
hanging on for dear life!

Deadly Choices is a smoothly written thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who the villain is. 

There are a lot of options to choose from!  Among the suspects is the antique shop employee, the German antique buyer and his daughter, the victim's girlfriend (who turns out to be leading a double life and even Rita's rancher friend Robert. 

As Rita and her detective husband search for clues Rita's mom 
Willow joins in to clear Robert's good name after they become smitten with each other.  

There is a bit of a rocky road for Rita as she investigates from being kidnapped to narrowly escaping being blown to smithereens by a bomb that takes out one of the suspects.  

Deadly Choices is book 3 in the series.  It is written as a stand alone installment. 

 I enjoyed the dynamics between Rita and her husband Cliff so much that I would really like to read the first two books.  (see info below on the series)  I expect Willow and Robert I will be a permanent part of the cast in future installments.

If your a fan of suspense you'll enjoy this thrilling twisty story. 
You'll be kept guessing!  

This was a great story/plot for any age with no language, graphic romantic or crime scenes.

I received a complimentary copy.
This review will appear on Amazon, Good Reads

Available

New Release-Marked For Death by JC Valentine


About the book
Leading a nomadic life, I’ve been on the run from my rich ex-husband for years. I’ve learned every trick in the book, staying one step ahead of him and his trackers. He’s taken everything from me, and despite everything, I’ve managed to carve out a life. But he’s getting close again. It’s time to hit the road, to start over…but it looks like the universe has other plans.
Ryder
As Sargent at Arms, stalking the crazy man trying to kill my MC brothers is part of my job description. Protecting the club is what I live for. Unfortunately, today I’m the loser in our never ending game of cat and mouse. The last thing I remember before waking up in the emergency room is staring up at the sky while bleeding out onto the cold, hard pavement. Then the pretty nurse walks in and turns my world sideways, and those soft hands know just how to handle a big, angry biker like me. With a psycho on my tail, the stakes couldn’t be higher. I know I should walk away, but self-preservation has never been much of a strong suit. As my enemy closes in, I’ve got no gun, three bullet holes, and absolutely zero patience left. The question is, who will be the one to sign my death warrant—the crazy-ass biker who’s gunning for me…or the sexy-as-sin nurse.

Buy the book 

Giveaway

Click here to enter the giveaway

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday-Feat. Of Murder And Men by Lynn Calhoon


http://thepurplebooker.com

My Teaser

Trust.  It was a hard word to put into practice.  Especially when you applied it to humans, who-with the little thing called free will-didn't seem to worry about breaking promises. . .

Come back by on the 7th to read my review.  Or go ahead and buy it now . . . 




Visit the tour to read reviews  or enter the Giveaway 

Linkin with
http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.rosecityreader.com/


Monday, November 27, 2017

Etched In Tears-Book Review-Great Escapes Tours


About the book
When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer’s cover.
Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah’s first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis’s return home has her reflecting on the past—a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father’s records sheds new light on Dennis’s history, but it seems his present life wasn’t so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it’s up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.
What others are saying 
I especially love Jacob and what he offers to everyone. He’s come out of his shell with each book he’s overcome so much and does so much to be part of Savannah’s group!!
~Community Bookstop
Etched in Tears is another well written book with many twists and turns, leading to an enjoyable, yet heart-breaking, read. This book felt a bit more emotionally heavy than the others in the series, yet it is still Cheryl Hollon at her best, delivering a wonderfully crafted cozy mystery.
~The Montana Bookaholic
I really enjoy the wide range of character personalities. Jacob and Suzy are the real stars of this story. His ongoing development shows Cheryl’s true depth of character development in a way that few authors truly embrace.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Savannah and Edward and all the other characters in these books. They’re well-rounded, developed, complex characters who are just a lot of fun.
~Valerie’s Musings

I especially love Jacob and what he offers to everyone. He’s come out of his shell with each book he’s overcome so much and does so much to be part of Savannah’s group!!
~Community Bookstop
Etched in Tears is another well written book with many twists and turns, leading to an enjoyable, yet heart-breaking, read. This book felt a bit more emotionally heavy than the others in the series, yet it is still Cheryl Hollon at her best, delivering a wonderfully crafted cozy mystery.
~The Montana Bookaholic
I really enjoy the wide range of character personalities. Jacob and Suzy are the real stars of this story. His ongoing development shows Cheryl’s true depth of character development in a way that few authors truly embrace.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Savannah and Edward and all the other characters in these books. They’re well-rounded, developed, complex characters who are just a lot of fun.
~Valerie’s Musings
And I thought
Covers 'Get Me'.  I either love them, like them or question them. 
This one fell in the Question Them category. 
I was left wondering exactly what is this book about? I was intrigued with the series title. 
Since the cover gave me no clues my curiosity was aroused and I quickly began turning the pages. 
It didn't take long for me to realize that I really wanted to read the previous installments.  
The characters and their back stories had me and they weren't letting go.  
I enjoyed the characters and the plot.   This is one that I really wished I had received a print copy.  (I've signed up for the Giveaway).  A print copy is much easier to thumb back a few pages if you get a little confused or lost in the plot.  There are a lot of characters to get acquainted with.  

Etched In Tears is was a fast paced and twisty ride.  
I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.

This review will appear on the retail sites where available 
and on Good Reads. 

Buy the book 

This book will also available at Target and WalMart.

Visit the tour
Wanna read all the reviews?  Visit the tour to read more reviews, interviews and guest posts.
Click Here
Enter the giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, November 24, 2017

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway


About the book 
On the fourth day of Christmas,
In Mercy, Mississippi….
Four suspects lying,
Three sleuths a sleuthing
Two clues a hiding
And a very, very dead body.
It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.
For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?
But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.
Character interview 
Hello Miss Edna!  Welcome to the blog.
Hello there, young lady. I'm mighty glad to be here. Thank you for the invitation.

Have you ever visited a blog before?
I'm not right sure what a blog is, but I say never be scared to try new things!

I am sure you have a bunch of stories to tell us.  How long have you lived in Mercy?
Why I was born right here in this house. Back in nineteen and thirty-two. A midwife delivered me. You know, now that I think on it, it was one of those Mitchell women. You know they had a midwife in every generation of that family. Tragic what happened to them. This town has all kinds of stories, not all of them nice....if you know what I mean.

Oh it does seem like such a quaint town.  I would love to visit.   What
is your favorite place in town?
My front porch! I can sit right here in my rocker and see most of what happens right from the comfort of my own home since I'm right on the town square. This house is one of the first built in Mercy. And if I get hungry or thirsty I always have food and drink in the house. You should come sit a spell some time.


I loved meeting Lily Gayle and all your other friends when all the drama happened and poor Lux was murdered.  Oh my goodness.  I am sure you all just were hoping for a little peace and quiet around town.
I feel just terrible about Luxen. I loved him all my life. And it turns out he loved me, too. Sad how people hurt the ones they love in the name of protecting them. I sure did hope after that happened that we'd get a little time to recover and to celebrate the holiday season. 

I love Christmas.  Do you?   I bet Christmas is your favorite holiday since you
make such a special Christmas punch.  Is it?
Oh my! I've loved Christmas since I was a little child. Back then we'd go caroling around to all the houses and there was a great big tree on the courthouse lawn that got decorated so that everyone in town could enjoy it. We'd have little gifts tied to the branches too. If you wanted to surprise someone who maybe couldn't afford to exchange gifts, you could just tie your little package on the tree with their name attached and they'd get it. I can tell you that was one of my favorite traditions from my childhood. That old tree died years ago and no one planted another one, so we don't do that tradition anymore. 

Have you been making it a long time?  Have you ever spiked it for a little extra kick maybe for a New Years party?
Oh, Honey! I've been making that punch my whole life. My Daddy taught me the recipe when I was just a tiny girl. It has a special ingredient that used to be a lot easier to come by....even if the reveneuers didn't much like it. I reckon a young girl like yourself never heard of a reveneuer. That's what we called the government men back in the old days who came looking for home brew stills and busted them up. Some of the boys around here had a fine time tricking those old reveneuers. But nowadays, I get mine from an old friend whose name I won't mention. Even though the reveneuers are long gone, there's still consequences to making shine.


I heard about your little visit to the jail house.    I cannot imagine how
It must have felt.  Can you share your experience with us?
Ben Carter called me and asked me to come to his office and I thought I was going in there to answer some questions about things at the Christmas party. I was there for a lot of it and I saw some things that I thought he;d want to know about. And I let him know about the castor oil in Tom Hammond's punch as a joke, but Ben didn't thing it was funny. Imagine my surprise when he told me I was under arrest! Me! One of the most respected ladies in this town! I was struggling to my feet, since I'm not as spry as I used to be, when he pulled a black plastic bracelet out of his desk drawer and told me I would have to wear if I didn't want to sit in jail. I sure let him know there was no way he was putting that bracelet on me. My word is my bond and he would have to settle for that.

I just imagine that Ben Carter is probably on your ‘list’.  Are you still annoyed with his little high handed Sheriff acting?
 I have never in my life been treated with such disrespect! I just know his poor Mama is turning in her grave that a son of hers acted that way. I know he was raised better.


I am so sorry to bring up such a sordid mess and what with Ben acting all
Policeman like!

So what is all that craziness  with a sleep study going on up at the new B&B?
Sleep study. Hmph. I never heard of such. If people can't sleep they're not doing enough work. Simple. I don't think anybody needs all that medical equipment and money to figure out why someone's not sleeping. But I guess the government is ready to throw money at anything these days. And I hear this study is to see if not being able to sleep runs in families. Well, I can tell them that for free. And, there's something else going on up there with that sleep study. It seems legitimate, but I have a feeling there's something else. And my intuition tells me Lily Gayle knows what it is. I'll get it out of her, you can be sure of that.

Let’s chat for a minute about all that wonderful new food that Harley is
sharing and asking you to taste test.  What is your favorite treat she’s introduced to you?
I don't hold with all this fancy stuff she's coming up with. Good old fashioned home cooked food is what's best. But she's got her heart set on this new business and I aim to support her all the way. I'm an old lady and just don't like change. These young folks will enjoy the new food. The meatballs with peach bourbon glaze sandwich is not really my style, but Lily Gayle and Dixie sure did like it.  And the chocolate and peppermint muffins are nice and the girls loved them. But my favorite is that strawberry bread. Mighty tasty. 

I would love to sample some of her treats.   They all sound so good.

I would love to visit with you again but I think I should pop on over to
Mercy and sit with you on your porch and let you tell me everything
that is going on in town.

Maybe we can share a cup of punch!
You just stop on by any time. I'm always happy to chat with friends on my porch. I'll even let you borrow my bird watching binoculars. You can see lots of interesting things around the town square with them. Watching birds I mean, not people. I'd never do something like that. And I'd be happy to share some punch with you if you're in town around Christmas. That's the only time I make it. You come on by soon!


Thanks for visiting!

And then I thought
This is my 2nd chance to read a Lily Gayle. I enjoyed the first one I read so I was delighted to get the chance to read more. 
Although these books are part of a series they are stand alone. 
But you will enjoy reading them in order. 

The characters are all as charming as Miss Edna. I was delighted to get the chance to interview her.  
It was fun visiting her Lily Gayle and her other friends again.  
And seeing the Midnight Dragon Fly up and operating.  

I am looking forward to many more installments in the series.  

The author Susan Boles weaves a fun story/plot with some great characters that are just cozy making the reader feel like they are home. 

Lily Gayle is a delightful sleuth that tends to get into a bit of trouble while she's snooping.  Whether it's peeking into windows or finding opened doors she doesn't let anything stop her from finding the answers.  She does step on a few toes and she has to  act fast to find who dun it and save the day!  

If you love a good clean cozy mystery you won't be disappointed visiting Mercy Mississippi and Lily Gayle.   

I received a complimentary copy. 
This review will appear on the retail sites where available. 
This review will appear on Good Reads. 

Buy the book 
Amazon
Visit the tour
Click here to read more reviews and interviews and enter the 
Giveaway. 

Book Beginnings Friday-Feat- Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs

Welcome to my new feature
Each Friday I will be choosing a book I am reading or will be reading soon to feature.
Today's feature
egg-drop-dead
The first few lines . . . 
. . . It was an autumn of particular intensity.  Of riotous colors
and delft blue skies, cool nights and smoke curling out of chimneys.
And the last line of Chapter 1 . . . 
"Mike?" Suzanne said again, in a pleading, still-hopeful tone. 
Because she was still trying to make sense of how some could 
cold-bloodedly murder this mild-mannered dairy farmer.

Wanna read more?
Buy it now over at Amazon.  Click here

Or visit the Great Escapes Tour to read reviews and interviews.
egg-drop-dead-large-banner-new-448
Click Here
Linking with 
http://www.rosecityreader.com/     http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dangerous Changes- by Joyce T. Strand-A Beck Valley Tour

Dangerous Changes: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery by [Strand, Joyce T]

About the book
A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancĂ© who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California? 

And I thought
This reader was engaged from page 1.  Dangerous Changes is a topsy turvey mystery and  thrilling  fast paced ride. 

The characters are engaging.  The story keeps you on the edge of your seat.  

I loved Emily.  Sometimes I wanted to 'kick her' for letting that ex manipulate and use her.  But eventually she overcomes and stands on her own two feet.  She has too when she is kid napped!

A little romance begins with Jackson Brexton after his brother 
scares the wits out of her.  But they all become friends in the end.

I think what I like best is that the characters and their challenges were real.  Emily isn't 'set up' by an inheritance or similar situation
she makes her own way.  

  Although this is a clean mystery; no language or romance scenes and really no crime scenes I would not call this a Cozy.   

The story/plot is mysterious and kept me turning pages all the way to the end.  

There weren't alot of characters to get the reader wondering what is going on.  The story is straight forward and engaging.  
I was left hoping for a 2nd installment.  

Will Emily begin working to renovate the old mansion in town to open as a B&B?  Will Jackson end up the chef?

I was left with lots of questions and hoping book 2 comes out soon.  

I really enjoyed Dangerous Changes.  

There was no language or bedroom scenes.  

I received a complimentary copy form Beck Valley Tours.
This review will appear on retail sites where available
This review will appear on Good Reads. 
Buy the book

Visit the tour

Read the reviews...
1. Wednesday, 8th November - Nicki’s Nook  
2. Wednesday 8th November - eBook Addicts  
3. Thursday, 9th November - Sanity is for those without children  
4. Thursday, 9th November - The Faerie Review  
5. Friday, 10th November - Mammanatty’s  
6. Monday, 13th November - Miki’s Hope  
7. Monday, 13th November - Book Babble  
8. Tuesday, 14th November - Lynchburg Mama  
9. Wednesday, 15th November - Leels Loves Books  
10. Thursday, 16th November - Between the Coverz  
11. Friday, 17th November - jessicacassidy.com  
12. Monday, 20th November - My Reading Journeys  
13. Tuesday, 21st November - Joyful Antidotes  
14. Wednesday, 22nd November - Bound 4 Escape  
15. Friday, 24th November - I Create Purty Thangs  
16. Monday 27th November - Beck Valley Books