Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Yeast of Eden by Sarah Fox-Silver Dagger Tour-Review

About the book 
Winter has come to Wildwood Cove, and riding in on the chill is Wally Fowler. Although he’s been away for years, establishing his reputation as the self-proclaimed Waffle King, the wealthy blowhard has returned to the coastal community to make money, not friends—by pitting his hot and trendy Waffle Kingdom against Marley McKinney’s cozy pancake house, The Flip Side. Wally doesn’t see anything wrong in a little healthy competition, until he’s murdered in his own state-of-the art kitchen.
Marley isn’t surprised when the authorities sniff around The Flip Side for a motive, but it’s her best friend Lisa who gets grilled, given her sticky history with the victim. When a second murder rocks the town, it makes it harder than ever for Marley to clear Lisa’s name. Marley’s afraid that she’s next in line to die—and the way things are looking, the odds of surviving her investigatihon could be stacked against her.

And I thought 
A good fast paced read.  There are no shortage of suspects or of sleuths.  This one was interesting with a goodly number of characters in the cast.  Which made it a little daunting for me keeping up with everyone. 
It was fast paced in that the 1st murder happened just a few pages in.  
Marley the main character discovers the 1st suspect that actually discovers the body but the bad thing is the 1st suspect is her own chef.  And then there's a good friend that just might have had something to do with the murder.  And the suspects begin to come out of the woodwork then.   
There are some great recipes at the end and there is mention of some yummy eats throughout.  
I enjoy this installment of the Pancake House Mystery series. 
Sara Fox draws the reader in with a mystery that keeps the reader engrossed  and turning the pages. 

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Chapter 1
My car’s headlights cut through the darkness, illuminating the driving rain. The windshield wipers swished back and forth in a rapid rhythm as I carefully navigated my way along the deserted streets of Wildwood Cove. Normally I preferred to walk to work each morning, trekking along the beach so I could listen to the crashing waves and smell the salty air. Lately, however, I’d been making more use of my blue hatchback. Over the past several days the weather had been less than inviting, drizzling with rain if not outright pouring, and chilly enough that the occasional glob of slush splattered against my windshield along with the pelting raindrops.
The rain was supposed to let up in the next day or so, according to the weather forecast, so I hoped it wouldn’t be much longer before I could get back to enjoying my early morning walks along the shoreline. For
the moment, though, I was grateful for the warmth and shelter of my car.
When I turned into the small parking lot behind The Flip Side pancake house, I pulled up next to the only other car in the lot—a baby-blue classic Volkswagen bug belonging to The Flip Side’s chef, Ivan Kaminski. He arrived even earlier than I did each morning, as did his assistant, Tommy Park. It was barely six o’clock, but I knew the two of them would have been working for a good while already.
I shut off my car’s engine and grabbed my tote bag off the passenger seat, steeling myself for the upcoming dash through the pouring rain to the back door of the pancake house. As soon as I climbed out into the rain, I slammed the car door, ducked my head, and made a beeline for the slim bit of shelter provided by the recessed doorway.
Despite having spent mere seconds exposed to the elements, I had damp hair and droplets of water running down my face. I wiped them away with my sleeve and jiggled my ring of keys until I found the right one. As I put the key into the door, I caught sight of something white from the corner of my eye. A flyer lay plastered against the pavement, waterlogged and with a muddy footprint stamped across it.
I darted out of the shelter of the doorway and peeled the soggy paper off the ground. When I was once again out of the rain, I peered at the flyer, the exterior light above my head providing me with enough illumination to read by.
When I took in the bold black words printed across the saturated paper, my former good mood did a nosedive. I’d seen the flyer before. I’d seen several them, in fact, plastered all over town on utility poles, signposts, and community notice boards. I’d also received one in the mail. That one had gone straight into the recycling bin. This one I crumpled up in my hand as I unlocked the door, the words Wally’s Waffle Kingdom disappearing from sight as the paper scrunched up into a soggy ball.
Once inside, I unlocked the door to my office and tossed the scrunched flyer into the wastepaper basket. If I never saw another one, I’d be happy, although I knew the advertisement wasn’t the real problem. That was the Waffle Kingdom itself. The Flip Side had become a fixture in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, with many faithful customers who returned again and again to enjoy Ivan’s scrumptious breakfast creations. There were other restaurants and caf├ęs around town, but none of them specialized in breakfast foods like The Flip Side did.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I’d never really worried about competition. Then Wally Fowler had moved to town—moved back to town actually, since he’d grown up here—and my mind had remained unsettled ever since. I wasn’t about to roll over and give up on the pancake house just because of some competition, but I couldn’t keep my niggling concern at bay.
If the Waffle Kingdom’s fare was as good as the flyer proclaimed (the best waffles EVER!) it wasn’t unrealistic to think that The Flip Side would lose some of its business to the new establishment. In the summertime, when tourists flocked to the small town, that might not be such a problem. There would probably be enough business for both restaurants during those weeks. But during the rest of the year? That could be a definite issue.
I’d been hoping to give each of my three full-time employees a raise in the near future. Now I was keeping that plan to myself, unsure if I’d be able to follow through. I’d have to wait and see what happened once the waffle house opened. As Wally and his flyers had been announcing to the whole town for several days, the grand opening of the Waffle Kingdom would take place next week.
It would take time to know the full extent of the effect on The Flip Side, so I was determined to carry on as usual. I just wished I could get rid of that ever-present worry lingering at the back of my mind.
With the wet flyer in the trash and my jacket hung on the coat stand, I ran a hand through my damp curls and made my way into the dining area. I flipped on the lights, and immediately some of the tension that had crept into my shoulders fizzled away. There was something so comforting about the cozy pancake house. Like the beach and the charming town, The Flip Side had easily worked its way into my heart, becoming a second home away from my blue-and-white beachfront Victorian.
Smiling, I glanced out the large front windows, seeing nothing but inky darkness and rivulets of water running down the panes.
Well, almost nothing else.
I walked quickly across the room to the front door, bone-chilling damp air hitting me as soon as I pushed it open. Staying beneath the awning so I wouldn’t get soaked, I approached the two white rectangles taped to one of the windows, spaced a couple of feet apart. When I got close enough
to recognize them as two more Waffle Kingdom flyers, I let out a growl of annoyance.
Ripping the flyers off the glass, I stormed back into the pancake house.
Of all the nerve!”
Twenty-one-year-old Tommy Park poked his head out the pass-through window to the kitchen. “What’s up?” he asked.
I waved the crumpled flyers. “Wally the Waffle King strikes again.”
The kitchen door swung open and Ivan appeared. Tommy ducked away from the window and came through the door a second later.
These were taped to the front window,” I said, waving the flyers again. Ivan grabbed one and glowered at the piece of paper. While an intimidating scowl was the chef’s typical expression, this one was far
darker than usual.
He’s rubbing your nose in it,” he declared, crumpling the flyer as his large hand closed into a fist.
Tommy took the other flyer from me. “Totally not cool.”
It’s one thing to open up a waffle house that will compete directly with us,” I said, “but it’s hitting a new low by plastering the ads all over the front of this place.”
He’s trying to get under your skin.” Ivan tossed the crumpled flyer
toward the wastepaper basket, making a perfect shot. “But why? Does he really think annoying us will get us to close up shop so all our business goes his way?”
Not going to happen,” Tommy said.
Definitely not,” I agreed. “But why else try to aggravate us?”
Probably for fun,” Ivan said. “Some people enjoy riling others up.”
That’s true.” I’d learned that firsthand several months back when a bitter and vengeful woman had tried to make my life miserable.
And I hear Wally Fowler’s a slimeball,” Tommy said. “I’m not sure anyone in town actually likes him.”
Ivan nodded his agreement. “Wildwood Cove would be better off without him.”
If enough people believed that, maybe I had nothing to worry about. The townsfolk weren’t likely to give the self-proclaimed Waffle King their business if they despised him.
I guess it’s best to ignore him and focus on keeping our customers happy, like we always do,” I decided.
Sounds like a plan.” With a flick of his wrist, Tommy sent the second flyer arcing into the trash can.
He returned to the kitchen and Ivan followed after him, his scowl as dark as ever. Was he more worried about the new waffle house than he was letting on? With his bulging muscles, numerous tattoos, and dark, intense eyes, Ivan wasn’t one to be easily fazed. But something in his face led me to believe he was taking the potential problem posed by Wally and his waffle house very seriously.
My worries tried to resurface, but I forced them back down, focusing on starting a fire in the stone fireplace to keep myself busy. The Flip Side would be fine, I told myself. It was a well-established restaurant, with a solid and loyal customer base that loved Ivan’s cooking and the cozy atmosphere.
Surely it would take more than Wally the Waffle King to destroy what we had here. After all, how much damage could one man cause?

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow-by Deborah Garner-Beck Valley Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people's lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature. 

When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope.  

*Cookie and candy recipes included! 

And I thought
Delightful.  This was the best Christmas book I've probably ever read.  But that is probably because it was my introduction to the 
Moonglow series.  
Each of the books are written as a standalone.  I was enchanted as I read and had a hard time putting this one down.  

It was just a sweet story.  Christmas is my favorite time of the year and meeting these characters brought out the spirit of the holidays.

The sweet spirit that Mist brings to the 'party' is charming and delightful.  I wanted to join everyone for the holiday season. 

The story revolved around the guests at the Inn.  A few folks from a theatre group that got displaced by a fire and then a few random 
or so it seems guests.  Included in the mix is a couple and their 
wheelchair bound daughter and a mother/daughter from the theatre group.  The girls become fast friends with each other and an elderly woman guest.  

When the theatre group offers to do a performance on Christmas 
Eve everyone is delighted.  With help from towns folks the inn is transformed into a lovely little theatre venue and everyone is entertained by a magical performance.  

Nutcracker Sweets made me smile.  I hated for the story to end. 
I recommend this book to all readers.  Since there is a lot about the two young girls I think it is great for any audience.  

My only disappointment was there were no recipes for the fantastic food described that were served at the Christmas Eve Dinner buffet or the Christmas Day Brunch.  But the reader gets a bunch of 
Christmas cookie recipes! 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wreath Between The Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber-Great Escapes Tour-Review

About the book 
The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .
The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.
Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .
Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!
And I thought
A Merry Christmas read with a little bit of mystery.  This is my 
first chance to read this series and this one was delightful. 
All the holiday cheer in the midst of the mystery of who did in 
Jake's friend is a fun and fast read. 
I enjoyed the characters it was easy to stay interested in the story as your enticed by the setting of the cookbook shop.  I wanted to go shopping myself. 
The plot/storyline has some twists and turns and there is some family drama that adds to the mix.  Giving nothing away here but just a tidbit Jenna's Brother in Law might be a wee bit of trouble 
gasp Does he have an alibi for the night that Jakes friend is stabbed with a Christmas star and trussed like a turkey. 
And even worst Jenna's sister fear what exactly is her husbands alibe?

 The plot thickens as the suspects line up  and a strange homeless woman begins hanging around town.  

Wreath Between The Lines is a fun Christmas themed cozy read.
I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in this series. 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Crimes Past by Lauren Carr--I Read Book Tour-Review with Guest Post and Giveaway

Crimes Past: A Mac Faraday Mystery by Lauren Carr

About the book 
It’s a bittersweet reunion for Mac Faraday when members of his former homicide squad arrive at the Spencer Inn. While it is sweet to attend the wedding of a former colleague’s daughter, it is a bitter reminder that the mother of the bride had been the victim of a double homicide on her own wedding night.

The brutal slaying weighing heavy on his mind, Mac is anxious to explore every possibility for a break in the cold case—even a suggestion from disgraced former detective Louis Gannon that one of their former friends was the killer.

When the investigator is brutally slain, Mac Faraday rips open the cold case with a ruthless determination to reveal which of his friends was a cold-blooded murderer.

And I thought
First I loved it and another 5 stars for Lauren Carr.  

I was planning on keeping some of it close to the vest and tell you that you need to read it (and well you do)  because I am not giving anything away but...(read the guest post from Lauren she spills the beans!)

With all that said this was another great mystery for Mac, David, Archie and a few others to solve. 

And as with all the previous books there is more to meet the eye than just one little 'ole murder or mystery.  Excuse me that's how we talk in Texas. 

There's always underlying plots and drama and this has a doozie of one.  But I promise I am not spilling the beans.  

One of my favorite parts is the cross-over characters from the others series that visit and either become a part of the story or 
make a cameo appearance.   

I love the characters that Lauren Carr introduces to the reader. 
And well I can't get enough of them.

There are a few new characters in Crimes Past to join this wonderful cast. 

One being a 15 year old that can't seem to figure out it's really not O.K.  for him to drive even though his grandmother gave him a car. 

 He gets into a 'heap O trouble' ( Another saying we use here in Texas.' ) when in the end the real murderer that everyone is trying to catch kidnaps said 'kid'.  But the kid is a chip off the old block (not sayin' which block) he is just smart enough to turn on his cell and his mom was smart enough to have a tracker on it.  And well mystery solved the bad guy is caught. 

And all ends well and Happily Ever After.  And well just to warn you even though I won't give it away have a couple or more tissues cuz this ending is good!

I received a complimentary copy. 
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Guest post
It’s My Book – The Fine Line Between Giving Readers What They Want & Writing Your Story
By Lauren Carr

Have you ever read Misery by Stephen King? In this thriller, the author of a book series has an accident and ends up in the hands of his number one fan. When she reads his unpublished latest novel, she flies into a rage to discover that he has killed off her favorite character. From there, things go south as she holds him captive until he does a rewrite that satisfies her.
That’s practically every writer’s worst nightmare in more ways than one—and I’m not just talking about being held against my will.
Writers want readers to love their books and characters. Their dream is for readers to become involved with what goes on in their fictional world. Instinctively, they want to please their readers because without them, they’re destined to work as greeters at Wal Mart.
Having said that, some writers may go a bit overboard in an effort to please readers, or potential readers. They trade in their own creative instincts for voting ballots in hopes of a guarantee that their book would please everybody.
As a publisher, I had run into a few writers who checked in with their friends and family about what to do every step of the way. One writer distributed her unpublished manuscript to her co-workers. When they suggested adding a subplot to the storyline, she held up publication until she could write it. As her editor, I told her that the subplot took away from the tightly written storyline.
Her response: “I know, but I don’t want to hurt their feelings.”
One cover designer I had worked with vowed to never work with an author again after the tenth revision to the cover for his debut novel. She would send him a proof and then not hear from him for a month, at which time he would return to request additional revisions. When she discovered that he had been forwarding the proofs to his friends and then spent weeks collecting their critiques, she cut him off. “I had no idea this was a community project,” she told me.
Works of fiction aren’t meant to be community projects.
Think about it.
Our creative minds are the end product of our individual experiences. How we perceive or experience an artistic endeavor is solely based on our own perception of it. What I see in Mona Lisa’s smile is not the same as what you may see. Because of that, the writer seeking cover design insight from all of his friends is doomed in his quest to please every single potential reader who looks at the finished product.
Let me illustrate: A seemingly simple thing like a character’s name. When I was growing up, there was a bully at our school named Eric. To this day, the name Eric conjures up a bully in my imagination. As a writer, I cannot use the name Eric for a positive character in my books, because in my imagination, I cannot see an Eric in a positive light.
But, a reader who has met and fallen in love with an Eric who has treated her like a queen would have a completely different reaction to that name.
For the most part, writers feel territorial about their stories and characters. We worked hard to create our fictional world, and we feel that we are within our right to play God when determining what happens to the characters.
I experienced that territorial instinct even before I was published.
A love for murder mystery novels was a thing I shared intimately with my mother. It was our thing. So, when I started writing murder mysteries, of course, I ran them through her. She was my beta reader and Man! she was good. It’s been over a year since she has passed, and I have yet to find anyone who could spot plot holes or loose ends like her.
When A Small Case of Murder, the first Joshua Thornton book, was still in draft form, my mother declared that she did not like the names of Joshua Thornton’s daughters. Since she was my mother, I changed their names to Tracy and Sarah. Now, I can’t even recall what their original names were.
But then, two books later, when I introduced Gnarly, the rambunctious German shepherd, in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, she told me to lose the dog. Actually, she felt so strongly that she wanted me to have him run over by a car.
That was when I told her, “It’s my book. If you want Gnarly run over by a car, you’ll have to write your own book to make it happen.”
At that point, the lines were drawn. She knew what line to not cross.
Yet, as a reader, I confess that I stopped reading a mystery series when the writer killed off a continuing character who I and many readers had fallen in love with. Yes, that does happen in real life. People we love are killed. Still, I felt betrayed.
It is with that awareness, that authors need to keep a finger on the pulse of their readers—and characters.
Admittedly, it is a fine line for writers. You can’t hand over your creative control to your readers, otherwise the fictional control that you have created will cease to be yours. Yet, if you alienate your readers, then you’re liable to end up cleaning toilets at Target.
Being a territorial author, I kept a tight grip on my power of veto when my mother and a few readers objected to a new character I introduced in Cancelled Vows, the eleventh installment of the Mac Faraday Mysteries. A few readers even stated that they were mad that I had created the loud, leggy Texas heiress named Dallas Walker.
Admittedly, my own mother had declared that Dallas, who she called a homewrecker, deserved to be shot.
“It’s my book,” was my response. “If you want to see Dallas Walker shot, you write your own book and shoot her.”
It was with this determination, that I vowed to keep Dallas Walker.
But then, there is another part of the equation that plays a part in a writer’s fictional world. The character’s themselves. Interestingly, in Twofer Murder, I noticed that Dallas Walker and her love interest, David O’Callaghan were going in different directions emotionally.
Thus, in Crimes Past, Dallas Walker exited through the back door as Lieutenant Commander Hope West entered through the front. A navy pilot, Hope is a divorced mother of a teenaged son who travels to Spencer to reconnect with her first love—David O’Callaghan. A military officer, she’s a loving, yet strong woman, who rises to the occasion when her son is taken hostage.

My mother would have loved Hope West. And if she didn’t, I’d tell her what I always told her, “It’s my book. If you don’t like Hope West, you can write your own book.”

And my thoughts...well dawng I wasn't going to give it away in my review.  I must have been one of the few that liked Dallas.   With that said it all worked out well except Dallas leaving.  Maybe she needs to show up somewhere else?  You think? 

Meet the author
Lauren Carr
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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The Skeleton Makes A Friend by Leigh Perry-Great Escapes Tour-Giveaway/Review

The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
Diversion Books (November 6, 2018)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1635764440
ISBN-13: 978-1635764444
Digital ASIN: B07GT39K2X

About the book 
Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid.
Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy.
Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper.
And others are saying 
The Skeleton Makes a Friend is a humorous cozy mystery with delightful characters. Sid is one of those characters that you cannot help but love. He is a skeleton with a quirky personality and a zest for life.
~The Avid Reader
I love the inclusion of a paranormal element, and author Leigh Perry has demonstrated real creativity in creating an ambulatory, active, talking, will-power operating, texting, online gaming, online researching, skeleton. Yes, I kid you not. This is not the plastic skeleton you see at Halloween, nor the real type in Medical School Anatomy Labs. Sid is for real, and nearly perfect.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
Georgia, Sid, and Madison are all fantastic, and I loved spending time with them . . . And they help drive a great plot.
~Carstairs Considers…
Ms. Perry has written a delightful mystery starring two of my all-time favorite characters . . . Woo Hoo! I am excited to add this book to my Best Reads of 2018 list.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Plot twists and secrets galore!
~Laura’s Interests
And I thought 
What a fun, friendly and quirky skeleton.  This was my 
first opportunity to meet Sid and the others.  I feared I would be disappointed that I haven't read any of the previous books.  And I was.  That is how good this one was is. 

Stepping in at book 5 only made me want to read the previous 4. 
I have a long Christmas list now. 

It was a little different getting into a skeleton that talked.  He takes himself apart and put himself back together and was is more tech.
savey than I am. And even has his own lock picks.   

All the characters are fun and draw you into the story.  

 This is one that drew me in when I saw the cover and then once 
opening it and turning the pages I found I was smitten.  

I am looking forward to more in this series.  The charming Sid makes this series delightful.  If you enjoy a good cozy mystery check this one out. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Heartbreak Cowboy by Mina Beckett

About the book 
*Old flames burn hotter the second time around…*
It’s been four long years since McCrea Coldiron watched Eleanor Mackenna
walk out of his life. He wasn’t ready for the marriage noose then and never
thought he would be. Single, free to do as he pleases, and running the
Promise Point Horse Rescue Ranch are the things that make him sure he was
right to let Eleanor go… This is until she comes back to town with a
daughter he never knew about in tow.
Eleanor knows just how badly McCrea can burn a woman and how persuasive
he can be when he wants something, so she’s more than cautious about
his charming words and cocky grin when she comes home to arrange the
sale of her grandparents’ ranch. But when a flat tire in a thunderstorm
introduces four-year-old Sophie to her daddy, Eleanor knows McCrea’s love
for his daughter is genuine. Can she trust it will be the same for her? As
the icy walls around her heart begin to melt, Eleanor must find the courage
to trust her heart or run away from the man who has always owned it.
Being shown what he lost is a wake-up call for McCrea and he isn’t about to
let Eleanor or Sophie walk away. It’s time to prove he’s a man who believes
in love and happy-ever-after.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes-Great Escapes Tour

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As the new music box store owner and resident of Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. She volunteers to plan the Fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who’s come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed by a pair of vintage scissors.
Suspicion is cast on the victim’s estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove’s vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep quiet.
And others are saying
A Vintage death a pleasing cozy mystery that with its quaint town, charming shops and friendly characters.
~The Avid Reader
The mix of town life, the shops, and murder flows smoothly making for an enjoyable story with a touch of charm. Great for fans of cozies.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Like knotted thread, unraveling the true truth wasn’t an easy task. But author Hughes expertly ties everything together in a reveal that had me riveted to my seat . . . I give A VINTAGE DEATH 5 out of 5 stars. Heck, I give it 10 out of 5 stars!
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
History, deceit and betrayal all are behind the scenes as Callie attempts to solve one murder while trying to become more involved in community activities. A second murder is so not what this town needs!
~Laura’s Interests

A Vintage Death was a delightfully entertaining mystery and I wanted to visit Callie’s shop so I could pick out my own music box. Callie is a fun, smart heroine and I absolutely loved her amazing personality.
~Moonlight Rendezvous
The mystery had a lot of characters – and potential suspects. I am an avid mystery reader but did not solve this one before Callie did! I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot.
~View from the Birdhouse
The descriptive writing of the author pulled me into the story from the very beginning and pulled me along for a great read.
~MJB Reviewers
If you’d like to relax with a heartwarming traditional cozy mystery, A Vintage Death is a great choice. It has that perfect blend of enchanting setting, characters that you enjoy spending time with, and a well-crafted mystery.
~The Power of Words
Even in a delightful and scenic lloction like Keepsake Cove, Maryland, human greed, cupidity, and anger still flourish.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
And I thought
A fun and cozy read that will draw you in making you wish you were there.  Well at least until there's another murder in town and hidden secrets are exposed.  
Is this a cozy little town or not?  
The read will journey along with Callie as she tries to settle in and 
enjoy her inheritance and become a member of this sweet and cozy town.  But murder follows murder and we are once again on a twisty ride to discover the truth and clear the name of a sweet woman.  
Mary Ellen Hughes in this 2nd installment of the A keepsake Cove
Mysteries gives us charming characters and a good 'ole mystery that will have you turning the pages to figure it out.   
Each book is written as a stand alone so you can jump in anywhere along the way.  But beware you might get hooked. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Skeleton Makes A Friend-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

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Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid.
Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy.
Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Uncle And Ants by Mark Jedel-Great Escapes Tour-review/Giveaway

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Mysterious attacks. Mischievous nieces. Can a clueless uncle catch a tech-savvy killer … and be home before bedtime?

When a freak accident hospitalizes Marty Golden’s sister and condemns him to babysitter duty, he thinks it’s just another case of hardwired bad luck in Silicon Valley. Until a suspicious murder suggests the mishap was no mere coincidence. Something must be done.
Too bad this quirky, fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material.
Convinced his sister is in mortal danger, this amateur sleuth follows clues to an oddball array of suspects. Armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion, Marty tangles with gangsters, a cantankerous school secretary, and a perplexing woman he can’t help but fall for. Glitches in his investigation seem like a piece of cake compared to dinner-prep and bedtime stories with his two precocious, pre-teen nieces.
Can Marty catch the culprit, save his sister, and get his life back in order before he gets unplugged?
Uncle and Ants is the first novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor, sassy side characters, and average Joes facing extraordinary circumstances, then you’ll love this twisty mystery.
Buy Uncle and Ants to login to a fresh, funny mystery today!
And I thought
Uncle And Ants is full of  fun and charm and a bit quirky just like the characters. 
The character are funny and quirky from Marty the main character to co-worker Raj (from India)  Raj was charming with his attempts at humor and confusion about American words and phrases.  He was a good co-worker and friend covering for Marty when he got caught up in mystery and drama after his sister is injured in a car wreck. 

The story is fast paced happening in only a few days.   When the police investigator (good looking ex underware model) doesn't listen to Marty's suspicions he sets out on his on to discover who might have tried to harm his sister Laney.    All the while taking care of his two nieces that kind of know more about what's up than Uncle Marty. 

Marty has a muddled style of investigating since he's actually a computer geek but along with the help of Raj and a few others he manages to figure out what is going on and who the bad guy(s) is. 

Mark Jedel has just as surprisingly given us the start of a great new series that will have you laughing along the way.  

I am looking forward to book 2 already.  An excerpt from Chapter 
one can be found at the end of Uncle And Ants.  

If you enjoy a good clean, funny mystery you will enjoy every minute of the ride with Marty and his friends especially 'Rover'

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