Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Moon Games by Shelly Frome- Premier Virtual Book Tour-Review/Giveaway

 Moon Games by Shelly Frome
Moon Games by Shelly Frome
Publisher:  Milford House Press (August 4, 2018)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Female Sleuth, Murder Mystery, Supernatural, Small-town Police Procedural
Tour dates: Mar-Apr, 2019
ISBN: 978-1620061848
Available in Print and ebook, 264 pages

About the book 
At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing coed, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.
But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible.  The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.
Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to unravel.
And I thought
A good page turning mystery that just might keep you up all night
at least until you've turned the last page. 
For me a good book is one you can't put down.  
Moon Games is just that.   There's a lot going on with some twists and turns that kept me reading it slowly to keep up with it all.

I enjoyed Moon Games and look forward to reading more from 
the author. 

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Certain Hope by E.C. Jackson-Book Spotlight-Prism Book Tour Launch

The Certain Hope by [Jackson, E. C.]

About the book 
 Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

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Pause for Tales 
March 21st:
Wishful Endings
Jorie Loves A Story 
March 22nd:
Splashes of Joy 
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Simply Kelina 
Reading Is My SuperPower 
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Savings in Seconds 
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Christine's Book Corner - Review 
Locks, Hooks and Books - Review 
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Heidi Reads... 
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Murder Between The Pages-Great Escapes Tour-A Real Page Turner!

I am still turning the pages on this one!  My review will post soon.
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About the book 
It’s a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police’s prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder? Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.

And others are saying 
A mystery not easily solved with a slew of suspects and a saucy, fun romance made this a fast and delightful read.
This was a quick, fun beach read, perfect for my southern-hemisphere summer holiday . . .
~The Ninja Librarian
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were fairly well-rounded and complex.
~Valerie’s Musings
Murder Between the Pages is a promising start to a new series. The plot held my attention, and its twists and red herrings kept me guessing whodunit until the story’s conclusion.
~Book Club Librarian
Murder Between the Pages was an easy read. With a couple of red herrings and twists, the reader is in for a surprise.
~The Book Decoder
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Our Bridal Shop by Danielle Blair- Goddess Fish Promo Tour

About the book 
Every family has its secrets, and the March family is no exception. For the March sisters, Match Made in Devon, the bridal shop opened and run by their parents, was a real-world representation of what true love was all about. But for eldest sister Alexandra that kind of perfection has always seemed unreachable. 

Alex has spent over fifteen years in Boston, building up an impenetrable shell of confidence and taking control over her own destiny. If there’s anything missing from her life, it isn’t important anyway. But with her mother’s unexpected death Alex is forced to leave her life in the big city behind and return to her hometown of Devon…and a past she’s been running from for years. 

As the March sisters try to salvage the bridal shop their parents loved, Alex is forced to confront her painful past and the real reason she left Devon so many years ago…including childhood sweetheart Jonah Dufort.

And I am thinking 
Still turning the pages.  
I am enjoying this story about the 3 sisters and how the are dealing with the death of the parents, the shop and the drama from finding out the are three instead of two. 
This book is part of the Goddess Fish Promo tour so you can read more reviews there or on Amazon.  
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Prussian Counterpoint by Nupur Tustin-Great Escapes Tour-Spotlight/Giveaway/Read an excerpt

About the book 
When an enemy makes overtures of friendship, is anyone safe?
An unexpected invitation from wily King Frederick causes composer Joseph Haydn to fear he’s walking into a trap. After all, the Prussian King has never had any use for Haydn’s music. His Majesty seems more intrigued at Haydn’s being the son of a market-judge.
Worse still, the invitation appears to stir up suspicion in the highest quarters in Vienna. So much so that a mysterious, cloaked lady visits Haydn’s Music Room and issues a thinly veiled threat.
Now Haydn is convinced there’s mischief afoot. But not even he can foresee that he will stumble upon the corpse of the imperial ambassador a day after his arrival in Frederick’s Prussia, along with evidence that His Lordship may have been a common thief.
Can Haydn salvage the imperial ambassador’s reputation—and find his killer?

And others are saying 
“A standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!”
Midwest Book Review
“Tustin occupies a unique niche in the historical mystery world.”
Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated Author, Quaker Midwife Mysteries
“Wonderful read for fans of historical cozy mysteries. . .The characters are strong and the writing is smooth. . .”
Books a Plenty Book Reviews
“An interesting journey and Haydn is a likable main character.”
Christa Reads and Writes
“Vivid historical descriptions, intricate details, and a fascinating central character kept me turning the pages. Bravo!”
Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of The Elizabethan Mystery S
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Introduction: The novel opens in the beautiful Bergl Rooms at Schönbrunn. This was a set of four rooms—its walls covered in lush scenes painted by the Bohemian landscape painter, Johann Wenzel Bergl—that Empress Maria Theresa used in her later years. Although work on the apartment started only in 1769, a year after the novel opens, I couldn’t resist using it as the setting for the first scene.


“Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach,” the Empress said, her eyes riveted upon the gold-embossed letter in her hand. “You are acquainted with him?”
Her voice recalled Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn’s attention from the gardens outside, blanketed in snow, to the small study where he sat opposite Her Majesty, Empress Maria Theresa. The lush bounty of leaves, melons, and pomegranates painted on the walls by Johann Wenzel Bergl’s hands formed a startling contrast to the bleakness  without.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach—C.P.E. Bach? The name had dropped like a bolt of lightning from Her Majesty’s mouth. What could she possibly want with Herr Bach? Had Her Majesty received a letter from the great Bach himself?
Haydn straightened up in his chair, waiting for the explanation that must surely follow.
But none was forthcoming. The Empress raised her head and glanced across the table at him. Her blue eyes, still sharp despite her age and her recent bout with illness, regarded the Kapellmeister closely, awaiting his reply.
“Only with his music,” he replied, unable to conceal his surprise. Surely an enquiry into his associations was not so pressing as to require his presence in Her Majesty’s apartment.
The coachman she had sent to the Esterházy Palace on Wallnerstrasse had urged such haste, Haydn had hurried out without so much as a word to his employer, His Serene Highness, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy.
That task was left to Luigi Tomasini, Haydn’s Konzertmeister. Haydn had only just remembered his wool coat, his gloves remaining forgotten on the hallway table at the Esterházy Palace.
The Empress nodded, dipping the edge of her toast into her soft-cooked egg. “I did not think you were, but it is such a small matter, I would not have thought it worth the lie.” She returned her gaze to the letter.
“We have corresponded,” Haydn hastened to add, unwilling to allow Her Majesty to think so ill of a composer he himself held in such great esteem. The letter in her hands must be from Herr Bach. If only the composer had apprised Haydn of his application to the Empress.
 Haydn dipped his own spoon reluctantly into his silver egg cup. He had never seen the point of soft-cooked eggs.
Why trouble with cooking an egg at all if one were going to leave it almost entirely uncooked? But the Empress had insisted on serving it to him. The white, at least, was set firm. He sprinkled some salt on it and brought the spoon to his mouth.
“I have not, however, had the fortune of meeting him in person,”  he continued once he had swallowed the morsel.
Why had Herr Bach lied about such a trivial detail? It was a fact easily put to the test and was hardly likely to win him a position at the Habsburg Court. Haydn rubbed his frozen hands together. The long drive to Schönbrunn had chilled his fingers to the bone. And although he sat by the fire, they still felt numb.
“If Your Majesty wishes to hire him, I can recommend no one more suited for the position or more capable. As a performer, he is incomparable. As an educator, few could be more gifted or learned— ” 
“He has apparently expressed a strong desire to meet you, Haydn.” The Empress raised her eyes again, her pale blue irises fastening themselves upon the Kapellmeister.
“He will be visiting Vienna?” Why had Herr Bach not mentioned the matter to him?
“No, Haydn, it is the King of Prussia who requests your presence in his court.”
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Chutes And Ladder by Marc Jedel-Book Spotlight and Review

About the book (provided by the author)

Finding a friend dead in the forest wasn’t part of Marty Golden’s weekend plan. Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and newly-arrived sister and nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death.
Marty wanted to add superhero to his resume rather than amateur sleuth. But, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved. Marty has unfinished business and good engineers don’t leave projects incomplete.
Can Uncle Marty solve not one, but two mysteries without becoming a victim himself? Strap in for this entertaining ride.

And I thought 
This is a fun and funny series that litterly takes you on a humorous ride!  The story/series centers around Marty who works for a 
car service called Rover. (a high teck Taxi)

The main character Marty is a bit of a 'mess' an engineer that has 
a bit of Sherlock Holmes in him.  But he's a little more Barnie Fife. (the old Andy Griffith show.  If your old school you'll get it)  He's kind of a stumble bum but with the help of a police detective that just tolerates his investigating and his co-worker
Raj who I just love he manages to figure out the crime(s) and who did it.  
Chutes and Ladder is the 2nd book in the series.  All the characters from book 1 reappear in book 2 making me think they are all a continued part of the series.  The author hinted at book 3 at the end.  
This is a fun series and I am looking forward to the next one!  

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Murder on Saint Patricks Day-Spotlight

Get Murder on Saint Patrick's Day (A Ridgeway Rescue Mystery Book 3) FREE March 14 - 18 Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end! It's St. Patrick's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright is working hard at training five-month-old Molly, her foster puppy, to become a therapy dog. But her training coach and neighbor gets an emergency call, cutting the lesson short, and Emma volunteers to pick up her daughter at a St. Patrick's Day concert in town. When Emma arrives, the concert has just finished up, and the teenage girls are visiting with the band. Then the lead singer stumbles and falls to the ground, dead. Emma becomes the only level head in the crowd and calls for help. When the Sheriff and Colby arrive, they investigate it as a potential accident. But Emma finds subtle clues that something more sinister is going on. Did the leader of the band die in an accident, or was it murder?

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P. Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.   Follow Pauline Creeden: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Broken Bone China by Laura Childs-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.
It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.
As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.
Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.
Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?
And others are saying 

I appreciate Laura Childs wonderful descriptions of the Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston, the beautiful antiques, books, Haley’s tasty dishes and the entrancing teas (I can just imagine how they would smell).
~The Avid Reader
I loved the twists throughout the book . . . This is a well-done book! Congratulations to Theodosia on 20 mysteries solved and to the author who helped her do it! 5 stars!
~Reading Authors
The action in this story starts from the first page and continues right until the end.
~A. Holland Reads
Oh My Word! what a page-turner, this is one I couldn’t put down once I started it, maximum stars and then some!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
BROKEN BONE CHINA melds high-quality tea and refinement with a desperate bid for a piece of history resulting in murder. A commitment to characterization and attention to detail make the twentieth Tea Shop Mystery a winner.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
This was a wonderful book that kept me guessing from start to finish!
~A Chick Who Reads
And I thought
I am amazed at how Laura Childs continues to give us page 
turning cozy mysteries.  I am never disappointed when I pick up one.  
The Tea Shop series is fun.  The characters captivate this reader and draw you into the story. 
Theodosia is quite the sleuth she must be Broken Bone China is the 20th book in this series. 
They each just seem to keep getting better. 
I have loved everyone that I have gotten the chance to read. 
I enjoy the recipes at the end. 
This is a series that I enjoy a good 'ole nice hardback to add to my book shelf.  (Check out the Giveaway!)
An ebook is a great option to take it anywhere and read when you have little bits of time because this is one you'll be drawn in from page one and taken on a fast ride to the end. 
I am looking forward to more in this series.  Laura Childs is a 
I received a complimentary copy. 
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Broken Bone China will also be spotlighted on my main 
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein-Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .
Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.
Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chef suspect . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
And others are saying 
There is a cast of quirky characters that liven up the storyline and of course, we can’t forget Aunt Ginny and her antics along with the rest of her Senior friends. She knows how to liven up this book with her shenanigans.
I absolutely adore this series and each book is better than the last…but this book, well it was SO good! The storyline was so well written and entertaining.
~The Montana Bookaholic
Ms. Klein has found the perfect recipe for a marvelous cozy mystery. Wonderful characters mixed in a sensational story with a dash a romance and sprinkled liberally with humor. A delectable treat for every cozy lover.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Poppy’s family and friends are funny and unpredictable and you never know what they are going to do next, which is great as a reader, but not so great for Poppy.
~MJB Reviewers
Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein combines this splendid mystery with real to life character that stole my heart . . .
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Filled with sparkling humor and rich characterization, this story captured my interest from the first and moves at a steady pace throughout.
~The Power of Words
Poppy is such a delight . . . Aunt Ginny with her peppered comments. Gia, Poppy’s delicious male love interest. And a cat that weaves a sparkly trail throughout the book, popping up in the most unusual places. It was good clean fun . . .
Another fun, funny and interesting mystery with Poppy McAllister and friends.
~Laurra’s Interests
Libby Klein has crafted a book and series with the same skill as a top chef crafts their signature dish.
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Author Libby Klein truly has the gift for transporting readers into her stories as though we are living them ourselves.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
 And I thought
If  I was not already a fan of  Cozy Mysteries Libby Klein, Poppy 
and Aunt Ginny would win me over. 
I have to say this is my favorite series.  
It is hard to say which character is my favorite but Aunt Ginny sure steals the show. 
Poppy is a reluctant sleuth or so she thinks.  She seems to figure out Who Dun It actually with ease. 
She does seem to get into a bit or a scrape when the bad guy figures out she's figured out who he or she is.  
But in the end everyone comes out safe.  The bad guy is found out and everything is all tidied up. 

 At least until the next installment. 

I really enjoy this series and I can't wait to see what Poppy and the 
quirky Aunt Ginny get into next time. 

If you are a fan of Cozy's check out this series! This one is widely available.  Check out the list of places to purchase below. 

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