Friday, June 14, 2019

The Corpse Wore Stilettos by M J O'Neill-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 

Since Kat Waters’s father took a trip to the slammer on what she’s sure are trumped-up racketeering charges, life’s been tough. All their assets are frozen, and she’s down to the last few pairs of Jimmy Choos she can swap for rent. To keep her family out of the homeless shelter, the former socialite took a job at the local morgue—a job she’s about to lose when the body of a murder victim goes missing on her watch.
While Kat’s processing the latest victim in the prostitute serial killings, ex-Special Forces soldier Burns McPhee strolls in with an air of confidence, expecting access to the Jane Doe. While Burns tries to flirt his way into examining the latest victim, whom he thinks is connected to the death of his best friend, someone else steals the body right out from under them.
Dodging questions from the cops and kidnapping attempts from a body-snatching psycho, Kat and Burns forge a deal. He’ll clear her name and keep her safe if she gets him information on her peculiar coworkers, one of whom he’s certain is involved with the body heist. But digging up secrets can lead to a lower life expectancy. The unlikely team will need all their talents not to end up as the morgue’s next clients while they hunt for a murderer, the missing corpse, and a pair of diamond-studded stilettos.
And others are saying 

I was busting a gut with this book. It’s hard to make death humorous, but MJ O’Neill has done a terrific job with this book.
~Literary Gold
This is well-written, and the characters you’re supposed to like are multi-dimensional and likable.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Character guest post
Beauty on a Budget with Kat Waters
Hello to all of you out there and thanks so much for hosting me. I’m Kat Waters. You might have recently seen my family mentioned in the papers connected with some mafia misfortune.
Let me start off by expressing my gratitude for the outpouring of support shown to my family since Grand’s abduction. We particularly appreciate all the Stand with Grand t-shirts we’ve seen protesting her boyfriend, Claude’s, recent incarceration. The love of the Grand Groupies has really worked its magic on Grand’s spirits. She’s already started a Slammer Jammer, (incarceration scrapbook) to aide in proving Claude’s innocence. A study from the Urban Institute estimated that thirteen percent of all arrests result in wrongful conviction and you can be assured that we’ll keep fighting for Claude.
Today I’m excited to share with you tips and tricks I’ve recently acquired for beauty and fashion on a budget. Our resources may be limited, but a little ingenuity can ensure healthy, glowing skin, hair and nails, packaged in smart fashion, completed (of course) with great shoes!
Skin Care
The largest organ in the human body is our skin. We all have about three hundred million skin cells that carry eleven miles of blood vessels. With each of us having approximately twenty-one square feet of skin, representing fifteen percent of our body weight or about nine pounds, taking care of our skin should be a top priority for all of us.
Now I’m sure you’ve all seen the ultra-expensive creams and regiments on the market. I’m here to tell you that this is not a case of you get what you pay for. Even before our recent change in circumstances, I was not a fan of most of these companies. Not only do many of them use toxic chemicals, their history of testing on poor animals like my pet piggy Maybell is an atrocity.
Instead, try these low cost, natural remedies.
-          Pore opening – mix brown sugar and honey right from your cupboard to make a great exfoliating sugar scrub
-          Follow that up with Pepto-Bismol face mask – Smooth a layer of the pink liquid on your face and let dry, then rinse. The salicylic acid in the medicine will tighten your skin and reduce redness
-          Can’t afford a facial? Two words – Hot Chocolate. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants called flavonols that help fight free radicals making skin youthful for longer. Any quality hot chocolate will be just as effective as expensive salon products. As an added bonus, the cocoa butter in the chocolate also protects your skin from UV rays!
Hair Care
The most beautiful hair is clean and chemical free and the best way to ensure your hair’s cleanliness is a clarifying shampoo. The good ones can cost a pretty penny though. Instead, I’ve come to rely on apple cider vinegar, economically available in your grocery aisle.
Fashion Forward
They say that clothes make the woman, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to look well put together. Remember - while other’s may be looking and judging, you are the most important person you dress to impress. If you feel good, your confidence will shine through. So try one of these tips to boost your fashion self-assurance:
-          Foundations – Twenty tops that can go with ten pants, five shorts and two skirts will give you three hundred and forty outfit options.
-          Fabric first – Cotton, linen and tweed often look expensive even if they aren’t
-          Embellish like a boss – Swap buttons on economical jackets and sweaters with more expensive counterparts to instantly make your pieces appear expensive 
-          Accessorize to express – a bright scarf picked up thrifting can make your basics pop or change the mood of an outfit from whimsical day outing to classic elegance for evening.
-          Slip it on – investing in a slip is a must for a woman on a budget. Most economically manufactured clothing isn’t lined. A slip will keep your fashion flowing
-          Two words – fabric shaver – cheap way to preserve your knitwear
No post on fashion would be complete without a shout out to a cause near and dear to my heart. If you happen to have some extra suits or dresses hanging in your closet, consider giving them to your local women’s shelter. One of the largest impediments to women in crisis finding jobs that can support their families is having the appropriate clothing for interviews.
One final word to all those budget conscious fashionistas – don’t forget your pets! I’ve found some gorgeous pieces I’ve been able to adapt for my pet pig Maybell from some of the high end thrift sites. Belts can make functional and beautiful collars and tiny tot tutus complete her outfit.

If you have a fashion or beauty tip for someone on a budget, hit me in the comments. I love to learn and share terrific new tips!

And I thought
Kick off your Stiletto's and settle in for a fun and funny hilarious
And your in luck because this is the first in the series and a perfect place to start!
The cover had me going and then I read the synopsis . . . Burns and a captivating smile. . .ex Special Forces I was hooked. 
Even the story/plot kept me hanging on.  
Kat is fun and quirky and a great leading lady that seems to get into trouble every time she turns a corner.  And then there's the family drama that causes her to 'sell off' her shoes! 
This one is a laugh a minute and filled with suspects to keep you guessing. 

I can't wait for the next one!

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads and social media. 

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1 comment:

  1. Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.