Monday, April 12, 2021

Book Buzz Link Party

 



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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Meet The Characters Monday feat. Solid Ground By Danny and Wanda Pelfry


Hello.  Welcome back to 

On The Road 

 This week I am Featuring Authors Danny and Wanda Pelfry and  thier  book 
Solid Ground


Cast of Characters

Riley Gordan - law student and co-heir of the Gordan fortunep

Kirby Gordan - older (by 7 years) brother of Riley and co-heir, former baseball player turned police detective

Amos Edwards - trusted employee of the deceased Uncle James Gordan.

Carol Edwards – wife of Amos. They live in one of the three apartments in the converted old church building.

Max – the large, yellow cat which belongs to the Edwards. (Sorry, no dogs.)

The Cleaning Crew: Bill and Judy (2 children)  The men actually make up The Cleaning Crew

 Jessie and Alice  

 Juan and Louise (1 child)

Al Jensen – local banker

Rayford Barnes – book collector

Connie Reece – research assistant

Beth Reece – mother of Connie

Freddy Seals – claimed to be son of Uncle James

Earl Lance- man with mysterious past

Jed – Adairsville Police Department officer

Mike – Adairsville Police Department officer

Tony – teenage boy

Eddie – teenage boy

Judson Rittman – prominent Adairsville citizen

Shelia Rittman – daughter of Judson Rittman

Chuck Jensen – pastor of church attended by Uncle James and Edwards

Holders from first series (After all it is a small town)

Davis and Deidra Morgan – former minister turned bookseller

Charley and Tanya Nelson – young police chief and his wife

Dean Nelson – Charley’s brother

Janie – clerk from 1902 Stock Ex

I hope you will stop in tomorrow for the next feature.  There's lots more Solid Ground coming. 















 





Friday, April 9, 2021

Her Stand In Cowboy by Crystal Walton

 


About the book  

When a wary farm girl takes on a big city chiropractor as her stand-in boyfriend, convincing her family they’re in love might be easier than convincing themselves they’re not.


There are certain things a single country mom learns to accept. Like the fact that she now shares a sacred bond of empathy with her dairy cow, that spit-up can reach places it never should be able to, and that a pretend relationship is far less complicated than one her southern mama insists on setting her up in. At least, it is when you have anyone’s luck besides Ainsley Jamison’s.


Only in Ainsley’s life would her imaginary decoy turn out to be a real-life city boy who is as hilariously wrong for her as he is persistent. With less than four weeks before her entire family shows up for Thanksgiving, they don’t have a cotton-picking prayer of turning Connor into a believable cowboy in time, let alone fix up her place while they’re at it.


Heaven knows Ainsley’s already maxed out her faith hoping she made the right choice raising her son there. But while praying she didn’t make a mistake taking on her daddy’s farm is one thing, praying she didn’t make one taking on Connor Allen is another entirely. One that’s about to turn everything in her life upside down.

And I thought  

And this is why I read, Review and Promote Clean, Sweet and Christian titles. 

I don't know where I have been and I wonder why I have never read one of Crystal Walton's titles before.  And I am not sure how I stumbled onto this one but I am glad I did! 

Her Stand In Cowboy was the kind of read I love.  

A sweet love story with fun, loveable and charming Characters. 

Even the non humans! 

There is a barn full of fun and comical Characters that have fitting names. 

All given to them by Ainsley the main character that has a heart for all creatures even earth worms! 

The plot/storyline focused on Ainsley's drama that her Southern MaMa is coming to town and probably in all likely hood is toutin' 'Would Be Suitors'. 

But Ainsley is one step ahead of MaMa as she has a pretend boyfriend at the ready. 

As any good Romance with a Happily Ever After ending of course Ainsley and Connor the pretend boyfriend fall for each other. 

But not before a bit if drama and soul searching.  

Her Stand In Cowboy is without a doubt the best book that I have read by a new to me Author in a long time! 

I look forward to reading many more and working with Crystal Walton to share her books to other new readers. 

I received a complimentary copy.

My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads. 

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Read An Excerpt Blind Date with a Reality Star Billionaire by Evangeline Kelly


Read an excerpt...

To my right, a film crew looked as if they were conferring with each other about technical stuff. I hadn’t seen a picture of Drake, but I figured I would know who he was the second I saw him, as there weren’t that many people in the room. 


I glanced around, searching for a guy who fit the profile of a bachelor type, and the second my gaze landed on him, I nearly lost my breath. For a second, I just stood there, completely stunned. 


He sat in a chair on the other side of the room, his brownish hair streaked with gold as if he’d been out in the sun lately. A makeup artist powdered his face while I took a moment to observe him, taking in his measure. He wore navy blue sports pants, expensive-looking sneakers, and a white t-shirt that showed off lightly tanned muscled arms. He appeared to be in his early thirties if I had to guess. His five o’clock shadow and the black-framed glasses sitting on his nose gave him a rugged preppy look, but what was most surprising was his weary, frustrated expression as if he didn’t want to be there. 


The man was so gorgeous all I could do was blink and gape at him. And blink and gape some more. 


So, this was Drake Arnold. 


Abby had said he was handsome, but I had only processed that information in an intellectual sense. 


The producers had chosen him for a dating show, so it was reasonable to assume the man would be attractive, and I had assumed that, but I hadn’t given it more thought. Back when I was in college, I’d had a huge crush on my English professor, and this guy kind of reminded me of him because of the glasses. Drake was ten times better looking than Dr. Harris, though. 


That was all before my parents died. After they passed away, I’d kept my feelings so tightly controlled, there was no chance of falling for anyone new.


And the strange thing was…I hadn’t thought that I would personally fall for the guy since I hardly ever looked at men anymore. I had decided a long time ago that a relationship wasn’t possible at this time, so why torture myself?


He must have sensed my gaze because he glanced up and our eyes connected. My stomach dipped and twisted, all the angst of that moment tying me up in knots. I couldn’t get a read on his reaction to me. 


He just stared and then turned away as if…nothing. As if he were thinking about absolutely nothing that concerned me.  


One of the men from the film crew glanced at me and cleared his throat. “Good morning. I’m Brad, the director of this project, and you’re here for a five-minute audition for ‘Who wants to date a billionaire?’” He said it so fast it sounded like a memorized line he spouted to each woman who walked through the room. “We’re ready, so please take a seat.”


I swallowed and forced myself to move forward, but I couldn’t look at Drake for fear that I would start freaking out the closer I got. I took a steadying breath and reminded myself that it didn’t matter how good-looking he was. A man’s character was more important, and I refused to be that shallow person who only cared about someone’s appearance. He was way out of my league, so it was doubtful the producers would choose me, anyway. Abby and I had seen hordes of beautiful women while we’d waited in line, and most were probably used to being on camera. I figured it was safe to assume my audition wouldn’t go anywhere. 


I finally made it to the chair and sat down, and the moment I did, my heart began to pound so hard it felt like I was having a fight-or-flight response. We were sitting very close to each other. Way too close for my comfort. Most likely because the crew needed to film us on the same screen. Or manufacture a more intimate conversation. 


Whatever the reason, none of that mattered. It was making it hard to breathe, and I felt like I was about to suffocate from not getting enough air. 


Drake glanced away as if bored, discretely checking his watch, and I suddenly realized his response was the opposite of mine. My presence completely underwhelmed him. 


Nothing about me brought about the tiniest spark in his gaze. 


I sensed his indifference. 


He wanted to be somewhere else, and he was mentally checking out.


It made me a little sad.


But then it gave me courage. 


If he didn’t care, then neither should I. 


I could get through this audition without worrying that I had to impress him because clearly, he wasn’t impressed. At all.


I’d never been one to back down from a challenge or let any man intimidate me, much less some guy on a cheesy dating show. I sat up straighter, squared my shoulders, and lifted my chin a little higher. Let’s do this.


Brad cleared his throat again. “Please state your name.”


“Karlie Spencer.”


He nodded and checked something off on a clipboard. “Karlie, this is Drake Arnold.” 


Drake shook my hand and mumbled, “Nice to meet you,” but he wasn’t truly looking at me. He was looking past me or around me, but I wouldn’t say he saw me. I understood that he had a lot of sessions to get through, and it was probably tiring, but he could have tried to be friendlier. At least show respect for someone who had been waiting for hours to talk with him.


Brad walked over and held out a bucket with tiny strips of paper in it. “Please take two questions.” When I hesitated, he seemed slightly impatient. “Quickly. Don’t look. Just pull them out.”


I did as he requested, and then he handed the bucket to Drake so he could take out two pieces as well. 


“Karlie, I’m going to count backward, and when I say, ‘You’re on,’ you’ll introduce yourself, and then Drake will ask the first question. Got it?”


I nodded. “Yes.”


“Five, four, three, two, one. You’re on.” 


What happened next nearly floored me. Bored, tired, Mr. Arnold lit up and turned to me with a smile on his face as if he actually cared. 


Surprised by the change in demeanor, which was only because he was on camera, I hesitated for a long moment. And then I let out a breath. “Hello, I’m Karlie.”


He brightened even more as if truly interested, but I knew better. “It’s an honor to meet you, Karlie. Shall we get started?”

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Ellen Byron Author Chat

 Welcome to Author Chat 

Today we are Featuring Author Ellen Byron 

Hello Ellen thank you for joining us today!  

Thanks for having me.  It is always fun to chat! 

Spring is my favorite season. What is yours?

 Believe it or not, that’s a hard one here in Los Angeles. I don’t care what natives say – there really are no seasons, at least not like I grew up with in New York. But I would agree that Spring is my favorite. Especially when I lived back east. That amazing period when Spring is beginning to spring, the weather warms up, and the leaves are that bright new green – it’s intoxicating. 

Do you have a Spring Bucket List? 

I don’t, and I blame that on my previous statement that I really don’t feel like there are seasons here. I guess the one thing on my list would be to pull out the weeds and foxtails that sprout up after L.A.’s brief winter rains.

What is your favorite holiday? 

 Christmas! I love it. I love putting up the tree, the outdoor decorations, then just enjoying the day. 

I love the recipes in your books. And I bet you have some family favorites. What is the dish your family always asked you to bring to family get gatherings?

Lol, none! My mother, nonna, and zia were such great cooks that our only job was to sit back and eat. I was very good at that. When we visit friends, though, I always like to bring a dessert from one of my book’s recipes. I’m really excited about the cannoli cake recipe in LONG ISLAND ICED TINA. Not to brag, but I think it’s a real winner.

Do you have a pet that keeps you company or is your office assistant? 

Our beloved Chi mix rescue, Pogo. He’s the light of our lives. 

 


Do you have a special place/room you display your books and awards?

I didn’t have a special place for my books and awards, but I set up an area in our den for the books when I was shooting a #GoodreadsBookTour video. The alligator is kind of the “spirit animal” for my Cajun Country Mystery series, and I found these great gator bookends online. 



Likewise, I don’t haveu a special place for my awards. But since we’ve been doing Zoom events, you best believe that Agatha teapot is front and center on my office desk!

I am a quilter. And as such I have lots of works in progress. Can you tell me us what you are working on?

 I love to needlepoint. It so relaxes me that I swear it lowers my blood pressure. There will be two peacocks in my Vintage Cookbook Mystery series, so right now I’m needlepointing what will be a peacock ornament. I love it! 


Do you have more than project going at a time?

 I tend to finish a project before I move on to a new one. But I do have several unfinished needlepoint projects that kind of stopped speaking to me. On the other hand, I pulled a canvas I bought probably twenty years ago out of the pile when the pandemic started and finished it last month. 

BTW, when I’m writing, I don’t move on to a new project until I’ve finished whatever’s outstanding. I don’t go back and forth.


If you could write anywhere in the world where would you go, and which character would you take? New Orleans! And I’d take Grand-mere from my Cajun Country Mysteries.


You have just written The End. How do you celebrate? By running the errands I’ve put off while writing! It may not sound like much of a celebration but there’s joy in a) getting out of the house, and b) not being plagued by the thought, “I should be writing.”


Ellen writes the award-winning Cajun Country Mystery series. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called her most recent book, A Cajun Christmas Killing, “superb.” It won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, as did Body on the Bayou, the second book in the series. Both books were nominated for Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Awards.


Her debut Cajun Country Mystery, Plantation Shudders, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention. Find out more about Ellen on her WEBSITE or on TWITTER and FACEBOOK


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Blind Date with a Billionaire Reality Star

 


About the book 

Competing for a date with a handsome billionaire goes against everything she believes in, but she has no choice.


Five years ago, when Karlie Spencer found out her parents died in a plane crash, she quit college and rushed home to care for her two siblings. They became her priority, leaving no time for a relationship.


After losing her job, she auditions for a dating reality show and saw it only as a means of income until she found other work. She didn't count on falling for the billionaire bachelor, but when she looked beyond his arrogant demeanor, she saw a lonely man, hiding from pain.


A horrible accident haunted Drake Arnold, making him look to the show as a distraction from thoughts that plagued him. He had no intention of getting into a real relationship with anyone, but then he met Karlie. It wasn’t until his feelings ran deep that he suddenly realized...she might not be able to accept his past.


Can he push through the pain to find a future with Karlie? Or will they both walk away at the end, knowing it was never meant to go anywhere?


This is a contemporary Christian story with strong Biblical themes and Bible references.


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Meet the characters  

As part of this weeks Feature Evangeline and I chatted about the Characters read that post click Here


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Monday, April 5, 2021

The Corpse Who Knew Too Much by Debra Sennefelder Great Escapes Tour Review

   


About the book  

Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that’s heating up fast . . .

Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope’s childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon’s mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.


 


The next day Hope discovers Devon’s apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother’s cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend’s body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it’s no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it’s up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .


 


Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!

And I thought  

I always love the chance to visit Debra and Hope's world. 

I have read several of the books in this series and I have enjoyed everyone. 

I enjoy the Characters and the storylines and with this one Debra did not disappoint. 

I love Hope the main character.  Something I noticed in this one is how Hope cares for everyone and tries to solve the crimes but she is constantly being drug down but many of the other Characters.  Hope endures and sleuths anyway which speaks highly big her devotion to her friends and family. 

Hope does tend to get into tight spots when she confronts killers even when she's not trying. 

I like her relationship with Jan her Author friend that Hope bounces off questions and scenarios which helps Hope put the pieces together and solve the crimes.  

I enjoy the recipes the Author includes.  

I liked the cover showing the town library that is the setting for many important scenes in the book. 

I have enjoyed each of the books in this series and I am anxiously awaiting to turn pages again. 

I received a complimentary copy. 

My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads. 

Buy the book  

Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Kensington – Kobo – Google Play

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To read more Reviews, Guest Posts, Recipe posts and Interviews click Here

Cozy New Releases The Caught My Eye

 Do you like to grab books as soon as they Release? 

Here are a few I've added to my Wish List.  

They are all Releasing this week.  I included links!  


A pet detective on the hunt for a prominent pooch is found dead, and inn owner Holly Miller has to sort through her guest list for suspects in this all new Paws & Claws mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

The ladies of the Wagtail Animal Guardians, WAG for short, are in town for a pet adoption charity ball, and Holly is making sure to roll out the red carpet for her special guests. She and her furry best friend Trixie are busy keeping the WAG ladies happy and preparing for the ball when they learn that a retired judge has lost his prized pup. 

The venerable citizen has hired a pet detective who has some personal ties to Holly’s new guests. His presence ruffles some feathers, and when the PI is found DOA not long before the ball, Holly wonders if one of the WAG ladies had a motive for murder. To make matters worse, some pet-loving guests of the ball nearly suffer the same deadly fate. Holly and Trixie will have to sniff out the clues and leash a callous killer before they strike again 
Available on Amazon
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Mabel Skinner still hasn’t acquired a taste for growing garlic, but the app developer-turned farmer does have a nose for rooting out killers . . .
 
Dreaming she’ll someday return to her less pungent life of computer coding, Mabel continues to honor her deceased aunt’s legacy by running Skinner Farm. To make ends meet between harvests, she’s renting out the property’s mercifully downwind lavender field for summer weddings.
 
Mabel’s first clients are a retirement age couple celebrating their second chance at love in their later years. Hosting a rehearsal dinner with fresh foods seemed like a good idea to promote the farm—until the dead body of one of the wedding guests is discovered. The suddenly departed was the soon-to-be-ex-business partner of the groom, supposedly poisoned by goat cheese hors d’oeuvres provided by Mabel’s neighbor.
 
Despite the tragedy and the scandal, the groom insists on keeping his wedding date. But with the adult children from the couple’s previous marriages scheming to stop the new union, Mabel’s farm is reeking with suspects. And if she doesn’t uncover the murderer, her goat farming neighbor will get sent to the pen for life . . .
 
“Growing garlic might be my newest obsession thanks to Six Cloves Under!”
—Lynn Cahoon, New York Times bestselling author of the Farm-to-Fork mystery series 

Available on Amazon
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Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton (Cozy)

It’s a quiet, snowy morning at The Cracked Spine bookshop, when bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious visitor, a messenger. He presents her with a perplexing note: an invitation to a meeting with eccentric socialite Shelagh O’Conner, who requests Delaney’s participation in an exclusive treasure hunt. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the ’70s. 

Available on Amazon

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These are few that caught my eye.  You see more new Releases over at Dru's Book  Musings.  Click Here

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Book Buzz

 Welcome to Book Buzz....

A party to promote Cozy Mysteries, Sweet Clean Romance and Romantic Suspense.  

Link up your Blog Posts, Reviews, New  Releases, Cover Reveals,  etc.  



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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Boarding With Murder by Kathryn Long Great Escapes Tour

About the book 

Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes?

And I thought  

What a fun read!  The Cozy  and Charming Mountain B&B seemed like a place I would visit.  The Author made me feel like I  was actually there.  

Sierra Pines

 I love old movies.  Errol Flynn is always a favorite. 

I loved the characters.  Some fun. Some quirky. And sweet. 

I love a good Cozy with fun and witty characters. And a little Romance along with the Sleuthing. 

This new series is new favorite.


I received a complimentary copy.

My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

Buy the book  

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Author Chat feat. Dana Mentink

Hello and Welcome to the new weekly Feature here at the blog!  

I am so excited to share with you Author Interviews! 

To start things off I've asked an author that I like to call a Friend.  I met Dana back 2016 when I hopped on a Litfuse tour Featuring her Rom Com Sit, Stay Love. Click Here 

I really enjoyed her book and really wanted to read more.  And then I found our she writes Romantic Suspense!  I have kept hoping for a chance to  read one! 

Last summer I invited Dana to Feature Sit, Stay, Love on my first Dog Days of Summer Tour  I was so surprised when she accepted the invitation! I mean golly gee she is a famous Author!  You can read the post over Here

I can honestly say that Dana  joining me on that tour was confirmation that my desire to promote Good, Clean books was and is a dream that God put on my heart and my endeavors are Blessed.  

And so without further Ado let's Chat with Dana ...


 Do you have a furry friend that keeps you company or is your  office assistant? 

My furry friend who assists me in all writing endeavors is Junie the Wonder Dog. She's ten pounds of trouble in a fur coat!

What is your favorite snack while your writing? 

I try not to snack while writing, because I'm writing all the time, but I really enjoy this chocolate pudding I made with no sugar and coconut milk. 

Can you share your typical day schedule? 

I get up extremely early to write and I forge ahead until about 3:00 in the afternoon, interrupted by walks, chores and parenting duties.

 I am a quilter and as such we have several projects going on. Do you

typically have more than project in the works?

I always have more than one project going because I write two genres, inspy suspense and mystery.

What state in the U.S. would you like to visit to research for a book? 

I am so looking forward to returning to Alaska for more research!

Choose one place to write . . .A secluded island.  A cabin in the woods or a busy city? 

I suppose suppose I would love to write in a cabin...but not TOO secluded. I've written too many stories about bad things happening to people when they are too far away from help!  

Which book  is your favorite and why?

Which book is my favorite?  

Acckk! Usually the one I'm writing. I have always had a soft spot for Sit, Stay, Love since the inspiration for the dog was an actual canine rescued and rehomed by Muttville, a senior dog rescue here in San Francisco.

Thank you Dana for chatting with me today!  It is always fun to get together! 

And a little more about Dana from here website...

Welcome to my cyber home! Make yourself comfortable and stay awhile. Here you’ll find info about my suspense and lighthearted books as well as my general musings about life in the Golden State. It’s always a pleasure to hear from my readers, so feel free to send me a comment via this website or you can find me at other stops on the cyber highway like Facebook, Twitter, and my Blog. If you are interested in a free short cozy ebook, make sure you “follow” my Blog. I like to do fun monthly giveaways on my YouTube channel so feel free to pop in there as well. Thanks again for stopping by and God bless you.

Connect with Dana...

Website click  Here

Facebook click Here

Twitter click Here


Thank you for visiting with us today!  

I hope you will come by every day to read Reviews and my On The Road posts and Promo Events ...

And Book Buzz now on Monday and Tuesday!   

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Monday, March 29, 2021

How To Marry A Cowboy by Cathy McDavid New Release

 


About the book 
Coming home means…

Confronting her former crush

Trick rider Kenna Hewitt can’t avoid the company of Channing Pearce—not when the handsome cowboy needs Kenna’s help saving his family’s rodeo arena. Working together, and being in a wedding together, soon has old feelings resurfacing. But as a gal who does stunts for a living, trusting in a possible future with the cowboy of her dreams is still the most dangerous task she’s ever faced…

New York Times Bestselling Author

Wishing Well Springs

About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Cathy McDavid has been happily penning contemporary westerns for Harlequin since 2006. Every day, she gets to write about handsome cowboys riding the range or busting a bronc.It's a tough job, but she's willing to make the sacrifice. Cathy shares her Arizona home with her own real life sweetheart and a trio of quirky pets. Her grown twins have left to embark on lives of their own, and she couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments.

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Cover Reveal-Preorder Trouble Brewing by Heather Day Gilbert

 

It's a COVER REVEAL for Book 5 in the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series, now available for PREORDER

I'm so excited to share the book cover and blurb for TROUBLE BREWING, Book 5 in the Barks & Beans Cafe series! This Halloween mystery is going to be SO much fun to write, since it's based around a REAL story of the "Greenbrier ghost"--a tale that happened near my neck o'the woods here in West Virginia. 


 $4.99 on preorder for Kindle, but the price will raise to $5.99 soon after release on OCTOBER 18, 2021. 


TROUBLE BREWING:


BOOK FIVE in the BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!


Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.


Convinced that the elderly lady in her care didn't die of natural causes, Macy's friend Della determines to look into the broken relationships surrounding the woman. She books a Halloween-themed getaway at a local inn and talks Macy into coming along with her to spy on her prime suspect.


As they join a ghost tour of the candlelit town, Macy and Della feel their guide is a little too fanatical as he shares his spooky tales. He tells the story of the Greenbrier ghost, a newlywed who supposedly came back from the grave to tell her family that her husband murdered her.


When a disturbing apparition makes its presence known, guests at the inn become apprehensive...and for good reason, because soon after, a young bride turns up dead. Although everything points to a copycat killer replicating the historical Greenbrier murder, Macy has her doubts. She's discovered that the inn harbors secrets of its own, and when she pokes into one darkened corner too many, she might not stand a ghost of a chance.  

Available for Pre-order on Amazon 

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life by Katherine H. Brown Great Escapes Tours Review/Giveaway




About the book 

Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. After winning a contest to raise the most money for human trafficking awareness and prevention, Piper and Sam are rewarded with a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa. When mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. When spa treatments go awry it is starting to get dangerous. A threatening message in Piper’s closet convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters before someone gets hurt. Is it Broussard the stuffy concierge? Gladys, the sweet old lady who decided to join them for the weekend? When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will her friends be able to help her in time? 


And others are saying  

Don’t let the YA label put you off. If you enjoy a light mystery, you’ll enjoy Piper’s story. And the goodies of the Ooey Gooey Bakery? Just thinking about them could add pounds.

~Christa Reads and Writes


Fun from the very first page! Piper and Samantha make a dynamic duo as they run their bakery making wonderful goodies . . . Well written, captivating, and fun what more can you want. Perfect for cozy fans.

~Books a Plenty Book Reviews


To me, this is a unique cozy that addresses some heavy topics – mainly human trafficking. I have to give the author major points for coving a heavy issue in this book and I definitely appreciated the information that was shared in relation to a friend of Piper’s from when she was younger.

~Storeybook Reviews


With the right amount of chocolate, mystery and a tinge of romance, this book is a must-read, especially if you are a cozy mystery fan.

~The Book Decoder


This is a wonderful clean cozy mystery that includes mystery, romance, humour and characters you can connect to, and I look forward to reading more from out baking duo Piper and Sam.

~eBook addicts 



And I thought  

A fun new series.  With a fun group of quirky characters. 

Author Katherine H. Brown gives the reader a fun story with some twists and turns and some funny parts, a little romance. 

And ending leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next one. 

This is a good one for all audiences.   

I enjoyed meeting these characters and I can't wait to read more.

I received a complimentary copy. 

My review will appear on Amazon Good Read  



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Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Wedding Rescue A Short Story by Jenna Brandt



About the book

A search and rescue firefighter is a groomsman, one of the bridesmaids is avoiding him, and a storm causes them to get stuck together at the wedding…

Firefighter Derik Cruise used to have a woman to love, but he had to move to pursue his dream of being a K9 handler at an elite search and rescue force. Now, he’s been asked to be a groomsmen at a wedding where she’s going to be a bridesmaid. The moment he sees her, he realizes he still loves her, but all she does is avoid him.

Aspen Sinclair’s heart was broken by a man who picked a badge over her. She’s avoided dating ever since, not wanting to take another risk. She thought she built up enough walls to keep from getting hurt again, but when Derik walks back into her life, she realizes she never got over him.

In this short story, will he be able to tear down the walls around her heart? Can she let go of the past to make room for a new future? And will they survive the storm raging all around them?

Step into the world of Disaster City Search and Rescue, where officers, firefighters, military, and medics, train and work alongside each other with the dogs they love, to do the most dangerous job of all — help lost and injured victims find their way home.

And I thought  

A great super quick read.  This one was a page turner.  It was hard to put it down last night.  

Since it was short though reading in two settings made it last longer.

I loved the characters and the Texas locale.  

There are alot of Characters.  And a big wedding party. Including the Search and Rescue dogs who were hero's in the end.

There was a bit humor as the Bride was secretly trying to set up  Derik and Aspen not realizing they were Exe's.

It worked out in Derik's favor as it helped him show Aspen he had changed over the years since they had broken up. 

After a bit of great on the edge of your seat suspense everything ended Happily Ever After.

That makes a Great Sweet Romance. 

I received a complimentary copy.

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The series  

Jenna Brandt's full-length books in Disaster City Search and Rescue


The Girlfriend Rescue

The Billionaire Rescue

The Movie Star Rescue

The Best Friend Rescue



From Book 1: A search and rescue cop training to become a K-9 handler, a lovely dispatcher who always has his back, and an earthquake that threatens to tear them apart…


Officer Ted Hendricks has been biding his time, locating missing skiers and hikers for three years in Colorado, while waiting for a chance to become a K-9 handler. When a spot opens up at the Disaster City Search and Rescue facility in Texas, he jumps at the chance to go, even though it means leaving his girlfriend behind.


Dispatcher Deanna Harper had one strict rule — never date a cop. That all changed when she got to know Ted Hendricks. He was the only single officer in the department who didn’t hit on her, which made him all the more appealing. When he decides to travel across the country to train as a K-9 handler, she decides he’s worth taking a chance on a long distance relationship.


When Ted’s team is deployed to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Colorado, Ted finds out that Deanna was in the epicenter. Can Ted find Deanna in time to save her? Will Deanna be able to survive until he does? And if they reunite, will they find a way to be together despite the distance between them?


This is Book 1 in the Disaster City Search and Rescue Series.


Step into the world of Disaster City Search and Rescue, where officers, firefighters, military, and medics, train and work alongside each other with the dogs they love, to do the most dangerous job of all — help lost and injured victims find their way home.



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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Busting Out by Diane Kelly Book My Review

 

About the book
Buxom motorcycle cop Chastity “Cha-Cha” Rinaldi has a tough reputation to live up to. On her first day as a rookie for the Mobile, Alabama police department, Cha-Cha pulled over a pickup hauling a trailer with a busted taillight, and unwittingly stumbled upon an international human smuggling ring. But now, the three creeps she put behind bars have busted out of prison. Have they fled the country, or could they be coming for her as they’d vowed upon receiving their life sentences?

A traffic stop puts Cha-Cha face-to-face with high school physics teacher Newton Isaac. Cha-Cha can’t imagine herself with the geeky yet undeniably appealing guy. After all, he’s her polar opposite. Still, he's a welcome distraction from her woes, and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, as if by some unseen super-magnetic force pulling on her underwire bra.

Is Cha-Cha destined to pose a one-woman defense against three violent brutes, or might Newt prove to be her nerd in shining armor?

And I thought . . . 
I looked forward to reading another book by Author Diane Kelly I had the opportunity to read Bending The Paw a series set in Fort Worth my hometown.

I was excited when the Author provided me a copy of Busting Out as part of my On The Road series taking the blog to Mobile, Alabama.  

Busting Out was a page turner.  Sometimes you just want to read a book that grabs your interest ... 
Well I guess you always do but for me it doesn't always happen. 
 
But Cha Cha had me at page 1 it was one of those page turners I didn't want to put down.  

I enjoyed the chuckles. The storyline kept me interested.  

I didn't like the bad guys cuz they were just mean and they just wouldn't give up.  It  was a bit ridiculous the effort and the means they took to 'get' Cha Cha but it was funny and kept me wondering what next. The were a bit like the "Energizer Bunny". 
 At least untill Newton and Cha Cha get ahold of them. 

The budding Romance between Cha Cha and a teacher she met on a traffic stop soon went full on 'Love of thier lives'.

Cha Cha and Newton became a great team in finally catching the bad guys.  

Busting Out was a great read and I can't wait to read more books by Diane Kelly. 

I received a complimentary copy.

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On The Road Chatting with Author Diane Kelly

 

For my readers.  This was a super fun series to promote. 

The Interview with Author Diane Kelly was fun because she has lived in my hometown.  


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Let's chat with Diane 


Hello Diane.  Thanks for visiting with us today!

Thank you for having me.  I always enjoy chatting! 

Well let's get into some fun questions.

What is your favorite snack while writing? 

Wasabi peas. The kick definitely keeps me feeling awake!

Do you have a pet office assistant? 

Several. I move around the house while I work, spending 2-3 hours in one spot before going on to another. When I'm writing from bed or the chaise lounge in my home office, my calico Shakira is always by my side and my orange-and-ginger cat Fritz does his best to get in my way by lying on me or my computer. When I'm working in the living room or on the back deck, my dogs hang out at my feet. 

You've just written The End. How do you celebrate?  

Pre-virus, I'd go out for a nice meal. Now, I usually treat myself to a day or two off from working and binge-watch movies or TV shows (and catch up on neglected housework).

What do you do when you're not writing? Hobbies?

I enjoy walking my dogs and get lots of story ideas while puttering along with them. Our area has great places to hike, so we often go out on the trails. I also love to ski and ice skate, though I'm not that great at either one. I'm definitely not a daredevil! I'm lucky that there's a skating rink in our town so I don't have to drive far to get to a rink. I enjoy gardening, too, but I don't have much luck at it. We live in North Carolina where the tall trees block the sun for most of the day, so we don't have a nice sunny spot for a successful vegetable garden. My hydrangeas and lantana have done very well, though! 

About The Busting Out series . . . How many books in the series? Locale?  

This is a loosely connected series based on the fact that each book has a similar concept - a buxom motorcycle cop. Each book features a different female officer, in a different location. The first book, Busted, is set in a fictional small town in north Texas. The second, Another Big Bust, is set in the Raleigh-Durham area, where I live now. The third, Busting Out, is set in Mobile, Alabama.  

How did you choose the Locales? 

I chose north Texas for the first book because the area was my home at the time I wrote it and felt familiar to me. I found the small towns along the country roads to be charming. I set the second book in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, where I live now. The tall trees are absolutely gorgeous, and the roads outside the city are scenic places to take a drive. I don't ride a motorcycle, but I can imagine how fun it would be to take one along the county roads. I set the third book in Mobile, Alabama because I thought it would be fun to set a story in a seaside city. I lived in Montgomery for a year when I was young, and my family was very happy there. Alabama has a slower pace than many other places, and feels very homey. It truly is a "sweet home."

Aren't the books about different characters? Will they ever meet?  

Yes, each book features a different female motorcycle cop. Busted stars Marnie Muckleroy, who is recently divorced and moved back to her small hometown in Texas after going through a traumatic on-duty event in Dallas. Another Big Bust features Shae Sharpe, who has some unresolved family issues to deal with.

 The heroine in Busting Out is Chastity "Cha-Cha" Rinaldi, who comes from a law enforcement family. I'd never thought of having them meet, but it's a fun idea! I know they'd like each other and have a lot to share. They could even go for a ride on their motorcycles together. 

Do you have a favorite character from the series?  

Oooh, that's a hard one. I guess if I had to pick one, it would be Marnie Muckleroy. Her book is the longest, so I got to know her better. She was the first character I wrote who had a dark past to deal with, and it made the writing interesting to dig a little deeper emotionally. 

I chose to feature this series after I read Bending The Paws. I loved the Ft. Worth

location. How many books in the series? Will there be more?  

There are 9 books in the Paw Enforcement series, as well as two digital-only novellas. I'm hoping to write one more to tie up some loose ends, but I'll have to figure out when I'd have time to write it, which will be tricky. I'm doing three books a year for my traditional publishers, and that keeps me on a tight schedule. 

About Fort Worth. Favorite place to shop?

 Favorite place to eat. I'll share mine. Mexican Inn and I love El Rancho Grande.  

My favorite places to shop were the garden stores. We had a good one in our suburb that had a resident cat who would hang around. You never knew where he might show up while you were checking out the plants. My favorite place for Mexican food would be Chuy's or Joe T. Garcia's, which is mentioned in my Paw Enforcement series when my cop and her boyfriend-to-be go on their first date there after meeting at the site of an explosion. I also liked several of the Japanese restaurants where they cook right at your table and put on a show.

Last one. Can you give us a sneak peek of what you're working on?  

I'm wrapping up the first draft of book #1 in my new Mountain Lodge Mysteries series. It's called Getaway with Murder, and has an absolutely adorable cover. There's a cat, of course, a fluffy white diva named Baroness Blizzard or Yeti for short. It's been so much fun developing these new characters! Misty Murphy has just turned 50 and gotten divorced, and is starting on Act Two of her life by buying a lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There's lots of fun new beginnings for her as she sets out on her own. 

Thanks Diane for visiting.  I know we will get together again!

Thanks, Sherry! Greatest questions!