Monday, November 27, 2023

Guest Post Wilder than Wildlife

 November 28 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST


Wilder than Wildlife

            Hi. I’m happy to be at My Reading Journeys. I’m often on journeys, mostly observing, pointing out, and helping wildlife.

            Me? I’m Stacie Calder, a naturalist who moved to Alaska a couple of years ago, and I talk to tourists about the wildlife we see near a tour boat in the waters near Juneau during the summer. My wonderful husky Sasha hangs out with me, even on the boat.

            Most recently, it’s been winter, and I work at Juneau Wildlife World then, helping to care for the wildlife at that wonderful sanctuary.

            I certainly never thought I’d wind up trying to figure out who murdered people around me, but that’s what started happening, last summer to begin with, while I was giving those tours. One of those who took some tours was killed, a rather nasty guy, and for various reasons I had to be the person who investigated and figured out who did it. And why. That was all described in the first book about me, BEAR WITNESS.

            I didn’t anticipate that, and I anticipated even less that something similar would happen a second time. Well, not really similar, but I still had to figure out who murdered someone where I was working for the winter.

            Where was that? Juneau Wildlife World, a wildlife sanctuary where I help out full-time when the weather is too Alaska-like to go out on tour boats. And yes, Sasha came with me there, too—which turned out to be an issue, since one of the managers, Oliver Brownling, kept giving me trouble about having my dog there. And when Oliver was murdered… well, some people thought I might have done it. Worse in some ways, the wolves at the sanctuary were even more major suspects, considering how Oliver was killed, mauled in the neck in a way that could have been done by wolves.

            Or by someone wanting to frame the wolves.

            So, okay, I had to figure it out as I had done previously. That story is now being told in the latest book about me, CRY WOLF.


K-9 National Park Defenders My Review


About the book 

Peril at Christmas awaits… in these gripping Pacific Northwest K-9 Unit novellas

A Christmas skiing retreat turns treacherous when Pacific Northwest K-9 Unit officer Veronica Eastwood’s sister is kidnapped—and only rival officer Parker Walsh can help her in Katy Lee’s 
Yuletide Ransom. And in Sharee Stover’s explosive Holiday Rescue Countdown, K-9 officers Dylan Jeong and Brandie Weller must race against the clock when they face a Christmas parade bomb threat…and a killer from Dylan’s past.

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith. 

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Author Interview fest. Ruth J. Hartman New Release Butterfly Betrayal Greay Escsoes Book Tour

 November 21 – My Reading Journeys – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Hello Ruth it is a pleasure to finally meet you. 

I have read or spotlighted several of your books on previous Great Escaped Tours. 

What is your favorite part about tours? 

The new series is really different from your others can you tell how the concept came along? 

How did you choose the location? 

The cover is really pretty.  It speaks Fall to me.  When does the story take place. 

Can you tell us about some of the characters maybe which ones will have a recurring role as the series progresses.   

Is Seneca going to be one of those main characters that is always stumbling onto dead bodies?  

Can you tell us about your favorite seen in the book? 

I am sure book tours even virtual ones are a lot of hard work. 

When the tour is over do have plans for celebration?  

Thanks so much for visiting and chatting! 

Best Wishes!

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Disco's And So is Mo-Mo Book Spotlight Great Escapes Book Tour

 November 13 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

About the book

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of mobster Mo-Mo Martine in Canada during the days of disco and polyester is finally solved when his body is found in a drum off the sapphire waters of Oahu.

An associate (local limb-breaker Harry the Hoarse) asks the pretty private investigators from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency – JJ, Rey, and Linda – to prove it wasn’t his brother-in-law, Johnny B. He’d been accused back then but never arrested, and it certainly appears that he’s the perp now. The trio finds itself embroiled in the most challenging, if not deadly, case yet!

Countless people – family, friends, foes – hated Mo-Mo. Anyone could have murdered him. Or was it a professional hit by the notorious, never-miss Death Angel? Is it possible!? The faceless, nameless assassin-for-hire is still plying his trade after all these years?

As bodies drop, the P.I.s begin to believe answers won’t come from anyone they interview; they’ll be found in mysterious photos dating back to Mo-Mo’s disco days. They merely have to decipher what the people and backdrops in those photos are telling them—a tricky task indeed. Will they figure it out before more murders occur… perhaps theirs?

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Purchase Links – Amazon CA – Amazon US – Coming Soon – Google Play – Kobo – Apple – B&N

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

A Seaside Bookshop Christmas Excerpt Great Escapes Book Tour

November 9 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW WITH EXCERPT

 About the book 
Twelve days before Christmas, the forecast calls for snow with a hundred percent chance for love as the owner of the Seaside Bookshop risks everything, including her heart.

Christmas returns to Bluestar Island in this heartwarming page-turner. While the small town’s holiday calendar is filled with festive events, the friendships of Bluestar’s residents are put to the test. Melinda Coleman owner of the Seaside Bookshop finds herself making a deal with the town curmudgeon that could cost her everything. While furniture maker Liam Turner is suddenly a full-time single father. He’s in over his head with an active three-year-old. It will take these two friends helping each other to keep their lives from imploding and in the process, they find the most precious gift of all—love.

Includes a holiday recipe for Santa’s Mitten cookies!

Read an excerpt

He glanced over at Mel. “If you can point out where you have the salt, I can take care of the walks for you.”

“I cleared them a little while ago.”

“I can tell. It’s just one of those snowy days where they’ll have to be shoveled multiple times.”

She nodded her head. Her long ponytail swished over her shoulder. Her cheeks still had a rosy hue. It looked cute on her. But there was this look in her warm brown eyes that caught and held his attention. He knew that faraway look. He’d seen it before when he’d kept her company in the hospital after her father’s heart attack. She was worried about something and he didn’t think it had anything to do with the weather.

He raised his voice to gain her attention. “Mel?”

She blinked before focusing on him. “Um… You don’t have to do the sidewalk.”

“I know I don’t have to do it, but I’d like to. Besides, I can’t take the chance of a beautiful woman falling into my arms every time I walk past the bookshop.” Now why had he gone and said that? Although he did find her attractive—very attractive. And if he was in a position to date, he’d ask her out.

As the color in Mel’s cheeks deepened, a smile pulled at the corners of her rosy lips. “I, uh… It’s in the back.”

And then he realized why he’d uttered those words—to make her smile. It warmed him like the sun, even though it was a cloudy day with snowflakes. No matter how challenging the day may be, when she smiled, it lifted his spirits. He followed Mel to the back room where she had a shovel and a bag of salt as well as a bucket. 

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And I thought  
I usually start with my review but . . . 
The cover spoke Cozy.  As in just a warm sit by the fire read.  

I was beckoned.  

A few of my favorite things lured me in  Christmas.  Small town charm.  

A sweet romance. 

And fun recipes at the end. 

A perfect preholiday read cuz' it really isn't Christmas yet.  But a read that speaks Christmas maybe even in July.  

I enjoyed meeting Jennifer Faye and her characters. 

I enjoyed the charming town. 
A Hallmark movie in a book! 

I enjoyed reading this one and plan to read more in the series by Jennifer Faye. 

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Sunday, November 5, 2023

Cozy New Releases


Antiques Foe

 by Barbara Allan

When popular podcaster Nicole Chatterton wants an interview for Killers Caught, true-crime author Vivian Borne is overjoyed. Finally, some recognition for the sleuthing skills the septuagenarian antiques dealer and her daughter Brandy have demonstrated, solving countless crimes in their small hometown of Serenity, Iowa! Format: Digital

Under the Cocoon Moon 

by Kathleen Bailey 

Olivia Penn is looking forward to spending time with her friends and family over the holidays in her hometown of Apple Station, Virginia. The Christmas season’s spirit has sparked a new romance, and all is looking merry and bright, until she is mistaken for a dead woman.   

Veronica Ruiz Breaks The Bank 

by Elle Cosimano 

Veronica Ruiz is on the run for the first time in her life—though certainly not the last. After being falsely accused of stealing money from her college sorority, she packs up and heads to her cousin Ramón’s apartment, planning to change her name and start over, away from backstabbing girls and university drama (and far, far away from her arrest warrant in Maryland). 

Caught in the Traminette

 by J.C. Eaton 

When reluctant winery owner Norrie Ellington is gifted with cockroach DNA, she thinks things couldn’t get worse. But then the body of a noted developer is found at a neighboring winery, and all fingers point to her friend Madeline Martinez. It doesn’t help that Madeline was seen having verbal altercations with the man on two different occasions, when he outbid her for lakefront property she planned to use for planting traminette grapes. 

Cry Wolf 

by Lark O. Jensen 

With boat tours off the coast of Alaska shut down for the winter, tour guide Stacie Calder is joining the dedicated team at the Juneau Wildlife World, a wild animal sanctuary. Along with Sasha, her husky companion, she’s prepared to spend the long season in the scenic park. But not everyone is so chipper about the newcomers—least of all, Stacie’s new manager, Oliver Brownling. He constantly gives Stacie a hard time, specifically because she brought Sasha along with her. That is, until his mauled body is found in a remote part of the sanctuary containing wolves.   

A Killer App

 by Linda Lovely 

Kylee Kane, a security consultant for Welch HOA Management, finds the first victim, Andy Fyke, crumpled at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Kylee suspects his fall’s no accident and is tied to Andy’s campaign to prohibit rentals in his Hilton Head Island community. Yet, Andy’s obvious enemies have ironclad alibis. 

Murder under the Mistletoe

 by Sherry Lynn 

Landscape artist and owner of SeaScapes, Kinsley Clark has been re-hired to decorate the town of Harborside for the upcoming holiday season and boat parade. Using the local elements found in Maine, Kinsley creates kissing balls—the town’s official mistletoe—to hang downtown and along the wharf. Kinsley is also responsible for Harborside’s official “lobster-stacked” Christmas tree, located beside the local marina, where the annual Harborside Boat Parade & Fireworks Display takes place. 

The Women Sleuths Club Murder 

by Sharon Michaels 

When a supposedly idyllic lobstering cruise takes an unexpected turn, steamy romance author, baker and amateur sleuth, Tabitha Clive, finds herself accused of murdering her husband’s former sister-in-law, Ethel Brownville.   

Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal

 by Raquel V. Reyes 

A surprise trip to Miriam’s parents in Punta Cana, which should be filled with arroz con pollo and breezy days under the tamarind tree, quickly becomes a hunt for a possible property saboteur. But before Miriam can begin to uncover the person damaging the vacation rentals her parents manage, she’s called away to Puerto Rico to film a Three Kings Day special. She’s welcomed to the blue ballast-stone streets of Old San Juan by crime scene tape, and things only get worse from there. 

Murder Comes Home

 by Rosalie Spielman

Army retiree Tessa Treslow is as excited as the other residents of New Oslo, Idaho, when the cast and crew of the TV show Picks with Ricks comes to town! Tessa and her Aunt Edna put their car restoration business on hold to let the celebrity antique hunters pick through their old garage, hoping the trash contains a treasure that will help fund their new business. But it turns out that the pickers come with TV cameras, likeable stars, a stressed-out producer—and a murderer!   

Dachshund to Death

 by C. B. Wilson 

A murdered pastry chef and a stolen family recipe turn Barkview’s annual holiday gingerbread dog house competition into a canine cat-astrophy. Has this competition turned dog-eat-dog or is it something more sinister? A tent full of knife-proficient suspects complicates everything. When Sandy’s sister is accused of the crime, Cat Hawl is on the scent. The deeper she digs she realizes that the recipe itself leads to something far more valuable than the perfect holiday treat. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Bulletproof Barist by Cleo Coyle Great Escapes Book Tour Spotlight & Giveaway

 November 2 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

About the book 

When a film crew’s location shoot delivers an actual shooting, Clare Cosi finds herself at the scene of a true crime in this showstopping entry in the beloved Coffeehouse Mysteries from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

Only Murders in Gotham, the smash-hit streaming program, is famous for filming in authentic New York locations and using real New Yorkers as extras. For its second season, they’ve chosen to spotlight the century-old Village Blend and its quirky crew of baristas. Shop manager and master roaster Clare Cosi is beyond thrilled, especially when her superb bulletproof coffee lands her a craft services contract for the production.

Madame, the eccentric octogenarian owner of the landmark shop, reveals an old kinship with the star of the show, comedian Jerry Sullivan. Now a Hollywood legend, Jerry frequented the Blend during his early years performing in Greenwich Village comedy clubs. But the past may hold more than nostalgia for Jerry. Suspicious accidents begin plaguing his shoot. Then a real bullet is fired from a stage gun, and Clare becomes convinced something sinister is afoot.

While Jerry’s production moves to exciting new locations, Clare keeps the coffee flowing—and her investigation going—even as a murderer lurks in the wings. But can she root out the rotten player in this Big Apple production before the lights go out on her?

Includes a stellar menu of surefire recipes!

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 November 2 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT