December 14, 2017

The Discombobulated Decipherers by Julie Seedorf - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Self Published (November 21, 2017) 
Print Length: 195 pages 
ASIN: B076Z3YFYQ 

Book description
It’s Christmas in Brilliant, Minnesota, and Brilliant is known for its glitzy Christmas traditions. A world-renowned Christmas pageant, the town square decked out with Santa’s Village and a live nativity scene bring visitors to Brilliant each year. Just as the tourists arrive, Jezabelle Jingle and her mystery writer friend, Miranda, find the body of Ernest the elf dead and wrapped in a bundle of Christmas lights in the town square. Is Ernest part of a new holiday puzzle the Discombobulated Decipherers need to solve? Or is dead Ernest part of a bigger plot? Will Jezabelle decipher the clues so Brilliant can celebrate Christmas in peace? Or will Jezabelle be the next gift-wrapped box under the village tree?
Meet the Author - Julie Seedorf
As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.

I have worn many hats throughout my lifetime such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities, office manager and finally computer repair person eventually owning my own computer repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.

Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity.

I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.

Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.

Author Links: Website: http://julieseedorf.com 
Sprinkled Notes Blog: http://sprinklednotes.com 
Merchandise from my books: https://www.zazzle.com/hermiony 

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Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster - Review and Giveaway

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Drama Llama Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8894122859
ISBN-13: 978-8894122855

Book description
Blackmail, Sex and Lies is a story of deception, scandal, and fractured traditional Victorian social values. It is the tale of a naïve, young woman caught up in a whirlwind romance with a much older man. However, both have personality flaws that result in poor choices, and ultimately lead to a tragic end.

For 160 years, people have believed Madeleine Smith to have been guilty of murder. But was she? Could she have been innocent after all?

This Victorian murder mystery, based on a true story, takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, 1857. It explores the disastrous romance between the vivacious socialite, Madeleine Hamilton Smith, and her working class lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier.

After a two-year torrid, and forbidden relationship with L’Angelier, that takes place against her parents' wishes, the situation changes dramatically when William Minnoch enters the scene. This new man in Madeleine’s life is handsome, rich, and of her social class. He is also a man of whom her family approve.

Sadly, insane jealous rages, and threats of blackmail, are suddenly silenced by an untimely death.



Meet the author - Kathryn McMaster
Kathryn McMaster is a writer, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and champion of good indie authors. She co-owns the book promotion company One Stop Fiction (www.onestopfiction.com), where readers can sign up to receive news of free and discounted 4 and 5 star reviewed books. She is also a bestselling author of historical murder mysteries set in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her debut novel, "Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?" was well received. All her novels are based on true stories, and she melds fact with fiction, writing in the creative nonfiction style. She lives on her 30 acre farm in the beautiful Casentino Valley, Italy for 6 months of the year, and during the other half of the year, on the small island of Gozo, Malta. 

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My thoughts
This was an interesting book to read. It has all the things I love, history and mystery. The author did a good job of describing the setting to make you feel as if you could really see what she was talking about. Her character development was good as well. You can tell she did her research as she got the little details right. I did not know much about Madeline Smith until I started reading this book. Now I want to find out more about her and why she did what she did. The author's writing kept me very interested in the book as I was waiting to see what would happen next. I liked Madeline even though I knew she should not being doing what she was doing I could not help but like her. It was nice how she used letters in the story as well. For me that added a little personal touch to the characters story. A highly recommended book. 

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December 11, 2017

Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Mystery/ Amateur Sleuth 
New Series 
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017) 
Hardcover: 288 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683313137 
Digital ASIN: B0767G2XLL
  

Book description
Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.

Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn't be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn't remember writing it.

When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town's history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it's too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman's riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.

Meet the Author - Dawn Eastman
National bestselling author Dawn Eastman was a family medicine physician in Michigan. Now she lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and daughter. When not writing, she keeps busy catering to the whims of a bossy bichon-shih tzu mix who wants to rule the world. This is her first Dr. Katie LeClair mystery. She is also the author of THE FAMILY FORTUNE MYSTERIES.

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December 8, 2017

The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venn's by Lucinda Elliot - Spotlight


Book details

Publication Date: February 24, 2017
Paperback & eBook; 284 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-0992736156
Genre: Fiction/Satire/Gothic/Romance



Book description
An appreciative satire of the cliches of traditional Gothic.

When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Still, she has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation.
Yet neither did Clarinda expect to inherit the legacy of evil from half a century before. For the wicked if beguiling Lord Venn seems to have inherited a family curse, which, having dispatched the main perpetrators of the old crime, now moves on to their heirs, who are just as wild a set of rakes as their elders. There are rumours of violent deaths preceded by appearances from an inexorable hooded spectre, of inexplicable strikes of lightning, and of haunted mirrors.
The light-hearted Harley Venn dismisses all these as conjuring tricks. He even hires a drunken charlatan of a professional magician to prove it.
Clarinda is far from sure that there is any rational explanation. Still, it would take more than an enforced marriage to an incorrigible pugilistic libertine or persecution from malevolent spectres to damage her steely nerves and sense of the ridiculous.
This lively Gothic comedy, written as a good natured satire, gives the reader a kind and courageous heroine, a rascally but beguiling anti-hero and an authentic historical background to the delightfully over-the-top adventures, a cast of wholly believable characters, an engaging love story and many chills on its way to its tumultuous conclusion.

Reviewer Praise
"I'm still smiling from this one. What a great book! Lucinda Elliot has a sense of humour I've never come across before. It's so firmly tongue in cheek, and you can tell that she's having great fun with her writing, probably chuckling to herself as she goes. To the reader, this comes across. The enthusiasm is infectious and the book very enjoyable. She throws many a nod to the old romance genre and its authors, yet the story comes across as new. The story is well told, with twists and turns and supernatural events that put the characters through their paces. I won't say any more as I don't want to give too much away. Suffice to say, I loved it The Villainous Viscount, and look forward to the next one." -Goodreads Reviewer

Meet the Author - Lucinda Elliot
Lucinda Elliot loves writing Gothic style stories, which isn’t surprising because she was brought up in a series of big old isolated houses which her parents were refurbishing (it wasn’t so fashionable back then). After that, she lived, studied and worked in London for many years and now lives in Mid Wales with her family.


She loves writing about strong women to complement gung-ho males.
Her interests do include weight training and body shaping,and she was once a champion Sportsfighter, but apart from that her interests are quite geeky. Reading classic novels, conservation, gardening, and even names and their meanings (bring on the carrot juice). She loves a laugh above anything.


For more information, please visit Lucinda’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Of Murder and Men by Lynn Cahoon - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Kensington (November 28, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496704399 Digital 
ASIN: B06XFJCBTD 
Audio ISBN-13: 978-1541460300
  

Book description
Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . . Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . . But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .

Meet The Author - Lynn Cahoon
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

Author Links
Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor
Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Website – http://lynncahoon.com/

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December 7, 2017

The Culinary Art of Murder by Heather Haven - Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
The Wives of Bath Press (November 27, 2017) 
Print Length: 281 pages 
E-Book ASIN: B076HDD3JY
  

Book description
Lee’s Uncle 'Tío' is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

Meet the Author - Heather Haven
After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, produced at several places, such as Playwrights Horizon. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time. One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote "The Sands of Time" with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio - where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy. Her first novel of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. The second, A Wedding to Die For, received finalist nods from both Global and EPIC’s for Best eBook Mystery of the Year, 2012. It also won the Editors and Predators silver, 2012. The third of the series, Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold 2013. The fourth installment, Dead…If Only, won Global Silver 2015. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five, won the Global Gold Medal 2017 and Dan Poynter Legacy Award 2017. The Culinary Art of Murder, is the sixth book of the series. 

Author Links Website: http://heatherhavenstories.com/ 
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Purchase Link - Amazon 

Guest post
In THE CULINARY ART OF MURDER Lee Alvarez goes undercover in a culinary arts institute. 

Do you like to cook? Have you ever taken cooking classes?
I love to cook! And my husband, Norman, is a gourmet and a gourmand. What’s the difference between the two? I have no idea. My husband says one is someone who likes to eat everything. He’s a foodie, glutton, gastronome, epicurean, and connoisseur, so I think he covers everything. That said, I like to cook for him. I have taken cooking classes at the Culinary Arts School of San Francisco. The best investment I ever made. I learned so many things I don’t think I could list them all. I loved every moment!

What's your favorite dish to either make or eat?

I like to make what I call Tuscan Chicken, although it winds up being a cross between French and Italian. You can’t go wrong when you add lemons, Herbs de Provence, white wine, garlic, and capers to sautéing pieces of chicken. It’s so win-win.

Are you a fan of the variety of cooking shows on television now?
Yes! OMG! I watch PBS all the time and learn a multitude of things every time I do. I love cooking shows.

Was there a specific inspiration for this story?

I wanted to highlight Tío, Lee’s beloved uncle. He is a retired executive chef. I wanted to give him a love interest and highlight the world of gourmet cooking. It was so much fun. And I got to make Arkansan Possum Pie (no animal was harmed or involved in the baking). It’s actually a chocolate silk pie, only better! I mean, a pecan/butter crust? Does it get better?

Are you able to share any future plans for Lee Alvarez?

Yes, Book Seven is in the works, Casting Call for a Corpse. Lee has a dear friend, who happens to be a Broadway star. The actress goes on tour and winds up in San Francisco, renting one of the world-famous ‘Painted Ladies’ to live in while performing. Naturally, there is a dead body at every turn. This gives Lee a chance to show off some of the dancing skills she’s acquired through the years but never uses. Also, she finds out whose dead body winds up in the guest bathtub during a soiree and why. More to follow!

When it comes to writing I understand there are 2 general camps-plotters, who diligently plot their stories, and pansters, who fly by the seat of their pants. Are you a plotter, a panster, or do you fall somewhere in between?

I am a panster, for sure. I know the first chapter and I know the villain (which sometimes changes during writing). Everything in between, I haven’t a clue. On rare occasions, a reader will write to me and say they knew all along who the bad guy was, I think to myself, “Really? Cause I hadn’t a clue, myself, until page 250.” But I’ll tell you. My readers are pretty sharp cookies. And we writers don’t often know what we’re writing until we’ve written it.

Authors are required to do a lot of their own marketing, especially for a new release. What's your favorite part of marketing your work? What do you dislike about marketing?

There’s nothing much I like about marketing unless it’s a meet and greet and I get to interact with the readers at a bookstore or gathering. I love that part of it. The rest, not so much.

Will you share any other upcoming books? I am nearly done with Book Two of the Lee Alvarez Mystery Novellas, Marriage Can Be Murder. This is a slightly more romantic mystery than the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, highlighting Lee Alvarez and her husband, Gurn Hanson. They are sort of the modern day Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley. The first one, Honeymoons Can Be Murder, was a lot of fun to write and seems to be doing well. The third one, Anniversaries Can Be Murder, will be done around May. There is a definite theme here!

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

Thank you! I appreciate it, Kathy.

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The Dying Fall by Ellen Seltz - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Mister Mottley and the Dying Fall 
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Incorrigible Publishing (October 27, 2017) 
Print Length: 214 pages 
ASIN: B076YJG7ZV
  

Book description
The only way out is a long way down.

Edmund Mottley, Specialist in Discreet Enquiries, is in a precarious position: his old flame Susan needs his help. Her new fiance is accused of murder, and she wants Mottley to clear his name.

Mottley would rather jump off a cliff than get involved, but when Susan is threatened by a shadowy crime syndicate, Mottley leaps to her aid.

Mottley and Baker, his intrepid valet, pursue the case to an island of otherworldly beauty. But the island is haunted by secrets, treachery, madness, and ... something more.

Every clue crumbles under their feet, pushing Mottley's powers of deduction -- and Baker's loyalty -- to the limit. With his own life on the line, can Mottley save Susan before time runs out?

The Mottley & Baker Mysteries are classic whodunnits set in the Golden Age of 1930's traditional detectives. If you like Miss Marple's pastoral puzzles or Albert Campion's rollicking adventures, you'll fall hard for this cozy historical mystery.

Meet the Author - Ellen Seltz
Ellen Seltz worked in the entertainment industry for twenty years, from Miami to New York and points in between. Her primary roles were actress and producer, but she also served as a comedy sketch writer, librettist, voice artist, propmaster, costumer, production assistant, camera operator and general dogsbody.

She turned to fiction writing in the vain hope that the performers would do as they were told. Joke’s on her.

Ellen is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where she now lives with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys vegetable gardening and vintage-style sewing.

Author Links Website & blog: ellenseltz.com/meet. Join my mailing list and receive a free copy of Book 1, Mister Mottley Gets His Man. Facebook: EllenSeltzAuthor Twitter: twitter.com/EllenSeltz Instagram: Instagram.com/MottleyFool Purchase Links - Amazon kobo 

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