November 19, 2017

A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson - Spotlight and Giveaway


Book description
A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle 

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren? 

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman? 

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in. 

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares. 

He can’t wait for it to be over. 

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again. 

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete's demise. 

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish? 

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge. 

Purchase from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2woAAoF

Meet Kiltie Jackson 
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing - she moved up to the Midlands. 

She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage! 

Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! 

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! 

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living. Kiltie first began writing 'A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle' over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn't flowing as she would like it to. 

In her own words "The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!" Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie's Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author. 

In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew - with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with 'A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle' and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel. 

Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017. 

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, 'Of All the Unlikely Places', and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight. 

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it's costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming. 

She now lives her life around the following three quotes: "I love having weird dreams, they're great fodder for book plots!" "Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?" "Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!" 


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Murder by the Barrel by Lesley Cookman - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 18th in Series 
Accent Press Ltd (October 5, 2017) 
Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1786152947 
E-BOOK ASIN: B073ZJLL56
  

Book description
A new title in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman

When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong?

But when an unexpected death shakes the village, it’s up to Libby Sarjeant to solve the puzzle.

Was it just another rock star death or is there something more sinister afoot?

Meet the Author - Lesley Cookman
Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she's been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she's written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The Libby Sarjeant series is published by Accent Press, who also publish her book, How to Write a Pantomime, with a foreword by Roy Hudd. Lesley is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association.

Webpage - Lesley Cookman 
Purchase Links - Amazon B&N kobo 

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That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape - Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Lyrical Underground (November 7, 2017) 
Paperback: 240 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1516100583 
E-Book ASIN: B06X3TLCLH


Book description
It’s time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .

Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.

Kailyn was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk to every living soul in town—plus a few departed ones . . .

Meet The Author - Sharon Pape
Sharon describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they ever condensed. Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. After treatment she and her oncologist started a not-for-profit to provide information and peer support to breast cancer patients. With the organization up and running, she returned to her first love - writing. This time around she's been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. That Olde White Magick is the second book in her Abracadabra Mysteries.

Author Links Webpage - http://sharonpape.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.pape.94
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbpape
Purchase: Amazon B&N kobo

Guest post
One of the things I love about writing is being able to surprise myself. You’re probably wondering how that’s possible, when I’m the one thinking up the ideas. Before you decide to have me carted away to the nearest padded cell, let me explain. When I was writing the third book in the Abracadabra series, there was a scene in which I was describing how well aunt Tilly was walking, compared to her usual difficulties. But instead of saying “she was walking more lithely than usual, what popped out of my head was, “she was walking as if she didn’t have a bunion to her name.” Surprise! One moment that description wasn’t anywhere to be found in my brain and the next I was typing it onto the page.

I’ve also surprised myself with the plot. Although I work up a basic outline for each mystery, there are times when the characters take things into their own figurative hands. In another cozy mystery, everything was going smoothly, all the characters knew their roles and no one complained that their part wasn’t big enough or they didn’t want to be the killer or they didn’t like the guy I’d set them up with. But as I was galloping along to the final scenes, out of the blue, one of them broke ranks – a mutiny! Surprise! After a lengthy debate, I caved. The character was right. It meant extra work for me, but the story was better for it. Now you can argue that the mutiny came out of my own head, but I don’t recall thinking about it until that character took matters in their own hands.

Every time I sit down to write, I never know exactly what the day will bring, what surprises are waiting in the wings. That’s what keeps the process fresh and fun for me. And hopefully for the readers.

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November 18, 2017

Dead Storage by Mary Feliz - Spotlight

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Lyrical Underground (July 18, 2017) 
Paperback: 216 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1601836687 
E-Book ASIN: B01MDPY3CU

Book description
As a professional organizer, Maggie McDonald brings order to messy situations. But when a good friend becomes a murder suspect, surviving the chaos is one tall task . . .

Despite a looming deadline, Maggie thinks she has what it takes to help friends Jason and Stephen unclutter their large Victorian in time for its scheduled renovation. But before she can fill a single bin with unused junk, Jason leaves for Texas on an emergency business trip, Stephen’s injured mastiff limps home—and Stephen himself lands in jail for murder. Someone killed the owner of a local Chinese restaurant and stuffed him in the freezer. Stephen, caught at the crime scene covered in blood, is the number one suspect. Now Maggie must devise a strategy to sort through secrets and set him free—before she’s tossed into permanent storage next . . .

Explicit language, sex, or violence: No
Series or Stand-alone: It is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Meet the Author - Maggie McDonald
Mary Feliz writes the Maggie McDonald Mysteries featuring a Silicon Valley professional organizer and her sidekick golden retriever. She's worked for Fortune 500 firms and mom and pop enterprises, competed in whale boat races and done synchronized swimming. She attends organizing conferences in her character's stead, but Maggie's skills leave her in the dust.

Author Links: Website: www.maryfeliz.com
Blog: www.maryfeliz.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryFelizBooks https://www.facebook.com/mary.feliz.581 Twitter: @maryfelizauthor Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/author/mary-feliz/preview/ Purchase Links: Amazon IndieBound B&N kobo iTunes Google Books



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November 17, 2017

Etched in Tears by Cheryl Hollon - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Kensington (November 28, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496711755 
E-Book ASIN: B06XFHHZJQ 

Book description
When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer’s cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah’s first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis’s return home has her reflecting on the past—a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father’s records sheds new light on Dennis’s history, but it seems his present life wasn’t so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it’s up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.

MEET THE AUTHOR - CHERYL HOLLON
Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks.

Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

Purchase Links Amazon B&N Hudson Booksellers BAM IndieBound 
This book will also available at Target and WalMart.

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November 16, 2017

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: The Amish of Hart County
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Avon Inspire (November 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062469142

Book description
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.


Meet the author - Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

My thoughts
When you start reading this book you are grabbed on the first page. I wanted to know right away who was causing the accidents. Like Susanna's father you think the obvious person would be Vance and his family but you don't want to it to be him so you keep looking for clues to figure out who it could be. This book was full of adventure, mystery and love. It was fun to go back to Hart County and meet some new friends. The author does a good job of developing the characters and making them very likable. This series has been fun to read and while they are best read as the series you can read them and stand alone books and still be enjoyed. 

Canal Days Calamity by Jamie M. Blair - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2017) 
Paperback: 240 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0738751221 
E-Book ASIN: B01N5RVJDY

Book description
Cameron Cripps-Hayman is taken aback when she stumbles upon another murdered neighbor, this time behind her sister's shop, Dog Diggity. The timing couldn't be worse, as there's only a week left before the store's grand opening during Canal Days, the biggest festival of the year.

When the police arrest her handyman, Cameron knows they've got the wrong suspect, so the Metamora Action Agency sets their sights on cracking the case. With one solved murder under their belts, how hard could a second be?

With a flood warning and a murderer on the loose threatening the start of Canal Days, can Cameron and her crew save the town's annual dog and pony show from being canceled?

Meet The Author - Jamie Blair
Jamie Blair (Ohio) is the award-winning author of young adult and romance books, including Leap of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and Lost to Me. Visit her online at www.JamieBlairAuthor.com and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JamieMBlair

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