Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BOOK TOUR


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for author
Meg Macy
and
Book 2 in the Teddy Bear Mysteries
BEAR WITNESS TO MURDER


As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow, there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and murder in cold blood . . . 
 
Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble for the Silver Bear Shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .
 
But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now, before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her stuffed bears . . .

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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!
Winner will be chosen after June 4
at the end of the tour

1 lucky reader will win 1 print copy of
BEARLY DEPARTED

and
1 print copy of
BEAR WITNESS TO MURDER

USA only

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REVIEW
Dear reader, I have found myself falling behind this week. While I read and enjoyed BEAR WITNESS TO MURDER, time got away from me and I haven't written my review. So, the wonderful Karen M. Owen of A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery has allowed me to share her wonderful review with you. My review will be posted at a later date.

Photo by Karen M. Owen - Karen Mom of Three
Review by Karen M.Owen of 
A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery

Meg Macy has the second book in her teddy bear mystery series coming out at the end of the month from Kensington and it is such a good read. This second book in the series doesn't disappoint and the relationship between Sasha and her Sister Maddie is a very good one, I like their dynamic and I like how this second part of the story unfolds. 

Sasha is a strong character who is easy to relate too, I love her dedication to the bear store and factory and to her little puppy. The story line was good and I did not truly have the whole thing figured out until the end but I did some of it coming, but I kind of enjoyed that. I loved the cuddly nature of the story and the theme of OktoBear Fest. Made me wish I truly lived in a small town with fun activities like this. A great read and a great series. I cannot wait for the next one. I hope it is Christmas themed!

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About the Author

Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter — the area she chose for the setting of her new “Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear” cozy mystery series for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series; two books have been named Agatha Award finalists. Meg’s first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. She’s a graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Meg loves reading mysteries, historical, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.

Author Links: 
  Meg Macy on Twitter
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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
May 23 – Lisa Ks Book Review – REVIEW
May 23 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
May 24 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 25 – Valerie's Musings – REVIEW
May 25 – A Blue Million Books - CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 26 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 26 – Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 27 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
May 27 – StoreyBook Reviews - SPOTLIGHT
May 28 – The Book's the Thing - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 28 – Varietats – REVIEW
May 29 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
May 30 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW
May 31 – Ruff Drafts - AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 31 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 1 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
June 1 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
June 2 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
June 2 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW
June 3 - Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
June 3 - Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 4 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW
June 4 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018


There are some great new titles out this week! Take a look!

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Monday, May 21


A brand-new book in the harrowing and heartwarming Supper Club Mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Agatha Award–winning author Rosemary Stevens!

Librarian James Henry and his supper club sleuths will take a trip down memory lane searching for clues that will help catch a killer . . .

When the cast of the old Hearth and Home TV show gather for a twenty-fifth reunion at a local bed-and-breakfast where the show was filmed, the townsfolk are thrilled to meet the actors and relive their memories of a simpler time. Their nostalgic mood is broken, though, by an ambitious real estate developer who has also come to Quincy’s Gap with an eye toward turning the quiet town into the South’s hottest new tourist destination. Tensions are boiling over, and when the developer gets a little too sauced one night at the B&B and turns up dead the next morning, James and the supper club will have to put aside their distaste for the victim to help nab the culprit.

It looks like an open-and-shut case, but James and his friends are convinced the main suspect is innocent and promise to help get her out of hot water. Dividing their time between the investigation and the reunion festivities, they’re shocked to discover that members of the cast are guarding some very unsavory secrets. With time running out before the actors leave town and the trail of clues goes stale, the supper club will have to turn up the heat on a suspicious character before the killer serves up another murder. 

Includes mouthwatering recipes!

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Tuesday, May 22


If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is
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Words for Cindy York to live by. The struggling real estate agent, full-time mother, and part-time sleuth has been having a tough winter and is desperate for a juicy commission. When she stumbles across a quaint mansion that's "For Sale by Owner," she can hardly believe her luck. Percy Rodgers is anxious to move and immediately hires Cindy as his agent. But when she shares the exciting news with boss and best bud, Jacques Forte, he tells her that Mr. Rodgers neighborhood is a dangerous place to play, since the man just served 20 years for murdering his wife. Before Cindy can axe the deal, she stumbles over another dead body inside the house and is swept up in family drama, resentment, and decade old secrets that someone will kill to keep. If Cindy isn’t careful, this may end up being one deal that really is to die for
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AUDIO

On the way to the emergency room, an elderly woman regains consciousness long enough to inform paramedic Zoe Chambers that her fall down the basement steps was no accident. Before she can say more, she succumbs to her injuries, launching Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams into the investigation of a burglary ring targeting the area's vulnerable senior citizens.
Zoe - in spite of Pete's objections - takes it upon herself to act as protection detail after the con men, disguised as water company employees, set their sights on Zoe's beloved former landlady. It's a decision that eventually puts Zoe in harm's way.
With Zoe already recovering from one close call, Pete must race against time to stop the crime ring - and a dangerous killer - before they strike again.

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Friday, May 25


Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service. 

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake. 

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge. 

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake
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When NY reporter Paige MacKenzie leaves Manhattan for Jackson Hole, she has only two things on her mind: enjoy life with Wyoming's breathtaking Grand Tetons as the backdrop, and spend more time with handsome cowboy Jake Norris as he prepares to open his guest ranch.

As Paige begins to settle in, a stranger's odd behavior leads her to research western filming in the area - in particular, the movie, Shane. Will digging into Hollywood's movie connection with Jackson Hole simply lead to a freelance article for the Manhattan Post, or will it lead to a dangerous hidden secret?

Which ones are you looking forward to?





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Monday, May 21, 2018


Author 
Karen Shughart
would like to introduce to you her book
MURDER IN THE MUSEUM
Book 1 in the Edmund DeCleryk Mysteries


Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, NY police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford's body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily's coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum's gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister?

When the police chief is called out of town for a family emergency, he hires Ed, now working as a criminal consultant, to assist deputy police chief, Carrie Ramos, with the murder investigation. After several leads don't pan out, the chief, now back in Lighthouse Cove, decides to close the case. Confident that with more time the murder can be solved, Ed is determined to continue investigating on his own, with encouragement from his wife, Annie the museum's executive director.

One morning while in the basement of the museum, the couple discovers a copy of a map dated 1785, and Ed's instincts tell him it may be connected to Emily's death. On a hunch, he and Annie travel to Toronto, Canada, where he learns of the original map and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an archaeological dig. The manuscript contains information about a ship that capsized during a fierce storm on Lake Ontario -- in 1785. Now Ed has clues as to why the murder occurred, but he still doesn't know who committed the crime. Or does he?

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MY REVIEW


When I first started reading MURDER IN THE MUSEUM, I instantly liked author Karen Shughart’s style of writing. It flowed easily, encouraging me to enjoy the story rather than try to figure out what the author is trying to say (I’m sure you’ve read a few of those yourself).

Shughart made every part of MURDER IN THE MUSEUM interesting. From her characters, to the setting, and a clever mystery component, everything pulled me in. I quickly flew through the tale in my need to get to the answers of this whodunit. I was not disappointed. 

I enjoyed getting to know protagonist Edmund DeCleryk, and his wife, Annie. They are a great pair, and I look forward to reading more of this series, and this great duo.  

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MURDER IN THE MUSEUM
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Karen Shughart has worked professionally as a journalist, writer, editor, publicist and non-profit executive. Her passions include her family, cooking, gardening, writing, photography, walking, and learning new things. Karen's first novel, Murder in the Museum : An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery (Cozy Cat Press, April 2018) is the first in a series that takes place in Lighthouse Cove, NY on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. It is available in all Amazon formats. In addition, she is the author of two non-fiction books: The Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfast Guide and Cookbook; and Creating Special Events, from Dollars to Dessert.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018


Goodness. I have got a lot going on!

My Kindle went whacko on me (it's fixed now) so that put me behind on reading and reviewing.


I also have an event coming up on Facebook (see photo at the very top of this page), and I'm working double time trying to make it just perfect for everyone.


I searched my schedule and found a few days where I can get things caught up, and work the extra time I need for the FB event. 


So, my friends, I will see you back here May 21. Come on now, that's not so far away. It will go by quickly.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON

In the spotlight today is
Auralee Wallace's
DOWN THE AISLE WITH MURDER

First comes love. Then comes. . .murder?
Some wedding stories are so bizarre that you can't even make them up. Take Erica Bloom's latest case of an Otter Lake bride whose BFF is MIA at the time she's supposed to perform her duties as maid of honor. ..only to be found DOA. Erica and her security team—minus her beloved Grady, who's on vacation, trying to stay out of town business and has a no-nonsense sheriff covering for him—have followed every possible lead to find out what really happened to the young woman. Is her death the result of a bachelorette party gone wildly wrong? Or did someone with cold feet snap—and turn into a cold-blooded killer? These are the questions that must be answered for the nuptials, which at the eleventh hour receive a dramatic makeover, to go off without a hitch…before 'til death do us part.

DOWN THE ISLE WITH MURDER
is book 5 in the
Otter Lake Mysteries
by the amazing author
Auralee Wallace
and is now available for purchase!



Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women's fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, SIDEKICK, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Auralee has a Master's degree in English literature and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level.

When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn't writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/


And check out the rest
of this great series from
Henery Press


 


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Friday, May 11, 2018


It's
Cozy Food Friday
and a
Book Tour!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery
and host a wonderful author!


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for author
Maymee Bell
and
Book 1 in the Southern Cake Baker Mysteries
CAKE & PUNISHMENT


In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder. 

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by. With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him? 

Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and JoAnna Carl, Cake and Punishment―with authentic Southern recipes!―will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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MY REVIEW


Southern cozy at it’s finest, author Maymee Bell has penned what is sure to be one of the top new cozy mysteries of 2018.

As a lover of culinary cozies, I had been looking forward to CAKE & PUNISHMENT since I first heard about it. Starting a new series can be a bit dicey. You’re never sure if it will live up to your expectations. I’m happy to say, this book did that and more!

CAKE & PUNISHMENT drew me in immediately. Great characters, southern charm, detailed descriptions that made me feel like I was part of the story, and a truly wonderful murder mystery all kept me turning page after page until I was blindsided by the clever reveal.  

If you have to be choosy about what books you can buy, make sure CAKE & PUNISHMENT is one of the ones you choose. Seriously, a fabulous mystery, and tasty recipes, you won’t go wrong with this one!

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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!

1 lucky reader will win a

Kindle!

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On To The Recipe!

KENTUCKY DERBY PIE

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Photos  found via Google Images, and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

(from Maymee Bell’s mama’s, Linda Lowry, own recipe book)

My Mama’s Derby Pie is smack your mama good! It’s a southern pie with walnuts and chocolate chips. You can use pecans in substitute for the walnuts, but I really like my walnuts!


Ingredients:
½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup walnuts or pecans (your choice not both!)
¾ cup chocolate chips (or more if you really want it gooey!)

Directions
   Mix in the order that’s written under the ingredients. This is very important. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 

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I am not a pie eater. I haven't found one I like.
But this pie? Oh yeah, I'm ready to give this one a try!

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Please keep reading to check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
and
The Friday 56

Both the BB and 56 are from


CAKE & PUNISHMENT

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Book Beginnings

   "Vrrrrrrr. Vrr. Vrrr. Vrrrrrrrr." The sound of the electric mixer was music to my ears. It was like coming home. "Vrrrrrrrr. Vrrrrrr." I held the mixing bowl under the whisk, blending and folding the icing to perfect consistency."

My 56%

   "You're crazier than a bedbug." I shook my head, but I wasn't convinced that I meant it.

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