Sunday, September 24, 2017

BOOK TOUR


I'm very happy to be a stop on the 
blog tour for 
Laura Child
with 
Terrie Farley Moran


and their paperback release of
CREPE FACTOR


There’s a murderer among the merchandise at the Winter Market in the French Quarter in the latest Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, now in paperback.The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend, Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restaurateur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela’s, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

SCRAPBOOKING TIPS INCLUDED

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*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****


Winners will be chosen after September 24
at the end of the tour

Two lucky readers will each win a
paperback copy of

CREPE FACTOR

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.


GUEST POST FROM AUTHORS

Thrilled to be visiting Lisa K’s Book Reviews to let you all know that Crepe Factor, book number fourteen in the cozy-with-an-edge scrapbooking series, is about to be released in a mass market paperback edition. If you’ve never hung out in New Orleans with gorgeous and gutsy Carmela Bertrand and her loyal, man-magnet best buddy, Ava Gruiex, well then, the Christmas holiday season is a great time to meet them. 

Carmela owns the very successful Memory Mine scrapbooking shop and Ava is the owner of the exotic Juju Voodoo store. The girls decide to take a break from helping their customers celebrate the joyful season and have a little fun themselves. As they stroll through the French Quarter Winter Market set on the edge of the mighty Mississippi River, the ladies are delighted with the display booths offering food, wine, clothes and every imaginable holiday gift. They are having a grand time until they witness a nasty verbal altercation between Carmela’s old flame, restaurant owner Quigg Brevard, and a man who talks like a snooty restaurant critic and, in fact, turns out to be Martin Lash, a reviewer for a food website called Glutton for Punishment. Try as they might, Carmela and Ava couldn’t calm Quigg down. Finally they gave up and went on their merry way visiting booth after booth until… wait for it… they come upon the booth of Ava’s dreams. Lots of lace, leather and chains. Ava’s idea of perfect glam wear.

MY REVIEW


Another wonderfully crafted installment in the Scrapbooking Mystery series!

While still semi-new to the Scrapbooking Mysteries, I’ve really enjoyed the few I have read. CREPE FACTOR is a brilliant addition to this wonderful series! I was glued to my chair the entire time I was reading, finishing the book in one setting!

Author Laura Childs is a superb writer and is now joined in writing this series with another of my favorite authors, Terrie Farley Moran! They make a perfect fit for sure. Reading the books, you’d never know two writers were contributing. The quality storytelling in CREPE FACTOR is of a standard that many authors can only hope to achieve. 

The murder in this story happens early into the book. With a twist you don’t often see, the victim was still alive when discovered . . . but not for long. And when protagonist Carmela agrees to help the accused murderer, it puts a strain on her relationship with her beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, because the accused is Camela’s former flame. 

From the first page all the way through to the reveal, CREPE FACTOR was packed with all the elements readers look for in a stellar mystery. Returning fans are going to love this latest book. 

Grab your own copy and be prepared for quite a ride!

When you’re done reading the story, don’t stop reading the book or you’ll miss out on crafting tips, recipes, and an excerpt from Laura Childs Cackleberry Club Mystery, EGG DROP DEAD.


ABOUT LAURA

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!)

 Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
Laura’s Links: Webpage - www.laurachilds.com Facebook - www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31 

ABOUT TERRIE 

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 24 – Cinnamon, Sugar and Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW REPOST, RECIPE September 24 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - REVIEW REPOST, GUEST POST
September 25 – Socrates' Book Reviews- SPOTLIGHT
September 25 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
September 26 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW REPOST
September 27 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW
September 28 – Writing Pearls – REVIEW
September 28 – Valerie's Musings – SPOTLIGHT
September 29 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 29 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
September 30 – The Power of WordsSPOTLIGHT
October 1 – My Funny View of Life – REVIEW
October 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – REVIEW
October 2 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 3 – Varietats - REVIEW, GUEST POST
October 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 4 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
October 5 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 6 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
October 6 – Teresa Trent Author Site - CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 7 – StoreyBook Reviews - GUEST POST
October 7 – Brooke Blogs - CHARACTER GUEST POST


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Saturday, September 23, 2017


I'm so excited to be joining Berkley in celebrating 
the upcoming October 3rd release of not one, but two books from author Carolyn Hart!


The paperback edition of
GHOST TIMES TWO
Book 7 in the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mysteries
 and the hardcover edition of
GHOST ON THE CASE
Book 8 in the Bailey Ruth Mysteries


Did I mention there's a
Giveaway?
Keep reading


Carolyn Hart—New York Times bestselling author of Ghost to the Rescue—returns with a new Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel in which one woman shatters the glass ceiling...with a little help from beyond.Bailey Ruth Raeburn’s latest mission is to guide the spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend, Megan. As if being haunted by her late boyfriend wasn’t enough, Megan is dealing with an arrogant, manipulative senior partner who threatens to fire Megan’s vulnerable secretary if Megan accepts a partnership at another law firm.
 
Since Jimmy refuses to move on while Megan is being blackmailed, Bailey Ruth agrees to help him. But after the partner turns up dead and Megan is found at the crime scene, Bailey Ruth and Jimmy must uncover a killer before the love of Jimmy’s life is ordered to spend a lifetime behind bars…

MY REVIEW


Not many people can make a ghost come to life, but that’s exactly what author Carolyn Hart does in every installment of the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mysteries.

GHOST TIMES TWO finds ghost Bailey Ruth trying to help the spirit of a young man move on to the afterlife. But much in the way of the show, The Ghost Whisperer, his reluctant spirit is refusing to go. What follows is an exciting tale of the two ghosties trying to track down a murderer.

A fast, and fascinating story, GHOST TIMES TWO is another amazing ghostly adventure written only the way author Hart can. Page after page my anticipation grew as the twists and turns just kept coming right up until the satisfying conclusion.

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*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****
One lucky reader will win a print copy of
GHOST TIMES TWO
and
One lucky reader will win a print copy of
GHOST ON THE CASE 
Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.
USA only
This giveaway was made possible by Berkley.

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Bailey Ruth Raeburn is back, racing against the Heavenly clock in an all-new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Times Two.
 
Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she’s sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit. 
 
While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss’s money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan’s boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man’s closest confidants be behind the abduction? 
 
Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond...

MY REVIEW


Author Carolyn Hart kills it with GHOST ON THE CASE.

Sometimes a series can become stale, and predictable. But in this eighth installment of the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mysteries, Hart proves she has what it takes to keep her series fresh, and readers coming back for more.

Bailey Ruth is sent to her old hometown to help find a woman’s kidnapped sister. Who did it, and how did they know the woman, Susan, could get the money they demanded? Bailey Ruth plans to find out, but soon finds herself on the trail of a murderer.

GHOST ON THE CASE was the most intense, and nail biting Bailey Ruth yet. There were scenes where I held my breath as things went from bad to worse. There were so many pieces of this puzzle to put together, that I finally stopped trying to play sleuth myself, and just sat back and enjoyed while I let the story played out. Wow. Brava, Carolyn Hart.

Bailey Ruth fans, you’re going to love GHOST ON THE CASE!

ABOUT CAROLYN


An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the New York Timesbestselling author of more than fifty-five novels of mystery and suspense including the Bailey Ruth Ghost Novels and the Death on Demand Mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She has also been honored with the Amelia Award for significant contributions to the traditional mystery from Malice Domestic and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, where she enjoys mysteries, walking in the park, and cats.

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Release date:
October 3
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Friday, September 22, 2017


It's
Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
SILENCE OF THE JAMS
Book 2 in the Down South Café Mysteries
by Gayle Leeson


In the latest Southern cozy from the author of The Calamity Café, small-town chef Amy Flowers can’t take her freedom for granted when she’s served up as a murder suspect... 

It's Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Café is open and flourishing, and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the café so he can tear it down and build a B&B on the site.
 
When George collapses while eating at the Down South, everybody assumes it's a heart attack—until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now, it’s up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost. 

Includes delicious Southern recipes!

ABOUT GAYLE


Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. She also writes as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, she writes the Embroidery Mystery series.

She lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff.

MY REVIEW


SILENCE OF THE JAMS gave me that down home, easy living feeling, but with murder! ;-)

With the wait finally over (it felt like years) I dived into this book, and didn’t come up for air until I was finished! Page after page I was captivated by this delightful cozy. As with the first installment in this series, SILENCE OF THE JAMS was a fast moving mystery without one wasted word. (You know the kind of drag-it-out filler I’m talking about.) Seriously, there was not one slow or boring part in this entire tale.

Every scene dealing with the characters doing their normal, everyday routines, made me long to be a part of this group of people. And every scene focusing on the murder was intelligently crafted by author Gayle Leeson to keep the reader’s mind working to solve the deadly puzzle. She truly has a gift for writing a killer mystery.

Be prepared to get hungry reading this story. There are some yummy sounding foods. Thankfully, Ms. Leeson includes some of the amazing recipes from the story. I will be trying them out for sure!

I don’t care how jammed up your reading list is. You have got to add SILENCE OF THE JAMS to the top. Haven’t read book one, THE CALAMITY CAFÉ? Get them both and read them back to back. You’ll be happy that you did!

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On to the recipe!

BEEF AND CHEESE PASTA BAKE
All food photos are borrowed from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will very in appearance.

Ingredients

1 8-ounce package elbow macaroni
cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded carrots
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon flour
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese


Directions

Preheat oven to 350°

   Cook the pasta and drain. Lightly coat the pasta with cooking spray.

   Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add the onions and carrots to the pan and sauté for around 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté a minute longer. Add ground beef and cook until the meat is browned. Add the tomato sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta to the beef mixture. Spoon into an 11-by-7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. 

   Place milk, flour, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt into a medium sauce pan. Stir until blended. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour the cheese over the pasta mixture and stir. Top with the remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese.

   Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 1-cup servings.


This makes me so hungry for pasta tonight!
Can't you smell it cooking?

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

Both the BB and 56 are also from


SILENCE OF THE JAMS

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

Mom, my cousin Jackie, and I were practically elbow to elbow 
in the kitchen of my little house. 

My 56

"Are you going to run?"


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