Sunday, March 24, 2019

Binge Reading and a #Bookgiveaway

Character:      Amanda Blake
Title:              Down in Flames
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon
Website:         www.cherylhollon.com


Hi, Amanda Blake here. I'm the office manager and an assistant instructor for Webb's Glass Shop. I can't believe that the owner, Savannah Webb, is so supportive.  I'm working fewer hours just now because my mother isn't doing too well. It's a challenge to keep everything on track.

I'm pretty busy figuring out how to marshal the many community services that are available to help us manage her failing health. There are a huge number of volunteer organizations that not only support her, but also help me as her primary care giver. I love this community.

The one thing my mother hasn't relinquished is her passion for reading. She is a voracious reader and instilled that same desire in me. What a gift. Right now she's binge reading her way through author Sue Grafton's alphabet series. As of this morning, she's on R is for Ricochet

At this speed, she'll be through that series in just a few more days. I need some recommendations. What series do you turn to when you aren't feeling well?

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There's a #BOOKGIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and your email address in the form of yourname(AT)server(DOT)com to foil the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on March 26 for the chance to win a signed copy of Shattered at Sea. This giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents. Winner will be notified within 48 hours.






Down in Flames will release on June 25, 2019 and is available for you to pre-order at AmazonNookKobo, and in your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books If your budget is tight, please ask your library to order it.


About Down in Flames:

A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb's glass shop proves to be no accident. . .

A highlight of Savannah's new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students' safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.

The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen's Head Pub, owned by Savannah's boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver--before someone else meets a dead end . . . 


About the author:

Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career 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 writing with a passion for creating glass art. Cheryl and her husband George live in downtown St. Petersburg visiting museums, walking the parks, and sampling the adult beverages.



Visit Cheryl and her books at her WebsiteFacebookInstagram or Twitter

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Blue Plum is Calling You Home – a brief photo travelogue to make our author homesick



by Kath Rutledge
from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae


Take a look. These pictures are some of the reasons people love visiting Blue Plum, Tennessee, and why those of us who live here feel lucky.










layers of mountains 
life in the tiniest places


mossy creeks, rushing water

the top of the world

clear, clear mountain creeks

mountain meadows

incredibly cute park in the middle of town

inviting porches

streetscapes on a cozy scale

wildflowers

pie

Our author lived in this part of the world for almost twenty years. Is it any wonder she misses it? What places do you miss?



Molly MacRae writes the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Of Shakespeare, hares, and turning eighteen


By: Sadie Jones
Excerpt from: The Wrong Boy (amazon #1 bestseller!!)
Author: Cathy Ace

Meet Sadie Jones: daughter of Helen, granddaughter of Nan (Myfanwy), who live together at, and run, The Dragon's Head pub in the clifftop village of Rhosddraig in Wales.

Sadie is seventeen. 
Remember what it was like to be seventeen?

I hate double English. I hate double anything – it’s too long to keep thinking about just one thing. I suppose it isn’t so bad at the moment, because Aled’s been picked to read Romeo in class. Though why Mrs Lee had to pick Rhian to read Juliet I’ll never know. Priya Patel would have been better – at least she goes to elocution lessons and can read things aloud properly. Rhian stumbles over every line.
Aled reads Romeo like an angel, and I can tell he’s thinking of me when he reads it, not Rhian.
She’s just a big lump. Everyone says it, not just me. And it’s true. She was always useless at PE. Can’t run for toffee. And it shows. Wobbles about all over the place, she does. I mean, I know I’m not fast, but who could be with these boobs?
I hate my boobs. Mam says I can’t have them made smaller until I’m an adult. Says I haven’t stopped growing yet. Well, I’ll be eighteen in six months and three weeks, so then I can do what I want.
Photo from BBC Good Food Guide
 Mam and I were talking about what I’ll do to celebrate my next birthday, it being such an important one. Of course I have my own plans for the night, but she said she’d be happy to make me one last hare-shaped, white blancmange surrounded by green jelly grass, just like I’ve been having since I was little. I think that’s a good idea, because after that night I’ll be a totally different person, and that might not be suitable for me anymore.


Oh Aled . . . when we get married I’ll be Mrs Sadie Beynon. Mrs Sadie Beynon has a lovely ring to it. It sounds like I could be anything, with that name. Being married must be wonderful, if you’re in love. And, of course, I could be Mrs Sadie Beynon who runs The Dragon’s Head pub in Rhosddraig, if I want…
Photo by author of The Worm's Head Hotel in Rhossili, Wales - inspiration for The Dragon's Head pub

There’s Mam calling again. I suppose I’d better get up; God knows Nan throws a fit when we don’t all stick to our bathroom timetable. And I can’t let Mam think I didn’t get a proper night’s sleep, or she’ll start The Inquisition and it’ll be awful. Besides, at least I can look forward to watching Aled while he reads Romeo’s lines.
Love really is ‘a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes’. Shakespeare must have known what real love was. A love like ours.
Sadie and Aled. Forever.

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You can find out how teenage love can...let's just say "go awry"...in THE WRONG BOY by Cathy Ace. 

The book has received stellar blurbs, and wonderful reviews. You can read them by clicking here. For those who enjoy a journey that's full of suspense, twists, and reversals, it might be just your cup of tea. 

If you haven't already signed up for Cathy's newsletter, now is an excellent time to do it as she'll be announcing a GREAT DEAL there in the next few days. You can sign up on the home page of her website by clicking here.

The Wrong Boy is Cathy's thirteenth novel. 
She also writes the award-winning Cait Morgan Mysteries and the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries

You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Links at her website homepage here.





Thursday, March 21, 2019

It's Spring! #bookgiveaway


By: Merry Grace Wynter
From: Muffin But Trouble
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
By: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
& Merry Muffin Mysteries on Facebook

It's March... everywhere weeds and wildflowers are starting to come up in the part of western New York State I now call home. My big property is bustling with work being done... excavations, foundations, many many 'ations'.

It's been a quiet year or so in one sense, but really really busy here at Wynter Castle and Wynter Woods in another. No murders for... heck, quite a while! Like, a year and a half... that's a good thing. (Have I jinxed it by saying that? Hope not.)

But that doesn't mean I haven't been super busy! My lovely 200 year old Wynter Castle, home of my ancestors, has been transformed, with new gardens, landscaping, and renovations. But the land itself has changed the most.  My huge acreage is undergoing a process that will take it from a barren landscape to a community of reclaimed homes, houses that were slated to be torn down in Autumn Vale to make way for the new community center town hall complex.

Best of all, marriage is a wonderful thing. I have the most excellent taste in men. My first husband, the late Miguel Paradiso, was smart, sexy, and talented. And I have to say... Virgil Grace, once sheriff of Autumn Vale and now a private investigator with his old buddy, former cop Dewayne Lester and my current and last husband, is amazing: smart, sexy (VERY sexy) and talented. He goes along with all my wild schemes, loves me through the worry and fear of it all, and has built, with me, an amazing Craftsman home on my property, a retreat for the two of us. 

With my friends from my old life - Pish and sweet Shilo (who is now married herself, and with a baby daughter, my goddaughter Autumn) - who have joined me here, and all my new Autumn Vale friends, Virgil, Gogi, Lizzie, Doc English, Hannah and all the rest, my heart is full.

And so I ask, as spring arrives... what makes you happy? Family and friends, of course, but what else?




Comment here and tell me... what, besides family and friends, makes you happiest this time of year? Is it the longer daylight, cessation of snow, the first buds of flowers, or... what?

Comment by Midnight, March 22nd, giving me an email address and a first name, and I will choose three names to receive ANY paperback copy of any  Merry Muffin title, as well as bookmarks!

So... what makes you happy this spring?


Winners may choose from:
#1 - Bran New Death
#2 - Muffin But Murder
#3 - Death of an English Muffin
#4 - Much Ado About Muffin
#5 - Muffin to Fear

Check out my webpage for descriptions: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries, and while you're there, sign up for the newsletter for the first news on new releases!

And watch for, coming July 2nd, the latest Merry Muffin #5, Muffin But Trouble!

Check me out on social media:
Facebook: Victoria Hamilton
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

And don't forget... I also write the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (Cast Iron Alibi will be out this fall!) and a Regency Historical Mystery series, starting with A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder... a thrilling suspenseful murder mystery that Publishers Weekly called 'outstanding' and 'page turning'!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcome Spring! A Gardener's Happy Day!

by Lilly Jayne
from the Garden Squad mysteries by Julia Henry

Today is the first day of spring! Hurrah! As an avid gardener, today is the day I cling to during the winter months, when the frozen tundra of my backyard gives in to despair that I will ever be outside again. I love turning over my gardens, doing a clean up from the winter. nurturing the plants that need some TLC from the cold, and planting annuals in window boxes.

Now, mind you, I live in New England. So I can't actually do any of these things for a few weeks. But today marks the day I can dream about them. When I go to the Triple B, I can place a plant order. My greenhouse moves into seedling production mode. I get out my colored pencils and my grid paper and plot what is going to go where this spring.

Now, as if to tell me to hold my horses, Mother Nature has a N'or Easter planned for us this Thursday. But never mind, even that can't stop me from looking through seed catalogs and discussing my garden plans with Delia and Ernie.

This is the happiest time of the year.

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The Garden Squad series is written by Julia Henry. The first in the series, Pruning the Dead, was released in January. The second in the series, Tilling the Truth, will be out this August.
As J.A. Hennrikus, Julie writes the Theater Cop series. The second in that series, With a Kiss I Die, will be out on April 8.
Visit JHAuthors.com

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Giveaway! It's Almost Spring!

By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran


So I guess everyone knows that before my BFF Bridgy and I moved to Fort Myers Beach and opened the Read ’Em and Eat  Café and Bookstore, we lived in Brooklyn, New York. Much as I love living year round on a gorgeous beach where the temperature goes from warm to hot and back to warm again, I sometimes miss the change of seasons. Especially when I look at the calendar and realize that tomorrow is the first day of Spring. Back in the Brooklyn days, I always had so much fun each Spring looking for signs of grass bursting through the ground and buds popping open on the trees.

And when Spring arrives it brings color and exuberance. I used to write poems and stories in my journal about the renewal of the fields in Prospect Park and the Norway maple tree that stood at the curb in front of our house.



So to celebrate Spring, I am giving away this gorgeous journal to one lucky commenter. To enter please tell us anything at all about journaling or perhaps mention how happy you are to have Spring on your doorstep. Giveaway closes at midnight your time, Thursday, March 21st.

It is always great to talk to you. If you want to follow along in our adventures, you can find us in Well Read, Then DeadCaught Read-Handed and Read to Death.




Monday, March 18, 2019

Why?


by Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of an adjoining barkery and bakery, whose adventures are memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

Why did I ask why this month?  Well, that's because I'm always wondering why my friends and family still keep getting themselves into trouble as suspected murderers.

And it's also because I'm starting to believe that may stop happening soon.
 
Why?  Well, I gather that I'll be called on to solve another murder in a couple of months.  It'll be memorialized in yet another book by Linda O. Johnston that'll be called For A Good Paws.  Or so I understand.  And what I've gathered is that my friend and wonderful assistant Dinah Greeley may be in trouble, so of course I have to help.

I'm hopeful I'll finally get to settle down with my two shops after that and just take care of my two shops, Barkery and Biscuits, and at Icing on the Cake. 

But we'll see, of course.  I've had reason to believe in the past that I'd be able to stop doing such things as solving murders... but that didn't happen.  Will it this time?  Will I have to solve another one soon?  And will it be the last?

I guess only time will tell.  Meantime, things are going well in my potential relationship with veterinarian Reed Storme.  And of course my adorable dog Biscuit remains at my side to help me through whatever fate tends to send my way.



PICK AND CHEWS, the fourth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was a May 2018 release.  And watch for FOR A GOOD PAWS this May!


www.LindaOJohnston.com