Thursday, June 30, 2022

Showcase - June 2022 Harlequin series picks

Those who've known me a long while know that I have a special place in my heart for HQN series romance novels and it's my pleasure to showcase the June 2022 picks.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

#MacmillianAudio Review of Nightwork by Nora Roberts

Today on the blog it's my absolute pleasure to bring you my review of superstar Nora Roberts' latest novel. Do not let this one get away!

ISBN: 9781250852151
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 05-24-2022
Length: 16 hours and 22 minutes
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/ Chirpbooks (14.99)



#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces an unforgettable thief in an unputdownable new novel…

Greed. Desire. Obsession. Revenge . . . It’s all in a night’s work.

Harry Booth started stealing at nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother’s head, slipping into luxurious, empty homes at night to find items he could trade for precious cash. When his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago―but kept up his nightwork, developing into a master thief with a code of honor and an expertise in not attracting attention?or getting attached.

Until he meets Miranda Emerson, and the powerful bond between them upends all his rules. But along the way, Booth has made some dangerous associations, including the ruthless Carter LaPorte, who sees Booth as a tool he controls for his own profit. Knowing LaPorte will leverage any personal connection, Booth abandons Miranda for her own safety―cruelly, with no explanation―and disappears.

But the bond between Miranda and Booth is too strong, pulling them inexorably back together. Now Booth must face LaPorte, to truly free himself and Miranda once and for all.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Showcase - Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch

Today I'm showcasing, Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch a new Love Inspired release.

ISBN-13: 9781335530028
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Release Date: 06-28-2022
Length: 352 pp
Buy It: Publisher/ Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly's blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister's body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he's back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that's fueled Fiona's career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

“Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch grabbed me in the first scene of this edge-of-your-seat suspense and didn't let go until the end!”—Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels

Monday, June 27, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead a Partners in Crime virtual tour

Today is my stop on the Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead blog tour. Don't forget to visit all the stops and to enter the #Giveaway sponsored by the FAB Partners In Crime Tours.

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Death and the Conjuror

by Tom Mead

June 27 - July 24, 2022 Virtual Book Tour


Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead

A magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London solves three impossible crimes

In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For who better to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions?

Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colorful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist’s patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets―or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realize that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon.

A tribute to the classic golden-age whodunnit, when crime fiction was a battle of wits between writer and reader, Death and the Conjuror joins its macabre atmosphere, period detail, and vividly-drawn characters with a meticulously-constructed fair play puzzle. Its baffling plot will enthrall readers of mystery icons such as Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, modern masters like Anthony Horowitz and Elly Griffiths, or anyone who appreciates a good mystery.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Review - The Secret Life of Maggie Blake interview with author Marilyn Brant

Today is a special day on The Reading Frenzy because my friend Marilyn Brant is here to talk about her  brand new release, The Secret Life of Maggie Blake. And I have the privilege of sharing my thoughts. I know you'll enjoy the chat between old friends and once you learn more about the new novel, I know you'll want your own copy. Which by the way is free to all you #kindleunlimited peeps.

ISBN-13: 979-8449806932
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: 05-02-2022
Length: 432pp
Source: author for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



THE SECRET LIFE OF MAGGIE BLAKE is a contemporary romantic suspense, light action & adventure tale by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Marilyn Brant! This story is for fans of humorous husband/wife spy films such as "True Lies," readers who love slow-build romantic suspense, admirers of heroes in disguise like Zorro & The Scarlet Pimpernel, and anyone who's ever found themselves having "Walter Mitty"-like fantasies in the middle of the day...

In an affluent Chicago suburb, Maggie Santori Blake, a clever stay-at-home mom with vivid daydreams of a more exciting life, is caught up in a dangerous game of espionage when an elusive motorcycle-riding hero returns to town.

The Motorcycle Maverick's top-secret government mission puts Maggie's life, her family's safety, and her marriage at risk...especially when she discovers that the sexy, highly skilled, and masked special agent is none other than Preston A. Blake III—her seemingly mild-mannered CEO husband.

To protect those she loves, Maggie must not only confront the man she thought she knew and the decade of lies between them, she's also forced to put aside her fantasies and become the heroic woman of her imagination.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Hachette audio review of Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Ever since reading The President is missing by Patterson and Bill Clinton I’ve been looking for another collaboration to read, well I found it in Run Rose Run. The partnership between Patterson and Parton might seem like an ill-fit but in reality it works beautifully and the audience will see just how big a mark on Run Rose Run is Dolly’s alone. And the audio is the way to go if you love Dolly's distinct voice.

Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: 03-02-2022
Length: 10 hours - 19 minutes
Source: Purchase Chirpbooks
Buy It: Chirpbooks



From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller - a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story.
She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She’s also on the run. Find a future; lose a past.
Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.

Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire - a story that only America’s number one beloved entertainer and its number one best-selling author could have created.

Audiobook edition read by Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, James Fouhey, Kevin T. Collins, Peter Ganim, Luis Moreno, Soneela Nankani, Ronald Peet, Robert Petkoff, Ella Turenne, and Emily Woo Zeller.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Showcase - Fake it Til You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

Today I'm showcasing Jamie Wesley's latest romantic comedy, Fake It Til You Bake It!

ISBN-13: 9781250801852
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 06-21-2022
Length: 336pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It.

Jada Townsend-Matthews is the most reviled woman in America after turning down a proposal on a reality dating show. When she comes home to lick her wounds, Jada finds herself working at San Diego's newest cupcake bakery, Sugar Blitz, alongside the uptight owner and professional football player Donovan Dell.

When a reporter mistakenly believes Jada and Donovan are an item, they realize they can use the misunderstanding to their advantage to help the struggling bakery and rehabilitate Jada's image. Faking a relationship should be simple, but sometimes love is the most unexpected ingredient.

Fake it Till You Bake It is a sweet confection of a novel, the perfect story to curl up with and enjoy with a cupcake on the side.