Friday, May 31, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - Unexpected by Kelly Rimmer Harlequin

Today I'm showcasing Kelly Rimmer's first in her new Start Up In The City series, Unexpected and her publisher the one that makes the world go round, Harlequin is sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.
Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: 5-28-2019

 384 pp
Start Up In The City #1


Co-parenting with her best friend. What could go wrong?
The next three decades of Abby Herbert’s life are as carefully planned out as the last three were. Best career ever? Check. Great friends, one of whom she lives with in a stunning Tribeca apartment? Check. Perfect man to share her dream family? Surely just a matter of time. But then she gets devastating news from her doctor—if she wants to get pregnant, she needs to get started on that by…well, yesterday. On the bright side, she has the perfectperson in mind to be the father.

Tech entrepreneur Marcus Ross has been harboring decidedly not-friends feelings toward Abby. He doesn’t want to lose her and, knowing his feelings are one-sided, he’s been trying to move on. When he learns about the curveball Abby’s just been hit with, he promises to be there for her however she wants him to be, even if the idea of fatherhood is a little complicated for him right now. But it isn’t long until boundaries start to blur, and a deal struck between friends starts to turn into something perilously close to feelings that could change everything…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

#GIVEAWAY An Eye For A Lie by Cy Wyss Blog Tour sponsored by Partners In Crime Virtual Tours

Welcome to my stop on the An Eye For A Lie by Cy Wyss blog tour, sponsored by Partners In Crime tours. Read all about it and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway.

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An Eye for a Lie

by Cy Wyss

on Tour May 27 - July 27, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Showcase Dark Storm - Interview with author Karen Harper

NYT and USA Today bestseller and prolific athor Karen Harper is no stranger to the blog or to the writing world with many stand alone and series under her belt I thought it would be fun to chat with her about the last book in her South Shore series, Dark Storm. So hang around and read the interview.

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: 5-28-2019

South Shore #6


There are some forces you can’t outrun…
Forensic psychologist Claire Markwood has experienced her share of disaster. But nothing could prepare her for her sister, Darcy, going missing. Claire rushes to the butterfly sanctuary where Darcy has been working, prepared to do what she does best—work the clues. But her sister, along with her car and some of the sanctuary’s rarest species of butterflies, has seemingly vanished without a trace.

Amid a flurry of mysterious leads and dead ends, Claire and her criminal lawyer husband, Nick, tap every resource at their disposal. But the deeper they dig, the more unsettling the case becomes, dredging up old family secrets that shake the foundation of everything Claire thought to be true. Because some secrets aren’t just threatening—they’re deadly.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Showcase The Helicopter Heist by Jonas Bonnier Other Press

What's better than a fabulous crime drama, well one that's based on a true story and one that's soon to be a Netflix adaptation staring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Sit back and learn all about how four young Swedish Men pulled off one of the most brazen heists of all time.


Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 5-21-2019





A fast-paced, riveting novel inspired by the true story of a group of four young Swedish men who pulled off “one of the most spectacular heists of all time” (Time).

Sami has a new child to provide for, so after years of petty crime, he’s training as a chef. But when a business deal suddenly goes sideways, Sami is left wondering how he’ll ever provide for his newborn daughter.

Michel and his family fled a bloody civil war in Lebanon, and he grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm surrounded by poverty and criminals. He’s trying to turn over a new leaf, but the past just won’t let him go.

Niklas has traveled the world and made an effort to become the sort of person people talked about. He followed through on his vision…and no good has come of it.

Zoran is a businessman who knows everyone and seals a deal with a handshake. When he was young, the ambitious Yugoslavian had a dream–to get rich, by whatever means necessary.

And Alexandra? She’s the reason that the four men found themselves plotting to rob a Stockholm cash depot in September 2009.

At first, the plan seems foolproof. Every contingency is covered, and the payoff will make them all rich for life. No one would even get hurt. But not everyone is who they seem. Even as the gang’s stolen helicopter is lifting off from the cash depot with $6.5 million inside, questions remain unanswered. What secrets does each man hold?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne Blog Tour

Are you ready for your first fun book of the summer, first book in a brand new series by a NYT best seller? Well get ready, get set, go get Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne.
Library Journal gave it a stared review saying "Strong characters and relatable situations elevate Layne’s bighearted contemporary..."

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: 5-28-2019

 288 pp
Central Park Pact #1
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“Perfect for readers who love the dishy women's fiction of Candace Bushnell.” —Booklist

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them...

“Strong characters and relatable situations elevate Layne’s bighearted contemporary...[which] digs into class differences, emotional baggage, and the reality of dealing with aging parents” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). With the sexy combination of charm, heart, and snark, Lauren Layne’s new series is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.

Friday, May 24, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Light From The Dark Side Of The Moon Interview with author Norman Gautreau

I love stories set around WWII a time period that should never be forgotten and as the last of those who experienced that time pass away it's so important to keep it alive in the minds of those who remain.  So when I was given the opportunity to interview the author of The Light From The Dark Side of The Moon, Norman Gautreau I jumped at it.
Norman's publicist Author/Guide is sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below. I can't wait until I have time to read this and I hope this post makes you want to read it too.

Publisher: Blank Slate Press

Release Date: 5-21-2019

 300 pp


A remembrance of love in a time of war.

92-year-old Henry Budge defies most of his family by escaping a rehab hospital to make his way to France for the ceremonies of the 70th observance of D-Day. Before he dies, he hopes to at last address a grief he has allowed to simmer for decades and to rekindle memories of Élodie Bedier, the French Resistance fighter with whom he fell in love 70 years earlier, as a way of confronting his grief at losing her.

During his return journey, he relives events of 1944: being wounded as he parachutes into Normandy; falling in love with Élodie who nurses him back to health; fighting the Germans alongside her and her resistance companions; and finally abandoning the war to rescue a group of children from the Holocaust, choices that leave Henry at risk of a firing squad for desertion and Élodie vulnerable to fatal condemnation from her compatriots.When he arrives back in France, Henry makes several shocking discoveries that shake the very foundations of the memories he’s had of Élodie all these years and he is left to wonder about the love he has had for Élodie: what rests on true memory vs. what is based on countless imagined conversations over the decades?

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

#Giveaway Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky blog tour sponsored by Partners in Crime Tours

Today is my stop on the Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky blog tour, sponsored by Partners In Crime Blog Tours.

Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky

Below The Fold

by R.G. Belsky

on Tour May 1-31, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase Luck of the Draw by B.J. Daniels

Today I'm showcasing B.J. Daniels' latest in her Sterling's Montana series, Luck of the Draw, a second chance romance full of suspense and secrets. Sound good because B.J.'s publisher, Harlequin is sponsoring a giveaway. Details below.
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Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: 5-21-2019

 384 pp
Sterling's Montana #2


He may get a second chance at his one true love—if someone doesn’t kill her first

When Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his family’s sprawling Montana property, he’s expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happens so fast that it’s hard for Garrett—and the authorities—to sort out the facts. Two things are certain, though: someone is dead and the killer knows there was a witness.

But when the one woman he could never forget emerges as a key suspect in the investigation, Garrett will do anything he can to help clear her name. She’s still keeping secrets from him—that much is clear. But Garrett won’t rest until he uncovers what really happened that day, how she’s involved—and why everything she’s ever told him is a lie.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Showcase Have You Seen Luis Velez Little Bird Publicity

I love working with publicity firms and one of my favorite is Little Bird Publicity . They have a fantastic author whose got a brand new book coming out and I'm happy to put it on your radar.

by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Lake Union Publishing | May 21st, 2019
Paperback: $14.95 | ISBN: 978-1542042369
eBook: $4.99 | ASIN: B07JZ3G2WQ
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From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes HAVE YOU SEEN LUIS VELEZ? (Lake Union, on sale May 21st, 2019), a moving new novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.

Raymond Jaffe doesn’t feel like he belongs. His mother and stepfather don’t understand him, and his stepsisters pretty much ignore him; he only sees his dad and his new wife every other weekend; and after his best friend Andre moves away, he’ll have no one left at school, either. But one question, uttered from down the hall on the second floor of his apartment building, is enough to give him a new sense of purpose: Have you seen Luis Velez?

The question comes from Mildred “Millie” Gutermann, a 92-year-old resident in Raymond’s building whom he’s never met until that moment. He finds it eerie how she is looking toward him, but not actually at him…until he realizes that she is blind. Luis Velez, he soon learns, had helped Millie run errands and go to the grocery store at least three times a week for nearly four years—until very recently, when he seemed to vanish into thin air. Millie, unable to go to the store or the bank by herself, is now almost entirely out of food. Without a second thought, Raymond takes her by the arm and leads her to the grocery store in the first of what will become many trips together.

But helping his new friend Millie isn’t enough for Raymond. He can tell she is shaken and worried by Luis’s disappearance, and he decides to find out what happened, even if it means knocking on the door of every man named Luis Velez in New York. As “The Luis Project” takes off, Raymond wonders if he’ll ever find the right one. He fears that something bad could have happened to Luis—or that nothing bad has happened at all, and Luis simply doesn’t want to help Millie anymore—and he worries about how he’ll break that kind of news to her. But while Raymond desperately searches for Luis, he realizes that Millie is helping him find something else: hope for the future.

Monday, May 20, 2019

May 2019 HQN Special Edition series showcase + review of Double Duty for The Cowboy by Brenda Harlen

Hi Peeps. May is usually a fantastic month for me, it's my birthday month it's the month I really get my hands dirty in the garden etc... But this May wasn't a thrill, my husband had a mini-stroke and just had surgery to remove plaque from his carotid artery, we had to cancel our vacation to Destin to celebrate my 65th and our 40th wedding anniversary. All went well at the hospital he's home resting and hopefully we can reschedule our vacation for later in the year. 
At least things at Harlequin are looking up with this fantastic line of six down home reads. Plus I'm reviewing Brenda Harlen's Double Duty for The Cowboy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

#GIVEAWAY The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan blog tour - A Partners in Crime virtual tour

Welcome to my stop on The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan blog tour sponsored by Partners in Crime virtual tours. Read all about it and don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway at the end.

The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan

The Company Files: 2.

The Naming Game

by Gabriel Valjan

on Tour April 22 - June 22, 2019

The Company Files 2 The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan


Whether it's Hollywood or DC, life and death, success or failure hinge on saying a name.

The right name.

When Charlie Loew is found murdered in a seedy flophouse with a cryptic list inside the dead script-fixer's handkerchief, Jack Marshall sends Walker undercover as a screenwriter at a major studio and Leslie as a secretary to Dr. Phillip Ernest, shrink to the stars. J. Edgar Hoover has his own list. Blacklisted writers and studio politics. Ruthless gangsters and Chief Parker's LAPD. Paranoia, suspicions, and divided loyalties begin to blur when the House Un-American Activities Committee insists that everyone play the naming game.

Praise for The Naming Game:

"With crackling dialogue and a page turning plot shot-through with authentic period detail, Gabriel Valjan pulls the reader into the hidden world of the 1950's Hollywood studio scene, involving murder, McCarthyism and mayhem."
~ James L'Etoile, author of At What Cost and Bury the Past

"Terrific historical noir as Gabriel Valjan takes us on a trip through post-war Hollywood involving scandal, McCarthyism, blacklisting, J. Edgar Hoover and, of course, murder. Compelling story, compelling characters - and all the famous name dropping is great fun. Highly recommended!"
~ R.G. Belsky, author of the Clare Carlson Mystery Series

"Brilliantly written, Gabriel Valjan's The Naming Game whisks the reader back in time to postwar Los Angeles. Spies, Communism, and Hollywood converge in a first-rate thriller."
~ Bruce Robert Coffin, Agatha Award nominated author of Beyond the Truth

Book Details:

Genre: Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction
Published by: Winter Goose Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2019
Number of Pages: 210
ISBN: 978-1-941058-86-2
Series: The Company Files: 2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

At seven minutes past the hour while reviewing the classified documents at his desk, one of the two colored phones, the beige one, rang. He placed the receiver next to his ear, closed the folder, and waited for the caller's voice to speak first.
"Is this Jack Marshall?"
"It is."
"This is William Parker. Is the line secure?"
"It is," Jack replied, his hand opening a desk cabinet and flipping the ON switch to start recording the conversation.
"I don't know you Mr. Marshall and I presume you don't know me."
A pause.
"I know of you, Chief Parker."
"Were you expecting my call?"
"No and it doesn't matter." Jack lied.
"Fact of the matter, Mr. Marshall, is an individual, whom I need not name, has suggested I contact you about a sensitive matter. He said matter of security so I listened."
"Of course. I'm listening."
"I was instructed to give you an address and have my man at the scene allow you to do whatever it is that you need to do when you arrive there."
"Pencil and paper are ready. The address, please."
Jack wrote out the address; it was in town, low rent section with the usual rooming houses, cheap bars, about a fifteen-minute drive on Highway 1 without traffic.
"Ask for Detective Brown. You won't miss him. Don't like it that someone steps in and tells me how to mind my own city, but I have no choice in the matter."
Jack ignored the man's defensive tone. He knew Detective Brown was a dummy name, like Jones or Smith on a hotel ledger. Plain, unimaginative, but it would do. Most policemen, he conceded, were neither bright nor fully screwed into the socket. A chief was no different except he had more current in him. The chief of police who ruled Los Angeles by day with his cop-syndicate the way Mickey Cohen owned the night must've swallowed his pride when he dropped that nickel to make this call.
"Thank you, Chief Parker."
Jack hung up and flipped the switch to OFF.
Whatever it was at the scene waiting for Jack was sufficient cause to pull back a man like Bill Parker and his boys for twelve hours. Whoever gave this order had enough juice to rein in the LAPD.
Jack took the folder he was reviewing and walked it across the room. He opened the folder once more and reread the phrases 'malicious international spy' and, in Ronald Reagan's own choice of words, 'Asia's Mata Hari', before closing the cover and placing it inside the safe. His review will have to wait. He put on his holster and grabbed a jacket.
Betty came out on the porch as he was putting the key into the car door.
"I won't be long. Please kiss the children good night for me."
"Can't this wait, Jack? The children were expecting you to read to them tonight. Jack Junior set aside the book and you know Elizabeth will be crushed."
"It can't wait. I'm sorry. Tell them I'll make it up to them."
"You need to look them in the face when you tell them sorry."
He opened the door as his decision. She understood she dealt him the low card. "Want something for the road?"
"No thanks. I'll see you soon."
He closed the door with finesse. He couldn't help it if the children heard the car. He checked the mirror and saw her on the porch, still standing there, still disappointed and patient, as he drove off.
Detective Brown, sole man on the scene, walked him over to the body without introducing himself. Jack didn't give his name.
At six-fifteen the vet renting a room down the hall discovered the body. Detective Brown said the veteran was probably a hired hound doing a bag job - break-ins, surveillance, and the like. Recent veterans made the best candidates for that kind of work for Hoover, Jack thought. Worked cheap and they went the extra mile without Hoover's agents having to worry about technicalities like a citizen's rights going to law.
"What makes you think he was hired out?" Jack asked.
Brown, a man of few words, handed Jack his notebook, flipped over to the open page he marked Witness Statement and said politely, "Please read it. Words and writing are from the witness himself."
"The man was a no good 'commonist'."
"Nice spelling. A suspect?"
"No, sir. The coroner places the death around early afternoon, about 2ish. Our patriot was across the street drinking his lunch. I verified it."
Jack viewed the body. The man was fully dressed wearing a light weave gabardine suit costing at least twenty-five. The hardly scuffed oxfords had to cost as much as the suit, and the shirt and tie, both silk, put the entire ensemble near a hundred. Hardly class consciousness for an alleged Communist, Jack thought.
The corpse lying on his side reminded Jack of the children sleeping, minus the red pool seeping into the rug under the right ear. The dead man wore a small sapphire ring on his small finger, left hand. No wedding band. Nice watch on the wrist, face turned in. An odd way to read time. Breast pocket contained a cigarette case with expensive cigarettes, Egyptian. Jack recognized the brand from his work in the Far East. Ten cents a cigarette is nice discretionary income. Wallet in other breast pocket held fifty dollars, various denominations. Ruled out robbery or staging it. Identification card said Charles Loew, Warner Brothers. Another card: Screen Writers Guild, signed by Mary McCall, Jr. President. Back of card presented a pencil scrawl.
"Find a lighter or book of matches?"
Detective Brown shook his head. Jack patted the breast pockets again and the man's jacket's side-pockets. Some loose change, but nothing else. The man was unarmed, except for a nice pen. Much as he disliked the idea Jack put his hands into the man's front pockets. Nothing. He found a book of matches in the left rear pocket, black with gold telltale lettering, Trocadero on Sunset. Jack flipped the matchbook open and as he suspected, found a telephone number written in silver ink; different ink than the man's own pen. Other back pocket contained a handkerchief square Jack found interesting, as did Detective Brown.
"What's that?" he asked, head peering over for a better look.
"Not sure," answered Jack, unfolding the several-times folded piece of paper hidden inside the hanky. The unfolded paper revealed a bunch of typewritten names that had bled out onto other parts of the paper. It must have been folded while the ink was still wet. It didn't help someone spilt something on the paper. Smelled faintly of recent whiskey. Jack reviewed what he thought were names when he realized the letters were nonsense words.
"Might be a Commie membership list. Looks like code." But Brown zipped it when Jack folded the paper back up and put it into his pocket.
"The paper and the matches stay with me. We clear?"
"Uh, yes sir. The Chief told me himself to do whatever you said and not ask questions."
"Good. Other than the coroner - who else was here? Photographers, fingerprints?"
"Nobody else. Medical pronounced him dead, but nothing more. Chief had them called off to another scene - a multiple homicide, few blocks away. We're short-staffed tonight. The Chief said he'd send Homicide after you leave. They'll process the scene however you leave it. They won't know about the matches or the paper. Chief's orders."
Jack checked his watch. Man down, found at six fifteen. Chief called a little after seven. He arrived not much later than seven forty. The busy bodies would get the stiff by eight or eight thirty, the latest. Perfectly reasonable Jack thought. He squatted down to see the man's watch, noticing light bruising on the wrist and the throw rug bunched into a small hill near the man's time hand. Intriguing.
"Thank you, Detective. I'll be going now. If I speak to the chief I'll let him know you've done your job to the letter."
"You're welcome. Night."
Jack knew he and the chief would be speaking again.
Outside on the street, Jack pulled out his handkerchief and wiped both hands for any traces of dead man as he headed for the parked car. Compulsive habit. He pulled up the collar on his jacket. It was cold for late May.
The street sign said he was not far from Broadway. In this part of town thousands lived crowded in on themselves as lodgers in dilapidated Gothic mansions or residence hotels, working the downtown stores, factories, and offices, riding public transit and the other funicular railway in the area, Court Flight, a two-track railway climb towards Hill Street.
Los Angeles changed with the world. The war was over and there was a new war, possibly domestic, definitely foreign. Court Flight is gone, ceased operations. Its owner and his faithful cat had passed on. His good widow tried. In '43 a careless brush fire destroyed the tracks and the Board of Public Utilities signed the death warrant; and now Jack was hearing whispers Mayor Bowron planned to revitalize the area International Style, which meant dotting the desert city with skyscrapers.
Jack opened the door and sat behind the wheel a moment. He took the family once to nearby Angels Flight. Junior wondered why there was no apostrophe on the sign. Betty tolerated the excursion, indifferent to Los Angeles because she preferred their home in DC. He released the clutch. Betty disliked LA because it changed too much without reason. She might have had a point. He shifted gear. Pueblo city would level whole blocks of thriving masses just to create a parking lot. He pulled the car from the curb.
Excerpt from The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan. Copyright 2019 by Gabriel Valjan. Reproduced with permission from Gabriel Valjan. All rights reserved.

Gabriel Valjan

Author Bio:

Gabriel Valjan is the author of two series, The Roma Series and The Company Files, available from Winter Goose Publishing. His short stories have appeared in Level Best anthologies and other publications. Twice shortlisted for the Fish Prize in Ireland, once for the Bridport Prize in England, and an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella Contest, he is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime National, a local member of Sisters in Crime New England, and an attendee of Bouchercon, Crime Bake, and Malice Domestic conferences.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Full Blood by Donna Augustine Tantor Audio review

You all know I love Donna's paranormal/urban fantasy series and the Wyrd Blood series staring Bugs and Ryker are one of my favorites so today I'm reviewing the Tantor Audio review of Full Blood, book two. I've also included my print review.

Full Blood
Book 2 in the Wyrd Blood series

Author Donna Augustine
Narrated by Nicole Poole
Publication date Apr 16, 2019
Running time 7 hrs

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One monster wants my soul. One man wants my magic. Me? I want to be left alone to live my life out like a dull, one of the lucky people who were born devoid of magic. But that won't happen because being born a Wyrd Blood gives me two choices in life: ruler or slave.

I'd rather die than be a slave and I'm not cut out to rule. Instead I've been hiding out in the Valley. Life is pretty good here, with food in my belly and a warm bed to sleep. If I didn't get harassed constantly by Ryker, the man who wants my magic, it might be good enough to lull me into thinking life could continue on like this forever.

Until I get a message from Bones, the monster who owns my soul . . .

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Proof of Life by Shelia Lowe

I'm always excited to feature one of publicity firm Author/Guide's offerings and I'm super excited to not only showcase, Proof of Life but also I had the chance to interview her too. And Author/Guide is sponsoring a #giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-0578453156
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Release Date: 5-7-2019
Length: 272 pp
Beyond the Veil #2
Buy It: Amazon/IndieBound


Five years removed from the most traumatizing night of her life that put her in an amnesiac state and took her young son away from her, Jessica Mack is thrust into a role that she is reluctant to occupy. A four-year-old boy has gone missing and is presumed to be in serious danger. Jessica’s ability to be a communication conduit with the deceased provides clues that she must act on with her inner circle of allies in order to rescue the boy before it’s too late. With her friend Zach Smith, an FBI agent with whom she solved a previous case, and Sage Boles, a mutual friend who has some secrets of his own but seemingly a big heart, Jessica must learn to use her gift/curse to prevent another tragedy from occurring.

Each of the characters in this book has so much personality that the reader can’t help but form a living image of them in their imagination. As a protagonist, Jessica has so much heart after having lost so much, plus wanting to find a purpose in her life no matter how she wishes that hers could be more normal and pleasant, that she becomes easily relatable. The mystery itself is a full-throttle, intensely suspenseful crisis that catches one’s breath away and demands that the pages keep turning. Using elements of forensics and the author’s knowledge in mediumship, and tying in neatly with not just the previous Jessica Mack story but the author’s celebrated Claudia Rose Forensic Handwriting Mystery series, there are equal parts coziness and suspense to this story. Readers who enjoy this genre will no doubt add Lowe to their list of preferred authors after this book.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Showcase The Life of David Hockney by Catherine Cusset translated from the French by Teresa Lavender Fagan

So those who know me know I've been touting a new indie publisher, Other Press. A small firm that specializes in a very large diverse range of both fiction and non-fiction. The Life of David Hockney is the best of both worlds as Other Press describes it as a hybrid of a memoir and a biography. I only know that I can't wait to open my copy and read it and once you read all about it you'll feel the same way.

ISBN-13: 978-1-59051-983-7
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 5-14-2019

Length: 192pp

Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound
With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter.
Born in 1937 in a small town in the north of England, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. After leaving his home in Bradford for the Royal College of Art in London, his career flourished, but he continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of his homosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalized, and his inclination for a figurative style of art not sufficiently “contemporary” to be valued. Trips to New York and California–where he would live for many years and paint his iconic swimming pools–introduced him to new scenes and new loves, beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDS epidemic.

A compelling hybrid of novel and biography, Life of David Hockney offers an accessible overview of the painter who shook the world of art with a vitality and freedom that neither heartbreak nor illness nor loss could corrode.

Monday, May 13, 2019

#Giveaway Showcase Caught Up In It by David Burnsworth a Partners in Crime Virtual Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Caught Up In It blog tour check out the book and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway

Caught Up In It

by David Burnsworth

on Tour April 22 - May 25, 2019


The award-winning diva, C, has got a big problem: someone wants her dead. A team of mercenaries attempts to gun her down in Kuala Lumpur. Lucky for her, Lowcountry Private Investigator, Blu Carraway, is already on the job there for a different client. Double-lucky for C, they make their move when she's chit-chatting with him in a bar. Unlucky for the mercenaries, four of them end up dead.The hunt is on now for the mega-pop star. Where does she go to hide out? The sleepy islands around Charleston, South Carolina -- Blu's backyard. He's already proven himself once, so C hires the Blu Carraway Investigation Agency to protect her for real. The job takes Blu halfway around the world and several cities in between. The search for the truth reveals what could drive a person to want someone else dead. And Blu Carraway ends up right in the way.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Nay-cation part 3 or A strange thing happened on my way to a bar

Welcome to naycation part three where I tell how i met my hubby. 

First some more naycation pics

This is our resort viewed from the Gulf

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Harlequin turns 70!! Drum Roll Please

Yes it's true the publisher that makes the world go round just celebrated it's 70th. Imagine 70 years of bringing smiles to reader's faces.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Nay-cation Part Two

Welcome to naycation part two
Are we there yet?

We were to check in Sunday May 4th a 2bedroom condo with an ocean view ahhhh

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Macmillan Audio Review - A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

I reviewed the print format of Christi Daugherty's debut in her Harper McClain series, The Echo Killing for Library Journal and then for Macmillan audio so  when I saw A Beautiful Corpse book 2 in the series available for review on Macmillan audio I jumped at the chance to review it.

ISBN-13: 9781250318275
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 3-12-2019
Length: 11 hours 44 minutes
Source: Macmillan Audio for review
Buy It: Audible



For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Monday, May 6, 2019

High Water evacuation

I'm sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like lately but along with and because of all the health issues my hubby is having we had to evacuate because of high water. Below is a news video about our town. Our home is safe no threat of water in it but our town has become an island. I'll be back to speed as soon as I can. Meanwhile pray for us and our neighbors.

More flood pics

This is Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine where the annual Blessing of the Fleet happens.

A view of high water near our town

The level closest to where we live is Grafton on the Mississippi

And the our level on the Missouri River is St. Charles

Naycation Part 1

So I had this week blocked out because we were supposed to be in Destin to celebrate my 65th Birthday and mine and my husband's 40th anniversary. Well life crapped on us so it got hopefully only postponed. I had planned to share pics from our real-cation but decided to share a little of what could have been and why it was conceived, what I call my naycation.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The East End by Jason Allen Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on The East End by Jason Allen blog tour sponsored by Jason's publisher Park Row Books, a Division of Harper Collins/Harlequin
Park Row Books was launched in 2017, a boutique publisher specializing in voice-driven thought provoking books across a variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Showcase No Other Duke But You Interview with author Valerie Bowman

Here on the blog we've enjoyed learning about many of Valerie's playful brides and since all good things must come to an end it's fitting that I interview her for the last playful bride too.

ISBN-13: 9781250121677
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Release Date: 4-30-2019
Length: 320 pp
Playful Brides #11 Finale
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/


The Playful Brides novels are:
“Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today
“Smart and sensual.”—RT Book Reviews
“Delicious.” —Kirkus Reviews

A lady with a love potion. A Duke who takes it by mistake. Romance and mischief ensues when plans go awry in No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman.

Lady Delilah Montebank has her marital sights set on the Duke of Branville. There’s just one problem: he barely knows she exists. But no matter, she’s got a plan to win him over with her charm, her wit—and perhaps the love potion she has in her possession wouldn’t hurt her cause...

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, thinks his best friend Delilah’s quest to become a duchess is ridiculous. He’s always said he’d rather give up all the brandy in London than commit to one person for life. Besides, he knows that Delilah’s love potion can’t possibly win over Branville…since she accidentally gave it to him instead. But perhaps this is the excuse he needs to show her he’s always loved her...

Delilah can’t believe she gave the potion to the wrong duke. Then again, Delilah could do a lot worse than win the hand of her handsome best friend. Could it be that the right duke has been before her eyes all along?