Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Monday, September 28, 2020

September 2020 Harlequin Special Edition Showcase + Review of The Slow Burn by Caro Carson

 Welcome to the September showcase of my beloved Special Edition series read all about this month's six enticing novellas and a look at what I thought of Caro Carson's The Slow Burn #2 in her Masterson Texas series.


Friday, September 25, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Spotlight A Fast Woman by Laralyn Doran Caffeinated PR

Welcome to my stop on the A Fast Woman blog tour read all about this first in Laralyn Doran's Driven Women series don't forget to enter the #Giveaway!!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

 Today I once again turn over the blog to my pal Sophia Rose who is reviewing Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas. Take it away Sophia Rose

Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

#5 Lady Sherlock

Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Berkley

Published: 10.6.20


Pages: 306

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers:  Amazon/ Barnesand NobleKobo

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GoodReads Blurb:

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England.

Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.

Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

 I have been trying to clean up my Netgalley shelf and I came across this title that I was so excited to read last year but some how got left on the shelf. I'm so glad I decided to get it down because it was FABULOUS!! 

ISBN-13:  9781250297853

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Release Date: 10-08-2019

Length: 352pp

Source: Publisher/Netgalley for review

Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



"The Widow of Rose House is close to perfection and any lover of historical romance will adore this debut." - Smart Bitches Trashy Books

It’s 1875, and Alva Webster is ready for a fresh start. After three years of being pilloried in the presses for fleeing her abusive husband, his sudden death allows her to return to New York where she is determined to restore a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. She is decidedly not supposed to fall in love.

But when a haunting at her new home threatens her careful plans, she must seek help from the eccentric and brilliant and - much to her dismay - very handsome Professor Samuel Moore. Alva doesn’t need more complications in her life, especially not a convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam. Unfortunately, Sam is the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva’s new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva’s history—and her heart.

Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, The Widow of Rose House is a gorgeously romantic debut by Diana Biller, with an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers as she starts over and finds true love.

"A chemistry-fueled debut with a bit of a ghost story, great for readers of gothic romance." - Booklist

"Biller mirrors Wharton's genius for revealing the emotional gold lying beneath the Gilded Age, which motivates the novel's massive romantic turmoil." - Bookpage (Most Anticipated Romances)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Showcase Inferno by Donna Grant

Today I'm showcasing Inferno the finale in Donna's Dark Kings series one of the most anticipated books of the year.

ISBN-13: 9781250182951

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

Release Date: 8-25-2020

Length: 464 pp

Dark Kings #18

Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



Inferno is the explosive, most anticipated, final book in Donna Grant's Dark Kings series featuring Con, the King of the Dragon Kings!

I knew what I wanted. And nothing was going to stop me.
King of Dragon Kings. Driven, ruthless, shrewd. The weight of survival for Constantine and his brethren has pushed him to set aside his own yearnings—for now. He's the most powerful of all Dragon Kings, and Con will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who dares to threaten his existence.
For years, Con has hidden his pain—his desperation—for there is one smoldering beauty that he craves above all else, even if he feels he doesn't deserve her. However, his enemies are at every corner. There is no one left to trust. But none of that matters anymore: There is only one thing that Con wants. With this one woman by his side, he can fight for the freedom of his fellow men-in-arms. All Con has to do is get her to surrender her heart…and be his for all time

Monday, September 21, 2020

Part 2 of my Interview with Writing Coach Lisa Daily

Hey Gang here is part two of my YouTube Interview with my friend Lisa Daily author, writing coach and publicist for one of my favorite indy mystery houses, Oceanview Publishing

Sorry about the lousy shaking picture LOL I will never get hired for any type of video work :)

Here's a link to part one-


Audible Review Rival's Break Interview with author Carla Neggers

Today I welcome one of my all time favorite authors, Carla Neggers who I first met when I became her RT (Romantic Times) reviewer and I fell in love with her storytelling and this romantic suspense, Sharpe and Donovan series staring her FBI husband and wife duo Colin Donovan and Emma Sharpe. After you read our conversation be sure and see what I thought of the latest in her series, Rival's Break. Usually it doesn't take me a year to read one of her books, in fact usually I have them read and reviewed before they release but last year our house flooded and well we all know how much of a challenge 2020 has been. Better late than never right!

ISBN-13: 9781488206689

Publisher: Harlequin Audio

Release Date: 8-27-2019

Length: 9hours 16minuites

Source: Purchase Audible

Buy It: Audible



A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high-stakes case. New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missed.

Emma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission. So they’re grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin’s brother Andy’s wedding.

But the peace is short-lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht. Colin decides to tag along. He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they’re dealing with something very sinister. At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O’Byrne—a friend of Emma and Colin’s—is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personal.

Emma and Colin discover they are up against a deadly foe who plans to strike again. With the help of HIT, their small, elite Boston-based FBI team, they must foil an attack that will have devastating effects. It’s a case that will alter their lives beyond anything they’ve ever imagined…

Friday, September 18, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews: Dash Diet for Two: 125 Heart Healthy Recipes by Rosanne Rush

Today I'm welcoming Sophia Rose back to the blog to share her review of this heart healthy cook book.

DASH Diet For Two: 125 Heart-Healthy Recipes to Lower Your Blood Pressure by Rosanne Rush

Non-Fiction, Cooking

Publisher:  Rockridge Press

Published: 7.28.20

Pages: 308


Rating: 4.5

Format: eARC

Source:  Callisto Publishing

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a diet promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that is proven to help control high blood pressure. The 125 simple, tasty recipes in DASH Diet for Two are specifically designed for two people—making it easy for you to keep your household healthy, work together as a team, and avoid food waste.

End the accumulation of half-used ingredients in your cabinets as well as wasted leftovers with delicious recipes like Chicken Piccata and No-Bake Mad DASH Cookies, perfectly portioned to promote two healthy hearts. Discover inexpensive, reasonable, and balanced recipes for two, and improve your diet and your lifestyle.

Inside DASH Diet for Two you’ll learn:

80% Rule—There are no you-absolutely-can-never-eat-that rules in this book. Try sticking to the eating style most of the time (meaning 80 percent or more).
Studies show—The DASH diet has been ranked Best Diet Overall for eight years in a row by U.S. News and World Report.
Even more benefits—A DASH diet plan doesn’t just lower blood pressure; it can also help you control your weight, manage blood sugar, and lower cholesterol.
Team up against high blood pressure with DASH Diet for Two.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Showcase Straight From The Horse's Mouth by MERYEM ALAOUI Translated by EMMA RAMADAN

 Ah today I have another offering from my favorite Indie Other Press, Straight From The Horse's Mouth by MERYEM ALAOUI Translated by EMMA RAMADAN. A debut novel about a present day Moroccan sex worker where it was first published in France it received high marks.

ISBN-13: 978-1-892746-79-5
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 9-15-2020
Length: 304pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



This hilarious, colorful portrait of a sex worker navigating life in modern Morocco introduces a promising new literary voice.

Thirty-four-year-old prostitute Jmiaa reflects on the bustling world around her with a brutal honesty, but also a quick wit that cuts through the drudgery. Like many of the women in her working-class Casablanca neighborhood, Jmiaa struggles to earn enough money to support herself and her family—often including the deadbeat husband who walked out on her and their young daughter. While she doesn’t despair about her profession like her roommate, Halima, who reads the Quran between clients, she still has to maintain a delicate balance between her reality and the “respectable” one she paints for her own more conservative mother.

This daily grind is interrupted by the arrival of an aspiring young director, Chadlia, whom Jmiaa takes to calling “Horse Mouth.” Chadlia enlists Jmiaa’s help on a film project, initially just to make sure the plot and dialogue are authentic. But when she’s unable to find an actress who’s right for the starring role, she turns again to Jmiaa, giving the latter an incredible opportunity for a better life.

In her breakout debut novel, Meryem Alaoui creates a vibrant picture of the day-to-day challenges faced by working people in Casablanca, which they meet head-on with resourcefulness and resilience.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

My YouTube review with Lisa Daily

Hey gang click to see an interview that author/publicist/writing coach Lisa Daily conducted with me for her YouTube channel

Part 2 coming 9-21!

Monday, September 14, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Review The Nowhere Witch Interview with author Donna Augustine

Today I'm welcoming fave fantasy author Donna Augustine to The Reading Frenzy to chat about her new release, book 2 in her Tales of Xest series, The Nowhere Witch. Plus she's generously sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.
Enjoy our conversation and my review!

Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing
Release Date: 8-28-2020
Length: 296pp
Source: Author for review
Tales of Xest #2
Buy It: $2.99 @ Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


Getting back to Xest was the easy part. It’s staying here that seems to be the problem.

I have three hags, also known as Xest Immigration, hot on my tail trying to deport me back to Salem. The wall I built in the Unsettled Lands is in jeopardy. Hawk, a man who was once my ally, can’t decide if he wants to lead the horde trying to drive me out or kiss me. Not to mention, everyone keeps calling me the Nowhere witch, and I’ve got a bad feeling it’s not a compliment.

But when the betrayals start rolling in, I realize I’ve got bigger problems. Staying alive becomes the most important issue of the day.

Giveaway is for one e-copy of

 The Whimsy Witch Who Wasn't
Book #1 in The Tales of Xest
Open Internationally
Please Use Rafflecopter form to enter
Good Luck

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Showcase Marlene by PHILIPPE DJIAN Translated by MARK POLIZZOTTI

It's been a while since I showcased a read from my favorite Indie Boutique Publisher, Other Press so I'm excited to Showcase an interesting psychological novel already a bestseller in France, Marlene by Philippe Djian translated by Mark Polizzotti.

ISBN-13:  978-1-59051-987-5
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 9-8-2020
Length: 208 pp


In this electrifying psychological drama, two veterans readjusting to civilian life find their friendship tested when ugly truths come to light.

Yemen. Iraq. Afghanistan. After returning from combat to a quiet garrison town, Dan and Richard struggle in their different ways to regain a sense of normality. Dan, desperate to prove to his bourgeois neighbors that he isn’t the violent, unstable veteran they’d expect, sticks to a rigorous routine and keeps his head down. Richard, on the other hand, doesn’t resist his impulses, repeatedly flouting the law and spending money he doesn’t have. All the while, his home life is gradually falling apart—unbeknownst to him, his wife has been having an affair, and his teenaged daughter is becoming increasingly distant and even hostile.

The arrival of Richard’s sister-in-law, Marlene—a woman with a reputation for sleeping around and bringing bad luck wherever she goes—threatens to destroy what little peace the two men have, calling into question their seemingly unbreakable bond.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

#GIVEAWAY - Review -The Tory Interview with - TJ London - Audio Blitz Caffeinated PR

THE TORY written by T. J. London and narrated by Shane East, Tara Langella, Marnye Young and Patrick Zeller is now available for audio everywhere! Listen to a sample and enter to win The Tory Prize package.

The first in The Rebels and Redcoats Saga this historical tale has suspense, war, romance and more.
Enjoy my review and an exclusive interview with TJ London

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Showcase Tie Die by Max Tomlinson #Oceanview Publishing

The unofficial start of fall is here with Labor Day over and what better way to celebrate than with a new Recent Historical Thriller just out by Max Tomlinson called Tie Die.

ISBN-13: 978-1608093434
Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 9-8-2020
Length: 320 pp
Colleen Hayes #2


Back in London’s swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback.

Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped.

Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgement for the rest of your life.

It doesn’t take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly and all the way to '70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve’s hotel room.

Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben’s noir suspense

Friday, September 4, 2020

Harlequin's New Scholarship Program Fosters Diverse Voices

I am a huge fan of Harlequin the publisher that makes the world go round. Not only do they publish the most read books in the world but they are the most community minded publisher out there. Now they are sponsoring a brand new scholarship program fostering to diverse voices and have already partnered with writing programs at Seton Hill and Humber School for Writers and are looking to partner with two more in 2020.
News Release Follows:

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews Sassy Witch by Danielle Garrett #Tantor Audio

Today Sophia Rose is here to share her review of Sassy Witch a paranormal cozy mystery #9 in Danielle Garrett's Beachwood Harbor Magic Mysteries.

Sassy Witch by Danielle Garrett, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
#9 Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Published:  8.18.20
Time:  5 hours 59 minutes
Rating: 4.5

The winds of change have arrived and Holly's not sure she can fly.
It's Valentine's Day in Beechwood Harbor and the town is rolling out the rose-colored carpet to host a group of eager singles in an effort to boost town tourism. The sleepy town is suddenly transformed into Cupid's playground, complete with chocolate fountains, bicycles built for two, and a romantic breakfast buffet. 
Of course, no one loves a singles' buffet quite like a pack of vampires. Only, they're not there for the dark-roast coffee and homemade sticky buns. 
When eligible bachelors start dropping like wilted rose petals, Holly springs into action. She's quickly thrown into a tangled web of secret romances, unrequited love, and more than one blood-thirsty vamp. 
In short, it's a bad time to get an eviction notice.

Sophia Rose's Review:

Valentine’s Day has Beechwood Harbor businesses pulling out all the stops to bring some tourists in during the off-season by hosting a singles’ convention and wouldn’t you know it, someone dangerous crashes the party.

Sassy Witch is the ninth of the Beechwood Harbor Magic mysteries.  They are connected and work best in order even if each book has a standalone mystery.

It all hits at once as usual for poor Holly and this potions witch is ready to unravel and does a little when she starts picking fights with Adam and nearly loses it.  Her issues from her past rise up and she really struggles even while she gets busy corralling the single’s event, vampires, and sets out to find a killer.  I love how the author has worked through the series to develop Holly’s personality, her relationships, and show her growth.  Not many books ago, Holly would have dissolved into petty stuff, but here, she is able to listen and hear things out.  She works hard to see things from other perspectives.

As to the paranormal mystery side, it was an interesting one with a few layers.  There is the vampire trouble that is obvious as Holly confronts an arrogant one, but there is the oddity about Posey and worries that Posey is going poltergeist the way she reacts to things lately.  I also liked that background mystery Merrill brings up about conspiracies in the SPA and what is going on with the rogue vampires.  I hope that gets expanded on in the next few books.  It was fun seeing Holly, Adam, Nick, Merrill, Evangeline, and Harmony working the case together and the suspenseful climax.

Amanda Ronconi hit her stride long before and is a fab narrator match for this series.  She has a wry humor that works with Holly’s personality and the rest of the gang.  I like the way she voices the characters and the tone she takes as she narrates the story whether it is Holly thinking through a problem or the pace picking up for a chase of a villain.

I loved the way things resolved in this one and look forward to seeing what comes next for the mansion residents and Holly.  Those who enjoy a good paranormal twist to a cozy mystery, light feel to the writing, and engaging well-developed characters all in one- try this series out.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:
From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.
Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

Sophia’s Bio:
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Audio Review-The Indomitable Florence Fitch Interview with author Robert J. Mrazek

Seventy Five years ago tomorrow, September 2, 1945  marked the official end of WWII, the deadliest military conflict in history where a total of 70-85 million people perished. It was a time in history that should NEVER be forgotten especially now when there are so few left who lived during that time. It was also 100 years ago last month that the US passed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Today I'm super excited to bring you the story of a very special woman, a wife, a mother, a war hero, a survivor.  And super excited to share with you a conversation with the author, Robert J. Mrazek. 
No matter the format this is a MUST READ for all!

ISBN-13: 978-0316422277
Publisher: Hatchett Books
Release Date: 9-2-2020
Length: 368pp
Source: Netgalley audio for review


“An American hero-long forgotten-finally gets her due in this riveting narrative. You will absolutely love Florence Finch: her grit, her compassion, her fight. This isn’t just history; she is a woman for our times.”

-Keith O’Brien, the New York Times bestselling author of Fly Girls

The riveting story of an unsung World War II hero who saved countless American lives in the Philippines, told by an award-winning military historian.

When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her Ithaca, NY neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina native was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, whose courage and sacrifice were unsurpassed in the Pacific War against Japan. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited fifty years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children.

Florence was an unlikely warrior. She relied on her own intelligence and fortitude to survive on her own from the age of seven, facing bigotry as a mixed-race mestiza with the dual heritage of her American serviceman father and Filipina mother.

As the war drew ever closer to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with a dashing American naval intelligence agent, Charles “Bing” Smith. In the wake of Bing’s sudden death in battle, Florence transformed from a mild-mannered young wife into a fervent resistance fighter. She conceived a bold plan to divert tons of precious fuel from the Japanese army, which was then sold on the black market to provide desperately needed medicine and food for hundreds of American POWs. In constant peril of arrest and execution, Florence fought to save others, even as the Japanese police closed in.

With a wealth of original sources including taped interviews, personal journals, and unpublished memoirs, The Indomitable Florence Finch unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. Award-winning military historian and former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek brings to light this long-hidden American patriot. The Indomitable Florence Finch is the story of the transcendent bravery of a woman who belongs in America’s pantheon of war heroes.