Thursday, November 30, 2023

November Offerings from Oceanview Publishing


Today I'm featuring Oceanview Publishing's November offerings

Available in Hardback and e-book  Nov 7
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Detective Emily Hunter #

Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter

Detectives are called to investigate a home invasion and murder. Pulled into the shadowy world of gang violence and retribution, they have to identify the killer—without becoming the next victims.

"A smart, twisty, multilayered story.” —Karen Dionne, USA Today best-selling author

Available in Hardback e-book and audio
November 10
Rick Cahill #10
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Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and Lee Child

PI Rick Cahill’s family have left, fearing his outbursts caused by CTE. But when an old enemy offers Rick $50.000 to find a missing woman, Rick sees a way to provide for his daughter’s future—before the disease takes his life.

“Smart, tightly-written, faster-than-a-speeding bullet .” —Joe Ide, best-selling author of Fixit

Available in Paperback

Available 1-20 
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Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and Lee Child

Battling a deadly disease, Rick Cahill risks his life to find the truth about a friend’s death. Can he stay alive long enough to avenge his friend and keep his family together?

“All the best of a classic PI novel.”

—Danielle Girard, USA Today best-selling author

Available 11-1
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Perfect for fans of Louise Penny, Lisa Gardner and Agatha Christie

When a charity cycle event is delayed by torrential rain, trapping the cyclists in town, the body of the event organizer washes down the mountain. Solicitor Ben O’Keeffe redoubles her efforts to find the killer before they strike again.

"Haunting, atmospheric, and gripping.” —John Connolly, New York Times best-selling author

Stop by next month for more special offerings from 
Oceanview Publishing

Monday, November 27, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh


Today Sophia Rose is returning with her thoughts on Nalini Singh's latest stand alone thriller.

There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh


Publisher:  Berkley

Published:  11.21.23

Pages:  384

Rating: 4.5

Format: eARC

Source:  NetGalley

Sellers:  Amazon

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Goodreads Blurb:

They met when they were teenagers. Now they’re adults, and time has been kind to some and unkind to others—none more so than to Bea, the one they lost nine long years ago. They’ve gathered to reminisce at Bea’s family’s estate, a once-glorious mansion straight out of a gothic novel. Best friends, old flames, secret enemies, and new lovers are all under one roof—but when the weather turns and they’re snowed in at the edge of eternity, there’s nowhere left to hide from their shared history.

As the walls close in, the pretense of normality gives way to long-buried grief, bitterness, and rage. Underneath it all, there’s the nagging feeling that Bea’s shocking death wasn’t what it was claimed to be. And before the weekend is through, the truth will be unleashed—no matter the cost.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving


There is so much to be thankful for this year and you my readers are one of the things I'm thankful for.

Whether you're traveling or hosting, enjoying the holiday with family or friends I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

This year the entire family is heading to Mississippi to spend the holiday with our son and his family so no cooking for me only eating! 

And I'm looking forward to the road trip with our daughter and son-in-law and the time we'll be able to spend with the family who live far away.

So from my house to yours Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

#MacmillanAudio review of: Inheritance by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts gifts her fans with, Inheritance book one of her brand new Lost Bride trilogy,  another fantastic novel that will draw you right into the story.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 11-21-2023
Length: 13 hours & 51 minutes
Source: Publisher for Review
Buy It: Audible



Inheritance is the first in The Lost Bride Trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts―a tale of tragedies, loves found and lost, and a family haunted for generations.

1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him…

Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about―and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in it for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth―and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light.

Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya’s unease―and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted…but just a little. Sure enough, Sonya finds objects moved and music playing out of nowhere. She sees a painting by her father inexplicably hanging in her deceased uncle’s office, and a portrait of a woman named Astrid, whom the lawyer refers to as “the first lost bride.” It’s becoming clear that Sonya has inherited far more than a house. She has inherited a centuries-old curse, and a puzzle to be solved if there is any hope of breaking it…

Monday, November 20, 2023

#GIVEAWAY Review: Living in the Shadow of Death Interview with author Donna Augustine

Regulars know that I love the urban fantasy/paranormal genre and one of my go-to fave authors in the genre is Donna Augustine who has just released, Living in the Shadow of Death, a post apocalyptic novel and the first book in her new, Life After Death Day, series. Donna sat down and let me interview her and she's offering one of my readers a kindle copy of the book. Details below

Giveaway is for one e-copy of
Living in the Shadow of Death
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Release Date: 10-06-2023
Length: 280pp
Source: Author for Review
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Ninety percent of the world died in the span of a few seconds. No warning. No explanation. Few survivors. Now we’re all trying to get by as society collapses around us.

Survival is a battle and it’s getting worse every day. Food is scarce and the shelves are all bare. Finding medication for my little brother is impossible, and my desperation is growing as my options narrow.

When the world is falling to pieces, and all the people you know are vying to become the baddest villains around, maybe finding the meanest monster on the block is exactly what’s needed. A dangerous man I would’ve run from a month ago might be my only salvation.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Showcase: The Wizard of the Kremlin a novel by Giuliano Da Empoli

Today I'm showcasing a novel based on Putin's regime a recent release from fave indie, Other Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-395-2
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 11-7-2023
Length: 304pp
Buy It: Publisher/ Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Filled with real political insight and intrigue, this thrilling novel explores the nature of power through the inner workings of Putin’s regime.

Known as the “Wizard of the Kremlin,” the enigmatic Vadim Baranov was a TV producer before becoming a political advisor to Putin, aka “The Czar.” After his resignation from this position, legends about him multiply, with no one able to distinguish truth from fiction. Until one night, when he tells his story to the narrator of this book…

He immerses us in the heart of the Russian state, where sycophants and oligarchs have been engaging in open warfare, and where Vadim, now the regime’s main spin doctor, turns an entire country into an avant-garde political stage. Yet Vadim is not as ambitious as the others. Entangled in the increasingly dark secrets of the regime he has helped create, he will do anything to get out, guided by the memory of his grandfather, an eccentric aristocrat who survived the Revolution, and the mesmerizing, merciless Ksenia, whom he has fallen in love with.

Giuliano da Empoli, once a senior advisor to Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, draws on his experience behind the scenes to create an authentic, compelling portrait of power and how it corrupts.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: System Collapse by Martha Wells

Today Sophia Rose returns with #7 in Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries series, System Collapse
Sit back and blast off with her!

System Collapse by Martha Wells

#7 The Murderbot Diaries


Publisher: Tordotcom

Published:  11.14.23

Pages: 256

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source: NetGalley

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

The million-copy, New York Times bestselling Murderbot series is back in another full-length novel adventure!

Am I making it worse? I think I'm making it worse.

Everyone's favorite lethal SecUnit is back.

Following the events in Network Effect, the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly-colonized planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there’s an ethical corporation out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can’t have the planet, they’re sure as hell not leaving without something. If that something just happens to be an entire colony of humans, well, a free workforce is a decent runner-up prize.

But there’s something wrong with Murderbot; it isn’t running within normal operational parameters. ART’s crew and the humans from Preservation are doing everything they can to protect the colonists, but with Barish-Estranza’s SecUnit-heavy persuasion teams, they’re going to have to hope Murderbot figures out what’s wrong with itself, and fast!

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Review: Calamity by Constance Fay

I love finding new to me authors and it's an extra charge when it's a debut author who is brave enough to be putting their baby out for the world to see for the very first time. Constance Fay's baby, Calamity, is a rollercoaster ride, feel good sci-fi romance that's unputdownable and an Amazon Editor's Pick.
I loved what Publisher's Weekly said about it
"Fay’s unputdownable debut... is packed to the brim with heat, heart, and humor... Fay enriches the enemies-to-lovers romance with meticulous worldbuilding and lovable, larger-than-life characters. The space hijinks and tantalizing mystery make this a gift for any romance lover who’s also a Firefly fan."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Read on to see what I thought of this debut and first in a brand series.

ISBN-13: 9781250330413
Publisher: Bramble/Tor
Release Date: 11-14-2023
Length: 320pp 
Source: Publisher for review
Uncharted Hearts #1
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Winter's Orbit meets Ilona Andrews in this sexy enemies-to-lovers romance.

The captain of a ragtag mercenary ship is given an offer she can't refuse by the ruthless head of an intergalactic noble family. The only catch? She'll have to team up with his son--an upsettingly competent hardbody with his own agenda--to get her reward.

She’s got a ramshackle spaceship, a misfit crew, and a big problem with its sexy newest member…

Temperance Reed, banished from the wealthy and dangerous Fifteen Families, just wants to keep her crew together after their feckless captain ran off with the intern. But she’s drowning in debt and revolutionary new engine technology is about to make her beloved ship obsolete.

Enter Arcadio Escajeda. Second child of the terrifying Escajeda Family, he’s the thorn in Temper’s side as they’re sent off on a scouting mission on the backwater desert planet of Herschel 2. They throw sparks every time they meet but Temper’s suspicions of his ulterior motives only serve to fuel the flames between them.

Despite volcanic eruptions, secret cultists, and deadly galactic fighters, the greatest threat on this mission may be to Temper’s heart.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Showcase: My Shadow is Yours a novel by Edoardo Nesi translated by Gregory Conti

Today I'm happy to be showcasing another recent release from fab indie publisher, OtherPress.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63542-068-5
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 09-12-2023
Length: 288pp
Buy It: Publisher/Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



A recent college graduate accompanies a reclusive middle-aged writer on a chaotic road trip to Milan in this hilarious, heartwarming novel about love, friendship, and the pitfalls of nostalgia

In 1995 Vittorio Vezzosi rose to worldwide acclaim with his debut novel, The Wolves Inside. Unfortunately for his adoring fans—and his publisher—he wouldn’t write another word. Instead, the great author shut himself away in a farmhouse overlooking Florence.

After twenty-five years of silence, however, a corporate takeover lights the fire under Vittorio to produce a new novel, and bright young classics graduate Emiliano De Vito is hired to assist him. Off to a rocky start, the odd couple embark on a madcap journey in a 1979 Jeep—without a roof or windshield or doors—to Milan, where Vittorio will speak to a crowd of thousands.

As they travel across Italy, bonding over wine and women, and butting heads over the struggles Emiliano’s generation inherited from Vittorio’s, the two begin to see the world, and writing, in a different way.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Review: After the Forest - Exclusive Interview with author Kell Woods

Tor is my go to publisher for all things that go bump in the night and After the Forest ticks every box in the category. See why I absolutely loved this debut and read on for our chat.

ISBN-13: 978-1250852489
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: 10-03-2023
Length: 384pp
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



After the Forest is a dark and enchanting fantasy debut from Kell Woods that explores the repercussions of a childhood filled with magic and a young woman contending with the truth of “happily ever after.”

Ginger. Honey. Cinnamon. Flour.

Twenty years after the witch in the gingerbread house, Greta and Hans are struggling to get by. Their mother and stepmother are long dead, Hans is deeply in debt from gambling, and the countryside lies in ruin, its people starving in the aftermath of a brutal war.

Greta has a secret, though: the witch's grimoire, hidden away and whispering in Greta's ear for the past two decades, and the recipe inside that makes the best gingerbread you've ever tasted. As long as she can bake, Greta can keep her small family afloat.

But in a village full of superstition, Greta and her mysteriously addictive gingerbread, not to mention the rumors about her childhood misadventures, is a source of gossip and suspicion.

And now, dark magic is returning to the woods and Greta's magic―magic she is still trying to understand―may be the only thing that can save her. If it doesn't kill her first.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Review Door to Door + interview with author T.L. (Tracy) Brown

Sometimes its serendipity that brings a new author into my life like when Tracy liked a comment I made on another blogger's website and it made her reach out to me. And to me for finding a new favorite author.
I hope you enjoy my audio review of Door To Door and our exclusive chat!

Publisher: T.L. Brown
Release Date: 06-27-2023
Length: 9 hours & 37 minutes
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Audible (.99 on Kindle format)



Two worlds collide when Emily Swift turns 30, and her late father’s journal lands on her doorstep....

Seventeen years after Emily Swift’s father died, a door is opened to a new world, an Empire led by peculiar men and women called Salesmen–transporters of magical items. These Salesmen have the unique ability to travel from place to place, and even world to world, simply by stepping through the “right” door. Now that Emily is 30, it turns out that she can “door travel” too, stumbling unplanned into kitchens, bathrooms, and alleyways as her connection to the Salesman Empire is revealed.

Fueled by the cryptic notes and sketches in her father’s journal, Emily discovers the real reason behind his death: he was targeted and assassinated by the Fringe, a terrorist group of rogue Salesmen. After an attack that leaves an innocent woman dead, a rare book containing clues to the whereabouts of the Crimson Stone is missing. Emily is charged with getting it back. As she races through the Empire, she pursues John Templeton, the mysterious Salesman with extraordinary abilities, who seems to help and undermine Emily at whim.

With new friends Anne Lace and the seemingly-boyish Rabbit, she tracks Templeton, but the Fringe is not far behind–as two new murders prove. Along the way, Emily struggles to balance her desire to find out who killed her father against the task of recovering the legendary stone. The internal journey of reconciling the father she hardly knew with the great leader she’ll never know forms the foundation for a fast-paced race to keep powerful magic out of violent, fanatical hands.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Sophia Rose reviews: Murder on Mistletoe Lane by Clara McKenna


Murder on Mistletoe Lane by Clara McKenna

#5 Stella and Lyndy

Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Kensington Books

Published:  10.24.23

Pages:  302

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  NetGalley

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Ex-pat Stella and British aristocrat Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst are thrilled to celebrate their first Christmas together as Morrington Hall comes alive with caroling, intricate decorations . . . and a deadly murder.

Taking on the responsibilities that come with being Lady Lyndhurst, Stella is eager to embrace yuletide traditions in the Edwardian English countryside and use her strong social influence for good. Her world becomes so consumed with starting a horse farm charity for the holidays that she barely notices the usual oddities attached to her upper-crust lifestyle. At least, not until items vanish from her bedroom and maligned housekeeper, Mrs. Nelson, becomes seriously ill—only to be found dead in the cold on Mistletoe Lane . . .

Cheery spirits are dashed following the sudden death, especially once Stella questions whether her own staff knows what—or who—killed the woman. Her suspicions mount when another person dies under strange circumstances during New Forest’s annual Point‑to‑Point Boxing Day race. Then there’s the case of Morrington Hall becoming plagued by false identities, secret affairs, and disgruntled employees . . .

Now, with two murders unfolding before their eyes in late December, Stella and Lyndy realize they can’t fully trust anyone except for themselves while investigating. Because as disturbing answers come into focus, identifying the criminal responsible and surviving into the new year would be the greatest gift of the season . . .