Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Blitz: Christmas with An Angel by: Debbie Mason



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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL: A Short Story
Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor, #1.5
On Sale: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Forever Yours
eBook: $.99 USD

It's been eight long years since Michael Gallagher has laid eyes on Shay Angel, back when he was a boy from the most prominent family in town and she was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. But he hadn't cared about their differences—until one bad decision landed her in jail.

That was years ago and now he's back in Harmony Harbor for the holidays. So when Shay goes missing, Michael is intent on finding her—and finding out if their sizzling attraction is still there. But he's now a district attorney, and it looks like Shay is once again on the wrong side of the law.

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THE SERIES

Mistletoe Cottage, #1
Christmas With An Angel, #1.5
Starlight Bride, #2
Primrose Lane, #3



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.



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Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Spotlight: Get me to The Grave on Time by: D.E. Ireland

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Get Me To The Grave On Time by D.E. Ireland

Fascinating characters, a thrilling mystery, and a possible Indian curse are only some of the reasons to read GET ME TO THE GRAVE ON TIME. D.E. Ireland continues the lives of these memorable characters in a fresh new mystery filled with laughter as well as danger. ~Cozy Up With Kathy
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(The Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mysteries) 
Publisher: Grainger Press (November 15, 2016) 
Print Length: 274 pages 
ASIN: B01MDQEG27
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Synopsis:

Although Eliza still refuses to marry Freddy Eynsford Hill, everyone around her seems headed for the altar. Not only is her cousin Inspector Jack Shaw about to wed his sweetheart, but Freddy's younger sister Clara is engaged, along with the niece of Henry Higgins. Another blushing bride is the sixty-year-old Duchess of Carbrey, who plans to marry a handsome fellow half her age. But when the groom is found dead, a jealous mistress is blamed for the murder. However, the death may also be connected to the stolen treasure of an Indian temple. Disaster strikes next at Jack and Sybil's wedding. Soon after, the wedding reception of Higgins's niece takes a lethal turn. Someone is targeting bridegrooms, and the wedding of Freddy's sister is next. Before another bridal bouquet is tossed, Higgins and Eliza must track down the killer. Otherwise, Clara's bridegroom - and perhaps the bride herself - may be murdered before they can get to the church on time.
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About The Authors:

D.E. Ireland is a team of award-winning authors, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta. Long time friends, they decided to collaborate on this unique series based on George Bernard Shaw's wonderfully witty play, Pygmalion. While they admit the lovely film My Fair Lady and its soundtrack proved to be inspiring, they are careful to stick to Shaw's vision of the beloved characters from Eliza to Higgins to Pickering and Freddy Eynsford Hill. They've also added a cast of new characters to flesh out their own version of events post-Pygmalion. They both have patient husbands, brilliant daughters, and share a love of good books, tea and history.

Website: www.deireland.com 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Interview: Kate Dyer-Seeley


Recently I had a chance to sit down and interview Kate Dyer-Seeley who has written the book First Degree Mudder.  Thank you Kate for stopping by Community Bookstop!

What genre do you write?

I write modern mysteries featuring a young journalist who wants to be a serious investigative reporter, but she can’t get a job because newspapers are dying so she bills herself as an outdoor adventurer in order to land a job writing for Northwest Extreme Magazine. Only in reality she loves all things pink, vintage fashion, and her idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte.

I really enjoying getting to take a bit of a new slant on the genre by incorporating the outdoors. Each book in the series includes an adventure guide and scenic tour so that readers can actually visit the places in the books. You don’t have to be an extreme athlete to read the series. Armchair adventurers are very welcome!

How did you come to write cozy mysteries?

I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. One summer when I was twelve or thirteen I read all of Agatha Christie’s books, so mysteries have always been my favorite. My dad was an English teacher and used to edit every story or article I wrote with his red pen. I would think that I had written something wonderful. However when he handed back my work it was bloodied with red pen. I used to get so frustrated with his red pen, but now I appreciate that he was my first editor and really helped strengthen my writing from a young age.

I had always wanted to write a mystery, but knew that I had to write what I know. One summer my family and I were hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and bumped into a young woman wearing bright pink hiking boots. She was totally out of place on the trail with a bunch of burly, bearded hiking men. I couldn’t get her out of my head, so eventually she became Meg. I’m very familiar with the outdoors and have lived in the Pacific Northwest for my entire life so it felt natural to set a mystery here.

Who is your favorite character to write about?


Meg has a very wise grandmother, Gam, who is her mentor and spiritual advisor in the books. Gam is a Reiki healer and communes with nature and the animals. She helps ground Meg and gives her gentle nudging when Meg stumbles. I love getting to explore their relationship. There’s something so special about a grandmother and granddaughter. It’s not just a one-way relationship either. They have things to learn and teach one another and I’m looking forward to developing that even more as the series continues.

Who inspires your books?

The Pacific Northwest! It’s such a stunning and unique part of the world. I literally simply have to step outside to get inspiration. When I’m working on a new book I’ll often take a notebook, pen, and my camera and spend a few days jotting down how the forest smells or snapping pictures of the gorge and mountains.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to hike. We are surrounded by forests and parks here in this corner of the world, so I spend a lot of time outside. I also love to swim, bake, and read. Portland, Oregon is known for its coffee and microbrew culture which I have weaved into the books. That means you can also find me sipping a cold beer or a steaming latte. All in the name of research, of course.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?
The complete works of Jane Austen
Sunscreen

A lifetime supply of coffee

Interview: Lois Winston author of Literally Dead


Recently I had a chance to sit down with Lois Winston the author of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries and The Empty Next Mysteries.  Thank you Lois Winston for stopping by today.

What genre do you write?
For the last six years I’ve concentrated on writing two different humorous amateur sleuth mystery series, the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries and the Empty Nest Mysteries. Prior to that I wrote romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. I’ve also written one middle grade book and several nonfiction books.

How did you come to write cozy humorous genre?
I was writing dark, gritty romantic suspense, but life had gotten too real, and I found myself spending a lot of time staring at a blinking cursor on a blank screen. My agent suggested I try my hand at writing humorous cozy or amateur sleuth mysteries instead of romantic suspense. I fell in love with the genre and have never looked back.

Who is your favorite character to write about?
Tough question. I don’t know that I have one favorite character that I write. I have fun with both of my sleuths, but I also enjoy creating various secondary characters. And I really enjoy writing characters readers love to hate. Lovinia Darling, the victim in Literally Dead, is one such character. She’s a bully with an over-the-top diva personality—the perfect murder victim because everyone hates her.

Who inspires your books?
Because truth is stranger than fiction, many of my characters are an amalgam of people I’ve known or observed over the years. I love taking various traits from different people and combining them to create my characters. The same is true for my plots. Most of them spring from actual events I’ve either experienced or read about in the news. I then play the “what if” game, giving the events a unique spin that works with my series and characters.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I can’t sing, I can’t act, and I can’t dance, but I love Broadway musicals. So when I have the money, you’ll find me sitting in the
audience, living vicariously through the performers up on the stage.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?

An unlimited source of power, a refrigerator stocked with food, and MacGyver. Between the power source and MacGyver, I wouldn’t be on the island very long and while I was there, I’d have plenty to eat.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: Crime and Catnip by: T.C. LoTempio


Title: Crime and Catnip
Author: T.C. LoTempio
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Nick and Nora Mysteries #3
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.

While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown. 

As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him...

My Thoughts:

This book follows Nora who is getting ready for a gala event offering food for the event Nora also gets asked by Violet Crenshaw to find out what happened to her niece whether it be good or bad.  Nora is also curious to what happened to Nick the cat's previous owner who was a private investigator named Nick Atkins who just disappeared.  One of the last thing he was working on was Violet's niece the only clue left behind is a postcard that was either written by Nick Atkins or a good forger.  What happened to Nick the PI?  Did he face death and lose or something more simple?

At the gala event Nora notices that not everyone is playing nice and Daisy the event planner seems to be having issues with various people, but when Daisy winds up dead Nora wonders if one of her arguments resulted in her death?  Who would want Daisy dead and why?  Add to the fact that Nick Atkins has sent another cryptic postcard what is Nick trying to say or more importantly what isn't he saying?

I loved reading this especially the various mysteries including what happened to Nick and his coded messages it was great!!  I also enjoyed reading Nora searching out for answers no matter how serious it got.  Definitely a huge fan of Nick and Nora can't wait to see what is next for these two!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Spotlight: Marlene Bateman

Blurb:

Filled with plans, McKenzie Forsberg returns to her hometown to spend Christmas with her family. Stressed by a year of intense, ongoing problems, she quit her high-powered job to move back and rebuild her life. Kenzie desperately needs the peace and security she is sure will come from buying the home she grew up in. But when she arrives, Kenzie discovers that a handsome widower, Jared Rawlins, has already put an offer on the house. However, he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve.

When Kenzie unexpectedly runs into a couple who are considering buying Jared’s house, she unthinkingly gives them information that changes their mind. Jared is more than a little interested in Kenzie, but has second thoughts when it appears Kenzie may have attempted to sabotage the sale of his home. Feeling bad, Kenzie apologizes but the damage may be too much for their relationship to overcome. Despite themselves, sparks of attraction grow into something more. Then, a few days before Christmas, Kenzie makes a stunning discovery about her past. In that moment, everything changes. Will the power of love be enough to bring Jared and Kenzie together and allow them to find their happily ever after?

Links For Sale by Owner is available at Deseret Book and Seagull Book. It can also be purchased online at: 

GoodReads; https://goo.gl/ksPihN 

Reviews: 

“For Sale by Owner is a sweet, clean, romantic, holiday story that will warm you as surely as a cup of rich hot chocolate held between mittened hands and warm cookies straight from the oven (7 recipes included in book!) A tale of small sacrifices and lost love found and prayers answered. With a little bit of family drama thrown in for Christmas spice.” Reviewer & blogger, Diane Tolley.


“Wow, I really loved everything about this book! I loved the tenacious way that Kenzie goes about her life. I loved that there is a cute love story and also a cute story from the early years of Kenzie's life that ends up coming full circle before the book ends. This is a cute, clean, fun book that you won't want to put down, I know I didn't!” Reviewer & blogger, Cathy Jeppsen.

Biography:

Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House.

Marlene has also written a number of LDS, non-fiction books: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits; Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die.

Excerpt:

“What made you decide to move to Lake Forest?” Kenzie asked. “I’ve always loved it here,” Jared said. “It’s a beautiful area, and there’s a special atmosphere here. People are so friendly. I guess part of the reason I came is because I needed to go someplace new and kind of start over, you know?” Kenzie did know. That was exactly what she was doing now. She’d gotten over Larry, but she needed to go someplace new and reinvent herself and her life. “Now let me ask you,” Jared said. “What made you decide to come back?” “A lot of reasons. I need a fresh start too. I’m tired of the hectic pace in Chicago.” Impulsively she added, “Also, I had to get away from my job at Midwest. A guy was causing some real problems for me—” She stopped. Their eyes met and lingered. Jared’s compassion was evident and the expression on his face kind. She felt so comfortable talking with him—as if they were kindred spirits. Something in her heart softened into a spreading pool, and she smiled at him. Tearing open his packet of Oreo cookies., Jared took one and dunked it in his hot chocolate. Kenzie frowned. “Figures. You’re a dunker.” “And I bet you’re a twister.” Snatching up a cookie, Kenzie twisted it open and took a bite of the creamy middle. “Ummm.” Jared shuddered. “That’s wrong in so many ways.” Picking up her mug and warming her fingers, Kenzie sipped her hot chocolate. “This is wonderful!” “It’s a secret recipe—been in my family for generations.” “Really?” “No, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?”

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