Monday, October 5, 2015

BOTM: Giveaway Time

As everyone knows the BOTM for October is Colleen Helme's Deep in Death and she is offering a lucky reader of the blog a copy of the audio version of this book!  There are some guidelines for this review:

  1. Must live within the U,S,A, Unfortunately not a international giveaway but stay tuned you never know what other giveaways we have!
  2. Must leave an email address in the comments along with answering my mystery question.
  3. Giveaway will run two weeks to give people plenty of time to enter and share the link to the giveaway.

HERE'S YOUR MYSTERY QUESTION:Mind you the mystery question doesn't always pertain to the author or book in question it's just a general mystery themed question.

What is your favorite Halloween themed mystery to read?  Or do you pick new ones each year?  

If you share this link on other social sites please include links below :)  Any promoting will help your chances of winning!!

Good Luck to All Who Enter the Contest!!

Book of The Month October: Deep In Death by: Colleen Helme

Title: Deep In Death
Author: Colleen Helme
Series: Shelby Nichols #6
Pages: 279

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible


Running “errands” for her mob-boss employer, Joey “The Knife” Manetto, often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined.

In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man, Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby’s involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path. As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?

Link to My Review I loved this book such a wonderful job!  We will be sharing Colleen's books for the month of October!  We love you Colleen Helme keep up the good work!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Release Party: Chasing Clarity by: Sylvia Stein

Chasing Clarity Book Tour:


What happens when you lose the person most important to you and are left to pick up the pieces? 

Mia Gerard had always wanted to be a trained dancer yet she has just lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. Leo Dancy was her best friend and soul mate. As she tries to deal with losing him, she finds his absence unbearable and she feels lost without him.

But then a great opportunity arises for Mia that she just can’t turn down.
She is accepted into the New York Dance Academy of performing arts. 
At first she is overwhelmed but once she gets there she begins to allow herself to heal.

This is when she comes across Henry Watson a painter with aspirations of acquiring his own exhibit one day. While she ponders her feelings for Henry, will she be too late? or will she find the clarity she needs and chase after him?

Chapter 1  

Part One

My name is Mia Gerard, and dancing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I don’t think there has ever been a time I didn’t love it. When I was five years old, I was enrolled in my first ballet and jazz class. Dance has always been everything to me. That’s why after working so hard for so many years and putting countless hours into it, I was thrilled when I began winning competition after competition, and the rewards rolled in. However, nothing came close to winning the heart of Leo Dancy.
From the moment I laid eyes on him that first day in my 7th grade English class, I felt our connection. I know it may sound silly. How can a twelve-year-old know when she is in love, right?
Well, although I did not have concrete proof, I knew what I felt. It was a feeling like no other. My heart raced, and my hands got sweaty every time I was near him. I know it may sound cheesy, but I literally felt like he and I were the only ones in the room.
Oh, when I think about it now I can’t help but let out a chuckle. I can still see Leo coming in with his blondish hair and green eyes looking right at me. I hadn’t seen him for a while. We went to the same elementary school, but his parents moved to Chicago, and we lost touch.
I was just glad to see him back in Ann Arbor. That’s one thing about Leo. He was always such a comedian. I really missed his jokes. Plus, I had never been very social due to my hectic dance schedule. Most of the girls, except for Courtney Deegan and Keyla West, always ignored me or gave me a hard time. Truth be told, I always seemed to get along best with boys in school. I guess it had to do with the fact that I acted a bit like a tomboy. I know dancers are supposed to be graceful. Not to say I am not, but it doesn’t hurt to just have fun and enjoy each day without always having to worry so much about being graceful or perfect.  It is okay to laugh and enjoy time with those that make you happy.
Leo seemed to think the same way. I loved that about him too. He was also very polite and friendly. It didn’t matter who you were, Leo always made time to say hello and smile as you passed him in the hallways. Even when the few bad kids tried to stir trouble, he would always crack a joke.
“Is that the best you got?” he would say.
I thought that line was classic. Leo sure liked using it, and it seemed to work for him.
In just a few weeks, we became fast friends. I was very surprised to see him at my end of the year recital one night. As I danced to one of the last classical pieces in my contemporary dance performance, I overheard him call out, “Way to go, Mia!”
I could not help but blush as everyone in the audience turned to him.
They all smiled at me, and then the crowd applauded even louder. Oh, I can go back and replay that forever. That was the moment I knew I had feelings for Leo. It was the same sort of thing I’d felt when he first came into English class, only deeper.
Oh, I don’t want to ruin our friendship. What should I do now?
I knew how I felt about Leo, but that did not mean he felt the same way. Did he? I thought about playing it cool.
I don’t need to say anything. If I do, and then I find out he doesn’t feel the same way it will be weird between us. No, there is no need for him to know. Friends, it is.
For the next few days I could not stop thinking about Leo. It was getting harder to be near him, and all I wanted to do was hide my feelings.
“Mia, are you okay?” he asked.
I grabbed one of the books in my locker and responded with a smile, “I am fine, Leo.”
“Well, I wasn’t sure.”
I looked into his eyes, and he stared at me with a puzzled look.
I sighed. “Leo, what is the matter?”
“Well, I notice you are wearing two different types of shoes today.”
“What are you talking about?”
He smiled and pointed down.
I was mortified. Leo was right. My shoes didn’t match. One was my running shoe for gym, and the other was my dance shoe. I did not know what to do.
“It is okay, Mia.”
Okay? How can he think it is okay? Tears welled up in my eyes.
“Mia, it is okay.” He came closer. “The only reason I asked is because my socks don’t match today.”
I smiled and looked down at his feet. “Oh, that’s right.”
We laughed together, and then I realized that the bell was about to ring, and here I stood wearing shoes that didn’t match with a guy who was wearing mismatched socks.
“I say we blame the weather.”
I nodded. “That is right.” Michigan weather was always changing, and even though it was April cold temps still blew in from time to time to disorient you.
“Come on. I will walk you to class.” He grabbed my hand.
I looked up at him. “What are you doing?”
“Well, don’t you think it is about time we make it official?”
“You know I want you to be my girlfriend.”
I blinked. “You do?”
He nodded. “Yes. Do you accept?”
I felt my heart racing again, and it was hard to get the words out. “Yes, I accept.”
He held my hand as he walked me to my next class, and I didn’t care about my shoes anymore.
“I will see you in English class, Mia.”
I smiled. “See you then, Leo.”
I can recall this day as if it were yesterday. If only there was a way to go back. I knew from that day on that Leo Dancy would be my soul mate—someone I wanted to be with the rest of my days. I fell in love with every part of him.
He was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Oh, I get so teary-eyed as I remember everything. But that’s all in the past. There is no future for us.

No, I refuse to think that way. This just can’t be the end. I do not want to wake up. I want to stay asleep. Leo, my love, I want you to take me with you. Please take me with you.

Author: Bio:

Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012 and she also started to connect with other authors through the World Literary Café.  She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series. While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born. With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.  Her First Debut Novel came in July 31, 2014 entitled, Closure and now she has just released her first YA called Chasing Clarity out October 5th 2015 .   “ This is the first of many to come.”

Author's Note: 

This book began its journey in 2013 for the National Novel Month but the idea for this book began in July of this same year. You know it is amazing how one character from a show can impact so much of my life and it did when I awoke to the tragic news of his death.   It was something so profound and for me it felt like losing a part of my family.    I thought about the pain and hurt it caused those he loved and this is when Chasing Clarity was born.  However I did not want to write his story.  It was more about bringing the theme of love and loss and how my main character Mia will try to overcome the tragic obstacles and be able to find a purpose and pursue on her dreams.   I know friends who are like family that have been through this type of pain and my hope is that Mia’s story will help in the healing process of their own hearts.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: Young Widows Club by: Alexandra Coutts

Title: Young Widows Club
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Pages: 203
Fromat: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


First came love, then came marriage, and then...

For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.

My Thoughts: 

Tam has lost her husband and she's only 17.  From the moment her husband Noah died she has been trying to figure out what to do next or find her way in the world.  After a bunch of disastrous situations she decides to get on the straight and narrow and figure out where to go from being a widow.

I loved the rawness of this book and reading about all Tam's ups and downs and how she was going to get past it all.  I really think this book is great for widows who make mistakes and learn from them!

Review: My Second Life by: Faye Birdie

Title: My Second Life
Author: Faye Birdie
Publisher:  Usborne Publishing
Pages: 278
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


The first time I was born, I was Emma. 
I was beautiful. I had everything to live for. 
But I died.

Now I have been born a second time, and my previous life haunts me. Because in it I think I did something very wrong. I must find out what I did to Catherine. I must uncover the truth about Emma...

Intriguing, compelling, heartbreaking. 
What if your past life could shatter your future? 

My Thoughts: 

In this book we follow Ana who was born previously as Emma and has memories of being Emma when her grandmother ends up in the hospital for a procedure she stumbles across a woman there in the hospital and recognizes her Frances Wells she doesn't understand her connection until she looks deeper into the past and what happened to someone named Catherine.  What she finds is a darker situation then she knew about!

This book had so many levels and it really made you think about it and wonder what would happen if someone had a previous life and what happened to the previous one you lived.  What if you thought something bad happened at your hands?  How would you handle it?

I really enjoyed this story it was quick and gripping and dragged you way deep inside and made you wonder about how so many things.  I loved reading about Ana/Emma and seeing what her story really was! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by: Judy Blume

Title: Marbles: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal purchase


If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she moves to New Jersey and hangs out with a new friend that she discovers that it might be weird to talk to God without a priest or a rabbi to mediate. Margaret just wants to fit in! Who is God, and where is He when she needs Him?

My thoughts:

Even though I never got around to reading any of her work, Judy Blume has been a very familiar name to me. My American friends kept nagging me about not having read this book. I came across it last June when I was in the States; I bought it and finished it in about and hour and a half on the plane ride back home.

I've always enjoyed "coming of age" stories. Even my favorites are mostly of this genre: Little Women, Jane Eyre, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Catcher in the Rye... Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret tells the story of Margaret who comes of age while questioning life, family, friends and, of course, God.

Margaret has to move from the lively, busy New York to their new home in New Jersey and therefore has to get used to her new neighborhood, new school and new life. First of all, moving to New Jersey means she won't be able to spend as much time with her grandmother as she would like to, as she's used to. Judy Blume doesn't go over-the-top like most YA authors, which is something I really liked about her. Margaret, for example, gains a circle of friends like most kids do, and just like them, questions the choices her family makes as well as talking to God about things she cannot tell anybody else.

The only thing about Margaret that may not be considered "ordinary" is the way her parents haven't taught her about God or religion. Her mom is Jewish, her father is Christian. When they decided to marry, their families threw a fit, which is the reason why they wanted Margaret to make up her own mind when it comes to religion. Margaret realized she's missing something when she has to choose between the Christian and the Jewish gyms. While continuing her conversations with God at night, she starts gathering information about the two religions.

While Judy Blume has Margaret explore, she doesn't take a side, doesn't tell the reader what she thinks is right or wrong. She handles everything completely from Margaret's point of view, her innocent eyes and her curiosity about life itself. So, kudos!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review - Stella Descending by: Linn Ullmann

Title: Stella Descending
Author: Linn Ullmann
Publisher: Pİcador USA
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Turkish publisher for review


On a warm night in Oslo, Martin draws Stella into one of the risky games that have defined their ten years together: a balancing act on the edge of their rooftop, seven storeys up. Amid the shouts of horrified onlookers, Stella stumbles, falling for a moment into Martin's arms before plummeting to her death. Did he try to save her?

This is the question that begins Linn Ullmann's transfixing tale of Stella: a jealous wife, compliant mistress, treasured friend, angelic nurse, unloved daughter, devoted mother, and - finally - a woman possessed of a secret now forever lost to the living.

My thoughts:

Here's what's up: Stella and Martin are a couple who go up to the roof at the beginning of the book for an unknown reason. And Stella falls; both metaphorically and literally. Eye witnesses think they got into a fight which ended with the fall, however, most of them have seen them embrace at one point. Of course, the question in everyone's and the police's mind is, did Martin push Stella?

I must point out that Stella Descending reminded me of Marquez's Chronicles of a Death Foretold not from due to subject-matter but due to structure. In Chronicles of a Death Foretold, we know from the beginning that Santiago Nasar will end up dying, just like we know that Stella died and how she died. And just like Marquez, Ullman too unfolds the details later thoughout the book and everything comes together in the end. It would be wrong to say you "definitely" understand what the hell was going on because it will not be something you anticipated from the beginning; your guesses will likely be very, very wrong in the end. 

The story is told from different character's points of view: Martin, Stella's lover and the person who was with her on the roof; Amanda, Stella's daughter from her first husband; Alex, the old man who's in love with Stella and Corinne, the detective who's looking into Stella's death. In between, there are parts where Stella is telling us things and also parts that include the eye witness accounts. And in some chapters, we see parts of the video that Stella and Martin have filmed for their insurance company. Maybe because she's the one who ends up dead, I felt sympathetic toward Stella from the beginning and I blamed Martin for her demise. I can even say that I was SURE he pushed her off the roof. I did not like Martin at all because until his relationship started with Stella he was such an über-playboy, he didn't like Amanda at all and he thinks Bee, Stella and his daughter, is a monster. Of course, as the book went on, I realized that almost all the characters are rather crazy.

If you're looking for a dark novel that will keep you guessing while putting forth the dirty minds of humans, then this might be the right read for you.

Review: A Ghostly Murder by: Tonya Kappes

Title: A Ghostly Murder
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #4
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Great Escapes Bk Tour & Publisher


Emma Lee Raines knows there's only one cure for a bad case of murder!

I told you I was sick, reads the heastone abouve Mamie Sue Preston's grave. She was the richest woman in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, and also the biggest hypochondriac. Ironic, considering someone killed her-proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral HOme, know all this? Because Mamie Sue's ghost told her, that's how! And she's offering big bucks to find the perp.

The catch is, Mamie Sue was buried by the Raines family's archrival, Burns Funeral Home. Would the Burneses stoop to framing Emma Lee's granny? With an enterprising maid, a penny-pinching pastor, and a slimy Lexington lawyer all making a killing off Mamie Sue's estate, Emma Lee needs a teammate-like her dreamboat boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross. Because ith millions at stake, snooping around is definitely bad for Emma Lee's health.

My Thoughts:

OMG what a good book I usually don't do those letters things in the beginning but I didn't know what else to say other than I loved this book and seeing Emma Lee out on her own standing up and taking over with Eternal Slumbers making more decisions and just generally really coming into her own with this book.  As always Emma's got ghosts visiting her who have something in common it's up to Emma to figure out what the something is.  This book had so much going on mystery, hidden secrets, really bad guys you name it!!  Can't wait to see what Ms. Kappes comes up with next!!

Review: A Ghostly Demise by: Tonya Kappes

Title: A Ghostly Demise
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Series: Ghostly Southern Mystery #3
Pages: 275
Format: Paperback
Source: Great Escapes Bk Tour & Publisher


The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spirit

When she runs into her friend’s deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can’t wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he’s back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn’t disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he’s heard that Emma Lee’s been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.

Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny’s mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy’s not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn’t clowning around.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Emma Lee Raines who runs a funeral home Eternal Slumbers with her sister and for a while now Emma Lee has been seeing ghosts that have been murdered and need her help getting justice.  In this one we meet Mary Anna Hardy's father Cephus Hardy who died but while he was alive her was a gambler and drunk and no one knows what happened to him.  While investigating his dead Emma stumbles upon another ghost a friend of hers from school who gets murdered and the three figure out together what happened.

I love this series so much it's full of everything southern charm, humor, mystery and much more.  I love the relationship Emma Lee has with her Granny and how that adds to the story.  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!

Next book is:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review - Marbles by: Ellen Forney

Title: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me
Author: Ellen Forney
Publisher: Avery
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal purchase


Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity.

Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to “cure” an otherwise brilliant mind.

Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.

My thoughts:

Did you know that Sylvia Plath, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, Tennessee Williams, Michelangelo Leo Tolstoy, Anne Sexton and Emily Dickinson all suffered from bipolar disorder? I found out about this in Ellen Forney's Marbles, in which she explores how living with bipolar disorder has affected her artistic side.

Ellen Forney handles a tough disorder in a fun way in Marbles. Normally, I prefer novels to comic books, but after I was done with the book, I realized it wouldn't be as affective if it was in a different format. Forney has put forward very honestly her own private life, her disorder and how it affected her job, her artistic spirit, what kind of medication she used and their effects as well. Her drawings, on the other hand, are in-your-face descriptions of mind fogs, exhaustion and/or hyper moods.

Ellen Forney really does deserve a standing ovation for her courage. It must not have been easy to revisit the darkest parts of your life and put them out there honestly for the entire world to see. She doesn't only include the good things either; her mistakes and her outbursts are in there as well.

Marbles does handle bipolar disorder in a fun way while not leaving the dark side out. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review - The Woman in White by: Wilkie Collins

Title: The Woman in White
Author: Wilkie Collins
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Source: Turkish copy received from publisher


'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white'

The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.

Matthew Sweet's introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian 'sensation' fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins's biographical and societal influences. Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history.

My thoughts:

156 years ago, English readers read a part of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" in his weekly magazine. Afterwards, they were petrified by a hand that lightly touched Walter's shoulder: the hand in question belonged to Anne Catherick, The Woman in White herself. With The Woman in White, readers were introduced to Wilkie Collins, who'd remain best friends with Charles Dickens until death.

I've always enjoyed gothic literature, however, it took me a while to get to The Woman in White. I can clearly say this much: it's one of the best of the genre that I've ever read. Because Anne Catherick's story is told through the points of view of different people who witness certain events, I thought the story would unfold slowly because just like any other human being, even though it's about someone else, everyone's story revolves mainly around themselves. However, I'd read half way through the book without even realizing it!

And now I really do understand how the book has been on must-read lists for 150+ years. I don't know much about Wilkie Collins, but reading the book has definitely spiked my interest. I feel like he's someone who knows what readers want, what makes them tick and wonder. Collins leaves some things hanging in the air, hides important clues in the details and makes the reader go crazy with curiosity from beginning to end. Because humans are the same beings since the dawn of time, I most certainly believe that this is a book that will be read and enjoyed 'till the earth explodes.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: Musseled Out by: Barbara Ross

Title: Musseled Out
Author: Barbara Ross
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Maine Clambake Mystery #3
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman's Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble simmering for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing - the "Mussel King" of upscale seafood restaurants - is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles....

When Thwing is found sleeping with the fishes beneath a local lobsterman's boat, the police quickly finger Julia's brother-in-law, Sonny, as the one who cooked up the crime. Sure, everyone knows Sonny despised the Mussel King...but Julia believes he's innocent. Proving it won't be easy, though. It seems there's a lot more than murder on the menu, and Julia needs to act fast...

My Thoughts:

This book follows Julia Snowden and her family as they try to figure out what happened when David Thwing winds up dead under a lobsterman's boat and Sonny keeps showing up on the police radar it's up to Julia to figure out what is going on?  Add this to the mystery behind where Chris Julia's boyfriend was the previous summer and there is a lot of investigating going on.

I love this series as it takes place in Maine and brings us to the lobster, clams and more.  I love the family relationship and how Julia really goes beyond with trying to find out what is going on and she generally cares about the residents in Busman's Harbor.  Definitely worth checking out!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Editorial: Update on Paula and kids

Dear everyone,

Hello, I am sorry that I have not been on as much as I could have been and need to explain why.  Back in June I my birth family found me through the Post Adoption Unit of the State of New Hampshire.  It was a happy occasion, and I was thrilled to find family I didn’t know I had.  So when it came time for us to move, I decided to stay with my sister, and I had asked them for help with the move.  It was great int he beginning but that lasted about two days.  After that I had to hear how bad my family was, my mother in law should be thrown in a home, my husband didn’t care about me or his kids because he was trying to sell the house in CT, and worse, it went as far as my youngest child being called an ungrateful bastard because he opened a door.

My sister was a druggie, stealing anything that wasn’t nailed down it seemed.  Stole money from me and my kids to the point we don’t know how we are going to get through the rest of this month, stole about 5 grand of our belongings, and the worst part was how she did it. She claimed at 8:45 Saturday night that she had an overdue power bill that was $300, that the lights would be shut off at ten if we didn’t give her that money to go 50 miles away to Hanover NH to pay the bill.  I smelled bull* and immediately said no.  We got kicked out onto the street for that.  After enduring a home with no phones, no internet, no cable no nothing.  After enduring constant comments for me to open a joint checking account with my birthmother, after enduring her claiming I was lying to her when we found our own apartment, and she didn’t help us.

So this is part of why I’m not on right now, we’re fighting with the bank to get our money back, and fighting with them to return our stuff.

I feel so awful I put my family through that hell, and I know its not my fault but.

If anyone feels like donating towards our therapy for PTSD for me and the kids and to help replace what we lost that would be greatly appreciated you don't know how much we lost so much when we had to leave. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Interview: Kari Lee Townsend Author of Perish In The Palm

What genre do you write?

I actually write in several genres. I write mysteries and teen super hero stories under Kari Lee Townsend, and I write romance and women's fiction under Kari Lee Harmon. It keeps me from getting bored ;)

How did you come to write mysteries and teen super heroes?

I started writing romance novels because that was what I liked to read. And since I have four children, I came up with the idea for my teen super hero series because my kids are obsessed with their technology gadgets, and I told them if they weren't careful they might turn into one of their gadgets someday. The progression into cozy mysteries came when I realized they weren't that different than the romantic comedies I was writing with their small towns, quirky characters, romance and humor. The main difference was I now had a mystery to solve. And finally my venture into women's fiction came about after I grew older and started reading about a lot of things either myself or my friends were going through. I really liked the emotion of the stories and how real they were. I could relate on many levels and hoped to do the same for my readers.

Who is your favorite character to write about?

Hands down my favorite character to write about is Granny Gert. She's Sunny Meadows grandmother, and she is actually based on my own grandmother Gertrude. My grandmother was a hoot and had the same snow white hair and snappy brown eyes. She wore old aprons, had the same pumpkin cookie jar with a foil-covered plated for a lid, and she also his money around the house. Including her in my stories is my way of immortalizing her. I'm sure she's smiling down from above as we speak :) 

Who inspires your books?

My parents are awesome. My dad made me believe I could do anything I wanted to, and my mother encouraged me to follow my dreams. Then there's my husband of twenty-six years who totally supports whatever I want to do without complaint. And lastly I want to make my kids proud and show them that if you want something badly enough, there's always a way to achieve it.

What do you do when your not writing?

Did I mention I have four kids. Haha. What don't I do? I have very little free time that doesn't revolve around my children and their many activities and sporting events. When I do have free time, I love to travel, I love wine tasting, and I love photography.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?
A good book, a pad of paper, and a pen. As long as I could find a way to read and write, I would survive with my imagination as my entertainment. Hey, with my crazy life, a little solitude isn't necessarily a bad thing :) Thanks so much for having me. It's been fun. To find out more about me and all of my books, check out my website at 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery #9
Pages: 304
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase


Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list…

My Thoughts:

This book brings us back to Old Town for a summer anniversary of Amore Chocolates as they celebrate 50 years and this anniversary has no shortage of adventures.  In this book Sophie is helping Joe Merano and his family with their anniversary.  When not long into the festivities Joe goes missing and everyone wonders where Joe is and Sophie is hired to find the missing CEO of Amore Chocolates!

Natasha is up to her tricks trying to find something she is good at and takes it upon herself to enter into the world of chocolates.  In her rush to glory she injures her boyfriends Mars in the process which causes him to leave Natasha and go home with Sophie.  Will Natasha find a way to repair her relationship with Mars or are they doomed for breakup?

In this book we see again Nina, Bernie, Mars, Natasha and all their furry friends as we see what everyone is up to while getting an inside look to the world of chocolates and chocolate companies.  We also got to see various men of Sophie's life between her ex-husband Mars, her ex-boyfriend Wolf, and her current flame Alex.  Alex seems to not be too thrilled with the men in Sophie's life and tries to make sense of Sophie's life and where he fits into it.

This book has everything one has come to love with the Domestic Diva series.  Each chapter with cooking advice kind of like a Dear Abby whether the letter be intended to Sophie or Natasha and we can see the various advices they offer.  I have been such a huge Domestic fan since I read the first one in the series!  Keep up the good work Ms. Davis you have won a place in many cozy hearts!

Respect The Arc