Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Spotlight: Death of A Nurse by: M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton is back with her 32nd Hamish MacBeth mystery DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; 9781455558254; on-sale: Feb. 23; $25). Beaton continues to draw readers—old and new alike—to her cozy mysteries like moths to flame. With so many novels in her repertoire, and her career spanning three decades, she has perfected her craft so that every reader, following along with MacBeth, becomes an armchair sleuth! 

Teeming with Beaton’s trademark wit, snappy dialogue, and so-real-you’ll-think-you’re-there descriptions of the Highlands, DEATH OF A NURSE book will take you on a romp of a good time. 

James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the cantankerous old man rails at him and tosses him out. The sting of Harrison’s dismissal diminishes somewhat when Gloria takes it upon herself to smooth things over and apologizes. Charmed by her, Hamish invites her out for dinner yet on the appointed evening, she never arrives at the restaurant. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach. Now battling more than the embarrassment of being stood up at dinner, Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland and why, before the truth devastates the community… 

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M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbethhttp://www.mcbeaton.com/us/ or at http://facebook.com/MCBeatonAuthor
mysteries. The BBC has aired 24 episodes based on the series. Beaton is also the author of the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, which will air as an eight-episode dramatic series on Sky1, starring Ashley Jensen. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. For more information, you can visit

About the book:
DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton
On Sale: February 23, 2016
Grand Central Publishing (Pages: 256)
ISBN: 9781455558254 ($25)
E-book: 9781455558261 ($13.99)
Downloadable audio: 9781478902478 ($24.98)


Praise for M.C. Beaton & Hamish MacBeth:

"The latest appearance by the charming Scot...provides all the quirky characters and striking Highlands scenery you could want, along with one of Beaton's most successful mysteries."
—Kirkus Reviews on Death of a Nurse

"Macbeth, when roused to action, is very canny at solving mysteries, and the Highlands setting is always satisfying. A fine mix of eccentric characters, vivid landscape, and engaging mystery."
—Booklist on Death of a Nurse

“…highly entertaining…Beaton’s series remains as engaging as ever.”
—Publishers Weekly on Death of a Liar

"Longing for escape? Tired of waiting for Brigadoon to materialize? Time for a trip to Lochdubh, the scenic, if somnolent, village in the Scottish Highlands where M. C. Beaton sets her beguiling whodunits featuring Constable Hamish Macbeth.”—New York Times Book Review

"Hamish Macbeth is that most unusual character, one to whom the reader returns because of his charming flaws. May he never get promoted."—New York Journal of Books
  
"Macbeth is the sort of character who slyly grows on you."—Chicago Sun-Times


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Blast: The Urban Boys by: K.N. Smith

I’m really exctied to be on the book blast for this Young Adult novel by K.N. Smith! THE URBAN BOYS: Discovery of the Five Senses is perfect for the young adult reader in your life – but don’t just take my word for it:
"The Urban Boys - an energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith's writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle." - Kirkus Reviews
About The Book
THE URBAN BOYSAuthor: K.N. Smith
Pages: 292 Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing
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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further.
Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny?

Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!


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About The Author
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. Smith has over twenty years' experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Spotlight: Skiing is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold

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Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

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Cozy Mystery 10th in Series 
Print Length: 116 pages 
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (January 28, 2016) 
ASIN: B017UIZQAS

Synopsis

They’re ready to hit the slopes when things go downhill...
Carolyn Author Photo 2013 ColorSean and Sara were supposed to have a relaxing vacation in Vail, but it all goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain. And the deceased is not just anyone; it’s Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist. Rumor has it that Adrian died in a skiing accident, but he was too skilled for Sara to accept it as fact. Though she’s convinced Adrian was murdered and she’s itching to find the killer, she doesn’t want to disappoint Sean by ruining his ski trip. Sean has never had the ability to say no to Sara before, but this time he comes close. It takes a call from their PI firm back in Albany to change his mind. A job’s come in to investigate Adrian’s death, and his agent is the one footing the bill, leaving Sean with more questions than answers. Yet one major problem remains: their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado. But they still can’t help but look into Adrian’s death on the sly. This case will definitely involve some underhanded tactics, all while trying to dodge the local police during the course of the investigation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives outside Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Excerpt from Lucky For You by: Jayne Denker


Thanks to Jayne Denker author of Lucky for You we have an excerpt from the book.  Here is just a tidbit of what is you will catch in Lucky for You.  If you haven't picked up your copy yet you are sorely missing out on an incredible journey!!



“Jordan, for God’s sake . . .” And then Will trailed off, his grin fading as he caught sight of a couple in a tight clinch on the back patio, in the shadows but not so secluded that they—or anyone else around them—couldn’t get a good view.
“Great costume,” Jordan whispered, agog, after watching the couple in action for a few moments. “Zombie nurse. I mean, she looks like a regular nurse, but that can’t be right—she’s eating his face off.”

Will didn’t laugh. Instead, he touched Jordan’s shoulder to turn her in the other direction, leading her away from the scene of carnal carnage.

His grim expression worried her. “What’s with you?”

“That was Cam.”

“I know.” Even if she hadn’t been able to get a good look at him, she’d have recognized those crappy moves anywhere. He hadn’t changed a bit.
Will sighed. “I’m sorry you had to see that.”
“Well, yeah. Lousy technique. Sheesh.”
“No, I mean . . . he invited you to his party and . . .”
“You thought I was his date?” Jordan laughed. “No and no. I told you I don’t care about him.” Then the rest of her thought was out before she even knew what she was saying. “I’m a little distracted by another Nash brother.”
She felt light-headed all of a sudden, and she swallowed with difficulty. She’d said it; now she had to face the consequences. They were by the alley now, with only a few partygoers nearby. The music was muted here, and Jordan knew he’d heard her loud and clear. He swung around and fixed her with his intense stare as her pulse pounded in her neck.
“Wh—Jess?”
Her nerves evaporated in an instant. “Oh my God, will you stop being so stupid?”
Why was he acting so obtuse? He had to know . . . didn’t he? That she thought about him all the time, in ways she shouldn’t? That his patience and kindness had affected her more than she’d ever thought possible, and now she was just a sucker for more? But there he was, staring at her, and she thought maybe he really was just that uncomprehending, because he hadn’t moved a muscle. There she was, dressed to kill, no longer on the wrong side of the law, no longer off limits, and pretty much laying it out there, and still nothing.

Maybe he wasn’t stupid. Maybe he was paralyzed with horror.

She had to find out once and for all. Instead of walking away with one last, small shred of her dignity intact, she went toward him. One long step, and she reached out with both hands and grabbed the open collar of his dark blue uniform shirt, brought herself in close. Her heart was thudding under her skimpy top, and dimly she wondered if he could feel it against his chest. No. He had to wear his Kevlar on duty. She still had to get her point across.
She tugged a little more, until his face was close to hers. His warm breath heated her cheek, her lips. He was still staring at her, still not touching her. She fought past the urge to run. Now or never.
“Kiss me, you idiot.”
A pause as he studied her intently. Then, “No.”
Will put his hands on her waist and firmly pushed her one, two steps back.

Crap.

But he wasn’t done. The next thing she knew, Will had her by the arm and was tugging her down the alley. Started at how forceful he was, Jordan stumbled to keep up. Shit, she’d made him angry, and now he was going to drag her back through the crowd and throw her off his brother’s property. Great.

“Hey, all right, forget it. I’ve had a couple of drinks, okay?” She hadn’t, but she was ready to say anything at this point to get him to stop walking, stop pulling her, turn and talk to her. She’d never seen him this upset, and she didn’t know how to handle it.


“No, you haven’t,” he tossed over his shoulder. “You knew what you were doing.”

“Okay, so what?” she challenged him. “I thought you liked me. I was wrong. If you hate me as much as the rest of this town does, that’s fine—”
“You know I don’t.”
He swung her around, planted her in one spot by the brick wall that made up one side of the alley. She didn’t dare move. Panting as though he’d just run a marathon instead of dragging her a hundred feet, he stood there, hands on his hips, staring at her but saying nothing.
She couldn’t let the silence descend again. “What?”
He held up his hand like he was stopping traffic, then turned his arm so he could check his watch.
“Hey—”
Will held up his hand once more. She fell silent. No easy feat for her, and she was sure he knew it. What the hell was he doing? Now he wasn’t looking at her at all, just staring at his watch. After a moment, he let out a long breath and said simply, “Okay.”

“Okay what?”

“I’m off duty.”


Jordan had barely enough time to absorb the words, but not their meaning, when Will launched into her, slamming her against the wall. Hello, Officer. One hand against the wall, the other grasping her chin, he ducked his head, his heated lips closing over hers and stopping her breath. She didn’t care. William Nash was kissing the stuffing out of her, and that was all that mattered. It was nothing like she expected. But it was so, so much better.

Book Spotlight: Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by: Lida Sideris


Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris

Paperback: 408 pages 
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (September 11, 2015) 
ISBN-13: 978-1509202409 E-Book 
ASIN: B014BVSWTE 

Synopsis

Watch out Southern California! There's a new entertainment attorney in town and she's got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she's hot on the trail of a murderer.
Luckily, she's the daughter of a late, great private eye and she's inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn't help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.

About The Author

Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Review: Lucky For You by: Jayne Denker

Title: Lucky for You
Author: Jayne Denker
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Series: Marsden #3
Pages: 320
Format: e-book
Source: Author Request Review

Description:

It’s where everyone remembers your name—and your mistakes. But the quaint Catskills town of Marsden has a way of inspiring the unlikeliest reunions, flipping the script on the best laid plans, and opening even the most stubborn hearts… 

Jordan Leigh’s always had a reputation for being bad news. So she figured it was only a matter of time before she got into serious trouble. But serving house arrest in her hometown of Marsden is truly cruel and unusual punishment. Plus she's under police officer Will Nash's up-close-and-all-too-personal supervision…which could make things worse—or more fun.

To make amends, Jordan throws herself into making nice with her neighbors, taking in stray animals, and helping teenage girls get back on track. But what she really wants is to get on the right track with Will. To do that, she’ll have to show him she's grown up. And if that means making him break his own rules and face down his own fears, she's up for the challenge … 

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in the Marsden series and follows Cecila Marshall's cousin Jordan Leigh who is in Marsden helping to get her grandmother's house ready to sell and finish out her house arrest.  There she bumps into Officer Will Nash.  With them together the chemistry heats up even though they are both in denial about it.  We learn alot about Jordan and how she was raised and her views on things as we also learn alot about Officer Will and things he's dealt with coming from a family of boys.

I love this series I think it's great having small town drama and relationships Jayne Denker's writing reminds me of Kristan Higgins, Robyn Carr, and Jill Shalvis.  Her characters feel like they could be you friends and her books allow you to escape from current things going on to read about relationships and the drama it entails.  I always find myself looking for Ms. Denker's next book as they never disappoint.  This series is definitely one I will hold on for a very long time just so I can go back to Marsden periodically!  Such a great story!

Friday, January 1, 2016

BOTM: January Lucky for You by: Jayne Denker

Title: Lucky For You
Author: Jayne Denker
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Mardsen #3

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Synopsis:

It’s where everyone remembers your name—and your mistakes. But the quaint Catskills town of Marsden has a way of inspiring the unlikeliest reunions, flipping the script on the best laid plans, and opening even the most stubborn hearts… 

Jordan Leigh’s always had a reputation for being bad news. So she figured it was only a matter of time before she got into serious trouble. But serving house arrest in her hometown of Marsden is truly cruel and unusual punishment. Plus she's under police officer Will Nash's up-close-and-all-too-personal supervision…which could make things worse—or more fun.

To make amends, Jordan throws herself into making nice with her neighbors, taking in stray animals, and helping teenage girls get back on track. But what she really wants is to get on the right track with Will. To do that, she’ll have to show him she's grown up. And if that means making him break his own rules and face down his own fears, she's up for the challenge … 


I'm also sharing descriptions on Jayne Denkers previous books in this incredible series if you haven't read them yet you are so missing out on such a treat I love this series so much it has great small town life and people who know everything about everyone and add to their story each in their own way!


Description:

When it comes to love she's a professional skeptic. Is it too late for a career change?
If there's one thing Georgiana Down is an expert in it's bad relationships. That's what inspired her blog Down on Love where she gives snarky advice--usually along the lines of "dump him." In fact George is abstaining from men all together. At least that's the plan--until she makes a trip back to her tiny hometown in the Catskills where meddling is an art form. . .
George loves helping out with her new baby niece but she's counting the days until she returns to Boston. Then she runs into Casey Bowen her high school crush. The boy she once loved is now a handsome grown man--and suddenly George needs a little advice of her own. She's in the right place because when she drunk posts on her blog everyone in Marsden has something to say about George and Casey. It's like high school all over again--but maybe this time she'll get things right. . .

Description:

It’s where everyone knows your business—and remembers everything you’d rather forget. But somehow the little Catskills town of Marsden draws the most unlikely people back home, turns their lives every which way, and helps them finally figure out what—and who—they want most…
As a celebrity photographer’s assistant, Celia Marshall is used to seeing all kinds of weird antics. But subbing as the model in irrepressible movie star Niall Crenshaw’s latest endorsement ad—while wearing his silk boxers, no less—is definitely not in her job description. Neither is falling for him, especially since he’s dating his latest co-star. To complicate things further, Celia is returning to Marsden to keep an eye on her eccentric grandmother—and Niall is driving her there, then staying to judge a talent contest…

Soon Celia is pulled in a dozen different directions, trying to get her grandmother to act her age, placating her frantic former boss who’s organizing the contest—and attempting to stay away from funny, sexy Niall. Celia’s always been level headed, but suddenly she’s wishing she could get reckless right along with him. Has the time come for sensible Celia to cut loose?...

You have to check out these books as they are all less than 5.00 a piece that is a steal in itself please take the time to consider adding The Marsden series part of your library!!  I will be leaving the image on the corner of the blog for the whole month of January as it is the book of the month this month!  

Congrats Jayne for being part of our Book of The Month club hope you enjoy it I know I will!