Saturday, January 21, 2017

Holiday Hangover (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery #23) by Kathi Daley

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BOOK INFORMATION
  • Series: Zoe Donovan Mystery
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 6, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1540302253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540302250

Synopsis: In this snowy cozy mystery, Zak's is asked to track down the source of the breach for the surveillance system at a remote ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. Scooter is away with his dad leaving Zoe feeling depressed and deflated so Zak asks Zoe to go along on the trip. With Levi and Ellie away as well, Zoe decides to join Zak only to find that the sleuthing couple has really been invited to the resort to solve a murder. Join Zak, Zoe, Alex, and Charlie as they juggle fun-filled days on the slopes with theory building sessions as they attempt to track down a killer.

Review: Another great adventure for Zoe, Zak and Alex--along with Charlie. They travel to the Canadian Rockies for a ski holiday before Christmas, and to help solve a murder. 

I love the detail Kathi goes into about the resort and its decorations for the holiday.  The village sounds like a great place to visit, for sure. 

Once again, Kathi keeps us guessing with the murder mystery until the very end, and then wraps it all up in a very believable manner. Looking forward to finding out how Levi and Ellie's relationship grows and evolves, especially after the baby arrives. Also hoping that Zoe and Zak's family will be growing soon!!

Rating: Five stars

About the author
 photo 7278377_zpsrbaidukn.jpg Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series. 

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she's not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with. 

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Blog - http://kathidaleyblog.com 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

BLOG TOUR:Camp 80 by Lee DuCote

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BOOK INFORMATION
Fiction Humor
Date Published: 8/22/2016
Publisher: Grave Distractions Publication  

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Synopsis: What do you get when six retirees attend an orientation trip before moving into Cedar Branch Retirement Community?  A week of outlandish fiasco’s, hilarious revenge, memorable tears, and most important . . . laughter.  Derrick St. Clair, a social worker for CBC, has led many trips for the eccentric community but never experienced a trip like this.  One thing, of many, that Derrick didn’t expect was to fall in love with co-worker Katlyn Rose and while his mind is occupied the six seniors plan their own trip from stealing the van to seeking revenge on three disrespectful young men.  

With a lady’s man from Manhattan, two kooky sisters from Arkansas, a grumpy husband from Alabama, and a quiet little man from Atlanta this week is one for the books.  So take a trip with Cedar Branch and fall in love with the characters that now reside in the number one retirement community in the south.  Who knows, you just might make plans to move in.   

Review: This is a super fun book. I look forward to future stories in this series and getting to know more about this group. I really enjoyed a group of characters who are mostly older folks in a retirement community (although the employees are, naturally, younger). I'm not quite of that age yet, but I'm getting there.  :)

Rating: Four stars

About the author
 photo lee headshot_edited-1_zpsg49wmo2i.jpg After graduating from high school in 1989 and attending one year at NLU I decided (actually my parents did) I wasn’t ready for college, so I did what every 19-year-old kid does….I moved to the Marshall Islands in the mid pacific.  After a few years, I came home, met my wife and settled down for a short bit.  I worked construction, opening my own sporting goods store, became a full-time fireman, opened a candle manufacturing company, and even rodeo for a short term.  Just not at the same time.  In 2003 we moved to Franklin TN where I sold fire trucks until 2010 and moved to Arkansas.  Since here in the Ozark Mountains, I have written eight novels and am currently working on my ninth, a new adult novel.  So that’s me in a quick whirlwind.  And yes, if you check out my website or social media you will see me with our pet raccoons, Tucker and Otter.  



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reading Habits Survey

  1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?  I usually read either on the sofa or in bed.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?  Bookmark--I have a HUGE selection of them.
  3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages? I generally need to read to the end of a chapter before I finish.
  4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Yes, all the time.
  5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?  Yes
  6. One book at a time or several at once? Generally more than one....one on the Kindle, one library book, one hardcover, and one audiobook.
  7. Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere--the Kindle goes wherever I go.
  8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently, unless I'm reading to a grandchild.
  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? If there is a lot of descriptive material, I'll skip pages.
  10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new? Generally try to keep them like new, but it doesn't always work out.
  11. Do you write in your books? Some nonfiction ones, if something resonates or makes me think of something specific.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Scheduled To Death (Maggie McDonald Mystery #2) by Mary Feliz

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BOOK INFORMATION
Scheduled to Death (A Maggie McDonald Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (January 17, 2017)
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601836663
Digital Ebook – ASIN: B01EQ2N1QM


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Synopsis: Professional organizer Maggie McDonald has a knack for cleaning up other people’s messes. So when the fiancée of her latest client turns up dead, it’s up to her to sort through the untidy list of suspects and identify the real killer.
 
Maggie McDonald is hoping to raise the profile of her new Orchard View organizing business via her first high-profile client. Professor Lincoln Sinclair may be up for a Nobel Prize, but he’s hopeless when it comes to organizing anything other than his thoughts. For an academic, he’s also amassed more than his share of enemies. When Sinclair’s fiancée is found dead on the floor of his home laboratory — electrocuted in a puddle of water—Maggie takes on the added task of finding the woman’s murderer. To do so, she’ll have to outmaneuver the suspicious, obnoxious police investigator she’s nicknamed “Detective Awful” before a shadowy figure can check off the first item on their personal to-do list — Kill Maggie McDonald.

Review: Maggie is a fascinating, enjoyable character who would make a great friend to have if she were a real person. She likes to keep things organized and ordered and could teach me a lot.  :)

All of the characters are well-developed, and you can see growth in the core group from the first book. I look forward to seeing the friendships grow and evolve in future stories. The various settings are described so vividly that you feel as if you are right there with the characters.

The mystery kept me guessing through the entire book...I was blaming the wrong person for about 80% of the story!

**I received a copy of this book with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**


Rating: Four stars

About the author
Mary Feliz has lived in five states and two countries but calls Silicon Valley home. Traveling to other areas of the United States, she’s frequently reminded that what seems normal in the high-tech heartland can seem decidedly odd to the rest of the country. A big fan of irony, serendipity, diversity, and quirky intelligence tempered with gentle humor, Mary strives to bring these elements into her writing, although her characters tend to take these elements to a whole new level. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and National Association of Professional Organizers. Mary is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Sociology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, near the homes of their two adult offspring. Visit Mary online at MaryFeliz.com, or follow her on Twitter @MaryFelizAuthor.

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Giveaway
On February 10, the author will be giving away five ebook editions of both books in this series to randomly selected names on her newsletter list. Here is the link where you can sign up for the newsletter - http://www.maryfeliz.com/newsletter/

Monday, January 16, 2017

NEW RELEASES/FREE AND BARGAIN BOOKS Weekly Link Up


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble
Tuesday
It's My Side of Life | Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksCinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Nicki's Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie's Angle I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings | The Brown Bibliophile

Sunday
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli - The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeDeal Sharing Aunt

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

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Come back and check out the new selection every week x



Friday, January 13, 2017

Too Blessed To Be Stressed. . .Inspiration for Every Day: 365 Devotions for Women by Debora M. Coty

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BOOK INFORMATION
Genre: Christian Living, Inspirational, Devotional
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (January 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634098102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634098106

Synopsis: Thousands of women have had the pleasure of reading the wit- and near-wisdom-filled books from beloved inspirational humorist, Debora M. Coty. Her Too Blessed to be Stressed has become a perennial favorite, selling upwards of 46,000 copies since its 2011 release. Now, ready to rescue you from the joy-sucking dully-funks, is an all-new 365-day devotional featuring just-right-sized, truth-filled readings (gift-wrapped in humor) for your heart. The Too Blessed to be Stressed daily devotional touches on everyday life topics like relationships, love, boundaries, hope, brokenness, and praise, while helping you to arrive at healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.

Review: I'm always on the lookout for a good devotional book for the new year, and this one is amazing. I've read a few other books by this author, and enjoy her insight and humor, so I had high hopes for this devotional. After spending time with it each morning for thirteen days now, I am not in the least disappointed. 

Each day's entry is a quick read (less than five minutes), but it will leave you with things to think about for the rest of the day. Each entry has a short catchy title, a Bible verse which shares God's love for us, a short story that feels like a friendly conversation with the author, and a short one or two sentence prayer to start your daily conversation with God. 

I highly recommend this to any woman of faith who is looking for a resource which will aid your walk with God.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Rating: Five stars

About the author
 photo 2920213_zpsxvxlt8b7.jpg A poster child for "It's never too late to chase the dreams Papa God places in your heart,"Deb began writing professionally after her youngest chick flew the coop back in 2002 Since then, Deb has been blessed with over 140 published articles, and 15 award-winning inspirational books, including Too Blessed to be Stressed; More Beauty, Less Beast; Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate; and Too Loved to be Lost. She loves to swat a tennis ball around a court and hike in the mountains. Deb lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her husband of 36 years, Chuck, and her desperately wicked pooch, Fenway. Debora would love to visit you at http://deboracoty.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan

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BOOK INFORMATION
Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery (Book 4)
Publisher: Berkley (January 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101991206
E-Book ASIN: B01E4WAHRA

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Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of A Whisker of Trouble returns as secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, get caught up in a case of she said, she said....

When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels. Now she has nine lives worth of excitement…

Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the woman claims her husband is very much alive and has left her for someone else—and has a text message and empty bank account to prove it.

Despite her convincing story, Sarah is sure something is fishy—and it’s not Elvis’s kitty treats. Sarah, Elvis, and the Angels are determined to unravel this mysterious yarn, before the feral killer pounces again.


Review: This is another great entry in this series. The supporting characters are just as important to the story as the main character...and Elvis, the cat, does his job as a furry lie detector yet again. 

There is more than one mystery to be solved this time around. Did Rose really see what she thinks she saw? If she did, where is the body, and who was the killer? If she didn't, then where is Jeff, and who was/is the other woman?

One of the drawing points for me with this series is that Charlotte's Angels are all older women...and they never let their age get in the way of doing what they want/need to do.

The plot takes some unexpected twists along the way, and the reveal surprised me, although I had part of the mystery figured out.

I accepted a copy of this book with no promise of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are  entirely my own.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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Sofie Ryan/Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of author and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores. And she admits to having a small crush on Matt Lauer.
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