Saturday, April 14, 2018

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Visions (Same Face Different Place #2) by Helen J. Christmas @rararesources @SFDPBeginnings

Visions
BOOK INFORMATION
GENRE: Psychological thriller
  • Series: Same Face Different Place
  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Chichester Publishing (October 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992989965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992989965

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SYNOPSIS: Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.

Her neighbor, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.
The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognizes a deadly enemy from the past.
Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…
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REVIEW: This is the second book in the series, and takes place over a decade after the first. This story is slower paced than the first, allowing for deeper character development and slow-building suspense and drama.


Eleanor and her son Eli have built a decent life for themselves in the English countryside. While Eleanor stays on guard, she hopes they have put all the danger of the past behind them. Unfortunately, her friend James Barton-Wells has financial problems and becomes involved with someone who can change all of that in an instant.

While the ending is not a cliffhanger, it does leave the door open for the next installment of the series. I for one will be anxiously waiting for it to be available.


RATING: Four stars


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade-spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011 and published her debut novel, 'Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self-employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to having dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hippity Hoppity Homicide (Zoe Donovan Mystery #28) by Kathi Daley

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Genre: Cozy Mystery


  • Series: Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery

    • Paperback: 186 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1984950320
    • ISBN-13: 978-1984950321

    Synopsis: With Easter only a week away, Zoe is pulled into a dangerous game after Zak is kidnapped and the person who kidnapped him, a rival from the past, challenges Zoe to a game referred to as The Sleuthing Game. Zoe is told that the only way to gain Zak's freedom is to not only play the game but to complete all the challenges in the time allotted. If she fails, Zak will die. Zoe had promised herself that she would retire from sleuthing now that she had an infant to care for and protect, but the stakes are high, so she leaves the kids with Ellie while she and Levi set out to conquer the game. Along the way, they get help from old friends who want to ensure that Zak is returned home safely to his family.

    Review: This series takes a slightly darker turn in this book, at least in the first half. The tension runs high as Zoe and company try to solve a variety of tasks in time to save Zak's life. I found myself holding my breath at times, wondering how the tasks would play out.

    The second half of the story is more of a typical Zoe mystery as they try to determine who kidnapped Zak and why. Zoe is learning to spend more time on the sidelines of investigations, letting others take the lead, and we get to witness how she struggles with that new role. And even without trying to investigate, she still manages to get herself in trouble.


    With Eli and Catherine as part of the mix these days (as well as Ellie's surprise announcement in this book), there is no doubt these families will continue to have amazing adventures together for a long time to come.

    Rating: Five stars

    About the author
    91 DWAjd WBj L SY200Kathi lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn't writing, Kathi likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese,) and garden (planting and planning not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she's not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing, the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home. 
    Kathi uses the mountain setting in which she lives, along with the animals (wild and domestic) that share her home, as inspiration for her cozy mysteries. 

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: You Can Lead A Horse To Murder (Secrets Of Sanctuary #1) by Tara Meyers

    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Cozy mystery
    • Series: Secrets of Sanctuary Cozy Mysteries
    • Paperback: 236 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 7, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1985448238
    • ISBN-13: 978-1985448230

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    There’s a killer in Sanctuary, and the prime suspect is a horse.

    When spirited Ember Burns is led back home to open her own veterinary practice, her first client lands her in the middle of a mystery. It starts as a desire for Ember to clear her name, and turns into a personal entanglement in a rapidly unfolding story of lies and deceit.

    The small mountain town of Sanctuary has always had its secrets. Who can be trusted? It’s been ten years since Ember lived there but roots run deep. Discerning friend from foe isn’t an easy task. Relying on her intelligence and instinct, Ember tries to piece the clues together as the town gears up for its centennial celebration.

    From the quaint historic shops, to the rugged mountains surrounding them, Ember works to unveil the true culprit before time runs out.



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    Review: This is a great start for this series. It's set in the small town of Sanctuary, which seems to be a very close-knit place. Ember Burns was born and raised there but hasn't been around for a decade, so people look at her as something of an outsider. Fortunately, she has the support of her Aunt Becky--which she definitely needs when her first call as the town veterinarian lands her in the middle of a murder mystery. Sanctuary has its share of hidden secrets, and Ember discovers that someone wants to keep at least one of them hidden--and is willing to kill to accomplish that. 

    All of the characters are well-written and fun to get to know, even the ones you may not like all that much. The story develops at a good pace and keeps you guessing with its twists and turns. I look forward to spending more time in Sanctuary soon!

    Rating: Four stars

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    About the author
    At nineteen, I was recruited into a secret government program, where my memory was erased .. wait -- that's the outline for a potential book. Sorry, my real biography isn't quite as interesting, but I'll give it a shot! 

    I live in the Pacific Northwest, and when I'm not writing, I'm out beach combing with my dogs for sea glass, or hiking in the rugged Cascade Mountains. It's the perfect backdrop to fuel my creative genius. *rubs hands together evilly* 

    You'll find all my adult romantic suspense and cozy mysteries on Amazon under Meyers, and on my OTHER profile (secret identity ;)) Tara Ellis, I keep my middle grade and young adult books. Check them out, You might like those, too!

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    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Hummus and Homicide (Kebab Kitchen Mystery #1) by Tina Kashian


    Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by Tina Kashian

    About the Book 

     
    Cozy Mystery 
    1st in Series 
    Kensington (February 27, 2018) 
    Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages 
    ISBN-13: 978-1496713476 
    Digital ASIN: B071FLH733
     When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
    Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
    She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .
    Recipes included!
    Review:  Another fun cozy series begins! I love all of the characters we meet in Ocean Crest, New Jersey, and look forward to getting to know them better in future books. The Kebab Kitchen, complete with hummus bar, sounds like a great place to eat (too bad it's not real!) Lucy, as well as her family and friends, is a likable character with very relatable issues.

    The mystery is very well written and keeps you guessing right up to the big reveal.  It's definitely not a predictable mystery plot!

    The fact that this series was inspired by the author's own experiences shows in the details and makes the story that much more believable.

    Definitely a must read for cozy fans.

    Rating: Four stars

    About the Author


    Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager. After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit www.tinakashian.com and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released. Author Links
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    Saturday, March 3, 2018

    BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #3) by Bethany Blake

    Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) by Bethany Blake

    About the Book 


    Cozy Mystery 
    3rd in Series 
    Kensington (February 27, 2018) 
    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 
    ISBN-13: 978-1496707420 
    Digital ASIN: B071SK3VF9
    The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .
    It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .
    Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

    Review: This is my first experience with this series, but it most definitely won't be my last. I am a big fan of Daphne and all of the animals in her life. Her personality is appealing--she's very fun-loving and eager to help her friends, both human and animal.

    Winterfest is a big part of life in Sylvan Creek, especially this year with a television crew filming all the festivities. Unfortunately, the producer winds up dead, putting a damper on things, and re-igniting Daphne's enthusiasm for solving crimes.

    I most enjoyed the interactions between Daphne and her basset hound, Socrates. She holds conversations with him and is able to recognize what his different expressions and mannerisms mean. He makes for a great supporting character.

    The story is very well written, and the final reveal was a pretty big surprise, especially since I had fallen for some of the red herrings the author wrote into the plot.



    Rating: Four stars

    About the Author

     Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care. 

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    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    CD REVIEW: Whole Heart (Live from Passion Conference 2018, Atlanta Georgia) #PassionWholeHeart  #FlyBy

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    • Info about Passion: http://passionmusic.com/story/ 
    • Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.”
    • WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

    • Passion Conference 2018 was a beautiful worship experience, and the live album captures each powerful moment, allowing those who were not in attendance to experience it.


    • Featuring Passion Artists: Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Sean Curran, Matt Redman, Crowder.
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    03. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
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    05. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
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    06. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
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    07. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
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    Rooted out of the Passion movement, Passion music is committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. You can listen to Passion music at http://capcmg.me/PassionSpotify

    Review: I was unaware of Passion music until I was given the opportunity to listen to this CD. As I listened, I recognized a few of the songs, as we sing them in our worship service. The ones that I don't know, I'm going to be listening to until I learn them.

    These songs are very upbeat and catchy, and they all have important messages to share. I plan to add this CD to those I use during my morning "God time." And I've started following Passion on Spotify as well.

    Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian music.

    Rating: Five stars


    Monday, February 19, 2018

    COVER REVEAL: Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry mystery) by Tonya Kappes


    Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.
    Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes. 
    But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body. 
    His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!
    Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move. 
    Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?
    It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

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    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    BOOK TOUR: The Promise by Sally Jenkins @rararesources

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    Book Information
    Genre: Psychological Thriller
    • File Size: 438 KB
    • Print Length: 218 pages
    • Publisher: The Book Guild Ltd (January 28, 2018)
    • Publication Date: January 28, 2018
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1912083981
    • ISBN-13: 978-1912083985
    • ASIN: B078RK6Q8S

    The Promise by Sally Jenkins

    Synopsis: A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.

    Ex-convict Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.

    Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.

    The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third-person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared to go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.


    Review: This book is definitely action-packed. Sometimes there is so much going on you wonder how it will all wrap up by the end of the book. And, to be honest, I found that at least one major point was NOT wrapped up by the end.

    The main premise of the book is how far someone would go to force someone to honor a promise made for them years ago. Tina needs to provide for her brother Wayne before cancer takes her life, She decides that Olivia should marry him and provide for him, and she is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it happens.

    The story is very well written and paced, and the characters are well-defined. We get a look into their pasts, their motivations, and their emotions as the story plays out.

    Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys this genre.

    Rating: Four stars

    Sally Jenkins 4About the author

    Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator, and a church bell ringer. Sally's first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.

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    Friday, February 2, 2018

    BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Biscuits And Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery #4) by Maddie Day


    Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery) 

    Cozy Mystery 

    4th in Series 

    Setting - Indiana 

    Kensington (January 30, 2018) 

    Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages  

    ISBN-13: 978-1496711212 

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    For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
    As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

    Review: I always look forward to a new release in this series and this fourth book doesn't disappoint. If you haven't read the first three (which you should!), this story is easily read as a standalone novel.

    There's a Maple Syrup Festival going on in South Lick, and that means Robbie has her hands full. She is hosting a cooking competition, feeding tourists, and trying to take in some of the festival activities as well. And that's BEFORE she has a murder to solve.

     I love the people of South Lick and getting to know more about them in each book. Seeing Robbie's relationship with Abe grow and deepen is fun, and I am looking forward to when Robbie's father and stepmother visit her from Italy. Aunt Adele is a real character, and always good for a few laughs. 

    There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, leaving the reader guess as to the identity of the killer right up to the minute of the big reveal. Check it out soon if you enjoy a cozy Midwestern mystery.

    Rating: Four stars



    Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.
    As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
    You can find all Maddie's/Edith's identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.


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    February 7 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW  
    February 8 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
    February 8 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW
    February 9 – Varietats - REVIEW, GUEST POST
    February 9 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
    February 10 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
    February 10 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
    February 11 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
    February 11 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

     
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