Tuesday, August 14, 2018

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Psycho In Paradise (Paradise Series #15) by Deborah Brown

Cozy Mystery

  • Series: Paradise Series
  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Paradise Books LLC (July 21, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998440469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998440460

In the Florida Keys, you have to take the shady with the sunny. And Tarpon Cove has more than fifty shades of shady going on.

Shady No. 1: When Brad is caught with the dead body of his crazy ex-girlfriend—a body he swears was planted—the Westin family gathers to plan a strategy. That family now including Fab, Didier, and Creole by default.

Shady No. 2: Fab is having a hard time keeping her promise to go legit. It’s not her fault she tends to attract clients who want their problems solved without getting the cops involved. Trying to keep her reined in is a full-time job, and a thankless one, since Madison keeps getting roped in on “easy” jobs that wind up getting the kind of messy that require specialized cleanup.

Shady No. 3: Ferreting out the info needed to save Brad means using sources so deep in the friend-of-a-friend network they’re anonymous.

The only thing not shady is Creole’s love. Madison’s kept her promise never to lie to him. Mostly. But when the killer wafts like smoke through the cracks in the investigation, it reminds her she should’ve eaten dessert first more often.

Review: The Tarpon Cove crew have done it again! These people tend to find themselves in every sort of mess imaginable (and some not so imaginable ones as well!!), but it always makes for great reading.
This entire book was full of twists and surprises, even more than most of the others. There is also plenty of action, suspense, and humor, with occasional snippets of romance. We meet a couple of new characters in this book, one related to each of the girls--there should be more to come in those storylines in the future.
The book is easily read as a stand-alone novel, but if you want to get the full impact of all the interpersonal relationships, I would suggest reading the entire series. It will be well worth your time.

Rating: Five stars

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!”

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"South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.

"My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!"

"Deborah Brown has done it again. I don't think I could ever get tired of Madison, Fab, and the rest of the gang. These books are always laugh out loud funny and this one is no different. Psycho in Paradise has plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning pages. It's filled with adventure, suspense, thrills, and fun characters. It's impossible to put down." 
Above reviews from Amazon

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Also available in the Paradise Series

Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13)    

About the Author
I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Tommy Twigtree and the Carrot Crunchers by Michael Firman #TommyTwigtree @fayerogersuk @authoright

Tommy Twigtree and the Carrot Crunchers
by Michael Firman


Tommy Twigtree and his friends enjoy peace and harmony in their garden.
That is until Robbie Rabbit and his Bandits decide that carrots are on the menu!

Tommy Twigtree And The Carrot Crunchers is the first book for children by Michael Firman.

Illustrations are by Nick Roberts.

Review: An adorable little story about cooperation and friendship. The illustrations held my attention more than the text, but small children will enjoy both. Highly recommend for anyone with young children in their lives.

Rating: Five stars

Information about the Book
Title: Tommy Twigtree and the Carrot Crunchers
Author: Michael Firman
Release Date: 14th August 2018
Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Format: Paperback

Author Information

Michael lives in rural Sussex with his wife. His storytelling started when his eldest grandchild was old enough to appreciate a bedtime tale. Rather than read to her he began to craft stories about the trees, plants, and animals that live in his garden. As time passed and a second grandchild also enjoyed these tales of adventure and daring, the stories began to create a whole world that lived and went about its business right in his garden.

His grandkids, Poppy and Rudi continue to enjoy further developments in the lives of the characters that populate these stories and Tommy Twigtree and The Carrot Crunchers is the first in a series charming garden tales.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

BOOK TOUR: Death On The Menu (Key West Food Critic Series #8) by Lucy Burdette

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette

About the Book


Cozy Mystery 8th in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018) 
Hardcover: 295 Pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683317463 
Digital ASIN: B078MBKH95 
When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.
Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.
Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.
Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.
Review:  Although this is the eighth book in the series, it is easily read as a stand-alone novel (which I did, having never ventured into this series before). You do miss out on some backstory of the main characters, but nothing that is essential to this story.
The author's love for Key West, its people, and places comes through in her writing. You feel as though you are right there with the characters--you can almost smell the ocean and feel the breeze!
The characters are well-defined and very engaging. I look forward to getting to know them all better in the future (starting with catching up on the other seven books!)
The mystery is suspenseful, and I had no idea of the killer until very close to the reveal. I didn't even have a suspect!  :)

Rating: Five stars

About the Author

  Courtesy Carol Tedesco
Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at www.lucyburdette.com.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Stepparenting With Grace: Encouragement For Blended Families by Gayla Grace

Genre: Christian living; Devotional; Family
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Inspired (August 7, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683972686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683972686

Synopsis: These devotions provide companionship, encouragement, understanding, and biblical insights from a veteran stepmom. This trusted resource will help you gain strength, wisdom, and comfort as you navigate the rocky terrain of creating a blended family.  You will learn how to:
Trust a loving God when the kids do not.
Find unity in your new marriage and parenting through grace and understanding.
Explore your worth in Christ amid rejection.
Gain confidence in the stepparent role as you take on the armor of God.
Persevere through challenges and obstacles toward healthy, thriving relationships.
Each devotion begins with Scripture along with an encouraging thought for the day and closes with prayer.


Review: This is a resource I would highly recommend for any blended family. The devotions are relatively short, and each one is practical and filled with encouragement. The author writes from her own experiences and does so with understanding, love, and knowledge. The index is arranged so that the reader can easily find a devotional about a specific topic or immediate need.
Thank you to Worthy Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.


Rating: Five stars

About the author
Gayla Grace is the leader and co-founder of Sisterhood of Stepmoms, a non-profit organization designed to create community and a retreat for stepmothers. She holds a master's degree in Psychology and Counseling and founded StepparentingWithGrace.com more than a decade ago to offer coaching services, resources, and other encouragement to stepfamilies. Gayla and her husband, Randy, have five children in their blended family, ages sixteen to thirty-two, and reside in Bossier City, Louisiana, with an ours child still at home.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: To Bead Or Not To Bead (Glass Bead Mystery #4) by Janice Peacock

To Bead or Not to Bead (Glass Bead Mystery Series) by Janice Peacock

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Vetrai Press (June 29, 2018) 
Print Length: 187 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CZ4B5Q7

About the Book

When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling art glass chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. Jax and her friend Tessa try to carry on with a charity fashion gala at the theater, but with only a few days before the big event, they have to scramble to keep things from falling apart. The emcee quits, and to make matters worse, Tessa’s daughters are suspects in the murder. As the chaos unfolds, Jax discovers new suspects at every turn, including an edgy glass blower, an agoraphobic socialite, and a hunky former-cop-turned-actor. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer and uncover the dark secrets behind the victim’s family or will it be curtains for her?
Review: I've been a big fan of this series from the beginning, and always look forward to a new book. Jax and Tessa always have memorable adventures, and this is no exception.
As usual, there are moments of hilarity mixed in with the sleuthing, and also some romantic moments. I enjoyed Jax's matchmaking with Val and the new veterinarian.
I always enjoy the jewelry and bead making descriptions the author works into the story (and I am blessed to be the proud owner of one of her bracelets!).
There are secrets galore to be uncovered in this story, and Jax manages to put herself in danger yet again. I was totally surprised at the identity of the killer, for sure.
I can hardly wait to see what will happen next with this crew.

Rating: Five stars

About the Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, the first book in a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.
When Janice Peacock isn’t writing about glass artists who are amateur detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several museums. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and seven chickens. She has a studio full of beads...lots and lots of beads.

Author Links
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge--July Update

alphabet 2018
(Titles in parentheses are still to be read)

A--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown

B--Beginnings, Helen Christmas

C-- (The)Celebration, Wanda E. Brunstetter

D--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin

E--Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, Kate Bowler

F--Fifth Night, Kathi Daley

G--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust

H--Happiness For Humans, P.Z. Reizen

I--I Like Church But, Dan Lupton

J--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton

K--((The) Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy In America's Most Public Family, Amber Hunt)


L--Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

M--(Miranda Warning, Heather Day Gilbert)

N--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert

O--(The) Orphan Daughter,  Cari Noga

P--(A) Passionate Hope, Jill Eileen Smith

Q--(Mrs. Queen Takes The Train, William Kuhn)

R--Rules Of Rain, Leah Scheier

S--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton

T--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp

U--Unafraid, Adam Hamilton

V--Visions, Helen J. Christmas

W-- What She Left, Rosie Fiore

X--Xenophobe's guide to the Germans,  Stefan Zeidenitz, Ben Barkow

Y--(The) Year Of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs

Z--(Zoya's Story, John Follain, Rita Cristofari)

2018 Literary Escapes Challenge--July Update

(Titles in parentheses are still to be read)

Alabama--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp
Alaska--  Before I Let Go, Marieke Nijkamp
Arizona-- Wedding Cake Crumble, Jenn McKinlay
Arkansas--(Shakespeare's Landlord, Charlaine Harris)
California--The Big Job, Libby Kirsch
Colorado--(Needled To Death, Maggie Sefton)
Connecticut--Autumn Of Fear, Glede Browne Kabongo
Delaware--(She'll Never Tell, Hunter Morgan)
District of Columbia--Unified, Trey Gowdy and Tim Scott

Florida--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown
Georgia--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust
Hawaii--(Blood Orchids,Toby Neal)
Idaho--(Blue Heaven, C.J. Box)
Illinois--The Good Liar, Catherine McKenzie
Indiana--Biscuits And Slashed Browns, Maddie Day
Iowa--(The Weight Of Silence, Heather Gudenkauf)
Kansas--Blood And Salt, Kim Liggett
Kentucky--(Cake And Punishment, Maymee Bell)
Louisiana--(The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez)
Maine--(All The Blue-Eyed Angels, Jen Blood)
Maryland--(Baltimore Blues, Laura Lippman)
Massachusetts--The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
Michigan--The Orphan Daughter, Cari Noga
Minnesota--(Paws And Effect, Sofie Kelly)
Mississippi--(Mudbound, Hillary Jordan)
Missouri--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert
Montana--Rules of Rain, Leah Scheier
Nebraska--(Thorns Of Rosewood, G.M. Barlean)
Nevada--Panty Raid, Diane Vallere
New Hampshire--Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
New Jersey--Hummus And Homicide, Tina Kashian
New Mexico--(Deadly Gamble, Connie Shelton)
New York--The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs
North Carolina--To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon
North Dakota--(Badlands, C.J. Box)
Ohio--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin
Oklahoma--(Loved, P.C. Cast)
Oregon--Homecoming By The Sea, Kathi Daley
Pennsylvania--Pawprints and Predicaments, Bethany Blake
Rhode Island--(Spellcaster, Claudia Gray)
South Carolina--The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 
South Dakota--By The Shores Of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tennessee--(Funeral Dress, Susan Gregg Gilmore)
Texas--The Pajama Frame, Diane Vallere
Utah--(The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff)
Vermont--House Rules, Jodi Picoult
Virginia--(Crazy, VA, Shannon Hill)
Washington--Farewell To Felines, Kathi Daley
West Virginia--(Miranda Warning, Heather Day Gilbert)
Wisconsin--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton
Wyoming--(A Fresh Start, Trisha Grace)

International Settings
Israel--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton
England--Beginnings, Helen Christmas
Turkey--Searching For Gertrude, D.E. Haggerty
The Netherlands--The Dinner, Herman Koch
Scotland--The Whisperer, A. Ireland King