Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Murder on the Aloha Express by Smith & Steffens | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

The Blurb

Travel agent Gabby LeClair, a divorced big-city transplant trying to find some aloha spirit in her soul, prides herself on working hard to give the Aloha Lagoon Resort guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But that turns out to be more than anyone bargained for when the body of a client is found dead during one of Gabby's island tours. The victim is a lawyer who’s escorted a small group to Aloha Lagoon for distribution of a deceased billionaire’s estate... but it looks like someone believes the only good lawyer is a dead lawyer. Between the bad press causing her phone to go silent and the police working on "island time," it's up to Gabby it find the killer before her business goes belly up. With the help of her good friends, and a hot helicopter pilot with a flirtatious streak, Gabby turns sleuth to figure out just which member of the lawyer's party had it in for him. But before long it’s clear there’s way more at stake than her livelihood, and if Gabby isn’t careful, she and her friends may find themselves on an island getaway to death.

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3) coming in Sept
Photo Finished (book #4) coming in Oct
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #5) coming in Nov
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #6) coming in Dec
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #7) coming in Jan 2017

There's trouble in paradise... the multi-author Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series dishes the dirt on all the murder, mystery, and madcap mayhem in Aloha Lagoon. Told from the points of view of several different women who live and work in Aloha Lagoon, there is never a dull moment. Enjoy their laughter, love, and intriguing investigations — island style!

Murder on the Aloha Express by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens 
Series: Aloha Lagoon Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing  
File Size: 3454 KB
Print Length: 194 pages
ISBN: 978-1943587544  
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The Excerpt

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clementina by Simon Cann | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The Blurb

Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating. 

Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money. 

But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered. 

When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner. 

Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.

Clementina by Simon Cann
Series: Leathan Wilkey Novel, #1
Genre: Crime Thriller  
Publication Date: June 8, 2016
Publisher: Coombe Hill Publishing
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-10: 1910398128
ISBN-13: 978-1910398128
eBook File Size: 1969 KB

The Excerpt

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Silk Stalkings by Diane Vallere | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The author of Crushed Velvet is back with another Material Witness Mystery!

The Blurb

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe
can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder
that really throws her for a loop...
The time has come for San LadrĂ³n, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell — the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree — is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.

To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…


“An engaging new series with
an intelligent, resourceful heroine.”
—SOFIE KELLY, New York Times bestselling author
of the Magical Cats Mysteries

“Vallere weaves a tapestry of finely knit
characters, luxurious fabrics, and…murder.”
—JANET BOLIN, national bestselling author
of the Threadville Mysteries


Silk Stalkings by Diane Vallere
Series: A Material Witness Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime / Penguin
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425270599
ISBN-13: 978-0425270592
e-Book File Size: 2279 KB
ASIN: B01839Q47C

The Review

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Show Time by Suzanne Trauth | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinners themed around the community theater’s latest productions. But Dodie just never imagined she’d land the starring role in a case of bloody homicide . . .

Intrigued by rumors of vanishing box office money, Dodie has agreed to help oversee the casting of Romeo and Juliet at the modest Etonville Little Theater. If nothing else, it’s a welcome escape from the thirty-something’s usual going-to-bed-with-a-mystery-novel routine. But when Jerome Angleton, a well-respected member of the theater company, is inexplicably found murdered on the loading dock, deadly drama transcends the stage — and the page. As a crime wave crashes over the small town, the spotlight is on Dodie to orchestrate her own investigation behind the scenes . . .  before someone has a chance at a killer encore.

Show Time by Suzanne Trauth 
Series: A Dodie O'Dell Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground, Kensington
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10: 1601837208
ISBN-13: 978-1601837202
E-Book File Size: 711 KB
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For a sneak peek, click "Look inside this book" to read Chapters 1 and 2 of Show Time. 
You can also read an "Author Post, Behind the Scenes…" on Kensington's website.

The Review

Monday, July 18, 2016

This Madness of the Heart by Blair Yeatts | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

The Blurb

Bad religion can be deadly. So Miranda Lamden, small-town religion professor, discovers in This Madness of the Heart. The dark hollers of Eastern Kentucky offer fertile soil for shady evangelist Jasper Jarboe, new president of Grace and Glory Bible College, as he beguiles the small mining town of Canaan Wells with his snake-oil charm.

When Miranda isn’t teaching at Obadiah Durham College, she’s investigating paranormal phenomena — or enjoying a turbulent romantic relationship with backwoods artist Jack Crispen. JJ’s inquisition-style gospel has alienated her long since, but when he announces his plan to transform her forest home into an evangelical Mecca, complete with neon cross and 40-foot Jesus, Miranda girds her loins for war. But JJ isn’t finished: he goes on to launch an attack on her friend and fellow professor Djinn Baude with an avalanche of vicious rumors. Not only does he accuse Djinn of demonic communion with the old Voudon witch whose curse killed the college’s founding family, but he also smears her with insinuations of lechery and vice.

With JJ’s urging, hate boils over into violence and tragedy, sweeping Miranda up in its flood. One death follows another as a miasma of evil overwhelms the tiny community, and only Miranda can see clearly enough to halt its spread.

This Madness of the Heart is the first in a new series of Gothic mystery-thrillers featuring Professor Miranda Lamden, whose spiritual gifts have drawn her beyond university walls to explore the mysteries of other world beliefs. Her unique vision brings her into repeated confrontations with evil, where too often she finds herself standing alone between oblivious onlookers and impending disaster.

This Madness of the Heart by Blair Yeatts
Series: A Miranda Lamden Mystery, #1
Genre: Gothic Mystery Thriller  
Publication Date: April 15, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
Paperback: 328 pages
ISBN-10: 1530824966
ISBN-13: 978-1530824960
eBook File Size: 3503 KB
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This Madness of the Heart is
FREE at Smashwords through 7/22/16.

The Excerpt