Friday, October 31, 2014

Haunted by Maris Soule | Halloween Book Blast with Excerpt and Giveaway

 The Blurb

It doesn’t matter to Valerie Wiggins that most people believe Jason McLain killed his wife. She needs the three-time Oscar winner’s expertise in special effects if they are going to turn their local charity’s annual haunted house into a money maker. Besides, every since she first saw his picture in the tabloids, she’s been attracted to him: his piercing dark brown eyes, unruly brown hair, and unsmiling mouth. And even though he’s come to this small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains to hide, she won’t take no for an answer. Except once he says yes, he fears he’s pulled her into the darkness that continues to haunt him.

Praise for Haunted

5.0 out of 5 stars  Entertaining, January 3, 2013

By tricolSee all my reviews

This review is from: Haunted (Kindle Edition)
As always, another Maris Soule book and well worth the read. I just noticed that her “As the Crow Flies” is now available on Kindle. Definitely going to add that to my collection, too.  

Haunted, by Maris Soule
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Length: 185 Pages

The Excerpt

Monday, October 27, 2014

Landslide by Robin Mahle | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway

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The Blurb

Author Robin Mahle is pleased to bring you her latest novel, Landslide. A corporate suspense/thriller that will pull you in fast and keep you holding on tight until the very end!

In the sprawling suburbs of Seattle, Claire McKenna finds solace in her perfectly ordinary life. With the daily struggles of raising a family and climbing out of debt, she and her husband Colin, work hard to hang on to what they’ve got.

So when Claire is offered an incredible opportunity to rise in the ranks of her firm, she jumps at the chance. Her joy, however, is short lived at the discovery that her close friend and colleague, Beth Graves has just been accused of embezzlement. 

Compelled to see Beth’s name cleared, Claire soon stumbles on a larger, more dangerous conspiracy at the firm. One that involves people she once trusted.  One that threatens to destroy her ordinary life.

Landslide, by Robin Mahle
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Genre: Suspense / Thriller
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
 File Size: 2476 KB
ISBN-10: 1500636975
ISBN-13: 978-1500636975
Paperback: 304 pages

The Excerpt

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fallen by Leslie Tentler | Blog Tour with Review and Excerpt

 The Blurb

“If it wasn’t an armed robbery, it was a hit. An execution.”

Amid a sultry Atlanta summer, someone is targeting police…

The investigation becomes personal for APD Detective Ryan Winter when a colleague and friend is shot dead, the second victim in just weeks. But even as he finds himself being drawn into the tense hunt for a serial cop killer, he is forced to re-examine his own shattering personal tragedy.

An ER physician at Atlanta’s busy Mercy Hospital, Dr. Lydia Costa is no stranger to suffering. Still, the recent police slayings reopen barely healed wounds — and bring her face-to-face with her ex-husband, Ryan Winter. 

As the body count rises and paranoia tightens its grip on the police force, Lydia and Ryan are pulled together by circumstances and fate… causing old passions to reignite despite their painful shared past. But as Ryan moves closer to discovering the killer’s identity, someone is watching, placing both him and Lydia in mortal danger.

Fallen by Leslie Tentler
Publisher: Left Field Press
Pages: 396
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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The Excerpt

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dead on Her Feet by Lisa Fernow | Book Blast with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The Blurb

What happens when a dancer violates the tango code?

Tango instructor and chronic rule-breaker Antonia “Ant” Blakeley has no respect for authority. So when a much-hated member of the Atlanta tango community is stabbed in the middle of the dance floor, leaving her troubled nephew Christian first on the list of suspects, the last thing she wants to do is use her tango expertise to help the police work out how someone could have struck the fatal blow, unseen. As someone who has experienced police incompetence first hand, Antonia doesn’t trust them to find the real killer. So she lies to give Christian an alibi, and the coverup begins.

Unfortunately for Ant, former marine Detective Sam Morrow is on the case and he will do whatever it takes to solve the crime. He’s not about to let Antonia hijack his case. As both Ant and Sam investigate (or in Ant’s case, interfere), the two sleuths are about to find out the more antagonistic meaning of “it takes two to tango.”

Dead on her Feet, by Lisa Fernow
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Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: An Antonia Blakeley Tango Mystery, # 1
Publication Date: Jan 6, 2014
 File Size: 907 KB
ISBN-10: 1620151936
ISBN-13: 978-1620151938
Paperback: 280 pages

The Excerpt

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pigeon River Blues by Wayne Zurl | Book Blast with Excerpt

 The Blurb

Winter in the Smokies can be a tranquil time of year — unless Sam Jenkins sticks his thumb into the sweet potato pie. 

The retired New York detective turned Tennessee police chief is minding his own business one quiet day in February when Mayor Ronnie Shields asks him to act as a bodyguard for a famous country and western star.

C.J. Profitt’s return to her hometown of Prospect receives lots of publicity . . . and threats from a rightwing group calling themselves The Coalition for American Family Values.

The beautiful, publicity seeking Ms. Proffit never fails to capitalize on her abrasive personality by flaunting her lifestyle — a way of living the Coalition hates.

Reluctantly, Jenkins accepts the assignment of keeping C.J. safe while she performs at a charity benefit. But Sam’s job becomes more difficult when the object of his protection refuses to cooperate. 

During this misadventure, Sam hires a down-on-his-luck ex-New York detective and finds himself thrown back in time, meeting old Army acquaintances who factor into how he foils a complicated plot of attempted murder, the destruction of a Dollywood music hall, and other general insurrection on the “peaceful side of the Smokies.”

Pigeon River Blues by Wayne Zurl
Series: A Sam Jenkins Mystery
 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Format: eBook / Paperback / PDF
Publisher: Iconic Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2014
eBook, Kindle, $2.99
eBook File Size: 1377 KB
ISBN-10: 1938844025
ISBN-13: 978-1938844027
Pages: 258
The Excerpt

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Key To Love by Judy Ann Davis | Blurb Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway

Jane Reads is part of a virtual book blurb blitz, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. We encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.  The author will award a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter following the tour.

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The Blurb

When architect Elise Springer’s father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother’s death, and Elise can’t resist lending a hand.
Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He’s back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew — and prove his brother’s death was no accident.
As they unearth clues pointing to find a murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?

Key To Love, by Judy Ann Davis
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Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publication Date: June 26, 2013
 File Size: 408 KB
ISBN-10: 1612179274
ISBN-13: 978-1612179278
Paperback: 324 pages

The Excerpt

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr | Book Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway

 The Blurb

Mac Faraday Meets the Wolf Man!

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something. 

In The Murders at Astaire Castle, Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop — even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

Topping the list of the ten most haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago — and Mac Faraday owns it! 

In spite of David’s warning, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels. 

“Halloween has always been a fun time,” best-selling author Lauren Carr explains in a note at the beginning of her fifth Mac Faraday mystery. “It’s the time to break out and be someone else. As a child, I would pretend to be one of the Bobbsey Twins searching for clues to lead me to a secret treasure. If I was lucky, it was made up of chocolate. As a teenager, I was Nancy Drew. Always, when October rolled around, I craved mysteries with something extra added — something beyond the normal — something supernatural. As an author, I couldn’t resist taking this one Mac Faraday Mystery on a scary Halloween adventure.” 

In this latest installment of Carr’s hit series, what starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet — including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly. 

Available through: CreateSpace, Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and Everywhere Fine Books are Sold

The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr
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Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Publication Date: July 18, 2013
eBook, Kindle, $0.99
eBook File Size: 7167 KB
ISBN-10: 0989180425
ISBN-13: 978-0-989180429
Trade Paperback, $12.99
Pages: 284

The Excerpt

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Baker’s Men by Donald Levin | Blog Tour Spotlight with Excerpt


 The Blurb

Easter, 2009. The nation is still reeling from the previous year’s financial crisis. Ferndale Police detective Martin Preuss is spending a quiet evening with his son when he’s called out to investigate a savage after-hours shooting at a bakery in his suburban Detroit community. Was it a random burglary gone bad? A cold-blooded execution linked to Detroit’s drug trade? Most frightening of all, is there a terrorist connection with the Iraqi War vets who work at the store?

Struggling with these questions, frustrated by the dizzying uncertainties of the case and hindered by the treachery of his own colleagues who scheme against him, Preuss is drawn into a whirlwind of greed, violence, and revenge that spans generations across metropolitan Detroit.

The Baker's Men by Donald Levin
Genre: Mystery / Crime Fiction / Police Procedural
Publication Date: April 20, 2014
Pages: 338 
ISBN: 978-0615968568
Format: Paperback, eBook, PDF

The Excerpt

A Matter of Grave Concern, by Brenda Novak | Blast + Giveaway

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The Blurb

When Maximillian Wilder joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but he has to gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline — and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could bring.

Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career. She believes she is going to be successful — until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene and protect her, no matter the risk to his plan . . . or his heart.

The Excerpt

Friday, October 3, 2014

Carina Press Mystery Week Blitz and Giveaway

Welcome to the Carina Press Mystery Week book blitz!

Code Runner, by Rosie Claverton
Series: The Amy Lane Mysteries, # 2
Genre: Detective Mystery
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Format: Ebook
eBook File Size: 513 KB
eISBN: 9781426899089 
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The Blurb

Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn't been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can't crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can't resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped.

Amy is distraught when Jason's pursuit gets him framed for murder. He's thrown back in prison where he's vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast.

But Amy hasn't been honest with him—her panic attacks aren't getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind of online crime. Can she clear Jason's name before danger closes in?

*Be sure to also check out Binary Witness, book #1 in The Amy Lane Mysteries, currently available for $0.99 at Carina Press.

The Author
About Rosie Claverton

Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home.

Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm. Her debut novel Binary Witness was published by Carina Press in May 2014.

Between writing and medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series, advocating accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction.

Currently exiled to London to train in psychiatry, she lives with her journalist husband and their pet hedgehog.

The Excerpt