Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday | The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Sept 16)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Include the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
• Share your Teaser with the other TT participants here at Should Be Reading.

In the latest Pink Carnation novel from national bestselling author Lauren Willig, rumors spreading among the ton turn deadly as a young couple unites to solve a mystery....
In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious Duke.
Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He’s returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents’ deaths, which hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation—until a woman is found dead in Richmond. Her blood drained from her throat.
Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won’t kill this duke—not if Sally has anything to say about it.

My Teaser

"They say he sucks the blood of unwary maidens."
Agnes considered this. "I imagine they're less trouble than wary ones."

Page 24, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, by  Lauren Willig

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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Big Disrupter, by Paul Markun | Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway


 The Blurb

An anonymous donor creates a prize for One Billion Dollars to inspire social entrepreneurs to promote world change. Lionel Lane, an idealistic entrepreneur, partners with his brilliant ex-girlfriend Maxine Gold to turn around his struggling San Francisco-based company Double Vision Beverages to compete for the Big Disrupter Award. 

With the help of a venture capitalist and an eccentric financier, Double Vision expands into energy drinks using the pure water from the mountains of Telluride, Colorado. Talented 21-year-old extreme skier, Reddi Christiansen, becomes the face of their quest for the youth market.

One by one the leading competitors in the Big Disrupter fall victim to unexplained tragedies. The police are mystified. The prize for social good becomes a death trap, but too rich to resist. Desperate for protection, Lionel, Maxine and Reddi enlist a former Navy SEAL cyber guru. The faster they race towards the approaching award deadline, the more the escalating dangers threaten to spin them off a cliff.

The Big Disrupter by Paul Markun
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: June 13, 2014
Pages: 454
ISBN: 978-0-9914862-0-5
Format: Paperback / PDF / eBook

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For Love of Livvy, by J.M. Griffin | Super Book Blast and Giveaway

Jane Reads is part of a virtual book tour, today only, 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 winner's choice of an eBook from Lachesis Publishing to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Click on the tour banner (and scroll down) to see the other stops on the tour.

NOTE: For Love of Livvy is FREE everywhere! Buy links are at the end of the blurb. Why not download your own copy today?

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The Blurb

After her favorite aunt is found dead and an alarming box is mysteriously left on the doorstep of her aunt’s house now legally hers, Lavinia Esposito wants explanations. But, having cleared the package of explosives, the local cops are dumbounded by the precious stones which came without an explanation, just an address ─ her Aunt Livvy’s. Frustrated by the cops’ refusal to share their theories, criminal justice instructor Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, takes investigation matters into her own hands. Vinnie is soon dragged into situations beyond her control, finding herself in hot water with the law, the crooks, and her Italian father. Willing to put her life at risk to find out what really happened to her beloved Aunt Livvy, and why jewels would be addressed to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead with her usual tenacity, bravery, and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.

For Love of Livvy, by J.M. Griffin
Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Series:  Vinnie Esposito Series, # 1
File Size: 282 KB
Print Length: 250 pages

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Deceitful Truths, by Maggie Thom | Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Blurb

He created a legacy that no one could imagine…

Tarin has lost a week of her life. She doesn't know what happened but not long after she returns to work she is suspended from her job. Confused and pregnant, she quits and agrees to marry Stephen, only to be thrown into a whole new nightmare. Desperate, she grabs her son and moves across the country to get away from her abusive husband and to avoid her unforgiving father. Thrilled at getting the Tech assistant job at Knights Associates, not only will she be helping them solve cyber crimes but she'll be able to use their connections and resources to solve her own mystery. Who stole a week of her life? And will they return to steal the secret she is now protecting?

Graham and his partner Guy can't keep up with the demand. They are being flooded with requests at Knights Associates, where they offer a combined service of private investigator and that of solving cyber crimes. It appears that someone wants to get their attention, not only have they been hacked but Guy's family business, Caspian Winery, seems to be under attack as well. Hiring an assistant seems to be the answer but when Graham discovers she's been accessing their high-security accounts, he decides the cause of their predicament might be closer than he thought. Is their new assistant behind the problems they're having? If she's so innocent, why is someone after her?

Tarin and Graham discover that although they don't trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin's nightmare plays out? Before an eighty-year-old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate, a truth that will keep her and Graham apart, a truth that neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget...

(Caspian Wine Series - Book #2. This novel is standalone but is a Sequel to “Captured Lies”)

Praise for Deceitful Truths
"... Deceitful Truths showcases Maggie Thom’s talent... a masterpiece that begs to be read and savored!..." Dii at Tome Tender

Deceitful Truths, by Maggie Thom
Genre:  Suspense / Thriller
Date Published:  March 4, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Operation: Genocide by Yvonne Walus | Book Blitz with Excerpt

 The Blurb

An inhuman agenda…

In 1982, Annette Pretorius lives a life of privilege afforded to those of European descent in South Africa, but when her husband is murdered, she discovers a shattering secret: he’d been commissioned by the whites-only South African government to develop a lethal virus aimed at controlling the growth of the black population – already oppressed under the cruel system of apartheid.

A clandestine organization…

The murder came with a warning to Annette from a secretive organization: keep our secrets or you too will die. Captain Trevor Watson, Annette’s former boyfriend, is appointed to lead the investigation. Watson’s loyalty is tested as the evidence stacks against his high school sweetheart.

And the killing isn’t over yet…

When the investigation points in a terrifying direction, Annette and Watson face a wrenching choice: protect those they love or sacrifice all to save innocents from racial extermination.

Praise for Operation: Genocide
Diabolical motives and charismatic characters populate Yvonne Walus’ breath-stealing 
adventure, Operation: Genocide. – Dr. Allen Wyler  

Operation: Genocide, by Yvonne Walus
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 15, 2013
Length: 356 Pages

The Excerpt

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cat Thursday | Cat Thievery (Sept 4)

Welcome to the weekly meme, hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict, that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share some pictures of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! (Share your post in the Mr. Linky on The True Book Addict.)

The theme this week is Cat Thievery.  I imagine we've all seen, at one time or another, that cats can be skillful thieves.  Here are some great examples.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday | Blind Spot (Sept 3)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

Even though Robert B. Parker passed away in 2010, his famous characters Spenser and Jesse Stone live on, at the request of Parker's widow and sons, thanks to new authors from Parker's publisher.


Police Chief Jesse Stone is back in the remarkable new installment of the New York Times-bestselling series.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: A Little Night Murder, by Nancy Martin

A Little Night Murder, by Nancy Martin
Series: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery, #10
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin/NAL)
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Hardcover: 384 Pages
ISBN: 978-0451415271 
eBook File Size: 1029 KB
Purchase Links:  Amazon  Kindle  Nook

I read a really good book recently, y'all. Let me tell you a little about it.

Synopsis, from Goodreads:

Murder under the stars... 

Teaser Tuesday | A Little Night Murder (Sept 2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Include the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
• Share your Teaser with the other TT participants here at Should Be Reading.

A Little NIght Murder, by Nancy Martin

Page 227:

"First, tell me when she turned blue."
"You noticed that, huh?"
"It's hard to miss.  What happened?"