Friday, February 27, 2015

Admit to Mayhem by DJ Adamson | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Author Interview

The Blurb

With a contrary attitude and an addiction for independence, Lillian Dove admits she has not been a success in life. In fact, she considers failing as one of her addictions. Yet, when she comes across a suspicious house fire with a history of arson and murder, she instinctively attempts to help someone trapped. Lillian becomes the only possible eyewitness to criminal arson, and her life begins to spiral out of control. 

Lillian Dove is an endearing “everywoman” struggling with life issues, emotional complexities and a habit of doing just the opposite of what she’s told to do. These qualities in a heroine give the reader an ability to vicariously struggle along with the protagonist in this intriguing Midwest Noir mystery.

Admit to Mayhem by DJ Adamson 
Series: Lillian Dove Mystery, #1
Genre: Noir Mystery / Amateur Sleuth
Publisher: Horatio Press
Publication Date: March 10, 2014
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 0990307808
ISBN-13: 978-0990307808
E-Book File Size: 403 KB

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    The Excerpt

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Author Interview, and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

    Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

    But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

    Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

    Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair 
    Genre: Romantic Mystery 
    Publication Date: June 21, 2014
    Paperback: 294 pages
    ISBN-10: 1502859157
    ISBN-13: 978-1502859150
    eBook File Size: 453 KB
    ASIN: B00L78GM60
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    The Excerpt

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Mr. 8 by David J. Thirteen | Blog Tour with Author Guest Post

    Mr. 8 by David J. Thirteen
    Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror
    Publication Date: February 5th, 2015
    Publisher: Booktrope Editions
    Paperback: 288 pages
    ISBN-10: 1620156199
    ISBN-13: 978-1620156193
    eBook File Size: 1935 KB
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    The Blurb

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Sex. Coffee. Time Travel by Elle Brookes | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    In Book Two, Adventure-Romance author Lesley Meryn has her 'second date', a little bit of Time Travel, with the volatile yet seductive scientist Miles Sherwood. She wakes up to a spring day in 1765 Yorkshire. Miles should be there, waiting for her, but he's nowhere to be found.

    Circumstances spin rapidly out of control. Someone keeps trying to kill her new Eighteenth Century companion and self-appointed protector, Mick Kenning, a handsome and hunky stableman at the New Inn. Lesley helps him to foil these clumsy, but persistent and mysterious attempts on his life.   

    As the days pass, Miles remains missing. The clock is literally ticking down the days. She has less than two weeks to find him or she may be trapped in the past. Has Miles fallen victim to the very real dangers of an earlier time?

    Complications multiply with the appearance of an elusive, badass, Highwayman. With a hefty price on his head, agents of the Crown have arrived at the New Inn to track him down. For Mick it's personal, he despises the Highwayman. The Highwayman, not satisfied with jewelry, and coins, stole away the woman Mick once loved.

    Will Lesley find Miles in time? What has happened to him? Will Mick ever find out who wants him dead? Will he ever find out why?

    Balancing between high adventure, sword fighting, fisticuffs, pistols, and daggers, Lesley must use her wits, imagination, and every trick from her own books to find Miles, survive the Eighteenth Century, and return to her own time. 

    Sex. Coffee. Time Travel by Elle Brookes
    Series: Time-Frame, #2
    Genre: Romance / Adventure / Suspense
    Publication Date: January 20, 2015
    eBook File Size: 2202 KB
    ASIN: B00SHR7376
    ISBN-13: 9781310423079

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     The Excerpt

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards | Book Blast with Excerpt and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    With Hitler’s forces firmly entrenched in Europe, countless heroes seek to end the madman’s reign. Bastien Ley is one of the best. Working in Italy for the Office of Strategic Services, he’s been tasked with sabotaging German convoys. When his team kills an officer headed for Rome, the man’s similarity to Bastien is undeniable, and seeing an opportunity to turn the tide of the war, Bastien makes a bold decision: he will assume the dead officer’s identity. He becomes Dietrich, an Iron Cross–wearing German officer — an ideal position from which to infiltrate the Nazi ranks in Rome. To help with his stressful assignment, his superiors send him a reinforcement in the form of the lovely Gracie Begni, an intelligent and eager radio operator with absolutely no undercover experience.

    With a gulf of resentment between them, these two agents must find a way to portray a couple in love. Soon their reluctant alliance becomes much more as Bastien and Gracie find themselves getting lost in their feelings for each other. But as they engage in battle against the deadliest foe the world has ever known, the pair quickly realizes their love may be doomed. As the Rome Gestapo threatens to destroy all they’ve worked for, will Bastien and Gracie survive their charade?

    Praise for The Rules in Rome

    Readers who hunger for a great espionage thriller with an extra helping of romance will devour The Rules in Rome. A.L. Sowards is at the top of her craft with this terrific WWII suspense novel. It is definitely a book not to be missed!
    Gregg Luke, author of Bloodborne and Deadly Undertakings

    The Rules in Rome has it all. Romance, adventure, and epic themes illustrating the unconquerable human spirit. From the moment Gracie met Bastien, I knew I would love this book. He’s the perfect hero, Gracie is his match. I fell in love with these characters over and over again. Thank you, Sowards, for another fabulous read!
    Stephanie Fowers, author of the Twisted Tales Trilogy and Jane and Austen

    The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards 
    Genre: Romantic Suspense, Historical Fiction
    Publisher: Covenant Communications
    Publication Date: February 1, 2015
    Paperback: 304 pages
    ISBN-10: 1621088820
    ISBN-13: 978-1621088820
    eBook File Size: 1441 KB
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    The Excerpt

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    Southwest of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside | Blog Tour with Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    Writing murder mysteries is all in a day's work until an obsessed fan brings Phoebe's stories to life.

    Mystery writer, Phoebe Anderson, owes her success to killing her first husband on paper seventeen years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her... or murder to follow her.

    Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage twenty years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions, but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.

    With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery… and the next target on his list is Mason.

    Southwest of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside 
    Series: Love and Murder, #2
    Genre: Romantic Suspense
    Release Date: December 19, 2014
    Publisher: The Wild Rose Press  
    Paperback: 300 pages 
    ISBN-10: 162830748X
    ISBN-13: 978-1628307481
    eBook File Size: 414 KB
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    The Excerpt

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success — that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night. 

    “I love Rachelle J. Christensen’s stories and characters, and Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is another thrilling mystery to add to my collection. Don’t be surprised if you have to stay up all night to finish he book!” ~Rachel Ann Nunes, author of Before I Say Goodbye 
    Diamond Rings are Deadly Things pulled me right in from the first page and held me captive until the very end. Great characters, a compelling plot, a surprising twist at the end … Rachelle Christensen knows how to craft a great mystery. ~Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries 
    A cunningly crafty mystery with just the right mix of romance. Readers won’t be able to get enough of Adrielle Pyper, stunning party-planner turned heroine. ~Nichole Giles, author of Descendant 

    In Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, each chapter features instructions for crafts, recipes, wedding tips, etc. Read along and enjoy creating something marvelous with Adri Pyper, at this link.

    Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen
    Series: Wedding Planner Mystery, #1
    Genre: Romantic Suspense, Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Shadow Mountain
    Publication Date: July 8, 2014
    Paperback: 320 pages
    ISBN-10: 1609078616
    ISBN-13: 978-1609078614
    eBook File Size: 561 KB
    ASIN: B00JS3XF9I

     The Excerpt

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Ultimate Prey by Kristine Mason | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    When the hunter becomes the hunted… who will become the ultimate prey?

    CORE agent Lola Tam has two things on her mind, quitting her job as a criminal investigator and baking a frozen pie for Thanksgiving dinner without burning it. But a midnight call forces a change of plans. Her boss and future stepfather, Ian Scott, has been kidnapped from his Florida vacation rental — along with her mother. The kidnapper’s plan? Drop Ian and her mom in the Everglades and hunt them like animals. Terrified for her mom, Lola takes the bait and travels to Everglade City, Florida where she’s determined to end the hunt before it begins.

    Ryan Monahan, former Navy SEAL turned airboat captain is used to taking tourists through the Everglades, not guiding a sexy agent on a rescue mission. After spending years dealing with a past filled with guilt and regret, he needs a little action and adventure in his life — he needs to prove he could still be a hero. What he doesn’t need? Falling for a woman he has no business wanting, especially when the hunt takes a deadly turn…

    Ultimate Prey by Kristine Mason
    Series: Ultimate CORE, #3
    Genre: Romantic Suspense 
    Publication Date: December 12, 2014
    Paperback: 418 pages
    ISBN-10: 099065432X
    ISBN-13: 978-0990654322
    eBook File Size: 2170 KB
    ASIN: B00QZCYL98
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    The Excerpt

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    Death of a Beauty Queen by Barbara Jean Coast | Blog Tour with Review and Interview


    The Blurb

    It’s the 1950’s in Santa Lucia, California, and the height of the social season. Time for the new Miss Santa Lucia, Nora Burbank, to display her loveliness at a high society fashion show produced by the city’s own fashionistas — Margot and Daphne, owners of Poppy Cove, the most elegant and “in” little dress shop in the county.

    Nora steals the show in her designer gown and custom-made necklace created by local jeweler Isaac Mendelson, and used on the sly by his apprentice son-in-law, Efrem Goldberg. At the conclusion of the show, the young queen is allowed to keep her dress and a replica of the necklace for her own. But Monday morning, Efrem arrives in a panic at Poppy Cove to beg Margot and Daphne’s assistance in tracking down the real necklace, which he believes was inadvertently switched for the replica backstage. The girls get involved in Efrem’s dilemma and try to help him before Isaac’s any the wiser. But before that can happen, Miss Santa Lucia is found dead in her bed and the necklace is missing.

    Who killed Nora Burbank? Is it someone jealous of her new royal position and all of its perks? Or did she just happen to be in the way when a thief attempted to steal her diamond-studded necklace? Did Nora have the real or the fake necklace, and how much did the thief and murderer know about it? But, of course, before the girls can find the killer, they’ll have to create several beautiful ensembles, calm numerous irate clients, and flirt with their ever-so-attentive boyfriends, before solving this mystery.

    Death of a Beauty Queen by Barbara Jean Coast
    Series: Poppy Cove Mysteries, #2
    Genre: Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Cozy Cat Press 
    Publication Date: May 9, 2014
    Paperback: 220 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1939816436
    eBook File Size: 353 KB
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    The Review

    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Death & The Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaways

    The Blurb

    Auctioneer Wren Morgan is cataloging the contents of the Campbell house, an ante-bellum mansion with a Civil War-era lost jewels legend. She was hoping to find something interesting, but the naked dead guy on the stairs is an unwelcome surprise. When the body turns out to belong to a small-time criminal with ties to a more recent jewel heist, Wren suddenly finds herself face-to-face with Death.

    Death Bogart (pronounced “Deeth”) is a disabled Marine combat vet, down on his luck and trying to start over as a private eye and part-time bounty hunter. The stolen jewels he’s searching for are the final evidence needed to convict a murderer — and the reward money could turn Death’s life around.

    In Wren, Death finds a friend and a willing ally — someone to help him learn to overcome his new physical limitations, and possibly even a second chance at love. But Death and Wren aren’t the only ones searching for treasure. Two ruthless men are also on the hunt, and they will do anything to eliminate the competition. To survive, Death and Wren will have to solve two mysteries spanning a century and a half and outwit a pair of cold-blooded killers.

    “Ross’ thoroughly entertaining debut combines smart details about the auction business with two engaging mysteries and a uniformly appealing cast. Fans of small-town cozies, especially those by Denise Swanson, will love this, as will mystery readers who double as thrift-store aficionados and followers of auction reality shows.” — BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
    “[A] winning debut.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
    “The witty sarcastic banter between the lead characters was charming and endearing.” — RT BOOK REVIEWS
    "Ross' debut features a likable pair of sleuths, some local Missouri history and a nice little mystery." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

    Death & The Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross 
    Series: An Auction Block Mystery, #1
    Genre: Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Midnight Ink
    Publication Date: February 8, 2015
    Paperback: 264 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-0738743936
    E-Book File Size: 3441 KB

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     Click here to go to the Amazon page for an excerpt.


    The Review

    Saturday, February 7, 2015

    The Ex File by Alexis D. Craig | Release Day Party with Excerpt and Giveaway

    Happy Release Day to The Ex File and Alexis D Craig!

    We're having a party to celebrate. 

    The Blurb

    Second Chances Can Be Lethal

    Narcotics Officer, Sean O’Leary is bitter after a messy divorce that has reinforced his solitary nature, leaving him only with his dog and a sword collection. He could never imagine that  his former best friend may be the only woman to bring happiness into his lonely life.

    Ellie Gardner knows loss; especially after she was banished from her best friend/crush's life by his jealous wife. Although the regret of walking away from the love of her life still stung, a chance encounter with Sean may change everything.

    When Ellie and Sean reconnect, they could never expect it'd be in such an explosive way, leaving them both to gain the fulfillment of their 'what if's.

    Finding love is hard enough without the past breathing down their necks, especially when said past has no intention of letting go. When Sean's ex, Pia Mastriani returns, Ellie must face her nemesis' relentless tactics to get Sean back, including eliminating Ellie if necessary.

    Sean and Ellie’s relationship is put to the test but will they fare well while they go rummaging through The Ex File?

    The Ex File by Alexis D. Craig
    Series: Behind the Blue Line, #1
    Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
    Publisher: Hot Ink Press
    Publication Date: February 6, 2015
    eBook File Size: 2546 KB

    The Excerpt

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Whistlin' Dixie by Maggie Adams | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Author Interview, and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    A man on a mission....

    Mackenzie Coalson was determined to rebuild his hometown after a devastating flood left it in ruins. He has no time for a relationship and all the romantic junk that goes with it. He has a vandal to catch and no sweet smelling bundle of femininity is going to sway him.

    A woman protecting her family.....

    Dixie Harris charged into the county sheriff's office with a sassy sway and a smart mouth, eager to give the sheriff, and anyone else, a piece of her mind. When she locks horns with the devil himself, in the form of Mac Coalson, she quickly learns he has a temper to rival hers, even if he's the living epitome of her sexual fantasies.

    When the two unite to catch a potential murderer, it's in everyone's best interest to keep it, "business only". But that's hard to do when their combined attraction is volatile enough to burn down the town.

    Whistlin' Dixie by Maggie Adams
    Series: Tempered Steel, #1
    Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
    Publication Date: November 13, 2014
    Paperback: 242 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1503228085
    eBook File Size: 1360 KB
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    The Excerpt

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    The Defenseless by Carolyn Arnold | Excerpt

    The Blurb

    The first victim was poisoned. Three others are still missing. One more turns up dead. But there is one connection that ties them all together. 

    This case has FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and the team in Colorado to stop a serial killer targeting men who beat charges of animal abuse over twenty years ago. With the method of murder changing to match what his victims had allegedly inflicted on the defenseless, the team questions who is on the side of justice — them or the murderer. After all, their unsub is seeking retribution on behalf of the victims who have no voice. 

    While facing this moral dilemma, Brandon’s loyalty to the bureau is also tested. But Brandon is up for the challenge — anything to get his mind off his pending divorce and the upcoming holiday. Being thousands of miles from home, the forbidden relationship between him and Paige becomes more tempting, but is he willing to risk all that he’s worked for?

    The Defenseless by Carolyn Arnold
    Series: Brandon Fisher FBI Series, #3
    Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Police Procedural
    Date Published: December 11, 2014
    Paperback: 210 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1503282810
    eBook File Size: 468 KB
    ASIN: B00NMON9D6
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    The Excerpt

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    Life is But a Dream by Lee Strauss | Cover Reveal

    I am pleased to reveal the cover for Life is But a Dream By Lee Strauss, her second set of Nursery Rhyme Suspense serial books, designed by Steven Novak.  

    I really like these covers — the colors and the patterns, in the water and the clouds. The two boats and the sky color give a desolate feeling to the landscape.

    FRINGE meets CASTLE in this 
    New Adult Sci-fi Mystery Suspense 
    by Amazon best-selling author Lee Strauss.

    Life is But a Dream is the next three-part set of Nursery Rhyme Suspense serial books by Amazon best-selling author Lee Strauss. 

    The Blurb