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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gown with the Wind





Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

by Stephanie Blackmoore



About the Book




Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

4th in Series

Kensington (December 18, 2018)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496717511

ISBN-13: 978-1496717511

Digital ASIN: B07BV3K4N8




Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .

Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancĂ©e, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.

But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .

What I Thought:

This is the 4th book in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series. While I have not read all the books in the series, I did read the first one, and am glad I did as it details how Mallory and Rachel became wedding planners and B & B Owners.  In this installment, Mallory is tasked with planning the wedding of her ex-fiance, Keith, and his new bride-to-be, Becca.  There are many hurdles that Mallory has to cross in planning this wedding, including dealing with Helene, Keith's overbearing mother.  Becca's family also comes into to play in making the planning more difficult, when Becca's grandmother, Alma's life is threatened because of her Gone with the Wind Memorabilia.  Becca finds a beautiful gown in her grandmothers's possessions and wants that to be her wedding dress, thus changing the theme of her wedding. When a childhood rival of Becca's sees the dress, she wants it for herself, and when she is found dead in Keith and Becca's pool, they become suspects in her murder. Once again, Mallory has to put on her sleuth hat to prove they are not the killers.  There is a lot going on in this story that really kept it interesting.  I love this writer's writing style and I also liked the plot.  Both aspects made the story flow really well.  I really like the main character, Mallory, she is a very strong person, as I would not want to plan my ex-fiance's wedding.  But Mallory does it with aplomb.  There were a lot of twists and turns and exciting moments in this book that kept it very interesting and kept me turning the pages.  I really enjoyed this one and look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author





A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two-spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery. Connect with Stephanie at the links below.


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Blitz







Niki Cluff lives in Northern Arizona with her husband, three children, and Great Dane who also doubles as a pony. For the last four years, she has worked as a literary intern sorting through queries while writing her own books. When she isn't writing or watching BIGBANG and EXO videos, she's sketching, playing video games (Legend of Zelda is her favorite), crocheting, and cooking. Copycat recipes are her specialty. She's also a massive anime fan (Sailor Moon forever!) and hopes to visit Tokyo some day.




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Allyson has been in a coma for the last nine months. What’s worse, she can hear everything the doctors say. She knows they’re keeping her in a coma and that she’s at the mercy of the hospital's First-in-Human trial—a VR system implanted in her brain for a second chance at life.

Attached to the VR, Ally discovers worlds unlike home. She can do whatever she wants, but she misses her parents. With help from Harrison, a rabbit-eared boy, they work together to free themselves from Aishwarya, the mad queen of the world. 

But when Harrison wakes up and doesn’t come for Ally, she’ll split her soul to the brink of death to save herself.





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"He's gone. I know you visited his parents. I know they were coming for him," she says. She swings the sword down and I duck, my arms raised above my head as though they could offer some sort of protection. I squeeze my eyes anticipating the coming pain.



 Nothing happens. No searing pain or fire burning my skin the way I imagine the bite of a sword might feel. Gasps rise from the crowd. Is this like a video game? Do I get more lives?




"Not again, Aishwarya," Chester says through clenched teeth. I open my eyes to see him standing above me. He's clutching the blade of the sword in one hand. Aishwarya's arm in the other. Lines of blood drips from his palm to the ground in puddles that almost disappear on the dark flooring. "How many deaths will be enough?" 






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Saturday, December 22, 2018

A Christmas Story of Light









God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.


Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.





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Ora is an artist, genealogist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. She’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She recently received her Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also writes children’s books and historical fiction. In 2013, she placed first in a short-story writing contest sponsored by Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center at Arizona State University. Her historical novel, White Oak River, won first place in the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (an ACFW affiliate).
Ora’s been a wife and mother for more than thirty-six years, raising four sons and one daughter. She has the three cutest grandchildren in existence.
For more than twenty years Ora’s taught family history research at conferences and to individuals. Read an article she wrote for the online magazine, Almost an Author, about “Using Ancestor’s Stories in Fiction.” Also visit her blog, Writing About Ancestors, to learn how you can write about your ancestors.

As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.






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