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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Death By Committee


Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan


About the Book


Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719530
ISBN-13: 978-1496719539
Digital ASIN: B07CWF6QBL

When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative’s property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached—one of which is tied to a dead body!

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

What I Thought:

I was really looking forward to reading this book, and at first I was a little disappointed, but the story soon picked up and kept me turning the pages.  Recently divorced, Abby moves to Snowberry after she inherits her aunts home, and also some of her aunts committee responsibilities.  While she is having her tenant, Tripp, help her get ready for a garage sale for the quilting guild, the two stumble upon the dead body of Abby's aunt's arch rival.  Of course the police zero in on Aunt Sybil as the main suspect, and Abby knows her aunt could never have killed anyone.  Abby sets out to find out who the real killer is even though she has a full schedule taking over her aunt's various jobs.  I enjoyed this story and really liked the characters.  Abby was a great protagonist, but she was sometimes a push over because she never liked to tell anyone no.  The story flowed well, the setting was okay, as the author did not really go into a lot of detail about the town the story takes place in.  There were not really a lot of suspects to choose from, but I was surprised by the ending. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of over forty-five novels, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and contemporary romances. She is excited to say that next year will also see the release of her first cozy mystery series. Alexis has been nominated for several industry awards, including the RITA, the top award in the romance genre.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blast All the Wrong Places










"I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the second of four children. Growing up with the influence of a long line of teachers with a passion for classical education, my time was filled with lessons in violin, cello, piano, ballet…and not-so-classical Girl Scouts and softball.

At the age of twelve, I traveled throughout Europe with my Grandmother and aunts, who filled my days with the shared reading of classics such as Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes, developing my love of literature early on.

I pursued my love of literature into college, earning a Bachelor's of English, a Master's of Education, and I am currently working to complete a Master's in English.

My first novel, All the Wrong Places, started as a short story for a creative writing course and chronicles many of my experiences living in a mortuary, raising my daughter on my own and discovering my Christian faith.

My years in college writing programs have left me with a varied collection of short stories, plays and poetry covering many personal experiences from teenage rebellion to single-motherhood and spiritual awakening.

While writing and continuing my own education, I taught High School English in an attempt to pass my love of literature and writing on to others, and continue to share that passion with students and other aspiring writers.

I currently spend my days pursuing my creative dreams and reaching out to women to share my experience, strength and hope as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. 

I reside in Eagle, Idaho with my husband,  and my very large cat. "




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Driving aimlessly through the stormy suburbs of San Francisco, Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband with her five year old daughter Maddy asleep in the backseat. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Casey loses control of her emotions and her car, crashing into a hillside below a mortuary. 

Desperately seeking shelter, and more so independence, she finds herself taken in by the mortuary director who apprehensively offers her a job and a place to live. As she stumbles through the ins and outs of her new and morbid surroundings, Casey is forced into a hostile custody battle with her relentless and increasingly violent husband. 

In the midst of all the chaos, she finds a new family and even love in the eccentric and protective people of Golden Oaks Funeral Home. But just when she has found all she could hope for, she will have to fight to the death to protect it.




This semi-autobiographical story of a single-mother and her journey to self-discovery, independence and a true understanding of love will keep readers captivated and yearning for more.



Q&A With the Author:

1.     Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
Most of my enjoyment comes from spending time with my people. It doesn’t really matter what we do if we’re together. I’d say eating good food together would be at the top.
2.     When did you first realize you were an author?
I have a collection of poems and short stories from family members, written by me under the age of ten, and they remind me of that compelling force to write, the stories and thoughts trying to find their way out.  It had its grip on me even at that young age. Writers must write. It’s an urge, a restlessness. I had it. Or it had me. 
3.     Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? 
I write and teach science curriculum, which has been my other creative and professional pursuit. It’s fun to find creative ways to explore science with young children. 
4.     What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Getting started and pushing past the ogre of perfectionism are the hardest things for me to overcome with every new project, or new chapter. I have to remind myself that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have to have a beginning.
5.     What is the “message” of your writing? 
I like to use my own experiences and struggles to offer hope to others. For instance, All the Wrong Places touches on domestic abuse and single-motherhood, both of which I’ve survived. I want to acknowledge the struggling, but show that there is hope for happiness and redemption. 
6.     Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? While my books are fiction, I would call them semi-autobiographical in that I have lived many of the circumstances and overarching themes. 
7.     What are your future projects?

I have started a Christian fantasy series, and have a chapter available on my website at www.rebeccafisherbooks.com. I am also working on a children’s science series. 









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Monday, February 11, 2019

Blast Foreign Relations










Didi Lawson exchanged her town car for a pick-up truck and learned to operate a tractor when she and her husband moved from Arizona to a farm in  Missouri where she now weaves her tales. Her love for writing started early in  life when  she entertained her friends with her stories, won prizes for he essays in high school and wrote road shows and poems for the youth group in her church. She enjoys the outdoors, her children and ten grandchildren, and keeps an active social calendar.








It was supposed to be simple traveling to Germany to find her roots. But nothing turns out the way Tracy had planned. 

She meets a man who professes to be her half-brother and is less than happy with her visit. The villagers treat her with contempt for her father's presumed infamous past. 

Trying to solve the mystery, she uncovers secrets that had been hidden for over two decades. Wanting to clear her father's name, she realizes that by doing so she will ruin her chances of a happy life with the man who had captured her heart.









Q&A With the Author:


1.     Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
a.     I like people, associate with them. I also love nature and traveling.
2.     When did you first realize you were an author?
a.     In my 40’s
3.     Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
a.     I won prizes for my essays in High School, wrote road shows and limericks for the youth group in my Church, and worked as assistant editor for a trade magazine
4.     What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
a.     There are actually 2 things: writer’s block (write anyway even if you have to erase it the next day), and remembering to show rather than tell the story. This one is a hard one for me. I just have to be cognizant of that flaw and correct it when editing
5.     What is the “message” of your writing?
a.     I’m trying to promote old-fashioned values, see the good in people, write for the heart and give the reader an escape from everyday life. My stories try to make the reader feel good.
6.     Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?  
a.     Sometimes
7.     What are your future projects?
a.     I’m working on a Christmas story, a fairytale and sequels to some of my existing books.












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Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Novel Art of Murder


The Novel Art of Murder
(Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns

About the Book


The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Digital ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she's descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she's a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies—a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production—Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother's posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow


What I Thought:


I looked forward to returning to the town of North Harbor, MI, and visiting with Samantha and her crew again.  In this installment of the series, it is time for the Shady Acres Senior Follies, and Nana Jo always nabs the lead role, but this year, flamboyant Maria Romanov snags the lead from her.  Nana Jo feels Maria is a phony and the two get into a loud argument.  When Maria is found dead, Nana Jo is the main suspect.  Samantha steps in to clear Nana Jo's name and when another murder occurs, Samantha wonders if there are two killers or one.  This was well written story that flowed well.  I was entertained throughout the story by the quirky characters.  I liked the setting of Shady Acres.  I really liked the character of Nana Jo, she is quite entertaining.  The ending took me by surprise and kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to more in this series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com
Author Links:
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmburnsbooks/

Twitter: @vmburns

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Queen Mary's Daughter Blitz





An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. 



As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. 






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There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away? And, what if there was another heir to the Scottish throne?
In Queen Mary's Daughter (Clean Reads Publisher), author Emily-Jane Hills Orford presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel. 





Q&A With the Author:

Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I guess spending time with my family and my dog would be top of the list. I also have a passion for reading. I love books, the real kind, and I read both for pleasure and to write reviews (but in so many ways, that's reading for pleasure as well). I love my music, playing the piano, composing. I'm also an artist - needle-art and collage acrylics. And I love to garden, which I do outdoors three seasons of the year and indoors during the cold winter months. 

When did you first realize you were an author?
As soon as I could hold a pencil in my hand and write some words on paper (about 5 or 6 years old). I came from a long line of storytellers. We would share our stories around the dinner table - every night. Much better than what families do today on their so-called smart phones. As the youngest, I didn't have much luck in being heard, but I could listen and I could write my stories. So I did.

Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Teaching. I taught music for many years, but I also taught (and continue to teach) creative writing to aspiring authors of all ages, some as young as 8 years old. The enthusiasm of my students was very inspiring. They loved my classes and I loved working with them.

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Finding uninterrupted time to write. This was particularly difficult while I was teaching full-time and my family was younger. Now, semi-retired, I have more time and I'm able to manage my time more effectively. I write first thing in the morning every day. And, if I'm lucky, I have time later in the day to write as well. So, making writing a part of my morning routine, I don't miss a day. And, I always carry a notebook with me (the paper kind), so that I'm not stuck waiting at the doctor's office (for example) with nothing to do. I write as I wait.

What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

I think I have different 'messages' for different books. Perhaps one of the main 'messages' is that there are stories everywhere - in our lives and in our imaginations. And I write all kinds of stories, real and imagined. Stories are important because we (all of us) are important.

Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?

Real life - mine and those people I know well - as well as my 'vivid imagination'. 

What are your future projects?


I always have new projects in the works.  I currently have perhaps six novels awaiting various stages of publication, so there's a wealth of my stories coming soon. And, I just started writing another fantasy/time travel novel for young adults. I love the infinite story possibilities presented by the possibility of time travel. As always, I continue to write my creative nonfiction short stories - little snippets of memories from my life.








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Monday, February 4, 2019

Woman with No Name Blitz










Kelly Nelson graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree. She worked in public accounting for four years before starting a horse-boarding business so she could be more involved in raising her family. As an avid book lover, she later decided to pursue a career in writing. Her published works include The Keeper’s Saga, a young adult fiction series, Love’s Deception, an LDS romance, and The Woman with No Name. Her newest novel was selected as a finalist in the romance category for the 2018 writing contest of the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association. She resides Cornelius, Oregon with her husband, four children, and a herd of horses.










Losing her memory might lead to finding happily ever after.

Sworn bachelor Colton Murdock gets more than he bargained for on the elk hunt when he finds an injured woman in Utah’s high country. She must have a history, but she wakes up to towering pines and the clap of a thunderstorm with no recollection of her name or how she came to be there. Colt brings her to the safety of his camp, trying to ignore the first stirrings of his heart since the tragic death of his fiancée six years ago.

The young woman can’t help falling for her ruggedly handsome rescuer, who calls her Skye for her blue eyes. But her life goes into a tailspin when she is recognized as Lily Vanasche, fiancée of a popular TV news anchorman, and Colt is arrested for a series of crimes—including her abduction. After the real kidnapper leaves a death threat in Lily’s ransacked house, the clock starts ticking. Can she remember her past before it catches up with her?

Praise for The Woman with No Name:

Kelly Nelson writes sweet romance that tugs at your heartstrings. —Susan Hatler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 





Q&A With the Author:

1.     Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
Horses are a life-long love of mine. There’s nothing that rejuvenates me more than cantering through the nut orchard, feeling the rocking cadence of my horse’s gait. Also, I can never get enough of traveling the world, though the horses make it difficult to leave home sometimes. But when I just need to unwind, nothing beats dark chocolate and a good romance novel.
2.     When did you first realize you were an author?
I started my first book when I was 15, then began another about a decade later, but I didn’t consider myself a true author until 2009 when I wrote a time-travel trilogy The Keeper’s Saga.
3.     Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
Hoping to inspire one of my kids who was going through a tough time, I wrote a parable titled The Lost One. Over the years, I have shared the story with many people. Seeing their positive response encourages me to keep writing.
4.     What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
I love the writing and creating aspects of being an author. It is some of the publishing facets of the business that pose a struggle. I am looking for a larger publisher for my current projects, so it is a little like starting over at square one. That can feel really discouraging at times.
5.     What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
Hope and a sense of adventure. Hope that despite what happened in the past or where you are now, there is always hope for the future. A couple of years ago I had this epiphany: Today’s heartache and tragedy should not define our future, but should be the prologue for tomorrow’s happily ever after.
I want to inspire a sense of adventure and immerse readers in another world. Author Anne Perry once said, “We get to live only one life, but by reading well we can experience many.” That is my goal. Help readers experience different lives through the characters in my books.
6.     Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
To some extent, always! Though usually the real-life part is small enough that only I see the connection and know about it. As an author, all of my experiences impact my writing. In 2010, my husband drew an elk tag for a premier unit in Utah. I joined him in elk camp for two days, inspiring the characters and backdrop for The Woman with No Name.
My sister’s husband served in the Air Force and completed multiple tours to Afghanistan, inspiring one of the characters in Love’s Deception. The main character boards horses and her love interest is a CPA. Since I have worked in both of those professions, I drew on my personal experiences to write many of the scenes.
7.     What are your future projects?
I have two projects in the works:
An Inconvenient Marriage

The terms governing Amelia Grayson’s trust fund propel her into an unlikely match in this modern-day marriage of convenience. Montana cowboy Garrett Strong, wants nothing to do with marriage after his first attempt failed, while Amelia’s eccentrically old-fashioned grandmother insists her granddaughter be married before she sees a cent of her trust fund money. Garrett and Amelia bid against each other for the Double J Ranch, but for completely opposite reasons. When it appears neither of them will secure a contract to buy the ranch, a marriage of convenience might be the only solution. After a private investigator digs up secrets from Garrett’s past and a land-hungry cattle company willing to bend the law sets its sights on the Double J, will their fragile relationship shatter or can they build a foundation that will last the test of time?
Selected as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest for the romance category, this will soon be pitched to literary agents and editors.

Hidden Heir

After commoner Dade Hawkes rescues Greer’s lost princess, he doesn’t expect to see her again, but a mysterious summons from the king changes that. Princess Tessalyn of Greer knows her duty. Getting married off in a political ploy is a risk she had no choice but to accept the moment she took her first breath. However, she never thought feelings toward a commoner would get in her way. When a forbidden attraction becomes an impossible situation, Tessalyn must escape her betrothal or spend a lifetime married to the brother of the man she loves. The fates meddle with their futures as ancient secrets catch up to the royal families of Greer and Nebani in this fantasy adventure.
This YA trilogy needs a literary agent and a publisher.











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