Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday/Monday Posts - August 20th and 21st





The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

If you'd like to participate with The Sunday Salon, it is now a Facebook group.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme with a new host!  It's now being hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I'm also linking to  Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Skiing Is Murder by Carolyn Arnold (Spotlight/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


August 14 - 28, 2017

Series Information

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.

Book Overview (in published order)
  1. The Day Job is Murder (2014)
  2. Vacation is Murder (2014)
  3. Money is Murder (2014)
  4. Politics is Murder (2014)
  5. Family is Murder (2014)
  6. Shopping is Murder (2014)
  7. Christmas is Murder (2014)
  8. Valentine’s Day is Murder (2015)
  9. Coffee is Murder (2015)
  10. Skiing is Murder (2016)
  11. Halloween is Murder (2017) - the cover will be available by the end of May/June, with some retailer links coming through in July, the rest in August.
Skiing is Murder



They’re ready to hit the slopes when things go downhill...

Sean and Sara are supposed to have a relaxing vacation in Vail, but it all goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain. And the deceased is not just anyone; it’s Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist.

Rumor has it Adrian died in a skiing accident, but he was too skilled for Sara to accept that as fact. But she doesn’t want to disappoint Sean by ruining his ski trip, even though she’s convinced Adrian was murdered and she’s itching to find the killer.

Sean has never been able to say no to Sara, but this time he plans to. However, all it takes is a call from their PI firm back in Albany to change his mind. A job’s come in to investigate Adrian’s death, and his agent is the one footing the bill, leaving Sean with more questions than answers.

Yet one major problem remains: their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado.

They still can’t help but look into Adrian’s death on the sly, though. This case will definitely involve some underhanded tactics, all while trying to dodge the local police over the course of the investigation.

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Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Connect with CAROLYN ARNOLD Online:

Website - http://carolynarnold.net/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Carolyn_Arnold

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynArnold

And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for up-to-date information on release and special offers at http://carolynarnold.net/newsletters.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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Tour Participants

August 14 – T's Stuff – INTERVIEW, REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 14 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – The Day Job Is Murder

August 14 – The Layaway Dragon – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 15 – Must Read Faster – GUEST POST - Book 1 – The Day Job Is Murder

August 15 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Vacation Is Murder

August 15 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST – Book 2 – Vacation Is Murder

August 15 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 16 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Money Is Murder

August 16  - Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT – Valentine’s Day Is Murder

August 16 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Series, GUEST POST – Book 3 – Money Is Murder

August 16 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Vacation Is Murder

August 17 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT -  Skiing Is Murder

August 17 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Politics Is Murder

August 17 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 17 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Money Is Murder

August 18 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Family Is Murder

August 18 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder

August 18 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Politics Is Murder

August 19 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST – Book 4 – Politics Is Murder

August 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT – Books 1-5

August 19 - Community Bookstop – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 19 - Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Family Is Murder

August 20 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW – Christmas Is Murder

August 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT -Blogger’s Choice

August 20 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Vacation Is Murder

August 20 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW – Family Is Murder – GUEST POST – Book 5 – Family Is Murder

August 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

August 20 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder

August 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 21 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Shopping Is Murder

August 21 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Money Is Murder

August 21 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Christmas Is Murder

August 22 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Christmas Is Murder

August 22 – Cassidy's Bookshelves – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 22- Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Politics Is Murder

August 22- StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST – Book 6 – Shopping Is Murder

August 22 - Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Valentine’s Day Is Murder

August 23 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Valentine’s Day Is Murder

August 23 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW – Money Is Murder

August 23 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Family Is Murder

August 23 – Valerie's Musings – GUEST POST – Book 7 – Christmas Is Murder

August 23 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Coffee Is Murder

August 24 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Coffee Is Murder

August 24 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder

August 24 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder

August 24 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Skiing Is Murder

August 25 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Skiing Is Murder

August 25 – Bea's Book Nook – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder

August 25 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Valentine’s Day Is Murder

August 26 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST – Book 8 – Valentine’s Day Is Murder

August 26 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Books 1-3

August 26 - Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Coffee Is Murder

August 26 –Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT – Books 5 - 11

August 27 – Brooke Blogs- REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Book 4 – 5

August 27 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Skiing Is Murder

August 28 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Books 6-7 - GUEST POST – Book 9 – Coffee Is Murder

August 28 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT – Blogger’s Choice

August 28 – Laura's Interests – GUEST POST – Book 10 – Skiing Is Murder

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Giveaway Winner!



The winner of Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt is:

Suko


The winner has been notified by email.

Congrats to Suko! 

Thanks to all who participated!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Blast: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson

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Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological

by P.M. Carlson

Book Blast on August 15, 2017




Murder Is Academic by P.M. Carlson

Murder Is Academic


​A finalist for the Anthony Award


​Vietnam, assassinations and riots. In the spring semester of 1968, a series of brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Graduate student Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.

"MURDER IS ACADEMIC treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape true violations of person, mind, and body–– and presents a cogent caesar for the inviolability both of persons and truth."–– The Armchair Detective

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery

Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press

Publication Date: October 2012

Number of Pages: 194

ISBN: 1932325239 (ISBN13: 9781932325232)

Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #2

Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Smashwords  | Goodreads 

"Murder is Academic" by P.M. Carlson The Maggie Ryan Series #2



Read an excerpt:


Near an upstate New York university, June 1968.

She was dead now, no more threat. The murderer pushed aside the long dark hair and, very carefully, cut the triangle into the young cheek. Done. Now, walk to the car calmly, get in. Back to the highway, driving coolly, back in control again.

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The Christian conquerors teach that days don’t begin until midnight. The Maya know that it takes longer to hand over the burdens of time, and that the influence of the incoming god may begin at sunset. The day known as Monday, June 17, to those who count by the Gregorian calendar was pleasantly breezy, as befitted the Ixil 9 Iiq; but shortly after sunset it became one of the most tragic of Mary Beth’s life. A Mayan traditionalist might have attributed the change to the coming of that doubly unlucky day, 10 Aqbal.

But it had all begun quite cheerfully.

Maggie had borrowed Sue’s backpack in case Nick needed one for the picnic, and had packed her own and Mary Beth’s with the camp stove and the food. She hummed lightheartedly as she worked.

“You’re happy to see him, aren’t you?” Mary Beth had said, tightening the top of the salad dressing jar.

“Yes, but that’s only part of it,” Maggie had confessed. “It’s just good to know that’s behind me. It was a very bad time, and Nick was there. But I can see him now and just enjoy the friendship. The bad memories are there, way in the background, but the good ones are too. It doesn’t hurt anymore. It hurt quite a lot for a while.”

* * *

Excerpt from Murder Is Academic by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.






Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson

Murder Is Pathological


​It’s 1969, in a brain research lab. The exploding wastebasket is a prank, but slaughtered lab rats have graduate students Maggie Ryan, Monica Bauer and the rest of the lab on edge. Then the custodian is murdered. Maggie’s friend, actor Nick O'Connor, goes undercover to investigate, help that Maggie does not appreciate– or does she? While Nick and Maggie search for the killer, Monica struggles to connect with a Vietnam veteran with a brain injury.

"P.M. Carlson's energetic and insightful novels are back in print — hallelujah!"–– Sara Paretsky

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery

Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press

Publication Date: May 28th 2013

Number of Pages: 212

ISBN: 9781932325270

Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #3

Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Smashwords  | Goodreads 

"Murder is Pathological" by P.M. Carlson Maggie Ryan 1969 #3



Read an excerpt:


Neurology grad student Monica Bauer helps out at nursing home, 1969.

She waited. He could not summon words at will, except for the overpractised early ones–– hello, good-bye, okay. They both waited for the disconnected words to drift through his mind, waited for him to recognize the right one as it happened by.

After a while he said, "Buzzing. In, in, what is it? Not nose, not eyes."

"Buzzing in your ears?"

"Ears. Okay. In my ears."

"Does it hurt?"

"No, except . . ." Long pause. "Sometimes."

"Sometimes your head hurts."

"Yes, sometimes. Always . . . buzzing." He leaned back, tired.

"Shall we sing a little?"

"Okay."

He couldn't remember words, but melodies were still easy for him. She had learned to sing "la-la-la" instead of trying to teach him to catch the elusive words. Now they sang together, her alto and his baritone blending pleasantly. It made him happy.

Finally Monica said good-bye, signed out, drove away. Mary and Jock, Bibbsy and Ted never would. Four friends, trapped by their own broken brains. Especially Ted, who still struggled courageously to fuse the bits of his shattered world into coherence. Who still remembered that things had once been different, that he had once been whole.

Maybe she would never discover anything that could help them. But with Dr. Weisen’s help, she meant to give it a damn good try.

Back in Laconia, she parked in front of her square brick house, then paused to wait for Maggie, who was at the corner mailing a letter. “Trying to send a message to the outside world?” called Monica.

“Yeah. My friend Nick.” Maggie, exuberant, sprinted from the corner, ending with a cartwheel. Then she pulled herself up with dignity and asked, “How were your friends today?”

“Soaking up sun.”

“Good for them. Listen, we’re going to the concert tonight. Can you come?”

“No, I’ve got to get back to the lab right after dinner. Have to check on those baby rats I delivered today.”

And so Monica was second on the scene. She unlocked the main door of the lab, and at the sound of her steps Norman erupted from the door of the animal quarters, gaping in terror.

“Miz Bauer! Come quick!” he pleaded. “Something terrible happened!”

Monica ran after him into one of Dr. Weisen’s animal rooms. She said, “Oh, Christ!”

In the center of the room lay a heap of slaughtered rats, their backs broken and mangled, their skulls smashed.

* * *

Excerpt from Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.






P.M. Carlson

Author Bio:

P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday/Monday Posts - August 13th and 14th





The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

If you'd like to participate with The Sunday Salon, it is now a Facebook group.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme with a new host!  It's now being hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I'm also linking to  Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blog Tour: Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron by R. L. Syme (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron
by R. L. Syme


This book is not yet up on Amazon or GoodReads
Release Date is set for August 1.
Approx - 380 pages

Small towns and gossip go together like flaky crust and sweet pastry cream. Between the police scanners, social media, and the senior center, it's like a zombie apocalypse where the undead consume people's secrets instead of living flesh.

But Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar...especially the police radar.

So when her new bakery becomes linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can't have that.

Forced into the role of investigator, this new-in-town bakery owner has to become the very thing she hates--a nosy, small-town gossip--in order to clear her good name, and keep her face off the front page. But when a dating debacle brings her face-to-face with the Sheriff, Vangie can't ignore the fact that one of her macarons was involved in a murder. She has to find the who-dun-it.

Book One in a cozy culinary mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author, R.L. Syme.

My Review


A brand new small town cozy mystery series begins. I love getting in on the ground floor with these books.

Vangie Vale is an interesting character. She leaves scandal behind in North Carolina and heads to Saint Agnes, Montana. Not only does she open a new bakery, but she also is a part time Pastor. She must remain on her best behavior in Saint Agnes or she will not be allowed to be a Pastor any longer. So, what happens? She immediately gets tossed in a murder mystery.

The local gossips are convinced she’s part of the murder investigation which is making Vangie’s boss anxious and ready to fire her. She is desperate to prove her innocence and gets right to investigating for herself. The local Sheriff warns her to stay away, but Vangie’s livelihood is on the line and she’s not about to walk away.

R.L. Syme creates the perfect setting for a cozy mystery - a small town with many gossipy neighbors. I had some ideas who the murderer was, but I didn’t guess correctly and I didn’t put all the pieces together. I was quite surprised at all the various twists, turns, and red herrings there were in this book.

The author hooks you in right from the start. I couldn’t put it down until I knew who and what was behind the murder. Great start to a new series. I’ll definitely be looking for the next one.



For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2017
Foodies Read Reading Challenge 2017
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2017

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.



About The Author

Rebecca Syme writes small town romance as Becca Boyd and cozy mystery as R.L. Syme. She is a long-time foodie and loves fancy cheese. Becca calls the mountains of Montana her home and draws inspiration from the beautiful vistas and heartwarming people. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Line of Fire series of sweet romances and part of the Chick Tales series set in Somewhere, TX. You can find her on Twitter talking #fancycheese or #Chopped, and on Facebook with her fans in Becca Nation.




Tour Participants

August 1 - Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 1 - Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

August 2 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW

August 2 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – Bibliophile Reviews -  REVIEW, GUEST POST

August 3 – Varietats2010 – REVIEW

August 4 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

August 5 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW  

August 5 – My Funny View of Life – REVIEW

August 6 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

August 6 – Valerie's Musings - REVIEW, INTERVIEW

August 7 – Sleuth Cafe - CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

August 8 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 8 – Teresa Trent Author Site – INTERVIEW

August 8 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

August 9 – The Power of Words - SPOTLIGHT

August 9 – A Blue Million Books - INTERVIEW

August 10 – Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

August 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, INTERVIEW

August 11 – Book Babble – REVIEW

August 12 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

August 12 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

August 13 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW

August 13 – Girl with Book Lungs – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 14 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW

August 14 – Jane Reads - REVIEW, GUEST POST

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56




This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple.



I'm also joining in Book Beginnings on Friday. It's hosted by Rose City Reader.

Friendly Fill-Ins - August 4th


This meme is hosted by Ann at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing. Each week they will post four fill-in statements.

Here are my answers to this weeks statements...

Blog Tour: Knot What You Think (A Quilting Mystery) by Mary Marks (Spotlight/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Knot What You Think (A Quilting Mystery)
by Mary Marks


Knot What You Think (A Quilting Mystery)
COZY MYSTERY
5th in Series
Kensington (July 25, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701824
E-Book ASIN: B01M8OZL19


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review/Book Giveaway/Guest Post: Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt


Genre:
Suspense, Thriller

Format:
E-ARC

Publisher:
Berkley

Release Date:
August 1, 2017


Book Giveaway Winner!






The winner of Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe is:

Sheila K.


Congrats to Sheila! 


Thanks to all who participated!