Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dead Giveaway-Goddess Fish Tours- Book Blast/Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Diane will be awarding a $15 in Boroughs Bucks + a copy of Flash Point to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other tours on the stop.

THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN

If asked, Gwendolyn Ballard would admit she co-parented her best friend Chloe's son, Cameron. Now Gwen is all he's got as they flee from the man who murdered his mother. There's only one place Cameron will be safe, and that's with his uncle, Elijah MacElvoy. Arriving on his doorstep at the Broken Arrow Ranch is a desperate decision, and Gwen knows he'd slam the door in her face if she didn't have his nephew with her. But she'll do anything for Cam, even if it means putting up with Elijah's distrust and judgment.

Chloe's dead. Cam's orphaned, and Elijah is confronted with the prospect of living with the one woman who's driven him crazy for the past ten years. He'll fight to keep her safe. That's encoded in his DNA. But can he trust her with a little boy who just lost his mother? As Eli watches how Gwen loves and cares for his nephew, he reevaluates his thinking and gives in to the smoldering attraction he felt the first time he saw her. With so much on the line, Eli comes clean about his past, making way for a future that's all about silver linings.

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In the long, drawn-out moment that Eli stared at her, she saw something flicker in his expression. The flint gray eyes she remembered so well seemed to burn over her, his scrutiny like a physical touch. Gwen kept her feet locked to the ground even as the insane urge to turn and run surged through her.

He shifted his gaze to Cameron, then back to her. Cameron’s death grip nearly cut off the circulation in her fingers.

“Gwendolyn.” His deep voice held a timbre that, despite their mutual animosity, had always sent warm shivers down her spine.

“Elijah.” She held her breath as tension swelled, and waited for the door to slam in their faces. He stepped back.

“We can come in?”

With a mocking look, he opened the door wider. She let out her breath in a shaky sigh. Two dogs, the larger a Rottweiler mix, the smaller a fluffy black and white terrier, sat at alert, the terrier all but quivering in excitement. Stepping into the warm house, Gwen felt the fear and panic she’d been carrying ease a fraction, leaving behind an aching exhaustion. For tonight at least, she and Cameron were safe.

The dogs sat with butts planted. Keeping Cameron at her side, she held out a hand to each of them to let them get her scent.

Nerves jumping, Gwen straightened. She hadn’t seen Eli for over five years and the subtle signs of the passing of time were evident. While he still maintained the rangy, lean build he carried on a tall frame, his face showed fine lines fanning out from narrowed eyes. He wore his straight brown hair longer than she remembered, combed back except for where it fell across his forehead.

His bearing, the way he carried himself, made her think of a cowboy sheriff in the old West, tough and unshakable. After the terror of the past days, she needed someone with that unyielding steadfastness on her side. She really hoped that he would be on her side.

She could see the questions in the hooded eyes, but he didn’t ask why she had shown up at his door.

Cameron gave his uncle a cautious look. Eli must have sensed the boy’s reserve, because he crouched down on one knee. Gwen watched, curious as to how he would interact with his nephew.

“Cameron, this big guy is Bubba, and the little one is Oreo.” Eli’s voice was low and calming.

“Oreo?” Cameron leaned down to pet the little dog. “That’s because he’s black and white, right?” Oreo reached out a tongue to lick his hand.

Eli’s features softened fractionally. “Yeah, that’s right.”

Cameron flashed a brief smile, one of the first Gwen had seen in days. Eli rose and led them into the room. The entryway opened to a comfortable living room with a large couch and a recliner that invited curling up with a good book. A fire warmed the room from behind a wrought-iron screen, and a large area rug in front of it covered the knotted-pine floor. Even if Eli wasn’t exactly welcoming, his house felt homey.

“What took you so long to get here?” The abrupt question startled her. He had been expecting them? The idea that he had somehow known she would come to him, had been waiting for her, unsettled her, like there was some unspoken connection between them. And that didn’t bear thinking about.

About the Author:
National Readers' Choice Award winner for her novel, Solitary Man, Diane Benefiel has been an avid reader all her life. She enjoys a wide range of genres, from westerns to fantasy to mysteries, but romance has always been a favorite. She writes what she loves best to read – emotional, heart-gripping romantic suspense novels. She likes writing romantic suspense because she can put the hero and heroine in all sorts of predicaments that they have to work together to overcome.

A native Southern Californian, Diane enjoys nothing better than summer. For a high school history teacher, summer means a break from teenagers, and summer allows her to spend her early mornings immersed in her current writing project. With both kids living out of the house, in addition to writing, she enjoys camping and gardening with her husband. Diane loves hearing from her readers.

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Willow's Way by Sharon Struth-Goddess Fish Promo-Review


Willow’s Way by Sharon Struth
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Length: Full (228 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rated: 5 stars

About the book 
Willow Armstrong, the once-famous “Queen of Weight Loss” and president of Pound Busters, succumbed to stress eating after her divorce. Now the scandal of getting caught on camera binging on pizza, and the internet-wide mocking of her new curves, may destroy her career. Add in a business advisor who drained her finances, and Willow is out of options—until she learns she’s inherited a house in England’s most picturesque locale, The Cotswolds.
Willow’s trip across the pond to sell the property and salvage her company soon becomes its own adventure: the house, once owned by grandparents she never met, needs major work. Plus, single dad Owen Hughes, the estate’s resident groundskeeper and owner of a local tour outfit, isn’t thrilled about the idea of leaving . . . Yet as Willow proceeds with her plans, she’s sidetracked by surprising discoveries about her family’s history–and with Owen’s help, the area’s distinctive attractions. Soon, she’s even retracing her roots—and testing h er endurance—amid the region’s natural beauty. And the more she delves into the past, the more clearly she sees herself, her future, and the way home . . .
And I thought
Long and short.  I loved this read.  
Willow is delightful.  Even though she is caught up in a 'bit' of a Scandal she rises up and follows her heritage to start a new life 
in England.
Willow's Way is well written and invites the reader to have a nice little few hours of pleasure.  This is one to pour a glass of wine and plan to while away the hours. 

A heartwarming story set in England is intriguing to the readers from the other side of the pond. 

A sweet love story that is a good clean read for anyone.  

Grandma wouldn't blush and actually might like it!

I look forward to more from Sharon Struth. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver-Great Escapes Tour/Giveaway

About the book 
Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit’s identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the “Silver Sentinels” must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . .

And others are saying 
The author has given readers a solid mystery with plenty of twists. . . Readers like me will figure it out right before Kelly has her “aha moment”. Thankfully the woman can think on her feet.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
What a cute new addition to this wonderful series.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
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Welcome, Janet!
Congratulations on the new book!  The series sounds like such fun.  I can’t wait to get into Murder At The Mushroom Festival!

I am so glad you chose to tour with Lori at Great Escapes Tours!

What is your favorite part of the tour? (reviews, interviews, guest posts)
 I enjoy them all. The reviews help me see what stands out to readers. The interviews often lead to insights about my characters and myself. I did a couple of guest posts for Murder at the Mushroom Festival. I enjoyed reflecting on what I learned while writing the book as well as remembering how much fun I had at the Mendocino County Mushroom, Beer, and Wine Fest.

I love to interview the authors but lately I am enjoying guest posts.  I think I would have loved interviewing Kelly or have her visit for a guest post!
Thanks!

 Before we get into the new book I have a few fun questions.  At least I hope they are fun!
 The first because we have some similar hobbies I have to ask…
English or Western?  Bay or Color?  Mare or Gelding?
Here’s my answers  Western, Paint or Dun.  Gelding.
 I see you know your horse colors! I ride Western. I love both paints and duns. Buckskins are also another favorite of mine. I’ve owned a gelding and a mare.

Do you have any pets that hang around and help you when you write? 
It’s interesting you should ask that. There are two dogs in the family. Ellie is a rescue boxer/coonhound mix. We love each other, but she worships my husband. Kylie, our young Rhodesian ridgeback, is more mine. Most of my books have been written in a loft with a ladder for access. No pets there. We recently did a remodel and a small room was created downstairs. I look forward to having the dogs join me there in the summer. I started taking Kylie down there this fall when I began writing book five. She immediately settled in on a bed I have down there. After only a few times, she’d jump up when I headed for the back door with my computer case over my shoulder. It’s been fun to have her there.

Which is more intriguing as a place to write.  A private island?  A cabin in the woods?
The busy city?    Have you ever written in any of these places?
I’d go for the cabin in the woods. I love nature. I haven’t done that yet, but maybe my husband and I will discuss it for a future vacation.

And one last one and we’ll get into the book.  So you’ve finished a long
exhausting productive day of writing and now it’s to relax with ____________.
Twitter. It’s hard to believe I’m saying that, but it’s true. I love the animal pictures. I almost always have a “laugh out loud” experience. I have my account set to screen any images I might find uncomfortable. I follow really fun groups.

Can you tell us about the location and how you chose it?
 My series takes place in fictitious Redwood Cove, California, based on Mendocino, California, a popular tourist destination. It’s in the northern part of the state on the coast. There are magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and forests of towering redwood trees. The town has worked hard to preserve its past and many buildings are from the 1800s. Boardwalks take the place of sidewalks in many places. The view of Cabot Cove at the beginning of Murder She Wrote was really Mendocino. I chose it for its beauty and the many unique aspects of the area.

Do you have a favorite book/plot from the series?  I love the idea of all the festivals and all the doggie characters that appear in each book.  Without hurting any feelings can you tell me if you have a
favorite?

There really is no favorite. I have favorite scenes in each book. All of the festivals are based on real ones, and each one has its own distinct character.

If you were to have dinner with one of your characters who would choose?
What would you eat?  What would you drink?  What would you talk about?
 I love all of my crime-solving senior citizens, the Silver Sentinels, but I’d probably have dinner with Kelly. We have a lot in common. I’d have chicken or shrimp with a nice local sauvignon blanc. We’d talk about horses, dogs, and what is was like for her growing up on a ranch.

I love the cover.  I was wondering how much input you have in the
cover design.  I admit I am a bit of a cover junkie I am always curious!
 I’m asked for ideas. I don’t have any “final say.” For Murder at the Mushroom Festival I provided photos of a goldendoodle and mushroom baskets. My editor thanked me.

Can you give us a sneak peek into the next book? 
Rudy and Ivan Doblinsky, two of the Silver Sentinels, will have their past revealed, and readers will learn how they came to be in the United States. You’ll “see” a dagger with a handle studded with jewels. A Russian heritage festival provides the event for the book and includes Cossacks and their horses. There’s a lot of baklava as well!


I have really enjoyed chatting.  I hope you’ll come back to visit 

And I thought
I jumped into this series at book 4 and that was A o.k! Although I 
really enjoyed the characters and need to go back and read the rest just because I want to!
My head was spinning though not in a bad way with all the villainous crimes!  Murder, theft, blackmail, the Indian land being 
dishonored and just a few threats thrown in to make everyone a 
little nervous.
The road is twisty and curving and will keep you a bit on the edge of your seat with all the action and mystery. 
I enjoyed meeting all the sleuthing seniors that help Kelly by snooping and solving the crime to clear her friends name.  
The addition of all the animals to the story made it especially fun for me!  

If you love cozy mysteries that have some great animal characters 
you'll enjoy this series. 

And one of my favorite parts was the cover.  I would pick this 
one up for sure and check it out.  I'd read the back and then Buy It!
I do have to say I was a little disappointed there was one of the 
animal characters that sadly missed being on the cover!

I am looking forward to reading much more!

I received a complimentary copy.
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Serial Wives by Yvonne Walus-Goddess Fish Promo Book Blatz


Serial Wives: Introducing Zero Zimmerman

I have not read this book 
Genre  
Crime Fiction

About the book
Why would a rich girl become a prostitute?
Three years ago Joy refused to sleep with an ex boyfriend. When he committed suicide, her guilt was enormous. To punish herself she opted to serve as a prostitute for three years.

How far would you go to protect your child?
Cora loves her convict husband despite - or because of - his bad boy ways. But now that he's back in her life, she has their daughter to consider. Is a faulty father better than no father at all?

A serial killer…
A serial killer who murders women and displays their bodies dressed in a white sheet with a fencing mask covering the face. Who will be next?

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The crayon moved down the page. Red, livid, ready. Spread on the table, splayed like a sacrifice, was the Classifieds section of the New Zealand Herald. He could’ve found the information faster online, but the risk of leaving an electronic trail made him turn to the old fashioned, the tactile, the untraceable.

The scent of fake wax from the crayon mingled with the fresh ink of the newspaper. He paged to the adverts in the Adult Entertainment column.

Bored? Lonely? Looking for a good time?

No, that wasn’t it.

Fat? So what?

He raised his eyebrows, continued his search. Suddenly, the red crayon halted.

A gentle massage using modern or ancient Eastern techniques.
Leaves you invigorated and stress-free. For appointments, phone...

Unconventional. Not into rules. Yes, this one had potential. The crayon swooped, trailed a jagged red oval around the ad.

“Honey? Are you coming to bed?”

The voice wafted down the stairwell. He closed the newspaper, careful to line up its edges and smooth out its spine.

“In a minute.”

He read the advert again. His blood raced. The addiction simmered inside him. Excited. Expectant.

Yes.


Definite potential.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Cover Reveal-The Golden Pawn-Great Escapes Tour

The Gold Pawn

 

November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing person case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .

Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

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Reveal!!!

                         

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About the Author

L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Chicken Culprit-by Vikki Walton-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

               
About the book 
Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.
Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.
Yet, before Anne’scompletely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.
However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community’s secrets, she’s also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town’s deputy coroner.
Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?
And others are saying 
I liked the main character’s way of looking at things and the cozy town Viki Walton creates. Interesting ending!
~Teresa Trent, Author
This is a first in a new series and I know readers will love the way the story flows and how caught up you can get with the town and its people.
~Texas Book-aholic
Chicken Culprit is uniquely different from other cozy mysteries that I’ve read and I love Vikki Walton’s fresh voice and style.
~The Power of Words
Moving to a new neighborhood can be murder!
From the moment Anne meets her new neighbors, things get very interesting.
~Laura’s Interests
This was a solid mystery with a likable and slightly older than usual main character and a fun new setting. This is a book I really enjoyed and a series I’m looking forward to continuing.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author defined all of the characters very clearly by their actions and words. I was drawn into the book from the very beginning and I was pulled along at a nice pace.
~MJB Reviewers
I enjoyed the backyard farming theme of Chicken Culprit. It makes me wish I could try my hand at it if I had the space.
~Jane Reads
Walton’s smooth and casual writing style really makes you feel a part of this community.
~That’s What She’s Reading
The mystery is a tough one. I usually spot a few breadcrumbs but didn’t catch one this time. When the author finally reveals what happened, I was caught completely by surprise. Never saw it coming.
~FUONLYKNEW
If you are searching for a quick read mystery, with delightful characters and some very promising series, I would recommend you to start this series, is perfect for any cozy mystery lover.
~Varietats
The main character was well developed, relatable, and likable. She kind of reminded me of myself as I too am facing middle age.
~Melina’s Book Blog
And I thought
It's always fun to get in at the beginning of a new series. 
Vikki Walton does not disappoint!
Chicken Cuprit was a fun and pretty fast paced read.
Meeting Anne and her new town was delightful and a bit humorous!
Right off Anne meet 2 of her neighbors that are arguing over a chicken that's gone astray and Anne ends up falling into a compost pile! 
This is just the beginning of  a fun and funny ride.
I was turning the pages and laughing and wondering just who the 
heck did in poor Ralph. 
I was surprised at the ending.  
This was a good new series to start and I am looking forward to reading more!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Promotional Book Tours-Free E Book Promo

This is a promotional tour from PB Tours. I have not read these books

JUMPING SHIP An Introductory Novella (0.5) ~ When the pursuit of love trumps obligations ~ On the 3rd of June 1975 in New York, Edward and Pearl Riley receive the ultimate give of love - a newborn baby, wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a burlap bag. The child's name, Sakkara, is written out on a torn sheet of paper, and immediately fills every void the married couple has ever had. Pregnant seamstress Petrina Dugal becomes a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She flees the claws of a brutish husband, despite her adoration for a well-loved South American country known as Guyana. At the heart of the rebellion resides an enigmatic lover named Michael Chen. The journey to escape their choices lead the couple through the Caribbean's treasure trove of islands: Trinidad & Tobago Grenada Barbados St. Lucia Martinique Antigua The journey of the young couple from Guyana to New York is chronicled in very specific clues, left with baby Sakkara. But as she comes of age and begins learning the truth of her abandonment, the Caribbean calls out to this love child. Sakkara is set to unravel the mystery of her true heritage, and hopefully reunite with her long-lost parents. Jumping Ship is the introductory novella to the Island Hopping series. This explosive collection boasts the rich culture of the West Indies, deep love, and a mystery unlike any other.

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