Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Author Interview-Bethany Blake Lucky Paws Pet Sitting Mystery Series


Interview with Bethany Blake

Welcome Bethany  I am delighted to have you visit the blog!  Congratulations on the new book!  I love your Pet Sitting Series!  
Thanks for having me. And I’m so glad you like the series!

I am looking forward to reading Paws and Predicaments for The Great Escapes Tour. 
I  am so glad you’ve decided touring with Lori and Great Escapes again.  I was on the Death by Chocolate Lab tour it was so fun from my end.  I love interviews so I sign up as often as I can. 
Thanks for being part of the first tour. It was so fun for me, too!

What is your favorite part of the tour? (interviews, quest post etc.) 
I love interviews. It’s always fun to encounter a new question I’ve never run across.

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?  I love English, but the older I get, the more I appreciate a saddle horn to hold onto. So probably Western! Bay or Color? I have a fondness for grays.  Mare or Gelding? Geldings! I like steady rides.
Here are my answers  Western, Paint or Dun.  Gelding.  We are pretty close!

I know you have a whole mess of pets hanging around.  Do any of them help you when you write? My pittie mix, Daisy—aka “Big Pup”—is always with me when I write. I’m on my laptop right now, on the couch, and she’s squished up against my legs, sleeping.  And snoring. Really loudly!

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?
Oh, that’s tough.  If you had asked me in the summer, I would’ve said cabin in the woods. Okay, I’m still going to say cabin in the woods. I just pictured myself lighting a fire, pouring a glass of wine, and watching the snow fall past the windows. The other option was private island. I love cities, but only in small doses. And I’ve never written in any of those places. I usually work in my old house in my small town.

If you could spend one day with any of your characters, who would it be?  And what would you do during that day?
I would spend the day with my amateur sleuth, Daphne Templeton. We’d eat brunch at her tiny house, Plum Cottage, then walk her pet sitting clients and maybe do some baking for pets at her shop, Flour Power. I’d want to round out the day by having dinner with Daphne, her overbearing mother, her sister Piper, and her best friend Moxie Bloom at one of the town’s many wonderful restaurants. Maybe the historic Wolf Hollow Mill. Yum!

Is the town the town of Sylvan Creek fictional? How did you choose the location?
The town is based upon my hometown of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. I used to live in the apartment that serves as Moxie Bloom’s garret. And we have a little park with a stream, just like Pettigrew Park. There’s even a Garden Club scarecrow display, like the one in Dial Meow for Murder. And the big cats rescue in Pawprints & Predicaments is based on a preserve called T&D’s Cats of the World, not far from my home.

The characters are super fun.  Daphne and that handsome Detective Black seem to be smitten. Is that little simmer of romance from Death by Chocolate Lab going to come to a boil In Paws and Predicaments? First of all, I’m glad you enjoy the characters. Daphne and Jonathan definitely have some tension between them. They get closer in each book, but there’s a competing interest in Pawprints & Predicaments!

I loved the addition of the recipes in your books.  Do you think you could give us a sneak peak and share one today?
Here’s one of Socrates’s favorites, for “Woofles” dog waffles:
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup brewer’s yeast
½ tsp. baking powder
1 large egg
2/3 cup beef broth
½ cup peanut butter
1 6 oz. container plain yogurt
1 Tbs. honey
Get your waffle iron ready, or preheat your oven to 350
 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together the dry ingredients, then add the egg and beef broth to make a batter. Scoop out about a tablespoon of batter and either bake or use your waffle iron to cook for about 12 minutes. The woofles will be dense and more dry than regular waffles.
While still warm, spread peanut butter on the woofles and allow to cool.
Mix the yogurt and honey and dollop some of this “whipped cream” onto the treats before serving.
Just make sure the woofles are cool before serving!

Thanks so much!  I would love to make some for my dog and I know my readers will 
be thrilled for the sneak peek!

 I admit I am a bit of a cover junkie I am always curious! I was wondering how much input do you have in the cover design. My only input consists of supplying pictures and descriptions of the pets in the stories. Beyond that, the amazing artist takes over. I have never felt compelled to make any changes!

Well I know you must be super busy.  Probably planning another book!
And I need to go read Paws and Predicaments!  It was super fun chatting.
I would love for you to come again and maybe bring Daphne along!  And Socrates! Congratulations on the new book!
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, and the congratulations. I would love to return for another visit some time, and Daphne and Socrates would definitely come along! Until next time! XOXO, Bethany


Thanks so much for chatting today.  I hope you have a Great tour!

And about Bethany
Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.
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Interview with Bethany Blake Author Petting Sitting Series





Welcome Bethany  I am delighted to have you visit the blog!  Congratulations on the new book!  I love your Pet Sitting Series!  Thanks for having me. And I’m so glad you like the series!

I am looking forward to reading Paws and Predicaments for The Great Escapes Tour. 😊
I  am so glad you’ve decided touring with Lori and Great Escapes again.  I was on the Death by Chocolate Lab tour it was so fun from my end.  I love interviews so I sign up as often as I can. Thanks for being part of the first tour. It was so fun for me, too!

What is your favorite part of the tour? (interviews, quest post etc.) I love interviews. It’s always fun to encounter a new question I’ve never run across.

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?  I love English, but the older I get, the more I appreciate a saddle horn to hold onto. So probably Western! Bay or Color? I have a fondness for grays.  Mare or Gelding? Geldings! I like steady rides.
Here’s my answers  Western, Paint or Dun.  Gelding.  We are pretty close!

I know you have a whole mess of pets hanging around.  Do any of them help you when you write? My pittie mix, Daisy—aka “Big Pup”—is always with me when I write. I’m on my laptop right now, on the couch, and she’s squished up against my legs, sleeping.  And snoring. Really loudly!

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?
Oh, that’s tough.  If you had asked me in the summer, I would’ve said cabin in the woods. Okay, I’m still going to say cabin in the woods. I just pictured myself lighting a fire, pouring a glass of wine, and watching the snow fall past the windows. The other option was private island. I love cities, but only in small doses. And I’ve never written in any of those places. I usually work in my old house in my small town.

If you could spend one day with any of your characters, who would it be?  And what would you do during that day?
I would spend the day with my amateur sleuth, Daphne Templeton. We’d eat brunch at her tiny house, Plum Cottage, then walk her pet sitting clients and maybe do some baking for pets at her shop, Flour Power. I’d want to round out the day by having dinner with Daphne, her overbearing mother, her sister Piper, and her best friend Moxie Bloom at one of the town’s many wonderful restaurants. Maybe the historic Wolf Hollow Mill. Yum!

Is the town the town of Sylvan Creek fictional? How did you choose the location?
The town is based upon my hometown of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. I used to live in the apartment that serves as Moxie Bloom’s garret. And we have a little park with a stream, just like Pettigrew Park. There’s even a Garden Club scarecrow display, like the one in Dial Meow for Murder. And the big cats rescue in Pawprints & Predicaments is based on a preserve called T&D’s Cats of the World, not far from my home.

The characters are super fun.  Daphne and that handsome Detective Black seem to be smitten. Is that little simmer of romance from Death by Chocolate Lab going to come to a boil In Paws and Predicaments? First of all, I’m glad you enjoy the characters. Daphne and Jonathan definitely have some tension between them. They get closer in each book, but there’s a competing interest in Pawprints & Predicaments!

I loved the addition of the recipes in your books.  Do you think you could give us a sneak peak and share one today?
Here’s one of Socrates’s favorites, for “Woofles” dog waffles:
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup brewer’s yeast
½ tsp. baking powder
1 large egg
2/3 cup beef broth
½ cup peanut butter
1 6 oz. container plain yogurt
1 Tbs. honey
Get your waffle iron ready, or preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together the dry ingredients, then add the egg and beef broth to make a batter. Scoop out about a tablespoon of batter and either bake or use your waffle iron to cook for about 12 minutes. The woofles will be dense and more dry than regular waffles.
While still warm, spread peanut butter on the woofles and allow to cool.
Mix the yogurt and honey and dollop some of this “whipped cream” onto the treats before serving.
Just make sure the woofles are cool before serving!

I admit I am a bit of a cover junkie I am always curious! I was wondering how much input do you have in the cover design. My only input consists of supplying pictures and descriptions of the pets in the stories. Beyond that, the amazing artist takes over. I have never felt compelled to make any changes!

Well I know you must be super busy.  Probably planning another book!
And I need to go read Paws and Predicaments!  It was super fun chatting.
I would love for you to come again and maybe bring Daphne along!  And Socrates! Congratulations on the new book!

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, and the congratulations. I would love to return for another visit some time, and Daphne and Socrates would definitely come along! Until next time! XOXO, Bethany


Thanks so much for chatting today.  I hope you have a Great tour!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cover Reveal-Dead As A Door Nail by Tonya Kappes

Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

 

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Set…..

                     

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About the book 
Lizzie York, a young paraplegic, has the chance to teach at a new school in Oldcastle. On a quest for independence, and to live alone, out from her brother’s watchful eye, she encounters discrimination from narrow-minded villagers. Toss into the mix: a school employee who sets her heart racing, a home of her own, and work she is passionate about.

Peter Barrington, a London solicitor, invests in Bright Academy. Having experienced pain and loss in his past, he became a workaholic. He now desires a quiet life in the country. He meets Lizzie, is immediately smitten, but respects her need for independence. As they work together, their mutual respect and love grows.

When someone hides in the woods and photographs them, Peter does everything in his power to protect Lizzie. But Lizzie is up for a fight. Will their love be strong enough to overcome hatred, and intent to harm, so they can forge a future together?



Read an excerpt
“Maybe he has a secret life? Doesn’t like women?” Sara said, keeping her voice low.

“You. Are. Kidding. Right?” Naomi leaned forward. “He’s so darn hot.” She fanned her face. “He’s every woman’s dream. Did anyone else notice that he
looks like Dev Patel’s older brother? If he had a brother.”

They all spoke over each other in whispered tones. Of course, many had observed his resemblance to the British born actor of Indian parents. She had too. “Shush,” Lizzie said, and frowned. “He might return, and well, it seems rude.”

Everyone snickered, but returned to their work. Lizzie glanced around the table; nobody had made much progress. When Peter left, she’d have to get tough with them. An old saying, things come in threes, popped into her mind. Good and bad.

This would be three weddings. All good. She hoped the nosey villagers would leave handsome Peter Barrington alone. She couldn’t bear to watch his wedding. Especially to a woman from the village. And that would start another round of three.

Were there even three single people left in Oldcastle?

And I thought
I loved this sweet short book.  I read it in only a few hours.  
It was one that once you start your into it and everything else falls by the wayside till your done reading. 

The characters are charming.  I did have a bit of a struggle with the first chapter I couldn't keep the characters straight.  
The story revolved around a wedding.  The ladies were all together making last minute decorations so a lot of girls were introduced in the first few pages. 
Once past that it was an easy and fun book to read. 

Robena Grant did an amazing job of sharing Lizzie's story.  
And allowing the reader a glimpse into the daily life and struggles of someone confined to a wheel chair. 
Lizzie had to make decisions about very personal things not only about her career but about her lifestyle. 
As the story unfolds we see all the plans and changes Lizzie has been making in her little world.  Her plan to take a teaching job is a surprise to her family.  And, she's moving out of the family home and buying a car. 
Then Mr. Wonderful walks into her life and she has to think about more than work and her living arrangements. 
As Lizzie and Peter grow closer to each other they realize that 
someone is taking photo's of them at Lizzie's new home.  A little suspense adds another dimension to the story which I really liked. 
I enjoyed the characters and I suspected which ones might have been introduced in the previous books.  
One Unforgettable Friday is book  in the English Village Series
it is a standalone no need to read the prior books.  
But it if you really enjoy a clean sweet romance you'll want to check out the series.  
There are a couple bedroom scenes that even my grandma would be o.k. with!  
This was a great book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.  

I received a complimentary copy. 
This review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads

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Cover Reveal-Tonya Kapps-Great Escapes Tours

Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

 

Ready…..

                     

Set…..

                     

Reveal!!

                     

   

Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes will be available May 15 from Henery Press!

It is Available for Pre-Order Today!!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Best Of Luck-Great Escapes Tour/Giveaway


About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
Crew Costa isn’t Irish, but for a kid from the school of hard knocks, he’s had the luck of the Irish with his chain of faux-Irish pubs, O’Shaughnessy’s Shenanigans. Number 13 is set to open in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Bronx is already the site of several authentic Irish pubs, including The Lion O’Brien. Started by Liam O’Brien, the pub is now managed by his youngest daughter Siobhan, but only after her four older brothers refused the job. Now Siobhan has to prove she is worthy.
Siobhan falls for Crew, literally, after they collide while he is moving into her apartment building. Their attraction is immediate and powerful, but they are rivals. Siobhan is counting on the Lion winning the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which Crew has entered as well. The lead-up to the event involves “pranking” your competition, and the older pubs band together against the gaudy newcomer, with its McNaughty the Leprechaun and other cultural stereotypes. For Crew and Siobhan, the pranking quickly gets personal and expensive.
Siobhan and Crew can’t resist the electricity between them, but can Siobhan trust this streetwise charmer? Can Crew trust this daddy’s girl whose overriding passion is her pub? And will the rage brewing among the other pub owners put their lives in danger?
And others are saying 
One of the jewels of Best of Luck for me was the development of the relationship between Siobhan and Crew. This is no run-of-the-mill boy-meets-girl story.
~Back Porchervations
What a great romance novel! . . . The Irish details are enchanting but when added to the romance it really added a nice twist.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
This is a romantic story of a handsome man and a beautiful no-nonsense woman. . . I liked the narration which is casual and friendly.
~Fantastic Feathers
This was a great journey to go on and I would go back and visit them again and again! Can’t wait to see what is next for the O’Brien’s!
~Community Bookstop
The love story between Siobhan and Crew has everything. . . It’s a joy to watch these two grow from enemies to friends to soulmates.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
And I thought
Romance and suspense both my favorites.  Best Of Luck gives the reader a bit of both. 
The story line takes place around an Irish Pub and The Pub Crawl an annual local event.  Pub owners enter and could win a big prize.  Through the years the local owners started pranking each other.  It was all in good fun.  But this year things begin to get out of hand. 

Our main character Siobhan is super excited to finally get the chance to manage the family business.  Everything is going great and then walks in Crew Costa.  Who happens to be her new neighbor and new owner of a more commercial style pub. 
Siobhan and Crew clash immediately.  Siobhan and Crew are 
attracted to each other from the beginning. 
Sparks begin to fly between the two while pranks get crazier and crazier.  
While the romantic sparks simmer a pub catches fire and the pranks get out of control.

It was fun to read about the Irish pub scene in Brooklyn
The reader just might end up on the edge of the seat waiting to see how this turns out! 

I enjoyed Best Of Luck and I am looking forward to reading book 1 of the series!

I received a complimentary copy. 
This review will appear on the retail sites where available 
This review will appear on Good Reads. 

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Relese Blitz/Giveaway-Melissa Storm-Finding Mr. Happily Ever After



About the book 
Love is complicated.
Jazz Michaels isn’t sure she wants it. That is until she sees the boy next door in a whole new light. Problem is, revealing her feelings could mean losing the best friend she’s ever had-and growing up as the only child of a single mother is lonely enough, thank you.
Nathan Reed wants to live a life of passion, love, and freedom. A serious relationship is the last thing on his list, but picturing a future without Jazz by his side just isn’t possible. As their paths diverge, will Jazz and Nathan find a way to remain together? Or does growing up also mean growing apart?
One bride, four possible grooms, unlimited potential for disaster to strike. Is the man waiting at the end of the aisle the one that’s meant to be Jazz’s forever love? Find out in this addictive series of one woman’s journey to her happily ever after.
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