Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Murder For The Books by Victoria Gilbert-Great Escapes Tour Book Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.
Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families… including her own.
When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.
And others are saying 
What really got me about this one, was how different this book is from a normal cozy. Librarian, Amy, is trying to clear the name of a woman who went missing back in 1925 for her neighbor, Richard. (Is that a potential love interest I see?)
Right there you have something totally unique. It makes this a cold case cozy!
~A Chick Who Reads
Excellent writing with some great new characters all set to make you want to read some more.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
I found this to be a very entertaining mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. The author does a really good job of keeping the action going throughout the telling of the story.
~Author Teresa Trent
And I thought
I  was trying make a list of all the reasons I expected to like  love this book. 
First there was the fact it's a Cozy.  Small town.  Library setting which btw I loved.  I used to live in a pretty small town and loved the library.  It wasn't really cozy though.  1st in the series.   
What I didn't realize was that A Murder By The Books is a bit
of a thriller in that it is about a cold case.  
And it fits all those things I and most people enjoy about a cozy. 

The main character Amy ends up helping her neighbor Richard search to finds clues to what happened to his aunt who disappeared in 1925.  
All this and then things go haywire in town.  Are Amy and Richard stirring up trouble? 
Are the towns folks hiding things?  
Will Amy and Richard become better acquainted?   
Check it out you'll enjoy the ride!

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Movie Magic by Michelle Garren Flye- A Goddess Fish Tour-Book Review/Giveaway

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Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.

Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?

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What the hell kind of place was this town that she could be kidnapped off the street and carried off into a dark alley?

“Ouch! Hey, lady, the screaming’s good for effect, but I could do without the kicking!” The man who’d grabbed her smacked her bottom to get her attention. “Cut it out!”

“Put her down, Cal.” An amused voice from next to them made Sabrina freeze.

“Walt?” She craned her neck to try to see him.

“Gladly.” The man holding her swung her down over his shoulder, setting her none-too-gently on her feet and backing away.

Sabrina regained her balance and glared at him, then turned to see Walt, practically doubled over laughing and standing next to a girl in short shorts who looked just as amused. She whirled back to look at her kidnapper, realizing as she did that he was actually only about eighteen and wearing a pirate getup that made him look like a poor imitation of Jack Sparrow.

Walt, on the other hand, might have stepped right out of a movie. He wore a brocade vest over his tanned bare chest and his head was wrapped in a red scarf. Several rings decorated his fingers and he wore a gold chain with a medallion. His shoulder-length dark hair and beard completed the look to perfection. Sabrina fought off her attraction by embracing her irritation at the whole incident. “Would anyone like to tell me what the hell is going on here?”

And I thought 
I love a good romance.  And, Movie Magic is just that.  
The characters are charming and entice you into their story. 
This was a rather fast read.  Which some days can be good.
It's good when you want to get to the end without a lot of just page turning.  
Although Movie Magic is book 3 it reads as a stand alone.

I enjoyed this book so much that I would love to read the others in the series.  

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson-A Great Escapes Tour-Book Review/Giveaway

About the book 
The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .
It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.
As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation…
And others are saying 
I can’t ask for a better mystery to read on the weekend, than one by Gayle. Gayle never leaves a reader hanging she leaves them wanting more from this series.
~Bibliophile Reviews
This book has strong characters that are easy to love (especially Homer with his hero of the day quotes), lots of details to hook the reader, and the development of a nice smooth ride until we hit the finale upset because it is the last page. I do believe I am falling in love with this series . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE, the third book in Gayle Leeson’s Down South Café Mystery series is an entertaining read that combines both a twisty-turvey murder plot along with a cornucopia of colorful characters.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder
This book leads you on one great ride. Can’t wait to see what is next!
~Community Bookstop
I can’t say enough how much I love this cozy mystery series. In fact, the Down South Cafe books are one of my go-to series in this genre. They are clean, entertaining, well-plotted and full of yummy food.
~Reading Is My SuperPower
And I thought 
A delightful and charming read.  Honey Baked Homicide is a keeper.   

Winter Garden Valley is filled with fun and quirky characters that appear daily to satisfy their hunger at the Southern Cafe. 

Amy is surrounded with fun friends and patrons from the quirky
Hector that has a penchant for making the day better with a quote to the hilarious Dilly who comes by everyday for lunch or breakfast and must have a biscuit for her pet raccoon. 

I enjoyed the setting and was delighted that the author included 
recipes at the end. 

The mystery plot is interesting and takes the reader on a twisty 
turny ride.   

I had an idea who did the deed but was a little surprised along with Amy and the others when the actual villain was uncovered.  

I enjoyed my visit to the Southern Cafe and look forward to reading more in this series. 

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Nights at Seaside by Addison Cole- A Beck Valley Tour- Review

About the book 
Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.

Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father’s deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.

When Sawyer walks into Sky’s tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He’s honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he’s waging isn’t the one that threatens to tear them apart.

Nights at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Nights by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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And I thought 
My first thought is they just keep getting better.  But actually that sounds like each installment is better than the last.  

I haven't read them all.  And, I have read them out of order but 
there isn't a real need to read in order.  

Each one I've read is just better it seems than the last.  Perhaps because we get to 'know' a different one of the characters better. 

Nights at Seaside was a great read.  The characters are real. 

Sky is sweet.  Had me wondering a little bit as I am not much into tattoo's.  I was thinking what's this character going to be about?  
Sorry for the stereo type.  

But I guess it kind of goes with how Sky felt about Sawyer at first. Finding out he is a boxer almost put the skids on any budding romance between the two.  

Nights at Seaside is the 'sweet' version of the original book 
Seaside Nights by Melissa Foster which is a little more sizzle and bedroom scenes. 

I love that the author has provided us with this sweet story with just a little sizzle.  

I look forward to reading the rest of the series.  

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Beyond Forever-I Read Book Tour-Review/Giveaway

Beyond Forever Book 3 by D.D. Marx

About the book
Just as their life is seemingly back on track, Finn McDaniel’s gets news that sends him into a tail-spin. He is faced with the prospect of losing Olivia Henry forever. He immediately turns to Dan, Olivia’s deceased best friend, who is her loyal and constant guardian angel from the beyond, imploring him for his help. In the midst of all of the chaos a special package is delivered that changes their lives forever.

​While Finn is determined to grow his restaurant to new heights by chasing after the coveted Michelin Star, it is Olivia who finally sees her dream come to fruition in a way never thought possible. Finn is determined to support Olivia through her shocking breakthrough and even has a very special surprise up his sleeve that she never sees coming. Just as their plan is set in to motion and they settle in to their new normal, they have an earth shattering encounter. In that moment it is revealed that they have much more than just a spiritual relationship with the beyond.
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And I thought
And the story goes on.  Beyond Forever is a trilogy.  Start 
with book 1 to get the full story and stay up to speed on what's been going on.  
Beyond Forever is a good read.  The trilogy is a good read. 
It's a nice contemporary love story that will keep the reader engaged all the way to the end.  

Personally I didn't really like the whole idea of Olivia talking to her deceased best friend.  And then in this installment Finn even ends up going to Dan for help when their relationship is on the rocks. 

But this is fiction and it was a good read.

Beyond Forever ends the series with tying everything up in a nice little package. 

The series is a good read. 
If your looking for spending a good number of hours with a light hearted read the Beyond Trilogy fits the bill. 

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