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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (Book #4) Blast, Tour & Cover Reveal.

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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5).

With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

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Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

Goodreads Summary:  Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

My Thoughts: I received a copy of this book through one of the Chaotic Goddess Book Swaps. It had been on my wish list and my partner was kind enough to send it to me.  I loved it. It’s true that I love most cozy mysteries that include recipes. (I can’t wait to try the Brazilian Cheese Muffins), but the real treat is the story.  It is a well crafted mystery that kept me guessing almost to the end. There were just enough twists to keep things interesting.  Jules is a strong lead character and very likable. I’m really looking forward to reading more about her.

Alexander has created a delightful setting. I love it when authors create a location that I really want to visit in person.  As a college English major I’d love to spend time in a town that celebrates Shakespeare and trying one of Jules’ treats would make it a great visit.

There are more cozy mysteries out there than I can count and way more than anyone of us could read. This is one that I highly recommend that you add to your TBR pile. It will be a great treat.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page

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The Body in the Birches
by Katherine Hall Page

I really enjoyed this one although it is my first by the author, I thought the characters were strong and well developed from the start, The author keeps your attention from the first page and leaves you wanting more at the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

…the story was more about families than it was about the actual murders- family make up, family fractures, family expectations…
~Bea’s Book Nook

A wonderful summer mystery, so be sure to add it to your reading list.
~fundinmental

The author writes interesting and complicated characters and includes descriptive passages that create virtual visual settings. I felt like I was observing the goings on first hand.
~Laura’s Interests

BODY IN THE BIRCHESThe Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery 
Cozy Mystery
22nd in Series
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062310828
E-Book ASIN: B00MTS3MEW
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At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-third book in the popular mystery series.

The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can’t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century “cottage.”

The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises.

Faith is juggling her own family problems. Her teenage son, Ben, has started a new job as a dishwasher at The Laughing Gull Lodge—learning things that could land him in very hot water. And her daughter Amy is worried about her new friend, Daisy Proctor. Daisy is terrified—convinced that someone is trying to eliminate her mother from getting a share of The Birches. To protect her children, Faith has to find a possible murderer—before he strikes too close to her own home.

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Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story “The Would-Be Widower.” In addition, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

Author Links:

http://www.katherine-hall-page.org/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21167.Katherine_Hall_Page

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FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts:  The Faith Fairchild books have always been one of my favorite series. When I found out there was going to be a Great Escapes Tour for the latest book, I jumped at the chance to participate. I like these books, not just because of the great recipes that are included, but I really like Faith. She’s very down to earth and I love reading about how she deals with the every day events of being a minister’s wife and a mother. Of course, always running across a dead body is not exactly every day, but . . .

This latest installment in the series is a bit different. There are a couple of murders, but the main focus is on family dynamics and how we don’t always like the people we are related to. Also different is that the fact that Faith really is really on the sidelines for this one.  The focus is really on Sophie Maxwell, whom I really enjoyed reading about. She’s the only likable character in a rather crazy family. I wouldn’t mind reading more about her.

The Body in the Birches is an engaging story that will keep the reader hooked. I would have read it one sitting if I wasn’t so caught up with all the end of school year craziness. I pride myself on being able to figure out who the murderer is before the author reveals it, but Katherine had me stumped in this one, which made the book even more enjoyable.

Though this is part of a series, you can easily read this book without having read any of the previous books.  However, I recommend  you treat yourself and read them all. And don’t forget to try out some of the recipes. I  can’t wait to try out Nan Hamilton’s Chocolate Drop Cookies.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Favorite Color Swap Signups

I love blogger swaps almost as much as I do books. So, of course I’ve signed up for the 2015 Favorite Color Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. There’s still time for you to sign up, too.

Here are all the details:

Your Swap Objective:

Get to know your partner and send them a fantastic package of goodies in their favorite color.
Your package must:
  • Include items your partner would like, based on their preferences.
  • Contain at least 5 items in total.
  • Cost $20-$30 before shipping, to ensure relative value between partners
 
Important Dates to Remember:
  • Sign-ups Open: Monday, May 11th.
  • Sign-ups Close: Monday, May 18th.
  • Giveaway Ends: Tuesday, May 19th.
  • Partners Assigned by: Wednesday, May 20th.
  • Packages Ship: on or by Saturday, June 6th.
  • Show-Off Linky Opens: Wednesday, June 10th.
Favorite Color Swap Rules:
  • After being accepted, you must post on your blog saying you’re participating.  Post must include the button/link back to the sign-ups and must be posted within 3 days of signing up.
  • Packages must include at least 5 items in your partner’s favorite color.
  • Send items that fit your partner’s preferences as best you can.
  • Spend $20-$30 before shipping (please stay within these boundaries so nobody feels cheated or guilty)
  • You must respond to host’s & partner’s emails in a timely fashion.
  • Packages MUST be mailed on or before Saturday, June 6th. (if you have any problem please contact hosts and partner immediately.) 
  • All packages REQUIRE tracking when shipped.  This tracking number must be emailed to your partner and to Chaotic Goddess Swaps when your package is sent out.
  • Flaking wont be tolerated.  If you sign up for the swap you are making a commitment to participate and follow through. Flakers will automatically be added to our Blacklist, which is shared among other swap hosts at our discretion.
  • After receiving your package, you must post about it on your blog and link up with the show-off linky when it is open.  This is non-negotiable. If you also share your reveal on social media, please use the hashtags #FavColorSwap and #CGSwaps so we can see what goodies you got!
 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escape Tours: Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin

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FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Seven Threadly Sins
by Janet Bolin

This is a great setting for a mystery. The author did a great job of weaving the hints and clues into the story just like you would weave a blanket.
~Deal Sharing Aunt

This was a fun read and one of my favorites.
~Shelley’s Book Case

Willow sure does get herself in some sticky, and stinky situations in this book! Sometimes, I found myself laughing out loud (LOL).
~Melina’s Book Blog​

The backdrop setting is a town called Threadville. So anyone that enjoys crafting that involves fabric, embroidery or needlecraft will enjoy that aspect.
~Lilac Reviews 

This book was fantastic the clues where well done and there are several to keep you guessing and the characters were great.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

SEVEN THREADLY SINS
Seven Threadly Sins (A Threadville Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268001
E-Book ASIN: B00O2BKLAM
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Fashion turns killer in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of the Threadville mysteries…

Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it’s only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy’s scholarship fund.

But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn’t exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow.

Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people’s secrets…

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About This Author

Janet Bolin enjoys sewing, machine embroidery, all sorts of other needlecrafts and handcrafts, reading, writing, and walking with her two dogs, who are strangely like the dogs in the Threadville Mysteries. SEVEN THREADLY SINS, the fifth book in the Threadville Mystery Series, comes out May 5.

Author Links:
Webpage: http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com/

Blog: http://www.KillerCharacters.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Bolin/267325191115

Twitter: @JanetBolin

Purchase Links:
Amazon   B&N    Book Depository   Kobo

List of booksellers on Janet’s website: http://threadvillemysteries.com/THREADVILLEMYSTERIES.html

It is my pleasure to welcome Janet Bolin as a guest today.

Shopping!

My mother didn’t drive, and a shopping trip was an all-day adventure. By the time we arrived downtown via mass transit, we were hungry. To me, a meal at the department store’s lunch counter was a major treat. I always ordered a BLT, a glass of milk, and lime sherbet for dessert.

Then we headed for the fabric department. Everything was bigger when I was a kid, so touring the department and inspecting every fabric that might be even vaguely suitable took an hour or so. But we didn’t mind. We looked, we touched, we compared, we discussed.

With a few (about thirty) favorites in mind, we seated ourselves on stools and opened the heavy pattern books to the children’s clothes. If the styles in the rather large selection did not quite match the sketch I’d made and brought along, my mother reminded me that for her, the pattern was only a beginning, and we were limited only by our imaginations. She had learned to sew from her mother who had learned to sew from her mother, and none of them had used patterns. Visualizing the final garment, they had simply started cutting. Patterns were a luxury my mother was beginning to like and understand.

After settling on two or three dress designs, we shuttled back and forth between the patterns and the fabrics until we chose the perfect match. We carried the bolt of fabric to the windows for natural light so we could match and/or contrast thread, zippers, and other fabrics. We were fond of piping, edging, and trim in different fabrics, and I was convinced that my mother could do anything when it came to sewing, which was close to the truth.

My mother always bought a little extra fabric, just in case, a tradition I have happily carried on. Our purchases bagged, we hit the lunch counter again for a snack, and then went home, tired, but excited. I don’t know which of us was happiest, me because I would soon have a new dress, or her because she had another project to work on.

Is there someone in your life who likes fabric shopping as much as you do and who joins you in your planning, designing, touching, comparing, and buying?

It didn’t take long for Janet Bolin to begin sewing her own clothes. And then, because she also loves to do other things with fabric, thread, and yarn, and also likes to read and write, it was only natural for her to write mysteries set in a community where crafty people can buy whatever they need for their sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, machine embroidery, and other textile arts projects.

SEVEN THREADLY SINS is the fifth Threadville Mystery. Willow and her Threadville friends help out in a charity fundraiser fashion show, but just about everything that can go wrong, does, and someone tries to pin a murder on Willow. She figures it would be a sin not to clear her name…

Visit Janet at her website: http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com/

Like her on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Bolin/267325191115

Find her on twitter: https://twitter.com/JanetBolin

Thanks Janet. I used to take my grandmother (who also didn’t drive) shopping. Not just for fabric, but everything. I was a teenager and I’m ashamed that sometimes I was a bit impatient with her search for just the right items. Today, on Mother’s Day, I would give anything to be taking her shopping again.

My thoughts:  

This is the first of Janet’s books that I have read. And though this is the 5th in the Threadville series, it’s easy to read this book as a stand alone.  Janet has created a cleverly crafted story that will keep the reader engaged to the end.There are plenty of clues, and twists & turns to keep you guessing. If you enjoy needlework the book has the added bonus of helpful tips as wells a machine embroidery project.  I plan to read more of this author and I think you should, too.

If you would like to win a copy of Seven Threadly Sins check out the rafflecopter giveaway over at the Great Escape Tour Page.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: Review: The Final Reveille by Amanda Flower

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The Final Reveille
(A Living History Museum Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2015)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738744735
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As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling farm open, she plans to impress the museum’s wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a Civil War reenactment on the farm’s grounds.

Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn’t from a period soldier. It’s from Cynthia’s greedy nephew, Maxwell, who fires a threat at Kelsey to cut the museum’s funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse when Kelsey discovers Maxwell dead. Now Kelsey is the police’s number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save Barton Farm . . . and herself.

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About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling  author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

Author Links:

Website: http://amandaflower.com/

Pen Name Website: http://isabellaalan.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramandaflower

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aflowerwriter

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3412728.Amanda_Flower

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aflowerwriter/

Purchase Links:
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the-final-reveille-coverMy Thoughts:  I’ve always been interested in living history, so this book snagged my attention right away.  This is the first book I’ve read by Amanda. I really enjoy her writing style. The story has an easy flow that carries the reader along.  At times I felt as though I was right there at Barton Farm with the re-enactors and the living history staff.  One of the things I look for when reading books with “destination locations” is whether or not the author makes me want to visit there. After reading The Final Reveille I wanted to take my students to Baron Farm on a field trip.  I did figure out the killer before it was revealed, but only just. I’m looking forward to reading more about Kelly and the other characters. And I will certainly recommend this book to other cozy mystery fans.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Books and Bloggers Swap Reveal

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I’m behind as usual, but this time it’s not totally my fault. I had to go out of town for a family funeral and just that short amount of time away has set me back about a month. Ok, who am I kidding, I just have a problem with time management.

But enough about me. It’s time to reveal the goodies I got in my swap package from the wonderful Kim over Youth Book Review.  Be sure to check out her awesome blog.

Kim was a wonderful swap partner. We have very similar tastes in books and she really set me up for some great summer reading.

 

 

I loved the cute little library note cards. I think I need to get some to use for the library.

The book Kim read and just loved was Everlost by Neal Shusterman. I love Shusterman and can’t wait to read this one.  A book from my wish list was Lorna Barrett’s Not The Killing Type: A Booktown Mystery. 

A book that she never read but looked interesting was actually two books and they were both on my wish list:  A Discovery of Witches  by Deborah Harkness and The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life.  I can’t wait to try out some of the projects.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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