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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

CG Swaps- Swapoween

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I was late signing up for this swap. In fact I sneaked in just in time. So I won’t give you the information about signing up as the deadline has passed. This is always a fun swap, so stay tuned for more information about all the fun. I should be receiving my swap partner today.

If you were going to get a package full of Halloween goodies, what would want to be in it?

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Teaser:

What is it? Finn asked.

Gideon gestured with his chin. ” A witch’s cauldron.”

This is from my current read, Finn’s Choice by Darby Karchut. Today is release day the last installment in the Finn Finnegan series. This is a hard read for me. I love Finn and I’m not ready to say goodbye. I finally made myself start the book. I’m torn between sitting down and not getting up until the book is finished or just dragging it out.  The fact that I have five classes in the library today and a pottery class after school means I will  fall somewhere in between.  My full review will be coming soon.

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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fieldler Book Blast

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In a cozy mystery filled with natural cures and edible plants that you will love, an organic winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional amateur sleuth and holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true vintage.

Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market & Café, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies.

But everything changes when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard, to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.

About the Author
CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA Today’s Green Living, Natural Health, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. She is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including the Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty with Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit http://www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com/

The release date is September 27, 2016.  Pre-order your copy today at

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Books N Bloggers Swap Reveal

 

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The Books N Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps is one of my favorite swaps. You get a chance to meet some really nice “book” people and you get lots of great new books to add to your collection. Check out CG Swaps here: http://cgswaps.com.

I was paired with the lovely Candace Rosado from Book Queen Reviews.

She sent me a lovely package with books, book marks and treats. The book from my wish list was Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett, the book that she enjoyed and thinks I will too is Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck and the book that she thinks is interesting but hasn’t read is Big Magic: Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. The package also  included a coloring book of her favorite city, New York. I can’t wait to dig in. I think these would all be perfect for a lazy book filled afternoon. Don’t you?

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: Murder at Rough Point by Alyssa Maxwell – Review

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Murder at Rough Point
by Alyssa Maxwell

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Murder at Rough Point
(A Gilded Newport Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (August 30, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496703286
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGUE8
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Synopsis

In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next . . .

 

Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries

“Another entertaining entry in this cozy series.” —Library Journal on Murder at Beechwood

“Maxwell’s second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who’s likeable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder at Marble House

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About The Author

Alyssa Maxwell has worked in publishing as an assistant editor and a ghost writer, but knew from an early age that being a novelist was what she wanted most. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of puzzles of all kinds drew her to the mystery genre. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian, Edwardian, and post WWI eras. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns while strolling manor house gardens, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons.

Author Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Alyssa__Maxwell
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gildednewport/
Webpage – http://www.alyssamaxwell.com/
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163135.Alyssa_Maxwell

Purchase Links

 Amazon  B&N  INDIE BOUND

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

My thoughts:  It’s really simple. I loved this book. Murder at Rough Point is the the 4th book in the Gilded Newport series and I’m ashamed to say that this is the first time I’ve heard of this seres. I don’t know how I missed this one, but rest assured, I will be going back and reading the first three books.  If you enjoy mysteries with a bit of history, Murder at Rough Point is a good match for you.

This story had a classic Agatha Christie flavor to it: an eccentric group of characters essentially isolated, leaving a small pool of suspects. It reminded me of Christie’s And Then There Were None. However, Maxwell gave it her own twist. Murder at Rough Point is a delightful read.

Even though the suspect pool was rather shallow, the author had me guessing through out the story. The author paints a story that keeps the reader engaged to the end. I love historical mysteries, especially when they include real people, particularly real people from America’s gilded age. Of course those stories usually have me running to the computer and putting my librarian degree to use in order to figure what is real and what is made up.

Maxwell is quite skilled at creating a tightly woven mystery. I did not want to put this story down and return to reality. Now, I’m hoping for an early snow day so I can have a day off from school so I can dive into the previous books in the series. Though Murder at Rough Point is the fourth book in the series, you can read it as a stand-alone. There are some references to previous stories, but nothing that will keep you from enjoying this book. I do believe that you will enjoy the story and Emma so much so that if this is your first Gilded Newport mystery, you will want to go back and read the others simply because they are bound to be a good read.

Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win a print copy of this book. This is the day on the tour, so be sure to visit the other stops to learn more about this great series.

 

Tour Participants

September 12 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW

September 12 – Girl Lost In a Book – REVIEW

September 13 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

September 13 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

September 15 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

September 16 – The Editing Pen – INTERVIEW

September 16 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

September 17 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW

September 18 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

September 19 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

September 19 – deal sharing aunt – INTERVIEW

September 20 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

 

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: A Story To Kill by Lynn Cahoon – Guest Post and Review

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It is my pleasure to welcome one of my favorite authors, Lynn Cahoon, to the blog today.

The birth of a new series. I have to say, a lot of my ideas come to me because of travel. Maybe it’s the long, boring (at times) car rides. Or maybe, it’s a time out of my normal routine where the muse allows me to play with the what ifs?

Tourist Trap was born out of one of these trips, although a few years after I spent a week on my own little tour of the central California coast. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the series went through a lot of incarnations, before Kensington bought the series and put the town of South Cove on the covers and in reader’s hearts. But the main story – the one about a woman finding her way in her new to her town, that stuck.

So when we drove back home to Idaho from the St. Louis area where we’ve been for the last 10 years, my mind was thinking about a new series. What could I do to entice Kensington to move me from digital first to mass market paperback. Authors are always looking for the next step in their career and for me, I’d decided it was print.

As we drove, I bounced ideas off my husband. He doesn’t read a lot, but he watches a lot of television and movies. So when I’d bring up an idea that he’d already seen, he would nix it. Finally, I came up on Cat’s writer’s retreat. He didn’t nix it. Then I thought about where I wanted it to be set. I already had a series in both Idaho and St. Louis so I thought about where I wanted to be. Colorado was the obvious choice. We’re mountains and lakes kind of people. So I get Seth, Cat’s love interest. He’s the outdoor type. And I can still understand Shauna who’s new to the Colorado life style.

And the Cat Latimer series was born. Of course, after that trip, there was a lot of work getting the story right, figuring out who dies, who kills them, and more importantly, the why. Because random acts of murder don’t make a good mystery.

Since that road trip, Cat and the crew have become part of my imaginary friends’ club. Book two is already written and this fall, I’ll start on the third. I have to say, my little college town of Aspen Hills, Colorado is holding tight to some secrets. So I hope you enjoy A Story to Kill and come back for Fatality by Firelight, Book two releasing February 28th. I had a blast writing them.

And I’ve got a new road trip coming up to North Carolina. I wonder what story the muse has in store for me then?

Do you like to road trip by car?

Thanks for sharing, Lynn. Personally, what I like about a road trip is the opportunity to read (provided someone else is driving of course) or to listen to a book on audio. I’m glad that road trips get your creative juices flowing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with after your trip to North Carolina.

A Story to Kill
by Lynn Cahoon

There is everything you could want in a cozy mystery, an intriguing mystery with a sub-plot mystery that leaves a cliffhanger at the end of the book, a wonderful and realistic cast of characters, enough backstory to endear you to the character’s lives, and even some romance.
~Classy Cheapskate

If you are looking for a great start to a new series … and who doesn’t love being in on the story from the beginning … you will not go wrong with Cahoon’s A Story to Kill.
~Back Porchervations

Brilliant from chapter one, with every page I turned I became more and more caught up in this book.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

This had mysteries inside of other mysteries. I really enjoyed the journey it took you on…
~Community Bookstop

Cahoon made me care about these recurring characters…And she entertained me with a solid mystery, a believable field of suspects, and a satisfying conclusion…
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

The story captured me from page one; if not for sleep and work, I would have kept reading all the way through…
~Bea’s Book Nook

The story will keep you guessing and just when you think you MIGHT know who it is…a twist comes into play and you are off guessing again.
~Sleuth Cafe

It’s a mystery within a mystery!
~Storeybook Reviews

I enjoyed it from the start and the plot twist kept me captivated and guessing till the end. You will be hooked on this new read.
~Shelley’s Book Reviews

…an enjoyable and fast paced read, with many a twist and turn that should appeal to mystery lovers.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

Ms. Cahoon does an excellent job setting the stage for her characters right from the start.
~Queen of All She Reads

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A Story to Kill (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 30, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1496704351
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGVK6
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Synopsis

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

Author Links

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor

Website – http://lynncahoon.com/

Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Purchase Links

Amazon – Barnes and Noble 

My thoughts: FTD Disclosure – I received an free Netgalley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I’m a big fan of Lynn’s Tourist Trap series, so I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the tour for her new series. I knew from the synopsis that I would love it. It’s set in Colorado and it’s about writers (one of my dream jobs – if only I had the skill set.)  

I wasn’t wrong. I did love this book. The story is very well written with a nicely woven plot. I liked that there were multiple mysteries running through out the story.  That can sometimes be distracting, but Lynn is a master story weaver and the different mysteries gave added depth to the story.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this story is that there wasn’t an annoying nemesis for Cat. I often find that those type of characters (and plenty of my favorite series seem to have one or two) take away from the mystery. All of the characters in A Story to Kill were a delight to read about. I love Cat’s uncle. Shaun and Seth round out the ensemble nicely. I enjoyed spending time with them in print and if they were real, they are the kind of people I’d want to hang out with. Just like South Cove, I’d love to visit Aspen Hills. And since I live in Colorado, maybe I can figure out the area that inspired Aspen Hills. I’m looking forward to seeing how Cat and Seth renew their high school sweetheart relationship.

If you like a well plotted mystery with well developed characters that will give you a peek into the writer’s world (both seasoned and beginning writers), I strongly recommend you add this one to your reading list. I can’t wait to read Fatality by Firelight

For a chance to win a print copy of this book  visit the tour page and don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

August 29 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

August 29 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

August 30 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 30 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

August 31 – Ashleyz Wonderland – REVIEW

August 31 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

September 1 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW

September 1 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW

September 2 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW

September 2 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

September 3 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

September 4 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW

September 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 6 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 6 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

September 7 – MysteriestEtc – REVIEW

September 7 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST

September 8 – fuonlyknew – REVIEW

September 8 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 9 – Book Babble – REVIEW

September 9 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

September 10 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

September 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

September 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Dandelion Dead – Cover Reveal

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Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies September 27, 2016

by Chrystle Fiedler

In a spicy cozy mystery filled with herbal remedies readers will love, a sustainable winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional homeopath and amateur sleuth Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true essence.

 

Pre-Order today –

Amazon – B&N – IndieBound

I love the cover on this book and I can’t wait to read it. Wine and mystery? Sounds awesome. —– Booklady

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized