martedì 23 agosto 2016

Review & Giveaway: Running the Numbers by Roxanne Smith


Running the Numbers
by Roxanne Smith

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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He’s the hot new guy in the small-town Wyoming office, a bachelor from L.A. with a trail of divorces behind him. But something about Blake Cobb has Sadie Felix setting her sites on him—even though he might just be her biggest competition in the race for a much-coveted promotion. Still, a little workplace rivalry will only make the tension between them more thrilling. At least, that’s what Sadie hopes, until she learns Blake’s already dating the boss’s daughter…
She’s an ambitious corporate climber with a face and a body that could stop a clock. Which is exactly why Blake steers clear of Sadie Felix—he’s been there, done that, with disastrous results. Besides, his new girlfriend is a dead ringer for his first love—the one who got away. But when an office scandal throws the boss’s daughter in a new—and unflattering— light, Blake’s forced to see what’s been right in front of him all along…

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It's an engaging romance, a light and pleasant reading, ideal as beach reading.
Sadie wants to improve her employment status but must fight against some gossipy colleagues, an ex who does not give up and Blake, the new sexy and charming colleague of which she feels very attracted. She will have to get in the game so can show others her real value. Blake has just moved, has a complicated life and a past full of wives. In his new job he is immediately attracted to Maddie, the daughter of his boss but after knowing better Sadie he knows made a mistake.
The characters are so many but they are all well defined and well developed. From the first pages is really easy to be in tune with Sadie, a bit more difficult with Blake, he is a complicated man.
Although it is the third book in the series you can easily read as a stand alone, I had no problems.
It 's an easy and quick reading with a good pace and many ups and downs between the two protagonists. This is an enjoyable story, good written in an easy-to-read style which is just what I need at the end of a busy day.


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EXCERPT:


Sadie tucked her hair behind her ear. “You’re up, Lambert.”

Blake politely cleared his throat and leaned against the truck, angling his head against the cloudy sky to look at Sadie through the dark lenses of his retro sunglasses. Dark enough, he hoped, for her to not notice how his gaze kept returning to her bare legs. To be fair, they were literally in his face. And the way she kept bending over the chainsaw, a lightweight model suited to her small frame, checking this and that, made it even harder to stay focused on what she was saying. “You call your chainsaw Lambert?”

She looked down on him imperiously and replied straight-faced. “That’s his name. What else would I call him?”

If she wanted to name her chainsaw Buzz McChoppy, it was no business of his. He sensed more to the simple defensive reply, but it was hard to gauge Sadie’s current mood. She’d been a little muted since they left Fox Watch. It made the long drive out to wherever the hell they were mildly uncomfortable. He’d had the view to keep him occupied.

Blake scratched his chin. No good. He had to ask. “Everything okay with you?”

She hopped down with her arms full and shoved goggles and gloves into Blake’s chest, which he grasped a second before she let go. “Wes called me this morning.” She laughed. “So did Kennedy, but that’s a whole different pile of steaming crap.” He grappled with the items she’d handed him. “What did Wes want?” Besides the obvious. His gut reaction to Wes’s not-so-secret desire ran dangerously akin to jealousy. He studiously ignored this.
   

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A Florida native, Roxanne Smith has called everywhere from Houston to Cheyenne home. Currently residing in Asheville, NC, she's an avid reader of every genre, a cat lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games, Doctor Who, and her dashing husband. Her two kids are the light of her life.


Twitter handle:  thissmithrox


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lunedì 22 agosto 2016

Review & Giveaway: Death of a Wolfman by Susan Boles

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Death of a Wolfman
by Susan Boles

It was great to read and enjoy the adventure this book takes you on.
~Community Bookstop
…The author obviously knows her southern culture, and weaves a plot around it which keeps you guessing from beginning to end. I can hardly wait to read more about Lily Gayle, Dixie, and Miss Edna solving murders!
~Book Babble
“Susan Boles does it again with a charming southern cozy chocked full of engaging characters, laugh out loud humor, and inviting small town charm.”
Kathi Daley,
Author of the Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries
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Cozy Mystery
Argent Ocean Publishing (August 17, 2016)
Print Length: 127 pages
ASIN: B01IS4DHD6
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Synopsis

Lily Gayle Lambert is a professional seamstress specializing in period dresses for convention attendees and re-enactment groups along with being an amateur genealogist. And a big pain in the butt to the county sheriff…who just happens to be her cousin.
Quicker than she can stitch together the threads of a genealogy project she’s just signed on to research, Lily Gayle finds herself embroiled in investigating the Halloween night murder of a stranger who suffers from ‘wolfman syndrome’. Before she can even get going good on the first murder a member of a prominent family turns up dead too.
Escaping from a trailer in the woods owned by two good ole boys suspected of being involved and a confrontation with the eldest son of the town’s wealthiest family have Lily Gayle hot on the trail of the killer.
With the help of her lifelong best friend, Dixie, Lily Gayle must find the link between the two and solve the mystery before her investigation makes her the next target.

My Review

I am happy to have discovered a new and intriguing series. A charming small town in Mississippi, warm and likeable characters, a compelling storyline make this a very enjoyable read. I have always been fascinated with genealogy and it was really interesting to carry out the research along with Lily.
Lily is very passionate about genealogy and has done a lot of research for families of Mercy, the friendly town in which she lives. She receives an assignment from one of the oldest families of the city and is very excited to accept. Soon she should also take care of the death of a man who suffered the "wolfman syndrome". This will make her quarrel with her cousin, the county sheriff who doesn't want meddling in his investigations.
Lily is a great character, an intelligent and resourceful woman, has many capabilities and performs each task with great passion. I loved her relationship with her cousin, their fights were often very funny.
This is the  first book that I have read by this author, I love her style full of humor, I can't wait to read her next job.
A mystery really fascinating and engaging, well written with a flowing style and with a perfect mix of suspense and irony, there are many funny scenes and many twists.
I highly recommend this book!




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About the Author

Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.
She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.
Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upsidedown and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.
Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspene novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.
Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.
Stay in touch for upcoming releases!

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Review & Giveaway: The Gun by Daithi Kavanagh


The Gun
by Daithi Kavanagh

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GENRE: Crime Thriller

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Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically
motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected
the Irish political system.


Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down
the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling
in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner,
Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner,
who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with.


Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh,
is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they've killed the wrong
person, the two agents involved--Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time
stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with
patriotism--are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker.


Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before
the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess.
Who will win out in the end?

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My Review:

A few months ago I have read the second book in this series, I liked it very much and I could not wait to read even the first one. It's a political thriller, really exciting, even if from the start we know who is the author of the murder, the story is full of suspense: the detective manages to discover him before he performs other crimes?
Tadhg Sullivan is part of a special department of  Irish police. There is a shooter that hits the corrupt politicians who have forced him to separate from his sons. Sullivan must find him before he fulfilled other crimes. He's helped by a journalist but he ends up falling in love with her. But as long as they work together they should keep secret their love story.
The story is well written with a complex and well-developed plot, full of action and suspense. The pace is very fast, a page leads to another, once you start it's really hard to put it down. Excellent idea of ​​telling the story with two different points of view: the murderess and the policeman.
A must read that I completely loved!



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EXCERPT:

After parking, he walked through the forest to a clearing, where he knew he
could see for miles. He crawled on his belly along a flat piece of rock, dragging the gun with him. The glow was coming off it again, and he could feel its strength. He stared out over the side of the cliff. Once again, he was in luck. He could see the squad cars and a crowd of people gathered around the bungalow a few hundred yards away.

Adrenaline pumped through his body. His heart felt like it would burst from his
chest. He put the gun to his shoulder and adjusted the sight, scanning the group of people to find his target. There he was, right in the middle of the Gardaí. How predictable of a politician. The only time they stand with the people is during an election. He stared through the lens at the big red face.


   

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Daithi Kavanagh lives in Trinity, County Wexford with his wife and two teenage children.
He has worked for several years as a musician.
In the last couple of years, after taking up adult education, he began writing.



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domenica 21 agosto 2016

Review & Giveaway: Die, Die Birdie by J. R. Ripley

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Die, Die Birdie
by J. R. Ripley


DIE DIE BIRDIE
Die, Die Birdie
Cozy Mystery
• New Series
• Publisher: Kensington – Lyrical Underground
• (August 16, 2016)
•Paperback: 200 pages•ISBN-13: 978-1601838315• 288 Pages
• ASIN: B018CGZ1J8
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For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom-or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . beforeshe ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends-trapped behind bars!

My Review

For the choice of this book. I have been attracted by the cover, is really amazing but I have not been disappointed at all. It's a compelling mystery, full of twists and turns, with an intriguing storyline and interesting characters.
After many years of absence Amy is back home in Ruby Lake and is going to realize her dream of opening a bird lover's shop. Her fellow citizens are skeptical, especially Gertie Hammer, the woman who sold her the property in which she lives and intends to open her shop. The situation becomes more complicated when in her warehouse she finds the corpse of Matt, one of her former schoolmate  and her nosy tenant surprises her with the murder weapon. The police chief and her former boyfriend Jerry suspects her of murder so she is forced to investigate to save herself. Will she be able to save her business and to clear her name?
The characters in this story are well-developed, believable and engaging. Some of them are warm and lovable, others bizarre and nosy, the typical inhabitants of a small town.
The plot is very well developed, there is a lot of suspense and adventure, to solve the case Amy will be in many absurd situations, dangerous but also comic. I really loved the descriptions of Ruby Lake, it was a pleasant trip into charming South. This is a wonderful story that is very well written with a great pace. 
Great debut for this new series, I look forward to reading the next adventure of Amy
Must-read for those who love  cozy mystery and birds



gmeganckauthorphoto (1)About The Author

J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.
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