domenica 20 ottobre 2019

Review & Giveaway: Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide by Lois Winston




Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide 

(An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)

by Lois Winston

 

About Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide

 
Cozy Mystery 
8th in Series
Independently Published 
Print Length: 212 pages 
Digital ASIN: B07VG2QZXV

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend (and possible spy) Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.
In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?
Christmas craft projects included.
My Review
Christmas, cozy mystery, craft, how can I not love this book? Humor, twists and turns, adorable characters make this story truly engaging from the first to the last page.
Anastasia Pollack is a widow, her husband left her full of debts. The only positive note was Zack, her tenant who, in addition to bringing her an income, brought a little joy to her heart. Her most recent problem is her half brother-in-law Ira who makes her find a house full of Christmas lights that seems to be at the Rockefeller Center. When she tries to bring back his decorations she finds his house exaggeratedly full of lights, Christmas decorations and with deafening music and Ira surrounded by angry neighbors, one of whom hits him with a fist. The next morning Anastasia returns to finally leave the Grinch and the other characters but finds a corpse in Ira's sled. Ira is obviously the biggest suspect. Will Anastasia succeed in not investigating how she has promised his sons?
I loved Anastasia because she isn't a woman with super powers but a simple person with her flaws and her limits. She has two sons, a boyfriend Zack, a perfidious eighty-year-old communist mother-in-law with her terrible dog Mefisto, a troublemaker half brother-in-law.
I loved every page of this story, it's fun, fast paced with lots of humor, Christmas atmosphere, suspense, brilliant dialogues.
Although it is the eighth book of the series you can read it easily as a standalone, I had no problems.
This book is perfect for those who love Christmas and cozy mysteries.




About Lois Winston


USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick-lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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giovedì 17 ottobre 2019

Review & Giveaway: Read and Buried by Eva Gates

                   


Read and Buried: 

A Lighthouse Library Mystery 

by Eva Gates

 

About Read and Buried

 
Cozy Mystery 
6th in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (October 15, 2019) 
Hardcover: 325 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643852337 
ISBN-13: 978-1643852331 
Digital ASIN: B07P9MQV3F

Librarian Lucy Richardson unearths a mysterious map dating back to the Civil War. But if she can't crack its code, she may end up read and buried.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Book Club is reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne while workers dig into the earth to repair the Lighthouse Library's foundations. The digging halts when Lucy pulls a battered tin box containing a Civil War-era diary from the pit. Tucked inside is a hand-drawn map of the Outer Banks accompanied by a page written in an indecipherable code.
The library is overrun by people clamoring to see the artifact. Later that night, Lucy and Connor McNeil find the body of historical society member Jeremy Hughes inside the library. Clearly Jeremy was not the only one who broke into the library--the map and the coded page are missing.
Lucy's nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, confesses to entering the library after closing to sneak a peek but denies seeing Jeremy--or his killer. When Lucy discovers that fellow-librarian Charlene had a past with Jeremy, she's forced to do what she vowed not to do--get involved in the case. Meanwhile, the entire library staff and community become obsessed with trying to decode the page. But when the library has a second break in, it becomes clear that someone is determined to solve that code.
My Review
I have chosen to read this story fascinated by the setting, a bookcase in a lighthouse, really suggestive, the ideal job.
During the restoration of the lighthouse the workers find a tin box containing a very old notebook with strange contents, some pages seem written in code and seem to refer to a treasure map. The small town goes crazy, everyone wants to see it and try to decipher the code. The next morning, Lucy, the owner, and Connor, the mayor with whom she had an appointment, find the body of Jeremy, the new head of the Historical Society, and the map is gone. Even if Lucy wants to stay away from investigations every day she gets more and more involved and can't help but investigate.
It's a really compelling story that keeps you glued from the first pages, the plot is really well developed, there are many  interesting stories, many suspects and different twists. The characters are many and well developed, some adorable, others bizarre, other cheaters. All together they create a cozy, bizarre town, full of life of secrets and gossip.
Even if it's the sixth book of this series you can read it easily as standalone, I didn't have any difficulties
Highly recommended for those who love cozy mysteries


About Eva Gates


Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea By The Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library books for Crooked Lane.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It crime writing festival. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
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sabato 5 ottobre 2019

Release Blitz & Giveaway: Dating the DILF by Amali Rose




Title: Dating the DILF
Author: Amali Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2019



Blurb

A reality tv show filled with beautiful women vying for one hot daddy? And, cue scandal...

After years spent concentrating on raising his daughter, Miles Kent is pitched a chance at true love on a new reality dating show. It’s an opportunity so enticing that he’s willing to risk his heart on national television. What follows is a staged disaster that paints him as a cheating scumbag and earns him the title of The Most Hated Man in America.

Determined and tenacious, Charlotte Reed’s life revolves around work and her dream of becoming partner at Chicago’s most esteemed law firm. But the heart and brain often long for different things, as Charlotte quickly learns after a chance encounter with Miles. Falling for him hard and fast, she is soon dreaming of a future with him, and an angelic two-year-old with an unfortunate potty mouth.

Then, she stumbles across the footage and snarky sound bites from the show, and finds herself wondering which version of Miles is real. Will she allow his bad press to turn their lives into must-see tv? Or can she direct her own happily ever after?







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Excerpt

Vibrant blue eyes meet mine, full of mischief, and I allow myself a moment to imagine what it would feel like to look into eyes like that every day. The thought startles me and the moment comes to a quick end when he clears his throat and his teeth sink into his full bottom lip in, what I can only assume is, an attempt to fight the smile quirking his full lips. 
A fight he is losing.
A wave of fresh embarrassment washes over me and I duck my head in an effort to avoid his gaze.
“Don’t you just hate it when they don’t have your favorite flavor?” I force a smile and turn to move away, desperate to leave this moment of disappointment and mortification behind, when the deep timbre of his voice stops me.
“Trust me, nobody feels more passionately about ice cream than I do.” 
I glance up and take in his easy expression. He’s running a hand through his slightly unkempt, dark blond hair, a grin stretching across his face. I notice that his hair isn’t artfully tousled. You know the kind of messy that guys spend far too long on, in an effort to make it look effortless? Instead, it looks as though he spends his days running his hand through it, with zero care for his appearance. I try not to question why that endears this stranger to me.
“If they don’t have my Cherry Garcia, I will burn this place to the ground.” He leans toward me conspiratorially. “Can I trust you to have my back if shit goes down?” 
My answering laugh is loud and unexpected. Somehow this guy has managed to put me at ease and soothe my awkwardness. 
“Of course. Who better to have by your side at a time like that than a fellow ice cream annihilator, stranger or not,” I reply, my face the picture of earnestness.
“See, now, you get it!” He shakes his head gravely. “Not many people do.”






Author Bio


Amali Rose is an Australian author, and former blogger, who released her debut novella in 2017.

A self confessed bookworm, her love affair with the written word began as a child, with The Magic Faraway Tree. Her tastes have grown and evolved over the years, and after stumbling into the indie community a few years ago, she discovered her passion for romance with a side of smut.

When not reading or writing Amali enjoys baking, yoga, cheesy pop music & netflix marathons; and believes strongly that pink, puppies and chocolate make the world a better place!


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venerdì 4 ottobre 2019

Review & Giveaway: Galliano Gold by Traci Andrighetti



Galliano Gold

(Franki Amato Mysteries) 

by Traci Andrighetti

 

About Galliano Gold

 
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series 
Limoncello Press (October 1, 2019) 
Print Length: 327 page 
Digital ASIN: B07XXDC6X9
It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but PI Franki Amato has too many problems to celebrate. A proven Sicilian lemon tradition hasn’t landed her a proposal, so her nonna has amped up the meddling to get her married, and pronto. Franki’s also under pressure to solve the strange murder of a family friend’s nephew, Nick Pescatore, who was found on a Mississippi River steamboat rumored to be haunted. When the sinister old boat sets sail on an overnight gambling cruise, Franki goes undercover with a motley crew, including a Mark Twainophile captain with a murderous past and a slimy galley chef with a mobster brother, not to mention an ex-stripper landlady with a newfound career as a memoir writer and all-too public speaker. Franki has to figure out what missing Civil War gold, a playing card, and a mysterious woman on roller skates have to do with Nick’s death. If she doesn’t, it’s anchors aweigh for Franki—down to Davy Jones’ locker.
My Review
I love this author, every book of hers is a pleasant discovery, a perfect mix of laughter, romance and mystery.
Franki Amato must find out what happened to the nephew of a family friend, he is mysteriously missing . To do this she must work undercover on a haunted ship. Meanwhile, she is waiting for the much-desired marriage proposal
The characters are really colorful and bizarre, adorable. Franki and her crazy Italian family are the must of fun, especially Nonna.
It is the first book in this series that I read, I had no difficulty but I am very curious to read Franki's previous adventures.
The plot is very engaging that once started it is really hard to put it down, there are many twists, lots of romance but above all lots of laughs
For those who love cozy funny mysteries it is a must read.



About Traci Andrighetti

Traci Andrighetti is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Franki Amato Mysteries and the Danger Cove Hair Salon Mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime--writing, that is. Her latest capers are teaching mystery writing for Savvy Authors and taking aspiring and established authors on intensive writing retreats to Italy with LemonLit.
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mercoledì 2 ottobre 2019

Review & Giveaway: When It's Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano

When It's Time for Leaving 

by Ang Pompano

About The Book

 
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series 
Encircle Publications, LLC (October 1, 2019) 
Paperback: 274 pages 
ISBN-10: 1948338920 
ISBN-13: 978-1948338929 
Digital ASIN: B07TYQ8PDL
When his girlfriend dumps him and a dealer nearly rams him off a bridge, Al DeSantis quits the New Haven Police Department. Just as he plans to head for LA, he finds out the father who left when he was a kid has deeded him the Blue PalmettoDetective Agency in Georgia. Al goes down to Savannah intending to sell fast and go west, but before he can, he discovers a strong, attractive detective named Maxine, a dead body on the dock—and his father, alive, suffering from dementia, and determined to help his “new partner Al” solve the crime. Al has a lot of adjusting to do when his traditional ideas are challenged as he has to act as his father’s caretaker, and finds that Maxine is his superior in the agency that he “owns.” When his father goes missing, Al and Max must team up to save his father--and capture the murderer.
My Review
It's a compelling detective mystery, with a bit of romance and lots of action and suspense. It is very well written, the plot is well intertwined and the pace is flowing.
Al has the chance to change his life after breaking up with his ex-girlfriend Kim. His father, who he has not seen for twenty-eight years, is admitted to a clinic because of senile dementia and has left him a home and a detective agency in Savannah. Here he also has a boat, a nice car and a precious and attractive colleague Max. Together they must investigate a body found at the dock behind his father's house.
The characters are well characterized, Al and Max are a great couple, intelligent, with great investigative skills and with  a great harmony between them. The old Al is an unbearable grumbler.
To read for those who love classic detective stories


About Ang Pompano


Ang Pompano has been writing mysteries for more than twenty years. His mystery novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING will be published on October 1, 2019, by Encircle Publications. His short stories have been published in many award-winning anthologies, including the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, PARNELL HALL PRESENTS MALICE DOMESTIC: MURDER MOST EDIBLE. His newest story, "Stringer" will appear in SEASCAPE: THE BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2019. In addition, he has written many academic pieces including one on teaching detective fiction. A member of Mystery Writers of America, he is a past recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America Scholarship for a novel in progress. He has been on the New England Crime Bake Planning Committee for fourteen years and is a long-time board member of Sisters in Crime New England. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, an artist, and his two rescue dogs, Quincy and Dexter.
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sabato 28 settembre 2019

Release Blitz & Giveaway: Noble Savages: A Dark High School Bully Romance Box Set




Title: Noble Savages
A Dark High School Bully Romance Box Set
Authors: Natalie Bennett, Nicole Cypher,
Rina Kent, Logan Fox & Esme Devlin
Genre: Dark High School Bully Romance
Release Date: September 26, 2019



Blurb

Cruel. Brutal. Vicious. Lawless. Merciless.

Maybe you’re the new girl.
Maybe you’ve always had it coming.
Maybe you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Either way, you’re about to become the victim.
You’re about to bow, break, and bend the knee. You’re about to kneel at my feet.
I’ll destroy your credibility.
I’ll do whatever it takes to keep you by my side.
I’ll make you learn the hard way there is only one way out.
And when all is said and done, I’ll leave you begging for me to do it again...

Five possessive, controlling bullies.
Five strong, spirited heroines.
Welcome to their Savage Kingdom.


Noble Savages by Natalie Bennett, Nicole Cypher, Esme Devlin, Logan Fox and Rina Kent is a five books dark high school romance boxset.
All standalone.
All full length.
No cliffhangers.
All the angst, the steam, and HEA you've been looking for.







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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Pyro, Pyro, Burning Bright by Miri Stone




Title: Pyro, Pyro, Burning Bright
Series: Phoenix Crew #1
Author: Miri Stone
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2019



Blurb

FROM THE ASHES, EVEN THE MONSTERS CAN BE REBORN.

Mackenzie wakes up, naked, in front of a burning apartment with amnesia and a voice in her head telling her to run. But when she takes refuge in a small mountain town, the fire beckons. The voice in her head has a disturbing connection to the flames. And yet, she can’t seem to stay away from Ryan, the local Fire Chief and bear shifter alpha.

Too bad it’s a terrible idea to date a fireman when you’re harboring an inner pyro...

Ryan is on the hunt for the arsonist who’s stalking his town. Yet, he can’t get his mind off Mackenzie, the sassy new barista who pours lattes like a dream. When she keeps turning up at increasingly dangerous call-outs, he has to decide…

Is his mate the arsonist or merely a soul swept up in the flames?

Their sexual charge is through the roof. But their lives, and the lives of everyone they love, are set to combust if they don’t work out the true identity of the arsonist. Because he has a dark vendetta of his own. One that will not be denied.

PYRO, PYRO, BURNING BRIGHT is the first book in a suspense-filled, paranormal shifter romance series. If you like kick-ass female main characters, sexy bear shifters, troubled villains, sizzling romances, and high-stakes adventures packed with mystery then you’ll love Miri Stone’s PHOENIX CREW series.

This is a full length novel (133k words) and written for mature audiences (18+ only please!) It includes explicit sex scenes, frequent cussing, and hot growly alpha males bumping up against sassy heroines who can hold their own.







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Author Bio


I write steamy romance novels with lashings of fantasy and adventure in them. I'm a writing mamma, an award winning filmmaker, a fellow book devourer and a hopeless coffee addict.

I believe in magic, the power of love, and that stories transform lives. Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper growing up in New Zealand, I've been telling wild and fantastical tales. Now I'm living in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. with my young family.

My head is inhabited by a vast and wonderful array of book boyfriends and feisty heroine crushes (why choose?!) and a menagerie of imaginary friends that often feel more real than life itself.
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