sabato 30 aprile 2016

Review & Giveaway: Raisin the Dead by Karoline Barrett

Raisin the Dead
by Karoline Barrett

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Raisin the Dead:
A Bread and Batter Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: InterMix (April 19, 2016)


The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…
While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldelli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.
When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

My Review

This is a mystery full of twists and turns with great female characters, a beautiful community of women willing to help and support each other.
Molly and her best friend Olivia own  Bread and Batter but are also two amateur detectives. The whole city is excited for the visit of Serafina Alessi, owner of the most famous companies that produce fragrances. Molly instead is concerned about seeing a picture of gossip regarding her mother: Anne has a dinner at a romantic restaurant with a man who isn't her husband. He is the president of the Library Advisory Board and the fiancé of Jil, her mother's colleague. Things get complicated when he is found dead in his house by Serafina Alessi, his great-niece. Detective Sean Corsino, Molly's boyfriend, seems suspect Molly's mother, but doesn't want to involve her in his investigations. When a car accident prevents him from continuing the investigation, Molly and Olivia will replace him and will end again in danger.
I love this small town in New York, is so cute and friendly, with amazing shops and warm people.
Molly was a great main character. She had ingenuity, spunk, spirit and was kind and intelligent. I hated Serfina, was really arrogant, irritating, superb. The love story between Sean and Molly was very sweet and tormented. They are very different: she is a vegetarian, he loves meat, have different political ideas but they manage to love respecting the other's ideas.
This is the second book in this series although I haven't read the first book, it in no way disrupted my enjoyment of this book.
It's a well written mystery, with vivid descriptions, charming characters and engaging storyline. There is humor and a perfect blend of romance, mystery and action.
if you like romantic mystery books Raisin the Dead is one to add to your list.


About The Author –

I live in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, taking pictures, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math..

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Review & Giveaway: Without A Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman

Without A Doubt
by Nancy Cole Silverman

Without a Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Henery Press (May 24, 2016)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110258


As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when the suspect calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation.
In order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts—pitting them against one another—before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.
Related subjects include: women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, suspense, noir.
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Praise for this series:
“Carol is a smart, savvy heroine that will appeal to readers. This is a cozy with a bite.” – Rosemary Smith, Books for Avid Readers (on Shadow of Doubt)
“Fast paced and cleverly plotted, an edgy cozy with undertones of noir.” –Sue McGinty, Author of the Bella Kowalski Central Coast Mysteries (on Beyond a Doubt)

My Review

This cozy mystery is really  compelling: set in the world of Hollywood and of journalism with a international traffic of jewelry to be unmasked and a difficult choice between  sense of duty and love, it's really hard not to be captivated by this story.
Carol is a very good journalist, her radio is usually concerned with pleasing and leisure topics. While she is playing a service about holiday and enjoying with her friend the various chocolate treats of the best pastry shops, assists to two shocking events. First, she sees her fiancé Eric get out of a jewelry store together with a famous woman of dubious reputation. After a bomb explodes, just in that jewelery. It doesn't seem a terrorist attack but a gang of jewel thieves who made many similar robberies. Carol can't help but investigate and interferes with the work of Eric, that is carrying out undercover.
Carol is a charming character, cute, smart, is a pleasure to be in her company. She tries to reconcile the requirements of her boss, who wants only light services, with her curiosity and desire to investigate and deal with most interesting topics. She is able to be a present mother. It's difficult, however, to maintain a relationship with an FBI agent: policeman and journalist is not an easy relationship to make working.
I have read only the second book in this series, each book can be read as a standalone, but once you have known Carol is hard not to want to spend more time with her. I look forward to her new adventure.
The plot is well developed, smooth and intriguing. The pace is fast, flowing. All the characters are believable and engaging.
I have no hesitation in recommending it highly.

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About The Author –

Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, debuted July 2015. The third, Without A Doubtis available in May 2016. For more information visit

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Book Blast &Giveaway: A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews

Kiss and a dream

A Kiss and a Dream 
by Linda Andrews

 She escapes with a dead woman's name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife's betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth? Gretchen Foltz honors her late father's request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger's home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust. Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he'll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he's left yearning for more. Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?

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  Excerpt: In this scene, Gretchen learns that Kian has a secret dream to be a carriage driver on the island. She has a dream of her own and knows the power of them, so she is determined to help him achieve his goal. "It was a stupid dream. I should sell it, ta pay ya." Kian jerked the covering into place and turned away. "Nein. No." She followed him. "Dream is not stupid. Dream is good." She slowed down to hit the correct sound at the end. Just so he understood. He yanked pieces of oak from the pile near the door and dropped them into her pail. "I help you vith your dream." She pulled out the bigger pieces and returned them to the stack before tugging the handle from his grip. Selecting the right size for the cook stove, she filled her bucket. "You see." "Why?" He stared at the wood pile and huddled in his jacket. She didn't want to think too hard about the why. Instead, she clasped the pail to her chest and hustled for the door. He beat her there and pushed back the snow, so she could squeeze through the opening. Before she exited, he stayed her with a hand on her arm. "Why?" "Because I have the dreams, too. And you are helping to make them true." She ducked under his arm and walked into the cold. More than he knew. Maybe more than was safe for her heart. add to goodreads 

  Linda AndrewsAuthor Linda Andrews Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.” All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.
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venerdì 29 aprile 2016

Review & Giveaway: Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee

Most Likely To Series, Book One
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
April 19, 2016, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle

One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

My Review

It 's a sweet and romantic novel, really exciting with many twists and a little mystery, set in a small and cozy town with really amazing characters.
When she left her town and her best friends, Melanie hoped to succeed. Instead, ten years later, she returns home as a defeat for the meeting of classmates. Single mother, without work and without money. River Bend is the better place to start over and to offer a better future to her daughter. Here she has a job and the support of her best friends. Another reason to stay is Wyatt, a charming man, sexy, kind and full of patient. Melanie was hurt and disappointed by men, it will not be easy to get into her heart.
Melanie is a strong woman, despite many difficulties she has never given up, is very brave: it's not easy to return to a city where everyone knows  her and is quick to judge her failure. Hope is a sweet and smart little girl. Very nice also Miss Gina, the owner of B & B that welcomes Melanie and her child as a loving aunt. I really loved the relationship between Jo, Melanie and Zoe: they are great friends, even if they had not seen for many years is like if they had always been together.
I'm really happy to know that it is the first book in a new series, I can not wait to read the next chapter.
This is a wonderfully written contemporary romance which I enjoyed very much. This was a truly engaging and delightful read with a good pace.
I definitely recommend this one.


New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.  


Praise for Doing It Over
“The romance between fiercely independent Melanie and charming Wyatt heats up even as outsiders threaten to derail their newfound happiness. This novel will hook readers with its warm, inviting characters and the promise for similar future installments.” –Publishers Weekly
 “This brand-new trilogy, Most Likely To, based on yearbook superlatives, kicks off with a novel that will encourage you to root for the incredibly likable Melanie. Her friends are hilarious and readers will swoon over Wyatt, who is charming and strong. Even Melanie’s daughter, Hope, is a hoot! This romance is jam-packed with animated characters, and Bybee displays her creative writing talent wonderfully. –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


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mercoledì 27 aprile 2016

Review & Giveaway: With A Vengeance by Annette Dashofy

With A Vengeance
by Annette Dashofy

With A Vengeance (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Henery Press (May 3, 2016)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110173


Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.
At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, audio books for download, police procedurals series, amateur sleuth books.
Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:

My Review

I have  read the third book in this series, I liked it a lot and I couldn't wait to read another adventure of Zoe. This is even better than the previous one. It 's really exciting, full of suspense and tension, once you start it's hard to put it down.
Zoe and her colleagues always intervene in dangerous situations to help the sick and the wounded. But this time they are attacked. And it happens a second time. It can't be a coincidence. Paramedics are terrified, and each time they receive an emergency call are afraid to go. Pete, the police chief, is worried, afraid that Zoe can be hurted, he is very much in love with her. He must be thoroughly investigated to find the culprit before someone gets really hurt.
The characters are well developed and Zoe and Pete are a great couple. She is brave, loyal, generous but maybe too curious and often ends up in trouble. Pete is brave, loyal, honest, a great man of the law. He's  very protective of Zoe and tries to keep her out of trouble, very difficult task. I also loved the support and solidarity between Zoe and her colleagues: they are all willing to help each other and overcome together this anguishing moment without failing in their duty.
This book is very well written with a dramatic plot with twists and turns that were unexpected. This was a truly engaging and delightful read. The story had a good pace and a wonderful blend of romance, mystery and action.
I have no hesitation in recommending it highly.

Dashofy-1559 (534x800)About The Author –

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township.CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE, published by Henery Press, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014. LOST LEGACY, was released in September 2014 followed in April 2015 by BRIDGES BURNED, which has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. WITH A VENGEANCE, the fourth in the series, will be available May 3.
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lunedì 25 aprile 2016

Review & Giveaway: Snowfall and Secrets by Kierra Quinn

Snowfall and Secrets
by Kierra Quinn


GENRE:  Contemporary Romance



Tess escapes from Florida with a secret as big as Miami. She needs to find someplace to lay low and be on hide from her overbearing family. Mackinac Island, Michigan, should be the perfect place to hide out. However, her timing is a little off, it's the dead of winter and she's never been in temperatures below fifty degrees. Just her luck, her landlord, Lukas, is as hot as the sun. He's also moody and hiding secrets as well. Which suits Tess fine. A man is the last complication she needs. A Michigan blizzard leaves them trapped in the same house together and things heat up, fast. Tess finds herself falling for Lukas, in spite of the secrets that could ruin everything before it even begins.


My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It 's a very compelling romance,  romantic with a wonderful love story but aso full of mystery, both characters have secrets to hide.
Tess needs to leave Florid and go away. She finds a job in a small island of Michigan. She is not prepared to find so bitterly cold. Fortunately tTo welcome her there is  her new landlord, Lukas. He tries to help her cover herself properly and lends her some clothes. Tess does not really need to fall in love but can not resist the attraction she feels for him. Tess and Lukas  have very painful secrets that threaten to ruin their relationship before it begins. Their love will be stronger than their secrets?
The plot is intriguing, well-developed and very realistic, with a fast and flowing pace, I read it all in one afternoon, I could not put it down. I really loved the setting, this remote island where in the winter the only connections  are the sleds and planes. A truly romantic atmosphere.
I can not wait to read the next book in this series, I'm really curious to learn more about the frat brothers of Lukas.
 I highly recommend this book!



“Can I help you?” Tess licked her spoonful of peanut butter, and Lukas coughed.

“Making sure you’re comfortable and everything is working okay.” He nodded to her gas fireplace. “That thing giving you any trouble?”

“Where’s Dio?” She peered around him. There were only his footprints in the snow though.

“I haven’t been to the house yet.” He shrugged. “I wanted to check on you.”

“I’m fine. Not such an empty-headed beach bum I can’t figure out how to turn on the heat.” She left him there at the door, figuring he knew how to shut it when he left. Grabbing a blanket, Tess curled up on the couch, boots and all.

Instead of taking the hint, Lukas invited himself in and pushed the door closed. He took off his coat and tossed it over a chair. Tess ate another spoonful of peanut butter as she watched him kneel down and check the fireplace. The view of his flannel shirt pulled tight across his shoulders was the best thing she’d seen in a while, and that irritated her more.

“I said it was fine,” she grumbled.

“Spoiling for a fight, huh? Must have been a bad day.” He didn’t even look at her. “Did you not like the kids?”

It took every ounce of discipline she had not to chuck her jar of peanut butter at his head. Not get along with the kids? He must not have gotten the memo from Doc that she was the best teacher to hit this island in the last decade. Then again, Doc kept that disgusting Chris employed. Doc’s expectations must not rise above warm bodies that stayed past September.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kierra Quinn and her husband Michael love to travel the world together. From the hills of Scotland to the beaches of Thailand, their wanderlust takes them on adventures all over the world. But their favorite corner of the Earth is their home on Nova Scotia, that they share with their two Dobermans, Calcifer and Turnip. Kierra dyes hair by day and at night she loses herself in the worlds of her romance novels. She loves to cook, binge watch Netflix, and cuddle up with her boys and watch storms roll in over the ocean.

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