Monday, 23 October 2017

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz! The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery







Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 



Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.





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American writer Nora Tierney is house hunting in Oxford to solidify her little family that includes her almost-year old son, Sean, and her partner, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes. But why does she feel like she's being followed? 

When tracking devices confirm Nora has a stalker, it sets off a chain of events that connect to Declan's murder investigation of a young Oxford art restorer, and will bring bioterrorism and a psychopath into their lives, while Sean's hangs in the balance. The fourth Nora Tierney English mystery is the most tension-filled yet, a meditation on what is family and home, combined with art theft and an international conspiracy.





This is the fourth book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone it is so much more enjoyable if you read the series in order! So find the entire series below.


Find the links to the entire series here:
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Snippets:


(From Ch 2:)

“Is Sean still asleep?”

He looked over his shoulder and nodded. The toddler dozed with his bunny clamped tightly under one arm.

“I need to talk to you about something.” Nora took a deep breath. The sun came in the window and highlighted the freckles across her nose.

“What is it?” Was this it? Was she finally going to ask him to move in with her? This was one conversation he knew they needed to have. They would be in Brighton soon.



She kept her eyes on the road in front of her as she rooted around inside a pocket of the large bag she carried, and handed him what looked like a silver button. “Can you tell me what this is? Because I think I’m being followed.”



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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Pistols and Poplin






USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.

Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.

She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

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Amelia C. Adams is the author of twenty-five sweet Western romance novels, the mother of four children, and the eater of chocolate cake and tacos. Many tacos. Too many tacos to count. Because cheese. And meat. Meat and cheese.
She has hit the Amazon bestseller list three times and has the screenshots to prove it. Even though she’s only been publishing Westerns for two years, she plans to do it forever and ever, or until the cows come home, whichever happens first. She credits her own pioneer heritage for this new interest, and is glad that she doesn’t have to wear twelve petticoats to be considered modest. 

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Carra Copelin is an award winning and Amazon Best Selling Author in contemporary and historical romances but, unlike so many other authors, didn't write from childhood or read long into the night beneath the covers with a flashlight. She found romance novels as an adult. After reading about a million, she discovered numerous people residing in her head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Past President of Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus she regularly contributes to romance blog, Smart Girls Read Romance. She is a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Carra and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy family and their three beautiful grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching with her fabulous critique partners, she enjoys playing Bridge, working on crochet projects, and tracking down relatives through genealogy.    

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Peggy L Henderson is an award-winning, best-selling western historical and time travel romance author of the Yellowstone Romance Series, Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Teton Romance Trilogy, and the Blemished Brides and Wilderness Brides Western Historical Romance Series. When she’s not writing about Yellowstone, the Tetons, or the old west, she’s out hiking the trails, spending time with her family and pets, or catching up on much-needed sleep. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California. 

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A transplanted Scot, Margery now lives on a lake in Canada.

Although she grew up as far away from the old west as possible, she’s always had a love affair with the men and women who settled the untamed land west of the Mississippi. Glued to TV westerns like Maverick, Rawhide and Gunsmoke, and reading stories of Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin, it was only natural that when she started writing, she wrote what she loved to watch and read. When she’s not writing or travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next novel, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.
  
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"Five brand-new sweet Western novellas by five of your favorite authors!


Mail Order Miller by Kirsten Osbourne

No one wants to employ Doris Miller, and no man is interested in her. Traveling two-thousand miles across country to marry a stranger may seem strange to some, but it’s the answer to her troubles.
Harvey Butler’s children are the scourge of the town of Salmon, Oregon. When one of the women of the town insists he needs a bride, he’s certain he could never find someone willing to marry him. When he receives a response from Doris Miller, he’s convinced it will be a marriage of convenience, and they will simply coexist. Will Doris be able to change his mind about his future?

The Risk and the Reward by Amelia C. Adams

Sybil James has worked her way up and is now employed as the ladies' maid for Lady Douglas, a wealthy woman of distinction. When Lady Douglas decides to travel to America to visit her son, she gives the girl a chance to see the world and experience things she could only dream about before.
Grant Douglas is enjoying his life as an American businessman, all the while knowing that he'll eventually return to England to run the family estate. Circumstances force his hand early and he must drop everything to set things to rights--one of those things being the stewardship of a lovely young ladies' maid who finds herself without a home.
Two very different worlds collide . . . two hearts must decide what it is they most want.

Emmeline: Bride of Arkansas by Carra Copelin
Emmeline Weidner was left at the altar by her intended. Seeking to heal her bruised feminine ego, she moves in with her sister. While learning to cope with her new life, she discovers she isn’t content to live the life of a spoiled society woman. Can she let go of her newfound independence when the right man comes along?
Lincoln Bass returns to Flat Rock Point, Arkansas a year after the accident that almost cost his life. His former employer has asked him for help at the lumber mill. He is apprehensive, but feels he owes the man who saved his life. Then he crosses paths with the most delectable, yet bewildering female he’s ever encountered.

In His Thoughts by Peggy L. Henderson

Assigned to a position in the newly formed Yellowstone National Park, life seems like it couldn't get any better for Ben Ferguson. But patrolling for poachers is fraught with danger, and he soon finds his future looking bleak. Images of a blue-eyed guardian angel are the only thing he has to pull him from the edge of death.

Crazy. Worthless. Demon-possessed. Clara Youngblood has been labeled many things by people who cannot understand the challenges she must confront every day within her own mind. When all seems dark, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a retired soldier.

Ben and Clara wouldn't have chosen the circumstances that brought them together, but they soon discover their importance in rescuing each other.


The High Stakes Bride by Margery Scott

Chloe Taggart has one goal—to leave Rocky Ridge as soon as possible and see the world. She has no intention of ever being under a man’s thumb, and she has no desire to spend her life cooking and cleaning when she could be sailing the Pacific or touring ancient Greek ruins.

Even though Austin Hayward is content with his life on his ranch, it would be perfect if he had a wife to share it with. Unfortunately, there is only one woman he’s interested in marrying—Chloe Taggart. Chloe and Austin have known each other for years, but she’s never looked at him as anything more than a friend.

When Chloe’s father loses his diner to Austin in a poker game, Austin makes her a proposition—her father will get his diner back, and Austin will get Chloe."

Note: the formatting issues mentioned by some of the reviews have been corrected, and we apologize! :)






The High Stakes Bride by Margery Scott

Snippet:

       Hopefully, one day he’d be able to kiss her the way he dreamed of and she’d respond the same way. For now, he’d have to be gentle and patient.
       He spoke quietly, hoping his voice was soft enough that the pastor wouldn’t be able to hear him. “It’s not fatal, or if it is, I’m doing it wrong.”

He smiled at her. She nodded a moment before he lowered his head to hers. He grazed her lips softly, barely touching them, but it was enough to make him almost groan with the intensity of his desire for her.

He forced himself to pull away before he scared her. As it was, when he met her gaze, she was looking at him with a dazed expression on her face, as if she’d never seen him before. It was disconcerting, to say the least.


Random facts:

1. I was born in a town in Scotland that dates back to the 12th century. I'm told I'm a descendant of Robert the Bruce (of Braveheart fame <g>)

2. I'm an ice cream addict.

3. I'm phobic about bees, wasps and hornets.

4. Shooting pool is one of my favorite things to do, and I've been lucky enough to win two trips to Las Vegas to play in a national championship.


5. I'm trying to give up sugar, so I hung a warning sign on my office door :)




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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz! Chasing Shadows






Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.



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Someone has decided to become the moral compass for the women in town, and now they're turning up dead. It will be up to Detective Lacy Pratt to find their killer before her relationship with Declan Matthews, brother to one of the victims, marks her as a target.



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Snippet:

He could already see the steely-eyed look she was giving him as she parked and climbed from the car.
Resting her arms on the top of the car, she looked up at him. “What are you doing on my steps?”
“Waiting for you. We had a family dinner at my parents’ house, but you were working. So my mom sent leftovers for you.”
She drummed her fingers on the roof of the car. “What did she send?”
“Get up here and find out.”
Lacy hesitated for a moment before closing the car door and walking toward him. “Did she send flowers too?”
“Nope, that’s all me. I get credit for being sappy.”
“Flowers die, Matthews.”
“They sure do. But for a while they give off joy. I thought you could use some joy,” he said, noticing that her face twitched as if she wanted to smile, but it would have been out of character for her.
Picking the bag up from the step, she moved to the door and pushed it open.
“You don’t lock your door?” He wasn’t sure if that was a scolding or sheer amazement for what he considered stupidity.

“Sucks that you’ve been sitting out here this whole time when you could have been inside where it’s nice and I have a wide selection of TV channels.”



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Friday, 20 October 2017

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz! Kate Empowered





"Cindy M. Hogan is a bestselling author of young adult suspense and action and adventure novels that always have a dash of clean romance. After her first series, The Watched Series, skyrocketed her to number one, she hasn’t let up and now has over 20 novels to her name.

She’s always on the move and never sits down to write, instead she walks and talks into a recorder and lets her computer transcribe her words. If she isn’t writing or editing, she’s teaching, gardening or doing crafts. You’ll always find her listening to an audiobook while working in her park-like yard, cooking or baking something delicious. She dreams to someday have a German style bakery with a cute to-go window for Gelato.

Cindy loves to create and her most prized creation is her two amazing daughters, and she secretly wishes they were teenagers again. She loves to be home, but her husband is a die-hard traveler and takes her family around the world. During her travels, she finds an endless supply of story ideas, characters and settings, walking away with either a suntan or jetlag.

Her contagious laughter is the cure to almost anything. To read a novel of hers is to see a piece of Cindy, as she puts her all into every novel she writes.

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The Mafia has a stranglehold on everything Kate loves, and Kate is determined to end it. First they claimed her father, then destroyed her mother. The guy Kate cares for most is as much a prisoner as the family who raised her. And now, after all she’s lost, the Mafia wants to recruit her. But Kate has had enough. As long as the Mafia exists, she and her loved ones will live and die in fear, cowering under a dark, all-encompassing power. That leaves Kate with little choice. With the help of her Mafia-boss grandmother and a desperate wish for freedom, Kate must risk everyone she loves—and everything she is—to become the weapon that will take the Mafia down once and for all. If you like thought provoking, action-filled novels, you will love the latest action/adventure hit Kate Empowered by Cindy M. Hogan. Buy Kate Empowered to continue the addicting Code of Silence Series and enter the chilling and gripping world of the Mafia


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Q&A With the Author:

1.       When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? 
Oh, my heck! I was minding my own business teaching when I had the most AWESOME dream! It was so vivid and clear and there was something about it that shifted my world. I knew the dream was important, but I didn't know exactly why. At first, I thought it was supposed to be a movie, but when no one could direct me to a movie producer, I decided just to write the dream down so that when I ran into a movie producer, I could give the idea to him. I started writing and bam! I couldn't stop. That was it, I was an author.

2.       Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it? 
Three actually. I just handed in the next Christy spy novel to my editor. I'm so excited about it. I'm still looking for a title...any ideas. It comes out in November. While that's with my editor, I'm working on Kate Empowered (Code of Silence Series #4) the exciting, fourth and final book staring Kate Hamilton and the mafia. I hope to have that out in January. Send me all the good vibes to make it happen. And finally, I'm working on my urban fantasy series. I'm so in love with this idea you guys. I've written 2 prequels and the first book (which I'm editing as soon as I get Kate Unleashed finished) So many ideas and so little time. I need to split myself into four.

3.       What is your favorite writing snack? 
pellet ice. But let's face it, there's nothing like a good piece of chocolate or bacon- lots of bacon

4.       If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve? 
Jeremy- he's hot and we would eat steak and potatoes, Belgian waffles with chocolate sticks cutting through them for dessert, or maybe a crepe from France-nutella and banana or strawberries and cream.

5.       Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
 I learned all the things. Hahaha. No, seriously, each book teaches me something else about myself. My first book, however, taught me that I could be tough- that I could face criticism with what it was meant to be-encouragement and thoughtful help. That those who gave the criticism were giving it to help me become the best author I could be.

6.       How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? 
I don't think I relax like normal people. I love to work. Hahahaha. My idea of fun is doing stuff like gardening, hiking, woodworking, cooking, baking--lots of baking.

7.       What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it? 
Hmmm. Like, I'd love to own a German bakery, but I'm not doing anything to work toward it.  So, I'd say becoming a New York Times bestseller. I just made USA Today Bestseller List, so I'm one step closer. I'm writing like crazy and my agent is going to help me get there.

8.       What do you fear most?  
Not being good enough- Seriously, that would suck.

9. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day? 
Oh, my goodness- there is so much to know. Go learn it all at writers' conferences. They will rock your world and you will make some of the best friends of your life.




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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz! Sons of the Sphinx





I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. 

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.





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When 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena, she doesn't count on falling for him.

Once back in Ancient Egypt, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena if not all she must do and is not as easy as she thought it would be, even though she carries part of the lost queen in her soul. She must also keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth's evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back
 home.







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Snippet:

No way! “Hey, Tut. This sphinx still has its nose. This isn’t The Sphinx.”

“What are you saying, Roosa? Come and help me clear the sand away from the stele.” “I said, this isn’t The Sphinx. It still has its nose.”

“Of course, it has a nose. That’s the way it was made.”

“No. You don’t understand,” I protest. “The Sphinx in my time has no nose. It’s been broken off for centuries.”

Tut casts me a perplexed look. A tingling sensation goes through me like when you touch your tongue to the two terminals of a battery. “Come, Roosa. We need to unbury the stele.”

I follow blindly, still looking at the undamaged face of the Sphinx. It’s definitely more striking to see it in one piece.

“People have always wondered what happened to it,” I say more to myself than to Tut. “Guess I won’t find out now.”

It is only as I help Tut scoop the sand away from the top edge of the stele that I realize the sand has drifted and blown all around the Sphinx, burying it up to its neck in places. No wonder it appears smaller.

The desert always reclaims its own, even mighty Pharaohs.”

I jerk my head up searching for the voice. I glance at Tut, but he continues to dig.

My hands wrap themselves around my stomach. The nausea’s coming back. It is her. It is Ankhesenamun.

“It is all right, Rosa. Here in my homeland I find communication easier for short moments.”

Tut stops digging, his eyes glued on me. “Please, Rosa. Show him I still love and support him.”

Confused, I start to question her, but like an avalanche, the answer bursts into my mind.

The picture at home in my room. The two of them. Her longing sits heavy in the pit of my stomach. Unable to do anything else, I nod ever so slightly. Then, with Tut’s expression still questioning, I reach out and touch him as she does in the picture. Energy flows down my arm into my fingertips. Tut grips my hand and presses it to his heart.



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