Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Welcome to Brokenville


Title: Welcome to Brokenville (Twisted Tales of Saddie Cross) Book 1
Author: Jasmine Lee
Cover Photography: Tabitha Patterson
Cover Models: Brittney Renea, Austin Nicole, Melanie, Olivia, Alex, David Austin and Dakota
Make-Up Artist: Skye Todd Makeup Artistry, Malisa Howell & Tabitha Patterson
Cover Design: Sheri McGathy
Inside Photography: Tabitha Patterson
Inside Image Design: Sheri McGathy
Editor: Adrian J Smith
Formatting: Champagne Formats
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Genre - Young Adult, Paranormal, Fiction, Teen, Action/Adventure

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who believed in Fairytales. But as time went on and the girl grew-up she quit believing.
Until one day she found herself in a strange land. Not knowing if she was mad or sane. She did the only thing she could.
She went in search of the truth.  Only to find herself trapped in her worst nightmare to come alive.
As she fights against the unknown and familiar, she befriends several unusual creatures and humans alike.
But when the time comes, she finds herself torn…
Between reality and Brokenville.


This novel is a cross between an abstract painting and a super villain tale.
We go into it believing we know who the heroine will be, but quickly discover that things are not as they seem and people may not be what or who they appear.
Even those characters who come across as secondary might possibly be exerting more influence than at first recognized. We also come to understand that each of us has special abilities that we can only find and hone when we put in the effort and align our own mind.

One thing I enjoyed in addition to the prose, was reading about how this book and the associated photos came into being. Besides being educational and interesting, it gave me thoughts of being able to accomplish something similar. Very encouraging

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Well lets see, I could tell ya a grand story full of A-list celebrities but lets face it, that only happens in books. I'm married and have two kiddos a son who is a avid baseball player and a daughter who is very passionate about horses. I was born and raised in a small country town in Deep East Texas. Not playing the POP is like 300 people!! I love writing/reading and taking pictures. All 3 have been long time hobbies of mine.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Glasgow Kiss

Glasgow Kiss

by Alex Gray

on Tour May 8-31, 2017


Glasgow Kiss by Alex Gray
Eric Chalmers is one of the most popular teachers at Muirpark Secondary School in Glasgow. Gentle and kind, he is the one adult students trust as a confidant. So when precocious teenager Julie Donaldson accuses Chalmers of rape, the school goes into shock. How could a deeply religious family man like Chalmers do such a thing? With some students and teachers supporting Julie, and others standing by Chalmers, life at Muirpark is far from harmonious. And then the situation gets much worse – Julie Donaldson goes missing, and the police are called in.
For DCI William Lorimer, this is the second missing persons case in a week. He's had too many sleepless nights worrying about a toddler who has been missing for several days. Julie's disappearance adds a further burden to Lorimer's already overstretched workload. With each day, the likelihood of either girl being found alive diminishes, and Lorimer finds himself racing against the clock to save innocent lives.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Harper Witness
Publication Date: May 9th 2017
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062659162 (ISBN13: 9780062659163)
Series: DCI Lorimer #6
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Read an excerpt:

They were walking a little apart now. Her face was in profile, half shaded by the overhanging trees so that he could not make out her expression, though from time to time he would sneak a glance to see if she was looking his way. Her long pale-golden hair was twisted into plaits, leaving the cheekbones naked and exposed. It should have made her seem like a child but instead she looked older, more remote, and Kyle wished she’d left it loose as she usually did, burnished and glimmering in the afternoon sunshine.
It hadn’t always been like this. They’d walked through Dawsholm Park loads of times, sometimes hand in hand, dawdling by the grass verges, snatching the chance to have a quick kiss.
But now, Kyle thought gloomily, these halcyon days were over. Halcyon had been Kyle’s favourite word last term. His English teacher, Mrs. Lorimer, had explained that it derived from a Greek story about a mythical bird that in the middle of winter made its nest floating upon the Aegean seas. The bird had magical powers to make the waters calm and the winds drop. Kyle loved that story and had used the word in his own mind to describe his relationship with Julie. He’d even dreamed of them once – floating together like that bird, side by side, waves lapping gently against their boat. Something made him shiver suddenly and the girl turned to him, a question in her eyes. Kyle shook his head, too full to speak. She was still watching him and must have seen the bob of his Adam’s apple as he swallowed back the tears.
‘All right?’ Her voice was full of concern, but not for what was happening between them. Not for that.
‘Aye, fine,’ he replied but failed to stifle the sigh escaping from his chest. Would she stick with him out of pity after seeing his battered face? Part of him wanted to have Julie around, her warmth and loveliness blotting out the misery of the last two days. But deep down he knew he’d lost her long before his father’s release from prison.
‘D’you want to talk about it?’ She had stopped walking now and was looking at him, frowning. ‘It might help . . .’ Her voice trailed off in an unspoken apology.
Kyle shrugged. He hadn’t talked about it to anyone though he’d done a fair amount of listening. His gran’s house had been full of talk: recriminations, wild accusations and shouting. But that was because women did that sort of thing. And because Kyle was Gran’s favourite, the youngest of her three grandsons. His brothers and his gran: they all had something to say about what Tam Kerrigan had done, and not just to him. That was one reason why he was here, with Julie, to escape from all of the talk. But also he’d been interested in the bit about the murder victim, in spite of everything. What happened to a dead person at a post-mortem examination?
He’d looked up stuff on the net, reading in a detached way about incisions and bodily fluids, not really making a link with the dead man his father had killed. Even the illustrations on the Internet site hadn’t put him off. It was like selecting bits of vacuum-packed butcher meat from the supermarket shelves and not seeing the animal they’d come from. Not like in the school trip to France where you were in no doubt about the origin of your dinner. One of the lassies had nearly thrown up that time someone had served up a chicken with everything still attached, the yellow claws curled over the platter and the head all to one side; you could imagine its squawk as the neck had been wrung.
‘Kyle?’ Julie’s voice broke into his thoughts and he looked up, seeing her staring at him, a tiny crease between her eyes.
‘Och, I’m okay,’ he told her, then dropped his gaze, unable to bear the kindness in her face. ‘The bruises’ll be gone in a day or so. Probably by the time we go back to school,’ he added.
‘Are you going back right away?’
Kyle shrugged again. ‘Why not? Can’t see what good it’ll do me to hang around the house.’ He paused to let the unspoken words sink in.
Keeping out of the house meant keeping away from his father. They walked on again in silence but this time Julie reached out for his hand and he took it, feeling its warmth, glad to have her there. It would be okay. There might be folk staring at him, curious to know the truth behind what the papers said about Tam Kerrigan, but if Julie was there, even as a friend, he’d manage all right. All summer they’d talked about the advantages of being in Fourth Year, both excited, dropping the pretence of being too cool to show it. His mouth twisted at the memory. That had been another person, a young carefree creature whose whole life had stretched before him like an open road. Now that person was dead and gone, his boyhood behind him for ever.
Excerpt from Glasgow Kiss by Alex Gray. Copyright © 2017 by Alex Gray. Reproduced with permission from Harper Witness. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Alex Gray
Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.
Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.
A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

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Monday, May 22, 2017


Dumpster dying & Grilled, Chilled and Killed!
by Leslie A Diehl

Dumpster Dying: Book 1 in the Big Lake Murder MysteriesCozy Mystery
1st in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 248 Pages E-Book 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234923

Emily Rhodes came to rural Florida for the cowboys, the cattle, and to do a little country two-step, not to fall head first onto a dead body in a dumpster. Ah, the golden years of retirement in the sunshine state. They’re more like pot metal to Emily, who discovers the body of the county’s wealthiest rancher in the Big Lake Country Club dumpster. With her close friend accused of the murder, Emily sets aside her grief at her life partner’s death to find the real killer. She underestimates the obstacles rural Florida can set up for a winter visitor and runs afoul of a local judge with his own version of justice, hires a lawyer who works out of a retirement home, and flees wild fires hand-in-hand with the man she believes to be the killer.

Donald Green, Curmudgeon from Dumpster Dying and Grilled, Chilled and Killed
Lesley A. Diehl, Author

Introduction: There are two men who are both an aggravation and an interest to Emily Rhodes, protagonist in Dumpster Dying and Grilled, Chilled and Killed . Today we are fortunate to have caught one of them at work. Donald Green is a bass fisherman and the part-time bartender Emily hired to help out in the Big Lake Country Club. According to Emily, “Donald is difficult to get along with, but he was the only choice I had for a hire on short notice. There isn’t a day that goes by I don’t want to fire him, yet he had surprised me on occasion with his generosity.”

My name is Donald Green, and I’ve lived around and fished the Big Lake most of my life. For those of you Yankees, the Big Lake is Lake Okeechobee, the freshwater lake in the bottom third of Florida. Before the dam was built to contain the lake, it fed the Everglades to the south, but now the water from it is controlled by a series of locks. It’s a shallow lake and recent hurricanes have stirred up the bottom of it, and run-off from farming, ranching and other commercial concerns to the north have created nutrient rich waters which, when allowed to flow into the canals leading to the coast, have created algae blooms on the east coast of Florida. Fishing her water is not what it used to be. There are still big bass to be taken, and bass tournaments to be won, but the lake is not as wild as it used to be, and winter visitors are fishing her to depletion. If it sounds like I’m not fond of tourists coming in here every winter and competing for the fish, you’re right. But I’m really not fond of any newcomers trying to fish waters I used to have to myself, but especially if they’re a snowbird.

The worst winter visitor I’ve met is Emily Rhodes. She’s a short, Yankee gal with attitude. I can’t think why I ever said yes to her offer of a job. Maybe I was feeling kindly that day. (Note from Emily here: I can’t remember any time when Donald felt kindly to anyone.) I guess the perks that come with the job tempted me: I make my own hours and my greens fees are waived when I want to play a round of golf. Free is always a plus in my book.

Nope, I’ve never been married. Never could understand why any man would want a woman around. My view is that they interfere with your life. My life is near perfect. I do what I want when I want. I must admit, however, that despite her pushy ways, Emily is a cute little thing who can tempt any man, and that includes me. The gal also has gumption. She backed up my duelie truck and pulled my bass boat up the ramp the day we met. I was almost impressed. Then I had to save her from that alligator she almost ran into. You’d think she’d be more grateful to me, but she’s still the same scrappy gal.

There is a dilemma for me concerning Emily. I know Stanton Lewis, a friend of mine and a detective  with the local police, is sweet on Emily. I don’t know if he knows how he feels yet, but when he does, he’ll be sure to make his moves on her. Stanton is smooth. And where does that leave me? I don’t like the idea of competing with the guy. And then there’s the matter of which of us Emily favors. She and I did have some difficult moments one night when both of us were close to dying. I almost gave myself away and kissed Emily, but was stopped just in time. I think she knew I was going to kiss her. She keeps giving me those funny looks. I feel like a durn fool, and she acts as if she’s got a one up on me because she knows I fancy her.

Women! I know my way around fish, and I can even deal with alligators, but women are an enigma. Like I said, my life is near perfect with the exception of working next to a woman I also made a fool of myself over. But then, I ask myself: How would I feel if Detective Lewis made a move and Emily decided she liked him? Maybe I should try to kiss her again. Maybe ask her out on a date. Maybe a real date and not just fishing on my bass boat.

Oh, oh. Here she comes, and I’ve been yammering away and not icing the beer for this afternoon’s  golfing crowd. Maybe I should ask her for that date now before anybody comes into the bar. Oh, gator barf! Too late. Here’s comes Detective Lewis.

“Hi, Emily,” said Detective Lewis, “ How would you like a cup of coffee with me when you get off work?”

Emily smiles at Lewis. Donald Green just growls and continues to ice the beer.

If you never thought of Florida as the Wild West, you will after reading this!
Fires and Gators and murder - oh my!
These are trying times for Emily Rhodes, who is still reeling from the loss of her long time love. Sadly, he was not her legal husband. Ex-es are making trouble for everyone no matter which way one turns throughout these pages.

There are plenty of men around this retirement community. Is any the sort one wants to see more than once - - if he can stay alive that long!
This is a strong novel about the power of friendship and family, no matter how you define it

                                                  Grilled, Chilled and Killed: Big Lake Murder Mystery

Cozy Mystery                                                                                

2nd in Series

Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 330 pages E-Book 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234930

It seems as if Emily is destined to discover dead bodies. This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbecue cook-off dead and covered in barbecue sauce in a beer cooler. She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong. Lewis’ denigration of Emily’s speculations is condescending enough to stimulate her dormant snooping skills. As the two of them go on their separate paths to find the killer, Lewis’ old partner, Toby the dirty, tobacco-spitting cop interferes in the investigation leaving Lewis with the wrong man in jail. Killers, bootleggers, barbecue and feral pigs—it’s a lethal game of hide and seek in the Florida swamp.

You may enjoy this best if you had read the previous book in the series, Dumpster Dying (Big Lake Murder Mysteries, #1) , but it reads well enough as a stand alone. 

Emily is a petite spitfire trying to establish a new normal after the loss of her longtime love.
Now there are two men who may be trying to make a love connection with her and they are total opposites. The only thing they seem to have in common is a competitive nature and a desire to keep Emily from causing herself harm. That is a full time job.
Emily sees herself as a detective of the private investigator version. She doesn't look for murders to solve but somehow the bodies throw themselves in her path. The daughter she gave up for adoption decades ago had found her and together they manage to get deeper into trouble.

The book visits the wilds of Florida and some less civilized activities. 
It centers around a very competitive world of barbeque cook-off and sauce creation but the danger and action move beyond the fairground setting. Can Emily and Naomi survive this time?
Many decisions need to be made.

Spiders and gators and feral hogs all play a role. Some of the topics are quite dark but the author keeps the action moving and adds her brand of humor to keep this an enjoyable read

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in Upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks, frequents yard sales and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work. She is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories. The third book in the Eve Appel murders (from Camel Press) A Sporting Murder was awarded a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award and her short story Gator Aid a Sleuthfest (2009) short story first place. She has fired the alligator that served as her literary muse when she is in Florida and is interviewing applicants for the position.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery by Vicki Vass

Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery 
New Paranormal Cozy Mystery  Series 
Date of Release - May 1 
Number of Pages: 326  
Synopsis Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.

No one will call this a traditional cozy mystery. It has all the elements, a murder, a close knit community of characters with unusual traits, and a the person trying to solve the crime is not a professional.    In fact, this amateur, while a person, is presently incarnated as a cat!
The case kept me guessing. I enjoyed the historical references sprinkled throughout the book.
I even learned a few useful facts about plants! 

Pixel was quite amusing and I became fond of him quickly. I look forward to seeing this series grow.

pixel (2)About This AuthorT

Vicki Vass traded in her reporter's notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.
Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman's World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.
She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

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