Sunday, September 15, 2019


 A Night's Tail

Cozy Mystery 11th in Series 
Berkley (September 3, 2019) 
Hardcover: 288 pages 
ISBN-10: 0440001137 
ISBN-13: 978-0440001133 
Digital ASIN: B07L7SSYYZ

Librarian Kathleen Paulson's brother, Ethan, and his band, The Flaming Gerbils, are spending some time in Mayville Heights.

Ethan and his band-mate Derek, are giving a song-writing workshop at the St. James Hotel when they stumble upon the body of Lewis Wallace. The former football player was considering the town for the site of his newest business venture. However, not everyone was a fan of the brash ex-athlete, who had a failed business, some disgruntled customers, and several lawsuits in his past.

Did he make a new enemy, or did Lewis Wallace's past finally catch up with him?

It's up to Kathleen—with some furry assistance from her talented cats, Owen and Hercules—to figure out who was trying to settle the score.

The question isn't so much who wanted to kill Lewis Wallace, rather who didn't or why did it take so long? The brusque former offensive NFL player offended people wherever he went and in so many ways. He was a womanizer, a business cheat and even such a mean drunk that he would kick a service dog belonging to a disabled veteran!

Kathleen and friends (plus her brother and a couple of magical cats) get involved to put this man in his place, which then puts one of them in the place of top suspect in his murder. With a multitude of suspects, motives and personalities to sort through, this book may confuse a bit if you have not read previous books in the series. Stick with it and all will come into focus. There is enough backstory and reference to catch you up. The cats help. Plus, Detective Marcus (Kathleen's boyfriend) adopts another special kitten. Does this mean more magical surprises in the future?

In this book we also get to know more about Kathleen's family and see her relationship with the detective weather some stormy times. The clues are well hidden within everything else that is going on. This series seems to have all the elements cozy reads look for in a favorite series.

About Sofie Kelly

  Sofie Kelly writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries that feature librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, who have a magical knack for solving crime. 
As Sofie Ryan she is the author of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mystery series. 
She lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies

For once, Kate Peters would like a happy, family Christmas; the kind of Christmas seen in the movies. She wants harmony and happiness, smiling, glowing faces, tables groaning with food, carol singing around the tree. She wants love, kindness, and goodwill to all men, especially in
her own house.

What she doesn’t want is drama. Absolutely no drama, whatsoever.

But what she gets is three stroppy children, two equally stroppy grandmothers, a husband who can’t manage to change a lightbulb, and Pepe the poodle.

It’s no wonder she feels unappreciated, overworked, and ignored. At the end of her tinsel-coated tether, and with the only Christmas spirit being in the form of a bottle of raspberry gin, Kate decides to leave them to it, and see how they manage without her.

A quiet little hotel somewhere near the sea, where she can pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, is just the thing she needs. 
Isn’t it?

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 Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Adventurous Ali: Temple of the Monkey God i by Tyler H. Jolley.

Adventurous Ali: Temple of the Monkey God
By Tyler H. Jolley
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Friendship

After Alison Liv Isner is sucked into an old globe that sat on her father’s desk, she wakes beside a campfire in a lush jungle, surrounded by five talking animals. She quickly realizes these are the same friends her mom wrote about in her expedition journal. 

Now, at only eleven-years-old, she has the opportunity to complete her deceased mother’s unfinished expedition in the Temple of the Monkey God.  

With her new found friends, a monkey, a fat rat, a bat, a burro with a piranha in a mason jar tied around his neck, Ali decides to face the treacherous booby traps inside of the temple and save the monkey idol from an evil group called The Geese. 

As she learns more about her deceased mom through her adventure journal, Ali and her friends realize the book is the key to lead them through the tunnels of the dreaded Temple of the Monkey God. If not, their lives are at stake and Ali will be trapped in the expedition realm forever. 

“Here we go.” Ali stepped into the dark opening. Cool, damp air tickled her nose. It reminded her of the inside of a trunk her dad had accidently left in the rain. The next week when they’d opened it, the moldy smell was pungent. 
Just a few feet in, light from the entrance cast itself at an angle on the opposite wall.
Everyone had sidled up next to Ali.
“What are you thinking, human?” Figgy asked.
Ali shrugged.
Chicaletta rummaged through the pack on Figgy’s rump and produced a metal-handled flashlight. Ali tripped just as Chicaletta flicked on the light.
Ali looked down at what she’d fallen over. A skeleton with rotted clothes. She screamed.
Suddenly, a huge, square stone as wide as her father was tall and at least two times her height crashed from the ceiling and blocked the entrance.
Glenda’s high-pitched scream nearly deafened Alison Liv Isner.
Chicaletta whipped around and pointed the flashlight at the stone blocking the door. Ali tried to speak but couldn’t find her voice. Adrenaline surged through her veins. The stone wasn’t just blocking the door, but it was also a weapon. Spikes of varying lengths jutted out at them from the rock.
Ali shook her hands, trying to calm her nerves. “What now?”
“We’re trapped,” Tristan said. “We’re going to die.”
“Never mind him,” Bait said.
“Ignore me all you want,” Tristan said. “But one day I’ll be right. Probably.”
“Chicaletta?” Ali walked toward Figgy’s pack. “Do you have another flashlight in there?”
“Yes,” Chicaletta said. “But we should save the batteries.”
“Just light one of those bones on fire,” Tristan yawned.
“What?” Ali nearly yelled.
“It’ll be fine, watch,” Tristan said. He scurried over to the bones. “Hey, skeleton, do you mind if we use your femur?” He held his pink hand up to his ear. “Skeleton, if you don’t want us to use your leg and clothes, speak now.” The skeleton didn’t move. Tristan turned back to the group. “See? He doesn’t care.”
Ali looked to the others for guidance.
“I’ll fish out the flint,” Tristan said. “No offense, Bait.”
Ali walked toward the skeleton with trepidation. But, Tristan was right, after all. Any adventurer would wish to be useful, even in death.
“I guess,” Glenda swallowed hard, “it should be okay.”
Chicaletta blinked and nodded at Ali. “Hurry.”
Ali knelt next to the skeleton and wrapped her hands around its leg; she closed her eyes and cringed. The femur was the largest bone and came free easily from the hip joint. She wrapped the tattered clothes around the end just as Tristan scurried back with a flint and steel. Ali struck the U-shaped steel against the flint, and sparks fell toward the old cloth. It smoldered, and she blew on the embers. Flames encompassed the cloth. It cackled to life, illuminating a modest space in front of her.
Between Ali’s torch and Chicaletta’s flashlight, the tunnel was still fairly dark. The temple felt more like a cave. Musty air permeated the ten foot high stone tunnel.
A hideous scraping sound of stone on stone grabbed their attention. The large block with spikes slid toward them. Slowly, at first. Then with momentum.
“Run!” Ali waved her torch toward a tunnel. “This way.”
The block slid forward with spikes inching closer to Ali and her friends. But then it momentarily stopped, caught on the dry skeleton. Bones crunched and twisted. The skull had become wedged. The spiked stone lurched, and the skull exploded, filling the room with white dust behind them.
Alison Liv Eisner ran down the tunnel, her friends in tow.
There was no stopping the boulder. Filled with terror, Ali pushed forward. The torch’s weak light made it difficult to see far in front of them. The barbed block was a bulldozer, pushing aside dirt and leaves, combined with the dead adventurer’s clothes and bones. A loud banging and clanking noise drew Ali’s attention to what was ahead of them.
“What on earth is that ruckus?” Bait asked.
“I don’t know,” Glenda said. “But it sounds dangerous.”
               “Glenda,” Ali said. “Fly ahead and use your echolocation to figure out what it is.”
               “Ali, that is a spectacular idea. I can totally do that.” Glenda fluttered away.
“Be careful,” Ali yelled after her.
               The group carefully trudged forward, but the spiked stone didn’t stop. Chicaletta’s flashlight cast a dull-yellow cone just a few feet ahead. The hallway narrowed the deeper they walked.

About the Author

Tyler H. Jolley is five-foot sixteen inches. By day he is an orthodontist, and by night he is a sci-fi/fantasy author. He carries a curse with him each day, too many fun book ideas and too little time to write them. There isn't a place or time that ideas don't slam into the creative squishy part of his brain. Fun facts: he hasn't puked since 1996, he loves pencils and mountain biking. Writing and riding are a big part of his life.

His debut novel, EXTRACTED came out in 2013 with Spencer Hill Press, and has been a Spencer Hill Press Best Seller, as well as an Amazon Best Seller. PRODIGAL and RIVEN, the second and third books in The Lost Imperials series were released in May of 2015.

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A Tangle in the Vines (A Calla Lily Mystery) by Anna Celeste Burke


 A Tangle In The Vines

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Independently Published (September 10, 2019) 
Number of Pages 250 pages with recipes 
ASIN: B07T62B16Q

The curtain may fall on the Calla Lily Players' first season unless Lily and Austin can find a killer on the loose in California's wine country. Torrential rains threaten to put a damper on The Calla Lily Players’ first outdoor theater production. When the ground suddenly shifts, buried secrets revealed amid the tangled vines put the spotlight on murder. As Lily and Austin dig deeper into the mystery, the drama unfolds onstage and off. The race is on to find a killer before opening night.
Grab your copy of the second book in the Calla Lily Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Anna Celeste Burke and join the race! Recipes Included. Free to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Interviews Lillian Callahan

Elle: Good morning LA! Today we have a special treat for you. Lilian Callahan is with us. You all know her best as the gorgeous actress who played Andra Weis for twelve seasons on Not Another Day. The character we all loved to hate finally went too far and her devious life as a television vixen ended in a hail of bullets when professional hitmen took her out. Let’s find out what Lily’s doing now that she’s left the show!
Thanks for joining us, Lily.
Lily: It’s my pleasure, Elle. It’s good to see you.
Elle: When Andra Weis was killed of on the show, were you surprised? She was a very popular character.
Lily: I wasn’t surprised, because I knew it was coming. I was puzzled because as you said, Andra was a favorite television she-devil.
Elle: Do you miss playing a she-devil?
Lily:  Actually, I don’t miss it because I’ve resurrected Andra Weis.
Elle: How can that be? Not Another Day is in its last season from what I’ve been told.
Lily: Yes, but Not Another Day Please! is in its first season and it’s been a big hit!
Elle: Okay, you’ve just got to tell me more. I’ve heard all sorts of rumors about what you’re doing now. So, it’s a real scoop to hear this from you!
Lily: Well, my life changed dramatically, Elle. Not so much because I left the show, but because my beloved aunt passed away and left her business to me.
Elle: Oh, I read something about that. By business you mean a Vineyard and Winery, don’t you?
Lily: Yes. I lived with my aunt and grew up there. I loved the place, but I felt I’d made my home in Hollywood. Then everything changed.
Elle: So, what does this have to do with resurrecting Andra Weis?
Lily: This is really exciting news I have to share. In addition to the Calla Lily Vineyard and Winery, much to my surprise my aunt built an outdoor theater—The Calla Lily Playhouse. With a few friends, we managed to pull together a fast, funny farce with Andra stirring up plenty of trouble. Julie Hemsley, one of the writers on the soap, wrote the script—about twenty times. Melody Skidmore reprised her role from Not Another Day and I’m sure you remember Zelda from the guest spot you did on the show.
Elle: Who could ever forget Zelda Gomez! She’s a hoot! I’ve never met a funnier person, although I’ve never seen her perform on stage or in front of the camera.
Lily: Well you may get to see her on film, soon.
Elle: Ooh, another question I had for you was what brings you to LA. I take it you’re here in LA playing Let’s Make a Deal Hollywood-style?
Lily: Yes, I am, and I’m happy to say, we’ve got a deal on one of the projects I came to town to discuss. A film crew is heading to wine country to film a live performance of Not Another Day Please! A press release ought to hit the airwaves any minute now.
Elle: You heard it on Speak Easy first, folks! Can you tell us anything about the other projects you’re here to pitch?
Lily: No deal yet, but we’re getting close, Elle. Not everything that’s gone on since I returned to Napa Valley has been fun and games—far from it, in fact.
Elle: You can’t be talking about that devastatingly handsome cowboy you’ve been photographed with several times. That smile says fun and games to me, darling.
Lily: He’s not just a pretty face. My cowboy is a Deputy U.S. Marshal and he’s saved my neck more than once. You’re right, though, that I’m not talking about him. Life in small-town California wine country has turned out to be a tangled vine of mystery, suspense, and intrigue.
Elle: Wow! That line has just got to be part your pitch.
Lily: It is! There’s so much more to go with it—including elements from real events in wine country. Anyway, the other project that’s in discussion is a television mystery series—The Calla Lily Mysteries—set in and around the Calla Lily Vineyards. Some of the pieces are in place, so I’m hopeful we’ll move this project along soon, too.
Elle: Is there a role in the series for an adorable little Miniature Pinscher like your dog, Marlowe?
Lily: You never know how a project will turn out once it goes into development, but Marlowe certainly had a role to play in the real-life mysteries that inspired this series.
Elle: With the vineyard, the winery, the playhouse, and two film projects in the works, you are one busy woman. I’m honored you found the time to join us.
Lily: I’m the one who’s honored, Elle. It’s always a treat to be here with you. And, as usual, your audience rocks!

I hope you enjoyed meeting Lillian Callahan, “star” of my newest cozy mystery series, The Calla Lily Mystery series. I’d love for you to get to know her better by grabbing the books that are out now in the series—Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire, Calla Lily Mystery #1 and A Tangle in the Vines, Calla Lily Mystery #2. Fall’s Killer Vintage, book 3 coming soon and book 4, The Vintner’s Other Daughter will follow!
Thanks for dropping by and reading Lily’s guest post. A big thank you as well to you, Laura, for featuring A Tangle in the Vines on your fabulous blog and for being part of the amazing Great Escapes Virtual Tour.

About Anna Celeste Burke

An award-winning, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, I hope you’ll join me snooping into life's mysteries with fun, fiction, and food—California style!
 Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.
On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually, the police let me go, but the rock band broke up.
 Retired now, I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California.
I write the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Coachella Valley, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series set along California’s Central Coast, The Georgie Shaw Mystery series set in the OC, The Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery Series set on the so-called American Riviera, just north of Santa Barbara, and The Calla Lily Mystery series where the murder and mayhem take place in California’s Wine Country.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019


Ring-A-Ding Dead! (The Myriad Mysteries) by Claire Logan


 Ring-A-Ding Dead!


Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Independently Published (May 29, 2019) 
Print Length: 244 pages
Digital ASIN: B07SG1XXM6

Just married! It's time for a ... murder? When checking into the posh Myriad Hotel on their honeymoon, Hector and Pamela Jackson discover a dead body! All the couple wants to do, though, is keep out of the commotion and enjoy some well-earned rest. But another person dies, and they happen to appear at the crime scene. When a third person falls right in front of them, the police begin to wonder why. Who's responsible for the murders? Why are they happening? Are the couple under suspicion? Where does the little stray dog hanging around the hotel entrance come from? And when are Hector and Pamela finally going to have a proper honeymoon?

About Claire Logan

I've loved reading since I can remember! I love puzzles and mysteries and intrigue, and of all the cities I've been to, Chicago is my favorite. My four years of living in Chicago during grad school were wonderful. 
Plus I love history. And wasn't the 1920's wild? I've always wanted to write a series set in Chicago and now here's my chance.

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