Sunday, January 19, 2020

SURVIVAL CAN BE DEADLY



Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective by Charlotte Stuart

Survival Can Be Deadly

 
Publisher: Walrus Publishing (September 10, 2019) 
An imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group 
Paperback: 308 pages 
ISBN-10: 1940442265
ISBN-13: 978-1940442266 
Digital ASIN: B07Q8TKP7T



When single mom and recent widow Cameron Chandler takes a much-needed job at Penny-wise Investigations, a detective agency conveniently located in a suburban shopping mall, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Her first case is to locate a runaway girl, something her predecessor had been pursuing before he disappeared. Following in his footsteps, the trail leads to a survivalist camp on a remote island in northern Puget Sound. Armed with only a Swiss Army Knife and her quirky on-the-job training as a suburban sleuth, Cameron uncovers more than she bargained for. She soon finds herself in a fight for her own survival in this lighthearted mystery set in Seattle and the San Juan Islands to the north.

About Charlotte Stuart


 In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in communication, gone commercial fishing in Alaska, and was the VP of HR and Training for a large credit union.
Her current passion is for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cloth of Grace by Rachel J Bonner






Cloth of Grace
Choices and Consequences Book 4
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When the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?



Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows, but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?
Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns, some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere.

Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leonie with the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?

Weave of Love
Choices and Consequences Book 3
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What if the choice you have to make has devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?
Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.
Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?
The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.

Thread of Hope
Choices and Consequences Book 2
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What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?


Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may...

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Strand of Faith
Choices and Consequences Book 1
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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?


In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?


  

Author Bio
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series.  The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2nd May 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October, and Cloth of Grace at the end of February 2020.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Shooting targets only, honest.  Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Perfect Match by Zoe May




Perfect Match
Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!
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Different from other rom-coms I have read, so this book goes get a 5 for originality.
Everyone who reads this book seems to have a different favorite character. I haven't quite chosen mine yet. They are well written and need to be allowed to be absorbed.

Finding a good relationship shouldn't be so hard! Sophia looked in all the right places and all the wrong ways and places. She endured the dates (and men.)
What happens when you have given up hope of finding Mr. Right? You just decide to ask for everything you want in a man and in great detail!  And Sophia Jones is an expert with words, phrases and details.  So what could go wrong when you find him?

Is finding true love a meet-cute event, an accidental alignment. or a matter of fate?
Could the right person be staring at you daily and you never acknowledge it

This book is not for everyone. I think some of the humor was wasted on me but I see how it will appeal to a young audience.  I look forward to see how this talented author grows with each book.

Author Bio –

Zoe May lives in southeast London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple's top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as 'a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery - fresh and very funny'.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she's not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she's probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe's Facebook page is: 
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LAVENDER TOES



Lavender Toes (A Cold Cream Murder Mystery) by Barbara Silkstone

 Lavender Toes


Lavender Toes (A Cold Cream Murder Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Independently Published (December 1, 2019)
Paperback: 174 pages 
ISBN-10: 1712435833
 ISBN-13: 978-1712435830 
Digital ASIN: B0821NHR9V

Someone dear to Olive is found dead—toes up and barefooted—in Digby’s Bees lavender field. Olive and Lizzy team up with WonderDog to find the killer. Digby’s hives are home to the wondrous Soprano bees. The little buzzers are the source of the secret ingredient that powers their Nonna’s Cold Cream—a fountain of youth in a jar.
Finding the killer becomes more of a challenge as the gals protect Digby’s bees from a determined land developer who wants the beekeeper’s farm. The clock ticks as saving the honeybees becomes every bit as important as finding the cousin-killer.
While Olive and Lizzy buzz about, Grams, nonagenarian ace reporter for the Silverfish Gazette, takes on the story of a diamond heist in nearby Sarasota. Can the gals protect Grams from another near catastrophe or can the feisty lady handle it alone?
Help the Cold Cream gals solve the mystery of the Lavender Toes while once again bailing Grams out of trouble. And what about those bees?
Every book comes with a recipe for a homemade beauty product.

Barbara Silkstone Guest Post

Robert B. Parker Author Bumping

Author Bumping is a talent I come by naturally. I have literally fallen into a full body bump with some big name writers. These unplanned slams usually occur with hilarious results.

Robert B. Parker was a lovely man. Readers and reviewers considered him to be the Dean of American Crime Fiction. He created the wisecracking, street-smart Boston private eye, Spenser. The New York Times said of the Spenser novels, “We are witness to one of the great series in the history of the American Detective Story.”

My first meeting with Robert B. Parker was not the auspicious event I would have preferred.  I slammed into him as if he were home base. All one hundred and twenty-five pounds of me hitting his chubby frame with an “oomph!”
But let me back up and get a running start into this story.

I was attending a writers’ workshop in London. It was comprised of a small group of dedicated hopefuls who were there to hone their craft with instructors, Bob Parker, Stephen King and PD James.
The workshop took place at the London Polytechnic University campus located on Marylebone Road across from Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and near White Chapel the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper. It was summer and the inner city buildings were deserted.
Red graffiti decorated the walls using words I’d never heard before. The buildings have since been renovated but at the time, the setting was pretty eerie.
I took a seat in the old lecture theater, laying my knapsack and duffle bag on the floor at my feet. I was pleased I had traveled light and finally got the hang of looking like a writer. I had dropped the sissy pink dresses and kitten heels after the last writers’ conference. Dressed in black slacks and a black sweater I was determined to look like what I thought serious writers looked like.

Someone spoke from the stage – I can’t remember who – telling us where and how to find our room assignments in the dorms and that someone would be addressing the group, shortly. I settled back and admired the carved wood paneling and Phantom of the Opera ambience.
A professor-like woman turned to me in the dimly lit room. “Hi. My name is Shirley. I’ve really got to find a ladies’ room. Would you mind my bags for me?” 
“Sure.” But even as I spoke I knew I needed a loo trip, too. Now was as good a time as any. Shirley and I set out in search of a potty leaving our bags in the care of an honest-looking lady.
The halls outside the auditorium were silent. Slippery, polished marble floor, stonewalls, and dim lights but no restrooms.
“Maybe they’re on the second floor,” I said.
We walked up a level. No loos,  just dimmer lighting. Shirley and I agreed to head up one more level. With the school abandoned for the summer, someone had taken to making a career out of polishing the marble floors. They were as slippery as ice.
No potty. No loo. “One more floor?” I asked. Shirley nodded, her eyes like two giant robin’s eggs behind her thick glasses. It was awfully quiet. We made our way to the fourth floor clinging to the banister to steady ourselves. A good tinkle was now at the top of my list of most desirable things to do in London.

On the fourth floor we finally found a ladies’ loo. We entered the harsh greenish light. The room felt like the men’s room scene in The Shining. Jack Nicholson meets the long dead manager of the Overlook Hotel. The guy who slaughtered his family with an ax.
Okay, my nerves were prickly.
Shirley grabbed one stall and I hit another. I’d clicked the door shut and was in bladder emptying ecstasy when the door shook. “Open up or I’ll break the door down!” said a male voice with a cockney accent. He rattled my stall door.
 Knowing it would do no good to scream, I said… “Absolutely not!”  (I’m notoriously polite.)
“Barbara! What’s going on?” Shirley whimpered.

Then there was silence. Not a word. Not a footstep. Only the sound of Shirley sobbing from her position two stalls down. More silence. He was either waiting outside the door with a Jack the Ripper knife or he had run away.
I made an executive decision. “Shirley, at the count of three let’s make a run for it. One…”
“Barbara! I can’t! I can’t get my girdle up. I’m too scared!”

Girdle? Who wears a girdle nowadays?  I was trapped in a farce with a woman in a girdle, and a guy who might be very large and definitely evil.
“Shirley ditch your girdle. We’re running for it! Two-Three!”


We broke out of our stalls like two racehorses out for the Triple Crown. We hit the marble floor with Flintstone feet flying. Funny thing about running on slippery surfaces—you can build up some real speed.

At the second level Shirley went reeling. “Turn into the skid!” I yelled at her as I grabbed the railing. She squealed and then righted herself. By the time we hit the ground floor it felt as if we were going a hundred miles an hour.

A group of people stood at the entrance to the auditorium. Robert B. Parker was among them. I lost control and went into a slide. Of the dozen people I ended up bumping headfirst into his portly belly.  Slam!  I knocked the air out of him and gave myself a dose of vertigo.
Security came running. Shirley blubbered while I recounted what had happened.
“What did this bloke look like?” asked the guard.  “I didn’t get a look at him. But he had a cockney accent, and he hadn’t made an honest mistake.”
I’ll never forget the look on Bob Parker’s face. It was a mix of concern and a hearty laugh as my feet were still Flintstone- running with my head pressed against his belly.  I tried to sound rational, but it was too late. The laughter echoed off the stone and marble.

~*~
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COLD CREAM MURDERS—series


When Olive Peroni put out her family therapy sign, she never thought her top client would be the retired head of a New York crime family. When Olive’s Nonna dies leaving her a condo in Florida and a secret recipe for miracle cold cream, Olive grabs the chance at a new life in Starfish Cove, Florida, making designer creams for ladies who spend far too much time at the beach.

The quiet little community on the Gulf of Mexico soon begins to compete with a certain notorious coastal village in Maine, Olive finds herself solving oddball murders as often as she soothes wrinkles.

Clean, wholesome, and loaded with laughs!
Each book contains a recipe for homemade cosmetics!


If you love to laugh as you ride along with your amateur sleuth, this is the series for you.
Olive, Lizzy, Wonder Dog, Grams and gang are busy making miracle creams, reporting the latest crime news, and following clues to surprising ends.
Heading directly to the lavender fields, Grams needed a quick bathroom break. That's where the troubles began. Disaster struck when newly met cousin Cosette is picked off by an arrow as Digby complains that his bees are being singled out by a neighbor who covets his land. Throw in a corrupt and bumbling Sheriff and everyone is lucky to survive this case.

An over the top series as fun as it is scary for those on the front lines of mystery solving.


Author of the Florence Nightingale Comedy Mystery Series: The Giggling Corpse, The Killer Corset, and The Cheeky Corner, Barbara Silkstone is also the creator of the best selling Mister Darcy series of comedic mysteries ~ 9 Books plus 10 Regency novels and novellas, all with a light, humorous touch. She is also the author of the Wendy Darlin Comedy Mysteries – 5 Cozy Romantic Adventures reviewers describe as Nick and Nora Charles meet Lara Croft.
Plus standalone cozies based on fairy tales: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland and Zo White and the Seven Morphs.

Most books are available in paperback and audio!

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About Barbara Silkstone


Barbara Silkstone's most current series is COLD CREAM MURDERS ~ GLOSSY LIPS, SMOKEY EYES ~SOAP ON A ROPE.
Book 5 in the series is LAVENDER TOES.
This series will have at least 6 books when complete.
The adventures take place in the imaginary burg of Starfish Cove, Florida ~ a place near and dear to Silkstone's hometown of Redington Beach on the Gulf of Mexico just north of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Barbara currently lives in Central Florida with her eccentric kitty who adores Liam Neeson and chasing lizards (the cat, not Barbara) :)
Silkstone is the best-selling author of both Regency Pride and Prejudice variations, including the popular the MISTER DARCY SERIES OF COMEDIC MYSTERIES ~ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE contemporary variations.
All her books are light-hearted adventures based on Jane Austen's timeless tales of love denied and love discovered. "Feel good" tales to warm your heart.
She is also the author of the Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery series. Five coffee-snorting tales that combine Cozy with outrageous adventures. Plus a mixed bag of standalone cozy comedy mysteries: Zo White and the Seven Morphs, Cold Case Morphs, The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland ... and more.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Cornish Secret of Summer's Promise by Laura Briggs



The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise
As spring slips away from the hotel Penmarrow, excitement builds for an exclusive auction hosted at the hotel, featuring priceless possessions from a Hollywood actress turned lady of the manor, including her famous diamonds. Celebrities and collectors form a crowd that is keeping Maisie and the rest of staff busy, even as Maisie faces a crossroads for her manuscript.

But when the diamonds are stolen and Sidney is accused by the authorities, Maisie's dilemma as a writer is pushed aside out of fear that his future in Port Hewer is in jeopardy. Desperation to prove that someone else is behind the theft will lead Maisie to uncover a very different secret outside of jewel thieves and village rumors ... one that could change her life and her future forever.

Can Maisie deal with the latest secrets exposed — including those that paint Sidney's past in a questionable light? And as summer's dawn alters her idyllic life in Cornwall, will Maisie's feelings for Sidney change as well?
You can read and enjoy this as a stand alone book, but I know you will appreciate knowing what brought Maisie to the hotel and how her relationship with Sydney has unfolded and deepened from the start. The hotel itself and the staff have interesting histories. and ambitions.
Maisie is an American who ended up at the hotel in search of a mentor. She has grown fond of the staff and one particular neighbor.
Now she is hearing rumors of this special person having a dark and devious reputation.

However, as the hotel is in the process of hosting an auction of expensive and famous proportion, Maisie is still busy writing her own novel and people watching as the wealthy gather to bid on auction items, while in hopes of rubbing elbows with others even more rich and famous than themselves.
An auction of this caliber most often is too attractive to thieves to resist. The author, herself, admits to a touch of "Ocean's Eleven" influence.

Will Maisie admit her feeling to Sydney when he becomes a person of interest for the auction heist?
Will she finally meet Alistair, the mentor she came to the hotel to find? Her novel is ready for the next step. What does that mean? Which dream will Maisie follow?

I am not telling!

Author Bio –
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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