Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weekly Wrap UP # 6

It was a fun week here! Here is what happened:









February 1st- First in Series- Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
February 2nd- Author Spotlight- Stephanie Barron
February 3rd- Valentine's Trivia by Karoline Barrett
February 4th- Blog Tours- Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad and A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna
February 5th- What's New? A Churn for the Worse by Laura Bradford
February 6th- Blog Tour- A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere


Coming this week:

February 8th- First in Series- Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown
February 9th- Author Spotlight- Duffy Brown
February 10th- Valentine's Day Trivia- Terrie Moran
February 11th- Guest Post by Mare Farechild
February 12th- What's New? Ripe for Murder by Carlene O'Neil
February 13th- Blog Tour- Beauty, Beast and Belladonna by Maia Chance


Blog Tour- Gone by Midnight and Other Stories by Joyce and Jim Lavene

I am always excited to be on this book tour. Gone By Midnight and Other Stories by Joyce and Jim Lavenereleased on February 2nd.







Gone by Midnight
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 149 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (February 2, 2016)
ASIN: B019AJC1XU



Fans of Joyce and Jim Lavene will thrill at this collection of thirteen short stories—many are set in the worlds of their national bestselling mystery series, including the Missing Pieces Mysteries, the Renaissance Faire Mysteries, the Retired Witches Mysteries, and an upcoming mystery novel!

These stories contain the elements of mystery and fantasy the Lavenes are famous for, as well as some new things their readers have never seen. Several stories feature characters interacting with ghosts, magic, and the supernatural—the healing woman in “Courtship;” the Civil War widow in “One with the Darkness;” the city girl who summons a wizard from the past in “The Magician and the Sorceress/Accountant;” and the young introvert in “Aunt Edna” who finds her calling with help from a ghostly visitor.

Poignant, charming, and captivating, Joyce and Jim Lavene bring their characteristic wit and heart to these stories and introduce each one with a passage about its origin or how it ties into the universe they’ve created. Gone by Midnight is a treasury of tales that will delight the mind and touch the heart from one of the most prolific writing duos of our time.


This is a delightful collections of 13 short stories that fans of the Jim and Joyce Lavene will want to make sure they read. Filled with magic and ghost stories you will be moved to read it till the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to what will be next.

Check out my interview with Elise

Shelley: What was your first thought about moving to this apartment even after hearing it could be haunted?

Elise: It’s a very nice apartment, with an ocean view. I’ve read paranormal books all my life, so a ghost story wouldn’t turn me away. Unless it was a mean ghost, but nobody said that.

Shelley: When you first smelled the aroma of apple pie so late what thoughts went one in your head? Did you ever once think it was a ghost?

Elise: I thought it might be one of my neighbors. I just couldn’t imagine which one would bake late at night. I didn’t really think about a ghost baker.

Shelley: Having never been much of a baker, were you nervous about your first pie?

Elise: Oh yes! I really didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of the nice ghost lady.

Shelley: Do you feel that the authors captured who you are or is there something they could have done that would be more like you?

Elise: I have always been shy, and they captured my lonely nature. I am a good cook, though; maybe that didn’t come through.

Shelley:How did you feel about the end of the story? The young man? Do you think something will become of that other than pie?

Elise: I think we will become friends. Cooking brings people together. And who knows? Maybe he’s just Mrs. Goodbody’s brother!

Shelley: Is there anything else you would like to add that you feel was left out?

Elise: Don’t be afraid: of people, of ghosts, of baking. Only when we take chances do we have the opportunity to learn and grow.

Shelley: Thank you so much for being here with us Elise, I hope we will see more of you in the future.

Elise: Thank you for having me. I’ll try to bring a pie next time!








About The Authors


Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.


www.joyceandjimlavene.com
www.facebook.com/joyceandjimlavene
http://amazon.com/author/jlavene
https://twitter.com/AuthorJLavene
Purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Midnight-Joyce-Lavene-ebook/dp/B019AJC1XU

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Blog Tour- A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere

I am thrilled to be part of this blog tour. A Disguise to Die For( A Costume Shop Mystery) by Diane Vallere released on February 2nd This first in a Series is to be a sure hit.








Someone is dressed to kill in the debut Costume Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness mysteries.

No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to die for—literally—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife over a very dead Blitz.

For Margo, clearing Ebony’s name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can’t hide a murderer in plain sight for long.

INCLUDES RECIPES AND COSTUME IDEAS!



FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

I enjoyed reading this action-packed debut.From the cast of characters that are fun with a side of humor to the strong story line that brings a murder and a party sure to have you reading all night. You will be captivated from the start.It's a refreshing new series I enjoy each book I have read by the author and she keeps bringing it with every page.







About The Author


I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries. Coming in Feb 2016: The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!


The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET. The third, SILK STALKINGS, will be out in August 2016.


Friday, February 5, 2016

What's New? A Churn for the Worse by Laura Bradford

What's New? A Churn For the Worse (An Amish Mystery) by Laura Bradford will be releasing on March 1st.








Series: An Amish Mystery (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 1, 2016)
Language: English




The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community...


When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.


Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer...


About the Author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house as a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mystery series, including Suspendered Sentence and Shunned and Dangerous, as well as the upcoming Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series.


Giveaway: Leave a comment and email below for a chance to win a copy of A Churn for the Worse You have until February 11th @12AM EST to enter and winner will have three days to respond. Good Luck Everyone!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blog Tour - Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad

Dearly Departed (An Amy's Travel Mystery Series) by Hy Conrad Released on January 26th.






Series: An Amy's Travel Mystery (Book 2)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2016)
Language: English



Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder…

Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these “mourners,” especially when one has a life-threatening “accident” at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour.

Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip–to the morgue!


This is book two in the series and it keeps getting better and better. The wit and charm that the characters have keep you interested in what is happening. The story is strong and captivating you won't put this down once you start it.You will be whisked away on a new adventure when you pick this book up.






Hy Conrad was the co-executive producer of the hit television series Monk. Monk received three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” The author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages, he’s also the author of the novels, Mr. Monk Helps Himself and Mr. Monk Gets On Board. Hy splits his time between Key West, Vermont, and New York City. Readers can visit his website at hyconrad.com.


Author Links:
Webpage – http://www.hyconrad.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HyConrad/?fref=ts
Blog – http://www.hyconrad.com/blog/
GoodReads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25488908-dearly-departed



Blog Tour- A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna

I am delighted to be part of this blog tour. A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna was released on January 18th. A First in Series.







FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past.
Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery--all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.
But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?
(*Traditional English scone recipe included)



This Debut book in a brand new Tea series will have you craving more. The characters are well developed and charming. The story line keeps you moving right along as you try to figure out who the killer is before the strike again. Meet Gemma Rose, the now owner of the Oxfordshire Tearoom and the delectable scones that they serve. When an American man is found dead with one of her scones in his mouth all eyes are on Gemma and her crew as suspects. Gemma is determined to clear their names and get back to business. This is a great read and once you stop you will not want to put it down. The author has written the story so well that you feel like you are right there in the midst of the tearoom. Tea, scones, that are so mouthwatering and murder, what more could you ask for



CHAPTER ONE

I never thought I’d end the week facing an American with a sharp knife.
It started normally enough, with the usual influx of tourists and visitors to our tiny Cotswolds’ village of Meadowford-on-Smythe. Filled with winding cobbled lanes and pretty thatched cottages, Meadowford was like a picture-perfect postcard of rural England. But quaint and gorgeous as the village was, it would probably never have got much notice if it hadn’t sat on the outskirts of the most famous university city in the world.

Over nine million tourists came to visit Oxford each year, and after they’d posed for photos in the college quadrangles and wandered reverently through the cloisters of the oldest university in the English-speaking world, they drifted out into the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. Here, they would coo over the quaint antique shops and village markets, and look forward to rounding everything off with some authentic English “afternoon tea”.

That’s where I came in. Or rather, my new business: the Little Stables Tearoom. Offering the best in traditional English refreshments, from warm buttery scones with jam and clotted cream, to home-made sticky toffee pudding and hot cross buns, all served with fragrant Earl Grey or English Breakfast tea—proper leaf tea—in delicate bone china… my little tearoom was a must-stop on any visitor’s itinerary.

Well, okay, right now, my little tearoom was more of a “must go next time”—but we all have to start somewhere, right? And so far, things were looking pretty promising. I’d opened three weeks ago, just at the beginning of October and the start of the Michaelmas Term (a fancy name for the first term in the school year; hey, this is Oxford—at least it wasn’t in Latin) and I’d been lucky to catch the end-of-the-summer tourist trade, as well as the flood of new students arriving with their families. My tearoom had even got a write-up in the local student magazine as one of the “Top Places to Take Your Parents” and looked set on its way to becoming a success.

And I desperately needed it to succeed. I’d given up a top executive job in Sydney—much to the horror of family and friends—on a crazy whim to come back home and follow this dream. I’d sunk every last penny of my savings into this place and I needed it to work. Besides, if my venture didn’t become profitable soon, I’d never be able to afford a place of my own, and seriously, after being home for six weeks, I realised that moving back to live with your parents when you’re twenty-nine is a fate worse than death.

But standing at the counter surveying my tearoom that Friday morning, I was feeling happy and hopeful. It was still an hour till lunchtime but already the place was almost full. There was a warm cosy atmosphere, permeated by the cheerful hum of conversation, the dainty clink of china, and that gorgeous smell of fresh baking. People were poring over their menus, happily stuffing their faces, or pointing and looking around the room in admiration.

The tearoom was housed in a 15th-century Tudor building, with the distinctive dark half-timber framing and daub-and-wattle walls painted white. With its steeply pitched thatched roof and cross gables, it looked just like the quintessential English cottages featured on chocolate box tins. Inside, the period charm continued with flagstone floors and thick, exposed wood beams, matched by mullioned windows facing the street and an inglenook fireplace. It hadn’t looked like this when I took it over. The last owner had let things go badly, due to a combination of money troubles and personal lethargy (otherwise known as laziness), and it had taken a lot of effort and dedication—not to mention all my savings—to restore this place to its former glory. But looking around now, I felt as great a sense of achievement as I had done the day I graduated with a First from that world-famous university nearby.


I scanned the tables, noting that we were starting to get some “regulars” and feeling a rush of pleasure at the thought. Getting someone to try you once—especially when they were tired and hungry and just wanted somewhere to sit down—was one thing; getting them to add you to their weekly routine was a different honour altogether. Especially when that honour was handed out by the residents of Meadowford-on-Smythe who viewed all newcomers with deep suspicion.





About the Author


H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense author, who also writes sweet romance and children’s fiction. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a MSt in Social Anthropology, Hsin-Yi tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist for several years, with articles and short stories published in the UK, Australia and NZ, and has won awards for her novels, poetry, short stories and journalism. A globe-trotter all her life, Hsin-Yi has lived in a variety of cultures, from Dubai to Auckland, London to New Jersey, but is now happily settled in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and a rescue kitty named Muesli. You can learn more about her (and the real-life Muesli who inspired the cat character in the story) at: www.hyhanna.com.




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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentines Trivia hosted by Karoline Barrett

It's Valentine's month and our host for trivia is Karoline Barrett! Her prizes for this contest are 2 copies of Bun for Your Life 2 copies of Raisin the Dead when it comes out 4/19/16 and 1 Amazon gift card - $10.00(there will be mulitple winners)







1. During the Middle Ages, people in England and France held a belief that birds started to look for their mate from February 14.

2. Fashion designer, Valentino claims to be a direct descendant of Saint Valentine, and actually believes he was Cupid in a previous life.

3. Lucille Ball once sent Desi Arnaz $20,000 worth of Belgian chocolate (his favorite) as a Valentine’s Day gift.

4. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers, fainting, and epilepsy, among many other things.

5. The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1560. It is a poem written by Queen Elizabeth I to Robert Dudley.


Leave answers and email below and the winners will be chosen on Saturday February 6th by 12 AM EST,. You will have three days to respond. Good Luck everyone!