Friday, May 29, 2015

Author Spotlight- Elizabeth J. Duncan

Today's author spotlight goes to Elizabeth J. Duncan. Elizabeth is the author of the award-winning Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales and will launch a new series, Shakespeare in the Catskills Mysteries in November. 
One lucky reader will have a chance to win a copy of her newest book Slated for Death. Leave a comment and email.

Elizabeth J. Duncan

Slated for Death: A Penny Brannigan Mystery

About Slated for Death

When the body of Glenda Roberts, an apparently well-liked, respectable woman, is discovered  at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction,  a Pandora’s Box of hate and fear is opened in the North Wales town of Llanelen.
The victim’s sister, Rebeccah, sells cheap goods from  market stalls. Amateur sleuth and spa owner Penny Brannigan is drawn into the investigation when jars of her house brand  hand cream, along with other counterfeit local products are discovered in the sister’s inventory.
The asthmatic son of the mine operator had suffered an almost fatal attack a few days after his mother had sprayed his room with air freshener she’d purchased at the stall. The police investigation reveals that the dead woman had been filling in for her sister on the stall the day the air freshener was purchased and they suspect the mine worker of her murder.
But after talking to the victim’s elderly mother, and learning that the victim’s father, the former mine manager, also died down the mine, Penny has an uneasy sense that a deeply hidden family secret lies behind the murder.  When the mother herself is murdered in her care home on the afternoon of her birthday, Penny’s sure of it.
At the heart of the story is a long forgotten child whose rise to fame and wealth meant nothing without a family’s love, a cold mother who thought she had buried the past, and a sister who died as the unwitting focus of decades of pain.
And during the course of the investigation, Penny’s friend and former lover DCI Gareth Davies discovers the truth about a secret in her own past. 

About Elizabeth J. Duncan

After graduating from Carleton University, Ottawa, with a BA in English, Elizabeth J. Duncan worked as a writer and editor for some of Canada’s largest newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator. She lived and worked in London, England for five years as a freelance writer and broadcaster. She has also worked in public relations, was a college professor for ten years, and is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers.
Elizabeth’s first novel, The Cold Light of Mourning, won the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic 2006 Grant for Unpublished Writers and the 2008 St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic Award for best first traditional mystery and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis award in Canada and an Agatha Award in the United States. Her fourth novel, A Small Hill to Die On, won the 2013 Bloody Words best light mystery (Bony Blithe) and the fifth book in the series, Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By, was nominated for the same award in 2014.
Elizabeth divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Llandudno, North Wales.
Elizabeth J. DuncanMystery author 
Shakespeare in the Catskills (Crooked Lane Books) 
Penny Brannigan (St Martins Press)
You can get all of Elizabeth's books here:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First in a Cozy Series and Giveaway - Karen Rose Smith

Happy Thursday! Today's First in a Cozy Series is Staged to Death by Karen Rose Smith. First released in December 2013. You can win a copy of this book Staged to Death. All you have to do is leave a comment and email for a chance. It is a great read with characters so fun and a story line that will keep you captivated from the start.

Book Description

 December 3, 2013
"A cozy blend of murder and romance. A fun read--with recipes!" --Laura Levine

Book 1 in Karen Rose Smith's Caprice De Luca home stager mystery series.
Welcome to Kismet, PA, where home stager Caprice De Luca helps her clients shine in a lackluster real estate market--and where someone may only be in the market for murder. . .
Caprice De Luca has successfully parlayed her skills as an interior designer into a thriving home staging business. So when her old high school friend Roz Winslow asks her to spruce up her mess of a mansion to perk up a slow buyer's market, Caprice is more than happy to share her skills. But when Roz's husband Ted is found skewered by one of his sword room's prized possessions, it appears the Winslows may have a few skeletons in their palatial closets. With the stage set for murder, Caprice will discover she can track down an antique tapestry and a cold-blooded killer with equal aplomb--as long as she's not the next victim. . .

"A fascinating inside look at the art of home-staging--but did I mention it's also an elegantly crafted murder mystery featuring an irresistible sleuth?" --Leslie Meier

Watch for Book 2, DEADLY DECOR, in June 2014.
Watch for Book 3, GILT BY ASSOCIATION, in February 2015.

You can get all of Karen's books here:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Author Spotlight and Giveaway- Hannah Dennison

Happy Wednesday to you. Today's author spotlight goes to the delightful Hannah Dennison. Hannah is the author of the Honeychurch Hall mystery series as well as the Vicki Hill mystery series. One lucky reader will have a chance to win a copy of her newest book Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall. Leave a comment and email.

  Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery  Murder at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery

Hannah Dennison

Hannah is the author of the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries and the Vicky Hill Mysteries, both set in Devon, England. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah originally moved to Los Angeles from England to pursue screenwriting and now lives in Portland, Oregon. She continues to teach mystery writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and still works for a west coast advertising agency. Hannah is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers Association, The Historic Houses Association, the National Trust and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing, theater and seriously good chocolate.

All of her books can be purchased here and you don't want to miss them.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Author Q&A and Giveaway -Linda Reilly, Kathi Daley and Mary Anne Edwards

Have you ever had questions that you would love to ask authors? Well today I am thrilled to have three lovely authors joining us and they have some giveaways too. Welcome Linda Reilly author of Fillet of Murder , Kathi Daley  author of (her newest book) Soul Surrender and Mary Anne Edwards author of Brilliant Disguise !!

Leave your questions and who you are asking in the comments. Check back and see how they answered them. Have fun. Get to know your authors they are amazing people.

Welcome ladies so glad you can be here today.

Linda Reilly


Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires—but she soon discovers there’s something fishy going on…

Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She’s returned to her hometown and is happy to help her dear friend Bea Lambert by working at Lambert’s Fish & Chips, a cornerstone of a charming shopping plaza designed to resemble an old English village.

But not all the shop owners are charming. Phil Turnbull has been pestering Bea to sign a petition against a new store opening up, and his constant badgering is enough to make her want to boil him in oil. When Talia and Bea stumble upon Turnbull murdered in his shop, the police suspect Bea. Now it’s up to Talia to fish around for clues and hook the real killer before her friend has to trade serving food for serving time…

Includes delicious recipes!

Kathi Daily


Now that Zak and Zoe have their house, their lives, and their wedding back, things seem to be on track once again, until a man is found dead and Zoe is once again pulled into a murder investigation. The victim is a well known and liked member of the community who didn't appear to have any enemies until his secret past caught up with him. Zak and Zoe work together to find the killer while Zoe deals with the fact that Levi and Ellie seem to be imploding before her very eyes. Meanwhile Alex shares a shocking piece of news which causes Zak and Zoe to consider taking a huge step which could forever alter their future.

Mary Anne Edwards


Detective Charlie McClung no longer finds his job fulfilling and has given up finding that "someone" his granny promised he would find. So he leaves behind the big city and his close-knit family and takes a job in a small town police department in Georgia, resigned to live a quiet life in solitude. 

Things change when he meets Marian Selby while investigating the mysterious death of her best friend. But Marian swore never to love again after the death of her husband 11 years ago. What seems to be a suicide turns into a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows. 

Can the two of them come to grips with their feelings for each other before the killer closes in on them?

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness- Paperback release and Giveaway

I am so excited to have Deborah Harkness here today. Her Latest book will be out in Paperback on May 26th. 

The #1 New York Times bestselling conclusion
to the beloved All Souls Trilogy

Book Three of the All Souls Trilogy by
Deborah Harkness

“Weaving an extraordinarily rich story of magic and science, history and fiction, passion and power, secrets and truths, Harkness delivers an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that's not to be missed.”
USA Today

THE BOOK OF LIFE brims with sensuality, intrigue, violence and much-welcome humor…Harkness’ ambitious melding of scientific and historical detail is inventive and brings surprising depth to such real-life societal scourges as racial purity and miscegenation.”
Los Angeles Times

“Juicy and action-packed . . . Even at 561 pages, this is one hardcover no one will mind lugging to the beach.”

“From the novel’s poignant opening, Harkness casts her own indelible spell of enchantment, heartbreak, and resilience. An academic by day with specialities in science and medicine and a clear passion for alchemy, Harkness is terrific at bringing her magic world to life, maintaining a fast-paced, page-turning narrative for the bulk of the book.”
Boston Globe

“This trilogy is a superlative example in a subgenre you could call realistic fantasy …When done well, as it is here, this sort of fiction provides characters who are recognizably human in their desires and actions even if most of them are creatures with supernatural powers. Through them Harkness succeeds at the hardest part of writing fantasy: She makes this world so real that you believe it exists — or at the very least that you wish that it did.”
Miami Herald

This summer, Penguin Books is proud to publish the #1 New York Times bestselling novel THE BOOK OF LIFE, the highly-anticipated final installment of the bestselling All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, in paperback (Penguin Books; On-sale: May 26, 2015; $17.00). The trilogy began with A Discovery of Witches, which People magazine called, “A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight”. The sequel Shadow of Night debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and the Miami Herald called it, “Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor...a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance.” Over two million copies of the All Souls books have been sold in the U.S., with publications following in 38 countries, and the series is now in development with the BBC, who hope to adapt it for television. “A thoroughly satisfying…action-packed All Souls trilogy ender” (Entertainment Weekly), THE BOOK OF LIFE is “a stirring, poignant saga” (US Weekly) and “pure escapist summer fun” (Parade).

THE BOOK OF LIFE picks up right where Shadow of Night left off.  After traveling through time, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to continue their hunt for the magical alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, otherwise known as the Book of Life.   At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception—ready to face old enemies. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the Book of Life and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and forbidden passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

On May 26th, all three All Souls Trilogy novels are also available in an
elegantly designed paperback boxed set that’s perfect for fans and
newcomers alike (Penguin Books; On-sale: May 26, 2015; $51.00).

Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Her publications include works on the history of science, magic, and alchemy.  Her most recent scholarly book is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution.  She lives in Los Angeles.

Deborah Harkness will be touring to:
New Orleans * Asheville, NC * Nashville * Washington, D.C. * Pittsburgh * Dallas
Wichita * Boulder * Ann Arbor * Petoskey, MI * Chicago * Santa Fe * Albuquerque
Los Angeles * Seattle


Deborah Harkness ▪ Penguin Books ▪ $17.00 ▪ On-sale May 26, 2015 ▪ ISBN: 978-0-14-312752-9

 Deborah Harkness’s #1 New York Timesbestselling novel THE BOOK OF LIFE and/or the gorgeous paperback boxed set of her All Souls Trilogy ). THE BOOK OF LIFE is the long-awaited final chapter in the smart, sexy All Souls Trilogy, about historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont . In this finale, Diana and Matthew continue their hunt for the magical alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, and reunite with beloved characters from the first two All Souls books to save their world from the powerful enemies who want to destroy it.

I love the box set look. What do you think of it?

Critics called THE BOOK OF LIFE “juicy and action-packed” (People), “superlative” (Miami Herald), and “extraordinarily rich…an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that's not to be missed.” (USA Today).

Have you read this series? It is AMAZING!! Leave a comment about the series and if you have read it or not for a chance to win : A Mirror, Shadow Buttons and A copy of The Book Of Life. )Which goes on Sale May 26th)