Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour- Gold Diggers Gamblers and Guns

It is a pleasure to have Ellen Mansoor Collier  with us today!

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Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns
by Ellen Mansoor Collier

Lots of drama, choosing sides, action, and romance as they try to figure out who is trying to kill Burton and frame him for murder.
“Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns” is, in itself, a wonderful romp through another time and another place that you can take right from the comfort of your own home.
~Back Porchervations
22174442Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns: A Jazz Age Mystery #3
Cozy Mystery
File Size: 790 KB
Print Length: 268 pages
Publisher: DecoDame Press; 1 edition (May 18, 2014)

During Prohibition, Galveston Island was called the “Free State of Galveston” due to its lax laws and laissez-faire attitude toward gambling, gals and bootlegging. Young society reporter Jasmine (Jazz) Cross longs to cover hard news, but she’s stuck between two clashing cultures: the world of gossip and glamour vs. gangsters and gamblers.
After Downtown Gang leader Johnny Jack Nounes is released from jail, all hell breaks loose: Prohibition Agent James Burton’s life is threatened and he must go into hiding for his own safety. But when he’s framed for murder, he and Jazz work together to prove his innocence. Johnny Jack blames her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis speakeasy, for his arrest and forces him to work overtime in a variety of dangerous mob jobs as punishment.
When a bookie is murdered, Jazz looks for clues linking the two murders and delves deeper into the underworld of gambling: poker games, slot machines and horse-racing. Meanwhile, Jazz tries to keep both Burton and her brother safe, and alive, while they face off against each other, as well as a common enemy. A soft-boiled mystery inspired by actual events.
my review:
I enjoyed reading this series and being a fan of the 20's made it all the better.Although I haven't read the first two, I found this book to be a clever whodunit.  This book had the right atmosphere and brought you back to a time when gangsters where big. You will step back into the 20's with this classy  novel of suspense and mystery and romance you will get hooked from the start and read till the very end!

Ellen picture deco croppedAbout The Author
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer and editor whose articles and essays have been published in a variety of national magazines. Several of her short stories have appeared in Woman’s World. During college summers, she worked as a reporter for a Houston community newspaper and as a cocktail waitress, both jobs providing background experience for her Jazz Age mysteries.
A flapper at heart, she’s worked as a magazine editor/writer, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism and served on UTmost, the college magazine and as president of WICI (Women in Communications).
FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY is her first novel, published in 2012, followed by the sequel, BATHING BEAUTIES, BOOZE AND BULLETS, released in May 2013. She lives in Houston with her husband and Chow mutts, and visits Galveston whenever possible.
“When you grow up in Houston, Galveston becomes like a second home. I had no idea this sleepy beach town had such a wild and colorful past until I began doing research, and became fascinated by the legends and stories of the 1920s. Finally I had to stop researching and start writing, trying to imagine a flapper’s life in Galveston during Prohibition.”
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Thank you for being here today, I hope if you haven't read this book you would pick it up and do so! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest Post- Laurie Cass

I am so pleased to have Laurie Cass with us today!  If you haven't read her books, you are missing out on a fantastic series!!

A Day in the Life of Laurie Cass

Truly? You want to know what my normal day is like? Huh. It would be a lot more fun if I could write about what I’d like my normal day to be – which would start out with me awakening to sunshine streaming in my bedroom window – but since you’ve asked me for a normal day, well, that goes about like this:

5:45 – The alarm goes off. It’s still dark out, but I drag myself out of bed anyway and get in a half hour workout. Sweaty and wide awake, I shower and have a breakfast of oatmeal with my husband. (The cats, Eddie and his sidekick, get tiny bowls of milk.)

7:10 – Already five minutes late, according to my husband, we get into separate cars for our morning commutes. Since my official workday doesn’t start until 8:30 and my commute is barely fifteen minutes, I have a little slot of time to write. I stop the car at a small township park and get busy. This half hour or so is often very productive, writing-wise, and maybe someday I’ll ask the township if I can put up a plaque commemorating the spot where I wrote a large portion of the bookmobile cat books.

8:00ish – I find a spot in the parking lot, go for a short walk to stretch my legs, then get started at my day job, associate planner for my county.

12:30ish – Lunchtime. I snarf down my food while I check my author email and Facebook pages, then take my laptop and find a good place to write. If it’s warm enough, I write outside. If it’s cool or rainy, I’ll drive to a city park and write. If, like it was a large share of last winter, it’s freaking cold and snowy, I’ll wander to a back hallway, sit on the floor, and hope no one asks me what I’m doing. I also try to get out for a short walk at some point during this time. It turns out that sitting in front of a computer for ten to twelve hours a day isn’t the best thing for the human body. Go figure.

5:45ish – I return home. I’m often met by Eddie, who sometimes pauses to say hello in his rush to get outside as soon as I open the door. After I divest myself of coat and briefcase, I greet my husband and head upstairs to change from office clothes to real clothes. We start dinner preparations and when the food is gone and the dishes are done, I do a household chore or two, and then get back to writing. If my morning and lunchtime writing sessions were productive, writing might take only half an hour and then I’ll be free to play the piano, weed the garden, or go for a walk with my husband. If I’m behind in my writing schedule, I’m at the computer the bulk of the evening.

10:00 – this is our official bedtime. Teeth are brushed, jammies are on, and we head to bed. I read, my husband works on a crossword puzzle, and Eddie jumps up for a snuggle.

About 10:20 – my husband says, “It’s late. Put your book down.” I realize he’s said this at least three times, and that I’ve fallen asleep over the book I was reading. But I make a valiant effort to wake up and finish the chapter.

10:30 – When my book drops onto my face for the umpteenth time, I accept the inevitable. Book goes down, glasses are put on the nightstand, and the light goes off. I curl up to my husband, reach out a hand to find out if Eddie is still with us, find his furry self, and fall asleep to the comfort of his purrs.


Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Currently, Laurie and her husband share their house with two cats, the inestimable Eddie, and the adorably cute Sinii. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Wrap UP #28

Here is what was going on this week:

July 14th- Blog Tour- Granny Skewers a Scandal
July 15th- Book Release -The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
July 16th- Author Spotlight- Leann Sweeney
July 17th- First in a New Series
July 18th- Friday 56
July 19th- Book Trivia- Leslie Budewitz

Books I've read this week

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

Coming this week:

July 21st- Guest Post- Laurie Cass
July 22nd- Blog Tour- Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns
July 23rd- Author Spotlight- Elizabeth Craig
July 24th- First in a New Series-  Quilt or Innocence
July 25th- Blog Tour - Pies and Peril
July 26th- Book Trivia hosted by  Alice Loweecey

Hope to see you here!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Trivia- Leslie Budewitz

It's time for book trivia and today's host is Leslie Budewitz!! All you have to do is answer the questions and leave a comment with email for a chance to win!

Good Luck!!

1. What is the name of Erin’s cat and what breed is he?

2. What fictional detective inspires Erin, thanks to her nephew?

3. In Death al Dente, what kind of creature terrifies Detective Kim Caldwell?

4. What subconscious superstition does Erin engage in when she’s anxious or upset?

5. What is the name of the horse Erin rides at Caldwell’s Eagle Lake Lodge and Guest Ranch?

6. In Crime Rib, what was Reg Robbins’ career before he became a potter?

7. What is Fresca’s full name?

8. Erin and Chiara have an older brother, Nick. What does Nick do for a living?

The prize is :
"One of four images in the set of 12 notecards."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday 56

Happy Friday!

This Friday 56 meme is hosted by Freda's Voice

"Celadon grilled my daily for updates and was not to pleased with my lack of progress.She had wanted to see an engagement ring on my finger on Christmas day and had not spoken six words to me until New Year's when one hadn't materialized."

Maple Mayhem (Sugar Grove Series #2)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

First in a New Series- Plum Deadly

This weeks First in a New Series is served with a side of murder!  Plum Deadly by Ellie Grant!!

Plum Deadly

Book Description

 September 3, 2013

Who could resist such pies? Who would even want to resist the pie shop that makes them? Certainly not the residents of Durham, North Carolina, and the little bakery and café called Pie in the Sky is one of the most popular meet-up places in town.

Unjustly accused of cooking the books, Maggie Grady is forced to retreat from her high-flying New York financial career to the town where she grew up. Her aunt Clara greets her with open arms and a job at the family-owned business that has baked the best pies in the South for over forty years. Unfortunately, while Maggie is determined to return to banking, her reputation there seems permanently in the pits. That is, until her old boss, Lou, visits with news that he’s found the real crook. Before he can reveal the details, though, Maggie finds his body right behind the pie shop.

With only her own word that Lou planned to exonerate her, Maggie is in the spotlight. The police seem to suspect that Aunt Clara’s damson pie may not be just dangerously delectable, but downright deadly. Maggie doesn’t just have her own name to clear; she has to make sure that her aunt’s beloved business isn’t harmed, either. Yummy local reporter Ryan Summerour appears eager to help, and Maggie can’t help hoping that it’s not just the police who find her a person of interest—but Ryan, as well. She’d thought it challenging to make the perfect pie crust that Aunt Clara demands, but that turns out to be nothing compared with finding a murderer. . . .

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Author Spotlight- Leann Sweeney

Happy Wednesday! Today I am thrilled to be spotlighting the Delightful Leann Sweeney!!

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I have been writing for more than twenty years and feel very lucky to have become a career writer. Many times I worked my day job as a nurse, wife and mom and then wrote well into the night. My books are "gentle mysteries" and my towns are populated with people I'd like to meet. Not that I "like" all those characters, I'd just like to meet them. There will be justice in the end and no animal will ever be harmed, only rescued. I hope you can escape into one of my stories.

Here are some amazing books by Leann!

From the Cat in Trouble Series:

The Cat, the Mill and the Murder (Cats in Trouble Series #5) The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse (Cats in Trouble Series #1) The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon (Cats in Trouble Series #4) The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim: A Cats in Trouble Mystery

From the Yellow Rose Series:

Pick Your Poison (Yellow Rose Series #1) Dead Giveaway (Yellow Rose Series #3) Pushing up Bluebonnets (Yellow Rose Series #5) A Wedding to Die For (Yellow Rose Series #2)

A Huge thank you Leann, for Two amazing Series!!