Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author Spotlight --Annie Knox

Happy Wednesday!! Today I am spotlighting the wonderful Annie Knox! Annie is the author of Paws for Murder.

Paws For Murder: A Pet Boutique Mystery and her new one coming soon  Groomed For Murder: A Pet Boutique Mystery Sept. 2nd

About the Author

Annie Knox doesn't commit--or solve--murders in her real life, but her passion for animals is 100% true. She's also a devotee of 80s music, Asian horror films, and reality TV. While Annie is a native Buckeye and has called a half dozen states "home," she and her husband now live a stone's throw from the courthouse square in a north Texas town, in their very own crumbling historic house.

If you haven't read Paws for Murder, pick it up today. It is a fantastic book! 

Thank you Annie for this book. I am looking forward to the next one!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Tour- Burnout by Teresa Trent

I am thrilled to be on this blog tour. Welcome Teresa Trent!!!

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by Teresa Trent

The mystery is a real page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end. And the small-town characters are a hoot.
~Traci Andrighetti’s Blog
Burnout (Pecan Bayou Series)
Cozy Mystery
E-Book File Size: 895 KB
Print Length: 202 pages
It’s November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office. When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband’s new found celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for and under-the-weather Hurricane Hal . Leo loves all the attention he’s getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you’ve come to know and love are back and you’ll find plenty of the Happy Hinter’s recipes and tips included at the end of the book.

my review:  Teresa is a new author to me and I found her book very enjoyable. I like how she paints the town and the people in your mind so vividly. You get pulled in to the story and she keeps you to the end.   It is a charming read.
About The Author
Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas. With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado. Living in Texas for the last 18 years she loves the people and even the weather. Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD. Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her. Even though she lives in the big city, her writing is influenced by all of the interesting people she finds in small towns and the sense of family that seems to be woven through them all.

Author Links:
Twitter: @ttrent_cozymys
Purchase Links
Book Excerpt
An hour later, Tyler and I walked into the Harvest Dance with our arms full of every baked item we could get our hands on from the grocery store. The tables were already covered in sparkling autumn colored table cloths with tasteful pumpkin and scarecrow centerpieces. It was stunning, and I hated to plop a box of Tasteeo Cupcakes on top of it all.
Phyllis, dressed in a mustard turtleneck with a maroon silk scarf tied around her neck approached. “What is this?” Her face turned white, and then was replaced with a complimentary fall color of scarlet red.
“Uh…” I stammered. “I had a little difficulty with the pumpkin squares, but you know kids. They’ll eat anything sweet, right?”
I waited for her to reassure me, but she seemed to be at a loss for words.
“You want me to open up these boxes, Betsy?” Tyler asked.
“Yes, if you would. I’m sure Mrs. Hamlin has lovely plates for us to put these on.”
Phyllis gritted her teeth and turned toward Tyler. “There are some paper plates over there.”
She turned back to me and took hold of my arm squeezing tightly on my bicep with her tastefully manicured nails.
“I specifically told you to make the pumpkin squares. If I wanted a hodge podge of junk food I would have simply stopped down at the Circle K Convenience store.”
Another mother stepped by with her freshly groomed son in tow. “Lovely tables Phyllis,” she said with a little wave.
“Thank you Shelley. We work very hard to make it a wonderful experience for our children.” Somehow I knew she wasn’t including me in that statement.
“I tried to make the pumpkin squares, but we’ve had flu at our house, and … I lost track of time, and they burnt.”
“Then why didn’t you just make another batch?”
“There’s not a can of pumpkin left in the entire town.”
“Yes, there is. I have four cans of pumpkin in my pantry. All you had to do was call me.”
The principal walked by. “Beautiful job, Mrs. Hamlin. Don’t know what we’d do without you.”

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Guest Post- Hannah Dennison

I am honored to have Hannah Dennison joining us today! Get some coffee or tea, Hannah is talking about Summer!!

Thank you so much for being here Hannah!

When Shelley asked me if I’d like to write about summer vacations a warm glow filled my heart. I never need an excuse to return to the seaside village where my family—even today—spend our annual holidays in North Cornwall, England.

Although the world has changed since the 1960s and early 70s, the little hamlet of Trebarwith Strand, nestled between soaring cliffs and accessed by a steep winding narrow road that ends abruptly at the sea, is exactly as it was when I was a child.

Back then, England used to celebrate the “Factory Fortnight.” These two weeks marked the closure of factories throughout the country and always fell on the last week of July and the first week of August. It heralded a mass exodus to the coast.

On that first magical Saturday morning at 4 AM, my mother would wake my sister and I and we would pack up the car to make the six-hour drive from Hampshire—a journey that today takes less than four—to the West Country. In those days we’d spend our holiday in caravans with exotic names like Zanzibar, Madagascar or Tobago. I know people are shuddering, but it used to be “The Thing” to holiday in a caravan.

There was just a primer stove and no fridge—Mum used a bucket that she filled with cold water to keep produce cool under the “van.” There was no inside loo unless you could upgrade to one of the “deluxe” caravans that had a small outside brick shed with a freestanding washbasin. Showers were taken in a grim breezeblock building and ran on a meter. I lost count of the times the meter ran out and I was left walking back across fields full of cowpats with soapy hair. I also lost count of the times I was pooped on by a seagull that perched on the gutter above (my mother told me it was lucky). We called him Squits. With no television, telephone, shops or nightlife, our days were spent on the beach, rock pooling, exploring caves or surfing. At night, we’d play board games like Monopoly or Gin Rummy or flirt with the local boys who had such thick Cornish accents it was hard to understand what they were saying.

My sister and I LOVED every minute of it.  So much so that we still return every year to the same place although our tastes—and that of our children and grandchildren—have somewhat changed. We’ve switched the old caravan for a renovated fisherman’s cottage. We still walk the cliff top paths that are now protected by the National Trust, surf in the sea (now wearing wetsuits) and still play board games after dinner.  For me, Trebarwith Strand will always be a magical place that makes me happy and feel inexplicably safe—as if I’ve come home.

It was that same feeling I clung to when I started writing my new series—Murder at Honeychurch Hall. I wanted to set it in the West Country but I also wanted a
fish-out-of-water feel to it. So, I decided that my amateur sleuth duo would face new beginnings in an unfamiliar—and strange environment.

Murder at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery

For TV celebrity Kat Stanford, it’s her decision to quit Fakes & Treasures and start her dream business of dealing in antiques. For Kat’s newly widowed mother Iris, it’s her chance to start over after fifty years of marriage. Initially, Kat is shocked to discover that Iris has been secretly writing steamy bodice-rippers under the pseudonym Krystalle Storm. But it’s Iris’s irrational obsession with Honeychurch Hall, over two hundred miles away from home that Kat just cannot understand. Slowly, she begins to realize that the grand old country estate holds the key to her mother’s unconventional childhood. As the pair are swept up in the upstairs-downstairs politics of the modern day and Pandora’s box flies open to free past scandals and unsolved mysteries— Kat discovers that her mother is not who she believed she was at all.

Murder at Honeychurch Hall
(Minotaur Books; May 13th; ISBN 978-1-250-00779-7; $24.99)

Please visit Hannah on her website at and Facebook

If you haven't read this book! Please pick it up. I read it and Loved it!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up #14

Here is what happened this week:

April 7th- Blog Tour-Killing Notion
April 8th- Book Release- Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods
April 9th- Author Spotlight- Beverly Allen
April 10th- First in a New Series- Death on Eat Street by J.J.Cook
April 11th- Blog tour - Dyed and Gone by Beth Yarnall
April 12th- Book Trivia - Lyndee Walker

Books I've read this week:

Mr.Monk goes Overboard by Hy Conrad
Murder She Wrote Domestic Mailce by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
Murder She Wrote Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain

Coming this week:

April 14th- Guest Post - Hanna Dennison
April 15th- Blog Tour- Burnout by Teresa Trent
April 16th- Author Spotlight- Annie Knox
April 17th- First in a New Series - The Whole Cat and Caboodle
April 18th - About A Book by Shelley Giusti
April 19th Book Trivia - Nancy J. Parra

Hope to see you here!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Trivia hosted by Lyndee Walker

It's book trivia Saturday!! Today's host is Lyndee Walker, all you have to do is guess the title of this book for a chance to win.

Here we go:

Name the Headlines in High Heels book:

1. A lawyer is murdered.

2. Eunice makes black bean brownies.

3. Nichelle and Parker go to a poker game.

4. A prison visit gets Nichelle a lead on her story.

5. Jenna has marital issues.

6. Nichelle's mom tries to please a difficult bride.

by the way here is the prize:

Here you go! One beach bag with a signed copy of the mystery novella anthology Heartache Motel by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker. 

Good Luck!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog Tour- Dyed and Gone by Beth Yarnell

Today I am pleased to have been a part of this blog tour! Dyed and Gone by Beth Yarnell!!

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Dyed and Gone
by Beth Yarnall

Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend, Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?
Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.

my review:
I had a great time reading this book. The characters are fun and the story was great. Well written and I love how captivated you were from the beginning.  Azalea is taking a fun trip to Vegas for a hair convention. She thinks it will be a great time to relax and take a fresh start so when a murder takes place and  her friend Vivian is now the main suspect, Azalea's getaway just got a whole lot worse. She has to find out who the killer is before it is to late. I enjoyed reading this and look forward to the next one. 

About This Author
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.
Author Links
Twitter: @BethYarnell
Book Links
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Have you read this book? Say hi to Beth and tell us what you think. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

First in a New Series- Death on Eat Street

Happy Thursday! Today's First is Death on Eat Street by J.J.Cook! Have you read this one?

Death on Eat Street

Book Description

 April 1, 2014
Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery… 

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.