Friday, September 4, 2015

Blog Tour- Murder She Floats by Stephen Kaminski

Stephen Kaminski is here today. His New book Murder, She Floats, the next installment in the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Series was released on September 19, 2014.

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (August 22, 2014)
Language: English

A suicide note found in a locked room. A shard of glass buried in a scoop of whipped potatoes. A pickle jar filled with poisonous spiders. Precious jewels yanked off of a woman’s neck but left at her feet. It’s just a week in the life of Damon Lassard when his boards The Vitamin of the Seas with his charismatic mother for a ‘relaxing’ Caribbean cruise. After Damon’s acerbic dining companion is found floating alongside the ship and local police rule the death a suicide, the loveable amateur sleuth is left to find the killer himself. He encounters seductive sirens, cunning con artists, and fascinating family members en route to solving not only the murder but a handful of clever capers as well.

Damon Lassard is on the case again this time out at sea.Looking in to what appears to be a suicide but her knows better and has to find out who would kill companion and why. This whodunit is a great read. Fast- paced, action packed you will read late into the night. I enjoyed this installment in the series and am looking forward to the next one.

About This Author

STEPHEN KAMINSKI is the author of the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series published by Cozy Cat Press. The first three cozy mysteries in the series are It Takes Two to Strangle, Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk, and Murder, She Floats. Each of the three has won a Reader Views Literary Award and Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk won the 2014 Murder & Mayhem Award for Best Classic Cozy and was a finalist in both the 2014 Clue Awards. Stephen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School. He serves as the CEO and Executive Director of a national healthcare association and lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, Virginia.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guest Post - Sharon Rose Mierke

Guest Post with Sharon Rose Mierke I am so delighted to have Sharon Rose with us today.

Thank you for inviting me to contribute to your blog, Shelley.

To begin with, I will introduce myself to your readers. My name is Sharon Rose Mierke (pronounced murky - as in dirty water). I write the Parson's Cove Cozy Mystery series for Cozy Cat Press and I write by my name Sharon Rose (my Rose always has a rose in the 'o'). There are six in the series so far: Slip and Go Die, Perplexity on P ½, Save as Murder, Calamity @ the Carwash, Frozen Identity, and Cold Case Conundrum. My one historical fiction novel, Sarah's Valley, is by Sharon Mierke.

I thought that today I would write about three things: weather, words, and wit. What could all of them have in common besides starting with the letter W?

Weather: You are now starting to hear people say, where did the summer go? It seems that almost overnight, we are moving from summer into fall. Have you noticed how a stronger cooler wind is replacing the warm humid breeze of summer? For some of us, it brings a sigh of relief and for others, a touch of sadness. Now when we open our eyes in the morning, we have to wait a bit longer for the sunshine to stream though our window and we have to switch our reading lamp on a few minutes earlier in the evening. Autumn is the favorite season for many but for others, it is a reminder that colder days are coming. How does it affect you? Now on to words: Did you realize that usually every morning, Shelley writes on Facebook and says good morning to everyone.

How does that make you feel? I imagine that most of us do not know Shelley personally, or many of the others who take the time to say good morning, but immediately we feel connected to someone. It brings a smile to our lips. If our friend adds a few words to wish us a happy day or tells us what she is doing for the day, it might even inspire us to take on a challenge. We think about what we have planned or perhaps, we remember someone who might appreciate a 'hello' from us. It helps us start our day on a positive note.

Wit: Do you enjoy being with someone who can make you laugh? Some folks are great with dry humor and others can relate a joke that leaves you in stitches. Or, have you ever been reading a book and burst out laughing? A few moments of laughter can ease tension and can change a person's outlook. It, too, can turn a negative day into a positive one. That humorous story you read can pop up into your mind anytime when you least expect it and can make you giggle. Weather, words, and wit - I have tried to incorporate all three into my cozy mysteries. You'll find that each one takes place in a specific season; the words I write are meant to make you smile, and the humor I hope, will make you laugh.

Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. May your day be delightful and when you return to Facebook, may you have a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Book Trivia- Erika Chase

It's time for trivia and today's host is Erika Chase! Erika is the author of The Ashton Corner Book Club Mystery series. Winner will receive a copy of Book Fair and Foul. Leave answers and email.

1. Ashton Corners is in what state?

2. What is Lizzie Turner's job?

3. Molly Mathews loves police procedurals while Bob Miller dotes on Agatha Christie. True or false?

4. How many books are in the series?

5. In Book Fair and Foul, The book club helps run a) a spa weekend. b) a book festival, or c) a food fair?

6. What food is incorporated into the official name of the book club?

7. How many members are in the book club?

8. How many cats does Lizzie have and what are their names?

The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries, Berkley Prime Crime
By Erika Chase
Agatha Award nominee

Erika Chase is Linda Wiken

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Author Spotlight- Jenn McKinlay

Cozy Mystery Author Jenn McKinlay is the author of The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, A Library Lovers Mystery Series, and The Hat Shop Mystery series.

Jenn is the New York Times bestselling author of several mystery series. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house overrun with kids, pets and her husband’s guitars.

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Upcoming books by Jenn McKinlay:

A Likely Story releases on November 3,2015

Vanilla Beaned releases on April 6, 2016

Copy Cat Murder releases on February 2016

Monday, August 31, 2015

First in Series- Books Can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay

Happy Monday! Today's First in Series is Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay

Print Length: 305 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425242188
Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2011)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

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About the Author

Jenn is the New York Times bestselling author of several mystery series. She lives in sunny AZ in a house overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up #86

It was a great week here. This is what happened:

August 24th- First in Series- By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates
August 25th- Author Spotlight- Eva Gates
August 26th- Book Trivia- Jennifer Hart
August 27th- Guest Post- Kathi Shoop
August 28th- What's New? Move your Blooming Corpse by D.E.Ireland
August 29th- Shelley's Review's

Book's I've Read this week:
Murder She Floats by Steven Kaminski
Lord of the Wings by Donna Donna Andrews

Coming this week:

August 31st- First in Series- Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
September 1st- Author Spotlight- Jenn McKinlay
September 2nd- Book Trivia - Erika Chase
September 3rd- Guest Post- Sharon Rose Mierke
September 4th- Blog Tour- Murder She Floats by Steven Kaminski

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shelley's Reviews

The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi. Released on March 31, 2014.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ransom Note Press (March 31, 2014)
Language: English

After being mugged in New York City, Miss Felicity Prim decides to leave the big city and purchase a home in the country, where she will be safe from the dangerous criminals who call New York home. A devoted reader of crime fiction, Miss Prim believes that her reading experiences have given her the skills required to become an amateur sleuth in her new home of Greenfield, Connecticut. She gets her chance to prove her mettle when she finds a corpse in her basement. As Miss Prim searches for the victim's identity and killer, she finds her father's old journals, which create a crisis in her family. Meanwhile, Miss Prim's young friend, Dolly, has become involved in a dangerous situation and needs Miss Prim's help. Can Miss Prim, with her insights into human behavior and her steadfast refusal to rely on forensics and databases (which she considers the crutches of lazy investigators), save the day and bring everything to a happy resolution? Of course she can.