Thursday, March 26, 2015

First in a Cozy Series and Giveaway- Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

We are heading to Maine today with this First in a Cozy Series by Barbara Ross. Clammed Up, A Maine Clambake Mystery was released on September 3, 2013. Have you ever been to Maine? Leave a comment and email for a chance to win a copy of this book.

Book Description

 September 3, 2013
Summer has come to Busman's Harbor, Maine, and tourists are lining up for a taste of authentic New England seafood, courtesy of the Snowden Family Clambake Company. But there's something sinister on the boil this season. A killer has crashed a wedding party, adding mystery to the menu at the worst possible moment. . .

Julia Snowden returned to her hometown to rescue her family's struggling clambake business--not to solve crimes. But that was before a catered wedding on picturesque Morrow Island turned into a reception for murder. When the best man's corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase in the Snowden family mansion, Julia must put the chowder pot on the back burner and join the search for the killer. And with suspicion falling on her old crush, Chris Durand, the recipe for saving her business and salvaging her love life might be one and the same. . .

Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!

"A tasty whodunnit with a real Maine twist." --Sarah Graves, author of A Bat in the Belfry

"If you haven't been on a Maine clambake, Barbara Ross's book is the next best thing...except for the murder."--Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of Buried in a Bog

More Advance Praise For Clammed Up!

"If you like seafood and salty air, you'll love Clammed Up. A tasty tale that will have readers clamoring for second helpings." --Leslie Meier, author of Easter Bunny Murder

"Take lobster, clams, and an ear of corn. Add one murder. Fold in a complex heroine, an assortment of colorful suspects, and a plot with lots of twists and turns. Heat up on an island off the coast of Maine. The result? Clammed Up contains just the right amounts of all the best ingredients to provide mystery readers with a tasty treat." --Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Author Spotlight- Kate Carlisle

Happy Wednesday! Today's spotlight is the delightful Kate Carlisle. Kate is the Author of  The Fixer- Upper Mystery Series and a Bibliophile Mystery Series.
Kate Carlisle

Bestselling author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband. 

A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.

The Real Story 

For award-winning author Kate Carlisle, the gleaming brass ring of publication eluded her grasp for the longest time. People were starting to talk. Was it simply bad luck? Bad timing? Bad writing? Bad hair? A panel of experts were convened to analyze the details of Kate's life and certain patterns began to emerge that clearly indicated...well, let's just call them Bad Choices. Yes, Kate made some wrong moves on her personal path to publication, and in the interests of full disclosure--and as a cautionary tale--the highlights are listed below. 

The Early Years 

Kate was born in Los Angeles, California. Need we say more? Name one famous author who was born in Los Angeles. You can't do it. Why? Because all really famous authors are born somewhere else. A rural town in upstate Michigan, a crab shack on the Eastern shore, somewhere on the prairie, in a bayou, on the frozen tundra. Anywhere but LA. 

And yet, despite this almost overwhelming handicap, Kate was born with good skin and a naturally attractive telephone voice which led her parents to wonder if she might have a future in either cosmetology or telephone solicitation. 

Growing up, Kate and her family moved every few years. She would tell new teachers she was a Navy brat, but the truth is, her father's mounting gambling debts often forced the family to escape in the night with whatever they could carry on their backs. Kate learned to sleep with her favorite toys clutched in her arms, which may explain why her beloved Baldhead Barbie remains in Kate's special toy collection to this day. 

Kate's creativity with scissors, not to mention her uncanny ability to tell great whopping lies, alarmed her parents enough that they sent Kate off to be educated by the nuns. 

When Good Things Happen to Bad Girls 

Thus began Kate's long and desperate search for a creative outlet and a good haircut. Chafing under the authoritarian rule of Sister Mary Cletus at Holy Rosary Academy, Kate escaped by making up stories. One of her favorites was a tale about a wild pony who rescued a strange, lonely farm girl with a bad haircut. Given their daughter's fascination with ponies, Kate's parents thought she might grow up to be a bookie like her Uncle Jerry. 

As a teenager, Kate fell in with the wrong crowd. She grew big hair and started flirting with boys, but her school spirit never waned. In fact, Kate's sophomore class at Holy Rosary won a trip to Safari World for selling the most chocolate almond bars, due mainly to Kate's strategy of selling her candy bars to sailors at the downtown bus station. When Kate would ask if they'd like to buy some candy, the sailors would invariably respond, "Is your name Candy?" Her mother held out hope that Kate might someday find her niche in Sales. 

Lying For Fun and Profit 

But Sales weren't on Kate's radar. Instead, a friend got her a job on a game show and Kate grabbed that opportunity with both hands. She dropped out of college, bleached her hair and went on to spend years in production working on countless films and television shows, hanging out with rock stars and partying with the beautiful people. 

But Kate realized she was losing her grip on what was truly important in life. She quit show biz and gave herself a permanent wave. Forsaking her worldly goods, she joined a cult. It worked out well at first. The cult leader owned a vineyard. But within months, the grapes were picked, the wine was drunk, and Kate's hair was losing its wave. It was time to move on. But where to go? What to do? Kate decided to seek professional guidance. After relating her life story to her therapist and lamenting that she'd run out of options, the woman gave her a dirty look and called her a big fat liar. Liar? Kate shouted "Eureka!" and applied to law school. 

All The Right Moves...Really 

During her first year of law school, Kate again turned to writing as a way of escaping the drudgery of studying because, let's face it, she wasn't the greatest student in the world. But this time there were no stories of wild ponies or lonely little girls with bad haircuts. No, this time her stories were filled with hot, lusty men and smart, spunky women investigating murders and falling in love. There was danger and adventure and treachery...and sex!

Faster than you can say res ipsa loquitur, Kate dropped out of law school and signed up for writing classes. She joined Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America where she met lots of wonderful writers and made fabulous friends. She wrote books and attended writers' conferences and sent out query letters and entered writing contests in hopes of selling her manuscripts to the perfect publisher. 

And one day, Kate walked out of the hair salon with the best haircut she'd ever received. The sun was shining, the air was clean, the planets were aligned, and suddenly her phone rang. It was "The Call." Kate became a published author that day. Her destiny was fulfilled. And her hair was perfect.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway- A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart

I have been busy reading and enjoyed Fran Stewart's new book A Wee Murder in My Shop. Do you love shops like the one on the cover?  Leave a comment and email for a chance to win a copy of this book from Fran.

Product Details

Book Description

 March 3, 2015

Hamelin, Vermont, isn’t the most likely place for bagpipes and tartan, but at Peggy Winn’s ScotShop, business is booming…

While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can’t resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden fee: the specter of a fourteenth-century Scotsman.

Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont—only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy’s cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime—before anyone else gets kilt…

My Review:

A Wee Murder in My Shop is the first book in a fun new series by Fran Stewart. Meet Peggy Winn and her lovely shop in Vermont. There you will find authentic Scottish wears and a great cast of characters that bring this story to life. Peggy is back home in Vermont after the break up of her boyfriend. So when she finds him dead she gets more than expected from her shop.
When her cousin is arrested for the possible murder Peggy and her friend do what they can to find out who the killer really is.

This whodunit is charming and delightful. You will be swept away with the story and as Fran paints of vivid picture of the Scottish Highlands you will love the visit.

I was hooked from the start and am waiting to see where Peggy will find herself next.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway- Dying for a Cupcake by Denise Swanson

Happy Monday! I recently read Denise Swanson's newest book in the Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series and it was so good. Do you have a favorite cupcake? Leave a comment and email for a chance to win an audible download copy of this book.

Product Details

Book Description

 March 3, 2015
When Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair hosts a cupcake contest at her five-and-dime store, she discovers that someone is just dying to win... 

Kizzy Cutler finds it so delicious to be back in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, that she seems to have forgotten why she fled twenty years ago. For now, she’s excited to kick off her new line of cupcakes with a competition, which Dev has agreed to host in her shop. But before the first yummy cupcake is even baked, Kizzy's assistant Fallon dies from a mysterious ailment.

While the medical examiner attempts to discover what killed Fallon, Kizzy declares that the show must go on. However after Kizzy escapes several near misses, Dev is convinced that someone in Shadow Bend has it in for the Cupcake Queen. Is the secret from her past so dark someone still wants to kill her for it?

With a list of not-so-sweet suspects, Dev’s in a race against the timer to solve the murder before someone else gets iced…

My review:

Head on over to Shadow Bend and catch up with Dev and her friends. They are busy preparing  for the cupcake contest that is soon to take place. When Fallon, Kizzy's assistant is killed, it brings the preperations come to a stop. Kizzy is determined to win and doesn't want the death to put a hold on the events and that makes the others think she has something to do with it.

Dev and her friends have to do what they can to find out who killed Fallon and stop them before they strike again so the cupcake contest can resume. 

This delicious whodunit will be hard to put down. You will be hooked by the story line and the characters are so likable. I am eager to visit again and look forward to the next one. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekly Wrap UP # 63

What a fun week we had here:

March 16th- Blog Tour- Quicksand by Gigi Pandian
March 20th- The Friday 56
March 21st- Book Trivia- hosted by Kathi Daley

Book's I've read:

Dying for a Cupcake by Denise Swanson
A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Steward

Coming this week:

March 23rd- Book Review and Giveaway- Dying for a Cupcake by Denise Swanson
March 24th- Book Review and Giveaway -  A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart
March 25th-  Author Spotlight- Kate Carlisle
March 26th- First in a Cozy Series and Giveaway - Clammed Up by Barbara Ross
March 27th- Blog Tour- Think Murder by Cassidy Salem
March 28th- Book Trivia hosted by Sharon Pape

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book Trivia hosted by Kathi Daley

Happy Saturday! Today's trivia host is the lovely Kathi Daley! The winner will receive the Whales and Tails Set !! Leave answers and email in the comments!

Here we go and Good Luck:

1. What is the name of the island where Caitlin Hart lives?

2. What is Cait’s dogs’ name?

3. Cait lives in a beachfront cabin on the property of one of her relatives. Which relative?

4. What is the name of the fishing and quilting store owned by Cait’s aunt?

5. Cody West has come back to the island after 10 years. Where has he been? 

6. What is the name of Cait’s next door neighbors white show cat?

7. Cait and her best friend Tara watch a show together every Monday night. What is the name of it?

8. What is the name of the bookstore Cait and Tara are working to open?

9. How is Danny related to Cait?

10. What type of business does Danny own?

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Friday 56- Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

Happy Friday to you! The Friday 56 is here.

Product Details

" More like a duel of wills. He called this morning and told me to basically mind my own business. So I'm sure he will go absolutely postal when he finds out I am meeting with Margo tomorrow." That's easily solved, said Ava, just don't tell him."

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