Friday, September 30, 2016

What's New? Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Barbara Ross and Lee Hollis

Happy Friday! What's New? Coming soon to bookstores near you. Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier,Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross, releases on October 25th. A perfect read for the Holiday season.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (October 25, 2016)
Language: English

With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .

EGGNOG MURDER by LESLIE MEIER When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog—allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club—proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker’s Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who’s stirring up trouble.

DEATH BY EGGNOG by LEE HOLLIS Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor’s grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal—and suspicious—allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it’s up to Hayley to ladle out some justice.

NOGGED OFF by BARBARA ROSS Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit.

Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yuletide treat perfect for those winter holidays .

About the Authors

LESLIE MEIER is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery. Readers can visit her website at

LEE HOLLIS is the pen name for a brother and sister writing team. Rick Copp is a veteran film and television writer/producer and also the author of two other mystery novel series. He lives in Palm Springs, California. Holly Simason is an award-winning food and cocktails columnist living in North Carolina. You may visit their website at or find them on Facebook by typing in: Lee Hollis.

BARBARA ROSS is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth, and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is co-editor/co-publisher of Level Best Books, which produces anthologies of crime stories by New England authors. She writes at her home overlooking the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsey

Happy Wednesday! I am excited to be on this tour. Hope Ramsey's Brand new series The Christmas Bride was released on September 27th.

Series: Chapel of Love (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 27, 2016)
Language: English

A season of hope . . .
'Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she's determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory-all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to hire her. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Scrooge himself...

After the death of his wife, David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to Christmas. But as December counts down and the wedding planning is in full swing, it's harder and harder to stay immune to the charms of Willow, especially when he sees how much joy she brings his eight-year-old daughter. After a simple kiss under the mistletoe turns into something more, David is hoping he can turn the magic of the holiday season into the love of a lifetime.

Hope Ramsey's new book The Christmas Bride is about surviving tragedies and finding love with a promise of hope and happiness. A beautifully written story that will touch your heart this Holiday season.

Hope Ramsey's Top 5 summer reads

I’m assuming this is my top 5 summer reads of this year. So here goes. Two are by well-known authors who are on my auto-buy list, and the others were written by wonderful new contemporary authors that I highly recommend:

1. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins.
2. First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
3. Charmingly Yours by Liz Talley
4. Falling for Mr. Wrong by Lizzy Shane
5. Romancing Miss Right by Lizzy Shane

About the Author:

Hope Ramsay is an award-winning, bestselling author and two-time Golden Heart finalist. Her series of heartwarming romances, published by Grand Central Publishing, have won critical acclaim. Hope is also a member of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood and regularly blogs about storytelling and plotting. She is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy and has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she’s not writing, she’s knitting or playing on her forty-year-old Martin guitar.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Spotlight- Black and Blueberry Die by Livia J. Washburn

Black and Blueberry Die (a Fresh Baked Mystery) by Livia J. Washburn is the latest in the series and was released on September 1,2016. Are you a fan of this series?

Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Fire Star Press (September 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692353186

In the latest from the nationally bestselling author of The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer, Phyllis Newsom returns with a blackberry and blueberry pie recipe that’s to die for… It’s late summer in Weatherford, Texas and Mike Newsom’s childhood friend is sweltering in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit, murdering his wife. So instead of asking his mother to please stop investigating a murder, as he usually does, he asks her and Sam to please help his friend. Danny Jackson, found guilty of beating his wife Roxanne to death at the ritzy hair salon where she works, was sentenced to prison for 30 years. His pleas of innocence fell on deaf ears, so it’s up to Phyllis to find what actually happened. She finds there are a lot of secrets and lies being told, and Roxanne was in the middle of them all. Though Phyllis doesn’t want to get mixed up in another murder investigation, her son rarely asks for favors, and certainly not favors like this. She has to untangle the lies and comb out the facts to find what happened that dark night. Includes recipes!

About the Author:

Livia J. Washburn has been a professional writer for more than twenty years. She received the Private Eye Writers of America Award and the American Mystery Award for her first mystery, Wild Night, written under the name L. J. Washburn, and she was nominated for a Spur Award by the Western Writers of America for a novel written with her husband, James Reasoner. Her short story “Panhandle Freight” was nominated for a Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers, and her story Charlie’s Pie won. She lives with her husband in a small Texas town, where she is constantly experimenting with new recipes. Her two grown daughters are both teachers in her hometown, and she is very proud of them.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Author Spotlight- Livia J. Washburn

Happy Tuesday! This week's author spotlight goes out to Livia J. Washburn. Livia is the author of Literary Tour Mystery series and the Fresh Baked Mystery series.

I have lived my entire life in a small Texas town northwest of Fort Worth, so while I can live the small town life, I have the big city just a few miles away.

Both of my parents were stay at home parents. Paul and Naomi went to beautician school and got their licenses while they built onto their house so they’d have a place to work and raise their children. They love to tell stories about how I climbed up the ladder onto the roof when I was two years old while they were putting on shingles. I grew up with the smells of hair dye and permanents, but I also had both parents anytime I really needed them. And let me tell you with two older brothers, all three of us needed them. Like when I set off the roman candle in the house, or when the huge snake chased us into the house. I'm amazed we made it out of childhood. My parents didn’t close the shop until Bruce, Arlon, and I were old enough to manage on our own. (Not that we didn't still get in trouble.) My father went back to work at General Dynamics and my mother went back to school to get her teaching degree. She then taught first grade for 26 years.

James Reasoner came into my life through my oldest brother, Bruce. They’d known each other since first grade, but they didn’t start hanging around together until they attended the same university. We started dating when I was a senior in high school. James was writing his own fiction even back then. I stumbled into the business after we married. While typing his manuscripts, I would see different ways the story could have gone. Writing has never come as naturally as it seems to for James. I'm more of a bang your head on the computer, writer. Our careers grew as our family did. We were blessed with two beautiful daughters. For almost 30 years we lived in a house we built ourselves with the help of family. We did everything from the pier and beam foundation poured with buckets, to shingling the roof. I found that I love carpentry and tools. James has it easy for presents; all he has to do is buy the latest tool I’ve been yearning for.

On January 29, 2009 we lost our home and studio to a wildfire started by a neighbor burning trash.

James was home alone while I was just a few miles away helping my parents. The winds were gusting at 60 mph, so it didn't take long for everything to burn to the ground. All he had time to grab was our little dog. The dog was recovering from surgery and was in a small pen next to where he was writing for the day. Our larger dog was able to get out of the fence and managed to save himself. We lost all our other pets. Two of the three cats we'd had since our youngest was in kindergarten. A parakeet and a dwarf goat couldn't be saved, either.

We lost all our computers, manuscripts, books, photos, well you get the picture. Both our daughters lived with us and were student teaching on the day of the fire. They also lost everything other than what they had with them. Also lost in the fire was a pretty white F-150. Since we were finally through paying for college, James and I had decided we could afford our first new vehicle. We'd had it for less than two months. The house and pickup were insured, but not for full value. Through out all of this we had to keep reminding ourselves that it could have been much worse. We were offered help everywhere we turned. Friends and fans started sending us books. It meant a lot to have books again. Our agent collected boxes of books in her basement until we had space. Our families are amazing. My parents let the four of us stay with them for a month with our two dogs. My brother Bruce worked with us to hook up the electricity and water and helped clean up. His wife and kids pitched in with cleanup, a bed, and more. James' brother Harold and his wife Jodie brought dishes, towels, tv's, office supplies, and more. My cousin, Ricky replaced the sewer that was busted by a firetruck. Brothers, sister, uncles, aunts, and cousins sent prayers and money. Neighbors we never knew came with helping hands. Western Writers of America collected money to help replace some of James' amazing library. Both daughters schools gave them money, clothes, and necessities. We are all touched at the kindness everyone has given us. We were able to rebuild our home and our library, and felt truly blessed that we had so many people who cared about us.

Going back to my writing history: My first story, "The Lord Will Provide" was published in 1980 in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. My first novel was published in '83 by Fawcett as by Livia James. In the eighties I had several westerns published in hardback by M. Evans, while I was writing mysteries for Tor Books under my maiden name Washburn. My first mystery WILD NIGHT was reprinted by Five Star Mysteries, and is now available as an eBook on Kindle along with the rest of the books in the series, DEAD STICK and DOG HEAVIES. WILD NIGHT is set in Hollywood during the 1920's, featuring Hollywood stuntman Lucas Hallam. WILD NIGHT was the winner of The American Mystery Award and The Private Eye Writers of America's Best Original Paperback Award.

This is also when both our daughters were born, and we became the stay at home parents. Our writing careers had progressed to the point we could both work full time. James and I wrote several historical novels as by J.L. Reasoner, one of which was nominated for a Spur, the Western Writers of America award. My first small town romance, MENDING FENCES by Livia Reasoner, an Our Town book, was published in January of '98 by Jove. Under the name Elizabeth Hallam, SPIRIT CATCHER was published by Jove, July '98 in their Haunting Hearts series and during the summer of '99 my medieval paranormal ALURA'S WISH, which is now available on Kindle, was followed by TIME PASSAGES: YESTERDAY'S FLAME, a time travel romance that came out in February 2000. THE VAMPIRE AFFAIR, a Harlequin Nocturne release came out in October of 2010.

It wasn’t until recently that I went back to my first love, mysteries with the October 2006 release of A PEACH OF A MURDER the first book in the Fresh-baked series. Following it was MURDER BY THE SLICE in October 2007, A CHRISTMAS COOKIE KILLER September 2008, and Killer Crab Cakes September 2009. THE PUMPKIN MUFFIN MURDER came out in November 2010, THE GINGERBREAD BUMP-OFF November 2011, and WEDDING CAKE KILLER November 2012. FRANKLY MY DEAR, I'M DEAD, a late October 2008 release, was the first book in a mystery series with a literary tour agency. It was followed by HUCKLEBERRY FINISHED in October 2009, KILLER ON A HOT TIN ROOF in late November 2010, and FOR WHOM THE FUNERAL BELL TOLLS came out February 2012. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

First in Series- A Peach of a Murder by Livia J. Washburn

Happy Monday! This week's First in Series is Livia J. Washburn's A Peach of a Murder (A Fresh Baked Mystery that will have you craving all things peaches while solving a murder.

Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Signet; First Printing edition (October 3, 2006)
Language: English

All year round, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as sweet as peach pie-except during the Peach Festival, whose blue ribbon has slipped through Phyllis's fingers more than once... Everyone's a little shook up when the corpse of a no-good local turns up underneath a car in a local garage. But even as Phyllis engages in some amateur sleuthing, she won't let it distract her from out-baking her rivals and winning the upcoming Peach Festival contest.

She and all the other contestants guard their secret, original recipes with their lives-and talk a whole lot of trash. With her unusual Spicy Peach Cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock 'em dead. But that's just an expression-never in her wildest dreams did she think her cobbler would actually kill a judge. Now, she's suspected of murder-and she's got to bake this case wide open.

About the Author:

Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for almost thirty years. She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories.

In addition to writing, Livia enjoys photography, arts, crafts, and cooking, but she also loves having a pile of lumber, a circular saw, and a building project. An accomplished carpenter, she has framed houses and built more sets of bookshelves than she can remember, some of which have been filled with the books she's written. A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and in the garage.

Livia lives in the Texas countryside with her husband, and her dogs. Her websites can be found at, and she blogs when she can find the time at

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up #39

Happy Sunday! Here is a recap of this week:

September 19th - First in Series- Twisted Threads by Lea Wait
September 20th- Author Spotlight- Lea Wait
September 21st- Book Spotlight- Shadows on a Morning in Maine by Lea Wait
September 22nd- Book Spotlight -Halloween Scare by Maggie Sefton
September 23rd- What's New? Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early
September 24th- Book Spotlight- Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton

Coming this week:

September 26th- First in Series- A Peach of a Murder by Livia J. Washburn
September 27th- Author Spotlight- Livia J. Washburn
September 28th- Book Spotlight- Black and Blueberry Die by Livia J. Washburn
September 29th- Blog Tour- The Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsey
September 30th- What's New? Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross
October 1st- Non- Cozy Mystery Spotlight

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Spotlight- Pushing Up Daisies by M.C.Beaton

I love this series. Pushing up Daisies (An Agatha Raisin Mystery series) by M.C.Beaton. Agatha Raisin is a hoot and the books are fun and charming.

Series: Agatha Raisin Mysteries (Book 27)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 20, 2016)
Language: English

When Agatha Raisin left behind her PR business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately, the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans he scoffs: “Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?” So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it’s no surprise that some in town are feeling celebratory.

The villagers are relieved to learn that Bellington’s son and heir, Damian, has no interest in continuing his father’s development plans. But the police are definitely interested in him―as suspect number one. His father’s death, it seems, was no accident. But when Damian hires Agatha to find the real killer, she finds no shortage of suspects. The good news is that a handsome retired detective named Gerald has recently moved to town. Too bad he was seen kissing another newcomer. But when she is also found murdered, Gerald is eager to help Agatha with the case. Agatha, Gerald, and her team of detectives must untangle a web of contempt in order to uncover a killer’s identity.

M.C. Beaton's Pushing Up Daisies continues the tradition in this beloved mystery series.

About the author:

M.C. BEATON has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She is also the author of over 100 romance titles and a series of romantic suspense, The Edwardian Mystery Series. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswold cottage with her husband.

Marion is active on Facebook using her most popular pen name, M.C. Beaton. You can find complete book lists, information on events, and sign up for news updates at her website,