Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ Murder Run by Shelly Frome ~ Crime Fiction, Mystery

Murder Run by Shelly Frome

Tour Dates: May 1-31, 2016

About the Book:

In this crime novel, a wayward handyman grapples with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Lakes and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.

Book Details:

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery

Published by: Sunbury Press 

Publication Date: August, 2015 

Number of Pages: 239 

ISBN: 1620066165 (ISBN13: 9781620066164) 

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Read an Excerpt:

“Wake up, pal, we got a situation . . . Hey, I’m talkin’ here. Maybe she makes it, maybe she don’t. I’m sayin’ you better move it!”
The voice came out of the past. The words cut into the here-and-now of the Connecticut night.
Left with just the dial tone, Jed Cooper hung up, got off the cot and tried to get his bearings. Though he’d been house-sitting this junk trailer for a while, he still had to grope around to find the pull cord for the lights. He waited a few seconds more and punched in the unlisted number of the "she" the guy must’ve been talking about.
It was busy.
He reached for his jeans, work boots and a pullover sweater, got dressed and called her number again. No luck. He hit redial three more times and gave up.
Scuffing past the frayed wires hanging across the water-stained ceiling, banging into the space heaters as he jerked open the little frig, he took a few swigs of bottled water and thought it over. There was no hope of getting a bead on who the street-wise caller was. And there was still only one person who could possibly need him at this hour and was close by. Plus, chances were the guy had disconnected her phone.
Jed straggled out into the March dampness, skirted around the rusty snow plow blade and hurried up the path. He slid behind the wheel of the Chevy pickup, cranked the old motor, gave it hardly any time to idle and took off onto Green Hill Road.
Off the beaten path in the Litchfield Hills there were no street lights. Under the misty cloud cover, his brights only made matters worse. And way out here his cell phone was useless.
Taking the dips and rises as best he could, he began to have second thoughts. Granted the guy had to be talking about Miss Julie. Putting aside what in God’s name he was doing at her place, what if he was laying in wait? And even if he’d split, what were the repercussions? Could Jed just tear into a single woman’s hidden drive this late at night? And then what? Check things out, or call up to her window to see if she was okay? Or, hoping no one had spotted him, ring her bell? Suppose he got no answer?
Besides, there were too many incidents already on his record. One more, and he’d had it.
But then again, she’d gotten so skittish today she didn’t even let him finish his chores. Told him to put down the chainsaw and completely changed her mind about clearing the drive. “If I can see the road, someone can see me,” she said. “I want you to go up to the attic and put a latch on the crawl space.”
But why? What was that all about? She didn’t say, wouldn’t tell him.
His pondering tapered off as he dealt with the pitted lane. Straining his eyes, he took an immediate left onto Nonnewaug Road coursing past the stands of maples.
For a second he caught a glimpse of what could’ve been a Lincoln parked by the side of the road. Not just any Lincoln though–a Continental, the vintage one with the single blade fenders and squared-off hood. It was another flickering memory out of the past but had no bearing right now. Or did it?
Focusing hard, keeping his mind on what he was doing, he made a sharp right. Gearing down, he spun his wheels navigating the muddy patches, shot forward as he cleared, eased onto the gravel, jerked the hand brake and killed the motor. He got out onto the drive at the side of the weathered cape, glanced up and spotted a flitting shadow under the gabled window. He’d wired-in motion detecting flood lights for her that should’ve lit up the area but nothing snapped on.
He thought of calling out. He thought of rushing over to the road to see if the Lincoln was still parked there partially hidden under the trees. He thought of putting this whole thing down to some kind of hoax.
Just as he was about to honk the horn and damn well do something, he heard the cellar door slam shut.
Yelling out, Jed reflexively ran around to the back in time to see a burly shape make for the tree line. Which was a stupid move, slogging through underbrush and waist-high weeds and briars. Plus, whoever it was had a hitch in his stride and couldn’t possibly know where he was or what he was doing.
Jed took off after him. But, despite everything, the guy kept changing direction. Like a gimpy street kid ducking down a dark alley and then darting here and there through the traffic. Like Jed himself used to do way back then.
Rushing straight ahead, Jed tripped over a tangle of bittersweet roots, warded off the sprays of honeysuckle lashing across his face and kept going until it finally dawned on him. Even if he caught up, the guy outweighed him and could take him out with a few punches. He was obviously leading Jed on, away from the house and it didn’t much matter in which direction.
Jed turned around and headed back for the cellar. Banging into things, he brushed past the mess the guy had made, located the breaker panel, flipped the switches and climbed the stairs as the lights came back on. He called her name as he passed the kitchen and cut around the dining room but there was no answer.
© 2015 Shelly Frome

Meet the Author:

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the film columnist at Southern Writers Magazine, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter and Tinseltown Riff. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Murder Run, his latest crime novel, was recently released. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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ARC Book #Review: Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery, Book 2) by Maddie Day #Kensington #CozyMystery

Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business...

In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the reunaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes.  But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble.  

Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsomme local lawyer Jim Shermer's brother, but she doesn't appear to be in mourning.  At a homecoming party held in Robbie's store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious - even batting her eyelashes at Jim.  When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie's friend Phil, who closed up after the party.  To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order...

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

Book Details:

Series: A Country Store Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington 
Publish Date; May 31, 2016
ISBN-10: 1617739278
ISBN-13: 978-1617739279

My Review:

Click the link to read my review of book 1:

When I was given the chance to read Grilled For Murder I jumped on it faster than kids on a trampoline.  You see, I fell in love with Flipped For Murder, book 1 in Maddie Day's new Country Store Mystery series.  Just like in book 1, Grilled For Murder has a plot that has more twists in it that keep you guessing about the demise of Erica Shermer.  The author did another spectacular job of weaving several story threads throughout the book.  This kept the book from getting monotonous or stale.  The entire book is engaging and I couldn't put the book down.  Trying, and failing, to figure out who and why was a challenge, which is a good thing in a mystery novel.  Many of the characters in the novel, from book 1 and some that are new, could be the murder(s), as many people had motive.

Robbie is a great main character. She's realistically written as a kind, generous person who had a dream and worked hard to make it a reality. She treats people with respect and dignity, the perfect person to work in a retail/food establishment. The secondary characters all have their perfect places within the pages of the novel.

I enjoyed the continued world building in South Lick, Indiana. Robbie's roots are there and she's able to find out things from her family's past - some good, some bad. The interwoven storylines keep the story exciting and engaging. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is fast paced (never a dull moment) and will keep you on the edge of your seat, I suggest you give Grilled For Murder a try!

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Release Blitz & #Giveaway ~ Kallum's Fury (Lake of Dragons Series, book 2) by E. Michael Mettille @starange13 @MikeReynoldsAut

Happy Release Day to E. Michael Mettille's "Kallum's Fury"

Title: Kallum's Fury
Series: Lake of Dragons Series #2
By: E. Michael Mettille
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: TMR Books
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Five summers have passed since Maelich and Cialia bested Kallum over the Forgotten Forest and scattered the god to the wind. Ouloos is entering an era of peace like none the world has ever known. Or is it? Tragedy strikes. Ymitoth is killed at the hands of dead-eyed men bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kallum’s priests. The loss proves too great for Maelich to cope. His sanity slips and he vanishes. Cialia embarks on a quest to find her lost brother. Along the way she learns her former city, Druindahl, has entered a period of darkness. The people she once protected are at the mercy of mercenaries interested only in coin and presided over by a king powerless to stop them. The cruelty she finds in the hearts of these horrible, false riders of Druindahl is more than she can stand. She finds her flame. The aftermath challenges the very core of her moral beliefs. Meanwhile, war threatens the shores west of Havenstahl. Without the city’s two greatest heroes to protect her, one man must stand up and lead the armies of the greatest city of men against an unstoppable force of monsters from across the Great Sea. Riddled with uncertainty, Daritus must stand tall against overwhelming self-doubt and lead his soldiers into a war more perilous than any in Havenstahl’s history. Ouloos will never be the same.

As the two stepped into the orange, flickering glow of a blazing fire, they caught the attention of the twenty or so soldiers lounging around it. A voice among the crowd shouted, “The giant slayer lives!” The rest of the small group erupted in a cheer that brought more soldiers from other fires burning around the camp. In a few moments, hundreds of men were crowding as closely as they could to the hero that led them into battle and killed a giant. “Don’t be crowding too close,” Doentaat hollered above the murmuring throng. “The giant slayer still be needing to heal.” Then the king of dwarves paused, collected himself, and shouted with every ounce of force his lungs could muster, “But Daritus, the killer of giants, lives!” This sent the crowd into a wild frenzy. A cheer louder than a crack of thunder erupted from the throng of wily soldiers. “Let them giants take note,” a voice rose above the rest. “General Daritus fears no man, no beast, and certainly no giants,” another answered. Still another shouted, “Long live the king.” And yet another answered, “Yes, King Daritus.” The buzzing and shouting continued. Congratulatory remarks filling the air as the soldiers reveled in their general’s glory. Finally, Daritus raised his right arm and shouted, “I am no king.” “Quiet,” Doentaat yelled. “Let the general speak.” The murmuring slowly subsided as Daritus continued, “My friends, soldiers, comrades, I am no king. I am a man, a soldier just as all of you are. I am a man who stands tall against fear, as all of you do. I am a man who is willing to give my life for the good of Havenstahl and Alhouim and all of Ouloos.” He paused as the crowd finally grew completely silent, finally adding, “But I am only a man.” Daritus began to pace back and forth in front of his tent as he continued, looking around the crowd into as many eyes as he could, “I am not a god. I am not special. I believe the people I represent deserve to live in a world free from the fear of being trampled, ripped apart, or even eaten by the likes of the monsters challenging our shores. But…I am just a man.” “Just a man who kills giants,” a voice answered from the crowd that erupted again in response. Once the crowd calmed back down, Daritus stopped pacing and continued, “Yes, I killed a giant. And not just any giant, I killed their leader. It was a general against a general, and a leader of men prevailed. I have been battered, teetered on the brink of death, and yet here I stand very much alive. What does that tell us?” He paused, glanced around the crowd, and then answered his own question, “It tells us giants are not invincible. They bleed and die just as we do. Their hides are tough, but our swords are sharp and strong.” He paused again as a murmur swept through the crowd. Finally, he added, “When the sun rises on a new day, I cannot lead you into battle, but I will be with you in spirit. Every grong you cut down, every trogmortem you slay, and every giant that falls before the might of men and dwarves will strengthen my spirit.” A brief cheer blasted from the crowd. “All of you, men and dwarves, you all share my desire. All of you have the strength to see your will done on the battlefield. What stands in the way of your glory? Giants, trogmortem, and grongs are horrible, nightmare creatures that trample everything and leave a path of destruction in their wake. Yes, they are terrifying. They growl and snarl and snap. They fight for no cause though. All of you standing before me, all of you fight for a cause. Do not be swayed from it or intimidated by their posturing. Think about the innocent folk who sit huddled in their homes, terrified by the monsters threatening their peace. Think about those who have fled the coming storm and challenged the dangerous trail to Druindahl, ripped from their land by fear. Think about your fallen friends who have died by your side. They are your cause. They are whom you fight for. Let those images burn into your brain, and unleash that fury on the beasts that dare challenge your might. I am just a man, and I killed a giant. Who among you will be the next to make that boast?” The volume of Daritus’s voice had slowly been rising as the words poured from his mouth. By the time the last words fired from his lips, they were carried along by the strength of an all-out shout.
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E. Michael Mettille is the pen name of Mike Reynolds. Mike Reynolds is the author of Lake of Dragons and Hell and the Hunger. Mike has also written numerous short stories and poems. He has spent the last twenty years in direct marketing, print, and communication. Mike is fascinated by history, belief systems, the human condition and how all of those things work together to define who we are as a people. The world is a wonder and, based on the history of us, it is a wonder we have a world left to wonder about. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Shelia.

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Book Spotlight: Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery, Book 2) by Maggie Day

Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business...

In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the reunaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes.  But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble.  

Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer's brother, but she doesn't appear to be in mourning.  At a homecoming party held in Robbie's store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious - even batting her eyelashes at Jim.  When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie's friend Phil, who closed up after the party.  To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order...

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

Book Details:

Series: A Country Store Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington 
Publish Date; May 31, 2016
ISBN-10: 1617739278
ISBN-13: 978-1617739279

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Blog Tour & #Giveaway ~ A Right to Remain by Beth Rinyu @bethrinyuwriter @starange13

Welcome to the blog tour for newly released A Right to Remain.

Title: A Right To Remain
By: Beth Rinyu
Publication Date: May 20, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain. She had a right to remain silent about hers. For better or for worse. Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead. Time apart was what we both needed. What I didn’t expect in that time was her. The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I. She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige. I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us. *** I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back. Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality. And then he entered my life. Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life. But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel…..do I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?

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Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned Lesson, An Unplanned Life, Drowning In Love, A Cry for Hope, A Will To Change, Blind Side of Love, When The Chips Are Down and Easy Silence.
My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of relaxation.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

#Anthology Review ~ The Stanton Family Boxed Set by Audra North

About the Boxed Set:

Lose yourself in four steamy novellas and meet the men of the Stanton family, who will melt your heart and scorch your sheets. Let author Audra North show you the passion and swoon-worthy romantic love that only the sexy Stanton men can deliver. This special edition boxed set features all four of the beloved Stanton Family novellas for one low price.

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Falling for the CEO

Finance genius Meredith Klaus prefers numbers to people, especially around the holidays. At least the large sum of money that’s mysteriously vanished from the company accounts will distract her from the ghosts of Christmases past. Until her sexy boss asks her to be his last-minute date to a fundraiser gala, that is. A beautiful dress. A handsome man on her arm. A challenge she can’t refuse. Can Meredith and Andrew find the missing money and fulfill their holiday wishes, or will Meredith be unable to overcome the demons of her past and lose her chance at happiness?

My previously published review:

"Meredith Klaus grew up in three different foster homes as child after the death of her parents. An awkward teenage, Meredith was called Klutzy Klaus all the way through high school. She was emotional abused and talked down to throughout her whole life. Getting a job at a top notch company is a boost to her self esteem. That potentially comes crashing down though, because as chief financial officer, it her responsibility to alert her boss of the missing money from her financial report.

Andrew Stanton is the CEO of Harbor Technologies. He knows he has brilliance in the form of his new chief financial officer, Meredith Klaus. When he cuts ties with his date to a very important fundraiser, he knows she's the perfect one to accompany him. What ensues is a cute and romantic story.

Falling for the CEO is a feel good story. The romance is hot once the story gets to that point. You have a genuinely written woman with low self esteem that meets the right guy to build it up. Meredith goes from someone never putting herself first to finally feeling a little more comfortable thinking that she's also important. Andrew is a very likable heroine. He might not have viewed Meredith as much more than a brilliant finance wizard at first but his views drastically change when they are forced to spend so much time together. Her finding the inconsistencies in the financial reports require long hours of togetherness and it allows Andrew to learn about her in more than a professional manner."

One Night in Santiago

Lily Stanton's vacation goes from bad to worse when a storm strands her in a foreign country, arguing with an arrogant—and very sexy—stranger over the last available hotel room. Successful CEO Bruno Komarov wasn't expecting the gorgeous woman checking in at the reception desk to challenge him over a room. Even more surprising, he actually enjoys their exchange. Lily proposes a compromise—she'll take the bed and he can sleep on the couch. It'll be strictly business. After all, what could possibly happen in just one night?

My previously published review:

"After spending a horrible time at a skiing resort in the Andes Mountains, Lily Stanton gets stranded in Santiago when a storm cancels her flight back to The States. Just another event that ruins the week a bit more, as she's supposed to be home in time to see her youngest sister graduate from college. Bruno Komarov is on his way back to California to accept a shipment into his family's corporate warehouse when his flight, too, is cancelled.

The stress both Lily and Bruno face comes to a head when the hotel informs them that there is only one room left in the entire place. A battle of wits ensues, with Lily ultimately offering the couch of the hotel suite to him. Much to her surprise, he accepts...

What takes place behind the suite door is a mixture of emotional support, life path recognition, and steamy sex. One Night in Santiago is a great read. I liked the limited background detail ~ it didn't flood the short story will a lot of useless filler. The author provided just enough world building to understand the emotional baggage that Lily carried and the burdens that Bruno faced at a wealthy CEO of a family company. Lily, herself, is also a highly successful President of her own consulting company, which also comes with its own set of issues.

Due to the short length of the novella, I won't divulge too much - if you want spoilers, you won't find them here.  I love the writing style of Audra North, and be rest assured, I will continue reading her work."

A Lesson in Temptation

Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world's most respected finance professors, but his personal life is non-existent. When he gets roped into a dance class, of all things, he doesn't expect it to change his life. Julie Stanton's hard work has paid off with her career, but finding the same happiness in the rest of her life is a challenge. When her former professor, the one she had a crush on in college, shows up at the same dance class, their tango becomes more than a dance; it becomes a lesson in how to love.

My previously published review:

"What happens when Adam Harkness, a college TA-turned-Professor, comes face-to-face with his former student, Julie Stanton? They dance!!

Adam was given the gift of ballroom dancing lessons from his boss. Not one to take time away from his career, he decides to show up for one class and then call it a day. That is, until a breathtaking beauty from his past enters the room. The chemistry between Adam and Julie is undeniable from the start. The second she enters the dance class the room erupts in electricity. Yet, Adam is still unsure about allowing anymore interruptions to come into his life. He's been so focused on his career that he's forgotten how to have fun. Enter Julie Stanton. She also has a great career but is more social and does her best to draw Adam out of his routine.

The author did a great job making the scenes in A Lesson in Temptation very realistic and believable. I enjoyed the plot and the reuniting of two people who were in no position to start a romance at the time being brought back together. The idea behind a dance class was unique and I enjoyed how Adam was able to look beyond his career and see that there is more to life."

Healing Her Heart

Dr. Greg Stanton is looking for ways to de-stress in the aftermath of losing a patient, and getting hot and heavy with Carrie Jankowski sounds like just what he needs to forget his high-stress life for a while. He doesn’t have time for anything long-term—his only focus is and has always been the well-being of the patients whose lives are in his hands. But when Carrie accepts his straightforward terms of a no-strings relationship, they realize too late that they won’t be satisfied with sex alone...

My previously published review:

"Greg Stanton is an overworked cardiac surgeon.  When he has to tell Carrie, the director of a local assisted living facility, that the resident she just brought into the ER didn't make it, Greg decides to take a week-long vacation.  Greg then finds himself volunteering at the assisted living facility at Carrie's suggestion.  There's always been an attraction between the two, so when Greg offers up a week of no-strings-attached, Carrie's deliberation time is short before deciding to go ahead and take him up on his offer.  At the end of the week, will this arrangement have ruined the friendship that Greg and Carrie have built?

I didn't find Healing Her Heart to be as interesting as the other 3 books in the series (yes, I accidentally read book 4 before book 3 - oops.  Fortunately, it wasn't a problem reading the books out of order).  The pairing up of Greg and Carrie seemed unnaturally rushed - even for a novella length story.  Only seeing each other in the ER while Greg is trying to save one of Carrie's residents doesn't really constitute relationship-building - at least not to the point that they can be where they are at by the end of their week-long arrangement.

I did enjoy the competitive nature of Greg and a couple of the residents when it came to chess.  I enjoy socializing with older ones in our society and their inclusion in this story made me happy.  I also liked the activity that Carrie developed to make the new residents feel more comfortable at the facility.  Even though I never really connected with either character, I found that I enjoyed Greg and Carrie more when the scenes didn't revolve around sex."


Review copy of the boxed set courtesy of the publisher at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Overall Review of the Boxed Set: