Friday, August 26, 2016

Death by Diploma (Chalkboard Outlines #1) by Kelley Kaye, Kelley Kay Bowles

Paperback, 250 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC 
Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

My Thoughts…

Death by Diploma is a humorous mystery about two women who work together as teachers and then become detectives to solve a murder that happen in their school.    There were so many times that I laughed out loud wondering if they were going to be caught sneaking around the school, entering (not breaking) into houses, or whatever jinx they were up to.  

Kelley Kaye knew exactly which way to send the reader to lead them off the path to a new and great adventure.   I usually try to solve the mystery but with this book I followed the path the author was sending me down.    The mystery was eventually solved and the secrets revealed but I am so glad that I didn’t really take guesses.   

This is the first book in the Chalkboard Outlines series and I am looking forward to more.    The teachers, the staff, the parents, and the coaches are great even if some of them are way over the top.   
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What readers & reviewers are saying about Death by Diploma:


“If you like puzzles, and you’re a fan of clever, literate problem solvers, this one’s for you!”


--Matthew J. Pallamary
               Author of Spirit Matters and Land Without Evil


“This entertaining romp down memory lane comes complete with stereotypical faculty, students, apt quotes from Shakespeare, and baddies enough to please any lover of the American Cozy.”
                                 
  --Frederick Ramsay
Author of The Ike Schwartz Mysteries

    The Jerusalem Mysteries

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Still Mine by Amy Stuart

Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster 



WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VANISH FROM YOUR LIFE AND LEAVE NO STORY BEHIND?

SOMEONE WILL MAKE ONE UP FOR YOU.

Clare is on the run. 

From her past, from her ex, and from her own secrets. When she turns up alone in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about Shayna Fowles, the local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she's hiding. As it turns out, she's hiding a lot, including what ties her to Shayna in the first place. But everyone in this place is hiding something from Jared, Shayna's golden-haired ex-husband, to Charlie, the charming small-town drug pusher, to Derek, Shayna's overly involved family doctor, to Louise and Wilfred, her distraught parents.

Did Shayna flee? Was she killed? Is it possible she's still alive?

As Clare uncovers the mysteries around Shayna's disappearance, she must confront her own demons, moving us deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of lies and making us question what it is she's really running from. Twisting and electrifying, this is a get-under-your-skin thriller that will make you question what it means to lose yourself and find yourself in the most unlikely places.

My Thoughts…

Everyone in this novel was desperate for something.     Clare was desperate to get away from her husband, Malcolm desperate to find Shayna, Charlie desperate to sell his drugs, and so on.   Each character had their own thing going on.     The town of Blackmoor is dying out, there is nothing left living in the town, yet there were friendships, relationships, and mysteries still going strong.       I really enjoyed watching Clare make “friends” in Blackmoor yet I kept my eyes open for the motivation behind these friendships.   With each person she met I made a guess as to who they really were and what their motive for talking to Clare could be.   

There were places in this book that I wasn’t sure whose story I was reading.   I plugged through and by the time I got to the end of the chapter I had a better idea of the story I was reading.    Clare and Shayna’s story was almost interchangeable at times and I believe that was where my confusion came from.     Maybe that was some of the pull of the story for some, for me, I like to know who I am reading about.   

Still Mine is definitely a psychological thriller.   I was pulled in and didn’t find my way out until the very last page.     If you are looking for a great book that will keep you guessing I definitely recommend picking it up.  
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Praise includes:
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “[A] dark and deliciously disturbing debut…Stuart’s perceptive look at addiction, abuse, and obsession will resonate with fans of psychological thrillers.

RT BOOK REVIEWS“The cliffhanger will have you continuing to bite your nails until there’s a sequel.”

TORONTO STAR“[The plot] takes hold of you and drags you through the story at breakneck speed. The characters are compelling, the setting chilling and the suspense ever-present. Add to that, Stuart has an ability to tap into the dark psychology behind addiction and abuse, and to bring these complex struggles to life in a way that stays with you for days.”

GLOBE AND MAIL“An impressive debut, rooted in character rather than trope, in fundamental understanding rather than rote puzzle-solving.”



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE WIDOWER’S WIFE By Cate Holahan

Crooked Lane Books; August 9, 2016
304 pages; $25.99
ISBN-978-1- 62953-765-8


Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him
 the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But thehusband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still,
 the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at
 the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and thevictim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower's Wife.

My Thoughts…  

Oh My… Cate Holahan did it again!   This is the second book of hers that I have read and with both I have not been able to stop reading.   The drama, the mystery, the relationships, and the who-dun-it were absolutely wonderful.      The relationships between the characters were spot on.   Perfectly realistic, perfectly scarey (sometimes), and just perfect all the way around.   The drama and mystery was intriguing enough without going so far out of bounds that it seemed unreal.  

While reading sometimes a character just hits your heart.   With The Widower’s Wife it was Sophia.  Sophia is Anna and Tom’s young daughter.    With every twist and turn I kept her in my thoughts wondering how this would affect her.   Being young most of the things happened around her and without her knowledge yet somehow I knew some of the happenings would stick with her.     I loved how Anna’s every action was to keep Sophia safe in a happy lifestyle.   

The Widower’s Wife is a fast paced thriller that definitely keeps the reader on their toes.    The story is a twist on a familiar type of story.     There is no question of who the bad guy is and even knowing this I could not put the book down.   Pick up your own copy of The Widower’s Wife immediately.    I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down.  

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CATHERINE “CATE” HOLAHAN is an award-winning journalist and former television producer. Holahan’s articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record and on web sites for CBS, MSN Money, NorthJersey.com, BusinessWeek.com, and CNBC. Her short fiction won first place in the 19th annual Calliope competition, a magazine published by the writer's group of American Mensa.



 Advance Praise for The Widower’s Wife


“One of those rare thrillers that really will keep you reading all night, especially if you pack it to take on your next Caribbean cruise.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Ingenious and engrossing. The Widower’s Wife is a twisting, Gone Girl-esque thriller full of lies and secrets that kept me delightfully off balance right to the end. Cate Holahan is a star on the rise.”
Brad Parks, Shamus, Nero, and Lefty award-winning author of The Fraud

The investigator Ryan Monahan is so intriguing that readers will be anxious to read about his further adventures.”
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Moment to Cherish A Whistle Stop Romance, book 1 by Jennifer Faye & GIVEAWAY

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A Moment to Cherish
A Whistle Stop Romance, book 1
by Jennifer Faye
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
NOTE: each book in the series can be read as a standalone. Each couple has their own HEA.


Blurb:

Whistle Stop is abuzz...the mayoral election is just weeks away.

Candidate Mason Noble has a vested interest in fast-tracking the town's revitalization project. But the votes he'd counted on are drying up because his engagement to Bella Nez ended abruptly. The local grapevine is humming with rumors, but only he and Bella know the truth. And they aren't talking!

When an emergency puts Bella in the proverbial tough spot, she needs money and fast. There's only one person who can help--Mason. He agrees to a loan, but he has a condition. He needs Bella by his side again. A reconciliation would win over the townspeople--and it would give him a chance to win back the only woman he's ever loved.

Bella hesitates to accept Mason's terms. Until she's blindsided by unexpected news that has her rethinking everything. Bella is expecting a baby, and there's a heart-wrenching choice to be made...


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Excerpt:
Bella started walking, and Mason fell in step beside her. For a while neither spoke, and then they both spoke at once. They stopped and turned to each other.
“Sorry,” Mason said. “Go ahead and finish what you were saying.”

“Oh, okay. I was just going to ask what you plan to tell people about that, um, kiss.”

“What do you want me to tell them?”

She frowned at him. “That’s not fair. You turned the question around on me.”

“Fine. I probably won’t tell them anything. It’s none of their business.”

She nodded as though she approved of that approach. “But why did you do it?”

Mason shifted his weight from one foot to the other. “Would you believe me if I said I got caught up in the moment?”

She shrugged. “You know, it’ll probably be in the newspaper.”

“I don’t think it was that newsworthy.” He tried his best to downplay it, but deep inside embers still burned for her.

“I was referring to the election. Everything you do is news. If you drink coffee from Fill-It-Up Joe, it’s news. If you get your hair cut, it’s news.”

“Wow! I had no idea this town was that boring. If that’s what qualifies as news, I’ve got my work cut out for me as mayor to liven things up.” But that would come after he gave their economy an infusion of new life to pump it up.

“Mason, be serious.”

“What? I am. By the way, what did they say about my last haircut? Was it a little too short in the back?”

She lightly swiped at his arm as a smile lifted her lips. “Mason, quit joking around. I don’t want everyone thinking that we’re, well, that we’re getting back together.”



First book in the Whistle Stop series:
A MOMENT TO LOVE
Series: A Whistle Stop Romance, book 1

The notorious cowboy meets his match…

Cord Lawson instantly distrusted the young woman in a smart suit who’d just arrived in Whistle Stop.  She was very pretty and clearly a city girl—but with memories of his failed marriage still darkening his mind, he’s determined to steer clear!  But she’s sniffing around his land—land that had been in his family for generations. There was no way he’d let it go—even if the bank was threatening to foreclose, and selling could give Whistle Stop a new lease on life.

Alexis Greer had one mission in mind—close the deal on the Granger estate; without it, her father’s land development company would go bankrupt.  But the word around town is to keep clear of Cord and to stay away from his precious land.  What in the world had happened to cause such a handsome cowboy to live such a solitary existence?  However, determination was Lexi’s middle name, and she just had to keep on trying to breach Cord’s barriers, appeal somehow to his head and heart—even if it put her in danger of losing both of hers…to him.  

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The Whistle Stop series…

Author bio:
Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming romances. Step into the pages of exciting destinations with rugged cowboys, sexy tycoons & enchanting royalty. She is the author of the WHISTLE STOP ROMANCE series.

Jennifer is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, has been named a TOP PICK author, and has been nominated for numerous awards. 

Now living her dream, she resides with her patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats.




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Monday, August 22, 2016

Lost in Thought (The Sententia #1) by Cara Bertrand & GIVEAWAY

This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

luminis facebook banner (2) Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with author Cara Bertrand and her series The Sententia & the release of the third book in the series, Tangled Thoughts! This tour is classic Novel Publicity event, featuring a rafflecopter with special swag, paperbacks from the author and an Amazon gift card as well as spotlight posts, reviews from bloggers and more! Since this book is a series, we’ve recruited bloggers and readers from around the web to read and review all the Sententia books & help the author celebrate the release of Book 3, Tangled Thoughts!

lost in thoughtBook 1: Lost in Thought Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

My Thoughts…

When you start a new series you never know what to expect.    Lost in Thought is book one in The Sententia series by Cara Bertrand.    I love a good paranormal story and was hoping this would be exactly that.  I am happy to report that it is!     Lost in Thought is a YA Paranormal story that has everything I was hoping for and more.   

The unique part of this story is that there is no mystery as to who is paranormal and who is not.     Cara Bertrand starts the book out giving the reader the information needed to know who Lainey is and why she is at Northbrook Academy.    I enjoyed knowing right away what was going on.    There was no guessing.     Yet, as I read there was so much more to her story that what was told in the beginning.  

The relationships between Lainey and Carter was so teenage like.   Even though they were living a secret lifestyle they had a teenage relationship.   The disagreements, the dates, and the time together was portrayed exactly as it should be.    The author did a great job in keeping them young while not making them childish. 

I recommend this to any paranormal reader who is looking for a book that will keep you guessing, reading, and enjoying every page.     There is secrets,  teenage drama, romance, and so much more within this story.    Lost in Thought is the first book in what I anticipate being a great series.  

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Book 2: Second Thoughts

second thoughtsThe continuing adventures of an ordinary teenage girl with extraordinary mental abilities, perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril. Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there’s a final enigma Lainey hasn’t yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn’t take no for an answer. Ever.

Book 3: Tangled Thoughts

tangled thoughtsHigh school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you’re Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life. Forced to leave behind both Northbrook Academy and Carter Penrose, Lainey believes she’s earned her freedom—from the eyes of the Perceptum and Daniel Astor’s schemes. Meeting handsome and very persistent Teaching Assistant Jack Kensington the first week of college complicates everything, including her feelings. College and flirtations with Jack help Lainey put all things Sententia behind her. But when her aunt arrives for a visit, with an unexpected guest and even more unexpected news, Lainey’s tenuous control over her life snaps. Once again, she’s linked to everything she thought she left behind. And this time, there’s no escape. Growing up, Carter Penrose thought he knew a thing or two about heartbreak—namely that it sucks—but he never knew exactly how much until losing Lainey. His life moves in a totally unplanned direction and he finds himself with a new home, new job, and even a surprising new girlfriend, all thanks to Daniel Astor. But just when Carter feels settled in the DC world of politics, a visit home to Northbrook brings up unexpected questions—about what happened at graduation and everything he believed about his Uncle Dan. When tragedy brings Lainey and Carter face to face for the first time since summer, their lives have never felt more separate. Lies drove them apart. Will the truth bring them together?
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This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

About the Author

CB headshotCara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter and lots of words. Lost in Thought is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category. Connect with Cara on her website and at Luminis Books.

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