Monday, October 16, 2017

What Happens During the Holidays Anthology

Title: What Happens During the Holidays
Authors: E.M. Abel, Renee Ericson, Lucy Gage, 
Jessica Ingro, Kelli Jean, Elle Jefferson,
Cheryl McIntyre, Beth Michele,
Tessa Teevan & K. Webster
Genre: Romance Anthology
Cover Design: RE Creatives
Release Date: November 27, 2017


Holidays happen.

It's inevitable.

Emotions run high and plans can get turned upside down, landing you in bed with someone so far off the radar you never saw them coming.

Is it love? Is it lust? Or is it just what happens during the holidays? 

*What Happens During the Holidays is a collection of fun and sexy holiday short stories from a group of fun and sometimes sexy authors. Or maybe they’re ninjas.*

All proceeds to benefit Direct Relief

Coming Home by E.M. Abel
Fortune by Renee Ericson
The Meeting by Lucy Gage
Love Square: The Remix by Jessica Ingro
Mahalo by Kelli Jean
Big Mistake by Elle Jefferson
A Gift from Fate by Cheryl McIntyre
Going Down by Beth Michele
The Naughty List by Tessa Teevan
Naughty St. Nick by K. Webster


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Sunday, October 15, 2017


Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery 

by Allison Brook


Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017) 
Hardcover: 336 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683313861 

Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.
The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura's case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.

Now it's due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook.

 Character Guest Post 
by Marilyn Levinson/Allison Brook

Hi, there. My name is Jared Foster. I’m thirty years old, an accountant, and I’ve lived in the picturesque town of Clover Ridge, CT, all my life. My mom Laura was murdered fifteen years ago, when my older brother and I were in high school. I don’t have to tell you what a shock that was. The police never found the person who killed her. Rumor had it the detective on the case, Al Buckley, got nowhere because he was drinking heavily at the time. Still, Al was a great guy. He always found time to talk to me, and we kept in touch all those years. Recently, Al must have done some investigating, because word got around that he figured out who killed my mom. He planned to write a book about it. In fact, he arranged to talk about it at our local library.
That night, Al and I had a chance to catch up a bit before the program began. My brother interrupted us, saying some pretty nasty things to Al. Like he really didn’t know who killed our mother. He just wanted publicity for his book. Al remained calm and Brian left. A few minutes later the program started. A was talking about Mom, munching on cookies, when he suddenly keeled over and died. Right in front of us! Turns out he was poisoned.
Carrie Singleton, the new Head of Programs and Events, is as upset about Al’s death as I am. Carrie’s a really nice person. Pretty, too. She feels responsible because her boss wanted to cancel Al’s program and Carrie convinced her not to. Now we’re working together, trying to figure out who killed Mom and Al, because we think it’s a good possibility the same person committed both murders. We’re talking to everyone who knew Mom well. It’s been difficult for me. Some of things we’re finding out—well, they’re kind of upsetting. I’m beginning to wonder if it was a good idea to turn over this stone, or if we should have left things as they were.

 A quick paced read with its humorous moments just in time for my favorite holiday season.
I am an admitted cozy mystery addict. I am a lifelong library geek - I love all they offer. Add in a ghost who helps solve crimes and I am hooked! I am also partial to an amateur sleuth solving cold cases, doing what the cops didn't figure out. This all combines to make me a very happy reader.
Should I add I WANT to like anything to do with Halloween and I was not disappointed.

About The Author
Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017


Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery by Barbara Early

Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
Cozy Mysterry 2nd in Series Setting - 
New York Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683313090

Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.
What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.
The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.

 Bringing together so many elements I love in a cozy mystery with the added bonus of Liz working alongside her father - I recommend you get onboard and pick up this series.
Even when the victim is someone you can't feel sorry for, or too bad about, the adventure is in following the clues and figuring them out before the police do, while trying not to cross the police because Liz is sort of dating the present chief, while her father is a former police chief.

It is a fast and humorous ride that makes us feel warm and fuzzy with childhood memories.
A well crafted mystery filled with developed characters with whom we enjoy spending time .About The Author
Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor’s wife, and an amateur puppeteer.
After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook.
She writes the Vintage Toyshop series and the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (as Beverly Allen).

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Christmas at Butterfly Cove

Christmas at Butterfly Cove
All she wants for Christmas…

When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.
Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?
Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…

A delightfully feel-good festive romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Having read a previous book in this series I was prepared to settle in and escape to Butterfly Cove. The characters are so enticing that time spent with them is precious. While the beginning of this installment has a darker feeling than previous books in the series, I had expectations of troubles being worked out. The author, Sarah Bennett, does not solve difficulties quickly or too lightly. We all know emotions can be more tender around holidays as well.

Your emotions will get a roller coaster work out as the entire extended family gathers and secrets and surprises are revealed. Although we are sad to leave Butterfly Cove, we feel confident good things are going to happen. Even when future troubles arise, the people we love there will care for each other.
A bitter sweet holiday experience.

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Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK. You can also look forward to a new series coming in 2018, set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay.

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