I think that Lady Blackwing would like “Gardenia.”
I think that Lady Blackwing would like “Gardenia.”
In all the years that I lived on Long Island, New York, I never made it out to the Hamptons. Here’s my chance. Plus, the sleuth is an innkeeper which calls to mind the misadventures at the fictional Sugarloaf Inn in Western Massachusetts in my own Murder by the Book. Which happens to be FREE as part of the Indie Academy Multigenre giveaway. So check out Carrie Doyle’s book and enter the giveaway below (a beach bag AND beach reads, what could be better?) Then visit the Indie Academy Multigenre giveaway for more goodies.
Death on West End Road (Hamptons Murder Mysteries)
3rd in Series
Dunemere Books (June 20, 2017)
Paperback 268 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B06XKLVMZC
Like a basket of warm cinnamon buns, an unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. The crime scene is compromised, the circumstances are complicated, and former witnesses are cagey, haunted and very reluctant to revisit what happened on that sun-splashed afternoon decades earlier. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia’s world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort.
Death on West End Road is the third book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover.
About Carrie Doyle
Carrie Doyle was the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire Magazine. She is currently a Contributing Editor of Hamptons Magazine and has written extensively for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and has also written for Women’s Health and Avenue on the Beach. With Jill Kargman, Carrie co-wrote the film Intern (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999), as well as several screenplays sold to Showtime, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films and the Oxygen Network. Carrie and Jill co-wrote five books together, including three teen books for HarperCollins and two bestselling women’s fiction books, The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing (Broadway Books). Carrie also penned the popular novel The Infidelity Pact (Broadway Books). Carrie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is currently at work on an animated series for broadcast as well as her new series, the Hamptons Murder Mysteries.
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Be sure to visit these other stops on the tour for reviews, interviews, and more
June 19 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
June 19 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 20 – deal sharing aunt – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
June 20 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT (you are HERE)
June 21 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
June 21 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST
June 22 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
June 22 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
June 23 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
June 24 – Valerie’s Musings – INTERVIEW
June 24 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 25 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 26 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
June 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 27 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT
June 28 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
June 28 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
June 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 29 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
I’m delighted to spotlight Jamie Marchant and her Fantasy novel, The Goddess’s Choice.
In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.
Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane–or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farm boy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.
Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter. Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.
He returned to the horses, loaded the supplies on Wild Thing, and rode in silence to the abandoned stable. Robbie led the horse inside. When he lit the lantern he kept there, he let out a whistle of amazement. The horse was a bronze-colored mare that looked more like it was forged out of metal than living flesh! But the horse’s impossible color wasn’t the only thing that struck Robbie. Sores spotted the beast’s body; puss and blood oozed from under the saddle. The horse’s coat was matted with dried blood. Her ribs stood out in stark detail. How could anyone neglect a horse so badly? “Where could you have come from, girl?” Robbie could feel a wail building up inside the horse, so he hurried to take the armor and other equipment off her back, unsaddled her, and removed her harness.
“I don’t think you’re a demon. But I don’t know what you are. By the look of the armor you must have been some knight’s lady. But what happened to him? Sores like these don’t form overnight. If he’s still alive, he obviously doesn’t deserve a lady like you. So how about it? Will you be my lady?” He paused at the sound of his own words. Milady. “I had a lady once. For one day, that is. My brother didn’t approve—I’m sure he wouldn’t approve of you, either.”
Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become her first novel. She writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.
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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Goddesss-Choice-Book-Kronicles-Korthlundia-ebook/dp/B071RQ786T/ Available for $.99, June 15 only
Killer Music: A Cooper Harrington Detective Novel
1st in Series
Publisher: Lone Mountain Press (April 7, 2015)
Paperback: 212 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00V0V4HP2
When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.
The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.
Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.
Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of The Hometown Harbor Series of women’s fiction set in the picturesque San Jan Islands in Washington and a mystery series set in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring Cooper Harrington, Private Detective.
Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.
Hometown Harbor Series:
Finding Home (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZJ6W7E
Home Blooms (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVVKG44
A Promise of Home (Book 3) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OWHG42U
Pieces of Home (Book 4) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015JPAXJ8
Hometown Harbor: The Beginning http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GW9407Q
Cooper Harrington Detective Series:
Killer Music (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V0V4HP2
Deadly Connection (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0ON7I6
June 12 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
June 12 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
June 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
June 13 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 13 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW
June 13 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
June 14 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
June 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
June 15 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
June 15 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
June 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
June 16 – Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
June 17 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST
June 18 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
June 18 – Community Bookstop – INTERVIEW
It’s officially hurricane season. The temperature and the humidity here have already risen and we’ve had some serious rainstorms. Meanwhile things are heating up on the book front.
Cozy mystery fans, from June 12 through June 16, you have a great opportunity to snatch up a bunch of reads for FREE. Click here to see the selection.
One of the titles in this giveaway is my One Bad Apple. It’s a “techno-cozy” (I just made up that subgenre) with the intrigue set in the workplace. If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know how treacherous that can be!
My Murder by the Book is one of several great reads that you can get for FREE in the Indie Academy Giveaway, June 15 through June 30. You can see that you have a great variety of genres to choose from. Click here to see what other books you can get for FREE.
Reviewers gave Murder by the Book 4 and 5 stars and asked for another story with heroine Candy Wadsen. So guess what? #amwriting one. Dying to Get Hung is shaping up to be a longer work. With over a half-dozen suspects, the mystery keeps gets knottier. I hope that I can figure out whodunit. Here’s a peek at the cover.
Recently I had a lot of fun with this new work-in-progress on Facebook. I needed to provoke a car accident in a scene. I’m not much of a mechanic so I asked my Facebook friends to suggest scenarios. I got lots of great suggestions. I had no idea that my friends are so diabolical!
Thriller fans, you won’t be left without a book bargain. Click here to check out this promo. The thrills range from action to suspense to post-apocalyptic and psychological, but the stories all have one thing in common: a 99¢ price tag. That includes my Detour, on sale for this promotion June 12 and 13.
You can grab Before the Luck Runs Out, Book One in this series by TJ Muir, for 99¢. Book Two, Between Luck and Magic, is on its way.
Caught with his hand on the So’har’s purse, a hungry beggar is sure his Luck has failed him. But Karrahk pays Jedda to work for him, making demands that test his hazy morality. Failure will mean death, unless Jedda’s Luck can save him.
Later this month, I’ll clue you in about the relaunch of a mash-up series that combines the paranormal with intrigue and espionage in a historical setting.
In late July, I’ll be facilitating a Fantasy Writing workshop. The students will be teachers pursuing professional development during their summer vacation. Usually, summer programs for teachers are focused on their teaching practices, but the organizers want to focus on their writing practices. I was tapped to teach either of the genres in which I write (Fantasy and Mystery), and I picked Fantasy. Bring on the dragons!
Last, I’ve been invited to contribute to a Fantasy Sampler anthology slated for publication late Fall. I’m working on a “low fantasy.” That’s a Fantasy story in a contemporary setting.
Having lived in Tucson, I was intrigued by the premise of this book, which sets some of the action there. I also used to work at the University of Arizona, the author’s alma mater. Finding connections like this makes the Word Wide Web seem like a much smaller community.
Dumpster Dying: Book 1 in the Big Lake Murder Mysteries
1st in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 248 Pages E-Book 232 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01MRWGBC8
Emily Rhodes came to rural Florida for the cowboys, the cattle, and to do a little country two-step, not to fall head first onto a dead body in a dumpster. Ah, the golden years of retirement in the sunshine state. They’re more like pot metal to Emily, who discovers the body of the county’s wealthiest rancher in the Big Lake Country Club dumpster. With her close friend accused of the murder, Emily sets aside her grief at her life partner’s death to find the real killer. She underestimates the obstacles rural Florida can set up for a winter visitor and runs afoul of a local judge with his own version of justice, hires a lawyer who works out of a retirement home, and flees wild fires hand-in-hand with the man she believes to be the killer.
Grilled, Chilled and Killed: Big Lake Murder Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 330 pages E-Book 224 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01N9GUUKU
It seems as if Emily is destined to discover dead bodies. This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbecue cook-off dead and covered in barbecue sauce in a beer cooler. She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong. Lewis’ denigration of Emily’s speculations is condescending enough to stimulate her dormant snooping skills. As the two of them go on their separate paths to find the killer, Lewis’ old partner, Toby the dirty, tobacco-spitting cop interferes in the investigation leaving Lewis with the wrong man in jail. Killers, bootleggers, barbecue and feral pigs—it’s a lethal game of hide and seek in the Florida swamp.
Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in Upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks, frequents yard sales and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work. She is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories. The third book in the Eve Appel murders (from Camel Press) A Sporting Murder was awarded a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award and her short story Gator Aid a Sleuthfest (2009) short story first place. She has fired the alligator that served as her literary muse when she is in Florida and is interviewing applicants for the position.
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May 15 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW – Book 1, CHARACTER GUEST POST
May 15 – My Journey Back –My Reading Journeys – REVIEW – Both Books, INTERVIEW*
May 16 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW – Both Books
May 16 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT (YOU ARE HERE)
May 17 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW – Both Books, INTERVIEW
May 17 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
May 18 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
May 18 – Book Babble – REVIEW – Both Books
May 19 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT
May 19 – Bookworm Mom – GUEST POST
May 20 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW – Book 1
May 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – REVIEW – Both Books *
May 21 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
May 21 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 22 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW – Both Books, CHARACTER GUEST POST
May 22 –StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW – Book 1
May 23 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW – Both Books*
May 24 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW – Book 2
May 24 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW – Book 1
May 25 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW – Both Books
May 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – Rainy Day Reviews – REVIEW – Both Books*
May 26 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 27 – Varietats2010 – REVIEW – Book 2
May 27 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW Book 1, GUEST POST*
May 28 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW Book 2*
May 28 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – CHARACTER GUEST POST
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Launching: May 10, 2017 | ASIN B0724Z27VM: | 11 Pages | Price: 99¢
Mercedes is just trying to make her way through life: taking classes, working her shift as a barista, and writing short stories that she never seems to finish. After a minor accident, she finds herself imbued with startling powers. She projects future events and rewrites the past, with disastrous consequences. Her first attempts to use her strange talents incite a zombie attack and bring an Egyptian goddess to life. Stunned by awesome abilities that she can’t seem to control, Mercedes wonders if she’s been cursed. Can she be cured? And if she can’t, what then?
You may have a holiday weekend or vacation time coming up soon. This is your chance to fill up your reading device with bargain books to keep you entertained.
Be sure to grab Murder by the Book. Like all the other Free For All books, it’s free for a limited time, a way for us authors to thank our loyal readers. Plus, you’ll want to take this opportunity to get to know Candy Wadsen, because there’s a new adventure featuring this feisty amateur sleuth coming soon.
Not sure what a cozy mystery is? It’s a mystery story wherein the violence and sex are downplayed, or treated with humor. Cozies are usually set in a small, socially-intimate community. In Murder by the Book and my other cozy, One Bad Apple, the small, intimate community is the workplace, and you know how “cozy” that can get!
In her review of Murder by the Book, Laura of fuonlyknew.com stated that “I thought I had it figured out pretty early, but then I shifted to another suspect, and then another. The author kept me on my toes and the final reveal in this whodunit was a good one.” So give it read, for FREE. And don’t forget to enter that giveaway.
Today I’d like to spotlight the mystery books of Debbie De Louise. The author and I have a lot in common: she has cats, she’s a fellow Sisters in Crime member, and she lives on Long Island, New York, where I grew up.
A Stone’s Throw
Solstice Publishing (March 8, 2017)
Paperback: 322 pages
Synopsis – Book 1
Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers…
After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.
Secrets stretch decades into the past…
Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.
Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…
When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…
Between A Rock and a Hard Place by Debbie De Louise
Publisher: Solstice Publishing (October 12, 2016)
Paperback: 316 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01M59PPBY
Synopsis – Book 2
Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…
Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.
Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged…
Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.
John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…
When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.
Alicia faces her worst nightmare…
The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?
AND COMING IN APRIL -Not up an Amazon or GoodReads yet.
Alicia McKinney is confused . . . .
Was the strange email her husband received from the fictional detective in their mystery series a threat? Did the killer mistake the woman shot in the library for Alicia or the victim’s twin sister?
Cat vs. Dog . . .
After Sneaky goes missing from the library, will he turn up before a young girl becomes ill with worry over his disappearance? And will he return in time to outsmart Fido by being first to find the perpetrator’s smoking gun?
Alicia is worried . . .
While waiting for the killer’s next move, Alicia has other concerns. An old flame of John’s is in town and her friend, Gilly, has adopted the role of Miss Marple to aid her sheriff boyfriend in his investigation.
When all clues point to one of her co-workers, Alicia joins Gilly in searching for the answers to the mystery.
Will they survive . . . .
or is their ending written in stone?
Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her published novels include Cloudy Rainbow, A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Cobble Cove Mystery #2) has been on the Amazon bestseller list for cozy mysteries. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres and a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace. She is currently seeking agent representation for her psychological thriller, Sea Scope. Debbie lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-De-Louise/e/B0144ZGXPW/
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Be sure to visit these other stops of the tour for book reviews, guest posts, and more:
May 5 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT
May 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
May 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
May 6 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
May 8 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT
May 8 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT
May 10 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
May 11 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
May 12 – deal sharing aunt – INTERVIEW
May 13 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW