Guest Post: Devorah Fox [One Does Not Refuse the Muse] – Rennie St. James

“Hidden Magic” has launched and was named #1 New Release by Amazon.com. Read how my contribution, “The Mouth of the Dragon: Rumors” came about.

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On the Lamb

Wow! Mediterranean food, sweets, a seaside setting, bikers, a murder mystery … and recipes! What more could you want from a read?


On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

About On The Lamb


On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496726057
ISBN-13: 978-1496726056
Kindle ASIN: B07R8WVPMX

Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .

 

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.

 

When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .

 

Recipes included!

 

About Tina Kashian

Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!

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March 2 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

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Playing the Devil

Several of my neighbors are devoted bridge players. I’ll bet their games are nothing like this.

Playing the Devil (A Bridge to Death Mystery)
by R.J. Lee

About Playing the Devil

Playing the Devil (A Bridge to Death Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719166
ISBN-13: 978-1496719164
Digital ASIN: B07R7M378R

Reporter and bridge player Wendy Winchester once again plays ace detective when a country club member is murdered in a hot tub . . .

Now an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen in the Mississippi River port of Rosalie, Wendy still likes to unwind over a game of cards. Following the demise of the Rosalie Bridge Club, she’s started her own group at the Rosalie Country Club. During the first meeting of the Country Club Bridge Players, the dummy has barely been laid down when another dummy gets in a scuffle at the bar across the room. Bridge player Carly Ogle’s husband Brent is at it again.

After the club’s new female golf pro breaks up the fight, Brent storms off to soak in a hot tub. But Carey soon finds the bullying Brent dead in the water, clubbed over the head with the pestle the barkeep uses to crush leaves for mint juleps.

Racist, sexist, homophobic, and an all-around lout, Brent made enough enemies to fill a bridge tournament. So Wendy has to play her cards right to get the story—and stay out of hot water long enough to put the squeeze on the killer . . .

About the Author

R. J. Lee follows in the mystery-writing footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, publishers of WINGS Magazine and other ‘pulp fiction’ periodicals in the late ’40’s and ’50’s. Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez but also spent thirty years living in the Crescent City of New Orleans. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) where he studied creative writing under Sewanee Review editor, Andrew Lytle, Lee now resides in Oxford, Mississippi.

Author Link – Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bridgetodeathmysteries/

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Do you dare?

Unknown RealmsDo you dare venture into Unknown Realms? The wild imaginations of ten talented authors will take you places you never dreamed of, and won’t soon forget.

You can get your digital copy here in whatever format you need: https://books2read.com/unknownrealms

I am especially pleased to have my story, The Demon of Corpus Christi, included in this collection. It’s been a chaotic year for me and I didn’t get much writing done, but at least I have a new title to offer you. Plus, it’s teamed with works by a host of stellar authors and produced by Fiction-Atlas Press, so you’re bound to enjoy the entire collection.

For more information, an excerpt, and your chance to win a paperback copy of Unknown Realms. please visit Karen Docter’s Killer Book Bench at http://www.karendocter.com/karens-killer-book-bench-unknown-realms-a-fiction-atlas-press-anthology-by-devorah-fox-etal-scifi-fantasy-anthology/. To enter the giveaway, just post a comment on Karen Docter’s Killer Book Bench blog.

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No More Time (but giveaways galore)

Ah, a vacation by the sea. What could go wrong?

No More Time
(A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
by Suzanne Trauth

 

About The Book


No More Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 23, 2019)
Paperback: 214 pages
ISBN-10: 1516107241
ISBN-13: 978-1516107247
Digital ASIN: B07JYQD61M

DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY

Restaurant manager Dodie O’Dell has found her niche in the cozy New Jersey town of Etonville, creating menus that make a delicious double-act with the community theater’s productions. Now she’s ready for a vacation at the Jersey Shore town she called home before a hurricane hit. Sun, salty air, and seagulls make for a nostalgic escape from regular life—until a contingent from Etonville arrives to compete in a Jersey Shore theater festival.

Roped into helping her former boss cater the event, Dodie also gets a visit from her old flame, Jackson, who’s hoping to revive his charter boat business and is looking for a place to crash. Before Dodie can tell him that ship has sailed, Jackson’s partner is found murdered on his boat. Dodie knows her ex is a mooch, but she’s sure he’s no killer. But as she follows a trail of evidence that leads into her own past, Dodie stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy theory that could bring the festival to a shocking finale…

About the Author

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former theatre professor at a university. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Dramatists Guild, and League of Professional Theatre Women. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Author Links

Webpage: www.suzannetrauth.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuzanneTrauth/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuzanneMTrauth

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6187623.Suzanne_M_Trauth

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Excerpt

By noon we were both hot and famished. I suggested a break from the sun at the tiki bar and we gathered our beach gear and trudged through the sand to the Polynesian music. We were halfway through our bucket of steamed clams when an elderly twosome at a table next to ours gasped in shock. We couldn’t help noticing.

“Is everything okay?” I asked gently.

The woman’s head bobbled and her wide-brimmed sunhat swung from side to side. She picked up the newspaper she’d been reading, the Candle Beach Courier, a local rag, and shoved the front page at us. “He was such a nice boy. We knew his parents years ago.”
I smiled sympathetically and scanned the sheet. Then I gasped.

“Dodie, what’s the matter?” Lola said.
“Were you acquainted with him too?” the woman asked.

I nodded numbly. Was I ever. The headline read LOCAL MAN DEAD. Underneath was a photo of the victim: It was Vinnie C. I rotated the paper so Lola could see the front page. “It’s him,” I said hoarsely.

Lola blinked. “Vincent Carcherelli,” she read.

I scanned the story. Apparently his body had been washed up on the beach sometime overnight and was discovered by a jogger early today in time to make the mid-morning edition. The police were calling it a drowning and speculating that he’d fallen off his boat, The Bounty, which had drifted half a mile off the shoreline. No foul play suspected at the moment but the investigation was ongoing.

I offered to return the newspaper but the couple refused to accept it, saying the story was too upsetting. They picked up their bill and left.

“Wow. What a coincidence. We were talking about how Jackson saw him yesterday …” Lola stopped. A light bulb went on. “The police will want to speak with Jackson. He might have been one of the last people to see Vinnie alive.”

It was Lola’s last word that brought me up short: alive. Jackson had been steamed during that meeting on the boardwalk. Did he know anything about Vinnie’s last hours? If Bill were here he’d tell me to mind my own business, let Jackson alone, let the police determine the actual cause of death. Bill was right, of course. But something about the whole event didn’t sit right with me. Why did Jackson lie about what happened when he met Vinnie?

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July 18 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

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July 19 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Are you ready for summer?

Summer HamperHave you had enough winter and are dreaming of summer? Maybe you’re looking forward to getting time off, kicking back, and escaping into a few good books. Indulge in a book binge with this Summer Reading Hamper. Enter the giveaway for a chance at great prizes. You’ll get your choice of which books you want to win. You can enter to win all the books in the promotion or select the genres you would like to win.

Naked Came the Sharks by Jed Donellie and Devorah FoxI’ll humbly suggest “Naked Came the Sharks” for your reading pleasure. Set on the south Texas beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, it’s filled with quirky characters and a mystery that’s both fun and intriguing.

The giveaway starts and ends in July so bookmark the giveaway page and don’t let your summer get by without entering.

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The competition is fierce!

It’s OWSCYCON Cover Wars, and our heroes are duking it out.

Lady BlackwingLady Blackwing has entered the semifinals in the Fantasy Cover Wars! http://brackify.com/bracket/35104/OWSCyCon2019-Fantasy-Cover-Wars. Your vote can send her to victory.

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller

Archie Harlanson is just thrilled. He’s advanced in the Thriller/Horror Cover Wars! Vote for him or he might run you over with his K-whomper. (OK, no, he wouldn’t do that. He’s one of the good guys.)

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This is epic

OWS CYCON 2019Hey, #Book-lovers! Mark your calendars for #OWSCyCon2019. We’ve got a whole weekend of books, games, and contests galore from May 17th-May 19th. Sign up for email reminders to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

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Or, RSVP to the Facebook event page so you don’t miss a minute!

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What’s in store for you? Whatever your reading preference, it’s all here:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Thriller/ Horror
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
  • and stories that defy categorizing.

Chances to get to know your favorite author better and to discover new ones. Giveaways and discounts. Discussion panels that give you insight as to how those stories you so love come to be. Drama as characters and book covers that have captured your imagination go head to head in Character Battles and Cover Wars. Kick back and let someone else do the reading for you with StoryTime.

The gates open May 17 but you can get previews. Follow the Blog Tour nowand learn how imaginary worlds get created. Pick the winner in the @Brackify #Tournament.  First round, May 15. And Character Battles start May 16.

Wear your most comfortable virtual walking shoes because you’ll want to visit every virtual booth. Look for mine in the Fantasy, Thriller/Horror, and Mystery/Suspense sections.

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What makes an author’s world unique?

Fantasy Genre Blog Hop2019About The OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour

As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors to write about what  makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building.
We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.

After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers, including yours truly. You’ll find the link to my comments here: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/

Creating a Unique World – The P.A.W.S. Universe

By Debbie Manber Kupfer

P.A.W.S. is the Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters. It is an international organization of shifters that runs institutes of learning hidden in every continent of our world.
Each institute has its unique flavor and often times students choose forms that are indigenous to their local area. (Making it so much better to blend in.) Thus there are kangaroos, koalas, and wombats in the P.A.W.S. Institute of Australia located in Alice Springs, and a plethora of penguins in the P.A.W.S. Institute of Antarctica!
This I feel is what sets P.A.W.S. apart from other fantasies based around schools or academies. In P.A.W.S. we don’t just focus on one location, and so far in my series we have visited the P.A.W.S. Institutes in St. Louis, New York, London, and Vienna and have met exchange students from Egypt, Canada and Australia (though sadly no penguins so far!)
Also in every city P.A.W.S. has emissaries in the local zoos. In St. Louis Zoo, for example we meet Ian the Chimp (But make sure if you visit him to bring a big bunch of bananas and be prepared to listen his groan-worthy monkey jokes.) In London Zoo the emissary from P.A.W.S. is Shirley the Camel. Stop by for a nice pot of tea, some rhubarb scones and a natter.
In the upcoming episode of P.A.W.S., Cotula (Book 5) we’ll also visit Clifford, an otter animagus who hangs out in his lagoon attached to Central Park Zoo.
So here’s the other big difference between P.A.W.S. and other fantasy worlds focusing on shifters. Much, much more variety. Most worlds feature werewolves and maybe cats and I have those too, but a whole lot more. Because when you study at P.A.W.S. you choose the animal you are drawn too. So we have a squirrel, a flamingo, a toucan, a mole, to name but a few.
Part of what I love here is delving into the process. What makes a shifter at P.A.W.S. choose a particular animal? I love shifters in other series, but can’t really remember anyone else dealing with them in quite this way.
And then there’s my world in itself. With each chapter I add, or story I write I add more to my world. So we have a lost village of Manus Wu, a shadow world beneath or own called Umbrae and my most recent addition a wolf sanctuary called Lycanthia.
Everything I write. Even when I think it’s not connected ends up being part of this world. And I adore the discovery! I hope you come visit some time.

About Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie Manber KupgerDebbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event

CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:

  • view live (and recorded discussions),
  • listen to samples of their stories,
  • vote in the various genre tournaments,
  • browse the author booths, and
  • discover some amazing books and writers.

We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/
You never know, you may just find your next best read!

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Toxic by Karina Kantas and Karen J. Mossman

Toxic by Karina Kantas

Two authors, two versions of the same book in two exciting genres of fiction. Karen J Mossman and Karina Kantas present, Toxic.

 About the story

Lexi isn’t your normal Malok. She craves adventure and freedom from the mundane life forced upon her. 100 years ago, the first drop of acid rain fell. Maloks fled to the mountains, building a new way of life—a desolate life—a life Lexi knows all too well. 

Lexi has a plan, her ticket out of this miserable existence, becoming a ranger. Aron, her partner, believes she’s not strong enough to fight alongside him. Lexi will stop at nothing, no matter what the danger, to achieve her independence, even if that means defying him.

Amidst everything, Marcus, Lexi’s childhood best friend makes a sudden return. Before she can rejoice in a reunion, her happiness is crushed when she sees Mae, the bully that had terrorized her in her teens. Marcus was aware of the mental abuse Lexi had suffered and yet the person she loved and the person she hated the most, stand before her, together.

“A powerful dystopian thriller that captures the heart and imagination”.

“I was fascinated by Stephanie Meyer’s book The Host, where people lived in mountains. This was a world I wanted to explore as a setting for Toxic. Living in a close environment as this, there has to be rules. Those rules don’t always have to be fair. This gave me scope to add intrigue and animosity between my characters.”—Karen J Mossman

About the Authors 

Karen J Mossman.

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

All Karen’s books are in collections – The Decade Series, Electric Eclectic and Just Stories.’ She is also a founder member of Electric Eclectic books and now has six in that collection.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and two dogs. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

https://www.facebook.com/karensmagicofstories/

https://www.amazon.com/Karen-J-Mossman/e/B00JJY69OO

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9814921.Karen_J_Mossman

https://twitter.com/KarenJMoss
https://magicofstories.net/
http://www.instagram.com/kazz_magic_of_stories

Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas is the author of the popular MC thriller series, OUTLAW and the loved romantic fantasy duology, Illusional Reality.

She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working overtime, she writes thought-provoking dark flash fiction.
There are many layers to Karina’s writing style and voice, as you will see in her flash fiction collection, Heads & Tales and in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans, giving them another glimpse into her warped mind.

When Karina isn’t busy working on her next bestseller, she’s a publicist, author manager and VA. She’s also the host of the popular radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio Network.

http://bit.ly/FBFPKK – FB fan page
http://bit.ly/INSTKK – Instagram
http://bit.ly/TwittKK – Twitter
http://bit.ly/BLOGKK – Website
http://bit.ly/KKGRE – Goodreads

“A sensual, erotic read…Karina dares to figure out the nature of passion…thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

“It was a pleasure to read an erotic story that had an actual plot.  The genre itself is probably the most misunderstood.  The plot drives an erotic story and the sex just adds to the enticing nature of it.  You’ve done a great job building a world for your reader.

“Toxic is based in a future world where acid rain forces the people, the Maloks to build their cities inside mountains for protection. What is also amazing is this book has two versions, the romantic and the erotic. In both books the story focuses on a female Malok called Lexi, who is determined to become a Ranger and help society guard against the Outcasts. Only Lexi has little support, even from her own boyfriend, Aron. Mix in a childhood sweetheart, in the shape of Marcus, and the unexpected arrival of Mae, Lexi’s childhood bully and things begin to get interesting. Toxic is the story of Lexi’s determination to satisfy her ambitions, both professionally and personally. The Erotic Toxic tells the same story but delves deeper into Lexi’s sexuality and passions. Whichever Toxic you chose, you find yourself living the fantasy.”

Download Toxic Adult Edition here

Download Toxic here

Excerpt

“Lexi,” greeted the young medic.

“Hey, Sha.” Lexi smiled.

She walked past Sha and sat down on a stool, took a sterile cloth, and wiped away the dead skin, causing her to take an intake of breath. No matter how many times she had been burnt there was no way to get used to that kind of pain.

As she reached for a jar of Dozax paste, Sha spoke. “You’ve been outside again, haven’t you?”

Lexi didn’t answer at first, as she felt the wonderful relief as the paste went to work, taking away the pain and healing the burn. The skin immediately started to regenerate and within moments all that was left on her hand was a green coloured dye, which would eventually fade. Still, Lexi needed to wear a patch that had a tiny spot of Dozax cream to complete the treatment. It was dangerous for any Malok to use Dozax in its pure form. Everything had to be diluted.

“You are such a strange Malok,” Sha said, shaking her head.

Lexi smiled. “I can’t help it. I’d go crazy if I was cooped up here forever.”

“Has your ranger training started?” Sha asked.

Lexi’s grin was wide. “Not yet. At the end of the week,” she answered, still not believing she had been accepted into the academy. “Okay, I’m done,” she said and then jumped off the stool. “See you tomorrow.”

“Oh wait. You have four inoculations to do tomorrow.”

“Four?” Lexi questioned.

“Yes, some Maloks arrived last night with the new commander.”

“Oh, yes I forgot about Jow. So sad. He was nice as a commander, and so approachable and happy all the time, you know?”

“Yeah,” Sha agreed and then giggled. “Remember when he came and said he wanted to learn basic aid? Oh my, he was so funny.”

Lexi laughed as she remembered that day and how he always made her smile. “See even now, just thinking of the late commander makes us happy. He left a great legacy behind.”

“He sure did. Let’s just hope the new one can live up to that.”

“Okay, I’m off. See you tomorrow, Sha.”

“I will have the Dozax jabs ready for you in the incubator,” Sha called.

“Super! Thanks,” Lexi mumbled.

Lexi still couldn’t get that sad day out of her mind. She even had to visit the Charmer to talk and get closure. The loss of Commander Jow was hard for everyone. A party of fifteen went out that day and only two returned. Lexi wished for peace every day, but the only way that would happen was if the Outcasts and the Maloks agreed to share.

She shook her head. Of course, that would never happen, she was kidding herself. Outcasts needed the Terra leaves to feed their addiction. Never mind that this amazing plant could cure pain, protect the body from germs, Illness and normal medical problems that come from age and a weary body. She couldn’t imagine how life used to be when young people would die, because they didn’t know the secret of the plant and the properties it possessed. So, sad, she thought, as she quickly made her way back to the residence she shared with Aron.

Everyone assumed that Lexi and Aron would marry and settle down. Her friends certainly thought so, and at the start, so did Lexi. Only now she had woken up, and the adventurous Lexi wanted so much more from life and becoming a ranger was a step in the right direction.

 

 

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