Welcome to Autumn: A Review of The Litter of the Law (Mrs. Murphy # 21)

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The Litter of the Law (Mrs. Murphy # 21)  by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown

Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a  mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

Genres: Fiction, Cozy Mystery



Autumn has descended and crops are being harvested all over Crozet, Virginia, ideal conditions for a scenic drive for Harry and husband Fair. Bucolic views are all well and good, but Harry’s nose for trouble leads her straight to a cornfield’s macabre scarecrow—an all too real murder victim that frightens all but the noisy crows.
This accountant’s gruesome death is only the first of many disturbing events in this normally pastoral corner of the world. While Harry tends her beloved grapes and sunflowers, a killer edges closer—as does Harry’s protective menagerie of animals.
Halloween’s approach brings with it bona fide terror and a beloved local tradition that threatens to become fatal. Rooting out the guilty in the treacherous center of a lucrative conspiracy requires Harry’s farmer’s wisdom—along with the quick wits and extraordinary senses of Sneaky Pie, Pewter, and Tucker. A vicious murderer may know the lay of the land far better than Harry does, but that’s about to change. It’s up to her vigilant four-footed companions to make sure that the unearthing of this plot is not Harry’s last act.

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Book Tour & Giveaway for A Foolish Plucking (Richmond Series)

Happy Memorial Day! Today’s spotlight features A Foolish Plucking by Dee Wilbur, the pen name for Texas authors, Charles Yates and Dee Pipes. Take a moment to check out this mystery, read the excerpt, and enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of  Wilbur’s A Jealous God, the first book in their series.

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Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery




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Publication Date: August 2013

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In their book, A Foolish Plucking, Dee Pipes and Charlie Yates, writing as Dee Wilbur, are again telling the truth about Richmond, Texas (as well as a few lies). They’ve expanded Jon Miller’s area of operations to include Liberty, Texas, Dee’s home town. She demanded equal time with Richmond so much of the story is centered in Liberty. But not to limit themselves, they’ve also had some of the story take place in Victoria, Texas. You can’t confine a great man like Jon Miller.

–It’s all fun and games ‘til someone gets a conviction–

Gary is a lush and a womanizer. On that everyone agrees. But is he a murderer? The police sure think so. Gary denies it, and the police don’t have a corpse. But they do have the big fight at the country club, his wife’s blood behind the bed, in the shower drain, and in the back of her Escalade, and Gary’s lack of an alibi. The jury agrees with the police.

Gary’s mistress leaves Dayton with Gary’s child and moves to Richmond, to be nearby for her once a month visits with him in the Vance Unit (a Texas State Prison in Sugar Land). She hears of Jon through Lulu, her new boss, and enlists his aid in trying to get Gary a new trial.

In the meantime Jon and Sandy are dealing with a family problem. Why haven’t Jon’s brother and sister-in-law ever shown up at any of their events. It isn’t because Sandy’s cooking is bad.

All in all it stirs up a nice little brew of a mystery that’ll keep you busy for an afternoon or two.

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Sunday Series Spotlight: Southern Fraud Thrillers by Jennifer Becton

If you don’t think insurance fraud is interesting, then you haven’t read Jennifer Becton’s Southern Fraud Thrillers. Becton revs up the mystery and suspense when she takes us behind the scenes of this engrossing occupation with the heroes of the series,  State Fraud Investigators, Julia Jackson and her partner, Mark Vincent.  Set in fictional Mercer, Georgia, you can follow Julia and Mark as they identify and track down the culprits behind some perplexing insurance fraud cases that will easily keep you engaged and sometimes dumbfounded at the lengths some people will go to to in trying to deceive their insurance companies.

Here is how Becton defines the series:

“The Southern Fraud series is essentially a crime dramedy like Castle or The Mentalist. Add to that some action, a dash of Southern charm and a hint of romance, and you’ve got the Southern Fraud Series. If you like comedic mystery novels similar to those by Janet Evanovich (without as much slapstick humor) or crime dramedy TV shows, you’ll probably enjoy Southern Fraud.” (from: http://www.jwbecton.com/#!about)

In each novel, Julia and Mark are given a potential fraud case to investigate and solve over the course of the book. Interwoven into each plot are the ongoing story threads that take us into the personal lives of the hero and heroine both revealing their motivations for working in this field and exposing their vulnerabilities. Both of these characters are well-rounded, flawed, just as people we may know in real life, and it didn’t take me long to connect with them and want to know more about their backstories.  Both Julia and Mark are focused on the job they are hired to do, but the subtle chemistry between them had me keeping my fingers crossed from the end of the first book, hoping something stronger than friendship might form between them, and at this point, well I’m beginning to smile.

I’ve read the first three installments, and Becton has recently released Moral Hazard, the fourth book in this great series with a dynamic hero/heroine, baffling cases, and storylines that include a cast of dangerous and quirky characters who add a touch of humor, all factors I appreciate in a good mystery.

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Absolute Liability (Southern Fraud Thriller # 1)

Publication Date June 2011

Genres: Mystery, Thriller


Meet Julia Jackson. Apparently, she’s been abducted…. 

A woman is taken at gunpoint from the downtown office of Southeastern Insurance, and the police believe the victim is Special Agent Julia Jackson. Only it isn’t true. 

Now, with the help of her new partner Mark Vincent, state fraud investigator Julia Jackson must find justice for the woman who was taken in her place. 

As Vincent and Julia begin to unravel the multimillion-dollar frauds that led to the abduction, they encounter a cast of quirky characters, one of whom will go to desperate lengths to hide a deadly secret. 

Things only become more dangerous as bodies begin accumulating around town, and Julia must discover the truth before the abductor comes to rectify his mistake.

Absolute Liability is the first in the six-book Southern Fraud Thriller series, which blends suspense, humor, and Southern charm with just a touch of romance. If you enjoy reading humorous mysteries or watching TV crime dramedies like Castle or The Mentalist, you should like Absolute Liability.

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A Recommended Easter Read – Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg

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I hope everyone has been having a wonderful Easter and that you have been able to spend time with your loved ones over the holiday. I was fortunate to have my mother visit for a week, and we spent some time traveling around Texas. While browsing in an Amarillo antique store, I found a gently used hard copy edition of Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven.

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Publication Date: July 4, 2006 / Random House – 384 pgs.

Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Humor


Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven (Elmwood Springs # 3) by Fannie Flagg


From the author of Fried Green Tomatoes, comes a comedy-mystery set in a small town. Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and sidesplitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and next thing she knows she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, whom Elner has known since he was a boy, runs his eighteen-wheeeler into a ditch-and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell It Like It Is beauty shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before she can collect her social security.

In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.  (from the book jacket  flap)

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Blog Tour- First Chapter Reveal for Southern Heat

I like books that have a southern setting, and David Burnsworth’s recent release of Southern Heat is set in South Carolina’s lowcountry. This looks like a great mystery novel, and you can read the entire first chapter now.

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Southern Heat by David Burnsworth

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Publication Date: February 2014 / Publisher: Five Star/Gale

Genre: Southern Noir/Mystery

Pages: 304 / Format: Paperback & ebook

Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie’s murder and targets Brack.

The sole heir of his uncle’s estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston’s wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle’s killer.

From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry.


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Blog Tour- Series Spotlight & Giveaway for the Riga Hayworth Series

Today, I’m happy to participate in a Blog Tour and Giveaway to help celebrate Kirsten Weiss’ recent release of the fifth book in her Riga Hayworth series, Elemental Detective. Read on to learn about all of the books in the series and enter for your chance to win a copy of her latest installment along with some other prizes as well.


The Riga Hayworth Series by Kirsten Weiss

Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Mystery


The Metaphysical Detective (Book 1)

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Tarot, the Archetypes, Good Wine… and a Dog Named Dog.

When Riga Hayworth finds her new client dead, she smells a set up of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld… and make it back alive.

Riga’s client, Helen Baro, believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: her husband died in a car crash last year. Riga isn’t sure what to think. Is Helen mad? Is someone else trying to harm the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave? But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves.

An urban fantasy based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metaphysical Detective explores the power of the archetypes through the double lens of tarot and Greek mythology.

Buy Links: Amazon: The Metaphysical Detective (A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery) | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


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Book Tour: Author Guest Post & Giveaway for Hijack in Abstract (A Cherry Tucker Mystery # 3)

In the mood for a cozy mystery? Check out Larissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker mystery series. Today’s spotlight is her recent release of  Hijack in Abstract. Read on to learn more about the book and join the discussion with the author to share your favorite art-themed books. Be sure to enter the $25 gift card giveaway!

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Hijack in Abstract by Larissa Reinhart


Release Date: December 18, 2013

Genre: Humorous Cozy Mystery / 257 pgs.

Humor, Hijackings and a Handful of Hunks . . . 

With a classical series sold and a portrait commissioned, Cherry Tucker’s art career is in Georgia overdrive. But when the sheriff asks Cherry to draw a composite sketch of a hijacker, her life takes a hairpin as the composite leads to a related murder, her local card-sharking buddy Max Avtaikin becomes bear bait and her nemesis labels the classical series “pervert art.”

Cherry’s jamming gears between trailer parks, Atlanta mansions, and trucker bars searching for the hijacker who left a widow and orphan destitute. While she seeks to help the misfortunate and save her local reputation, Cherry’s hammer down attitude has her facing the headlights of an oncoming killer.

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Book Spotlight for Time to Retire


Time to Retire by Jon Foyt

Time to Retire, by Jon Foyt, is a new mystery/romance novel that offers a glimpse into the adventures of retirement living.

 Things are not quite what they seem at Sunset Gardens, an active adult retirement community in California. The directors of the Homeowner’s Association has been handling money in questionable ways, there’s secret meetings occurring at The Silent Front, a former speakeasy, and an influential resident recently committed suicide. Reporter Willy Herbst, approaching retirement, is curious about what’s going on in the neighboring community “over the hill.” He and his eager intern, Sally Saginaw, team up to investigate. Their discoveries are surprising…

Time to Retire is filled with mystery, romance, and adventure, as Willy and Sally explore the lifestyles of aging retirees.

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Promotional Tour & Giveaway for EFFECTUATION


EFFECTUATION by Carlyn Greenwald


Release date: October 16th 2013

Purchase from Amazon:  Effectuation (The Trace Trilogy)

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway for Wilde for Her (Wilde Security #2)


Wilde for Her (Wilde Security #2) by Tonya Burrows


Release Date: October 28, 2013

Publisher: Entangled Brazen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18593724-wilde-for-her?from_search=true

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Friends with benefits just got hotter.

Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She’s shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents’ violent deaths, Cam’s unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva’s never met a person who hasn’t let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he’s the only man she can trust, and there’s no way she’ll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she’s trying—and failing—to forget.

When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it’s time to put up or shut up. He’s done biding his time, and he’ll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what’s between them, no matter the cost.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Travis Club

In the mood for a good mystery? Check out The Travis Club which is set in Texas, where I currently reside. I enjoy reading novels with familiar settings and a good plot, so I’ve added this book to my reading list.

The Travis Club

by Mark Rybczyk

Book Blast & Giveaway for Black

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Black by Russell Blake

Black Book CoverArtemus Black. Perennially down-on-his-luck Hollywood PI whose Bogie fixation is as dated as his wardrobe. With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that’s deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? When he takes a case that’s supposed to be easy money working for a celebrity whose colleagues and surrounding paparazzi are dropping faster than interest in the star’s big comeback, the cakewalk turns ugly and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder – and bad hair days.

The first in a new series from bestselling author Russell Blake, Black is a detective mystery with a difference that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18478712-black?from_search=true

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Trailer Reveal for Dead Girls Don’t Lie

After the watching the book trailer for Dead Girls Don’t Lie, I can’t wait for the book’s release on September 17th!


Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw


Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text. 
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
4750309Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at Ricks College, (now BYU Idaho), after he dropped her on her head. She graduated from Ricks and then Brigham Young University, Provo with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she lives in beautiful, green, (rainy) Lacey, Washington with her husband and four kids. She loves to produce videos, ski, ride horses, and read, but really all she has time for is chasing kids and writing.


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Spotlight & Author Guest Blog for Glitter of Diamonds


Murder Will Out Mysteries

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April 2013

Glitter of Diamonds by J.A. Menzies

Book Description

After Stasey Simon, an outspoken and defiant sports talk-show host, asks on-air for a volunteer to knock some sense into the home team’s temperamental new pitcher, police detectives Paul Manziuk and Jacqueline Ryan have to scramble to stop a murderer swinging a lethal bat.

Suspects include Ted Benedetto, Stasey’s young, longsuffering producer; Iain Foley, a former athlete who couldn’t quite make the NHL, but is the prime time talk show host; Ginny Loveday, girl-next-door turned sports reporter; Kyle Schmidt, Ginny’s rival from the other big newspaper, and a would-be novelist who hates his job but loves the regular pay check.

And then you have the Toronto Matrix baseball team, from the mysterious owner to several key players, including the temperamental new pitcher, Ricardo (Rico) Velasquez and his wife Alita; the newly-demoted pitcher, Armando Santana, fleet shortstop Ferdinand Ortes, and the team’s rock-solid catcher, Jonas Newland.

Add Pat Davies, Rico’s agent, and sparkplug Eva McPherson, a Marilyn Monroe wannabe who enjoys having a ballplayer on her arm, and you have all the ingredients for an unusual murder.

As the crime threatens to escalate into an international incident, Manziuk draws on his own knowledge of baseball while Ryan tries to understand a game she’s never watched.

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Manziuk picked up the phone. “Yeah? …. Oh, that’s just great! I don’t have the report done for the last one. You know, I think I’m overdue for a few days R & R. … I’m going on a cruise with Woody when the doctor says he’s fit enough to travel, and you won’t be able to call me in the middle of the ocean. … Who’s available for secondary?”

Ryan took a couple of steps so she could stare at the picture on Manziuk’s wall. It showed a serene valley with a tiny mouse just visible in the grass, and in the sky an eagle searching for prey. Ryan bit her bottom lip.

“Yeah, I guess.” There was a long pause. “Okay, I’ll take care of it.” Manziuk hung up. “They’ve got a body.”

Ryan continued to stare at the picture as if fascinated. “Oh?” she asked, her voice implying it was no concern of hers.

“I guess nobody told whoever did it that I was tired and needed a rest.”

“I guess.” She moved toward the door. “Well, good luck.”

“I’ll need a secondary.”

She turned to look at him.

“You doing anything?” He was looking directly at her, his eyes measuring.

She put one hand on the doorknob. “You want to take along a female who can’t keep quiet?”

He shrugged. “At least it doesn’t get boring with you around.”

She put her free hand on her hip. “I’m not sure my blood pressure can stand working with you.”

He kept his eyes on her. “If you do your own job instead of trying to do mine as well, I won’t have to yell at you more than once a day.”

“Thanks a lot.” She shifted her weight to the balls of her feet. “You just need to pay more attention to what I say. You aren’t the only one who can think, you know.”

He stood up. “Are you planning to talk all day, or are you going to back me up here?”

Her jaw set, she faced him. “Just tell me one thing. Do you want a partner or a secretary?”

“Why would I need a secretary?”

She released the door and took a step toward him. “You don’t need a secretary.”

“I didn’t think so.” He stepped from behind his desk, grabbed his hat, and pushed past her to lead the way out of the office. “You a baseball fan?” he asked over his shoulder.

“What’s that got to do with anything?”

“Some baseball player’s been found dead at the stadium. In the bullpen.”

She had to run to keep up. “Murdered?”

“Looks like it.”

As they hurried through the silent outer office, she made a quick detour to grab her purse. Lunging into the elevator as the door was closing, she asked, “Did you say they found the body in a bullpen? Why on earth would they have cattle at a baseball game?”

The elevator started its downward journey.

“Exactly how much do you know about baseball?” Manziuk asked.

She looked at the pocket on his suit jacket. “Well, nothing.”

He sighed. “The bullpen is where relief pitchers warm up.”

“Relief pitchers?”

“The game starts with a pitcher who can work a number of innings—ideally throw the ball a hundred or more times. If he gets tired, or if he’s getting hit a lot, they bring in another pitcher. That one’s called a relief pitcher. When there’s any chance that the starting pitcher might need to be replaced, the relief pitcher gets up to throw in the bullpen. If they don’t warm up properly before they pitch, they get arm problems.”

“Why on earth do they call it a bullpen?”

“I have no idea.”

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J. A. Menzies large photoJ. A. Menzies is the alter ego of award-winning Canadian author and speaker N. J. Lindquist.

An avid mystery reader since her pre-teens, while visiting a Japanese garden with her husband and young children she was struck by the discovery of a perfect place for a body. The result was Shaded Light, a contemporary mystery in the Golden Age style. Reviewers, including Publishers Weekly, compared the book to the best of Agatha Christie.

A life-long baseball fan, she set her second mystery, Glitter of Diamonds, in the world of professional baseball and the media that surrounds it. In one of the many positive reviews, Library Journal called her a “master of plotting.”

She is a member of a number of organizations for writers, including Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and The Writers Union of Canada.

Author Links

Website: http://jamenzies.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JAMenziesAuthor

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JAMenziesauthor


If you wanted something more like a blog from me…

From J. A. Menzies

Even though I grew up in a small town in the prairies of Canada, I enjoyed watching baseball from the first time my dad took me to see our town’s local team play a game against a team from another small town half an hour away.

When I saw the New York Yankees and other professional teams on TV, I immediately fell in love.

So when I made a list of things I knew, and therefore could write about (they do say write what you know), baseball was most definitely on that list.

Now, over the years, I’ve read numerous of books about baseball, from Jimmy Breslin and Bill Veeck’s Can’t Anybody Here Play this Game? to the more recent biography of Lefty Gomez, (Lefty: An American Odyssey, by Vernona Gomez  and Lawrence Goldstone), and Dirk Hayhurst’s provocative Out of My League, but there was no way I could write a non-fiction book. Outside of some mandatory games in phys ed in which I got stuck in the outfield (where in one memorable game I was stung by a bee), and some pick-up games in my neighbourhood, where I got chosen last, I’ve never played the game. Truth is, I didn’t have the reflexes for it, in spite of the hours and hours I spent throwing a ball against the side of our house and catching it.

But over the years, I’d also found some novels about baseball, from the classic The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop to the baseball mysteries of Alison Gordon and Troy Soos.

And there I stopped. Because I’ve loved mysteries even longer than I’ve loved baseball. So it was clear to me that I had to write a baseball mystery.

The result, Glitter of Diamonds is my entry into the world of baseball fiction. It’s a mystery first, a baseball story second. It’s a bit on the light-hearted side, and kind of complex, the way I like my mysteries. And my baseball games, come to think of it.

Since millions of people buy tickets to baseball games every year in North America, and even more people watch the games on TV, I’m hoping a bunch of those fans also like mysteries.

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Book Blitz for Cassie Scot by Christine Amsden

Cassie Scot:

ParaNormal Detective (Book 1)

About The Author:

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.

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Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

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Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”


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from Christine Amsden: 

Cassie Scot: Looking Forward

When I talk about Cassie Scot I’m usually not talking about the book, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. I’m usually talking about the entire series. This is my third book, but my first series, so it has been an interesting adjustment for me. In my mind, Cassie’s story is complete, even though for the reader it has barely begun.

In fact, Cassie’s story is complete. There are four volumes in the series, all written, all under contract, and all pending release within the next year or so. Each of the volumes is framed by a self-contained mystery, which should give the reader some sense of closure at the end. Personal, romantic, and familial problems remain, however, and these issues are what I think of as Cassie’s story. The first book is about Cassie solving a murder/missing person mystery. The series is about Cassie discovering who she is and what she wants. I suppose that part doesn’t play as well in a teaser, but I think it’s relevant. To some extent, we all strive to figure out who we are and how to accept ourselves. This is never more true than when faced with the disapproval or disappointment of parents – something Cassie knows all-too well.

Cassie isn’t the only one going through a period of self-discovery. To a lesser extent Evan Blackwood is trying to figure out who he is and what he wants. Well, he’s sure about one thing – and if you’ve read the epilogue to book one you know what that is. He’s confused about much of the rest. In stark contrast to Cassie, Evan has a lot of magical power and he doesn’t want to be like his father – using that power for his own wealth/comfort and little else. At the same time, Evan is used to getting his way and he has the power to take most of what he wants. On the surface this may seem like a good thing, but in Secrets and Lies, book two in the Cassie Scot series, he will learn differently. It was a challenge to show him going through this sort of transformation from Cassie’s point of view, but I hope the reader sees it.

When I look at the series as a whole, one of the choices I have often found myself questioning is the use of vampires in the first book. This may seem like an odd thing to say. I mean, it’s urban fantasy. Of course it has vampires! Well…

I didn’t plan to write the first book right away. In those early weeks, I thought I would write a long short story or novella as a sort of proof of concept. There were a lot of important details popping around in my mind – Cassie character, her family, the town, the rules of magic, the love interest – somewhere in the middle of all that I decided to test the waters with vampires because it’s simple. Everyone knows them. They don’t require a lot of thought. I don’t know when they became permanent, but somewhere along the line I knew I was writing a whole novel instead of a short story, and by then the plot had stuck.

Vampires are not at all important to the overall story. It’s not the last you’ll see of them, but they don’t have a huge part to play. If you’re a vampire fan, sorry, but hopefully you love Cassie enough to stick with her. Those who are sick of vampires in fantasy, bear with me. And know that these vampires are Stoker-esque (and not even a little bit sparkly 🙂 ).

“There is nothing so evil in the world as what humans can do to one another.” – Edward Scot (Cassie’s father). This may have almost seemed like a throwaway comment in book one, but it wasn’t. It definitely becomes important later on, and it’s something I firmly believe. I’ve never thought fantasy novels needed literal demons to fight. Give a human being power, and let’s see what he decides to do with it. History has shown us that it isn’t always pretty.

The last time I revised the first book in this series, I had completed the final volume. This means that I had my plan fully formed and implemented. There are a couple of little things in the first book that you probably won’t even think about unless you go back and reread it sometime after you finish the series. Then you’ll think, “Oh, she did have a plan!”

I love it when authors do that. I hope I’ve pulled it off to your satisfaction as well.

Book Two Teasers:

1. Cassie is going to learn something very important about her mother that she never knew.

2. Kaitlin and Madison will take on bigger roles, and each will develop a problem of her own.

3. Edward Scot (Cassie’s dad) and Victor Blackwood (Evan’s dad) will come face to face. Their mutual enmity will not be in doubt.

4. The reader will learn one more of the reasons why Edward hates Victor.

5. The mystery will be the search for two teenage girls who went missing from a summer camp.

6. The life debt Cassie owes Evan will be a big deal.

Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Immortals (Book 2 Runes Series) by Ednah Walters

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Book Description

Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something… Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology but that doesn’t stop her from falling hard for him. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her or that she saved him by making a deal with Norns—Norse destiny deities—the same Norns who have now erased his memories of their past together to punish her. So Raine comes up with a plan… She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. But before Raine can put her plan into action, the Norns return. This time, they demand she protects Eirik Seville, her best friend since childhood, from an evil so dark even the Norns are scared. But you know what they say about well-laid plans… Caught between protecting Eirik and convincing the stubborn, cocky Torin St. James that the two of them are meant to be together, Raine’s life slowly unravels. Friendships are tested. Enemies become allies. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves. 


RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2013

About the Author

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013.

She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS. Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She’s presently working on book six.

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Spotlight & Giveaway for Crimson Key by Wes Dodd

The Crimson Key

by Wes Dodd

Wes Dodd was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1958, currently residing in Southside Virginia. He has two daughters and three grandchildren. Within the last couple years he has discovered a passion for creating and breathing life into great stories. He has published three novels: The Crimson Key, a mystery, The Secret Guardian, fantasy and Saving Faith, a romantic thriller.

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Publisher: Outskirt Press

Release Date: July 2012


Book Description:

David Paige, a young detective from Charleston, S.C., is about to embark on an investigation of a lifetime—his own. After an unexpected tragedy shatters his perfect world, he discovers that his mother had been keeping a life-long secret from him, revealing that he is not who he believed he was. With no family member to turn to, David has to rely on his detective skills and a mysterious item left to him from his mother—a crimson-colored key.

The search for the truth takes David to New York City, where he runs head on into lies, deception and murder, all in an attempt to cover up a string of dreadful crimes. Then if this is not enough to deal with, he falls for the daughter of a prominent man, both sharing an undeniable attraction—which complicates his life even further.

It isn’t until a near-death experience, and help from his mother through several frightening nightmares, that the pieces of the puzzle finally begin to come together. The Crimson Key ultimately unveils many secrets, surprising many people including David—opening his eyes and heart as well.

The two were very close as young children but grew farther and farther apart with each passing year. Amber had blossomed rapidly, leaving Alice behind in a life filled with neglect, which led to resentment on her part. Alice felt and heard her sister sobbing for the first time she could remember.

Why are you crying?” Alice asked tenderly.

Alice,” Amber replied in a shaky voice, then hesitated a long moment. “You do know that I have always loved you dearly, don’t you?”

Why of course,” Alice promptly replied, while she thought to herself, “You sure have a funny way of showing it. I only see you about once a year, and it is always at night so no one will recognize you coming here. We never go out together in public. You make me feel as if you are ashamed to be seen with me.” Then Alice asked in a caring way, “What is wrong?”

Amber made a good effort to gather her emotions as she released her hold on Alice. Taking a step back, she wiped the tears from her face. “I am in love with an evil man.”

Alice didn’t feel sorry for her at first, or the least bit shocked by her statement. She thought to herself again, “I’m not surprised. You have always chosen the wrong type men. You always pursued the Bad Boys, or what you would call the Fun Guys.”

Then Alice noticed a bruise on Amber’s left cheek, and her feelings changed instantly. She asked in a serious tone, “What is his name?”

Alice and Amber stood facing, eyes locked in a stare, Alice waiting for an answer that Amber did not want to reveal. A tiny whimper then broke their stare. Alice’s eyes dropped instantly to the basket below that remained mysteriously covered with the blue blanket. The basket moved ever so slightly as another tiny whimper came from within. Alice’s eyes rose quickly, meeting Amber’s, which were again overflowing with tears.

What have you got?” Alice asked very slowly as she knelt down next to the basket. She gently rolled back the blanket revealing a tiny, tiny baby boy.

I couldn’t do it,” Amber said in a trembling voice, as tears rolled rapidly down her cheeks.

Alice could hear her sister’s voice but failed to comprehend a single word; the tiny baby boy had stolen her full attention.

I kept it a secret for as long as I could,” Amber continued. “I knew he didn’t want a child, him being married with a child on the way and due at any time now. At least it was when I left three days ago. It would have made him very angry…and he has a furious temper.”

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Tour Schedule: May 6-11, 2013

Release Date: September 1, 2012

Genre: paranormal mystery romance

Age Group: New Adult

Mirror of Shadows by T. Lynne Tolles

Book Description

Ella McKaye returns home for her grandmother’s funeral to find she’s inherited a ton of money and a run down mansion she never knew existed, called Grey Manor. Her greedy mother is appalled when the will stipulates specifically that Ella can’t give her any of the inheritance. She quickly throws Ella out of her home forcing her to take up immediate residence in the spooky old mansion.

Within minutes of entering her new home she has a strange interaction with a creepy old mirror in the main hallway and the ghostly inhabitants of the past get more and more agitated the longer Ella’s there. Nearly fatal back to back accidents make Ella start to wonder if she’s angered some ghost or if there is something more sinister at work.

Will Ella unravel the deadly mystery before she becomes a ghost herself? Or will fate take another one of the Grey ancestors to the grave.


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Spooky – This story has some scary elements, but definitely no horror.

Sad – I chose sadness, because the whole stories comes into being from the act of Ella’s grandmother dying. It sets a tone for the story and you find that up until this time, Ella’s life has been one sad moment after another.

Love – What is a story without love? Ella could use a bit of this and she finds it in many area: Parental Love with Mimi and Marlin, Love Interest in Jeremy and Matt, and Unconditional Love in Boo.

Betrayal – The biggest example of betrayal is what is revealed in the mirror between Willow and Byron Morton.

Predictable – Although I’ve been told the story is a bit predictable, it doesn’t seem to hinder the reader from wanting to know how it plays out.

Depravity – I chose depravity as a word to describe the Morton villains in this story because I view them as such.


About the Author

T. Lynne tolles

T. Lynne Tolles is a lifelong avid reader of all things paranormal and now is a writer of new adult paranormal romances for readers 15 to 115. She grew up in the sunny California San Francisco bay area. She’s the mother of two, wife to one and pet mom to three cats and Newfoundland dog.

Blood of a Werewolf is the first of five books in a series called, the Blood Series. Other titles include Somber Island and Mirror of Shadows – both unrelated to the series

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Blog Tour & Giveaway of The Deadly Trilogy by Alexa Grace


Book 1: Deadly Offerings 

 Title: Deadly Offerings

 Author: Alexa Grace

 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

 Length: 314 pgs

 Sub-Genres: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Book Description

December 2012 Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest building a wind farm. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her! As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it. Michael Brandt, the ruggedly handsome new County Prosecutor is the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?

 Book Excerpt

Anne peered into her refrigerator.  Not a piece of junk food in sight. She opened the freezer.  How could she be out of ice cream at a time like this?

She had to get out of the house.  Tonight bad memories hung over her like a thundercloud.   She relived the humiliating divorce hearing over and over, becoming angrier each time.

She tried to sleep.  No success.  She got out of bed and pulled on a pair of jean shorts, a black glittery Lady Gaga tank top and her Reeboks.  She’d go for a drive to clear her head.  It was close to midnight but with any luck, she’d find someplace open to stock up on junk food.

She backed her SUV out of the garage, shoved the gear to drive and moved down the street, windows down, the breeze whipping her ponytail about her face.  She drove down Route 40 until she reached a section of fast food restaurants, bars and a mini-mart.  The mini-mart didn’t look busy so she parked in front.

She grabbed a shopping basket and strode down an aisle of the store picking up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfinger candy bars, tortilla chips, a jar of salsa, and a quart of soda as she went.  She moved to the refrigerator case and eyed the selection of ice cream.  She pulled out a couple of cartons of Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake then headed to the teenaged cashier whose eyes were plastered on her long legs.

She paid for the items, whirled around and slammed into the hard chest of a tall man entering the store.  Her items tumbled from the bag.  The salsa jar rolled across the store as did the bottle of soda.  The man uttered “sorry” as he bent to help her pick up the items.  He picked up the salsa and put it in her bag.  He moved down the aisle to get the soda that had rolled under a freezer then turned toward her. In a black leather jacket and snug faded jeans, he was one of those men that radiated testosterone.  And wasn’t it just her luck, or lack of, that Michael Brandt, her jerk ex-husband’s attorney was heading toward her holding her soda, sending her a dazzling smile that sent her stupid heart racing.  She yanked the soda bottle out of his hand, thanked him and resisted the childish urge to kick him in the shin. Instead, she rushed out of the store.

She opened the back of the car to place the groceries inside.  She pulled a Butterfinger bar out of one of the bags and got into the front seat.  As she opened the candy bar, she glanced at Michael Brandt, still inside the store, who was now staring at her with an odd expression on his face, hands on his hips.

She heard movement in the back seat then felt something hard slam against her face.  The candy bar flew out of her hand and landed on the floorboard.


She looked in the rearview mirror and gasped; a sliver of panic cut through her.  A man in a black ski mask was slammed against her seat thrusting a gun in her face.

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Deadly Deception Book 2

 Title: Deadly Deception

 Author: Alexa Grace

 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

 Length 410 pgs

 Sub-Genres: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Book Description 

In Deadly Deception, the second book of the Deadly Trilogy, enter the disturbing world of illegal adoptions, baby trafficking and murder with new detective Lane Hansen and private investigator Frankie Douglas.

Lane Hansen has a problem. He needs a woman to portray his wife in an undercover operation and the only females on his team are either very pregnant or built like linebackers. Then he remembers gorgeous P.I. Frankie Douglas — a woman who could take his breath away by her beauty and take him down in 2.5 seconds. Unfortunately, she’s the same woman he treated like a one night stand six months before.

Frankie Douglas has a problem. She wants to rid the world of one baby trafficking killer. The only way to do that is to partner with Lane Hanson, the man who hurt her by disappearing from her life after a night of mind-blowing sex.

They’ve been warned! Getting personally involved with a partner can put cases and lives at risk. Going undercover as husband and wife, Lane and Frankie struggle to keep their relationship strictly professional as their sizzling passion threatens to burn out of control.

Book Excerpt

“Lane, I know you’re ready to do undercover work, but with this case I need two cops who can pose as a married couple.  Unfortunately, we’ve got three women on the team. One is built like a linebacker and the other two are pregnant.”

“Sir, for this case, why don’t we go outside the department?  I know a Private Investigator who can handle herself on a job like this.”

Newly appointed Sheriff Tim Brennan’s brows drew together in a suspicious expression.  “What’s the PI’s name?”

“Frankie Douglas.  I worked with her last year on the Charles Beatty serial killer case.  She’s a former sharpshooter for the Army.”

“Is this the same Frankie Douglas you shot?”

Lane’s face flushed with the guilt he still felt about the shooting.   “Yes, sir.  It was an accident.  We were heading down the stairs of Beatty’s cellar to apprehend him when one of the steps gave way and when I fell my gun went off and hit Frankie.”

“Has Frankie Douglas done police work before?”

“I heard she’s a former detective.”

“I think I’ve heard about her.  Isn’t she a pretty tall blonde woman?”

“Oh, she’s smokin’ hot.  Think Victoria Secret hot.”

“Is that right?  Do you have a personal thing going with Ms. Douglas?”

“No sir.  Strictly professional.”  Of course, if he’d had a chance, he’d have made in personal in 2.5 seconds.

Brennan glared at Lane then picked up his phone and dialed a number.  “Hello, Frankie, this is Uncle Tim.  I may have a job for you. Would you please drop by my office?”


Book Review

Deadly Deception is the second book in the trilogy and secondary characters Frankie Douglas and Lane Hansen from Deadly Offerings are the protagonists in this story. The author provides enough exposition from book one for readers to learn about the history between Frankie and Lane without necessarily having to read the first book in the trilogy. Of course the read is much more satisfying if you do read all of the books in order.

Frankie and Lane  have spent one passionate night together, but his actions toward Frankie afterwards lead her to believe she was just a one-night stand. However, six months later, Lane still can’t stop thinking about Frankie and wants to have a second chance with her. Unfortunately, Frankie is unwilling to forgive Lane and does her best to avoid him.

Frankie is a private investigator, and, with her military and police training, she proves she is more than capable of taking care of herself working in this field.  Lane has recently made detective, and when a young woman is found murdered, Lane becomes the lead detective in his first major case. His investigation leads him to suspect a corrupt adoption agency is involved in the murder.  As a way to spend more time with Frankie, he talks her into going undercover with him as husband and wife to find the murderer.

While some aspects of the story are predictable, I found this easy to overlook because of the ongoing mystery and suspense that grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t let up until the end.  I also liked that, unlike with some murder mysteries, the author spends time humanizing the victims, so readers can’t help but care about the outcome of their circumstances.

The sexual tension between Frankie and Lane really spices up the story, and even if Frankie can forgive Lane,  their working together poses an obstacle, since workplace romances are heavily discouraged.

This mystery behind the murders does reach a resolution without a cliffhanger that carries over to the third book, but the author entices readers to continue with Deadly Relations, which features the story behind two characters that play a role in this second book.

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 Title: Deadly Relations

 Author: Alexa Grace

 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

 Length 342 pgs

 Sub-Genres: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Book Description

In Deadly Relations, a serial killer of young women hides in plain sight in a quiet county in the Midwest. He hides behind a friendly face that inspires trust, a personality that is charming and persuasive — and has a rage to kill he can’t control. Detective Jennifer Brennan, still haunted by her abduction five years before, devotes her life to serve and protect others. So when three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch, she vows to find the killer — or die trying. A personal relationship with her partner, Detective Blake Stone, would be violating the strictest of the department’s unspoken rules and career suicide, especially since she is the sheriff’s daughter. But the connection Jennifer has with her partner, Blake Stone, is nothing short of electric. Working with him daily and denying her attraction is hard. But when he moves in to protect her, it becomes unbearable. As they fight temptation, two detectives race against time to find the killer before he strikes again. It is the most important case of their careers. It could be their last.

 Book Excerpt

Catherine Thomas awoke from a drugged sleep with every bone in her body aflame.  Breathing in and out triggered a torturous throbbing in her head.

She wanted her mom.  Though in her early twenties, Catherine had always needed her mother most when she felt ill.  Though she rarely got sick, she knew something was very wrong.

She shivered as the cold seeped into her consciousness.  Why was she freezing?  Where were her blankets?  Catherine tried to move her legs but they seemed frozen in place.  She attempted to stretch her arms, but couldn’t.  Her eyelids felt heavy and swollen and she feared the pain that would accompany opening her eyes to the light.  But she had to find her mom.  Catherine slowly opened her eyes to inky blackness.  Was it night time?  Her facial muscles flexed involuntarily and she realized something was tied around her eyes.  It was then she remembered.

She and Nicholas had had another fight.  This one was a doozy, and she’d slapped him, leaving an ugly red mark across his jaw.  Though he hadn’t admitted it, she knew he was seeing someone else.  He’d been distant and his usual insatiable desire for sex had diminished so much it was practically nonexistent.  There was someone else, and he didn’t have the balls to tell her.

Consumed with anger, Catherine had rushed out of his house and drove home to change clothes to go for a run.  Running had become her salvation.  She ran when she needed to think or to drive away her demons.

She’d changed into her running clothes and was pocketing her keys and cell phone when her dad appeared in the hallway.  Catherine remembered smiling at him.  For a second, she’d been tempted to throw herself into his arms for one of his special bear hugs.  But, instead she’d hurried to her car so she could make the most of the remaining light of day.

Catherine’s original plan was to run at the high school track like she usually did, but once she got there and saw the number of people running, she’d changed her mind.  She’d needed some alone time, so she’d backed her Honda Civic out of the lot and headed toward Deer Run State Park ten miles away.  If she hurried, she could get her exercise done before the park closed at nightfall.  She’d feel better about her fight with Nicholas.  Running made her feel better about everything.

Once inside the park, Catherine had studied a sign that listed each trail and the degree of ruggedness.  She’d chosen trail number ten, which was advertised as moderately rugged and would give her a good workout.  Maneuvering between several groups of people leaving the park, she’d reached her trail and started out in a jog on the narrow, dirt path.  Catherine noticed few people on the trail, and that was fine with her.  She valued her alone time and concentrated on the exercise.

Catherine hadn’t gone far when she reached a wooden platform built over a deep ravine.  Peering over the railing, she saw the river surging below and a deer drinking on its bank.  She continued down the trail, alternating between jogging and walking, depending on the terrain.  It was unseasonably warm for March, and the scent of the tall pine trees and ferns filled her senses.  Catherine was calming.  With or without Nicholas, she was going to be okay.  She was stronger than she gave herself credit for.  Who needed Nicholas?  She’d go to the Police Academy in eleven months and start the career of which she’d always dreamed.

Catherine slipped as she made the descent to what the park labeled as the “Ice Cave.”  She slid a few feet on her bottom, but was able to stop herself by grabbing a sapling.  Pulling herself up, she assessed her injuries to be just some scratches and scrapes on the back of her legs.

Her senses went on alert.  Catherine felt as if someone were watching her, but when her eyes scanned the wooded area, she saw nothing.  She continued on the path down the hill.

Once she’d reached the sandy bottom, she stood before the Ice Cave.  A twig snapped.  Spinning around, trying to spot any danger, she heard the crackling of dry undergrowth with each step as someone approached nearby. Was someone following her?  Catherine launched herself into the next section of the trail, cursing herself for being so angry with Nicholas that she lost all thoughts of personal safety.  When she hiked, she always had her small stun gun and a pocket knife with her. Sticking her hands in the pockets of her sweatpants, she felt only her cell phone and keys.  She turned her cell phone on only to find there was no signal. Damn.  She turned if off again and shoved it back in her pocket.

Catherine pushed on as the path wound around a steep hill.  On one side of her was a thick forest of trees and vegetation, on the other was a slope that led to the rushing creek below.  She stopped frequently to look back, but saw nothing.  Figuring she was at the half-way point of the trail, she pushed forward and prayed she’d make good time getting to the end.

The sun was waning in the horizon in hues of orange, pink and red.  Daylight was running out, and she quickened her pace as she brushed a spider’s web from her face.  The crunch of brittle leaves and twigs behind her continued, but each time she searched the thicket of woods, she saw dark shadows sheathing the trees as the light diminished — but no humans in sight.

Turning a bend, Catherine lost her footing again and tumbled down the descent of the dirt path.  She crashed face-down to the bottom of the slope, knocking the wind out of her.  She lay on her stomach for a short while as she sucked in air to fill her lungs.

Catherine felt him nearby, rather than saw him.  She rolled over and looked up at him.  She recognized him.  Thank God.  She’d seen him at the cafe.  Catherine smiled at him as he offered his hand to help her up.  Grasping his hand, she pulled herself up and was about to thank him for his help when he swung her around, slamming her body against his, gripping her in place with his left arm locked around her neck.  Catherine’s eyes widened in terror as she noticed the hypodermic needle in his right hand.  An explosion of pain rocked throughout her body.  Her world went to black as he plunged it in her neck.

Her heart slammed against her ribs with the memory.  Where was she?  She tried to move her arms and legs again, but it was impossible. The effort to move caused the structure she was lying on to creak and rock.  Catherine moved her fingers to scratch at the surface and realized she was secured on a long, wooden table.  He had her strapped to a wooden table, with a dark blindfold stretched across her eyes!  She couldn’t move.  She couldn’t see. What was he going to do to her? A primal scream started in the depths of her chest and rushed through her throat until she discovered her mouth had been sealed shut with tape, muffling the scream into a moan.


Book Review

Each book in this trilogy just gets better. Deadly Relations is my overall favorite. While I enjoyed the first two novels, this book ‘s storyline kept me hooked.  This story has some jaw dropping, surprising twists that I certainly didn’t expect.

This  isn’t a “whodunit” mystery. Readers discover early in the story the identity of the serial killer, so the majority of the read is to find out who will become the next victim and how this overconfident killer can be caught.

There are three point-of-views used to tell the story: the police detectives Jennifer and Blake who have a strong attraction to one another, as well as the antagonistic murderer.  Having the killer’s perspective explaining what drives his motivation to kill only increases the complexity of the story and heightens the suspense.

Jennifer is a strong, gutsy character and very likeable. Blake is a wonderful partner for Jennifer in more ways than one. I did find the violence in the book gruesome and sometimes hard to get through because the detailed description of the torture the victims endured.

This is a great trilogy for readers who enjoy mysteries full of romance and suspense.

I received a copy of this book from the author via BTS




Buy Links

Amazon: Deadly Relations (Deadly Trilogy) (ebook) / Deadly Relations: Book Three of the Deadly Trilogy (Volume 3) (book)

Amazon CA  http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B009EJ1BDS

Barnes & Noble:   http://tinyurl.com/9ch9vmh


Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237887

Kobo:   http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Deadly-Relations/book-VFQZqAN9bEGkcQUndGZF5g/page1.html?s=WB-Dcv53SEyPRVXeH0kmZg&r=1

Sony:  http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/alexa-grace/deadly-relations/_/R-400000000000000830872

Diesel:  http://tinyurl.com/9eu4336

Apple:   http://tinyurl.com/959qpl6


Deadly Holiday

 Title: Deadly Holiday

 Author: Alexa Grace

 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

 Length: 190 pgs

 Sub-Genres: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Book Description

It is four days before Christmas and all is not quiet as the characters you grew to love in The Deadly Trilogy books fight their inner demons, deception, and pray for miracles in this action-packed novella.

Shawn Isaac is a bright five-year-old who has experienced more than his share of domestic violence and abuse. His disappearance, the day he testifies against his father, terrifies a county who has already lost three young women to a vicious serial killer. What secret drives him into hiding as a deadly winter snowstorm bears down upon the area, putting those who love him most at risk?

Anne Mason-Brandt escaped the wrath of a vicious serial killer five years before. But the fear she had then is nothing compared to the terror 

instilled by a life-threatening disease and a secret that could blow her and Michael’s happy marriage apart. Is love enough?

Nine months pregnant, Jennifer Brennan-Stone has a secret that will change Blake’s and her life forever. She’s already lost one baby and this pregnancy has her on bed-rest. Can they find a small boy who doesn’t want to be found before it’s too late?

Frankie and Lane Hansen are having an up-close-and-personal impact to their finances thanks to a lousy economy. One of them has a secret that could make a bad situation even worse.

Tim Brennan and his wife, Megan fell in love with their pink Victorian house the first year of their marriage more than thirty years before. As Megan plans to turn their lovely home into a bed and breakfast, Tim is unsure he can share his wife, home and memories with strangers.

Book Excerpt

Prosecutor Michael Brandt looked at the frightened boy in his office and wished he could avoid the discussion that would ensue.  The kid, sitting stock-still, was thin with auburn hair and a sprinkle of freckles across his nose.  His legs weren’t long enough to reach the floor, and he nervously kicked one back and forth.

That any little boy should have to testify against his father was wrong on many levels.  That he should have to do it this close to Christmas was dreadful.

Michael cleared his throat as he moved around the desk to sit next to Shawn Isaac.  “I want to start out by telling you how brave I think you are.  I know testifying today isn’t going to be easy for you.  Do you have any questions?”

Shawn looked up at Michael, eyes wide with fear.  “Will my daddy be in the room?”

“Yes, Shawn.  He will be sitting at a long table with his attorney.”

“Will he be able to hurt me?”

“No, Shawn.  I won’t let him hurt you.  Neither will the judge nor the policemen in the room.”

Shawn sighed as he considered this.  “What about my mommy?  Will Daddy be able to hurt her?”

“No, Shawn,” he said. The muscle at the side of his jaw tightened, but Michael fought to control the anger that filled him. His son, Michael Jr., was the same age. Shawn should have been able to count on his father to protect him, just as Michael Jr. depended on him.  In a perfect world, Shawn would not have experienced beatings at the hands of his father. And he would not have witnessed the abuse his mother suffered.  “Let’s talk about when you testify.”

“I’m scared.” Shawn said, as he crossed his arms across his chest.

“I know, Shawn.  But you’re braver than you think.  I know you can do this.”  Michael squeezed the little boy’s hand and continued.  “When you are in the witness chair, I will be asking you some questions.”

“I know.  Detective Blake said I must tell the truth.”

“He’s right.  Tell the truth,” said Michael.  “When I’m asking you questions, it will help if you only look at me.  Don’t look around the room, and don’t look at your dad.”

Biting his lip, Shawn nodded.  “Yes, sir.”

“Speak loudly enough so that you can be heard,” Michael advised. “Don’t worry.  I’ll be standing close to you.  I’ll be right there if you need me.”

“Will the judge make my daddy stop hitting us so that we can be a family like Billy Collins has?  His mommy and daddy are nice to each other.  They kiss.  Sometimes they pull Billy into a big hug.”

Michael’s heart squeezed as he struggled for the right words to comfort the boy.  “Shawn, the judge will do all he can to change your dad’s behavior.  But when it comes right down to it, your dad must decide to change.”

A loud rap on the door let Michael know that Blake Stone had arrived to take Shawn to the courthouse, and wait with him until the boy testified.  Michael affectionately patted Shawn’s back, and then headed for the door.


Buy Links

Amazon U.S.Deadly Holiday (A Deadly Trilogy Christmas Novella) (ebook) /Deadly Holiday (book)

Amazon CA  http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00A5EL8S4

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-holiday-alexa-grace/1113777529

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/deadly-holidays-deadly-trilogy/id609410234?mt=11



Buy Links for Boxed Set

Amazon: Alexa Grace’s Deadly Trilogy Boxed Set

Barnes & Noble   http://tinyurl.com/9uxbcym


Kobo:   http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Alexa-Graces-Deadly-Trilogy-Boxed/book-kDL31KpTmUi7hwikqK8r-w/page1.html?s=Bd_xW5Pnx0yHRtUEkY40nA&r=4


About the Author



Alexa’s journey started in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she’d held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

She was recently named one of the top 100 indie authors by Kindle Review.  A chapter is devoted to her in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

Her book Deadly Offerings is Book One of her Deadly Trilogy. The second book of the trilogy, Deadly Deception is available as is Deadly Relations, the final book of the Deadly Trilogy.

Deadly Holiday is her holiday-themed romantic suspense book.  If you liked the books of The Deadly Trilogy: Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception and Deadly Relations, you’ll LOVE this nail-biting, holiday-themed novella where the characters return to search for a lost boy, fight breast cancer, deal with the personal financial impact of a bad economy, and seek a Christmas miracle.

Profile of Evil, the first book of her Profile Trilogy will be available in spring 2013.

Alexa earned two degrees from Indiana State University and currently lives in Florida. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America (national) as well as the Florida Chapter. Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

Sensuality:  HOT

What Others Are Saying: 

“With its stand-out characters and a plot that transitions smoothly from one scene to another, readers will not regret spending time with this second novel in Grace’s Deadly trilogy.”

 Keitha Hart      RT Book Reviews

DEADLY HOLIDAY by Alexa Grace is an exciting romantic suspense. A delightful Christmas novella, such is part of the “Deadly” trilogy, but can be read as a stand-alone. The characters return from the “Deadly” Trilogy to help with this nail biting suspense to hopes of finding a Christmas miracle. Ms. Grace has done it again with this fast paced, quick read that is not only suspenseful, but heart lifting at a time when we all need a little Christmas cheer. Amazing story. More please….

 – AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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