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My TEASER TUESDAY

teaser tuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

HOWEVER, HAD ANYONE BOTHERED TO ASK WHAT HIS TIME IN JAIL HAD BEEN LIKE, STEPHEN WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM THE STARTLING TRUTH. HE HAD LEARNED MORE ECONOMICS DURING HIS BRIEF INCARCERATION THAN THE FIVE YEARS OF HIS DOCTORAL EDUCATION.

picking lemons coverI am reading a C. J. Whitmore Mystery, PICKING LEMONS, by J. T. Toman who will be here on the blog on February 1st.

Economic theories can predict many things – just not the death of a renowned Economics professor. When Professor Edmund DeBeyer is found dead in his office, strangled to death by his own Ph.D. hood, the police don’t have to look further than his colleagues in the Economics Department for suspects. After all, Edmund was the most despised member of the department. C.J. Whitmore, the department’s only tenured female, (who also has a penchant for wearing pink cowboy boots to class) resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery using economic principles. Comparing tracking down murder suspects to to selecting a used car, she attempts to discern the real deals from the “lemons.” That is, which suspects are really telling the truth and which are lying to protect their guilt. Will C.J. be able to pick the lemon before her clever adversary strikes again?

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My TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

teaser tuesday• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Small towns were often like soap operas. There was lots of drama over small things that might well be lost in the hustle and bustle of city life.

617OfWOTCXLMy Teaser Tuesday comes from The Falls: In the Dead of Winter (The Falls Mystery Series) by George Jackson. Loving it o far and planning to have the entire series read before the author comes on my blog. Watch for it.

(The first novel in The Falls small town mystery series.) West Sugar Shack Falls is a small town in Vermont. The sheriff, Cash Green and his deputies, Ericka Yamato and Horace Scofield pride themselves on watching over their colorful cast of community members. But one frosty, snowy night in January, murder comes to The Falls. As the snow falls over the next few days, the bodies mount up! Join in with the downhome humor, the lovable (and destestable!) characters you meet and try and figure out “who dunit”. The end is all action, involving a professional hitman, battling funeral directors, some nefarious community members and an exciting romp in the snow banks and freezing weather of New England. The story ranges from heartwarming to humorous to rugged action. This is the first of many Falls novels. Welcome to The Falls!

And The Winner Is…. ME!!!

spirit shapesI have been a fan of Marilyn Meredith’s Tempe Crabtree series for quite some time now. About a month ago she started a tour for her latest book, SPIRIT SHAPES. Marilyn is very interesting and I kept following the tour. At first just because it was interesting but then because there was a contest. I quickly realized there were people following because they wanted to win the contest. I also quickly realized they may want it but they certainly weren’t very determined or dedicated. I have never been short on determination. So I went back to the first couple of stops on the tour that I hadn’t seen and made comments. Then every day I stopped at the blog Marilyn was on. I won and Marilyn blogged about it yesterday. Be sure to check out SPIRIT SHAPES and Marilyn’s Blog.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013

And The Winner Is….

My blog tour for Spirit Shapes is over–and frankly, I’m happy to have some free time from promoting blogs.

Well, more free time though I’m still guesting on a couple more blogs this month, but it will be a lot less pressure.

If you followed the tour at all, you know I offered a prize to the person who commented on the most blogs. The prize being having a character named after the winner….

Continue reading  via Marilyn’s Musings: And The Winner Is…..

My TEASER TUESDAY

teaser tuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser Tuesday:

I’d never tailed a car before.

I’d read a lot of Sue Grafton novels when I was in college, though.

91ogyYetRML._SL1500_The book it comes from is called SAVING GRACE by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Pamela is going to be here on my blog on November 4th so be sure to stop by.

Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery Series Saving Grace kicks the Katie & Annalise series off with voodoo, laughs, and suspense. Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but ends up trading one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are.

My Teaser Tuesday

My TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

teaser tuesday• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

In the spirit of Halloween, my current read has:

“Too bad I forgot my garlic necklace.

I didn’t know vampires came out at noon.”

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deadsilent8I’m reading DEAD SILENT by Amy Beth Arkawy and she is going to be here on the blog on… Halloween. The book isn’t about Halloween, not even close. Stop by on the thirty-first and meet Amy and find out what the book is about.

Bart J. Gilbertson | Single Post

A really great interview by an author who has been here before, Bart J. Gilberton, of an author who has also been here before, Pamela Rose. Bart is new to blogging so give him a follow.

INTERVIEW WITH PAMELA ROSE

Hello Pamela and welcome!  Tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.

 

I’ve currently published three books: The first one is “The Eyes of the Jaguar” and it’s a mystery adventure spanning five centuries and two countries.  The second is called “A Thyme to Harvest” and it’s a mystery cozy set in the South.  My third book, “Sherlock’s Home: The Adventure of the Contentious Crone” is also a mystery cozy set in the South and the first in the Finn Sherlock series.  Each book has been a labor of love for me.  Strangely, the crafting of words for me is bliss.  I think I learned the value of making each word count when I started in radio.  Air time is limited and expensive; a writer has only thirty or sixty seconds to communicate the message as succinctly and economically as possible.  That means each word has to pack a lot of punch.  Writing books is no different.  I can spend an unbelievable amount of time just trying to find the exact word, the right nuance to communicate with my reader.  Mark Twain said it best: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

 

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer, and what was your main inspiration?… continue reading

WWW WEDNESDAY

wwwwednesdaygifEvery week, MizB hosts WWW Wednesday on her blog, Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

MY ANSWERS:

What are you currently reading?

ALPENO Paperback Cover_2.inddRight now I am about three quarters of the way through an unusual sort of book called Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1.  They call the genre “Alternate History”. Surprisingly, to me, it is pretty cool. I never took American History. Ask me about the 1916 Rising or Cromwell and I’m good. But as to American History, after “In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” or current events, and I’m lost. And as American History is not a topic I feel like studying as an adult, this has een a quirky sort of way to learn about two different eras… combined. Weird I know, but as I said, surprisingly cool. I will be rviewing here on the blog on October 6th ad there will be a giveaway so try and stop by.

91-KMGsIR+L._SL1500_What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished an historical mystery by M. Louisa Locke called Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery .  Set in 1880 San Francisco, it took me a little while to get into it but once I did, it was a pretty good mystery with a lot of political parallels to modern day. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read the first two in the series. More here on the blog on October 4th.

What do you think you’ll read next?

81susFz2ihL._SL1500_Next on my To Be Read pile is Black Dog: A Cooper & Fry Mystery  by Stephen Booth which will be on the blog October 9th. Blurb: As helicopters search Northern England’s Peak District for fifteen year-old Laura Vernon, Detective Constable Ben Cooper quietly dreads the worst. And when her body is found in the woods, Cooper’s investigation begins with a short list of markedly uncooperative suspects: retired miner Harry Dickinson, whose black Labrador discovered Laura’s body, and Laura’s wealthy parents. Uneasily teamed with ambitious newcomer Detective Constible Diane Fry, Cooper tests a town’s family ties, friendships, and loyaties — and finds that in order to understand the present, they must unearth the past.

A wonderful tour & you still have time to get in on the giveaway

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You can still enter, it’s not too late!

Well the tour is done and it was just wonderful! My thanks to Lori Caswell at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for all the hard work she does for writers. And I want to thank all the wonderful bloggers who hosted me. A connection to each the blogs can be found below. If you didn’t visit while the tour was ongoing, you can still pay a visit and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book. (You can pick a paperback or a Kindle edition if you prefer that.) I will be announcing five winners here on this blog on Monday, September 9th. I will use the scientific method of collecting all the emails and putting them on slips of paper, putting them in a bowl, and letting my husband pull out five. Price Waterhouse was just too busy 😉 So it is not too late to leave a comment and the more tour stops you leave a comment at, the more slips go in the bowl for you! And while you are at these blogs, sign up to follow them – they are all great resources for readers. AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CHARACTER IN THE NEXT BOOK, MEDITATED MURDER, NAMED AFTER YOU, GO HERE.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

Please Welcome Mystery Author Kate Eileen Shannon

We are delighted to welcome mystery author Kate Eileen Shannon to Omnimystery News today, courtesy of Great Escapes Book Tours,

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with Kate Eileen Shannon

which is coordinating her current book tour. We encourage you to visit all of the participating host sites; you can find her schedule here.

Kate’s debut mystery Social Insecurity(CreateSpace; March 2013 trade paperback, and ebook formats) introduces PI Brigid Kildare and we asked Kate to tell us about her new series.

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When is a series not a series? When it is a serial. Let me explain.

I have always been a big fan of mysteries. Cozies in particular. But I always… continue reading

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My Review:

I liked Social Insecurity ~ I loved Brigid Kildare…. continue reading

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Thank you so much for having me here Yvonne.

My mother is confused about why I wrote a book and why I am writing more of them. It just makes no sense to her why I would do something like this. I guess she sees authors as vague, shadowy sort of people that you don’t… continue reading

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Social Insecurity features a protagonist who is the most unusual woman I’ve ever read about. Tiny, missing one leg, lovingly called a dictator by her family, living in a self-built commune with those closest to her, owning homes in Rhode Island, Florida and Ireland, landlord at sixteen, and a big-time winner of the lottery, I found myself shaking my head throughout the book. Brigid Kildare is a character (as my grandma used to say). And by that, I mean that she is funny, hard-working, loving, and just basically interesting… continue reading

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MY REVIEW:
4 STARS
I really liked Social Insecurity. Can’t wait for the next one. I can see many ways for that book to go.
This is a cozy mystery new series. I would love that compound to live in. Fun cast of characters, kept me guessing about who the murder is.
This setting is in Rhode Island but it leaves the series able to go anywhere… continue reading

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As a decorator, I’m always interested in creative spaces. Tell me about your writing space. What about it inspires you?

Kate: I’m quite a decorator myself. And my home is pretty breathtaking. Except for one room that has become known as ‘Kate’s Kave’. When people are over, my husband would like to have a lock on that room. So of course, I delight in showing it off. As full of light and… continue reading 

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Blog Tour With Brigid Kildare by Kate Eileen Shannon

Posted on August 26, 2013

Hi, my name is Brigid Kildare. I’m a PI. Not the Jim Rockford kind, I’m not into car chases and guns and all that. I do… continue reading

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Review: 

This is the first book in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, or I should say Serial. There were basically two POVs in this story, Brigid’s and Earl’s.  Brigid is a high energy… continue reading

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My strong point is dialogue. My weak point is dialogue – if you don’t like a lot of it. My writing tends to be almost completely dialogue driven. And if two people are… continue reading

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My Thoughts:

This was a really cute, quick read that kept my attention from the startcontinue reading

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Review: This is the first book in the Brigid Kildare Mystery series. Brigid isn’t your typical PI, she’s disabled. That was something I found interesting as far as characters go. But she didn’t let it hold her down.

This is a quick fun mysterycontinue reading

WWW WEDNESDAY

Every week, MizB hosts WWW Wednesday on her blog, Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…wwwwednesdaygif

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

MY ANSWERS:

What are you currently reading?

Right now I am reading BIG NUMBERS by Jack Getze. It is VERY VERY funny. He will be guest posting here on my blog on October 14th so be sure to check that out.

big numbers coverRoot for divorced dad Austin Carr, a funny, oversexed scamp who’ll use anything and everything to get his kids back. Think Bugs Bunny with guns and a penis.

Divorced father Austin Carr wakes up every day in a beat-up camper, parked on someone else’s private property. Why? Because his alimony and child support payments were established by New Jersey’s family court system when his income was double, and for the last two years he has failed to earn the legally mandated monthly nut. He’s had his savings drained, his Maxima repossessed, his salary attached, and his visiting rights suspended. He bought the twelve-year-old Chevy pick-up with the rusty camper for $800 last month because another landlord tossed his butt in the street. Will stretching the rules, his own morals, and the boundaries of common sense raise the cash needed to get his kids back? Or will his big mouth and bad behavior set him up for a nasty double-cross? Find out if Austin can redeem himself and win back his children.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished DEATHBED & BREAKFAST by Bart J. Gilbertson. I read it and enjoyed it and fortunately Bart was willing to answer a few questions and I got him right on the blog. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

pookotzRichard Forester, a retired CEO for a major software company, and his granddaughter Penny show up at the Pookotz Bed & Breakfast one evening and find themselves in some rather unpleasant company. All the guests somehow seem to be connected to Richard’s past and when he is found dead the next morning, everyone is suspect. However, there are a few wrinkles that the inn’s owners Edna and Mildred Pookotz need to iron out as the murder investigation unfolds. Not only was Richard deathly ill, but he was also accused of embezzling $750,000 which is still unaccounted for. The local Sheriff suspects that this victim’s death is not a natural one, so he–and the sisters–set forth to discover who the murderer is.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this first ‘whodunit’ of the Pookotz Sisters Bed & Breakfast Mystery series which introduces you to the quaint mountain Oregon town of Pleasant Lake and its inhabitants.

​Readers of the cozy mystery genre will fall in love with Edna and Mildred Pookotz, sisters and amateur senior sleuths, as they juggle the responsibilities of running a Bed & Breakfast and solving most bizarre mysteries!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next on my To Be Read pile is DEATH OF A SCHOOLGIRL by Joanna Campbell Slan. Which is a bit of a problem as it isn’t actually ON the pile. The publisher mailed me an actual physical book and I don’t have it yet. She’ll be on the blog on September 30th so I still have time. So maybe I will start on The Cuckoos Calling. J. K. Rowling certainly doesn’t need me to review her book but sometimes it is just about what I want to read! LOL

DEATH-OF-A-SCHOOLGIRLIn her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…

Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.

But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…

My TEASER TUESDAY for August 27

teaser tuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From BURIED LEADS by LynDee Walker, an ARC I was just reading:

“My favorite Prof in college had a saying in a frame over his desk: every journalist gets to lead a story with a quote twice in their career. Once when they’re too green to know any better, and again when the Pope says ‘fuck’.”

A student is spending a day in the newsroom. He writes a story that is very good except it starts with a quote. The reporters explain you never do that and one made the comment above. And then said she always imagined it was the Pope was stuck on level 15 of Angry Birds that had him so frustrated.

It’s a really great book. Doesn’t come out until October but you can pre-order it or when LynDee visits my blog in October, you can visit and enter for a chance to win it.