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Spotlight on THREAD END by Amanda Lee and a giveaway!

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Amanda Lee, also writing as Gayle Trent, is a full-time writer living with her family in Southwest Virginia. She writes the embroidery mystery series as Amanda Lee and writes the cake decorating series and the Myrtle Crumb series as Gayle Trent. Today we are right smack in the middle of her tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a print copy of the book (US only) and you can ALSO go HERE for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

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Marcy can’t wait to see the new exhibit at the Tallulah Falls museum on antique tapestries and textiles, including beautiful kilim rugs. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to terror when, the day after the exhibition opens, she discovers a dead body behind her store, the Seven-Year Stitch, wrapped up in a most unusual fashion.

The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with her boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.

MY REVIEW

This is the seventh book in the Embroidery Mystery series featuring Marcy Singer, a protagonist who moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy  left her home in San Francisco to move to Tallulah Falls along with her faithful companion, an Irish wolfhound named Angus. I love Irish Wolfhounds so the series gets points right there with me. Marcy’s best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven Year Stitch and Detective Ted Nash always has had her back right from the beginning and now Marcy is getting to meet his mother – following her undercover visit to the Seven Year Stitch. Fun twists and turns including a thief/victim who might have been more of a Robin Hood, characters you look forward to seeing again, a reliably enjoyable series, once again this one is a ♥♥♥♥♥

AUTHOR LINKS

PURCHASE LINKS

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 1 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review,
June 2 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Interview, Giveaway
June 3 – fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s  ramblins and reviews – Review, Giveaway
June 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post,
June 5 – Brooke Blogs – Review
June 6 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Interview,
June 7 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Review, Guest Post
June 8 – rantinravin’ and reading – Review, Giveaway
June 9 – Back Porchervations – Review
June 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post,
June 11 – deal sharing aunt – Review, Interview, Giveaway
June 12 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Guest Post, Giveaway
June 13 – Community Bookstop – Review
June 14 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview

 

 

 

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREYHOUND by Sparkle Abby (and a giveaway!)

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UPFRONT ADDENDUM:  We were supposed to have an interview today. But as sometimes happens in publishing, there was a slight delay in getting the book out which resulted in the tour being cancelled. But then it was back on, sort of at the last minute. As a matter of fact, I was finishing reading the book at a doctor’s appointment yesterday. Somehow, in all of that, the interview was forgotten about. Apologies!!!! So let’s salvage this! Mary Lee and Anita are around – why don’t we ALL interview them. Ask them a question in the comments and you will be entered to win an ebook copy of FIFTY SHADES OF GREYHOUND. I’ll start us off with the obvious, why Sparkle Abbey – where did the name come from?

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They write the popular pet mystery series which features whodunits set in the wacky world of pampered pets, precious pedigrees, and secrets. The first book in the series Desperate Housedogs, an Amazon mystery series bestseller and Barnes & Noble Nook #1 national bestseller, was followed by Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck.  Fifty Shades of Greyhound is the latest installment. They are on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and for a chance to win  a $50 Amazon gift card, go HERE

Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey
Cozy Mystery
205 Pages

SYNOPSIS 

It was a killer party.

Caro Lamont, Laguna Beach’s favorite pet therapist is thrilled to support the elite fundraising gala for Greys Matter, a SoCal greyhound rescue group. All the guests in the couture-attired crowd are clad in varying shades of grey, the champagne and donations are flowing, and there are fifty gorgeous greyhounds in attendance. But before the evening ends a stranger in their midst is dead.

Caro sets out to help the rescue group find out the identity of the mystery guest, but soon finds herself in the doghouse with homicide detective, Judd Malone. And federal agent, John Milner. When there’s a second death, Caro is convinced she’s on the track of someone who wants a secret to stay buried, but it’s a race to see whether Caro can uncover the truth before the killer decides she’s next up.

MY REVIEW

I would say they had me at the title, but the truth is, I fell in love with this series back with the first book. But even if it is new to you, don’t be afraid to jump in here as it works well as a standalone. The characters are well written and interesting – with a nice cross between the more serious ones and the quirky ones – like Betty. The story opens at a fundraiser for greyhounds (a personal favorite animal fundraiser of mine – and greyhounds make wonderful pets to adopt, to find out where you can do so in your area and lots of great info, check HERE) and Caro has the first victim falling literally at her feet. But not before he grabs onto her shoulder and manages to pull off a brooch that is the cause of an ongoing feud between Caro and her cousin Mel. The story moves along quickly and would be perfect reading for a day at the beach. ♥♥♥♥♥

AUTHOR LINKS

www.SparkleAbbey.com

http://www.sparkleabbey.com/category/blog/

www.facebook.com/sparkleabbey

https://twitter.com/sparkleabbey

https://www.goodreads.com/sparkleabbey

http://www.pinterest.com/sparkleabbey/

 PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

May 15 – Mystery Playground – Guest Post, Giveaway
May 16 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
May 17 – off
May 18 – off
May 19 – Thoughts in Progress – Review, Giveaway
May 20 – rantinravin’ and reading  – Review, Interview
May 21 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Review
May 22 – Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Guest Post
May 23 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
May 24 – off
May 25 – off
May 26 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway
May 27 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post
May 28 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post 
May 29
May 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
June 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post

 

SMALL TOWN SPIN :: review and a giveaway!

You can find the giveaway HERE.

Synopsis

When a superstar athlete’s son turns up dead in a tiny town on the Virginia coast, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke gets the inside scoop. But she quickly spies a gaping hole her inner Lois Lane cannot ignore.

Determined to unravel the mystery, Nichelle fights off paparazzi cameras and an unexpected rival. She uncovers an illegal moonshine operation, a string of copycat suicides, and a slew of closets stacked with more skeletons than slingbacks. Chasing a killer who’s a breath from getting away with murder, Nichelle realizes too late the culprit has her number—and it might be up.

About LynDee Walker

LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation. After nearly a decade covering crime, courts, and local politics, she left full-time reporting for motherhood with a side of freelancing and fiction writing. Small Town Spin is the third in her bestselling Headlines in High Heels Mystery series. The fourth arrives January 2015.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is either playing with her children or working on her next novel (but probably not cleaning her house).

 Author Links

www.lyndeewalker.com

www.facebook.com/lyndeewalkerbooks

Twitter @LynDeeWalker

My Review

Nichelle and her Jimmy Choos are back!!!! This series just keeps getting better. Bootleg liquor was at the heart of this episode. No, not historical, now – I learned something new, it seems it is on the rise these days. When the son of a famous athlete dies, Nichelle is the only member of the media with access to the family. Was it suicide, accidental, murder? We know by now we can depend on Nichelle to get to the bottom of it. Some great characters in this one and of course… Joey. I said from the beginning, I’m team Joey! Another ♥♥♥♥♥

Tour Participants

April 8 – Mystery Playground – Interview

April 9 – readalot blog – Review

April 9 – Escape With Dollycas – Cozy Wednesday

April 10 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview

April 12 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

April 14 – Community Bookstop – Review

April 15 – Beth’s Book Reviews – Guest Post

April 16 – rantinravin‘ and reading – Review

April 17 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview

April 18 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review

April 19 – Books-n-Kisses – Review

April 20 – Brooke Blogs – Interview

April 21 – Queen of All She Reads – Review – Guest Post

April 22 – A Chick Who Reads – Review

 

SPOTLIGHT on Dyed and Gone (Azalea March Mystery)

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Tour Stop by Great Escapes Virtual Book  Tours

For a chance at a $50 Amazon gift card, go HERE.

 

Dyed and Gone(Azalea March Mystery)
New Cozy Series
Publisher: Entangled: Select (March 25, 2014)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1622661237
E-Book File Size: 1313 KB
ASIN: B00EBRDEYC

Synopsis

Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend, Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?

Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.

About This Author

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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My Review

This book started out funny in the dedication with this: “And to my husband, Mr. Y, for buying into and supporting every single one of my crazy Lucy and Ethel schemes… including the one where I thought I could write a book.” Then when character Juan Carlos said of the protagonist: “Please tell me we got here in time to stop Laura Ingles Wilder from adding to her little house on the depressed prairie collection.” This author has a funny, sarcastic way with words that hooks you then reels you in. Good mystery. Interesting twists. Keeps you guessing. Wanna know more? Better read it then cuz what happened in Vegas, um… actually it didn’t stay there, it’s all in the book. ♥♥♥♥

Tour Participants

April 10 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
April 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
April 12 – deal sharing aunt – Guest Post
April 14 – Back Porchervations – Review
April 15 – rantinravin’ and reading – Spotlight
April 16 – Carole’s Book Corner – Review
April 17 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
April 18 – Chloe Gets A Chloe – Interview
April 20 –  Easter
April 21 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
April 22 – readalot blog – Review
April 23 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Interview
April 24 – Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Guest Post
April 25 – Community Bookstop – Review
April 28 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Guest Post
April 29 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Guest Post

 

LOAD THE BOAT

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LOAD THE BOAT by Rosalee Richland

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Darla King left her position as a Florida investigator hoping to avoid any further involvement with law enforcement—but her curiosity keeps getting in her way. Darla is beginning to realize that what she envisioned as the simple life of a square dance caller is not so simple after all. When Darla agrees to serve as a square dance caller on a cruise, she plans on a little work and a lot of fun, sun, and romance. Her friends from Clearton Squares have the same ideas. Instead, she and her friends discover pornographic DVDs, a dead crew member,  and a mysterious man with a satchel. She lands in danger, escaping with on-the-spot ingenuity. All that and Mandy, who has bad memories from a previous cruise and is getting a little too friendly with Doug. This is the second in the Darla King series and continues her adventures.

ABOUT THE AUTHORRosalee

Cyndi Riccio and Rhonda Brinkmann joined forces to create the Darla King cozy mystery series.  Darla’s curiosity often puts her squarely in the midst of unusual circumstances, and Darla can’t let go until the mystery is solved.   Through Darla and her friends, readers are exposed to the warmth and friendship among square dancers, as well as the enjoyment square dancing brings worldwide.

When not writing, Darla’s co-authors enjoy reading, traveling, meeting readers and fans, networking with other authors, and – of course – square dancing.  Currently they are working on Darla’s next mystery and the twists and turns it will take.  If you have a chance, stop in at a book signing and find out which half of Rosalee shows up!

AUTHOR LINKS

Be sure and visit other stops on the LOAD THE BOAT tour with Great Escapes Book Tours:

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