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Friday, March 29, 2019

2018 LONE STAR BOOK BLOG TOURS BLOGGERS' CHOICE AWARDS!



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 LONE STAR BOOK BLOG TOURS
BLOGGERS' CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS AND FINALISTS

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You can check out my review of THE WIDOW'S WATCHER by clicking HERE.




You can check out my review of CINCO DE MURDER by clicking HERE.







You can check out my review of MISTLETOE MIRACLES by clicking HERE.

You can check out my review of A BORROWED DREAM by clicking HERE.




You can check out my review of MISTLETOE MIRACLES by clicking HERE.







You can check out my review of TANGIBLE SPIRITS by clicking HERE.








You can check out my reviews of books 2 and 3 of the Cimarron Creek series by clicking HERE and HERE.






Many congrats to all the winners!  

It has been an absolute pleasure participating in these tours and I look forward to all the books in store this year! And please make sure you subscribe or follow me on all the socials to find out about books with Texas flair!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

BLOG TOUR: The Savior by J.R. Ward (Paranormal)

Waiting for this has been MURHDER





A vampire and a scientist’s fates are passionately entwined in a race against time in this thrilling romance in the #1 New York Times bestselling “utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic” (Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series. In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption. Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancĂ©. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture. As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?


THE SAVIOR
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series #17
by J. R. Ward
On Sale: April 2, 2019





The Black Dagger Brotherhood has a new SAVIOR:




Sneak Peek at J.R. Ward’s Brand-New Newsletter:

The Caldwell Courier Journal





Who better to ask for honest, snarky relationship advice than Vishous?
Ask At Your Own Risk.

Dear Vishous, Agony Aunt Column
(with help from Mary)

Dear Vishous,

First of all, thank you for doing this. I need another perspective. I am a 27 year old woman, about fifteen months out of a five year relationship. I started dating a guy about two months ago. I’ll call him “Evan.” We met on Match.com. We both workout. We like a good time out at the clubs and the bars. We’re both Sox fans. He’s funny and he’s been good about keeping in touch when he travels frequently for work.

My problem is this. He told me he was twenty-eight. A week or so ago, when we were playing pool at our local, he told me to snag his wallet and pay for the next round at the bar. While I was getting money out, I saw his driver’s license. It said he’s thirty-six and the address listed was in a different area of the city than he told me he lives in. I got the drinks and put his wallet back in his pocket, and tried not to think about it.

But I can’t shake the idea he lied, and it’s causing me to obsess about things that are probably no big deal. Like, he only comes to stay at my place. I’ve never been to his apartment, and when I asked about this, he said he has two roommates who get on his nerves and he prefers the break he gets when he sleeps at my apartment. And I’ve introduced him to my friends, but he’s never offered to do the same. At first, I was psyched because my ex never wanted to hang with my people. But now? I guess I’m uneasy and looking for shadows everywhere.

I don’t care how old he is, and I know that some times folks on Match fudge their age to make them more attractive. And maybe it’s just an old license. I don’t want to ruin a good thing by looking like I’m second guessing him about stuff that only appears iffy and for which there is a reasonable explanation.

Please advise,

On The Fence In Beantown

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Vishous: Here’s what you need to do. Go to your local Stahp ‘n Shahp and get some Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ. Then get a good knife. After you slice his b*lls off, marinate them and then pan fry ‘em. Serve them to him hot and spicy and-

Mary: Okaaaaaaay. Let’s just all take a deep breath here.

V: I know, because the BBQ sauce smells great, right?

Mary: Ah, no. It’s because we should not settle this type of conflict through bodily harm.
V: Whatever, that lying sack of sh*t with the fake Match profile doesn’t deserve a set of nuts. S’all I’m sayin’.

Mary: I think we’ve heard your point of view loud and clear. And now, I’d like to offer a more nuanced opinion. On The Fence, it’s clear that there are some reasons to be concerned about this guy. One of the things that I tell people in my practice is to always trust your instincts. As much as you want to believe the best-

V: Fine. No BBQ sauce, then. Just slice, dice and toss ‘em in the pan. He doesn’t deserve Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Mary: ................

V: What. Oh, come on, don’t look at me like that.

Mary: I’ve never actually said this before to someone, but why don’t you light up a cigarette and take a few deep drags.

V: I thought you’d never ask.

Mary: Anyway, On The Fence, my suggestion is that you have a frank, face-to-face conversation with “Evan.” Share your concerns calmly and succinctly. See what his answers are. Based on how he responds, you should be able to tell a lot. Is he listening to you and taking you seriously? Is he offering to have you stay over at his place? Or is he defensive and turning everything back on you-

V: And his Red Sox card is revoked. He has to root for the Yankees now.

Mary: -in a way that makes you uncomfortable? At the end of the day, you deserve to be in a relationship with someone who’s as honest as you are and treats you the way you’re treating them.

V: I have to agree with Mary on this one. Even though you’re a human, being with a lying sack of sh*t is whack.

Mary: Remember, your physical safety comes first, and fast on its heels is your emotional health. Please do not sacrifice your happiness just because you are hoping that “Evan” is the one-

V: I think you’re going to find out he’s got a wife and kids and he’s playing you. Which brings us back to my solution to the problem-

Mary: -and let us know how it goes, please. Best of luck!

V: F**k him! Go get a real man- and that skillet.






J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.

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Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!

Look for THE SAVIOR on April 2!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari (Mystery)


THE BURIED GIRL

by Richard Montanari

on Tour March 1-31, 2019


Synopsis:


A haunting, nerve-jangling psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Richard Montanari, set in a small town hiding a very dark secret.

New York psychologist Will Hardy had it all—a loving family, a flourishing career, a bestselling book. Until the night it all ended in a tempest of fire and ash, leaving only Will and his fifteen-year-old daughter Bernadette to stand in the ruins.

Haunted and grief-stricken, Will accepts an enigmatic invitation from his family’s past to begin their lives anew in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio.

Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders dating back decades—including her own long-missing sister.

But what place does Will's new home have in the story of the missing girls? And what links the killings to the diary of a young woman written over a century earlier? The disappearances in Abbeville have happened before, and now Will’s own daughter might be next…

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: February 26th 2019
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 0062467468 (ISBN13: 9780062467461)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads






I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This was a new to me author that I had the opportunity to read, and definitely one that I will continue to look for! 

From the book's haunting cover design to the intriguing synopsis, I was completely hooked. This was such a chilling mystery, accented with gothic elements, that was delivered in an especially intelligent and thought-provoking way. Intensely atmospheric in its descriptiveness, the mood was greatly enhanced to ratchet up the creep factor and sense of foreboding. Once Will and his daughter made the move to Ohio, the community was incredibly welcoming and often overwhelmingly helpful; however, the net of trepidation had already been cast over the reader early on, so you could never get too comfortable with the direction you thought the story may be going. Although the narrative was intricately plotted and densely packed, featuring various points of view, characters, crimes, and family dramas across multiple time frames, it was surprisingly easy to keep track of and quite a page-turner! The pacing was deft and really set the stage for creating this mounting tension; slowing down just enough to provide the richly historical and deeply rooted ritualistic background and then ramping up as the investigation began to shed light on the nature of the crimes and who was involved.

The trust and respect that was built between Ivy and Will were fascinating to read, and hopefully, this connection will lead to more stories following their profiling efforts and criminal investigation procedures. They make a great team and I would love to see more of them together. 

The author's writing was captivating, strong, and very well done, particularly with regards to the reveal, which was not expected and will keep you guessing until the very end!

Overall, this complex and vastly multi-layered read was immensely satisfying and highly recommended!


Read an excerpt:


Amsterdam
March 22, 1819
On the third day of his madness Dr Rinus van Laar tasted the mouth of the devil. He stepped from the ruin of his home, into the courtyard where the body of his wife, dead these three days, had begun to soften and pigment. He remembered the first time he had seen Anna that day by the river. Her skin was now the color of dry bones.
Anna’s killer lay scattered beside her in seven pieces. Six, Rinus amended. He could not remember where he had put the man’s head. He longed to look once more into those lifeless eyes.
He pulled the dropper from the amber bottle, let six drops of mandragora onto his tongue. He closed his eyes to the fury of the onslaught.
Some time later he carefully returned the drawings to the leather portfolio. Fourteen preliminary sketches by the master, already more than two centuries old.
Seven vices. Seven virtues.
It was this treasure the killer sought. It was in defense of this treasure that Anna had given her life.
He placed the portfolio into the steamer trunk, latched it, secured the iron lock. As he prepared to leave he considered the aviary snare. The white bird studied him, its silver eyes watching, waiting, a thin leather strap tightly coiled around one leg.
Rinus van Laar looked one last time at his wife, and saw the tiny tendril; a bright green leaf against the matte claret of Anna’s drying blood.
In her virtue there was life.
Six hours later, his infant son in his arms, Rinus van Laar left for America.
***
BEING THE TRUE DIARY AND JOURNAL OF EVA CLAIRE LARSSEN
October 21 1868
We left Midlothian before dawn. I am riding back wagon with Deirdre Samuelsson and her brother Jonah. Jonah is still small, and thinks of all this as an adventure. Deirdre is my age, just fourteen, and terribly shy due to her stammer.
They say six hundred thousand died in the war. Imagine. Daddy was killed at Manassas. Mama also died from Yankee hellfire, but not right away. Not Sonja Larssen. She held ground three years, and breathed her last yesterday at noon. Our first day’s journey took us seven miles.
The dead walk behind us.
November 9, 1868
The rain is endless. We got stuck twice on the road out of Rowleton, where we picked up two weeks domestic work. Mr. Samuelsson had to ask some local boys and their mules to help pull the wagon from the culvert. My sweater got soaking wet, and as the wool dried by the fire last night it smelled of Mama. I cried myself to sleep again.
April 9, 1869
We crossed the Ohio River at Wheeling this morning. Deidre and I went to the general store and bought nails and tobacco for Mr. Samuelsson. He let us buy some fruit, and I had the most delicious pear.
Ohio looks like home before the war.
April 16, 1869
I awoke to the sound of church bells. When I climbed down from the wagon I saw that we were stopped on the crest of a hill overlooking the most beautiful valley I have ever seen.
When I stepped to the edge I saw them for the first time. Two grand houses facing each other across a field of green, houses so important they even have names. Veldhoeve and Godwin Hall. I will be working at one, and staying in the other.
Imagine.
April 24, 1869
All the buildings here are freshly painted and well cared for. The war did not come to this place. When we reached the town square I looked at the plaque.
Abbeville, Ohio. Est. 1790
Sitting on top of the plaque was a beautiful white bird, its pearl feathers glossed with early morning rain. I sat on the bench across from it and took out my pencils and pad. This is my drawing.
Although I am not taken by such notions, as I left the square, I could swear that bird was watching me.
Tomorrow morning I will begin work at Godwin Hall. If you are reading this, if the sun now shines where you stand, it means I am long forgotten.
If you are reading this, it means I never made it back home again.
***
Excerpt from The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari. Copyright © 2019 by Richard Montanari. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.





RICHARD MONTANARI is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Echo Man, The Devil’s Garden, Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Don’t Look Now (previously published as Deviant Way) and The Violet Hour. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Many thanks to Partners in Crime Book Tours and Richard Montanari! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

BOOK REVIEW + TWO GIVEAWAYS: Murder Between the Pages by Linda Hope Lee (Cozy Mystery)


MURDER BETWEEN THE PAGES
A Nina Foster Mystery, Book 1

by
 Linda Hope Lee

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Crimson Rose)
Date of Publication: December 19, 2018
Number of Pages: 264


Scroll down for the giveaway!





It’s a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police’s prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder?

Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.











I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

As someone who absolutely loves cozies that feature books, bookstores, librarians, and libraries, I couldn't wait to dive into this one! 

This debut series introduces readers to Nina Foster, a public librarian in the suburbs of Seattle. One of her best friends, Wildeen, is found murdered in her bookstore, and it becomes increasingly likely that her other best friend, Zelma, is responsible. Zelma requests Nina's help in finding the true culprit and thus the amateur sleuthing begins. Receiving the added attention and assistance from Stephen, the local reporter, and Nina is ready to solve crime even if she's not completely ready to surrender to matters of the heart. 

This book is quite short, but I appreciated its ability to pack quite a punch in such a small package. The story never tried to be more than it was; an entertaining cozy mystery to escape into for a sitting or two. Despite the dialogue feeling slightly awkward at times, the story is fast paced and well written. There is quite a cast of highly suspicious characters all with excellent motives, so the red herrings create a well ploted mystery that has to be read to the end in order to find out the quite unexpected yet satisfying conclusion.

Overall, this was a delightful debut that I look forward to continuing, especially with the anticipation that Nina's grandmother, Jessica, will play a larger and more interesting role.  




Linda Hope Lee had written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. Other pursuits include watercolor painting, photography, collecting children’s books and anything to do with wire-haired fox terriers. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.
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GIVEAWAY INFO!


Many thanks to Great Escape Book Tours and Linda Hope Lee! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!


TOUR PARTICIPANTS
March 11 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 11 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
March 12 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW
March 13 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW
March 14 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
March 14 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
March 15 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
March 15 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 16 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW
March 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
March 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
March 18 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
March 18 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW


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