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Friday, July 31, 2015

TOUR: MONDAY, SUNDAY by Fenton Grace

Fenton GraceMonday, Sunday by Fenton Grace:

Publisher: Hanover Press (May 4, 2015)
Category: Women’s Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, with a Noir edge
ISBN: 978-0-9961534-0-9
Tour Date: August/September, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 287 Pages

Set in a small town in Colorado, Monday, Sunday tells the enthralling story of Laney Secord.  She is a 32-year-old single mother who finds herself attracted to a 16-year-old Eagle Scout, Christopher.  Unable to accept her feelings, Laney becomes involved with Christopher’s father, Bill.  In the course of a week, a romantic triangle envelops the trio and changes their lives in ways in which none of them could have imagined.

A gripping story of a complex woman at a crossroads in her life. A woman who is determined to rediscover herself.  She becomes powerfully aware that every decision she makes could mean life or.. death.

“In this beautifully written and compelling novel, author Fenton Grace explores the consequences of flawed choices, the nature of betrayal and forgiveness, and the boundaries of sexual attraction.” Noah, Book Reviewer

About Fenton Grace:Fenton Grace

Fenton Grace was born and raised in New England.  She graduated from Brown University with a degree in French.  She enjoys playing piano, tennis, and keeping in shape with Pilates.  She’s worked in the entertainment industry at several television and movie studios in a variety of business services roles.  Happily married for 17 years, she is the proud mother of two kids and currently lives in beautiful Southern California. Monday, Sunday is her first novel.


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Review : MONDAY, SUNDAY by Fenton Grace

MONDAY, SUNDAY explores a young widow's self-expression as she explores her own emotions and sensuality. Laney Secord, at 32, is now a single mother of a young son, following the loss of her husband.. Living in a minuscule Colorado community, her life is surface contentment until a chance meeting with a sixteen-year-old Boy Scout awakens her interest. As he pursues Laney, she pursues his divorcing dad, and the inevitable ugly denouement looms, for there are no secrets kept safe in a town this small, and the legendary expectation of a wanderlust divorcee comes to life.

Rated 18+ for language and content

Fenton Grace

TOUR: HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater


Next up in the Dan Mahoney mystery series is HAIR OF THE DOG. Poor private investigator Dan, he's had some rough and dangerous experiences lately! But the upshot is good--he s engaged, and now he'd like some vacation time. Too bad: what he gets is a "working vacation" in Florida, Daytona Beach, to be exact. Dan is tasked with investigating an arson at a greyhound racing track, which killed five greyhounds, sadly, plus a murder there that occurred the same night.

Readers intrigued by what greyhound racing consists of will be educated; and after the book, author Susan Slater presents important information on active greyhound retirement and rescue.



It sounds like some work and mostly play when United Life and Casualty sends its investigator Dan Mahoney to Florida. Five greyhounds—all heavily insured—were lost in a fire at the Daytona dog track.

So simple. Five dogs dead by smoke inhalation, bagged, tagged, and cremated. Papers all in order. Ashes in specialty urns on the desk of Dixie Halifax, track and casino co-owner. In jail, a young employee charged with arson to cover a murder he's blamed for committing.

Then the body of kennel owner Jackson Sanchez is found face down in a pool of blood, a knife stuck in his back. But Sanchez didn’t die from a knife wound. Someone has carved “thief” on his forehead. The blood pooled underneath his body isn’t his. Should Dan be looking for a second corpse? And the one man who can answer questions, the track vet, dies in a motorcycle accident.

Working this case is not as complicated for Dan as having his mother Maggie move into the FBI’s favorite mob slob haven in nearby Palm Coast, while his fiancée Elaine Linden, on sabbatical, works on a PI license. Perfect the FBI can set Maggie up to spy on her boyfriend who may be laundering cash in some geriatric mafia scheme in this follow-up to Flash Flood and Rollover.

Author Bio:

authorSusan is the author of the Ben Pecos series (Pumpkin Seed Massacre, A Way to the Manger, Yellow Lies and Thunderbird), a stand-alone (Five O'clock Shadow), a women's fiction novel (0 to 60), a para-normal short story in Rod Serling's commemorative Twilight Zone Anthology (Eye for an Eye), and the Dan Mahoney series. Susan lives on the Atlantic coast and writes full-time.

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Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Number of Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0420-3
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Review: The Curse of Crow Hollow

The Curse of Crow Hollow The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW by Billy Coffey

Author Billy Coffey possesses a multidimensional talent for eliciting a variety of genres: faith, mystery, horror, history, marital, literary, familial, occult, and so much more. He also continuously demonstrates an in-depth comprehension of Appalachian mountain culture and its people. I am determined to read everything he publishes. THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW is an unforgettable, magnificently conceptualized, tale of a tiny community in Appalachia and its microcosm of the wider universal human condition. I read this nearly 400-page novel in a single afternoon and evening, and at the end I counted myself astounded at the author's reach, a vastness at which he constantly succeeds.

Release August 4 2015

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Review: Mountain Peak Peril: Be a hero! Create your own adventure to rescue the missing mountaineer

Mountain Peak Peril: Be a hero! Create your own adventure to rescue the missing mountaineer Mountain Peak Peril: Be a hero! Create your own adventure to rescue the missing mountaineer by John Townsend
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

and David Shephard

When my children were young [late 1970's through mid 1990's], a series of children's books was very popular. Probably they would now be categorized for middle grades or early elementary. The series was "CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE" and in each episode readers could enjoy a variety of exciting possibilities, based on their choices.

In MOUNTAIN PEAK PERIL, subtitled "Create your own adventure to rescue the missing mountaineer," reader's not only glory in adventures, but test their own geography grasp, and learn while questing. What a winning idea!

release Aug. 4 2015

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TOUR: GIVE THEM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT [Pumpkin Patch #1] by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

pumpkin to talk aboutGive Em Pumpkin To Talk About
(Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 199 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (August 4, 2015)

Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.
Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it.
Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.
Includes farm-fresh recipes!

10497504_10203996507538565_7985334038155587208_oAbout these Authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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Review: GIVE THEM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT by Joyce and Jim Levene

I love this book! I was first intrigued by the title, and its reminder of Bonnie Raitt s wonderful song, (Let's Give Them) "Something to Talk About." Then came the opportunity to review for a tour, and what a great, lovable, fast-paced book it turned out to be. Well-tuned, with plenty of romance, mystery, suspense, history, legend--and some just plain ornery people. The book became a really fast read, because I couldn't bear to stop before finishing! So here's my high recommendation, for GIVE THEM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT," for the series, and for the fine co-authors!

Review: Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10

Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 by Ami Rubinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delightful, delightful, delightful-this little storybook is 10 times delightful! I am so eager to read this to my younger grandchildren. This is a special, "read-me-again!!" book.

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Review: Green River Killer

Green River Killer Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

REVIEW: GREEN RIVER KILLER by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

The son of Detective Tom Jensen (instrumental in the Green River Killer investigation), Jeff Jensen, and a gifted artist, Jonathan Case, collaborated in a stunningly vivid and realistic exploration of the exploits of the Green River Killer, and the long-term investigation which eventually his capture. Attention to detail, and the care taken to fully delineate character, make this an engrossing thriller not easily forgotten.

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Review: Could an Octopus Climb a Skyscraper?: ...and other questions - Hilarious scenes bring octopus facts to life!

Could an Octopus Climb a Skyscraper?: ...and other questions - Hilarious scenes bring octopus facts to life! Could an Octopus Climb a Skyscraper?: ...and other questions - Hilarious scenes bring octopus facts to life! by Camilla De la Bédoyère
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


With delightful illustrations and clever anecdotes, this book brings children factual information about the Octopus species, inspiring learning through laughter. Even younger children will enjoy looking at the drawings while listening to the text. What a gentle way to introduce children to a study of biology!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Getting It Right The Second Time Around

Getting It Right The Second Time Around Getting It Right The Second Time Around by Jennifer Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


EVERYBODY needs an Aunt Elinor! A straight-talking, straight-shooting, stubborn, obstreperous, no-holds-barred, clear-sighted, opinionated (and often right) guide/mentor/"tell it like it is" friend, someone "what you see is what you get." Unfortunately, starry-eyed Alison undervalues Aunt Elinor, and makes mistakes, gets her heart wrenched, underachieves, and generally muddled through life--until it's too late, and strong, staunch, Aunt Elinor is gone.

However, gone is not forgotten, and via her will, Aunt Elinor is still guiding and directing. Now the question remains: Will Alison heed advice this time and "get it right" or fluff life once again?

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Review: Creed

Creed Creed by Celina Grace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Aug. 4 2015

Review:CREED by Celina Grace

The latest in the DS Kate Redman Mysteries delves deep, both into changes in Kate herself [not all for the better], and into a serious societal issue: adolescent/young adult suicide. Kate and colleagues investigate a series of apparent suicides at the local arts college, with no evidence pointing to anything but tragic loss of life. But Kate's intuition niggles a possibility that something behind the scenes is being overlooked. Eventually the investigation, and the tragedies, strike too close to home. CREED is a non-stop read, propelling me to finish because I couldn't turn away. Its revelations still linger in my mind.

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Review: Pretty Maidens All In a Row

Pretty Maidens All In a Row Pretty Maidens All In a Row by J.M. Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


First off, this is not a novel for the faint of heart nor the queasy of stomach. Don't be fooled by the lyrical writing style nor the scenic descriptions, nor even by the happy and content family lives. That's just one end of the continuum. Even in Paradise, there are poisonous snakes, scorpions, and spiders, in this case figuratively.

A question that has puzzled bright minds for centuries involves the transmission of insanity. Is it genetic, and some unknown cell trigger wakes up at some point, inciting preprogramming to incipient madness? Or does insanity come about through the horrors of the childhood environment? Nature or Nurture? Or Nature in concert with Nurture? Reading PRETTY MAIDENS ALL IN A ROW, the reader has the opportunity to ponder that question, as several aspects of insanity are presented, in several individuals, with the implacable, inescapable, horror, of an oncoming tsunami.

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Review: Drowned Sorrow

Drowned Sorrow Drowned Sorrow by Vanessa Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Definitely not your ordinary supernatural! I have been reading supernatural and horror, both fiction and nonfiction, for nearly six decades, and try as I might, I simply cannot recall anything similar. There really is something new under the sun.

The novel starts with a powerfully impacting reader's hook. I really found forgiveness difficult. From there, a quick cut moves the action to the tiny village of Moonlight Creek, Connecticut, tucked away in a forest beside a lake. Sounds bucolic? Think again, and please don't visit--you'll be sorry if you do. Moonlight Creek is like no other locale, on Earth at least. In some ways, DROWNED SORROW is as much science fiction as it is horror and supernatural. I seldom make this claim: but oh, what a film this would make!

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Review: FROGS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature

FROGS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature FROGS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature by Emma Child
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Review: FROGS by Emma Child

Another amazing entry in Emma Child's super children's series, AMAZING ANIMAL KINGDOM! I personally enjoyed this entry, as I like frogs and collect them [stuffed and ceramic, not live!] Of course, as much as I like them, I still learned a whole lot more information about them, as the author is an inveterate researcher, and each book is lovingly illustrated with excellent photos.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TOUR: A DECEPTIVE HOMECOMING [Hattie Davish Mysteries #4] by Anna Loan-Wilsey

A Deceptive Homecoming
by Anna Loan Wilsey

(A Hattie Davish Mystery)

Series: A Hattie Davish Mystery (Book 4)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737268
E-Book ASIN: B00P53E0L2



Traveling secretary Hattie Davish is returning to her once-quiet hometown, where a deluge of deadly secrets leaves her feeling anything but welcome…

When her good friend Virginia Hayward’s father passes away, Hattie Davish rushes to her hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri. She’s looking forward to visiting the place where she grew up, even if the circumstances bringing her there are bleak. But upon her arrival, she learns that all is not well in St. Joe. Virginia is cold and distant, Frank Hayward’s death is shrouded in mystery, and a string of troubling incidents have descended on Hattie’s alma mater, Mrs. Chaplin’s School for Women. Frank was the school’s bookkeeper, and as Hattie begins investigating the bizarre goings-on, she becomes convinced that someone other than Frank was in the casket—but who? Her search for the truth takes her from the town cemetery, to the home of an infamous outlaw, to the dungeon-like tunnels beneath the State Lunatic Asylum—and brings her face-to-face with a killer bent on the deadliest lesson of all…


About The Author –

As a librarian and information specialist, Anna Loan-Wilsey tracks down information every day that helps to solve mysteries.  She is currently working on her next book in the Hattie Davish Mystery series. She earned her B.A. at Wells College and had several poems published in their literary magazine, The Chronicle.  Readers can visit her website


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[Hattie Davish Mystery #4]

A heartwarming yet intriguing historical cozy mystery, A DECEPTIVE HOMECOMING is lovingly crafted and accurately detailed, exploring late 19th century St. Joseph, Missouri, and its environs. Hattie Davish returns to her home town of St. Joseph in a flurry, upon receipt of notice of the funeral of her mentor. On arrival, the deceased' s daughter makes it abundantly clear that Hattie's presence is neither desirable nor amenable. Then Hattie decides the deceased is not who he is supposed to be, but a stranger, and from that point on, strange is the order of the day. 

Lovers of historical cozies will definitely warm up to this fourth installment in the Hattie Davish mystery series.