Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! THE WHOLE CAT AND CABOODLE: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

THE WHOLE CAT AND CABOODLE
A Second Chance Cat Mystery
BY SOFIE RYAN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop, she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat she names Elvis.

Elvis has seen nine lives—and then some. The big black cat with a scar across his nose turned up at a local bar when the band was playing the King of Rock and Roll’s music and hopped in Sarah’s truck. Since then, he’s been her constant companion and the furry favorite of everyone who comes into the store.

But when Sarah’s elderly friend Maddie is found with the body of a dead man in her garden, the kindly old lady becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Even Sarah’s old high school flame, investigator Nick Elliot, seems convinced that Maddie was up to no good. So it’s up to Sarah and Elvis to clear her friend’s name and make sure the real murderer doesn’t get a second chance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pseudonym for Sofie Kelly.

Sofie Ryan is a writer and mixed media artist who loves to repurpose things in her life and her art. She also writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries under the name Sofie Kelly.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY SOFIE RYAN/SOFIE KELLY:

                      

                      

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AT OBSIDIAN AND PENGUIN BOOKS, I HAVE
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!

MAY YOU AND YOURS
ENJOY A WONDERFUL
HOLIDAY!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! THE BLACKWOODS FARM ENQUIRY: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
THE BLACKWOODS FARM ENQUIRY
An Ivy Beasley Mystery
BY ANN PURSER

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Retiree Ivy Beasley, a college student? Interested in penning her memoirs, Ivy decides to take a creative writing course. But it’s hard to find time to put pen to paper when this current chapter is so full of lies, jealousy and murder...

Rumors are flying around the village of Barrington about Mrs. Winchen Blatch, a reclusive widow living alone in her old farmhouse. In the past few weeks, the widow claims she has been tormented by ghostly visitations, so she hires Ivy and her fellow investigators at Enquire Within to get to the bottom of the mystery. Ivy’s new classes are very close to the widow’s farmhouse, perfect for combining studying and snooping...

With each new clue—a dark chamber, a smoking cigar and an amorous lodger—it becomes harder to separate fact from fiction. And when the ghost is revealed to be flesh and blood, the lonely widow may be in more trouble than Ivy and her team can handle...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann Purser was born in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, and livd most of her life in villages. She has turned her hand to many things, including journalism (as a columnist in She magazine), keeping hens and donkeys, running an art gallery, clerical assistant in a village school, Open University graduate, novelist, mother of three, grandmother of three, wife of Philip Purser, critic and writer. She is an avid reader of detective stories.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY ANN PURSER:
                         

                           

               


GIVEAWAY
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AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF THE BLACKWOODS FARM
ENQUIRY, TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WINNERS...OOPS, EXCEPT TODAY!

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT!
 THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED 
BY EMAIL AND HAVE UNTIL NOON 
APRIL 20, TO REPLY WITH THEIR
INFORMATION OR A NEW WINNER 
WILL HAVE TO BE CHOSEN! 
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INHERIT THE WORD
A Cookbook Nook Mystery
BY DARYL WOOD GERBER
THE WINNER IS:
#29 CAROL N WONG
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SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS
An Amish Mystery 
 BY LAURA BRADFORD
THE WINNER IS:
#151 Lisa Brown
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HOW TO PAINT A CAT
A Cats and Curios Mystery 
BY REBECCA M. HALE
THE WINNER IS:
#5 Libby's Library
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PEARLS AND POISON
A Consignment Shop Mystery
BY DUFFY BROWN 
THE WINNER IS:
#130 Linda Kish
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FIRST LOVE
BY JAMES PATTERSON 
and EMILY RAYMOND
THE WINNER IS:
#38 rubynreba
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KEEPING MUM
A Garden Society Mystery
    BY ALYSE CARLSON
THE WINNER IS:
#96 Mary Brandis
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LET'S GET COZY! WIDOW'S TEARS: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 WIDOW'S TEARS
A China Bayles Mystery
BY SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is “in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum” (Publishers Weekly). In Widow’s Tears, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China’s friends...

After losing her family and home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her house a hundred miles inland and later 
died there, still wrapped in her grief.

In present-day Texas, Claire, the grandniece of Rachel’s caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. But she is concerned that it’s haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby—who has the gift of extrasensory perception—to check it out.

While Ruby is ghost hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed.

Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real danger... 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pseudonym: Robin Paige.
Born in Chicago on January 2, 1940, and raised on an Illinois farm, Albert got married at the age of eighteen. Despite the challenge of being a young mother raising three children born fairly close together, Albert was determined to get her college degree. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley in just four years.

Her first job, in 1972, was an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1979, she became the first woman dean of Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans and in 1981, she returned to Texas and became Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos. Four years later, however, she abandoned her thriving career to make some major life changes. Having become thoroughly fed up with academic politics, she quit and decided to find a better way to live her life.

One change was her marriage, in 1986, to Bill Albert, a computer systems analyst who would become not only her husband, but also her partner in many other pursuits—most importantly, in her writing. Moving to Texas, the Alberts started off by collaborating on 60-plus young adult novels, including books in the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys series.

As they came to appreciate Bill’s talent for constructing wickedly complex plots, the Alberts moved on to write a series of Victorian mysteries under the pseudonym of Robin Paige. Susan also wrote two works of nonfiction, Work of Her Own: A Woman’s Guide to Success Off the Career Track and Writing from Life. But it was not until she created the plucky China Bayles and her savory mysteries that Susan Albert developed her trademark series. She created China Bayles, a sleuth who jumped off the fast track at a big law firm to open a herb shop. Now Albert has written twelve China Bayles mysteries. Each book is named after a favorite herb. 

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AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UNTIL YOU'RE MINE: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

ON SALE TODAY!
APRIL 15
UNTIL YOU’RE MINE
BY SAMANTHA HAYES

ABOUT THE BOOK:
You're alone. You're vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost.

Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two small step-sons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby’s arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But despite Zoe's glowing recommendations and instant rapport with the children, there's something about her that Claudia cannot trust.

Moreover, there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work and her family far away, who will be there to protect her? And why does she feel unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in her seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe’s blurry past and begins to wonder – how far would someone go to have a child of her own?

Riveting from its very first pages, Until You’re Mine is a multilayered masterwork of twisted, psychological suspense. Readers of Before I Go to Sleep and Turn of Mind will be enthralled by this multilayered novel, featuring a twisted plot that ends in a breathtaking and shocking finale.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Before becoming a writer, SAMANTHA HAYES worked at jobs ranging from private detective to bartender to fruit picker and factory worker, lived on a kibbutz, and spent a few years in Australia and the USA. Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. She now lives in Warwickshire with her family.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT UNTIL YOU'RE MINE:
UNTIL YOU'RE MINE by Samantha Hayes is a book I read a tiny bit about and wanted to read right away. As luck would have it, I was offered a copy the same day that happened, which was just recently. I started it as soon as it arrived the other day and when not trying to learn how to switch to a Mac computer and celebrate my grandson's 4th birthday, I have been stealing every moment to read it. It is REALLY hard to put down but I do love it so far. I am going to post my review hopefully next week and when you see it, be sure and comment again as it will give you extra entries for the giveaway. OR, if you are like me and just can't wait, it is just out today so go for it...you won't be sorry! ...Bingo

PRAISE FOR UNTIL YOU'RE MINE:
"If you only take one book on holiday with you it has to be Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes. It's a totally unputdownable thriller that will keep you gripped to your sun lounger until the very end. And just when you think you've figured things out, watch out for the twist!"—Cosmopolitan (UK)

“A twisted thriller…Hayes plants the seeds of suspense early, and they gestate until a truly spectacular ending bursts forth.”—Entertainment Weekly

"Terror lurks just below the surface in this excellent psychological thriller....The twisty plot builds to a surprising and unnerving finale." Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“Wonderfully creepy…Hayes not only delivers a splendid mystery, she offers insights into the inner lives of today’s women and mothers in particular….Readers will find it hard to put this title down. A well-written, compelling plot, great characters, and a feminist viewpoint all add up to a satisfying read." —Library Journal

“A hit …Both frantic, page-turning pacing and a surprise ending…Hayes’ tale succeeds.”—Kirkus

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO JESSICA AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT CROWN PUBLISHING AND RANDOM HOUSE,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF UNTIL YOU'RE MINE
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
An Elizabethan Mystery
BY AMANDA CARMACK
ABOUT THE BOOK:
1559. Elizabeth is about to be crowned queen of England and wants her personal musician Kate Haywood to prepare music for the festivities. New to London, Kate must learn the ways of city life...and once again school herself as a sleuth.

Life at the center of the new royal court is abuzz with ambition and gossip—very different from the quiet countryside, where Kate served Elizabeth during her exile. Making her way among the courtiers who vie for the new queen’s favor, Kate befriends Lady Mary Everley. Mary is very close to Elizabeth. With their red hair and pale skin, they even resemble each other—which makes Mary’s murder all the more chilling.

The celebrations go on despite the pall cast over them. But when another redhead is murdered, Kate uncovers a deadly web of motives lurking just beneath the polite court banter, and follows the trail of a killer whose grievance can only be answered with royal blood. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda has been in love with the Tudors ever since an accidental viewing of “Anne of the Thousand Days” on TV as a kid! Now she just wishes she could live with them all the time—but there has to be time for writing about them too.

She also writes as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee, and her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, yoga, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network—even though she doesn’t cook. 

AN EXCERPT FROM MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY:
Prologue—London, January 1559

“Out of my way, you foul hedge pig!  Ain't you ever been told to give way to ladies before?”  Nell shoved at the thick crowd clustered ahead of her, using her elbow or a well-placed heel to wriggle her way in.  She had never seen a real-life queen before, and she wasn't going to miss it.


Nell's grandmother, who had been a toothless old crone when Nell was a toddler, good for nothing but sweeping the floor and boiling the linen of the bawdy house, once saw this new queen's mother, Queen Anne Boleyn, ride past in her own coronation procession.  She'd told Nell all about it, and Nell remembered it now.  Her grandmother's stories of Queen Anne's gown, all silver and gold, sparkling as she sat up high in her chariot with her black hair loose and twined with jewels.  The music and the flowers, the wine that flowed free at every fountain.


“There were few enough to cheer for her, Nellie,” her grandmother had always finished the tale, with a rueful shake of her gray head.  “For all that they drank her wine enough, there were too many as missed good Queen Katherine of Aragon.  But she was a glorious sight to see.  She knew how to put on a show, did that one.  They say she started from naught, too.  Think what you could do, my Nellie, with the right man...”
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ANOTHER BOOK BY AMANDA CARMACK:
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AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
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ABBEY, TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
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