Thursday, September 21, 2017

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Tour: Passport To Murder

Passport to Murder (Professor Prather Mystery) by Mary Angela

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Camel Press (September 15, 2017) Paperback: 272 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1603816533
Start with an unlucky number. Throw in a romantic location. Include a dashing Frenchman and an uncompromising professor. And you have all the ingredients for a passport to murder. This semester, it seems that Professor Prather's dreams are about to come true. Ever since she was a young girl, she's imagined going to France, and her French colleague, André Duman, has finally made that trip possible. Over spring break, she and André are to lead a group of students and faculty to Paris to explore the City of Light. But before she can utter her first bonjour, a professor dies, and they are stuck in Minneapolis. She returns to Copper Bluff with an unstamped passport and a mystery to solve. When André becomes the prime suspect, Emmeline puts her research skills to good use, determined to find out who really killed the professor and spoiled their spring break plans. With thirteen travelers assembled, the possibilities are varied and villainous. Luckily, her dear friend and sidekick, Lenny Jenkins, is close by. Together, they will sort through the conflicting clues even if it costs them time, trouble, or tenure.

Review: I love discovering new cozy mystery series and this one is definitely going to be on my must follow list.  This is the 2nd book in the series, but as is the case with most cozy mystery series, you can jump right in and

I connected with Emmeline instantly and I loved Lenny as well.  The college setting was great as well.

When one member of their travelling party dies on the plane, the spring break plans of a trip to Paris are crushed and Emmeline and Lenny start to investigate.

I adored this book!

Rating: 5 flowers

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Like her protagonist in the Professor Prather mystery series, Mary Angela lives on the Great Plains and teaches college writing and literature. When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two amazing daughters, one adorable dog, and a cat who would rather not be limited by an adjective. For more information, go to

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Review: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Author Joanne Fluke
Title: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: Feb 1, 2004
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Book Blurb: Hannah Swensen thought she'd finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he's just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf - which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed.

It seems the plan has been cooking for quite some time, and Hannah is shocked - especially since her ring finger is still very much bare. The good news is that the soon-to-be-torn-down house is full of antiques - and Norman has given Hannah and her mother first dibs.

They uncover some gorgeous old furniture, a patchwork quilt ... and Rhonda Scharf's dead body. A little more sleuthing turns up the half-eaten remains of a very special dinner for two - and one of The Cookie Jar's famous lemon meringue pies.

Now it's up to Hannah to turn up the heat - and get busy tracking down the clues. Starting in her very own kitchen.

Review: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder is book 4 in the Hannah Swensen series. I've been reading these totally out of order, as I can find them at my library and other libraries. The earlier Hannah books are the best, and this one is definitely a great read.

I love Hannah, because this woman is so not right. She's a baker, a little overweight, (as the author likes to drum into our heads, in this book particularly so) she's a bit overbearing and grammar nazi-ish, but because she's so quirky you have to love her.

To me, this book felt like it focused more on Hannah's relationship's rather than Rhonda's murder, though she did do her best at sleuthing. I really felt that she unearthed the killer more by accident than through actual deduction.

This book finds Hannah's mom discovering a dead body in the home Norman purchased to demolish so he could build the dream house that he and Hannah designed. (Don't get any ideas, they aren't engaged or anything like that)

Hannah's diet bugged the hell out of me, again because I've read other books in this series, Hannah's weight and her fashion sense or lack thereof seem to be a really big deal, and I'm not sure why. Also, I don't see why Norman wouldn't propose if Hannah put on weight, you either love someone or you don't

I have also never been able to figure out why and how Hannah didn't make a choice between Norman and Mike. I can't quite figure out why the guys aren't fighting for her or dumping her for dating them both.

Also, I kinda had an idea of who the killer was midway through the book. That isn't really a plus for me, but I loved seeing what was happening to Hannah and Co.

There is also a matter of some stolen money tied into this book, which weaves  two characters, Freddie and Jed, into the mix.

The ending, though I knew who the killer was, had a wow factor.

There's so much weirdness in this series, but for some reason, I read these stories like they are some kind of drug.

As always there are some great recipes in this book. I think it would be fun to live in a town with a bakery that specializes in cookies.

Rating: 4 flowers

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Cat Got Your Secrets

Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase

Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017) Hardcover: 320 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683312833 E-Book ASIN: B06XVWR8Q9

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.
It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.
Review: Cat Got Your Secrets is the third Kitty Couture book. This series really gets better with each book. This is one of the few series that I've been able to follow from the start, and I'm really glad I have.

Things are a little better with Lacy and her mom. They have a very interesting relationship and even if you haven't read books one and two in the series, you'll see that in the first few pages.

This time Lacy is working to keep her Dad out of jail, when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his friend.

Her relationship with Chase seems to be growing too.

This is a fabulous addition to this series!

Rating: 5 flowers

About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie Anne Lindsey here.



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review: God Send Me My Husband

Author:  Sherylynne L. Rochester
Title: God Send Me My Husband!
Publisher: Shekinah Publishing and Communications
Publish Date:  Feb 11, 2017
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Book Book: Follow a very naive Christian woman’s story as she learns the dangers of Desperation…

Meet Lailah, a woman of true Christian values that struggles between her fear that she may never find the right man to share her life with and her prayer to God to bring him in her path. What can happen if she lets herself stray from His loving embrace? What can happen if she allows desperation to overtake her?

Let her guide you through her inner thoughts, self-doubt, insecurities and fears as she finally meets her one and only – or is she letting herself believe that she does? In the end, is he her way to pure romantic bliss or a great disguise for a pathway leading somewhere else?

Strengthen your faith in the One who knows who the right one is for you and when it is the right time for you to meet the love of your life – even though it may feel like it takes a long time for marriage and romance to come.

Are you a devout Christian single that feels you'll never find a husband?

Are you thinking of just letting go and settling with just anyone?

Are you tired of the wait?

Are you looking for a good husband and to be happily married?

Are you needing answers about finding love and how to be happy?

Do you fear that maybe God has forgotten you and left you alone with no hope?

Review: God Send Me My Husband has to be the most unique piece of Christian fiction I've read. Its more than a little faith based, almost too much so for me.

Lailah is such a sweet thing. I loved her and wanted to shake her through most of the book. I wanted to give her the advice that I knew that my mom would give me and so would most friends, "if you can't love yourself, how can anyone love you."

Lailah has so many issues, and all of them are self esteem related and she is a girl that feels that you have no self worth unless you are part of a couple. The book opens with her attending the wedding of her ex, and that doesn't go well.

She definitely had desperation going on and she attracts the super gorgeous Miles, who is so wrong for her. As things progress, it is hard to believe that anyone could be so blind and trusting with some of the things he's done.

There are some ideas in this book that made me shake my head. At one point the women are discussing feminism and I almost put the book down. There were so many points where the idea that the man as the "head of the household" made me shake my head. It just doesn't suit the way the world really is. Maybe 60 years ago, but not in 2017. She blindly lets herself be led by Miles. I really started wondering how much she would accept from him before she finally cut him loose.

It took an awful lot to wake her up to how bad this guy was.

The ending however just blew me away. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, but I was glad she was able to come to love herself.

Rating: 4 flowers

Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review: Ava Moss

Author: Joss Landry
Title: Ava Moss
Publisher: Book Beatles Publishing
Publish Date: Oct 19, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: In the heart of Manhattan’s financial district, during her rise through the entry-level program of a large conglomerate, Ava Moss encounters the salacious Scott Wallace. While Ava considers her boss inscrutable she realizes her heart must remain Scott-free and not fall prey to his charismatic prowess.

Quite by accident Ava overhears computer thieves plotting to steal the firm’s investment clients and seize their information. Worried Scott will not believe her story Ava enlists the help of coworkers to catch the culprits. When Scott learns about the attempted fraud, he is angrier with Ava for not having confided in him than in any potential swindle.

Ava, heartbroken by Scott’s silence and what she considers his lack of gratitude, attempts to move on to avoid the bleak consequences of unrequited love.

Review: Ava Moss is a sweet love story with a touch of suspense. From the back cover, one would expect a lot more suspense than there actually is. The book is nearly 2/3s finished before things get a little interesting.

The first 2/3s deal with Ava and her growing feelings for Scott who she met first while on a sort of speed dating event and who later ends up being her boss. I found Scott to be an absolute jerk most of the time, and I couldn't understand Ava's continued obsession with him. He's a guy that is engaged and has admitted to having indiscretions before his engagement.

Uh, Ava, why would you want to be involved with this guy?

Scott is like a Harlequin Presents alpha male, only at some point in most Harlequins, you come around to liking the guy. With Scott, you didn't really get to liking him.

Ava is 5'2 and a size two. This is something that the author repeated drums into our heads. She's also an orphan, raised in foster care, who has worked hard for everything she has. She is twenty six, though her behavior makes you feel like she's about 5 years younger. Her feelings for Scott make you question how mature she is.

I kept thinking, how can I like a character that is going after another woman's guy?

But I did, and I'm not sure why? Maybe its because it shows that even people that are supposedly smart can do stupid things? Whatever it was, I did like Ava.

I liked her spunk in trying to handle the thefts of company files. It wasn't entirely smart, but it was spunky. The outcome certainly wasn't what I was expecting, but it was enough to pave the way for her having her happily ever after.

I especially liked the ending with the envelope from Elspeth.

Overall this was a sweet romance with a little twist of suspense.

Rating: 4 flowers

Friday, September 8, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Reviews: Beneath Copper Falls

About Beneath Copper Falls

Series: Rock Harbor Series
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 11, 2017)
Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?
As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.
But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.
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USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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Review: Romantic suspense is one of those genres I try to like. I blame Harlequin for never quite making it. I'm a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers.

I have heard a lot of good things about Coleen Coble but I was initially scared of Christian romantic suspense. I'm glad I read this book.

From the very start, I was pulled into the story. In 30 pages it was making me nervous. That's the mark of a great suspense novel.

Dana is running from an abusive relationship to her hometown to live with her brother. She thinks she's getting away from her ex-fiance, but she quickly learns that that is not the case and things start to move quickly from there.

I love that a Christian writer is tackling "Real life" issues and making things darker than the average novel. Life is not always pretty..and well this book shows that side of life.

This book has many twists and turns. Totally a fabulous read.

Rating: 5 flowers

Beck Valley Book Tours Book Review: Sunsets at Seaside

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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men. 

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him. 

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family? 

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

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Review:  I love Melissa Foster's book so when I saw she had an alter ego that did sweet romance, I had to give one of her books a go, because I am more a fan of sweeter romances.

Sunsets is part of a series, but is definitely a standalone novel.

This book is Jessica and Jamie's story, and though this isn't a hot and spicy romance. I loved the setting to this story as well as the characters. Addison creates believable strong characters that you really get attached to. Jess is a cellist and Jamie is a tech millionaire.

The setting is Cape Code. That alone gets a sigh from me.

The two characters are both workaholics in their own right, so they have a lot issues to get over before they can really find happiness. 

I absolutely adored this book!

Rating: 5 flowers

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