Book Spotlight – Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

Geared for the GraveCycle Path Mysteries #1 ~ Geared for the Grave

Release Date ~ December 2nd, 2014

Where biking takes a deadly turn
Shakedowns cover-ups and big fat lies keep bodies hidden on Mackinac Island and bike-riding tourist oblivious to it all.

Geared for the Grave
To boost her chances for a promotion, Evie Bloomfield helps her boss’ dad with his cycle shop. The good idea turns bad when dad winds up prime suspect in a murder. To save her job Evie takes over the failing shop though she’s never ridden a bike, finding a killer though she can’t find her keys in her purse and discovering why someone is out to frame Dad. Can Chicago Evie survive life on Mackinac Island without her Honda, being on an eight-mile chunk of land with horses, carriages, bikes, fudge-eating tourists, the resident sage writing her eulogy and a killer who wants her dead?

I really enjoy books by Duffy Brown, and her new book sounds intriguing!  I’m honored to be a member of Duffy Browns Street Team!   I have read several of her books including Iced Chiffon, to read my review for Iced Chiffon - click here.

Iced Chiffon

For more information about Duffy Browns books, visit her website.

 

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Featuring some Cozy Mystery series for the Fall

Fall is the perfect time to read some cozy mysteries featuring ghosts, Haunted Houses, Witches and all those scary things that go bump in the night!

Here are a few of my favorites!

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake ( Book two in the Magic Potion Mysteries )  October 2014

One Potion in the Grave

 Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber ( Third in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series ) October 2014

Stirring the plot

 

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis  ( Book two in the Paws and Claws Mysteries )  December 2014  **I’m currently reading Book One in this series,  Murder, She Barked, and really enjoying it!

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer

 

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What Cozies are you reading this Fall?

 

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Book Spotlight – “A Widow’s Might” by Eunice Loecher

A Widows Might“A Widows Might” is Book One in the Arbor Vale Mystery series by Eunice Loecher.

Book Blurb:

Fred didn’t show for the fiesta lunch special on Wednesday at the Arbor Vale Café. Why not? He’d called to say he had something to tell her. So Zita Stillman drops by his house to hear him out. Fred had been such a good friend to her late husband. But Fred lies, lifeless, by the wood pile.
So begins Zita’s first murder investigation with her lifelong sidekick Zinnia Blossom Winwood and the distraction of the good-looking Max Knight, successful condo builder. Attacked by a clown, run off the road, and warned off by the police, Zita will not let Fred’s murderer get off scot free.

More about the author:

Eunice Loecher enjoys living in a small Wisconsin northwoods town, south of Lake Superior. Outside her window stands a thick forest and small spring fed blue lakes. Deer, bear, sand cranes, eagles and wolves abound. This setting inspired her Arbor Vale mystery series, featuring the two “Z’s”  Zita Stillman, amateur sleuth, and her sidekick the flamboyant Zinnia Blossom Winwood.

Writing for over twenty years, Eunice was a finalist in the prestigious Wisconsin Regional Writers Award, The Jade Ring 2003. Eunice also had stories included in three editions of the “God Allows U-Turns” series, the Christian version of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Then Eunice switched from non-fiction to fiction and began by writing two romantic suspense novels. She now writes cozy mystery as her true calling.

A Widow’s Might is the first of the (Arbor Vale Mystery) Series. Followed by Woman at the Well, (Book Two) The Subtle Serpent, (Book Three), The Root of All Evil, (Book Four), and written and coming soon, Sin Lieth at the Door, (Book Five).

Visit her blog – “Get Cozy with a Mystery” http://arborvalemystery.blogspot.com/

Follow Eunice Loecher on Twitter 

 

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Series Spotlight – “Big Sky Centennial” Love Inspired romance

Do you like Cowboy Romance books?  I love the country setting that alot of the Cowboy Romance books have.  =)

I recently found a series that has 6 books ( with a additional Digital-only prequel ) that has quickly gone on my “to be read” list!  * I have started reading the Digital only book, its called “Montana Reunion” by Valerie Hansen.   Its about a small-town beautician who reunites with her high school boyfriend.  **Check Harlequin.com and Amazon for this digital only book, ( I just checked, and its still free on both of these sites on the day that I’m posting this )

The tiny town of Jasper Gulch, Montana, is celebrating their hundredth anniversary, and you’re invited! Get lost in Big Sky Centennial, a land of ranches and romances and memorable characters you can’t help but root for. In this short prequel from Valerie Hansen, a small-town beautician with a big heart reunites with the high school beau she could never forget….

Montana Reunion

This series includes the following books:

1. “Her Montana Cowboy” by Valerie Hansen ( July 2014 )

2.  His Montana Sweetheart by Ruth Logan Herne ( August 2014 )

3.  Her Montana Twins by Carolyne Aarsen ( September 2014 )

4.  His Montana Bride by Brenda Minton ( October 2014 )

5.  His Montana Homecoming by Jenna Mindel ( November 2014 )

6.  Her Montana Christmas by Arlene James ( December 2014 )

For more Romance updates follow Harlequin on Twitter   

 

Do you like Country Cowboy romances? 

 

Joining these parties!

 Sunday Link-Up at Kansas Women Bloggers

Treasure Box Tuesday at Yesterfood and Memories by the Mile

 

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Review: Their First Noel by Annie Jones

I enjoy reading Christmas stories in the Summertime. It helps me to “think cooler”!

Their First NoelAbout this book:

 A spunky Southern baker, Corrie Bennington has her heart set on winning a gingerbread house contest in  Vermont. Her masterpiece: a replica of the old inn where her estranged parents met. And where Corrie hopes to  find the father she’s never known. But when she arrives in Mt. Piney, Vermont, the inn is closed—and being  restored. Handsome carpenter Andy McFarland offers to help Corrie find her dad and build her candy house. But  Andy’s matchmaking little sister has her own sweet holiday wish—helping Andy and Corrie find a little romance this Christmas.

 

My thoughts:

When Corrie stopped at the Inn where her parents met, ( many years ago ) she meets Andy and his sister who welcome her and they are anxious to help her find her Dad.  Corrie is planning on entering a Gingerbread Contest, and as she puts her Gingerbread House together,  Andy and his Sister enjoy helping her with it!   With the cute things that happen to Corrie, ( trouble seems to follow her ) —  This book really gets me in the Holiday spirit!

 More about this author:

Award winning author, Annie Jones specializes in character driven stories that make you laugh and warm your heart. She lives in Kentucky countryside with her husband, her children, three dogs and two cats… at least that was the last count but you never know when another kitty may show up.

Find out what she’s up to by following Annie Jones-author on Facebook.

 

 Do you like to read Christmas books year round, or just during the Holiday Season?

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Spotlight on new Cozy Mysteries

  There are lots of new Cozy Mysteries this Summer!   I have featured just a few of them below.   

Taken In ( Southern Sewing Circle Mystery #9 ) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey – Release Date – August 5th, 2014

Murder in the Mystery Suite ( Book Resort Mysteries # 1 )  by Ellery Adams – Release Date – August 5th, 2014  

A Vision in Velvet ( Wishcraft Mysteries #6 ) by Juliet Blackwell – Release Date – July 1st, 2014

Taken in

 

For more information on new Cozy Mysteries, check out  http://www.cozy-mystery.com  This Site has a list of new mystery releases each month, Holiday mysteries, Cozy Themes and much more! 

Some of my favorite kinds of Cozy Mysteries include “craft” Cozies and “food” Cozies.  What are your favorite types of Cozy Mysteries?  

Murder in the Mystery Suite

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Currently reading “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber

2014-02-25---North-to-Alaska-(1)-reissueDebbie Macomber is my favorite romance author. Her books always take me on a romantic adventure!  She has many series of books including the Cedar Cove series, the Blossom Street series, Heart of Texas series, and her newest series called Rose Harbor.  One of the first books that I read by Debbie Macomber was one of the books from her Angel series. Her Angel series feature 3 Angels called Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.  These 3 Angels get into mischief ( sometimes ) but they are very helpful in sharing their wisdom with others! 

I’m currently reading “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber.  This book features two previously issued stories, That Wintry Feeling (1984)  and  Borrowed Dreams (1985).

That Wintry Feeling: She’s not in Kansas anymore! Cathy Thompson was betrayed by the man she’d loved, a betrayal that sent her north, to a new teaching job and a brand-new life. Now she’s fallen in love with the grandeur of Alaska—and with a bush pilot named Grady Jones, who has custody of his young daughter, Angela. He offers Cathy a marriage of convenience, a proposal that, for him, isn’t about love. But being together, being a family,helps Cathy forget her past. And it helps Grady find a future he hadn’t expected!  – from www.debbiemacomber.com

Borrowed Dreams: Carly Grieves left Seattle for Anchorage because she was looking for a more adventurous life. She’s accepted a job with a shipping company—a job that comes with plenty of challenges. Including pilot Brand St. Clair… Despite her best intentions, she’s falling in love with him. But Brand’s a widower and Carly’s afraid he’s simply looking for a replacement wife. She’s afraid to hope that he’s fallen in love with her, too….- from  www.debbiemacomber.com

To keep up to date with Debbie Macombers new books, information about her Blog, and much more, be sure and visit her website for more information.  If you loved the Cedar Cove series, it premiered on the Hallmark Channel last year, and Season 2 premiers July 19th 2014!

Sharing at – Party on the Porch @ The Shady Porch

   What are you reading this Summer?  I would love to hear!  

 

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Sharing Giveaway – Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum ( Giveaway over )

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I really enjoy Cozy mysteries, and this book sounds really good!

It’s autumn in Sea Harbor, and as the tourists leave, a mysterious guest arrives. When she’s implicated in a crime, the Seaside Knitters must quickly table their knitting project and search out a motif for murder.

Julia Ainsley has come to Sea Harbor and she is not your typical tourist. She quickly knits herself into the fiber of this seaside town, even wanting to purchase a house, Izzy’s house, even though she has never set foot inside.The realtor has already set up an Open House and Julie receives a mysterious call from a man asking her to meet him before the Open House starts. But when she arrives he is nowhere in sight. Deciding to take a quick look around the property Julia finds more the a beautiful view. She finds a dead body in the backyard. Her name and phone number are found on the body and she becomes the police’s prime suspect.

Things take a drastic turn as secrets kept for years are revealed and old friends are linked to both Julia and the dead man. The Seaside Knitters must work to unravel the real reason Julia Ainsley has come to their town—and the tangled and troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.

For more information about this book and a chance to win a copy, visit “Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book” 

http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/2014/05/08/special-guest-sally-goldenbaum-author-murder-merino-giveaway/

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old with a US or Canadian mailing address.

The Contest will end May 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.  Winner will be chosen by Random.org

For more information about Sally Goldenbaum, visit her website   http://www.sallygoldenbaum.com

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Series Spotlight and Tote Bag Giveaway from Duffy Brown

                 I have been reading the Consignment Shop mystery series by Duffy Brown and love it!  Its got such a cute Southern flair to it!  

Iced Chiffon

There’s always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She’s busy enough running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, with her vivacious auntie, KiKi, but now the gossip–and the sales–are about to pick up, after a gruesome discovery…

 

Killer in Crinolines

You can see my Review for “Iced Chiffon”   here    And, I recently reviewed “Pearls and Poison” the 3rd book in this series.   You can read my review at my sister blog  here   

 

Pearls and Poison

 To read more about this series, visit Duffy Brown’s website at http://www.duffybrown.com/

Thanks to the Publisher, I have 4 tote bags like this to give away!  

Pearls and Poison tote bagThe Contest will run thru Friday, March 28th 11 pm CST.  If you would like to enter the contest, please leave a comment for the Author.  If your blog dosent have a way for me to Contact you, please leave your email address with your comment.  Winners have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn. I will post the winners in a future post!  

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Book Spotlight – Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

Final_cover-210 I recently received “Cloche and Dagger” by Jenn McKinlay, and I’m looking forward to reading it!  This book is the first book in her “Hat Shop” series.   I have read several of the books in her “Cupcake Series” and really enjoyed them!  

 Cloche and Dagger – A Hat Shop Mystery (Book 1)  Publisher – Berkley, August 2013

Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?

For a Preview of Chapter One,  visit  http://www.jennmckinlay.com

                                      The 2nd book in this series – “Death of a Mad Hatter” will be released May 6th, 2014

Jenn McKinlay

For more information about Jenn McKinlay, visit her Website  http://www.jennmckinlay.com

Follow Jenn McKinlay on Twitter @JennMcKinlay –  https://twitter.com/JennMcKinlay

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For more cozy mystery suggestions, visit my Pinterest Cozy Mystery Board : 

http://www.pinterest.com/mblisa2/cozy-mysteries

Whats next on your Reading List?

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