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Friday, January 30, 2015

She wants him . . . he wants her . . . so what's stopping them?

GetInlineOur Revolving Book Week continues today with one more book! AND IT'S A SIZZLER! AND IT'S FREE!!! It's the hot contemporary romance TAKE IT - PART ONE by DJ Stone and B.E. Raj.

GET IT ON AMAZON: http://www.amazon.ca/Take-It-Part-DJ-Stone-ebook/dp/B00P2S501E

BLURB:
Jenny Collins is convinced she’s more likely to find Bigfoot in the middle of downtown Boston than have a decent romp in the sack. She’s starting to wonder if maybe all the lackluster love making has more to do with her than she’s been willing to admit. Her days are spent drudging away in a male driven career where the best she can do is apologize for existing as she inches her way up the ladder. Just as she’s about to throw in the towel, a chance encounter with a captivating stranger has her holding onto the hope that her thirst for passion may be quenched.
The only problem is the stranger, Harrison Burke, turns out to be a colleague. Sleeping with him would be highly unethical and probably illegal, which only seems to make her want him more. After Harrison convinces Jenny that nothing will ever change in her life unless she learns to take what she wants, she jumps head first into a sea of unimaginable pleasure and lust. Will she be able to survive the storm that ensues or will she be so blinded by the frenzy of passion that she doesn’t even see it coming?

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website: www.authordjstone.com

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love the heroine, love the hero - and love the book! by Joanna D'Angelo

A Bodyguard to Remember by Alison BruceWhen reading a novel, we want to identify with or connect with the heroine or the hero - depending on the kind of book it is. Or at least understand where they are coming from. But in a romance novel - we want to LOVE the heroine as well as the hero, or the romance just doesn't work. How many romance novels have we read where the heroine is annoying or spoiled or just dumb and the hero is an ass - and they're that way throughout the entire book? How can we get behind a romance when the lead characters are unlikeable? It's impossible! 

But Prudence Hartley in the new romantic suspense, A Bodyguard to Remember by talented author Alison Bruce, is definitely a great heroine - someone we can identify with, root for, and laugh with.  She has the ability to look at the lighter side of a dark situation. She's a single mom in the 'burbs and certainly not an ass-kicking tough gal, but when her kids are threatened - she goes into action. And she has a wonderful ability to welcome everyone into her family - including the cops assigned to her case. 

And I love the love story in this book. There is a terrific chemistry between Pru and her "bodyguard" a federal agent named David Merrick (love that name too). He is everything you want in a dream boat cop hero- stoic and strong but with an undercurrent of humour. There is a line in this book - something David tells Pru - towards the middle/end that I just love. And I know you will too. This is definitely a great read and the start of a wonderful series.

BLURB:

Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner.
But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody. Pru has so many questions spinning through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are the spies after her? Oh, and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?

REVIEWS:
Nothing like a great opening line to set the hook: “It started with a dead body on my living room floor.” And from there A Body Guard to Remember is a catch worth reading with a lively mix of colourful characters, murder, indeed on a living room floor, cops, protectors in various good looking postures, a plot with a neat climax twist and budding romance…right here in Canada’s capital.
Bruce’s grasp of partnering two genres into one well-paced novel is well known and is as sharp as never in A Body Guard to Remember. Action, quick and forceful, action, gentle and affirming, add a plot worthy of a seasoned crime writer and a supporting cast with struggles and dreams galore makes for a, I’ll just read a bit more,” and you’ll find as I did, you can’t put it down.
If A Body Guard to Remember is book one, Men in Uniform, I can’t wait to read book 2. ~ Don Graves. Canadian Mystery reviews.

A Bodyguard to Remember starts with a bang. Dead body on the floor and a protagonist who is very much alive with humour and warmth. From the beginning, I was hooked on Pru. Her sense of humour and good moral compass are a delight. But dead bodies bring the police, and there is a mystery to be solved. Who killed the stranger? And why leave the body in Pru's living room? Not only is she a suspect, but her own life could be at stake. I won't give away the plot, but what happens next is classic romantic suspense.

Let me state how refreshing it is to have a heroine who is into her thirties and who actually has children. Bruce handles this deftly; the children provide believable motivation for a lot of Pru's actions. We admire her even more because of how she manages to deal with the angst of protecting her children instead of just herself.

A Bodyguard to Remember is the best type of romance book; lots happens, more than just love is at stake, and you don't know who Pru will end up with until the very end. This is a fun read, and Alison Bruce is a talented storyteller. My kind of book. Five stars.~ AMAZON REVIEW

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. In addition to writing, she is the Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada and part-time tech guru to the technology-impaired.
Alison writes mysteries, romantic suspense and historical romance. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations and to learn from adversity–traits she hopes to pass on to her children, Kate and Sam.
You can connect with Alison on her website and on facebook and twitter.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

His weapon is a latte. His victim is blonde. His motive is murder . . .

1797475_568158019935309_2083018023_n-1Today's Revolving Book is the suspense thriller DEATH IS A HABIT by DeANN SMALLWOOD writing as D.M. WOODS.
 
PRICE: $2.99 Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQW3F52/

 
PUBLISHER SoulMate Publishing

What it's About: 

Carrie and Tom join together again to track a serial killer bent on eliminating selected petite blondes. A serial killer that is filled with anger, remorse and pain. Pain that is methodically inflicted on those chosen. Death that comes in a take-out cup of deliciously brewed latte. A killer dubbed Latte Lover by detectives desperately trying to unravel the identity of this bitterly focused person. The clues are meager—a cup of latte, a missing lock of hair, and an unidentifiable poison. What is the link between the murdered women? Carrie and Tom fight against a time-table known only to the killer.

Homicide detective, Tom Watts, isn’t beyond exploiting Carrie’s particular talent as he lures her back into helping him, needing her gift of perceiving what isn’t there, feeling what others refuse to see or acknowledge, and his desire to have her back into his life. He senses Carrie is ready to do combat again after her last brush with a serial killer dubbed The Jock. A harrowing brush with death that left her healing in a hospital bed. Carrie stops fighting Tom’s request and joins this man who holds a piece of her heart. What will stop the Latte Lover from deciding that although neither Tom nor Carrie meets the criteria, they could be the next victims?

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQW3F52/#reader_B00HQW3F52

AUTHOR BIO
I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I’ve lived several years in Wyoming and Montana. My historical romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, and Wyoming Heather. Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods, my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, came out January 8th, this year. I am currently working on the third book of this series, Death Walks C Dock. Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written.

CONNECT WITH DM ONLINE:
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What do you read on a cold winter's day? How about a saucy cozy mystery by Nancy J. Cohen, set in the hot Florida sun?

HAIR RAISER1flatDay 2 of REVOLVING BOOK WEEK continues with HAIR RAISER, a cozy mystery from the popular BAD HAIR DAY mystery series by NANCY J. COHEN. Scroll down to see how you can win a STARBUCKS GIFT CARD and an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of one of Nancy's great books! WHERE YOU CAN GET IT:

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WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for Taste of the World, a fund-raiser sponsored by Ocean Guard. It’s a decision she soon regrets. First Chef Pierre's rum-soaked Bananas Foster goes up in flames, making her wonder if sabotage caused the incident. Her suspicions deepen as more chefs drop off the roster and Ocean Guard's attorney is murdered. Does the lawyer’s death relate to an estate being managed by the group? If their gala fails, this property will fall into the hands of a mysterious heir.

Marla's friend, dashingly handsome Detective Dalton Vail, believes the culprit might be one of Ocean Guard's esteemed board members. She determines to help him untangle the clues. With a killer on the loose, Marla has a lot more to worry about than which canap├ęs her chefs should serve. She’d better comb through the knot of suspects and catch the saboteur before he strikes again.

With her witty style and flair for local color, Nancy J. Cohen has created another page turner that will leave readers eager for their next appointment with sassy salon owner Marla Shore.

NOTE: Hair Raiser was originally published by Kensington Publishing Corp. This Author’s Edition has been revised and reformatted with added bonus material.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list, while Hanging by a Hair was a “Best of 2014” selection by Suspense Magazine. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for writers on how to write a winning whodunit. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Nancy’s Drift Lords series, where ancient myths and magic mix in a modern day setting, are published by The Wild Rose Press. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, reading, and outlet shopping.

STELLAR REVIEWS:
Hair Raiser was nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews
“A saucy murder mystery by Nancy J. Cohen.” Publisher’s Weekly

“An easy-to-take series title with the ready appeal of an independent female sleuth and colorful Florida settings.” Library Journal

“Hair Raiser is a light, funny, cozy read...I had the serious urge to call my hairdresser and schedule an immediate appointment.” Cozies, Capers, & Crimes

“Hair Raiser is curled around a likable amateur sleuth who can handle a curling iron and murder clues with aplomb.” Sun-Sentinel

“The mystery is great, the dialogue sparkling, and the sexual tension runs rampant in Hair Raiser...Nancy J. Cohen gives romance and mystery fans a heady concoction to savor.” 4-1/2 stars and a Top Pick! RT Book Reviews

“Hair Raiser is a fast paced, one sitting read that may keep all but the sharpest eyed readers confused until the very end.” The Mystery Reader

“The characters are likable and realistic next door neighbors. The brilliantly crafted mystery makes it extremely difficult to identify the villain.” BookBrowser

“Hair Raiser is suspenseful and engrossing. Cohen has richly filled this novel with quirky characters, plus twists and turns that make for a completely satisfying reading experience. The plot will keep you guessing, and Ms. Cohen’s writing style will keep you coming back for more.” MyShelf.com

“Hair Raiser kept me guessing until the very end. Hats off to Nancy Cohen and her engaging sleuth, Marla the hairdresser!” Laurien Berenson, author of Unleashed

“Curl up with Nancy Cohen’s stylishly witty and chillingly suspenseful tale of murder on the Florida coast—Hair Raiser is a cut above.” Joanne Pence, author of the Angie Amalfi mystery series

CONTEST:
Enter to win a signed hardcover copy of Shear Murder & a $10 Starbucks gift card. Two prizes to be awarded. http://nancyjcohen.com/fun-stuff/contest/
 
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Website: http://nancyjcohen.com/
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Monday, January 26, 2015

The truth can be deadly . . .

Sweet Karoline by Catherine Astolfo
Today I'm featuring the psychological suspense novel SWEET KAROLINE by CATHERINE ASTOLFO. This book has gotten some phenomenal reviews! Critics and bloggers are calling it a "page turner to the end" and "earmarked to be a classic"; "reminiscent of Daphne DuMaurier and Patricia Highsmith".

Get it at AMAZON:  http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Karoline-ebook/dp/B00DUIDMKO

PUBLISHER IMAJIN BOOKS: http://www.imajinbooks.com/catherine-astolfo

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Karoline-Catherine-Astolfo/dp/192779207X

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/?gl=CA

BOOK BLURB:
If I knew what I know now, would I have searched so hard for the truth?

Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline's mysterious death than meets the eye?

Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and revelations, Anne learns about love, family and who she really is. Can she survive the truth?

STELLAR REVIEWS:
Earmarked to be an award-winning classic, Sweet Karoline is undoubtedly a gripping page-turner to the very end.” — US Review of Books, RECOMMENDED

"Sweet Karoline is a cleverly constructed psychological novel of perceptions, with a narration that brought to mind Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and a plot reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith.” The Crime Thriller Hound Reviews  http://www.crimethrillerhound.co.uk/#!sweet-caroline/c1pw2

"From the story lead, she’s claimed to have killed her beloved roommate, Karoline, and quite handily for that matter. Yet it lingers and haunts...This might be part LA Confidential and part Fight Club, but for women.” The US Review of Books, First Chapter Reviews http://www.theusreview.com/first-reviews/Sweet-Astolfo.html#.VKxYIyfwO1k

"Astolfo's wonderful first sentence in Sweet Karoline explodes on the page and resonates right to the end of this twisting examination of dangerous minds. Never have I encountered a narrative voice that alternates more deftly between alienating and enticing." —Mel Bradshaw, author of Fire On The Runway

"A deliciously twisted story about the perplexing power of adult female relationships. By turns scathingly funny and darkly insightful, Sweet Karoline is a hedonistic journey with all the right ingredients: lust, betrayal, true love and mystery. Grab a glass of wine and have the bottle handy. A compelling read from the start through to the surprising end." —Robin Spano, author of Death's Last Run

"In Catherine Astolfo's chilling new novel Sweet Karoline, things aren't always as they seem. Anne, the multifaceted anti-heroine in this noir tale takes a fateful journey into her forgotten past, uncovering the painful roots of her childhood. While furrowing for answers, a mystery unfolds, truths swirl to the surface, a heinous murder occurs. Who's the killer? Caught in a tangled web of greed, lies and deceit Anne must come to terms with her past, present and future, and the bleak realization that those we hold close may be the last ones to trust. Compelling, visually descriptive, deftly delivered…Catherine Astolfo's got the goods!" —Douglas Wickard, author of A Perfect Husband

"Sweet Karoline is a multi-layered mystery, where nothing is as it seems. The story grips you on page one and leads you through a maze of history, twisted relationships, and ultimately the darkness of the human mind." —Liz Bugg, author of Oranges and Lemons

"In Sweet Karoline, Astolfo has created a daring hybrid mystery that combines elements of romance, history, and suspense in a carefully crafted story that keeps you guessing to the very end. Astolfo explores new boundaries as she extends her reach beyond the cozy mystery in this psychological exploration of the mind of a killer. A unique exploration of guilt and revenge." —Michael J. McCann, author of The Fregoli Delusion

"The clever plot twists in Sweet Karoline will enrapture you from page one through the last paragraphs of this fast-paced modern mystery. Author Catherine Astolfo exhibits a strikingly perceptive gift for believable dialogue and rich character development. Her dry wit and colorful descriptions will have you howling in laughter at points, but in tears at others as she digs deep into the themes of guilt, race, and relationships. The powers of love and redemption are strong, but does the heart of an Ice Queen ever really melt? Enjoy the romp from Los Angeles, through Canada, to a priceless Italian rendezvous—all in the pages of Sweet Karoline, where long-buried secrets lie." —Lisa Pell, award-winning author of Who's Your Daddy, Baby?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. Catherine received the Elementary Dufferin-Peel OECTA Award for Outstanding Service in 1998. She was also awarded Dufferin-Peel Catholic Elementary Principal of the Year in 2002 by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario.

Catherine is a past President of Crime Writers of Canada and a Derrick Murdoch Award winner (2012). She was a Zonta Club 2012 Nominee for Women of Achievement.

Writing is Catherine’s passion. She can recall inventing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of literary Canadian presses. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010. She won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Best Short Crime Story Award in 2012. Catherine’s novels, The Emily Taylor Mysteries, as well as Sweet Karoline (July 14, 2013), are published by Imajin Books and are optioned for film by Sisbro & Co. Inc. Visit Catherine at www.catherineastolfo.com.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Astolfo/426898307395107?ref=hl
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