Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway for Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron

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Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron.  Please leave a comment or question for Angela to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for one of the prizes listed below, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You must comment in order to enter the giveaway.  You can follow the rest of the tour by clicking on the banner above, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning. 

Angela will be awarding the winners choice of one of the following prizes (international giveaway -- All photos used from Etsy shops that she plans to purchase the gifts from. Actual gift will be sourced from winner's country and will likely look different for international winners):

1.  Dragon earcuff. A tiny dragon that wraps around your ear just like Ennara's wraps around her wrist! Ennara would not approve.

2. Potions master decal kit: Trick out your Kitchenaid with this decal kit! Ennara approved.

3. Emergency Potion Necklace: Potion/necklace dependent on winner's location. Ennara approved.

Or the winner may choose something from Ennara Swag (if they live in the US).

Ennara and the Book of Shadows
By Angela Myron
Ennara, Book 2

Publisher:  Patchwork Press
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: 276 Pages
ISBN:  978-0692239629

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About the book:

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic--the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.


“You haven’t much time,” Formult said, glancing again at the door. He crossed to the far edge of the dome and opened a huge glass panel. The winged horses enthusiastically trotted to the edge of the roof, and the griffins took up the rear.

The professor patted Snowflake’s neck. “I’m fairly certain I saw the book when I was in Dordonne. That is, I saw the Bishop of Dordonne with an odd-looking book in the Royal Court. It was my last clear memory before the spell… Anyway, when you find the bishop, I believe you’ll find that book.”

Ennara had heard of the Bishop of Dordonne once before, but where? She shook her head. Now they had two clues to look for—the crypts, and the bishop. Maybe hunting down the Book of Shadows was something they could do, after all.

Formult clapped Snowflake on the hindquarters and stepped aside. She leapt from the door and into the air effortlessly. Ferrus and the two griffins followed.

“Take good care and don’t worry about us,” Formult called after them. “We’ll have the school straight by the time you get back.”

The horses ascended as the door to the aviary burst open. The two druids from the hall tumbled forward. They quickly assessed the scene and raised their wands to the flying creatures. Smoos crouched to pounce and Formult unfurled his whip.

“Let’s get out of here!” Kithe yelled.

Without further instruction, the pegasii and griffins pounded their muscular wings and lifted them away. Galdurlan retreated, quickly becoming a tiny village, then a bay, and then an island alone in a cold, dark ocean. Ennara wrapped her cloak tightly and pulled her hood up as she settled into Snowflake’s rhythmic flight. The air grew icy, and she leaned into the horse to share its warmth. Beside her, Cinne did the same, resting her face against Ferrus’s dark mane.

Gevin and his griffin flew slightly above and behind the pegasii, to the left. His bright green eyes shone from behind his heavy black hood. He was enjoying the flight as much as she. Kithe rode his lion-eagle ahead of the other. He’d bundled himself up in his hunter green cloak and smiled as he gazed into the distance. The hilt of the Sword of Gisilfrid glinted on his shoulder.

From the tiny castle on the retreating island, a screech tore through the air, then another. Two tiny black objects rose in pursuit. Then another, larger object. Two larger objects. The tattoo on Ennara’s hand prickled. Her stomach grew queasy. They would not be let off the island without a fight. Long necks and massive wings pulled the large creatures into the sky. Dragons.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
 Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1973. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging hidden cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard. She loved to imagine lands of fairies and goblins, then invite friends over to introduce them.

Angela studied biology and professional writing at university, starting her degree at the University of Victoria in Canada and finishing it at San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, technical manuals for software, and freelance journalism before writing fiction.

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Virtual Book Tour for A Wedding and A Killing by Lauren Carr

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Pump Up Your Book, for A Wedding and A Killing by Lauren Carr.  Please leave a comment or question for Lauren to let her know you stopped by.  You can follow the rest of Lauren’s tour here. 

A Wedding and a Killing
by Lauren Carr
Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 8

Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release Date: September 13, 2014
Genre: Mystery
ISBN: 978-0989180443

About the book:

When Mac Faraday decides to do something, there’s no stopping him … even murder!
Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married—along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. 

However, before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body in the church office.

As they dive into the investigation, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? Which of the seemingly kind-hearted church members is really a cold-blooded killer?
Then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married?

For More Information
A Wedding and a Killing is available at Amazon.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. A Wedding and a Killing is the eighth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.
In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.Dead on Ice (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) was released September 2012. The second installment,Real Murder was released to rave reviews in June 2014.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Contact Lauren.

A secret elopement, a dead church trustee and a dog named Gnarly take center stage in Lauren Carr’s A Wedding and A Killing, the eighth book in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.  While a part of a series, this book can be read and enjoyed on its own as Ms. Carr does a good job introducing the colorful characters and providing some background.  A well-paced plot with a light touch of humor, good dialogue and a lovely setting by a lake, A Wedding and A Killing is a book mystery lovers will enjoy.

Agreeing on a secret elopement, with a formal ceremony to take place six months later, former detective Mac Faraday and fiancée Archie Monday head to a local church where best friends David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams will serve as witnesses.  Only once they arrive at the church, nothing goes exactly as planned.  Between Gnarly’s behavior (Mac’s German Shepard) and the body of a church trustee found shot in an office, what was supposed to be a joyous occasion turns into a full scale homicide investigation.    

Ms. Carr does a good job developing Mac’s character from the start.  While new to this series, I was able to learn about Mac’s past (retired homicide detective), how he ended up in Spencer, Maryland (inheriting his birth mother’s 270 million dollar estate) and his ongoing relationships with the secondary characters (from half-brothers to current fiancée).  Ms. Carr also did a good job developing the mystery – after all it’s not every day a church trustee gets shot between the eyes at close range while counting the offering at church!

I found the pace of the story easy to follow with plenty of emotional angst, good dialogue and even some light humor.  I also enjoyed watching the romance between Mac and Archie as they try to figure out how to balance their own desires against what Archie’s family wants for the only girl in a family full of boys. The remaining secondary characters, from David’s police officers to all of the possible suspects, were also well developed and I found myself trying to solve the mystery of who committed what crime (there turned out to be more than one).  I found the behavior of the church members to be interesting and probably closer to the truth than many of us would want to admit.

Will Mac be able to solve the mystery of who killed the church trustee before another church member finds themselves in the line of fire?  Will Mac and Archie’s delayed elopement put a crimp in their relationship and cause them to change their plans? You’ll have to read A Wedding and A Killing to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of the books in this series.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.  I did not receive any additional payment for my opinion of the reading material provided. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Murder & Mayhem at Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz.  Please leave a comment or question for Amy to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter the giveaway for an eBook copy of her book by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops uyouo visit, the better your odds of winning. 

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Blue Publications; 2 edition (September 7, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0989714020
E-Book File Size: 563 KB

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When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

About This Author

Amy Metz is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two grown sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Fans of quirky cozy mysteries rejoice, there’s a new series in town!  Like solving cold cases? Like solving decades old mysteries? Look no further than Amy Mertz’s new book, Murder & Mayhem at Goose Pimple Junction, where you’ll enjoy getting to know colorful characters, “Southern Speak” and a transplanted “Northerner” who gets sucked into solving an unsolved crime from the 1930’s.  Well-paced and filled with plenty of humor, Ms. Metz’s story is sure to please any mystery reader.

Recently divorced and transplanted Northerner, Tess Tremaine loves the small Southern town she’s moved to in Tennessee.  Far from her cheating ex, Tess plans to write a romance novel, restore her classic home and stay away from men.  Only she can’t seem to stop running into Jackson Wright, a mystery writer who lives in town, and uncovering clues to a decade’s old murder that hasn’t been solved.   Only time, and quiet sleuthing, will tell if Tess manages to remain free of romantic entanglement and manages to solve the case before she becomes a victim herself.

Ms. Metz does a wonderful job creating and developing the characters in her book.  I really enjoyed getting to know Tess and easily connected with her character.  An almost middle aged woman, with a grown son, Tess is at a point where she’s literally starting over and the world is her oyster.  Free from almost everything in her past, Tess has a clear cut plan and idea of how she wants to spend her days and life.  I appreciated how she semi-reluctantly admitted her attraction, at least to herself, to Jackson Wright and how she was determined not to jump into any relationship, other than friendship, without really getting to know the person.  Embracing her freedom, Tess is a modern woman who’s learning what she wants in life and trying out new things.  Something that takes courage when you have been burned in the past.

Ms. Metz also does a good job developing the secondary characters and I really enjoyed getting to know Jackson Wright, an admittedly handsome man, who is attracted to Tess and worried about her safety.  I also enjoyed getting to know “Lou”, the elderly woman who owns the town’s bookstore and becomes Tess’s boss when Tess becomes a part time employee.  The mystery, which begins in 1930 at the height of the depression, centers on a bank robbery and the three men who held up the bank.  Ms. Metz does a good job pacing everything as she takes us between the past, and the present, and I enjoyed reading about the case while wondering if Tess was going to be able to remain safe while the descendants of the original criminals tried to keep the case closed.

Will Tess be able to solve a decades old case without stirring up a whole lot of trouble?  Will her attraction to Jackson help her or hinder her while she starts a new chapter in her life?  You’ll have to read Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction to find out.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Metz’s work.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

Virtual Blog Tour for The Making of Michael Collins by Kathleen Collins

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Blog Tour, presented by Bewitching Book Tours, for The Making of Michael Bishop by Kathleen Collins.  Please leave a comment or question for Kathleen to let her know you stopped by.

~ Guest Post ~

A Writing Playlist by Kathleen Collins
Every author has their rituals they follow while writing. For me it’s music. I can’t write or edit without my playlist. And I have a different playlist for every book or series. My current playlist for the Realm Walker series has 459 songs on it, which is a total of 29.5 hours of music. Do I need that much music? Of course not but it keeps me from memorizing the songs. See the trick is to only use music that sets the tone but fades into the background. If I find myself listening to the song instead of writing I delete it from the list.

So what’s some of the music on the Realm Walker playlist? Well there’s bands like Buckcherry, Theory of a Deadman and Daughtry. Mixed in with that are the soundtracks to both Sherlock Holmes movies, songs from The Guild and Taylor Swift. And making the playlist I found some new to me bands that I fell in love with like Needtobreathe, The Dirty Guv’nahs, and Red. So what are some of your favorite bands or favorite songs? What rituals do you have?

The Making of Michael Bishop
By Kathleen Collins
Realm Walker, Book .05

Date of Publication: August 30, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Number of pages: 20

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About the book: 

Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

About the Author:
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.

The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.

She is currently hard at work on her next book.


Twitter;  @kathy_collins