RELEASE DAY: Dark Hollow Lake Collection 1 by various authors (including me!)

Today is the day! It’s been a while since I posted something about my own writing, but rest assured I’ve been getting things out there. I’m just having trouble focusing and putting everything together in time.

Enough of that though! Today is the release day for Dark Hollow Lake Collection One! There is a second collection heading its way too, but in this one, yours truly is in it.

My novella is Knock Twice For Yes. It follows the story of a ghost hunting group hoping to make it big on television. After all, ghost hunting shows seem to be a hit right now. What is their awesome plan?

To go to Dark Hollow Lake, a tourist town with rumors of missing persons and cryptids. So the town has to have ghosts! What they didn’t expect was the dark in the town’s name is just a bit too accurate.

My book isn’t the only one in this collection and nine other authors are just as kickass (if not more). Check it out, read it, and post reviews. This is my first bigger project and I’m excited to see what people think!

💧Dark Hollow Lake Collection One💧

https://books2read.com/u/4XnB16

Releasing June 29th

Dark Hollow Lake isn’t your ordinary resort town. Beneath the murky waters and hidden within the mountainous forests, there are more secrets buried in Dark Hollow Lake than anyone has ever cared to uncover. Until Now….

Join Cruel Ink Publishing on a vacation to Dark Hollow Lake, Tennessee.
10 Authors. 10 thrilling novellas. All taking place in our not-so-quaint resort town.
Come for the ski slopes and beautiful lakeside cabins. Stay for the murder, mystery, and mayhem.

Included in Dark Hollow Lake: Collection One,
The Descent by William Joseph
Wolf Moon by Melinda Terranova
Deep Waters by Brigitte Ann Thomas
The Demon Rite by H.N. Donnelly
Knock Twice for Yes by Casia Courtier
Ossified Vestiges by Jennie L. Morris
Dance of the Morning Cloak by CJ Warrant
Iris Viola by Pasithea Chan
Killer at Dark Hollow Lake by K. Moore
The Legend of La Lechuza by Krystle Able

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YouTube Notes: Different Fiction Formulas

In case you didn’t know, I have a YouTube channel. I am still trying to learn how to make videos and what kind of content I want to dive deep into, but currently, I am doing writing tips.

A part of this is because I love talking about writing and I feel I may have something to add on to all the other numerous YouTube authors out there. Another reason is that the other stuff I want to talk about will take some time.

That said, I wanted to be able to share my notes and outlines for the videos on here for viewers as well as for anyone who would like to have them but not watch the videos. Because that happens. I am very late in sharing my notes in my most recent video. For that, I am sorry. But, here they are!

 

DIFFERENT FICTION FORMULAS

  • “Shaking Up Formulas” Recap:
    • In my “Shaking Up Formulas” video, I defined what a fiction formula is and how you can shake it up to make your story stronger and uniquely yours. This video is on the specific formulas and how they are broken down. If anyone is interested in a more in-depth video addressing a specific formula, not just the generalizations, I will be happy to do that later on. Just comment below.
  • Different Genres Have Different Formulas
    • Each genre has its own formula. If you read the same genre and only that genre, you will begin to notice the trends, tropes, and eventually the genre’s formula. I tend to binge read a genre which then impacts my writing. My horror can end up looking like a YA fantasy or romance and then I’m either blocked or stuck rewriting everything. So, be careful if you binge read genres. Having a reading palette cleanser on hand helps.
  • Hero’s Journey
    • Quite possibly the oldest formula. It’s seen in folklore, film, television, plays, and novels. Most seen in fantasy novels, but it is possible to apply this formula to almost every written work.
    • It’s easily the number one formula taught and can be described in a video all on its own.
    • In its most basic formula, you have:
      • The hero or “chosen one” being thrust or deciding to join a quest.
      • The mentor dies
      • The hero goes into the underworld to undergo a self-discovery and more strength (sometimes a new mentor is given in this point)
      • The hero fights the big bad and everything is resolved.
    • Examples of a Hero’s Journey are:
      • Beowulf
      • Odyssey
      • Star Wars
      • Harry Potter
    • Romance
      • Quite possibly the most ridiculed formula. It is simple but effective. There is a reason why romance is one of the highest-grossing fiction out there and it isn’t just because of female readers.
      • Its formula is this:
        • Character A
        • Character B
        • Some kind of internal struggle and sometimes an outside force preventing a relationship.
        • Love is made
      • Examples of a Romance formula:
        • Jane Austen
        • Nora Roberts
        • Basically all romance authors
      • Urban Fantasy
        • Urban Fantasy is an umbrella genre with little pockets of other genres mixed in. You can find paranormal romance in this genre as well. For this video, I am addressing the more popular version of Urban Fantasy, the one with a mystery and protagonist solving the crime.
        • Its formula involves:
          • Basically, you can have your base formula and add fantasy elements.
          • Be sure to weave them in though!
        • Examples of Urban Fantasy:
          • Dresden Files
          • P. Sloan
          • Melissa Olson
          • Seanan McGuire
          • A ton of Urban Fantasy Indie authors
        • Mystery/Cozy Mystery
          • Mystery is another umbrella genre. In its most basic, you have a regular mystery, but there are of course the Urban Fantasy Mystery and a very common mystery genre, the Cozy Mystery.
          • Mystery’s most basic formula is this:
            • Victim
            • Crime
            • Perpetrator
            • Detective/PI/Agent/etc.- a professional crime solver
          • Cozy Mystery is a bit different. Where the main character and the motivation for solving the crime can be different. Here is its formula:
            • Victim
            • Crime
            • Perpetrator
            • Amateur Sleuth- oftentimes a baker, candy maker, librarian, bookstore owner, read a book once where it was a gamer
          • Examples of Mysteries:
            • James Patterson (author)
            • David Baldacci (author)
            • Sherlock Holmes
            • Wilkie Collins (author)
          • Examples of Cozy Mysteries:
            • The Cat Who books
            • Joanne Fluke
            • Krista Davis
          • Closing Statement:
            • You might have noticed how the last few formulas I addressed were of a similar vein with minor differences, this is because formulas can be mashed together and changed. Think of it like genetics. You have half of your mother’s DNA and half of your father’s, they, in turn, have half of each of their parents. A Fiction Formula is like the genome of your story. You can pull different genetic material from one genre to make a whole new and exciting story that is uniquely your own. This, and with what I touched on in “Shaking Formulas Up”, is what makes a story a good story.

 

Blog Tour (Excerpt): Lark’s Labyrinth by Cathy Cash Spellman

Print Length: 674 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461177367
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English


Praise for LARK’S LABYRINTH

“Politics and religion collide as Spellman delivers another fast-paced, suspenseful, and totally enjoyable thriller… The author constructs a blistering story–replete with political and religious intrigue–that never slows down and will keep readers turning the pages of this spectacular thrill ride.” Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN


“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings

“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings

“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind

“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind

“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child

“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child

“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child

 

The Spear that pierced Christ’s side on the Cross has played a secret, but major role in history. Charlemagne, Constantine, Otto the Barbarian, The Knights Templar and Adolf Hitler all owned it… and believed it gave them the power to rule the world.

What if they were right?

The first time Dr. Cait Monahan ever heard of the Spear of Longinus was the night her husband was murdered because of it. That was when the terror began.

…right before the U.S. Government, the CIA, Neo Nazis, the Vatican and a secret cabal of 13 powerful global manipulators sent their assassins after her and her 9 year old.

 …just before a lethal secret propelled her across Europe following a riddle that hadn’t been solved since the Holocaust.

…just before Cait Monahan became entrapped in an interdimensional labyrinth that her own husband may have helped design.

Now she’s a player in a game that has led to mystery, magic, mayhem and murder for over 2000 years, and only the help of a tribunal of long dead men may be able to save her.

Vibrant and cerebral, filled with intrigue, Conspiracy Theory and more ancient secrets than the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lark’s Labyrinth pits characters you’ll care about against a mystery you’ll want to solve.

Inside Lark’s Labyrinth is a secret men have killed for …now a woman, her sister, her child and their small band of friends are all that stand between us and the dark, insidious power that’s a hairsbreadth away from ruling the world.

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LARK’S LABYRINTH BY CATHY CASH SPELLMAN EXCERPT

Cait Hears her Husband Shot Over the Baby Monitor

 

The baby monitor in her pocket exploded into sudden sound, catching Cait totally off guard. She strained to hear what the voices were saying, but they were too far from the transmitter.  Words static’d in and out maddeningly.  Guns?  The Spear of who?  Some foreign words?  Her heart was pounding so hard she could hardly breathe, never mind hear.  She thought she heard Jack say he wanted the guns out of their house.  She definitely heard him threaten to call the police.  A burglar must have caught him as he was locking up.  She picked up the phone with trembling hands to dial 911, but there was no dial tone.  Ice water shot through her and she grabbed Lark up from the bed, moving swiftly through the connecting door to the master bedroom.  She slid the lock into place, a terrible pang reminding her that Jack was now on the other side of that lock.

 

(you could end it here, Jean, for a better word count)

 

For an instant she leaned her head against the door to clear it.  Have to get control! she admonished herself.  Have to figure out what to do!  She forced her breathing to steady, willed her heart to stop pounding in her ears.  Cait set Lark down on the bed and shook her awake.  Where the hell was her cell phone?  Oh, shit!  It was in the car where she’d left it when she went to the drugstore.

“Lark!” she whispered urgently, shaking the child gently awake.  “Baby, you’ve got to pay attention to everything I say, now.  We may be in big danger and I really need your help.”

Lark struggled to wake up.

“Mommy?” she whispered, scared by what she was seeing. “What’s the matter? Where’s Daddy?”

Cait looked right, left, everywhere, assessing the possibilities, fear lapping at her like a predator.  Her pistol was in the gun safe in her bedroom closet, but the key was on the keyring in her purse, left on the sideboard at the bottom of the stairs.

“There are burglars in the house, baby,” Cait said as steadily as she could.  “I’m trying to figure out how to get us out of here and you’ve got to stay awake for me!

Copyright © 2017 by Cathy Cash Spellman

Photo Credit: Dakota Cash

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

       

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APRIL 13th MONDAY JeanBookNerd GUEST POST
APRIL 14th TUESDAY TTC Books and More GUEST POST
APRIL 15th WEDNESDAY BookHounds INTERVIEW
APRIL 16th THURSDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
APRIL 16th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW

APRIL 17th FRIDAY Life Within the Pages REVIEW
APRIL 17th FRIDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW & GUEST POST


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APRIL 20th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
APRIL 21st TUESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Author Kelly Riser REVIEW
APRIL 24th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW

APRIL 24th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner EXCERPT

 
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NERD BLAST: Explorer Academy: The Star Dunes by Trudi Trueit

Series: Explorer Academy (Book 4)
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Under the Stars (March 17, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426336810
ISBN-13: 978-1426336812

Praise for EXPLORER ACADEMY Series

“This series opener from a new imprint of National Geographic is a fully packed high-tech adventure that offers both cool, educational facts about the planet and a diverse cast of fun characters.” ―Kirkus

“This exciting series opener introduces young readers to the joys of science and nature.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

“Sure to appeal to kids who love code cracking and mysteries with cutting-edge technology.” ―Booklist

“A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love.” ―J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lost,” “Alias”

“Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.” ―James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and acclaimed film-maker

“Explorer Academy is sure to awaken readers’ inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Lani’s adventures for yourself!” ―LeVar Burton, host of “Reading Rainbow” and “LeVar Burton Reads”

“Absolutely Brilliant! Explorer Academy is a fabulous feast for the mind and heart — a thrilling, inspiring journey with compelling characters, wonderous places, and the highest possible stakes. Just as there’s only one planet Earth, there’s only one series like this. Don’t wait another instant to enjoy this phenomenal adventure!” ―T.A. Barron, author of the Merlin Saga

“In the midst of fast-paced action, Explorer Academy captures the power of learning through exploration. The excitement of hands-on discovery is modeled in Cruz’s adventures, which encourages kids to take on the mind-set of explorers.” ―Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Explorer and Guerilla Geographer


“A fictional setting like the Explorer Academy allows children to forge connections between science in the abstract and practical applications, holding their interest and fostering a love for, ‘all the different things the planet has to offer.’” Book Riot

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado at the Explorer Academy, where he and 23 other kids from around the globe are training to become the next generation of great explorers. But in addition to making new friends and attending cool classes, Cruz must also unlock clues to his family’s mysterious past and tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him … and why? Secrets creep out from the shadows and leave Cruz with more questions than answers in this fourth title in the hit series.

A major discovery forces the Explorer Academy into the limelight in The Star Dunes, but Cruz has much more on his mind than 15 minutes of fame. A new face on board the ship brings Cruz’s worlds colliding, and someone close to Cruz ends up on the brink of death. En route to Africa to dispense life-saving medications to gorillas, thwart pangolin poachers and capture images of the last known cheetahs in Namibia, Team Cousteau is now down a major player, and Cruz can’t help but be preoccupied by the hole in his life. The discovery of his mom’s next clue leads him to the most exotic location yet–a vast desert–with no other information to lead the way, while an unlikely ally helps Cruz pursue another piece of the puzzle. Just as things seem like they might turn out alright, Dr. Fanchon Quills has a technological breakthrough which gives Cruz a glimpse into the past and reveals more about his future than he may really want to know.

You can purchase Explorer Academy: The Star Dunes at the following Retailers:

 

Photo Credit: Bill Trueit

Trudi Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences. She has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Trueit lives in Everett, Washington.

       

 

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): Blame the Dead by Ed Ruggero

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (March 3, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250312744
ISBN-13: 978-1250312747



Praise for BLAME THE DEAD

“The title of this riveting, finely crafted novel may be Blame the Dead, but I blame author Ed Ruggero–for keeping me up at night, reading “just one more” chapter then another and another. Whether your interests lie in a well-wrought mystery, a classic cop story, historical settings or first-rate military fiction, this thoroughly enjoyable novel set during World War II checks the block. Great pacing, compelling characters, solid research and a fiendishly clever plot add up to non-stop reading excitement.” ―Ralph Peters, author of Cain at Gettysburg and Judgment at Appomattox

“This book is a lot of fun, written with an insider’s feel for the U.S. Army and its history.” ―Thomas E. Ricks, author of The Generals and Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

“Ruggero’s story sets itself apart with the vividly rendered field-hospital setting and the focus on the battle-hardened nurses. A solid choice for WWII-thriller fans.” ―Booklist

“At the start of this exceptional WWII mystery and series launch, Lt. Eddie Harkins, an MP who was once a Philadelphia beat cop, comes across a murder scene near Palermo, Sicily…. Ruggero plays fair with his readers and makes the carrying out of a homicide inquiry in wartime both exciting and plausible.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ruggero uses his military expertise to create a vivid and unconventional setting for a murder mystery, crafting an intriguing quagmire of institutional corruption to challenge his everyman hero.” ―Library Journal

The nurses of the US Army’s Field Hospitals, mobile units that operate just behind the battle lines, contend with heat, dirt, short-handed staffs, the threat of German counterattack and an ever-present flood of horribly wounded GIs. At the 11th Field Hospital near Palermo, Sicily in the bloody summer of 1943, nurses also live with the threat of violent assault by one of their own–at least until someone shoots Dr. Myers Stephenson in the head.

Enter Eddie Harkins, a tough former Philadelphia beat cop turned Military Police lieutenant, who is first on the scene. Although he has never been a detective, Harkins soon finds himself the lone investigator, either because the Military Police are under-staffed or because someone in power thinks this rank amateur will never get close to the real killer. When the hospital commander tries to derail Harkins’ investigation by transferring or harassing key witnesses, it becomes clear to Harkins that the unit is rotten to its core, that the nurses are not safe, and that patients who have survived Nazi bullets are still at risk after they arrive at this place that is supposed to save them.

Harkins fights–and worries that he is losing–multiple battles. He is driven to give hope to nurses who just want to do their life-saving work, to right at least a few of the wrongs around him, and to do penance for sins in his own past. The one bright note for Harkins is a rekindled relationship with Kathleen Donnelly, a nurse from Harkins’ old neighborhood; but even that is complicated when Donnelly becomes a victim.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of Blame the Dead from the publisher via Jean BookNerd for an honest review. There was no compensation for this review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.
Historical fiction is a hit and miss for me. Sometimes, it feels more like a history lesson than an immersive journey. Don’t get me wrong, I love history. It’s my second favorite school subject (next to English). But, reading fiction in a historical setting can be overrun with history. That is unless the history aspect is the backdrop.
Blame the Dead is a murder mystery first and foremost. It just happens to be set in World War Two. It just happens to be in the middle of a war.
The mystery is well done, pulling the reader into the narrative fast. I felt my heartstrings pull for much of the cast. There isn’t just the murder, but also the dark underbelly of the military. You may find out who the killer is before the book ends, but the story and characters are so well done that you have to finish reading it.
I definitely saw this book as a movie in my head and would love to read more with Harkins as our main protagonist.
Final Rating: 4/5
Photo Content from EdRuggero

Ed Ruggero has studied, practiced, and taught leadership for more than twenty-five years, helping organizations develop the kinds of leaders people want to follow. His client list includes the FBI, the New York City Police Department, CEO Conference Europe, the CIA, the Young Presidents Organization, Forbes, the SAS Institute, Hugo Boss USA, CitiFinancial, and Time, among many others. He has appeared on CNN, The History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and CNBC and has spoken to audiences around the world on leadership, leader development and ethics. Ed is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and has been a panelist for The Washington Post’s On Leadership series. He also has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Ed is the author of eleven books, including Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders, a study of leader development at the US Military Academy; and Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault Into Fortress Europe, July 1943, which became a one-hour docudrama on The History Channel. Ed is also the co-author of The Leader’s Compass, a fictional story of how one leader developed a personal leadership philosophy. His most recent book is The First Men In: US Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day.

After his graduation from West Point, Ed received his commission in the United States Army and served as an infantry officer in a variety of leadership positions, followed by an assignment teaching at West Point. After his service, Ed continued to share his insights about leadership, leading to his career as an author, public speaker, and trainer.

Ed is the founder and principal of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience, The Concord Leadership Experience, The Valley Forge Leadership Experience and the Normandy Leadership Experience, four distinct experiential learning programs in which participants walk the grounds of great military struggles and learn battle-tested leadership lessons that will help them meet today’s business challenges.

 
       
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MARCH 2nd MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
MARCH 3rd TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
MARCH 4th WEDNESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
MARCH 5th THURSDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
MARCH 5th THURSDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT
MARCH 6th FRIDAY BookHoundsINTERVIEW 
 
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MARCH 9th MONDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
MARCH 10th TUESDAY Insane About BooksREVIEW 
MARCH 11th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
MARCH 12th THURSDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
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NERD BLAST: The Devil Drinks Coffee by Destiny Ford

Print Length: 358 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Midnight Sands Publishing (November 24, 2013)
Publication Date: November 24, 2013
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B00CVH4CDG

Praise for THE DEVIL DRINKS COFFEE“In The Devil Drinks Coffee, author Angela Corbett invites you into a world filled with smart, funny characters and an engaging mystery. Do yourself a favor and accept the invitation!” —Shelly Fredman, author of the No Such Thing As mystery series

“The Devil Drinks Coffee is a perfect comical caper that makes for a fantastic weekend read! Fans of who-done-it’s and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series alike, will adore Destiny Ford’s heroine Kate Saxee. Full of sass, humor, mystery, and two hunky men, this read will make you howl in laughter and delight in every page!” —Jennifer Miller, author of Pretty Little Lies

A cow suicide, a revolving door rescue, and the birth of a bright purple pig are starting to make Kate Saxee wonder if taking a job in her small hometown of Branson Falls, Utah, was such a great idea. As The Branson Tribune editor, Kate covers local news, which, more often than not, involves her accident-prone mom. Nothing truly newsworthy has ever happened in the quiet town until local teen Chelsea Bradford turns up dead in a Branson Falls lake.The police rule Chelsea’s death an accident, but Kate suspects there’s more to the story—and she’s not the only one. Two of Branson’s most eligible bachelors are determined to help her solve the crime—among other things. But the small town social network is faster than Twitter, and gossip about Kate’s love-life is quickly branding her the Branson Falls hussy.

As Kate learns more about Chelsea, she discovers that plenty of people are trying to cover up the real story behind the girl’s death—including Chelsea’s parents. Now Kate has to juggle work, men, her mom’s most recent disaster involving a low-speed John Deere Combine chase on the freeway, and fend off the Mormons heaven-bent on saving her soul—all while solving Chelsea’s murder. Dealing with this is going to require a lot of coffee, chocolate frosted donuts, Neil Diamond’s greatest hits, and a slew of words not on the town approved imitation swear list.

 



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Destiny Ford is a pseudonym for Angela Corbett. Angela graduated from Westminster College with a double major in communication and sociology. She started working as a reporter when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and editorial writing. She has also done freelance writing. In addition to writing, she works as a director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, cupcakes, and U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

She writes adult titles under the name Destiny Ford, and YA/NA titles under the name Angela Corbett.

 

        

 

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr

“Steps up several
levels into an exciting category all its own. It’s thriller, cold case,
mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting
novel. Set amidst the political drama that comes with Washington DC and
the Pentagon, a current multiple murder becomes a search years in the
past. With a young, hot lieutenant assigned to NCIS, and his beautiful
new wife, you have all the makings of a bestseller.  Nicely done, Ms.
Carr!” – Review by Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews

The Latest Best-Selling Thorny Rose Mystery Available Now!

Get Your Copy Today!

 

Join us for this tour from Jan 20 to Feb 28, 2020!

 

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries,
so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on
stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some
mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

 

Book Description:

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the
United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two
dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after
numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue
that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every
federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander
Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up
at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to
bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest
work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist
who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

“13”

MY REVIEW
I received a copy of THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
Can we just take a moment and look at this cover? The rain, the suit, and the gun with the silencer. It just gives you 007 vibes, right? Not to mention, I have to say this is the best cover in the batch!
Just like the other book I read from Carr, the writing is well done. The story pulled me in shortly after the first few chapters. The action is well done and again, the character relationships are great.
Final Rating: 3/5
Check Out These Other Thorny Rose Mysteries:
“The plot was original, fresh and fast paced in spite of the
“traditional elements” employed which can normally be found in any other
thriller of this genre. The USP of this story would be its
unpredictability. When you think you have it all guessed up, the plot
would change its course keeping you hooked. There were a lot of suspense
twists and turns that kept the momentum up. Needless to say, the
writing was simply perfect. One thing that writer needs to be lauded for
is the humor she inculcated in the book. Minus those humorous parts,
the book would have been one serious read.” – Reviewer: Book and Ink

 

Book Description:

Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered
in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions
surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers
together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton,
USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims,
then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the
victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron
Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a
Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night
shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in
Crime join newlyweds Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift
through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the
Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning
killer?

“Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their
lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the
answers are found, it left me wanting more.” – Review by Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental

Book Description:After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton
are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in
their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle
of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep
secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out
at Murphy.When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her
latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may
have witnessed the murder of a family while visiting family at the
winery near-by, and suppressed the memory.Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims,
Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker,
a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a
community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an
end to the Thorny Rose couple?

 Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Audible
Add to Goodreads

Murder by Perfection is a wonderful read and a perfect to
escape from the challenges of a busy day. Danger, intrigue, humor, and
love all take their turn in this tale which will keep you reading into
the wee hours.” Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Book Description:Beware: Perfection has a dark side!

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica
Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night.
The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a
couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned
by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and
business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose
detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to
discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

 

Buy the Book:
Amazon
Add to Goodreads
Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international
best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson
Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across
three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike
rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include
mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and
humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also
the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead
Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German
Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

Tour Schedule:Jan 20 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview / giveaway
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Jan 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review of A Fine Year for Murder
Jan 24 – Bookmark and fork  – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
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Jan 29 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
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Jan 30 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 31 – fundinmental – series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 31 – redpillows – series spotlight
Feb 3 – b for bookreview – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 3 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book review of the Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 4 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of the Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 4 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Murder by Perfection
Feb 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 6 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview / giveaway
Feb 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 7 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Murder by Perfection
Feb 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 11 – Laura`s Interests – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 12 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 12 – Leels Loves Books – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 13 – Casia’s Corner – book review of Kill and Run
Feb 13 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 14 – Pause for Tales – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
Feb 18 – Bookmark and fork  – series spotlight / giveaway
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Feb 21 – Divas With A Purpose – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post
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Feb 24 – My Devotional Thoughts – series spotlight
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Feb 25 – Svetlana’s reads and views – series spotlight
Feb 26 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight of the Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview
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BOOK TOUR (REVIEW): Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

 Join us for this tour from Jan 20 to Feb 28!
“Steps up several
levels into an exciting category all its own. It’s thriller, cold case,
mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting
novel. Set amidst the political drama that comes with Washington DC and
the Pentagon, a current multiple murder becomes a search years in the
past. With a young, hot lieutenant assigned to NCIS, and his beautiful
new wife, you have all the makings of a bestseller.  Nicely done, Ms.
Carr!” – Review by Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews
“The plot was well thought out and there were no loose ends at the end.
The story was fast paced to keep my attention easily. The book is a
treat to a reader who loves a mix of genres in their reads. It has the
right amount of romance, mystery, action and thrill to keep me satisfied
from the start to the end.” – Reviewer: The Travelogue of a Book Addict

“I love how Carr writes. She has such great
characters, and there is always something happen. There is always some
kind of fire fight going on, and the way she connects things is just
fantastic.” – Reviewer: Paij Slater, My Love For Reading Keeps Growing

 

Book Details:

Book Title: Kill and Run by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 1)
Category:  Adult fiction, 422 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  September, 2015
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

 

Book Description:
Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered
in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions
surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers
together only to be killed.Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton,
USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims,
then he can find their murderer.The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the
victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron
Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a
Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night
shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in
Crime join newlyweds Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift
through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the
Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning
killer?

MY REVIEW
I received a free copy of Kill and Run for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.
Let me start off this review by first mentioning that this is the first book in a growing mystery series. You don’t have to read the first one to understand the others, but I’m the kind of person who wanted to at least meet the characters in their first element. That said, I am also reviewing the most recent addition to the series. So, keep an eye out!
Kill and Run is a mystery that circles around the deaths of five women. I found the book to be fairly well-paced, though much of the first quarter is the reader getting a feel of the characters. Which, honestly, is great. Each character plays well with each other whether it is motivated by love or anger.
I’m not sure how I feel with the military aspect of the book, but it’s not by any means a deterrent. It’s more that I want to know more about how the military works in moments like this and how close the book is to those details. It is by no means a deal-breaker. If anything, it inspires me to do my own research and I think that’s awesome.
The book is well written. You are pulled in pretty easily and the book can easily be a single sitting read if you aren’t careful. The mystery is well done as well. I definitely didn’t see it coming.
It’s a well done first book in a series.
All in all, I’m excited to read The Nutcracker Conspiracy to see how much the writing has grown and how the characters interact with each other.
Final Rating: 3/5
 Check out these other great Thorny Rose Mysteries::
“Lauren Carr’s books are never boring, that’s for sure. They entertain,
give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a
few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren
Carr’s series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one
book!”  Review by Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

 

Book Description:

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the
United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two
dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after
numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue
that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every
federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander
Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up
at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to
bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest
work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist
who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

“13”

Get Best-Selling New Thorny Rose Mystery Available Now!
Buy the Book:
Amazon.com 

Add to Goodreads

“Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their
lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the
answers are found, it left me wanting more.” – Review by Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental

Book Description:After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton
are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in
their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle
of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep
secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out
at Murphy.When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her
latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may
have witnessed the murder of a family while visiting family at the
winery near-by, and suppressed the memory.Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims,
Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker,
a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a
community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an
end to the Thorny Rose couple?

 Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Audible
Add to Goodreads

Murder by Perfection is a wonderful read and a perfect to
escape from the challenges of a busy day. Danger, intrigue, humor, and
love all take their turn in this tale which will keep you reading into
the wee hours.” Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Book Description:Beware: Perfection has a dark side!

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica
Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night.
The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a
couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned
by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and
business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose
detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to
discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

 

Buy the Book:
Amazon
Add to Goodreads

 

Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international
best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson
Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across
three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike
rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include
mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and
humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also
the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead
Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German
Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

Tour Schedule:Jan 20 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Jan 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Jan 20 – redpillows – book spotlight / guest post
Jan 21 – My Reading Journeys – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 – Jypsylynn – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Jan 22 – eBook Addicts – series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Jan 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review of A Fine Year for Murder
Jan 24 – Bookmark and fork  – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of Murder by Perfection
Jan 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Jan 29 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Jan 30 – Library of Clean Reads – series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 30 Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Jan 30 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 31 – fundinmental – series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 31 – redpillows – series spotlight
Feb 3 – b for bookreview – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 3 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book review of the Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 4 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of the Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 4 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Murder by Perfection
Feb 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 6 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview / giveaway
Feb 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 7 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Murder by Perfection
Feb 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 11 – Laura`s Interests – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 12 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 12 – Leels Loves Books – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 13 – Casia’s Corner – book review of Kill and Run
Feb 13 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 14 – Pause for Tales – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
Feb 18 – Bookmark and fork  – series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 – JBronder Book Reviews – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 20 – Svetlana’s reads and views – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy
Feb 21 – Divas With A Purpose – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post
Feb 24 – Laura`s Interests – series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – My Devotional Thoughts – series spotlight
Feb 25 – Peaceful Pastime – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 25 – Svetlana’s reads and views – series spotlight
Feb 26 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight of the Nutcracker Conspiracy / author interview
Feb 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 –fundinmental – book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy / giveaway
Feb 27 – My Devotional Thoughts – book review / author interview / giveaway
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KINDLE FORCE: A MURDER ON JANE STREET by Cathy Cash Spellman

Print Length: 410 pages
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (July 16, 2019)
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07QSC84TF

Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN


“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings

“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings

“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings

“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind

“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind

“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child

“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child

“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child

A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

                          

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?


Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.

You can purchase A Murder on Jane Street at the following Retailers:

  

Photo Credit: Dakota Cash


Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

        

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): SNOW CREEK by Gregg Olsen


Print Length: 268 pagesPublisher: Bookouture (November 18, 2019)
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07XSB35SS

Publisher: Bookouture (November 18, 2019)
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07XSB35SS


Praise for GREGG OLSEN’S NOVELS
“Gregg Olsen’s Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Envyexplores a serious topic–cyberbullying–in a fantastic, well-crafted story. Can’t wait for the next Empty Coffinnovel!” ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor
“Gregg Olsen’s Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides, but on the community at large.” ―Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy
“Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!” ―GirlsLife.com
“Olsen’s characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!” ―RT Book Reviews
“Dark and addictive…” ―Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels
“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…” ―Publishers Weekly
“WICKEDLY CLEVER! TWISTED.” ―Lisa Gardner
“OLSEN WRITES RAPID-FIRE PAGE-TURNERS.” ―The Seattle Times
“GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT.” ―Kay Hooper

Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.

Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.

You can purchase Snow Creek at the following Retailers:

MY REVIEW

I was given a copy of SNOW CREEK for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

SNOW CREEK is a small town mystery about secrets and no matter how far you hide or seclude yourself, the isolation only brings out the truth in the end.

The book is cleverly written, weaving the history of Megan Carpenter with the main mystery and a secretive couple who are thrust into the story. What really grabbed me was the setting. I’m actually well acquainted with the Pacific Northwest area. I’ve lived in Bremerton for a few years and I have a friend who knows Port Townsend intimately. In fact, I visited that area with my friend this year. Needless to say, reading the book really hit my own love of the place and tied me in.

The mystery about was interesting, but it is the couple and main character, Megan Carpenter, that my interests lay. There is quite a hidden history with Megan, one that plays really well with the family of the murdered victim. You find yourself gripped to the moments where she is listening to her taped therapy sessions, trying to figure out just what haunts her.

Overall, this book is one you don’t want to leave until you are done. It was a great distraction away from my responsibilities, making it easy for me to be pulled back in every time I set it aside. My only suggestion is for you to have time set aside to read this book. You won’t want to put it down.

Final Rating: 4/5

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Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner’s Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.
In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People,Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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