Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Review & #Giveaway ~ Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery, Book 1) by Winnie Archer #CozyMystery

Kneaded To Death by Winnie Archer


Kneaded to Death 
A Bread Shop Mystery, Book 1 
Cozy Mystery 
February 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496707727 

About the Book:
Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . . Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Sofia, California. That is, until the thirty-six-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Solis, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . . But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car. Even more devastating, the prime suspect is Olaya Solis herself. Doubting the woman could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove her innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast!
My Review:

Ivy Culpepper is back home in Santa Sofia, California after living in Texas.  Her return comes on the heels of a tragedy and she struggles to make sense of the turn of events.  Ivy, while trying to make sense of things, finds herself on the doorstop of Yeast of Eden and becomes involved in bread making classes.  During one class, a member of the group is found dead in her car while a fight brews in the street near by.  Does one event have anything to do with the other?  When the local police names the owner of Yeast of Eden and her two sisters as suspects, Ivy knows it's not true and finds herself on a quest to clear their names.  The deeper Ivy gets involved the more secrets come out about the residents of her sleepy little town.

The author did an excellent job keeping the murderer(s) under wraps.  She cleverly brought in many people that it could be, some more prominent than others, and slid the revelation in all wrapped up with a bow.  Looking back, there are recognizable yet subtle clues and hints.

The character development and world building was done well.  We get back story as necessary but most of the book focuses on the past six months to the present.  The dialogue is conversational and characters are likable.  Ivy is strong yet emotional since the tragedy.  She needs an outlet for her grief and finds it with baking classes at Yeast of Eden.  She can focus on something else, she's in good company, and making bread is fun.  The secondary characters are unique and bring their own style to Kneaded to Death.

The pacing of the story, however, is rather slow for about half of the story.  It took me much longer to read the book than it should have.  I just didn't get engaged in the story right away.  I was able to put the book down and walk away without really feeling a pull to come back and read more.  The last half of the book was much better in terms of pacing, interest, and engagement.  The solution to the mystery was satisfying, albeit heart wrenching at one point.

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Meet the Author:

The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day, and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

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Winnie Archer is the pseudonym for national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon. Learn more at

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Release Blitz ~ Looking Back on Forever by Kat Alexander

Looking Back on Forever
Kat Alexander
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: February 27th

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About the Book:

There are moments in time that stand out more than others: your first kiss, a special birthday party, seeing your baby for the first time, an intimate conversation, a first date, even something as little as sitting around a dining room table with friends. This is the story of the moments that stood out after I first laid eyes on Noah Gish. ~ Claire Sawyer

The city, it used to be a place I loved and missed with an ache in my gut. It was home. The place where I grew up, where I had fun, where I had my friends, where life was as good as I knew it to be. Then I was shipped off to a place that begins the story of how I fell in love, just to screw everything up. ~ Noah Gish

About the Author:

Literature is my passion. I like to challenge myself and grow in my writings. I have many unfinished books and some that have been published under a different name.

My passions include the arts: music, photography, writing, dance, painting, films, architecture—anything that is creation. There is not much I don't like; and if I don't like it, I at least appreciate the process it took place to create it. This is something incorporated in all my books.

In my spare time, I enjoy being out in nature, travelling, spending time with family, and reading. I read everything, from contemporary to paranormal, and history to science. Learning is something very important to me.

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Happy Release Day & #Giveaway ~ Remembrance: (Heart Lines Series Book 1) by Heather Hildenbrand ~ New Adult Paranormal Romance

Remembrance is now available and I'm so excited to bring you this story!

This is a spin-off of my Dirty Blood series and while it's more fun to come in already knowing a bit about these characters, you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can just jump in here!

(New Adult Paranormal Romance)

About the Book:

She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass. Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival. Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Book 1 in the highly anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling and award-winning Dirty Blood series.

Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!

“If you enjoyed the Dirty Blood series, Remembrance is a must-read!” Available NOW! FREE for Kindle Unlimited!

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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild ~ Contemporary Women's Fiction

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Sweet Southern Hearts
Author: Susan Schild
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery…

When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.

Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

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Susan has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add authenticity to her characters.

Susan is a wife, a stepmother, and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Short Story Review ~ Murder by the Book: A Mystery Mini by Devorah Fox ~ @devorah_fox

Murder by the Book by Devorah Fox

Print Length: 27 pages 
Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. 
Publication Date: February 27, 2016 

About the Short Story:

An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery. Her day goes from bad to worse when Candy realizes that Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski suspects her of committing the crime.

My Review:

Murder by the Book is a short cozy mystery story.  The story finds the protagonist, Candy Wadsen, on a detective's radar after she returns to work and enters the scene of a crime.  As a matter of procedure, the detective must investigate all persons who may be involved.  Will the clues exonerate Candy or will she find herself behind bars?

I really enjoyed this short story.  The author created a world with clues that weren't the usual type - they were creative and unique.  With the help of Candy, Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski figures out who committed the crime without alerting the readers prematurely.  All-in-all an enjoyable, fast paced, and quick read.  I would be interested in reading a longer book with Candy as the lead.  

My Rating:

Meet the Author:

"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky.

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Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ 40 Something (A Novel About the X-Generation) by Shannon Peel

40 Something by Shannon Peel

Book Details:

Paperback Page Count: 346 pages

Publisher: Carennedy Solutions 

Publish Date: January 18, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction
Five women navigate life while juggling careers, children, family, and the men in their lives.
Charlie is bored with the family tradition of Sunday Dinner so she brings a friend her family won't approve of to spice things up a bit. Will this friend go too far and cause too much damage?
Rose only wants to do what is right and keep her family safe. How can she do that when the world is so dangerous and her teenagers so willful. Will helping a friend invite trouble into her perfect world?
Lindsay loves to have fun and enjoys the company of men. She is a modern playgirl who will stop at nothing to get a man's attention. Will she find what she's looking for or something unexpected?
Sophie wants to keep the peace and keep everyone happy, especially her ex-husband, so her children will live with her full time. Will she lose the children if she can't afford to take care of them?
Justine wants to escape her perfect life, she just doesn't realize it. Will she find the passion that is missing or will she continue to hide behind her computer screen?  
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Shannon Peel grew up in Enderby, BC where her family's root run deep. Growing up where television was either non existent or very limited she relied on books & imagination to escape into the world beyond. 

She went to UBC to study and earn a general studies BA with a concentration in Political Science and Economics. Macro analysis of world events, social justice and human motivations became a passion of hers. This passion is a driving force in all her stories, which have political, economic, and social justice undercurrents. 

After a career in the financial field she decided to stay home and raise her two children until school age. In 2007 she return to the workforce as a sales / marketing / advertising professional. She currently resides in BC's Lower Mainland with her two teenage children. 

Shannon Peel is a creative, intelligent professional with a 20 year proven track record in sales, marketing, customer relations, project management, presentations, and communication. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais@evelanglais @GoddessFish #ContemporaryRomance

Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais


Genre: Contemporary Romance


About the Book:

Can he embrace the beast within? 

I’m a monster. That’s what Brandon thinks when he flees the medical institute that changed him. Living a normal life isn’t in the cards for him because, while he can hide his scaly skin, his wings are hard to miss. So he runs and lives in the shadows where monsters belong. What he didn’t expect to find were others just like him, and they call themselves dragons. Or so Aimi with the violet eyes tells him when she pins him to the ground. 

Seriously, though, dragons? 

He doesn’t want to believe, but the evidence is mounting. Not helping his resolve is the fact that the woman with the silver hair doesn’t fear the monster and wants to claim him. 

However, before he can think of his own happiness, he has to rescue his little sister. Uncle Theo kidnapped her, and Brandon will do anything to get her back, even if he must embrace the monster within to become the dragon.


Read an Excerpt:

“I am dangerous to be around, though, so you should probably leave and forget you saw me.” 

Again, she uttered that enchanting laughter. The chime of bells in the wind, the sound tickled across his exposed skin, warming him despite the cool evening air. 

“Forget you? Never. Now that I’ve found you, you’re mine.” 

Mine. How nice that sounded. But it also reminded him of his time at Bittech. “I belong to no one.” 

“You say that now…but you’ll change your mind.” She smiled and winked.


About the Author:

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A New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author 

Hello, my name is Eve. I’m a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write hot romance with a bit of a twist. I like strong alpha males, naked chests and shifters. Lots of different breeds of shifters. I am also extremely partial to aliens, you know the kind who abduct their woman and then drive them insane…with pleasure of course.I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after. 

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