$25 Amazon/PP-WW-Trouble in Paradise (Paradise Series Book 3)-Deborah Brown-Ends 12/4

Friday, October 31, 2014


Yes, there is all kinds of nefarious goings on in this series including murders that have to be solved and I am loving every one of them. I also find myself laughing at the antics of Madison and her best friend Fabiana. Madison wants her PI license--she has already managed to get her concealed weapon permit--her boyfriend is NOT a happy camper about all this-nor is her big brother. Now Mom--that is a different story. Other then trying to get her two children married off so she can be a grandmother--she is truly a pistol. I felt Madison's pain when her Mom pulled her "Because I'm your mother-that's why" routine.

Madison still owns the hotel that her Aunt left her in her will with all the same crazy characters living there as in the prior books in this series which I really think you should read. Book 1-- Crazy in Paradise Book 2 Deception in Paradise and there is going to be a book 4 in this series which I will be reading and reviewing!!!!!!



Welcome to the Florida Keys! Get ready to go on vacation and lose yourself in this action packed read.

What is big news in small town Tarpon Cove? An accidental drowning or perhaps a ruthless murder? When a dead fisherman rolls up on shore, Madison cannot resist jumping into her new role as Private Investigator. But she soon discovers the people in The Cove who normally gossip about everybody's business are unusually tight-lipped.

The bad tenant radar still not working, the cottages continue to be full of riffraff. Madison gets arrested, shot at, and outsmarted. She teams up with her best friend – the Glock carrying Fabiana. Together they take on cases no other investigators would ever touch!

Trouble in Paradise, is the third novel in Deborah Brown's Paradise series, can be read as a stand alone book.

"'Trouble' is captivating from the first paragraph.  The stories are a true adventure!" - review from Amazon

"This book continues the drama as it can only occur in South Florida, with a host of truly fun, unique characters." - Author Kim Cano

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The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, "great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!"

I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer... and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Book Review-Death Stalks Door County-Patricia Skalka

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Dave used to be a police officer--then his wife and daughter were killed in a hit and run accident. He can not seem to get past this and turns to drink. His partner convinces him to take a job as a park ranger up in Door County. By the way Door County is a real place and if it is half as beautiful as the author depicts-I want to go there! The story is not real!

Door County is about to have their summer festival when strange things start happening--people are being murdered. Dave is finally convinced by the bigwig of the town to investigate. Amidst all Dave is able to come to terms with himself and it will warm your heart how this happens. So who is causing all the deaths? I can't tell you that it would give away the story. This is a well written book and I look forward to any sequels which may come along.

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Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders, or bizarre accidents? Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, assumes the worst but refuses to get involved. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife and daughter, he’s had enough of death.

Forced to confront the past, the morose Cubiak moves beyond his own heartache and starts investigating, even as a popular festival draws more people into possible danger. In a desperate search for clues, Cubiak uncovers a tangled web of greed, betrayal, bitter rivalries, and lost love beneath the peninsula’s travel-brochure veneer. Befriended by several locals but unsure whom to trust or to suspect of murder, the one-time cop tracks a clever killer.

In a setting of stunning natural beauty and picturesque waterfront villages, Death Stalks Door County introduces a new detective series, “The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries.”

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Skalka is a former freelancer for Reader's Digest, specializing in medical and human-interest stories. She has worked as a magazine editor and writing instructor. A Chicago native, she lives in the city but takes time off at her cottage in Door County.

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Book Spotlight-Stages of Grey (A Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mystery)-Clea Simon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This is the 8th book in the Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mystery series. It is the first I have read and I think I want to go back and see what Mr. Grey, Dulcie's deceased cat who makes appearances in ghostly form on occasion when needed the most, was like when alive. Her current cat-Esmee reminds me of my own cat--right down to the biting of my ankle if she is angry at me for one reason or another.

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Graduate student Dulcie Schwartz finds herself in the front row of a murder in the latest installment of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series
Dulcie never considered herself a player. But when her friends drag her to a new local theater company that is updating Ovid with a disco version of The Metamorphosis the grad student finds herself in the front row of a murder.

This could be the end of the struggling company, which is also plagued by money woes and romantic rivalries. But was jealousy the reason the performer was stabbed? Or are there darker secrets behind the scenes? And what role does Gus, the troupe’s feline mascot, play? As the classics get mangled, Dulcie must untangle the truth before she also gets caught up in deadly illusion.

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Hi! Welcome to my Amazon Connect page. I don't know if you found me because you like fun feline mysteries you might be wondering about my mystery "Dogs Don't Lie." Yup, it's got a dog in it - but my new heroine, the animal psychic Pru Marlowe, couldn't function without her sidekick, an irascible tabby named Wallis. They both appear in "Cats Can't Shoot," "Parrots Prove Deadly," and the latest Pru "Panthers Play for Keeps." (Look for "Kittens Can Kill" in April 2015! All from Poisoned Pen Press) Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying my Theda Krakow series - "Mew is for Murder," "Cattery Row," "Cries and Whiskers," or "Probable Claws" - and my Dulcie Schwartz series (think cats AND ghosts!) with "Shades of Grey," "Grey Matters," "Grey Zone," "Grey Expectations," "True Grey," "Grey Howl," and the upcoming "Stages of Grey" (Oct. 2014 from Severn House). Or perhaps we share some family issues, and you're looking at "Mad House" or "Fatherless Women." Or maybe you just love cats and are interested in my "The Feline Mystique." At any rate, good to meet you! I'm a writer and journalist, an avid reader, and am looking forward to making this page lively and fun.

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$20 Amazon/PP-WW-Renaissance of the Heart- Lori M. Jones-Ends 11/2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



After her husband of fifteen years comes out of the closet, a blindsided, forty-year-old Amanda Lewis is forced to salvage what remains of her shattered heart and navigate a new life for herself and her teenage daughter. But will a sizzling secret romance with a famous young NFL quarterback lead her to winning the life she deserves or set her up for her biggest loss yet?



As she embarks on the journey of rebuilding her home, Amanda discovers that finding forgiveness and repairing her damaged self-worth are her biggest challenges of all. While searching her soul–and even searching inside her city's history–she finds answers. But will answers come too late and can a broken heart ever be truly fixed?




"Renaissance of the Heart is a light-hearted yet soul-filling story of what true love looks like" - review from Amazon



"This is the best book I have read in years! Lori Jones is an amazing author and needs to get more books out there! It's so hard to put this book down!" - review from Amazon



"This is a great book and you can't wait to get to the next chapter! The author draws you in right away with this story. The characters are amazing!" - review from Goodreads



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Lori M. Jones is an author of women's & children's fiction. She released her first children's book, RILEY'S HEART MACHINE, in the fall of 2012 through Guardian Angel Publishing and her second children's book, CONFETTI THE CROC, in 2014. Her debut novel, RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in 2014. Her flash fiction pieces have placed in several contests and both novels have received awards in first chapter contests.



Lori resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, two young daughters and Disco the dog.  Her youngest daughter's heart defect was the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine. Lori is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Children's Heart Foundation and the president of Pennsylvania Chapter. She travels to schools and libraries delivering talks about the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine and how we can all embrace what makes us special. Lori enjoys rooting for her Pittsburgh sports teams and participating in 5K runs.



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Book Review-Auditory Viewpoint-Lillian R. Melendez


This is the second book I have read by this author. The first was Dismantling Vindictiveness--needless to say I liked it cause here I am again with another of her books!

Someone is stalking Anna. Her sister, Gloria, has to teach her how to use all her senses to figure out who the person is! You see Gloria is totally blind and at first nobody, least of all Anna, believes she can actually help. When people start getting murdered the FBI gets involved-now you know they really don't think Gloria can help--

Can Gloria teach Anna to really use all her senses? Will they find the murderer or will the FBI? The ending will definitely throw you-you will not see it coming!


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Gloria Rank has lived her entire life in the dark. Blind since birth, she has made a name for herself as a respected talk radio show host in New Jersey. When her younger sister, Anna, has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside her apartment, Anna becomes the prime suspect in an FBI investigation. But when bodies begin piling up around her, the FBI has to admit that she is being stalked by a murderer.
With the FBI focused in the wrong direction, it is up to Gloria to teach Anna to use her other senses--hearing, touch, taste, and smell--which she never really had to completely rely on before to help uncover a ring of identity thieves and stop the killer from taking her life, and perhaps Gloria's as well!

Their only hope for survival is an experiment in perception that will unearth heartbreaking secrets and catapult Gloria into a darkness of the heart beyond any that she has ever known.

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Lillian Melendez was born in New York City, and grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. Writing since childhood, she began to publish her work when she was very young. The arts as a whole have always been an interest, but creative writing is her passion. She received a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

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