Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Charming Voodoo Scavenger Hunt.

Winner  chosen by random.org for a free audio book from the Magical Cures Mystery Series audio series picked by Tonya Kappes is Brandy Barber please send me your email address

I am so excited to be a part of this A Charming Voodoo Scavenger Hunt Tour. We have 2 contests so be sure to enter both of them.

Bubble. . . bubble. . . 
Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new 
housing development and new shops 
popping up all over the magical 
village right before the annual All 
Hallow’s Eve celebration. 

Cures and trouble. . . 
June Heal’s intuition 
is on high alert and she just can’t shake 
that something bad is about to happen. 

Magic stirs . . . 
June finds Violet Draper standing over a dead body 
In the new pumpkin patch hours before it’s supposed 
to open for hayrides. 

And trouble doubles . . . 
Once again, June has to put her sleuthing skills to work 
and figure out who the real killer is before the new 
citizens pack up and move right back out of town

My Review:

Tonya has another 5 star hit with A Charming Voodoo. June  and Oscar are back from their honeymoon and life after marriage begins. Whispering Falls is getting ready for the All Hallows Eve celebration and things are changing with all the new shops, and even mortals being able to live with in the village. June;s intuition is sending her signals and trouble seems to be just around the corner when a body is found in the pumpkin patch. Can June figure out what is going on and who the killer is?

I really enjoy this series and this book was one of my favorite now in the series. I f you ever have experience that uneasy feeling and uncertainty but just couldn't put your finger on what is making you feel that way then I think you know how June feels when her intuition kicks in.  Tonya paints a picture of Whispering Falls and you can just imagine all the shops and how it looks getting ready for the celebration. You can almost feel the cool crisp air and smell the pumpkins as you go with June on this journey.  The book and series is full of fun unusual characters, a magical town, and a good plot and puzzle all wrapped up in a fast paced, funny, quirky book that grabs you and keeps you reading because you don't want to miss anything.  I couldn't put it down and I can not wait to find out what is next for June, Oscar and all of Whispering Falls.

**First Giveaway is for a free audio book from the Magical Cures Mystery Series audio series picked by Tonya Kappes. To be entered answer this question in the comments and I will once again use random.org to pick a winner with the right answer. Here's the question: If you go to  http://www.tonyakappes.com/  look at the top and tell me what is the name of her new cozy series coming in 2017? While you are there you can, if you are so inclined and why wouldn't you be, sign up for her newsletter.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Grave Heritage A Darcy and Flora Mystery by Blanche Manos is an exceptional mystery

Grave Heritage (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Manos, Blanche Day]

Grave Heritage A Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery by Blanche Day Manos is another great book in this series. I think each book has gotten better and this one is no exception. I love the relationship between Darcy and her mother Flora and how they are strong, faithful, intelligent women. This book grabs you from page one and keeps you reading because you never know what is going to happen next. I could not put it down.

Darcy and Flora have an unexpected visitor come to the door in the middle of a storm. The mystery starts right then when the man takes one look at Flora and runs only to be discovered later dead when Darcy stumbles over him at old Ben's house and Jasper is suspected of maybe murdering him. The mystery deepens when Mort the newspaper man dies too. There are other puzzles popping up, things from the past that Darcy is bound and determined to figure out, as well as a new mysterious Pastor. All  of this adds up to one intriguing read. Will Darcy and Flora be able to figure out the mysteries, as well as try to clear poor Jasper of the murder before they are in danger too?

I really enjoyed this book. It has all the right elements with several puzzles, mysteries and more than one suspect with an unique situation or two where you don't see what is coming next. I love that they are women of faith and that the author Blanche Day Manos adds this into what makes these two women strong.  I love the small town atmosphere and the way that the outdoors and nature plays into the story and adds that extra element of tension and uncertainty. I can not find enough adjectives to describe just how much I love this book and series. If you like a good cozy mystery with a good plot, puzzles, faith, strong characters then you have to read this book.

Blanche Day Manos has a way with her writing that you can just feel the tension and uneasiness that her characters feel. Here is one of many examples of that
"My scalp tightened and the hairs on my arms stood up. A strange feeling came over me. Someone, somewhere, was watching us. I gazed around the yard but saw no one. All was quiet. The serenity of the afternoon belied the loss of life which had happened here. Were my nerves so overwrought they were playing tricks on me? Obviously, no one was around, but the cold feeling of dread was real."

I love how Darcy explains about the small town Levi " Levi is a small town, I said, " and a stranger might think everyone here lives a peaceful, open life, but I believe we have as many secrets as we have trees. This quiet surface is deceptive." Doesn't that just imply so many puzzles and mysteries that Darcy and Flora still have to solve.

My most favorite quote that really struck a chord with me was when Darcy talked about how her mother Flora in the midst of all the chaos has a strength that she gets from her faith and she states how important reading the Bible is to her mother.

 " I need to have my daily spiritual vitamins," she had told me more than once." Wow that  is so powerful when you think about it.. Strength comes from our knowing and reading the Bible and boy do they both need it from what they have to face in this adventure.

I can't wait for the next adventure that Darcy and Flora find themselves in.

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I hope you will read this book and series. It is a great adventure.

I received this book from the Publisher for my honest opinion and review

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Pumpkins In Paradise By Kathi Daley Fun, Fast Cozy Mystery.

Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) by [Daley, Kathi]

What a delightful, fun and great mystery is found in Pumpkins in Paradise A TJ Jensen Mystery by Kathi Daley.  It is a great cozy mystery with fun believable characters and the best setting in a small town and  lake resort in the mountains.

TJ helps her Dad run the resort while teaching school and being the ski coach as well as raising her two younger half sisters. The setting is perfect with the lake, cabins and resort. It is somewhere you really would love to go and relax especially if you like the outdoors. The small town with its interesting people and  the pumpkin festival, along with a few quirky characters, a new Deputy, and some a past that is full of intrigue  and you have a good mystery with many suspects, a little romance and a special friendship that is ended by murder. All of this equals to a good book that you won't want to put down.

TJ has a friendship with old Zachary Collins, a recluse  she would visit and on those visits they would talk and Zachary  would have puzzles and riddles for TJ to figure out. TJ's visits were a highlight to his days since  he never left his house. So when TJ  finds him dead in his chair and things don't seem right to her, she has to convince the new Deputy that this is a murder and not just a death of an old man. Can she convince him and find out why Zachary was murdered and who the murderer is? Will Zachary's past and his murder be the last puzzle and riddle that TJ has to solve? I won't spoil it and tell you, but you will want to find out by reading  this book.

This is the first book in the TJ Jensen series and well worth the reading. I think that when you can picture yourself in the town, or can relate to the characters it makes the book more fun to read and this book is like that. There is believable suspects and more than just one so that it makes you read to the end to figure out who the culprit is and why they commit the murder. You have just a enough romance to make it interesting and some emotional situations that add to the book. This is one of those books that you pick up and want to read straight through because you get so caught up in it.

I highly recommend this book and series. If you are a fan of the outdoors, romance, a good mystery and puzzle, with very relatable characters you will enjoy this book and series.

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I hope you will pick this book up and read it. I think you will enjoy this book and the series. The next book in the series is Snowmen in Paradise.
Snowmen in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 2) by [Daley, Kathi]

Until Next Time:


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Count Down To Paradise Giveaway and Review of Pumpkins in Paradise


I am very pleased to be a part of Kathi Daley's Countdown to Paradise Event
Her  TJ Jensen Cozy Mystery series is being re-released and you can pre-order yours now. 

I also have a contest going on and all you have to do is:
1.  Leave a comment on this post with your email address
2.  Also tell me  your choice of  which one of the TJ Jensen books you would like to win  and I will use random.org and pick a winner.

**Contest runs until midnight  central time tonight Sept 3, 2016 . I will announce the winner here and on Kathi Daley's FB page on Sept. 4, 2016. You will have 72hrs to claim your prize or another winner will be chosen. Again The winner will have their  choice of any one book of the 6 Tj Jensen books. The winner can choose an ebook or Paperback NON US winner is eligible for an ebook only.

It is easy to Keep up with Author Kathi Daley by following these links below.

Kathi Daley Books Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks/

Kathi Daley on twitter https://twitter.com/kathidaley

Follow Kathi Daley on goodreads 

 Here are the links to some fun events you won't want to miss:

Countdown to Paradise Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/848072505336998/

Pumpkins in Paradise Book Club: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408072279209347/

Here are the 6 books in the TJ Jensen Series by Kathi Daley

Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) by [Daley, Kathi]

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Betting Off Dead Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Interview With Maggie Parks Lead Sleuth from Betting Off Dead

1)     Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up on Belgravia Court in Old Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a little quaint area just a little ways from the city so it really doesn’t feel like city living. I went to mortal school during the day and witch school at night. Vinnie is my 1965 AC Cobra sports car that is definitely not your average familiar. He’s a tab bit jealous and doesn’t like for hunky men like Mick Jasper sitting in the passenger seat.

And Mick…he’s a dream! He is a spy with SKUL and I just so happened to have put a spell on him, only the spell didn’t work and we ended up solving a crime together. SKUL believes that I blend in as the average citizen and hired me to do what I like to call snooping around, only I snoop using my witchy ways. Sure it’s gotten us in a couple of tangles, but nothing I can’t wiggle my nose at.

2)     What has been your favorite adventure? I love all of them, but the main one that sticks out has been how I have pretended to be married to Mick while we were undercover. So much fun.

3)     What is your favorite treat? Definitely my Auntie Meme’s apple pie! So delish. She owns a little diner, The Brew.

4)     Are you and Mick ever going to get married? Whoa! That’s a little early in the story, so I guess you are going to have to keep reading.

5)     What is your favorite thing to do as a witch? My sister, Lilith and I have so much fun playing Truth or Spell. That’s how I got to know Mick. I lost to my sister and she spelled me to put a cat spell on Mick, only the spell didn’t work. That’s how I knew my witchy hour had come to be and I knew I was destined to become Mick Jasper’s partner.

6)     What do you see in your next adventure? I know that Tonya is going to keep writing new and fun adventures for me and Mick. In the next novel, Get Witch or Die Trying, Mick has been falsely accused of something and I have to help him.  


And they're off! 
Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky's number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookie witch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.
My Review:

LOVED Betting Off Dead book two of the Spies and Spells Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes. It has mystery,witches, ornery neighbors and family, as well as southern charm and pizzazz. I love the small town setting and the way Tonya Kappes describes it you could picture walking in the streets of Belgravia Court.

This book grabs you right from the start and keeps your interest as well as keeping you guessing till the very end. It is a fun, fast, at times laugh out loud book that you won't want to miss.

Maggie is once again called upon to help hunky Mick Jasper and SKUL to solve a crime against the very fabric of Kentucky history when they have to investigate and find out who is trying to sway the results of the Kentucky Derby by doping the horses. Things become dangerous and Maggie and Mick must find who is behind the scandal and murder before anyone else is hurt. Can they do it and can Maggie keep Mick from finding out that she has magical powers while working along side him in their pursuit for SKUL?

I love the dynamic between Mick and Maggie and throw in this time the jealousy of Abram which causes a whole other problem for Maggie and the family and it makes for interesting reading. I also got a kick out of  Mrs Hubbard the nosey cantankerous neighbor who reminds me so much of a neighbor we had when I was young and the way her and Aunt Meme are always arguing is so entertaining. I can just picture it all, I just love the quirky characters. They add a special element to the story.

This is a wonderfully quirky, fast moving, exciting cozy mystery with a good plot and interesting puzzle to be solved.  I can not wait for the next adventure for Maggie and Mick.

If you like a good mystery with a little bit of mischief and magic thrown in add in a touch of romance and extraordinary characters then be sure to read this book and series.

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Tonya has written over 20 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband and a teenage boy (her other three boys have spread their wings in college) and two very spoiled schnauzers in Kentucky.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All You Need Is Fudge by Nancy Coco A Recipe For Another Great Mystery

All You Need Is Fudge A Candy Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco/ Nancy J Parra is another fantastic, fun and great cozy mystery. It is one in a series of books that you just can't get enough of. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Allie and Mal her dog have pulled a dead body out of the water and right before the annual yacht race on Mackinac Island. When her boyfriend Trent's sister Paige is accused of being the killer Allie has to prove she had nothing to do with the murder. When Allie starts nosing around things get dangerous for her when a  trap is set for her. Will Allie be able to clear Paige, find the answer to who killed the victim Carin and why before she or someone else is hurt? 

This book has all the ingredients that keep you turning the page and wanting more. It has an interesting plot with the murder of a society girl that is known for being a so called mean girl.  Add in the highlight of being set on the quaint Mackinac Island. Then there is the characters that make you want to move right into the McMurphy Hotel, where you can almost taste and smell the fudge from the fudge shop and it all adds up to a charming, fast paced can't put it down mystery. It is a mystery that has twists to the plot that makes it not predictable and enough different suspects and angles that you have to keep reading to find out whodunit. Throw in a little romance, a lot of good recipes and you have a book you won't want to miss. I have read all the books in this series and they just get better with each book and did I mention it also has great recipes like Fudgie Cheesecake Brownies yum!

I enjoyed this book and think you will too. Don't miss this one. This is the fourth book in this series but you can read it as a stand alone if you want, but why would you want to when the other books are excellent too.
I received this book from the author for my honest opinion and review.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sizzling 5 Star Mystery in Grilling The Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) by [Gerber, Daryl Wood]

Yee Haw another great book in  Grilling The Subject A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber.

Crystal Cove is having a Wild West Festival where you can find wild west theme fun throughout the town as well as at the CookBook Nook where Jenna has cookbooks for all kinds of BBQ and Katie has rustled up some really spectacular bbq western themed recipes that make your mouth water. BBQ, rides, races and all sorts of fun is happening but then when Jennas father's neighbor, the trouble making, land grabbing, irritating Sylvia Gump is murdered and Cary Hart Jennas father is the number one murder suspect then things become unsettling and interesting. Jenna has to clear her father and find out who murdered Sylvia, which could be a number of people who she has made mad at her, before someone else ends up dead and her dad ends up in jail. Can she rope the  killer, prove her dad innocent and insure that the cookbook nook keeps up with the wild west festivies?

This is probably the best book in the series so far. Each one has been good and each one has been better than the last. It is a fun, fast paced, but not predictable mystery that I really enjoyed. It is so easy to picture being in the small town of Crystal Cove and enjoying the Wild West fun and festivities. Coming from a city that has BBQ festivals I really could picture being right in the middle of all of it with the smell of smoking meat and bbq in the air. Then there are the  characters that could be friends of mine and who doesn't want the eccentric intuitive Aunt Vera as part of your family. The all around theme, small town, mystery and characters make this a book you won't want to miss.

If you like a good mystery that has unique characters, an interesting plot and enough surprises and suspects to make it not the usual predictable mystery you will want to read Grilling The Subject.
It also has mouth watering recipes like BBQ muffins, which I can not wait to try and bbq sauce recipes  included in the book and who doesn't like that.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. It is the 5th book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone if you haven't read the  others. Really though I would recommend  reading them too.

Don't miss out on this book you will enjoy.

I received this book from the author for my honest opinion and review.

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