September 4, 2015

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: September 4, 2015
Number of pages: 422
Genre: Mystery
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series

Synopsis:
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?
What did I think about this book:
I thought this was a good start to a new mystery series. This was the first book that I have read by this author. The author did a good job of catching your interest from the first page. She kept me guessing throughout the entire book. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story moving right along and there is even a little romance thrown in for an added bonus. The charcters were well developed and very real. I also like how the author used animals in the story. You can tell she is an animal lover. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more by this author.

About the author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

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

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

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Guest Post:
Since When Do Best-Selling Authors Wash Dishes?
By Lauren Carr

Ever since I was a little girl rewriting the Bobbsey Twins (I’d change the mystery of the missing sea shell to finding a dead body), I dreamed of being a best-selling mystery author.

I envisioned it this way—I would be standing on the balcony of my Manhattan penthouse gazing out across the skyline—drinking an obscenely expensive champagne from a crystal champagne flute. Of course, I’d have a perfect figure and hair and family and quirky friends dropping into my home on a regular basis like the writers you see in Neil Simon plays.

So then, after decades of hard work, my books have broken through. I am now an Amazon All-Star with my book sales ranking in their top-100. My books have reached the top-100 in police procedurals and cozies both here on Amazon and in their overseas markets.

Not only am I a best-selling author—I am an international best-selling author.

And … here I stand at the kitchen sink in my West Virginia mountain home gazing out at a tree full of birds glaring at me because their feeders are empty. A broken dishwasher rests at me side. As for the champagne—I don’t drink. But I do have a very nice domestic vanilla ice cream in my freezer. We won’t talk about the perfect figure and hair.

Yes, I do have quirky friends, but they don’t drop in very much because of Gnarly, my one-hundred pound German shepherd (chief of security), won’t let anyone in with being patted down. Most of my friends feel violated after going through that procedure. (Hey, there are a lot of nuts out there! You can never be too safe!)

So what happened?

It all started when my eight month old dishwasher broke during the first week of June …

Oh, sorry, I thought you were asking why an international best-selling author is up to her eyeballs in dirty dishes when she has an expensive dishwasher that doesn’t work?!

Truth is—life as an international best-selling author is grand … except for the broken dishwasher … and the angry birds.

Big city life—been there-done that. After ten years of living and working in Washington DC, my husband and I left the city for a mountaintop home in West Virginia where the trees are green and the people are real. As for the gorgeous skyline—my view of the Blue Ridge Mountains is to die for.

I prefer ice cream to champagne--though my waistline does complain.

So my quirky friends don’t like my chief of security. Hey, if life was perfect, then it’d be boring. That’s why God likes to keep us on our toes.

Which is what I will tell the angry birds while filling their feeders as soon as I finish washing these dirty dishes.

So, as I look down into Gnarly’s adoring brown eyes before handing him a dog biscuit, to answer your question, “What is life like being a best-selling author?”

Life is grand indeed.

Giveaway: ​ 
1. Win an ebook copy of Kill and Run with a $15 Amazon gift card (open internationally - 5 winners)
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Tour Schedule:

Aug 31 - Book Stop Corner - review of Three Days to Forever/author interview /giveaway

Aug 31 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Aug 31 - The Travelogue of a Book Addict - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Aug 31 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Three Days to Forever

Aug 31 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 31 - Manic Mommy of Two - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Aug 31 - readalot - review of Kill and Run

Sept 1 - Book Stop Corner - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 1 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 1 - My Love for Reading Keeps Growing - review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 2 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 2 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 3 - Bound 2 Escape - books spotlighted / giveaway

Sept 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 3 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 4 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review of Three Days to Forever/ guest post / giveaway

Sept 4 - Manic Mommy of Two - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 7 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - guest post

Sept 7 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 8 - My Love for Reading Keeps Growing - review of Kill and Run

Sept 8 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Three Days to Forever/interview/ giveaway

Sept 9 - T's Stuff - review of Three Days to Forever / guest post / giveaway

Sept 9 - Vic's Media Room - review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 10 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 10 - fundinmental - review of Three Days to Forever / author interview / giveaway

Sept 11 -Vic's Media Room - review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Sept 11 - Cassidy Salem Reads and Writes - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 13 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight / giveaway

Sept 14 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 14 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of Kill and Run

Sept 15 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Kill and Run

Sept 15 - Life as Leels - review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 16 - Readers' Muse - review of Three Days to Forever

Sept 16 - T's Stuff - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 17 - fundinmental - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 17 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 18 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Kill and Run

Sept 21 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 22 - Celestial Reviews - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 22 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 23 - fuonlyknew - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Sept 23 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Kill and Run

Sept 24 - fuonlyknew - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 24 - Readers' Muse - review of Kill and Run

Sept 25 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - guest post

Sept 28 - Celestial Reviews - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 28 - Christa Reads and Writes - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Sept 29 - A Blue Million Books - book spotlight / author interview

Sept 29 - Life as Leels - review of Kill and Run

Sept 30 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Oct 1 - The Travelogue of a Book Addict - review of Kill and Run / giveaway

Oct 1 - Writers and Authors - guest post

Oct 2 - Book and Ink - review of Kill and Run / guest post / giveaway

Oct 5 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Kill and Run

Oct 6 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway

Oct 7 - Room with Books - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 7 - Pause for Tales - review of Kill and Run

Oct 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 - Book and Ink - book spotlight for Three Days to Forever / giveaway

September 1, 2015

Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway


Published: September 1, 2015
Number of pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Celebration Bay Mystery #4

Synopsis:
This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathan Preston, the debonair CEO of a philanthropic organization, hoping he will award a grant to the center.

But after the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boarding house is vandalized … and among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found—one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

What did I think of this book:
I loved the Halloween theme of this book and what better time of year to start reading books like this. I hated that the Museum of Yankee Horror was vandalized and then a dead body was found in there as well how creepy. It is fun to go along with Liv as she is trying to find out who would kill one of the contest judges. It was enjoyable to visit this quaint little town again and hear what is going on with the characters. In my opinion the author did a good job of keeping you guessing on who was the person who did the killing. The author did a good job with descriptions and I felt as if I was visiting this town while walking along with Liv. Another good addition to a fun series. 

About the author:
Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife,Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)

As Shelley Noble, she is the NYTimes Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.

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Guest Post:
A Murder For the Holidays

When I was a kid we used to spend a week each summer in the Smoky Mountains. There was a little town there that was one big Christmas celebration. All year long. I thought it was the best place in the world.

I’ve had a fascination for holiday towns ever since. So when I started this new series I decided I would write about a town that celebrated every holiday. From the biggest ones like Halloween and the Fourth of July to the smaller ones like Arbor Day and St Patrick’s Day, to the little known ones. Have you heard of Wiggle Your Toes Day or Just Because Day?

A destination holiday town.

Holidays are a great time for fictional murders. So many fun things to do and see. No many festive murder weapons.

But murder is a serious business. And killing people isn’t nice at all. I don’t like to make light of murder but I do like to juxtapose them with a time and place of celebration.

In Celebration Bay, murders have occurred at a Harvest Festival, A Pilgrim Dinner, Christmas, the Fourth of July and during fishing season.

Hmm. Halloween seems like a perfect holiday for a murder mystery. Plenty of red herrings with all the ghoulish costumes: headless horsemen, Freddie Kruegers, grim reapers. And places and events. Haunted houses, haunted hayrides, carnivals and parties.

That’s a lot of competing venues. So for Trick or Deceit, I decided that I was going to set the investigation against a haunted house contest. The most outstanding entrant would receive ten thousand dollars and would be declared the Official Haunted House of Celebration Bay. But is it a motive for murder?

I decided to throw in a Zombie parade just because I like Zombies.

Suddenly I had many great places to commit a murder. So great I was tempted to have more than one. But I stifled myself and chose the one place I liked better than the rest.

Where would you commit a fictional murder on Halloween?

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Tour Participants:
September 1 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review, Guest Post

September 2 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Interview

September 3 – Laura’s Interests – Review

September 4 – A Chick Who Reads – Review

September 5 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

September 6 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post

September 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too ! – Review

September 8 – View from the Birdhouse – Review

September 9 – Brooke Blogs – Review

September 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview


The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

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 Published: September 1, 2015 
Number of pages: 432 pages 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Mistresses of Versailles #1

Synopsis:
A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, 

France’s most “well-beloved” monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed. Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, 

The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters—Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne—four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail. Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best feet—and women—forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, she and her sisters—ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne—will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power. 

The Sisters of Versailles is a treat through and through – the characters are witty and engaging and come together to create an undeniable page-turner. Sally Christie has a wonderful sense of pace and the book unfolds in front of you like a delicious gift. Even as the scandals pile up and the intrigue mounts, you can’t help but fall in love with these sisters and their competing infatuations with the King. 

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. 

Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie’s stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood—of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough. 

What did I think of this book:
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I have to say that I did enjoy this book. The author did a good job with her writing and made a real story come to life on the pages for me. You can really tell that the author did her research as it shows in the details of the story. One of my favorite parts was the letters that the sisters wrote to each other.  They made you feel as if you were one of them and were waiting for your next letter. You have five sisters and each of them have a different personality. There is Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense and Marie-Anne. Louise is in love with the queen but is niave about many thing, Pauline is not nice at all, Diane who seems to not be very smart, Hortense who was the only sister to not be a mistress to the King. Marie-Anne who is stuck on herself. I am not sure which sister I liked the best. This was a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to book 2. 

About the author:
Sally Christie was born in England of British parents and grew up around the world, attending eight schools in three languages. She spent most of her career working in international development and is currently settled in Toronto. A life-long history buff who wishes time travel were a real possibility —she’d be off to the eighteenth century in a flash! The Sisters of Versailles is her first novel. Learn more about the sisters and the mistresses in the Versailles trilogy on her website Become a fan to hear about her next novels! Check her Pinterest page

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Guest Post:
Infidelity in 18th century France

In 18th century France, morality and customs differed greatly depending on social class and marital status. For the high nobles at Versailles that I write about in my book The Sisters of Versailles, affairs after marriage were very common and little remarked upon.

One anecdote has a duke finding his wife with her lover. He is reputed to have said: “Madame, is this prudent? Supposing someone else had found you?” Another noble told his wife on their wedding day: “Madame, I allow you every latitude except footmen and Princes of the Blood.” (I’m not sure why he singled out footmen and those Princes as off limits!).

For most members of the high nobility, their marriages were always arranged by families and personal feelings played little to no part in the selection of the spouse. Perhaps the rampant infidelity amongst the nobles of Versailles was compensation for the lack of love within their marriages. Further down the social scale, where people had more choice in whom they married, affairs were generally frowned upon and fidelity was expected (at least from the women).

The situation for unmarried girls was very different. Most aristocratic girls were educated at convents and were very sheltered and strictly guarded; remaining chaste before marriage was an absolute must. Occasionally – though only very occasionally, and certainly not as often as novels might have us believe – a suitor was able to (figuratively) scale the convent walls and carry off his bride, but the dangers were immense. During the time period of my novel The Sisters of Versailles (early 18th century), there was a great scandal when a young noble girl, the Demoiselle de Moras, eloped with a certain Monsieur de Rochecourbon. The couple left France and fled to Belgium and even though they married, Rochecourbon was tried in absentia and sentenced to death! Heed that, ye would be abductors.

Eventually the marriage was annulled and Mademoiselle de Moras returned and despite her notoriety married again. M de Rochecourbon very prudently stayed out of France for the remainder of his life.  

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August 31, 2015

To Win Her Heart and To Win Her Trust by Mackenzie - Spotlight





Title: To Win Her Trust 
Author: Mackenzie Crowne 
Publisher: Lyrical Shine 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Format: Kindle 

  Can she trust this player with her heart? 

 Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost? 

Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust? 

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      Title: To Win Her Heart 
Author: Mackenzie Crowne 
Publisher: Lyrical Shine 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
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In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…

Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?...

Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.

Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day…
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Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too. Visit her website at mackenziecrowne.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/MacCrowne.  


August 30, 2015

Mailbox Monday - August 31st


Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share what came in their mailbox. This meme has a permanent home at Mailbox Monday and was created by Marcia at To Be Continued I am linking up to Mailbox Monday 


This was a light book week for me but that is ok. 

To review:

A Haunted Yarn Mystery Series
#1 Last Wool and Testament
#2 Dyeing Wishes
#3 Spinning in Her Grave
#4 Plagued by Quilt
#5 Knot the Usual Suspects - published 9/1/15


A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series
#1 A Ghostly Undertaking
#2 A Ghostly Grave
#3 A Ghostly Demise
#4 A Ghostly Murder - published 9/25/15


An Antique Hunsters Mystery Series
#1 Murder by the Spoonful


Ladies of the Manor Series
#1 The Lost Heiress published 9/8/15

Bought:

Thunder Point Series
#1 A New Hope
#2 One Wish
#3 The Homecoming
#4 The Promise
#5 The Chance 
#6 The Hero
#7 The Newcomer 
#8 The Wanderer
#8 Wildest Dreams

Murder by the Spoonful by Vicki Vass


I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Published: June 9, 2015
Number of pages: 258
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: An Antique Hunters Mystery #1

Synopsis:
Anne Hillstrom is hunting antiques, a diet that works and her Great Aunt Sybil's killer. This book tells the story of Anne and CC, two estate sale bloggers and antique hunters, who get more than they bargain for when they discover a killer who is hunting the antique hunters.

What did I think of this book:
I was excited to jump into this new series as I enjoy mysteries and antiques so I thougt this would be a great mix and I was not disappointed. This was the first book I have read by this author and I have to say that I enjoyed her writing style and I look forward to more books in this series. I liked the way Anne and CC worked together not only hunting antiques but in solving the mystery. It was fun that there were two mysteries going on at once. There were so many twists and turns that I was not able to figure out who did it until the end of the book. I like that because it makes me want to read faster to see what happens next. Along with the mystery there is even a bit of humor, romance and friendships. In my opinion the author did a good job in her descriptions of the settings, character development and the story line in general. I think she is off to a good start for this series. 

About the author:
With a passion for shopping and antiques, Vicki Vass turned in her reporter's notebook to chronicle the adventures of Anne and CC, two antique hunters who use their skills to solve a murder case.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman's World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

A Ghostly Demise by Tonya Kappes


I received this book from the published in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: August 25, 2015
Number of pages: 288
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Ghostly Southern Mystery #3

Synopsis:
The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spirit

When she runs into her friend's deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can't wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he's back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn't disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he's heard that Emma Lee's been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.

Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny's mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy's not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn't clowning around.

What did I think of this book:
I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first too. I like the Southern sass of Emma Lee. In my opinion you will need to read these books in order so you don't miss out on anything. This book just keeps me wanting craving for more. The author's writing style is enjoyable and flows very well. Again this is another haunted book which makes the book that much more enjoyable to me. There are plenty of gossips in this story and that makes it that much more interesting in trying to find out whodunit. It was exciting to go back and "visit" with old friends. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

About the author:
I am the author of twenty-six novels placed in and around small towns in Kentucky and thanking God for my chance to speak. Some have a little mystery and some have a little romance, but all have southern charm. When I'm not writing, I'm reading or gardening or cooking. Love to drink coffee, shoot the breeze with people and most of all, be with my husband and four boys - not always necessarily in that order. My most recent, A GHOSTLY DEMISE (the third book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series with William Morrow) will be out on August 25th. Love to have company so come visit at www.tonyakappes.com or on Facebook. And by the way, serious huge hugs and thanks for everything - your kind words, posts and emails. Writing saves me, but without your support it wouldn't mean as much. xxoo Tonya

A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series
#1 A Ghostly Undertaking
#2 A Ghostly Grave
#3 A Ghostly Demise
#4 A Ghostly Murder - coming in September