Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Release Week Kym Roberts! A Look at Dead Man’s Carve

 Dead Man’s Carve

by Kym Roberts
Series: Tickled to Death Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 27, 2014

 

In the spirit of giving, all Author proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to Wounded Veteran organizations.

 

 

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“There’s nothing wooden about Dead Man’s Carve.  Roberts mingles a sparkling, unique voice with a great old-fashioned mystery.”
Wendy Lyn Watson
Mysteries a la Mode
Pet Boutique Mysteries (as Annie Knox)

Rilee Dust isn’t your typical wood carver, she’s young and making a go of it in the small village of Tickle Creek, Oregon. She’s also the only one in town who isn’t determined to get rid of her strip club neighbor. Everyone else, however, is ready to evict the Girls, Girls, Girls.

When a dog adopts her and turns her life upside down, Rilee’s not so sure it’s a good thing. Especially when he leads her to a moose, a military man and a dead body. Because the moose kicked her butt, the man saved her life and the dead body is one of her customers.

Now Rilee’s smack dab in the middle of all the small town politics with a killer on the loose who has an ax to grind. And Rilee just may be the next victim to have her name carved in stone.

 

“Bogart!” I yelled, frantically circling and trying to locate the direction of his cries. “Bogart…Heeere!” Catching a glimpse of movement to my right I ran toward the commotion.

An eighty pound black and brown Boxer flew through the air in my direction. Ears cutting through the wind, his eyes looked crazed and his jowls flapped as he cried out in fear. The cause of his flight … an eight hundred pound Moose who was pissed off and raising cane. Or in this case raising Bogart with her nose. He landed on his feet — like a colt trying to stand for the first time — legs splitting, chest smacking the earthen floor.

None of that stopped his feet from moving. Bogart was back in the race of his life as the irate cow charged after him.

“Oh, crap.” My stomach dropped as I realized she wasn’t done with her assault, and I was the much larger target as Bogart led her straight to me. I turned and ran, with Bogart hot on my heels. The sound of the cow’s breath filled my head. The distance closed between us. Zigzagging through the trees, I couldn’t outrun her. Nor could I out-maneuver her. I just hoped she’d get tired and realized we weren’t a threat.

Unfortunately, she didn’t feel the same way.

Rilee Dust hasn’t left the town of Tickle Creek in almost three years. She’s a wood carver who owns her own store, which is located in the downstairs portion of her home. She has just finished carving a bride and groom wedding topper for the groom-to-be, Ryan, as a gift for his future wife. As Ryan and his best man, Steve, leave her store, Steve convinces him to visit Woody’s, a strip club within walking distance of her place. The place is an eyesore, in more ways than one, for the area shop owners. Everyone would like to see it go.

She can’t believe that a nice guy like Ryan would visit a strip club, but she is distracted by a big dog, which has a run-in with Rilee’s porcupine, Patty. She allows the dog to stay the night, even though she’s not sure how her significant other will feel about it.

The next morning, the dog, now named Bogart, has an unfortunate encounter with a moose, who charges after Rilee, and she nearly drowns in the creek. She’s rescued by a handsome stranger, a wounded veteran named Stone, who carries her home and sets the local gossips’ tongues wagging. He’s handsome, mysterious, and the first man to make her heart skip a beat since her fiancé died in a fire, trying to save the parents of Ryan’s bride-to-be. When Rilee returns to the creek to retrieve the jacket Stone took off of her, Bogart brings her the groom wedding topper, and leads her to the body of Ryan on the train tracks.

The police decide that Ryan’s death was accidental, but she doesn’t believe that.  Ryan is not the first man to die after going into the strip club, which is why Stone is there. Max, the first man, saved Stone’s life during the war, and he doesn’t believe Max’s death was an accident, either. Together, they begin to investigate the two deaths, as more strange incidents happen that seem to involve the strip club.

When she’s not investigating, she teaches a carving class with her father, and they have a class full of characters, including  Peggy, a lively older woman who sets her sights on Rilee’s dad; Bernard, the nerdy local pharmacist; and Tommy, the big gentle giant who is the bouncer from the strip club.

Rilee isn’t the only one who believes Tommy’s place of employment is at the center of all their troubles. Mayor Bob, who runs the bookstore on the other side of Rilee, has set up surveillance cameras on the club, the other businesses, and the parking lot. When he decides to confide in Rilee and Stone, he is brutally attacked before he can tell them anything.

When a body turns up in her garage, and she finds her own carving knife hidden in her car, Rilee realizes she’s getting close to the truth. But when the truth is finally revealed, she finds herself facing her greatest fear. Will she be able to survive or will a killer go free?

I wanted to read this book because my father is a carver, and I enjoy watching him work. Ms. Roberts does a wonderful job of sharing Rilee’s pain at the loss of the love of her life, and the struggle to move on. The picture she paints of Tickle Creek was so vivid, I swear I could hear the creek roaring in my backyard. My favorite character by far is Peggy. She is a pip, and I hope I’m just as lively at that age. It’s a good story that is well-written, and kept me guessing until the end. I cannot wait to read the next one!

 

 

 

Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and…a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny.

In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement—even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired.

Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.

 

 

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Book Review Thursday: Wouldn’t It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland

It’s Book Review Thursday. Come back each week to get a peek inside what authors I love and what storylines inspire me. 

WIBD-300x500 (2)Wouldn’t It Be Deadly returns us to the wonderful world of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. Eliza is still living with the Professor’s mother, and she has become a phonetics teacher, employed by Maestro Emil Nepommuck. Between the two of them, they have several students, all wanting to sound more upper class for various reasons.

Higgins, however, is not pleased with Eliza’s employer, because Nepommuck’s ads make it sound like he trained Eliza, not Higgins, and he is using her to draw students to his school. Higgins vows to ruin Nepommuck, which could ruin Eliza’s career as well.

The students, as Eliza once did, will try out their newly-acquired upper crust accents at a part being held by Lady Gresham. Things quickly take a downward turn when Lady Gresham and Nepommuck announce their engagement, Mary Finch, one of their students, makes a scene, believing he loves her and not Lady Gresham. She is forcibly removed by the butler, with her embarrassed husband trailing behind her.

True to his word, Higgins gives a local newspaper damaging evidence about Nepommuck that will definitely ruin him. Shortly afterwards, Eliza finds the poor man dead, one of her tuning forks in his mouth, and she’s the prime suspect.

Luckily, her alibi checks out, and she reunites with her cousin, Jack Shaw, who is now a Detective Inspector for Scotland Yard. Unfortunately, because of the article in the newspaper, and the fact that he has no alibi, the prime suspect is now Higgins.

The duo begins to investigate the murder, and discover the victim was blackmailing some, if not all, of his students. And while they hope to find a murderer among the students, everyone seems to have an unshakeable alibi.

Returning to Nepommuck’s apartment to retrieve her things, Eliza, Higgins, Colonel Pickering and his friend, Major Aubrey Redstone, discover Cornelius Finch sitting on the sofa, and his wife dead at his feet. Does this mean Finch could have killed Nepommuck, too?

With pressure mounting from the victim’s fiancée and Scotland Yard, Higgins, Eliza, Jack and the rest of the troupe work frantically to find the real killer before Higgins is clapped in irons and thrown in prison.

D.E. Ireland has done a beautiful job of bringing Eliza and the Professor back to life. Being true to My Fair Lady, they create a wonderful mystery that shows the complex relationship between the two continues. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the authors paint a picture of Wimpole Street and London that makes the reader feel like they are right there, walking alongside the characters. I had absolutely no problem envisioning Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, and Wilfred Hyde-White as I read the story. The plot is well-written, with many twists, turns, a few surprises and an ending I didn’t see coming. This is a book I will gladly recommend, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Move Your Blooming Corpse. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s 2:10 a.m., and I feel the need for a rousing rendition of “I Could Have Danced All Night” before I collapse into bed.

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Promote an Author Tuesday: D.E. Ireland

It’s Promote an Author Tuesday! Meet D.E. Ireland, the mind behind Wouldn’t It Be Deadly. Stop back over on Thursday to read my full review of the book!

WIBD-300x500 (2)Wouldn’t It Be Deadly

Following her successful appearance at an Embassy Ball—where Eliza Doolittle won Professor Henry Higgins’ bet that he could pass off a Cockney flower girl as a duchess—Eliza becomes an assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck. After Nepommuck publicly takes credit for transforming Eliza into a lady, an enraged Higgins submits proof to a London newspaper that Nepommuck is a fraud. When Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins becomes Scotland Yard’s prime suspect. However, Eliza learns that most of Nepommuck’s pupils had a reason to murder their blackmailing teacher. As another suspect turns up dead and evidence goes missing, Eliza and Higgins realize the only way to clear the Professor’s name is to discover which of Nepommuck’s many enemies is the real killer. When all the suspects attend a performance of Hamlet at Drury Lane, Eliza and Higgins don their theatre best and race to upstage a murderer.

This reimagining of George Bernard Shaw’s beloved characters is sheer pleasure. Wouldn’t It Be Deadly transports readers to Edwardian London, from the aristocratic environs of Mayfair to the dangerous back alleys of the East End. Eliza and Henry steal the show in this charming traditional mystery.

Final Meg Sharon V1About D.E. Ireland

D.E. Ireland is a team of award-winning authors, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta. Long time friends, they decided to collaborate on this unique series based on George Bernard Shaw’s wonderfully witty play, Pygmalion, and flesh out their own version of events post-Pygmalion.

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Book Review Thursday: Double Strike: A Davis Way Crime Caper by Gretchen Archer

It’s Book Review Thursday. Come back each week to get a peek inside what authors I love and what storylines inspire me. 

DOUBLESTRIKEfrontDavis Way has enough on her plate right now: a future mother-in-law who doesn’t think Davis is good enough for her son; her mother, who hates the future mother-in-law for giving her baby girl a hard time, and her father, who is trying to keep a low profile by hiding behind his newspaper. Her fun-loving grandmother has decided to divorce her latest husband over a dog…oh, and she can’t get a marriage license because she’s still technically married to her rattlesnake of an ex-ex-husband (ok, so she had married him twice, don’t hold it against her). And that’s just her personal life.

Her job at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino is about to get interesting again. The new casino manager, Levi Newman, has brought in his own people, and they are preparing for a Strike it Rich tournament in a remodeled area of the Bellissimo, but he wasn’t letting any of the regular casino staff into the new area. They go undercover: her partner, Fantasy, ends up as a waitress, and Davis is the assistant social media director for the tournament. A disastrous trip with Baylor, another Bellissimo security man, ends with them getting shot at on what they think is the Christmas tree farm of two Strike it Rich players. But the trees are hiding a dark secret, and it almost gets Davis and Baylor killed.

The death of an undercover federal agent brings the Feds into their investigation of the tournament, and they are given a few days to find out who’s behind the tournament before the Feds are taking over. It doesn’t help matters that Davis has to deal with Bianca Sanders, the wife of the owner, and the sudden appearance of the Sanders’ son, Thomas, further complicates things, especially when he gets expelled from his private school for dealing pot.

With all these things going on, it’s a wonder Davis doesn’t go crazy. It’s bad enough that she loses most of her hair when it catches fire (Bianca’s fault, totally), or that she has ticked off the lawyer who handled her divorce by stealing his car. And making a deal with the devil, in a manner of speaking, brings her more trouble than she expected. But when Bianca is kidnapped by the tournament mastermind, Davis turns to someone she never thought she’d have to deal with to save her life. Will Davis and the Bellissimo crew be able to figure out what is going on before they all end up wearing orange jumpsuits? And will Davis ever be able to marry the love of her life, Bradley Cole?

Double Strike is the third installment in the Davis Way adventures, and it is the best one by far. It was a good thing I was home alone when I read this, because I was alternating between laughing out loud and gasping in horror. Colorful characters with a casino for a backdrop, well-written with plenty of twists and turns, you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Two thumbs up! I can’t wait for the next one!!

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Promote an Author Tuesday: Gretchen Archer

It’s Promote an Author Tuesday! Meet Gretchen Archer, the mind behind Double Strike. Stop back over on Thursday to read my full review of the book!

Double Strike

DOUBLESTRIKEfrontBellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history, the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three problems: She’s desperate to change her marital status, she has a new boss who speaks in hashtags, and Bianca Sanders has confiscated her clothes. All of which bring on a headache hot enough to spark a fire. Solving her problems means stealing a car. From a dingbat lawyer.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three goals: Keep the Sanders family out of prison, regain her footing in her relationship, and find the genius who wrote the software for futureGaming. One of which, the manhunt one, is iffy. Because when Alabama hides someone, they hide them good.

DOUBLE STRIKE. A VIP invitation to an extraordinary high-stakes gaming event, as thieves, feds, dance instructors, shady bankers, kidnappers, and gold waiters go all in. #Don’tMissIt

About Gretchen Archer

Gretchen Archer is a Tennessee housewife who began writing when her daughters, seeking higher education, left her. She lives on Lookout Mountain with her husband, son, and a Yorkie named Bently. Double Whammy, her first Davis Way crime caper, was a 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist and hit the USA TODAY bestsellers list.

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Website:  www.gretchenarcher.com

Twitter: @Gretchen_Archer

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Book Review Thursday: These Haunts are Made for Walking: Haunted Tour Mysteries by Rose Pressey

It’s Book Review Thursday. Come back each week to get a peek inside what authors I love and what storylines inspire me. 

These Haunts are Made for Walking by Rose Pressey

coverRipley Van Raden has come home to Devil’s Moon, Kentucky to become the new head librarian at Bilson Library, and a haunted tour guide by night. People have mentioned for years that there is a ghost in the library, but Ripley’s never seen it…until now.

Her official first day at the library brings out a late nineteenth century ghost named Annie Gibson, who used to be the head librarian, and is actually buried in the small graveyard out front. But what really freaks Ripley out are the text messages she’s getting from Annie, who tries to warn her about a murder.

Ripley also has to contend with a very surly assistant, Leslie, who seems to resent Ripley’s presence there. She meets the Book Wormers, a group of four ladies who meet in one of the upstairs rooms. But this week’s meeting doesn’t start out well: three of the ladies, Katherine, Sue and Dana, have a beef with Marion, the fourth one, who has just bought the buildings their businesses are in. Marion has raised the rent for all of them, and they aren’t happy about it.

When Marion falls down the back stairs and ends up dead, it seems to be an accident. But Annie, the resident ghost, keeps sending Ripley messages, telling her it was murder, and urging her to investigate. The police chief seems to think that Ripley is somehow involved, but his young officer, Brannon, believes she’s innocent. Ripley isn’t sure what to do. She can’t tell her best friend, Tammy, that a ghost is sending her text messages; she’s sure Tammy would have her committed.

Ripley can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her, and she begins to see a ghost popping up in various places around town. Mrs. Clatterbuck, who lives near the cemetery where Ripley’s haunted tours end, warns her that the dead don’t like to be disturbed. Could the ghosts be stalking her, trying to scare her into stopping her tours? She really starts to feel unwanted in her hometown when library patrons start telling her that she needs to leave town.

When she finds a note in a book that appears to be a confession to Marion’s murder, Ripley follows Annie’s leads and starts asking questions. And when the notes get personal, she begins to worry that she is next on the killer’s list. Can Ripley, Tammy, Annie and Brannon find the killer in time before someone else is killed? Or will they be too late?

I’ve read several of Ms. Pressey’s books before. She has written some wonderful series (The Halloween LaVeau series and the Maggie, P.I. series are two of my personal favorites), so I was very excited to get my hands on this one. How cool would it be to get text messages from a ghost? While the premise of the story was good, I had a difficult time at various points in the story because of inconsistences. That said, I didn’t figure out who the killer was until it was revealed in the story. That is a definite plus in my book, because I am pretty good at figuring these things out. Overall, I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I look forward to the next book in this series (or the Halloween series and the Maggie series!).

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Author Interview: Rose Pressey

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We love Rose Pressey’s books and are honored to post this little Q&A with her. Remember to stop by tomorrow to read my review of These Haunts are Made for Walking the first in yet another wonderful series.

Rose, what would you say makes your writing different from other books/series in the paranormal genre?

I enjoy adding humor to my books. There are many dark paranormal books out, but mine are light and fun.

Who would you consider to be your target audience?

My books are adult, but suitable for young adults, too. Anyone who wants their paranormal beings to have a sense of humor might enjoy my books.

What do you think draws so many readers to stories with magical or supernatural storylines?

A supernatural world and magic make a boring world fun. It’s a great escape from the daily routine

What you would like your readers to take away from your books?

I like my readers to smile and get a few laughs from my books. Being introduced to characters they can like and root for is nice.

What is the most challenging part of writing for you?

Editing. It takes the longest. I write a book in a month, but spend a couple months on editing.

What are your favorite books or series to read?

I love the Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper. Of course, I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, too. Another series I really like is the La Vida Vampire Series by Nancy Haddock. Really, I love too many books to name them all.

What do you like to do with your spare time when you aren’t reading or writing?

Decorating my home on a budget is fun. I love finding bargains. Spending time with family and playing with my Chihuahua. I also enjoy listening to music.

Name one thing that you would really like your readers to know about you.

I suffer from psoriatic arthritis and I have joint replacements in both knees. I’m having my hips replaced soon. I’m like the bionic writer!

You’ve got a number of different series that you write. Tell us about them. Do you have a favorite? And what is the essence of a Rose Pressey novel?

I love all of them, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. My novels feature fun and quirky characters with Southern flair.

You suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and have had to undergo a number of operations. Do you feel this has given you a different outlook on life?

I never let my disease get me down. The joint pain may make moving around slower, but that just gives me more time to write. Life is what you make of it.

You can pick up Rose’s books in digital and print versions on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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