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Book Review: Murder on the Mother Road

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Bobby Navarro decides to visit the Grand Canyon, so he decides to stay in the little town of Williams. As soon as he pulls into town, he sees someone hit a car and then drive off. But it is what’s in the trunk of the car that he hit that upsets Bobby the most: the body of a young girl.

After being questioned and released by the police, Bobby can’t help but ask a few innocent questions about the young girl. He suddenly finds himself drawn into the investigation by one of the local police officers, Lucinda, a woman he knew in high school. She wants him to keep asking questions without being too obvious, and see if he can learn anything that will help nail someone she suspects helped the man they have arrested for the girl’s murder.

Bobby’s questions lead him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, where Lucinda’s second suspect works part time. Bobby starts to get the weird feeling that things are not what they seem at the church, and that perhaps Pastor Martin and his two right hand men may be doing more than leading their flock to the Lord.

But the closer Bobby gets to the truth, the more dangerous it gets. And when he finally learns the truth, another murder happens, and another young girl who was a friend of the murdered girl is almost killed. Bobby needs to step into make sure that no one else gets hurt, but will he be in time?

Glenn Nilson has written an intriguing mystery set in the Arizona desert. Having grown up in the New Mexico desert myself, I didn’t have a hard time imagining what Bobby was seeing (and it makes me wants to go visit the Grand Canyon myself!). Beautiful descriptions, a wonderful storyline, and plenty of action keep me hooked from beginning to end. I enjoyed it because it was not graphic or gory. I also like the idea that Bobby is a roamer, so that means an always changing cast of characters, so it will keep the series fresh and new. This is the second book in Nilson’s series, and I have every intention of checking out his first book, Murder on Route 66.

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Book Review: Something’s Knot Kosher

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When Birdie Watson’s husband, Russell, is murdered during a bank robbery, her quilting friends Martha Rose and Lucy rush to her side. As they help her make funeral plans, long kept secrets start to surface, shocking Martha and Lucy. How could they have not known these things about their dear friend’s life?

After someone tries to break into Birdie’s house, the FBI warns the three friends that someone may be after Birdie as well. Since Russell will be buried in Oregon in his family plot, Martha figures that Birdie will be safe if they get out of town. But in the journey from California to Oregon, the hearse driver suffers a heart attack, leaving Martha to drive the hearse. When they are involved in an accident, they discover that Russell’s body isn’t the only one in the coffin.

So who killed Russell, and who’s after Birdie? The past and present collide as Martha and Lucy try to protect their friend while trying to find the mastermind behind the murders, before one of them becomes the next victim.

I have read one other book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I couldn’t wait to read the latest book, and I wasn’t disappointed! Mary Marks has written a delightful, exciting book that I could not put down. From the shocking beginning to the heart stopping conclusion, you will be glued to your seat and cheering on these fierce, brave women. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

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Book Review: Oliver Twisted

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Ivy and her Uncle Bob are going undercover to find some thieves…on a literary themed cruise ship. Ivy is part of the company of “Oliver! At Sea”.

It doesn’t take long for things to get complicated. First, Ivy’s cranky roommate, who doesn’t want to share a room with anyone, is found dead. Uncle Bob is hanging around with a woman named Bette, distracting him from their case. And if being surrounded by water that she’s deathly afraid of wasn’t bad enough, she missed the part of her contract that said she’d be swinging from the ceiling on a band of silk. (Next time, read the fine print, Ivy!)

When she’s not fighting off the attentions of her very handsome Russian co-star, Val, and the director, Jonas, Ivy’s trying to untangle the web of clues left behind by her dead roommate. If she’s not careful, her final performance is going to be at the bottom of the ocean.

I have been a fan of Cindy Brown’s books since the very first one, “MacDeath”, and each
subsequent book has been better than the last one. Being a theatre geek myself, it wasn’t hard for me to fall in love with Ivy and the other colorful characters that are along for the wild ride. “Oliver Twisted” is delightfully funny, thoroughly entertaining, and will keep you guessing until the thrilling conclusion. I highly recommend all three of Ms. Brown’s books (“The Sound of Murder” is the second book)!

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A Sneak Peak at VERUM by Courtney Cole

“There’s savagery here, there’s grace.
But above all, there’s oblivion and no matter what I do, I will be sucked into it.” 

VERUM, the sequel to Courtney Cole’s spellbindingly dark, heartwrenchind new adult psychological suspense, NOCTE, is coming February 2, 2015.

Are you ready?

VERUM-CourtneyCole-500pxMy name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

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Cover Reveal: Death Vetoes the Chairman

As my holiday gift to my readers, today I am revealing the cover of the newest Lizzie book, set to be released late next month! Happy Holidays!

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An evening at a fundraiser with Jake Mathias turns into an emotional disaster when she is assaulted by Ethan Winthrop, an old high school friend of Jake’s. After a second run in a week later, Lizzie is shaken and afraid. It seems this isn’t the first time that Ethan has assaulted a woman; in fact, he has a long history of this type of behavior. And when Ethan’s body is found on Jake’s front porch, the prime suspects are Jake and Lizzie.

To clear their names, they must investigate the past, which means going back to Jake’s hometown in Virginia. One of the people they talk to ends up dead, and Lizzie and Jake find themselves in a fight for their lives in the cold Virginia mountains. Surviving is half the battle; they have to find out who wants them dead to keep them from finding out the truth.

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Pre-Order Courtney Cole’s Verum

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You loved Courtney Cole’s NOCTE in all it’s dark, twisted, spellbinding, messed-up awesomeness. You can’t wait until VERUM (Nocte Trilogy Book 2) releases in February 2015. And now Courtney Cole is going to release an exclusive VERUM excerpt…but only if we can get it to the top 1000 on Amazon!

All you have to do is go to Amazon and pre-order VERUM right now. Go, pre-order, and get all your NOCTE-obsessed friends to pre-order, too. If enough people do it, VERUM will climb up the ranks, and we’ll get a sneak peek at the follow-up to what’s being called “a haunting psychological suspense” and “the rare kind of story that leaves permanent marks on your heart and your soul.”

>> PRE-ORDER VERUM ON AMAZON RIGHT HERE <<

 

About NOCTE

NOCTE-300pxSAVE ME AND I’LL SAVE YOU….

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half– my twin brother, my Finn–is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

>> GET NOCTE ON AMAZON RIGHT HERE <<
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About VERUM

VERUM-300pxTHE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

>> PRE-ORDER VERUM ON AMAZON RIGHT HERE <<
>> JOIN THE NOCTE TRILOGY TEASER AND CLUE LIST RIGHT HERE <<

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Happy Release Day Merry Farmer! Trail of Hope is Here!

Trail of Hope (Hot on the Trail #2) by historical romance author Merry Farmer is here!

Are you ready to ride the Oregon Trail? Available RIGHT NOW for only $3.99 on Amazon, iBooks, and Smashwords: 1-click your copy!

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Callie Lewis is alone on the Oregon Trail. After her brother’s death, she has been left to fend for herself on a journey she never wanted to take. Her only hope for safety and a life at the end of the road is to become a trail bride and wed grieving widower John Rye. But John is harboring secrets that could end their hasty marriage before it has a chance to begin.

When a vicious tornado wakes John from the stupor the death of his wife left him in, he is ready to embrace Callie and the new life they could have together. But John is not the only one with designs on his new wife. Miles away from civilization, in a wagon train bristling with secrets and suspicion, John must catch a thief, fend off his rival, and reclaim his life to build the future Callie deserves.

In their darkest moments will they bring each other hope?

PLEASE BE ADVISED – Steam Level: Hot

Trail of Hope is available RIGHT NOW on Amazon, iBooks, and Smashwords

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About Merry Farmer

Merry FarmerMerry Farmer is an award-winning author of historical romance. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats and enough story ideas to keep her writing until she’s 132. Her second novel, The Faithful Heart, was a 2102 RONE Award finalist and her unpublished futuristic novel A Man’s World won first place in the Novel: Character category at the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. She is out to prove that you can make a living as a self-published author and to help others to do the same.

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