New Release Review! DOG COLLAR CHAOS by Adrienne Giordano (Lucie Rizzo Mystery #4)

Synopsis:

Lucie Rizzo–Mafia princess-turned-dog accessory entrepreneur—is riding high after scoring a partnership with Buzzy Sneider, America’s leading craft and interior decorating mogul. A collaboration that is sure to move Lucie’s fledgling business into the next tax bracket.

When Buzzy turns up dead and Lucie’s BFF and business partner, Roseanne, is accused of the murder, Lucie will stop at nothing to prove Ro’s innocence. Even if it means keeping secrets from her new squeeze, sexy detective Tim O’Brien, who’s determined to keep Lucie from running one of her screwball investigations.

With Ro behind bars and Tim hot under the collar over Lucie’s meddling, Lucie is forced to accept her father’s help to clear Ro’s name and save their business. But will doing so put a killer hot on her heels?

 

Review:

Another fun entry in the Lucie Rizzo series!

Somehow Ms. Giordano keeps coming up with the most hilariously implausible yet somehow possible crimes for Lucie et al to get swept up in (murder by atomic wedgie? Only in this series!) and all we can do is sit back and go along for the ride–with a great big smile on our faces. The quirky characters, offbeat crimes, and laugh out loud humor of this series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum books, but better–no PITA love triangle, because Lucie’s definitely picked her man (and the right one, as she should…though it’s easy to see why Frankie would be tempting too, but not. Because, Tim.)

This time Ro’s in the big house, at least partly because of trouble she got into via Twitter(!) and Lucie’s not only trying to solve a crime–again!–she has to do it without her bestie at her side…and while giving her boyfriend a heart attack, of course. Another over-the-top funny animal gets added into the mix (not a dog this time–though the dogs are pretty funny too) and Lucie ends up figuring it all out because of information from perhaps the last place she thought she would.

I can’t wait to see what’s up next for the gang! Dog Collar Chaos would work okay as a standalone, but it’s even more fun when you already consider the series characters to be besties 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Release Day and Giveaway! #YOLO by K.M. Pyne (Ruby Knight Chronicles)

 

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#YOLO by K.M. Pyne!

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by K.M. Pyne
Publication Date: May 8, 2017

 

Once again Ruby Knight finds herself dragged into her Mam’s World. This time someone at her school is out for revenge!

Ruby, along with her friends, have to work out who is murdering students … Why they are murdering them? … What do they ultimately want?

At the same time relationships are made and some are broken, but will Ruby find the killer in time?

Or will someone else have to perish at the hands of a killer?

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When Ruby Knight’s best friend, Catriona Taylor disappears Ruby knows something isn’t right.

Time is ticking and the race is on to find Catriona. Has she run away? Is she really on a holiday with her parents? Has something more sinister happened to her?

These are the questions facing Ruby. Can she find Catriona? Can she ask her detective Mam for help? Or will she leave it too late?

Follow Ruby on her journey to find her best friend!

 

KM Pyne lives in Dublin, Ireland and this is her first YA book. There are sequels which are already written and some paranormal YA’s in the future. She is married, has two children and works full time. Writing is a hobby, but it takes over more and more of her life. Characters and stories come into her mind all the time and she has to stop and write them down so that she can build on them at a later date.

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Release Day and Giveaway! THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF by Charles Day

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The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief
by Charles Day

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The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief
by Charles Day
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.

Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and why.

Unfortunately, as with all great detectives, obstacles stand in Nick’s way—the neighborhood bully and his cronies, and the strange old lady and her dog who share the run-down house at the end of Nick’s block. As Nick investigates, an urban legend unravels . . . .

The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief.

Nick fears the legend as he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his young life. Collecting clues, getting ever closer to the true nature of evil, he learns that curiosity comes with a high price.

 

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Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor Program Chairperson, Co¬-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of the YA novel, THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF. He’s also published his first adult novel DEEP WITHIN and the first book in his Adventures of Kyle McGerrt trilogy, a YA western heroic fantasy, THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER, and his first co¬authored novel with Mark Taylor, REDEMPTION

His forthcoming publications and projects in development for 2014 include a comic book series
based on the ADVENTURES OF KYLE McGERRT trilogy, his first middle¬ grade series, THE
UNDERDWELLERS, and his third YA novel, IMMORTAL FAMILY.

On the publishing business side of things, Charles is the owner of Day Media and Publishing in New York, which houses the successful imprints, Evil Jester Press, Evil Jester Comics, and Hidden Thoughts Press (mental wellness collections,)

He’s also an artist and illustrator, who is passionate about creating the many characters he’s brought to life in his published, or soon to be published works. You can find out more about his upcoming writing projects, check out his illustrations and art, or find out what he’s cooking up next with that evil dude¬in¬the¬box, the evil Jester, by visiting his Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/charles.day.92

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New Release Review and Giveaway! DOG COLLAR COUTURE by Adrienne Giordano (Lucie Rizzo Mysteries #3)

 

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Title: Dog Collar Couture
Series: Lucie Rizzo Mysteries
Author: Adrienne Giordano
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: SilverHart Publishing
Genre: Mystery

 

Book Summary:

Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’s best friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.

Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.

Lucie’s knack for finding trouble lands her in the doghouse—and on the six o’clock news. Someone’s absconded with a million-dollar piece of cinematic costume history, with Lucie the only witness to the crime. Not to mention the prime suspect. To clear her name, she’ll need an assist from her entire wacky crew: friends, family…and future (hopefully) lover.

 

Excerpt:

“Hi, Dad.”

He appeared in the doorway that led from the small dining room to the kitchen. He wore flat-front slacks and a crisp, baby-blue dress shirt. “You’re late. You said you’d be home by five.”

Welcome to living at home with a protective father. “I know, but the walks ran long.”

“You should call if you’ll be late.”

Sigh. “Okay, Dad. Sure.”

The door behind her opened and whacked her hard enough to send her spiraling forward. Whoopsie. To keep from falling, she hooked her hand on one of the staircase spindles, gripped it hard enough to pop a knuckle and fought a battle with momentum. She hung on for a second—whew—and pulled herself back to her feet.

Joey stood in the doorway holding the door open for Ro.

Ro rushed in, her arms out. “Luce, are you all right?”

“Luce,” Joey said, “what the hell are you doing behind the door? I could have killed you.”

“Thanks for your concern, Mr. Sensitivity.”

“Hey, next time, don’t stand there.”

“Joey,” Ro said, “zip it.”

He scrunched his face and stabbed his hands in the air. “What? Now it’s my fault?”

“Joey,” Dad warned in that low, scary voice that always made his son snap to, “shut that mouth.”

 

Review:

Another fun read from this series!

Poor Lucie–once again in the wrong place at the wrong time–or is it lucky Lucie? Sometimes it seems that the crimes she gets herself inadvertently involved in are almost less complicated than her own life–her mob boss father’s back from jail, her new (maybe?) boyfriend’s an Irish cop, her best friend is getting hot and heavy with Lucie’s brother–a stolen couture dress almost seems like a minor detail…

Except that Lucie is a possible witness/possible suspect, and once again, having the Rizzo name could be a problem.

But this time she has Tim O’Brien/O’Hottie firmly on her side. And they’re about to go public…maybe (squeee! And maybe do even more. Finally!). And Lucie might just throw herself into solving the crime with a bit more enthusiasm than Tim can handle

“It was a random thing. We didn’t start it. We were just in the wrong place.”

“At the wrong time. I know. That happens a lot.”

She scrunched her nose and growled–growled–at him.

So damned cute. And infuriating. The two sides of Lucie. Killing him.

Yeah, something tells me he’d better get used to it, because I’m seriously hoping this series is just getting started!

So. Much. Fun!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

 

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New Release Spotlight! MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE by Janet Finsilver

Title: Murder at Redwood Cove
Author: Janet Finsilver
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Bed, breakfast…and a body!

If it weren’t for the fact that she’s replacing a dead man, Kelly Jackson would love her new job managing the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast on the coast of Northern California. But Bob Phillips did plunge off the cliff to his death…and Kelly’s starting to think it may not have been an accident. Bob’s retired friends—The “Silver Sentinels”—are also on the case, especially when Kelly is attacked…and another body turns up. Kelly has her hands full with overseeing the B&B’s annual Taste of Chocolate and Wine Festival, but she’s also closing in on the killer…who’s ready to send Kelly on her own permanent vacation…

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Janet Finsilver and her husband reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. She’s been involved in many activities during her life. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. She’s traveled extensively. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. She enjoys cooking, and a recent attempt to reduce the number of cookbooks in the cupboard wasn’t very successful. She’s an avid reader—of course!

 

She’s currently working on the next book in her series scheduled for release in June 2016.

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A Conversation with Ketley Allison, Author of The SNAPPED Series (with a giveaway!)

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Ketley!

Thank you for having me, Becky! I’m so happy to be here.

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • I wrote my first book when I was 14. A full blown 300 page novel. It was a birthday present for my best friend with herself as the lead, and little did I know what dragon I unleashed. The popular birthday present demand became stories of themselves with sexy leads and crazy-wonderful storylines—the pressure was intense!

 

  • I’m a sucker for romance, yet when I try to write a straight up love story I end up with all these subplots that I hadn’t initially thought of. It happens Every. Damn. Time. Take Snapped, where it was meant to only be about Charlie and Slade and the fight to maintain their relationship despite his fame. But nope, my brain couldn’t be happy with that. There had to be murder and obsession and shady motives coming from every character. There had to be another man who made Charlie question everything she was doing with her life—thank goodness it all comes together in the end (revisions are my savior!).

 

  • My boyfriend is certain of his impending death. Every time he borrows my computer and happens upon the internet history or walks by me as I’m working, results such as “committing the perfect murder,” “how to cover your tracks after accidental death,” “knife versus gun,” “successfully destroying evidence,” pops up. Hey, I research heavily!

 

  • I have no fingerprints. Well, not any that a computer can read. Not because I’ve been involved in criminal endeavors. More for taking the bar purposes. I have no idea why. I don’t use industrial cleaning products, I haven’t been burned on my fingertips as a child…they’re just too faint for technology. I can’t even use the fingerprint feature on my iPhone (I’ve tried). L #passcode4life.

Another valid suspicion of my boyfriend’s, I suppose.

 

  • I love crime books. Hmm, I guess there’s a theme here. I read all genres, but crime and thrillers are ones I can really curl up under a blanket and not put down until I’m finished. John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner, to name a few. They never disappoint.

LOL—your poor boyfriend! Research is VERY important, though. 😉

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

Oooh good one. I have a few main characters in Snapped, mostly because in order to have motive a character must have depth. So here we go (sorry for the essay!):

Charlie: She’s the main protagonist, a 23-year-old fresh off college and going straight into law school. She chose New York because her college boyfriend, Jason Sladerman, has just been drafted into professional football. She quickly realizes the price of his fame equals her exposure to the public and begins to wonder why Slade chose her—why she’s worth it. All the while there’s someone in the shadows watching her, waiting for their chance to come out the winner. And they just might do something drastic to get there.

Charlie would be smart on a desert island and bring a water purifier or something. This girl plans things out.

Slade: Charlie’s boyfriend, the Golden Boy, a sweet guy who suddenly finds himself in the spotlight. He’s happy to reach his dream but understands that sacrifices must be made in order to maintain it. Is he willing to give up Charlie to continue on his path? Will he be there to protect Charlie when she needs him the most? Or should his needs come first? This distraction will be his greatest mistake.

Slade would bring protein bars. They’re always on his person and at least he’d survive a few days.

Lara: Charlie’s best friend joins her in New York City. Never fallen in love, a spontaneous sexpot, she’s happy to breeze through life and not take simple things too seriously. Until one guy catches her interest with his badboy appeal and don’t-give-a-damn attitude. He’s just what she’s been looking for. Too bad he’s falling in love with someone else.

And lipstick—she’d definitely take that with her to an island. Forget being pragmatic—her lips ain’t ever gonna be parched.

Nate: A man who does what he wants and achieves his goals effortlessly. He can do anything, be anything, and loves to be the center of attention. Charlie enters a bar his band is gigging at, and everything stops. Suddenly he’s unable to succeed at something. Arrogance gets him nowhere. He might have to be tender, to expose his vulnerability, and ultimately do what he fears most: fall in love with someone who’s not a sure bet and do things he’s not very proud of.

This one’s tough because he’s savvy and would be able to live off the wild, craft his own hut, fold leaves in order to collect rainwater…hmm. He’d probably bring his drumsticks, because a life without rhythm is not worth leading at all. And it’s an awesome way to pass the time.

Reagan: A sweet, sheltered girl who befriends Charlie on the first day of law school. Smart, quiet and driven, she doesn’t make waves until the man she’s been celebrity-crushing on actually stands in front of her face. A prospect she’d never dreamed of reaching is now within touching distance. Does she dare? Is ruining her friendship with Charlie, her only friend, worth it? Hell, yes.

Books! She’d bring lots of books to make being on a deserted island much less stressful. She’d rather transport herself into fantasy than remain in real life.

I think Reagan and I are kindred spirits…

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Many things, but mainly relationships. This drives me—the intricate workings of connections, love, anger, will. My characters will never be perfect. They’ll be weak, break down, but hopefully have enough fight in them to come out strong. That is what Snapped is ultimately about. What kind of person would you become in a situation of murder and betrayal? Hopefully you’ll never know! That’s why fiction is so amazing—especially if I can tie it into the potential of real life, which I hope I did.

LOL, I sure hope I never know! Reading about other (fictional) people finding out is MUCH safer!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Since I could form letters of the alphabet into actual words! It might be a cliché thing to say, but it’s true. Writing is in my bones. It makes me happy and I love figuring out different worlds and different people.

That’s great!

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

Bringing fantasy into some sort of reality—not only for my readers, but for me too. Sometimes you just want to get away. The art of story-telling is an ancient thing, and I think it’s just inside us. To want to read it as well as write it.

The most challenging part is curbing myself. I can write large word counts but will have to narrow it down, which is tough because every scene is close to my heart. Sometimes it just doesn’t work and you have to make that sacrifice in order to punch your plot forward.

“Kill your darlings…”

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

A few things, both paranormal and contemporary. I plan to finish my Dark Souls trilogy by the end of this year, and I’m also working on two standalone contemporaries. One is a Bonnie and Clyde type plot, and another is also an intended love story turning into a crazy crime adventure. I’m excited about ALL of it, and hopefully I can get most out by the end of this year!

Sounds fantastic!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Everyone from Nora Roberts to Laini Taylor to Harlan Coben…intertwining the heart of relationships with an action-packed plot is what I strive for, and these authors (while seemingly different) do exactly that.

🙂

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I just finished The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. HOLY. The writing is wonderful, the wit is on point and the characters truly jump out of the page and grab you.

Good to know—it’s on my TBR!

 

If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

All the romance you expect with the killer that you don’t. WHO SNAPPED?

Perfect!

Thank you again for having me, Becky! It was a true pleasure 🙂

Thank you, Ketley!

AUTHOR BIO:Ketley

Ketley Allison began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her–and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write–so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through–especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

Learn more about Ketley by visiting her website at www.ketleyallison.com

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“We have someone who saw you struggling with the deceased before using that knife. Your best friend, and our eye witness.”

In nine weeks Charlie Miller’s life goes from high-rolling perfection to a crypt of sin. All it takes is one night, one blade, and her boyfriend, best friend and new friends all either end up as suspects or dead.

Nate Westcott, a pierced, tattooed, charismatic lawyer, is a man she can’t have—but a seductive danger she can’t ignore. He’s cocky, infuriating, brilliant and wrong, yet he makes her question whether she really is the good girl she wants to be or more like the selfish killer everyone thinks she is.

And her body wants him in ways she’s not supposed to crave.

As the weeks close in, cracks start forming in her everyday world of pro football golden boys, law school domination and New York City nightlife. Everyone she cares about is at risk because one of them doesn’t love Charlie back. In fact, they want her out of the way. Disposed of. Set up.

One more step, and all Charlie has to do is fall through.

Week 1 starts now.

WHO WILL SNAP?

Snapped is Ketley’s New Adult Contemporary series with all the romance you’d expect, but the killer—and lovers—that you don’t.

Sale Blitz and Giveaway! THEY CALL ME CRAZY by Kelly Stone Gamble

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They Call Me Crazy
by Kelly Stone Gamble
Genre: Mystery/Women’s Fiction
Release Date: November 12, 2014

 

 

Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.

The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.

 

 

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As a reader, my tastes are very diverse. I have a passion for the classics and love a good adventure. As a writer, I enjoy creating memorable characters that may be a bit eccentric, but experience life on their own terms.

In addition to writing novels, my work has appeared in a variety of publications including Red Earth Review, Tower Journal, Family Digest and Chicken Soup for the Soul. My fiction has won awards from Writers Weekly, Writers Courtyard, Women on Writing and the Ground Zero Literary Project.

I teach communications, humanities and literature at Southeast Oklahoma State University and live in Idabel, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Release and Giveaways! HAUNTED LOVE by Jessica Frances

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Haunted Love
by Jessica Frances
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:

My name is Thea Bell and I was murdered.

I always assumed that death was the end. So when my life was cruelly taken away from me, I never thought I would get a second chance to say what I needed to.

But then I was given a choice, a choice that allowed me to see the people I had left behind, and I knew I had to take it.

I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me.

But even in death, things rarely go to plan.

I never expected to meet him. I didn’t anticipate falling in love. I hadn’t considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger.

I didn’t know my actions were going to haunt us forever.

My name is Detective Aiden Mercer, and I think I have gone insane.

I am seeing the murder victim of my current case alive and in the flesh, and that is simply not possible.

I can see her, hear her, touch her. She’s real to me, however I know this cannot be real. Right?

But try telling my heart that, because as I grow closer to catching Thea’s killer, I also fall deeper into trouble.

Because love is rarely anything but trouble and I know this love will haunt me forever.

 

Excerpt:

I leave Aiden scanning over the boxes, moving back through my house and taking time to look over the photos I have hanging up. It’s strange how I had them along my walls, in my eye line for years yet never took the time to look at them. I used the photos as decoration instead of a reminder of the good times I shared with friends and family as well as the few amazing places I got to visit.

I take my time now, smiling at the memories sparked of Flynn, laughing at the reminders of the fun times we shared and yearning for the places I will never get to visit. I had a list of countries and activities I wanted to do for my summer vacation. I wanted to take at least one trip every summer and slowly work away at the list. Now I’ll never get to see any of those places, never have the chance to skydive in New Zealand, eat gelato in Italy, or go skiing in Switzerland. The most exciting thing I managed is a school field trip to New Orleans where we toured the main tourist destinations, and I ate beignets and gumbo.

I shake my head, slowly moving through the lower level of my house, checking over the mess made from the forensics people who appear to have coated every surface looking for foreign fingerprints. I don’t find anything suspicious here or out of place. There is nothing I can see that is missing, and nothing screams to me that there is a clue here. While I’m disheartened to still have nothing to give Aiden to go on, I stare up my staircase, knowing I will need to check up there, too.

With each step, my legs grow heavier. Soon, I’m dragging my feet. I purposely check every other room, leaving my bedroom for last. I’m dreading what will happen when I glance back inside that room. I feel ill as I approach the still ajar door.

I know I need to get this over with. I might remember something about the murderer in there. If anything is going to be amiss that might help us figure out who my killer is, it will be in my bedroom.

But how am I supposed to enter the room where I lost my life?

The room where I was beaten and violated?

Even if it means catching my killer, can I face what I might see in there? Do I really want that memory etched into my brain? Isn’t already having a good idea what I went through bad enough?

Then again, what if he is out there right now, terrorizing other women? What if my reluctance to walk into this room means another person will lose their life?

I take a deep breath, my hand reaching out to push the door open.

“You don’t have to go in there,” Aiden tells me.

I glance over my shoulder, seeing both worry and fury in his eyes. “I do.” I sound more sure then I feel, but I force my feet forward. Within two steps, I am standing inside my bedroom.

 

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J.A. Kazimer, Author of THE FAIRYLAND MURDERS Reveals the Disney Conspiracy: Fairy Tale Truths (and a giveaway!)

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The Disney Conspiracy: Ten Gruesome Fairy Tale Secrets That Dear Old Walt Covered-Up

As a kid, my loving parents sat down next to my bed and read me Cinderella, Snow White, and many other fairy tales. While they thought they were being good parents, they were in fact warping my mind with fake stories whitewashed by the likes of Walt Disney. Imagine my surprise when I found out the truth, in the form of my first boyfriend liking my boobs better than my glass encased feet. So I started to do some research into these supposed fairy tales. You won’t believe what I discovered.

Or maybe you will.

We don’t know each other that well for me to make assumptions…

Ten Gruesome Fairy Tale Secrets Disney Covered-Up:

  • Good help is so hard to find. There is no magical kiss for the pure as white princess when her prince arrives on scene as the seven dwarves are carrying her corpse into the woods for burial. The necrophiliac prince is so taken with the dead chick that he carries her off to his kingdom. Sometime later, a servant accidently jars the poisoned apple from her mouth, and bingo, Snow White wakes.
  • The tale of the Piped Piper is a cautionary story about pedophilia.
  • Red Riding Hood took a wrong turn and ended up eaten by a wolf. No grandma’s big eyes involved. No goodie basket. Nothing but bad directions given by an untrustworthy wolf.
  • Under the sea things aren’t what they seem. Instead of marrying the prince at the end of the Little Mermaid, the mermaid dies after refusing to murder her beloved.
  • Contrary to what Disney says, Sleeping Beauty was raped by the prince while she slept, and only wakes after giving birth to twins. Imagine her surprise.
  • Rumpelstiltskin is not dead. He’s out in the woods, waiting for just the right girl to weave Gucci knockoffs.
  • Things do not end well for the trespassing Goldilocks, as she is eaten by the three bears.
  • Hansel and Gretel have a run in with the devil and his wife.
  • Those poor ugly stepsisters in Cinderella whack off bits of their feet to fit the glass slipper.
  • Cinderella kills her own mother so her father can remarry. I guess karma’s a bitch, but then again so is Cinderella.
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When Kazimer isn’t looking for the perfect place to hide the bodies, she spends her time surrounded by cats with attitude and a little puppy named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants, kayaking, snowboarding, reading and theater. After years of slacking, she received a master’s degree in forensic psychology, which she promptly ignored and started writing novels for little to no money. In addition to studying the criminal mind, Kazimer spent a few years spilling drinks on people as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator in the Denver area. You can find her online at jakazimer.com.

 


Synopsis:
Not all endings are happy…
Blue Reynolds knows the darker side of New Never City–the side that’s hopped-up on fairy dust and doesn’t care if your house gets blown down. Rent’s due and his PI business is all but make believe. But even Blue shudders at having to chase after Isabella Davis, a freckle-nosed redhead five feet tall on her tip-toes…if you don’t count the pretty pink wings.

Izzy is tough, and sneaky, and not too thrilled with the idea of being the new tooth fairy. The last six have been most gruesomely extracted. But Blue has a feeling that whoever is killing the tooth fairies is worse than your standard big bad psycho. The fairy council is hiding something. The Shadows are moving out into the light. And Blue is saddled with a shocking power that could take out half of New Never City…

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Chapter 1
Of all the fey PI firms, in all the kingdoms, in all the lands, these twin hairless fairies had to walk into mine.
Of course I knew why they were here.
“My rent’s not due for two days,” I said, propping my feet on top of my worn desk. It groaned under the weight. Not that another forty-eight hours would matter in the scheme of things. I’d still be a few hundred short of meeting my monthly office space rent.
The PI biz wasn’t what it used to be.
And it used to be pretty damn bad.
Hell, I only had one case in the last month and I’d yet to see a penny from it. Of course, I hadn’t quite solved it either. But I would. Blue Reynolds, PI, always gets the job done. Eventually.
“Blue,” Peyton, the taller of the two fairies, said as he hefted his tiny pants. They rose an inch, showing off a pair of green and white kids’ socks. “We ain’t here for the rent. We want you to do a job for us.”
I leaned back further in my chair. “Nope.”
Frowning, Peyton consulted with his twin brother, Clayton, in a hushed whisper. They argued for a second, finally nodding in apparent agreement before facing me again. In unison they shot me equally creepy and earnest smiles.
A lesser man might’ve found their pixie-shaped faces and wistful plea cute. Not me. I’d dealt with fairies too many times to fall for their adorable act. In general, fairies were winged devils; these two were in particular.
“Please,” they said. “For us?”
Again I shook my head. This time with greater emphasis, so much so that the bones in my neck popped. I tilted my head back and forth working out the kinks as the twins regrouped.
“Come on, Blue,” said Clayton, the shorter brother. Shorter was relative since neither he nor his twin stood more than two feet tall. “It’ll be a piece of cake.”
“You said that about the last job.” I kicked off my combat boot and wiggled four toes through the hole in my sock. “I still haven’t found my toe.”
Peyton winced, but Clayton, true to his demonic nature, giggled. “Guess he didn’t go running wee wee wee all the way home like we figured.”
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New Release and Giveaway! SURFACING by Kristin Halbrook

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Surfacing
by Kristin Halbrook
Publication date: December 10th 2014
Genres: Mystery, New Adult
Synopsis:

Katie Sawyer has spent the past three and a half years cultivating the perfect UCLA experience. She has the perfect boyfriend: a football star. She has the perfect social life: she’s President of Delta Gamma. But her perfect best friend, Chelsea, just drowned. Worse, the body tumbled out of the closet in Professor Griffin’s chem lab.

Katie’s fairy-tale façade hides a past she would like to forget, but Chelsea’s death brings every old emotion to the surface. If she’s going to move on from her hurts, Katie has to pull her not-so-perfect self together and search out the identity of Chelsea’s killer, even if it means turning to Josh Hunter for help. It’s not easy. Josh infuriates her. Once upon a time, they were next door neighbors and best friends. They were confidants. They were even teenagers fumbling and exploring each other in the dark. He knew everything about her. He owned her heart. That was before things changed.

Now, secrets are surfacing. Chelsea was seeing someone. And she was pregnant when she died. Katie must come to terms with Chelsea’s other life…and face the fact that she has some secrets of her own. Even if it means letting the past–and Josh Hunter–back into her life.

A college Clueless meets Veronica Mars, Kristin Halbrook’s new adult mystery is full of sexy romance and twists that will keep you guessing until the end.

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He’d said he had an early soccer game, so I headed to the fields before my classes. His intramural team had enough of a crowd that I could slip in unnoticed to watch the last ten minutes. There was something exhilarating about watching him streak across the field, about seeing his intense expression as he passed the ball, watching his team jump all over each other when they scored.

At the way his muscles tensed and relaxed, the way he was completely zoned into the action. Passion, of a sort. I pressed my fingers to my throat. I knew that look so well. Remembered how it had been focused on me, long ago.

At the final whistle, I caught up with him on the sidelines.

“Josh, can I have a minute?”

He looked at me over his water bottle. I had just finished studying the lines of his neck and shoulders as his head tipped back for a drink. A couple other guys exchanged a look but Josh shrugged coolly and dropped his bottle in his bag.

“See you guys later,” he told them. He shouldered his backpack and stood with an exaggerated sigh. “Where to?”

“We can walk, if you don’t mind.”

“All right.”

I led him blindly away from the field. I wasn’t sure where to go. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted from Josh.

He could tell.

“Here,” he said, stopping me with a touch of his finger on my arm. “Come down here. I need to drop these cones in the equipment room.”

In the equipment room, dust swirled among the limited oxygen supply and the smell of sweat soaked leather dominated everything else. I plugged my nose and gave Josh a look.

“This was the only place you could think of?”

He leaned against a steel frame rack of football helmets.

“You’re the one who needed alone time. Damon not meeting your needs anymore?”

I hated how we flip-flopped. How one moment with him could be absolute perfection, and the next a battle. Josh had no right to act jealous. We were nothing to each other. No matter how he made me feel. And the way he made me feel…frustrated me. I picked up a plastic orange cone and launched it. He ducked with an exasperating laugh.

“Shut up, Josh. When’s the last time you had a girlfriend?”

It wasn’t as though I expected him to list them. We both knew he wasn’t lonely. But he shrugged the question off, folding his arms across his chest, refusing to answer me. His eyes, usually so warm and inviting, were closed to me.

“What do you want, Katie?”

I retrieved the cone, being sure to avoid Josh’s personal space, and replaced it at the top of its stack. I straightened a shoulder pad on the shelf behind me, realized what I was touching, and wiped my hand on my skirt. Ew.

“Did you find anything yet? About Chelsea’s – about the frat guy?”

“You mean anything in the very short span of time between yesterday afternoon and now? What did you expect from me?”

“I’m so sorry to expect anything from you.”

“Believe me, I already know that.”

A heavy silence hung between us.

“Why aren’t you over that, anyway?” he continued. “They arrested the janitor, didn’t you hear?”

I picked a stopwatch up off one of the shelves and played with the buttons, resetting the time to zero. I set it back down quickly, hoping no one was saving that time for something important.

“Yeah, but I’m just not sure –.”

“Just not sure what?”

When I failed to answer him he heaved a sigh.

“What do you want from me, Katie?”

I blinked back a surprise rush of tears. How could I tell him I wanted both everything – and nothing – from him, but that I knew I deserved less than either?

“I want to find . . . I want to know who . . .” I shook my head. Why was Josh the hardest person on the planet to talk to, when I knew for a fact he was the easiest person to talk to?

“It’s not your job to solve this crime,” he said, after the silence between us filled the room, pressing against our skin painfully. “You need to give your energy to dealing with it in other ways.”

“Chelsea’s murder,” I corrected. “Not just some random crime. I don’t think the janitor did it.”

“Stop it,” he whispered. He started to reach a hand out to me, but pulled back before touching me. I couldn’t tell him that I wanted him to. To reach out to me. To touch me. To everything.

“I can’t. Please.” I’d lowered myself to whimpering. My shame had no end when it came to Chelsea.

“I don’t have anything for you.”

For a moment, my heart melted under the regret in his voice. But then I realized I was doing it again: setting him up to get hurt. I replaced my guilt with anger.

“Then why did you bring me in here?”

“What? I’m not the one who dragged me into this equipment closet.”

I smirked. I had him there.

“Actually, yes you did.”

“Right. The idea to be alone with you was mine.”

I bit back my retort and paused. Wait. He didn’t want to be alone with me? What boy wouldn’t?

“I just wanted to ask you about the username. Somewhere where your entire soccer team wasn’t going to overhear. You were the one dragging us into rooms that reek of the gladiators time forgot.”

He pushed off the rack and came within a foot of my face. Electricity fizzed in the air. I clutched the rack behind my back to keep from curving my body into his.

“So, you’re saying you don’t want to be alone with me? Katie Sawyer, you break my heart.”

His mouth hesitated around the next word, the one he didn’t say but that we both knew had almost spilled out: again.

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When she was little, Kristin Halbrook wanted to be a writer, the President of the USA or the first female NFL quarterback. The first one stuck. Even when pursuing other dreams, she always took time to write, including stories for adults, teens, and children. She is the author of Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and the forthcoming Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, April 2015). Surfacing is her new adult debut.

When she’s not writing or reading, she’s spending time with three pixies, her Mad Scot soulmate, and one grumpy cocker spaniel; traveling across oceans and time; cooking and baking up a storm; and watching waves crash and suns set on the beach. She currently lives, loves and explores in The Emerald City, though she occasionally makes wispy, dream-like plans to move to Paris or a Scottish castle one day (if just temporarily).

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