Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Murder For A Rainy Day by Teresa Trent






Murder For A Rainy Day
by Teresa Trent
• Series: Pecan Bayou #6
• Cozy Mystery
Synopsis:


Ever see one of those ugly plastic life size animals and ask yourself why? In Pecan Bayou these animals are being stolen at an alarming rate. First Charlie Loper's plastic horse Ol' Bess is stolen, breaking off the fingers of Charlie's statue leaving him flipping off the entire state of Texas, and then the cow in front of the steak house gets pinched. Betsy Livingston, also known as the Happy Hinter is trying to get her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the heat of summer, so puts herself on the case. Instead of find the answer, she stumbles onto a murder as a hurricane approaches the town of Pecan Bayou. Enjoy the sixth installment in the Pecan Bayou Series complete with helpful hints and recipes in the back of the book, and all of the characters you've come to know and love.
Murder for a Rainy Day is FREE on Kindle today and again on December 4-5.


About This Author

Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas. With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado. Living in Texas for the last 19 years she loves the people and even the weather. Murder for a Rainy Day includes a hurricane, and having endured Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita with her family, Teresa would much rather write about them than evacuate from them. Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD. Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her. This book is the last one in the Pecan Bayou Series taking Betsy from single mom to mother of three. Teresa is now working on her next series that will take place in the Piney Woods of Texas.

Author Links:

Webpage: www.teresatrent.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teresatrentmysterywriter

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5219581.Teresa_Trent

Twitter: @ttrent_cozymys https://twitter.com/ttrent_cozymys

My review: Murder For A Rainy Day by Teresa Trent

4 stars

This is the sixth book in the series. I have now read the last 3 of the series. Murder for a Rainy Day had some things that I knew were coming and other twists I did not see. It had some funny stuff, some recaps with dreams, some silly crimes and some murder. I was guessing right on the thief but did not get the murder right. If you have been reading this series you will want to read this one for sure. If your new to the series, this might give the secrets away for the past 5 books. It can stand alone but you might enjoy the dreams more.

Someone is stealing the fake animals of Pecan Bayou. Why anyone would want the animals or how they stole them is up for grabs.
Everyone wants to know if Betsy is in labor yet and what she is having. She is not telling anyone. There is also Hurricane heading towards them. Betsy is also 9 months pregnant.

Lots of drama going on in this book. You think things are heading to calm but them things happen again. You don't want to put it down. The dreams are a little slow part of the book for me. I can see the reason for all that in the end it all works.

I was given this ebook to read so I can give a honest review and be part of Murder For A Rainy Day blog tour.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dying To Get Published (Jennifer Marsh #1) by Judy Fitzwater

INTRODUCING JENNIFER MARSH

What does it take to get a book contract? That's the lament of every unpublished author--including aspiring murder-mystery novelist Jennifer Marsh.

After submitting eight diligently crafted manuscripts to every prominent publisher in New York, Jennifer has collected enough rejection letters to wallpaper a room. But that doesn't stop her from concocting one killer of a scheme for her next novel.

And suddenly Jennifer's lifelong love affair with crime fiction brings her face to face with real-life murder. . .


My review: Dying to Get Published by Judy Fitzwater

4 stars

This is the first book in the Jennifer Marsh series. It is actually the second I have read. So I knew who most of the characters were because I had read the seventh book first.
This is a light hearted cozy mystery. It shows how eager and desperate writers are to get their work published and noted.
 
Jennifer Marsh is a single writer who has 8 finished novels in her closet. She is tired of getting rejected. She gets a idea that if she commits a real murder with a alibi and lead the police right to her. Someone will want to publish her. So she starts plotting. She works part-time for a catering job.

A agent who is rude and hateful will be her target.  She really does not want to murder her but figures out if she can plan it all the way then she will be able to write her mysteries.

Of course things don't fall her way. I figured out part of who the killer was and why just not the name.

I wanted Jennifer to get her book published by the end of the book. I cared about her and her friends. I could not believe she was so desperate to even think of planning a murder.

I got the ebook free from Amazon.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blog Tour: A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom by June McCrary Jacobs Review & Giveaway

 





                                                       


When her student, six-year-old Mary Noel, survives a car accident over Thanksgiving break, Amber and her new friend, Paul, are determined to cheer her up during the holidays. But Mary Noel’s most painful injury is the loss of her dog. The more withdrawn Mary Noel becomes, the more Amber and Paul need a miracle—a miracle that requires the entire community’s help.
"I wanted to portray a wholesome relationship between a man and woman with similar values where their friendship and common goals were the basis for developing a love relationship,” said McCrary Jacobs. “The community of Apple Blossom pulls together to help a family in need and is very successful in their efforts.”
“A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom” is available in bookstores and on Amazon.com, BooksAndThings.com, and BarnesAndNoble.com.

About the Author:
June McCrary Jacobs spent twenty years as a primary grade educator after graduating from California State University, Hayward, with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a multiple-subject teaching credential. Along with writing fiction, June is a freelance designer of sewing, quilting and crafting projects. “A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom” is June's debut novel, though not her first published work. Since 2007 June's original sewing, quilting and stitchery projects and articles have been published in national and international magazines including Stitch, Sew News, Sewing World, Simply Handmade, Sew Hip, Sewing Savvy, Crafts 'n Things and Create & Decorate. Two of her sewing designs for children will appear in the upcoming “101 One-Yard Little Wonders” book published by Storey Publishing. A Californian since age six, June currently resides in the San Joaquin Valley. Learn more about June's writing endeavors and view some of her original sewing projects by visiting her website at www.junemccraryjacobs.com.
 --My website and ‘Writing and Sewing’ blog can be found at:  http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com.  I write about books, book reviews, textile shows, museum exhibits, and sewing tips there with a new post each Wednesday. The first Wednesday of each month (and sometimes additional times throughout the month) I post free patterns and instructions for one of my original-design sewing or crafting projects for readers’ use and enjoyment.
--My Author’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/June-McCrary-Jacobs/153549754836128.  If you Like my Facebook page you’ll receive automatic notifications of new postings and the free projects, etc.
--My Goodreads Author Page:  http://www.goodreads.com/June-McCrary-Jacobs
--My Email Address is:  junemccraryjacobs@gmail.com
 

 

My review: A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom by June McCrary Jacobs

5 STARS

This is a good Christmas story. The reasons I gave it 5 STARS it touched me in so many ways. I cried some sad tears in the beginning, In part of the story I wanted to shout for joy. I even cried some happy tears. The characters to me were real.

I have read this story now twice and still it touched me the second time as much as the first.

The setting was a small community. That one brand new teacher made a difference and got the town to work together for one little girl and her very worried parents.

The drama starts right off and touches the heart strings from the first page. Amber learns one of her student Mary Noel was hit by a car. She will heal with broken bones but worst of all her puppy was with her and died. Mary Noel saw all the blood and injuries. She has closed down has not spoken since.

Before Amber can say anything to her students they all tell her about Mary Noel and her dog. Amber's class pull together for Mary Noel they make lots of cards for her hospital room and other things.

Just thinking about the story makes my eyes water again. It is so neat to see all the people pulling together to help where they can. They make a big difference by working together.

Paul works with Mary Noel's father. He helps keep the business going while Mr. Simmons stays at the hospital. They won't let Mary Noel leave until she opens emotionally.
Paul and Amber meet in the hospital and start working together and come up with a plan to help. As they are working they start to fall in love very vast.

This book is a clean read, It does feature church, prayer and Christmas eve midnight service. It all fits so well into the story.

I will look forward for more books from June McCrary Jacobs in the future. I really enjoyed her first novel.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Cedar Fort and to be part of its blog tour.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Cowboy for Christmas by Lacy Williams

Redemption Ranch

After an accident leaves her injured, Daisy Richards stays secluded at her family's Wyoming ranch to avoid the town's gawking stares. Yet handsome cowboy newcomer Ricky White insists she can do anything she dreams—ride a horse, decorate a Christmas tree…even steal a man's heart.

Once a reckless cad, Ricky is to blame for what happened to Daisy. Now reformed, he wants to make amends by setting things right for his boss's beautiful daughter in time for the holidays. But Daisy doesn't know Ricky's responsible for her predicament. When the truth is revealed, will he lose the greatest gift he's ever received—her trust?

Wyoming Legacy: United by family, destined for love
Paperback, 288 pages

Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Love Inspired Harlequin
ISBN 0373282923 (ISBN13: 9780373282920)
.series Wyoming Legacy #5

My review: A Cowboy for Christmas by Lacy Williams

4 stars

I was drawn right into the story. I love the characters, the drama, setting and action. It was also a clean read.
I wanted Daisy to prosper and gain confidence in what she could do. It is frustrating when your life changes in an instant what you can do. Daisy struggle was real. Before the accident she had two arms and now just one. She does not want to be seen by anyone else. Feels like they would stare at her.

Ricky White realized what he had caused with his fight in the street. He has repented and wants to make amends somehow. He works for the Richards ranch. He sees what Daisy is struggling against and makes way for her to cope. His simple changes make things possible for Daisy to do.

Daisy and Ricky are alone on the ranch one Sunday and Ricky gets her to help him in the barn deliver puppy. Then Daisy's whole family comes back the next day and are all sick. They have to take care of everything.

It deals with forgiveness and making amends. I thought it was a good story that got it's message across in a real way. The way Daisy felt was true.

The setting is Northeast Wyoming, early December 1900 on a ranch.

A Cowboy for Christmas is a Wyoming Legacy book #5 I believe. I have enjoyed all the books in this series that I have read. I will read more from Lacy Williams again in the future.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give honest review of A Cowboy for Christmas.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner




Molly Elliott's quiet life in Tallahassee, Florida, is disrupted when routine errands land her in the wrong place at the wrong time: the middle of a bank robbery. Accused and cleared of the crime, she flees both media attention and mysterious, threatening notes, to move across the country to Cranberry Cove, where she has inherited her Aunt Maggie's bed and breakfast on the Northern California coast. Her new beginning is peaceful - that is, until five guests show up at the inn for a weekend, each with a hidden agenda.




Mix together one blushing honeymoon couple, one flamboyant boutique owner, a deadpan traveling salesman, and a charmingly handsome novelist, and there’s more than scones cooking at Cranberry Cottage Bed and Breakfast. As true motives become apparent, will Molly's past come back to haunt her or will she finally be able to leave it behind?

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Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sam's Christmas Wish by George Durrant

TITLE: Sam’s Christmas Wish

AUTHOR: George D. Durrant

Page Count: 29 pages
Genre: Christmas Picture Book
Format: Hardcover

RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2014
We don't need no charity," insists Big Sam Edwards. It's bad enough to have lost his job a few weeks before Christmas; the thought of "do-gooders" meddling in his business is more than he can bear. "I'll be watching if anybody comes around trying to leave anything at the door!" he warns.

But the mystery of a pile of gifts left anonymously, without any tracks in the snow, works a change in Sam's heart. The spirit of Christmas fills his home with joy.

Over the years, Sam becomes one of the most generous men in town. Yet his fondest wish goes unrealized: "I wish I could do something good and do it in secret so nobody would ever know."

And then one Christmas, he gets his chance—his secret act is even more gratifying than he ever could have imagined.

About the Author:
George Durrant was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. He’s believed in Santa Claus as a child and as a parent. George is a master storyteller and loves telling stories to his eight children, thirty-four grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

My review :Sam's Christmas Wish by George Durrant

5 STARS

This is a powerful 29 pages. It made me smile, cry and think of many of my Christmas memories on both sides. Love the power of Giving in secret and receiving too.

One Christmas Sam had lost his job but he did not want any charity. He stayed up late to catch anyone who was going to give his family any gifts. Than he fell asleep. Christmas had come and left stuff inside his house. His kids were excited. Sam was mad he called the sheriff.

Sam finally felt the Christmas spirit. He gave the rest of his life but always wanted to do in secret and not get caught.

This story touched me. That even rethinking about the story brings the tears again.

I think this would be a good book for the family to read. I think we all need to learn to give in secret maybe not as great a gift as Sam gave but whatever we can. All the giving and receiving of gifts in secret sure spread the joy of Christmas. May we all have Sam's Christmas Wish all year long.

I have to say the illustrations by Dan Burry are beautiful. I would hang almost any of them on my walls.

I was given this book to read so I could give an honest review and be a part of Sam's Christmas Wish by George Durrant









Thursday, November 20, 2014

Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs (Texas Grooms (Love Inspired Historical))

THE CHRISTMAS CHILDREN

Reserved widow Eileen Pierce never considered herself the kind of woman who was cut out to be a mother. She wouldn't know what to do with one child, much less ten. But when handyman Simon Tucker is stranded in town with a group of young orphans at Christmastime, she discovers she can't just turn them away.

Simon knows there's more to Eileen than meets the eye. Though his easygoing demeanor immediately clashes with her buttoned-up propriety, Simon's kindness soon melts Eileen's stern facade. Simon and the children already upended Eileen's quiet, orderly life. Will they do the same to her guarded heart?

Texas Grooms: In search of their brides…
File Size: 435 KB
Print Length: 284 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373829833
Publisher: Love Inspired Historicals (October 1, 2013)


My review: Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs

5 stars

I was surprised about how much I liked Eileen Pierce. If you have read any books in the Texas Groom series you will want to read this one.
Eileen Pierce for the last two years as been keeping by herself since her husband died and his crimes came to light. I understand and enjoyed learning more about her.

Simon Tucker was escorting 10 children and their guardian Miss Georgina Fredrick. They were moving from the city to a western city to a bigger house. When Georgina had a stroke and they were taken off the train in Turnabout, Texas. The kids are not related but they have become a family and Simon plans to keep them together.

Simon is hoping that Gigi will get better and they will be able to travel to their new house. He asks the people of Turnabout for help. The people say they can feed them and Eileen gets asked to house them since she has the room in her house. Simon also volunteer to help Eileen with any repairs while they stay their.

Eileen is full of rules. She has no experience with children. It is good to see her open up to the children and Simon.

Miss Dovie Jacobs is a boarder who lives with Eileen. She is wonderful with the children. She can not leave too far from her room but knows children.

The setting for the book is Turnabout, Texas November 1896

I love the children. That would be hard to take care of 10 children all of once. Simon has only known the children for the most of about a week. Except his niece and nephew who lost their mother three months ago.

Lots of drama, relationships and caring people of Turnabout. Also clean read.

I was given Her Holiday Family to read by Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give honest review of Her Holiday Family.