Tear-jerkers

tissuesI just read a book that was a real tear-jerker. I actually realised I was reluctant to pick it up and continue reading it because I couldn’t stop the tears while I was reading.

Sometimes I can see when I’m being emotionally manipulated, most often when watching tv or movies, but this book wasn’t manipulating me, it was just heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time. I knew from the blurb it was going to be emotionally charged. The hero and the heroine’s daughter were both disabled, and the themes were about guilt and redemption. It had tear-jerker written all over it. But I was surprised how much it affected me, and hats off to the author, because she did her job and then some of making me invested in her characters’ lives.

I love connecting with characters so much their heartbreak or triumph has the power to move me, but don’t often indulge in true tear-jerkers often, I prefer some action to balance things out, and less angst. But it’s good to take a dip in the tear-jerker pool every now and then, although I try not to read those books when I’m commuting on a train or plane, sobbing in public not being something I enjoy, LOL.

Do you enjoy shedding a tear or two when you’re reading? Or are books like this something you avoid?

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Free Romantic Suspense Short Story Giveaway!

Two weeks ago, I was part of a big romantic suspense giveaway, which gave me a lot of new newsletter subscribers. Over the weekend, I offered my new subscribers a free Love & Murder short story, Unforgettable Love & Murder. It’s a standalone story (as are all my Love & Murder books), over 13,000 words, which is a nice size for a short story. I’m happy with the story, and I love the cover by EJR Digital Art. It’s one of my favorite covers – and it doesn’t even have a cat or dog! (If you’re not familiar with my books, the covers usually have a cat or dog – or plural.)

I don’t plan on putting this story on any of the online bookstores. Now that I’ve sent it to the romantic suspense giveaway subscribers, I’m going to offer it to my other newsletter subscribers by the end of the week. (If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, you don’t have to subscribe again.) Here’s the info!

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When Allie Dalmon was eleven, she killed a man. No one knew except the boy who went away … and now he’s back.

Twenty years after his mother’s boyfriend tried to kill him, former Navy SEAL Zach Winters returns to Trouble Bay. He’s never forgotten the moment he’d looked up from his would-be killer’s dead body into the wide eyes of the girl leaning over the rock fence on the cliff above him. The girl who’d saved his life.

Allie remembers the boy, too. She’s a therapist for the school system now, along with her therapy dog. She’s recently had an an awkward break-up, but her life is still good, and Zach doesn’t owe her anything.

Then Zach sees something that makes him wonder if someone wants to harm Allie. Now he’s not going anywhere. Not until it’s over…

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I subscribe to newsletters of my favorite authors. And I do subscribe sometimes to read a free book. I can always unsubscribe, and it’s a great way to see if I like the author’s books.

Just curious. Do you subscribe to authors’ newsletters?

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

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maskMasked Attraction (Pull of the Moon prequel)

by Mary Hughes

The masks are coming off.

Daniel Light loved Zoe Blackwood when he was a gangly dork. Now a powerful wizard prince, a masked ball gives him a new chance to woo her.

Wolf shifter Zoe is desperate to recreate high school memories of her one glimpse at romantic, selfless love, memories courtesy of rich, classy, dorky Daniel. He was the only boy she could always count on yet never really noticed. She throws the ball as her last chance before her wolf forces her to mate, but when Daniel shows up, though he’s still rich and classy, he’s not dorky at all, and she notices his honed body and lion’s grace plenty. The question is—can she still count on him?

Coming between them is an evil fire wizard and an ancient parchment with a deadly prophecy.

Warning: A wolf shifter on the cusp of mate-or-else, a smokin’ hot wizard who won’t let anything stand in his way, and fun in closets. 

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decThe Price of Deception (Book Two The Legacy Series)

by Vicki Hopkins

Five years after releasing the love of his life to another man, Robert Holland struggles with remorse about his past decisions. Chained in a loveless marriage of convenience and strangled by duty, he wallows in regret and drink. Everything in his life changes, when on holiday in Paris, he meets a young boy and his former rival. Suddenly, he finds himself thrown into a whirlwind of deceit and lies as he searches for the meaning of truth and love. Just like innocence, deception carries a price. Book Two of the Legacy Series weaves a tangled web of deceit and dire consequences, which in the end rearranges everyone’s life on a path of either good or evil.

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NEW RELEASES

celCeleste (Glory Book 3)

by Dale Mayer

Being last sucked. And so did going home less than triumphant.

Celeste is injured only this time it’s her leg and not her pride. There’s no room for the latter when she’s being stalked. And now someone is out to destroy her and her sisters…

Matt has been waiting for Celeste to return — to him. She was a strong energy worker and trying to track her down would be futile. And pointless. She’d be found only if she wanted to be.

Considering she’d stayed away as long as she had, he worried that maybe she wasn’t planning on coming back — ever.

But Glory is heating up and life for Celeste and her sisters is coming up to crunch time. They need her back. And she’s come back — on her terms.

The three sisters must unite to fight the secret enemy in their midst and to preserve their way of life. That means Celeste must make peace with herself and Matt — before it’s too late.

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vowVow of Trust (Colorado Trust Series Book 6)

by Stacey Joy Netzel

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Cassie Blake turned her back on her brothers in the middle of a family scandal, but before she can return to Colorado and make things right, she must pay her debt to a scheming Sin City loan shark who’s decided he wants her instead of the money. A desperate gamble to get her life back on track takes an unexpected turn when she runs into a familiar face from home.

Sheriff Lawson Graves is in Las Vegas for a new job and a fresh start after the woman he hoped to build a future with married one of Cassie’s brothers. When he discovers the beautiful blond is in way over her head with a loan shark whose infatuation has turned to obsession, Lawson proposes an offer of protection to stack the deck in her favor—and his.

With undeniable chemistry sizzling between them, happily ever after could be in the cards—until the lawman’s vow to keep Cassie safe puts both their lives in the hands of a madman with nothing left to lose.

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Guest blogger: Christina Phillips

Once again, I’m so pleased to have historical and paranormal romance author Christina Phillips as a guest on MM. Christina’s wonderful Roman historical romance has been re-released and as someone who read it when it first came out, I can honestly say it is wonderful!

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Thank you Michelle for inviting me back to Magical Musings!

Although I was first published only eight years ago, the publishing landscape has changed so dramatically it’s almost unrecognizable. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined self-publishing my work back then. I was happy to sell my two paranormal short romances to a digital first publisher, and was ecstatic to soon afterwards sign with a New York agent for my first full length historical romance, Forbidden, which sold to one of the (then) Big 6.

Forbidden was a bit of a gamble for everyone. Set during the turbulent years when Rome invaded Britain and Cymru (modern day Wales), it not only had a Roman warrior as a hero but a magical Druid heroine so I had a double whammy right there—the protagonists and the setting were *unusual* and nobody quite knew how to market it.

But you know what? I love my ancient world so much. It’s not just the smoking hot, dominant alpha heroes (*cough* although it does have quite a lot to do with them). I also love my heroines who worship the goddess culture and are used to being treated as equals to men in their everyday life. When hero meets heroine it’s a clash of cultures, ideals and beliefs, and I just had so much fun watching those tough warriors being brought to their knees by their women.

And so, when the opportunity arose for me to claim back the rights to my ancient world romances, there was no doubt in my mind that I’d go ahead and indie publish them. One of the advantages was, at long last, I could finally brand the four books so they looked as though they belonged together! This makes me very happy :). I also gave the books a new series name – The Druid Chronicles – which hopefully gives readers an idea of what the books are about.

The first book, Forbidden, is out now, and the second book, Captive, is up for pre-order. The third and fourth books – Enslaved and Tainted – will be released within the next couple of months.

Although all four books are interlinked with characters reappearing from earlier books, each story can be read as a standalone. There are no cliffhangers and each book delivers a Happily-Ever-After for its couple!

BK1 Forbidden LargeHe was a master of seduction – but no match for the magical allure of the woman he wanted most

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion – his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan’s ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn’t realize her true heritage – until he captures her heart as well as her body.

As Carys’ loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus’ people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.

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Previously published by Penguin US in 2010

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Bio

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is a multiple finalist in the 2012 – 2014 ARRA Awards for Favorite Erotic Romance, Favorite Contemporary Romance and Favorite Paranormal Romance.

Christina is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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The Strange Places Ideas Come From ☆҉➹☆Check out the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway! ☆҉➹☆҉

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My husband is in IT, running his own data center. He often brings work home, but he loves his job, and I’m happy he’s happy—and besides, bringing work home is better than his having to groggily drive out in the middle of the night, which was true of one of his other jobs (I always sent a shot-gunner along to keep him awake in the form of myself or one of our kids, and an extra $20 for coffee, lol).

The thing is, for his current job, sometimes it’s not just clients calling. Sometimes the computers call.

Strictly speaking, the servers on the computers that call. Problem is, he’s got things set up to send an alert to his phone when a server is in trouble. Whatever time, day or night. Which leads to a story.

Now most times, his phone chirps with a minor problem. We wake up, but after a check, manage to go back to sleep.

Sometimes things get a little crazier.

The second weekend in March is Daylight Savings Time in the Midwest, where we set our clocks forward an hour, and two in the morning becomes three. One of the things the servers check for is power outages, based on–you guessed it–time. If the computer clock is missing so much as five seconds, it sends an alarm.

The phone alarm is a quick whallow-whoop, a small sound, but it can herald huge problems, like the data center crashing. Like a baby’s whimper, it doesn’t take long for that sound to auto-trigger a flood of stomach acid.

So at three-oh-one a.m. that Sunday, hubby’s phone, laying on his nightstand, went crazy. Error-error-error-error…every few seconds it would throw another alarm. Whallow-whoop. Whallow-whoop. It was not a restful night, lol.

The time change is a really great example of how computers think differently than humans. People, faced with Daylight Savings Time, well, we might wake up an hour late and realize we’re late for or missed a meeting or church or work. And we say, “Darn, I’m late,” and let it go at that. Maybe we grumble a bit and there’s fallout and we take care of it.

But computers…they’re like dogs, in a way. They’ll check the time and cry, “I’m late!” A second later they’ll check the time and cry, “I’m still late!” And a second later, “Still late!” ad infinitum, that is FOREVER. Each with equal fervor, as if it’s brand new.

Wouldn’t that make an awesome story? A human and robot, either partners or in competition, and the human is rubbish at everything compared to the robot until they’re in a situation like this?

Seeing the ordinary from a new angle is one place ideas come from.

What about you? Where do your ideas come from?

Less than one week to Mind Mates release and virtual tour! Much giveaway goodness and blog fun.

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Pretty little shifter, wizard prince—their taboo love could burn the barriers between worlds.

When a powerful wizard prince comes out of hiding to save his sister, he is forced to team with a pretty shifter—one with dangerous powers of her own. With vengeful enemies close behind, and forbidden attraction flaming between them, the two must race to find a mysterious key.

 

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New release!!! Celeste is finally here…

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Happy Summer!

July was jam packed and August hasn’t slowed down. But today is the release of book three in the Glory series! For those of you that like a little fantasy with your mystery and romance, this series is for you!

This is Matt and Celeste’s story.
Being last sucked. And so did going home less than triumphant.
Celeste is injured only this time it’s her leg and not her pride. There’s no room for the latter when she’s being stalked. And now someone is out to destroy her and her sisters…

Matt has been waiting for Celeste to return — to him. She was a strong energy worker and trying to track her down would be futile. And pointless. She’d be found only if she wanted to be.

Considering she’d stayed away as long as she had, he worried that maybe she wasn’t planning on coming back — ever.

But Glory is heating up and life for Celeste and her sisters is coming up to crunch time. They need her back. And she’s come back — on her terms.

The three sisters must unite to fight the secret enemy in their midst and to preserve their way of life. That means Celeste must make peace with herself and Matt — before it’s too late.

Next month we’re back to SEALs with the release of MARKUS! INTO THE ABYSS is also up for preorder! VAMPIRE IN CHARGE is coming in October and SEALs of Honor: EVAN is coming in November! ☺

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Available for Pre-order:

[ cover: SEALs of Honor: Markus ]
September 20, 2016

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[ cover: Into The Abyss ]
January 17, 2017

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

FREE BOOKS

fairyThe Fairy Tale Bride (Montana Born Brides series Book 1)

by Scarlet Wilson

Wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta…

Lisa Renee loves weddings. As owner of Marietta’s bridal salon, Lisa takes charge when a celebrity wedding rolls into town and does what she does best: hosting the fairy tale wedding her clients dream of. But the celebrity’s badly behaving bridesmaids shatter Lisa’s poise, excitement, and hopes of putting Marietta and her boutique on the map. The only place she can find peace is on the pediatric ward of the local hospital where she volunteers, a place that holds more meaning to her than anyone knows. Leave it to the handsome and charming new doctor to change all of that…

Dr. Adam Brady is enjoying his new job and anonymity at Marietta’s hospital, but he hasn’t been able to focus entirely since the gorgeous business owner and hard-working volunteer piqued his interest. As he spends more time with her, sparks fly, and he realizes that he’s not the only one in Marietta with secrets…

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abdAbducted: Escape From Kraile (Abducted Series Book 1)

by J.R. Cleveland

After discovering two aliens trying to milk a cow in his Grandfather’s barn, thirteen year old Luke Summers is abducted. Scared out of his wits, he soon realizes that the aliens, Simon and Leonidas, don’t mean him any harm… huge relief.

Instead, after injecting Luke with nano-translators so he can understand them, they tell him that his parents, both astronauts who were pronounced dead during a failed mission to Mars, are still alive… and they need his help to rescue them from an evil spider-alien dictator named Drac Moor.

There’s just one itsy bitsy catch. Luke will first need to be “reconditioned” so that he can withstand the harsh alien atmospheres that he’ll be subjected to. Oh… and it’s probably going to hurt a little.

Follow along as Luke stumbles through one disaster after another, in an attempt to pull off a daring prison break and free his parents before it’s too late.

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blBlood Money

by Laura Rizio

Nick Ceratto, a young, cracker jack litigator looking for a partnership in the prestigious Philadelphia law firm of Maglio, Silvio, and Levin discovers his firm’s dark seceret for increasing it’s bottom line while preparing a medical malpractice case for trial.The partners are setting up major cases by seriously injuring and even murdering their clients to produce huge jury awards. When the firm discovers he knows, Nick’s only hope is to stay one step ahead of the hitman long enough to intentionally lose his case and expose the firm’s corruption. As his mission careens towards an explosive climax, the only question left, is whose lives will be sacrificed along the way.

BLOOD MONEY is a classic examination of the duality of the American justice system, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and the interplay between it and raw ambition.

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slSleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries

by Lois Winston, Jonnie Jacobs, Judy Alter, Maggie Toussaint, et al

Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries is a collection of 10 full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by 10 critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in this set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars.

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy Alter—Real estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends’ funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn’t realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan Santangelo—Carol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME’s On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP Dahlke—When her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather Haven—Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie Hansen—When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

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Guest Lois Winston on Sleuthing Women

I’m so pleased to have Lois Winston as my guest today. I’m in three Romance Super Bundle box sets with her, and I think she’s so smart to bundle up with other authors who have sleuthing women mysteries. Lois, you rock!

lois-winston-med-res-fileBack when I penned my first novel at the end of the last century, I thought that being an author meant sitting at my desk writing books. I also thought it was the publisher’s job to promote those books so that we both made money. Silly me! Once upon a time that was true, but by the time I sold my first book, publishers had abdicated this responsibility for all but a handful of their authors. Promotional efforts had become the responsibility of authors.

Most authors I know, myself included, weren’t born with a “sales” gene. We’d much rather sit pecking at our keyboards in our writer caves than hawk our books to readers. But if our books don’t sell, our careers wind up petering out. So promotion has become a necessary evil for most of us. I say most because there are the few among us who are naturally gregarious and love to talk about their books to everyone from the butcher to the baker and even the candlestick maker—not to mention perfect strangers in bookstores, in supermarkets, and even on sidewalks. Since the thought of morphing into the author equivalent of Professor Harold Hill gives me the hives, by necessity I’ve become an outside-the-box thinker when it comes to promotion.

Over the last few years the ebook boxed set has become a successful promotional tool for many authors. Some authors bundle a group of their own books; others join together with several authors in one boxed set. I’ve taken part in a few of these multi-author sets. As a result, readers who had never heard of my books are now discovered them.

It recently occurred to me that I’d never seen a boxed set of first-in-series mysteries, and that this would be a wonderful way to introduce readers to authors and series they might not know. I contacted some of my mystery author friends who had the rights back to some of their books to see if they were interested in joining me in such a project. The response was overwhelmingly positive. The result is Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries … for only 99 cents!

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Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries is a collection of full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in the set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars. Titles include:

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy AlterReal estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends’ funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn’t realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan SantangeloCarol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME’s On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP DahlkeWhen her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather HavenJust because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie HansenWhen the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

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Bio: USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow her on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/anasleuth, and onTwitter at https://twitter.com/Anasleuth. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.MyAuthorBiz.com/ENewsletter.php?acct=LW2467152513

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

NEW RELEASES

 

forbidForbidden (The Druid Chronicles #1)

by  Christina Phillips

He was a master of seduction – but no match for the magical allure of the woman he wanted most.

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion – his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan’s ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn’t realize her true heritage – until he captures her heart as well as her body.

As Carys’ loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus’ people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.

Previously published by Penguin US in 2010

Buy the book: Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo

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passPassions of a Gentleman (Gentlemen of Honor Book 3)

by Rose Gordon

After being thrown over for the second time in one Season, Mr. Simon Appleton’s interest in courting another young lady is less than his interest in reconciling with his estranged brother.

Entering into her third, and dare she hope final Season, Miss Henrietta Hughes has a single goal: make it to August without becoming engaged, thus securing her sister’s promise of being allowed to become a spinster.

But with the most scandalous woman to ever step foot in London acting as Henrietta’s chaperone and Simon’s undeniable urge to vex her every chance he’s afforded, they both might find themselves with new plans.

Buy the book: Amazon  | B&N

99c BOOKS

ghostGhostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti

by Olivia Wildenstein

*Free for KU members**

Cora Matthews, the principal’s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer’s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn’t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.

Duke learns Jaime has brain cancer and little chance of long-term survival. He admires the kid’s plucky positivity and wild imagination and offers to write a story about Jaime’s make-believe superheroes. So begins an epic tale—that of Ghostboy, Chameleon and the Duke of Graffiti—and a deep friendship between Duke and Jaime.

Despite their outward differences, Cora and Duke bond over their affection for Jaime, but unintended betrayal and Jaime’s advancing disease threaten to derail their blossoming romance before it can truly take root.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is a gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.

Buy the book: Amazon

FREE BOOKS

meanMeant for Her (Love and Danger, Book 1)

by Amy Gamet

A code only she can break…
A man only she was made for…

Julie Trueblood’s name is found alongside an encrypted message in the safe deposit box of a dead man, bringing Navy investigator Hank Jared to her door, looking for answers. The daughter of the most infamous spy of the twenty-first century, Julie denies any knowledge of the man or the cipher and sends Hank away.

Hank is supposed to be in the Adirondacks walking his sister down the aisle, not chasing leads on a John Doe murder investigation that doesn’t even appear to be Navy-related. He’s a military man through and through, and while an order is an order, he hasn’t given up hope of finding a way to make the ceremony. When Julie contacts him and says her life is in danger, Hank finds the perfect place to hide her, right by his side, pretending to be his girlfriend at his sister’s wedding. Now he just needs to remember their relationship is all an act.

Sparks fly between Hank and Julie as they defend against a hidden enemy and seek out the truth in this deadly game of cat-and-mouse. The coded message brought them together, but its secrets hold the power to tear them apart. Guided by her generous and quirky Aunt Gwen, Julie will gather the courage to unravel the cipher that was meant for her to decode, as she learns to trust the man she was meant to love.

Get the book: Amazon

 

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Romantic Suspense Books & Kindle Fire Giveaway – and More!

Happy news for a happy Tuesday!  To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 35 fantastic romantic suspense authors to give away a huge collection of romances, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel RAINING LOVE & MURDER, plus books from authors like New York Times bestselling authors STACEY JOY NETZEL and DIANNA LOVE.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here. You’ll see what the MORE is about below, but first this!

Aug 2016 - Romantic Suspense Sweepstakes - Ramer

Time for the MORE! I mentioned this on the Friday Finds two Sundays ago, but if you missed it there, I have a new book out! A novella, actually, the fifth Love & Murder book. Here’s the info:

ChristmasRedemption-266x400Christmas Redemption (Love & Murder Book 5)

by Edie Ramer

Everyone has a secret…

Someone attempted to kill Sylvia last Christmas, but she doesn’t expect it to happen again. She’s heard about the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde from Michigan, but the thrill-seeking murderers have kept to their native state, and Sylvia has other concerns.

The freezing, starving, and frightened cat she found in her garage.

Two couples snowed in the bed-and-breakfast are giving Sylvia and her college professor/screenwriter boyfriend odd vibrations.

And then there are Sylvia’s past misdeeds. She’d like to tell the man she loves the truth about herself … but some people can’t take the truth.

And some secrets can be deadly.

Buy the book: Amazon | Amazon UK | AmazonCA | AmazonAU | BN | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

 This is a busy summer for me, and some days I feel like I’m squeezing my writing in. I’m still reading all over the place. My brother gave me a book of short cat mystery stories. (The cats aren’t short; just the story length.) I’m reading that a story at a time. I recently read a YA book, and now I’m reading Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. It’s paranormal and it’s very good!

Do you have a favorite genre? Or do you jump around, too?

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