Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: LAUREN CARR




ABOUT THE BOOK


It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.



Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas. 



Nothing is as it seems.



In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?



Book Details:


Title: Winter Frost


Author: Lauren Carr


Genre: Mystery


Series: The Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, book 2


Publisher: Acorn Book Services (January 28, 2019)


Print length: 290 pages






   

LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH LAUREN CARR


A few of your favorite things: Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
Things you need to throw out: Diet and exercise.


Things you need in order to write: A comfy chair and fully charged laptop.
Things that hamper your writing: Family members needing things.


Things you love about writing: Escape from the real world.
Things you hate about writing: Proofreading.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Writing
.
Hardest thing about being a writer:
Taking care of business.


Favorite beverage: Coffee with lots of sugar and mocha flavored cream.

Something that gives you a pickle face: Coffee without cream and sugar.

Something you’re really good at: Cooking. I’m a gourmet cook.

Something you’re really bad at: Cleaning up the kitchen after cooking a gourmet meal. (That’s the only reason I ditched the idea of becoming a caterer.)



Last best thing you ate: Chocolate marble cake with cream cheese frosting.

Last thing you regret eating: Chocolate marble cake with cream cheese frosting.

Things you always put in your books: Four-legged characters. I believe pets are as much a part of families as people. 

Things you never put in your books: Explicit sex and graphic violence just for the sake of sex and violence.

Things to say to an author: I love your books so much that I recommended them to my _____.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Attached to this email, you will find a spreadsheet of the grammatical mistakes in all your books.

Favorite places you’ve been: Cruise of the Caribbean.

Places you never want to go to again: New York City.

Favorite things to do: Horseback riding
.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: House Cleaning.

Most embarrassing moment: High School.

Proudest moment: Toss up between when my son won the county science fair, graduated high school, or got an article published in a national magazine.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my husband
.
Biggest mistake: Put mustard on his cheeseburger a couple of weeks ago. (At least, that’s what he’s been telling me.)



BOOK TRAILER FOR WINTER FROST



CHECK OUT ICE (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery, book 1)

 





ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Connect with Lauren:
Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Buy the book:
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: LAURA CHILDS



ABOUT THE BOOK


Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?


Book Details:

Title: Broken Bone China

Author: Laura Childs

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: A Tea Shop Mystery

Publisher: Berkley (March 5, 2019)

Print length: 336 pages





LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH LAURA CHILDS


Things you need in order to write: Diet Coke, a bit of chocolate, and lots of quiet.
Things that hamper your writing: E-mails and phone calls.

Favorite music: Beach Boys, Rolling Stones. I saw both groups in concert this past year. Have tickets, will travel!
Music that makes your ears bleed: Polka music. Really guys, just really.

Favorite beverage: Good French red wine.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Cheap white wine.

Something you’re really good at: Marketing. I have a knack for knowing exactly how to promote a product.
Something you’re really bad at: Anything mechanical. Even a mousetrap baffles me.

Last best thing you ate: Truffle pizza.
Last thing you regret eating: 99 cent taco. But not because it didn’t taste good.

Things you always put in your books: Dogs.
Things you never put in your books: S – E – X. My cozy mysteries are G-rated, good for girls to grandmas.

Things to say to an author: Hi, will you sign my book?
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in the next book: Hi, when is your book coming out in paperback?

Favorite places you’ve been: Paris, London, Hong Kong, Bali.
Places you never want to go again: Beijing (because of the dangerous air quality!).

Favorite genre: Mysteries, thrillers, history, art history – basically all books.
Books you would ban: None. I don’t believe in banning books.

Things that make you happy:
Hearing from all my readers. They are my biggest inspiration to keep coming up with inventive and crazy new plots.
Things that drive you crazy: People who think I really don’t have to work at this.

Most embarrassing moment: Not getting picked for softball in 5th grade.
Proudest moment: Making the New York Times bestseller list – then doing it again and again.

Biggest lie you ever told: My agency partner and I were pitching an agricultural account and he told them my dad was a turkey farmer. I didn’t deny it. (Yes, we got the account)
A lie you wish you’d told: I wish I’d pitched Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live on my credibility as a comedy writer. (This was when I wrote some United Way public service spots that his cast recorded.)

Best thing you’ve ever done: Financed a dog training school for a good friend. (It’s still going gangbusters after 19 years!)
Biggest mistake: Should have bought more real estate.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: I started my own advertising agency when I was 29. All these older art directors and account guys warned me not to – they said it was too risky. At the end of my first year, I was earning twice what they were.
Something you chickened out from doing: Parachuting with my Uncle Bob to celebrate his 90th birthday.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Laura Childs is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Recently, Book Riot named her mysteries to their list of “25 of the All Time Best Cozy Mystery Series.” In her previous life Laura was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Connect with Laura: 

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Buy the book: 

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Friday, March 15, 2019

GUEST POST WITH PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS



ABOUT THE BOOK


A hook-up turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes?

Washed-up alt-country rocker-turned-junker Maggie Killian is pulled to Wyoming by an irresistible force . . . former bull rider Hank Sibley, the man who broke her heart fifteen years before. When she unexpectedly meets his Sunday school-teaching girlfriend at a saloon, Maggie seeks liquor-fueled oblivion between the sheets of a younger man’s bed. But after her beloved vintage truck breaks down and leaves her stranded in the Cowboy State, she learns her hook-up died minutes after leaving their rendezvous. Suddenly surrounded by men with questionable motives, Maggie searches for the murderer while fighting the electricity between herself and her old beau, and her new penchant for local whiskey.

When the police zero in on Maggie despite a disturbing series of break-ins at her guest cabin, she realizes she’s got no one to rely on but herself. To keep herself happily in bars instead of behind them, she must stop the killer before the cops realize the man she really suspects is a jealous, angry Hank.
Live Wire is the first standalone book in a trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion award-winning series.


Book Details:


Title: Live Wire

Author: Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Series: What Doesn’t Kill You

Publisher: SkipJack Publishing, (March 6, 2019)

Print length: 207 pages







GUEST POST BY PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS


A Day in the Life of Maggie Killian, Star of Live Wire in the What Doesn’t Kill You world of romantic mysteries



Pamela: We’re here today with Maggie Killian, alt-country rocker-turned-junker. And I have to say, she’s wearing the coolest rodeo belt buckle I have ever seen. I hear she got it from that super hot champion bull rider Hank Sibley. (silence) Okay . . . Anyway, Maggie is the star of several books in my What Doesn’t Kill You world. Most recently, USA Today bestseller Buckle Bunny and the follow-up, Shock Jock. Now she’s tearing it up in Live Wire, with two more novels to come, Sick Puppy and Dead Pile.

Maggie interjects: Great. Just what I was hoping for. More intrusive writing about me.

Pamela: Readers, in case you’ve never had the pleasure, talking to Maggie has been described as a little like cuddling a porcupine.

Maggie (smiling): Thank you.

Pamela: So, if Live Wire is made into a movie, who would play you?

Maggie: Hopefully no famous sell out.

Pamela: I think Emmy Rossum would be great.

Maggie:
She’s not as bad as most. I like Shameless.

Pamela: I’ve heard you have the cutest house, ever.

Maggie (nods): Well, yeah, she’s a sexy beast.

Pamela: Tell us about her.

Maggie: Honestly, she was a piece of shit when I got her. It was a package deal, another way for my record label to rip me off by trading it to me for rights to my music and royalties: the land and everything on it, which turned out to include a barn, a shop, a magenta vintage Ford pickup, and the falling-down house. For a long time, I basically camped in her. The junk really spoke to me, and I repurposed a lot of it into the refurbished shop and opened Flown the Coop. Next, I got the truck running and spent years restoring it. Finally, once the shop started making money, I brought the house back up to code. Then, over the years, I decorated it and remodeled it in line with its farmhouse roots with pieces I found or created myself. When my birth mother passed—which is when I learned of her existence—I inherited her art collection. She was a painter and gallery owner. So I’ve added pieces that were gifts to her, and also priceless paintings by her.

Pamela: Sounds wonderful. Do you have a favorite?

Maggie: Front Porch Pickin’. It’s a joyfully melancholy painting of a guitarist. And of course it’s a Gidget Becker original. I keep it in my bedroom.

Pamela: Do you have a favorite room?

Maggie: The house is tiny, so there’s no modern open concept flowy element to it. It’s tight and cozy. For that reason, I like the kitchen best. It’s like a hug, which is what cooking is all about. Warmth and comfort. The cabinets are all reclaimed wood, painted and pickled. I have a skirted butcher block island in the middle. And the appliances are gas and electric, but they’re throwback style. And I have a big porcelain farm sink.

Pamela: What do you like to cook in there?

Maggie: Slabs of meat. I’m a carnivore.

Pamela: No veggies?

Maggie: To the extent they enhance the meat. Otherwise it’s just a waste of room on my plate.

Pamela: Dessert?

Maggie: If someone brings it. Then I prefer chocolate. I’m more of an expert in the cocktail making department.

Pamela: Care to share a recipe for your favorite?

Maggie: Sure. It’s really a two-part recipe. The cocktail, and the morning after cure.

Pamela (eyes widen): This sounds dangerous.

Maggie: So they say. (hands papers to Pamela) Here you go.

Pamela: Thanks. Now, if you would, take us through the typical Maggie day before we go.

Maggie (shrugs): Consume the hangover cure I just gave you. Shop estate sales. Work on old junk. Sell shit to collectors, decorators, and city folks who want to pretend they live in the country. Eat a slab of meat. Drink cocktails. On a good day, test the bed frame with a friend with benefits. Drink more cocktails. Start over at noon the next day.

Pamela: Friend with benefits?

Maggie: A person to have sex with. I don’t do relationships.

Pamela: What about Hank Sibley from Buckle Bunny?

Maggie: Not up for discussion.

Pamela: Oh, come on. He was the love of your life, wasn’t he?

Maggie (chair scrapes back): Love is bullshit. I told you I wouldn’t talk about him. I’m outta here. (Door shuts behind her as she leaves.)

Pamela: And . . . that was Maggie, folks. Recipes are below. Imbibe at your own risk.

Maggie’s Favorite Cocktail


One bottle Koltiska Liqueur
One cocktail glass

Pour two fingers. Sip. Keep sipping. When empty, pour four fingers. Take bigger sips. Repeat until everything feels peachy. For me, that’s when I quit thinking about that SOB Hank Sibley.

Maggie’s Hangover Cure


Sleep until noon. Drink a glass of water. Make and quickly consume Maggie’s Favorite Cocktail. Have someone whip you up some egg and chorizo breakfast tacos. Go back to bed. Second Maggie’s Favorite Cocktail optional.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a USA Today best seller. She writes award-winning romantic mysteries from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. She is passionate about long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs and riding her gigantic horses.

If you'd like Pamela to speak to your book club, women's club, class, or writers group, by Skype or in person, shoot her an e-mail. She's very likely to say yes.

You can connect with Pamela via e-mail (pamela@pamelafaganhutchins.com).

Connect with Pamela:
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: KATHLEEN VALENTI




ABOUT THE BOOK


In the shadow of a past fraught with danger and tainted by loss, former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is rebuilding her life, trading test tubes for pill bottles as she embarks on a new career at the corner drugstore. But as she spreads her wings, things begin to go terribly wrong. A customer falls ill in the store. Followed by another. And then more. The specter of poisoning arises, conjuring old grudges, past sins, buried secrets and new suspicions from which no one is immune. As Maggie and her best friend Constantine begin to investigate, they discover that some of the deadliest doses come from the most unexpected places.


Book Details:

Title: As Directed   

Author: Kathleen Valenti   

Genre: Mystery 

Series: A Maggie O'Malley Mystery, book 3

Publisher: Henery Press (March 12, 2019)

Print length: 282 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours








LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH KATHLEEN VALENTI


Things you need in order to write:
I need caffeine and quiet. In that order. I admire those who write with a gallon of water at hand, or those who have musical play lists for each scene. Me? I prefer a steaming cup of coffee and the sound of my fingers hitting the keyboard.
Things that hamper your writing: Interruptions are the writer’s bane—at least for this writer. Once I’m pulled out of the story, it’s difficult to find my way back in. 


Favorite foods: Licorice tops the list. (Black, of course. Any other color isn’t really licorice.) That’s followed by pizza, Doritos, and ice cream. (Yeah, I’m a real health nut!)
Things that make you want to throw up: I can’t stand lima beans. I’m told there are ways to prepare them that make them absolutely delicious. Let’s just say I’m a bit skeptical.

Favorite music: Despite my rather mild-mannered exterior, I’m a die-hard Led Zeppelin fan. Give me "Dyer Maker" or "Over the Hills and Far Away," and I’m happy.
Music that makes your ears bleed: I’m not a country-western fan. It’s just not my cup of tea. Or chicory.

Something you wish you could do: I wish I could sew! I envy my friends who can whip up beautiful creations with their sewing machines.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: I wish I’d never learned to use our semi-fancy coffeemaker. Why? Because it’s now my job to make the coffee!

Things you’d walk a mile for: I’d walk, run, hike—whatever—for a friend in need.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: I’m horrified by the very idea of public speaking and actually having to do so makes me want to run screaming from the room. I control myself, but it is tempting!

Things you always put in your books: My books always include humor and witty dialogue. 

Things you never put in your books: I don’t have sexy-time scenes in my books. I can’t read or write them!

Things to say to an author: “I couldn’t put your book down!”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “You’re an author? What a nice hobby.”

Favorite genre: Mystery, suspense and thriller top the list. 

Books you would ban: I’m not into book-banning, but I doubt romance or science fiction will make their way to the top of my TBR pile.

Things that make you happy: I love spending time with family and friends. 

Things that drive you crazy: People who refuse to use their turn signals drive me bonkers! (Although my own father counseled me against using them!)

Most embarrassing moment: En route to a band performance, I sat in a pile of M&Ms while wearing white pants. The result was…colorful. 

Proudest moment: Having a book nominated for an Agatha and Lefty award was my proudest moment.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Having children was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Biggest Mistake: My mistake list is pretty long, but not all that interesting. One recent, amusing mistake was failing to put the flour in the banana bread I was baking. Whoopsie!

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
I took flying lessons until I realized that I didn’t really want to become a pilot.

Something you chickened out from doing: I refused to go night shipwreck scuba diving with my husband. Yeah, I don’t regret that decision.


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Protocol, book 1
39 Winks, book2


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, which includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. She lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running.

Connect with Kathleen:

Website  |   Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads Amazon 

Buy the book:

Amazon  |   Barnes & Noble   |  iTunes  |   Kobo 




Monday, March 11, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: LINDA HOPE LEE




ABOUT THE BOOK


It's a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police's prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder? Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.



Book Details:


Title: Murder Between the Pages  


Author’s name: Linda Hope Lee


Genre: Cozy Mystery    


Series: The Nina Foster Mystery Series, book 1


Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (December 19, 2018)


Page count: 253 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours







   


LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH LINDA HOPE LEE


A few of your favorite things: My children’s book collection; my wire-haired fox terrier collection (figurines, pictures, etc.).
Things you need to throw out: Clothing I no longer wear
.

Things you need in order to write: My computer, of course, or paper and pencil. Every once in a while, I like to write a scene or section of a novel in longhand. 
Things that hamper your writing: The pull to engage in other activities I enjoy, such as drawing and watercolor painting.  I’ve often joked about wishing to clone myself so that I could do several things at the same time.  


Things you love about writing: Getting to know the characters that have popped into my head and want their stories to be told. They always surprise me with things I never would guess about them. I like to use places I have visited—especially small towns—and populate them with fictional characters, creating something that is part real and part made-up.
Things you hate about writing: Facing the blank page and writing the first draft. Once that is done, I can have fun with the story.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Writing may be done without much preparation; all I need is the computer or notebook.
Hardest thing about being a writer: Facing the blank page (see above). 


Things you love about where you live: With the mountains and the water all within short driving distance, the Pacific Northwest has a lot to offer. I love the small town setting, and the big city (Seattle) is close by.
Things that make you want to move: When it rains for days on end and the sun doesn’t shine.


Things you never want to run out of: Art supplies: paints, colored pencils and pens, pastels, anything needed to make art.
Things you wish you’d never bought: Art supplies I don’t need. Spotting a new, pristine set of pencils, for example, is a temptation, even though I might already have other sets at home. 


Favorite foods: Salmon (always available in Pacific North West, and so many ways to prepare it); fruit (especially pears and blueberries); coleslaw (especially with fish).  
Things that make you want to throw up: Not throw up, exactly, but I am allergic to soy beans.

Favorite music: Rhythm and Blues; some Country-Western.
Music that make your ears bleed: I’d have to say Heavy Metal.

Favorite beverage: Mint herbal tea.

Something that gives you a pickle face: Not crazy about pesto.

Something you’re really good at: Organizing (comes from being a librarian). The main character librarian in Murder Between the Pages is the same. If she happens to see a shelf of haphazardly arranged books, for example, she will want to organize them. Order is all important. 

Something you’re really bad at: Math. Anything beyond the basics and my eyes glaze over.


Things you always put in your books: If the story is a romance, I always include a scene in which the hero and heroine dance together.

Things you never put in your books: Onstage violence. That’s one of the rules of a cozy—any violence happens offstage. I followed that rule for my other books, too.

Favorite places you’ve been: Places within driving distance include Leavenworth (picturesque Bavarian-style town in Washington State); Semiahmoo (favorite resort, near Canadian border); Lynden (Dutch-style town, also near border); oceanside towns in Washington, such as Long Beach and Ocean Park. These all are great settings for stories, some of which I have already used. 

Places you never want to go to again: Places that are not pet-friendly. My trips are by car, and the dog goes, too.

Things that make you happy: Writing  (most of the time); doing art; taking care of the current dog. I’ve owned only wire-haired fox terriers. Pearl, is number 8. Several of them have been rescues and two were show dogs (not shown by me). I’ve bred only one, the first I owned, and kept one of the puppies. 

Things that drive you crazy: Drivers who speed through my otherwise quiet residential neighborhood, especially when dog and I are taking our afternoon walk.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


Linda Hope Lee lives in the Pacific Northwest. She had written contemporary, romantic suspense, and mystery. Murder Between the Pages is her first cozy. In addition to writing, she enjoys watercolor painting, photography, collecting children’s books and anything to do with wire-haired fox terriers.

Connect with Linda:
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: LIBBY KLEIN




ABOUT THE BOOK

Cape May, New Jersey is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .
 


Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.
 


Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chef suspect . . .  
 


Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!


Book Details:


Title: Restaurant Weeks Are Murder   

Author: Libby Klein   

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: A Poppy McAllister Mystery, book 3

Publisher: Kensington (February 26, 2019)

Print length: 304 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours









LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH LIBBY KLEIN


A few of your favorite things: My fur babies, French press coffee, my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Rose vanilla body scrub, UGGS, fuzzy blankets, and my award winning book, Dayton the Rabbit (2nd place in the fourth grade creative writing contest)
Things you need to throw out: Twenty-seven pairs of socks with holes in them.
Clothes that I haven’t fit into for thirty-five years.
Self-esteem issues.
Receipts from 1989 – I just know I’ll be audited if I get rid of them.


Things you love about writing: I love laughing at things my characters say and do. Aunt Ginny is always surprising me.
Things you hate about writing:
I hate when the day job gets in the way. I have an anxiety attack just thinking about missing a deadline.

Things you never want to run out of: Coffee, Peanut butter, bacon
Things you wish you’d never bought: Quinoa – this tastes nothing like rice
Tofu – what was I thinking?
Psyllium husk bread – just no.


Favorite foods: Peanut butter, chocolate, pasta, cheese, bread, TOAST
Things that make you want to throw up: Seafood, organ meats, snails, kombucha

Favorite music: I love Motown, 70s Rock, 80s Hair bands, Alternative – Right now my favorite artists are Imagine Dragons and 21 Pilots.
Music that make your ears bleed: Rap, Acid, Folk.

Favorite beverage: Coffee! But I’ve recently fallen in love with Thai iced tea. OMG
.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Green Tea – yuck!

Something you’re really good at: Baking, Dancing with an aerobics video.
Something you’re really bad at: Knitting, crochet, needlework, throwing a ball, dancing without an aerobics video
.

Things you always put in your books: Humor – We have enough sadness in the world.
Body Confidence themes – We need to learn to love ourselves just the way we are.
Feel good themes – I want my readers to finish my books happy and uplifted.

Things you never put in your books: Animal cruelty.

Things to say to an author: I loved your book. It meant so much to me on a deep, personal level. 
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: You had a mistake on page 284.

Favorite places you’ve been: French Polynesia, Paris, Venice, Maui, Scotland
.
Places you never want to go to again: Pisa, North Hollywood, The Piggly Wiggly in Bonifay, Florida.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Carol Burnett, Betty White, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson
.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Every single political Talk Show host – if I want drama and unbridled opinion sharing I’ll invite my family over.

Best thing you’ve ever done: 
Cooking lessons in Paris.
Biggest mistake: Helicopter tour over Kauai where I learned the meaning of motion sickness.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School sometime in the '80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She loves to drink coffee, bake gluten free goodies, and befriend random fluffy cats. She writes from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling.




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Thursday, March 7, 2019

SPOTLIGHT ON MERIDIAN CHRONICLES




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MERIDIAN’S curse has left her in a state all her own of amnesia. She is on Earth lost and afraid with only fragments to piece together her mysterious circumstance. The curse has taken the unimaginable from her, but that is just scratching the surface. The Black Widow curse will reveal itself through the demon’s riddle, the Coven and the Fairy Nymphs.

A trip back to Salem is just what the psychic ordered, but treachery lurks with an ex coven member who calls on demons. The demon realm offers more riddles than answers, but a stroke of luck from the high demon court, brings in a sophisticated demon, Lahash who has grown tired of the games.
The curse hides Meridian’s identity and her memory will unlock the Universal secret of her twin soul to find her way home. As Meridian finds Aiden so do the impacts of her curse and what it could do to their budding relationship.

Meridian’s soul and fate are in the cross hairs, while the odds rise between the demons, witches and the fairies.

Finally having found Aiden, the Fairy Queen comes through to send aid to Meridian, but she still doubts herself and contemplates running away from it all. Who is Meridian’s twin soul? Will she go back to Etheria or will the curse reign down on Meridian?


Find out in this dark and twisted paranormal romance.


Book Details:

Title: Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse & The Coven

Author: M.D. Fryson

Publisher: AMF Publishing (September 29, 2018)

Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Meridian Chronicles, book 2

Print length: 408 pages

On tour with: Pump Up Your Book






OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Hall of Souls & The Book of the Fairies (#1)
Black Widow Curse & The Coven (#2)
Fairy Nymphs & The Demon Court (#3) 2019
Book 4 TBA 2020



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.D. Fryson is a wife and mom to three boys. She is an animal lover especially horses that she used to ride, train and show. Someday she will do it once more!

Her favorite books are anything astrology, self help, motivation, romance and humor.

She loves chocolate, coffee, her family (not in that order), and the beach.

Madelyn likse to garden, hike, jog, swim and travel. Her oldest two boys tell her she is weird, as they laugh, and she thinks that is a good thing. She is told she is witty and sarcastic, and she believes that comes out in her writing.

The third installment to this series comes out September, 2019 and she is nearly finished with the last book to the series that comes out in 2020.


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