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Dumped by her cheating husband, Jenny King is trying to build a new life in the small seaside town of Pelican Cove. Locals are lining up at the Boardwalk Café for her tasty cakes and muffins. But when her aunt is accused of killing a stranger, Jenny is forced to set her apron aside and put on her sleuthing cap.
Jenny battles with the cranky local sheriff and quirky local characters to get to the truth. Aided by her new friends, she will move heaven and earth to find out who the dead stranger was and what he was doing in Pelican Cove.
If you like cozy murder mysteries with friendly small towns, scenic settings, yummy food and a touch of romance, you will like Strawberries And Strangers.
Buy now and get hooked on the brand new Pelican Cove Cozy Mystery Series. Book 2 and Book 3 are coming soon in May 2018.
The Newburys were the richest family in the town of Pelican Cove. Although they didn’t share the honor of being the ‘first family’, they tried to make up for it with plenty of wealth. Rumor had it their coffers were full of gold, gold they had dug up from the sea. They had a sprawling ocean facing estate spread over ten acres. Unlike most houses in town, it was newly built. Anything built in the last fifty years was considered new in Pelican Cove.
“But you’ve been open twenty five years, haven’t you, Petunia?”
“That’s just how long I owned this café, dear. It was around a long time before that.”
“So the Newburys never came to the Boardwalk Café?”
“They got rich in the great storm,” Petunia whispered, leaning forward. “And they built that big castle of theirs.”
“Upstarts!” Star snorted.
Petunia rolled her eyes and turned toward Jenny.
“They got rich and uppity, I tell you. I guess they thought coming to this café was beneath them.”
“Then why have they hired us now?” Jenny asked.
About Leena Clover
Leena Clover grew up reading mystery books. Some of her favorite authors are Agatha Christie, M C Beaton and Donna Andrews. Now she is trying her hand at writing whodunnits, making them as nail biting as possible while keeping them cozy. Her love for food is evident in all her books. Readers can find yummy treats in the pages of her books, along with friends that last a lifetime.
Connect with Leena at her website http://leenaclover.com or write to her. She looks forward to hearing from you.
Tsugumi Kawana (26 years old) reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together with an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he's now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn't date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change...
A Manga that grabs you in the feels is a new experience for me. While most Manga can be fantastical and have Kawaii written all over them, Perfect World by Rie Aruga is a step away from that.
Reading this brought several issues to light:
Disabled people are not fragile.
Disabled people can have romance in their lives.
Disabled people can have careers.
I cannot begin to understand what disabled people go through.
Kawana encounters all of these issues as she is dealt a surprising blast from her past, a surprising blast in more ways than one. Her long time crush has become disabled. Tsugumi’s feelings are then turned upside down as she begins to question her own thoughts on disability. Can she be in a relationship with him? What does it all mean?
I loved the inner character growth of Kawana. While this is not the full story (it continues in volumes), I can safely say that romance is budding between Kawana and Ayukawa. They both find themselves working together and testing both of their resolves. For Ayukawa, his disability has altered him emotionally and physically.
The artwork in this Manga is very easy going and cute (I did say there wasn’t Kawaii written all over this, but it’s not overboard). It was a heartfelt drama and candy for the eyes. I really can’t wait to find out what happens and this is definitely a Manga that I’m invested in.
Welcome to the Book Blast for Unbreakable Bond by Jess Bryant. The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the blog tour by clicking on the banner image above. Commenting on blogs increases your chance of winning. Please only comment once per blog (unless it’s active conversations with an author, multiple comments from the same person will be deleted.)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fated Mates Duet #1
Published: May 15th, 2018
Sometimes fate gets it all wrong.
Zoey Kent has lived with that fact ever since she turned eighteen and learned that the man she loved could never be hers. He’s a born shifter, a wolf, and she’s a mere human. Fate doesn’t care if on paper they’re a perfect pair. She isn’t his fated mate and she’s resigned herself to the knowledge that someday, she’ll have to watch Michael mate with another. It’s never crossed her mind that there might be someone else out there for her, that she would be the one to mate another, to choose another over everything she’s ever known or wanted.
Sometimes fate gets it all right.
Rafe Hudson left his pack behind years ago. Physically and mentally scarred from an attack that left his parents and twin dead, he walked away from his responsibilities as Alpha. He never intended to return but lone wolf or not, he can’t leave Michael open to an attack he’s learned is coming for his only brother. What he didn’t know was that going home would mean scenting his mate, the one person in the world that could make him whole again, that could give him everything he thought he’d lost. His pack, his home and his family.
But fate always has a plan.
There’s no way Michael’s brother is her future, is there? Just like there’s no way that the girl his brother has loved since they were kids, was always meant to be his, right?
Only fate knows why they were brought together but there is one thing for sure, the sparks between Zoey and Rafe are undeniable. The bond between them is unbreakable. And together… they’ll change the face of the pack forever.
Ignoring the bite of pain, he reached through the bars and wound a hand in her hair. He tilted her face up and pressed his lips to hers. The silver burned his cheek where he couldn’t avoid the bars of his cell but it didn’t matter. Nothing did. Not when he finally, finally had the taste of his mate on his lips.
Sweet, so sweet. Her taste seeped inside of him and started a riot in his bloodstream. Her lips were soft and sweet and when they met his, it felt like a piece of the puzzle he’d always been missing slid into place.
How had he lived without this? All this time? All these years? And his mate had been right here, waiting for him.
About Jess Bryant
Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl's life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt's Harlequin collection and she's been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.
Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn't afraid to tell you that your school isn't as cool as hers... or that your sports romance got it all wrong.
For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at JessBryantBooks@gmail.com or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans
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Veronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing them back to life to form a hilariously unlikely--and unwilling--vigilante girl gang.
Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side.
So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders. But they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.
Not only was I drawn to the cover of this book, but I was also drawn to the title and blurb. Undead Girl Gang had it’s funny moments and a lead character that was true to herself. “The problem with your best friend dying is that there’s no one to sit with you at funerals.”~Mila
This book hit all the aspects of teenage angst. With the sole exception of the paranormal, The Undead Girl Gang was totally relateable. It took me way back to teenage life and the f*** you attitude that is pretty much common and what is definitely part of growing up.
Mila’s character may not be the most endearing, but she sticks to her guns and she doesn’t change her character just because. An amateur witch, Mila pretty much shocks herself when one of her spells actually works. From there, it’s an amusing foray into “zombie” mean girls and Mila getting her best friend back. Even if it’s just for a little while. Counting on them to tell her what happened and why they died, proves to be impossible and Mila has to figure it out herself.
I loved the fact that even if Mila’s character didn’t change, the girls that she brings back go through a personality change. Who knew that the undead could grow?
While I had my suspicions from the very beginning of who the suspect was, I did find it amusing as to how the identity came to light.
All in all, I was sad when the story ended. I’m kind of hoping for a series out of this. I could use more of Mila and her attitude.
Young Adults and witchcraft? Overdone? Or just your cuppa tea?
About Lily Anderson
LILY ANDERSON is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow
Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for Off Season: A Novel of Healing by E.S. Ruete. The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the blog tour by clicking on the banner image above. Commenting on blogs increases your chance of winning. Please only comment once per blog (unless it’s active conversations with an author, multiple comments from the same person will be deleted.)
Dottie woke up wondering where she was and why she was so cold. The first thing she noticed was that she must be outside – she was lying on cold ground and snow was hitting her in unusual places. That’s when she noticed the second thing. Her skirt was pulled up past her waist and her panties were gone. Damn those bastards. It started to come back to her.
Dottie is now on an odyssey; a journey not of her choosing; a journey of healing, integration, and reconciliation that will involve her partner, her friends, her enemies, her church, her whole community. And her rapists. As she fights her way through social stereotypes about rape and rape victims, she also finds the strength to overcome society’s messages of who she should be and lays claim her true self. But the memories, the loss, the anger – and the fears – never go away. No woman chooses to be raped. I asked Dottie why she chose to tell me a story of rape. She said that millions of women, hundreds every day, have stories of rape that never get told. She told her story because she could. Because she had to. Because maybe people would hear in a work of fiction a Truth that they could not hear in any other way.
Mostly what Dottie remembered is that they kept giving her choices. Blood or vaginal exam first. Left or right arm for the blood draw. Keep her clothes or change into the comfortable, impersonal sweats the SACC counselor had brought. Should they call her church. She tried to appreciate what they were trying to do. But I’m so tired, she thought, and still a little cold and god my headache is getting worse. And all these decisions don’t help. Didn’t I hear something on NPR about decision fatigue? Or something like that.
She remembered a book from her youth. The Captain. The new skipper of an ocean-going tugboat couldn’t handle all the arbitrary decisions, so he just alternated “yes” and “no” answers. It seemed to work for him. She tried it.
“Do you want soup?”
“Do you want coffee?”
“Do you want us to call someone at your church?”
“Yes.” Damn!! Did I just say that? I love those judgmental bitches, but they’re the last people I need to see right now.
She wasn’t doing much better when Mandy showed up and said all the wrong things. How could this happen? Why weren’t you more careful? Are you sure you weren’t at some level asking for it?
“NO! Why the hell would I ask for this? I don’t even like men!” SHIT! shit shit shit shit shit shit shit. She just outed herself to her church. She had a feeling the rape was going to start all over again.
About E.S. Ruete
E.S “Ned” Ruete is an author, speaker, group facilitator, women’s rights activist, LGBTQIPA+ ally, lay preacher, guitar picker, and business analyst. He is the author of Seeking God: Finding God’s both/and in an either/or world and Lead Your Group to Success: A Meeting Leader’s Primer.
Now retired, Ned lives in Niantic, Connecticut with his second wife. He continues to offer pro bono group facilitation and facilitation training to schools, churches, community groups and not-for-profit organizations. He has led strategic planning retreats for United Action Connecticut (UACT), Fiddleheads Food Co-op, and ReNew London. He is actively involved in LGBTQIPA+ advocacy and annually attends and presents sessions at the True Colors Conference. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) formerly served on the Association Coordinating Team (ACT, the IAF Board of Directors). He was associate editor of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal and has contributed articles to Group Facilitation, The Facilitator, and other publications on group facilitation and management consulting.
After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.
Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.
In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they'll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.
Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along...
Back in Burning Cove and it seems as dangerous as ever. The Other Lady Vanishes is another riveting mystery set in the 1930s. This time focusing on the seemingly doomed character of Adelaide Blake.
I really did find myself drawn to the whole escape from the insane asylum thing. Quick’s way of grabbing the reader’s attention from the first chapter really never fails to impress. The scenes in this book far surpass those from the previous installment. While the whole drug plot might be a little cliche’ it did set the seedy tone throughout the entire story. The killer’s systematic killing style was super creepy and fun to read.
As with the mystery and suspense, a good amount of romance is sprinkled in. Adelaide’s and Jake’s romance is an easygoing one. I love their partnership both in and out of bed. He never once underestimated her because of her sex and always took her seriously. They do hold secrets from each other, but those are quickly dispensed with as the suspense escalates.
Characters from the previous book do make an appearance in this book and I can already tell you that I’m ready for Raina’s and Luther’s story. However, this can totally be read as a standalone.
Are you a fan of Amanda Quick? Which titles do you enjoy?
About Amanda Quick
The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.
Welcome back to the Sunday Post! Sit back, kick up your feet, and relax!
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
It feels like forever since I did a Sunday Post, but really it’s only been a week.
Remember that lost dog I mentioned? Well, she apparently got picked up by our lake patrolmen and they were able to find her owner. My post on their page never really got any traction, but I’m so glad that they found her home.
Speaking of homes, mine may be close to being finished. Hands crossed that it’s done by next month. Floors are going in and besides a “small” leak and a paint redo on the kitchen windows (this totally sucked btw–a leak in a brand new house is NOT cool) *sigh*, everything should be almost there.
In other news, more drama in the book world with that stupid #cockygate thing going on. I really am tired about author drama (one of the reasons why I don’t participate on FB anymore), but IMHO, she’s nuts what she’s doing.
Thanks to Penguin First to Read for this review copy.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. I’m a procrastiblogger. Somehow my regular procrastination habits have infiltrated into my blogging life as well. I’m so bad that it took 2 months to even start writing this post. So if you’re like me or if you haven’t realized it yet, I’m here to point it out to you.Procrastiblogger
1. A blogger who puts off posts until the last minute. OR: Crap, I didn’t write any posts for this week, blogger.
2. Flying by the seat of their pants blogger.
3. Oh darn, that review is due tomorrow, blogger.
1. Not a lot of scheduled posts
Do you hear crickets chirping in the background on your posts page? Or see tumbleweeds blow through? Always say, “I’ll write that post tomorrow.”? You might even forget that you were supposed to write anything. So yeah, I fell your pain. Seriously, there are days where I have no scheduled posts. I really don’t know how anyone can sit and write posts for months in advance. (Props to those bloggers who do).
2. You forget what a book was about because you didn’t write the review soon enough
Put off reviewing a book for long and you forget what it’s about. We’ve all been there. To be honest, us book bloggers have to stick to certain books schedules and sometimes we have to read books back to back in order to reach those goals. Sometimes plots start to blend together and it’s hard to distinguish what happened in which book.
3. You put off commenting back
Being the courteous blogger that you are, you do comment back. That being said, the time frame in which you comment back may be lacking. You get it done, but it takes a few days. When this happens, I’m not ignoring anyone, I’m just procrastiblogging.
4. Those blog upgrades that you wanted to do
Whether it’s tinkering around with a new theme, or the fact that you’ve been thinking about a new theme. Or you just want to update you’re current theme, but just keep putting it off. I’m guilty of this in one way or another. Now this does not include updating plugins because those need to be done as soon as the notification comes up. (At least I’m good at this).
5. Social media, what social media?
Normal people have their posts automatically post on social media. Not me.
My FB page is actually floundering because of this but not many people are active on FB pages anyway. I’ve not actually found any benefits to having a FB page. Twitter is a little better. But I don’t interact as much as I should. I always say that this is the day to start, but nope. I’m hopeless with this.
Do these resonate with you? Are there any procrastiblogging habits that you can add?
With three dead fiancés, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva's misfortune strikes once more when she discovers the stranger who swept her off her feet is none other than her new employer.
Or is it Lady Irresistible?
Phillip Mansfield reluctantly agrees to let the fiery Lady Eva oversee his luxury hotel project while vowing to keep their relationship strictly professional. Yet Eva is more capable--and more alluring--than Phillip first thought, and he cannot keep from drawing up a plan of his own to seduce her.
When a series of onsite "accidents" make it clear someone wants Lady Unlucky to earn her nickname, Phillip discovers he's willing to do anything to protect her--even if it requires a scandalous deal...
Joanna Shupe’s A Scandalous Deal had it’s ups and downs, but overall, it did make for a somewhat enjoyable read.I liked the heroine, but the hero….?
I really enjoyed how this story started out. Lady Eva is a character who had gumption and drive to make something of herself. Even if she was still in her Father’s shadow. The meet cute between her and Phillip was amusing and sexy.
I wasn’t amused by how his character did a complete 360 from the time Eva meets him on the ship, to when she meets him again on land. I could not justify why such a charming character could turn into a jerk. The author did introduce the theme of sexism from the beginning and highlighted the hardships, and also the achievements women started to do in the Gilded Age. However, Philip, although not completely sexist (maybe just scared of a woman who was smart? Like almost every other male character introduced in this story?), was hard to like, for me. While Eva’s character did remain constant, Philip’s backstory of being lied to, was a little weak.
One other thing I could say about this story is that there were a lot of sex scenes. Yes, I appreciate some good steam from the couples, but seriously some of the scenes went on for far too long and I felt like there wasn’t enough suspense from the main plot to really pull this one together.
What I did like…
There were some really funny quotes from Eva.
“You are exceedingly handsome. Even when we first met I thought you were perfectly lickable.”“Did you say ‘likable’ or ‘lickable’?”
A definite memorable first kiss scene.
Eva and Philip were actually perfect for each other. The attraction was feasible and their personalities did complement.
I did enjoy the author’s writing style. This was my first Joanna Shupe novel and although I didn’t read the previous book in the series, it did not effect the storyline of this one.
How many love scenes in a story is too many?
About Joanna Shupe
Award-winning author Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.