Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Learning the Secret Language of Cats by Dr Carol Teed | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

Exploring the mind of the cat, Dr. Teed describes what can be learned from understanding this most mysterious of creatures. 

Dr. Teed began to write this book because she felt a book like this was missing from the bookshelves of cat owners and lovers. It became a labour of love with each page written as she realized she could impact so many cat lives and hopefully prevent preventable disease, behavioural issues and euthanasia. With humour, candor and intelligence, Dr. Teed not only provides insight into modern day feline health and welfare issues, but describes how the experiences of the cat are mirrored in our own lives.

Dr. Teed explores the body-mind-soul connection and notes what feeds the mind is often deficient in the modern world we have constructed for ourselves and our cats. These deficiencies then become written on the body. She feels a more integrated approach to care of our felines is what is needed now for the modern cat. Through personal stories of lessons learned over her years as a veterinarian in feline practice and as an overall cat lover, Dr. Teed calls the cat the ultimate success story and through careful study has found the secrets to his success. 

Describing cats as motivational or inspirational speakers who can teach us how to live a life worth living, Dr. Teed relates how she observed first-hand, time and time again, the positive power of the cat to affect change in small spheres. and reflects what an amazing thing it would be if we were all a bit more cat-like. In her words, every household can benefit from a cat.

Editorial Review
"A moving story of change and self-discovery found through the beauty and wisdom of the feline. Dr. Teed delivers a passionate translation of the secret language of cats." 
- Kathy Stinson, Registered Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Consultant

Learning the Secret Language of Cats by Dr Carol Teed
Category: Non-fiction
Genre: Animal Care and Pets
Publisher: Influence Publishing
Publication Date: November 10, 2013
Paperback: 213 pages
ISBN-10: 1771410175
ISBN-13: 9781771410175
E-Book File Size: 1776 KB
ASIN: B00J2I067I

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The Review

Friday, March 27, 2015

The North Country Confessional by Craig C. Charles | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

The Blurb

Family roots, teachings, and tradition permeate Darby Weeks’s existence despite a two decades old decision to walk away from a life of privilege. They have given him the courage to survive under impossible conditions, but the most challenging of them all comes from an unexpected place: his return home. As heinous crimes peppered with riddles begin to plague the North Country, Darby's reappearance back home sparks an old rivalry between two families, releasing an evil to wreck vengeance upon everything around them. Darby's proposal of a truce between them not only fails to appease the rival family’s thirst for retribution; it fuels it. And the town of Bretton Woods lies between the two when old passions ignite and set forth new determinations to win an old struggle. 

Reunited with an old flame and guided by a pompous blowhard, Darby sets out on a journey to learn the truth about his family’s past and their ancient blood feud with a ruthless industrialist. Darby’s quest leads him all over New England, from the rare books library at Dartmouth College to Author’s Ridge — the final resting place of the literary greats Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Emerson. Darby discovers family he’s never known and an insidious danger lurking in the arms of a rekindled love.

The North Country Confessional by Craig C. Charles
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: North Country Press
Publication Date: December 12, 2014
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-10: 0692307060
ISBN-13: 978-0692307069
E-Book File Size: 368 KB
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The Excerpt

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Author Guest Post

The Blurb

In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a roller coaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr 
Series: Mac Faraday Mystery , #9
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publication Date: January 19, 2015
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Paperback: 438 pages
ISBN-10: 0692353844
ISBN-13: 978-0692353844
E-Book File Size: 2674 KB
ASIN: B00R2803RI

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    The Excerpt

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Easy With You by Kristen Proby | Release Day Launch

    We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you the 
    Release Day Launch for Kristen Proby's EASY WITH YOU!! 

    EASY WITH YOU is an Adult Romance novella filled with suspense 
    in Kristen’s With Me in Seattle Series!! 

    Kristen's beloved characters, sexy situations, and suspense!? 
    Run, don't walk, to Amazon and one-click this bad boy!

    The Blurb

    Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible. 

    Steadfast. Strong. 

    She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

    In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself. 

    With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul. 

    But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

    The Excerpt

    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown | Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

    Follow the Breath of Scandal tour here
    There will be two or three reviews posted each day of the tour, plus several interviews. 

     The Blurb

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman’s worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy “company town” where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family. And she never forgot their spoiled son, who with his two friends changed her life forever. Someday, somehow, she’d return . . . exacting a just revenge, freeing herself from her enemies’ grasp, and, perhaps, fulfilling a lost promise of love.

    Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown
    Genre: Adult Suspense Thriller
    Published by: Grand Central
    Publication date: February 26th 2013
    Paperback: 592 pages
    ISBN-10: 1455529842
    ISBN-13: 978-1455529841
    E-Book File Size: 696 KB

    The Excerpt

    Moving Violation by Melanie Jackson | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, Review, Giveaway

    The Blurb

    Welcome to Hope Falls, home of the world's smallest but smartest detective...

    Moving Violation is the first book in author Melanie Jackson's bestselling Chloe Boston Cozy Mystery Series. Within its covers we meet the diminutive sleuth Chloe Boston, a member of the Hope Falls Police Department who is stuck in parking enforcement because at 98 pounds, 5 foot nothing, she will never be able to pass the department's physical entrance exam to become an officer.

    In the first installment of this light-hearted cozy mystery series Chloe investigates the death of a local industrialist. Of course, her efforts are hampered by her lack of official status within the department. But there may be another way to achieve her goal of someday becoming a detective. With the aid of her dog, Blue, and her writer's group, Chloe may just be able to solve Hope Fall's recent homicide and by so doing impress the new chief of police.

    The Chloe Boston cozy mysteries are light airy reads filled with plenty of quirky characters and fast moving plot elements. And the best part is that if you become hooked on the books, as I'm sure you will, there are 21 more of them in the series for you to enjoy.

    Fourth Anniversary Illustrated Edition

    The fourth anniversary re-release of this classic series opener includes illustrations by author Lisa Cach as well as bonus material originally released separately under the title the Chloe Boston Files.

    If you're looking to spend a pleasant evening snuggled up in a chair by the fire reading a good book then you need look no further — this is the book for you.

    Let's stay in touch...

    --- Melanie

    Moving Violation by Melanie Jackson
    Series: A Chloe Boston Mystery, #1
    Genre: Cozy Mystery  
    Publication Date: January 2015
    Publisher: Brian Jack­son at Nook Press
    Paperback: 180 pages
    ISBN-10: 1456567004
    ISBN-13: 978-1456567002
    E-Book File Size: 1809 KB
    ASIN: B003YH9JKI
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    This e-book is currently on sale for only $0.99!
    Moving Violation (Chloe Boston Cozy Mysteries 1) 
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    The Excerpt

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Exposed by Rage by Sherrel Lee | Book Blast with Excerpt and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    He has a dead body.  She has the seedy connections. To solve the crime they are forced to work together.

    To keep her mother’s reputation from destroying her, Ashley Dix Gibson had to learn at an early age to persevere and tune out the lies, gossip, and the bullies.  Detective Michael DeMarco has no desire to team up with a woman with ties to the underbelly of the porn industry but if he wants to solve his case, he has no other options. When Ashley and DeMarco combine their resources to find a brutal killer, sparks of distrust turn into the fires of passion.

    Exposed by Rage by Sherrel Lee
    Series: Deadly Exposure, #1
    Genre: Romantic Suspense 

    The Excerpt

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That’s why she’s on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she’s turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames’s teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can’t believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her. But one thing’s certain, she’d better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin…

    Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan
    Series: A Mattie Winston Mystery, #6
    Genre: Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Kensington
    Publication Date: February 24, 2015
    Paperback: 368 pages
    ISBN-10: 161773408X
    ISBN-13: 978-1617734083
    E-Book File Size: 913 KB
    ASIN: B00M4ASUL0

    The Review

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

    The author of Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses is back with another Happy Hoofers Mystery! 

    The Blurb

    Murder is nothing to tap at. . .

    The high-kicking Happy Hoofers — Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini — have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan — with Gini as suspect numero uno — the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.

    The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!

    Includes Photo Tips And Tasty Recipes!

    Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh
    Series: A Happy Hoofers Mystery, #2
    Genre: Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Kensington
    Publication Date: February 24, 2015
    Paperback: 352 pages
    ISBN-10: 161773361X
    ISBN-13: 978-1617733611
    E-Book File Size: 1431 KB
    ASIN: B00M4ASU8S

    The Review

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Bringing in the Thieves by Lora Lee | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

    The Blurb

    Frankie Lou’s back and Poppy’s madder than a wet hen.
    Create a church choir filled with teenage misfits?
    Over Poppy’s dead body.

    Minister’s daughter Frankie Lou McMasters has come back to Ruby Springs, Texas with her daughter, Betsy, eleven years after running off to marry the town bad boy. Her mild notoriety as a bad girl is prime gossip for her childhood enemy, Poppy Fremont, now choir director of Faith Community Church — where Frankie Lou’s daddy, now retired to Florida, was the preacher.

    When Frankie Lou comes to the deacons with a request to add a youth choir of at-risk teens she’s been coaching, Poppy throws a fit. A few hours later, Frankie Lou finds her dead in the baptistery pool. And Poppy’s not playing possum.

    Frankie Lou sets out to clear her name as the main suspect, and tries to locate the real killer. Could he be sexy Joe Camps, the father of one of her teen singers? In the meantime, her momma shows up from Florida to take charge of Frankie Lou’s life. Bless her heart.

    Bringing in the Thieves by Lora Lee
    Series: A Joyful Noise Mystery, #1
    Genre: Cozy Mystery  
    Publication Date: December 9, 2014
    Published by: Bell Bridge Books
    Paperback: 168 Pages
    ISBN-10: 1611944651
    ISBN-13: 978-1611944655
    eBook File Size: 424 KB

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    The Excerpt