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Under The Parisian Sky by Alli Sinclair

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In the City of Light, one dancer must confront her fears about love and loss before she can step into a brighter future . . .

Lily Johannson has returned to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, with two goals in mind: to overcome the grief surrounding her fiancé’s death, and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, also a ballerina. But when Lily meets charming composer Yves Rousseau, he is convinced she has a third mission—as his muse . . .

Struggling to finish a score about an infamous Ballets Russes dancer from 1917, Yves believes Lily is meant to help him. Despite her resistance, she is swept once more into the exhilarating arms of the dance—and into Yves’ passionate embrace. But when her sister is cast as the infamous dancer and begins to imitate her tragic life, she soon goes missing. Now Lily and Yves must set out to find her—and along the way face their own demons, while also discovering that art, like love, should not be abandoned so easily . . .

Favorite Kind Of Heroes by Kari Lemor

The hero of my newest novel, RUNNING TARGET, book #2 in the Love on the Line series is one of my favorite kind. Filled with angst and guilt ridden. Poor Jack Holland, he’s on the run with a mob hit targeting him. It really was self-defense when he killed Angelo Cabrini, son of mob boss Victor Cabrini.  Victor doesn’t seem to care.

But the worst is that his covert affair with Callie Lansing, while she was helping the police try and get evidence on the mob family, resulted in a baby.  One Victor thinks is his grandson. So, not only did Jack break every rule in the FBI book by falling for and having an affair with an informant, but he left her to deal with the mob boss by herself and raise the child without a father. Guilt upon guilt upon guilt and tossed in with severe angst.  Stir it up with some danger and sprinkle in lots of action and a fair amount of sexual tension and you have a recipe for some great reading.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite angst filled and guilt ridden heroes from television. Continue reading “Favorite Kind Of Heroes by Kari Lemor”

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the only things on Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms’s wish list are peace, quiet, and birding beside her beau. But in small town Ruby Lake, ‘tis the season to solve murders . . .Before Amy can get into the holiday spirit, she meets Franklin Finch—the cocky new owner of Christmas House Village, one of the most beloved attractions in town. Locals have been squawking over his decision to sack veteran staff members for cheaper help. And when Finch blows off a business deal with Amy, it confirms that he’s the biggest scrooge around. Still, she’s stunned the night his dead body is found swinging in the attic of a festive Victorian . . .

Clashing against Chief Kennedy once again, Amy sets off to prove that Finch was murdered. But while her investigation quickly reveals a gaggle of disgruntled ex-Christmas House Village employees and unusual clues, Amy must move with caution as she focuses in on the seedy killer . . .

Praise for J.R. Ripley’s Beignets, Brides and Bodies

“Appealing . . . A clever, amusing cozy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Ripley’s entertaining second series outing is a tasty option for foodie mystery fans.” —Library Journal

Dark Moon Coffee and Murder Go Round

Carol Perry is visiting today to take us on a ride on a merry go round, for her latest in the Witch City cozy mysteries, Murder Go Round. With all of that spinning, Carol has treated us to a caffeinated beverage with a bit of a kick.  

Murder Go Round is the fourth book in the Witch City Mystery series (Kensington Publishers.) In this one Lee Barrett agrees to attend a storage locker auction with her librarian Aunt Ibby—even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. But the two, with one lucky bid, uncover a trove of wonderful curiosities, including a stunning carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint After Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop for some cosmetic work, another of the dusty treasures, a Russian silver samovar, awakens Lee’s psychic abilities and shows her visions of murder.

With her detective boyfriend Pete Mondello, and with the aid of her wise ginger cat O’Ryan, Lee follows a trail of deception and death as intricate as the antique nested matryoshka dolls she found in the storage locker. Mystery Scene magazine says “Murder Go Round is entertaining fare, replete with compelling characters and a unique plot.”

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When friends drop by, Lee and Pete like to make a big ice cold pitcher full of Dark Moons. Readers of the Witch City Mystery series know how much Lee and Pete love their coffee and a Dark Moon is a heavily caffeine-laced version of that old New England favorite, Rum and Coke! The recipe will serve eight. Continue reading “Dark Moon Coffee and Murder Go Round”



They Are Not Human.

At a research station in Antarctica, five of the world’s top scientists have been brought together to solve one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Their subject, however, is anything but human . . .

They Are Not Natural.

Deep beneath the ice, the submerged ruins of a lost civilization hold the key to the strange mutations that each scientist has encountered across the globe: A misshapen skull in Russia. The grotesque carvings of a lost race in Peru. The mummified remains of a humanoid monstrosity in Egypt . . .

They Are Not Friendly. Continue reading “THEY ARE NOT HUMAN”

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Buckingham Pet Palace is known for treating dogs like royalty—until their chauffeur’s murder dethrones its good reputation!

As owner of an upscale doggy daycare and spa, animal-lover Sue Patrick pampers pooches for the most elite clients in Lewes, Delaware. Surely she can survive a weeklong visit from Lady Anthea Fitzwalter, her well-to-do business partner from England. But before Sue can serve her guest a spot of tea, she discovers more-than-a-spot of blood inside the company van—and all over the driver’s dead body . . .

Someone abandoned the van full of dogs at the Lewes ferry terminal and got away with murder, leaving Sue and Lady Anthea pawing for clues. With a fundraising gala approaching and Buckingham Pet Palace facing scandal, can two very different women work together to fetch the culprit from a list of dodgy suspects—or are they heading toward a proper disaster?

If the cover and synopsis wasn’t enough to hook you, keep reading for an excerpt from the book below! Though you’ll have to wait until November 11, 2017 for the book’s release, you can start falling in love with the characters right now.


Phantom Pearl by Monica McCabe



Recently I went on a hike at my town’s local greenway. I soaked up bright sunshine, admired the lush landscaping and a gently rolling stream that followed the trail. Then suddenly, I had an epiphany. Not the earth shattering, life changing kind. More like a realization, a cosmic connecting of the dots when it comes to being a writer.

It’s no secret that I love travel. I like going places. That fascination has infiltrated into my stories too, which brings us to that moment of truth on the trail. It occurred to me that books and real estate have a lot in common. Location, location, location. It’s also my mantra. I’m always on the prowl for a new place to explore – whether for vacation, movie time, or reading choices.

It also plays into being a writer. Some people start their story with characters. The WHO is important. They want to know everything about them – eye color, hair color, where they went to school. Not me. I start my story with the WHERE. Then I move into the WHAT. Until I get deep into location and plot, characters are just a vague impression. It’s taken me four books and a long nature hike to realize this is my process. Continue reading “Phantom Pearl by Monica McCabe”

Tiny House On The Hill by Celia Bonaduce

  • Tiny House tips: How to organize your tiny house

Living tiny is a provocative idea, but like romance, it needs to be tended carefully. The right choices need to be made to keep the passion alive. Remember what’s important and what isn’t. In with the good, out with the…well, out with everything else. Don’t fill every inch of your precious 250 square feet with clutter. Only keep what you need – clothes, shoes, bath products, kitchen stuff, furniture, and books. Books should be easy – switch to an e-reader. Try buying bath and cleaning supplies that do double or triple duty – like a shampoo/conditioner/body wash and an all-purpose household cleaner. Keep kitchen appliances to a minimum, but be realistic. If you drink coffee every morning, don’t ditch the Keurig. Every single thing that is going into your house needs to be rethought. Dump the concept of “extras” – extra plates, cups, glasses, blankets, hats, sunglasses. Keep in mind that there is probably not going to be room for a mop, broom and vacuum cleaner. That 10-pack of toilet paper and 4-pack of paper towels? Fugetaboutit! If you’re like me, clothes and shoes will be your Waterloo. With a heavy heart, I suggest trying the Project 333 approach. The idea behind Project 333 is to limit your clothes/shoes/accessories to 33 items for 3 months – except, if you’re living tiny, instead of three months, you’ll need to do it forever. Impulse buying will need to become a thing of the past. Living tiny means living spare.  A tiny house needs to make you feel like you’re on a path to freedom, not like the walls are closing in on you.


  • Finding the Best Tiny House for you

Narrowing down what kind of tiny house you want isn’t easy. They are all so damn cute! As romantic as the notion of living tiny might seem, don’t lose your head. The time to be realistic is BEFORE you buy! The first consideration should be size. There is tiny…400 square feet and there is tiny…100 square feet or less. Exactly how tiny can you go without going crazy? Can you picture yourself climbing up a ladder to your bedroom loft (and down again in the middle of the Continue reading “Tiny House On The Hill by Celia Bonaduce”

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Nine-year old Lilly Blackwood stood in the attic dormer of Blackwood Manor for what felt like the thousandth time, wishing the window would open so she could smell the outdoors. It had rained earlier and she wanted to if the outside air felt different than the inside air. She wondered if raindrops made everything feel soft and cool the way water did when she took a sponge bath.

If Momma knew Daddy let Lilly play in the other part of the attic while she was at church, Daddy would be in big trouble. Even bigger trouble than for teaching her how to read and giving her a cat on her third birthday.

Lilly put the cat on the bed and examined the scars on her fingers. Daddy was right, the lotion made them feel better. But oh, how the flame of Momma’s lantern had burned!

It was like God forgot to give her a color. Was that what made her a monster? Or was it something else?

“She’s still our daughter, Cora. Other than that one thing, she’s perfectly normal.”

“There’s nothing normal about what’s on the other side of that door,” Momma said, her voice cracking.

“I bet Momma will go to the circus,” Lilly said to her cat. “She doesn’t have to worry about people being afraid of her.”

Lilly had waited for this moment her entire life. But now, more than anything, she wanted to stay in the attic. She didn’t want to go outside. She didn’t want to go to the circus. Her chest grew tighter and tighter. She could barely breathe. Continue reading “The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman”

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