Posted in Blog Tour, Freebies and Special Offers, New Releases

March New Releases, Blog Tour, and Sales

As February comes to a close, I have some exciting news for my readers. My Cobble Cove story, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, will release on March 5 with a blog tour running March 22 to 28.

Here’s the tour schedule if you’d like to follow along and enter the giveaway.

March 22 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, GUEST POST

March 22 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 23 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

March 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 24 – Maureen’s Musing – REVIEW

March 24 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 25 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 26 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

March 26 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

March 27 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 27 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 28 – Literary Gold – REVIEW

March 28 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

For an exclusive excerpt from this book, subscribe to my author’s newsletter, Debbie’s Drafts, by filling out the pop-up form at https://debbiedelouise.com or send your email address to me to at debbiewriter@yahoo.com, and I’ll subscribe you.

I’ve also had a story accepted in an upcoming anthology for Red Penguin Collections. My story, “Growing Up in the Summer of 1971,” will appear in The Roaring ’20’s: A Decade of Stories.

In March, I also have two books on sale. The Spanish translation of my silver-medal award-winning psychological mystery, Sea Scope (Vista Al Mar), will be on sale through March 4 and my medical mystery, Memory Makers, will be on sale from March 23 to March 27. Both will cost only 99 cents for the eBook versions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll also be publishing a time-travel thriller, Time’s Relative, with Next Chapter Publishing. I have already signed a contract with them and will start the editing process shortly.

If you’d like to connect with me on any of my social media sites, you can find them all at this link: https://linktr.ee/deblibrarian

Posted in Cats, Contest

TNR Cat Photo Fundraising Contest

Two of my cats, Harry and Hermione, have been entered in the CFA’s TNR Cat Photo Fundraising Contest. “From Feral to Fancy.” Voting ends on February 27 and costs $1 per vote. All funds raised by votes go toward TrapKing’s nonprofit, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions, which will use the money to educate and teach cat rescuers the basics of TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release). If Harry and/or Hermione are chosen as one of the 11 grand prize winners, they will appear in Time’s Square for a photo appearance with TrapKing (Sterling Davis),

Here are the voting pages for Harry and Hermione. Thanks so much for your support and helping cats.

VOTE HERE FOR HARRY: https://vcc.cfa.org/trapking2021/entry/6992

VOTE HERE FOR HERMIONE: https://vcc.cfa.org/trapking2021/entry/6991

Posted in Family

Happy 93rd Birthday to Mom in Heaven

I can’t believe it’ll be 3 years this summer since I lost my mother. Her picture sits on my bookshelf, and I talk to it sometimes. I try to tell her about the things she’s missed and how much I miss her. I’ve told her about the two kittens, now grown cats, that I rescued three months after she died. I know, as a cat lover and the person who taught me how to be kind to animals, she would’ve loved them as much as I do. I show her the new books I’ve written. She was always so proud of me up until she began to forget that I was an author as she slipped into dementia. I tell her about her smart and lovely granddaughter who has another year of high school before she goes to college and how I hope I’m being as good a mother to her as she was to me.

I remember how she raved about the award I won for my writing in college and how she was so happy at my graduation from library school. I recall how she persuaded me to apply for the open position at the library where I’ve now worked for 30 years.

I miss our lunches together when we celebrated our birthdays, and today on her birthday, I miss them even more. I remember the sad times, too. The pain and confusion she often felt and how she hated me to leave her when I visited her at the nursing home. I wish I could’ve spent more time with her, that I didn’t have to go to work or finish a book or pick up my daughter from school or summer camp. I spent half my life with her, and she always considered me her baby because I was the youngest. It was tough for her to say goodbye when I got married, but I knew she was happy for me.In some ways, it was a mercy that she left when she did. I know she was lonely, and no one could fill that emptiness. I know she was bored with time she no longer grasped but that moved too slowly. I know she hated to be in a wheelchair and that so much of her daily activities were dependent on others. She’d raised four children and married at 17. She didn’t have the easiest life, but her family meant the world to her, and, coming along after her older kids were nearly grown, I was the baby she didn’t expect but was so glad to have.

It was also a mercy that she never lived through COVID. It would’ve been even harder for her being isolated further, and it was possible she would’ve caught the virus and died like some residents who’d lived with her. Before she began losing her memories, she would get upset if I didn’t call her every day and called me to complain. Sometimes I found that annoying, although I realized it was because she worried about me. I missed those calls when they no longer came. Now I tell her I’m okay. I’m still working at the library and being careful. I tell her not to worry.

So I wish her a happy birthday as I look at her photo. She’d be 93 now. I tell her I hope she’s with Dad and Oliver, the Siamese cat she so loved and whom I adopted when she could no longer care for him. I also hope she’s with her own mother, her father, and her beloved older sister who passed away without her knowing a year before she did. Even if she’s with all the ones she loved while alive, I know she’s still with me and always will be.

 

Posted in holidays, Romances

Twice the Love with Two Free Romances for Valentine’s Day Weekend

Do you enjoy reading romances in February? I have two love stories on sale this weekend to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. My contemporary romance, Saving Snow White, and my historical romance, the Seashell and the Stone, are both free all weekend. The Seashell and the Stone is free through Monday, February 15. Saving Snow White is free through Tuesday, February 16.

Purchase link: http://mybook.to/Seashell

Preparing for her wedding day at Seashells Inn, the Victorian Cape May Inn that has been in her family for generations, Ginny Dixon reads her great-great grandmother’s diary and discovers a secret going back to the 1880’s that may impact her future.

Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/savingsnowwhite

A summer reunion ignites romance.

Amy Palmer, home from veterinary school on summer break, is reunited with her best friend, Tom Tremont, when the two of them end up working as assistants at the local veterinary clinic. Amy who once hoped for more than friendship with Tom, discovers that he now has a girlfriend. However, on the day of the summer Solstice, a special cat brings them together in a new way.

Besides my free books, I’d like to recommend some of my favorite romance reads that should be available at your local library.


The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
(historical romance)

Time and Again by Jack Finney (time-travel romance)

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (contemporary romance)

The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux (Paranormal romance)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (time-travel romance)

While I haven’t read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, I’m currently watching the series on Netflix and enjoying it very much. I also haven’t had the pleasure of reading Debbie Macomber’s sweet romances, but I know that they are popular, as well as Danielle Steel’s romances.

Posted in Cozy Mystery, Guest Post

Guest Post and Blog Tour for Rhino Charge, A Kenya Kanga Mystery by Victoria Tait

Guest Post – Rhino’s in Kenya

Rhino once roamed the African continent in their thousands.  They comprised two species, the black rhino and larger white rhino, with genetically distinct northern and southern subspecies.

White and Black Rhino

Both species are actually steel grey in colour.  The first difference between them is their size.  A white rhino female weighs about 1,700kg and the male about 2,300 kg, compared with a black rhino which ranges between 800 kg and 1,400 kg.

The other notable difference between them is their upper lip. The black rhino has a hooked lip while the white rhino has a square lip. This is linked to their eating habits.  Whereas white rhino like to graze on grass, the black rhino prefer to browse and their hooked lip helps them munch on leaves from trees and bushes.  The white rhino also have a longer skull, a less defined forehead and a more obvious shoulder hump.

Black Rhino Population

During the 1960s, Kenya was home to an estimated 20,000 black rhino but humans pushed the species to the brink of extinction and their numbers were slashed to under 300.  One of the worst years was 2013 when 59 rhinos were killed by poachers.  Through conservation, the species is recovering and Kenya is now home to over 600 black rhinos.  But they remain critically endangered.

Kenya is a pioneer of the sanctuary approach to rhino conservation, placing them in fenced-off areas under the close watch of armed rangers equipped with thermal imaging cameras and drones.

Leading the way is Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and its western neighbour, Borana Conservancy, which removed the fence separating the two properties in 2014, to form 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat.

In 2019 Lewa-Borana were delighted by the birth of another calf, taking their black rhino population to 100.  They also have a significant white rhino population of 94.  Part of their success has been Lewa’s bloodhound tracking dogs who follow the scent of poachers after an incident.  This has led to arrests and acts as a huge deterrent.  Readers can find out more about these dogs, and Lewa and Borana conservancies, in book 4 of the Kenya Kanga Mysteries, Jackal & Hide.

White Rhino Population

The southern white rhino is listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  The subspecies was on the brink of extinction at the end of the nineteenth century with less than 25 animals solely in South Africa.  However, through successful collective conservation efforts, the population is now thriving with over 20,000 animals in eastern and southern Africa.  White rhino can be found across Kenya including Lewa-Borana, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Solio Ranch.

Solio is one of my favourite places to spot Rhino as they are visible from the road which runs alongside the private ranch.  Solio has also been instrumental in breeding black and white rhino.

The northern white rhino is a far more tragic story.  Just two females remain in the world. They are Najin and Fatu who live under constant protection from poachers in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipa.  Sudan, the last remaining male, died on March 19th 2018, effectively rendering the entire subspecies extinct.

Sudan and Ringo at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sudan and Ringo at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

I saw Sudan and met his tiny friend Ringo, an abandoned southern white rhino calf, at Ol Pejeta.  Unfortunately Ringo also died, in July 2016.  Ol Pejeta conservancy wrote on their website,

‘During his short life, Ringo inspired hundreds of people all over the world with his playful antics and irresistible charm.  In simply being himself, he helped to raise awareness about the plight of rhinos in Africa…. Ringo achieved global fame in a very short space of time.  He was named after the musician and animal rights activist Ringo Starr, who was personally involved with supporting the rhino.”

It is gratifying to witness the increase in both the black rhino and southern white rhino populations.  Whilst dreams of a natural resurgence of northern white rhino died with Sudan, experts are hopeful that in vitro fertilisation, and southern white rhino surrogates, may be a way to reintroduce the northern white rhino so that we can once again see them roaming the plains of Laikipia.

Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Rhino Charge

Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kanga Press (February 5, 2021)
Number of Pages: ~290
Digital ASIN: B08PV45HYJ
GoodReads Link Coming Soon

A treacherous race to stop an extinction. A mysterious death linked to the past. Can a silver-haired sleuth track down the clues in time to save a life?

‘Mama Rose’ Hardie has always fought to conserve Kenya’s precious wildlife. Officiating at an off-road fundraising race in the iconic Maasai Mara, she’s shocked when a vehicle crash claims the life of a friend. And worse still, this was no accident…

When another friend is accused of plotting a deadly sabotage, the clever amateur sleuth vows to clear his name. But with motives between teams reaching deep into an unfortunate past, the determined woman must work fast to track down the wily killer. .

Can Rose catch the culprit before more lives are endangered?

Rhino Charge is the thrilling third tale in the Kenya Kanga cozy mystery series. If you like sharp heroines, suspenseful reveals, and iconic African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s breathtaking story.

Buy Rhino Charge to set a trap for a callous murderer today!

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About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait is the author of the enchanting Kenya Kanga Mystery series. She’s drawn on her 8 years of experience living in rural Kenya, with her family, to write vivid and evocative descriptions. Her readers feel the heat, taste the dryness, and smell the dust of Africa. Her elderly amateur sleuth, “Mama Rose” Hardie is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple reincarnated and living in Kenya.

Like all good military wives, Victoria follows the beat of the drum and has recently moved to war-scarred Sarajevo in Bosnia. She has two fast growing teenage boys. She enjoys horse riding and mountain biking but is apprehensive about learning to ski. Victoria is looking forward to the sun, sand, and seafood of neighbouring Croatia when the world returns to normal.

Author Links

You can find Victoria at https://www.victoriatait.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaTait

Blog/News: https://victoriatait.com/news/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20373879.Victoria_Tait

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/vataitauthor/

Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKobo

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

February 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

February 4 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

February 5 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 5 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 6 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

February 7 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

February 8 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

February 8 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

February 9 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 9 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 10 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

February 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

February 11 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 12 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

February 12 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

February 13 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

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Posted in Author Spotlight, Cozy Mystery, New Releases

Interview with Author Toni LoTempio and Spotlight for her New Release, Hiss “H” for Homicide

Author Toni LoTempio, writing as T.C. LoTempio is here with me today on Ruff Drafts to talk about her writing and new cozy mystery. Toni hairs from Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome, Toni. How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

I’ve been traditionally published since December 2014 with the first Nick and Nora mystery. Before that I self published several paranormal suspense books under Toni LoTempio. 

With Penguin/Random House, the Nick and Nora Mysteries, first three: Meow if it’s Murder, Claws for Alarm, Crime and Catnip. With Beyond the Page: Hiss H for Homicide

With Crooked Lane:  Cat Rescue mysteries: Purr M for Murder, Death by a Whisker

With Midnight Ink:  Pet Shop Mystery #1, Meow is the Time for Murder; with Beyond the Page, Pet Shop Mystery #2, Killers of a Feather (due out late 2021)

That’s quite a writing history.

Tell us a little bit about your books — if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

The Nick and Nora mysteries are about Nora Charles, an ex-investigative reporter, and her tuxedo cat, Nick, who stumble into and solve mysteries kind of like the original Nick and Nora Charles, only without the martinis and Asta LOL.  The latest release in this series is Hiss H for Homicide, where Nick and Nora try to clear her  mother’s friend, a romance writer, of the murder of her ex-partner.  Book 5, Murder Faux Paws, will be out in 2022.

The Pet Shop Mysteries feature Crishell “Shell” McMillan as an ex-actress turned pet shop owner. She also solves mysteries with the aid of her cats, Purrday, a one-eyed Persian and Kahlua, a Siamese, and her ex-costar, Gary Presser.  Book two, Killers of a Feather, out later this year, deals with Shell trying to clear her friend Rita of the murder of a man who supposedly swindled her and her husband years ago.

Those all sound interesting. Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My primary goal as a writer is to entertain, which I hope my books do. In the next few years I would like to reach my goal of twelve Nick and Nora mysteries.  Good sales will  help  me accomplish that goal.

I hope you luck with that. What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

Anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, along the lines of Murder She Wrote, and who loves animals, especially cats, would probably enjoy my books!

I’m sure I would like them, as I also write a cozy mystery, the Cobble Cove Mysteries, featuring Sneaky the Library Cat.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Keep trying, don’t give up.  Make rejection your friend and learn from it, because in the  beginning you’ll hear that word a lot!

Great advice. What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

I actually started out writing horror, but switched to mysteries when I was told that unless you were Stephen King there was no market for horror.  I had ten years of rejections from publishers and agents before I finally got my agent and my first traditional publishing contract. In the meantime, I did self-publish paranormal suspense.

How inspiring. I’ve been writing and publishing with Indie publishers for 5 years now and am still seeking an agent.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

Are there any other hobbies and interests LOL.  I would say I enjoy reading and I’m also a big Gray’s Anatomy fan.

Reading is always a good hobby for a writer to have as well as watching a popular TV show.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I like having the freedom to create characters and worlds, and hopefully people enjoy them.  Toughest challenge:  Selling something in today’s market.

I think most writers feel the same way.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

I like the small town flavor, the fact that the blood and gore is kept off-page.  Sometimes I feel too much is a turn off for the reader.

I definitely agree with that. Besides not being excessively gory, cozy mysteries also don’t feature explicit sex scenes or bad language.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

I could hear the chimes echo eerily through the house, but no one came to the door. Nick suddenly let out a sharp meow. Next thing I knew, he’d hopped down from the railing and started to trot around the house. I hesitated only briefly and then hurried after him. Around the side of the house was a wall comprised of glass doors. Nick paused before it, his tail sticking straight out in back of him. I walked over to the doors and saw that one was slightly ajar. Nick turned and looked at me expectantly.

“Oh, no.” I shook my head. “That’s breaking and entering, buddy. We can’t just barge in here.”

Nick turned his back on me, and before I could do more than blink, he’d miraculously managed to squeeze his plump body through the opening.

“Great,” I muttered. Well, I couldn’t just abandon him. I walked over to the door and gave it a tentative push. It swung back, and I stepped inside.

The house was deceptive. It was definitely larger than it appeared, which might have been part of its charm and could account for Marlene’s decision to acquire the rental. As I moved cautiously around, poking my head into rooms filled with antique trappings and silk-covered sofas definitely too fragile to sit on, I realized why most people had been loath to rent it. Who wanted to live in a museum? I kept on meandering, calling out Marlene’s name, but only a thick silence answered me.

Nick was sitting in front of the circular staircase, tail wrapped around his paws. “Come on,” I said. “She’s not here. We’ll come back another time.”

“Er-owl!”

With that, he uncurled his tail and scooted up the staircase. At the top landing he paused and looked back at me as if to say: What’s keeping you, human?

“I should leave you here,” I muttered, but my niggling sense of curiosity won out over my better judgment and I climbed the staircase, the sound of my heels muffled by the expensive carpeting that covered the stairs. A wide hallway extended itself on either side of me, and no sign of my tubby tuxedo. “Nick,” I hissed. “Where are you, you devil?”

No response, so I moved over toward the right side and opened the first door, which appeared to be a bedroom, and a holy mess. The bedclothes had been stripped from the massive canopied king-sized bed and thrown in a ball in its center. Drawers were pulled out of the cherrywood highboy and dresser and hung limply, their contents strewn helter-skelter around the room. A high-backed chair was overturned in the middle of the floor, and the closet door was half open. I could see dresses hanging half off hangers, and a half-open suitcase was propped up against the interior.

“Oh my God,” I cried. It certainly looked as if someone had been searching for something. A thief, perhaps? A chill ran down my spine at my next thought: Could he still be here? Had Marlene possibly caught him in the act? I stepped back into the hallway, uncertain what my next move should be.

“Ar-owl.”

The cry came from the left, so I moved in that direction. I saw Nick, squatting before a door at the end of the hallway; he looked up, saw me, and ducked inside. I hurried down the hall and peered into the darkened room. It was set up as an office, boasting a small cherrywood desk, file cabinet, and a laptop square in the desk’s center. “Nick,” I hissed. “Where are you?”

“Er-rup.”

“I hear you, Nick, but I can’t see you. This room is too dark to spot a cat that’s mostly black.”

I felt along the wall and finally my fingers touched a light switch. I flicked it on, illuminating a table lamp that cast a rosy glow through the room—and highlighted the colorless face of the woman slumped on the floor just to the left of the desk. I sucked in my breath.

Even though I’d never met her in person, I’d seen enough pictures on the inside covers of her books to know the woman framed in the circle of dim light was Marlene McCambridge—and she looked to be stone-cold dead.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?

The Return of Nick and Nora has been a long time coming…I hope fans will agree it was worth the wait.

It took me two years to write the 5th Cobble Cove mystery because I was writing standalones in between, but I also wrote some Cobble Cove short ebooks in between. I think fans like authors to write books in the series as fast as possible, but they understand that isn’t always possible. It also may bring you new fans for the first in the series.

Please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. and include some book cover graphics and author photos if possible.

www.tclotempio.net

www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

Thanks so much, Toni. I’m featuring your blog tour and giveaway below. Best wishes on your new release.

Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio

About Hiss H For Homicide


Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series – 1st with this publisher
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (February 9, 2021)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1950461947
ISBN-13: 978-1950461943
Digital ASIN: B08QW7Z25S

Nick and Nora are back in a tantalizing new mystery that’s far more dangerous than a game of cat and mouse . . .
Never one to turn away from a challenge—even when it goes against her better judgment—Nora Charles can hardly say no when an old friend of her mother’s comes to town seeking her help. The author of steamy romances has learned that her writing partner is severing their relationship and threatening to reveal dark and dirty secrets in a tell-all, and she pleads with Nora to intervene. Reluctantly agreeing to help, Nora pays a visit to the writing partner, ready to make her case—right up until the moment she discovers the woman’s lifeless body.

With the police convinced that Nora’s friend is the culprit, she and Nick begin delving into the dead woman’s past and her provocative tell-all. It soon becomes apparent that the woman had a knack for digging up dirt and wasn’t shy about exposing skeletons in closets, and before long Nora has a seemingly endless list of suspects who were at risk of having their darkest secrets revealed. With a police force intent on throwing the book at Nora’s friend and time running out, she and Nick must outwit a dangerous killer before they take their own secrets to the grave . . .

About T. C. LoTempio

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She and her cat pen the Nick and Nora mystery series originally from Berkley Prime Crime and now with Beyond the Page Publishing. They also write the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane and the Pet Shop series, originally published by Midnight Ink and continued in 2021 with book two, KILLERS OF A FEATHER, from Beyond the Page. Catch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or her website, www.tclotempio.net

Author Links

ROCCO’s blog: www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

Website: www.tclotempio.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

February 8 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

February 9 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 9 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

February 10 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 10 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 11 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST. INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

February 12 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

February 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

February 13 – FUONLYKNEW -SPOTLIGHT

February 14 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 15 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

February 16 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

February 17 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 18 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 19 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

February 20 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

February 21 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

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Spotlight for One Poison Pie: A Kitchen Witch Mystery by Lynn Cahoon

One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon

About One Poison Pie

One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496730313
ISBN-13: 978-1496730312
Digital ASIN: B087YNC1B6

In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .

What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.

But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .

Includes Recipes!

About Lynn Cahoon

Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. She also pens the Cat Latimer series, the Farm to Fork series, and the Kitchen Witch series. Small town setting, big time fun with a bit of murder to keep it interesting. Romance novels are published under the pen name, Lynn Collins. She lives in a small river town like Mark Twain with her husband and three fur kids..

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February 1 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

February 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

February 2 – Literary Gold – REVIEW

February 2 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

February 3 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

February 3 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

February 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 4 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 5 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

February 5 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 5 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

February 6 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST

February 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, EXCERPT

February 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

February 7 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 8 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

February 8 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 9 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

February 9 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

February 10 – Wickedly Romance – REVIEW, EXCERPT

February 10 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews -SPOTLIGHT

February 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

February 11 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, RECIPE

February 12 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 12 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – SPOTLIGHT

February 13 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW

February 13 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 14 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT

February 14 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

February 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

February 15 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Spotlight for How to Train Your Hooman: A Field Guide by Finn the Dog and Gwen Romack

Rescue dog shares his best tips for training ‘hoomans’ in hilarious new book 

From the author of the beloved series, The Finn Chronicles, comes a new book that will make a wonderful gift for your Valentine, Mother’s Day or any dog-lover in your life.

Finn’s description starts,Dog friends, do you feel like your hoomans aren’t giving you the five-star service you deserve? This guide is for all the dogs out there wishing your hoomans would serve you better. Improve your standard of living today with How to Train your Hooman, a field guide. Pawket-sized for doggos on the go and in the field and chock-full of proven strategies for getting your hooman to do what you want when you want it! This handy guide covers things like getting off on the right paw with your new hooman, a hooman user’s guide, sleeping arrangements, appropriate training strategies, retaliation techniques, and more!”

Using the same sarcastic wit from his other books, Finn shares all he’s learned from training his difficult but lovable rescue hoomans in this irreverent and hilarious training guide. If you’ve ever been owned by a dog, you’ll relate to this book, laugh like crazy and be captivated by its charms.

Even the illustrations are funny! Here’s an example from his chapter on getting your “hooman” to provide effective “walkies”

Get it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or through most indie bookstores. You can also order a custom pawtographed copy on Finn’s website. www.thefinnchronicles.com

This would make a lovely gift for the spring holidays! You can also follow Finn on his social media to keep the fun going!

About the Author:

This is Finn and Gwen’s third book together. Finn’s dutiful transcriber, Gwen Romack (aka The Squishy One), is a Maryland native and proud Delaware resident, avid dog lover, and rescue volunteer. Gwen and her husband Evan (aka The Hairy One) initially agreed to foster Finn to work on some behavior issues and get him ready for a furever family. She began posting Finn’s weekly updates on social media as a way to help prospective adopters fall in love with Finn. But it became clear pretty quickly that Finn was already home. The posts had become so popular that she decided to continue sharing Finn’s view of life as a dog rescuing his difficult hoomans. When her corporate job as an ethics, compliance and anti-corruption officer was eliminated in the early days of the COVID pandemic, Gwen decided it was time to develop Finn’s funny updates into books for everyone to enjoy.

Since the first book, The Finn Chronicles: Year One, was published in July 2020, Finn has brought laughter and joy to fans in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, the Philippines, Brazil and even the Swiss Alps. The Finn Chronicles: Year Two followed shortly after and both books reached best-seller status and hot new release status on Amazon’s charts. His fans also enjoy his daily antics through social media.

As Finn’s popularity grew and the books took off, Finn’s fans started asking for more. Finn’s latest book is a “How to Train Your Hooman, a field guide” for dogs everywhere trying to train and manage their hoomans. It’s full of proven strategies and techniques for wrangling hoomans to do what dogs want! Anyone who’s ever been owned by a dog will relate and laugh out loud.

Finn and Gwen also spend time volunteering in schools by offering interactive and engaging Zoom guest-teaching sessions. The students learn about developing a character’s persona, inspirational child authors, how to write and publish a book, how to do a wiggle-butt dance break, and more. Learn more at: www.thefinnchronicles.com  and https://linktr.ee/gwenromack

Also available by Finn and Gwen, the two books in The Finn Chronicles series.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3fOCKA8

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/317DFHE

Posted in Freebies and Special Offers, Romances

February Sale on 5 Romances

Five of my romance novels are on sale this month. The sale kicks off today, February 5, with my romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace.

Get it FREE here: mybook.to/Jackebook

Jackie Riordan’s in trouble . . .

When her jewel-thief father is caught in the middle of a heist, Jackie makes her getaway to his ex-jail pal’s apartment. a man called Ace, who lives in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with him and becoming his partner in crime. She also doesn’t expect to compete with Ace’s old flame or deal with his cat Roxie who causes her allergy attacks.

All bets are off . . .

After Jackie discovers clues left by her father which lead her to a treasure that Ace may have stolen, she contemplates her next move. Should she trust Ace and believe her father gave him the money, or head home to her mother, a religious hypocrite who would have no qualms about ratting out her own daughter to the cops?

Things that sparkle aren’t always Diamonds . . .

Before Jackie can decide who the good guys really are, she finds herself atop the Willis Tower carrying her father’s ashes in her pocket and aiding Ace in the largest jewelry heist of his life. Things go terribly wrong, and Jackie’s only choice seems to be to walk away from Ace or face imprisonment.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming sales for these romance books:

February 9-11 Cloudy Rainbow

February 12-15: The Seashell and the Stone and Saving Snow White

February 17-21: Love on the Rocks