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Review: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings (The Lily Singer Adventures Book 1) by Lydia Sherrer

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings (The Lily Singer Adventures Book 1) by Lydia Sherrer

**** 4 stars

This is a fun book written in an unconventional style. The author refers to the three short stories that comprise the novel as “episodes.” Two of them are told from Lily Singer, the main character’s, point of view. Lily is a librarian . . . and a wizard. She also has a cat, Sir Kipling, who doesn’t play much of a role in this book but seems to play a big one in the second which is previewed at the back. Lily’s co-hort, Sebastian, who narrates the other tale is a witch. Together they solve various mysteries such as recovering a stolen magic tool from Sebastian’s family that has caused a time loop in a nearby town. If you enjoy a mix of magic, fantasy, and comedy that features likable characters, this is the book for you.

About the Author (from her Amazon Author Page)

Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of snark-filled fantasy, Lydia Sherrer thrives on creating characters and worlds you love to love, and hate to leave. She subsists on liberal amounts of dark chocolate and tea, and hates sleep because it keeps her from writing. Due to the tireless efforts of her fire-spinning gamer husband and her two overlords, er cats, she remains sane and even occasionally remembers to leave the house. Though she graduated with a dual BA in Chinese and Arabic, after traveling the world she came home to Louisville, KY and decided to stay there.

Lydia is not just out to write good books, but to make the world a better place, one story at a time. Her goal is to write with purpose, inspiring others to dig deep into the life they’ve been given and to dream big, because the world is built on dreams. Get a free book to start your Lydia Sherrer library by subscribing to her newsletter at http://www.lydiasherrer.com/subscribe

For more information about the author, series, and much more, check Lydia’s website at: https://lydiasherrer.com/

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@LydiaSherrer

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Spotlight and Blog Tour for Witch Hunt, A Full Moon Mystery by Cate Conte

Witch Hunt (A Full Moon Mystery)
by Cate Conte

About Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt (A Full Moon Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717600
ISBN-13: 978-1496717603
Digital ASIN: B083TQX2CT

Murder isn’t always crystal-clear . . . especially when the prime suspect discovers she’s a witch.

Violet Mooney owns The Full Moon crystal shop in quaint North Harbor, Connecticut. Still grieving her beloved grandmother’s recent unexpected death, she takes comfort in her fat orange cat Monty and her work. Not everyone in town is thrilled with her business, however. When disagreeable town councilwoman Carla Fernandez picks a fight over Violet’s “voodoo shop,” the two have a very public confrontation. Of course, when Carla turns up dead, Violet gets little sympathy from the police as suspect #1.

But the shock of two policemen showing up at her door pales in comparison to the sudden appearance of her estranged mother Fiona and a surprise sister, Zoe. What Fiona reveals will rock her world and her sense of self—and reawaken her long-dormant mysterious power. Good thing. She’s gonna need it . . .

About Cate Conte

Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. Cate is the author of the new Full Moon Mysteries for Kensington and writes the Cat Cafe Mystery series for Minotaur Books. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.

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Cat Article: “Giving Love a Second Chance” (Cat Fancy, December 1998)

When I was cleaning my house during the time I was home, I found a bunch of cat articles I wrote for various pet magazines many years ago. I’ve started scanning them because, in most cases, those magazines no longer exist. Here is one from Cat Fancy, December 1998, that was one of my first pieces and I believe the one that helped me attain professional membership in the Cat Writers’ Association

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Review for The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

As a librarian, I’m able to get ARC’s (Advanced Reader Copies) of forthcoming novels. Here’s my review of The Last Wife, a psychological thriller, by Karen Hamilton. It will keep you turning the page. It releases July 7 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

****4 stars

The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

Marie is a photographer. She catches things in the photos she shoots including the wonderful life she thinks her friend Nina leads and which she’d like to have. But it’s true that you need to be careful what you wish for,. When Nina dies leaving two young kids and a husband, Marie grabs her chance at making Nina’s life her own. But after becoming pregnant and marrying Stuart, Marie discovers some secrets her friend Nina was hiding. One of them involves the death of Marie’s lover that happened while she, Nina, and a group of friends spent a holiday abroad in college.

This twisty, psychological thriller keeps you turning the pages as more secrets and lies are revealed until Marie learns the truth about Charlie’s death years ago and that the perfect life Nina led was far from perfect.

Karen Hamilton, courtesy of her website, Karenhamiltonwriter.com

About the Author

(from her website: https://karenhamiltonwriter.com)

I caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, my husband and I put down roots in Hampshire and four years ago, I gave up flying to raise our three sons and concentrate on my writing. Now that they are a little older, I’ve begun travelling again (as and when it’s possible) and enjoy exploring places through their fresh eyes.

The Perfect Girlfriend was my first novel, released March 2018. It is a psychological thriller about a sociopathic flight attendant, Juliette Price. The book is rooted in my work experience, but not autobiographical! I realised early on in my flying career, that the moment I changed out of uniform, I became anonymous. It made me think about the identities behind uniforms and work personas and became an idea that would later help create my protagonist.

The Last Wife is my second novel. It is mainly set in the New Forest (an area I love and where I spend a lot of time) and is due out summer 2020. Marie Langham takes over over her dead friend’s life, only to discover that she didn’t know her friend, Nina, as well as she thought. Nina’s secret past now threatens Marie. Many things sparked the themes for this book including my interest in psychotherapy, and another, my fascination with how well we can ever truly know someone.

I’m currently working on my third novel, a thriller which features worldwide travel, murder and mystery.

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