Posted in Books, Cats, Freebies and Special Offers

Celebrate Harry and Hermione’s First Birthdays with Two Free Books

To celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get two of my books free, Love on the Rocks, my latest Cobble Cove cozy mystery, and Reason to Die, my mystery thriller. Both will be free Kindle ebooks on Amazon from Friday, July 19 to Monday, July 22.

Love on the Rocks
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It’s February in the small town of Cobble Cove. Love is in the air . . . but so is murder!

When Alicia helps plan a Valentine’s Day Party at the Cobble Cove library that also includes a surprise for her newlywed friend, Gilly, things go wrong when a mysterious box of chocolates addressed to the director turns out laced with poison.

Clues Lead to A Dead Suspect

Although Alicia promised John she’ll no longer meddle in crime investigations, she and Gilly set out to find the person threatening Sheila who murdered the courier of the deadly candy. The three people they suspect include the professor from California who’s been romancing Sheila while she assists him with research for his book; the obnoxious patron Rhonda Kleisman who threw coffee at the director after refusing to pay for a damaged book; and a visiting widow staying at Gilly’s inn who’s unnaturally curious about Sheila and earns the nickname of Madame Defarge for her interest in knitting.

New Cat in Town

While Alicia and Gilly are trying to solve this new Cobble Cove mystery, Sneaky is introduced to Gilly’s new kitten, Kittykai, a calico she brought home from her honeymoon in Hawaii. It’s not like at first sight, but the two cats eventually become friends. They also both play a part in foiling the killer’s murder attempts, but will Alicia and Sheila survive unscathed?

Reason to Die
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Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover, wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge of the investigation. During the course of their search, Courtney uncovers information that points toward a connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on the night he proposed marriage to her.

Complicating matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a fire while she was away from home.

As the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims of different ages, sex, and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and Bill’s life in jeopardy.

I hope you enjoy the books.

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser is running through July 24. It would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

In addition, one of the winners of my recent Kitten Day Contest operates a rescue that is greatly in need of help. Any amount you can donate to her GoFundMe campaign will be much appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynnes-kitty-rescue

Due to some personal issues, this blog will be on hiatus until further notice starting August 1. However, special promotions, offers, and important notices will be posted on an occasional basis. Thanks for subscribing and for your support. 

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Posted in Authors, Books, local author event

Don’t Miss Long Island’s Local Author Fair

This Saturday, April 6, I’ll be attending Long Island’s Local Author Fair with fellow members of LIAG (Long Island Author’s Group) and other local writing associations. This event will take place at the Tilles Center on the LIU/C.W. Post Campus. Admission is free, and it runs from 3 to 8 pm. There’ll be over 50 authors participating, keynote speaker, Steve Israel, panels, and book signings. I’m looking forward to a great day meeting and chatting with authors and readers. If you’re in the Long Island area, enjoy reading and meeting authors, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Check out this list of author presentations that feature a wide variety of genres. I’ll be speaking about my Cobble Cove mystery series and other books as well as my upcoming psychological mystery release at 4:39 pm in the Founders Hall. Please come by to see me at that time or at my table any time during the event.

 

Posted in Books, Cat Writer's Association, Conference, Contest, local author event, Love on the Rocks, New Releases, pre-sale

My Spring News: Awards, Events, and New Release

My spring calendar is bursting with writing activity.

In April, I’ll be attending Long Island’s Local Author Fair with fellow members of LIAG (Long Island Author’s Group) and other local writing associations. This event will take place on Saturday, April 6, at the Tilles Center on the LIU/C.W. Post Campus. Admission is free, and it runs from 3 to 8 pm. There’ll be over fifty authors participating, keynote speaker, Steve Israel, panels, and book signings. I’m looking forward to a great day meeting and chatting with authors and readers. If you’re in the Long Island area, I hope you can make it.

In May, I’ll be traveling to St. Louis, Missouri for the 25th anniversary conference of the Cat Writer’s Association. I recently received a Certificate of Excellence in their annual contest for my cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks, and will be up for a special award at their banquet. I’ll also be signing books at a fundraiser for the Humane Society on Friday night, May 17. This event is open to the public and will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch.

 

Also in May, my new mystery, Sea Scope, will also be released, but it’s on pre-sale now.

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she accepts an invitation to return to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

She hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope.

Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home. As the past and present collide, she must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

Looking forward to a great season.

Posted in Books, New Releases

Marching into Spring with a New Book Contract

I’m proud to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Creativia Publishing for my psychological thriller, Sea Scope.

When infertility threatens her marriage and her husband refuses to seek medical help, children’s book illustrator Sarah needs an escape. Sea Scope, the family-owned inn in South Carolina where she spent her childhood, seems just the place. It’s been twenty years since she’s set foot there, twenty years since she and her brother Glen discovered the body of a guest. Although ruled a suicide, Sarah always had her suspicions. Now she faces long-buried memories and ominous text messages from someone claiming to be her dead brother.

A devout skeptic and seeker of facts, Sarah hunts the prankster, uncovering inconvenient truths and family secrets along the way, until that long ago “suicide” looks more like murder. And if Sarah keeps digging, the next body found by the lighthouse may just be her own.

What’s unique about this book are the true facts about lighthouses and lighthouse keeping that are scattered throughout. Of course, what will come as no surprise to readers of my other books, this one also features a cat.

Keep your eyes on this blog and subscribe to my newsletter for further details about this book and the release date.

Posted in Books, Guest Post

Guest Post about Fascinating Books by Melisa Marzett

Fascinating books, you might have never heard of

 Reading is probably the most wonderful activity we have ever encountered and the choice we have is impressive. There are plenty of genres and every reader can find something to his/her taste. However, as a rule, people pay much attention to the famous novels such as “Fahrenheit 451”, “The Great Gatsby”, “The Green Mile” etc. That’s why this list will include less propagated books but interesting nevertheless.

The Song of Solomon” by Tony Morrison

Macon is a seeker who wants to finally understand who he is and show what he is made of. Macon Pomer is a child from a wealthy family intended to find out more about the history of his family and his heritage. At the beginning, he just wants to find the treasure hidden by his father but then he is more intended to disclose the mystery of his family. He wants to know what kind of people the member of his family was. In the course of his adventure, he realizes that there is nothing more important and precious than his family regardless all their odds. Since Tony Morrison is a representative of an African American, besides the ideas of love, she also highlights the problems of prejudice and infringing of black people. It perfectly shows the nature of human relationships within the family and society in general. Since Tony Morrison is a Nobel Prize winner her books including this one are worth reading.

The house of mirth by Edith Wharton

She is said to be named a “Lev Tolstoy in the skirt” thanks to this novel. Her masterpiece the novel “The Age of Innocence” was awarded by the Pulitzer Prize and filmed by Martin Scorsese. The house of mirth is the place where the hearts of the fools are being kept, according to the Book of Ecclesiastes. New York at the turn of the century is most likely the house of mirth, the golden age where the young and beautiful Lily Barth, who rejects marriage proposals by means of which her family can win back their place in the society and their wealth. Is it reasonable for her to seek for the true love or it will only lead to her self-destruction?

 “Runaway” by Alice Munroe

She is a Canadian writer, the winner of the Nobel Prize in 2013, as “the master of modern short prose,” and Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for a lifetime contribution to the literature and was named a “Chekhov of our time”. This is one of the most prominent works or her life. This is a story about a woman who was trapped in a bad marriage and then she decided to run away and change her life.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers stands alongside such titans of modern American literature as William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee, as a representative of the “Southern Gothic”. The author is twice a laureate of the Guggenheim Foundation (in 1942 and 1946), the winner of the Henry Bellamann Prize for his outstanding contribution to the literature. “This is a psychological novel telling about the relationships between two deaf-mute friends. The main heroes are the following: a tomboy Mick, an alcoholic and agitator Jack, and Biff Brennom, the owner of a bar and Dr. Benedict Copeland, a black psychiatrist idealist.

The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

The author is the winner of the Booker Prize. In her world, women are numb, they can’t have property, work and love, read or write. They are considered to be blind machines created to born children and serve. This is another good representative of dystopian novels you probably never heard of.

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain

What is the meaning of a successful person that our society tries to make us believe? This is a strong optimistic and communicative person ready to continue moving forward no matter what. Susan Kane tries to convince us that introverts are no worse than extroverts and capable of dealing with complex tasks. Moreover, there are certain peculiarities of introverts’ features that even more beneficial than extroverts’ ones.

Just Kids” by Patti Smith

Patty Smith is an American rock singer and poetess, a friend and a favorite model of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In her memoirs she perfectly and accurately described New York in the late sixties and early seventies, the atmosphere of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the Chelsea hotel, meetings with great writers and legendary musicians and perfectly combines it with the history of her growing up as one of the greatest representatives of her generation.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This novel has no racial, gender of age borders. It should be written just as a very interesting representative of a modern literature. This is an amazing love story of Hazel Grace, a sixteen-year-old girl suffering from thyroid cancer, and Augustus, a seventeen-year-old boy, she meets at the support group meetings. Hazel gives Augustus the book “The Royal Illness” by Peter Van Houten. Having finished reading it, Augustus is upset since he considers the novel not to be finished. He sends a letter to the writer. Van Hooten responds that he can tell about the end of the story only face to face. Hazel Grace, her mother, and Augustus go to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten. However, this man appeared to be a drunkard who wants to ruin their fantasies about this book but it didn’t stop them from spending a wonderful vacation in Amsterdam.

The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Brave and risky girl Marina Singh is looking for a miracle, and her intuition tells her that it is within the jungles of the Amazon. She will succeed but her adventures will show her different shades of truth.

The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James

Henry James is an acknowledged classic of American literature, and ” The Portrait of a Lady” is one of James’s best novels. This novel is about the price we pay for the mistakes and misfortunes. The main character Isabel being a fortuneless young girl in Europe, denies quite worthy contenders for the hand, and having received a fortune, falls in love with rogue Osmond. He marries her only to ensure the decent life of his illegitimate daughter of Pansy, born by a courtesan. Illusions crumble, there is no hope of happiness, but brave Isabel overrides all the misfortunes that have fallen on her shoulders.

The feminine mystique by Betty Friedan

This book is about the time when women were considered only a part of the family rather than a full-fledged member of society. They were obliged to follow strict rules and be nothing like a trophy for a man. “The feminine mystique” must be read by every woman. It is a manifestation of women’s laborious movement as a part of the world culture. In this book, Friedan analyzed a similar social process that took place in postwar America. By means of her analysis, she manages to name the main reasons that triggered this process. With impressive passion, Friedan accuses everyone including sociologists and psychologists, professors and politicians that always try to convince that the role of a woman is a family keeper. She states that attitude deprives women of the opportunity to show their talents and skills and be whatever they want to be. Since instead, they are nothing more but housewives. Despite the fact that this book caused a lot of debates and critics, it became a bestseller almost at once.

Lyric Contingencies” by Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens

She was brave, she was young,  her poetry was interesting compared with one of the man-authors of her time who was boring to read. Unfortunately, she became renowned postmortally.  The first collection of her poems was published in 1890, and without corrections and editing in the fifties of the twentieth century. Emily Dickinson is considered one of the most important figures in the world of poetry thanks to her contribution to the American poetry and worldwide. Moreover, she is one of the most read American authors even today.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The author has written this book for fifteen years. The book has a very twisted storyline and includes the filming of “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor in a small Italian town and the television shows of modern America. The lives of the main heroes are weirdly intertwined and continue developing from the 1960s to our days. Everyone has his own role, which they perform brilliantly. The lovers, husbands and wives, dreamers and cynics, stars and losers. stolen love, broken and cured hearts and amiable characters.

Obviously, most of the very popular books were dismissed and there is a strong reason for doing that. You’ve already heard so much about them. It definitely won’t be interesting to read about them again trying to recall the characters and the storylines you’ve already heard about so much. These books are far less famous but they are very interesting and peculiar nevertheless since most of them are based on a personal experience of each author and it will be easy to find wisdom we are all seeking for on the pages of these ones.

About the author: The author of this essay and a great book lover is Melisa Marzett. She did her best to share with you her reading experience and interesting books. By means of her knowledge, experience and writing skills she writes a custom essay. Currently, she works as a freelance writer on http://livecustomwriting.com. If you need help with your writing assignment, she is available online 24/7.

Posted in Blog Tour, Cloudy Rainbow, Solstice Publishing

Want to Win an Amazon Gift Card? Check out the blog tour for Cloudy Rainbow

I’m celebrating the re-release of my paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, with a blog tour by Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour runs through October 3rd and includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card. You can follow the tour and enter the giveaway from Silver Dagger Book Tour’s website or from any of the tour spots that are linked below with their scheduled posts.

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

Sep 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale

 Sep 11

Viviana MacKade

Bedazzled By Books

Sep 12

A Pinch of Bookdust

Books all things paranormal and romance

Sep 13

All the Ups and Downs

Bookish Reviews

Sep 14

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Girl with Pen

Sep 15

Nicole’s Book Musings

Sep 17

books are love

Inside the Insanity

 Sep 18

Bound 2 Escape

Luv Saving Money

Sep 19

Kerrific Online

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

Sep 20

Midnight Book Reader

Rambling of a Book Nerd

Sep 21

Maiden of the Pages

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Sep 23

The Book Dragon

Sep 24

My Chaotic Ramblings

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

 Sep 25

Triple A – REVIEW

Paranormal Palace of Pleasures

Sep 26

Rabid Readers Book Blog

Scrupulous Dreams

Sep 27

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Sylv.net

Sep 28

Anna del C. Dye official page

Stacking My Book Shelves!

Sep 29

Twisted Book Ramblings

 Oct 1

fundinmental

eBook Addicts

Oct 2

Reads and Recipes – REVIEW

Declarations of a Fangirl

Oct 3

book review virignia lee

Teatime and Books

Excerpt:

Dulcie took a seat in the tapestry covered armchair, while Valerie sat on the couch next to a white lump of fur that had to be Coronet, the nine-hundred-lives kitty. The lump rolled over when she sat, but Valerie just patted it a few times and nestled next to it.

            “Well, then.” Mrs. Hanover took the matching chair on the other side of the room. “I know you, but you don’t know me yet. I’m Marjorie Hanover, but you can call me Marge. You, too, Val. I’ve been meaning to tell you to stop being so formal. I’ve always loved art and had an opportunity to collect nice pieces when my husband was alive, and we traveled the world. Since he passed, and I’m not sure when he’ll be back, I’ve bided my time here, but it has been a bit lonely.”

            Now it was Dulcie’s turn to roll her eyes at Valerie. How could she have gotten her involved in this insanity?

            “I realize you gals have a lot to do, so I’ll make this short,” Marge continued. “I’m a clairvoyant, but I don’t tell too many people about my power. I was surprised to learn I had this gift when I was ten years old and my dog Rudolph died. I had a dream the night before that he was hit by a car. I tried to tell my parents, but it was too late. Luckily, he came back as my cat Priscilla several years later. I knew there was no way we would be separated forever…but getting back to my point.”

            Dulcie was on the edge of her chair with her fingers on the cell phone in her pants pocket.

            Marge turned to face her directly. “This trip you are shortly going on will be the most important one of your life, my dear. I had to tell you that, so I asked Val to bring you over.”

            “I see.” Dulcie’s voice was a bit too high, but Marge didn’t seem to notice. She was using all the phony fortunetelling tricks of false mediums, telling people they were going on a trip, guessing their names, etc., although there had to be explanations for all of it. Dulcie would play along. “What about romance?”

            “Oh, that’s part of it, if you want it to be.” Now she was reaching. “Are you sure you girls wouldn’t like anything to drink or eat?”

            Valerie saved her from making another excuse. “We really can’t stay long, Mrs. H., I mean Marge, but thank you.”

            “I get the hint.”

Marge stood up from her seat and turned her back. Dulcie feared she’d go to the kitchen for that sharp butcher knife, but the woman was smiling when she turned back with those unnaturally bright teeth that had to be false. “I’ll see you tomorrow night then, Valerie. I have this Renoir you must see. Nice meeting you, Dulcie, dear.”

            They had almost escaped and were inches from the front door when Marge, coming up behind them, added, “So sorry about your cat, Dulcie. I know how special he is to you.”

Author Bio

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the three books of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series published by Solstice Publishing: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Debbie has also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist caper, When Jack Trumps Ace, a standalone mystery, Reason to Die, and has written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She lives on Long Island with her husband Anthony; daughter Holly; and Cat Stripey.

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