BLOG TOUR – Pineapple Upside Down Murder – GUEST POST

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Welcome! Today I’m hosting a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour  for Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath.  The author has graciously provided a guest post so that will be first and then information about the book, including purchase links, will be beneath the guest post.  Enjoy!

Guest Post by Jodi Rath

Aching news, sciatic issues, lower back pains. This is the answer I give to all my ex-students that are so thrilled and excited to hear I am now a writer!

“Wow, Mrs. R—that is SO cool! I remember when I was in high school and you talked about wanting to be a writer. Remember when I joked with your in front of the entire class and said those who can—do; those who can’t—teach . . . LOL”

“Yeah, I remember . . .” grumbling under my breath.

“So, how rad is it that you are now a writer! What’s it like?”

Okay, okay—they don’t say “rad,” that’s my age speaking, but the dialogue goes something like that! My answer, well, you saw! LOL—see I can get down with the kid lingo too! Yes, I’ve wanted to write as long as I’ve known how to write a word. I am loving it. It is RAD! BUT, I’m middle-aged now and sitting for long periods wreaks havoc on my arthritic knees and sciatica. Oh, the joys of aging!

Writing Pineapple Upside Down Murder was, to me, the greatest accomplishment of my life! I do love it; it is fun and amazing and hard and tiresome and frustrating and lots of AHA moments thrown in there too! Getting to know cozy blogger and cozy readers is EXTREMELY rewarding! I’m thrilled to be here today and wish all of you reading this a non-arthritic, pain-free day!

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Jodi Rath

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About the Book

Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
MYS ED llc (November 23, 2018)
Print Length: 130 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GXDPPSP

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Introducing Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, who, at her best friend Ava’s request, steps out of her comfort zone which leads her into the shade of a killer in the small, cozy village of Leavensport, Ohio. The victim is the villages beloved Ellie Siler who runs the village sweet spot, Chocolate Capers. Jolie finds her grandma Opal is a prime suspect and goes on a search for answers only to find out that her families secret recipes may not belong to the Tucker family at all. Jolie’s job, family, and livelihood are all on the line. The answers are assuredly lethal.

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About the Author

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.

Author Links: Webpage: https://www.jodirath.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/jodirath FB Author Page: Author Jodi Rath Twitter @jodirath

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jodi-rath

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jodirath/

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BLOG TOUR – With a Little Bit of Blood – REVIEW

Welcome! Pardon me for the bare-bones. I will update with graphics later. Today I’m participating in the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for With a Little Bit of Blood by D.E. Ireland.

Synopsis

In the fourth book from the Agatha Award nominated writing team of D.E. Ireland, famous literary characters Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins find they may have brought trouble with them when they attend a country house party in With A Little Bit of Blood.

Eliza is not happy when Higgins buys a snazzy roadster. Her misgivings prove correct when he becomes injured in a motor car crash. Forced to play nursemaid, Eliza is thrilled to accept an invitation to a house party from Lord Ashmore and his bride, the former Clara Eynsford-Hill. But upon their arrival at Banfield Manor, Eliza is dismayed to see her sweetheart Freddy arm in arm with a beautiful actress. Higgins is shocked to learn the woman who once stalked him is also attending the party. Things grow even worse when spiritualist Madame Evangeline arrives and warns of impending danger. Her prediction comes true when someone is killed during the following day’s shoot in the forest.
Higgins and Eliza suspect it wasn’t an accident, but murder. Every guest hides a dark secret that involved the dead man. But who hated him more? The French aviator, the American cinema actress, a lady novelist, the Austrian count, or a knighted explorer of the Amazon? Madame Evangeline’s séance may reveal what is really going on. But her cryptic words deepen the mystery, especially after another guest turns up dead.

Who is behind these murders? And has Higgins himself been targeted? As the day of the fox hunt begins, it seems likely that more than the fox will die. Before that happens, Eliza and the Professor must discover who may have a little bit of blood on their hands.

 

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I really like the series and am looking forward to even more!

I love the chemistry between Professor Higgins and Eliza. I also love that it’s not romantic. Platonic friendships are so important and it’s so nice when the female isn’t in love with the male, they’re just friends. I don’t mind romance in my cozy mysteries, I’m just glad this one is different.

The setting is a gorgeous country house. It’s an intriguing plot and I did not figure out the villain before the end. I had a suspicion but it wasn’t very strong. Something just seemed “off” about the person.

All in all, a fabulous book and highly recommended!!

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BLOG TOUR – Eggs on Ice – REVIEW

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Welcome!  First, a huge apology to Laura Childs and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. I had my weeks mixed up and thought my post was next week, not this week and apparently this was supposed to be up yesterday!  So I apologize for the tardiness of this post.

I’m actually rather excited by this post so I’m doubly sad that it wasn’t on time. I really enjoyed this book. This is the eighth in the Cackleberry Club mysteries which is my favorite of Laura Childs’ various series.

About the Book

Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Berkley (December 4, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425281728
ISBN-13: 978-0425281727
Kindle ASIN: B07BD23MV9

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Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred’s favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.

As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.

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Review – 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book was a lot of fun to read.  I still think #7 is still my favorite of the series, but this one started off with action and never stopped.

I love the characters in this series. Petra, Toni and Suzanne always crack me up and leave me with all the feels. I’d love to see more of Petra in future stories. And Junior, Junior is the epitome of the term ” “, but he’s still somewhat loveable and feels like that black sheep of the family that everyone ends up taking care of.

The plot line was great and it wasn’t until late in the book that I was suspicious of the actual villain. I did figure it out before the end of the book, but there were plenty of red herrings to throw you off.

I liked that with this ending, while Suzanne had been searching/chasing after the killer, she didn’t deliberately go out and attempt to literally chase the killer down. I won’t say more than that as I don’t want to spoil the ending.  All in all definitely a book I highly recommend.

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About the Author

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Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Webpage – http://www.laurachilds.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

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BLOG TOUR – Ginger Snapped – BOOK BLITZ

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Congrats to Chloe Sunstone on the release of her exciting Cybercrime Thriller, Ginger Snapped!

Read on for more details, an exclusive excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway!

Ginger Snapped - eBook small.jpgGinger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Shocking Twist

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

Genre: Thriller

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

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Excerpt

Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body.Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

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About the Author

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After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.

On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

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BLOG TOUR – Wreath Between the Lines – REVIEW

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Good morning! I’m excited to be bringing you a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Wreath Between the Lines, the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. I love this series so I was excited for this new installment!

About the Book

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Beyond the Page (November 8, 2018)
Print Length: 221 pages
ASIN: B07GC4FJK4

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Synopsis

The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .

The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.

Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .

Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!

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Review – 4.5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. I love the series anyway, but I thought this one was exceptionally well-done. The only reason it didn’t get five stars is it just didn’t have that extra “pop” of feeling that I get with books. That’s what pushes them up to 5 stars for me.

We have all our favorite characters back and a few new-ish ones. I say new-ish because they’ve always been on the perimeter, but we got to know them a little better in this book. I really like Jake and am super excited for him over the changes that happened in the end of the book for him (no spoilers! You’ll have to read it yourself!).

I enjoyed seeing Crystal Cove getting ready for Christmas and their Christmas festival. I enjoyed getting to know Jenna’s niece, Lacy, a little more and hearing about her group’s performance in the singing contest. I love the name of their group too!

The plot line moved along smoothly and wasn’t bogged down by insignificant or unimportant details. I did not guess the villain this time until it was reviewed. That’s always nice. There’s a lot of mysteries that I’ve still enjoyed even knowing who the villain was, but it’s always nice when I don’t know.

All in all, an exceptionally well-done mystery and story. This is a series that I would definitely suggest starting at the beginning with Final Sentence, though if you read this one first, you won’t be too lost with the interpersonal relationships. XmasFenceWithSanta-gg

About the Author

 

DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

“They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com

Daryl’s Blog – http://www.darylwoodgerber.com

Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com

Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com

Killer Characters – http://killercharacters.com

Facebook: Daryl http://www.facebook.com/darylwoodgerberAvery http://www.facebook.com/averyaames

Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber

Goodreads: Daryl Wood Gerber https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_GerberAvery Aames https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3153786.Avery_Aames

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