Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway: The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome is a delightful cozy mystery that brings the reader from a small town B&B to the mist-sodden moors of England in a search for the truth.

On a rainy fall day in New England, Emily Ryder learns her mentor, Chris Cooper, has had an accident. After Chris's death, Emily starts digging into how he came to be where he was that day and unsettling things come to light that she wants to investigate. To complicate matters, she has this tour to England she is coordinating for Harriet Curtis and her siblings, and she's almost certain Harriet is involved in what happened to Chris. Across the pond they travel for the annual moorland fete, but Harriet's erratic behavior and the siblings' rivalry keep Emily on edge. Will she be able to uncover the truth before someone decides she knows too much and must be eliminated?

The Secluded Village Murders is a fun read. It takes readers into the worlds of small town politics and big developers and then through the beauty of England. It explores family relationships, secrets, and the possibility of romance. There were moments when I was a bit confused as to what was going on, but overall it was a satisfying read. The characters are believable and create emotional responses from the reader throughout. Can't say I saw the end coming, but it all made sense once it was wrapped up and lends itself to a sequel. I'm glad I read this one.


Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books (September 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945448202
ISBN-13: 978-1945448201


I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Shelly Frome. There will be 1 winner of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card. The giveaway begins on November 1, 2018 and runs through November 16, 2018. Void where prohibited.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Nov 12




It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Happy Monday! I am slowly catching up on things here. Did a bit of Christmas shopping over the weekend, which is always fun for me. Though we celebrated yesterday by taking my father-in-law out to lunch at Applebees, I wanted to be sure to wish all our military men and women a happy Veteran's Day. We will never forget all you have done for us, for this country, and in the name of freedom across the world.


My reading world included finishing off this book (look for my review tomorrow)....


I've been knee deep in research using this book...


And ordered this one since I felt it would be a good resource to have on hand...


Now that real estate is slowing down a bit (thankfully), I hope to be able to read more often. Next in line are the following:









What are you reading right now?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Book Spotlight & Contest: Willow Bloom and The Dream Keepers by E.V. Farrell



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. E.V. Farrell will be awarding the use of the winner's name in the sequel to Willow Bloom and the Dream Keepers to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Willow Bloom’s biggest challenge is to organise her thirteenth birthday party. However, a walk in the woods near her home provides some big surprises – a mystical guardian from another world, a magical forest, and the discovery that her parents are part of a secret order that protects dreams. With the discovery comes a calling. A prophecy tells of a young one who can push back the dark forces that threaten to corrupt our hopes and dreams. Is Willow that young one? Can she take on the forces of evil, the Underlord Maliceius, and win?

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“Isn’t that normal? How else are you meant to make things happen?”

“Willow, let me put it another way. Imagine that you are following a chocolate cake recipe to bake a birthday cake. This recipe has been developed and tested by others over and over so that you can make it too. It’s a ‘normal’ cake recipe that everyone follows. Now, what if you wanted to make this cake a little more special because it was for someone you really love? You think about this person while you are mixing the batter when suddenly, ‘out of nowhere’, you get the idea to add raspberries to your batter. Now your cake is no longer the original recipe. You didn’t need the raspberries to make the cake work, but you were inspired to create something different, inspired by someone special to you. You changed the world, just a little, by adding the raspberries.”

“Really, Mum, it’s a cake.”

“It’s an analogy, Willow.”

“I know. What you’re saying is that too many of us are making the same chocolate cake, following other peoples’ ideas. But to help things change, we need to create using inspired thought too. Right?”

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E.V. Farrell lives in rural Victoria with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

New Release: Sugarplums and Second Chances by Jill Kemerer


Are some mistakes beyond redemption?

When former NFL star, Chase McGill, invites Courtney Trudesta, the widow of his former teammate, to spend Christmas with him and his son in Lake Endwell, he simply wants to repay her for the weekly letters she sent while he was in prison. He didn’t expect to fall for her.
Chase regrets his past and knows it will take more than sugarplums and wishful thinking to heal Courtney’s lonely heart. But with a dose of small-town charm and plenty of Christmas cheer, they might have a second chance at happiness…with each other.

Sugarplums and Second Chances was originally released in the I’ll Be Home for Christmas novella collection.

Chase and Wyatt McGill were featured in Hometown Hero’s Redemption (Lake Endwell book 5).

Purchase right now for only 99 cents! This is an introductory offer and may not be available if you wait too long.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Nov 5




It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Well, it has certainly been a while. The WriteAngles Conference is almost here, so I've been busy with that and real estate has been crazier than most of the year. Barely have had time to breathe. Glad the holidays are on the way because that usually means a lull.

In my reading world, not a lot going on, but I'm gearing up for several reviews coming up. Right now I am reading...




Next up are the following books for review...






What is going on in your reading world?