Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: The 39 Cupcakes (Movie Club Mysteries #4) by Zara Keane



The 39 Cupcakes (Movie Club Mysteries, #4)

The fourth book in my brand new cozy mystery series is available on the Kindle Store and through the Kindle Unlimited program.
Clues. Chaos. Cupcakes.

Ex-cop-turned-P.I. Maggie Doyle is stuck chaperoning a group of bratty summer camp kids to an archaeological dig on Whisper Island. After a day of fart jokes, fidget spinners, and fist fights, Maggie’s regretting volunteering—and then one of her feral charges discovers a skeleton.

At first it looks like a cold case, but the situation takes a sinister turn when a member of the excavation team winds up dead. Maggie is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery before more bodies stack up. With her police officer boyfriend on vacation, his nitwitted fellow officer is what passes for law and order on the island. Now if only she can dodge the bumbling Sergeant O’Shea…



Buy Link: Amazon

What I thought about The 39 Cupcakes

In this fourth book in the Movie Club Mysteries series from Zara Keane, Maggie Doyle once again finds a dead body that propels her into a mystery worthy of the quirky inhabitants of Whisper Island.

Maggie is helping with a field trip when a skeleton is discovered, complete with bullet hole in the head and an intriguing mystery of identity and motive.  Maggie and Lenny are really building the private investigation venture with this mystery, as Sargeant Liam Reynolds asks them to check into a few things. 

I love the relationship that is slowly building between Maggie and Liam. It's so unrushed and sweet and the touch of romance that their relationship provides is a nice little jewel in this series. 

I think the mysteries in this series are well crafted, and The 39 Cupcakes is no exception.  I didn't see any of the twists and turns coming and it kept me engaged throughout. And there's plenty of humor throughout that makes the pages fly by.

I love this series.  Zara Keane does a great job with Maggie -- she's likable and very competent in her role as PI. I've started calling this the Maggie Doyle Mystery series in my head, because they really are all about her and the lovely and strange community in Whisper Falls.

Recommended if you like a good mystery with some very nice romantic elements. This can be read standalone, but I think it's best to read them in order to get the full flavor of the setting and people. 

An ARC was provided for review. 




 About the Author

Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis

 

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series... Don’t miss the amazing excerpt and giveaway below, and order your copy today!

   

About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spencer immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime

    Order CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE in ebook or paperback,
 releasing 9/26/17!
Excerpt


Colbie Albright stood in the crowded LaGuardia Airport staring up at the flight departure board. Her chest was tight and her throat felt like it was closing in.

Classic anxiety, she told herself. Just breathe right through it.

Not that her body listened to her brain. Her body rarely listened to good sense.

In any case, it was December 1 and people were rushing all around her like chickens without their heads, while she stood still trying to figure out her choice of destination. Her only requirements were warm and tropical. An exotic beach would fit the bill perfectly.

Aruba.

Jamaica.

Oooh, I wanna take you…

Great, and now that Beach Boys song was stuck in her head. Doing her best to shake it off, she eyed the board again. So many choices for a twenty-eight-year-old runaway with a packed bag and no regrets.

From inside her purse her phone vibrated and she grimaced. Okay, so there were regrets. Buckets of them that made her suitcase feel like a thousand pounds and sucked the air from her lungs, but she refused to let herself turn tail and go back.

She was doing this. 

 What I thought about Chasing Christmas Eve
Colbie decides to run away from her life for a little while and ends up in San Francisco, literally falling into the famous love fountain in Cow Hollow that is central to this series.  And she's not alone!  It's fairly clear from the start of this story that Spence and Colbie are perfect for each other. 
They just have a lot of details to work out. 
I loved this story and these characters.  Spence is thoughtful and kind and so is Colbie. They are both a bit secretive and emotionally fragile, and I liked how they overcame these issues as their feelings for each other grew. It's a very sweet love story.
 I'm a huge fan of this series.  I want to get to know these characters. It takes place in one of the greatest cities in the world, too!  Chasing Christmas Eve works well as a standalone and it's an easy, pleasant romance that I really enjoyed. 

An ARC was provided for review. 



       

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About Jill Shalvis: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.      

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway:Brave (Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3

RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017

Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

SYNOPSIS:

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

PRE-ORDER LINK

Amazon

*Amazon is the only retailer with a pre-order link at this time. 

VIRTUAL SIGNING INFORMATION:


To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing!  

Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 




DIRECT LINK: http://www.apollyconevent.com/jla-brave-virtualsigning/




Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET
Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17
Open Internationally



GIVEAWAY INFO


PRIZE: SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK
(containing multiple signed books & swag)

OPEN INTERNATIONAL
ENDS 10/2/17

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About the Author

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/