Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Visceral tightrope of deceit, abuse, and murder


I’m delighted today to tell you about a fascinating new release by a fellow blogger who is not only a very talented writer, but also an amazing photographer.

Author R. Mac Wheeler has just released DEAD MAYBE

Here’s a brief synopsis:

          Aran’s a researcher — for a killer. Not a profession of her choice. With her keeper’s death and the end of her servitude she may never have to plan another assassination, but she will kill to survive. Those who contracted her mentor’s hits will come for her. She knows too many secrets accumulated the past decade analyzing the routine of those tagged for death.

You can click on the following link to READ A 30 PAGE EXCERPT of DEAD MAYBE.

The book is also available for sale on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Author R. Mac Wheeler
R. Mac Wheeler is a multi-genre author of flawed characters with a lot of baggage, striving to survive situations beyond their wildest expectations--who talk to themselves, a lot.

To find out more about Mac and this writing (and photography), visit his Author Page, as well as his blog (where you will find amazing photos), and find him on Flickr.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope I’ve enticed you to check out the excerpt from Mac’s new release. 

What are your thoughts about female assassins? Are they more deadly because they are female and less suspected?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Finding Fraser {+ Giveaway}


Whether you’re a fan of the TV series Outlander or not, I’ve got a book to tell you about that is stirring and humorous with a splash of romance. It’s FINDING FRASER by kc dyer.

As readers, we have all found ourselves falling for a fictional character, and may even have had a book boyfriend (or girlfriend as the case may be). But no book boyfriend compares to Jamie Fraser, Scottish warrior, lover of Claire Beauchamp, and hero of the fan-favorite bestselling Outlander series. The perfect combination of sexy, brooding, and rugged, Jamie speaks to the romantic in us all, and author kc dyer is no exception. Inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series, dyer has written a novel about one woman’s search for a real-life Jamie Fraser and her own happy ending in FINDING FRASER (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; May 3, 2016; $15).

Thanks to the lovely Ryanne and the good folks at Berkley, I have a copy of FINDING FRASER to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

In FINDING FRASER, Emma is on the cusp of thirty and in desperate need of a change. After a string of failed relationships, she can admit that no man has ever lived up to her idea of perfection: the fictional Scottish star of romantic fantasies all over the world—James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
Her ideal man might be ripped from the pages of a book, but Emma hopes that by making one life-altering decision she may be able to turn fiction into fact. After selling all her worldly possessions, Emma takes off for Scotland with only her burgeoning travel blog to confide in. As she scours the country’s rolling green hills and crumbling castles, Emma discovers that in searching for her own Jamie, she just might find herself.

FINDING FRASER resonates with the fangirl in all of us. Anyone who has ever been swept away by a particular fictional character from a favorite novel, TV show, or film will relate to Emma’s journey. A masterful combination of self-discovery, humor, and sweet romance, dyer’s novel will have readers planning their own Scottish adventure.

kc dyer resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals, some of them human. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.

Her most recent novel—an Amazon #1 Bestseller in romantic comedy for grown-ups—is FINDING FRASER, first published in 2015, with a new Berkley edition slated for release in May, 2016.

For teens, kc’s most recent work is FACING FIRE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, published by Doubleday/Random House. kc is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

For more on kc and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also connect with her at FindingFraser.


Thanks to the lovely Ryanne and the good folks at Berkley, I have a copy of FINDING FRASER by kc dyer to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, June 1.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, it’s greatly appreciated. Are you a fan of the TV series Outlander and/or the book series? Who would be your favorite character to have a crush on?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure {+ Giveaway}


It’s always exciting when a new installment is released in a long-running series so it’s with glee that I tell you bestselling author Nancy Atherton’s AUNT DIMITY AND THE BURIED TREASURE, the 21st book in her cozy mystery series about the paranormal detective Aunt Dimity (Viking) goes on sale Tuesday, May 24.

Thanks to Emma and the wonderful folks at Viking/Penguin Books, I have a copy of this fun series to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Atherton’s fans have been eagerly awaiting this next entry, in which a fascination with buried treasure spreads like wildfire through the village, while Lori Shepherd travels to London to uncover Aunt Dimity’s old flame. It’s a perfect summer read for fans of cozy mysteries.

Writing for BookPage about the last Aunt Dimity book, Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (now out in paperback from Penguin Books), Atherton said:

“When I wrote my first book, Aunt Dimity's Death, I didn’t think it had a snowball’s chance of being published. At the time, there was no known market for a nonviolent, non-vulgar novel that was sort of a mystery and sort of a love story, with a supernatural element, some gardening, a bit of military history, a pink flannel bunny and a recipe thrown in because, what the heck, why not? The plot couldn’t be summarized in a simple catchphrase, and the story didn’t fit neatly into an established genre. It was a very strange little book—a marketing nightmare! —and I was absolutely convinced that it would remain forever in a box on a shelf in my closet, unseen by any eyes but mine.”

Luckily for Aunt Dimity’s many fans, Atherton was quickly proven wrong—and her books continue to be bestsellers and mystery favorites.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

AUNT DIMITY AND THE BURIED TREASURE gives fans a glimpse Aunt Dimity’s past. In this new adventure, a fascination with buried treasure spreads like wildfire through the village, while Lori Shepherd travels to London to uncover Aunt Dimity’s old flame. As Lori searches for answers, she discovers an unexpected link between the buried treasure in the village and the treasure buried in Aunt Dimity’s heart.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Atherton smoothly blends history, village life, and the otherworldly” for another charming addition to the Aunt Dimity series.


Author Nancy Atherton Photo by Greg Taylor
Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty other Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted “One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more on Atherton and her writing, visit her website.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Thanks to Emma and the wonderful folks at Viking/Penguin Books, I have a print copy of AUNT DIMITY AND THE BURIED TREASURE by Nancy Atherton to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, May 31.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I enjoy helping to spread the word when a new release is coming out. Are you a fan of the Aunt Dimity series or is this your first introduction? Are do you just enjoy books that blends a variety of genres together?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Voiceless ….. Where the Evidence Lies


THE VOICELESS by Faye Kellerman
◊ Narrator: Kristin Kalbli
Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 19 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Hachette Audio
◊ Audible.com Release Date: April 19, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: BO1DWIBUE6

SYNOPSIS:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Theory of Death comes a short story set in an imaged future where computers speak for humans.
This tale begins: "It was a time when the world, though filled with sound, was quiet." Technology has replaced the need to speak through texting, but when a virus spreads across the entire world that leaves everyone blind, doctors come together to fight the epidemic. But, as "The Voiceless" seeks to answer, what does the ability to speak mean without the desire to do so?
"The Voiceless" by Faye Kellerman is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books' Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE VOICELESS is a story that packs an enormous amount of entertainment, suspense and insight in a very quick read.

Narrator Kristin Kalbli delivers an emotionally fueled performance. She brings the sentiment of the story to the surface through her portrayal. Her cadence enhances the story.

Author Faye Kellerman will inspire listeners/readers to think with this story. Through her vivid and detailed descriptions, she brings modern life into perspective.

The story flows quickly and highlights the way life could be given our current obsessions with technology. The author keeps the suspense high as she takes listeners/readers on a tantalizing journey forward and back.

In less than 20 minutes, listeners will have a new appreciation for speech. This story is a must read/listen to if you dislike having to email or use ‘live chat’ to corresponded with a service. THE VOICELESS will open your eyes (and ears) to what could be.

Voiceless by Faye Kellerman, Narrated by Kristin Kalbli, Hachette Audio, @2016, ASIN: BO1DWIBUE6, Audible Audio Edition, Unabridged, Listening Time: 19 Minutes
FTC Full Disclosure – A digital copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

WHERE THE EVIDENCE LIES

WHERE THE EVIDENCE LIES by Jeffery Deaver
◊ Series: Lincoln Rhyme series
Narrator: Allan Robertson
Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 57 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Hachette Audio
◊ Audible.com Release Date: April 19, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: BO1DWHQ7RM

SYNOPSIS:

From the New York Times best-selling author of the Lincoln Rhyme series, a short story about Lincoln Rhyme solving a mysterious plane crash with no forensic evidence.

A small jet with only one pilot onboard crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Local authorities are unsure whether the cause of the crash is a bomb or a violent storm. The case seems like it will be an easy one to solve for former NYPD homicide detective Lincoln Rhyme to solve. The evidence is inside the cockpit, but there is one problem. The wreckage sits at the bottom of the Puerto Rican Trench, the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean, that stretches to 28,000 feet. The plane can't be raised. And there's no way to get to where the evidence lies.
"Where the Evidence Lies" by Jeffery Deaver is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books' Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and listen to them all!

MY THOUGHTS:

It doesn’t take a long, drawn-out story for author Jeffery Deaver to make a Detective Lincoln Rhyme’s case intriguing and suspenseful.

Brought to life through the narration of Allan Robertson, WHERE THE EVIDENCE LIES is filled with twists and turns. Robertson does an excellent job giving distinct voices to each character. His pace and mannerisms adds depth to the story.

The author combines entertainment, suspense and mystery for a well-balanced story that flows quickly and smoothly. Listeners/readers are quickly drawn in. Rich descriptions places the reader/listener in the middle of the action.

While the case may not take Rhyme long to solve, it still packs a punch. The characters are well-developed and realistic. The story holds your attention from beginning to end. Whether you’re a Lincoln Rhyme’s fan or not, this is a captivating short story you don’t want to miss.

Where the Evidence Lies by Jeffery Deaver, Narrated by Allan Robertson, Hachette Audio, @2016, ASIN: BO1DWHQ7RM, Audible Audio Edition, Unabridged, Listening Time: 57 Minutes
 
FTC Full Disclosure – A digital copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for dropping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out both of these fascinating short stories. The audio versions are awesome and both can be listened to in less than an hour and a half. What are your thoughts on ‘live chats’? Do you find them helpful or just frustrating that you can’t actually ‘speak’ to someone?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Incarnation by Laura Davis Hays


It’s a pleasure today to be a part of author Laura Davis Hays’ WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for her new release, INCARNATION.

◊Paperback: 388 pages
◊Genre: Suspense, Thriller
◊Publisher: Terra Nova Books (March 1, 2016)
◊ISBN-10:  1938288440
◊ISBN-13:  978-1938288449

INCARNATION is available as an e-book and paperback at
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Synopsis:

Kelsey Depuis, Santa Fe scientist, and Iriel, betrothed on Atlantis to a man she cannot love―two young women bound by a single soul.
           In Kelsey’s everyday world, three men shape her life: Myron Crouch, the boss of BioVenture Enterprises; Harrison Stillman, a brilliant colleague of hers there; and Stan Dresser, who twists her feelings with his kisses and lies.
            But gradually, growingly, Iriel is shaping her life too. Through dreams and visions, she draws Kelsey into the ancient realm where refusal to marry Gewil has driven her to daring flight with fantastic creatures across a strange and terrible land.
             As Kelsey joins other BioVenture researchers testing a new organism on a remote Caribbean island, turmoil and violence darken her fate―and Iriel’s presence grows stronger. Worlds shift and merge, danger grows. Past and present, vengeance and love swirl together as the seas rise up, the seas that once swallowed Atlantis.
             Tested in life-or-death struggle, Kelsey must face an ordeal she can survive only through great courage and deep karmic understanding.

MY THOUGHTS:

Blending the present with an ancient continent can be a tricky matter, but author Laura Davis Hays pulls it off with ease in INCARNATION.

The author brings the story to life through the lives of two well-developed characters – Kelsey, a scientist, and Iriel, a woman from Atlantis. The alternating views of these two resilient women take readers on a mesmerizing journey. Readers will be quickly drawn in as the two worlds connect.

The author has created well-balanced, realistic characters that are strong and engaging. She takes readers to tantalizing settings through her rich descriptions.

The story moves at a good pace while the suspense builds. The story unfolds as the two lives being to mingle. The author presents a good blend of science and spiritual throughout the story making both worlds plausible.

This is a mystical story based in a scientific atmosphere. Past and present intertwine to give readers an extraordinary adventure.

Incarnation by Laura Davis Hays, Terra Nova Books, @2016, ISBN: 978-1938288449, Paperback, 388 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Author Laura Davis Hays
Laura Davis Hays is a California native, the only child of a theoretical physicist and a librarian. Her prize-winning body of work includes a forthcoming fantasy series, the Atlantis Material, and a collection of linked stories set in Denmark, her ancestral homeland, in the early twentieth century.

Laura is also an accounting consultant, a performing pianist, a composer, and a skier. She and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with their two cats, Rufus and Dexter.

For more information on Laura and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

INCARNATION is available to purchase at the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound.

You can also find out more about Laura and INCARNATION by visiting any of the following blogs participating in the tour.

Monday, May 9 @ The Muffin
Stop by for an interview with Laura and enter to win a copy of Incarnation.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday, May 11 @ Renee's Pages
Renee Roberson reviews Incarnation.
http://www.reneespages.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 17 @ Beverley A. Baird
See what Beverley thought about the mystery and intrigue of Incarnation.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Thursday, May 19 @ Knotty Kneedle
Judy shares her take on Laura Davis Hays' novel.
http://www.knottyneedle.blogspot.com
May 24 @ Celtic Lady's Review
Stop by for an author spotlight with Laura Davis Hays.
http://celticladysreviews.blogspot.com/

May 25 @ MC Simon Writes
MC discusses her experience reading Incarnation.
http://www.mcsimonwrites.com

June 1 @ Vickie S. Miller
Read Vickie's review of the metaphysical thriller, Incarnation.
http://www.vickiesmiller.com/

June 2 @ Building Bookshelves
Jodi interviews Laura Davis Hays about the writing process.

blogs.republicanherald.com/bookshelves

June 3 @ Deal Sharing Aunt
Vicky Brinus shares a review of the novel.
http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by today. What are your thoughts on Atlantis? Is it a place you would like to visit?