Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Whitechapel Paranormal Society Unveiling

October is the perfect time to unveil the debut covers from the upcoming Whitechapel Paranormal Society series.  Keep reading for a chance to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card.

New Victorian Gothic Horror Series Set in London's East End.

The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is coming in 2017.  Until then, we have these gorgeous covers from Phatpuppy Art Studios and Sacred Oaks Press.

Eeper Weeper Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Horror by E.J. Stevens

Eeper Weeper (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens

The great and prestigious man of science, Doctor Jameson Foster Hadley had somehow made a mistake. I wasn’t good and I wasn’t normal. His experiment had failed.

The tedium and terrors of Josephine "Jo" Hadley's existence within the stone walls of London's Bethnal Asylum are interrupted by a strange visitor, Cora Drummond, a woman who demands to interview one of the asylum's most insane residents. The patient's rantings include tales of ghosts and demons, but it is the bizarre, near-riotous muttering of prophetic nursery rhymes that follow Jo throughout the asylum wards that is most illuminating to Miss Drummond.

Eeeper Weeper, chimney sweeper. Had a wife, but couldn't keep her...

Days later, Jo and her adoptive father receive an invitation to attend an exclusive tea at the prestigious Whitehall Club. But the request for Jo's attendance is more than it might seem. She has caught the attention of a secret branch of government working directly for the queen.

Will Jo Hadley's unusual talent for inciting prophetic nursery rhymes prove useful to the crown? She is given one chance to demonstrate her worth to the Special Paranormal Research Branch, but this is one mission that even the most highly trained operatives might not survive.

Eeper Weeper is a prequel short story in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society series by award-winning author E.J. Stevens. One for Sorrow (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #1) takes place six years after the prequel short story Eeper Weeper (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5). The Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror (dreadpunk) series set in London's East End.
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One for Sorrow Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Horror by E.J. Stevens

One for Sorrow (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #1) by E.J. Stevens

Afternoon tea had served us up a demon.

It is six years since Josephine "Jo" Hadley joined the ranks of the Special Paranormal Research Branch and three years since the S.P.R.B.'s mission was terminated. After their superiors declare that the supernatural threat is quelled, Jo and her colleagues returned to civilian life with varying degrees of success. But when Jo, Edith, and Flan cross paths with a slogoth demon there is no escaping the terrible truth. The supernatural threat was never defeated.

One for sorrow. Two for mirth. Three for a funeral. Four for a birth. Five for Heaven. Six for Hell. Seven for the Devil, his own self.

Demons and necromancers went into hiding within the labyrinthine warrens of Whitechapel, but after three years of secretly feasting on the souls of London's East End, they are back stronger than ever before. Will the Whitechapel Paranormal Society rise up from the ashes of the S.P.R.B., or will all of London become the Devil's playground?

One for Sorrow is the first full-length novel in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society series by award-winning author E.J. Stevens. One for Sorrow (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #1) takes place six years after the prequel short story Eeper Weeper (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5). The Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror (dreadpunk) series set in London's East End.

Release Date: September 2017
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Whitechapel Paranormal Society Cover Reveal Giveaway

Whitechapel Paranormal Society Cover Reveal Giveaway

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Quilt Shop Arrest?

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Chrys Fey to Thoughts in Progress today to talk about her recent release, 30 SECONDS BEFORE, and an intriguing tidbit.

First, Chrys is going to explain about the arrest. Aren’t you a tad curious? Welcome, Chrys.

Years ago, my mom worked in a quilt shop. I heard many stories about women coming to look for fabric, and they took this task seriously. They would get angry if a bolt of fabric they wanted was sold out. Each year, the shop ordered fabric a year in advance. This fabric had to be ordered then because, like the fashion industry, they worked ahead, and once the fabric stopped being manufactured, it was gone for good. Quilters wouldn’t be able to get it again. The shop where my mom worked was the best and closest one for miles. People drove from out of town and out of state. A few times, women came from other countries!

When I write, I like to sneak in special little tidbits from my own life. So, things my mom told me about her job made their way into my stories. In 30 Seconds Before, when Blake recalls moments from his job as a police officer, one of them is a funny incident in a quilt shop.

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Blake never minded patrolling. It allowed him to view the city he loved, the city he vowed to protect. He didn’t even mind getting called to sort out silly disputes or to put a scare into shoplifting teens. Once he had to arrest a man walking around naked with a red foam nose, a clown wig on his head, and a bottle of vodka in his hand.
Another time, he had to pull apart two old biddies fighting over a bolt of fabric in a quilt shop. Apparently, the fabric they wanted was no longer being manufactured, and the bolt they each held onto was the last one in the shop. At least the crazy calls made him laugh later. The other calls, the worst calls, gave him nightmares.

Title: 30 Seconds Before
Prequel to 30 Seconds
Genre: Mainstream Thriller
Page Count: 60 (novella)


Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.
On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.
Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?


30 SECONDS, the story that follows 30 SECONDS BEFORE, is on sale for 99 Cents. Get it at this discount so you can read the entire story from start to finish!


Chrys, thanks for joining us today. I enjoy learning that bits of elements in a story actually came from a real-life event even if they have been changed a bit.

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Chrys, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author Chrys Fey
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and heads their monthly newsletter.

Chrys lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!


Thanks so much for stopping by today during Chrys’ visit. Do you enjoy knowing real incidents are included in stories you read? Do you like the fact that some elements are based on real-life experience?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries {+ Giveaway}

I’m excited to be taking part in the MC Book Tours Virtual Blog Tour for author Joylene Nowell Butler’s upcoming release, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries.

As part of the tour, I’m sharing my thoughts on this suspenseful mystery and you have a chance to win a copy of the book. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details.

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Paperback: 278 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press (November 1, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1939844234
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1939844231


          A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

          When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.
The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him...

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Author Joylene Nowell Butler
When Joylene's father died in 1983, she wrote her first full–length manuscript to channel her grief. The seven-year process left her hooked and she began Dead Witness within a few weeks of finishing Always Father's Child. Today Joylene is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steampunk collaboration Break Time. While she'll admit being published didn't fix all the wrongs in her life, she wishes her parents had lived to see her success. Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal and its sequel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is due for release November 1, 2016.

Joylene lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog then connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her Amazon Author Page.

For more on Joylene, her writing, and more chances to win a copy of her book be sure to check out the blogs participating in her tour. You can find the tour schedule HERE.

With a dysfunctional family at the core, author Joylene Nowell Butler skillfully crafts a suspenseful murder mystery with teeth.

Her characters are a diverse group, well-developed, likable, and easy for readers to relate to and understand. The varied emotions of the characters can easily be felt through the author’s rich descriptions.

The setting adds depth to the story. With numerous twists and turns, the story moves along smoothly and at a good pace. The story opens with a bang and doesn’t let up until the shocking last page.

Throughout the story, the author deals with major issues such as verbal and physical abuse in families, racial elements, as well as grief and blame over the loss of a loved one. The tough issues mixed with police procedures and numerous light moments makes this a well-balanced read.

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries pulls you in quickly and then you don’t want to let go until you know the real truth. The characters linger long after the story ends. A fascinating read that will stir your emotions. This is a follow-up to BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD, but can be read on its own.

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler, Dancing Lemur Press, @2016, ISBN: 978-1939844231, Paperback, 278 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author and publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Dancing Lemur Press this giveaway is for three (3) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy books that draw you into family dramas? Do you enjoy stories where the investigating officer has problems of their own to deal with?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Murder in the Courthouse by Nancy Grace

◊ Series: A Hailey Dean Mystery, Book #3
◊ Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Women Sleuths
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Blackstone Audio
◊ Release Date: October 11, 2016
◊ Language: English
ISBN-10: 1504760964
ISBN-13: 978-1504760966


 Hailey Dean is in trouble again - and this time it could be deadly.

Hailey Dean, the prosecutor who's never lost a case, heads to Savannah as an expert witness on the sensational Julie Love-Adams murder trial, but she soon finds herself embroiled in a mystery and an unexpected love affair.
At the baggage claim, Hailey is greeted by the handsome Lieutenant Chase Billings. On their way to her hotel, they hear an all-points bulletin for a murder that has just been committed. When they race to the scene, they find Alton Turner, a courthouse sheriff known for being as neat as a pin. Only he's a hot mess now, lying sprawled in a pool of blood, severed in half by a garage door.
Never one to mind her own business, Hailey jump-starts Turner's murder investigation while juggling the Julie Love trial. The timing of the trial and murder could be a coincidence, but everyone knows there is no such thing in criminal law.
Next, Elle Odom, a gorgeous clerk, is poisoned at the courthouse cafeteria coffee bar. Then the police technician who helped find the missing handbag that contained Elle's lifesaving epinephrine auto-injector turns into alligator bait at an amusement park. And that's just the beginning.
With Lieutenant Billings falling hard for Hailey, she must dig deeper to find a killer with a very mysterious agenda - knowing full well that the next murder victim may very well be herself.

The author takes the premise of a headline from several years ago adds some dramatic twists, several unique characters, and creates an intriguing story.

Narrator Nicol Zanzarella does a superb job giving distinct voices to the characters. Her varied depth of emotions and vocals enhance the story. Zanzarella’s interruption adds a spark to the sentiments of the story.

The characters are colorful and likable. The protagonist is determined and dedicated to her work. The minor storyline unfolding in the background adds a bit of tantalizing atmosphere. The Savannah setting comes alive through the author’s rich descriptions and eye for detail. The backdrop is perfect for the feel of this story.

As the courtroom scenes play out, a murderer target several victims leaving you to ponder how they are all connected and who the killer is. The story moves at a fair pace. While there were several areas an excess of seemly unnecessary information was included the story flows smoothly. This is the third installment in the Hailey Dean Mystery series but can be read/listened to on its own.

MURDER IN THE COURTHOUSE has twists and turns to keep you guessing. Just when you think all is safe, another shoe drops. This is an entertaining story filled with surprises, murder, romance, and suspense.

Murder in the Courthouse by Nancy Grace, A Hailey Dean Mystery (Book #3), Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella, Blackstone Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1504760966, Unabridged, MP3 CD, Run Time: 9 Hours and 46 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Just in case you were wondering about the author, yes it's that Nancy Grace.

Nancy Grace joined Court TV from the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney's Office, where she served for a decade as Special Prosecutor, compiling a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses. She has also appeared on The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss today's most important trials. She lives in New York City.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy stories where writers take a headline and turn it into a different story with just as much suspense and drama? Have you ever served on a jury or would you want to?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Videos Update

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any video clips with you from Penguin Random House so I thought today would be a good day to make up for that.

To see the video just click on the link at the end of each description.

AUTHOR SHORTS (Authors talk craft and life)

Author Adam Gidwitz discusses his early writing, young readers, and procrastination | Author Shorts - Author Adam Gidwitz (THE INQUISITOR'S TALE) looks at three aspects of his writerly life including: his first memorable work, why he enjoys writing for children and the importance of procrastination.

PAPERCUTS/Read It Forward (Fiction, Fun, Games)

THE LONG ROOM by Francesca Kay | Judge A Book - Play along as Judge a Book contestants at the Brooklyn Book Festival try to figure out what Francesca Kay's THE LONG ROOM is about ONLY by looking at its cover. Secrets? A murder? An ear?

VIDERACY (Non-fiction, Experts, Thought Leadership)

Using the Overview Effect as inspiration for photography | Author Benjamin Grant - Benjamin Grant (author of OVERVIEW) talks about the "Overview Effect," a term for the psychological shift astronauts experience after viewing Earth from afar, and how he applies the concept to his satellite image photography project.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed the videos. How’s your weekend going? Reading or listening to any good books this weekend?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Crepe Factor {+ Giveaway}

CREPE FACTOR by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran
◊ Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery, Book 14
◊ Hardcover: 320 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425266702
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425266700


The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace...
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.
The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.
Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon...

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included! 

The sights, sounds, and smells of New Orleans come alive in the latest installment in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran.

The book features a core cast of characters that are well-developed, realistic, and steeped in New Orleans tradition The bonds of friendship among the group enhances the story.

The New Orleans setting is perfect, especially with the festive activities going on. Through rich descriptions and vivid details, readers are placed in the middle of the action.

One doesn’t have to enjoy scrapbooking to appreciate this murder mystery. But there are crafting tips and delicious New Orleans recipes included in the back as an added bonus.

Tension mounts right from the beginning and holds your attention until the very end. There are twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing. There’s a good mix of mystery, mayhem, friendship, humor, history, and romance to make this a well-balanced story.

CREPE FACTOR can be read on its own, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to know more background on these intriguing characters. This is a delightful read that will keep you entertained for hours and may just make you want to visit New Orleans (minus the murder, of course).

Crepe Factor by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran, A Scrapbooking Mystery (Book #14), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425266700, Hardcover, 320 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author and publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of CREPE FACTOR by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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. Are you a scrapbooking fan? What about New Orleans, have you been there or want to go there?