Friday, July 16, 2021

Pieces of Eight (+ Giveaway)


Pieces of Eight
By Tricia Leedom
(Lost Souls’ Treasure, #1)
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: July 13th, 2021
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance

From the author who whisked you away on a wild escapade in The Key West Escape Series comes a sexy, adventure-packed spin off. Follow Mitch Thompson and his team of misfits as they find danger, intrigue, and romance on the hunt for the legendary Lost Souls’ Treasure…

Former special ops aviator Griffin Dodge spent two years working on a marine salvage crew based out of Key West after his military career abruptly ended.

The only person he let himself get close to on the Salty Dog Crew was a woman called “Bug.” They couldn’t have been more different – the former all-star golden boy from the Midwest and the scrappy French circus performer turned salvage diver – but she became his best friend. Griff was happier than he’d been in a long time, but when his first love called to say she wanted him back, he caught the next flight out of town.

A year later, Bug still resents Griff for ghosting her and the crew after he left. She’s furious when he shows up out of the blue to do a favor for her boss. It doesn’t matter that Griff is single again or that he’s sorry, she hates that she’s stuck flying shotgun to Martinique beside the guy who abandoned their friendship and betrayed her trust.

The trip was supposed to take two days tops. Just enough time to meet with an artifact collector who claims to have the missing pages of a diary that could lead them to The Lost Souls’ Treasure. But when the deal goes south, and Griff and Bug are caught breaking and entering, they’re forced to escape up the side of a volcano where the lava isn’t the only thing about to bubble over. The tension between them erupts into an unexpected night of passion that leaves them both uncertain about what comes next.

While Griff starts to question if settling down in the suburbs still fits the man he’s become, Bug isn’t so sure she’s willing to open her guarded-heart to the only man who’s ever broke it.

When a rival treasure hunter hellbent on beating the Salty Dog Crew to the treasure takes Bug hostage, Griff realizes his future plans won’t matter, if he can’t bring his best friend home alive.

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The husky sound of Bug’s laughter gave Griff goosebumps. He rounded on her, blocking her path. She stopped short and her eyes widened with mild surprise as she gazed up at him in the moonlight.

“I missed you, Bug. I’m beginning to realize I’ve been lying to myself for the past year. I went to Kansas City to be with Hannah because I’ve always thought settling down in the suburbs with her was my destiny. It was the life my mother wanted for me. But my mother’s death changed me. Joining the Army Special Forces changed me. The crash, and losing my career the way I did, that changed me most of all. When Mitch hired me onto the Salty Dog crew, I didn’t know who I was anymore. I was lost. You let me figure things out at my own pace. I learned to laugh again and embrace my inner wild child with you.”

“Your desperado soul,” she said with a small smile.

“Yes. I’m not a boy scout anymore. Far from it. And I think I’m finally starting to make peace with that.”

“Where does that leave you and Hannah?”

He shook his head and glanced away. “Still apart and free to see other people.” He met Bug’s gaze again. “I don’t know what tomorrow is gonna bring, but no matter what happens, I want my best friend back in my life.”

She raised her chin. “I didn’t go anywhere. You did.”

“Figures. I’m pouring my heart out here, and you’re being a smart ass. The least you could do is tell me you missed me too.”

“And what if I didn’t?”

He stepped into her personal space, forcing her to crane her neck back to look up at him. His mouth hovered inches above hers. “I wouldn’t believe you.”

 Meet the Author: Tricia Leedom

TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series.

Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey.

She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Music is Murder (+ Giveaway)

Today it’s a pleasure to be a part of author B.J. Bowen’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for her recent release, MUSIC IS MURDER, the first installment in her Musical Murder Mystery series.

Music is Murder

By B.J. Bowen
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series: A Musical Murder Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press (June 8, 2021)
Paperback: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1942078161
ISBN-13: 978-1942078166

When a symphony musician is murdered—bashed with her own bassoon—flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect. To save herself and secure justice for her murdered friend, she must find the killer.

In the close-knit, unforgiving environment of the symphony orchestra Emily makes her way through the tender egos and warped relationships of her fellow musicians to find tantalizing clues. Blackmail, the victim’s abusive ex-boyfriend, an angry neighbor, and a shifty Symphony Board member all lead her to feel she is on the right track.

With the dogged Lieutenant Gordon on her trail, she must flee from the police so she can continue her search. She unexpectedly finds a loyal female friend and the possibility of a new man in her life. But she must learn to trust again after her failed and abusive marriage. With time running out, will she be able to evade the lieutenant, face her personal demons, and clear her name?

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Meet the Author: B.J. Bowen

Barbara Bowen is a freelance writer. She was a finalist and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Focus: Eddy Awards for her article, “Letting Go with Grace,” published in Unity Magazine. Ms. Bowen is also an accomplished professional oboist who played with the Colorado Springs Symphony for nineteen years.

Drawing on her quirky fellow musicians and orchestral experiences, she created the mystery series, "Musical Murders.” The first is "Music is Murder" (Release date, 6-9-21). The second is "Ballistics at the Ballet" (Release date TBA) The third is "Fireworks on the Fourth" (Release date TBA).

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, lives in Colorado with two canine friends, and has a stock of musical puns and a song for any occasion.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group

Today I’m delighted to tell you about New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix’s THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP (Berkley Hardcover; July 13, 2021; Horror/Suspense).

THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP is a homage to and critique of slasher films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It follows six “final girls” who have met for group therapy for almost twenty years. These women managed to survive the unthinkable, and now someone is coming for them—but the thing about final girls is that they never give up.

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.
In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?
Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.
But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

Hendrix says, “The Final Girl Support Group has been with me for years, a project I’ve written, re-written, added to and changed as my life has changed, almost like a diary. It’s a book about survival, finding reserves of strength you didn’t know you had, and our mad fight to make it through the night. Final girls are one of horror’s most enduring tropes, and this book contains everything I wanted to say about the horror I grew up with in the ‘80s and ‘90s and how it taught me to never quit.”

Meet the Author: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter living in New York City.

He is the author of HorrorstörMy Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is being adapted into a feature film by Amazon Studios), We Sold Our Souls, and the New York Times bestseller The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires (currently being adapted into a TV series). 

Grady also authored the Bram Stoker Award-winning nonfiction book, Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the '70s and '80s.

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