Friday, June 5, 2020

Girl With A Rose (+ Giveaway)


Girl With a Rose 
Tess Winnett Book 6 
by Leslie Wolfe 
Genre: Thriller, Crime Suspense 


Her body is frozen, unable to move. Her eyes are locked on the blood leaving her body in a steady string of droplets, collecting in the bone ash porcelain bowl engraved with intricate gold leaves. Her parted lips let out a shriek that no one hears. He just smiles and wipes her tears with cold fingers.

“Wow. I think I just fell head over heels in love with a fictional character. Tess Winnett is one of the smartest FBI agents and profilers I have come across yet and with analytical skills to rival Sherlock Holmes. Hats off to Leslie Wolfe for easily the best thriller I have read in this genre for many, many years!” – Manie Kilianon, five stars review on Amazon.

The girl: missing

After fifteen-year-old Kaylee disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is assigned to the case that falls outside of the normal purview of the FBI. With every lead she uncovers, more questions are posed with only one possible, terrifying answer: there are others like her who have vanished, never to be seen or heard from again.

Is there a pattern in these disappearances? What happened to the others who have vanished? Is there a connection, or is Tess chasing shadows?

The first twenty-four hours: critical

Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make, one that could save the life of a young girl: was Kaylee’s disappearance a singular event, or was she the latest victim of a serial killer no one knew existed?

The odds of finding the girl alive drop with every second passing by and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.

The best-selling author of Dawn Girl is back with another suspenseful, gripping crime thriller. If you’re a fan of David Baldacci, Melinda Leigh, and James Patterson, you will enjoy Leslie Wolfe’s enthralling police procedural that will keep you reading until the last page.

What Readers and Reviewers Are Saying About Leslie Wolfe

“Wolfe's strong female characters, who all appear to be flawed, never disappoint. ”
“The action is immediate and nonstop, and just when you think you have it all figured out, Wolfe tosses in a twist so masterful that it’ll make your head spin. ”
“Wow... Leslie Wolfe is an incredible story teller. Can't wait for more of Agent Tess Winnett.”
“Leslie Wolfe has a wonderful ability to make you feel as if you were right there watching the events unfold in this fast paced and nail-biting thriller.” 

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Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology. 

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller. 

A complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at http://wolfenovels.com/order

Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn't that opening paragraph give you cold chills, but you can't help but be fascinated at the same time?


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Superstition Victim by Ellen Behrens


I’m delighted to today to welcome “new-to-me” author Ellen Behrens to Thoughts in Progress. She has a fascinating new book out and a series that is incredibly unique.

Before I tell you about her book, Superstition Victim, first lets welcome Ellen to the blog today, Welcome, Ellen. Oh, it seems she is busy at the moment talking with Betty. Maybe they won’t mind if we listen in for a few minutes.

“Betty and Me”

“What are you doing?”
At first I don’t hear her, my head in the shower, scrubbing soap scum off the lower rim.
“What are you doing?” She repeats her question.
It’s Betty Rollin, the main character from my Rollin RV Mystery series. I don’t have to look around to know I can’t see her, that her voice is coming from the deep recesses of my potent imagination. “I’m working,” I answer, but only in my head. Why talk out loud and convince my husband—once and for all—I’ve gone off the deep end?
“You’re cleaning the shower,” she says.
“That’s right,” I reply. “Just what I said. I’m working.”
My husband and I, RVers who live and travel 24/7 in a 30-foot Class C motorhome, don’t escape the mean pleasures of regular chores. Cleaning the shower is one of them. But I don’t have to tell Betty that. She and her fictional husband Walt, who’s a lot like my own hubby, live a similar lifestyle.
“You’re not working,” she says. “Writing is working. And you’re not writing.”
“I’m thinking.”
“That’s what all writers say when they’re not writing. ‘I’m thinking.’ As if it’s some sort of magical mantra. But we characters all know it’s just an excuse for admitting you’re not in the mood to write.” I imagined if Betty were truly standing next to me—if we were in an alternate universe making that possible—she’d have one hand on her hip, a frown on her face, but crinkles near her eyes, revealing that she was teasing.
But she was also right.
“I’ve been offered a guest post on a blog for a reviewer,” I told her—silently. My husband was working on his own laptop a few feet away, but with my head still in the shower, my hand still scrubbing away, I knew he wouldn’t hear me anyway.
“Well,” Betty allowed, “that sort of qualifies.”
“Mason Canyon suggested I write about our experiences RVing and tell her readers about my books.”
“You mean our books, don’t you?”
I chuckled. And nodded. She was right again. In her world, her husband Walt is usually right. In my world, Betty’s the one who’s usually right.
“So what are you going to tell everybody? Are you going to confess I’m a braver, more sociable version of you? That what happens to us never happens to you and your real-life hubby? That you prefer the quiet life while Walt and I do all the dirty work of catching the bad guys?”
“I might.” I stood up to wipe around the shower head. “She also asked about why I decided to use RVing in our books.”
“Even I know that one,” she said. “You’re writing—sort of—about what you know. It’s been... what... ten years since you traded your house keys for the RV keys?”
I counted backwards. “We’re actually in our twelfth year of full-timing.”
“And from the start you knew you wanted to write these books about me and Walt?”
“Not really.” I ignored how disappointed she was to hear this. “I started out thinking I’d write travel articles, but I got selfish. I didn’t want to advertise all our favorite places, didn’t want them to end up being popular and crowded, and not the quiet, out-of-the way spots we loved. So first I wrote a collection of short stories, Road Tales: Short Stories About Full-Time RVing.”
“Oh, that’s the one you revised and added a story about Walt and me for the second edition,” she said, grinning again.
I nodded. “But I couldn’t shake my novelist tendencies.”
“It had been awhile since your first novel.”
“Yep. Published back in 1996. Got great reviews from all kinds of places—”
“—Like The New York Times Book Review—”
“—and I had played with the idea of a cozy mystery series about full-time RVers since those early days on the road,” I said, ignoring her interruption. “So many ideas were coming at me that it took me awhile to figure out the first story for the Rollin RV Mystery series.”
Pea Body,” Betty said. “Walt and I are in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for that one.”
“We were there we went out to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to do some birdwatching on my birthday, just like you and Walt.”
“And you found a body, too?!?”
I shook my head. “Nope. But I found a plot.”
“If you ask me, the cover doesn’t fit a cozy mystery,” she said.
“That’s because it’s not a true cozy. I call it ‘quasi-cozy’ because it walks the line between realistic and whimsical. I don’t do whimsical very well.”
“Except for this interview.”
“It’s not an interview. I’m cleaning the shower.”
“What about Yuma Baby?” she asked.
“That one actually starts with the first idea I had for the Rollin mysteries. We were really driving someplace—”
“Hard to know precisely where, with all the driving you and Bob do,” she said.
“—and I saw a little girl in a backseat and someone in the front reached behind to smack her.”
“Did you chase them down like Walt and I did?”
“No. None of that passing each other, back and forth. No stop at a rest area. The real people in their car got lost in traffic and that was that.”
“Except your brain kept going, and that gave Walt and I something to do in Yuma. What about the newest book, Superstition Victim?”
“The plot of Yuma Baby had drifted a little from the RV lifestyle I want central to this series, so I gave some thought to integrating more of that into this one.”
“Boy, did it. But it was fun hiking the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction, Arizona.”
“Probably the only fun part of it for you,” I said, pulling the shower head off its holder and aiming it at the back wall of the enclosure. “But you did get to meet some interesting other characters in that adventure,” I added, turning on the water to rinse the stall.
“That’s the truth. So, what’s next? Where are we headed from here?” Betty asked, the look in her eye telling me even RVing characters can get the “hitch itch,” feel that need to hit the road, see new sights, meet new people.
“Well, the one thing I can tell you for certain is you won’t be in Arizona again for awhile.”
“And we won’t be around anymore dead bodies?” She shivered. “After three books they still give me the willies.”
I pressed my lips together. As much as I wanted to promise her everything would be okay, that’s not what a good mystery is all about. Instead, I turned off the water, sat the shower head back in its holder, and closed the stall door, ready to fire up my laptop.
“If you don’t let me get to work,” I said, “neither of us will ever know.”

***
Author Ellen Behrens

This was a lot of fun to write. Many thanks to Mason Canyon for her kind offer to guest post. If you’d like to find out more about the Rollin RV Mysteries, please visit http://ellenbooks.com. You can follow my real on-the-road adventures at http://bobandellen.wordpress.com. And I love hearing from readers and other writers, so feel free to send a note via ellenbehr@aol.com.
My books can be found in print from Lulu.com or from any of these e-book distributors:

Here’s a bit more background on Ellen.

The daughter of artists, Ellen Behrens was raised in Clyde, Ohio, the setting for Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," which might explain why stories captured her at such a young age. After several years of doing other things -- from selling souvenirs to cleaning apartments -- and completing a bachelor's degree at Denison University in Ohio, she returned to campus at Bowling Green State University where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.

She’s the author of three novels ("Yuma Baby," "Pea Body" and "None But the Dead and Dying"), a short story collection ("Road Tales: Short Stories About Full-Time RVing"), and a nonfiction book. Her short works have appeared in numerous periodicals and a few anthologies, and her nonfiction articles have also been widely published.

A former fiction editor for Mid-American Review, an internationally recognized literary magazine, she’s led numerous workshops, presented at conferences and readings of her fiction across the country.

Ellen is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in Education. In 1993 she was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.

Now I’ll tell you more about Ellen latest release, Superstition Victim.

* File Size: 456 KB
* Print Length: 230 pages
* Publisher: Lulu.com
* Publication Date: December 26, 2019
* Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
* Language: English
* ASIN: B083YQXFL1

          A rustic campground in the shadows of Arizona's Superstition Mountains is anything but peaceful for Walt and Betty Rollin, full-time RVers hoping for tranquil hiking and a good deal on a new RV. What they find instead are secrets buried deeper than the Lost Dutchman's legendary treasure... secrets so valuable someone is willing to kill to keep them. Local law enforcement seems unable to help, leaving Walt and Betty to do all they can--no matter what it takes.
          This is the third installment in the Rollin RV Mystery series which RVers and non-RVers alike have called "page-turning," "engrossing," and their favorite way to stay up past bedtime.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever or are you living the dream of traveling the countryside in an RV?

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Stealing the Heiress (+ Giveaway)


Stealing the Heiress
by Samantha Holt
* (The Kidnap Club, #2)
* Publication date: May 28th, 2020
* Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
She was looking for adventure…
Lady Rosamunde Stanley just never expected in the form of a kidnapping.
Well, an almost-kidnapping. The dastardly man only went and took the wrong woman!
But she soon discovers the dark, handsome man is not quite the terrible rogue she thinks him to be and she decides to put his experience to use. Her uncle has gone missing and no one believes her when she says he’s in trouble. Can she persuade Russell to help?
Russell might have kidnapped her, but he has no intention of keeping her. Even if the heat between them is driving him out of his wits and her crazy family makes him long for things a battle-hardened orphan like him should never want.
Their societal divide isn’t the only reason to keep his distance. Rosamunde is a bloody knife-carrying, picklock-wielding madwoman.
A far too appealing madwoman…
He’s not the only one struggling. Rosamunde is finding it just as difficult to fight the attraction, despite knowing it is most likely her over-active imagination leading her down this path. Somehow, she must keep her head around the most exciting man she’s ever met.
EXCERPT:
“Stay where you are or I shall shoot,” he ordered firmly.
The driver nodded, his hands trembling around his loose grip on the reins. Russell moved around the carriage and glanced through the window to find two women clutched together. He eyed the younger one. Dark haired and attractive, just as Guy had described.
Very attractive. Russell clenched his jaw. Miss Heston looked a little older than the one-and-twenty-year-old he had expected but Guy had certainly downplayed her looks. She peered at him with wide eyes then murmured something to her older companion.
Before he pulled open the door, the woman shoved it and pushed her head out, meeting his gaze head on. Without the hazy glass between them, he had a full view of generous lips, a slightly stubborn chin, and wire framed spectacles that emphasized a warm, nutty gaze. However, there was nothing warm about the way she looked at him.
He let a brow rise. The woman was an excellent actress.
“Come with me.” He kept his voice low, just in case her companion did not know of their arrangement.
“Like hell!”
He blinked at the blasphemy. As far as he knew, the woman they were kidnapping was gently bred and trying to escape the persistent overtures of a gentleman. Still, perhaps she was trying to play the role of helpless victim for her companion’s benefit.
Very well. She wasn’t the only one who could act. He had not read every one of Shakespeare’s plays for no reason. “Come with me or I shall shoot,” he warned her, keeping his tones low and aggressive.
Miss Heston scanned the length of him and lifted her chin. “If it is money you want, I am quite wealthy.” She put her hand to a broach at the neckline of her crimson gown.
Russell’s gaze tracked the movement, unintentionally. He only realized her cleavage had caught his attention when she began to undo the gold and ruby broach. He swiftly looked away and blinked, feeling as though the image of soft skin, dark shadows, and generous curves might well be burned into his mind. Every time he blinked from now on, he suspected he would see the image there again.
Fool. He’d seen many a cleavage in his lifetime. A little glimpse of what appeared to be a most excellent cleavage wouldn’t be the undoing of him. If he could survive on the streets and forge a life for himself from nothing, he could most certainly rid himself of the image of the faintest glimpse of not even a third of a breast.
Or two.
Damn it. He blinked a few more times then scowled when she handed over the broach.
“Here, this is worth far more than you could get for me from ransom.”
He ignored it, letting his frown deepen. Why the devil was she dragging this out? Much longer and the driver might get the courage to fight him or someone would happen along, and Russell could end up getting shot.
“If that isn’t enough…” She hitched up her skirt, revealing a shapely, stocking-clad leg.
Well, the cleavage image no longer bothered him so that was something. He swallowed hard and frowned as she revealed the lacy edge of her stocking and the garter holding them up. Her hand moved slowly to the band and she tugged out a bank note.
Why the hell did this woman keep banknotes in her undergarments?
She reached for the note then curled her fingers around something else—a jeweled handle.
A damned penknife.
She grabbed it swiftly and thrust it outward. Russell dodged back, the blade skimming past his stomach and catching briefly on the fabric.
“Bloody hell, woman.” He grabbed her wrist. This play-acting was becoming far too dangerous. This needed to end now.

Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling author Samantha Holt lives in a small village in England with her twin girls and a dachshund called Duke. If you’re not sure where to start why not try…
Amelia and the Viscount (Bluestocking Brides #1) for a fun, slightly hot shorter length read. Meet the Chadwick sisters and follow their adventures in each of their standalone stories.
You’re the Rogue That I Want (Rogues of Redmere #1) is a longer read with heat, witty dialogue, a feisty heroine and adventure. All books in the series are standalone.
Sinful Confessions is the first in the Cynfell Brothers Series. These are all novella length and standalone–ideal for a quick dip into the world of the sexy Cynfell brothers.
Wake Me With a Kiss is a sweet, fairytale romance. Twists on Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella are also available if you love a clean, fun read.
To Steal a Highlander’s Heart is a full length dive into the world of sexy highlanders. For those who love braw Scots, some steamy scenes, and medieval romance, this series is a perfect escape.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. What is it about historical romances that pull us in so quickly? Is it the setting, the intriguing characters, both or something else?

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

One Hot Texas Summer (+ Giveaway)


One Hot Texas Summer
Nicole Flockton
* (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge #1)
* Published by: Tule Publishing
* Publication date: May 26th, 2020
* Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
She’s been fooled before by sweet words and hot kissesKelly Turner loves being a florist, and being asked to take the lead on the new site for the town’s festival is an honor. If only she didn’t have to work closely with the town player, Tate Prentice. After being burned once by a serial cheater, her inconvenient attraction toward Tate needs to be nipped in the bud.
Tate Prentice’s focus is on ensuring his father recovers fully from his stroke and making sure the family’s peach farm continues to thrive. When his brother nominates the farm to be the satellite site for the festival, he’s less than impressed. The only good thing is he’ll be working with Kelly – even though he knows she’ll never give him a second glance, not with his reputation.The more time Kelly spends with Tate, the more she sees the man behind the reputation. Can she trust her instincts, or will her heart be broken once again?
EXCERPT:
Outside, the sounds of summer surrounded them. Crick- ets trilled, calling for company. A light veil of humidity hung in the air, not quite stifling yet. Come July and August, humidity would be heavy and unpleasant. Hopefully, Mother Nature would play nice for Founders’ Day and make the days and evenings pleasant.
“Where did you park your car?” he asked.
“Behind the shop.”
“Okay.” Tate headed in that direction, aware that he still had his arm around Kelly’s shoulders. Interesting. Why hadn’t she shaken him off? Not that he was complaining. She fit snugly, and he could get used to it.
A second later, she took a step to the right and his arm slipped to his side. The universe liked to give and then take away from him pretty quickly.
“You don’t have to walk me to my car, Tate. I’m a big girl and can get there by myself. The town is safe.”
He shoved his hands in his pocket to stop from reaching for her again. “I’m aware of that, but Dad would box my ears if he knew I’d let you walk alone after spending the evening with you.”
“Ahh, the gentlemanly gestures. It’s kind of sad they’re dying out.”
“You sound like you don’t want that to happen. You do know you just told me I didn’t have to do one of those gentlemanly gestures with dinner.”
She shrugged. “I have mixed feelings. I’ve been on my own for a long time. I’m an independent business owner. I’m in charge of my own life. And I love that, but when I listen to Mom talk about the early days of her and Dad’s courtship, it kind of makes me sad that some of those traditions are being lost. Some days, I’d like to experience it, and other days I don’t.”
Tate itched to rest his arm on her lower back as they walked down the darkened alley by her shop. Would this be one of those gestures she wanted? He compromised and raised his hand to her lower back, not touching but close enough that he could if she needed it. “I’m sure in time a balance will be struck that will please everyone.”
“I hope so,” she murmured as they stopped by her car, unlocking it. The flashing lights brightened the night for a heartbeat.
Deciding to risk it, he leaned around her and opened the door for her. “I had a really nice evening tonight, Kel. Thanks for asking me to join you.”
She looked up at him, the action bringing her face closer to his. In the muted glow from the only light in the parking lot, he caught the way her tongue darted out to moisten her lips. Tate bit back a groan. Memories from earlier in the day when he’d been tempted to kiss her in his kitchen slammed into him. His blood heated and his lower body tightened in his jeans.
He didn’t miss the increase in her breathing. “Kel?” he asked, sure of what he wanted but not wanting to assume she wanted the same thing.
“Tate,” she whispered and swayed a fraction toward him.
He rested his hand on her hip and lowered his head, keeping his eyes open. If she pulled back, he would give her space. Only she raised her face and their lips met.



Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you like romance stories where the guy has the "bad boy" reputation but is really a good guy at heart?

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Monday, June 1, 2020

The Thorny Rose Mysteries (+Giveaway)



"The plot was original, fresh and fast paced in spite of the "traditional elements" employed which can normally be found in any other thriller of this genre. The USP of this story would be its unpredictability. When you think you have it all guessed up, the plot would change its course keeping you hooked. There were a lot of suspense twists and turns that kept the momentum up. Needless to say, the writing was simply perfect. One thing that writer needs to be lauded for is the humor she inculcated in the book. Minus those humorous parts, the book would have been one serious read." - Reviewer: Book and Ink

Join us for this tour from May 4 to Jun 5, 2020!
KILL AND RUN by Lauren Carr
Book Details:

Book Title: Kill and Run by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 1)

Category:  Adult fiction, 422 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  September, 2015
Format available for review:  audible (download code), ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates:  May 4 to Jun 5, 2020
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Book Description:

          Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.
          Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.
          The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.
          In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?




"Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the answers are found, it left me wanting more." - Review by Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental

Book Description:

          After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.
          When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family while visiting family at the winery near-by, and suppressed the memory.
          Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?
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Murder by Perfection is a wonderful read and a perfect to escape from the challenges of a busy day. Danger, intrigue, humor, and love all take their turn in this tale which will keep you reading into the wee hours." Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

 Book Description:

Beware: Perfection has a dark side!

          Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.
          When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.


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Enjoy this latest Thorny Rose Mystery! Coming soon to Audible!

"Wow - this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me  on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way  that only Lauren can accomplish)." - 5-Star Review of THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Working Mommy Journal
THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Lauren Carr
Book Details:

Book TitleThe Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020
Format available for review:  audible (download code), mobi, epub, PDF
Tour dates: May 4 to Jun 5, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs! 
Book Description:

          Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.
          Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.
“Twelve?” Murphy asks.
“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”
Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:
 “13”  


Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

Tour Schedule:
May 4 - Hall Ways Blog - series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 – She Just Loves Books – series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 - Elizabeth McKenna – Author – series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 4 – Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Kill and Run
May 5 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder
May 6 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 6 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection
May 7 - A Mama's Corner of the World – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 11 - Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 11 - Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 11 - Merlot Et mots –book review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 12 - Laura's Interests – series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Martimus by Seelie Kay


While I normally don't post on Saturdays this intriguing book came into my box yesterday and I wanted to share it with you.

Martimus
Feisty Lawyers Series (Book 5)
by Seelie Kay
About Martimus:  Martimus. An underwater habitat dedicated to pharmaceutical research. Martimus. A facility that staffs its vessel with inmate labor. Martimus. The place where inmates visit and never return. Agent Cate Creighton is in love. Unfortunately, as the Agency honeypot, she is knee-deep in an assignment that tests the bounds of her new relationship. 

It seems eight socialites have gone missing, all wealthy twenty-somethings with influential parents. No one seems to care until a former vice president’s daughter disappears. When the vice-president shares a tale of false arrest, a broken promise of deportation, an illegal diversion into a private prison, and an alleged trip to an unwater habitat called Martimus, Cate and her colleagues must find a way to follow the same path. In other words, they must enter the right prison, meet the right fixer, wind up on Martimus, and hopefully return in one piece. And it looks like Cate is the perfect bait. 

That doesn’t sit well with Cate’s lover, former U.S. Navy Seal Warren Hazelton. He intends to protect her until death ‘til do they part. Fortunately, another possibility appears, in the form of an MISix agent who has interfered in one too many Agency operations. Tillie Henderson owes them and they are all too willing to serve her up on a plate.

 It’s race against time as the Agency attempts to lure their adversary out of hiding and into their somewhat ambiguous trap. Maybe then Cate can finally focus on love.  

Release Date: May 29, 2019  
Publisher: Extasy Books  
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, four flames  
Buy links: Publisher: https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2862-4-martimus/ Amazon: coming June 1 Barnes and Noble: Coming June 1 Kobo: Coming June 1
 
 
Excerpt from Martimus:  
Tom cocked an eyebrow. “Warren, you’re a former Navy Seal. Isn’t there some sort of limit on the amount of time you can spend under the sea before it starts to seriously impair your health?” Warren frowned. “Usually two weeks. After that, the lack of exposure to the sun and the constant high pressure oxygenated environment would begin to take a toll. There’s also a psychological impact. Think sensory deprivation. Your senses are out of whack because you’ve been dumped into a soundproof sponge. There is no normal sensory stimulation. No sunlight, no sound… Even taste and smell become compromised. Coming back to the real world would be an adjustment. “In addition, those underwater stations are small. People are right on top of each other. Things we take for granted, like privacy, hot showers, home cooked meals, are in short supply. That can create anxiety, depression, and stress. No way he served that sentence consecutively. He had to take a break in between.” Warren gazed at Tom. “That environment is more hostile than a prison. You may not be in danger from other inmates, but you are putting your life at risk. Three months sounds like way too much time to be stuck underwater though, especially if you’re not leaving the station for deep sea diving on a regular basis. They must be breaking up the time somehow, otherwise they’d have a pretty tough situation on their hands. A lot of contract workers would be headed to a rubber room. It would be extremely difficult to survive a month, much less three, down there.” “Could they be treating the inmates like guinea pigs?” Hope asked. “Testing their limits? Tracking actual survival rates?” Warren sighed. “Possibly. It’s not like they have to answer to anyone. They are located in international waters. No country in particular has legal oversight. I imagine they could be doing anything they want without recourse. Unfortunately, when the prospect of a reduced sentence is dangled in front of some people, they grab it, damn the consequences. If one or two inmates suffer some sort of harm or die along the way, they chalk it up to collateral damage.” “And who’s going to know?” Cate shook her head. “Someone dies, they probably flush them down a chute into the deep sea and they become shark chum. No evidence left behind.” Hope cringed. “God, that’s kind of evil. But that still doesn’t answer our original question. Where the hell is Fuzzy? Has he already served out his sentence? Has he been released, and if he has, where the hell is he? He’s the one we need to find. He could have a lot of the answers.” “That lack of governmental oversight is troubling,” Tom said. “If Cassie McIntyre is down there, I can’t believe the CIA isn’t all over it. At least, our government should be doing a welfare check through the Red Cross or something.” Warren grimaced. “Unless no one knows she is down there. Think about it. They are on the bottom of the ocean, more than two miles under the sea. It’s not like you can just go down there and knock on the door. Any regular monitoring would be impossible.” Cate nodded. “And we haven’t been able to confirm that she embarked on the same path as Fuzzy. All we’ve got are suspicions. Right now, she’s missing. We need to sit down with her family and get more information. And we need to find other prisoners who contracted with Martimus. “Otherwise, we’ve got nothing.”
 

About Seelie Kay: 
Seelie Kay is a nom de plume for a writer, editor, and author with more than 30 years of experience in law, journalism, marketing, and public relations. When she writes about love and lust in the legal world, something kinky is bound to happen! In possession of a wicked pen and an overly inquisitive mind, Ms. Kay is the author of multiple works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, the Feisty Lawyers series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, The White House Wedding, and The President’s Daughter.  

When not spinning her kinky tales, Ms. Kay ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. She resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine. Ms. Kay is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!  

Seelie's Author links: www.seeliekay.com www.seeliekay.blogspot.com Twitter: @SeelieKay https://twitter.com/SeelieKay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seelie.kay.77 Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Seelie-Kay/e/B074RDRWNZ/
 
Prior Books: http://www.extasybooks.com/kinky-briefs/ http://www.extasybooks.com/kinky-briefs-too/ http://www.extasybooks.com/kinky-briefs-thrice/ http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-1734-5-kinky-briefs-quatro/ http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2023-9-kinky-briefs-cinque/ http://www.extasybooks.com/the-garage-dweller/ http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-1504-4-a-touchdown-to-remember/ http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-1795-6-the-presidents-wife/ http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2263-9-snatching-diana/ http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2032-1-the-presidents-daughter https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2291-2-infamy/ https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2349-0-seizing-hope/ https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2538-8-cult/ https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2658-3-hope/ https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2796-2-the-white-house-wedding/

An Interview with Seelie Kay:  
Q. Why do you write romance?  
Because I am fascinated by the games people play to find and secure a lasting relationship, which is not always love. There’s the chase, the courtship, the falling, the surrender. That’s what I try to capture in my stories.  

Q. Do you prefer a certain type of romantic hero?  
I adore smart, dashing gentlemen who aren’t afraid to live on the edge. They can be a bad boy, a billionaire, a prince, or a secret agent. That hint of danger just hooks me! However, I they have to be paired with strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to fight for what they want, even love.  

Q. Why did you write “Martimus?” 
This is the final book in the series, so I needed a way to tie up a lot of loose ends. That meant the Feisty Lawyers needed a compelling story to accomplish that. Something in space was beyond the realm of believability, but something at the bottom of the ocean? The possibilities were endless. I went in all sorts of directions at first, but ultimately made Martimus a key step in a much broader journey. The bottom of the ocean is an unforgiving environment. Survival is never guaranteed. Divert a few socialites there to serve out a prison sentence, make then disappear, and you’ve got what I hope is an exciting story! As a former lawyer, I also developed an interest in private prisons. These are institutions that are governed by a different set of rules and not all institutions follow the same rules. In some cases, the private prison an inmate winds up in can mean the difference between survival and death. In addition, there have been several cases of prosecutors and judges who received a financial incentive to divert inmates to private prison. Some were so incentivized that people innocent of the crimes with which they where charged have been convicted just so the prosecutor or judge could get their kickback. It is an industry that requires serious regulation and monitoring. 

Q. How does your former profession as a lawyer impact your writing?  
My friends say I am obsessed with justice and I guess that’s true. After 30 years, the law and the legal world are so firmly embedded in my brain that I can’t flush them out. That has become the lens through which I view the world and that naturally guides my characters and plots. Injustice infuriates me, but it also leads me to great stories!

Thanks everyone for stopping by today. Hope you're having a safe and happy weekend. What are your thoughts on an underwater prison?