Friday, February 10, 2017

Blown Away {+ Giveaway}

BLOWN AWAY by Clover Tate
◊ Series: A Kite Shop Mystery, Book 1
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Berkley (February 7, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425283542
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425283547


In the all-new Kite Shop Mystery series set in the beachside community of Rock Point, Oregon, kite shop owner Emmy Adler gets swept up in a murder investigation.

Emmy is finally living her dream. She’s moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse’s colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening—until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach.
          The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he’s been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy’s best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn’t have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery’s freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.

With spring, hopefully just around the corner in many parts of the country, author Clover Tate has created the perfect new series to captured that excitement.

BLOWN AWAY, the first installment in Tate’s whimsical new Kite Shop Mystery series is an exciting start. The seaside setting of Rock Point, Oregon, comes to life through the author’s vivid descriptions. Through the author’s eye for details, readers can easily visualize colorful kites zigzagging in the sky.

Emmy Adler is an intriguing protagonist readers can effortlessly identify with. Strong and determined, dedicated to her family and friends, Emmy still has her flaws and a vulnerable side. The secondary cast of witty characters add depth to the story.

BLOWN AWAY is entertaining and quickly draws reads in. Moving at a good pace, the story has twists and turns to keep you guessing. The small-town setting, zany characters, and a carefree feeling of relaxation (despite the murder) makes this a fun book you won’t be able to put down until the last sentence has been read. A great start to an amazing new series.

Blown Away by Clover Tate, A Kite Shop Mystery (Book #1), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-0425283547, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this 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.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of BLOWN AWAY by Clover Tate to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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. Do you enjoy flying kites? When was the last time you flew a kite?


  1. I never could fly a kite but I love watching those who can. Sounds like a fun read on a dreary MN winter day.

  2. The late time I flew a kit was as a kid; I would try flying a kit now.

  3. Fun setting. I haven't flown a kite since I was a kid either.

  4. I wouldn't have thought of a kit shop as the setting for a series, but it sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  5. A perfect blog to get lost in. I've enjoyed my visit.

  6. What a wonderful place for a mystery series. Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast has a place called Catch the Wind, a world-famous kite shop. That was always the first stop for us so we could see what exotic kites they were flying that day. I never bought a kite but I still have several beach Frizbees.

  7. I love a good mystery, and one that includes kites is even better, how FUN!

  8. Last summer was the first time in 50 years that i flew a kite. My grandson loved it. My husband bought a kite and we had a great time at the beach.

  9. I've never flown a kite but it looks like fun! Thank you for the chance to win!

  10. I love kites and kite shops. I was in San Diego for a kite festival, and I could imagine the mastery of the construction. As a teacher, I had the kids make geometric kites with straw and tissue paper. That was a wild time!

  11. You and your giveaways! I want to WIN!!!!!!!! -

  12. I love Oregon -- I like reading about places I've visited or would like to visit.
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  13. I had forgotten just how elaborate and beautiful kites could be. I never had much luck flying one as a child.

    Sounds like a good series. I always like to start at the beginning.


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