Monday, October 16, 2017

Cover Reveal! 25 Days of Christmas, An Author Friends with Benefits Anthology


25 Days of Christmas; a Holiday Romance Anthology

In the run up to Christmas, instead of opening your advent calendar each day, why not read a short holiday themed story?

25 short romances from a variety of romance authors, all set on making your holiday season sassy, sweet and saucy.

Authors included:

Hanleigh Bradley
Anna Edwards
Serena Kearney
Aleisha Maree
Skye McKinnon
Shelly Strickler
Ines Vieira
Grace Risata
Lisette Kristensen
Sheritta Bitikofer
Sarah Stein
Gloria Herrmann
Meg Anne
Chrissy Shafanda
Lashanta Charles
Cathy Johns
Janet Mota
Jeannette Keats
Amy Allen Hallmark
Rae B. Lake


Coming soon!! 

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 16, 2017


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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Well, another week has gone by. Last week the cold weather was settling in with frost on the car windows in the morning. Now this week, we're supposed to get up into the 70's. So weird but I'll take it! 

Not too much exciting happened. I did take a day off of work last week to babysit our 3 year old grandson, Oliver. That's always fun! I guess his daycare was closed for a few day. We're so lucky that we're around so that we can help them out when they need us. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a good week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading

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The Boyfriend Swap
by Meredith Schorr

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Ghost Gifts (Ghost Gifts #1)
by Laura Spinella, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella
(audio-book)

What I recently finished

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The Comfort of Secrets: A Sweet Lake Novel (Sweet Lake #2)
by Christine Nolfi
Read my thoughts here.

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Perfectly Good Crime (A Kate Bradley Mystery)
by Dete Meserve
Read my thoughts here.

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Treachery in Death (In Death #32)
by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen
(audio-book)

What I am going to read next

The Whistling Season
The Whistling Season (Morrie Morgan #1)
by Ivan Doig
This is my book club read for this month. 

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi ~ My Thoughts

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The Comfort of Secrets

The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi
Series: Sweet Lake #2
Print and e-book, 318 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.

First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn.

Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?

 

My thoughts about The Comfort of Secrets ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"The poster wagged before her nose: Sage Advice: Thyme to Discover Nature's Medicine—Right in Your Spice Rack! Speechless, Cat Mendoza shrank back in her chair."

Right away, I knew that the Sirens were involved in this poster wagging. This wonderful group of women, the Sirens, are definitely a force to be reckoned with but they will always have your back!

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Sweet Lake, and and this one was just as good, if not better. The characters I met in the first book are back in full force and I loved being a part of their lives again. A whole new set of characters are added to the storyline in this book and it was fascinating to discover how their lives are so intertwined.

The Comfort of Secrets focuses on Cat, one-third owner of the Wayfair Inn. Watching her as she tries to get her life figured out (with a lot of help from the Sirens - I love those crazy, quirky women!) was what drove me to get to the end of the story. But I was also sad when it ended. I am so looking forward to the next book in this fabulous series!

I received a copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it.

About the author



Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best–writing–in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life–I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

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Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve ~ My Thoughts

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Perfectly Good Crime

Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve
Series: A Kate Bradley Mystery
Print and e-book, 247 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Melrose Hill Publishing

From the bestselling author of Good Sam comes a taut and thought-provoking follow-up, Perfectly Good Crime.


When the estates of the 100 wealthiest Americans are targeted in a series of sophisticated, high tech heists, Los Angeles TV news reporter Kate Bradley must venture inside the world of the super rich to investigate the biggest story of the year.

As the heists escalate, Kate’s search is thwarted when the Los Angeles police detective she’s been working with mysteriously disappears, her senator father demands that she stop reporting on the heists, and the billionaire victims refuse to talk to the media. Kate uncovers clues that those behind the robberies have shocking, yet uplifting, motives—it just may be a perfectly good crime that brings about powerful change.

Further complicating her life is a dream job awaiting her in New York, a choice that could shatter from her deepening relationship with Fire Captain Eric Hayes. Kate must trust her instincts—and her heart—in a high stakes search that will test everything she believes and force her to decide where she belongs.


Perfectly Good Crime is only 99¢ right now! 

Verify the price before you buy. 
I'm not sure how long it will be 99¢.

My thoughts about Perfectly Good Crime ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"My heels dug into the muddy ground as I clambered up the hill. Cries for help mingled with the drone of helicopters overhead, filling the early evening air. I had no idea what I would see at the top of the hill, but I suspected it would give me nightmares for a long time to come."

Perfectly Good Crime is another wonderful story from Dete Meserve! I loved the people I first met in the book #1 of this series, Good Sam, and I enjoyed spending time with them again.

I love the character of Kate. She is an honest, hard working reporter who always seems to land a story that becomes big news. As she sets to find out who is robbing the richest men in the area, she also discovers that someone is giving riches to the poor.

At the same time that Kate is researching and reporting on this compelling story, one of the biggest television networks is trying to lure her away from her current job and life. Will she be able to make the right decision? And will she be able to have the life she wants and deserves?

Dete continues to write great 'feel good' stories that show that not all news is bad. There is just the right amount of mystery and romance to keep all of her readers satisfied and I look forward to reading more of this exciting, interesting series!

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Read my thoughts here

About the author


Dete Meserve is an award-winning author who is searching for Good. Like Kate Bradley in the novel Good Sam and Perfectly Good Crime, Meserve is looking for people who are doing extraordinary good for others, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. While most mysteries focus on finding the killer or kidnapper, Meserve focuses our attention on finding the helpers, the rescuers, and the people who inspire us with their selfless acts of kindness.

When she's not writing, she is a film and television producer in Los Angeles and partner of Wind Dancer Films. Meserve lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children—and a very good cat that rules them all.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.

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The Song Remains the Same is only $.99 right now so I grabbed a copy from Amazon yesterday. Yay!! And I am giving away my print copy today. Don't get me wrong, I love print books but my physical shelves are overflowing. I still have a copy of the book, it just on my Kindle now. 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same
by Allison Winn Scotch

Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley

She’s a wife, a sister, a daughter…but she remembers nothing. Now she must ask herself who she is and choose which stories—and storytellers—to trust. One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes up in the hospital with no memory of it, or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas. Although Nell can’t remember all that came before, something just doesn’t sit right with the versions of her history given by her mother, her sister, and her husband.

Desperate for a key to unlock her past, she filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping that something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

From the New York Times bestselling author of Time of My Life comes a novel that asks: Who are we without our memories? How much of our future is defined by our past?

  

Get a Kindle copy for only $.99 - limited time! 
Be sure to check the price before clicking, I'm not sure how long it's going to be $.99. 
  
About the author

Allison Winn Scotch

I'm the author of a bunch of novels, including IN TWENTY YEARS, THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES and TIME OF MY LIFE. My next and seventh book - which I am suuuuper-excited about! - is titled BETWEEN ME AND YOU and will be released in January 2018.

As an author, I know how brutal reviews can be, so I'll only post about books I've enjoyed. (Just in case you're wondering why all of my reviews are positive!) ~ Goodreads.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Blast! Wickedly Ever After by Lotta Smith, an Excerpt and a Giveaway!


Wickedly Ever After

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Wickedly Ever After: Halloween Hijinks by Lotta Smith
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 213
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery


As the new Mrs. Rowling, life is supposed to be easy for former FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer. Marriage to her drop dead gorgeous boss Rick is everything she dreamed of, unfortunately she can’t sleep, and she can’t even blame the ghost of his late stepmom Clara for popping up in the middle of the night with a tricky request.

Someone staged mechanic Fynn’s death to look like a suicide, and now his unhappy ghost is keeping Clara and her dead friends awake all night. Proving he was murdered will keep the newlyweds hopping, and the real trick will be staying alive in this hilariously wicked book in the Manhattan Mystery Series.

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At exactly three o’clock in the morning, I was in bed, turning over for the umpteenth time. For some unknown reason, I couldn’t fall asleep. In fact, I didn’t have even a blink of sleep.

Okay, so I was pretending not to know the reason for my difficulty, but I could come up with possible reasons. For starters, I had a little too much espresso cake after dinner and a few more cups of strong green tea than the recommended amount at lunch. Also, in the past few hours alone, I had at least thirteen people visit me, asking about the whereabouts of their personal belongings and if I thought their spouses were cheating on them. All of them happened to be former residents of this upscale condo on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where I called home. The last straw was Mrs. Williams, who kept demanding I return her hearing aid. I kept telling her that I wasn’t the evil woman who hid her belongings, and I shared my hunch that her family might have forgotten to put her hearing device with her; however, she didn’t seem to fathom what I was trying to say—perhaps because she didn’t have her hearing aid.

By the way, did I mention that all those people who visited me during these ungodly hours had been dead for years?

My name is Amanda Rowling, née Meyer, a part-time secretary for my husband and mostly a stay-at-home housewife, and people, including but not limited to my husband Rick, usually call me Mandy.

Anyway, I was trying my best to grab some sleep before dawn, not that I had to get up early and go to work in the morning, but Rick had been busy since joining USCAB—United States Cover All Bases, a security-based conglomerate owned and run by his dad—and I wanted to do my best to be his super-supportive partner. Cooking power breakfasts for him and myself had become my ritual since I moved in with him at this condo over a year ago, and I was determined to continue this ritual. Anyway, using knives and a hot oven in a sleep-deprived status wasn’t high on my to-do list. I tended to commit faux-pas in the kitchen, like scorching eggs and bacon to a crisp, whenever I was short of sleep.

Before marrying him, I used to work for the FBI’s New York City headquarters as a special assistant. At first, I was just an assistant with a mission to keep my then-boss Rick Rowling, the sexy, arrogant loose cannon who loved nothing more than trouble, from wreaking havoc and destroying NYC. However, a little after starting my FBI career, I developed a special skill of seeing dead people and communicating with them, and my tasks expanded to interviewing murder victims and dead witnesses.

When Rick, who was the head of Paranormal Cases Division and the only colleague I had, left the feds to join his family business, I followed his suit and resigned from the feds.

Even though Sheldon Hernandez, the head of the FBI’s New York City headquarters, offered me a lucrative consulting contract, I declined. At that time, leaving my life with the FBI, communicating with dead people and dodging frequent temper tantrums thrown at me by the deceased, and concentrating on being Mrs. Rowling seemed like a fabulous idea. But after the wedding and returning from our honeymoon, I wasn’t sure if I made the right decision. At that time, I presumed I’d stop encountering the spirits of dead; however, things didn’t go as I’d hoped. I was still having as many ghostly visitors as before.

And, recalling my past life as an FBI assistant, I was horrified to found myself sort of missing my days dealing with the murderers, crooks, and dead people. Okay, so having nothing to do with criminals should be the norm for most people, and when I left the feds, I couldn’t wait to spend my days without worrying about being assaulted by evil ghosts and bad humans, but…


Lotta Smith is the author of Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. She fell in love with mystery the moment she developed consciousness. She is especially fond of lighthearted murder mystery stories with a little sprinkle of romance.

She went to medical school hoping to see real corpses and sexy professors. Back then, she was into this kind of mystery series about a smokin' hot forensic medicine professor and a quirky female student going a-sleuthing, cracking unsolvable cases. Lotta truly, madly wanted to team up with a superhot professor and crack a difficult murder or two. (Note; she got to see the corpses, but sexy professors were nonexistent.)

Lotta loves to hear from her readers. Feel free to drop her a line at lottasmith_author@yahoo.com.

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Lotta Smith is giving away a collection of six books:

Wickedly Ever After: Halloween Hijinks by Lotta Smith
Trick or Treason by Kathi Daley
A Witchmas Carol by Amanda M Lee
Dark, Witch & Creamy by H Y Hanna
Curse of the Day by Annabel Chase
Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon

Thank-you for your participation prize: Everyone receives a free ebook copy of: Whoever Finds the Wicked: Rick Rowling's Secret File (Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Prequel) 

Terms & Conditions:

By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old. One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the book collection. This giveaway ends midnight October 13. Winner will be contacted via email on October 16. Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Blast: The Fearless Groom by Cami Checketts


The Fearless Groom

The Fearless Groom by Cami Checketts
Series: Texas Titan Romances
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published October 6th 2017 by Birch River Publishing

A bachelor auction, a hot football player, and the right woman to bring him to his knees.

Izzy Knight walked away from her father’s billions and his Titans football team to become a nurse practitioner at a children’s hospital. She’s busy and accomplished and certainly has no room in her life for a larger-than-life football player who goes through women faster than she completes a shift at the hospital.

Xavier Newton loves football but hates the games that go along with it. When the owner of the Titans forces him and his buddies to be sold like cattle at a bachelor auction he barely endures the event, until a feisty brunette bids half a million dollars for him. He’s completely drawn to Izzy, but when he finds out her father is the owner of the Titans sparks fly and everybody’s loyalties are challenged.

Can these two find love when they don’t know who’s waiting to tackle them from the blindside?

Don't miss this fast-paced romance that bestselling Amazon author Taylor Hart says is, "Sizzling romance and an emotional journey that will have you turning page after page late into the night!"


Free in Kindle Unlimited library!

About the author 


Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and driving boys to lacrosse practice, she gets the chance to write fiction. 

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, running, and water-skiing. 

A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to Humanitarian Aid. 100% of Humanitarian Aid goes to help those in need throughout the world.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 9, 2017


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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I am enjoying the long weekend, with Monday being Native American Day here in South Dakota, Columbus Day most other places. After a rainy week, the weekend has been just beautiful. The cooler/cold weather is coming though.

My youngest celebrates his 31st birthday today. I don't even want to think about how old my oldest is this year. Where does the time go? 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a good week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading

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The Comfort of Secrets: A Sweet Lake Novel (Sweet Lake #2)
by Christine Nolfi

30135118
Perfectly Good Crime (A Kate Bradley Mystery)
by Dete Meserve

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Treachery in Death (In Death #32)
by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen
(audio-book)

What I recently finished

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Merry and Bright
by Debbie Macomber
Read my thoughts here.

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A Little Bit of Grace
by Phoebe Fox
My thoughts will be posted soon. 

What I am going to read next

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The Boyfriend Swap
by Meredith Schorr

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Ladies' Man by Elinor Lipman


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.

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The book this week is another book club read from the past. I got this copy from a friend and now I'm passing it onto one of you. 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

The Ladies' Man

The Ladies' Man

The Ladies' Man by Elinor Lipman
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by Random House USA Inc

From the bestselling author of The Inn at Lake Devine and Isabel's Bed comes a darkly romantic comedy of manners that confirms Elinor Lipman's appointment to the Jane Austen chair in modern American sensibility.

Thirty unmarried years have passed since the barely suitable Harvey Nash failed to show up at a grand Boston hotel for his own engagement party. Today, the near-bride, Adele Dobbin, and her two sisters, Lois and Kathleen, blame Harvey for what unkind relatives call their spinsterhood, and what potential beaus might characterize as a leery, united front. The doorbell rings one cold April night. Harvey Nash, older, filled with regrets (sort of), more charming and arousable than ever, just in from the Coast, where he's reinvented himself as Nash Harvey, jingle composer and chronic bachelor, has returned to the scene of his first romantic crime. Despite the sisters' scars and grudges, despite his platinum tongue and roving eye, this old flame becomes an improbable catalyst for the untried and the long overdue.

The refined and level-headed Adele finds herself flirting with her boss--on public television. Entrepreneurial Kathleen is suddenly drinking cappuccino with Lorenz, the handsome doorman at the luxury high-rise where she owns a lingerie boutique. And Lois, the only sister to have embarked on the road to matrimony and, subsequently, divorce, revives her long-cherished notion that Harvey abandoned Adele rather than indulge his preference for another Dobbin.

Both comic and compassionate, The Ladies' Man has all of Lipman's trademark wit, wattage, and social mischief--with an extra bite.

  
About the author

Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman is the author of 11 humorous novels about contemporary American society; essay and short story collections, and a book of rhyming political tweets.. Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism. She lives in Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001.

Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was adapted for the screen, starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick. Her fourth novel, The Inn at Lake Devine was adapted for the off-off Broadway stage by Tongue in Cheek Theater. In 2011-2012, she held the Elizabeth Drew chair in creative writing at Smith College.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

New Release! Rattling the Heat in Deadwood by AnnCharles #RATTLINGtheHEAT #AnnWCharles


AVAILABLE NOW!!! 

Rattling the Heat in Deadwood 
(Deadwood 8)

Woo hoo! Violet Parker's newest adventure in Deadwood is ready for you to read. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll have a blast with Violet and crew in Rattling the Heat in Deadwood!

“Whip-smart. Hilariously funny. I’m packing my bags and moving to Deadwood.” ~ Pamela DuMond, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for another Deadwood roller coaster ride! Violet and the gang are back, and the stakes couldn't be higher. I loved it!!” ~ Kristy McCaffrey, Author of the Award-Winning Wings of the West Series

Rattling the Heat in Deadwood 

A scrappy, hot-blooded woman can only take so much!

Violet Parker is on fire … or rather under fire yet again. New evidence has fanned the embers of a cold murder case, and her alibi is smoldering at the corners. While battling a dogged detective determined to pin the murder on her, Violet scrambles to find the real killer. Will she escape “the heat” with singed tail feathers? Or will Violet go down in flames?

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*Print books will be available via Amazon, participating vendors, and the Ann Charles Online Store around mid-October 2017. The Audio book version will be available in early 2018.


The Deadwood series on Goodreads


About the author

Ann Charles

Ann lives in the beautiful Northern Arizona mountains with her clever husband, charming kids, and an incredibly sassy cat. After many years and several colleges, she managed to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.

Her books are mixed-genre mysteries full of mayhem and fun, romance and comedy, and whatever else feels right. Sisters in Crime was kind enough to let her join their membership years ago. In addition, she’s been a member of Romance Writers of America for so many moons that she’s lost count.

Ann has written a bunch of contemporary, award-winning novels in multiple series full of quirky characters with whom she loves to spend time as much as reality allows. Right now, while you’re reading this, she’s probably frolicking around in another story.

While her reading preferences range from adventure to horror to mystery, ever since she tried on her first training bra, she has loved a good mix of romance, too.

When she’s not dabbling in fiction, she’s penning writing-themed articles or standing on her workshop soapbox, sharing what she has learned over the years about the writing craft and self-promotion.

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