Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#ReleaseBlitz: Uneasy in New Orleans by Carol Carson


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It’s a Big Easy Mystery with Uneasy In New Orleans
UNEASY IN NEW ORLEANS has everything you love about the French Quarter, delicious food, sexy men, mystery, gossip, trouble, and dead bodies…Well maybe not all of what people love about the city. However Finnigan Jones is dealing with all of these things and more. UNEASY IN NEW ORLEANS is the first in a new series called the Big Easy Mysteries from multi-published author Carol Carson.
To learn more about Carol Carson and her books check out her new website!

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Uneasy in New Orleans

About UNEASY IN NEW ORLEANS 

FINNIGAN JONES HAS A PASSION FOR COOKING AND A PENCHANT FOR TROUBLE.
Dead bodies aren’t on Finn’s New Orleans walking tour of cemeteries and haunted houses. Ditto disappearing bodies. Now she has to explain to Detective Jack Boyle how her missing corpse has turned up in the Mississippi putting her smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation.
Unfortunately, another of Finn’s odd jobs is taking questionable photos for Jack’s PI brother, Tommy. After she snaps shots of a dubious pair of lovebirds, they stalk her, then kidnap her. Now Finn’s dealing with two lunatics intent on killing her. Or driving her crazy. She’s not sure which.
Because lunatics and smokin’-hot brothers aren’t enough trouble, she’s gossiping, yes gossiping, with a chef ghost at culinary school, cat-sitting her aunt’s six felines and attempting to corral her wayward teenage sister.
All Finn wants is to survive school and become the best chef in the world.
FINN’S LIFE IS ABOUT TO GET EVEN MORE COMPLICATED.

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Author Bio:

Multi-published author Carol Carson was born and raised in central Iowa. She is a former finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest and is an avid bookworm who actually enjoys doing research. Her other passions include travel, American history, the Kansas City Chiefs, the St. Louis Cardinals and dark chocolate. She has lived in Colorado and Kansas, and currently lives with her husband in a log home on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. Write to her at carol.carson@centurytel.net.

Connect with Carol: Website | Facebook Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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Excerpt 3

She heard a faint noise. She wasn't alone. A tall stranger whose face looked familiar came toward her, his strides long and deliberate. "You the one takin’ pictures of me?"

"No," she automatically lied.

His tone left little doubt about how he felt about her. ‘Dislike’ would be too kind.

‘Outraged and highly motivated to harm her’ seemed more likely. Which was when she remembered why he looked familiar. Franco, the wandering husband she'd photographed last night in all his pants-around-his-ankles glory. It took a nano-second to register the thought that he shouldn't have known where to find her before extreme terror kicked in.

Closer to the stairs than Tommy's office, Finn managed to dash past him in her rarely-worn heels.

He grabbed at her but she ducked. She reached the outer door and twisted the doorknob. He yanked her from behind, and pulled her toward him. A nasty blast of stale breath hit her in the face. The knob slipped from her sweaty hand. She wrenched her backpack off and screamed. She swung it and connected with his head. He grunted and lost his grasp on her.

Finn took advantage of the moment and wrenched open the door. She scrambled out to the landing. With one foot on the first step, he jerked her by the back of her sweater. She screamed bloody murder again and swung around to hit him.

Tommy appeared and yanked Franco up, smashing him in the jaw. The man stood in the tiny space swaying. Finn took advantage. She swung her backpack. This time, Franco sidestepped. And she hit Tommy full force.

He lost his balance, arms cartwheeling in the air as he reached for the rail. He missed and tumbled down the steps, crashing against each riser with a horrible thump until he lay crumpled at the bottom. Franco raced down the stairs, hurtled over Tommy's prone body, then disappeared up the dark alley.

Finn flew down the steps, her backpack forgotten. Tommy lay at the bottom, his eyes closed, his jaw clenched.

She knelt by his side, her breath jerking in and out. She patted his cheek, and prayed he wasn't dead. She couldn't take two dead bodies in one day, no matter how insensitive it sounded.

He opened one eye and squinted at her, his face pinched. "Hell, I, I broke my...damn it all to hell...my damned leg."


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MY REVIEW

Part talent on the part of the author, Carol Carson, part N'awlins mystique, Uneasy in New Orleans is ALL GOOD!  I've been reviewing books 'officially' now for going on two years, and on a handful of occasions, just holding a book in my hands (or, in this case, opening the MOBI file), I knew I was in for an entertaining read.  Such was the case with this book.

I didn't find a voodoo doll of myself with a little copy of this book tied into my hands, but I'm a huge fan of this story nonetheless.  Finn was not so lucky.  She found one resembling herself at the scene of a missing body, complete with pins and a little noose around her neck.  Given the fact that she was knocked out from behind while approaching the yet-to-be-missing corpse, things are not looking good for our intrepid heroine.  Although, I must say, when the real reason for the doll was revealed, it as quite amusing.

Finn's life is beyond complicated.  She has two jobs:  French Quarter tour guide by day, photographer for a PI by night.  She is going to cooking school.  She pet sits 6 cats when her aunt goes on cruises looking for husband #4 (was it?).  Her 17 year old sister winds up on her doorstep after being kicked out by Mom and Dad.  And she's busy 'not falling in love' with Tommy (the PI) and his police detective brother Jack.

Some lessons I learned from reading this book:
1.  Do not discuss potentially embarrassing personal business in horse-drawn carriages.
2.  If you are going to take pictures for a PI, make a duplicate of the data on a thumb drive and hide it in a separate location.
3.  If your cooking school classmate turns up the crazy, and attempts to flambe the school, stay away from her!

Uneasy in New Orleans is a cozy mystery feast for the senses.  Take a big dose of this series, with a beignet and leave me a comment in the morning.


#NaBloPoMo #septemberchallenge 1 Lessons

NaBloPoMo
September 2015   Everyday Gyaan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
It's back-to-school time: do you love the start of school or dread it?
When I was in school, I don't recall being either especially looking forward to or dreading the start of the school year.  It was a nice change over having to entertain ourselves.  And while I was a good student, I know I did not fully appreciate the chances I had at the time.

Monday, August 31, 2015

#Review: Honor Among Thieves by J.M. Aucoin


France, March 1609. The French Wars of Religion are over, but forces still conspire against the crown…

Darion Delerue, former soldier turned highwayman, has only two things of value—the hope in his heart and the steel at his side. After a heist on a royal ambassador goes wrong, Darion is thrown into a political plot to undermine the crown, pitting his old life as an honorable soldier against his new life as a thief and bandit. His actions could send France back into civil war.

Honor Among Thieves is a gripping tale of daring sword-play and political intrigue, with superb historical detail of 17th Century France that will have readers wanting to draw their swords and fight for glory!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe - The Duke's Vial

100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe

#100WordsonSaturday 22 August 2015
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  1. You write a 100 words in response to our prompt/or on any subject and post it on your blog. Remember to include a link back to this post.
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You'll have to go to the "100 Words" hub on WriteTribe to see the pictorial prompt for today.  My computer is not letting me upload the picture. :(

Anyway, here's my "100 Words":

Elizabeth had been looking forward to the ball since she received the invitation.  Wanting to shine and sparkle beyond the other young ladies in attendance, she had had her dressmaker add sequins and Swarovski crystals to the original design.  The brother of Elizabeth's rival asked her to dance, and, not wanting to be rude, she accepted.  The cad stepped on her gown, loosening a key thread holding the baubles on, and they scattered across most of the room.  The duke came off the dais, handed Elizabeth a small stoppered vial, and they picked up the shiny pieces of decoration together.

Friday, August 28, 2015

#Review: Treasure on Moon Lake by Amy Gamet


True love is hiding where you least expect to find it...

Jewelry designer Tori Henderson’s first year in business was far more expensive than she could have imagined. Faced with closing the doors of Tori’s Treasures, she sinks her last dollar into one final promotion—a widely publicized treasure hunt for a chest of fine, handmade jewelry that could drum up enough business to get her back in the black... or kill her shop once and for all.

The last thing she needs is her mother's announcement that she's preparing to marry Edward Trainor, the father of Tori’s long ago summer crush, Gabe - a man who regularly makes his way into Tori's dreams some ten years later.

Corporate tycoon Jed Trainor has no intention of attending his estranged father’s wedding, and he certainly doesn’t need to see his half-brother Gabe after the other man put the moves on Jed's one-time fiancĂ©e. But with business problems looming, Jed needs time to think, and the small town of Moon Lake seems like the perfect place to hide away while he figures out how to save his empire.

The last thing he needs is the distraction of a beautiful woman who thinks she’s in love with his idiot half-brother.

Tori is determined to win Gabe’s heart, but Jed has other plans. When they learn Gabe is bringing a date to the wedding, Jed offers to bring Tori himself, knowing any woman on his arm is sure to be on Gabe’s radar. But his ploy for her attention just may blow up in his face. Can Jed prove to Tori he’s the Trainor brother she really belongs with?

Write On Review-A-Thon August 2015

Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. This edition it’s THREE days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, August 28th and Sunday, August 30th. Let’s get those reviews done!

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Here's my list this month:


***I'm going to include a couple of reviews I did (the first posted this morning, the second tomorrow morning, since they are part of book tours.  I look at it as "hey, at least they won't be on this list next month, eh?"  And the reviews were actually completed within the review-a-thon.

Honor Among Thieves by J.M. Aucoin  

Uneasy in New Orleans by Carol Carson
  1. Treasure on Moon Lake by Amy Gamet *DONE 8/28
  2. Tennessee Waltz by Trana Mae Simmons
  3. Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman
  4. Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  5. Julia by Ashley Merrick
  6. Ashes by Kelly Cozy
  7. Sir Dudley Dinklebottom by T. J. Lantz
  8. Gathering Bittersweet by JoHannah Reardon
  9. My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse
  10. Maid for Love by Marie Force
  11. Rose Hill by Pamela Grandstaff
  12. The First Cut by Dianne Emley
  13. Visions of Love by Joynce and Jim Lavene
  14. This Time Forever by Rachel Ann Nunes
  15. Slow Curve on the Coquihalla by R. E. Donald
  16. The Case of Moomah's Moolah by Jim Stevens
  17. Under the Ice by Aaron Paul Lazar
  18. Celtic Viking by Lexy Timms
  19. Rest in Pieces by Katie Graykowski
  20. Mine all Mine by Ella J. Quince
  21. Purling Road by M. L. ardner
  22. Perilous Pranks by Joyce & Jim Lavene
  23. High Heels Mysteries 1-3 by Gemma Halliday
  24. Black Sands by Carl Goodman
  25. Mistaken Kiss by Kathleen Baldwin
  26. Sinjin by H.P. Mallory
  27. Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy
  28. Hollywood Dirty by MZ Kelly
  29. The Executioner: War Against the Mafia by Don Pendleton
  30. Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot
  31. Streetlights Like Fireworks by ? Pandolfe
  32. Defending Turquoice by John Ellsworth
  33. The Taming of Lady Kate by G. G. Vandagriff
  34. A Winter Wrong by Elizabeth Ann West
  35. Around the Bend by Rosemary Hines
  36. Play Dead by Leslie O'Kane
  37. A Time to Live, and a Thyme for Murder by Phoebe T. Eggli
  38. The Singularity: Heretic by David Beers
  39. Chloes by Dean Garlick
  40. The Hunter Awakens by J. R. Rober
  41. Goodey's Last Stand by Charles Alverson
  42. The Duke and the Baron by Jenn LeFlanc
  43. What if it's True? by Dixie Burns
  44. Seaside Secrets by Cindy Bell
  45. Double Trouble by Deborah Cooke
Geez.  The bad news is that with the exception of one title, the list is the same as last month's.  The not-so-bad news is that I have been busy with book tours this past month, so I haven't been totally sitting on my TBR (in this case, to be reviewed) stack!

#GuestPost: J.M. Aucoin of Honor Among Thieves


Don Pedro de Toledo and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Mission
By J.M. Aucoin