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Sleep With The Light On. Sarah by Teri Polen

sarah    Pull the cover over your body, don’t hang any body parts over the edge of the bed and keep your eyes shut tight. If you do that, everything will be okay. I like the way the main character, Cain, in Sarah thinks because I still hold these rules to be unbreakable even in my adult years. Honestly, who knows who or what hides in our houses during the day and night? Do we truly know the histories and stories that have gone down in our personal places of residence? Cain Shannon was finding out and not in the way he wanted to.

    After his mom, sister and he moved into their new home, strange things start to occur in Cain’s upstairs bedroom. The attic access door, located in his room, kept coming open by happenstance. No wonder his realtor mom was able to get such a good deal on the house, what with faulting doors, cold, freezing drafts coming in during the heat of summer. Builder error, right?

    Cain, his best friend Finn and possible love interest, Lindsey find out that the Shannon house holds much more than bad structural mishaps, it contains a bad spirit of a female who claims she was violently murdered. Now, when I say bad spirit, I don’t mean some paranormal chick that throws things, scares them with tactics of scratching and such, I mean really bad things go down with this apparition. I guess I should use the word evil, but I don’t even know if that goes far enough to describe Sarah. She’s demented.

We learn about the passing of Sarah, how her spirit got into the house and what goes on from there is truly terrifying. Teri Polen reaches deep into the psyche of the horror fan and pulls out what we are all afraid of. Ya, we’re all scared of something. Sarah finds out what Cain is afraid of and uses it in a horrific way. I could see, smell and taste the death coming from the descriptions in the book. It was petrifying and painful to read at certain periods. I had to put the book away a multitude of times and vow to read it the next morning while the sun was out so I didn’t have to worry about the night time “cover and keep my hands, feet and body inside the confines of the bed at all times” rule. What, I had to keep reading! The storyline was amazing, just really morbid at points with Sarah and I loved it.

    I enjoy scary, psychological reads and this is for sure one of them that both young adults and not so young adults will both enjoy. The characters catch you by surprise as they develop throughout the plot into something totally unexpected. Sarah, oh Sarah. I did not see her becoming what she became. Not only that, but the twist at the very ending epilogue left me choked up and scared for the characters even more. What were you thinking Teri? It was brilliant and cruel all at the same time. The book was a rush and is one I will for sure be reading again.

     My first scary movie was the ET and Friday the 13th Part III double feature in 1982. I was way too young for scary movies, but I watched anyway and became hooked. After all, how bad could a movie be called Friday the 13th when I was born on a Friday the 13th, right? I then progressed on to other scary movies and then when I could finally read, I read as much Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Stories To Tell In the Dark as my little nine-year-old reading ability could comprehend.

 

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I was so glad I got to meet Teri at the Sothern Kentucky Book Festival this year. She and I have a lot in common as far as likes go. This is how I find some of my favorite authors, books, and friends. If you can find a book fest near you, go and meet up with these authors. It really gives one a sense of who they are and helps you know the book better too I believe.

    I’ll be doing a video interview with Teri next month so, be looking forward to that. If you have questions, feel free to post them below and I’ll ask her. Again, get Sarah. I will say to you what she signed in my book, “Sleep with the lights on.” Good advice!

 

 

About Teri:

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    Several years back, a friend told me I should read the Harry Potter series – I think the third one was out by then.  I laughed, saying they were for kids, but she convinced me to give them a try, and for that, I’ll always be thankful.  Reading YA opened up a whole new world for me, and I haven’t looked back.

    Some of my favorite things in life are books (no romance), music (preferably alt/rock and absolutely no country), movies (rarely chick flicks), red wine (no merlot) and dark chocolate (please don’t add any fruit to what is already perfection).   On the flip side of that, I strongly dislike the color pink and loathe shopping – unless it’s in a bookstore or someplace I can buy movies, music, wine, or chocolate.  That being said, it’s pretty evident why my female friends think I’m a  little strange.

Teri can be contacted at tpolen6@gmail.com, Goodreads, and on Facebook.

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Til Death Do Us Party by Vicki Fee-A BTB Review

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Vicki Fee has taken us on a long distance trip with Liv to her Mama and Earl‘s wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada. One thing after the other happens as the newlyweds try to make their way to the altar of an Elvis-led wedding ceremony.

Plans to come to a screeching halt at the Burning Love Wedding Chapel when their minister and Elvis impersonator is found dead during what fans know as Elvis Week in mid-August. How convenient, yes? Who could possibly have knocked off Elvis?

TDDUPWas the killer the nephew, the photographer, the lady who runs the chapel, another event planner or Di’s ex-husband that has mysteriously appeared back in her life.  There are so many people to choose from!

 

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there unless you’re the one who dies. The action, tragedy, and suspense are wrapped around comedic interactions between the characters I, and I hope readers of the Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries, have come to love in Liv, Di, Mama, Earl and the whole gang.

I love that Vicki took us out of our usual town of Dixie Tennessee and flew us right in the middle of the crazy confusion of Sin City. It’s nice to get out of town every once in a while, and this is also true for book settings. I love the new venue, I love meeting the new relatives and I love getting a look at the characters when they are out of their element. Just wait till you see Di’s new side, whew boy!

So, who killed Elvis? Vicki has wrapped this new mystery up in a hugely successful way and I can truly say this is the best book out of the series. Who knew I would actually like something with Elvis in it? It’s yet another thing that I did not see coming. Thanks, Vicki!

About Vicki Fee:

VickieFee_Stairwell_IMG_4343Vickie Fee grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams and sweet iced tea. Like most people born and raised in Memphis, she didn’t tour Graceland until she was in her 30s – and then only as a host to out-of-town guests. She now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband, John. If she cranes her neck slightly, she can see Lake Superior from her office/guestroom window.

After earning a journalism degree from the University of Memphis, she spent many years as a reporter covering small Southern towns populated with colorful characters, much like those in her books’ fictional town of Dixie, Tennessee. She’s a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in Crime and the Guppies chapter. When not writing, Vickie enjoys reading mysteries and watching B movies from the 1930s and ‘40s.

She’s currently working on the next book in the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series, published by Kensington.

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How Do You Read?

So, I was sitting in the car-rider line today and decided to do a video because…well, because I could.  I was reading Death at the Midnight Dragonfly (STILL because I have mentioned before how slow of a reader I am) and noticed that I read aloud.  This might have something to do with the reason I read so slow.  I have to get the character’s accents right.  It’s a thing of mine.  If I can’t get into them, I can’t get into the books.  I think that’s why I love audio books so much.  The person has already done all the work for me.  HA!

So, sitting in car rider’s, reading out loud to myself…yep.  I do the same once a week with kids in my daughter’s class.  I sometimes get WAY too loud when I read  It can’t be helped though.  I really get into it.  How do you read?  Do you go lightning fast in your head or do you read aloud in different voices as the people in your life stare at you strangely?

You should buy Death At the Midnight Dragonfly and read it to me too!  Just click on the book and go buy you a copy.  Then, tell me what you think.Death at the Midnight Dragonfly

COVER REVEAL: Rockets’ Dead Glare from Lynn Cahoon

From Author, LYNN CAHOON….

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As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .

South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn’t come out alive. Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—smells murder in the ashes. She’ll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s holiday will end with a fizzle . . .

IMG_3828 (1)Get ready for the next chapter in South Cove as “Rockets’ Dead Glare” releases June 6, 2018! You can get in on the fun early however! Just comment below for a chance to win one of the prizes from Lynn’s prize vault of a bag or book or maybe BOTH. If you pre-order and private message me or Lynn on our blog pages, we’ll throw your name in the drawing THREE TIMES to tripple your chances of winning.

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Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series, won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She also pens the Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, and FATALITY IN FIRELIGHT are available in mass market paperback. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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Night of the Living Deed, Week 4 Pick for Fall-O-Ween

Okay, keep up with this reader. Alison Kerby has just moved into the most amazing Victorian era house with her daughter, Melissa in New Jersey, gets bumped on the head during renovations and can now see two people who were previously killed in her house. To top it off, they want her to help solve their mysterious murder that was formerly thought to be a double suicide. Okay, time to vote this the most terrifying thing or most awesome thing ever? I vote opposite of Alison and vote awesome!

Night of the Living DeedWho wouldn’t want to help Paul Harrison, formerly living detective turned dead and the quick witted and temperamental former house owner, Maxie Malone? Me! Me! Pick me! But no, Alison wants to just sweep these two under the preverbal antique rug and get on with her restoration of the lovely plaster walls and wooden features. What color should go on these walls anyway, Alison?

As these two specters wreak havoc on the progress of the estate, Alison deals with her daughter talking about having a haunted house to her friends and also figuring out weather to help or keep patching the holes in the walls that Maxie keeps making. Bless her. I love Maxie a little too much. Holes in the plaster dear, really? That’s going to be expensive. Ghosts, am I right? What are you going to do?

I love the characters of Maxie and Paul. They are not the types of ghosts that appear in most other cozies. Maxie is a rabble-rouser in the after life and loves it. She also still has her eye on the living men. Naughty gal. Most surprising is her bout of compassion as the character progresses in the book and we get to see a different side to her. Paul is aggressive and most chatty. He continues to play the PI and I would imagine he is similar to how he was in life.  Together, they help figure out who is behind the threats, deaths and the mystery of the famous and now missing deed.

This book has a former murder to solve, fantastic characters that develop throughout the story and a layer of danger is added to keep things interesting and relevant to the current situation of the main character. Everything works together in this first of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries by E.J. Copperman.

Night of the Living Deed is a great book to start fall with. I can’t wait to move on to the next in the series and continue the adventures of Alison and her daughter, as the adventures in their new home are sure to continue.  Click HERE to see his other books!

Do you have a favorite fall book?  My friends sure do!  Click below to see what the Karens, Lisa and Mary picked for week four. 
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What did the other AMIGOS pick? Find out now!

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Labor Day Cozy Reading Picks

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

I am celebrating Labor Day by reading and hanging out with my family who is off from work. My husband works all the time and it’s nice to be able to chill out with him when then chance is given. Today will be spent by the pool, playing with kids, reading and enjoying being around each other on this restful day. Won’t you join me and celebrate with books about those who Labor by buying from an author who labors?

Teddy Bear Factory

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As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, Bearly Departed Coverthirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcée with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that’s just kid’s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with or without Sasha’s approval.

Small Town Dime Shop

Little Shop of HomicideLittle Shop of Homicide-Denise Swanson  Devereaux Sinclair is the happy new owner of the adorable old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But when a revenge-crazed cop accuses Dev of murdering her ex’s fiancée — and the murder weapon is found with her fingerprints all over it — Dev’s store, and her life, quickly turn from charmed to troubled. If she doesn’t find the real killer soon, this five-and-dime owner will be serving twenty-five to life…

 

Beauty Salon

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Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse…until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer!

Firemen

That Old Flame of Mine-J.J. Cook   That Old Flame of Mine

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town’s fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play.

 

Plumber

Sink Trap-Christy Evans

Former corporate drone Georgiana Neverall loves her new occupation as a plumber’s sink_trapapprentice, but is a bit surprised when she finds the favorite brooch of Martha Tepper, the town’s former librarian, clogging a sink. Georgiana has a sinking feeling that Martha may have been retired permanently-and suddenly it’s up to a plumber’s apprentice to flush out a killer.

I hope you take the time to honor the hard working men and women in the town around you. I also hope that those who are working hard don’t get into as much trouble as the ones in these books! Happy Labor Day and thanks to all those who work to keep this beautiful nation going strong. And yes, that especially includes you authors.

Click HERE to read more about the history of Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

The Apple Doesn’t FALL Far From the Tree When It Comes To MURDER

Fall Murder Picks

Fall-O-Ween at Booth Talks Books

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The weather has begun to cool and the orchards have started their advertisements for harvest festivals. Bring it! Ever since I was little, the true transition into Fall for me was marked by going to Jackson’s Orchard and picking up fresh apples, cider, apple pies and hanging out while undertaking the activities at “Apple Fest.” It’s still a tradition I continue with my kids now.

When thinking of a book to talk about for fall, I could think of none better than one that talks about a murder over this very thing, apples. And it’s not just any apples; it’s apples from two feuding family farms with well-kept secrets. Nothing is sweeter or crisper than a good family grudge. Mmm-mm!

Have you seen all the apple varieties? Have you wondered how they get their 11252172_1120358234645172_1654460238490337730_n-e1439486291883names? One author explores this and it isn’t pretty. Bun for Your Life by Karoline Barrett is a “who dun it” set in a bakery in a small town much like my local orchard is.

Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, the proprietors of Bread and Batter Bakery in Destiny, New York are preparing for Destiny’s annual Apple Harvest Fair. The bakery has a booth where they’ll sell not only cupcakes and cider doughnuts but also logo t-shirts.

Molly and Olivia find themselves at the center of a murder investigation when a local apple farm heiress is found murdered with one of their bakery’s t-shirts is used as the murder weapon.

Happy fall and don’t forget to take this one on your next visit to the local orchard festival. You just never know what kind of trouble might be growing around you.

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If you don’t want to end up like Calista, you’ll stick to baking instead of snooping. ~Bun for Your Life