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On the Chopping Block by Jenny Kales

on-the-chopping-block-dollCallie’s Kitchen and its owner Callie Costas is dating the winning chef of the Taste of Crystal Bay contest, Drew Staven. All seemed to be going well until she shows up at his house for a date only to find him dead on the floor. And the kicker is that she finds out she is next in line to win the contest prize money. Well, that doesn’t look good.

We meet Callie, and from the beginning we are thrown into chaos along with her. She is grieving her new boyfriend, questioned by the authorities; the British accented, Detective Sands, and is the only suspect with motive as it so appears. Panic emanates from the pages…or screen if you’re reading on your e-reader. I know my heart was racing. I wondered what in the world she was going to do.

In an effort to clear her name and save her business from certain death, Callie goes on an investigation of her own that leads to the realization that Drew was not who she realized nor are many of the people in her community. Lies, deceit and underhanded living have seemed to make up this small town.

In addition to the wild goose chases Jenny takes us on with Callie, she also made me crave Greek and Mediterranean food like mad. Thank goodness she includes some of those recipes in the back of the book. I loved how her family and friends got involved although I didn’t fully trust them at times. That was what kept me guessing. At times, all of the characters were suspects in my mind. They all were acting fishy, secretive or just not being involved or caring enough. The killer, in the end, was not who I thought it would have been. I did see their motive after they were revealed however. What a nice surprise!

On The Chopping Block is a book that proves you can’t always know the people you think you know and those you might not trust might be the most trustworthy of all. Talk about confusing! Good job Jenny. This was a great sleuthing book.

Buy On The Chopping Block

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Mary Kennedy Spotlight and Giveaways

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A Premonition of Murder Book 3 in the Dream Club Mysteries. An elderly Southern heiress’s nightmare becomes a real case of murder in the latest Dream Club Mystery from the national bestselling author of Dream a Little Scream.

When Abigail March and, Savannah’s famously reclusive heiress, invites the Dream Club ladies to lunch at her Beaux Reves mansion, Taylor and Ali hope for an invitation to join the distinguished Magnolia Society. But Abigail has a more pressing concern: a recent dream that seems to foretell her death.

Taylor reassures Abigail that there are many ways to interpret a dream, but at the next meeting of the Dream Club, their discussion is cut short by a call from Detective Sam Stiles. She’s at Abigail’s mansion, where the elderly woman appears to have been pushed to her death down a flight of stairs. Now Taylor, Ali, and the Dream Club need to catch a killer before someone else is laid to rest.

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New for TEENS!

love-signs-graphicLOVE SIGNS, book 1 in the Crazy Love Diaries Tracy Adams trusts her horoscope–it’s been right 100% of the time. When the stars predict she’ll meet a good-looking boy, Jeff Nichols shows up. Tracy falls hard, but the stars warn Tracy not to mistake friendship for love. Now she’s confused.  Should Tracy trust her heart or her horoscope?

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Mary Kennedy is a practicing psychologist and is the author of the Talk.  Radio Mysteries and the Dream Club Mysteries. She’s written nearly 50 novels and has sold over four million books worldwide.   Mary lives with her husband and six neurotic cats in the northeast.  She has tried unsuccessfully to psychoanalyze both husband and cats, but she remains optimistic.You can visit her at www.marykennedy.net and she blogs every Monday with the Cozy Chicks www.cozychicksblog.com

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VISIT Mary:

Mary’s website http://www.marykennedy.net
Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Kennedy/e/B001HCS6OW
Mary blogs every Monday with the Cozy Chicks. www.cozychicksblog.com
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Click HERE to enter to win one of TWO prizes!

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Spotlight On: Yankee Tenacity by Jocie McKade and Giveaway

Yankee Tenacity

Mayson Dickson Mysteries 

Following the latest cryptic message that might lead them to the truth about their parents, Emme Mayson and Jackie Dickson are pulled into another murder investigation when a man dressed in a kilt falls from the sky onto their truck.

As if a dead body isn’t enough, FBI Special Agent Chris Meechum and sexy caretaker Sam Fender try to rein in their sleuthing, but the sisters are determined to solve this murder. Men in kilts, Renaissance Faires, and a few mobsters in all the wrong places complicate the case.

Emme Mayson is a Southern charmer from Alabama. Jackie Dickson is a straight-forward professional from Boston, they aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. The only thing keeping them from starting another war between the states is the mystery surrounding their parents, and their own lives.

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Mayson-Dickson Excerpt:
(When they reach their safe house)

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Jackie and Emme went completely still as the door downstairs opened.

“What was that you said about being afraid?” Jackie whispered, nudging Emme’s hands off her shoulders. “I can’t shoot them if you don’t let go.”

Together they sneaked down one step at a time.

“Who is it? Can you see them?” Emme tapped her shoulder.

“Shh.” Stopping on the landing where the stairs turned, they spotted the shadow of someone make their way across the kitchen. The light from the refrigerator lit up the corner.

“A hungry burglar?” Emme whispered.

Jackie snapped the safety off, held the gun in perfect form in front of her and took two more steps down, Emme at her elbow.

“Stop right there,” she yelled in the loudest, grittiest voice she could muster.

“Whoa, whoa,” a man came into view, hands in the air. “Shit,” he ducked, jumping behind the kitchen island. “Is that a gun?”

“It is, dirt bag, and she knows how to use it.” Emme’s southern drawl just didn’t have the same powerful effect.

“Will you shut up?” Jackie growled. “We are calling 911.” She nodded to Emme.

Shrugging, she patted her pockets. “It’s in the car,” she whispered.

“You don’t need to do that.” The man stood cautiously. “Don’t shoot. I’m not a burglar. I work for Moe Sheridan. He said to expect two guests here today and asked me to put groceries in the fridge for you.” His hands were still in the air as a smile crossed his face.

“Welcome, I’m Fender.” The man took off his baseball cap, smiling at them. He was about six foot two, slender and had the most amazing ocean blue eyes Jackie had ever seen. His brown hair was a little long and sun-streaked, the back grazing the collar of his t-shirt. “Please, put the gun down. I seriously don’t want to be shot.”

Emme pushed right past Jackie, heading down the stairs, smiling up at the man.

“Howdy, I’m Emme,” she hesitated, “Emme Mayson, and that’s Jackie Dickson.” Was she seriously introducing them to a potential burglar?

“I’m lowering the gun, but I’m not putting it away.” Jackie wanted to make sure the man knew she meant business.

“Gotcha.” He gave her a cautious smile.

“Your name is Fender, Fender what?” Emme asked, sliding her butt onto one of the barstools.

“Just Fender.”

Jackie didn’t like evasive men.

“Like the car part?” She walked behind the bar, gun still in her hand.

“Like the guitar.” He nodded toward the door. “I have more groceries in the Jeep. If you promise not to shoot me, I’ll bring them in.” Not waiting for an answer, he gave Jackie a wink and headed out the door.

“What the hell? Do you always think with your libido?” Jackie ripped into Emme. “’Howdy, partner,’ she mocked her southern drawl, “’we’re Emme and Jackie.’ You don’t know this guy from a tree.”

Emme slipped off the bar stool, walking slowly toward her. “What was your plan? Hold him at gunpoint all night? He knew us, he knew Moe Sheridan and that is not a name you pull out of a hat,” she pointed at the door. “Plus, he had a key.”

Jackie saw the paracord key chain still swinging in the door lock. Damn how she hated Emme right now.

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About the Jocie:jocie-mckade-pic

Jocie McKade is an award winning, Amazon bestselling author of twelve books and novellas. She writes romantic comedies, and humorous cozy mysteries, and has been accused of making readers laugh out loud at inappropriate moments.

Besides writing fun fiction, Jocie pens articles for national publications. The senior news editor for a reader’s news blog, she is part of an award winning production team where she writes video scripts, press releases, and blog posts.

When not writing, she is plotting military maneuvers against hostile dust bunnies.

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Giveaway:

An ebook copy of Yankee Tenacity and a key necklace like the one featured in the

Mayson-Dickson Mysteries!

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PARADISE is here and so is a Giveaway from Kathi Daley!

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Are you ready to party in Paradise?  I know I am.  There is nothing more beautiful to me than a gorgeous cover and wonderful writing contained within.  That’s what you are getting with the TJ Jensen series that Kathi is relaunching with Henry Press!  So, what are the books within the series?

Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries

Pumpkins in Paradise

Snowmen in Paradise

Bikinis in Paradise

Christmas in Paradise

Puppies in Paradise

Halloween in Paradise

Treasure in Paradise – coming April 2017

So, let’s go party!  But, before you go, let’s give away a little something, okay?

Click To ENTER Our GIVEAWAY

Click the link above to be entered to win your choice of any Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Book – paperback or Kindle – Non US, Kindle only.  You can enter EVERY DAY from September 1-September 6.  Invite your friends to party with you in Paradise.

In addition to the party (we’ll go in a minute, I PROMISE) and book releases, there are other ways to get involved with Kathi and the Kathi Daley fan community!

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Now, go to the party.  Click on Bikinis in Paradise Cover —>paradise bikinis

Kathi Daley PicAbout Kathi Daley

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wake-boarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with. 

Visit Kathi! www.kathidaley.com
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BTB Spotlight and Giveaway Tuesday! Murder of A Cranky Catnapper

 

In the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Murder of an Open Book, a school psychologist has her hands full after a school board sourpuss meets a MurderCatnapper_Bluebitter end…
“With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison-Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces as Scumble River Elementary School’s psychologist. After trying
almost every trick in the book to aid a handful of socially awkward fourth grade boys, Skye opts for the innovative approach of pet therapy with the assistance of the local vet, a Siberian husky, and a Maine coon cat.Unfortunately, the first session only breeds disaster and draws the ire of cantankerous school board member Palmer Lynch. But Skye’s worry over the episode changes to dread after Lynch is found dead in his home with the therapy cat hidden in his garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer who isn’t pussyfooting around…”

 

Upcoming Releases from Denise Swanson:

September 6, “Sinfully Delicious“, a contemporary romance, 

Take one smoking-hot top chef who thinks food should be a sensual adventure, add a venture capitalist who has struggled with her weight since she was a teenager, and mix well. Is this a recipe that sizzles, or is he just another craving she must resist?

July 2017, “Lions, & Tigers, & Murder, Oh MyDevereaux’s Dime Store Series

 

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About the Author:Denise Swanson

New York Times Bestseller author Denise Swanson was a practicing school psychologist for twenty-two years. She writes the Change of Heart and Delicious Love contemporary romance series, as well as the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store mysteries. Her books all feature small-town heroines with lots of heart.

Denise’s books have been finalists for the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, RT Magazine’s Career Achievement, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. She has won the Reviewers Choice Award and was a BookSense 76 Top Pick.

Denise Swanson lives in rural Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr.

Contact Denise!

Website: http://www.DeniseSwanson.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/DeniseSwansonAuthor/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/DeniseSwansonAu

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Betting Off Dead Spotlight and Book Launch!

“I couldn’t be happier with this series and how much fun I’m having writing it.” -Tonya Kappes

It’s launch day and party time!  Betting Off Dead is amazing and I know you are going to have a magical journey in Louisville Kentucky.  So, jump on over to the party and join in on the fun with Tonya and the gang!

 

Click on Tonya to join her at the party!

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Click Any Cover to Buy or PreOrder!

                                   

Before leaving however, you should also check out my reviews of both

Spies and Spells and Betting Off Dead!

BTB Spotlight, Tour and Giveaway: Terror In Taffeta

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About Terror In Taffeta:

Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement, a definite wedding “don’t.” Kelsey soon discovers that the girl hasn’t just fainted–she’s dead.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride’s sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn’t in her contract, crossing the well-connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and late-night death threats in this smart, funny cozy mystery debut.

 

Booth Talks Book’s review of Terror in Taffeta!

 

marla-cooperAbout The Author:

As a freelance writer, MARLA COOPER has written all sorts of things, from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku. But it was while ghostwriting a nonfiction guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her current series starring destination wedding planner Kelsey McKenna. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.

 

 

Author Links:

Webpage – www.marla-cooper.com

Blog: www.chicksonthecase.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marla.Cooper.Author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kindacozy

Purchase Terror In Taffeta: http://amzn.to/2bmkSPs

 

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