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It’s This Amiga’s Party, Gonna Fall If I Want To!

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Nothing says “It’s Fall Folks” like group retreats, cooler weather and a good gathering around a fire pit.   Okay, well, if you are reading Vicki Fee, it might be a bunch of naked witches dancing around a fire pit, but who’s keeping up, right? It’s FALL guys and dolls!It's Your Party Cover

The best part of fall is the beginning of ghost hunting season. Yes, there is a season. Have you tried to book a tour at Waverly Hills lately? Good luck on that. If you don’t go out looking for the spirits of the dead, you should know that fall is when people usually think about it. There are so many places to go here in the Southern United States; abandoned buildings, old sanatoriums, historical buildings and don’t get me started on the amazing cemeteries. No need to wait for Halloween. Let fall begin! It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To encompasses all things Fall in my book (wasn’t that ingenious?), throws it into a nice mystery and achieves it so well for this southern gal.

Clue2Liv and Di live in the heart of Dixie and are getting ready for an amazing time together. From the first visit to a haunted cemetery to the ending with an interesting Clue game that ends with hunting down the murderer, Vicki keeps the reader engaged with well-rounded characters throughout the book. I couldn’t keep up with who was truly crazy and who was just acting the part.

Three is my favorite number so it’s no wonder that Vickie’s book ended up as my third pick for fall. Book your ghost hunt, murder mystery luncheon and take this book with you. Liv and Di will be like having your close friends traveling with you. Don’t do fall without them.  Click HERE to buy your own copy!

 

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What did the other AMIGOS pick?  Find out now!

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A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell

 

A Ghostly Light
Written by Juliet Blackwell

Cover Art by Brandon Dorman
Cover Design by [TK]

 
I have never been to a lighthouse nor have I ever wanted to visit a lighthouse. I am not a fan of being out in the middle of the sea among the crashing waves, secluded from society. It has never sounded like something that would be of interest to me. Well, Ms. Blackwell, “A Ghostly Light” has now made me want to make a trip to the nearest lighthouse and go ghost hunting on my next day off. Well done!

“The tower reached high into a gray sky. A faint glow—ghostly-light-225-shadow.pngdare I say a ghostly light? — seemed to emanate from the lighthouse’s narrow windows.”

Mel Turner is a talented head of a renovation team, hired to renovate an 1871 lighthouse and home on Lighthouse Island near San Francisco. She also has the ability to see ghosts, which to me, is amazing. Spirits fascinate me. She struggles with this gift, however, but seems to be coming into her own thanks to the help of her boyfriend and family.

After her best friend is accused of murdering an abusive ex-husband, Mel must help solve not only that murder with the help of the ghost of said ex husband, but also get involved in solving a century old mysterious disappearance of a young boy whose family used to live and watch the lighthouse.

If you love ghosts, this one has three of them. They aren’t in the backstory either. They are right there in the mix with the living. There is also a ton of interesting history that, if you look into it via online and books, actually happened.

For instance, female light keepers make the same as their male counter parts during the Victorian era. Wow, that’s a fun bit of information you don’t get everyday. Like I said, sign me up to visit the nearest lighthouse. The history alone on these must be fascinating and I love history.

The character of Mel helps the reader really get into wanting to care about these old structures and the contents within. From the original woodwork to the old books and personal belongings of the former keepers, there is nothing in the adventure that the reader won’t enjoy. And yes, it is an adventure.

In “A Ghostly Light”, I as a reader discovered a new interest wrapped within other interest I had, lighthouse exploration! Juliet Blackwell brought me into a fictional world that I can now take out into the real world and really experience…without the dead body hopefully.

I haven’t read any books from the rest of her Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series but plan to after reading this piece. If you haven’t read the others either, don’t fret. This story stands alone.

So, get on your life jacket, hard hat and your EMF detector and catch a boat to Lighthouse Island to meet with Mel and her crew. An adventure awaits.

About Juliet Blackwell:
Juliet Blackwell was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest child of a jet pilot from New York and an editor from Texas. She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn Masters degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the State University of New York, Albany.

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While in graduate school she published several articles based on her research with immigrant families from Mexico and Viet Nam, as well as one full-length translation: Miguel León-Portilla’s seminal work, Endangered Cultures.

Juliet taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany, was producer for a BBC documentary about Vietnamese children left behind by US soldiers, and worked as an elementary school social worker in rural New York. Upon her return to California she became a professional artist and ran her own decorative painting, historical renovation, and domestic design studio for more than a decade. In addition to mainstream novels, Juliet pens the New York Times Bestselling Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series.

As Hailey Lind she wrote the Agatha Award-nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series. She is past president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and former board member of Mystery Writers of America. Juliet lives in a hundred-year-old house with extensive botanical gardens in Northern California, but spends as much time as possible in Europe and Latin America. She believes in the magic of language, travel, and cultural exchange to open hearts, minds, and souls.

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Laura Bradford; 30 Second Interview

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I love Tobi Tobias.  She’s just the kind a gal I could see myself hanging out with and working with.  Her knack with PR and getting the name of the customer out there really seems to be her strong suit.  Today, we have an interview with the lady whose head she popped out of, Laura Bradford.  I always enjoy when Laura stops by.

BTB: What is it about the Tobi Tobias Mysteries that speaks to  you as a writer?


LB: With all the series I’ve written to date, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries are the only ones I’ve written in first person. It really allows the reader (and me) a chance to get inside Tobi’s head–to really see things the way she does as if you’re actually her.  I think it makes her super relatable. It also helps that she’s a little kooky, a little self-deprecating, and a lot funny.


BTB: One of Tobi’s most endearing sidekicks is her Grandpa Stu. He is my absolute favorite and seems like someone who is really out there somewhere in the real world.  Do you have a Grandpa Stu?


LB: While I loved both my grandfathers, neither were anything like Tobi’s grandfather. I love that they have the close relationship that they do and that you see, pretty quick, where some of Tobi’s own kookiness comes from. 


BTB: You’ve gotten a lot of really great reviews on DEATH IN ADVERTISING (Book # 1). What do you think is drawing people to this series?


LB: I think it’s several things. Tobi is relatable, first and foremost.  She’s just trying to make a go of her dream but keeps coming up against hiccups. We can’t help but cheer her on from the sidelines, you know?  Second, I’d have to say it’s her crew of friends. They’re all very different from each other, but they’re loyal and true–something we either have in our lives or wish we did.  And lastly, its a fun series with lots of laugh out loud moments. Who doesn’t need a few hearty laughs in their day (bonus points when it comes in conjunction with reading)?

 

BTB: What propels Tobi to get involved in yet another murder in this latest installment in the series, 30 SECOND DEATH (book # 2)?  Didn’t get enough in the last? Oh Tobi…..

 

LB: That’s easy. Carter McDade, her best friend, is considered a suspect in the murder of his co-worker–a true shrew in every sense of the word.  Tobi knows Carter couldn’t hurt a flea, and she’s determined to prove it to everyone else.

 

BTB: What’s next for Tobi and her crew?

 

LB: The third book in the series, AND DEATH GOES TO…, will release December 5th.

 

BTB: What’s on the horizon for you, as a writer?

 

LB: Well, in addition to the third Tobi book in December, the third book in my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries will release in January. Beyond that, I’ll be released the sixth book in my Amish Mysteries in the spring and…come summer 2018…my first ever Amish based Women’s Fiction novel, PORTRAIT OF A SISTER, will be releasing with Kensington publishing.  I’m so very excited about this book!! 

30 Second Death:

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

Thanks Laura for stopping by and thanks for coming up with some fun and dynamic characters for us to become hooked on! 

Now that you readers are here, leave a comment below for Laura or myself. And don’t forget to enter to win an ecopy of this amazing book at the bottom of this post!

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Tobi Tobias Mystery, Book 2
Lyrical Underground (Kensington Publishing)
July 11, 2017
ASIN: B01MDN324Z

laura1About Laura Bradford:

Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.
To learn more, visit her website: www.laurabradford.com, or hang out with her on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor/?fref=ts. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at: @Bradfordauthor.
 
 

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July Explodes with Mystery!

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I love summer.  That usually means relaxing by the pool, going to the beach or at least vacationing somewhere for at least one weekend.  And with those weekends come a chance to read some amazing authors.  There are so many great cozies out this month. In cases like this, I wish I could clone myself so I could read them all. But alas, I am only one reader.

Do you have any particulars you are excited about? I know I do!  Take a look at this great list for the month of July.  If you know of others, feel free to post them in the comment section below.  I am always looking for new and interesting mysteries. 

Happy July, happy reading and….don’t forget to leave a review for the books you read.  A sentence or two mean the world to the guys and dolls who’s works we read. 

Allyson K. Abbott: A Toast to Murder
Lorraine Bartlett: A Basket Full of Bargains
Laura Bradford: 30 Second Death
Lynn Cahoon: Killer Party
Laurie Cass: Wrong Side of the Paw
Peg Cochran: Sowed to Death
Gary Corby: Death on Delos
Kathi Daley: Camp Carter
Kathi Daley: Second Look
Lindsey Davis: The Third Nero
Mary Feliz: Dead Storage
Jean Flowers: Addressed To Kill
Alexia Gordon:Death In D Minor
Victoria Hamilton: Muffin to Fear
Joan Hess  & Elizabeth Peters: The Painted Queen
Victoria Laurie: A Panicked Premonition
Mary Marks: Knot What You Think
Alyssa Maxwell: Murder at Chateau Sur Mer
Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble
Sandra Orchard: Over Maya Dead Body
J.R. Ripley :To Kill a Hummingbird
Denise Swanson: Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My

Death in Advertising; Review

Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford

Death In Advertising CoverStarting a business is a difficult venture. It takes time, money, devotion, money, clients, more money and an extremely good support system. Tobi Tobias knows all about this as head of Tobias Ad Agency and part time employee at a local pet shop. Her luck seems to take a turn when the owners of Zander Closet Company end up in her conference room wanting to hire her for their new campaign.

The desperation that Tobi has to make her business survive after having a bad experience working with the last company she was with is palatable. Laura writes this character with feeling to where you are anxious right along with her from the beginning. When you meet the Zander brothers, Andrew and Gary, you’re not quite sure what to think of them. Tobi takes the job and work begins on their new ad campaign to make Zander’s closets a household name.

At the photo-shoot in the custom-Zander built closet of the wealthy Mr. Hohlbrooks,Skeleton.in.closet tragedy strikes and a dead body is discovered tucked away like an organized pair of shoes or dress slacks. This does not bode well with the new slogan, “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.” Talk about killing sales…

Tobi is a woman trying to keep herself together when things are at their worst. She relies heavily on her friends and family to help emotionally and without this support system, I can’t fathom how she would be able to end up as strong as she does at the end of the book. With each break in the case, each friend or family member lends themselves to something she lacks. Carter, for instance, has a bit of flair and outgoingness that she lacks. Without him in her life, I think some of the evidence that she comes upon would go unnoticed. The bird, Rudder, is even a helpful “friend” that is critical to her figuring out the murder.

Laura brings together several fundamental human elements in this cozy mystery. They help one to realize just how the people around us assist to make us stronger. Tobi not only faces the murder that has happened, but learns to overcome bullies from the past by helping others through their struggles and moving past her own. Death in Advertising had depth and is highly entertaining to read. I hope there is a follow up to this book.

About Laura:

As a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted laura1 to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the upcoming Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Spotlight on LEA WAIT

Tightening The Threads

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In the coastal town of Haven Harbor, blood runs thicker than water-and just as freely . . .

Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone—not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the Tightening The Thread Lea Waitenigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she’s searched for all her life—family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .

Ted’s adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah—especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she’s guilty. If Sarah and Angie can’t track down the real murderer in time, Sarah’s bound to learn how delicate—and deadly—family dynamics can truly be…

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Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine, means family, trouble, and murder . . .

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This Yuletide season, there’s no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick’s being needled by his mother—movie star Skye West—to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother’s long list of wishes, Patrick’s becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye’s Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.
 
But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

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Lea Wait PortraitAbout Lea: Maine author Lea Wait writes two mystery series: the USA Today best-selling Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is Dangling By a Thread, and the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print series, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Morning in Maine. Wait also writes historical novels set in nineteenth century Maine for readers eight and up. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, to visit her website, www.leawait.com, and to read the blog she writes with other Maine mystery writers, www.mainecrimewriters.com.
Lea Wait grew up in Maine and New Jersey, majored in drama and English at Chatham College (now University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her MA and DWD in American Civilization at New York University. While raising the four daughters she adopted as a single parent Wait worked in public relations and strategic planning for AT&T. She now writes full-time and often speaks at schools, libraries and conferences. She is married to artist Bob Thomas, and has written about their life together in her Living and Writing on the Coast of Maine.

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Lynn Cahoon Guest Post & Peek At Fatality By Firelight

Booth Talks Books would like to welcome Lynn Cahoon as she talks about her life as an author on the road and give us a sneak peek at her upcoming book, “Fatality by Firelight.”

Today was about building relationships and having experiences. Writers needed both.

Cat Latimer opens her next writers retreat with that statement and a trip to the Little Ski Hill that’s just outside of town.

13077010_272183106447485_7170828096244345958_nI totally agree with that statement. We do need both relationships with people who are not fictional (sorry Cat) and experiences that occur outside our writing office. So when Sheryl invited me to break bread with her and her daughter last April, I accepted, even though I knew I’d be worn out from a day of smoozing with readers at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. I probably wasn’t the best company, but the food energized me for the drive home. And I loved learning more about Kentucky and Sheryl.

And that’s how relationships are built. One interaction at a time.

13051783_272182996447496_5836921062911643962_nIt’s the same with experiences. I never skied downhill. But after my divorce, I took up cross country skiing at Bogus Basin, Idaho’s version on the Little Ski Hill I invented for Aspen Hills and Cat. I loved the quiet that came over me both during the thirty minute drive to the ski hill and then once I’d rented my skis and got my day pass, on the trail. I could hear my breath as I worked my way up the hills and felt the fear of falling as I skied down the trail. I felt alive. A feeling I hadn’t felt for a long time.

My husband downhilled (yes, it’s a verb) as a teenager. He loved the daredevil experience of flying down the mountain with no inhibitions. I’m not sure I’d be able to make it farther than just off the ski lift and would have to be rescued by one of the ski patrol. Which might not be a bad scenario for one of Cat’s guests one of these days, especially if the rescuer was female and the writer rescued was a strong, scared man. I love getting my characters in trouble and seeing how they get themselves out of the situation.

So you know how Fatality by Firelight starts now. A trip to Little Ski Hill for the new group of writers attending Cat and Shauna’s writing retreat.   And a budding romance that shouldn’t be happening. Add in a dark-clad stranger who seems to know Cat already, and you have all the factors for a great mystery. Oh, and a dead body.

How it ends? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find that out.

A girl can’t give away all her secrets.

Lynn

 

About “Fatality By Firelight”:
Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder14732356_362223670776761_6951742995138964623_n is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . .

 

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The world outside still clung to the previous night, the shadows not quite releasing their hold to the breaking light over the mountain ridge outside Aspen Hills, Colorado. With the first rays of morning, the fresh snow glistened and covered the lawn all around 700 Warm Springs.

Cat Latimer, owner of the Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat, housed in the old Victorian, sat at the kitchen table drinking a mix of hot chocolate and coffee. With a dab of freshly whipped cream, Cat thought Shauna’s winter concoction was just about the most perfect drink ever invented. Her friend, Shauna Mary Clodah, had taken over the role of cook, planner, and manager for the writing retreats. Shauna was a petite, pretty, Irish redhead that cooked like an angel. The small group sitting around the table was drinking the “virgin” version of her mixture. Later, the retreat guests would have the option of adding a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlúa to their cups, an invitation to the muse.fatality-by-firelight-lynn-cahoon

Right now, her guests were tucked in their beds, sleeping. Which was where she wanted to be instead of sitting here in the kitchen. But then she took in the smell of coffee and chocolate mixed together and she sighed in delight.

“I can’t believe you’re taking the group up the mountain. I thought this was supposed to be about writing. They aren’t going to get many words written by spending the day skiing.” Uncle Pete had become a regular at the breakfast table, both when the retreat was in session and when it was just Cat and Shauna milling around the empty house. Her uncle was Aspen Hills’ police chief and Cat’s closest relative.

“It’s part of the Colorado experience.” Cat explained, thinking about her own manuscript sitting on her computer waiting for her to make time to write. The phrase making time to write was a joke. She either wrote or didn’t, and today her word-count chart would show a big fat zero, unless she had the mental energy when they returned from skiing. During the first retreat, she’d managed to get a few pages written—before one of her guests wound up dead in his room. This retreat she’d promised herself that she’d focus on her own work, even when they had guests. Shauna was in charge of the day-to-day activities when the retreat was in session. Cat’s job was to be the resident writer and set a good example as a professional writer. A job that sometimes was harder than other days, especially if she got drawn into a Facebook rotating loop of cute kittens or the occasional photos of hot guys—or worse, one simple question that grew into a research project on the entire history of the Salem Witch trials.

Today was about building relationships and having experiences. Writers needed both.

 

About Lynn:
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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’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, book 1, came out in mass market paperback September 2016.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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