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This book, chronicling a forgotten part of Jewish history, follows the life of one extraordinary Jewish bard, and it is told with wry humor

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

 

A
Contrary Journey

with
Velvel Zbarzher, Bard

by
Jill Culiner

Genre:
Nonfiction Biography, History, Travel

Culiner’s
intrepid pursuit of the elusive troubadour and the lost world from
which he emerged enriches us with a double depiction of the turbulent
times and places of the bard’s era and the galloping
commercialization of our own. Like a chef who manages to document
great recipes before they disappear, Culiner serves us an utterly
delicious feast of flavours we do not want to lose.

Robin
Roger, writer, reviewer, Associate Publisher, New Jewish Press
2016-18

Invited
by Culiner to join her travels to find Velvel was a gift in isolated
pandemic times. Part history, part biography and part literature, the
writing poetically transfixed. Train rides, villages, and Velvel’s
life move between magical realism and extraordinary insights into
Jewish history generally missing in heritage tourism.

Daniel
J Walkowitz, Professor of History Emeritus, Professor of Social &
Cultural Analysis Emeritus New York University, author of 
The
Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World

A
captivating romance, a thrilling mystery, a fascinating tour back and
forward in time, and so much more. Culiner takes us out of the
contemporary fast-paced, digital society and superbly redraws the
varied contours of the shtetls of Eastern European countries of yore
via one remarkable itinerant Jewish existence. The book brilliantly
brings back to life the unjustly forgotten Hebrew poet and Yiddish
melodrama author, Velvel Zbarzher, a significant precursor of
Yiddish theatre that moved from Galicia to Romania, the Russian Pale
of Settlement, Austria, and finally Turkey. A breathtaking read!

Dana
Mihailescu, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of
Bucharest

What
a beautiful book! The writing is clear and direct, the subject matter
is interesting and important, and the characters are lively and
realistically portrayed. In short, it’s a good piece of reporting,
and was entirely successful in wafting me to another time and place.

Barrington
James, former foreign correspondent for the Herald Tribune and UPI,
author of 
The
Musical World of Marie Antoinette

The
Old Country, how did it smell? Sound? Was village life as cosy as
popular myth would have us believe? Was there really a strong sense
of community? Perhaps it was another place altogether.

In
19thc Eastern Europe, Jewish life was ruled by Hasidic rebbes or
the traditional Misnagedim,
and religious law dictated every aspect of daily life. Secular books
were forbidden; independent thinkers were threatened with moral
rebuke, magical retribution and expulsion. But the Maskilim,
proponents of the Haskalah or
Jewish Enlightenment, were determined to create a modern Jew, to
found schools where children could learn science, geography,
languages and history.

Velvel
Zbarzher, rebel and glittering star of fusty inns, spent his life
singing his poems to loyal audiences of poor workers and craftsmen,
and his attacks condemning the religious stronghold resulted in
banishment and itinerancy. By the time Velvel died in Constantinople
in 1883, the Haskalah had triumphed and the modern Jew had been
created. But modernisation and assimilation hadn’t brought an end to
anti-Semitism.

Armed
with a useless nineteenth-century map, a lumpy second-hand coat, and
an unhealthy dose of curiosity Jill Culiner trudged through the snow
in former Galicia, the Russian Pale, and Romania searching for
Velvel. But she was also on the lookout for a vanished way of life in
Austria, Turkey and Canada.

This
book, chronicling a forgotten part of Jewish history, follows the
life of one extraordinary Jewish bard, and it is told with wry humour
by award-winning Canadian writer Jill Culiner.

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Born in New York, raised in Toronto, Jill Culiner has lived in England, Holland, Greece, Turkey, Germany and Hungary, keeping body and soul together by delivering newspapers, belly dancing, translating, tour guiding and a great many other tedious jobs. She presently resides in a small French village, similar to the not very pleasant one presented in her mystery, Slanderous Tongue.
For her non-fiction work, Finding Home in the Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers, she crossed Romania on foot tracing the path of immigrants bound for North America at the end of the 19th century. The book won the Tannenbaum Prize for Canadian Jewish History in 2005 and was short-listed for the ForeWord magazine prize.
As a photographer, her exhibition concerning the First and Second World Wars, La Mémoire Effacée, has toured France, Canada and Hungary under the auspices of UNESCO and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As an artist/creator of social critical objects, her work has been exhibited throughout France and Germany, in Spain, England, Switzerland and Poland. It now fills La Boule d’Or, a former café/hotel transformed into a peculiar mini museum open to the public. Its wild garden (much to the distress of close neighbours) is a reserve for birds, butterflies, insects and reptiles.
She has spoken to genealogical and historical groups throughout the United States and Canada, has worked as a broadcaster for Radio France. An amateur musician (flute, piccolo, oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn) she plays in several orchestras and chamber groups.

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Eva Rae Thomas, soon finds herself in too deep and realizes she can’t trust anyone’s motives…but by then, it is too late, and the killer is already tracking her down

Monday, July 19th, 2021



Such
a Good Girl
Eva
Rae Thomas Mystery Book 9
by
Willow Rose
Genre:
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller


FBI-profiler
Eva Rae Thomas faces a devious plan in bestselling author Willow
Rose’s blood-rushing thriller of murder and revenge.


A
girl falls from the penthouse floor of an apartment in Washington,
D.C.


Media
Mogul Richard Wanton owns the apartment and is seen standing on the
balcony when the girl falls.


He
is accused of killing her, but the FBI is struggling to find enough
solid evidence to convict him.


They
have a witness, someone who was in the apartment when it happened,
but she doesn’t want to talk to them.


She’ll
only speak to one person, ex-FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas. The
problem is, Eva Rae Thomas has no interest in talking to her.


As
a matter of fact, she’d rather see this woman dead than have to
face her.


But Eva
Rae Thomas
 isn’t someone who can leave a case alone,
especially not when she starts to ask questions and things aren’t
adding up.


As
she digs in deeper—with the entire world watching—she soon finds
herself in too deep and realizes she can’t trust anyone’s
motives.


But
by then, it is too late, and the killer is already tracking her down.

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Willow
Rose is a multi-million-copy best-selling Author and an Amazon
ALL-star Author of more than 80 novels.
Several of her
books have reached the top 10 of ALL books on Amazon in the US, UK,
and Canada. She has sold more than six million books all over the
world.
She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal,
Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and
Fantasy.
Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting
pageturners with twists you won’t see coming. That’s why her fans
call her The Queen of Plot-Twists.
Willow lives on Florida’s
Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not
writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watching the
dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. 


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Unknown to Queen Ana, there’s more to Sharon than what her eyes can see and these creatures are hungry to get their hands on the little girl

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Monsters
Under the Bed
Children
of Chaos Series
by
Kristen Collins
Genre:
Paranormal Fantasy Thriller
 
When
the Queen of the Sandmen, Ana, decrees that she will give teddy bears
magic through the power of their golden Sandman dust and life is
sustained through the belief of a child, the only purpose is to
protect the children from nightmares, or rather the monsters under
the bed. The Boogeymen who were defeated long ago are gone but their
creatures did not die off with their masters. The balance of good and
evil has to be maintained.
A
supernatural orphan, Sharon, and her faithful pitbull dog, Lieutenant
Twinkleton, catch the attention of Queen Ana when she goes to fulfill
her part of the decree. Unsure of the little orphan child’s
abilities, she gives special orders to the little girl’s only toy:
a teddy bear named Sir Snugglestiltskin.
Unknown
to Queen Ana, there’s more to Sharon than what her eyes can see and
these creatures are hungry to get their hands on the little girl.
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I’m
a Native Texan, born and raised close to the heart of the great Lone
Star State. I was born in January of ‘89 and was able to grow up
during a great time. I honestly don’t consider myself a Millennial,
and really dislike that title. I’m a part-time secretary and a
full-time mother and wife, as well as a Lupus Warrior.
Having
Lupus means living my life indoors, and the sun is my arch-nemesis,
my personal kryptonite. I want to leave a legacy behind, something my
kids could one day look back on and say, “yeah my mom did that.”
Thanks
to the encouragement of friends and family, I found a passion for
writing paranormal romance books. Anything in the realm of fantasy
usually suits my novels and tends to be able to reach a large
audience in multiple genres. Most of my story ideas come to me in the
most unexpected times and places, such as my dreams. They will plague
me nonstop until I sit down and write it out.
I
like to explore new types of characters such as Sandmen and
Boogeymen, for example. I enjoy creating all the facets of their own
worlds, such as in A Sandman’s Forbidden Love.
God
has blessed me with success that I never imagined was possible, which
allows me the freedom to explore and create with intense focus in
paranormal fiction. Now, I know Shifters aren’t real but Angels are
another story. So Angels are also a part of my focus and research. I
will often sit on the computer doing extensive research on both
Sandmen and Angels, trying to learn as much as possible about them.
In
addition to fiction, I create Art Journals that are cross
generational from thirteen to ninety years young. My goal, with these
types of books, is to reach people who need that extra encouragement
and quiet reflective stillness that journaling can bring into their
lives.
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Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

 

There is a hidden treasure in the grand old mansion on Piccadilly Street, in a place called London, but not the real London of English fame. There’s also a lot of mystery and a murder that’s been unsolved for decades. But it’s the treasure that captures Mary’s interest. 

 
 
Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost. When the ghost reveals her secret about the hidden treasure, there’s no stopping Mary, her Brownie friends, or her enemies from searching for this treasure. 
 
 

Why the intrigue? Apparently there’s a little bit of magic connected to this treasure. And so the adventure begins. Who will find the treasure first?

 

       
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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 


She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

 

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I had the opportunity of reading the two books from this series before Mrs. Murray’s house by Emily-Jane Hills Orford and found them wonderful stories for elementary kids and even middle graders. The story of this elementary school girl started when she moved to Mrs. Murray’s house where she discovers magic, brownies, ghosts and witches. Some witches try to kill her, others pretend to be her friends, but the brownies always help her. In this the third book, they all go to Scotland to a castle where they find mystery, danger and drama.

This tale has great characters, a wonderful story and a beautiful and magical world created by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Readers will do well to keep an eye on Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s works. Kids of all ages will love Mrs. Murray’s Home nd all her friends. These books are easy to read, entertaining and wholesome for the entire family. It makes a great addition to any library in schools or homes.

 

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It is valuable in introducing Christ’s gospel of love for all, the reality of the everlasting family, and the hope and healing that comes from the knowledge gained in understanding Sarah & Abraham’s covenant with God

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

 

Heaven Heals (By Understanding Abraham’s Covenant) is the first book of the Heaven Heals series. 
It is the story of Sarah & Abraham, the covenant God made with them, and how their covenant benefits every one of us. It describes the promises He guaranteed them and guarantees everyone who commits to walk with him. It is valuable in introducing Christ’s gospel of love for all, the reality of the everlasting family, and the hope and healing that comes from the knowledge gained in understanding Sarah & Abraham’s covenant with God.  Also, the book explains the universality of all religions united in their goals to serve and love each of God’s children.  
The second book in the series is, Heaven Heals (Finding Hope in the Reunion with Your Lost Loved One.)  It is due to release in late 2020.

 

 

 

Kristy Landgren was born in Rockford, Illinois, where she began her piano education at age 4.  She won the” best poet” award in first grade and has “run with it” ever since.   She took part in school and garage bands, sang and provided accompaniments for A Capella choir, participated in musicals, community Corrales, and began playing the organ in church at age 16.  
 
Through music, performance and writing, she affirms the ideals of hope and optimism, faith and love, and incorporates her lessons learned among the wild rides of life.  Importantly, she is a dedicated student of the Bible and finds comfort and peace in the study of the scriptures.
 
Kristy graduated from Chicago’s Loyola University – School of Dentistry/Dental Hygiene Program and is licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in California, Illinois, and Arizona.  In 1995, she was appointed by then-Governor, Pete Wilson, to serve on the California State Dental Board’s Committee on Dental Auxiliaries.  She served the citizens of California for nine years, completing two terms of service and a grace year, in 2004.  She enjoys juggling the world of science, art and religion, practicing dental hygiene by day, moonlighting as musician by night, and attending study or worship sessions amidst the free time, in pursuit of the latest enlightenment that will inspire a blog, poem, lyric, song or book.

 

Heaven Heals (audiobook) by author Kristin Landgren is a Non-fiction treatise about the blessings of Heaven. This is a Christian book that talks about the bible and the covenants therein. It also mentions the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s beliefs.

I enjoyed the pace of the narrator of this book and the clarity of her voice. I couldn’t hear any background noise or mishaps in the reading.

I recommend it to Christian and non-Christian readers alike, especially members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, since it explains the blessings from Heaven in a way that is easy to understand and follow. This is a great audiobook to have in the car, cell or tablet. It will get you to a happy place and you will feel positive and hopeful for your eternity.

I received a copy of the audiobook from Loving The Book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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How hard would you fight for a chance at love across a vast social divide?

Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Liberty
by
Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre:
Historical Romance
 
How
hard would you fight for a chance at love across a vast social
divide?

 

 

Epic.”
~ Drue’s Random Chatter Reviews.

 

 

Betrayed
by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in
Londinium’s arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast
in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman
masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim
her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor,
makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

 

 

Groomed
to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a politically
advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the
amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics,
and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to
the adoring deference of Rome’s noblewomen.

 

 

When
a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design,
Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and
the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and
knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered
to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name, Libertas—and the
love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with
her.

 

 

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house ruins–the latter having been occupied as recently as the
mid-twentieth century–seem to be sticking around for a while
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first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and
has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

 

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I don’t care if he’s the Prime Minister, that racket must stop

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

 

Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 
Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.

 

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Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to
take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O’Malley to the next level, when
she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota
apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star
Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy
might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the
victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to
the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she
can’t even survive?
Readers of Death Unscripted, the first
book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures
in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way
to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney
English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff
reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and
police procedural.
Part procedural, part cozy, Death at
the Dakota is a well-crafted and highly entertaining mystery
.- Bruce Robert
Coffin, #1 bestselling author of the Detective Byron mysteries.  
I fell in love — not only with
co-protagonists, Trudy and Ned, the richly detailed and historic setting of The
Dakota, and the unique cast of characters, but with the unusual plot of Death
at the Dakota.
Sherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah
Winston Garage Sale Mysteries

 


  
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I read another of The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, some time ago and enjoyed her feisty kind of approach to murder. For a moment I thought this was the same, but within the first page I realized, to my surprise, that I had stumbled on another of her series.

Trudy is a nurse that has the best job ever. She corrects scripts for movies or TV series and makes sure the medical details are accurate and precise. In this book we find her as the nurse in charge of the main actress Monica. She is with child, but not many people on the set know about it. Trudy’s job is help her stay out of stress, which makes Trudy’s job a challenge as Monica’s life may be in danger.

I enjoyed that she remains with Ned, her Police boyfriend and things are progressing between them. The story line if well done and progresses without a flaw. Characters are well rounded and the story is clean enough. I would say PG13.
I would recommend it, to murder mystery and movie lovers in general.

Snippet:
Brrerrdidididididitt.
Brrerrdidididididdiitt. The noise of a jackhammer filled the spacious room.
“CUT!” a voice yelled.
Actress Monica Kelly let the curtain
drop along with her Jinx persona and crossed her arms in frustration.
I caught my best friend Meg Pitman’s
eye and we held our breath, waiting for an outburst from the director.
Phin Hill-Yorke stomped out from
behind the camera and over to the window, gangly arms and legs flying, frizzy
short hair stuck up around her head as though she’d had a recent encounter with
an electrical socket. “Meg!”
Poor Meg, off to the rescue.
My name is Trudy Genova, RN, and I’m
fortunate to have one of the best jobs a nurse could have. I’m a medical
consultant to one of New York City’s major television studios, the Passion
Broadcasting Junction. PBJ had decided to branch out into television films,
adding to their roster of talk, news programs, and Internet soap operas.
Meg had her first position as
Production Assistant on this movie, and the British director on loan from the
BBC had given her a battering at times all through the shoot. Not that the
rowdy woman singled out Meg. Phin embodied an equal opportunity harasser in a
mostly good-natured sort of way.
“Get your arse down there and sort
those wankers out. They were supposed to hold off on that pavement ’til next
week. Bring that form from the chancellor’s office with you.” Phin yelled above
the noise that continued, patting her pockets for a cigarette. “Please,” she
added as an afterthought.
Meg hurried off with a wave in my
direction, silky blonde hair flying.
“It’s the mayor’s office here, Phin.”
China Barrett corrected Phin from her perch next to me, out of camera range.
Phin’s assistant and I exchanged tiny smiles, co-conspirators for the past six
weeks in the filming of this television movie close to wrapping.
“I don’t care if he’s the Prime
Minister, that racket must stop.” Phin consulted her watch. “Loo breaks all
around while we sort this out, boys and girls.”

 

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BookTube is a community ofcontent creators on YouTube that film videos about books

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader turns one year old this March. [Cue
the party music!] The time has flown by so quickly. My to-be-read
list has expanded even faster. As a reader, you know that is both a
good and bad thing. LOL!
 
YouTube
for the Bookish?
YouTube.com
is the second most visited website in the world – where over 1.9
billion logged-in users visit each month. And each day, people watch
over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. While
many people are aware of the music videos, make-up channels and
gaming channels on the platform, far fewer know about the great
bookish content available on YouTube. BookTube is a community of
content creators on YouTube that film videos about books. The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader is a daily online newspaper
featuring social shares from booktubers (including authortubers) and
some bookish neighbors (like bloggers and readers). Are you familiar
with BookTube?
 
Once
Upon A Time…
Between
changes in YouTube’s algorithm and my book reading taste, it was a
struggle for me to keep up with my favorite booktubers and keep
a look-out for new booktubers. I knew many other fans of BookTube
were having similar problems.
When
YouTube changed it’s monetization rules in early 2018, many people,
including myself, worried about it’s overall impact on small content
creators. As I looked at my personal BookTube channel list, I
thought, “What can I do to help support and encourage bookish
content creators?” Then poof! The idea for The BookTube Your
Shelf Daily Reader popped into my head. [Yes, with a poof]. What
started out as an idea in March of 2018 has morphed into a passion
project with an online newspaper and email newsletter.
Find
Your Next Favorite…
One
of the goals of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader project is to
help you find your next favorite booktuber. Check out the Videos
section of TBYSDR for suggestions on bookish YouTube videos to watch.
It features over 25 videos each
day. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/videos
Another goal of the
project is to help you find your next great read. In The BookTube
Your Shelf web newspaper, you’ll find a variety of posts like:
  • Book
    News
  • Book
    Giveaways
  • Book
    Reviews
  • Videos
    about Books
  • Videos
    about Reading
  • Videos
    about Writing
  • Book Trailers
Don’t
Miss A Thing.
Don’t
struggle with searching for book-related videos in the YouTube hay
stack. Subscribe to The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader Email
Newsletter to have the paper delivered to
your email inbox. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/
Be
sure to “Like” the TBYSDR Facebook page to stay
up-to-date on the latest
edition. 
https://www.facebook.com/BookTubeYourShelf/
But
wait… there’s more!
During
March I will be hosting a month-long event called BookTube Z to A,
highlighting BookTube channels on YouTube, at the Readeropolis book
blog. Look for the hashtag #BookTubeZtoA on your favorite social
sites.  
You
can follow all of the anniversary celebration events by joining the
Facebook anniversary event page (click “Going” to get
updates): 
https://www.facebook.com/events/358689728051151/
So,
let’s chat in in the comments.
Do
you watch book-related videos on YouTube? What are some of your
favorite BookTube Channels?
Have you checked
out the latest edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily
Reader?
BookTube,
keep doing what you’re doing. You’re hands down amazing!
 
 
 
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Sonni: Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of the Readeropolis book blog.
Content curator. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations.
Well, not necessarily in that order.
Are you connected?
You can find her all over the Internet under the handle Readeropolis.

 

 

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Little does she know, she can’t hide anything in a small town…

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
Hometown
Girl After All
Hometown
Series Book 2
by
Kirsten Fullmer
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
Julia
lost everything while she was ill. Self-conscious and alone, she’s
moved to Smithville, determined to hide away in her rundown Victorian
house. Little does she know, she can’t hide anything in a small
town, including her interest in the deliveryman. 

 

 

Resolved
to keep his life simple, Chad has his hands full running his delivery
business and supporting his adopted family. So why can’t he get
that withdrawn city girl, Julia, off his mind?

 

 

Will
the eccentric but well-meaning Smithville folk push Julia and Chad to
open up, or will the emotional toll drive them both back into
seclusion?

 

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Hometown
Girl at Heart
Hometown
Series Book 1
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Girl Forever
Hometown Series Book 3
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in Smithville
The Hometown Series
Book 4
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Girl Again
Hometown Series Book 5
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Smithville is the new home for Julia, who, after a devastating illness, finds herself divorced when her husband doesn’t care for her anymore. In this small town, she finds peace with herself and her illness through gardening and restoring the dilapidate house she buys. Julia is a character in  Kirsten Fullmer‘s first book, now her own story is told in the pages of Hometown Girl After All. Hometown Girl After All is an uplifting,old fashioned romance that will make you feel good inside.

It is a lovely tale of new beginnings, the wrong people leaving our lives and happy endings. The writing flows smoothly from one scene to the next and from the first book to this one. This book is “stand alone” and can be read separately from the first one as I did. It makes great reading for a cold night or on the beach. Romance lovers everywhere will enjoy it.

 
 
Kirsten
grew up in the Western US and graduated from high school in
1984. She married soon there after and quickly built a family.
With three young children and number four on the way, she returned to
college in 1992. Her career as a draftsman included many settings
ranging from a steel fabrication shops to prestigious engineering
firms. Balancing family life with the workplace forced her to
become the queen of multitasking. In 2001, bored with the cubical
life, she moved on to teach drafting in technical college, then to
opening her own consulting firm teaching 3D engineering software. Due
to health problems, Kirsten retired in 2012 to travel with her
husband for his job. She now works writing romance novels and enjoys
spoiling her three grandchildren. Since 2017 Kirsten has lived and
worked full time in a 40′ travel trailer with her husband and her
little dog Bingo.
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Bob is tired of being the smallest dinosaur…

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Tired of being the smallest dinosaur, Bob sets out on an adventure to change his appearance. After facing many obstacles, Bob decides that being small isn’t as bad as he thought it was.

When the wizards steals all the color from Bob’s home, the littlest dinosaur goes in search of the color fairies. But when they refuse to help simply because he’s different, he has to find another way to restore the colors.




 


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Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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***** Bod the Littlest Dinosaur written and Illustrated by Karlie Lucas

This is a cute tale of how a small dinosaur wants to grow big. He goes to see a wizard and travels through different places to get there. He learns several lessons on his journey to make his wish come true.

Beautiful colored illustrations are found in each page of this book. They are sensible, clear, and cute, not too busy or huge, just perfect for the page. This will be a great addition to any child’s library and can be used to read along with a parent, or alone by a child.

***** Bob the Littlest Dinosaur and the Color Fairy written and Illustrated by Karlie Lucas

In this tale, Bob the littlest Dinosaur wakes up one morning to find all the colors gone from his land. His new friend, the gnome, says it is the bad wizard. He suggests that Bob go to the land of the color fairy and ask them to return color to him and his land. The color fairies aren’t very helpful, with the exception of one. She is different, like Bob. Once again, Bob and the reader are reminded that we should celebrate our differences.

It is nicely done and well expressed. It is suitable for second graders and up, or read by a parents to younger kids.

 

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Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil…Audio Book

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 
See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn

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Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants.
 
Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.

 

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Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…
In Albia, the fourth
realm, the precious Artesan gift
is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. 

 

In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids, and Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms, and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power.
Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are
under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

 

Review:
“Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series  propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia. So start reading now. I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next.
Janet E Morris: Bestselling Author of The Sacred Band of Stepsons series; the Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun; Outpassage; The Silistra Quartet;and editor of the Bangsian In Hell series. Famed contributor to the shared universe fantasy series, Thieves World.

I enjoyed the reading of King’s Envoys; Artesans of Albia by Cas Peace and narrated by Rebecca. It was full of emotions, clear and well done.  The narrator does a great job with the reading and it flows smoothly.The Artesan Series  takes you into a world where you can imagine every detail of the descriptions in the tale. It is a most entertaining tale, full of twists and turns that will compel you to keep reading it to the end. It is great for readers of high fantasy and lovers of good narrated books.

In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying.Their craft, their lives and the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

Anna del C. Dye

Author of clean tales of Elfs & YA medieval Romance  

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The odds of surviving her investigation could be stacked against her

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Yeast of Eden
A Pancake House Mystery
#4
by
Sarah Fox

 

Genre: Cozy Mystery

 

Pub
Date: 10/30/2018 
 

 

In USA
Today 
bestselling
author Sarah Fox’s delicious new Pancake House Mystery, it’s up
to Marley McKinney to discover the waffle truth behind a rival’s
murder . . .

Winter has
come to Wildwood Cove, and riding in on the chill is Wally Fowler.
Although he’s been away for years, establishing his reputation as
the self-proclaimed Waffle King, the wealthy blowhard has returned to
the coastal community to make money, not friends—by pitting his hot
and trendy Waffle Kingdom against Marley McKinney’s cozy pancake
house, The Flip Side. Wally doesn’t see anything wrong in a little
healthy competition, until he’s murdered in his own state-of-the
art kitchen.
Marley isn’t
surprised when the authorities sniff around The Flip Side for a
motive, but it’s her best friend Lisa who gets grilled, given her
sticky history with the victim. When a second murder rocks the town,
it makes it harder than ever for Marley to clear Lisa’s name.
Marley’s afraid that she’s next in line to die—and the way
things are looking, the odds of surviving her investigation could be
stacked against her.
 
 
                                              

In this story you will find an interesting, cozy mystery, full of twists and the right amount of mystery. The characters are well rounded and likable. The writing is great and entertaining. I would recommend it to all lovers of murder mysteries and cozy murders everywhere. It is a clean and a nice work of art.

Marley McKinney is the owner of the only breakfast Pancake shop in Wildwood Cove, that is until Wally Fowler, the Waffle King, returns to town to be her competitor. The problems start when the king is found dead and Marley’s best friends are on the list of suspected murderers.

 
Sarah
Fox
is the author of the Music Lover’s Mystery series and the USA
Today bestselling Pancake House Mystery series. When not writing
novels or working as a legal writer, she can often be found reading
her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her
English Springer Spaniel. Sarah lives in British Columbia and is a
member of Crime Writers of Canada.
 
 
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Secrets can ruin lives, break bonds, and destroy families

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
A
Secret To Kill For
Secret
and Lies Book 1
by
T.N. Lowe
Genre:
Suspense
 
Secrets
can ruin lives, break bonds, and destroy families.

 

Some
secrets are so important they are worth killing for.

 

Erin
had everything she ever wanted, her dream job as a FBI agent like her
father and grandfather, assisting the lead agent in a head line
catching serial murder case, and a boyfriend who loves her.

 

Until
she lost everything. The boyfriend, the journalist who she thought
loves her, lied on a story causing Erin to lose everything she worked
for.

 

After
rebuilding her life in a quaint mountain town in Colorado, Erin
learns her family has a dark secret she was never supposed to
learn.

 

The
Messenger?

 

The
serial murderer she was hunting.

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Growing up in a
military family, TN Lowe grew up traveling the world. Living in the
Netherlands, Italy, Missouri, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas. Currently
she resides in Texas with her husband of twelve years and two dogs.
Honestly, she
never thought of becoming an author. After high school, she went to a
trade school and obtained an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science as
an x-ray tech and medical assistant. After working a variety of
different jobs, she accepted a position as a medical assistant at a
hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  After a couple of years she
became a desk clerk in the hospital. Wanting to do more, she went
back to school and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. 
When she is not
writing, TN Lowe enjoys visiting her family, traveling, cooking,
music and reading. She is also a huge movie buff loving all genres,
but comedies and action adventure are her favorites. TN Lowe also has
a love for classic muscle cars obtained by working on vehicles with
her father while growing up.
 TN Lowe
released her first book, Saving Ginny in February 2018.
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Who is it and why are they following her?

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

 

Kloe and Gavin have decided to see the world and first stop is Paris, France. As they start their journey they find other vampires and werewolves are not as accepting of their relationship as their family was.

As a pack of wolves follows them around the city until they inadvertently cross paths. Both being suspicious of each other they finally find a way to break the ice. Although the Paris wolf pack isn’t totally convinced what Kloe and Gavin intentions are they allow then into their pack after others reject their relationship. Have they found a home on their journey when it’s only started?

There are others in Paris who see Kloe as a threat and will go to great lengths to remove her from the streets of this beautiful city. They are following Kloe everywhere she goes but who is it and why are they following her but most importantly why do they fear her?

 

 

 

Author of Paris Moon and London Moon, the first two books in the Kloe & Gavin Adventures Series. Also soon to be released Edge of Night Trilogy. She is is a paranormal/supernatural, romance/thriller and sci-fi author.Currently living in the rainy state, Washington State, when not spending time with her family and friends, you can find her writing, or be contributing to the indie author community. She is known to be deeply immersed in helping new authors, also making book teasers, book covers or just giving helpful advice she loves what she does.

 
 

 

 

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With perfecting ancient spells, and keeping up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands full

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Magick
Run Amok
An
Abracadabra Mystery Book 3
by
Sharon Pape
Genre:
Cozy Paranormal Mystery
The
answer to whodunit may lie beyond the veil . . .

 

 

 

November
in upstate New York can be chilly, but Kailyn Wilde’s shop,
Abracadabra, is a cozy respite where you can find lotions, potions,
and plenty of warm, feline company. But what customers don’t know
is that the proprietor has some unusual powers—and unusual friends,
including the renowned magician Merlin, who’s been transported into
the modern world. All of which comes in handy when there’s a murder
to be solved . . .

 

 

Investigative
journalist Ryan Cutler has perished in a car accident in New Camel,
and his friend, Travis, suspects foul play—especially when the
reporter’s notes reveal a mysterious list of dead men’s names.
Kailyn wants to help, but she’s also got her hands full with the
curmudgeonly Merlin, who’s not exactly maintaining a low profile.
Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies
that work like magic, she’ll have to tap into her many talents to
figure out a killer’s fatal formula . . .

 

 

“A
charming, must-read mystery with enchanting characters. A fun and
entertaining page turner.”—Rose Pressey, 
USA
Today
 bestselling
author

 

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An
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It’s
time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .

 

 

Kailyn
Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York
hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s
been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition.
But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she
does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt
Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, 
that Merlin—though
he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The
wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are
things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.

 

 

Kailyn
was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t
expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside
the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the
wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk
to every living soul in town—plus a few departed ones . . .

 

 

“Pape
has a sure handed balance of humor and action.” —Julie
Hyzy, 
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Times
bestselling
author

 

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An
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What’s
in a murderer’s bag of tricks?

 

 

Twenty-something
Kailyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a
descendant of small-town New Camel’s most magickal family. She just
didn’t expect to inherit her mother and grandmother’s
centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep
coming when Kailyn goes to finalize the estate at the local
attorney’s office—and stumbles over the body of her best friend
Elise’s husband . . .

 

 

As
a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kailyn summons her
deepest powers to find answers and start an investigation of her own.
What with running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping
up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands
full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her
muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, she’s closing in on a killer—who will do
anything to make sure she never tests her supernatural skills again!

 

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Pape is the author of the popular Portrait of Crime and Crystal
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never looked back. She studied French and Spanish literature in
college and went on to teach both languages on the secondary level.
After being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer in 1992,
Sharon became a Reach to Recovery peer support volunteer for the
American Cancer Society. She went on to become the coordinator of the
program on Long Island. She and her surgeon created a non profit
organization called Lean On Me to provide peer support and
information to newly diagnosed women and men. After turning her
attention back to writing, she has shared her storytelling skills
with thousands of fans. She lives with her husband on Long Island,
New York, near her grown children. She loves reading, writing, and
providing day care for her grand-dogs.
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Naming the culprit—and living to spin the tale—will be more difficult than Pamela ever imagined . . . 

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Murder,
She Knit
A
Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 1
by
Peggy Ehrhart
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
Since
her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept
busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit
and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s
trying out a new hobby—solving murders!

 

 

 

Pamela
is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and can’t wait to liven
up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little
harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who
recently moved to town, as the group’s newest member. But on the
night of the gathering, Amy doesn’t show. Not until Pamela finds
the woman dead outside—a knitting needle stabbed through the front
of her handmade sweater . . .

 

 

Someone
committed murder before taking off with Amy’s knitting bag, and
Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in
mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the
culprit—and living to spin the tale—will be more difficult than
Pamela ever imagined . . .

 

 

Knitting
tips and delicious recipe included!

 

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Jersey, where she writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds
a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Illinois and
taught writing and literature at Queens College, CUNY, and Fairleigh
Dickinson University, where she was a tenured full professor. Her
short stories have appeared in Futures Mystery Anthology
Magazine, Crime and Suspense, Flashing in the Gutters, Spinetingler,
Crime Scene: New Jersey 2, and Murder New York Style. A longtime
member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Peggy
served on the board of MWA New York as head of the Mentor Committee.
She was president of Sisters in Crime NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015.
Peggy regularly attends mystery writing conferences and participates
in conference panels and also gives talks on mystery fiction at
libraries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
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Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut…

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Reason
To Die
by
Debbie De Louise
Genre:
Crime Mystery
 
Someone
is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter,
Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover,
wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge
of the investigation.
During
the search, Courtney uncovers information that points towards a
connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by
a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on
the night he proposed marriage to her.
Complicating
matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her
affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved
feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a
fire when she was away from home.
As
the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer
is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims
of different ages, sex and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney
discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and
Bill’s life in jeopardy.
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name is Debbie De Louise. I am a reference librarian at a public
library on Long Island and the award-winning author of the Cobble
Cove mystery series. I have a B.A. in English and an MLS in Library
Science. 

 

 

My
first novel, a paranormal romance, “Cloudy Rainbow”
(Booklocker 2008) received an honorable mention in the Writer’s
Digest self-published awards. I wrote that book after my beloved cat,
Floppy, died from diabetic and liver complications. The book is
dedicated to him, and he is featured as a character in it. I have
recently signed with my publisher to reprint this book, and it will
soon be available as a paperback as well as an eBook.

 

 

My
second novel, the first book of the Cobble Cove Mystery series, “A
Stone’s Throw,” (November 2015) was published by Limitless
Publishing, LLC. It is the story of a widowed librarian who visits
her husband’s hometown and finds a new love with the town’s newspaper
publisher but also discovers some alarming truths about her husband’s
death and its connection to the publisher and his family. Along with
a variety of characters, there is also a cat and dog who play minor
but interesting roles in the novel. The second Cobble Cove Mystery,
“Between a Rock and a Hard Place” was released in October
2016 by Solstice Publishing and a reprint of “A Stone’s Throw”
with an additional chapter was published in March, 2017. The third
book of the series, “Written in Stone,” was released in
April, 2017. I’ve also published a romantic comedy novella, “When
Jack Trumps Ace.”

 

 

I’m
currently working on a standalone mystery, Reason to Die, and have
several other writing projects planned for 2018 including a new cozy
mystery series along with the fourth volume of the Cobble Cove
mysteries.

 

 

I’m
a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, the Cat
Writer’s Association, and Long Island Authors Group and have
published articles in Cats Magazine and Catnip (Tufts University
Veterinary Newsletter). I won the Glamour Puss special award from
Hartz Corporation for my Catster.com article, “Brushing your cat
for bonding, beauty, and better health,” (June, 2016). My short
mystery, “Stitches in Time” was published in the Cat Crimes
Through Time Anthology, (1999). I have also published several other
short stories of various genres in Solstice anthologies. I live on
Long Island with my husband, daughter, and our cat, Stripey.

 

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But Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Duck’s best friend Goose is gone for winter and Duck is lonely. The animals try to cheer Duck, but Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary. 
Will Duck be alone until Goose gets back? Or can Duck come up with a game they all can play?

 

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Joy Heyer lives in Virginia with her loving husband and three of her four crazy children. Her oldest child now has a child of her own, making Joy a grandma. 


Her family recently convinced her to get a dog. What was she thinking? The dog now follows Joy everywhere, waits loyally at the front window every time she leaves the house, and goes berserk when she comes back, even if she was only gone for 10 seconds to get the mail. 


In her spare time….wait, what spare time? Whenever her children and dog permit, she loves to read, write, paint, and dream up home improvement projects.

 

Duck, Duck, Moose is a very cute book by Joy Heyer about a duck who is sad because he misses his friend Goose. The story is simple, yet perfect for ages 0 to 2+ years-old. It is also done as a rhyme which it makes the story come alive with its matching sounds. It should attract little ones and their parents alike.

I enjoyed the colors on each page as they depicted the mood of the sad duck. It does, however, have some brighter colors sprinkled throughout the story to make it colorful and interesting for the child. The drawings are superb and quite likeable. This is a great book for any home.

Review by Author Anna del C. Dye

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Author Interview: Joy Heyer

Book: Duck, Duck, Moose

 

 

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? I started writing 10 years ago. My friend, Lezlie Evans, an author of many children’s books, invited me to join her writers group. Since then Lezlie has been teaching and encouraging me to write and illustrate my stories.

Do you have a favorite author? I really like Kevin Henkes. His characters have so much personality, both in the text and illustrations!

What is some of your favorite or memorable books that you’ve read? I love the book “Each Peach Pear Plum” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It was my favorite to read to my kids when they were little and now I read it to my granddaughter! The illustrations and rhymes are wonderful and the “hide and seek” of the characters is fun.

What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had passed to you? It takes a lot of hard work, practice, and dedication to be good at writing and illustrating. Who knows where I would be now if I had followed that advice from the beginning.

Do you have any pets? Yes. I have a very loyal dog and for whatever reason, he has picked me as his favorite. He runs past the rest of the family to get to me every time, much to their chagrin.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing? Spare time? What spare time? When I’m not drawing, writing, or being mom, I love to dream up home improvement projects. Maybe someday I will have time to do them!

What is the best vacation you ever went on? I just went on a Mediterranean cruise with my husband to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was the best.

Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it? I continue to draw every day (practice, practice, practice!) and I have some stories that I’m perfecting. I have great plans for these future books!

 

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She’ll have to use all her investigative power to keep Michael out of the electric chair

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

 


If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial




Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. 
 
Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
  

 

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Kate and Michael have been together for a few years. They are getting close to tying the knot…at least that is what Kate believes when all comes crashing down. Michael has a secret that will keep them apart, but it is not going to be easy nor cheap. And to prove that possibility, Kate will have to use all her investigative power to keep Michael out of the electric chair.

Pre-meditated Murder by Tracy Weber is one of the best books I have read in her Downward Dog Mystery series. I read two other books in this series and this one is my favorite. The otherwise clean tale contains a few unnecessary swear words. It is well-written and entertaining to the last page. Mysteries fans be they YA or Adults will enjoy this tale and its telling. Pre-meditated Murder by Tracy Weber is a good book to add to your personal or other wise library.

 

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Their perjury sentenced an innocent man to prison

Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Pains
and Penalties
A
Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #1
by
Sarah Biglow
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
A
new amateur sleuth is on the case in the first book of this Cozy
Mystery novella series.

 

 

When
Kalina Greystone returns home to the small town of Ellesworth, MA in
the wake of her father’s passing to take over the family’s comic book
shop, she never expects to reconnect with her old flame, Detective
Christian Harper. But when elderly Mrs. Davies winds up murdered at
the annual Solstice Fair, Kalina can’t help but get swept up in his
investigation and solving the case. While Detective Harper runs his
investigation, she cozies up to the dead woman’s best friend, Mrs.
Grant, and learns that she and a third woman, Ms. Ellicott, might be
targets. Someone has sent them notes with the cryptic warning ‘Lying
is a mortal sin’. As Kalina digs deeper into the women’s shared
past, she unearths the perjury that sentenced an innocent man to
prison. After discovering Ms. Ellicott dead in her home, Kalina and
Detective Harper must race to unmask the killer before vengeance can
be sated.

 

 

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Forgive
and Forget
A
Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #2
 
Your
favorite amateur sleuth is back on the case in the second installment
of the Geeks and Things Cozy series.

 

 

Life
is looking good for Kalina Greystone. Geeks and Things is thriving
and she’s even rekindled her high-school romance with Detective
Christian Harper. But her world spins off-kilter when she finds her
high school best friend, Nadine Larrabee, huddled over her father’s
dead body.

 

 

Nadine
fears she’s responsible for her father’s death but doesn’t
remember details. As Kalina keeps close to the investigation–certain
her friend is no killer–a horrifying family history unfolds,
providing motive for the girl Kalina once knew. Refusing to believe
Nadine is capable of such an act, Kalina peels back the layers of
family drama to find the truth.

 

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Debts
and Debtors
A
Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #3
 
Kalina
Greystone is back for another small town, amateur mystery in the
third installment of the Geeks and Things Mystery series.

 

 

It’s
Thanksgiving in the small town of Ellesworth, MA and Kalina and her
family have gathered to celebrate the holiday—their first since her
father’s passing—but all is not well when Savannah Chase,
Jillian’s college roommate appears on their doorstep. She’s
distraught over her missing husband. She just knows something’s
happened to him. Despite knowing Chris wouldn’t approve, Kalina
keeps tabs on the investigation. After all, Savannah is like
family.

 

 

The
investigation takes a turn for the curious when Mr. Chase’s body is
found in a foreclosed house in a area ripe for commercial
development. Kalina and Chris soon discover that Thomas had recently
changed jobs, giving up real estate for debt collection. But who
would want him dead? The more Kalina digs, the more she finds herself
in the cross-hairs of a dangerous man. She and Chris must solve the
case before she becomes the next victim.

 

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Have
and Hold
A
Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #4
 
Your
favorite amateur sleuth is on the case in a new Geeks and Things Cozy
Mystery.

 

 

The
small town of Ellesworth, MA is abuzz with the upcoming wedding of
Kalina Greystone and newly promoted Police Captain Christian Harper.
But not everyone is thrilled for the happy couple. On the morning of
Chris’s promotional ceremony, they receive a shocking package—a
severed finger wearing an engagement ring! Under the guise of
last-minute wedding preparations, Kalina questions a local jeweler
who may have sold the ring adorning the finger. In fact, he’d sold
three such rings recently. When a second finger is sent to a local
reporter and the bodies of the victims are discovered near the beach,
Kalina knows there is little time left to find the third victim. But
why target these brides-to-be? After digging deeper, she uncovers a
startling connection between the players and must race to save the
woman who is the true target of the killer’s rage.

 

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Saints
and Sinners
A
Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #5
 
Your
favorite amateur sleuth is back for one last case in the final
installment of the Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery series.

 

 

Kalina
Greystone’s life has finally fallen into place. Now happily married
and eight months pregnant, she is ready to step away from sleuthing
and give all of her time to her family and Geeks and Things.
Unfortunately, sleuthing isn’t quite done with her. On a trip to
the cemetery to visit her father’s grave, she happens upon a dead
woman’s body. Video footage reveals the killer but the case takes
one bizarre turn after the next. The woman, Verona Maxwell, shares
fingerprints with Paige Fischer, a little girl who died over fifteen
years ago in a boating accident with her twin brother, Patrick. Or
did they? The killer looks an awful lot like Patrick. Having briefly
known the twins in her youth, Kalina searches their past in the hopes
of making sense of the present. But the more she digs, the darker the
reality becomes. Systemic abuse by Paige and parental neglect rise to
the surface, making her wonder if the past isn’t as buried as
everyone was led to believe.

 

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Geek and Things, is a clean, cozy murder mystery that will keep you glued to its pages from beginning to end. I enjoyed the tale and the telling and found Geeks and Things the most entertaining book of its genre. The plot is strong and the timing perfect to keep you going to the next page. It is well written with a great line of characters. It’s a great book to have in any library, adult even YA.

Kalina Greystone takes over her father’s store…Geeks and things after his death. She has returned to her birthplace, the small town of Ellesworth, with a degree but without a husband. At the town annual Solstice Fair, a well-known old woman dies by poison. Her nephew witnesses the death and so she arrived there soon afterwards. Her keen attention to details spurred her into the middle of the investigation by none other than her old flame, Detective Harper.

 
 
Sarah
lives in Massachusetts with her fiancé. She is a licensed attorney
and spends her days combating employment discrimination as an
Investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against
Discrimination.

 

 

She
is a self-professed TV junkie and in her spare time (what’s that?),
she runs a TV recap blog with her best friend (and sorority sister),
Jen. Sarah currently enjoys an array of TV shows including (but
definitely not limited to) Once Upon a Time, Blindspot, Chicago Fire,
Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Grimm, The Flash and Arrow. She is always on
the hunt for new shows to binge!

 

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