Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Die-Fi Experiment by M.R. Tapia – Book Review

The Die-Fi Experiment
Author: M.R. Tapia
Genres: Horror, Adult

His lips move, but there is no audio or subtitles. But I know what he said, in layman's terms, he told me, "Welcome to Hell."

The Die-Fi Experiment by M. R. Tapia is a gruesome, grotesque, grim, and absolutely horrifying novella! I don't know how I made it till the end!

The novella revolves around Marie and her husband who visit Tokyo for a much-needed honeymoon but do not tell anyone where they are going and promise not to post any pictures on social media, so that everything remains private until their return. There, Marie comes across a game, involving a maze, where the winner will be a given the new iPhone X.

Little does Marie know that the so-called game is but a sham. The couple wakes up in the middle of a gameshow of horrors, that is broadcast to the world via social media, and where the winner, well they get to fight for their life against their spouse in the end!

The book begins with a strong opening: "Never in my most horrific nightmare would I have dreamt I'd be cheering on my own executioner."

A 10-chapter novella, where each chapter is written with a hashtag (#chapterone), The Die-Fi Experiment's chapters alternate between the present dilemma at the gameshow and how events played up until the moment they woke up to find themselves inside the game. This alternation acts as a much-needed relief for the reader.

Inside, each chapter includes other hashtags, descriptions of the newly-added Facebook reactions and how the hearts, likes, and angry emoticons fly across the screen.

"The screen went crazy with its own blue hands holding their still attached thumbs up, floating across the screen like balloons."

The novel is deeply-tied to current social media and the people who use it, although it takes on a much more grim view of the world, which is displayed as a group of sadists.

While reading The Die-Fi Experiment, I couldn't help but look at social media with a different, slightly scared, view.

“I would like to welcome the world to The Die-Fi Experiment. Please join us in the fun that is the deterioration of the world by means of social media.”

There were some beautiful images throughout the book, along with descriptions and quotes. I liked the narrator's tone, as he includes bits and pieces of information throughout.

If you're a parent, don't read Tapia's The Die-Fi Experiment. Trust me, you'll ban your children from social media for life! Otherwise, I highly recommend it.

"The world watches excitedly, begging for our torture. We have slowly evolved to indulge in the misfortune of others."

Overall rating: 5 stars

Note: There is a significant amount of violence and lots of blood and torture.

Note II: I got a free copy of The Die-Fi Experiment from its author M.R. Tapia in exchange for an honest review.

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Purchase The Die-Fi Experiment by M.R.Tapia along with his other books via Hindered Souls Press and Amazon.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mine for a Day by Delaney Cameron - Excerpt + Giveaway

Mine for a Day by Delaney Cameron

Growing up in the shadow of three beautiful sisters isn’t easy when you’re average. Not that anyone in Violet’s family ever mentions it, but it’s pointed out to her again and again by everyone else. Guys don’t mind talking to her or hanging out with her, but she doesn’t make the cut as girlfriend material. She compensates for her lack of social life by staying busy. Holding down two jobs and working on her master’s degree is a decent enough smokescreen. What most people don’t realize is that her sensible, no-nonsense exterior hides the heart of a hopeless romantic. More than anything, Violet wants to love and to be loved.

There was a time when Jackson looked forward to getting married and having a family, but all that ended his senior year of college. Because of the selfish actions of others, he had to walk away from someone he cared deeply about. Disillusioned and heartbroken, he resolved never to risk falling in love again. This means keeping his relationships short in length and light on commitment. As such, they never come close to touching his heart. This system works flawlessly until he meets Violet; someone who reminds him of what he used to be, and who makes him question whether he really is better off without love.

Praise for the Book

A "chance" meeting between Jackson and Violet leads them to a relationship that frees them from their hurting hearts and to a love that makes for a life worth living. Loved the line "The seemingly insignificant things are never unimportant, and chance meetings have little to do with chance."

A most enjoyable romance from Delaney Cameron! Easily one of my favorite authors. I especially like how she shows the development of the relationship for our hero & heroine. A sweet, sweet romance.

A beautiful story of unexpected love.

Excerpt from Mine for a Day by Delaney Cameron

One minute Violet was listening to her newest audiobook; the next she was staring in horror at the busted grille and sagging bumper of a pearly-white Land Rover.
“I’m so sorry,” she said to the serious-looking man walking toward her. “I can’t think how it happened.”
“Can’t you?” his deep voice drawled. “Maybe I can help you figure it out. Were you texting your boyfriend?”
She couldn’t help smiling at his question. The fact that she didn’t have a boyfriend had been a popular topic over the Memorial Day weekend. If she hadn’t been aware of the direness of this situation before, she had no doubts about it now. “No, I wasn’t. Would you like to check my phone?”
He ignored her attempt at humor, choosing instead to inspect the damage to their respective vehicles. The situation reminded her of a show she’d seen recently where a dating expert illustrated different ways to meet men. Running into their car had been one of the more humorous examples. Violet couldn’t have executed this plan any better if she tried, nor could she complain about the result.
The man crouching next to her ten-year-old Fiat was tall enough to make even her feel short. That didn’t happen often when you were five-eleven. His striped polo shirt and jeans fit his wide shoulders and narrow hips like a glove. Costa sunglasses rested in his light brown hair, and his eyes were the color of polished steel. In the words of her Aunt Anita, he was the cat’s meow.
He rose to his feet, dusting off his hands. “This isn’t your first rodeo, is it?”
“Actually, it is. With the exception of today, the rest of those scratches and dents were there when I inherited Leonie.”
For the first time since he stepped out of his vehicle something close to humor entered his handsome face. “In other words, you probably won’t bother to have it, I mean Leonie, repaired.”
Her lips twitched at the correction. “That’s right. Shouldn’t we be calling the police?”
“I don’t think that’s necessary. I’ve got a friend who owns a body shop.”
She reached into her purse. “Let me give you my insurance information.”
“Don’t worry about it,” he said, turning to walk away.
“But it’s my fault. I should have been paying attention.”
He stopped and glanced over his shoulder, an attractive grin forming on his lips. “I agree, but there’s no point in raising your insurance rates over what amounts to a fender bender. Just watch where you’re going from now on. The owner of the next car you back into might not be so distracted by that pretty smile of yours.”
Distracted by her pretty smile? Where had that come from? He’d gone from ice cold to oozing charm in ten seconds. Some people just couldn’t make up their minds.

After giving him a decent head start, Violet left the rest area. Her clean accident record was still intact, but only because of Mr. Wonderful’s kindness. If she hadn’t been so tired from three days of nonstop activity, she might not have done such a stupid thing.
From the moment she arrived at Millicent’s house in Chattanooga on Friday afternoon, she’d been swept up in all the activities of a reunion weekend with a few of her college friends. This included several late-night sessions where everyone provided details about the current man in their life. Violet’s contribution had been sadly lacking.
A quick glance at her phone confirmed that she wouldn’t roll into Columbus until almost ten. She would have been further along if she hadn’t stopped in Dalton. The sight of a Carter’s outlet store had been too much of atemptation to pass up. She’d spent a happy hour browsing the racks and shelves buying baby clothes for her nephew Micah and her friend Holly’s daughter Rebecca.
Hopefully Rachel remembered to feed Bluebell. Her best friend and roommate had become increasingly absentminded since she met Pierre, an exchange student from France. Not that Violet could blame her. If she hada guy whispering sweet nothings in French into her ear, she’d walk around with her head in the clouds, too.
A sigh escaped her lips. Her own Prince Charming didn’t seem to be in any hurry to make an appearance. Her dating life had gone from a dribble to a dry creek bed. She hadn’t given up on finding love, but she was starting to wonder if love had given up on her.

About Author Delaney Cameron

I'm a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I'm a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn't always work out the first time.

My books are sweet romances set in both contemporary and regency settings featuring stories about the journey to love, from that first meeting to the point where two people know their hearts are no longer their own. My characters aren't perfect. They make mistakes and have faults like the rest of us. They learn the sometimes painful truth that the path to love isn't always smooth, but it's a road worth traveling.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Return to Christmas Falls - 7 Heartwarming Christmas Reads - Spotlight & Giveaway

Return to Christmas Falls - Seven Heartwarming Christmas Reads by Seven Fabulous Authors!!

Homecoming in Christmas Falls by Ciara Knight

Eight years after fleeing Christmas Falls because of a high school prank gone wrong, Ashley Brooks receives a mysterious letter from her mentor asking her to come home. She arrives to face all she left behind—her family, her friends, and the rich boy she’d loved who would never date the girl from the wrong side of town.

Brent Donnelly, high school jock, brainiac, and dutiful son did everything right until the day Ashley returns to ChristmasFalls. With one look at the girl who got away he questions all his life choices, including following in his father’s footsteps in the family business.

Faced with a potentially devastating decline of tourism in their hometown, Brent and Ashley must work together to save the magic of their town, but when Ashley discovers he still has feelings for her best friend she must finally face the real reason she left Christmas Falls—to try to heal her broken heart.

Honeymoon for One in Christmas Falls by Jennifer Peel

Is there room for two on this honeymoon for one?

Piper Wyatt’s Christmas wish is to get promoted to manager at Blackstock Hotel and Resort. Not only does the promotion mean more money, but it means more time with her son and proof that she’s not such a disappointment after all.

Jace Petersen, successful owner of a national chain of sporting goods stores, finds himself alone and miserable on what should have been his honeymoon. That is until he literally falls onto the lovely Piper Wyatt. He’s intrigued with this woman who can fix a car in high heels. Too bad for him, he makes a horrible first impression, and Piper’s not allowed to mingle with the guests.

While Piper tries her best to steer clear of Jace during his stay, she can’t help but notice he’s not the man from their first meeting. But is he worth risking her promotion? Or is Jace right, Piper deserves more than she ever thought possible for herself?

Find out in this charming Christmas tale about finding love in the most unexpected place, a honeymoon.

Once Again in Christmas Falls by Becky Monson

In one day, London Walsh finds out her ex is going to be her boss and that her parents are getting a divorce—and they want her to referee the situation. So when she’s offered the chance to spend the holidays in her old hometown of ChristmasFalls, far away from all the drama, she jumps on it.

But the quaint town doesn’t feel quite like the home it once was. London shed the goth image that defined her in high school long ago, but no one recognizes the woman she's become.

Except for Andy Broll, London’s childhood next door neighbor. He recognizes her immediately, which sends London’s heart fluttering as she starts to see Andy in a whole different light. But when her time in Christmas Falls doesn’t go as planned, will London face it head on? Or will she find a reason to run?

Rumor Has It in Christmas Falls by Melinda Curtis

As a political strategist at Dunlop Bennet & Associates, Lexi Townsend's career is going nowhere. She's a cubical dweller writing speeches for freshmen senators in DC. But if she can hitch her career wagon to a rising political star, she’ll be on her way to a corner office in no time. When she’s offered a plum holiday assignment–an ideal candidate with deep pockets, someone who could make the leap from local to national politics–she starts to dream about that corner office.

Until she realizes her candidate is Kevin O’Malley, aka Kevin the Hottie, Kevin the Snob, Kevin the Liar, the same guy who shattered her high school reputation back home in Christmas Falls with a rumor. Assignment in hand, Lexi braces herself for the most difficult political race of her career--because this time it’s personal.

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler

Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy.

With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance.

Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?

Love Notes in Christmas Falls by Beth Labonte

When Caitlin Cook left the small town of Christmas Falls, Tennessee to attend Harvard University, she left behind the burden of her parents’ slowly increasing hoard of antiques, a much younger brother, and Shane Mitchell—the boy who blindsided her with the news that he loved her on the night before she left.

Shane Mitchell spent his high school years fascinated by Caitlin Cook. The quiet flute player with her nose always in a book, he wanted desperately to find out what made her tick.

Eight years later, Caitlin returns to Christmas Falls—unemployed and newly single—after receiving a devastating letter from her beloved high school mentor. Caitlin is shocked to find her childhood home in disarray, and her little brother in desperate need of his sister. With Shane’s help—now a pillar of the community rather than the carefree teenager Caitlin once knew—she begins to rediscover her love for music, antiques, and possibly even Shane. When faced with the choice of rebuilding her life in Boston, or giving love a second chance in Christmas Falls, will Caitlin be able to decide on the true meaning of home?

Finding The Truth in Christmas Falls by Danielle Stewart

Olivia Mackey spent her whole life hearing how she was destined for bigger and better places than Christmas Falls, Tennessee. A regular on the beauty queen scene from a very young age, she learned from her stage mom, that appearances mean everything. Having spent the years after high school traveling the world and failing at the dream everyone told her she should have, she's back home and wondering what she's to do next.

Nothing is where she left it. Friends have scattered, her mentor is ill, and Olivia is fumbling her way through a big life in a small town.

Tim Avondale and his young daughter showed up in Christmas Falls one evening looking for a fresh start. Buying the Sleepy Hound Bookstore seemed the perfect opportunity. Life had gone so wrong and now here in this quiet town he could keep anything bad from happening to his daughter again.

When the two cross paths Olivia and Tim find an instant connection. A tug toward each other they don't want to ignore. The problem is, in the process they are being tugged away from all the things they thought were important in their lives. He can't hide out from real life forever. She is more than just what people see on the surface. But when they're forced to decide will they choose to be better together or safer apart?

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Misty Dawn Speaks - Character Guest Post by Nancy Cole Silverman

Today, I'm featuring a Character Guest Post – the first on my blog – by author Nancy Cole Silverman. In the post, the main character of her new book Room For Doubt, Misty Dawn is the speaker/writer of this post. The book is a cozy mystery from the Carole Childs Mysteries.

Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting - California
Henery Press (July 18, 2017)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112351
Kindle ASIN: B06ZXY2K1X

About The Author 

nancy cole silvermanNancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, was July 2015. The third, Without A Doubtwas released May 24, 2016Room for Doubt was released on July 18, 2017.

Room For Doubt Synopsis: 

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again.

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew.


Hello. Have you come for a reading?
Yes, I’m Misty Dawn. No doubt you’ve heard of me.  Hollywood’s famed psychic to the stars.  And, no, I don’t read cards or stare into crystal balls.  Those are props for amateurs.  People who will take your money and promise to look into your future or fix your love life for a fee.  I’m the real thing.
Please, take a seat and let me get a look at you.
Would you like some tea?
Oh, don’t worry, there’s nothing in it. I am fond of mixing in my herbs, and I have been known to do a concoction or two–strictly for medicinal purposes mind you–but not today. And while I’m on the subject, I don’t read tea leaves either. But I do find it clears the mind...and in today’s world, well...we’re all so cluttered with thought.
Ah! But I digress.  I do tend to go on and on.      
So, if you’ll allow me, I’ll pour myself a cup and share with you a little about who I am and how I came to meet Carol Childs.
To start with, this talent I have for reading people and looking into the future, is a gift.  I didn’t always understand it, but over time I realized I was able to look into people and see what others can’t. For years I was everywhere in Hollywood. TV. Radio. Stars invited me to their homes. A former president’s wife called regularly, and on more than one occasion the FBI asked me to consult on difficult cases.
I’ve had a very unusual life.  I live in California now, a state I gravitated to as a young woman, following a group of rainbow people. Hippies from the sixties, who came west to promote peace and love. I came in my yellow Volkswagen bus painted with flowers and peace symbols selling love potions. I still have the bus, but I don’t drive or shouldn’t anyway.
What’s that? You wonder how old I am?
A lady never tells. But certainly looking at me with my mane of grey hair and less than svelte figure, you’ve figured it out.  I’m well beyond the age of consent, and while I shuffle more than walk these days due to my arthritis, I’m not yet ready to kick the bucket. Which is a problem.
Because, much as I could see into the future for others, I neglected to prepare for my own. Yes, I know that must sound unusual, but misfortune sidetracked me. I’ve out lives my assets. My own physical strengths, my eyesight including that of my psychic vision has clouded with age.  As has my failing memory.
But fortunately, I did remember Carol.  We met several years ago while working on a case. I suppose you could say it was destiny that brought us together.  In truth, it was an empty gas tank.  I was headed out of town. I don’t remember where, only that when I realized I was running low on fuel, I got off the freeway, and ended up parked in front of Carol’s house. 
It was Bossy Pants, my Calico cat sitting next to you on the couch, who recognized the neighborhood.
Yes, she’s lovely, isn’t she? But quite the wanderer. When I opened the door of my van, she scedattled. Disappeared. Poof! Just like that. Fortunately, I heard her meowing and found her on Carol’s patio. Only to lose her again when she scampered through one of the open French Doors over there by the kitchen. 
So, here I am.  Living with Carol.  I try to help out where I can. The woman’s triple busy.  Trying to do it all. Big time job as a reporter for a talk radio station with two growing kids and no time for romance.  My specialty.  What a shame.
But, I know you didn’t come just to hear about that. You’d like a reading perhaps?
Is that a yes?
Well, then...let me share with you this.  I sense you’re a reader. You enjoy finding new mysteries, and I see a new book in your future. Room For Doubt, Carol Childs’ latest mystery.  But be careful.  I must warn you, it will keep you up at night.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas - Character Guest Post

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
by Lois Winston, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Maggie Toussaint, Jonnie Jacobs, Camille Minichino, Heather Haven, Vinnie Hansen, Mary Kennedy, Rita Lakin, and Judy Alter

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
Cozy Mysteries
Self Published
Publication Date: 5 September 2017
Print Length: 675 pages

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of over 800 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Frosted, A Moreno & Hart Novella by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin—Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe.
Crewel Intentions, An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Novella by Lois Winston—Craft editor Anastasia Pollack receives a desperate call for help from former fashion editor Erica Milano, now in Witness Protection. Erica is being stalked and is afraid to notify the authorities. She once saved Anastasia’s life. Will Anastasia be able to return the favor before the stalker strikes?
No Quarter, A Cleopatra Jones Novella by Maggie Toussaint—Amnesia, the doctor says when accountant Cleopatra Jones wakes in a distant hospital. Hours later most of her memory returns. Detective Jack Martinez visits Cleo’s nearby wealthy client, only she’s dead and broke. To Cleo’s horror, she’s a murder suspect. Will she totally recover her memory before the killer returns?
What the Widow Knew, A Kali-O’Brien Novella by Jonnie Jacobs—Attorney Kali O’Brien takes on the case of a young woman accused of murdering her much older, very rich husband. As evidence mounts and other possible suspects are eliminated, Kali’s doubts about her client’s innocence grow. Meanwhile, Kali is also grappling with her feelings for longtime boyfriend Detective Bryce Keating.
The Magnesium Murder, A Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—While freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent prepares the body of a young bride-to-be, she learns the girl’s mother suspects foul play. Once again Anastasia is pressed into service as a sleuth, following a trail of clues in search of a murderer and justice.
Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Lee Alvarez Novella by Heather Haven— When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?
Smoked Meat, A Carol Sabala Novella by Vinnie Hansen—Baker and wannabe sleuth Carol Sabala visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.
A Deadly Fundraiser, A Talk Radio Novella by Mary Kennedy—When radio talk show host Dr. Maggie Walsh and her pals start digging up clues in a scavenger hunt at a glitzy fundraiser, the game suddenly turns deadly. Will Maggie and her team be able to crack the case and solve the crime?
The Color of Fear. A Kelly O’Connell Novella by Judy Alter—Kelly receives a written kidnap threat targeting her infant daughter, Gracie. Kelly’s assistant Keisha narrates as Kelly and her family plot their precautions, but as time passes and the threat still looms, fear takes a toll on the family…and on Keisha.
Papa’s Ghost, A Gladdy Gold Mystery Novella by Rita Lakin—Gladdy and her girls accept an assignment iat a famous resort in Key West, thinking it will combine business with pleasure. Once they arrive, Gladdy suspects something is strange. Not only is their client an unexpected shock, but so is the case of murder they are expected to solve. Can they succeed when a whole city is against them?
(Some explicit language is present in a few of the stories.)

For Nadaness In Motion's stop on the blog tour, I'm featuring a Character Guest Post by Mary Kennedy, author of A DEADLY FUNDRAISER, the Talk Radio Mysteries


Writing as Dr. Maggie Walsh

As a psychologist, I should know that life is full of surprises. When I closed up my Manhattan practice and moved to sunny south Florida to host a radio talk show, I took a leap of faith.  It all came about quite by chance. I read an ad posted by the manager of WYME Radio, who was looking for a daytime talk show host. I auditioned, got the job and it was a hoot.

But I was in for another surprise right off the bat. One of my first guests, a self-styled guru, was murdered right after he appeared on my show. And worst of all, my dear roommate Lark was a suspect. So I had to leap in and try to solve the crime, didn’t I? You can read about the guru and his untimely demise in DEAD AIR.

Another surprise: I found I had a knack for solving murders!  When my mother (a wannabe actress) landed a bit part in a film being shot in south Florida, a movie star was killed on the set. Once again, Mom and I, along with my handsome detective boyfriend, Rafe Martino, leapt into action to find the murderer. This happened in REEL MURDER.

When a clever psychic came to town, she developed quite a following and tried to hijack my radio show. I had to solve the murder and save my job—no easy task.  You can read all about the outcome in STAY TUNED FOR MURDER.

Finally, a glitzy fundraiser at a south Florida mansion sounded like fun. I never expected to stumble over a dead body. Luckily Mom and my producer, Vera Mae, were there to help me look for the killer.

So it’s all been a surprising and wonderful journey with many more books to come! Hope you enjoy the Talk Radio series as much as I enjoy writing it.

About the Author:
Mary Kennedy is a practicing psychologist and the author of the Talk Radio Mysteries and the Dream Club Mysteries. She's written nearly 50 novels, including both mysteries and young adult fiction and has sold over four million books worldwide. Mary lives with her husband and six neurotic cats in the northeast. She has tried unsuccessfully to psychoanalyze both husband and cats, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at or at the Cozy Chicks where she blogs every Monday.

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About Lois Winston
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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October 16 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 17 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 18 – Laura's Interests - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 19 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! - SPOTLIGHT
October 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW
October 21 - Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 22 – Queen of All She Reads – SPOTLIGHT
October 23 – Nadaness In Motion - CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 24 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 25 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW
October 26 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT & Valerie's Musings – INTERVIEW
October 27 – Back Porchervations - REVIEW
October 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
October 29 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST & The Book's the Thing – GUEST POST
October 30 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 31 – Jane Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST