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Grounds For Remorse
A Tallie Graver Mystery #2
by Misty Simon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
No more cheating . . .
Best friends Tallie Graver and Gina Laudermilch both seem to spend a lot
of time around urns. For Tallie, they’re part and parcel of the
family business, Graver’s Funeral Home. Even though she’s traded
ashes for dusting with her own cleaning business, she still works
part-time for her folks and lives above the funeral parlor. For Gina,
they’re the vessels that con-tain her heavenly brew at her coffee
shop, Bean There, Done That. And both women are learning that owning
a business can make finding time for romance challenging.
But when Gina’s new beau turns out to have a wife, who barges into the
coffee shop to take him home, she can’t contain her bitterness and
loudly threatens to poison his cup or boil him in a vat of coffee. So
when Mr. Wrong turns up dead at the bottom of a staircase inside
Gina’s locked home, she finds herself at the top of the police’s
suspect list. Tallie needs to sweep in to save her friend. But she’ll
need to watch her step, or she may go from being a funeral home
employee to becoming their next client . . .

My Review

5 stars

Gina Laudermilch and Tallie Graver are good friends but they are learning that having your own business makes getting close to someone a bit hard. Gina has been having a tough time dating and thinks she has found the one until his wife comes into her coffee shop to take him home. Of course Gina is pissed and threatens him on the way out. But then his body is discovered in her house and Gina is the prime suspect. It’s going to be up to Talli to clear her friend’s name.

Talli is back and has her hands full. I loved Gina and felt for her when she discovered her new guy already had a wife. Thank Goodness Talli is there to help solve this mystery. Of course there are more than one suspects and you will tromp through a great mystery trying to figure out who and why Mr. Perfect ended up Mr. Dead.

I love this series. It’s so easy to get into and it keeps you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and turns. Talli is a wonderful, strong character that clearly cares for Gina. I love how she finds out clues as she cleans.

This is a great series and I recommend checking it out if you live cozy mysteries. I see that there is a third book and I can’t wait to read more of Talli’s adventures.

Cremains of the Day
A Tallie Graver Mystery #1
There’s no reverse on the hearse . . .
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best
way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her
marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she
turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to
tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends,
at least she doesn’t have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife
sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of
a web of weird experiences: Tallie’s friend Gina’s shop is broken
into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she’s
receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is
handsome, but seriously, that’s enough to cast a pall over anyone’s
day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she
finds herself in a grave situation.
You’ll be cheering as the clues pileup in this creative cozy mystery.”
New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

My Review

4 stars

Tallulah Graver, Tallie is willing to do anything to get out of the family business, Graver Funeral Homes. Tallie marries Waldo Phillips and lives in the upper crust of society. But after a while she can’t stand him and gets divorced. Tallie lives in the apartment over the funeral home and although she helps out there she starts a cleaning business and cleans the houses of those that she used to spend her time with.

Things are going well until Talli finds her ex tasered in the jewels and her friend Gina tied up in her coffee shop. If that wasn’t enough she finds a dead body in the house she cleans the next day. Of course she is the person of interest in both events. Talli takes it upon herself to figure out what is happening in her little town and to find out who this flower delivery guy is that is following her around.

This is a great cozy mystery. I quickly got into it and found it easy to relate to Talli. I understand her wanting to get away from the family business and really liked how she started cleaning houses after losing her social status. The mystery had me guessing with some good twists and turns. The only thing that got to me was I was under the impression that there would be more about the family business.

This is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what trouble Talli gets into next.

Misty Simon is the author of Cremains of the Day and Grounds
for Remorse in the Tallie Graver Mystery series. She loves a
good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it.
Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world
than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers
in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her
husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where
she is hard at work on her next novel or three.
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The Selah Station

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The Selah Branch by Ted Neill

As a black college student in the rural West Virginia town of Selah Station, Kenia Dezy already feels out of place. But when an unexplained phenomenon starts transporting her back to pre-civil rights 1953, she finds herself woven into a tapestry of racial triumphs and tragedies. She begins to unravel secrets that powerful men would rather keep hidden, even if it means massacring an entire town through an industrial disaster. At the intersection of race, gender, class, and privilege, Kenia must navigate a community and a country wresting with its past, present, and future identities.

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Author’s Bio

Globetrotter and fiction writer Ted Neill has worked on five continents as an educator, health professional, and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post and he has published a number of novels exploring issues related to science, religion, class, and social justice. His novel, The Selah Branch, attempts to confront issues of racism and the divided political environment of the US today and the 1950s. His debut novel, City on a Hill, examines the fault lines of religious conflict in the Middle East. His 5 book series, Elk Riders, wrestles with issues of ethics, morality, and belief against an epic fantasy backdrop.

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My Review

4 Stars

Kenia Dezy is disappointed to find herself send to Selah Station, West Virginia to test out an app designed to help the poor find more nutritional food. The town is mainly poor whites that have lost their mining jobs and Kenia quickly learns that the app is quite useless to those that don’t have a smart phone. But the more she learns about Selah Station, the more she becomes interested in the town. Selah Station was very busy and progressive until an accident happened and everything came to a stop.

As Kenia learns more about the town, she also discovers that she has a special ability to travel back in time. She finds herself back in time during the time period. Could she possible stop whatever is about to happen? Could she change the course of history and help all that reside in Selah Station today?

This is a good story about many current issues in our country today. Selah Station is in bad shape and I’m glad that Kenia takes it upon herself to find out what happened and later to try to change history. She also has some personal things to think of when she learns that her father had the same time traveling abilities and although he was declared dead there was never a body recovered.

The pacing of the story kind of threw off the flow in the beginning but it gets its feet under it for the second half. The part that irritated me was the whole political aspect of the story. We are all entitled to our opinions, I understand this and agree. But I was reading this story for the entertainment value and once I got into the time travel potion I was fine. But I was not interested in the whole political discussion at all.

Overall this is a good story. There were just some parts that I didn’t care for. I’m not saying it is a bad book, I freely recommend checking it out. You may find your new favorite story.

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Just

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Publication Date: June 14th, 2018

Genre: Romantic Thriller

On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls recklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.

‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.

An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.

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Scott Langbrook is in love with Fiyori Maziq, his team leader at Reach (a health organisation in the Mediterranean). In this abridged scene, he declares himself. – Jenny Morton Potts

Scott bought a bag of khubzit howsh and followed Fiyori along the streets as they become narrower and the buildings changed from concrete to mud. The doctor walked very fast, her loose clothing pulled tightly across her chest, till she reached a dark alley and stood before an exquisitely painted door.

Scott called softly to Fiyori and she turned, the key not yet in the lock.

He walked up to her. “What an incredibly beautiful door. The craftsmanship is stunn—”

“You think I don’t notice someone following me? You think I’d last more than five minutes?”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean—”

“What do you want?”

“I want…”

“You see this door, Langbrook? All the details, the intricate carving, the hand-mixed paint colours, the care? The sheet art of it?”

“Like I said, it’s incredible.”

“My friend made it. They saw how different it was, oh yeah. And they killed him for it. They dragged him along the streets to the Ahmi Sayeed Memorial. You know it?”

“Yes, I, it’s the one with the seahorse.”

“They kissed him, by the Memorial. They hugged my friend. They put their hands on his genitals. They laughed and told him they loved him. Then they sawed his head off. In broad daylight, cars going by, children walking home from school.”

“Oh my God, Dr Maziq. I’m sorry. I… really, I’m so sorry I followed you. I only wanted—”

“You wanted, you wanted, you wanted. To what? To fuck me?”

Scott took a deep breath. “I’ve made my apologies. Now I’ll say goodnight.”

Fiyori wrenched open the door. “Get in here, Langbrook.”

Inside there was just a bed with a crumpled white sheet on top and a rudimentary fireplace with a cast iron tripod. Beside that there was a pot on a trivet with an airline magazine covering the contents. Electric cable was gaffer taped to palm beams in the low ceiling. In the corner, there were a couple of small suitcases at various levels of packing or unpacking and an enormous wooden sideboard whose surface accommodated ablutions and food preparation.

“I’ve got cognac. Well, cooking brandy.” Fiyori switched on a light.

“Ideal.”

Scott found himself holding his breath as he watched her move around this dark, perfect, little hovel. Fiyori pulled her shirt off and wore nothing beneath. Scott’s lips were sticking together. Fiyori shook her dark hair around her shoulders. She poured water from a terracotta jug into a bowl and began soaping her body and splashing. Scott watched her intently and she showed no signs of objecting. Within seconds, she’d done enough and walked over to a suitcase and pulled out a white t-shirt to put on.

Fiyori poured brandy into two china cups. “I keep thinking I’m about to die.”

“Me too. Be strange to think anything else, round here.” Scott sat down next to her and took his cup.

Fiyori threw back her brandy and took off her socks. “Should I wash these?” She nodded at her feet.

Scott leaned towards her feet, taking a sniff. “There’s much worse feet than these. For instance.” He took off his own shoes and socks and wiggled his toes. As he watched her move her legs languidly on the bed, he was concerned that his erection would pop the buttons of his cargo pants.

“Listen, Langbrook, I’m quite tired and there is just an outside chance that I’ll fall asleep. Don’t take it personally. Condoms in the zippy bit of the suitcase. Could you? No, not that zip, one on the front pouch.”

“What’s this?” Scott held up – as if his opposable thumb and index finger were tweezers – a semi-automatic pistol.

“It’s known in common parlance as a gun.”

“You never got this through airport security.”

“Correct.”

“So… you bought it here?”

“I’ve had it for a very long time, Langbrook. I have it posted to me, kind of. Shipped. Place to place. Not through a letterbox, you understand. What do you carry?”

“Me? I don’t carry anything. What sort is it?”

“It’s a point two two Beretta. Hopeless in a crowd, but ideal for something intimate, like a close range head shot. I should get something new, but we’ve been together for many years and it would be disloyal to replace her. You know?”

Scott knew nothing, nothing at all, he was well aware of that. He set the Beretta down in the case and backed away. Now then, where was he. Completely nude, he let her have a good, long look and said, “I will take it very personally, if you fall asleep.”

“God, but you are lovely, aren’t you. Can we do it really quickly please. I know that’s not something you’ll hear from women generally, but you and I know how short life is.”

“And what is expected of us tomorrow.”

He stood in front of her and she came to the edge of the bed, reaching out very slowly to caress him; so intricate, like she was blind, and doing the exact lingering opposite of what she’d just said.

“Do you think of me, Langbrook? Do you close your eyes in the shower? You don’t have to close them now. Look at me. Do you wait for the others to wash first, so that you can be alone? So that you can imagine this?” Fiyori ran her tongue along the ridge of vein on his hard cock, back and forth, her hands tenderly cupping his balls, until her mouth finally took him in. She looked up into his face and he gathered her hair in his fingers as she gripped his buttock in one hand. When he felt the mildest graze of her teeth, he came, and she held him gently then, finally returning his smile.

About the Author

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Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realized she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.

Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with the family. She tries not to take herself too seriously.

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My Review

4 Stars

Scott Langbrook is a young doctor working as Dead Body Management for an organization called Reach. The job basically sucks until he meets the team leader Fiyori Maziq. He falls in love with her but she has a whole host of problems. Scott cares for her and tries to help her out to the best of his ability.

But back at home in Cambridge, Scott’s family is a mess of its own. His mother Lucienne is divorced from his father and has issues with a lot of things. Scott’s father, Eddie is remarried to Susan and Scott spends most of his time with them which causes more problems with Luci. But then Eddie dies and stirs up the pot more.

This is an interesting story. There are several characters that start of all over the place and not really connected. But as the story starts to rush to the finish, you see how everyone is linked and not really going to get a happy ending.

The book is a little slow in the beginning and all over the place with the different characters. But if you just stick with it the books starts to make sense. This is a great read with some tough topics. It is definitely worth the read.

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It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington

THE WORLD YOU KNOW IS DEAD. WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES.

The epidemic struck at the end of the Third World War. Fighting over oil, power, and religion, governments ignored the rise of an anti-bacterial-resistant plague. In just five years, the Earth was annihilated. Only one city survived—Etyom—a frozen hell-hole in northern Siberia, still engulfed in conflict.

The year is 2251.

Two groups emerged from the ashes of the old world. Within the walled city of Lower Etyom, dwell the Robusts—descendants of the poor who were immune to The New Black Death. Above them, in a metropolis of pristine platforms called Lillipads, live the Graciles—the progeny of the super-rich; bio-engineered to resist the plague.

Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Caught in a deal-gone-bad, she’s forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution.

Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will surely get him Ax’d. His only relief is an illegal narcotic produced by the Robusts, and his only means of obtaining it is a journey to the arctic hell far below New Etyom.

Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what’s left of the human race, or doom it to extinction…

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​Gareth Worthington BSc PhD is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the world’s doctors on new cancer therapies. His debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun, won in the Science Fiction category at the London Book Festival 2017. He has a number of passions, including: martial arts (he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore), studying ancient history, and most of all writing fiction. Born in England, Gareth resides in Switzerland.

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Stu Jones has served full time as a law enforcement officer for twelve years. Over the course of his career he has worked as an investigator, an instructor teaching SWAT close quarters and defensive tactics, and as a member and team leader of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. He is also trained and qualified as a law enforcement SWAT sniper, as well as in hostage rescue and high-risk entry tactics. He is an Eagle Scout, a lifelong martial artist, and an avid outdoorsman.

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4 Stars

It is 2251 and after World War 3 and the New Black Plague, most of the population of the world is dead. What remains is in a city called Etyom located in former Russia. Etyom is divided between the Robusts, those that managed to survive the New Black Death, and the Graciles, those that were bio-engineered to survive the plague.

Mila Solokoff is a Robust and a bounty hunter that has to deal with the dregs of Etyom. Demitri Stasevich is a Graciles with schizophrenia which is a sentence to death if anyone ever found out about it. The search for knowledge has them crossing paths and coming together with the secrets of Etyom and rebellion.

Mila is a bad ass and she has to be in this cruel world. Of course things go sideways and she is caught up in a revolution. I loved her, she was a great lead character. Demitri on the other hand is just another sheep following along with the orders but trying to keep his disease and drug addiction on the down low. I admit that in the beginning I was about done with him being such a wimp. But as the story progresses he does get a back bone and becomes a great partner for Mila.

I love dystopian stories and always jump at the chance to read them. This was a great story that quickly drew me in, left me wanting more, and knocked me on my butt with the ending. This is a great story and one that I recommend to those that love dystopians.

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Forgiving River

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Title: Forgiving River

Author: Lynne Leslie

Series: Skullz Ink Book Two

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Designer: Wicked Dreams Designs

Release Date: September 6, 2018

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Loxley Erin Parrish

Three years ago, I was left for dead at the bottom of the stairs by the monster that haunts my nightmares. I lost everything that day. My life. My sanity. My daughter.
After waking to find the same monster had killed my best friend, I ran because I was next. The two men who saved me from the darkness brought me to the one who would change my life.

River James DeLuca

I’ve learned wealth doesn’t stop monsters. Twice I’ve seen my family kill and now, I’m fighting to make up for the part I played in that tragedy. It’s an everyday battle and the woman I want more than anything never lets me forget it. When she comes to me for help, I see my opportunity to show her and everyone else the man I really am but neither of us expected the shocking revelations from the past colliding with our present.

To fight the past, we must confront the monsters from our nightmares and hope we survive.

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My Review

5 stars

We first meet Loxley and River in Fighting for Phoenix. You could tell that both of these characters had something happen to them in the past and I when I learned the second book was going to be about them I was excited to find out what happened. They might come from upper class families but that doesn’t protect them from abuse. Those that were supposed to care and protect them broke that trust.

Once again Lynne Leslie has me feeling the full range of emotions from heartbreak and sadness to anger and happiness for these two. I felt so bad for Loxley and wanted her to see how River was not going to hurt her. I was cheering when she finally let her walls down. As for River, I was not too impressed with in him Fighting for Phoenix but he definitely made me come to care for him too.

This is an amazing series. I admit that I’m not a big romance type girl but this is one series that I recommend checking out. It will have you emotionally wrung out but wanting more.

 

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4 Stars

Jayden is returning home and is excited to give Phoenix the big news, she is pregnant. But when she gets home she discovers Phoenix naked in bed with a blonde and figured he was cheating on her. Without giving him the news she leaves. Four years later Phoenix stumbles into Jayden’s bar and sparks fly even though both try to deny it. Jayden learns that a bunch of Phoenix’s friends staged the event for some odd reason.

But now that they are together, there is other things happening. It seems that someone is a complete whack job and obsessed with Jayden. He is completely crazy and I would like to note that the author did say there were some dark scenes. But together Jayden and Phoenix may just stop him from doing some serious harm.

This was a great story with a full range of emotions. When you learn about the friends setting up the bed scene I was so pissed. I mean who would do something like that? It broke my heart for Jayden but I had so much hope when they met back up. Of course the stalker has gone off the deep end and you don’t find out who he is right away. But that just kept my engrossed in the story.

This is a great read and one that I would recommend checking out.

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Lynne is a momma bear to two beautiful little girls and one amazing stepson. When she’s not writing, she’s an avid reader. If you don’t catch her with her nose in a book or her fingers scribbling in a notebook, she’s usually right in front of the television with her family. She lives in the quiet country, somewhere on the Panhandle of Florida. She loves music, dancing and beer. Preferably the beer first so she can at least pretend to know how to twerk when the music comes on. She loves anything that glitters and has a weird habit of collecting pens. Even though she’s in Florida, she hates the ocean and doesn’t eat seafood. I know. I know. She’s a strange human being.

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Bear Witness to Murder
A Teddy Bear Mystery #2
by Meg Macy
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Cute and cuddly on the outside, murder and mayhem on the inside . . .
Totally adorable.” —Duffy Brown on
Bearly Departed
As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow,
there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and
murder in cold blood . . .
Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the
fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the
opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute
celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to
agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly
Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble
for the Silver Bear Shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .
But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife
plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real
backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled
the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now,
before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest
and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a
daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her
stuffed bears . . .
Praise For Bearly Departed
You’ll fall in love with this delightful debut mystery.” —Victoria
Thompson, bestselling author of Murder
in Morningside Heights
The first in a new series features a complex plot awash in red herrings,
a perky heroine . . . and everything you ever wanted to know about
teddy bears.”—Kirkus Reviews
The appealing, impulsive amateur sleuth, dedicated to the family
business, will appeal to fans of character-driven cozies.” —Library Journal
Entertaining . . . inhabited by quirky, fully developed characters and good dogs
and cats.” —Publishers Weekly
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5 Stars

It is fall in Silver Hollow and time for the Cranbeary Tea Party and the Oktobear Feast. While hosting the Cranbeary Tea Party Sasha is surprised to see her long time rival Holly Parker has moved back into town and opened a toy store and book store. But if that was not enough, Sasha’s ex is with Holly and they make a huge scene.

Later that night, Sasha and Maddie discover Holly’s shop assistant, Gina has been stabbed. Gina was wearing some of Holly’s clothes. The question is who killed Gina and if they meant to kill her or Holly. Sasha jumps into investigating the murderer before someone else turns up dead.

This is a great cozy mystery and second in the series. I loved coming back to Silver Hollow and the Silver Bear Shop and Factory. Sasha seems to be getting her life back on track until the appearance of Holly and Flynn. Of course Sasha is concerned because Holly’s business spells danger for Sasha and her cousin’s book store.

Gina had a past so of course we don’t really know who the killer was going after. I was kept on my toes and was completely surprised by the ending. I loved this book and think anyone that enjoys a cozy mystery should check this series out.

Bearly Departed
A Teddy Bear Mystery #1
You’ll fall in love with this delightful debut mystery.” —Victoria
Thompson, bestselling author of
Murder
in Morningside Heights
The Silver Bear Shop and Factory might be the cutest place around, but
there’s nothing warm and fuzzy about murder . . .
As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory,
thirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well,
except for the part about being a single divorcée with a ticking
biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that’s just kid’s
stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on making
drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with
or without Sasha’s approval . . .
But before Will digs his claws in, someone pulls the stuffing out of his
plan . . . and leaves his dead body inside the factory. Reeling from
shock, Sasha’s hit with more bad news—police suspect her
hot-tempered Uncle Ross may have murdered him. Sasha knows her uncle
would never do such a thing, and she’s launching her own little
investigation to expose the truth. As she tracks Will’s biggest
rivals and enemies for clues, Sasha can’t get too comfy—or she’ll
become the next plaything for a killer . . .
A twisty mystery tale with a likable protagonist and a colorful
supporting cast. Sure to be a very enjoyable series!”—Livia J.
Washburn, bestselling author of Black
and Blueberry Die
Cute and cuddly on the outside, murder and mayhem on the inside—I love
this book!!! Totally adorable.”—Duffy Brown, bestselling author
of Braking for Bodies
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4 Stars

The small town of Silver Hollow is the home of the Silver Bear Shop, a family run teddy bear factory. Sasha Silverman has just gone through a divorce and has returned home to the family shop. Her parents have retired from the shop and left the running of the business in Sasha’s hands along with her sister Maddie and Uncle Ross. But she has one big hurtle, sales man Will Taylor who is trying to take control behind Sasha’s back.

Will announces that the production of the teddy bears is going to be sent overseas to the uproar of the whole factory. But that will come back to bit him when later that night Sasha and Maddie find Will’s body. If that was not scandal enough, the police believe Uncle Ross is the killer. So Sasha decides to take it upon herself to look into the murder of Will.

I love the setting with the wonderful little town and the teddy bear shop. I love Sasha, Maddie, and Ross. They work well together and help draw you into the mystery. I liked the mystery but did not really have me really guessing.

This is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. I liked the cute town and shop and can’t wait to find out what Sasha is going to get into next.

Meg Macy is an award-winning author and artist. Her first published
book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First
Novel from Western Writers of America. Meg is also one-half of the
writing team of D.E. Ireland, authors of the Eliza and Henry Higgins
Mystery series—of which two titles have been Agatha Award
finalists. Meg lives in Southeastern Michigan, the setting for her
Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear mysteries.
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Selected

by J. Allen Wolfrum

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Synopsis:

Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum

Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy.

Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan’s tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.

With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance.

Book Details:

Genre: Political Thriller
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: December 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 326
ISBN: 1981498974 (ISBN13: 9781981498970)
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Read an excerpt:

Susan Turner looked up through a haze of white dust and saw a group of men in black suits huddled around her body. The muffled ringing in her ears overpowered their voices. The men helped her to her feet and they ran as a group toward the entrance to the underground tunnel. Her hearing slowly returned, screams of panic in the hallway replacing the ringing. As they ran, she recognized the men surrounding her were Secret Service agents.

Four agents surrounded Susan as they jogged through the underground tunnel together. Ten yards into the tunnel, she slowed down. In mid-stride, she took off one heel at a time and returned to the pace of the group. There were no words exchanged; they moved together in focused silence. Four hundred yards down the tunnel, the group stopped at two large steel doors. The lead agent opened the doors and light from the helicopter pad above burst into the tunnel.

Before moving toward the helicopter, the agent stand- ing behind Susan shouted into his headset, “Checkpoint Bravo. Waiting for clearance.” He nodded as the response came through and relayed the message to the group: “Let’s move.” They ran from the tunnel into the daylight and across the tarmac to the open doors of the helicopter.

The agent sitting across from Susan handed her a com- munications headset. “Ma’am, are you okay? Any injuries?” Susan wiped the sweat and dust from her face. “No, I’m fine. My family?”

“They’re safe. Your children were brought to a safe location under the Pentagon, and your parents are there with them.”

She nodded. “Is it over?”

He pursed his lips before responding, “I don’t know. I only heard snippets of radio chatter while we were on the way to the helipad.”

Susan leaned back in her seat, cupping her hands over her face and replaying the events in her mind. The group stayed in radio silence for the remainder of the brief flight. The helicopter landed at Andrews Air Force Base and the doors immediately opened. Susan and her security detail rushed across the tarmac and boarded the Boeing 747. She walked onto the plane in her bare feet. Jogging on con- crete caused the pinky toe on her left foot to bleed. She left a trail of blood down the center aisle of Air Force One.

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Excerpt from Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum. Copyright © 2018 by J. Allen Wolfrum. Reproduced with permission from J. Allen Wolfrum. All rights reserved.

 

Author Bio:

J. Allen Wolfrum

J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine. He served four years as a Marine Corps Infantryman in the most decorated Regiment in Marine Corps history. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he led an infantry squad on missions spanning from the oil fields of Southern Iraq to the streets of Baghdad.

After the Marine Corps, he spent the next fifteen years exploring life from several perspectives: press operator in a plastics factory, warehouse stocker, confused college student, Certified Public Accountant, bearded graduate student, management consultant, and data analyst.

J. Allen Wolfrum’s writing career began in 2017 with his debut novel, Selected. He uses the unique combination of his Marine Corps, professional and life experience to create a realistic perspective on the political thriller genre. He lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife and two cats.

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My Review

4 Stars

The President, the Senate, and Congress are no longer voted on. The Dove Revolution rose up and has selected these members for two year terms. This time former Army Lieutenant Colonel Susan Hunter has been selected as President. Initially she is going to turn this position down but follows through with it.

Unfortunately The Board of Pacific International has their own plans. They are a group of big companies that are very interested in Eastern Europe for manufacturing and raw materials. What better way to help themselves than to start a war between America and Russia with bombings and fake documents.

The Board of Pacific International essential helps Susan get selected because of her past performance of flying off the handle. But Susan has the help of her former commander to help her try to keep the country from going to nuclear war.

It’s really scary to think about how the big companies were manipulating the selection and everything else just to gain profits. Granted things like this happen in today’s politics, I would hope not to this extent. This gave the story a real feel to it. The problem I had with it was I would like to have learned why The Dove Revolution happened and how it can to the idea of a Selection to full the government.

Over all this is a good story that had me curious at where it was going. There were a couple things that I had to not think about too much. I wonder if this is going to be a standalone story or a series. I do think that there is a great possibility to see more of Susan Hunter.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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