Excerpt from Bowled Over

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading Bowled Over, a cozy mystery by Victoria Hamilton. Protagonist Jaymie Leighton, a collector of vintage kitchenware and cookbooks finds herself entangled in a murder investigation—in fact, one of the prime suspects. So, of course, she’s poking her nose into everyone else’s business and stirring up trouble.

Jamie covertly examined Kathy’s face. It looked like she’d had a shock: she was drained of color, and was still staring at the tiny screen of the cell phone. It was useless to try to sort things out with her former friend while Kathy was so distracted.

Victoria Hamilton, Bowled Over

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.

With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton…

Read a book for Father’s Day!

Don’t have a card or a gift for your dad or significant other for Father’s Day this year? It’s not too late to get an ebook! Kindle books can be read on your phone, tablet, ereader, or in your web browser. They can be gifted instantly to your dad’s email account. And there are a ton of great books out there!

Here are my books that I think hold the most appeal for men:

Looking Over Your Shoulder is currently free. The Girl in the Morgue is available only on preorder. I have a new detective series coming soon, so keep your eyes out for it.

Here are some awesome books that Amazon recommends for dads!

And if you’re a dad looking for a way to spend the day with your kids, why not set aside a few minutes for reading? Whether it is a few minutes before bed for a bedtime story, a daily or weekly Skype session, or audiobooks in the car, there are lots of opportunities to share the wonder of books with your children.

What are the best books to read with your kids? Well, the ones they’ll listen to, for starters. Here is Amazon’s list of children’s bestsellers.

It can be hard to find books for older boys other than the ubiquitous Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. What do you do once you have moved past those books or have a boy who wants something a bit older or more realistic? Some of my books with teen boy protagonists are:

(Deviation and Mito are currently free.)

So fill your shelf with some books for Dad, or some books to read with Dad!

Help out man’s best friend and I’ll send you a free book

Friends of mine are currently trying to raise funds for their dog’s surgery. They rescued Musket before losing everything in a house fire a few years ago. Despite many challenges, this family is always the first to step forward with a helping hand to serve friends and others in the community. They are steadfast, kind-hearted friends who will do anything for others.

Here is a link to their GoFundMe page. Give them a donation and send me the confirmation from GoFundMe (pdworkman.author@gmail.com), and I will send you a free ebook copy of Loose the Dogs! (Or, if you prefer a book where the dog is a hero rather than the antagonist, I’ll send you Chloe.)

As a bonus, if they manage to reach their goal, I will do a draw from all of those who have sent me their confirmations for a copy of A Dog’s Purpose. I’ve previously written about A Dog’s Purpose here, and I offer a free gift of illustrated quotes from the book.

 

$200 Gift Card Plus 17 YA Books

$200 will buy you a lot of books at Barnes & Noble, plus you get 17 books from best-selling, award-winning, and stellar break-out young adult authors. Enter to win this Reader Appreciation contest today! The prize pack includes a copy of my Questing for a Dream.

Excerpt from The Bird and the Sword

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I read a mystery/thriller book last week that was so pedantic and emotionless that I kept waiting for the surprise twist that everyone was so flat because the protagonist was really insane and had just imagined the previous thirteen years. But no… it was just… written that way…

I am now reading The Bird and the Sword, by Amy Harmon, which is a welcome change! I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but this is definitely one that I would recommend. Warring kingdoms and intrigue, a little bit of magic, and of course the romance between star-crossed lovers… It’s a fun, well-written piece, in great contrast to that other book!

My mother made words. She was a Teller, and her words were magic. She spoke and the words became life. Reality. Truth. My father knew it, and he was afraid. Words can be terrible when the truth is unwelcome.

Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

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The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

Excerpt from When We Were Sisters

Don’t forget to join the YA Scavenger Hunt, or at least to grab my prizes while you’re here!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

A change from the thrillers I have been reading lately, When Emilie Richards’ When We Were Sisters is a contemporary story of two grown foster sisters revisiting their past.  When We Were Sisters is a deep, sensitive look at family and what they can mean to each other. Obviously, this one is right in my wheelhouse. The foster care system often plays a part in my YA books.

I’ve never liked hospitals. Three months ago I spent two weeks incarcerated in one, and now I like them even less. Sure, I still realize the occasional necessity, but I also realize how important it is to be freed as soon as possible.

Emilie Richards, When We Were Sisters

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Now superstar singer-songwriter Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, Cecilia drops everything to be with her.

Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris’s love and attention, but does Kris need them?

When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she’s away. She gambles that he’ll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life.

Cecilia herself needs more than time with her sister. A lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her. She wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still haunt her.

As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be.

Review of Proxy, Medical Kidnap Files #3

Reblogged from hubby’s blog Flamestr’s Thoughts.

Meet Seth Wilcox, a typical fourteen-year-old boy who wants to get better. Nothing more or less; Seth has spent most of his days in the hospital.

Seth wants to be happy, but how can he be happy, when he is constantly feeling ill? Seth lands in hospital once again, and Social Services becomes suspicious of the situation. When a child is consistently in the hospital, it raises a red flag.
 
Gabriel knows what it is like to be an underdog.  All Gabriel wants is for kids to be safe.  A happy Seth would make a happy Gabriel. But what does that entail?  Why is Seth so sick?

As Gabriel and his soulmate Renata sift through the red tape, they find there is more to it than meets the eye. When Gabriel and Renata get involved in the mess,  chances are, they have bitten off more they can chew. Every step they take seems to further endanger Seth’s life.

As you get involved in this thriller, you won’t be able to put it down.  Watch as Gabriel and Renata go through this maze of intrigue. Can they get it right and get Seth to safety? His life depends on the answer.

Thanks, Flamestr! Read a sample or jump to buy links.

The hunt begins June 1!

As I previously posted, I am participating in The Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt running June 1-7. the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! In addition to the $500 grand prize, each of the authors will be offering free books and other prizes.

Because you have made it this far, I have some treasure for you!

You can get book #1 of any of my series for free:

And you can enter my contest to win these three ebooks:

My secret clue for the scavenger hunt is “MATCH”

When you have all of the words, enter to win the grand prize here.

Click on the map to hop back to the list of participating websites.

Excerpt from The Gods of Guilt

Some fun promos going on now, be sure to check out offers in the sidebar. 

Oh, and if you have tried to access my offer for a free copy of Diversion or another of my website-only offers in the last few weeks and were unable to because you got an error, it’s fixed now! Give it another try!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading The Gods of Guilt, book six in Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series. Mickey Haller is also known as “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Michael Connelly always satisfies with lots of tension, action, and legal twists and turns, and this one is no exception.

I was left sitting on the floor, surveying the damage. I had blood on my mouth and teeth and down the crisp white shirt I was wearing. My tie was on the floor under the defense table. It was the clip-on I wear on days I visit clients in holdings cells and don’t want to get pulled through the bars.

Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt

Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP – 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Young Adult Book Bonanza

Looking for some new Young Adult books to add to your device?

Head on over to the Young Adult Book Bonanza! All books only are only 99c May 30-31.