A Psychic with Catitude and other New Releases

A Psychic with Catitude and other New Releases

It is new release day! Book two of the Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator series is live today, and I have a round-up of other new releases for your reading pile as well ...
Excerpt from Deadline

Excerpt from Deadline

This week I am reading Sandra Brown's Deadline. I have previously mentioned Low Pressure here. Sandra Brown's writing is not cookie cutter fiction, she produces thrillers that are fresh and new, with interesting characters and twists. ...
Have a Non-Romantic Valentine's Day

Have a Non-Romantic Valentine’s Day

This year, I wanted to do something a little bit different again. I wanted to focus on characters who were asexual or aromantic. But in searching for them, I kept running up against books that were about sexual relationships and romance, but from or including an ace/aro perspective or character. And I realized that wasn't what I was looking for. I was looking for books that did not focus on romance at all. Where sex and romance were not the focus of the story, or even a subplot. ...
In the Margins 2019 Awards

In the Margins 2019 Awards

I am pleased to announce the Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5 has been awarded one of the fiction awards for In the Margins 2019. Ronnie placed on the Recommended Reading list for 2019 ...
Excerpt from The Quiche of Death

Excerpt from The Quiche of Death

I have read several of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, but I have not read the first one. And here it is, The Quiche of Death. Agatha retires from her advertising agency and moved to the Cottswalds, fulfilling a childhood dream. Only she finds out she doesn't like it that much, or the people there don't like her that much, and she decides to make a splash by winning a cooking prize at the county fair. But she can't cook. And that's just the beginning.  ...
Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

You may recognize this week's title, as it has also been made into a TV series apparently available on Netflix. The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel written by Shirley Jackson. It was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written." It is also the story behind the movies "The Haunting." ...
What is Kabedon?

What is Kabedon?

This week, in one of my writing groups, the subject of Kabedon came up. Not something I had ever heard of before, so I won't assume that you have either. Kabedon is a new trend in Japanese courtship, popularized in manga and anime. Kabe-don ("wall punch") is the act of the man slapping his hand on the wall next to the woman, pinning her in position by his proximity. He may place only one hand on the wall, or one hand on either side of her so that she is encircled by his arms. He leans in very close to talk to her.  ...
Excerpt from Gray Mountain

Excerpt from Gray Mountain

I am reading a John Grisham novel this week, one of his legal thrillers. I have been disappointed with a couple of Grisham novels lately, but am enjoying Gray Mountain ...
What the Cat Knew and other new releases

What the Cat Knew and other new releases

I'm really excited to introduce a new mystery series to you. Many of you have been enjoying the Auntie Clem's Bakery cozy mystery series. In Coup de Glace, you met Erin's foster sister, Reg Rawlins. She was such a fun character to write, she needed her own series. Having left Vermont, Reg has taken her fortune telling act to Florida, where there is a thriving paranormal community. Black Sands is different than anywhere she's ever lived before… ...
Excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty Killer

Excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty Killer

I've read a few other books in Mary Higgins Clark's Under Suspicion series, a series about a TV show that investigates cold cases, or in this case, investigates the claim of a woman who claims that she was wrongly convicted. The Sleeping Beauty Killer will keep you on your toes. The Queen of Suspense does not disappoint! ...
Toxo and a round-up of freebies

Toxo and a round-up of freebies

Hang onto your hats! Are you ready for another round-up of Kindle freebies? Toxo Caleb, an autistic teen is mistakenly arrested. Bad turns to worse when he is then apprehended from his family by DFS ...
Excerpt from Low Pressure

Excerpt from Low Pressure

I am currently reading Sandra Brown's Low Pressure. A murder mystery where the main character, Bellamy Lyston, has written a fictional novel based on her own sister's murder and all of the personalities involved. This might not seem like such a bad idea when the killer had already been caught, tried, and incarcerated, but if the wrong man ended up in prison, that would mean that the real killer is still on the outside. Brown ramps up the suspense as Bellamy digs into past to try to discover the bits of what happened that day that she has blocked from her memory.  ...
Upcoming in 2019

Upcoming in 2019

Last year, I posted some of my plans for 2018. And I thought I would do the same for this year. I just looked at another post that I did about planning for the year that I would encourage you to read again this year if you are looking for some tools to help you with your productivity. Here are some of the things that you can look forward to seeing this year! ...
Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

I've read and mentioned a few other Louise Penny books on this blog before. Based in Quebec, the Inspector Gamache series always delves deep into the setting and history, psychology, and the complex relationships between the characters. Gamache has dealt with a lot of betrayal and corruption in his time, and in this volume, he is once again trying to root out the source of the ongoing problems in the Sûreté du Québec and how it is tied into the mysterious map and disappearing villages ...
New Year's Specials!

New Year’s Specials!

Here we are on the cusp of a new year! I hope you're looking forward to 2019 and all it will bring you. Did you get a kindle, tablet, or other ereader this Christmas? Are you looking for some great deals to load onto it? Well, look no further, here you go! ...
Romance or crime?

Romance or crime?

Over the last month or so, I have watched way too many Christmas romance movies. My husband really likes them, so we have watched just about every one that has come on TV, or at least it feels that way. These movies tend to be very formulaic, as described in this satirical post that I saw on Facebook ...
Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer is a master of the political intrigue thriller. Looking at his Amazon page, he also writes biographies for children that look quite interesting! I am loving Zig in The Escape Artist, underdog, mortician for fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base, still in mourning over the death of his young daughter years before. He is an artist and a someone who believes deeply in making things right. Not a lot of writers can pull off main characters who are broken or depressed, but Meltzer does it well ...
Excerpt from If I Stay

Excerpt from If I Stay

I haven't posted about a young adult book lately, so I am pleased to bring you an excerpt from Gayle Forman's If I Stay. I hadn't read the blurb before starting, I just knew it was Gayle Forman and a popular book. It's definitely a little more interesting if you pick it up without knowing the premise, so decide whether you want to know or not before reading the blurb at the bottom! Gayle Forman is such a great writer of impactful YA ...
Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

I've read a number of Alex Cross books before, and was a little disappointed with Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. Rather than a cohesive plot, it was as if three or four different stories had been stitched together, none of them with anything to do with the others. It is still a thrilling read, just not to James Patterson's usual standards ...
Excerpt from Betrayed

Excerpt from Betrayed

I am currently reading a Lisa Scottoline novel, Betrayed. It is part of the Rosato & DiNunzio series. I'm a sucker for murder mysteries and legal thrillers, and Lisa Scottoline almost always hits it out of the park for me. Betrayed does not disappoint. Scottoline's characters are well-developed and I am eager to find out what sort of scheme it was that the victim was involved in. Hopefully, Judy Carrier will find out that her Aunt Barb's trust was not misplaced ...
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