CARDINAL SIN by J.R.RIPLEY

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I can hardly believe this is the 9th Bird Lover’s Mystery!

Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms will need help from her fine-feathered friends when an uncommon bird sighting plunges her into a hornet’s nest of black magic and murder most foul . . . 

Amy is enjoying a little down time in her shop Birds & Bees. Things are slow until a woman comes in looking to purchase some bees. After helping her out with that information, the woman introduces herself as Yvonne Rice, a new face in Ruby Lake. Exotic and intriguing, Amy accepts her dinner invitation after seeing a photo Yvonne took in her yard of a rare yellow cardinal. Bringing as her plus 1 Kim.

While Amy has gotten an appropriate house warming gift, Kim has decided to re-gift the Lord of Death statue that neither of them wants. As Yvonne brings out a Ouija Board and has most of them on board to have a go, a mysterious message pops us. I. Am. Murdered.

Confused and a little bothered by the odd folks living around the pond, Amy is just starting to dig into Yvonne when the poor woman is found dead in her home. While there is an escaped convict in the area, this looks very suspicious, as do all the residents there.

Or is there some VooDoo going on with the Lord of Death? No matter, Amy is on the case and she isn’t letting anyone tell her no.

This series has grown so much over time. I used to think of Amy as rather a dull character,easily duped and not standing up for herself. Now, you better take this gal seriously! You hear that Ex-Amy??

The characters, the birds, the entire town of Ruby Lake is looking really good to me right now!

Well Done!

NetGalley/ Kensington  Lyrical Underground May 14, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

International Women’s Day…RESPECT

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

A day to recognize women all over the globe. Stand tall, Be Strong. Teach your daughters and your sons about the power of women. We gave you life, now show some appreciation! You don’t ’empower” us, we are already powerful, we don’t need your approval or your interference in matters that do not concern you fellas!

We are tired of playing. Now, we act.

xx P

Something Read, Something Dead by EVA GATES

Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

A Lighthouse Mystery #5

Back in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lucy Richardson, our resident library dweller and worker, is trying to keep her cousin Josie calm and plan Josie’s wedding to Jake.

Everyone loves Josie and her Cozy Bakery and also her fiance’ who is a chef with his own restaurant. They know they want simple and small. But there is still a dress to buy, flowers to arrange and showers to host.

To everyone’s horror, the New Orleans branch of Josie’s family shows up and apparently left their manners at home. Between Grandma Gloria pushing everyone around and insisting on changing every detail of the wedding, as well as aunts and cousins who are more interested in making a buck off the affair. They truly were a horrible lot.

When one of the more obnoxious cousins ends up dead at the bridal shower, even the cousins are pointing fingers at Josie! Lucy of course is diving right into this case to save her friends reputation, at the same time that the lighthouse seems to be about to crumble down.

You need a few things for a really fine cozy mystery and no matter what name she is writing under, this author has a knack for creating characters that are relateable to most of us. The location? Well a lighthouse library! In the Outer Banks? There should be a murder, but not too gory, and more than a few sketchy characters to keep you guessing. This one hit every mark as usual!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

About the Author:

Vicki Delany

GOODREADS AUTHOR

“It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers.

She is the author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane and the Year Round Christmas series from Penguin. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library Series.
Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com , www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor, and twitter: @vickidelany

She blogs about the writing life at One Woman Crime Wave (http://klondikeandtrafalgar.blogspot.com)

Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com

 

What is your cover saying about your book?

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 1) by [Arden, Katherine]

One of my favorite books of last year. Look at that cover.And today that is what I wanted to talk about. Cover Art. How much time do you put into your covers?

I’ve been noticing the past few years with the rise of self-published authors especially that the covers all look the same. Different title, same covers. Why would you want your cover to be like someone else’s? Did you not research it?

All the time we hear “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, guess what? We all do it. When I walk into a bookstore content is not grabbing me like a tracking beam to your book. I’m drawn to the one that I can take one look at and say, ” Oh, my I know what this is going to be about and I want it!”  There should always be something on your cover that gives the reader a sneak peek.  Take the above book for example. I saw it and immediately wanted it. In my head I’m hearing Russian, Fables,Winter and Magic oh yes!

So when you look at your book cover what does it say? Is it a statement of what’s to come once you open it? I finished a book last year with a simple cover that didn’t state anything about what it meant or how it related to the content. It was a tremendous book! But If I hadn’t been an early Beta reader and then the ARC copy, the cover would have never made me even pick it up at the store.

One of the reasons I do not read romance books is because the majority of them have the same man with the six-pack abs, glistening. Is there just the one model? But at least I know what is going to be in them. I don’t like it. But I know.

Final thoughts?   Make friends with artists. Put some real thought behind the cover and you may just find your sales will increase!

xx P

THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO SPARKLE!

Good Morning Y’all. Today is the release of The Hanging Psalm by Chris Nickson from Severn House and Murder at the Queen’s Old Castle by Cora Harrison also from Severn House.

January 2019 is chock full of good books coming out! From Cozy Mysteries to Horror, our favorite authors are giving us a lot to read!

Today is a great day to kick back with a book, a cup of tea and for me, listen to the rain.

Enjoy your day. Read a book. Be Nice! Cheers to another year of sharing books.

xx P

END OF THE YEAR REVIEW

Happy Sunday! It’s cold outside and very, very quiet. The cries of heartbroken Sooner fans are heard faintly in the air. I personally think they should be grateful they got to spend a week in Florida, but seriously did they think they could beat Alabama? I mean do you know Nick Saban? The man takes notes on the field so he can tear you a new one at halftime. And I counted at least 17 uses of the F word after he broke his headset.

I have completed my Goodreads Challenge with around 179 books. I’ve read others, I just wasn’t obligated to review them, thank the gods. No one wants to know what I thought of new LSAT study guide. Or the Nuclear Facility Policies and Procedures Manual.

Normally I would do a post on the best books but this year I can’t. There were so many good reads out there this year. This year I also branched out, reading new authors to me from the UK, Pakistan, India, Korea, Scotland and Ireland and Russia, Norway, Denmark too and I have yet to be disappointed in any of them.

A few things I would like to see change this year from Amazon is letting us post on Amazon UK. Why must I have a different account to do that? So if you would fix that little problem I would greatly appreciate it.

Also whoever does those blurbs….stop comparing authors. You know what I mean. “If you loved Gone Girl, you will love ________ (fill in the blank). Well I hated Gone Girl but I loved this book and it wasn’t even in the same genre as Gone Girl. And you don’t have to tell the entire story in the blurb. Why do I need to read it when I already know what happens?  I actually told an author that on Goodreads they were comparing her to another author who isn’t even a thriller author. She was not amused. So let’s stop that mess. Also if you disagree with someone else’s review you don’t have to attack them. This isn’t Kindergarten. You aren’t required to comment. Reading is subjective. Every reader puts their own interpretation on a book, based on their own experiences and knowledge, so grow up and stop that.

And that’s all I have to say about that. I wish you a new year full of hope, peace and love. Be Kind. It’s free. Don’t judge. That position is filled. Stand up straight, hold your head high and own your shit.

Thanks for coming over!  Happy New Year to you all. And don’t forget to re-tweet other reviewers posts. Thank you for everyone who does this for me and I’ll keep doing it for all of you!

Much love  P

FUN FACTS WITH THE CONSTITUTION

WE are gearing up for the July 4th celebrations tomorrow and I’m feeling a bit ambivalent about the entire thing.

I would love to know how many people have actually read the Bill of Rights, The Constitution or our Declaration of Independence. Have you?

Now I’m going back to reading Boom Town!

xx Patricia