Sunday, April 30, 2023

~ MONDAY MYSTERY FEATURE RED HOT MURDER ~

~ MONDAY MYSTERY FEATURE  ~
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AUTHOR MICHELE PARIZA WACEK
 

 

Red Hot Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) 
by Michele Pariza Wacek

 

About 'Red Hot Murder'

 

 

Cozy Mystery 6th in Series Setting - Wisconsin Love-Based Publishing 
(April 25, 2023) Digital - 200-250 pages  
ASIN: ‎ B0BFC7MN2G
 

 

Charlie Kingsley’s tea customers have two things in common:

They rave about her teas.

AND they have a knack for attracting trouble.

There’s never been a connection between the two … until now.

One night, one of Charlie’s customers passes out, only to wake up to her fiancΓ© dead in her home and no memory of what happened the night before.

But one thing she DOES remember is drinking a cup of Charlie's tea.

Charlie knows it wasn’t the tea, but everyone else is suddenly blaming her, so she has no choice but to get to the bottom of this mysterious death.

 

EXCERPT:

The phone rang, jerking me out of a sound sleep. I fumbled for it, my heart instantly in my throat. At that hour of the night, I automatically assumed it was my sister, Annabelle, calling from New York with terrible news.

But then I reminded myself it was more likely someone like Dana, calling with a middle-of-the-night tea emergency. Again.

“Charlie?” The voice was so choked with tears, I could barely make it out.

“It’s me,” I said, swinging my legs out of bed as fear started to take hold again. “Who is this?” I almost asked if it was Annabelle, but I wasn’t sure if I could get the words past the lump in my throat. Plus, it sounded nothing like my sister. Was it my best friend, Pat? No, it didn’t sound like her, either.

“It … it … it’s me,” the voice said between sobs. “Cherry.”

“Cherry?” I wasn’t sure I’d heard her right.

Cherry burst into a fresh bawl. “You have to come,” she said. “He’s not moving. You have to help him.”

“He? Do you mean Marcus?” My mind raced as I thought about her romantic surprise date. “Is something wrong with Marcus?”

Another hiccup. “Please come. He needs help. I need help.”

“Cherry, if there’s something wrong with Marcus, call 9-1-1.”

“You don’t understand,” she cried. “I don’t remember. He wasn’t here. So, I don’t even know how he was attacked.”

Attacked? What was she talking about? Was she in the middle of a bad trip? Was THAT the romantic surprise? I tugged a hand through my wild, brownish- blondish hair, trying to decide if maybe I should hang up and call 9-1-1. “Cherry, what is going on? Talk to me.”

“I ca … can’t. Please just come. Hurry.” There was a click, and the phone went dead.

I stared at the receiver. Really, the smart move would be to call 9-1-1 myself. I had no business heading over to her house in the middle of the night, especially if I was going to end up in the middle of some dangerous situation. Best to let the professionals take care of it.

Yet … her voice tugged at me. She sounded terrified … like something had gone very wrong.

What she really needed was someone in her corner she could trust.

Before I was even aware I had made the decision, I was striding over to my closet to pull on a pair of jeans and an oversized University of Wisconsin sweatshirt. I headed into my en suite bathroom to quickly brush my teeth, wash my face, and try to do something with my wild hair. I finally managed to gather it into a loose ponytail, although a few tendrils had snuck out and were framing my face. I stared at myself in the mirror. My hazel eyes were puffy from lack of sleep, and I looked far older than my early thirties.

Well, it’s not like you’re going to a party, I scolded myself. If you’re gonna do this, then hurry up and do it.

I left the bedroom and hurried to find my keys.

 

About Michele Pariza Wacek

 
 

A USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author, Michele taught herself to read at 3 years old because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They're clean and twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn't enough, she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com.

Michele grew up in Wisconsin, (hence why all her books take place there), and still visits regularly, but she herself escaped the cold and now lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

When she's not writing, she's usually reading, hanging out with her dog, or watching the Food Network and imagining she's an awesome cook. (Spoiler alert, she's not. Luckily for the whole family, Mr. PW is in charge of the cooking.)

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE EXPIRED HOPE ~

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Expired Hope JustRead Takeover + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Expired Hope by Megan Besing & Lisa Phillips, 
 

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About the Book

 

Expired Hope TitleExpired Hope 
Series:  Last Chance Fire and Rescue #2 
Authors:  Megan Besing & Lisa Phillips 
Publisher:  Sunrise Publishing 
Release Date:  April 25, 2023 
Genre:  Christian Romantic Suspense

She battled every fire she ever faced.

He’s risking everything for the chance to belong. 

Veteran and therapist Natalie Atkinson watched her Army career explode in her face. All she ever wanted was to help people carry their burdens. Seeking a new future in Last Chance County doesn’t start so well when she’s the one being rescued from a client’s burning house. To make matters worse, now she’s stuck evaluating the truck and rescue squads for the fire department. When the chief overhears why she left her last job, she’s determined to prove to him and her boss that she’s still the right therapist to assess his crew. 

No matter if success takes everything she’s got. Fire Chief Macon James is the right man for the job. He doesn’t need a therapist interfering with the running of his crew or putting his position in jeopardy when a counselor is what tore his family apart. He’s got to get his firefighters to be a team, and he can do it without Natalie’s help. After an explosion destroys her car, it quickly becomes clear she might need him as much as everyone thinks he needs her. If these two stubborn hearts will surrender, they could have everything they want. 

Or it could all go down in flames.
 
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EXCERPT:

He paused before opening the main office door and glanced at the counselor through the glass window. She was seated in a chair, looking down at her phone. Her blonde hair was in a loose bun on the back of her head, and a thick pile of bangs covered most of her forehead. She had on a navy silk shirt and black pants.

Her foot bounced up and down as she scrolled on her phone. If she was nervous, that could be encouraging. Possibly cut down on the questions she might ask. Get her to sign off on their evaluation quickly.

Macon opened the door, and the woman glanced up.

It was like he was in a smoke funnel. His knees locked beneath him as he blinked at the same blue eyes that had hung around in his dreams. They belonged to the woman he’d rescued out of the fire.

As if they’d never met, she stood and extended her hand. “Good afternoon, I’m Natalie Atkinson from the Ridgeman Center. I’ll be the counselor assessing you and your firefighters.”

His lungs ached at the memory of her collapsing and him cradling her. Natalie. The name suited her, but this was not how he’d imagined them meeting.

He wrapped his hand around hers and, for a moment, they stared at each other, until she slipped her hand away. She’d been beautiful yesterday, but with her hair up and the spark in her eye, he wished they were introducing themselves during dinner at Backdraft Bar and Grill instead of a professional meeting.

Macon cleared his throat. “I’m Chief Macon James.”

She studied him, yet said nothing about yesterday. Not that he expected a thank-you when he rescued someone, but it was strange she didn’t even bring it up. Maybe she was self-conscious about how she’d fainted.

She glanced left and right before picking up the notebook from the chair beside her. She hugged it to her chest. “Do we have a more private place for your session?” Her voice had a raspier tone than earlier.

“I’ll lead you to the conference room. We’ll address all the crew there. Rescue will go first with their individual sessions.” When he turned for the door, her hand landed on his arm. Her touch was like the strike of a match.

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About the Authors

Lisa Phillips Megan Besing

Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 50 books that span Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). As a worship leader for Calvary Chapel churches in her local area, Lisa has discovered a love for mentoring new ministry members and youth worship musicians.
Connect with Lisa by visiting authorlisaphillips.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.  

Despite adoring happily-ever-afters, Megan Besing didn’t unlock a love for reading until her mid-twenties, which quickly expanded into writing. Her stories have won many awards, but her most cherished achievements are being a wife and mother. She lives in a pocket-size Indiana town, centered around extended family. She’s always planning a road trip with a view, yet her favorite place may just be on her front porch drinking tea.

Connect with Megan by visiting meganbesing.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates. 

Discover the world of Last Chance County at www.lastchancecounty.com.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

~ WEDNESDAY SUSPENSE SAFEGUARDING THE WITNESS ~

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~ WEDNESDAY SUSPENSE FEATURE ~
--  'SAFEGUARDING THE WITNESS'  --
AUTHOR LAURIE WINTER

 

Safeguarding the Witness JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Safeguarding the Witness by Laurie Winter, 

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

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About the Book

 

Safeguarding the Witness

Title: Safeguarding the Witness
Series: The Protectors
Author
: Laurie Winter
Publisher: Inspirational The Protectors Collection (Love Inspired Suspense)
Release Date
: April 25, 2023
Genre
: Christian Romantic Suspense
 
A treasure worth killing for…  
 
Unless the bodyguard can protect them 
 
Kayla Swartz’s return to Snowberry, Montana, has been a living nightmare. She found her estranged father murdered, and unless she retrieves some missing jewels, Kayla and her three-year-old sister could be next. With nowhere else to turn, Kayla entrusts their lives to bodyguard Nicholas Galanis. But is hiding at a remote cabin in the mountains their best chance to survive…or the perfect opportunity for an ambush? 
 
EXCERPT:

Kayla raced outside after Nicolas but couldn’t react quickly enough. The blast caught her off guard, knocking her off the front stoop. She tumbled down the stairs and landed on a patch of brown grass. Her ears rang, and she pressed her hands over them to muffle the sound. She blinked, trying to soothe the sting of tears.

Nicolas! her mind screamed. He’d been close, too close. If he was hurt—or worse… Kayla halted her anxiety-producing theories. She pushed herself back onto her feet. Her vision narrowed in on Nicolas’s large form sprawled on the front lawn. He’d always seemed indestructible to her. Please let him be okay.

The front door swung out, and Detective Reimer sprinted out, barking orders into her cell phone. She skidded to a stop by Kayla. “Are you hurt?”

Kayla shook her head. “No. Nicolas was near the blast.”

“Emergency services are on their way.

Stay here.”   Detective Reimer left Kayla with firm instructions before heading to Nicolas.

Nicolas would be all right. He had to be. The alternative clawed inside her. 

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REVIEW:

A suspenseful tale filled with many twists and turns . . .
 
From page one to the end of this book Kayla Swartz is tormented by memories of her father and his lifestyle's effect on her life. She is on a continual roller coaster of danger as she is chased down by unknown assailants for a reason she has yet to discover. Her emotions are all over the place as she bounces from one stressful event to another. I admired her perseverance in the face of obstacles coming at her in quick succession.
 
Nicholas Galanis, a bodyguard who owns his own security company, reenters Kayla's life when she returns to their hometown of Snowberry, Montana, at her father's request. Nicholas is a solid guy who remains steadfast to Kayla and her family throughout the story. He is a forgiving person who is willing to take people at their word and give them another chance. I found him to be a three-dimensional man of faith who is filled with courage and fortitude.
 
The couple work together to eventually solve an intricate case involving some surprising villains. The addition of Kayla's mother—Hillary, Kayla's three-year-old half sister—Olive, and Sasha, Kayla's trained therapy dog, brought some rays of sunshine into this dramatic story.
 
This book is completely clean in language and content.
 
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About the Author

Laurie Winter

 
Multiple award-winning author Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with jogging and binge-watching true-crime shows. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

Connect with Laurie by visiting lauriewinter.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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