Showing posts with label mystery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mystery. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"The Staircase of Fire" by Ben Woodard

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
The Staircase of Fire
(A Shakertown Adventure Book 3)
by Ben Woodard

The Staircase of Fire (A Shakertown Adventure Book 3) by Ben Woodard

The Staircase of Fire is the third book in the Shakertown Adventure series by Ben Woodard. Also available: A Stairway to Danger (read my blog post) and Steps Into Darkness (read my blog post).

A Stairway to Danger by Ben WoodardSteps into Darkness by Ben Woodard


The Staircase of Fire is currently on tour with BeachBoundBooks. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
A quiet town in Kentucky explodes from a racial incident and fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is in the thick of it. His past haunts him and now he’s witness to a horrific event leaving him devastated and afraid.
Tom and his cousin, Will, search for lost Shaker gold he believes can help him escape his town and memories. But leaving has consequences. He will lose his friends and his new love.
On a fiery staircase Tom finally realizes that he must face his inner demons and his terrifying nightmares. To do so he must take a stand that could change his life … or end it.
Author Ben Woodard relies on firsthand experience and family history to tell this moving story of personal tragedy and racial hatred set in the rolling countryside of Kentucky in 1923.


Excerpt
Every night when Tom went to sleep, He thought of her. Every night when he closed his eyes, he saw her face. But he never cried.
“I’m so sorry, Tom, but you know, we can’t tell anyone we saw this. The Klan would come after us.”
Tom didn’t reply.
“Please, Tom, don’t tell anyone. They will kill us—and our families.”
Tom nodded slightly. He was afraid for Helen.
They separated and as he watched Helen disappear into the woods, the world changed.
The leaves drooped and the trees sighed. Creatures stilled and his heart ached.
Death surrounded him. A cloud. a fog, a mist of death.
Enveloped him, chilled him, terrified him. Mary was dead. Mama was dead. Now one more death.
Why was he alive?
He slumped against a shagbark hickory.
“I’ll find out who the Grand Dragon is,” he screamed, “and I will kill him. With a gun, or my bow, or my hands.”
Tom’s fists lashed out at the loose bark pounding it until blood splattered chips littered the ground.
Then the sweats started. Tom dropped to his knees and gasped for air.
He wrapped his arms around the tree and gagged. Retching as the sweat turned to chills. He shivered and threw up into the grass. Again and again until the last of his breakfast competed with morning dew to cover the ground.
He collapsed on the cool dirt and curled into a ball. He lay there gulping for breath thinking how he couldn’t go on. The pain was too much.
Tom used the tree to pull himself up, but his knees buckled and he hugged the tree waiting until he regained his strength and then struggled back to the West Lot house.
[Want more? Click below to read another excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
The Staircase of Fire succeeds in offering dramatic action, mystery, social insights, and a story line that evolves from pure adventure to something deeper … a highly recommended pick for teens looking for something different …” ~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
The Staircase of Fire is a riveting and intense tale ...” ~ The Children's Book Review
“Tom grows a lot in this book and I really enjoyed reading his journey. It seems like almost every white character is racist in some way (which is historically accurate) and it was refreshing to see Tom learn to break out of the narrow-minded thinking that he had and which surrounds him.” ~ Eustacia Tan
“An inspiring adventure where the reader discovers that strength of character, the belief in what is right, and facing your demons, is the only answer to true inner peace – Highly recommended.” ~ Susan Keefe
The Staircase of Fire is an extraordinary book for children aged 12 upwards.” ~ Robbie Cheadle
“The story is wonderful. I liked the settings, and the characters are well-thought out. I recommend this book to older teen readers, due to light adult content.” ~ Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite


About the Author
Ben Woodard
Ben is a (mostly) retired amateur adventurer who has traveled across Tibet, climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest, and solo backpacked wilderness areas. Now his adventures come in the form of imagining stories, writing and telling them to kids and teens. He works with teachers, schools and literacy organizations spreading the word that books are vital - and fun.



Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"Bark Twice for Danger" by M. K. Scott

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Bark Twice for Danger
(The Talking Dog Detective Agency Book 3)
by M. K. Scott

Bark Twice for Danger (The Talking Dog Detective Agency Book 3) by M. K. Scott

Bark Twice for Danger, the third book in The Talking Dog Detective Agency series by M. K. Scott, is on sale for only $0.99. Also available: A Bark in the Night and Requiem for A Rescue Dog Queen.

A Bark in the Night by M. K. ScottRequiem for A Rescue Dog Queen by M. K. Scott


Bark Twice for Danger is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Comic Con is in full-swing and all is well. But no sooner does the biggest event of the year begin before a mysterious wave of identify thefts overshadows the grand affair.
While Nala tries to rein in Karly’s efforts to use the con for dating purposes, she also finds herself the target of a brazen thief. If she and her crime-solving canine companion don’t find the culprit, her bank accounts could be wiped cleaned.
Can Nala and Max bring an end to the chaos before it’s too late?


Excerpt
Max’s nose dropped, and his lips went up in a doggy grin. “I have, but not recently. I was trying to remember how to bring my A game. It’s something about getting a girl to think you’re better than you are. Should we lie about how many cases we actually solved?”
It didn’t take a psychic to know her pooch had been listening to Elvin bragging to one of his guy friends. If that was a man’s definition of having an A game, Elvin so didn’t have it. Women recognized him as a hopeless geek seconds after meeting him. If they gave him a second thought, it was usually to set up their smart television or fix their laptop, which he could.
“That’s not what I meant. Sure, we want to look our best, but there is no reason to lie.” The two of them meandered back to building three, stepping over patches of hard packed dirt with a few sprigs of grass in it. Despite its current circumstances, the grass was making a valiant effort to survive, as possibly were some of the residents. The entire place had the feel of a temporary stop. Her mother would point out that was the whole purpose behind apartments. In her world, people who lived in shabby apartments did not need design services.
As they reached the correct apartment building, she’d counted the number of cases she’d solved, which was almost all of them. There was one date profile she’d looked up for a nervous dater, but by the time she’d discovered he had a habit of romancing wealthy women, her client refused to listen. The dossier still sat on her office desk. Her mother suggested mailing it in about three weeks before the woman lost everything.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“Anyone who has ever wished their pet could talk will love this series and the characters who populate it, both old and new. This book features a trip to Comic Con with all its costumes and characters and it is not to be missed! Another fun case in this always charming and entertaining series!” ~ catmom17
“A well-written storyline, characters that seem real, and a mystery that hooks you into the book makes this one you can't put down. I love that the cases are based on real-life situations, and the excellent advice for avoiding the problems is great. Max's sense of humor and the embarrassing situations he causes when he talks when he shouldn't made me laugh out loud! Can't wait for the next book in the series.” ~ catmomma
“Humor, research, hardwork, and friends all add up to a book that is a good read packed with excellent advice. Max is a bonus that makes me happy each time I read one of the books in the series, because who wouldn't love a dog that can talk?” ~ Illinois Reader
“Max has a great sense of humor and is a very good sense of smell that adds in solving the crimes. He sometimes speak when others are around and Nala has to try to cover for the lower voice that people hear. At times they are laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more in the series.” ~ cary
“You must read this one!! Enjoyable read and I loved it. Well thought out and well written. The story flows and characters are fleshed out.” ~ Shar

About the Author
M. K. Scott
M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries and The Talking Dog Detective Agency. Morgan K. Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands-on approach. Morgan’s daughter, who manages a hotel, provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Overall, both are a fun series to create and read.


Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card.

Plus, meet Max and enter the author’s giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (ends 30 June).


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Pick and Chews" by Linda O. Johnston

GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY
Pick and Chews
(A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery Book 4)
by Linda O. Johnston

Pick and Chews (A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery Book 4) by Linda O. Johnston

Pick and Chews is the fourth book in the Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series by Linda O. Johnston. Also available: Bite the Biscuit, To Catch a Treat, and Bad to the Bone (read my blog post).

Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. JohnstonTo Catch a Treat by Linda O. JohnstonBad to the Bone by Linda O. Johnston


Pick and Chews is currently on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Carrie Kennersly tries to help her veterinarian boyfriend when he’s under suspicion of murder … Is he a keeper, or should she let him go off-leash for good?
As a technician for a local vet and the owner of the Barkery & Biscuits dog bakery, Carrie Kennersly is excited to host a rescue animal adoption event. She’s also excited to be in a relationship with veterinarian Dr. Reed Storme, despite his pleas for her to butt out of the murder cases she keeps finding herself involved with. Yet when Reed is accused of killing his former veterinary colleague, he seems a lot more agreeable to having amateur detective Carrie butt back in. Can Carrie clear Reed, or does she care too much for a killer?
Includes recipes for dog treats and people treats!

Excerpt
Click below to read an excerpt.


Praise for the Book
“The well written story will suck you in until you find yourself on the last page amazed at the ending. The details were just amazing and I have to say that the pet details for the series really set it apart from others. If you love animals and cozy mysteries then this is really the book/series for you. I loved every minute of it …” ~ Jessica Robbins
“This series is a fun, entertaining, cats and dogs adventure. Wonderfully written and plot is excellent. You will have to put it down and will definitely be upset when the book ends.” ~ Teri
Pick and Chews is a cute read.” ~ J. Sasse
Pick and Chews is a sweet novel, a nice change of pace and one I thoroughly enjoyed.” ~ Bonnye Reed Fry
“There are several suspects and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing a little and interesting enough to make you keep reading to see whodunit. I enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more.” ~ R. Robinson
“This fun story will keep you guessing and re-guessing up until the very end.” ~ D. Antonio

Guest Post by the Author
Hi, everyone! I'm Linda O. Johnston, and my wonderful Great Escapes Book Tour continues with my visit here, to Books Direct.
I'm taking this delightful tour because my fourth to Barkery and Biscuits Mystery, Pick and Chews, has just been released. It's a sequel to Bite the Biscuit, To Catch a Treat, and Bad to the Bone
My Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries feature a protagonist who's dear to my heart, Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician who decides to do more with her life while keeping her initial career going part-time. In Bite the Biscuit, Carrie had just bought a friend's bakery, Icing on the Cake, and turned half of it into Barkery and Biscuits, where she bakes and sells healthy dog treats she developed as a vet tech. Of course, it's a cozy mystery series, so someone gets murdered and my amateur sleuth has to solve the crime since she's the primary suspect. Since then, she's had to solve a couple more mysteries since friends were the primary suspect.
Carrie has developed a romantic relationship with Dr. Reed Storme, a veterinarian who works at the vet clinic where Carrie still works part-time as a vet tech. He's always telling her to back off, not get involved with solving crimes because it's too dangerous.
Well, in Pick and Chews, Reed is the major murder suspect ... and guess what? He backs down, at least a bit, from chastising Carrie for getting involved. After all, she survived the other situations - and actually helped solve them.
So, is she successful this time? You can probably guess. But to find out for sure, you'll need to read the story!
Why is Carrie so special to me? Partially it's because she loves dogs - and I identify with that. It's also because she's living several dreams in her life at the same time. She still enjoys being a vet tech and continues with that career part time. She also has always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and that dream is also coming true with her new shops.
These days, I'm a full-time writer and really enjoy it. But when I started writing and getting published, I was also an attorney and practiced law at the same time. Well, not exactly the same time. I got up an hour earlier than anyone else in my household so I had some writing time. At least I got up earlier than any of the humans. I've been owned by Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for many years, and my pups also got up to keep me company. And yes, I enjoyed practicing law, too.
In case you're not aware of it, all of my mysteries, and even romances these days, involve dogs!
I'd love to hear from you. Come visit my website and friend me on Facebook. I also blog every Wednesday at Killer Hobbies, on the 6th of each month at A Slice of Orange, on the 18th of each month at Killer Characters, and on the first Monday of each month at Under Cover of Midnight, as well as periodically on the Writers in Residence blog.

About the Author
Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes the Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Superstition Mystery series for Midnight Ink and the Pet Rescue Mystery series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Linda also writes the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, as well as a paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. And all her current stories involve dogs.


Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two print copies of Pick and Chews by Linda O. Johnston (US only).

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