New Release: LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan

51xSI1ZVj9L._SY346_LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan / Women’s Fiction / St. Martin’s Griffin / Release Nov 21, 2017

Amy Sue Nathan shows just how strong the bond in female friendships can be with poignancy and wit.

After losing her best friend, Teddi Lerner runs away from everything she has ever known.  When she finally makes her return, Teddi tries to come to terms with the loss and heartache she’s been experiencing and rediscovers all of the little things that truly make life worth living again.  Amy’s heart-healing and passionate novel dives headfirst into what it means to live after loss.

No one knows why Teddi left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna – talented, persistent, and adorable – persuaded “Aunt Tee” to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding.  Even though it’s been six years since Shay’s mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend’s husband marrying someone else.  But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.

Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same.  That’s when she truly sees the hurt she’s caused and – maybe – how to fix it.

After the man she once loved accuses Teddi of forgetting Celia, Teddi finally admits why she ran away, and the guilt she’s carried with her.  As Teddi relinquishes the distance that kept her safe, she’ll discover surprising truths about the people she left behind, and herself.  And she’ll finally see what she overlooked all along.

AMY SUE NATHAN is the author of three novels and the founder of WomensFictionWriters.com, named a Best Website for Writers by Writers Digest.  Amy lives in Philadelphia and has a grown son and daughter.  You can find her online, often when she shouldn’t be.  Visit AmySueNathan.com.

New Release: SECRETS OF CAVENDON by Barbara Taylor Bradford

51CZNHxZwHLSECRETS OF CAVENDON by Barbara Taylor Bradford / Romance / St. Martin’s Press / Release Date:  Nov 21, 2017

From beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a stunning, epic novel featuring the characters of the beloved Cavendon series.

For years things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets among the Inghams and the Swanns.  But since the end of World War II, things have changed.

The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with the new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue.  With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening too tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England and started her writing career as a journalist.  She has written thirty international bestsellers.  Secrets of Cavendon is her thirty-second novel.  In 2007, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her literary achievements.  She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.

Historical Mystery: THE THIRD NERO by Lindsey Davis

51pdPyVvwoL._SY346_ THE THIRD NERO by Lindsay Davis • Historical Mystery • Minotaur Books • Released July 11, 2017

In 90 A.D., following the Saturninus revolt in Germany, the Emperor Domitian has become more paranoid about traitors and dissenters around him.  This leads to several senators and even provincial governors facing charges and being executed for supposed crimes of conspiracy and insulting the emperor.  Wanting to root out all the supports of Saturninus from the Senate, one of Domitian’s men offers to hire Flavia Alba to do some intelligence work.

Flavia Alba, daughter and chip off the old block of Marcus Didius Falcon, would rather avoid any and all court intrigue, thank you very much.  But she’s in a bit of a bind.  Her wedding is fast approaching, her fiancé is still recovering – slowly – from being hit by a lightning bolt, and she’s the sole support of their household.  So with more than a few reservations, she agrees to “investigate.”

Adding to the confusion is yet another Nero pretender has shown up in Parthia and is trying to rally support for his claim for the throne.  With intrigue upon intrigue swirling around the capital city, it’s up to Alba to uncover what is – and isn’t – the real threat.

LINDSEY DAVIS is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of historical mysteries featuring Marcus Didius Falco, which started with The Silver Pigs, and the mysteries featuring Falco’s daughter, Flavis Alba, which started with The Ides of April.  She has also authored a few acclaimed historical novels, including The Course of Honour.  She lives in Birmington, UK.

Review: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Melissa Pimentel

51unp28xXlLTHE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Melissa Pimentel • Romance • St. Martin’s Press • Released Aug 22, 2017

Book Review by Colleen L Donnelly 

 

“The One That Got Away” has the air of the Bridget Jones Diary series – a young woman amidst the complications of family and peers, telling and recounting the story of that one love – Ethan – who was there, and then not, but might be again.

Ruby is a quick-witted and slightly sour heroine, a modern girl fully up to date on who and what’s in, and doing her best to operate both as she navigates her sister’s wedding where the ex love of her life appears also. Because of Ruby’s speed in a generation that insists on it, I was a bit slow catching up with Pimentel’s dive into the story – the jargon, the current trends, and Ruby’s compulsion to stay on top, causing me to flounder before I attached to Ruby and cheered her on. But I did. And it was worth it – for anyone else not of that generation or speed.

I applaud Pimentel. She tells a story of Then and Now without chapters, switching back and forth from third person in the Then, to first person in the Now, sandwiching Ruby’s and Ethan’s happily ever after…or not between past and present events. There was never a lull in the story, the writing keeping pace with the setting, leaving me intrigued and wondering how, why, and if Ruby and Ethan would ever make it.

The characters are real and humorous, Ruby’s biting inner thoughts toward family, friends, and coworkers who deserve those judgments, entertaining. This is a light and fun read with situations and people we can relate to, and a smattering of profanity that like Bridget Jones, suited the characters and their lives.

If you are looking for a humorous romance that includes some of the downsides of love and life and still makes you smile, “The One That Got Away” is right for you.

Colleen L Donnelly http://www.colleenldonnelly.com/

New Release: MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau

61cHoeaY5iLMAD LIBRARIAN by Michael Guillebeau • Mystery/Women’s Crime • Madison Press • Releasing Nov 16, 2017

MAD Librarian is women’s crime humor that reads like Breaking Bad: The Library Edition. When the city cuts off funding for her library, Serenity Hammer embezzles from a neglected city fund that turns out to be the conduit for all state political corruption. Now she has all the money she needs to build the library her city deserves—if she can do it fast and stay alive.

Cayocosta72 reviews said, “This book is truly every librarian’s dream come true. After fighting budget battles over and over again, librarian Serenity has lost her library funding. What’s a librarian gonna do? How about ripping off the city that’s ripping off its citizens? Serenity begins helping herself to the funds that local politicians have been setting aside for their own personal “rainy day “. With the money she amasses she can build a library to thrill readers everywhere. Problem is, those politicians aren’t too thrilled to see their money disappearing and they plan to do anything to get it back. Why in the world are libraries always under threat? A funny, moving story of our most precious institutions under threat.” 

 

Half of all profit from MAD Librarian will go to the Awesome Foundation for Library Innovation. The intended audience for this book is anyone who is mad about all that our libraries have to do with too little support, and dream of what they could do with more.

MICHAEL GUILLEBEAU has published three mystery novels and two anthologies. His first book, Josh Whoever (Five Star Mysteries, 2013) received a starred review in Library Journal, and was named a Debut Mystery of the Month by Library Journal. His last anthology, Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now, won the 2017 Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice Award. Guillebeau has published over twenty short stories, including three in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. 

Michael Guillebeau lives in Madison, Alabama and Panama City Beach, Florida. For more information, see www.michaelguillebeau.com.

PERSONAL NOTE:  I am excited that Michael contacted me with his latest release.  I LOVED Josh Whoever.  His story, characters, pacing were spot-on.  I am eagerly awaiting a review copy of his new book.  In the meantime I will share with you my review of Josh Whoever from the March 2013 edition of The Book Breeze.

Josh WhoeverJOSH WHOEVER By Michael Guillebeau • Publisher: Five Star Publishing • Pages: 284 • Genre: Mystery

This is a tough book to review not because I didn’t love it but because I loved it so much I want to tell you everything. But no spoilers here; I won’t deprive you of the wonderful journey of JOSH WHOEVER.

From the cover: “Josh burned out on saving the world years ago. Now he’s a small-time con man who wants to stay drunk in the back room of the Western World bar between scams.”

No, Josh is no hero yet through a set of circumstances or divine guidance Josh is thrust into the case of the missing daughter from the Russian mob. If he fails he is promised an ugly death. However, it isn’t fear of dying that keeps him going but a promise to a grieving mother.

You aren’t likely to forget Guillebeau’s characters as they come to life on the page in a story seasoned with naivety and cynicism and the choices we make.

JOSH WHOEVER is a tale of humanity told with humor and sadness and a sense of hope that even the worst of us can achieve perfection, if only for a moment.

Cozy series: Aggie Mundeen Mysteries by Nancy G. West

 

51NuGq4EwUL._SY346_FIT TO BE DEAD by Nancy G. West • Cozy Mystery • Henery Press • Released July 2014

San Antonio Health Club Fiasco

This book pokes some fun at fitness and the gym. Great book. Totally loved it. _Kate Wilson, Goodreads

A beautifully written book, brimming with wry humor, and a cleverly woven mystery in this perfectly-paced novel._Diana Hockley, Australian writer and reviewer.

Aggie Mundeen’s wry observations on life, death, and the struggle to whip mind and body into shape make Fit to Be Dead delightful. Joining a health club has never been so dangerous…or so amusing. –Karen McCullough, author of Shadow of a Doubt and A Question of Fire.

Lefty Award Finalist Chanticleer Award/Mystery & Mayhem http://tinyurl.comFitToBeDead

51eouy3xnALAggie Mundeen Mystery #2   DANG NEAR DEAD by Nancy G. West • Cozy Mystery • Henery Press • Released Sept 2014

West’s humor and jest at unexpected moments make DANG NEAR DEAD a delightful read. Midwest Book Review.

I love a good mystery and a romance. This was both. You will fall in love with Nancy G. West’s writing just as I have! _UniversalCreativityInc14

Dudes, wranglers, ex-cons and critters. What could go wrong? Near-misses and deadly encounters draw Aggie and Sam deeper into a snake pit of deception and murder. Well-written plot with a satisfying ending. _Diana Hockley, Reviewer

Chanticleer Award Finalist A Must Read. Southern Writers Magazine http://tinyurl.com/DangNearDead

 

51Ci2py87JLAggie Mundeen Mystery #3 SMART BUT DEAD by Nancy G. West  Cozy Mystery • Henery Press • Released November 2015

The third book in a cute cozy series features an appealing heroine with a self-deprecating wit and a determination to never grow old. _ Library Journal

Hurrah for Aggie Mundeen, an effervescent heroine who finds trouble wherever she goes. Aggie’s pluck, humor, intelligence and loving heart will keep her young and make readers smile. _Carolyn Hart, Award-winning author

Smart, But Dead is the perfect combination of brains and heart. A tight mystery, an irrepressible heroine, and superb writing.” – James W. Ziskin, Award-winning author.

Short-listed for Chanticleer’s 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Award http://tinyurl.com/pxg2bmt

 

 

510zf8EGwCLRIVER CITY DEAD by Nancy G. West / Henery Press / Released Jan 2017

Set against the backdrop of San Antonio’s vibrant Fiesta Week, River City Dead features an appropriately colorful protagonist, Aggie Mundeen.  A newspaper advice columnist who pens the “Stay Young with Aggie” column, Aggie is single, pushing forty, and determined to postpone a precipitous descent into middle age.

But determination, one of the hallmarks of Aggie’s spirited personality, has a tendency to get Aggie in trouble, especially when it’s coupled with her penchant for playing amateur sleuth.  Fortunately, Aggie has her mind on other things – namely, romance – having planned a River City rendezvous with the man she loves, SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven, at a hotel on the San Antonio River Walk.  After all, it’s time for a vacation from crime, and past time for a reset on their tumultuous relationship.  Plus, Aggie is ready for Sam to sweep her off her favorite Fiesta worthy espadrilles in the middle of River City during Fiesta Week.  What could possibly go wrong?

Turns out there’s nothing that puts a chill on hot romance quite like cold-blooded murder.  When hotel guests are murdered, Aggie is determined – albeit against Sam’s wishes – to help solve the crime.  As she seeks answers, Aggie is befriended by the Fabulous Femmes, a group of ladies holding a convention at the hotel.  But Aggie soon discovered a dark side to these flamboyant new friends:  seems some of the Femmes have questionable backgrounds.  To further complicate matters, Aggie’s investigation causes big problems with Sam – and if she isn’t careful, Aggie might find herself alone in the Lone Star State.  When her unexpected dancing debut in a Fiesta performance goes terribly awry, Aggie, Sam, the SAPD, the Femmes, and even Fiesta partygoers are in grave danger.  Will this be Aggie’s final Fiesta?

Brimming with Texas-sized twists, and thrills, River City Dead is peppered with humor, wit, sizzle and just the right touch of romance.

The San Antonio River Walk setting and use of Fiesta Week as the backdrop give some distinctive flavor to this novel.This new installment in Aggie Mundeen series has all the elements of a great cozy mystery_Mystery Tribune. 

A fun cozy series that showcases the beauty and quirkiness of San Antonio._Rosemary Smith, Librarian 

As soon as I started reading River City Dead I was engrossed in the story and felt like I was a long time friend of Aggie’s. _Cozy Mystery Book Reviews 

NANCY G. WEST is author of the award-winning Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series.  She lives in San Antonio.  For more information, visit:  www.nancygwest.com.