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.

Review: LOVE’S TETHERED HEART by C.L. Etta

51br1r9nfdlLOVE’S TETHERED HEART By C.L. Etta

GLBT Contemporary Romance / Released Jan 2, 2017 by Dreamspinner

 

BOOK BLURB: Two years ago Mico and his partner suffered a savage gay bashing that left Mico a quadriplegic—and ended his dreams of traveling the world as an archaeologist. Abandoned by the man he loved, he lives in isolation, tethered to his bed by the machines keeping him alive, with only his caretakers and immediate family as companions.

Assigned to interview Mico and uncover the story behind his assault and his refusal to identify his attackers, journalist Danny is unprepared for his reaction to the fragile enigmatic man. Mico is afraid to let Danny into his life, and Danny is unsure how to change his mind. Mico is also keeping secrets, and he isn’t the only one. Danny is determined to protect Mico, and he’s determined to show Mico that their feelings for each other can thrive amidst the mechanics of Mico’s existence.

The premise of this book really intrigued me: A romance that included a paraplegic. A real challenge and C.L. Etta handled it beautifully.

With an air of mystery and a sigh of romance, this book held so many page-turning elements. The characters were multidimensional with an excellent balance between backstory and the present.

I grew so close to these characters that the day after finishing the book I had the urge to give Danny and Mico a call to see how they were doing.

C.L. Etta didn’t just write a book, she told a damn good story. Thank you for the journey.

New Release: THE KILL SIGN by Nichole Christoff

51nqkju0cvlTHE KILL SIGN by Nichole Christoff / Military Mystery /  Released December 7, 2016 by Alibi

Security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair finds herself in deadly waters off the steamy Gulf Coast in this combustible thriller from the award-winning author of The Kill Box.
 
Never in her life has Jamie Sinclair anticipated a weekend getaway more. After four months apart, she’s flying to Mississippi to see her would-be boyfriend, military police officer Adam Barrett. Barrett’s currently stationed in the same Gulf Coast town where Jamie got her start as a private investigator, and she’s equally excited to reconnect with her old mentor, Ray Walther, and his pregnant wife, Corinne, who’s Jamie’s best friend.

But all hopes for a relaxing and romantic weekend are shattered when a dirty bomb explodes on a riverboat packed with military, killing dozens of soldiers. In the chaotic aftermath, Jamie believes that she spots the bomber—and recognizes him from her past. As Barrett and Jamie race to catch the terrorist before he strikes again, Ray and Corinne become targets themselves. And this time around, Jamie won’t let a little thing like the law keep her from protecting the people she loves most—no matter the cost.

New Release: KERI’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

51dkshbbrwlKERI’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Inspiration Romance / Released Dec 3, 2016

For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

New Release: THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY by Ellen Crosby

51dbfvouql-_sy344_bo1204203200_THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY (A Wine Country Mystery) by Ellen Crosby

Released Nov 1, 2016 by Minotaur Books

Winter has come to the Montgomery Estate Vineyard in Atoka, Virginia.  Lucie Montgomery and winemaker Quinn Santori have decided to make champagne, a first for the vineyard – but this seemingly simple task soon gets complicated.  Gino Tomassi, Quinn’s uncle, shows up on their doorstep one afternoon, demanding help solving the mystery of Zara Tomassi’s death.  Zara was the first wife of his grandfather, who died in a San Francisco hotel in 1923 under suspicious circumstances.  It seems there’s no coincidence that Zara’s death came the day after President Warren Harding passed away in the same hotel.

Gina needs answers before his blackmailer exposes an explosive family secret, so Lucie searches for the truth in an almost hundred-year-old mystery in Prohibition-era Washington D.C. – a town of bootlegging and duplicity, jazz clubs and speakeasies.  But the investigation turns deadly, threatening Lucie, her relationship with Quinn, and the vineyard, as they find that someone is still out there, nearly a century later, who will go to any lengths to keep the truth about Zara’s death a buried secret.

ELLEN CROSBY is the author of six books in the Virginia wine country mystery series, which began with THE MERLOT MURDERS.  She has also written a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medine (Multiple Exposure and Ghost Image).  Previously she worked as a freelance reporter for the Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio, and as an economist at the U.S. Senate.

 

New Release: TARTAN TEMPTATION

tartantemptation_w10679_750TARTAN TEMPTATION By Kayden Claremont

Paranormal erotic romance / Released November 9, 2016 by The Wild Rose Press

Cora Siegfried has returned to her hometown when she’s almost run over by a kilt-wearing hottie on a motorcycle. But after what she hoped would be a one-night stand, leaving her tartan temptation might not be as easy.

With his throne on the line, Brodie Murdock needs to secure his kingdom by taking a bride. When the only woman he’s ever wanted steps right into his path, he knows the legends are true. She is his destiny. He’s not ready to confess the secret that could destroy their future until she needs him for more than sex.

New Releases

Faint900 1.1 mbFAINT By Rolynn Anderson

Mild Contemporary Romantic Suspense Released Dec 2015 in print and ebook

Their dead clients refuse to rest in peace. How did small-town boutique funeral planning morph into crime-solving? Ask freelance embalmer Trudy Solomon, or Pete McDonald, a blind, forensic investigator. They’re unearthing mysteries of the deceased for their pregnant boss, Jan Keller, while her journalist husband, Roman, is benched by a ten million dollar defamation suit. A dead client goes missing, and investigating his disappearance forces Trudy and Pete to confront their fiercely independent styles. When danger stalks them, will they blend brains, brawn and belief in one another to solve crimes and save themselves?

519mAwStx8L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_DOWNWARD FACING DEATH By Michelle Kelly

Cozy Mystery Released Jan 19, 2016 by Minotaur Books

After ten years away, Keeley Carpenter is excited to be back in Belfrey, the traditional English village hometown she fled as a shy teen. She has a plan to reopen her father’s neglected butcher shop as a yoga café, where she will sell delicious vegetarian food by day and teach yoga classes at night. However, the more traditional residents of Belfrey do no take kindly to this idea – or really anything they deem even remotely “New Age-y.” Within an hour of her arrival, Keeley comes face to face with Detective Constable Ben Taylor, who tells her that someone has just tried to burn down her shop. When officers arrived to stop the blaze a body was found upstairs. Horrified by this news, Keeley is also startled to be reintroduced to Ben as DC Taylor, her high school crush. In spite of her instant attraction to him, Keeley is determined to keep Ben at arm’s length. As she makes plans for her opening day, she finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation. When Keeley starts being threatened, she realizes someone may be out to kill more than her business. Can she and Ben find the culprit before it’s too late?

5196aZ1kfUL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND By Colette McBeth

Thriller Released Jan 12, 2016 by Minotaur Books

Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody’s neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned. The attack and David’s betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. She’s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she’s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely. And then, soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody’s. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her. But as she learns more about Eve’s murder, Melody starts to wonder if perhaps David hadn’t betrayed her after all…