Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Dead Silent Box Set from 18 Bestselling Authors

Are you a fan of mysteries and thrillers? This box set is like a gold mine, featuring 18 bestselling authors all in one place! Take a sneak peek inside and then follow the tour for even more! Make sure you grab your own copy! And then best of luck entering the giveaway.

The secrets must be kept, or the body count will rise...

Are you ready for the eighteen deadly crime thrillers that will keep you up all night?

Shrouded in mystery, these thrillers by eighteen Wall Street Journal, USA Today and International Best-selling authors, will keep you turning the pages for weeks. It’s a limited time collection that will introduce you to your new favorite writers.

What made the art thieves kill? Why does the old case haunt the detective? Can the assassins be stopped?

From Los Angeles to Scotland to Prague, the twists and turns will leave you in a cold sweat, needing to know what happens next with page after page of the deadliest crimes you can imagine.

This mystery, thriller, and suspense boxset is perfect for fans of David Baldacci, James Patterson, Chris Collett, Angela Marsons, and Lisa Gray.

Read an excerpt from Mortuary School"
“You picked this,” Rochelle waved away a twig that had sailed toward her head, “all by yourself?”

“Yeah.” I said the word slowly, making two syllables of it to give myself more thinking time.

I knew what the next question would be, because everybody asked it: Why? Why did I want to go into Mortuary Science?

“Why?” Rochelle said on cue.

There was a long answer. Last year, I’d been asked to do the hair and makeup for a deceased client, and it had turned into a murder investigation. In the process of stumbling onto the killer, I’d also stumbled onto the answers to some of life’s big questions like: Why was I taking up space on the planet? Was there a purpose to my existence? What did I want to be when I grew up?

I gave Rochelle the short answer. “I used to be a beautician, but business was too up and down.”

She shot me a look. “The dead are more reliable?”

“Exactly. How about you? What did you want to do before you got hijacked into the family business?”

“History. I have an undergraduate degree. My goal was to write long, boring books about the Peloponnesian war and the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. And, I wanted to teach at the university level.” She sighed heavily. “But it was not to be.”

I was curious. Why would such an intelligent girl allow herself to be coerced into studying for a career she didn’t want? But she sounded so sad, I decided not to pry. When we came to an

open green belt flanked by the two buildings that had been featured on the website, I changed the subject. “This must be part of the original estate.”

“It looks old enough,” Rochelle said.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from Into the Devil's Den by Ellen W. Martin


"A tangled tale of suspense, murder, and treachery." Get lost in this suspense thriller, Into the Devil's Den, with an exclusive excerpt courtesy of author Ellen W. Martin. Be sure to download your own copy and then follow the tour for chances to chat with the author in the comments section and also to enter the great giveaway!

For twenty-years Sam Steele lived with a lie gnawing at his conscience — for twenty-years his only child believed her mother was dead. Without warning his ex-wife springs from the ashes of the past and reaches out to him in his capacity as a veteran Immigration Custom Enforcement agent.

When Sam’s ex dumps a father’s living nightmare into his lap, he must choose between doing his duty as a law enforcer and jeopardizing his cherished relationship with his daughter. Circumstances beyond his control leave him no choice. Before he can seek forgiveness, TERRI ANNE disappears. Sam neglects his duties as an ICE agent and becomes obsessed in finding her. In the wake of his search he unravels a trail of murder, illegal Green Card marriages, and unveils a jihadist’s plot to launch a terror attack on American soil.

INTO THE DEVIL’S DEN – SNARED BY THEIR OWN LIES weaves a tangled tale of suspense, murder, and treachery. Each twisted circumstance is triggered by that one well-intended lie Sam Steele told his child — a lie that mushrooms into several more falsehoods and leaves multiple lives dangling by a single thread. The daunting task of facing the truth and the race against time pushes ICE agent Sam Steele’s integrity to the limit.

Read an exclusive excerpt:
Sam started to open the gate. He paused at the sign — Beware of Dog. He scanned the yard. Not seeing an animal, he moved cautiously toward the trailer. Half way up the brick walk ferocious barking made him take a step back. For a moment he stood frozen in place until he realized the sound came from inside.

The front door opened. Sam centered on a snarling black beast behind the screen. His eyes slowly moved upward to the person restraining the creature. A petite woman with spiked raven hair and a nose-ring eyed him suspiciously.

“Miss Perkins...Vonda Perkins? Could you spare a few minutes?” He could hardly hear his own voice over the barking dog.

“Shut up, Sugar,” she yanked the Rottweiler’s collar. The dog’s bark quieted to a low menacing growl. “Sorry, Mister, my dog doesn’t like strangers and neither do I.” Vonda narrowed her eyes. “What do you want?”

“To ask a couple questions,” Sam moved closer to the front door, “concerning Rashid Maroun and his cousin, Jaali Diaab.”

The features on Vonda’s face froze in place except her eyes. Her eyes darted from him to back inside the trailer. If Sam didn’t know any better, he would have sworn she’d stopped breathing for a moment.

He pressed harder. “I understand Mr. Maroun may be out of town. Would you have any idea where he might be?”

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About the author:

A proud wife of a retired Air Force officer, mother of one son and grandparent of three grandchildren, Ellen, didn’t start writing until retirement years, and even then she considered writing a hobby. In 2019 she published a historical fiction, SONS OF CUBA, a two book series. INTO THE DEVILS DEN is her third publication. During the early months while COVID-19 was wreaking havoc through the nation and around the world, she took the opportunity to write another suspense thriller entitled SHATTERED LOYALTIES which she hopes will be published and released sometime in 2021.

The Martin’s call the snow-white beaches and emerald waters near Northwest Florida home.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Review of The Sinister Superyacht (Julie Cavallo Investigates) by Ana T. Drew


It's the third book in the Julie Cavallo Investigates cozy mystery series by Ana T. Drew! Check out my take on The Sinister Superyacht, this latest book taking place in Provence, one of my favorite places. Follow the tour for more. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

French tycoon Jean-Louis Ponsard is having a bad year.
Unwise investments, canceled orders, deals falling through…
In the thick of it, his yacht becomes the scene of a suspicious death, and his year of misfortune hits the bed of the Mediterranean Sea.
To make matters worse, the victim isn't just anybody.
She's his much-hated mother-in-law.

Onboard, caterer Julie Cavallo and her quirky grandma Rose do some poking around.
But every luxury cabin hides a secret.
Every passenger has an alibi or no reason to want the victim dead.
Discretion rules.
The crew keeps mum.
So do the marble countertops, gem-incrusted walls, and gold sinks.
When the cops take charge, things go to pieces, and not only for the Ponsard family.

Can Julie dive to the murky bottom of the sea, unravel the case, and come back up still breathing?

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**My thoughts**
Each book in this series seems to improve upon the previous one. As much as I adore Provence, I was glad to see the setting move for a little while to the yacht. There's only so much that can happen in a small town. (And even Jessica Fletcher had to travel to mix it up a bit!) It made for an interesting setting with some fun new twists and a whole new cast of quirky characters. 

You still have the hint of a love triangle going on. Flo and Eric are still marginally involved in the investigation, so there's still a hint of FERJ going on. Rose is still as entertaining as ever. (But I will say I got a little thrown off with Julie constantly alternating between calling her Rose and Grandma.) I really look forward to seeing what she is able to pull off.

I felt like this one worked even better as a standalone book than the second book, but you're definitely going to appreciate all of the characters and certain plot points better if you read the whole series. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment!

Thank you to Goddess Fish and the author for a requested review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Read my review of The Killer Karma.

Ana T. Drew is the evil mastermind behind the recent series of murders in the fictional French town of Beldoc. When she is not writing cozy mysteries or doing mom-and-wife things, she can be found watching “The Rookie” to help her get over “Castle”. She lives in Paris but her heart is in Provence.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Review of The Killer Karma (Julie Cavallo Investigates) by Ana T. Drew


Pastry chef Julie Cavallo unmasked a killer.
Life is good once again…
until her sous chef becomes a murder suspect.

Julie is certain Eric didn't kill his ex-con dad.
The question is, can she prove it to the lead investigator?
Alone she can’t.
She needs Beldoc’s best — and, ahem, only — amateur sleuth team to get back in the game.
Luckily, her shrewd sister, their feisty grandma and toe-worshiping dog are up for the challenge.
Besides, Julie hopes to enlist the help of one hot gendarme...

Clueless but committed, the detective trio sets out to expose the real killer.

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**My thoughts**

When I read the first book in this series, I enjoyed the setting of both the bakery and Provence, and had a feeling that it showed potential for a fun new cozy mystery series. This second installment shows definite growth since the first one and I enjoyed reading it. This one dove deeper into the different characters and had more twists and turns that kept me guessing as to who the killer actually was.

There are a lot of references to the first book in the series. I would say that you can read this one as a standalone, but many of those references are not going to make much sense. There isn't a lot of explanation in this one to make up for not reading that first one.

I enjoyed watching Julie embrace her psychic "snapshots" more in this one. I feel like there is a lot more to the story with her twin sister, who only appears for a moment, as does the older sister. I hope we get to know those siblings more in the future so that they aren't just passing mentions.

A bit of a love triangle sort of continues to develop between Julie and two particular men. I would love to see her sort out her feelings some more and be more true to her own heart instead of contemplating settling in the future.

And I still love Rose. Julie's grandmother is a force to be reckoned with. I feel like this book is setting us up for her to play a lot more of a role in the future. 

As with the first book, this story is resolved but then hints at the next book in the series without being a cliffhanger. I'm looking forward to reading that one as well.

I received a requested review copy of this book and was not obligated to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Janice Tremayne, author of Haunting in Old Tailem, on her journey to becoming a writer


Becoming a writer doesn't happen overnight. Sometimes life just gets in the way before the pieces start to fall into place. Janice Tremayne tells us about her journey and also shares an excerpt from her book Haunting in Old Tailem. Be sure to let her know what you think in the comments and then follow the tour for more! Best of luck entering the giveaway

An Australian Ghost town. A resident demon and a local Shaman. A confrontation with evil awaits.

Clarisse realizes that running from evil is not a bad idea until you figure out you can't hide. When some ghosts get tired of hanging around, they latch onto you. At the centre of the war on evil is a historic Church that carries dark secrets within its walls. After she meets with the local Shaman, Clarisse discovers secrets with evil consequences by digging too deep into the town’s past. When matters become complicated, she visits a circus of young performers on the outskirts of town triggering unexpected paranormal events and unleashing memories of a one-hundred-year curse. After being caught in the crossfire of a battle for evil supremacy, Clarisse confronts Little Charlie as he rallies the town's ghosts into an impeccable evil stronghold.

Can the local Shaman and townsfolk rally in her quest to defeat the evil incarnate or will the town succumb to Little Charlie and his evil crew?

Haunting in Old Tailem is the third book of the Haunting Clarisse Series. If you like spine-tingling, chilling, creepy and spooky supernatural thrillers, then you will love this story by 2020 USA Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Finalist in Supernatural Fiction, Janice Tremayne.

Pick up your copy today and follow Clarisse through her battles with evil!

Read an excerpt:
As he got closer to the shrub, in the direction of the voice, a Raggedy Ann doll ducked its head out of the bush and bounced about, trying to get his attention. It looked like an old-style doll and something his grandparents would have played with as children. It had curly red hair, blue trousers, and a big, greedy smile.

A puppet show, he thought.

Archie wanted to touch the doll. It was so lifelike that it had him mesmerized, like a spell had been cast on him. He walked another foot to get a better look, more curious.

“Psst, psst … Want to play with me?” asked the Raggedy Ann. It was alive! Its mouth moved in a synchronized motion, but there was no ventriloquist behind it.

When Archie was at arm’s length from the doll, something grabbed his ankles and started to drag him. It pierced into his skin like long nails, penetrating and scratching. He screamed and kicked as panic set in, fighting back with all his might.

“Cecilia! Cecelia! Help me! Help me!” Archie yelled toward the other children where his sister looked on in horror. His waved his hands while being dragged facedown, scraping the soil and trying to grab onto anything he could.

With one hand on each ankle, the evil beneath the shrub latched onto him with painted black fingernails on white hands that looked dead as they continued to clutch onto him and pull him.

Archie managed to grab ahold of a log with both arms curled around it, holding as tightly as he could, like his life depended on it, which it did.

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Your journey to becoming a writer

I have always wanted to be a writer but my professional work and raising a family always got in the way. It’s a similar tale of authors that need to work to pay the bills. When I look back on my life I release I wasn’t disciplined enough to put in place a writing structure and routine for writing—even if it was just an hour every couple of days.

I started by writing a self-help book twenty years ago that did very well and I managed to get a publishing contract. But I felt I had a lot of creative energy and ideas I wanted to express, so I changed to supernatural and horror fiction.

I started writing on a full time professional basis eighteen months ago when my work situation changed and I had free time to explore the craft of writing. I wrote The Girl in the Scarlet Chair as part of Haunting Clarisse Series. It’s a good story, but from a writing perspective it is no where near the skill I have today. I was developing and experimenting with my writing style and finding myself. I think a lot of authors go through this journey.

From a marketing perspective, I didn’t know what I was doing! Launching a book without the follow-up sequel, ready to go to engage my readers was a mistake, and I lost many potential fans that way. I didn’t have a mailing list, and my whole marketing approach was flawed. I was learning as much about the craft of writing as I was about book marketing. The point I am trying to make is the journey of a writer can take years before you in a place where you feel some success. Authors that hit the best seller list on their debut novel is rare, whether they are self-published or with a publishing contract, and most authors have to work extremely hard to establish a presence. I also learned you need a great illustrator that doesn’t cost you a fortune and a relationship with a good copy editor who understands you. You need a good following in your ARC list to get honest reviews and suggestions from your readers before your book is published. This all takes time to achieve.

My next book in the series, Haunting in Hartley, was a game-changer for me. I received good reviews and won a couple of international book awards as a distinguished favourite in the supernatural category. It did not make me rich, but at this point, I am starting to find my voice as an author and establishing my writing style. I know what I want to write about.

I have completed the trilogy of the Haunting Clarisse Series, with Haunting in Old Tailem. It’s a good book, and I like it a lot. Mainly because my writing has improved significantly, and the storyline is unique.

Many famous book marketing experts will tell you that every genre is like a franchise. The readers have become conditioned to expect a particular book cover look, title and theme. What they are inferring is that to appeal to the reader in your genre, you need to conform also. I totally disagree because it’s assuming readers are not looking for something new. They are sheep being herded in a particular way.

I made a decision to write supernatural thrillers and horrors that don’t necessarily conform to these views. I think its important to be different and offer something unique to the reader. It has worked for me—my book covers are different, and the settings and themes are something readers have not experienced before. 

About the author:

Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers' Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in Fiction-Supernatural.

She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publication, Haunting in Hartley, reached number one on the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult, Supernatural, and Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories, for hot new releases and bestsellers.

Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.

The concept of writing the Haunting Clarisse series was spawned over a cup of coffee many years ago, and she has not looked back since. Her books contain heart-thumping, bone-chilling, and thought-provoking ghost and paranormal experiences that deliver a new twist to every tale.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Bolder Blindsided: A Zack Bolder Supernatural Suspense Thriller by Janice Tremayne


If you like your suspense thrillers to have some supernatural elements thrown in, then Bolder Blindsided, the first book in the Zack Bolder series by Janice Tremayne, has your name written all over it. Check out this excerpt before you download your own copy. And then be sure to follow the tour for even more! Best of luck entering the giveaway!

An Australian alpine ghost town. A priest turned supernatural detective. A missing persons cold case. Will bolder track down the voracious demon?

When Detective Wellock hushers in Zack Bolder to investigate a missing person case in the Australian ghost town of Walhalla, they form the most formidable tag team of supernatural investigators, working for the police branch for unexplained crimes. Perched amongst the alpine area, this tourist backed ghost town is renowned for its gold mining past and stories of hardship, deprivation, and death. It becomes a perfect setting for an unexplained missing person's cold case.

When Bolder realizes every demon has a weakness—it’s blindside, he confronts the demonic presence, head on for an ultimate encounter to save the town. As this evil entity is sly as a fox with more turns that a two-mile car racetrack, Bolder must be at his best to overcome the devil that has cursed the town since 1876.

Can Bolder uncover the curse that strangleholds the town and thrust out the evil entity before more innocent people go missing and suffer an imminent fate?

Bolder Blindsided is the first book of the Zack Bolder Supernatural Suspense Thriller Series. If you like a fast-moving, energetic, and nail-biting supernatural suspense thriller guaranteed to raise your heartbeat, then you will love this story by 2020 USA Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Finalist in Supernatural Fiction, Janice Tremayne.

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Read an excerpt:
The screams continued to play out on the phone. Jamie was not holding it during the attack, but it laid on the floor next to him with the video running.

“He wanted us to see it,” said Bolder.

“Who, what do you mean?”

“The demon…he purposely put the phone on an angle so it could capture his possession of Jamie.”

“He wanted us to watch the whole dastardly act?”

“More than that…he wanted to make us sick. Frighten us into submission—give up and walk away.”

Fixated on the five-minute video; images of Jamie handled by the demon played out in the act of evil. The devil tied his feet and hands, and they slowly lifted him from the ceiling upside down—hanging like a bat. Jamie screamed in pain as the demon ripped off the skin from his torso to prepare the marking of the pentagram. Blood oozed from the deep red exposed flesh as agonizing cries of help went unanswered.

It was an evil creature with huffs and a tail…hairy lower body in the shape of a dog. The upper torso of the demon was human, and it still managed to stand on two feet. A face with an elongated nose, pointed ears and sabre like teeth that slithered with an extended tongue. Pale, and it looked like death with bloodshot eyes and deep crease lines along the cheeks. It had no hair on its head other than pultruding blue veins that looked ready to burst.

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Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers' Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in Fiction-Supernatural.

She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publication, Haunting in Hartley, reached number one on the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult, Supernatural, and Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories, for hot new releases and bestsellers.

Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.

The concept of writing the Haunting Clarisse series was spawned over a cup of coffee many years ago, and she has not looked back since. Her books contain heart-thumping, bone-chilling, and thought-provoking ghost and paranormal experiences that deliver a new twist to every tale.

Janice Tremayne will be awarding a paperback copy of the book (USA & UK) to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Stealing Jia by Gail Koger


We could all use a few laughs these days. So why not try this sci-fi comedy, Stealing Jia, by Gail Koger? There's an excerpt to whet your appetite before you download your own copy. Let the author know what you think in the comments section and follow the tour for more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Jia grew up in an orphanage that turned children into master thieves and gave the school of hard knocks a run for its money. Jia’s psychic talents have kept her alive, but not out of trouble. While searching for her adopted brother, Jia finds herself on a galactic adventure with a horde of mischievous extra-terrestrial kids she’s determined to protect. Adding to the chaos is an Askole Battle Commander who claims she is his mate. How is that even possible? They’ve never met.

Trayon, the Battle Commander, is a deadly Askole. Huge. Battle hardened muscles. A regular warrior’s nightmare with black, armor-plated skin and tentacles. Who knew the scary guy was such an excellent kisser and had the heart of a romantic? All Jia ever wanted was a family of her own. Maybe an alien family wouldn’t be so bad.

To win Jia, Trayon must prove he loves her and she’s not some female the Coletti Overlord just sold him. But first, he has to keep the trouble magnet alive long enough to convince her.

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“What are you staring at?”

Trayon pointed at my legs. “Do not move!”

I looked down and gasped. I knew I had picked up some hitchhikers, but wow. There was a brown snake with a crocodile's head and bright blue eyes coiled around my left thigh. A baby dinosaur chewed on my right pants leg. “Merda!”

Pepe cautiously sniffed them. “Me like.”

I guess that was a good thing. I had to admit the little dinosaur was cute as a bug.

The Askole drew an enormous sword. “I will kill the vermin.”

“What? Stop!” I threw my hands out. “We don’t kill babies.”

“It is a Rodan. None can be allowed to live.”

“It’s a baby.” I stiffened as something moved in my hair. Had I picked up an alien version of lice too?

“Our law is quite specific. All must be destroyed.” Trayon advanced toward me.

The Rodan whimpered and tightened its grip on my leg.

Pepe growled menacingly. “No hurt.”

I pulled my laser pistol. “You harm one scale on that kid’s head, and I’ll shoot you.”

“The Rodan have your brother.”

“So, you think this baby is the mastermind behind his kidnapping?”

Trayon’s tentacles knotted. “I am your mate, and you will obey me. Lower your weapon.”

“I guess you haven’t heard, but Earth women aren’t good at following orders and I’m not your mate.”

Trayon tapped his gauntlet. “Your weapons have been disabled.”

I pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. Cazzo! There was no way I could take Trayon in hand-to-hand combat.

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About the author:

I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea of what a real emergency is. Take this for an example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am, but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.


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