Review – A Palette for Murder by Vanessa A. Ryan

A Palette for MurderSynopsis: Lana Davis arrives in New Mexico from Los Angeles, planning to look up a former boyfriend and take in some sightseeing. But this all-expense-paid trip is not a vacation. She’s here to find Antonio Chavez, last seen in Santa Fe. He’s the missing beneficiary of a large life insurance policy her company issued. The heat is on because a disgruntled heir insists he should receive the proceeds instead. However bogus his claim is, the public relations nightmare he causes for her company is real. If Lana doesn’t find Antonio, her job is on the line.

Lana’s search for Antonio brings her into the inner circle of a powerful art gallery in Santa Fe, owned by the daughter of a wealthy family. Although Lana’s knowledge of art is limited to the one art history class she took in college, she soon discovers that when art and greed collide, the result is deadly. Her knack for finding dead bodies makes the police nervous–and finding herself a target for murder is more than she signed up for.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My rating – *** (3 stars)

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Guest Post from Author Rodney Page

Hello everyone. Please join me in welcoming Rodney Page, author of recent release “The Fourth Partner” (available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble), to The Book’s the Thing.

The Fourth PartnerAll Detective Leroy Meriwether wants is to coast to retirement and restore his ’65 GTO, but Billy Howell will change all that.

Howell, a well-liked local business owner, disappeared in 1991, the presumed victim of a boating accident. When his skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave on Saint Simons Island, Leroy’s considerable but underutilized talents are put to the test.

Initially, the cold case investigation goes nowhere. But the hardheaded and persistent detective is soon bedeviled by a ‘high class’ problem: too many suspects…Howell’s wife, his estranged teenage son, his bookie, his clients and the shadowy ringleaders of a nineties drug-smuggling operation.

Leroy gets closer to the truth and runs afoul of his boss. Trumped-up sexual harassment charges lead to his suspension, but Leroy continues to pursue the investigation at his own peril. 

The murderer is determined his twenty-five year-old secrets must never be discovered.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy Maties! Were you aware that September 19th has been designated International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Here’s some pirate (never pirated!) fiction to help get you in the mood…

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 Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

Pirate Latitudes Jamaica in 1665 is a rough outpost of the English crown, a minor colony holding out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica′s capital, a cut-throat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses, is devoid of London′s luxuries; life here can end swiftly with dysentery or a dagger in your back. But for Captain Edward Hunter it is a life that can also lead to riches, if he abides by the island′s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking. And law in the New World is made by those who take it into their hands.

 

The Requiem Shark by Nicholas Griffin

The Requiem Shark

William Williams is forced into an apprenticeship with ex-slaver turned pirate Bartholomew Roberts. Set in the 18th century, the novel follows the captain and crew and their quest for treasure whilst evading the British Royal Navy.

 

 

 

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers 

On Stranger TidesAboard the Vociferous Carmichael, puppeteer John Chandagnac is sailing toward Jamaica to claim his stolen birthright from an unscrupulous uncle, when the vessel is captured . . . by pirates! Offered a choice by Captain Phil Davies to join their seafaring band or die, Chandagnac assumes the name John Shandy and a new life as a brigand. But more than swashbuckling sea battles and fabulous plunder await the novice buccaneer on the roiling Caribbean waters–for treachery and powerful vodun sorcery are coins of the realm in this dark new world. And for the love of beautiful, magically imperiled Beth Hurwood, Shandy will set sail on even stranger tides, following the savage, ghost-infested pirate king, Blackbeard, and a motley crew of the living and the dead to the cursed nightmare banks of the fabled Fountain of Youth.

Pirates by Celia Rees

Pirates!Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family’s plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother’s willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates.

For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position. Told through Nancy’s writings, their adventures will appeal to readers across the spectrum and around the world.

And for the younger crowd…..

Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl Junior Novelization by Irene Trimble

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (The Junior Novelization)

 

Readers can set sail for adventure with this full-length retelling of the latest live-action Disney film. They’ll follow every swashbuckling step as a brave young man teams up with a high-seas scoundrel to rescue the woman he loves from the clutches of a band of cursed pirates. This Junior Novelization features eight pages of full-color movie stills straight from the big screen!

 

Book Blast – Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler

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Dandelion Dead
by Chrystle Fiedler

DANDELION DEAD

Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (September 27, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476748931
E-Book ASIN: B00WRBQP22
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Synopsis

In a cozy mystery filled with natural cures and edible plants that you will love, an organic winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional amateur sleuth and holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true vintage.

Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market & Café, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies.

But everything changes when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard, to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.

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About the Author

CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA Today’s Green Living, Natural Health, Remedy, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. She is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including the Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty with Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com.

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Website link: www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com

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Twitter: @ChrystleFiedler

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/chrystle123/dandelion-dead-a-natural-remedies-mystery/

 

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Interview with E.M. Thomas – Author of The Bulls of War

Please join me in welcoming E.M. Thomas to The Book’s the Thing. E.M. is the author of The Bulls of War, and has stopped by for a chat.

bow-cover-6 For love. For war. For honor. For vengeance.

Spanning vistas from majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and barren plains in the north to sweltering deserts, raging seas, and rain-soaked shrublands in the south,The Bulls of War is the first book of E.M. Thomas’s epic Chronicles of the Andervold Thrones.

Follow this sweeping tale of an empire on the precipice of war with its hated rival, a fragile truce teetering on the edge of a sword. Watch as tens of thousands of troops stand at the ready, only an order away from battles on a scale unseen in centuries. Beware as some factions within the Imperial capital fight to keep the peace, while others shirk no scheme, murder, or terror in their quest to trigger war – a war some fear could rend their divided empire apart.

It is in the midst of this dangerous game of brinksmanship that Generals Tyghus and Kyrus soon find themselves. Against a backdrop of deceit and suspicion, of blood and tears, of power and glory, their friendship is put to the ultimate test as they struggle to save their country, themselves, and those they love – all while battling their own tortured pasts.

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Death Among the Doilies – Blog Tour and Giveaway (ENDED)

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SynopsisFor thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian . . .

But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches . . .

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Interview with Tomas Care – Author of the Three Cards Series

Please help me welcome author Tomas Care to The Book’s the Thing today! Tomas is the author of The Three Cards fantasy series, and he’s generously taken the time to stop by and answer a few questions for me.

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Do you remember when you first decided to become a writer? 

I was very young. At school we were told to write a short story about St George, and the teacher couldn’t get me to leave his lesson and go to the next class. I hadn’t finished my story and wanted to keep going. Some things never change!

What have you most recently finished writing? 

The last book in my Three Cards series. The last book is called The Immortal Queen and brings an epic story arc to its conclusion.

Do you have a favorite book that you’ve written

There are seven books in my series. Everybody seems to love The Card Collector but for me my favourite is The Great Scribe. I’m currently writing a new book though, and I think that’s going to top them both.

Your novels are described as pulp fantasy – are there authors that you grew up reading who influenced your decision to write in this genre instead of another?

Great fantasy writers such as Tolkien, Feist and Pratchett definitely influenced my choice to write fantasy. Writing in a quick, pulp style sort of happened by accident, but my next book will be much more complex and so I may lose that pulp tag.

Do you experience writers’ block, and if so, how do you deal with it?

I can be quite extreme with writer’s block, I’ll just start deleting until I get to something I can’t bear to lose. That’s a good place to write from, as it’s where you feel most happy with your work. It sounds like a stupid idea, but it works surprisingly well.

Coffee or tea?

Neither!

What hobbies do you enjoy when you’re not writing?

I’m knocking on a bit but I still like playing football.

What book(s) / series can we expect to see from you in the future?

I have started a new series of books, set in the world I have already created. The first book is being written at the moment and is called ‘The Stars from the Dead’. It takes one of the existing characters sailing to an undiscovered world, based on coordinates provided by a dying friend. Based at sea for the first half of the book, and unwittingly within a war in the second half, we follow one of the dubious heroes of the rebellion as he wrestles with his own cowardice.

About the Author:

Tomas Care was born in Salisbury, England in 1980 to an antique bookseller and a nurse. He writes part time, with the rest of his time wasted on earning and studying. Tomas has always loved writing. He cites his main influences as Raymond E. Feist, Gene Wolfe, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, C.S. Lewis and (of course) J. R. R. Tolkien.

Follow Tomas on Social Media:

Twitter: @The3Cards
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheThreeCardsSeries/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tomas-Care/e/B009DFO7NY