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Sunday, December 3, 2023

My Thoughts - Arsenic at Ascot (A Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane Mystery Book 4) Written by Kelly Oliver

 Arsenic at Ascot (A Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane Mystery Book 4)

Saddle up for this first class historical mystery, perfect for fans of Helena Dixon and Verity Bright.

London, 1918

Fiona Figg finds herself back in Old Blighty saddled with shuffling papers for the war office. Then a mysterious card arrives, inviting her to a fancy house party at Mentmore Castle. This year’s Ascot-themed do will play host to a stable of animal defense advocates, and Fiona is tasked with infiltrating the activists and uncovering possible anti-war activity.

Disguised as the Lady Tabitha Kenworthy, Fiona is more than ready for the “mane” event, but the odds are against her when both her arch nemesis, dark-horse Fredrick Fredricks, and would-be fiancĂ© Lieutenant Archie Somersby arrive unexpectedly and “stirrup” her plans. And when a horse doctor thuds to the floor in the next guest room, Fiona finds herself investigating a mysterious poisoning with some very hairy clues.

Can Fiona overcome the hurdles and solve both cases, or will she be pipped to the post and put out to pasture by the killer?

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Kelly Oliver is the award-winning, bestselling author of three mysteries series: The Jessica James Mysteries, The Pet Detective Mysteries, and the historical cozies The Fiona Figg Mysteries, set in WW1. She is also the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is bringing new titles in the Fiona Figg series to Boldwood, the first of which, Chaos in Carnegie Hall, will be published in November 2022.

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My Thoughts -

Arsenic at Ascot is written by Kelly Oliver. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and it will not be my last. This book is part of the A Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane Mystery series. I did not have any issues following along. This book is set in 1918. Fiona is back at work at her filing job. She is undercover during WWI - and trying to find the mole.

Fiona is so funny. She loves to wear clever disguises, and infiltrate house parties and military research facilities. She is on the lookout for any potential traitors. I will put in a potential trigger warning - this book does talk about using animals for research purposes - it is not graphic, but want to put that out there for those who may be sensitive to it.

During one of the country house raids - a murder happens. and surprisingly - everyone has alibis. Fiona hilariously gets to pick apart the alibis. I loved the banter and humor in this book.

Thank you to the author, publisher and Rachel's Random Resources for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.

Friday, December 1, 2023

My Thoughts - The Library Girls of the East End Written by Patricia McBride


The Library Girls of the East End

1940, London

When Cordelia accepts the post of head librarian in Silver Town Library, her mother is more than a little disapproving. The East End has high levels of poverty and illiteracy, and her mother says it’s no place for a woman of her status.

But Cordelia is determined to make a difference in these times of strife, and along with her colleagues, Jane and Mavis, she begins to help the local community, making sure everyone knows what the library can offer them.

And maybe even a romance will blossom, giving Cordelia the strength to make it through the chaos and destruction that constantly threatens their livelihood.

Against a background of war, air raids and rationing, it becomes clear the library is more than a building filled with books - it is the beating heart of a community refusing to be torn apart.

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Patricia McBride is the author of the very popular Lily Baker historical saga series. She is now writing a new WW2 series for Boldwood, based in the East End of London during the Blitz, the first title of which, The Library Girls of the East End, will be published in November 2023.

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The Library Girls of the East End is written by Patricia McBride. This is the first book that I have read by this author. It will not be my last. This is the first book in a new series by the author. One of the things that I loved most about this book is her characters are at all different walks of life.

Cordelia, Mavis and Jane are the three main characters and completely different from each other. Cordelia's mom is not happy when she accepts a position as head librarian in Silver Town Library, which is located in the East End. There is a lot of poverty in the East End. Cordelia wanted to make a difference and along with Mavis and Jane - she wants to show everyone what the library has to offer. Mavis is a tough cookie - she holds onto secrets - but also does not let others walk over her. Jane was worried when they heard there was a new librarian that it would be someone who is full of themselves. However, the three form a deep friendship. 

Life is not all sunshine and summertime for our girls. They are dealing with a variety of issues. These issues include: gender inequality, domestic abuse, unplanned pregnancies and the adjustment of women taking over male roles. 

The book is well written. The storyline is engaging. I have read a lot of WWII books this year, and I love that this one is set in the East End of London. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Rachel's Random Resources for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

My Thoughts -Christmas in the Crosshairs (Love Inspired Suspense) by Deena Alexander


Christmas in the Crosshairs (Love Inspired Suspense)
by Deena Alexander

I really enjoyed reading this Love Inspired Suspense book! Jaelyn and Adam were great main characters, and even though they had been through horrible things, I loved getting to see them find happiness. The epilogue was a fantastic ending! Overall, I would definitely recommend this romance novel!
~Just Another Teen Reading Books

Wow! The author grabbed me with a great twist right at the very beginning! 5 STARS
~Maureen’s Musings

About Christmas in the Crosshairs

Christmas in the Crosshairs (Love Inspired Suspense)
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Setting – Seaport, Long Island, New York
Love Inspired Suspense (November 28, 2023)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1335597794
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1335597793
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BTJ3BSJW

A baby in need of protection—

and a hitman in pursuit.

After evading an attack, defense attorney Adam Spencer is on the run from a dangerous hitman. The killer’s wife is Adam’s only hope at apprehending the criminal—until she lands in the hospital. Now he must depend on her twin sister, Jaelyn Reed, to find the answers they need…all while protecting the baby niece Jaelyn didn’t know she had. But with threats at every turn, trust may be the deadliest trap…

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About Deena Alexander

Deena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, where she met and married her high school sweetheart. She recently relocated to Florida with her husband, three kids, a son-in-law, and four dogs. Now she enjoys long walks in nature all year long, despite the occasional alligator or snake she sometimes encounters. Deena’s love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night, and she now works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor.

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Christmas in the Crosshairs is written by Deena Alexander. One of the things that you can always count on from this author is her books to be packed with so much action and suspense. Make sure that you carve time out to sit and read. I was drawn into this book immediately.

Jaelyn Reed has just found out she has a sister. She had not had time to reach out and then her sister shows up in the ER where she works beaten and bloodied. Jaelyn has had a rough life. Her parents died in a car accident and while she was trying to grieve, her fiance then cheated on her. She tries to keep herself busy between the hospital and a volunteer fire fighter. She is shocked when she sees Maya Barlowe roll in. She is even more shocked when she finds out that Maya’s husband may be a hired assassin trying to close off loose ends.

Adam Spencer is a defense attorney. His wife and unborn child were murdered, he’s been determined to find the people behind it and bring them to justice. He has been following Maya for several reasons. He thinks she knows something and is on the run from her husband.

When he meets Jaelyn - he advises her that she is now in danger. He feels that he is the only way to keep her safe is to protect her. When they go to the bed and breakfast where Maya has been staying, they are surprised to find an infant hidden away.

Adam and Jaelyn both have some issues from their past they need to work through. They need to trust each other in order to stay alive. They have to be able to work together to stay alive and keep the baby safe.

The author takes you on a suspenseful journey full of action and twists and turns.

The characters are well written, and the storyline intriguing. Thank you to the author, publisher and Great Escapes Book Tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.


November 28 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

November 28 – Just Another Teen Reading Books – REVIEW, AUTHOR GUEST POST

November 29 – Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

November 29 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – REVIEW

November 30 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

November 30 – Diane’s Book Journal – SPOTLIGHT


December 2 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

December 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

December 3 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

December 4 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

December 5 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – REVIEW  

December 6 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

December 6 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW

December 7 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

December 7 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

December 8 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR GUEST POST

December 8 – Angel’s Book Nook – SPOTLIGHT  

December 9 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book –REVIEW 

December 11 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

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Monday, November 27, 2023

My Thoughts - Undercover Christmas Escape By: Terri Reed


About the Book

Book: Undercover Christmas Escape 

Author: Terri Reed 

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

Release Date: November 28, 2023

An undercover mission

has deadly consequences

The assignment was simple: infiltrate an office Christmas party, gather evidence and take down a drug cartel. However, DEA agent Duncan O’Brien and deputy US marshal Sera Morales encounter more than they were expecting when masked thieves crash their undercover operation and abduct Sera, who narrowly escapes. Can Duncan and Sera work together, despite their competitiveness and hidden attraction, to capture a merciless drug lord—before this Christmas becomes their last?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About the Author

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly top 10 Romance Mass Market Paperback and Publishers Weekly top ten Religion Fiction, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 50, Amazon #1 Bestseller, featured in USA Today and a Fresh Pick at Her 2016 novel, A Family Under the Christmas Tree, was adapted into the Hallmark movie and retitled Picture a Perfect Christmas.
She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband and when not writing, she enjoys agility with her Australian shepherd.
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Interview with the Author

 How long have you been writing or when did you


I started writing in 1993. It took my ten years of learning, writing and submitting before I finally was offered a publishing contract. I’ve been writing ever since. 

  What is the most difficult part of your writing process? 

The middle of the book is the most difficult for me. The first three chapters and the last five or so go swiftly but the in-between chapters take more time, focus and angst as I make sure I’m hitting the right beats and not letting things drag.  

  What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why? 

Each book is different. Sometimes the plot will come to me first and then I look for characters that will be challenged by the plot. Sometimes the characters will start talking to me, telling me their story and I look for a plot to challenge them with. 

What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

The advice I would give is to learn the craft, write to the end and not worry about perfection. You can revise and polish once the story is done. And be persistent in your pursuit of story.  


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written over sixty books, most for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line, but I’ve written for Tule Publishing and Howard Books as well. My favorite book is whichever book I’m working on at any given moment. That book is also my least favorite book until I finish it. LOL

   If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

I’d say Thank You for providing me house of entertainment, joy and for letting me tell their stories. 

  How long did it take you to write this book?

Undercover Christmas Escape took roughly four months to write but I did take some time off in that time period for a conference. I also don’t write on the weekends unless I’m behind and I take time every day to play with my dog, clean house or visit with friends. I firmly believe in work/life balance. 

My Thoughts

Undercover Christmas Escape is written by Terri Reed. Ms. Reed is an author that I will always have in my TBR list. Her books always have so much heart pounding action and suspense, that does not let up throughout the entire book. This is the third book in the U.S. Marshals Series. They can all be read as stand alone stories. The other books in the series are: Forced to Flee and Forced to Hide.

DEA agent Duncan O’Brien and deputy US marshal Sera Morales had a simple assignment. They were to infiltrate an office Christmas party, gather evidence and take down a drug cartel. However their undercover disguises, Santa and Mrs. Claus  do not work out the way that they plan. They suddenly find themselves fighting to survive. Sera is kidnapped - but manages to get away. Sera and Duncan need to find the individuals responsible so they can make sure the case does not fall through the cracks. 

This author has written some amazing characters. They have unique banter and chemistry - but it works. I love unique characters. The author has thrown in so much action and suspense that you will not want to put this one down. 

Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.  

Sunday, November 26, 2023

My Thoughts - Revenge: The Winslows of Texas Author: Tamara. G. Cooper


About the Book

Book: Revenge: The Winslows of Texas

Author: Tamara. G. Cooper

Genre: Romantic Suspense (Christian)

Release Date: May 7, 2023

Aaron’s life shatters in the aftermath of his best friend’s sudden, bizarre death. He firmly believes her demise was no mere accident, as the authorities ruled, but a cold-blooded murder. Driven to the brink of despair by the relentless media shadowing his every move, accusing him of causing her death, he needs a place to hide. Salvation dawns in an unexpected inheritance — the dense, sprawling wilderness of his great aunt’s East Texas estate. There, he discovers another surprise: his first love recently moved back to the area. She intrigued him at fourteen; she completely captivates him at twenty-six.

The discovery of a woman’s body on his property is chillingly timed on the grim anniversary of his friend’s death, shaking Aaron to his core. He realizes the bloodthirsty killer has delivered a disturbingly personal message to him: You cannot hide from me. Suddenly, his secluded sanctuary is exposed, a beacon for the merciless media relentlessly searching for him. He fortifies his estate, transforming it into a fortress against what he understands now is an inevitable attack. The murderer’s tightening noose of fear threatens to ensnare him. Outsmarting this ruthless predator has become a deadly game of chess, where every move could be his last.


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About the Author

Tamara G. Cooper is a Texas-based author who finds inspiration in the simple things in life: hiking, camping, fishing, and long walks with her family that end in a picnic. She lives in a small town in East Texas with her husband, her youngest of five sons, and four dogs. Tamara loves writing suspense/mystery stories with just a touch of romance.



More from Tamara

I’m an East Texan, through and through. You should hear me talk! There is no mistaking that I’m from Texas. So, one day, I was wondering: what would it be like if a New Yorker moved to East Texas? Better yet, let’s make him a billionaire New Yorker who wants nothing to do with “rednecks” but is forced to move to Texas. What would motivate him to move there, especially when he’s made it very clear that he wants nothing to do with Texas or Texans? 


Running for his life would work. Suddenly, he needs a place to hide. The people after him know of his other homes and have them staked out. So, where could he go? His great-aunt Dottie dies and wills her 6,000-acre estate in East Texas to him. Perfect! It sets him up nicely where he doesn’t want to be. And to add icing to this Texas cake? His first love at fourteen recently moved back to the area where he’d met her on one of his family’s rare visits with Aunt Dottie.  


But life doesn’t settle down for him. Of course, it doesn’t, right?  


And that’s how this book came about. I love Aaron. Every day, I couldn’t wait to get back to him and his story. He has so much to give and doesn’t even know it. As one of the “walking wounded,” he’s going to discover what really matters in life, but it’s not going to be easy for him.   


One thing that’s somewhat different about me as a writer is that I don’t outline my books. I sit at my computer and let the characters tell me their stories. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? But it works for me. They take me in all kinds of directions! When the first draft is finished, I consider it my “outline.” Now, the fun begins with editing!  

I love writing. I love storytelling. “Revenge” is one of my favorite stories and, yes, I fell a little bit in love with Aaron. I hope you do, too. 

My Thoughts

Revenge: The Winslows of Texas is written by Tamara. G. Cooper. This is a book that you will want to make sure that you have a chunk of time to read. Once I started, the book drew me in immediately. The characters are well written and the storyline is intriguing. 

Aaron, is having a hard time dealing with the death of his partner, Claire. He feels guilty in the aftermath. Aaron is not convinced that it is an accident. When he starts to see accidents and other "coincidences" he realizes that he may be a target. He is determined to show the police that it was not an accident, but a cold blooded murder. 

This book threw me through so many twists and turns. When I thought I had everything figured out - boom the author had me second guessing myself. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

 Aaron, a complex and multifaceted protagonist grappling with the aftermath of his partner Claire's tragic demise. Haunted by a nagging suspicion that Claire was being stalked—a suspicion he failed to act upon due to her denial—Aaron finds himself plagued by profound remorse over his choices. The weight of his grief is further compounded by incessant media scrutiny and relentless accusations levied against him in connection with Claire's untimely passin

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 15

Book Looks by Lisa, November 16

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 17 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, November 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 18

Texas Book-aholic, November 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 21

Blogging With Carol, November 22

Cover Lover Book Review, November 23

For Him and My Family, November 24

Artistic Nobody, November 25 (Author Interview)

Exploring the Written Word, November 25

Pause for Tales, November 26

Because I said so, November 27

Lights in a Dark World, November 28


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