Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Check out Book Two in SC Alban's Strega Series

Barely Living Alive, Book Two in The Strega Series, releases TODAY, November 15, 2016!

With her four-hundred-year-old curse finally lifted, Kate Martins now knows who she is. She has regained the power of the Strega Negri and is ready to unleash all kinds of hell on her tormentor and husband, Alessandro. Especially since he sent her destined love, Gio, into a coma where he is trapped between worlds and unable to communicate. With Claire and Willem at her side, Kate follows Alessandro’s trail straight into San Francisco’s magical underground. But, with Alessandro tapping into dark magic and the Dark Lord Rau now in the mix, Kate realizes that she just may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Download your copy of the highly anticipated follow up to A Life Without Living today! #ParanormalThriller #WitchyRomance #NewRelease

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***Review to follow***

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Meet Today's Guest Lena Gregory: Cozy Mystery Author of Death at First Sight


Death at First Sight (Bay Island Psychic Mystery #1)

I received my advanced copy of Death at First Sight, the FIRST IN A VISIONARY NEW MYSTERY SERIES by Lena Gregory over a month ago and devoured it in a matter of days. I love a good cozy book right before bed, and this charming story about Psychic Shop owner Cass Donovan did not disappoint. I stayed up far too late into the evening because I couldn't put it down. A well-crafted mystery with a quirky cast of characters, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end. I highly recommend this book!

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island...

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Long Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Hawkins’ future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother Marge publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. But when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is arrested for her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

Out on bail, Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instinct to find the real killer...



Brushes With the Paranormal
Lena Gregory

Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal? And encounter you couldn’t quite explain away, no matter how hard you tried to convince yourself there was a logical explanation? I’ve had several over the years, but I’ll only share a couple.

I have three kids, and not one of them slept through the night, so I can only assume it’s something I did wrong. Of course, neither my husband nor I sleep through the night either, so I guess it’s no surprise.

Anyway, one night, when my middle guy, Nicky, was around a year and a half old, he just would not go to sleep. I was so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open another minute, and I was afraid to bring him in my bed for fear he’d fall down the stairs if he got up and wandered, which he did even then, so I crawled into the crib with him and closed my eyes.

The next think I knew, someone was shaking my shoulder. Startled, I opened my eyes and looked up, fully expecting to find my husband standing over me wondering what in the world was going on, but there was no one there. I was absolutely positive a hand had gripped my shoulder and shaken me, so I sat up and looked around the room, figuring either my husband or my ten-year-old daughter had tried to wake me then walked away when I didn’t respond.

When I looked down, I didn’t see Nicky. Terrified, I jumped up and found him tangled in the blanket. I quickly unwrapped the blanket from his head. His face was beet red, and he was breathing hard but, thankfully, he was okay. It might have ended much differently if something hadn’t nudged me awake that morning. When I finally calmed down enough to get up, my husband and daughter were both still asleep and hadn’t been up to wake me.

To this day, sixteen years later, I still get chills and hug my son whenever that memory surfaces.

On a lighter note, I used to teach dance for a living, until Nicky was about three. I’d always brought my kids to the studio with me while I was teaching, but he couldn’t handle the noise. The kids talking and laughing, the music blasting, tap shoes hitting the wood floor, all proved to be too much for him. He would always want to be in my arms with his hands over his ears.

Within the year, he was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. He needed physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech, so I gave up teaching and started cleaning houses to give me the flexibility necessary to bring him to therapy five days a week.

One of the houses I took was a beautiful, old house on the bay. The view was gorgeous, as was the house, which was built in the 1800s. One of the first times I went in to clean, I put the garbage pail back in the bathroom beside the shower. Then I realized there was an old stain beneath the pipe under the sink where the pail had been. I figured it must leak sometimes and put the pail back under it. When I returned a few minutes later, the pail was beside the shower again.

That freaked me out a little, but I figured maybe I’d left the floor a little wet and it slid over a couple of feet, or maybe I’d meant to put it under the pipe but then forgot to actually do it. So, I made sure the floor was dry and put it back. The next time I looked in the bathroom, it was back beside the shower. Needless to say, that’s where it stayed that time.

Every time I returned to the house after that day, I put the pail under the pipe and it stayed where it was.

Then, one day, I was in the basement doing laundry when there was a weird sort of scratchy, tapping sound. It was coming from the ceiling rafters in the basement beneath the foyer. It definitely freaked me out, but I finally decided it must be mice or something, and I filed the incident away to use in a book somewhere down the line—which I haven’t yet but still intend to.

When the homeowner asked how everything was going and if I was finding everything okay, I told her everything was fine, but I thought the house was haunted, and I sort of laughed.

She laughed too and asked me what had happened.

I told her about the garbage pail, but not the tapping, since I’d already explained that to myself.

She then told me the house definitely was haunted, and what was now the foyer was originally a bedroom, and someone died in there. She also said they often here a strange knocking sound in the foyer.

The existence of the unexplainable has always fascinated me. Is there truly a world beyond our own that sometimes overlaps with ours? Or are we just creatures with extremely vivid imaginations?

Cass Donovan, from Death at First Sight, makes a living delving into that world, “contacting” the dead. At least, that’s what her customers think. She thinks she’s just very intuitive. What do you think?

Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal? Leave a comment and let me know!




****Review to Follow***



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Meet Today's Guest Lena Gregory: Cozy Mystery Author of Death at First Sight

Brushes With the Paranormal

Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal? And encounter you couldn’t quite explain away, no matter how hard you tried to convince yourself there was a logical explanation? I’ve had several over the years, but I’ll only share a couple.

I have three kids, and not one of them slept through the night, so I can only assume it’s something I did wrong. Of course, neither my husband nor I sleep through the night either, so I guess it’s no surprise.

Anyway, one night, when my middle guy, Nicky, was around a year and a half old, he just would not go to sleep. I was so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open another minute, and I was afraid to bring him in my bed for fear he’d fall down the stairs if he got up and wandered, which he did even then, so I crawled into the crib with him and closed my eyes.

The next think I knew, someone was shaking my shoulder. Startled, I opened my eyes and looked up, fully expecting to find my husband standing over me wondering what in the world was going on, but there was no one there. I was absolutely positive a hand had gripped my shoulder and shaken me, so I sat up and looked around the room, figuring either my husband or my ten-year-old daughter had tried to wake me then walked away when I didn’t respond.

When I looked down, I didn’t see Nicky. Terrified, I jumped up and found him tangled in the blanket. I quickly unwrapped the blanket from his head. His face was beet red, and he was breathing hard but, thankfully, he was okay. It might have ended much differently if something hadn’t nudged me awake that morning. When I finally calmed down enough to get up, my husband and daughter were both still asleep and hadn’t been up to wake me.

To this day, sixteen years later, I still get chills and hug my son whenever that memory surfaces.

On a lighter note, I used to teach dance for a living, until Nicky was about three. I’d always brought my kids to the studio with me while I was teaching, but he couldn’t handle the noise. The kids talking and laughing, the music blasting, tap shoes hitting the wood floor, all proved to be too much for him. He would always want to be in my arms with his hands over his ears.

Within the year, he was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. He needed physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech, so I gave up teaching and started cleaning houses to give me the flexibility necessary to bring him to therapy five days a week.

One of the houses I took was a beautiful, old house on the bay. The view was gorgeous, as was the house, which was built in the 1800s. One of the first times I went in to clean, I put the garbage pail back in the bathroom beside the shower. Then I realized there was an old stain beneath the pipe under the sink where the pail had been. I figured it must leak sometimes and put the pail back under it. When I returned a few minutes later, the pail was beside the shower again.

That freaked me out a little, but I figured maybe I’d left the floor a little wet and it slid over a couple of feet, or maybe I’d meant to put it under the pipe but then forgot to actually do it. So, I made sure the floor was dry and put it back. The next time I looked in the bathroom, it was back beside the shower. Needless to say, that’s where it stayed that time.

Every time I returned to the house after that day, I put the pail under the pipe and it stayed where it was.

Then, one day, I was in the basement doing laundry when there was a weird sort of scratchy, tapping sound. It was coming from the ceiling rafters in the basement beneath the foyer. It definitely freaked me out, but I finally decided it must be mice or something, and I filed the incident away to use in a book somewhere down the line—which I haven’t yet but still intend to.

When the homeowner asked how everything was going and if I was finding everything okay, I told her everything was fine, but I thought the house was haunted, and I sort of laughed.

She laughed too and asked me what had happened.

I told her about the garbage pail, but not the tapping, since I’d already explained that to myself.

She then told me the house definitely was haunted, and what was now the foyer was originally a bedroom, and someone died in there. She also said they often here a strange knocking sound in the foyer.

The existence of the unexplainable has always fascinated me. Is there truly a world beyond our own that sometimes overlaps with ours? Or are we just creatures with extremely vivid imaginations?

Cass Donovan, from Death at First Sight, makes a living delving into that world, “contacting” the dead. At least, that’s what her customers think. She thinks she’s just very intuitive. What do you think?

Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal? Leave a comment and let me know!




****Review to Follow***



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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mystery Revealed: Happy To Announce My Time Traveling Bibliophile Book Series Tour Dates


The Traveling Bibliophile Series
Temple of Indra's Books 1-4

Check out the schedule:

January 5 – The Self-Rescue Princess - CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 6 – The Book's the Thing - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 7 - Books,Dreams,Life - GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 8 – Deal Sharing Aunt - INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 8 – Island Confidential - GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Readsalot - SPOTLIGHT

January 10 – T's Stuff - INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 11 – Sleuth Cafe - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

January 12 – StoreyBook Reviews - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 13 – Community Bookstop - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 14 – A Holland Reads - CHARACTER GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, too! - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 16 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 17 – Nadaness In Motion - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY


 January 18 – Polished Nails and Puppy Dog Tales – REVIEW

Compliments of Great Escapes Tours

Mystery Revealed: Happy To Announce My Time Traveling Bibliophile Series Tour Dates


The Traveling Bibliophile Series
Temple of Indra's Books 1-4

Check out the schedule:

January 5 – The Self-Rescue Princess - CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 6 – The Book's the Thing - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 7 - Books,Dreams,Life - GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 8 – Deal Sharing Aunt - INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 8 – Island Confidential - GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Readsalot - SPOTLIGHT

January 10 – T's Stuff - INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 11 – Sleuth Cafe - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

January 12 – StoreyBook Reviews - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 13 – Community Bookstop - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 14 – A Holland Reads - CHARACTER GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, too! - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 16 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 17 – Nadaness In Motion - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY


 January 18 – Polished Nails and Puppy Dog Tales – REVIEW

Compliments of Great Escapes Tours

The Traveling Bibliophile Series: Happy to Announce that my Tour is all Booked.


The Traveling Bibliophile Series
Temple of Indra's Books 1-4

Check out the schedule:

January 5 – The Self-Rescue Princess - CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 6 – The Book's the Thing - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 7 - Books,Dreams,Life - GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 8 – Deal Sharing Aunt - INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 8 – Island Confidential - GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Readsalot - SPOTLIGHT

January 10 – T's Stuff - INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 11 – Sleuth Cafe - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

January 12 – StoreyBook Reviews - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 13 – Community Bookstop - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 14 – A Holland Reads - CHARACTER GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, too! - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 16 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 17 – Nadaness In Motion - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY


 January 18 – Polished Nails and Puppy Dog Tales – REVIEW

Compliments of Great Escapes Tours