Monday, October 16, 2017

On Tour: Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt (Haunted House Flippers Inc.)





Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt (Haunted House Flippers Inc.)
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
ASIN: B074TY4ZXD


House flippers Jack & Juniper agree to lend and help prep their latest purchase—The Doctors House—an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for the town’s Halloween bash, they’re expecting to find missing floor boards, and pesky bats, not the ghostly specter of the murdered Doctors Wife.
But when the head of the council is found stuffed in a trunk in the attic, it appears history is repeating.As June and the team, carry on with party preparations, they unravel a century of family secrets, whispers of lunacy—and the number one suspect goes on the run. But the victim’s family insists that the ball must go on, even with a killer on the loose. With Halloween fast approaching, June sees the woman in white and wonders if keeping the killer out was ever really a possibility. Now she’s desperate to unmask the killer before the Annual Halloween Bash turns into even more of a deadly haunt…


TOUR PARTICIPANTS


October 10 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
October 10 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
October 12 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
October 12 – Valerie's Musings – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW
October 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
October 17 – Reading Authors – REVIEW
October 18 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
October 19 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW
October 20 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
October 21 - The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
October 22 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW
October 23 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
October 23 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW






Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review & #Giveaway – A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron @ellenbyronla #5jinglebells #cozy




Rachael's Review:

Another dead body. Just another day in the Bayou for budding sleuth Magnolia Crozat. In the 3rd Cajun Country mystery, Ellen Byron once again cooks up a laugh out loud page turner that's as yummy as Ninette Crozat's Holiday Brandy Pain Perdu. Maggie Crozat is home for the holidays playing mistress of the Doucet Plantation to the tune of her new manager’s fiddle and helping out at her own family's B&B. Not a moment too soon, given that her family is sick with stress—the trouble is that the Crozat Plantation B & B is being targeted. It isn't long before Maggie and hunky boyfriend Bo Durand dig in, seeking out a mysterious Internet troll who is writing damaging reviews about all of her uncle's properties. What they find at the heart of the matter is a ruthless financier intent on acquiring the Crozat estate. Sadly, (but not really) that financier ends up dead, which lands Maggie and Bo on the suspect list. From irrational reviews to bursting bonfires and crusty guests, the sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer. Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries are delightful and addictive. I can't wait for the next book.
I give this five glorious bonfires a burning. ~ Author Rachael Stapleton



Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017) Hardcover: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683313052 E-Book ASIN: B06XW23LPG
Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects. The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer. The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.
About The Author
Body on the Bayou, the second in Ellen's Cajun Country Mystery series, won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and was nominated for a Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award. Her debut book in the series, Plantation Shudders, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she's written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. A native New Yorker and graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the family’s spoiled rescue dogs.



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TOUR PARTICIPANTS September 17 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW September 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT September 18 – Valerie's Musings - GUEST POST September 18 – Bibliophile Reviews – INTERVIEW September 19 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST September 20 – Girl with Book Lungs - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW September 20 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW September 21 – My Journey Back - REVIEW, INTERVIEW September 22 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW September 23 – Bookworm Cafe - REVIEW, INTERVIEW September 24 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews - SPOTLIGHT September 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy - CHARACTER GUEST POST September 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW September 25 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW September 26 – The Mysterious Ink Spot – REVIEW September 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW September 27 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW September 27 – A Blue Million Books - CHARACTER INTERVIEW September 28 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW September 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW September 29 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST September 29 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW September 30 – Varietats – REVIEW October 1 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW October 1 – Melina's Book Blog - REVIEW, GUEST POST   Have you signed up to be a Tour Host? Click Here Find Details and Sign Up Today!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt Releases Early: September 27th







Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt (Haunted House Flippers Inc.)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published
Print Length: 164 pages
ASIN: B074TY4ZXD
House flippers Jack & Juniper agree to lend and help prep their latest purchase—The Doctors House—an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for the town’s Halloween bash, they’re expecting to find missing floor boards, and pesky bats, not the ghostly specter of the murdered Doctors Wife.
But when the head of the council is found stuffed in a trunk in the attic, it appears history is repeating.
As June and the team, carry on with party preparations, they unravel a century of family secrets, whispers of lunacy—and the number one suspect goes on the run. But the victim’s family insists that the ball must go on, even with a killer on the loose. With Halloween fast approaching, June sees the woman in white and wonders if keeping the killer out was ever really a possibility. Now she’s desperate to unmask the killer before the Annual Halloween Bash turns into even more of a deadly haunt…

About The Author

Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.
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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
October 10 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
October 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
October 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
October 12 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW
October 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
October 17 – Reading Authors – REVIEW
October 18 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
October 19 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW
October 20 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
October 21 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
October 22 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW
October 23 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
October 23 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Review *Five Star Free Range Fun

A.B Funkhauser's Shell Game

  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Solstice Publishing (September 12, 2017)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075M1K43Z

A smart and hilarious novel that delivers constant chuckles and an onslaught of outlandish situations piling up around neighbors Bronagh and Poonam in the sleepy town of Pictontown on the Downs.

The best part is when Sils Banks, Animal Control Officer for Pictontown on the Downs attends a swinger’s party and meets gossip columnist, Goddess Moonbow who decides that Sils should be treated as one of the animals. In other words, Sils is caged like one of her stray cats. From here on out, the story is fast-paced and hilarious as Sils comes up with a plan to exact revenge and expose the true happenings of this sleepy little town. This book is stuffed with precious one-liners and humorous set ups.

The characters are colorful, the pacing breathtaking, and the atmosphere of the tiny town, with all its political drama and kinky sex, rings ludicrously entertaining. A.B Funkhauser’s writing is delightful and addictive. I can't wait for the next installment. ~ The Mysterious Ink Spot

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Halloween is Coming

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 10 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
October 10 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
October 12 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
October 12 – Valerie's Musings – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW
October 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
October 17 – Reading Authors – REVIEW
October 18 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
October 19 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW
October 20 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
October 21 - The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
October 22 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW
October 23 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
October 23 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW


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Friday, August 25, 2017

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cozy Book Blast Tour Dates: Murder, She Floats




TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 28
Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Mythical Books – SPOTLIGHT
Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT
Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
Varietats – REVIEW

August 29
Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
Back Porchervations – REVIEW
Queen of All She Reads – SPOTLIGHT
Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
Laura's interests – REVIEW

August 30
Cassidy's Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT
StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Jane Reads – REVIEW
Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

Friday, July 28, 2017

Surprise! Murder, She Floats is Now Available for Pre-Order on Kindle.


It's the end of the summer and Journalist Penelope Trubble has returned home to help her father with the Private Eye business. With a contest prize of ten thousand dollars on the line, the town is full of summer vacationers on the hunt for the rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was lost to Bohemian Lake over fifty years ago. With the help of spitfire local, Eve Berns and Cody Lumos, the town's handsome new detective, amateur sleuth Lucky Penny takes the bait and goes diving for the story behind the legend of the million dollar coin. Unfortunately, her dive turns up more bodies than missing treasure. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she finds hidden in the sand, but will she be buried along with them?


Pre-Order your copy of Murder, She Floats now for just .99 cents or less. Price goes up August 29th.


Oh readers! I had so much fun writing the characters of Bohemian Lake. I can't wait for you to meet them. Especially spunky older spy-wannabe Eve Berns. She's a hellcat and a half, and she's determined to help Penelope solve every mystery. Murder, She Floats is the perfect summer read, so grab it now for cheap and it will be delivered to your device in time for the final long weekend of the summer. 

Cheers!

Rae


Friday, April 28, 2017

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Getting Cozy in the Bibliophile’s Space

Warring Clans, Dark and Brooding Castle Coves and the Banshees That Haunt Them: A Sneak Peek into Sophia’s World

When I immersed myself in writing the Time Traveling Bibliophile Series, one of the things I most enjoyed was envisioning a character who constantly found herself in the most curious of places. No matter where Sophia Marcil went in time, she wound up falling or bumping into a secret passage, a vintage bookshop or a dark and threatening forest and all while evading her killer. It seemed to me that Sophia gravitated to the fairytale locations she might have found in the books she shelved, places like Lichtenstein Castle, the Black Forest, and fairy hill. Also finding herself in haunted spaces such as Romania’s Gothic-Renaissance castle in Hunedoara, and the witch’s cottage where it all began. So, in honor of our bookish heroine and her dangerous explorations, I’ve decided to write a series of blogposts on the cozy places that make up Sophia’s world. Even filling you in on the truth behind the tales that inspired them, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

First we’ll start with Northern Ireland which is the prominent backdrop in BOOK THREE, The Temple of Indra’s Lies and we’ll meet the legendary banshee who roams the dark brooding fortress and the mermaid’s cove beneath.

Excerpt from BOOK THREE, The Temple of Indra’s Lies

Northern Ireland, November 1551

To the east of a small seaside village in Northern Ireland, Alexandra Cuza paced the cold damp floor of the cave below the massive Dunlace Castle. The weather was violent, and the waves smashed and tumbled against the sharpened stone of the White Rocks cliffs. Off in the distance, thin clouds sailed across a darkening sky, and the wind swept wildly as if to mirror Alexandra’s own foul and loathsome mood. This medieval castle was her home now, much like the one she’d grown up in and yet so very different. Occasionally she missed the heavily wooded mountains of southwestern Transylvania, but there was nothing like the roar of the mighty waters, as they came rushing and bellowing into the deep cavern of the mermaid’s cave.
Using her prophetic sight to her advantage, Alexandra had ingratiated herself into the McQuillan Clan over the last ten years, becoming known as Saundra—the Witch of Dunlace—mistress and advisor to Lord Uilliam McQuillan. She’d waited fifty-seven years to exact her revenge on this man.
There was but one problem: she no longer wanted to.

Dunluce Castle Facts
This famous Celtic Castle stands on a rocky crag on the northeast coast of the island of Ireland in County Antrim. First built by the Irish noble Richard Óg de Burgh in the thirteenth century, the earliest documented records from 1513 show that at that time it belonged to the MacQuillan family before being taken by the MacDonnell’s. The site of Dunluce Castle has been seen as significant both spiritually and strategically and has often been fought over.
The castle is carved into a rocky promontory, so that the cliffs around the castle drop off straight into the ocean. The sea-grass and rocks are slippery from the salt-mist and, in some places, the rocky surface has caved in and the crashing ocean is visible far beneath the surface opening. This dangerous setting made the castle a perfect defense against invaders, but a reckless place to carry out daily life. In the early 1600s the cliff-face supporting the castle kitchen crumbled into the ocean and plummeted all the people inside to their deaths. 


The Banshee of Dunluce Castle
One of the most popular tales associated with the McQuillans and Dunluce Castle is the legend of Maeve Roe, the McQuillan Banshee. There are many blogs that detail the story but here is the most common. Please note that while the names of the families are the same, this story differs slightly from Temple of Indra’s Lies, but it is truth that inspired me to imagine Sophia’s own scenario.
Maeve Roe McQuillan, the beautiful Lord’s daughter, fell in love with Reginald O’Cahan. The O’Cahans were one of the McQuillans’ bitterest rivals and the Lord of the Route did not see Reginald as a suitable match for Maeve. In attempting to dissuade Maeve from marrying Reginald, he took the rather extreme step of locking her in the north eastern tower of Dunluce. With no servants to attend her or friends to keep her company, Maeve spent the lonely days and nights pining for her lover and sweeping her room with a brush. After some days, her father grew worried at how distraught Maeve Roe had become. He took pity on her and hatched a scheme to allow her to reunite with Reginald which at the same time allowed him to save face.
On a wild and windy night, the Lord left the castle with his clansmen on a raiding mission into a rival’s territory. While he was away, he had instructed one of his servants to free Maeve Roe from her tower and lead her to the Mermaid’s Cave underneath the castle where Reginald was waiting for her. There was a boat nearby to allow them the means to escape. However, as you may have guessed, there wasn’t a happy ending. Due to the storm, the row boat crashed against the rocks and the couple were drowned. Reginald’s remains were subsequently washed ashore but Maeve Roe’s body was never found. Maeve’s ghost continues to haunt the tower to this day, sweeping the room she had been imprisoned in. Not only that, Maeve Roe also became the family banshee, mourning the impending passing of McQuillans with her sorrowful wail.
To see where I found these stories, check out either of these pages.

Curious to know more about the Time Traveling Bibliophile and her cozy adventures into the past, check out the Temple of Indra’s Lies on Amazon. OR start at the beginning.


You can also get more visual sneak peeks on my Pinterest page at the The Magical World of the Bibliophile.