Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Justice Betrayed ~ ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Promo, Book Trailer, & Giveaway!



JUSTICE BETRAYED
A MEMPHIS COLD CASE MYSTERY, #3
by
PATRICIA BRADLEY

  Genre: Fiction / Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: June 5, 2018
Number of Pages: 352

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It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators—one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken—she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?


The third installment of Bradley's Memphis Cold Case series focuses on a cold case related to a homicide detective's past...Bradley includes the unique character of Erin who seems as if she is a real person and takes great care to portray her respectfully.” 
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Patricia Bradley is the award-winning author of Justice Delayed and Justice Buried, as well as the Logan Point series. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She lives in Mississippi.


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Fallen Star ~ ~ Audio Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway!


FALLEN STAR
BY ALLISON MORSE
Narrated by Christa Lewis
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes
Release Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genres: Romance / Suspense 



Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.

Avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long-lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star Gloria Reardon may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery.

Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process becomes the killer’s new target.

Allison Morse is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. Both published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books. Connect with her on her Website or on Facebook.


Narrator Bio
Christa Lewis has been awarded 6 of the coveted Earphones Awards since 2015 for her narrations. She is an Audie Nominee 2018 in the Original Work category and a Listener's Choice Awards finalist 2018 in the Short Story/Collections category. She has narrated over 100 audiobooks and works for Audible Studios, Blackstone Audio, Blunder Woman Productions, Brilliance Audio, DAW Books, Inc., Dreamscape Media, Hachette Book Group, Harper Audio, HighBridge Audio and Tantor Media, as well as for noted boutique audiobook publishers & independent authors.

Christa speaks accent-free German fluently, has been featured in AudioFile Magazine, and her narrations have become Audible bestsellers in Young Adult and Literary Fiction. She is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University’s 4 year actor training program. Connect with her on  Twitter.


I received this audio book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Allison Morse. The gifting of this audio book did not affect my opinion of it.
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Hall Ways Review: Audio book review. In Fallen Star, the layers to the story peel away slowly so that readers know exactly whodunit and why – except they don’t! Author Allison Morse does a wonderful job of leading and then misleading readers again and again to keep things deliciously interesting. And then, there’s a lovely epilogue that takes readers ten years into the future, where everything is neatly resolved – until the very last sentence, that is!

"Gloria. Breathtaking Gloria, eclipsed the puny room, smiling as if she knew it couldn't possibly contain her dazzling self."

So, what’s all the fuss about? The decades-old murder of actress Gloria Reardon is a closed case; the motive is known and her killer is in jail. But as it often happens with legendary movie stars, Gloria Reardon’s memory lives on, almost as a life of its own – especially for Gloria’s grand-daughter, Kate.

What I like best about Kate is that she takes something bad that happens to her and instead of letting it define/defeat her, she parlays it into something good: a cause. Kate becomes a feminist, but it’s not thrown in the reader’s face. Kate’s action and words show she’s overcome adversity, improved herself, and is a strong force to be reckoned with in fighting misogyny and sexual harassment in 1970s Hollywood -- and finding long-buried secrets. This suits her well when she uncovers some presumed lost film footage of Gloria, and Kate doggedly pursues the truth often so blindly that she puts herself in danger.

"Her feelings toward him resembled a stoplight that blinked red and green at the same time." 

While there is a romance element to the story, it’s primarily a mystery, and I appreciated that the relationship developing between Dylan and Kate took a back seat to the unfolding of the mystery. A curious addition to the story is the inclusion of paranormal activity; it is inserted a bit haphazardly, and it isn’t explored at all, and that weakens the story and Kate as a character, making it a bit of a distraction.  Another distraction from the plot is Dylan’s and Mallick’s movie project though it does provide a vehicle for some of the other action.

"Curiosity and the need for caffeine trumped her outrage."

BONUS POINTS AWARDED: I knew Kate was my kinda lady when her decisions were guided by her need for some coffee. I can relate! And, I like that Kate heads to the library when she needs information (but too bad the librarian was a twit) – granted, it was the ‘70s, so there weren’t too many other options, but I’ll take my useful library mentions where I can get them.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Christa Lewis is an excellent narrator for this story. She captures the nuances of Kate’s personality, but also the nuances and drama of the Hollywood players: the casting director, the actors/actresses, the assistants. She takes on the numerous accents and personalities so that each character is unique and easily identified (no small feat as there are A LOT of characters). The delivery was a bit slow for me (it ALWAYS is), and because of the format I had, I couldn’t speed-up the listening. Still, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase another audio book with this narrator if I could control the speed0.


Fallen Star is a great book for readers who enjoy super-smart main characters who won’t let a stone go unturned, complicated plots, and lots of twists and turns. I could see how the author could continue this story into another book, and I would read/listen to it.  Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Productions for providing me a digital download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.  

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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy ~ ~ Book Blog Tour, Author Interview, & Giveaway!

THE LOVE FOOL
A ROME-ANTIC COMEDY
by Lorenzo Petruzziello
Genre: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Categories: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Quill (Inkshares)
Release date: March 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:
Set in Rome. Follow the whirlwind antics of a publicist as he struggles to manage his first TV chef client, his new life, and an unexpected visit from his ex-girlfriend.

Alex recently moved to Italy for an opportunity at a PR firm in Rome. His first client is the beautiful Danish chef Pernille Bjørn, a popular model, TV personality, and cookbook author just entering the booming televised cooking show market in Italy.

Alex's single-minded career focus is soon thwarted by Emily, an ex-girlfriend he hasn't heard from in almost a decade.

Italy's modern culture and enchanting sights set the backdrop to this Rome-antic comedy.

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Interview with the Author Lorenzo Petruzziello:
THE LOVE FOOL is your debut novel. What made you write a book about romance?
Honestly, I didn’t even know I could write a book at all. But I was in Rome at the time I attempted to write and was inspired by my surroundings. Rome, being one of the most romantic cities in the world, of course, inspired the romantic side of me. Thus, making romance the focus for my first book.

Why did you choose Rome as the setting?
Well, I mean, it’s Rome. Who wouldn’t want to read a story set in Rome, let alone Italy? But seriously, I was living in Rome temporarily when I started to write THE LOVE FOOL. And walking around, discovering the beauty in the Eternal city, inspired me to not only make it the setting but to make the city part of the story.

What is with the cat and fish on the cover?
In THE LOVE FOOL, the main character Alex interacts with a stray cat allowing him to sort out his thoughts. The fish is a whole other element and when you read the book it will all come to play. But I should warn readers that THE LOVE FOOL is not a “catfish” story, nor is it about a talking cat in a suit.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Throughout the whole reading process, I want readers to at times take the book and shake it with frustration. It is called THE LOVE FOOL for a reason. But in the end, I want THE LOVE FOOL to get people to reflect on their past and to spark discussion about how we all sometimes do the silliest thing for love or maybe just the idea of love.

In THE LOVE FOOL, the characters eat many delicious Roman dishes. What is your favorite Roman dish?
That’s easy. Every time I’m in Rome I have to have Bucatini all’Amatriciana. It is one of my favorite dishes. I make it at home with the goal of recreating a specific one I had when I was living in Rome.



Meet the Author:


Lorenzo Petruzziello holds an MBA in global marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes publicity and marketing for many of public television’s popular cooking and travel shows. He lives in Massachusetts focusing on his writing. THE LOVE FOOL is his first novel.


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Hope of Azure Springs ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Book Blitz, Excerpt, & Book Trailer!

THE HOPE OF
AZURE SPRINGS 
by
RACHEL FORDHAM
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance 
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Revell
Number of Pages: 336

ABOUT THE BOOK: Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Welcome to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

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PRAISE FOR THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS: “In her promising first novel, Fordham assembles an endearing cast of characters in the rugged Midwest plains for a tale about surviving and thriving. . . .Fordham depicts heartbreaking emotional and physical suffering, while beautifully illustrating the power in simple acts of kindness to foster healing, hope, and happiness.”
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EXCERPT: PROLOGUE
FROM THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS
Iowa, 1881


     She dead?”
     Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her. A strange thumping pulsed through her with each word he spoke. Her throat burned, screaming for water, but she could not cry out.
     “There’s life in her. Not much of it though,” a second, raspier voice answered. She felt a hand press against her throat and then move over her body, gently probing. “She’s bleeding pretty bad.”
     “Gunshot?” the first voice asked.
     If only her eyes would open, and she could see them. Straining, she struggled to pull her heavy eyelids open. Finally, bits of light darted in front of her eyes, but she could not focus. The faces above her were fuzzy and indiscernible.
     Fear swept through her, suddenly waking her battered body. Afraid the men from before had returned, she opened her eyes wide, finding strength that only moments before she had lacked. With thrashing arms, she flailed at the men. Her arms flopped about but offered little defense—she was too weak from blood loss. And then they moved no longer, subdued by large, strong hands.
     “Easy, girl. We aren’t going to hurt you. We just want to help. Take you into town, that’s all. There’s a good doctor there.” The man’s deep voice sounded gentle, but still she did not trust him. Voices could be deceiving. Arms could hurt as well as help. She knew these things well.
     Soon she felt her body being raised above the ground, and moments later the hard planks of a wagon became the resting place for her injured frame. Too weak to move, she lay looking at the sky, wishing there were a way to end the agony, but knowing that for Lucy she would fight on.
     Once the wagon lurched forward, she lost track of everything again. The wheels bouncing over ruts made her pain so intense that everything closed around her and then faded to black.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Fordham started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. She hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

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