This Vicious Way By Madeline

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REVENGE IS NEVER EASY…

Aged five, Inga was snatched from her sister’s arms by Bridie’s Assassins, a group of Untamed rebels who believe the way to win the War of Humanity is to use more Untamed children as soldiers. For seven years, Inga’s life consisted of violence, exploitation, and death as they shaped her into their most deadly weapon. Then she escaped.

Now twenty-one, Inga has spent the last six years seeking revenge on the assassins–using the skills they taught her against them–and trying to find her family. She knows the Gods and Goddesses are behind her, because with every assassin she murders, Inga’s gifted with a vision of her cousins, Keelie and Elf. And soon–very soon–Inga is sure she will find her family again. She’s just got to kill all the assassins first.

But when she discovers her own sister is now leading the assassins, Inga’s resolve is tested. Sure, she will stop at nothing to get the life she deserves–even if it means putting other Untamed in danger and losing herself–but can she kill her own flesh and blood?

  • File Size:2067 KB
  • Print Length:424 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
  • Publisher:Ineja Press (February 11, 2020)
  • Publication Date:February 11, 2020

About Madeline Dyer

MADELINE DYER lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books–sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter.

My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

This is the second book in The Dangerous Ones series.  This is also the second book that I have read by this author.  This could also be read as a standalone.  .  I found her first book much better than this one.

The story is being told by Inga from, changes from the past to the present.

I really wanted to like this book, I had a hard time getting into it and I found it to be really slow and dragged out. I couldn’t get into the characters.  I did like how Amelia was brought to life in this one, I wanted to learn more about her and see how she became part of the story.

I have seen that this got a lot of good reviews, but I am just giving it three stars.

Cover Reveal of Thieves of Fate

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BOOK DETAILS:

Thieves of Fate
by Ophelia Bell
(Fate’s Fools, #9)
Publication date: September 29th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Once an Ultiori Elite, Benedetta’s psyche crumbled under the corrupting mind control inflicted on her by her evil master. She begged for release by the immortal dragon who loved her, and her death in his cleansing fire severed their bond forever.

But a new force in the world has resurrected Benedetta’s essence from the ashes left behind. Life magic blended with fire has reached back through the Bloodline, lighting a spark and calling to a soul that never really perished.

Alive once more and free from the soul bond to her old immortal lover, her lonely soul cries out for a mate, but who can fill the void left by the Void himself?

A trio of Shadow dragons, that’s who.

Exclusively available in the Wicked Souls Reverse Harem Collection. Releases September 29, 2020.

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49008322-wicked-souls

Pre-order:

Amazon:

https://books2read.com/u/banREy?store=amazon

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-souls-ripley

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iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/wicked-souls/id1490107228

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wicked-souls-5

AUTHOR BIO:

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

You can follow Ophelia Bell on social media

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7791394.

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I would like to thank  Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to do the cover reveal.  I will be looking into reading this book.

Happy reading everyone.

 

 

Cover Reveal of Moon In Bastet By E.S. Danon

Hello and welcome to Friday, I hope that everyone is doing well.  I would love to give thanks to Expresso Book Tours for the opportunity to reveal the cover of Moon In Bastet.

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Before I reveal the cover of the book lets give you a little about the book……  I must say this sound interesting and I can’t wait for it to come out.

Synopsis:

A memoir turned into thrilling fiction; Moon in Bastet is based off of the life of author E. S. Danon. The story follows a fourteen-year-old girl named Eva, an orphan living in the Negev desert of Israel who is working as a custodian of Cirque Du Christianisme. Her life is controlled by a volatile drunk named Bella who favors a group of equally volatile teenage bullies, the Christian boys.

Bullied, neglected, and alone – Eva’s only friends are an odd, thirteen–year–old Sephardic boy named Jack and a small cohort of Bedouin sister-wives. On the brink of giving up on life, Eva stumbles upon a mysterious cat in the middle of the desert. Or really, did the cat stumble upon her?

Filled with mystery, magic, and symbolism – Moon in Bastet is a story of resilience, survivorship, forgiveness, and women empowerment. This is a work filled with Jewish mysticism that can be enjoyed by people of all races, ages, and religions everywhere.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52484533-moon-in-bastet

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Elizabeth Danon received her B.S. in Marine Science from Stony Brook University before working as a Marine Biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She traveled the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico collecting data aboard commercial fishing vessels and dredges.

When that didn’t pan out to be the glorified job that she expected, finding herself covered in shark snot and fish scales daily, Elizabeth became a technical writer. In her spare time, she began doing stand-up comedy after taking comedy boot-camp with the Armed Services Arts Partnership. At this time, she married the most wonderful man who also provides most of her joke writing material. Unfortunately, because he’s Indian he has also enabled her Maggi addiction… Like she needed that on top of her already long-standing iced coffee issues.

Her favorite show is Schitt’s Creek, as she feels a special bond to her fellow comedians – and Sephardic brethren. Growing up half-Jewish herself, Elizabeth eventually converted to being full-Jewish with Temple Israel as a student of Rabbi Panitz.

Her enriched but complicated heritage has been an inspiration for most of her creative writing. Being an Aries, she has always felt like a leader and has therefore integrated her feminist beliefs into her work, albeit dropping every women’s studies course that she ever elected in college.​

Additionally, her writing has an unmistakable international presence. Elizabeth wanted to discover as much as she could about her Sephardic Heritage and went on Birthright, followed by her independent travels to over ten other countries… carrying nothing but a red bookbag.

You can follow  Elizabeth Danon on Social media

Author links:

https://www.instagram.com/e.s.danonauthor/

https://www.esdanon.com/

https://twitter.com/DanonElizabeth

https://www.facebook.com/DANON.ELIZABETH.BOOKS/

 

Cover Reveal of The Best Mistake By: Cookie O’Gorman.

TheBestMistakeRevealBannerWelcome to the Cover Reveal for..  The Best Mistake By:  Cookie O’Gorman

 But first a little about the book

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Honor Tierney just wants one night with the playboy.

One hot, steamy, meaningless hookup, and then she’ll happily go back to reading her favorite books, studying to be an accountant and writing for the campus-paper-nobody-reads. Too bad she ends up in the wrong bed, with the wrong brother…who gives her the hottest night of her life.

Archer O’Brien just wants to play ball.

Well that, and for his brothers to stop acting out, so he won’t have to worry 24/7. As the oldest O’Brien and team captain, it’s his duty to make sure they don’t drink too much, party too much, or get in too much trouble. But when she walks into his bedroom—mistaking him for his brother—life throws him a curveball.

She’s determined to guard her heart. He’s not giving up.

And when Honor gets assigned to cover the Wolves baseball team, it’s game on.

This new adult sports romance features one hot (and hilarious) case of mistaken identity and a sexy set of brothers guaranteed to make you swoon.

Sometimes, the best mistakes are worth making.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52270585-the-best-mistake

BOOK DETAILS:

The Best Mistake
by Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: April 2020
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

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Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL and THE UNBELIEVABLE, INCONCEIVABLE, UNFORESEEABLE TRUTH ABOUT ETHAN WILDER are out now! Her next book, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad, was released April 25, 2019!

You can follow Cookie O’Gorman on Social Media

http://cookieogorman.com/

https://www.instagram.com/cookieogorman/

https://twitter.com/CookieOwrites

https://www.facebook.com/cookieogorman

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14924267.Cookie_O_Gorman

 

thumbnail_ButtonXBTI would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to share the cover reveal on my blog.

 

 

 

“Collioure Shall Always Be Collioure” about Olga Meerson, model to Henri Matisse By: Derma Drudge

What are you reading or what have you finished.  Here is my review on “Collioure Shall Always Be Collioure”

First a little about the book:

21226467This ekphrasic tale is based on the real life story of an obsessed model, Olga Meerson, and the artist, Henri Matisse who will not acknowledge his feelings for her but instead has her institutionalized. Olga Meerson, an artist in her own right, guides the reader through her life’s story with a piercing first person narrative that defies time, culminating in her tragic demise, all told from her static position as the painter’s model during the painting of Matisse’s Olga Meerson.

 

 

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Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. She’s represented by literary agent Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company.

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can follow Drema on Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/dremadrudge/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/dremadrudge?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/dremadrudge/

And now for my thoughts on this:

This is an amazing short story! When I was taking classes for my Associates degree in Medical Assistant, one of my classes was Appreciation of Arts, I wasn’t sure why that class, but after doing the class I was amazed with all the Artist and paintings.  I am glad that I had to take that class, as now I understand art a little more than I did.

Reading this book was awesome and I loved learning more about the obsessed model, Olga Meerson.

Derma Drudge’s book called Victorine comes out March 20, 2020.  I am looking into buying that.  Here’s the link for more information on Derma

Debut #historicalfiction, Victorine, March ‘20. Preorder now: https://amzn.to/2QoEqXM. Newsletter http://www.dremadrudge.com. Article: http://trbr.io/QAZ6viNdremadrudge.com

 

 

Debut Victorine By: Drema Drudge

Hello and welcome to my quarantine corner.  I hope that everyone is staying safe. 

Today I would like to share with you a new book that is debuting today.   Here is a little about the book.  

Debut #historicalfiction, Victorine, March ‘20. Preorder now: https://amzn.to/2QoEqXM. Newsletter http://www.dremadrudge.com. Article: http://trbr.io/QAZ6viNdremadrudge.com

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Book Description

My debut novel, Victorine, features Victorine Meurent, a forgotten, accomplished painter who posed nude for Edouard Manet’s most famous, controversial paintings such as Olympia and The Picnic in Paris, paintings heralded as the beginning of modern art. History has forgotten (until now) her paintings, despite the fact that she showed her work at the prestigious Paris Salon multiple times, even one year when her mentor, Manet’s, work was refused.

Her persistent desire in the novel is not to be a model anymore but to be a painter herself, despite being taken advantage of by those in the art world, something which causes her to turn, for a time, to every vice in the Paris underworld, leading her even into the catacombs.

In order to live authentically, she eventually finds the strength to flout the expectations of her parents, bourgeois society, and the dominant male artists (whom she knows personally) while never losing her capacity for affection, kindness, and loyalty. Possessing both the incisive mind of a critic and the intuitive and unconventional impulses of an artist, Victorine and her survival instincts are tested in 1870, when the Prussian army lays siege to Paris and rat becomes a culinary delicacy, and further tested when she inches towards art school while financial setbacks push her away from it. The same can be said when it comes to her and love, which becomes substituted, eventually, by art.

Blurbs

Victorine is a compelling rendering of the life of a model working for Edouard Manet in the 1860s, who longed to be a painter in her own right. In this book, you will feel paint flow onto the canvases of Manet, Monet, Degas, Morisot, Stevens, Meurent, and others. You will imagine life on the streets of Paris in all its beauty, harshness, and fragility. And you will see a relationship between painter and model unfold with remarkable clarity and sensitivity. Victorine Meurent s body is the vehicle for Manet s artistic vision, while her robust courage, irreverence and honesty, and her longing for her own agency, shapes the painter s vision. The intimate collaboration between two artists creates life-changing revelations on both sides this dance of color and light complicated, sensuous, and intense. –Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell from the Sky

The model for great impressionist artist, Manet, the sassy, sexy, smart and artistic Victorine is as vivid as his best paintings. Yearning to paint herself, she questions Manet and his artist friends closely annoyingly about what they paint and how they paint it, treating the reader to a sequence of fascinating exchanges about art, its creation and demands. In a gallery of episodes, narrated in the gaudy, evocative voice of the protagonist, author Drema Drudge renders Victorine Meurent from flesh to soul. Applying bold strokes of language, Drudge animates the story of a life lived at high intensity sparkling, inventive, imaginative, ambitious a totally original life. You can t help but love them both. –Julie Brickman, author of Two Deserts and What Birds Can Only Whisper.

  • Paperback:362 pages
  • Publisher:Fleur-de-Lis Press (March 17, 2020)
  • You can purchase it HERE

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Author BIO

Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. She’s represented by literary agent Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company.

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can follow Drema on Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/dremadrudge/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/dremadrudge?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/dremadrudge/

Here is a preview of Chapter one

Book Excerpt

Chapter One: Portrait of Victorine Meurent, Paris, 1862

Chapter One: Portrait of Victorine Meurent, Paris, 1862

I am called The Shrimp, Le Crevette because of my height and because I am as scrappy as those little question-mark-shaped delights that I used to study when my father took me to Les Halles. I would stand before the shrimp tank and watch the wee creatures paw at the water, repeatedly attempting to scale the tank, swimming, sinking, yet always rising again. I hoped eagerly for one to crest the tank, not realizing until later that the lid was there precisely to prevent their escape. 

          So why am I reminded of that tank today?

            Today, while I am giving a guitar lesson in my father’s lithography shop, the gifted yet controversial painter, Édouard Manet, enters the shop. He gives me the nod.

            I cover the strings of my guitar with my hand to silence them.

Pѐre has mentioned Manet’s recent patronage of his shop, of course, but I have never been here when the artist has come by.

            “M. Manet, this is my daughter, Victorine. I believe you’ve. . . .”

            “We’ve met,” I say. 

            “And where is it we have met, Mademoiselle?” he asks, wincing as he looks in the vicinity of my nose.

Is this a snub? I run my hand over the swollen, crooked lump of flesh on my face.

            “I must be mistaken.” I turn away, smiling bitterly at my quick temper, at my trying to turn up a nose such as this. Of course he doesn’t recognize me.

            I motion for my student to put her guitar away: “That’s enough for today, dear.” Though she looks at the clock with a puzzled brow, she does as I say.

            My father graciously allows me to give lessons in his shop, claiming he loves to hear young musicians learning to play, though I suspect it’s more because my mother hates allowing anyone into our house besides her regular millinery clients.

Manet moves toward me, puts his face close to mine; I don’t pull away, but only because that is the way painters see.  I would have punched another man for standing so close. He snaps his fingers. “Le Crevette?” he exclaims, backs away.

             I raise my chin to regard the posters on my father’s wall. The Compagnie Francaise de Chocolats et des thes declares my father’s fine sense of color, his signature mingling of coral and scarlet. The other posters reveal his repeated twinning of these colors.

            Manet grasps my hand with frank friendliness that I almost believe. Want to believe. “It is you; I’ve seen you model at Coutoure’s. But what has happened to your nose?”

            I rise on my toes, though the height it gives me is minimal. I motion for Gabrielle to gather her music, and she shuffles the sheets.

            I move closer to him while withdrawing my hand from his, take out my emerald green enamel cigarette case (a gift from a wealthy student at Coutoure’s studio) and light a cigarette. I empty my lungs straight at the yellowing ceiling, though my torso is not a foot from his.

            My father frowns and waves the smoke away; how many times must I tell him that I am eighteen and I will smoke if I please? He smokes a pipe sometimes. What’s the difference?

            “I give guitar lessons now. Obviously, I’m no longer a model.”

            Manet’s eyes graze on me. I stand straighter. When I realize it, I relax.

            “I know just how I’ll paint you. Shall we say tomorrow at one?”

            My father runs his grungy shop cloth through his hands.

            I raise my chin, art lust in my eyes.

“We shall say two.”

            He crooks his eyebrow. “Wear something else, will you? That frock does nothing for your apricot skin tone, much less your eyes. And wear your hair down….” He touches a section of my red hair that flows forward, and I jerk away. “No. Better wear it up.”

            I glance down at my mud-colored calico dress, pick up my guitar case and make to lead my young charge out the door. 

            “Meurent?” he says. I smile, erase it before turning back.

“Do you know where my studio is?”

“You may leave your card with my father.”

I am well aware of the opportunity I have been offered. If it weren’t for this trouble with Willie, I would be ecstatic. As it is, I am just a flicker beyond moved.

Happy reading everyone.  Please let me know if you are reading this or plan on purchasing it, I would love to hear your comments of what you think.

Cover Reveal Under The Willows

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for..  Under The Willows By Pamela McCord

But first a little about the book….

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After her husband is killed by a drunk driver, Kelly Harris and her son TJ move into a sprawling Victorian house in Ohio that her husband inherited from his grandmother. Dealing with her overwhelming grief is a struggle as she adjusts to life in a small town. And, just as she’s beginning to feel more comfortable, life takes another unexpected turn.

The Alexa unit in her son’s bedroom starts to cry, and a little girl’s voice comes out of it asking for help.

At first Kelly is unnerved by the presence of the voice. After ruling out all the other likely possibilities, she begins to put the pieces together, and suspects the girl is a ghost. Unwilling to be uprooted from another home, she decides to find out what the child wants. Maybe she can help.

Kelly isn’t the only one interested in the voice. Detective Rob Porter is investigating the disappearance of a child named Marilee. As the two cross paths, Porter is taken aback when Kelly’s ghost mentions Marilee’s name. In fact, the ghost says “Marilee’s with me.”

Whether that means the child is a ghost as well is a question Rob and Kelly hope to answer.

BOOK DETAILS:

Under the Willows
by Pamela McCord
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Mystery

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52128631-under-the-willows

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Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Pamela McCord started writing later in life when she was challenged by a friend to create a book out of his story idea. Since then, she’s become an internationally published author. Pam has spent over 40 years working as a legal secretary at a law firm in Orange County, California. Aside from writing, she follows the stock market, buying, selling and trading stocks and options. In contrast to that, she loves trips to Las Vegas where she can spend many happy hours at the Pai Gow tables. She shares a condo with her very own My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable.

Author links:

https://www.pamelamccordbooks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pamela.mccord.9

Thanks to xpresso Book Tours

http://xpressobooktours.com/

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The Saracen Storm – Cover Reveal

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for ..  The Saracen Storm By Jose Nunez

But first a little about the book….

Blurb

Hispania, 704 AD. When young Pelayo, the rebellious illegitimate son of the Duke of Asturias, is tasked with hunting down a party of Saracens raiders, he seizes on the chance to escape the city and the scandals that have swirled around him for years. As he follows the trail of devastation left by the raiders, he learns that Valentina, the headstrong daughter of his father’s closest ally and his hated half-brother’s betrothed has been taken captive.

As Pelayo leads his cohort toward the eastern coast, the sudden death of the king in Toledo unravels old alliances and sparks a fierce competition for the throne. As the kingdom descends into civil war, the ambitious Saracen governor, Musa Ibn Nosseyr, sees the Iberian nation’s troubles as the perfect opportunity to expand the reach of the caliphate into the underbelly of Europe.

Based on historical figures and events, The Saracen Storm is the sweeping saga of one of Spain’s best-loved heroes and the role he played during the nation’s darkest period: the Moorish invasion of its lands in 711 AD.

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Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2SNiTcf

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Author

Jose Nunez resides in Montreal, Canada, with his wife and two daughters. After running a small, software development company for a few years, he turned his hand to freelance writing. A chance sighting of a bronze statue of an ancient warrior called Pelayo in the town of Cangas de Onis, Spain, gave rise to his first novel, The Saracen Storm.

 

 

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50513388-the-saracen-storm?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=IvTwGZi2Zx&rank=1

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#JMNunez

#Lovebookstours 

 

 

 

Hello and Welcome to First Line Friday

Happy Friday everyone hope that your week was event full.  My week was a hectic and Friday could not come fast enough and I am still trying to get over this nasty flu bug, which just doesn’t want to leave me.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

She wasn’t at the Halloween block party.  Neither were any of her friends since their parents had grounded them all.  None of the teenagers living in the neighborhood of Shadow Hill were present when it happened, but they all heard screams in the night.  At first Jazmine thought, it was just the grown-ups partying, yelling, and maybe finally have too much to drink, maybe even fighting as usual.  But as the screams didn’t die down, she realized this was a lot more serious.

“Oh, dear God!” someone exclaimed.

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Have you read it, if so what were your thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Happy reading everyone.

Glittering Death: An Alyssa Chalmers mystery By: Carmen Radtke

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1862:  A group of brides from Australia have arrived in British Columbia, and love is
in the air – until their new-found happiness in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End” is
shattered when the hotel-owner is murdered. To make matters worse, something is
wrong with the stored gold at the hotel, and an epidemic makes it impossible for
anyone to leave town.
The brides set all their hopes on their friend Alyssa Chalmers to find the murderer
and restore peace in their new home. But the killer is cunning, and desperate …

 

 

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  • Print Length:249 pages
  • Publication Date:January 7, 2020

You can purchase it HERE

93m2nea5qiau1bfgi455p842e9._US230_About Carmen Radtke

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her family, including a cat and a leopard gecko.

You can Follow Carmen on Social Media

Links:
Website – https://www.fantasticfiction.com/r/carmen-radtke/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/Carmen-Radtke-1958399947738868/
https://twitter.com/CarmenRadtke1/status/1168529365925355522

Email – Carmenradtke01@gmail.co

My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

Not a normal choice of book for me however I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  Although I wished I had read the first one just to know the characters a little before reading this one.  I did take me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

Glittering death is set back in the 1800’s, a group of women were sent from Australia to a small gold prospecting town in America to find themselves husbands. Alyssa our main character is hard not to like, a well educated lady helps her new found friends find love and settle.  There is a mystery in this volume as well once they arrive in Canada.  Alyssa, our heroine, also is at an important choice… Doctor Mark or Mr Kendrick. She’s spoiled for choice! She makes the decision of life-time while solving a crime. It was well-written and a joy to read.  I am looking forward to read the next one.