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Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Spotlight: THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman

The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman
ISBN: 9781542047821 (paperback)
ASIN: B06Y11Q9JX (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: October 10, 2017


Betting on the city of Detroit's eventual comeback, cousins Addie and Samantha decide to risk it all on an affordable new house and a culinary career that starts with renovating a vintage diner in a depressed area of town. There's just one little snag in their vision.
Angus, a weary, beloved local, is strongly opposed to his neighborhood's gentrification—and his concerns reflect the suspicion of the community. Shocked by their reception, Addie and Samantha begin to have second thoughts.
As the long hours, problematic love interests, and underhanded pressures mount, the two women find themselves increasingly at odds, and soon their problems threaten everything they've worked for. If they are going to realize their dreams, Addie and Samantha must focus on rebuilding their relationship. But will the neighborhood open their hearts to welcome them home?

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Praise

"Readers who like stories of activism, community change, and close but changing bonds will relish the depth in The Welcome Home Diner, which is far more than a culinary, small-business, or family relationship saga, but blossoms to embrace the entire microcosm of life representative in one struggling community's choices. Recipes included." —Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


"This book is cast with a colorful and diverse group of characters led by two cousins, both strong women, who decide to open a wholesome diner in a neglected part of Detroit. With a rich and descriptive flair, Peggy Lampman gracefully tackles the contentious issues the cousins face including prejudice, the community's resistance to change, and their own personal clashes." —Alison Ragsdale, author of Finding Heather, The Father-Daughter Club, and Tuesday's Socks


Meet the Author


Peggy Lampman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After earning a bachelor's degree in communications—summa cum laude—from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for a public-relations firm. When she returned to Ann Arbor, her college town, she opened a specialty foods store, the Back Alley Gourmet. Years later, she sold the store and started writing a weekly food column for the Ann Arbor News and MLive. Lampman's first novel, The Promise Kitchen, published in 2016, garnered several awards and accolades. She is married and has two children. She also writes the popular blog www.dinnerfeed.com.


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Showcase: LILAC LANE by Sherryl Woods

Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14) by Sherryl Woods 
ISBN: 9780778331339 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781488028328 (ebook)
ASIN: B06VV67J1P (Kindle edition)
Publisher: MIRA
Release Date: October 17, 2017

No one writes about friends, family and home better than Sherryl Woods. Told with warmth and humor, Lilac Lane is a brand-new story in her beloved Chesapeake Shores series, one readers all over the world have waited two years to read!
At the heart of Lilac Lane is Keira Malone, who raised her three children alone after her first marriage broke apart, and who, after years of guarding her heart, finally finds love again. But that love is short-lived when her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack. Grieving and unsure of what's next, Keira agrees to move from Dublin to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to spend time with her daughter, Moira, and her new granddaughter, Kate, as well as to help her son-in-law, Luke, with his Irish pub, O'Briens.
Not wanting to live underfoot, she rents a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, replete with views of the ocean and her neighbor's thriving garden—not to mention views of the neighbor himself. The neighbor is none other than Bryan Laramie, the brusque and moody chef at the pub, with whom Keira is constantly butting heads. But things get real when Bryan's long-lost daughter, whom he hasn't seen since she was a baby, shows up out of the blue. As Bryan and Keira each delve into their pasts, reopening wounds, the rest of the town is gearing up for the Fall Festival Irish Stew cook-off, and making no bones about whose side they're on. It's Kitchen Wars meets This is Your Life—a recipe for disaster…or a new take on love?
You won't want to miss this epic return to Chesapeake Shores, a place we're betting you'll want to stay forever.

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On the quick drive to the pub, Luke ran through the short list of waitstaff, many of whom were college students working part-time. "You'll be working most closely with the chef, Bryan Laramie," he concluded. "Bryan's pretty easygoing, but he considers the kitchen his domain."
"The name doesn't sound Irish."
Luke chuckled at that. "No, Bryan's a New Yorker by birth, a graduate of the Culinary Institute, who landed somehow in Baltimore working at a deli. I've never heard the whole story about that. He doesn't talk much about himself or his past." 
"Isn't a deli one of those places known for matzo ball soup and pastrami on rye sandwiches?"
"Among other things, yes."
"Why would you hire someone like that to run the kitchen in an Irish pub?" Kiera asked.
"Of all the applicants, Moira and I liked him the best. And Nell put him to a test with some of her best recipes and he won the position hands down over two others we considered. You'll see. He knows his way around the kitchen and we're building something of a reputation for the quality of our food, as well as for our selection of ale and the fine Irish music we bring in on the weekends."
"Then I'll keep an open mind," Kiera promised.
Luke gave her a worried look. "Kiera, O'Brien's runs smoothly because we operate as a team. We all know our roles and respect each other's contributions, from the wait-staff and kitchen staff all the way through to Moira and me."
"And where exactly am I to fit in?"
"Once you've spent a little time learning the way we operate, getting to know our regular customers and so on, you'll make recommendations just as any of the rest of us might. We're always open to fresh ideas. And anything that ensures our customers of a true Irish experience will be especially welcomed. We'll trust you about that."
It all sounded perfectly reasonable to her, even if offering a little less control than she'd been anticipating. Still, she would have Luke's ear if there were changes she felt needed to be made in the name of Irish authenticity.
"How will you be introducing me to the staff?" she asked "Am I to be one of them, or a consultant only, as Moira suggested, or a nosy troublesome mother-in-law who happens to be visiting from Ireland and can't keep her opinions to herself ?"
Luke gave her a curious glance. "Are you in need of a formal title?"
"Not for my ego," she replied tartly. "But it will be a help to all of us, if I know my place."
"Since I can't give you an official position just yet until Connor settles that paperwork, why don't we just say you're helping out and lending us your expertise from years of working in pubs in Ireland?"
Kiera nodded slowly. "So a voice, but no authority." 
"Something like that," Luke said, his tone cautious. "Are you okay with that for now?"
"I'll do my best to make it work," she said. She'd spent years under similar restraint in her old job. She'd had far more freedom and say at Peter's pub, but she could put that aside for now. At least she hoped she could, if only in the name of family harmony.
Bryan looked up from the Irish soda bread he was about to put into the oven to see Kiera Malone regarding him intently, her expression radiating disapproval.
"Something on your mind?" he asked.
"Just observing," she said, backing off a step.
"But you have something to say. I can see that you're practically biting your tongue. Just say it."
Ever since  Kiera had been introduced to the staff at O'Brien's, she'd been lurking about, observing as she put it. It was driving him a little bit crazy. He didn't like extra people milling about in his kitchen, especially with an unmistakable hint of judgment in their eyes. He'd grown used to being respected, thanks to regular praise from not only the customers, but from Nell O'Brien, who was his go-to person for inspiration with the menu and its execution.
To be fair, from what he'd seen, Kiera was a hard worker in general and she got on well enough with the customers and even the waitstaff. She wasn't still for a minute and was always eager to take on any task that was given to her, even pitching in to help out washing dishes or scrubbing the floor after hours. All of that was admirable.
It was the way she watched him as he worked, though, that made him want to banish her from his kitchen. It was only out of respect for Luke and Moira that he'd kept his mouth shut till now and tried to accept her presence underfoot.
He studied her expression and could tell she was torn between speaking out and staying silent. "Just say whatever's on your mind before your head explodes," he told her impatiently.
"The soda bread is going to be hard as a rock," she blurted finally.
He frowned at her. "And just why is that?"
"You were pounding it as if you had a grudge against it," she told him.
Bryan drew in a deep breath to try to calm himself before he said something he'd regret. It was true, he'd been taking out his frustration over Kiera's presence on the dough. And, quite likely, she was right. Overkneading would be the kiss of death for the soda bread. It would likely be inedible.
Rather than admitting as much, however, he simply gestured to the array of ingredients. "Would you like to show me how it's done?"
Her expression brightened at once. "You won't be offended?"
Given that it was his way of saving face when his own loaves of bread were tossed in the trash, no, he wouldn't be offended at all.
"Have at it," he said, instead. "I have other work to do if we're to be ready when the doors open for lunch."
When he turned back a few minutes later, Kiera was lovingly kneading the bread with a touch that stirred an annoying hint of longing. Out of the blue a shocking image of those hands on him, massaging his shoulders at the end of the day, made him more irritable than ever. Images like that were not only inappropriate, they were totally unwelcome. At this rate, the woman was going to drive him to the brink of insanity and she hadn't even been underfoot a full week.

Excerpt from Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods, to be released on October 17, 2017, by MIRA Books. Copyright © 2017 by Sherryl Woods. All Rights Reserved.


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With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017 Book 331: THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 9781250087270 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781250087294 (ebook)
ISBN: 9781427289407 (audiobook)
ASIN: B06XKJVT8D (Kindle edition)
Publication date: October 3, 2017 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press




In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town's prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he's letting on. 
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behavior and save her own life?   


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Tess DeMello has only wanted two things in life: to become a nurse and to marry the love of her life. When her fiance is away for months on end working on the polio epidemic, Tess travels to Washington D.C. with a childhood friend. Who knew that one weekend away from home would change her life forever in The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain.

Theresa "Tess" DeMello has always been a good Italian Catholic girl. She loves and respects her mother. She's studying hard to become a nurse and considers herself fortunate to be engaged to marry the love of her life, the son of her next-door neighbors. Her fiance is a pediatric physician, Vincent Russo, and is called away from Maryland to work on the polio epidemic in Illinois and it doesn't seem like he's ever going to make it back home. In an effort to take Tess's mind off of her studies and absent fiance, her friend Gina talks her into taking a weekend trip from Baltimore to Washington D.C. Gina and Tess stay in a tourist home and meet two visiting businessmen in the home upon their arrival. A simple dinner with these men turns into something that soon devastates all of Tess's future plans. After being kicked out of her childhood home by her mother, Tess leaves Baltimore for a new life in Hickory, North Carolina. Tess's new life is anything but idyllic and soon tragedy strikes her new family. When polio strikes Hickory, Tess does the only thing she knows how to do and pitches in along with the other townsfolk to combat this scourge. Tess is willing to make a go of her marriage but it seems as if her husband has secrets he isn't willing to share even with his wife. Can their marriage survive secrets and tragedy after tragedy?

I found The Stolen Marriage to be a fast-paced and haunting read. Ms. Chamberlain finds interesting historical tidbits, such as the town of Hickory NC and their ability to build a hospital to treat polio in less 100 hours (yes it's a real town and yes they pulled together to fight polio), and build a heartwarming and often heart-wrenching story around that historical fact. I enjoyed all of the drama and tension within the story, between Tess and her husband Henry, between Tess and her mother-in-law, between Tess and the societal norms of Hickory NC that were foisted upon her after her marriage to Henry, the racial tension of the time, the fight to battle polio, and more. Yes, there's quite a bit happening in this story, but it all works and works quite well. I liked all of the characters, even Henry with all of his issues and man does he have issues (read the book to find out more). For those of you that have read anything by Ms. Chamberlain in the past, I won't have to tell you to grab a copy of The Stolen Marriage because you probably already have it. For those of you that haven't read anything by this author, I strongly encourage you to get a copy of The Stolen Marriage to read ASAP. It's been a few weeks since I read The Stolen Marriage and I still can't get it out of my mind. I look forward to rereading The Stolen Marriage as well as any future writings by Ms. Chamberlain. 


Disclaimer: I received a free digital advance reader copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Blast: JOHNNY BIG EARS, THE FEEL-GOOD FRIEND by John Paul Padilla

Johnny Big-Ears, The Feel-Good Friend

by John Paul Padilla
October 3, 2017 Book Blast


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Johnny Big-Ears, the Feel-Good Friend by John Paul Padilla

Book Details


Genre: Children

Published by: Padilla Goldworks


Publication Date: March 20, 2012


Number of Pages: 40


ISBN: 0979889847 (ISBN13: 9780979889844)


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Synopsis:



Johnny BIG-EARS is just like every other five-year-old child, but when he starts his first day of kindergarten, children begin to tease him because of his enormously large ears. Follow Johnny as he faces the challenges that being different presents. How will Johnny react to being teased? Find out why Johnny turns out to be a winner in this endearing, thoughtful book that addresses typical childhood bullying and offers children advice on how to deal with teasing. Whether you're a parent or an educator, now you will be able to encourage your kids or students through this special book and help motivate all young kids to start feeling good about themselves no matter who they are, or what they look like!

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John Paul Padilla

John Paul Padilla was born on December 11, in Los Angeles, California. He is a multi-award winning author that includes Mom's Choice Award. He is also a public speaker and advocate against bullying. He is currently residing in the Central Valley of California. John Paul is an ex-model and has danced for fifteen years with a dance academy. He has written lyrical, verses that were recorded by Nashville artists. He has previously published Wings to Cross an Ocean, an inspirational poetry book that encourages personal growth and happiness for adults. John Paul was inspired to write his first anti-bullying book, Johnny Big Ears, the Feel Good Friend, based on his own childhood experiences with teasing and bullying. He has also written Johnny Big-Ears, Meets His New Neighbor Suzy, for little girls, who get teased because of their weight. Both of his books are now out in Spanish. Most recently, Johnny Big-Ears won the Grand prize for best overall, Best Book Cover in the 2017 IndieBRAG First Annual Book Cover Contest.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Book 325: LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
ISBN: 9780778313649 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780778330950 (trade paperback)
ISBN: 9781488025143 (ebook)
ISBN: 9781488203343 (audiobook)
ASIN: B01N1I3DC3 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: September 5, 2017 
Publisher: MIRA Books 


They built a life on lies 
Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.
Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.  

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Sutton and Ethan Montclair seemed to have it all. Two wonderful writing careers, a wonderful marriage, and a beloved baby. Then the baby died, the marriage began to flounder and die, and the careers seemed to self-destruct. Now, Sutton is missing and presumed dead in J.T. Ellison's latest thriller Lie To Me.

Sutton Montclair is or was a well-known and beloved historical romance author. Ethan Montclair is a renowned literary fiction author. They met, fell in love, and promptly got married. They moved to Tennessee, purchased a lovely old Victorian home, and life moved on. The Montclairs were happy until they weren't. Their infant son died from SIDS and their marriage never seemed to recover. Sutton had an apparent breakdown and was subsequently hospitalized for treatment. Ethan had an affair and sought forgiveness. An online author vs. blogger disagreement seemed to have derailed Sutton's career and Ethan has hit a major writing block. Just when it seemed as if their lives were getting back to normal, Sutton disappears without a trace. Ethan contacts the police because he fears for his wife's safety. Sutton's friends are all in fear that Ethan may have harmed Sutton and say so to the police. Then a body is found. All of the evidence that the police have found seem to point to Ethan as the guilty party, but looks can be deceiving...or can they? Is Sutton dead? Did Ethan kill her? Did Ethan abuse Sutton before she left/was murdered? Or is there something more sinister going on and, if so, will the police ever be able to unravel the twisted threads of truth from the secrets and lies?

I read Lie to Me in one sitting folks, okay, it was two sittings but that was only because a migraine caused severe visually disturbances and I couldn't see clearly for a few hours. Regardless, I devoured Lie To Me. Is this a good read? Folks, this was an amazingly good read (okay, it was a great read) and I've read a lot of good and great reads lately. I can't get into too many specifics because it will give away the storyline, but I can tell you the story is told in multiple perspectives including Ethan and Sutton. I can tell you that both Ethan and Sutton are keeping secrets from one another. There's one police officer/detective in the story, Holly Graham, that doesn't take everything at face value and is key in discovering the truth (no, I'm not going to tell you what happens, stop asking!). Since I can't tell you too much about the story, I can tell you that this is an exciting psychological thriller read that features enough twists and turns to induce motion sickness. The primary and secondary characters are realistic and relatable. The storylines are not only plausible but believable. Ms. Ellison is one of my favorite authors and she has crafted another taut thrilling read with Lie to Me. At this point, all I can say is go, grab a copy of Lie to Me to read. You will not be disappointed. 


Disclaimer: I received a free digital advance reader copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes via Edelweiss+. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Meet the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Book 276: A FACE TO DIE FOR by Andrea Kane



A Face to Die For (Forensic Instincts #6) by Andrea Kane
ISBN: 9781682320105 (hardcover)
ASIN: B073VV4MHW (Kindle edition)
Publication date: September 19, 2017 
Publisher: Bonnie Meadow Publishing 


ACCORDING TO URBAN LEGEND, EVERYONE HAS A DOUBLE OR EXACT LOOK-ALIKE. WOULD YOU SEARCH FOR YOURS? AND IF YOU FOUND THEM, WOULD YOU RISK YOUR LIFE FOR THEIRS? 
When a case of mistaken identity in Manhattan results in Gia Russo seeing a photo of a Minneapolis woman who looks exactly like her, she can't resist reaching out to the mysterious stranger. Their Facebook private message exchange blossoms into a budding, long-distance friendship, and the two women agree to meet in New York and gauge the truth with their own eyes. 
Shocked at the sight of one another, Gia and Danielle quickly bond over drinks, childhood pictures, and an uncanny feeling that they share more than just a visual resemblance. But when they decide to end the speculation and undergo DNA testing, the test's confirmation that they're identical twins raises more questions than answers. 
And with good reason. The same mysterious forces that separated the sisters years ago are still at large, desperate to keep the two women apart. When the danger surrounding their reunion escalates and the sisters fear for their lives, Gia turns to an investigator whose wedding she just planned, Marc Devereraux of Forensic Instincts. 
Despite being embroiled in another case, Forensic Instincts can't turn the panicked twins away and agrees to help. But as the team digs up skeletons long since buried, they unearth the shocking truth about who is willing to destroy the sisters and the families they have grown to love in order to save themselves.  

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It all seems to begin with a simple case of mistaken identity. Gia Russo, a wedding planner in New York is mistaken for Danielle Murano, a veterinarian from Minnesota. Two ladies that resemble one another soon takes a sinister turn in the latest addition to the Forensic Instincts series, A Face to Die For, by Andrea Kane.

Gia Russo and Danielle "Dani" Murano both assume they just look alike, but when they meet in person and are presumed to be identical twins they become curious. When they review their childhood photos together they realize there's much more than a superficial resemblance to one another. Even though they presumably have different dates of birth, they assume there must be a genetic connection to one another and obtain DNA tests. The results prove they are much closer than even they presumed, they are identical twins. When Dani is mugged and Gia's home is ransacked and a fire set, they quickly realize there's more happening than even they initially presumed. Gia turns to the Forensic Instincts team to investigate. As soon as Gia and Dani walk into the Forensic Instincts (FI) office, the team quickly realizes there's another link to this case and it's tied to a case they just solved. Who would want Gia and Dani to remain unknown to one another? Why is it so important that they not know their familial connection? And finally, how far is too far to protect a secret?

I always enjoy reading stories by Andrea Kane and found A Face to Die For to be a fast-paced and engaging read. The contemporary story (yes, there's a past story but if I tell you about it, it may provide too many clues...read the book!), begins with a graduate student being stalked by a professor. Then we're introduced to Gia and Dani's stories and their cyberstalker. In both cases, the full team of FI is front and center but it was nice to see Emma and Claire playing more active roles in these investigations. Yes, there are nice little twists in the stories and Ms. Kane keeps the suspense ramped up until the last few pages. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially Gia and Dani, as well as the action. A Face to Die For provides family drama, mystery, murder, stalking, suspense, and more. If you've read any of the previous Forensic Instincts books, you'll definitely want to read A Face to Die For. If you haven't read this series but enjoy mystery-suspense books, grab a copy of A Face to Die For along with the previous five books in this series. I can't wait to see what type of intrigue the Forensic Instincts team will delve into next. 

Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the author/publisher for review purposes via Partners In Crime Virtual Tours. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


h2>Author Bio:
Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including fourteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night.

Kane's first contemporary suspense thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller. She followed with a string of bestselling psychological thrillers including No Way Out, Twisted, and Drawn in Blood.

Her latest storytelling triumph, A Face To Die For, extends the Forensic Instincts legacy where a dynamic, eclectic team of maverick investigators continue to solve seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement. The first showcase of their talents came with the New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, followed by The Line Between Here and Gone, The Stranger You Know, The Silence that Speaks and The Murder That Never Was.

Kane's beloved historical romantic suspense novels include My Heart's Desire, Samantha, The Last Duke, and Wishes in the Wind.

With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages.

Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She's an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan. Otherwise, she's either writing or playing with her Pomeranian, Mischief, who does his best to keep her from writing.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Showcase: THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS by Eric Rickstad

The Names of Dead Girls

by Eric Rickstad

on Tour from September 18 - October 2, 2017



Synopsis:


The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad

William Morrow is thrilled to present the sequel to the New York Times and USA Today mega-bestseller The Silent Girls, which went on to sell more than 300,000 copies. The Names of Dead Girls is a dark, twisty thriller that once again features detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a perverse killer through rural Vermont. By popular demand, the story picks up after the shocking cliffhanger on the last page of The Silent Girls and reveals what exactly happens between Rath and his nemesis, Ned Preacher. Although The Names of Dead Girls is a sequel, it reads perfectly as a standalone – new readers can dive in seamlessly.


After years spent retired as a private investigator, Frank Rath is lured back into his role as lead detective in a case that hits far too close to home. Sixteen years ago, depraved serial rapist and killer Ned Preacher brutally murdered Rath's sister and brother-in-law while their baby daughter, Rachel, slept upstairs. In the aftermath, Rath quit his job as a state police detective and abandoned his drinking and womanizing to adopt Rachel and devote his life to raising her alone.
Now, unthinkably, Preacher has been paroled early and is watching—and plotting cruelties for—Rachel, who has just learned the truth about her parents' murders after years of Rath trying to protect her from it. The danger intensifies when local girls begin to go missing, in crimes that echo the past. Is the fact that girls are showing up dead right when Preacher was released a coincidence? Or is he taunting Frank Rath, circling his prey until he comes closer and closer to the one he left behind—Rachel? Rath's investigation takes him from the wilds of Vermont to the strip clubs of Montreal, but it seems that some evil force is always one step ahead of him.

Eric Rickstad is a master of the bone-chilling, nightmare-inducing thriller, and The Names of Dead Girls is one you won't want to miss.




Book Details:


Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 0062672819 (ISBN13: 9780062672810)
Series: The Silent Girls #2
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 


Read an excerpt:



Rath drove the Scout as fast as he could without crashing into the cedars along the desolate stretch of road known as Moose Alley that wound through thirty miles of remote bog and boreal forest. The rain was not as violent here, the fog just starting to crawl out of the ditch.
Rath hoped the police were at Rachel's and had prevented whatever cruelty Preacher had in store; but hope was as useful as an unloaded gun.
The Scout's temperature gauge climbed perilously into the red. If the engine overheated, Rath would be stuck out here, miles from nowhere, cut off from contact. In this remote country, cell service was like the eastern mountain lion: its existence rumored, but never proven.
Finally, Rath reached the bridge that spanned the Lamoille River into the town of Johnson. His relief to be near Rachel crushed by fear of what he might find.
At the red light where Route 15 met Main Street, he waited, stuck behind a school bus full of kids likely coming from a sporting event.
He needed to get around the bus, run the light, but a Winnebago swayed through the intersection.
The light turned green.
Rath tromped on the gas pedal. The Scout lurched through the light. On the other side of the intersection, Rath jammed the brake pedal to avoid ramming into the back of the braking bus, the bus's red lights flashing.
A woman on the sidewalk glared at Rath as she cupped the back of the head of a boy who jumped off the bus. She fixed the boy's knit cap and flashed Rath a last scalding look as she hustled the boy into a liquor store.
The bus crept forward.
No vehicles approached from the opposing lane.
Rath passed the bus and ran the next two red lights.
The rain was a mist here, and the low afternoon sun broke briefly through western clouds, a silvery brilliance mirroring off the damp asphalt, nearly blinding Rath.
Rachel's road lay just ahead.
Rath swerved onto it and sped up the steep hill.
A state police cruiser and a sheriff's sedan were parked at hurried angles in front of Felix and Rachel's place.
He feared what was inside that apartment. Feared what Preacher had done to Rachel.
Sixteen years ago, standing at the feet of his sister's body, Rath had heard a whine, like that of a wet finger traced on the rim of a crystal glass, piercing his brain. He'd charged upstairs into the bedroom, to the crib. There she'd lain, tiny legs and arms pumping as if she'd been set afire, that shrill escape of air rising from the back of her throat.
Rachel.
In the moment Rath had picked Rachel up, he'd felt a permanent upheaval, like one plate of the earth's lithosphere slipping beneath another; his selfish past life subducting beneath a selfless future life; a niece transformed into a daughter by acts of violent cruelty.
For months, Rath had kept Rachel's crib beside his bed and lain sleepless as he'd listened to her every frayed breath at night. He'd panicked when she'd fallen quiet, shaken her lightly to make certain she was alive, been flooded with relief when she'd wriggled. He'd picked her up and cradled her, promised to keep her safe. Thinking, If we just get through this phase, I won't ever have to worry like this again.
But peril pressed in at the edges of a girl's life, and worry planted roots in Rath's heart and bloomed wild and reckless. As Rachel had grown, Rath's worry had grown, and he'd kept vigilant for the lone man who stood with his hands jammed in his trouser pockets behind the playground fence. In public, he'd gripped Rachel's hand, his love ferocious and animal. If anyone ever harmed her.
Rath yanked the Scout over a bank of plowed snow onto a spit of dead lawn.
He jumped out, tucked his .22 revolver into the back waistband of his jeans, and ran for the stairs that led up the side of the old house to the attic apartment.
He hoped he wasn't too late.
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Excerpt from The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad.  Copyright © 2017 by Eric Rickstad. Reproduced with permission from Eric Rickstad. 
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Author Bio:


Eric Rickstad
Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Canaan Crime Series—Lie in Wait, The Silent Girls, and The Names of Dead Girls, psychological thrillers set in northern Vermont and heralded as intelligent, profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. His first novel Reap was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. Rickstad lives in his home state of Vermont with his wife, daughter, and son.

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