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Friday, February 28, 2020

Guest Post: Tina Kashian - ON THE LAMB



Hello, my bookish peeps. I hope everyone is staying warm and dry with this crazy weather. Most of my friends know that I am not a cook, but the one thing I do is collect recipes. Strange habit, I know but I'm absolutely fascinated by recipes especially those from different countries. Needless to say, I jumped for joy, figuratively speaking, when offered the opportunity to host another visit by Tina Kashian, author of the Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean Mystery series, including the latest in this series, On The Lamb. I don't want to give you too much information, but Ms. Kashian will sharing some behind-the-scenes information on this series with us AND a recipe. Who knows, I just might give this recipe a try? Please join me and welcome Tina Kashian. Thank you, Ms. Kashian for visiting with us today.







Thank you for inviting me to chat with your readers about my new release, On the Lamb. It's the fourth book in my Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series.

I grew up in a family-owned restaurant in New Jersey, and my Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series is set in a Mediterranean restaurant at the Jersey shore. In On the Lamb, Lucy Berberian is a recovering lawyer who returns to Ocean Crest, NJ and her family's restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. Managing a restaurant is hard work and when Lucy is invited to a beach bonfire with friends, she's excited for a night out. But things take a turn for the worse when a disliked, local landlord shows up on the beach and gets in a screaming match with one of Lucy's friends, Melanie Haven, owner of Haven Candies on the boardwalk. And when that same landlord is found dead on the beach after apparently choking on a piece of Melanie's salt water taffy, Melanie is in a sticky mess of trouble. It's up to Lucy to investigate and help her candy maker friend before salt water taffy disappears from the boardwalk forever.

Many scenes in the series take place on the Jersey Shore boardwalk. I vacationed at the Jersey Shore as a kid and we continue to visit with my two girls every summer. We can't imagine a beach vacation without going to one of the eateries, riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel, and enjoying the famous salt water taffy and fudge at the candy shops.

As for beach bonfires, I've attended quite a few myself. The sound of the surf, the sand between my toes, the ocean breeze, and the blazing bonfire all make for a unique experience. But thankfully, I've never experienced a murder at any of them!

I'm sharing a Mediterranean recipe for couscous salad from my own family's restaurant below (the couscous is featured in On the Lamb as well!)



Lucy's Mediterranean Couscous Salad
¾ cup uncooked couscous
1 cup chicken broth
1½  cup cubed tomatoes
1½  cup peeled cucumber
½ cup halved pitted kalamata olives
¼ cup chopped sweet onions
2½ tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


In saucepan, heat chicken broth to boiling. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand five minutes. Fluff with a fork.

In large bowl, place tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and onions. Stir in couscous.

Add lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Enjoy!



Read the blurb below to find out what happens when Lucy does find a dead body at a Jersey shore bonfire.




On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)


by Tina Kashian



About On The Lamb




On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10:      1496726057
ISBN-13:      9781496726056
eBook ISBN: 9781496726063  
Kindle ASIN:  B07R8WVPMX




Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family's Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for...

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It's a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven's candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.

When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend's innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .

Recipes included!


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About Tina Kashian



Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina's books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!


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    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    Guest Post: Kate Parker - MURDER AT THE MARLOWE CLUB



    Good Day, book people. I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I'm incredibly happy to welcome today's guest. Our guest today is not only taking time to step off the pages to visit with us but she's also stepping a bit out-of-time. Fresh off the pages of Murder at the Marlowe Club by Kate Parker, I give you Miss Emily Gates. Thank you, Miss Gates, for taking the time to visit us today and provide us with some background information. I hope we won't keep you too long from your job at Duquesne's Millinery or your fine detecting work.




    Hello, I'm Emily Gates. Kate Parker is making a study of murder cases where I've been instrumental in bringing killers to justice. So far she's written two books about me, The Killing at Kaldaire House and Murder at the Marlowe Club. To give her credit, I think Kate has done a good job of reporting on my adventures.

    I should introduce myself. I'm a milliner, designing and making hats at Duquesne's Millinery. The firm was started by my mother and her cousin, Noah. My childhood memories revolve around countless hours of practice making ribbon flowers and dyeing feathers, cutting felt, and blocking forms. It's a good thing that I spent so much time learning the business, since a fever that crossed London when I was eighteen killed my mother and struck my little brother deaf at the age of eight.

    My father? You want to know about him? Why? We don't get along. He was no help when my mother was alive nor when she died, and he's been no help since. My mother warned me that he was useless, that he was a crook, that his entire family were criminals, and I should have nothing to do with any of them.

    I agreed with her about my father, but I've always had a soft spot for my grandfather. I'm his only granddaughter amid more than a dozen grandsons, and he's always treated me as his favorite. Despite the division of boys' activities and girls' activities during the reign of the old queen that have continued into the new century, Grandpa always included me in his lessons. I learned to pick locks, find hidden compartments, pickpockets, do sleight of hand, and even perform some elementary safecracking along with my cousins.

    Once my mother died, I was so busy keeping the business running and raising my brother that I didn't have time to see my father's family. My father didn't come to see my mother when she was dying, so I have had no desire to see him since.

    Five or six years passed before I could raise my head to look around. The business was thriving, as much as any business could that depended on aristocrats. Unlike normal people, many aristocrats pay their bills rarely, if at all. It has to do with the sale of crops from their estates, which is fine for them, but not so much for tradespeople who like the prestige of aristocratic clients but not their slowness in paying bills.

    Matthew, my little brother who is deaf, had outgrown the local schools, and I wanted to send him to a prestigious boarding school for deaf students. That would require every penny I could spare, which meant I would have to find a way to urge my aristocratic clients to pay me first. I decided I would have to use some of the skills I learned from my father's family to get them to pay up. The second time I tried an unconventional bill collection method, I met Lady Kaldaire and became involved in my first murder investigation.

    Somehow, we survived that adventure, but when a friend of Lady Kaldaire started losing family members, she decided I was the best choice to find their killer. And so we began the adventure called Murder at the Marlowe Club.


    Kate Parker enjoys her travels into the heart of Edwardian London with Emily Gates. Their current story is Murder at the Marlowe Club.



    Murder at the Marlowe Club (The Milliner Mysteries)

    by Kate Parker

    About Murder at the Marlowe Club





    Historical Cozy Mystery
    2nd in Series
    Publisher: JDP Press (February 24, 2020)
    Print Length: 209 pages
    Digital ASIN: B083M97VWP


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    A corpse in a corset. A dangerous gambling den. A perilous path between safety and peril.

    London, 1905. Leading milliner Emily Gates' illegal shortcut through a private park in the rain brought her straight to a scantily clothed corpse. Then her route took her straight into the hands of the indefatigable Lady Kaldaire, who recognized the body as a relative of her longtime friend, the Duchess of Wallingford. Lady Kaldaire blackmailed Emily before to find Lord Kaldaire's killer. Why not this murderer, too?

    Emily has plenty of reasons why not, but finding links between her father's nefarious family of crooks and conmen and the debauchery of the secretive Marlowe Club involves her in the investigation led by the handsome Inspector Russell of Scotland Yard. Emily discovers more than she expects about the licentious world of the corpse through her aristocratic customers, including Georgia, heroine of the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, now the Duchess of Blackford.

    Are the scandal rags correct, or has the victim been maligned by a mastermind who'll stop at nothing to gain everything?

    This is a historical cozy mystery with no graphic violence, sex, or foul language. Just exciting action, mysterious events, and surprising endings.



    About Kate Parker


    Kate Parker grew up reading her mother's collection of mystery books and her father's library of history and biography books. Now she can't write a story that isn't set in the past with a few decent corpses littered about.

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    Book Spotlight: I KNOW WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO DIE by Michael J. Bowler








    I Know When You're Going to Die

    by Michael J. Bowler 

    Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller





    Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while he's volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death. 

    His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.'s eyes and "sees" his murder, a murder that will occur in less than two weeks. Stunned and shaken, the two boys sift through clues in Leo's "vision" in a desperate effort to find the killer and stop him before he can strike. 

    Aided by feisty new-girl-at-school, Laura, the boys uncover evidence suggesting the identity of the murderer. However, their plan to trap the would-be killer goes horribly awry and reveals a truth that could kill them all.



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    Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a Master's in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University, a Teaching Credential in English from LMU, and a Master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, both in general education and students with disabilities. When Michael is not writing you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, volunteering within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles, or caring for his newly adopted son. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, and hopes his books can show young people they are not alone in their struggles.



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    Thursday, February 20, 2020

    Guest Post: Seeley James - DEATH AND BETRAYAL

    Death and Betrayal by Seeley James Banner

    Good day, my bookish peeps. Have you ever wondered about an author's writing habits or quirks? Some authors will only write by longhand and only use certain types of pens, others will write only using typewriters. Some authors may only write in the mornings and others may prefer the evening hours. Today, Seeley James, author of the Sabel Security Thriller Series, including the latest release Death and Betrayal stops by and answers one burning question of mine about writing quirks, namely if he has any writing quirks. Thank you, Mr. James, for stopping by and sharing with us.


    What are my writing quirks?

    My writing quirks revolve around my view, which forces me to become a chair hopper. Throughout the course of a day, I make multiple moves. I start out sitting in a standard desk chair at my desk and using my desktop computer with a view of my garden outside my office window. My first move of the day is to the glass-top table on my patio with the slingback captain’s chair. Oddly, this is the best chair I own in terms of butt and back support. I often sit outside for hours because I enjoy a view of the pool and many hummingbirds around my fountain. In the winter, and yes we do have winter in Phoenix, I bring that chair inside and use a different writing surface in my office with a view of the desert on the north side of my home. Later in the day, I move back to my desk, now raising the keyboard and monitors using a hydraulic standing desk my children gave me for this past Christmas. Some evenings, I move to the living room and work using my laptop and a lap desk while sitting on a sofa. On some occasions, I like to visit a coffee shop in a crowded urban setting and watch people walk by. Changing the view changes my perspective. Sometimes a scene gets a complete rewrite when I change my real world view.




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    by Seeley James

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    Synopsis:
    Death and Betrayal by Seeley James


    Jacob Stearne, ex-Army Ranger and current Sabel Security operative, is about to propose to his girl when he discovers that "next generation" weapons are being shipped to our enemies. Some factions in the US government ask him to find the perpetrators while others work to make sure he fails. His intended fiancé does not understand his disappearance and he can't give an explanation. When Jacob sets out to expose the billionaire intending to auction off national secrets, he is fired, expelled, and hunted by the government that once awarded him medals. If he ever wants to return to his homeland, he must insert himself into the dangerous world of technology smugglers. It's a place where only the aggressive and ruthless survive. In the cutthroat world of modern-day pirates, every breath he takes may be his last. He must ask himself, can he outsmart the most corrupt billionaires in history before democracy is destroyed? Can he lose the woman he loves to save the nation?



    Book Details:


    Genre: Thriller
    Published by: Machined Media
    Publication Date: February 18th 2020
    Number of Pages: 300
    ISBN: 978-1-7333467-2-6
    Series: Sabel Security Thriller #8
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    Seeley James
    Seeley James' near-death experiences range from talking a jealous husband into putting the gun down to spinning out on an icy freeway in heavy traffic without touching anything. His resume ranges from washing dishes to global technology management. His personal life ranges from homeless at 17, adopting a 3-year-old at 19, getting married at 37, fathering his last child at 43, hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim at 59, and taking the occasional nap.

    Seeley's writing career began with humble beginnings including publishing short stories in The Battered Suitcase leading to being awarded a Medallion from the Book Readers Appreciation Group. Seeley is best known for his Sabel Security series of thrillers featuring athlete and heiress Pia Sabel and her bodyguard and operative, veteran Jacob Stearne. One of them kicks ass and the other talks to the wrong god.

    Seeley's love of creativity began at an early age, growing up at Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin. He carried his imagination first into a successful career in computer technology sales and marketing, and then to his real love: fiction.


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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    Book Spotlight: HER QUIET REVOLUTION by Marianne Monson

    Her Quiet Revolution: A Novel of Martha Hughes Cannon -- Frontier Doctor and First Female State Senator by Marianne Monson
    ISBN: 9781629726090 (hardcover)
    ISBN: 9781629737966 (ebook)
    ISBN: 9781629726175 (audiobook on CD)
    ASIN: B0848PBL1V (Kindle edition)
    Publisher: Shadow Mountain
    Release Date: February 18, 2020


    Based on the life of a pioneer woman who overcame tremendous odds, Her Quiet Revolution tells the true story of Martha Hughes Cannon: Wife. Mother. Physician. Senator. Suffragist. Polygamist.

    When her baby sister and her father die on the pioneer trail to Salt Lake City, Mattie is determined to become a healer. But her chosen road isn't an easy one as she faces roadblocks common to Victorian women. Fighting gender bias, geographic location, and mountains of self-doubt, Mattie pushes herself to become more than the world would have her be, only to have everything she's accomplished called into question when she meets the love of her life: Angus Cannon, a prominent Mormon leader and a polygamist.

    From the American Frontier to European coasts, Martha's path takes her on a life journey that is almost stranger than fiction as she learns to navigate a world run by men. But heartache isn't far behind and she learns that knowing who you are and being willing to stand up for what you believe in is what truly defines you.

    Her Quiet Revolution is the story on one woman's determination to change her world, and the path she left behind for others to follow.





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    MARIANNE MONSON received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and primarily writes on topics related to women's history. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the community college and university levels and is the author of eleven books for children and adults. She is the founder of The Writer's Guild, a literary nonprofit, and writes from a 100-year-old house in Astoria, Oregon.


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