Oct 242012
Thank you for stopping at my spot on The Erroneous Talibani Book Tour. This Online Book Tour is brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours. I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, guest post, and a small bio from Rosalind James. Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.
    The Erroneous Talibani showcases all the essential components of the classic espionage novel. Exotic settings, broken hearts, treacherous allies, love, violence, redemption and vengeance spin through the book, which moves at a breakneck pace worthy of the best examples of the genre.
    Greg Damet, an Annapolis graduate with eight years in Naval  Intelligence is recruited by the CIA where he meets and falls in love with Jacquie Dean. Together they are sent to Afghanistan to work with the Special Forces. Greg is sent into the field while Jacquie remains at Bagram Air Base.
    During Greg’s tour of duty, his plane is shot down, eats raw snake to survive and is ultimately captured and beaten nearly to death by the Taliban. He is discovered by Aysha, the daughter of a tribal chieftain and she nurses him back to health. During his recovery, the two develop a romantic attraction for each other. It is also while he is recovering that he is able to obtain information that has dire international consequences, information supplied by a CIA mole. Armed with this information, Greg is forced to kiss a tearful Aysha good-bye and do whatever it takes to get to the American Embassy in Islamabad. Greg’s initial action there is key to unraveling the mystery of the mole’s true identity.

    Richard Asner describes himself as having led a “very fruitful life,” and it would be impossible to dispute him. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, which he joined at 17, he went on to graduate from the Naval Academy, like his hero Greg Damet. He then spent eight years as a naval aviator teaching midshipmen at
Northwestern University during the last three years of his flying career.
    Mr.Asner moved his focus to engineering and spent thirty years working in that field in the Chicago area before retiring. His primary enthusiasm is working out in his health club, but the keyboard will continue to compete with the weight room as a focus for his energy.
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Guest Post
    My latest book introduces a new protagonist. Roman Hawk gained his name early in life after his Iranian parents were killed in a horrible automobile accident. At the age of eighteen, Roman enters Notre Dame University on a football scholarship.
    After graduation, Roman spends eight years with the country’s FBI before being recruited by the CIA. His first assignment sends him to Moscow to recover confidential records of a new army rifle that fires smart bullets acquired by a mafia kingpin only known as the Chairman. While in Moscow, Roman discovers that the Chairman is involved with General Giorgio Levshinsky in the secret construction of a suitcase nuclear weapon for Iran.
    One month before Yom Kippur, Mossad Director Aaron Levy receives a letter saying that at one minute after midnight on their Day of Atonement, a nuclear blast will take place somewhere in Israel.
    The rest of the story concerns Roman chasing after the shipment of this nuclear weapon through Iran on its way to Israel assisted by Mossad agent, Rina Kol. In the end, they lose track of the weapon. The story’s climax occurs at midnight with sixty seconds before the scheduled nuclear explosion.
Stop by some of the other tour stops to learn more about The Erroneous Talibani.
10/15  YA Between the Lines First Chapter  
10/17  A Chick Who Reads  Guest Post
10/18  Reflections of a Bookworm  First Chapter
10/19  The Cover by Brittany  Interview
10/24  Kaisy Daisy’s Corner  Guest Post
10/29  I am, Indeed   Review
10/31  SnifferWalk  Review & Interview
11/2   The Bunny’s Review  Guest Post
11/2   Window on the World   Review & Interview
11/2  Sharing Links and Wisdom  Interview
11/4   T B R  Guest Post
11/5   Reflections of a Bookworm  Review
11/6  Blooding Book Reviews First Chapter
11/7    Books for me   Review
11/8   Happy Tails & Tales  First Chapter
11/9   Books & Other Spells  Interview
11/9  Kindle Fever  Review
11/12  My Cozie Corner   Review
11/14  SMARTMOUTHTEXAN   Guest Post
11/14  All Things Writing  Guest Post
11/15  The Cover by Brittany  Guest Post
11/15  DanaSquare   Review


Oct 232012

Thanks for stopping by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  Don’t forget to enter the $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 PayPal Giveaway at the bottom.

The Emerald Talisman Audio Book by Brenda Pandos  
Read by Mary Morgan

You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide.

If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students’ emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.

When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she’s devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it’ll require Nicholas’ life. 

Author Brenda Pandos:  

Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.

Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblue and Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.

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Readers are invited to participate in The Emerald Talisman blog tour from 10/26-11/23 hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic. There will be giveaways, interviews and a scavenger hunt! 

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Oct 232012
Thanks for stopping by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner. I love candles and Jewelry Candles!
Giveaway done by: Elitemama

Hey everyone and welcome to another great Jewelry Candles giveaway. Jewelry Candles was inspired off of the classic movie “Willie Wanka and the Chocolate Factory”. Inside the movie, very few won a prize when the opened their chocolate bar to reveal a golden ticket. With Jewelry Candles, everyone is a winner. You can find yourself a gorgeous piece of jewelry that is worth any where from $10 to $7,500. You might find a ring, necklace, a pair of earrings, pendant, anklet or even a bracelet.
The candles are made with all natural soy and premium quality scents. They are 21oz and burn anywhere from 110 to 150 hours. There are so many scents to choose from!!!

Now, if you haven’t tried Jewelry Candles, it is a must! Not only for the jewelry, but for the scents as well. They have so many candles out now it’s crazy. When Jewelry Candles first started they had about 18 scents at the time, now they have well over 30 scents to choose from. I was given the opportunity to review another amazing candle from Jewelry Candles. The candle I reviewed was the Banana Nut Bread candle.

The picture above shows you what the candle looks like, the wicks and the candle lit. Jewelry Candles is the only candle that I know of that has two wicks. Normally you would see one in a candle and a lot of the times the candles don’t burn evenly. Having two wicks in the candle ensures you that you will get the even burn you seek in a candle. As for the scent, it is scrumptious. At first I was iffy about giving the Banana Nut Bread candle a shot because of the scent. I wondered if it would come out smelling like the actual bread baking.
Oh Boy! The candle is true to its scent. Just lite the candle, let it burn for a while, walk away and then walk back into the room and BAM! Your senses are hit with a delicious aroma making you want that mouth watering banana bread. Only to realize…. it’s a candle.

Alrighty! Well, I let the candle burn for about an hour and a half or so and the foil was revealed. Didn’t take very long because the jewel was close to the top. So I grabbed my tweezers, scissors and some paper towels. I pulled the foil out, wiped off any wax that was on it, unwrapped and revealed a lovely ring inside. I tried getting the best picture I would of the ring, but taking a picture with a cell phone camera is pretty eh.

Here is the ring in front of the Jewelry Candle. There is a center diamond there are diamonds circling around it. It’s a $10 ring, but I’m not complaining. It’s a gorgeous ring and it’s a size 7 or so. Also, the jewelry is great quality. I have not had any problems with the jewelry what so ever and I am extremely sensitive to jewelry. I love my candle and my ring as well!

Check out Jewelry Candles and get yourself one of these lovely candles
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Oct 222012

Thank you for stopping at my spot on the Just This Once Book Tour and Giveaway. This Online Book Tour is brought to you by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, review on the book, and a small bio from Rosalind James. Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.

Contemporary Romance
Title: Just This Once
Author – Rosalind James

Date Published: 8/30/12



Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. 

Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn’t looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn’t do casual. But maybe just this once. . .

Drew Callahan is happy to help Hannah find all the fun she’s been missing. But as much as he’s shared with her, he’s kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she’s back home again, has made Hannah warier than ever. Drew knows that she’s right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?

Author Bio:
Rosalind James is the author of three romance/women’s fiction novels in the “Escape to New Zealand” series, and is hard at work now on the fourth book. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, she has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries.
Rosalind self-published the first three books in the “Escape to New Zealand” on August 31, 2012, and offered the first book, “Just This Once,” as a free download through Amazon’s Kindle Select program on September 7. The book was downloaded over 14,500 times in three days, reaching #2 in Women’s Contemporary Fiction, #7 in all Romance, and #23 among all free Kindle books. Within four days of the promotion, James had sold over 800 books, and “Just This Once” had reached #82 in Women’s Contemporary Fiction in the Amazon store. James credits the book’s overnight success to the fact that “everyone would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”

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My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I often thought of going on a vacation by myself – but I don’t think I ever could.   
Hannah works very hard and never takes times for herself.  She has been there for her sister and brother since a young age. She is always available for work.  She  decided to travel half a world away to New Zealand for a three week vacation.  She was excited to go and relax and spend time by herself and explore and see the sites of New Zealand.  Her plans changed a bit after on her first day.  

She couldn’t sleep so she went swimming – only she didn’t know there was a rip tide that was very strong – when she thought she was not going to make it a man with a kayak came and saved her.  He got her something warm to drink and then took her to breakfast.   His name was Drew and he was a famous Rugby player.  They ended up spending the rest of Hannah’s vacation together.  They had a wonderful time together – but too soon it was time for Hannah to go home.  

Once home Hannah and Drew kept in touch and Drew visited a  couple times. Which were wonderful.  Drew wanted Hannah to move to New Zealand – but she wasn’t sure she could, her sister and brother needed her. Her job needed her – but she missed Drew.

You will have to read the story  to see what happens next but I will tell you that I think you will like the story.

Visit this other stops on the tour to learn more about Just This Once.

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR October 15 – October 29

October 15 – Reading Addiction Blog Tours – Meet and Greet

October 15 – Andi’s Book Reviews – Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

October 16 –My Cozie Corner – Review/Giveaway

October 17 – Book Addict – Review/Interview/PROMO

October 18 –Forget the Housework, I’m Reading – Review/Giveaway

October 19 – Books For Me – Review
October 20 – Book Briefs – Review/Giveaway
October 21 -TE Garden of Books – Review/Giveaway
October 22 – Kaisy Daisy – Review/Giveaway
October 24 – Reviewing Shelf – Review/Giveaway
October 26 – Hooked in a Book – Review/Giveaway
October 27 – Harlie’s Books – Review/Giveaway
October 28 – My Reading Addiction – Review/Giveaway
October 29 – My Escape – Review/Giveaway

The Prize is a $40 Amazon Gift card, you must Like the author Page on Facebook to Enter.
The giveaway runs from Oct 15-30.

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Oct 222012

ThBradbury Inn       Bradbury Inn  

The town is filled with rumors claiming that Bradbury Inn is haunted by the spirits of Claire and Matilda Bradbury along with a man named George Walker after a fire destroyed it eighty years ago.
Jillian Levy came to Bradbury Inn to discover the truth. Shortly after she arrives the other person who was at the Inn all those years ago returns.

Mathew Nixen has returned to find his true love, Matilda. He believes the only way to break the curse the inn is under is to find her. He knows that George used voodoo to protect the woman he loved and now they must use voodoo to protect Jillian. They must get Jillian out of the inn before Death comes to take the souls he was denied so long ago. Can they save her in time? Buy on Smashwords Thank you for stopping b

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Meet K.J. Dahlen:
I live in a small town (population 495) in Wisconsin. From my deck I can see the Mississippi River on one side and the bluffs, where eagles live and nest on the other side. I live with my husband Dave and dog Sammy. My two children are grown and I have two grandchildren. I love to watch people and that has helped me with my writing. I often use people I watch as characters in my books and I always try to give my characters some of my own values and habits.

I love to create characters and put them in a troubling situation then sit back and let them do all the work. My characters surprise even me at times. At some point in the book they take on a life of their own and the twists and turns they create becomes the story. Of all the stories I could write I found I like mystery/thrillers the best. I like to keep my readers guessing until the very end of the book.

My book titles are: Bones, The Darkness Within, Meghan’s Legacy, Shadow Chaser, Witness, Secrets and Lies, Legacy of Murder, The Unknown Son, The Prophet, No One to Hear You Scream, Bradbury Inn, Murderous Intent, Wrong Number, Fall from Grace, The House on Berkley Street.

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Oct 202012
Thank you for stopping at my spot on the Curveball by Jen Estes Tour and Giveaway. This Partners In Crime Tours is brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours. I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, review on the book, a small bio from Jen Estes. Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.

TITLE:    Curveball   “A Cat McDaniel Mystery”    (The series is “The Foul Ball Series)

AUTHOR:  Jen Estes

PUBLISHED BY:   Camel Press

ABOUT Camel Press—Based in Seattle Washington , Camel Press is a new imprint owned by Coffeetown Press. Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, horror … or any combination thereof. We publish the books that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.

PUBLICATION DATE:  October 1, 2012
ISBN:     ISBN-10: 1603818952
  •               ISBN-13: 978-1603818957
GENRE:   Cozy Mystery
# OF PAGES:  312


Baseball reporter Cat McDaniel specializes in exposés. Now that very talent has left her unemployed. Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin’” Aiken–Baseball legend, eight-time All Star … and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige. Aiken offers Cat the team writer position for the following spring, but the opportunity is tempered by a curveball of a caveat: she must first spend the winter as a blogger reporting on the Latin American training facility. She is also supposed to look out for Paige, nominally the team’s newest scouting assistant. Being a glorified babysitter and chaperone still beats being an out-of-work sportswriter. Cat reluctantly leaves behind her gorgeous boyfriend Benji and accompanies the party girl to sunny Santo Domingo to balance baselines and conga lines. Paige falls for Chance Hayward, an agent who plays hardball—the figurative kind. Joining them on the field is Paige’s ex, Junior DeLeon, one of the coaches who’d really like to score with Cat. When an aspiring player turns up dead, it is up to Cat and Junior to devise a game-changing strategy. Will Cat’s snooping work in her favor this time, or will she strike out … losing her job, her boyfriend and her life? Curveball follows Big Leagues as Book 2 of the Cat McDaniel Mysteries, also known as the Foul Ball series.



Born and raised in Illinois, Jen Estes started her writing career as a baseball blogger in 2007 and expanded to freelance sports writing in 2009. She is an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Springfield Poets & Writers and the National Writers Union (NWU). Curveball is the second in a series featuring sassy sports writer Cat McDaniel. When Jen isn’t writing, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling and watching baseball with her husband and cat.

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As they walked out of the restaurant, Cat caught the eye of a busy Cristian and waved goodbye. She tapped Chance on the shoulder. “That reminds me, we want to talk to you about your client.”

“Oh, that’ll cost you and Paige.”

Cat gave him a wary look. “Cost us what?”

“A walk on the beach.” He extended both arms. “One for each of you.”

Paige eagerly locked her right arm with his, but Cat pressed his left arm down to his side. She kicked off her sandals and let them dangle from her fingers before begrudgingly following the duo onto the damp sand.

A few fisherman could be seen on the jetty a hundred yards away, but otherwise they had the beach to themselves. Her steps broke the moist clumps and the powdery sand spilled out over her toes. The sand massaged her soles as they moved closer to the breaking waves. Living in downstate Illinois most of her life, Cat didn’t take the relaxing sound of the oceanic thunder for granted. The soft wind whipped her skirt around her thighs. As they approached the shoreline, the restaurant odors of garlic and grease were replaced with a salty tinge of sea air. The half moon smiled down upon them. It was a perfect moment, until Chance spoke.

“Not bad, huh?”

He said it as though he was taking credit for the beautiful evening. Cat sneered in his direction but it was too dark for the message to be received.

Paige looked around the vacant beach. “There’s nobody here. Is it always like this at night?”

“Almost. We’re just about at the end of our rainy season so the beaches will be busier. But on weeknights, most of the action is in town.”

Their stroll was nearing the rocks that bordered the end of the beach and led out to the jetty. Cat pointed up at the fisherman. “What are they trying to catch?”

Chance shrugged. “Hell if I know. I only eat it; I don’t hunt it.”

Paige watched them thoughtfully. “My dad loves fishing. Says it’s the only true way to get away from the field.”

“Let’s sit for a minute.” He placed his jacket on the sand.

Cat shook her head. “I’m good with standing. I was hoping we could talk about Cristian.”

Chance sat on the sand with his knees in front of him. “We will.” He patted the jacket. “Paige?”

Paige tucked her dress beneath her thighs as she sat on it, facing the ocean.

He scooted closer to her. “What do you think?”

Paige’s eyes didn’t leave the water. “Of the ocean, dinner, or you?”

He chuckled. “All of the above.”

Cat held in a groan as she waited for his predictable moves, expecting the yawn and reach any minute now.

He didn’t yawn, but sure enough, his tan arm slivered around Paige’s bare shoulders.

“Hmm …” Paige tapped her chin thoughtfully. “The ocean is beautiful. Dinner was delicious. And you, well you kind of pale in comparison. Perhaps you should’ve grouped yourself with the fisherman and that weird pile of seaweed over there.”

With his phony chuckles, Chance was beginning to sound like the laugh track from an eighties sitcom. Cat tapped her foot on the sand, but neither of them seemed to notice.

Paige tossed him a playful smile, but then was distracted by the aforementioned pile of seaweed near the jetty. She cocked her head. “What is that?”

In tandem, Cat and Chance turned around. “What?”

Paige stood up, dusted her dress off and pointed. “Over there, in the rocks.”

Chance squinted. “Probably just some litter.”

Cat shook her head. “That doesn’t look like litter.” She took off toward it.

Chance bounced to his feet and caught up to her. The waves smacked the rocks with loud slaps. Cat took slow, deliberate steps, as though trying to sneak up on the mound of seaweed. Another foamy wave crashed onto the shore, this time taking the pile of seaweed back into the ocean with it. Before she could take another step, Chance reached his arm out to stop her. “Cat, don’t go any closer.”

Cat gasped, choking on the breath wedged in her throat. It was too late.

She’d seen the body.

My Review:

Curveball was a very good book, I really liked the characters in the book. Cat McDaniel needed a job and was talked into traveling to Santo Domingo training camp and watching Roger Aiken’s daughter Paige who was always in trouble. If things worked out the three weeks in Santo Domingo then he would hire Cat on. 

The first night they were at the training camp Paige and Cat met a Chance an agent for the young baseball players in the country.  While walking along the beach a dead body was discovered. The police came and so did the mother – yelling at Chance that it was his fault.  When asked what she was talking about Chance denied knowing what she was talking about or knowing the boy.  After another disappearance Cat decided to do some investigating. 

I found that I couldn’t wait to finish the story and find out who what was happening, was Chance to blame or was it someone else?  Does Paige stay out of trouble? You will have to read the book to find out.  I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.


Stop by some of the other blogs reviewing Curveball and see how they liked the book.

Monday:  10/15  Melissa @ Melissa’s Bookshelf

Tuesday:   10/16  Danica @ Taking It One Page as a Time

Wednesday:   10/17  Teena @ Teena in Toronto
Thursday:   10/18  Paula @ Book Lover Stop

Friday:   10/19  Richard @ 2606 Books


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Oct 192012

Maui Widow WaltzMaui Widow Waltz

Even “death do us part” couldn’t spoil her wedding day plans… Wedding planner Pali Moon is thrilled when a would-be bride shows up at “Let’s Get Maui’d” inquiring about a lavish beach wedding. That is, until she learns it must be on Valentine’s Day, just nine days away. Oh yeah,and one other little hitch: the groom disappeared at sea a week earlier. But the bride’s convinced he’ll be found safe and sound, so she’s got a plan–and a man–to do a proxy ceremony if necessary. The day before the big nuptials a man’s body washes ashore on a South Maui beach. Has the groom finally shown up? If so, what’s it going to be–a wedding…or a funeral? This is the FIRST book in the “Islands of Aloha Mystery Series”.

Author JoAnn Bassett

JoAnn Bassett grew up in Seattle, but always preferred palm trees to pine trees. She owned a firefighter training business and raised a son, always hoping to someday make a day at the beach an everyday reality. In 1996, she and her husband bought a home on Maui and made the dream come true. Purchase on Amazon. Follow the author on: Website | Facebook | Twitter The author is giving away an Islands of Aloha Gift Box, with signed print copies of the first three books in the “Islands of Aloha Mystery Series” along with great Hawaiian goodies such as Kona-style coffee, special tropical tea, yummy bath products with paradise scents. It’s like a quick trip to Hawaii–without the annoying TSA pat-down! Open to US/ Can Residents 18+. Ends November 4. Fill out the for below to Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oct 192012

Thank you for stopping at my spot on the A Dash of Murder Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway. This Online Book Tour is brought to you by Virtual Book Tour Cafe. I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, review on the book, Teresa Trent, a small bio from her. Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.

A Dash of Murder
Book Genre-Cozy Mystery
Publisher – Tightwad Tess Press
Release Date-September 2011 

A Mystery for Ghost Hunters!
When Betsy’s Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital she isn’t sure if she quite believes in ghosts. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body, she starts to rethink about what really is haunting the hospital.
Betsy must solve the murder in spite of her father, who is a lieutenant on the Pecan Bayou Police Force, town citizens worried about the effect of the occult on their children, and handsome stranger from Dallas. How do you get blood out of a silk blouse? Betsy Livingston can tell you in her newspaper column, “The Happy Hinter”. When she’s not writing, or taking care of her young son, she’s busy solving mysteries in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Bayou.
A Dash of Murder Excerpt
“Watch out, Betsy, some of these old floorboards may be treacherous.” I followed Aunt Maggie through the rooms full of cracked plaster, floor debris and the ever-present graffiti sprayed on the walls of the former tuberculosis hospital.
Aunt Maggie was a tiny woman at four-foot-eight, and the world often towered above her. Her height was the only part of her that was small. She had the strongest will and the biggest heart in Texas.
“This is going to be great when we film here on Halloween, the scariest night of the year. I’m so glad you decided to help us out and took a few hours away from your tip-writin’ column. The Pecan Bayou Texas Paranormal Society thanks you, and if we find a ghost – boy howdy – I thank you.”
“Well, I can spare a few hours here and there.”
“So, what are you writin’ about now? “
“Um, I’m working on my pre-Thanksgiving columns. Hey, I have a question for you. What would you say is the best way to get red wine out of a tablecloth?”
“You know, Aunt Ida had an unusual way of doing that.”
“You mean the one that used to bring the chocolate pecan pie when she came to Thanksgiving?” I had not seen Great Aunt Ida much since she moved to the retirement center near Austin.
“That’s the one. She used to put her tablecloth over a bowl with the wine stain in the middle of it. Then she would pour salt on the stain, and then pour boiling water over into the bowl. Darnedest thing. Took it right out.” Maggie said.
For our other-worldly walk-through today, Aunt Maggie dressed for the occasion with a black cap on her head adorned with glow-in-the-dark letters that read “Paranormal Investigator.”
“You like it?” she asked, noticing my gaze. “I ordered one for everyone on the crew and a few extras. I thought we ought to look official, bein’ on TV and all.” My aunt’s honey-colored bouffant hairdo was all crammed up in the cap with sprayed curls poking out in places.
“Can’t wait to wear mine.” I was not someone who looked terrific in a ball cap. At least that was what Barry had said. Funny how after all these years I still felt rejected by him.
Maggie crunched around on the fallen trash in the main hallway. As we came to the end of the hallway, her voice lowered slightly. “This up here was what they called the ‘dead tunnel.’ I saw it in the blueprints Howard had.” Howard was the head of Aunt Maggie’s paranormal group. Even though sometimes he looked like a person mental health officials might be interested in observing, he was extremely intelligent and had a doctorate in paranormal psychology. I didn’t even know a person could get a degree in ghost hunting, but Howard had achieved this greatness.
Maggie continued her story. “It was the tunnel they used to wheel the bodies to the morgue. That way the patients wouldn’t see someone had died.” I never was one to get too frightened by horror movies, but coming into this part of the hospital certainly had me qualifying for an official case of the heebie-jeebies. The dead tunnel was windowless and grimy, and I felt as if we were walking into a mineshaft, not a morgue.
“So here we are.” Aunt Maggie’s voice took on a softer tone as if we had just entered a funeral home. “Looks a little longer than it did in the blueprints.”
We stepped gingerly through the open door with a sign hanging askew that read, “Hospital Personnel Only: No One Beyond This Point.”
Unless you’re dead, I thought. Then you are welcome to come on in and sit a spell.
“Aunt Maggie, we can still go get Howard. He’s roaming around somewhere here.”
“What are we? Chickens? We can do this, Betsy.” With that, she shined her red plastic heavy-duty flashlight down the tunnel. The tunnel seemed to go on and on, leading into absolute darkness. A million things could be down that hall. They could have stuffed it all with furniture or antiquated medical equipment that we would banging into at any moment, and that was my rational expectation. I wasn’t even acknowledging my irrational side. My aunt’s calling me a chicken did not quite raise my confidence and charge me up about getting down the dead tunnel.
I nodded my head dully in agreement as my eyes tried to lock onto anything solid in the dark.
“You’re making fun of me, I know, but it is true, Betsy. I sense something here. I just hope we can get this on tape when we have a thermal energy camera pointed at it.” According to Howard, a thermal energy camera would capture cold and hot spots that the human eye couldn’t see. We stepped forward, our footfalls now echoing against the chilled stone.
As Maggie spoke, I felt a cold breeze hit me. I clenched my bare arms as I felt goose bumps raise up on my skin. It seemed as if we had phantom air conditioning in this part of the hospital. Down at the end of the blackness I could hear a faint, high, chirping, clicking sound. Somehow I hadn’t imagined a ghost clicking at me. Maybe there were some tap-dancing spirits floating around.
“It has arrived,” Maggie whispered.
“No,” I said trying to squelch the shake that had come into my voice. “A … draft has arrived, that’s all.”
“Think what you want, my dear.”
She angled the wavering beam of light into the black recesses of the tunnel. From the other end of the tunnel, I could hear a distinct rustling sound as something headed our way.
“The apparition is coming near us,” Maggie sounded delighted.
“What should we do, Aunt Maggie?” I asked, the volume of my voice rising as the rustling became an increasing cacophony of noise.
Maggie looked down the passage and then yelled, “HOLD YOUR GROUND!” She stood with her hands placed firmly on her rounded hips as the wind started blowing her hat off, releasing the many stuffed strands of hair that had been under it. She looked like Medusa as the glow of her flashlight highlighted the snakes of hair surrounding her face.
The rustling sound increased. A thousand little clicking noises came at us as a cloud of pulsating blackness came out of the pitch black.
“This is dangerous, Aunt Maggie!” I shouted. “I’m not standing here, and neither are you!” I grabbed Maggie by the shoulders, preparing to lift her off the ground and carry her out if that was necessary.
“It might be a spirit of the dead!” she warbled above the din.
“Or it might be the spirit of something alive.” I turned her around, and we ran as the flashlight beam bobbed against the walls. I could feel something pulling at my hair and reached up to grab it. When I did, I could see the wingspan of a Mexican bat as it flapped out of my grasp. We careened out the door and slammed it behind us. We could hear the thud of a few bats hitting the door and then what sounded like the wings of hundreds of bats flapping as they turned back down the tunnel.
I turned around to see Maggie, leaning against the wall, holding her hat, trying to push the hair out of her face as her breath came out unevenly. “Are you all right?” I asked as we both panted at each other.
“Yes, a little jittery, but I’ll be fine.”

Teresa Trent wasn’t born in Texas but after a few glasses of sweet tea and some exceptional barbecue she decided to stay. With a father in the Army, she found herself moved all over the world, settling down for a while in her teens in the state of Colorado. Her writing was influenced by all of the interesting people she found in small towns and the sense of family that seemed to be woven through them all. Teresa is a former high school teacher and received her degree from The University of Northern Colorado.  Teresa is presently working on the third book in her Pecan Bayou Series.  Her second book, Overdue For Murder, came out in June of 2012.   

Other Books by Teresa Trent:

Writing Can Be Murder!
When local writers present their books on romance, vampires, chick lit and alien abductions at the Pecan Bayou Library, one author gets a killer review.  Betsy Livingston, there to talk about her book on helpful hints, finds herself point at for the murder.  Join Betsy in her second mystery as she tries to clear her own name in this hilarious tale of small town Texas life and murder.
In Ebook Form
In Print

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book and it was a quick read so I read it in just a couple hours.  I loved the little town of Pecan Bayou.  It was the kind of town were everyone knows everyone. The story was based on Betsy Livingston who wrote a daily column on helpful hints and also recently wrote a book with helpful hints – which a few are included in the book along with a couple good recipes.

Betsy and her Aunt Maggie along with a few other interesting characters from the community are going to be doing a bit of paranormal work at a long closed down hospital.  Their plan is to film on Halloween at the hospital.  While just taking a walk through of the hospital a terrible smell is noticed in one of the upper rooms.  A body is discovered and Betsy decides to do a bit of investigating on her own to find out who murdered the victim. 

From here the story gets interesting and I did not figure out who the murder was until they were revealed.  I think anyone who enjoys reading mystery would relish spending the afternoon reading A Dash of Murder.

Stop by some of the other stops along the Virtual Book Tour:

September 30 – Introduction at VBT Cafe’ Blog
October 2 – Review, Book Feature & Ebook Giveaway at Books, Books, and More Books
October 4 – Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews (Lisa Haselton)
October 9 – Review, Guest Blog & Ebook Giveaway at The Bunny’s Review
October 11 – Guest Blogging at Cindy Vine’s Blog
October 15 – Guest Blogging at Book Reviews by Dee
October 17 – Interviewed at MK McClintock’s Blog
October 18 – Review & Interview at Kaisy Daisy Corner
October 19 – Reviewed at Self Taught Cook
October 23 – Book Feature & Ebook Giveaway at Blogzine
October 25 – Interviewed at Turning The Pages


Oct 182012
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Book Description:
Elizabeth Shulman, a twenty-seven-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant, would like nothing better than not to die a corporate accountant working at a Fortune 100 company. She wants to walk away from the corporate rat-race, but…she’s still holding onto the painful memories from her poor past—from the days her family came to America with nothing so that their children could have a free life.
But soon one day’s event turns Elizabeth’s world upside down and inside out. With her bubble burst, Elizabeth decides to take the first step, quit her job. However, her bullying boss from HELL offers her a promotion and a big raise. But there’s a hitch. She must also agree to do pro bono work to bolster the company’s image. Her pro bono assignment: tutor unprivileged kids in a Southwest Chicago elementary school. And there, in school, her life begins to change when she gets a peek at a different type of world from her own.
Heart’s Storm is a bitter-sweet romantic comedy about love and career, family and friends, immigration and hardships, betrayal and forgiveness, and the promise of the American dream.

Catch me,” I laughed and sprinted off towards the towers of Crown Fountain.
“Liz, you’re crazy, you know that!” Justin yelled after me laughing, and I heard the sound of his running footsteps behind me. 
“Go get her!”  someone yelled after us. “You can’t let her go!”  
“I’m trying to!” Justin yelled back, his loud voice echoing through the night.  “She’s too fast for me!” 
I reached my destination, took off my sandals, and tossed them on the bench by the fountain. The cold water felt good on my bare legs when I jumped into the shallow pool. This is fun, so much fun. I picked up the bottom of my dress, and ran through it, splashing loudly. 
Justin approached the fountain and stood there watching me. “Come on, you coward!” I dared. He didn’t move, just stood there, smiling. He looked so tall and sexy in his ripped jeans and t-shirt, breathtaking in fact. I ran up to him and swung my arms around his neck. He laughed and wrapped his arms around me in a tight embrace, it felt so nice. Then he lifted me up and I wrapped my legs around his waist. “We’re the only ones here,” I whispered, playfully running my tongue against the tip of his ear. It felt like it wasn’t just here, but everywhere. There’s only us. There’s no one else, outside of this fountain, outside of this moment. Just the two of us, and it felt so right. “Wanna have some more fun?” I’ll do anything for you.  
Grinning, he said, “You crazy girl, we’re gonna get arrested,” but then he moved his one arm underneath my dress, playing with my zipper with the other.
I’m not afraid to get arrested. I’m not afraid of anything when I’m with you. With a slight chuckle, I looked into his eyes. “That would be so cool.” I lowered my head and gently kissed his neck, feeling his breathing quicken. “Who would I call to bail me out?” I looked up and teasingly smiled. 
“They’ll let you go,” he whispered, running his hand up and down my back, and placed a light kiss on my lips.  “You’re a good, nice girl.” He kissed me again. “Good girls don’t go to jail.” Good, nice girls are boring. I’m not a good, nice girl anymore. 
“Maybe I’m tired.”

“Tired of what?”
I looked into his eyes again. “Of being a good girl.”
For a moment he looked at me as if he was considering something. “What are you thinking about?” I asked. 
He was quiet, then he smiled and said, “Lean in close. I’ve got something I want to tell you.” He slid his hand underneath my hair and pulled me closer to him.
“I love you.” My breathing stopped. What did you say? “I love you, Liz,” he repeated, his voice a whisper in at my ear, melting my heart. I love you more.
“Yeah? How do you know?” I whispered back.
“I just know.” His hands traced slowly over my back again. “You make me happy.”
“I love you, too. I love you so much.” I love you more than life itself. 
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