You’re Invited To A Cozy Picnic – June 1, June 2, June 3

You’re Invited To A Cozy Picnic – June 1, June 2, June 3

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Many of us go on vacation, sit by the pool, visit the beach, and of course go on picnics. And what is better than having a plain old picnic than to have a Cozy Picnic for cozy book fans everywhere?

On June 1, June 2, and June 3 for three full days ‘round the clock Ellie Alexander aka Kate Dyer-Seeley, Marla Bradeen/Paige Sleuth, Mystery Author, Jenna St. James, Barbara Silkstone, Leslie Budewitz Author, and Shari Randall will be some of the guests at a Cozy Picnic on Facebook.

Some of the great cozy authors who will be there are:

author lineup

Join bloggers Lisa A. Kelley (Lisa K’s Book Reviews) and Karen M. Owen (A cup of tea and a cozy mystery and Beyond The Bookmarks) For a three day cozy picnic event. Great reads, special guests, crafts, recipes and more.

Join the festivities starting at 12 midnight on June 1. The picnic will be going on all day and night from June 1 – June 3.

I hope to see all of you there for fun, food, and lots of cozy book talk.

cozy picnic 2



Sad Day in America – January 20, 2017

Sad Day in America – January 20, 2017

Sad day for America today.

I’m reading “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. It’s a historical novel about Nazi Germany from late 1932 through the Nazi years.

The family of William Dodd, the US Ambassador to Germany during those years, moves to Germany, At first they thought that Germany was fine and that maybe the Jews “deserved” what Hitler was doing to them. But as the story goes on they realize how dangerous Hitler was and how his supporters just followed behind him without thought and not questioning all the terrible crimes he committed.

We never learn from history. Today Trump will be taking office and his followers refuse to see the possible dictator this man can become. They are being led by their noses. In Trump’s word, “Sad.”

I’m not saying that Trump is a Nazi or should be compared to Hitler and what he stood for … but I’m thinking it.

Horrible day The first day of some terrible times. History books will be filled with this. Comparisons will be made.


New Giveaway – Win a Copy of Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman

New Giveaway – Win a Copy of Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman



The three winners of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman are:




Congratulations to all three of you. Barbara will be contacting you on how to receive your book.

Barbara and I want to thank everyone for participating in this giveaway. Please keep watching for more contests to come.

Author Barbara Venkatataman would like all cozy-lovers to meet divorce lawyer, Jamie Quinn and she asked me to help her do it. Barbara will be giving three lucky winners an e-book copy of “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3.” Barbara will send each winner this collection that has the first three books in this wonderful series. The rules are easy. All you have to do is read my review below and answer a simple question. Post your answer and I’ll randomly select three winners. Please remember to add your email address in your answer so Barbara will be able to send you the e-book. The contest is open to everyone and you will have to be able to receive a gift from Amazon and if you can’t Barbara will send you a mobi or a PDF file.

The giveaway starts, officially, on Tuesday, October 25th but you can start posting your answer whenever you like. I’m flexible. On Monday, October 31, I’ll choose the winners and post their names here. I’ll also email you but please remember to include your email address in your post.

Read the review below, look at the question, and then post your answer. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!


Jamie Quinn is a divorce lawyer living in south Florida and doing whatever she can to just stay at home and never go back to work. Haven’t we all felt this way at one time or another? Jamie’s mother just recently died and she’s depressed and even though she has the money to pay her bills this won’t last forever. And there’s her her cat, Mr. Paws, that Jamie inherited from her mother. There’s nothing more that Mr. Paws likes to do than to eat and feeding a cat costs money. The cat doesn’t even appreciate Jamie and what she does for him what with all his hissing at her. It would be an understatement to say that they do not get along.

So off Jamie goes back to work thinking that she’ll soon be back in court helping unhappy married couples divorce each other. But suddenly Jamie is defending murder suspects, like her cousin Adam who was accused of murdering his music teacher, a former rock star. And she’s defending her family law client whose soon to be ex hubby is found dead and the wife is the suspect. Jamie also finds herself searching for her new boyfriend, Kip Simons the director of Broward County parks, who disappeared after they found a dead body.

What is going on here? This isn’t family court, this isn’t divorce cases, this is murder and all of a sudden Jamie has to deal with the state’s District Attorney, Nick Dimitropoulos, who’s the son of a state senator. Well, Nick is kind of cute so there is a good side.

At least she she has some help from a former client Marmaduke (Duke) Broussard, the Third, a charming, beer loving, woman loving, cheating scoundrel  who also happens to be one terrific private investigator. Duke is ready, willing, and able to help Jamie get all the information she needs, not to mention giving her things she doesn’t want, at least not from him.

Grace Anderson, Jamie’s best friend and an in house counsel for a large securities firm, is right by her side helping with legal advice that might be needed.

But just in case Jamie doesn’t have enough to do with her family law practice and helping people accused of murder, she’s also trying to get her father, Guillermo Franco, into the United States from Nicaragua where he was exiled to from Cuba. It’s a long story.

Jamie Quinn is going through a lot and all of this is told in the “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3” by Barbara Venkataraman  and it’s a fun book. Or rather, fun three books.

This is the kind of novel that embarrasses you because you’re laughing out loud if you read in public. Ms. Esquire, as Duke likes to call Jamie, hopes that all the hours she spent watching “Law and Order” marathons, “Castle”, and “The Mentalist” will help prepare her for cases, even though she doubts it. I think most of people, including myself, believe that they can be good lawyers for those same reason, which is why I like Jamie so much. She’s down to earth, watches television and proud of it, has strange family dynamics, nutty friends, and would rather stay home than work. Sounds like me and almost everyone I know.

Female readers, just like the female characters in the book, will fall in love with P.I. Duke Broussard, a man as non perfect and charming as a male can get. He flirts too much, he drinks too much, and practically lives at a bar, what’s not to love?

Jamie is surrounded with some good friends and now that I’ve read three books in this series I consider myself her friend too. Author Barbara Venkataraman has created funny, interesting, and unique characters and I suspect that Jamie is really Ms. Venkataraman in disguise. You can’t write characters like these unless you’re just like them. And that’s a compliment.

The “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection” three box set is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to a new cozy series. Worth every cent and it isn’t even expensive. There is no price for some good reading fun.


QUESTION: How did Jamie get Mr. Paws?

Please post your answer along with your email address where it says “Post Comment” at the bottom of this page. Winners will be chosen and contacted on Monday, October 31, 2016. Good Luck!



“A Charming Voodoo” Scavenger Hunt -Prizes – Thanks To Author Tonya Kappes

“A Charming Voodoo” Scavenger Hunt -Prizes – Thanks To Author Tonya Kappes


The winner of the free audio book from Tonya is Kathleen Costa. Congratulations, Kathleen, Tonya will be contacting you with information on how to get your audio book.  🙂

Author Tonya has a wonderful scavenger hunt for her new book, “A Charming Voodoo.” Read the spotlight of the book, answer a question and you might win a copy of an audio book from the Magical Cures Mystery Series audio series picked by Tonya Kappes.

Spotlight of “A Charming Voodoo” By Author Tonya Kappes.

Bubble. . . bubble. . .
Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new
housing development and new shops
popping up all over the magical
village right before the annual All
Hallow’s Eve celebration.

Cures and trouble. . .
June Heal’s intuition
is on high alert and she just can’t shake
that something bad is about to happen.

Magic stirs . . .
June finds Violet Draper standing over a dead body
In the new pumpkin patch hours before it’s supposed
to open for hayrides.

And trouble doubles . . .
Once again, June has to put her sleuthing skills to work
and figure out who the real killer is before the new
citizens pack up and move right back out of town.

Question – What city does June Live in?

I will choose a winner on Monday, October 17 from all the correct answers and Tonya will give that winner a free audio book. Just be sure to post your answer in the comment section and don’t forget to post your email address with your answer so I can let you know if you won. Readers from US only.

The contest for the free audio book is now closed. Thank you for everyone for participating.  🙂




But wait, there’s another prize that Tonya is giving out. A very lucky winner will get the BIG prize a KINDLE, a $25 Amazon Gift Card, and A Ghostly Grave and A Ghostly Murder Kindle Novels. Just go to the Rafflecopter link below and fill it out. At the end of the tour, ALL the Rafflecopter entries will be put into the BIG prize and one person will win.  Tonya will pick the winner on October 18.

Click on the link below to fill out the Rafflecopter form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Banned Books Week Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, 20016

Banned Books Week Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, 20016

Today starts Banned Books Week. I’m not going to preach because I’m sure people can figure out where I stand on this. But I will say that you should never let anyone dictate what you read. If someone feels a book isn’t right for their child or for themselves then they have a right not to read it. But I also have the right to read what I want.

Here are some good links that I’d like to share:

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: September 25- October 1, 2016

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Best Banned, Censored, and Challenged Books

Read a Banned Book this week!


Celebrate The Release of “Betting Off Dead” by Tonya Kappes – Win Prizes!

Celebrate The Release of “Betting Off Dead” by Tonya Kappes – Win Prizes!

Today, August 29, is the release date for Tonya Kappes’s newest book, “Betting Off Dead.” Celebrate with her by clicking on this link and filling out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, Large Tote Bag, or a signed Kappes Novel.

Here’s the link to my review of the book, and find out more about Tonya by visiting her website.

Tonya Kappes Book Nook – Great News for Release of “Betting Off Dead”

Tonya Kappes Book Nook – Great News for Release of “Betting Off Dead”

Well, I’m so happy to say that I’ll be working with author Tonya Kappes to promote her books especially her new book, “Betting Off Dead” due to be released on August 29. There will be a contest starting on August 29 with winners receiving a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a Kappes Tote, or a signed Kappes novel and you will be able to enter it right here. I’ll post how to do that in a few days.

Tonya is also hosting a “Betting Off Dead” Facebook Party starting at 7:00 PM on August 29 until 9:00 PM August 30. But if you hop over there now you will find a Cozy Mystery Romance Giveaway from today through September 3rd! Tonya always has something going on for her fans.

Shhh, don’t tell Tonya, but I read “Betting Off Dead” already and it was wonderful. Lots of magic, romance, and humor in it. I’ll post my review of it shortly.

Tonya has lots of fun scheduled for the end of this month so be sure to visit the Release Party Facebook Page and especially make sure to enter the “Betting Off Dead” giveaway in a few days.

betting off deade release party