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GONE WITH THE WINGS by @leenaclover | GREAT ESCAPES TOUR Presents #Cozy #Mystery

GONE WITH THE WINGS (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series) by Leena Clover is on book tour with Great Escape Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis today.
 

Gone with the Wings 

(Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series) 

by Leena Clover


Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Self Published 
Publication Date: June 3, 2017 
Paperback: 269 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1521448984 
E-Book ASIN: B071WHNM6K


Author Leena Clover announces a brand new cozy mystery series set in a small Oklahoma college town. Mystery readers will enjoy this culinary cozy murder mystery featuring plenty of yummy recipes like Masala Fried Chicken and Shish Kabob Blue Plate Special. Meera Patel is back home with the family after she dropped out of graduate school. Now she shelves books for a living and rustles up fusion recipes at Sylvie's Cafe & Diner. Everything is fine until her old nemesis Prudence Walker floats up in the local pond. Meera is accused of murder! Well, she did publicly declare Prudence would drop dead. Meera cries foul and screams police harassment. But she has no defense when she is accused of a second crime. Flanked by pals Tony and Becky, Meera puts in the leg work, trying to solve clues and discard red herrings. Fall in Oklahoma has never been more exciting. Cozy mystery fans will love this new mystery series featuring an Asian American amateur sleuth. There is a full cast of characters with a professor father, young sibling, old grandparents, loyal friends and a candid glimpse into South Asian culture.


About The Author 


Leena Clover is the author of the brand new Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series, starring a 20 something Desi girl as the protagonist. The series is set in a small Oklahoma college town Meera calls home. Leena Clover offers plenty of clues for her readers so that they can solve the mystery as they read along. Readers can expect a unique look into Indian/ South Asian culture and plenty of yummy recipes.

Author Links 

Twitter – http://twitter.com/leenaclover

Facebook – http://facebook.com/meerapatelcozymystery

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16918791.Leena_Clover




TOUR PARTICIPANTS
September 18 – Student of Opinions - REVIEW
September 19 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
September 19 – Readsalot – GUEST POST
September 20 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
September 20 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
September 21 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – REVIEW
September 21 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
September 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
September 22 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 23 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
September 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
September 24 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
September 25 – Book Babble – REVIEW
September 25 – StoreyBook Reviews - REVIEW
September 26 – Laura's Interests – SPOTLIGHT
September 26 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
September 27 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
September 27 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT 

Read an excerpt of THE LAIRD TAKES A BRIDE by @LisaBerne + eBook #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #HistoricalRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for THE LAIRD TAKES A BRIDE by Lisa Berne, a historical romance available now from HarperCollins.


Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.



THE LAIRD TAKES A BRIDE
by Lisa Berne

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GENRE:  Historical Romance

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BLURB:

Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan and master of Castle Tadgh, is forced to end his carefree bachelorhood, thanks to an ancient decree that requires him to marry. But Alasdair’s search for a biddable wife comes to a screeching halt when Fate serves up Fiona Douglass. Prickly as a thistle, Fiona challenges him at every turn, rendering herself surprisingly irresistible. Her love would be a prize indeed . . . if Alasdair could accept it.
Fiona gave her heart once, and doesn’t plan to repeat that folly. Yet she finds herself drawn to Alasdair’s intelligence and strength, and the passion he incites goes well beyond her expectations for what’s only a marriage of expedience. Despite herself, she’s falling in love with her husband.

But there’s a high wall between them—and Fiona’s not sure it can ever be torn down.

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EXCERPT:

Wondering where his shoes had gone, Alasdair looked down to see his wolfhound Cuilean at his feet. Intelligent dark eyes were looking up at him inquiringly, shaggy ears were pricked: a hint, Alasdair knew, that breakfast was long overdue. He reached down a hand to caress that rough head, and as he did so Cuilean sharply turned it, toward an archway leading off toward the kitchens.

Fervently did Alasdair hope it was a servant, bearing a refreshing tankard of ale (or even a silver pot filled to the brim with blisteringly hot coffee), but no, it was Dame Margery, quite possibly the oldest member of the clan, hunched over her gnarled stick and stumping into the Hall. Trailing behind was her little granddaughter Sheila, who viewed the dissolute scene before her with blasé indifference, her expression, distinguished by eyes which seemed to gaze in two different directions at once, seeming more focused on something immaterial and inward — and for that Alasdair could only be thankful, as uneasily he wondered if a seven-year-old really ought to be in the Great Hall at this particular moment.

As Dame Margery drew near, she noisily banged her stick on the marble floor, causing people nearby to stir, moan, rouse. She passed by Uncle Duff, insensate, draped sideways on a chair and his long beard dangling perpendicularly, and muttered audibly, “Ach, the old wastrel!” before turning her piercing and unblinking stare to Alasdair. Finally she stopped before the dais on which the two great chairs — one for the laird, one (long unoccupied) for his lady — stood. Her silence, Alasdair noticed, had a heavy, expectant, rather ominous sort of quality, and he groaned under his breath. He wasn’t in the mood for drama. Still, he was the laird, and one must be polite, so he cleared his throat and said:

“Good day to you, madam.”

“And to you, laird,” she answered with an awful, punctilious politeness. “May I tender my congratulations to you on your birthday.”

“I thank you.”

“I believe I am correct, laird, that as of yesterday you turned thirty-five?”

“Aye, madam.”

“Not thirty-four, laird?”

“Nay, thirty-five, madam.”

“Not married, are you, laird?”

Alasdair looked narrowly at Dame Margery. Had she gone soft in her aged head? Everyone knew he was unmarried and, in fact, happily so. But courteously he replied: “Nay, madam, I’m not.”

“Well then, laird, perhaps you are not aware of the ancient clan decree which dictates that any chieftain of Castle Tadgh who remains unmarried by his thirty-fifth birthday must immediately invite the eligible highborn maidens of the Eight Clans of Killaly to stay within the castle, and within thirty-five days choose one to be his bride?”

Dame Margery issued this disconcerting pronouncement in stentorian tones and with a single breath, leaving her gasping a little by the end. She breathed in deeply, then added sternly:

“The wedding to follow within thirty-five days.”

A sufficient number of people had woken up by now to create a stunned, openmouthed audience for Dame Margery, who seemed well satisfied by the effect of her words. Alasdair sat upright, jostling the black-haired lass who let out a choked snore but remained blissfully asleep. He stared balefully at her and then at Dame Margery as the unpleasant import of her proclamation sank in.

“And if I don’t obey?” he said, losing a little of his earlier politeness.

“Death to you, I fear,” the old crone replied with annoying promptitude. “Hanged and quartered, laird, and your head displayed in the courtyard as a warning to all who leave off their sacred duty to the clan.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grantwriter, and an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing her own historical-romance novels! She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Publisher Website: https://www.harpercollins.com
Author Website: http://lisaberne.com/  

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GIVEAWAY 

Three digital copies of the book will be awarded to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTIPANTS
September 18: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

September 19: Buried Under Romance - review
September 20: Christine Young September 20: Readeropolis September 21: Danita Minnis September 21: It's Raining Books September 22: Independent Authors September 25: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess September 26: The Avid Reader September 27: Sapphyria's Book Reviews September 28: Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog September 29: Long and Short Reviews

BEHIND THE DOOR | Author Q&A ft @a_gavazzoni + $25 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #Erotic #Thriller

Goddess Fish Promotions has organizing a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for BEHIND THE DOOR by A. Gavazzoni, a psychological and erotic thriller available now from Create Space.

A. Gavazzoni will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.


Behind The Door
by A. Gavazzoni

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GENRE:   Psychological and erotic thriller

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BLURB:

When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I believe the hardest part of writing all my books is containing my anxiety to get everything that’s in my head down on paper. I have to restrain myself to not run over the story to empty my mind.


What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I love the research process that allows me to learn a lot about many different subjects, and I love the creation part, when my mind get full of ideas, regardless of where I might be at the time or what else I might be doing.


What inspires you?

People and the human soul inspire me. I love to try to understand their motives and their beliefs.


Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights – it is so tragic, all about revenge and hate; she taught me about writing about deep feelings.

Colleen McCullough’s Thorn Birds – a sad love story with all the right ingredients to make you cry a river. An author who showed me how important it is to stir emotions in your readers.

The Devil’s Advocate, by Andrew Neiderman – a book to make you think where vanity can take you. It’s a potent and surprising book. I love surprises, and I always try to add one to my novels.

John Grisham’s The Firm – power, money, or freedom? A hard choice for a young lawyer. Choices are going to lead your life. I always make my characters face hard choices.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – this book is pure poetry! It inspired me to show beauty in my work; even when the situation is tragic, I try to include pretty settings. Beauty must exist, in spite of bad circumstances.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I intend to finish the third book in Hidden Motives Trilogy, and I’m going to publish Behind the Door in Portuguese this year.


Do you ever get writer’s block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

No, I never have. I try to write a little bit at least every day. Some days, I’m more inspired than others, but I try to write anyway, even if I don’t like what I’m putting down in words, I know I can discard them or edit them later if I like, so that’s okay. The important thing is keep your mind producing, and you will find the formula.


Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?

Yes, many times. My characters decide their own destiny inside my mind; it is a whole party in there!


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EXCERPT:

“Does that mean you’d like me to stop bothering you?”

“No. It means I don’t have answers to the questions I know you have.”

Aha. So she knew I had questions, I thought ironically. “And what questions do I have?”

“Why won’t she do it in bed? Why won’t she answer the phone? Why does she disappear? Why can’t we spend more time together? Why did she sneak out of my bed? Why was she mean to her mother?”

How nice. The lady possessed awareness of her own behavior.

“And what…possibly…might the answers be?”

“I don’t have any. I just live, Mark. I don’t plan. You, on the contrary, seem to do nothing but plan. But maybe I’m wrong. We hardly know each other.”

“And you don’t want to know more.”

“But I do… No, I don’t… I don’t have an answer for that either. I get all mixed up around you. There’s a sweetness about you that disconcerts me. I’m used to rough stuff…to people jumping all over each other. You’re kind. You’re nice. You’re polite. I don’t know what to do with you.”

“But you know what to do with the guy you were with yesterday.” I thought she’d claim he was just a friend, or rather, they were only good friends.

“Yes. With him, I know. We want the same thing. To have fun and that’s that. You want more. I feel that in you.”

“Then give me more!”

There it went. There went my pride down the drain. I did want more. I didn’t want any more fucking games!

“I can’t do that. It’s not in me. But I like being with you. I always come back for more. I just can’t handle getting close.”

“Then learn. You’re a very intelligent woman.”

“I am.” She laughed sadly “But I’m too rational. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not cold. It’s just way too much for me. When I get emotional things get out of control.”

“And you like to have control.”

“I need it for my sanity. Mark, I’m thirty-five years old. They haven’t been thirty-five years of roses.”

“I’ll never hurt you,” I said.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author. She just won The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice for her first novel Behind The Door and also an honorable mention at Paris Book Festival 2017

Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader.

She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout.

She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook.

She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of writing her next novel.

LINKS SITE

BLOG

TWITTER
@a_gavazzoni

INSTAGRAN
adri_gavazzoni

FACEBOOK

E-MAIL

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GIVEAWAY

A. Gavazzoni will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
August 21: Fabulous and Brunette August 28: Christine Young September 4: Romance Novel Giveaways September 11: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews September 18: Readeropolis September 25: Book Lover Promo October 2: The Reading Addict October 9: T's Stuff - review
October 9: Lock That Door! October 16: Books, Dreams,Life October 16: Carpe_Diem October 23: Liz's Reading Life October 23: Natural Bri - review only
October 30: Full Moon Bites November 6: Long and Short Reviews

HAIR BRAINED by @nancyjcohen + #Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents #Mystery

HAIR BRAINED (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #14) by Nancy J. Cohen is on book tour with Great Escape Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis today.

Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) 

by Nancy J. Cohen

Cozy Mystery 14th in Series 
Orange Grove Press (September 12, 2017) 
Print Length: 342 pages 
E-Book ASIN: B072XVHPPH

Was the car crash an accident or a deliberate attempt to run Marla's friends off the road?

When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, "Baby want a bottle?" than she's embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally--or Ken in the car with her--out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends' lives, she realizes she didn't know them as well as she'd thought. Nonetheless, it's her duty as their son's guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

About The Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

Author Links:
  Website: http://nancyjcohen.com
  Blog: http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com
  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyJCohenAuthor
  Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nancyjcohen
  Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/91508.Nancy_J_Cohen
  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/njcohen/
  Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyjcohen
  Booklover’s Bench: http://bookloversbench.com
  Newsletter Sign-Up: http://nancyjcohen.com/newsletter/

  Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | kobo | iBook | Google Play 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
  September 12 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
  September 12 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf - INTERVIEW
  September 13 – Socrates' Book Reviews - REVIEW
  September 13 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
  September 14 – Community Bookstop - REVIEW
  September 14 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW
  September 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - REVIEW
  September 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
  September 16 – Brooke Blogs - CHARACTER GUEST POST
  September 17 – A Holland Reads - GUEST POST
  September 18 – Deal Sharing Aunt - INTERVIEW
  September 18 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
  September 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy - GUEST POST
  September 19 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
  September 20 – StoreyBook Reviews - GUEST POST
  September 20 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT


         

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