Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review - Passion in the Kitchen by Cynthia Ainsworthe

Front Row Center's Passion in the Kitchen is a cookbook with a difference, guaranteed to bring an extra spark into your relationship!


The author is an accomplished cook who specializes in French cuisine, and she is also an award-winning writer of a suspenseful and passionate romance novel, Front Row Center, which is currently being adapted into a screenplay.

The recipes are all tried and tested by the author, and are not too complex for the average home cook. The categories include 'Appeteasers', 'Warm up Foreplay' and 'Between the Sheets'. Each recipe includes a mouth-watering illustration, and all have suggestive names like 'Smooth Caresses', 'Sublime Joinings', 'Love Wand of Ecstasy' and 'Sweet and Lustful'.

Interspersed with photos of food is a generous serving of pictures of delectably hot men.

But that's not all... Every recipe ends with a "Cooking Break" - lines of flirtation taken from the novel, Front Row Center. 

Example: 'Cooking break! 
That’s all right,” she replied softly. “You want some of my …” she opened her palm, “… nuts?”
He blew out a ragged breath.'

If you are looking for something to spice up your life, look no further. 

I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase Link

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Backwoods Boogie Countdown...

It's not long now before Backwoods Boogie is released by my publisher, Uncial Press on November 14th, 2014.  I will be hosting a launch party on Facebook and I'll give away free downloads of this and the prior books in the Redneck P.I. Series -- Redneck P.I and Kick Assitude.



Redneck P.I. has been off the market for a while in e-book format, and it will come back on the same day as Backwoods Boogie and with a brand new, very fancy cover. I think Twila looks pretty tough in it!



(The print version has not changed and will keep its old cover.)








BACKWOODS BOOGIE is getting not one but two covers. As you will see, in the two years that have passed since Redneck P.I. was released, Twila has grown her hair quite a bit and she wears it in a different style.
This is the third book in the Redneck P.I. Mystery Series.


Redneck P.I. Twila Taunton cannot believe she is working for Jimmie-Ray, the man who stood her up on her wedding day. But she can't allow gentle Pam Taylor to go to prison for a murder she did not commit. Twila sets out to hunt down the real killer, with the help of hacker and mean guitarist Gasser Cunha, her hard-drinking great aunt Essie, and office assistant LaMercy Howard, who reluctantly agrees to go Goth. When she discovers an illegal puppy mill, and a possible dog fighting ring, Twila calls on a vigilante biker gang and her long distance lover, Harland to help. 
Oh… and she might be pregnant. 

20% of the author's proceeds will be donated to the ASPCA to aid in their fight against the disgusting cruelty and deplorable conditions of illegal puppy mills in the US.



Click on the Link below to get your copy:





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cover Reveal - Mobsters, Monsters and Nazi's

Dan O'Brien and Steve Ferchaud have done it again! Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis will be a six-story illustrated series that will launch on Halloween and conclude right around Christmas. It is equal parts noir, pulp, lovecraft, and detective fiction with enough intrigue and mystery to keep you hanging on.




It is available for pre-order starting today, so be sure to grab and let everyone know about it!

You can pre-order it for only $2.99 by following this link:


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pre-Release Reviews for Backwoods Boogie

I'm very thankful for the wonderful people who have taken the time to read and review Backwoods Boogie, my upcoming third book on the Redneck P.I. Series. A couple of people are still reading it, and here are the ones that have been posted on Goodreads only because it won't be available on Amazon until November 14th.


Here is the pre-order link for Amazon:
Backwoods Boogie


Twila Taunton, redneck detective, reluctantly joins forces with her ex-fiancée to solve the mysterious murder of British resident, Janice Woodward.

Sensing an innocent woman was setup for the crime, Twila assembles a small group of trusted friends and specialists to dig deep and unearth the truth, and needs all her sass and guile to overcome the many challenges they hit along the way.

Backwoods Boogie, the third in the Redneck Series, is a fast-paced journey that spans America’s Deep South to the rainy reaches of Northern Europe, and keeps you reading on and guessing throughout. The characters are wonderfully vivid and you’re transported directly into their gritty setting, observing them first-hand as they slowly piece together the puzzle – but can they do it in time?

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys well-written detective stories and wily whodunits.


Lee Bullen, Author, UK

****

If you are looking for a delightful story packed full of an eclectic group of witty characters, Backwoods Boogie is the book for you.

Twila Taunton, self proclaimed detective of the Redneck P.I. Agency, is hired to help her friend Pam Taylor. Pam has been imprisoned for a murder Twila is sure she didn't commit. To make matters worse Pam's attorney is Jimmie-Ray, the man that left Twila standing at the alter.

Murder, Motorcycles, Aunts Gone Goth and Baby Scares, Oh My!

Flat out Fun! Trish Jackson once agains provides a captivating cast that will having you laughing out loud. A perfect balance of mystery, sexual spice and action makesBackwoods Boogie a wonderfully engaging read. 

Beth at Tome Tender Blog

****

I was pleasantly surprised by Backwoods Boogie. To be honest, I'm not usually a fan of real hard-core country books but for the most part I didn't mind it in this one. At times, Twila's rather butch demeanour did get on my nerves but the story was fast-paced enough that I quickly got over it. This book reminded me a little of Charlene Harris and her writing style so if you're a fan of hers you should enjoy this one.

I did quite like how the last page of every chapter contained a perspective from another character, it did fill in a lot of the plot and provide insight and depth into the characters. The supporting cast was fun.

I don't quite see why Twila had to travel to London, I think that was perhaps my least favourite part of the book but it was brief. The plot was captivating and action-packed for the rest of the book I thought.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It was fun and wild and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery with a hint of romance and a lot of crazy

Jules dePlume, Author

Thanks to those three wonderful people, and I'll be adding more when they come. Currently there are two others reading a pre-release version.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Review- Iam Ella. Buy me. by Joan Ellis

Ella David is a lost soul. She is not really sure who she is or what she wants from life. She is in a relationship with the handsome up-coming rock star, Tom, but is it really love that she feels for him? And is he committed enough to their liaison to be faithful to her?

The only two truly meaningful people in her life are Wally, the elderly caretaker at work, and Adam Hart, a friend who shares her passion for chocolate and other treats that appeal to the sweet tooth.

This story is set in the time before the terms 'politically correct' or 'sexual harassment at the workplace' had been dreamed up. Ella is in a dead-end job as an advertising copywriter, with a horny boss, Peter Richards, who makes shameless sexual advances on the women he works with, and proudly boasts of his sexual prowess. Ella has thus far managed to stay out of his bed, but when she is in danger of losing her job, he tries to blackmail her into a 'little arrangement" on the side.

Peter's antics and the other eccentric characters Ella has to deal with put her in some hilarious situations. The book is well-written and fun to read.

Four stars.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review -- The Killing of Mummy's Boy by Joan Ellis

When Sandra's only son witnessed a murder, and testified about it in court, he had to go into the witness protection programme. Also fearing retribution, single mum Sandra has moved to a remote village on the Isle of White.She has not seen her son for more than three years.

A stranger strikes up a conversation with her on the train. He tells her his name is Ben, and that he once killed a man.  Despite her immediate fear of him, when he reaches up to stow her luggage, she is attracted to him. "Her eyes tracked the thin line of black hair that ran from his navel and disappeared under the waistband of his jeans."

While on the train, Sandra discovers she has lost her Oyster Card (travel card), and makes a phone call to order a replacement.

When she finally arrives home, she finds a new card has been slipped under her doorway. She realizes she gave out her address over the phone, and Ben—who admitted he is a murderer—must have made a note of it. The thought is both scary and exciting.

Her son calls and tells her he has given up the witness protection and is back in London, and someone breaks into Sandra's house, and starts stalking her…

I couldn't put this book down. It was impossible to guess the identity of the stalker, and the author did a wonderful job of projecting Sandra's terror, her protectiveness toward her son, and the emotional turmoil she experienced when she realized she was attracted to Ben.

I received a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

***** Five stars -- I loved it!!

Buy it on Amazon -- Click Here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review - Killer by Jonathan Kellerman

This one of Kellerman's series featuring psychoanalyst Alex Delaware. I've read a few of the others and I like the character.

Alex is asked to provide an expert opinion about a young woman named Cherie, whose sister, Connie, is suing for custody of Cherie's child and accusing Cherie of being an incompetent mother.  Alex visits Cherie's home and finds nothing to indicate that she is a bad mother. The child appears to be happy and healthy.

When Connie loses the case because of Alex's testimony, she vows to keep fighting, and says she will never give up until she has the child.

Then someone murders her.

And Cherie checks out of her apartment without giving notice.

Concerned that his professional opinion about Cherie may have been totally wrong, Alex works with his friend, Detective Milo Sturgis, to hunt her down and uncover the truth.

If you like suspense thrillers, you will enjoy this one, but I think the reason it has a fairly low rating (for a best selling author) is that I was able to guess who the real killer was before he revealed it.