Blogroll: The Phantom Paragrapher

Are you fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series?  Looking for something similar?  Look no further with Gretchen Archer’s new series “Davis Way”.


Review: Double Whammy – Book #1 Davis Way Series – May 2013

Davis Way from Pine Apple , yes it’s true has had a knack for getting herself into trouble from evil ex-boyfriends though technically its just the one as she’s married him twice and then she hasn’t had much luck in the job department until now. Davis has landed herself a job working undercover security in a Casino. The job starts off easy until she is told to investigate the Double Whammy machine and find out how a significant somebody is constantly winning the big ones. That somebody turns out though to be none other than her ex-husband Eddie and something very strange is going on as his partner looks alot like Davis in every bit way ? Does Davis have a twin she doesn’t know about ? What will happen though when Davis is framed for murder and the only person who can help her solve it is her landlord Bradley Cole ? A fun-paced story that will have you feeling in parts quite sorry for Davis especially the second half of the book. Double Whammy is a story that all fans of the Stephanie Plum series , Lisa Lutz Spellman Files and Marianne Derecourt’s Tara Sharp series will love.


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A Day in the Life of Elliott Lisbon by Kendel Lynn

BOARD STIFFThe patio of the Ballantyne Foundation manse overlooks seventy-five acres of lush Sea Pine Island landscape. Majestic oaks draped in Spanish moss mingled with sweet blooming magnolias, winding amongst tennis courts, croquet lawns, formal gardens, and a sparkling pool not ten feet from my chair.

I took a slow drink of lemonade, trying to make my five minute break feel like ten. It had already been a hectic day, though as director of the Ballantyne Foundation, I’d yet to encounter a day that wasn’t.

“Oh, Elli, what am I to do?” Zibby Archibald, the Ballantyne Foundation’s oldest board member, and truly the most interesting, teetered across the patio and plopped into the chair across from me. “Someone stole my piñata. Right from my house!”

I tried to hide my dismay, lest I start a piñata panic. A missing paper party accessory isn’t usually cause for panic, but our Cinco de Mayo celebration was in five hours, and Zibby’s piñata was the showpiece.

“Start at the beginning,” I said as I passed her an icy glass of fresh lemonade.

“I went inside to get my good tweezers. There was a sticky sliver of wood on my sledgehammer and it kept poking my palm. Thought I better pluck it out before I finished beating the hook for the pig’s hat.” [Read more...]


Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker originally Posted on by kickbookchick


My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Book Description:

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

Page Count: 292 Pages

My Thoughts: This book was provided by NetGalley and Henery Press for an honest review.

Nichelle Clark is a crime reporter for the Richmond Telegraph. She is sassy, smart, and ambitious and hopes to one day land a spot in the Washington Post White House press corps. With her sights set high on the Post, Nichelle (Nicey to some) beats the pavement and glues her ears to her police scanner looking for a story that will give her her big break. In a stroke of serendipity, a major story finds her but in many, seemingly unrelated, pieces. As Nicey tries to make sense of the separate pieces she begins to see that there is an ominous connection between them and nothing is as it seems on the surface. The line between the good guys and bad guys blurs and Nicey is square in the middle.

Wow. This was an excellent story. Ms. Walker is a new to me author but I’m putting her on my ‘to buy’ author’s list. This story had it all: humor, adventure, intrigue, interesting characters, and an excellent story line. Walker did an excellent job providing the reader with clues but not prematurely giving away the story plot. If you’re looking for a story that will engage you from the first page to ‘the end’ then Front Page Fatality is the story for you. It was full of twists, turns, and the (pleasantly) unexpected. I absolutely enjoyed it and the “who done it” feel of the story. Very well done indeed, Ms. Walker.

Reading Time: 5 Hours


Blogroll: Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

Book Club Friday – Guest Author Larissa Reinhart by Anastasia Pollack

Our Book Club Friday guest today is award-winning author Larissa Reinhart. Larissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. When she’s not writing about southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat. Learn more about Larissa at her website.  Larissa is offering an advance reading copy of Portrait of a Dead Guy to one of our readers who posts a comment to the blog. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday to learn if you’re the winner. — AP

Do Good Girls Love Bad Boys? Uh, Yeah

The other night, while watching an episode of Girls, my husband turned to me with a look of such concern and disgust, I immediately clicked out of Pinterest and focused on my distraught betrothed.

“Why,” he sputtered, “do nice girls think they like bad guys?”

I refrained from delivering some smart-mouth remark, but instead of returning to pinning other people’s pictures, I gave his question a moment’s thought. The Good Girl-Bad Boy axiom is older than the reclaimed hills we live on. Drooling over bad boys isn’t just a rebellious need to overthrow our Electra complexes. It’s more to do with the Alpha male so inherent in bad boys. Which is why, as writers and readers, we love our fictional bad boys. They’re swimming with Alpha pheromones, and we can dip our toes in their testosterone without actually getting wet. Theoretically. [Read more...]

Book Release Day!


Happy Release Day to debut author Susan M. Boyer!!! Her 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award-Winning Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boil, is available TODAY! This traditional mystery mixes mayhem and manners, enveloping the reader in sea, sand, and suspense. The Hen House is just bursting with pride over Susan M. Boyer and her fantastic page-turning gem. And we’re not the only ones who adore this book:

“Plenty of secrets, long-simmering feuds, and greedy ventures make for a captivating read…Boyer’s chick lit PI debut charmingly showcases South Carolina island culture.” – Library Journal

“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” — Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

“I love this book. And you will too. Witty, droll, clever—and just a tad quirky! This light-hearted and authentically Southern mystery is full of heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature. Susan M. Boyer is a fresh new voice in crime fiction!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha & Macavity Winning Author of The Other Woman



Blogroll: Kaki’s Blog

Virgin No More: Susan M. Boyer! by Kaki Warner

And our next virgin is…(drumroll)…   SUSAN M. BOYER!  Susan has been making up stories her whole life. She tags along with her husband on business trips whenever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh coffee all day and cookies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occasionally visit. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, Relief Journal, The Petigru Review, and Catfish Stew. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® Finalist and a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist.

Susan is generously giving away one copy of her award-winning debut to one lucky commenter—in the format of the winner’s choice: Kindle, Nook, or Trade Paperback. So please come on by, read her wonderful post about her journey to publication, then go check out her mystery—Lowcountry Boil. It sounds like a wonderful read: here’s a taste… [Read more...]

Blogroll: Dru’s Cozy Report

September 2012 Reading List by The Cozy Chicks

Welcome to Dru’s Cozy Report. This month we have four new series for your reading pleasure.  Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer is the first book in the new “Liz Talbot” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, September 2012.

Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her. [Read more...]

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