Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chase Me by Sharon Kleve @SharonKleve #CozyMystery #RomanticSuspense #Friendship



The Plot:

Sage McGuire had a great job she loved. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her long-time boss, Mr. Smithfield, had an accident involving an over-sized rubber band. When Mr. Smithfield’s semi-worthless son, Daniel, takes over Smithfield Laboratories Sage figures it’s time to turn her childhood dream of being a PI into reality.

After a night of unadulterated, mind-blowing sex Sage mistakes Sergeant Carter Morgan of the Portland Police Department for a serial killer and runs for the hills, but his sexy pinecone scent and black leather pants have her coming back for more.

Sage’s wild spirit, crazy red hair, and quirky sense of humor take Carter for the ride of his life and he’s more than willing to stick around and see what kind of trouble Sage can get herself into next.

About the Author:

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other’s arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is pick up a new book and sink into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Review:

Sage McGuire is good at her job. As the administrative assistant to Mr. Smithfield of Smithfield Laboratories, she pretty much runs the place. (Show me a boss who can cope without his admin, and I’ll try to wrest my first-born from her husband and give her to you.) It’s a good thing Sage is competent, because Daniel Smithfield, the boss’ son, clearly isn’t. Actually, I found some of his naiveté to be a bit of a stretch. While the scene in which Daniel goes dumpster-diving in search of his e-mail was funny, it was hard to believe anyone could grow up in the late twentieth/early twenty-first century and not know what e-mail is, or how to work a smart phone—no matter how short his dad kept the leash. I can certainly understand Sage wanting to work for herself instead of spoon-feeding an overgrown baby.

About Sage becoming a private investigator. It kind of doesn’t help that Sage is somewhat of a klutz. At least it doesn’t help her career. It makes the book hilarious, as she blunders her way into the life of a narcotics detective, and “helps” him solve a big case. Well, okay, she does play a fairly large role in solving the case, but she didn’t exactly plan to. If I say much more, I might spoil it for you. Just go get Chase Me. Take Daniel Smithfield’s helplessness with a grain of salt. (How does one get an MBA without understanding what e-mail is?) And just enjoy the exploits of Sage and her friends Bridget and Ophelia, not to mention the heat between Sage and Carter.

Warnings:
Length: 168 Pages
Prices:
Print: $7.50
Digital: $1.99

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Penhallow Train Incident by M S Spencer @msspencerauthor #Archaeology #CozyMystery #RomanticSuspense




The Plot:

In the sleepy coastal Maine town of Penhallow, a stranger dies on a train drawing Historical Society Director, Rachel Tinker, and curmudgeonly retired professor, Griffin Tate, into a spider’s web of archaeological obsession and greed. With the help of the victim’s rival, they set out to locate the Queen of Sheba’s tomb. Their plans are stymied when a tug of war erupts between the sheriff and a state police detective who want to arrest the same man for different crimes. It’s up to Rachel to solve a mystery that includes two more murders, if she wants to unlock the soft heart that beats under Griffin’s hard crust.

About the Author:

Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled on five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director, and “domestic engineer”—aka parent. After many years in academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in several library systems—both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She holds a BA from Vassar College, a Diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago. She divides her time between Maine and Florida. All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.

Writing as M. S. Spencer, she has published eleven best-selling contemporary romantic suspense novels.

Review:

I love well-written murder mysteries, and I confess I’ve been a fan of Ms. Spencer for several years. Alex Trebeck has said many of the best Jeopardy contestants come from the D. C. area, and reading Ms. Spencer’s bio, I suspect she’d really kick… um…

About The Penhallow Train Incident. It’s a wonderful romp through Maine, Egypt, and the Sudan while Rachel and Griffin try to solve a murder, track a suspect, and even search for the tomb of the Queen of Sheba. There’s a wonderful cast of supporting characters including both natives of Maine and “outsiders”—people who can’t trace their ancestry back to the fur traders who settled Maine before the American Revolution. (Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit, but apparently they’re pretty insular up there.) Throw in a whopper of a surprise ending, and The Penhallow Train Incident is a perfect beach read. (I don’t know why they call them summer reads. Unless you’re reading War and Peace, a book isn’t likely to take the whole summer these days.) The Penhallow Train Incident is almost three-hundred pages, but it’s not a long read because once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. So, I suggest carving out some time before you start reading. Stockpile food, tell the family they’re on their own, and lock the door.

Warnings:
Length:  266 Pages
Prices:
Print:  $16.99
Digital:  $4.99

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Flipside A Doppleganger Sequel by @JennyTwist1 #Coma, #Dreams, #Paranormal



The Plot:

When Richard sleeps he dreams he is living a different life. One in which he is married to a woman with dark blonde hair. Only it doesn’t feel like a dream. It is beginning to feel more real than his waking life.

Meanwhile, in a hospital on the other side of town, a young woman with dark blonde hair is lying in a coma and the doctors are considering switching off her life support.

About the Author:

Jenny Twist left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant (she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.

In 2001 she retired and moved to Spain where she lives with her husband, Vic, and their rather eccentric dog and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, and attempting to do fiendishly difficult logic puzzles.

Review:



I’m so happy my final review is of a book that has it all—good grammar, likeable protagonists, and a plot that includes good character development, unusual elements, and a truly unique paranormal twist with no vamps or shifters. Finally, it’s all sewn up in a nice, neat, fifty-eight page package that I couldn’t put down, despite having to be somewhere the next day. Thank goodness my granddaughter was visiting and was able to do the driving.

Flipside is an absolute must read!

Warnings:
Length:  58 Pages
Prices:
Print:  $5.00
Digital:  $0.99

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