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Cozy Prizes Friday: The Novel Art of Murder


Don’t you love strolling through a bookstore? The smell of the books, the invitation to new worlds and excitement on every shelf? Let’s take a run over to Samantha Washington’s bookstore in North Harbor, Michigan where the senior crowd from Shady Acres has their heads together to solve another mystery.  Read my review below the description and don’t forget to put your name in for the giveaway!

About the Book


The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she’s descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she’s a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies—a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production—Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother’s posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow

Purchase Links – AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound: – Books-A-MillionHudson Booksellers

My Review

5 Stars

I liked The Novel Art of Murder. V.M. Burns has taken the traditional, contemporary cozy mystery and added a twist. There is a second, British historical cozy beautifully woven into the storytelling. I found this mystery full of funny characters and many plot twists and surprises. I loved Nana Jo and the ladies and gentlemen of Shady Acres. It had to be the funniest killer takedown I have seen! I highly recommend this one.

About the Author

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

Author Links:

Website: http://www.vmburns.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmburnsbooks/

Twitter: @vmburns

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Not a Creature Was Stirring

Okay, first you have a cozy mystery sleuth named Merry Winters and a dog named Ebenezer. Hmmm, sensing a trend here. I’ll make a true confession–I love reading Christmas mysteries when it isn’t Christmas.  I think I actually like them more probably because I have time to enjoy them!  Check out Christina Freeburn’s new Merry and Bright Handcrafted series with her first entry, Not a Creature was Stirring.   Don’t forget to enter her giveaway and there is a second chance to enter below the Rafflecopter box. 

About the Book

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Henery Press (January 22, 2019)

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.

But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.

With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKobo

About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

Author Links

Webpage: www.christinafreeburn.com

Blog: www.theselfrescueprincess.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaFreeburnCraftyandCrimeAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaFreeb1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ChristinaFreeburn

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Book Blast Tuesday: Academic Curveball

Welcome to our first book spotlight in 2019! Here it is January and time to slog back to school, but wait there is something strange afoot on campus. Academic Curveball is the first book in this cozy mystery series and is full of grade tampering and mysterious death. So grab your backpack and your overpriced coffee and let’s go to school! 

Don’t forget to enter for your chance at a print copy of the book 🙂 

About the Book


Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.

With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)

Flower Power Trip – #3 (Early 2019)

Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Social Media Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4

Purchase Links

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Pineapple Upside Down Murder

Jodi Rath introduces a new cozy mystery series with Pineapple Upside Down Murder. Yes, it’s the holiday season and even the book titles are fattening! Be sure to enter Jodi’s giveaway for a chance at a free digital copy of this book. There will be a winner chosen from this blog!

 

About the Book

Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series

Introducing Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, who, at her best friend Ava’s request, steps out of her comfort zone which leads her into the shade of a killer in the small, cozy village of Leavensport, Ohio. The victim is the villages beloved Ellie Siler who runs the village sweet spot, Chocolate Capers. Jolie finds her grandma Opal is a prime suspect and goes on a search for answers only to find out that her families secret recipes may not belong to the Tucker family at all. Jolie’s job, family, and livelihood are all on the line. The answers are assuredly lethal.

About the Author

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.

Author Links: Webpage: https://www.jodirath.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/jodirath FB Author Page: Author Jodi Rath Twitter @jodirath

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jodi-rath

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jodirath/

Purchase Links: Amazon: http://authl.it/B07GXDPPSP All other e-platforms: https://www.books2read.com/u/md0XMl

 

Pineapple Upside Down Murder Giveaway

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Last Day Oh Holy Fright is Free on Kindle

At midnight this free book goes to $3.99 so if you haven’t downloaded it yet–now’s the time!

Wow! I’ve had some wonderful tour stops this time thanks to Lori Caswell and her tour company Great Escapes Tours.  I’ve met several readers and future readers through the comment sections who made me feel as warm and welcome as a cup of hot cocoa. <3

BUT WAIT…IT ISN’T OVER YET! I STILL HAVE FIVE MORE BLOG STOPS, AND THE BOOK IS STILL FREE!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF OH HOLY FRIGHT

 

There are some wonderful people on this list so be sure to stop by!

November 27 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

November 27 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

Oh Holy Fright Free Download and Book Tour Giveaway

Happy Monday! Only two days left for a chance at the giveaway and to pick up my Christmas mystery for free! I am amazed and thankful for all of the readers who have already downloaded the book!

 

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Oh Holy Fright- Here is the link!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF OH HOLY FRIGHT

Here are the tour stops today. Make sure you enter my giveaway for a chance at an Amazon gift card!

November 26 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

November 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

November 26 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Oh Holy Fright- Free on Kindle with a Book Tour Giveaway

The blog tour continues and because it is Sunday, did you know that if it hadn’t been for church choir I would have never met my husband? I sang next to a girl who just happened to my neighbor and who worked for my husband. She introduced us and by the way–it was at Christmas. Now, who says sopranos are divas? Not me.

It is day three of the blog tour and I want to say thank you to all the readers who have downloaded Oh Holy Fright while it’s free. The book is in the top 15 free cozies and the top 10 women sleuth’s mysteries!

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, follow the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF OH HOLY FRIGHT

 

We’ve got some good stuff today! Aunt Maggie finally gets to talk without Betsy standing in the room! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an Amazon gift card 🙂

November 25 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – A VISIT WITH AUNT MAGGIE

November 25 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

Wonderful Book Tour Stops and Giveaway for Oh Holy Fright

The tour continues which means I have more book tour stops to give you a chance to enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card! If you haven’t downloaded my book yet is only free until Tuesday at midnight.

I hope you take the time to visit the little town of Pecan Bayou this Christmas–but bring some cotton for your ears when Enid starts singing her solo!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF OH HOLY FRIGHT

 

November 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 24 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 24 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

November 24 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT

 

 

Oh Holy Fright is FREE on Kindle! It’s a Black Friday Miracle :)

Well, maybe it’s not a miracle but it is free! Oh Holy Fright will be free from today until midnight on Tuesday, November 27.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OH HOLY FRIGHT

But wait…there’s more…

My virtual book tour starts today and I will be at these four sites where you can enter for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

November 23 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

November 23 – Varietats – SPOTLIGHT

November 23 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 23 – Carla Loves to Read – REVIEW

Cozy Prizes Friday: Reason to Doubt

Just imagine if your daughter brought her new boyfriend to dinner and you realize he has a striking resemblance to a killer? This would go at the tippity top of my awkward moments list. Nancy Cole Silverman’s latest Carol Child’s mystery looks like it’s full of suspense and some interesting characters!  Be sure to enter the giveaway below 🙂

About the Book


Reason To Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Henery Press (November 6, 2018)

Carol Childs is in the middle of one of the biggest stories of her life. Her daughter Cate has returned from college with a boyfriend in tow. A photographer who police suspect to be The Model Slayer, responsible for the murder of three young women.

Not since the Hillside Strangler has Los Angeles been so on edge.

And when the police arrest Cate’s boyfriend, Carol’s personal life and professional worlds collide. A tattooed cocktail waitress calls the radio station and asks to speak with Carol off the record. She knows the true identity of the real Model Slayer because she says she killed him.

Tensions mount as the clock ticks. The police are convinced they have the right man. Mother and daughter aren’t talking. Carol can’t reveal to investigators all she knows, and unless Carol can find the real killer before the trial begins, an innocent man may spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

You can find Reason to Doubt at these online retailers

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About the Author

Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, was July 2015. The third, Without A Doubt, was released May 24, 2016. Room for Doubt was released on July 18, 2017, Reason to Doubt hits stores November 6. For more information visit www.nancycolesilverman.com

 

Author Links
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