Thursday, March 26, 2015

Books I have read

Digging Too Deep
Jill Amadio
Death is discovered on an idyllic southern California island when feisty British gossip columnist Tosca Trevant is banished to the U.S. at the request of Buckingham Palace. Idly snooping out of sheer boredom, she stumbles across what she believes to be human remains in a recently widowed music professor's rock garden. Tosca asks a retired U.S. Secret Service agent for help, and by solving the riddle of a coded music score, the two sleuths bring a serial killer to an unexpected end.

Jill Amadio is a crime writer, ghostwriter, and biographer. Her latest book is a traditional mystery, DIGGING TOO DEEP: A TOSCA TREVANT MYSTERY whose amateur sleuth is a grumpy Cornishwoman exiled to California. Jill worked for a London newspaper and was a reporter in Spain, Thailand, Colombia and the United States. She has ghostwritten a true crime and a thriller, and co-authored several memoirs. Her biography of a World War II fighter ace remains a best-selling eBook.   She writes a monthly column for the UK-based MysteryPeople ezine, and freelances for My Cornwall magazine and other publications. She is a member of Crime Writers Association (UK), Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Biographers International, and the Authors Guild. Originally from Cornwall, Jill lives in Dana Point, California.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday's Featured Author

Chances, Choices, Changes, Death
Connie Knight

Myra Cade is a single mother, living with her father, Doug, and raising her son, Scott. She mostly keeps to herself and really has no time for anyone else. But shortly after serving paternity papers to Danny, the suspected father of Scott, she’s found dead at the side of the road in the country. Caroline and her cousin Janet, who are taking Western riding lessons at the nearby Robinson Ranch, find themselves drawn into the murder investigation and looking for the missing boy and the murderer.
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          Connie Knight grew up in San Antonio, Texas with many childhood visits to her family in the DeWitt County area nearby. Her debut mystery novel, Cemetery Whites, is based on memories and stories shared, but all characters in the book are fictional and so are the events.
          Knight began writing in junior high. College includes a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University followed by a year in the master’s program, then a year of journalism classes in San Antonio. Writing history includes work as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday's Featured Author

“Three May Keep a Secret … if Two of Them Are Dead.”
Susan Van Kirk

Grace Kimball is a survivor. She lived through a horrendous fire that killed both of her college roommates. After college she married, and her young husband died of a heart attack leaving her to raise three children alone. These tragedies have marked her, but not defeated her.
 After her husband died, she began teaching at Endurance High School. Now she is retiring after twenty-five years on the job. It’s the summer of 2011, the town of Endurance is planning its 175th anniversary, and Grace and her friends are celebrating her retirement. She is drawn out of her celebratory mood when an old friend—now newspaper reporter—is killed in a suspicious fire. Grace is drawn into the investigation when she steps into the reporter’s job, researching the town’s past for the centennial. She and Jeff Maitlin, the recently hired newspaper editor, do not realize that the town has secrets to hide, and some of its inhabitants are willing to kill to keep those secrets hidden. The killer murders again, leaving no doubt that someone is trying to hide a terrible secret.
A nosy relative, a little romance, and quirky remembrances about Grace’s former students lighten this otherwise dark mystery. She’s also supported by a group of close friends, including TJ Sweeney, former student and now police detective. Humor notwithstanding, before the killer is caught, Grace’s life will be threatened with her worst nightmare.  So far she’s defied the odds. Can she do so again?
Three May Keep a Secret is the first book in a series called The Endurance Mysteries. Publisher’s Weekly called it “an appealing mystery debut,” adding that, “Cozy fans will find a lot to like.” Kirkus Reviews said, “Van Kirk’s debut novel, following a memoir of her own days as a teacher, offers a promising new heroine who’s clever, observant and smart enough to admit when she’s been fooled.”
The second Endurance Mystery, Marry in Haste, will be out in early 2016, from Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale/Cengage. You can visit her website for upcoming book news and blog posts at

Susan Van Kirk is the writer of a creative, non-fiction memoir, The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks.) Her first mystery, Three May Keep a Secret, was published December 2014 by Five Star Publishing (Cengage.) A high school and college teacher for forty-four years, she has always been interested in mysteries since she read the entire Sherlock Holmes series at a very early age. It was love at first murder, and yes, her parents were worried. These days she splits her time between her small town in west central Illinois and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area where her three children and nine grandchildren live. [And yes, they hated Midwest winters.] She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her website is at; she has a Twitter account, @susan_vankirk; she’s on Pinterest at The Endurance Mysteries; she’s a Goodreads Author; and she has a Facebook page at Susan Van Kirk Author.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday's Featured Author

Ragan’s Spong

L.A. Remenicky
Love Stories With A Twist 

It only took one look into his eyes for her to know she was in trouble.
Adam Bricklin has heard the melody in his head for years, the melody that told him if a decision was right or wrong. When he met Ragan Newlin the song told him she was the one. He was devastated when circumstances tore them apart. It has taken three years for Adam to finally move past the heartbreak he suffered when Ragan left town in the middle of the night. No note, no email, no text. She was just gone. Now he has a new girlfriend, a new album in the works, and his daughter is doing well in school. Until the day Ragan returned to Fairfield Corners.
Ragan came home to celebrate her parent’s anniversary hoping they would forgive her for not telling them about her marriage or her son. When she discovered that Adam was still living in Fairfield Corners she hoped her secrets were safe; secrets that drove her away three years ago, secrets that could change their lives forever.

Last week, from the comfort of her London flat, going home to Indiana sounded like a good idea. Today the snowstorm seemed to be mocking her and all her secrets.
Ragan’s gaze darted to the rearview mirror, checking on Skylar in his car seat in the back. The snowstorm didn’t seem to bother him a bit. She wished she could have said the same; visibility had deteriorated rapidly due to the wind whipping the snow around. The swish of the wipers was hypnotic as they tried to clear the snow from the windshield. It was the beginning of March and had been a sunny spring day when they left Indianapolis almost three hours ago, but the weather steadily worsened as they drove north. The snowstorm blew up out of nowhere, making roads slick and hazardous.
I should have stopped when the snow started, but I didn’t think it would get this bad so soon. Her hands cramped from holding the steering wheel tightly so she uncurled her fingers and turned up the radio. Singing along to “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” she tried to convince herself that they would make it to Fairfield Corners any minute. Between the darkness and the snow, she couldn’t tell how far it was to town. Ragan wasn’t even sure she was still driving in the right direction.
Faint tire tracks were the only sign that she remained on the road and even those were rapidly fading under the snow falling in clumps from the sky. Focusing on what she assumed to be the edge of the road, she didn’t see the deer standing in the middle of the road until the car was almost on top of it. She panicked and stomped on the brakes and wrenched the steering wheel, swerving towards the side of the road. The rear tire clipped the guardrail, spinning the car as it careened down the hill, flipping over and over.
Blinding pain caused her head to throb as it hit the window. Then only darkness. Memories, visions, and dreams started to play on the screen of her mind.
A white dress.
Kisses in the kitchen.
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Furkid mom and payroll professional L.A. Remenicky has been an avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. 

Paranormal romance, romantic suspense, no romance genre is out of bounds!

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