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Death by Diploma book tour #review & interview

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Welcome to my stop on the Death by Diploma book tour. It’s my first cozy and I’ll be sharing an interview with the author and a review. Many thanks to Kelley for allowing me to take part.

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Death by Diploma

By Kelley Kaye

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.  There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

Review

This was my first cozy so I didn’t know what to expect from this genre. I got a good little story about a new teacher, her new fast friend and fellow teacher who decide to solve a murder they’ve practically stumbled upon. I enjoyed the read and would recommend this book to those who like cozy mysteries.

Interview –

Please tell me about yourself

My real name is Kelley Gusich, but I write cozy murder mysteries under the name Kelley Kaye (which is my middle name, but without the ‘e’.) I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, went to school in California to become a teacher. I started my career in Lake Tahoe, but then a 1994 diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis brought me back to Colorado and the comfort of family, where I taught at my old high school for 16 years. Issues with my health brought me back to California, to the more temperate climate of San Diego.I’ve been in SD since 2011, writing whenever possible, and now that my two little boys are in school full tIme, I get to write full time! My debut novel, cozy mystery Death by Diploma, was released in February! ;

Can you tell me something about you that no one knows?

I practice what I’m going to say in my head before I say it. All the time. I think that’s one of the reasons I love writing so much, because it’s the BEST way to practice (and practice, rewrite, ponder, reflect, redirect and obsess) what you’re going to say before you say it.

What are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading a book called Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell—it’s been a while since I read her, but Kay Scarpetta is a great character. I’m working on reading my next Book Club book, which is nonfiction titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Have you ever heard of Hela cells? Well I hadn’t either, but it is fascinating! Also I’m working on two of the newest books by other RAP authors: Stephen Kozeniewski and John DeBoer.

Some favourite books and authors?

I think, until I die, I will read anything and everything written by Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. My favorite favorite titles by those three are, respectively, Innocence, Life Expectancy, and 11-22-63. Now that I say that, of course, forty other titles by those writers come to me and I want to change my answer—so many choices! I love Lee Child. I reread the Wrinkle in Time trilogy about every three years, also To Kill a Mockingbird and/or Of Mice and Men and I still cry every time.

What is your work space and routine like?

This is the corner of my bedroom, AKA my office (picture at bottom).

There’s a sign taped next to the chair, on the dresser. It lays out my schedule for each day, which starts with my magazine writing job—I write for a set of 11 community magazines in North County San Diego called Zcode Magazines. So I do that first, then the rest of the day is divided between writing (I have four fiction and one nonfiction project in progress right now), social media, sending queries and other marketing.

Did any of your own personal teaching experience end up in the book? 

I think some of Emma’s interactions with students might be true to the way I would talk to students, but as far as specific experiences in the book—they’re all made up!

What do you have planned for the Chalkboard Outlines series?

All your cozy fun—more quirky characters, fun relationships, and of course more Shakespeare! Each of the books will have an alliterative title and be about teaching and murder!

What can readers look forward to next?

I’ve started writing book #2 in the Chalkboard Outlines series, so, more fun with Emma, Leslie and Shakespeare! I’ve just finished the first draft of a humorous self-help memoir (not a genre. Yet.) for which I’m seeking representation, and if I EVER get any more time it’ll be to work on more Cozy Mysteries, more Narrative Nonfiction, and more Young Adult Paranormal. Count on seeing me!

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Author Bio

Kelley KayeKelley Kaye taught High School English and Drama for twenty years, but her love for
storytelling dates back to creating captions for her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created around her Barbie and Ken — whatever the case, the love’s been around for a long time.

Kelley is married to this amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and
wonderful sons. She lives in Southern California.

http://www.kelleykaybowles.com/

On Twitter: @kelkay1202

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Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis book tour #review

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Welcome to my stop on the Who’s Afraid book tour. I’m so happy to take part. I’ll be sharing a sneak peak excerpt from this book by Maria Lewis and as I was so lucky to receive a copy, I’ll be posting my review as well. I totally recommend it!

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Incredibly exciting new voice in paranormal fiction.

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world’s most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi’s journey as she’s thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies – this is the start of a series – and a world – you will fall in love with.

Excerpt –

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Review

I wasn’t sure I’d finish this book in time but I blazed through it so fast. A super fast read as I was sucked into this story. Great world building where a secret society lives to protect us all and keep secrets like werewolves. Tommi our protagonist is off to New Zealand to find her father after her mothers untimely death, here she learns two things. One her father is dead, two she is a werewolf same as her father was. After being attacked by another werewolf Tommi flees New Zealand only to find she now has new allies and enemies.

Tommi is a great character unlike many other protagonists, she is strong and capable. I found a couple of her actions to be odd but then not everyone acts in the same way I guess. I loved her relationships with her friends and Lo. This warmth built between characters really brought them alive and made their story even more enjoyable. The action was intense and well written, all in all a very entertaining story that could easily be a great series.I’d certainly like to read more about Tommi and her adventures as a new werewolf.

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AuthorMaria Lewis is a journalist and author based in Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police and crime reporter at a local newspaper, Maria soon transitioned into writing about film and entertainment for publications such as The Daily Mail, New York Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Empire magazine, Penthouse, Junkee, WHO Weekly, Huffington Post and many more. A journalist for over a decade, she also regularly appears as a pop culture commentator on television and radio. She’s the co-host and producer of the Eff Yeah Film & Feminism podcast. Her debut novel – urban fantasy series Who’s Afraid? – is set for release in January, 2016 in Australia through Hachette and worldwide on July 14, 2016 through Little Brown Books and Piatkus Fiction. She can be found tweeting too much at @MovieMazz, on Facebook at Maria Lewis Writer, Instagram, Tumblr and online at marialewis.com.au

 

 

Uncommon Bodies release day blitz #giveaway

NEW RELEASE: UnCommon Bodies is a collection of stories curated by

Pavarti K. Tyler that span across genres to explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the

impossible

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— We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won’t be disappointed, but you may not get out alive.

UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and

the mundane. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or

repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul.

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INCLUDES STORIES BY: Philip Harris, Sessha Batto, Robb Grindstaff, Brent Meske, Sally

Basmajian, Robert Pope, Keira Michelle Telford, Jordanne FullerMichael Harris Cohen, Deanne Charlton,

P.K. Tyler ,Bey Deckard , Vasil Tuchkov, Laxmi Hariharan, Samantha Warren, Rebecca Poole, Daniel

Arthur Smith, S.M. Johnson, Kim Wells, Christopher Godsoe, and Bob Williams

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Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne book tour #giveaway

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EVERYTHING SHE FORGOT
by Lisa Ballantyne

 

Lisa Ballantyne, international bestselling author of The Guilty One, delivers a compelling domestic thriller with impeccably observed characters and masterful edge-of-your-seat storytelling in a novel that leaps between past and present with page-turning finesse.

 

They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind elsewhere—on a troubled student, her daughter’s acting class, the next day’s meeting—when she’s rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car just seconds before it’s engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears.

Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something’s wrong. She’s having trouble concentrating. Her emotions are running wild. More than that, flashbacks to the crash are also dredging up lost associations from her childhood, fragments of events that were wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn’t merely forget—she chose to forget. And somehow, Margaret knows deep down that it’s got something to do with the man who saved her life.

As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity, Everything She Forgot winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth—from yourself…?

 

 

CHAPTER 1

Margaret Holloway

Thursday, December 5, 2013

 

Margaret Holloway wrapped her scarf around her face before she walked out into the school parking lot. It was not long after four o’clock, but a winter pall had shifted over London. It was dusk already, wary streetlamps casting premature light onto the icy pavements. Snowflakes had begun to swirl and Margaret blinked as one landed on her eyelashes. The first snow of the year always brought a silence, dampening down all sound. She felt gratefully alone, walking out into the new darkness, hers the only footprints on the path. She had been too hot inside and the cold air was welcome.

Her car was on the far side of the parking lot and she wasn’t wearing proper shoes for the weather, although she had on her long brown eiderdown coat. She had heard on the radio that it

was to be the worst winter in the past fifty years.

It was only a few weeks until her thirty-sixth birthday, which always fell during the school holidays, but she had so much to do before the end of term. She was carrying a large handbag, heavy with documents to read for a meeting tomorrow. She was one of two deputy head teachers at Byron Academy, and the only woman on the senior management team, although one of the four assistant heads below Margaret was female. The day had left her tense and electrified. Her mind was fresh popcorn in hot oil, noisy with all the things she still had to do.

She walked faster than she might have done in such wintry conditions, because she was angry.

 

“Don’t do this,” she had just pleaded with the head teacher, Malcolm Harris.

“It’s a serious breach,” Malcolm had said, leaning right back in his chair and putting two hands beside his head, as if surrendering, and showing a clear circle of sweat at each armpit. “I know how you feel about him. I know he’s one of your ‘projects’ but—”

“It’s not that . . . it’s just that permanent exclusion could ruin him. Stephen’s come so far.”

“I think you’ll find he’s known as Trap.”

“And I don’t think of him as a project,” Margaret had continued, ignoring Malcolm’s remark. She was well aware of Stephen Hardy’s gang affiliations—knew him better than most of the teachers. She had joined the school fresh out of college, as an English teacher, but had soon moved into the Learning

Support Unit. The unit often worked with children with behavioral problems who had to be removed from mainstream classes, and she had been shocked by the number of children who couldn’t even read or write. She had taught Stephen since his first year, when she discovered that, at the age of thirteen,

he still couldn’t write his own address. She had tutored him for two years until he was back in normal classes and had been so proud of him when he got his GCSEs.

“He was carrying a knife in school. It’s a simple case as far as I can see. He’s nearly seventeen years old and—” “It feels like you’re condemning him. This is coming at the worst time—he’s started his A Levels and he’s making such good progress. This’ll shatter his confidence.”

“We can’t have knives in school.”

“He wasn’t brandishing the knife. It was discovered by accident at the gym. You know he carries it for protection, nothing more.”

 

Reprinted courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.


 

Lisa Ballantyne ap1 (1)Lisa Ballantyne is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated The Guilty One. She spent most of her twenties working and living in China, before returning to the UK in 2002. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

 

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Rebecca Chastain spotlight & #giveaway

A Fistful of Fire
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Madison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, including the dark secret haunting his past.

But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region.

As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames.

Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A Fistful of Fire is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action.

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A Fistful of Evil

A Fistful of Evil: 

Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

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Rebecca ChastainAuthor Bio:

Rebecca Chastain is the International Amazon Fantasy Bestselling author of A FISTFULOF EVIL and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

 

Visit Rebecca at www.rebeccachastain.com or

Twitter: @Author_Rebecca (https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca)

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