My day at RWA NY2015

Well, I spent my day yesterday at the Marriot Marquis hotel in NYC. I had my day all planned out. Get there early, sneak into the ballroom and leave my calling card at the seat of each author I wanted to see, or knew. DIDN’T HAPPEN!

The geshtapo was out in force. There were guards at all entry points, special passes needed, or you had to be someone’s plus 1. They even had a “holding pen” on another floor where last time people were lined up down on street level and then shuttled up at opening time. RWA YOU ARE JUST TOO ORGANIZED FOR WORDS! LOL

I did have an interesting time though. While waiting around at the Crossroads Lounge on the 8th floor I met Megan Crane, Rebecca E. Neely, Lorelie Brown, and Kathryn Roberts. These lovely ladies were friendly and interesting to talk to. I fully intend to check out their books and add them to my list of authors to follow.

Hours later when I found out about that holding pen I mentioned the crowd was already up to section E when I got there (somehow Dru Ann got into an earlier letter group) so I had another wait to finally get into the ballroom where the even was being held. At one point I literally ran into one lady that you all know and love. I’d been talking to Linda O. Johnston (who had a corner spot) and found myself face to face with the amazing Sheila Connolly. The last time I did something like that was in the dark ages, running late for a class (night college) and knocked poor Soupie Sales right on his fundament! (yes I apologized and got his autograph)

I also got to see Gina Ardito, Jeanine Frost, Patience Griffen, and Maggie Sefton. Last but certainly by no means least I got to see Roxanne St. Claire (AKA Roxie). There were a few other incidents of mention. There was this one woman in her high powered chair who was doing the isles in the opposite direction I was taking and was there in front of me at every turn. I finally just had to say those magic words “we simply must stop meeting like this” and another great movie line “You AGAIN!” which managed to get a chuckle out of her each time we met.

Yes I finally ran into Dru Ann at one point, at Linda O’s signing point, only to lose her again for the rest of the evening to the noise and crowd of the event (which if it gets any bigger will need to be held in separate stadium sized venue).

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The Fixer is a Must Read Book

The FixerThe Fixer

Author: Joseph Finder

Copyright:  June 2015

Publisher: Dutton

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.

As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery — millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life — and everything he thought he knew about his father.  Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father — a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — will save Rick… if he can survive long enough to do it.

This is probably the most interesting and mind boggling book I’ve read in many years. I’d seen the blurb somewhere on line and immediately put it on hold at my local library. I’ve been reading it for almost a week and had trouble putting it down when there were other things I needed to be doing.

This is a story, a murder mystery, and an adventure. It all happens because a young man (Rick Hoffman) is “downsized” from his second career choice job (lots of glitz and money but no substance. He lost everything that he thought mattered to him and finds himself living in his old family home. The house is decrepit and in need of major repairs before he can sell it and have money to move on with.

His next door neighbor approaches him with an offer to do the repairs for a share of the sale. The next day he and this neighbor do some basic work tearing out a wall and Rick sees something hidden between the walls and at that moment his whole life is changed. Rick now  wants to find out the truth about his father who has been in a nursing home for eighteen years after supposedly having a stroke.  His research into his father’s life will lead him down a path full of danger and possible death.

If you read any book this year you need to make it this one.

FTC Full Disclosure:  I took this book out of the Brooklyn Public Library

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I’m Skipping July and Going Right to August’s New Titles

Since I was preoccupied most of July and actually forgot to post the releases, I’m going to go right to August and let you start pre-ordering now from your favorite book sellers.

August 2015:

Week of August 1st. -7th.

Robin Hood: Demon’s Bane – Mark of the Black Arrow #1 – James R. Tuck
Magic Shifts – Kate Daniels #8 – Ilona Andrews
Dragonbane – Were-Hunter #9 – Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Veil – A Devil’s Isle #1 – Chloe Neill
Fudging the Books – Cookbook Nook Mystery #6 – Daryl Wood Gerber
A Dish Best Served Cold – An Italian Kitchen Mystery – Rosie Genova
If Onions could Spring Leaks – Country Cooking School Mystery – Paige Shelton
Berried Secrets – A Cranberry Cove Mystery #1 – Peg Cochrane
Crushed Velvet – A Material Witness Mystery – Diane Vallere
Better Homes and Corpses – Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery – Kathleen Bridges
Revenge of the Chili Queens – A Chili Cook-off Mystery – Kylie Logan
Murder in the Paperback Parlor – A Book Retreat Mystery – Ellery Adams
Kitty Saves the World – Kitty Norville #14 – Carrie Vaughn
Smoke on the Water – Summer of Witches #3 – Lori Handeland
The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret – A Cats in Trouble Mystery – Leann Sweeney
Loom and Doom – A Weaving Mystery – Carol A. Martin
Grim Tidings – Hellhound Chronicles #2 – Caitlin Kittredge *
Public Enemies – Immortal Game #2 – Ann Aguirre *
Chase the Darkness – Alpha Pack #7 – J.D. Tyler *
Malice at the Palace – Royal Spyness #9 – Rhys Bowen
Deceptions – Cainsville #3 – Kelley Armstrong
Killer Wedding Cake – A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery – Gayle Trent *
Blood Call – Lilith Saintcrow *
The Joy of Witchcraft – A Jane Madison Novel – Mindy Klasky *
Code Grey – A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery – Clea Simon *
Give Em Pumpkin Pie to Talk About – Pumpkin Patch Mystery #1 – J & J Lavene *
Lord of the Wings – A Meg Langslow Mystery #19 – Donna Andrews *

Week of August 9th.

(Not all Princes are) Fearless – Pax Arcana #3 – Elliot James
Seaside Nights – Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers – Melissa Foster *

Week of August 16th.

Deceptions – Cainsville Vampires #3 – Kelley Armstrong
Killer Run – A Tourist Trap Mystery #5 – Lynn Cahoon

Week of August 23rd.

Gone but Knot Forgotten – Mary Marks *
Between a Vamp and a Hard Place – Midnight Liaisons #5 – Jessica Sims *
Threads of Evidence – A Mainely Needlepoint #2 – Lea Wait
Candy Corn Murder – A Lucy Stone Mystery – Leslie Meier
Nantucket – Contemporary Romance – Nan Rossiter
Thoreau in Phantom Bog – A Henry David Thoreau Mystery – B.B. Oak
Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets – A Happy Hoofers Mystery #3 – Mary McHugh
Mystic Park – A Finding Home Novel – Regina Hart
Shadow Strike – Immortal Guardians #6 – Dianne Duvall
On the Hunt – Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Hannah Jayne, Dianne Duvall
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall – Katie Alender
Wildest Dreams – A Thunder Point Novel – Robyn Carr
Breakout – The Dred Chronicles – Ann Aguirre
When a Scot Ties the Knot – Castles Ever After Novel – Tessa Dare *
“X” – A Kinsey Millhone Mystery – Sue Grafton *

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An Early Look at the New Books For June 2015

Here once again is my multi-genre list of New Book Releases

June 2015:
Week of June 1st.

A Fatal Chapter – Booktown Mystery #9 – Lorna Barrett
Sea Glass Surprise – The Brides of Blueberry Cove #1 – Donna Kaufman
Truffled to Death – A Chocolate Covered Mystery – Kathy Aarons
The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss – A Domestic Diva Mystery – Krista Davis
Bodice of Evidence – A Perfect Proposals Mystery – Nancy J. Parra
Bushel full of Murder – A Farmer’s Market Mystery – Paige Shelton
Death of a Chocolate Cheater – A Food Festival Mystery – Penny Pike
Fat Cat Spreads Out – A Fat Cat Mystery – Janet Cantrell
Privy to the Dead – A Museum Mystery #6 – Sheila Connolly
Ripped from the Pages – A Bibliophile Mystery – Kate Carlisle
Tying the Knot – A Southern Quilting Mystery – Elizabeth Craig
Collared for Murder – A Pet Boutique Mystery – Annie Knox
Perish in the Palm – A Fortune Teller Mystery #4 – Kari Lee Townsend
Dead Ice – Anita Blake #24 – Laurell K. Hamilton
Dream a Little Scream – Dream Club #2 – Mary Kennedy
Purl up and Die – Knitting Mystery #12 – Maggie Sefton
The Rhyme of a Magpie – A Birds of a Feather Mystery #1 – Mary Wingate
A Watery Death – A Missing Pieces Mystery #7 – Joyce and Jim Lavene
Week of June 7th.

The Clockwork Crown – Clockwork Dagger Duology #2 – Beth Cato *
Waking the Dragon – Vale of Stars #1 – Juliette Cross *
Amber Smoke – The Escaped #1 – Kristin Cast *
Superfluous Women – Daisy Dalryimple #22 – Carola Dunn
Dead Ice – Anita Blake Vampire Hunter – Laurell K. Hamilton *

Week of June 14th.

Pure Blooded – A Jessica McClain Novel – Amanda Carlson *

Week of June 21st.

Kiss Me – A Fool’s Gold Novel – Susan Mallery
Trailer Park Fae – Lilith Saintcrow
Wicked Charms – A Lizzy and Diesel Novel – Janet Evanovich *
Wicked Ride – Realm Enforcers #1 – Rebecca Zanetti *

Week of June 28th.

All Dressed up and No Place to Haunt – A Haunted Vintage Mystery #1 – Rose Pressey
The Longest Yard Sale – A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #2 – Sherry Harris
A Batter of Life and Death – A Bakeshop Mystery #2 – Ellie Alexander
Scam Chowder – A Five-Ingredient Mystery – Maya Corrigan
Death by Tiara – A Jane Austin Mystery – Laura Levine
Summer With my Sisters – Holly Chamberlain
Death at Tammany Hall – A Gilded Age Mystery – Charles O’Brien
Heat of the Moment – The Summer of Witches #2 – Lori Handeland
Above it All – Cindy Myers
Second Chance Summer – A Cedar Ridge Novel – Jill Shalvis

The list is current up to today’s date.

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Here’s my view of the April 2015 releases!

Week of April 1st.

Empire of Night – Age of Legends #2 – Kelley Armstrong

Week of April 5th.

A Fright to the Death – A Family Fortune Mystery #3 – Dawn Eastman
Dark Chocolate Demise – A Cupcake Bakery Mystery – Jenn McKinlay
Grave on Second Avenue – Officer Ellie Rush Mystery #2 – Naomi Hirahara
Lemon Pies and Little White Lies – A Charmed Pie Shop Mystery #4 – Ellery Adams
A Sticky Situation – A Sugar Grove Mystery #3 – Jessie Crocket
Manhattan in Miniature – Miniature Mystery #8 – Margaret Grace
Pride V Prejudice – A Claire Malloy Mystery #20 – Joan Hess
Buy a Whisker – A Second Chance Cat Mystery #2- Sofie Ryan
Dark Heir – Jane Yellowrock #9 – Faith Hunter
Demise in Denim – A Consignment Shop Mystery #5 – Duffy Brown
Five Alarm Fudge – A Fudge Shop Mystery – Christine DeSmet
The Readaholics and The Falcon Fiasco – A Book Club Mystery – Laura Disilverio
Shadow of a Spout – A Teapot Collector Mystery – Amanda Cooper
Wicked Stitch – An Embroidery Mystery – Amanda Lee
The Cozy Cookbook – 100 Best Selling Cozy and Mystery Authors
Jinn and Juice – The Jinni #1 – Nicole Peeler
The Other Side of Midnight – Simone St. James
Killer in the Kitchen – Murder She Wrote #43 – Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher
Bittersweet – A China Bayles Mystery #23 – Susan Wittig-Albert
Still the One – Jill Shalvis *
Wedding Duress – Southern Sewing Circle #10 – Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Root Awakening – Flower Shop #6 – Kate Collins

Week of April 12th.

Broken Illusions – Belinda Boring
Slated for Death – Penny Brannigan Mystery #6 – Elizabeth J. Duncan
Mate Bond – Shifters Unbound #7 – Jennifer Ashley
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King – An Aunt Dimity Novel – Nancy Atherton

Week of April 19th.

Ghost Image – Sophie Medina Mystery #2 – Ellen Crosby

Week of April 26th.

Cold Burn of Magic – Black Blade #1 – Jennifer Estep
Musseled Out – A Main Clambake Mystery #3 – Barbara Ross
Oh Say Can You Fudge – A Candy-Coated Mystery – Nancy Coco
A Catered Mother’s Day – A Mystery with Recipes – Isis Crawford
No One Like You – Kate Angell
Get a Clue – Jill Shalvis
The Arctic Code – Dark Gravity Sequence #1 (MG) – Matthew J. Kirby
The Bargain – Mary Jo Putney
Perfect Match – Fern Michaels
A Catered Mother’s Day – A Mystery with Recipes – Isis Crawford
Antiques Swap – A Trash ‘N’ Treasure Mystery – Barbara Allan
The Alchemist’s Daughter – A Bianca Goddard Mystery – Mary Lawrence
Muscled Out – A Main Clambake Mystery #3 – Barbara Ross
Hold Me – A Fool’s Gold Novel – Susan Mallery
The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress – Victoria Alexandra
No One Like You – Kate Angell
Fatal Identity – Joanne Fluke

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Here’s my view of the February 2015 releases!

Here’s my view of the coming month, as always it is multi-genre.

Enjoy all the great reads.

Nora

Week of Feb. 1st.

Perfect Kind of Trouble – Finding Fate #2 – Chelsea Fine
Fry Another Day – Biscuit Bowl Mystery #2 – J.J. Cook
Played by the Book – A Novel Idea Mystery #4 – Lucy Arlington
Casually Cursed – Southern Witch #5 – Kimberly Frost
Gilt by Association – A Caprice DeLuca Mystery – Karen Rose Smith
Town in a Sweet Pickle – A Candy Holliday Mystery – B.B. Haywood
Criminal Confections – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #1 – Colette London
Master of Plagues – A Nicolas Lenoir Novel #2 – E.L. Tettensor
Ghost Killer – Ghost Seer #3 – Robin D. Owens
Hunter Reborn – Moon Shifter #5 – Katie Reus
As Gouda as Dead – A Cheese Shop Mystery – Avery Aames
Death of a Liar – Hamish McBeth #31 – M.C. Beaton
Dead Man Walker – A Consignment Shop Mystery – Ebook only – Duffy Brown
A Root Awakening – A Flower Shop Mystery #16 – Kate Collins
An Early Wake – A County Cork Mystery #3 – Sheila Connolly
At the Drop of a Hat – A Hat Shop Mystery – Jenn McKinlay
License to Dill – A Pickled and Preserved Mystery – Mary Ellen Hughes
By Book or by Crook – A Lighthouse Library Mystery – Eva Gates
Sandpiper Island – The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #3 – Donna Kaufman
Fire me Up – A Pine Mountain Novel #4 – Kimberly Kincaid
Killer Physique – A Savannah Reid Mystery – G.A. McKevett
Wishing Lake – A Finding Home Novel – Regina Hart
At the Drop of a Hat – A Hat Shop Mystery – Jenn McKinlay
Crybaby – A Jeff Resnick Mystery (24 page kindle book) – L.L. Bartlett *
Week of Feb. 8th.

The Ruby Circle – Bloodlines #6 – Richelle Mead *
Barbeques and Bad News – An Adams Grove Novel #6 – Nancy Nagle *
Deadly Spells – A Sabina Kane Novel – Jaye Wells *

Week of Feb. 15th.

Dark Debt – Chicagoland Vampires #11 – Chloe Neill
Lies that Bind – A Maeve Conlon Mystery #2 – Maggie Barbieri *
Drawing Conclusions – A Sketch in Time Mystery – Deirdre Verne *

Week of Feb. 22rd.

A Wicked Thing – Rhiannon Thomas *
Double Fudge Brownie Murder – A Hannah Swensen Mystery – Joanne Fluke *
Grave Matters – A Night Owls Novel #2 – Lauren M. Roy *
I Was Here – YA/NA Contemporary – Gayle Forman *
The Girls of Mischief Bay – Mischief Bay #1 – Susan Mallory *
The Immortal Who Loved Me – An Argeneau Novel – Lynsay Sands *
A Healthy Homicide – A Blossom Valley Mystery – Staci McLaughlin *
Against the Sky – The Brodie’s of Alaska #2 – Kat Martin *
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles – A Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery – A.I. Herbert *
The Wedding Circle – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel #3 – Ashton Lee *
Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities – A Happy Hoffers Mystery #2 – Mary McHugh *
Stiff Penalty – A Mattie Winston Mystery – Annelise Ryan *
Blood Legacy – The VV Inn Book 4 – C.J. Ellisson *

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My Review of The Missing Dough by Chris Cavener

I’m reposting this review because Kensington will be re-releasing it in paperback editions. I loved this author’s work the first time around and still enjoy it today.

The Missing DoughMissing Dough
By: Chris Cavender
Copyright: January 2015
Publisher: Kensington

Maddy’s ex-husband, Grant Whitmore, has come back to Timber Ridge, North Carolina claiming he wants to patch things up. It’s soon evident that he has another motive altogether—Grant’s late mother left Maddy something in her will. Maddy refuses to sign the quitclaim that Grant brought with him, despite his threats. But Grant won’t be threatening anyone much longer, for later that night, his body is discovered near the Founder’s Day festival.

Matters are complicated even further when Grant’s sister shows up, accusing Maddy and her fiance of having a part in the murder. As Eleanor and Maddy investigate, they find a great many people who might want to see Grant dead. But can they unearth the culprit before false accusations burn their reputations to a crisp?

My review:
Just when you think you can enjoy a quiet evening out with your sister and the guys the fly in the ointment appears. Maddy’s ex shows up to cause trouble. Supposedly he claims he wants her back, but she puts an end to that quickly. Grant then informs her that his mother had died and that Maddy was named in the will. He tries to get her to sign a quitclaim and she again tells him to take a hike. But that’s not the end of the trouble when he shows up dead and Eleanor and Maddy have to find the real killer to keep their boyfriends out of jail.
Next layer of aggravation for the girls is the appearance of Maddy’s ex sister in law who accuses Maddy and her fiancé of her brother’s murder. Mix in another layer which includes gangsters and threats and you have the most outrageous and interesting story yet in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series.
I highly recommend this book and all the previous ones as a great series to follow and own.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publishers who only requested a fair and impartial review.

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