Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Fire & Ice a Mauzzy & Me Mystery, Book 2 by B.T. Polcari #CozyMystery @RABTbooktours

 


A Mauzzy & Me Mystery, Book 2


Cozy Mystery, Young Adult Mystery, Mystery

Date Published: 08-15-2022

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

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After encountering a brief power outage at work, college student Sara Donovan might be allowing her imagination to run wild. The main vault in the Carlton Museum holds the Fire and Ice Exhibit, a collection of rare gems, including the Star of Midnight, a 175-carat diamond. Although all the stones are accounted for, Sara suspects the Star of Midnight was stolen and replaced with a fake.

While conducting her own investigation, what Sara uncovers is beyond even her wildest imagination: a coded message, papers with strange characters, and a mysterious set of numbers carved into an office wall. Despite dismissive historians and other experts, she is certain these clues point to a mysterious centuries-old legend.

Unfortunately, her colorful history of usually being right, but always being wrong, means she must solve the mystery to prove her theory.


 

About the Author

B.T. Polcari is a graduate of Rutgers College of Rutgers University, an award-winning mystery author, and a proud father of two wonderful children. He’s a champion of rescue pups (Mauzzy is a rescue), craves watching football and basketball, and, of course, loves reading mysteries. Among his favorite authors are D.P. Lyle, Robert B. Parker, and Michael Connelly. He is also an unapologetic fantasy football addict. He lives with his wife in scenic Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Harri Unbound by Rebecca York #Paranormal #Romance @RABTbooktours

 

Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Date Published:  May 27, 2022 


When the ruthless magician Madrin dies, opportunists seek revenge for his cruelty. They kidnap his daughters, meaning to sell them into sexual slavery at a brutal club for sadistic, wealthy men. Lady Harri Madrin manages to escape before the doors close behind them and vows to rescue her sister, Morgan.

Gareth Lamb, the handsome son of a local merchant, finds Harri and hides her from her furious pursuers. When she begs him to help rescue her sister, he agrees. They decide to pretend she is his concubine so they can gain entry to the club to search for Morgan.

The master-slave charade forces them into sizzling erotic encounters. Soon, they fall in love, but Gareth knows he could never aspire to marriage with the high-born Lady Harri.

Though Harri’s magical abilities give them an edge, they’re badly outnumbered by the slavers. Even if they manage to rescue Morgan, will Gareth’s disapproving father disown him if they declare their love and attempt to marry?



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Harri Madrin woke in her narrow bed in the dark hours of the night. For a moment she thought she might be dreaming -- until she realized there was some sort of disturbance in the convent, something she had never heard in this place of tranquility.

With moonlight streaming through the narrow window, she slipped across the stone floor of the small chamber to where her sister still slumbered. “Morgan, wake up. Something bad is happening.”

Her younger sister’s eyes blinked open as the sound of rough male voices came closer. Men in the convent? Never, unless there was some task that the vestals could not accomplish on their own. And never at night.

Sister Matilda rushed into the room. “Hurry, you must hide! They are after you.” She had always been kind to them, and now her wrinkled face was full of fear.

“Who? Why?”

“For revenge. Your father is dead.”

Harri felt nothing for her sire besides a flood of relief. In all her eighteen years, she had feared her father, the magician, Madrin. Now he would no longer rail at her for being born the wrong sex -- and for not inheriting any of his powers. Or so he thought. He was incorrect about the latter, but she had kept that knowledge from him, unwilling to give him the satisfaction of her talent. It was the same for her sister, Morgan.

“You must hide before they find you.” Sister Matilda urged.

“But where?”

“Come with me,” she pleaded.

“We must dress,” Morgan protested.

“No time.” The elderly vestal ushered them out of their room. The stone floor was cold on their bare feet as they followed the sister to a small chapel. She led them up the aisle to the front of the room, then removed two candlesticks and opened the top of the altar where they saw a deep cavity under the horizontal surface.

“In with you.”

The girls climbed into the box, curling on their sides and scrunching down to fit into the space.

“I will come back for you when it’s safe,” Sister Matilda promised before lowering the lid. The sound of metal hitting wood told Harri she had replaced the candlesticks.

Harri moved in the cramped space, trying to get comfortable. She froze when a rough male voice demanded, “What have you done with them?”

“Nothing.”

“You’re lying, you old bitch.”

“You dare such sacrilege?”

“You are no better than Madrin, sheltering his demon’s spawn.”

The words were followed by the sound of a hand slapping against flesh. Sister Matilda cried out in pain.

“Where are they?”

There was no answer, but Harri heard something hitting the floor. She crammed her fist against her mouth as she struggled not to scream.

Outside in the chapel, a whirlwind of destruction erupted -- heavy pews being tossed about, glass breaking. And then silence.

Harri trembled in their hiding place, and she could feel her sister’s similar vibrations.

Footsteps approached the altar, and she struggled to keep her teeth from chattering. A sweeping noise sent the candlesticks clattering to the stones. The top creaked up, and Harri cringed away.

“And what have we here?”



About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author Rebecca York began her career as a journalist writing articles for newspapers and magazines, but after several years decided to try writing fiction. She's a highly successful author of over 50 romantic suspense and paranormal novels and is the head of the Columbia Writers Workshop. Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. Her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series. She collects rocks, and enjoys cooking, walking, reading, gardening, travel, and Mozart operas.


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Monday, May 23, 2022

Spider Green Series by Norm Harris #Mystery #AuthorInterview #Giveaway

 


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Fruit of a Poisonous Tree, Book 1

Faydra “Spider” Green is a dedicated Navy JAG lawyer who has lived her life in the shadows of a great and powerful man: her father, former President of the United States William Green. Green cannot heal the wound in his relationship with his daughter. His former power and influence curse Faydra and cause her to wonder if her accomplishments were her own doing.

 A lawyer by trade, Faydra is both anxious and excited as she undertakes her first homicide investigation: —the brutal murder of a Navy SEAL. She reasons that a successful investigation will provide her the opportunity to validate her sense of self-worth. Thanks to her remarkable deductive abilities, Faydra soon realizes that the accused man, a Special Ops Marine war hero, may be innocent and that the Navy is using her as a pawn in a complex cover-up.

 

 Meanwhile, a seasoned Navy Sea Captain, Egan Fletcher, whose wife had died eight years earlier, struggles to balance his Navy career with raising a son. When the Navy purposefully pairs him with Faydra in a meeting, the two Navy officers embark on an adrenaline-pumping adventure. It is a top-secret mission- impossible that will take them halfway around the world in an attempt to avert a catastrophic act of terrorism in the form of, a biological war.

 

 Set against the dramatic backdrop of Washington State’s Puget Sound and the mystique of East Asia, Faydra’s story revolves around a woman who appears to be as pure as the driven snow—yet, she is driven by an insatiable need to complete any assignment, no matter how dangerous. Along the way, she transforms into a symbol of hope, perseverance, and a woman’s ability to overcome life-threatening events.

 


Arid Sea, Book 2

Faydra “Spider” Green is a spirited Navy lawyer who wants nothing more than to do the right thing and see justice done. After reconciling with her father, former President William Green, Fay is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alvin Joe, a retired admiral. He has vanished – seemingly into thin air – from his Florida home, along with secret files for a top-secret military weapon. Alongside her bubbly, quick-witted sister and a handsome, affable Sheriff, Fay sets out to track down Joe. But she soon finds herself embroiled in a deeper and far more sinister plot involving an unscrupulous corporation, the mafia, and a truly evil man who has his sights set on destroying her.

 


Deception Pass, Book 3

Faydra “Spider” Green has had a storied career as a Navy lawyer, all while juggling being the daughter of a former U.S. President. She has successfully navigated complex diplomatic situations, pulse-pounding legal investigations, and dangerous military missions, managing each time to save the day. But now, Fay finds herself faced with a task unlike anything she has ever tackled before: fierce mafioso Roman Justine, the man who had nearly cost Fay her life, has seemingly returned from the dead. Now, Justine, hellbent on revenge, poses a threat to Fay and national security. Fay will have to go to extraordinary lengths to stop him, even tampering with the bounds of time and space.

 

The Girl Who Knew Death, Book 4

 Katrinka Lavrova is a young Russian espionage agent discovered by Russian Navy Captain Lavrov at the age of nineteen. Katrinka worked as both a spy and a sparrow since age thirteen to support her aged parents. Lavrov rescues the woman and becomes her guardian. Captain Lavrov introduces Katrinka to Fay. Fay asks Katrinka to help her steal the top-secret plans from Roman Justine’s office safe. Fay grows fond of Kat and offers her a fresh start in the United States. Katrinka dares to hope for a better life by accepting Fay’s offer.

 

Navy lawyer and former First Daughter Faydra (Fay) Green is no longer quite so haunted by the dark events of her recent past and is hoping for some well-deserved rest. But her world is once again turned upside down when a shocking secret about her adopted daughter, Katrinka (Kat), is revealed. But before Fay can help Kat make any decisions about her future, Kat is captured and thrown into an Egyptian prison. She manages to escape but must flee to safety across Europe, trying to stay one step ahead of several mysterious pursuers. Soon, Fay and Kat discover they are being chased by more than ordinary forces – Azrael, the Angel of Death, has taken a puzzling interest in their situation and a dangerous demon appears to be stalking Kat’s every move. It will take all of Fay’s strength and ingenuity to meet these and other challenges looming ahead of her, while Kat must ask herself what she truly wants out of life.


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Occasionally, the glow cast by the divers’ torches below her would momentarily disappear. She supposed—prayed—it was perhaps Romeo or Juliet passing between her line of sight and the torches, temporarily interrupting the beams of light, rather than a predator.

 

Fay grew fascinated by the many air bubbles emitted by the divers, reflected in the light of their torches’ eerie glow. Like a surreal field of vapor flowers, they appeared and disappeared as they slowly wobbled toward the surface. Fay reached for a bubble but instead found it to be a jellyfish, not a bubble as she had first thought.

 

Fay stopped sinking. Although she could not see it, she assumed they had reached the wreck. She brought her wrist to within inches of her face to check the luminous reading on her depth gauge. Eighty-seven feet.

 

She strained her eyes in a vain attempt to see through the black water. Fay may as well have been swimming in a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee. All she could see was the light from the torch she held in her hand. She experienced complete disorientation. No up, no down. Someone, Andrew Lawrence perhaps, grasped her wrist. He was dragging her somewhere. She saw a deck rail, then a deck, and finally passed through a hatchway. They were now inside the Carr. There was only one light ahead of her—Andrew’s.

 



 

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Do you have a day job as well?

I have a day job. I am an investment banker for one of our nation’s large banks. I develop relationships with their high net worth customers (millionaires). 

 

Where do you get your ideas? 

My ideas come from places I have visited and people I have known. Current events also play into it. My fourth book was inspired by the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. I spotted the problem several years ago, wrote about it, and now we have what we have. It is an unfortunate situation. 

 

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

 Yes, right now.

 

Do you work with an outline or just write? 

I write. One time through, start to finish. Kind of like a one-and-done approach.

 

 Is there any particular author or book that influenced you either growing up or as an adult?

Ian Fleming, Nelson DeMille, Jack London, Agatha Christie, and Erle Stanley Gardner.

 

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? 

I was lucky I remembered to mention the first book while I was pitching my third book to a publisher. I asked if they would be interested in the other three I had written. They said, “sure!” I submitted all of my books. They were accepted and are now published. May 12th release for The Girl Who Knew Death.

 

 Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

 Rain and Wind and Fire was inspired by the song. They call the Wind Mirah. Do you know it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbzPTeXPb0 All of my books are inspired by a piece of music or two. I write the story around the song. The idea for Fruit of the Poisonous Tree was inspired by the Looking Glass song, Brandy

Near the end of The Girl Who Knew Death, Katrinka meets the demon Mazikim. Mazi tells her about a girl child born in Bosnia who will possess a destructive power. She will threaten all that Katrinka has worked to create. As it turns out, the girl is one of three sisters. All unique possing powers to control the elements. Rain, wind, and fire. Katrinka’s challenge is to either eradicate the destructive sisters or bring them to aid her cause. 

 

 Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination? 

Always imagination inspired by real-life experience. 

 

 What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

As it turns out, I have grown fond of the scenes between Katrinka, the princess spy, and Azrael, the angel of death. And Faydra and her sister, JP. 

 

How did you come up with the title?

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree...is a legal concept; improper evidence can taint all presented evidence in a court trial. My books are about Faydra “Spider” Green, a lawyer. 

Arid Sea...is a paradox. That which is arid is void of moisture. A sea is void of dryness.

Deception Pass...is a location in Washington State and the name of a Navy special operations vessel. During WWII, the US Navy experimented with teleporting a ship from the harbor in Philidelphia to the port in Norfolk, Virginia. It was known as “The Philidelphia Experiment.” I based Deception Pass on the experiment.

The Girl Who Knew Death...as made up. There are a lot of “The Girl Who... or, The Girl With...” books. Bestsellers. As such, “girl” is a popular search term. The title was not spoken for, and it fit the story. My princess spy meets the archangel Azrael or the angel of death. Gets to know the angel as the story progresses. Hence, the girl who knew Death. Do you recall the movie “Death Takes a Holiday” or the Brad Pitt movie “Meet Joe Black?” I liked the film, so I used the idea for The Girl Who Knew Death.

 

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Norm Harris' first novel debuted on an Amazon bestseller list in 2002. It was a one-and-done, but now he's back with a plan to publish a couple of sequels to that first mystery/thriller of days gone by. Except for time spent in military service, he is a second-generation Seattleite (that's what they call those who dwell in the shadow of Mt. Rainier), with his legal beagle son, K-K, and five giant tropical fish. His upcoming release, Arid Sea, is the third book in what he hopes to be an award-winning Spider Green Mystery Story series.

 

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Demon ESHA by Mel S. #paranormal #erotica @RABTbooktours


Paranormal Erotica

Date Published: April 6, 2022

Publisher: Mindstir Media


It's letting yourself feel every feeling. It's fulfillment and satisfaction mixed with yearning for more...

I couldn't imagine switching places with her. I had wanted to at first. When we met, I was so envious of her freedom and fire. She could do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. She didn't have anything or anyone holding her back. She was encouraged to be naughty. She danced with fire and never got burned, ever.

Esha is the Demon of Desire. Rachel is a happily married mom of two with an office job, a gorgeous husband, and an insatiable need for more. More everything. Join Esha as she helps Rachel discover and embrace her true self. Is evil really evil? Is good really good? Will the blaze inside Rachel eventually be her undoing or is it just the beginning of something she could have never imagined?

Although Mel grew up in Vacationland, she never really started exploring the world around her until adulthood. A true Pisces at heart, she enjoys the Maine coast where the water and gentle breeze revitalize her soul and inspire her to write. She would like to thank her husband for being her partner in crime, and for his constant support and determination to see her live her dreams.

 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Surge by Harley Wylde #MCromance @ChangelingPress @rabtbooktours



Hades Abyss MC #8

 

Motorcycle Club Romance, Bisexual, Age Gap

Date Published:  May 20, 2022

Publisher: Changeling Press


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Colette’s a sweet angel in need of saving, and like it or not, I have a hero complex. Marrying her seems like the right thing to do. Then my sometimes lover, Aidan, finds us together. The hurt in his eyes nearly guts me.

My club knows I’m bisexual. I’ve not hidden it from them. Doesn’t mean I’ve flaunted it in their faces either. So when I decided to claim Aidan and Colette, I’m not sure how it’s going to end. All I know is they both need me, and I need them too.

With human traffickers after Colette, a possible traitor in the club, and more chaos than I can handle, I do the only thing I can… I run with my new wife and husband. Once I figure out who wants Colette, I’ll do whatever it takes to destroy them. Until then, I’ll keep her safe, and Aidan too. Because they both mean more to me than I realized.

 

WARNING: Surge is part of the Hades Abyss MC series and contains bad language, violence, and content some readers may find difficult to read. Yes, Surge is bisexual, and therefore there are sexual situations involving Male-Female, Male-Male, Male-Female-Male, and Male-Male-Female sex.




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 Harley is the international bestselling author of the Dixie Reapers and Devil's Boneyard series.

When Harley is writing, her motto is the hotter the better. Off the charts sex, commanding men, and the women who can't deny them. If you want men who talk dirty, are sexy as hell, and take what they want, then you've come to the right place.

 

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