Monday, January 2, 2023

Review of Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Janice Thompson's "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" is a cute cozy mystery with a touch of romance.


Sheltie on front cover



I chose to read this book from NetGalley because I enjoyed the Weddings by Bella series by the same author.

This third book in the Gone to the Dogs series is set in Texas, and the mystery centers around a stolen show dog named Remington. The majority of the cast of characters work at a veterinarian's office. The book kept me guessing until the end. Thompson does a great job with red herrings, characterization, and voice.

While this is the third book in a series, it can be read alone. I hadn't read the other books in the series but am interested in reading them.

One thing I appreciate about Thompson's books are that they are all very upbeat. Also, Thompson included a recipe at the end of the book.

This book would appeal to readers who enjoy cozy mysteries, romance, and/or are dog lovers or whose hobbies include pet rescue, which is a dominant topic in the book.

I obtained a free copy of this book from NetGalley, but I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Review of What I Would Tell You

Liz Tolsma’s latest release, What I Would Tell You, is a dual-timeline novel, which seems to be fairly popular these days—set in the present, but also around the time of the Holocaust.


A young woman is shown on the cover wearing clothing from the 1940s. She is wearing burghundy clothes and a matching hat. The image depicts the character of Mathilda Nissim.


In the present, Tessa Payton, a college student, is shocked to learn the results of her genetic test are vastly different from her cousin’s results. From this test, Tessa discovers she is part Sephardic Jew. After learning this, Tessa decides to drop out of college and go to Greece to discover her heritage, much to the disappointment of her stepfather and mother. When Tessa confronts her mother about her lineage, the woman seems to be holding something back.

While Tessa is in Greece, a young man named Giannis gives her a copy of a diary of a woman named Mathilda. In the earlier timeline, readers get to meet Mathilda Nissim, a young woman married without children. In her village, she produces a newspaper that speaks out against the Germans who are now occupying her area. As she continues to produce the newspaper, she risks putting herself, her husband, and her community in danger. The two stories develop until they inevitably overlap.

What I liked about this story was how Tolsma drew upon her personal experience from her visit to Greece. Readers will notice this because of the level of detail the author has included. Also, I like how Tolsma wove various unresolved threads throughout the story, which added to the mystery, and kept me turning the pages. While I wouldn’t say romance is the main thread of the story, it is present in the love stories between Mathilda and her husband, but also between Tessa and Giannis. Finally, I appreciated the strong faith-based elements within the story. They felt organic and not forced. 

This story should appeal to those who enjoy historical fiction, romance, or mysteries/suspense.

*Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

**If you enjoy this book and are looking for another suspenseful tale by Liz Tolsma, try The Green Dress. Incidentally, it was the first book in the True Colors (true crime) series that I picked up and happened to read. I enjoyed it, and I went on to read the entire series. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Review of Stealth by Kelly Anne Liberto

I have the privilege of giving my review of Stealth by Kelly Anne Liberto. I met Kelly through a critique group years ago. She is a great writer, and a very sweet person. Stealth releases on Amazon on January 11th!


person holding a camera



Kelly Liberto’s breakout novel, Stealth, features just the right blend of suspense and sweet romance. In addition to the faith message woven throughout the story, Liberto deals with a gritty yet timely topic in a delicate manner. Stealth features well-developed characters and descriptive settings and is sure to please romantic suspense fans.


To connect with Kelly online:

Author Kelly Anne Liberto


Bio:

Author and speaker Kelly Liberto has been serving as a biblical counselor for several years. She helped spearhead the mentoring department for Truth For Women of the Lehigh Valley, Pa. Her passion is to see women restored to the destiny they were created to live. At the Truth Home a residential therapeutic home for victims of human trafficking, women are being restored by the truth of God with the help of people like you! It’s Kelly’s prayer that her writing will serve to bring light to the very real pain of human trafficking and abuse.



 




Thursday, December 15, 2022

Amethyst Lights--Romantic Suspense/Fantasy by Sharon K. Connell

Two fairies shown on cover

Today, I want to feature Amethyst Lights, a romantic suspense/ fantasy story by Sharon K. Connell. 

Blurb: 

The village of Amythaseah only appears to the outside fairyland world of Crystandavair for seven days every one hundred years. Lady Jillian, ordered to marry the prince, flees and the prince’s guards pursue her. She happens upon two faery brothers in the forest. The older brother, Lylan, is compelled to aid the beautiful faerylet. But can he save her, or his family, when guards from the royal village descend upon his town of Glistineare? Will Prince Maricent’s minions find the fair Jillian and force her to marry him? What will happen to Jillian if the seven days expire and the village disappears for another hundred years?

front and back covers of Amethyst Lights by Sharon K. Connell


Author Bio:

Author Sharon K. Connell has lived in many places across the United States. She retired from the clerical-medical field in 2012, and now writes full time. Sharon lives with her husband in Houston, Texas, from where she writes Christian Romance Suspense, plus mystery, and as much humor as she can get into a story. She has three grown children and eight grandchildren, all living elsewhere in the country.

Sharon attended college in Illinois, graduated from the Pensacola Bible Institute in Florida, and holds a certificate in fiction writing from the International Writing Program through the University of Iowa.

Besides visiting all but six states in the United States, her travels have taken her to Canada and Mexico. The experiences she’s had while visiting and living in these areas has been invaluable in her writing.

        Sharon is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Scribes Critique Group, Houston Writers Guild, Christian Women Writers, and CyFair Writers. She is founder of the global Facebook Christian Writers & Readers group forum. Her monthly newsletter, Novel Thoughts, goes out every month to its subscribers in all parts of the world, featuring helpful information for writers and readers. She’s also a contributing writer for Faith on Every Corner, a global online inspirational magazine. 


Social Media Links:

covers of books by Sharon K. Connell


Books:
A Very Present Help http://amzn.to/2yuF4eE
Paths of Righteousness http://www.amazon.com/dp/1732923701
There Abideth Hope http://www.amazon.com/dp/173292371X
His Perfect Love http://amzn.to/2iCMALI
Icicles to Moonbeams ~ Christmas Eve Blessings https://amzn.to/2OfcHYi
Treasure in a Field www.amazon.com/dp/1732923736
Sharon’s Shorts~A Multi-Genre Collection of Short Stories https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732923744
Ko’olau’s Secret https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732923752
Tall Pines Sanctuary: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732923787
Amethyst Lights: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732923795
Simply Cooking https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732923779

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Review of Amid the Cold of Winter by Clare Revell

couple kissing on the cover

My Review:

Amid the Cold of Winter is a suspenseful Christmas Extravaganza title by British author Clare Revell. 

In this story, I liked the banter between Zander Ellery and Isabel York. The characters were well-developed. I also liked the spiritual arc and inclusion of the devotional moment at the end. 

I liked watching British shows, and so reading the story made me feel like I was watching one of those programs. I even pictured British actors as I read the story. 

The book starts off with a bang. Kate Dahlbeck is cleaning a church. Her boss is attacked, and there is an explosion. Fearing for her life, Kate pretends to be dead but goes to Zander for help. But she decides not to tell him what happened, and Zander becomes busy with another case. I don't want to say too much more for fear of spoiling the ending. But suffice it to say, be prepared for a very merry happily ever after. 

If you enjoy this story, consider reading other Ellery and York novels by Clare Revell. 


Blurb:

It’s Christmas and DS Zander Ellery is buried in work. He’s tried hard to put the events of Jack’s House, an undercover operation, behind him, yet his thoughts keep returning to Kate. She promised to keep in touch, and she hasn’t.

Kate Dahlbeck left town after the events of Jack’s House. With her past exposed, no home and no job, she fled to her brother to work for him. Now she’s up to her neck in trouble, on the run and can only think of one person to help. Zander with a zed.

Zander and his partner, DC Isabel York, agree to help. It doesn’t take much investigating before Zander understands that Kate’s situation is far worse, far messier, and far more dangerous than he first realised.

Purchase Links:


https://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68_41&products_id=1598

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Twenty-five Christmas Reads! (Giveaway Extended)

Every year, Pelican Book Group releases new Christmas Extravaganza titles.

This year, I thought it would be fun to list twenty-five Pelican Book Group Christmas titles (past and present) from various genres: mystery, romantic suspense, suspense, Gothic romance, etc. 

1. Dark Streets Shineth by Clare Revell



2. Christmas Hideaway by Wendy Davy




3. All I Want for Christmas is Johnny Rocker Dead by Lillian Duncan




4. Blue Christmas by Clare Revell





5. A Christmas Stolen by Lillian Duncan




6. Christmas Passed by Anita Klumpers




7.  A Texas Christmas Mystery by Anne Greene




8. Amid the Cold of Winter by Clare Revell



9. Holly in December by Clare Revell



10. Gold, Frankincense, and Murder by Barbara Early



11. The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan



12. No Home for the Holidays by Lillian Duncan



13. A Blessed Blue Christmas by LoRee Peery



14. Candle for a Corpse by Marilynn Leach



15. Murder on Birchardville Hill by Ruth Buchanan



16. All's Fair in Love and Arson by Sharon McGregor



17. Plundered Christmas by Susan Lyttek



18. Chasing Christmas by Steven Hunt



19. Christmas in Coyote County by Mary L. Briggs



20. Down in Yon Forest by Clare Revell



21. Once Upon a Christmas by Clare Revell



22. Season for Miracles by Clare Revell




23. Clear as Ice by Penelope Marzec




24. Undercover Santa by Wendy Davy



25. The Volk Advent by Joy Wilks



I’m giving away two copies of a CD containing thirteen Pelican Book Group stories, including my suspense novel, Dog Tags, and three Christmas stories (two mentioned in this post). The CD contains three electronic formats of each story so you can enjoy the books on almost any device. *The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

*Update - Giveaway extended*

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post by December 1, 2022 and include your email address. You may spell it out: yournameatgmaildotcom. On December 2, 2022, I will choose a winner randomly and then announce the winner.




The CD includes the following stories:

·         A Texas Christmas Mystery—Anne Greene

·         After the Fire—Clare Revell

·         Christmas Ivy—Judy Ducharme

·         Clear as Ice—Penelope Marzec

·         Dog Tags—Heidi Glick

·         From Scratch—C.E. Hilbert

·         Girls of Summer—C.E. Hilbert

·         Island Charm—Audrey Wick

·         Just One Kiss—Wendy Davy

·         Rose in the Desert—K.M. Daughters

·         Rose of the Adriatic—K.M. Daughters

·         Someone to Trust—Lesa Henderson

·         The Inheritance—Pamela S. Thibodeaux


Monday, October 17, 2022

Review of Range by Ronie Kendig

I'm a Metcalfe fan. I can admit it. So I was super excited that the third book in The Metcalfes series, "Range," was available on Amazon. This weekend, I went ahead and gave myself an early Christmas present and purchased the Kindle edition. 😊

In this third book, Range Metcalfe is trying to locate and capture a high profile madam in Afghanistan (who engages in human trafficking), but Range's plans go awry. Things are not what they seem. In this story, just as with the others in the series, be prepared for a wild ride...lots of adventure with a side of romance, plus a great spiritual arc. In particular, I like how Ronie circles back to the characters Canyon and Dani from the Discarded Heroes series, which I highly recommend.

With this series, Ronie does a good job of providing a gritty, realistic view of a delicate topic (human trafficking). She doesn't hold back with her portrayal and exposes hypocrisy.

One thing about fiction is that writers are told to wrap things up quickly and include the HEA at the end of a story. But I appreciate when it's done well, and Kendig handled this ending realistically.

If you enjoy action, adventure, romance, and don't shy away from sensitive topics such as human trafficking, this book should appeal to you!

To purchase this book on Amazon, click here





 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Review of Deception

Deception, the fourth book in Patricia Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, is a romantically suspenseful, fast-paced tale featuring a ranger who works with the Investigative Services Branch (Madison Thorn) and park ranger, Clayton Bradshaw. The book starts off with a bang and continues to feature plenty of action to keep readers turning the pages. The ending contains several twists, which will keep readers guessing until the very end. The spiritual theme of the book is forgiveness, which is handled well and woven organically into the story. Additionally, the book deals with the topics of addiction and adoption. While this is the fourth book in the series, it could be read stand-alone.

 To watch the trailer for Deception (on Twitter), click here.


Cover of Deception by Patricia Bradley, endorsement by Publisher's Weekly





*Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own. 


Monday, June 13, 2022

Moon over Montana

My review:

As a girl, I enjoyed riding horses, so Moon over Montana, a contemporary tale about wild equines, resonated with me. 

After a broken engagement with Rex Carson, Megan Donovan feels a strong pull to visit her grandfather’s farm, located in Five Forks, Montana. Despite her mother’s complicated feelings surrounding the inherited estate, Megan decides to travel to the small town. While there, she meets a spunky cowboy, Cam (David Campbell), and their first meet is anything but love at first sight. As the story progresses, Megan tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her grandfather’s business dealings, all the while, examining her growing feelings for Cam. 

Moon over Montana is a sweet romance with a touch of mystery. Published by Pelican Book Group, the story is available from various online retailers.

 
A woman, cowboy, and wild horses are shown on the cover


Author bio:

Mary K. Marelli lives with her husband on a private lake nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania.  Her writing is inspired by a variety of true life experiences, and a cause dear to her heart, the preservation of America’s wild horses.

Blurb: 

What do you do with an inheritance that no one wants?

Megan Donovan’s broken engagement has left her aimless with only one place to go: Montana. Her estranged grandfather has left the broken-down ranch of her mother’s youth. Trouble is, Mom’s memories of that time are so tainted that Megan doesn’t want anything to do with the place.

The wild horses that David “Cam” Campbell protects from rustlers need a sanctuary to roam free. What better location than Old Man Jenkins’ acreage adjacent to his own successful ranch? But Cam’s gotten off on the wrong foot with Megan, and that gal’s not selling—not unless Cam can convince her that it’s best for everyone involved.

But is giving Megan a reason to leave, really the best he can do?

Social media links: 

https://twitter.com/MarelliMary

https://www.facebook.com/mary.marelli.9/

https://www.marymarelli.com/

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All of my opinions are my own.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Interview with Author Anita Klumpers

Please welcome today’s guest, Anita Klumpers. Her new suspense novel, “A Murder of Crows,” came out April 22, 2022. I hope you enjoy my interview with Anita.

Author Anita Klumpers

Which one of your books was your favorite to write? Why?

“Buttonholed” has to be my favorite. As usual, I had no idea where the story would go when I agreed to write on the theme “Whatever is of good repute.” Hey, I didn’t even have a story! But on a short trip to Nashville we visited Andrew Jackson’s home and learned about duals.

My story, setting, and characters were birthed in pretty short order.

So a book set in a fictional eastern Tennessee town, peopled with southern ladies and gentlemen and sensibilities, was created by a Midwestern grandma who’d never lived further south than Denver and still has her mom’s Chicago-girl accent.

It was fun to write and research and invent and to give life to the characters.

Since I usually write suspense-romance and get myself utterly tangled in plot devices of my own making, a straightforward humorous romance was so much less stressful!

Which of your characters is/was your favorite? Why?

Elise, in “Hounded.” She is so different than my other female protagonists! They all have a bit of me in them—anxious to please, a little insecure, sometimes a bit klutzy. And always trying to be kind.

Elise is strong, opinionated, beautiful, abrasive, and a real mess. It was fun to write about someone I personally have noting in common with, except a love of dogs, our parents, and a need for a Savior.

Which authors have most influenced your writing?

Mary Stewart. She had a strong sense of location, a gracefully intelligent writing style and genuinely suspenseful stories with just a thread or two of romance woven through.

Josephine Tey wrote glorious mysteries but her strong and sympathetic portrayal of characters make me admire her books even more.

Dorothy Sayers was a strong, intelligent and articulate Christian who didn’t write “Christian” fiction but her faith and belief system seemed the foundation of her novels.

Cover of A Murder of Crows by Anita Klumpers, a woman's head is shown. A crow is also shown.

“A Murder of Crows” Blurb:

Teacher Paulina Deacon lives in a quiet North Dakota town. Newcomer John Tolen shows interest in her and Pauli senses some delightful changes in her future. But a murder of crows and the murder of John Tolen snatch that future away in an instant. Leaving everything, including her name, behind, Pauli flees to the woods of northern Wisconsin.

Hal Karlsen’s life work at the clinic in tiny Brier is to change lives of those with various addictions. Few people from the outside find the little town. Until a young woman with a deadly secret arrives. And Hal has no idea what to do with her.

A menace followed Pauli into the woods, and grows stronger each day.

Can Hal protect Pauli? Will Pauli stay alive long enough to convince him she means no harm? And will those deadly crows drive her mad before either can occur?

Anita Klumpers Bio:

Anita Klumpers’ previously published novels are “Winter Watch,” “Hounded” “Christmas Passed,” and “Buttonholed.”  She lives in south central Wisconsin with her husband (of Dutch origin) and her dog Trudy (of questionable origin).

When not fervently wishing she had a more organized approach to writing, Anita spends time with her family, including three sons who should be used to her by now since she homeschooled them forever. She dotes on three lovely daughters-in-law and seven of the cutest grandkids you ever did see. Her church family is absolutely amazing and she thanks God for blessing her so abundantly. Whenever possible, she enjoys time with her husband and friends, all of whom are also pretty cute. Her deepest joy comes from the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Buying Info:

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Crows-Anita-Klumpers-ebook/dp/B09TGNZ5T7

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/Anita-Klumpers-Author-1720236094863202


Friday, May 6, 2022

Review of Willow by Ronie Kendig

With her latest release, Ronie did a great job. Willow was completely action packed from start to finish. It was a quick read.

While Willow was a good read, it was a tough read. It won’t be for everyone. I wouldn’t recommend it for particularly sensitive readers or for teens, unless a parent/guardian has read the book first.

Willow Metcalfe is busy helping survivors of human trafficking in Africa, when the Nigerian mafia attacks her group. Afterward, a mysterious man associated with the Nigerian mafia develops a sudden interest in Willow. Now, not only is Willow in physical danger, but the horrors she witnesses test her spiritual resolve.

I can admit I was sad when Ronie's Discarded Heroes series ended, so I enjoy reading other books about the Metcalfes. I look forward to reading Book 3, which will feature Range. In case you missed Book 1, which features Stone, be sure to check it out.

If you like stories involving faith, action, and romance, and you can handle a gritty story about human trafficking, then you should enjoy this story, or at least the resolution.

What is your favorite Ronie Kendig book?


Collage of Ronie Kendig novel covers


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Review: The Souls of Lost Lake

In case you weren't aware, Jamie Jo Wright is quite the storyteller. With her latest release, she had me hooked from the start. My favorite part was the subtext between Eddie and Wren. Overall, Eddie was my favorite character. The Souls of Lost Lake is now my favorite book by this author. 

The novel opens with a campfire ghost story about Ava Coons, a woman who supposedly killed her family like Lizzie Borden. Oh yeah, and there's a creepy, mysterious body of water—Lost Lake, and for any LOTR fans, there are plenty of Tolkien references. Are you with me so far? 

So, if it's so creepy, why should you read this? Well, most Jamie Jo Wright fans know things aren't always what they seem in her stories. ;) I won't say more because I don't want to give anything away. 

It's a time slip novel with dual timelines that focuses on Wren Blythe in the present and the infamous Ava Coons in the past. 

If you enjoy suspenseful stories that are a tad creepy, you might like this novel. Not only is it suspenseful, but it includes romance and history, as well as the faith struggles of the main characters. 

The Souls of Lost Lake is available on Amazon. Bethany House is the publisher. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B2Q86C8/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_XWWENQBKQ7N5K091M637




Monday, April 18, 2022

Interview with Author Michelle L. Levigne

Please welcome today's guest, Author Michelle L. Levigne. Her new cozy mystery, The Unwelcome Wagon, came out April 1, 2022. I hope you enjoy my interview with Michelle.

 

Photo of Michelle L. Levigne, author of new cozy mystery, The Unwelcome Wagon

 

Which of your characters was/is your favorite? Why?

Right now, my favorite character is M'kar. She's based on my Star Trek "persona," when I was in a Star Trek club in California. We had such fun making up adventures, writing "ships logs" and sometimes utterly silly adventures, where our characters roamed the galaxy. M'kar is a Talent, focused on animals, assigned to the AFV Defender, in a galactic civilization known as the Alliance. (Yes, a lot of similarities to the Federation …) The Defender has a reputation of being a misfit kind of ship, with misfit luck, but they always come out on top despite truly bizarre adventures. The series is called (surprise!) The AFV Defender, and has a Middle-Grade series spin-off called Young Defenders, which is about the children growing up below decks, with all their adopted aunts and uncles teaching them how to be heroes, despite their youth.

I have a lot of fun with M'kar because she comes from a barbarian culture. Her father is a mountain of a man, and when he left his homeworld to protect his half-breed daughter and her scientist mother, he chose to become a writer of children's books and poetry, just to defy the stereotyped barbarian image. He's loud and outrageous and children adore him. M'kar is snarky and can't quite understand why the children on the ship adore her. She teaches them self-defense and survival skills and growls a lot. I am currently working on the 3rd AFV Defender book, titled "All the Boys I've Loathed Before," which follows M'kar's growing up years and all the problems she has being a half-breed, and all the power-seekers and politicians who try to use her questionable status for their own profit. Until she gets the better of them. Somewhat by accident.

Do you write in more than one genre? If so, which genres?

Oh, yeah. Science fiction, fantasy, romance -- and then variations in Young Adult and Middle Grade, romantic suspense, inspirational romance, and now my newest foray, cozy mystery, with The Unwelcome Wagon, Book 1 of the Book & Mug Mysteries.

What made you decide to become a writer?

Short answer: Semester exams.

Long answer: I went to a college prep high school, and we had semester exams, 2 a day for a week, very important part of our grades. I had a bad habit of finding a movie or TV show or book that snagged my imagination and just daydreaming variations of the story, rewriting it, or coming up with new adventures or episodes. Well, semester exams were coming up and I needed to study. So, I had always managed to kill stories before when I wrote them down, so I wrote this book idea down …. And that was more than 40 years and 100-plus novels and novellas ago.

I LOVE story. I love adventures, and putting characters into situations and seeing how they react and survive. Or not survive. It's an obsession, sometimes. The rest of the time, writing is my mental health exercise.

Which authors have most influenced your writing?

Homer -- although maybe I should really blame the Kirk Douglas movie, "Ulysses," because it snagged my interest when I was in junior high, I did some research and learned about The Odyssey, and found  a really good translation and read it and one of my first published novels was Penelope's side of The Odyssey.

CS Lewis -- of course -- reading about Narnia and the Space Trilogy "baptized" my imagination, much as he said George MacDonald baptized his. I wanted to go to other worlds and explore and have magical adventures. Some of my favorite books that I've written have some aspect of a portal fantasy in them.

Terry Pratchett -- silly, snarky British humor

Neil Gaiman -- have only read a few of his books, but they're awesome. I especially love listening to him read the audiobook versions of his own books. Gave me the courage to do my own narrating, turning my own books into audio.

David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Janet Evanovich, Meg Cabot, Lois McMaster Bujold, Ann Crispin, Mary Stewart, Patricia Wrede, Diane Duane -- each have contributed something to my imagination, and given me imaginary worlds to explore or characters to want to be like when/if I ever grow up ….

How many books have you written?

Last time I stopped to count, over 100. A good number of them are out of print, and I'm hoping to "redeem" and revise most of them and get them back into print.


 

A storefront is shown in the background. The sign on the store window is Book and Mug. A woman wearing a hat, blouse, and a polka dot skirt is shown in the foreground. She is pulling a wagon behind her.

BLURB:

Saundra Bailey has a rough few first days after moving to Camden Township to be the new children's librarian. First a strange man who smells of cheap cigars tries to get into her apartment, then she’s caught between two Welcome Wagon teams, which results in her feeling rather unwelcome. When Cigar Man later tries to steal her purse, she meets Kai, owner of Book & Mug, a coffee shop and bookstore. Cigar Man tried to break into the building Kai owns with his cousins, Eden and Troy, after trying to hire Eden, an investigator, to find lost family documents.

As Saundra settles into her new job and home, she learns about the political and social feuds and alliances in town. Then Cigar Man breaks into the Book & Mug building in the middle of the night, falls from a fire escape, and dies. The hunt is on to figure out what he was looking for, who was the other man with him when he fell, and whose side the mysterious accomplice is on.

Head Trustee Roger Camden, descendant of a founding father, has a growing list of grudges against the cousins and gets in the way of their investigation. Their building used to belong to his family. He accuses them of being in league with Cigar Man, who apparently was seeking Camden family documents. The foursome scramble to put together clues and identify Cigar Man’s accomplice before he hurts more people and makes more evidence and clues vanish.


Available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Unwelcome-Wagon-Book-Mug-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B09T3VJT2D/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1649350600&sr=8-1

BIO:

On the road to publication, Michelle fell into fandom in college and has 40+ stories in various SF and fantasy universes. She has a bunch of useless degrees in theater, English, film/communication, and writing. Even worse, she has over 100 books and novellas with multiple small presses, in science fiction and fantasy, YA, suspense, women's fiction, and sub-genres of romance.

Her official launch into publishing came with winning first place in the Writers of the Future contest in 1990. She was a finalist in the EPIC Awards competition multiple times, winning with Lorien in 2006 and The Meruk Episodes, I-V, in 2010, and was a finalist in the Realm Awards competition, in conjunction with the Realm Makers convention.

Her training includes the Institute for Children’s Literature; proofreading at an advertising agency; and working at a community newspaper. She is a tea snob and freelance edits for a living (MichelleLevigne@gmail.com for info/rates), but only enough to give her time to write. Her newest crime against the literary world is to be co-managing editor at Mt. Zion Ridge Press and launching the publishing co-op, Ye Olde Dragon Books. Be afraid … be very afraid. 


SOCIAL MEDIA:

www.Mlevigne.com
www.MichelleLevigne.blogspot.com
www.YeOldeDragonBooks.com
www.MtZionRidgePress.com
@MichelleLevigne
 
Look for Michelle's Goodreads groups:
Guardians of Neighborlee
Voyages of the AFV Defender
Neighborlee Streets

NEWSLETTER:

Want to learn about upcoming books, book launch parties, inside information, and cover reveals?
Go to Michelle's website or blog to sign up.

ALSO BY MICHELLE L. LEVIGNE:

Guardians of the Time Stream: 4-book Steampunk series
The Match Girls: Humorous inspirational romance series starting with A Match (Not) Made in Heaven
Sarai's Journey: A 2-book biblical fiction series
Tabor Heights: 20-book inspirational small town romance series.
Quarry Hall: 11-book women’s fiction/suspense series
For Sale: Wedding Dress. Never Used: inspirational romance
Crooked Creek: Fun Fables About Critters and Kids: Children’s short stories.
Do Yourself a Favor: Tips and Quips on the Writing Life. A book of writing advice.
To Eternity (and beyond): Writing Spec Fic Good for Your Soul. A book defending speculative fiction.
Killing His Alter-Ego: contemporary romance/suspense, taking place in fandom.
The Commonwealth Universe: SF series, 25 books and growing
The Hunt: 5-book YA fantasy series
Faxinor: Fantasy series, 4 books and growing
Wildvine: Fantasy series, 14 books when all released
Neighborlee: Humorous fantasy series
Zygradon: 5-book Arthurian fantasy series
AFV Defender: SF adventure series
Young Defenders: Middle Grade SF series, spin-off of AFV Defender
Magic to Spare: Fantasy series
Book & Mug Mysteries: cozy mystery series starting in 2022
Quest for the Crescent Moon: fantasy series starting in 2022