Nailed by Avery Daniels

6/18/18

Nailed by Avery Daniels

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Roses
Series: A Resort to Murder Mystery #2
Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Julienne is snow bound in the middle of the Rocky Mountains with a killer striking at will.

Julienne LaMere gets to attend a Resort Management conference at a prestigious ski resort in the Colorado Mountains. What should be an enjoyable getaway attending workshops by day and shopping and enjoying the resort by night comes to a screeching halt when a loud-mouthed guest is murdered plus the roads and town shut down for an epic blizzard.
In addition to attending the conference, dodging a smitten teen boy, and seeking clues among the gossiping – and increasingly tense – guests, her best friend’s heart has warmed to an unlikely man and may get broken. As if her mind isn’t already fully occupied, Julienne and her new boyfriend Mason are skiing down troubled slopes in their relationship. Will Julienne put the scant clues together and unveil the culprit before a murderer gets away?

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I loved the premise of this book! Loved the two best friends, Julieanne, and Porsche, the mystery is good! There are some proof reading errors, not the Authors fault. However, the biggest problem I have is, no romance! The Detective develops something with Porsche, no kisses, no nothing!? Julieanne, intelligent, beauty, has no boyfriend? Hopefully, in the next book the Romance may be heating up, and in that case, I will be looking forward to this new series!
I recommend! Thank you! Enjoy

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Iced by Avery Daniels

6/18/18

Iced by Avery Daniels

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: A Resort to Murder Mystery
Publication Date: May 31, 2017

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.

She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what’s best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn’t understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.

Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?

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Here’s what I thought of Iced by Avery Daniels:

This is a great book from a new Author! I love Julieanne, the Heroine, her friends, her family, you want to be with these people. She has just broken up with her long time part of the family boyfriend! Within several days he is kissing someone else in public! However, she has a new neighbor, a cross between Adian Quinn, and some other tall ,dark , hunk.
He is Mason, a mixture of James Bond, and Jason Bourne, his father is a General, he was in Special Forces, he plays in high stake poker games, he can play the guitar, and he dates beautiful women from Hollywood! His other job is that of bodyguard! Think Keven Costner in the Bodyguard! Only this time he is there when she arrives home!
The mystery is yewww! A Pastor of a Mega Church is murdered right after he grabs Julianne’s backside, he threatens to have her fired, from her dream job. Now, she is the number one suspect in the murder of the very wicked Pastor!
I highly recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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Sarah Vail Interview, James Street Review, and Giveaway

June 14, 2018

James Street by Sarah Vail

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I have always wanted to write. Even as a little girl, I loved summer when school was out and I could spend time immersed in Nancy Drew Mysteries. As I grew, I wanted to write my own mysteries and took every creative writing class I could find. Life intervened, I married and had to work. After my marriage failed, I took a job in Oregon and pursued my dream of writing after work hours. I joined a writer’s critique group. With the support of other writers, I honed my craft. I went back to school, taking classes in Criminology and Forensic Science. I took classes in the safe handling of small arms and have incorporated that knowledge together with life experiences into my novels.

Several life experiences inspired writing James Street. When I was a young woman, I was stalked. It was a very frightening ordeal. I can still remember the night that he was finally arrested. I was eight months pregnant and my husband was working. Home alone, I was doing some domestic chores. I don’t remember why I looked up, but when I did, I found my stalker standing on my back deck looking through the sliding glass door at me. The door was locked, but it wouldn’t have taken much to break the glass. I rushed to my bedroom, locked the door and grabbed my husbands pistol from a night stand drawer. Once I had it in hand, I called the police. I positioned myself against a windowless wall phone in one hand and the pistol in the other and waited for the sheriff to arrive. I was terrified of guns. But I would’ve used it that night to protect myself and my baby had I needed to. My stalker would periodically send things for me to my parent’s home, up to the time he passed away in a mental hospital.

When writing James Street, I enhanced my experience by exploring what-ifs, as I believe all fiction writrs do.

Currently, I’m living an idyllic life. Another one of my life long dreams. I live on a Cattle Ranch in Oregon with  my partner, two dogs and my precious Arabian horses.

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What is the most unethical practice in the Publishing Industry?

This is a tough question to answer for me. I don’t have enough experience to know what the industry might be doing unethically.  

I would guess since self-publishing has taken over the biggest share of the market, and companies have emerged to help authors with the process, they might be overcharging for services. They might be talking would be authors into services that they don’t understand or need or worse, are purchased, but never completed by the publishing company.  

Marketing and publicity make all the difference in the success of a book. If you have a great book, it can still languish, if no one knows about it.

What have you changed if anything, about how you write after your first book was published?

I found that I write more often. When writing James Street, I couldn’t wait to get home after my day job to write. Since I’m retired now, I can write more and I do. I try to set aside several hours a day. I love it.

What is your kryptonite in writing?

My kryptonite in writing is noise and distractions. I need quiet and space to write. When writing sometimes I test out my dialogue by speaking it out loud. Anyone accidentally happening in on one of those sessions could easily assume I’m crazy! You do know what they say about talking to oneself.  I am also a bit of a perfectionist. First, I hot write a scene and then go back and polish, and polish and polish! I want the point of view character to pull the reader into his/her thoughts and emotions as he/she moves the plot forward. I want to make sure I’m keeping the reader in my fiction world by painting a picture with words.  I want to make sure I am stimulating the imagination with sights, sounds, smells, and touch. Once that’s done, and I’m happy with it, I go back and tighten.

Have you ever had readers block?

No. I’ve always been able to read. I have had readers disappointment, though. With all the books available because of e-books, I’ve found many I couldn’t finish.

Does writing exhaust you, or boost your energy?

Writing boosts my energy. When I’m in a scene and the story is moving along it gives me the strength to keep going. I find a great deal of happiness when I know a scene or chapter is working.

Do you see these great characters as becoming a series?

I do, and am well into my next book. I enjoyed creating my investigative team and think they are the right mix for solving lots of crimes.  

My favorite is McAndrews, do you have a favorite?

Tim McAndrews is my favorite character. I worried he might be too dreamy and too much of a manly, man. Then I thought… it’s my story! But many of my readers agree. The feedback is he’s the main character.

One night when I had girlfriends over for dinner, we had a ball looking through pictures of actors and models and choosing who might play him should it become a movie. What fun!  Though in the beginning, Tim was going to share the lead with Daniela, as the story moved on, he seemed to take over the lead.

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My Rating:  5 out of 5 Pearls
Publication Date: August 16, 2017

After four years of hard work, deputy district attorney Tim McAndrews claims the title of his offices top prosecutor. Hes young, handsome, and smart, and his life is ticking along at a satisfying pace until he sees a woman dancing down the last few steps of the James Street parking garage. Tim realizes his perfect life is actually missing something: love.

He’s surprised by his sudden and overwhelming attraction to the beautiful Daniela St. Clairwealthy heiress and philanthropist. Love on the brain, he returns to his office to find his best friends from the old neighborhood, Kathy and Scott. They have grim news: two young women have died as a result of a toxic mix of antidepressants and alcohol.

Kathy, with the Medical Examiners Office, and Scott, a Seattle detective, suspect foul play, and they need Tim’s help to prove it. With thoughts of Daniela still whirling around his head, Tim works with his old friends, but the case leads them all down a dark path. They follow the evidence where it leads, methodically putting together a jigsaw puzzle of pure evil, as Tim pursues new love and soon realizes hes not the only one interested in Daniela.

 

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This is going to be my top eight of 25 Books for 2018! In fact, I am going to read it again, I loved it! I do not know the Author, I found it on Netgalley, and am I thrilled! I have had a book to read in my hands since I was three, several weeks ago, I went through readers block! I have never felt like that in my entire life! I have at least 200 books TBR in my pile, and nothing struck me, then I read this blurb on Netgalley, and I was not disappointed! It is about three friends, Tim McAndrews, the Apollo of the group, or so women call him! His two best fiends since childhood, Kathy Hope, extremely intelligent, even if she would never win a Miss America Prize, and Scott Renton, tall, dark, and handsome, high school football quarterback! They literally had their own tree house, Tim, and Scott went off to college together, majored in Crime, now Tim, is an up, and coming District Attorney, Scott is the up and coming Detective in Homicide. Kathy, is the forensic pathologist, she is great at her job! They are great friends, even all these years later. 

Kathy calls them in, she has a female on her table that is not right, she knows something is wrong, the boys as she calls them, are not so sure, until a second woman, with the same symptoms, same hair color, and build, send alarms going off by all three of them. A possible serial killer using poison!

Tim has finally during this time, found the woman of his dreams, yet, she may call him Apollo, she is not ready for another relationship. Her cheating ex-husband has left plenty of internal scars, she needs to discover what Tim wants, her money, or her name. The sad situation for beautiful Daniela St. Clair, he has no clue who she is! He saw her walking down the steps one day, and she took his breath! He decides, This Is Her, This is The Woman I want To Marry! She is too traumatized to let him in. 

All during this time, the killer is becoming more agitated, willing to risk more, just for one more kill!

I highly Recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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Why Kill The Innocent by C. S. Harris

April 5, 2018

Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr 
Publication Date: April 3, 2018

A brutal murder draws nobleman Sebastian St. Cyr into the tangled web of the British royal court in this gripping historical mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose’s ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane’s murderer to escape justice.

Untangling the secrets of Jane’s world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death . . .

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I love  this series, I can’t imagine why this has not been made into an original series, on PBS! It has everything, a sexy hero, who fought in the Napoleonic War, two beautiful women who desperately want him,  Kat is a beautiful Irish actress, his first love! She is considered a great beauty, and the greatest actress of her time, there is nothing, including her body that she would not give him, nor was she a virgin when they met. Personally, I don’t care for her. I like, Hero, yes, Hero. Her father is the powerful Lord Jarvis, distant cousin to the Prince Regent. Hero is extremely intelligent, totally self-confident, loyal, and the best thing about her? She is smart enough to carry a gun, that her father, Lord Jarvis had made for her. She knows how to clean it,and she certainly will use it, to defend herself, and those she loves! We are now up to book 13, she and Sebastian St. Cyr had to marry, they have been through some rough times. Hero, was more than willing to let him go, once her child was born, considering how much he loved Kat. However, almost losing this brave, smart, loving woman, nearly destroyed him, he realized he truly loved her, just as she is. Knowing her father, is his worst enemy, Lord Jarvis would not hesitate to kill his much-loved daughter’s husband. In this story, the baby, Simon is One, his Birthday comes in the midst of a great snow storm, that freezes the Thames. Hero, and a friend come across a dead body, while helping a poor woman about to give birth. The body is that of Princess Charlotte’s piano teacher! Of course, it is taken out of the Bow Street Runners hands, by the orders of Lord Jarvis. Now, begins, Hero, and Sebastian’s hunt for the killer, which takes them to the Queen, to Henry Of Orange, Prince of Denmark, to the dead woman’s husband, next is a close friend of her brother’s. It is as usual well written, the characters are all well-developed, and it is a great mystery. The only thing I did not care for, there is not enough affection between Hero, and Sebastian. However, I cannot wait until Hero finds out, about her cousin, and her father! Were they having an affair, before her Mother died? I truly wish Ms. Harris, would write two of these a year, it is difficult waiting a whole year, for one more look, at this extraordinary pair!

I Highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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