Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Only a Pawn in Their Game (Bullet Books Speed Reads #7)

by Kay Kendall

 My fellow Texan Manning Wolfe—friend, author, ace lawyer—has launched an exciting new series called Bullet Books Speed Reads.  
Bullet Books are speed reads for the busy traveler, commuter, and beach-goer. All are new original crime fiction stories that can be read in two to three hours. Gripping cinematic mysteries and thrillers by your favorite authors! Page turners for fans who want to escape into a good read. ALL ABOARD!
Manning asked me to write for her project, but there was a snag. She didn’t want historical mysteries, and that's what I write. Luckily, we compromised and settled on a time that was old enough for me but not too long ago for her.

That means ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME is set in the tense summer of 1989. The Communist hold on Eastern Europe is coming apart at the seams. The metaphorical Iron Curtain is shredding and the REAL Berlin Wall is shaking. Emotions run high in international diplomatic--and SPY--circles.
Into this hot cauldron of intrigue I drop my protagonist, Ms. Sammy Strauss.

Sammy expects a carefree summer during her internship at the US Embassy in Vienna. Competing spy rings clash in desperation and threaten her life as every Viennese waltz accompanies a murder. Is the handsome stranger she meets heading for romance or using her as a pawn?

Can she figure out who’s playing the tune before the dangerous dance ends badly?

Lucky for YOU, the potential reader, you can read my new book ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME to find out the answer. This book and others in this new series are available at all online book sellers in paperback and digital format. (NOTE: Keeping with my long-standing tradition, the name of my Bullet Book is also a Bob Dylan song title.)
Author Kay Kendall is passionate about historical mysteries.  She lives in Texas with her Canadian husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. Her second book Rainy Day Women won the Silver Falchion for best mystery at Killer Nashville. Visit Kay at her website  
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Monday, October 14, 2019

No Tricks, All Treats

October is a time for treats.

Even if you're not ringing doorbells with a plastic pumpkin hooked over your arm, there are still treats available. 


These mysteries are the first in their series, and they are FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

First from Elise Sax, Die Noon is the first installment in the hilarious, romantic Goodnight Mysteries series. 

Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott is the first in the USA TODAY bestselling Gotcha Detective Series

Armed and Fabulous by Camilla Chafer explores what happens when a boring temp job turns deadly!

From my longtime critique partner, Sally Berneathy. Lindsay, the Death by Chocolate heroine, will make you smile, and the included recipes are to-die-for.

Wanna Get Lucky by Deborah Coonts will hook you! Las Vegas, mayhem, glamor, and laugh out loud funny!

And finally, my own Poppy Fields. If you've not met Poppy, pack your bags for big fun!
Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures. 

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The DHG Challenge by Debra H. Goldstein

The DHG Challenge by Debra H. Goldstein

I’m worried about my friends and family. Lately, even though I’ve been hearing many wonderful things like births of children and grandchildren, awards, new books, obtaining an agent, or winning a little on the lottery, I’ve also been learning about friends getting hurt, sick, or dying. Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t think that’s the only reason I’m so much more attuned to the “news.”

I think it is a conscious decision to step back from the “chatter.” Whether one is into reported news, which constantly juggles breaking political or environmental stories against touching human interest pieces, or is simply trying to balance all the things necessary in life from grocery shopping, taking kids to school, working, or doing whatever else one does, one is bombarded by noise and responsibilities.

The intense level of things happening makes it easy to get lost in the mundane. It’s hard to pause and take a breath – to smell the flowers, laugh at a joke, or curl up with a good book. Our computers, voice driven machines, and other technological devices supposedly make our lives easier, but we often seem more overwrought and rushed.

What to do about it?

I’m making a conscious decision to stop and announce, “Not me, anymore.” I’m going to go back to making time for myself – whether exercising, reading, or hanging out on the couch, I’m taking back a few hours for myself. Will you join me?

We’ll call it The DHG Challenge. Our motto will be “Time for Me.” It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but it must be something personal to you.

There will be a guest blogger in my November slot, but I’ll report how The DHG Challenge goes on December 13th. In the meantime, go out, enjoy, and then e-mail how you make time for yourself at

I’m going to take the time to read book.  What are you going to do?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Book Review of Frankie Y. Bailey's What the Fly Saw by Juliana Aragon Fatula

Dear Reader,

I just finished reading Frankie Y. Bailey’s sequel to the Red Queen Dies, the book titled, What the Fly Saw is so great I couldn’t put it down until I read it cover to cover just like I did with The Red Queen Dies. I gave the first mystery four stars because I was unhappy with the ending. Ha. She hooked me into reading the sequel and that’s what great writers do. They hook us into reading and not putting the book down. They call it a page turner. I call it a midnight page turner burner. I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night so I closed the book and slept until morning. I woke up made some chai and returned to the book to finish. I didn’t want to do anything else. I was hooked and hooked good. 
So, hats off to Frankie Y. Bailey. I didn’t know the author before my friend introduced me to her, but I’m a fan now. I want to read everything she’s written. She has won awards and made a name for herself in the mystery genre, but she also wrote some police crime procedurals I’m dying to get my hands on. 
So dear reader, I want to revise my original rating of four stars to five and give her sequel five stars as well. Anyone that can keep me up all night turning pages earns a five out of five stars. I look forward to reading more about her characters, Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter. I’m patiently waiting for the next book. Until then, I’ll be reading her other books and learning more from this master writer. I suggest you do the same. She has a great style of writing and as a woman of color, and a writer, I plan on learning as much as I can from her and sharing with you, my readers.
From her book jacket: Frankie Y. bailey is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany/SUNY. She is not only a highly respected wrier of crime fiction, she is also recognized as the author of fascinating non-fiction titles that explore the intersections of crime, history, and popular culture. She is an Macavity Award winner and has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards. She is a past executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime.  
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