Secrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours is fantastic compilation of tips, tricks, and learning tools for ensuring your book tour is to your liking. TSecrets of Successful Virtual Book Tours is fantastic compilation of tips, tricks, and learning tools for ensuring your book tour is to your liking. The guide is filled with do's and don'ts as you navigate your tour whether it's your first or your 10th. Learn what a book tour is all about, how to market your author brand, write guest posts, and much, much more.
This guide is also good for blog tour hosts. It contains information about the importance of a book tour. An author depends on reliable hosts to feature their work. Have you ever wondered why an author or promotions company is upset or irritated when you miss your posting date, don't feature the content provided, or skip out on your book review? We all must work as a team in order to make an author's book tour a success.
Roxanne does a magnificent job describing the process of a book tour. She also discusses specific social media to utilize and how to write original content for bloggers so that not all posts are identical. Readers don't want to read the same material over and over again during a 1 week or 2 week tour. She also discusses how to schedule a tour and how to choose between doing a tour yourself, or hiring a well established promotions company to help you out.
Highly recommended for authors and bloggers, alike!
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When I was given the chance to read Grilled For Murder I jumped on it faster than kids on a trampoline. You see, I fell in love with Flipped For MurdeWhen I was given the chance to read Grilled For Murder I jumped on it faster than kids on a trampoline. You see, I fell in love with Flipped For Murder, book 1 in Maddie Day's new Country Store Mystery series. Just like in book 1, Grilled For Murder has a plot that has more twists in it that keep you guessing about the demise of Erica Shermer. The author did another spectacular job of weaving several story threads throughout the book. This kept the book from getting monotonous or stale. The entire book is engaging and I couldn't put the book down. Trying, and failing, to figure out who and why was a challenge, which is a good thing in a mystery novel. Many of the characters in the novel, from book 1 and some that are new, could be the murder(s), as many people had motive.
Robbie is a great main character. She's realistically written as a kind, generous person who had a dream and worked hard to make it a reality. She treats people with respect and dignity, the perfect person to work in a retail/food establishment. The secondary characters all have their perfect places within the pages of the novel.
I enjoyed the continued world building in South Lick, Indiana. Robbie's roots are there and she's able to find out things from her family's past - some good, some bad. The interwoven storylines keep the story exciting and engaging. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is fast paced (never a dull moment) and will keep you on the edge of your seat, I suggest you give Grilled For Murder a try!
Paperback ARC provided by the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review....more
Sabrina and Hitchcock are back in a book full of new adventures. While she is supposed to be writing a novel, Sabrina finds herself constantly distracSabrina and Hitchcock are back in a book full of new adventures. While she is supposed to be writing a novel, Sabrina finds herself constantly distracted. First, Aunt Rowe gathers three friends and enters Lavender's Senior Pro Rodeo. None of the women have any experience, making Sabrina extremely nervous and uncomfortable. Keeping track of the rodeo's newest group of seniors is taxing to Sabrina. Second, an unexpected guest checks into one of the cottages at Aunt Rowe's. Sabrina thought she left her former life behind when she moved into one of the vacation rental cottages to help out Aunt Rowe. She is shocked to learn that the guest ends up being her former boss, Rita.
Next, Sabrina is also planning a Love-a-Black-Cat adoption weekend at the local fairground. Her intent is to inform the residents and those in attendance that there is nothing superstitious or evil about black cats. Amid the rodeo adventure, the sudden appearance of her former boss, and pulling together the adoption event, Sabrina already has too many things going on that pull her away from her writing. The last thing she needs is another distraction. But another distraction is what she gets. A local business woman is found dead. To top it off, there is speculation that the dead woman's path was crossed by a black cat. A writer/amateur sleuth's work is never done!
The Black Cat Knocks on Wood is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. The book is engaging from start to finish, hooking you from the very beginning. The character development is done well. The author continues to provide a bit of backstory but it's not overwhelming. We aren't bogged down with unnecessary details or boring character biographies. We receive the right amount of detail and description for each character.
The author did a great job writing The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. The conversations flow smoothly and are realistic. They flow so well that you think you're standing nearby involved in the topic of discussion. The descriptive content makes visualizing the scenes an easy task. The novel is fast paced and quite enjoyable. All of the characters are written with realism, as well, from the gruff rodeo employees to the uppity boss that Sabrina thought she left behind for good.
There is budding romance but it is written light and unobtrusive. The author has a relationship mixed in with the murder investigation but it's not front-and-center demanding more attention that necessary. The characters don't overwhelm the rest of the book with nonsensical flirting or over-the-top romantic gestures.
Review copy courtesy of the publishing company, via NetGalley, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
I look forward to the next book in the series....more
Holy Cow!! The Longest Yard Sale is the 2nd book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series by Sherry Harris and it rocked!!! I wasn't sure whatHoly Cow!! The Longest Yard Sale is the 2nd book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series by Sherry Harris and it rocked!!! I wasn't sure what to expect after being a bit disappointed in Tagged for Death, Book 1 of the series. All I can say is I'm so glad I had The Longest Yard Sale on hand to start reading immediately.
Warning - Book 1 spoilers are imminent.
Our protagonist, Sarah Winston, is still reeling from the events that happened a few months prior in Tagged for Death. The cheating scandal that her ex-husband, CJ, was involved in wasn't at all what it seemed. Yet, she's wondering why it was so easy for her to walk away from 19 years of marriage. She met a new man shortly after the affair became known and it turns out that Seth is the DA and will sometimes be working with CJ - awkward! The problem with this love triangle at this point?? I love CJ's character and I love Seth's character. Sarah is going to end up taking too long to figure out what she want's and by that time she may be alone. We shall see but I loved how the book ended.
While Sarah's love life continues to ebb and flow as she makes sense of everything that's happened recently, she also has a New England's Largest Yard Sale to coordinate. Nancy Elder, Ellington's town manager, took the idea and ran with, much to the annoyance of the police department, especially CJ. Everything is running smoothly until small fires being popping up on the edges of town. Later it's discovered that those fiery diversions were a distraction for much larger crimes - grand theft and murder!
When the body of a government employee is found dead inside her friend Carol's Paint and Wine shop, it doesn't look like a random act. As police try to piece everything together, they conclude that Carol is guilty. Sure that the police are wrong, Sarah goes on a quest to learn the truth. She knows that Carol didn't murder anyone. When the theft of original artwork is discovered - the same artwork that Carol was hired to replicate, which was then stolen before she could mark it as hers, things really heat up.
While working on solving the theft and murder mysteries there are also a few side stories taking place. These detours from the main focus are well placed, thought out, and woven into the story. The character and world building continues at a nice pace. The writing is fluid and done well. Everything about The Longest Yard Sale works. The story is unique and interesting, plus, the characters are fleshed out a bit more.
The Longest Yard Sale is a fantastic cozy mystery that is full of twists, turns, distractions, and red herrings. There are suspenseful, humorous, and heartbreaking moments that are sure to keep the reader engaged. The author sets up many of the characters as the potential suspect and expertly pulls the tablecloth out from underneath them without spilling the truth.
Paperback review copy courtesy of my bookshelf. This is a Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar store purchase....more
No matter where she runs, Shelly Marie Dixon is always looking over her shoulder. Her stalker has been able to find her no matter what. When she findsNo matter where she runs, Shelly Marie Dixon is always looking over her shoulder. Her stalker has been able to find her no matter what. When she finds his calling card at her latest residence, Shelly Marie knows that her only choice is to seek out protection from Adam.
Adam can't believe that the woman he loves is in D.A.R.K. Cover, Inc. It boils his blood knowing that she's there because a psychopath won't leave Shelly Marie alone. Adam makes it known that he will make sure Shelly Marie is safe and the threat to her will be disposed of....in any manner necessary.
Please note that I have not read Book 1 in the series. It doesn't, however, detract from Trust Me. There wasn't anything in the book that seemed like I needed to read book 1 to understand. I really enjoyed the story of Shelly Marie and Adam.
There were some rushed scenes and choppy dialogue but the story is so fascinating that it's easy to move beyond the discomfort. Aliyah Burke created a realistic environment filled with realistic scenarios and emotional content. I was genuinely concerned for our heroine as she tried to stay one step ahead of her stalker. Her reunion with Adam was heart-wrenching as Shelly Marie explained why she came to him.
Adam goes into full protective mode and guarantees her safety as long as Shelly Marie is with him and his family. His guarantee comes complete with "trust me" but Adam isn't sure she believes he can keep her safe. When the situation turns dangerous, Adam and Shelly Marie, along with Adam's brothers have to figure out how to stay safe - if they can.
The story flows well and is engaging. The emotional content is realistic and the complications draw on those emotions. I enjoyed reading Trust Me. At a short 68 pages, Trust Me can easily be read in one sitting.
Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own....more
The world looks bleak in Jaclyn E. Brod's futuristic world created in The Descendants. Employees within Dr. Grant's lab are nothing more than3.5 Stars
The world looks bleak in Jaclyn E. Brod's futuristic world created in The Descendants. Employees within Dr. Grant's lab are nothing more than slaves doing her bidding. The guards are protecting the Confinement - but from what or who? When head guard Theo is reassigned to guard duty in the lab, he comes to the realization that maybe the prisoners aka Experiments are not the evil creatures they all have been lead to believe. Joining forces with Jaxs, a female Experiment, Raven the Reaper, and a handful of his most trusted subordinates, Theo and his group devise a plan of escape. Will the plan work and will they live to see another day?
The Descendants is a pretty good story about those who blindly follow finally realizing that their leader may be up to no good. The character development and world building is done slowly but nicely. There is definitely a shift in Theo's character as the horrors of what transpires in the Lab breach his conscience. Unable to continue standing idly by, Theo begins to really look at things in the Lab; how things are run, who the other Experiments are, why there is a huge metal box...
Some of the dialogue is choppy but the storyline and characters are interesting. The book is engaging and it's hard to put the book down until you know how the book ends. There is a small amount of suspense built into the story and you wonder who is going to win - a classic pairing of good vs. evil. The book is suitable for most age groups in terms of content.
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BTS Book Reviews eMagazine is a wonderful resource for authors and readers. The magazine is a comprehensive collection of reviews for several genres.BTS Book Reviews eMagazine is a wonderful resource for authors and readers. The magazine is a comprehensive collection of reviews for several genres. It also features informative columns and book features. If you're looking for your next great read, check out the completely FREE BTS Book Reviews eMagazine.
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Sarah Winston is newly divorced from a former military man-turned police chief. When Sarah found out her husband CJ Hooker, cheated on her wi3.5 Stars
Sarah Winston is newly divorced from a former military man-turned police chief. When Sarah found out her husband CJ Hooker, cheated on her with one of the military recruits, she packed her stuff and moved out. What Sarah didn't do is move on, which is very evident with every page turned.
To help soothe the pain, Sarah continues to volunteer at the thrift store in the town of Ellington, MA, where she, and CJ, live separate lives. The store just happens to be on the Air Force Base she once lived with CJ before he became the town's Chief of Police. Part of her routine includes collecting unsold merchandise from garage sales to take to the thrift store. Sarah makes a gruesome discovery in one of the bags she picked and shortly thereafter, it's learned that CJ's mistress has gone missing.
As the disappearance is investigated, all fingers point to CJ in the disappearance and possible murder of Tiffany. Except, Sarah knows he didn't do it. CJ is many things but a murderer isn't on that list. She then takes it upon herself to figure out who's trying to frame CJ and why. Along the way, Sarah rattles the closet doors of some townsfolk that would prefer to leave their skeletons hidden, both complicating and endangering her sleuthing.
What follows is a continual run of back luck for Sarah. She discovers bloody evidence in a garage sale donation, is the one to find human bones outside of the thrift store, and the list goes on and on. Not only does it look like CJ is being set up, whomever is orchestrating these events is making sure that Sarah is suffering right along with CJ.
This book appealed to me because I love garage sales and what better cozy mystery than one based around them. Such a new and unique idea really. The world building is creative and realistic. Sarah's protagonist character does a lot of foolish things in Tagged for Death. She gets involved in events that could clearly implicate her or CJ or she goes digging into personal lives of people she shouldn't.
The writing is good but some of the plot details are distracting. The harassment that Sarah faces at the hands of the local police force is aggravating. It started long before the disappearance of Tiffany yet is explained away at the end of the novel in a bit too convenient way. I understand Pernell's stance on a few things but his threatening undertone toward a woman who was NOT responsible for the ending of her marriage was a bit over the top.
Tagged for Death is a good cozy mystery that is full of twists, turns, distractions, and red herrings. There are suspenseful, humorous, and heartbreaking moments that are sure to keep the reader engaged. The author sets up many of the characters as the potential suspect and expertly pulls the tablecloth out from underneath them without spilling the truth. The ending is a two-fold surprise that left my mouth gaping. I wasn't expecting what happened and look forward to Book 2, The Longest Yard Sale.
Paperback review copy courtesy of my bookshelf. This is a Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar store purchase. I was also provided a digital copy through NetGalley but opted to read the paperback I purchased instead....more