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Monday, February 28, 2022

Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley

Jousting and Justice: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic by Elizabeth Pantley

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February 16 – 20 – Book 1 FREE - Falling into Magic February 21 – 27 – Book 2 at 99 cents - The Disappearance of Emily

AboutJousting and Justice

Jousting and Justice: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Paranormal Cozy Mystery 5th in Series Better Beginnings, Inc. (February 15, 2022) Number of Pages 315 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NQS83FP

An invitation to a medieval festival. A ferry ride to a mysterious island. A scheming, inept witch. An office break-in, an unidentified body, and a string of suspects. Can Hayden, her brave, sassy cat, Latifa, and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and enjoy the festival?


Jousting and Justice follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery.


The Island Mystery: Hayden and all her friends get an invitation to a medieval festival - but it's on "the forbidden island." It's too enticing to pass up. Of course, strange things will happen once they get there! . . . You'll also learn the truth about the witch's sister!


The Murder Mystery: A dead body shows up in the most shocking place. First, they need to figure out who this dead guy is. Then, who killed him and why. There are so many twists and turns on the way to the answers! But we know that Hayden, Latifa, and their family and friends will figure it out and justice will be served.


Hayden’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this intriguing series.


About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she's ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world.

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King of Vegas Book Tour and Giveaway


King of Vegas

City of Sinners Book 1

by Sienne Vega

Genre: Dark Mafia Romance 

I witness a crime I have no business seeing. Now I’m in the clutches of a powerful and deadly mafia boss.

From the moment he comes into the Dollhouse, he won’t take his eyes off me.

He might be just what I need. A big spender to help me with my money issues.

But there’s one problem.

This is no average man. This is Giovanni Sorrentino, the new King of Vegas.

And when I stumble on something I shouldn’t, I realize I’m in big trouble.

Now it’s more than just money on the line.

I’m a goner unless I accept his deal—vow to be his, and I get to live.

But how long will it be before this ruthless King tires of his new toy?

King of Vegas is book 1 of 3 in the City of Sinner's dark mafia romance series. It is not suitable for readers under 18 due to graphic violent and sexual content.

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Sienne has a thing for dark and brooding alphas and the women who love them.

She enjoys writing stories where lines are blurred, and the romance is dark and delicious.

In her spare time, she unwinds with a nice glass of wine and Netflix binge.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Welcome to Piney Falls by Joann Keder

Welcome to Piney Falls: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery (Piney Falls Mysteries) by Joann Keder

About Welcome to Piney Falls

Welcome to Piney Falls: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery (Piney Falls Mysteries) Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Setting - Fictional town of Piney Falls, Oregon Purpleflower Press (March 14, 2021) Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 270 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1953270999 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1953270993 Paperback ‏ : ‎ 318 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1733663940 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1733663946 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B083FF56FZ

Winner of the Literary Titan Silver Award

Lanie has no idea what awaits her in Piney Falls...


Lanie Anders has a perfectly-ordered life. From her half-foam morning latte to her high-powered executive job - she controls every outcome. But when her house burns to the ground in mysterious circumstances, her life is thrown into confusion.


Searching for some kind of purpose, she stumbles across a century-old mystery and flees to Piney Falls, Oregon, an oceanside hamlet with a curious past. But something isn’t quite right in the picturesque town. Her neighbor speaks in riddles, the death rate is alarmingly high and the impossibly handsome town baker is hiding something.


With each clue she unearths in the present and the past, she becomes more convinced that the townspeople are in imminent danger.


Will Lanie be able to solve both mysteries without putting her own life in jeopardy?


Find out why readers are calling Welcome to Piney Falls “immensely immersive and totally gripping.” Don't miss the first in this exciting new mystery series!


About Joann Keder

Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master's degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.

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Welcome to Piney Falls Character Interview


Thank you for joining us today. Would you care to introduce yourself?

Of course. My name is Tulip Sloan, world-reknown movie star of the 1940s. I've made thirty films in the course of ten years and I've been nominated for sixteen awards. Cute Dame Magazine named me 1943's Best Shoulders. Then, there is the subject of my love interests–

No, that's plenty by way of introduction. Can you tell us why, as a character who is just mentioned in passing, we would be featuring your recipe today?

Darling, you underestimate me. I was once nominated for an Academy Award for fifteen second's work in the movie, "Chimps in Heels." I lost that award to Babs, the chimp who played the lead. I still think the award should have reverted to me when Babs beat Cary Grant over the head with it.

I thought you were going to say it was because you're featured heavily in other books in the series?

That too, darling.

Another surprise for us was that you cook and bake.

Of course I do! Movie stars are just like everyone else. I call my staff and tell them which recipe to use every day.

Now, give us some background on this recipe if you would, please.

My Thursday chef tells me this is his favorite. Chocolately and decadent and he says this is a lower fat option. I've watched him eat it before and he seems to enjoy every bite.

Thank you for joining us, Miss Sloan. We look forward to reading the rest of the series to hear your story!

You won't be disappointed. I have secrets upon secrets. I've suggested another book is added to the series focusing on me and I've been told it's coming next year.


Tulip's Chocolate Cake

·         1 and 3/4 cups (219g) all-purpose or Bob's gluten free flour

·         3/4 cup (62g) unsweetened cocoa powder

·         1 and ½ c (350g) granulated sugar or coconut sugar for a richer flavor.(This will make the batter slightly grainy, but will not affect the final product.)

·         2 teaspoons baking soda

·         1 teaspoon baking powder

·         1 teaspoon salt – a pinch of salt works too. Unprocessed, grey salt is the best

·         1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil, or fill half the cup with oil and half with applesauce for a lower fat option. You may also use a solid fat, such as butter

·         2 large eggs, at room temperature

·         2 or 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I like to add more)

·         1 cup (240ml) buttermilk

·         1 cup (240ml) freshly brewed strong hot coffee 

You may want to top with fresh berries, or berries and cream cheese, or whatever sounds good. If you'd like traditional frosting, see below.

Chocolate Frosting

·         1.25 cups (2.5 sticks or 290g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

·         3 and 1/2 cups (420g) powdered sugar-Swerve powdered sugar, or half Swerve and half powdered sugar works also

·         3/4 cup (65g) cocoa powder 

·         3–5 Tablespoons (45-75ml) heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk), at room temperature

·         1/4 teaspoon salt-again, a pinch works just fine

·         2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans, line with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the cakes seamlessly release from the pans. It's also fine to make this in a 9x13 inch pan. Make sure the bottom of that pan is greased thoroughly, either with butter or a baking spray


  •  Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or you can use a whisk) mix the oil, eggs, and vanilla together on medium-high speed until combined. Add the buttermilk and mix until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add the hot water/coffee, and whisk or beat on low speed until the batter is completely combined. Batter is thin. If you are using coconut sugar, batter may be slightly gritty. It won't be a problem once it's been baked.



  • Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours. The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I like mine to be slightly underdone, so I watch carefully the last ten minutes. For 9x13 pan, bake 40 minutes (more or less depending on your oven.)


  • Remove the cakes from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely in the pan.


 With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ (or Swerve) sugar, cocoa powder, 3 Tablespoons heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 full minute. Do not over-whip. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder if frosting is too thin or 1-2 more Tablespoons of cream if frosting is too thick. (I usually add 1 more.)


 If cooled cakes are domed on top, use a large serrated knife to slice a thin layer off the tops to create a flat surface. Discard or crumble over finished cake. Place 1 cake layer on serving plate. Evenly cover the top with frosting. Top with 2nd layer and spread remaining frosting all over the top and sides.


Refrigeration may help the cake slice easier.

Serve to your Hollywood friends and family on your best dinnerware.

Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Kings of Eden by Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks Release Blitz



Title: Kings of Eden
Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Maria Spada
Publication Date: January 27th, 2022
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


I've danced for some powerful and deadly men. But lately, instead of dollars, I'm collecting death warrants.


I’ve always played with danger. And as long as I followed the rules, I told myself I’d always be safe.


One night is all it took, one mistake, and now every damned mafia criminal in the Black Spades gang is after me.


But so are the Kings of Eden.


Cassius, Dracon, and Knox-- they're monsters that would make the devil's serpent look like an inchworm.


They want to play with me, break me, rule me.


What they don't know is that I'll never fall to my knees... even if that's exactly where they want me.


18+ Romance. Kings of Eden is a full length, dark paranormal romance with enemies to lovers themes, featuring three psychotic, tormented alphaholes and a sassy heroine. Contains some dark themes and panty-melting steam and is a story where the heroine will end up with more than one love interest.

Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore. Even though classic authors have always filled her bookshelves, she finds her writing muse drawn to the dark, magical, and romantic. But when she isn't creating entire worlds with sexy shifters or legendary love stories, you can find her either with a good cup of coffee in hand or at home snuggling with her furry, four-legged son, Sammy.

She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

RONE Award Winner

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

International Bestselling Author

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Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there's no tomorrow. By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her mighty pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she's a mighty warrior, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.

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The Blind Split by Lyn Farrell Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents

The Blind Split (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery) by Lyn Farrell

About The Blind Split

The Blind Split (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery) Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Setting - Rosedale, Tennessee Camel Press (January 11, 2022) Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942078730 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942078739 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HF1X2V4

A new client, Lexie Lovell, brings Rosedale Investigations a compelling mystery. Her father died and left his estate to be split between her and her brother, Teddy. Lexie never knew she had a brother until the will was read and nobody has a clue where the boy and his mother are. Lexie can’t get her money until the boy is found and Rosedale Investigations keeps coming up empty.


When Wayne finally finds little Teddy in an abandoned farmhouse, his mother isn’t there. What could make a mother leave a toddler alone to starve to death? They find no evidence of drug use or mental illness. Has she been kidnapped? The trail goes cold until she is found comatose in a rural hospital. The doctors say she’s unlikely to regain consciousness.


Lovell’s attorney is stalling on giving Lexie her inheritance, (or paying Rosedale Investigations’ fee) and was the only person in the hospital room when Lexie’s father died. Did he commit murder to get his hands on Lovell’s money? And how did Lovell, an accountant in solo practice, assemble a multi-million dollar estate? This one’s a real page-turner that will keep you guessing right to the end.


About Lyn Farrell

Writing as both Lia Farrell and Lyn Farrell, I’ve been publishing books since 2013. I decided to become a writer in the seventh grade. My home life was chaotic and I found peace spending summers at my grandmother’s dairy farm. With little supervision, I wandered the hundred and twenty-acre farm and discovered the beauty and healing power of nature. Today, when I need inspiration for my stories, I take long walks. My memories of the time I spent at the farm resulted in a novel “The Cottonwoods” released 8/21.

My first marriage had ended in divorce, leaving me with two young children. Five years later, I fell in love with a divorced professor with six children. Raising that many kids required working full-time. When I retired from Michigan State University, I returned to my original dream of becoming a writer. My daughter, Lisa, and I wrote the “Mae December mysteries” using the penname of Lia Farrell. They are amusing, mental puzzles called cozies, with an element of romance. Cozies are the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. It's a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world.

Now writing solo as Lyn Farrell, I recently published "The Blind Switch" (January 2021). It's the first in a series about a private detective agency, Rosedale Investigations. Two of my readers’ favorite characters from the Mae December mysteries, Dory and Wayne Nichols, have starring roles in these books. “The Blind Split” (released 1/11) is the second in the series. Author Links Amazon Author Page: Author Web Page: Purchase Links - Amazon - Kobo - Target - Walmart - TOUR PARTICIPANTS February 17 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW February 17 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT February 18 – Here's How It Happened – REVIEW February 19 – Brooke Blogs - CHARACTER GUEST POST February 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT February 20 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT February 21 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT February 21 – I Read What You Write - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT February 22 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW February 23 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT February 24 – Christy's Cozy Corners – GUEST POST February 25 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT February 26 – Girl with Pen – SPOTLIGHT February 26 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT February 26 – Maureen's Musings – REVIEW Have you signed up to be a Tour Host? Click Here to Find Details and Sign Up Today! a Rafflecopter giveaway Additional Banners

Friday, February 25, 2022

Cover Reveal The Demons of Chiyoda

Nora Simeon hates demons.

Mirror World Publishing and Sapphyria's Book Promotions present the cover reveal for The Demons of Chiyoda (Nora Simeon Investigations #3) by Laurence Raphael Brothers.

About The Demons of Chiyoda:

Occult private eye, Nora Simeon, and Eyre, her uncannily pretty boyfriend, are on another case on behalf of the Commission, the secret organization that controls financial sorcery in the Americas. This time they're hunting down an investment-bank sorcerer who cracked when passed over for promotion and used a summoned demon to commit murder. Finding the murderer is easy, but he's already dead, assassinated in a locked room.

The case's ramifications quickly reach far beyond New York. From a murder scene in Queens, Nora and Eyre discover a tangled web of international corruption and sorcery linking crimes in Japan and the US. Traveling to Tokyo at the behest of the mysterious Onmyōdō Group, they run afoul of the even more deadly Ministry of Shadows. In the rural reaches of Fukushima province, Nora and Eyre discover a fateful secret that could shake the foundations of financial sorcery all around the world and come up against an old enemy whose malice poses a greater danger than any they've faced before.

Book Information:

Publisher: ‎ Mirror World Publishing; 1st edition (March 17, 2022)
Publication Date: ‎ March 17, 2022
Print Length: ‎ 199 pages

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Meet the Author:

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and a technologist. He has published over 25 short stories in such magazines as Nature, the New Haven Review, PodCastle, and Galaxy's Edge. His WWI-era historical fantasy novel Twilight Patrol was just released by Alban Lake. For more of his stories, visit, or follow him on twitter: @lbrothers.

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