Review – Black Arts, Tarts, & Gypsy Carts by Erin Johnson

Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
by Erin Johnson


Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Self Published (October 29, 2017)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1976537110
E-Book – ASIN: B076GW21DK

With the Summer Sea Carnival visiting the enchanted island of Bijou Mer, Imogen jumps at the chance to help run the royal bakery booth. It’ll get her out of the palace and allow her to continue avoiding her feelings for a certain engaged prince.

Imogen’s plans to lay low are shattered when the world-famous necromancer, Madame Zerna, is found dead, sawed in half on the dark magician’s table and Imogen’s friend Rhonda is caught red-handed. With incriminating evidence piling up against Rhonda, Zerna’s rival, Imogen promises to help clear her name by finding the real murderer.

But between running the booth, encouraging Maple as she struggles to lead as head baker, and taking spell lessons from the friendly strong man, Imogen’s got her hands full. And it’s no easier getting information from the evasive dark magician or Madame Zerna’s secretive assistant. Even Rhonda’s hiding something.

With the Night of the Dead fast approaching, and Rhonda headed for a maximum security witch prison, Imogen races to unearth the real killer in time to save her friend. But in a mysterious carnival where nothing’s as it seems, will Imogen have the magical powers to keep from being on the chopping block herself?

 

My Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I have not read the first book in this series and I’m going to be honest, I think that’s what messed me up when trying to read this book.  I spent the better part of the beginning of the book so confused that I almost didn’t continue.  I don’t recommend reading this book without reading the first book beforehand.  There is a lot of world building and a couple characters that didn’t make much sense to me that I think I missed out on by not reading the first book.

With that said, I did like the characters, especially Imogen and Maple.  I also enjoyed Hank’s character and the flirtations between Imogen and Hank.  You can really feel the chemistry between them.  I liked the characters enough that I am going to go back and read the first story so I can get a better understanding of the world in this series.

 

About the Author

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

Website: www.erinjohnsonwrites.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJohnsonWrites. Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites

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Review + Guest Post – Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox

Of Spice and Men: A Pancake House Mystery
by Sarah Fox


Of Spice and Men: A Pancake House Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Alibi (November 7, 2017)
Print Length 280 pages
ASIN: B01N1HTUWJ

Lights. Camera. Murder? Wildwood Cove’s star turn is soured by a sneaky killer in this delicious cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Crêpes of Wrath.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!

With a Hollywood film crew in town to shoot a remake of the horror classic The Perishing, the residents of Wildwood Cove are all abuzz. Even Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, can overlook the fact that the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, happens to be an old flame of her boyfriend. After all, the crew loves Marley’s crêpes—so much so that Christine, the head makeup artist, invites her onset for a behind-the-scenes tour. But when Marley arrives, the special-effects trailer is on fire . . . with Christine inside.

The cops quickly rule Christine’s death a murder, and Alyssa a suspect. Marley’s boyfriend insists that the actress is innocent, but when Marley sticks her nose into the complicated lives of The Perishing’s cast and crew, she discovers more questions than answers. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda—and a plausible motive. And as the horror spills over from the silver screen, Marley gets a funny feeling that she may be the killer’s next victim.

Sarah Fox’s addictive Pancake House Mysteries can be enjoyed together or à la carte:
THE CRÊPES OF WRATH | FOR WHOM THE BREAD ROLLS | OF SPICE AND MEN

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Sarah Fox is a new author to me and I am so glad I decided to take a chance and read this book.  It was amazing!  I loved the characters and the mystery had me grabbed from the beginning.  I thought I had figured out who the killer was, but I was wrong.  It was a complete surprise to me when the killer was revealed.

I really love the setting of the pancake house and all of the foods that were described sounded absolutely delicious!  I pretty much stayed hungry while reading this book! 😉

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Guest Post by Sarah Fox
The Flip Side pancake house is at the heart of my Pancake House Mysteries. It’s owned and operated by the main character, Marley McKinney, who solves mysteries while pouring coffee and serving up platters of delicious breakfast foods.

The Flip Side’s chef, Ivan, works magic in the kitchen, and there are all kinds of delicious smells to inhale at the pancake house. To enjoy some of those heavenly scents at home, I’ve come up with five candles that capture fragrances reminiscent of The Flip Side.

Maple Bacon
This candle blends two of The Flip Side’s trademark aromas—frying bacon and maple syrup.

Sticky Licky Buns
Ivan’s maple pecan sticky rolls are one of the most popular items on The Flip Side’s menu. Beware, though, as this candle might make your mouth water!

Strong Cup of Coffee
There’s always fresh, hot coffee available at The Flip Side. This candle brings to life the rich, bold sent of a cup of joe.

Ocean Breeze
The Flip Side pancake house is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. It’s right on the beach and offers gorgeous views of the water. This ocean breeze candle evokes the beachfront feel of the pancake house with the smell of salty sea air.

Autumn Trail
I chose this scent specifically for Of Spice and Men, the third Pancake House Mystery, as it takes place in the fall when the leaves are changing color and Marley is decorating the pancake house with pumpkins. This candle captures the essence of the season, blending a hint of spice and apple with the scents of cedar wood, pine, and moss.

About The Author

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

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Sometimes love needs a second chance…

I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive, my world is damn near perfect.

Until I come face-to-face with my past. With the man I once loved. The man who holds my future in his hands. The man who’s hell-bent on getting even with me for leaving him at the altar.

Even with all the unfinished business between us, I still love Knox Montgomery. The only problem?

He loves me…KNOT.

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Review – Edge of Bliss by Molly E Lee

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Synopsis:
I never knew how perfect life could be until Blake Caster was finally mine.

Chasing storms with her only doubles the passion and the rush, but as we travel down tornado alley at the start of the season, we run into more than our fair share of nonweather-related trouble.

My past on the alley catches up to me in a bad way and with each captured storm, a wedge is driven between us. The harder I try to hold on to Blake, the faster she is slipping away.

Add to that an unexpected call from her ex, new pressures from the reality show filming our every move, and a job offer Blake may not be able to pass up, and my perfect life is on the same chaotic path as the storms we chase.

All I want to do is make her mine—forever—but one trip down tornado alley might be our last.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I loved Dash and Blake in Edge of Chaos (I would recommend reading that book before this one) and was so stoked to learn that their story would continue in this book of the series, Edge of Bliss. I don’t want to say too much and give something away, so I’ll keep this short and simple. I loved seeing Dash and Blake in a steady, long term relationship. They are absolutely perfect for each other. They really are each other’s half. I was so proud to see how much Blake has grown as a person after everything she went through with her ex Justin. Dash was the perfect boyfriend, always more than willing and able to show how much he really loved Blake.

Spotlight – The Space Between by Susan Rooke

Book Details:

Book Title: The Space Between: The Prophesy of Faeries by Susan Rooke

Category: Adult Fiction, 452 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Publisher: Holynok Press

Release date: September 12, 2017

Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)

Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 17, 2017

Content Rating: PG-13 (For some violence. There is no sex or bad language)

Book Description:

Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she’s always known to remain in the Space Between.

As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan–the Maker’s greatest enemy–as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?

Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won’t soon forget.

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Susan Rooke is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author of the forthcoming The Space Between Series. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The Twilight Zone Magazine, among many others. She resides on a square of green, peaceful country not far from Austin, Texas, with her husband Glen, who runs a small cattle operation while Rooke writes fiction about angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Look for her fantasy novel, The Space Between: The Prophecy of Faeries on Amazon.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ facebook

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Cover Reval – Checkmate Duet Series Boxed Set

Titles Included: Checkmate: This is Dangerous & Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-chance Romance
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: November 16, 2017

Introducing the complete Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate series from the USA Today Bestselling duo, Kennedy Fox!

Checkmate: This is Dangerous & This is Beautiful is a second-chance romance that’ll have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

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Logan Knight is a real-life knight in shining armor. 
Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder Kayla can’t help the way he makes her feel when she’s near him. 
Too bad he’s unavailable–or so he says.

Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real-life angel.

She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires Logan to be a better person.

Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.

Falling for her is inevitable, but losing her will destroy him.

Logan may think he has her all figured out, but Kayla is determined to prove him wrong.. This game of push and pull has her running in circles. One wrong move and they could both lose.

When unexpected tragedy strikes and Kayla forgets their relationship ever existed, Logan’s worst nightmare comes to life. He’ll do anything to remind her of the love they shared. It’ll be an uphill battle, but Logan won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by his rules.

Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

 

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Release Blitz + Review – He Loves Me…KNOT by RC Boldt

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He Loves Me…KNOT by RC Boldt is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Sometimes love needs a second chance…

I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive, my world is damn near perfect.

Until I come face-to-face with my past. With the man I once loved. The man who holds my future in his hands. The man who’s hell-bent on getting even with me for leaving him at the altar.

Even with all the unfinished business between us, I still love Knox Montgomery. The only problem?

He loves me…KNOT.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, this book gave my heart a beating. I am a sucker for a second chance romance. They are my absolute favorite to read and THIS one has shot up to the top of my list.

The blurb had me intrigued. I was tense and full of suspense reading the book and trying to figure out how Knox betrayed Emma Jane that would cause her to leave him at the altar. I was rooting for EJ and Knox throughout the book to get their act together and talk to each other about what happened on their wedding day. I felt so bad for the both of them. I could practically feel their pain from the other’s hurt and betrayal. There were a couple twists that I didn’t see coming. One of them mad me mad and the other one was like a punch to the gut – my heart absolutely shattered.

While I loved EJ and Knox, I think my favorite character from this book was Beckett. Talk about swoon-worthy! I swooned over him throughout the entire book. EJ is a very lucky woman to have a best friend like him and Madison.

 

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About the Author:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

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