The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean” By Tara Lain Release Day Blitz with #Giveaway + #Excerpt


A cozy mystery with a tongue-tied nerd of a history professor tempted by a gorgeous graduate student and millions of dollars if he can solve one of history’s greatest mysteries — who was Shakespeare really?
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
by Tara Lain
Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It’s Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she’s willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.
It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.
Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case-or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work… and one of them is willing to kill to do it.
When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise…
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Excerpt 1 – The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean by Tara Lain

Blaise said, “I’m so sorry, Dr. Lewis. I just don’t have good sense sometimes. I never should have put you in such a terrible position. I apologize from my soul.”

“N-not your f-f-fault.”

“Yes, it is. I completely overstepped my bounds. I feel like I know you, and I acted inappropriately.”

Llewellyn took a breath. “Y-you tried to make me f-feel comfortable.” He spoke slowly and got most of the words out. He didn’t want Blaise to take the blame.

Blaise smiled softly. “Yes, I did.”

Anne stepped closer. “Please don’t go until I’ve had a chance to tell you why I came.”

He met her gaze, and his whole stomach clenched. No. No way. “I—I—”

“Please let me tell you. You must know that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, is one of the people most often named as the true author of the works of Shakespeare.”

Blaise looked up at Llewellyn. “He is? I thought it was, like, Marlowe or Bacon.”

“No, no.” Anne waved a hand dismissively. “The Earl of Oxford has long been regarded as the most likely candidate to have written both the sonnets and the plays.”

“Yes, he’s one of the top candidates, if you believe such things.” The voice came from the sidewalk beside his car, and Llewellyn looked up to see George Stanley, Van Pelt, the Echevarrias, as well as the whole crew of dinner guests, with one or two defections, gathering there.

If I drive away, maybe I could just go to North Dakota and hide for the rest of my life? He swiped a hand over his face. Right, they love gay freaks there.

Anne frowned. “Not one of them, the most prominent among them, as I’m sure Dr. Lewis will agree.” He said nothing, and she didn’t seem to care. She was on a roll. “It’s been a dream of my family to investigate the earl’s position in this mystery for some time.”

I could run. Forget the car.

“That’s why I’ve sought out Dr. Lewis. He’s renowned throughout the world for uncovering new evidence in some of the great questions of history.” Her voice rang out like she was in a Shakespearean play herself. “That’s why I want him to prove beyond a doubt that my ancestor, Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, is the real author of the works of William Shakespeare.”

Llewellyn shook his head back and forth like a befuddled cow. “So many tr-tr-tried. C-can’t—”

She raised her voice even more. “And I’m prepared to present the university with a historical research grant of five million dollars in order to prove this claim. One million to go to Dr. Lewis and the rest for dedication of the history building to my ancestor, Edward de Vere.”

For a second the whole street—the whole world—went silent.

Someone—maybe Echevarria—murmured, “No.”

Then Van Pelt’s voice rang out. “Well, that sounds like one of the most exciting and worthwhile historical research undertakings I’ve ever heard.”

Running wasn’t enough. Maybe he should vomit.


About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance,  Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels,  Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.
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When New York reporter Paige MacKenzie heads to Tres Palomas, New Mexico, the resort of Agua Encantada seems a perfect destination to combine work with pleasure. A quick article on the healing mineral springs and a few leisurely soaking sessions in the resort’s soothing waters promises well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Paige is immediately intrigued with a local artist’s one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, as well as weekly gatherings to hear legends from an elderly storyteller. But when identical jewelry shows up on another guest and the storyteller goes missing, Paige’s R&R is soon redefined as restlessness and risk. Curious and persistent by nature, Paige is convinced there’s a connection. Enlisting the help of a flirtatious resort worker seems like a good idea until it begins to test her loyalty to her favorite cowboy, Jake Norris. Will an unexpected overnight trip to Tierra Roja Casino lead her to the answers she seeks, or are darker secrets lurking along the way?

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Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.
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THREE SILVER DOVES by Deborah Garner is an delightful Cozy Mystery, set against the backdrop of Tre Palomas, New Mexico. # in 3 “A Paige MacKenzie Mystery”,  but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Moonglow Cafe (A Paige MacKenzie” and “Above the Bridge (A Paige MacKenzie Mystery“.

Paige MacKenzie goes to Tres Palomas, New Mexico on vacation and a little work, as her boss as asked her to check out  the Mineral Spring Resort, Aqua Escantada.  What she  finds is intrigue, legends, secrets, mystery and a test of her love for her boyfriend, Jack Norris. She meets, Miguel, a flirty, sexy and totally appealing  resort handyman.  Her unexpected trip to Tierra Roja Casino will sorely test her loyalty to Jack, and where she will find  dark secrets and an undercover operation.

The cast of characters in “Three Silver Doves” is amazing, appealing and intriguing. Paige and Jack are remarkable characters and make an excellent “long distance” couple. I enjoyed this tale of mystery and secrets. A clean, sweet Cozy Mystery! Well written, and executed with premise and concise storytelling! Another great “Paige MacKenzie Mystery”! I strongly recommend to fans of Cozy Mystery, and Mystery of any sort. An enjoyable and satisfying read! A fun summer read!

*I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.”

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





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When a man of questionable character’s corpse is found at The Cottages, beaten to death with Madison’s own gardening tools, she and her partner, Fab, set out to prove that the man’s abused girlfriend did not kill him. Along the way, Madison finds herself behind bars twice, held hostage in a mansion, and running from flying bullets.

There is no shortage of action, suspense, comedy, or romance in this edge-of-your-seat story of two friends with a knack for getting into—and somehow out of—trouble. This time they must answer one question: Who is responsible for getting their Revenge in Paradise?

Greed in Paradise, is the sixth novel in Deborah Brown’s Paradise series, which can be also read as a stand alone book.

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“I loved the location, the story, and the people so I recommend this book for those who enjoy a good mystery that has a lot of fun as well.” 
“I’ve ready every book in her Paradise Keys –and can’t wait for the next one to come out. ” 
“So delightfully entertaining this is one story not to be missed!” 

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About the Author

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer… and then run out and tell their friends about it.


My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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REVENGE IN PARADISE by Deborah Brown is a light-hearted Contemporary Romance. Compared has compared this funny satire to a Cozy Mystery. #6 in the “Paradise Florida Keys Mystery Series” and it can be read as a stand alone. Of course, I would suggest reading the others in this unique, quirky, humorous satire. With all serious, “Revenge in Paradise” does have a serious side, with a murder, family angst, mayhem, mystery, sexy characters, and romance.
Ms. Brown has a unique writing style all of her own, while writing about a dysfunctional family, best friends and romance. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a satisfying and surprising ending.
Fans of Cozy Mysteries, and Contemporary Romance both will enjoy this hilarious, laugh-out loud tale of murder, mayhem and romance.

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Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

When a tree topples over onto Miss Lillian’s prized 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the grannies are once again scrambling for money and keeping Lil in the dark. Lucky for them, they have their choice of two cases, but which to take—a suspected art forgery or mysteriously disappearing trash from the county landfill?

As usual, things aren’t exactly as they first seem, and the grannies soon find themselves going undercover and dumpster diving to track down both bad guys. And now that Lil has scored an unexpected early release from prison, the grannies have more at stake than ever.

Will they find the culprits in time to repair the Tucker before Lil gets home, or will she arrive and unravel their lies? 

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Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Nancy now calls North Carolina home. She’s currently at work on the next book in The Granny Series, and a new women’s fiction novel. Stay in touch with Nancy on Facebook, twitter or subscribe to her newsletter on her website





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jodi thomasWhen I began ONE TRUE HEART I knew I wanted to write a story about a man, Drew Cunningham, who was afraid to live because he believed a terrible tragedy was he fault. One night in the Amarillo airport he meets a woman, Millanie McAllen, who has never been afraid of anything in her life.  She’s crippled up and broken and thinks the last person who can help her is a shy man who looks like he might be a professor.

Millanie has taken care of herself all her life and is touched that this guy thinks he can help her.  She decides to play the helpless role if only long enough to catch a ride to her home town, Harmony, Texas.

Though they are attracted to each other, neither believes in love.  And, like most of us in our real lives, Drew and Millanie are surrounded by friends and relatives who complicate their lives.

When you step into ONE TRUE HEART you’ll step into Harmony where the lives of the people in the town blend together.  You’ll meet Millanie McAllen and Drew Cunningham.  Both hiding out from life for different reasons.  In their love story the gentle, loving man wins out.  As they face the truth about real love they also must both face their fears.

Drew, who is always organized and calm has, what he believes, is the craziest sister on the planet.  She dances in the moonlight and tells fortunes.  In her first session with Johnny Wheeler, he’s arrested for killing his ex-wife.  Kare knows Johnny didn’t do it.  She didn’t see murder in his lifeline.  Johnny thinks she’s nuts, but she’s determined to help him even if she has to draft her big brother to help.

Another story threads its way through the book.  Beau Yates comes back to town for a few days.  He’s a successful singer in Nashville, but deep down knows that all his love songs are about one girl.  He doesn’t even know her name, he simply calls her Trouble.  She used to pick him up after work.  She’d every dream he’s ever had about love.

This story has people who will come to life as you read.  You’ll fall in love with a first love and fall in love for the last time with a forever love.  I hope my characters will walk off the pages for you as they have for me.

Now and then I get a letter or e-mail asking me where Harmony, Texas is.  It’s in my mind.  It always has been.  It’s the small town where people care about each other.  It is as alive as any town I’ve ever lived in and I hope it will come alive for you also.

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Jodi Thomas

Thank you, Jodi, for visiting with us and our readers today! It is always such a great pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers!

Congratulations on another hit, with ONE TRUE HEART!!

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Meet Jodi Thomas…

A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state.

With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

“My door is usually open to students all morning,” explains Thomas, who talks to the classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU’s Cornette Library. “They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn’t an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs. I’m hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools.”

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”

While the author toured the country speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters formed a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town engagements.

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.


  • Series: Harmony (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268414


One True Heart

Millanie McAllen is always logical. But after returning to her childhood home, she learns that some things are beyond explanation—like her undeniable passion for Drew Cunningham…

After finding success as a singer on the road, Beau Yates returns to Harmony to make peace with his dying father—only to find the woman he’s been dreaming of for years. But the secrets they discover might be too much for him to bear…

When Johnny Wheeler is charged with his wife’s murder, he turns to the only person who believes he’s innocent. Fortune teller Kare Cunningham’s life has always danced around reality—but Johnny is able to ground her like no other…

As their paths cross in new, captivating directions, the townspeople of Harmony need to learn to love and let go in order to live together in their little slice of heaven.

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ONE TRUE HEART by Jodi Thomas is another awesome Contemporary Romance set in small town of Harmony, Texas. #8 in “A Harmony” novel, but can be read as a stand alone. Please visit the author’s website for a full listing of this amazing series!

Harmony, Texas just keeps getting better and better, in my opinion. In this one we meet Captain Millanie McAllen, Drew Cunningham, Beau Yates, Johnny Wheeler, and Kare Cunningham.

Filled with secrets, hidden secrets, buried pasts, passion, and romance. Love blooms, as does the promise of secrets buried coming to life. A captivating and intriguing tale of small town life and the people who live in them.

Once again, Ms. Thomas has brought together a cast of characters that are charming, yet some are destructive, passionate, romance and love. A well thought out tale, with realistic characters who have realistic problems. I have enjoyed this series, but I believe “One True Heart” is the best yet, but than we will have to see what comes next in this fast paced, small town story filled with secrets and blooming love. Well done, once again, Ms. Thomas! Highly recommend for fans of small town life, Cozy Mystery, Romance and just a well developed story. Another keeper by Jodi Thomas!

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REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



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Writing a Historical Mystery

If you choose to write a historical mystery, you then have a hundred choices for what kind of history to write about. What culture, what geography, what time frame do you want? Ice Age, ancient Egypt, Middle Ages of Europe? You’d better choose something you know about, or want to learn about. Or you can make something up. Science fiction and fantasy can emerge from a historical setting created by your imagination.
For my first novel, Cemetery Whites, I chose to write a cozy mystery set in current times but with clues leading to the past. So many questions to ask about settings, characters, and plots! What would happen and who would do what? I chose to set the story in small towns and rural areas that I was familiar with and found intriguing. My father’s scattered family lived in DeWitt County near San Antonio, Texas; they had settled the area as early as 1825 when it was DeWitt Colony. Its history offered ways for my amateur sleuth to go back and forth in time to find information. Records, deeds, letters, and oral history provided information.
Today’s characters were inspired by people I met when I visited the country as a child, but they are sketched and drawn as their own character—not identical to someone who really existed. I’ve heard that comment from other authors, such as Muriel Spark. On a train one day, she noticed someone with delicate hands, and years later, she gave them to a character in one of her books.
My major character, my amateur sleuth, just moved from Houston to Yorktown after her husband died in a car accident. Caroline Hargrove Hamilton chose to live in a small-town cottage rather than a country farm, because she wouldn’t know how to run a farm and couldn’t buy one anyway. Some choices about your character are necessary. Caroline likes being in the country, though, and her cousin Janet, her childhood friend, drives her around the dusty roads to see wildflowers, old houses, grazing cattle, and cemeteries. Caroline has taken up genealogy, and cemeteries provide names, dates, and acquaintance with ancient aunts and uncles to include in her charts. Cemetery Whites begins in the Hargrove graveyard when Caroline and Janet find the body of a history professor. He had his own interest in Texas history and it cost him his life for digging up a patch of old white irises.
His death in Caroline’s family cemetery, her acquaintance with Constable Bob Bennett, and the assistance of cousin Janet start the plot of the mystery. The Hargrove family wants to solve what happened to Professor Harrison, and Caroline volunteered to find out. She and Janet visited people and places in the country, and the professor’s family in San Antonio. They attended his funeral as well, and found his ancestor’s grave in the national cemetery; they found out about the small house where she lived after the Civil War along with her son and grandson.
Caroline uncovers her own family’s history, including oral history from Great-Aunt Hettie who told her things nobody else knew. Caroline and Janet uncovered family secrets that eventually disclosed the answer to Professor Harrison’s homicide—and another one, too. Another man was shot and buried in the family cemetery in 1875, underneath somebody else.
So that’s how I put my first cozy mystery together with a historical background. Writing about Caroline and her Hargrove family will always be a historical mystery of some kind. It’s the nature of the setting, the characters, and something about the plots. They’re related to generations of the past, even if the main mystery is current—committed today.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with us and our readers today!

connie4Meet Connie Knight…

Connie Knight’s interest in Texas history is reflected in Cemetery Whites. Murders in 1875 and 2010 are solved, with the detective’s family history unraveling to reveal information. Knight’s hobby of gardening produced the title Cemetery Whites. The victim’s body is found sprawled in a patch of white irises in an old family cemetery. The flowers with that name still exist today, at old homesteads and in current gardens, including Connie Knight’s.
Connie Knight now lives in Houston and has just finished a second mystery, Chances Choices Changes Death, a sequel to Cemetery Whites. She is now working on her third mystery novel in the Caroline Hargrove Hamilton Mystery series.
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March 30, 2014
Myra Cade is a single mother, living with her father, Doug, and raising her son, Scott. She mostly keeps to herself and really has no time for anyone else. But shortly after serving paternity papers to Danny, the suspected father of Scott, she’s found dead at the side of the road in the country. Caroline and her cousin Janet, who are taking Western riding lessons at the nearby Robinson Ranch, find themselves drawn into the murder investigation and looking for the missing boy and the murderer.
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Maple Creek Media (March 30, 2014)
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  • Language: English

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A nice Cozy Mystery! Nice follow up to “Cemetery Whites” novel. #2 in the “A Caroline Hargrove Hamilton Mystery”. While, can be read as a stand alone, I would suggest reading “Cemetery Whites” first.

Fast paced, tale of a missing boy, a murder, with twists and turns abound. Nice horse background. The author is surely a horsewoman. The mystery is well written and carried though. The characters are interesting and endearing. I enjoyed the setting as well as the characters and the storyline. The ending was somewhat a shocked. An enjoyable and engaging read with a satisfying ending. I would definitely read another story by this author. I would recommend to any fan of the Cozy Mystery genre. Well done!

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Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
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Day in the life of author
When I think of how my favorite authors spend their days, I imagine that it involves peaceful home offices overlooking pastoral scenes, adorable dogs laying at their feet, while the authors bring forth amazing stories of memorable characters. There may be a walk in the woods involved.
And then I think about a typical day in this author’s life and laugh and laugh and laugh.
I have a full-time job, so I have to cram writing in around a busy daily schedule. This means that Chasing the Dollar and my other works-in-progress get written in the damnedest places. Any place I have to wait more than two minutes at a time, such as the lobby at my dentist’s office, or waiting for my number to be called at the DMV. Weekends and evenings, of course. Sometimes early in the morning. Whenever insomnia strikes. And, on a few rare occasions, a holding cell while I’m waiting for the jail personnel to bring me a client for a meeting. (Don’t judge me! It can take up to 10 minutes for them to get to the visiting room. That’s 10 valuable minutes I could be scribbling in my notebook!)
So I don’t have a regular writing schedule. A typical day includes waking up and going for a walk, unless it’s raining, cold, or I’m being lazy, and then maybe getting a little Internet time—checking FaceBook, Twitter and email. While driving to and from work, I’m probably listening to a podcast about writing (I Should Be Writing, Self Publishing Podcast, Self Publishing Roundtable, Reading and Writing Podcast, Writing Excuses, Rocking Self Publishing Podcast, or Authorcast—to name just a few) or an audiobook (I’m currently listening to Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey). In the evening, I may write for an hour or two, if I didn’t bring work home from my day job. Where I can really make progress on my book is on the weekends.
I do track my word-count each month and have monthly goals. I don’t always make these goals, but having them in mind gives me a benchmark—am I working toward my publishing goal or slacking off too much? Even the days when I can’t put pen to paper, not a day passes when I’m not thinking about my work-in-progress, which keeps me in that world.
On days when I get home exhausted from work, I always remind myself that I’ve never once regretted sitting down at the keyboard and writing a few paragraphs. But I have regretted all the times I sat in front of the television instead of writing. That always makes it an easy choice to return to the computer and my characters’ world.

Oh, my, what an interesting life! Thanks for sharing!


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Ellie Ashe
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Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she’s lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can’t find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her.

She can’t move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up. Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation—leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who has his own agenda. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her…


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“Not guilty.”
The two words sliced through the thick atmosphere in the courtroom, and my heart leapt. The boa constrictor of stress that had been wound around my body for the last year and a half eased a tiny bit. Next to me, my attorney, Robert Fogg, tensed. We weren’t remotely done, his body language warned.
“As to Count Two, wire fraud, the jury finds the defendant—”
A pause. Why was the clerk pausing?
“Not guilty.”
The breath escaped my lungs, but Rob put a cautious hand on my arm warning me not to get too excited yet. He’d spent much of the last fourteen months explaining the odds, explaining the process that I’d face if I insisted on going to trial, comparing the risk I’d face with the known quantity of the plea offer—a mere four years in prison if I agreed to a plea deal and admitted to defrauding clients of the investment bank where I’d been an analyst, compared to ten years or more I risked if I was convicted at trial. And I’d almost certainly be convicted, Rob had assured me. Even if the witnesses against me were convicted felons, liars, conmen who would say anything to get a break on their own prison sentences. The documents were undeniable, incontrovertible evidence of my guilt.
“As to Count Three, wire fraud, the jury finds the defendant—”
Damn her, why the dramatic pause?
“Not guilty,” she finished.
This time I glanced over at the jury and made eye contact with several of them, my heart still in my throat. Instead of the impassive expressions they’d worn in the last two weeks, they looked relaxed. Friendlier. Less scary. And they were looking at me.
That was one of the signs Rob told me might signal a favorable verdict. If the jury walked in and wouldn’t look at me, they probably had convicted me. When they had filed in with their completed verdict forms, I was too nervous to look in their direction.
“As to Count Four, wire fraud, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.”
No waiting this time. The clerk flipped the page to the next form and continued reading, her pace picking up. She must have realized that if she kept pausing before the big reveal on each charge, we’d be here until dark.
“As to Count Five, wire fraud, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.”
I couldn’t relax yet, not quite yet. There were still ten more opportunities to hear I was going to prison.
Fifteen fraud charges. Fifteen chances to hear the clerk announce that the jury had believed my former boss, his former boss, and the government’s accountants and investigators who had testified that I, Miranda Vaughn, participated in a conspiracy to defraud banks and investors. That I, with my business degree from a state school still freshly inked, managed to find a way to outwit regulators for the entire six years I worked at Patterson Tinker Investment Strategies to reap huge profits at the expense of the most established investment advisors in the industry.
Rob’s hand gripped my arm, and I realized that the clerk was done reading the verdicts. The room was blurry, and I felt the wet tears running down my cheeks for the first time. The stress of holding those tears back in the last year had caused me to lose sleep, lose hair, and develop a nasty habit of grinding my teeth when I finally managed to close my eyes at night. But I knew that if I had let loose those emotions, I’d never be able to rein them back in and would have ended up in a stark white room with no interior door knobs where I’d spend my days rocking back and forth and waiting for my next round of pills.
“We did it, Miranda,” Rob whispered, putting an arm around me in an awkward hug.
I looked up to see the judge watching me. Instead of the stern glare I had grown accustomed to, he was almost smiling at me. I blinked. It must have been the tears in the way. But when I wiped my eyes, there it was—Judge Smith’s softening expression, looking like someone’s granddad instead of the dour arbiter of my fate.
The judge addressed the jury, thanked them for their service, directed them to the jury commissioner’s office to turn in their parking passes, and then looked back at me.
“The bond is exonerated. You’re free to go, Ms. Vaughn. Court is recessed.”
He stood, and everyone in the room followed suit. The jurors filed back into their room off the side of the courtroom to collect their belongings. Several of them smiled at me, and I smiled back but could feel my lips start to tremble. I swallowed hard and tried to pull myself together. Rob began gathering the legal pads that littered the defense counsel table.
I stood next to the table, still stunned and unsure what I was supposed to do now. Part of me expected to be found guilty, even knowing that I hadn’t done what the prosecutor accused me of. I had prepared myself for that. Studied the post-conviction proceedings, the deadline for filing a notice of appeal, researched sentencing procedures and even federal prisons. I hadn’t planned what would happen if I were acquitted of all the charges, and I was at a loss as to what to do now.
Turning to the nearly empty courtroom, I saw my lone supporter. The entirety of my cheering section was blowing her nose noisily into a hankie. She came toward me, pulling me into a warm hug over the low railing that separated the gallery from the attorneys and defendants.
“Aunt Marie, when did you get here?”
She gripped me harder. “Somewhere around count seven,” she said. “Rob sent me a text when the jury came back. I hot-footed it right down here.”
I relaxed into her embrace. The familiar scent of Chanel and baked goods that always permeated her clothing soothed me and took me back to the safety of my childhood. She had come straight from work because she was still wearing her apron with the Sugar Plum Bakery logo.
“Miranda, I’ll take care of the bond paperwork,” Rob said, interrupting our family reunion.
I pulled away from Aunt Marie and nodded. Rob’s face was flushed, and he looked two decades younger than his sixty-three years. He seemed incapable of suppressing the huge grin on his face. Suddenly I felt awkward, unsure how to tell him how grateful I was.
“I don’t know what to say,” I said. “Thank you, Rob. Thank you so much.”
The words were inadequate. During the fourteen months since my arrest, I always felt that he believed I was guilty of something, but despite that, he had done an admirable job defending me. He gave me a crooked smile.
“You’re welcome,” he said. “We’ll talk soon. I’m going to see if I can catch a few of the jurors and talk to them. Come by the office later. We’ll celebrate.”
He leaned across the railing to shake Aunt Marie’s hand and was pulled into a tight embrace. When she finally released him, he gave her a kiss on the cheek and smiled as he gently wiped a tear from her face. Then he turned back to the counsel table and continued clearing it of folders and notepads and his laptop computer, sliding the whole mess into the large black case that he’d been wheeling into court every day of the trial. He zipped the case, gave me another quick hug, and walked over to the other counsel table.
I turned to see how the prosecutors were handling the news. My tormentors—an older, brittle veteran prosecuting attorney named Donna Grayson and Matthew Reese, her younger co-counsel, a clean-cut young man who looked like he was my age. Neither of them would look at me, and their expressions were grim as they shook Rob’s hand.
Finally, Matthew Reese made eye contact with me and gave me a nod.
“Good luck to you, Ms. Vaughn,” he said.
I almost believed his words were sincere, but then I remembered three days earlier when he called me a thief in his closing argument. I returned the nod without a word, not trusting myself to hold back if I spoke to him—something I’d been forbidden to do for well over a year.
I slipped through the low swinging gate and took Aunt Marie’s arm, leading her out of the dark courtroom into the bright, wide and empty hallway. When I had been arraigned on the fraud charges in this courthouse, the hallway had been packed with reporters clamoring for a comment. But since then, they had lost interest. The prosecutor’s office wouldn’t be putting out a press release on the loss, and I wondered if anyone would even care that I had won. That the woman the government had called “a slick con artist and one of the masterminds of the greatest financial fraud ever seen in this state” was walking out of court and not heading to prison.
I was free to go. No longer facing a decade in prison. Not under a cloud of allegations that had cost me my career, my good name, and my peace of mind. That had driven off friends. Led to the break-up of a five-year relationship. Cost me every last dime of savings and most of Aunt Marie’s retirement as well.
I walked up to the wall of windows and looked down on the city, the busy intersection by the federal courthouse, the people jaywalking to get to the Starbucks across the street. A normal day, with everyone bustling about in the bright afternoon sunlight, enjoying a typical California summer day.
I was free to go.
To go where?

About the Author:
Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on

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Chasing the Dollar by Ellie Ashe is an interesting Romantic Mystery/Suspense.  #1 in the “Miranda Vaughn Mysteries” series. A  high stakes, highly energetic tale,  from Belize to Macau. A great mystery, suspense and romance tale. You can’t help but keep reading to see what happens next. Well written with a bit of humor, lots of romance, and charismatic characters. A great series, and one I look forward to reading the next installment. Miranda and Jake will entertain, as well as capture your heart and your interest. Thank you for allowing me a chance to read this fast paced tale of romance and mystery. Another interesting Cozy Mystery.
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Hi April!
Thank you for having me on My Book Addiction and More to introduce my heroes to your readers. This is my last blog on the tour, and my giveaway will be ending soon, so enter on the rafflecopter for a chance to win one of many gifts! With two books released in July, and another one coming very soon, I decided to meet my heroes for dinner and introduce readers to these delectable men surrounding my table. Each one arrived alone, and thought the meeting was just the two of us. Walt was early, he’s a police academy instructor in Handled By Officer, so arriving early was in his blood—think drill instructor in the shape of Thor, and that’s Walt. Although my version comes with a mid-west accent and short hair. 😉
Makaio arrived next, he’s my playboy from Hawai’i in Dead On Arrival who’s never been serious about any relationship. He’s a cop in his early twenties so he’s right where he belongs in life. Except he’s not. He screwed up the most valuable relationship he’s ever had — his cousin was more like a twin brother to him, until I stepped into the picture and messed with their heads. I feel bad about it, considering these men have been tight since diapers, but it was a journey they had to take.
Alapai arrived third, he’s the biggest of them all. Well over six and a half feet, his size and brawn would be intimidating as hell if he didn’t always wear a smile. Also from Hawai’i, he’s Makaio’s cousin, and he’s got his hands full running a security company of his own and being a guardian to a magical race from Hawaiian folklore. He really didn’t have time for this trip to the mainland, but he aimed to please… until he saw Makaio. Now he’s not happy at all.
Stone just arrived. I’d tell you his first name, but he’d have to kill you. Not really but he’s my guy who never cracks a smile. Stone wasn’t always that way, he’s just back from the war in Afghanistan and still recovering from his injuries. He’s always been lean, and he might be the smallest guy in the room, but that doesn’t make him little, or easy prey. Even with his injury, he showed up as if he magically ‘poofed’ himself into the mix — his military training had made him deadly silent in everything he did. The strain of recovery showed on his face, he’d lost some weight and sweat beaded his forehead. I’d feel sorry for him for all the pain and extra exertion he’s had to go through for this journey, but then he’d have to kill me, so I’ll just admire his strength and endurance. He’s really going to need it in Dead Man’s Carve, which will be releasing very soon!
We hadn’t made it to the sitting position since Makaio arrived in a tank top, cargo shorts and flip-flops with his tattoo peeking out and looking ultra sexy. He and Walt went toe-to-toe, until Alapai arrived who thought the whole scene was humorous … then Makaio turned around. Pai’s happy-go-lucky personality turned very dark at that point and when he read my thoughts (I really should have cut the umbilical cord sooner) the glimmer in his eyes disappeared. He looked like a cold-blooded killer in a black suit and tie — his long, dark ponytail enhancing the image.
But as soon as he was done sizing Stone up, his body language relaxed. Walt and Makaio, however remained on high alert trying to push me to the rear. A job they weren’t going to get done without a fight.
I pushed forward and approached Stone to shake his hand then sighed in relief that he was there, and that our dinner would soon be underway. “Stone, your timing is impeccable as usual.”
He squeezed my hand affectionately. “Kym, you will die a quick death if you keep this up.”
I couldn’t help but smile. Pai’s eyebrow quirked with the corners of his mouth rising just a tad and I knew he understood Stone’s sense of humor. Makaio and Walt, however, were nearly growling behind me. I didn’t need their protection, especially from Stone, nor did the women in their future but that was something these two would have to learn on their own.
Makaio decided to take control. “Brah, you better watch who you’re threatening.”
“You should think before you talk. Your mouth has gotten you in enough trouble.” Stone’s face was just as you would expect — completely void of expression.
Makaio bristled and I stepped in to protect him. “Why don’t we sit down and order some drinks, then I’ll make introductions.”
The guys reluctantly took their seats with Walt and Makaio on each side of me and Pai and Stone sitting on the opposite side of the table, definitely a feast of eye candy for my meal. I quickly introduced everyone and tension eased a bit as we ordered drinks. Since I’d already downed two amaretto sours, I ordered a glass of tea, but the dinner menus laid un-opened on the table.
Stone took a drink of the tea he’d order, and I knew he was still using pain-killers. His brown hair had grown out since we’d last met and was currently curling around his ears and forehead. His chin was still covered in the beard he’d grown while overseas, but he looked rough and sexy as hell.
Stone dropped his third warning within a couple minutes, but I think the others were beginning to catch onto my military man’s skewed sense of humor. “You better tell us what’s going on before these two begin gnawing off each other’s limbs.” Of course, he was referring to Pai and Makaio.
I jumped in with two feet. “It’s time for you guys to settle down.” Three sets of eyebrows rose, Stone’s face remained expressionless. I pushed forward. “You’re about to meet the perfect women—”
Makaio got up first, Walt followed a close second and the two exchanged a look of total solidarity, “We love you, Kym but that’s not happening anytime soon.” Makaio kissed my cheek, “Aloha.”
“Wait—” I tried to stop them.
Walt followed his lead and kissed my other cheek. “I’ll see you next to you’re in KC, we’re going to hit the bar to find those beauties.”
Pai followed their lead, “I’ve got work I need to attend to. Call me when your back home.” He turned and shook Stone’s hand. “Thanks for your service.”
Stone nodded and looked like he wanted to leave as well.
“But, Pai—”
Pai winked and disappeared around the flower pots separating us from the rest of the restaurant patrons. I looked at Stone, expecting him to jump up and leave.
“I need to rest my leg, and I was really looking forward to a steak, so if you keep the topic of conversations away from a ball and chain, your safety won’t be in jeopardy.”
I laughed and gave in. All four of my guys had received my warning loud and clear, their lives as bachelors had an expiration date. I picked up my menu, handed one to Stone. “Let’s eat.”

Have you known a man who was afraid of meeting the woman of his dreams? Do you think its fear of a relationship, or fear of growing up?

 Thank you for stopping by today,Kym!

I think we all fear, both the relationship and growing up. At times in our life. What about you?



Heroes with Hearts of Steal Blog Tour
#7 Stone from Dead Man’s Carve
By Kym Roberts

Welcome to my continuity character interview blog tour! With two books releasing within days of each other and another one on the way, I decided to give a taste of all of my men in one tour, but today will focus on Stone from my upcoming release:

Dead Man’s Carve (A Tickled to Death Mystery)

“There’s nothing wooden about Dead Man’s Carve. Roberts mingles a sparkling, unique voice with a great old-fashioned mystery.”

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Mysteries a la Mode
Pet Boutique Mysteries (as Annie Knox)





Rilee Dust isn’t your typical wood carver, she’s young and making a go of it in the small village of Tickle Creek, Oregon. She’s also the only one in town who isn’t determined to get rid her strip club neighbor. Everyone else, however, is ready to evict the Girls, Girls, Girls.
When a dog adopts her and turns her life upside down, Rilee’s not so sure it’s a good thing. Especially when he leads her to a moose, a man and a dead body. Because the moose kicked her butt, the man saved her life and the dead body is one of her customers.
Now Rilee’s smack dab in the middle of all the small town politics with a killer on the loose who has an ax to grind. And Rilee just may be the next victim to have her name carved in stone.







Dead On Arrival
A Malia Fern Mystery
Kym Roberts

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Bikinis and board shorts are all in a day’s work for surf instructor Malia Fern. Life is good on the island of Kaua’i, even if her social calendar is lacking and a big surf company is droppin’ in to steal her customers. When Malia stumbles upon the body of tourist who speaks to her from his sandy grave, life as she knows it disappears in the outgoing tide.
She didn’t expect to find herself investigating his death, she has no experience, nor any desire to work in the family business of law enforcement, but that’s exactly what she’s doing because the victim keeps asking for help and a group of mystical Menehune men need her protection. If she knew how to offer it, things would be a whole lot easier.
To make matters worse, her love life is out of control. Makaio Natua, the forbidden bad boy cop, is everything she wants and his charming, security specialist cousin, Alapai Lincoln, is everything she needs. What could be worse than meeting the two of them at the same time? A curse designed to control her future.
With life turning wacky, Malia is determined to discover if the victim’s death was an accident, a dope deal gone bad, or something more sinister than she could possibly imagine, because this time her last big wipe out may leave her
Dead On Arrival.


Handled By Officer
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Handled by Officer (Women Behind the Badge)
Recruit officer Kiley Gibbons has walked in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life—born two minutes after, she’s five inches shorter with curls gone wild and the exact opposite of her outgoing, athletic sister. But that’s exactly why she’s the one woman who caught Walt Raynham’s eye, and threatens his future in the tactical unit.
Officer Raynham is everything Kiley needs to distract her from the daily grind at the police academy, too bad his drop dead gorgeous body is wearing the uniform of her boss. And when the academy is finally behind her, Kiley must find the strength to walk away from the man she shouldn’t touch.
But when her friend’s death leaves Kiley with two children to raise and a custody battle she just might lose, there’s only one man strong enough to step in and fill the role of her fiancé. Now Kiley’s not sure she wants to resist the temptation Walt causes, and he’s not so sure a family would be such a bad thing. Together, they discover love and an engagement of convenience could be unstoppable force for happily ever-after…until a killer has another idea that may cost them everything they didn’t want.


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kym robertsKym Roberts Bio: Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and…a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny. In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement—even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired. Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.





A Killing NotionTitle: A Killing Notion
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author: Melissa Bourbon
Publisher: Penguin Group
Language: English
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
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Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms….  

Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.

But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.






Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name, Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in northern California to write full-time amid horses and longhorns in north Texas. She is the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series (A Custom-Fit CrimeDeadly PatternsA Fitting End).





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Payne and Misery


Join Catherine Leggitt, author of the cozy mystery, Payne and Misery, as she tours the blogosphere March 4 – April 26!






Christine Sterling has developed a reputation for jumping to wild conclusions. With such an imagination, who is likely to take her seriously when she discovers a bruised and neglected neighbor named Lila Payne? Try as she might, she cannot interest anyone in Lila’s dire need for immediate rescue. Something about crying wolf once too often.


But then Lila and Christine’s beloved dog Molly both disappear the same night.


If no one will help her, she must find Lila and Molly herself. Heedless of possible consequences, Christine dives headfirst into a dark pool swirling with muddy secrets and misery. Her best friend throws her a lifesaver of prayer and soon she begins to sense God at work. But even with God’s help, can Lila and Molly be saved before it’s too late?


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Catherine Leggitt is an author and inspirational speaker. A native Californian born in the Bay Area, she raised two daughters, taught school, and cared for her aging parents in southern California before retiring to the north end of the state. Proud grandmother of six brilliant children, Catherine studies the Bible, reads, serves as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship, and sings in the church choir.


Catherine wrote a trilogy called the Christine Sterling Mysteries, which include PAYNE & MISERY, THE DUNN DEAL, and PARRISH THE THOUGHT. The first book won 2nd place at the Orange County Christian Writers Conference in May, 2010. It was published by Ellechor Publishing in 2011. THE DUNN DEAL and PARRISH THE THOUGHT were published in 2012 by Ellechor Publishing. PARRISH THE THOUGHT made the quarterfinals in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.


In addition, Catherine has completed a fourth novel with different characters called DYING TO BE NOTICED and coauthored a memoir for Sam Contino called STREET SMARTS.


When called upon to share her story, Catherine’s main themes come from Christine’s struggles in her books, which also happen to be some of the things Catherine struggles with. Thus, since PAYNE & MISERY addresses complaining, the first message, titled Always Choose Joy, centers on how to be thankful and choose joy instead of misery. The spiritual theme of THE DUNN DEAL exposes with the nature of truth. Merely having faith is not enough. What we believe matters. Catherine named the second talk, Always Choose Truth. In PARRISH THE THOUGHT, Christine learns to love unlovable people, so Catherine calls the third message, Always Choose Love.














Payne and Misery Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule



Friday, April 12


Interviewed at Authors and Readers Book Corner


Monday, April 15


Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Jersey Girl Book Review


Interviewed at My Book Addiction and More


Tuesday, April 16


Book spotlight at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Monday, April 15


Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Jersey Girl Book Review


Interviewed at My Book Addiction and More


Tuesday, April 16


Book spotlight at Celtic Lady’s Reviews


Wednesday, April 17


Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts


Thursday, April 18


Book spotlight at A Room Without Books is Empty


Book reviewed at Waiting on Sunday to Drown


Book reviewed at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and More


Friday, April 19


Book reviewed at The Mary Reader


Monday, April 22


Book reviewed at Socrates Book Reviews


Tuesday, April 23


Guest blogging at Socrates Book Reviews


Wednesday, April 24


Guest blogging at Parenting 2.0


Thursday, April 25


Book reviewed at Musings by Maureen


We hope you have enjoyed our spotlight on PAYNE AND MISERY by Catherine Leggitt! Please spread the one on this cozy mystery.