Friday, September 9, 2016

Top Ten Favorite Mystery Authors by Ani Gonzalez, Author of Here Comes the Witch

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Welcome to my stop during the blog tour for Here Comes the Witch by Ani Gonzalez, organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 7 till 20 September. You can see the tour schedule here.

Hi, my name is Ani Gonzalez. I write paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery, and Kimber Leigh has kindly agreed to host the book tour for Here Comes the Witch, the first book in my Main Street Witches cozy mystery (with lots of romance) series.

I’ve been a mystery fan for a long time. As you might guess, I like cozies with humor, magic and tons of romance. I also love books with great settings and atmosphere.  My books, for example, are set in Banshee Creek, the Most Haunted Town in America. Needless to say, there’s plenty of atmosphere there. Here are my top ten mystery authors.

1. Agatha Christie—The Queen of Mystery tops the list, of course. Christie is best known for her sharp-eyed sleuths, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, but she has other sleuthing pros. My favorites are Tommy and Tuppence (a sharp-witted married duo), and Mr. Harley Quin (a mysterious gentleman with a penchant for magical mysteries

2. Dorothy Sayers – I love all of the Peter Whimsey mysteries. He’s a fantastic character and his romance with Harriet Vane is epic. Like, Christie, she is very good at creating an enthralling British setting.

3. Elizabeth Peters – Speaking of great characters, Amelia Peabody is smart, snarky and hilarious, and her romance with Radcliffe Emerson is one of the great pairings in the genre. Together, they’re fantastic. The books are all set in the Victorian Egyptology community and the atmosphere is extremely well done. You feel as if you are in Egypt, about to open up that cursed pyramid.

4. Sarah Caudwell –This is the one exception to my romance/magic rule. Caudwell’s British barrister mysteries have neither love nor magic, but they’re funny and smart.

5. Rosemary Edghill – Better known as a fantasy writer, Edghill wrote a fabulous series of Wiccan mysteries set in neo-Pagan Manhattan. I love this series (the omnibus is called Bell, Book, and Murder, which may be my favorite book title of all time).

6. Lindsey Davis – Her Marcus Didius Falco series is set in ancient Rome and it has an amazing atmostphere with lots of politics and intrigue. The center of the series, however, is Falco’s romance with aristocratic Helena.

7. Sharyn McCrumb – Her 1987 geeky mystery, Bimbos of the Death Sun, is very outdated now (No Internet? Floppy disks? Fan conventions without big name stars?), but it’s hilarious with a nice twist.

8. Heather Blake – Her Wishcraft Mysteries series has lots of humor and magic and a lovely enchanted village. The town is full of kooky characters all gossiping and fighting among themselves, which means there’s never a dull moment.

9. Madelyn Alt – I love the Bewitching Mysteries series. There’s magic, corpses and lots of family problems. The main character works in an antique shop, which is very interesting.

10. Bailey Cates – her Magical Bakery Series has everything I love and also magic cupcakes.
There it is, my top ten. Do you have a favorite mystery? If so, let me know in the comments.

Here Comes the WitchHere Comes The Witch (Main Street Witches #1)
by Ani Gonzalez

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 7 September, 2016

Jewelry designer Kat Ramos has come to Banshee Creek to break the famous Hagen House curse and, in order to do that, she must marry Liam Hagen. A vengeful ghost with a deadly history isn’t part of the deal, and neither is love. Will Kat be able to handle both? Or will the mystery of the cursed Hagen House remain unsolved?
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Ani GonzalezAbout the Author:
I write paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. My books feature feisty funny heroines dealing with a host of paranormal critters (ghosts, cryptids, pagan gods...the sky's the limit) and mysteries. They find magic, love and laughter and readers get to follow them every step of the way.

I love quirky towns with spooky stories, and, thanks to my books, I get to "live" in one year-around. In real life I live in a Minneapolis suburb (which is sadly lacking in ghosts) with my husband and three children and I'm still trying to adjust to the cold.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Blood of Stars and Gods by Melissa A Petreshock

Blood Of Stars And Gods
Melissa Petreshock
(Stars and Souls #2)

Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Forever does not go on unchanged.
Caitriona Hayden’s destiny as the Dracopraesi dragon’s North Star is no clearer to her than it was weeks ago. However, Cait’s eternal future seems a minor concern while the vengeful elves continue taunting the dragons, now using violence against the human population in their desire for war.
Battles of war aren’t the only ones fought.
King Corrin struggles to make peace with his coming end, and as his family bonds heal, stronger relationships and alliances form among Cait and her dragons. Theo may have won her heart, but Oliver fills a void long left by the passing of her uncle, and each dragon is a part of Cait’s family.
But a darkness bleeds through to change their world.
When faced with decisions of life and death, Cait, Theo, and demigod Dante must choose unpredictable paths, chance outcomes of eternal consequences, and make dubious promises. As Cait displays unexpected abilities, complications arise, more details of her destiny are revealed, and she discovers the inherent risks of fearing change.
Every era has a beginning and an end. There are things in the world no one is meant to stop.
BLOOD OF STARS AND GODS is book two in the exciting Stars and Souls trilogy, sequel to Amazon #1 Contemporary Fantasy: FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS!

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Author Bio:
Romance author Melissa A. Petreshock lives in the Greater Atlanta area, writing whatever strikes her fancy and subsisting on unnatural doses of coffee, sarcasm, and music. Spending most of her time weaving reality and imagination into fantastical romantic tales, Mel often loses track of reality and is admittedly more than a tad eccentric.
Look for future works in the Stars and Souls Trilogy as well as additional projects of contemporary romance and whatever else the muse sends Mel's way..


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Slave Queen by H.B. Moore - Excerpt & Giveaway

Slave Queen

Slave Queen

H. B. Moore

Special Agent Omar Zagouri’s latest case is his most dangerous—and his most personal yet. The discovery of secret sixteenth-century letters unveils a plot between the sultan Suleyman and his chief wife, Roxelane, to change the course of the Ottoman Empire. A descendent of Roxelane, Zagouri learns he has an enemy whose revenge has been centuries in the making. Targeted by an antiquities collector who’s also descended from a chief rival for the ancient throne, Zagouri soon uncovers a modern-day conspiracy that threatens the lives of his family and the security of a nation. To expose the plot, Zagouri must team up with Naim, the son of his nemesis, who heads an international black-market operation that may have ties to the killings. From ancient Constantinople to the present-day Middle East, Zagouri is on a collision course with history. Time is running out to solve a royal mystery and stop a ruthless killer—one who has Zagouri’s name on his hit list.

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Chapter One
Al Karak, Jordan

Rashed Sayid picked up his cell phone and selected his most trustworthy contact. The phone call would take only moments, but the result would teach the entire Sayid tribe what honor meant. He shut his third-floor office window, blocking out the rising heat of the Jordanian desert’s summer morning. He and his only brother owned the bank in the city of Al Karak, having started the bank three decades before, and now they were among the wealthiest in town.

“Yes?” Yamil answered.

“We have proof,” Rashed said into the phone.

“Four male witnesses?” Yamil asked.

Rashed blew out a breath. Yamil was a stickler for rules. An execution couldn’t be ordered unless there were four respected male witnesses to the crime. There were actually no witnesses, but Rashed knew his daughter was guilty. He had plenty of video footage of her leaving her university apartment more than once after midnight, and he also had other, less legal evidence. There was only one reason for his daughter’s midnight forays. Worst case scenario, Aamira was no longer a virgin. Next case scenario, she’d been tainted in some way by having a relationship with a man other than her fiancé. Rashed was still working on trying to find out whom she was meeting. But it was time to put the execution order into motion.

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Praise for Slave Queen

"Moore does an excellent job of setting the scene of international intrigue, and although this novel is part of a series, it also works well as a stand-alone. The story jumps back and forth between the present and the past as Moore tells the story of Roxelane's capture by the Turkish army and her subsequent love affair with Suleiman. Roxelane is an excellent, strong female character, and Moore brings some obscure players from the Ottoman Empire vividly to life. She even quotes from Suleiman's actual poetry . . . to conjure a complex portrait of this larger-than-life figure. A satisfying historical thriller." --Kirkus Reviews

"From sultans and hierarchies that separate men and women from Poland to Constantinople and beyond to new lives in great cities where mosques and sultans rule, these vivid past and present scenarios contribute to a story fueled by cultural revelations and the long-standing threat a series of letters reveals. The result is a fast-paced, complex, and absorbing adventure saga that crosses time and place to give Omar, Mia (and readers) a run for their money. Warning: once begun, it's nearly impossible to put down the full-flavored, multi-faceted Slave Queen, which reveals many insights about the Ottoman Empire, Süleyman the Magnificent, and the slave girl foreigner who turned out to be his favorite wife." --D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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HB MooreAuthor H. B. Moore

H. B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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