FREE Ebook Cool Cat Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2 June 27-28

Enjoy a free download of Cool Cat Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2 on June 27 & 28. Here is the description from Amazon:

It’s the Cat’s Meow when astute Persian Tatania and her tomcat companion, Zeus, pounce on clues for their humans, romantic 1920s detectives, Grace & Jack, in a new series of mysteries!

In Meow Baby, a pregnant woman disappears and Grace and Jack discover a skeleton that carries the secrets of the heart that once beat within it.

In Cupake Kitty, when a singer at their engagement party dies, Grace and Jack follow the trail of a bootlegger’s dame to TiaJuana.

EXCERPT: Magical white cat Tatania became impatient with her humans. She could smell a succulent sea bass on the other side of the door. To encourage her humans to open it, she meowed. Zeus, her black and white feline companion, responded to her meow by putting his paws over his head and his rear end up in the air.
“How would you feel about spending a lot of time with me?” Jack asked.
“I feel like I already have,” Grace said.
“It only gets better.” He held up her hand and admired the emerald and diamond ring he’d bought her at Jessop & Sons jewelers last month.
“Marry me?”
“Of course.”
He opened the door to the Hotel del Coronado’s Crown Room. A band played the Charleston. In the corner of the dance floor, there was an ice sculpture of two magnificent cats.
“What’s going on?”
“Our engagement party.”
“Why were you so sure I’d say yes?”
“I’m arrogant.”

In Meow or Never, they rush to find a wealthy stockbroker’s missing wife.

EXCERPT: Cats truly live their nine lives at night. Zeus, a cute and mischievous tomcat, kept following the tide in and out, letting the water sprinkle his nose, and acting surprised when the tide chased him back to the shore. Wet, he shook like a puppy. Then, he sniffed each front paw carefully. Tatania looked away. She was terribly fond of Zeus. But sometimes, he was a tad unseemly. He scampered exitedly towards their favorite humans, a slender woman in a sparkling dress, and a muscular man with black hair and skin kissed brown by the sun. Zeus rolled around on the sand. Maybe he had dog blood in him. Tatania shuddered at the thought of that mating.

In Catty Corner, when an art heist happens during Grace and Jack’s rooftop cocktail party, the cool cats pounce on the trail of a collector who finds art as intoxicating as catnip.

EXCERPT:”Where have you been all my life?” A grey haired man asked a young flapper.
“I don’t think I was alive for half of it,” she replied, blowing smoke from a six inch rhinestone cigarette holder.

The Cool Cat Mystery Series can be read in any order. If you’d like to know the chronological order of the series, here it is for you:

**Splendid Summer
**Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts
**Cher Ami
**Available exclusively in Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Boxed Set Vol I
Meow Baby
Cupcake Kitty
Meow or Never
Catty Corner
Cat Dance
9 Lives to Live
MEWOW
The Fur Will Fly

You can download your free copy of Cool Cat Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2 by clicking on the image above or the link below:

Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2(Books 4,5,6 & 7)

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Classic Movie Lines

Classic movie lines always feel like summer to me. Of these three movie lines, do you think one is better than the rest?

“A relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” A friend of mine thinks this is really funny.

“No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”

“You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.”

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Mailbox Monday

I’m looking forward to reading the first book in a long-term mystery series set in Paris:

Here is the description from Amazon:

“Meet Aimée Leduc, the smart, stylish Parisian private investigator, in her bestselling first investigation

Aimée Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation—no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimée with a top-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimée unwittingly takes on more than she is expecting. She drops off her findings at her client’s house in the Marais, Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, and finds the woman strangled, a swastika carved on her forehead. With the help of her partner, René, Aimée sets out to solve this horrendous murder, but finds herself in an increasingly dangerous web of ancient secrets and buried war crimes.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Murder in the Marais from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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Mailbox Monday

I’ve tasted bargain and luxury travel. And while I can’t really complain about luxury travel, it is insular. Also, when you travel on your own in a foreign country, you’re approached more by locals than when you travel with someone. I think when you travel on your own, you may experience different cultures in a more meaningful way. I’m intrigued by this travel memoir by Steve Deeks. Here is the description from Amazon:

“Desperate to escape the UK despite his strong dislike of travelling, a blindfolded Steve Deeks stabs a pen into a world map to decide where to head, ending up with Australia as his destination. He then bravely embarks on his adventure into the unknown – with hilarious consequences.

Things hardly go to plan when he arrives in Sydney, where on entering his hostel dorm he discovers a strange man, caught in the throes of passion… with himself. Things don’t get much better as Deeks is subjected to numerous ordeals while struggling to make his way Down Under, where he meets various wacky individuals he cannot seem to shake-off.

Events take a surprising upturn for Deeks when he lands a job as a journalist. Immediately, he is thrown into the thick of the action, speeding to shootings and massive blazes, while putting his neck on the line when hunting down gangsters, celebrities and sport legends.

Deeks’ voyage sees him in the line of fire once more when he is forced to endure a potentially deadly river tour, followed by a swim in a murky creek with a spider-eating tour host.

Does Deeks feel enlightened and happy he left the UK after his Australian adventures? Find out in his hilarious travel confessions.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Baring All Down Under from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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Review: Only Her

Here is the description from Amazon:

“Former SEAL sniper Cody Roberts has returned from Afghanistan with too many demons and a simple wish: to be left alone. Working for K2 Special Services, caring for the war dogs he rescued, playing his guitar—that’s all he wants to do. But Cody is as protective as his nickname, “Dog,” suggests. A man like that can’t sit back when he realizes the beautiful veterinarian next door is being targeted by an unknown enemy.

Riley Austin is desperate to find out who’s poisoning her animal patients, and she’s stunned by her mysterious neighbor’s suggestion that it’s personal. But Cody makes her feel something else, too: a powerful attraction. He insists he’s no good for her, but those haunted eyes and that chiseled body tell Riley that surrendering to their mutual lust is worth the risk. And despite his conditions—no falling for each other, no regrets once it’s over—she’ll fight to love him just as fiercely as he’ll fight to save her.”

Cody is a fascinating hero. He’s a Navy Seal hero to most people with the possible exception of his parents — two anti-war professors. His parents sure packed his baggage for him. If Cody bonds with a dog in a war zone, it’s for life. He brings his dogs home.

Riley grew up in foster homes and became a protector of animals. She’s an admirable veterinarian who must uncover the mystery of why some of her patients are being poisoned. She’s dedicated to all species but chose to share her home with cats. This book reminded me of the question: What do you call a veterinarian who treats only one species? Answer: a physician.

Their pasts converge at just the right time in the present to propel them to the future together. I don’t want to include any spoilers but I have to say this book has one of the sweetest endings I have ever read:)

Disclosure: I received a copy of Only Her from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Mailbox Monday

I like the 1920s and I’m looking forward to reading Love in Exile. Here is the description from Amazon:

“Sabahat, a beautiful young Muslim woman, is known in her family for her intelligence, drive, and stubbornness. She believes there is more in store for her life than a good marriage and convinces her parents to let her pursue her education, rare for young Turkish women in the 1920s. But no one—least of all Sabahat herself—expects that in the course of her studies she will fall for a handsome Armenian student named Aram.

After precious moments alone together, their love begins to blossom. Try as she might to simplify her life and move on, Sabahat has no choice but to follow her heart’s desire. But Aram is Christian, and neither family approves.

With only hope to guide their way, they defy age-old traditions, cross into dangerous territory, and risk everything to find their way back to each other. One of Turkey’s most beloved authors brings us an evocative story of two star-crossed lovers inspired by her own family’s history.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Love in Exile from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

Update: Love in Exile is so well written that I went to Amazon to look for other books by Ayse Kulin and I found Last Train to Istanbul at a bargain price:

Here is the description from Amazon:

“As the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.

But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing—not war, not politics, not even religion—can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of their fellow citizens trapped in France, a handful of brave Turkish diplomats hatch a plan to spirit the Alfandaris and hundreds of innocents, many of whom are Jewish, to safety. Together, they must traverse a war-torn continent, crossing enemy lines and risking everything in a desperate bid for freedom. From Ankara to Paris, Cairo, and Berlin, Last Train to Istanbul is an uplifting tale of love and adventure from Turkey’s beloved bestselling novelist Ayşe Kulin”.

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Mailbox Monday

I’m looking forward to reading Only Her by Sandra Owens. Here is the description from Amazon:

“Former SEAL sniper Cody Roberts has returned from Afghanistan with too many demons and a simple wish: to be left alone. Working for K2 Special Services, caring for the war dogs he rescued, playing his guitar—that’s all he wants to do. But Cody is as protective as his nickname, “Dog,” suggests. A man like that can’t sit back when he realizes the beautiful veterinarian next door is being targeted by an unknown enemy.

Riley Austin is desperate to find out who’s poisoning her animal patients, and she’s stunned by her mysterious neighbor’s suggestion that it’s personal. But Cody makes her feel something else, too: a powerful attraction. He insists he’s no good for her, but those haunted eyes and that chiseled body tell Riley that surrendering to their mutual lust is worth the risk. And despite his conditions—no falling for each other, no regrets once it’s over—she’ll fight to love him just as fiercely as he’ll fight to save her.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Only Her from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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Mailbox Monday

Two nonfiction books landed in my mailbox this week:

Here is the description from Amazon:

“Think Michele Guinness meets Bill Bryson. Finding Myself In Britain is a witty, insightful look at faith, identity and the quirks of British life by a stranger-turned-friend.
With a conversational style, this book explores rooting our faith in Christ to weather different seasons in our lives. It helps readers look at Britain and its culture with fresh eyes while finding Jesus in the midst of it.

“You don’t have to be an American to enjoy this book. Or British. Or a vicar’s wife. You just have to be somebody who has found themselves in an unusual place, felt a bit out of their depth, and wondered where God was in all of that. That’s most of us, I think.” Bob Hartman.”

Here is the description from Amazon:

“Ariel Bradley is Washington’s boy spy who pretends to be a country bumpkin (a
“Johnny Raw”). He ‘stumbles’ into General Howe’s camp “looking for the mill” his
father has sent him in search of. In reality, he is assessing the strength and numbers
of the British and their Hessian (German) allies. After he is sent on his way by the
unsuspecting English, he reports this to General Washington and his staff. This
information proves key in what became known as the Battle of White Plains.”

I passionately hope that American Revolutionary history will always be taught to students and it was great to receive this book. I’ve also heard that the PBS’ Series, Liberty’s Kids, is exceptional:

Disclosure: I received copies of Finding Myself in Britain and Ariel Bradley from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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Mailbox Monday

I was happy to receive a copy of Chain of Title from Audible in my mailbox today. Here is the description from Amazon:

“In the depths of the Great Recession, a cancer nurse, a car dealership worker, and an insurance fraud specialist helped uncover the largest consumer crime in American history – a scandal that implicated dozens of major executives on Wall Street. They called it foreclosure fraud: Millions of families were kicked out of their homes based on false evidence by mortgage companies that had no legal right to foreclose.

Lisa Epstein, Michael Redman, and Lynn Szymoniak did not work in government or law enforcement. They had no history of anticorporate activism. Instead they were all foreclosure victims, and while struggling with their shame and isolation they committed a revolutionary act: closely reading their mortgage documents, discovering the deceit behind them, and building a movement to expose it.

Fiscal Times columnist David Dayen recounts how these ordinary Floridians challenged the most powerful institutions in America armed only with the truth – and for a brief moment, they brought the corrupt financial industry to its knees.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Chain of Title from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Review: Frederick’s Queen

Here is the description of the Audible edition of Frederick’s Queen from Amazon:

“There can be no light without darkness, no hope without despair, no love without heartache

Some scars can’t be seen

When the handsome Frederick Mackintosh offers to marry Aggie McLaren, she is certain ’tis greed or insanity that motivates him. Besides land and a chance at a chiefdom, she believes she has nothing to offer. She soon learns nothing could be further from the truth. Hope she thought long lost blooms with her husband’s kindness, his honor, and his fierce determination to make their marriage and their clan a success.

Sometimes perfection is imperfect

Aggie McLaren is not Frederick Mackintosh’s image of the perfect wife. She isn’t well read, vivacious, or voluptuous. Wee, timid, and unable to speak, it is a glimpse of her smile and the chance to be chief of his own clan that propels him to offer for her hand. Frederick will do whatever he must in order to see her smile again and to help her find her voice.”

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This is an interesting premise. Would Beauty and the Beast work if you flipped the genders? Relationships where men are much better looking than women rarely look authentic to me.

Aggie McLaren endures a brutal childhood. Frederick Mackintosh has a few wounds of his own. In adulthood, Aggie McLaren chooses to become a protector instead of a sadist. It’s easy to hope that a heroine who endured so much brutality has a happy ending. And this is a well written novel with good narration. Plot twists make it interesting. I expect Frederick’s Queen resonates powerfully with readers.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Frederick’s Queen from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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