Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Looking for Few Good Reviews

Looking for a couple of good reads? Here are a couple of Goodreads reviews I've recently posted.

Give Me ShelterGive Me Shelter by Alexis D. Craig

If you haven't read Lady Chatterley's Lover yet, you will want to pick it up at your local library or book store after reading Give Me Shelter. Alexis Craig uses the book as the nexus between an old love affair, a forbidden love affair and the love between two people afraid to risk their partnership with romance. If more romance novelists used a classic book to both comment on and kindle steamy romance, as Craig does, there would be less complaints from students completing their mandatory English classes.

Deputy US Marshal Eli Miller is bowled over by the underage charge of his partner, Bex Mulcahy. Violet is hauntingly like his first great love and greatest loss, Zoe. It opens an old wound despite the fact that Eli is now in love with Bex. At least he's better at hiding his feelings than rookie agent Atticus Randall, who practically trips over himself when he meets Violet. New relationship develop while Violet is prepped for court, with Eli and Zoe's romance and passages from Lady Chatterley's Lover underscoring the action.

This is a steamy romantic suspense.

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The Artful Goddaughter (Gina Gallo, #3)The Artful Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell

I've been following the Goddaughter's adventures from the beginning and each one makes me long for the next. This isn't the kind of series that requires the reader to start from the beginning, however. The Goddaughter books are more like chips. You won't want to stop at one.

The Artful Goddaughter finds Gina cleaning up after her family's messes once again, but this time with a big inheritance at stake. If you're a fan of screwball comedy, you'll love it.

Also check out:
The Goddaughter
The Goddaughter's Revenge
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

"you can’t put it down"


A BODY GUARD TO REMEMBER. (Book 1, Men in Uniform)
By: Alison Bruce.
Lachesis Publishing.  2015  $4.99

Nothing like a great opening line to set the hook: “It started with a dead body on my living room floor.” And from there A Body Guard to Remember is a catch worth reading with a lively mix of colourful characters, murder, indeed on a living room floor, cops, protectors in various good looking postures, a plot with a neat climax twist and budding romance…right here in Canada’s capital.

Bruce’s grasp of partnering two genres into one well-paced novel is well known and is as sharp as never in A Body Guard to Remember. Action, quick and forceful, action, gentle and affirming, add a plot worthy of a seasoned crime writer and a supporting cast with struggles and dreams galore makes for a, I’ll just read a bit more,” and you’ll find as I did, you can’t put it down.

If A Body Guard to Remember is book one, Men in Uniform, I can’t wait to read book 2.

            don graves.  Canadian Mystery Reviews.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Not Just Men in Uniform

"This book is gratefully dedicated to my Aunty Yang (Eileen George), whose stories about her service in World War II inspired my undergraduate history thesis and a lifelong interest in women and men in uniform."

I grew up on stories about my family's experiences during the war. Since politics and religion was banned at the dining room table, family history was one of the go-to topics.

My mother's stories tended to take a humorous turn -- like when her skirt flipped up when she was practice rescuing a downed fighter pilot. Why The Observer Corps felt that skirts were a good idea for the women who volunteered is beyond me. My mother, and many of her compatriots, made the matter worse by altering the knee-hiding A-line into a knee-showing pencil skirt.

Nana's stories were more about rationing and how she got around it (at least with butter). She did work as a telephone operator, but she didn't say much about that. She also skimmed over stories involving her sisters and their families staying with them. Those tales I heard from Mum and Aunty Yang.

Aunty Yang NOT in uniform.
When I was older, Aunty Yang also told me about her service in the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service). I suppose I heard about the rats in the barn they were billeted in as a child, but the experiences she had as an ambulance driver were not suitable for children.

Later, when I was in university, Aunty Yang helped me connect with some of her old ATS friends, so I could interview them for my undergraduate thesis. I also interviewed former member of CWAC (Canadian Women's Army), RCWNS (Royal Canadian Women's Naval Service) and RCAF Women's Division. I even did a mail in interview with an American WAC. No one's story was as visceral as my aunt's.

Aside from the obvious attraction of a man in uniform, my real interest in military history and culture stems from those stories told at the dining room table.

Now lawmen are another story altogether.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Melodie Campbell is at Land's End

Melodie Campbell’s Land’s End Trilogy is currently in the Top 50 ALL Books on Amazon! Here’s why she writes that series:

Confessions of a Literary Slut

(“Outlander meets Sex and the City” or Why I Write Wacky Time Travel in addition to respectable crime)
By Melodie Campbell

I am best known as a writer of comic crime capers, and in particular The Goddaughter series (Orca Books). However, I also have a second life as an author of racy fantasy…the sort of thing that has been called “The Princess Bride with Sex.”

Why? Why would a moderately respectable crime author swap genres and write a wacky time travel series, set in Arizona and Alternate-world Great Britain?

1. I like Arizona. Especially in winter. You can fly nonstop there from Toronto.

(Whoops – delete, delete. Of course, the real reason for using Arizona is I believe in accuracy of setting and doing research, which I take great pains to do once each year in February.)

2. I like Great Britain. And I like to be accurate. But you can’t travel to medieval Great Britain right now, at least not on WestJet. (WHY doesn’t someone invent a cheap time travel airline?) So I can’t be accurate, which bugs me a lot. But I can be silly, which is almost as good. Hence, Alt-world.

3. My cousin Tony’s family, the Clegg-Hills, used to own a Norman castle in Shropshire. Unfortunately it burned down in 1556. Damned careless of them. I had to make up what it would look like from family stories, which are probably dubious at best, and vaguely criminal, on reflection. Also, I hate being sued. Hence, Alt-world.

4. Fessing up, here. I actually didn’t mean to write funny time travel. I meant to write a serious whodunit that would get the respect of the Can-Lit crowd, and the more erudite members of Crime Writers of Canada. This ‘veering from plan’ is becoming a nuisance. Next book, for sure, will be a serious whodunit. Okay, maybe a whodunit. Okay, maybe a book.

5. Okay, I lied. The serious whodunit turned into a wacky mob comedy series that has won a Derringer and an Arthur. Still no respect from the Can-Lit crowd. So I might as well go back to writing wacky time travel.

Why? ‘Cause it’s a hell of a lot of fun being a literary slut.

Melodie's bestselling Land's End Trilogy ("OUTLANDER meets SEX AND THE CITY" Vine review) is on sale for a ridiculous 99cents this week! If you were ever curious about her 'other life'...'nuf said.

"I love this trilogy and am excited to have all three books together. Rowena is an independent woman with a LOAD of curiosity. I really enjoy reading about the adventures she partakes and the characters she meets along the way. So worth the read and for just $.99? A steal!"
Amazon Review

I laughed at Rowena's escapades, her magic induced lack of control, and the fight that kept her alive. Adventure, romance, magic, and humor. Melodie Campbell's exceptionally original writing packs a walloping punch on every page!
Amazon Review

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year - New Release

2015 Starts with a Bang... so does A Bodyguard to Remember

One Sunday, January 4, I asked my editor about my book cover. She thought I'd been sent it already.

On Tuesday I asked if she could send it so I didn't have to wait for my busy publisher to be less busy. No.

On Wednesday night I got an email: "Sorry, the email didn't go through yesterday. A Body Guard to Remember was released today." Because I wasn't feeling well after dinner, I didn't get the email until late evening.

I had been a bit groggy from my nap. Not any more. WOWZA! There is was on the Lachesis website. Nice cover!

Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner.

But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody. Pru has so many questions spinning through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are the spies after her? Oh, and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?

Available in eBook format at:
Paperback release TBA