Excerpt & Giveaway: NIGHT STORM by Tracey Devlyn

Have you read Tracey Devlyn yet? If not, you should really check out her books. She made this person who doesn’t like historical romance (me) love it when she writes it. Tracey’s first book in her new Bones and Gemstone series, Night Storm is releasing today! I have already bought my copy and can’t wait to read it. To celebrate the release of Night Storm, we have an excerpt below as well as a giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: Night Storm (Bones and Gemstones, #1)

Author: Tracey Devlyn

Release Date: September 22, 2014

Category: Historical Romance

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / AllRomance eBooks / Google

Book Summary:

A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work–building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor–a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss. Continue reading

Penned Con Wrap Up

Last weekend I attended Penned Con in St. Louis, Missouri with my blogmate, Candy. It was hosted by Red Coat PR and they did a phenomenal job. They helped raise over $11,000 for Action for Autism in St. Louis through donations, book sales, auctions, raffle baskets that I know of. It was very inspiring to see so much money raised.

I chose to go to Penned Con because it is about a 3 hour drive away and there were members from Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey’s Street Geeks that I wanted to meet in person since we are a close knit family online. Because of my reasoning for going to Penned Con, I really didn’t pay attention to the authors attending. I figured I would just learn about them when I was there. Luckily, they had the author signing room open all day long both days, so I had plenty of time to go from table to table learning about the authors.

The event started each of their two days with a Keynote speech – one from Jasinda Wilder and one from Abbi Glines. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both of them. Listening to personal stories like that always motivates me in my own life, so these were the highlights for me. Throughout the day, there were workshops/panels geared to authors even though readers were invited, too. I found them to be very interesting even though I do not aspire to be a writer. As an author’s assistant, it was great to learn more about the writing world and just more insight into what an author’s world is like.

The evenings provided time to get to know the friends I went down to meet as well as informally chat with authors that we happened to see out. One way the event provided some interaction between authors and readers is they set up an interactive game session at the end of the second day, before the awards. We were split into groups and played a game called…hmmm…well, I have no idea what the name was called, but it was a card game where one person had to guess what was on a card based on clues from others in the group. Chanda Hahn (who is freaking hilarious) and Bethany Lopez were the two authors assigned to our group. There were lots of laughs.

The event finished with an wards ceremony. It was a lot of fun to see the authors accept their awards and let their personalities shine through. Following the awards ceremony, Griffin Peterson performed for the attendees, courtesy of Colleen Hoover who worked with him on a soundtrack her book Maybe Someday.

While Penned Con ran very, very smoothly, was laid back and personable, my one critique is that I wish it would have some reader-focused panels. Maybe a panel with bloggers sharing the do’s and don’ts of blogging or how to write a review? Maybe just a Q&A session with authors about how to be the super fan? Of course, because of my inexperience, I could be misunderstanding the point to these types of conventions in general, too. It was still a very enjoyable and rewarding weekend and I would highly recommend attending Penned Con in the future.

Review: DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO by Barbara Venkataraman

Death by Digeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman was a quick read with just the right amount of mystery and movement.  I enjoyed the point of view from which the author wrote it which was in the person of the main character, Jamie Quinn.

Jamie is a lawyer who has taken some time off, but is abruptly thrown back into the legal world when her cousin is arrested for the murder of his music teacher.  Jamie, a divorce lawyer, is totally out of her element on this one but she knows when to draw in those who can help.  From a no account private eye to a smarmy DA, we are drawn in by Jamie’s ability to find the humor in the absurd and determine who done it!

I like this author’s style and would read another book she wrote.  Treat yourself to an amusing yet tantalizing story with a bit of cynicism thrown in for good measure.

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Review: MINT JULEPS AND JUSTICE by Nancy Naigle

If you like small town romantic suspense, Nancy Naigle is the author for you. She is able to combine sweet love stories with unnerving suspense. The way she is able to write the points of view from the hero and heroine to the psychotic villains is astounding to me. Mint Juleps and Justice is the fifth book in her Adams Grove series. It can easily be read as a stand alone but will make you want to read all the other books once you start this one.

18318667Mint Juleps and Justice follows Mike and Brooke. They are both relatively new to Adams Grove trying to start over after some tragic events in their lives. Brooke turns to Mike’s investigative skills to help her deal with an ex-husband. Little did she know that the biggest adventure of her life would start. Nancy does a really good job at creating stories that you think will be predictable only to turn out anything but. When I started Mint Juleps and Justice I thought we would have a similar mystery to her previous books in trying to find out who the villain was going to be. Well, she gave those to us right away and didn’t hide it. That almost makes for more suspense since we knew they are lurking and are going to pounce at any minute.

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