Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tramps & Thieves by @Rhys_Ford @dreamspinners #BLOGTOUR





One of the best things about being a mystery writer is that there are always murders to solve so I get to revisit a fantastic-to-write couple like Rook Stevens and Detective Dante Montoya. There are endless possibilities and plot lines for the characters, the city and their circumstances that I cannot wait to explore over the years. With the second book coming out, I wanted to do a blog tour that was just a bit of fun so in this serial, I welcome you to join Rook and his cousin, Alex, on what should be an estate sale of macabre curios but what awaits them is something neither of them planned for.



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I hope you enjoy this small jaunt as the cousins set out on their quest and be sure to pick up Tramps and Thieves, the sequel to Murder and Mayhem. Published by Dreamspinner Press, it will be out on September 18th on the DSP portal, Amazon and other fine book stores.






Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford
(Book 2 of the Murder and Mayhem Series)
Release Date: September 18, 2017

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


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Five


“Okay, not only does the house not have electricity, the phones don’t work.” Rook grumbled. “This is why it’s very important to always have a landline. In an emergency, a landline generates enough electricity to power a phone. Even if the lights been turned off, you’ll still have a phone.”

“If you’ve paid for the phone to be on,” Alex pointed out.

He wouldn’t say the finger gesture he got from Rook was family-friendly. Well, at least not for most families. For his family that was often a gesture hidden in between pointed words and sharp looks. A Martin never stooped to vulgarity, his grandfather often said — usually after unloading an entire string of profanity — but they sure knew how to tell you fuck off and die in the most cutting way possible. Rook seem to take a more practical approach, hence the gestures.

There was no avoiding ruining the crime scene in the foyer. Their only hope was to get deeper into the house with a cat couldn’t see them and it would give up and leave. From the sounds of the rumbling outside of the front door, it didn’t seem likely. If anything it seemed to be aggravated at the loss of its prey, doubling down on its efforts to break through.

“What did you do to that thing?” Alex wasn’t ready to be worried yet. There was plenty of time for worry. He would be concerned about the cat only if he heard the sound of glass or wood breaking. Judging by the empty rooms they found at the front of the house, there wasn’t anything to defend themselves with except for Rook’s sharp wit, and that didn’t seem to work too well the first time he ran into the mountain lion. “Maybe we’ll get lucky and get hit by lightning.”

“Only you would think getting hit by lightning would be lucky.” Rook was half buried in a closet off the front hall and his voice echoed back to Alex stood in what possibly had been a study at some point.

“I’m not saying will be lucky for him. I’m saying it would be lucky for us.” He was covered in gore and had a silent debate about whether or not he should try to wash it off or leave it for a crime scene technician to take into evidence. “There was going to be a sale here, where’s all the inventory? Are you sure we’re in the right house? So far all we have to show for the day is me being covered in blood, you making friends of the local wildlife, and we have no way of getting hold of somebody to help us.”

“I’m positive it’s the right house. I’m just not so sure that it’s an actual murder.” Rook walked out of the closet holding up what looked like IV bags half-filled with strawberry Jell-O. “Take a sniff at your armpit. Tell me if you smell fruity. Well, more fruity than usual.”

“And here I was thinking you were one of the nice Martins.” Still, he took a little bit of a sniff — after making sure Rook couldn’t see him — and was mildly alarmed and amused to discover he smelt like a fruit rollup. “Oh God…”

“I can totally see you smelling yourself. There’s a mirror right there.” Rook pointed at the very large reflective Art Deco piece hanging on a wall over a gas fireplace. “My guess is that they got hot because there is no AC and ruptured but that doesn’t explain the drag marks or why there is an anybody here for the sale.”

“Well it’s definitely a movie prop so we’re in the right place. Let’s see if I can find something to change into.” Alex longingly eyed the kitchen with its gleaming faucets. “And pray that they left the water on.”

The house was not only enormous, it was built on several levels and it was clear the architect had a deep hard on Escher. They made one turn after another, went up one small flight of stairs, turned a corner and then went down another flight of stairs without seemingly back tracking to where the originally started. None of the rooms make much sense or at least there was nothing left inside of them to figure out their purpose other than the occasional bathroom. One of the turrets held the inventory or at least that’s what Alex thought was in the mountain of boxes stacked in front of several banks of windows.

“Since no one but us is here, and there something outside that is not only willing but able to eat us,” Rook said, ripping the tape off of one of the boxes. “Let’s at least see what is for sale. First come first serve? That’s of the saying goes right?”

“That isn’t our property… What am I saying? Look who I’m talking to,” Alex grumbled, catching himself before he rubbed his face. “I’m going to go find a bathroom and see if I can’t get cleaned up. Wouldn’t you think in a house this big, there be a bathroom somewhere in the front?”


“In a house this big, I’m surprised there is in a mother fucking fountain in the middle of the living room,” Rook replied.

The tile in the foyer did run through the entire house, large antique Spanish tile in rustic sunset-hued patterns Alex would seriously consider putting into their kitchen at home. It had a graceful elegance to it and seemed like it would clean up extremely easily, fruity IV bags notwithstanding. His glasses were slowly driving him mad and the house was getting dark with the growing storm blocking most of the sun. As deep as they were into the house it was difficult to hear anything other than the thundering chaos and rain outside so he couldn’t hear if the cat was still outside but short of trying to find their way back to the front door, he had no idea the mountain lion was still laying in wait.

“Hey, there is a Grendel shirt in here and it still wrapped.” Rook pulled out something black swaddled in plastic and began to tear open its top. “It says it’s an extra large. Might be a little big for you but it’s better than walking around smelling like Strawberry Shortcake. Unless you want me to dig around looking for a Sailor Moon shirt? I know you have a thing for Pluto.”

“There is nothing wrong with Sailor Pluto. Just give me the shirt,” Alex said, holding out his hand. “On second thought, do you think it could been a collector’s item? I hate to ruin the value something —”

“You’re walking around looking like a little kid who’s fallen headfirst into his shaved ice. I could give a shit if this was the only Grendel shirt ever made. You look uncomfortable and about two minutes your OCD is gonna kick in and you’re going to say damn the mountain lion, strip naked and go dancing off in the rain. Then it’s going to eat you and I would have to explain to James why all that is left of you is your manky sneaker and the ringing in my ears from your screams.”

“You’re one to talk about screaming,” Alex sniffed. “You were coming around the house howling like an air raid siren. I’m pretty sure if there any World War II vets living in the area, they would think they were kamikaze pilots descended upon the valley.”

Rook stood there, silently assessing him. It was odd seeing parts of his face on another man and stranger still to sometimes hear his own voice coming out of his cousin’s mouth but the sarcasm dripping from Rook’s words was something Alex could never achieve.

“If you’re going to try to be a smartass, Alex,” Rook countered. “You are going to have to choose a cultural reference that is at least relevant in the past three years. You could’ve gone with anything and you choose kamikaze pilots? What’s wrong with tie fighters? Or even the little dog in Dark Crystal?”

“Fizzgig wasn’t a dog,” he corrected. “And you of people should know that —”

He would’ve gone on further, especially since it was on a topic both he and Rook knew intimately. He’d never forgiven his cousin for outbidding him on the Mystic statue and secretly hoped it would be eaten by termites in some of his daydreaming while doing the store’s books. But before he could launch into an explanation on why kamikaze pilots were a perfectly valid reference point, Rook kicked one of the boxes over…

… And out rolled a man’s arm — without anything else attached to it — and unlike the strawberry scented IV fluid they’d found in the foyer, it stank to high heaven, was partially decayed, covered with maggots and possibly the most vomit-inducing thing Alex had ever seen.

And vomit he did.




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14 MMGoodbook Reviews




15 Love Bytes



18 Sinfully Gay Review



19 Joyfully Jay



20 NDulgent Bloggers



21 It’s About the Book



22 The Novel Approach



23 rhysford.com (Epilogue)


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Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem and a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal. Rhys shares the house with two cats, Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo and Tam, a diabetic black shorthair, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. She is also responsible for the care and feeding of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.


Rhys can be found at the following locations:

Blog: www.rhysford.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rhys.ford.author

Twitter: @Rhys_Ford

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tramps and Thieves by @Rhys_Ford @dreamspinners #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

Tramps and Thieves, Rhys Ford, Dreamspinner Press
Murder & Mayhem #2
Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.

Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.

For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.

When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.



REVIEW:
WHOOO, hang on, cause this one is jumping right from the beginning. We have stolen memorabilia, breaking and entering, an attack and a murder just in the first chapter!

Rook, Dante and all the family drama return, and I slipped right back into this world like I never left.
I love a book that is as full of intrigue and mystery as it is drama and relationships. This author is a pro at walking that line and the "who done it" had me going back and forth quite a few times.

Rook is like a feral cat that Dante is trying to coax in with a saucer of milk, and he ends up scratched more times than not. But Dante is a patient man and he know his quervo is worth the struggle. Watching their connection develop and deepen is very satisfying. As is the ongoing struggle that Rook has with his grandfather and finding a balance that works for both of them.

Connections is the theme of this book and those lines can be tugged for good and bad. Rook and Dante are just hoping for more of the good.

Murder, mayhem, tramps and thieves....love them all!

BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner
Amazon
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RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Play Right By Me, Paradise Cove Book 3, @PatriceWilton @AnAudiobookworm






Buy Links
Buy Paradise Cove on
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Buy Hooked On You on AudibleAmazon
Buy Play Right By Me on AudibleAmazon





About the Audiobook
Author: Patrice Wilton

Narrator: Rita Page
Length:  8 hours 6 minutes
Publisher: Patrice Wilton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Paradise Cove, Books 1-3
Release date:March 14, 2017
Synopsis Book #3: PLAY RIGHT BY ME is a new riveting romance that will steal your heart and make you sigh with pleasure.

Brittany Holmes, heartbroken and pregnant, leaves the touring dance troupe and the glamorous life she led in Miami for home in Paradise Cove. Her mother and sisters are like a beacon at the end of the road, and their unconditional love and support is what her bruised heart craves.

Ashley Jordon Chase, New York advertising exec, is in Paradise Cove to pursue his lifetime dream of being a playwright. Family circumstances thwarted his earlier writing ambitions and his lucrative career doesn’t satisfy him.

When Brittany loses her baby, Chase offers comfort. Having experienced the same tragedy in his first marriage he knows how devastating a miscarriage can be. Brittany hides her insecurities behind a wall, but Chase breaks past it to see her most vulnerable side. Their friendship becomes more, and she trusts that he won’t let her down. Yet a family emergency pulls him away, leaving her alone. Again. Was she a fool to let him into her heart? Or can they turn their brief affair into a lifetime of love?

Reviews


Play Right By Me wraps up the charming 3 book series dreamily written by Patrice Wilton. Those who are dedicated to sweet and steamy contemporary romances, Paradise Cove hits the spot.  Starting with some sultry summer heat in Paradise Cove, loading the bases with Hooked on You, Play Right By Me had to deliver on a steadily improving game and knock it out of the park.  The question is, can Brittany's story deliver a home run?  The youngest of the 3 sisters, the flightiest and flirtiest of them all.  Can she really have a true blue, one-on-one romance that makes a reader jump up and cheer the team home? 

Brittany Holmes is a hot mess.  No, seriously - she's beautiful, talented and too awesome to be true. And she ran off to Miami to make her dreams come true  with a touring dance troupe and returned home, battered by an abusive ex and pregnant to boot.  Determined to lick her wounds and make a go at the small town life, she hold up with the family at the resort and plays the dutiful hostess.  Ashley Chase (whose momma you know had to be a GWTW fanatic as his sister is named Melanie to boot) shows up desiring only the peace and refuge of Paradise Cove to make his return into the world of great playwrights.  He is there in her darkest hour and becomes the only man to ever take the time to get to know the real Brittany.  And suddenly the dingbat sister becomes a full fledged heroine.  Her grief and pain causing her to wear a mask and hold everyone at arms length.  And Ashley Chase is the kind of man that truly makes a woman swoon - wooing, playing that cerebral game of cat and mouse, making a woman feel interesting and cherished.  How can she not fall for that?  Needless to say, there are no easy innings in this game and Chase has to pull out all the stops to make this woman his woman.  At the end of the day, theirs is the story that makes the whole ballgame worth the price of admission.  You must absolutely take the time to dip your toes in the waters of Paradise Cove - you will not be sorry in the least.  

This last installment was narrated by Rita Page.  The pitch and tone were perfect, providing a lead female as more relatable and less breathy dingbat and a lead male as smoothly Southern as a cool glass of sweet tea on a hot summer's day.  Moving from character to character fluidly, Ms. Page kept the pace and story flowing - providing enjoyable narration regardless of whether in an action packed scene or a sexy grownup interlude.  There are quite a few very hot scenes and rather than making them odd or awkward, they unfold organically. 

Pack you bags, audio peeps, and hit the Florida Keys anytime you need some sun and fun with Paradise Cove series.  And as a side note, while billed as stand alones, I highly recommend reading them in order - they do build upon each other and the backstories are less heavy handed in the last installment so when you hear Brittany's story, you get a completely different POV which makes for great character development of all the Holmes ladies and their tight knit bunch of friends and family. 

I give Play Right By Me, Paradise Cove book 3, 4 chocolate dipped strawberries. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.

Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.

She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.

She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.

Audio Excerpts


Audio Sample



Friday, August 11, 2017

The Long and Winding Road by @tjklune @dreamspinners #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

The Long and Winding Road, TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press
Bear, Otter & the Kid #4
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.


REVIEW:
We have come to the end of the saga that is Bear, Otter and the Kid and I think that TJ brought this beloved series to it's fitting end.

This addition to the series had everything that I had come to expect and love. There is the high angst level, softened by the love and caring and shaken up by the absolute hilarity. We are back in Bear's head for this one and while some things are the same, you can definitely see the growth both the character and the author have experienced since we first met them six years ago.

I am a big fan of books that run me through the gauntlet of emotions, the real visceral feelings that happen in life. There is some retelling of events that happened in the previous book but from a different POV, so it doesn't feel rehashed but shines light on a different perspective. There is also the most fabulous part of any BOATK book.....a family dinner!!! OMH, seriously my favorite part! Seeing the whole dysfunctional family together again and being "them" brought a smile to my face. I totally think Creed is the best dad ever!!! LOL

TLAWR brings us closure and happiness and hope. These characters are real for me and I will miss them. Thank you for sharing them all with us Mr Klune!



Buy Links:
DREAMSPINNER
AMAZON
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RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the Dreamspinner.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Paradise Cove tour, #Hooked On You, @AnAudiobookworm @PatriceWilton






Buy Links
Buy Paradise Cove on
AudibleAmazon
Buy Hooked On You on AudibleAmazon
Buy Play Right By Me on AudibleAmazon






About the Audiobooks
Author: Patrice Wilton
Narrator: Cynthia Vail; Rita Page
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes; 8 hours 40 minutes; 8 hours 6 minutes
Publisher: Patrice Wilton⎮2016; 2016; 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Paradise Cove, Books 1-3
Release date: April 19, 2016; July 13, 2016; March 14, 2017
Synopsis Book #2: This riveting romance is the second book in the Paradise Cove series set in the Florida Keys. Three high-spirited sisters inherit Paradise Cove Cottages, and each story is a stand alone. Taylor Holmes has a lot on her plate--running a family owned resort, planning a wedding for her sister, and now the added worry as she opens her dream café. Throw in a hurricane and a sexy boat captain who doesn't take no for an answer, and this book will keep you glued to your Kindle. Romance, passion, danger, and hot, hot nights guarantee reading pleasure.


Reviews


Hooked on you returns readers to Paradise Cove in book 2 of Patrice Wilton's charming series of 3 sisters and their adventures in life and love.  While book one set the tone, book two brings the stories of the sisters and mom running the resort and side characters they make into family back to life.  And without extensive world building and descriptions of every person, place and thing, book two has more juice...and is much juicier with the romance between Taylor and Colt.

The Holmes family has a real routine going - Paradise Cove is doing well and Taylor now has her own namesake Café.  Opening day comes and all is quiet until her good buddy Colt shows up to lend support and pans in traffic to fill her seats and get the word out that Taylor's Café is the place to brunch.   Having turned him down repeatedly, theirs is a friendship with flirting and caring until an old flame shows up and sends him into a jealous tailspin.  Turns out the old flame is a bad guy and Colt happens to be there to save the day.  The classic romance trope friends-to-lovers is successful for a reason - we always want to like the one we love, not just jump his bones (although that helps)!

Naturally the course of true love never runs smoothly and Taylor is unbelievably stubborn and closed off, but Colt manages to persevere.  The best part is the chemistry that this pair has - and with a fair amount of meddling from Anna and the rest of Taylor's team, theirs is a hard fought romance win at the end!  Who doesn't want an HEA from their summer beach read, right?  Having fixed many of the issues that seemed to pop up in book one, book two of Paradise Cover series, will truly have it's readers "hooked".

As for the narration, book two was also read by Cynthia Vail, who again did a  nice job voice acting this story.   Her slightly huskier female voice for narration and there were no major accent inconsistencies as in book one.  Ms. Vail carries the story with strength and delivers characters both male and female that are unique and interesting and keep the reader wanting to keep tuning in chapter after chapter. 

I still highly recommend this fun, summer perfect series if you're looking to take your brain on a sunny getaway!

I give Paradise Cove, Hooked on You, Book 2, 4 chocolate dipped strawberries. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patrice Wilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



About the Author: Patrice Wilton



Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.


Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.


She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.


She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.





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