Thursday, April 27, 2017
by Greta McKennan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 12/19/2017
Seamstress Daria Dembrowski must find a historically-minded killer before the fabric of her peaceful town rips wide open . . .
When the reality show My House in History comes to Laurel Springs, Pennsylvania, savvy seamstress Daria Dembrowski sees a business opportunity. The show follows two elderly sisters’ quest to restore their colonial mansion, and that means a heap of work for a seamstress who specializes in historical textiles. Although one of the old women is a bit of a grump, Daria loves the job—until she discovers one of the researchers dead, and the whole project threatens to unwind.
As a series of historical crimes pile up, from a stolen Paul Revere platter to a chilling incident of arson, Daria must find the killer quickly, for her life is hanging by a thread.
Greta McKennan is a wife, mother, and first-time author, living her dream in the boreal rainforest of Juneau, Alaska. She enjoys a long walk in the woods on that rare sunny day, reading cozy mysteries when it rains, and sewing the Christmas jammies on her antique Singer sewing machine. She is hard at work on the next novel in her Stitch in Time Mystery series featuring seamstress Daria Dembrowski. Visit her on the web at gretamckennan.com.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2)
by Ruth Silver
Published: June 23, 2015Don’t mess with death. When Wynter explores his newly developed dark angel powers, regret soon fills his heart and mind. Saving a soul isn’t what he imagined it to be, and it puts the grim reaper he loves in grave danger. Obligated to take the throne as Queen, Mara must face the truth and unravel secrets she may not be ready to accept. The second book in the Royal Reaper saga takes you on a paranormal fantasy adventure into a world of grim reapers, dark angels, and undead trucidators.
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Death crept into the castle. Mara could feel its darkness pressing her down. As she walked to her father's bedchamber, the thought of marrying a man she did not love weighed heavily on her. All the invitations had been sent out months ago. Just as her life was beginning to almost feel normal, her father, King Philip, had fallen ill along with the court of Casmerelda and much of the kingdom. The second wave of the plague violently spread, leaving a trail of death and burning corpses for the living to clean up.
Her father had been bedridden for three days. His fever spiked and his skin glistened. He grew delirious, falling in and out of consciousness. As much as she despised him for what he’d done to her sister’s boyfriend, he was still her father. She didn’t want to be left alone.
“You must marry Astin at once.”
Mara cringed. “I can’t.” Her lips hidden as she wore a piece of ivory cloth against her nose and mouth, the slightest bit of protection from the disease that had taken over the kingdom. “I don’t love him. Please don’t do this to me.”
“Don’t be selfish.” The words struggled to reach his lips. He coughed and heaved, his chest rising and falling quickly as his pulse raced. “I’ll be with your mother soon…”
“You’ll be dead.”
Taking in several deep breaths, he opened his mouth, his words coming out as a whisper. “You will be reigning queen. Mara, you must act the part. Marry Astin and forge an alliance with the country of Morro, for the sake of Casmerelda. Your people need you.”
“I need you,” Mara said, gripping her father’s hand. She frowned, studying the tips of his fingers, a blackened hue lacing his skin.
“You shouldn’t touch me.” He tried to pull away, unsuccessfully. Her grip remained tight, but more significantly, he’d grown weak from the disease ravaging his body.
“I haven’t been infected, and I’ve been at your bedside every night.” Mara ordered the servants to bring more water and rags. It had done little good to break his fever or alleviate the discomfort he must have been experiencing, but it was all she could think of to help.
“Marry Astin.” His words were rough slipping past his lips. He wheezed, trying to speak, but Mara rested a hand upon his chest.
“Don’t.” She didn’t want to have this conversation again.
“For the sake of the kingdom,” he said, pleading with her.
Mara refused to answer. Marrying Astin wasn’t what she wanted. “I have no desire to be queen so young. You will pull through, do you hear me?”
He’d fallen into a deep slumber, unable to answer her.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015
I'm so pleased to take part in a very special event celebrating Maria Faulconer's touching picture book, A MOM FOR UMANDE, and mothers everywhere. Mothers come in all sorts of packages, from natural moms, to adoptive moms, to women who stepped in and raised us in the best way they knew how. No matter what form they come in, mothers are a special group of women who deserve to be honored this Mother's Day, and today I am excited to share my own tribute to a very special woman. Here are all of the details about A MOM FOR UMANDE, plus my own special tribute. There is also a giveaway opportunity, so be sure to enter!
Monday, May 4th - Coffee Books 7 Art
Monday, May 4th - 21st Century Once Upon a Times
Thursday, May 7th- In Between the Pages
Thursday, May 7th- Beauty and the Armageddon
Thursday, May 7th- Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, May 8th- The Phantom Paragrapher
Friday, May 8th- Curling Up With a Good Book
Friday, May 8th- Stacy S. Jensen
Saturday, May 9th- Ishiee's Book Blog
Saturday, May 9th- Maureen's Books
Sunday, May 10th- LuLo Fangirl
Sunday, May 10th- Refreshingly Riki
There's still time to participate and honor the special women in your lives!
This event will run daily from May 4th through May 10th. A blog is not required, however, HTML will be provided for bloggers that will include book and author details, as well as the giveaway information. You'd just need to add your special touch - a letter, or post about being a Mom or the mom(s) in your life, and/or pictures! You may choose to post on whichever day best fits your blogging schedule.
The heart-tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom. When Umande was born, his mother didn’t know how to take care of him. So, he was hand-reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk; coughed in his face to teach him discipline; and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him. But for Umande, something was still missing. Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him. This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike. Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble