Thursday, September 29, 2016

Spotlight: NEVER GO BACK by Marla Bradeen



Title: Never Go Back
Author: Marla Bradeen
Genre: Mystery/Crime Thriller
Publication Date: August 28, 2016





Description:

What happens when the only eyewitness to a murder becomes the only suspect?

Alison Carter's world is upended when her boss is shot in front of her eyes. Worse yet, the more Detective Brad Gilmore investigates, the more evidence he discovers against her. Now the happy life Alison once took for granted is in danger of being shattered forever . . . unless she can find the real killer before she ends up serving time for his crime.

Book links: 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31815796-never-go-back

Author bio:
Marla Bradeen previously worked as a software consultant and analyst. In 2012, she gave up a traditional job for no other reason than to have more time to pursue personal interests, such as sleeping in late and taking naps. Although she misses seeing regular deposits into her bank account, she hasn't once regretted that decision.

She didn't initially intend to begin writing novels, but after several weeks of doing nothing she realized sleeping all day isn't as easy or enjoyable as her cats led her to believe. Over the ensuing months, she wrote Lethal Injection, which she self-published in 2013.

Marla finished her first (and, before 2013, only) novel in 2004 and spent the next two years unsuccessfully querying literary agents. That experience combined with the advancement of self-publishing over the past few years drove her decision to pursue the self-publishing path.

Author links: Website: www.marlabradeen.com 

I think I just found a new series to read....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

BookBlast Blog Tour - SWEET CHRISTMAS KISSES 3

SCK3 Blog Tour 2 

Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa with a foreword written by USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano. Don’t miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.
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Mona Risk 
On Christmas Eve by Mona Risk
She yanked him out of her heart years ago. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases her loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?


Christine Bush 
Christmas Holly by Christine Bush
 Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!



Lyn Cote 
Mistletoe and Sage by Lyn Cote
 New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together—will love spark under the mistletoe?


Denise Devine 
A Merry Little Christmas by Denise Devine
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.




Raine English 
The Christmas Gift by Raine English
When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it’s not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group’s handsome owner does too.




Untangling Christmas 
Untangling Christmas by Shanna Hatfield
Tricked into helping with Silverton’s Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.




Ciara Knight 
A Christmas on Miracle Mountain by Ciara Knight
When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.





Milou Koenings 
The Kampala Peppermint Twist by Milou Koenings
A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.




Magdalena Scott 
The Road Not Taken by Magdalena Scott
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.




Roxanne Rustand 
A London Christmas by Roxanne Rustand
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?



Alicia Street 
Her Christmas Secret by Alicia Street
 Desperate to help her sister’s family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they’re least expected.



Kristin WallaceFalling For You at Christmas by Kristin Wallace
 One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.




Merrillee Whren 
Second Chance Christmas by Merrillee Whren
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.



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Christmas Eve Wedding by Cindy Flores Martinez
 A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend’s spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.



Victoria Pinder 
Secret Wish by Victoria Pinder
Luke Morgan doesn’t believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.



Josie Riviera 
Candleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera
 A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.



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Couple by Christmas by Pat Simmons
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he’s got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.



Background With Snowflakes 
 Join the authors for the Release Party, Tuesday, Sept. 27 on Facebook! All 17 authors in this boxed set write sweet romances and are members of Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors whose books contain no sex, violence, or strong language. While the emotional stakes are high as the characters’ relationships grow, these stories are wholesome. Think movies rated G or PG. Therefore, Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 can be enjoyed by romance readers of any age.

Snuggle into a chair by a cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate and allow these bestselling and award-winning authors to bring the holiday season alive as they warm your heart.

Purchase the book at your favorite online retailer:  
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And don’t forget to connect with the Authors at Sweet Romance Reads:
Website/Blog: http://SweetRomanceReads.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/SweetRomanceRds
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/donnafaz/sweet-romance-reads/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/123223-sweet-romance-reads

Or connect with each of the Sweet Romance Reads Authors individually:

A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mona Risk, writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion, sprinkled with a good dose of humor and set in the fascinating places she visited— or in Florida, her paradise on Earth. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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Christine Bush is an award winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren. Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Award-winning author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes inspirational historicals and contemporary romantic suspense in her distinctive brand, "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Lyn lives in a cottage on a lake in the northwoods with her real-life hero husband and (for comic relief and furry cuddling) her two cats. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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Denise Devine is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and she also writes inspirational fiction. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at thirteen and has been writing ever since. She writes about true love, happy endings and stories that touch your heart. Website | Facebook | Twitter
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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She's a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Raine lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.
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Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments and relatable characters. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author who writes 'A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart' that spans the heat scales. Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated PG), takes readers into small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because she believes sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all. Website | Facebook | Twitter
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USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings. She invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots you can barely see on the map—mystery, romance, and the occasional unexplained occurrence. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Alicia Street writes both sweet and steamy romances and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales. Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes inspirational and sweet romance—stories that stir your emotions. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty plus years, and has two grown daughters. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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Cindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and Christian romance. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. Website | Facebook | Twitter
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Victoria Pinder is a bestselling author of science fiction/fantasy and contemporary romance where her stories all include “Bold Women and the Brainy Men who love them.” Her popular series include the House of Morgan and the Collins Brothers. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Free Novella
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Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter
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Pat Simmons is a three-time Emma award-winning author for Best Inspirational Romance. With more thirty Christian romance titles, Pat is the bestselling author of the Carmen Sisters series.
Website | Newsletter  
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: SUICIDAL SUSPICIONS (Kate Huntington Series #8) by Kassandra Lamb

Synopsis

Psychotherapist Kate Huntington is rocked to the core when one of her clients commits suicide. How can this be? The woman, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had been swinging toward a manic state. The client’s family is threatening to sue for malpractice, and Kate can’t fault them since she blames herself. How could she have missed the signs?

Searching for answers for herself and the grieving parents, Kate discovers some details that don’t quite fit. Is it possible the client didn’t take her own life, or is that just wishful thinking? Questioning her professional judgement, and at times her own sanity, she feels compelled to investigate. What she finds stirs up her old ambivalence about the Catholic Church. Is her client’s death somehow related to her childhood parish?

When she senses that someone is following her, she wonders if she is truly losing it. Or is she getting dangerously close to someone’s secrets?

Review

In the latest of the Kate Huntington series, one of Kate's clients commits suicide.  As with any therapist, Kate experiences guilt and self-doubt. As she tries to understand how she missed signs, she begins to question whether this was suicide or only staged to look like suicide. Her need to know the answer leads her to places and people she hasn't thought about in a long time.  

As with the others in this series, Lamb does a good job of weaving the tale and moving the plot forward. Kate's motivation is genuine, complex, and drives her actions. Although part of a series, this can be read as a stand alone. I've enjoyed the rest of the series so I'd suggest starting at the beginning.  


Books in the Series  AMAZON LINK FOR ALL 8

Multiple Motives
Ill-Timed Entanglements
Family Fallacies
Celebrity Status
Collateral Casualties
Zero Hero
Fatal Forty-Eight
Suicidal Suspicions

Other series by this Author

The Kate on Vacation Mysteries
The Marcia Banks and Buddy Mysteries

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Blast - DANDELION DEAD by Chrystle Fiedler

Synopsis

In a cozy mystery filled with natural cures and edible plants that you will love, an organic winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional amateur sleuth and holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true vintage.

Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market & CafĂ©, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies.

But everything changes when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard, to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.


About the Author

CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA Today’s Green Living,Natural Health, Remedy, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. She is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including the Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty with Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com.

Author Links

Website link: www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dandeliondeadbook/?fref=ts

Twitter: @ChrystleFiedler

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3360187.Chrystle_Fiedler

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/chrystle123/dandelion-dead-a-natural-remedies-mystery/

Purchase Links:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Blog Tour & Review: MARGARITAS AND MURDER : A Sunny Truly Mystery by CeCe Osgood

Margaritas & Murder September 10th - 17th, 2016
Margaritas & Murder By CeCe Osgood 
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Release Date: September 9th 2016

Synopsis

Stephanie Plum meets Bridget Jones in this hilarious yet suspenseful cozy mystery featuring Sunny Truly, a brand-new apprentice private investigator in Austin, Texas. 

When a long ago childhood friend is found dangling in a tree—with a dead man in her apartment—Sunny is hired to prove the friend innocent of murder. Frumpy, earnest and stubborn, Sunny goes undercover as a glam-girl to ferret out suspects at the club where her friend worked. With the aid of her wise-cracking boss, Cleve Haylock, and swoon-worthy police detective John Rock, Sunny uncovers an ugly secret with deadly consequences. Will Sunny be the next victim? 

Review

This is the first book in the Sunny Truly series released on September 9, 2016. Sunny Truly is an apprentice PI with Haylock Investigations.  Cleve has taken her under his wing much to the dismay of his assistant. It is a small group that focuses more on alleged infidelities than murder, but when childhood friend Joyce is found dangling from a tree, is in a coma, and the prime suspect for the murdered man in her apartment, Sunny manages to get Cleve's son to agree to investigate and clear Joyce.

Despite her name, Sunny Truly is not ditzy. She follows leads, asks questions, and finds out more than is safe for her to know, both with Joyce's case and the alleged cheating wife case she's been assigned. As expected, Detective Rock isn't pleased with her involvement, concerned for her safety. Osgood created characters who have some depth - you like the ones you're supposed to like, and as with Sunny, you wonder who can be trusted.

This was an easy read. The plot moves along nicely with the necessary twists. The end has some surprises...  I'm glad to see this is a series - I'll be looking for the next Sunny Truly mystery.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

Buy the Book:

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Guest Post by CeCe Osgood

Author CeCe Osgood Invites You To Austin, Texas – the setting of her new book

Hi. I’m CeCe Osgood, and I love humor, romance and mystery. That’s why I’m writing a chick lit cozy mystery series.

In the first book of the series, MARGARITAS & MURDER, Sunny Truly discovers her soon to be ex-husband has ruined her teaching career by posting to YouTube a (semi- naughty) video taken during their honeymoon.

Upon divorcing her skunk of a husband, Sunny returns to her home town, Austin, and is hired by Haylock Investigations and stumbles into new career as a private investigator. Soon she is smack dab in the middle of a murder case involving a childhood friend, good ol’ rich Texas boys, high-maintenance wives and flirtatious cops.

I decided to set the mystery series in Austin where I lived for many years. Back then, Austin was a sleepy little college town. And its claim to fame was the imposing pink granite Texas Capitol building which was modeled on U.S. capitol in Washington D.C.  The only hi-rise buildings in the city used to be the state capitol and the Tower for the University of Texas at Austin.

But that’s not how it is these days. Austin is considered one of the top three fastest growing cities in the U.S. One reason is the fast-growing tech industry which has made the city a Tech Hub like Silicon Valley.
Another element is the increasing population since many students attending the University like living in Austin so much they don’t move away when they graduate. 

One major attraction is the city’s recreational lifestyle. Bikers, hikers, joggers and walkers are devoted to the hike and bike trail that meanders along Lady Bird Lake (which used to be known as Town Lake).  Back in the 1970s, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird, concentrated her attention on beautifying parks, especially the one which now bears her name. 



Nine bridges span the lake and one, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, houses a colony of bats estimated to be over a million.  It’s quite a sight to see the bats swirling around as they leave home on a summer night (especially when they’re wearing itty bitty cowboy boots … just kidding). 

Music is another reason for the city’s popularity. SXSW (South By Southwest) is the film and music festival that has was created Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. Award-winning filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen, started out in Austin with their debut movie BLOOD SIMPLE. 

Austin also claims filmmaker Richard Linklater whose directing debut was the 1991 indie movie SLACKER, which was inspired by Austin’s past hippie culture and the grad student misfits who stuck around the city instead of actually graduating from UT and moving on. The movie was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991.
Another Linklater movie, DAZED AND CONFUSED, kick-started the career of (alright, alright, alright) Texan Matthew McConaughey.

Also in that movie was a Texas bit player (Girl in the Blue Pickup) who later in her career uttered the unforgettable line, “You had me at hello” to Tom Cruise in JERRY MCGUIRE. But she most famous and beloved as the ditzy and wonderful Bridget Jones, Renee Zellweger.  Ah, the circle comes around and we’re back to chick lit! Yay! 

I hope you’ll enjoy my SUNNY TRULY chick lit cozy mystery series. The first one is MARGARITAS & MURDER. 

Next up for series is MERLOT & MURDER: The Sunny Truly Mystery Series – Book 2 

About the Author: CeCe Osgood

CeCe Osgood lives in Texas after many years in LA working in the film industry. Her writing career includes magazine articles and screenplays as well as being a freelance story analyst (main client HBO). She also has had two screenplays optioned. Being a novelist has been her lifelong dream, and now it’s becoming her reality. She loves red wine and hates pretzels.

CeCe’s first novel, THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP, a chick-lit romantic comedy about a dating workshop during a cruise to Cabo was awarded a Crowned Heart for Excellence by InD’tale magazine.

Find her here:

Check out all the stops on the Tour:
Sept 10th
Enrayn - Book Review Hello...Chick Lit - Book Promo Post
Sept 11th
Cafinated Reads - Book Excerpt Gin, books and blankets... - Book Reivew/Author Q&A
Sept 12th
Steamy Book Momma - Book Promo Post Writing Pearls - Book Review Novelgossip - Book Review/Excerpt
Sept 13th
Judging More Than Just The Cover - Author Q&A Sylv all about books and films - Book Promo Post Christa Reads and Writes - Book Review/Guest Post
Sept 14th
Cynful Books To Read - Author Guest Post/Promo Post He Said Books or Me - Book Review/Excerpt
Sept 15th
Grass Monster - Amazon/GoodReads Book Review One More Chapter - Book Review
Sept 16th
BookLoverWormBlog - Book Review Turning Another Page - Book Review/Author Q&A
Sept 17th
JenaBooks - Book Review/Excerpt Book Lover in Florida - Book Review/Excerpt

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Blog Tour and Guest Post: ANNA CELESTE BURKE, Author of Gnarly New Year (Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery)

Today it is my pleasure to have Anna Celeste Burke, author of GNARLY NEW YEAR, as my guest...

Yo-ho-ho, Corsario Cove!

Pirates for hire--who knew?

It’s Christmas when Kim & Brien arrive at the luxurious Sanctuary Resort & Spa for their honeymoon. They soon learn that shouts of “ho-ho-ho” are commonplace. ‘Tis the season and the resort is crawling with Santas. Behind all the holiday hoopla there’s more than merriment going on.

Corsario Cove, the gorgeous setting for newlyweds Kim & Brien’s most excellent adventures takes its name from the word corsair. Corsario in Spanish. That’s corsairs, as in buccaneers or pirates, although the term corsair also applies to the ships they commanded. Blow me down! What do you want to bet that at other seasons of the year it’s “yo-ho-ho” that echoes in the sea breeze?

Despite their reputation as unruly thieves, most corsairs were in fact, paid to do their dirty work on the high seas. They were raiders-for-hire, owners of merchant ships licensed and enlisted by one monarchy to harass, destroy, and capture the booty from ships flying the flag of a rival monarchy. The French, Spanish, Dutch and British all used hired help as they battled for control of the seas and lucrative trade routes.

Technically, some folks reserve the term pirate for those who attack other ships without government authority. I suppose it depends a lot on your point of view. If you’re staring down the barrel of a cannon—several of them, in fact—you probably don’t much care whether the men about to board your ship are carrying the right papers or not. The line between privateering—piracy done in the name of the Crown—and theft for personal gain doesn’t always seem to have been all that clear. Imagine that!

Pirates of the Caribbean, yeah, but California?

If you’ve seen the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies or older Hollywood films featuring pirates, the action is centered far away from the California Coast. The hey-day of corsairs occurred earlier than the settlement of California by Europeans. By then, most of the pirates that roamed the open seas threatening to hang men from the yardarms or force them to walk the plank were long gone. Where? According to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow character, “Wherever we want to go, we go!” In this case, they faded into history as governments relied less on paid privateers.

Still, as my character Kim discovers in Cowabunga Christmas, California did have pirates. Well, one of them at least. In 1818, French privateer Hippolyte de Bouchard launched a series of attacks on Monterey, San Juan de Capistrano and other spots along California’s coast. At that point in history, it doesn't appear he took those actions on anyone's authority other than his own.

Did those raids yield treasure—including a six-foot gold cross, a jewel-encrusted chalice, gold and silver coins, pearls and gemstones? In part, yes. Bouchard and his men helped themselves to whatever they could find as they raided the coastal settlements. The details about the contents of his treasure trove? I made most of that up.

Did he stash his loot in hideaways along the coast as he went from one port to another, and did he abandon it when forced to make a speedy retreat? Could be. It’s true that he fled in haste, away from California to what we now call the Hawaiian Islands. Bouchard had lost most of his crew to disease and marauding and had to beat it to safety. Apparently, he intended to put together a new crew fit enough to enable him to resume his pirate ways. Maybe that also meant he planned to return to California and reclaim treasure he left behind.

There be more than pirates, matey!

The rumor of lost treasure is only one of the themes that run through the stories in this series. What about the local legends of mad monks? Not to mention all the modern-day rogues and scallywags who find their way into Corsario Cove and the nearby town of San Albinus. That’s already resulted in a dead Santa and a prolonged game of hide-and-seek with a marine GPS device that sets the local homicide detective a-twitching when anyone brings it up. Murder, kidnapping, and plenty of other forms of mayhem have pushed Detective Mitchum to the brink of an overdose--on coffee and donuts. Who knows what other secrets remain hidden in this lovely but mysterious cove? You’ll have to wait for Brien and Kim's future adventures to find out.

With that introduction, let's find out more about the book!



Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1530845781
E-Book ASIN: B01G15GEPC
Synopsis



The honeymoon’s not over yet! Kim and Brien’s excellent adventure at the swanky Sanctuary Resort & Spa continues when an unwelcome visitor drops in on New Year’s Eve. An elusive marine GPS device found and lost again, unleashes another wave of murder and mayhem in Corsario Cove! What is it about that thing? Will the secret be revealed when they visit the chamber of heinousness? Stooges, Krugerrands, and monks—oh my! Is it going to be a Gnarly New Year for Kim and Brien?

About the Author

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning and bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! Her books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark that take place in the Coachella Valley.

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