Monday, October 31, 2022

Book Review: STOLEN MEMORIES - Sidekicks Mystery Series by Diane Rapp

About the Book

Madison Thompson was working a summer job in a brokerage firm to save enough money to finish her history degree the following year. Unaware that she walked into danger after closing the office, Madison carried a night deposit bag to the bank across a busy parking lot. A van suddenly blocked her path. One robber dragged her inside the van at knifepoint, and the other drove away. The next day Madison woke in the hospital. Her face and hand were slashed and all memories from the past four years were gone—stolen. 

Can Madison recover precious memories of her college studies, falling in love, and becoming engaged? She desperately needs to get her life back on track and help the police capture those robbers, but every night she experiences night terrors that block knowledge of the attack. 

Learning about the attack on her daughter, Goldie Thompson rushed home from her job in California. She works as an animal handler for Pinkertons, a popular television show, and her dog Mikka Bella is the star. Bella had been trained as an emotional support dog before she became an actor, and she now travels everywhere with Goldie in a specially designed carpetbag. 

Goldie hopes Bella can help Madison overcome night terrors and get well enough to leave the hospital. The idea worked, but Bella was under contract and couldn’t remain in Williamsburg. Goldie knew it was important to train a new dog quickly, and clever little Kenzy Pederick proved to be the perfect companion for Madison. 

Six months later, Madison and Kenzy work several jobs in Virginia’s Historic Triangle—Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown, and the Yorktown Battlefield. Her family hoped that exposing Madison to familiar historic sites might prompt a quick recovery, but nothing worked. One day everything changed. She met an English woman who was searching for the grave of an ancestor and glimpses of the past started to break through the memory blockage. Madison and Kenzy soon followed a trail of clues that could fill in the blanks. 

Recovering those memories might prove dangerous. Bonds worth $2 million are still missing after the robbery, and a gang of crooks believe that Madison can lead them to the hiding place. Can two feisty dogs protect Madison from dangerous villains? Will she learn how and why she suppressed her memories and help the police capture the robbers? 


Goldie and Mikka Bella are completing a shoot for a movie when she gets the news of her daughter's assault. Although Mikka Bella is her therapy dog as well as an accomplished "actress," Goldie hopes that Mikka Bella can also help Madison heal. Soon it's apparent that Madison needs her own therapy dog to help her with her night terrors - the only glimpse into her assault and any memory of the last four years of her life. 

As Madison remembers more details, there's hope of her reclaiming her memory. Unfortunately, there were some bearer bonds that have disappeared and the person responsible for her assault is sure Madison is the key. In the meantime, Goldie has to train Mikka Bella for her next appearance and Madison's new dog, Kenzy, catches on quickly. 

There are twists and turns with a bit of humor, especially related to the two dogs and their antics. Madison's memories come back in bits and pieces. Goldie, her husband, and Trevor, the man Madison was engaged to and now doesn't remember were warned not to force her memories. Only someone's after Madison... 

The story is well-written and the pace is steady. Goldie and Trevor search for clues and try to jar Madison's memory with surprising consequences. I liked Goldie, her husband, Madison and Trevor and I expect they'll be recurring characters in the series. If you enjoy dog mysteries, with the dogs having both a supportive and active role in solving the mystery, you'll enjoy this one. I look forward to the next in the series, with the newest dog, but hope to see more of Mikka Bella and Kenzie as well.

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

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About the Author

Diane Rapp became an entrepreneur when she started her own dog grooming salon in Santa Barbara, California. She spent the next thirty years as a small business owner; she sold real estate, started an office supply/copy center, and performed free-lance advertising design. During all those years Diane wrote stories as a cure for insomnia. 

After writing a tour guide book to the Caribbean together, Diane’s daughter gave her the idea of writing a mystery set on cruise ships in the Caribbean. "Murder Caribbean-Style" and "Murder on a Ghost Ship" are the first two novels of a High Seas Mystery series. Readers meet the main characters of the series and learn about life aboard a ship while solving murders. There is danger and romance mixed in with the action. 

"The Alphas" is the prequel to  “Howl of the Wolf,” book 1 of the Heirs to the Throne trilogy. The novel introduces the dogs and wolves that eventually formed a pack that travels through space to inhabit Drako. The story is also a mystery. The heroine solves the murder of an old friend and discovers why her beloved German Shepherd was stolen. "

“Golden Legacy” blends historical adventure with modern-day mystery in two time lines. Embarking on a harrowing treasure hunt, two daring heroines tackle the hazards of gold country more than a century apart. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Blog Tour and Book Review: A HILL TO DYE ON (Clear Creek Mysteries) by Rebecca McKinnon


About the Book

Summer has made its way up the mountain to Clear Creek, and with the new season, the town is offering a slew of summer classes at the community center. Happy to participate, Jemma and her yarn shop sponsor a fiber-dying class taught by her oldest friend, Kitty. 

When a mysterious man walks into class, something about him pulls Jemma into a tangle. Learning Kitty once knew him, Jemma has questions — but her friend is staying mum. Then Jemma goes on an early-morning walk and discovers the man dead.

This time, Jemma’s determined to stay out of the investigation — until she learns that because of a past she’s been hiding, Kitty is the main suspect! Unwilling to turn her back on her friend, Jemma starts looking for a dropped stitch. 

Because somewhere, there’s a person with dye on their hands.


Jemma is a great MC and friend to Kitty. She's taken over her grandmother's yarn shop as the small town works to become a tourist attraction. The fiber dying activities are interrupted when a man comes in and her friend tenses up. Jemma is worried that the man means to harm Kitty. 

In addition to the yarn shop activities, Jemma vlogs, but has to find a way to combine her two passions - the yarn shop and vlogging. The idea of identifying things that would be of interest to tourists in the small town of Clear Creek takes her for a walk in the fresh air. Only she stumbles on the mystery man, with dye from the shop on him. The dye, and their prior relationship, point to Kitty as the killer.

The story is well-written and initially it doesn't look good for Kitty at all. Jemma keeps digging, not willing to accept her friend is a killer, though Kitty seems resigned to being arrested. The story unfolds with a twist here and there to keep the pace steady. I enjoyed reading this book and figuring out who the killer was as Jemma keeps at it. 

This is the second in the Clear Creek Mysteries. It can be read as a stand alone mystery - I haven't (yet) read the Yarns That Bind and had no difficulty following the story. Still, it's always a good idea to start at the beginning and watch as the relationships unfold. The first book is now on my TBR pile. I liked the characters and hope there are more of the series yet to come. Readers who like cozy mysteries, great characters, and the small town feel will enjoy this book.

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

About the Author

Rebecca McKinnon enjoys playing with her imaginary friends and introducing them to others through her writing. She dreams of living in the middle of nowhere but has been unable to find an acceptable location that wouldn’t require crossing an ocean.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Guest Post: RODEO LOVE - READ A BOOK, HELP A COWBOY by Shanna Hatfield

This is a special guest post by Shanna Hatfield, author of many romance books featuring cowboys and rodeos. Like any good author, she did some research and in the process got involved with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Starting October 1st, she's launching a 3-month fund raising campaign. I"ll let her explain her involvement and how to read a book and help a cowboy!

I’m so grateful for the wonderful opportunity to be your guest today. Thank you!

by Shanna Hatfield USA Today Bestselling Author
During my childhood spent on a farm, any excuse to travel twenty miles to the nearest town (population 1,100) was looked on favorably. Each summer, I eagerly anticipated the small town’s biggest event of the year—the Fourth of July Rodeo. Back in those days, some of the top names in the rodeo circuit would join hundreds of rodeo fans for four days of rodeo, events in the park, and a parade through town. My whole family looked forward to the celebration. For a horse-crazy little girl who loved the smell of leather and the sight of cowboy hats, it was amazing. From an early age, I had a romance with the rodeo. 

One of the few stores we had in town was a saddle-maker with a boot shop. When I was five, my dad took me to Leroy’s shop to pick out a new belt for the rodeo. It was the first time I could choose my own. Talk about excited! As we walked inside, the welcoming aroma of leather filled the air. Dad led me to where Leroy worked on a saddle at the back of the shop and they talked a few minutes. Impatiently waiting, they finally told me to go see what I could find. 
My gaze—and heart—immediately settled on a hand-tooled belt with little flowers stamped into the leather and a silver buckle with a gold saddle that glistened in the overhead lights. 

I still have that little belt today along with my love of rodeo. It’s because of how much I enjoy watching rodeos and writing about small-town life that I created the sweet contemporary Rodeo Romance series. Each book in the series focuses on a different aspect of the rodeo with a strong heroine trying to tame a sometimes (okay, most always) wild cowboy. When I was working on the first book in the series, The Christmas Cowboy, I reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team with several questions about rodeo injuries and treatments. They were so kind and helpful, I wanted to do something to say thank you. That’s when I began my Read A Book, Help A Cowboy campaign.

From October 1 through December 24, I donate 10 percent of the proceeds of every book purchased (which includes ebooks, paperback, hardback, and audio books) to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF provides financial assistance to rodeo athletes who have sustained catastrophic injuries and will be unable to compete for an extended time. Every penny donated to the JCCF goes straight into the donation fund without anything taken out for administrative fees or expenses. For injured rodeo athletes, the hand up they receive from the JCCF gives them the peace of mind to recover instead of worrying about how they will make ends meet until they get back on the rodeo road. Find out more about the Read A Book, Help A Cowboy campaign and supporting the JCCF at

To help raise funds and awareness for the JCCF, a kickoff party is held each November. Join us for a day of guest authors, games, and giveaways on November 10 on Facebook: 

Also, enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card:

And check out the two new releases in the Rodeo Romance series coming this holiday season. Watch for Taming Christmas in the Christmas Wishes & Cowboy Kisses boxed set, and Savoring Christmas releasing November 10.          

ABOUT THE AUTHOR USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield grew up on a farm where her childhood brimmed with sunshine, hay fever, and an ongoing supply of learning experiences. Today, Shanna draws on her rural roots to create sweet romances filled with hope, humor, quirky small-town characters, realistic heroes, and women of strength. 

She’s written more than 100 books, including two children’s books, a cookbook, and a humorous recounting of life on a farm. When this award-winning author isn’t writing or testing out new recipes (she loves to bake!), Shanna hangs out at home in the Pacific Northwest with her beloved husband, better known as Captain Cavedweller. Shanna loves to hear from readers. 

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