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The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

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The Secluded Village Murders
Author: Shelly Frome
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Date Published: September 2018
Publisher: BQB Publishing

 

The Secluded Village Murders_zpstf1uaqxrFrom a small secluded village in Connecticut to the English Countryside, readers are taken on a roller coaster of events and quirky characters as amateur sleuth Emily Ryder tries to solve a murder that everyone thinks was an accident.

For tour guide Emily Ryder, the turning point came on that fateful early morning when her beloved mentor met an untimely death. It’s labeled as an accident and Trooper Dave Roberts is more interested in Emily than in any suspicions around Chris Cooper’s death. For Emily, if Chris hadn’t been the Village Planner and the only man standing in the way of the development of an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint village of Lydfield, Connecticut, she might have believed it was an accident, but too many pieces didn’t fit.

As Emily heads across the pond for a scheduled tour of Lydfield’s sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor . . . she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.

 

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Picking up speed, she passed the rows of Victorian houses with their pilastered front porches and attached shutters in homage to last century’s Colonial Revival. She’d grown up here, always lived here except for college and her transatlantic jaunts. But at this moment, her village might as well be a scattering of old photos.

Before she knew it, the rain was beating down harder, her wiper blades barely able to keep up. Among the nagging questions flitting through her mind was how could Miranda Shaw have suddenly gotten wind of her leaking roof? Or   did somebody just put her up to it, to get Chris rushing pell- mell in the rain so he would . . .

Emily eased her foot off the pedal, barely able to see through the downpour. She switched the wipers on high and kept her eyes on the road, intent on avoiding an accident.

Minutes later, she pulled into Miranda Shaw’s place at a slow but steady crawl. As she reached the circular drive, straining her eyes through the thwacking blades, she peered up two stories above the stone archway.

There she caught sight of the familiar gangly figure climbing higher toward the peak of an eight-sided turret. At a point where the grayish-blue slate, copper flashing, and a mullioned window merged, the figure suddenly became a shuddering blur.

Emily honked her horn, blasting as loud as she could. But it was too late. The figure flopped over and slid down the turret, glanced off the aluminum ladder and toppled like a broken doll.

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About the Author

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run.  Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 24

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Love on a Limb by Laurie Lewis

 

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day 24 coverMatthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying, which is why he’s about to propose to a total stranger. He isn’t interested in love. He needs a caregiver, a companion, and someone to be his legal voice when he can no longer speak for himself.

Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by Matt Grayken’s tender request, but when their friendly marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Matt’s death and prays for a miracle instead.

Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Matt’s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle, and her determination to save him causes her to betray the fundamental promise she made him–to help him die peaceably.

Their last hope at saving Matt’s life will require a sacrifice from each of them, and force them to decide how far out on a limb they’re willing to go for love.

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Day 18 AuthorLaurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

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Top Ten List:

Ten fun facts:

  1. I love all things Maryland crab-based–crab cakes, crab soup, and just eating them right from the steamer.

  2. I am a kidney donor.

  3. I once recorded a demo single.

  4. I was a shot put thrower in high school.

  5. I love twinkle lights. I hang them inside, outside, stuff them into jars. They make me happy.

  6. I have a crazy love for Christmas nesting boxes. I use them every Christmas to wrap gifts, but it’s a family joke that you have to return the box. Lol!

  7. My husband and I met on a CB radio when I was 15. (Don’t ask . . .  LOL.

  8. I break into accents with little provocation. My favorites are Irish and British. 

  9. I like to write characters with accents, and when I read through my work, I narrate their parts using their accents. (see 8 above.)

  10. When I’m sitting at a light with my blinker on, I hear the beat and break into the song, “Sleigh Ride.” Try it! It’s the perfect rhythm!

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 18

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The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis

 

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Day 18 CoverIn need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

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Day 18 AuthorLaurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart —a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re-release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

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Top Ten List:

  1. I have a bunion that should get it’s own zip code

  2. I’m a kidney donor

  3. I once eyed a singing career

  4. My mom was told I’d never have children. Four kids later. . . . . LOL!

  5. I met my hubbie over a CB radio when I was 15 and pretending to be a British exchange student

  6. I ran a lab and raised organisms for elementary children to study in their Hands-on Science curriculum. Over Christmas, I’d bring the creatures home. We had frogs and crayfish in our bathtub over Christmas!

  7. I have a weakness for twinkle lights, nesting boxes, and anything sung by Groban or Bocelli

  8. I never met a plate of fried chicken I didn’t love

  9. Favorite saying: “Everything’s better with sound effects.”

  10. I keep a little lighted Christmas tree up all year long

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 17

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The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch

 

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Day 17 CoverThe widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

The Guise of a Gentleman is a clean and wholesome Regency Romance, a.k.a. “clean” that explores finding one’s true self, loyalty, honor, and trusting loved ones. With plenty of swashbuckling action, it provides a several good twists that play off of familiar situations and proudly proclaims the redemptive power of love.

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Day 17 AuthorDonna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Donna’s Top 10 Favorite Things to do in the Summer:

  1. Go for long walks with a friend

  2. Have a tea party

  3. Go to the beach

  4. Build sandcastles

  5. Watch the sunset

  6. Visit gardens

  7. Make ice cream

  8. Hike with my family

  9. Play miniature golf

  10. Read a good book

(Actually, I love doing most of these in the winter, too.)

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 16

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Challenging a Legend ( book 2)

 

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Day 16 CoverSequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.

The Author is putting both books in this Series on special offer on Amazon 25 – 26th of July 2018! 
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Day 15 Author

 

Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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Top Ten List:

10 random facts about Russ Wallace:

  1. Russ loves humor. You might even consider him an amateur stand-up comedian. Whenever opportunity allows he loves to share this talent with others. Russ’s wife Ruth says when they cruise; Russ enjoys doing his stand-up comedy on talent night.

  2. Russ was a string cheese sales person, he had a cleaning business but most of his life he designed and built houses. All before he was a writer, of course. 

  3. Russ is a great gardener and landscaper- wherever he lives you are sure to find lots of trees, plants, and flowers all around.

  4.  We say Russ is a world traveler and we mean it, he has visited over 37 different countries.

  5.  Favorite food? Peanut Butter

  6. Favorite movie? Gone with the Wind

  7. Favorite book? Bible

  8. Russ grew up in the suburbs of Chicago

  9. Russ loves finding good deals and is a garage-sale-enthusiast

  10. One of his favorite vacation spots is Hawaii

 
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Zenobia:Birth of a Legend ( book 1) by Russ Wallace

 

Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 15

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Birth of a Legend ( book 1)

 

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Day 15 CoverIn the 3rd century, a girl of uncommon abilities was born in the desert wilderness of Syria. Rescued from death by her courageous mother, Zenobia masqueraded as a boy to stay alive. She grew up to become one of the toughest, deadliest women who ever lived.

The first book in the series traces Zenobia’s life from age nine to fifteen, setting the stage for her amazing rise to power. It includes the beginnings of her legend and her budding romances.

No one who reads her captivating story will ever forget Zenobia!
 

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Day 15 Author

 

Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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Top Ten List:

10 top favorite things:

 

  1. Being with my wonderful wife of 54 years

  2. Studying the Bible

  3. Writing

  4. Playing chess and other strategy games

  5. Peanut butter, nuts and dark chocolate

  6. Watching movies

  7. Favorite color- Green

  8. Favorite animal- Dog

  9. Reading history books and novels

  10. Vacationing in Hawaii 

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 14

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Confessions of a Timid Rider by Heather Wallace

 

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“For a long time I let that fear get in my way. I always felt like I was missing something when I stepped away from horses during my teens.

I’ve come a long way since I took that first step back to horsemanship as an adult. When I say I am a timid rider, it is not because I am scared to ride. Oh no, it is because I am scared to fail. I am scared that I cannot live up to my own expectations. That my insecurities will hold me back. Or that I will let my anxiety be greater than my passion once again and step away, or worse, not try to be the person I want to be. My self doubt tries to hold me back but I refuse to give in.

These are the confessions of a timid rider.”

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Day 14 AuthorHeather Wallace is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, writer, equestrian, and animal massage therapist.

Her first book, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses, was a 2017 Literary Selection for the Equus Film Festival. Her second book, Confessions of a Timid Rider, is an autobiography detailing Heather Wallace’s insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate equestrian.

After returning to riding as a mother, she is determined to follow her dreams despite the fear she is somehow lacking in talent or ability. An in-depth look into the heart and head of a returning adult equestrian, this message is not limited only those  with horse experience.

In fact, Confessions of a Timid Rider is the perfect book to read for anyone whom even for a moment questions their value in their designated profession or life choice. This book will inspire you to pursue your dreams despite the inner voice that says you aren’t good enough.

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10 Fun Facts About Me:

  1. I was born in California, lived a short while in Washington State and was raised primarily in New Jersey. I’m proud to be a Jersey Girl. I’m bold, sassy, and sometimes a little too unfiltered but in the very best of ways.

  2. I got my first tattoo at the age of 36. My husband thought I was crazy. Now I’ve added to my collection.

  3. I am an avid animal lover and have had a cat, dogs, and a pony! My dream would be to one day have a small farm.

  4. I am a certified animal massage therapist. My day job is helping horses and dogs with sports massage to find and treat muscle spasms and areas of inflammation.

  5. I am terrified of spiders. I love bats, will handle snakes, and have even spent time with rats. But show me a spider and I’ll run the other way. FAST.

  6. The first time I rode a horse independently I panicked and jumped off before I even started the ride.

  7. I love to travel and as of August will have been to four of the seven continents.

  8. I love food. I’ve never been on a diet because I am too much of a hedonist when it comes to food. While I’ll dine at the finest restaurants in the world, my go to comfort food is macaroni and cheese. Carbs don’t like me but I like them.

  9. I am more graceful on a horse than I am on the ground. I’m a huge clutz and have been known to walk into parking meters, doors, and slide down steps on a regular basis.

  10. I read tarot cards. I’m not sure how good I am at it, but I have never been steered wrong yet!

 
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