Category: Cats

Dead Man Talking by Jana Deleon

Posted November 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Cats, Cozy, Ghosts, Guest Post, Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

Dead Man Talking by Jana DeleonDead Man Talking by Jana Deleon
Series: Happily Everlasting Series #1
Series Rating: five-stars
on October 10, 2017
Genres: Cozy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.
Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her. Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire’s fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse but Sapphire has no idea what they’re looking for. Determined to ensure her aunt’s ongoing safety, Zoe promises to expose the intruders, even though it means staying in Everlasting and confronting the past she thought she’d put behind her.
Dane Stanton never expected to see Zoe standing in the middle of her aunt’s living room, and was even more unprepared for the flood of emotion he experiences when coming face to face with his old flame. Zoe is just as independent and determined as he remembered, and Dane knows she won’t rest until Sapphire can return to the lighthouse in peace, so he offers to help her sort things out.
Armed with old legends, Sapphire’s ten cats, and a talking ghost, Zoe has to reconcile her feelings for Dane and embrace her destiny before it’s too late.
The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real, but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love?

Magic Emerald, 10 cats, remodeling, crazy weather and a ghost, what…?

Dead Man Talking is the first book in the Happily Everlasting Series written by four authors, Jana Deleon, Mandy M. Roth, Michelle M. Pillow and Kristen Painter. The stories take place in Everlasting, Maine a small town along the coast, “where there’s no such thing as normal.”

I love this book, it is the first book that I have read by Jana Deleon. I found it well written with mystery, paranormal, and a little romance all perfectly balance.

Everlasting, Maine sounds like a very interesting place to live. The town is inhabited by many great characters, some grumpy, some eccentric, some who believe in magic and some who don’t. It is an old fishing village with that small town flavor and lots of local humor. There is also a little mysterious side to the town.

Zoe is a meteorologist/TV weather person in Los Angeles, California, who grew up in Everlasting. Zoe couldn’t wait to get out of Everlasting as a kid. She doesn’t believe in magic but her Aunt Sapphire does believe in magic and has for her entire life. Sapphire isn’t your average magic loving crazy cat lady. So, when she is hurt Zoe makes it her business to find out what happened to her beloved aunt. I like Zoe’s morals and that she isn’t willing to compromise them for any reason. I really liked her interactions with her aunt and the love between them.

Then there is Dane. He and Zoe had a relationship before she left town. He is a contractor with a touch of interior decorator now. He is loyal, handsome and friendly. Dane having always lived in Everlasting has some really great retired fishermen friends who are like town gossips hanging out at the local pool hall. Dane isn’t a believer of magic or the town lore either, but he likes Sapphire and may still have feelings for Zoe. Dane and Zoe make a good couple if they can just figure it out.

My favorite supporting character is Mary Jo, the Texas transplant. She is this cheery, super friendly nurse, who understands that hospital food sucks and visiting hours don’t always work out for everyone. She is really helpful and notices things like family resemblance. Mary Jo seemed to know her nursing stuff too. If I had to be hospitalized I would hope for a nurse like her.

There are some funny parts of this town, like the Deputy Months, Cornelius, and some very well trained cats. I won’t go into detail as I don’t want to ruin the story for you.

My rating is 5 stars, I highly recommend this book.

I am starting Once Haunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth which is the second book in the series. I really hope it is just as good as this one.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Jana Deleon

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably won’t find it on a map. Her family owned a camp located on a bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico that you could only get to by boat. The most important feature was the rope hammock hanging in the shade on a huge deck that stretched out over the water where Jana spent many hours reading books.

Jana and her brother spent thousands of hours combing the bayous in a flat-bottomed aluminum boat, studying the natural habitat of many birds, nutria, and alligators. She would like you to know that no animals were injured during these “studies,” but they kept makers of peroxide in business.

Jana has never stumbled across a mystery or a ghost like her heroines, but she’s still hopeful.

She now resides in Dallas, Texas, with the most spoiled Sheltie in the world.

Jana DeLeon is a former CFO who jumped off the corporate ladder to write books.

(Biography copied from her website)


The Cats that Stalked a Ghost

Posted November 6, 2017 by karenbaron in Animals, Cats, Cozy, Ghosts, Guest Post, Murder, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

The Cats that Stalked a GhostThe Cats That Stalked a Ghost by Karen Anne Golden
Series: The Cats that...Cozy Mystery #6
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 13th 2015
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Pages: 311
Format: Kindle
five-stars

If you love mysteries with cats, get ready for a thrilling, action-packed read that will keep you guessing until the very end. While Katherine and Jake are tying the knot at her pink mansion, a teen ghost has other plans, which shake their Erie, Indiana town to its core. How does a beautiful September wedding end in mistaken identity . . . and murder? What does an abandoned insane asylum have to do with a spirit that is haunting Katz? Colleen, a paranormal investigator at night and student by day, shows Katz how to communicate with ghosts. An arsonist is torching historic properties. Will the mansion be his next target? Ex-con Stevie Sanders and the Siamese play their own stalking games, but for different reasons. It's up to Katz and her extraordinary felines to solve two mysteries: one hot, one cold. Seal-point Scout wants a new adventure fix, and litter-mate Abra fetches a major clue that puts an arsonist behind bars. Enjoy this stand-alone novel, then learn more about these characters in their debut book, "The Cats that Surfed the Web." Amazon's bestselling author of "The Cats that . . . Cozy Mystery" series.

My Thoughts:    Katz becomes a Cokenburger! Excellent Story!

I don’t what made Katz think she could get married without incident and that’s not even counting the Siamese ring bearers. Cute idea but kind of crazy, lots of laughing.

I like that Ms. Golden has built her town with unique and quirky characters. It feels like small town life where you have friends and not-so-friends that you interact with daily. People that share your life and know your business whether you would like them to or not. I truly liked the neighborly attitude of the people of Erie and the way they pull together in emergencies and celebrations. It is so mid-western. This is a great cozy mystery.

Katz sees the good in people, as with Stevie Sanders, who had been in a few of the books and it is nice to see that he is changing his life for the better. His sister, Barbie remains slightly flaky even though she has improved her life too.

Jake is such a sweetheart. He and Katz are a great match. The love and respect they have for each other and their cats is inspiring. I look forward to them tackling the next mystery together. Nine heads is better that one, three, five, oh you get the picture.

Kuddos to Ms. Golden for such an outstanding installment. I find that I thoroughly enjoy this series. Therefore my rating is 5 Stars. If you haven’t read this book or series check it out, it’s worth the time.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

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five-stars

About Karen Anne Golden

Karen Anne Golden currently lives in a Queen Anne Victorian home. Restoring the house was her obsession when she left her Manhattan job and moved to a small town in Indiana. With the house finished, she has time to do what she’s always been passionate about: writing. “The Cats that Surfed the Web” is the first book of “The Cats that . . . ” Cozy Mystery series. Karen Anne received a B.S. in History/Education from Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia and a M.S. in Anthropology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. While living in NYC, she worked in the computer industry. She shares her home with her husband, several Siamese, Ginger and Tabby cats. Many of the cat scenes in the books are based on her own cats’ antics.


Storm of Attraction by Lily Black

Posted October 26, 2017 by karenbaron in Cats, Guest Post, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Suspense / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Storm of Attraction by Lily BlackStorm of Attraction by Lily Black
Series: Willowdale #1
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Red Adept Publishing, LLC on February 13th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 172
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
four-stars

Love is worth fighting for.
Alexa Wolving has just one rule: never give a guy a second chance. That works just fine in the safe life she’s built. In the charming town of Willowdale, her day job as a librarian balances perfectly with her evening job as a black belt instructor. But when she attracts the attention of a stalker, Alexa’s carefully built world begins to crumble.
Drew Cosimo knows he broke Alexa’s heart five years ago when he took his first Ranger assignment and disappeared from her life. Now that he’s out of the army, he’s moving back home to Willowdale. He’s not looking for a fight, but making peace would be easier if Alexa hadn’t told the entire town he was a money-grubbing jerk. Despite the tension between them, Drew is quick to offer his protection when a stalker forces Alexa from her home.
As the stalker’s attacks escalate, Alexa and Drew are forced to face their painful past and the simmering attraction between them. They must fight to save each other before everything they care about goes up in flames.
 

Storm of Attraction by Lily Black.

This is the first book in Ms. Black’s Willowdale Series a suspenseful romance. This is a great start to an upcoming series. I hope we get to see some of the other characters in Willowdale advance into the spotlight.

Alexa is a great character. I loved her spunk and independence. She tries very hard to live with her one rule. A rule that has serious consequences and was made out of fright. But she maintained that rule for years. Now she has a stalker after her and she can’t tell if she loves Drew or hates him. She does at times seem immature especially the talking about Drew when arrived back in town, her attitude towards him and her reaction to his actions throughout the story.

Drew the ex-ranger, super tough guy who left Alexa years ago after his leave was up, hasn’t had a solid relationship since. He volunteers to protect her after she is attacked by a stalker. Drew has a strong idea of what he wants but he has to figure out how to get it. I liked him, he is definitely hero material.

The suspense part of the story was good, but I thought that we could have a had a couple of more possible suspects to keep us guessing but at least the reasoning was discussed so we could connect the dots. I would have also preferred a little more mystery. I liked how it was wrapped up but it honestly didn’t make a lot of sense. Rangers are supposed to be one of our elite forces.

Overall, it was a good story once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Yep, finished it a 1 am. As I said before I am looking forward to the next installment in the Willowdale series. So, keep writing Ms. Black.

My rating is 4 stars, I recommend Storm of Attraction by Lily Black, for those of you who like a little mystery with your romance.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

four-stars

About Lily Black

Lily Black believes in true love, but is also quite sure going after it is the scariest thing we’ll ever do! She explores this dynamic in her romantic suspense novels, which are set in the small imaginary town of Willowdale, where people dream big, love deeply, and kick butt if necessary. She has a black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tai Kwon Do, and has also trained in everything from judo to broadswords. She lives in North Carolina, where she divides her free time between the mountains and the sea, with her very patient and loving husband and their teen daughter.