Category: Rural

Once Haunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth

Posted November 16, 2017 by karenbaron in Cozy, Guest Post, Hunters, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal People, Review, Rural, Shape Shifters, Witches / 0 Comments

Once Haunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. RothOnce Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth
Series: Happily Everlasting Series, #2
Published by Raven Happy Hour, LLC on October 17th 2017
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Comedy
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.
Wolf shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breath taking beauty runs him over (literally) he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.
Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. Several pints of ice cream and one plane ticket to Maine later, she’s ready to forget her troubles. At least for a bit. When she arrives in the sleepy little fishing town of Everlasting, for a surprise visit with her grandfather, she soon learns that outrunning one problem can lead to a whole mess of others. She finds herself the prime suspect in a double homicide. She doesn’t even kill spiders, let alone people, but local law enforcement has their eyes on her.
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?

Hunters, Shape Shifters and Grandpa’s stories are true? You never know what you will find in Everlasting.

Once Haunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth is the second book in the Happily Everlasting Series. The story takes place in Everlasting, Maine a small town along the coast, “where there’s no such thing as normal.” I have to say that this book made me laugh so hard, my husband really thought I was losing it.

There are so many great characters in this book and series. I am going try to break it down a bit. Let’s start with Penelope, she is our female lead. Penelope works for an auction house in Chicago. She was born in Everlasting but when her parents passed away she moved in with her mother’s parents. Penelope has a different sense of fashion. If you watch Criminal Minds, I think these two Penelopes must have met. So, Penelope wears sweaters with puppy dogs and leggings with fire hydrants. I am sure there are others that do that too, even at that age. She also doesn’t like to swear. She likes her current career position. She is sweet and really loves her Grandfather.

Then we have Hugh, he is all alpha male. He is a fishing charter captain and he controls his own destiny. Hugh has lived in Everlasting all of his life and doesn’t see any reason to be moving. He has some great friends in town, he seems to be helping the local school charity. Hugh’s biggest downside is he has a very foul mouth. So, foul that one of his best friends bet him that he couldn’t stop swearing for a month. Hugh runs a successful business and is apparently a great carpenter.

Curt is one of Hugh’s best friends. Curt is the one who bet Hugh he couldn’t stop swearing. Curt runs a local restaurant. Curt is kind of the opposite of Hugh, in that he wears nice clothes and doesn’t swear. He is my favorite character, I hope that he gets his own story.

Polly is a local witch, who is on Hugh side of the bet. So, she spiked his coffee with a potion to stop Hugh from swearing. It is a hilarious thing. Below is a quote from one of Hugh’s outbursts.

“How about I shove my sunflower up your whoops-a-daisy?” – Hugh Lupine

There are many other laughing out loud moments, and many more characters like Wilbur (Penelope’s grandfather), Sigmund (Hugh’s other best friend), and Petey, who is such a doll. Oh, yes and don’t forget about the Deputies. Oh, and did I mention there is a Kraken?

There are just so many wonderful plot twists, the mystery, a little romance between stubborn people and all the non-cussing going on. I adore Everlasting, Maine. There is a sense of community, it has that small town feel. The more I read about Everlasting the more I want to visit. Doesn’t everyone need a little magic and mystery in their lives?

My rating is 5 stars, I highly recommend this book and the series so far.

I am starting the third book in the series, Fooled Around and Spelled in Love by Michelle M. Pillow. I really hope it is just as great as the first two.

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

five-stars

About Mandy M. Roth

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Mandy M. Roth is a self-proclaimed Goonie, loves 80s music and movies and wishes leg warmers would come back into fashion. She also thinks the movie The Breakfast Club should be mandatory viewing for…okay, everyone. When she’s not dancing around her office to the sounds of the 80s, she’s busy writing sexy paranormal operatives. Mandy lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband and three boys. She has sold well over 1 million ebooks. Mandy has published with Harlequin, Random House/ Virgin Books, and has had a wildly successful indie career in addition to publishing with more than one small press.
(Biography copied from her website)


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.



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