Moonlighting in Vermont – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
“Bella Bree MacGowan,” he repeated. “I am authorized to detain you on the suspicion of murdering Vera Post. Will you come with me please.” It wasn’t a request.
Bree MacGowan was the last person, anyone that knew her, would suspect of murder. She owned her own farm which became a rescue haven for animals. So many animals in fact that she worked two jobs just to keep them in food. Her main source of income came from being a paste-up artist for the Royalton Star owned by her best friend Meg who was married to Police Captain Thomas Maverick. Her part-time job was working as a housekeeper for Whispering Birches, a secluded resort that catered to the rich and famous. It was at Whispering Birches that Bree found the body of Vera Post, the head of housekeeping.
Why would anyone kill Vera? Easy answer. Everyone hated Vera, including her own sister. She enjoyed making trouble, spreading rumors, telling lies, plus she was just down right mean. So why pick Bree out of the pack as the number one suspect? She found the body and her fingerprints were all over the room.
Bree is as stubborn as a pit bull. When she grabs onto something she won’t let go. Her determination shows through as she tries to prove her innocence and find the real killer. And no one can stop her, especially Lieutenant Brooks, the arresting officer. Her quest to prove her innocence has her kidnapped, carted around in the trunk of a car, handcuffed to a bed and stabbed with a pair of scissors. But she still won’t give up.
In Moonlighting in Vermont, Author Kate George uses her style of writing to actually put humor in kidnappings, attempted murder and even murder itself. I thoroughly enjoyed following Bree through her comical situations as she took life one day at a time. The story and characters are so realistic that you find yourself believing they are real. I felt as if I had just read a very long newspaper account of an event that really happened.
Moonlighting in Vermont will be released August 27, 2009
Red,Object of My Affection,The Dread Moon,Original Sin,Brain Dead,Eden,Diary of An Incubus,Once In A Blue Moon,by Author Tracey H Kitts
Red: Book one, Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series When the ‘animal disease’ spreads from Terra to Earth, the Hunters are established on Earth, as well, and Lilith’s father is commander of Earth’s Hunters … reason enough for Lilith, a Hunter herself, to ignore the magnetic pull of the alpha male determined to have her for his mate.
But Lilith isn’t quite human herself—not since she was attacked by werewolves—and she’s always had a ‘thing’ for tall, dark, and creepy. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/red.htm
Object of My Affection: Book two, Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter Series A Hunter herself, there had been a time when the battle lines were clearly drawn and there would’ve been no question, no doubts, but that time had passed. Marco wasn’t the beast Lilith had thought, not her enemy-and she was drawn to the beast man in a way she found almost as incomprehensible as it was hard to resist. She’d always love Alfred, though, always depended on him. Alfred had always been there to protect her, even when she’d only seen him through the eyes of a child. Seeing him through the eyes of a woman entirely changed her perspective. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/objectofmyaffection.htm
The Dread Moon: Book three, Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter Series Lilith’s reputation as the best in the business has spread, and not just to the lycanthrope population. She’s just been hired to find the original vampire. The vamps want what everyone else wants, equality. However, she will soon realize that the original vampire isn’t just out for blood, or the return of rights to his people … he wants Lilith too. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/thedreadmoon.htm
Original Sin: Book four, Lilith Mercury Werewolf Hunter Series Peter was Lilith’s first love–and the first person to call her a monster. Despite their past, Lilith would save him if she could, but when Peter is infected with lycanthropy and becomes determined to challenge Marco for the position of lupinus regalis, wolf king, she faces a hard choice. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/originalsin.htm
Brain Dead: Jane Masters had no idea she was a necromancer … until she raised her dead boss. Luis Phillippe is the vampire responsible for the power mingled in her blood. When Luis reveals the details of her past life and the source of her power, her heart remembers him. But will she survive to love him this time? Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/braindead.htm Bitten: Sandra Ashton is a witch who suddenly finds herself dating three vampires. So, what do you do when you’ve got three immortal beings professing their undying or is that undead love for you? You agree to what they like to call, ‘joint custody’. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/bitten.htm
Eden: Catrina’s world is turned upside down the moment she agrees to Viktor’s plan. Who even knew that Abraham Van Helsing had a younger brother? Not only that, but a brother who was turned by the King of Vampires and who held such obvious power. Now she must deal with the consequences of her actions and an attraction she can no longer deny. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/eden.htm
Diary of an Incubus: Jewel Mathers needed a good story for her next novel. She turned to the ancient journals in desperation. But fame and fortune comes with a price … and a couple of hot vampires. Jewel was in enough trouble after she accidentally published Vincent’s diary. But now the head of the vampire council, Alucard, wants her for himself. Her fate is in his hands. How will she ever choose between them? Especially when her life may depend on that choice. Purchase Link: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/diaryofanincubus.htm
Once in a Blue Moon: Tara has always wondered what it would be like to meet a real live werewolf. Little does she know, her wish is about to come true.
Now she must decide if she can see past the beast in order to love the man.
“Don’t you worry I’m just going to take a quick look around and will be back within thirty minutes. Meanwhile you tell Donnie and Jeff to keep an eye out for that monster and if it appears get out of here.”
“And leave you?” “Yes I’ll be better off in the water as it will try to attack you guys first.” With that said he dropped over the side to the ramp. As he adjusted the tanks the porpoises started there chirping sounds and splashed water at him. So they were a bit frisky he thought as he finished donning his gear and stepped into the sea. As soon as he hit the water the porpoises came forward and nudged him playfully then started swimming out towards the east. He dove to a depth of twenty-five feet and followed them. All around him were sea creatures swimming north. Something had really spooked them. It had to be the monster. As he followed the porpoises they dove deeper. Keeping them in sight he stayed at the same level continuing in an easterly direction. Suddenly he felt something brush him from behind. It was one of the porpoises returning to him and beckoning him to go deeper. What the heck! He might as well he thought. He kicked out and descended to a depth of one hundred feet before he saw the other porpoise. It was circling around some object that looked vaguely familiar. It dawned on him that it was one of the minisubs and from the looks of it; it was stranded on some kind of underwater reef. As he swam closer he glimpsed movement in the front window area. Dear God, it was one of the scientists. He approached the window and tapped on it to get her attention. As she stopped moving and looked at him he saw that she was wearing the emergency breathing mask and was trying to pry open the escape hatch. He pointed to himself and motioned that he would try to open it from the outside and for her to remain calm. She nodded and smiled at him as she gave the thumbs up sign. Good Lord, It was Mel! He swam to the top of the sub and surveyed the hatch cover. It had been mangled by the monster when it had lifted it out of the sea. The only way he was going to get it open was by some miracle. Two minutes went by when it dawned on him what he could do. Looking at his spear gun he came up with the idea to use the explosive shells and blow the hatch open. He gathered his spare shells from his dive pouch and started tying them to the hatch cover using diver’s tape. He knew it was dangerous, but it was the only solution. After he had the shells firmly in place he took some detonating fuse from his pouch and wrapped the shells with it. He then returned to the window and motioned to Mel what he planned on doing and she should get back from the hatch. She nodded and pointed to the small desk in the forward area. She was going to get behind it. He nodded and watched her as she climbed behind it. When he was sure she was protected he returned to the hatch cover and started the final procedure. He removed two flares from his pouch and attached one to the shells and with the other he lit the fuse. He prayed that it would work. First there was a sizzle then a huge yellow light as the two flares caught and the shells ignited. The blast was terrific knocking him for a somersault. When he recovered he swam to the sub and looked into the hole. Mel was trying to climb out. He reached inside grabbed her and pulled her up and out. As soon as he had her away from the sub he attached his breathing mask to her and let her have a few breaths. At first she gulped the air then she slowed down and after a minute she smiled. He took the mask back and took a couple of breaths and pointed upwards. She nodded and holding on to him they started their ascent. They rose slowly taking frequent stops so that she could acclimate to the pressure changes
Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
“Sarah? Sarah Baker?” said a man with a raspy voice. “I know this may sound a little strange, considering you don’t know me. But I happen to be in possession of some interesting information concerning your parents – your natural parents, that is – and I thought we might…”
This phone call became the beginning of many changes to come in Sara Baker’s life. Of course the blackmailer wanted money. And due to the information this man threatened to make public, Sarah’s husband Mark agreed to pay. But the information did more than threaten their comfortable lives. It sparked Sarah’s desire to know more about her parents who had given her up many years ago. That’s when she turned to 20 year FBI veteran turned private investigator Joe Coopersmith.
Through Joe’s research, he discovers that Sarah’s mother died in a fire in 1965. He also finds Sarah to have 2 brothers and a sister. As he interviews them, he learns they too have been contacted by the blackmailer and they wanted him stopped. The information held by this man would drastically alter their lives and totally destroy Sarah’s brother Hal’s future as a Conservative radio talk host. But they want something else as well. They want Sarah to give up her search for information on their father.
Sarah’s determination is strong and becomes even stronger when she learns her father is still living. She has questions about the past and he’s the only one living to provide the answers. No matter what her family says, nothing will make her give up in her quest of finding her father. Not even murder.
Patino takes you on a rollercoaster ride as you travel with Joe Coopersmith from Miami to Key West and then to Mobile ending on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation where the final answers are to be found. Web of Secrets is fast pace from beginning to end and a very enjoyable read.
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras
When a shady character offers him $25,000 to steal a thousand-year-old pot from the Valle del Rio Museum, Hubert Schuze knows he should turn it down. His pot digging may be illegal, but it s a big step from that to robbery. But he figures it can t hurt just to visit the museum and assay his chances. He figured wrong. After deciding the museum is impregnable, he returns to his shop to find a BLM agent who accuses him of stealing the rare pot. Theft charges escalate to murder, and Hubert must solve the crime to clear himself. His powerful deductive skills and weak nerves are put to the test as he creates a hoax to get the pot out of the museum and solves both the first murder and a second one whose victim turns out to be the person Schuze thought was murdered to begin
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras has all the components of a great read – an intricate plot, quirky characters, crackling dialog, and a surprise ending. What’s more, Orenduff successfully captures the essence of New Mexico through humor, romance, and even a little philosophical musing. New Mexico ’s rich history, people, food, and landscape come alive on its pages. But, while Orenduff’s account is authentic, this book leaves you wanting more of New Mexico , and the only way to remedy that is to come see for yourself.
– Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras proves that the measure of a successful detective story often depends upon the person of the protagonist. Orenduff’s Hubert Schuze (affectionately, and appropriately, known as Hubie) is a fantastic creation — by turns modest and bold, sensitive, a wee bit finicky, intensely curious, and loyal. Schuze is the type of character that you regret doesn’t exist in real life, as is his wonderful sidekick and best friend, Susannah. Orenduff has obviously spent lots of time in and has great affection for the Northern New Mexico area, because he manages to successfully capture its flavor. As in the case of Robert B. Parker’s Boston and Sue Grafton’s California coast, you can’t really imagine “The Pot Thief” happening anywhere else. (By the way, if you are into Mexican/New Mexican food, do not read this book on an empty stomach – I got sidetracked by all the tantalizing descriptions!) Because of Schuze’s personality and outlook, his entanglement in a web of intrigue, theft, and murder is all the more entertaining. Schuze is the type of guy who finds himself in deep water purely (well, mostly) by accident, and his reactions to one unexpected situation after another really drive the spirit of the book. While the plot is very tightly constructed (and impossible to predict), Orenduff’s characters and their very real humanity are what really made me love this book.
– Claire Bartos in Amazon.com
Folks, this is an outstanding book! I bought it at the PSWA conference mainly because I thought Michael was a charming guy and I liked the cover of the book. I had no idea what it was about. Oh, of course Billie told me it was a good book, but after all, she is the publisher of the Pot Thief. What a surprise I was in for when I began reading. This is a mystery, but not like any mystery I’ve ever read before. The hero, Hubert, sells old pots from his shop in New Mexico, he also digs pots up which is no longer legal, and he can make a pot that looks like the old ones. Hubert gets all tangled up in a most devious plot to steal a pot from a museum, but the book is so much more than that. I laughed out loud in several spots, the dialogue is wonderful. Orenduff knows how to spin an intelligent tale and turn a surprising phrase.
Next, I’d like him to write a cookbook. I’ve never read about such mouth watering food before. If you want an entertaining time, do pick up the Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras. Thanks, Mike, for several hours of great fun.
Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
Author of No Sanctuary
Against Doctors Orders (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/ot4kdm) – The Henna Housewife Killer continues to evade the police for the murders of red-haired housewives. Dr. Molly Jordon treats Detective Danny Sullivan when he’s rushed into her ER with a critical bullet wound. Molly has never experienced a pure carnal reaction to a patient before, but Danny sparks such heat in her that nights he comes to her in fervidly steamy dreams. A cop’s widow and single parent, Molly is fiercely averse to the life of worry that loving a police officer entails. And Danny isn’t any cop. He’s the son of a retired police commissioner and one of six siblings who are all law enforcers. After a bitter divorce Danny is convinced that a cop’s job and married life don’t mix~~until he meets the bossy, irresistible Molly Jordan who throws medical orders at him that he has not intentions of following.
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Beyond The Code of Conduct (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/cbunqh)– FBI Agency brass and Sullivan family connections force Special Agent Bobbie Leighton into an undercover operation with inactive Homicide Detective . Posing as a wealthy Texas cattleman and his arm-candy wife the two are assigned to infiltrate Bradley Sterling’s black-market operation. Suspected of baby trafficking, Sterling may be connected with Jimmy Sullivan’s murder. How do Bobbie and Joe adhere to their professional code of conduct living under the same roof? Can they forget their personal history, ignore their volatile feelings for each other and ensnare their target when they might be next on Sterling’s victims list?
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Jewel of the Adriatic (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/qu4pl6: What happens when a nightgown model and a soap opera star meet in a Croatian village where millions believe the Mother of God appears to three visionaries? Yugoslavian born Maya Lidovic owns Intimate Whispers, a New York based sleepwear company. Determined not to lose her faith in a secular world, she spends her vacations leading tours in Valselo where her parents run an inn. Colin O’Reilly plays heartthrob, Dr. Brock Stone, on the soap opera Tides Of Tomorrow. Through various setbacks in life he’s managed to keep God first. But now he’s furious at God for taking his mother. Colin doesn’t believe that God has sent the to earth with messages of hope. Can a series of apparitions, prophetic dreams and earthy attraction draw these different people together when human frailties obscure the intention of the call that brought them to their destinies?
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Rose of the Adriatic (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/na2vbs): Wounded and faithless, Dr. arrives in a small Croatian village determined to discredit the visionary who claims to see the Mother of God. Matt believes in only proven facts, and he’s sure Anna Babic is either lying or delusional. But, despite all his unpopular testing, he can’t disprove Anna’s visions — and what’s worse, he finds himself falling for the beautiful visionary who peak to the . Anna has experience skeptics in the past, and they’ve never left a lasting effect. But Matt is different. Despite his open disbelief and vehemence to discredit her, she finds herself hoping he’ll change his mind. Drawn together as if by a heavenly hand, can Anna choose a life as the wife to her unlikely match? Can Matt believe on faith alone that God loves him enough to heal him and free him to love Anna?
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Past, Present and Forever (Buy link – http://tinyurl.com/owp5vr): Unaware they share the same goal, Lizzie and Jack motivate Jack’s brother Charlie out of his despondency after the death of his wife. Lizzie and Jack both understand loss. Liz was jilted by her fiancé the same day her parents died ten years ago and Jack’s mother abandoned her small sons to life with a father who never recovered from the separation.
Now Liz faces the man who destroyed her at a college reunion, with Jack as her companion instead of Charlie who engineers the covert substitution. As Liz and Jack collide in the present can they overcome their pasts and find forever?
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BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT, Book 2 Sullivan Boys Romantic Suspense Series
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