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The Troublesome Apprentice: Blog Tour

 
 
 
 
Today, I have a Victor Hamilton from Liza O’Connor’s new humorous Late Victorian mystery series: The Troublesome Apprentice.
Vic Hamilton
Vic: Thanks, call me Vic. Just so you know, I do NOT tie my neck-wear like my picture shows. I think Liza was drunk when she painted it.
Toni: Wouldn’t surprise me in the least. So let’s start the  questions with: Who is the Apprentice and why is he troublesome?
Vic: That would be me. Technically, Xavier Thorn hired me to be his secretary, but he’s teaching me the ropes, which makes me an apprentice. I’m most fortunate, since Xavier’s the finest sleuth in all of England.
Toni: Hold on. Isn’t Sherlock Holmes supposed to be the greatest?
Vic: Holmes is a fictional character of Conan Doyle’s.  And word for the wise: NEVER call Xavier Mr. Holmes. Clients are always doing that and it infuriates him to no end.
Toni: You do realize that Xavier Thorn is as fictional as Sherlock Holmes.
Vic: Not at all! In Liza’s universe, Xavier is as real as I am.  However, Sherlock is a fictional character and has no resemblance to the living, breathing, and dare I say handsome Xavier Thorn.  *Vic laughs* But it is funny when people persist upon calling him Mr. Holmes. They often receive a scorching lecture on the difference between real and fictional people for their mistake.
Toni: I’ll keep that in mind if we ever meet. Now why are you called the Troublesome Apprentice?
Vic: I think it’s because I wish to eat three times a day. Xavier has trained himself only to eat one meal, but my  stomach requires three.
Toni: Sounds reasonable. So how have you been getting along other than that issue.
Vic:  He let’s me perform first interviews of clients, because he clients annoy him. They seem to think he can solve their problem even if they lie to him about important facts. So he has me serve them tea, while he tells them I will do the interview, and if they lie to me, I will be fired.
Toni: That’s hardly fair.
Vic:I’m certain it is a ploy to make them tell me the truth, and it seems to be working, so I can’t complain. Instead of having to ferret out the true facts the clients failed to mention, Xavier has time to teach me the skills of an investigator.
Toni: So you are enjoying your new career?
Vic:I love everything about it. Xavier says I have the best intuitive skills he’s ever seen. Everyone one acts like I pull the truth out of mid-air, but as a reader, you’ll see I get there quite logically. However, Chief Inspector Stone of Scotland Yard wants tangible evidence so even after I’ve figured out who needs to be arrested, getting the evidence can be devilishly difficult. That was the case in nearly all the mysteries I worked on in book 1.
Toni: So you solve more than one case?
Vic: Oh yes, in book 1 we solve five mysteries, and Xavier and I fall in love, although I must admit I resisted on the later point.
Toni: That’s right, you’re actually a young woman who was raised as a boy. Why didn’t you wish to be a woman?
Vic:I know you are from the future, but have you read about all the things women aren’t allowed to do in the Victorian age? Who wouldn’t choose to be a young man if they had an obliging aunt who’d allow it? I wanted to live an exciting life, not bathe twice a day and change my clothes every two hours! Honestly, how a woman gets anything done is beyond me.
Toni: So you are happy with your life as a young man?
Vic:Being a man, yes. I could never be anything else now. However, I was greatly distressed when my aunt was murdered and I was determined to find the cretin  responsible. Once Xavier took me on and promised to pay me an astronomical salary of a 100 pounds a month, we not only solved my aunt’s death, but several more crimes.  Which reminds me, I have to get back to work now. I have to convince a beautiful young woman to leave England before Xavier can meet her. All men fall in love with her on sight, so I want her gone…for her safety of course.
Toni: Well, I wish you luck. Thank you for stopping by.
Vic: My pleasure. Liza told me to give you this additional information about the book.
 
The
Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book
1
The Troublesome Apprentice
By Liza O’Connor
 
Cases
Solved:
The Key to Aunt Maddy’s Death
The Missing Husband of Mrs. Wimple
The Disappearing Scarlet Nun
The Clever Butcher’s Wife
The Rescue of Lady Anne
 
 
While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired. Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist. As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.
 
Vic knelt down to reduce her height and reached to the sill of the fireplace. “What if he knocked over the vase when searching the sill, then feared the item might have been in the vase and had fallen into the embers?”
“A reasonable possibility. Do you think he recovered what he sought in the ashes?”
“No, for he continues his search. You can see soot on the coffee table and side table drawers.” Vic pulled them open to study the contents. Dark smudges marred the napkins and doilies in the top one. The other, however, was completely empty. “How odd.”
“What did the bottom one have in it?”
“Buttons.”
“As in buttons for dresses?”
“Rather too bold for a dress, although some had been snipped from coats. Aunt Maddy collected fanciful buttons.” Vic stared at Xavier’s suit. “The ones on your vest would have caught her eye. I used to tease her she was part crow, for they are reputed to have a weakness for gewgaws.”
Pain filled her heart. She’d never tease Aunt Maddy about anything ever again. She paused and choked back the tears threatening to fall.
“Were they valuable?” Xavier’s voice lost its bark.
“Some had jewels embedded, but nothing one would kill for.” Vic shook her head. “I don’t think he came for Maddy’s collection, I think he simply couldn’t resist it once discovered.”
“I agree. How did you reach your conclusion?”
“Because he now searches the desk. If he had come for the buttons, he would have left directly.”
“And how did you determine he searched the desk last?”
“The footprints show he went first to the fireplace, and from there we can follow a trail of soot until we reach the small side table. It is here the soot stops. Perhaps he took out his handkerchief, wiped his hands, before bundling the buttons in the cloth. With his hands now clean, he ran them through his hair, either because he has a nervous tick or perhaps a stray lock had fallen into his eyes. Intending to search elsewhere, he walked to the door and tried to open it. In doing so, he left an oily residue from his hand. Finding the library door locked, he returned to the desk and, using the letter opener, pried free the center drawer.” Vic opened the desk drawer and frowned at the chaos. “He certainly searched in here. Aunt Maddy kept a very tidy desk.”
“Can you tell if anything is missing?”
“Not in this state. I would have to put everything back in place first.”
“Do it,” Xavier said. “So far all we know about the object the man sought is it isn’t paper. Had it been, he would have gone to the desk first.”
“Nor is it something he expected Aunt Maddy to value greatly, or why would she leave it on the fire sill or in a table drawer?”
Xavier stared at her.
“What?”
“Nothing. Continue on with your work.”
As Vic put all the objects of the drawer back into their proper places, she discovered one thing: Xavier Thorn had absolutely no patience.
“How long could this possibly take?”
“There are hundreds of items,” Vic explained.
Xavier exhaled in frustration. “It is good I sent home my driver. He would have died from pneumonia by now. By the way, your butler has obligated you to provide me with a carriage home.”
 Vic smiled at his declaration.
“I trust your smile is one of compliance. Are you not done yet?”
“I will tell you when I’m done,” Vic snapped. “And why are you suddenly so impatient?”
“Beyond the drawer, we are done here. I wish to proceed with the investigation!”
Vic stopped. “Mr. Thorn, I do not expect you to do more than what you have so ably done today.”
“Are you firing me?” Xavier asked in outrage.
“I have not actually hired you. I only wished for your advice, but it was wrong of me to think you would do this without expecting compensation. Send me your bill and I will see it is paid.” Vic had no idea how she would do so, given she had no money.
“Bloody hell! I will not be brought in and then tossed aside at your whim. Maddy Hamilton was not just a client, but a friend, and I had every intention of finding her killer before you invited me here to use me and cast me off like a dock whore.”
Vic stopped working on the drawer. Clearly, she had insulted Mr. Thorn, but what caught her attention was a particular part of his ranting. “You knew she was killed before we even spoke?”
“Yes. It is why I wished to speak to you. If you recall, that is what I said when I introduced myself.”
“How did you know she’d been murdered?”
Xavier paused, as if debating whether to answer.
“I am sorry I insulted you,” Vic offered in hopes of soothing his temper. “It was not intentional. Please understand, I loved my aunt dearly, and I can either fall apart over her death or focus on finding her killer. I believe the latter is more productive. Moreover, I would greatly appreciate your help, but it appears Aunt Maddy had little money left when she died and, until I find a job, I cannot afford your services.”
She paused and met his unnerving glare. “I should have explained my situation from the first. But before you leave, could you please tell me how you knew she’d been murdered?”
 
 
The
Troublesome Apprentice
Is Coming August 1, 2014
 
 
 
I’m tired of telling my proper bio. So you get the improper bio.
 
Liza O’Connor was raised by feral cats, which explains a great deal, such as why she has no manners, is always getting in trouble, and doesn’t behave like a proper author and give you a proper bio.
 
She is highly unpredictable, both in real life and her stories, and presently writes humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
 
 
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Saving Casey – Old woman
reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too.
(Humorous Contemporary Romance)
 
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous  Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever
— Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart
— The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason
— There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell
— The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
 
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Monday Mini Excerpt

 

Hi All,

Thought I’d share a short excerpt from Blood Eternal, probably one of my most favorite scenes to imagine in this book. I feel it very sad, yet revealing of what exist between Luke and Savannah:

“Could you promise me you would never kill again?” Savannah’s voice broke on the last two

words, as if it cost everything to say them.

“No.” Luke would never make a promise he could not keep. Even now he made plans to

save her. If those plans involved killing Lorenzo, he would do so without a second thought.

“Why not?”

“Death is a part of me. You stated you could not change for anyone ever again. I cannot

change who I am, either. As much as I want to.” He brushed her chin with his fingers. “I could

not live with myself if anything were to happen to you, understand?”

“I wish I could,” she said.

His chest seized at her words. The road curved ahead, slithering like a snake through

verdant landscape. A heavy mist glowed silver beneath the moon’s light, its arms stretched and

wafting across the hills. The lonely scene spoke to him. Its rhythm would have matched his

heart’s beat, had he possessed one.

 

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Featured Author Thursday: TF Walsh

Hi TF! Great to have you here today! What can you tell our readers about yourself and your paranormal romance?

I grew up listening to bedtime Romanian stories that could only be compared to the TF Walsh PicBrothers Grimm tales, and ever since then folklore and mythology has fascinated me. These influences have trickled into my stories, and in particular Cloaked in Fur, which is based in Transylvania—a place seeping with legends. Now, when it comes to love, I’m a sucker for stories about two people from different worlds falling madly in love and fighting against the odds to stay together. This is the story I wanted to tell in Cloaked in Fur, showing how far someone was willing to go to hold onto true love.

And no one ever said the fight for love was going to be easy.

Today I’m sharing a teaser from Cloaked in Fur:

My emotions tore between apologizing and confessing everything, yet all I managed to

do was stare at his bare torso.

“Your institute has been issued passes to travel into the woods, and Vasile has yours. I

can give you a lift there.” Connell cleared his throat and took my cup to the sink.

“You’re awfully quiet.”

Heat exploded across my skin, and I climbed to my feet. “My mind is a swirl of

thoughts, but I can’t pin any of it down. I’m devastated that my neighbor is dead, the

police suspect me, and even worse, I feel you slipping away from me. So, what am I

supposed to say?”

Instead of collecting me into his embrace and kissing me, Connell stood there like one

of those God statues in museums that wore almost nothing, but were sculptured to

perfection. I wanted to forget everything the day was about to bring and beg Connell to

make love to me until I passed out.

What would you do for love?

Cloaked in Fur Cover -TFWalsh

Cloaked in Fur

Paranormal Romance

supernatural romance with a fresh twist on werewolf and paranormal mythology.

Cloaked in Fur sees rebellious Daciana cast into a life-threatening adventure against her will to uncover who is killing her friends before the predator sets its sights on her.

She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the creature responsible. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which endangers her pack’s secret existence. But when her alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Warning: Bloodthirsty werewolves, sexy shifters, and edge-of-your-seat adventure.

 

Buy Links:

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Where TF Walsh can be reached:

Website: tfwalsh.com

Facebook: facebook.com/tfwalsh

Twitter: @tfwalsh

 

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Dear Author, Would You Hire Yourself?

I recently interviewed several candidates for my day job and while they brought some great qualities to the interview, they unfortunately demonstrated quite a few unwelcome qualities. In short, I just didn’t see them qualified for the particular role they were applying for, at least not yet.

Either way, the experience got me thinking about my own “writing interview” and how I’d fair as an author. If I’m going to be honest, I’d have to say that I haven’t always been qualified and even today, I’m not sure I’ve got all the qualities of the role. Does that mean I never will or can? I’d say no to that, but too often I believe publishers and agents see authors falling short of the mark.

When I look for those I’d like to hire on, I’m searching for career candidates who are hardworking, dedicated, talented in the requirements of the role and most of all, coachable to what it is they still need to learn. I also have to determine whether I and my peers have the time to invest in coaching them, meaning are the gaps small or will they require much more extensive work.

I’d imagine publishers and agents must look at authors in a similar light. Not only must they evaluate whether an author has produced a quality product, but they must also decide what the future holds for a relationship with this author. Can they depend on this author for continued quality work? Is the author dedicated and hardworking? Are they coachable? Or do they fall too short of the mark this time around?

Just a few thoughts to think about the next time you are beating yourself up about a rejection. Writing is a business and as authors we should constantly be improving our craft and our management of our own business and representation. Think about what you would want out of yourself as an employee and give it your all. You just might see a better success rate the next go round.

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Make it Matter

Check out my latest post on managing your day and making time matter over at Night’s of Passion Blog by clicking here.

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Cover Reveal: First Frost Anthology

Check out Lyrical Press’ Cover for their First Frost Anthology, set to release November 11th! This truly is a gift from nine of us authors and Lyrical to all you wonderful readers out there. Thank you for reading our stories and supporting the art of writing, we hope you’ll enjoy this gift.

Note: Each short story is labeled with it’s genre, the anthology does include erotic romance.

FirstFrost

First Frost

Melt away the winter chill with a little help from Lyrical’s authors.

A Lyrical Press anthology

Keep the Fire Burning Fantasy romance by Daisy Banks A flame of passion turns into an ever-burning fire of love. Devastation unites a Prince and a village maiden and together they discover the sweet fire of the flame of love.

Three-Way Tie, a Neighborly Affection short BDSM erotic romance by MQ Barber Strong knots hold love fast. Henry gives his submissive lovers a day filled with the best kind of tension.

In His Embrace Contemporary romance by Wendy Ely When life’s glow threatens to die in a person, love’s light guides the way. Tori expected Friday to be completely ordinary: a quick goodbye to her best friend who was going away on a business trip for the weekend, a routine checkup at her doctor’s office, and the rest of the day filled with work. But she was wrong. Ben’s hand rested on her hips a little longer than usual during their goodbye, igniting sparks she’d tried to ignore for years, and then her tests came back abnormal. Scared and alone, she wishes for one person’s hand to hold–Ben’s. He is trying to make it back before her next doctor visit, but can he?

May I Have This Dance Paranormal romance by Toni Kelly The right partner makes all the difference…in love and dancing. Tired of hiding who and what he is, half-demon Sebastian Reyes is determined to find happiness. Easier said than done, though—his true identity could drive away the only woman he loves.

A Keeper Contemporary sweet romance by Charlotte McClain Some things are worth keeping. Some guys are keepers. Dina Paxson has a few days before going back to work on the cruise ship to straighten out a billing snafu at the storage facility. Paul Hanover is baby-sitting the facility for his mother when Dina comes in. She’s a little odd, but in a way that makes him want to know more about her. Too bad his need to know conflicts with her desire to be a little more anonymous.

Like Autumn Leaves and Campfires GLBT erotic romance by Elle Parker Mysterious neighbors, scheming wives and bar fights. This was not Dino’s idea of a relaxing vacation. All Dino Martini wants is to enjoy his vacation with best friend turned boyfriend, Seth Donnelly. But when he stumbles across a mystery, it feels like business as usual. If Dino wants to spend his time focused on Seth instead of fighting in bars, he might have to get back to work.

Ripe for Trouble Contemporary romance by Autumn Piper Are they ready for love this time around, or just ripe for trouble? When Ivy Leeds takes a job in her hometown, few things have changed…but Ridley, the bad boy of her graduating class, has cleaned up his act. Or so everyone else thinks. After hearing him and his friend practicing pickup lines, she has her doubts. Ridley Tucker can hardly believe his eyes. Ivy, the president of the Brainiac Club, has returned to town. Some things never change—she’ll barely give him the time of day, and she still looks as fine as she did that night at Prom, when they almost… Well, when he blew their chances forever. Or…did he?

Slip the Skin Paranormal romance by Tera Shanley His curse is her cure. Just when Linden Ashby finally accepts her impending doom, a handsome stranger gives her another chance at life. But will it be at the expense of her soul?

Highlander’s Captive Historical romance by Joanne Wadsworth His mission is to capture. Hers is to turn the tide. Julia MacLeod is held captive by a Highland warrior, a man whose deep-seated honor may just turn him into becoming the captured instead.

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Cover Reveal: Ghost Lover

ghostlover

Contemporary Romance with a touch of paranormal

Blurb

Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?

Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.

As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…

The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.

CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.

Excerpt

“So my brother steals all your money and to compensate you, he suggests you come to England, marry him, and he’ll give you his trust fund.” Only his brother could contrive such an absurd plan.

“Yes.” By her brief answer, he gathered she thought it a perfectly reasonable solution.

His brother might be an idiot, but this gold digger would soon discover Gar a force to reckon with. “Did he steal a half million from your bank account?”

Brendon laughed. “Do you have any idea how long that would take? Cash machines only allow you two visits a day at two hundred dollars a pop.”

“How much did he take?” Gar restated his question.

“Four hundred,” Senna replied.

Gar stared up at the ceiling praying for patience, then glared at Ditz. “So why didn’t you pay her back the four hundred?”

Ditz stubbornly refused to answer, and instead glanced at the girl.

She sighed and faced Gar. “Precisely what I asked. He said he didn’t have the four hundred, but if I married him, he would come into a half million. Since the landlord planned to evict me, I really had no choice but to accept the offer.”

About Liza O’Connor

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

LIZA O’CONNOR &

SAVING CASEY:

Liza’s Blog and Website   Facebook   Twitter

To Be Released December 2, 2013

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Malicious Mischief (Mischief and Mayhem, #1) by Marianne Harden

Welcome to the cover reveal for Marian Harden’s Malicious Mischief, book one in the Mischief and Mayhem series!

In addition to the wonderful information below, Marianne is giving away a $25 gift card to the book retailer of the winner’s choice. Just click on the cover below and enter via the Rafflecopter that pops up! If that doesn’t work, you can enter the Rafflecopter via the Erotic Notions blog by clicking here after 12 am EST on May 29th.

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Excerpt

~When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty~

Am I a flake? Sort of. But I’m trying to change. My grandfather has property tax issues, and what troubles Granddad, troubles me. Good thing I’ve held down a steady job for months. A major big deal. Not the getting a job part—I’ve had lots—but the held down aspect. Somehow, I always end up unemployed, but not today.

Today, I am Rylie Tabitha Keyes, chauffeur to the seniors at Fountain of Youth Retirement Home (FoY.)

It was dawn Sunday as I eased my employer’s van from one freeway onto another. After that, I concentrated on the wet asphalt up ahead. I didn’t want to think about my job history or our financial woes. Instead I focused on the summery sunrise over the Cascade Mountains due east. I stared at it a moment, charmed by its contrast to the more typical Bellevue, Washington gloom brooding overhead.

I should’ve been asleep, but I needed to toss trash from a fundraiser rolling around in the back of the van. Leland Rosenberg, my boss at Fountain of Youth Retirement Home, had asked me to dump the bags at his second business, Rosenberg Laboratory, as FoY’s Dumpsters were full from a recent bathroom remodel. His mood had been edgy, kind of insistent I dispose of them last night. I confess, before I could carry out this task, a minor traffic accident and an all-important overnight obligation had waylaid me. I didn’t bother to sigh over how blunders always seemed to pepper my work performance. Some things were fated to be. After all, I slogged at my job for money not joy. It isn’t that I don’t like working at FoY, it just isn’t my dream gig. You see, I yearned to be a private detective, a Veronica Mars 2.0. Problem is, my grandfather is against the idea. Dead set against it.

So with the stench from the trash bags mounting, I steered FoY’s van onto the off-ramp and headed toward Rosenberg Laboratory just off the freeway exit. My mind was filled with thoughts of a steamy shower, maybe a few hours of shut-eye before punching the clock at nine. I stared forward, squinted. And iced over. Up ahead. Wrong-way traveling. A panel truck advanced, peeling rubber.

Faster.

Closer.

Zeroed in to hit me.

I whipped the van off the road, the red, white, and blue panel truck whizzing past. I slammed on the brakes, fighting to control the wheel. I wrestled with it, panicked, my mind flashing on one fortunate thing: no seniors were in the van.

Tons of hazards burst before my eyes. I struggled to absorb them. A mangled guardrail zigzagged up ahead; its many gaps from other out-of-control vehicles big as life. Worse was the wall of giant Douglas-firs growing beyond, lower trunks scarred, limbs low and swaying.

I was going to careen through the railing.

I was going to hit the trees.

I was going to die.

Book Summary

Career chameleon, Rylie Keyes, must keep her current job. If not, the tax assessor will evict her ailing grandfather and auction off their ancestral home. When a senior she shuttles for a Bellevue, Washington retirement home winds up dead in her minibus, sticky with a half-eaten s’more, head clad in a cellophane bag, and a pocketed complaint letter accusing her of driving by Braille, her goal to keep her job hits a road bump.

The deceased was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, the victim has enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their part in the murder a secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she’s kept hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan to solve the murder, all while juggling the attentions of two very hot police officers.

Book Links

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16129273-malicious-mischief
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Malicious-Mischief-Mystery-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00BMKKOGM/
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About Marianne HardenMarianne_Harden_--_Author

Marianne Harden loves a good laugh. So much so, she cannot stop humor from spilling into her books. Over the years she has backpacked through the wilds of Australia, explored the exotics of Asia, soaked up the sun in the Caribbean, and delighted in the historic riches of Europe. Her goals in life are simple: do more good than harm and someday master the do-not-mess-with-me look. She divides her time between Switzerland and Washington State where she lives with her husband and two children.

Find Marianne Harden

Website: http://www.marianneharden.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MarianneHarden
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarianneHarden
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6572367.Marianne_Harden

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Do You Believe in Love?

LuckyInLove

Do you believe in love? What about luck, do you all believe in that? I believe in both and it’s not because I write romance or read romance or even because I believe I have a great home life. I’d lie if I said that I’ve never been down or brokenhearted or hurt. My belief is that love is the ultimate ying and yang, the ultimate high or low. Because the truth is that when you are in love and things are going great, nothing in the world is better and when your heart is broken or love hurts, nothing could possibly feel worse. And yet it all requires some sort of balance.

I’m going to share a love story with a little bit of luck and a lot of love. I actually met my husband years before we starting going out. In short, he asked a mutual friend of ours to set us up and lucky for me, she said no. My husband was going through a rowdy stage and lets just say that in some way or other, he might not have ended up my husband. A few years later, we met again at a party. My husband had gone through a bit of a transformation both physically and emotionally. Needless to say, it was I who asked the same mutual friend to introduce us. One date became three and the next thing we knew, we were an exclusive “item.” This time around, we were both quite lucky and ended up quite in love, living happily ever after as the fairytales say (only they leave out the fact that this happily ever after is a lot of work!)

Now here is the important part… for one lucky commentor, I will provide a $10.00 gift card of their choice (B&N or Amazon). Please let me know your thoughts on luck and love or tell your own story. Don’t forget to leave your email. This enters you into my blog drawing as well as the Lucky in Love main blog hop drawing.

For more chances to win prizes and check out more blogs please got to: http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/

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Lucky in Love Coming Soon to a Blog Near You!

Lucky in Love? Well, are you? It’s a time of luck and wealth…or not. With each romance we find ourselves in a new world of love and memories. Are these just by chance? Is it luck? Welcome to your second annual Lucky in Love Blog Hop where we want to hear about your love, your romance, and how much you love St. Patrick’s Day!!! Are you wearing green? Ready to get pinched…or wait…do you like that?

LuckyInLove

Almost 300 bloggers have giveaways and posts about luck and love!

But that’s not all….

We have TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

 

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

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