In Her Blood – Review & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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in her bloodIn Her Blood
File Size: 397 KB
Print Length: 215 pages
Publisher: Devine Destinies (January 7, 2015)


Alexandra McCormick’s great-grandmother was a brutal serial killer in the early 1900’s. With her mother currently serving time in prison for murdering Alexandra’s stepfather, Alexandra decides to do her college research paper on whether or not the tendency to commit murder or other violent crimes may be passed on genetically.

Her research takes her to Savannah, Georgia, a city built upon its dead. There, she meets Chad Greenway, whose ancestor is Alice Riley, the first woman hanged in the state of Georgia. Alice was hanged for killing her abusive master. As a freelance writer, Chad agrees to help Alexandra with her research provided he can write a story about her quest. Soon it seems everyone Alexandra meets winds up murdered.

My Review

A very compelling read! I truly enjoyed this book! I have done genealogy research on my own family and I too found a distant relative from the 1800s who was a murderer, so I found this novel very interesting. I couldn’t figure out who the murderer was, but I was dying to know! I enjoyed the characters and the plot, especially the twist that I never saw coming! I found myself lost in this book and I look forward to what Ms. Trent has up her sleeve next.

5 stars!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour. This did not influence my review in any way.

GC4About This Author

  1. V. Trent also writes as Gayle Trent and Amanda Lee. She typically writes cozy mysteries, and this is her first foray into the psychological mystery. She hopes you’ll enjoy it. Please visit the author online at

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Michele Lynn Seigfried visits with her new book Community Affairs + A Giveaway!

Check out the incredible review for Community Affairs on Teresa Trent’s blog today along with an interview! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway too! 🙂

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Seigfried photoCommunity AffairsOur visiting author this month is Michele Lynn Siegfried with her newest book Community Affairs.  This is the second book I’ve read in the series and I have to say they just keep getting better.  What I like about Michele’s writing is definitely the pacing.  You can’t put it down.  The characters are engaging and funny and the scene with the flaming dog poop on the porch?  Is this a Jersey thing?  That is a ONE BAD NEIGHBOR.

Michele was kind enough to answer some questions about her writing and after you read that don’t forget to scroll down and find the prize guy!  Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of Community Affairs, and an ebook copy!

Here’s Michele…..

  1. Tell us a little about yourself. 

Hi Teresa!  Thanks for hosting me on your blog today! 

I guess I’ll start with telling you about my books!…

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Creating Memorable Characters


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Tax Cut Book Tour! Enter to win!

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It’s my birthday, so I thought I’d give you a present! The kindle version of Bub and Guy Wish Upon A Star will be free from May 22, 2014 – May 24, 2014.

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Lethal Lily – Guest Post, Review & Giveaway!

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A World of Poisonous Plants

by Joyce Lavene

There are hundreds of poisonous plants in the world. Many people are surprised to learn that they may have some of those plants in their own backyards.

Poisonous Spring flowers that may be blooming in your area right now include:

Wisteria – Wisteria, with its beautiful white, purple, or pink flowers, can be considered a pest since it will grow on anything. But is there anything as lovely in the spring as its draping branches? Yet the plant can be deadly poisonous.

Lily of the Valley – We use lily of the valley as a deadly poison in Lethal Lily. Despite its fragile appearance, the toxin in this plant is deadly.

Hyacinth – Very few aromas can compare with that of the lovely hyacinth, but that enticing perfume can bring on a deadly asthma attack.

Azalea – Gorgeous bunches of azalea flowers can be so toxic that they can poison the bees who land there looking for pollen.

Daffodil – These merry reminders of spring’s arrival are listed as some of the most toxic plants for cats and dogs.

How to deal with poisonous plants?

If you decide to keep these deadly beauties in your house or yard, be careful. Don’t plant them where dogs, cats, or small children can easily get to them. Keep track of the poisonous plants you have in your yard. Being able to tell a doctor what poison may have been ingested can be a lifesaver!



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  Lethal Lily

A Peggy Lee Gardening Mystery

Cozy Mystery

300 pages

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Part-time garden shop owner/part-time forensic botanist, Peggy Lee is trying to discover if the death of Ann Fletcher 20 years ago was an accident – or foul play. In return, she hopes to receive more information about her first husband’s death. She knows John Lee was murdered, but questions have arisen as to why he was killed. She is working with a private detective who stumbles across his own feet, but her Internet friend, Nightflyer, says that Harry Fletcher has the answers. When Harry is murdered by convallatoxin, from the lily of the valley plant, Peggy begins to understand her role in everything. Now she has to stay alive long enough to prove her theories – and keep her son, Paul out of trouble too!

My Review

I truly enjoy reading a book that is educational as well.  I learned so much about flowers and plants while reading this.  I love that the authors put descriptions of the various plants at the beginnings of chapters.  I especially enjoyed learning which plants are poisonous.  Because I have a new puppy, I certainly took note. This book is full of mystery and intrigue.  I kept flipping pages trying to find out what was going on and who the killer was! It is absolutely a plus when a book is able to keep my attention and this one did.  A light and fun mystery, I would recommend this book.  Although I haven’t read the other books in this series, I didn’t feel like I was lost in the plot or confused with character histories/backgrounds.  It stood well on its own. Peggy is an enjoyable main character.  Take this one to the beach with you this summer for an entertaining read!

About The Authorsjoyce and jim

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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A Book Excerpt

It was after midnight. Peggy Lee had been waiting in the dark parking lot of the Tri-State Mini Storage for more than an hour.

Since she was trying to keep a low profile, she hadn’t looked at her phone or listened to music. There was still a light in the mini storage office. She knew someone was working.

A sign flapped in the warm breeze that had blown up from a tropical storm churning at the Atlantic coast. She glanced at her watch again for the third time in as many minutes.

Where was Harry?

Peggy had only met Harry Fletcher a few days ago. They’d both received emails from her online friend, Nightflyer, suggesting they should work together.
A friend of mine is investigating an old murder in Charlotte, and might call on you for help. I sent him to you because he knows part of the puzzle surrounding John’s death. I’ll speak with you when I can. ~ Nightflyer

The note had caught her attention—and held it. It had only been a few months since she’d learned that her former husband, John Lee, may have been deliberately murdered. She still wasn’t sure it was true, but she decided it couldn’t hurt to check into it.

John had been a Charlotte, North Carolina police detective when he’d been killed more than a decade ago. He’d been called out on a domestic abuse situation that he shouldn’t even have responded to. But it was on his way home, and he’d gone willingly because he was needed.

The call went bad when the man, who’d been shooting at his wife’s boyfriend, decided to shoot at the police. He’d escaped in the gunfight that had ensued, but John had been killed. The shooter was never found. John’s partner had been at Peggy’s door a few minutes later with the news.

Peggy pushed the thoughts of that night out of her head. It was a long time ago, but it still haunted her. She couldn’t let herself get trapped in the past if she wanted to know what really happened to John.

Her phone rang—startling her. She almost dropped it. “Yes?”

“I found the storage unit,” Harry Fletcher whispered. “I forgot the bolt cutters on the floor of the car. Can you bring them? I’m at Unit 34.”

She agreed to do it, and sighed. The man was terminally careless. Just in the short time she’d known him, he was always dropping something, or forgetting something. She wondered how he’d managed to stay alive while he was working as a private detective.

Harry said he’d been working as an informant for the FBI when John was killed. They’d talked about it over tea in a sunlit atrium high above downtown Charlotte, with exotic lilies perfuming the air, and fleet-footed waiters continually checking their cups.

She hadn’t wanted to bring him to her house—it was better if she was the only one who knew about it. If her son, Paul, knew she was involved in anything like this, he’d be furious. Worse, it could ruin his life. His peace had been hard won after John’s death. He’d struggled with the knowledge that no one had been arrested in the case, eventually becoming a police officer himself.
Paul had always said there was something wrong about John’s shooting. It looked as though he might be right.

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Dyed and Gone! Review & Giveaway!


Dyed and Gone

by Beth Yarnall



Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend, Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?

Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.


My Review

I give this book 4 stars.  It started off a little slow, and I was originally a little lost in the hairstylist lingo, but I’m glad I hung in there, because it was a cute book.  Azalea runs around sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong, trying to find out who murdered the infamous Dhane. Though she’s trying hard to forget about Alex, his charms and mere presence make that difficult to do.  Juan Carlos was hilarious and was absolutely my favorite character in the book.  I would love to have a friend like him. I hope he will return in future books in this series. Dhane’s sister was also quite quirky and the way she talked just made me laugh out loud.  I didn’t guess who was the murderer and was surprised by the reveal.  This book is a cozy mystery and true to the genre–no graphic violence, no explicit sex scenes and no/little strong language.  That’s not to say that it’s boring.  Quite the opposite. There are murders, some romance, fun characters, humor, and definitely mystery.  If you are a cozy fan, you will surely enjoy the book as I did.  If you are looking for a fun, fast read this summer, check this one out.

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Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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