Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Curveball by Jen Estes: Review, Press Release, and Tour Stop

 
 
 
Welcome to the  Partners in Crime Book tour of award winning mystery Author Jen Estes. I am thrilled to be one of the lucky ones to review this book and to give the readers some insight into one of the books in the Cat McDanile Mystery Series titled " The Foul Ball Series. Curveball is part of this series and if you love mysteries and you love baseball this book is for you. 
 
Curveball
ISBN: 10-1603818952
ISBN: 13-978-1603818957
Author: Jen Estes
Camel Press
2012
312 pages
Genre: Mystery
A Cat McDanile Mystery (The Foul Ball Series)
 
 
 
 
My Review: Excellent mystery. The author does a fabulous job of creating characters that are believable, realistic, and heartfelt. The reader immediately either loves or has doubts about the motives of each of the characters in this mystery. The twists and turns are well constructed and some are very unexpected making it a page turner for the reader who may have thought they knew what was about to happen.
 
Knowing something about baseball certainly doesn't hurt when reading this story but those not interested in the game will learn the ins and outs of it and maybe come to an understanding for the game if not a pure passion for those who participate. The author has created a world of intrigue yet with a warmth that will make the reader reach for the next book in the series and beyond.
 
This is a good read, keeps the interest of the reader without loosing them to useless details or rambling text. Jen Estes is an author whose effort is worth the time both for the reader and for those wishing to succeed at writing in this genre. Kudos to Ms Estes for a well planned and crafted story.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SYNOPSIS:
Baseball reporter Cat McDaniel specializes in exposés. Now that very talent has left her unemployed. Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin’” Aiken--Baseball legend, eight-time All Star ... and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige. Aiken offers Cat the team writer position for the following spring, but the opportunity is tempered by a curve ball of a caveat: she must first spend the winter as a blogger reporting on the Latin American training facility. She is also supposed to look out for Paige, nominally the team’s newest scouting assistant. Being a glorified babysitter and chaperone still beats being an out-of-work sportswriter. Cat reluctantly leaves behind her gorgeous boyfriend Benji and accompanies the party girl to sunny Santo Domingo to balance baselines and conga lines. Paige falls for Chance Hayward, an agent who plays hardball—the figurative kind. Joining them on the field is Paige's ex, Junior DeLeon, one of the coaches who’d really like to score with Cat. When an aspiring player turns up dead, it is up to Cat and Junior to devise a game-changing strategy. Will Cat’s snooping work in her favor this time, or will she strike out ... losing her job, her boyfriend and her life? Curveball follows Big Leagues as Book 2 of the Cat McDaniel Mysteries, also known as the Foul Ball series.

AUTHOR BIO:
Born and raised in Illinois, Jen Estes started her writing career as a baseball blogger in 2007 and expanded to freelance sports writing in 2009. She is an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Springfield Poets & Writers and the National Writers Union (NWU). Curveball is the second in a series featuring sassy sports writer Cat McDaniel. When Jen isn’t writing, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling and watching baseball with her husband and cat.
 
 
 
EXCERPT:
As they walked out of the restaurant, Cat caught the eye of a busy Cristian and waved goodbye. She tapped Chance on the shoulder. “That reminds me, we want to talk to you about your client.”

“Oh, that’ll cost you and Paige.”

Cat gave him a wary look. “Cost us what?”

“A walk on the beach.” He extended both arms. “One for each of you.”

Paige eagerly locked her right arm with his, but Cat pressed his left arm down to his side. She kicked off her sandals and let them dangle from her fingers before begrudgingly following the duo onto the damp sand.

A few fisherman could be seen on the jetty a hundred yards away, but otherwise they had the beach to themselves. Her steps broke the moist clumps and the powdery sand spilled out over her toes. The sand massaged her soles as they moved closer to the breaking waves. Living in downstate Illinois most of her life, Cat didn’t take the relaxing sound of the oceanic thunder for granted. The soft wind whipped her skirt around her thighs. As they approached the shoreline, the restaurant odors of garlic and grease were replaced with a salty tinge of sea air. The half moon smiled down upon them. It was a perfect moment, until Chance spoke.

“Not bad, huh?”

He said it as though he was taking credit for the beautiful evening. Cat sneered in his direction but it was too dark for the message to be received.

Paige looked around the vacant beach. “There’s nobody here. Is it always like this at night?”

“Almost. We’re just about at the end of our rainy season so the beaches will be busier. But on weeknights, most of the action is in town.”

Their stroll was nearing the rocks that bordered the end of the beach and led out to the jetty. Cat pointed up at the fisherman. “What are they trying to catch?”

Chance shrugged. “Hell if I know. I only eat it; I don’t hunt it.”

Paige watched them thoughtfully. “My dad loves fishing. Says it’s the only true way to get away from the field.”

“Let’s sit for a minute.” He placed his jacket on the sand.

Cat shook her head. “I’m good with standing. I was hoping we could talk about Cristian.”

Chance sat on the sand with his knees in front of him. “We will.” He patted the jacket. “Paige?”

Paige tucked her dress beneath her thighs as she sat on it, facing the ocean.

He scooted closer to her. “What do you think?”

Paige’s eyes didn’t leave the water. “Of the ocean, dinner, or you?”

He chuckled. “All of the above.”

Cat held in a groan as she waited for his predictable moves, expecting the yawn and reach any minute now.

He didn’t yawn, but sure enough, his tan arm slivered around Paige’s bare shoulders.

“Hmm …” Paige tapped her chin thoughtfully. “The ocean is beautiful. Dinner was delicious. And you, well you kind of pale in comparison. Perhaps you should’ve grouped yourself with the fisherman and that weird pile of seaweed over there.”

With his phony chuckles, Chance was beginning to sound like the laugh track from an eighties sitcom. Cat tapped her foot on the sand, but neither of them seemed to notice.

Paige tossed him a playful smile, but then was distracted by the aforementioned pile of seaweed near the jetty. She cocked her head. “What is that?”

In tandem, Cat and Chance turned around. “What?”

Paige stood up, dusted her dress off and pointed. “Over there, in the rocks.”

Chance squinted. “Probably just some litter.”

Cat shook her head. “That doesn’t look like litter.” She took off toward it.

Chance bounced to his feet and caught up to her. The waves smacked the rocks with loud slaps. Cat took slow, deliberate steps, as though trying to sneak up on the mound of seaweed. Another foamy wave crashed onto the shore, this time taking the pile of seaweed back into the ocean with it. Before she could take another step, Chance reached his arm out to stop her. “Cat, don’t go any closer.”

Cat gasped, choking on the breath wedged in her throat. It was too late.

She’d seen the body.

 
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DISCLAIMER
Every eBook received for review on the tours for Partners In Crime are given in exchange for an honest review. The eBooks are sole property (copyrighted) of the author and should not be sold, distributed to, or exchanged among other people not part of the tours, nor should they be listed on file sharing sites. Failure to comply with this disclaimer, will result in removal from all future tours.
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blog Tour Interview with MarshaCasper Cook






1. Could you tell us a little about how you started in writing romance novels?

I have always have written romance in my Romantic comedies – (screenplays)   but now the sex scenes are a  little more challenging.

 

2. If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why?  
 
Woody  Allen, Oliver Stone, The Weinsteins,- They are terrific at what they do and are not afraid to take chances .

 

3. Which of your characters would you say is your favorite and why?
 
Virginia Templeton has been so much fun because she has no boundaries and doesn’t play by anyone’s rules.

 

4. Which character would you say you like the least and why?
 I Iike all my characters because no matte how many bad things they might do they always one redeeeming quality.


5. What do you think draws readers into your book(s)?
 
 My Dialogue because it is very real and I don't write any character the same. My characters are their own person.   

 
 
 
 
 


6.   If you could have a star like on Hollywood Blvd, who would you want to have your star by?
 
Elvis  Presley - He was fun to watch because he loved entertaining people.

7. Can you share about any current writing projects?

 I am writing the third story in my Virginia Templeton Series - STEPPING UP HER GAME and I will be writing another screenplay.

8.  Where can people find your book(s)?

 


 

 

My website is www.marshacaspercook.com


They can buy my books at




 

 
Marsha Cook
 790 Frontage Rd.
 
 Northfield  IL 60093
 
   847-441-4271
www.marshacaspercook.com
www.michiganavenuemedia.com
 
www.marcusbryan.com
www.worldofinknetwork.com
www.marcusmaxwell.com


 orld of Ink Network
 
M E D I A R E L E A S E
 
CONTACT: VS Grenier
Partner & Founder, World of Ink Network
Phone: 435-625-1743
Madison Montgomery is available for Interviews and book signings.
 
For Immediate Release
 
Author Madison Montgomery joins the World of Ink Virtual Tour
 
The World of Ink Network will be touring author Madison Montgomery’s debut erotic
romance short story collection throughout October and November 2012. These mini
novels are about a powerful woman named, Virginia Templeton.
 
The main character of these steamy mini novels, Virginia Templeton knows other women
want her life and men just plain want her, but she’ll have to play her game carefully to
get everything she wants.
 
About the Books:
 
Every Man Wants Her - Virginia Templeton can turn heads in any room and get the
attention of any man she wants. She’s married to a rich, powerful businessman, but she
wants a divorce. She owns a luxurious condo building, complete with a dashing man to
enjoy on the side, but he wants another woman. Who is the winner or is there one?
 
 

It’s Never Enough – Virginia Templeton finds sometimes what you want in life and have
is never enough. This very sexy woman who uses her good looks and dirty tricks to
manipulate people is out to take advantage…Beware!
 
Publisher: FIDELI
ASIN Number: B008969S2S – Every Man Wants Her
ASIN Number: B0096DX1U8 – It’s Never Enough
Publication Date: 2012
Genre of Books: Erotic Romance
 
These mini novels are sexy fast-paced lunchtime stories.
 
 
 
About the Author:
Madison Montgomery is an author, screenwriter and Blog Talk Radio Host. The first
book of the Virginia Templeton series, Every Man Wants Her is out now and her second
book, It’s Never Enough released the end of September 2012. In November the third
book of the series will be released.
 
 
You can find out more about Madison Montgomery and her erotica romance short stories
during her World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/99nlnhf
 
To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com
 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home

New Coming of Age Novel -- Overcoming Dislocation, Dysfunction and Distance. Every forty seconds a child goes missing in America. Almost half of child abductions involve parents settling a custody dispute by taking matters into their own hands. What happens to those children? What's it like to be kidnapped, not once, but twice, by your own parents? In his latest novel, LATITUDES - A Story of Coming Home, acclaimed author Anthony Caplan sets out to answer those questions. Using material from his own childhood, Caplan explores the territory between innocence and adult consciousness, the years when for so many there are no words to describe emotional trauma. Henniker, NH, May 22, 2012 - Acclaimed independent author Anthony Caplan


announces the forthcoming release of his new novel, LATITUDES - A Story of Coming Home, published by Hope Mountain Press. Available June 30, 2012 in all major bookstores and in e-book formats, LATITUDES is the story of a boy overcoming a childhood of parental kidnappings, emotional trauma and cultural dislocation. With the help of friends, teachers and sports, he learns to heal.



"I wanted to show that survivors are not just people who have overcome obvious abuse,

but also the victims of emotional trauma that are underreported in our society, especially

as divorce rates have climbed," said Caplan, explaining his motivations for writing the

book.



Will Kogan and his three sisters are torn between their parents living in different

countries, their father in Venezuela and their mother in the United States. When their

father remarries, they learn to adapt to Venezuelan social mores. Later, installed in an

exclusive Eastern boarding school, Will reconnects with his mother living in New York

City and begins the slow process of learning the truth about his family and his place in

the world.



LATITUDES sheds light on the shadow world and human costs of international child

abductions. It also reveals the heart wisdom of forgiveness and the redemptive quality of

friendship in a story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

About the book: LATITUDES - A Story of Coming Home by Anthony Caplan

ISBN: 978-0-9815166-3-9

Publisher: Hope Mountain Press

Date of publish: June 30, 2012

Pages: 224

S.R.P.: $8.99

About the author:

Anthony Caplan is a writer, teacher and homesteader living in northern New England. He

has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist,

taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer. His road novels, BIRDMAN and

FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of one Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century



For more information about LATITUDES - A Story of Coming Home, please visit

http://www.anthonycaplanwrites.com






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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fabric and all things primitive: Welcome

Fabric and all things primitive: Welcome: Welcome to my new blog. It will be here that I pour out my ideas and my heartfelt love for fabric, crafts, primitives, and old cranky charac...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Author Spotlight: Kai Strand

 
 
I am proud to announce the new books by award winning author, Kai Strand. She has two wonderful books in the juvenile genre. These books will keep kids reading.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author: Kai Strand
Tour Date: October and November

1st Book Title: THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN Number(s): hardcover 978-1616333010
Softcover 978-1616333027
Publication Date(s): July 24, 2012
Genre of Book(s): Juvenile Fantasy


About The Wishing Well:
 
Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.


2nd Book Title: SAVE THE LEMMINGS
Publisher: Featherweight Press
ISBN Number(s): 978-1-60820-710-2
Publication Date(s): August 10, 2012
Genre of Book(s): Juvenile Fiction
 
 
 



 
About Save the Lemmings:
 
When Natalie’s Texty-Talky invention makes her an overnight sensation, the media digs until they find a way to smear her goody-goody image. When her best friends start believing what they read, Natalie’s sunny spirit is pushed to its limits. How will Natalie stop the lies and win her friends back? And who will SAVE THE LEMMINGS?

Author Website: www.kaistrand.com

Twitter URL: @KaiStrand
Publisher Websites
Places where your book(s) are available for sale:
Publisher
Amazon:
Barnes and Noble
Save the Lemmings:
Author Bio:
Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.
To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: www.kaistrand.com. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Book Review: Tears Water the Seeds of Hope


Tears Water the Seeds of Hope ~ A True Story~

 

Author: Kim Tews

 

CrossHouse Publishing

 

ISBN: 978-1-61315-027-6

 

2012

 


 

 

Back cover: Tears Water the Seeds of Hope is the inspiring true story of a Midwest husband and wife that become disenchanted with the relentless pursuit of the American Dream and embark on a journey that spans six countries and redefines their values and lives.

 

My Review: I was hooked from the first pages. Which of us has not become disillusioned with the American Dream and wished that we could make a change that would help mold and benefit another life? Don’t we all wonder just what life means and where we fit in?

The author and her husband had those same questions and emotions but they took it to the next level by following it up with actions that have made a world of difference to people across the continent.

 

Taking up the cause of starvation and particularly those in eastern Guatemala who suffer from end stages of starvation, this couple have built a mission of not only giving but of training, educating, and loving those in hopeless situations. They travel frequently to Guatemala to facilitate the programs of Outreach for World Hope (www.outreachforworldhope.org ) an organization they helped to found.

 

The stories of those who have returned to health and those whose little bodies suffered, stories of loving, forgiving, adoption, and victory over impossible odds will keep the reader emotionally connected to the page as the author pours out the heartfelt truths about their beginning mission work. The reader cannot help but to be changed by the stories and prompted to take an action, any action to help another.

 

Readers will be wrapped up in the emotional side of this journey and be brought to laughter and tears as each reader will learn that ordinary people can do extraordinary things helping one life at a time. This is a must read.

 

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