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Divorce is Murder

by Elka Ray 

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense, Mystery

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BLURB:

As teens, they bullied her. Twenty years on, she’s not scared of them. Except she should be…

After returning to her quiet hometown to care for her ailing mom, divorce lawyer Toby Wong is hired by Josh Barton, a guy who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who tormented Toby all those years ago. When Tonya is found murdered, Josh is the prime suspect.

Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. As she delves deeper into Tonya’s murder, Toby keeps running into catty ex-campers she’d rather forget. Are her old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize she’s in danger.

The first entry in an addictive new series, Divorce is Murder introduces fans of mystery and romance to an irresistibly smart and sarcastic new heroine – Chinese Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong.

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Excerpt Two:

Colin peers into the empty parcel, then sticks two fingers inside. He pulls out an envelope-sized slip of paper and lays it onto the table. Although the words are facing the wrong way, I have no trouble reading it. Fashioned from letters cut out of newspaper, the note reads: LEAVE VICTORIA, BITCH.

Tonya had received a similar note with her red-paint-flecked Barbie doll. 

A muscle in Colin’s jaw jumps. He looks angry. “Who could have sent this?” he asks. “Do you have any bitter ex-boyfriends? Guys you might have rejected? Anyone who came on too strong?”

I shake my head. I’d rather not tell Colin that it’s been nineteen months since my last date, with a guy I met in a Toronto doctor’s office who spent our entire date describing—in vivid detail—his recent hernia surgery. 

“How about social media?” asks Colin. “Are you active on dating sites? Have you gotten any similar sorts of messages. Anyone seem obsessive? This kind of stuff can start online and then escalate.”

Again, I say no. My few attempts at internet dating were so lame I swore never again. The real world is weird enough. “There’s nothing like that.” I survey the bra, wishing the label weren’t sticking out, those double AAs on full display. “But it’s my bra,” I admit. I explain how, just last night, it vanished from my building’s communal laundry room.

Colin’s frown deepens. “Last night? That means whoever sent this was in your building.” He tugs at his collar, clearly agitated. “This isn’t good, Toby.”

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Yall this book.  I was so excited to read it.  I’m getting really into the cozy mystery/romantic elements genre right now.  Ms. Ray does not disappoint.  I fell in love with Toby and all her friends.  Quinn is a mess but Toby needs her to be the sounding board she needs and her mother Ivy, is a trip.  I loved how Ms. Ray has developed more of a friendship now with Toby and her mother.  Mother/daughter relationships are tricky at best, but Ms. Ray handles theirs perfectly.

The whole mystery is a hoot.  I never figured it out.  At one point I thought the murder was really a no-go; a prank.  Toby was severely bullied by these people and in some ways still is but she holds her head up high and tries not to let it get to her.  The bullying aspect could be a trigger for some but once again, Ms. Ray handles it well and really makes you think about all the stuff you did to other people growing up and honestly, I felt a little shame.  I was never outright cruel but I wasn’t kind to certain people either.  The bullies in the story are your typical mean girls but a couple of them are just downright nasty.  And not just to Toby.  One, in particular, you could almost say bullied Tonya at some point.  Shocking, I know.

The romance is very subtle in the book and let’s just say that it is a loose end.  Colin and Josh have strong attributes to them but I will have to say, I’m Team Colin right now.  Even after solving the mystery, Josh would have to do some major growing up for me to be on board with him.  Colin just gave me all the feels when he was with Toby.  And of course, Toby has blinders on because of Josh but I think Colin could win her over.

This is a fast-paced book.  I read it in a couple of hours and I miss Toby, Ivy, and Quinn already.  The bullying is brought up in flashbacks in Toby’s mind and it can be painful to read.  I hate bullies and to think I might have been one, a time or two.  It makes me sick to think that but it will make you think.  I can’t wait for the next book.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

ELKA RAY

Stories that don’t let go

Elka Ray writes fast-paced romantic mysteries and scary thrillers – a dichotomy that reveals her belief in Yin and Yang, or the balance of opposites. A great lover of scientific facts, she may be found clutching crystals for good luck; reads highbrow journals and tabloid trash; and refuses to watch romcoms yet moved in with her now-husband on their first date. 

Elka is the author of three novels – the romantic mysteries DIVORCE IS MURDER and HANOI JANE – and the noir thriller SAIGON DARK. She also has a collection of short crime and ghost stories set in Southeast Asia – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW. Elka lives with her family near Hoi An, Vietnam. She is represented by Folio Literary Management. – link to http://foliolit.com/agency#f.About

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#Review of Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise by Jennifer Faye w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JenniferFaye34 @HarlequinBooks @PrismBookTours #contemporaryromance


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Launch – Note from the Author

. . . I hope you’ll join Pepper, Simon and Daisy this Christmas as they make peace with the past, embrace the miracles of the present and are filled with hope for the future.

Happy reading,

— Jennifer

For Him and My Family – Review

“Love the abandoned puppy in the story. The author has a distinctive flair to her writing that makes it a pleasure to read. . . . If you love a good romance this book is for you. . . . This is strictly a light-hearted romance that you will enjoy reading curled up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea on a snowy day.”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt

Was this really happening?

An invitation to one of the most exclusive parties in New York City. It didn’t get much better than this.

Okay, it wasn’t quite an invitation. Still, she was here among the crème de la crème of New York society—actresses, models, politicians, and the list went on. How she got here shouldn’t matter, right?

And, okay, she just happened to be one of the waitstaff. Not an actual guest. But still, this wasn’t just any party. This was Simon Ross’s party at the top of the tower. She stifled a squeal of delight as she considered pinching herself just to make sure this was real.

underneath the covers – Spotlight

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I am giving Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy a light romance. It is definitely worth a read.”

Becky on Books – Spotlight

FaithLaneAuthor – Excerpt

With Simon standing so close to her, she had to tilt her chin upward for their gazes to meet. As she stared into his dark eyes, she felt as though she could get lost in them. She couldn’t think of anything she’d rather do than spend the evening with him.

“I’d like to go to dinner with you.”

His voice lowered even more. “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to ask you out.”

“Really?”

He nodded. “You intrigue me.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This was a, mostly, predictable tale, but was so effectively written, I could not put it down. It captured my complete interest.”

Liberty’s Literary Loves – Excerpt

“Can I ask you a question?”

He shrugged. “Sure.”

“If you like animals enough to start up a chain of pet stores, why don’t you own one?”

Simon didn’t want to think about the past and how he’d wanted a puppy so badly. Yet the door to the past had been cracked open and now the memories slithered through, filling his mind.

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“I’m a sucker for holiday stories. . . . It took me a while to fall for them as a couple, because there was such a slow burn and that awkwardness between the two of them. But I did still root for them along the way. And as in all good romances, things start falling into place in the best of ways. I read through it in one evening.”

Baroness’ Book Trove – Review

Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise by Jennifer Faye is another laugh-out-loud book. I loved this book; it feels like, with every story, her books get better. Simon and Pepper are the definitive definitions of opposite’s do attract. There are a lot of things to love about this book, but you should read it for yourself. This book deserves the five stars I’m giving it and recommending it to everyone that loves a romance.”

Melissa McClone – Excerpt

The new bakery was pulling out all the stops with big ads, radio spots and every other promotion they could think of. The bakery was part of a national chain that could afford to undercut their prices to drive the competition out of business. Then once the competitors were out of business, they’d jack up their prices. The nerve of some people.

But Pepper refused to let them drive her out of business—not without a big fight. She’d sunk everything she had into making this bakery a success. It was a dream of hers—a dream that she refused to let die, even if it meant doing things that she wouldn’t otherwise have done, like working round the clock if she had to. The chain couldn’t keep up their deep discounts forever. At least, she hoped not.

Peaceful Pastime – Review

“Overall, I found this heartwarming story a fast and end entertaining read. I normally find novels about billionaires a little unbelievable but that wasn’t the case in this book.”

janicesbookreviews – Review

“I loved the dog in the story named Daisy. Pepper falls in love with Daisy. . . . I love the author’s books. I think this one of my favorites. It was such an enjoyable story with the dog.”

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“Faye tucks you into the plausible way in which two contemporary career-driven individuals can find each other quite randomly (or was it?) in their ordinary lives and find a strength of connection . . . . Faye charms you with the quirky way in which she allowed Daisy, Simon and Pepper [to] develop into a family – giving you pause for thought about the intricate ways in which our lives can be affected by each other whilst renewing your joy of a romance set during the Christmas season where anything is truly possible when it comes to love, romance and the hopefulness of second chances!”

Wishful Endings – Excerpt

He nodded. “Elaine Haskins is my assistant and the party is at my country home.”

Pepper’s face creased with lines of frustration. She didn’t say a word as she digested the information.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “This is my fault. Everyone was so impressed with you at the office party that Elaine added you to our catering list. After what happened between us, I forgot to say anything to her. I totally understand you wanting to cancel—”

“Cancel?” Her shoulders straightened and she lifted her chin slightly. “I’m not canceling.”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“This is quite the Christmas story, with a little surprise thrown in to make it a bit of a surprise. I enjoyed Pepper’s character. . . . This is a nice sweet read, it only took a few hours to read.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“Get in the Christmas spirit with Jennifer Faye’s Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise! It’s a fun story full of delicious treats, complicated romance, and an adorable rescued puppy.”

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Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

A festive reunion…

…with an unexpected gift!

When Pepper Kane’s home and bakery are burned down in the weeks before Christmas, billionaire CEO Simon Ross—the man she spent one unforgettable night with—comes to the rescue! Pepper knows this playboy doesn’t do relationships, but staying with him in his penthouse and caring for an abandoned puppy, their spark is rekindled… And then comes a festive surprise that shocks them both: she’s carrying his baby!

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I’m so sorry that I’m late with the review.  I’ve been out of work with my back (worker’s comp) and physical therapy is not for the weak.  What can I say about Ms. Faye?  I love her writing and characters.  So much in fact that I have now subscribed to get this line in the mail every month.  Thank you, Ms. Faye!  In fact, I’ve already read this month’s books.  But, I really need to write this review.

As most know, I’ve read the last 3 or 4 books by Ms. Faye and I will have to say this is my favorite so far.  Most reviewers will say that about every book that they read but this time I mean it.  There was something that really dug into my heart with Pepper and Simon and I’m still thinking about them.  They were both wounded in some way but not where they couldn’t overcome it in the end.  Pepper with the loss of her grandmother/bakery/home and Simon with his brother and the guilt that followed him.  I just really understood them in a way that I haven’t gotten with some of the other books that I’ve read lately.

It was almost like I was reading a very intimate character study with a romance that was slow-burning on the side.  These two had a lot to overcome within themselves and then each other.  Simon and Pepper were very honest with each other from the beginning when it came to relationships.  And they had their own reasons for it and I respect that in a romance and real life.  Both of them were highly successful in their careers and it was heartwarming to learn why they had the careers and what led up to it.  Simon’s was a bit heartbreaking though.  And his mom in the end.  *sniff*

There is a dog in the story, Daisy and normally I love dogs in a book but for some reason, it didn’t work for me.  That said, when Pepper and Simon found out about the shelter worker and how just awful she was and how you wished Karma was real.  Trust me, it’s real in this book.  Unfortunately, people like her exist and it sucks.

The overall romance in the book is a slow burn.  These two need to get to know each other before the romance starts.  Sure, they put the cart before the horse but watching them grow within themselves and then as a couple is a treat.  Ms. Faye takes her time with them and I really appreciate that in a romance.  Simon and Pepper have a lot to deal with before they can be together.  Being pregnant is just the beginning of that journey.

Peeps, I keep saying it but you really need to read Ms. Faye and the other Harlequin Romance authors.  Ms. Faye delivers a heartwarming, swoon-worthy, Christmas themed romance that would make a great Hallmark movie.  And I don’t watch Hallmark movies.

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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#ARC Review of Red Snowflakes by Kristal Dawn Harris w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Kristal081670 #paranormalromance #vampires

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kristal Dawn Harris will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Forensic photographer, Dena Williams, has spent her life trained to see what others cannot. Vampire, Dimitri Kovac, has waited every Christmas for a miracle that does not come. In the Oregon wilderness, during a snowstorm, these two destined souls collide. Dena’s only hope of survival rests in a vampire with the heart of a poet. Dimitri only has five days to win a skeptical woman’s heart. As the Christmas tree lights burn brightly and the snow continues to fall, will Dena succumb to a vampire’s charms? With so little time, can Dimitri win her love?

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Dena stood her ground waiting until he stopped directly in front of her-toe to toe. Her eyes lifted from his broad chest to his face. His breath caressed her skin in whispery touches. This close she could see the small lines around his eyes and the long length of his eyelashes. She’d photographed numerous crime scenes and witnessed the arrest of several criminals, so she knew the eyes of a killer. This man did not have those eyes. Predator yes. Murderer no. The sea-blue depths emanated tranquility, but there was something else there as well.

Trained to see things others didn’t, Dena’s head tilted while studying him trying to see what evaded her eyes. Engrossed in his features, almost drawn to him on a level her mind didn’t understand, her body leaned forward. He didn’t move away, but his pupils tracked every move she made. Dena focused on his eyes letting her own senses expand. Something was different in those sea-blue depths. They say the eyes are the mirror to the soul, but his seemed more like a mask. Her body jerked when the black of his pupils bled into the white until his sockets completely blacked out, then shifted back to their normal sea-blue color. Curiosity led her. One foot slid between his as she moved even closer until their bodies brushed. For some odd reason, she wasn’t afraid. “What are you?”

 

What’s the matter with you?  Harlie, you read a paranormal romance with a vampire?  And it was Christmas themed?  I’m sure most of yall thought I must have been out of mine but I wasn’t.  I needed to read something different and this book delivered on all counts.  Since I lost interest in all things paranormal when Twilight came out, I’ve been very picky and I tend to yawn at the PNR books that have come out in the last decade or so.  Ms. Harris has written a gem of a novella that will tug at your heartstrings, make you wish for snow and want to decorate for Christmas right now.  No worries on decorating for me.  I don’t do that until the day after Thanksgiving.  But I am thinking more candles…

I will have to say that this book is shorter than most and it mostly features just Dena and Dimitri.  Ms. Harris didn’t muck up the story with extra characters that you have to keep up with or any fluff for filler.  This is a book about a vampire that is dying, waiting for his mate and a woman that sees things that others can’t.  The above excerpt is a perfect example of Dena’s personality.  She takes no prisoners, asks questions and goes with her gut.  I loved her.  A bit lonely when she discovers Dimitri, she is all in.

Dimitri broke my heart at times.  A vampire with a soul and a mate to convince.  I admired that he didn’t pressure Dena at all.  He was honest, forthright and fell instantly in love with her.  Ms. Harris gives us a bit of a backstory on Dena and Dimitri but considering that the book is shorter with minimal characters, she does an excellent job with both of them.  I loved the give and take that Dena and Dimitri had with each other.  The joy of Christmas is alive with them and it shows in Ms. Harris’ writing.  It flows and there is never a dull moment.  In fact, the ending was a bit of a shock to me.  I never saw it coming and neither will you.  Great job.

If you are looking for a great Christmas read that will get you in the spirit, this is it.  Just keep in mind that there is a vampire, a mate to be had and a red snowflake to find.  Oh yes, don’t want to spoil that little gem in the book.  He he!

 

About the Author:

Kristal Dawn Harris is an American author, born in Middletown, Ohio. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband. Kristal has been married for 27 years and has two children. She graduated from Carlisle High School, then furthered her education at Miami University. She has a business degree in Accounting Technology. Kristal spent twenty years working as an Office Coordinator in the hospital until she released her debut novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” through The Wild Rose Press.

In 1999, Kristal suffered a debilitating disease called “Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” This rare disease damaged the nerves in her body requiring the use of drop-foot braces in order to walk. Kristal considers herself a survivor and encourages anyone with a disability to follow their dreams.

Kristal is considered a hybrid romance author since she published “Hand-Carved Wolf” and “Thief of Hearts” on her own. Kristal is an avid reader who enjoys romance from all genres, but paranormal is her favorite.

CURRENT BOOKS BY KRISTAL DAWN HARRIS

The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds
The Rings of Faolan-Rubies
Hand-Carved Wolf
The Burn
The Red Heart
Thief of Hearts

UPCOMING RELEASES

Red Snowflakes (November 6)

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