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#Review of Divorce is Murder: A Toby Wong Novel (Toby Wong: Vancouver Island Mystery) by Elka Ray w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery #romanticsuspense @elkaray

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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Excerpt from Whom Shall I Marry…An Earl or a Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels Book 2) by Laura A. Barnes w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #historicalromance #regencyromance @labarnesauthor

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An afternoon spent in disguise leads to a passion that …

She wanted to explore the promise of his kiss. He wanted to persuade her to become his mistress. Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a marriage of love?

While trying to prevent her friend from a scandal Sophia Turlington becomes entangled in her own. As she waits for her friend in a brothel, a duke mistakes her for a harlot. When he requests an arrangement, Sophia decides to explore the passion he awakens in her soul. Her only stipulations for the affair are a mask, one week, and he must never discover her true identity. Can Sophia give him her heart and walk away as if their time never affected her?

Alexander Langley’s life as a prominent duke will soon come to an end unless he can acquire a duchess whose family can support him through a scandal. When he meets a violet-eyed temptress that awakens his every desire his search comes to a halt. As they explore their passion, he loses his heart to a woman he can never marry. Will Alex put aside his status in the ton for a love to last a lifetime?

Throughout the season Lady Sophia Turlington and Alexander Langley, the Duke of Sheffield’s dislike for one another is known to all. A chance encounter throws them together as Alex and ‘Violet’. After their time ends, Sophia wants Alex to see her for herself. If not, then she might as well accept her friend’s marriage proposal. Can Alex overcome Sophia’s deceit? Or will his need for revenge destroy the love she holds for him?

Whom Shall I Marry… An Earl or A Duke? is the second novel in Laura A. Barnes’s steamy historical romance series. If you enjoy a story filled with passion and secrets set in Regency England, then you must read Sophia and Alex’s journey toward love.

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A wave of her perfume drifted past Sheffield. She was near.

“Sophia?”

“Sophia, please answer me.”

Silence

“Please, my love, I want to hold you. Beg at your feet for forgiveness. I was an uncaring fool to embroil you in a scandal. Sophia, I love you, darling. I have been a bastard with my anger. This afternoon at Belle’s, I figured out and was furious you fooled me. I came tonight to destroy you. And I did, but when I succeeded, my heart broke right alongside yours. Your pain and agony invaded my soul and is gripping tight. I want to wrap you in my embrace while you cry your heartache. When you finish crying, I will take your punches in stride. Please Sophia, answer me.”

Silent tears streamed down Sophia’s cheeks. Her heart ached with an unbearable sadness. While his words tempted her, she couldn’t stop remembering the hatred in his eyes when he revealed her identity. He’d meant to destroy her, and she didn’t know if she could trust his words now. She loved him, but he hurt her more deeply than she could allow. Also, he spoke of love. Did he understand what love meant? When you loved somebody, you don’t set out to hurt them. You may hurt them unintentionally, but you never mean to destroy them.

He’d destroyed her with his hatred.

Her silence spoke her words. Sheffield had taken her beautiful affection and ruined it. He would leave her for now, but not forever. He had done enough damage for tonight. When tomorrow came, he would try to endure to win her love.

“Goodnight, my love.”

About the Author:

I am the author of The Romancing the Spies & The Tricking the Scoundrel Series. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons and late into the night. Anytime really. Married twenty-nine years to the love of my life, we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years, we have gotten our passports stamped in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescued By the Captain.

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Author Interview and Excerpt featuring Krysten Lindsay Hagar, In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (a Cecily Taylor Series book #2) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #interview #YA @KrystenLindsay

In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety

by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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GENRE:   YA

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BLURB:

Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

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Excerpt Three:

One day I had the career and the guy of my dreams. Then Danielle King came along. If people could be trusted, maybe it would have been okay, but they can’t. They suck. And now my dream relationship was gone and no one would ever know what had actually been in my grasp.

How can a person go from having a whole life with someone, and then it ends like you were never even together? No wonder people talk about how awful divorces are. That must hurt a million times more. Sure, I don’t have to see Andrew every day at school like I did Zach, but it seems like Andrew was everywhere. I went to the grocery store with my mom and they were playing one of his songs because he’s technically a local.

 Andrew’s music was always what I listened to when I was sad. His heartache music got me through the worst times and now, not only could I not stand to listen to it, there was now the chance I could end up hearing music about our breakup. Actually, I didn’t know which was worse: the possibility he’d use our relationship as inspiration for a song, or finding out I was barely a blip on his radar and not even warranting a mention.  

What was I supposed to do with my life now?


Welcome Krysten Lindsay Hager! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

 

I write YA books and also have a middle school series (The Landry’s True Colors Series). I’m also currently working on some rom-coms for adults. I like to write funny, feel good books with happily ever afters.

Is In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety a single title, or part of a series? 

 

It’s part of the Cecily Taylor Series that follows a teen getting to embark on the life she’s always dreamed of where she’s acting and dating the singer/songwriter she’s been a fan of for years.

What were your inspirations for the story?

 

One of my inspirations was my own childhood music crush (George Michael) and applying those feelings to the book. There are certain songs from back then of his and a couple other musicians that bring out a real reaction in me and they inspired a lot of the book.

Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? 

 

I created my own town in Michigan because I visit lake towns every summer and I already used another (Grand Haven) in books I’ve written (Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star). This setting, Blue Arbor, is if you took Ann Arbor, Michigan and had a lake nearby. I needed it to be near a beach for the music video shoot, but I wanted somewhat of an urban feel to show that this isn’t a small town.

When did the writing bug first bite? 

 

I started writing as a kid and my mom wanted me to prove I was serious about it so she started signing me up for workshops and writing conferences before I even graduated high school. It was so overwhelming going to these things feeling like such a kid, but her idea was to throw me into the deep end of the pool to see what I’d do. I ended up feeling like this was exactly where I belonged. She told me later that my dedication to it (even when I was overwhelmed) made her realize this was something I was committed to doing.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

 

I read a lot of different types of books like mysteries (particularly teen ones), non-fiction, rom-coms, literary fiction, YA, and middle grade. I love May Sarton, Sylvia Plath, Cathy Hopkins, Ann M. Martin, Judy Blume, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tolstoy.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

 

Can I include ones who have passed on? Not trying to be creepy, but I would LOVE to have a chat with F. Scott Fitzgerald and May Sarton. Oh, and Paula Danziger! To just sit and listen and maybe take notes.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

 

I read, watch TV, pay attention to too much news, spend time messaging with friends, and journaling.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

 

Read and take classes and go to conferences. Honestly, it’s the only way I was able to learn the business. I sacrificed a lot of stuff to save up for those because they weren’t cheap, but that’s what helped me. I mean, you need training for any job you go after and writing is no different. 

 

Also, before you put a book out make sure to publish some articles or something so you get used to feedback on your work. I’ve seen people epically meltdown because their first experiences with strangers criticizing them was on their “baby” that they devoted everything to and it was brutal. It helps to get your feet wet first by putting other material out there.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient.

Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.  

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Book One: https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Come-True-Cecily-Taylor-ebook/dp/B079S3KJSH

 

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