Excerpt, Giveaways, New Release, Reviews

#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 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE: Romantic Suspense, Mystery

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

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

www.instagram.com/elka.ray/

www.facebook.com/elkaraybooks/

twitter.com/elkaray?lang=en

www.goodreads.com/author/show/5027427.Elka_Ray

Buy Link:

Amazon:

 https://www.amazon.com/Divorce-Murder-Toby-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1633885429/ref=sr_1_1

Barnes & Noble: 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/divorce-is-murder-elka-ray/1130721019?ean=9781633885424#/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Elka Ray will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Excerpt, Giveaways, Reviews

#Review of Ambush in the Everglades by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authorpetie #romanticsuspense

Ambush in the Everglades

by Petie McCarty

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE: Romantic Suspense 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BLURB:

Plenty of action-adventure in this romantic-suspense tale. Photographer Kayli Heddon is given the biggest assignment of her career—a photo essay on the Everglades Restoration—and a special airboat safari is arranged, so Kayli can get her pictures. What she doesn’t count on is being stranded alone in the Everglades with her handsome and unpredictable airboat guide. Kayli is forced to learn some tough lessons. Trust means everything in the dangerous River of Grass, and a skilled partner makes all the difference in your survival. 

Skye Landers takes the airboat safari gig as a favor to his cousin who is called out of town. Skye doesn’t expect the governor’s photographer to catch his eye, but Kayli Heddon is unlike any woman he has ever met. He knows he should keep his distance, but common sense flies out the window whenever she gets near. 

Unfortunately, Kayli thinks honesty is the most important thing in a relationship—any relationship—and Skye Landers is a fraud. When secrets surface from his past, Kayli and Skye are soon on the run from more than just alligators.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Excerpt One:

Leaping over palmettos and tree roots and dodging half-buried cypress knees, they raced for their boat as the whine in the distance grew louder. Kayli recognized the whine as a second airboat. She couldn’t stop running if she wanted to, Skye had a death grip on her hand.

“Tell me what’s wrong,” she shouted, “and why are we running?”

Twenty more yards, and they reached the airboat. The approaching craft sounded closer by the second.

He dropped her hand to grab the bow line. “Get in the boat,” he ordered.

She stopped dead. “No.”

He whipped around with a fearsome glare.

“Not until you tell me why we’re running.” 

This was so unlike the man she’d come to know over the last two days at close quarters. He looked . . . well, scared.

“Crane Tennapin is on his way here with drug runners to make a pick up.”

She felt the blood drain from her face. “Who is Crane Tennapin?”

“Another cousin, now let’s go.” He pushed on the bow of the airboat. “I’ve got to get you out of here. I’ll leave you at Sally’s.”

“I’m staying with you.”

“You can’t. I have to come back to help Crane.”

The whine grew louder and closer.

She froze. “You’re coming back to help a drug dealer?”

“Hell no!” he roared and softened his voice when she flinched. “Crane’s in over his head. He got mixed up with the Colombians before he knew about the drugs. Now they’re threatening to turn him in if he doesn’t help them with this drop.” 

He motioned her over and held out a hand. “Come on, come on.”

“What if you don’t get back in time?” She couldn’t believe she wasn’t scrambling into the airboat.

He had her by the shoulders in two steps and stared hard in her eyes. “I can’t let anything happen to you.” 

The emotion in his voice wrapped around her heart like long tentacles, and she couldn’t pull free. She didn’t want to.

Her arms flew around his neck, and Skye crushed her to his chest, his mouth hard against hers. A flood of emotion rifled through her unlike anything she’d ever felt in her life. She wanted to fold her soul into his and never let him go. She had wanted this can’t-let-you-go kiss from the moment she laid eyes on Skye. She wanted the kiss to last forever.

Precious seconds were squandered. The airboat whine grew louder, and his head jerked up. 

“Damn.”

“There’s no time to get me out.” 

No way would she leave him, not with drug runners coming. She might never see him again.

He pulled back and gazed into her eyes. “You have to trust me.”

She nodded. “What’re you going to do?”

“Sink the airboat.”

Ms. McCarty is fast becoming one of my favorite writers.  In fact, I hope that she continues in the romantic suspense category.  She writes her action scenes that make you feel like you are right in it with the characters.  Her heroines can hold there own and the heroes realize that the woman in their life is quite capable.

Kayli is no shrinking violet.  Look, I would be freaking out about leeches and roaches like any sane person so I can get that with her.  She takes her punches and moves on from it.  Skye doesn’t need to “rescue” her in the book.  Oh no, I can’t even imagine how that would have worked out.  Not well, not well at all.  In fact, I think Kayli would have left him high and dry even if he tried.  They were equals in the end and it made for a better relationship and book.

Now, did Skye really lie to her about his lineage or what he really was?  Not really.  He had his life on the river and that was good enough for him.  He enjoyed it and was good at it.  In fact, I think he was a bit embarrassed about it.  Did he tease her at the beginning of the book?  You bet but it made for great tension between them and made them work hard for the relationship that neither one of them saw coming.  I love when an author does that with their characters.

The secondary characters in the book are top-notch.  There is a bit of Native American folklore that was extremely interesting and very important to their story.  Especially Skye.  When everything was said and done in the end, Wren was the most important character in the book.  The mysticism towards the end of the book was intriguing and made the whole book come together.  Ms. McCarty did her research when it came to sights and sounds of the river, too.  Just once I would like to ride a riverboat for the rush.  Well, and to also see the Everglades in person, too.

Ms. Carty has written a brilliant action-packed, slow-burn romance in the suspense department.  Again, she is becoming one of my all-time favorite authors.  Pick her books up to read.  You won’t be sorry.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas. 

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

http://www.petiemccarty.com 

https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty 

https://twitter.com/authorpetie 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094579.Petie_McCarty 

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/petie-mccarty 

http://www.amazon.com/author/petiemccarty

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Petie McCarty will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC and three ebook copies of The Angel and the SEAL to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt, Giveaways, Reviews

#Review of The Angel and the SEAL (the Mystery Angel Romances #3) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @authorpetie

The Angel and the SEAL

by Petie McCarty

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BLURB:

The Angel and the SEAL . . . a cozy mystery with romantic suspense from the Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure out who . . .

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs. 

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Excerpt Two:

A scream ripped through the air.

Mac jerked his head up in time to see the end of the dock collapse—with Cory in the middle of it—and Vern streaking for the water. The black Lab galloped out of the rear garden, barking his fool head off.

Mac vaulted from the tractor and had his feet under him before he grabbed his next breath. Panic put wings to his feet. Cory hadn’t bobbed up by the time Vern reached the collapsed end of the dock. The old man disappeared beneath the surface, and Garth perched at the end of the sagging dock, barking his complaints.

Dear God, not Cory. Don’t let anything happen to my Cory.

Mac’s feet left the lakeshore on a dead run, and he sliced into the water, stroking before he completely submerged. A handful of power strokes and he reached the spot where Vern had gone down. Mac dove under to find the old man red-faced and struggling to hold his breath while he heaved on a dock piling that had toppled over and pinned Cory’s legs to the lake bottom. In the crystal-clear water, Vern’s eyes had gone wide with fright. Cory monitored his approach but lay limp and had ceased to struggle.

Smart girl. Conserve your air.

Two dock boards remained pinned to the collapsed piling and framed her lithe body like the sides of a coffin. He stroked to her side, put his shoulder under the closest dock board, and prayed it would hold tight to the piling as Mac pressed upward with all his might. Thank God, Vern saw what he intended, and though short on air himself, the old caretaker scooted around and tugged Cory free from beneath the piling.

Mac waited until they were well and clear before he dropped the mass to the lake bottom. His heart jolted hard when he saw Vern go limp. He had nothing left.

Mac wrapped one arm around the caretaker and the other around Cory and pushed hard for the surface, thankfully but a few feet up. Mac managed to hold both their heads above water and kicked hard for shore. Garth howled and whined as he paced the length of what remained of the collapsed dock. Mac dragged both bodies up and out of the water the minute his feet found purchase on the lake bottom, then he laid them both out on the sandy shore. Vern rolled to his knees and began to cough and hack.

Mac crouched over Cory lying limply on her side, her eyes closed. He detected a weak heartbeat when he laid two fingers to her throat and leaned his cheek close to check for breathing. Hearing only his own labored breathing, he tugged her chin down with a thumb and stuck a finger into her mouth, intent on clearing an air passage.

Teeth clamped hard on his finger.

“Yeow!” He managed to yank the entire digit free.

“Well, get our finger out of my mouth,” Cory huffed and struggled to sit up. “What are you doing?”

Mac stared open-mouthed. “Trying to resuscitate you.”

“I was just spent, not dead. I used up everything I had struggling to get free of the piling.”

Before she could lodge another complaint, Mac dragged her to his chest and held her as though he’d never let her go.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Oh my.  I’ve been reading Ms. McCarty for a while now, I will have to say that this is her best book.  Why?  It is chopped full of suspense, action, romance and it deals with what constitutes a family when you feel like you have no one left.

Mac and Cory have a second chance at romance when things go south with her brother but the miscommunication between them, the mixed signals and basically not have a true sense of faith between them almost lets them NOT have that second chance.  Ms. McCarty wrote them with such emotional depth that at times, I wanted to smack both of them for their lack of trust in each other.  Oh, it led to some somewhat hilarious dialogue but once the dust settles, these two just need to sit down and actually talk to each other and not assume about the other.

Mac found his family with the SEALs and particularly with Brian, Cory’s brother.  What he didn’t expect was how badly their dad didn’t want Mac near Cory because of his childhood.  That nearly broke me about his childhood but it also made him realize that he could have a family with Cory and lodge family in the end.  He didn’t need the SEALs anymore but they needed him.  He found Cory again and wasn’t going to let go.

Cory could be extremely stubborn when it came to Mac.  At times, I wanted to smack her more than Mac.  She only reacted to Mac throughout the book without asking the key questions and only assumed on her part.  On the other hand, she is very loyal to her employees and almost too strong for her own good.  Her conversations with Senior were great.  She didn’t take much off of him and let him know it.  She just didn’t do that with Mac as much.

The suspense plot in the book is amazing.  There is always something going on.  Sabotage on the resort and the two goons that are after her for whatever they think Brian left her.  I’m telling you…its nonstop with the action.  Ms. McCarty has done her homework with it and it shows.  The mystery part is spot on, too.  I NEVER figured it out.  Like, seriously.  Never.  Plus, like the book says, there is always an angel and I didn’t figure that one out either.  In fact, I’m still in shock over the angel.  Part of the mystery deals with the Mafia.  Oh yes, old school Mafia.

I have really enjoyed this series by Ms. McCarty.  Its a sweet romance series with mystery and suspense.  I never know how it is going to end up or who the angel is but it doesn’t matter.  I can count on her for an exciting, emotional and a mystery/suspense tale that leaves me satisfied and looking forward to the next one.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

BIO Social Media:

http://www.petiemccarty.com

https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty

https://twitter.com/authorpetie

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094579.Petie_McCarty

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/petie-mccarty

http://www.amazon.com/author/petiemccarty

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

 

Petie McCarty will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway “>