Bedeviled & Bah Humbug by @samcheever #Christmas #Shortstories #wwwblogs

Bedeviled & Bah Humbug (Bedeviled & Beyond #6.5)Bedeviled & Bah Humbug by Sam Cheever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bedeviled and Bah Humbug is a collection of 4 short stories from the Bedeviled series featuring Astra Q Phelps – Demon slayer.
Story #1 Astra Takes Out the Grinch – Astra must take out the Grinch who steals the toys Santa delivers.
Story #2 Astra Gets A Lump Of Coal – Astra must find out why green dragons are escaping hell.
Story #3 The Year The Grinch Stole Santa – Astra is needed at the North Pole to find Santa. Fear that the Grinch is living out the Escendo prophecy where Santa and Christmas will no longer exist, drives Astra and the elves to find Santa.
Story #4 A Elvish Catastrophe – Ninja elves threaten to get rid of all the fake Santas, Astra and her sister must save Santa and Christmas.
Fun quirky stories for adults to make you giggle.

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Yesterday’s Ghosts by @samcheever Cosy #Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Yesterday's Ghosts (Yesterday's Mysteries #3)Yesterday’s Ghosts by Sam Cheever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yesterday’s ghosts is book 3 of the cosy Yesterday’s mysteries. It can be read as a stand alone book, but to get the most from the book I suggest reading the rest of the series first because you will get so much more from them this way.

As with the first two books their is a glossary of colloquialisms from yesteryear America as spoken by the two resident ghosts at Anna’s antique shop. Set in Crocker Indiana, the book opens with Anna and Pratt attending the Apple Blossom Festival Ball. The Ball is sent into chaos by the murder of local librarian Mike Pots. Local cop Bill Dresden sets about interviewing everyone at the ball and the list of suspects becomes extremely long when it is divulged that Mike Pots was about to publish a book about the townsfolk of Crocker. The contents of which were not pretty reading and it quickly became clear that many folks would have done anything to stop Mike.

Back at Anna’s shop the ghost of Lissie Nelson arrives seeking help from the dark entity which follows her. Joss and Bess, Anna resident ghosts try to help Lissie discover what has brought her to the shop and what evil is also threatening to hurt someone.

These books are great cosy mysteries with clever twists and turns. I like all the ghostly characters and the relationship between Anna and Pratt is blossoming as the series evolves. I could easily have sat reading more about the past residents of Crocker and their ghostly characters, but perhaps there will be more in a new book in the series?

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

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Bedeviled & Beguiled by @samcheever #Paranormal #Romance #Bookreview

Bedeviled & Beguiled (Bedeviled & Beyond, #1)Bedeviled & Beguiled by Sam Cheever
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bedeviled & Beguiled is a paranormal fantasy with a romantic element. It is set in the futuristic time of 2090 and evolves around an Angels versus Devils theme.

Astra Q Phelps is a halfling and vaporises Devils and demons for a day job. Caught up in an impending showdown between two devil factions, Astra finds she has been chosen to mediate between the devil royal courts and on top of this her Angel guardians want her to be the interface between the Angels and Devils.

Astra is pulled in all directions as she fights evil forces whilst discovering she has more magical powers herself and a secret hidden noble ranking of her own. Can she really trust the drop dead gorgeous Prince Dialle?

This is written in a fun upbeat style, I enjoyed the first half of the book, but felt the second half slipped into too many unbelievable miraculous situations for Astra to escape from. I also wanted to see less sentences beginning with overused phrases like “somehow, however and suddenly”, which I know this author is capable of doing without.

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Rosie’s Good Reads made it into the December Issue of @FleetLife Magazine #TuesdayBookBlog

This month my reading recommendations made it into my local magazine @FleetLife

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For the online version go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, load the online directory and find the reviews on page 16.

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Here are the December featured books and authors;

Threads of Yesterday by Sam Cheever

Touched To The Soul by Elsa Winckler

The Kid Who Wasn’t There Murders by C.M Albrecht

Death Unscripted by Marni Graff

and Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 21 Sam Cheever @samcheever

The #MysteryNovember book tour continues, jump aboard and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Sam Cheever and her book Threads of Yesterday

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A deadly secret is tangled up in Yesterday’s Threads, and Anna is racing the clock to get it unravelled.

In 1859, Elisabeth Margaret Nelson travelled to Crocker, Indiana to meet her new husband and start a new life. Her family never saw her again. The story of her death and a heartbroken husband who grieves his entire life is a sad tale for sure. But is it true?

When Anna Yesterday receives some vintage dresses from the local museum, she’s excited about highlighting them at Crocker’s annual Apple Blossom Festival. But someone wants the dresses back, and they’ll apparently stop at nothing to get them—leaving a trail of murder and destruction in their wake.

As Anna and Pratt work to uncover the deadly intrigue behind the vintage dresses, interference of another kind is working its way to the surface. All too soon, Anna and Pratt find themselves neck deep in trouble from more than one dimension—and wondering which will get them first!

Sam Cheever

Where is your home town?

 

I live South of Indianapolis, Indiana in beautiful Brown County. The area is known for its State Parks, lakes and wineries, as well as a fair number of caves for spelunking!

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

 

I love pitting myself against the reader. Unlike any other genre, the mystery genre is a contest between the author and the reader. Can I write the book in such a way as to fool the reader about Who-dun-it until the great reveal? I don’t always succeed, mystery readers are a truly savvy bunch, but I have fun trying!

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

 

Both paranormal and historical. Each book provides both a historical mystery and a present day mystery to solve, with a heroine who is tied to the past through her work as an antiques dealer as well as a couple of mouthy ghosts! It’s a fun mix and I don’t think there’s anything else like it out there.

Where is your book set?

 

The fictional small town of Crocker, Indiana. I like to base all my stories in Indiana because, let’s face it, if I don’t do it who will? LOL Actually I believe Kate Collins bases her Flower Shop cozy mysteries in small town Indiana too.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

 

Anna Yesterday owns an antique store named Yesterday’s Antiques. She loves the small town of Crocker, Indiana and has lived there all her life. When she opened her very own store in Crocker, she never expected to inherit two antiques that walked and talked and, occasionally, made the lights flicker!

Josselin Zebadiah is a cowboy from the 1800s. He’s Anna’s protector spirit and friend. He’s also fun and charming and opinionated, all things that make Anna’s life both more interesting and more fun.

Bess was a saloon girl in the Crocker, Indiana of the 1800s. She’s neither friendly nor helpful, but she is opinionated and, when push comes to shove, Bess is willing to help Anna. But only if Joss makes her.

Pratt Davies is Anna’s assistant in the store, as well as an extremely good-looking man. His growing feelings for Anna make his work at Yesterday’s less a job and more a labor of love. Pratt was a cop in Saint Louis, Missouri until something dark and dangerous invaded his world, sending his partner to an asylum and changing their lives forever. Pratt came to Crocker to escape all things spiritual. He relishes the simple work he performs at Yesterday’s, as well as the time he gets to spend with Anna. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself dealing with a dead, jealous cowboy and a snarky saloon girl from the ether!

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

 

If you haven’t already connected, Sam would love it if you Liked/Followed her wherever you enjoy hanging out online. Here are her online haunts:

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Website: www.SamCheever.com

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/samcheever

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamCheeverAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcheever

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/samcheever1/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/samcheever/

Where can readers find your book?

The following are Buy links for Threads of Yesterday:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Threads-Yesterday-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00CNV5OKA

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Threads-Yesterday-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00CNV5OKA

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Threads-Yesterday-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00CNV5OKA

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/threads-of-yesterday-sam-cheever/1115340529

Kobo Books: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Threads-of-Yesterday/book-OjBJfbEX8EGmFMBuxDKYOQ/page1.html?s=I0jijlbGkUSJmKOGDifr7Q&r=3

All Romance eBook: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-threadsofyesterday-1190214-152.html

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1021205353

 

Threads Of Yesterday by Sam Cheever @samcheever #Paranormal #Mystery

Threads of YesterdayThreads of Yesterday by Sam Cheever
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Threads of Yesterday is book two in the Yesterday’s Paranormal series. Yesterday’s is an antique shop in Crocker, Indiana and is owned by Anna. This is such a fun series, each book has a glossary at the beginning full of words from yester-year which are spoken by the two resident ghosts of Anna’s business. Joss and Bess are linked to the shop from America’s past and help solve local mysteries.

In 1859 Lissie Nelson travelled to Crocker to be with her new husband, but Lissie disappeared once the stagecoach reached the town along with her family jewels. When Ellie Nelson visits Anna’s shop she warns Anna that she is in danger.

In Crocker everyone is preparing for the Apple Blossom Festival, the local museum is donating a painting and has also sold some vintage dresses to Anna. But suddenly everyone has an interest in the dresses, but when the museum curator is attacked things become very series.

I loved the ghostly characters and the descriptions of different types of ghosts, looking forward to the next book in the series.

The is review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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#RomancingSeptember Day 26 Slow Burner by @samcheever #books #Romance

It’s Day 26 of the #RomancingSeptember blog tour.

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Our guest today is Sam Cheever with her book Slow Burner which is part of Into The Flames multi-author box-set

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Where is your home town?

 

I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is in the North eastern corner of the state. I’ll always be a Midwestern girl at heart, with a strong work ethic and a focus on the importance of family at my core. You’ll also find those values in the characters I write.

 

How long have you been writing romance?

 

My first romantic paranormal was published in 2007. Before that I wrote mysteries and dabbled in suspense.

 

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

 

Mystery, romantic suspense. Although I’ve recently fallen in love with sci fi/apocalyptic romance.

 

Where is your book set?

 

Slow Burner is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. I set most of my stories in Indiana because nobody else will! LOL Seriously though, Indiana has a lot more going for it than people who aren’t from the Midwest realize. We have beautiful rolling hills, cool caves, lots of state parks and wineries!!! *grin* I use all of these fun, beautiful features in my stories and it’s great to share my world with readers.

 

Tell us about Duncan

 

Duncan is a good man with a past that continues to haunt him. He was caught in a fire of suspicious origin when he was a kid and still has nightmares about it. Despite his fears, or maybe because of them, he became a firefighter and served for years in that dangerous profession. He eventually left that life behind to become a fire investigator and, in Slow Burner, he begins to realize that somebody with a grudge against him is setting fires and marking them in a way that only he will recognize. The Artist, as the arsonist refers to himself, appears to want Duncan discredited and ostracized before taking him completely down. But Duncan is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the Artist. It all comes to a head when Duncan is reacquainted with an old childhood sweetheart at the scene of one of the Artist’s masterpieces. When the two of them start to rediscover the feelings they once had for each other, the arsonist’s antagonistic rage seems to transfer to Hilda and Duncan suddenly finds himself racing time and a mad man’s evil purpose to save her.

 

Introduce us to Hilda?

 

The manager of a successful restaurant in downtown Indianapolis, Hilda has been in love with Duncan since she was too young to know what that meant. Coming from a bad family situation, she cherished his kindness, as well as his strength and willingness to let her tag along when they were kids. But when Duncan was forced to leave her behind, Hilda thought she’d never see him again. Imagine her surprise when he strolls up to her at the scene of a fire, where her house is ablaze. Hilda is torn between her remembered feelings and deep guilt over the reason he had to leave over a decade earlier. She tries to fight her feelings for him but, as someone who calls himself the Artist begins to set every part of her life ablaze…literally…she is forced to work with Duncan to find the arsonist before he kills again.

 

What has drawn them back together?

 

The killer arsonist Duncan has been tracking targets Hilda and the two must work together to figure out who he is.

 

There is a danger lurking can you tell us about “The Artwork”?

 

The Artist’s pallet is fire. He sees his art as being a purifier and equalizer for perceived wrongs he’s suffered in the past. The arsonist has carried his hate of Duncan in his heart for over a decade, since Duncan was just a kid trying to make the best of a difficult situation, and he won’t rest until Duncan has suffered the same kind of pain the Artist believes he’s suffered himself. Unfortunately for Hilda, he seems to have decided she’s the best way to exact his revenge on Duncan.

 

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

 

I’m currently writing Yesterday’s Ghosts, which is book 3 in my cozy historical paranormal mystery series entitled, Yesterday’s Mysteries.

 

Where can readers find out more about you?

Sam Cheever

 

Below are my online haunts:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | About.Me | Tsu  |  Pinterest

If you haven’t already connected, Sam would love it if you Liked/Followed her wherever you enjoy hanging out online. Here are her online haunts:

Newsletter: http://www.samcheever.com/newsletter.html Subscribe to my newsletter and win a free copy of the fun and sexy Honeybun Fever Box Set

Website: www.SamCheever.com

Blog: http://samcheever.com/blog/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/samcheever

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamCheeverAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcheever

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/samcheever1/

Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/Samcheever

Book links for the Into The Flames Box Set

Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B014V84EUI/?tag=wwwsamcheever-20

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Into-Flames-NJ-Walters-ebook/dp/B014V84EUI/?tag=wwwsamcheev0d-20

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-Flames-NJ-Walters-ebook/dp/B014V84EUI/?tag=wwwsamcheever-21

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-flames-boxed-set-nina-pierce/1122629151?ean=2940152264814

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/into-the-flames-3

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-intotheflamesboxedset-1881916-166.html

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-flames/id1036986607?mt=11

 

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Honeybun Fever Boxset by @samcheever #bookreview #wwwblogs #romance

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Honeybun Fever Box set are four inter-racial romances novellas set in America. The Honeybuns are an extensive family who support each other and provide readers with plenty of material for more books about them.

Book 1 is “Shadows of a Honeybun”. Dolfe Honeybun is a bad boy detective who is stalking out a meth lab. A car shows up with a pair of drunk occupants who enter the warehouse. Blaise Runa is a party girl and finds herself under gun fire, when a hunk comes to her rescue. It’s dark and she’s cut her foot and when a fire breaks out she intends to stick to her rescuer for more than one reason.

Book 2 is “Honeybun Sheik”. Callia Honeybun owns her own security firm and is a martial arts expert. She has just ended a relationship and is out at a ski resort when she crashed her snowmobile. Abdel Ezzat finds her on the mountain and takes her back to his chalet, but it’s not safe, he’s being hunted and the net is closing in fast. Callia discovers Abdel is a Saudi prince and soon finds herself doing all she can to protect him.

Book 3 is “Stealth Honeybun”. Peyton Honeybun is a ranch business consultant, he stops off at a store to buy a six pack and finds himself helping defend the place. Willa Sloan runs the country grocery store and soon finds herself working alongside Peyton to take out the armed kidnappers who have her workers held hostage.

Book 4 is “Hell hath no Honeybun”. It’s Halloween and Garrick Honeybun is attending a party fundraiser. The evening singer Ena Vargis attracts him, but before he can talk to her she disappears with a man who looks to be threatening her. Garrick follows and discovers her with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She’s not the murderer but the evidence looks bad, he follows her and offers his help, but things get complicated when her brother is kidnapped.

I enjoyed this introduction to the Honeybun family, my favourite book was about the country store hold up, I thought the home-made bombs and pepper spray showed initiative. These books are great if you want a quick read.

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Letter Z April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 26 April A to Z Challenge my theme is characters from books I’ve read plus some audience participation.

Letter Z is for Joss Zebediah from Yesterday’s News by Sam Cheever

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Yesterday’s News is a fun cosy mystery with a couple of great ghosts. Anna Yesterday owns an antique shop in small town Crocker Indiana. Two resident ghosts are linked with the shop and their dialogue is superb. Language from yester-year with a full glossary of words at the beginning make their colloquialisms amply fit their characters. For instance;

“The boy’s a grafter. He’ll hornswoggle ya faster’n I can spit tobacco into that pan over there”

The storyline follows the discovery of an old newspaper story, which has been covered up by the townsfolk and when Anna begins some sleuthing to find out the truth she upsets more than one local. It’s not just the ghosts that appealed to me, there is Pierce an autistic young man and I was rather taken by Mrs Baker’s fierce family loyalty and hard working beliefs.

With the help of ex-cop Pratt Davies, Anna digs deep into Crocker’s past and exposes a dirty tale that many would rather forget. A well written story which left me smiling, sign me up for more.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m asking readers to create book titles using the letter Z for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll choose my favourites.

Randomly chosen fellow blog challengers for you to check out

http://doorwaybetweenworlds.com/

http://hungarykum.blogspot.co.uk/

http://rachelridlermumonamission.blogspot.co.uk/

http://mycreativelyrandomlife.blogspot.ca/

http://djinniaandtheenglishlanguage.blogspot.co.uk/

As part of this blog tour we are asking people to leave comments each day on the posts they read, thank you.

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April Editions Of Magazines Which Feature My Book Reviews

Movers and shakers for April editions of Fleet Life and Elvetham Heath Directory the magazines which feature my book reviews.

This month Fleet Life has featured the following books, for the online version go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, load the online directory and turn to page 42;

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The Serenity Stone Murder by Marianne Jones

Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

Walking On The Edge by Zee Monodee

Trading Vincent Crow by DJG Wardle

The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable

Elvetham Heath Directory has featured the following books, for the online version go to http://www.ehd.org.uk, load the online directory

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Chasing The Devil by Tim Butcher

The Devil, The Diva and The Deep Blue Sea by Margaret Langstaff

Yesterday’s News by Sam Cheever

How To Complain by Helen Dewdney

Seventh Mark by W.J. May