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Rescued by a Kiss

A Go Cup is just a way of life in Louisiana – can be filled with Sweet Tea or your favorite party beverage (thats another post) – Enjoy this taste of Louisiana-Lisa

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A KISS TO KILL FOR…

In Colleen Mooney’s funny, romantic, delightfully meandering cozy mystery, you gon’ have a authentic Noo Awlins experience, dawlin’! And a wild ride into the bargain.

Brandy Alexander’s the real deal–yes, that’s her real name and she’s not even a stripper, although her best friend Julia is. Brandy still lives with her parents in the Irish Channel and she’s sort of semi kind of engaged to the boy next door, who’s—what else?—one of NOLA’s finest.

In fact, Dante, the BF, is such a thoroughgoing New Orleanian he always manages Mardi Gras parade duty on his own block. So you’d think Brandy might be a little self-conscious when a suave smoothie in one of the gentlemen’s walking clubs mesmerizes her into a big fat Mardi Gras smooch right in front of him. But not a bit. Because after all, it’s Mardi Gras, and also for another good reason— “that kiss was long, slow, hot—unlike any kiss I’d ever had in my life.” She makes a date to meet Mr. Good Kiss after the parade (Yes! Right in front of Mr. Right Next Door) but –horrors–arrives just in time to see him get shot. Although fortunately not shot dead. Before he passes out, he pulls her close and whispers, “Save Isabella.”

And then, in case you aren’t yet in the carnival spirit, the fun begins. You’d think a mystery that begins with an eligible man taking a bullet might be a bit dark, but Colleen Mooney has something else in mind—something like a screwball chase all over town, from Lee Circle to the Lakefront, with a stop at Charity Hospital, and finally to the French Quarter’s favorite gay dance club, at all times accompanied by Schnauzers, one of them named Geaux Cup.

Jiff, the captivating kisser, (aka Mr. Possibly Right), has enemies, of course, and, oh, by the way, he and Brandy get kidnapped, but this one’s much more about the offbeat inventive fun than the mystery. And the romance, of course. The real adventure here is swanning around town with Brandy and her crazy krewe—much of it canine and seriously cute.

New Orleans aficionados will appreciate the plethora of authentic touches, from Brandy’s family and neighborhood, to meals at Ye Olde College Inn, and the familial friendships black and white families form with each other; cozy readers will love the humor and the romance; and chick lit fans will root for plucky, soft-hearted Brandy, who never met a stray dog she didn’t rescue.

Brandy may be the most unlikely of detectives, but the slapstick way she goes about it has a definite whiff of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum about it; fans of Stephanie Bond, Jana DeLeon, Joan Hess, Lisa Lutz, Sarah Strohmeyer, and Elaine Viets may also find a kindred spirit in this New Orleans dawlin’. And animal lovers will flat-out swoon

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Bayou Born * Linda Joyce

Come join us on the Bayou with Linda Joyce series – Flour de lis series,   Lisa

 

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This is book #1 of the series -its Free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited.

Branna Lind’s self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her “wedding of the decade,” though she isn’t saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire–Branna. Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? Even if she stands her ground, can she convince James that she truly is his “type”?

This is a new release of a previously published edition.

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Carnival Confessions * Cherie Claire

Let’s start the Parade Rolling with this great book !! The Mardi Gras  Parade rool in New Orleans 1/6 – Krewe of Joan of Arc

 

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Free at this time-please check price before downloading.. Lisa 

At Mardi Gras time, be careful of those behind the mask!
Attorney Cameron Reed is not too pleased to be paired off in a court case with Stephanie Bertrand, a New Orleans socialite whose privileged background is vastly different from Cameron’s bayou upbringing. But when Cameron overhears Stephanie’s boyfriend asking another woman out, he feels it his duty to tell her of her financé’s betrayal.
Wearing a mask and sneaking into a Mardi Gras ball, Cameron plans to inform Stephanie of her boyfriend’s tryst but never gets a chance. Instead, a tipsy Stephanie delivers a confession. Not only is she not dating the man in question, she is secretly enamored with Cameron. And because Cameron does not return the feelings, she plans to take a job in an Atlanta law firm.
Like the wild Mardi Gras festivities, Cameron’s world turns upside down at the news. But how can he make amends to the woman he nicknamed “Deb” for debutante, and convince her to remain in New Orleans — and hopefully in his arms.
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords
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Cherie Claire grew up in south Louisiana, with mud between her toes and a rabid love of Mardi Gras parades. Born in New Orleans and now living in Cajun Country, she couldn’t help but write about her unique, colorful state.

Cherie is the award-winning author of several Cajun historical romances and The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances. She’s a Holt Award finalist, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award finalist and received the Louisiana Press Women Book of the Year. This year she launches her paranormal mystery series featuring ghost sleuth Viola Valentine.

Read more at https://www.cherieclaire.net/.

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ARC Review* Edge of Truth

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From Net Galley 

 

Tensions sizzle in this electrifying novel guaranteed to capture your heart and
take your breath away. Fans of Julie Garwood, Suzanne Brockmann and Jayne Ann Krentz will
devour this action-packed, emotionally stunning tour de force, where every page reveals
another damning secret and another daring gamble. 

Rotting in an
African dungeon is the last place journalist Tess Newell expected to find herself. Held
hostage by the terrorist group she’s been investigating, Tess’s salvation—and
temptation—arrives in the form of another prisoner. A French Foreign Legionnaire with
a sinful smile and too many secrets to be anything but dangerous. Yet she knows he’s her
only hope of surviving.

The Legion is the only family Flynn has. His sanctuary
and his purgatory, after years spent in hell. When a mission goes south and Flynn is
captured, it’s not the enemy that worries him, but rather the brazen, alluring reporter
whose prying questions threaten to bring down his world—and the walls he’s built
around his heart.

Yet after a daring escape, Flynn must risk it all and go on
the run with Tess to retrieve the evidence she needs. The chemistry between them threatens
to detonate but, with the enemy fast closing in, time is running out to unravel the truth
from the lies in this deadly conspiracy…

Lisa Thought : This is my first book from this author. This is part of a series but it can be read as a stand alone book ( I did) . A great romantic suspense with great characters in Tess ( journalist) and Flynn ( Legion soldier). Tess is investigating a terrorist with military /political ties when she is captured and meets Flynn. After a daring escape to retrieve her proof – Tess & Flynn and his  Legion team members join the chase for justice.   But not all is what it seems as secrets are revealed and passion flares as the two battle for truth. An exciting story that comes off the front pages of the newspaper. I will differently read more from this author and this series. Lisa 

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Holly Trent * The Coyote’s Chance

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From Net Galley 

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It’s a literal fight for love in this fast-moving shifter tale in the popular Masters of Maria series.

For coyote shifter Blue Shapely, becoming the new alpha of Maria’s pack is his long-awaited chance to be his own man and eliminate chaos from the town. Unfortunately, the pack’s patron is thwarting him at every turn.

After being magically attached to the Coyote group for more than a century, demigoddess Willa Matheson has a soft spot for them—even the dangerous ones threatening to expose them to humans. She may have hired Blue to rein in the pack, but the two constantly disagree on strategy. She doesn’t want to upset anyone, whereas he’ll do whatever it takes to get his Coyotes in line. And to make things worse: all signs point to the anxious demigoddess being his mate.

But developing a tenderness for Willa will be an obstacle to Blue’s determination to be as ruthless as he needs to be. If the duo can’t find a way to retract their claws, and soon, it may be too late to protect the pack’s secret—and their own hearts.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Lisa Thoughts:  This is book 4 of Masters of Maria. But this book can be read as a stand alone book. Willa is a demi-god with little are no powers -she spends her days teaching music to children and try to keep a pack of Coyote shifters out of trouble. She hires Blue an Alpha to keep the Coyotes out of trouble but finds so much more.  But will Blues tough love and Willa free spirit find a happy balance -with a meddling God in the mix . Read the book and find out all about these two great characters.  Fans  of Holly Trent  will enjoy this book this is not to be missed. 

 

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ARC* Murder with lemon Tea Cakes

From Net Galley : A cozy Mystery A Daisy Tea Garden Mystery

 

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In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .

Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.

Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .

Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!

 

Lisa Book thoughts- This is the first book in a new series with great set of  characters & the background  in the lovely Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A new business venture and a new start for Daisy and her family might be in danger as a dead body is found in the garden . And Daisy Aunt Tess is the main suspect –  Can Daisy find the answer and save the business ,her Aunt & family ? Read this book and enjoy this great beginning to a new fun series.  lisa 

 

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Smashwords End of Year Sale

 FIRST ANNUAL SMASHWORDS END OF YEAR SALE STARTS DECEMBER 25

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