Blog Tour: Big Shoes by Jack Getze

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Review

I’ve always been someone who likes a good mystery and a funny book. Combining the two is great, but only if done correctly. Jack Getze is obviously someone who knows how to do it correctly! Big Shoes isn’t just a mystery, it’s a funny mystery. If you can’t laugh at Austin Carr, you can’t laugh period. I’m serious. If you can’t laugh at Austin Carr’s antics, you can’t laugh.

Some things are amusing but not truly funny. Like Austin’s obvious PTSD issues when it comes to anything that even remotely sounds like gunfire. It’s put into the story in a few amusing ways, but the reader is able to understand his reactions when he/she is reminded of what Austin recently went through. The funny thing is how his erstwhile partner, who is still recovering from what they recently went through, acts. Not so much because it’s a part of his recovery but because the actions are just funny and because honestly, it at least seems like Vic knows what he’s doing.

My favorite character though is the tough-as-nails Mama Bones. Don’t let her frail appearance fool you, she’s not all that frail. And she’s got a heart of gold, no matter what anyone else may think.

Big Shoes is fast paced at times, slow paced at others, but it works well and it’s a great book. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, funny mystery.

Check out Big Shoes on Goodreads or purchase on Amazon.

About the Author

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A former reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime and horror short stories. His Austin Carr Mysteries BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO and this fall’s BIG SHOES are published by Down and Out Books. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios and Passages.

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Jack Getze is giving away 20 copies of his book, Big Shoes!

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Blog Tour: The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross

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My Review

I’m going to fully admit here and now that the contemporary romance genre is not my favorite. Yes, I like it. No, it’s not my favorite. Most of the books I find are either too sappy or the characters spend more time in bed than out and it just bugs me. But that’s not the way it is with The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross. This book actually has substance and the characters don’t spend more time in than out of bed.

We all know that tragedy strikes the best of us and that it sucks. But what happens when it strikes not once but multiple times? That’s what this story is about. How even when tragedy can’t seem to leave someone alone, love is strong enough to help you get through the worst of times. The book is extremely well written and while the characters aren’t as developed as they could be, they don’t really need to be in order to enjoy this book. Sometimes, you just don’t want the characters to be to deep, you know what I mean?

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more. Honestly – I’d love a bit more story behind Courtney & Sam..hint hint! If you like contemporary romance or are looking for a introduction into it, I highly recommend The Strength of Love.

Excerpt

The stressful phone call wipes her out mentally and physically. She walks a bit further to, her now favorite hang-out, the corner coffee shop. After receiving her caramel latte and chocolate croissant, Rachel returns to the hospital. The decadent mixture of caffeine, chocolate, and caramel, lifts her spirits and empowers her with a burst of “can-do” attitude.

Her mind flutters with inspirational thoughts and scripture. The positive, uplifting thinking allows her mind to explode with optional types of treatments and hospitals. Because of this newfound optimism, she feels, deep in her heart, Brooks will defeat the enemy invading his body. Lost in her thoughts she blows through the hospital rotating glass doors. In fact, she pushes the door, with such force, it spins harder than intended and tosses her into the hospital lobby and straight into a pair of muscular welcoming arms.

With the last bite of her delicious croissant hanging from her mouth, Rachel struggles to keep a grip on her latte as she enjoys pressing her cheek against the hard wall of an extremely nice chest. Eye level with a rippling bicep she decides if she’s going to land somewhere this is a really nice place to land.

Her eyes lower to a jean-clad thigh begging to be released from its tight, faded denim. Her mind races. Please let the face be half as nice as the other parts of his anatomy. Attempting to upright herself, even though she actually hates leaving his embrace, she says, “I am incredibly sorry. I guess I don’t know—”

Her eyes land on a pair of luscious lips she quickly recognizes, without a doubt.

“—my own strength. Marcus, oh my gracious, it seems you are always coming to my rescue.”

A smile spreads from ear to ear across his gorgeous face while Rachel absorbs him from head to toe. The man is handsome in his white doctor’s coat, but holy mackerel, Dr. Dreamy in a pair of worn jeans, cowboy boots, and a yellow, blue, and white plaid, starched, snap front, dress shirt is lethal. She blushes when she realizes the way she’s devouring him with her eyes.

“Are you all right?” he inquires, tucking her hair behind her ear. The small, intimate act sends a chill through her shaky frame. She’s about to answer his question when his index finger strokes across the bottom of her lip. Rachel moans. Yes, moans—loudly. Her mouth falls open and her eyes close as she relishes his tender touch.

“You had chocolate smeared on your lip.” Waking from her not so silent orgasmic experience, her startled eyes fly open. He smiles, before placing his finger in his mouth. Rachel stumbles backwards. Holy crap! Her body, which has been dormant from the waist down, dances to life. It takes everything in her not to grab his finger and swallow it whole. What the heck!

Marcus delights in the effect he’s having on the beautiful brunette.

Rachel remains speechless and extremely embarrassed.

“Rachel?” His smile is so wide it’s about to break his face. His hands happily stroke up and down her arms.

Finally she responds, “Oh. I am sorry—so sorry. I have tons of thoughts racing through my mind—about Brooks—of course.” She blushes.

“Of course.” There’s that smile again. Rachel knows she isn’t fooling him.

“I really should get going.”

“Glad to see you’re eating and getting fresh air.”

She walks toward the elevators mumbling, “Thanks.”

“I’ll see you two tomorrow morning.”

She enters the elevator. After pushing her floor, she rakes her eyes the length of the gorgeous doctor. A man should not be allowed to be physically fabulous and a doctor! “Yes,” she says.

“I’m sorry about this morning and the delay.”

The elevator doors are closing as she blurts, “I’m sure you’re worth the wait.”

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About The Author

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G.L. Ross is the author of the Flyboy Trilogy and the soon to be released contemporary/inspirational romance, “The Strength of Love.” To learn more about her, visit her via website, Facebook, or Twitter. She loves to hear from her fans. Also, join her street team, The Flygirls. To join, find the link on her website.

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Blog Tour: The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with Me, My Shelf, and I tours, is proud to present the official blog tour for The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi.

About The Book

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THE BLUE WOODS
Twin Willow Trilogy #3
Author: Nicole Maggi
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Medallion Media Group

SYNOPSIS:

The Night Battles ascend in THE BLUE WOODS, the exhilarating conclusion to the Twin Willows Trilogy

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs wants to go to college someday like her friends. She wishes for a chance at a normal relationship with Jonah. But normal is never an option for a Benandante like Alessia, who has sworn to protect the magic in the world from the Malandanti . . . especially when Jonah is on the opposite side of the deadly struggle. When the war comes to a head, lives will be lost, love will be gained, and Alessia will risk everything to save the people she loves and destroy the Malandanti once and for all.

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About The Author

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Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, published by Medallion Press.  The first book, WINTER FALLS, is available now.

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Tour Schedule

December 14th
Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
Curling Up With A Good Book TEN’S LIST

December 15th
A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW

December 16th
Addicted Readers REVIEW

December 17th
The Goth Girl Reads REVIEW

December 18th
The Book Landers REVIEW
Me, My Shelf and I INTERVIEW

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to present the blog tour for Allie Harrison’s Hargrove House. Please continue reading for exclusive content, a giveaway, and my review of Hargrove House!

My Review

Hargrove House is a great page turner! It starts off a bit slow and honestly, when it first started, I wondered where it was going. But then…. WOW.

I am with Torrie. I wouldn’t want to go back in that house after an experience like that either. But yet I would want to go back in the house for the right person. Even if that person is a bit odd. I started suspecting something was a bit off with William Dalton right away – but it still took a while for me to fully understand what was going on, which was good, because I really don’t like it when a book gives everything away at the beginning. 😉

When the book first starts, it seems like Allie’s writing style is a bit juvenile. But then I realized that the story is being told in the first person, so obviously, it’s going to sound juvenile since the book first starts with Torrie at 11 years old. After 11 year old Torrie’s part is done, the story goes to a regular cadence of normal “adult” writing and honestly, I think that’s brilliant. So many authors tell stories in the first person, but keep the same type of perspective throughout.

I honestly have to recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal suspense novels. You’ll be kept on your toes!

Excerpt

“Ms. Reynolds?”

Torrie nearly jumped from her seat behind her desk.

A man stood in the doorway to her office. He was tall and broad shouldered. His sandy, brown hair was cut just above the collar of the crisp white shirt he wore. Complete with his black slacks and a dark coat, he made a striking figure. Caught in the memory of sneaking into the Hargrove House, Torrie hadn’t heard the bells over the door with his arrival. On any other day, her assistant, Jane, would announce any potential clients, but Jane was off today because Torrie could no longer pay her for a full week.

“Can I help you?” Torrie asked, working to keep her voice steady. His sudden presence still had her heart pounding. And for a long moment, he openly studied her. She fought the urge to look down and make certain she still wore clothes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m William Dalton. I recently bought the Hargrove House. I need it refurbished and decorated to its original grandeur, and your artistic abilities come highly recommended.”

His words—the very idea of what he wanted—left her feeling slightly dizzy, and it took several seconds before she could form a coherent sentence to reply. “Funny, I was just thinking about that place. You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” she said. Most people came to her with something close to an idea or a picture of what they wanted done, and they looked for her advice.

He smiled. “No, never.”

She was drawn to his smile. In fact, she was drawn to every aspect of him, from the relaxed way he stood to his deep, summer evening sky blue eyes. Slowly she stood. “Have we met before?” she asked.

He tilted his head slightly, and Torrie was intrigued with his movement. She thought he might move like that just seconds before he kissed her, if he ever was to kiss her.

She wanted him to kiss her.

She shook her head slightly to clear the cobwebs that suddenly filled it. What was wrong with her? She had never reacted to a man this way, especially not a potential client.

“Perhaps,” he said.

“But you don’t remember? And neither do I,” Torrie put in. She forced a smile. “I’m sure it will come to me about two o’clock in the morning,” she said, trying to lighten the conversation as she worked to hide her instant, weird reaction to this man. “Why don’t you have a seat, and we can talk about it.”

He paused, still staring at her closely until Torrie thought perhaps her blouse might be unbuttoned or something. “Is something wrong?”

“No,” he replied hesitantly. “Not at all. Everything is perfect, as a matter of fact.” Again he smiled, and Torrie couldn’t help but smile back as he sat down in the chair opposite her.

“So you bought the Hargrove House? Really?”

He nodded slightly. “Yes, and at a very reasonable price, I might add.”

“No doubt. I’ll bet it was almost free.”

About Allie Harrison

 

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Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
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Tour Schedule

11/16/2015

United Indie Book Blog
Romance Junkies

 

11/17/2015

The Goth Girl Reads – You are here!
Shelf Addiction

 

11/18/2015

Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fresh Fiction

 

11/19/2015

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 

11/20/2015

T&L Book Reviews
RoloPoloBookBlog
Evermore Books
Yah Gotta Read This
Fang-tastic Books
Books & Tales

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Blog Tour: The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the blog tour for The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman. Read on for exclusive content, a guest post from Linda Gilman, and a giveaway!

About The Courtship of Utopia Miner


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Author: Linda Gilman
Series: Gold Rush
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 9th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 289 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 9781517538941
Digital ISBN: 1517538947

Synopsis:

Utopia Miner is tired of hunting gold and caring for her three adopted fathers. Living in a Rocky Mountain mining camp is holding up her dream of becoming a saloon girl. If only she could learn the essential skills of singing, dancing and kissing, she’d be on her way to a glamorous life. When Utopia discovers she’s the prize in her three fathers’ marrying scheme, she sees benefits in going along with the courting contest. She now has a kissing teacher. And wow, what a teacher. One starter kiss from Lance and her body’s sweating in places it never had before.

Lancelot Jones wants to turn in his life-risking marshal’s badge for a much safer job as a reporter, but the newspaper wants articles as proof of his qualifications. When his editor sends him to a mining camp to get the scoop on a courtship contest, Lance discovers the privilege of covering the story hinges upon chaperoning the bride-to-be. He soon finds himself ensconced in Utopia’s innocent charms and demanding saloon girl lessons. In short order, chaperoning the bride-to-be becomes risky business.

Excerpt

“When you hear me ringing, that’s the signal the next man can cut in for a turn to dance with the Miss Utopia. You’ll each be allowed two dancing cut-ins. Any one breaking the cut-in rule will be tied to a tree wearing nothing but long johns. That fella will stay tied to a tree until morning. Is that clear?”

Lance couldn’t quite hear what Sadie was saying for he was standing near where the musicians were tuning their instruments. He needed to hurry. If the music started he’d have an even harder time getting near Utopia.

The fastest way to the girls from where he presently stood would be to go around the rear of the wagon to the other side. That’s the direction he headed.

“We will go by your suitor numbers,” Sadie stated, “starting with the next gent to court.”

“That’d be me. I’m next,” Travin shouted.

“All right then. Get me and the lady down from here and let’s get this dance started.”

Travin placed his hands at Utopia’s waist and swung her down off the stage. The fiddles struck up a lively tune of Old Suzanna.

Lance finally had circled around to the other side of the stage, but to his dismay, the first notes were struck and that Travin fellow spun the laughing Utopia off in a fast two-step hopping stride. New plan needed.

Figuring the fastest way to reach his objective would be to dance his way through the crowd, he looked around for the closest person to use as a partner. It happened to be Miss Lil, who was dancing with the lad, Mickey Crosby. Lance poked the youngster on his shoulder. “Sorry kid. I have to cut-in.”

“Hey.” Mickey scowled. “I didn’t hear the cow bell.”

More interested in keeping sight of where Utopia had floated off to, Lance went up on his tip-toes, scanning for a glimpse of her auburn hair or that lavender dress. Damnation. Where is she? “Look kid. Go find yourself a new dance partner.”

“Did you hear the cow bell?” Mickey asked a nearby dancer. “That fella says the cow bell rang. Did you hear the bell?”

The lad received several negative nods.

“Look here, mister. No one heard the bell. It’s still my turn.”

“Kid, I don’t have time for your sniveling. I just need Lil for a minute. Stay here and I’ll bring her right back to you.” Lance lifted Lil’s petite frame off the ground and carried her off in a fluid spinning motion, flowing along with the dancing crowd, all the while scanning the bobbing heads for Utopia.

Lil held on tight to her feathers. “In case you don’t know–this is a dance not a foot race. I can say one thing for your way of dancing. At least my sore feet get some rest.”

“I’m not really dancing Miss Lil. I’m trying to catch up to Utopia.”

“So–she’s charmed you, too? Has she?”

“Me? No. I’m her guardian.”

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About the Author

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Linda Gilman is known for writing humorous western romance novels. Her stories are centered on independent, strong-willed women, and courageous heroes who always protect the innocent without violating their personal code of conduct. It’s the cowboy west readers are so enamored with and a twist of zany plot. From first page to last, her books are loaded with pain-in-your-side laughable moments.

She has a deep love of the American gold rush era and often uses this as an excuse to do book research and travel to ghost towns in the western states.

Born into a city girl life, her parents raised her in St. Louis County. However, Linda has always felt her country girl roots calling her to move west young woman. She currently lives in rural Missouri with her hubby and the oldest of her three sons.

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Guest Post from Linda Gilman

Barn Storming: My Wayward Hobby

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BARNS! BARNS! BARNS!

What is it about barns that fascinates me to the point of distraction? I’ll tell you.

When I think about barns and see barns, particularly barns that are near to falling down from weather and lack of upkeep, I think about that structure’s past.

When our country was young and just starting to spread to the west, besides a log or sod house, the next property improvement was a barn. Barns were as much a necessity on a ranch or farm as a source of water for pioneer families.

Barns sheltered animals, equipment, hay, and grain for the animals. In addition, there was another aspect to these
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Moreover, this is where my historical romance writing can let my imagination fly. I think of these barn dances and can envision a young couple sneaking off to the hayloft to have a first kiss – kissing like the kind that occurs in my debut historical romance, The Courtship of Utopia Miner.

During my barnstorming photo ops, I’ve come across a couple barns in rural Troy, Missouri that are century barns. The owners have kept the family farms for over one hundred years. They’ve restored their barns and preserved not only their family legacy but have kept a past of long ago days from perishing.

I’ve included a few of my barn pictures with this post, but if you’d like to see more, feel free to peruse my Barn Blog!

http://www.lindagilman.com/barn-blog

Tour Schedule

11/9/2015

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
Book Adventures

 11/10/2015

 Hart’s Romance Pulse

 11/12/2015

 Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
Babs Book Bistro

 11/13/2015

 Nicole’s Book Musings
A British Bookworm’s Blog

 11/14/2015

 Fresh Fiction

 11/16/2015

 The Goth Girl Reads – You are here!

 11/17/2015

 Yah Gotta Read This
Romancing the Readers
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
RoloPoloBookBlog
Romance Junkies

 11/18/2015

 The World As I See It
Naughty Book Eden

 11/19/2015

 Country Gals Sexy Reads

 11/20/2015

 Evermore Books
T&L Book Reviews 

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