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ANNIVERSARY SALE and GIVEAWAY!! – It’s Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig is 1year old!

IJALC 1st Birthday pictureIT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH by Caroline Fardig turns one year old on January 30th! In honor of its “1st Birthday”, it will be on sale for $0.99 during the last week of January. Help us celebrate by entering the contest below, and get your copy today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

This is one of my all time favorite books! Check out my review HERE!!! 

 

Here is the blurb:

The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century.
Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists.
After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.

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REVIEW and RELEASE DAY!! The Reckless Engineer by Jac Wright

RecklessEngineerCoverThis book sooooo brings to mind the old saying:

“Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!”

-Walter Scott’s Marmion

Jac Wright’s poetic background comes through in this book.  This book truly weaves the story around you until you can’t stop until you have all the answers!  First I want to draw you in with the description below…….

Book Description:

Jack Connor’s lives an idyllic life by the Portsmouth seaside married to Caitlin McAllen, a stunning billionaire heiress, and working at his two jobs as the Head of Radar Engineering of Marine Electronics and as the Director of Engineering of McAllen BlackGold, his powerful father-in-law Douglas McAllen’s extreme engineering company in Oil & Gas. He loves his two sons from his first marriage and is amicably divorced from his beautiful first wife Marianne Connor. Their delicately balanced lives are shattered when sexy Michelle Williams, with whom Jack is having a secret affair and who is pregnant with his child, is found dead and Jack is arrested on suspicion for the murder.

Jeremy Stone brings London’s top defence attorney, Harry Stavers, to handle his best friend’s defence.

Who is the bald man with the tattoo of a skull seen entering the victim’s house? Who is “KC” who Caitlin makes secret calls to from an untraceable mobile? Has powerful Douglas McAllen already killed his daughter’s first partner and is he capable of killing again? Is Caitlin’s brother Ronnie McAllen’s power struggle with Jack for the control of McAllen Industries so intense that he is prepared to kill and frame his brother-in-law? Is the divorce from Jack’s first wife as amicable on her part as they believe it to be? Are his sons prepared to kill for their vast inheritance? Who are the ghosts from Caitlin’s past in Aberdeen, Scotland haunting the marriage? What is the involvement of Jack’s manager at Marine Electronics?

The cast of characters is made even more colorful by the supporting entourage: the big Scott and his gang, Hosé and Heineken, who carry out Douglas McAllen’s “troubleshooting;” McAllens’ bumbling solicitors McKinley and Magnus Laird; Caitlin McAllen’s handymen, Cossack and Levent; and Jeremy’s sidekick, the gay black actor working in the London West End.

 While Jack is charged and his murder trial proceeds in the Crown Court under barrister Harry Stavers’ expert care, Jeremy runs a race against time to find the real killer and save his friend’s life, if he is in fact innocent, in a tense tale of love, power, and ambition.

It is easy for me to see that I will be a Jac Wright fan for life.  This book had so many twists and turns!  Just when you think you have the culprit figured out, something else comes to light that damns a different person.  The author gives you some background on each character, but just enough.  Jac Wright has a knack for dropping clues in your lap at just the right moment and really keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Another thing I loved about this story was how believable it was.  It seemed like real people that ended up in some ugly situations.  I don’t think we realize how “suspicious” every day things can be when taken in the wrong context.  Jeremy’s dialogue to himself while some people were being interviewed was so entertaining and I really enjoyed his personality.  He is someone you would like to know in real life.

Also, yes we had the rich people that always have everything in order, but they worked for it.  They weren’t lounging around all day spending money on anything and everything, they were working hard and putting in a lot of hours to keep the company’s running smoothly.

Overall, this was a GREAT mystery/suspense that will keep those pages turning as fast as you can read!!  Grab your copy today!!

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More about the author Jac Wright:

Jac Wright is a published poet, a published author, and an electronics engineer educated at Stanford, University College London, and Cambridge who lives and works in England. Jac studied English literature from an early age of three, developing an intense love for poetry, drama, and writing in Speech & Drama classes taken every Saturday for fourteen years, and in subsequent creative writing classes taken during the university years. A published poet, Jac’s first passion was for literary fiction and poetry writing as well as for the dramatic arts. You will find these influences in the poetic imagery and prose, as well as the in the dramatic scene setting and deep character creation in his writing.

These passions – for poetry, drama, literary fiction, and electronic engineering – have been combined to create the first book in the literary suspense series, The Reckless Engineer. There are millions of professionals in high-tech corporate environments who work in thousands of cities in the US, the UK, and the world such as engineers, technicians, technical managers, investment bankers, and corporate lawyers. High drama, power struggles, and human interest stories play out in the arena every day. Yet there are hardly any books that tell their stories; there are not many books that they can identify with. Jac feels compelled to tell their stories in The Reckless Engineer series.

Jac also writes the literary short fiction series, Summerset Tales, in which Wright explores characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances in the semi-fictional region of contemporary England called Summerset, partly the region that Thomas Hardy called Wessex. Some of the tales have an added element of suspense. The collection is published serially in the tradition of Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and Thomas Hardy’s Wessex Tales. The first tale, The Closet, accompanies the first title in the author’s full-length book, The Reckless Engineer.

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SALE and GIVEAWAY – $0.99 TODAY ONLY! It’s Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig!!

IJALC_CoverCaroline Fardig’s cozy mystery, IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, just became a best seller on Barnes & Noble! It also hit #2 on three Amazon best seller lists, and now you can get this hilarious whodunit for only $0.99 today only! Pick it up now or see below for a chance to WIN one of two e-copies!  Read my review of this FANTASTIC BOOK!!!

It’s Just a Little Crush Blurb:

The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century.

Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists.

After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.

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Here is a little blurb from my review:

This book truly is LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY! You will love the real, in-depth characters! Lizzie is a fantastic heroine! I kept reading snippets of the book to my husband, because I think everyone should enjoy her wit. I read him enough pieces that he now wants to read it too! This book truly does have a bit of everything – love, mystery, romance, and danger!

CarolineFardigAbout the Author

CAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom. Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline has completed her first novel, It’s Just a Little Crush, and is currently hard at work churning out a second novel in the series. She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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$0.99 SALE – Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer

Spellbound in His ArmsAngel Sefer’s Romance Mystery novel Spellbound in His Arms will be on a $0.99 sale on September 18 and 19! This book was recently #14 on Amazon’s Romantic Mystery best seller list. It’s a cool island thriller that takes place on the Greek Island, Corfu.   I LOVED this book and you can check out my review and an excerpt HERE.

Book Description:

A mansion full of secrets…
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… The life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris die one after the other, under mysterious circumstances…
A man with secrets of his own…
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Soon enough though, Jackie realizes, that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own…

Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless… When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out, as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…

Angel Sefer AuthorAuthor Bio

Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece. She has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics, and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: reading and writing romance, mystery and adventure novels. She lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life – her son and her husband – and her wonderful and supportive family. Angel is a member of several writers groups.

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Spellbound in His Arms is currently available for purchase on Amazon.
It will be available on Barnes & Noble and Kobo Books after September 20th!

REVIEW and EXCERPT from Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer

Spellbound in His ArmsThis book LITERALLY sucked me in with the very first paragraph!!!  Look farther down to get a peek at it!! :-)

Book Description:

A mansion full of secrets…
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… The life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris die one after the other, under mysterious circumstances…
A man with secrets of his own…
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Soon enough though, Jackie realizes, that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own…
Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless… When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out, as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…

This book was page after page of constant action!  Seriously, check out the very first paragraph of this book:

           Jackie stopped dead in her tracks. What was that? A light noise coming from somewhere in the back of the mansion turned her blood to ice.  She immediately turned the flashlight off and stood still, holding her breath. Her mouth went dry. What if there was someone in the mansion? How would she explain who she was and what she was doing here in the middle of the night? Then again, would her explanations make any difference to whomever, or even worse whatever, was out there? The old mansion was pitch black, far away from any civilized soul and the owner dead. Who could it be? 

~ Chapter 1, Paragraph 1, Spellbound in His Arms

I’m not sure I can tell you how very much I enjoyed this book!  It really was fly by the seat of your pants!  Every time things finally calmed down for Jackie – BAM – she was off and running again!  It was so much fun!  I like the ways that Michael finds her and helps her.  Because is could have very easily been redundant, but each time he was able to was a totally different circumstance.  Sometimes it was easy, sometimes not.

I had a very hard time putting this book down because it is so action packed!  It is not a super long book, but it just flew by.  I couldn’t believe how much happened and I don’t think she wasted a single word! J  I think very few authors would be able to pack that much into a book and make it believable.  Of course I was rolling my eyes at Jackie a couple of times and thinking “uh-oh, here she goes again!”, but the events were such that I believed she had no choice.

The bottom line – get this book, you won’t regret it.  It was a fun book and a little like your favorite roller coaster.  Two people falling in love, yet they don’t quite trust each others…..hmmmm…..LOVE IT!!

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About the Author

Angel Sefer AuthorAngel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece. She has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics, and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: reading and writing romance, mystery and adventure novels.

She lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life – her son and her husband – and her wonderful and supportive family.

Angel is a member of several writers groups.

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99¢ for a LIMITED time only!! Sale ends August 21st!!

IJALC_CoverRemember It’s Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig?!?  If you don’t you can check out the review I posted a couple of days ago HERE!!  I cannot stress how much I LOVED this book.  It was funny and sweet and full of action.  I read it so quickly because the story just flowed so beautifully!

It’s Just a Little Crush is only on sale through August 21st so that means you need to grab it now!

Check out how HUGE this book is already becoming!!!!

  • #1 on BN.com‘s  humorous fiction list yesterday

  • #1 on the women detectives list today

  • #2 on three Amazon lists yesterday, including:

    • women sleuths

    • comic fiction

    • humorous fiction

  • Also ranked #17 overall on BN.com today

  • The TOP 10 on several more lists too, including:

    • #3 for contemporary fiction

    • #4 for other romance

    • #5 Mystery (overall)

    • #6 Romance (overall)

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More about Caroline Fardig:

CarolineFardigCAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana.  Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom.  Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline has completed her first novel, IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, and is currently hard at work churning out a second novel in the series.  She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Catch up with Caroline Fardig:

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