Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer

A Roux of Revenge (A Soup Lover’s Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd Book in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 1, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425252420
E-Book: ASIN: B00F9F0T0M

Snowflake, Vermont, is known for its skiing in winter—and its soup all year round, thanks to Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful. Autumn brings golden leaves, pumpkin rice soup, the annual Harvest Festival…and murder.

Lucky’s soup shop is busier than usual this October, with groups of itinerant travelers in town to work the Harvest Festival. One newcomer seems to take a particular interest in Lucky’s young waitress, Janie, spying on her from across the street. Is the stranger stalking Janie?

After an unidentified man is found murdered in a van by the side of the road, simmering suspicions about the travelers are brought to a boil. But when Janie is put in harm’s way, Lucky must join forces with the travelers to turn up the heat on a killer…

Recipes included!

My Review:
I was excited when this tour came up as I had just finished reading A Spoonful of Murder. See my review here.

The crime and murder mystery was very similar to book one, but intriguing enough to keep a reader guessing. Lucky is an amazing sleuth and is able to work through the clues very well, even if her life seems to be complicated with her romance. Hopefully she can continue to figure that out.

I still find the the town of Snowflake very inviting and enjoyable. The feeling created about the town makes it very inviting and the characters are also fitting and help to create the same feeling. The relationships Lucky has in each book is very unique and interesting. I enjoy the character interaction and development in each book. Lucky has such a big heart and smart mind.

This is definitely a great series and excited to fill in the gap with book two soon. If you have not read any of this author's works before, give this book a read. It it not necessary to read the books in order as she writes enough to make them stand alone.
About Connie Archer
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of A Spoonful of Murder and A Broth of Betrayal, the soup lover’s mystery series set in Vermont, from Berkley Prime Crime. The third book in the series, A Roux of Revenge, will be released on April 1, 2014. Connie was born and raised in New England. She now lives on the other coast.
Author Links
Visit her website and blog at
Twitter: @snowflakeVT
Purchase Links
Amazon      B&N      Book World

Tour Participants
March 31 – Mystery Playground – Interview
April 1 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post
April 2 – A Date with a Book – Review
April 3 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review, Interview
April 4 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri – Review
April 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
April 6 – off
April 7 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review
April 8 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review, Guest Post
April 9 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Review, Guest Post
April 10 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
April 11 –The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Guest Post
April 12 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
April 13 – off
April 14 – My Recent Favorite books – Review
April 15 – Community Bookstop – Review

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Interview with Eva Fejos ~ Worldwind Virtual Book Tours

As part of the Blog Tour, I was given the opportunity to interview Eva. Thanks for taking the time!! I love getting to know a few personal things about authors.

Where were you born and where do you call home? Who shares home with you?

I was born in Budapest. The beautiful Hungarian capital is my home, and I’m living there with my partner.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I think even fairy tales and children’s books inspired me to write. István Fekete’s novels probably gave me the first real push, but of course, any book that I’d read – whether I liked it or not – steered me in this direction. All of them helped me start writing. 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve always loved novels, and ever since I was a teenager, I’ve wanted to write about something that also interests me as a reader. This is how I arrived at so-called ‘women’s literature’ or entertaining literature. Nearly all of my stories have several parallel storylines, and usually my female characters are quite strong. This genre allows a writer great liberty, but to tell you the truth, I don’t really care for such pigeonholes. I write what I feel like writing. This gives me pleasure and hopefully offers the same to my readers. 

Can you tell us about your upcoming or just released book?

Bangkok Transit is my first best-seller which has now been published in English as well. I think it’s an international story with cosmopolitan heroes, and so I hope the English readers will also love this book. The original, Hungarian version of the book was a huge success in Hungary. It may be interesting to note that over the years, I’ve seen quite a few young couples discovering Bangkok with my book in their hands, looking up places I wrote about in the novel.

Of the seven people whose paths cross in Bangkok Transit, who do you identify with the most? Who do you identify with the least?

My Hungarian heroine, Teri, is naturally very dear to me. We grew up in the same location, in the Óbuda area of Budapest. She walks around and eats ice cream in the same places I used to and so on, but otherwise our stories are different. When I write, I’m a little bit of everyone. I relate to each individual as I write about them. Perhaps I’m detached from David’s character the most, but otherwise, I’m quite fond of him, despite of his contradictory personality. I often distinctly hated him for the way he behaved with women. But even, despite of this, he is ‘with me’ too. He is my hero, even though we barely agree on anything… or rather said, we do agree on one thing only: that love can conquer all.    

What led you to write this book?

What other answer could I give than: because this is what I wanted to write about? Those topics were occupying my mind at that time; those words came because those were the issues that interested me. The story takes place in one of my favorite cities. Bangkok can offer some mystery to all of it’s visitors.  

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

Some changes definitely would be necessary if I reread this novel again, but I don’t usually dwell on such things. If this was how I had to write that time, it was for a reason. So my answer is: I would change nothing in the novel now.

What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?

I like books with unique tone and unique stories. I believe that I have confident and strong voice, so I don’t want to tell you that mine is similar to anybody else’s.

What books have influenced your writing?

I. e. Anna Gavalda’s Hunting and Gathering, Nick Hornby’s and Jonathan Tropper’s novels.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad –

I’m happy about them. My book is out of my hands by then, and it is free to shape its own life. I’m glad if the readers like it, but I also know that you can’t please everyone. And that’s just fine.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

J. K. Rowling and her magical tools. Rafa Nadal tennis player and his confidence, strengths and positive thinking. Nigella Lawson and her cooking talent.

Don't forget to check out her awesome book!! Details below.

Bangkok: a sizzling, all-embracing, exotic city where the past and the present intertwine. It’s a place where anything can happen… and anything really does happen. The paths of seven people cross in this metropolis. Seven seekers, for whom this city might be a final destination. Or perhaps it is only the start of a new journey? A successful businessman; a celebrated supermodel; a man who is forever the outsider; a young mother who suddenly loses everything; a talented surgeon, who could not give the woman he loved all that she desired; a brothel’s madam; and a charming young woman adopted at birth. Why these seven? Why did they come to Bangkok now, at the same time? Do chance encounters truly exist?
Bangkok Transit is a Central European best-seller. The author, Eva Fejos, a Hungarian writer and journalist, is a regular contributor to women’s magazines and is often herself a featured personality. Bangkok Transit was her first best-seller, which sold more than 100,000 copies and is still selling. Following the initial publication of this novel in 2008, she went on to write twelve other best-sellers, thus becoming a publishing phenomena in Hungary According to accounts given by her readers, the author’s books are “therapeutic journeys,” full of flesh and blood characters who never give up on their dreams. Many readers have been inspired to change the course of their own lives after reading her books. “Take your life into your own hands,” is one of the important messages the author wishes to convey.

Eva Fejos worked in one of the largest Hungarian women’s magazines, Nők Lapja (Women’s Journal), as a journalist from 2001 until 2012. She was the recipient of both the Award for Quality Journalism and the Award for Excellence.

She is tremendously fond of traveling. Her many experiences give a personal touch to her exciting, propelling, and exotic novels. Fejos's first Hungarian best-seller book, Bangkok transit, reached the top of the best-seller list within one month of its publication.

Following the initial publication of this novel in 2008, she has gone on to write twelve other best-sellers, making her a publishing phenomena in Hungary. According to the many accounts given by her readers, the author's books are "therapeutic journeys," full of flesh and blood characters who never give up on their dreams. Many readers have been inspired to change the course of their own lives after reading her books. "Take your life into your own hands" is one of the important messages the author wishes to convey.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest Post by Annette Dashofy

By Annette Dashofy

 As I was pondering a topic for this blog, I learned of the passing of one of my favorite authors, Aimee Thurlo. I loved her Ella Clah series. Last summer I made my first trip out west and spent several days in New Mexico near Farmington and Shiprock, Ella’s stomping grounds. Aimee Thurlo had so vividly painted the picture in my mind with her words I felt like I’d been to the “four corners” many times before.

From there, I started thinking about some of my other favorite authors and realized a common thread. They all use setting as a character. Craig Johnson’s Wyoming in his Longmire series. Julia Spencer-Fleming’s New York state in her Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series. Linda Castillo and Ohio Amish Country. Deborah Coontz and Las Vegas. Kathleen George and Pittsburgh.

There are others, of course. But I love how these authors lead you through the cities and countryside and leave you feeling as if you’ve been on that mesa or in that barn, gambled in that casino, or eaten in that neighborhood diner.

Maybe it’s because I’m not what you would call “well traveled,” but I tend to gravitate toward stories with vivid settings. If I can’t manage to climb onto an airplane and see the sights, at least let me go there in my mind and experience the cultures, customs…and sometimes food.

When I was playing with ideas for a new series of my own, it was only natural that setting become an important issue. “Write what you know,” they suggest. What I know—location-wise—is rural southwestern Pennsylvania. I’ve lived here all my life. I grew up on my grandparent’s dairy farm. My husband and I built our log cabin on ten acres of it. You could say with a great deal of accuracy that I have deep roots. I’ve rode horses through these woods. I’ve baled hay in the squelching heat of summer, and I’ve broken ice out of the water buckets in the biting cold of winter.

And I worked on the local ambulance service, dealing with drunks in the small-dives, delivering babies that couldn’t wait to make it to the hospital twenty miles away…and discovering that the heart attack victim in full arrest happened to be an old family friend.

I’ve created a fictional township and fictional towns in a fictional county. Why not use the real places? Two reasons. One: I wanted to mix and match. My Vance Township contains features of several local municipalities. Monongahela County only exists in my books, but I’ve stolen parts of Allegheny, Washington, and Fayette Counties to create it. Reason number two: I’m not a cop, but I write about them. If I get something wrong (and try as I might to avoid it, I’m sure I do), hey, it’s Monongahela County. That’s the way things are done here!

Fictional or not, I hope if you read Circle of Influence you’ll feel as though you’ve visited this corner of Pennsylvania. And if you do get to come here one day, you’ll feel like you know the place…just like I did when I visited Ella Clah’s northwestern New Mexico.  

About the Book:
Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.

Annette Dashofy, a Pennsylvania farm gal born and bred, grew up with horses, cattle, and chickens. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT for the local ambulance service, giving her plenty of fodder for her Zoe Chambers mystery series including CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (Henery Press, March 2014) and LOST LEGACY (Henery Press, September 2014) Her short fiction, including a 2007 Derringer nominee, has appeared in Spinetingler, Mysterical-e, Fish Tales: the Guppy Anthology, and Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (December 2013).