Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RUNNING OUT OF TIME BOOK TOUR



Running Out of Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery) 
by Suzanne Trauth


Restaurant manager Dodie O’Dell’s themed food ideas have been called cute, clever, and delicious, but never revolutionary—until now.


Running out of Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (October 10, 2017)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601837240
Digital ASIN: B01NBUM1LD

Dodie’s Windjammer Restaurant is stocking the Etonville Little Theatre’s concession stand with colonial-era desserts and drinks: Swamp Yankee applesauce cake, pumpkin bread, hot cider punch, and mulled wine to complement the latest production. A local playwright has adapted Thornton Wilder’s Our Town into Eton Town, shifting the story to colonial America and the founding of Etonville, New Jersey, shortly after the Revolutionary War.
On opening night, hours before the curtain rises, Dodie runs into an agitated actress backstage with blood on her hands. Then a stranger is found among the chairs set for a graveyard scene with a knife in his chest. The show will not go on—the theatre is now a crime scene. Hoping to clear the red-handed suspect, Dodie returns to the role of amateur sleuth to mull over the clues and beat the backstage stabber to the punch—before someone else becomes history . . .



What a fun production!  This has been my favorite of the series so far. Fast paced and keeping me wanting to say I have to read one more chapter!

 If you like small towns and the gossipy characters that live in them, you will enjoy this series. There is some flirtatious romance happening but it takes a back seat to the mystery.
As Dodie's romance seems to take a step forward with Chief Bill, disaster strikes and he has to call for back-up. There is something not quite right about the suave and mysterious too handsome coyboy P.I. who says he is here to help solve a murder. 
The theatre next door to Dodie's diner is again trying to put on a production perhaps a bit above their caliber and the trials and tribulations dribble over into the Windjammer. Add in some weather, roof and car problems for never a dull moment. 




About The Author

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at www.suzannetrauth.com.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Down to No Good by Earl Javorsky

Down to No Good

by Earl Javorsky

on Tour October 30, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Synopsis:

Down to No Good by Earl Javorsky
Private investigator Charlie Miner, freshly revived from his own murder, gets a call from Homicide Detective Dave Putnam. Self-styled “psychic to the stars” Tamara Gale has given crucial information about three murders, and the brass thinks it makes the Department look bad. Dave wants Charlie to help figure out the angle, since he has first-hand experience with the inexplicable. Trouble is, Charlie, just weeks after his full-death experience, once again has severe cognitive problems and may get them both killed.
Earl Javorsky’s DOWN TO NO GOOD is wildly original, wildly energetic, wildly funny – it’s just straight up wild, and I mean that in the best possible way.
– Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE

It's a shame you missed Down Solo:

“Earl Javorsky’s bold and unusual Down Solo blends the mysterious and the supernatural boldly and successfully. The novel is strong and haunting, a wonderful debut.”
– T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of Full Measure and The Famous and the Dead
“Awesome”
– James Frey, New York Times bestselling author
“Don’t miss Earl Javorsky’s Down Solo. It’s kick-ass, man. Excellent writing. This guy is the real deal.”
– Dan Fante, author of the memoir Fante and the novel Point Doom
“Javorksy’s writing reminded me of the Carl Hiaasen novels I’d read sprawled out on the deck on one sunny Florida vacation. Perfect entertainment, with the right amount of action to keep me alert (and to keep me from snoozing myself into a sunburned state). But there’s also a deeper layer in Down Solo, which left me thinking past the final page.”
– Bibliosmiles
“Javorsky’s dark and gritty prose is leavened with just enough humor to make Down Solo a compelling story that will take readers to the outer limits of noir.”
– San Diego City Beat

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: October 31st 2017
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 1611882532 (ISBN13: 9781611882537)
Series: This is the sequel to DOWN SOLO.
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Read an excerpt:

I wake up looking down at my body, naked on a gurney at the morgue.
No.
That’s a memory.
This has happened to me before.
I was riding my bike, working a case, high as a meteorite that doesn’t yet know it’s about to crash and burn, still happily tooling along in space, at night, wrapped in a warm blanket of summer air, Jack Daniels, and a smidgen of heroin. Some creep shot me in the temple, and I woke up hovering above my own corpse.
This time is different.
Not a gurney. Not the morgue.
A bed. My body, eyes closed, on a bed. I’ve got a bird’s-eye view, hovering like a kite, still tethered, but barely, by an invisible string.
Let’s get clear on my condition. I don’t know what it is, but I know what it is not. I am not a vampire, or a zombie, or a ghost. I’m not a thousand years old, I have no superpowers, and I’ve never been a hero. What I do have is a broken life, a broken family, and, so far, an inexplicable inoculation against dying. And a daughter I would die for—or, in this case, return to life for.
The tether reels me in. I descend toward the body, a mirror image to it, my arms at my sides, my feet slightly apart. Three bullet holes in my face—and one in my gut—are going to need some repair. At contact, I am absorbed and no longer looking down at myself but looking up at the ceiling.
I stretch my fingers, curl them into fists, and stretch them again.
“Jesus holy fucking Christ!”
I know that voice.
I turn my head. It’s awkward, after the lightness of floating, to be in the body, to know its heaviness and vulnerability. There’s a man sitting in a chair next to the bed. He’s a cop, and the first thing I think is: He knows my secret. Now he really knows it. But it’s okay, because he’s also my friend and I trust him. I have to.
“Hey, Dave, how’s it going?” My voice sounds artificial—a forced process of pushing air, modulating vibrations with my vocal cords, shaping syllables with my mouth and tongue. I make my lips grin.
Dave sits there like a stuffed panda in his rumpled white shirt and cheap black sports coat. There’s blood on his clothes. It’s in his fingernails—my blood, dried and caked on his hands. His right hand is clasped around a Heineken, which he finally tilts to his mouth and drains.
I force the body up and into a sitting position, feet on the floor. I flex my fingers a few more times, roll my shoulders, and look at Dave. For a moment, I close my eyes and leave the body, just as an experiment, and roam around the room. From over Dave’s shoulder I watch it slump back into the pillows like a marionette whose strings have been cut. Dave stands and moves toward the bed, but I slip back into the body and work my mouth and tell him it’s okay.
I sit back up and ask Dave, “Why am I naked?”
“Because you were shot full of holes and clinically dead. I brought you back to my place and cleaned you up. I took off your clothes to see how many more bullets there might be in you. Your things are right over there.” He points to a chair in the corner.
“You’re taking this pretty well.”
He shrugs. “I feel like I’m in a bad movie, but hey . . .”
“I appreciate your bringing me here.”
“I knew if I called the paramedics you’d have been sliced and diced at the coroner’s.”
“How long have I been here?”
Dave looks at his watch. “It’s noon. Call it thirty-six hours.”
“What day is it? And date?”
“Wednesday. Last day in August.”
I stand and walk to the chair to get dressed. Roaming—moving freely out of the body—is easier than this, but I’ll adjust. I have before. The gorilla-suit quality of living in the body becomes commonplace, the intentional management of operating the system, beating the heart, making the blood run in the veins, the conscious act of breathing: all of it becomes second nature.
It’s almost like being alive.
***
Excerpt from Down to No Good by Earl Javorsky. Copyright © 2017 by Earl Javorsky. Reproduced with permission from The Story Plant. All rights reserved.

I had no preconceived ideas about this book. The thought of investigating a psychic interested me. I didn't realize Charlie Minor had such difficulty dying. He is a devoted father despite being a drug addict. He also cannot stay off the shady side of the law, even when working somewhat alongside Detective Dave Putnam. 
Much of this is Dave's story. It is gritty, dangerous and unpredictable. Part police procedural (although definitely not by the book) part psychic con job with added stalker hit man aspects and potential terrorist action. 
Told in an unconventional format with various viewpoints and jumps back and forth in time, the reader gets all the information required, never in a linear fashion. 
You will enjoy this story more than you expect. Definitely surprising.


Author Bio:

Earl Javorsky
Daniel Earl Javorsky was born in Berlin and immigrated to the US. He has been, among other things, a delivery boy, musician, product rep in the chemical entertainment industry, university music teacher, software salesman, copy editor, proofreader, and author of two previous novels, Down Solo and Trust Me.
He is the black sheep of a family of high artistic achievers.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

MURDER SHE SLOPES BOOK BLAST and review



Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Release Date - November 26, 2017 
Print Length: 214 pages 
ASIN: B075CTKP2B

Sirens ring. Are you listening? Near Candy Cane Lane. A Body is glistening. A murderous sight. Trubble's investigating tonight. Walking through this winter wonderland.
It's the week before Christmas and Investigative Journalist Penelope Trubble has reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a woman at the Sleighs & Slopes Adventure Resort in the hopes of exonerating her her husband—who just happens to be Penny’s ex. But with so many suspicious characters lurking in the trees, Penelope risks being strangled by clues, Christmas lights, conjecture, and catastrophe. It doesn’t help that Penny's still a little frosty with the man accused of icing his bride, and she must prove he's no cold-blooded killer. At least there’s candy-cane cocoa, a roaring fire, and the Laurentian Mountains to savor—not to mention the hunky detective dashing through the snow after her. Helping an ex is a slippery slope, and things are going downhill fast for Penelope Trubble.



 When Penny Trubble is called by her cheating ex-boyfriend to investigate the murder of his wife, she tries everything in her power to say no. When she finds herself at a snow covered theme resort trying to make sense of a lot of random clues, there is no end to the people wanting to help her. The information she discovers seems to lead to more questions than answers. It also leads to more bodies.
A captivating cozy mystery to enjoy in front of a roaring fire. 
The characters all have something in their backgrounds to hide and connections between them are elusive. Can Penny solve this case before she ends up being the next victim?


About The Author

Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Discombobulated Decipherers


The Discombobulated Decipherers by Julie Seedorf

 

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Self Published (November 21, 2017) 
Print Length: 195 pages 
ASIN: B076Z3YFYQ

It’s Christmas in Brilliant, Minnesota, and Brilliant is known for its glitzy Christmas traditions. A world-renowned Christmas pageant, the town square decked out with Santa’s Village and a live nativity scene bring visitors to Brilliant each year. Just as the tourists arrive, Jezabelle Jingle and her mystery writer friend, Miranda, find the body of Ernest the elf dead and wrapped in a bundle of Christmas lights in the town square. Is Ernest part of a new holiday puzzle the Discombobulated Decipherers need to solve? Or is dead Ernest part of a bigger plot? Will Jezabelle decipher the clues so Brilliant can celebrate Christmas in peace? Or will Jezabelle be the next gift-wrapped box under the village tree?





Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! I can’t tell you how many times I get teased with those words because of my name. My last name is Jingle. Apparently my father didn’t like his given last name – he never told me what it was – so he changed his last name to Jingle because his grandfather always called him jingles, referring to the bells he carried in his pocket when he was a child. He was enchanted by bells and they made him happy. That explains my last name.

My first name is Jezabelle. I know...I know...Jezebel in the Bible was not a nice woman and people are aghast because my mother named me Jezabelle. You might notice my name is not spelled the same as the Jezebel in the Bible. When I asked my mother why she gave me the name Jezabelle, she said it had spark and she was sure I was going to be sassy. My mother didn’t put much stock in what someone else was named. There were many names out there she liked even if she didn’t care for the person having the name. She explained she wasn’t going to hold the name hostage because of her aversion to the person wearing the name. Yes, my mother was a little unusual too. She was her own woman and my father, well... what you can you expect from someone that takes the name Jingle.

I live in Brilliant, Minnesota not too far from Fuchsia, Minnesota. Where Fuchsia is strange and weird, Brilliant is more structured. It was founded by seven brothers. They set up the city, moved their families and their spouse’s families to town and created a legacy to their name. As of now most places have the name Brilliant on them, although that changed recently when we renamed the library the Lackadaisical Meanderings Library. Then poof, according to legend the Brilliant brothers and their families disappeared, never to be heard from again, and they left the community a ghost town until outsiders moved in and reestablished the town keeping everything as it was.

I live in the Penderghast Neighborhood. It wasn’t until recently that I became close to my neighbors when we discovered a puzzle the Brilliant brothers left for the town. Why it took this community so many years to discover all the puzzles the brothers left for us is beyond me, except for the fact people are so brilliant here they don’t always think outside of the box and see things that don’t make sense.

I love to bake and recently, along with my best friend, Lizzy, bought the Brilliant Bistro bringing my baking skills to the bistro.  I am not so old that I can’t have a little romance in my life too but I keep my admirer secret because Brilliantites are nosy. The only relative I have close to me is Delight Delure and her daughter from Fuchsia. Every once in a while, Delight brings that pesky Granny to visit. She is trying to get us together to compare our sleuthing abilities but Granny and I are oil and water.


I must go. It was nice meeting you. Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. Please join us for our Christmas Pageant and all the happenings in Brilliant’s town square. It has been quite busy since Ernest the elf met his demise. Between preparing for our world-renowned Christmas Pageant and being aware there is a murderer on the loose, we are working hard to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Perhaps you can help us. See you there.


Not having read the previous book, I did feel like I was missing some inside information at the start of this book. I was able to catch up as the story and mysteries unfolded. 
An elf is found frozen, dead in the town square.  Santa is acting oddly elusive. The church handyman is missing and a nosy reporter disappears. Are all those things connected? 
What about the odd glass cubes found around town? 
Lots of clues and details popping up without knowing what any of them meant.Fun characters and unusual circumstances make for an enjoyable read.

This town must be near Golden Girl Rose's St. Olaf. Everyone seems to be spying on everyone else. There are no short tales. Each story takes a bizarre twist. 

About the Author

As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I have worn many hats throughout my lifetime such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities, office manager and finally computer repair person eventually owning my own computer repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.
Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity.
I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.
Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.

Author Links: Website: http://julieseedorf.com
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  Sprinkled Notes Blog: http://sprinklednotes.com
  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JulieSeedorf
  Merchandise from my books: https://www.zazzle.com/hermiony

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Ours is the Winter Author: Laurie Ellingham


Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.
Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. 

Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.
Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.
Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.

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Adventure, danger, romance and discovering truth, about self and others
What drew me to the book was the dogs and the idea of an "amateur" adventure. It is not something I would consider doing, but I'd love to go along and observe. 
Why would people sign on for sleeping outdoors in subzero temps and punish their bodies physically with only heat- and -eat meals as a reward?
What could drive a mother to leave her young child, on the break-through of so many firsts, to spend time with a half-sister who doesn't seem to want anything to do with her?
If you enjoy figuring out people's motivations you may enjoy this novel.

There is a dark thread that connects the adventurers on this journey, but they don't know it at the beginning. Everyone has secrets. Each has something they are running from or chasing. 
Told from alternating points of view, I appreciated how the details unfolded as miles are covered.
I felt like I was right there on the frozen tundra with them, picturing a vast white expanse and speeding through the trees. When the final conflict arose, I was on the edge of my chair and holding my breath.





Author bio: When I'm not running around after my two children, my husband, our Cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.

When I am in the thick of a character crisis, I can often be seen walking around the village with my jumper on inside out and back to front, chatting (and occasionally laughing) away to myself.

I have a first class honours degree in psychology and a background in Public Relations, both of which help in everything I do.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada






Book Details:

Book Title: 21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Happiness
Author: Ingrid Kelada
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 230 pages
Genre: Motivational, self-help
Publisher: Wellness Ink
Release date: September 19, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017
Content Rating: G (The subject is intended more for adults, but there's no explicit language or content.)

Book Description:

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on one key area of your life, including:

Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.



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Excerpt From 21 Days to Happiness
Day 1 - Gratitude: Focus on What You Have

Here are two of my favorite gratitude habits:
Morning: Every morning before my feet touch the floor, I grab my little gratitude journal from my night table. I’m supposed to write down three things I am grateful for, but the funny thing is, I can never stop at three!
Every day, I end up filling a page. When I started this practice about three years ago, I would often think of serious things (my health, family, career…). Now, anything goes: my comfy bed, the sun on my face, my boys, my dog Snoopy licking my toes, the cappuccino with a cinnamon heart my husband just made for me or my favorite TV show.
Psychologists call this free association. Just write whatever comes to mind without judging or overthinking. It’s faster and more fun. From time to time, I re-read a few pages, and it always puts a smile on my face.
Bonus tip: I often write down things that haven’t happened yet. For example, I’m now trying tosell my house. I often write down “I am thankful for the great and easy sale of my house,” and I imagine how I will feel when I see the red SOLD sign. It’s an instant morale boost.
Night: Every night, on a small piece of paper, I write one thing that happened that day that I am grateful for, and put it in a jar. Every December during the holidays, I look at the slips of paper in my pajamas as I sip my cappuccino by the fireplace. This is a great family activity as well. Everyone has their own gratitude jar, and each person reads a few of their notes at the start of the new year.
Try this now
Write down three things you are grateful for:
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Resources
Video:
Grateful Girl - Start each morning like this little girl does (no need to stand on your bathroom counter). How great does she feel? What could you do to feel this good?
APPS:
If you are technically inclined, here is an APP called “Happier”. You can record what you are grateful for, and program a reminder as well. Available on iOS and Android.
I also love the simple APP “Three Good Things” Available on iOS.

I wish I had written this book. I am happy Ingrid did write this book. I think it should be available to all high school age children and offered in every first year Psychology course, among others.
Well researched and wonderfully presented, the book not only gives us easy to follow steps to increase our satisfaction with life and happiness in the moment, it explains why each action works.
The author goes on to share how she puts each principle to work in her daily life. She shows that it is possible.
This is a book that will not just sit on my shelf or bedside table. I will refer back to different sections and use the links and ideas presented.

Meet the Author:




Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kindred Spirits



Kindred Spirits

Whitney Dineen


Dashing and successful, Richard Bingham has been voted one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. After unwittingly offending a reporter from Manhattan Life magazine, he finds himself on the receiving end of an article that makes his quest of finding the perfect mate nearly impossible. 

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Whitney Dineen
Genre: Chicklit / Romance

After one dating disaster too many, Richard decides it’s time to seek professional help, so he signs up for the matchmaking services of the East Side Yenta.
Philippa Fielding is single and searching for love in London, but her accidental profession of “Message Deliverer from the Great Beyond” puts most men right off.
Will Pip’s new "Spirit Helper," Bertram, be able to set her on the course for true love with a message for Richard?
Matchmaking, misunderstandings, and mayhem abound in this fast-paced romantic comedy about love, life, and the afterlife!




Honey called the bachelors onto the stage one at a time. They were greeted with very unladylike wolf-whistles and catcalls. The duchess calmed the audience down long enough to share pertinent information about the men, like, “Number eight is Sir Thomas Hawtrey, eighth Viscount Farnsworthy. Viscount Hawtrey is thirty-nine, he likes to hunt, golf, and work on his family’s vineyard. Let’s start the bidding at five hundred pounds!”
The women went wild. A night with Sir Thomas eventually sold for twenty-two hundred pounds. At this rate, Richard realized, the Childhood Lupus Foundation was in for quite a hefty donation.
Not every bachelor started at five hundred pounds. Most started at two hundred, but the bounty increased along with title and prestige. Richard wondered what he’d be worth in the end. He didn’t have to wait long to find out.
Honey announced, “And now a very special bachelor all the way from New York City. I’d like you to meet bachelor number fourteen, Richard Bingham!”
Richard wasn’t sure if the volume had increased because the ladies were really that interested in him or because they’d had nearly an hour to consume more cocktails and get worked up by the proceedings. Either way, it was a bit invigorating to be on the receiving end of such adoration.
The dowager duchess continued, “Quiet down, ladies, so I can tell you about this gorgeous specimen.” They hushed immediately, as they clearly wanted to know more. “According to Manhattan Life magazine, Mr. Bingham is one of the top ten eligible bachelors in New York, but according to us, he’s number one!” The applause drew out for several moments. Eventually she added, “Richard owns one of the largest advertising agencies in the city. When he’s not working, he likes to spend time on his boat, visit his mother, and drive upstate to buy pies.” The cheering nearly brought the house down.
Honey added, “Because Mr. Bingham is a rather exotic addition to our event, we’re going to start the bidding at eight hundred pounds!”
Hands flew into the air at an alarming rate and before too many minutes had passed, the bidding had reached three thousand pounds. Pip watched excitedly as more and more women jumped into the fray. By the time his price hit six thousand pounds, only a couple of women were left. Philippa had yet to raise her hand.

When the bidding hit seven thousands pounds Richard turned and caught her eye. Her knees nearly gave out from under her as the air between them crackled with electricity. Pip slowly walked toward him. The whole room grew quiet when she reached his side and announced, “I’ll take him for ten thousand, Honey.” Then looking at the crowd she added, “Unless there’s another bid?” There wasn’t.
 


Mimi who? You don't have to have read abut Mimi's adventures to enjoy this look into her good friend Richard's life and that of her star crossed sister-in-law Pip. But you will enjoy any book authored by Whitney Dineen.
Sometimes her humor has a dark shading but more often it is laugh out loud. She builds wonderfully likeable characters. This time she crosses between the living world and... well, who really knows what comes next.
This book takes another try at the dating world, with some thirty-somethings feeling they are ready to settle down. Is it better to muddle through alone or get professional help? Thank goodness for close friends and those who believe in us.
Even when told by "reliable sources" the direction to take, Pip has trouble following through. She is almost afraid to set her sights and hopes on the largest prize. Richard has those same doubts, but he is not willing to settle for anything less than the absolute best. Until he discovers what, or should I say WHO, that is.
With a little overlap into Mimi's world, and how she finally grabbed true love, come get to know Whitney Dineen and her friends and enjoy a little romance in your life.









Whitney Dineen is a multi-award-winning author of romantic comedies, non-fiction humor and middle reader fiction. When she’s not spinning stories, Whitney’s raising her young daughters, wrangling chicken, or eating french fries, not necessarily in that order. 

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