Interview with Sam Cheever, Author of Tea & Croakies

What can you tell us about your new release, Tea & Croakies?

Tea & Croakies is book one in a humorous paranormal cozy mystery series that’s based on a magical artifact librarian who has a Fae sidekick and a magical cat and frog. The book is filled with adventure, fun, and surprises, with magical creatures and a mystery to solve.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always felt the need to tell stories. I liked writing in different voices when I was in high school and one of my English teachers encouraged me to do something with my talent. That was probably the first time I believed I had something to offer with my writing.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

For me, this list is extremely eclectic. I chose the five books below not because they’ve been celebrated for their literary merit, although a couple of them certainly have. The following books have inspired me as a writer. Some have fascinated me with their magic. Others have given me an appreciation for comedic timing. Some have shown me the beauty and music in a well-formed sentence, a well-described scene, and a well-drawn character. They each have their own strengths and I’ve appreciated and learned much from them.

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austin
One for the Money, Janet Evanovich

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

J.K. Rowling. I’d love to talk to her about her writing journey and why she went the way she did with the Harry potter series. The whole mood of the books changed so drastically from the first book to the last. It went far beyond normal character progression in my opinion.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There are days when every word seems like slogging through deep snow on a blustery, overcast Winter day. And there are days when the words fall like soft rain over a verdant landscape. The good days are good for obvious reasons. But the bad days hold much more to be proud of. They prove to me that, when everything is working against me, I can still put words to paper. They offer proof that I’m in this thing called writing for the long haul. There’s comfort and encouragement in that knowledge.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work 7 days a week. I’m in my office by 4:00 AM and usually leave it around 3:00 PM. I try to get out of my desk every hour or so to take the dogs outside, do laundry or other chores. My goal every day is to write between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Once my daily goal is reached, the remainder of my day I spend replying to emails, updating my website and other administrative things, and planning and setting up promotions and marketing.

What scene in Tea & Croakies was your favorite to write?

This is a really tough question with this particular book. It was so much fun to write, from beginning to end. I have a lot of favorites. But, I guess my absolute favorite would be the following scene from the very beginning of the book:
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I’ve been told from an early age that magic wrangling is a science. Color me skeptical. It’s not that I don’t believe it’s a science. It’s that, for me, the whole process is really more of a hit or miss, try until you die proposition. It’s like I’m missing something that will make it easier. As if someone forgot to give me my magic wand when I reached my eighteenth birthday and came into my powers.
Or rather, my powers came into me. With a crash, thump, grab your rump kind of unexpectedness that left me hanging over the toilet horking and holding my head with both hands as it tried to split in two.
Even now, five years later, I still get the migraines. I wish I could say they’ve gotten easier over time. And maybe they have. But if you’re making a comparison between a tsunami and a level 5 hurricane, it’s really a distinction without a whole lot of difference for the people getting pounded by weather. Well, except one might kill you faster.
I’m thinking my shelf life might be a little bit longer these days, though I couldn’t prove it.
At the moment, with a thousand tiny gnomes wearing spiked golf shoes and using pickle forks as walking sticks dancing on my brain, I was thinking it might be preferable to die faster anyway.
The world suddenly erupted in a series of explosions which had a familiar cadence to them. I hid under my long, brown hair and fought my lids to get them to open. But they fought back, eventually snapping closed again as the explosions stopped and the door my intruder had been banging on swung slowly open. “Naida? Are you awake?”
All evidence to the contrary, I was, unfortunately, awake. I grunted something even I couldn’t decipher and my torturer took it as permission to come into my room.
“I closed up downstairs. Do you want me to make you some tea?”
My lips moved and more words nobody could understand eased through them. Fortunately, my loyal, if slightly annoying, assistant understood Migrainish Gibberish.
“I felt the magic arrive a few minutes ago, so I went ahead and closed up,” she cheerfully said as she picked up my teapot and proceeded to bang out the Star-Spangled Banner with it on my stovetop.
Not really, of course. But only because she wasn’t musically inclined and couldn’t recreate the Star-Spangled Banner if her life depended on it.
“Ugh!” I said, hoping she could interpret that single non-word as “Please try to be quieter. My head is killing me.”
Bang! “Oh say…” Crash “…can you see…” Clang “by the dawn’s early light…”
“Sebille!”
She jerked to a halt as I sat bolt upright in my bed, my blue eyes flying open with outrage. I immediately regretted the decision to move, my brain pulsing unhappily inside my head and the soldiers with pickle forks breaking into a rowdy rendition of the Irish Chicken Dance. “You’re killing me.”
True to form, my non-serious friend simply rolled her almost iridescent green eyes. “Drama much?”
I put my head into my hands and groaned. “Why do I bother?”
A steaming mug appeared in front of my face. The sweet, floral scent undulated toward my nostrils in a siren song I could not resist. Taking the mug, I sniffed first, letting the sweet deliciousness infuse my sinuses.
The headache eased a bit just from that sniff, and by the time I’d drained the mug a few minutes later, the pain was gone.
I sighed. “Are you sure you’re not a witch? Tea never works this well when I make it.”
Sebille dropped onto the edge of my bed. “You know I’m not a witch. I’m just tea-talented.”
I would have sighed but the extra air rushing through my system probably would have enraged the soldiers with pickle forks. “Thank you. I was working up the courage to make myself some when you assaulted my door.”
Sebille shook her head. “You always exaggerate so.”
I glowered at her. “And you have zero compassion.”
Shrugging, she tugged a strand of her bright red hair before tucking it behind a pointed ear. “That is unfortunately true.”
No remorse. Which, BTW, perfectly matched her lack of compassion.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I do. I love this quote from P.T. Barnum: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” It reflects my view of what I try to do perfectly.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | August 20

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Sam Cheever, Melissa Erin Jackson, Preston & Child, Karin Slaughter, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Interview with Melissa Erin Jackson, author of Pawsitively Poisonous

What can you tell us about your new release, Pawsitively Poisonous?

Pawsitively Poisonous is the first book in my cozy mystery series. The books are set in a town completely obsessed with cats, and the lead character is a witch named Amber. She keeps her witchy abilities a secret but uses her powers to craft unique items for her shop, The Quirky Whisker. Amber finds herself in a bit of trouble when her best friend is found poisoned, a vial from Amber’s shop in her hand. The town’s police chief—who has always been suspicious of her and her wares—puts her at the top of his short suspect list. She has to find a way to clear her name and also keep her abilities a secret.

What books are currently on your night stand?

I’m more of an audiobook junkie lately, so my night stand is a bit bare at the moment. The last two audiobooks I finished were Wilder Girls by Rory Power (A YA novel that has a lot of Jeff VanderMeer vibes), and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (adult psychological suspense). Not sure what’s up next—maybe a fantasy. I like to listen to a wide range of genres.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

“Try not to be so hard on yourself.” And I’d probably tell her to get into writing sooner. I didn’t get “seriously” into writing until I was a freshman in college. High school might have been easier if I’d had my stories to lose myself in.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Sleeping! Adults need to have scheduled midday naps like preschoolers. Ha.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

About two years ago, I started going to OrangeTheory Fitness. It’s something I schedule into my week and force myself to go even when I’ve already had a hectic day. I dread it all day long, yet I’m always so happy once I’ve finished a class. It’s one of the few things I do that’s purely just for me. It’s a challenge every single time I go in there, and I always leave with a sense of accomplishment.

What scene in Pawsitively Poisonous was your favorite to write?

I really loved writing all the scenes that involved Amber’s magically enhanced toys. The opening scene of her demonstrating a cat toy for a bunch of wide-eyed children was a scene that popped into my head fully formed before I ever started writing. I’m a big fan of Scarlet the flying dragon, too.

Melissa Erin Jackson is the author of the new book Pawsitively Poisonous.

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HAPPY-GO-LUCKY by L.H. COSWAY

This book was LOVELY! Check out our Review and Exclusive Excerpt!

“I take it back.”
“Take what back?”
“What I said about your smile.” He reached out and caressed my cheek. “It’s not off-putting at all, it’s captivating.”

Oh, swoon!! It’s no wonder we ADORED Happy-Go-Lucky! Talk about a fun, sexy, totally swoon-worthy read! We adored Maisie, her friends, her family and of course Cameron Grant! We really ‘get’ this authors humour. The cute Maisie had us grinning from ear to ear.

L H Cosway really does write some fabulous heroes and heroines. They’re fun, feisty and vulnerable all at the same time, and we also love a good office romance, and boy were there some sizzling office dalliances between the grouchy, unsociable Cameron, and the happy, eager to please Maisie. We’ll never enter a stationery cupboard without getting all hot and bothered EVER again!

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A GIFT IN DECEMBER by JENNY GLADWELL

“I’m not completely sorry we both had our hearts broken. Not if it meant us ending up here.”

A gift in December by Jenny Gladwell is one of the most scenically beautiful stories we’ve read in a while. This historical fictional romance, which is mainly set in the snowy mountains of Norway, had such a vivid atmosphere we felt the cold winter nights, we tasted the snowflakes on our tongues and we breathed in the crystal cold fresh air. We have a new bucket list destination!

We absolutely loved the mystery, the setting and the romance of this story. It held us captivated from the first till the last page. From a dreary and rainy November in London, to a snowy and beautiful Norway, we became engrossed in a story of love, hope, memories and intrigue – focusing on a moment of history still honoured today.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | August 13

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including James Patterson, C.J. Box, Stuart Woods, Stephen Coonts, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | August 6

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Interview with Amy-Brooke Odell, Author of Silo Boys

What can you tell us about your new release, Silo Boys?

Silo Boys is a Young Adult Suspense that tells a crushing story of death and loss, set deep in South Carolina in the nineties.

Two years ago, three boys enter an abandoned silo. By morning, one was dead, one missing, and the third boy says he was never there.

Addy Marks is trying to move on after the tragedy that took the life of one of her best friends and resulted in the disappearance of her boyfriend. When her boyfriend returns, only to be murdered before she can speak to him, Addy is forced to face her anxiety and distrust as she vows to uncover what really happened that Sunday night at the silo. Addy finds a truth so devastating that her life will never again be the same.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I think it was a combination of people. I’ve always loved telling stories but thought writing was out of reach. I had amazing English and Theatre teachers who were so encouraging and inspiring but I was always missing that confidence that could push me forward. Then I had my son and giving birth was the hardest thing that I have ever done and one day I realized, if I can do this; give birth, be a mother, then I can do anything! With all of these ideas in my head, and the encouragement from my husband, there was no looking back and I have loved every minute of my writing life.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter
The Complete Miss Marple Short Stories by Agatha Christie

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Can it be anyone dead or alive? Because I would love to get a glimpse of Natalie Babbitt’s imagination! I would want to ask where the inspiration for all of her amazing stories came from.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I think it’s those moments where something from my life ends up on the pages. Little things; some small, tucked away, memory from childhood, a day with a friend or some everyday errand with my husband, I’m always surprised when those random anecdotes pop up on the page.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day starts with getting up ridiculously early in order to grab some quiet time to write and do yoga before my son wakes. We spend our mornings at the park, the pool, with friends, or in toddler classes depending on the day. I write while he naps. My husband gets off work shortly after nap time so we spend our evenings together with our son and dog. Right now, my entire schedule revolves around my son and I love it.

What scene in Silo Boys was your favorite to write?

I really enjoyed writing the reveal. It was both challenging and satisfying to finally be able to explain what is happening.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I’m not sure who originated it but I love the quote “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.”

Amy-Brooke Odell is the author of the new book Silo Boys.

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THE ROGUE KING (Inferno Rising Book #1) by ABIGAIL OWEN

If you're in the mood for a Paranormal read....look no further with our last sexy heartstopping read!

"Sleep, sweetheart. I'll make sure you're safe."
"I know you will."

What a heart-stopping addictive introduction to the writings of Abigail Owen! If you've been hanging out for a sexy, suspenseful and intricately woven Paranormal, then you must add The Rogue King to your TBR! You'll find Dragons, Phoenix, Vampires, Wolves and shifters. Oh my! And that's just the start! What a story!

A centuries-old need for revenge and a centuries-old secret collide in this Paranormal romance that catered to our every PNR whim! Plus, we've added a Rogue dragon warrior to our book boyfriend shelf! Phwoar! Prepare to fall in love with the sexy brooding alpha dragon shifter, Brand Astarot.

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The Buzziest Books of July | 2019

The Buzziest Books of July | 2019

The month of July was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of July. Happy reading!


One Good Deed

by David Baldacci

Release Date: July 23, 2019

It is the year 1949 and war veteran Aloysius Archer has just been released from prison. He has been sent to Poca City on parole. He has a short list of things to do and a much longer list of don’ts. This small town quickly proves to be much more complicated and dangerous than he expected. It is even proving worse than his time serving in the war or his jail time.

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A New Requiem

by B.Lance Jenkins

Release Date: July 12, 2019

A gay community chorus director and teacher has been wrongly accused of the murder of a 17-year-old boy. The small and radically fundamental town mounts against the alleged criminal, whose identity is drastically contrasting to that of the community’s social norms. Now a local defense attorney must sacrifice everything to save the man he knows is innocent.

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The Marriage Pact

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: June 23, 2019

When I was sixteen I promised to never marry him. It was probably the only thing we ever agreed on. To the world he is Prince Ian, Duke on Montcroix and second line to the Chamont throne. But to me, he is just the son of my father’s best friend. He was my first kiss and my first taste of heartbreak. I meant it when I said I’d never marry him. But now, on the eve of my 24th birthday, he wants us to break the pact.

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What You Did

by Willow Rose

Release Date: June 23, 2019

The sequel to the bestselling mystery, Don’t Lie To Me, by Willow Rose… Three girls have disappeared on prom night. FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas has been asked to join the investigation and uncover what happened that night and how they went missing as they made their way home from the dance. When a young girl’s body is found in her backyard, Eva Rae knows she is now involved… and she is the killer’s next target.

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The Last Seer King

by S.J. Hartland

Release Date: July 4, 2019

The second book in the bestselling Shadow Sword series that is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and Prince of Thorns… Roaran has sought redemption for centuries. He has a chance to vanquish a tyrant and save a realm but first, he must cut his last ties to humanity. He has to return to the one place he promised he’d never go again.

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Dog-Eared Delinquent

by Molly Fitz

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Apparently, I have been slacking on the job as a paralegal because they’ve hired an intern to help me with my workload. What they don’t know is that I am secretly working behind the scenes as the area’s premier Pet Whisperer P.I. There’s something else the partners don’t realize… they have let a nefarious criminal into our offices. Octo-Cat can smell this guy from a mile away. The worst part is I think he can talk to animals too.

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The Last Book Party

by Karen Dukess

Release Date: July 9, 2019

It is the summer of 1987 and aspiring writer, Eve Rosen, is languishing in a low-level assistant job. She is unable to shake the shadow of growing up in the shadow of her brilliant brother. With her professional life floundering, she jumps at an opportunity to attend an early summer gathering at the home of famous New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

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Under Currents

by Nora Roberts

Release Date: July 9, 2019

Zane grew up in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife but Zane and his sister know the truth. Then one brutal night cracks start to appear in the facade and Zane escapes for college and doesn’t want to look back. Years later he returns to his hometown and tried to reconnect with the place and people. Then he meets Darby, who is also running from ghosts of her own.

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