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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

*[Blog Tour Review] Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction

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When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 320 pages (Kindle)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: September 6th 2014 by Southern Ink Press (first published July 1st 2012)

One of the best things about being a book blogger is that I love the simple act of discovery that comes with the territory. I'm introduced to an even wider range of books and authors and I love finding new characters like Tess Tremaine to connect with.

I loved Tess and the quaint little town of Goose Pimple Junction from the get go. It's a small town full of people with big hearts and even bigger personalities and I loved the down south cozy atmosphere that lends itself to the telling of this cozy mystery.

Tess, herself is just adorable. I think she's a hoot and she gets up to her fair share of shenanigans and left me laughing with her antics. I liked her outlook on life, she had a rough marriage but she's moved on and is trying to write the romance novel she's been working on and ends up finding a delightful new life in a new town, and becomes an amateur sleuth too so she has her hands full alright.

However, Tess wasn't just the only great character. Oh no, the book was full of them but my favourite would have to be Jackson. He's Tess's love interest and I loved him as a character in his own right as well as how he was in a couple situation with Tess. The romance between the two was great and I loved that Tess found her happiness again.

The story was a good one. When Tess rolls into town she ends up digging up things from 75 years in the past and thus brings in the mystery element. I'm trying not to give out many spoilers so I won't say much more except that the story is told in alternating timelines so it was told in present day and 75 years past. I love stories told this way so it worked out perfectly for me and I loved the ending even though it wasn't what I expected.

With great characters, a wonderful setting, excellent plot devices and an awesome voice in the Cozy Mystery genre and this is a series I'm going to be sure to follow. I would recommend this book to any and all fans of the cozy mystery genre who want a book to make them laugh.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
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AmyMetzAmy Metz is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two grown sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Waiting on Wednesday #133

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.
Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn and Grim, #1)
Award-winning author Juliet Marillier “weaves magic, mythology, and folklore into every sentence on the page” (The Book Smugglers). Now she begins an all-new and enchanting series that will transport readers to a magical vision of ancient Ireland...In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 448 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: November 4th 2014 by Roc Hardcover
Why I'm Waiting:
I love the idea of this being set in a magical version of ancient Ireland and the cover is gorgeous.
From the author of Entwined, a brilliantly conceived adventure through an alternate London. This sweeping, cinematic tale of an apprentice scientist desperate to save his family—and his world—is The Night Circus meets Pixar.

Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that is breathtaking and wholly original.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 336 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: May 19th 2015 by Greenwillow
Why I'm Waiting:
I love YA takes on an alternative London, and again I love the cover.

Library Loot #39


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.
The Haul:
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Scalped, Vol. 2: Casino BoogieRevival, Vol. 3: A Faraway PlaceCriminal, Vol. 1: CowardFatale, Vol. 1: Death Chases MeUnofficial And Deniable

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #80

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
 Top Ten New (within the last two years) Series That I Want To Start:
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Partials (The Partials Sequence, #1)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
1. Lunar Chronicles
2. Partials Sequence
3. His Fair Assassin
Gravity (The Taking, #1)The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1)
4. The Taking
5. The Diviners
6. Jessica McClaine
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)
7. Reckoners
8.Cormoran Strike
9. Age of Legends
Ink (Paper Gods, #1)
10. Paper Gods

Teaser Tuesday #65

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers
Die For Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer (For Me, #1)
Katherine Cole thought her fiance was the perfect man until he turned out to be the perfect killer. He left his victims stabbed through the heart holding a telltale single red rose and was deemed the Valentine Killer. Three years ago he vanished. Now he's back. And he's hunting the one who got away. In New Orleans, Katherine dared to hope she was finally safe, yet somehow he found her. This time, Katherine won't just sit silently by; she'll do anything to stop the monster she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe? Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with the job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer's ex-fiance, he can't ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane won't rest until Katherine is safe in his arms and the Valentine Killer is dead.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 358 pages (Paperback)
Publication Date: February 12th 2013 by Montlake
Pg. 48
At that light touch, she tensed, and her breath seemed to freeze in her lungs. Why was she so aware of this man?
Her gaze lifted to meet his stare. His pupils were so big that his eyes looked almost black. And, suddenly, she had to ask the question that fear had made her forget before.  "Why were you waiting outside my house tonight?" She wondered...had he been there to protect her? Or because he suspected her?

Tuesday Jams #32

Tuesday Jams is a meme where you share your favourite songs. bands and the current song you're feeling and is hosted by Sharonda from Salacious Reads

This is a song by a local Toronto band I loved when I was in highschool. They broke up a few years ago but this song is pure nostalgia :)