Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Book Tour, #Review and #Giveaway ~ The Broken Spine (Beloved Bookroom Mystery, Book 1) by Dorothy St. James @DorothyWrites #CozyMystery

 

The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery) by Dorothy St. James

 

The Broken Spine

A Beloved Bookroom Mystery, Book 1

Cozy Mystery 

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: January 19, 2021

Hardcover: 320 pages 

ISBN-10: 0593098579 

ISBN-13: 978-0593098578 

Kindle ASIN: B086SCQ639

About The Broken Spine:

The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!

Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library's beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library's basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.

When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library's transformation into a "futuristic technological center," is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police's prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that's not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.

But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she'd have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn't commit, Trudell--with the help of a group of dedicated readers--decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can't always judge a book by its cover.

My Review:

The Broken Spine is the first book in the new Beloved Bookroom Mystery series by Dorothy St. James. The premise is completely captivating and I was excited to read about Trudell and the upcoming changes to her town's library. Tru is determined to vocalize her displeasure with the new format and doing so puts her in the crosshairs of Cypress's finest. Her sleuthing and trying to figure out who committed murder inside the library also jeopardizes her life. 

The thought of a bookless library terrifies me and I spent a good portion of the first few chapters completely anxious and reading in complete disbelief. I was horrified that anyone would think a bookless library is a good idea. While not a new concept, it's new to me and I would never support a bookless public library. I love my print books way too much. I have an e-reader (which is how I read The Broken Spine) so I'm not against the use of technology, I just don't think bookless is the way public libraries should go. Bookless research libraries and university libraries don't bother me. When I was working on my Bachelor's and Master's degrees, I never stepped foot in the the university library, I used the online library. When I want to read a book from a favorite or new author, I want to be able to go to my local library and peruse the shelves and pick up a paperback or hardcover book. I totally understand Tru's reaction to the new library concept.

Tru's passion causes her to make some silly mistakes and decisions. Fortunately, Tru has helpful friends and I enjoyed their interactions. The book was well-written and fast-paced. I was engaged from the very beginning. There are a lot of potential suspects and I had fun trying to figure out who committed the crime. I was totally blindsided. The murderer was someone on my list at the beginning but one I crossed off until closer to the reveal. The reason was staggering and I couldn't believe what I read. I look forward to seeing Tru's next shenanigans.

I was provided a copy of the book to read.

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About Dorothy St. James:

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a crazy dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."

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January 19 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
January 19 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
January 19 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 19 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – REVIEW
January 19 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
January 20 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 20 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
January 20 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST
January 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
January 20 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
January 21 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
January 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
January 21 – MJB Reviewers - SPOTLIGHT
January 22 – Books to the Ceiling - AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 22 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 22 – Moonlight Rendezvous - REVIEW, GUEST POST
January 22 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy - REVIEW
January 22 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
January 23 – Baroness' Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
January 23 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW
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January 23 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT
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January 24 – Brianne's Book Reviews – REVIEW
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January 25 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
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Release Blitz & #Giveaway ~ Friday Nightmares by Corey Edward @CoreyEdward2 @RABTBookTours ~ #YA #UF Urban Fantasy

 

YA Urban Fantasy

Date Published: January 19, 2021

Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing

About the Book:

For generations, the wizards of Candle Paranormal Investigations have helped the people of Boston with everything from garden-variety poltergeists to Eldritch abominations. Sixteen-year-old Henry Candle, however, has no interest in taking over the family business and would much rather spend time hanging out in cafes with his human friends. But when his father is brutally murdered while working on a case, Candle Paranormal Investigations magically falls into Henry’s possession — and so does a warning: “BEWARE, HENRY. HE’LL COME FOR YOU, TOO.”

Henry does some digging and discovers that two other wizards have been killed in the past month, both of their bodies found with the same symbol scrawled into their chest as his father. He decides to reopen the case so he can discover who (or what) is murdering Boston’s wizards before he's next. Aided by his pug familiar, a witch and a group of human friends, Henry must stop a supernatural serial killer and find an evil spell book that could end the world.


Meet the Author:


Corey Edward is a lifelong lover of books, learning, and coffee. Although he is easily spooked, he lives for a good scary story, so perhaps it is fitting that he finally decided to start writing them. He lives in Ohio, where he works as a ninth grade English teacher.

He received his BA in Integrated Language Arts from Youngstown State University and went on to later receive his MA in English.


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Monday, January 18, 2021

Maximum Deevor by Barry Nelson @BarryKNelson ~ The McKenzie Files, Book 4 ~ Science Fiction, Action, Adventure

 

Maximum Deevor
The McKenzie Files Book 4
by Barry Nelson


Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure


The adventure in the Omega Quadrant continues as Colin McKenzie, Diane Christy, and Kelly Lytton continue their mission to locate a missing task force from their home quadrant. As well as trying to rescue a group of children held captive by the evil aliens, the Tritians. But before they compete both missions they will have to face hostile invaders, robotic menaces, and monsters from beyond our universe. All leading up to a final showdown with their most powerful enemy yet. Deevor the Destroyer. It will be a destructive battle where only one side will survive.

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The McKenzie Files
The McKenzie Files Book 1

Assassination Anxiety
The McKenzie Files Book 2

Obliteration
The McKenzie Files Book 3


A Pennsylvania native, Barry K. Nelson has attended college and worked at a variety of jobs, including retail and the corporate environment. Barry enjoys reading and gardening, and is a fan of science fiction and horror movies, Marvel comic collecting, and the X-box 360. Barry has written short stories in addition to his science fiction series, The McKenzie Files.




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