Friday, August 17, 2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries "Garage Sale Mystery: Picture a Murder" Premiering this Sunday, Aug. 19th at 9pm/8c! #GarageSaleMysteries #Sleuthers @HallmarkMovie

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Programming Presents: 
Garage Sale Mystery: Picture a Murder Premiering this Sunday, Aug. 19th at 9pm/8c!

About Picture a Murder Starring Lori Loughlin and Sarah Strange:

After taking a vintage camera collection on consignment following the death of a local collector, garage sale guru and amateur sleuth Jennifer Shannon becomes involved in the search for a killer when an undeveloped photo in one of the cameras leads her to believe that the man might have died from very unnatural causes.

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Read an Excerpt from Upcoming Release of Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) by Katie Ruggle #Romantic #Suspense @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa #Giveaway

He’s tall.

He’s dark.

He’s brutally handsome…

And he may be her only hope.


About the Book:

Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit—they've been through too much to welcome a stranger. So when a killer strikes, it’s a fight to convince her fellow officers to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible.

She can’t do it on her own. What she needs most is a partner: local fire spotter Wesley March.

Wes knows in his heart that Kit is right, and he's willing to leave his lonely tower to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the hotter the fire smolders…and the more danger they're in. A member of the K9 unit's inner circle is determined to have her revenge—no matter who gets burned in the process.

This time, it's personal.


Read an Excerpt:

The snow crunched under Wes’s boots as he climbed. It was a beautiful day, with the late-afternoon sun shading to orange as it approached the mountain peaks it was about to hide behind, but Wes didn’t pay much attention to the scenery. He was intent on reaching the bat cave.

Despite its name, the bat cave was more of a rock overhang than a cave, but the bat part was true enough—it housed a good-sized colony of silver-haired bats. Researchers and animal-loving hikers frequently visited the location. Although Wes had gotten some striking photos at the bat cave, he hadn’t even brought his camera with him this time. He was more interested in the cell reception.

When the trail evened out, leading to a large, flat rock overhang, he pulled out his cell phone. Sure enough, he had reception. Finding his sister’s name in his short list of contacts, he called her. As he waited for her to answer, pacing back and forth across the granite ledge, he made a mental note to set up a cell-signal booster at the tower. He should’ve done it before, but he hadn’t missed phone service. Having to mindfully go somewhere with cell reception allowed him to control when and whom he called. It wasn’t enough now, though, not when there was someone he was hoping to call—as soon as he got her number.

“Wes!” Leila sounded winded. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong.” Well, nothing except his social skills when women—not including his sister—were around.

“Oh.” There was a pause. “I thought there was an emergency. You never call except for every other Sunday afternoon.”

“No emergency.” He tried to mentally plan out his question. “I need some advice.”

“Advice?” Another silence fell, and Wes could almost hear the gears in her brain turning. He smiled. Leila was even smarter than he was, and she was a whole lot more intuitive and perceptive. That’s why he was calling her. “Does this have something to do with a woman?”

“Yes.”

She squealed, the sound so excited that he smiled wider even as he winced and pulled the phone slightly away from his ear. “Are you dating someone? What’s her name? When do I get to meet her? What does she do? Is she funny? Pretty? Smart? A badass? Tell me details, Wes!”

“Answering most of your questions might be premature.” As much as he wanted to talk about Kit, Wes knew it could be dangerous. The more he said, the more real the possibility of something happening with her felt, and he didn’t want to build up hopes too high. After all, the more excited he got, the harder the disappointment would hit if she never wanted to talk to him again.

“Fine.” Although Leila was obviously trying to sound calm, Wes could tell that she was thrilled, and it made him wonder if he’d done the right thing by calling his sister. Now there might be two extremely disappointed people if nothing happened between him and Kit. “Just answer the basic ones, then. Are you dating?”

“No. We’ve only met three times.” He didn’t think their radio conversation counted.

“But you like her?”

“Yes. I like her.” It seemed like a barely adequate phrase to encompass the fizzing excitement he’d felt around her—and even later, when he was alone and thinking about her. “I’m…interested in her.” That didn’t seem much more accurate.

Leila let out another small squeal, and Wes looked up at the sky, even as he felt his face heat. “Sorry,” she said as if she could see his long-suffering expression. “That’s out of my system now. Back to basic questions. Is she interested in you?”

“I don’t know.” Crouching down, he absently picked up a few small pebbles, his brain fully occupied with the mystery that was K9 Officer Kit Jernigan. “That’s what I wanted to discuss with you.”

“Hang on. I think I need to get comfortable for this conversation.” There were a few rustling noises, and then Leila spoke again. “Okay. I’m ready. Let’s start with the first time you met. Tell me what happened.”

“I needed propane, so I refilled my tank at the station on the southeast side of town. I wanted to be back home before things got busy—”

“Wesley,” she interrupted. “I’ve been to your Podunk town, remember? It never gets busy. There are, like, ten buildings and eight people total.”

“The population of Monroe—”

“Nope. Don’t care. Tell me the story.”

It never hurt his feelings when Leila cut him off like that. In fact, he appreciated her directness. It was easier than trying to guess what a person was thinking by their body language or tactful words. “Four days ago, I was driving west on Mule Drive at six fifty-four, but I was forced to stop due to an SUV backing a small utility trailer into a driveway.” He frowned at the memory. “Attempting to back a small utility trailer into a driveway.”

“Go on. No, wait! Let me guess. Did you save this woman from getting run over?”

“No.”

“Oh.” She sounded disappointed. “Go on, then. What did happen?”

Wes smiled slightly. His sister was terrible at listening to stories. She didn’t have any patience, wanting to rush right to the conclusion instead. “After talking with the driver, I didn’t think she’d move the trailer into the driveway efficiently—which meant I’d be late—so I got out of my truck in order to help.”

“She was the driver?” Her voice was hushed, amusing Wes.

“Yes.”

“That’s so romantic!”

His eyebrows scrunched together. “It is?”

“Well, not really, I guess. I think I’m just anticipating that it’s going to be romantic soon. Go on… Get to the good part!”

He hesitated. “I’m not sure what you’d consider the good part.”

Her gusty sigh was audible. “Just tell me the rest. I’m dying of curiosity here!”

“I helped her get the trailer into her driveway and unhitched it.”

“And then?”

“She drove away.”

There was a long beat of silence. “That’s disappointing.”

“It was.”

“Did she tell you her name, at least?”

Wes found himself smiling. “Yes. Kit Jernigan.”

**Saph's Note**

I have read the entire series, including Through the Fire and it a 5 star series. I'm still trying to get caught up on writing reviews but check back on the blog in the near future for my review of the entire Rocky Mountain K9 series. You can't go wrong with a series by Katie Ruggle!

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Top Ten Video Games by Dan Jolley, Author of Gray Widow's War (The Gray Widow Trilogy, Book 3) ~ @_DanJolley

 

Gray Widow's War Blog Tour August 13-19, 2018 

The final installment in USA Today Bestselling Author Dan Jolley’s Gray Widow Trilogy, Gray Widow’s War, is featured in a new blog tour set to take place August 13-19. Featuring a great heroine in Janey Sinclair, the Gray Widow, the series is action-packed and appeals to readers of many genres. With aliens and genetic mutations in the series, the Gray Widow Trilogy encompasses science fiction, urban fantasy and superhero fiction. The covers for this series were done by Dark Horse Comics artist John Nadeau.

Please welcome Dan Jolley to the Blog Today with a Top Tens List:

Top Ten Video Games
By Dan Jolley

10. Resident Evil 2

I first became aware of the original Resident Evil back in college. A friend of mine had been playing it, and brought it over to my apartment, telling me I had to try it out. The first thing that struck me, to no one’s surprise, was the now-infamous, spectacularly awful dialogue, but once I gave the game a chance, I realized how engaging the actual gameplay was. When RE 2 came out, not only did it have equally engaging gameplay, but the dialogue and story were also leaps and bounds ahead of the first one. I was hooked.

9. Fatal Frame

I had never seen a game like Fatal Frame when it came out. I played as a Japanese girl? Okay… and instead of a gun, or a sword, I’ve got a camera? Fine. And I’m supposed to take photos of ghosts? Huh. Let’s see how this goes. Well, it went spectacularly. The game was a veritable how-to course on establishing mood and atmosphere. Sometimes I still get a chill when I remember the sound of the mournful blinded ghost wailing, “My eyes…”

8. Resident Evil 4

This one took everything I already loved about the RE franchise and polished it to a gleaming shine. Loved the story, loved the gameplay, and for the first time I felt a genuine sense of menace and horror from some of the adversaries. The women with the skirts and the bandaged faces and the freaking chainsaws? The stuff of nightmares! I also loved the actual Spanish some of the bad guys spoke. “Morir es vivir…” To die is to live. Super-creepy. (Plus, once I unlocked the Mercenaries mini-game, I think I spent more time playing that than I did the main game.)

7. Silent Hill 1 & 2

By now you’ve probably noticed a theme in my game choices: I don’t go in much, or at all, for multi-player. I much prefer the kinds of games that let me wander around, figuring stuff out at my own pace (and often thinking to myself, “Now how do I get up there…?”) Silent Hill took everything I loved about Resident Evil, gave it an upgrade, and elevated the creepy factor by about 10. The second one had better graphics, smoother gameplay, and lost the punishing between-screens load times of the first game, but the thing about the first game that had me in awe was the siren-heralded transition between the real world and the rusted, corroded nightmare world. BRILLIANT. I wish they’d kept that.

6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Confession time: I had never played a Witcher game before picking up the third one. I was afraid I’d be totally lost as far as the game lore, but it did an admirable job of remaining accessible. All I felt was that the main character had already met a lot of the NPCs before, and that they had substantial history, which was fine. It let me enjoy the smooth, satisfying gameplay without any undue distractions, and I really appreciated the vast, open-world nature of it. (Also, as far as this game goes, it’s redheads over brunettes all day long for me.)

5. Far Cry 3 & 4

These two perfectly embody the kind of game I enjoy most. I get to do things at my own speed, I can tackle obstacles the way I prefer, and the writing and acting are top-notch. I think the conventional wisdom is that 3 edges out 4 in general popularity, largely because of the supremely memorable villain Vaas Montenegro, but I can’t decide which I like better. Vaas *was* great, but I think I connected with the protagonist’s story a little better in 4. Heck, now I want to go play them both again.

4. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Where to begin with this? A world the likes of which I had never seen before… a badass yet believable female protagonist (which, if you’ve read any of my own writings, you know I love)… a story with a level of richness and detail that I don’t think I had encountered before. Plus, Lance Reddick should be in everything. H:ZD was great, top to bottom. The only reason this doesn’t occupy one of my top spots is that a couple of elements were so hard for me to figure out that I wound up consulting online forums to find them. (I’m looking at you, Shield-Weaver Armor.) I still give the game a nine out of ten, and can’t wait for a sequel.

3. World of Warcraft

There’s about a seven-year gap in my video game experience, thanks to World of Warcraft. When I got my first job writing for a video game, my boss asked me if I’d played any of the online games such as WoW. I said I hadn’t, because I had always feared it would take over my life. He suggested that I play WoW for “ten or twelve hours, just to get a feel for it.” Well, seven years later, I had multiple maxed-out characters over multiple servers, and had gotten so deep into it that I wound up writing some of the WoW manga stories for TokyoPop. But I never was much of a joiner, and I detested the thought of raiding, so the game eventually just sort of moved past me. I still get the occasional urge to log on as my Tauren Shaman and blast the crap out of a bunch of stuff, though.

2. Dying Light

I know this will come off as blatant self-promotion, since I wrote about 95% of Dying Light’s main story, but I’m actually not talking about the writing with this one. The team at Techland pulled off something extraordinary with DL’s gameplay. They managed to make “parkour vs. zombies” into a seamless, compelling, believable, and most of all FUN experience. Charging at full speed across rooftops, running along walls, dropping onto a zombie from a great height for a one-hit kill… all of it came together perfectly.

1. Skyrim


What can I say about Skyrim that hasn’t already been said by thousands and thousands of other fans? For my money, it’s basically the perfect game. The vast array of choices in character creation and in leveling up, the brilliant game mechanics, the acting, just…everything about it makes it my favorite game ever. Okay, so it’s not *perfect*. There are flaws—from too-often-repeated NPC dialogue to the occasional woolly mammoth dropping from the sky. But it’s fun, engaging, and makes me feel like some kind of mythical superhero. So it may not be perfect, but it’s perfect for me. No question.

**Fun Sapphyria Fact** 
The name Sapphyria is actually the name of my very first World of Warcraft player, created about 10 years ago. She is a Paladin Hunter and I still play her from time-to-time. When I decided I wanted to be a book blogger/reviewer I wanted a blog name that was distinctive and different. My husband suggested Sapphyria, after my WoW character, and the rest is history. 

 

About Gray Widow’s War: 

When Janey Sinclair vowed to use her ability to teleport from shadow to shadow to protect the city of Atlanta, she only wanted to spare others the kind of agony she’d endured herself. To prove that not all suffering is necessary. To heal the splinter-edged rifts in her own heart. But soon Janey realized she was part of something much larger. Something that spanned the globe… And reached beyond it. The forces behind Janey’s Augmentation—the authors of the grand experiment striving to use human DNA as raw material in a vast intergalactic conflict—have arrived on Earth. And if the planet is to survive, Janey Sinclair must unite friends and foes alike. Humanity itself hangs in the balance, as Janey wages the GRAY WIDOW’S WAR Gray Widow’s War is book three of the Gray Widow Trilogy. 


About the Author: 

Dan Jolley began writing professionally at age 19. Starting out in comic books, Dan has worked for major publishers such as DC (Firestorm), Marvel (Dr. Strange), Dark Horse (Aliens), and Image (G.I. Joe), and soon branched out into licensed-property novels (Star Trek), film novelizations (Iron Man), and original novels, including the Middle Grade Urban Fantasy series Five Elements and the Urban Sci-Fi Gray Widow Trilogy. Dan began writing for video games in 2007, and has contributed storylines, characters, and dialogue to titles such as Transformers: War for Cybertron, Prototype 2, and Dying Light, among others. Dan lives with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert felines in northwest Georgia, and enjoys connecting with readers via his website (www.danjolley.com) and on Twitter (@_DanJolley). 

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Website: www.danjolley.com 
Twitter: @_DanJolley 
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8/13 Jordan Hirsch jordanrhirsch.wordpress.com Review 
8/13 Shells interviews http://shellsinterviews.blogspot.com/ Guest Post 
8/14 Ally Books and Reviews https://allybooksandreviews.blogspot.com VLOG 
8/16 Breakeven Books https://breakevenbooks.com Author Interview 
8/17 Sapphyria's Books https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/ Top Ten's List 
8/18 The Seventh Star https://theseventhstarblog.com Guest Post 
8/19 Sheila's Guests and Reviews https://Sheiladeeth.blogspot.com Guest Post 

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