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Spotlight of Bad Fairy Strikes Again by Elaine Kaye

Bad Fairy Strikes Again

A Bad Fairy Adventure Book 2

by Elaine Kaye

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Thistle Greenbud thought the nickname Bad Fairy was behind her, but she can’t escape it. Someone is spreading a rumor about her that just isn’t true and can ruin all of her hard work in getting into Advanced School. What fairy would do such a thing? As if that’s not bad enough, Thistle’s dad goes missing. Not a single fairy in Tinselville has seen him. He’s vanished like pixie dust. Her mom is distraught, and Thistle is worried. Where could he be? Thistle and the Flutters, along with Dusty and Moss, are on both cases. Can they find out what happened to her dad and solve the Bad Fairy rumor? Thistle hopes so!

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Bad Fairy

A Bad Fairy Adventure Book 1

Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn’t like rules, and it’s just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Bad Fairy Adventure series AND A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

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Spotlight & Book Review: Blood at Dusk by Brenna Harlow

Blood at Dusk

The SoulBlood Series Book 1

by Brenna Harlow

Genre: Vampire Paranormal Romance

Will she forgive him of his sins, or fight their bond until her last dying breath?

Kora was left alone when the world crumbled, and the bloodsucking monsters invaded.

The vampires killed her family, her friends; everyone she had ever loved.

She waited for the moment they would enter her hideaway and snuff out her miserable existence for good. They never came though, and the revelation that she would be alone was too much… until she saw him.

Aldeon finds himself in a world that isn’t his own.

A place filled with so much of the crimson liquid that keeps his species sane, that even he cannot resist feeding.

Dhampirs have been ravenous for eons, delving into madness as their minds grew weak with hunger. But now he is full again, left to await the time when the others return to their senses and join him.

A single scent dissipates all of his newfound revelations, and suddenly the tantalizing aroma is all that he can think about.

Everything changes when he gazes into the terrified eyes of a human woman, and another instinct takes hold.
Protect. Serve. Mate.

“Adult fans of Twilight and Darklight by Bella Forrest will love this new Vampire Paranormal Romance.”

Content Warning: This book does contain mature themes, such as but not limited to; sexual content, suicide and suicidal ideations, violence, and strong language. Not suitable for ages under 18+.

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Blood at Dusk was a typical paranormal romance story with a damsel in distress vibe. Kora is looking for food and supplies when she meets Aldeon, a vampire. She despises vampires for what they’ve taken from her, but this one is different. He isn’t savage and trying to kill her. He actually saves her and when he tells her they are mates everything changes.

I believe the author does a great job with descriptions making it easy to visualize settings and locations. I really wasn’t invested in any of the characters but the plot kept me interested. I also liked the way the author introduces Brone leading to his story in the next book.

The mating seemed a little rushed and was easy to look past. I did notice that Kora changed by the end of the book, which I liked. I am curious about the rest of the series. I recommend Blood at Dusk to lovers of romance and stories with vampires.


Brenna Harlow (if that’s even her real name) lives happily in her own fantasy land, drinking way too much coffee and reading an endless amount of smutty paranormal romance. She joined the land of the living only to share her love for the creatures of the night, and henceforth has claimed her throne at the Kingdom of Vampires and Fated Mates.

You can find Brenna in any coffee shop that provides free Wi-Fi, drinking her triple shot espresso and stabbing her keyboard to death.

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Sneak Peek of The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

I wrinkled my nose at the Thames’ murky waves and shuddered. Anything could be lurking in its fetid waters. Tugging on my collar, I glanced up at the sun’s white disk. Despite the day being on the cool side, the crush of people around me blocked any breeze. We’d managed to get spaces right by the stone wall in front of the Old Ship pub. Below us, the incoming tide was rising to cover the river’s exposed silt and sand. The Oxford-Cambridge boat race was timed to use the climbing waters to assist the rowers, and those along the route were expecting it to begin at any moment.

The sunlight sparkled off the swells, and, shielding my eyes from the glare, I studied a similar crowd gathered along the opposite bank. No empty space could be seen along that stone wall, either. So many people. All to catch a glimpse of the boat crews as they rowed past.

Rising on my toes, I leaned over the wall, checking downstream to my left for either boat appearing around the river’s bend.

“Quit fidgeting,” Mycroft said out of the side of his mouth.

I opened my own to protest, but Mother rebuked him first.

“Really, Mycroft.” She fanned herself, although I doubted it did much to cool her. “You can’t blame him. If this race doesn’t start soon, Sherlock and I are leaving. I’ll not have either of us collapsing because of the lack of oxygen in this crowd.”

My brother crossed his arms over his chest and gave a little snort. I could almost hear the protests swirling around in his brain. He hadn’t been the one to decide to come to London for the second part of the season. Or suggest we attend the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race. Or insist it was time for him to begin attending some of the season’s balls and parties as a country squire’s first son. After all, Father had remained at Underbyrne to attend to business affairs for the estate, and we could have too.

Before he could actually express any of these or other sentiments out loud, a far-off shout sent a wave of excited chatter among those surrounding us. Finally, the boat race had begun. Cheers and shouts of encouragement moved up the bank as the boats passed the spectators. Those about us jostled and pushed on all sides, making me feel a little like the flotsam bobbing along in the waters below.

Mycroft bounced on the balls of his feet. While his idea of exercise consisted almost exclusively of strolling between buildings at Oxford—from his rooms to the dining hall, the rented room over a tavern he and some friends used for their Diogenes Society meetings, or to the occasional lecture—I was impressed with both his interest in the race and the exertion he expended in this display of enthusiasm.

“How long before we can see them?” I asked, glancing down the river again.

“The whole race is about twenty minutes,” my brother said without taking his eyes from the same spot where I focused. “We’re about halfway along the course, so I would estimate eight to ten minutes before they appear.”

Ten more minutes of strangers’ elbows in my ribs? I wasn’t sure anything was worth such torture.

“Excuse me, Mr. Mycroft Holmes?”

The feminine voice made us turn to face a pair of women who had somehow managed to push through the press to our position. They were obviously mother and daughter. Both had the same straight-backed-chin-raised bearing, light brown hair and tipped-up noses. The older woman wore a dark dress that, while fashionable, lacked any flourishes, indicating the final stages of mourning—not yet ready to leave her weeds completely behind. The younger woman, however, wore a pale lavender dress and a jaunty hat on top of a pile of curls.

Mycroft stared at the two, a hesitation broken by my mother’s cough. I coughed as well, but to cover my amusement. That these two ladies seemed to know my brother and had shocked him into silence gave me a certain delight. Only the opposite sex ever seemed to ruffle my brother—my mother being, of course, the exception.

At my mother’s cue, he appeared to shake himself free of whatever had stunned him and bowed at the waist. “Forgive me,” he said when he straightened. “We’ve only been introduced once, Lady Surminster, Miss Phillips. Allow me to introduce my mother, Violette Holmes, and my brother, Sherlock. This is Lord Surminster’s mother and sister.”

“Lady Surminster, how wonderful to meet you,” Mother said. “You too, Miss Phillips.”

The older woman glanced at her daughter before saying, “We recognized you as one of Vernon’s classmates and were hoping—”

The younger woman seemed unable to restrain herself. “Vernon is missing.” She turned to Mycroft. “Have you seen him?”

The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar

The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes Book 3

by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

Genre: Historical Mystery

Award-winning author and recognized Sherlockian scholar Liese Sherwood-Fabre’s third novel in “The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes” follows the young detective to London for the spring holiday. This CIBA first-place mystery and mayhem winner has been described by bestselling author Gemma Halliday as “a classic in the making” and Kirkus Reviews as “a multifaceted and convincing addition to Sherlock-ian lore.”

A tragedy during the 1868 Oxford-Cambridge Boat race puts Mycroft Holmes’ reputation on the line.

When Mycroft Holmes identifies a drowning victim, he is drawn into a situation that could destroy not only Lord Surminster’s name, but his own reputation as well. If ruled a suicide, the lord’s assets will be returned to the Crown, leaving his mother and siblings destitute. Should that happen, the victim’s sister has threatened to drag Mycroft’s good name through the mire. Will Sherlock be able determine what happened before more than one family is destroyed?

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Liese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as “gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling.”

In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.

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Meet The Author: Interview with Shannon Work

Shannon Work grew up in Del Rio, a border town in the dusty wilds of West Texas. When she graduated from high school, she moved east to College Station and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Land Economics and Real Estate.

Most of her working life has been spent developing real estate, earning a national Best in America Living Award for one of her developments. After two failed starts at writing a novel while raising three kids and working, she retired to pursue her dream of writing mystery novels full time.

Shannon and her husband are recent empty nesters and split their time between Houston, Texas and Telluride, Colorado. Always with their laptops and dogs in tow.

ARBC: What inspired you to write this book?

SW: I wanted to write a mystery series set in the Rocky Mountains. My husband and I split our time between Houston, Texas, and Telluride, Colorado, and we love the Rockies. There is a lot of history and mystery in the mountains, and they lend themselves perfectly as a setting for mystery novels. My first novel, Now I See You, was set in Aspen, so I wanted to set the second one in Vail. The trick was how to get my protagonist, Detective Jack Martin, to Vail. I had a lot of fun plotting the novel and figuring out how to get him there.

ARBC: What can we expect from you in the future?

SW: I’m busy writing Book 3 in the Mountain Resort Mystery Series. The third book is set in Telluride, my second hometown. Detective Jack Martin, who made his debut in Now I See You, returns to solve another murder mystery. I even have a few ideas for Book 4. Who knows where Jack Martin will turn up next! But I’m super excited about continuing the series.

ARBC: Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

SW: After two books in the series, we still don’t know a lot about Detective Jack Martin. We only know that he’s a very likeable former FBI agent that ended up in Aspen after an “incident” in Houston. Each book reveals a little more of his backstory. There will definitely be some side stories as the series continues. He’s a very interesting and likeable character that I’m still getting to know!

ARBC: Where did you come up with the names in the story?

SW: Names are very important. They have to feel just right for a particular character, and they either work or they don’t. Sometimes the names come easy—when I’m outlining the novel. Other times, I struggle until I find something that fits just right. I also try to make sure none of the character names are too similar. I want it easy for the reader to remember who is who.

ARBC: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

SW: For each book, I love taking the kernel of an idea and fleshing it out into a rough outline, populating the story with a fun assortment of characters, then getting the complete novel written, edited, and published. It’s a long and tedious process, but a lot of fun when I’m finished!

ARBC: How did you come up with the title of your novel?

SW: The title of my second novel Everything To Lose came to me early while writing the first draft. There are several characters in the novel who have a lot to lose. As the story unfolds, the reader learns which one was worried about losing everything. Greed is a powerful emotion and makes for an intriguing murder mystery.

ARBC: Who designed your book covers?

SW: Damonza, a New Zealand company, designed the covers for both of my novels. When I first started working with them, I sent them a dozen examples of mystery covers that I liked, and I’ve been very happy with their design. I think they’re beautiful covers.

ARBC: What is your favorite part of this book and why?

SW: There are a couple secondary characters in Everything To Lose that I really enjoyed writing about and hated to let go of at the end of the book. Who knows? Maybe one will make an appearance in a future story. But I also love the ending of Everything To Lose. All the loose ends are tied up and we are left wondering what’s next for Jack Martin. I’m still figuring that one out myself!

ARBC: If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be?

SW: If I could spend time with any character from Everything To Lose, it would be with Doris Reed. Doris is the quirky personal assistant of the oilman who gets murdered at the beginning of the book. She’s a conspiracy theorist who is obsessed with crime television crime shows, and you never know what she’s going to say or do next. She was the most fun character to write!

ARBC: Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

SW: My characters are all imaginary, not based on any real people, but I do pull inspiration from people I know, characters in movies, and people I’ve seen on television and out in public. One particularly fun character to write in Everything To Lose was Boots Hamer. Boots is a wealthy oilman with a larger-than-life personality that jumps off the page. I loosely modeled him after a famous Texas wildcatter. I’ve already had one reader who noticed and asked me if the Texas oilman was the inspiration for Boots. I confirmed he was!

ARBC: Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

SW: I’ve read, enjoyed, and studied traditional mysteries written by Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha Christie, and Ruth Ware for years. If readers enjoy books by those authors, I think they’ll like Everything To Lose. It’s a fast-paced, traditional whodunit set in the wealthy Rocky Mountain enclave of Vail, Colorado.

ARBC: What did you edit out of this book?

SW: I didn’t have to edit anything out of Everything To Lose. I learned my lesson with my first book, Now I See You. I’m a history buff and did a good bit of research on the history of the mafia in Colorado. I found fascinating information that I originally included in my firsts book. Unfortunately my editor thought it was an information dump that slowed the story (I’m sure she was right). I did manage to tuck a couple facts in that made it into the final manuscript.

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Everything to Lose

Mountain Resort Mystery Series Book 2

by Shannon Work

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

When the truth could cost you everything… Sometimes murder is the only way out.

When her husband is found dead in their Vail, Colorado mansion, Victoria Banks is accused of murder. Determined to prove her innocence, she hires famed detective Jack Martin to help find the real killer.

​But when the two uncover a sinister plot some would kill to keep secret, could it cost both of them their lives?

With a growing list of suspects, can Jack find the killer in time to prove Victoria’s innocence? Or will he discover his beautiful client is actually guilty of murder?

​From the mountain luxury of Vail, Colorado, to the oilfields outside Denver, Everything To Lose is a page-turning story of murder and greed.

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