Monday, January 24, 2022

Audiobook Series Tour: Girl with a Gun Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, we are excited to share books from the Annie Oakley Mystery series by Kari Bovee as she releases the audiobook series!  Today, I have a review of Girl with a Gun! Check out the book, read my thoughts, learn about the series and author and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

 

Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages
Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes.
Genre:  Historical Mystery / Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  PG + M: Mature themes, mild swearing 
 
 
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She’s on the rise to fame and fortune, but her sudden notoriety comes with some deadly consequences.

Annie Oakley thrives as a sharpshooter in the Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save her family’s farm—and make her dreams come true.

But her act misfires when she discovers her Indian assistant dead in her tent. Uncovering a shocking secret from her assistant’s past, the girl with the gun believes it’s murder. Determined to find the truth, she ruffles some horse feathers, making enemies along the trail.

​But, when her prized gelding is stolen, Annie realizes she might have been the target all along.

Can Little Miss Sure Shot save her equine friend and find the killer before everything she’s worked for is destroyed?

​If you like a cunning mystery, a feisty heroine, and a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning, you’ll love this wild ride with the iconic Annie Oakley in the saddle.
 
 
My Review
 

Girl with a Gun is a light historical mystery. Growing up, I always had a stack of mysteries and biographies to read from our local library. This series is a fun blend of my favorite books. While the actual mystery is not difficult to solve--the setting and characters create an entertaining novel for readers. Being from Ohio, Annie Oakley was a family favorite as a little girl. The books in this series are very loosely based on Annie Oakley and the circle surrounding her--and there are times when the author modernizes the plots a bit. Readers will find a light mystery with familiar names--but shouldn't be too caught up in total historical accuracy. 


The author creates a fast-paced, standalone mystery. As with Folly at the Fair, the author's writing style reminds me of Nancy Drew Mysteries--or Murder She Wrote. Everything isn't entirely believable, and the characters are superficial. However, it is still entertaining to watch the cast solve the mystery at hand and face some side stories and personal obstacles. The mystery isn't a complicated one to solve--but it is still fun to watch the story play out with Annie and the characters. This novel, and Prequel Shoot Like a Girl, begin the series--so it is an excellent place to start! While the mysteries are standalone and Bovee does fill readers in on essential details and backstories--I always prefer to begin a series at the beginning. 


Would I recommend Girl with a Gun from the Annie Oakley Mysteries by Kari Bovee? I enjoyed the story and the characters. I did feel that this book was a more fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley and her Wild West Show cohorts than Folly at the Fair--but it is a fun trip back in time with some well know names and places. The author's writing style creates a simple, easy-to-read, and easy-to-follow storyline. For readers seeking a light, historical mystery--the series does not disappoint.  I have not listened to the audiobook versions--but, would be interested to listen to them as well. 

 

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Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages
Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   November 2019
Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)


About the Book
 
She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father's sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.
 

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Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages
Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes
Genre:  Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   April 2020
Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing

About the Book

She’s outgunned her opponents at every turn, but will it be enough to solve a royal case of murder? Annie Oakley can’t believe her good fortune at an imperial invitation.

Queen Victoria wants Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to perform for her Golden Jubilee. But during the voyage to England, a royal escort is murdered and the gun-slinging star finds herself at the center of an assassination plot against the crown.

Determined to catch the killer, Annie tracks down the clues. And by the time they reach London, she thinks she’s right on course. But when her husband falls mysteriously ill, and an assassination attempt is made on the queen, the sharpshooting amateur sleuth may find herself out to sea before her ship comes in.

Can the clever markswoman solve the double-barreled mystery before it’s too late?

Peccadillo at the Palace is the second novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series. If you like a fast-paced mystery with unexpected plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end, you’ll love this riveting historical mystery featuring America’s favorite sure-shot.
 
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Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages
Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes
Genre:  Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   June 2020
Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing

About the Book

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one…

Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent.

Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive.

Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer?

Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s fast-paced whodunit.
 

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Meet the Author

 

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Bovee writes the award-winning Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series, and has more ideas than time for many, many more.

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Maxwell Children's Book Spotlight

This morning, I have a children's book to share in our book spotlight!  Check out Maxwell and buy a copy of this book!


 

Children's Book

Date Published: October 5, 2021

Publisher: Mascot Books



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About the Book


Maxwell is a unique children's book that celebrates the power of imagination and dreams. It’s a story about transcendence, and the extraordinary blossoming out of the ordinary. It is about the timeless and ever-expanding bond between parent and child, and the priceless lessons of love they hold for each other. While Maxwell is primarily created for children, parents will be delighted at the extras designed with them in mind. Truly something for all ages to enjoy!

- 40-page children’s book with vibrant and layered illustrations that will encourage many a reading to discover all the hidden magic within.

- Children will become part of this interactive story themselves as they are invited to take part in the “imaginative process,” creating new roles and adventures for “The Amazing Maxwell!”

- Includes a separately bound 28-page “True Story of Maxwell + Time Capsule” attached in back pocket of the book–Read the true story of Maxwell (a wild spider) as the author experienced it AND take part in your very own “Time Capsule” between you and your children–the making of a keepsake that can be handed down for generations!



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Where's Kazu? Book Blitz & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a suspense novel in our book blitz spotlight!  Check out Where's Kazu, learn about the Maison de Danse Quartet and author Greg Jolley--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!


Book One of the Maison de Danse Quartet

Suspense

Date Published: 01-01-2022

Publisher: Épouvantail Books



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The hunt is on. Pierce Danser is desperately searching for his grandson, Kazu, a twelve year old who's carving a murderous trail as he tries to escape his past. Labeled by the Mexican federales as Jappy the Assassin, the boy has fought his way to the states, being chased by his double-crossed employer and the law. When Pierce picks up his trail, he starts his desperate journey from a simple life in Michigan to the Midwest, using all of his wits and contacts to rescue the boy before the Mexican hitmen and the authorities get their claws into him.

As the trail leads Pierce to Florida, he is also targeted and attacked. Battered and frightened, he refuses to give up, doing all he can to get to Kazu before the boy is caught and disappeared and worse. Because of his trickery and escape, nothin less than Kazu's head on a spike will do.


Pierce is in the fight of his life.

The clock is ticking.

Can he save the boy from his deadly pursuers?

 

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About the Author

Greg Jolley earned a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of the suspense novels about the fictional Danser family. He lives in a very small town in Florida and when he's not writing, he's researching historical true crime or goes surfing.


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Unraveling the Zodiac Ciphers and Codes Book Blitz

This morning, I have a true crime novel in our book blitz!  Check out Unraveling the Zodiac Ciphers and Codes by Gary P. Kirschenheuter, Ph.D.

 

Nonfiction / True Crime

Date Published: October 17, 2019

Publisher: Mindstir Media



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Unraveling the Zodiac Ciphers and Codes takes the reader on a historical trek through the Zodiac letters and ciphers associated with the Zodiac murders in the 1960s. A systematic approach uncovers the messages hidden not only in the four Zodiac ciphers but, in each of the Zodiac’s letters as well, including some that have never been broken. The decrypted and unraveled ciphers reveal the identity of the people involved in the Zodiac case—including BOTH of the killers—their motivation for committing their crimes, the connection to the sinking of the Titanic, and the precise location of the death machine bomb.


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Friday, January 21, 2022

Hero Spell Book Blitz

This morning, I have a contemporary Western romance with a paranormal theme in our book blitz spotlight.

 

Liberty Valley Love, Book 4

Contemporary Paranormal Western Romance

Date Published: November 2021

Publisher: Satin Romance



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Extraordinary pony farm manager Audra Dawson does it all, training ponies, teaching children to ride and looking after the livestock at Silver Lake Pony Ranch. She sets her sights on the man of her dreams—a man she adores, despite the fact he has other plans. He sees her as a friend, a potential sister-in-law, and a woman more capable than most Army generals—a cross between Gunga-Din and Alexander the Great—but not someone he wants to be involved with romantically. Meanwhile her employer’s two mischievous kids are determined to find the “perfect” man for her and they cast the Hero Spell.

The Magic is Back!

A legend in his own mind, veterinarian Joe Watkins knows his destiny when he sees Audra again. She needs him as much as he does her. He'll capture her stubborn heart. Between Audra's family who puts the "fun back in dysfunctional," apparently random animal poisonings, a stranger who claims to have traveled through Time, and the trials and tribulations of the summer season on the pony farm, tensions increase with the summer heat. Will the magic last this time or is it just a fling brought about by the Hero Spell?

 

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Other books in the Liberty Valley Love Series:


A Man's World

Liberty Valley Love, Book 1

Defending her honor . . . and her life!

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Cowboy Spell

Liberty Valley Love, Book 2

Be Careful What You Witch For!

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The Marshal’s Lady

Liberty Valley Love, Book 3

Two officers of the law from different centuries chasing the same killer could be a recipe for disaster—especially with the distraction of love!

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About the Author

I live on the family farm, a riding stable in the Cascade foothills. I organize most of the riding programs, teach horsemanship, nurse sick horses, hold for the shoer, train whoever needs it – four-legged and two-legged. And write books in my spare time, two paranormal western romance series.


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James Dreadful and the Tomb of Forgotten Secrets Book Spotlight

This morning, I have a young adult fantasy novel to share with you! You may remember that I shared the first book from the series, James Dreadful and the Spell Guardian, last year. Today, I have book two: James Dreadful and the Tomb of Forgotten Secrets in our spotlight. Check out the book, learn about the series and author Alan Creed--and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  James Dreadful and the Tomb of Forgotten Secrets (The Dreadful Series Book 2) by Alan Creed
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  332 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:  Creed Publishing
Release date:  October 19, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13. Uses of the word "sh*t" occasionally, "pr*ck," "*sshole". Also some references to drinking.
 

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James Dreadful’s Epic Adventure Continues in Book Two of the Dreadful Series

After narrowly escaping a contract with his father’s evil servant Rekenhowler, James reluctantly decides to return home to the Cades Isles to live out the rest of his youth training to become a sorcerer. The only problem: James and his companions are adrift on the boat Persephone in the Realm of Shadows without a crew.

When a stowaway aboard Persephone informs James that his father—the Dark Lord—might have been mind-slaved by the mysterious, evil Cowl, James is shocked. The only proof that he will accept is the soul of his father, which he learns is lodged deep in the Tomb of Forgotten Secrets. In confronting his father’s soul, James can learn the truth about the Dark Lord—and if he is destined to become one himself.

​But before he can reach the Tomb, James must travel to Sarvelok, an island protected by raiders, to retrieve the key his uncle Oskar stole from him. Attacking the island would be suicide—but possible with the help of Rekenhowler. The price James will have to pay, however, is too high, but without it, will he ever learn the truth of his father—and his own fate? 

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Meet the Author

Alan Creed fell in love with storytelling after seeing Star Wars for the first time as a child. When he was ten years old, his tutor asked him to write sentences containing three words: Ocean, Desert and Jungle. Instead of sentences, Alan wrote a 103-page story entitled Journey through the Desert. That's when he knew he wanted to be a writer. His 103-page story served as the source material for the Dreadful Series. Alan is currently working on the next installment in the James Dreadful series.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Mirror Code: Breaking the Zodiac Killer Ciphers and Codes Book Blitz

Today, I have a true crime novel in our book blitz spotlight!  Check out The Mirror Code:  Breaking the Zodiac Killer Ciphers and Codes by author Gary Kirschenheuter.

 

Breaking the Zodiac Killer Cipher Codes

Nonfiction / Serial Killers / True Crime

Date Published: September 28, 2021

Publisher: MindStir Media

 

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Breaking the Zodiac Killer Ciphers and Codes presents the mathematical solutions to the Zodiac Killer's ciphers. For the first time, the exact messages contained in these ciphers are revealed. The cipher solutions lead to the identification of the four people involved in the Zodiac group. Photographic evidence places the two men in the group at the funeral of Zodiac victim Cheri Jo Bates in 1966. Further unraveling of the Zodiac ciphers embedded in each of the letters and the Car Door cipher lead to the discovery of the Zodiac group's grand plan. This plan describes how the dates and locations of the attacks were chosen to form a hidden code that predicted the last murder in the series. Learn how the Zodiac group evolved over time and what brought their unbridled depravity to an end, all in their own words.

 

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About the Author

Gary Kirschenheuter is a retired research chemist. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Orleans. He resides in Arvada, Colorado, with his family and remains active in his scientific pursuits.



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