THE EYE INSIDE: A Red Notebook Mystery #2 by J.D. Rohm – Spotlight & Giveaway


In JD Rohm’s novel, THE EYE INSIDE, fresh from her career-changing case in The Glass Curtain, which won MARQUESA JESUS PIAZZA, known as Mach, the trust of Dr. MATTHEW ROWAN and Sergeant MIL URQUIA, Mach is now firmly embedded as a New York City crime reporter in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the NYPD.

Many of the characters from the first novel, including editor SCOTT SCREEN and Mach’s beloved Jack Russell Terrier KITTY, appear in The Eye Inside. And some new characters are introduced, most notably an adversarial member of the police force, KLANDAGI MORRISON, a love interest/FBI cryptologist, DR. RODNEY HARGRAVE, and a smooth forensic accountant, THEO COSTAS. New York City and references to Sherlock Holmes season the novel’s setting.In the last lines of The Glass Curtain, Mach and Mil are called to investigate a crime scene in which a young woman is found murdered on the campus of Columbia University during the winter break. The Eye Inside picks up quickly from this point, and the crime shares elements of two prior murders (unsolved) of women in Southern California.

All clues point to a serial murderer, assigned the moniker The Third Eyelid Killer, due to a photograph he sends the police of the mysterious translucent third eyelid found in certain animals, including canines. GLORIA YAP, Kitty’s dog walker, is called in to help decipher the canine clues throughout.Mach and Scott’s paper is under siege by ERIC “TAI-PAN” RATHBOURNE, a Hong Kong media tycoon and corporate raider. This crisis creates tension in the office and requires Mach’s energy to be divided between doing her job, navigating romantic waters, and helping Scott save the paper.A new layer of Mach is revealed.

As she embraces the excitement of her reawakened career, she revisits the sacrifices she made to get there—namely romance, love, children, and friendship. She steps up her tendency to make poor choices in men—i.e. her boss, her source, and her colleague—underscoring that no matter how smart and savvy she is, she sabotages her own happiness because of her ingrained interpretation of her feminist upbringing.

The pursuit of the killer uncovers an animal lab that experiments with canine DNA, and a money-laundering scheme that seems to be at the heart of the murders. With the help of the other characters, Mach and Mil uncover who the murderer is and why the young victim and others were targeted by the unexpected culprit. And Mach believes she has found love at last.

This is part two in a series, but you can read it without reading the first novel.

The Type of Writer I Want To Be The term “social portraiture” turned up in something I read recently and it has stayed in my mind ever since.  I think of Tom Wolfe, for example, and his Bonfire of the Vanities.  What is most fascinating to me is human behavior in the context of our society. I guess I always felt that way…

Thanks to JD we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re looking forward to reading this summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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WINTER of the WOLF by Martha Hunt Handler – Spotlight & Giveaway

Winter of the Wolf is a tragic mystery blending sleuthing and spirituality.

An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf, follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With help from her friend Julie, they retrace Sam’s steps, delve into his Inuit beliefs, and reconnect with their spiritual beliefs to uncover clues beyond material understanding.

All book sales proceeds received by the author will go to the Wolf Conservation Center (

Thanks to Martha we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about your relationship with the environment. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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SIDE TRIP by Kerry Lonsdale – Spotlight & Giveaway

Kerry Lonsdale’s new novel, SIDE TRIP (LakeUnionPublishing) takes us on a road trip of love, life and loss along Route 66.

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.

A stand-alone which won’t disappoint Lonsdale’s fan …. maybe bring some new ones into the flock. Sit down, pour a glass of chilled savignon blanc and have a fun read.

Kerry is a Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Amazon Charts, and #1 Kindle bestselling author. She’s also one of the top 100 Kindle authors of all time according to EBook Friendly. She’s not sure how they came up with that list, but she’s on it. Go figure.

Kerry writes standalone and series based emotionally charged domestic drama that readers have described as “unputdownable” and “intricately plotted.” Summer afternoon soaps, nighttime thriller dramas, and the deliciously scandalous novels she kept hidden in her school backpack under a smashed half-eaten pb&j, fueled her bold imagination. She’s been constructing tales since she could wield a #2 stick of lead. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, her stories appeal to a wide, international audience and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She’s obsessed with the covers of her foreign editions and celebrates them on #TranslationThursday on her Facebook page.

Co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband and teen kids where she spends her mornings writing and afternoons herding cats, literally. Scroll down. The cats are probably in her Instagram feed. Her mind is twisted, but her heart is bright, and she loves her readers, so she created the perfect spot to hang out: the Tiki Lounge. She’d love for you to join her there.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your most favorite road trip book. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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NOT LIKE THE MOVIES by Kerry Winfrey – Spotlight

Kerry Winfrey follows up her super successful rom-com WAITING FOR TOME HANKS with NOT LIKE IN THE MOVIES (Berkley).

What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.

Kerry Winfrey is the author of WAITING FOR TOM HANKS, a romantic comedy from Berkley. The companion novel, NOT LIKE THE MOVIES, will be out today. She’s also the author of the YA novels LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES and THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT, both from Feiwel and Friends. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely baking a pie or watching far, far too many romantic comedies. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in the middle of Ohio.


Want to know more? Here are some interviews where I (yes, it was me writing in third person up there! Weird!) talk about writing, romantic comedies, and more:
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HAPPY 4th of July!

We have something special today. Book suggestions from preschool to middle grade. I thought this might be something fun for parents, grandparents, everyone with a little one in their life to check out. There’s no specific order or message to be had from this list. I just thought you might like it.


Children just developing sense of humor will appreciate. Complete with cupcake poops and random burps.

AGE: preschool – 3 years old, Publisher: Little Brown


A silly book for silly people. Everyone is unique and can be celebrated!

AGE: Preschool, Publisher: Scholastic


Quirky and relatable characters experience an avalanche of situations.

AGE: Grades 3 – 7 , Publisher: Random House


Explores internal life of a young girl going through both ordinary and strange trials in a way that tells readers they are not alone.

AGE: Grades 3 – 7, Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

SQUIRM by Carl Hiiasen

Wickedly funny, slightly subversive tale of snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad and a menacing drone.

AGE: 10 years old and up, Publisher: Yearling

I AM ENOUGH by Grace Byers

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

AGE: 4 – 8 years old, Publisher: Harper Collins


Four lucky boys and girls are about to go inside a spectacular building on a scavenger hunt that takes them through larger than life action games.

AGE: 8 – 12 years old, Publisher: Random House Young Readers

GUTS by Raina Telegemier

A story that normalizes therapy and shows child-developing coping skills that will inspire readers.

AGE: 8 – 12 years old, Publisher: Graphix


Celebrate dreams, acceptance and love parents have for their children.

AGE: 3 – 7 years old, Publisher: Random House

LOVE MONSTER by Rachel Bright

It’s hard to fit in when you’re different. Love Monster sets off to find someone who will love him for the way he is.

AGE: 3 – 7 years old, Publisher: Farrar Strauss & Groux


Sweet and simple board book that offers a declaration of unwavering love from mom to her wonderful child.

AGE: Baby – 5 years old, Publisher: Little Simon, Simon & Schuster

HAIR LOVE by Matthew A. Cherry

A bighearted ode to individuality and father-daughter relationships.

AGE: 4 – 9 years old, Publisher: Kokila


The Crayons are on strike… Red is tired. Beige is bored. Black is misunderstood and peach is naked. It’s about a kid named Duncan who likes to think “outside the box.”

AGE: K – 3 years old, Publisher: Philomel

I LOVE MY PUPPY by Caroline Jayne Church

Mia asks what do you love most about your puppy? Touch and feel on every page.

AGE: 2 – 4 years old, Publisher: Cartwheel Books

Enjoy finding these books at your favorite on-line independent bookstore and sharing them together.

#RandomHouse #WendyLambBooks #Yearling #Scholastic #FarrarStrausandGiroux #Cartwheel #LittleSimon #SimonandSchuster #HarperCollins #Philomel #Kokila



I’m sure you’re one of the thousands who read and turned THE HUNTING PARTY into a bestselling book. Now Lucy Foley comes with her follow-up, THE GUEST LIST….. All I can say is there are certain clubs you don’t want to belong to and lists you’d rather be left off.

But I’m sure Lucy is excited THE GUEST LIST has been chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her latest book club list.

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry. She is the author of The Book of Lost and Found and The Invitation and The Hunting Party. She lives in London.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about weddings. Certainly there is something you find wonderful! We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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CRUSHING IT by Lorelei Parker * SPOTLIGHT *

In Lorelei Parker’s new novel, CRUSHING IT (Kensington) life, as in gaming, there’s a way around every obstacle . . .

To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar’s diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer?

Until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer . . .”

Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it’s not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she’s been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player’s motivations.

Bouncing all over the north throughout her childhood, Lorelei Parker grew up believing she was a Yankee. However, raised by transplanted Alabamans, she was destined to eventually wind up in the south. After graduating from Auburn University, she disappointed her entire family by defecting to SEC rival University of Florida and eventually settled as far north as central Virginia for grad school in French literature. After a major career shift and a brief detour through New York City, she now works as a computer programmer in Charlottesville. In her free time, when she isn’t playing video games, she writes contemporary romantic comedy.

#gaming #videogames #Kensington #LoreleiParker #womensfiction

THE 5th C by Elaine Gallant – Spotlight & Giveaway

The 5th C

THE 5TH C ~ The CIA, An Unknown Force, and Russia’s Secret Cache of Diamonds.

        Eric Dane, a new CIA officer, finds himself shot and left for dead after his very first assignment. This makes for a golden, or rather diamond, opportunity for Operation Pop Up–the CIA’s code name for its secret mission to stop trillions of precious stones about to flow out of Russia’s Popigai Crater.

       Now as a ghost in the field, Eric vows to unearth the forces that hold the world’s diamond market in its hands. However, the serpentine trail he takes leads to shocking discoveries far more bizarre than anyone imagines. 

And stay tuned for Elaine’s next novel:

Until You Return Home to Me ~ A Hopeful Horror Story 

Currently under pen is the spine-tingling thriller “Until You Return Home to Me” about a Divine encounter, good versus evil, marriage and maternity.

        Jasmine Carmichael, a latent Catholic and young wife at the start of a second-chance pregnancy is jolted awake after a Divine encounter and propelled to invite enemies to make peace. She’s doing just fine…that is…until unholy forces savagely intervene. Now with her biological clock ticking louder and louder toward an impending birth, for Jasmine, which side will prevail and what cost will she pay?

Thanks to Elaine we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about the CIA. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck:

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Jane L. Rosen’s new novel ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR (Berkley) delivers a charming, unforgettable novel about four women, one little lie, and the big repercussions that unite them all. 

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Eliza Hunt created The Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board fifteen years ago she was happily entrenched in her picture-perfect suburban life with her husband and twin preschoolers. Now, with an empty nest and a crippling case of agoraphobia, the once-fun hobby has become her lifeline. So when a rival parenting forum threatens the site’s existence, she doesn’t think twice before fabricating a salacious rumor to spark things up a bit.   

It doesn’t take long before that spark becomes a flame.  

Across town, new mom and site devotee Olivia York is thrown into a tailspin by what she reads on the Bulletin Board. Allison Le is making cyber friends with a woman who isn’t quite who she says she is. And Amanda Cole, Eliza’s childhood friend, may just hold the key to unearthing why Eliza can’t step out of her front door. 

In all this chaos, one thing is for sure…Hudson Valley will never be the same. 

Funny, romantic, raw, and hopeful, this is a story about being a woman and of the healing power of sisterhood.

Jane L. Rosen is an author and Huffington Post contributor. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters. She often takes inspiration from the city she lives in and the people she shares it with. She is the author of a young adult novel, The Thread, which she self-published. In addition to writing she has spent time in film, television, and event production and is the cofounder of It’s All Gravy, a web and app-based gifting company.

THE GOOD STRANGER by Dete Meserve – Spotlight & Giveaway

No secret here: I was a television reporter for many years, so I absolutely love reading about anything having to do with my former career. Introducing my new favorite TV reporter, Kate Bradley, protagonist of THE GOOD STRANGER. .. now a Netflix feature film.

TV reporter Kate Bradley arrives in Manhattan ready to take on a challenging new position as a national news correspondent. When a massive power outage plunges New York City into darkness, the disaster she expected to cover takes an unexpected turn. Someone is leaving thousands of mysterious gifts throughout the city, and the only clue to the giver’s identity is the occasional note from “A Stranger.”

Together with handsome TV series host Scott Jameson, Kate must make sense of these random generous acts, which quickly escalate in scale and capture the attention of viewers across the country. In early-morning stakeouts and late-night surveillance, they crisscross the city hunting down leads, but the elusive Stranger is always one step ahead.

Menacing letters and videos addressed to Kate threaten to derail the investigation, but she’s determined to uncover the identity of the benefactor. The closer Kate gets to the truth, the more clearly she sees that even the smallest act of generosity can bring about powerful change. And it just may take her own selfless act of kindness to solve the feel-good mystery of the year.

THE GOOD STRANGER is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. It’s all about kindness and it inspires us all to do better, especially in these uncertain times.


Dete Meserve is the award-winning, bestselling author of three novels in the Kate Bradley Mystery Series: Good SamPerfectly Good Crime, and The Good Stranger (coming May 19, 2020) and a fourth standalone mystery/suspense novel The Space Between. Her first non-fiction book, Random Acts of Kindness, co-authored with journalist Rachel Greco was published in March 2019.

Her first novel, Good Sam, was produced as a feature film for Netflix Original Film and was released worldwide in May 2019. The film was produced by Meserve based on a screenplay by Meserve and Teena Booth. The film stars Tiya Sircar (The Good Place). Watch it here:

When she’s not writing, she is a film and television producer in Los Angeles and a partner and CEO of Wind Dancer Films. Her recent credits include Executive Producer of What Men Want (Paramount), Executive Producer of Ready Jet Go (PBS), and Producer and Screenwriter of Good Sam (Netflix).

Meserve lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children–and a very good cat that rules them all.

Thanks to Kate Rocks Book Reviews, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re looking forward to reading this summer. We’ll announce a winner. Good luck.

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