Friday, July 25, 2014

Deadly Errors Giveaway

Seize the summer!  I hope that my readers, like me, have been enjoying the warmer temperatures, and a more relaxed pace this summer.  Some of you may have noticed that I've been away from my blog the last few weeks; I took a break from blogging while we traveled to various states and cities for my daughter's college tour.  We visited many schools, and also had the chance to get together with family and friends. 

Upon my return, Jillian from Astor + Blue Editions contacted me about hosting a giveaway for a medical thriller, and I'm excited to jump back into blogging with this giveaway.  To celebrate the upcoming release in September 2014 of the new thriller novel Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler, a renowned neurosurgeon who retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time after publishing his first two medical thrillers, Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), I'm very pleased to host a giveaway for Deadly Errors.  According to Jillian, the premise of Deadly Errors "is frighteningly plausible--it begins with a billion dollar computerized medical record system causing lethal healthcare foul-ups, and the main character, Dr. Matthews, is swept up in a deadly suspense mystery."  I've only read a few medical thrillers, but this one sounds quite compelling.  The giveaway is open internationally (U.S./Canada, print copy or ebook; ebook edition elsewhere).

  • To enter the giveaway for Deadly Errors, simply leave a comment. 
  • For another chance at winning, become a follower of this blog, or let me know that you're already a follower. 
  • For an additional chance, post about this contest on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. 
  • For one more chance, mention a medical thriller that you enjoyed reading.  

    Enter by 5 PM PDT on Monday, August 18. One winner will be selected randomly, and announced on Tuesday, August 19.  Best of luck!

    Your comments are welcomed, as always. :)
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    The Shamrock Case

    Which characteristic do you value most in a female protagonist? As I mentioned in a previous post, author Linda Weaver Clarke says that a cozy mystery "focuses on the plot and characters, and the main character is usually an intelligent woman".  Published in 2014, The Shamrock Case is the second book in the Amelia Moore Detective series, a cozy mystery series by Linda Weaver Clarke.  In this new mystery, private investigator Amelia Moore is determined to solve a puzzling mystery for a new client, eighteen-year-old Kate Clemmons, who has just learned that she was adopted.  Kate's birth parents were from Ireland, and died soon after coming to America.  Kate wants to answer some questions about her past, and to find her biological grandparents.  Amelia is eager to help Kate learn more about her ancestors, and she's excited about taking a trip to Ireland (which is on her bucket list).  Like in the first book in this series, The Bali Mystery, Amelia asks her attractive friend and new partner, Rick Bonito, to help her solve the case.

    The Shamrock Case is an engaging cozy with twists and turns that captured and held my interest.  Once again, the author has done a wonderful job with the characters and setting.  Amelia is a smart, kind, and altogether admirable main character.  I continue to relish the relationship between Amelia and Rick, which is purposeful, but also fun and flirty.  I loved taking a virtual trip to colorful, vibrant Ireland, and could visualize the countryside, churches, inns, and famous attractions, like the Blarney Stone.  Before I read this book, I was interested in visiting Ireland, which I picture as very lush and green.  Now, I'm even more eager to travel to this gorgeous country, and to taste some of the delicious food featured in the book, like shepherd's pie.  In back of the book there's a short list of Irish terms, such as Blathering and Dia Duit, which are used in the book, which is a charming little touch.  I enjoyed this second mystery very much. The Shamrock Case is suitable for older children and adults.

    Thanks to Linda Weaver Clarke for providing me with a complimentary copy of The Shamrock Case.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Missing Heir, in which Amelia, Rick--and readers--will venture to Mexico.

    Your comments are welcomed. 

    Some of the books featured here were given to me free of charge by authors, publishers, and agents. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


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