Escape to Beautiful Honeymoon Harbor in ‘Herons Landing’ [REVIEW]

Boats in Gig Harbor, Washington at sunset

JoAnn Ross welcomes readers to her latest series set in the picturesque Pacific Northwest’s Honeymoon Harbor. (Photo by John Westrock, Flickr)

Busy with her big city life, a young woman takes a break and returns to the sleepy seaside village where she grew up and soon realizes just how much she misses it. Not only that, she discovers what truly makes life worthwhile and which dreams are most important. Take a pause from your own hectic life to enjoy JoAnn Ross’s brand new Honeymoon Harbor series and its debut novel, Herons Landing.  Read more of this post

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Romance, Magic, and Enlightenment Await You at ‘The Paris Wedding’ [REVIEW]

Paris

Is Paris ever a bad idea, even when it is to go see your first love marry someone you’ve never met? (Photo by George Estreich, Flickr)

Shortly after receiving a devastating blow that shakes her carefully constructed world, a young woman receives an unexpected invitation to Paris. Even as she tries to sort through a bevy of emotions, her family encourages her to make the journey. But is she up for watching her first love get married? Find out in Charlotte Nash’s gorgeous new novel, The Paris Wedding.  Read more of this post

Perilous and Heartbreaking, ‘Run the Storm’ Recounts the Tragic Wreck of the SS El Faro [REVIEW]

Hurricane Joaquin

When the SS El Faro is caught in the midst of a savage hurricane, even its brave crew can’t keep it from shipwreck. (Photo courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

When a well-maintained ship with a seasoned crew travels the same route week after week without incident, by all appearances its next journey should have been a safe one. But when a small tropical storm suddenly becomes a category four hurricane, even the bravest sailors are helpless to resist the destructive power of nature. Discover how a massive vessel like the SS El Faro simply vanished one day in 2015 in George Michelsen Foy’s spellbinding non-fiction account of this devastating true story, Run the Storm. 
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Lisa Scottoline’s ‘After Anna’ Proves Not All Wishes Should Come True [REVIEW]

Wrapped

Her daughter was stolen from her twice, but who is guilty of her murder? Find out in Lisa Scottoline’s After Anna. (Photo by Gabriela Camerotti, Flickr)

When a woman’s estranged daughter reaches out to her after 16 years of silence, the mother is overjoyed. Little does she know, however, that by inviting the girl into her life, she’ll unleash unforeseeable devastation upon her new family which ultimately results in murder. But who is to blame? Find out in Lisa Scottoline’s new thriller, After Anna.  Read more of this post

A Letter to My Pre-Published Self [GUEST POST]

Tools of the trade

Historical mystery writer E.M. Powell offers words of encouragement to unpublished authors everywhere, including her younger self, in this candid letter. (Photo by Chris Blakeley, Flickr)

If you enjoy reading mysteries just as much as you like historical fiction, we bet you’re really going to take a shine to the work of E.M. Powell. Her new novel, The King’s Justice (published under Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint) starts a thrilling new series of medieval mysteries you won’t be able to put down. But like many writers, Powell’s career wasn’t an overnight success. Find out what she overcame on the road to publication in her guest post, “A Letter to My Pre-Published Self.” Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post