Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages | Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)
Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.
Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.
When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Lauren Carr has created another outstanding mystery/suspense novel!
As is her style, she "grabs" the reader's interest from the very beginning, then continue to build the mystery/suspense, adding slight humor and romance.
In this saga, The twins - Murphy and J.J. - play a key role. Jessica , Tristan and the father, Joshua, also have key roles.
It is another "page turner" which leaves the reader curious, until the very end, about "who did it?".
The author has a natural flair for creating characters that seem so alive and real, one may forget they are fictional. The scenes are vivid and easily visualized.
The Cover and Title of the book were a perfect "fit'.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book
This book was sent to me with no requirement for a positive review. this is my honest review.
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Guest Post: Letting Go of Your Book By Lauren Carr
This post is an answer to a question I am often asked: How can you write three to four books a
Several months ago, I rejected a project in which an author asked me to edit his book. Not only
did I turn down the job because my schedule does not allow me to edit other authors’ books
anymore, but there was another reason I had turned down the project.
The first installment in a trilogy, the book had already been edited and released to the public to
favorable reviews. Two years later, readers of this first book were waiting for the next
installment, which the writer had still not finished. However, instead of focusing on completing
the second book, he had decided to go back to work on the first—already completed and
Note that the changes this author wanted to make were not glaring grammatical errors that he
wanted me to correct. Rather, a year or so after the book’s release, he had picked it up again
and started reading it and decided that he could “fine-tune” it.
Frankly, this is not an uncommon problem with some writers. Just the other day I saw where
the author of one book, which had been released three years ago, announced that he had just
received his first shipment of this same book: “Revamped and Re-Released.”
Why? I wondered. This book had received a ton of good reviews. Why has he not moved on to
write another book?
Some writers simply have a problem letting go.
Just like how some writers have a problem focusing on one project to its completion, other
writers have the opposite problem. They can’t let go and walk away after having written the
words “The End.”
There’s always at least one or two writers who can’t let go of “their baby” (as I heard one writer
describe it) when I teach a novel writing class. They are easy to spot. They have a book inside
them that they have been working on for five, ten, fifteen, or even twenty years.
I can still remember the very first thing I learned about writing on my first day of college. It was
in my first writing class that my journalism professor said, “Writers never finish a project. They
quit working on it.”
As a prolific writer who pens three (aiming for four) books a year, I know intimately what he
was talking about.
A writer can edit, re-write, revise, and proofread an article, short story, or book over and over
again, and still find sections that can be fine-tuned or corrections to be made. That’s why
professional writers, like myself, must set a deadline in which they force themselves to walk
away from the project—at which point they aren’t necessarily done, but rather they have let it
go to move onto their next project.
Writers who don’t let go, walk away, and never look back will continue to write, edit, rewrite,
re-edit, proofread one single book for their whole lives. Because—it is impossible to finish
writing a book.
Serious writers learn to let their books go. Admittedly, this can be very difficult—especially for
those writers who view their books as “babies.” I once read an article by an editor who
explained very simply, “It’s not a baby. It’s a book.”
Here’s a few pointers for writers who want to become prolific authors with more than one,
twenty-year-old unfinished novel under their belt:
1) Set a deadline to finish your book. I have been told that writers with a journalism
background learn early on how to let go. They are forced to write, even when they
aren’t in the mood, due to tight deadlines. My journalism training taught me to get a
project done by my deadline and then let it go, walk away, and then start on the next
As a full-time author, I still work on self-imposed deadlines. Since I’m my own boss, I can
move the deadline around (sometimes) but I still stick as close to it as possible.
2) Make each round of editing and proofreading count. Remember that you will always
find sections that can be “fine-tuned” every time you go through your book. With this in
mind, set a limit of how many times you will read through your project and when you
do, be ruthless in your search for errors.
Every writer is different. Personally, after completing the rough draft, I go through a
manuscript to rewrite it. Then, I will edit it. After editing, I send it to my editor. While
my current work in progress is with the editor, I will start working on my next book. (The
day after sending Crimes Past to the editor, I started writing The Root of Murder!) Then,
after going through the edits, I will proofread the book after layout. That is five times
that I will go through a book.
3) Once your book is released, don’t look back. Move onward! Unless you discover that
your book has a big glaring flaw, resist the urge to read through it again. (Once, six
weeks after a book was released, I was contacted by a reader who discovered that I had
a city in the wrong country. This mistake was missed by two editors and a proofreader! I
simply corrected that error—resisting the urge to look any further, and re-released the
I guarantee, when you go back to look at a book you wrote a few years ago, you will
definitely think, “Gee, I could have done that better,” Or “I should have done that.”
Every writer does that.
But, the pros who have more than one twenty-year-old unfinished book under their belt, they
let each book go, direct their attention on the next book, and never look back.
They move on.
Meet the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
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Coming Home to You (A True North Hero #3)
By M. K. Stelmack
Contemporary Romance }| Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming
She wants a temporary fake romance
Can he make it real...and forever?
Driving across the country in an RV with her terminally ill godmother was not Daphne Merlotte's idea. Nor was crashing the RV into a small-town coffee shop, nearly hitting local good guy Mel Greene. Now Daphne will do anything to keep her godmother from continuing the trip--even asking Mel to be her fake boyfriend. But there's nothing fake about Mel's intentions--he wants a real romance!
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Coming Home to You - M. K. Stelmack
This is a fun romance. Mel and Daphne are good together. I love Fran's character.
She is a real spitfire.
The characters are all well-developed and it is easy to feel their emotions.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
The title and book cover fit the story well.
I highly recommend this book to other readers. I like Spirit Lake where this
contemporary romance takes place. It sounds like a great place to live.
I give this book a literary rating of 5 out of 5
reviewed by Vickie
Other Books by This Author:
M. K. Stelmack writes contemporary romances set in Spirit Lake which is closely based on the small town in Alberta, Canada, where she lives with pets who outnumber the humans three to one, and where dust bunnies run unchecked. She aims to tell stories that don’t shy away from the tough questions but still leave readers feeling uplifted. She is the author of two previous Harlequin Heartwarming titles, A Roof Over Their Heads and Building a Family. She loves hearing from readers. Find her at her website or on Facebook
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Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, Prosperous Relationship with Work, Money by Christy Whitman!
Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, Prosperous Relationship with Work, Money by Christy Whitman
Publisher: Atria/Enliven Books (September 25, 2018)
Category: Motivational, Self-Improvement, Happiness, Management & Leadership, Personal Transformation
Tour dates: Sept, Oct, & Nov 2018 | , 224 pages
ISBN: 978-1501179006 | ASIN: B07CL5RBG6
Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, Prosperous Relationship with Work, Money by Christy Whitman In the bestselling tradition of The Secret, learn how to use the law of attraction for your career to access greater financial success and fulfillment in this positive, detailed guide from celebrated life coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All, Christy Whitman.
Whether your vision of an ideal career is starting your own business, rising to a different position within your current company, or landing your very first job, Quantum Success will help you make the prosperity and fulfillment of your dreams a reality.
Through her accessible, empowering writing, Christy Whitman shares the fundamental principles that she’s discovered after more than twenty years of studying universal forces—such as polarity, alignment, resonance, momentum, and magnetism—and explains how to harness these forces to optimize your wealth and career. Exemplified by numerous case studies, Christy’s ten-step plan teaches you how to establish inner relationships with future clients, associates, and employees, work with light and energy to magnetize opportunities and resources, build a culture of value and appreciation that brings out the very best in those around you, and operate at your highest capacity.
By mastering this process, you will enable yourself to achieve unimaginable success in your career, however you define it.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Quantum Success offers several great suggestion , in addition to the seven key ones, which is valuable in developing relationships.The first I was especially impressed with, was when a young woman was given a "death sentence" because of deteriorating kidneys and a chaplain gave her very wise advise.
Another time was toward the end of the book, suggesting when we seek employment or wish to advance our carer, instead of centering on "What are the benefits" or "How much does it pay?" it would be more productive to take a more positive approach. (This applies to family relationships, also.) The author suggests we should "take absolute responsibility of how much we give to others".
At the end of each step of the seven offered, there u=is a summary and emphasis on key points for discussion which helps the reader absorb the content , plus, would enhance discussions in Book Clubs.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me, with no requirement for posting a positive review. This is my honest review.
Praise Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful, Prosperous Relationship with Work, Money by Christy Whitman“Quantum Success is a radical and new approach to creating success! Christy Whitman applies universal laws to help people realize greater professional and financial success by outlining a precise “inside-out” approach. This is a must read for everyone who wants to accelerate their innate power to manifest.”-David Meltzer, Two Time Best-selling author & Forbes and Entrepreneur’s Top Keynote Speaker
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Love, Christmas – Movies You Love Boxed Set (The Holiday Series, #2)
Publication date: October 16th 2018 | Genres: Adult, Romance
Sprinkle a little Christmas magic into your life with 25 ALL-NEW, never before released romances. Each title – exclusive to this set – is inspired by a favorite holiday movie, spun into a fantastic love story by a NY Times, USA Today, and/or award-winning, bestselling author and delivered to you in this wonderful collection full of cheer for the coming season.Mimi Barbour – A Wonderful Life – Though Rylee works with troubled teens, can she and an angel help a man living a nightmare?
Leanne Banks – A Royal White Christmas – Can a secret prince be a Christmas wish-come-true for a small-town girl?
Joan Reeves – Brianna’s Season For Miracles – Her seductive persona hides what she’s ashamed of… What will happen if the man she’s fallen for discovers her secret?
Mona Risk – Jingle With My Princess – The doc and the princess… He saves lives, but she may save his heart.
Rebecca York – Can She Get Home for Christmas? – Will a killer stop her from getting home for Christmas?
Jacquie Biggar – Mistletoe Inn – A grieving man finds the greatest gift is love.
Alicia Street – Miracle on Christmas Tree Street – A single mom discovers her business partner is more than he seems.
Nancy Radke – The Holiday (Christmas) – Jodi’s house-swap to Maui came with a small dog and a shipwrecked sailor.
Katy Walters –Letters from the Snowman – The snow revealed a precious love.
Stephanie Queen – Holiday Affair – Melissa goes from riches to rags but will she find gold in a holiday affair?
Aileen Fish – Christmas in Connecticut – Can a wounded warrior learn to trust her celebrity chef crush after discovering his secret?
Rachelle Ayala – A Christmas Creek Carol – A reclusive writer is given a one-star review on her life by characters from her past, present, and future.
Dani Haviland – The Polar Xpress – She prefers dogs to men…until she rescues the doctor.
Traci Hall – Love, Actually (By the Sea) – Two strangers. One intimate night. Reunited a year later, can it actually be love?
Taylor Lee – The Ref-er-ee – With a family this discombobulated, it will take a referee to save their Christmas.
Donna Fasano – Her Mr. Miracle – It’s Christmas Eve and Veronica is stuck in a nearly deserted seaside town… She needs a miracle.
Cynthia Cooke – A Christmas to Remember – A Christmas storm. Wedding plans in peril. Has a lost love been found?
Susan Jean Ricci – A Joyous Holiday Inn – Can Twigg restore the joy of Christmas to Chloe’s indifferent heart?
Tamara Ferguson – Two Hearts Home for Christmas – Can a long ago promise of love bring two lonely wounded warriors home for Christmas?
Suzanne Jenkins – Christmas with the Clouds – Tracy isn’t interested in love until an unexpected Christmas visitor changes her heart.
Natalie Ann – How Gavin Stole Christmas – Can Jolene help Gavin find the Christmas spirit when he’s the epitome of Mr. Bah Humbug?
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