Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder At First Pitch

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Nicole Asselin and her new book Murder At First Pitch.  This is the first book in her Ball Park Mystery series.  I really enjoyed this one.

Murder at First Pitch: Ball Park Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Pandamoon Publishing (September 4, 2019)
Paperback: 188 pages
ISBN-10: 1950627217
ISBN-13: 978-1950627219
Digital ASIN: B07TDGL668

Purchase Link – Amazon 

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32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.

After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.

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Spooookkkkyyyyy Season

I love the fall season.  It’s my most favorite time of the year.

So, in honor of the month of October, I decided to read a bunch of spooky books.

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With a cameo of my Jacques.  (I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how long it took to get this picture.  But it was a lot.  And yes, it’s a scratch haunted house for cats. Yes.

So, back to books.  “Hunting Prince Dracula” is a re-read.  The last book in the series is out now, and I wanted to catch up before I read the last one.  It’s a great YA series and I highly recommend.  I’m not usually a big horror fan, but I received a copy of the “Haunting of Hill House” in one of my subscription boxes, and I can’t wait to dive into that one.

“Gideon the Ninth” has been super hyped up, along with “The Bone Houses”.  Also, across twitter, I’ve been hearing about “The Library of the Unwritten.”  I love a good story about a mysterious library….and I think I heard this one is all the books that have never been finished.

Which, leads me to my other project of the spooky season.  FINISH BOOK TWO OF THE BALLPARK MYSTERIES!!

I was writing at Dunkin Donuts today, and now I’m back at home to watch the Patriots and do some more writing.  I’m under strict supervision by my oldest child and hope to knock out a bunch of words today.  My plan is still to have this finished by Thanksgiving so I can get it out for editing well before the baseball season.

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If you’ve enjoyed “Murder at First Pitch”, please leave a review on Amazon!  I appreciate all the reviews I’ve gotten so far, and once I hit 50 reviews, there is some sort of magical algorithm that Amazon has.  Thanks again for all your support!

Don’t forget to check the events tab to see where I’m going to be in the next few months!

TODAY IS THE DAY! (Well, technically tomorrow too) Book Release

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My first book is here and it’s beautiful!!!  Technically release day is tomorrow, September 4, BUT, it is available to order in paperback form off Amazon as we speak!

I’m working on fixing the links, but for paperback:

Murder At First Pitch by Nicole Asselin

For Kindle:

Murder At First Pitch by Nicole Asselin

I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned as I’m getting ready to schedule some bookstore stops and library visits!  If you have a particular bookstore in your area that you love, let me know and I’ll see if I can add it to my list!

Also, if you’ve read the book, if you could kindly leave a review on both Amazon and Goodreads, I would greatly appreciate it!

Request it at your library as well!

 

Review of Murder At First Pitch

Another review!

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Murder At First Pitch
Nicole Asselin
5 Stars

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32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.

After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.

A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a suspect. Through the local Detectives and Davis – the…

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The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

I was approved for this book on Netgalley….and I’m so glad I was.  First off, Hank is awesome as a person.  Second, Hank is an amazing writer as well.  And this book just rocketed to the top of my favorites list.  It’s out on August 20th, and I highly recommend you check it out.

This book was great. As someone obsessed with murder and law shows, this book was right in my wheelhouse.

The book follows a woman named Rachel, who, after starting out in politics, decides (with the help of her defense attorney husband) to go to law school. The reader finds out how she meets her husband, which is after she sits on a jury for one of his trials. Coincidence that they meet later, fall in love, and get married?

The Murder List refers to a group of lawyers who defend possible murder suspects who can’t afford a high priced defense attorney usually. Her husband, Jack, is constantly touting the fact that he helps people get justice, even if everyone else thinks they are guilty. One of my favorite parts of the book is Rachel describing her time in the jury room. I’m one of those weirdos who actually doesn’t mind jury duty. The law is fascinating, and I’ve only been called once for a jury in Brockton. The spot-on characters in the room with her could have been lifted from the same jury I was on. The discussions were similar too. Luckily I wasn’t involved in a murder trial, but man,

Hank does a great job getting into details of the defense and prosecuting sides of the law, and one wonders how much research needed to be done. Her investigative reporter instincts must have helped immensely.

And reader? The epilogue is banana-pants. I gasped. And I was reading it on my phone b/c I couldn’t put it down.

This thriller was great!

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

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The Huntress by Kate Quinn

For those that love a good WWII story, this is a great book to fufill that need.  It follows three very different people in various stages of the WWII.  The end of the war, the lives of those left behind after, and the early 1950’s in the US.

The Huntress referenced in the title is the notorious Nazi war criminal who was found to have killed men, women, and children as the war was coming to an end.  Ian Graham is a Nazi hunter who has been searching for her ever since finding out his brother was one of her victims.  And while he searches for “The Huntress”, he has to confront truths of his own.

The Huntress is also the former Soviet pilot, Nina, who was with Ian’s brother in the final days of the war.  She is one of the notorious women pilots known as the “Night Witches.” During the war, the Soviets were the only ones to allow women to fly combat missions. This little it of history I didn’t know, and it was fascinating.  Nina, forced to leave due to false accusations, crashes in Poland and ends up with Ian’s brother.  As they make their way west, Nina ensures they survive.  They are drawn to the Huntress’ cabin on a lake where she takes them in under the guise of helping them.  Nina never trusts the woman, and leaves with a promise to return for Ians’ brother the next day.  She witnesses his murder and vows to avenge his death.  Through circumstance, her and Ian end up married in order to get her over to England and safety.  The reconnect five years later on the hunt for the Nazi.

Finally, Jordan is the average fresh out of high school teenager in Boston, MA.  Living with her dad and dreaming of a photography career, she is thrown for a loop when he introduces a new woman and her young daughter into their lives.  Jordan, naturally suspicious, finds herself not quite able to trust the new woman.  After her father dies unexpectedly, she bonds with her new stepmother in a deeper way, but still can’t shake her suspicions.

The book really picks up in the final parts, as Ian, his partner Tony, and Nina follow leads to Boston on their hunt.  Jordan becomes an unknowing part of their search but in the end is indispensible to their search.

I enjoyed this book, although sometimes it did drag a bit.  The historical note at the end of the book really helped put a lot of this fictional work in historical context.  Unfortuantely, we see some of the same facist tendancies cropping up now, so this book was weirdly affecting in that way.  After her novel, “The Alice Network” I couldn’t wait for this one, and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Can’t wait to see what she does next!

Murder at First Pitch by Me!

Yup!  My BOOK!

 

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And you can pre-order it here:  Murder at First Pitch by Nicole Asselin

It will be out on September 4, just in time for playoff season!

As most of you know, it’s been a long few years.  I started this book back in 2016 while working at Alion, and completed it while waiting for work.  It has gone through two POV changes, and a bit of editing to tighten it up, and now it’s ready for the world!

I hope you love it as much as I do!  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter

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More Historical Fiction (this time, with illegal alcohol)

Prohibition is so hot right now.

Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that this week I read two books that featured the law quite heavily.

The first:

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Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins

Set in Chicago in the midst of the turblent prohibition era, this books is filled with real life characters of the time. The mystery follows Gina Ricci, who, on the recommendation of a “friend”, goes to work at the notorious speakeasy “The Third Door”.  She becomes a cigarette girl, in hopes of making enough money to support her and her ailing father.  She befriends soldiers home from the war, gangsters, and flightly debutantes.  She even makes the aquantice of a family member that she didn’t even know existed. Unfortuantely, she then finds this family member murdered and begins to investigate the mysterious happenings at the speakeasy.

Love love loved this book.  I can’t wait for more adventures.  That time period fascinates me, and the whole cast of characters are infinitely interesting too.  I especially want to learn more about the young man working in the pharmacy above the bar. But, I’ll leave the next chapters to the author.

The second book (Out in September):

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A Dangerous Engagement by Ashley Weaver

This book is part of the excellent Amory Ames series of mysteries.  This book follows Amory and Milo across the Atlantic to NYC to attend a wedding.  Her childhood friend is having a whirlwind engagement, and Amory decides to learn more about the young woman’s finacee.  She ends up investigating in a world of speakeasies and gangsters, but still manages to keep her head.  When the best man of the wedding is murdered on her friends doorstep by apparent gangsters, Amory flings herself into the investigation much to the chagrin of her husband Milo.  I’ve written about their relationship before, but in this book Milo really bugged me right until the very end.  I like that Amory doesn’t put up with his bossiness or rules, but there were some moments I thought he was deliberatly a little mean.  He definitely redeems himself in the end, but this investigation really put a strain on the couple.  Still, the underground world of NYC gangsters was fascinating, as was the descriptions of the illegal activites of the new characters.  I hope we see more of the dashing gangster and his singing accoutant, but who knows!

Also, book update:  Murder at First Pitch is through edits, and now I’m eagerly awaiting a book cover and ARC creation so I can send it out for book blurbs.  I’m still shooting for June, but I definitely want to get it going while we’re in the midst of baseball season!  Stay tuned.