Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery by Kate Parker – Book Tour and Giveaway

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Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker

About Deadly Darkness


Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (February 26, 2021)
310 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08P58VKPY

As Britain prepares for an imminent invasion, the murder of a celebrated Arctic explorer leads to the discovery of a web of Nazi spies on the south coast.

July, 1939. Newlywed Olivia Denis Redmond plans to spend a peaceful honeymoon in the country before war rips her soldier husband away. But when she finds a dead body in the midst of a blackout, Olivia is drawn into the investigation.

Since the police inspector isn’t interested in clues pointing to espionage and blackmail, Olivia must unlock secrets hidden for years in this idyllic village and face the wrath of an unseen enemy.

As danger stalks her, can Olivia expose a cunning killer before she becomes the next victim?

Deadly Darkness, the sixth book in the Deadly Series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classic cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.

Start exploring this journey or mystery and intrigue today as Britain and Germany draw dangerously close to war.

About Kate Parker

Kate Parker caught the reading bug early, and the writing bug soon followed. She’s always lived in a house surrounded by books and dust bunnies. After spending a dozen years in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but she’d developed a love of wide rivers, warmer and wetter weather, and fast-growing greenery that sent her hurrying back to North Carolina.

Deadly Travel is the fifth book in the Deadly Series, and Kate’s plan is to follow it quickly with Deadly Darkness, both set in 1939 in the days leading up to war. There are at least three more of the Deadly Series coming that will bring the beginning of the war to Olivia’s doorstep. Kate reports that she is having fun creating new stories to entertain readers and chaos to challenge her characters.

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February 25 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

February 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

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February 26 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

February 26 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

February 27 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

February 27 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 28 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 28 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

March 1 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

March 1 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

March 2 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, GUEST POST

March 2 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

March 3 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

March 3 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 4 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 4 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 5 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST

March 5 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

March 6 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

March 6 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Across the Aisle by Stephanie Vance – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

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ACROSS THE AISLE

by Stephanie Vance
Publication Date: April 12, 2021
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Amara, Contemporary, Romance

Tough as nails DC lobbyist Dallas McGrath can’t believe she’s being ordered to reach a legislative compromise with the opposition. And not just with anyone…with the most arrogant, obnoxious lobbyist in DC, Grant Pierce. He always finds a way to get under her skin, and it usually starts with that kissable mouth of his turning up into an annoying smirk. Well, this is one negotiation she plans to win at any cost.

Career lobbyist Grant Pierce knows he shouldn’t enjoy ruffling the feathers of the opposition this much, but he can’t help it. Almost no one leaves him without a witty comeback—except Dallas McGrath. Maybe it’s her sharp mind, or maybe it’s the sexy way she bulldozes his every argument. Either way, he’s got the perfect plan to put her off her game. He suggests they negotiate at baseball games, jazz clubs, and nap studios—but even he’s not prepared for what happens next…

Somehow the suggestion had popped out of her mouth. “Hey, why don’t we go to the Congressional baseball game?” She’d meant to give her general admission tickets to Rebekah and Jack and take up Ryan’s invitation to sit in the posh Delta Sky360 box, with catered snacks and exceptional cocktails.

Instead she’d invited Grant Pierce—the man who needed to think of her as a ruthless lobbyist—to the one place in the city where she could truly be herself. God, she hoped it wouldn’t ruin baseball for her forever. Even though it was supposed to be a business meeting, she was so nervous she’d gone so far as to make it a group hang with Rebekah and Jack. She expected Grant to ask why they’d try to talk business with all these people around. Instead, he texted to ask if Oshuna could come.

Of course. Dallas had texted back. Her disappointment surprised her. She’d already turned it into a group hang. Why did she care if he wanted his bestie there?

Because it means he wants some company if he finds me too boring to talk to.

“You don’t care if he gets bored. You don’t care if he wants other company. This. Is. Business,” she’d muttered at her phone after replying.

She stood in her bedroom, digging through her closet and dresser, trying to find the perfect outfit. Her anxiety infuriated her further. She had never, not once in her life, cared what she wore to a game. Once, she’d even shown up in sweats with no makeup and her hair back in a greasy ponytail. On the other hand, her concern made sense. The teams were made up of Members of Congress. There’d be lots of lobbyists there. Maybe she’d even have a chance to talk to some key players from both sides of the aisle. Bipartisan events like this, where members of Congress and staff put aside their differences, offered real openings to discuss policy options. A compromise between UFRA and FFA would certainly qualify. Despite how much Grant annoyed her, he did seem judicious—perhaps even enough to pursue a much-needed compromise. Something Matt, her father, and UFRA had forbidden her to pursue.

“Get it together, Dallas. Don’t let Grant Pierce sweet-talk you into an agreement,” she murmured.

After her pep talk, she finally selected her favorite pair of faded skinny jeans, which she hoped looked casual, and a loose flowing top with a Celtic pattern, which she hoped looked slightly bohemian. Remembering Grant’s comment at Ben’s about her stained-glass jewelry collection, she clasped a pendant around her neck: not to make herself more appealing, of course. Just to see if it would distract him. She thought about telling Grant how she’d made them herself while at RISD, then dismissed the idea. That past was irrelevant now.

That would surprise the hell out of him, though. She smiled at her reflection in the mirror.

ABOUT STEPHANIE VANCE

Washington Post bestseller and romantic comedy writer Stephanie Vance’s works often feature spunky D.C. characters who humorously discover how even political opposites can generate a lot more than just policy sparks. A graduate of the Taos Writer’s Workshop, Stephanie earned her MFA from Western State Colorado University. Her speculative short fiction has been published in a variety of outlets, including Bark Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways, and the anthologies One Star Reviews of the Afterlife and Enter the Apocalypse. Her non-fiction book The Influence Game was on Washington Post bestseller list.

Just as art imitates life, Stephanie’s inspiration as a novelist is rooted in her 30-year career as D.C.’s “Advocacy Guru” and veteran of the capital’s legislative scene. An extensive traveler and avid scuba diver, she has visited six continents and dived everywhere from Iceland to the Great Barrier Reef. She attended college on a music scholarship (flute) and holds 3 master’s degrees—which she’s pretty sure equals a Ph.D. A wine-drinker and dog mom to a beloved Australian Cattle dog, she lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

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The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola by Melissa Muldoon – Book Tour and Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola – the most famous woman you’ve never heard of by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 345 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date December 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

Book Description:

Set in the sixteenth-century, The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola tells the story of a woman’s passion for painting and adventure. In a world where women painters had little to no acknowledgment, she was singled out by Michelangelo and Vasari who recognized and praised her talent. Gaining the Milanese elite’s acclaim, she went on to become court painter to Spanish King Philip II and taught his queen to paint.

One can’t live such an extraordinary life without having stories to tell, and tell them Sofonisba does to Sir Anthony Van Dyke, who comes to visit her toward the end of her life. During their meeting, she agrees to reveal her secrets but first challenges the younger painter to find the one lie hidden in her tale. In a saga filled with intrigue, jealousy, buried treasure, unrequited love, espionage, and murder, Sofonisba’s story is played out against the backdrop of Italy, Spain, and Sicily. Throughout her life, she encounters talented artists, authoritative dukes, mad princes, religious kings, spying queens, vivacious viscounts, and dashing sea captains—even a Barbary pirate. But of all the people who fell in love with Sofonisba, only one captured her heart. The painter may have many secrets but the truth of her life is crystal clear from the beginning.

Always a strong, passionate woman with a dream, she was an intelligent artist who knew her self-worth and in the end, as Michelangelo had done for her, Sofonisba passed her brush to a new generation.

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Book Title: Eternally Artemisia—some loves, like some women, are timeless by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 305 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date March 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

Book Description:

They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an art therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing. Despite her best efforts, however, proof of this has always eluded her. That is, until one illuminating summer in Italy when Maddie’s previous existences start to bleed through into her current reality.

When she is introduced to the Crociani family—a noble clan with ties to the seventeenth-century Medici court that boasts of ancestors with colorful pasts—she finally meets the loves of her life. One is a romantic love, and another is a special kind of passion that only women share, strong amongst those who have suffered greatly yet have triumphed despite it. As Maddie’s relationship develops with Artemisia Gentileschi—an artist who in a time when it was unheard of to denounce a man for the crime of rape, did just that—Maddie discovers a kindred spirit and a role model, and just what women are capable of when united together.

In a journey that arcs back to biblical days and moves forward in time, Maddie encounters artists, dukes, designers, and movie stars as well as baser and ignoble men. With Artemisia never far from her side, she proves that when we dare to take control of our lives and find the “thing” we are most passionate about, we are limitless and can touch the stars.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Waking Isabella—because beauty can’t sleep forever by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 271 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date November 2018
Tour dates:  Feb 1 to Feb 26, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

Book Description:

Waking Isabella is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that, over time, has been lost, erased, or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries.

Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s antique trade and the fanfare and pageantry of its medieval jousting festival.

While filming a documentary about Isabella de’ Medici—the Renaissance princess who was murdered by her husband—Nora begins to connect with the lives of two remarkable women from the past. Unraveling the stories of Isabella, the daughter of a fifteenth-century Tuscan duke, and Margherita, a young girl trying to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Italy, Nora begins to question the choices that have shaped her own life up to this point. As she does, hidden beauty is awakened deep inside of her, and she discovers the keys to her creativity and happiness. It is a story of love and deceit, forgeries and masterpieces—all held together by the allure and intrigue of a beautiful Tuscan ghost.

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Meet the Author:

Melissa Muldoon is the author of four novels set in Italy: Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, Eternally Artemisia, and The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola. All four books tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future for themselves.

Melissa is also the author of the Studentessa Matta website, where she promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog written in Italian and English (studentessamatta.com). Studentessa Matta means the “crazy linguist” and has grown to include a podcast, Tutti Matti per l’Italiano and the Studentessa Matta, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Instagram feed. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Programs, which she co-leads with Italian schools in Italy to learn Italian in Italy.

Through her website, she also offers the opportunities to live and study in Italy through Homestay programs. Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history, and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence. She is an artist, designer, and illustrated the cover art for all four of her books. Melissa is the managing director of Matta Press

Connect with the author:  Website Facebook ~ Twitter ~Instagram ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads


Tour Schedule:
Feb 1 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 1 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – spotlight of all 3 books
Feb 2 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 3 – Books for Books – review of Isabella
Feb 4 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review of Sofonisba
Feb 8 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 8 – Literary Flits – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 9 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review of Artemisia
Feb 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Gwendalyn’s Books – review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 11 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – review of Isabella
Feb 11 – Books for Books – review of Artemisia
Feb 12 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 – Stephanie Jane – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 15 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 – Gwendalyn’s Books – review of Isabella
Feb 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 17 – Splashes of Joy – spotlight of all 3 books / author interview / giveaway
Feb 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 18 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 19 – 30-something Travel – review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Sofonisba
Feb 22 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Isabella
Feb 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 24 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 25 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 26 – High Society Book Club & Reviews – review of Sofonisba + spotlight previous books / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 – 30-something Travel – review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – review of Artemisia

 

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