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Blog Tour: Pierced Peony by Dahlia Donovan

Pierced Peony | Dahlia Donovan

Motts Cold Case Mystery #2

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Release Date: May 1st, 2021

Publisher: Tangled Tree Publishing

Cover Artist: Booksmith Design

Word Count: 51,000

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Blurb

As spring rolls into summer, Motts settles into her cottage. She’s enjoying a daily stroll when a body in the sea destroys her peace and quiet. It brings yet another mystery for her to solve.

How does a woman who vanished from Polperro three years prior wind up battered by waves?

Motts is drawn into the investigation despite her best attempts. She finds a family in turmoil and loads of suspects. With no easy answers, she tumbles further into chaos and ever closer to danger.

Can Motts find the killer before she’s the one put on ice?

Will she survive a bone-chilling brush with death?

On a casual walk along the Cornish Coast, Pineapple “Motts” Mottley stumbles upon a body and a perilous new murder case in the second novel in the Motts Cold Case Mystery series.

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Excerpt

A cat, a turtle, and a stranger face off in the garden. The stranger blinks first. Right. The joke still needs some work.

“Do you always let your turtle and cat out in the garden together?”

“They’re friends. They like to gossip.” Motts set her trowel to one side and got to her feet. She dusted the grass and dirt off her knees. “They both need fresh air and sun in moderation. Are you lost?”

The man didn’t seem lost despite having popped up beside the back fence around her garden. He looked like a police officer. Though not quite as broad-shouldered, he stood as tall as Teo Herceg, the detective inspector she’d met in April and had been dating for over a month.

“I’m hoping to speak with Pineapple Mottley.” He sounded like a policeman. His suit, while nice, appeared rumpled from driving; his short grey hair, however, was gelled and styled perfectly. “I’m Detective Inspector Dempsey Byrne with the Metropolitan Police’s cold case unit.”

“Cold case?” Motts’s heart stuttered in her chest. She rubbed her fingers together nervously. “Jenny. You’re here about Jenny.”

Jenny Cleverly had been her lone best friend through her early childhood. Motts had stumbled across Jenny’s lifeless body on her way home from primary school while walking through a park, hidden behind a hedge. She still had nightmares about finding her.

The unsolved crime had haunted Motts. She’d developed an obsessive curiosity about cold cases as a result. And at least once a year, she searched online to see if anyone had been arrested for Jenny’s murder.

“Ms Mottley?”

“Motts.” She had a sudden sense of déjà vu; she’d had a similar conversation with Teo in April. He’d been investigating the murder of a Rhona Walters, who’d been buried in the garden behind her cottage. It had been an auspicious start to her life in Polperro. “Cactus.”

Her beloved Sphynx cat had leapt onto the fence and then over to the detective’s shoulder. Detective Inspector Byrne didn’t bat an eyelid. He simply reached up to pat Cactus on his head.

Well, he certainly approves of the random strange man intruding on our afternoon.

Intruding inspector intrudes introspectively.

Introspectively?

Not my best alliteration.

“I don’t often see a flowerless garden.” He glanced slowly around at her rows of fruits and herbs. “None at all?”

“My allergies try to drown me if I’m around them for too long.” Motts kept flowers far away from her cottage. Real ones, in any case. She made and sold origami and quilled floral arrangements as part of her small business, Hollyhock Folded Blooms. “Why don’t you come in for tea? Cold case curiosities can converse comfortably.”

Don’t frighten the fancy London detective with your peculiarities.

The judgmental voice in her head sounded suspiciously like her mum, who meant well but couldn’t always relate to Motts’s more unique traits. She didn’t understand her wayward autistic and asexual daughter. Motts had given up trying to fit into neurotypical moulds.

I am who I am.

Alliterations and all.

Oh, fun accidental alliterations are the best.

“I wouldn’t want to impose.”

“Wouldn’t you?” Motts stared blankly at the man, unable to decide if he was being polite or not. “You drove from London. At least a five-hour drive on a good day. Tea isn’t imposing. Sleeping in my garden and trampling the herbs would be.”

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About The Author

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters.

An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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Release Blitz: Light After Dark by H.M. wolfe & Evera Ellis

Light After Dark | H.M. Wolfe and Evera Ellis

The Base Christmas Edition

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Release Date: December 10th, 2020

Cover: CJ Bishop

Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Blurb

Will their misunderstandings be the end of them before they had a chance to begin?

Ardan lives his life to rescue others from the hell he was put through. He built a haven so every survivor could have a place to feel safe. His nightmares plague him, but with the love of a good man, he is able to put some of those torments to bed. The other nightmares? He fights them every day.

Alasdair studies hard to be the best doctor he can be. After he was rescued from being sold, he struggled to come to terms with the new world he’d been thrust into. He knew Ardan wasn’t the person he should be mad at. In fact, Alasdair wasn’t mad with him; he was falling in love with him.

Their struggles didn’t stop there. With every new rescue came new enemies and new alliances. Ardan and Alasdair built The Base to provide: Love. Loyalty. Protection.

It started as a safe haven and transformed into a community. A family.

How far is too far to keep everyone safe?

This is an MM romance and includes hurt/comfort, rescued children, budding friendships, cute babies and love.

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Excerpt

“I love you. Husband, friend, lover. You are everything to me, Spitfire. The air I breathe, the blood running through my veins, the heart beating in my chest. Our little children are living proof of the love we have for each other. Your care, love and affection made my sons bloom into two brave, intelligent, sensible young men.” Ardan wrapped his arms around Alasdair’s torso, pulling the redhead even closer to him.

“I love you more and more as time goes by, every second, minute or day spent in your company is a precious gift from the forces governing the Universe. Speaking of gifts, do you know why I love Christmas so much?” Alasdair shifted in the embrace until his eyes met those of his husband. “Because it’s about birth and innocence, about protecting a child’s life, exactly the kind of things you do on a daily basis.”

Ardan smiled, a radiant one that reached his eyes, turning them into two shining turquoises. “You are the driving force behind my actions; you give me strength and power to carry on with my mission and continue the fight against those who harm the innocent. Thank you, my beautiful, feisty Spitfire.” Ardan lightly brushed his lips over his husband’s forehead in a chaste, affectionate kiss.

About The Authors

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H.M. Wolfe lives with the coolest Mom in the Universe and a fat, gay, submissive tomcat. She loves writing stories about boys and men who love, cherish, respect and protect other boys and men.

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My debut collaboration with H.M. Wolfe was released July 9, 2020.

I have always loved to read and write but never thought to do much with it. I enjoy learning more about the craft of writing, so reading books on how to write better, learning marketing and finding news ways of reaching readers. I’m a sponge!

I love MM Romance to read as much as to write. I have many favourite authors.

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I don’t think Jay could have written a book more suited for me!

against the grain coverAgainst the Grain by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My new favourite from Jay! All the stars and then some.

Every time I read a book from Jay Hogan I’m reminded of two things:

1 She researches thoroughly and whenever there is a disability or cultural theme in her books, they are 100% given all the necessary attention to detail needed to come across as thoroughly real.

2 Her books transport me into a world where I feel I’m watching real people through a looking glass or as part of a TV show following them through their daily lives.

Here she looks at the world of Paralympic wheelchair sports, murderball aka quad rugby in particular and, as someone who is also an ambulatory wheelchair user, although not as much as when first discharged from hospital, let me say I absolutely believed 100% in Miller’s experiences.

Writing about a disabled character when you aren’t one yourself, is a gamble, over complicate it and it comes across like you’re just reciting your research, don’t give it the attention to detail it needs, and it sounds like lip-service.

But with Miller, he was utterly real. His frustrations, his fears that his disability was getting worse and threatening to derail his professional sporting career, and his dawning awareness that he’d met someone that was going to mean he had to come out publicly. They were visceral.

And Sandy, he might just be my favourite of all Jay’s characters so far. He’s unapologetically out and gender fluid in his outward expression through clothing. He’s had to fight hard for his equilibrium, and he’s been disappointed time and time again by men who’ve asked him to tone it down at some point in their relationship.

When they meet, it’s in a flurry of misunderstanding and bruised egos, but the sparks are flying from the off. Miller is fascinated by Sandy, and the pathologist’s assistant finds there’s more to the Paralympian than his outward arrogance.

There’re plenty of guest appearances from the other pairs in this excellent Auckland Med series and I loved seeing Josh and Michael, Reuben and Cam, and Mark and Ed, this friendship group is a strong one and both Miller and Sandy turn to it for help.

I’m not going into the plot, but it’s one which will take you on a rollercoaster journey through all the highs and lows of a realistic relationship which has stumbles on the journey to happiness.

Read this book if you love people who’ve fought hard to be themselves, if you like vulnerable disabled sportsmen who are just finding their feet in the out and proud world, hurt teenagers, family and friends who will move the Earth to help protect the ones they love, and two men who work through a myriad of challenges to find the happiness they deserve.

Another absolutely brilliant entry in this fabulous series from Jay.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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