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Welcome to Mommasez…., the blog that focuses on all things Literary and a little bit of Celluloid fun also.  To Navigate this site, use the circular buttons above this post. These buttons include Search, Follow Me, About Me, Freebie Downloads and MORE! Below are the tours, book blitzes, cover reveals and giveaways that I’m featuring this month. Thanks for stopping by!!!! (this is a sticky post–keep scrolling down for daily posts)

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Dog Park Series Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

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Discovering a brutally murdered boy in a rainy dog park sends misanthropic private detective Jane Ronson on a journey through Baltimore’s gritty underbelly. Aided by a sexy cop, a bad-ass bull terrier, and an only-in-Baltimore cast of characters, Jane must use her computer-hacking and street-fighting skills to save her only family member from being framed as the killer.

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Private investigator Jane Ronson suffers from oppositional defiant disorder, the uncontrollable urge to punch first then ask questions later. When a rabbi with a shady past offers her a bag of cash to spy on a rival rabbi, Jane jumps at the chance to make what think will be easy money. To get her cash, Jane impersonates an Orthodox Jewish woman and infiltrates a black market kidney ring in Baltimore’s Orthodox community. Between Russian gangsters and double crosses, Jane is number one on everyone’s hit list. To save her life, she forms an alliance with a religious woman and confronts a family.

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Hard Boiled Love

By Jill Yesko

Murder in the Dog Park” and “Dog Spelled Backwards: An Unholy Mystery” aren’t conventional romances. But underlying my urban crime fiction tales that feature Russian gangsters, a black market kidney ring, and a grisly murder, is an old fashioned love story – of sorts.

Because even crime fiction, whether hard or soft-boiled, needs a little love to keep things interesting.

That’s why I invented the romance between Jane Ronson, my tough chick protagonist who never met a bar fight she didn’t want to jump into the middle of, and Don Williams, the sexy Baltimore City cop with a heart of gold whose love for Jane is rivaled only by his love for the Baltimore Ravens.

Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy. Mayhem ensues. Girl and boy solve murder. Boy and girl ride off into the sunset in police car headed for dive bar to celebrate their love with chicken wings and pitchers of cold beer. That’s how my characters roll.

Jane Ronson, who I loosely based on the Lisbeth Salander character in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, is a woman who’s heart is a foreign country. Jane has spent all of her 30 years pushing people away. She hides behind a computer screen hacking information about criminals that she sells on Ebay. Not the most morally respectable way to make a living, but it gives Jane the anonymity she craves.

Until she meets Don, the only person able to penetrated Jane’s emotional armor is Lenny, her oddball cousin and only living relative, who is framed for a vicious murder. Why is Jane loyal to Lenny? Because even tough girls have to have a soft spot for the underdog. Jane would be completely unlikable if she didn’t have some vulnerabilities.

And speaking of dogs, aside from Don, the other great love of Jane’s life is her 90-pound bull terrier named Archie; Jane’s “doggie doppleganger” — “a canine bad ass with enough attitude to reach from Baltimore to Philly and then some.”

I needed to give Jane a dog that reflected her self-image. Bull terriers are aggressive dogs with strange, misshaped heads. Jane sees herself as an unlovable outsider; a freak who has resigned herself to living a cloistered life with her dog and occasional visits from Lenny.

When Don tries to break down Jane’s emotional fortress, it’s only natural she resists. Don’s persistent. He knows the way to Jane’s heart is to seduce her on her own terms. That means plying her with the greasy french fries and cheap beer that constitute Jane’s only food groups in the dive bar where Jane’s a regular.

“Don picked up a fry and slid it around in a the gloppy pool of ketchup. ‘Open up darling,’ he said, popping the saggy fry into my mouth. The grease dripped down the side of my mouth as I chewed. I wiped it off with a was of paper napkins and finished my rum and coke. The room began to spin. I put my hand on the bar to steady myself.

‘Whoa there, little lady,’ Don said taking my arm. ‘Want to dance?’

I stumbled off the bar stool and leaned into him. He was all muscle and brawn. I could feel Rudy and Charlie O’s eyes on my ass as we walked by. I’d deal with those perverts later.”

I hope readers enjoy the Jane and Don’s rough and tumble romance. We all know that love can melt even the hardest heart.

But will love make Jane a bad girl gone good?

You’ll have to stay tuned for my third book “Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lie” to find out!

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This review is a joint review for both Murder In The Dog Park and Dog Spelled Backwards. Author Jill Yesko offers the reader a protagonist who is broken, down-trodden, embittered by a hard life. However, Jane loves her dog and her creepy cousin more than she wants to admit, showing a bit of her soft heart in the process. As sad as she is, Jane is a tough cookie as well. Not taking crap from anyone, she has made a life for herself by tracking down cheating spouses and other dirty-deed-doers.

In Murder In The Dog Park, Yesko shows Jane’s intense loathing for the wealthy, or parasites as she calls them, by finding a young private school boy dead in one of the lacrosse parks near her home. As a child of Polish immigrants, Jane hasn’t been handed any freebies in life and she makes sure that she gives as good as she gets when she’s forced to deal with the pompous elite.

Dog Spelled Backwards pulls Jane into the Jewish community when her creepy cousin Lenny tells Jane that they are indeed Jewish. Black market kidneys, Russian mobsters, and crooked rabbis kept me entertained as did Jane’s new tranny friend Jerome. Hysterical!

I love Yesko’s unapologetically crass, belching, beer-drinking protagonist. Jane makes me want to become a tough chick too. Her life is her own and no one messes with those she loves. Great series, well-written and very entertaining. Four Stars!

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Jill Yesko’s 20+ year writing career has included stints as a sport writer, NPR commentator and investigative reporter. She’s written about everything from body piercing to human pyramids in Spain. After a solo trek around the world, Jill was profiled as an “adventurous traveler” in O, the Oprah magazine. Before becoming a writer, Jill was a national-class cyclist and graduate and cartographer. A New Jersey native, Jill now patrols Baltimore’s dog parks with her basset hound.

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Call Me Grim Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Call Me Grim

by Elizabeth Holloway

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The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake — and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper… and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark… but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.

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Second Chance Bride Blitz and Giveaway

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Second Chance Bride

by Trish Morey

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Scarlett Buck has always been flaky in comparison to her sensible twin sister Tara, so nobody is really surprised when Scarlett spends all her money on a one way ticket to Australia to be with the man she’s met on the Net. But she hasn’t reckoned on the guy already being married, or her mom getting sick, and now she needs money for a flight home to Marietta, MT—quick. Signing on with Bella’s Belles in Kalgoorlie isn’t be the proudest moment in her life but it will get her home fast. After all, it’s just sex.

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Saved by You Book Blitz and Giveaway

 Saved By You

By Helen Conrad

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Image is everything

Bad boy Kane’s image is what gets him the job protecting Annie and her Hawaiian ranch but it’s an image he’s restless to shake.  This time he wants to get the girl–not the blame.

Annie Ventura needs Kane to be a tough guy, but what she falls for is the tenderness.  Now she has to figure out how to handle both sides of this irresistible man who is dredging up secrets from her past.

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Nightmare in Burgundy Review and Giveaway

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The Winemaker Detective leaves his native Bordeaux to go to Burgundy for a dream wine-tasting trip to France’s other key wine-making region. Between Beaune, Dijon and Nuits-Saint-Georges, it turns into a troubling nightmare when he stumbles upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era. What do they mean? What dark secrets from the deep past are haunting the Clos de Vougeot? Does blood need to spill to sharpen people’s memory?              [provided by the publisher]

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Shattered Embrace Review and Giveaway

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Shattered Embrace By PR Newton

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Love and Other Unknown Variables COVER REVEAL!

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Love and Other Unknown Variables

by Shannon Alexander

Release Date: 10/07/14

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Author Bio:

Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife, mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet  Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel.  She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

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You can follow her at www.wanderthewords.blogspot.com or

on Twitter @shanlalexander.

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