BLOG TOUR: THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES by Denise Grover Swank

Today, Just My Opinion is honored to be a part of the official blog tour for THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES by Denise Grover Swank.  Ms. Swank is sensational and this series is one of my favorite mysteries! Thank you so much Ms. Swank and Ink Slinger PR for including us in this tour.

Today, we are just going to tease you….you’ll get a special, never before released, excerpt from THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES.  You will have to wait for tomorrow to get the full release post with purchase links and the GIVEAWAY!  I was lucky enough to beta read this book and TRUST ME….this is just a TASTE of the excellence that is about to come your way tomorrow……  🙂

 

THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES
(ROSE GARDNER MYSTERY SERIES, #3)

AUTHOR: DENISE GROVER SWANK

GENRE: CONTEMPORARY MYSTERY ROMANCE

EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

 

BOOK SUMMARY:

Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it’s the death of a little old lady on Rose’s street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter– the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred.

But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who’s separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe’s family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her. Along with her multiple encounters with Fenton County’s new assistant DA, Mason Deveraux III, it’s just another day in the life of Rose Gardner– chaos.

 

EXCERPT:

Mason came outside a few minutes later, walking down the steps and toward his car. He caught my eye and shifted his eyes to the side.

I handed the baby back to Heidi Joy and left my post to meet him at the driver-side door of his car.

He stopped in front of me, a soft smile raising his mouth. “Rose, you looked domestic with a baby on your hip.”

“Is that a good thing or a bad one?”

“Neither, just an observation.”

“What happened to Miss Dorothy?”

He looked back at the house before turning toward me. “I suspect natural causes.”

“You mean like Miss Laura?”

He frowned. “That’s why I’m here. But the damn paramedics had already moved her to the gurney by the time I showed up.”

“And that’s bad?”

 “If she truly died of natural causes, no. But with all the bungling that’s gone on with the police department since I’ve come to town, I’ve requested that they notify me whenever there’s a death. That way I can investigate the potential crime scene too.”

“Oh.” I couldn’t help wondering if Mason would have presumed that I was guilty of my mother’s murder like the entire Henryetta police department had done. I’d like to think he would have been fair. “Do you really think Miss Dorothy and Miss Laura died of natural causes? Doesn’t it seem suspicious?”

“You know this is official business, and I’m really not supposed to be telling you. But after everything you’ve been through over the last few months, I suspect you need some peace of mind.” Glancing back at the house, he lowered his voice. “I think they both died of natural causes because I’ve got nothing to make me suspect that they didn’t. No break-ins. No sign of stolen belongings. There’s nothing for you to worry about.”

“What did they find in Miss Laura’s autopsy?”

“They didn’t do one. The county is strapped for cash, and it costs several thousands of dollars to ship the bodies to Little Rock and back and pay the pathologists. We don’t do autopsies if it looks like natural causes.”

“Oh.” I’d never considered that.

He leaned his hip against the side of his car. “Congrats again on the opening of your nursery.”

My eyebrows shot up. “So does this mean you’re officially through with ignoring me?”

He studied the ground, a sheepish grin spreading across his face, then looked me in the eyes. “That was quite unlike me. I don’t usually let other people dictate my behavior.”

“So why start with Joe?”

Mason paused. “We have history.” I expected him to continue, but he stared at the baby instead.

“So he said.”

His eyes widened as his gaze shifted to me. “He told you what happened?”

“No” was out of my mouth before I could stop it. I’d probably just blown any opportunity to get information out of Mason, but I wasn’t willing to give up yet. “Why don’t you tell me your side of the story?”

He reached for the handle. “Good try.”

I grabbed his hand and pulled it away from the door, surprised he didn’t resist. “Mason, if this involves me, I have a right to know.”

“With all due respect, Rose, it really doesn’t involve you. If Joe said the only reason he warned me to stay away from you was because of the history he and I have, he’s lying.”

My mouth dropped. “Warned you? As in physically threatened you?”

Mason’s mouth pursed.

“Why would he do that?”

His voice lowered. “Isn’t it obvious?”

“No. It’s not.”

He closed his eyes and inhaled before returning his gaze to me. “I’d rather keep that chapter of my life closed for good.” His face hardened. “But if I was in a serious relationship, I would share it with the woman in my life. She would have a right to know.” He started to say something, then swallowed and pinched his lips.

“What? What aren’t you telling me?”

“The question isn’t what I’m not telling you, it’s what’s Joe not telling you?”

Anger rose in my chest. “That’s not fair.”

“Isn’t it?”

“We’ve only…we’re…”

Mason leaned closer, lowering his voice again. “It’s obvious how you two feel about each other. Do you know I field at least two calls a week from your neighbor Mildred about your public displays of affection in your front yard?” His shoulders tensed. “But what do you know about Joe’s family? What do you know about his life in Little Rock before you two were together? The man I see with you isn’t the man I knew in Little Rock, but the reality is that he’s still the same guy.”

Before I could get my wits about me to ask about the Joe he knew, Mason had climbed into his car and driven away.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.

Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.

She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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Thank you to Ink Slinger PR and Denise Grover Swank for including Just My Opinion in this blog tour for THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES and  the whole The Rose Gardner Mystery Series!

I highly recommend this series and this author; they are both phenomenal!

KEATYN CHRONICLES (KC) CRUSH TOURNAMENT

“The 2013 Keatyn Chronicles (KC) Crush Tournament”

 

The FIRST Challenge to KC Addicts fans:

Challenge #1 .

Your teams’ first challenge is to make an advertisement selling YOUR BOY as THE BOY everyone wants.

 

Just My Opinion Book Blog is kicking off our coverage of the 2013 KC Crush Tournament by sharing the entries submitted for the first challenge.  Each team is  going above and beyond and creating incredible submissions!

ENJOY and then share, share & share!  Make sure to tag your team choice (ex. #teamdamian, #TeamTommy etc.), and please share on Facebook and Twitter.  Remember to use the hashtags: #KeatynChronicles #KCCrush and @JillianDodd and @keatynchronicle on ALL shares and posts please.

 

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About The Keatyn Chronicles

The Keatyn Chronicles is a series about a 17 year old girl named Keatyn and her very exciting life and search for true love. The books are filled with romance, danger, HOT guys, fashion, humor and fun. Ms. Dodd’s authentic style of writing immediately draws you right into the lives, loves, hopes, dreams and fears of Keatyn, her family and friends.

Please help us get the word out about Jillian Dodd’s amazing series! Share the entries and tell all of your friends to follow the #KCCrush Tournament.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.

She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

 

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BOOK REVIEW & PROMOTION: VISITED by Janine Caldwell

We at Just My Opinion Book Reviews are thrilled to be a part of the VISITED Promotional Event for Janine Caldwell! We will review the book and also give you some promotional FUN!! You’ll see character bios, the dream cast as well as our final review of the book.

VISITED

AUTHOR: JANINE CALDWELL

AGE GROUP: YOUNG ADULT

GENRE: ROMANTIC SCIENCE FICTION

RELEASE DATE: MAY 25th, 2013

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.

 

Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Janine was raised in the Bay Area and has a B.A. in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After 30 years in California, she and her husband moved to Arizona and are currently raising their two sons in Anthem. Janine has always had a passionate love for literature—anything from the classics to the hottest YA series. Inspired by her visits to Sedona, she wrote her first YA series (The Vortex Series) based on the romance and mystery of the red rock formations. She is also grateful for the students in her life who remind her what the teenage years are like, good and bad. When Janine is not writing, she’s practicing yoga, spending time with friends, and taking care of her family.

 

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JUST MY OPINION’S REVIEW: Rating: ★★★★☆

“Star light, Star bright….will my dreams REALLY make me happy tonight???”

Janine Caldwell, once again, very graciously provided me with a copy of this book for review and I’m forever grateful. Thank you so much Ms. Caldwell!

Visited is the first novel in what I am hoping will be a new series. The plot line, characters and creative premise pulled me into Visited even as I was wondering if I was too old to be reading Young Adult. The science fiction aspect added so much to the story I was shocked at how what seemed a small event could change the characters’ lives and futures so significantly.

Visited is an eternal struggle for the characters to live this new life they have be gifted while fighting against memories of a more perfect past. In the end, is this a case of the “grass is always greener on the other side” or do you have to experience this plane to truly appreciate the other?  And which one will you pick in the end?  More importantly, will you have a choice or will you lose those you’ve come to love?  It is an incredibly well developed Coming of Age story which engages you right from the first scene.

Combine fantastic and intriguing characters with lots of teen drama and a “once in a lifetime” love story and what can you expect other than that warm fuzzy feeling? As with all of her books, Ms. Caldwell loves her characters and you can feel her love poured into their development as well as a very well thought out plot line. She keeps you focused and interested at all times and you’ll find yourself finishing this book in hours rather than days!

You will once again find angst, romance, science fiction, some shady characters thrown in and just plain fun in this book. You are continuously pulled into the story and have a strong need to know what is going to happen next and why. I love that the desert once more the backdrop to this novel-you can just feel Ms. Caldwell’s love for the area at every turn and with every detail. I will tell you, this book is extremely predictable.  However, even though I had the premise figured out right at the beginning, I still took the journey and thankfully, found more at the end than I had bargained on.  There are surprising revelations and inspiring lessons to be learned from the story as a WHOLE.

Somehow, Ms. Caldwell manages to keep the characters very diverse and complex and continues to explore those secrets and desires you are introduced to right from the first pages. You never find yourself getting bored with either the story or the characters-the supporting cast is just as intriguing as the main characters.

I am anxious to read the next installment, if there is one, as the ending to Visited leaves you wondering if there isn’t MORE out there to explore. What’s very interesting, however, is that the same questions you are left with are also questions you’d be comfortable with not knowing the answers to. As a stand alone novel, this is a GREAT read. If the series continues into a second installment, that’s just all the better! Brilliant novel, once again, Ms. Caldwell! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  • +  Well developed storyline with believable characters
  • +  Holds your attention from start to finish
  • +  The science fiction aspect is a total surprise at the end
  • +  I truly loved the supporting cast just as much as the main characters
  • –  A bit too young for my tastes, but exactly where it should be for a Young Adult novel

 

 

WHERE TO BUY “VISITED”:

AMAZON

 

ADD “VISITED” TO YOUR GOODREADS SHELF:

 

CHARACTER BIO OF JOANNA MURPHY

Meet 17-year old Joanna Murphy. A spunky, sarcastic redhead with clever blue eyes who is more tomboy than prom queen. When she’s not blogging or reading about all things sci-fi, she’s playing competitive volleyball or hanging out with her best friend, Tommy, who also happens to be the secret object of her heart. What holds Joanna back from confessing her feelings, and even from shining in other areas of her life, is her general lack of self-esteem. Losing her father at a tender age to cancer and having to suffer through a rough childhood of cruel ridicule for her unusual height, has made Joanna insecure. She’s become a girl who always believes the grass is greener and wishes she could be anyone but herself.

 

MS. CALDWELL’S DREAM ACTRESS FOR JOANNA

 

For Joanna Murphy, I chose Jane Levy currently starring in Suburgatory. She has the wit and charisma of Joanna, the red hair and clever blue eyes. Not sure how tall she is, but Hollywood can make anyone what they want these days.

 

 

CHARACTER BIO OF TOMMY DURANT

Introducing Tommy Durant, Joanna’s neighbor and lifelong best friend. Tommy is a laid back, typical teen who loves to play video games when he’s not logging hours in the pool with his swim team. With his athletic swimmer’s body, electric blue eyes, and disheveled black hair, he has no problem attracting the ladies. However, he has a horrible time figuring out what they want and understanding them. It’s no wonder then he’s clueless that Joanna pines for him and fantasizes about becoming more than platonic friends. Not that he takes advantage of their friendship, but he has his own hangups and trust issues to master before he can see anything else clearly.

 

MS. CALDWELL’S DREAM ACTOR FOR TOMMY

 

I truly see Logan Lerman, AKA Percy Jackson, as Tommy Durant. That boyish charm, electric blue eyes, and black hair that can hang low in his eyes, is just perfect for Tommy.

 

 

CHARACTER BIO OF JAMES

And then there’s James. A visitor from another dimension who can heal with his hands. He often emanates a supernatural glow behind a set of powerful gray eyes that are impossible to stare down. But James appears more like a California surfer with tanned skin, neck-length golden curls, and a physique that could blend in with the Olympic water polo team, than some alien creature from outer space. With confidence and ease, James persistently threads his way into Joanna’s life, eager to complete his mission. He isn’t easily intimidated by anyone or anything, joyful for his time on Earth. The only moments he ever appears rattled is when his enemies attempt to sabotage his mission.

 

MS. CALDWELL’S DREAM ACTOR FOR JAMES

 

For James, I see Alex Pettyfer. Good gracious that guy is hot. He has many looks, but when his hair is blond and bleached out on the ends, he is how I imagine James. A strong jawline, almost unnaturally good-looking, and Alex almost has James’s gray eyes as well.

 

 

Thank you to Janine Caldwell for including Just My Opinion in this Promotional Tour and Review for VISITED.