Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Daily Vintage - Victorian Trade Card of Women, Child, and Sailboat

This lovely Victorian trade card is from the late 1800's and advertises Domestic S.M. Co.  It features two women and a child watching a sailboat in the distance.  I have framed cards like this with vintage paper or scrapbooking paper as a background, in a little frame.   You'll find Victorian trade cards at Birdhouse Books.

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The British Agent Series by M.K. McClintock

Please join M.K. McClintock as she tours the blogosphere for her British Agent Series, from May 18-28, and enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or a Blarney Lambswool Throw!

Book One: Alaina Claiborne

01_Alaina ClaibornePublication Date: January 8th, 2013 Trappers Peak Publishing ISBN: 978-0615742502
Series: British Agent Novels, Book One Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
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​How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?
In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.
Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan. 


​Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina's, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer. 

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.

Praise for Alaina Claiborne

"This one is a winner. It broke my heart several times, the poignant moments she describes are so real." -Deborah from The Bookish Dame Reviews 

"Ms. McClintock succeeds in masterfully weaving both genres meticulously together until mystery lovers are sold on romance and romance lovers love the mystery!" -InD'Tale Magazine

"With a strong female lead and a nice mix of both action and romance, this novel tops my list." -Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards

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Book Two: Blackwood Crossing

2_Blackwood CrossingPublication Date: June 2, 2014 Trappers Peak Publishing ISBN: 978-0991330607
Series: British Agent Novels, Book Two Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
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If you had to make a choice, would it be loyalty or love?
Torn between loyalty to her family and refusal to marry a laird she despises, Rhona Davidson accepts a dangerous proposal from a man she knows only as Blackwood.

Leaving behind a life of leisure, Charles Blackwood bravely serves his country with honor and the skill of a trained British agent. When his newest case returns him to the wild Highlands of Scotland, he is faced with a choice between killing a man and saving the only woman he has ever loved.

Charles and Rhona join their lives, only to discover that their choices will result in bloodshed, unless they can uncover a truth long buried, deep in the Highland soil.

Praise for Blackwood Crossing

"Historical Romance readers will be delighted with the author's style and veritable plot line in this clean romance. "Blackwood Crossing" is a wonderful book for the reader to begin their lifelong Historical Romance adventure or continue their HR journey! Bravo Ms. McClintock!" -InD'Tale Magazine, 4 1/2 stars and a Crowned Heart

"MK McClintock has spun an enchanting tale deeply entrenched in the lands of Scotland and England that will leave you riveted to your chair until you turn the last page." -Donna McBroom-Theriot, mylifeonstoryatatime.com

“This is a wonderful book with suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat and surprises to keep me guessing . . . a feisty heroine and a strong, gentle hero . . . My poetic soul is fed by the beautiful descriptions of nature.” -Verna Mitchell, poet and author of Somewhere Beyond the Blue

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Book Three: Clayton's Honor

3_Clayton's HonorPublication Date: April 29, 2015 Trappers Peak Publishing ISBN: 978-0991330652
Series: British Agent Novels, Book Three Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
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How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?
In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.
Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina's, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.

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About the Author4_MK McClintock Author

MK McClintock spins tales of romance, mystery, and adventure inspired by the heather-covered hills of Scotland and the majestic mountains of home. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.

-2014 RONE Award-Nominee for "Alaina Claiborne" -2014 Crowned Heart for Excellence from InD'Tale Magazine for "Blackwood Crossing" and "The Montana Gallagher Collection" -2015 Crowned Heart Heart for Excellent from InD'Tale Magazine for "A Home for Christmas"

Learn more about MK by visiting her website or blog at Books and Benches. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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British Agent Series Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 18 Review at Flashlight Commentary (Alaina Claiborne)
Tuesday, May 19 Spotlight at View From the Birdhouse
Wednesday, May 20 Review at Flashlight Commentary (Blackwood Crossing) Review at Book Nerd (Blackwood Crossing) Review at Dreams Come True Through Reading (Alaina Claiborne & Blackwood Crossing)
Thursday, May 21 Review at Layered Pages (Alaina Claiborne)
Friday, May 22 Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story (Alaina Claiborne)
Monday, May 25 Review at A Chick Who Reads (Alaina Claiborne & Blackwood Crossing) Excerpt at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, May 26 Review at Quirky Book Reviews (Alaina Claiborne & Blackwood Crossing)
Wednesday, May 27 Review at The Lit Bitch (Alaina Claiborne)
Thursday, May 28 Blog Tour Wrap-Up at Passages to the Past

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Author Interview and Giveaway - Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach



Boca Undercover: The Dirty Harriet Mystery Series (Volume 4)
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 30, 2014)
Paperback: 160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1611945584
E-Copy ASIN: B00P2WL8KM

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Patients at a posh Boca Raton rehab center are ending up stiffer than a Boca babe’s smile. Tough PI Harriet Horowitz, once a bedazzled babe herself, signs in at The Oasis at the request of a frightened friend.
As a pattern emerges in the murders, it’s clear the killer is targeting patients with an unusual addiction. How did they end up with the same drug problem at the same time and in the same rehab together? Harriet’s sleuthing leads her down a path of secrets and danger, and what she learns could lead her undercover assignment to a dead end.

View From The Birdhouse Interviews Miriam Auerbach
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote essays in high school that won a few contests, but I didn’t pursue fiction writing until I was in my forties. One day a few years back, I found myself in a funk. I took to bed to eat chocolates and stare at the TV.  A Dirty Harry movie marathon was on. The character, played by Clint Eastwood, was the archetype of the strong, silent hero.  I had never really understood Harry’s appeal. But suddenly I had a vision of him as a woman, and it all made sense.  I asked myself, why is it socially acceptable for a man to be the strong silent type, but not a woman? I decided what the world needed was a Dirty Harriet – so I created her and wrote my debut novel of the same name. It won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Series Novel, proving it’s never too late to embark on a successful writing career.

What was your favorite book as a child?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Its message of the triumph of love over evil, wrapped in a sci-fi space-time travel story, was entertaining, comforting, and wonderfully inspiring.
What is your writing day like?  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I’ve often heard that if you want to be a writer, you need to sit your butt in a chair and write.  Unfortunately, I’ve often sat … and stared into space.  That advice just doesn’t work for me.  So now, I write when I have something to say.  I don’t have a regimented schedule.  My quirks are that I have one special pen that just “feels” right to me, and I write my first drafts in longhand. Also, I write in bed!
What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating this book?
I have to say the power of the subconscious always surprises me while writing.  It’s amazing how plot points, characters, clues, red herrings, and funny lines spring to mind, seemingly out of nowhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
Janet Evanovich, J.D. Robb, Sara Paretsky, and Sue Grafton. They all feature strong, smart, funny heroines in mystery series.

What is your next writing project?
I’m plotting my next Dirty Harriet mystery, which will be the fifth in the series. Harkening back to my love of A Wrinkle in Time, in this one I’m killing off a rocket scientist (and then Harriet solves the case, of course, so once again good vanquishes evil!)
About This Author

Miriam Auerbach is the author of a satirical mystery series set in Boca Raton, Florida and featuring Harley-riding, wisecracking female private eye Harriet Horowitz. Her debut novel, Dirty Harriet, won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Series Romance. Miriam can only assume that this is because the heroine kills her husband on page one. In a parallel universe, Miriam is known as Miriam Potocky, professor of social work at Florida International University in Miami. She lives in South Florida with her husband and their multicultural canines, a Welsh Corgi and a Brussels Griffon. 

Author Links:
Webpage: www.miriamauerbach.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMiriamAuerbach
GoodReads: Miriam Auerbach – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/872348.Miriam_Auerbach

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Special Kindle Offer, May 18 - 31:
Boca Undercover will be on sale on Kindle for $2.99, and two previous books in the series will be on sale for $1.99, May 18-31.

Giveaway:
Two lucky winners will each win an ebook copy of Boca Undercover (your choice of Kindle, Nook, or PDF format).

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