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Bewitching Boots by Joyce and Jim Lavene Great Escapes Book Tour – Review/Giveaway

bewitching boots large banner640I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SERIES!!

(Renaissance Faire Mystery)
(Volume 8)

Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1500683412
E-Book File Size: 381 KB


Jessie Morton is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Faire Village with her. She’s not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing slippers Bill makes for Isabelle make him a suspect when the princess takes a leap from the castle terrace. Now, Jessie must find the lady or lord who helped the princess with her last dance before she loses her star attraction.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Do you believe in magic? Bill Warren believes and after this story you may believe magic really happens at the Renaissance Faire.

This is one of my favorite cozy series. I love visiting Adventureland’s Ren Faire because there is always fun mixed in with the mystery.

This story starts out after Jessie and Chase’s wedding and already rumors are spreading that they are breaking up. Chase is training new knights and Jessie is wrapped up with the museum but as soon as they find time they are going to nip those rumors in the bud.  When Princess Isabelle is found dead catching the killer becomes their #1 priority. Detective Almond is trying to catch a killer with Chase’s assistance but Jessie is doing her own investigation.

All our favorite characters are back including Wanda, the blue ghost, and they are joined by some great new characters too! It is that time of year when new people are auditioning to became actors or acts at the faire and there are some very unusual “creatures” roaming the cobblestones.

The story is so well written and contains such vivid detail that you feel like you are right there and all the drama is happening right around you. You can almost taste the jumbo turkey legs and ale,  hear the minstrels playing all over the grounds and smell the bread the monks are baking.   I can clearly see the jousting matches and the secret tunnels in the castle. There are also some things that only certain people can see like a certain dragon and we get to see them all through Jessie’s eyes.

The Lavenes are excellent storytellers. Mystery, humor, romance, with a bit a paranormal are all blended together perfectly. This entire series has been pure pleasure to read.

I recommend highly everything written by these authors. You just can’t go wrong with a Joyce and Jim Lavene mystery. (Or a J.J. Cook or an Ellie Grant, yep, that’s them too!)

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About the authors:
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, best-selling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family. Visit them at
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Tour Participants

August 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
August 6 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
August 7 – readalot blog – Review
August 8 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway
August 9 – a chick who reads – Review
August 10 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
August 11 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review
August 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
August 13 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
August 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
August 14 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – Guest Post
August 15 – Back Porchervations – Review
August 15 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Guest Post
August 16 – Brooke Blogs – Review
August 17 – Teresa Trent Author Site – Interview
August 18 – Community Bookstop – Review
August 19 – Cicero’s Children – Interview
August 20 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post

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Cozy Wednesday with Authors Joyce and Jim Lavene (Giveaway too!)

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I discovered Joyce and Jim when I became hooked on their Renaissance Mysteries. Then being a huge NASCAR fan, a few months ago I devoured Swapping Paint and Hooked Up. I hope they come back to that series again soon.  Their Missing Piece Mysteries are screaming from my To-Be-Read bookshelf and I have started to collect the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries too. (Don’t worry I will have links to all their books below.)

I love the way they write. I will never understand how two wonderful authors work together to create such terrific stories. Joyce and Jim Lavene sure do make it work. I am so thrilled to have them as guests today. They share a little bit about their lives behind the scenes. 

Hi Joyce & Jim!

Hi Everyone!

Living With Writers

Living with one writer is probably bad enough. We’ve heard terrible stories about forgotten dry cleaning, crackers for dinner, and holes in porches that don’t get repaired for months. Living with TWO writers in a house is even worse.

Imagine if you will that two writers are both deeply involved with writing a new novel. It’s going well. The characters and plot are flowing. Everything seems fine.

Then the power company comes to turn off the electricity because someone forgot to pay the bill. “It was right in the middle of that part where we couldn’t decide if the killer was actually the killer,” my husband says. That’s his excuse.

I’m not much better. There was a crisis in one of our character’s lives that was completely turning the plot away from where it was supposed to be.

A call came in on my cell phone that I had missed my dental appointment. “You know we charge you for the appointment unless we have a cancellation at least 24 hours in advance,” the receptionist tells me with ‘60’s music playing in the background.

“We had a family emergency,” I tell her. “A family member was almost killed when a fire broke out in her home and she was locked inside.”

“MY LORD!” the receptionist says. “Is she okay now? Why wasn’t that on the news?”

I assure her that our ‘family member’ is fine. I know that person I’m creating in my laptop isn’t real, but she seems real to me.

There’s a scene at the beginning to Romancing the Stone when author Joan Wilder is finishing a book. She’s crying and she can’t find any paper products in her house to blow her nose. That’s because she forgot to buy them. The house is a wreck but the book is finished. That’s all that matters.

And so it goes in our house. Sometimes we might forget to cut the lawn until our neighbor comes and does it for us or our poor dog might have his legs crossed because he has to pee so badly.

But the book is finished. That’s all that matters.

~Joyce & Jim

About The Authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene write bestselling mystery together. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin,Berkleyand Charter Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolinawith their family, their cat,Quincy, and their rescue dog, Rudi. They enjoy photography, watercolor, gardening and long drives.

Look for our new Peggy Lee Garden Mystery, Buried by Buttercups, coming October 2012!
Find Them At Their Website here. They have so many great things happening!!

Treacherous Toys
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)

5th Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 4, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251584
Cover Illustration by Ben Perini
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell

Treacherous Toys

This series features Jessie Morton, an assistant history professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia that may be out of a job after the holidays.  She returns to Renaissance Faire Village to work as an apprentice for her dissertation – “The Proliferation of Medieval Crafts in Modern Times”.

It is Christmastime at Renaissance Faire Village. Jessie’s wishes are coming true as she apprentices for a new toy maker. Unfortunately Chris Christmas’s time at the Faire is abruptly cut short when he is found dead shortly after Jessie’s arrival. Jessie befriends Chris’s wife and helps her with their children in hopes of learning who would have wanted to put Father Christmas on ice. She is doing her best to unwrap the clues to track down who was very, very naughty and protect those who are very, very nice.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a wonderful time at the Renaissance Faire Village.  Snow is falling, a skating rink in the village green, wreaths on the doors and candles in the windows. Christmas coming to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and it’s a balmy 80 degrees. Father Christmas and his elves are hearing the children’s wishes and there are many special events at the Faire.

Sounds like a lot of fun until the head elf, Father Christmas himself, is found dead in his workshop. Then Jessie and Mrs. Christmas are almost run down by a horse and other injuries and close calls start happening. Oh and don’t forget Queen Olivia is entering the last month of her pregnancy and has the whole village hopping as she practices her plan for getting to the hospital.

This installment is extraordinary.  I really enjoyed Christmas at the Faire. The characters jump right off the pages.

Jessie’s relationship with Chase is getting more serious. She is plotting revenge after she gets pranked. Then she finds herself in a precarious predicament. There is never a dull moment when Jessie is at the Faire. I wanted to find out whodunit but I didn’t want the story to end. 

These stories are just plain fun to read and enjoy. This holly jolly installment is the best one yet. I am already booking my next trip to the Renaissance Faire Village. I can’t wait to see what kind of murder and mayhem hits the village next but with authors like Joyce and Jim Lavene I know it is going to be fantastic!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”