Apr 142017
 


Ready for some fun?
I am super excited to play 20 Quick Questions with Steve Hockensmith!

Favorite Color – Green, the color of lush fields of grass, thick, thriving forests, and the power ring bestowed upon test pilot Hal Jordan by a dying alien, making him the intergalactic champion for justice known as Green Lantern

Favorite Candy – Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Snack – Mixed nuts

Favorite Soft Drink – Diet Coke

Favorite Hard Drink – Diet Coke with bourbon

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Coffee

Favorite Movie – The Third Man

Favorite TV Show – That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer. So many variables! I guess I’d say that the original Star Trek is my favorite for sentimental reasons even though I acknowledge that about a third of the episodes are unwatchably bad. The best series I’ve ever seen would probably be The Wire, but I have no desire to ever watch it again. (I tend to shy away from commitments to long, dark, depressing shows these days. Life’s too short, y’know?) And the best single episode of television I’ve ever seen is “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” from The X-Files, which manages to be funny, creepy, profound and a superb vehicle for the masterly acting of Charles Nelson Reilly. Really!

Favorite Book – Dang. Another hard one. I used to say Catch-22, but I’m not so sure anymore. The last time I re-read it I still loved it, but I was more aware of its flaws. (It’s a little overlong, and some of the many tangents are less interesting than others.) So I guess now I’ll say Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, which is (A) by my favorite writer and (B) a lot shorter.

Favorite Fictional Character – There are so many I love so much: Yossarian from Catch-22, The Doctor from Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta!), Jeffrey Lebowski, Marge Gunderson. But if I had to pick one (and you did say “Character,” not “Characters”) it would be Columbo. The second Peter Falk comes trudging onto the screen in that raincoat, I’m smiling and I can’t wait to see him take the big-shot killer apart piece by piece.

Favorite Super Hero – You remember my favorite color, right? And why it’s my favorite color?

Favorite Singer/Group/BandI am very, very loyal to the English pop band Madness. They’re considered a one-hit wonder over here thanks to their song “Our House,” but in England they’re more of a beloved/loathed institution. It’s not easy to think of what their equivalent would be in the States — a band that survives decade after decade, can sell out stadiums while being sneered at by youngsters and hipsters, and in some way reflects the character and musical traditions of the nation. Oh, god…are they the English Eagles?

Favorite Carnival Ride – A bench. My son is autistic and doesn’t get enthused about that many things, so when he went through a carnival ride/roller coaster phase I tried to go along for the ride. Which meant going along for the rides. And let me tell you: If I want to feel that nauseous, I’d prefer for Diet Coke and bourbon to get me there, thank you very much.

Favorite Spring Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Summer Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Fall Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Winter Activity – Barbecuing. (Did I mention that I live in California?)

Favorite Place to Read – The bathtub.

Favorite Place to Write – My desk at home. (But my favorite place to brainstorm and outline is also the bathtub.)

Dream Vacation Destination – The past. I’m not a big see-the-world guy. I don’t have much desire to fly to far-off lands, walk the teeming streets of exotic cities, etc. But I would love the chance to hang out in San Francisco circa 1894 or Los Angeles circa 1940 or New York circa 1958 or Evansville, Indiana, circa 1977. (I grew up in Evansville, so I was there in 1977. I just wasn’t paying much attention.) When Elon Musk opens his time machine travel service, I’ll be first in line.Then I’ll get sent to the back of the line because I’m not a billionaire. But I’ll be there!

Thank you Steve for playing 20 Quick Questions. Save me some room on that bench, since my accident there are not carnival rides in my future. I will also join you for a drink and a burger or two 🙂

Now let me tell you about his new book that was just released on April 8! 

Give the Devil His Due (A Tarot Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738742243
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z9Y

Synopsis

Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future—too bad she didn’t see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she’d left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there’s the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she’ll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she’s going to survive.

Praise for Give the Devil His Due by
by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

A great read…
~Babs Book Bistro

This is a funny mystery filled with con men, an investigative reporter, mafia types, old ladies with uzis, a pony-tailed German man, and a touch of the occult.
~Teresa Trent, Author

Give the Devil His Due is another fun addition to the Tarot Mystery Series. I must say that I am really enjoying this series!
~Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

I really love the layout of this book, you aren’t left guessing what the cards look like, they are in the book! An author that dots his i’s and crosses his t’s.
~Bibliophile Reviews

About The Author

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

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April 5 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW
April 5 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST
April 6 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
April 7 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – REVIEW
April 7 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST
April 8 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
April 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 10 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
April 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
April 12 – Queen of All She Reads – SPOTLIGHT
April 13 – Varietats – REVIEW
April 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW
April 15 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 15 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
April 16 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

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Aug 072015
 
Yes, it has been a busy week. Today I am kicking off another
Great Escapes Book Tour!
Fool Me Once by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco will be released tomorrow from Midnight Ink!

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Fool Me Once
by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

fool me onceFool Me Once
(A Tarot Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Arizona

2nd in Series
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (August 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738742236
E-Book ASIN: B011J5Y6NG
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Synopsis

After taking over the White Magic Five & Dime, Alanis McLachlan is trying to make up for her mother’s con jobs by tracking down old customers and making amends. When Martha, one of the most loyal clients, comes looking for a way out of her abusive marriage, Alanis does everything she can to help.

But helping Martha leads to unforeseen consequences . . . including murder. When Martha’s husband is found dead, the police show up at Alanis’s door. And things only get more complicated as she tries to clear her name from the top of the suspect list. With her growing mastery of the tarot and the Fool card to guide her, can Alanis find her way to the truth before the killer gets to her first?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return the The White Magic Five and Dime in this 2nd Tarot Mystery. Alanis‘ Tarot Card reading skills are improving but her main concern is helping people her mother conned out of their hard earned cash. Martha comes to Alanis to escape her abusive husband but when the husband is found dead she becomes the prime suspect and they think Alanis could be an accomplice. Thankfully she has a good lawyer for Martha, a friend not afraid to do a little breaking and entering, a sister with an internet hacker connection,  and a keen sense to track down the real killer.

This story is so easy to easy to get caught up in. You know Alanis’ heart is in the right place and she does go to great lengths to right her mother’s wrongs. She is also quite savvy and doesn’t get tripped up but those trying to con her or take advantage of her. She has grown quite a bit over the course of these books. The secondary characters are very interesting as well and the author brings them all together with an extraordinary plot with plenty of red herrings.

Each chapter starts with a excerpt from Alanis’ mother’s book, Miss Chance, Infinite Roads in Knowing. that Alanis is reading and to give us a little insight into the Tarot Cards. These are quite humorous.

The author did something I just hate 🙂 he leaves is with a hook for the next book in this series! I hate that because we have to wait a year to get the rest of the story!!

For now this is a terrific mystery. While it can be read as a stand alone I truly recommend you start with The White Magic Five and Dime, you can read my review here. Then we can wait for the next installment together.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

steve hockingsmithAbout The Author

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

Author Links:
Website – http://www.stevehockensmith.com
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/MrHockensmith
GoodReads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/146628.Steve_Hockensmith


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Tour Participants

August 7 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
August 8 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
August 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
August 10 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Review, Interview, Giveaway
August 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – Spotlight
August 12 – Omnimystery News – Guest post
August 13 – Kelly P’s Blog– Spotlight
August 14 – Nadaness In Motion – Guest Post, Giveaway
August 15 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight
August 16 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
August 17 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
August 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
August 19 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Spotlight
August 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

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Jul 152014
 

White Magic Five and Dime cover FINAL
The White Magic Five & Dime
(A Tarot Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
MIDNIGHT INK (July 8, 2014)
Trade Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738740225
E-Book File Size: 17221 KB
ASIN: B00KWEY794
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Alanis McLachlan has not seen her mother in 20 years so when she is summoned to Berdache, Arizona to collect her inheritance she is very surprised. Her con-woman mother has left her The White Magic Five & Dime, a small shop where her mother has her tarot card reading business.  Unsure what to do with the place she decides to temporarily open the store to try to figure out how and why her mother died. She assumes one of her mother’s cons was run on the wrong person and she ended up paying for it with her life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alanis McLachlan (the name she is currently using) has quite a life which makes her a very interesting protagonist. Her mother has been a con-woman Alantis’ whole life and as soon as she was old enough she ran away and left that world and her mother behind.  Arriving in Arizona with a long list of unanswered questions she finds her mother had a teenage roommate. Did her mother replace her with this girl to help her with her con games? She hopes by reopening the shop and meeting with her mother’s customers she may get some answers to her questions and find out who killed her mother. Alanis is very cynical but with her upbringing it is easy to understand why. She truly is a good person and wants to do right for a mom who really did a lot of things wrong. I was engaged by her story immediately.

The authors also gave us some great supporting characters. Clarice, who seems to be Alanis’ mother’s apprentice, and Josh Logan, the officer in charge of her mother’s investigation. The dialogue between Josh and Alanis is absolutely fantastic.

The mystery was well written and well plotted. All the information about Tarot Cards was very interesting. While this area of Arizona is know for psychics and its energy vortex the paranormal part of the story is very mild. Alanis starts out feeling it is just another of her mother’s con’s but  the story has a nice twist that makes her question her theory.

I can’t believe how quickly I read this story. I was captivated from beginning to end!! I can’t wait for Book 2.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

About This Author

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

Author Links:
http://www.stevehockensmith.com
https://www.facebook.com/steve.hockensmith.7
https://twitter.com/MrHockensmith
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/146628.Steve_Hockensmith
http://www.amazon.com/White-Magic-Five-Tarot-Mystery/dp/0738740225/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396625839&sr=8-1&keywords=the+white+magic+five+and+dime

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.”

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