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Let’s Hunt Monsters in the Mountains: book reviews

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 Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series

 There are 11 books – so far – In this series plus 5 short stories, but plenty of opportunity for more stories to come. Not all the monsters have yet appeared (?) or been vanquished.  Whilst the short stories fit in between some of the main books, they are not essential to the main story line – which does continue through the books. None are stand-alone and even the short stories should not be read before their place in the series as the entire story-line is closely entwined.
So, these stories have plenty of humour, lots of ghosts, some murders, romance – quite hot at times, and the Old Wild West crops up as this is Deadwood as in ‘Shoot Out in the Corral’ Deadwood. With brothels, saloons, casinos, and gold – and thus mines and all the icky things that live in old mines! Also cropping up are:  myths and mythology, folk tales and horror stories, demons, devils (yes there is a distinction – depends on rank), mediums of various types, ectoplasm and poltergeists  – goes with mediums? So full on with all the various nasties you can think of, plus a few more to give you the heeby jeebies at night.
 I did enjoy our heroine who was so very protective of her twins, and her boyfriend ‘Doc’ was also good. After all, he put up with her and her various eccentricities and adventures and rather messy way of killing… And she has a job as a realtor – which is the second most common job in Deadwood (they call them residential advisors), so it is tough, and they seem to do a lot of work. But unlike some property companies, she seems to get a steady salary and bonuses for selling and renting, so she has always something to fall back in terms of income.
 The writing style was lively, and it was difficult to get bored, and I am now waiting for the next in the series to come out. In fact, I broke one of my cardinal rules and bought 15 books! The first was free but …. That was a lot of books for me to buy as I get so many free. But I couldn’t stop reading – I read all 16 books in one week.
 Now we get quite a few descriptions of meals in the stories, and yes, we are in the South Dakota mountains and it is bitterly cold and snowy quite a lot of the year, (Deadwood averages 138 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.) but still, the meals all seem to be very high carb and fat and very low in vegetables and fruit especially for the children. Pizza appears a lot and fruit appears in pies with tinned fillings and sugary tops; there was a mention of a cabbage and some salads, but the green bean casserole (why casserole green beans?) has added fat, as well apparently, according to Campbells Soups, mushroom soup and fried onions. 
And then there is sugar, more sugar, and variations of sugar in various sweet foods.
 Is there a shortage of fresh/frozen vegetables? Can someone explain please?
 Yes, I do realise this is a novel and it isn’t reality but it does seem to me, that there usually a reflection of truth in here somewhere, either in the local culture of the South Dakotas or the author, so I checked with the State regional foods. And the Black Hills Visitor lists the following:
1. Kolache – cakes with cream cheese filling
2. Fudge
3. Wojapi – berry dipping sauce
4. Chislic – deep fried meat cubes
5. Buffalo meat
6. Walleye fish
7. Indian Tacos (on Fry Bread)
8. Kuchen with custard
 Yup. High carb, sugar and fat…
And look out for the Purple Boots and their importance and influence…
 So, I strongly recommend this if you like paranormal fun and aren’t likely to get nightmares.
 Nearly Departed In Deadwood (Book 1)
Optical Delusions In Deadwood (Book 2)
Dead Case In Deadwood (Book 3)
Better Off Dead In Deadwood (Book 4);
An Ex To Grind In Deadwood (Book 5)
Meanwhile, Back In Deadwood (Book 6)
A Wild Fright In Deadwood (Book 7)
Rattling The Head In Deadwood (Book 8)
Gone Haunting In Deadwood (Book 9)
Don't Let It Snow In Deadwood (Book 10)
Devil Days In Deadwood (Book 11)
DEADWOOD SHORTS: 
Seeing Trouble (Book 1.5), 
Boot Points (Book 4.5),
Fatal Traditions:  Book 5) 
Cold Flame (Book 6.5), 
Tequila & Time (Book 8.5), And 

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Drink up my company? No: Book Blitz

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From Harlequin Presents: Escape to exotic locations where passion knows no bounds.⁣

⁣⁣ His Billion-Dollar Takeover Temptation by @emmygrayson_scarlettclarke is out NOW! Get your copy today

Excerpt

She had just congratulated Cora and Cole Owens on their daughter’s recent marriage when she passed by the dessert buffet. The table, draped in burgundy silk and lit with gold votives, offered up treats like gourmet chocolates infused with caramel and raspberry, chocolate soufflé bites and an elevated crystal tray stacked high with cookies dusted with powdered sugar. Polvorones, according to a black sign with gold cursive. Beneath it, in small print, she read:

            “My abuela would bake up a batch of polvorones in her tiny kitchen every weekend. We include a dish of ‘dust cookies’ at every Cabrera Wine event to honor her memory.”

            The signature at the bottom, written in a bold script, read “Adrian Cabrera.”

            Surprise filtered through the adrenaline that still pulsed through her. She hadn’t thought of the man as sentimental. Curious, she picked up a cookie and bit into it. 

            Oh, heavens.

            Bursts of cinnamon and chocolate filled her mouth as the delicate treat melted on her tongue. Her senses quivered at the rich taste. Not that she had any experience with sex, but if she did, she’d bet these cookies would give lovemaking a run for its money.

            “Delicious, aren’t they?”

            Her eyes flew open. Adrian Cabrera stood in front of her, shoulders thrown back and hands casually resting in his pockets.

            Everleigh swallowed quickly, her mouth drying out under the intense scrutiny of his hooded gaze.

            “Um, yes.” She smiled slightly. “Possibly the best cookie I’ve ever tasted.” She gestured towards the sign. “And I think this is great. To honor your grandmother like this.”

            Something dark flickered in his eyes but disappeared too quickly for her to discern what it was.

“You were looking for me.”

            Mind your manners, Everleigh. Dad’s voice echoed in her mind. She mentally forced herself to relax and not point out that it was polite to thank someone when they gave you a compliment.

            “Was I?”

            “Yes.”

            Arrogant jerk. She bit down on her tongue. Her first inclination was to cut this sexy but maddening man down to size, but she wouldn’t let her temper get the better of her again. This second chance to speak to him was a blessing, and not one to be taken lightly.   

            “I wanted to apologize for my harsh words,” she forced out.            

He tilted his head, his eyes narrowing. “Really?”

            She clenched her hands together and looked down. “I’m not normally so rude. Dad’s health has…” A lump rose in her throat and she swallowed hard. Now was not the time for tears, and Adrian Cabrera did not seem like the type of man who would tolerate weakness. “I reacted hastily and made some horrible accusations.”

            Silence stretched between them. She looked back up and maintained eye contact. She would force out an apology, but she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of letting him intimidate her.

            For what seemed like forever but was probably only ten seconds or so, they stared at each other. The energy between them changed, nearly causing her to totter back on her heels at the strength of the attraction that crackled between them like lightning. Carnal thoughts rose in her mind, accompanied by vivid images of his bronze skin pressed against her body as they rolled across a bed, tangled in the sheets.

            Her cheeks grew hot. One hand flew up to her face before she could stop it, as if she could hide her response. 

            Judging by the slow smile spreading across his face, he knew exactly what was going through her mind. 

            The band finished their song to a round of hearty applause. A beat later, they struck up another tune. The sultry notes of a slow song floated on the air as the ballroom lights dimmed.

            “Dance with me.”

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Emmy’s interest in romance can be traced back to her love of Nancy Drew books, when she tried to solve the mysteries of her favorite detective while rereading the romantic chapters with Ned Nickerson. Fast-forward a few years when she discovered a worn copy of “A Rose in Winter” by Kathleen Woodiwiss on her mother’s bookshelf, and she was hooked. Over 20 years later, Harlequin Presents made her dream come true by offering her a contract for her first book.

When Emmy isn’t writing or reading, she’s chasing around her baby boy, feeding her menagerie of fur babies or carving out a little time on her front porch with her firefighter hubby.


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