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Boobsie’s Revenge? Skinny Dipping With Murder by Auralee Wallace

Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo. – George Bernard Shaw

If you have followed this blog for any length of time you will know that despite my admittedly crusty exterior I am a huge sucker for love stories, with a lot of heat. However, my all time favourite author does not pen erotica or anything remotely similar she writes contemporary humorous fiction and her latest release is a cozy mystery series. One would think it far out of my wheel house, to date there has not been a throbbing member in sight unless one of her characters has been unfortunate enough to whack their thumb with a hammer. She makes up for this with incredible, truly awe inspiring characterization and the wackiest plot lines ever!

In my personal reading world her characters are my closest friends, practically family, and this is coming from someone who snorts at the term “book boyfriend“. I should probably take this opportunity to introduce you to the Erica Bloom I know and love. You might know her by the unfortunate moniker of “Boobsie Bloom”, you have to admit it is rather catchy and if you knew what happened at The Raspberry Social you would understand. Is it reason to avoid coming home? Not really. But I have been known to avoid my Grandmother for months at a time because I know I am going to hear about my weight!



SYNOPSIS – When Erica was a teenager, she fell prey to a practical joke that left her near-naked in Otter Lake’s annual Raspberry Social. The incident was humiliating, but it wasn’t like anyone got killed-until now. Those who were behind that long-ago prank are starting to turn up dead, and Erica’s appearance in town makes her a prime suspect. To make matters worse, the town sheriff just happens to be Erica’s old nemesis, Grady Forrester…who also happens to be hotter than ever. Can Erica find a way to dig up the truth-before someone digs her grave?

Otter Lake is a small town like no other, yet one that every reader knows and loves. With her mother’s business struggling Erica is forced to return to the scene of the crime only to literally trip over a  body. This in and of itself would be upsetting but not particularly catastrophic unless they (the corpse) were tied to that prank that drove her away in the first place.

With her bestie at her side, determined to solve the crime and avoid a trip to the big house in the process, the reader is treated to a literary adventure like no other but one that will have you wiping tears of mirth from your eyes and wishing you knew people the likes of Freddie, Summer, Grady, Rhonda, Kit Kat and Tweety.

Regardless of whether reading about heaving bosoms has become stale, trust me when I say read Skinny Dipping With Murder now. You won’t regret it. The only issue you may encounter is the interminable wait until August when Pumpkin Picking With Murder comes out.


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AWAuralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blond mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/.

Auralee is represented by Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary Agency.





Awakening From a Devastating Reading Slump – GUEST POST

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 After reading Andrea’s humorous post “Auld Lang Syne”, I began to consider my own lack of motivation to pick up a book. I’ve been in a serious reading slump lately, whether it was the hustle and bustle of the holidays, or a bit of the winter blahs, or just simply a bit of “brain freeze” to quote one of my Grade 2 students who was trying to tell me that he had been “thinking” way too hard. While trying to contain my snort of agreement as best as I could, I just empathized with him and assured him that all we needed was the holiday to reboot so to speak. Upon reflection, I think that my reading slump might actually be attributed in part to the demise of a serious literary relationship spanning some fourteen years now.

WMOBI have made many attempts over the past few months to dive into Diana Gabaldon’s latest endeavour Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, the eighth book in the Outlander series, all without success and I finally gave up around mid-December. Even though I consider myself to be a true Outlander fan, for the last three books the only reason why I have continued with the series is because I am held captive, reading in horrified fascination unable to believe what has been done to the story and characters. I feel almost disloyal writing this, not to the author, but to the series itself. The story should have ended after the third book, Voyager, but by then there was a voracious audience awaiting each new installment, which no doubt impacted the arc of the story line. To clarify, I too was one of those people, waiting desperately for the next book in the series. As each new book was published, I kept waiting for that illusive reading “high” that I felt in the beginning but as with most addictions, it never quite happened. Even after the complete waste of time that was The Fiery Cross (hours, days and weeks of my life that I will never get back!) there was still a part of me hoping that one day the magic would return.


However all is not lost, thanks to visually stunning, and superior script writing that comes with “Outlander, the television series. As it appears the show is going to stretch each book out having only adapted a small part in the first eight episodes. I feel confident that I will get to enjoy all my favourite parts of the story as told through Ronald D. Moore’s unique yet faithful interpretation of the novels. I’m eagerly awaiting the mid-season return of the STARZ production of Season One Outlander” on April 4, 2015, along with millions of other women. I ask you this, is there anyone doesn’t want to see more of Sam Heughan?

Following the holidays, I realized that that the worst was over and I had finally seemed to be coming out the other side of my slump. I would like to say thank Auralee Wallace, who let me beta read an early version of her latest book, Skinny Dipping With Murder, that will be coming out in early 2016. It’s about a small-town girl who reluctantly returns home after years away and promptly becomes embroiled in hilarity, hi-jinks and a little dab of murder. I am looking forward to the finished product and for more stories involving Erica and her trusty side-kick Freddie!

When We Wake US cover

DESCRIPTION – My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her ead down and survive, or fight for a better future?

Image and description from: http://www.karenhealey.com/books/when-we-wake/

I have just begun reading When We Wake by Karen Healey. It is a dystopian novel that examines many different themes including global warming, famine, civil unrest and overpopulation in the not-too-distant future. What is most intriguing is the possibility of what could happen if science fiction meets reality and we are able to pause a human life through the use of cryonic freezing, only to restart that life many years later. There are many ethical questions that come up early in the story around the consequences of bringing someone back to life. What are the political and legal ramifications of reviving someone who has been long dead? Are they still consider citizens under the law or the property of the institutions who have brought them back to life? How do you re-integrate someone into society who has been officially dead for a century? Who gets to decide who is revived and who isn’t? And would you want to be given a second chance at life if everyone you knew and loved was long dead and buried? I’m really looking forward to seeing how the story of Tegan unravels as she faces a brand new world in When We Wake.