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Mystery Man in the Leather Hat Release

Middle school mystery
Date Published: June 15, 2016
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Three days of vacation. Two stepsisters. One mystery involving a ghost dressed in a leather hat, suit, and boots.
Dominique and Jessica had no idea what awaited them during a weekend vacation with their parents. They expected fun and excitement, but instead ran into a ghost and a mystery.
Long ago in Connecticut, a man in a patched leather suit and hat roamed the countryside, living in caves for more than thirty years. Carrying a sack, pipe, and prayer book, the man came to be known as the Old Leather Man. His death came with the blizzard of 1889, but who could have guess that he would return to haunt the stepsisters.
A stolen wallet, a threatening anonymous letter, and a ghostly visit force the stepsisters into late-night sleuthing, all to uncover the history of the Old Leather Man. Can these teen detectives find the truth before the Old Leather Man’s ghost returns for good?
EXCERPT
Dominique shivered outside the bookstore, feeling alone, tired and battered by a negative wind chill that was normal for Connecticut in October. Her tingling, numb fingers agreed.
This sad bookstore situation was a waste of time and revealed to Dominique how little her stepsister, Jessica, understood the idea of family love and bonding. Dominique was not a reader. Didn’t Jess recognize that more than ten minutes inside a bookstore was much, much too long?
Twenty minutes earlier, Dominique had entered the store with Jess. The walls were colorful, lined with every type of reading material imaginable. She had followed Jessica to the teen section, standing idle.
“I’m leaving,” Dominique said after ten minutes of complaining.
“Five more minutes,” Jess had begged. “Look, they have the next book in the series I’m reading.”
“I’m so happy for you, but you’ve used your five minutes plus some.” Dominique’s brown eyes flashed with annoyance, the light in the store highlighting the green flecks in them. Spinning around, her long dark hair whipped against her shoulders as she executed a neat turn and walked quickly through the store. She made a happy whistling sound as she exited the front door.
Twenty minutes was a long time in the cold. Outside, becoming more frostbit every moment, Dominique’s frustration leaked into her not so nice thoughts. For anyone other than Jessica, her rapid exit would have been a huge hint to hurry up and follow, but Jessica remained inside reading.
Dominique wanted to open the front door again and scream, “Stop looking through the dumb books,” but yelling might not have gone over well with all the quiet, bookworm type people. Judging by the constant ticking of seconds echoing from Dominique’s bright orange Timex watch on her wrist, she was reminded how long she’d been left waiting in what felt like sub-zero temperatures. It didn’t matter much what Dominique did or said. Her stepsister, as usual, ignored her.
To occupy herself, she eyed the books on display in the front window of the bookstore, skimming the titles. She ignored most of them, until an ugly face on the cover of a book of Connecticut Legends looked back at her. She couldn’t help but stare. The man pictured was round and his bulky brown leather suit made him seem monstrous. Eyes peeked out from under a large, round leather cap, focused on something beyond the photographer. A hand rested at his mouth, as if he might be shy. Fascinated by his odd appearance, she wondered who he was.
Long overdue, Jessica came out the door, a smile playing on her lips, blue eyes shining with happiness. “That was so fun,” Jess told Dominique. “I got the next series I’m reading and found a great book on dating and love. You have to read it after I’m done.”
Boys flocked to Jess, who had already started dating at the age of thirteen.
“Yeah, sure,” Dominique preferred horses to boys and could not imagine that ever changing.
Even with Jessica’s company, Dominique could tell this was going to be a long, dull weekend filled with the boring events her parents called culture and entertainment.
About the Author
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and adjunct instructor at the college level, holding an EdD in Educational Leadership. This is her fourth novel. In addition to writing fiction, she has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, three cats, dog, and horse.
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Twitter: @Apocalipstick_
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PARANORMAL ROMANCE BOOK REVIEW- PURE BLOODED BY AMANDA CARLSON

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  • Publisher: Orbit (June 16, 2015)

The fifth Jessica McClain novel — a fast-paced and irresistibly sexy urban fantasy series reminiscent of Kelley Armstrong.

Nowhere left to run.

Back from Hell, Jessica arrives to find her world thrown into chaos. Her father is fighting a losing battle against the Made wolves, and when Jessica and her crew rush to his aid, they discover the war is not as straightforward as it seems. Something larger is on the hunt, something ancient and powerful that won’t rest until Jessica is dead. Now Jessica’s plan of attack must change — but how can she defeat someone who can predict her every move?

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PURE BLOODED is another hit for Amanda Carlson. It is Action packed, nail-biting fun. The characters and story line are well-developed.  Jessica has just returned from Hell and the Hags of Fate are wanting her dead for killing Ardat Lili who was to birth a child that would be one of the Hags of Fate. She must stay alive to redirect her fated path to get her fate back on track. A balance. Staying alive will not be easy, when someone wants you dead. She does have an ally in one of the Hags that wants her to stay alive. This is such a great book and series that it will have you wanting more. I cannot wait until the next book. This book will have you on the edge of your seat. When you think they are in the clear, Fate throws another wrench into the plan. I recommend this book and series to everyone. I give PURE BLOODED 5/ 5 STARS.

 

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PARANORMAL ROMANCE- “RED BLOODED” BY AMANDA CARLSON

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Jessica is going to Hell.

After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn’t have the power to stop.

Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast — new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be… or she will never make it out alive.

I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

Jessica is going to Hell, but she is going before she is ready. Jessica has been told to come to Hell to stand trial for crimes against it, but she was told to come by a certain date. While training to defend against demon magic, she absorbs it and activates the circle and pulled to Hell.

The Witches try to control where she lands when she gets there. Everything is strange in Hell. She must get away from the garbage of Hell before she is caught, and find her brother. She is literally running around with no idea of where she is going. She breaks out a woman who is being help prisoner. What she does not know is that she is the one who started all the crap with Hell.  If it was not for her she would not be in this situation. To me RED BLOODED was not as action packed as the others, and had a lot of running around. Don’t get me wrong it was still a very good book with well-developed characters and storyline. I give RED BLOODED 4/ 5 stars.

 

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BOOK REVIEW FOR “COLD BLOODED” BY AMANDA CARLSON

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Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Magic, mayhem and madness explode in this third installment in the Jessica McClain series.
Jessica McClain is on the run… again.
Finally reunited with Rourke, Jessica arrives home to find that her best friend has been kidnapped, her father has vanished, and the supernatural Sects — witches, demons, and sorcerers — don’t even have the courtesy to wait until she is unpacked to attack.
Now, mastering her powers as the sole female werewolf might not be enough to save them. Thrown together in a shaky truce with the Vampire Queen, Jessica must show all the different Sects what the true meaning of “the enemy of my enemy” is or her father will die…

I finished reading this book and it starts of where the last one, HOT BLOODED, left off. I have been patiently waiting for this book, and I was finally approved for this book from Net Galley.  It has been action from the beginning, and the tension and action is great. This is one author to look watch out for. She knows how to craft a book that grabs your attention and does not let go until the book ends. Then you want her to work faster so you can read the next one. This is by far one of my all time favorite authors.

I love the characters, and the plot line of the book. Jessica is one kick butt female character, and her mate Rourke is just yummy.  I recommend that you pick up or download your copy,  and start reading it today. You will not be disappointed. I give this book 5/5 stars.

I was given this book by Net Galley for an honest review. If you want to start the series from the first here are the books.

Product DetailsThis novella started it all.

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“COLD BLOODED” BY AMANDA CARLSON

Product DetailsI just started reading this book and it starts of where the last one, HOT BLOODED, left off. I have been patiently waiting for this book, and I had to finish a book for Netgalley.com before I could start it.  It has been action from the beginning. I am only 25% into the book, and the tension and action is great. This is one author to look watch out for. She knows how to craft a book that grabs your attention and does not let go until the book ends. Then you want her to work faster so you can read the next one.

I love the characters, and the plot line of the book. Jessica is one kick butt female character, and her mate Rourke is just yummy. So I am going back to my book to read more, and I recommend that you pick up or download your copy,  and start reading it today. You will not be disappointed. If you want to start the series from the first here are the books.

 

Product DetailsThis novella started it all.

Product DetailsFull length Book 1. Book 2-Product Details

 

 

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