Thursday, January 06, 2011

Deadly Giveaway

For our first giveaway in this new year, I'm pleased to announce today's release of THE DEATH BY BIKINI MYSTERIES bindup, which includes DEATH BY BIKINI, DEATH BY LATTE, and DEATH BY DENIM.

The Books:


A day at the beach can be murder…

Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical
island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's secluded luxury resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends—much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo turns up with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable.

Then a famou
s rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach—strangled by her own bikini top—and alarm bells sound. What exactly are Seth and his family hiding? And is it too great a coincidence that they turned up just one day before a murder? As Aphra digs into the mystery, she discovers that Seth and his family are in hiding from a dangerous terrorist organization. And, what's more, her mother—whom she hadn't heard from in years—might be involved. As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces. . . .


It was only a few weeks ago that Aphra Connolly's life changed completely. She had been living a quiet existence on her father's secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turned up and stole her heart . . . and provided information that led her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn't quite what she expected. Aphra's mom, Natalie, doesn't seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie's boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, o

only to ask her to return the ring he gave her the previous summer. At least Natalie's hunky neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . .


Even though Aphra Connolly knows there are some very dangerous people on their tail when she met her mom, Natalie, in Paris, she envisioned the two of them strolling along the Champs-Elysées, sharing Nutella-smeared crepes and mother-daughter bonding. But the only strolling they’ve been doing is from one cheap hostel to another, and the “moments” they share consist of Natalie instructing Aphra on the finer points of anonymity and survival. When Natalie’s CIA contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed into his mouth, Aphra realizes that, like Seth Mulo and his family, she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom and her CIA protector Ryan, Aphra tracks down a criminal mastermind in Italy, only to discover that Seth had the same idea, and her presence may have just put Seth in mortal danger...

The Reviews:

“Heart-pounding… taut suspense.”—Booklist

“Strong writing and plenty of plot twists”—The Providence Journal

“High action and suspense”—Library Thing

“Great characters, plot twists, and non-stop action and excitement.”—YA Books Central

“You will be so engrossed in the twists and turns… you won’t want to stop reading”—Teen Reads Too

“Entertaining young adult mystery suspense thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

Literacy Lab recommended... ALA Popular Paperback nominated...

The Freebie: 3 winners!

To be entered to win a copy of THE DEATH BY BIKINI MYSTERIES:


+1 Become a follower of this blog if you aren't already

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+2 Leave a comment beow telling me why you love mysteries

This drawing will remain open until Wednesday, January 12.

PS! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our Freebie Friday with Eileen Cook!