Trouble in Store by Carol Cox



Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he’s worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry any of them. He’s drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb’s business–and budding romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?


A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


For a fast-paced story full of fun, action, mystery, and love, I highly recommend you treat yourself to Trouble in Store by Carol Cox. Her delightful characters and historical accuracy provide a delightful read!

Judith Miller, bestselling author of the HOME TO AMANA series

Carol Cox has done it again! From their first meeting in the mercantile, Melanie and Caleb jumped off the page and into my heart. Their story made me laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again. Trouble in Store is a do-not-miss read!

Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of Flora’s Wish and the ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEIRESS series

A sweet romance with a suspenseful touch of murder mystery makes Carol Cox’s Trouble in Store a great read!

Julianna Deering, author of Rules of Murder, A Drew Farthering Mystery

One of my favorite writers has produced another winner. Complete with romance and intrigue, this book is bound to keep you turning the pages to the happily ever after.

Hannah Alexander, author of Keeping Faith

Trouble in store? You’d better believe it. The action in Carol Cox’s novel, set in Cedar Ridge, Arizona, in the wild days of the Tombstone gunfights, delivers more punch than a cowpuncher’s spurs, while romantic tensions grow between Melanie and Caleb to build up to a satisfying conclusion.

Eric Wiggin, author of The Hills of God and The Recluse

A spunky, determined heroine, a stubborn, clueless hero, and an intriguing mystery that pulls you in and makes your mind swirl, blend together to create a charming historical romance you’ll add to your keeper shelf.

Vickie McDonough, award-winning author of 26 books and novellas

Start with the nostalgic allure of the Arizona Territory in 1885, stir in the suspense of a murder mystery, and season it with the thrill of romance. The result is the piece de resistance Trouble in Store, which you won’t soon forget.

Sandra Robbins, Christian romance author

Trouble in Store grabbed me from the very beginning…a page-turner of a tale that encompasses suspense, a murder mystery, romance, and a wonderful journey of faith. The secondary characters are so richly drawn, the twists and turns of the plot so intriguing, that I just couldn’t put the book down. I look forward to reading everything else by this author!

Roxanne Rustand, author of When He Came Home


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Carol Cox

Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and…

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“Cox deftly balances historical and humorous details with heartfelt spirituality in this pleasant inspirational set in 1885 Arizona Territory.”

RT Book Reviews

It’s definitely going to please a lot of fans of western romance, especially those who enjoy a good mystery.

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Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee plus GIVEAWAY




Join us for this tour from July 13 to August 11, 2020!


Book Details:

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Tour dates: July 13 to August 11, 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love KariBovee’s fast-paced whodunit.


When I saw this book about Annie Oakley I was intrigued because this is a person I have always heard about but didn’t really know that much about her. But now th name Annie Oakley has a whole new meaning. Folly at the Fair gives a new twist to this historical name. Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, Annie Oakley, better known as “Little Sure Shot” performs endlessly with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and she is totally exhausted. And then things started to happen. Bodies started popping up, the daughter of Annie’s good friend shows up on her doorstep. And since Annie loves a good mystery, she is on to these stories with her friend Emma.

This was a fun and interesting story. I enjoyed following Annie and her friend Emma as they finally started finding some clues that just might help the case. I thought I had the case solved early on but I will mistaken, but the second person I suspected was right on so that wasnt so bad! There are several other storylines going on in this book that were certainly intriguing as well. This was not a boring book, that is for sure. It will keep you quite entertained. And in the end, author Kari Bovee weaves together all of the loose ends for an enjoyable and entertaining read. If you are a history buff, this is one you will enjoy!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

**And just a note. I encourage you to read the interesting interview with the author.  You will learn lots of things about this author and the books she writes

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Interview with the Author

1. With your books are you looking to entertain or illuminate?

Both, of course! Entertainment is the main goal for me, but I also want people, especially young girls and women, to be inspired by the women I write. I’m passionate about empowered women in history and what we can learn from them. Women have come so far—although we still have a way to go—but some of the women of the past who had much fewer rights, privileges and opportunities than we do today, didn’t let society dictate who they wanted to be or what they wanted to do. They fought the good fight and lived their dream whether it was saving others, being true to themselves, or thriving in a man’s profession, like Annie Oakley did.

2. What were your favorite books as a child?

My dad always read to my brother and I—something I really cherish. He loved the Winnie-the-Pooh books and we did, too. My dad traveled a lot for business but would always bring something back for us from his trips. For me it was books. He discovered this really cute series about young orphans in France that I really liked. I can’t remember the author’s name. He also brought home Eloise by Kay Thompson. I still like to read that one! When I was older I really got into the Nancy Drew Mysteries, and I also read some of the Hardy Boys Mysteries as well. And, being a horse girl, I read all of the Marguerite Henry books like King of the Wind and Misty of Chincoteague. When I was about twelve years old I read Gone with the Wind, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

3. How do you come up with character names?

This can be fun and challenging at the same time. In many of my novels I write about real historical figures so that’s a no-brainer, but for supporting characters who are fictitious I look up names that were popular in the era and try to match a name with the personality of a character. I have one manuscript where I have changed the protagonist’s name three times. The names just weren’t jiving with my vision of her personality. But, I finally settled on one that is perfect!  

4. Talk about when you realized you wanted to be an author. Life-long dream or happened late on?

I think I’ve known I wanted to be an author before I really knew what that meant. When I was about eight years old I asked for a typewriter for Christmas. I got one of those plastic Smith-Coronas—it was turquoise with white keys—and I banged on that thing for years writing stories, poetry, rants, etc. I also had a diary from when I was about the same age and would spend hours writing in it. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old I read Gone with the Wind and was so blown away by it, it was then I decided how wonderful it would be to be an author. In college I majored in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and started writing more in depth stories and even a novel when I got out of school, but it was terrible! When my daughter was just 9 months old, my husband—good soul that he is, encouraged me to go to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (we were living in Ventura, CA at the time) and that’s when I really got serious about becoming a novelist.

5. Discuss why writers should also be marketers.

In today’s world it’s essential if you want to be successful, or even been seen and heard. There are so many writers out there publishing, discoverability is more challenging than ever. Writers really need to advocate for themselves to rise above the noise. Long gone are the days where the writer is holed up in their office or writing space, away from the world, and the publishing house does all the marketing. With many publishing houses they only give the author about three months of marketing assistance and then that’s it. If you publish independently you are on your own—which isn’t a bad thing. There are so many marketing tools and programs out there to help authors. Authors can also hire publicists and marketing firms, but it can be very costly. There are ways to do it without breaking the bank!

6. Plotter or panster? Share what works best for you.

I like to call myself a puzzler. I need to work with an outline—sometimes rather detailed, but once I start writing I let myself go. I try to stay within the confines of the outline but I never get stressed if something changes when I am in the flow. I am often surprised when something changes—like when a character does or says something I hadn’t planned, and then I evaluate if I like what came up and if I need to adjust the story. Sometimes if I like the change that has occurred I may have to do more research before continuing, so I allow myself to do that. It’s like putting together a great big puzzle. And, because I write mystery, it requires creating a puzzle as well, one that needs to be solved. If you couldn’t tell, I love puzzles!

7. Are any of your books in audio?

Girl with a Gun is in the process of being produced as an audiobook right now. I’ve found a wonderful narrator/producer who is very excited about the project. It should be released late Summer or early Fall of 2020. It’s my plan to roll out the entire series in audio over the next two years.





Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.

The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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July 14 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

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Aug 4 – Jessica Belmont – book review / giveaway

Aug 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 6 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – book review

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Bridge Home By Virginia McCullough #BHPrism

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A Bridge Home (Back to Bluestone River #3) By Virginia McCullough Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages August 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will a new beginning…

Lead to forever?

What good is a home without a family? School principal Eric Wells finally has the house he’s always wanted, but a painful childhood makes him question his ability to be a father. So when his high school crush Amy Morgan returns to Bluestone River with her troubled daughter, he’s surprised to find he wants to be there for both of them. Will Amy finally give him a chance?

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About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.


High School Principal, Eric Wells couldn’t believe it when his high school crush Amy Morgan moved back to Bluestone River, with her daughter. And having their first meeting to be one that her daughter was in trouble at school was not the way he wanted them to met, but here she was.

I liked this story from the sstart. But sometimes Amy was annoying because she couldn’t make up her mind when it came to Eric. She kept leading him on. And because he was crazy about her, he just let her. They both needed some adjustments. I like Eric. He was a good principle because of his life growing up. He had a mentor to help him so he passed this on to the school kids, and to Cassie. And he also passed this on to Amy’s grandparents, always seeming to think of their feelings.

This small town was special in the way they pulled together to save their heritage. A town I would love to live in. There were many disagreements, and they seemed to come to decisions to please most. There is so much more going on in this story and author Virginia McCullough does an amazing job of weaving it all together to make A Bridge Home the Heartwarming story it is. If you enjoy a good clean Romance, I am sure you will love this one. And check out the other books in this series by Virginia McCullough. They are the same Heartwarming romance as this one is.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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Takeover Tour for…Falling for the Innkeeper my Meghann Whistler

Falling for the Innkeeper Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann WhistlerTitle: Falling for the Innkeeper

Author: Meghann Whistler

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn…

But what happens when romance checks in?

Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s beachfront inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And although he came to Cape Cod to close an important business deal—not fall in love—he can’t get her out of his mind.

Laura and Jonathan each try to fight their attraction and focus on business, but it’s not long before Jonathan finds himself confiding in her his other reason for coming to The Sea Glass Inn—he’s trying to find his mentally ill father, who’s recently been spotted at a nearby homeless shelter.

Working together to find Jonathan’s father only brings Laura and Jonathan closer. But with his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?

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Meghann WhistlerPhoto by Sophie Jacobson

Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

Falling for the Innkeeper is her first inspirational romance, but definitely not her last! She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at

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