Marilyn's Recommended Authors

My English friend and author Clare Revell has a new mystery out that I think you'll find fun to read as well as intriguing.

Who killed the rat that lives in the House that Jack built?

Receptionist Kate Dahlbeck accepts the final slot on reality TV show Jack’s House, and takes a leave of absence from her job, to live in front of cameras, wired up to a microphone twenty-four hours a day. Despite the silly activities they have to do, it’s all fun and games…that is until a contestant dies.

Tired of desk duty while he recovers from injuries sustained in the line of duty, DS Zander Ellery is chomping at the bit to investigate the suspicious death—from the inside. His partner DC Isabel York agrees to watch his back…from the safety of the director’s gallery in the studio. Zander packs the one bag he’s allowed, and enters the house. It doesn’t take him long to work out the sinister link between housemates.

Time is short. Can Zander catch the killer before they strike again? 

Buy at the link below


Romance Reader's Alert!

Carol James has a new book that will bring melody into your reading enjoyment.

A Time for Singing


Here's more about it.


Charlee Bennett is running from her past. Once deserted by her musician ex-fiancé, she’s vowed to avoid anything that reminds her of the pain of his betrayal.


Chance Jackson is starting over. Hoping to redeem the mistakes of his earlier life, he wants to become the music and worship pastor of the largest church in Crescent Bluff.


Charlee tries to convince herself she should not be attracted to Chance. But then she discovers an old letter hidden in the secret drawer of an antique desk. The pain expressed by its author resonates deep within her.


Can the words of long ago soften Charlee's heart and help her to discover that there is a time for singing?   



Meet Merlin, Jill Haymaker's pal

Meet some great authors who have taken part in


with Publishers Weekly

Just as we're told facemasks are often essential, we believe books are always essential for our well-being.

Leslie Sartor

She's showing us her fantastic suspense adventure

Stone of Heaven


get her book here:


Amanda Cabot

Here she is with the lastest book in her recent historical romance series:

Out of the Embers

to get her book click here:

Jill Haymaker

Like a good cowboy romance?

Safe to Love


to get her book click here:


Marilyn Leach

I can't resist adding my own first book in the Berdie Elliott mystery series.

Candle for a Corpse


get my book here: 

Popular Award-Winning Author

Amanda Cabot

The creative storyteller and historian, writer of over 30 books, has given us another wonder of storytelling fiction fused with history.  The title: Out of the Embers.


 To discover more, click on the link below



Are you looking for mysteries that tickle the brain?  Or maybe you thirst for thrilling adventure stories.  You can find some great offerings at the link below. 


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Zoe M. McCarthy has a new book.

The Putting Green Whisperer

by Zoe McCarthy

is a romance par excellence

If you enjoy a round of golf and find reading romance a real driver, this is on your green (or in your wheelhouse)

You can order the book at the Book Link below

I'm so excited to have Zoe McCarthy with me for a really fun interview that"s quick as a chip shot but contains a fairway of insight about Zoe and her new release.


Thank you, Marilyn for hosting me on your blog. 


 What was that all about? Shoo stared at the retreating caddy, whose blonde ponytail protruding from the back of her golf cap danced wildly as she hurried off. He craned his neck to keep her in sight as she wove through the caddies on the cart path.

 Approaching him, she’d seemed like a girl on a mission. Her striking blue eyes, bright against her tanned skin, had focused on him, as if she’d rediscovered an old friend. No doubt about it, her smile had beamed at him. Then, bam! She’d done an about-face and slammed into the check-in table.

 But he didn’t know her. Did he? 

He mentally scanned his female acquaintances. No match surfaced. Unlikely he’d have forgotten the petite blonde.

 Author Bio

 A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. She is the author of The Invisible Woman in a Red Dress, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. Zoe and her husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

 Book link

  Social media links

 Website and blog:



Let's find out about Clare Revel's




Clare can be found at:









Gold medalist, Peter Stanmore has returned home a broken man and intends to put the past behind him. But love isn't so easily repressed, and second chances are rare.

Jill Davenport has given up any hope of marriage and a life of her own, after all, years ago, she lost the only man she ever loved. But the truth is impossible to hide.

When secrets are revealed, decisions must be made in spite of the consequences. Can what was once lost be found, or is love destined to remain forever lost?


Can one month of survival camp training equip a girl to face all that the rugged Cascade wilderness and a madman can dish out? Faith and fear battle to determine which will be the victor in this modern-day David and Goliath tale.

To purchase Dena's book, click on the website below:

Here are Dena's social media sites

I’m also on Instagram and Goodreads

You'll enjoy Jane Choate's newest release

The Littlest Witness

If you're ready for a heart-gripping tale that includes plenty of suspense rough and tumble, plus romance, you'll enjoy this book.

Welcome Jane.  Tell us a bit about yourself, and then give us a glimpse into The Littlest Witness.

Q 1.  What inspired you to write your newest release THE LITTLEST WITNESS?

 A:  THE LITTLEST WITNESS focuses around a brother grieving the murder of his brother.  I didn’t realize as I was writing it that I, too, was grieving over the loss of my sister.  Grief is a universal theme, one that we all deal with at some point in our lives.  The hero’s grief was overwhelming, as was mine

Q 2.  What were your experiences as a child that contributed to you becoming a writer?

 A:  When I was a little girl, I entertained my family and school friends with made-up stories about them, always with happy endings.  It seemed only natural that I start writing stories, also with happy endings.

Q 3.  If you were a TV, film, or book character, apart from one you’ve created, who would you be?

 A:   I’d be Nancy Drew.  I cut my reading teeth on Nancy’s adventures.

Q 4.  What is the primary strength/weakness of your lead character(s)

 AMy hero, Caleb Judd, blames himself for his brother’s death.  The heroine, Shelley Rabb, also suffers from a misplaced sense of guilt.  In both cases, guilt—their weakness—brings them to fight for justice, their strength.  And isn’t that the way it is with most of us—our weaknesses are the other side of our strengths?

Q 5.  Give us a brief summary of THE LITTLEST WITNESS

 A:  When Delta Force soldier Caleb Judd’s brother and sister-in-aw are murdered, the killers turn their attention on his orphaned nephew.  Caleb’s new mission, protect little Tommy, who hasn’t said a word since witnessing his parent’ deaths, and figure out who’s targeting his family.  He needs help, and security expert Shelley Rabb is perfect for the job.  But Caleb’s used to calling the shots, not taking orders, even when they come from a beautiful former Secret Service agent.  Shelley knows firsthand what can happen when business becomes personal, so she vows not to get too close to Caleb and his nephew.

Jane's books are available at

Just write Jane Choate in the search box 


Thanks, Jane, for the interview.




Karin's latest book fits so well with English tales that delight adult and child alike.  What a fun read when all snug in bed or wrapped in your favorite blanket on the sofa.

Welcome to Tea and Books, Karin.  Tell us about Geraldine Woolkins, and a few facts about yourself.

 Q.  How did you generate the idea for your book The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins?

A. As I explain in my Note from the Author at the back of the book, my first story mouse wasn’t Geraldine; it was Nigel, her father. I saw him—or what became him in my mind—at a wedding reception twenty years ago and started making up stories about him on the spot. Geraldine’s story took form a few months ago, while I was trying to sleep one night. Before I knew it, I’d written the entire first chapter of her adventures in my head.

Q.  What was your favorite childhood read?

A. I have several. I think my earliest favorite was The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack, about a little duck that lives on a boat in China and one day, while on shore, misses the call back to the boat. That story always broke my heart a little! I also loved Winnie-the-Pooh, The Wind in the Willows, and Sam and the Firefly by Dr. Seuss.  A little later in childhood I got hooked on the Nancy Drew series.

Q.  What do you like most about your main character in this book?

A. Geraldine, a “new mouse” (that is, one who hasn’t yet seen all four seasons) is everything a young mouse (or child) should be: earnest, eager, curious, generous, and just a little dissatisfied by what she sees as the unfairness of life—in her case, her having been born a tiny “ground thing,” seemingly incapable of real adventures or even bravery.

Q. What was your favorite flavor of ice cream as a child?  Now?

A. As a child it was mocha almond fudge, but now it’s any thick and creamy sea salt caramel. Gee, thanks for asking, Marilyn. Now I have to make a run to Safeway!

Q.  Will you please tell us about your book?

A. Geraldine Woolkins began as a cozy bedtime book for adults, but as I started work on the second chapter, I realized it was also a book for children—and that I needn’t change the language and thus “talk down” to younger readers.

The book’s description on Amazon reads:

“Young Geraldine longs to have adventures as thrilling as those in the Book of Tales, the book her papa reads to her and her brother Button at night. More than that, she wants to be brave--a seemingly impossible task in a world where ravens throw black shadows over the earth and wolves prowl barren lands in search of their prey. But Geraldine is a mouse. The weakest of ground things. Why was she, who wants so much to be brave, created by God to be small and quivering?

“The book’s ten stories follow the Woolkins family--Papa, Mama, Geraldine, and Button--from October to December, as they face their rather human trials and tribulations and Geraldine struggles to understand Very Very Big Hands, the creator of all, including ravens and wolves.”

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Karen's books are available at AMAZON.

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Susan Page Davis, it's great to have you with us.

Susan Page Davis's latest book releases in May. And it sounds like a great read!

Q:  What inspired you to write your newest release What a Picture’s Worth?

A: I had the idea of the heroine seeing a painting or drawing that depicted something personal, which the artist had no business knowing about, and it took off from there.

 Q:  What childhood influences impacted your choice of writing as a career?

A: I learned to read very young, mostly from my older siblings reading aloud to me a lot. I started making up stories very young as well, and writing them down as soon as I learned how.

Q: What real life experiences influence your stories?

A: Just everything—people I meet and find interesting, and things I see that strike me as unusual.

Q:  If you were a TV, film, or book character, apart from one you’ve created, who would you be?

A: I’d love to be Agatha Christie’s Ariadne Oliver.  (For those who may not know who Ariadne Oliver is, she appears in Hercule Poirot mysteries as the mystery writer who is his friend and comrade in crime detection.)

Q:  Give us a brief summary of What a Picture’s Worth.

At Shannon’s craft market, one of the most successful artists is Fredo Benson, an eccentric and moody painter. All goes well until Shannon goes to his loft studio one evening to turn out lights and discovers detailed sketches of her home—sketches of the gardens, the mansion she inherited from her grandmother, and even items inside the mansion.

That night her craft store is broken into, but nothing appears to be stolen. The following morning, Fredo doesn’t show up for an art class he was to teach. Shannon and her 19-year-old son go to Fredo’s apartment, where they find the artist dead. Do his sketches hold clues to his reasons for stalking her?  How is his death connected to the store break-in? Who murdered Fredo—and will the killer strike again?

 Thanks, Marilyn! Readers can view all my books and enter my monthly book giveaway at:

Here's Karin Kaufman's latest book, Sparrow House. Read the interview I had with her below.

Carol James 07.12.2018 21:07

Marilyn, thanks for letting me visit!

marilyn leach 11.12.2018 02:13

Carol, it's just so fun to have you here. You'll be up all December. Cheers

marilyn leach 21.09.2018 00:52

Zoe and readers, I'm so excited you've dropped by to see what's on offer with this fun story. I wish you a great read and a relaxing cup of tea. Cheers, Marilyn

Zoe M. McCarthy 20.09.2018 14:15

Thanks for coming by, Mary. I get lots of ideas, but need more time to write the stories!

Mary Manners 20.09.2018 13:02

Hi, Zoe! Great interview. I love where you got the idea for The Putting Green Whisperer. Hope you get many more!

marilyn leach 21.09.2018 00:54

It's great fun to have you here. Love your book cover. Cheers

Zoe M. McCarthy 20.09.2018 11:45

Thank you, Marilyn, for hosting me on your blog and allowing me to talk about my love story between to golf caddies, Shoo and Allie.

Amanda Cabot 20.03.2018 20:39

Marilyn, I'm honored to be featured on your site. Thank you!

marilyn leach 22.03.2018 16:54

I'm excited that you're here. A Borrowed Dream sounds like a really great read, and I hope lots of people get to read it. Cheers

Pamela S Thibodeaux 01.12.2017 17:24

Thank you so much Marilyn for featuring Keri's Christmas Wish and Mistletoe, Snow and Suspense! May God bless you 100 fold!

marilyn leach 09.12.2017 23:03

Pam, it's a pleasure to have you visit. Merry Christmas. Cheers

marilyn/leslie 12.01.2017 22:18

Leslie Sartor said she really liked the idea of overhearing someone's conversation, then writing a story about it. How fun.

Linda Moffitt 14.12.2016 06:58

Thanks for sharing Keri's Christmas Wish on your Blog. I'm Following the Book Blog Tour around. It really sounds like a Good Book.

marilyn leach 14.12.2016 22:36

Linda, love that you dropped in. Have fun reading the book. Cheers

Amanda Cabot 10.12.2016 19:55

Marilyn, Thanks so much for featuring Pam and Keri's Christmas Wish today. I'm intrigued by the story and can't wait to read it.

marilyn leach 14.12.2016 22:35

Thanks, Amanda, and I hope you enjoy the story.

M. Leach 10.12.2016 19:00

Pam, your story is beautiful and enriching. I wish you the best. Cheers

Pamela S Thibodeaux 10.12.2016 19:52

Thanks Marilyn and THANKS for hosting us!

marilyn leach 03.06.2016 20:50

Jane Choate's work is an excellent read.

Karin Kaufman 05.02.2015 03:30

Thanks so much for featuring my new book, Marilyn (forgot to mention a paperback ed. will be out later this month). And thank you for your fun questions!

marilyn leach 06.02.2015 02:02

So glad you were available to do it. Cheers

L.A. Sartor 05.02.2015 00:46

Karin's book sounds wonderful, can't wait to read it. Thanks Karin and Marilyn for sharing it with us.

marilyn leach 06.02.2015 02:02

LA, have a great read. Cheers

Audra Harders 03.05.2014 04:03

Great interview with LA Sartor! Marilyn your questions are unique and I loved LA's answers. Thank you!

LA 05.02.2015 00:47

Audra, thank you! And Marilyn, you are simply one of the sweetest people around...and then there is your wicked ... in the nicest way ...sense of humor.

marilyn 04.05.2014 06:00

I love getting into the fun side of authors and LA is such a grand storyteller. Thanks Audra

Brad Leach 08.04.2013 18:08

Sounds like a fun book.

Amanda Cabot 22.02.2013 16:32

Wonderful interview, Karin.

Karin Kaufman 22.02.2013 02:18

Thanks so much for the fun interview, Marilyn. I enjoyed it!

Donna Wichelman 21.02.2013 01:43

Congratulations Marilyn! It's great to see your name in print once again. God's blessings! Donna Wichelman

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