Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Sketcher in the Rye by Sharon Pape (Review and Giveaway)

About the Book

4th in Series
InterMix (December 17, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
E-Book Only


In her new job as a private eye, former police sketch artist Rory McCain has a spirited partner: Old West marshal Zeke Drummond. He may be a ghost, but when these two combine their skills, they reap justice…

Trouble has sprouted at Harper Farms. Top secret info has been leaked to the competition, and now there’s serious sabotage cropping up. So the farm’s beleaguered owner, Gil Harper, has called on Rory to dig up some dirt. But what Rory discovers raises a new field of questions…

Someone shucked Harper’s accountant and left his body in the farm’s corn maze. While Gil is quick to hire Rory to solve now not one but two crimes, the sketching sleuth isn’t so sure why the farmer wants her to focus her attention on his own family.

Regardless, Rory and Zeke will need to put their hands to the plow and solve this case before someone else is planted six feet under…

My Review

I never read anything by this author before and I end up starting with the fourth book in a series.  I have to admit, it took me some time to get to know the characters and how a ghost came into Rory's life and became her partner.  However, as I flipped the pages on my Kindle, I did become involved in the mystery and was curious to see how it all turned out.  To top it all off, I found myself falling in love with these characters, including Rory's dog Hobo.  I want to get to know them better.

The author tells a story well and brings the reader along for an intriguing ride.  She even weaves the present day with a few scenes of Zeke in the 1800's.  I liked the mix between the present day and the old Wild West.

At first, I felt as if I came into the middle of a movie, but I soon became captivated.  Although I wish I read the first book before starting this one, I do plan to go back and read the entire series in order.  I really liked the author's writing style, which is why I'm rating the book so high.  I look forward to finding out more about this series.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put letters together to form words. From that day forward, writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family. After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish to high school students, I was also writing poetry — some of it in French.

After several years, I left teaching to be a full time mom, and when my two children started school, I went back to writing. To my delight I found that the muse was still there, still waiting patiently for me to come around. My first novel, Ghostfire, was published at that time. It went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine (the first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed.) Then came The God Children and The Portal. Redbook also published my first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. With two great kids, a golden retriever and a loving, supportive husband (whom I’d met at the beach when I was fourteen — but that’s a story for another day), I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be in my life. But fate had another plan for me, and it went by the name of “breast cancer.”

Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was that the cancer was discovered at such an early stage, but at the time it was all very overwhelming. Once I was back on my feet, I wanted to help other women who were newly diagnosed, worried and afraid. I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society and went on to run the program for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. A number of years later, with the help of my surgical oncologist and two other volunteers, I started Lean On Me, a nonprofit organization that provides peer support and information to breast cancer patients. When Lean On Me celebrated its tenth anniversary it no longer required as much of my time, and I once again found myself free to pursue my first love — writing.

Find out more about Sharon and her books here: http://www.sharonpape.com/index.html

Purchase Links

Enter the Giveaway!!!

The author is giving away an e-book copy of Sketcher in the Rye.  She will either gift an e-book or give a gift card to cover the cost of the book.  Thanks to Sharon Pape. 

Just a few simple rules...

1) You must fill out the form below.

2)  For one entry:  Leave a comment for the author.

3) For an extra entry: Follow this blog

4) For an extra entry: Follow me on Twitter

5) For an extra entry: Follow me on Goodreads

6) For an extra 2 entries: Post this giveaway on your blog.

7) For an extra 2 entries: Tweet about this giveaway.

The giveaway begins on December 17th (midnight est) and ends on December 24th(midnight est).

The winner will be notified by email.

Good luck!

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  1. I was all excited to enter for a chance to win the next book in this series...until I saw the drawing details. Yvonne, sweetie, I don't think you really thought this out. Like many people, I will be away over Christmas and may not have internet access for three days. I'm sure I'm not the only person who will be disappointed by your 48 hour rule. :(

    1. Good point, Heather. I took out the 48 hours rule for this one because it's around the holiday.

    2. Thanks Yvonne! I just sent a GR friend request -- can't believe we weren't already friends on there.

  2. I haven't read this series yet but don't mind starting in the middle.

  3. Hi Sharon, I love your books. I already own Falling Star and Sketch a Thief and would love to win this title also. Granted it will be on my tablet but I will totally enjoy reading it.

  4. thanks for this delightful book. sounds great. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I would love to win a book from the middle of the series that would encourage me to get the earlier books

  6. I read the first one in the series and really enjoyed--I'd like to win this and then get the others so I can catch up.

  7. I'd really like to read this book!

  8. congrats & continued success to Sharon!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful book giveaway! I love the title of the book and it sounds like a mystery I'd enjoy trying to solve. I will post this giveaway in my blog's sidebar.


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