Interview with Luba Lesychyn, author of Theft Between the Rains with #Giveaway

Welcome to the book tour for Theft Between The Rains by Luba Lesychyn! Today you’re going to get to know the author a little bit better as she answers some questions. And you can also enjoy an excerpt from the book before you download your own copy. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for even more! Best of luck entering the great giveaway, too.

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#BookBlast Murder With Strings Attached by Mark Reutlinger with #Giveaway

I do love mysteries and love it when there is some comedy involved. Whet your appetite with an excerpt here and then follow the tour for more. And be sure to go to Andi’s Book Reviews to keep watching for my upcoming review! Best of luck entering the giveaway at the end!

Sometimes even the most carefully conceived burglary can take an unexpected turn. Florence Palmer has her eye on concert violinist Aaron Levy’s priceless violin. Unfortunately, she finds it’s already been stolen. Her surprise doubles when the virtuoso she’d planned to burgle offers to hire her to help him steal it back. But they’re not the only ones looking for the missing violin. When Flo inadvertently becomes the prime suspect in a case of murder, she and Aaron need to clear her name. Will they find the real killer and get the violin back to its rightful owner without anyone else, especially themselves, being killed?

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I saw nothing interesting in plain sight, so I checked the bedroom closet and then lay flat on the carpet and peeked under the bed.

Still no violin.

I was beginning to think that Aaron Levy had deliberately thwarted me by taking his violin with him or putting it in the safe—an ungentlemanly thing for him to do, given all the time and effort I was putting into finding it. I returned to the front room and was about to check the last remaining door—probably a connection to the neighboring suite—when I almost tripped over something sticking out from under the sofa. I reached down to shove it back out of the way.

The violin.

How could someone treat an instrument so valuable in such a cavalier manner, I wondered. More and more it seemed as if Mr. Aaron Levy was entirely too careless and had to be relieved of this heavy responsibility before someone…well…stole the damn thing!

And I was just the woman to do it. I opened the case and lifted up my trophy, held my flashlight close to it, and with great satisfaction, began to examine it lovingly.

And that’s when the lights came on.

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MARK REUTLINGER is an attorney and former law professor. He now writes novels in which the law is frequently broken, including his “Mrs. Kaplan” cozy mystery series (MRS. KAPLAN AND THE MATZOH BALL OF DEATH and A PAIN IN THE TUCHIS) and the political thrillers MADE IN CHINA and SISTER-IN-LAW: VIOLATION, SEDUCTION, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (under the pen name M. R. Morgan). MURDER WITH STRINGS ATTACHED is his latest novel. He is also a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books.

Mark and his wife Analee live in University Place, Washington, where in addition to reading and writing he plays clarinet with the Tacoma Concert Band and enjoys tennis, biking, exotic cars, model railroading, and various arts and crafts. He has no idea where he finds the time for it all.

Visit Mark at MarkReutlinger.com and MRMorganAuthor.com.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markreutlinger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1192934.Mark_Reutlinger

Mark Reutlinger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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How to Make a Classic Margarita on the Rocks

Margaritas are one of my favorite things. I actually love the taste of tequila, so I always say the more the better. But not everyone agrees with me on that. They prefer a more classic margarita.

The key to making a classic margarita is striking a balance between the tequila of choice and the orange-flavored liqueur you pair with it. A strong flavored tequila needs a strong-flavored orange liqueur to stand up to it. You’ll often find margaritas made with Triple Sec, for example, unless you want to get fancier.

So use the following as more of a formula than a true recipe. Use your favorite tequila, whether that’s Jose Cuervo or Patron or whatever, and orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Adjust for flavor as needed. (Tell me what your favorite liquors are in the comments section!)

Be sure to also salt your rim before pouring the margarita into the glass. Salt adds to both the flavor and the aroma of the margarita. Try one sometime without the salt and you’ll see what I mean. 

Ingredients for a Classic Margarita

  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 1.5 oz. orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1.25 oz. freshly squeeze lime juice

Optional: 1-2 tablespoons simple syrup

(To make, heat 1 part white sugar with 1 part water until sugar is thoroughly dissolved).

How to make a Classic Margarita:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker full of ice and add the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.
  2. Shake vigorously to combine and pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses filled with ice.
  3. Serve with a wedge of lime, if desired.

Note: this is a strong drink when first poured, which for people like me is perfect. The flavors will mellow a bit as the ice melts, but that also may make it a bit more palatable for others. If you prefer a little sweeter drink, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of simple syrup to the cocktail shaker before mixing.


Make sure you have your margarita glasses ready!

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The Lady and Her Champion by Sara R. Turnquist with #Giveaway

Welcome to the blurb blitz tour for The Lady and Her Champion by Sara R. Turnquist! Read on to enjoy an excerpt and then follow the tour for even more! Leave questions and comments along the way and best of luck entering the giveaway!

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Game Day Score Boards #Giveaway Ends 3/18 @las930

It’s March, so spring is on its way, right? (As I type, I see snowflakes fluttering in the breeze.) And that means outdoors sports are almost here. Make them more fun at home or add to your team by using these Game Day Score Boards! And I am emphasizing the word FUN with the kids’ sports! Check them out and then enter to win one of your own. Continue reading “Game Day Score Boards #Giveaway Ends 3/18 @las930”

Winning Moves Spring Fun #Giveaway Ends 3/17 @WinningMovesUSA @las930

Nothing is better than a great game night, especially during a pandemic! Winning Moves has lots of great choices for you. Check out reviews of their games and enter to win a collection for yourself. Best of luck entering! Continue reading “Winning Moves Spring Fun #Giveaway Ends 3/17 @WinningMovesUSA @las930”

Ambush Mosquito Traps “Regain Your Outdoors” #Giveaway 3 Winners Ends 3/31 @AmbushMosquitoTraps @deliciouslysavv

I HATE mosquitoes. But they love me. Summer can be a nightmare when I am outside hiking or enjoying my porch because despite my best efforts, they come and find me and feast. It’s miserable! I need to up my game, and I’m sure many of you would also like to do the same. Check out these mosquito traps from Ambush and then enter to win your own. Three winners! Continue reading “Ambush Mosquito Traps “Regain Your Outdoors” #Giveaway 3 Winners Ends 3/31 @AmbushMosquitoTraps @deliciouslysavv”