I was asked by the lovely Ann Charles if I would repost my Nearly Departedin Deadwood review for her Bestseller for the Day feature and I am proud torepost my review of this rollicking romp through the town of Deadwood. Pleasegive Ann some love and buy one of her books, there is a special deal going forher book today.
BESTSELLERFOR A DAY-
FEATURING ANNCHARLES, AUTHOR OF NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD
TheBestseller for a Day event is a creation of the Indie Book Collection, anorganization dedicated to elevating the status of Indie writers everywhere byensuring quality standards for their books. Bestseller for a Day serves anumber of purposes.
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Thesuccess of the Bestseller for a Day program is evident with our currentoffering, Ann Charles’ Nearly Dead in Deadwood. This award-winningromance jumped over 10,000 ranking in the Kindle store due to Bestseller for aDay efforts, and we’re still days away from the event itself! Similarly, lastmonth’s featured title, In Leah’s Wake, enjoyed a similar bump inrankings. The author, Terri Guilano Long, even received a call from Amazonitself the day of the event, wishing her luck. Please join the fun on September28th!
NEARLYDEPARTED IN DEADWOOD REVIEW
Iwas given this first from a coworker it was a mini book. The mini book got mehooked and I ended acquiring a copy from the Blog De Tour Force Cage Match.
Anexciting romping ride into Deadwood. This book makes me think of ghost townsfrom years past. Violet is a spunky heroine who is a single mom raising twins.She becomes involved with Deadwood’s skeletons in the closet.
I enjoyed this story from the start, Ann reeling me in like a big fish gaspingfor air. I would recommend this book for people who like everyday people thrustinto mystery.
It has enough of a paranormal twist for those seeking thrills with moments ofwit and humor.
I came across some passages in the book that made megiggle sometimes inappropriately. I love books that do that 🙂
Can’t wait to read the second installment:)
Way to go ANN!!! keep em coming:)
“The first time I came to Deadwood, I gotshot in the ass.”—Violet Parker
Awards for Nearly Departed in Deadwood:
WINNER of the 2010Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense
WINNER of the 2011Romance Writers of America ® Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with StrongRomantic Elements!
Irony is having a bigol’ fiesta and Violet Parker is the piñata. Little girls are vanishingfrom Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet’s daughter could be next. Shorton time and long on worry, she’s desperate to find the monster behind theabductions.
But with her jerkoffco-worker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending creepy love poems,and a sexy-as-hell stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, Violet just mightend up as one of Deadwood’s dearly departed.
Praise for Nearly Departed in Deadwood:
“Violet Parkerfollows a path blazed by Stephanie Plum (the heroine in Janet Evanovich’sbest-selling series), but she is no copycat. Violet is sexy and smart. Charles’mystery Nearly Departed in Deadwood is out of this world.” -Sarah M.Anderson, Reviewer for Romance Novel News
“Nearly Departed In Deadwood was a contemporary mystery romance with atouch of paranormal that kept me enthralled with goosebump-creepiness and bellyaching laughter.” ***** FIVE STARS! -Escape Between the Pages BookReviews
“It’s no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytellingcapabilities are tremendous.” ***** FIVE STARS! -ParaYourNormal BookReviews
“Ann Charles weaves a fun romp of humor, romance, mystery, and the occult.The pages are brimming with eccentric small town characters.” -AngelaSpencer, Reviewer for Rise Reviews
“I loved the sexual tension that Charles portrayed and built along with aphenomenal plot.” -Immortality and Beyond Book Reviews
“With colorful characters and witty dialogue, this is a book sure toplease all fans of mystery, romance and the paranormal.” -The Pen &Muse Book Review
“Mystery, humor, and romance–Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a fabulousbook from a talented author! -Jacquie Rogers, award-winning author of Much AdoAbout Marshals
Full of thrills and chills, a fun rollercoaster ride of a book!” -SusanAndersen, New York Times Bestselling author of Burning Up
“An exciting, fast-moving story with fantastic characters and a rivetingplot.” -John Foxjohn, bestselling author of Tattered Justice
“Ann Charles has written an intriguing mystery laced with a wicked senseof humor. Watch out Stephanie Plum, because Violet Parker is coming yourway.” -Deborah Schneider, RWA Librarian of the Year 2009 & author ofPromise Me
Ann Charles is anaward-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed withhumor. Her book Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the 2010 Daphne duMaurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Award and the 2011 Romance Writersof America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements. Shehas also been a Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contestfinalist.
A member of Sisters inCrime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she has a B.A. in Englishwith an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She iscurrently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beachwith an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other.
When she isnot dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting toseduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can findher hanging out over at http://www.anncharles.com/deadwood, on Facebook, or asDeadwoodViolet on Twitter–especially around midnight when her quirky fictionalworld comes to life.
Currently, she has twofiction books available: Nearly Departed in Deadwood and OpticalDelusions in Deadwood, which are both part of her ongoing Deadwood MysterySeries. She also has one non-fiction book available: Nail it! The Secret toBuilding an Effective Fiction Writer’s Platform.
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