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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Secret Spice Café Trilogy by Patricia V. Davis - Book Tour - Book Trailers - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Patricia V. Davis and her new book series, “The Secret Spice Café Trilogy”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Patricia and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


The Secret Spice Café Trilogy
by Patricia V. Davis

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GENRE: Magical Realism, Women's Paranormal Fiction, Mystery

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BLURB – COOKING FOR GHOSTS – BOOK ONE:


Do hearts broken long ago forever leave a tangible trace?

A Vegas cocktail waitress. An Indian herbalist. A British chemistry professor. An Italian-American widow. Four unique women with one thing in common: each is haunted by a tragedy from her past.

Cynthia, Rohini, Jane, and Angela meet on a food blogging site and bond over recipes. They decide on impulse to open The Secret Spice, an elegant café on the magnificent ocean liner, the RMS Queen Mary, currently a floating hotel in Long Beach, California. Rich in history and tales of supernatural occurrences, the ship hides her own dark secrets.

The women are surrounded by ghosts long before they step aboard, but once they do, nothing is quite what it seems. Not the people they meet, not their brooding chef's mystic recipes, and not the Queen Mary herself. Yet the spirits they encounter help them discover that there's always a chance to live, as long as one is alive.

An Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection, and read by Ann Marie Gideon, COOKING FOR GHOSTS is an unforgettable tale of love, redemption, and divine female power.

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BOOK TRAILER – COOKING FOR GHOSTS – BOOK ONE:

Check out the book trailer for “Cooking for Ghosts,” below:


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BLURB – SPELLS AND OREGANO – BOOK TWO:


A mother desperate to save her twin sons, a war veteran in torment, a beautiful young psychic with a terrible secret, a powerful magician with a shattered soul, and a Queen steeped in history and glory. These extraordinary beings cross paths and set off a remarkable chain of events in Spells and Oregano: Book II in The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy.

Overcome by despair after a trauma when she was sixteen, Sarita Taylor has spent the past ten years isolated and lonely aboard her beloved RMS Queen Mary. Fearful of outsiders, she dedicates her time to managing The Secret Spice Café, now an award-winning restaurant. Until Luca Miceli, a man with a dark past, steps on board.

Patricia V. Davis deftly spins past and present, mystery and magic, into a potent story of passionate longing and family tragedy all at once. Spells and Oregano is a compelling tale of atonement, devotion, and undying love, set aboard one of the world's most magnificent, haunted ships.

Don’t miss Cooking for Ghosts: Book I in The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy. The Secret Spice Trilogy is an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection.

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BOOK TRAILER – SPELLS AND OREGANO – BOOK TWO:

Check out the book trailer for “Spells and Oregano,” below:



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BLURB – DEMONS, WELL SEASONED – BOOK THREE:


Dare to Believe in Your Power...
A long-lost grandmother. A stay-at-home mom. A comic book fan. A five-year-old girl with a star-shaped birthmark. And nine more.

The cast is bigger, the stakes are higher. When Sarita's grandmother, a Vodou priestess, foresees a terrible evil, Cynthia, Jane, Angela, and Rohini reunite on a heart-rending mission to save all that's precious to them, including the iconic ship, the RMS Queen Mary. They cannot do it alone--the priestess tells them there must be thirteen on the night of the thirteenth moon. in this life-or-death pursuit. Yet, can she be trusted?

Spiced with history and the supernatural, Demons, Well-Seasoned takes us from 1930s Glasgow, to New Orleans and Harlem in the 1950s, to present day southern California, and back again, on a metaphysical voyage that is both exhilarating and poignant. But before you embark upon this final sail with the denizens of The Secret Spice, be warned: expect to lose sleep, and keep tissues at hand. These valiant characters might just stay with you long after their story comes to a close.

Don't miss Cooking for Ghosts, and Spells & Oregano, Books I and II in The Secret Spice Café Trilogy. The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy is an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection.

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BOOK TRAILER – DEMONS, WELL SEASONED – BOOK THREE:

Check out the book trailer for “Demons, Well Seasoned,” below:



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EXCERPT FOUR:

From Spells and Oregano – Book Two:


She said good bye again, and this time he didn’t stop her. As much as he didn’t want to admit it, he knew she was right to leave him. She had self-respect, for sure. He smirked bitterly. What was the meme he’d seen recently?  ‘A girlfriend would be nice, but right now, I'm in a serious relationship with alcohol and bad decisions.’

Speaking of, he stared at the coffee pot he'd just picked up again. Caffeine alone wouldn't do the trick if he intended to function at all for the day. With the dregs of the nightmare still eating at him and Desiree’s declaration of his shortcomings, his head had started to throb. He needed a drink.

The carafe shattered with force in his hand, the water hitting his face and bare chest, drenching him with cold. He sucked in a breath, blinking rapidly as water streamed down into his eyes. He looked down at the plastic handle, the only thing that remained in his grasp. “How in the hell …?”

Wiping his face on his forearm, he took a dustpan out from under the sink, and bent down to sweep up the wet pieces of glass. He yelped when the door to the fancy subzero crashed open next. The fridge was stocked with nothing but limes, lemons, and beer. He watched, slack-jawed, as the beer bottles popped in syncopated rhythm and a torrent of expensive, imported ale washed down from the refrigerator shelves to flood across the kitchen tile. He had to crouch down to the ground as a blur of yellow and green citrus shot toward him like cannon balls.

The refrigerator uprising ceased when there were no longer any rebels left. With caution, Luca bent forward to examine the fridge interior, his heart going like a jack hammer. One last, unbroken bottle exploded.

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GUEST POST:

The Craziest Thing I've Done in the Name of Research:

Priestess Mirian Chamani of the New Orleans Spiritual Temple
PC – Patricia V. Davis

Hello, FAB Readers!

As a brunette myself, there’s nothing I love more than being invited to write a guest post for a blog named Fabulous and Brunette. Let’s hear it for brunettes! But, with that said, the women of The Secret Spice Café Trilogy sport a rainbow of hair colors, and that’s wonderful too.

It was in delving into the religion and background of one of my favorite female characters, Priestess Rosemary, who appears in the last book in the trilogy, Demons, Well-Seasoned, that I did, if not my craziest thing for research, my most exciting thing.  I flew to Louisiana to interview a genuine voodoo priestess, (called a mambo) and a genuine voodoo priest (called a houngan).

But before I go into that story, let me tell you a bit about me that is relevant to how this particular book series came about:

I lived in Greece for more than seven years, in an area rife with female ex-pats. And where had we come from? Pretty much everywhere. We had only two commonalities. The first was that we were in Greece because we’d fallen in love with a Greek national. That man might have been in our home country for school or work. Or we met him in his home country for our work. Some of us had saved money for an adventurous holiday in Greece after college, and ended up meeting the man we would marry. Others like my friend, Angela, (for whom one of the characters in my trilogy was named) were in the American military when we met our future Greek husband.

Whatever the reason, we were in love, told by our lover that he wanted to live in Greece or the marriage was off, and so there we were — Americans, Canadians, Italians, Australians, Irish, English, Black, Asian, Latina, Lebanese, Filipino — you name it, we were there, and we bonded because each of us felt like a fish out of water.

We found our commonality in our perceived ‘uncommonness’. Most of us had to deal with the Greek mother-in-law who thought her son shouldn’t have married a foreigner, who thought she needed to show us the error of our strange cultural ways. Everything from what we cooked to how we spoke Greek to how we raised our children, was critiqued. We were lonely for what we’d left behind. And we had plenty of Greek women friends too, who, for one reason or another, also felt like fish out of water among their own.

We outliers formed our own community. If you longed for a Thanksgiving holiday, which is obviously not celebrated in Greece, you created one with your new friends. You made the traditional meal for them and for some you’d gathered around your table, it was the first time they’d eaten it. They’d bring their own foods too, as we all do. So, your “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner might also include hummus. And mazapán. And spanakopita.

It didn’t take long for this all to seem ordinary. We had first bonded over the fact that we were made to feel “other”, but we soon learned that we were much more alike that it appeared. Because we were all women. Women who loved, who had families we loved.

It doesn’t matter what color skin your friend has, or what part of the world she’s from, when she tells you she’s learned that her husband is cheating on her, or her in-laws are driving her mad. Or that, though you might never understand the Hindi she speaks to her children, you know just how she feels when she finds out her mother has died, thousands of miles away from her.

In these scenarios, we know just how she feels, don’t we?
As an author, how could I not write about these experiences? And it was with them in mind that I wrote The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy. Four women from four different backgrounds who meet on a food blogging site. Yes, a food blogging site, because it also doesn’t matter where you’re from, we all have to eat. These four bond over recipes, and each with their own secrets and heartbreaks, decide on impulse to open a restaurant together aboard an historic ship, the RMS Queen Mary, that’s now a floating hotel and museum, permanently docked in Long Beach, California.

The ship is real, the women are not, and the closest I get to any of them is a shared Italian-American with Angela, the pastry chef. Nonetheless, I see a little of myself in all four women, as I see a little of myself in all my friends I met in Greece. My years there taught me to look for the commonalities in humans rather than the difference, and it was with that approach I wrote my stories.

I also did tons of research. I interviewed dozens of professionals in various fields, and got first-hand information on everything from how to strangle someone, to how to run a commercial kitchen, to what is happening in a certain very progressive small village in India. I studied the history of the Queen Mary where the stories take place, but I also talked to ship aficionados and historians. And don’t get me started on the ghost tours I took, since this ship is rumored to be haunted. (I discuss a few personal experiences in that arena here)

Even with all this, my most profound research experience as an author was my interview with a genuine Voodoo practitioner, Priestess Miriam Chamani of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. I wanted to learn about the real-life priestess, but I also wanted to ask her permission, if you will, to write such a character — me, a white woman who knew nothing about Haitian Vodou (another spelling for “voodoo”) before I got started down this path.

Priestess Miriam asked me why I wanted to write this character, and I answered honestly. “I don’t know. But I somehow feel as though she wants me to write about her.”

Her response was both a relief and an affirmation. She said, “Then you should write about her. And you shouldn’t be afraid, because remember this: I’m a woman first, then I’m a priestess.”

Those words: “I’m a woman, first” were what made it easier for me. In the end, brunette, or blonde, similar backgrounds or otherwise, we are all women. We are all human.


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AUTHOR BIO:


PATRICIA V. DAVIS's debut novel series, THE SECRET SPICE CAFE, is comprised of three books: COOKING FOR GHOSTS (2016) SPELLS AND OREGANO (2017) and DEMONS, WELL-SEASONED. (2019) The audio books will be released in 2020 by Tantor Media, and narrated by Ann Marie Gideon. Patricia lives with her husband, who is both a poker player and a rice farmer, so she divides her time between southern Nevada and northern California. Say hello to Patricia at her author website: www.TheSecretSpice.com.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

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


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

A Convenient Escape by Sara R. Turnquist - Book Blast - Book Sale - Excerpt Video - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Sara R. Turnquist and her new book, “A Convenient Escape”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Sara and to increase your chances of winning!

This eBook is available for FREE on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


A Convenient Escape
by Sara R. Turnquist

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GENRE: Historical Romance (Sweet)

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BLURB:

She has nowhere to go. He has nothing to lose.

Lily McAllen has known nothing but hardship and rejection. Her brother, the only person she can lean on, takes a job at the Miller ranch. Now with no ally, she is alone, confined, and vulnerable. She becomes desperate to get away…by any means necessary.

Despite his best intentions, Daniel Hayworth is drawn into a fatal mishap. He feels responsible. And is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure Lily is cared for…even if that means proposing marriage.

Complicating matters, Geronimo and his raiding band terrorize the surrounding areas. Troubles mount and tensions challenge the growing attraction between Dan and Lily.

Will they make it to the church? Or find themselves victims of lies, disillusionment, or the ire of an Apache rebel?

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EXCERPT TWO:

As he neared Lily, he looked up at her. Her features were difficult to read—stoic, flat. Was she angry? Hurt?

Putting off engaging her for a handful of seconds longer, Dan gripped the horse’s bit and urged the mare closer to the cabin. Once at the post, he reached for the reins to tie the mare off. But the leather straps wouldn’t come.

He looked up.

Lily had them in a firm grip.

Staring at her, he tugged again.

She let them loose.

He lost his balance and nearly fell, catching himself at the last moment.

Of all the…

Glancing toward Uncle Owen, he noticed that the man had disappeared, leaving the door open. Probably the older rancher’s hip. It bothered him from time to time. At least he hadn’t witnessed Dan’s embarrassing near-trip.

Dan looked back to Lily. She was halfway off the horse. Only…

She wasn’t making any more progress. Her body had slid off to the side of the horse, and one foot sought the ground, but it seemed as if her other foot, or perhaps something about her boot, had gotten caught in the stirrup. She clung to the pommel and she was grunting.

Serves her right.

What a terrible thing to think toward a lady in distress. Dan wished he felt worse. Should he rush to her aid? Or wait for her to ask?

Everything in him wanted to assist, but he held back. Maybe his efforts wouldn’t be well-received.

So, he waited. And watched.

She pulled herself up slightly. Then movement about the stirrup under her skirt commenced. And intensified. At last, she sagged against the animal as she cried out.

“Need some help?” Dan kept his voice steady, hoping his smile didn’t sneak into his tone and betray him.

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EXCERPT VIDEO:

Check out this exciting video from the author sharing an excerpt reading of her new book, “A Convenient Escape.”


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AUTHOR BIO:


Sara is a coffee lovin', word slinging, Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That's what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.

But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.

Sara is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American wild west and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.

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**A Convenient Escape eBook is available for FREE on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!!!**



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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Sara will be awarding a $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.