Thursday, November 30, 2023

Showcase and Giveaway of The Immortal Detective by D. B. Woodling

The Immortal Detective

by D. B. Woodling

November 27 - December 8, 2023 Virtual Book Tour

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Sometimes being immortal makes you wish you were dead.

Celeste Crenshaw has survived her parents’ grisly murders, grueling and gender-biased police training, a battle with rogue vampires, and even her own death. While immortality might seem a dream come true, can she accept the strings attached?

Celeste spends the start of her immortal life being mentored by the Elders of the Hollow Earth. They release her once they feel certain Celeste has honed her supernatural powers. But little do they know, Celeste isn’t wholly committed to granting eternal life to those deserving. Upon a return home to her immortal lover, and the Kansas City Detective Squad, she battles mortal foes, not so unlike the demonic undead. And when a fellow detective falls victim to a murderous gang member, Celeste faces a gut-wrenching decision and the possible wrath of the Elders.

The Immortal Detective by D. B. Woodling


"…impressive vampiric worldbuilding {with} a fascinating cast."
~Publishers Weekly

"A new, original, fresh, fascinating and fun take on the Vampire genre. THE IMMORTAL DETECTIVE by D. B. Woodling is a “must read” pick for the legions of vampire fiction fans and an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Fantasy Fiction collections. Exceptionally well written…"
~Midwest Book Review



Genre: Paranormal, Detective Mystery, Fantasy Hybrid
Published by: CamCat Books
Publication Date: March 2023
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780744308013 (ISBN10: 0744308011)
Series: The Immortal Detective, 1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Goodreads | CamCat Books


I found Liza McCuskey strung out in an alley between a strip joint and a pawnshop. The report listed her as twenty-two, but she looked every bit of forty-five. The color of her hair reminded me of chili peppers and hung limp against bruised and bony shoulders. Her face wasn’t a ray of sunshine; it forecasted Noah’s flood. I flashed my shield, which convinced the john pressing her against a building to take off. She was hesitant to talk until I showed her a crisp twenty-dollar bill. She reached for it, feigning goodwill the way addicts always do.

“Not so fast, Liza. You tell me what you know about Gunner’s murder and there’s more where that came from.”

She shook her head, so hard her entire body shook with it, then she wrenched her head sideways and puked. A man wearing a T-shirt advertising the club swaggered from the strip club’s rear entrance, whistling as he unzipped his pants and peed a steady stream. I assumed he was the bartender.

“When you’re done there,” I called out, “bring her a club soda–room temperature, no ice.”

He wagged his penis, then zipped up. “I don’t know if you noticed, princess, but we don’t do curb service.”

“You do tonight. Make it fast and the KCPD might even throw you a tip.”

He scurried back inside, and I hoped he planned to return. Liza hitched her short skirt back down over skeletal hips, losing her balance twice. Her fishnet stockings were ripped here, torn there, and could have snagged a small shark. If she had worn panties when she came into the alley, she didn’t have them on now. I pointed to her hand. “What happened there?” It looked like a defensive wound to me. “Did that happen recently?” She hid her hand behind her back. “Maybe around the time somebody stabbed Gunner to death?”

“Like I told those other cops, I got nothing to say.”

“I think you were there, Liza. Witnesses saw you with Gunner an hour before a passerby discovered his body. And that knife wound on your hand isn’t just a coincidence.”

She turned her back and faced the building. The bartender crashed through the rear door. Wearing a scowl and a snippet of actual barbed wire for a nose ring, he pressed a plastic cup in my direction, then exchanged the club soda for a ten-dollar bill and took off.

I bumped Liza with my elbow. “Here, drink this.”

She gulped the entire glass, and I fought the urge to get her something to eat. She belched then swiped a grimy hand across her mouth and headed toward the street.

“Have it your way,” I called after her. “Just don’t say I didn’t warn you when the next cop you meet arrests you for murder.”

She stopped dead and whipped around to face me. “I didn’t kill him.”

“But if you know who did and you don’t come forward, you’re considered an accessory after the fact. Which means prison time, Liza. That’s one hell of a way to get clean.”

She began to tremble, so violently her knees buckled, and I could hear her teeth chatter. “I talk, I’m dead. That motherfucker is crazy.”

“Then tell me off the record: No written statement. No subpoena to testify.”

Her dull eyes brightened. “I still get the money?”

“That depends on the information. I want a name.”

“I don’t know his name. You gotta believe me,” she whined like a kid advised of bedtime.

“I don’t believe you, Liza. But let’s start with a description.” I’d made two attempts to make sense of the jumbled thoughts inside her head. Reading her mind was a lot like wading through the waste in Chernobyl.

“I didn’t see him real good, okay?”

“But you were in the car?”

She nodded and looked away.

“Then help me understand; if you were in the car, why didn’t you see him?”

“Because I had my face buried in Gunner’s balls.”

“You were performing oral sex?”

She sniggered. “Yeah, if that’s what you want to call it. I give him a blowjob, he gives me crank.”

“And what happened when the killer began stabbing him?” She hid her face in her hands. “Come on, Liza. I’m trying to understand why you didn’t see the person who opened the door, or leaned in the window, and stabbed Gunner to death?”

Tears began to stream down her face. “Blood was squirting everywhere, Gunner making this horrible gurgling sound, and I-I tried to get down, get on the floor. But then. . .the guy with the knife grabbed my hair and yanked me up, and all I could see was that knife. I pushed my hand toward him, you know, like when you tell somebody to stop.”

“And that’s when he stabbed you?”

“Yeah, that’s when he stabbed me,” she murmured.

“How did you get away?”

“A car pulled up across the street. A bunch of guys got out and he grabbed the drugs and the money Gunner had on him and ran. They weren’t after him or anything, he just ran.”

“Where did you run, Liza?”

“Into the bushes until the guys went inside a house and I knew for sure the guy with the knife was gone. Then I went home.”

“Before you answer, remember everything you say is off the record. Most of all, you have to know that the killer didn’t intend to leave any witnesses. He wants you dead, Liza. For all we know, he could be out there right now looking to finish the job. I’d like to find him before he has the opportunity to do that. So tell me his name.”

“I told you. I don’t know it.”

Because she’d returned to working the streets, it was possible Liza didn’t know the killer’s name or he hers. But drug addiction was a powerful motivator. Maybe she was willing to risk her life for her next fix. I dug around in my pocket and withdrew all the cash I had. “Then give me a description,” I said, walking toward her and fanning various denominations. “You must have seen something.”

“Okay, okay,” she said, staring at the cash. “Gunner pushed me off him when the guy started stabbing him, you know, to try to fight him off. Before I made it down to the floor, I saw the back of the guy’s head. He didn’t have any hair, and he was white.”

“What else?”

“He had a tattoo, but I couldn’t see all of it because his jacket covered some of it and his neck was all scrunched up, you know, from leaning in the window.”

“To the best of your knowledge, what did it look like?”

“It was fucking weird. It looked like an up and down line on the top part, a sideways line below that.”

I handed over the money and gave her my card. “In case you remember anything else or decide to clean up your life.”


Excerpt from The Immortal Detective by D. B. Woodling. Copyright 2023 by D. B. Woodling. Reproduced with permission from D. B. Woodling. All rights reserved.

D. B. Woodling


Acquiring an early appreciation of prose written by Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, and the audacious Stephen King, Woodling chose to follow in their intimidating footsteps, evidenced by The Immortal Twin (CamCat Books 2020) and The Immortal Detective, released by CamCat Books, March 2023. She recently completed a supernatural small-town murder mystery and has a Hollywood whodunit in the works, with Book Two of The Immortal Detective series vying for her attention. Woodling is a multi-genre author, and The Immortal Detective is her eighth novel.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

FEATURING: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner


Violet, the Southern Belle, and Audry, the aspiring actress met by chance, became roommates, and worked at the same secretarial pool at Selznick International.

STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD has the glitter of Hollywood, the disappointments of Hollywood, behind-the-scenes fun, and the wonderful, amazing friendship between Violet and Audry.

A lovely, heartwarming read that will have you thinking about your friendships.



Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor

Does Charley really think Olivia will be able to write this book for billionaire and sexiest-man-alive Henry Asherwood about a secret about his late grandmother and Daphne du Maurier?

Charley called Olivia with this great idea for a book in hopes that Olivia would jump at the chance to take it since her most recent book was a flop.

Olivia was skeptical, but flew to California to meet Mr. Asherwood in his mansion. 

When she got there, he was very vague about what he wanted her to write and kept stalling.

As she met with him, things went a different way than research for the book.

I didn't like Ash or trust him. Was he reliving the book Rebecca with Olivia. 

Would he follow through with the story line?

Very clever story line, but THE FICTION WRITER was confusing and a bit on the slow burn side, but I couldn't stop reading because I needed to find out what really was going on and who the unidentified narrator was. 3/5

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.


Jillian Cantor is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of eleven novels for teens and adults, which have been chosen for LibraryReads, Indie Next, Amazon Best of the Month, and have been translated into 13 languages. 


She has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. 


Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.










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Monday, November 27, 2023

Spotlight of The Rock­ing Chair Prophet by Matthew Kelly


There are a lot of voices in our lives. 
But there's one voice that never leads us astray and it's inside all of us. 
All of our regrets come from ignoring this voice. 
We choose to listen to other voices: friends, teachers, siblings, celebrities, etc.  
Until we learn to listen to the voice within, we’re addicted to these external voices. 
Listening to that voice is the difference be­tween happiness and misery, wonderful memories and heartrending regrets. 
August 15, 2023
Blue Sparrow


"Extraordinary! It was like reading your love letter to the world." — John C.

"The Rocking Chair Prophet is a rare book. It's a gripping story full of emotion and a treasure-trove of life-changing wisdom." — Stephen A.

"Life-changing! This is more than just a story. It will change the way you see yourself and the way you see your life, and it will give you the courage to embrace your unexplored potential." — Krista W.

"The Rocking Chair Prophet is amazing! I have been reading Matthew Kelly's books for more than 20 years and have loved them. But this book, this is something special. As soon as it arrived, I jumped straight in and couldn't put it down. I'm going back now and re-reading it, but I wish I had savored the first experience a little more. Give this book to anyone in your life struggling with any question." — Margie T.

"Highly recommended. The author grabbed my attention from the beginning, had me emotionally invested in the characters, and delivered incredible life lessons. There's a particular section about loving the unrealized potential in yourself and other people that has become a daily part of my interactions with my family and coworkers. I'm sure I will be coming back to this book again and again. Great read!" — Eric C.



The Rock­ing Chair Prophet is a transformational story about reclaiming that voice and the unmiti­gated joy that comes from following it.
After an unspeakable tragedy devastates his life, Daniel, a thirty-three-year-old sub­urban man, disappears into the mountains.
Years later, he reemerges filled with uncom­mon wisdom and other extraordinary gifts. 
From that day on, people travel from far and wide to meet with Daniel, who sits on his rocking chair, meeting with visitors, and helping them explore their deeply per­sonal questions.
These questions lead to se­ries of epic conversations that traverse life’s quintessential topics: love, suffering, health and well-being, education, work, money and things, spirituality, regrets, depression, ambi­tion, nature, parenting, midlife crisis, choic­es, our hopes and dreams, the meaning of life, and enduring friendship.

The Rocking Chair Prophet is a rich explo­ration of life and the human condition.
It’s an invitation to rediscover yourself and reorient your life.
Matthew Kelly has masterfully wo­ven into the story a piercing wisdom that is thought-provoking on a life-changing scale.
It is stunning that one book can have some­thing so meaningful to say on so many topics.
This is destined to be a book readers return to time and again, a book that speaks to us anew in every season of life.

The story is about the reader; it’s about you.



Can people really change?

Absolutely. Most people believe that people can change, they just aren’t sure they can personally experience transformation. When people ask, “What is the meaning of life?” they really want to know, “What is the meaning of my life?”

How has your belief about how people change evolved over time?

If you would’ve asked me five years ago, I would’ve told you that incrementalism is the secret. I don’t believe that anymore. I think most people who change significantly do it relatively quickly. Whatever change you desire in your life, pursue it boldly. If you need a big change, make a big change. Don’t make a hundred little changes. Get after it. Go make it happen.

Do you think people’s lives spiral downward incrementally or relatively quickly?

I think it happens much quicker than people think, and it can happen in an instant. We all know people who have made one choice and it has redefined their life forever. It’s a choice that they never recover from. It’s a choice that they will spend the rest of their lives trying to understand and make peace with. And it wasn’t even necessarily a conscious choice. They got caught up in something. So, our lives can spiral downward very, very quickly. Maybe that sounds negative or pessimistic, but it can be quite hopeful. If the power of change can work quickly in a negative direction, I believe that the same power can be harnessed for positive change.

Do you think a change is inevitable?

Yes, but I don’t believe progress is inevitable. We are always changing. I’m different today than I was yesterday. Am I a better version of myself today than I was yesterday? Well, that isn’t always necessarily true, and that’s the problem. Activity is easily confused with progress. People can be very, very busy and very, very busy wasting their lives. People can be in a hurry, and in a hurry to the wrong place.

What are people hungry for today?

People are desperate for clarity. The busy world has them distracted from what matters most. The constant noise is drowning out their inner voice that points out their way. All our regrets come from ignoring that voice, and yet, many have never been taught how to listen to that voice.

How do we learn to listen to the voice within?

People want it to be complex and hard to comprehend. It isn’t. People want you to say there are seventeen steps and it takes seven years. It doesn’t. Silence and solitude are the secret. Find a quiet place where you can be alone, turn off all the noise, set aside all distractions, and simply sit quietly. That is all. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to think anything. Just be. Let your mind run around frantically as it inevitably will when all stimulation is first removed. Wait it out. Ten minutes today, fifteen minutes tomorrow, then twenty minutes each day for a week, and then as much as you can stand and spare. Just sit quietly and be. Learn to be comfortable in silence and in solitude. There is no better investment of time. For once you get in tune with your inner voice, it will lead you directly to a life you cannot even imagine today. The more time you are willing and able to spend in that silence and solitude, the more you’ll get to know yourself, the more comfortable you’ll become in your own skin, the more clarity you will have in your choices. All of this will enable you to boldly take the next step toward your destiny.



Matthew Kelly is a best-selling author, speaker, thought leader, entrepreneur, consultant, spiritual leader, and innovator. 

He has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves.

Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. 

Since that time, 5 million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than 50 countries.

Today, Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and business consultant. 

His books have been published in more than 30 languages, have appeared on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold more than 50 million copies.

In his early-twenties he developed “the-best-version-of-yourself”; concept and has been sharing it in every arena of life for more than twenty-five years. 

It is quoted by presidents and celebrities, athletes and their coaches, business leaders and innovators, though perhaps it is never more powerfully quoted than when a mother or father asks a child “Will that help you become the-best-version-of-yourself®”

Kelly’s personal interests include golf, music, art, literature, investing, spirituality, and spending time with his wife, Meggie, and their children Walter, Isabel, Harry, Ralph, and Simon.

For more information about Matthew and his work, please visit: 



YouTube: @MatthewKellyAuthor

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Facebook: @matthewkelly

Twitter: @MatthewFKelly

LinkedIn: @matthewkelly


It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 11/27/2023

I hope you had a great reading week.
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed:
RECIPE FOR A CHARMED LIFE by Rachel Linden - review will be on January 10, 2024.
A sweet, heartwarming read.
THE HEIRESS by Rachel Hawkins - review will be on January 9, 2024.
LOVED it!!
THE LOST VAN GOGH by Jonathan Santlofer - review will be on January 2, 2024.
Excellent research - interesting facts, but not a favorite.  A bit confusing.
THE WEEKEND RETREAT by Tara Laskowski - review will be on December 30.
A slow start, but don't give up - it is GOOD.

THE LOST GIFT TO THE ITALIAN ISLAND by Barbara Josselsohn - review will be on December 5.
Another FAB, heartwarming read by Ms. Josselsohn.
THE PARIS HOUSEKEEPER by Renee Ryan - review will be on December 26.
THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY by Darby Kane - review will be on December 6.
It is a good thriller.
THE FICTION WRITER by Jillian Cantor - review will be on November 28.
A clever story line, but SLOW and confusing. 
STREET CORNER DREAMS  by Florence Reiss Kraut - review is in the book's title.

LOVED IT - a lovely read, but tissues needed at times.

Book Currently Reading:
NORTHWOOD by Amy Pease - review will be on January 11, 2024.
Books Up Next:
ONLY IF YOU'RE LUCKY by Stacy Willingham - review will be on January 16, 2024.
DAUGHTERS OF WARSAW by Maria Frances - review will be on January 18, 2024.
UNSINKABLE by Jenni L. Walsh - review will be on January 19, 2024.
RADIANT HEAT by Sarah-Jane Collins - review will be on January 23, 2024.
THE CLINIC by Cate Quinn - review will be on January 24, 2024.
TWENTY-SEVEN MINUTES by Ashley Tate - review will be on January 30, 2024.
EVERYONE WHO CAN FORGIVE ME IS DEAD by Jenny Hollander - review will be on February 6, 2024.
THE QUEENS OF LONDON by Heather Webb - review will be on February 7, 2024.
A WILD AND HEAVENLY PLACE by Robin Oliveira - review will be on February 13.
THE GUEST by B. A. Paris - review will be on February 20, 2024.
THE TROUBLE WITH YOU by Ellen Feldman - review will be on February 21, 2024.
NOWHERE LIKE HOME by Sara Shepard - review will be on February 22, 2024.
THE WEDDING PARTY by L. R. Jones - review will be on February 23, 2024.
WHERE THEY LIE by Claire Coughlan - review will be on February 24.
SISTERS OF BELFAST by Melanie Maure - review will be on February 27, 2024.
BYE, BABY by Carola Lovering - review will be on March 5, 2024.

THE GIRLS WE SENT AWAY by Meagan Church - review will be on March 6, 2024.
MURDER ROAD by Simone St. James - review will be on March 7, 2024.
THE WOMAN WITH NO NAME by Audrey Blake - review will be on March 12, 2024.
THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY by Jennifer Ryan - review will be on March 14, 2024.
EVERYONE IS WATCHING by Heather Gudenkauf - review will be on March 26, 2024.
SHE'S NOT SORRY by Mary Kubica - review will be on April 2.
NOSY NEIGHBORS by Freya Sampson - review will be on April 3.
LOVE her books.
ALL WE WERE PROMISED by Ashton Lattimore - review will be on April 4.
YOUNG RICH WIDOWS by Kimberly Belle, Layne Fargo, Cate Holahan, Vanessa Lillie - review will be on April 8.
THE HOUSE ON BISCAYNE BAY  by Chanel Cleeton - review will be on April 9.
DARLING GIRLS by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 23, 2024.
A GAME OF LIES by Clare Mackintosh - review will be on April 24, 2023. 
MISS MORGAN'S BOOK BRIGADE by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on May 7.