Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Tour - Review and Giveaway - Playing with Fire by J.J. Cook

Playing with Fire
2nd in series
Release Date: January 7th, 2014

Welcome to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s home to the hottest and sweetest peppers in the world—as well as at least one ghost and a hotbed of secrets…
Fire Chief Stella Griffin is working to solve the mysterious death of her predecessor, Eric Gamlyn—who also haunts her cabin. Yet the more she learns, the more burning questions she must answer. Just as Stella thinks she has a lead from Deputy Chum, someone snuffs her hopes—and the lawman. 

My thoughts:
This was my first visit to Sweet Pepper, and I loved the mystery, charm and the characters in this story! 
  I liked the way that Stella can see Eric, ( who is a ghost ) - and talk to him, and he even cooks for her!   
When Stella arrives in Sweet Pepper, its supposed to be for just a little while..but she is finding it hard to leave.  The more she finds out about the mystery surrounding Eric's death, the more she wants to figure it out.  Meanwhile, though her parents want her to return home, where she also has a job waiting...
Stella also meets Zane, a nice guy who she is seeing while she is in Sweet Pepper, but she dosent think their relationship will continue, because she needs to go back home soon.
Without giving too much away, this book is filled with lots of twists and turns while Stella tries to figure out exactly what happened to Eric,..before something happens to her...

One of my favorite quotes from the book -
"I understand", Eric said.  I didnt expect you to stay this long, and certainly not on my behalf.
"Im dead, Stella. There's not much anyone can do to hurt me, or help me, anymore."

Will there be a romance between Stella and Eric....?
If you like mysteries mixed with some romance and a ghost that dosent want to leave, be sure and pick up "Playing with Fire"!
There are also some recipes in the back of this book, including Hot/Sweet Pepper Relish!

"Playing with Fire" is part of a series, if you want to start at the beginning be sure and pick up Book One "That Old Flame of Mine".

 J.J. Cook's first mystery, That Old Flame of Mine, became an instant bestseller in 2013. 
Playing with Fire is the second book in that series. They write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

Playing with Fire Book Tour at "Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours"

Tour Participants
January 6 – Dr. Pepper Diva – Review
January 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review – Guest Post
January 8- Queen of All She Reads – Review – Guest Post
January 8 – My Recent Favorite books – Review
January 9 – readalot blog – Review
January 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review – Interview
January 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
January 13 – Community Bookstop – Review
January 14- Girl Lost In a Book – Review
January 15 – Books-n-Kisses – Review
January 16 – dru’s book musing – Guest Post
January 16 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review
January 17 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog – Review
January 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review
January 20 – Mochas, Mysteries and More – Review – Interview

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  1. I think the drive of wanting to find the facts here would make for a great storyline!

  2. I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

  3. This looks like a good book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  4. I love this series!!! Looking forward to reading this!!!

  5. I can't wait to begin reading this series. I worked in a Fire Station once many years ago (nearly 50) -- on an Air Force Base as a clerk typist on a work-study program.

  6. This is such a fun series. I enjoyed the first book. Keep up the good work.

  7. Glad you enjoyed this one! I just finished the first one in the series and am looking forward to this one.

  8. Hi Melissa, I have never read the books but they look interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Dear Melissa, Looks like a good mystery book to cozy up with this winter. Blessings, Catherine xo

  10. I love a good mystery now and the and this one sounds pretty good! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

  12. Playing with Fire sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.


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