Friday, May 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Stealing the Moon & Stars by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

Authors:  Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Publisher: Camel Press
Date of publication: May 2014

Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino, Scottsdale private eyes, are hired to find out who’s stealing from the Moon & Stars Children’s Foundation. Foundation employees are suspected, but just as the pieces start falling into place, Jordan discovers a hidden agenda that puts her in the crosshairs of a crime lord. Who can she trust?

Everyone has a dangerous secret, and the bodies are piling up. Even her partner, Eddie Marino, has a dark and mysterious past. Does she dare act on their attraction? Will it destroy their partnership?

The two have landed in a hornets’ nest. Nothing to do now but stir it up.

Book One in a new series featuring Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino.

Stealing the Moon and Stars is the first in a new detective series.  Jordan Welsh and her partner in business, Eddie Marino are private investigators.  They have been hired by a large charity foundation to find out where a large sum of money has gone missing. 

I thought the mystery was pretty good with a couple of twists. It was well written and plotted out.  I liked both Jordan and Eddie.  They worked well together. Jordan is trying to be come a very independent person and establish her own identity apart from her family's wealth.  Eddie's background is a little shady and adds some mystery to him.  Eddie is in love with Jordan, but she's holding back.  I also liked that aspect of the story-line.  The woman was the hesitant one this time around.  It wasn't too angsty though, which was a bonus.  I think this writing team has put out a good solid mystery.  I see the potential for a great series.  I look forward to the next one.

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ABout the author:

Arizona native Sally J. Smith lives in Scottsdale with her husband. The rarest of breeds, an adult who was born in Arizona, she has been a writer since she could spell. These days she stays busy at her chosen professions of writing (novels, short stories, and articles) and freelance editing. When a free moment appears on the horizon, she’s out the door to a attend a play, a movie, a concert, or just take a long walk in the desert—if the temperature’s under a hundred. Other works include The Ghost Wore Polyester.

Jean Steffens also lives in Scottsdale with her family. She’s a mother, reader, movie fan, and the Steffens’ family chauffeur. She’s also active in church activities. Like Jordan Welsh, PI, Jean grew up in Chicago near Lake Forest. Jean’s mother, however, was nurturing—baking cookies, carpooling kids to school, kissing boo-boos—unlike Jordan’s mother, who’s allergic to the kitchen and thinks a carpool is a hot tub in a limo. Jean’s published work includes “The Night Before Christmas” in the Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime Anthology, How Not to Survive the Holidays.

Work sessions between these two ladies generally result in a lot of laughter, noshing, and Internet surfing. Both authors are members of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Tribute Books said...

Kari, I agree! I enjoyed that dynamic to Eddie and Jordan's relationship too! Thanks for the review :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kari, Jordan and Eddie are a pair to draw to. Their relationship will always be a bumpy ride because of their strong personalities. Thanks for taking the time to post your review. You'll see them again in Stealing the Golden Dream, which we're working hard to finish. Thanks again, Sally & Jean -- Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens, Authors.