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3rd in nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series.

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Is the billionaire a victim or a master of murder?

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Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.

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A young womanís quiet life is upended when she meets the man of her forbidden dreams in a startling new novel

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No more Mr. Nice Guy

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Following in the footsteps of her tiger-taming grandmother, a woman flees her abusive husband to join the circus


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Long, Hot Texas Summer
by Carolyn Brown
"proof positive you are never too old to fall in love"
Posted September 27, 2014

In LONG HOT TEXAS SUMMER Carolyn Brown truly gives us a visual look at life on a working ranch. Sure it's a romance novel so there is lots of love in the air. But there is also some stuff that is rather pungent and Brown makes sure we get Read more...

One in a Million
by Jill Shalvis
"final installment in Lucky Harbor - ends series with a bang"
Posted September 26, 2014

Sincerely ONE IN A MILLION by Jill Shalvis should come with a warning -- definitely addictive -- do not expect to put this one down. ONE IN A MILLION is filled with humor, heart breaking reality checks, enviable friendships and small town charm. It's difficult to be private in a small Read more...

Small-Town Redemption
by Beth Andrews
"Andrews makes looking for love a lot of fun"
Posted September 26, 2014

Love stories are usually dreamy and sexy and SMALL-TOWN REDEMPTION by Beth Andrews is no exception to that rule. But then Andrews decides to expand that definition to show that everyone needs someone to love and sometimes that someone is the last person you expect to fill that position Read more...

Cowboy Boots for Christmas
by Carolyn Brown
"it's raining dogs, cats and parrots in Burnt Boot Texas"
Posted September 25, 2014

Welcome to the holiday season with a true gift by Carolyn Brown. COWBOY BOOTS FOR CHRISTMAS is a holiday story that keeps on giving page after wonderful page. Believe when I tell you some of the characters in this book are quite difficult to love but Brown's sense of Read more...

Then Came You
by Jill Shalvis
"sometimes rules are just made to be broken"
Posted September 24, 2014

They say animals are the best judges of character and Jill Shalvis uses this statement or belief to prove a point in THEN CAME YOU. People that devote their lives taking care of all varieties of furry creatures as well as many other varieties are special. The characters in THEN Read more...

In Your Dreams
by Kristan Higgins
"beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
Posted September 21, 2014

There's just something about a Kristan Higgins book. It could be her amazing gift of gab which is evident in the catchy dialog. It could be her romantic soul equally evident in her development of flawed, imperfect characters who look for love despite the odds. Hey it could even Read more...

Make-Believe Wedding
by Sarah Mayberry
"A Great Wedding Giveaway Novella"
Posted September 21, 2014

The only thing disappointing in THE MAKE-BELIEVE WEDDING is its size -- which actually qualifies as a novella. Sarah Mayberry always writes a delightful story that just inspires the reader to smile and walk away a very satisfied customer. MAKE-BELIEVE WEDDING certainly did make me smile and at times Read more...

Until We Touch
by Susan Mallery
"keeping emotions in check is harder than it looks"
Posted September 1, 2014

UNTIL WE TOUCH is Book fifteen in the Fools Gold series that just keeps getting better and better. My love affair with Fools Gold and Susan Mallery began with Chasing Perfect which only succeeded in whetting my appetite for more and more. Just as Fools Gold has grown Read more...

Heroes Are My Weakness
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"heroes are definitely made not born"
Posted August 25, 2014

So hard to decide which Susan Elizabeth Phillips story is my favorite -- it would be like pitting one good friend against another. My love affair with Phillips -- AKA SEP to her fans -- started with DREAM A LITTLE DREAM -- funny how we all remember our first loves. Then it escalated into Read more...

How To Marry A Cowboy
by Carolyn Brown
"instructions are included"
Posted August 24, 2014

Dialog is Carolyn Brown's strong suit -- as gifted an author as you can imagine with the gift of gab -- you can imagine her eyes smiling with the merriment and mirth she brings to each page. HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY is a bit of a departure for Brown whose Read more...

by B.J. Daniels
"truly amazing crime story for every amateur sleuth"
Posted August 23, 2014

Diabolical, amazing, intriguing, mesmerizing, scary and disturbing. Did I get your attention yet? Well if you want to read an incredibly addictive mystery-thriller-crime story look no further than MERCY by BJ Daniels. Never heard of Daniels? After reading MERCY, BJ Daniels will absolutely move to the top of Read more...

Holiday Hats for Babies
by Debby Ware
"truly unique patterns to delight any baby"
Posted August 9, 2014

Debby Ware is a woman of my own heart. She proves in HOLIDAY HATS FOR BABIES that we shouldn't take everything so seriously. HOLIDAY HATS FOR BABIES is an exercise is delightful imaginative patterning for something all knitters just love to make. Hats. Next to scarves it is probably Read more...

Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers
by Norah Gaughan
"challenging and luscious items to knit or crochet"
Posted August 9, 2014

COMFORT KNITTING & CROCHET BABIES & TODDLERS contains fifty knit and crochet designs including a lovely selection of cardigans, blankets, caps, some accessory items and a couple of toys. Since this was a review copy I was only privy to a few items of those that would be included in the actual Read more...

Ain't She Sweet?
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"Simply Memorable! Revisit This Timely Tale of Strength, Courage, and Love!"
Posted August 5, 2014

Lots of authors write stories with sexy and quirky characters. Susan Elizabeth Phillips creates memorable characters that last long after you've finished the book. One of the best compliments you can pay any author is that they made a lasting impression -- Phillips is definitely one of those authors. A Read more...

Mean Streak
by Sandra Brown
"marathon training has her running for her life"
Posted August 2, 2014

Sandra Brown's fans expect a great deal from this talented author. Every book I've ever read of Brown's occupies a special place on my bookshelves all the worse for wear since every one of her stories demands a revisit. Brown's characters are complex and in MEAN Read more...

by Diana Palmer
"powerful guy meets his match"
Posted July 30, 2014

The bigger they are the harder they fall. It's one of Diana Palmer's trademarks and as a longtime fan it's the element that draws you in and holds tight. Diana Palmer is a western romantic at heart and with INVINCIBLE she adds quite few lighthearted moments. Her Read more...

Cop Town
by Karin Slaughter
"No holds barred"
Posted July 16, 2014

Karin Slaughter's new book COP TOWN takes place in Atlanta in 1974. It's important to understand that so you are ready for an assault on your senses. Slaughter reminds us of a time when abuse of authority regularly takes place in many cities. Scary when you think of Read more...

Against the Wild
by Kat Martin
"not only the eagles soar in Alaska"
Posted July 14, 2014

AGAINST THE WILD by Kat Martin takes place in one of the most fascinating states I've ever visited Alaska. There is something so earthy and real about a place that faces the most horrific winters but looks forward to amazingly beautiful summers. Kat Martin is the master of setting Read more...

How to Make a Quilt
by Barbara Weiland Talbert
"a simple step by step toward quilting"
Posted June 30, 2014

I am a knitter and crocheter at heart but I've done several needlepoint projects too. I'm proud of all the costumes and linen items made on my trusty sewing machine but candidly I've always wanted to quilt. Not sure I would ever progress to making a full Read more...

Comfort Crocheted Afghans
by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter
"short and sweet three beautiful patterns"
Posted June 27, 2014

First let me qualify my review to say that this is a sampler showcase of three afghan projects some that will appear in the larger version that had fifty patterns (knit and crochet). I usually gauge the worth of a craft book based on how many items catch my eye Read more...

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An avid reader for all my life and reading is one of my passions. Iíve been an independent reviewer for over seven years now and have covered just about every genre from a vast number of publishers and authors. Another perk of reviewing is getting a first glimpse of new and upcoming works from talented authors. As a reviewer I have had the fortune to meet new authors and become reacquainted with some tried and true ones. One of the most rewarding aspects of reviewing is having your work acknowledged by authors and/or publishers. The inclusion of one of my reviews on a book jacket or on an authorís website is a supreme compliment and always appreciated. With the advent and broad adoption of the e-reader the scope of available works to be reviewed has increased exponentially making the job of the reviewer ever more challenging as the selection of works becomes vast beyond belief. My goal is simple Ė to deliver a fair and honest review. I take this very seriously as I respect my readers and they can depend on my appraisal of fiction as well as various crafts and cooking. My main focus is fiction but occasionally something from another genre catches my eye.

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