Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blog tour: ‘NOURISH by Christi Silbaugh

About the book:
Fend off the freshman fifteen with this ultimate guide to eating right and staying fit. Learn how to cook for yourself and how to plan nutritious meals—without processed foods, gluten, and sugar. Plus find step-by-step photos for exercises, and pilates and yoga poses. Great as a graduation gift or anyone who wants to make a fresh start, this book will help young and old alike start healthy habits to last a lifetime.
  • File Size: 8716 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (April 14, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V5HIWC0

  • About the author:
    Christi Silbaugh is the author of Gluten-Free Made Easy, Gourmet Cooking for two, and writes for numerous media outlets like Activewear USA Magazine, Glam Media, Federated Media, and many more. Sharing recipes, yoga tips, and her personal journey, her popular blog Mom What’s for Dinner? has over 2.5 million readers and for couples, her playful romance food blog Gourmet Cooking for two can give you spicy tips for the kitchen.
    After surviving cancer, her love of food married her passion for being healthy. Receiving her 200 hour yoga one teacher Certification in 2014; Christi’s mission is to help heal the world through conscious healthy eating and moving the body. She also has started a non profit called We Are Warriors committed to bringing free recovery yoga to past and present cancer patients.

    My review:  Nourish by Christi Silbaugh

    4 STARS

    I like how it has recipes that are healthier whole foods, instead of just telling you to move she shows you some yoga moves and explains them.  Christi has also thrown in quotes to inspire you to keep trying and moving.

    I never think to do anything with cauliflower besides steaming it.  She bakes it, makes tator tots and other yummy ideas.
    The recipes are ones that anyone can do. She has a healthier deviled eggs recipe without the mayonnaise.  I love deviled eggs.

    Her cookies look good and you need food processor instead of oven which would be real nice especially for summer months.  I am going to have to buy some dates they are very useful in this cookbook.

    The pictures are beautiful of the dishes.  They make me want to go and try them. The pictures of the yoga models makes me want to go to beach. The scenery is so peaceful and beautiful.

    The yoga I don't think I can do any especially by myself.  I need the bed or chair yoga to start with but it gives me ideas. She gives you the name of the position, tells you how to do it and has someone doing the position in a photo.

    I was given this ebook to read by Cedar Fort Publishing.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Nourish and be part of it's blog tour.

    NOURISH” blog tour schedule:
    May 1: Readalot
    May 2: Reidhead Randomness
    May 3: Babs Book Bistro
    May 4:
    May 5:
    May 6:
    May 7: connywithay
    May 8:
    May 9:
    May 10: Inklings and Notions
    May 11: Wishful Endings
    May 12: The Author’s Hideaway
    May 13:
    May 14:
    May 15: Jorie Loves a Story

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Blog tour: ‘Crave, Eat, Heal’ by Annie Oliverio

    About the book:
    After struggling for many years with a raging sweet tooth and emotionally-driven cravings, author Annie Oliverio began the journey back to a healthy, balanced palate. This is a cookbook focused on plant-based foods that protect, nourish, and heal – yet satisfy “cravings” that can easily trip one up when striving to eat healthier foods or when feeling lonely, stressed or in the need of comfort.

    About the author, in her own words:
    If there is an unnamed, undiagnosed condition where one suffers from planning, thinking about, and anticipating future breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner, then I have it. And I don’t want to be cured. But I wouldn’t be opposed to having this ailment named after me.
    I was fortunate to be raised in a home with two excellent cooks: my mom and dad. Mom covered the basics of breakfasts, lunches in brown paper bags, and a square meal at night. She also covered Thanksgiving and Easter dinners. Dad took over on Christmas Eve or whenever an ingredientbe it a stinky cheese or olives or eggplant or artichokes or polentacaught his fancy. Sauce splatters and piles of pots and pans in the sink were guaranteed. Between mom and dad, my three siblings and I ate eclectically and well.
    My own culinary journey got off to a rocky start when I began living on my own post-college. I went for convenience and speed (and sugary, fatty, salty) rather than quality. Slowly, however, I began buying more fresh and whole foods to make my own meals. At the same time, I was learning about what foods are best for our bodies. Long story short, my plodding and indirect journey led me to plant-based eating. I no longer rely on packaged, frozen, or prepared meals, and instead make everything we need right here in our own kitchen.
    What about the non-food part of my life? Before escaping the mean city streets for the wild, windy plains of Oklahoma, I was an administrative assistant and office manager at a subscription fulfillment company in Boulder, at a think-tank in Santa Monica, at a university in Cambridge, MA, in the Green Zone in Baghdad, and at a non-profit in Washington, D.C.
    I now spend a good deal of time walking the pastures trying to identify different types of grasses and insects, feeding hummingbirds, writing and reading, struggling to solve crossword puzzles (with a pen and a lot of Wite-Out), and blogging at An Unrefined Vegan and Virtual Vegan Potluck. I live in blissful satellite- and cable-free isolation with my husband, Kel, and our only son, Ike (part dachshund, part Labrador).

    My review: Crave, Eat, Heal’ by Annie Oliverio

    4 STARS

    Crave eat Heal is a Vegan, no sugar, few oil cookbook.  Now I am not a vegan but I can use this cookbook to eat healthier. There are so many of the foods listed that I have never heard of and some I have never tried. But I am going to try.

    Annie tells us in the front of the book why and how she became a Vegan.  What foods she eats if she needs certain vitamins or minerals.  That cravings our bodies are telling us what we need in our diets. 

    One thing she tells us how to sprout seeds.  I have not done that for years and have never tried all the different sprouts she mentions. I want to try the different sprouts. Getting fresh greens that anyone can do especially if you can't garden.

    One thing she uses is Tofu.  She shows us how she cuts it up which way for the recipes.  She also loves her tofu press. I have never tried it but I am willing to now.

    Annie has chapters based on what you are craving like sweets, sour, spicy even chocolate.  Recipes that will satisfy you but are healthy. I want to try the chocolate cake recipe.

    The pictures in the book are good and I like that every item that was made was eaten after the picture was taken.

    In the back of the book she tells what brands and where she buys certain things on the internet because she does not live close to health food stores.  I can really use those.

    I know I am going to buy some foods that I have never tried lots of different beans, vegetables and spices and eat better.

    I was given this ebook by Cedar Fort Publishers and in return I agreed to give honest review of Crave, Eat, Heal and be part of its blog tour.

    Crave, Eat, Heal” blog tour schedule:
    April 6: Glue and Glitter
    April 7: Bake and Destroy
    April 8:
    April 9: Ceara’s Kitchen
    April 10: Bunny Kitchen
    April 11: Inklings and Notions
    April 12: Rootiful
    April 13:
    April 14: Seeking Sanctuary at World’s End
    April 15: Veggie Inspired 
    April 16: my sister’s pantry
    April 17: Vegan Richa
    April 18: Healthy Slow Cooking
    April 19:
    April 20: My Darling Vegan
    April 21: Robin Robertson’s Global Vegan Kitchen
    April 22: Cake Maker to the Stars
    April 23: Vedged Out
    April 24: Jorie Loves a Story
    April 25: Wishful Endings
    April 26:
    April 27: Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen
    April 28:
    April 29: Chic Vegan
    April 30: Readalot
    May 1: Canned Time
    May 2: Fork&Beans
    May 3:
    May 4: Cadry’s Kitchen: A Vegan Adventure
    May 5: Reidhead Random-ness
    May 6: Urban Naturale
    May 7: BlissfulBritt
    May 8: sweetveg
    May 9:
    May 10:
    May 11:
    May 12: Ricki Heller
    May 13: Jazzy Vegetarian
    May 14:
    May 15: delish knowledge
    May 16:
    May 17: Zsu’s Vegan Pantry
    May 18: VegKitchen with Nava Atlas
    May 19:
    May 20: Eternal Principles Simplified
    May 21: spabettie
    May 22: Mel’s Shelves
    May 23: The Taste Space
    May 24: Cowgirls & Collard Greens
    May 25:
    May 26: The Author’s Hidaway
    May 27: The Vegan 8
    May 28:
    May 29:
    May 30: The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado
    May 31: An Unrefined Vegan

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Blog Tour: Side Trip to Kathmandu by Marie Moore Giveaway ebook

    My heart goes out to the people of Kathmandu and areas around it that are suffering so much.  I read this book before the earthquake and now to know so much as changed since I read it.  I looked at pictures of the area after I read it and now to know a lot has changed. God be with you.  We cry with you and pray for you.

     Side Trip to Kathmandu
    (Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery)

    3rd in Series
    Publisher: Camel Press (March 15, 2015)
    Paperback: 186 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1603812979
    E-Book ASIN: B00U6GK472

    Sidney Marsh’s job as a New York travel agent is on the line. On her last two tours, she and her colleague Jay ended up smack in the middle of murder and mayhem. Their sleuthing sideline did not endear them to their employer, Itchy Feet Travel, so naturally they are relieved when their wealthy friend Brooke requests their presence on a no expense spared tour of India and Nepal. Another agency has made the arrangements, so all they need do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Well, not quite all. Brooke has enlisted them to keep a sharp eye on their fellow travelers, all “friends” who have grown rich from the demise of others. After surviving an attempt on her life, Brooke is certain the culprit must be one of the five: a handsome Scotsman, a Bollywood actress, an investment banker, a Parisian filmmaker, or a twice widowed blonde. Many of the tour accommodations prove to be as dodgy as the reputations of the travelers themselves. After one of the members of the moving house party dies of an apparent heart attack, everyone’s nerves are on edge. Sidney can hardly be blamed for assuming a deadly game is afoot … or for falling for Adam, the doting Scotsman. Now, if only she can unmask the killer before the killer beats her to the punch. Side Trip to Kathmandu is the third book in the Sidney Marsh Mystery series, which began with Shore Excursion.

    About This Author
    Shore Excursion was Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian.  She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor.  She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did interviews, took photos, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for some of her stories.
    In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency.  She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).  For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries.  Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.

    Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.
    In mid-1999, because of her husband’s work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA.  She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.

    Marie and her mystery novels have been featured in Click! Magazine, At Home Memphis and MidSouth Magazine, Portico Magazine, and Southern Writer’s Magazine.  She has been a guest on WREG’s Live at 9, BookTalk, and The Earle Farrell Show.  She has given 30 minute presentations: Whodunnit? Crafting the Mystery Novel and Finding A New Career in Mid-life to numerous civic groups, senior citizens groups, libraries, and from The Balancing Act Stage as part of the program of The Southern Women’s Show. She has served as a program panelist for Malice Domestic Mystery Conference (Bethesda, MD, 2012 and 2013) and Killer Nashville Mystery Conference (2013). In 2013, Marie’s books were specially chosen for inclusion in the onboard libraries of all the Holland America and Seabourn Cruise Line ships. GAME DRIVE, Book 2 in The Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery Series, was named Finalist in Foreword Review’s 2013 Mystery Book of the Year. Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

    Author Links:



    Twitter: @ mariemmysteries

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    My review: Side Trip to Kathmandu by Marie Moore
    4 Stars
    Oh it makes me want to travel and see India and Nepal.  Rich in travel settings in the story. I would not want to drink or get in the Ganga river. I would love to travel on a elephant to see other wild animals in jungle.
     Sidney Marsh works for Itchy feet travel agency.  She is warned that because of her last two tours had murders and she solved them, that she was on probation.  She had better not come across another murder. But Brooke a rich favorite  customer wants her and Jay on a tour of India.  She has arranged thinks with a tour in India but wants them too.
    Sidney is single southern lady who lives in New York and is a travel guide.  She is curious.
    Jay is another travel guide and they work together a lot. He is very into fashion and things just like. He is ten years older then Sidney.  He is a fun character with good and annoying at times.
    The mystery has lots of suspects and then a murder or heart attack of one of the suspects. The suspects have all profited by a loved ones death.  The mystery is not the main focus of the story.  The traveling and experiences really make this story one that I did not want to put down. The history and beliefs of the people is a way that I really enjoyed. Plus the characters are ones I was interested in seeing more.
    This is a clean read but some of the history of a sight is not just mentioned.
    I would like to read what happened in the first two books.  I also wants to know what happens next to Sydney and Jay' future.
    I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Side Trip to Kathmandu and be part of its blog tour.

    Giveaway:  1 ebook of  Side Trip to Kathmandu by Marie Moore

    Contest stars April 29, 2015 ends May. 9, 2015

    To enter Leave a comment below with name and email address.  I will contact the winner and they have 2 days to respond to email.  If not then new winner will be chosen.

    Tour Participants
    April 27 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
    April 28 – Tea and A Book – Review
    April 29 – readalot – Review
    April 30 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post
    May 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
    May 2 – off
    May 3 – off
    May 4 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Guest Post
    May 5 – Omnimystery News – Interview
    May 6 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview
    May 7 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
    May 8 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna

    He was a haven in the midst of Hell…

    Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Squadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict—even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex. Still, she's got a bad feeling about picking up a team of stranded SEALs. A feeling that's all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loose…

    SEAL Kell Ballard's goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm's way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves. It's a place of dark intimacy, where Leah finds unexpected safety in a man's arms. Where prohibited attraction burns brightly. And where they'll hide until the time comes to face the enemy outside…and the enemy within their ranks.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (April 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373788932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373788934

  • My review: Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna

    4 STARS

    Running fire is full of drama, romance, action, deals with abuse and deals with women in military.
    Does have love scenes but not a major part of the story.  I admire the Navy Seal characters. Some of the Army ones not so much.

     Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie has got a temporary assigned to the Shadow Squadron in Afghanistan.  She is the only woman pilot in the unit. Leah is a divorced.  It was not good marriage

    Kell Ballard is a Navy Seal.  He is out in the Afghanistan borders in the caves in the mountain.  He is looking for a certain terrorist and getting information on terrorists. Kell is divorced too.

    Leah is co-pilot in helicopter going in too pick up two soldiers.  When her helicopter is shot with a RPM.  She makes it out. 

    Kell sees the helicopter shot down.  He got the guys but too late.  Kell sees the pilot crawl out the helicopter and runs too him.  He is surprised when he picks the unconscious pilot over his shoulder and feels breasts.  He moves and hikes up to a cave where he can look at her.

    I could not put the book down till I was finished reading it.  I liked the ending.

    I enjoy reading books by Lindsay McKenna and will continue to read her books in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give honest review of Running fire.

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Blog Tour: Robin's Reward by June McCrary 2 Giveaways





    Book Blurb:


    Bonita Creek’s librarian Robin Bennett is heartbroken after being abandoned by her husband, Thomas. The mysterious and handsome Jeff Clarke arrives unexpectedly and touches Robin’s life with his wit and warmth. Then, without warning, Jeff’s harsh words and abrasive actions scare her off, and Robin’s hope of finding true love withers again.

    Just when it seems Robin and Jeff might have a future, Susan Stinson, whose cruel taunting has plagued Robin since they met as young teens, decides Jeff should be hers, not Robin’s. Susan’s anger and jealousy escalate dangerously. Her vindictiveness threatens the foundation of Jeff and Robin’s young relationship.

    Robin’s journey through the peaks and valleys of her life meanders along the twists and turns of new challenges. Is a relationship which began with both parties harboring secrets destined to survive? Can they move past their troubles and the obstacles in their path to find love and happiness together? When their pasts rear their ugly heads, Jeff and Robin must use their faith to remain strong and true. But will it be enough for them to embrace a life of love, trials, and blessings . . . together?




    "Robin's Reward, a sweet romance with great characters, is as refreshing as a walk among flowers."

    Author Rebecca H. Jamison, Sense & Sensibility: A Latter-Day Tale.

    Award-winning author, June McCrary Jacobs, was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’ is her first full-length novel, and is set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.
    June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and blogs in the past few years. When she’s not writing, reading, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, and visiting art and history museums. She also enjoys touring historic homes and gardens and strolling around the many historic Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the summertime you can find June at a variety of county fairs and the California State Fair admiring the sewing projects, quilts, and handiwork other inspired seamstresses, quilters, craftspeople, and artists have created.
    June enjoys connecting with readers, authors, aspiring writers, bloggers, designers, sewers, quilters, and crafters. Please connect with June at the following platforms:

    My review: Robin's Reward
    4 STARS
    Robin's Reward is a romance with lots of drama, emotion and small town.   It is a clean read. It does mention faith, prayer and God in a realistic way.
    I love the town hall meeting.  It is my favorite scene in the book.  Makes you want to clap and cheer too. 
    There are characters that I like and some you want to boo and hope they can be stopped in there tracks.
    Robin Bennett is a small town of Bonita Creek’s librarian.  (My dream job.) She has had some tough breaks.  I really like and admire her.  She is making a difference in her town.  After Robin's divorce she has a hard time trusting men.

    Jeff Clarke is starting a new job in Bonita Creek.  He meets Robin and flirts with her.  He has no idea what she does.  Jeff's job is a secret.

    Susan Stinson sees the handsome Jeff move in across from her and wants to date him.  She is a model.  She was a mean girl growing up and targeted Robin.

    Jeff & Robin have a lot of things that determine to keep them apart. It is a little bit too much at times.
    This is the second book that I have read by June McCrary and I have enjoyed both and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read by the author and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Robin's Reward and be part of it's blog tour.

    Giveaway 1:
    June is giving away two signed copies of 'Robin's Reward' on her website. (United States residents only. No purchase necessary.) The Rafflecopter contest will end on May 31st, and June would like to invite readers to enter for a chance to win one of these paperbacks. Here's the link to the entry form:

    Giveaway 2:
    1 ebook of Robin's Reward 
    Winners choice of Mobi, E-pub or PDF
    Contest starts 12:00 am Eastern time on 4/27 ends 5/4
    To enter leave name and email address ebook choice with a comment below.  Winner will have 2 days to respond to email or another winner will be chosen.

    Book tour

    April 15th: Eleanore @ Engraved: All Things Writing -- REVIEW
    ~ April 17th: Shauna @ I Love to Read & Review Books –REVIEW

    ~ April 21st: Author Diony George @ Author Diony George -- SPOTLIGHT

    ~ April 22nd: Melanie @ Mel's Shelves -- REVIEW
    ~ Aprl 23rd: Laura @ Crafty Booksheeps -- GUEST POST
    ~ April 27th: Tressa @ Wishful Endings -- REVIEW

    ~ April 28th: Aimee @ Getting Your Read On -- REVIEW

    ~ April 28th: Yolanda @ Literary Wonders -- REVIEW

    ~ April 29th: Leslie @ Storeybook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

    ~ April 30th: Gina @ Every Free Chance Books – REVIEW

    ~ May 1st: Author Rachelle Christensen @ Rachelle Writes -- SPOTLIGHT
    ~ May 1st: Jorie @ Jorie Loves a Story -- SPOTLIGHT

    ~ May 4th: Katie @ Katie's Clean Reads -- REVIEW

    ~ May 5th: Author MK McClintock @ Benches & Books –AUTHOR INTERVIEW


    Friday, April 24, 2015

    Blog tour: Stranded by Nathan Huffaker


    About the book:
    Kazakhstan is on the brink of civil war, and Elders Schofield and Johnson need to get out ASAP. But when their train explodes, all the evidence points to the missionaries! With terrorists on their trail and the whole country against them, the elders’ only refuge is the US Embassy in Astana—800 miles away. Fans of “The Saratov Approach” will love this jaw-dropping thriller.
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462116191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462116195

  • About the author:
    Born and raised in Springville, Utah, the first time Nathan Huffaker boarded a plane was when he left home to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kiev, Ukraine. The two years he spent in Kiev later helped him to base parts of “Stranded” on his missionary experiences. Huffaker recently graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in English and now resides in Spanish Fork, Utah, with his wife and five kids.

    My review: Stranded by Nathan Huffaker

    5 STARS

    This is a good LDS action, suspense novel.  It definitely preaches LDS beliefs but it is just part of the story.  The main characters are two missionaries in Kazakhstan. Another character is the Mission President of Kazakhstan.

    President Howard Russell of the Kazakhstan Astana Mission received a call in the middle of night telling him to get his missionaries out of the country they were in danger.  He started making calls right then.

    Elder Johnson was from Texas his Russian was coming along with a strong accent.  He was really positive.
    Elder Schofield was at the end of his mission. He was good in talking Russian

    Elder Johnson and Schofield had to get off the train because of left behind passport and their train blew up.  President Russell thought they were dead.

    The Elders were suspected by the Police as the terrorists who blew the train.  The Mafia wanted them dead because they could finger the bomber.  The Elders could not get ahold of anyone with there phone and bags blown up on the train.  They needed to get to the US Embassy in Astana before it closed in a few days.

    This is exciting with the two missionaries trying to get help but every time someone is blowing things up.  Elder Johnson never stops trying to teach the gospel along the journey to those he comes in contact with. Elder Schofield keeps growing his faith along the way.

    There is a lot of people willing to help the Elders along the way.  I don't know if I would help two young men that the police wanted as bombers.  It would be scary with bombs going off all over and the army taking over the country.

    One of the policeman that works on catching terrorists Michael had met the missionaries the day before the bombing and was given the Book of Mormon.  He just wanted to learn about their beliefs to see if they were a danger or not.

    I did not put the book down until I had finished the story.  I would read more from Nathan Huffaker in the future.

    I was given Stranded by Cedar Fort so that I could give a honest book review and be part of Stranded blog tour.
      Stranded” blog tour schedule:April 22: The Stubby Pencil
    April 23:
    April 24: I Love to Read and Review Books
    April 25: Readalot
    April 26: Reidhead Random-ness
    April 27:
    April 28: My Book Addiction and More
    April 29: Mel’s Shelves
    April 30:
    May 1: Bookworm Lisa
    May 2:
    May 3:
    May 4:
    May 5: Emmy Mom
    May 6:

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Blog tour: Hide Nor Hair by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa Giveaway

    Hide Nor Hair

    A Jersey Girl Mystery
    By Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa
    ·  File Size: 2625 KB
    ·  Print Length: 187 pages
    ·  Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (April 21, 2015)
    ·  ASIN: B00THGQ6IInd  in Series


    For this Jersey girl, big hair means big trouble!

    Newspaper reporter Colleen Caruso just wants her unruly curls tamed into smooth, sleek locks. Instead, she finds her stylist dead, face down in a shampoo sink. Faster than you can say Aqua Net, Colleen starts investigating. The case gets even hairier when the owner of a local fitness studio seems to have jumped from a plane … without a parachute.
    Meanwhile, her suave editor, Ken Rhodes, steps in to help.  And he may be looking for more than just a good story from Colleen.
    Add in a missing bracelet, some suspicious husbands, and a little breaking and entering—and this Jersey girl is heading for a real blowout!
    Can Colleen tie up these split ends? Or does she have an appointment with disaster?

    About This Author
                     Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and uses her experience as a freelance correspondent as the basis of her protagonist’s career. Several of the incidents within these pages are actual occurrences. They have been shamelessly embellished and are not a blow-by-blow account of a few really bad days on the job. Hide Nor Hair is her second novel.

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    My review: Hide Nor Hair by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa
    4 STARS
    I liked Colleen.  She is recently divorced with two kids.  She works as a reporter for the local newspaper and wants on full time.  She is curious, drinks too much and cares about her family.
    This has action, mystery, humor and romance.  It is a fast paced book.
    Colleen and her sister Kate are going early to get their hair done before work, but when they get there the place is dark and the door is open.  They go in and find the owner hairstylist is dead.  Colleen tries to give CPR and Kate snaps pictures from her phone before they move the body.
    Colleen gets to write the story and follow up on it for the paper.
    Her daughter thinks it is cool that her mom keeps finding dead bodies in fact there is a pool at school on how many more bodies she finds before the end of school.
     Colleen has a crush on her boss at work, trying to make ends meet on what she makes, work on her articles and deal with being a single mom.
    The setting was New Jersey.
    I really want to read the next book in this series and see where it goes.  I hope it comes out soon.
    I was given this ebook so I could give a honest review and be part of Hide Nor Hair blog tour.

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    April 21 – Musings and Ramblings – Interview
    April 22 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight
    April 23 – readalot – Review
    April 24- Babs Book Bistro – Review
    April 25 – Escape With Dollycas’s Into A Good Book – Spotlight
    April 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post
    April 27 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
    April 28 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
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    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Blog Tour: Double Duplicity: by Paty Jager (A Shandra Higheagle Mystery (Volume 1) Giveaway Prize pack


    Double Duplicity:
    A Shandra Higheagle Mystery (Volume 1)

    Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Windtree Press (January 5, 2015)
    Paperback: 242 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1940064925


     On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene was just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever but just as determined to discover the truth.
    Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.
    Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim? 
    My review: Double Duplicity: by Paty Jager (A Shandra Higheagle Mystery (Volume 1)
    4 STARS
    I liked Double Duplicity so much I went and bought the next book in the series.
    It has a good mystery.  Likeable characters, drama, romance and action.  It is also a clean read.
    Shandra Higheagle is a potter and lives on a mountain. After going to her grandmother's funeral  Shandra stops by a art gallery because the owner wants another vase she  finds a body.  The owner of the art gallery.  Shandra is the suspect.  She also saw her friend from leaving the area. Shandra is half Indian.  Her step-father and mother don't want her to say anything about her being part Indian or have anything to do with it.
    Shandra starts having dreams about seeing her deceased grandmother who just died and clues about the murder. 
    Detective Ryan Geer believes in her dreams more than Shandra did.  Ryan is single.  He does not appreciate Shandra keeps trying to figure out who the killer was.

    There is a lot of suspects,  I guessed wrong about who the killer was.

    There sure a lot going on at the crime scene.
    The setting is Huckleberry Mountain Resort town in Idaho.

    I was given this ebook to read by author.  In return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of Double Duplicity blog tour.
    About This Author
     Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon.  On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
    All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.
    Author Links:

    blog; Writing into the Sunset
    her website;
    Facebook;!/paty.jager , Goodreads
    twitter;  @patyjag
    Purchase Links
    Windtree Press

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