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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I'm thrilled to have author 
Dianne Harman 
back on the blog today!


Diane wants to celebrate the release of 
Book 6 in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series 
MURDER IN CALICO GOLD


Five time 'Amazon All Star Author' comes out with another book in the best selling Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series. 

Kelly and her husband, Sheriff Mike, take a trip to the small town of Calico Gold, California, after his elderly Aunt Agnes calls and tells him she needs his help and expertise. 

The day after Mike finds out Aunt Agnes has made him the sole beneficiary of her large estate, including the Robertson Ranch and the beautiful Queen Anne house on it, she’s murdered. 

Aunt Agnes was revered by many of the town residents, but she had her enemies as well. The list of suspects includes a local judge, a real estate developer, a nearby rancher next whose cattle desperately need water from Aunt Agnes’ property, a Vietnam vet who’s recently been evicted from the shack on her property, Mike’s newly discovered cousin, and Sheriff Mike himself, since he has the most to gain from her death. 

Join Kelly, Mike, and their dogs Rebel and Lady, as they work to clear Mike’s name and bring the murderer to justice. 

Dianne is giving away 3 Kindle copies of 
MURDER IN CALICO GOLD!

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You can find a full list of Dianne's titles here. 


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Monday, June 29, 2015


ALL DRESSED UP AND 
NO PLACE TO HAUNT 
Book 2 in the Haunted Vintage Mystery series
by Rose Pressey


When a film crew wakes up a sleepy Georgia town, murder is in fashion...


Sugar Creek is all abuzz. A film is being shot on a historic plantation, and vintage clothing store owner Cookie Chanel is thrilled to provide authentic period outfits for its stars. When Cookie discovers the temperamental leading lady drowned in a pond, wearing a lovely vintage dress, she’s suddenly on location for a real-life crime scene. And when a ghost says the dress belongs to her, the number of clues Cookie has to investigate rivals the size of her shoe collection. With the supernatural support of her psychic cat, Cookie must find a killer in the cast of suspects, and avoid starring in her own final scene…



Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips

MY REVIEW


There seem to be more and more “paracozies” in the cozy market these lately. If they are all as well written as the Haunted Vintage Mystery series, I say Keep them coming!


Protagonist Cookie Chanel is one part “Ghost Whisper”, one part business owner and vintage clothing expert, and one part amateur sleuth. As the saying goes, she wears many hats. And with cookie, you can guarantee they are all stylish. ;-)

I loved that every other chapter stared off with Cookie’s Savvy Vintage Fashion Shopping Tips and Charlotte’s Handy-Dandy Tips for Navigating the Afterlife.  I simply adore when authors do this in books. It makes it that much more exciting to get to each new chapter.

The action started off right away in ALL DRESS UP AND NO PLACE TO HAUNT and kept going at a wonderful pace. Because the story flowed so well, it was one of those ones I hated to put down, and I didn’t much. I read it through pretty fast. Each chapter just begging me to read it, and the one after that and the one…..well, you get my point.

This was a fun story that had me laughing even as the mystery was growing of who killed the leading lady, and a new ghost pops up needing help from Cookie and her resident ghost Charlotte. The questions kept coming and the intrigue kept building until author Rose Pressey wrapped everything up in an expertly penned ending.

And check out the back of the book for An Excerpt from Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Blog, Tips for Living with a Psychic Cat, and an excerpt from Book three, HAUNT COUTURE AND GHOSTS GALORE coming in fall of this year, 2015!

ALL DRESSED UP AND NOT PLACE TO HAUNT 
is available for pre-order and releases 
tomorrow, June 30!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015


CAUGHT READ-HANDED by Terry Farley Moran
DEAD MEN DON'T EAT COOKIES by Virginia Lowell

CAUGHT READ-HANDED
Book 2 in the Read 'Em And Eat Mystery series 
by Terrie Farley Moran


From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Dead comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat.

Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe—also known as “Tanya Trouble.” She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she’s later found murdered in her own hot tub.

The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.


Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!

MY REVIEW


The first book in this series, WELL READ, THEN DEAD, was one of my top three favorite first books in a new series in 2014. I devoured it. So, to say I have been looking forward to CAUGHT READ-HANDED, well, that doesn’t even come close to how much I’ve wanted to read this book. I have to say . . . it was worth the wait!

Author Terrie Farley Moran has done it again in the second installment of her Read ‘Em And Eat Mystery series. She has taken her gift of amazing story telling and lifted it to a whole new level. The murder mystery in this story was so well plotted, every page bringing clues and misleads. Ms. Moran kept the story fast moving and intriguing, make this book very hard to put down for any length of time. When the reveal came toward the end of the story, it was a real surprise. I never saw it coming!

I really did love my trip back to Fort Myers Beach, FL, and the time I spent at the Read ‘Em And Eat café with Sassy, Bridgy, Aunt Ophey, and the cast of supporting characters. Like my last visit, it was over far too soon, and I found myself back in the real world of DE looking forward to my next visit.

In the pages of this book, with every word, through every character, I could feel the author’s love for her series. Knowing that this story was penned with such care, made reading it even more enjoyable. Well done Ms. Moran. Brava!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for the yummy recipe for Miss Marple’s Orange Ice Scones by Karen Owen, and featured in CAUGHT READ-HANDED. 

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DEAD MEN DON'T EAT COOKIES 
Book 6 in the Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series 
by Virginia Lowell


As the national bestselling Cookie Cutter Shop mysteries return, things are heating up for Olivia Greyson, her best friend, Maddie, and the rest of the crew at The Gingerbread House—until a cold case puts their plans on ice…

Olivia’s mom, Ellie, is always cooking up new schemes, but her latest idea has Livie and Maddie especially excited. Ellie’s converting an old boarding house into an arts and crafts school—one that, of course, houses a kitchen for those interested in baking. But right as renovations start, the workers discover a pile of bones buried within the boarding house’s walls, evidence of a long forgotten crime.

A silver necklace with a cookie cutter charm is found within the remains, convincing one of the workers that the bones are the remains of her father, who’s been missing for over five years. Of course, Livie and Maddie can’t resist the allure of investigating. But they’re about to discover that digging up the secrets of the past can be deadly dangerous…


RECIPES INCLUDED

MY REVIEW


The Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series was one of the first cozy mystery series I read. I’ve loved it from the first sentence of book one, COOKIE DOUGH OR DIE, and after finishing the last sentence of DEAD MEN DON’T EAT COOKIES, I love it even more!

Author Virginia Lowell has penned a series that continues to get better with every book. And this one is no exception.

I always enjoy my time spent with Olivia Greyson and her best friend and business partner Maddie at The Gingerbread House. Ms. Lowell has written these characters and the supporting cast in a way that truly makes them feel like old friends.

Ms. Lowell wasted no time getting the mystery going in this story with the discovery of the body happening almost right away. The investigation that follows has lots of ups and downs, and twists and turns, all leading up to a climatic reveal!

This book reminded me once again why adore this series and has secured its place in my favorite.

And don’t miss the yummy recipe at the back of the book!

Both of these wonderful titles are available for 
pre-order and release on 
Tuesday, July 7!

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Friday, June 26, 2015


When my friend, Edel Waugh, who runs 
suggested that we both interview some of our favorite bloggers, I was thrilled to do it!

Of course, I couldn't do blogger reviews and not interview Edel herself! 

Edel Waugh
of
Edel's Book, Beauty, Life Blog


LKBR: Hi Edel. Thank you so much for being here today.

EW: Thanks so much for having me! I love your blog and Facebook page, it's so much fun to stop by for a chat on here today!


LKBR: I know of course you are a big reader now. Did you read a lot when you were a child? If so, what did you like to read?

EW: I did read a huge amount as a child. In fact I learned to read all the quicker because I loved books so much, then I could read as much as I wanted.


LKBR: Bookstores, on-line shopping, or libraries . . . which is your favorite way to acquire your books?

EW: All Three - libraries because if I have not read an author’s books before then I will check them out from the library first. Bookstores because I love to wander around in there, there is always soothing music and beautiful covers to look at. On line because one of my favorite genres are cozy mysteries and I can't get them in bookstores here so I need on line shops for to get my fix of all things cozy! 


LKRB: What is one of your favorite reading spots other than your home?

EW:  In the car at the beach ... It's just so pretty there! 


LKBR: I know you’re a cozy mystery reader like I am. What other genres do you enjoy?

EW: I enjoy almost all genres, high fantasy is my least favorite.


LKBR: How long have you been a blogger/reviewer?

EW: I have been blogging three years and Vlogging one year.


LKBR: What inspired you to start your own blog?

EW: I needed to talk about books even if no one ever replied to a single comment. I just needed to get it out there! 


LKBR: What is your favorite part, other than the reading, of being a blogger/reviewer?

EW: It's the like minded people you meet who share the same love of reading and enjoy bookish matters. Book people are pretty awesome! Yourself included Lisa!


LKBR: Do you have a set time that your work on your blog? Or is it a matter of you do it when you can?

EW: I plan in the evenings mostly but I often get ideas throughout the day and hit them down as I remember them.


LKBR: When you’re not reading, and working on reviews and your site, what do you like to do?


EW: I have four dogs and one cat, three are rescue animals. My little fur family. I love walking and esp with them, I like finding trails and going wandering in forests and near nature. I like to cook, stews, soups, nourishing foods! I am a huge fan of journaling , I was really sick in the new year so it became a hobby while I was getting better and then it became a great way to keep track of everything I needed to do and it grew from there! I love to send snail mail, I just love sending and receiving it, much more fun than bills in the post!  
                                                                                               
   

 

LKBR: What are three things you would like people to know about you?

EW:
I would like to write a book about miscarriage. I lost my fourth baby in January and I don't think there is enough resources and information out there for women especially in Ireland where I am. 

I am going to be on the BBC World Service on Saturday. Talking about authors and podcasts. 


I literally have collected thousands of books through the years and they have needed to be moved a few time!!! Never again!! I did sleep for a week with them as my bedroom was being redecorated. I went to sleep with all these wonderful authors surrounding me each night.


LKBR: Edel, thank you for your great answers!

EW: Thank you so much for having me Lisa!!!!! 
It has been lovely stopping by! 
Xxxxxxxx





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It's
Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from the cozy mystery 
PEACHES AND SCREAM
Book 1 in the Georgia Peach Mystery series
by
Susan Furlong


In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…


To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers’ livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola’s juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.

With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer’s picking…



INCLUDES RECIPES

Available now for pre-order and releases 
Tuesday, July 7!

Susan is so excited about her new series starting, she wanted to share one of the recipes from 
PEACHES AND SCREAM 
two whole weeks before her book releases!

Today's recipe is 


Scrumptious Peach Cobbler


Ingredients


8-10 fresh peaches
1 lemon— juiced
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cobbler Topping

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks cold unsalted butter
½ cup hot water
2 tablespoons white sugar for sprinkling

Photo from Google Images
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Peach Mixture: 

Peel and slice peaches (removing the pits) into thin wedges and place inside a large bowl. Add the juice of one lemon and toss to coat evenly.

In a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch. Add this mixture to the peaches and stir gently until peaches are coated. 

Place peach mixture into a 2 quart dish and bake for 10 minutes.

Photo from Google Images

Cobbler: 

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Cut cold butter into small pieces and mix into dry ingredients until slightly blended. The mixture should be crumbly.


Add hot water, a little at a time, until a dough forms. Do not exceed ½ cup of hot water. Remove peaches from the oven and drop spoonfuls of cobbler on top until the peaches are covered. 

Photo from Google Images

Sprinkle the entire cobbler with extra sugar. Place the dish on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over while baking. 

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

All photos property of Susan Furlong unless otherwise marked

Can anyone else smell this cobbler baking or 
hear my stomach growing? 
Yum! 

Thank you so much, Susan!

MY REVIEW


Cozy readers, you are in for a sweet peach of a treat with this first book in the new Georgia Peach Mystery series. Author Susan Furlong has created a wonderful series with colorful characters, and a mystery that will keep you entranced until the very last page.

Protagonist Nola Mae Harper is a perfectly imperfect character which makes her so relatable. Poor Nola, she’s back home after traveling the world and before she can even adjust, she finds a body. While of course Nola takes part in the investigation (what good cozy heroine wouldn’t?), Ms. Furlong didn’t write Nola being a know it all. She stumbled with finding the truth like anyone inexperienced would.

The cast of supporting characters is like a bushel of peaches…some sweet, some bitter, and some hiding behind too much fuzz. ;-) Buy all are juicy to read and make for a perfect blend.

The writing in this story is crisp and clear. The words flow as surely as the author’s pen must have over the paper she wrote one (or her fingers on the keyboard). J It will be so hard for you to not read PEACHES AND SCREAM in one sitting. Yeah, it’s that hard to put down.

Oh, and each chapter starts with a delightful Georgia Belle fact. I wanted to go through the book and read them all at once!

PEACHES AND SCREAM is no doubt one of the top new cozies of 2015. Well done Ms. Furlong. Brava!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for mouthwatering peach recipes, and a sneak peek of Georgia Peach book 2, REST IN PEACH! 

Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
and
The Friday 56

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My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are from 
PEACHES AND CREAM
Book 1 in the Georgia Peach Mystery series
by Susan Furlong

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings...

Georgia Belle Fact #027:
In the South, we greet one another with bits of juicy gossip, not some ol' boring Yankee-like salutation. 

I was idling on the corner of Blossom Street and Orchard, when the words came sailing through my open car window. "My word! Is that Nola Mae Harper I see?"
I snapped my head and squinted to the sidewalk where I spied the Crawford sisters sauntering along. I hadn't heard my full name, let alone that drawl I'd taken for granted in childhood, for a long time. I shot them a quick smile and waggled my fingers before moving down the road. . .

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56...

". . . Our family is going through tough financial times." 

He stood up, kicked at a few pebbles with the worn toe of his boot, and hitching his thumbs in his suspenders. "Aren't we all?" 


Available July 7! 

About the author
Susan Furlong has lived throughout the United States, including the South, but is now happily settled in the Midwest on a small hobby farm with her husband and four children. Writing about peaches comes naturally to her as she grows several varieties of her own. Susan also writes the Novel Idea Mysteries under the pen name Lucy Arlington.

You can learn more about Susan by visiting her website at




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