Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Review: The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon

updated review: The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon
wrote first review Jan 2015: I have read many books about how the tree is selected and how it gets from point A to point B.
Very fascinating details along the way.

Based on the NJ nuns that donated a tree to the NY Rockefeller center for the holidays.
As told from the gardener of Rockefeller Center he must search for and find just the right tree every year to display.
One day from the air he learns of the Nunnery and how it came to be as he finds a really good tree. Love hearing of the different species of trees as my family is in the nursery business.
Loved hearing of the journey as I had read about a similar journey from the west coast=a tree for America. Love the history how the tree is selected as I am from a nursery family. We just recently removed our 30 yr old CO blue spruces as the branches were too damaged to save.
Pictures along the way help tell the story.
I received this book from Open Road Media in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Want Me Cowboy

Want me Cowboy by Sinclair Jayne
First I've read of this series: This is Marietta, part of the Copper Mountain Rodeo Romance Series.
Starts out with Luke Wilder and he's been around a while over the years and in rodeos.
He doesn't quite want to be in town but once the circuit arrives for the rodeo he's gonna feel better.
Others in town keep thinking he's someone else, happened a few times already..
He wonders if they confuse him with his brother. His mother had told him to keep a low profile. Things just go downhill from there.
Story also follows Tanner McTavish who runs her own bull operation. She breeds them and travels to rodeos for the guys to ride in the competitions.
Enjoy learning all about the bull rider group as I don't follow that association. She has her own troubles, now that she's gotten her education under her belt.
Like bantering between Tanner and Luke, quick comical at times!  They are each twins and the commiserate with one another especially when things get even worse for him.
She's so conscious of her looks and know her twin is so much better looking. Steamy red hot fire, sex scenes. Just when things are going well, before the bull ride, her sister comes home...
So many misunderstandings arise when Tucker shows up and you wonder if he can even ride with all the turmoil. Thought some of the language was a bit crude.
Received this book from an author friend in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Kampala Peppermint Twist from Sweet Christmas Kisses 3

Sweet Christmas Kisses 3: A Bundle of 17 Wholesome Holiday Romances


Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa. Don't miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that's sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you 
in the mood for Christmas. Foreword by USA Today bestselling author, Donna Fasano.

Milou Koenings, The Kampala Peppermint Twist
A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Mona Risk, On Christmas Eve
She banished him from her life and dreams. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases years of loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?

Christine Bush, Christmas Holly
Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!

Lyn Cote, Mistletoe and Sage
New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together--will love spark under the mistletoe?

Denise Devine, A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.

Raine English, The Christmas Gift
When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it's not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group's handsome owner does too.

Shanna Hatfield, Untangling Christmas
Tricked into helping with Silverton's Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.

Ciara Knight, A Christmas on Miracle Mountain
When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.

Magdalena Scott, The Road Not Taken
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.

Roxanne Rustand, A London Christmas
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?

Alicia Street, Her Christmas Secret
Desperate to help her sister's family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they're least expected.

Kristin Wallace, Falling For You at Christmas
One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.

Merrillee Whren, Second Chance Christmas
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.

Cindy Flores Martinez, Christmas Eve Wedding
A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend's spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Victoria Pinder, Secret Wish
Luke Morgan doesn't believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.

Josie Riviera, Candleglow and Mistletoe
A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.

Pat Simmons, Couple by Christmas
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he's got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.


 Milou Koenings is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author who writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with happy endings bring joy to the world and so make it a better place.

She's lived all over the world, working as a freelance travel and technology writer, but loves to stay home with her family more than anything.

 My Review:

 I was lucky to get a gifted copy from Milou Koenings, The Kampala Peppermint Twist

 The Kampala Peppermint Twist from Sweet Christmas Kisses 3
Start out with Amy and she's attending a family friends wedding as the maid of honor. She's lost her job, her boyfriend who was her boss and it's Christmastime and her mother in Africa finds out.
Isabelle invites Amy to come visit and she gets a plane ride-despite getting injured before she even gets on the plane. Love all the plans and how much the author tells you about Amy's past and her parents work in Africa.
So unpredictable for a Christmas holiday as they are in Africa, no snow and no cold. Love how she quickly helps others to only discover the doctor she already knew from the plane-she had gotten the wrong impression of him.
A huge gala party for the holiday and again she meets the doctor who not only dances with her but they get to know one another better. With all the help she's been giving the area she's neglected to explore and he invites her...
Precious gift she is able to give her mother-awesome idea for tinsel! Loved the travel and points of interest-so descriptive and informative!
Love how the book got its title, so unexpected from traditional Christmas holidays.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review: Eden Hill

What I liked about this book was before I even got it the summary led me to believe the older established gas station owner would be helping out the new one. I do a lot of charity work and often am asked about a knitting pattern I developed and I post it to share with others.
Whether they use it for personal gain or to make charity items is up to them. Nobody pays me for the patterns and I don't mind sharing.
Book starts out with Virgil, the owner of the gas station/auto repair center and his family: wife and teen son.  She's at odds with her upcoming 40th birthday and believes the things in ladies magazines about her love life.
He's worked his whole life to provide for them to learn the lot next door was sold for a new gas station/convenience store to a young couple who put a pink mobile home on the lot while construction is underway. He's up to his head with debt after getting loans for their dreams. She delivers a baby...
Other people in the community are followed as well-really rounding out the whole community. The pastor and all the work he does every everybody, makes sure events run smoothly while writing interesting sermons to keep everybody active and awake.
What I liked about the book was the different ages of everyone and how they each dealt with stressful circumstances and leaned on God to help them through it all. Interesting to find they all related in one way or another.
Not only different ages, different walks of life and different problems than others in the community. Amazing how a fishing trip can change all their minds...Discussion questions at the end.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Books read Sept 23

Everyday Instant Pot®: 115 Delicious, Family Friendly Pressure Cooker Recipes
I have an instant and have bought many of the books out there. Always looking for more things to make and am surprised there are pudding recipes in this one.
Lots of other dishes that are easy to make. No nutritional information but colorful photos.  Like chicken variations and fish recipes also.
VERY light print in the book. Has servings and times: prep and cook. Wish there was  a yogurt recipe as we can't seem to make it the same twice in a row.

Hopscotch by Brian Garfield
Starts with definitions of the word and then we find them in Paris.
FBI, espinoage, spies, revealing secret papers to the public, all kinds of action make this an interesting read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Miracle in the wilderness_ a Christmas story of Colonial America  by Gallico_ Paul
Sounded like a good book to read. Starts out with the author who sits near the fireplace on Christmas eve, a story told by his grandmother.
Indians that lived near colony of Plymouth and the party as they moved along with a family of white people. They reach a circle of deer and the religious meaning of the birth of Christ is upon them.
The man explains about the star and the other aspects of the birth.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Mistletoe Inn  by Richard Paul Evans
Kimberly, finance director decides to attend writers workshop during the holiday as she wants to be a romance writer.
Love hearing all about the writers conference and the people she meets along the way.
HT Cowell will also be there, speaking in public in over 10 years!
Sad that her father could be dying from cancer and so amazed at how things happen!
Zeke is interested in the retreat and to Kim. She spends time with him and tells him of her deepest darkest secrets.
She tries to get him to open up also...such sadness and joy at the same time. Love the travel and the reason for the season.
Can't wait to read the other books by this author.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

An old-fashioned Thanksgiving  by Alcott, Louisa May
When the mother is called away from home to tend to an ailing relative the girls decide they can
make Thanksgiving that year.  Lots of traditional old fashioned New England things are described
as children make the decorations and food. They are surprised in many ways. Recipes at the end.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 The President's mistress  by Patrick  Anderson
Sounded like a good read. Like the area and how the case develops where they can find clues as to who killed her.
Lots of politics and questioning as they discover the woman was pregnant and by who...lots of twists and turns.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Grandpap Told Me Tales_ Memories of an Appalachian Childhood   Adams_ James Taylor - Dean_ Fletcher
Enjoyed listening to the various stories about the area. Especially liked the Johnnycake Boy.
Author makes you feel like you are right there experiencing the stories yourself.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

How to Knit Socks That Fit: Techniques for Toe-Up and Cuff-Down Styles. A Storey BASICS® Title
Lots of up to date choices on how to make a pair of socks. Select from top down or from toe up.
Yarn selection and spin of twist and needles needed.
Like how they explain the difference between the needles and how much yarn it will take to make a child or adult size sock.
Lots of tips on the sections of what you are working on-to make it easier to knit.
Goes into more detail than introductory summary of the different sections.
Basic patterns: child, adult sizes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Friday, September 16, 2016

Books read Sept 16

This book starts out with Stacy, a vet who volunteers to ride the airport perimeter on the weekends. None of the other volunteers are free that day so she heads out by herself on her horse.
She finds a scene, a man, motorcycle down, a lab and a clearing where a drone is sitting. Alex is the FBI agent who is investigating the scene and he continually asks her the same questions over and over and that riles her as she has other things to do that day at her animal hospital.
They finally get a break when she realizes his accent and what locale he's from and he recognizes hers.
Story also follows Whitt and his dad. Whitt works for Stacy and she holds onto his money for college so he won't give it to his drunk father. Stacy wants to adopt Whitt as he's only 12 and bring him up better than his parents. She also tries to teach him about God but he's too hurt to understand...
Also follows Alex and the leads he gets with the investigations. God is present in all the characters but some to a lesser degree, some to a stronger degree.
More threats to her life and more mysteries arise...
Interesting read as I learned new things: airport ranger and bio terrorism. Love all the charity and volunteer community work involved throughout the book by many.
So many twists to this tale as the story goes on. Like this new series and hope to read more.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Precious gifts by Danielle Steel
Have enjoyed this author's writings. This story is about a man who dies but it's the treasures he leaves his wife and three daughters that allow them to pursue their dreams.
Paul Parker married a French art dealers daughter, .
The daughters: Vinny-a social worker in NY, Juliet Bakery owner in NY and Joy the youngest wants to be an actor in CA.
His son from a previous marriage has tried to fit in. His ex wife is also left a gift.....after the reading of the will all of their lives will change...
She is now on a quest to find out the validity of the painting and to consider her choices. Story follows the mother and the children-3 girls and one boy as they are adults now and also a surprise person...
Felt like I've been on a sight seeing tour with the characters as there is a lot of travel involved to places I'll probably never get to visit.
Liked the differences between the two men that she's able to meet with as she explores her options...
Love how strong she is and how she loves to give things to others.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Oh My God, It's Halloween
Children's colorful book about Halloween. Words ore difficult for me to see on the background.
Guessing game at the end of the book. A little girl imagines how her Halloween will go this year...

The Snow Walker by Farley Mowat
Stories of survival of those who live upper northern tundra.
Such a strong bred of people in that they are able to adapt to the surroundings they are raised in.
Loved hearing of the fifth element and how the people used it everyday.
Snow mansions, I can just imagine a village, all connecting houses, so cool!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

September 2016 Book Fun Magazine
Have enjoyed other months of this magazine and look up to it as to what books I want to read next.
It lists not only a summary of the book but other fun things that make it appealing to want to read the book.
Being a member of The Book Club Network has the benefit of getting books for free when you agree to read and post your reviews online. It's all free so be sure to check out their site.
This months issue I really enjoyed indepth interview of the authors and other fun things they divulge.
Numerous ways to contact the authors, websites, social media, etc. also enjoy the authors other works at the ends of the articles.
Things that make me want to read the book: sometimes it's the pictures, sometimes a summary and sometimes an excerpt of the book, added feature bonus items included are all parts of how I select a book to read and this magazine has all that in one place.
Few insistence on my side due to eye problems with the pictures that have words on top of them.
Discovered a few more books I want to sign up for to read, Thanks
I received this book from Amazon via The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Red Sox Rhymes: verses and curses
Am a long time sox fan and thought this would be a fun book to listen to.
Love the summer beards!!  Red flops song, too funny! 
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Acadia National Park : Eye of the Whale
The Parker family is now on their way to Acadia in Maine. We have visited and loved it.
Have read their other books and have totally enjoyed them.
So many notable trails to discover-I recall a few places as they are being described.
Loved learning new areas of the park and the school of fresh sea life-some which I've never heard of.
Love ending how the whole book is summarized so you don't miss a stop. The whale is adoptable!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Wishes for Christmas by Fern Michaels
Have enjoyed other works by this author.  Combination of the sisterhood and godmother series.
Three Christmases
Starts out with the women gathering at Halloween time and they break the rules-talking business with eating.
The money from Maggie's husbands insurance upon his death she wants to give away to others so they can hear the angels sing. She wants to right a wrong from years gone by.
Loved hearing of past holidays and ornaments made.  Love how they get clues to help find the schoolteacher that had been attacked when Maggie was 10.
Loved hearing of what wishes were and how others can make it all happen...
Naughty or Nice
Concentrates on the Christmas holiday and the Hopes for Heroes parlor will open to the public.
A Golden Tree
Nancy is hiring a new male assistant and it's the busy time of the year... She has no time for dating...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Mediterranean Diet: A 14-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan
We use this type of meal plan everyday now since my husband's heart attack. Looking for new ways to make things is always a challenge.
Starts out with what the diet is all about then moves onto daily meals for two weeks.
Next section concentrates on the recipes. Each has a servings, calories and ingredient list, and how to prepare the dish. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
There are lots of choices.  Books ends with a clickable link that takes you to Amazon for  more of the same recipes-for money.

Cooking Made Simple
Starts out with quick tips of things to add to enhance flavors. Also a list of planning ahead and then right into things you will need to have on hand.
List of food terms to understand. Section on salads and it's not always green.
Recipe starts out the ingredient list and how to make it. No servings and no nutritional information and no pictures.
A lot of tips along the way that are useful.

Building a Portrait
Have read other books in the series and know I will learn a few more new things about photography.
Bonus book of taking sunset pictures is clickable. Photos throughout the book showing what the author wants you to concentrate on. Some of the information is repetitive from other works by the author.
Good refresher course though.  Different aspects of a photo are discussed.  Talks about how to fix problem areas on the subject.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

I wish I could live "in the sea'
This sounds and looks like a great book for kids who have not experienced the sea.
Rhyming very brilliant color children's story about life in the sea and all the creatures you might come across.
Things to do on the beach also are listed.  Other books in the series "I wish I lived' are highlighted at the end.

My T-Rex Gets a Bath
This book sounded so silly I just wanted to read it because I know it will have me laughing.
Children's rhyming colorful story of what happens after the toys have been picked up and it's time for the boys bath...with his T-Rex.
They decide on a game to play while getting scrubbed clean.
Some of the pages are very dark with dark lettering it's difficult to see.
Cute story and a free gift.

35 easy Weeknight Dinners
Each recipe has a list of ingredients and directions. Has serving suggestion but not how many servings it will yield. No nutritional  information and no pictures.
Variations on chicken dishes.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Homemade Candles by Emily Thomas
I remember watching my mother make seashell candles by burying them in the sand of a mold. She had many tall column type ones.
Starts out with the basics of candle making and the equipment you will need.
I recall also unpeeling crayons labels to use as coloring for her candles.
And we'd go in the backyard to pick gallons of bayberries to melt down for scents. Very detailed instructions along with a few pictures.
Very useful information for the types described.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin
Children's colorful book about autumn things. Words scroll up and down as the pages turn with fun things the family does during fall weather.
The come across a lot of different people as the pumpkin rolls down the street.

The daughters  by  Celt_ Adrienne
Story follows one of the daughters, Greta and her musical career in Chicago and over in Poland where the family originated from.
The sisters all seem to have a curse placed on their daughters from birth.
Like how the story goes back in time to when the curse originated.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Perfect Pirogi Recipes
Have loved eating these and have discovered the company has other flavors available.
Starts out with what pirogi are and their history, summary of how to make them yourself, how to cut stuff and seal them, and different methods of how to cook them.
Then it has chapters on how to do each of the above in more detail. There is no nutritional information and no pictures.
Very detailed directions on how to make them suing various methods.
Love the idea of not only cheese, potato but also fruit fillings and toppings. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Herb Gardening The Beginner's Guide
Have several large gardens during the summer and use a lot of different spices and herbs so thought I'd learn a bit more about how to make one.
Everything is included, what to plant-the most popular, where in the garden,
Lots of things to consider, room, light, drainage, soil, etc.
Free gift online also works by the author are at the end.

 Grandma's Meat Pies
Starts out with a lot of information about making the meat pie. Chapters on how to make different types of pies with different ingredients.
Recipes have ingredient list, how to make them and how to cook them. No nutritional information and no pictures. Different types of pies: chicken, meats, lamb, etc.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Also a clickable free gift.

Mug Cakes
Fun and easy way to make gifts for your friends and family.
Microwave a cake in a mug with ingredients you have on hand.
No pictures and no nutritional information. Carrot cake and raisins would be my selection.
Lots of flavors to choose from and with price of dollar store mug it's a perfect gift.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

On high steel, the education of an ironworker by  Cherry_ Mike
Listened to this on audio tape. Always like to learn about other careers and how they do their jobs.
Hand signals help them do their jobs, a language only they understand.
Interesting day at work and the secrets depending on what floor you are working on. So fascinating.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park by -Casad_ Mary Brooke
I listened to this book on tape but it states it's a colorful children's book.
Thought this might be about a local state park in CT that we've traveled to.
Bluebonnet is an armadillo and they travel to the state park and he finds Spike-the last known dinosaur. She follows the tracks left.
She discovers many other creatures...
Lots of Texas history is divulged and the author makes it easy for children to understand.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Books read Aug 2016

They Danced On by Carre Armstrong Gardner
Have read other works by the author and knew I'd enjoy this one. Again we are surrounded by the Darling family.
What I really like about the books is that they are about a family and there are many siblings, all the different careers, all the different ages and all the different ways God is in their life.
What struck me was the word "danced" on the front of the book. I've recently gotten my husband to dance with me, very seldom and we enjoy it, on a spur of the moment-out of the ordinary.
Love the instances in this book that the characters do get to dance. Loved hearing about the kids and their parents and the struggles they face in todays' time.
Felt such a strong bond to some of them as I've gone through some of what they have. The other tragedies I have not experienced for myself were devastating to hear about and how they copes with them.
Quite a meaningful book to read, you will get so much from it, no matter what your age.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

40 Cupcake Recipes: Cupcakes Recipe Book
Each recipe includes a color photo, summary of the cupcake, ingredient list and how to make the cupcake and frostings.
Very high fat content on the ingredients. No nutritional information.

Mary had A Sleepy Sheep
Found this hard to read with background colors.
Bold words can help you explain to the child what they mean. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: 25 Quick, Easy and Low-Calorie Recipes For Guilt-Free Meals
Recipes include a color photo, cook time, servings and ingredient list along with directions on how to make the dish.
There is no nutritional information and not all the dishes are healthy-some have high doses of sodium.
Desserts and drinks are also included.

A Dog in the Fog: Short Word Fun for Beginning Readers (Simple Books Book 3)
Reminds me of some of Dr. Seuss works. This is a colorful rhyming children's book.
Illustrations are great showing what the dog is doing.
Lots of other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Dump Dinner Cookbook: 40 Recipes to Cook with Your Skillet, Casserole Dish, Slow Cooker, and Dutch Oven (Freeze, Heat, and Eat Meals
Explains what a dump dinner is. One chapter devotes itself to skillet dinners.
Recipe comes with a chart of servings, prep/cook times, and nutritional information, ingredients and instructions on how to make the dish.
Other categories include dutch oven, casserole cooking along with other methods.
Free gift at the end.

Soup Recipes: 50 Simple, Delicious & Healthy Soups & Stews Recipes for Better Health and Easy Weight Loss (Delicious Soup Recipes)
Recipe includes a list of ingredients along with instructions and a table of nutritional information.
Too much sodium for us and we could use low sodium/fat chicken broth for some of the recipes. Lots of variety to choose from.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.


The Whole Food: 50 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes For an Easy & Stress Free Way To Prepare A Meal (Good Food Series)
This slow cooker cookbook starts out with the recipes, picture, servings, prep, cooktime and the ingredient list,
directions and some nutritional information: fat is not broken up into good/bad contents and no sodium listed.

Children's Book of Experiments: 30 Incredible Experiments for Young Scientists (Educational series for kids 4-9 years 1)
What I liked first off in this book is that the index shows exactly what you will need to do them by showing the pictures.
Shows you what to mix and even tells you why certain things happen and why.
Good for parents to help with these. Lots of great ideas for things you probably have around your house.

Adding Flavor: 50 Marinades, Sauces, Rubs, Spices and Toppings for Meats, Seafood, Pasta and Desserts (Sauce Bible & Mixing Spices)
The secrets are in this book-you make it yourself. There are listings for all kinds of food seasonings, along with nutritional information.
Taco seasoning would be our favorite as we'd use it even on chicken.
Free book at the end along with do's and don'ts.

Clean Eating: 100 Slow Cooker Recipes For A Full Week Of Clean, Cozy Meals (Good Food Series)
Recipes start out with a color photo, servings, prep and cook time and ingredients,
Some of the dishes have nutritional information.  Lots of good things to make, we'd have to substitute for less sodium.
Free ebook at the end and other works by the author are highlighted.

Chinese Cooking at Home: From Soups to Stir-Fry, 50 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion! (Asian Cuisine
Has introductory material on what makes Chinese food special.
Recipes include a photo, servings and ingredient list and instructions.
There is no nutritional information.  Stir fry is our go to.

Glorious One-Pot Meals: Top 50 Slow Cooker Recipes For A Revolutionary New & Healthy Approach to Slow Cooking (Good Food Series)
This slow cooker cookbook starts out with the recipes, picture, servings, prep, cooktime and the ingredient list,
directions and some nutritional information: fat is not broken up into good/bad contents and no sodium listed.
Has charts to help you, at the end, with shopping and cooking.

DIY Crafts (2nd Edition): The 100 Most Popular Crafts & Projects
I like the idea of the book but when you have to click to go to an online site that is not cool with me, include the picture in the booklet you wrote.
Maybe they don't own the instructions and are copying others work but are giving them credit ? 
I don't want to sign up to a newsletter, I just want to see the finished item picture.
Good projects for kids to do with adults.

100 More Easy Recipes in Jars
Like how the index is broken up into categories, making it easy to find just what you are looking for.
Tips on finding the right jar, the items that go into it, decorating the outside, etc.
Pictures of some of the projects as they are being made. There are links to go to the site online, where you sign up for a newsletter.
Not all the recipes have pictures. There is no nutritional information.

TEX-MEX COOKBOOK Tex-Mex Takeout Cookbook: Favorite Tex-Mex Recipes to Make at Home (Texas Mexican Cookbook)
Like how it describes the special ingredients that a tex-mex meal consists of.
Also a chapter on the tools and equipment to make it all easier.
Starts out with the prep/cook time and servings the dish will make, Ingredient list,
and detailed instructions on how to make the dish. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Some we'd be able to have on our low fat, low sodium diet-we'd have to substitute some of the ingredients.
Even has a section for desserts among the other common ones: dips, soups, sandwiches, etc. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Happy Hippo: A Silly Rhyming Picture Book for Kids
Colorful rhyming book for kids, very silly as it tells it's tale of what makes the hippo happy.
Funny hats page is the best for me as we take pictures of the family wearing them.
Easy words for a child to help read with a parent.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Wanted to read this book because our granddaughter had just visited some overseas countries  with a handful of other girls and chaperones.
Scared us to death knowing she would be so near where there was terror attacks but she was watched via other military friends of our son and even photographed at same locations as her and the others.
This one starts out in VA where Eva is just getting the kids out the door for school and husband Scott to work. After she leaves home the new elderly neighbor approaches her and informs her of a man asking about her and if she had men around.
Fred had never met her so didn't quite answer the man-he just wanted to alert Eva. At a lunch time meeting a gun is seen and shooting starts as the man wanted the women testifying in a case silenced. With her and her agent friend they have the area under control.
Her husband is involved with the new Supreme Court appointee and their lives surround the DC area. Never a dull moment. Although there are little things that happen they have time to pray as the clues come in, sometimes in droves, sometimes dribble til you get the idea they are a very active family.
Their work keeps them in the action, fast paced at times but easy to keep track of it all as it encompasse so many things.
Book also follows their daughter who's visiting Poland...more terrifying events occur as each of the parents work on other cases and their identities have been stolen...  There are many things I liked about this book: the mysteries and how they are linked, the travel and learning new words and procedures when in other countries along with how praying helps.
The one common thing is that praying to God seems to help them and their friends with their problems, even Kaeley who's in Poland...wicked good book and there is a list at the end of other works by the authors. Lots of twists that keep you so interested you will not put the book down.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Black Monday by William Manchee
Have read other series from this author and loved the books, enough that I went and bought the other 2 in the series.
Starts out 1987 black Monday for the stock market. He's involved in many things going on, an executor for an old woman who has passed away and the proceeds will go towards her dogs, another needs IRS to unfreeze his accounts or a man overseas could die...
Like the family time at home and the kids interactions.  Alternating chapters about other cases using a male/female narrators.
Female narrated portions are about Paula, Stan's partner at the business and she's handling a murder trail.
Really good read, wish I had read it from the first in the series but I didn't feel left out as they told us what we needed to know about their past working together.

The girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux
Story that is done in parts of a play. Casey is there cooking for the play participants and she's not aware of who really owns the house and oversees one taking a shower on the back porch. She later realizes who he is... and he's the actor that the town hopes to donate his time to the play.
Money will go to charity but they get off on the wrong foot. The drama of the auditions is quite comical as all those who should've won had overdone their little walks and talks.
They do get thrown together and Casey wants no part of being in the show, just feeding all those there.
Peacock is the hit of the story in my opinion as if he made things happen. Lots of controversy over things during the play and the outcome was amazing to me that the big boys really were watching!
Light reading.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

August 2016 Book Fun Magazine
From the very first page of the magazine this month I really like it. Starts out with a book I just got to review for The Book Club Network and on the page as it's very informative there are other books by the same author.
As previous months the in-depth interviews and more than just a summary of the books is enjoyable and very informative.
Hunting for Treasure and other works by Sandra Robbins captured my attention.
Some of the pages are hard to read as they have textured background or are very dark and lettering is also darkish ( I have eye issues so maybe it's just me).
Due to the stories and the beautiful pictures I feel as if I've been around the world the past 45 minutes.
Links for others to join the book club are included in the magazine.
It's a club where you get free books and you promise to post your reviews online, joining is free!

 Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow
 Like this approach to get kids to eat more healthier. Starts out and we learn that Blake is not feeling so well. He only likes candy and cookies and things that are sweet.
The words are rhyming and easy to read on some of the backgrounds.
He meets a new friend and he tells Blake how he can get more energy-enough so he can play.
There are notes for the parents to ask the child while they are reading along with them to pick out what foods are red and what part of the body they are good for.
Like a mini quiz and you've been given the answers to, if you were paying attention. Really like blue and purple pages.

No Crib for a Bed: an inspirational short story by Deborah Heal
Have enjoyed other works by this author and know this will be treasured as it's about a pregnant woman on Christmas Eve.
Book starts out with Robin and she helps run the pregnancy center and contemplates writing an article about Christian woman who have a child. The note from a man in the paper states more Christians should put their money where their mouth is.
The local cop stops by with his new partner and they have picked up a pregnant woman and a child and they have no where to stay. He's not gotten much information from her but Robin takes them in.
She is able to relate other facts to her via stories and to show her the ultrasound. Latisha was no ill informed of things....she learns the truth now to help her decide on what to do...
Was given this ebook as a gift from the author.

Always with You by Elaine Stock
Not sure I really wanted to read this book as it's about hateful racial crimes but I thought I'd give it a chance for those who believe in God to make it all right.
Story starts out with Isabelle and she's come to the school playyard before going to dinner with her father and grandmother. A group of boys attack her, tie her up and drag her to the school building. Tyler, from the faithful group comes to her rescue.
Her relatives don't really care for him as do none of the towns folk. Alternating chapters from Tyler as we follow his path also. They continue to see one another as he rescues her again from the bad gang.
She plans to attend college but that may be on hold if things go on like they have been. She'd have to convert to his religion, memorize passages and reciting.
Enjoyed learning about the area they hiked on their honeymoon-looked it up online even.
She finds out things and decides what she must do, lots of twists and turns and can't believe the ending how it brings some back together. Only til the truth is told does it make sense.
Reading guide at the end is included.  Wasn't as fearful as I thought i'd be.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Chicken Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious Super Easy 3 Step or Less Chicken Recipes for Family & Friends
Each recipe starts out with a great color photo of the dish, ingredient list, how to cook and variations along with detailed nutritional information.
Sodium in most of the recipes is quite high for us to enjoy but if we substitute other ingredients the recipes would be ok for us.
Chicken Caesar Wrap would be our selection to try first. There are many that sound appealing: lemon and use of honey.
What I also like is that there are so many different methods of cooking that is used.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end and some are free.

We've Seen Santa
Children's  book showing how the kids plan on finding out who Santa is. They want to catch him in the act.
Colorful pictures but words blend right into the background making it difficult to read.
Good rhyming book.

 I Love You! by Calee M. Lee
Children's colorful illustrated book about how a parent shows their child that they love them.
Besides using animals that are familiar they also show the action that is being talked about.
Like shooting star the best but they are all good. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Have read another book by this author and enjoyed it. This one starts out in 1700's and this time frame interests me as I recall a short lived TV show, covington crossings that I really liked because the female did everything her brothers did, even better at some things like archery.
Suzanne and her mother have their secret gotten in the hands of the bad guys and they msut flee leaving her father and brothers behind to defend from those who want to kill those who don't go along with the religion.
She was to marry Etienne and leave to rule over the Carribean estate of the family. The women head to her grandmother's and are stopped often along th eway trying to escape. They make it but she's not there, won't be for another week but others can tend to them...
Her whole life changes and Johan brings her to safety for a bit til things calm down. She thinks she can still get to the colonies...
So many come and go from her life as she attempts to make it to the colonies. Very good story line, enjoyed it.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

The List: an inspirational short story by Deborah Heal
Have read many of the author's other works and have enjoyed them.
This one starts out with Bill and he's dying, within a very short time and he's trying to finish his list.
He has special notecards that he's sending a note to all on the list. Interesting to learn why and what they contain.
He's upset his granddaughter hasn't come to visit and will she make it in time for the special note he has for her?
I received this book from the author via email in exchange for my honest review.


Dandelions by Vivienne Vincent

“There are no Rhett Butlers and Darcys in real life. Only Heathcliffs.”

An avant-garde romance that goes beyond sexual chemistry and digs deep into human nature and relationships.

Elizabeth Goodenough met Saber Fergus for the first time when she was eight and he was twelve. He broke her heart when she was eighteen. Ten years later, an unwitting mistake on Izzy’s part once again brings her face to face with the same one-night stand that once brutally crushed her.

But something seems different this time. Has her dark knight really transformed into a knight in shining armor, or is he playing her all over again?

My Review:

Dandelions by Vivienne Vincent
Story sounded interesting and the book starts out when Izzy is 8. She recalls the interaction she and Saber have and then 10 years later when she's working as a barrister and she spills a drink on him.
Her first date and it's with him and she expects him to come to the door and he waits for her near his car. They agree they must communicate better.
Like analogy of dandelion and how it's an illusion vs a rose she does accept from him.
Fan magazines have a different impression of how he really is...her dog Dandelion's decreasing health makes her want to cancel the date but they have not exchanged numbers.
He is very understanding and they come to a solution as he helps her with the dog.
He is so experienced and she is new to all the lovemaking, even kissing...
Very explicit sexual, ON FIRE details as he teaches her how to please him in many ways. The next day she realizes what has happened.
At times you feel sorry for her knowing her upbringing...
A Billionaire's Bedroom Behavior Unveiled
Another ten years later: This part of the story revolves around Saber Fergus and starts out with Izzy and her grandmother has died and she moved to NY to live with her uncle and aunt. She gets training to be a typist and leaves their house to make it on her own.
She's felt betrayed from the way Saber treated her after that one night and she is replused by many others who want a date with her over the years.
She had to finish writing a story of how Saber has inherited his family estate and he has a pen collection. She can really make the story go the other way by substituting some words and letting others know the real guy. So funny, til the story is printed!
She is told to apologize to him and he just wants to control her life and she can't refuse part of the proposition.
Didn't see that ending coming! Lots of twists and turns along the way. Easy to keep track of the characters as there are only a handful. Interesting where the book starts and ends-full circle.
High velocity sexual content with a good story line about human nature.
I received this book from the author via Goodreads contact in exchange for my honest review.

Under the Legend by Carolina Carter
What a story. Listening to it in fast mode makes it so much more appealing as the action is fast paced, but very understandable.
Book sounded interesting and always enjoy discovering yet another new author to me.
Nola has the endorsements to fly the airplane around the world, stopping at various locations for a live broadcast. Brandon is also the announcer of the broadcasts and he likes to take the lead.
They are following the path Amelia Earnhardt had gone.  Her GPS is messing up and she notices the sharks below in the water. She's low on gas and is looking for a place to land. She's got water and lunch and a life jacket.
She had seen a spot of land-if she had to the descriptions of what she's noticing below and how she keeps her head on straight. It's like we are there with her.
Nola remembers the man ... is she dreaming all this or dead? Once awake she tries to concentrate on where she could be as she has many questions and they are not giving her many answers. She's taken to Dr. Krader and he explains a bit more about the colony she's stumbled onto.
They make it nice to even consider, they'd give her a job at the newspaper and a place to live...although she really wants to get off the island and resume her life. She does meet others who could aid her but she's not sure she should trust them.
Interesting how the island works for deliveries and adult activities.  So cool that she never gives up trying to escape and the methods used no matter the consequences to her and others.
Wow the people she meets and why they are there! Lots of twists and not predictable by a long shot, very good read!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Feel the Heat
This book starts out with Fransceca and she's saving the life of a man who's unconscious from the fire in the building.
Alex thought it was a man that had saved him as he goes to thank her in the hospital. He soon is giving her food and everything else she wants, she had saved his life.
They get along very well til she learns who he is and that he knows her mother-the woman who left them when Fran was very young and she's attempting to get back into their lives again.
Fran just wants to do her firefighting job as she's now been accepted into the family at work but during her 2 month time off to heal the broken bone she does go out to eat with Alex... she's from the working class and he's from the other side of the tracks and she sees what that did to her own parents.
Love all the fire fighting talk and how things happened, the investigations and how they determine the causes. Enjoyed the jokes and facts about firemen.
Travel and locale of Rockford is very appealing=can just picture the town in upstate NY they could be referring to as we have relatives there-very nice area.
Enjoyed learning more about the career and how it started at the visit to the museum. I feel like I've been there-so descriptive.
Alex wants more than just being friends and she's upset because she really wants the same but he leaves...will they get back together and hash it all out?
Her mother wants a second steamy sex scenes but really enjoyed the fire mysteries more and learning new words.
Can't wait to read more from this series. Excerpt from Risking it All is included at the end. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Root, Petal, Thorn by  Ella Joy Olsen
Story line sounded interesting, wondering what I'd do with the same circumstances.
Starts out with Ivy and she's just lost her husband and she's got two children to raise. Her brother Stephen and Drew, his friend are nearby to help get her moving again.
Alternating chapters about the others who have lived in the same house throughout the years.
We find out the mysteries surrounding things Ivy has found as they lead to more clues as to the secrets they held.
At times it's confusing as to who is who, but the dates they lived in the house are key.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review.

Waste Free Kitchen: Save Money, Stay Organized & Reduce Waste
Starts right in with organizing the cabinets and how everything has its place.
Reuse containers and go paperless are just a few suggestions in becoming organized.
How to shop and save money and use coupons and sales. How to cook multiple meals and save them in freezer for another day.
Few recipes for quick meals, no pictures and no nutritional information.
Grow it yourself and make it rather than buying some items. Many uses for household things we already have, rather than buying expensive cleaning supplies.
Great tips and ideas.

Sell Everything: Get rid of all your stuff WITHOUT a yard sale!
Has listings of where to sell items online, by category and lists the pros and cons of each.
Great resource of information, Do your homework.

The Zebra Said Shhh
Colorful children's story abou the life of a zebra. Some pages are difficult to read the words due to the background color.
Lots of different animals do NOT want to go to sleep but the zebra tries to get them to listen to him.
At the end it tells you where they all sleep, their habitat, 10 different animals.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Regal Rose: the Ultimate Herb: History, Healing, Growing Roses (Herbal Amicus Book 3
Have read the previous book all about lavender and this was free so I thought I'd check it into also.
I do not grow roses at our house but love the feel of the soft petals and the fragrance.
This book covers it all, history, how to use the rose to heal some ailments and how to grow it and care for it throughout the year.
Recipes for tea and salve and other things are included.

Lavender the Universal Herb (Herbal Amicus Book 2)
While traveling to Sequim, WA we went past the lavender farm and was amazed at the size of it. I had recently ordered a live plant, not knowing it was coming from there
and I was able to keep it alive. Heard cats don't like it and I want the cats to stay out of my garden. I was able to separate it into 3 plants so I could run them around the border.
Very sturdy plant and I often walk by and brush my fingers against the plant and it's such a great smell.
History of the plant is discussed along with pictures.  Listing of ailments and how to use the lavender oil to help.
Has recipes for food products and also soap and lotions. Resources of where to obtain the plant is included, also online sources and how to care for the plant itself during and including harvest.

A Shower of Roses by Tom Milton
Won this book in a contest and just got around to readng it. Starts out where Eva and Marek are in London where he's a banker and does CIA work in Poland.
She is a USA pediatric nurse but it's going to take some time to be able to get the same job in London. She is friends with Julianna who plays the harspicord as her husband is freinds with Marek.
The girls don't hang out much. When Marek is back in town he invites other Polish males over and Eva notices they are being watched and notifies Marek...
Alternating chapters we learn of Eva and her parents life once they came to the USA. How Eva wanted to be a nurse and her schooling til the day she saw her father with a woman she wanted to hightail it away from them all...
Like how the book got it's title and what it symbolizes.  Wow didn't see that ending happening, lots of twists!
Enjoyed the travel and very descriptive roads and byways.

Sugar Free Crock Pot
Sounded like a good idea to check into these recipes.
Each recipe includes a color photo of the finished dish, ready to eat time, ingredients list of mostly fresh items,
Step by step instructions and other ways to prepare the dish as a different dish.
No nutritional information. Healthy chicken breasts would be the dish I'd want to try first.
Free ebook is also included at the end. Lots of recipes for stews, soups and even dips.
Has lists of things to buy at the store, to have on hand and other helpful charts.

ONE GREEN OMELET, PLEASE! (Adorable Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book, About Discovering, Appreciating, and Mindful Eating, for Beginner Readers, with 30 Illustrations, Ages 2-8
Have read many of the author's other works and have enjoyed the children's books.
Title reminds me of green eggs and ham! Colorful rhyming children's book about the family when they visit a nearby restaurant one Sunday after church.
It's buy and they offer a variety of food choices. Silly at times.
Her meal appears to be alive! She discovers all the treasures hidden under it.
Explains where all the food came from, great resource!  Another cute excerpt from another story is included at the end.
Free poster is clickable as a gift.

Weight Loss Workout Plan: 97 POWERFUL Fat-Blasting Exercises (Includes BONUS 18 Habits That Will Make You WANT to Work Out Every Day)!
Starts out with ideas on how to incorporate a workout into your daily commute into work.
The habits you create will become second nature if you do them daily. Easy things that you probably aren't even aware that you are doing already.
Myths and facts about food are also discussed. Free ebook is included at the end.
Weekly meal plan is also included. Some recipes are included but no nutritional information is listed. No pictures.
Lots of workouts included, with an without equipment.  Categorized sections are also listed making it easier to target a certain part of your body and the exercises that go with it.

5 Ingredients Cookbook: Over 50 Quick and Easy Scrumptious Meals
Starts out with cookie recipes but there are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Lots of categories and a few recipes per category. Much to choose from.