Thursday, November 16, 2017

Books Review: stinky Toe and The Zombunny by Dan Alatorre





Stinky Toe by Dan Alatorre
This book starts out with listing of other children's books works by the author.
This is a colorful children's rhyming story about a mom Jo, Mama Jo and her son Bo.
She is always telling him it's time to wash his stinky toe. He insists he does not have a stinky toe.
Thing I like about this book is the subject-it's not widely discussed but we all have this problem. 
He asks how it happens and I like the colorful pictures of where it happens...
Hilarious when he does discover yes indeed he has a stinky toe. Letters seem to get smaller as the story goes on and you can enlarge them on a tablet device.
About the author and illustrator are included at the end.
It's a keeper!
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.



The Zombunny by Dan Alatorre
This chapter book for young readers is about a bunny Tom.
Tom likes to play outside and he has a lot of bunny friends.
There are problems and Tom does not want to listen to his friends so they take him to a doctor who tells him how to fix the problem.
He needs a good night time sleep and he has to eat good healthy foods.
He gets better but not every night and that's when it happens: It effects everything.
I found this story delightful as it was told from a 2nd grader and how they describe the zombies.
The fact that a kid can get away with the words used is priceless.
Never thought about a zombunny-so original and cute.
Pictures are hand drawn depicting the scenes of the page in black and white.
Liked how the chapters were broken up so you could read one or two a night.
Real life situations arise-pinkeye, etc that make this all so realistic to todays world. Love the message this book sends.
Author bios at the very end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nov 14: Book Review Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec










Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
Book starts out with a letter from Aiden to Everett... he needs Everett to go to Cameron and help her out.
This is a story of a camp that was once a cotton plantation in the Civil War, 40 acres of land near Charleston, SC. The camp is now a safe haven for kids who are going through problems due to their parents who are/have served in the military and some ddn't return home or came back damaged.
The three kids: Cameron, Aiden and Everett all attended the camp during the summer months as her relatives ran the camp back then. It's now her project but after Aiden has left it's on her shoulders and this year the person in charge of doling out money has new requirements.
Everett has his own past that led him overseas to help others in need to return after the letter and drank himself til his brother stepped in and got him in rehab.
She needs help and hopes he will come to her aide. It's all for a good cause...
Story is told with alternating chapters between them and at times it goes back in time and other times it's the present. Took me a while to get the hang of that although I've read many books in this same format.
What I like about this book is the location, the planned activities for the kids, help the counselors can give the children and parents alike and how those involved all come together to make it happen, hopefully for more years down the road.
The stories are hard to hear about, struggles they endure, heartaches and death. Some truths you just don't even hear about til it comes out at the end.
Adult sexual scenes.  Wow surprise ending, didn't see it coming.
Received this review copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Net Galley and this is my honest review.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Books read Nov 13








Healthy Five Ingredient Recipes: Delicious Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less (Five Ingredient Cooking Series Book 2)  by Hannie P. Scott
Book starts out with an introduction, free gift, table of contents and table of abbreviations used for measuring.
Listing of other books the author has written are listed.
Each recipe starts out with a title, servings and ingredients which you should be able to substitute for a healthy choice for your dietary needs: low fat, low sodium, etc.
Most are fresh ingredients on the low side of sodium already. There are directions in how to make.
There is no pictures and no nutritional information but the ideas and recipes are awesome.
What I like about this book are the fresh ingredients that are healthy on their own and how to make them into snacks. For places where it calls for beans I'd make them myself from soaking overnight rather than from a can.
Love taco seasoning mix as I have all the ingredients and needed to replenish ours on the shelf as we use it on our chicken when we roast.
Zucchini fritters and peanut butter energy bars which we'e made a bit different sound like ones I'll be trying this week.
A KEEPER!



Penguin Christmas: Christmas Stories, Christmas Jokes, Games, Activities, and More! by Uncle Amon
Book starts with offer of a free gift and other fun activities along the way with a lot of Christmas stories.
Love the colorful, children's Christmas collections. Each of the penguins are named after a trait: gracious, loving, sharing and each have their own story to tell.
Story with meanings. Especially love the one about knitting hats for all the penguins as I am a knitter and do make hats for those less fortunate.
Jokes and mazes and other books by the author are highlighted at the end.



Make Ahead Meals: Quick and Healthy Dinner and Lunch Recipes: Low Carb, Low Cal, Low Fat by Jesse Morgan
Have quite a few over the years and always looking for new ones to add to the freezer.
This book starts out with a free gift about food safety guide tips on shelf life and a table of contents along wtih an intro.
Author mentions other books he's written as well and how others helped write this book.
Tells the difference between fresh and freezer meals in many categories and how to preserve them properly.
States what you can and shouldn't freeze.
Recipes start out with a color photo, title, low fat and servings, prep and cook time. Has a list of fresh ingredients that you should have no problem substituing for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar, etc.
Instructions  are included. Nutritional information includes calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, protein, sodium and sugar.
Like some of the recipes because they are for two so if you do double it there's still enough for the meal that night. Would substitute canned items for fresh or make overnight the day before.
Turkey wrap would be my favorite to try but using turkey from a fresh baked turkey, NOT deli turkey.
Don't like so much use of canned products-way too much sodium.



50 Amazing Christmas Cookies Recipes - The Best Holiday Cookies (The Ultimate Christmas Recipes and Recipes For Christmas Collection Book 3)
Book starts with a table of contents and an short intro along with a link for getting more of the authors works.
Each recipe includes a title, list of ingredients and how to make
There are no pictures and no nutritional information and not even servings.
So many of these I make every year to send to the kids or to give away.
Think I'll keep this one around so I have all my recipes in one place on my tablet.
Too much butter for us to consume even one cookies never mind sodium.



Cooking with the Authors of Summer Heat by Caridad Pineiro
Cookbook starts out with a table of contents, intro and listing of recipes in no particular order and the authors names.
Each recipe has a title and tells you what book it came from and the author's name. A summary of the dish in the story and tips.
A list of ingredients and how to make it. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Like the book parts more than the recipes because there are no pictures.
Novellas in the Summer Heat collection are noted at the end.




Meatloaf Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious Meatloaf recipes, 30 bonus crock pot recipes by Nancy Kelsey
Starts with a table of contents  and then the recipes.
Each recipe starts with a title, total prep and cook time along with servings.
Color photo and list of ingredients that you should have no problem substituting for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar, etc
Directions are included along with variations. Wish recipes had their own page or at least started on a new page. Some ingredients are listed in English measurement so it's a bit of a trick to determine how much they really want you to use.
I'd not use any canned products but fresh tomatoes and other items.
30 bonus recipes also included which the recipes include a title, prep and total time, servings, list of ingredients and how to make. No pictures and no nutritional information.



Homemade Popsicle Recipes: 50 treats for kids (Cooking with Kids Series) by Debbie Madson
Although we don't have kids here any longer we do like Popsicles without added sugar.
This book starts out  with a short intro about the authors website and tips for when kids help out.
Tools you will need, read through the recipes, make sure you have all ingredients and supplies and how to use molds.
Color pictures along the way with a table of contents.
Recipe start with a title, ingredient list and how to make them. Servings is included.
Color photo on the next page.  Not all recipes have a color photo.
There is no nutritional information and you should be able to cut down or substitute for the sugar by using other fruits and spices.
Like the idea of a creamsicle and jello ones. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.




Willy the Dinosaur & the Magic Cake (Bedtime story about a Dinosaur) by Robert B. Grand
This is a cute children's colorful story about a dinosaur who's having his fifth birthday and he wants all his friends to come for cake.
He was told the cake was magic and he'd be granted a wish so he ate it all up. Friends didn't want to stay then so he helped make another cake and apologized and hoped they'd come back for magic cake.
Like the story and words are easy to see with colors used.




The Little Blue Digger and the Christmas Tree - A Festive Construction Site Story for 2-5 Year Olds by Harriet Tuppen
Had just read the book about how the blue digger came to help others when they needed him.
This story is about how the long necked orange digger could help when needed also, but in a different way then the blue digger.
Love all the machines and what they can do in this colorful children's book.




Louisiana Cooking: Easy Cajun and Creole Recipes from Louisiana by Sarah Spencer
Book starts out with an explanation about the difference between Creoe and Cajun.
Table of contents has many categories to choose from.
Free gift offer. Introduction about the area and differences between the cultures.
Recipes start with a title, cook, prep time and servings. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs-low sodium, low fat, etc
There are a large selection of spices and herbs used and there is a list of directions.
There are NO pictures and there is no nutritional information.
Not so sure about eating alligator and rabbits and other creatures.


35 Healthy Chicken Recipes For Your Slow Cooker by Pamela Kazmierczak
Starts with introduction and table of contents. Each recipe starts with a title, short summary and list of ingredients and they do use low sodium products.
Directions are included along with serving suggestions.
There are no pictures and there is no nutritional information.
You should be able to substitute a can of diced tomatoes for the fresh product itself-no sodium that way.
No servings are mentioned either but should be enough for 3-4 people.




(2017 Holiday Book Festival Grand Prize Winner!) Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure by John Arvai III 
Colorful children's book about Christmas ornaments and about how it all started with them on the tree.
Helpers come on Christmas eve and straighten things up, fix lights, guard milk and cookies for Santa and make sure Santa can see the glow to your house.
The family tree ornaments, a toy solider and a leaders of the Thompson family tree named FAO watched as the cat knocked the star down into a gift bag and it ends up missing as a relative takes it to her house by accident.
Great tale as you track down all the details of the big mystery and how it's all fixed.
Cute story.


Goodnight, Swampy the Little Monster By Ellie J. Woods and A. Keegan
Colorful children's book about a mother. The colors are not so brilliant and the words are a bit frilly, making it hard to read as they are not uniform in size.
Cute story and my favorite scene was the ladder to climb into the tub. Like rituals before bed, good habits to get into.
A good nights sleep is a good thing for everybody.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Things My Grandmother Taught Me About Organized Living
Book starts out with a table of contents and an introduction on their grandmother.
There are chapters on food genius, morning routine, housekeeping and much more.
Lots of tips that are highlighted along the way showing you how to deal with things that will free up time you get to spend with your family when all are gathered at home.
Routines make it all worthwhile I have discovered and make things run smoothly.






Christmas Cookies - Just Like Your Mother Used To Make by Charlotte Stevens
Book starts out with free gift, table of contents.
Each recipe has a title, temperature, time and servings.
List of ingredients and you might be able to substitute for a healthier dietary needs-low sodium, low sugar, etc
Directions are included, some with frosting even.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
Some I felt were more everyday cookies as we would use them as.
Some of the same exact recipes by Joan Chadwick, not sure what the connection is.




Christmas Cookie Recipes - These Are Your Mother's Christmas Cookie Recipes by Joan Chadwick
Book starts out with free gift, table of contents.
Each recipe starts with a title, temp, time and servings and list of ingredients. You might be able to substitute for a healthier dietary needs-low sodium, low fat, etc
There are directions.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
Some of the same recipes from the cookbook by Charlotte Stevens, not sure what the connection is.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 9: Book Review: Their Christmas Miracle by Lynne Marshall



Book Synopsis:

Hunter Wood wants to be respected. A talented cook, he’s ventured out on his own, opening a breakfast and lunch diner in Charity, Montana. He’s got a lot to prove—mostly to himself—and more than a few people to convince he’s a changed man. 

Tracy Blevin is a registered nurse and pie baker extraordinaire, who is drawn to a most unlikely man, Hunter Wood. A nurturer by profession, she likes to feel needed, but the only thing Hunter needs her for is her pies. Their friendship has changed over the last six months as business partners. The more time Hunter spends with Tracy, the more he finds things to like about her. She's smart, organized, and...those bright green eyes and delicate mouth are really starting to get to him. Maybe it's time to move beyond just partnership... 

When a Montana winter car crash leaves a baby an orphan, Godfather Hunter, lives up to his promise, taking in the ten-month old. With the season of miracles upon them, Hunter can no longer deny his strong attraction towards Tracy. Is her life-long wish for her own family finally being answered this Christmas?

Author Bio:



Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children she is super proud of, is a dog lover, cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!



My Review:

Their Christmas Miracle by Lynne Marshall  #TheirChristmasMiracle #NetGalley
Story starts out with Tracy who's a nurse fulltime but also gets up early to bake desserts for Wood's Cafe. Lately she's been running into the boss Hunter himself.
He's a very quiet keep to himself kinda guy but she gets to talk and he divulges some of his secrets of the past. He asks her questions about her life also and tells him some, but not all.
He shows up at her door one night with his cousins baby that he's caring for and she helps get him off to sleep, and tells Hunter to get some rest also. Over the pages we learn more about each of them, the cafe in Charity and why Hunter is going to end up with the child.
Love hearing of how he takes care of the child, like a first time parent with amazement at what the child is doing-so real. There are misunderstandings and you wonder if they will ever bridge the gap again...
Few characters and like recap of things to come with them and others in the community. Love just all the little surprises, you don't have to look hard to find them.
Other works by the author and Tule Publishing are highlighted at the end. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Received this review copy from the author via Net Galley and this is my honest review.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Book Release: Their Christmas Miracle by Lynne Marshall

Title: Their Christmas Miracle 
Author: Lynne Marshall
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2017 
Hunter Wood wants to be respected. A talented cook, he’s ventured out on his own, opening a breakfast and lunch diner in Charity, Montana. He’s got a lot to prove—mostly to himself—and more than a few people to convince he’s a changed man.
Tracy Blevin is a registered nurse and pie baker extraordinaire, who is drawn to a most unlikely man, Hunter Wood. A nurturer by profession, she likes to feel needed, but the only thing Hunter needs her for is her pies. Their friendship has changed over the last six months as business partners. The more time Hunter spends with Tracy, the more he finds things to like about her. She’s smart, organized, and…those bright green eyes and delicate mouth are really starting to get to him. Maybe it’s time to move beyond just partnership…

When a Montana winter car crash leaves a baby an orphan, Godfather Hunter, lives up to his promise, taking in the ten-month old. With the season of miracles upon them, Hunter can no longer deny his strong attraction towards Tracy. Is her life-long wish for her own family finally being answered this Christmas?
Lynne Marshall used to worry she had a serious problem with day dreaming, until she discovered she was supposed to write those stories. Now traditionally published with Harlequin for more than ten years with over twenty-five books as a category romance author, and more recently published with TULE Publishing, she has also gone hybrid with four books. She is a Southern California native, has been married to a New Englander for a long time, and has two adult children of whom she is super proud. She is also an adoring grandmother of two beautiful little girls, a woman of faith, a dog lover (Milo can vouch for that), a cat admirer, a meandering walker, a curious traveler, and an optimistic participant in this wild journey called life.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review: A Tumbled Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock






A Tumbled Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock
Book starts out with Andrea in the Saskatchewan wilds where she lives with her foster parents.
She's in charge of the farm animals and they are cruel and it's hard work.
Desolate prairies and barren lands and she's pregnant from her boyfriend and she will be leaving for a year to stay with the sister of the foster mother.
Story also follows Alex and he's on his way to find his sister-he assumes she was also put in foster care when they were younger.
Alternating chapters and Andrea learns from her new location that God is not mad at her and she has friends who help her understand God.
Alex and his wife are on the trail and know where she was prior to leaving the area...
Andrea brings them all together over time and she has choices and many options from all directions. Like that the characters are not all thrown together in one big lump but gradually so you can get their story down before others are introduced.
Like the fact that family matters and how it helps here.  Love how they list the pro and cons of the situation and it helps clear her mind, also praying to God.
Love what the stone does for her...Story has a bit of everything for your reading pleasure: romance, travel, family situations, mysteries, and forgiveness.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author via The Book Club Network and this is my honest opinion.

Nov 6: Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Love and Other Hazards by Claudia Riess.







Love and Other Hazards Book Summary:
Glenda Fieldston is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her seven-year-old daughter, Astrid, when Eugene Lerman comes walking by with his eight-year-old daughter, Meredith, a schoolmate of Astrid’s. The families spot each other, Glenda and Eugene engage in long-range cursory assessments, and then they go their separate ways.

But not for long. Glenda and Eugene cross paths professionally soon after, and circumstances at work bring them into close association. So begins a friendship fraught with complications. Glenda’s independence is self-imposed and fierce. Eugene’s was foisted on him by a wife who left him. Although Glenda’s and Eugene’s personal demons are incompatible, their longings are, confoundedly, in harmony. Their cautious friendship is further inhibited by past and present relationships, and it remains to be seen if they can break out of their set ways to make a break for uncharted love.

Price/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Genre: 
Family Life, Romance
Pages: 
256
Publisher: 
River Grove
Release: 
May 10, 2017
ISBN: 
9781632991225

Amazon buy link
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B071P4FLK2?tag=tributebooks-20

Barnes and Noble buy link
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-and-other-hazards-claudia-riess/1126420588?ean=9781632991225

iTunes buy link
https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-and-other-hazards/id1238526584?mt=11&at=10lu5f&ct=w





Author Bio:





Claudia Riess's Bio:
Claudia Riess is a Vassar graduate who has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker magazine and Holt, Rinehart and Winston books and has edited several art history monographs. Her first novel, “Reclining Nude,” was published by Stein and Day. Oliver Sacks, author of “Awakenings,” had said her first book was “exquisite—and delicate… a most courageous book, full of daring—a daring only possible to a passionate and pure heart.”

The author divides her time between the Hamptons and Manhattan with her husband, Bob.
 





My Review:

Love and Other Hazards by Claudia Riess.
This book starts right in with adult situations although it's a little girl that is crawling all over a male unclothes statue.
Mother is there and uses it as a learning experience. There is also a man there with his little daughter and they realize both the kids go to the same school.
The adults are not compatible but they are thrown together at work.  
Enjoyed learning about Russian foods at dinner and how the words are defined.
Didn't care for how some will have sex with others although seeing another. It's just the way I was brought up.
This is NY and you can feel the atmosphere of the locations of where each live. Misunderstandings occur and men are mishandled. 
Discussing who the father is having sex with is just not my idea of a family talk. Sex itself doesn't really show they care much for the other as it's more an animal instinct to have sex.

There are a lot of characters and I got easily confused as to who was who.



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