Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Spotlight: DRIVEN TO KILL (JASON #17) by John Dalglish



The body of a young woman is found tossed like trash on the side of the interstate. 
In their search for the killer, Jason and Vanessa are thrown into the unfamiliar world of big rigs and over-the-road truckers . 
With an ever changing suspect list, they find themselves racing to catch a monster who is DRIVEN TO KILL. 


John Dalglish was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to the U.S as a boy in 1975.
He is the author of three different series that he refers to as 'Clean Suspense' novels.

He and his wife, who does his book covers, have three sons and six grandchildren.
They hope you enjoy reading their books as much as they do producing them.



Just finished book #16 after reading all 16 in a few days. 
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Another wonderfully written, clean and enjoyable suspense mystery. 
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DRIVEN TO KILL (JASON #17) by John Dalglish
Like this book from the very start because the events and details are so descriptive I feel like I am there.
Starts out with Jason Strong being paired with Vanessa Lane for the investigation of the murder victim. Thing that struck me was that locally we had some of the same things happen to ladies of the night many decades ago.
Multiple murders as this story goes along with similarities among the other murder scenes involving other police agencies that compare what evidence they've collected and all the leads..
Love all the technical things that go on with the investigation and how up to date the technology is. To think this is book 17 already and I've yet to read any of the other works by this author or the series.
Don't feel as if I'm missing out on any information about prior investigations
Handful of characters and easy to keep track of them.
What I really like is that the whole case is solved in one book-that does not go on for 600 pages. With that being said I can't wait to read more of the authors works.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch
Starts out with Scottie and her new husband Michael as they are traveling through Italy towards their new house.
They have relocated to Italy and Michael will sell tractors. He works at Ford but we also learn other hidden screts about him.
Story also follows Scottie and her past life and her hidden secrets.
Love descriptions of the landscape and people and history as they drive along. To arrive and have nothing there I don't know what I'd do myself.
When the characters are talking in Italian there are Englsih translations so you are not lost.
Robertino is employed by Michael to help him spy on his wife and others. He also takes Scottie around the town aclimating her to the locale.
Lots of action, horses, adventure and mysteries. Just when you think the secrets are out there are more hidden. Sexual scenes and some swearing.
Lots of different plots in this book, easy to keep track of them and I found it interesting to learn of things from so long ago. Resources quoted at the end.
Recieved this review copy via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review: Take a Chance on Me by Jane Porter

Take a Chance on Me by Jane Porter
This book starts out with Ty James and he has Amanda Wright styling his hair at her salon.
She falls in love with his masculine looks (she and her sister Charity are romance novel addicts).
Later Bette stops in with lunch before her weekly visit and she learns now who Tyler really is-Bette's grandson.
She is able to track him down at The Graff Hotel and lets him know she doesn't like the deception of arriving early and not letting his grandmother know he's in town.
He's a game developer and he learns his grandmother wanted Amanda to show him around town to show how much she loved this area and she's busy in the community.
Love catching up with other characters in the town of Marietta, MT as I've read all the books and other author's works from this area.
Ty is really there because his grandmother wants to change her will to leave everything to Amanda and he just wants to check her out-make sure she's not being taken advantage of.
Ty has to leave due to the tech giant talks but his mind is still on Amanda and Marietta.
Love the idea of the birthday club and what's all involved-prescious!
Like how this book brings it all together full circle with other books and families in the series.
Other works and excerpts from the series are included.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Book Spotlight: Beach Bliss by Joanne DeMaio


Have a seaside seat with the beach friends in this irresistible novel from New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio.

Blue skies and smooth seas return to the coastal community of Stony Point. Until a new arrival in this little New England beach town sets forth a competition like no other. As the temperature rises beneath the summer sun, so do the antics and good-natured fun.

Join Jason Barlow, Maris, Kyle, Elsa and the rest of the gang for another unforgettable season at the shore. The sound of gulls and lapping waves are calling you to the page ... for a summer read that's purely Beach Bliss 


Author Bio

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Beach Bliss is her eleventh novel. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

To learn more about the author, visit She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.


Beach Bliss by Joanne DeMaio
What I like about this book is they bring you up to date but not give away all the previous books secrets.
Everybody is going in different directions but they do come together. Men are having competitions to find out who would be the best godfather for Aria now that Celia has moved back to the point near the Inn.
Excited to learn about what dishes others like that Elsa will serve once the Inn is open.
Maris is busy working on Neil's novel and feels she's failing misersably but others are putting their two cents in.
Jason is busy at all kinds of things design wise and now a tv show.
Kyle and Lauren have moved to the point while still working at the diner.
So much fun the group does have by themselves or together. Love the ocean and I love hearing the Italian phrases Sal would use. Said out loud to my spouse the other day when at the ocean that we need to bring a glass jar and bottle up the air.
Like this book also because there are all different ages and you learn their current problems and how they are fixed.
Always find treasures in this author's books, so informative on so many subjects.
Received a review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Books read Mar 13

Diet: The Quick & Easy Guide to Healthy Eating So You Lose Weight  by Sarah Talene
This book starts out with a table of contents where chapters are broken up into different categories, not meals.
Introduction  talks about how this book can help you and about healthy eating.
Each week is devoted to certain food groups and gives you a selection of foods to eat.
Free book is offered among the pages.
Shopping list is also included.  How to eat healthy when you eat out is another good chapter.
Seven day meal plan is also included for 3 meals each day.
Eat power food and examples are given, different spcies and herbs also.
Smoothie recipes are included that have a summary, title, list of ingredients - no directions if you need to do something special to them, other than run through the blender.
Soup recipes are included and they do come with directions.
No pictures and no nutritional information.
Reasons why you don't lose weight and what to change.
Free gift offer at the end and table of contents.

Crock Pot Cookbook: 50 Crock Pot Recipes for Healthy Families(healthy crock-pot recipes,slow cooking all year round,slow cooking methods,vegetarian crock-pot recipes,slow cooker vegan, cooking pot) by Patrice Clark
Starts with a table of contents where each is devoted to a meal. Free gift offer and intro about why use the pot.
Each recipe starts with a title, small color photo, prep and cook time and servings. Level is easy, medium or hard.
List of ingredients-some parts of the recipe are using metric, some american.
You should be able to substitute for your healhtier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar, low sodium products.
Directions are included.  No nutritional information.
Recipes do not start at the beginning of a page.
Free gift offer at the end.

Sous Vide Cookbook: 180 Modern Sous Vide Recipes - The Art and Science of Precision Cooking at Home (Plus Cocktails)  by Tina B.Baker 
This book starts with a table of contents where each one specializes in one item: how to cook sous vide, equipment, egg recipes, vegetable and fruit recipes, poultry, beef and lamb,  pork, fish, cocktails and sauces and desserts.
Free gift is offered. Intro tells you how to cook sous vide.
Quick reference guide for meats and what temperature they need to cook thoroughly, shellfish, fish, veggies, etges, etc.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep and cook time and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to use healthier options for your dietary needs: low fat, low sugar, low sodium products.
Directions are given along with some nutiriton facts: calories, total fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, total carb, fiber, protein.
Each recipe does not start at the top of a new page.
No sodium levels nor pictures.
As you go through the recipes the format and information all changes-it's from a total different source.
Each recipe in this section starts with a title, prep and cook time, servings. Nutritional information-not sure of portion size: calories, fat - NOT broken up into good or bad, sodium, carbs, fiber, protein and list of ingredients.
Directions are included.
Different formats alternate. 

Mexican: Easy Recipes 2 (Mrs. Goodfood's Around The World in 20 Recipe Books): Beginner´s Guide by Neyda Goodfood 
This cookbook starts out with a table of contents where chapters are broken up into meals.
Intro talks about culture and traditions of the area.
Each section has a summary and history of that particular item.
Each recipe includes a title, color photo, summary of the dish and where it originated from.
List of ingredients and how to make the dish.
There is no nutritional information but comes with other servings suggestions.
Uses mixed measurements, metric and american in same recipe.
Comes with a glossary of a few terms used.

Instant Pot for Two Cookbook: The Very Best Instant Pot Recipes for Two People by Nicola Waters 
Book starts out with free gift.  Explanation of abbrevaitions of terms used: sf, wa, v, and f. Table of contents where chapters are broken up into different products: chicekn,beef, etc.
Intro about the pot itself, covers everything and then some, how healthy it is, how safe, how easy to clean, etc.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, prep and cook time. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products. Also I'd substitute for canned and prepackaged items by using fresh.
Directions are given and there is some nutrutiohal information per serving: calories, total fat, sat. fat, protein, carbs, fiber and sugarNO sodium levels.
There are NO pictures.
Read the directions all the way through because some use other equipment that you may not have.

Stylish bites – appetizers. Cookbook: 25 fast recipes for any occasion by Daniel Hall
Book starts out with an offer of a free gift, Table of contents where everything is a appetizer: starters, small plates, stylish bites, and sips recipes.
Introduction has many ways of preparing the dishes and notes each one.
Each recipe starts with a title, color photo, prep and cook time and servings.
List of ingredients and some you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, and low sugar products.
I would also swap out canned items for fresh ones. Directions are included..
There is no nutritional information.
Barley granola bites would be our choice for our healthier lifestyle.
Each recipe does NOT start at the beginning of a new page so you might miss some.

Al E. Gator: Short Stories, Games, Jokes, and More! (Fun Time Reader Book 34) by Uncle Amon 
Have read many other works from this author and they contain a lot of fun things.
This one starts out with a talb eof contents, free gift,  and a story about al e. gator and how he comes to the rescue.
Fun activity is included.
 Other stories with colorful pictures are included.  Funny jokes for kids are also included at the end.
Maze puzzles-so fun, along with the solutions, about the author is included at the end.

15-Minute Body Fix (3rd Edition): Resize Your Thighs, Blast Belly Fat & Sculpt Lean Arms! (Exercise) by Linda Westwood, 
This book starts out with a table of contents where workouts get their own chapters for different body parts.
Section on who will benefit from this book. An intro about physical fitness and some guidelines.
Love that it mentions you have to start eating healthier to make the workouts all beneficial.
Free book offer.
Each cahpter starts out with good descriptions and explains it in simple terms.
There are no diagrams or phtoos. Sneak peak at other books. 

Doctor Kangaroo: A Silly Rhyming Children's Picture Book by Gerald Hawksley
Colorful silly rhyming children's storay about a zebra and a crocodile.  Other animals and birds are also mentioned.
Every one has a problem and they send for the doctor-kangaroo.
He fixes them up real quick.  love that there are so many different animals in this book.
Jokes at the end. And a maze puzzle. Memory test. Bonus of five little monkeys is included.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Secrets in summer by Nancy Thayer
Starts out with Darcy and she's inherited her grandmothers house on the island. She had married young after college where she waitressed to make ends meet. She met Bose and they date and get married to divorce years later.
She's the librarian for children's section on the island and it's summer where the island blossoms to tens of thousands of visitors. She figures out who's renting the house behind her hedge-her ex and his new family. She listens to many of the conversations from the other side and is able to stop the island 20 year old try to persaude the 14 year old girl of taking drugs.
She also becomes friends with the older woman who has visitors for the summer also. Love hearing of the confrontations along with steamy scenes with her boyfriend Nash, an island contractor.
Growing up on an island reminds me of this where everybody knows everybody business and then some. Love the dream of the yarn shop by Susan, a friend.
Everybody has a secret and Darcy seems to hear them all and then some...
Fascinating to learn of all the drama but it's real life also.
From NLS for my BARD player.

 The Family We're Born With (Finding Family Book 1) 
 Had read another book by this author and enjoyed this one because it is about finding your true family.
Love how some spend a lot of money to track down their brother. It's Christmas and the mother is meeting her son that she gave away.
Like how others are around to help celebrate and how they are able to open up to one another.
Didn't care for the homosexual sex scenes at all-jumped over them, was only reading because of all the other content.

The Healthiest Shopping List (2nd Edition): 43 Healthiest Supermarket Finds Revealed! by Olivia Rogers
Starts with a table of contents where chapters are broken up into food categories.
Introduction is about food and what is healthy and what is not.
First Chapter starts with Healthy veggies and fruits. A brief summary of this section and then each food is broken up into paragraphs where it tells you what specific parts are the most nutritious.
Offer of a free book is placed among the chapters-several times.
Other chapters include healthy proteins, drinks, whole grains, healthy dairy, .
Good listings is great as a reference.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Books read March 9

The Consequences of Loving Colton 
Story starts out when Milo and Colton are friends because of her brother is his best friend. She has a crush on him and he does kiss her one time in the pool.
Years later she's graduating from college and they are attending her brother Jason's wedding-in their back yard so everybody has jobs to do to make this a happy occasion.
Milo has a boyfirned that is gay but he doesn't come acorss that way.  There's always been a big competition between Colton and Milo.
Like all the chaos with everybody and how things happen from events in the past. Love how they ousted the bride.
Alternating chapters from the main characters so you get to hear each of their side at the same time.
Anything that could go wrong did and then a whole bunch more-so comical at times.
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Chocolate for Breakfast (The Swiss Chocolate Series Book 1) by Martha Reynolds 
Bernadette is heading to Switzerland with some others she knows to study for a year there.
Bernie ends up with a very tiny apartment and has to take a shower in the landlords apartment downstairs.
Lisa her friend gets to have a whole floor to herself and a  lot of other perks.
Timmy ends up with another male and they get along great. All attend college and enjoy seeing the countries nearby.
Bernie has friended the bank clerk and ends up at his apartment one night and months later she finds her self pegnant. 
Back home and things have hcanged. Story advances a few years later. Surprises and so many more secrets are revealed.
She also finds out more about the clerk from others and her OB doctor. She has options and Lisa's landlord helps her out.
Love hearing of the other countries as I will probably not get to visit in my lifetime and it's fun to hear what the food is like, never mind the land and travel.
Story is good.  Excerpt from the next book in the series is included at the end.

Ann Can't Sleep by April Peter
Colorful children's rhyming book about Ann and she is having a hard time sleeping at night.
She tries many different things, even sleeping with one of her friend stuffed animals.
It's cool to see who helps her get to sleep. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

AMANDA'S DREAM (Winning and Success Skills Children's Books Collection Book 1) 
Free book offer. This book starts out with Amanda and she never laugs or giggles or smiles.
Colorful pictures on just about every page helps tell the story of how sad she is.
A fairy comes and helps her to understand what a wish is and what a dream is.
She knows what she wants and she gets her dad to help start it all off. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Quotes from famous people is included at the end.
Free gift offer.  Author bio at the end.

Maisie McDonald's Diary (Book for Children Age 7+) by Shelley Macbryde
Like how this book starts off with the beginning of summer and the teacher has asked them all to keep track of what they do for the summer because they will need it for when they return in the fall.
Maisie decides on a journal of sorts, like a diary. She's good at writing lists of things to do, for money and her true wish. She does a lot more things around the house and hopes others notice.
Her best friend leaves for a while but she was having the dog boarded while away. She helps a boy who lost his bike and she announces to her dad what she wants to do and he signs her up for the competition.
Didn't see the ending so was happy about the surprise that she deserves to get.

The Happy Holisters at Snowflake Camp by Jerry West.
What I like about this book is that it's for middle age children. Love hearing about the family as this is the first book I've read. Love hearing of their adventures and how they help solve mysteries.Liked hearing of the dogs and how they live, train, etc.
Such a fun loving book to alternate reading with your child. Fun for all.

Mediterranean Cookbook: 16 Mediterranean Diet Recipes to Improve Your Health and Stay Fit by Ralph Foster 
This book starts out with a table of contents and an introduction that talks about the lifestyle of the Mediterraneans. 
Each recipe starts with a title, color photo and a summary of the dish.
List of ingredients are included along with how to make it.
There is NO nutritional information but all the ingredients are fresh-not from cans or packages.
My favorite would be the salmon dish. Although there are only 16 recipes this book is a great resource to get you on track.
Lots of spcies and herbs are used.  There are no servings mentioned either.

Instant Pot Cookbook For Vegetarians: Easy Meatless Recipes You Can Enjoy In An Instant by Diana Wiliams 
We eat meatless meals so thought I'd take a look at this cookbook.
Starts out with a table of ocntents where chapters are broken up into meals.
Intro talks about vegetarian meals, the instant pot and how to use it, clean it etc, how nutritious meals are.
Recipe start with a title, servings, prep and cook time, list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar, and low sodium products.
Directions are included and some nutritional info: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, and protein. No sodium is mentioned.
I'd also substitute for canned or prepackaged products by using fresh.
There are no pictures.
Good ideas and lots of variety to choose from.
Not sure why drinks are mixed with other foods. Some also use other equipment in the kitchen along with the instant pot.
One item I found used 19 products to make the soup. Bit time consuming just collecting all the ingredients, never mind dicing them.
Appendix shows how long to cook some fruits and one for vegetables and other foods.
Thought broth would be great but the recipe calls for same ingredients with different directions for it.

Easy Mushroom Cookbook (Mushroom Cookbook, Mushroom Recipes, Mushroom, Cooking with Mushrooms 1) by Chef Maggie Chow
Cookbook starts with a free gift and author bio along with listings of books.
Introdcution is a short section about mushrooms. Table of contents and the dishes are broken up into different types of mushrooms.
Abbrviation table is enclosed. 
each recipe starts with a title and a list of ingredients which includes some canned items. 
Should have no problem substituting for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products.
Directions are included.
There are NO pictures.
In table form are servings, prep and cook/total time.
Nutiritonal information has calories, fat-NOT broekn up into good or bad, carbs, protein, cholesterol and sodium.
Wasn't what I thought it would be about.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Review: Courting Calla by Hallee Bridgeman

Courting Calla by Hallee Bridgeman
This book starts out with Calla and her car on the way to work has stopped working at the gate to the parking lot.
Others help her move the car and she really appreciates it. While filing-her job at The Dixon Brother Designs Company she calls and wins a flower arrangement so she sends it to her friend Sammy who helped her get it towed away.
Problem is the flowers are delivered to Ian Sam Dixon instead and the note states he has to show up Saturday night for dinner and he does. She doesn't divluge the mixup til later. He loves her culinary skills as he enter her apartment where herbs are growing.
Thanksgiving plans are changed and she ends up at his grandmother's and she brings some food that they love. Their meal starts out with prayer and she's more inspired to like him even more.
She had dropped out of culinary school due to identity theft.
Story follows as Ian and Calla have made the yearly mission trip to Haiti and all that occurs there.
Upon their return she is handcuffed and taken away-her stepmom is the problem again because of all the bad debt. Probably the best thing for her but Ian is slighted and thinks she only wants him to spend money to bail her out.
With the lawyers help she can get a second chance but she's broken inside and she asks God for guidance. He sends her a verse from the Bible and she has to go with it and make it right.
Excerpts and summaries of the other works in this series is included.
Love charity work they are able to perform and praying at meals-something that is not openly done any longer is so many instinces.
Readers guide at the end and also a bonus in this book are the recipes at the end.
More books by the author are highlighted at the end along with a personal note from the author..
Received this review copy from the author via The Book Club Network at BookFun.ORG and this is my honest opinion.