Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15 PROMISE IN PIECES



A Promise In Pieces Quilts of Love by Emily T. Wierenga
This book starts out with a section called War and it's the present day and the grandparents are in the car with the grandkids as they drive around the battlefields in the DC area. Then it talks of the war and hardship and what Clara Wilson and others had done themselves to support the country.
Another section is entitled Peace and again it starts out in the present time then back to the past to help you understand. The bible plays a large part in the story. Forgiveness, faith in God and friendship. This is the section she returns home after delivering a letter to a widow of a dying soldier that was in her care. She also returns to her home.
Love how the quilt comes into play in this book and what it all signifies and the bigger project. Loved hearing of the journey and their lifes along the way. Easy to keep track of the characters.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Books read April 14





 Easy, Elegant and Adorable Easter Treats
Love all the ideas to get everybody involved in making Easter a nice family holiday tradition.
Cards, picnics, egg hunts, etc are just a few. Love the detail it goes into about the holiday itself and how other countries celebrate it.
Food comes with pictures and how long to make them. Very colorful and easy to make.
Also tips on what else to put in a  child's Easter basket.
Recipes towards the back of the book will take a few hours to make-some of them. So pretty though!


25 Awesome Bedtime Stories for 1st-4th Graders (Beginner Readers)
Drawings that are sometimes colorful, children's book about Dan who doodles. Many stories with a moral and teaching a child respect and other life lessons.
Love the one where he tells the class what he wants to be when he grows up and proceeds to not only draw the job but tells what is being done.
Everyone Do The Crab Walk is another good one where a child can feel good about themselves because of what they can do. Some stories are just a few pages and some are 6 pages long. Some are totally silly.
Great stories for any child.


30 Delicious Ice Cream Cake Recipes
What I liked about this from the beginning is that you can substitute for a healthier ice cream cake.
The examples are numerous. Step by step instructions and there are many of them for each recipe.
Lots of different combinations. No pictures and no nutritional information.
I'd like to try the oreo cookie one as it's probably the fastest one to make and less steps to prepare it all. Definitely a treat for a special occasion.



Be Thankful for the Little Things Rhymes and Pictures to Teach Children about Gratitude By Louise Folger
Illustrated very colorful children's book that teaches them to appreciate what they have.
Starts out with things as basic as flowers and spring and to be thankful for those along with bird songs.
Other things that bring a smile to their face are also given a colorful page of things they are thankful for. The page states what they are thankful for and then why.
My favorite page is getting a hug from your grandmother, she is shown with an afghan on her lap and a cup of hot tea-this is me!
Little things also do not have to cost money. Other books by the author are highlighted.
Book encourages you the next time you wake up blue to think about little things and know that God's love is true.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.


All I Have In This World by Michael Parker
What first prompted me to apply to read this book was the title. It's not the material things we have that will live with us forever.
This is a story about many people and I first found it confusing because of the chapters were from a different year and different people til I realized it was the story of the car and the previous owners lives.
Loved learning about the terrain and nature around the various places the books take you to. Marcus has his dream and realizes he's a failure and tries to make his dream happen. Maria is from a mixed up family and they end up buying the car together.
Found it interesting where their path takes them especially when they are out driving, talking and learning about one another and what they want to do.
Loved the lists and charts. Love how the background of the car and its owners connect to the characters who buy it.
I received this book from Library Thing via Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in exchange for my honest review.


Carnal Innocence  by Nora Roberts
The world class violinist, Carolyn is moving back to her familys home in Innocence, MS.   
Tucker was being accused to killing Emma Lou who she had stated earlier that day she was pregnant with his child.
Investigation continues as others come to his rescue...Lots going on..
Brutal and tortuous at times and scary.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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Righting another's wrong landed D in WITSEC, the witness protection program and cost him family, friends, and everything of substance in his life.

Loneliness is his constant companion until he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He and Candi embark on a three-week ride to redemption where they deal with mind-numbing deceit, perilous treachery, their overpowering lust for each other and their personal demons.

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"The more things change, the more they stay the same," sadly, does not ring true for Candice and D throughout this first of a two part series. Lust and greed are forever game-changers, even for those who desperately seek redemption

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Books read April 11

The 6 Steps Plan to e-Publishing by Ally Nathaniel I wanted to read this book to help out an author friend get the word out on his new book. This book is written for one who's never published their book. It will walk you through a lot of the sites available to help publish and promote your book. I even clicked on a few of the links to undertand what was going on and they are spot on. So many ways and very very very time consuming to do it all yourself as the author. So many different places you have to visit to sell yourself along with your work. There are many helpful people along the way, some free, some you need to pay. Not every aspect of this book was revelant to my friend's book as it's not a children's book but the general concepts are very well thought out. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to not only publish their ebook but promote it for others to read. The most important part I felt was the keywords used at Amazon to tag to your book. Book trailer was another part that I felt was very important especially in this day and digital components around us. I received this book from Story Cartel via the author in exchange for my honest review.





 
Castaway Cove by JoAnn Ross
This book in the series, stand alone as well. is about Mac and how he comes home wounded in the war to a wife and toddler. The day he arrives she hands him the key to the house and leaves with her new boyfriend. I can totally see this really happening and it is a book about how he's strong to learn about his daughter and her needs and take care of himself as well.
He ends up moving back to his father's home in Oregon to also help with the care of his grandfather who's in a nursing home and losing more of his memories.
Annie lives in Oregon where she runs a bookstore and runs into Mac often at the nursing home. Mac runs a call in show on the radio at nights and she has called to talk to him a few times that started their relationship.
Love how her girlfriends give her the push she needs to make some moves on him.
Love the tips of how to care for an elder who's losing their memories. Hot steamy sex scenes enhance this book.


I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).







The Secret Dinosaur #2: Hunters Attack! (The Dinotek Adventures by N.S. Blackman
Enjoyed the first book in this series especially because of the exploration and adventure.
Illustrated colorful children's books about the mechanical side of the dinosaur species. Summarizes what happens in the first book of this series.
Marlin Maxton has arrived and things start to change with help from his Uncle Gus and the dinosaurs left at the museum. They have plans and they work together as the army is ready to invade and destroy them.
The part I like the best is not only the dinosaurs for my 8 year old grandson but the descriptions of the machinery and how they are assembled.  Such a boy book but girls would enjoy it as well.
Love their three golden rules and they should apply to those reading the book, in their everyday lives.
The hunters are tracking their trail and they are so close to catching them with a new secret weapon...Another plan for the dinotek's come to light. So fascinating to learn about.
I received this gift from the author in exchange for my honest review




 The Secret Dinosaur #3: Jurassic Adventure (The Dinotek Adventure) by N.S. Blackman
Illustrated colorful children's book about mechanical working dinosaurs of years past.
Marlin has gone to live with them once they've escaped to the mountain. They learn new things about one another.
What I like about this book in the series is it teaches you to adapt to your surroundings and to use the barter system to survive. Remember the golden rules!
Love how the things that happened in the past fix the present so there is a future.
I received this gift from the author in exchange for my honest review




Children's book: Don't Let Rocky Get Away! (Parents Library Collection, Stories about toys, Values and principles, Children's Books Ages 6-8, Moral stories
Illustrated colorful children's book and with a review you can get extra content.
Tommy is not allowed to go out to play til he cleans his room. He tries to blame it on his friends that came over the other day. He can barely even get into his room.
Rocky the spider monkey is on the run and he knows how to get back to Tommy's room. Tommy meets other toys he's tossed aside and they want to go back to his room also. They all chase the monkey, he will tell them if they catch him.
Love how they all pitch in to work together. Love moral of the story.





101 Quick & Easy Cupcake and Muffin Recipes by Victoria  Steele
Always looking for new recipes to try out.
Lots of tips and how to when it comes to frosting the cupcakes and what tools to use and special techniques.
Each recipe comes with suggested frosting a handful of pictures and no nutritional information.
Love the combinations of flavors in the batter.  Like to try carrot cupcakes with substitutions for the oil and I'd use egg beater no yolks for a healthier option.
Muffin section also has many useful tips to get you started. Excellent bran muffin section for the most healthiest of muffins!
Other works by the author is highlighted at the end.




A Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell
Wanted to read this book because I am very local to this town. I've yet to visit this museum of a house, maybe this year.
Love banter between the woman, Emmaline Cross and her brother, Brady and how he finds himself always in a mess and she is always there to pick up the pieces.
He is a playboy and she works for the local paper writing for the society pages and is always invited to the best of the parties. Loved hearing of all of their everyday problems-just like regular people. Controversies of financial ruin, gambling, yachting to name a few of the happenings.
Love that the story follows the same streets and places we visit today in the city.  When the murder occurs she must help solve it to clear her relative. She fancies a man who combine forces to help one another in each of their missions.
So many people but easy to keep track of and there is an excerpt at the end for the next book in the series-can't wait!
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review.






















35 Yummy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes (With Nutritional Information)
Starts out with information and the various slow cookers that can be used.
Even though the recipes do list the nutritional information it's still very high in cholesterol and sodium for our diet.
I'm sure I can find other ingredients to use rather than a package mix=in some cases to make it more healthier.
Some of the recipes don't tell you what a serving size is-very deceiving!  Whole chicken meal would be the best but why not use fresh herbs and spices rather than the sodium filled packet of Lipton soup mix?
Not one of my favorite cookbooks, hope others can find more usefulness out of it. My diet is very strict after the heart attack.
No pictures.









 Home baked bread: Recipes beyond the basic Loaf: Everything You need to Know to Bake 43 Amazing Breads (Home Baked Bread!)
Author from UK goes over the basic step by step instructions on how to make a basic loaf.
The variations of flavors sound appealing. Pictures for each recipe-no nutritional information. Each recipe does include UK/US measurements.
Cornbread mixed with yogurt would be my favorite to try. I have made this before from a different recipe using egg beaters-very healthy.
So much to learn about with the breads introduced and where they originate from.


27 Healthy Muffin Recipes:Homemade Recipes With Nutritional Information
The recipes could be a lot healthier if you cut down on the sodium. By using a prepackaged mix the sodium is included. Why not use just fresh ingredients?
No pictures and most recipes do NOT tell you what a serving size is. I have many different muffin pans from a small to a huge one so that information is crucial to me.
Being on the strict diet we are on sodium and fat and cholesterol are the 3 things we pay attention to.
Eggs - we would use egg beaters with no yolks for a healthy option.
Like the flavor combinations.




You Make Me Proud!  Umesh  Shukla
Illustrated colorful children's book about being proud. The Littleton family puts up a sticky note with important messages to make sure the other knows they are very proud of what the other is doing.
Sharing toys makes the parent proud. The child then writes - you taught me so I am proud of you.
Love little hints all in a day's work. Love the ending, full circle.


Children's Book: Dragon Makes New FRIENDS ( A Gorgeous Illustrated Children's Picture Book for Ages 2-10 )
Illustrated very colorful children's book about making friends. This book also rhymes every sentence with the next one.
The dragon was afraid to make and play with new kids he didn't want to scare them.
When a boy is helped by Drake getting the apple out of the tall tree the others want to get their own apple by climbing the tall tree.
Moral of the story is a good one, it's ok to be different. You can also download a free coloring book-link at the end.

 Canning And Preserving: How To Can, Preserve, And Store Your Food In Jars
I grew up where we always had a huge garden and with the abundance of food we canned and jarred many of it for the winter months.
Very detailed methods of using and sterilizing containers for use=very helpful.
Paragraphs on food poisoning and how to can the right way. Many methods are discussed.
List of utensils and appliances and their cost is discussed.  Besides the list of food that can be preserved it tells you which method to use. Also a listing of food by seasons so you can preserve them as well.
Other components of canning are also talked about along with summary of safety tips.






Temptation by Sherryl Woods
Have read many of the authors later works and know I will enjoy this one as well.
Callie Smith dumped by her husband, her mother is visiting and she's lost her Wall Street job.
Jason Kane, finds her irresistible and plans to make Callie a star. He's director of a soap opera and he wants her full time on his show.
She does not want to go back to the farm to help her mother so her sister sends her mother to her in the city. She feels forced to take the job offer and others resent her being there.
As they spend more time together she learns about what makes him tick: is it all material things or is there a passion collecting the possessions.
The male actor is being threatened by things that are happening at work and she watches for clues at work.
The book also follows her mother and her return to the art world in the city that Callie lives where she is staying. Apartment breakin cause others to take things seriously... Hot steamy sex scenes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Winners by Danielle Steel
Love this author's book and can't ever seem to read them all. this one is about Lily and she's training to be an Olympic skier. She lives with her father-her mother died when she was the age of 3.
After the accident he takes her on a world wide trip to find a doctor that will tell her there is a cure for her injury. They do not find that though and she goes home to go to rehab where others have broken off their friendship.
The book also follows the doctor, Jessie who operated on her for 11 hours. At the end she learns of her husband's death and she goes home to take care of the kids. Her path and Bill's meet over time as they discuss Lily's progress and he finds out about her life with the kids.
Loved hearing how Lily is at rehab and the pain and progress she has to overcome while doing class work. Others at the center help as they've been through it before.
Paying it forward in the way of a scholarship/school for others who are afflicted with the same type of injury brought tears to my eyes.
What I like the best is the different ages of those who are effected and how they strive to make the world a better place for not only them or their loved ones.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book review and giveaway: True Blend by Joanne DeMaio


 True Blend by Joanne DeMaio


Synopsis:


 New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio returns to small-town New England in this compelling love story where truth is veiled by secrets.

Vintage bridal shop owner Amy Trewist thinks she'll never recover her quiet life at her beloved farmhouse on an old country road. Not after her two-year-old daughter Grace is kidnapped in an elaborate crime. On one clear morning, in mere minutes, Grace is gone and Amy's world spins into a heartbreaking new place.

George Carbone often spends easy time with his brother. Whether at a ballgame or taking a day trip, it's how they connect. Until one sunny day when the trip is to a bank parking lot and George is drawn into a crime he never sees coming. And into a stricken mother's life he cannot ignore.

In a summer that simmers with the unsolved crime, George is haunted by a bankroll hidden behind kitchen tiles, by a brother who dragged him into this, and by a father who instilled in him a conscience. A conscience challenged when a young child and beautiful woman crossed paths with him and unexpectedly took hold of his heart.

Set among the red barns, lush cornfields and sparkling wishing fountain of Addison, Connecticut, True Blend is a captivating novel that steals your heart and does not let go. Because like the lace wedding gowns hanging on Amy's clothesline, waltzing in the summer breeze, love and secrets twist and spin together in their own mesmerizing dance.




Author Bio:

 Joanne DeMaio is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS, WHOLE LATTE LIFE, SNOWFLAKES AND COFFEE CAKES, and most recently TRUE BLEND. She lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

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I am so happy to announce that my new book TRUE BLEND is now published and available in paperback and eBook. This novel in particular was an absolute thrill to write, and I’m truly excited to share it with you.

Set in my fictional town of Addison, Connecticut, TRUE BLEND is an unexpected love story with a dash of suspense. One that will have two people reexamine all they thought was true—over the course of a hot New England summer.

Other works by Joanne:



My Review:

True Blend by Joanne DeMaio
Without even knowing what this book was about when I was approached to read/review/blog tour I jumped at the chance. I have loved the author's other works and knew this would be a good one also.
I was not disappointed. Starts out with Amy who is a widow of just one year and she has a 2 yo daughter, Grace. They lead a routine schedule but one morning Grace is taken by armed robbers who also take an armored truck.
She obeys their final words and not contact the police for over an hour. She is returned and Amy finds it hard even with her mother there to trust people again. She works at the bridal gown shop out of her house.
The story also follows George Carbone and him being the hero for returning Amy to her mother. Problem is he has issues of his own and never wanted to be part of the armed robbery, never mind taking a child away from her mother. He's also finding it hard to not only trust people but carry on under the guise of being a hero when in his mind, he is not.
Love the locale, hearing of the bridal gown accessories/design work and learning about other career choices described.
Therapy helps Amy and what to expect from her flashbacks and Amy's that might help the police... What amazes me is we as kids growing up also put cards held with clothespins on our bike spokes.
Love how the whole story comes together with pieces from the past days and months that all fit in. Such detailed descriptions of the dates and day trips, priceless!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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Books read March 2014

Books read March 2014  49




Tequila Assassin: Malinalli Way by Greg Prosmushkin
Details are so descriptive I can picture the scenes that are laid out in front of us.
Like a book that makes me think and actually look up things talked about that I need to understand more about.
Like this book for the action, the drug and war scenes and how it all comes into play.
Enjoy all the travel and places that are local as I learn about them as I will probably not ever visit them.
I rarely read a book written by a man as I mostly read romance books so the point of view is refreshing.
When Jack Fleming gets caught doing a job the tables turn on him and he has a choice which he decides to join their forces to rid the cartel of the world.
Like how conversations go sometimes in a foreign language but the meaning in English is also given not leaving me out in the dark. Love hearing of the technology of how they are able to track him as he does his jobs.
When he is captured and brutally tortured there are glimpses back to when he was saved fighting in the war. Very strong swearing but it's needed for the story to place you there.
Love the plan of how to turn the 'event' around and who he encounters to help him-kinda like the A Team TV show, I love it when a plan comes together... So fascinating learning about all the internal workings of all the agencies and groups.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.



 On The Outside by Diana Green
This book is about Orla and how Wendell has followed her around. They are able to escape capture but when confronted she phases into a creature that kills the ones that are after her.
They are able to spend a night around a fire where another takes care of them by feeding them and protecting them but the next day they all travel for their rations. This book reminds me of survival skills that we see on a TV show called Revolution.
A struggle occurs and she has to phase out of harms way and then she meets up with a band of smugglers. They take her in and she agrees to help serve them and they teach her everything she needs to know to further her skills. There are many
who she takes a romantic look at and she wonders where it will lead her....then she learns a secret and she gets to choose her future.
Enjoyed this book for a few things. It is very short by my standards and I like a little more character interaction but it's a good starting point. Bit of romance and sex at the very end.
I'd enjoy reading the next book if this was to be a series as there is potential for that. Found a few missing words in various spots and punctuation that needs to be corrected but a copy editor could correct these easily.
I received this book from Prism Awards in exchange for my honest review.




The Devil in Midwinter by Elise Forier Edie
Loved the story mixed in with Mexican legends and how it relates to what Esmeralda Ulloa experiences when she starts seeing the man all in black. Similar descriptions were taught to her in her dreams, some she remembers, some she can't.
Justin Coulter owns an apple orchard and was interviewed by her and her boss Annie who runs the small town local paper. Esme is the photographer and he turns the camera on her. She sets up an appointment with her uncle and they both get along like old time friends.
There are many clues along the way and loved hearing all of the ones about the apples. Things get strange when her uncle trashes her house looking for it, but nobody knows what 'it' is....
Annie helps her with lost memories and the Christian legends come into play also....  Heirloom trees fascinated ame immensely.  Bit of light romance towards the end.
When her family is stolen she has a few choices but which will she choose? Found a few missing words in various spots in this book that a copy editor could correct easily.
I received this book from Prism Awards in exchange for my honest review.
I only read the first book in this trilogy as that was all that was required.





Home Remedies from Weeds and Wild Flowers (Herbal Medicine from Your Garden or Windowsill)
Interesting learning about how weeds and wild flowers, etc are used and how and why. This book is full of so much useful information I found it hard to absorb it in one sitting.
Each comes with a colorful picture along with it's Latin name and how large the plant might get.  Where to grow, how and when. Uses for the plant are discussed.
Also has a very expansive index of remedies for ailments and what plants derivatives might lead to a cure.


History Lover's Cookbook
Wanted this book for not only the old time recipes but the stories that accompany them as well.
Love the history of how this book was created and the fact that some recipes don't use a measuring cup.
Cornbread variations would be my favorite. Loved the stories about the war and such things as blackberry leaf picking.
Story of the quince was appreciated as my father grew them in his orchard. Hope to see ice cutting done this upcoming winter if the temperature is right. Apple fritters would be another favorite to try.
History of cakes, pound cake and gingerbread was something that surprised me with all the details from so long ago.














How To Make Homemade Bread
I have made bread and now use the bread machine as it's so much easier and faster.
Starts out with not only useful tips but information on how to be a successful bread maker. Discusses the ingedients and utensils.
Very detailed instructions on how to make a recipe. There are no pictures and there are no nutritional information.
Some of the book is letters from others on suggestions and tips and answers.
90 minute rolls sound like one we'd try because we can use the margerine that is in our diet and half the dough could be used for cinnamon rolls.
Hawaiian sweet bread is almost the equivalent of our homemade Portuguese bread that is flavorful but quite the process to produce and this recipe is made quickly and is easy.
Wheat bread machine recipe=what a surprise! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.




Spontaneous Family Games: 28 Prop-Free Games to Play with Your Kids on the Spur of the Moment (for Adults Playing with Kids from 5 to 11+)
Thought this would make a good book to have read upon arriving at a family vacation where we are all unplugged from the net.
Like how this book is laid out. First it tells the name of the game, what it entails, how it came about and instructions on how to play it. Love the ABC family the best.
So many variations and nothing is needed to play these games=maybe a coin or button.
Treasure hunter would be a great one and you do need paper and a pen. Really good ideas for games and many we have played as children.
Love ending part where it gets kids to talk about themselves or their day and allows them to open up.





Room to Play: A Children's Book about Decluttering
Wanted to read this book because my grandson has a hard time getting rid of his infant toys and he's 8 years old. Since the move he has gotten better with the tactics of he can get one new toy if he gets rid of 2.
Many examples illustrated drawings of what most kids houses look like.
Starts with simple things like shoes and clothes that no longer fit-get rid of them.
Love the idea of the 3 stacks: toss, keep and donate.













Dogs And Puppies - Interactive Game Book - Activity Quiz Book for Children
Illustrated very colorful interactive children's book about dogs and puppies. It shows a picture of one and then gives you 3 options to choose the right answer. There are pages in case you guess wrong. When you do guess right it moves to the explanation of the dog and then moves onto the next picture.
Works best on the touchable screen such as a tablet-not just the computer kindle app. Lots of pictures and information about them.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.


Slow Cooker Wanderlust: 101 Adventurous and Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes from Around the World by Sally Viviani.
Like how this book has featured each grouping of countries with the foods that are readily available.
Book opens up with the author explaining about why she wanted to share her love of her hobbies with others.
We are also given information about slow cooking process of preparing a meal.
Each recipe starts out with a short paragraph about the dish, serving size and the ingredient list, very easy to follow instructions on how to mix the ingredients and cook. Also which I found useful was other sides that you could include along with the meal.
I find that some parts of the ingredients could be omitted to provide an even healthier meal (especially for the diet we are on) but you'd lose some of the taste. Really appreciated that fresh herbs and spices and vegetables are used.
No pictures and no nutritional information. Combination of flavors really hits a high spot for me in this book.
Fruity beef casserole sounds like one we'd enjoy having.  Can't wait to try this one along with a few others that really stuck out as flavorful and colorful.
I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I would give this  a 5 rating if it had pictures of each recipe and the nutritional information



 


Crochet by DK Publishing
101 projects on 320 pages
Thought this was going to be another typical crochet manual. but I was wrong.
A book for beginner and expert crocheter. It starts out with choosing the right yarn and hook for the project.
Basics are taught with words and pictures and sometimes charts and graphs. As you progress other techniques are
taught but what I really loved about this book is the stitch glossary-where it shows a little sample of a stitch pattern along with instructions.
Embellishments are also shown in the same manner with written instruction in how to make them.
Finishing techniques are taught as the project calls for them. From babies to adults and house and home items to make, this book has a bit of everything and then some.
Basics of granny squares and all the other shapes are included and charted.
Love all the stuffed toys as I knit for a local nursing home that has a holiday bazaar each year with little items as this and slippers.
Glossary and index and so many things to make on my list.
I received this book from Edelweiss by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.in exchange for my honest review.


Camping Recipes: Foil Packet Cooking
Figure this would also be good for just a grill BBQ grill. Very useful tips on cooking with foil and how to place certain food in the packet.
Love the chart of cooking temperatures of the meat inside the packets. Takes all the guess work out of how hot things have to be.
Colorful pictures of each step by step instructions explained.  No pictures of the finished product or nutritional information.
Foil steak supper would be my favorite to try.  So many combinations and suggestions for spices. 
Lots of different main meats for meals along with breakfast and desserts and miscellaneous dishes to make. Authors other works are highlighted at the end..



















Dessert Skewers - The Ultimate Recipe Guide
Book intrigued me with the topic of discussion.  There are no pictures and no nutritional information as these could probably be considered a treat for twice a year.
Very descriptive when it comes to prep and cook time. Very detailed directions on how to make the recipes and cook them. My favorite would be the grilled marshmallow and brownie one as there are only 3 ingredients and could be ready in 20 mins.
Offer of other free ebooks is included at the end.





Monsters A to Z
Illustrated children's book about the alphabet. Each letter has a picture of a monster starting with the letter with a page about what the monster does and sometimes why this monster reminded the writer of them.
Jingrel I liked the best because of the shiny trinkets connection.
Quite unique shapes for the monsters. Author's other works are highlighted at the end of the book.




Meet The Brachiosaurus: Fun Facts & Cool Pictures (Meet The Dinosaurs)  Fun Facts & Cool Pictures
Illustrated colorful children's book about the Brachiosaurus dinosaur. This book is filled with a lot of facts. Starts out with how to properly say the word.
States the things that are the same with other dinosaurs and a bunch more that make them unique to other groups.
Interesting facts about what they eat and where they traveled to over time from things left on earth to trace them.
Chapters start out with a question and the section answers it with a bunch of facts that are interesting to learn about.
Their babies and the movies and internet games they appeared in are also discussed.





HEY SHEEP! LET ME SLEEP! by Sigal Adler
Children's colorful illustrated book about the things to try to get to sleep. Their grandmother had told them to try to count sheep. They had tossed and turned and moved the pillow around.
He started counting them as they crossed the bridge in the sky til one green one stopped...He helps them cross and they help him...
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.


Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel   by  Debbie Macomber 
Lauren 's younger sister is pregnant and she is over 30 and feeling every year of her devastation. Todd is just not ready financially for their engagement...
Lauren is secure in her job at the high-end jewelry store and learns of the owners daughter who is also pregnant.
Bethany and Max have a second chance at love and her daughter is pregnant also. Problem is Grant the ex husband is trying to break them up. Max surprises her along with Rooster who hits it off with Lauren who's broken up with Todd.
So love the idea of the knitting baskets around town where you sit and knit and when the scarf is done bring it to the yarn store and they'll drop it off at a shelter.
With a new generation some from the past make an appearance in this book.   Love the travels.
Easy to keep those related bunched together as they all deal with different issues. Was a bit disappointed that the baby blanket pattern was not included as I do knit for charity.
I received this book from Edelweiss by  Random House in exchange for my honest review.








 
The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee
Read the first book in this series and glad to see it continue. Such great ideas for keeping the library open and the community using it for many things.
Although it should help prove to the town council of its usefulness there is the old boy network at play still that thinks the money should go towards a park with their name on it.
Like how Maura Beth interacts with such a group of people with not much in common. Love hearing the latest on the townsfolk that were also in the first book.
So many events taking place and will they outwit Councilman Sparks once and for all...Love the ending and especially all the bonus recipes!
I received this book from Kenssington Books Co.




5 Fun Rhyming Boys Stories: Ultimate Boy's Collection (Fun Rhyming Children's Books) [Kindle Edition]  by Lily Lexington
Illustrated very colorful children's book. First story is about Danny and he's listened to many stories about heroes and he wants to be one also. He finds it hard to get to sleep at night.
He hears a scream, very long and he rushes to save the girl. He finds out she only wanted someone to taste her stew.
Another story is of a dinosaur and he doesn't like vegetables. When he gets tired from a ball game they figure out he needs more energy and if he ate vegetables he'd have more energy.
Cute tales for boys especially that you can turn into a lesson for the day in real life.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Mediterranean Cuisine: 120 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Happy Family Meals (European Cookbook Series)
No pictures or nutritional information but this is for those on a Mediterranean diet. There are many courses starting out with soup, salad and then the main dishes.
Stir fry meals would be my favorite as we seem to accumulate left overs after a few days that fit right into the stir fry category.
Other courses are also available and at the end the author's other works are highlighted.


32 No Bake Pie Recipes - The Ultimate No Bake Pie Collection (Dangerously Delicious Pies - The Best Pie Recipe Cookbook Series)
Love all the pies and the flavor combinations. Only problem is there are no pictures and no nutrtional information.
These would be perfect for a family gathering a few times a year as they could be rich in taste and filling. Love how quick and easy they are to make but not what I was quite looking for.



Cooking in a Cup: Easy recipes for muffin tin meals (Cooking with Kids Series)
What a great way to get kids to help when they can prepare their own food!
Fun way and very well explained that you can experiment. Basic muffin tray breakfast treats can be made within minutes and they are so easy and fun with help from others.
No nutritional information but you should be able to substitute as per your diet needs.
Dessert, lunch and dinner ideas as well. I don't have a favorite I'd want to try them all. Photos of prepared food are also included. Be sure to visit the author's website for more books.


Sandwich Ideas Cookbook. 75 Delicious Sandwich Recipes With Easy To Find Ingredients
Lots of tips and tricks for making sandwiches that can not only be made with bread but other items.
Pictures for the recipes and they are extravagant, whereas I am used to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or tuna fish.
Photos are high quality and there is no nutritional information.  Like the idea of what to use quinoa with, gonna have to give it a try.
Spices and herbs are used along with fresh vegetables.  Also want to try the sloppy joe recipe as I've always just used a package mix and they contain too much salt and cholesterol and fat for our diets.



Afternoon Tea (Breakfast Casseroles, Quiche, Muffins and Scone Recipes)
Most recipes have a picture but there is no nutritional information.  There is quite a selection of foods to choose from that sound very flavor appealing.
Butters, scones with tips on how to achieve success with these, toppings, casseroles, syrups and quiches.  Great resource for one who needs inspiration for breakfast and brunch meals.


Slow Cooker Recipes: 30 Quick, Easy, Satisfying Slow Cooker Recipes That Do The Work For You-Step Through The Door To The Mouthwatering Aroma With Slow ... Easy Slow Cooker Recipes, Crockpot Meals)
No pictures and no nutritional information but it does have quite a selection of recipes. What I liked was that you can scan through Asian,  European, American and oceanian cuisine.
Chocolate mud cake sounds like a good one.
Combinations of the flavors sound interesting enough to experiment with.


The Hope Flower by A.J. Cosmo
Illustrated very colorful children's book about the life of a flower. It grew in a trash covered lot and an angry man would stomp on it.
Despite the rain and sun the flowers continued to grow even though the man would stomp on them. He hated them and they were beautiful.
Love how others came to the rescue and the lot was turned into a park for children to play.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.



Mouth Watering Paleo Desserts: Easy, Delicious Recipes For Busy Moms
Healthy nutritious desserts for those on a paleo diet. Love that the recipes sound good but they also include the nutritional information if you are on other diets as well.
If you are new to the Paleo diet you will learn you have to use the ingredients (almond flour and coconut oil) and you can't substitute what you are used to using.  Might take a bit of time to collect all the ingredients from one store
but it'd be well worth it.  Brownie cookies would be my favorite to try.


Children's Book: "It Stinks to be Pink!" (An Illustrated eBook About Self-Esteem and Self-Image) (Adventure Story for All Children ages 3-9) BCB Book Series: EZ as 1-2-3 Access Your Child's Abilities

Illustrated very colorful imaginative children's book about adventure.
Starts out with fuzzipuffs and flora and Hawaii.  So much information about the different flowers!
A fuzzipuff has an exciting day at school and then after.
There are many others who are out playing but Spotty feels left out. He even runs away one day. Many adventures are to come as Spotty finds themselves a friend.
Believe and never give up, dream and wish are good things.  Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.


Bird Bath Soup: A Sweet Little True Story
Illustrated colorful children's book about Annie who spends time with Zia when school is done for the day. One day she is brought soup but it's too hot to eat so it's put on the shelf to cool while Annie tells Zia of her day at school.
A little bird flies in and Zia tells her it must be another girls' pet bird so she makes up signs so others will find them.
The bird is returned to its owner and Zia has a surprise for Annie the next day because of the care she had shown the bird.



 Freezer Meals: Quick and Easy Money-Saving Recipes
Love this book because not only does it give you information on how to safely prepare the food, before during and after cooking but how to reheat it.  And especially the nutritional information about the dish is included.
Features all kinds of meats and poultry dishes along with vegetarian meals.
Chicken pot pie and pizza dough would be my favorites of things to freeze for use at a  later time.


Early Birdy Gets the Worm: A PictureReading Book for Young Children
Illustrated very colorful children's book about a bird and his morning. There is only one page of words. The story is told in the pictures of the book.
Good book for a child to speak what they are seeing on the pages as the story goes along.














Story Book - Kyra's New Zoo [Fun Picture Book for Kids Ages Baby -5] (Kyra and Friends) [Kindle Edition]  by Govind Agarwal  
Illustrated very colorful children's book about Kyra and their new home at the zoo. Kyra has a problem getting used to the new noises at the zoo.
Other animals make different noises and they help Kyra learn all about them.











Lil' Pugs & Ladybugs
Illustrated very colorful fun children's book about pugs and ladybugs. There are 5 different stories in this one collection.
Differences are colors and the things the animals/insects do. Very easy to follow along for a child.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.






Children's book: Abigail and the Jungle Adventure (Explore the World kids book collection ages 2-6) 
Illustrated very colorful children's book about Abigail  who is able to sepnd time with her grandparents because her parents are on a business trip. She gets to explore every room in their house. Each room has lots of treasures.
She finds a magic bike and book and reads about the adventures she might want to go on and sits on the bike... Love that this book allows a child to dream and make their wish come true.
She does find a new place and explores it and finds all kinds of new things to learn about. More works of the author are highlighted at the end of the book.




Children's EBook: HOW THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON (Happy Children's Series - Book 4 -- Fun, Rhyming Picture Book/Bedtime Story about Trying Something New and Being Adventurous, ages 2-8)
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing how a cow spends his days chewing his cud all day long. Other animals stop by and tell him to come along with them, to try something new but he does not know how to do the things they want him to join them.
Love all the animals that stop by.




Taste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan
Grey is back in town because she needs to donate her kidney to her sister Ruby. She's been under witness protection but she had to rescue her sister who's in a coma.
When she appears at the hospital she meets her husband-Liam Burgess, they've not been together for years and he takes her under his wing and brings her back to the house where other family members come and go.
There are many to watch over her-it's almost too many to keep track of but the main characters are easy to follow. There is much action and a lot of nightmares as to the tragedy that occurred while she was at the bakery.
Many never even knew she was married to Liam. His twin brother is Aiden and he's around to help protect her.
Somebody wants her dead before she can testify and they are onto her whereabouts ...steamy passionate love scenes.
Love the place he takes not only her body to but her mind... Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with excerpts.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.






Maybelle in Stitches Quilts of Love Series by Joyce Magnin
Maybelle and Holden were married before he headed off to the war. She is a welder and works on all kinds of ships for the war effort. She lives in a house with her mother and they have boarders that also work at the factory.
Holden has written to her a few times and she is comforted by the quilt her mother made them for their wedding.
Doris is there to comfort her as she loses her mother and then Maybelle gets word Holden is missing in action. The quilt her mother had started along with Doris' help has brought a calm to Maybelle's life as she pieces the past together in little pieces.
Hope and her trust in God will see them all through....she just needs to find what she is good at and do it. So many disappointments in the past of things she was not able to do. Doris helps her make the big Thanksgiving dinner for everybody.
Very interesting history of events. They also get news of Holden ... An excerpt from another Quilt of Love book is included.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.



Summer Island by Kristin Hannah
Nora runs her own talk show with mostly advice to parents and their relationships with their kids.
Problem is there are now pictures out with her and a man, nude. Her oldest Caroline has come to her rescue and they are not very close at all.
She will help set her injured mother up at the island. She can keep an eye on the two boys she helped riase where one of them has learned he's dying of AIDS.
Her younger daughter Ruby has had jobs, stand up mostly and now has money where she can write all about her mother's real story. She has agreed to spend a week taking care of her mother on the island.
Story also follows Dean and his past love life with Ruby. Also his brother is reuniting with him on the island as he dies.
Love how this book all comes together...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).






If You Could See What I See by Cathy Lamb
The sisters are now running the lingerie shop and they are under financial stress. Lots of talk of the design work, manufacturing and all aspects of this career.
They have their own lives outside the shop and there is much talk of their sex lifes and the workers who've been with them from the start.
Funny and sad at the same time but really draws you into everything that is going on. Like how things are in the present day but they tell you of the past which makes the whole story believable.
Love the fashion story and what a hit it was with the designers creations!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
 The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee
Read the first book in this series and glad to see it continue. Such great ideas for keeping the library open and the community using it for many things.
Although it should help prove to the town coucil of its usefullness there is the old boy network at play still that thinks the money should go towards a park with their name on it.
Like how Maura Beth interacts with such a group of people with not much in common. Love hearing the latest on the townsfolk that were also in the first book.
So many events taking place and will they outwite Councilman Sparks once and for all...Love the ending and especially all the bonus recipes!
I received this book from Kenssington Books Co.





Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries by Kathy Collard Miller
I wanted to read this book because it sounded so resourceful in the description.
It not only shares events and things that happen but how to overcome the worry. Loved the stories and each chapter also comes with a letter from God and discussion questions on the contents of the chapter.
Such current life problems making this truly a resource book but it's also an easy going read.
Interesting how she links everyday weather and how to overcome all of the worries in our lifes.

I received this book from the Book Club Network (www.bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.


True Blend by Joanne DeMaio
Without even knowing what this book was about when I was approached to read/review/blog tour I jumped at the chance. I have loved the author's other works and knew this would be a good one also.
I was not disappointed. Starts out with Amy who is a widow of just one year and she has a 2 yo daughter, Grace. They lead a routine schedule but one morning Grace is taken by armed robbers who also take an armored truck.
She obeys their final words and not contact the police for over an hour. She is returned and Amy finds it hard even with her mother there to trust people again. She works at the bridal gown shop out of her house.
The story also follows George Carbone and him being the hero for returning Amy to her mother. Problem is he has issues of his own and never wanted to be part of the armed robbery, never mind taking a child away from her mother. He's also finding it hard to not only trust people but carry on under the guise of being a hero when in his mind, he is not.
Love the locale, hearing of the bridal gown accessories/design work and learning about other career choices described. Learned new things: gun therapy and process of the whole thing, meat market and all it entails from the food, inventory to cleaning and operating of the tools needed to do the trade.

Therapy helps Amy and what to expect from her flashbacks and Amy's that might help the police... What amazes me is we as kids growing up also put cards held with clothespins on our bike spokes.
Love how the whole story comes together with pieces from the past days and months that all fit in. Such detailed descriptions of the dates and day trips, priceless!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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The Valentine's Day Disaster: A Twilight, Texas Novella BY Lori Wilde
The tradition in he Twilight TX Valentine's Day celebration now include Hunks-In-The-Hood bachelor auction.
Jana Gerard and her boss Sesty were in charge of the auction but one man had dropped out due to an injury. Their miracle walked into the rehearsal hall Josh Langree.
Josh is  a Nascar driver and injured, back in town to recuperate and to serve his 40 hours of community service.
Josh and Sesty were an item in high school but he moved onto the race car circuit.  She wasn't interested in anything that was as drastic as the daredevils stunts he did.
Now they have eyes for one another again, but for how long...and they both on the rebound from ex's that cheated on them...
She has one shot to get the auction right all the details so a lot of big money will be raised to go towards healthcare for those in need.
Loved revisiting the town, and the legend of tossing a coin into the fountain and you will reunite with your love plays a part in this book also.... there are other disasters that occur and you wonder if the auction will even take place.
Hot steamy romance and sex scenes. More excerpts from the author and other authors from Avon Books are included.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.









Bookends by Liz Curtis Higgins
Dr. Emily Goetz and she is back home after 18 years of research. She has now a job there to find out the truth of the land for the Meridian congregation in a small German town in Lititz PA. We traveled there one year and was able to take a pretzel tour where they make and sell them.
Jonus Fielding is a land developer and he wants the land for a golf course. He is so opposite of her-athletic, she a book study person.
She gets roped into going with him at 430am to count birds at the preserve.
With problems from his brother the gambler and drunk he is sidetracked on his venture...Jonus contemplates ditching it.
Emily has also had some setbacks and has contemplated ditching her efforts. Problem is neither wants to give in so the other would see them as weak and a failure..
Bonus-recipes included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).






Ladies Night  by Mary Kay Andrews
Have loved the authors other books and am looking forward to this one.
Grace Standton is a photographer and blogger and a house decorator that others look up to. She finds her assistant in the car with her husband...
Judges order counseling and they have to prove they are on board or their reports don't get signed weekly. She now lives with her mother and her husband and her ex assistant are now running her blog making her money.
She has no way to even get her clothes, never mind get into her house...
Story also follows Wyatt who's also there for group therapy....along with a few other females. They find out things about the therapist and the judge that just don't make sense...
Just a handful of main characters that at times I had fun laughing at what was going on and at other times really getting into the book really emotional. Love how they learned of what was really going on with the judge...
I received this book via Amazon from one selling the book.




Sanctuary Island by Lily Everett
The two sisters showed up on the island and they were initially made to feel foreign.
As the days go by they become familiar with island life. Merry is there to child her unborn child with her birth mother. Ella Preston is there for support.
She sells real estate in the DC area and can imagine a B&B where her mothers house is and along with that the stables would bring in a good profit.
Grady Wilkes takes care of the wild horse preserve and just loves island life. He helps birth the wild foals and tends to their needs. Hates summer months when the island is overrun by tourists.
Love the story of how the horses got to the island off the coast of VA- similar to a book written by Nicholas Sparks about the outer banks of NC.
So many different emotions come forward as I was raised on the island and travel was via ferry.
Trouble starts when Ella learns of her mother's problems and she's keeping them to herself til her daughters leave.
Secrets and misunderstandings might just make Ella leave the island as things come to a head...Love the outcome, didn't see it coming, so worthwhile! Love the nature and close knit community.
Can't wait to read the rest as it encompasses the others in this book.
 I received this book from Writerspace via the author contest.














The Lost Quilter
In this book of the ongoing saga Sylvia and Sarah have discovered a long lost letter in a drawer.
It speaks of others that they have no idea who they are. Joanna was a Negro slave and has made her way to the north and the quilt made shows the path through various states that she took.
The quilt is known as 3 different names. The journey leads to Elm Creek where she once lived and had a son. There was also an award for her return-1858.
Sylvia knows of others who can help her find the answers as they are historians.  Story starts out with Joanna when she is on the run with her infant...
Loved how the quilt comes about and what it all signifies-nobody would ever guess!
So many struggles and beatings and a life so  abnormal except those slaves that endured it all.

I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Evening Stars by Susan Mallery
This book in the Blueberry Island saga is about the 3 girls that used to live next door. Now Nina lives there and rather than finish her nursing degree to go into practice with her love Dylan they split up and he left. She now works for the pediatrician, Andi next door who is pregnant.
She also helps her mom run the antique store along with her lover Bettie. Her sister Averil who's with Kevin and she runs the Girl Magazine in CA but she needs time away from him. They had planned to start a family but she's using on the pill...
The antique store has its problems and Nina doesn't spend as much time there as she should-not much is even inventoried and the latest person running it while the elder ladies were going to estate sales had robbed from them... Nina thinks she might find an honest salesperson in Casey who now has children in college.
Andi is married to the contractor Wade and they now raise his teen daughter Cassie.
Kyle, whom Nina used to babysit is now back in town for a visit and wants to take her to dinner. Dylan also wants to take her to dinner...
Interesting to see how this all plays out for everybody because of all the twists and turns.  So many emotions and love what the evening stars title really stands for. Hot steamy sex scenes.
I received this book from Net Galley via Harlequin MIRA in exchange for my honest review.






The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick
Emily McEllis arrives in Valentine Vt to be married to her surgeon doctor and she finds her first husband.
She can't understand why he is there. He's a film producer now.
She thought she had everything all figured out ...Story goes back int ime to when she was first married and how things were going so well til ...
She has been able to get the wedding plans all together and ready to go within 2 months time. Problem is they each have doubts and many things are keeping them apart.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).