Sunday, August 31, 2014

Books read Aug 31

Summer Days by 4 authors: Elizabeth Bass, Mary Carter, Holly Chaberlin and Lisa Jackson
Knew this would be a good read because of the 4 authors who contribute a short 100 page story. All seem to be based on the same theme.
Man and woman break up to only find later in life their paths meet again and they reunite after hashing over the days gone by.
Love the places each of the stories takes us to: Peru, Maine, NH Beach, and
and the different careers each has that we can learn from.
Last book His Bride to Be is when Hale who runs a company has a position open and he wants to hire a woman to be his bride to be on a cruise up the western coast. The man he's trying to impress wants his daughter married and Hale wants no part of that...
Money goes a long way when you have none....Lot of misunderstandings and you wonder if the wrongs can be righted....
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

The Photographer's Apprentice by Dan Eitraim
Started out reading this book out loud to my spouse as he used the elliptical machine at home. He is into photography but I'm learning so much more by the books I'm reading about them, out loud.
This one starts out in the 1860's and Jake and his father have been released from the prison and travel homeward to Ohio but the ship wrecks and catches on fire. Seth is lost or dead and Jake is saved by a photographer.
Veronica, a widow, takes care of him and brings him back to life and offers him a job as her apprentice. He picks up the routine as he's only a young man and is fascinated by what takes place when she travels to a new town, sets up a place to take others portraits and makes a living.
Love learning all the technical things about how the pictures are taken, back in the 1800's.
They must go into hiding. The story then follows many groups of people during the same time as events occur. Some are in hiding, some are hiding others, some are hunting...
Love extras at the end of the book.

Does This Taste Funny? A Half-Baked Look at Food and Foodies
Funny, at times hilarious look at a guy and how he cooks, improvising the tools and ingredients.
Starts out when he first cooked at college and went from there.
Lot of disasters along the way but edible food was the outcome in most cases. Few pictures of the calamities and new inventions.
My favorite story is when he uses the girlfriends chocolate to make a pie!

Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency: An Illustrated Children's Picture Book for Ages 2-10
Robert wakes up and finds he's lost the remote control for the TV. In his haste to reach for it, he knocks over the lamp and it breaks. He gets down to find the control and discovers a magical creature there that will take him to another place and time.
Drawings of the scenes as they occur and kinda on the scary side for a child. Adults will find the story funny as it's about missing coins and missing socks...

Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating (Bird Brain Books Book 4)
Children's colorful story about Tommy who is a bird and how he observes the humans in the neighborhood as they go out for trick or treating on Halloween.
He is able to talk to other animals and finds out it is a special night. from the humans just being ordinary girls and boys.
They find out the codeword to get candy and then realize they have to wear a costume.
They have a plan and get tons of candy then eat it. all of it.....
Bonuses at the end of the book and the author's other works are highlighted.

Hawks' Rest a season in the remote heart of Yellowstone by Gary Fergerson
Love hearing of the collection of tips when hiking in the park. Also the timeline of how the wolves were introduced back into the parks and why some are against, and some are for this action.
Love discussions of salting and other practices. Indian legends are a favorite also.
Beautiful nature descriptions.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Rick has woken up from his injury on the football field and has no recollection as to why he was even in the game. He had been in many football teams and didn't even register the latest one.
Only 28 and he's told to retire....he is about to be served for paternity suit, his investments are failing and he's made bad choices...
He runs away to Italy where they play mostly for the love of the game and the pizza after the game as the big prize...
Love hearing of everything that happens, being an American on foreign soil. So much detail in the descriptions.

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Wanted to read this book when a book I loved written by DJ Wilson was compared to the female counterpart of this author.
Starts out with Anatashia and she has to step in for the editor and get an interview with Grey who runs a huge company.
Christian Grey is under 30 and has fascinated her. She knows nothing of him but has the interview questions to ask him.
He runs a teleco company and is in charge of many people and loves the power. Chapters alternate between the two of them.
The agreement has many rules and she must obey them. I found this to be a bit over the top, it's just not normal to me, being whipped, tied up etc.
Grey has an erotic taste and a dark background full of demons. Hard to follow at times as I'm listening to a book on tape. not sure when it's a thought or if it was spoken out loud.
Like the back story more as it's about her working in the publishing field.  Surprised at the ending as it goes into the next book.

.Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
This picks up where the first book in the series ends. They have broken up and he still wants her and she needs to think more about it.
She has started a new job...and they get together to travel to her friends art show in Oregon. She has a fear of being punished and he has a fear of not being loved.
We learn more of their darker hidden secrets over time. Erotic sex scenes and most of them are not my cup of tea. Just don't get the beatings, whippings and hitting.
Lot of mysteries that also come to light, stalkers, etc. Sex scenes are quite intense and 99.9% are nothing I'd even want to do-just not into torture and pain. Their pasts are coming to the forefront as we learn more about them.

Fifty Shades Freed by EL James
Love the travel and other surprises as they leave on their honeymoon.
Lots more exotic sex scenes.  Turmoil and stalkers as they arrive back in the states...
She learns more things when she tries to help out...and so many that want them dead, or is it just him they want gone, or just her....
More stalkings and medical family tragedies among other drama....lots of fast paced action scenes.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book giveaway: Ride to Restoration by DJ Wilson

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Books read Aug 14

Nothing More Beautiful by Lorelai LaBelle
I had read and posted my review for the first 20% of the book prior to this review-now that I have the full version.
This is a story about 2 women who live in the same apartment. One is lesbian and she's best friends with a straight woman-Maci.
After her breakups with some guys they get down to the problem and that she needs to experiment and between her and the co owner of the bakery she runs she sets up an online profile for a Portland, OR dating site.
The woman help her pick out clothes and give her other tips and they are quite taken aback when she returns and tells them of the dates. They can't believe it, but can as they push her onward to the next candidate.
Lots of adult situations but nothing offensive (to me).
Love Hood to Coast race and the events that lead up to the event.
Easy to keep track of the main characters. Very descriptive details, makes me feel like I am right there.
Full book review:  Now that I'm into 1/2 of the book things have heightened up in pace and the hunt for Mr. Right. Even after many nights dating those sight unseen Maci does meet the man who her and her roommates car had collided with and have hit it off.
What I especially liked about this section is the openness and how they are able to discuss the most intimate of details and come to mutual conclusions in their drive to satisfy each other.  Interesting what things they write down on their list as I find a few of my own listed.
Sex described is erotic and so very detailed. Some of it made me feel uncomfortable.
Surprises came with the abduction and the travel, snorkeling, nature and what money can buy...
So many unexpected twists also puts this book into the mystery/action categories. well rounded read.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
I have read all the other books in this series and enjoy them. Each book brings you up to date so they can also be a stand alone book.
This one continues at the Harbor Rose Inn where Jo Marie runs the B&B and Mark is the handyman. This book is also not only about them and others in town but the guests that have come to stay.
One is to meet a man she met online but her mother is pestering her to be careful. Alternating chapters are also about a couple that need time to mend their marriage.
Each one brings new things to the book, underground tour, Pikes Place Market, sailing, farmer's market and so much more.
Love hearing of the relationships each has and what they must overcome. So many surprises along the way for them all. Letters from the past...
I received this book from early reviewers from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review

The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Had read this in high school and trying to get my husband into reading and he had read White Fang so thought he'd enjoy this one.
Figured we could read along with one another, out loud. Well ok we each read it at our own pace.
Story is about Buck, a dog that is sold and ends up getting beaten and transported to Alaska, the time frame of the Klondike gold rush.
He learns fast when he gets hurt-how to go along with things that are happening so he can heal. When he meets up with the other dogs in the harnesses
he learns again how to survive in the snow-which is new to him. and how to dig a hole to stay warm overnight. Love the tip about sleeping on the leeward side of the wind.
Good instincts as he is thrown into the pack and new territory for them all. Especially liked the travel and was able to follow along as it gave city names and other landmarks.
Lessons learned, the hard way usually for not only the dogs but Buck and his owners, over time.  Loved the scenes where Mercades and her crew lost all their belongings all over the main street.
Laughed so hard and they just didn't get it. Loved also the part where a human comes to the dogs rescue by not letting him get beaten to death.
Lots of action and adventure and travel. Buck gets so lost and battered he falls into a state of mind where he no longer feels the pain. He still has the urge to go with his fellow dogs when he hears them but he wants to stay with the human that saved his life.
Loved the northern lights. Interesting that my husband read his version of this at the same time and we are able to discuss different aspects of what is happening. Will have to find more of this type to read, together.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Books read Aug 7

 The Under Cover Gardening Guide
Love others strategies when it comes to growing your own crops. We just have a small size garden and it produces many things during the summer and fall months for us.
So many solutions that would work to protect from harsh rains, to too much sun to other nature disasters.
Greenhouses are described in detail, all the many types. There are lists of materials you can use and after answering a few questions you will know which will work for you.
So many tips along the way. Very resourceful book. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Pizza Pie in the Sky: A Complete Guide to Pizza
Like this book because it has pictures and tells you about the history of how pizza was created and how to make it yourself, healthy and
then all the other things that you can make to put on top.
Also describes in detail the different styles of pizza and how to make them, step by step, kneading, etc.
Pizza sticks would be my favorite, fast and easy to make.
Bonus recipes at the end even a dessert one! Other cookbooks are highlighted at the end.
 Kindle Publishing To Make $14K+ Per Month & Build Your Own Kindle Empire Without Having To Write One SINGLE Word by Muhammad N. Sikandar
Starts out telling us why Kindle ebooks are doing so well, vs paperback ones. Then it goes into the categories that sell well: romance and cookbooks.
The pictures included (screenshots) are very light, hard to read but with the text you are given the idea of what the author is trying to get across to you.
Keywords are important and there are examples of how to pick the right ones. You can buy everything from the cover, content to having someone format it for kindle at very low prices.
Quite a few tips on just how Amazon has the place but with their tools you are still in control of the price and content.
Long lists of links where you can ask others to review your book, amazon reviewers, facebook groups, etc
Resources quoted are ones that I do frequent being a reviewer and blogger. Don't agree with all the different strategies but I'm not an author earning a living.
Love the idea for $5 to let others list your book for you at the media sites to promote it. So very time consuming.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.
Down Home Cooking: Recipes from the Southern Heart
Easy very detailed description of southern cooking starting with very basic items. Tips along the way but there are no pictures nor any nutritional information.
Each recipe also includes other ingredients that you can add to enhance the flavors.
Cornbread is one we will be trying as we love it among a few others.
Love the story of boiled peanuts, have heard about them, never tasted them or knew how to do them.
Highlights of the authors other works are included at the end.
Autumn Getaway by Jennifer Gracen
Received this book as an early reader via Library Thing. Subject matter interested me, to begin with.
Love that she can get away for not only the wedding of her friend but some downtime as she's finally divorced and her child is with his father for the 3 days. She's at a resort and enjoys a massage with her friend, walk and reading. This sounds like a dream to me as this is what we need after many months of stress, medical problems and life.
This story follows Lydia and her friend Melanie is the one getting married.
Also the book follows Sam Forrester, an artist, web designer and he loves to read. They do meet up several times during this weekend and get to know each other more personally.
Book is written as days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and each day is filled with what each of the two main characters do during the time. Some of the family wants him not to get together with her...
Found the book to be pretty predictable but still a good read. Easy to keep the characters straight.
Such detailed descriptions of not only the fall foliage but all the surroundings that you can picture yourself there, from the massage to the rooms and magnificent New England climate.
Other planned books in this series are highlighted at the end.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.

A Monster Stole My Shoe (Book One)(A Funny and Beautifully Illustrated Children's Bedtime Rhyming Picture Book For Ages 2-8) (A Monster Stole My Shoe Series 1)
Thought this book sounded so silly, something my grandson would love at bedtime.
Noticed other books by the same author and they looked entertaining as well.
Illustrated very colorful children's book about monsters, under the bed

Nothing More Beautiful by Lorelai LaBelle
Sounded like an interesting book and glad I won a reviewer copy.
Love that it's based in Portland, OR as I like the area. Excited to hear about the Hood to Coast event.
My review copy was only 6 chapters long but what I read was good. Love that the girls help one another out with
dates, clothing and just talking to one another-encouragement to continue on when things are bad.
Loved hearing of the baker's industry. Easy to keep track of the characters and those coming and going.
Would read more from this author in the future. Very detailed descriptions made me feel like I was there. Just one major sex scene and it wasn't over the top to consider it to be erotic.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.

 Easy Weeknight Dinners: Healthy & Delicious (Guilt Free Gourmet) (Guilt Free Gourmet)
Love checking out cookbooks and this one will be a keeper. It lists all the nutritional information we need for our meals, no second guessing.
The meals are healthy but might take some time to prepare.
Lots of herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients. Includes prep time also.
Many categories of main dishes, and LOTS of stir fry.

 Baby Animals and Mommies
I have read many of the author's other works and enjoyed the read and find them very educational.
This is a colorful, illustrated children's book about animals and their mothers.
Words of encouragement and hope are given to the young ones as the adult shows them things.
Many other works are highlighted at the end.

Take the Dog Out
Illustrated colorful children's book about a dog and how others in the family are busy and can't take them out.
Shows how busy they all are but they plan to take him out after a while. Mishaps occur-there must be someone who can take them out...
A solution happens at the end that makes everyone happy.

Adventures of Jack: The Agent With a Bone to Pick (Adventure Childrens Books) Short Stories Collections and bedtime story books for kids by ... (Jack Russell Adventure Series (Volume 1))
Illustrated colorful children's book about Jack, a Jack Russel dog and he's left in charge of the house. To guard it while Mummy goes to the store to get a few things.
He is very bored and starts checking out some things to occupy his time. He ends up in mischief, nothing good can happen...
Other stories of Jack and his adventures are good stories as well. One is how he saves the day by following clues til the mystery is solved.

Landscaping Design: How to Create the Most Beautiful Garden For Your Space, For The Least Amount Of Money And Maintenance
Starts out discussing harmful and poisonous plants that you might want to avoid planting.
Container gardening, right soil, and lots of suggestions depending on the type of yard you have.
Many references for further help.

The Food Allergy Mama's Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family
Starts out why the author created this book and all the groups available for further help with raising children with allergies.
Lists of ingredients the author has on hand and why particular brands, then onto utensils and equipment.
Next is a listing of substitutions that can be used. Tips to use for putting together parties.
Colorful photos with the recipes. so many categories to choose from. Many substitutions from a regular recipe that can be used for most food allergies.
No nutritional information but from the list of ingredients you can tell the food is very healthy.
Ends with listings of resources available.

Wiggle, Wiggle, Bloop, Bloop
Illustrated very colorful silly rhyming book about animals and some of their features.
Some show doing silly physical things while rhyming with another animal on the next page.
My favorite is the sheep because of my yarn addiction.

Maya & Filippo Visit a Glacier by Alinka Rutkowska
Have read one of the author's other books and thoroughly enjoyed it as an educational adventure and knew this one, which I do not know much about would prove to be more of the same.
I have seen pictures of glaciers on shows and in movies but they don't go into the why and how questions. Young children would eat this up for sure.
Explained in detail with very colorful pictures and words that are easy to understand makes this another enjoyable trip for the whole family-without leaving your house.
Glaciers are not around here in the northeast and I love learning about new things.
This trip we find the whole family along and the children are given a tour of the glacier and things are explained to them.
Love how they are able to tell the season by the fireweed flower. So much useful information about bears and salmon also.
Many other books to explore along with Maya & Filippo. Other educational information is at the end of the book along with a quiz so pay attention.
Others works by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review via a contest I entered.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Books read July 2014


if you would like a free ebook (book 1, 2 or both)  in exchange for writing and posting a book review let me know.

Book Synopsis:

In this second book, D learns that paying it forward is not without costs, toss in Candi Parker, the girl of D’s dreams gone rogue, along with vivacious Victoria Lawson, attorney at law, who willingly steps in to fill Candi’s thong, and D’s hilarious misadventures continue across Canada. Reality sets in and the bullets begin to fly just two days after he returns to the states.

D sends Victoria away to keep her out of harm’s way, before tackling his real life demons, aka A.J. Standford, the Ponzi scheming banker who has a bounty on D’s head, and Candi’s extended family, the Gambinos, who will profit from his demise.

The romantic side of the story poses multiple questions: Will D settle for Victoria after being royally screwed by Candi or will his feelings for Candi propel him back into her life and the crime family’s ongoing chaos? Will Candi take back her sleazy ex-husband Joseph or will she somehow manage to break with her powerful family and come crawling back to D’s loving arms?

With all of this going on, there’s bound to be hell to pay sooner rather than later. Like momma always said, “When you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.”



Raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town you've never heard just inside Kentucky quite a few years ago.

At present, we're writing and discovering all that makes our country great; it's people, along with their kindness and generosity.

In the last 15 months we have written and published Ride To Redemption and the sequel, Ride To Restoration, publishing late July. Writing has been healing as I remake me into what I want to be when I grow up.

As a published author and blogger, featured on many sites, including the Huffington Post, I have been humbled beyond measure, more times than not, by all that life has thrown our way.

My Review:

Ride to Restoration
This book picks up where Ride to Redemption left off but if you've not read that one this story can give you glimpses of what happened prior. Reading the first book will tell the whole story.
After reading the first book I became mesmerized. I finally figured out why. Just the way the story is told, some narrative, some subconscious thoughts really give you a feel for the characters.
This author reminds me SO much of Nelson DeMille and how his stories are told and evolve. Love the little remarks about 'points' just as DeMille in his books.
This book starts out in Canada and Vic and D are regroupoing after Candi has left. Alternating chapters where Candi is in FL with her family and what's going on in her life while we are along for another ride with Vic and D.
Love all the nature, travel, romance, scenery as it's displayed in front of us, as if we can see it for ourselves. Love scenes and fun bantering throughout. All the new things on this extension of the journey, some new words for me to look up-love learning new words.
All the instances of paying it forward continue in this book.
I like series books but I need to read new things and this one delivers that and more. A different side to the main characters and you learn new things about them, their past, and their future.
Some series books I've read try to play catch up with the first book but they repeat enough of the backstory so that it takes up 3/4 of the new book. This book is not like that. it's all new material with just glimpses of the past so you are not left out in the dark.
Can't wait for the next one in this series.
 I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell
Although this book is a series book this is the first I've read of the author.
Didn't feel so much in the dark but there are a lot of characters from past cases that have popped up as the investigations go on.
Four women take a vacation at a resort and find not only one hostess has been murdered but one of their friends is getting married -they were not invited.
But now that the family's relatives won't come to the resort island the friends are now the brides best friends. Also one of the girls lucky underwear is stolen.
Lots of drama from a lot of different people made this a funny book for me to read while they go through the clues. Loves the Sea Vixen bag although I'm not
a woman who cares what bag I carry I just found it amazing what some will do for a special bag.
Good book and I am pretty sure I will read the others in the series and by this author as she covers all bases.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

The Perfume Collector
1955 Grace Monroe finds her husband cheated on her and is given an inheritance. Book also follows Eva Dorsey in Paris and she has been told she must stop drinking.
An abandoned perfume shop and all the secrets they hold.  Loved when she found the shop with all the vials and they are able to read their names...
Kind of confusing as the chapters change to different years along the way and go back, then forward, then back, etc. Really good story if you can follow along.
Especially loved learning how to blend the items to create one's own special fragrance.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Wish List by Fern Michaels
Ariel is just about 50 when she realizes Hollywood has done its best for her and time to move on-the medical scare doesn't help her move on.
She buys a trucking company along with her lifetime maid and they proceed to educate themselves how to run it.
Men come into their lives and the relationships are interesting to hear about. Love the rescue dog that adopts her. Trucking business doesn't like having female bosses that they learn about firsthand.
Glimpses of her past life are given throughout giving us the full picture. Love who come to help her...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlin
This summer novel is about teen girls who've been friends forever.  Cordelia and Sarah and they are starting to like boys, dating, etc. One ends up pregnant and it changes all their lives in the small Maine town near the ocean.
The story also not only follows their story but one of their mothers. Cordelia's mother, Adelaine owns the local quilt store.  Sarah's mother, Cindy works at the quilt store and they are all family friends, outside of work.
Sarah becomes pregnant and everybody's lifes are now upside down. Adoption comes up and keeping the baby would mean major adjustments to the family core as Sarah would have to continue going to high school. The women do open up to one another of their past lifes.
Reason I wanted to read this book was not only the story line, the beach but the quilt that binds and hold them all together. Love that they all know how to quilt=some like it more than others.
Was not prepared for the outcome although the families rally throughout the whole book, in support of one another.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin
This summer novel is about two women who met each other as girls and summered each year in the same town in Maine. Delphine Crandall not only works the family farm, but helps in the diner.
Maggie Weldon grew up on the other side of the tracks and has never wanted for anything in her life. They were the best of friends, even pinky promised some things and they were able to go off to college together.
Years later they reunite back in the town but Maggie can't get through to Delphanie. I found this a hard book to read because there are few characters but mostly they just needed to talk out their problems with one another
as to why they stopped communicating with each other. Del realizes when a family medical tragedy occurs that she has to back out of her plans with Maggie and doesn't give an explanation.
Maggie tries to help by intervening several times and Maggie doesn't see that side of things. Glad of the ending and getting things out in the open....
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The money they had spent on Christmas last year was enough for a cruise to warm balmy weather in the Carribean and they decide this year to just skip the holiday.
The neighbors have strong feelings about the house being left alone-not decorated like all the others on the block. The kids are away for the holidays.
Neighbors bombard them with pleads of help for charity and it falls on deaf ears. Tanning salons and going on a diet are the plan of action so they will fit in on the island when they arrive.
Could one phone call change their minds about the plans? This really concentrates on all the drama and commercialization surrounding the holiday, makes me laugh.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Wanted to read this book for a few reasons, storyline sounded strong and something that interests me and that it's about one who cooks and bakes.
Like how this story starts out and the magic of the knowing. Fast paced til Portia gets to NYC where she moves into her apartment left from an aunt. Her sisters had sold their apartments.
She is now divorced and has not much money left and her sisters approach her with an idea that really does not appeal to her. I am so glad she brought the glass kitchen cookbook from her grandmother with her.
Love her ideas and the food selections from the customers ailments that she is able to cure with ingredients that are healthy.
She is able to not only help the children of Gabriel but she stands up for herself with help from others, vs. her ex husband and his dealings. Misunderstandings draw them all apart from one another and secrets, hidden well, will bring them back together.
I received this book from in exchange for my honest review.

Clifford's Pals
Audio version has turn page sounds and last section does not offer them.
Clifford the red dog and Elizabeth takes care of him. He waits for her after school but gets tired one day and found new dog pals to play with.
Ball at a construction area looks like fun but it's a wrecking ball. Paint spills on them...
Always mishaps with Clifford...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Healthy Eating Cookbook
Colorful pictures along with fresh and healthy ingredients make this a fun book to look through and trying to figure out which would be the best recipe I'd want to try first.
They all are nutritious.  Snacks, drinks and lots of tips throughout.
Carrot cake would be my choice if I could get the ingredients.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Mediterranean Cookbook: 40 Easy and Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes (Mediterranean Diet, Mediterranean Recipes, European Food, Low Cholesterol
Benefits of being on this diet, this is the one we are following via a nutritionist after my husband's heart attack and it works for us. We love experimenting with new foods also.
Starts off from there with a list of things you should have on hand.
Breakfast items are then given but only the calorie is provided but you can tell the ingredients are all fresh and healthy choices.
So many other selections of meals to make and ends with authors other works.

The Fat Burner Smoothies: The Recipe Book of Fat Burning Superfood Smoothies With SuperFood Smoothies For Weight Loss and Smoothies For Good Health
So much helpful information about the process of burning fat and how the ingredients can help make it easier and even taste good.
There are no nutritional information but all the ingredients appear to be very healthy.
So many I want to try for myself.

Baby Animals from Africa (A rhyming picture book for children aged 0-5)
6 different animals are featured. Each one has their own colorful illustrated page where it talks about what they are, and some other fun facts on several other pages.
Free activity book is also downloadable. Great educational book for the young ones.

35 Italian Dinner Recipes - Delicious and Traditional Italian Meals To Prepare (The Italian Cuisine And Italian Recipes Collection)
Basic Italian cooking at its best. Tips along the way and why you can't substitute some ingredients.
No pictures and no nutritional information.
Time consuming to make, some are not totally from scratch but would taste as if you did take the hours to make them.

27 Easy and Delicious Party Dip Recipes: Simple Appetizers That Anyone Can Make!
Always looking for more recipes for quick dips to try.
This book although it has 27 there's quite a selection of things to try even things for desserts.
Each recipe has prep time, how to make the dip along with a list of ingredients. no nutritional information.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Quinoa Recipes: The Ancient Superfood Cookbook
We tried quinoa from a box package and loved it for the ease of making the dish and the flavor.
Thought I'd find out more about this superfood and other combinations of things to put with it.
Talks of the history of the product and where it's grown, and how it's evolved over the years.
How to buy in bulk, grow it, substitute for rice, etc. So much information.
Starts out with how to cook it and then the recipes, broken up into 3 meals of the day, along with soups, salads, etc. Such a variety of meals.
Also very useful nutritional information is provided.

Top 50 Most Delicious Homemade Sorbet Recipes (Recipe Top 50's Book 11)
Lots of different combinations of sorbet to make. No nutritional information but the recipes do sound and look so healthy.
Would love to try each and every one of these recipes.
Lots of the author's other works are highlighted at the end.

 Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving
Lots of helpful information for everything you need to know about the collection of recipes that anybody can make.
So much information along with tips you can take your time as this one is a keeper.
Nutritional information is included along with the recipes and what utensils to use along with appliances.

Cookie And Cookie Bar Recipes (Cookie, Cookie Bar And Frosting Recipes Book 1)
Colorful book showing the item along with the ingredient list and how to make the cookie bars.
no nutritional information but they do look easy and fast to make.
Many of these you could probably use the healthier choice of some of the ingredients, low fat margerine, egg white, etc.

Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals For 2: Easy To Cook Delicious and Delectable Meals for Just the Two of You
Very healthy and nutritious book about meals for just two people.
Has not only the ingredients, fresh things, but how to prepare and the nutritional information for each meal is included.
Step by step process on how to make everything and how long it takes.
Lots of variety available.

Vegetables for Kids: Fun Learning About Veggies and Their Benefits
Children's colorful book all about vegetables. Very basic pictures so the child can identify and the fun facts that go along with them.
11 vegetables are highlighted.

Smoothies for Good Health: The Superfruits, Vegetables, Healthy Indulgences & Everyday Ingredients Smoothie Recipe Book [Kindle Edition]
Basic book about smoothies, what goes in them, how to make them, and other useful information.
Lots of recipes that come with a lot of nutritional information.
Other treats are also included, easy to make and colorful.



Meet the Ultimate Femme Fatale & Art Thief in Céline from Incanto Press
San Francisco, CA. May 8, 2014 - Incanto Press (, announces the publication of Céline by technology entrepreneur Peter B. Miller as part of its inaugural Discovery Series. Each book in the Discovery Series takes readers on a compelling and surprising journey. With Céline, readers are introduced to the world of international art theft and the dark power of a hauntingly beautiful femme fatale.

Céline is the story of Céline, Alexa, and Preston (“Pres”) and the emotional and erotic bonds that connect them. The two women are lovers and members of an international criminal syndicate that steals priceless works of art. Céline meets and seduces Pres who falls in love with this mysterious beauty. He is so blinded by his love he unknowingly becomes a participant in an operation in Switzerland. The nature of Céline’s criminal career and the actions of her associates become a barrier to Pres and Céline’s developing relationship. Can their love survive? Only Céline has the key to that door. Céline is about facing demons, discovering one’s courage, and being transformed through the power of transcendent love.

Céline reaches deeply into the history and soul of its characters, exposing their motivations and inner world unlike any other story. It explores the fabric of their complex relationships that transgress boundaries of morality and identity. Ranging over two continents from San Francisco to Paris to Zurich to New York, the characters’ dreams, fantasies, and erotic entanglements along with unexpected plot twists create a powerful sense of revelation for the reader.

By Peter Miller
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-941217-03-0
Retail Price: $25.00
Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Media Contact: Kevin Finley




Peter B. Miller is an experienced entrepreneur, technologist, and world traveler. Raised in New York City, he now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Céline is his first novel.



 Celine by Peter B. Miller
Wanted to read this book because of the art industry. Love learning about new things and am fascinated with the arts.
This book is about the deep intense electrifying affection one woman has for another (her soul mate) and how they are drawn into a group that also
allows them to bring others in to aid them in their endeavors.
I found the relationships not only intense and deep but very real.
Loved the travel and hiking as these are some of my favorite things to do.
Although the sex scenes for the most part were over the edge to me, I read just regular Harlequin contemporary romance novels,  I can visually see the scenes playing out in front of me-the detailed descriptsions were so vivid.
When things go wrong on one trip it makes those involved realize what they do have with one another. Love all the past lifes and the secrets that come to light. Brings the book full circle as to why things happened.
Enjoyed the history while flying over the European countries and all the fashion and art names in the book. Demons appear in dreams and you wonder how they will overcome their actions.
I did find the French translations confusing as you had to read what they were translated in the footnote section, then get back to the story. Made sense while reading it as the conversations meant more in the native language to those speaking it.
Few characters, easy to keep track of as the evolved over time. This book, under 200 pages really tells a very in depth story, one worth reading.
Hope there is another book with the same characters to continue on their journey.  Surprised at the ending, it could've gone many ways.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
5 stars out of 5

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin
This book sounded interesting and am glad I was able to obtain a copy for review.
It's about how a woman comes back to home to care for an aging adult parent and help run the newspaper that is published once a week.
The story also follows Nick Sheridan who is helping out at the newspaper and is also an author and photographer for a man's outdoor adventure magazine.
There are many secrets along the way that come to light. We learn the grandmother's story about her love life. Throughout the book there are parts talking of God and how he's played a part in their lifes.
Loved learning about the nature and the terrain and how the town helps one another in times of a crises.
There are others that the book also follows and like how they are all entertwined.
Bit typical and you know what the outcome will be when you first start reading the book but the journey is interesting and so much happens to them all.
 I received this book from BooksClub Network ( in exchange for my honest review.

Here to Stay by Melisa Tagg
I wanted to read this book for a few reasons: country side of VT and running an inn and an annual Christmas festival.
This book starts out following two people:  Autumn Kingsley who is helping her brother run the dilapidated inn she was handed when she mother wanted to retire. Lots of secrets we learn of from the past that play a part in the present.
Also Blake Hurizkers who run the upscale hotel in town and he's just returned to the family fold and been welecomed. Lots of secrets come out about the death of his brother and they all learn new details on the death.
When things don't go right-she needs help-manual labor at the inn, and he needs help planning the big Christmas festival they combine forces and help one another out.  She's had her fill of the inn and gets the job offer in Paris-loved hearing of this part of the travel.
But things don't go according to plan when she hopes a buyer comes to stay that he will make her an offer for the place. Lots of trust in God along with scripture quotes. Loved the travel, town and new things, especially how they celebrate the holiday.
I received this book from BooksClub Network ( in exchange for my honest review.

Clifford Christmas by Norman Bridlewell
This audio book has sounds to help turn your page and is a delightful cheerful book to listen to.
Talks of how they start the holiday Season at Thanksgiving, after the parade and Clifford sees Santa.
Snow happens and their friends make a snowman with the help of Clifford, the dog. Ice hockey and then......the tree, way too big but just right for Cliffords' house..
Other favorite times, mistletoe, and Christmas eve. Book is not describing the details, you really need the book to follow

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Shadow Shifters by JB Thomas
Was excited to get to read this book as I've read other works by the author and enjoyed the read.
Glad to know upfront that there will be 3 books in this series-I like a short series of books and I will be able to finish it quickly as I know there will be others. I won't have to put this book down, not wanting it to end because it does not end, there will be more.
Interesting links led me to hear what others who've experienced these and what they have said about their personal experiences. Love learning new things and there are many things to learn about as the story goes on.
Loved all the technical explanations of occurrences as I've experienced a few myself and never thought to learn more about them, at the time. Found the different angles from others enlightening throughout the book. Handful of characters and each one is so different and you learn about their talents.
As the story goes on you begin to realize what is happening and in your mind you put the puzzle pieces together til it comes together-throughout the book there are clues-can't skip to the end to find out the conclusion...
Lots of different components compiled make this a fascinating read! Loved the travel and this will make a perfect gift for our teen granddaughter for Christmas!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
I rate this 5 stars out of 5.
along with the whole story. Other mishaps occur but all is set right.
The second half of this book is the same story, just told without page turn signals.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Clifford the small red puppy by Norman Bridwell
This audio book has first section with turn page signals. Second half is without the signals.
Emily Elizabeth is the reader and she describes the story. She tells her friend how she got Clifford.
The story follows how the puppy grows up and how they learned along the way.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Clifford at the Circus by Norman Bridwell
This audio book has first section with turn page signals. Second half is without the signals.
Emily Elizabeth is the reader and she tells the story. This book is about how Clifford her dog goes to the circus with her.
They see many things there : a sign asking for help. She and Clifford apply for the job to help them put the show on.
She tells of the problems with the animals and Clifford solves that problem. Clowns needed to be trained as some had quit.
Clifford helps again. Story tells of other problems and how they fix them up so the show will go on. The sights and sounds of the circus feel very real.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Night comes to the Cumberlands, a biography fo a depressed area by Harry Cottle
he specific area is about the coal mining in eastern Kentucky.
The downfall of what is left after the mine is closed down.
Tragedies and tributes to the miners.  Not sure what it is that fascinates me into learning how they do their job, the pitfalls and the outcome of each dig. Also work during the depression, WAP, etc.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The 4.1.1. Cook Book" Seasoning Mixes and Homemade Fixes
Wanted to scan through this book as we are using a lot more herbs and spices these days rather than salt.
Besides having the dishes there is also a section for the spices themselves. Good combination of what spices go with what food groups, meats, poultry, etc.
Beef stew packet would be my first one to try. Looked at a few others and even using sweet butter those won't be used at our house due to our diet needs.
Lots of other mixtures of spices to try out from this book: meatloaf, Italian dressing, Greek salad dressing to name a few.
Other tips about how to clean items, gardening, and so much more. Defintely a book I'll be keeping on hand and handy.