Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Release-Review: Her Sinful Secret by Jane Porter

Her Sinful Secret by Jane Porter
Haven't read the others in the series but reading this one I did not feel left out of the loop.
Logan Copeland has secrets and needs to tell the billionaire Rowan of one of them before he takes her to his castle...
He's only protecting her from harm but she paid for one night with a high price. Now that they are together she yearns for his touch as she's felt it before but he has stipulations...
Great read, has a bit of everything, twists and turns, romance, mysteries and love.
Received a review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Beach Inn By Joanne DeMaio

About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Breeze comes a novel as sweet as the salt air by the sea.

It was going to be exquisite: a rambling, shingled New England cottage converted into a grand beach inn. Nestled among hydrangeas and swaying dune grasses, this seaside haven would welcome guests on the Connecticut shore. Except the little beach town of Stony Point is no longer feeling like a haven to its residents. Residents including a brooding Jason Barlow, the esteemed architect in charge of the inn's renovation--until a stubborn, grief-induced For Sale sign puts an end to that.

But with a little help from the beach friends, anything is possible. In an effort to save the inn and convince its cherished owner to stay, the friends band together to stage an inn-tervention, shaking up their own lives in the process.

A new season of love, adventure, and heart-healing awaits in the quaint seaside village of Stony Point. So pull up a sand chair and book your stay for a page-turning getaway in The Beach Inn.

Author Bio




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

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

Here are direct links to the book: Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble

My Review:

The Beach Inn By Joanne DeMaio
This book starts out where the last one left off. Follows those working/living in Stony Point, CT.
Seaside New England village where everything is in place. Lots of surprises in this book. Can't seem to get past the shanty and how Maris is shown it for the first time.
It's breathtaking-the romance and atmosphere of a great healing place.
Book follows Maris and Jason in their endeavors. Elsa at her house-not quite sure what to do yet-sell or open it as a B&B now that Sal is gone. Twists and turns in this book.
Lauren and Kyle-love her driftwood items and he at the diner. Glimpses into the past books so you are not left out in the dark, but not all the details.
Memories of those no longer there are spread throughout the book making you wish you had known them better while they were there.
Love how Neil's manuscript reflects his friends lives. Especially love all the things that make this come to life. Community sticks together to help each one heal.
Received a copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Reviews : Philip Nork's works

Legends of the Lake was the first one I read and reviewed last month, what a treasure!

The Other Side of Horse Racing by Philip Nork
Enjoy learning about horses and have yet to ride one but want to learn more about them.
Enjoy the Derby and other races in May but more about finding out about the people who train them and ride them.
Gambling is an escape and ends up being an addiction.  Bobby Tucker grew up with no father, those he loved had died. It's best to just go on by himself he thinks.
Love that it explains all the terms about betting and place the horse comes up at the end of the race.
Strikes up friendships with some ladies and pops. Different track where the horses run got him unnerved and things just aren't right...
Loved hearing all the stats, percentage wise about the different tracks and horses.  Wind and drafting totally makes sense!
Word gets around among the teens and they use him for his winning bets.
Time goes on and things go horribly wrong on all counts. After graduation he goes with his father to live in FL. He hopes to remake himself and be more outgoing.
He gets a job and once again you wonder if he's done with gambling.
Tough love sets in and you hope he will wake up from his nightmare....Love the opportunity that is offered.
Lots of twists throughout this book, left you guessing what could happen next.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Misguided Sensitivity by Philip Nork
This book starts out with the author's struggles through childhood as his parents divorced.
He had others in his life as he grew up and treasures everything he learns from them. The lessons he learned are listed in the chapters.
Love that he is able to get something and give something to others in return and how he meets them again later in life.
Remember our skating days and wondered if I ever skated past my spouse as we didn't know one another til 10 years later-fond memories.
Author writes his side of the story and you get a glimpse of the other's thoughts as well. Love school writing assignment where the class all realize one major thing that effects them all. Everybody has their own plan of action to be accepted into society.
Love the definition of acquaintance and I have a ton of them, LOL
Feel like I've learned so much and it's been right in front of me the whole time. Can't wait to read other works by this author.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Life Balance by Philip Nork
This book summarizes the prior book in the series: Misguided sensitivity and then moves on to when the male character is older.
Heartache, struggles, joy, death, medical emergencies, emptiness-he sometimes needs help to get through life that balances good and bad.
He wonders if the gift is actually a curse. He needs to take control of his own destiny, find his spiritual self again.
For the summer he and his younger brother head to FL where his father lives and they reconnect and he learns of his life there.
He decides to live in FL after their return, he cuts away from everybody he knows in St. Louis after a huge going away party from the roller rink.
FL has many opportunities for him as he takes it all in. Love the descriptions of the rides, so detailed I feel like I am there.
Auras are fascinating to learn about.  This book is so involved with the people he meets and each one gives another clue to the puzzle of his life.
At times you wonder if he will find one to really love and grow old with. Love the visits from Nana and what rain and roses signify.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Was skeptical wanting to read this book but the author in chat assured us we would be laughing.
She was right! Besides having discussions about sex, soups and religion you just can't see it all going together but it does.
There are quotes from all over the Bible to back up what's being said. It's basically a book about a lifestyle including sleep, soup and exercise. We follow the Mediterranean lifestyle and this sounds very similar to it as the food is very healthy.
Lots of recipes but no nutritional information but you can tell from the healthy ingredients it will taste good and still be good nutrition wise.
Love how she tells you to experiment with all aspects of this til you get the right combination to make it all work for you. For her it helped solve her weight problem and high cholesterol problem. For us it's just a way of life now-don't want any more heart attacks.
What causes us concern is still seeing all the bad food others eat at work to no avail telling them to better themself-they want no part of it=maybe after they have a heart attack they will be persuaded. Love resources by chapter although she's not a licensed nutritionist she's done her homework!
I was given the book by  the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Books read May 8

May 2017 Book Fun Magazine by Book Fun Magazine 
Really enjoyed this magazine this month for a few reasons.
The usual contributors and more, insight into their lives and i enjoy following them and their family and travels.
New authors and their works that are available to read and review. That's what I really appreciate from this magazine every month is what you can learn from it.
Beautiful pictures to help tell the story and there are recipes to enjoy.
You too can join and they will give you free books to read and review. It's that easy.

 Mister B: Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist by A.L. Byk
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review
This book starts out with the family moving into their fathers house. Love hearing of the blimps and what they were really all about. Same with Apollo explosion and why although the officials never told you.
The father (father in law), Mister B loves to learn how things works, like a computer so he studies at his local library-walking there as he no longer drives. He doesn't have a computer just wants to learn all about them.
So many other subjects come up. Helium in TX-this guy would do well on Jeopardy. The family is giving it a year to see if they like living with their father before they decide what to do next. They had sold their house but didn't make much money on it as they owed so many people money.
Love the pictures along the way. Book is set up like a diary or journal where it's written in on a daily if not weekly basis. Love time spent where prayer and much thought goes into things they always wondered about.
Living in Woonsocket, RI growing up near cotton mills. Love what they all sacrifice so an old man can remain in his house.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.

 Amazing Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Easy to Prep within 15 Minutes by Iris Cook
Each recipe includes nutrition facts calories, total fat-not usually broken up into good and bad, cholesterol, sodium and carbs.
Prep and cook time. List of ingredients, which you should be able to substitute for your own dietary needs for a healthier option, directions on how to make.
Tips along the way. Not all start out in the slow cooker so there may be more dishes to wash.
Has categories for breakfast, lunch and dinner with many varieties to choose from.

 5 Ingredient Cookbook: 50 Delicious Quick and Easy Recipes That You Can Make With 5 Ingredients or Less by Nancy Kelsey
Starts out with free ebook. Large intro section on why to use a slow cooker, health wise and time. Recipes have a picture along with prep time, total time and servings.
List of ingredients you may be able to substitute for your dietary needs  and instructions to make the dish.
There is nutritional information:  Serving size # per recipe,calories, calories from fat, total fat, sat. fat, cholesterol, sugars, sodium, total cabs, dietary fiber, sugars, and protein.
There are a lot to choose from and some I never thought of to cook in the slow cooker.
Thought of the pork chops but they use a few cans of soup which each contain large amounts of salt.
Muffins and cookies, dishes for one serving. Apple dessert would be our option to try as we can control the products going into the dish.

Pie Recipes, The Ultimate Guide by Encore Publishing
Each include a title, prep, cook, ready in time, servings. List of ingredients and some you might be able to substitute for your dietary needs and instructions in how to make the dish.
There are no pictures. There is no nutritional information.
Some recipes ask you to use a prepared box mix
Also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner pies and regional pies from all over the world.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Books read May 5

The seed collectors by Thomas Scarlett
Some have received real seeds, others are deadly from the woman who ran the orchard and is now dead.
Others in the family and there seems to be such an emphasis placed on sex, adultery etc.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Salmon: The Ultimate Guide  by Kimberly Hansan
Love salmon and always willing to try new recipes.
Each recipe includes prep/cook, ready time, servings, list of ingredients, how to make the dish. There are NO pictures and no nutritional information.
For the most part the ingredients are fresh and healthy and you should be able to substitute for a healthy option when using cooking spray and oils/butter.
Some of the recipes use grams and metric measurements for ingredients and other recipes use cup and teaspoon (American) measurements.
Not sure why the two different kinds.
Lots of different choices and combinations of flavors.

The Incredible Life of the Sea Turtle: Fun Animal Ebooks for Adults & Kids 7 and Up With Incredible Photos (Exploring Our Incredible World Series)  by Mark Smith   (Author)
They just announced locally it's that time of the year where beach access will be restricted so the turtles and bring their eggs to higher grounds.
Very colorful book explaining what happens with the turtles starting at when the eggs are hatched.
Goes through the different stages of their life and how they are able to survive.
Dangers they encounter are also shown. Love seeing the tracks from the sand dunes to the ocean-trail that the turtles took to find the ocean.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the beginning and more at the end of the book.

Simply Seafood: Delicious Seafood Recipes by BookSumo Press
Recipes include easy seafood dishes. Common abbreviations and a brief intro start this book out.
Recipes include title and list of ingredients and how to make the dish.   Prep time, cook and total time. Nutritional information includes calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, protein, cholesterol and sodium.
Grilled salmon looks like the recipe we use, very tasty.  Free ebook offer at the end.

All American Favorites: 35 Delicious Family Recipes That Will Make You The Star Of The Show  by Dan Alatorre
Starts out with other works by the author. Short intro about family holidays.
Bonus recipes included.
Each recipe includes list of ingredients and how to make the dish. No servings, no nutritional information although you might be able to substitute for a healthier option.
There are NO pictures, just old time favorite dishes for a holiday celebration that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Solar System For Kids! A Comet Book: Fun Facts & Pictures of Space & Comets With Comet ISON by Leanne Annett
Colorful book about comets. Starts out with comets and fun facts about them. Pictures to go along with what is being read.
So many interesting things to learn about. They are summarized at the end of the book.

Greek Cookbook Series by Multiple Authors
Contents include an introduction that talks about the Mediterranean diet and how healthy it is. What to cot down on and what to eat more of.
Each recipe starts with servings, list of ingredient shown with a picture of the item a color photo and how to put the dish together.
There is no nutritional information but a large majority of the ingredients are healthy. Wish they had an American name to the dish or a brief summary of what it is.
Shrimp skewed look very appetizing!

Feel Like Baking by Emily Jensen
Contents include cakes, puddings cobbler and other favorites.
Each recipe include title, list of ingredients and how to make it. There are no pictures. There is no nutritional information.
You should be able to substitute for healthy ingredients, light or low fat variety. Can't wait to try the carrot cake.

Make Condiments from Scratch: Fabulous Recipes for Fresh Flavors and Healthier Lifestyles  by Amber Richards
Recipes includes : hollandaise sauce, mayonnaise, warm butter sauces, pan sauces and gravies, vinaigrette and dressings, sauce vierge, tomato sauce, salsas, chili sauces, butters, jams and spreads,
jellies, relishes, chutneys, white sauces, brown sauces, vegetable based sauces, savory fruit sauces, sweet dessert sauces, zabaglione sauces, flavored syrup sauces
Each recipe includes a color photo, servings, ingredients and how to make. There is no nutritional information and there are a lot of different varieties including light or low fat.
Very interesting flavor combinations.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Food Truck Cuisine: Discover Delicious Recipes from Food Truck Kitchens by J. R. Stevens
Book starts out with free ebook offer. Contents include: tacos, sandwiches/hoagies, and noodles recipes.
Each recipe includes title, prep, cook, ready in minutes, servings and list of ingredients along with how to make the dish. There are NO pictures.
There is no nutritional information available. You might be able to substitute for a healthier option due to your dietary needs.
The big easy fries sound interesting as they are baked.

Busy Bees ABC  by Peter Lawson
Very colorful children's book that shows the alphabet with the help from the bees.
The words the bees find are written out along with showing a picture of them. My favorite is the V for vase-has awesome flowers in it.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

34 Gourmet Food Recipes For Weeknights by Pamela Kazmierczak
Book starts out with recipes after a brief intro. Each recipe has a title, ingredient list and how to make the dish and serving suggestions.
There are No pictures and no nutritional information.
You might be able to substitute some ingredients for a healthier option for your dietary needs. 2 sticks of butter is gonna be hard to substitute and get the same flavor.
Chicken recipes, lamb, beef and pork and seafood. My selection would be one of the seafood dishes.

Tough girls don't knit and other tales of stylish subversion by Freda Garmaise
Story of a woman in England who goes through the process of getting divorced. Comical at times, the stories and events she goes through prior, during and after.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Cinco De Mayo Cookbook: Authentic Mexican Recipes to Celebrate the Holiday by BookSumo Press
As this holiday is tomorrow I thought maybe I could find a meal for us to enjoy to help celebrate.
Book starts out with other works by the author, an intro, bio and contents: easy cinco de mayo recipes and so many other variations of dishes.
Common abbreviations start off the book then the recipes.
Has English name and Spanish name and list of ingredients. Directions are included along with prep, cooking, and total times.
Nutritional information includes calories, fat  NOT broken up into good or bad, carbs, protein, cholesterol and sodium.
There are NO pictures. For some of the recipes-the ones in particular that call for a can of tomato sauce you should be able to substitute for a healthier option by using diced tomatoes and putting them in the cuisnart.
Some of the seasonings I am not familiar with.  My favorite to try would be Arroz con Pollio II, rice and chicken, sounds nice and spicy hot but I'd substitute out for less sodium content.

Books for Kids: Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond (Children’s Book, Picture Books, Preschool Books, Baby Books, Kids Books, Ages 3-5): Children's Picture Book  Kindle Edition
Colorful children's story about a frog named Bubbles. The trouble in Frog Pond was all his fault.
He stinks and the others do not like it, one bit. One suggested he eat different bugs. One good thing he discovers is he can scare the boys away from catching frogs-because he smells SO bad.
Cute story.

French Bistro Cooking: Easy Classic French Cuisine Recipes to Make at Home by Sarah Spencer
Starts out with what French bistro cooking is and the atmosphere of it all.
Each recipe has a title, cook time, prep time, servings, some have a color photo.
List of ingredients (fresh vegetables) along with directions.
No nutritional information but you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Chapters include Appetizers, soups and stews, poultry, pork and veal, beef, coastal seafood,
Vegetables and side dishes, sweet French endings and a chart for converting measurements.
My favorite to try would be the salmon and glazed turnips.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.