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An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 stars


The Civil War is raging. Ellen “Elle” Burns, once a slave along with her parents, is a free negro living in the North. She’s chosen to relinquish that freedom to become an undercover spy for the Loyal League, Union supporters, posing as a mute slave girl in a confederate Senator’s home in Richmond, VA. The Loyal League’s mission is to help destroy the Confederacy. Elle’s assignment in Senator Caffrey’s home is to use her eidetic (photographic) memory to expose secessionists’ secrets. Elle is hopeful that her efforts will contribute to the end of slavery in the south. It’s risky business, but “anything for the Union,” she continually recites in her mind to dispel the hatred she has working as a slave under a cruel and exacting mistress, the Senator’s daughter, Susie. Susie is intent on vexing her daily—spewing racial epithets and making derogatory comments and accusatory statements…

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Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese by Lee Hollis

1 16-ounce box pasta shells (or your
favorite pasta)
¼ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
cheese
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 teaspoon each: salt, ground black
pepper, garlic powder
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
Cook your pasta to almost al dente according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.

While your pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over
medium, heat.

Whisk until it begins to thicken a bit, add your cheeses, and keep stirring
until they are melted.

Remove from heat and add your salt, pepper, and garlic.

In a large bowl add your pasta, chopped lobster, and cheese sauce. Stir to combine, making sure all the pasta is evenly coated in the cheese sauce.

Pour into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Continue reading “Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese by Lee Hollis”

Guest: Alyssa Maxwell

Wicked Cozy Authors

Edith here, who can’t quite believe it’s almost July! I’m delighted to welcome my friend, name-mate, and fellow historical mystery author, Alyssa Maxwell (no relation) to the blog today! I love her Gilded Newport series, and you will, too. One lucky winner today will win a signed hardcover of the fifth book in the series, Murder at Chateau Sur Mer, which will be out in a month. (I wish I could win!) A bonus for me is that one characters is named Edith.

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Here’s the book blurb: Covering a polo match for the Observer, society reporter Emma Cross’s job is to take note of the real players off the field—Newport’s well-bred elite. But the fashionable façade is breached when a woman in gaudy clothing creates a scene demanding to speak to the wife of Senator George Wetmore—until she is escorted off the grounds by the police.  The next morning, police detective…

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Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum

3 cups sliced yellow onions
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat leafed parsley
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
21/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (Nell likes to use Panko crumbs)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
½ cup milk
1¼ red wine (Nell always uses wine she likes to drink, not cooking wine)
6 ounces thin sliced bacon
Good quality olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Continue reading “Nell’s Wine, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Meatloaf by Sally Goldenbaum”

The Detective’s Daughter Goes on Retreat

Wicked Cozy Authors

Edith here. Our Accomplice, Kim Gray,who usually writes the Detective’s Daughter posts, can’t be here today, so I’m jumping in to share her virtual report of going on a writers’ retreat.

Kim, Annette Dashofy, Martha Reed, and I were invited by Ramona DeFelice Long to go on a week-long retreat at Clare House, a convent retreat house in Pennsylavania. None of us had any problem with jumping at the opportunity. I’d gone with Ramona and Kim last year and loved it. After we returned last week, Kim put up a few pictures and commentary on her Facebook page, so I’m drawing it together in a blog post for her!

The gathering spot for the animals’ breakfast.

AnimalBreakfast

Time for reflection.

TimeforReflection

Our doorbell.

OurDoorbell

The front entrance of my home away from home.

Front

A good spot to sit and think.

SitandThink

My companion on my walks these past seven days.

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A great place…

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Celebrate Gay Pride with these Fabulous Books!

“A passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz in 1920s Harlem and Paris—a moving story of traveling far to find oneself.” —David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

In a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, Joe Okonkwo creates an evocative story of emotional and artistic awakening.

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter—and to Paris where Baby Back says everything is happening.

ON TOUR:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7pm
JOE OKONKWO IN CONVERSATION DAVID EBERSHOFF,  AUTHOR OF THE DANISH GIRL
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY

Thursday, July 7, 2016 @ 7pm
READING: JOE OKONKWO & KIA CORTHRON
KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY

Saturday, August 6
READING & SIGNING
OutWrite Festival, LGBT book festival
Washington, D.C.

 

Lambda Finalist Award Nominee

“At the heart of this capacious and suspenseful novel is the bond between two very different brothers, but its larger context is the Italian-American family: its values, loyalties and responsibilities. Tom Mendicino writes with honesty and compassion, and the reader can’t help but root for his endearing characters.” –Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

Charlie Beresford and Kevin “KC” Conroy came of age in Tom Mendicino’s KC, At Bat and Travelin’ Man. Now they’re struggling with the realities of adulthood, in this powerfully honest story of unlikely friendship and enduring love.

At twenty-two, Charlie Beresford has a Dartmouth degree, an entry-level radio job, and a hunch that he’s already made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. It’s no wonder his old high-school crush, KC Conroy, is wary when they encounter each other again. Five years ago, Charlie callously discarded him after they shared an intense adolescent affair.

 

Lambda Finalist Award Nominee

Spanning the 1930s to the present day, James Driggers’ evocative Southern Gothic collection introduces the intriguing inhabitants of Morris, South Carolina–a small town where a mix of rich, poor, and in-between co-exist, grappling with desire, ambition, hope, and loneliness. . .

Amid a landscaped dotted with farms, trailers, and genteel homes, there lives a talented baker who desperately needs to win a cooking contest but must team up with a down-on-her-heels society matron to do it. . .the Bramble sisters, whose husbands tend to be short-lived and wealthy, but whose latest prospect arrives with complications. . .a widow who becomes dangerously obsessed with a snake-charming televangelist. . .and a lonely florist who will do anything for the sake of a ruthless local mechanic. Continue reading “Celebrate Gay Pride with these Fabulous Books!”

Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #3)

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Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #3)byRose Pressey

Mass Market Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Kensington Publishing
4 Stars

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Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan

4 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon balsamic
vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 Cornish hens approximately 1.5
pounds each
Vegetable cooking spray
[Orange slices, optional]
For this recipe, use marmalade made with sugar. It can be the low-sugar type, but not marmalade made with corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. If you have larger hens, increase
the baking time.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the marmalade, the vinegar, and the thyme in a microwavable cup.

Microwave the mixture for 1 minute at half power.  Continue reading “Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens by Maya Corrigan”

Bestselling author John Gilstrap

 

A rescue gone wrong. A deadly double cross. A desperate race to freedom. Freelance operative Jonathan Grave faces his fiercest challenge yet in bestselling author John Gilstrap’s explosive new thriller . . .

The mission is simple. Drop into the Mexican jungle, infiltrate a drug cartel’s compound, and extract a DEA agent who’s been kidnapped and tortured. But when Jonathan Grave and his partner Boxers retrieve the hostage and return to the exfil point, all hell breaks loose. They’re ambushed by the cartel. Abandoned by their chopper. Attacked on all sides with no means of escape, no contacts, and no allies. Their only hope of survival lies inside the walls of a remote orphanage where innocent children have been targeted for death. Continue reading “Bestselling author John Gilstrap”

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