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Today’s Author Spotlight is Lee Hollis, author of the Hayley Powell Food And Cocktails Mystery series.  I am not sure how I have missed this series, but I did.  I just  had the pleasure of reading book number eight, Death Of a Pumpkin Carver and I loved it.  I cannot wait to go back and read all of the other books in the series.  That is why I decided Lee Hollis had to be my Spotlight Author this week, so others hear about the series and have the enjoyment of reading all of the books.

About The Author:

Lee HollisRick Copp was two years out of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts when he was tapped at 24 years old to become a staff writer on the enormously popular NBC sitcom The Golden Girls in 1988. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially for a boy from…

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New Releases For Week Of August 28th

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Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 28th, 2016.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

28109703A new series from the author of the Tourist Trap Mysteries!

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle…

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Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon (#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway)

The Girl with Book Lungs

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Boy, could I relate to the “dog days of summer” author Cheryl Hollon wrote about in the third book of the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, Cracked to Death. As I type this review, I’m sitting comfortably in an air conditioned house, but outside in south eastern Wisconsin is is stiflingly hot and humid. Which means it’s been perfect for me to relax with a cozy mystery.

Glass shop owner Savannah Webb has opened a second workshop location of her business and, as a result, has turned over some of the teaching responsibilities to her employee, Amanda. As the week and the story begin, Amanda is set to teach an upcycling glass, demonstrating how to take glass bottles and make decorative dishes and trays. But after only one day of glass, one student is missing and later turns up dead – murdered. This time, Savannah isn’t a subject in…

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Review of A Story To Kill

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A Story To Kill

Cat Latimer Mystery, Book #1

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars

28109703Synopsis:

A new series from the author of the Tourist Trap Mysteries!

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…

The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom…

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Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities (Happy Hoofers Mystery #2)

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Flamenco, Flan, and FatalitiesbyMary McHugh

Published February 24th 2015 by Kensington

4 Stars

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Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver – Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Book's the Thing

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Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver
A Kelly Jackson Mystery #2

Synopsis:

It’s whale-watching season in Redwood Cove, and B&B manager Kelly Jackson’s battening down the hatches for the tourist rush at Redwood Heights—a Victorian-style estate owned by her boss. And due to recent jewelry thefts, her duties include keeping track of the many dust-covered artifacts spread throughout the property. But when Kelly finds Sylvia Porter’s lifeless body, menial tasks don’t seem so terrible. Enlisting the help of a ragtag group of brainy retirees, aka the “Silver Sentinels,” Kelly’s on the hunt for clues hidden behind the mansion’s glamorous façade. . .and for a killer who may want to make history of her next!

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Cover Reveal – Foolish Brides by A. S. Fenichel

Musings from the Middle Ages & More

I’m thrilled to share with you this new cover and soon-to-be released book by fellow Kensington/Lyrical author A. S. Fenichel…

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Sadly ever after. . . unless some dreams really do come true?

Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancé, will tell her why.

Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate…

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Die, Die Birdie by J.R. Ripley (#BookReview #BlogTour)

The Girl with Book Lungs

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Starting a new business is stressful enough without being suspected of murder. But that is exactly what Amy Simms is facing after finding a dead body in the storage room of her soon-to-open shop, Birds & Bees. As if the shock weren’t enough, Amy’s nosy neighbor tenant (who I actually kind of came to love by the end of the book!) quickly points an accusatory finger in Amy’s direction . . . in front of the Chief of Police, of course.

Determined to clear her name and open her business as planned, Amy and her best friend and business partner, Kim, set out to solve the mystery. Who was the man in her storage room? Why was he there? And why is Kim looking guilty? Along the way, Amy faces off with the town’s police chief (a man she very briefly dated in high school – much to her continuing…

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Whoopie Pies Recipe by Shirlee McCoy

Even the best recipe needs a little magic to make it come to life.

Case in point – Whoopie Pies. Who can resist the soft cake-like cookie? The sweet creamy filling? Certainly not anyone in my family!

Years ago, my mother gave me her recipe for the decadent treats. I enjoyed making them for my kids, but they became even more special when my youngest daughter arrived. 7-year-old Q had spent her entire life in China. She’d left everything she’d ever known to join our family. We were strangers who didn’t even share a common language, but we were building a life together. I decided that the best place to get to know each other was in the kitchen and that the first thing we should make was whoopie pies. Q had no idea what we were creating, and I had no way of explaining it to her, but when she bit into her first ever homemade treat, she giggled. I think that was the beginning of her love for me. Continue reading “Whoopie Pies Recipe by Shirlee McCoy”

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