May 042016


 1. What’s something fun you’re looking forward to on your May calendar?
Going to a nearby park and walking along the river

2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother?
My mom read from the Bible every single day from as far back as I can remember, so the first image I have of her is sitting in her chair reading her Bible. She loved to sew and did so just about every day so I see her sitting at her sewing machine, but also sitting in her chair crocheting or knitting, or in the kitchen making us something yummy, like the best ever chicken and dumplings.

3. What’s something beautiful you own or have seen that’s made of glass?
I love stained glass. I’ve never seen one that I didn’t think was beautiful.4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual?
Not at all! I dream a lot and remember what I’ve dreamed, but you know how a lot of people have dreams that are caused by something they actually hear? Like their phone rings and they start dreaming about a phone ringing? Well that’s never happened to me until this morning. It started thundering and raining about 3:00 this morning, and all the thunder woke me up. I fell back asleep for about 30 min. and had a dream that a man was being chased by a bunch of cops. The man flipped his car and when he crawled out there was a shoot out. Bang bang bang bang bang. The guns being shot woke me up to a bunch of loud thunder that sounded very much like my dream.

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?
Money. That’s not a quality? Ok then, I’ll say patience. I’m a little short on it sometimes.

6. What’s the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May?
Redoing a kitchen. Probably not goint to happen in May.

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?
I really didn’t dislike anything when I was growing up. I didn’t have any chores because my mom did everything. I did keep my room neat because I was O.C.D. even back then. I always put everything back in it’s spot when I was finished with it so my room was never messy.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I love reading and watching movies. I’ve learned that my mood can dictate whether I like the book/movie or not. I’ve re-read books and watched movies again, and my thoughts the second time didn’t always match what I thought the first time. Depends on my mood. Does this happen to you?

May 032016


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I’ve been upping my steps. The highest day had 7055 and the lowest had 2928. I hope to be more consistent this week.

As for strength training, I did good. So good that I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder, which has given me trouble for many years due to 28 years of taking care of Henry. He was a big man, 6’2. I’m only 5’0. Anyway, I lifted too much and too high and my whole arm was hurting/semi numb for a few days. But it’s better now. I don’t think it will ever be 100% again. My pinkie and side of my hand is numb most of the time and my shoulder pops over and over if I use it or lay on it.

No yoga, chi-gong etc.  Sheesh, just do it!

For food I plan on making:
Tuesday: Veal patty sandwiches. I’ll wrap mine in lettuce, Anthony will use buns.

Wednesday: Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks with Honey-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts for me and mashed potatoes and corn for Anthony.

Thursday: Vegetable Curry

Friday: Wings and chef salad from Hungry Howies

Saturday: Meatloaf, Sauteed Zucchini

Sunday: We’re having a family cookout. We’re having Gardein Chipotle Black Bean Burgers, a kale salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob. And I can’t get together for a meal with my daughter in law with out her also making macaroni salad. It’s the best in the world. Really it is. Honestly!

Parmesan Tuna Patties for my lunch

May 032016

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Failure Is Fatal
by Lesley A. Diehl

Fatal_final_ebook_1Failure Is Fatal (Laura Murphy Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Creekside Publishing (January 21, 2016)
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234909

Someone at Professor Laura Murphy’s college appears to be playing a joke on her by planting sexually explicit stories in her research results, but the joke turns deadly when one story details the recent stabbing murder of a coed. Laura’s close friend, Detective Derrick Pasquis from the local police, asks for her help in interviewing the prickly suspects who resist intervention from outside the campus community. Eager to search out clues, Laura ignores warning signs that playing amateur sleuth may jeopardize her newly developing romance with Guy. And of course her usual intrusive manner puts her at odds with everyone on campus—colleagues, the college administration, the head of campus security and fraternity members. Is there no one Laura can’t offend in her eagerness to find the truth? The closer she gets to solving the crime, the more it appears that the past—the coed’s, that of a prominent faculty member and Laura’s own—is the key to the murder. Caught in an early winter blizzard, Laura must choose between wandering the mountains and freezing to death or taking her chances with a killer clever enough to make murder look like the work of an innocent student.

Excerpt from Failure is Fatal

I felt more comfortable in the shadows, but uncertain where I might be stepping without my flashlight to guide me. My foot touched something soft. Yikes! Oh, it was only a pile of clothing, dirty probably. Oh, ugh. This is silly, getting worked up over a pile of clothes. Calm down. I was tempted to pick up the clothing and put it somewhere. I stopped myself. Now was not the time to be tidy and certainly not in a house I was burglarizing. I sidestepped the clothing, steadying myself with a hand on what I thought was a bureau. Funny, it felt like glass, not wood. I removed my mittens and slid my hand up the side of the smooth object until I felt wire mesh. Oh no, it can’t be. Probably just a terrarium with a few turtles in it or frogs. Frogs were okay. I needed to check to be certain. I turned on the flashlight. Yup. My worst nightmare. The beam reflected back the cold, unblinking reptilian eyes of a snake! Why did I have to look? I hate snakes, hate them, hate them, hate them. Why is this one smiling at me? In the light I could see feeding instructions printed in large letters on a card taped to the front of the glass cage: “Do not let Harry out. His next scheduled feeding isn’t until Sunday. He’s kind of grumpy.” Another card held the dates of previous feeds; the last one listed as three weeks ago.

I grabbed for the handle of the door behind me, and turned it. I slammed the door behind me, waving my flashlight frantically around the room. No more glass cages sprang into view. I leaned backward into the door and felt my heart thumping heavily in my chest. Why was it frat guys always preferred scales to fur in their choice of pets? I shone the flashlight at my feet and toward the bottom of the door to assure myself that snakey hadn’t followed me into the room. Don’t be silly, the top was on the cage. But how securely?


About The Author
Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.
She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.

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May 012016

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Looking out my window… It’s 80℉ right now but the high is supposed to be 93℉. The sun is shinning on and off and a while ago I heard the Sand Hill Cranes that visit us on a regular basis. The had a baby recently and it is adorable!

I am thinking about going back to the new chuch my bff Angie and I tried on Palm Sunday. We want to see what the service is like on a non-holiday.

I am thankful… that my husband’s uncle received a cancer free test result

One of my favorite things… a new favorite of mine is a chef salad from Hungry Howie’s. It’s so so so good!

I am wearing… black pants and a black & white boho top

I am creating… A recipe box from a kit I bought at Michaels a long time ago and never did anything with

I am reading American Housewife by Helen Ellis

I am watching… For Peete’s Sake. It’s so good!

I am hoping to go to Mount Dora this week with Kilah. We didn’t get to go yet, life got busy

I am learning  sign language. It’s not as hard as I thought it would be

In my kitchen… Tonight we’re having cubed steak, baked potato and salad

Board room… DIY Flip Flop Wreath, found here, pinned to this board

Post Script… This is a great site for any movie lover with or without kids who wants to know about profanity, violence and gore, and sex and nudity. Kids In Mind

Shared quote… From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere -Dr. Seuss

A moment from my day…



Closing Notes… I’m going to work harder this week to eat low carb/low sodium meals

Apr 292016


Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 28 oz. can Rotel (diced tomatoes & green chilies)
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 package taco seasoning

Combine all ingredients except chicken in slow cooker and stir.
Place chicken breasts on top.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Prior to serving, remove chicken breasts, shred them, and return to soup.
Garnish with low-fat sour cream & shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, etc.
Serve with warm corn tortillas.

Oh boy did I adapt this recipe!
1. I used 3 large breasts.
2. I left out the can of tomato sauce and the onion.
3. I added a package of ranch dressing mix.
4. I used two cans each instead of one of the 3 beans and the corn.
5. I used 2 taco seasoning mixes.

When it was time to take the chicken breasts out and shred them, I took half the soup (no chicken) out of the slow cooker and put it in a container to freeze.

I garnished with sour cream, chopped onion, shredded mild cheddar cheese.

When I want it for dinner again I’ll take it out to to thaw, add a pound of browned ground chuck and reheat it.


This was really good, lots of taco flavor and the ratio of the ingredients was perfect. I was going to eat a hard crusty bread with it but we had some left over cornbread from the night before and Anthony said he was going to eat that instead. So I did too, not sure I’d like it with the soup. I shouldn’t have worried, they were really good together. Anthony buttered his and then crumbled it up in his bowl. I just ate mine buttered, but did occasionally dip it in the soupy goodness.

This got a thumbs up from both of us.

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Apr 282016


A delightful comedy that stars two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field as Doris, a shy accounting clerk who has never ventured out of her comfort zone and lives vicariously through her colorful daydreams. Life throws her a curveball when a new co-worker, John (Max Greenfield), joins the company. Doris is inspired finally to take control of her life, and her newfound courage takes her on an extraordinary adventure more exciting than anything she could dream up.

Sally Field: Doris Miller
Max Greenfield:John Fremont
Tyne Daly: Roz

Two weeks ago my friend Nancy and I went out to eat and saw the movie Hello, My Name Is Alice. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen with Sally Field so I was sure I’d love this movie.

Alice has spent many years taking care of her ailing mother so she’s very much an introvert who only has a few friends. When her mom passes, she attends a self help seminar. She tells the host she has feelings for her new coworker but thinks it’s impossible for them to have a relationship. He tells her nothing is impossible, and instead to change the word impossible to I’m possible. That starts a change in Alice who breaks out of her shell and becomes a very quirky new Alice. She starts getting dating advice from her friends 13 yr. old daughter. Things go from funny to hilarious as Alice makes her way out of her shell.

The ending left room for a sequel, and hopefully one will come out soon.

This was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I love Sally Field and she played Doris perfectly. If you haven’t seen this yet, I hope you decide to. I love it!

Apr 272016


We’re thrilled to be hosting Robin Jay’s THE SECRETS OF THE KEYS Movie Blast today! 




Producer: TwoBirds, Inc.
Genre: Inspirational/Motivational
Imagine getting a life-altering call from your doctor.  That’s exactly what
happens to motivational speaker and author “Elizabeth” in The
Secrets of the Keys.
 Now, the inspiration she has used throughout
her career to guide others comes back to her as she attempts to make sense
of her situation.
Elizabeth comes face-to-face with her spiritual guide, “Gwen,” who has an intriguing opportunity for her. Gwen takes Elizabeth on a mystical journey where they encounter impressive experts eager to share the importance of 7 Keys: Appreciation, Harmony, Courage, Passion, Faith, Vibration, and Empathy.
Will she accept Gwen’s unique offer of a new kind of existence? This
empowering and transformational film is both entertaining and beautiful . . .
and will forever change the way you look at life.

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About the Producer

Robin Jay is an award-winning filmmaker,author, speaker, and publisher. She began her career in Personal Development as “The Queen of the Business Lunch™,” a Business Relationship Expert who shares the nuts-and-bolts of building profitable business relationships, with an emphasis on smart ways to network and socialize with clients.Robin’s award-winning book, “The Art of the Business Lunch ~ Building Relationships Between 12 and 2” (Career Press) is in 12 languages worldwide. She is also a contributor to “Chicken Soup for the Wine Lover’s Soul.” Robin has been featured internationally on MSNBC-TV,
Newsweek Magazine, CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, The London Financial Times, and other well-recognized media outlets.In 2006, she founded the Las Vegas Convention Speakers Bureau. As president, she not only runs the bureau and coaches speakers to success, Robin also published “The Power of the Platform,” a series of anthologies that feature messages from today’s top motivational speakers, including Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, and Les Brown.

Robin’s first film was “The KEEPER of the KEYS” – the first FUNNY personal development movie, which stars Jack Canfield, John Gray, and Marci Shimoff. Robin wrote, produced, and costars in the movie.
Her goal was to empower viewers by keeping them engaged and entertained. She was thrilled when the movie won the Las Vegas Film Festival Award for Best Independent Film, and The INDIE Fest Award for Best Documentary.

Her latest project is titled “The Secrets of the Keys”, which features a fun, engaging fictional story along with expert testimonials and personal accounts from some of the top names in the self-help industry, including Brian Tracy, don Miguel Ruiz, Gloria Loring, Dannion Brinkley, Michael Beckwith, and John Assaraf.

The film was released in January 2016 and immediately won awards, including two gold awards for Concept & Original Song from the International Independent Film Awards.

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Apr 262016

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I missed the I ♥ Heart Cooking Club theme for recipes by Curtis Stone that you can eat on the couch. Since I already bought the ingredients I decided to make it this week for Potluck.

I love healthier snacks to munch on while I’m watching tv,  and with it being so hot and humid these are perfect. Especially after a walk outside.

Frozen Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Banana Bites
Makes 30 pieces
3 ripe large bananas
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60 percent cacao), chopped
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Peel bananas & slice them into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; you should have about 60.
Lay half the slices on prepared baking sheet.
Using 2 spoons, place 1/4 tsp. peanut butter on each slice.
Top with remaining banana slices.
Cover and freeze until bites are completely frozen, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, place chocolate in a small bowl and set bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

Stir chocolate until it has just melted.

Spoon about 1/2 tsp. melted chocolate over each frozen banana bite and quickly sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. peanuts before chocolate hardens.

Serve immediately, or arrange the bites in single layers between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container and freeze until ready to eat. Bites will keep for 1 week.


I adapted the recipe a lot. I used crunchy peanut butter because that’s the only kind I’ve ever bought. I used walnuts because I don’t really like peanuts, and I cut the recipe in half because I’m the only one who will eat them. I used two bananas and they made 18 bites.

Yummy, Yummy Yummy! And btw, my son did try them and he said they were really good.

Sorry for the out of whack photo.

Apr 242016

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Outside Birds are chirping, it’s not hot yet but it’s supposed to be 88℉,  with thankfully no rain

Thinking about how Blessed I am

Thankful my granddaughter Arianna got her first car

Reading The Whole 30 and Braking For Bodies

Watching… Underground. I’m dvr’ing them so I don’t miss any of the episodes

Creating… nothing at the moment

Hoping to start deciding what we want to keep, giveaway, or sale so we can downsize

Learning  that it’s up to me whether I’m happy or not. I need to push down negative or upsetting thoughts

Fitness I found a great site, HASfit, that has fitness programs, workout videos, and more. I love it!!

Cooking/Baking… I didn’t get around to making 2 Ingredient Pumpking Muffins so I’ll be making them this week

Looking forward to… taking a day trip to Mount Dora this week with my daughter Kilah

One of my favorite things… seeing my dog Kaiyo running around and being so happy

A favorite quote…



A photo I thought I’d share…


Guess what they want? I’ll give you a hint: I’m eating.

Apr 232016


Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Rhododendron Books (January 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983589720
ISBN-13: 978-0983589723

In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God’s love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God’s grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life. Fruit of My Spirit is for anyone who’s ever questioned God’s ability to love and forgive, who’s ever wondered about their place in God’s family or God’s place in theirs. Nowadnick offers hope for those who dare to question, who secretly wonder, and who fear to ask. Through stories of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, you will experience the enormity of God, too.

This book is about different experiences the author had throughout her life, and how she used the Fruit Of The Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV), But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (the Apostle Paul in his letter to the people of Galatia)

Each story is interesting, and we learn a lot about this author. I loved the photos, and the hymns that were at the end of the chapters. I enjoyed learning the Greek words at the beginning of the chapters.

One of the chapters I connected with the most was when Deanna was a Camp Fire Girl. I don’t ever remember hearing about them when I was young. I was a Girl Scout though. Deanna did not like camping at all. At. All. Me on the other hand, loved it! I still remember singing songs and starting fires, and making Hunters Stew which was so so so good.

I loved this book and would recommend it to all women and teen girls whether you’re religious or not. The stories the author shared are interesting and uplifting. I’ve had this book for quite a while and it took me way to long to get to it, especially since it’s only a little over 100 pages. I wish I had just stuck it in my “review” stack closer to the top and read it sooner. I have her book Signs In Life and plan on starting it right away.

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Apr 232016

The other day my daughter Kilah and I drove to a new shopping mall, I’ll post about that in a week or so. Anyway, while driving home, Kilah told me there was a store nearby that she’d never been to but would like to go. Well, of course I was curious so we checked it out. The store was The Fresh Market. It’s similar to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

I really loved how they displayed everything, and the lightening  really made it have a comfy feeling. I don’t remember seeing any fruits or veggies but Kilah does. I guess I was just engrossed with the all the different kinds of coffee they had, that I forgot to take a photo of. The meat section was amazing, and they had rows and rows of nuts, cheeses, wine.  Here are a few photos I took:








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Apr 192016


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Last week was rough for me again, I hurt my foot while playing mini golf and doing some walking at Disney Springs, but it seemed to get better as the week went on and I averaged about 2 miles a day.

Sunday night my daughter called me and wanted to know if I wanted to go to the flea/farmers market and of course I said yes, and I got in a lot of steps. I asked her if she was ready to start walking with me every morning and she said yes! Woo hoo! She’s at home every day like I am and it will do us both good to walk every morning before it gets too hot and humid.

Here is what I plan on eating this week:
2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
Yogurt with Granola
Eggs & Cinnamon Toast
Oats with fruit, flax seed, wheat germ and cinnamon and nuts

Parmesan Tuna Patties
Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Wraps
Pepperoni Tortilla Pizzas

BOCA Burgers
Slow Cooker Pork with Greens and Beans
Blackened Chicken Alfredo Bake
Simple Salmon Patties with baked beans and coleslaw
Asian Glazed Drumsticks with Asian Style Rice & green beans
Crockpot Cheesy Tortelini

Apr 162016


Mexican Taco Salad

Taco Casserole (adapted from this Betty Crocker recipe)

1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
1 jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ 40% less-sodium taco seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips
1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped (didn’t use)
4 medium green onions, sliced (I used a yellow onion)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives (um, nope)
1 cup shredded lettuce

Heat oven to 350°F.

In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.

Stir in refried beans, salsa and taco seasoning mix. Reduce heat to medium. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

In ungreased 2-quart casserole, place 2 cups of the broken tortilla chips.

Top evenly with beef mixture.

Sprinkle with bell pepper, onions, 1 cup of the tomato, the cheese and olives.

Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.

Top baked casserole with lettuce, remaining 1/2 cup tomato and remaining 1/2 cup tortilla chips.


This was really really good. Even my son who doesn’t like any kind of taco stuff other than the taco salad I made, liked this. He’s not a fan of tomatoes that are baked so did say next time he’d like the tomatoes added after it was baked. I love them baked so I’ll probably just leave them out of half when I make it again. If you like stuff like this, give this a try. It was so good.


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Apr 142016




Pushed To The Limit by Karen Chester

File Size: 2205 KB
Print Length: 236 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: March 3, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Faye Seymour has long reigned as Greenville’s gossip queen, but recently she’s been at her worst, spreading rumors like wild fire and putting a lot of noses out of joint. Event planner Emma Cassidy has already lost an important client to Faye’s loose tongue, and she can ill afford to lose any business. When Emma discovers Faye lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs, the feisty old lady declares she was pushed—and that Emma is the culprit!—before passing out.

As Faye recovers, Emma reluctantly delves into the busybody’s life of meddling and scuttlebutt. She has to clear her name before Faye falsely accuses her again, and besides, there’s a capricious parrot relying on her now.

What scandalous secrets has Faye unearthed? How many lives has she ruined or threatened to ruin? Plenty of people have a reason to hate her, but one in particular is driven to commit a brutal murder. Can Emma follow the clues to unmask the killer, or will she fall victim herself?

This is the second book in this series and boy is it a doozy. There’s a lot going on in this short book. The characters are well written and have personalities that jump of the page and the story keeps you wanting more.

There are several different suspects, and I couldn’t figure out who the real culprit was for anything.  What I love most about this book is that Emma is in her sixties. Not many protagonist can fit into that category. Also, she had lived in New York. Just the mention of New York and I get all kinds of great memories. I also love that there are many times a dog is mentioned. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs, and most cozies have cats, not dogs.

There are so many different ways this book could have gone, but the author did a great job of bringing the book to just the right ending.

I enjoyed this book very much. It has everything a cozy should have. The story is much bigger than I thought it would be because it’s just over 200 pages. But in those pages is a story that keeps the book glued to your hands. I can’t wait to read more from this author, and would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

About The Author
Karen Chester is a mystery author who grew up watching Murder, She Wrote and reading Agatha Christie. She spends her days thinking up dastardly methods of murder and cunning red herrings.

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Apr 122016

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Braking for Bodies:
A Cycle Path Mystery

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (April 5, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268957

Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.

Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.

But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name…


This fast-paced charming whodunit is sure to get you into the spring mode. The cast of characters are so welcoming and the story keeps you interested from the very first page.
~Shelley’s Book Case

As with every Duffy Brown book she has a way of weaving humor into her mystery and this one doesn’t disappoint I found myself laughing out loud more than once…
~Community Bookstop

This one had a lot of twists and turns in it that kept me guessing till the very end, and let me tell you, the ending was a huge surprise.
~Melina’s Book Blog

A laugh riot from beginning to end. This is a cozy series you won’t want to miss.

With a fantastic plot that had me from page one, BRAKING FOR BODIES as a fast, funny mystery that had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation as well as laughing practically through the entire book!
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…sit back, relax and enjoy a great cozy mystery by one of the best in the genre right now.
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This second book in the Cycle Path Mystery series was a delightful read.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

The great cast of characters and fantastic dialogue made this book a wonderful read.
~Brooke Blogs

The characters in this book were enjoyable and the setting very quaint. The author did a good job of giving you just enough so you thought you had it figured out but then realize you do not.
~A. Holland Reads


duffy brown

About This Author

While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy Brown longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. Today she conjures up who-done-it stories for Berkley Prime Crime and has two series, the national bestselling Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries on Mackinac Island.

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April 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight, Giveaway

April 5 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

April 5 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway

April 6 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

April 7 – fuonlyknew – Review, Giveaway

April 8 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

April 9 – A Chick Who Reads – Review

April 10 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Giveaway

April 11 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Giveaway

April 12 – A Holland Reads – Review, Giveaway

April 12 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – Spotlight

April 13 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too ! – Review, Giveaway

April 14 – Book Babble – Review

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Apr 122016


Pushed To The Limit by Karen Chester


Hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea
Share the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading
or thinking about reading soon.

Faye Seymour has long reigned as Greenville’s gossip queen, but recently she’s been at her worst, spreading rumors like wild fire and putting a lot of noses out of joint. Event planner Emma Cassidy has already lost an important client to Faye’s loose tongue, and she can ill afford to lose any business. When Emma discovers Faye lying at the bottom of  a flight of stairs, the feisty old lady declares she was pushed–and that Emma is the culprit!–before passing out.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted @ Books And A Beat
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

36% on my Kindle:
Emma took the key and returned to her car. Before starting the ignition, she stared at the glaring graffiti one more time. It might be just mindless teenage vandalism, but it might also be a sinister threat.  Quit snooping around or else…

Apr 112016


Ten On Tuesday @ Carole Knits
10 Books That Made YOU Want to Drop Everything and Read

There are other books that I liked as much or more, but these are the ones that popped into my head first.

51OZaZ-YNzL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

51BPsomYd0L._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

51SNQ6pRFhL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Circle Of Souls by Preetham Grandhi

51n9fRCno3L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

510nRNkKaKL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

51tv2FHCEjL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_The Loom by Shella Gillus

51W+377SArLThe Rockin’ Chair by Steven Manchester

41qyFjGcU7L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

51hLr8ywEDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Victor by Marlayne Giron

Anessia's Quest CoverAnessia’s Quest by Karen Arnpriester



Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke And The Bookish
Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)

I love non-fiction books about disasters and crimes, so I thought I’d share five of each:


611d5NfhtfL._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami by Charles River Editors

20341271F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century by Mark Levine

51TsF5MXQQL._SX462_BO1,204,203,200_Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester

51PYyR4q71L._SX361_BO1,204,203,200_Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History by David M. Brown, Michael Wereschagin

142976The Great Fire by Jim Murphy


True Crime

21996The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

18956Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

5632446Columbine by Dave Cullen

51R3Dk8posL._SX372_BO1,204,203,200_Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi


Lost Girls by Robert Kolker

Apr 112016


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Leslie,  Serena, and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.


Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein
27159418 By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together.