Jun 202018
12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer
Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes includes never before published books from:
** WSJ Bestselling Author Judith Lucci – Gawd Almighty & the Corn
** WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell – Murder at Pawprint Creek
** WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Mooney – Dog Gone and Dead
** USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Amy Vansant – Summer Teeth
** WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Helme – A Midsummer Night’s Murder
** WSJ Bestselling Author Kim Hunt Harris – The Murder of Bandera Bandito
** USA Today Bestselling Author Anna Celeste Burke – A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff
** Ava Mallory – A Dream Stray-Cation
** Sandi Scott – Croquembouche Murder
** Susan Boles – Death on the Beach
** USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever – Toxic Tech
** Anne R. Tan – Just Lost and Found
Release Date: July 24th, 2018 

Help Us Help Pets!

Have a howlingly good read during the dog days of summer with a dozen cozy mysteries from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors. Murder lurks in every corner during the dog days of summer. Solve the mystery as our snoops leash the criminals – at the beach, at the farm, on the mountain – everywhere! All profits from this pack go to support NO KILL animal charities! Fetch it now! And help us help pets!

Bonus recipes from the authors are included!
Purchase and GoodReads Links – 

Purchase Link – Amazon

About the Authors

Judith Lucci

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and best-selling Amazon. She is an award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson “Two Sleuth’s and a Dog” Crime fiction series. Her newest series, Artzy Chicks, releases next month and features a group of , eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Mountain Resort.

In 2017, ‘Viral Intent’ (Book 3) Alexandra Destephano Series) was awarded a Gold Medal by Readers’ Favorites for ‘Best Political Thriller’. as was her crime thriller ‘The Case of Dr. Dude’ (Michaela McPherson #1) for a Gold Medal for ‘Best Amateur Sleuth for 2017. ‘The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year‘ won an additional gold medal for ‘Best Holiday Read’ of 2017.

Her favorite things are reading, writing art and animals. In her spare time she teaches painting, loves up on animals and raises money for needy causes. Judith lives with her 4 dog family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She loves to connect with her readers and is available at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com. Check our her website at judithlucci.com. and sign-up for a free copy of Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center.

Cindy Bell

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Cindy Bell, has always loved reading, but it is only recently that she has discovered her passion for writing romantic cozy mysteries. When she is not reading or writing she loves baking (and eating) sweet treats or walking along the beach with her energetic cocker spaniel, thinking of the next adventure her characters can embark on. Cindy is the author of the Chocolate Centered, Donut Truck, Dune House, Sage Gardens, Nuts about Nuts, Bekki the Beautician, Wendy the Wedding Planner, Heavenly Highland Inn and the Macaron Patisserie Cozy Mystery Series.

Colleen Mooney

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles and the fourth book, Death By Rum Balls was released in December 2017.

Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans, has been elected President and has a planned a Mystery Writers’ Conference for June. She is currently working on her 5th book in the Brandy Alexander series.

In New Orleans, she’s been a member and active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like.

She’s an ardent animal lover and the Director for a breed rescue, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She has rescued and placed over 350 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. She loves to write and writes about what she loves. Colleen says, “New Orleans is where it all happens for me.”

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men.
So, autobiographies, mostly.
But seriously: She writes happy romantic comedies, mysteries, and urban fantasies. Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. She’s a dog-lover who works at home with her goofy husband and loves interacting with fans, so stop by her blog or Twitter and say hi!


Colleen Helme

Colleen Helme is the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, a wildly entertaining and highly humorous series about Shelby Nichols, a woman with the ability to read minds. When asked if reading minds is something Colleen wishes she could do she says, “No way! It gets Shelby into so much trouble that I would never want that ability.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. Besides writing, she loves reading, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.

Kim Hunt Harris

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.

Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues like faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.

Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Texas.

Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Author!

Welcome! Join me to get a free eBook–just copy & paste the link: http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com

Life is an extravaganza! figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University. A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor of social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.

An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! My books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark also set here in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com.


AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a Hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.

Sandi Scott

Sandi Scott is a cozy mystery reader who finally found the courage to write the stories in her head and share them with others. She fell in love with mystery books when she first started reading Agatha Christie eons ago, although her favorite female sleuth will always be Harriet the Spy. She loves dogs, her family, her readers, and sweet treats — not necessarily in that order.


Susan Boles

Susan Boles is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and also writes romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors series.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba.


Sam Cheever

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning






Anne R. Tan

Anne R. Tan fell in love with storytelling in elementary school, but decided to study engineering so she could get a “real job.” Her day job is her vacation from home and she moonlights as a writer to keep the voices inside her head under control. She is a toddler wrangler and a part-time short-order cook for her family. She is married to her version of Bob Vila who believes everything needs to be fixed, even if it’s already working. The koi fish in her pond are the only sane members of her household.

For my review I read  A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff by Anna Celeste Burke

This is the first book in her new series about a seaside community for 55+ adults. When Miriam Webster and her dog take a walk at the beach early one morning, she finds a dead body. Instead of letting the police figure out who the murderer is, she and some other women set out to find out who did it. There are a few surprises and the book will keep your attention.

The story has an even flow and interesting characters, and I love that it’s set by the ocean and that the main characters are “older”. It also includes some recipes.

Click this link to enter the giveaway


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June 18 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

June 19 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

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June 21 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – REVIEW

June 21 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

June 23 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

June 23 – Varietats – REVIEW

June 24 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 25 – My Fiction Obsession – SPOTLIGHT  

June 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

June 27 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

June 28 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

July 1 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

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Jun 182018

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre

Day 1
Silence The Voices

Growing up, I was never much of an athlete. I grew up in the woods, in the heart of nature, with opportunities to hike and climb and play, but I preferred to read and play piano. If my family went for a hike or a vacation that required some walking, I would always whine and need to sit down and “take a break”. I wasn’t completely sedentary when I was little, however. I got some physical activity when I would pretend to be a dancer or singer in my basement. But as a young child, I don’t think anyone would have described me as “active”.

Jun 172018

Sunday Reflections

73°, still dark outside and very quiet

For how smoothly work went yesterday

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre

Listening To…
I’m almost finished with Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Not much of anything

Eating better and feeling better

In The Kitchen…
Salad tonight for supper

Today’s To-Do List…
Try to get our washer fixed, the tub isn’t spinning

One of my favorite things:
Strawberry’s, I have some in my fridge that I plan on eating tonight

Looking forward to…
Going to Disney World with my daughter, 2 youngest grandkids, and daughter’s mother in law

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
Jun 162018

Pizza has always been my favorite food, for as far back as I can remember. Then about 2 years ago I started not liking the taste of the sauce and/or crust, depending on where the pizza was from. Now the only pizza I really like is CiCi’s  which is 45 min. away.

The other day when I was at Publix I saw some  Mama Mary’s Pizza crusts hanging on an end cap and decided to try them. There were 3 in each pack, 7″ original crusts. I didn’t see any thin crusts which is what I prefer but next time I’ll try to find them. I bought some Boar’s Head Turkey Pepperoni & Ragu Pizza Sauce to top it with. I had some Provolone cheese that I’d bought a few days before in the deli and decided to use it. I had planned on making it one night when my son Anthony wanted pizza, but last night I was on my own for supper so I decided to make one of them.

Brush with olive oil

Spread on pizza sauce

add pepperoni (I like a lot)

and cheese (don’t care if it’s not pretty)

Preheat oven to 450°

Turn oven down to 425°

Bake for 8-10 minutes on pizza pan or oven rack

I baked my pizza on the rack in a toaster oven for 8 min. So did I like it? That would be a big yes. The crust was crispy and golden brown just the way I like it. The sauce had a good flavor, not too spicy or acidic, and of course the provolone added a very nice taste and brought back good memories (I grew up in Ohio where they use Provolone on pizza). Next time I’ll try the thin crust though, less carbs 🙂



wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Jun 132018

Hosted @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

I saw this @ My Little Corner Of The World

The narthex – full of people who were excited for this special day.

an antechamber, porch, or distinct area at the western entrance of some early Christian churches, separated off by a railing and used by catechumens, penitents, etc.
an antechamber or large porch in a modern church.

I’ve been to a lot of different churches over the years but none of them had a narthex.

Jun 112018

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Forks. Knives. Spoons.
In that order.
Britt-Marie is certainly not the kind of person who judges other
people. Far from it.

But surely no civilized person would even think of arranging a
cutlery drawer in a different way from how cutlery drawers are sup-
posed to be arranged?
We’re not animals, are we?


Jun 102018

Sunday Reflections

Right now it’s 79° and supposed to get up to 88°. There’s a slight chance of rain & the sky is blue and cloudless. And it’s quiet out there which is unusual for a weekend.

For a family that loves spending time together

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)

Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre (Print)

Listening To…
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

I’m still binge watching Monk & on season 2.

Last week I started getting pains in my upper thigh & for me that means I’m not drinking enough water. I try to drink at least 80 oz. every day but sometimes I don’t get that much. When my legs started hurting I made sure I got enough water every day and the pain stopped. Dehydration can really mess with your body.

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
Just have fun!

One of my favorite things:
Light & Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt, I love it! I buy it by the quart.

Looking forward to…
Today I’m going to Busch Gardens with my two sons, daughter in law & oldest granddaughter

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Jun 092018

Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf @ Hey Grill Hey

Servings: 6 people

2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 medium red onion grated
2 cloves garlic minced
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons Jack Daniels whiskey
1 Tablespooon homemade steak rub (recipe  below) or favorite steak rub
1/4 cup milk
6 oz pepper jack cheese cut into strips

For the sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
1 Tablespoon homemade steak rub (recipe  below)
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Homemade Steak Rub
2 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsbp crushed coriander seeds (not ground)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine
Press into steaks or use as desired
Store unused rub in an airtight container for several weeks

Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F for indirect smoking. This meatloaf is awesome with hickory or oak wood.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, red onion, garlic, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, Jack Daniels, and milk.

Mix gently with your hands until just combined. Don’t overwork the meat or your meatloaf will be tough and chewy, just gently mix.

Spread half of your meatloaf mixture on the bottom of a grill basket.

Layer on the pepper jack cheese, leaving about an inch of meatloaf on all sides.

Top with the remaining meatloaf mixture and press the edges together to seal completely. Any exposed holes and the cheese will leak out while cooking.

In a small bowl. combine the ingredients for the sauce and then pour over the top of the meatloaf, letting it run down the sides a little bit.

Place the meatloaf on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for 4 hours or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.

Let the meatloaf rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

My son found this recipe and said he wanted to try it. I was skeptical because he does NOT like hamburgers or anything with cheese melted inside, or spicy food.

I didn’t follow the recipe 100%. I used less garlic and baked it (350° for an hour) instead of smoking it.

I couldn’t find ground corriander so I had to buy the seeds and crush them myself. And since I don’t drink I got the whiskey from my daughter & grandson who love JD.

The meatloaf turned out really good. I thought it was really spicy but my son loved it. He also didn’t mind the cheese melted inside, so it was a big hit. Since there are only two of us I think if I make it again I’ll half the recipe.

If you like meatloaf and wouldn’t mind it a bit spicy, you should try this.



wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Jun 082018

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by Joan Walker

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 11 hours and 2 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Audible.com Release Date: June 16, 2015

Elsa is seven years old going on 30. She’s “different”. The kids at school bully her so she has no friends there. Her grandmother is her best friend, she loves her deeply and spends most of her time with her. She loves Harry Potter and Wikipedia.

I couldn’t love Elsa and her grandmother more. I was literally laughing out loud listening to all the things they did and the conversations they had. I usually don’t like fairy tale-ish stories, but I liked hearing about The Land Of Almost Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. I liked the Monster & the Wurse? (not sure about the spelling because I listened to the audiobook).  All the characters were perfect for this book.

When Granny dies, she leaves Elsa with a bunch of letters that she wants her to deliver to a few people so she can tell them she’s sorry for things she did or said to them. Through these letters Elsa discovers things about her grandmother that she never knew. She also learns how the people who live in their building are connected. There was a surprise at the end that I wasn’t expecting.

This book had my attention from the first paragraph to the last.  So much went on and I loved every minute of it. I was sad when it ended.

I can’t wait to read Britt-Marie Was Here.


Jun 042018

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

This Is Me by Crissy Metz

Use The Pretty Napkin

My cell rang just as I was leaving LAX and pulling onto the 405. Am I a Hollywood cliché  or what? A pleasant voice filled the car, saying a name I couldn’t quite make out, followed by “I’m Oprah Winfrey’s chief of staff.”

Jun 042018


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

I had to go to the dr. last week to get blood test results. and when they took my blood pressure, it had gone from 120/68 to 160/72 which was in a 3 month period. I’ve been feeling a little stressed lately due to a combination of things but I didn’t think it was enough to make my bp go up, especially that much. It freaked me out! Then the doctor came in and told me my all blood test results came back good so I was overjoyed to hear that!

Anyway…starting today (for June) I’m going to work on getting my bp back to 120/68 by doing more deep breathing & meditation, yoga & tai-chi and eating healthier.

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

At Least 1 A Day
Listen to a guided meditation:
Watch comedy show/movie:

Meals Last Week
Tuesday: Hamburger & Fries
Wednesday: Chinese
Thursday: Leftover Chinese
Friday: Sausage & Collard Greens
Saturday: Yamato Japanese Steakhouse
Sunday: Ruby Tuesday
Monday: Jack’d Up Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & corn

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 5/29: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 5/30: 7,863
Thursday ~ 5/31: 7,920
Friday ~ 6/1: 11,121
Saturday ~ 6/2: 9,555
Sunday ~ 6/3: didn’t track
Monday ~ 6/4: 8,511

Jun 032018

Sunday Reflections

83° and another cloudy day but only a 20% chance of rain today

For spending the day with my daughter (& her family and her in laws) yesterday for her 36th birthday. We went to Yomato Japanese Steak House and the food/company was great

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz (print)

Listening To…
The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

I loved Monk when it was on, sad when it went off the air, so I’m binge watching it and loving it

I went to get blood test results a few days ago and everything looks good which makes me happy

In The Kitchen…
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Today’s To-Do List…
Need to go to Shoe Carnival and do some other shopping

One of my favorite things:
Publix has a cream filled powdered Long John that I never tried until the other day and it is AMAZING!

Looking forward to…
Going to the beach this Friday with my daughter & 2 grandkids

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera… 

Jun 022018

Hosted @ 746 Books

#20booksof summer

I first heard of this challenge @ Books Please

From 1 June to 3 September
Choose 20 books(or 15 or 10) you want to read

Cathy says:
“I am wonderfully slack with my rules!”
Want to swap a book? Go for it.
Fancy changing your list half way through? No problem.
Deciding to drop your goal from 20 to 15? I’m fine with that.

I like that Cathy gives us options to change books  or goal.

This year I’ve mainly been listening to audiobooks so I decided to read more Kindle & Library books for this challenge. I’ve also been slacking on cozies so I’ve added 2 series to the list. There are also a few books that have been on my tbr list for way too long.

I may not finish all of them, but here’s the list:

1. The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
2. Florida by Lauren Groff
3. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

4. Love Story (Love Story #1) by Erich Segal
5. Oliver’s Story (Love Story #2) by Erich Segal

6. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
7. The Third Wish by Carolyn Brown
8. Cream of Sweet (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #1) by Wendy Meadows
9. Itsy-Bitsy Murder (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #2) by Wendy Meadows
10. Fudgement Day (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #3) by Wendy Meadows
11. A’s in the Hole (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #4) by Wendy Meadows
12. Sugar and Price (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #5) by Wendy Meadows
13. Fitness Witness (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #6) by Wendy Meadows
14. A Berry Deadly Welcome  (Kylie Berry Cozy# 1) by A.R. Winters
15. A Berry Murderous Kitten (Kylie Berry Cozy # 2) by A.R. Winters
16. A Berry Clever Corpse (Kylie Berry Cozy # 3) by A.R. Winters
17. A Berry Cunning Conman (Kylie Berry Cozy # 4) by A.R. Winters

18. Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast
19. The Zodiac Killer by Brenda Haugen
20.  This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz

May 312018

Hosted @ Maureen’s Books

This was such an easy question for me to answer. My favorite children’s book hasn’t changed since I was 3 years old.  I can remember my mom or older sisters reading to me and when my mom read  Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman my love of books was solidified. I loved that book and have never forgotten about it. In fact, I’ve talked about my love of this book so much over the years that my son & husband found a copy of the book which had the stuffed dog on the cover and bought them for me as part of a birthday present one year. I was thrilled…it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received, and I still have them on display.