Jul 062018
 

Hosted @ Living To Tell The Story

Susanne says:
Intentionally looking for the blessings of the past week
Cultivating a grateful attitude and life is our goal
Please join us

1. Last week I went to Disney World with my son Anthony, son Jeremy, daughter in law Susie, and grandson Jordan. I love spending time with my family!

2. Wawa is finally open and I LOVE it!

3. Some of my neighbors usually start shooting off fireworks a few days before the 4th. Then on the 4th they shoot them off  starting before dark and into the morning hours. I was all ready for a night of comforting my terrified dog but was surprised that they didn’t do that many this year. Just a few right at dark and then nothing. I was SO grateful for that!

4. A friend and I were talking about how much we love Taco Bell and she said she always gets 2 Spicy Tostada’s and a bean burrito (she doesn’t eat meat). I’ve never tried a Tostada so I decided to get one. Oh my goodness! So good! Now it’s my new favorite thing at TB! And they’re only $1 each!

5. I really love my job but it’s full speed ahead from the time I walk in the door until I finish. I had a few days last week that seemed a little less rushed at times and for that I’m very grateful.

Jul 042018
 

 Hosted @ Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

We’re halfway through this challenge so the hosts are having a mid-point update. The final update will be Dec 15, 2018

My goal is:
Binge Listener : 20-30

Here are the review links for the books I’ve listened to so far:
1. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore
2. The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
3. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
4. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
5. The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
6. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
7. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
8. The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland by Jean Grainger
9. Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
10. Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery #1) by Paige Sleuth
11. The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Greene
12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
13. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry #1) by Rachel Joyce
14. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
15. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
16. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrik Backman
17. The Upside of Falling Down – Rebekah Crane
18. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
19. Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion

Jul 042018
 

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Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Wow, I haven’t posted a RW for a few weeks

My July goals are eating more meatless meals, getting enough water, strength train 5 times a week, & doing either tai-chi or chi gong at least twice a week.

Food Ideas For This Week
Doritos™ Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole
Cheese Tortellini With Peas & Alfredo Sauce
Meat Lovers Vegan Burgers & Fries

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 6/26: 9,103
Wednesday~ 6/27: 11,698
Thursday ~ 6/28: 9,549
Friday ~ 6/29: 8,544
Saturday ~ 6/30: ?
Sunday ~ 7/1: ?
Monday ~ 7/2: 11,540

Jul 022018
 

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

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

It’s Going To Be Someone’s Fault

Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did. We’ll end up saying that violence came to Beartown this summer, but that will be a lie; the violence was already here. Because sometimes hating one another is so easy that it seems incomprehensible that we ever do anything else.

Jul 012018
 

Cream of Sweet (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #1)

Cream of Sweet (Chocolate Cozy Mystery #1) by Wendy Meadows

File Size: 2276 KB
Print Length: 104 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Majestic Owl Publishing LLC (February 19, 2017)
Publication Date: February 19, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B06W9NYZ6Q

Hazelnut pralines, coffee crèmes, strawberry mousse delights and chocolate drops – little bits of heaven that Olivia makes at the Block-a-Choc Shoppe; scrumptious. Could anything ever dampen these yummy treats? Maybe one thing.

Murder…

When Lizzy Couture, a less than liked member of the community, is found murdered, Olivia is a suspect. After one of her chocolate drops, with just a dash of arsenic was found to be what killed Lizzy, Olivia knows she must get to the bottom of this. Olivia is not a killer!

Olivia teams up with a P.I. for help, and on the way, they realise just how many people disliked Lizzy and were capable of killing her. Will they ever find the murderer? Will Olivia remain wrongfully accused? You’ll be guessing until the very, very end…

Thoughts
I really enjoyed this short cozy. Olivia is a great character that wants the best for everyone, and is determined to find the person who killed Lizzy, especially since she’s one of the first suspects. This wasn’t an easy task since most people in town disliked Lizzy.

In the process of the search, a relationship starts to bloom between her and Jake Morgan, the P.I. that Alberta, one of her employees, sets her up with to help solve the case.

I loved reading about Dodger, Olivia’s dog. I am a huge dog lover. Dodger and the other characters are an interesting bunch and the story kept me reading until the end.

This is book #1 in a 6 book series and I’m eager to start #2.

Counts toward the following challenge:

Monthly Motif

Jul 012018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
83°, feels like temp is 93°, sky is a beautiful blue with some white fluffy clouds, storms expected in the afternoon

Thankful…
That I could spend Friday with my two sons, dil, & grandson at Disney World

Reading… 
still in a reading slump except for audio
I may finish these books by the end of the year~ kidding not kidding
The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)
Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre (Print)

Listening To…
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Watching…
Lords and Ladles, which Beth Fish recommended

Fitness…
I’ve missed the last three weeks of Reader’s Workouts, plan to post again on Tuesday

In The Kitchen…
Pizza today and Doritos Chicken Casserole tomorrow

Today’s To-Do List…
Watch some tv, read, relax, cuddle with my fur babies

One of my favorite things:
I was talking to a vegetarian friend the other day about how much we love Taco Bell and she said she’s been getting the Spicy Tostada from the $1 menu, and that she loves it. I tried it yesterday and it is really really good! It’s now my favorite thing from TB! And did I mention it’s only $1?

Looking forward to…
Our rainy season to be over because the thunder freaks my dog and two cats out and I feel so bad for them

Question…
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher

A Favorite Bible Verse…

 

From the camera…

Jaspurr, my youngest cat, who is a girl by the way

Jun 292018
 

Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion
Narrated by Emily Durante

Listening Length: 7 hours and 41 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: March 13, 2018
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English
ASIN: B079J5TKRG

From bestselling author Karen McQuestion comes a moving novel about broken hearts…and what it takes to put them back together again.

At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows too much—has seen too much.

So when the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he’s been told is dead is desperately searching for him.

Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide. Relying on his instincts and the kindness of strangers, the boy manages to touch the lives of everyone he meets. But his innocent heart cannot survive in the adult world without the most basic human need of all: love.

Thoughts
This is the first time I’ve read this author, and I loved this book! It starts out with us learning that 9 yr. old Logan has a horrible home life. Something horrendous happened and because of the shock of it, he no longer talks. His father is very abusive and he really has no friends.

One day after an incident caused his father to again become enraged at him, Logan decides to run. What happens from there kept me glued to the story. One thing after another happened and lots of white knuckle moments.

The narrator did a good job with the voices, but Logan’s father’s voice grated on my nerves just a tiny bit. To be fair, I think it would be hard for any woman to do a man’s voice that sounded full of as much rage as Logan’s father had.

This is a very good book! I loved this story and it will stick with me for a long time. I also plan on reading more from this author.

Jun 282018
 

Hosted @ Living To Tell The Story

Susanne says:
Intentionally looking for the blessings of the past week
Cultivating a grateful attitude and life is our goal
Please join us

1. My washer tore up so we had to buy a new one. I went with a top load Samsung and love it. So much more quite than my front load was.

2. I spent Tuesday with my daughter, granddaughter, and daughter’s MIL. We went shopping, out to eat, and then did more shopping. We were gone from 10 am until almost 10 pm. It was a lot of fun.

3. My car needed to have the oil changed so I took it in to the dealer. They also check the fluids, rotate the tires etc. My son in law had already told me I needed new tires soon but the dealer said I should change them as soon as I could. It worried me especially since we’re in our rainy season and the roads where I live are prone to flooding. My son searched online for the size I need which are hard to find and luckily found some a few days later. I took them and had them put on and I feel so much better knowing I have excellent traction now. Plus, the warranty was really good.

4. I had 4 WM GC’s in my purse, left overs from getting gas, and decided to check to see if there was any money on them and if not throw them away. To my surprise they had $23, $4.99, $8.00, & $12.99 on them for a total of $48.68! Now to decide what to buy!

5. My new schedule at work came out and I found out I have today, tomorrow, and Sunday off. That’s only happened once before, and I rarely get a Saturday or Sunday off. I was very grateful for that!

Jun 252018
 

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

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Half A Heart by Karen McQuestion

He’d never seen his father so angry, and that was saying a lot, because he’d seen him plenty mad the last few years. Tia really was to blame, not that it mattered. He should have known not to listen to her.

Afer their parents left the house that Saturday, she lured Logan out of his bedroom with the promise of marshmallows.

Jun 252018
 

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Narrated by Joan Walker

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 9 hours and 18 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2016
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English
ASIN: B01D3AQO8U

From the bestselling author of the “charming debut” (People) A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, a heartwarming and hilarious story of a reluctant outsider who transforms a tiny village and a woman who finds love and second chances in the unlikeliest of places.

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention.

But at sixty-three, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless forty-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis. For the fastidious Britt-Marie, this new world of noisy children, muddy floors, and a roommate who is a rat (literally), is a hard adjustment.

As for the citizens of Borg, with everything that they know crumbling around them, the only thing that they have left to hold onto is something Britt-Marie absolutely loathes: their love of soccer. When the village’s youth team becomes desperate for a coach, they set their sights on her. She’s the least likely candidate, but their need is obvious and there is no one else to do it.

Thus begins a beautiful and unlikely partnership. In her new role as reluctant mentor to these lost young boys and girls, Britt-Marie soon finds herself becoming increasingly vital to the community. And even more surprisingly, she is the object of romantic desire for a friendly and handsome local policeman named Sven. In this world of oddballs and misfits, can Britt-Marie finally find a place where she belongs?

Zany and full-of-heart, Britt-Marie Was Here is a novel about love and second chances, and about the unexpected friendships we make that teach us who we really are and the things we are capable of doing.

Thoughts
I first got to know Britt-Marie in Backman’s book My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. She and her granddaughter Elsa, were such great characters that I’ll ever forget them and they will definitely be among my all time favorites.

Oh how I love Britt-Marie. She is such a great character you have to understand. She’s a cleaning machine and a stickler for “proper” things like never sitting a cup on a table etc. without using a coaster.

Britt-Marie is 63 yrs. old and leaves her husband. She finds work in a little tiny ghost of a town named Borg and does things that she never thought in a million years she would do. The people grow to love her and she them. The characters are endearing, the story is both funny and sad, and is one I won’t soon forget.

The narrator also narrated A Man Called Ove & My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry.   She did an amazing job in all 3 books and made the stories come alive.

I loved this book and would recommend any of Fredrick Backman’s  books. I read Beartown and now can’t wait to read Us Against You (Beartown #2). If Backman can write a book about hockey and make me love it, he has to be an amazing author.

Jun 242018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
92° , hot & humid

Thankful…
My front load washing machine bit the dust last week so we had to buy another one. I decided to go with a Samsung top load and I love it, even though I’m too short to reach the clothes when they’re done. Getting them out is a workout. I need to go buy a step stool

Reading… (still)
The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)
Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre (Print)

Listening To…
Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion – this is a new to me author and I’m really enjoying the book

Watching…
Still binge watching Monk (on season 6) and thinking about starting Master Of None. Anyone know the show and can tell me if I should be warned of anything?

Fitness…
Lots of exercise and drinking lots of water

In The Kitchen…
Tonight I’m having Beef Stew

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning and now I’m doing this post and a load of laundry, then tv and reading

One of my favorite things:
Hearing birds singing early in the morning

Looking forward to…
Having Tuesday off and spending the day with my daughter Kilah
Having Fri., Sat., & Sunday off – going to Disney & hopefully the beach

Question…
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
(other than reading/blogging)

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Taken while out on our boat

Jun 232018
 

Easy Chicken & Yellow Rice
I found this at allrecipes

5 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 green bell pepper, diced (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (16 ounce) package yellow rice
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch poultry seasoning, or to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Bring water and chicken bouillon to a boil in a large skillet

Add chicken breasts and bell pepper; simmer over medium heat until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes

Remove chicken and pour remaining broth into a 9×13-inch baking dish

Stir rice, plus the included seasoning packet, and olive oil into broth

Arrange chicken breast over rice and season with black pepper and poultry seasoning

Bake in the preheated oven until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 45 minutes

Fluff rice with a fork before serving

Thoughts
When my kids were growing up I made chicken & yellow rice all the time using leg quarters (I removed the skin, bones, and yuck before adding it to the yellow rice) and it tasted amazing.  I stopped eating it when I started eating boneless skinless chicken breasts years ago. The other day out of the blue I got a craving for it so I decided to find a recipe for that used boneless skinless chicken breast and was quick and easy. I wasn’t sure how it would taste without the skin, bones & fat but thought I’d give it a try.

I didn’t use bell pepper but other than that I followed the recipe. We both thought the chicken was too dry but the flavor was good & the yellow rice tasted really good. We had leftovers so the next night I shredded the chicken and put it and the rice in a saucepan. Then I brought a cup of water  to boil and  added 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules, stirred well and poured it in the saucepan with the chicken & rice and heated it. This time it was a big hit! So, the next time I make it I’ll use shredded chicken instead of breasts and make it on the stove.

wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Jun 212018
 

The Upside of Falling Down

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
Narrated by Alana Kerr Collins

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 7 hours and 47 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: January 30, 2018

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?

Thoughts
I saw this book and thought it sounded really good, and the fact that it takes place in Ireland was a huge bonus!

This book starts out good and gets better with every chapter. I loved Clementine, or Jane as she was known in her new life, and couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in a foreign country and know nothing about who you were other than the facts that the hospital staff/news said, and the realization that you were the only survivor of a plane crash that your boyfriend had been on too.

I don’t know what I’d do in her situation, but I enjoyed reading about her journey, the friends she made and the way she handled things. Her new life was interesting and I loved all the characters. Well, I grew to love  Kieran’s sister, but her character was so quirky that I liked her from the beginning,  even if I didn’t like the way she treated Jane.

There were a few surprises that I figured out before the author lets you in on them, but it didn’t detract from the story one bit.  I loved the references to Ireland and the ending was really great.

This is a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a feel good book with a bit of sadness/mystery, and anyone who loves reading books set in Ireland.

The narrator did a great job!

Jun 202018
 
SUMMER SNOOPS AND COZY CRIMES:
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.
Ha!
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!

http://www.amyvansant.com/


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

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.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

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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.

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REVIEW:
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.

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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

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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

Outside…
73°, still dark outside and very quiet

Thankful…
For how smoothly work went yesterday

Reading…
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

Watching…
Not much of anything

Fitness…
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…

Meerkat
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa