Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Spotlight and Review

I have always enjoyed collecting cookbooks, and some of my favorites are
 Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!
I have a copy of "Backyard Gatherings" from Gooseberry Patch - and it has some great recipes in it including Cheesy Philly Melt, Lemon Rice, 
Melon Salad with Honey Dressing ( just to mention a few!  )

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Gooseberry Patch's website features lots of recipes, tips and of course their wonderful selection of Cookbooks and other great gift ideas!  Their blog features more recipes, Early Bird Reviews, tips, videos and some Recipe Round-Ups!  

You can sign up for their Free Blog emails here ( delivered a few times a week, with recipes, inspiration for Holiday ideas and more )

Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks make wonderful Gifts!  I gave one as a gift recently, and I signed a little note on the inside front page to make it "extra special".  =)

**This is not a compensated post, I just love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks! 

For more Gooseberry Patch Recipes and Cookbook ideas, visit my 
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Do you have any Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway ~ Granny Skewers a Scoundrel by Julie Seedorf

Granny Skewers a Scoundrel:  A Fuschia Minnesota Mystery
Cozy Mystery 
Cozy Cat Press (March 11, 2014)
Granny has a new addition to her arsenal of crime fighting weapons as Fuchsia, Minnesota’s most colorful detective. Now, along with her famous crook-hooking umbrella, she’s acquired a scoundrel-skewering knitting needle. And just in time! Residents of Fuchsia seem to be dropping dead like flies! First, it’s Granny’s neighbor Sally (who gives up the ghost in her weed-filled front yard), followed by Esmeralda Periwinkle (the squirrel lover on Main Street), and then, Mr. Nail, owner of the local hardware store (who is squashed when dozens of bags of fertilizer fall on top of him). Granny is baffled. Who is behind this murder spree?
Granny enlists the help of her sort of boyfriend franklin Gatsby, the town’s police chief Cornelius Stricknine (or “The Big Guy”), her reality-show loving neighbor Mavis, and her own son Thor. And, of course, the special assistance of her menagerie of pets — including Mr. Bleaty, the goat. Soon Granny is hot on the trail of this dastardly murderer. Unfortunately, when Granny herself is poisoned, everyone insists that she cool her crime solving ways and stay indoors and out of harms way. Of course, that’s never going to happen! Not when Granny knows all the secret passageways and tunnels that run underneath Fuchsia. Out she goes–and watch out, you evil doers! Granny will solve this mystery–you can bet your pink undies, she will!
My Review:   I really enjoy cozy mysteries like this one, with lots of wonderful characters including cute pets! 
Granny is a smart, funny lady who really likes to get things done.  I enjoyed how Granny gets help from her friends to solve the crimes that are happening in her neighborhood.  As she figures out the clues to solve the mystery she takes you on a wonderful journey that will leave you smiling and wanting to read more!  This story will catch your attention from the very first page!  
More about the Author:

Julie grew up in a small Minnesota community. She knows the value of neighbors looking out for neighbors. Julie has worn many hats during her lifetime. She has been a waitress, barmaid, activities assistant, store clerk, office manager and for the last 14 years has worked in computer repair, and finally owning her own computer repair business. In January 2014 she closed her computer business to write full time.
Her most important career in her estimation has been wife, mother and grandmother. Nothing could equal the gift of nurturing and watching her children and grandchildren grow.
In 2013 Julie signed a contract with Cozy Cat Press for the publication of her Cozy Mystery “Granny Hooks A Crook.” It fulfilled one item on Julie’s bucket list. Granny lives in the fictional town of Fuchsia, Minnesota. The Fuchsia, Minnesota books is a series. Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, book two in the series was released in March 2014. The Fuchsia books are unusual cozies with a little satire about small communities and an over the top Granny that gives a new meaning to old.  Julie also writes free lance for the Courier Sentinel and the Albert Lea Tribune. She also is designing a line of shirts, cups and other material to complement her books.
Never quit dreaming is Julie’s motto.
 Dreams are the gateway to fun, fantasy and the future.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Review and Giveaway - Perfect Harmony by Nora Roberts

Perfect Harmony by Nora Roberts
2 in 1 book
Unfinished Business / Local Hero

 With these two classic stories #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nora Roberts evokes love's most beautiful melodies.

Unfinished Business
What was she doing here? Hyattown had changed very little in the years Vanessa Sexton had been away. In some ways her high school sweetheart, Brady Tucker, hadn't changed much either - he was still lean, athletic, rugged...But the once reckless boy had become a solid, dependable man. He'd stood her up on the most important night of her life; could she ever trust him again?
So Vanessa had finally come home, Brady thought. She could still turn him inside out with one of her sultry looks. He couldn't believe she hadn't forgiven him for that night twelve years ago--but he'd had his reasons for not showing up. He'd let her leave town then--but he wasn't going to let her get away this time.

Local Hero
Who was that masked man...? When Mitch Dempsey appeared in Hester Wallace's doorway bearing gifts, she knew she should beware. She'd just moved and didn't need trouble in the form of an all-too-attractive downstairs neighbor. Her nine-year old son had no such qualms. When he discovered Mitch was the creator of his favorite comic book here, he was sold.
Though Mitch was no Superman, Hester made him feel he could leap tall buildings in a single bound. But could he convince her she needed a hero to call her own?

My thoughts:
I really loved this book!  In the first story, Unfinished Business, -Vanessa had left her small town, but had never forgotten Brady, her high school sweetheart.  
Vanessa is a wonderful piano player, and when her Career takes her away from her home town, she misses everyone, and she is glad to be back!  She has had some conflicts with her Mom in the past, that they are trying to work thru.  And, there is a suprise for Vanessa!  Her Mom has been dating will have to read the story to find out who!  

In the second story, Local Hero, Hester and her son have recently moved to a apartment building where she meets Mitch.  He writes Comic books, and Hester's son loves comic books ( and their Heros ) !
Hester is really unsure about a new romance in her life...but Mitch is so understanding, and patient, that she is tempted to see where their friendship might take them...and she loves the fact that her son and Mitch get along so well!   With a wonderful "family" quality, and a touching romance story, this is one that you will want to add to your "to be read" list!

For more information about Nora Roberts and her books, visit her website

I'm giving away my gently read copy of "Perfect Harmony", if you love romance books, you will love it!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Spotlight - Not The Killing Type by Lorna Barrett

Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
Booktown Mystery #7 
First time in paperback! released 2013 in Hardcover 
Paperback Release Date: July 1st 2014
Penguin Group

It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and that means it’s time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The race is already a bit heated, as  longstanding Chamber president Bob Kelly is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister Angelica. Then local small business owner Stan Berry throws his hat in ring.
Unfortunately, it’s not there for long when he’s found murdered in the Brookview Inn. The murder weapon is a brass letter opener belonging to the inn’s receptionist. Tricia knows there’s no way the receptionist is a killer. And when Angelica asks Tricia to help clear her name and win the election, she sees little choice except to start snooping.
She soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? And who truly had something to gain? Tricia will have to do some serious sleuthing before she pulls the lever on a killer.

I enjoy cozy mysteries, and I have started reading this series.  I'm looking forward to reading this book!  If you would like to order the book, I have posted Amazon links to this book, ( and the previous book in the series ) on my blog sidebar.  =)

Lorna Barrett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s).

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