Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

I really enjoy the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.  There are so many to choose from - either for yourself or for a Gift.  I have 9 Chicken Soup for the Soul books in my personal collection, including "Chicken Soup for the Soul -Angels Among Us, 101 Inspirational Stories of Miracles, Faith and Answered Prayers", and
 Chicken Soup for the Soul - "Empty Nesters 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving when the Kids leave home."

Chicken Soup for the Soul has published more than 250 titles in 40 languages and sold more than 
100 million books in the U.S. 
Their mission is "changing the world one story at a time".

 Recently, I won a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book from my friends blog "Create with Joy".  She has wonderful book reviews and she makes such lovely Cards!   

Do you have any of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books? 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester

Oatmeal is a delicious and healthy ingredient to add to many recipes. It tastes great in Desserts, Granola, Smoothies, Cookies, just to name a few!  Recently, I entered a Cookbook Giveaway from the "Foodie Extravaganza" Group on Laurens blog called From Gate to Plate.
I'm so excited that I won this book!  There are so many wonderful recipes that include oatmeal and the photos are so pretty!  Some of the recipes that I'm anxious to try include Mini-Raspberry Cakes, Peanut Butter Pie Oatmeal and Carrot Cake Smoothie.  If you love using Oatmeal in your recipes, this is the perfect Cookbook!

More about the book:
OATrageous Oatmeals is a Simply Incredible Collection of Amazing Oatmeal Recipes

Say goodbye to boring oats and bland mix-ins because bestselling author Kathy Hester shows you delicious and exciting new takes on everyone's favorite health food with Banana Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, Hummingbird Cake Oatmeal, Chai-Spiced Oat Shakes and Blackberry Mojito Overnight Refrigerator Oats. And she doesn't stop there. Savory recipes like Mushroom Sun-Dried Tomato Steel-Cut Oat Risotto, Oats-bury Steaks, Not-from-a-Box Mac and Oat Chez—even a healthy vegan sausage crumble made from steel-cut oats and spices—will wow oatmeal fans with new and nutritious dishes to try.

More about the author:

Kathy Hester lives in Durham, NC with her two cats who would rather not live together, a cute dog with a belly rub addiction, her very own picky eater, a kitchen garden, and more slow cookers than one person should own.  She writes, is the vegan blogger for Key Ingredient ( and writes for various publications such as Chickpea Magazine. She teaches vegan cooking classes, has put together a social media class for writers and has more classes in the works.

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Here are Two of her books! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Series Spotlight and Tote Bag Giveaway from Duffy Brown

Are you a cozy mystery fan?  I started reading cozy mysteries about 4 years ago and have started quite a collection. 

 I'm honored to be a member of Duffy Brown's Street Team,  I really enjoy her books! Her books are filled with Southern humor and wonderful characters!

Duffy Brown has a new cozy series called Cycle Path Mysteries and the first book is called "Geared for the Grave".  For more information about Duffy's books, including her new series visit her website 

More about Geared for the Grave:
To boost her chances for a promotion, Evie Bloomfield helps her boss’ dad with his cycle shop. The good idea turns bad when dad winds up prime suspect in a murder. To save her job Evie takes over the failing shop though she’s never ridden a bike, finding a killer though she can’t find her keys in her purse and discovering why someone is out to frame Dad. Can Chicago Evie survive life on Mackinac Island without her Honda, being on an eight-mile chunk of land with horses, carriages, bikes, fudge-eating tourists, the resident sage writing her eulogy and a killer who wants her dead?

More about the Author:
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime

Watch for Duffy Brown's new novella 
 Dead Man Walker Book #4 in the
 Consignment Shop Mystery series
 coming out in February 2015!
( its an e-read only - $2.99 - with 60 pages )

Duffy is giving away 3 "sets" of a Tote bag and a Pen!
( see photos below, and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter drawing! )

Giveaway ends on January 24th
Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen
*USA addresses only please

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Series Spotlight - "Life in Icicle Falls" by Sheila Roberts

I've started a new series of books called "Life in Icicle Falls" by Sheila Roberts.  This series was recommended from a friend, she thought I would enjoy the books and she was right!  I've started the first book in the series and its really interesting!   I like the characters and the storyline about Sweet Dreams Chocolates ( the Chocolate Company that has been in the family for several generations ).  
There is a small town feel to this book which I like, and the characters really draw you into the story.

The first book in this series is called "Better than Chocolate.  There are 6 books in this series, with a book called "Welcome to Icicle Falls" numbered 0.5.  

Book #7 in this series is scheduled to release July 28th, 2015.

About the book:
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly….or not...

To view a complete list of books by Sheila Roberts, visit her  website.

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. Sheila's books are best sellers and often appear as Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Her novel "Angel Lane" was named one of Amazon's top ten romances in 2009. Her novel "On Strike for Christmas" was a Lifetime Network movie and her novel "The Nine Lives of Christmas" is now a Hallmark movie.


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