Sunday, May 13, 2018

Book Nook 5/13/18

Such a variety of free books today. I hope there is something in this mix that you must have! I have a busy work week ahead, so won't have much time to read!

Cozy Mystery:

Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2(Books 4,5,6 & 7)

Cool cat sleuths find clues as intoxicating as catnip, and help 1920s detectives solve crimes without missing a nap. 

In Meow Baby, a pregnant woman disappears and Grace and Jack discover a skeleton that carries the secrets of the heart that once beat within it. 

In Cupake Kitty, when a singer at their engagement party dies, Grace and Jack follow the trail of a bootlegger's dame to TiaJuana. 

EXCERPT: Magical white cat Tatania became impatient with her humans. She could smell a succulent sea bass on the other side of the door. To encourage her humans to open it, she meowed. Zeus, her black and white feline companion, responded to her meow by putting his paws over his head and his rear end up in the air.
"How would you feel about spending a lot of time with me?" Jack asked.
"I feel like I already have," Grace said.
"It only gets better." He held up her hand and admired the emerald and diamond ring he'd bought her at Jessop & Sons jewelers last month.
"Marry me?"
"Of course."
He opened the door to the Hotel del Coronado's Crown Room. A band played the Charleston. In the corner of the dance floor, there was an ice sculpture of two magnificent cats.
"What's going on?"
"Our engagement party."
"Why were you so sure I'd say yes?"
"I'm arrogant."

In Meow or Never, they rush to find a wealthy stockbroker's missing wife.

EXCERPT: Cats truly live their nine lives at night. Zeus, a cute and mischievous tomcat, kept following the tide in and out, letting the water sprinkle his nose, and acting surprised when the tide chased him back to the shore. Wet, he shook like a puppy. Then, he sniffed each front paw carefully. Tatania looked away. She was terribly fond of Zeus. But sometimes, he was a tad unseemly. He scampered exitedly towards their favorite humans, a slender woman in a sparkling dress, and a muscular man with black hair and skin kissed brown by the sun. Zeus rolled around on the sand. Maybe he had dog blood in him. Tatania shuddered at the thought of that mating.

In Catty Corner, when an art heist happens during Grace and Jack's rooftop cocktail party, the cool cats pounce on the trail of a collector who finds art as intoxicating as catnip.

EXCERPT:"Where have you been all my life?" A grey haired man asked a young flapper.
"I don't think I was alive for half of it," she replied, blowing smoke from a six inch rhinestone cigarette holder.

The Cool Cat Mystery Series can be read in any order. If you'd like to know the chronological order of the series, here it is for you:

**Splendid Summer
**Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts
**Cher Ami
**Available exclusively in Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Boxed Set Vol I
Meow Baby
Cupcake Kitty
Meow or Never
Catty Corner
Cat Dance
9 Lives to Live
The Fur Will Fly
Right Meow


Murder, Curlers, and Cream: A Valentine Beaumont Mystery (The Murder, Curlers Series Book 1)

Valentine Beaumont is a beautician with a problem. Not only has she got a meddling mother, a wacky staff, and a dying business, but now she’s got a dead client who was strangled while awaiting her facial.

With business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag, keep herself alive, and avoid falling for the tough detective.

In the end, how hard can that be?


Murder in White Lace: A Bridal Shop Cozy Mystery (Bridal Shop Mysteries Book 1)

Max Walters is a talented bridal consultant with dreams of moving to New York and being a designer, even if it means leaving behind her serene California seaside home.
When a shocking murder rips the tranquil veneer of Crystal Shores to shreds, she discovers there is more to her home town than meets the eye. With her friend arrested for murder and the police refusing to search for another suspect, Max quickly discovers the only way to clear his name is to investigate for herself. Despite the concern of the handsome Detective Cruz, Max weaves together a list of suspects that puts her on the path to the real killer.
Will she be able to tie up the loose threads and catch the murderer? Or will the murderer get to her first?

Parlez-Vous Murder? (Stranded in Provence Book 1)

"My name is Jules Hooker. I have lived through a few crappy moments in my life—and with a name like Hooker, you can just imagine—but nothing, nothing, compares to the two intensely and world-shatteringly crappy things that happened to me this last June.
Three, I guess, if you count Gilbert.
After my boyfriend dumped me on the day I thought he was going to propose, I’d have to say two other really bad things happened last June. The first would have to be the dead body I discovered in the rental house in France where I went to get over being dumped. 
The second—and very possibly I should have led with this—was the dirty bomb that exploded over the Riviera throwing me and everyone else in France back to the 1950s.
So now I’m stranded here—trying to make a living by solving murders the old fashioned way — without help from DNA, databases, CSI crime labs or the police.
And I’m doing it in France.
Where I do not speak the language.
During the apocalypse.
Sound like fun?"


Bed-Bugged (Doodlebugged Mysteries Book 1)

Laugh out loud with Doodle, the cheeky canine narrator who has delighted dog lovers and fans of gentle mysteries of all ages. 

When Doodle’s “career change” lands him a job with a new boss, he’s not worried. Sniffing out bed bugs? Easy as pie. Well, easier, actually, as getting pie can be a problem for a dog. Doodle finds best part of the new job is Molly, the boss’s ten-year old daughter, who slips Doodle extra treats when she’s not snapping photos with the camera she carries everywhere. But Molly has secrets of her own. And when she enlists Doodle’s help to solve a crime, his nose and her camera lead them straight into danger. 

Readers have called the Doodlebugged mysteries perfect of fans of Spencer Quinn’s popular Chet & Bernie mysteries, and best-selling author Virginia Smith called Bed-Bugged, "a first-rate mystery" and a "triumphant beginning to a series."


The Cheesecake Fake: A Culinary Cozy Mystery Set In Sunny Florida (Slice of Paradise Cozy Mysteries Book 2)

Faith Franklin feels like she’s walking on air since moving to beautiful, sunny Florida.

Her café, Slice of Paradise, is thriving.  She’s met the man of her dreams.  And, together with her friend, Laura, she has even begun writing a recipe column for the local paper, The Paradise Gazette.

Everything is falling into place!

So, when she’s asked to prepare some of her delicious treats for a boat party hosted by the newspaper, no one is surprised when her catering is a huge hit.  What is a surprise, however, is the drowning that occurs when the fashion columnists falls overboard.

Was the fashionista's death an accident?  The Sheriff’s Department seems to think so.  But something just doesn’t sit right with Faith.  And she’s determined to discover the truth…

Find out what happens in Faith Franklin’s second whodunit, The Cheesecake Fake!



Hollywood Blood: A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller

LAPD Detective Kate Sexton and her canine partner, Bernie, return in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with laugh-out-loud humor. Hollywood Blood is the second book in the Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers. 

If you think you’ve got problems, meet LAPD cop, Kate Sexton. She’s just been promoted to the department’s elite Robbery Homicide Division, along with her canine partner, Bernie, a first for the homicide unit. But things immediately go downhill when a famous singer’s manager is shot and killed during one of Kate’s mother’s psychic séances. While Kate tries to balance her troubled relationship with her mother and an ex-cop, things get even crazier when the killer strikes again . . . and again . . . and then targets those closest to the investigation. 

As she tracks the killer, things turn even more bizarre when Kate learns the suspect in the homicides is the leader of a blood thirsty cult out for revenge. To make matters worse, Bernie’s sexual wanderlust is out of control, her best friend Natalie meddles in the case, and Kate’s boss thinks she’s leaking details about the murders to the press. 

Hollywood Blood is a thrill ride, with even more sex, laughs, and twists & turns than the first book in the series, Hollywood Assassin. Other books in the Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers by MZ Kelly include: Hollywood Crazy and Hollywood Dirty. And coming soon, Hollywood Enemy!


On the Rocks Large Print (Spirit Animal Large Print Book 1)

A mystery with a shocking twist.
She’s tall, blonde, snarky, and wanted. Dead or alive.
It’s her word against the fiance who framed her.
She changes her name and skips town.
Will she get away?
She can shoot.
She’s better at drinking.
A handsome Apache saves her life.
His totally awesome brother is the sheriff.
Love adventure? 
How about blasting guns, sizzling ocean sunsets, dry wit & wild Injins? Not to mention hot men and sexy women.
An Apache cowgirl is hunting for cattle when life gets complicated. She’s being watched. And hunted. One thing after another goes wrong. The shit just piles up.
What next?
Ten more books.
A great novel for fans of Anne & Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mysteries and Craig Johnson's Longmire series.
Get a leg up on this action-packed mystery series now.
If you like a chuckle, buy "On the Rocks".



21 Stress Relief Smoothie Recipes

Just in time for the holidays! The author of Stress Relief Foods and Recipes, Grace Lawrence has created a new book that takes the best stress relief foods and turns them into easy and delicious smoothies. 

Treat yourself to these smoothies any time of the day. If you are feeling agitated, the Mang-il Smoothie may provide the calm you are searching for. If you suffer from headaches associated with stress, try the Pineapple Spinach Smoothie. Don't let the spinach scare you away! The taste is both refreshing and soothing. Or try the Chai Tea Smoothie to strengthen your immune system which often takes a beating in times of stress.

21 Stress Relief Smoothie Recipes also contains a list of best foods for stress relief that you can use to create your own delicious smoothies. 

Create a delicious stress relief smoothie today and feel the difference!


Grill It!

Do you love the taste of grilled food? Are you something of a barbecue junkie when summer comes around?
There can be nothing better than the smell of food cooking on a charcoal grill and it's food that so many of us love.
Whether you have the luxury of a complete outdoor kitchen or just a small patio for grilling, we can all enjoy the simple pleasure of grilling, and with Grill It! 125 Easy Recipes, you have a book that will serve as the ideal accompaniment.
Complete with dozens of recipes, all with detailed instructions, you could soon be making tasty dishes like:
  • Chicken Breasts with Ginger Garlic Marinade
  • Flaming Chicken Satay
  • Teriyaki Halibut
  • Korean Barbecue Ribs
  • Bourbon Baby Back Ribs
  • Hobo Turkey
  • Grilled Marinated Pheasant
  • And more...
Grill It! also gives you a range of tasty sauces and marinades that really bring out the flavor of meat, as well as breads, vegetables and even a few desserts to round your meal off.
Whatever foods you like grilling, Grill It! will make them better and tastier than ever before.


Southern Cuisine: Uniquely Authentic & Delectable Southern Recipes

Southern food is America’s iconic and unique cuisine. From creole to cajun, grits to hoecakes, fried okra to fried chicken - these are classic foods of the Southern states. If you are from the South, these recipes will remind you of the foods your mother and grandmother used to make. If you’re not from the South, you are in for a real treat experiencing new flavors and cooking methods.

In Southern Cuisine, you will find classic Southern recipes covering breakfast, dinner and dessert as well as a range of party appetizers. These recipes are simple and delicious to make. Enjoy a bit of Southern Living through its food.



Dahler and Nicholls Fight Crime! (Crime Wins)

The humorous cartoon adventures of two hapless heroes, Dahler & Nicholls, dedicated officers of the law, who, with the aid of their intrepid four-legged assistant Horatio, try their level best to "make the streets safe for decent citizens."

Sometimes they succeed...

A cute comic - imagine if "Dick Tracy" had been drawn by Abbott & Costello or Laurel & Hardy. Over 120 full-page B&W illustrations fill the pages, cover to cover. (The paperback edition conveniently doubles as a coloring book.)



Grimm's Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, two brothers wished to preserve their German folklore in a collection of tales that they believed had been handed down for generations. When they began in 1812 they had just 86 stories that rather harshly reflected the difficult life of European peasantry. Subsequent editions would grow to hold over 200 tales. As time passed, the Brothers Grimm found that their collection of fairy tales, with all of its royalty, magical creatures, and brave adventures, entranced those who read them. This compilation of fairy tales which includes the complete canon of over 200 tales has become a beloved set of classical stories the world over. Presented here in this edition is the faithful translation of Margaret Hunt.



The Room in Grandma's House: A Fantasy Short

We can never know all the secrets our ancestors held in their hearts, but what if there was a locked room in our grandparents' house that gave us a glimpse into the past? When Tiffany Warren comes to her grandmother's house to pack it up, she finds such a room, and curiosity drives her to find the key that will open the door. After searching the house, she finds it, and when she opens the door to the mysterious room, what she finds will change her life forever. 


The Thing on the Doorstep

"The Thing on the Doorstep" is a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft, part of the Cthulhu Mythos universe of horror fiction. It was written in August 1933, and first published in the January 1937 issue of Weird Tales.
Daniel Upton, the story's narrator, begins by telling that he has killed his best friend, Edward Derby, and that he hopes his account will prove that he is not a murderer ...



Solar Power: How to Build Solar System and Generate Power: (Power Generation, Off Grid Power, Off Grid Living)

Solar power is taking the entire world by storm and you can join this revolution as well with the help of this comprehensive guide. Say goodbye to those electricity bills and create your own solar power system in no time. We have covered a wide range of topics in this book, including:

  • The significance of solar power

  • The basic structure of a solar power system

  • Creating a solar power generator

  • Tips for an easy construction and maintenance of the system

The guide will introduce you with the fundamental block of a solar power system like solar panels, inverters, batteries, and more. The DIY process for creating your own solar generator is both easy and safe. Get to know more about the type of electricity, the power ranking, net metering, and other basic concepts related to solar power. Read on and implement these easy steps. The guide will certainly let you create your own solar power system in no time.


Male/Male Romance:

The Escort (Nights Series Book 2)

He is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man. And I will do anything to get him. Even if I have to lie to him — Ethan
He is a sinful temptation. A guy who loves pushing all my buttons. But I can’t touch him. And I most definitely cannot have him — Joe
Ethan Skye has had only one goal in mind since the first night he walked into Saron, the most exclusive gay club in Tokyo: to win the heart of Joe Cavendish, its brooding owner and the man he’d fallen in love with at first sight. When Ethan takes a job as a bartender at Saron to get closer to Joe, little does he know that his actions will set him in the sights of an obsessive admirer.
Jaded by his troubled past and with his heart very much guarded, Joe Cavendish has one strict rule in life: never mix business with pleasure. Unfortunately for Joe, one cocky, sexy bartender seems intent on testing that resolve to its very limits, and Joe finds his patience and his libido increasingly challenged as he fights his growing attraction for his new employee. But after Joe discovers the danger Ethan is in, his possessive instincts compel him to take on the role of Ethan’s personal bodyguard and pretend lover.
Can Joe protect Ethan from his increasingly violent stalker and maintain his own sanity while he gets up close and personal to the alluring young man storming his way inside his numb heart? Will Ethan overcome Joe’s stubbornness and convince the club owner to take a chance on love? Or will the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other threaten their fragile, burgeoning relationship?
Discover Ethan and Joe’s story in this second novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. 

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ― Helen Keller

Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Nook 5/11/18

The weather is warming up enough that I finally folded up all my extra blankets and packed them in their Ziploc Space Bag. I've had these bags for ten years and they still work. Of course, being plastic, you do have to take care not to make any holes in them!
It's also warm enough to start opening the kitchen door. Our house (1976 mobile home!) has an odd front-door configuration. The front door and kitchen door form a small V-shaped porch, so that we can only have one screen door (which is on the front door.) The kitchen door has a Magnetic Screen Door with Heavy Duty Mesh Curtain. This works well, except that Gypsy can open it! I am going to try a new solution tomorrow. I have a cute little Pet Gate that will work perfectly to keep her inside, while still using the mesh curtain to keep the flies out.


Cozy Mystery:

Double Duplicity: A Shandra Higheagle Mystery

On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene was just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever but just as determined to discover the truth.
Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her. 
Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?


Beyond Dead: An Afterlife Adventures Novel (A Paranormal Ghost Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

Dead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.

Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save herself from an eternity in prison is to solve the murder themselves. 

With a handsome parole officer watching her every move, an outlaw ghost befriending her and two persistent mediums demanding her attention, solving the murder is not quite as easy as it sounds. And when “murder” turns into “murders” Bridget needs to solve the case … before she becomes the next dead body stuffed in her locker


Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 1)

Francesca Amaro moves back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, and takes over the family business, Antonia’s Italian Café. She spends her days making delicious artisan cappuccinos, until she stumbles upon her neighbor’s dead body. When the police discover Mr. Cardosi was poisoned, Francesca becomes a suspect. 

The victim’s son, Matty, happens to be Francesca’s old high school friend. Together, they uncover the secrets of the locals in order to find the killer in their idyllic beach town.

Includes two special cupcake recipes!


Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mysteries Book 1)

After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle.

Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they attempt to find out who poisoned four people in the middle of London. 

Cassie's life soon includes this crazy detective, an ancient landlady with a curious past, a mischeivous orange cat who likes going for walks on a leash, and a super hot pathologist that Cassie is sure is out of her league.

And they haven't even found the murderer yet...


Must Be Murder: An Otto Viti Mystery (The Otto Viti Stories Book 2)

Jill D'Angelo never dreamed scandal could unfold at her family's winery--that is, not until a wine tasting guest turns up dead in a vat of fermenting wine. Now the winery is at the center of an investigation, and Jill isn't so sure the blustery detective assigned to the case will figure out what really happened.
Is it up to Jill to solve the mystery?
Probably not.
But will anyone be able to keep her from trying?
That's even less likely.
All Otto Viti stories can be reads as stand alones--no spoilers from previous books! They may, however, be enjoyed most when read in order:
Honeymoon in Italy: Before the Otto Viti Mysteries (Story #1)
Must Be Murder: An Otto Viti Mystery (Story #2)
Fired and Inflamed: An Otto Viti Mystery (Story #3)
Starved for Attention: An Otto Viti Mystery (Story #4)



A Swedish Murder Case

On a remote and little-known Swedish island with no criminal history, a nine-year-old girl has been killed. The island’s inhabitants are determined to have the culprit arrested, but have no idea how to proceed. This hilarious and highly imaginative story follows the investigation of the colorful and clueless team that has been set up to solve an unprecedented murder case.


A Smidgeon of Ghosts (Madeline Donovan Mysteries Book 6)

Madame Ruby, gypsy fortune teller in the city of Chicago, makes headlines in the Chicago Tribune when she predicts a Halloween murder in the old haunted house in Lincoln Park. She also lays down a challenge for Madeline Donovan to attend a séance on that night and thwart the murderer.

Madeline dismisses the challenge until she receives a note from the sisters who live there asking for her help to rid the house of a troublesome ghost who recently inhabited their home and is causing them much consternation.

The scene is then set for her and her friends to attend an elaborate Halloween gala that is nothing as she imagined and begins her journey to catch a ghost.



Fairytales on Stage: A collection of children's plays based on famous fairy tales (On Stage Books Book 2)

This book is a collection of plays that have been adapted from well-known fairy tales. They can be used as performance plays, readers theatre or just used to promote reading in groups. Each play is between five and ten minutes long. The plays can be adapted to suit the various needs of the group. The cast list is very flexible. Characters can be added, changed or omitted. In addition, the teacher/group leader can assume the role of the storyteller if the children are unable to read or not at the reading level required. All suggestions for stage directions are included in brackets and italics. Also included in this book is a variety of drama activities. These activities are designed to be fun and enjoyable as well as promoting coordination, movement, character development and creativity.
The plays in the collection are:
Little Red Riding Hood
The Three Little Pigs
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Ugly Duckling
The Lazy Cow
The Talking Tree
Humpty Dumpty
The Magic Porridge Pot
The Stone Soup
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Little Red Hen
The Gingerbread Man
The Enormous Turnip
Chicken Licken


Animal Stories on Stage: 20 Children's Plays based on Animal Stories (On Stage Books Book 9)

Enter the wild and wonderful world of
Jealous CAMELS and
Follow the adventures of a grateful EAGLE who repays a debt, the foolish CROCODILE who lost a friend and a greedy DOG who finally gets his comeuppance.
Animal Stories on Stage is a collection of twenty delightful and awesome animals stories that have been adapted into children's plays. The scripts can be used as performance plays, readers' theatre or just read for pure enjoyment.



Cooking for Dogs: Nutrition Guide for Healthy Dogs - Easy, All-Natural Meal and Treat Recipes for Dogs of All Ages

Are you having difficulty finding the perfect meal for your dog? Do you have doubts about the nutritional content of the commercially sold dog food in the market? Are you in search of new, delicious, and easy-to-cook dog food recipes for your dog? 

You don’t have to worry about that anymore! This book contains everything you need to know about dog food nutrition. After reading this book, you'll be able to prepare nutritious and delicious all-natural dog food recipes to maximize your dog's health and nutrition. No more searching – the answer to your problem is now in your hands. All you’ve got to do is take this book home with you and get started.

Inside, you’ll find:
• Information about the various food and diet options, as well as common misconceptions about dog food
• Information about nutrients (and their amount) that are necessary for your dog’s wellbeing 
• Which treats and supplements you should give to your dog and why
• How you should treat your dog depending on its age
• How you should feed your puppy, your aging dog and also if your dog has certain medical issues to overcome.
• How to treat your dog's allergies or sensitivities

You’ll also find countless recipes for growing puppies, full grown dogs, and lactating dogs, as well as vegetarian dog food, dog treat and gourmet dog food recipes,

Let’s get started!