Posted in Review, Saturday One Click

The Diva Spices It Up

After a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, Old Town’s favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, Sophie Winston, whips up an impromptu investigation in the new Domestic Diva mystery from New York Times bestselling author, Krista Davis . . .
 
Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she’ll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn’t the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghostwriting, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer . . .
 
Wesley claims professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly’s cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer now . . . and her disappearance was no accident. So Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation, but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won’t be easy. Will Sophie savor another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away?
 
Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

Net Galley :

Diva Spices It Up” ( book 13 ) by author Krista Davis. Has all the usual characters are present, including the diva Natasha. The plot is clever and Davis pulls the threads together to solve this exciting mystery. This cozy read was the perfect escape these past rainy days. Enjoy it yourself.

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Free Book Friday

Sites to download Free Book :

  • Local Library is a great start ( current and older books here-as well as audio books )
  • Free eBooks – Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education. https://www.gutenberg.org/
  • Open Library https://openlibrary.org You can browse by subject and categories
  • . ManyBooks
  • International Children’s Digital Library
  • BookBub
  • Goodreads
  • Digilibraries

Here are a few common formats you’ll see as you explore and download your free books:

  • EPUB – compatible on all devices except Kindle.
  • HTML – usable if you’re reading in your browser, though eReaders support the format too.
  • MOBI – frequently used with Kindle.
  • PDF – supported by e-book readers, iOS and Android devices.
  • RTF – works with most e-book readers and iOS and Android devices.
  • TXT – Basic text with no formatting and compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Please be careful downloading Free books. Make sure its a legit company and not a pirated book site. Check it out before downloading. Lisa

Posted in Book Tour

Stealing the Heiress Samantha Holt

Stealing the Heiress
Samantha Holt
(The Kidnap Club, #2)
Publication date: May 28th 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance

She was looking for adventure…
Lady Rosamunde Stanley just never expected in the form of a kidnapping.

Well, an almost-kidnapping. The dastardly man only went and took the wrong woman!

But she soon discovers the dark, handsome man is not quite the terrible rogue she thinks him to be and she decides to put his experience to use. Her uncle has gone missing and no one believes her when she says he’s in trouble. Can she persuade Russell to help?

Russell might have kidnapped her, but he has no intention of keeping her. Even if the heat between them is driving him out of his wits and her crazy family makes him long for things a battle-hardened orphan like him should never want.

Their societal divide isn’t the only reason to keep his distance. Rosamunde is a bloody knife-carrying, picklock-wielding madwoman.

A far too appealing madwoman…

He’s not the only one struggling. Rosamunde is finding it just as difficult to fight the attraction, despite knowing it is most likely her over-active imagination leading her down this path. Somehow, she must keep her head around the most exciting man she’s ever met.

Goodreads / Amazon

EXCERPT:

“Stay where you are or I shall shoot,” he ordered firmly.

The driver nodded, his hands trembling around his loose grip on the reins. Russell moved around the carriage and glanced through the window to find two women clutched together. He eyed the younger one. Dark haired and attractive, just as Guy had described.

Very attractive. Russell clenched his jaw. Miss Heston looked a little older than the one-and-twenty-year-old he had expected but Guy had certainly downplayed her looks. She peered at him with wide eyes then murmured something to her older companion.

Before he pulled open the door, the woman shoved it and pushed her head out, meeting his gaze head on. Without the hazy glass between them, he had a full view of generous lips, a slightly stubborn chin, and wire framed spectacles that emphasized a warm, nutty gaze. However, there was nothing warm about the way she looked at him.

He let a brow rise. The woman was an excellent actress.

“Come with me.” He kept his voice low, just in case her companion did not know of their arrangement.

“Like hell!”

He blinked at the blasphemy. As far as he knew, the woman they were kidnapping was gently bred and trying to escape the persistent overtures of a gentleman. Still, perhaps she was trying to play the role of helpless victim for her companion’s benefit.

Very well. She wasn’t the only one who could act. He had not read every one of Shakespeare’s plays for no reason. “Come with me or I shall shoot,” he warned her, keeping his tones low and aggressive.

Miss Heston scanned the length of him and lifted her chin. “If it is money you want, I am quite wealthy.” She put her hand to a broach at the neckline of her crimson gown.

Russell’s gaze tracked the movement, unintentionally. He only realized her cleavage had caught his attention when she began to undo the gold and ruby broach. He swiftly looked away and blinked, feeling as though the image of soft skin, dark shadows, and generous curves might well be burned into his mind. Every time he blinked from now on, he suspected he would see the image there again.

Fool. He’d seen many a cleavage in his lifetime. A little glimpse of what appeared to be a most excellent cleavage wouldn’t be the undoing of him. If he could survive on the streets and forge a life for himself from nothing, he could most certainly rid himself of the image of the faintest glimpse of not even a third of a breast.

Or two.

Damn it. He blinked a few more times then scowled when she handed over the broach.

“Here, this is worth far more than you could get for me from ransom.”

He ignored it, letting his frown deepen. Why the devil was she dragging this out? Much longer and the driver might get the courage to fight him or someone would happen along, and Russell could end up getting shot.

“If that isn’t enough…” She hitched up her skirt, revealing a shapely, stocking-clad leg.

Well, the cleavage image no longer bothered him so that was something. He swallowed hard and frowned as she revealed the lacy edge of her stocking and the garter holding them up. Her hand moved slowly to the band and she tugged out a bank note.

Why the hell did this woman keep banknotes in her undergarments?

She reached for the note then curled her fingers around something else—a jeweled handle.

A damned penknife.

She grabbed it swiftly and thrust it outward. Russell dodged back, the blade skimming past his stomach and catching briefly on the fabric.

“Bloody hell, woman.” He grabbed her wrist. This play-acting was becoming far too dangerous. This needed to end now.

Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling author Samantha Holt lives in a small village in England with her twin girls and a dachshund called Duke. If you’re not sure where to start why not try…

Amelia and the Viscount (Bluestocking Brides #1) for a fun, slightly hot shorter length read. Meet the Chadwick sisters and follow their adventures in each of their standalone stories.

You’re the Rogue That I Want (Rogues of Redmere #1) is a longer read with heat, witty dialogue, a feisty heroine and adventure. All books in the series are standalone.

Sinful Confessions is the first in the Cynfell Brothers Series. These are all novella length and standalone–ideal for a quick dip into the world of the sexy Cynfell brothers.

Wake Me With a Kiss is a sweet, fairytale romance. Twists on Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella are also available if you love a clean, fun read.

To Steal a Highlander’s Heart is a full length dive into the world of sexy highlanders. For those who love braw Scots, some steamy scenes, and medieval romance, this series is a perfect escape.

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Posted in Library Loans, Recommended by lisa

Library Fan Pick

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War II in Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel.

At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life. But fate, a world war, and her own quietly rebellious personality lead her down a different path.
By 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire, Alex makes her way to London as a volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But she has skills that draw the attention of another branch of the service. Fluent in French and German, she would make the perfect secret agent.
Within a year, Alex is shocking her family in trousers and bright red lipstick. They must never know about the work she does—no one can know, not even the pilot she falls in love with. While her country and those dearest to her pay the terrible price of war, Alex learns the art of espionage, leading to life-and-death missions behind enemy lines and a long career as a spy in exotic places and historic times.
Spy follows Alex’s extraordinary adventures in World War II and afterward in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., when her husband, Richard, enters the foreign service and both become witnesses to a rapidly changing world from post-war to Cold War. She lives life on the edge, with a secret she must always keep hidden.

Most checked out book this week :

Our library system keeps track of what is getting checked out in the region. Today’s e book selection is from the amazing author of Danielle Steel . This book is filled with history and drama . So if you are a fan of her book – Check it out……. Lisa

Posted in Library Loans, Review

Nine Perfect Strangers * Library Pick

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Soon to be a series starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy

“If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are even better in Nine Perfect Strangers.” —Lisa Scottoline, The New York Times Book Review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

Library Book Pick

Think Agatha Christie : Nine guests come to stay at a health resort, each of them having reached a difficult point in life – recovering from divorce or bereavement or career downturn, and/ or simply dealing with the effects of ageing. The health resort is a blend of draconian strictness and blissfully therapeutic – hidden alcohol is confiscated from the guests’ luggage, but if you’re secretly feeling down about your age, you’ll be magically whisked off for a rejuvenating facial. Yet the resort owner has a sinister secret agenda, and the guests must bond together to extricate themselves from some bizarre challenges. Every one of the guests uses this time at the resort to come to terms with the past, reassess their identity and find the strength to face the future. . Check this book out at the library Now …… Lisa

Posted in Book Spotlight

After the Fire *Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 1)

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America’s Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“Inspiring and emotionally invigorating…a true hero’s tale.” RT Book Reviews

Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they’ve been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his troubled teenagers. Jenn decides to have a baby—with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man. Read the whole family saga romance in these exciting stories.

Book Review :

This is a well thought out book with a basic plot of boy meets girl, falls in love. That is just a minor part of the story. Kathryn Shay does a masterful job at including action, adventure, mystery, intrigue and romance. The Malvaso family sounds like a family I know and can love. Each character is well defined as the plots and subplots take twists and turns that keep you guessing, what next? Ms. Shay’s writing style is easy to read and she keeps the story at a fast pace with a little filler information.This book was touching, exciting, and a times steamy. I loved reading about the Malvaso family; I could not put it down. Check out all of this authors books at : https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Shay/e/B000APY3GW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Posted in Book Spotlight, cozy mystery

Hamburger Heist: A Felicia’s Food Truck One Hour Mystery

A charming culinary cozy to be read in one or two sittings.

When Felicia’s food truck is held up by a masked robber, it’s up to Felicia to find the real culprit before the wrong man is convicted of the crime.

Free with Kindle Unlimited :

A short mystery that keeps you guessing! In a rare occurrence, this is a quick mystery that doesn’t involve solving a murder!! Great characters! Just as enjoyable as the first in the series, and this one has a slight hint towards romance!

Posted in Book Challenge, cozy mystery

Rebel Without a Cake

We are at Letter R this Wednesday in our alphabet soup challenge :

In the still of the night…

Halloween is approaching, and the co-owners of Zydeco Cakes, Rita Lucero and her former mother-in-law, Miss Frankie, have scored a sweet treat—a fantastic catering opportunity that could lead to a rich future for their bakery. But their good news is quickly rattled by a bump in the night when Miss Frankie’s neighbor, Bernice, barrels into her kitchen toting a Bible and a gun, and serves up a story about a ghost at her window.

Bernice swears she just saw the ghost of her moonshiner uncle who disappeared in the swamp fifteen years ago. And when her cousin soon goes missing in the same swamp, Bernice is certain someone’s playing a nasty trick, and convinces Rita and Miss Frankie to help her investigate. They’ll just need to watch their steps, as these ladies are liable to get mired in a very swampy mystery…

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES

Library Loan book review :

Set in my home state. Book 5 is set at Halloween time and ghost and treats are on the menu. As this author does a fantastic job of weaving two separate and unrelated stories come together in the end and yet somehow connect them to the end! Can’t wait to start book 6!!! Lisa

Posted in cozy mystery, Free Book Friday

Friday * Free Books

This Friday is all about seasonal cozy mysteries and food :

One Summer: …at Charlie’s Diner (Baker Girl Trilogy 

Her eye is on the bake-off prize. His heart is set on winning her over. Will they cook up a fresh batch of love or a recipe for disaster?https://www.amazon.com/One-Summer-Charlies-Diner-Baker-ebook/dp/B00N6V3QMY/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=free+books+mystery+summer&qid=1590158780&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&sr=8-5

Down-and-out pastry chef Star Bloom has no choice but to swallow her pride and take a job at a mom and pop diner. But the goofy antics of a fellow waiter and the attentions of a sexy patron are starting to lift her sour mood. When her new friends help her land a spot on a televised cooking show, she’s hopeful it’ll be the big break she needs to open up her own bakery.

Tyler Jackman would rather be animating cartoons than waiting tables. But when a blue-eyed beauty joins the diner staff, he starts counting down the hours to his next shift. Determined to get out of the friend zone, he hatches a plan to launch her dreams into the spotlight. But as his crush preps for the bake-off, Tyler faces his own tough competition in the battle to win her heart.

With trouble brewing at the diner and fierce rivalries in the way of their dreams, can Star and Tyler stand the heat or will they leave the kitchen brokenhearted?

One Summer is the first novel in The Baker Girl series of delectable cozy romantic mysteries. If you like nail-biting bake-offs, sweet love stories, and a heaping spoonful of humor, then you’ll love Mary Jane Forbes’ toothsome tale.

In for a Penny: A Humorous Amateur Sleuth Cozy Mystery (Seasoned Southern Sleuths Cozy Mystery Book 1)https://www.amazon.com/Penny-Humorous-Amateur-Seasoned-Southern-ebook/dp/B085PYTGN2/ref=sr_1_21?crid=2ACTWV0988IK2&dchild=1&keywords=free+books+mystery&qid=1590158162&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&sprefix=Free+Books%2C

The Golden Girls meet Dirty Harry…

from USA Today bestselling authors

When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in the small town of Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot money mess. Desperate to keep up the family name and give the man a decent burial, penniless Lil cooks up a shady deal that lands her smack-dab in the slammer.

Burdened by her shameful secret and a crumbling family estate, Lil entrusts Summer Haven’s care to her best friend, Maggie, who recruits two more over-fifty ladies to help. But when Maggie discovers that Lil’s restitution is ten times the amount she “borrowed” from the federal government, she’s convinced Lil has taken the fall for someone else’s crime.

Will these gals be able to get some vigilante justice for Lil, or will the swindler get away with hoodwinking a sweet little old lady?

Recipes included!

BBQ, Bikers, and Murder (Hawg Heaven Cozy Mysteries Book 1https://www.amazon.com/Bikers-Murder-Heaven-Culinary-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01M2BUTQ3/ref=sr_1_41?dchild=1&keywords=free+books+mystery+summer&qid=1590158476&sr=8-41

One folded flag…
…and the man she vowed to spend her life with was gone.
Could she survive as a single mom?
Her husband was supposed to come back, but now Rossalyn must rebuild and raise their son alone. Leaving their old life behind, she takes 13-year old Ryan cross-country to the small town where she grew up.
On the road trip home, she makes a discovery.
An old building on Main Street catches her eye and sparks an idea. There’s just something about it. Rossie knew immediately that it would be a perfectly charming place for a business…but what kind? When Ryan brought home a library book on bacon, her course was set. She had to open a BBQ and bacon café, and call it Hawg Heaven. Her late husband would have loved it.
Things are not quite as sweet as they seem in the small town, however.
A body is found behind her new business, which spurs a string of unfortunate events that pushes Rossie to the edge.
Who is the menacing biker that shows up at the oddest times?
Why does the sheriff have a chip on his shoulder?
Rossalyn never expected to become an amateur sleuth, but if she doesn’t figure out whodunit, the sheriff may try to pin the murder on her. Are she and Ryan next on the killer’s list? Will she figure out the clues in time?
You’ll love this emotional roller coaster of a Cozy Mystery, because every good murder needs a tough-as-nails woman to get to the bottom of it.
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