Posted in new, Recommended by lisa

5 minute stress relief

75 exercise to quiet your mind and calm your body.

Book reviews:

I got this book from the publisher.  I was interested in what 5 minutes could do to relieve stress. Some examples in the book under the Home section was : Hug your pet, spend time playing, light candle and even regular household chores can relieve stress. This is a fun book something we all can do for 5 minutes and be less stressful in life. Lisa

Posted in net galley, Recommended by lisa

Making Artisan Breads in the Bread Machine:

Beautiful Loaves and Flatbreads from All Over the World – Includes Loaves Made Start-to-Finish in the … Start in the Machine and Finish in the Oven 

Delicious, comforting, and authentic artisan breads are expensive to buy at your grocery store or local bakery. Now you can use your bread machine to make them at home for a fraction of what store-bought breads cost.

Veteran chef, baker, and food writer Michelle Anderson has put dozens of models and sizes of bread machines through their paces and knows better than anyone what a bread machine can do. Would you like a boule or a baguette with your next picnic or brunch? Would the delectable aroma of a just-made ciabatta or focaccia create the perfect atmosphere for your next pasta supper? Michelle shows you the fastest and easiest ways to make these and many other rustic and comforting breads. Her recipes include breads made from start to finish in the bread machine and others that, because of their shape, are started in the bread machine and finished in a regular oven—the latter still a much easier method than starting from scratch on a counter-top.

Rugbrod (Danish rye bread), Irish Soda Bread, San Francisco Sourdough, German Peasant Bread, Pane Siciliano…there’s a wide and wondrous world of amazing breads to discover in the pages of this book. You’ll even find chapters on cheese breads and herb breads, and an especially delicious one on sweet breads to have for dessert or with your morning coffee.

Millions of people are rediscovering the simple, soul-warming pleasures of freshly made, home-cooked bread. It’s not a lot of work at all—if you own a bread machine and have a copy of this incredibly inventive and eminently reliable cookbook.

Net Galley Book review:

Making Artisan Breads in the Bread Machine includes a comprehensive look into how a bread machine works before listing 100 recipes you can try at home. The recipes found within the book look and sound tasty. I am somewhat disappointed that only about 25% are made entirely in the bread machine. But I understand to get a certain look to a crust the oven is the only way to go. If you have a bread maker ( or on Christmas list) check this book out and enjoy these tasty bread….. Lisa

Posted in friday, Mystery/ Romantic Suspense, Recommended by lisa

Friday Favourite

Today’s favorite is from a long time favorite author : Nora Roberts.

And I picked up this copy of the book at the Library.

Her 200 th book is a winner. Published in 2012 The Witness is a suspenful romance novel :

The book is a moving tale about Liz/ Abigail ‘s early life with her Mom and her surving and hiding from danger after witnessing a murder. This is a book of hope as she does finds a new life and love in a small town with the local sheriff that she learns to trust.

Have a favorite book ? A book you re read that you would like to share .. leave a comment. Lisa

Posted in Library Loans, Recommended by lisa

At the Library

Today I am working at the Library ! Top check out book is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.Fans of historical fiction will fall in love with this bestselling novel’s:Strong research and vivid depictions of AppalachiaInspiration from the real blue-skinned people of KentuckyCharacters who are both relatable and fascinatingEmphasis on the importance of books (perfect for books clubs or as a gift for the librarian in your life)

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This wonderful book is filled with emotions. And a look back at a simpler time in our lives. In an area of the country that is hard working and usually very poor. But this librarian makes each life richer with her job. So if you are fan of books and history. This one is highly recommended read-so check it out or put it on your wait list……Lisa

Posted in Recommended by lisa, Review

The Somerset Girls: A Novel

No one knows you quite like a sister…

Summer in Sunset, Kentucky, means long, hot days—and sometimes surprising new beginnings. Through it all, the ties of sisterhood will be thee, guiding Autumn and Ember to the lives, and loves, they need…

When they’re running the animal-rescue farm they inherited from their grandparents, Autumn and Ember Somerset are perfectly in sync. At all other times, not so much. Dependable Autumn would rather curl up with a good book than paint the town red with Ember. After the disaster that was Autumn’s last relationship, it’s pure self-protection. But when her high school crush comes back to town with his adorable young daughter, igniting memories best left forgotten, there’s only one person Autumn can turn to…

Beneath Ember’s free-spirited facade is a layer of deep hurt. She’ll gladly nudge Autumn toward a second chance. But risk her own heart? Not likely. The closer Autumn gets to her own happily-ever-after, the more Ember wonders what she might be missing—and if it isn’t her time to be bold, too.

“Foster convincingly brings her characters to life against the idyllic backdrop of Kentucky farmland. This down-to-earth romance will especially appeal to animal lovers.”—Publishers Weekly on The Somerset Girls

No one knows you quite like a sister…

Summer in Sunset, Kentucky, means long, hot days—and sometimes surprising new beginnings. Through it all, the ties of sisterhood will be there, guiding Autumn and Ember to the lives, and loves, they need…

When they’re running the animal-rescue farm they inherited from their grandparents, Autumn and Ember Somerset are perfectly in sync. At all other times, not so much. Dependable Autumn would rather curl up with a good book than paint the town red with Ember. After the disaster that was Autumn’s last relationship, it’s pure self-protection. But when her high school crush comes back to town with his adorable young daughter, igniting memories best left forgotten, there’s only one person Autumn can turn to…

Beneath Ember’s free-spirited facade is a layer of deep hurt. She’ll gladly nudge Autumn toward a second chance. But risk her own heart? Not likely. The closer Autumn gets to her own happily-ever-after, the more Ember wonders what she might be missing—and if it isn’t her time to be bold, too.

Net Galley Review :

The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster. The somerset Girls is about two sisters learning to love themselves and finding love along the way. Packed with laugh out loud humor, steamy interludes, heartfelt drama this book is another winner from this author. Like my sister and I these two are completely different but inside filled with love . Grab this book now… Lisa

Posted in Recommended by lisa, Review

Claimed by a Steele: A Sexy Contemporary Billionaire Romance

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings you a brand-new story in the Forged of Steele series. Perfect for fans of the popular Westmoreland series and readers of passionate contemporary romances!

This Steele man is always in the driver’s seat…
But is this playboy ready for the wildest ride of his life?

Agreeing a PR stunt would be good for business, trucking CEO Gannon Steele invites reporter Delphine Ryland to hitch a ride cross-country. Soon, he’s keeping his eyes on his sexy passenger instead of on the destination ahead, and when the trip turns from strictly business to strictly pleasure, the consequences might be more than this rough-and-ready bachelor can handle…

A FORGED OF STEELE NOVEL

Don’t miss Mercury Steele’s story in:
Seduced by a Steele

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

Net galley Review :

Brenda Jackson has done it again with another amazing book in this series. I am sorry to say this is the final story of the Steele’s of Phoenix. I have loved each story about the 6 brothers. and sorry to see this series end. The plot was very well written as usual and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you haven’t read this series do – I recommend it highly. Lisa

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 Recommended by lisa, Review

The Sunday Potluck Club

recipe for living . . .

New friends can be found in unexpected places. For Bridget and Amy, that place was the cancer ward of an Anchorage hospital. Now, as each struggles to overcome loss, they lean on each other for support—sharing suppers, laughter and tears.
 
Bridget and Amy aren’t about to let hardship knock them down—Bridget plans to return to her veterinarian school studies, Amy to her position as a second-grade teacher—but neither feels quite ready. And so the Sunday Potluck Club is born, a way for Bridget, Amy, and other women who have lost a loved one to find solace and understanding. Savoring favorite dishes while sharing memories and the comfort of connection, the members of the Sunday Potluck Club nourish body and soul.
 
As weeks go by and the group grows in unforeseen ways, both Bridget and Amy are inspired to find greater purpose.  Amy reaches out to a student whose father bravely faces his own struggle. Bridget volunteers at the local animal shelter, rehabilitating dogs whose unconditional love will bring others a chance to heal. And with the help of two special men, Bridget and Amy are realizing that there’s always room at the table for love and rekindled joy . . .

Net Galley Books

 Even though there is grief and loss, 4 friends stick together through thick and thin… friendship, love and even dogs bring a smile to my face. Easy and enjoyable read. Perfect stay at home book and just what I need today… Lisa

Posted in halloween, Recommended by lisa

Halloween books * Trick or Treat

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The Valdier, Sarafin, and Curizan Lords had children who just cannot stop getting into trouble! There is nothing as cute or funny as magical, shapeshifting kids, and nothing as heartwarming as family.

During one of her many excursions exploring the palace, Cara Truman discovers a vast underground chamber that would make a perfect Haunted House adventure for the babies.

The fun kicks into high gear when the men discover what Cara has been up to and decide to test the playground first!

Discover what happens when another Earth holiday is unveiled with the help from a couple of mischievous Goddesses, the symbiots, and the dragonlings!

Brimming with internationally acclaimed S.E. Smith’s signature humor, vivid scenes, and beloved characters, this book is sure to be another fan favorite!

Now including a bonus short story! A Dragonling’s Day at the Beach.

The Dragonlings, Roam, Alice, and their families are off to the beach celebrating the last days of summer, sea, and surf. The barbeque is ready, the umbrellas are up, now we just need you to come and join the fun!

Editorial Reviews

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What readers are saying about the Dragonlings adventures.

  • “What a wonderful Halloween Treat! A short story that is not short on entertainment. If you love this series you will love this holiday novella.”
  • “This was a fun filled romp that will have you smiling, chuckling and yearning for the next full book in this wonderful series.”
  • “A Dragonlings Treat With A Few Fun Tricks! Love it!”
  • “This story is so much fun! And it is a satisfying opportunity to catch up with some of my favorite characters. The women are at their mischievous best. The children’s antics are as entertaining as ever.”
  • “What a starsGreat Fun to read!!! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the dragonlings first Christmas!”
  • “When you start reading S. E. Smith’s books and series, you will wish that you were there and a mate to one of the aliens who are featured in all of her books and series and I’m telling you that I have read more than 40,000 books in my life so far and I know that I will never stop reading about these wonderful and amazing creations that this particular author has come up with!”
  • “You will find yourself laughing! Made me love reading these works of art in written word and I find myself curled up in my favorite chair reading about these amazing people and waiting with bated breath for the next installment to each series of books!”
  • “I absolutely recommend that everyone who loves reading, should absolutely get every one of SE.E. Smith’s books and you will find yourself reading about these wonderful creations over and over again!!!”
  • “This was the 5th time for me and I know that I will go back and start with the 1st one to read them all over again!!! Happy Reading to all of you who will get out there and purchase all of the books that are written by S. E. Smith.”
  • “Had fun reading this. You will never regret or forget reading these wonderful books that will make you laugh and love reading!!!”
  • “Oh my gosh, how I love the dragonling’s books. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the antics the human’s mates get into and how they deal with the creations of their mates.”
  • “S.E. Smith has created such a wonderful Universe in these books and although life is still happening, it’s always fun to see what fun they all get into along the way.”
  • “The humor is fantastic!! I can’t wait to read about the dragonlings as they get older and the chaos they reign upon their parents.”
Posted in Recommended by lisa, Review

Book Review * Unleashed by Diana Palmer

 

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She vowed to never trust another man…until she met him. 

A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer 

Clancey Lang knows how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially men. Though she’s tempted—mighty tempted—to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way…

For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But there’s something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, that he simply can’t resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman who’ll never let herself be caught?

Book Review : Net Galley book – Long Tall Texas #49. 

Reading this author’s book you know what you are getting. A hot romance between a sweet but strong women falling for  a tough alpha Texas male that wants her but is fitting his feeling. This is a classic book that is always a pleasure to read and another great addition to this series.  Lisa