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Connect Five Friday : Fairy tales

This Friday is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. And also a friends Birthday her name is Snow Anne White. No ! I am not kidding her parents thought it was cute when she was born but she now goes by her middle name : Anne : This is for you Anne!

Beauty and the Beast: An Adult Fairytale Romance (Once Upon a Spell Book 1)

Hidden for generations, Sleeping Beauty’s cursed spindle resurfaces…

In 1894 Vermont, Briar Rose is determined to keep her orphaned siblings together. She’s set her sights on marrying an ambitious young man to take them out of the cotton mills and back to the Old Country. Trouble is, he no longer cares for her.

Princess and the Pea

Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.

One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle. After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.

Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she’ll need more than a bit of charm…

Once upon a time, a princess and her stepmother ruled together with all happiness and joy…until the Queen’s chronic headaches and mood swings escalate to violence, and Princess Snow White is forced to flee for her life.

Snow White is certain that a dark magic has pushed her once loving stepmother into madness.

Happy Birthday Snow Anne White !!! Lisa

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Connect Five Friday : First Lady’s

Today I am celebrating the First Lady’s of the US. The power behind the man that holds the Presidency.

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
 
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In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. 

The former first lady’s memoir covers her small-town childhood, her life as a wife and mother, her role in the family business, her public and political efforts, and her years near the center of power

In a mere one thousand days, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy created an entrancing public persona that has remained intact for more than a half-century. Even now, long after her death in 1994, she remains a figure of enduring—and endearing—interest. Yet, while innumerable books have focused on the legends and gossip surrounding this charismatic figure, Barbara Perry’s is the first to focus largely on Kennedys’ White House years, portraying a First Lady far more complex and enigmatic than previously perceived.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

Thanks for stopping bye this Friday….. Lisa

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Connect 5 Friday

Today’s 5 Books is all about Coffee :

Mackenzie “Kiki” Forbes finds herself in a pickle.
Either become her snarky sister’s nanny, or move halfway across the country to work as assistant-to-the-stylist of a country music star. 

New York Times Bestseller

Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water’s edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea.

The first charming mystery in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series—where caffeine and crime are always brewing…

Coffee Is More Than Just a Necessary Morning Beverage or Afternoon Pick-Me-Up!

Coffee. Joe. Java. Liquid gold. Whatever you call it, coffee is one of the most popular beverages not only in the country, but all around the world. Coffee

After hard luck and heartbreak, Sunny finally finds a place to call home—in the middle of an Afghanistan war zone. There, the thirty-eight-year-old serves up her American hospitality to the expats who patronize her coffee shop, including a British journalist, a “danger pay” consultant, and a wealthy and well-connected woman. True to her name, Sunny also bonds with people

The Author:

Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, motivational speaker and author of the bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil. She spent five years teaching and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House and is the founder of Oasis Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides help to women in troubled, post conflict and economically depressed areas. This organization also helps build a bridge from where they are to where they want to be in regards to the art of hairdressing.

So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some new book…Lisa

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Mardi Gras Friday * Lynn Shurr

Welcome to my Friday Mardi Gras  Mambo ! Every Friday until March  5th I am  Spotlighting an author and her Mardi Gras book : 

Today’s Author : Lynn Shurr 

 

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Once a librarian, now a writer of romance, Lynn Shurr grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. She attended a state college and earned a very impractical B.A. in English Literature. Her first job out of school really was working as a cashier in a burger joint. Moving from one humble job to another, she traveled to North Carolina, then Germany, then California where she buckled down and studied for an M.A. in Librarianship.

New degree in hand, she found her first reference job in the Heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette, Louisiana. For her, the old saying, “Once you’ve tasted bayou water, you will always stay here” came true. She raised three children not far from the Bayou Teche and lives there still with her astronomer husband and two big-boned, orange cats named Jake and Elwood.

When not writing, Lynn likes to paint, to cheer for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, and take long road trips nearly anywhere. Her love of the bayou country, its history and customs, often shows in the background for her books.

You may contact Lynn at http://www.lynnshurr.com or visit her blog-lynnshurr.blogspot.com.

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Seeking to escape the memory of her husband’s tragic death, Laura Dickinson leaves the North and takes a job as a librarian in the small town of Chapelle, Louisiana. She soon meets Robert LeBlanc. Owner of Chateau Camille and single father to a little girl badly in need of a mother, Robert sees everything through the lens of the past and local custom. Strongly attracted to him, Laura scoffs at the old tales. In tiny Chapelle, however, history is very much alive, but mad women and disturbed children are no longer locked in attics.

Forced to face her feelings for Robert on Mardi Gras day, Laura unwittingly unleashes a series of events that lead to fire and bloodshed. Will their fledgling relationship survive?

 

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Anything can happen on a Mardi Gras day in the countryside. Fleeing an obsessive boyfriend, Suzanne Hudson arrives in tiny Port Jefferson, Louisiana, to inventory the antiques of an antebellum home. Full of moonlight and magnolia dreams, she soon finds her job boring and the master of the manor, George St. Julien, dull and awkward. Everything changes during the Mardi Gras ride when Suzanne is playfully abducted by a masked man on a white horse and the famous Magnolia Hill silver disappears shortly thereafter.

Determined to discover the romantic rider’s identity and solve the mystery of the lost silver, Suzanne unearths small town secrets that might be better left alone and finds her life in jeopardy. Will her masked rider come to her rescue?

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Words in the Dark * Giulia Beyman

 

April is all about Mystery so in honor of Scrabble Day –

 

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After the sudden loss of her husband, Joe, Nora Cooper makes a startling discovery: shortly before his death, Joe secretly sold their newly purchased dream home on Martha’s Vineyard, where the couple had planned to retire.

Nora doesn’t know what to think. As she searches for answers, she is tormented by grief and doubt—until she starts receiving mysterious and inexplicable messages in Scrabble letters, messages that Nora believes could have been written only by Joe.

Using a strength she didn’t know she had, Nora follows these strange clues to discover the truth about Joe and their life together—and navigates the danger inherent in her new, special gift.

Revised edition: This edition of Words in the Dark includes editorial revisions.

Editorial Reviews

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“I do not want to go into too much detail on what happens in this book but it is filled with romance, secrets, betrayals, and messages from thedead.  I loved it and read it in a few hours because I could not put it down.” ★★★★★
Linda Tonis
 for Paranormal Romance Guild

“Words in the Dark (Nora Cooper Mysteries), by Giulia Beyman, is a suspenseful, page-turning novel… I neglected my chores today to finish reading Words in the Dark. I wasso sure I had figured out the killer several times, but didn’t see theending coming. This is a really good book. Giulia Beyman has given usNora: a mother, grandmother, working lady, and amateur detective. Thisis the first of the Cooper mysteries I have read, but it certainly willnot be the last. I would not be at all surprised to see this as a movieor a network weekly series. The characters quickly became my friends and I can’t wait to visit with them again.” ★★★★★
Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

This book is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.

About the Author

Bestselling author Giulia Beyman calls Rome and Tuscany her home. She has worked as a freelance journalist, reporting news and writing about books and fashion. After a brief stint in the publishing world, she was a screenwriter for Italian television, until she decided to turn a new idea into a book—the first of the Nora Cooper Mysteries.

For more information, visit http://www.giuliabeyman.com.

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Friday Night Read * Wolf”s Hour

Welcome to my November  Friday Night Read !

Let’s get started with the fun -with my Read from last night. First if you have not read the True Mate series from Lisa start here Lisa Amazon page.  This book is written in that world where snifters are looking for there True mates who are angel hybrid making them very special women. This author has a great new look at that concept and you will enjoy the book even if you have never read the other books.  With a great story & characters this book will make for a great night of reading.

 

 

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Cam Watson is no one special. A bakery owner with an uncanny sense of timing, she has no idea why some idiot kids have decided to make her shop the object of harassment. As the problems escalate, she needs to face facts. There’s no avoiding the cops any longer. And when she meets Dom, she wouldn’t mind spending some time in the back of his squad car. But she has no idea that he is part of a supernatural world that she never knew existed, even though her fate is linked closely with its survival.

Dom Soto is a shifter cop, on a force of all shifter cops. But even wolf shifters need to take on the simple and boring cases. When he gets a whiff of Cam, thoughts of boring go right out the window. He’s heard of the One True Mates, the women sired by an angel and destined for other shiften. Never did he think that he’d find one meant for him.

Even though it can’t be true, Dom can’t stay away from Cam. He’ll defy his boss, his friends, and destiny to keep her, but first he needs to keep her safe. And she has secrets of her own that may tear them apart. Can Cam learn to trust a man who turns into a wolf? Or will the clock tick to zero, leaving her out of time?

This & More can be found on my Pinerest Boards !

 

My November party board : November Board

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Book Club Friday * Fall into Magic

My Friday Book Club – after 5 special is  Fall into Magic book1 of the Season of Summers Series. Have fun and enjoy our Fall cocktail to celebrate . Lisa

 

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After a devastating breakup in the middle of her summer vacation, Summer Peters knows she needs something to distract her. What better than the arrival of fall, Halloween, and a new client? Though she assumes that Alexander Williams will be a hands-off client, she is surprised to find him very down-to-earth. She’s immediately drawn to him, much to the dismay of his overprotective assistant. When it becomes obvious that he feels the same, she begins to wonder if their meeting was meant to be.

Just when she thinks she could be ready to move on with her life, her ex-boyfriend Jake returns for a second chance. She’s in for even more of a surprise when she learns her nosy, meddling neighbor is actually a psychic pushing to reveal details of her future.

Summer doesn’t know which way to turn as she feels like she’s being pulled in different directions. Between Alexander, his assistant, and her ex-boyfriend, she fears she may not be ready to move on after all. She considers turning to her neighbor for advice but the fear of knowing exactly what the future holds is more frightening than not knowing.

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Combine Apple cider and bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (if serving a crowd, combine these two ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least an hour. Strain mixture into an ice filled glass and top with the chilled ginger ale. Stir gently. Serve with a slice of apple for garnish.

Hot Cider & Bourbon for Cold Days !

Put apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, black peppercorns and star anise in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Immediately strain the mixture into 4 mugs, divided evenly. Top with the bourbon. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon on top of each and garnish with an apple slice.

 

 

 

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Book Club * After 5

The Perfect Drink for our after 5 – Book Club * Lemon Drop Martini  and a book . Lisa 

 

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Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake well (supposedly the cocktail is to be shaken 40 times to make sure the sugar is well blended). Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini cocktail glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.

 

For Food – Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

Made with Tiny meatballs- cooked. Then placed in a blend of grape jelly(Sweet) and Chili Sauce,.

 

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A Metamorph Publishing 2016 Indie Book Award 2nd place winner
Author of 6 Contemporary Romance, and 6 Contemporary Fantasy books

“Angela’s treatment of the darker plot is masterful, while the romantic element carries the reader on a blissful journey to its climax.”  Mandy Thomas Author of Hard To feel Whole, Hard To Feel Free, and Hard To Be Strong

Jude Holland is a man with a problem. His heart belongs to his best friend, Maya. But Maya belongs to someone else.

Maya Jenkins has a bigger problem. Her boyfriend’s jealousy and temper is controlling her life. When she plucks up courage to leave Carl, she reaches out to Jude.

After rescuing her from an abusive partner, Jude is shocked by how much Carl Frasier has destroyed Maya’s strong spirit. No longer the carefree, self-assured woman he once knew, Jude vows to help her pick up the pieces of her life. However, Jude doesn’t bank on Carl’s unwillingness to let Maya go.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Ashley and J.A Huss