Posted in Review, Saturday One Click

Sewing Face Masks, Scrub Caps, Arm Slings, and More: Practical Projects for Comfort and Care

Sew with a purpose!

  • 14 thoughtful projects including face masks, wheelchair caddies, arm slings, blankets, and more
  • Beginner-friendly guide with simple projects and a walk-through of all the basic sewing skills you will need
  • Step-by-step instructions, coordinating illustrations, and easy-to-follow patterns
  • Learn stitching techniques, how to work with a variety of tools and notions, patchwork, pleating, reverse appliqué, and more
  • Author Angie Herbertson is a leading Etsy shop owner who offers thoughtful scrub cap sewing patterns with various useful features

Anyone can learn how to create these thoughtful projects with a purpose, which can be easily made and then gifted or donated to those who need them most!

Sewing Face Masks, Scrub Caps, Arm Slings, and More features 14 easy and intentional sewing projects that range in difficulty and are thoughtful, practical, and important. From face masks and scrub caps to a wheelchair caddy, arm sling, fidget blanket, adult bib, lap quilt, tab blankie, and so much more, you’ll not only learn how to sew and develop your skills, you’ll create handmade items and crucial accessories that make a difference!

Author Angie Herbertson is the owner and pattern designer behind A Design by Angie where she makes and sells surgical scrub caps, sewing patterns, and tutorials. Her Etsy shop under the same name also offers vitally important sewing patterns and finished products with thousands of happy customers. Her thoughtful scrub cap sewing patterns offer useful features such as being reversible and having multiple ways to wear them.

This helpful guide walks beginners through all the basic sewing skills you’ll need. Get started with essential information on materials, tools, techniques, and tips. You’ll learn stitching techniques, how to work with a variety of tools and notions—such as elastic, interfacing, bias tape, needles, and thread—patchwork, pleating, reverse applique, and more. Clear, step-by-step instructions with coordinating illustrations and helpful tips take you through each project. The included patterns can also be accessed for digital download.

Book Review:

The tutorials and techniques are suited to beginning sewers There are step by step tutorials for 14 projects including scrub hats, fitget mats (for autistic and dementia patients), slings, wheelchair organizer caddies, and more. The projects themselves are attractive and useful. They’re all beginner accessible. This would make a superlative selection for volunteer and charity sewing. Patterns in PDF form can be printed out and used many times. Perfect for anyone wanting to make mask in this New Year… Lisa

Posted in cozy mystery, net galley, Review

Berried Motives

An ambitious TV personality takes a star turn in murder in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery from USA Today bestselling author Peg Cochran!

With the cranberry farm in full harvest mode, Monica is thrilled to learn that they’ll be the featured guests on a local TV news show. Certain the exposure will give her bakery products and the farm’s store a welcome boost, she’s also nervous about how she’ll come across on-screen. But her real worries begin when the show’s ruthless star is found bludgeoned to death on a side road of the farm—and Monica’s own brother heads up the list of suspects.

Launching an investigation to find the real killer and clear her brother, Monica discovers there was no love lost between the victim and those closest to her. From the dead woman’s husband, a calculating politician with his sights set on more lucrative pastures, to the timid cameraperson she repeatedly bullied, there’s no shortage of suspects or motives. And when Monica unearths a compromising secret that turns the spotlight on one of them, she suddenly realizes the solution has been staring her in the face. As she closes in on the killer, she’ll need sharp wits and steely nerves to avoid taking her final bow . . .

Includes tasty recipes!

NET GALLEY BOOK

We lived in Michigan many years and enjoyed the background and the description of the cranberry harvest. With a great mystry this is the perfect afternoon read.

Cozy fans and foodies alike will love this mystery in Cranberry Cove.
Berried Motives also has tasty recipes included. Lisa

Posted in Holiday Book Review

Holding Out for Christmas:

She’s all he wants for Christmas.  Maybe even forever…
 
Conner Branch hasn’t stopping thinking about the sultry singer he spotted on stage during last year’s Cowboy Christmas ball. So imagine his surprise when he discovers the demure kindergarten teacher who comes home for the holidays to Branding Iron, Texas, is the very same woman. And once he’s up close and personal with the mesmerizing Megan, he’s downright determined to keep her by his side for good…
 
If only Conner Branch were simply the star struck cowboy she once believed him to be, Megan wouldn’t have to worry about losing everything to the rugged—and wildly romantic—rancher. With Christmas in the air, it’s a little too easy to imagine spending the holidays, not to mention her whole life, wrapped in Conner’s loving arms.  But this songstress has hopes for a big career back in Nashville. And no little holiday romance will ever get in the way of that. So what’s a woman to do when she finds herself facing down a love as big and bold as Texas itself?

Net Galley book:

This story is how these two characters meet and fall in love. Both have a secret. The book is written in the dual POV format. I adore this. It is my absolute favorite format. I get to see the characters’ thoughts so I can fully identify with and understand the characters better.

This is a sweet, clean romance that I would highly recommend to anyone of any age. 

Posted in kindle unlimited

Uncharted Hearts: a small town romantic adventure

A long-lost treasure map, a sizzling attraction, and a feud dating back to the gold rush…

Reeling from a series of betrayals, Angela Hayes flees Colorado for a fresh start in New Zealand, as far away as she can get from her ex-boyfriend and her controlling mother—a world-famous mountain climber. She dreams of starting her own boutique tourism company based around food, wine, and adventure: an impossible dream when she’s broke.

Nature-lover and former hiking guide Noah O’Connor has returned home to Pounamu Point, a mining town on the West Coast of New Zealand. His mum is too sick with breast cancer to live on her own, let alone run Birdsong, the O’Connor family’s gold-rush-era homestead B&B. But business is anything but booming and Noah needs a miracle to keep the bank from foreclosing.

Diverted by heavy rain, Angela takes a room at Birdsong. Her hackles rise when she meets the gorgeous Noah. Just another a self-centered “outdoors nut” like her mother and her ex—she’s had enough of those in her life.

Net Galley Review:

 A wonderful view of New Zealand nature, plus romance and peril. A definite page turner and quick read. I am eager to read more by this author and this series. The book is part of the kindle unlimited program so I recommend you check it out and read this books…. Lisa

Posted in cozy mystery, Holiday Book Review

Candy Slain Murder:

Christmas cheer has sent the griddle into overdrive at Robbie Jordan’s popular country store and café. And this year, there’s a new seasonal special to feast on: murder!

As December sweeps through South Lick, Indiana, Robbie’s life seems merry and bright like the string lights glistening around town. But strange happenings signal a bumpy ride into the holidays. First a man raises eyebrows at Pans ‘N Pancakes when he claiming to be the long-lost half-brother of Robbie’s assistant. Then a fire destroys the home of a controversial anesthesiologist, exposing skeletal remains in his attic. Helplessly intrigued, all Robbie wants for Christmas is to stop her winter wonderland from becoming a real nightmare. With a decades-old mystery taking shape, can she run as fast as she can in pursuit of a killer who’s harder to crack than a stale gingerbread man?

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

Net Galley Book Review:

Robbie is a fun, lovable character who makes readers want to visit her wonderful pancake cafe and spend the Christmas season with her friends, family, and customers. In the newest addition to the “A Country Store Mystery” series . Candy Slain Murder is a quick, easy read that gives readers a chance to spend some quality time with the characters they have come to love. This latest addition to the series is the book everyone wants to read and savor this merry Christmas season. Lisa

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Misleading a Duke: A Thrilling Historical Regency Romance Book


Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspicions are aroused when she learns that he has recently returned from France. Is he a traitor to his country? The truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network.
 
After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s deceptive investigation. How can he wed a woman who doesn’t trust him? But a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicholas that they are a true love match but his past catches up with them when three French spies come to exact revenge. Surviving rather than wooing has become the order of the day.

Net Galley Book Review :

Incredible book of love and happiness. The main characters were absolutely perfect for each other. Neither of them wanted to bend for each other in the beginning which was really cute. I really like it that Ms. Fenichel brings a story to life. If you are a fan of this author or series grab this amazing book…. Lisa

Posted in Book Challenge

Net Galley Challenge

Welcome to the seventh annual
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge!
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of NetGalley/Edelweiss books sitting on your shelf to be read?
  • Have you lost your 80% rating and would love to get it back?
  • Do you want to challenge yourself to read more NetGalley/Edelweiss books?If the answer is “YES” to any of these questions then this is the challenge for you!

My Net Galley Book :

In the arms of a centuries-old vampire, a woman awakens to newfound passion—and magical powers of her own.

Hungarian vampires are born, not made—and can breed with mortal females. Being one of the oldest of his kind, Quill Falconer has honed his skills at hunting just the right kind of prey, which is why his latest victim confounds him. She shouldn’t remember his drinking her blood. And he shouldn’t still be craving more . . .
 
Callie Hathaway’s life is as normal as it can be after the death of the beloved grandmother who raised her. Until one night, feeling foggy and fatigued, she realizes that a strangely sensual encounter with a dark, handsome man didn’t occur only in her imagination.
 
As Callie and Quill’s unique connection draws them together, an ancient order of knights seeks Quill’s destruction. Being together puts Callie in mortal danger—until she uncovers a magical family legacy. Side by side they’ll fight for survival, and for each other, as the brotherhood of vampire hunters gather for one final showdown.

Though this story has an interesting premise, it was just not the book for me, as I didn’t connect with the characters or the plot. I found Callie kind of wimpy and Quill for a centry old vampire not very interesting. I usually enjoy this author’s books but this one was a missed for me. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the story in exchange for my honest review.Lisa

I am joining this challenge late but i am excited to get started in clearing my back log of Net Galley books… Lisa

Posted in Review, Saturday Morning

Before Nightfall (Maximum Security)

Kat Martin is back with another thrilling Maximum Security novella filled with danger, suspense and one smoldering road trip to the mountains of Mexico!

When her best friend’s son is kidnapped, private detective Lissa Blayne drops everything to focus on the missing boy. Julie and Lissa have been close for years, so when Julie’s friend Colt Wheeler joins the investigation, Lissa bristles at the former ranger’s take-charge attitude. Lissa doesn’t need a man calling the shots, even if there is something about Colt’s protective side that has her tough exterior melting away. As Lissa and Colt take their search on the road, the tension between them slowly morphs into trust and understanding—and they’ll need both in order to outsmart the dangerous abductor they’re tracking. The only thing hotter than their attraction is the heat of the Mexican sun, but this road trip is no vacation…

Net Galley Review:

It’s a novella; it’s a kidnapping of a child; and, it’s investigators to the rescue! The story-line is quick action; meeting the right people; and, getting the job done. The writing is excellent and made for a great afternoon read. Perfect read for any Kat Martin fan… 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 cozy mystery, Review

Murder with Clotted Cream

A catering job has come in for Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country—but death will be served before dessert . . .

Margaret Vaughn has hired Daisy to provide afternoon tea for her theater group. A local girl who left long ago for an acting career in New York, Margaret has returned home—with a multimillionaire husband in tow. But while Daisy bustles around Margaret’s historic farmhouse, she senses that there’s tension behind the scenes. Then she discovers the hostess on the floor of the pantry—dead and covered with clotted cream.

Barely recovered from her previous sleuthing adventure, Daisy joins forces with the former detective she’s been dating to help solve the case. Should she cast suspicion on the stars of the upcoming play? Can Margaret’s sister shine a spotlight on potential culprits? Or are there clues to be found in the victim’s past? With plenty of family stress of her own to deal with, all Daisy knows is she better act fast . . .

Includes delicious recipes!

Net Galley Book Review :

In the 5th installment of the Daisy’s Tea Garden series by Karen Rose Smith, Daisy is asked to cater an afternoon tea given by a former New York City actress, Margaret Vaughn, at her historic farmhouse. The perfect setting for murder and mayhem But Daisy is on the caes to solve another case with a little help from her fried. This is a well written fun book -perfect for an afternoon read and a cup of tea. Lisa