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June 21, 2021

~ GREAT ESCAPES RAIDERS OF THE CAMPSITE ~

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About Raiders of the Campsite

 

Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery) [image error]  Cozy Mystery3rd in Series Independently Published (May 13, 2021) Print length: ~200 pagesDigital ASIN: B08D2P3SB6   ⛺🏕⛺🏕⛺🏕⛺🏕⛺🏕⛺🏕

Welcome to Bushwhack, New Mexico: home to tourists, the great outdoors, and murder...


Camping for spring break should be a piece of cake for outdoor guide Andie Sullivan. She has her best friend and the sheriff tagging along as chaperones for the Wilderness Explorers. It should be all S’mores and ghost stories…but then Vivian is attacked and they discover a corpse.


Dang. The campsite went up in smoke.


With everything at stake, Andie must find answers about the attack—she has to dig deep into a community she’s called home since birth by asking all the right questions, sometimes at not the right time. As she tracks down clues to a suspect, Andie stumbles on a secretive treasure hunting group in Bushwhack. But one wrong move and Andie could become her own buried treasure.


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Excerpt:

She brought them both to a stop outside the hospital room. She pushed the wheelchair against the wall and crouched down in front of Zac. “Just want to check in on Vivian. I sort of called her when you were being loaded into the ambulance and screamed her husband was a crazy, dangerous fool into the phone.”

Zac briefly closed his eyes and inhaled sharply before snapping them open again. He said, “The shooting is under investigation. You can’t talk details with her.”

She squeezed his hand. “I know. But I know Vivian, and I know she’s worried. About you. About her husband.”

“She should be.”

“The meds are making you grouchy.” She started to stand, though a strong hand caught her forearm, stalling her exit. She looked at Zac, his pained face, and then she felt the heat from his hand on her flesh. “Mum’s the word on shooting details.”

He frowned. “I’m grouchy because Walter shot me, and he placed you in danger. Practically put a target on your back. You do realize he told you things that could get him in trouble with the person or persons pulling his strings.”

“But he didn’t hurt me.”

“He must not like me more,” Zac said. “But seriously I’m worried he might come after you. I’m not okay with that. Not one bit.”

She patted his knee on her way to a stand. “Okay. You can stay here in the wheelchair and worry all you want. I’ll be right back.”

“You’re not going to listen to me. Got it.” Zac laughed, then winced from the pain. “Fine. I’ll listen to you. But if I’m not in this exact spot when you return, I’m over there talking to the cute nurses.”

“I thought you were a reformed bachelor. You gave up Tinder.”

“Talking doesn’t mean I’m swiping right.”

“You’re incorrigible.”

“It makes me charming,” he said.

She shook her head. “Go get you a snack. It’ll help your blood pressure.”

He smiled. “You’re the boss.”

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About Jodi Linton

Jodi Linton is an author of several romance novels and cozy mysteries. She pens funny, romantic, whodunnits during her days in between being a carpool mom. She lives in Texas with her husband, with whom she runs the family day business and two kids. When she isn’t writing her next page turner, she likes to delve into her hobby of finding all the cool, new makeup products to buy.

Author Links BookBub:https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jodi-linton Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jodi-Linton/e/B00IWG4KCI/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55141578-raiders-of-the-campsite Website:jodilinton.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JodiLintonBooks Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/s2j2k6 Facebook reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JodiBookCorner

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Published on June 21, 2021 21:00

June 17, 2021

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE WHERE HE LEADS ~

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Where He Leads by Lynn Lanning, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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ABOUT THE BOOK  Where He Leads Title: Where He Leads
Series: Desires of the Heart #1
Author: Lynne Lanning
Release Date: January 24, 2021
Genre: Christian, Historical/Western Romance 
By the age of 11, Lilly had suffered more horrific circumstances, than any adult should have to bear. She lost both of her parents and the only home she ever knew, then was forced to move away from her brothers and sisters. 
Why had God allowed all of this tragedy? 
Pa had found the perfect home for her before his death. Through her new family’s loving care and instruction, Lilly grew into a beautiful young lady, filled with compassion, intelligence, and having a strong faith in God. 
When she met Tommy, her heart flipped! How could she make all of the life lessons she had learned, her faith in God, and Tommy fit into God’s plan for her life? Was Tommy truly part of God’s plan for her? 
Tommy and his mother’s past brought possible danger to anyone close to them. Could Lilly put her family through that? Should she abandon Tommy and the feelings she had for him? Could prayer be the answer? 
With more circumstances beyond their control fighting against them, it seemed their troubles would never end. Would God allow her the Desires of her Heart?   🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎 EXCERPT:

Here, Lilly is being taken by her papa and two brothers to her new home.

The ride lasted about an hour and a half.  During that time, Papa had told me and reminded me, how to act, be sure to behave myself, do as I’m told, keep going to school, and learn all the things that Sam and Daisy could teach me.

The closer we got, the more uncomfortable we got.  The bumps in the road seemed worse, the squeaking of the buckboard seemed louder, my head started to ache, my stomach felt sick, my heart was pounding. 

Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer and I burst out, “Papa please!  Please take me back home!  I can stay with you.  And then I can stay with Clara, she loves me!  I’ll be grown before long, I’m already 11, and I will work!  I will work really hard!  Please!  Please take me back home!  I’m so far away from everybody here!  Oh, Papa, I’m begging you!”

By this time I was in a full frenzy of tears.  I was crying so hard, I could barely catch my breath.

No one said a word.  Andrew and Matt just shook their heads and turned to look out at anything other than me. 

Papa just looked straight ahead and said nothing.

For a moment I wondered if I had said anything out loud.  Did I just think it?  Didn’t anyone hear me? Then I looked at Papa, and I knew he had heard me.  There was a tear running down his cheek.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynne Lanning

Lynne and her husband, Roger, live in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. Enjoying the life of an artist/crafter, she nurtures three generations of creativity, encouraging the natural talents of her children and grandchildren. Her stories are full of romance and action mixed with humor and sass, encouraging her readers to identify with the characters while evoking emotion. Lynne enjoys canning and preserving fresh veggies that Roger grows in his amazing garden. She also has a passion for cooking, singing, reading and volunteer work at her church.
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Published on June 17, 2021 21:30

June 15, 2021

~ KILLING IN A KOI POND ~

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About 'Murder, She Wrote: Killing  in a Koi Pond'

 

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond [image error]  Cozy Mystery53rd in Series Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021) Hardcover: 288 pagesISBN-10: 0593333594 ISBN-13: 978-0593333594Digital ASIN: B08FH8NM6R  

 


When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.


After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.


But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.


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About the Authors

Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels.

Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Murder She Wrote:Killing in a Koi Pond, the latest in the long-running Jessica Fletcher series, to be followed in autumn 2021 by Murder She Wrote: Debonair in Death. She has also written the beachside 'Read 'Em and Eat' cozy mystery series and is co-author of Laura Childs’s New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards.

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Website:http://www.terriefarleymoran.com  

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Published on June 15, 2021 21:30

June 3, 2021

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE DUSK'S DARKEST SHORES ~

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

 

While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he's plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he's also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.

Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.

Click here to read an excerpt.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

 

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

 

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  A moving Regency era romance by a gifted storyteller . . .   'Dusk's Darkest Shores' is the first novel I have had the pleasure of reading by this talented author. I can assure you, it will not be the last! This story begins with a well-written introduction to the characters and the village of Amberly in the Lake District of England in March, 1811. England is deeply entrenched in the Napoleonic Wars and a local man, Adam Edgerton, a decorated war hero, arrives home from war quite ill. Mary Bloomfield is twenty-nine years old with no offers of marriage and seemingly no interest in romance. Her allegiance is to her physician father's medical practice as she assists him as a nurse and comforter of his patients. She is involved in mixing up the medicines and herbal treatments they use to aid their patients. Mary is dedicated to her work, and she is committed to her family and her community. Adam Edgerton is a childhood friend of Mary's older brother, Robert, who is still away from home serving in the war. As a young girl, Mary followed Adam and Robert on their adventures across the countryside. Because of their past history, Dr. Bloomfield asks Mary to spend time with with Adam as he recovers from his illness. He wants her to help Adam to regain his strength and acclimate to his new life back home. After some initial rough patches, Adam and Mary form a delightful friendship filled with engaging conversations and witty banter. The humor in this story delighted me, and I thought the author did an excellent job on conveying the light atmosphere of their banter and the effect it had on the mood of both parties. Friendship blooms between the two in this very realistic romance.
 Another element of the story which I enjoyed were the author's descriptions of the scenery of this part of the world which I have never visited. I almost felt as if I were seeing the valley below the hilltop where both families lived, feeling the rough edges of the stone walls along the roadway, and smelling the fresh, clean air of the area. There are tragedies in the village which cause Mary great anguish, and she relies on the Lord and Adam for strength and a respite from her grief. There are a couple of mysteries surrounding the village which keep the story moving forward at a nice pace. There is one episode of suspense which I appreciated as a fan of suspenseful fiction.  I liked reading about the deep friendships which Mary has forged with those families whom she has served as a healer. There is a younger sister, Joanna, who caused me to cringe whenever she appeared on the page. (If you read the story, you'll find out why . . . ) Most of all, though, the faith thread in this story was beautiful, realistic, and inspirational. Readers are privy to the feelings of many characters who experience God's presence and strength just when they need it most.
 I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read a good, old-fashioned historical love story. Fans of Christian/clean historical romance, Christian/clean romance, and Christian/clean fiction will enjoy this book. I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher, Kregel, through Audra Jennings's PR. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
 

 
 

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Published on June 03, 2021 21:00

June 2, 2021

~ GREAT ESCAPES FOUR CUTS TOO MANY ~

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  Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. GoldsteinAbout Four Cuts Too Many

                                                 

Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) [image error]  Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Publisher: Kensington (May 25, 2021) Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages ISBN-10: 1496732219 ISBN-13: 978-1496732217  Digital ASIN: B08GY52GS6 


Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing and dicing when someone in culinary school serves up a main corpse in Wheaton, Alabama . . .


Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister’s restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sarah has no time to enjoy life’s finer things. Divorced and sort-of dating, she’s considering going back to school. But as a somewhat competent sleuth, Sarah’s more suited for criminal justice than learning how many ways she can burn a meal.


Although she wouldn’t mind learning some knife skills from her sous chef, Grace Winston. An adjunct instructor who teaches cutlery expertise in cooking college, Grace is considering accepting an executive chef’s position offered by Jane Clark, Sarah’s business rival—and her late ex-husband’s lover. But Grace’s future lands in hot water when the school’s director is found dead with one of her knives in his back. To clear her friend’s name, Sarah must sharpen her own skills at uncovering an elusive killer . . .


Includes quick and easy recipes!


Excerpt

            “There’s something obviously still bothering you. You’ve laid out lots of theories, but you don’t sound convinced about any of them. From what you’ve said, besides Grace, you’ve got lots of possible suspects for Harlan and Chief Gerard to look at. Right?”

            “In a sense.” Sarah held up her fingers as she ticked them off. “They should consider anyone who was on the floor when Grace and I got there. That would be Wanda, Franklin, Chef Bernardi, Fern, Nancy, Dr. Williams, and the people who waited to be interviewed in their offices who I don’t even know. The same holds true on the tenure issue, because most of the faculty is working its way toward tenure.”

Sarah put her hands back on the table. “I don’t think I have enough fingers to count everyone. When I add in family, there’s Wanda, but also Wanda’s biological mom, Dr. Martin’s new wife, Lynn, and Kait. There might also be someone at the retirement home who has a connection to Dr. Martin that I haven’t discovered yet. Someone mentioned that because of Kait, they considered Dr. Martin to be part of the Sunshine Retirement Home family.” 

“That's a long list of potential suspects. Surely Harlan can find enough motivation for most of them to raise doubt if Grace is arrested or tried. What’s really bothering you? What’s going on in your head?” 

“I have to admit that if I were Chief Gerard and I was committed to following the money and the blood, Grace would be my primary suspect too . . .”

About Debra H. Goldstein                                                                        Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats TooMany, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists. Debra serves on the national boards of Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA. She previously was on Sisters in Crime’s national board and president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter. Find out more about Debra and sign up for her newsletter at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com. Follow her on Twitter (@DebraHGoldstein), Bookbub (https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-h-goldstein), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DebraHGoldsteinAuthor/).  Purchase Links: Amazon - B&N - Kobo - Google Play - IndieBound -   

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Published on June 02, 2021 21:00

May 27, 2021

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE SHELTER IN THE STORM ~

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Shelter in the Storm Title:   Shelter in the Storm Series: Johns Mill Amish Romance #1 Author: Laurel Blount Publisher: Berkley Books Release Date: May 25, 2021 Genre: Christian Contemporary/Amish Romance 
In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss.
Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler's General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media's spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend. 
Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love? 
As the media's obsession with the Hochstedler shooting escalates, Joseph and Naomi find themselves caught between tradition and compromise, lingering sorrows and uncertain hopes. And in the end, two people who've already lost far too much must find the courage to trust their hearts one last time.   💗🌨❄️🌬💨💗🌨❄️🌬💨💗🌨❄️🌬💨💗🌨❄️ EXCERPT:

“Would you like to go for a drive with me, Naomi?”

She didn’t understand what was happening for a couple more seconds, and when the truth finally dawned, she was too astonished to answer right away. She’d seen the bravest boys asking the prettiest girls similar questions at the singings she’d attended, all with the same, hopeful, shamefaced expressions. Can I drive you home, then?

But nobody had ever asked Naomi such a question, not until this minute.

The prickly worries of the day slipped away, replaced with a grateful, glowing joy. Maybe she didn’t know what her future held, but right now, in this moment, she was happier than she’d thought she’d ever be.

Joseph Hochstedler had come courting, and she meant to enjoy every second of it.

“Ja,” she answered shyly. “I think a drive in the snow with you would be wonderful fun, Joseph.”

His slow answering smile warmed her all the way to her chilly fingertips. “That’s what I hoped you’d say.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurel Blount

Carol award-winning author Laurel Blount writes captivating romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart. She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals. Connect with her at www.laurelblountbooks.com

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Published on May 27, 2021 21:30

May 24, 2021

~ GREAT ESCAPES BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT ~

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~ GREAT ESCAPES BLOG TOUR STOP ~ --  'BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT'  -- AUTHOR GINGER BOLTON~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Unique Guest Post Shared by the Author, Author Bio & Giveaway~   🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩   Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery) by Ginger Bolton 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩About 'Beyond a Reasonable Donut'

 

Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery) [image error]  Cozy Mystery5th in Series Publisher: Kensington (May 25, 2021) Paperback: 256 pagesISBN-10: 1496725581 ISBN-13: 978-1496725585Digital ASIN: B08GY9Z1PD

 

Selling her corn fritters at a carnival, Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill faces off against a murderer who doesn’t play fair . . .
Emily and her assistant, Nina, are looking forward to manning the Deputy Donut tent at the Faker’s Dozen Carnival in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin—a festival held on Friday the thirteenth to celebrate good and bad luck. But Emily has barely dropped the corn fritters in oil when bad luck boils up. First, their bucket of confectioner’s sugar disappears—and then while a mime creates a distraction, a magician robs their cash register.
After the carnival, their misfortune continues. Emily discovers that someone has broken into artist Nina’s loft and vandalized a large painting in progress with the bucket of stolen sugar, which is now on the head of the mime, who seems to have been suffocated. Emily would bet Nina was the intended victim, but the cops think Nina silenced the mime. Now Emily must catch the killer white-handed—before someone else kicks the bucket . . .

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About Ginger BoltonGinger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series—coffee, donuts, cops, danger, and one curious cat. The first four books in the series are SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS, and the latest, BOSTON SCREAM MURDER. JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS was chosen as the Woman’s World Best New Cozy Mystery of the week and was named as one of Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2019. BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT will be on store shelves May 25, 2021. When Ginger isn't writing or reading, she's crocheting, knitting, sewing, or generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts and coffee. As Janet Bolin, Ginger wrote the Threadville Mysteries—murder and mayhem in a village of crafty shops.

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'FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH BAD LUCK  AT THE FAKER’S DOZEN FESTIVAL'

BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT begins with the Faker’s Dozen Festival held on Friday the thirteenth in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily Westhill and one of her assistants at her café, Deputy Donut, attend the fair to make and sell what they’re calling, in honor of the festival’s jokes and pranks, “corny” fritters.

While at the festival, Emily also tours the Bad and Good Luck tent with her friend, Detective Brent Fyne. (They’re “just friends,” she says . . .)

Before writing that scene and others involving signs and symbols of good and bad luck, I Googled superstitions about luck. Maybe it’s not strange that I found many more for bad luck for good!

Here are some of them:

Serving bread upside down– I agree.  Losing butter and jam on the plate sounds like very bad luck.

Toasting with a bottle instead of with a glass or toasting with water instead of alcohol – I’m sure I’ve done both of those, and also (oops) toasting with an already emptied glass!

Cutting bananas instead of breaking them – Guilty!

Opening an umbrella inside – I was given a pretty plaid umbrella for my seventh birthday and immediately opened it inside. Ever since that day, umbrellas have given me so much trouble that I avoid carrying them.

Bringing lilacs inside – Who could help doing that???

Black cat crossing your path – Note from Emily’s cat Dep: If I see any cat, no matter what color, I’ll yowl.

Leaving shoes upside down – Especially bad if you fail to turn them over before trying to put them on.

A hat on a bed – Lots of parties must incur bad luck.

Pointing at a rainbow – Who says, “There’s a rainbow!” without pointing at it? Oops.

Stirring tea with anything other than a spoon – Who comes up with these?

Bringing parsley to a dinner party – I mean, really, who?

Hanging laundry at night – I suppose you could end up with creepy-crawlies in your unmentionables.

Sneezing before you go out – Dogs do not seem to know about this one.

Keeping dead things inside – I see where that could be a problem.

Green paint inside –Especially if the pigment is made, as it used to be, with arsenic.

An axe inside and also, carrying a hoe into the house – These could lead to difficulties, especially in murder mysteries.

Thorny plants in the house – Cacti are hard houseplants to kill. Keep tweezers handy for removing the needles when you touch them, which you will.

Walking in only one shoe – Especially if it has a stiletto heel.

And I’ll add one of my own: Walking around inside when the robotic vacuum (or a dog or a cat) is running around.

This list is not exhaustive. There are lots more, some of which are mentioned in BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT.

What other superstitions have you heard of? Can you add any from your own experience or some that might be beliefs held only in your family?

The thirteenth of August this year is on a Friday. Good luck!

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Published on May 24, 2021 21:00

May 23, 2021

~ MMGM PROJECT KID THINGS THAT GO ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADEMONDAY S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE ~ --  'PROJECT KID CRAFTS THAT GO: 60 IMAGINATIVE PROJECTS THAT FLY, SAIL, RACE & DIVE'  -- AUTHOR AMANDA KINGLOFF  🛫🚁⛵🚢🚗🚘🛺🚤🚚
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Thomas the Tank Engine. Hot Wheels. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Kids’ fascination with vehicles is insatiable. In Project Kid: Crafts That Go!, that excitement is translated into more than 60 inventive craft projects for parents to make with and for their children.

The book is organized into seven chapters: City, Rails, Sky, Space, Water, Country, and Dirt. There are police cars and ice cream trucks; circus trains and submarines; helicopters, rocket ships, cement mixers, and school buses. And because the car-obsessed kid doesn’t just want a new vehicle to play with—he wants a racetrack, his very own driver’s license, maybe even a child-sized gas station—each chapter includes not only toys but also thematic clothing, decor, accessories, and more. Projects feature clear instructions and step-by-step photographs wherever they are needed, easy for both kids and non-crafty adults to understand.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from the publisher's website}:

Amanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid and the former lifestyle director at Parents magazine, where she oversaw all DIY content for the brand. Before joining Parents, Kingloff worked for lifestyle personality Katie Brown, producing and starring in Katie Brown Workshop on PBS, co-writing and co-crafting Katie Brown’s Weekends and Katie Brown’s Outdoor Entertaining, ghostwriting Brown’s New York Times syndicated column, and more. She has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News Now, Lifetime’s I Do Diaries: Beg, Borrow, and Steal, and many local television news programs. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

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MY REVIEW:

This is another great resource for parents, educators, scout/youth group leaders, librarians, and teen and adult crafters who are seeking to make something for a special youngster in their lives.

The book is divided into seven chapters under the umbrella of 'things that go'—City, Rails, Country, Water, Dirt, Sky, and Space. The author's introduction reveals her philosophy of how kids develop and learn. The 'Material World Craft Supplies 101' section includes labeled photos and definitions of the craft supplies. The author shares helpful tips for 'How to Craft with Kids' in the next section. I appreciated her note on safety where she warns that hot-glue guns and utility knives should only be used by adults and stored away from the children's crafting area. I could not agree more with her advice in this area. As an adult I can't tell you how many times I have burned my fingertip(s) when I was learning to use a glue gun.

The next sections in the book are the chapters on the projects. For some of the chapters the author has labeled illustrations of the types of equipment or machinery included in the chapter. For instance, in the 'Dirt' chapter, there are illustrations of a crane truck, cement truck, and dump truck. Each illustration includes typed labels for the main parts of that particular piece of equipment. For example, on the dump truck we see 'dumping bed' and 'flat bed'. On the cement truck we see 'bumper, mixing drum, flatbed, exhaust pipe', etc. I love the inclusion of vocabulary development in this craft book!

All of the projects include colorful photographs, a list of supplies, a photo of the finished project, and stepped-out instructions. The hand models in some of the stepped-out photos appear to be teens and adults, especially when using sharp materials or a glue gun. The other photos show children as the hand models.

Care was taken to provide a broad variety of projects which will appeal to boys and girls and the varied interests of children age five to eleven or twelve, I would say. I guess those of you who know anything about me won't be surprised to learn that my favorite projects include the fabric/sewing projects:  Bejeweled Headlight Purse, Cowboy's Companion Stick Horse, and the Hanging Rocket Hideaway which is perfect for middle-graders and tweens.

The author has outdone herself on the cuteness and kid-appeal of her Sassy Circus Train, Pint-Sized Ice Cream Truck, Road Trip, Modern Mobile Home, Night Light-House, Yellow Submarine, Big Dig Terrarium (with real plants!), Airplane Control Tower, School Bus Pencil Holder, Rocket Control Panel, and perhaps my favorite project in the entire collection—the Fire Truck Lamp.

The Back Matter of the book includes 'A Crafter's Toolbox', a list of tools/materials sorted by type such as cutting tools, adhesives, fibers, papers & fabrics. Many, and perhaps the majority, of the projects require specialized materials which will need to be purchased ahead of time. Some of the projects use recyclable materials that most families will have around the house such as paper towel and toilet paper tubes, cardboard, plastics from foods, food and shoe boxes, etc.

Highly-recommended! I borrowed this book from the non-fiction collection at our local public library.

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Published on May 23, 2021 21:30

May 20, 2021

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE HOOKED ON YOU ~

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Hooked On You JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Hooked On You by Kathleen Fuller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Hooked On You

Title:  Hooked On You
Series: Maple Falls Romance #1
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance (clean/sweet)

She never wanted to come back. He never wants to leave. The town of Maple Falls has plans for them both. 
Riley McAllister is living the dream in New York City . . . if the dream means being a struggling mixed-media artist, part-time food delivery driver, and having a carefully curated social media to hide all of the above. She refuses to admit defeat and move back to small-town Maple Falls, but when her grandmother breaks her leg sliding into third base during a softball game (she was safe, by the way), Riley reluctantly agrees to go home and help the woman who raised her—while secretly hoping she can convince Mimi to sell her house and yarn shop and move in with a good friend. Then Riley can return to her new life in NYC, on her own and for good. 
But Mimi has her own plans, which include setting Riley up with local baseball star Hayden Price, who returned to Maple Falls after an injury ended his major league career. Now he works at his father’s hardware store, coaches the church softball team, and worries about the declining town. It’s not the life he dreamed of having. 
With a little meddling and a lot of kindness from the town, Hayden and Riley find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other as they discover the true meaning of home
Welcome to Maple Falls, where everyone knows your name and your business. 
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EXCERPT:

“Erma Jean McAllister, you need Jesus.”

Erma set her cell phone on the counter and looked at her friend of close to sixty-five years. She tapped her chest with two fingers. “I have Jesus. Right in here.”

“Then you need a double portion.” Myrtle Benson straightened the business cards on the counter next to the small antique cash register that was just for show. A working adding machine from the eighties was right next to it. “Good thing we have evening service tonight.”

Erma wheeled herself from behind the counter, trying not to knock down a display of knitting needles with her outstretched, plaster-covered leg. She was proud that her little store, Knots and Tangles, was one of the original businesses in Maple Falls and at one time had the most yarn and fiber art supplies within a one-hundred-fifty-mile radius. Her mother owned the shop before Erma, and her grandmother had started the business. A woman entrepreneur was almost unheard of back then. Erma had worked here since she was twelve, and very little of the shop had changed since then. The place was full to the brim, and that was the way she liked it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORKathleen Fuller 

With over a million copies sold, USA Today Bestselling author Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com

CONNECT WITH KATHLEEN: Website | Facebook | Instagram REVIEW: 
'Hooked on You' is the first installment in the Maple Run Series by best-selling author, Kathleen Fuller. This contemporary romance is set in a small Arkansas town filled with quirky and lovable, for the most part, characters.

Twenty-eight-year old New York artist, Riley McAllister, is called home by her grandmother, Mimi, who is known as Erma to everyone else. The way in which Erma became injured made me laugh.

When Riley arrives in town she finds that her Mimi's home along with her downtown yarn shop, 'Knots and Tangles', are unkempt and in need of major repairs and a thorough decluttering. Mimi is resistant to change, so convincing her to go through with the rehabs is a challenge.

The town's golden boy, Hayden Price, is willing to jump in to help Riley and Mimi accomplish their goals. In the meantime, he falls for Riley. However, romancing the troubled artist is not as easy as he expects it to be. I found Hayden to be a genuine good guy in so many ways.

Riley has deep-seated issues stemming from the neglect and dysfunction she suffered in her early childhood and into her teen years. She harbors deep resentment toward her mother, and because of this she isolates herself from others. These issues also cause her to lash out at the people closest to her--Mimi and eventually, Hayden.

As I read this book I realized how much I missed the faith thread that I have come to expect from this publisher. The book was clean and sweet as promised in the book blurb; however, I felt there was more emphasis placed on the physical aspects of the main couple's attraction toward each other than usual for this genre.

With the help of her loving grandmother, a compassionate group of her grandmother's friends nicknamed the 'Bosom Buddies', a trio of new friends her own age, and Hayden, Riley is able to slowly able to heal some of her wounds.

I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher through JustRead Publicity Tours. All of my thoughts and opinions shared here are solely my own.  
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Published on May 20, 2021 21:30

May 19, 2021

~ SHELTER IN THE STORM BLITZ ~

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💗 'Shelter in the Storm' (Johns Mill Amish Romance #1) by Laurel Blount from Berkley Books
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💗 Release Date: May 25, 2021
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In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss.
Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler’s General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media’s spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend.
Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love?
As the media’s obsession with the Hochstedler shooting escalates, Joseph and Naomi find themselves caught between tradition and compromise, lingering sorrows and uncertain hopes. And in the end, two people who’ve already lost far too much must find the courage to trust their hearts one last time.  💗🌨❄️🌬💨💗🌨❄️🌬💨💗🌨❄️🌬💨💗🌨❄️
 

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