Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blog This (Tenderness and Terror: Clean Romantic Suspense Series Book 1) by Cami Checketts

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Synopsis: Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?

Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.

Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won’t hide any longer. 

In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?

Thoughts: I LOVED this book! It grabbed me on the first page, and I didn't want to put it down till I got to the end. It was an emotional rollercoaster of the best kind.

While I didn't agree with some of Natasha's actions, the author was very adept at making me understand the thought process behind them. The author also manages to keep us guessing as to just how all the different threads that make up the story are going to play out--and none of the outcomes disappoint!

If you enjoy a blend of suspense, romance and humor, this is definitely the book for you.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Five stars

We've Always Got New York (What Happens To Men #2) by Jill Knapp

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Synopsis: The second book in Jill Knapp’s fabulous series about dating in New York picks up after Amalia Hastings returns to Manhattan from her trip to Brazil – and finds that life has indeed gone on without her.
Fresh off the plane, Amalia’s feeling anxious and unresolved; left alone to pick up the pieces and deal with the repercussions of choosing her own path over Michael.
Without an apartment, without a job, and starting to wonder if she’s even without a best friend, she finds herself holding on tightly to the one thing she is familiar with, New York City.
Sometimes you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be…
Thoughts: What a fabulous follow-up to What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan?! It was great to catch up with Amalia, Olivia, Cassandra, and the rest of the gang from that book as they started another year of graduate school. Once I started reading, I hated every time I had to tear myself away to do something else. I wanted to know what was going to happen next--and there was plenty going on, yet again! Romances, break ups, surprises, important decisions, ultimatums...all that and more in 225 pages. I also enjoyed that we get to experience two different perspectives, with Olivia and Amalia alternating chapters.

The book ends with a cliffhanger, so now I'm waiting anxiously for book 3 to find out where they all go from here.

**I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Four stars

Book Tour: Booker:Tap That (Booker #2), by John Mefford

A performance for the ages.

Courtney Johnson brings the house down in the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District. Later, shrill screams pierce the hallways of Wyle Theater when Courtney, a budding Broadway musical star, is found dead, a single bullet to the head.

Driven to find the killer before panic tears apart the arts community and all those who support it, private investigator Booker T. Adams discovers evidence of a professional hit, then uncovers a lovers triangle that takes him all the way to the mean streets of Boston.

And then it happens again. Another performer killed, someone Booker had met. Rocked by the shocking murders, performers and patrons alike fear that a serial killer is on the loose, and no one knows when and or where another dead body will show up.

But professional obligations quickly morph into personal vendettas. Running against an unforgiving clock, Booker is forced to solicit the help of a crime boss, The Shark.

With his life threatened at almost every turn, and his heart being put through a meat grinder, Booker taps into every resource at his disposal to stop more than just a killer.

But at what price?

Full of unforgettable characters, bone-chilling suspense and stunning thrills, BOOKER - Tap That is a wild ride that will test even the most fervent reader's quest for a luminous reading experience.

My review: This book picks up shortly after the end of the first in the series (see below), but it is not necessary to have read the first to enjoy the second.

Booker has opened a PI office above his friend's bar and has hired an assistant who just happens to be one of the barmaids. He is romantically involved with a society girl--whose fiancee was murdered in the first book.  This relationship gives him the opportunity to investigate a series of deaths in the arts community while still trying to bring down the dirty cops who got him removed from the police force.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first and still find a lot of similarities between Booker and James Patterson's Alex Cross. There is action, intrigue, humor, romance, and lots of surprises all in one book. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries/thrillers/action.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours. All the opinions above are 100% my own.

My rating: Five stars

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Check out the first book in the series
Booker: Streets of Mayhem (Booker #1)
On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus.

A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community. A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.

With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.

If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.

Book available from...    Barnes and Noble    iTunes   Kobo    

About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the workforce twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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Z Is For Sarah Zettel

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 photo zettel_zpsyy2muaop.jpg Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Philip K. Dick Award for best science fiction paperback in 2009. Her latest novel, Dust Girl, was named as one of the best young adult books of the year by both Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association. Zettel lives in Michigan with her husband, her rapidly growing son, and her cat, Buffy the Vermin Slayer.

Her cozy mystery series, Vampire Chef, began in 2011. It takes place in New York City, and features Charlotte Caine. Charlotte is a chef at Nightlife, a restaurant which serves the undead. Currently there are two titles available: A Taste Of The Nightlife and Let Them Eat Stake.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y Is For Suzanne Young

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Suzanne writes the Edna Davis Mystery Series which started in 2009 and takes place in Rhode Island. It features Edna Davis who is an amateur herbalist. Edna and husband Albert have recently retired and moved back to their home state of Rhode Island. Edna finds herself entangled in murder and as a result a new amateur sleuth is born!
Suzanne Young was born and raised in New England and has been an avid reader since she could hold a book in her hands.  She enjoys words, the play of words, the origin of words, and using words to say exactly what you mean. Suzanne has worked as a writer, an editor and a computer programmer since earning her degree in English from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. A resident of Colorado for more than 30 years, she retired as a software developer for IBM.

BLOG TOUR: Crossroads by Cathy Bryant

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About the Book


a Miller's Creek novel and Christian contemporary romance

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A former soldier battles for the soul of a prodigal...

After a devastating divorce, a bitter single mom and atheist starts her own real estate company in the nostalgic and picturesque town of Miller’s Creek, Texas. Then her young daughter’s disturbing symptoms lead doctors to discover that her leukemia has relapsed. With her new life now turned upside down, Mara Hedwig struggles to keep her business afloat. And her daughter’s worsening condition forces her to rethink her beliefs about Carter Callahan and his God. Will Mara make the return to Christian faith in the face of life’s greatest challenge?
An ex-military operative struggles with the return to civilian life while coping with his rebellious teen-aged daughter. During a house-search, Carter meets Mara, a headstrong Realtor who wants nothing to do with his God. But when Mara’s little girl is diagnosed with leukemia, the clock begins ticking for him to convince Mara to return to a life of faith. Just as he seems to be making headway, circumstances beyond his control throw his efforts into a tailspin. Can Carter learn to rest in the sovereignty of God?
(You can also snag a free digital copy of TEXAS ROADS by subscribing to Cathy's monthly newsletter. Your e-mail will be kept confidential, and you can unsubscribe at any time.)

My review: Although this is the sixth book in the Miller's Creek series, it is also a stand-alone novel. There is no feeling of "inside information" that you would know from the previous five, and no being lost in discussions of previous events.

This is an emotional yet uplifting story of two single parents who are able to help each other through the current trials in their journey to raise their daughters. It is also the story of a prodigal--someone who has lost her faith in God and is being led back to Him through the people who surround her on a daily basis.

There are a variety of issues involved in the plot of this story: divorce, mental religious abuse, childhood illness, eating disorders, dysfunctional families, to name a few. They are all handled in a realistic yet loving way by the author. 

All of the characters are easy to relate to throughout the story, even though each of them have moments where you may not always LIKE them. :) 
I hope that we will get further looks into their lives in the future!

**I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Five stars

About Cathy Bryant
 photo 2666708_zps6rluqusj.jpgAmazon best-selling author Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller's Creek, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth's front porch beckons. All the Miller's Creek novels have been on the Amazon Best-Seller list and are rated at 4.5 stars or higher on Amazon. Her debut novel, TEXAS ROADS, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist. Since then five other stand-alone novels have been added to the series, one of which was a reader-nominated 2013 Grace Award nominee (PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE). Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks. 

A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. She's written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books in collaboration with other Christian authors, and for online sites. She also has released a Bible study book, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS. In addition to her writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping, romping in the great outdoors, and mini-farming. To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website at or make contact with her in these places:
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What: CROSSROADS Book Launch Party

Where: Facebook (from the comfort & convenience of your own home)

When: April 30, 2015 ~ 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Central time
Why: To celebrate the book launch of CROSSROADS (a Miller's Creek novel and Christian Romance by Cathy Bryant)

LOTS of Fun, Games and Prizes!

Prizes Include: Miller's Creek pens, tote bags, t-shirts, mugs, digital books, autographed print books, Amazon gift cards, and
an Amazon Kindle Fire HD6!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X Is For Diane Xarissa

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 photo xarissacoversbottom_zpsewiipp79.png Diana Xarissa writes the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery series which started in 2014 and is set on the Isle of Man. It features Aunt Bessie, a character who first appeared in the Isle of Man Romance Island Inheritance. In that novel, she had just passed away, so the cozy mysteries are set about fifteen years before the romance novels (circa 1998). Bessie's lived her entire adult life in a small cottage on Laxey Beach in the Isle of Man. Until now, murder was just something that happened in her favorite fiction.

As D. X. Dunn, Diana writes action/fantasy/adventure stories aimed at "middle grade" readers (ages 6 to 12). Collectively these are the Distania Chronicles and they tell the story of two ten-year-old best friends who accidentally discover another world complete with magic, dragons, unicorns and wizards. The friends struggle to figure out who they can trust as they meet fighting princes, an elderly king and a slew of magical creatures they didn't even think existed.

As Diana X. Dunn, Diana writes the F6 series of novels, mystery/thrillers set in the not-too-distant future. F6 was adopted by an international multi-governmental agency that doesn't officially exist. Throughout her childhood she was simply identified as F6, the sixth female baby adopted into the program. Now she changes identities as often as other women change their shoes, moving through the world completing top-secret missions and keeping her distance. She's just trying to do her job. Somewhere out there is one man who wants to stop her.

Monday, April 27, 2015

W Is For Heather Webber

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 photo HeatherBlakeWebber2014_zpso72kgaq8.jpg Heather Webber, aka Heather Blake, is the author of more than twenty novels, including the popular best-selling romantic mystery series featuring Lucy Valentine, the humorous Nina Quinn landscaping mysteries, and the best-selling Darcy Merriweather Wishcraft mysteries and the brand-new Potion Shop mysteries featuring Carly Hartwell. Heather loves to read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, bake (mostly cookies), and occasionally leave the house to travel to the beautiful mountains in the northeast. She grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently lives in the Cincinnati area with her family.

The Nina Quinn series began in 2004, and takes place in Ohio. Nina owns a landscaping firm called "Taken By Surprise" which specializes in surprise garden makeovers that are completed in one day. She is divorced and lives with her stepson Riley.

The Lucy Valentine series began in 2010. Lucy has taken over her parents' matchmaking service in Boston. She comes from a long line of psychics who can see auras and make a match. However, Lucy was caught in an electrical surge when she was younger, so her only ability is to find missing objects.

The Wishcraft series began in 2012, and features Darcy Merriweather. It takes place in Enchanted Village, which is part of Salem Massachusetts. Darcy and her sister Harper are surprised to learn, from their Aunt Ve, that they are Wishcrafters (witches who can grant people's wishes with a simple spell). They move to Enchanted Village to hone their skills and solve murders.

Heather's newest series is the Potion Shop series, which began in 2013 and is set in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South. Carly Hartwell is a white magic witch, a healer who uses her ability as an empath (and some very special drops) to make a variety of potions. She is also something of a relationship expert, as well as an amateur sleuth.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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What I read last week:
1) The Rhyme Of The Magpie (A Birds Of A Feather Mystery) by Marty Wingate
2) First Frost, by Sarah Addison Allen
3) The Ruby Circle, by Richelle Mead
4) A Determined Mind, by Corinne Leigh Donovan
5) The Curse, by Kathi Daley

What I listened to last week:
1) Night Night Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron

What I'm currently reading:
1) Booker: Tap That, by John W. Mefford
2) Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova
3) We'll Always Have New York, by Jill Knapp

What I'm currently listening to:
1)  A Necessary End, by Peter Robinson

What I plan to read this week:
1) Beyond A Doubt, Nancy Cole Silverman
2) Liar's Bench, Kim Michele Richardson

What I plan to listen to this week:
1) In Some Other World, Maybe, by Shari Goldhagen
2) The Hanging Valley, by Peter Robinson

Saturday, April 25, 2015

March Releases Clash

Welcome to our March release Clash!
Spring is coming, and we have some amazing backyard patio reads for you. Take a look at the compelling covers below and answer one question: Which one is a MUST for your to-be-read pile?

Go ahead and vote below. Be sure to check back for the winner on Thursday, April 30!
Follow the Amazon link below each book if you want to learn more or purchase a book. Don't we have some amazing titles this month?

And on with the clash!

The Tomb, a Novel of Martha

by Stephanie Landsem

Everyone in Bethany admires Martha, the ideal Jewish woman, but only she knows the price she's paid for her perfect reputation. You'll never see the story of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus the same way again.

Find it on amazon

Andrea and the Five Day Challenge

by Cindy K. Green

A Bible Study Challenge, a Prayer Journal, and Homecoming, the combination just might change her life.

Find it on Amazon

Nila's Hope

by Kathleen Friesen

She has survived years of abuse. Can an apprentice carpenter's faith overcome the danger now stalking her?

Find it on Amazon

Broken Silence

by Annslee Urban

SHE'S HIDING A DEADLY SECRET…and someone wants to make sure Amber Talbot never reveals it. The person charged with protecting her is police detective Patrick Wiley—the fiancé she walked away from but never forgot and now he must save her from an unknown attacker from their past.

Find it on Amazon

The Hawk and the Dove

By Penelope Wilcock

A young girl learns the stories of a group of monks in fourteenth century Yorkshire. They lived six centuries ago, yet their struggles are our own—finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the impossible ones.

Find it on Amazon

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V Is For Diane Vallere

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Diane is the daughter of a seamstress and a scientist, so naturally she likes fashion, fabric, and figuring things out. In her spare time she daydreams about owning a time capsule mid century modern ranch. She spent over twenty years in the fashion industry, where she was lucky enough to travel the world for runway shows, shoe markets, and lingerie fairs. Now she is lucky enough to stay home and write! 

Diane is a Pennsylvanian at heart, but currently lives in Southern California, where she set my Material Witness Mystery Series. The first, SUEDE TO REST, came out in November 2014. 

Her other series include the Style & Error Mysteries, featuring crime solving fashionista Samantha Kidd, (set in Reading, PA), and the Mad for Mod Mysteries, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night (set in Dallas, TX)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pre-Order and Cover Reveal Blitz: Voices by Clarissa Johal

"Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real."
Welcome to the Pre-Order and Cover Reveal Blitz 
for VOICES by Clarissa Johal
Book Details:
Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Published by Permuted Press May 19, 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
Pages: 264
Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.    
Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.

Excerpt from VOICES:
Moira choked down a congealed glob of oatmeal. Bland, like all the food here. She picked up her plastic knife and smeared margarine onto a piece of dry toast. Patients were only given plastic utensils. She washed the toast down with a gulp of tepid decaf coffee and sat back, miserable. “I hate this place, I want out.”
“At least your session was cancelled for tomorrow,” Jack said. “One less thing I’ll have to sit through.” 
Dr. Cassano didn’t say why, either, Moira worried. He seemed nervous about cancelling too.
“We’ll get out.”
“Not we, Jack, me. I want out.” She stared mournfully at the food on her tray. “I don’t care what happens to you.”
“That’s not nice,” Isabella said. 
“I don’t care what happens to you, either.”
“You’re mean!” She retreated to the corner of the room to pout.
“Don’t be mean, Moira,” Jack reprimanded. “Isabella’s just a child.”
She let out a sound of frustration. They both knew Jack didn’t care the slightest about Isabella. “I wonder why Dr. Cassano cancelled it.”
“Why do you care?” 
Moira turned away pointedly and undid her braid, hoping to dissuade the headache coming on.
“Don’t ignore me,” Jack said, his voice hardening. “I didn’t like the way he looked at you this morning.” He grabbed her arm.” I don’t like the way you look at him either. I see the way you look at him.”
She shook him off. “You’re paranoid, Jack.”
“You know what I’m talking about, don’t play dumb.” He sat back, his eyes watchful. “Don’t trust him, Moira. Who knows what he’s planning?”
“If you do anything, Jack, I mean anything. They’ll lock the door and throw away the key.” She moved away from his presence. “And don’t think they wouldn’t medicate me with a dozen different pills, all guaranteed to make you go away forever.”
“You know pills won’t make me go away, Moira,” Jack bit out. “They might make you sleep, but they won’t make me go away.”
Silence filled the room. Moira picked up her brush and started brushing out her hair.
“It would be his word against yours, if he ever tried anything.”
“Just drop it, Jack,” Moira said.
Jack narrowed his eyes. “He’d medicate you so you’d never remember it, either.”
She shook her head in disgust.
“Maybe you could bust out of here!” Isabella jumped up. “I’ll bet you could open the window with that knife.” She ran over to the window and pushed against it.
“It’s completely sealed, Isabella.” Moira watched her, feeling helpless to the noise from her efforts. “Stop banging on it! You’re going to get me into trouble.”
“You could cut through the walls!”
“Hello? Plastic knife, it can’t cut anything.”  
“It can’t?” Jack asked. “Have you tried?”
She caught his look and quickly turned her attention to Isabella, who was still thumping on the window. “I’m not breaking out of here, Isabella. Do you want me to go to jail?”
“But what if they keep you in here forever?” Isabella asked.
“They’re not going to.” 
“But what if they do?” Isabella jumped up and down. “What if they keep you here until you’re old and grey and all your teeth fall out?”
“It would be awful to be stuck here forever,” Jack said quietly. “Wouldn’t it, Moira? Just awful.”
“They’re not going to keep me here forever!” Moira said. “Isabella, stop it!”
The door opened. “Problem?” the nurse asked.
She glanced over at Jack. A slice of a smile crept across his lips. “No. No problem. Just…thinking aloud.”
“Finish up your breakfast, then,” she said briskly. She shut the door again.
Moira picked up her carton of juice and took a sip.
Jack pushed her hand upwards, sloshing juice into Moira’s face and down her T-shirt.
Whoops!” Isabella giggled.
“Asshole,” she muttered. She went into the bathroom with Jack trailing her. Their eyes connected in the mirror.
“Looks like you’ll need another shower,” he murmured.
She pressed her mouth in a straight line and turned her back to him.
VOICES Pre-Order Links:
About the Author:
Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.
*Member of the Author's Guild
(May 2015) Permuted Press
(January 2014) 1st Edition Musa Publishing, LLC (March 2015) 2nd Edition Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014 *Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award
BETWEEN (December 2012) 1st Edition Musa Publishing, LLC (March 2015) 2nd Edition Clarissa Johal *Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012 *Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats
PRADEE (2010) Clarissa Johal *Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012 

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U Is For Roberta Updegraff

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 photo 81km8L14yL._UY200__zpstwgcpnjn.jpg Roberta Updegraff is the author of six  Church Choir mysteries with Guideposts Books, and was featured in their compilation Prayers for Every Need. She writes regularly for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's Mission Mosaic and her photographs have been featured on the cover. Her work has appeared in both Christian and general market publications, including Christianity Today and Focus on the Family. She has written for World & I, published by the Washington Times, and numerous trade journals. Her slice-of-life essays inspire hope and have appeared in several anthologies.

Roberta and husband Mark enjoy time away at their beach house in the Bahamas, as well as visiting their children and grandchildren scattered between east and west coasts in Rochester, NY, New Orleans, and Tucson, Arizona. They continue to support Hogar de Niños Renacer (Home of Reborn Children), an orphanage in Honduras where Roberta volunteers several weeks each year. She enjoys reading, quilting, and researching genealogy. The Updegraffs live in north central Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T Is For Gayle Trent

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 photo 51cTCr13ldL._UX250__zpskpfnybyi.jpg Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.

The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn't always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her. Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is "a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!"

Gayle Trent lives in Virginia with her family, which includes her own "Angus" who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O'Ruff.