Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer


Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer cover at Thoughts in ProgressCat lovers know how intelligent felines are so it’s no wonder Thumper, the black cat with superior intellect, steals the limelight in author Elaine Faber’s latest release, BLACK CAT AND THE LETHAL LAWYER: A Tale of Betrayal and Greed with a Splash of Fantasy.

This is a delightful story of intrigue with twists of suspense, family and murder. Added to the mix is humor and moments that will have you holding your breath.

Kimberlee and her husband, Brett, are settling into their new life together when an unexpected letter from Kimberlee’s grandmother arrives. It seems her grandmother wants to name a new beneficiary to her multi-million dollar horse ranch in Texas and ask Kimberlee and her family (complete with pets) to visit, along with cousins she didn’t know about.

Arriving at the ranch with daughter, Amanda, and their beloved cat, Thumper, Kimberlee and Brett soon make some startling discoveries involving the ranch and Kimberlee’s family. Meanwhile, Thumper encounters his soul-mate, Noe-Noe, and they overhear a murder plot.

BLACK CAT AND THE LETHAL LAWYER takes readers on a journey of greed, lies, murder, embezzlement and dark secrets. It’s up to Thumper and Noe-Noe to help Kimberlee get to the bottom of all the lies before another murder is committed.

The author has crafted likable characters that are well-developed and fun to like. The setting draws you in and holds your attention. The feline stars of the story are cuddly and lovable.

This is a charming story you won’t be able to put down until you know Thumper’s outcome. Non-cat lovers will also enjoy this fascinating story for its captivating mystery and suspense.

Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer: A Tale of Betrayal and Greed with a Splash of Fantasy by Elaine Faber, Black Cat Mysteries Book #2, Elk Grove Publications, @2014, ISBN: 978-1940781068, Paperback, 272 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you’re out shopping on this ‘Black Friday,’ hope you find wonderful bargains and have lots of fun. Be sure to add loads of books to your gift-giving list and include this charming mystery too. Do you know a highly intelligent cat or two?

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving To One And All


Thanksgiving cardToday throughout the U.S. (and other places) millions of people are celebrating Thanksgiving Day.

This day means age-old traditions. For many it means the likes of meals with family and friends, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football games, and shopping for early Christmas bargains.

I want to take this day to say a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to each and everyone who visits here. Y’all have been wonderful about stopping by even though I’ve been MIA from blogdom a lot lately and haven’t been visiting your blogs as much as I’d like to. 

I am truly thankful for your support and especially for your friendship.

My wish for y’all is that you have a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Please, remember to enjoy each moment you have with family and friends.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Afraid of Everything


AfraidOf_CVR_MEDI’m delighted to share my thoughts today on a new release by friend, fellow blogger and author Karen Jones Gowen.

Karen recently moved to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. She is the managing editor at WiDo Publishing, a cookie baker, and a novelist. Now, here’s my thoughts.

AFRAID OF EVERYTHING by Karen Jones Gowen

Within the first few paragraphs author Karen Jones Gowen draws you into her latest release, AFRAID OF EVERYTHING.

Within those first few minutes you begin to feel the emotions of Helena Carr and can’t let go. Her anxiety surrounds you and you understand her dilemmas.

Helena is afraid of everything. She quit her job and contemplates the changes she could make to her life in order to overcome her fears. However, life has other plans for her. She is left in a coma following a terrible traffic wreck.

While in the coma Helena encounters strange new worlds and people who know her better than she knows herself. Slowly overcoming her fears, Helena is faced with her most difficult challenge – waking from the coma.

The author has crafted an inspiring story as she takes readers on Helena’s journey of self-discovery. Wanting a quick fix to her life, Helena finds the path to solving her anxiety problems has some amazing twists.

AFRAID OF EVERYTHING is spellbinding, a story that will capture your imagination and surprise you in many ways.

Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen, WiDo Publishing, @2014, ISBN: 978-1937178598, Paperback, 285 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope everything is well in your corner of the world. For those approaching the Thanksgiving holiday I wish for you and your family a safe and happy time of fellowship and fun. Have you ever wondered what a person in a coma experiences?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Chocolate Clown Corpse {+ Giveaway}


The Chocolate Clown Corpse coverI’m delighted to be participating in author JoAnn Carl’s virtual book tour for her latest release, THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE.

As part of the tour, thanks to the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a copy of THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details. Now for my thoughts on this delightful cozy.

Chocolate and clowns are fun together, but add in a dead body and you have an intriguing cozy murder mystery in THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE.

A month after the murder of Moe Davidson, Lee Woodyard is thinking about expanding her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade, into Moe’s former business, Clowning Around, located next door. The property has been listed by the widow and her two stepchildren.

Lee explores the building and discovers the widow unconscious. When things don’t add up, Lee begins to wonder if the man charged with Moe’s murder could be innocent and the real killer still walking the streets of Warner Pier. The town is celebrating Clown Week so Lee has her hands full unmasking the real killer.

Author JoAnn Carl has skillfully combined murder and humor with twists and turns to create a read that’s hard to put down. The small town atmosphere adds flare to this charming story.

The quirky characters are likable and realistic. The humorous dialogue provides laugh-out-loud moments throughout the story. The twists will keep you guessing until the end.

THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE is the 14th installment in the Chocoholic Mystery series, but can be read on its own. Tasty chocolate trivia is included as an added bonus.

You don’t have to be a chocoholic to enjoy this tantalizing cozy murder mystery, just a fan of intrigue and mystery.

The Chocolate Clown Corpse by JoAnn Carl, Chocoholic Mystery series Book #14, Obsidian, @2014, ISBN: 978-0451240675, Hardcover, 240 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I know lots of people are busy preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. I hope no matter what you have planned, you have a wonderful day. Now, confess are you a chocoholic? What’s your favorite chocolate dessert?

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson


The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson coverCat lovers will adore THE CHRISTMAS CAT by Melody Carlson and non-cat lovers may have a change of heart.

This is a heartwarming story that deals with a man’s love for his grandmother and her faith he will find his right path in life.

After returning from a nine year missionary trip to Uganda and a bout with malaria, Garrison Brown feels guilty for not visiting his grandmother more when he learns she has died. Meeting with her attorney, Garrison discovers his grandmother has an unusual request for him – find homes for her six cats. But there are some strict guidelines for placing the cats. To make matters worse, Garrison is allergic to cats.

The process of placing the cats takes Garrison on his own journey reconnecting with friends in his old neighborhood. Along the way Garrison also discovers new things about his grandmother and himself.

The author quickly pulls readers in with this inspiring story. She blends family, faith and caring with bits of humor and a touch of romance for a well-balanced story. The characters are realistic, likable and well-developed.

The setting is warm and inviting. The Christmas element enhances the story adding another layer to hold readers captive.

THE CHRISTMAS CAT is inspiring, touching and just an all-round feel-good tale that’s perfect for a holiday read.

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson, Revell, @2014, ISBN: 978-0800719661, Hardcover, 176 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of a virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you’re having a great Saturday. Are you a cat person? If so, tell us about your cat(s).

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Around The Table by Martina McBride


Around the Table cookbook coverWhen a celebrity comes out with a cookbook, you can’t help but wonder just how good it will be.

Country music megastar Martina McBride does an excellent job bringing delicious recipes and entertaining ideas together in her first book release, AROUND THE TABLE: Recipes and Inspiration for Gathers, Throughout the Year.

This delightful cookbook is chalked full of practical menu planning tidbits, appetizing recipes, and helpful advice for entertaining guests year-round. This attractive book is divided into 10 sections such as: Family Pizza Night, Mistletoe and Martins – A Holiday Open House, Spring Brunch Outdoors, Bruschetta Bash, and much more. There’s also a conversion chart, and a party log with guest book included.

There are beautiful, rich color photographs accompanying many of the recipes, as well as photos of McBride and her family enjoying numerous gatherings. McBride also includes a playlist for each of the gatherings, as well as personal anecdotes throughout giving the book a warm, friendly feel.

The recipes are written in easy to follow instructions with additional tips and notes added.

AROUND THE TABLE offers more than just recipes. It’s a fun way to incorporate delicious meals and fun entertaining while reducing the stress level. You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy this fascinating cookbook, just enjoy scrumptious dishes.

Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year by Martina McBride, William Morrow Cookbooks, @2014, ISBN: 978-0062323910, Hardcover, 320 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

I do so appreciate you stopping by today. Do you have a favorite cookbook that you use for special occasions? Do you find yourself collecting cookbooks? I seem to be collecting more lately and enjoying experimenting with the wonderful recipes.

As the cold weather blankets much of the US this week, I hope you’re safe and secure and if snow has come to visit, it leaves as quickly as you wish for it to. Have a wonderful Friday.

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