Friday, August 22, 2014

On Tour: Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele


Willow Springs coverIt’s a pleasure to be participating in author Carolyn Steele’s Cedar Fort Virtual Book Tour for her recent release, WILLOW SPRINGS.

I’m sharing my thoughts on this delightful novel, giving a bit of background on the author and including a schedule of the book tour
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WILLOW SPRINGS by Carolyn Steele

Starting over isn’t easy, especially when you’re hiding dark secrets. Author Carolyn Steele explores this idea in her novel, WILLOW SPRINGS, setting the story in the old West.

Swedish immigrant Crissa Engleson is looking to start over in the small gold mining town of Willow Springs in Utah. She hopes she’s left her problems back in Boston, but they soon begin to catch up with her.

Meanwhile, Crissa has fallen for the handsome Pony Express rider Drake Adams, son of an influential mine owner. While Drake returns her interest, Garth Wight is also determined to have Crissa for his own reasons. As Crissa’s past closes in, secrets are learned and unexpected paths taken. The road to happiness for Crissa takes many turns and town secrets are revealed along the way.

Steele has created a light-hearted romance filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. Set again a Western backdrop, the story flows quickly with a roller coaster element of surprises.

The characters are likable and realistic. The author’s vivid descriptions of the area and time period enhances the story. The well-blended story draws the reader in quickly.

WILLOW SPRINGS is an enchanting tale of love, secrets, forgiveness, hope and new beginnings.

Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele, Cedar Fort Inc., @2014, ISBN: 978-1462114573, Paperback, 240 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s 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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life.
Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah. 

Married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn loves researching obscure history then weaving it into stories. She also enjoys family dinners with her children and grandchildren, photography, travel, golf, reading, and all forms of needlework.  

For more on Carolyn and her writing, visit her website.

WILLOW SPRINGS Blog Tour Schedule:

To discover even more about this charming book, check out the following blogs that are participating in Carolyn’s tour.

August 17: Katie’s Clean Book CollectionAnna del C.
August 18: I Love to Read and Review BooksLisa is a BookwormA Book a Day
August 19: Tressa’s Wishful EndingsLDS and Lovin’ It
August 20: Christina DymockFire and Ice
August 21: Literary Time OutCindy Bennett
August 22: Utah Mom’s Life
August 23: ReadalotTo Be a Person
August 24: WV StitcherJorie Loves a Story
August 25: Mel’s ShelvesemmyMOM
August 26: The View From My WindowI am a ReaderJinky is Reading
August 27: Seasons of Humility
August 28: Getting Your Read On
August 29: Deal Sharing Aunt
August 30: Donna Steele
August 31: Live to Read


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you a bit to check out this delightful novel. Have you ever wished you lived in the old West? 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mary Daheim’s Clam Wake: On Tour {+ Giveaway}


Clam Wake coverI’m delighted to be a participant in author Mary Daheim’s Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, CLAM WAKE, installment #29 in her Bed and Breakfast series.

I’m sharing my thoughts on this delightful cozy murder mystery. In addition, thanks to Mary and the lovely folks at Partners in Crime, I have a print copy of CLAM WAKE to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

First let me share a bit of background on the author.

Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim lives three miles from the house where she was raised. From her dining nook she can see the maple tree in front of her childhood home.
Mary isn’t one for change when it comes to geography. Upon getting her journalism degree from the University of Washington (she can see the campus from the dining nook, too), she went to work for a newspaper in Anacortes WA. Then, after her marriage to David Daheim, his first college teaching post was in Port Angeles where she became a reporter for the local daily.


Both tours of small-town duty gave her the background for the Alpine/Emma Lord series. Mary spent much of her non-fiction career in public relations (some would say PR is fiction, too). But ever since she learned how to read and write, Mary wanted to tell stories that could be put between book covers (e-readers were far into the future and if she hadn’t seen her daughter’s iPad, she might not know they exist). Thus, she began her publishing career with the first of seven historical romances before switching to mysteries in 1991.

If Mary could do the math, she’d know how many books she’s published. Since she can’t, she estimates the total is at least 55. Or something. At the time of her husband and mentor’s death in February 2010, David and Mary had been married for over 43 years. They have three daughters, Barbara, Katherine and Magdalen, and two granddaughters, Maisy and Clara. They all live in Seattle, too. Those apples don’t move far from the tree…literally.

For more on Mary and her writing (see how many books she has written), visit her website and connect with her on Facebook.

Now for my thoughts ……….

CLAM WAKE by Mary Daheim

With her husband off on a trip and the busy season over, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has time on her hands. Housesitting her aunt and uncle’s retirement home on Whoopee Island sounds fun, especially since her cousin Renie will be joining her.

Things seems to be going along pleasantly until a dead body turns up. The victim was murdered and Judith and Renie appear to be prime suspects.

Reluctant but determined to clear their names, Judith begins looking for clues instead of clams. The cousins soon discover the retirement community isn't all that it appears.

Author Mary Daheim’s rich descriptions places the reader on Whoopee Island with the sea air and sand. Her characters are zany, but realistic and likable. The bantering between Judith and Renie is realistic between cousins and enhances the story. The story flows at a steady pace with twists, turns and a few red herrings to keep you guessing.

CLAM WAKE is the 29th installment in the series, but can be read on its own. This is a fun read that will have you eagerly awaiting Judith’s next adventure.

Clam Wake by Mary Daheim, Bed and Breakfast Series Book #29, William Morrow, @2014, ISBN: 978-0062317728, Hardcover, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s 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.

CLAM WAKE can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

To find out more about Mary and CLAM WAKE, be sure to check out the following blogs who are participating in her tour.
 
8/12 Review @ Melinas Book Blog
8/13 Review @ Wall-to-wall books
8/14 Review & Giveaway @ 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
8/15 Review & Giveaway @ Melissas Mochas, Mysteries and More
8/18 Review & Giveaway @ Beas Book Nook
8/19 Review & Giveaway @ Book Dilettante
8/20 Review & Giveaway @ Buried Under Books
8/22 Review & Giveaway @ Deal Sharing Aunt
8/23 Review @ fundinmental
8/25 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
8/26 Review & Giveaway @ My Devotional Thoughts
8/27 Review & Giveaway @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
8/28 Review @ Deco My Heart
8/29 Review & Giveaway @ Reading Authors
9/01 Review & Giveaway @ Marys Cup of Tea
9/04 Review @ Book Club Librarian
9/08 Review & Giveaway @ Brooke Blogs
9/10 Review @ Community Bookstop

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway is for one print copy of CLAM WAKE. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end Friday, Aug. 29. 

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Clam Wake Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks for stopping by during Mary’s tour. Have you ever housesat for anyone? Do you think you’d enjoy housesitting? 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Girl He Knows {+ Giveaway}


book coverI’m delighted to be participating in the virtual blog tour for THE GIRL HE KNOWS, a debut chick lit/romantic comedy novel by author Kristi Rose.

Kristi's novel was released Monday (Aug. 18) by Lyrical Press, a division of Kensington. If you enjoy books from authors like Sophie Kinsella and Allison Winn Scotch, you have to read THE GIRL HE KNOWS. Kristi's writing is an engaging combination of humor, swoon and serious stuff. In a nutshell, her novel is an ideal summer read.

Kristi is joining us to answer some questions about her book and writing. In addition, Kristi is hosting a tour-wide giveaway (signed copy of her book, $50 gift card, and a journal). Please see the end of the post for more details.

Here’s a synopsis of the book:

        Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life.
        Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of.
        When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less

THE GIRL HE KNOWS is available at the following sites: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | KOBO 

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Kristi as she graciously answers some questions. Welcome, Kristi.

Hi all, Thanks for joining me here on Thoughts in Progress (which is one of the best blog names –ever). It’s an honor to be hosted here and share this time with you all. I love meeting new people so please feel free to contact me or leave a note in the comments. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. 

You asked me what has surprised me the most about the whole process of getting THE GIRL HE KNOWS written and published.
I think the whole process is amazing and nothing like I expected- only because I didn’t know what to expect. But the two big things that stood out to me are this:

      1. The book from its original draft to the final document is so different it’s crazy! For example, I’m a HUGE Duran Duran fan (I know- that dates me) and in the first draft each chapter reference some of their lyrics. Yeah, getting the rights to do that – expensive and, ultimately, it didn’t really work. Gone. Lots of chapters were cut and new ones added. But man, I’m so happy with the final product.

      2. The editing process- I’d thought I’d edited my book after the beta readers were done. I thought it was in good shape. So naïve. When I started working with my editor (who is AMAZBALLS BTW), the first thing I was tasked to complete was a filler word hack and slash. I realized then what a hot mess it really was. Which was pretty embarrassing and my goal was to not be such a train wreck from that point on-ever again. I went above and beyond the first task and before I sent it to her for the next round of edits I did a spell check and accidentally hit change instead of ignore on the word EMOTICON. When I got it back for round 2, she’d highlighted the area and said, “I don’t think you meant EMBOLI here.” Both my MS and I were still a hot mess.

You also asked about my habits and rituals for writing. 

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I have young kids and work part time so I squeeze writing in whenever I can. But I set playlist that help me ‘feel’ the story line and listen to them to get in me in the mood before I start writing. I also keep Pinterest boards ( http://www.pinterest.com/krosewheeler/the-girl-he-knows/ ) and look at my characters to get close to them and try to get in their head.

When I write I either have it quiet or listen to classical music. I usually write in coffee shops only because I’m either in between dropping kids off and picking them up or have a few hours away from the house and a coffee shop is the best option. A London Fog, a light snack, and a large table is all I need. Sometimes I write with my critique partners present and those sessions are the best because you can brainstorm something as it happens and they bring good juju with them. I dream of the day when writing is my only job. Smile

Again, thanks for having me. It’s been fun! You all take care and pop over to my website (http://www.kristirose.net) sometime and say hello!

Kristi, thanks for joining us and sharing this look at your writing. It’s fascinating how a story can start out one way and end up completely different. Thanks also for the kind words about the blog name.

Now here’s a bit of background on Kristi.
 
Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a mountain, and was married in Arkansas by a J.O.P in flip flops named Earl. Today, as a proud military wife and mother of two, she’s been lucky enough to travel the world.

No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering what’s their story? That’s what Kristi likes to write about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA.

You can follow Kristi on her website, liker her Facebook page, send her a tweet on Twitter and connect with her on Pinterest and Goodreads. THE GIRL HE KNOWS is her debut novel.

You can find out more about Kristi and her writing by checking out the other blogs participating in her tour.

jhpr_host_badgeTOUR SCHEDULE: 

Monday, August 11th - Books Over Boys
Wednesday, August 13th - Two Children and a Migraine
Friday, August 15th - The Fake Steph Dot Com
Monday, August 18th - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Friday, August 22nd – Refreshingly Riki
Friday, August 22nd - Penny For My Thoughts Book Blog
Monday, August 25th - Once Upon a Twilight
Wednesday, August 27th - Reader Girls
Friday, August 29th - The Bookshelf Intruder

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway is tour-wide and is for a signed copy of THE GIRL HE KNOWS, a $50 gift card and a journal.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by during Kristi’s visit. When you’re reading, do you have to have it quiet or can you read with noise going on all around you?
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good {+ Giveaway}


Burnt Toast coverI have the pleasure today of sharing my thoughts on a book that spoke to me on many levels and was just released this week.

In addition, thanks to the author and the lovely Angela at Viking/Penguin, I have a print copy of the book to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Here’s my thoughts ……….


Joy, sadness, laughter, tears, adversity, triumph, family, food and love – these are the words that come to mind (all twisted together) when I think of BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn.

Family and food are a natural combination and Flinn’s fascinating memoir is a good example of that. This is a candid look at a family’s journey providing a loving environment for their children, while encouraging them to strive for their dreams. It’s an inspiring look at how the author’s family dealt with misfortunes and triumphs, always comforted by family and food.

The story begins with Flinn’s parents packing up their family in Michigan and moving to San Francisco in 1958. There they helped her Irish uncle run an Italian restaurant. When her father’s sister was dying, the family packed up again and moved back to Michigan. There they lived on a farm growing vegetables and fruits. Later they would move again, this time to Florida.

Each leg of the journey is filled with love and the family’s coming together to enjoy good food even if it was just a pot of bean soup. As the author tells of her family’s adventures and misadventures, she includes numerous family recipes that were passed down through generations. In addition, there are old family photos scattered throughout the book showing the family at various stage of their lives.

This book is a combination of cookbook and inspiration. You’ll learn how to make Uncle Clarence’s Oven-Fried Chicken, but you also learn to reach for your own dreams. BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD is a refreshing look at a Midwest family surviving and thriving through several generations.

This is a book the whole family can enjoy. It will make you stop and consider what part food plays in your own family and family history. Flinn’s book explores and highlights how food is a constant and a comfort in our lives. She observes how food is sometimes the conduit through which we express our love and concern for others.

An entertaining book filled with wit, charm, inspiration and good recipes.

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn, Viking Adult, @2014, ISBN: 978-0670015443, Hardcover, 288 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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Flinn_Grandmother quoteKathleen Flinn and her books have been featured in People, ELLE, Bon Appetit, The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR and CBS Morning News. Her first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry was a New York Times bestseller. Her acclaimed second book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School was named a 2012 Nonfiction Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists & Authors. 

For more on Kathleen and her writing, visit her at www.cookfearless.com

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway is for one print copy of BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end Wednesday, Aug. 27. 

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress BURNT TOAST Giveaway’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever considered how much food plays a part of your family’s history? If you’ve written any of your family history down, did you include recipes with it?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Being a Storyton Hall Guest {+ Giveaway}


9780425265598_large_Murder_in_the_Mystery_SuiteWith summer winding down and fall just around the corner, now’s a great time to get away from it all. I have just the place to visit, the storybook resort of Storyton Hall featured in MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE by Ellery Adams.

Ellery joins us today to talk about ‘A Day in the Life of a Storyton Hall Guest.’ In addition, I have a print copy of MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE to giveaway, thanks to Ellery and the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group. Please see the end of the post for more details. 

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book, which is the first installment in Ellery’s new Book Retreat Mystery series:

WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?
        Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.
        But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up… 

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Ellery and learn what it’s like to be a guest at Storyton Hall.

Dear Honored Guest,

      Your journey to Storyton Hall begins at the train station. The moment you alight from the train car, a man dressed in impeccable blue and gold livery will raise a placard bearing your name. After collecting your luggage, your chauffeur will lead you to one of Storyton’s fleet of vintage Rolls Royce sedans. It looks like you’ll be spending the forty-five minute drive to the resort in the luxurious comfort of a Silver Shadow.
      While you gaze out the windows at the tree-covered hills and the endless blue sky, your driver will remind you of Storyton Hall’s technology restrictions. Because the resort caters to readers, we don’t want anything to disturb the tranquility of the public areas, so you may only use cell phones, tablets, e-readers, or computers in the privacy of your room. At first, this might cause you some anxiety, but you’ll soon find that it’s a boon to be able leave the cares of your busy life behind for a spell.
      Ah, here comes your first glimpse of Storyton Hall now. Do you see how magnificent it is? How its central clock tower reaches toward the hills and its two long wings seem to reach out and out like a pair of arms opening to embrace you? As for the sweeping expanse of front lawn, you might chose to play croquet on the Lewis Carroll lawn or stroll around back to Milton’s Gardens. But for now, kindly step into the manor’s elegant lobby.
      Note the high ceilings, brilliant chandeliers, and the numerous groupings of plush chairs and sofas. But before you continue your tour, Mr. Butterworth, Storyton Hall’s butler, would like to offer you a glass of champagne. All of our guests are greeted in this manner. Consider the bubbly just the beginning of the delightful surprises you’ll discover during your stay.
      Once you’ve unpacked, perhaps you’d like to check out a book from the Henry James library and then make yourselves comfortable in the Jane Austen Parlor or the Daphne Du Maurier Sunroom. Or, you could have a bite of lunch at Kipling’s Café or the Madame Bovary Dining Room. But don’t overindulge, because we serve afternoon tea every day in the Agatha Christie Tea Room. And believe me, you don’t want to pass up Mrs. Hubbard’s Victoria sponge, scones served with homemade jam and clotted cream, or her tantalizing tea sandwiches.
      And make sure you have enough energy for this evening. We’re opening the Murder and Mayhem Week here at Storyton Hall with a costume ball. I hope you’re prepared to dress up as your favorite detective. Of course, I won’t be able to tell who’s who tonight. With all the Miss Marples, Hercule Poirots, and Tommy and Tuppences, a guest could get away with murder and I’d never know it!
      One last word of caution: Storyton Hall is a paradise for readers, but like many old houses, it has its own secrets. In fact, there’s an entire library hidden in a fireproof, temperature-controlled room in the highest turret. The treasures housed within this room could be called the Eighth Wonder of the World. So valuable are they, that many a person has come to Storyton Hall bent of stealing them. If you intend to commit a nefarious act, I must warn you: those of us who live and work here are not quite what we seem, and we will stop at nothing to protect our guests, our property, and our secrets. 
       Enjoy your stay!
 
                Yours truly,
               Jane Steward, Guardian of Storyton Hall

Ellery, thanks for joining us today. After this introduction, I’d love to spend at weekend at Storyton Hall (minus the murder, of course).

Now let me share a bit of background on Ellery.
 
Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. 

Ellery has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

For more on Ellery and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook. She also has a monthly contest at Cozy Chicks.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:


This giveaway is for one print copy of MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end Monday, Aug. 25. 

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Ellery Adams’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks so much for stopping by during Ellery’s visit. Does Storyton Hall sound like a place you’d like to visit?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

One Dirty Bowl on Tour


One Dirty Bowl coverIt’s a pleasure to be participating in author Christina Dymock’s virtual blog tour featuring her latest release, ONE DIRTY BOWL: Fast Desserts, Faster Cleanup.

I’m sharing my thoughts on the cookbook and a bit of background on the author as part of the tour.

ONE DIRTY BOWL: Fast Desserts, Faster Cleanup by Christina Dymock

The joy of cooking is sometimes overshadowed by the messy cleanup that follows. Author Christina Dymock has a simple solution for that problem in her recent release, ONE DIRTY BOWL: Fast Desserts, Faster Cleanup. This delightful cookbook makes creating desserts simple and fun, but the cleanup hassle-free.

All the dishes in this 136-page book require only one bowl in order to prepare the decadent desserts. Fewer dishes to cleanup, more time to enjoy the delicious rewards. To make things even better, several of the dishes require no baking. The author also includes baking tips with a number of the recipes.

The cookbook is divided into chapters entitled: Small and Scrumptious; Beautiful Brownies and Bars; Decadent Dessert Breads; Enticing Cookies; and Divine Sweets, Charming Cakes, Cupcakes, Cobblers and Pies. There is also a measurement equivalent chart. The book contains such recipes as: Paper Bag Cookies, Elvis’s Kisses, Blueberry Ribbon Cake, and Butter Rum Bread.

The layout of the recipes is done in a pleasing manner giving quick reference to the ingredients needed and the serving size. In addition, the book contains numerous color photo of various sizes depicting the end results of many of the appealing recipes. Some recipes also include variations.

Preparing the recipes in only one bowl is less time consuming. To add to the convenience, a number of the recipes lists only two to four ingredients for yummy desserts in a rush. ONE DIRTY BOWL is about providing delicious desserts in a quick and easy method with a minimum of cleanup time – a treat for the entire family.

One Dirty Bowl: Fast Desserts, Faster Cleanup by Christina Dymock; Front Table Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort Inc.; @2014; ISBN: 978-1462114016; Paperback; 136 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – An e-copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s 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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christina Dymock graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Public Relations. She has been published in Woman’s World Magazine and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

She is the author of One Dirty Bowl: Fast Desserts, Faster Cleanup, The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cook Book, Young Chefs, 101 Things to do With Popcorn, The Widow's Mite, and The Godmother Chronicles.

She resides in Central Utah with her husband and four children. 

For more on Christina and her writing, visit her blog and connect with her on Facebook and Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out this fun and easy cookbook. Do you collect cookbooks and always on the lookout for another to add to your collection? Do you like being able to prepare a dessert quickly without a lot of hassle and cleanup?