Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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Baby Teeth

by Zoje Stage

 

Baby Teeth is a book written from the viewpoint of a small child named Hanna who is quite disturbed. She sets about to terrorize her mother, thinking that her mother is evil and should not be allowed to be in charge of her. She fools her parents into thinking that she cannot understand words or speak, when in actuality she understands very well what they are saying and she uses their words against them. She is put into a preschool program in the hopes that she will begin to speak and make progress at home. Instead, she terrorizes the other children and becomes a danger to others. The author was able to take me into the scary mind of a child that had serious psychological issues that had not been addressed for a long time and had been left untended until they caused serious issues in the lives of those the child came in contact with. This was a well written story that made my skin crawl at times with horror at the idea of how a child could come up with some of the ideas this child came up with. It was very thought provoking.

Baby Teeth can be found here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/baby-teeth-zoje-stage/1126974605?ean=9781250170750#reviews-header

 

 

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Brewing Death (Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 5) by PD Workman

Brewing Death

Brewing Death (Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 5) 

by PD Workman

 

This is the 5th installment in the Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book Series. Each of these books could potentially be read on their own, however, you will lose a lot of the background plot and character development if you do so. I would highly suggest you read these books in order so that you can enjoy the full set as it was meant to be read.

Once again, things have settled down in Bald Eagle Falls and Erin Price is hard at work in Auntie Clem’s Bakery, baking her gluten free goodies for her customers to enjoy, and just enjoying life now that everything has calmed down. She is looking forward to getting to know her newly discovered sister Charley, and curious to see what happens if and when Charley gets the one and only other bakery to reopen. This could put a strain on her customer base and potentially put her in financial straits. But before the bakery business is resolved, another mysterious death occurs and Erin is again smack dab at the center of it all. Who could have had it in for Joelle. Or more to the point, who didn’t, since she was a very unlikeable person. And who had enough knowledge to be able to apply a poultice that would cause the effect that would render her unconscious at just the right time to make it appear that Erin had something to do with it? Is it another unlucky coincidence or something more sinister? Read it for yourself to see.

Find Brewing Death online at Barnes and Noble here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brewing-death-pd-workman/1129196800?ean=9781989080320

 

 

Opus of Doom: the Final Book in The Keeper Chronicles Series by Norma Hinkens

 

Opus of Doom

 

This is the third and final installment in the The Keeper Chronicles Series. In the first book, we met Orlla, a keeper, and Erdhan, a Macobite that she met while on her travels. If you have not read the first two books, I suggest you read them first, as they have a lot of detail that follows into this book. You could read this book as a standalone, but I feel that you would do yourself, and the author, a great disservice if you did. I reviewed Opal of Light here if you’d like to read it and find the link for purchase:

https://somesmartcookle.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/opal-of-light-an-epic-dragon-fantasy-the-keeper-chronicles-book-1-by-norma-hinkens/

And the link for the review of Onyx of Darkness can be found here:

https://somesmartcookle.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/onyx-of-darkness-an-epic-dragon-fantasy-the-keeper-chronicles-book-2-by-norma-hinkens/

This book finds Orlla and Erdhan in the unique position of being trained to become fighters in the Light Dragons army. Erdhan is introduced to Grissaka, his dragon, Orlla- being the bearer of light- follows behind him on Grissaka’s back. They begin a rigorous training in preparation for the fight of their lives against an enemy that they may not be able to overcome.  Soon enough, sister will come against brother, father against son, and lives will change when the Opal of Light comes against the Onyx of Darkness. The High Dragon King has not held court in over 500 years. Is it time for him to out of hiding and rule once again?

Look for this new book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Opus-Doom-dragon-fantasy-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B07D9Y13QJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533278664&sr=8-1&keywords=opus+of+doom

 

 

Fresh Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

green beans

Note to self; Next time, take picture BEFORE anyone sees what I am making!

1 pound green beans, trimmed                                   2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)            Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 small lemon, very thinly sliced or segmented (about 1/3 cup)

Blanch green beans in salted water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in colander if preparing right away or shock in ice water to stop cooking process, then lay out on tray or baking sheet to cool. Can refrigerate for up to 24 hours or continue on to next step.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and cook until softened and just beginning to color, 1-2 minutes. Add green beans and season generously with salt and pepper. When green beans are hot, toss in lemon slices and cook 1 minute. Check seasoning — beans should be well-seasoned and bright but not too sour. Serve hot or at room temperature.
This will be in my list of favorite recipes!
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A Pilgrimage to Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery Book 1) by Alexa Padgett

 

Pilgrimage

 

A Pilgrimage to Death

(A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery Book 1)

by Alexa Padgett

 

A Pilgrimage to Death is a phenomenal read from the moment you open the book on the first page to the very last page. The characters are well fleshed out and the plot is believable. It’s easy to visualize myself in the story and I found myself cheering the main character on at times as if she was right in front of me. This book is centered on Cici Gurule, a local reverend whose twin sister was murdered the year before. Now Cici finds herself in the middle of an investigation when she finds a body while out on a hike and realizes the stab wounds bear a distinctive similarity to the wounds that took her sister’s life. What follows is a series of twists and turns that would make any roller coaster designer swoon with envy. Who can Cici trust and who is really out to get her? Will she be able to finally solve the year old mystery of who took her sister’s life and why? With the help of a few friends, her trusted 4 pawed friends, and the ghost of her twin sister who Cici thought she had lost for good, she’s going to do everything she can to figure this mystery out before anyone else gets killed. Will she be successful or will she be next? Score this one in the top ten and forget about getting to sleep early.

A Pilgrimage to Death comes out for sale on Amazon on August 14, 2018 and can be purchased in advance by preordering here:

 

 

 

Onyx of Darkness: An epic dragon fantasy (The Keeper Chronicles Book 2) By Norma Hinkens

 

Onyx of Darkness

Onyx of Darkness: An epic dragon fantasy (The Keeper Chronicles Book 2)

By Norma Hinkens

This is the second book in the The Keeper Chronicles Series. In the first book, we met Orlla, a keeper, and Erdhan, a Macobite that she met while on her travels. If you have not read Opal of Light, I suggest you read it first, as it has a lot of detail that follows into this book. You could read this book as a standalone, but I feel that you would do yourself, and the author, a great disservice if you did. I reviewed Opal of Light here if you’d like to read it and find the link for purchase:

https://somesmartcookle.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/opal-of-light-an-epic-dragon-fantasy-the-keeper-chronicles-book-1-by-norma-hinkens/

In Onyx of Darkness, Orlla and Erdhan find themselves on a new mission- to seek out the Onyx of Darkness and bring it to the Keepers for safekeeping. It’s more than obvious how dangerous the Onyx is, once they’ve seen it in action. The future of all of the kingdoms rests in their hands, and they’ve never had a more important task than the one at hand. But in order to succeed, they’ll have to get past mercenaries, armed assassins, and even an old enemy they thought was gone forever. This book has well developed characters; both familiar ones from the first book as well as new ones introduced in this book, as well as great visualization and fantastic plot sequencing. I found it to be highly entertaining and spent many mornings with red eyes from staying up too late. I’d definitely put this on a to be read list, along with Opal of Light and the soon to be released third book in the set, Opus of Doom.

Look for Onyx of Darkness on Barnes and Noble here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/onyx-of-darkness-norma-l-hinkens/1129050828?ean=9781947890060

 

 

HAOAN Women’s Short Sleeve Criss Cross T-Shirt

 

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HAOAN Women’s Short Sleeve Criss Cross T-Shirt

I love this top. I got it for my kidlet because she loved the colors. I can’t believe how soft the material is. It’s a Polyester/Cotton blend, so I know it’s carefree washing, but it’s super long so she wants it to shrink some before she wears it. It’s got unique striping on it and it’s an unusual combination of gray and peach. I like that she’s not dressed like every other kid in the neighborhood. It was priced very nicely and I am all around satisfied with it. I’m going to shop around their other items, because I like how they describe and size their clothes.

You can find this top in an assortment of colors and sizes at Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D1KD4D1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1

 

 

Opal of Light: An epic dragon fantasy (The Keeper Chronicles Book 1) by Norma Hinkens

 

Opal of Light

 

Opal of Light: An epic dragon fantasy

(The Keeper Chronicles Book 1)

By Norma Hinkens

Orlla is training to be a Keeper, an important position that requires years of extensive training. Keepers fashion runes to keep the island they live on invisible to outsiders. Protectors protect the Opal of Light that the dragons left behind many years ago. It’s been hidden on the island and that’s why the Protectors and Keepers are important. But the two do not get along. Each thinks of the other as useless and not as important.  Orlla is close to becoming a full fledged Keeper when her brother Samten, who has also been training to become a Keeper, comes home wearing the cloak of a Pegonian soldier. She nearly attacks before realizing who he is, then berates him for his lackluster attitude regarding his training. She leaves to meet with her instructor Akolom, who takes her to meet the King, where she is immediately sworn in as a Keeper and taken to the mainland to protect the pass by wielding runes to fortify the pass. This is the first in a series by Ms Hinkens. I found that it took very little time to become familiar with the terminology and get involved in the story. The characters were involving and the plot was believable. I found the end to come too soon, leaving me anxious to get the next book, Onyx of Darkness, which comes out in June 2018. Definitely another hit series!

Opal of Light can be found at Barnes and Noble here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/opal-of-light-norma-l-hinkens/1128973274?ean=9781947890039

 

 

Allergen-Free Assignation by PK Workman

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Allergen-Free Assignation

(Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 3)

by PK Workman

I just finished Allergen-Free Assignation (Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 3). This was a great continuation of the first two books by PK Workman, Gluten Free Murder and Dairy Free Death. In them, Erin Price takes over Tea Room once owned by her late Aunt Clementine, and turns it into a gluten free bakery in the sleepy town of Bald Eagle Falls. Her decision is met with some small town stubbornness as the ladies of the town don’t want strangers nudging their lifelong friends out of business. But, as it turns out, there’s plenty of room for new business owners, as gluten free bakeries seem to be hard on the competition. And the competition’s ne’er do well son. Now Erin is up against another son and another mystery as a body is found under the cement in Aunt Clementine’s garage. And Willie hasn’t been heard from in days. What’s going on now in Bald Eagle Falls? And how does Erin always end up in the middle of things? I’m not tellin- read for yourself!

You can find Allergen-Free Assignation here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/allergen-free-assignation-pd-workman/1127453572?ean=2940155159841

 

 

ZESPROKA Fine Mesh Strainer Set

 

Strainer Set 6

 

The ZESPROKA Fine Mesh Strainer Set comes in a set of 3 strainers in 3 sizes: 3.26”, 5.78”, 7.75”. They are great for all kinds of uses, for both dry and wet ingredients. Each is made of food grade stainless steel with a seamless mirror finish rim.

 

They nest together for storage or can be hung in a cabinet. I love using the largest strainer for sifting sugar when making frosting. The smallest one is perfect for straining into a cup or small bowl. These are very nice quality and I like the heft of them. I don’t think they’ll collapse when lifting out heavier items like my old strainer did. They are washable by hand or in the dishwasher.

You can find the ZESPROKA Fine Mesh Strainer Set at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/ZESPROKA-Stainless-Strainer-Colanders-Accessory/dp/B07BHKK68S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1529644577&sr=8-4&keywords=ZESPROKA+Fine+Mesh+Strainer#customerReviews

 

 

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