She was Dying Anyway (Zachary Goldman Mysteries Book 3) by P.D. Workman

She was Dying Anyway (Zachary Goldman Mysteries Book 3)

by P.D. Workman

This is the third book in the Zachary Goldman Mysteries Series. In this book, Zachary has moved out on his own and is trying to come to grips with the possibility that he might not be able to get his ex wife Bridget to take him back when she shows up out of the blue. But he quickly realizes that being reunited is far from her mind as she starts to break down in front of him. At first he thinks that her cancer has returned, but she explains that one of the other patients from the cancer clinic has passed away. Zachary isn’t sure what that has to do with him, but he is happy to do anything for Bridget in the hopes that she’ll decide she wants to be with him. Until Bridget says her friend Robin was murdered. She was dying of cancer- how could she have been murdered? And who would have murdered her? Zachary feels himself being pulled in by the fact that his ex wife is connected to the deceased, but he can’t help himself. Will he finally be able to convince Bridget back if he can solve the crime?

Find She was Dying Anyway  on Amazon here:

I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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Serenity Betrayed by Craig A. Hart

Serenity Betrayed

Serenity Betrayed by Craig A. Hart

This is book 6 in a series by Craig A Hart focusing on the main character named Shelby Alexander. I must admit, I had not read any of the first five books in the series so I can’t say if I have missed anything going into this book, but I didn’t feel like I was lost or missing anything. I just felt like the author had a knack for revving up quickly before taking me on an exhilarating ride! The characters were believable and the background was well sussed out. I felt like Mr Hart must have spent time in the area because he wrote as if he knew it well. The plot begins with Shelby being hired as an extra security detail for the governor of Michigan, who has been threatened on the brink of an important summit. As he accepts the job, he discovers quickly that things aren’t as they seem. A fringe group is gunning for the governor if he doesn’t change his ways and support their interest in the environment. But is it really that simple? And who is really behind the threat? The pace is quick and the plot twists keep you from putting this book down.

Find it on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Serenity-Betrayed-Shelby-Alexander-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07H7XSWWN

 

I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

 

 

Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso) Puppies

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AKC Italian Mastiff puppies- 10 weeks. Fawn and Brindle, Males and Females. They’ve had their 1st shots, been dewormed, had their dewclaws removed and their tails docked.  These puppies are loved on every day so they’re friendly and well socialized. Mom lives on site in Puyallup. Call for more info- 253-257-8805.

 

 

Night at Key West by Craig A. Hart

Night at Key West

Night at Key West by Craig A. Hart

This is a new author to me, and the book was provided for review. That being said, all of the following is my own thoughts and opinions and is not affected by any relationship with the author or anyone else.

I love a good mystery and I enjoy it when it is set in a place that I’m familiar with or an era that I particularly relate to. I loved Night at Key West because it set the stage very well and filled in a lot of details to keep it interesting. The characters were very real and the situations were believable enough that I could imagine myself in some of the situations- wondering what I would have done. And meeting Ernest Hemingway? A writer’s dream no matter how much of a scoundrel he was!

This book is the first in the Simon Wolfe Series. Simon is disillusioned with his experiences in writing and has taken on investigating as a side job to keep him afloat while he tries to keep up his attempts at being an author.  As the title suggests, it takes place in Key West, where Simon is asked to look into the wife of an old school chum who he thinks is cheating on him. Before he has a chance to fully report on the wife she’s murdered and the most likely suspect is the husband. So the suspect hires him to investigate the murder. Then the D.A. follows up with him and asks him to look into the same murder. Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, he agrees and continues to investigate. While looking into the life and dealings of the murdered wife, he happens onto Ernest Hemingway and is drawn into a taste of the life of one of the greatest writers in history. This book has all of the key elements of a good mystery- sex, violence, betrayal, all wrapped up neatly. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself!

Find Night at Key West here:

https://www.amazon.com/Night-West-Simon-Wolfe-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07DTNM2Y1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537583039&sr=8-1&keywords=Night+at+Key+West

 

 

Ultra Premium Hemp Oil from Satori Natural 

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I was sent a sample bottle of Ultra Premium Hemp Oil from Satori Natural for the purpose of review. I wasn’t sure if I would get any results from using this product or not. I’ve heard of using Hemp Oil but sometimes things just seem too good to be true. I have chronic pain and migraines that can put me down in short order if I don’t do something quickly to address them. So, I waited until I felt a migraine coming on, then I pulled out the Hemp Oil and put a dropperful under my tongue. Rather than swallow it, I let it sit for 30 seconds, which I have heard helps when you take medication sublingually (under the tongue) to get the most benefit from it. Then I swallowed it, followed by a sip of water. The aftertaste was of peppermint and spearmint, with just the slightest hint of marijuana. It was really only a hint and not much at all. The mint tastes covered the marijuana taste almost completely! There wasn’t an immediate result on my headache-  no bells ringing or anything, but I noticed after 15 or 20 minutes that my headache had not bloomed. Instead, it had gone away. I was happy about the result but not totally convinced. After all, it could have been a result of just relaxing and maybe the headache wasn’t actually a migraine after all. So I waited for another chance to try the oil. It didn’t take long- like I said, I have chronic pain. This time it was my back that was hurting. I try not to take meds if at all possible, but sometimes I just can function unless I get some relief. It’s nice to be able to try something that’s natural.

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So I got out my bottle of oil and tried a dropperful, again taking it under the tongue and holding it for about 30 seconds. No immediate magical results, but after about 15 minutes I was feeling some relief. All of the pain was not gone, but it was significantly better and I was able to go about my business. I can see how this could really help when I am trying to do something- like prepare a meal- and get hit with pain. I can get relief without taking an opioid and having to deal with side effects. I like that!

Ultra Premium Hemp Oil is sold by Satori Natural  and can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/Hemp-Oil-Satori-Natural-Peppermint/dp/B07F2MT86W

 

Coup de Glace (Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 6) by P. D. Workman

Coup De Glace

Coup de Glace

(Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 6)

If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, you know that this is the 6th in a series by P.D. Workman titled Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book Series. The first five books in the series have been read and reviewed in past posts and each book is able to be read as a standalone book, or you can choose to read them in order, which is how I chose to read them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them this way and I find that there are references in each book that would be lost on the reader if they had not read the prior book. So my personal recommendation is to take the time to enjoy each book in order. I think you will be happy you did.

Erin Price lives in the lovely town of Bald Eagle Falls, where her Aunt Clem left her tea shop to Erin when she passed away.  Having little interest in owning a tea shop but lots of interest in baking, Erin decided to open a gluten free bake shop, where she could bake for those who could not enjoy the regular baked goods available at the regular bake shop. Soon, Erin was busily cranking out cakes, pies, and cookies as fast as she could just to keep up with demand. And to keep things interesting, Bald Eagle Falls would drop dead bodies practically on her doorstep, leaving Erin to try to solve their deaths. Often she had to solve their deaths to prove that she was not guilty of causing them. And Coup de Glace is no different. Once again, Erin is busy with her bakery and just trying to mind her own business when her bakery assistant asks if she would mind looking into the mystery behind her missing Grandma. She disappeared many years ago without a trace, and Grampa never did explain what had happened to her to anyone’s satisfaction. It’s caused Bella, her grand daughter, to be afraid to go near the barn for fear Grandma’s ghost is haunting it. But Erin knows that she should leave such things to the police, right? Before she has a chance to do anything, Erin’s foster sister, Regina, shows up. Reg was bad news when they were growing up and Erin has a feeling things haven’t changed. Now Reg is about to get into the middle of Erin’s business and gum things up for her all over again. No way this could go any way but bad, right?

I enjoyed this book as much as the other books in this series. The characters are woven with quirks intact, and the plot keeps me on my toes. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Coup de Glace can be found online at Barnes and Noble here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coup-de-glace-pd-workman/1129395046?ean=9781989080382#

 

 

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

 

 

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

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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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