5/4/16

Notorious by Carey Baldwin (Showcase)


on Tour April 5 - May 13, 2016  
Notorious by Carey BaldwinThe woman everyone loves to hate is dead.
Dallas socialite Cynthia Langhorne is infamous for her beauty, her philanthropy, and her home wrecking--until she's found shot through the heart and posed nude at a fundraising ball. The case is high profile, and there's a bigger problem: Cindy is the wife of a decorated FBI special agent--the prime suspect in her murder.
When the Bureau sends FBI profiler Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy to Texas on behalf of Dutch Langhorne, the special agent-turned-suspect, they're suspicious of the very man whose interests they're supposed to protect. But with a psycho hitman on their heels and a trail of evidence leading up the food chain, it quickly becomes clear this is no ordinary case. The truth points to someone--or something--larger than Spenser and Cassidy ever thought possible. Solving this case is no longer a matter of clearing Dutch's name--it's a matter of national security.
Book Details:
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: Feb 2, 2016
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 006238709X (ISBN13: 9780062387097)
Series: Cassidy & Spenser #3
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Want to know more about Notorious? Read this excerpt:

CHAPTER 1
Sunday, October 13
10:00 P.M.
Dallas, Texas
When heading for a secret rendezvous with her lover, it simply wouldn’t do to appear to be sneaking off. So it was with a proud, unflinching spine, that Cynthia Beasley Langhorne ascended the grand staircase at the Worthington Mansion—one of Dallas’s most celebrated historic landmarks.
Golden light from opulent chandeliers flooded the plush, red carpet runner on the steps, giving her the eerie feeling she was wading into a river of blood. To keep from tripping, she lifted her Stella McCartney gown above her ankles. Its blue silk-chiffon swooshed, whispering secrets against her skin and tickling her bare legs. The mingled scents of money, power, and perfume floated up from the ballroom, along with the strains of Mozart and crashing cymbals. To those looking on with interest, and there were plenty of gawking eyes fixed on her, she supposed she appeared to be gliding with ease. But in truth, the crushing weight of her charmed life made each demure step as tortuous as a death march.
Bracing herself with a deep breath, she cast a glance over her shoulder at her handsome, unreachable husband, who was posted in the middle of the marble foyer below. She kept her head turned long enough to catch Dutch’s eye, allowing a few paparazzi to capture her impenetrable smile. Mona Lisa had nothing on her. No one would ever guess her thoughts or her true purpose—at least so far, no one ever had. And that was her curse in life. Blessed with wealth and notoriety, her heart would remain forever unseen, her diary her only confidante.
In spite of her determination, her steps slowed involuntarily, giving Dutch every chance to stop her. If he had so much as raised an eyebrow at her, she might’ve turned back and run straight for his arms. But, of course, he didn’t, and his indifference bolstered her faltering courage. She tossed her head, knowing the effect of her silky, auburn hair swinging across her bare shoulders would be dazzling. The music lulled, as if paying its respects like a gentleman rising to his feet when a lady exits the room. A flurry of flashing lights was accompanied by the electric sound of cameras clicking.
When her husband had asked her where she was going, she’d answered truthfully, “I’m meeting Matthew Cambridge, darling. I promise I won’t be long.”
Dutch’s eyes had glinted dangerously—but only for a moment. Then he sent her an insouciant smile. “Tell Matt that I’m the one who brought you to this god-awful-boring fund-raiser, and I’d like to dance with my wife at some point, let’s say before midnight.”
“Before midnight it is,” she’d promised.
Then he’d taken her hand, and she’d willed him not to let it go—not to let her go. But let her go he did.
Now a resigned sigh escaped her lips because it was too late for regrets. Her husband was married to his work. His passion was reserved for the FBI, and there was nothing to be done about that. Though she would give her own life to protect the damnable fool, the separate paths she and Dutch had chosen were paved with the cold stone of one irrefutable truth.
He doesn’t love me.
As her brown eyes locked with his frosty blue ones, she raised her chin and blinked away the moisture that blurred her vision. When her chest tightened, she commanded her body to relax, then raised her hand to her lips and blew him a kiss. She turned her back fully, then continued her march—not because she didn’t love her husband but because she did.
And because if she didn’t go through with this, the only thing that mattered would be destroyed.
Up the stairs, down the hall, and behind a closed bedroom door, she shed her clothing. She folded her silks, laying them neatly on a side chair, then hung her delicate gown in the closet. A chill seeped down to her bones, and a shiver swept over her. Without her garments, she felt as vulnerable as a soldier going into battle without armor.
But she had no choice.
The cost of defeat would be unbearably high.
Naked now, she arranged herself seductively on the bed, pressing her hand on her stomach to suppress the wave of anticipatory nausea. Pretending she was somewhere else, she closed her eyes. A creak of floorboards signaled her paramour’s approach. The door whooshed open. She steeled her resolve and forced her eyelids up.
But what she saw, there, in the doorway, turned her blood to ice and froze a scream, forever, in her throat.
© 2016 Witness Impulse & Carey Baldwin

 

Author Bio:

GREAT NEWS! JUDGMENT, the first book in my Cassidy & Spenser Thriller series, has been named one of the "BEST BOOKS of 2014" by SUSPENSE MAGAZINE. Both JUDGMENT & CONFESSION are BOOKSELLERS BEST AWARD Finalists JUDGMENT is a DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE Finalist and a SILVER FALCHION finalist. Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award-winning author of edgy suspense by night. She holds two doctoral degrees, one in medicine and one in psychology. She loves reading and writing stories that keep you off balance and on the edge of your seat. Carey lives in the southwestern United States with her amazing family. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and chasing wildflowers.

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5/3/16

Killer Kale Chips - Patrice Lyle Cover Reveal!!!



Killer Kale Chips
Health Nut Mysteries
Patrice Lyle
Gemma Halliday Publishing


In the city that never sleeps, Dr. Piper's search for the perfect wedding dress turns into the search for the perfect murderer. When famous diva Veronica Forks drops dead after eating a bag of Ken's Killer Kale Chips, suspicion falls on former-mafioso-turned-surfer-dude, Ken. According to Piper's PI flashcards, Ken has the motive (she witnessed a tiff between him and Veronica), the means (the kale chips), and the opportunity (he was at the expo). But Piper's sure the surfer-dude can't be a killer and, as any good PI knows, the flashcards aren't always right. Plus Brownie, Piper's pet pot-bellied pig, is addicted to Ken's Killer Kale Chips, and if Ken's arrested, Brownie will never snack again! So Piper takes it upon herself to root out the murderer who's adding "killer seasoning" to kale chips before he strikes again.


Patrice Lyle loves green smoothies, dark chocolate, mysteries, and humor. She wove these elements together when she created the Health Nut Mysteries, a cozy series about a naturopathic doctor who solves mysteries at health expos. Patrice also writes paranormal young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as holistic medical suspense. She has an MA in Writing Popular Fiction and a PhD in Holistic Nutrition. She's also a Certified Traditional Naturopath. She now lives in Florida with her husband and two kitties, and is a firm believer in the theory that laughter is the best medicine.

Website:  http://www.patricebooks.com/index.html
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/patricebooks
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/patricebooks


I have not read any books by this author. But - as a huge health food nut/vegetarian myself - this series has my interest! I am going to add them to my wish list and check them out!

Other books in the series -

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VAMIS4M/ref=series_rw_dp_swhttp://www.amazon.com/Killer-Carat-Cream-Health-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B014C59UZY/ref=la_B0074JI1L0_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462197377&sr=1-3
 

5/2/16

Kaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden - Cover Reveal!

 Coming Soon
Ebook Release:  May 16, 2016
Print Release: July 15, 2016

About the book -
Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.
When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin's past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

The Cassie Scot Series -
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)
Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)
Madison's Song (a Cassie Scot Companion)

About the Author -
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she's a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

Visit her website - HERE

I have read all the other books in this series and I can't wait to read this one!
Come back on June 2nd for my review of Kaitlin's Tale.

4/30/16

Good + Simple: Recipes to Eat Well and Thrive - Hemsley and Hemsley


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Good + Simple has 140 beautiful recipes that are so tasty you’ll forget that they’re designed with nourishment in mind. Dishes such as Roasted Squash Soup with Coriander Pesto, Green Goddess Noodle Salad, Cauliflower Rice 3 Ways, Roasted Chicken Thighs with Watercress Salsa Verde, Shrimp and Arugula with Zucchini Noodles, and Cannellini Vanilla Sponge Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting are packed with healthful, whole ingredients and taste wonderful. Also included is lots of helpful information from the sisters on making first steps and maintaining a healthy lifestyle; you’ll find an at-a-glance guide to their principles of eating well, ten recipes to get you started, basic pantry ingredients to have on-hand, their signature bone both recipe, and much more.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
JASMINE AND MELISSA HEMSLEY’s London-based family business, HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY, has been the international behind-the-scenes go-to food service for celebrities and those in the health, beauty, and wellness industry since 2010. Focusing on the importance of eating natural, unprocessed foods, Jasmine and Melissa combine ancient eating principles with the latest research on diet and nutrition.  

Visit their website - HERE


MY THOUGHTS -
A - MA - ZING! Love this book! A very well made, sturdy hard cover book with beautiful full color photos.
There are charts, helpful hints, ideas, menus, shopping lists - I could go on! I think this will be one of my favorite recipe books.

Some of my favorite recipes -
Cinnamon, raisin, and quinoa breakfast muffins (definitely going to make these!)
Spicy coconut kale crisps (I don't like coconut but this is done with coconut oil so...maybe?)
Salty cajun-roasted cauliflower
Prawn and carrot noodle stir-fry w/ peanut lime sauce (OMG!!! - picture below)
Easy cheesy broccoli risotto
Teriyaki noodle stir-fry (I love anything with teriyaki sauce)
And for dessert - Lemon and cranberry biscotti

Here is the link to one of the recipes in the book - Huevos Rancheros with Guacamole - HERE

I can't wait to start cooking some of this stuff! I swear probably more than half the recipes are on my "to-make" list. 

Prawn and carrot noodle stir-fry w/ peanut lime sauce -
 Teriyaki noodle stir-fry -
  
This is definitely a must have cook book! Especially if you are healthy eater or trying to be one, or if you are a vegetarian (there are some meat dishes, but lots of veg. ones!). Being a vegetarian makes it so hard to love cookbooks unless they are a veg. cookbook. I have a problem when almost all the recipes have meat in them. 
There is a wide range of ideas in her and they all look so good and easy to make. Most of the ingredients is stuff I have around the house anyway. 

Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this beautiful hard cover book for my honest review!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE 

4/29/16

The Well Path - Week 4


The theme for week four is appreciation. Appreciate every improvement you make as you go along and give it its due.

 I have lost one more lb! I am now down to 143.5.





Strategies for week 4 -

Circulation - 
Add leg inversions. These are actually fun!
At the end of the day before bed, lie on your back and scoot your butt up against the wall untill they meet and put your legs up the wall. You should look like an "L" shape.
Take three deep breaths in and three deep breaths out. Count 3 - 6 sec. in and 3 - 6 out.



Activity - 
Add three short bursts (5 min. each) of activity each day.
If you have a tracker (I have a fitbit) add 10% to your daily step goal.
I did this - I was set at 10,000 steps. I set it for 11,000. But usually I am up over 12,000 anyway.

Nutrition -
Make a list of your "calorie busters", those foods that take up a lot of your calorie intake for the day.
Mine are - 
Peanutbutter
Cream cheese
Cheese
Sugar in my coffee

Now cut them in half!
So instead of using 1 T of PB, use 1/2 T
When I go to Panera Bread, I now only use half the package of cream cheese! This alone is huge for me! 
Same thing for cheese that I put in foods or on foods - I now use half.
And I am hardly putting any sugar in my coffee anymore!

AND - I made and froze in 2c. portions a new soup this week!

General Health -
Remember the small stressors we listed last week?
When youi feel that stressor coming on - choose a mantra and say it out loud.
"There is no real consequence to _____"  or  "It doesn't really matter if _____"

Exercise -
Add a few balance exercises to your routine. I so need this! Where did my balance go? When I was younger I could stand on one foot holding on to my other foot while having a 20 min. convo. on the phone! Now I am lucky if I can stand on one foot for one min.!

Let me know how and what you are doing this week!

4/26/16

Waking Amy - Julieann Dove


4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently! 
Visit her website - HERE 

MY THOUGHTS -
This definitely has a Chick-lit-ish feel to it, so I was happy (that's one of my favorite genres). First of all this book is freakin hilarious! Like seriously laugh-out-loud funny. I was giggling and laughing through the whole book. This was kind of like "While You Were Sleeping" only in reverse LOL. Instead of pretending to be married to the guy in a coma - Amy is married to him but finding out what a jerk he really is. She will have some serious decisions to make when he wakes up... if he wakes up. Is she going to be true to him or true to herself?

The character development was excellent! I LOVED Amy! For such a conservative, sheltered, prudish kind of girl - she sure was one of the most snarky characters I have met (I loved it!).
I wouldn't exactly consider my bed a "sack". And I wouldn't exactly confess to them that we did "sack-like" things every third Saturday night, If I was in the mood, and there was no pay-per-view boxing on that particular night.
"Well... we usually have fun about twice a month. Maybe three if we watch a sexy movie." Did that sound as pathetic outside of my brain? And still it was a lie!
I loved the story-line of this book, it was so original. It was almost kind of a coming of age story, only Amy is already an adult, with her romantic and sexual self still young and unexplored. It was fun, sweet, heartwarming and really made you root for Amy. Hoping that she would do the right thing. But... what exactly is the right thing? The answer to that is probably different for everyone who reads it. Now, not only does she have a husband in a coma but she has befriended two wonderful men. Both of whom are interested in her romantically! 

This was one of those book where - the more I read, the more I loved it!
I am very excited to find this new author. This is exactly the kind of book that I love! I will, with out a doubt, be reading more by this author! 

Thank you "Caffeinated Book Reviewer" for sending me this book for my honest review!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE 

4/22/16

The Well Path - Week 3 (with a recipe!)

The theme for week 3 is Faith!
"Have faith that every CHANGE you are making is bringing you closer to the mountaintop."

Week 3 goal - increasing lean muscle mass and decreasing body fat.
This is definitely my goal! I have now lost 26 lbs. I still have a few to go, but I am working hard on firming up, getting lean, and building muscle.



C.H.A.N.G.E. Strategies for week three -

Circulation "By drinking your lemon water every day for the last two weeks, you've increased circulation in your GI tract and helped to detox your liver."
And I have also started doing the Pranayama breathing.

Activity - Remember "activity" is non exercise movement. I increased my activity 15 min every evening.
Here are some ideas for non-exercise activities -
Balance - stand on one foot while placing the other on your calf, then switch.
Dance - Play some music while cooking and dance right there in the kitchen while you are waiting for the water to boil. Or play a music video and dance to it.
Pace - I do this all the time!!!!! My hubby makes fun of me but I don't care. I pace while I am on the phone, I pace when I am waiting for him to get his shoes on, I pace while memorizing my Bible verse for the week, I pace while waiting for something in the microwave. Think of all the calories I am burning!
Park farther away than normal - This is a great one and one that me and my hubby are trying to do! I have a friend, Jen, who parks in the furthest spot in the lot! But seriously it is a smart thing to do.
Stretch - I have started doing about 10 min. of stretching every evening, and 5-10 min. stretching before and after running.

Nutrition - Well I was sick for two days this week so I did not make a new soup :-(
But I did make up a new healthy, vegetarian recipe and I added it at the end of this post.

General Health - Small stressors - Stress can make you eat - especially snacking.
Identify three small stressors in your daily life (not the big ones, just little things).
1. Getting my Bible study done. I belong to 2 Bible studies and both have a lot of "homework" sometimes it is stressful trying to fit it all  in every week.
2. Cooking for the husband - I am a vegetarian, he is not. He is also a very picky eater, AND he is away for work off and on. At times I don't know when or if he will be home for dinner. It is very hard and stressful to plan.
3. Time - I have two PT jobs, two Bible studies, reading and doing book reviews, walking/running 3X a week, not to mention (cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and now the garden) trying to fit it all in is a big deal.

Exercise -
I am continuing my exercise class, walking/running 3X a week, stretching almost every night, using the exercise bike on days I don't walk or run.

RECIPE -
Roasted brussel sprouts and noodles  

Ingredients - 
1 -2 T - olive oil (depending on how much brussel sprouts you are making)
1 T - teriyaki sauce
A dribble - chili oil (This is HOTTTTT, but so good! Its one of my favorite new things to cook with!)

Fresh brussel sprouts, as many as you want to do. I do about 6 - 8 just for me. And you can find these in just about any groc store.

Ramen noodles!!! I kid you not! Those little gems are good for way more than soup! I buy which ever ones are on sale (and they are cheap!) Just use the noodles and throw away the flavor pack!

DIRECTIONS -
Set your oven to 425.
Put your oils and sauce in a large bowl and kind of mix them up with a fork.

Slice up your brussel sprouts.
Put the chopped B.S. (lol) in the bowl with sauces and toss till coated.

Then spread them on a foil covered baking sheet (I use the non-stick foil). And bake for at least 8 min. they should be well browned. You are going to cook the noodles while they are roasting.
While they are roasting - start your water for the noodles, follow the directions on the packet for boiling the noodles- except do NOT add the flavor packet, and drain the noodles when done!

Put cooked noodles on a plate and cover with roasted brussel sprouts! So yummy!!!! And so good for you!