Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Am I Reading Wednesday & A $100 Giveaway!

His Personal Relationship Manager


I just started reading this one and it is so good! I love Jennifer Peel's style and her romances keep me turning pages. This one is funny, too, which is a nice perk!

Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway for $100!

Here's the back copy:

Kenadie Marshall suffered the most public of humiliations, being left at the altar. Instead of wallowing in her misery, she makes it her mission to help others find true and lasting love, all while swearing off relationships for good. Between the software application she developed and a team of relationship managers, her brainchild, Binary Search, has an uncanny knack for choosing the perfect match almost every time. Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie Marshall from their first meeting. Determined to win her over, he does anything and everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm’s service and dating other women to stay close to her. Will Kenadie realize she’s met her match before it’s too late? Or will Jason’s ploy go too far? Find out in His Personal Relationship Manager, a romantic comedy with an epic battle of wills.

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Praise for the Book "One of the best romantic comedies I've read in a long time!" - Becky Monson, Bestselling Author of the Spinster Series "There's nothing more satisfying than a story with a great plot, strong characters, and a romance that makes me swoon. This story has it all and more! I loved every minute of it!" - Katie from Katie's Clean Book Collection

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Jennifer Peel
 

Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-one years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Castle Is Back!

After what seemed like an eternity, Castle is finally back! Yay!

The episode opens with Martha rehearsing, singing on a stage with three ladies to back her up. The stage hand is supposed to have fake snow flutter down on them, but when he tugs on the rope, a lot of blood comes down mixed with the snow. Ick.

Martha calls Castle who is reconnecting with Beckett on the sly. He rushes down to the crime scene where the team has assembled. Poor Martha is shaken up and Alexis offers to take her home. The team uncovers that the victim's name is Robin and she's an ex-con. Her boss said he heard her arguing with someone she called Mama, but he didn't stick around. The boys track down Mama who is a drug-runner, and she tells them that Robin had hooked up with a new family. The team also interviews two lawyers who helped Robin and other ex-cons with their foundation, but they seem to have no idea about anything.  Castle gets a lead on that with a set of emojis off the victim's phone and Alexis decodes it to mean Shepherd Torres Mall in Spanish Harlem.

Castle and Alexis head to the abandoned mall and it's tense when they go in alone. I hate when he does that! It looks like a dark and dirty empty warehouse, but they're being watched. Castle sends out a 911 to Espo and Ryan, but then find out it's only an underground a capella get together. Castle and Alexis find some girls that have the same bracelet as Robin and then the police break up the party. Once they question Robin's friends, however, they find a whole new angle to Robin's life. She was going to be competing in a national a capella show with her ex-con friends. They'd recently kicked Agnes out of their group, however, and she was very upset about it.

The boys track down Agnes at her ex-boyfriend's apartment, but before they go in, they accuse Castle of cheating on Beckett since she randomly slapped Castle across the face at the precinct earlier. Surprisingly, he goes along with it and says his new girlfriend's name is Svetlana. It was so out of character and I know the writers were going for laughs, but Espo and Ryan have been front and center for the Caskett love story and this seems so ridiculous that they would believe something like that. Sigh. They're mean to him for the rest of the show over it.

Anyway, they go into the apartment and Castle is once again our NYPD bumbling helper. It was a fairly funny scene however. They take her in and Agnes says Robin asked her to come to the theater to be a bodyguard, but didn't say why.

The team turns to the a capella competition itself and question some of the contestants. Corbin Bleu is guest-starring and he has a singing showdown with Espo. Who knew Espo was so awesome at singing? That was great until Castle ruins the moment by trying to beat box and spitting on everyone. Corbin runs, however, when they question his whereabouts. Beckett takes him down and he admits that he was trying to bribe the head guy over the contest to make sure Robin's team didn't win. The head guy says he didn't kill Robin because as soon as she saw her pre-performance video package she took off.  The team tracks her movements the day of her murder to the rich guy's house who claims to have saved Robin's life the day she stole a car and got arrested. He admits to Beckett that he didn't really save her, that she was already safe with a scarf wrapped around her injury.

After some awesome detective work, the team figures out the scarf is missing from evidence, and they track down the detective who handled the case and he admits that he was paid $50,000 to make it disappear. Alexis cracks the picture account of the girl who had the party and the scarf's owner is finally revealed--it was the woman lawyer who was running a foundation to help girls like Robin. She admits it was really her that stole and crashed the car and she let Robin take the fall and go to prison. She didn't kill her, though, she was out of town. Yep, it was the husband. He's arrested for Robin's murder.

Cut to Martha inspiring the rest of the girls on Robin's a capella team and Beckett and Castle keeping up the lie that they are seeing other people while meeting each other secretly.

I thought the mystery was really great this week with lots of funny moments and twists and turns. The Caskett thing is still unrealistic and out of character, but at least they're back together I guess. All in all, I'm glad the show is back on and we get two episodes next week, one on Sunday and one on Monday! Yay!

Did you watch? What did you think?  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review and $50 Giveaway!

Not Always (1)


Not Always Happenstance

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour and tell you about Not Always Happenstance. If you know me, you know that I've wanted to go to Hawaii for, well, forever. I love books about Hawaii and I watch Hawaii Five-O, and I know I will love it when I finally get to go there. Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson is mostly set in Hawaii and I have to say, her descriptions were outstanding. I could totally imagine Hana in my mind and I loved it! I can't wait to go there!

The romance in the book was totally sigh-worthy. Easton is the kind of guy every girl wants to meet. He's laid back and charming, loves his family, and loves his job. He definitely steals Lani's breath away, but Lani isn't going to let her heart get involved. Oh, Lani, Lani. How can you resist the power of love? Like the aloha spirit in Hawaii, sometimes you just can't help but feel it.  Easton is hiding some secrets, however, that may change Lani's mind.

Reading their journey to each other was a sweet experience. The secondary characters of Ahe and Puna rounded out this well-written romance. And, of course, since this is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, we see Pearl again who is fast becoming a familiar touchstone. Loved it! Definitely one for my keeper shelf!

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Here's the back copy:

 Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the matchmaker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***


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Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


Blog Tour $50 Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 2/29/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Freebie



Today's Friday Freebie is a mystery called Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith. It sounds like one I'll want to read with the light on!

Here's the back copy:

Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of an earlier crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.
Starting her new life, Abigail moves to a small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.

But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of the eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why...but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Not Always Happenstance $50 Giveaway!

Not Always (1)


I am super excited about Not Always Happenstance and wanted to tell you about it! I'll be doing a full review on Monday, but seriously, it is really good so far. It's part of the Power of The Matchmaker series and I know you're going to love it. And don't forget to scroll all the way down and enter the $50 giveaway!


Not Always Happenstance
 
Here's the back copy:

Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***   Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Blog Tour $50 Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 2/29/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Since Writer Goal Wednesdays are going to be pretty much the same thing for the next few months (writing new chapters for my current project) I thought I'd mix things up a bit and start What I'm Reading Wednesday.



I started a book last night called The Other Side of the Stars, by Katherine King. I stayed up way too late to read.  I don't usually start books late at night, but this one sounded like a book I could only read one chapter of and put it down for sleep. I was so wrong. It hooked me! And then, as soon as all the kids were at school this morning, I came back to it. It is so compelling, I can hardly put it down. It's set just after World War II and is about a girl named Gita who has memories that she can't reconcile, but she wants/needs answers before she can truly move forward. She knows her parents left Germany during the war in a hurry and she had to change her name when they got to America. They don't speak to anyone and keep to themselves. But her father has a mysterious lock box and a tin full of money under the floorboard. Yet, the more Gita delves into the secrets of her past, the more questions she has.

Max shows up on her doorstep one day, the man her aunt has told her she should marry and that he would take care of her. Gita has never been in love before, but the more she gets to know Max, the more engaged her heart becomes.  But Max has secrets in his past as well and I'm right at the good part where the secrets are being revealed.  But it's time to take my little boy to storytime at the library!  Ahhhhh! Can I really put it down right at the good part? Would anyone think less of me if I was reading my own book at storytime?

Anyway, so far this book has been amazing. Well-written, emotional, and engaging. I am loving it!

Here's the back copy:

After the death of her parents, immigrant Gita finds herself in post WWII America with nothing but a few haunting childhood memories and an arranged marriage to Max. Despite her initial hesitations and his elusive nature, the awkward tension soon dissipates as they settle into life together.

But with the arrival of a stranger, Gita realizes she may know very little about the man she married. As her world seems to unravel and the missing pieces of her childhood fall into place, the lives of a Nazi, a young girl, and a prisoner at Auschwitz intertwine, revealing the beauty of what can happen when fate, hope, and resiliency collide.

You can buy your Kindle copy here for $5.99

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I'm On InD'Tale's Magazine Cover!



I was so excited to see my name on the cover of InD'Tale magazine! I was their featured author for Booked for Dinner and shared the Bellon family's award-winning recipe for torte.


If you've never had torte, then you have missed out. It's a yummy dessert that my children will ask for in place of birthday cake, it's that good. And there's chocolate in it, so, you know, perfect for Valentines! (Not that you'll want to share . . .) But it's definitely one you'll want to have in your recipe box and it's so easy to make!

Also, if you've never subscribed to InD'Tale magazine before, you should. It's free, filled with book reviews, articles, and serial stories, with the Booked For Dinner recipes as well. It's been well worth my time! Click here to sign up for your copy.