Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

Halloween Tree
by pin100 (Diana) (DeviantArt)

Owlyn in Autumn
by Jasmine Becket-Griffith (DeviantArt)

Autumn Kitties
by Jasmine Becket-Griffith (DeviantArt)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This Week's Reads

The Accidental Alchemist by GiGi Pandian
An Accidental Alchemist Mystery (Goodreads)
**Received this awhile ago from NetGalley and am just now getting around to reading it. I like that it's a mystery mixed with the magical and mystical.

Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander
Lady Emily #4 (Goodreads)
**Still enjoying this series. It's nice to throw one of them in, in between other reads each week.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 10/24/2016

A Christmas Tartan by Paige Shelton (#3 The Scottish Bookshop Mystery)
A Date at The Altar by Cathy Maxwell (#3 Marrying the Duke)
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (#5 Lowcountry Summer)
A Murder of Crows by Jeanette Battista (#2 Books of Aerie)
A Night of Forever by Bronwen Evans (#6 Disgraced Lords)
A Stranger in Town by William W Johnstone, J A Johnstone (#2 Will Tanner)
A Vampire's Hunger by Carla Susan Smith (#4 Vampire's Promise)
A Wedding for Christmas by Lori Wilde (#7 Twilight Texas)
Baron by Joanna Shupe (#2 The Knickerbocker Club)
Beneath These Shadows by Meghan March (#6 Beneath)
Beware! Shadows in the Night by Lin Oliver (#3 Fantastic Frame)
Black Ice Burning by A. R. Kahler (#3 Pale Queen)
Bold by Mike Shepherd (#14 Kris Longknife)
Cast in Flight by Michelle Sagara (#12 The Chronicles of Elantra)
Christmas In Destiny by Toni Blake (#7 Destiny)
Concealed by Christina Bauer (#2 Beholder)
Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait (#4 A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Dark Rules by Susan Vaughan (#3 Dark Files)
Dying for Strawberries by Sharon Farrow (#1 A Berry Basket Mystery)
Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier (#21.5 Lucy Stone Mysteries)
Empire Decayed by Daniel Kraus (#2 Death and Life of Zebulon Finch)
Family Sins by Sharon Sala (#1 Death Comes to Eden)
Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers (#3 Santa Fe Cafe Mystery series)
Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan (#6 Junior Bender)
Forever and For Always by Debra Clopton (#4 Windswept Bay)
Game of Vengeance by Amanda K.Byrne (#2 Game of Shadows)
Heated Pursuit by April Hunt (#1 Alpha Security)
Hell Bay by Will Thomas (#8 Barker and Llewelyn)
High Heat by Richard Castle (#8 Nikki Heat)
His Christmas Cowgirl by Alissa Callen (#6 Wildflower Ranch)
His Make-Believe Bride by Martha Hix (#1 Texan Brides)
Hold Me by Courtney Milan (#2 Cyclone)
If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid (#1 100 Dresses)
Illusion by Martina Boone (#3 The Heirs of Watson Island)
Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins
Keepsakes by Sarina Bowen (#3 True North)
Kill Town by Cotton Smith (#2 Corrigan Brothers)
Lady Lost by Jane Goodger (#3 Lost Heiresses)
Lady of the House by E N Joy (#3 Forever Diva)
Like Fresh Fallen Snow by Tara Wyatt (#2 The Graysons)
Midnight Hour by C C Hunter (#6 Shadow Falls)
Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason (#1 Harmony Harbor)
Night Watch by Iris Johansen (#4 Kendra Michaels)
Only You by Denise Grover Swank (#1 Bachelor Brotherhood)
Perfect Pleasures by Deborah Fletcher Mello (#2 Bad Boys of Boulder)
Poison Evidence by Rachel Grant (#7 Evidence)
Project Legion by Jeremy Robinson (#5 Kaiju)
Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston (#1 Panic)
Rundown by Rick Blechta (#3 Pratt & Ellis Mystery)
Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape by Ron McGee (#1 Ryan Quinn)
Saddle Up For Murder by Leigh Hearon (#2 A Carson Stables Mystery)
Secrets in the Mist by Anna Lee Huber (#1 A Gothic Myths)
Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern (#4 The Country Club Murders)
Sex, Lies, and Serious Money by Stuart Woods (#39 Stone Barrington)
Sierra by Ray Anderson (#2 Awol Thriller)
Skin and Bone by Robin Blake (#4 Dark)
Spook Rock by Marianne Morea (#3 Legend)
Submission is Not Enough by Lexi Blake (#12 Masters and Mercenaries)
Taking Charge by Ruth Cardello (#4 Lone Star Burn)
Tempting the Earl by Rachael Miles (#3 The Muses's Salon)
The Black Orchid by Annis Bell (#2 Lady Jane Mystery)
The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks (#4 Lightbringer)
The Bound by K. A. Linde (#2 The Ascension)
The Crush by Heather Heyford (#1 Wine Country)
The Earl by Katharine Ashe (#2 Devil's Duke)
The Falls by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (#5 Diving Universe)
The Kinfolk by G A Morgan (#3 Five Stones Trilogy)
The Mapmaker's Apprentice by C. J. Archer (#2 Glass and Steele)
The Plague of Swords by Miles Cameron (#4 The Traitor Son Cycle)
The Rogue's Wager by Christi Caldwell (#1 Sinful Brides)
The Trouble with Mirrors by Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins (#4 Alix London Mysteries)
The Whistler by John Grisham (#1 The Whistler)
Trigger Warning by Allan Leverone (#2 Jack Sheridan)
Vampire in Charge by Dale Mayer (#11 Family Blood Ties)
Warrior by Karen Lynch (#4 Relentless)
When Snowflakes Fall by Tara Wyatt (#1 The Graysons)
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan (#1 Rogue Files)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Product Review ~ #SignatureRussets voxbox from @Influenster and @IdahoanFoods

Received this voxbox from Influenster. This time it was for the Idahoan Signature Russets mashed potatoes.

Unless it is a holiday we do not eat a lot of regular mashed potatoes. We use them in recipes like shepherd's pie and the like. Decided to use these by themselves along with some chicken and veggies. I'm always worried that instant potatoes will be dry or flavorless. I was glad, after following the directions exactly, that these had a creamy consistency without being gluey and did not need to have anything like extra butter added to taste good. They even held up for leftovers at lunch the next day.
This is a product that we always have on hand in the house just in case and would definitely buy this brand again.

Rating: 4 
**Product received free for testing purposes and did not influence our opinions of the product.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This Week's Reads

Strange Truths by S.D. Wasley
Alice England #1 (Goodreads)
**This came out this week. Excited to finally find out more about Alice.

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2 (Goodreads)
**One of my favorite authors and I always look forward to reading a new book from him.

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
Lady Emily #3 (Goodreads)
**Love finding a new series that have plenty of books for me to read. Really like the mix of Historical and Mystery in these.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 10/17/2016

A Place in Time by JoAnn Ross (#1 Rum Runner Island)
A Raven's Heart by K. C. Bateman (#2 Secrets and Spies)
A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck (#4 Royal Wedding)
A Shoe Addict's Christmas by Beth Harbison (#3 Shoe Addict)
A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (#1 The Lady Sherlock Series)
Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard (#2 Serena Jones Mystery)
Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig (#2 The Light)
Bare Pleasures by Lindsay Evans (#1 Miami Strong)
Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire (#3 Barefoot Bay Timeless)
Beard Science by Penny Reid (#3 Winston Brothers)
Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin (#2 Wilds of the Bayou)
Black Snow by Paul Mannering (#4 Tankbread)
Claws and Effect by Steve Hockensmith (#2 Secret Smithsonian Adventures)
Don't Say It by Debra Kayn (#2 Ronacks Motorcycle Club)
Draven by Patricia A. Rasey (#4.5 Sons of Sangue)
Dream Maker by Erin McCarthy (#2 Nashville Nights)
Escape Clause by John Sandford (#9 Virgil Flowers)
Fatal Frost by Karen MacInerney (#2 Dewberry Farm Mystery)
Forsaken by Sierra Kincade (#1 Deep Connection)
From the Grave by Cynthia Reeg (#1 Monster Or Die)
Gemina by Jay Kristoff (#2 Illuminae Files)
Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens (#5 Ghost Seer)
Hard to Fall by Marquita Valentine (#4 Take the Fall)
Hatched by Bruce Coville (#2 The Enchanted Files)
Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz (#2 Men at Work)
Hexbound by Bec McMaster (#2 The Dark Arts)
Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne (#2 Double S Ranch)
Honor: The Breaking Point by Jay Crownover (#4 Welcome to the Point)
Hot Winter Nights by Debbi Rawlins (#19 Made in Montana)
Means and Motive by Carla Cassidy (#13 Scene of the Crime)
Mixing Temptation by Sara Jane Stone (#3 Second Shot)
Moon Chosen by P C Cast (#1 Tales of a New World)
Out of Practice by Phoebe Fox (#4 Breakup Doctor)
Passion's Fury by Violetta Rand (#3 Viking's Fury)
Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith (#6 Ancient Egyptian)
Plain Christmas by Sarah Price (#6 Plain Fame)
Rebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon (#2 Robyn Hoodlum)
Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas (#2 Ash & Bramble)
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (#1 Royally)
Seduced by Randy Wayne White (#4 Hannah Smith)
Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette (#2 Out From Egypt)
Spirits, Beignets, and a Bayou Biker Gang by Deanna Chase (#3 Pyper Rayne)
Strange Truths by S.D. Wasley (Alice England Mysteries #1)
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot (#4 Boy)
The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere (#9 Christmas Hope)
The Dead Woman of Deptford by Ann Granger (#6 Lizzie Martin)
The Devils Who Would Be King by Nina Mason (#4 Royal Pains)
The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly (#4 Jack West Junior)
The Girl Who Cried Murder by Paula Graves (#2 Campbell Cove Academy)
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt (#15 Andy Carpenter)
To Love and Cherish by Lauren Layne (#3 The Wedding Belles)
Top Shelf by Kelly Jamieson (#4 Chicago Aces)
Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry (#4 Pilots Hockey)
Waiting for Summer by Sherelle Green (#3 Bare Sophistication)
Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson (#2 Prince Edward Island Dreams)
Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren (#1 Montana Rescue)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This Week's Reads

The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler
Kingfountain #3 (Goodreads)
**I like that this book seems to be named after Owen rather than his poisoner. At the same time, there is a part of me that wishes the first two had been more about their namesakes. Loving this trilogy.

The Illustrated Book of Sayings by Ella Frances Sanders
Curious Expressions From Around the World (Goodreads)
**I've been really into the different language and sayings books. I saw this one on Blogging for Books (website) and decided to request it.
So far, I really like the layout, stories, and pictures that go along with each saying.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 10/10/2016

Christmas Day at the Office by Matt Dunn (#2 Day at the Office)
A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver (#3 Amory Ames Mystery)
A Soldier's Revenge by Matthew Dunn (#6 Spycatcher)
A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander (#11 Emily Ashton)
Ablaze by Paige Tyler (#2 Dallas Fire & Rescue)
Abstract Aliases by Ritter Ames (#3 Body of Art Mystery)
Alliance by Rebecca Hamilton, K de Long (#1 Mated in Hell Trilogy)
Beautiful Maids All in a Row by Jennifer Harlow (#1 Iris Ballard Series)
Black Widow: Red Vengeance by by Margaret Stohl (Black Widow #2)
Blood On the Tracks by William Vitka (#2 Hellcat)
Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen (#1 Bound by Blood and Sand)
Bound to Submit by Laura Kaye (#1 Blasphemy)
Bound To Surrender by Jenna Jacob (#7 Doms Of Genesis)
Buy a Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz (#Story in Evan Smoak)
Cal by Megan O'Brien (#5 The Ride)
Carved by Brenda K. Davies (#2 The Road To Hell Series)
Chaosmage by Stephen Aryan (#3 Battlemage Trilogy)
Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen (#2 Shadow)
Creatus Animus by Carmen DeSousa (#4 Creatus)
Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (#24 Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter)
Darkness Savage by Rachel A Marks (#3 The Dark Cycle)
Death Among Rubies by R J Koreto (#2 Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery)
Death in Cold Water by Patricia Skalka (#3 Dave Cubiak Mystery)
Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early (#1 Vintage Toyshop Mystery)
Disenchanted by Megan Morrison (#2 Tyme)
Down Deep by Virna DePaul (#1 Going Deep)
Drone Threat by Mike Maden (#4 Troy Pearce)
Enjoy the Dance by Heidi Cullinan (#2 Dancing)
Fashion Disaster by Jill Santopolo (#9 Sparkle Spa)
Fidelity by Jan Fedarcyk (#1 Kay Malloy)
Grizzly Season by S W Lauden (#2 Greg Salem)
Happy Witchgiving by Amanda M. Lee (#8.6 Wicked Witches of the Midwest Mysteries)
Here Comes the Flood by J J Salkeld (#4 Natural Detective)
It Had to Be Them by Tamra Baumann (#4 It Had to Be)
Mary Russell's War by Laurie R. King (#15 Mary Russell Mysteries)
Midnight Untamed by Lara Adrian (#14.5 1001 Dark Nights)
Murder in the Courthouse by Nancy Grace (#3 Hailey Dean)
My Seductive Highlander by Maeve Greyson (#4 Highland Hearts)
Never Better by Charlotte Stein (#3 Dark Obsession)
Order to Kill by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills (#15 Mitch Rapp)
Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith (#17 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Prisoners by Robert J. Crane (#10 Out of the Box)
Raw Edges by CJ Lyons (#2 Renegade Justice)
Scared Money by Jenna Bennett (#13 Savannah Martin Mystery)
School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith (#1 School Ship Tobermory)
Something Buried, Something Blue by Wendy Corsi Staub (#7 Lily Dale)
Song of the Sword by C. R. Grey (#3 Animas)
South Village by Rob Hart (#3 Ash McKenna)
Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs (#4 Spy School)
StarChaser by Angie Sage (#3 Todhunter Moon)
Sugar Free by Sawyer Bennett (#3 Sugar Bowl)
The Abandoned Heart by Laura Benedict (#3 Bliss House)
The Billionaire Shifter's Virgin Mate by Diana Seere (#2 The Billionaire Shifters Club)
The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent (#3 Truhart)
The Butterfly Rebellion by Jack Patton (#9 Battle Bugs)
The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker (#1 Delphi Trilogy)
The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene (#13 Nancy Drew Diaries)
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (#3 The Young Elites)
The Northern Cross by Hendrik Falkenberg (#2 A Baltic Sea Crime Novel)
The Scent of Salt & Sand by Kristin Cast (#2.5 Escaped)
The Truest Heart by E D Baker (#2 Fairy-Tale Matchmaker)
The Wilhelm Conspiracy by Charles Veley (#2 Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery)
The Wraiths of War by Mark Morris (#3 Obsidian Heart)
Unlucky in Love by Maggie McGinnis (#4 Whisper Creek)
Variations by Megan Mitcham (#9 Base Branch Novels)
Veiled In Blue by Lynne Connolly (#6 Emperors of London)
Whispered Lies by Kathleen Brooks (#1 Web of Lies)
Within a Captain's Fate by Lisa A Olech (#3 Captains of the Scarlet Night)
Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan (#4 Talon Pack)
Worth Killing For by Ed James (#2 DI Fenchurch)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This Week's Reads

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Casey Duncan #1 (Goodreads)
**One of my favorite authors in a different genre (mystery) than I'm used to from her. I'm about a quarter through this and really like it so far.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
The Queens of Renthia #1 (Goodreads)
**I love fantasy and everything from the blurb to the cover made me pick this one up.

The Thief's Daughter by Jeff Wheeler
Kingfountain #2 (Goodreads)
**Loved The Queen's Poisoner when I read it earlier this year and have been looking forward to reading this since I finished.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 10/3/2016

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley (#2 Magonia)
All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris (#9 Aurora Teagarden)
Beautiful by Christina Lauren (#5 Beautiful Bastard)
Behind Chocolate Bars by Kathy Aarons (#3 Chocolate Covered Mystery)
Blood of the Innocents by Michael Jecks (#3 Vintener trilogy)
Burned Deep by Calista Fox (#1 Burned Deep Trilogy)
Castaway Odyssey by Eric Flint (#5 Boundary (with Ryk E Spoor))
Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March (#13 Eternity Springs)
Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey (#3 Herald Spy)
Crashing Into Destiny by Rebecca Royce (#3 Wings of Artemis)
Crazy Stupid Perfection by Melissa Toppen (#3 Crazy Stupid Love)
Crepe Factor by Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran (#14 Scrapbooking Mysteries)
Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake (#1 Broken Riders)
Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti (#1 Blood Brothers)
Death Comes to Lynchester Close by David Dickinson (#15 Lord Francis Powerscourt)
Death Sentence by Damien Boyd (#6 DI Nick Dixon)
Doctor Strange Omnibus, Vol. 1 by  Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Escape Clause by John Sandford (#9 Virgil Flowers)
Fairy Tail Ending by Suzanne Selfors (#6 Ever After High: A School Story)
Feedback by Mira Grant (#4 Newsflesh Trilogy)
Floozombies by Patrick Carman (#2 Fizzopolis)
From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling (#4 Song of Blessing)
Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart (#7 Bailey Ruth)
Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch (#1 No Ordinary Hero)
Hook, Line and Murder by Donald Bain (#46 Murder, She Wrote (with Jessica Fletcher))
Identity Unknown by Terri Reed (#5 Northern Border Patrol)
In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle (#4 Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue)
Into the Guns by William C Dietz (#1 America Rising)
Killing Thyme by Leslie Ann Budewitz (#3 Spice Shop Mysteries)
Lakeside Peril by Lenora Worth (#4 Men of Millbrook Lake)
Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland (#8 Kara Gillian)
License to Shift by Kathy Lyons (#2 Grizzlies Gone Wild)
Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere (#2 Costume Shop Mystery)
Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian (#4 Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
No Other Way by Mari Carr (#4 Sparks in Texas)
One More Taste by Melissa Cutler (#2 One and Only Texas)
Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong (#15 Otherworld Tales & Anthologies)
Paws and Effect by Sofie Kelly (#8 Magical Cats Mystery)
Poisonfeather by Matthew Fitzsimmons (#2 The Gibson Vaughn Series)
Putting on the Witch by Jim Lavene (#3 Retired Witches)
Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge (#3 The Shadow Ravens)
Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn (#2 Forget Tomorrow)
Safe From Harm by Kate SeRine (#2 Protect & Serve)
Saving Jake by Sharon Sala (Blessings, Georgia #3)
Seeds of Deception by Sheila Connolly (#10 Orchard Mystery)
Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner (#3 Dirtiest)
Tangled Up in Brew by Joyce Tremel (#2 Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon (#3 Men of Valor)
The Black Key by Amy Ewing (#3 The Lone City)
The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher (#3 Bishop's Family)
The Failed Fellowship by Michael R. Underwood (#5 Genrenauts)
The French Kiss by James Patterson (#23 BookShots)
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (#2 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott (#5 A Book Collector Mystery)
The Queen's Accomplice by Susan Elia MacNeal (#6 Maggie Hope)
The Rise of IO by Wesley Chu (#1 Io)
The Time Traveler's Christmas by Amy Jarecki (#3 Guardian of Scotland)
The Trespasser by Tana French (#6 Dublin Murder Squad)
The Witch and the Dead by Heather Blake (#7 Wishcraft Mystery)
This Isn't a Game by David Moss (#1 Jackson Oliver Mystery)
To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday (#1 Men of Legend)
True-Blue Cowboy Christmas by Nicole Helm (#3 Big Sky Cowboys)
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber (#9 Christmas)
Undead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson (#15 Undead)
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley (#2 Viking Warrior)
When a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret (#3 The Season's Original)
Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand (#3 Winter)
Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass (#10 Body Farm)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Alice England Scavenger Hunt

Some of you may have heard of Alice England. She’s the star of an upcoming mystery novel from Curiosity Quills. Alice has talked the publisher into running a little game – a find and unscramble-the-letters puzzle to reveal the title of the book, set to release October 17, 2016.

The 13 letters are scattered across a number of book blogger and author websites, each linking to the next. Start the trail here ( to collect the letters, and you will finish up at the entry form to submit your guess and go in the draw to win a 2-book pack from Curiosity Quills and a print of your choice by Evie Seo.

When you submit your guess, you will also find out the correct title and get to see the cover in advance of the official reveal. Look for letters in an aquamarine square with the seashell key symbol.
Write down the letter and click to proceed to the next clue!

Good luck!

Go here for the next clue