Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Just In Time for Christmas by Louise Borden #Christmas #holidays #review #family #traditions


Based the author's story upon her 100-year-old family tradition. Lewin's beautifully painted illustrations evoke memories of wintery Christmas mornings and warm family gatherings.

My review:

This is the story of one family's traditional Christmas gathering on a farm in Kentucky. It is never said but the (spoiler) Grandma is suffering the beginning stages of dementia. They gather together each year to make their family taffy. 

The story is told from the point of view from a young man who looks to be middle school to young high school.  I loved the colors of blue and gold for his jacket. Ironically, it was the same as when I was in high school, even the design of it. He struggles are apparent throughout the book and makes him not want to enjoy the festivities.

This book is wrapped up in life's feelings, some sadness, and happiness as well. It gives the reader a sense of belonging and yet a longing for things to stay the same.

One absolute plus to this book is the illustrations. They are beautiful and so well done that the reader feels like you are there.

I recommend this book as a good Christmas read 5 stars.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough #RosaParksDay #nonfiction #childrensbooks

"No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in." ~Rosa Parks

Synopsis: In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." 

My review:

I am old enough to know who Rosa Parks was and what she did for the civil rights movement. Admittedly, being of the white race, her contribution to the country would not affect me as it has others. Or has it?

Indeed, it has!

This book tells her story beginning from when she was a child living on a farm with her brother. She had been taught that even though she was black, she was somebody that deserved respect. She was mostly safe living there but not far from her lived racist people who wanted nothing but her and her family dead.

The book (spoiler) mentions a story, that she wrote about in her later memoir, about her walking on the sidewalk. A young white boy skated by and deliberately pushed her off the sidewalk. She pushed back!  His mother said she could get arrested for doing that. Rosa told the mother she did not deserve that as she was hurting nobody. Rosa stood up!

This was just an early mention of what Rosa would eventually be known for. However, she really never meant to be the icon she is today. She was only wanting equal rights among all people, something she had learned for herself and listening to other civil rights leaders that she has met with. The quote above is how the book ends because many, like me, thought she did it because she was tired from work. No, she was tired of being mistreated!

Monday, November 29, 2021

A Murder Yule Regret by Winnie Archer #Recipe #giveaway #Spotlight #cozymysteries #Christmas


7th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington Cozies (November 30, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 149673355X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496733559
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08Y69YZKB


Freelance photographer and Yeast of Eden bakery assistant Ivy Culpepper has just scored the job of a lifetime shooting the Dickensian dress-up X-mas party thrown by It Girl film actress Eliza Fox . . . until an unwanted guest appears.

A holiday costume party in the sleepy coastal town of Santa Sofia could be just the boost Ivy needs for her fledgling photography business. At the party, Ivy enters a Victorian fantasy come to life, all courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Fox. Ivy gets to play shutterbug while hanging with Scrooge, Marley, the Cratchits, and more classic Dickens characters. But what begins as the best of times turns out to be the very worst for one of the party guests—a tabloid journalist with more enemies than Ebenezer himself.

When the man’s body is found sprawled across the jagged rocks below the house, the fingers begin pointing at Eliza. Meanwhile, Ivy gets roped into helping prove the starlet’s innocence. Her festive photos are now official evidence—and the Ghosts of Christmas Present could mean the party for Eliza is over, once and for all.


My dear readers, I am pleased to offer a recipe that the author has provided. This is a recipe that can be read from the book. Enjoy!





  • 5 cups 100 percent cranberry juice (cranberry juice cocktail)
  • 2 bottles very dry sparkling wine (champagne, cava, or prosecco)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 11⁄2 cups diet ginger ale
  • 11⁄2 cups dark rum or brandy
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries




1. Chill all ingredients.

2. Fill a large punch bowl with ice. Top with the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale,

and rum.

3. Stir to combine. Garnish with the orange slices and fresh cranberries.




Winnie Archer is the nationally bestselling author of the Bread Shop Mystery series, and the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series written as Melissa Bourbon. A former middle school English teacher, lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and the youngest of their five children. She can be found online at MelissaBourbon.com.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

#Spotlight: The Girl in the Toile Wallpaper by Mary K. Savarese #FantasyAdventure



The Girl in the Toile Wallpaper

The StarWriters Trilogy Book 1

Genre: Fantasy Adventure, Romance  

Alice may have fallen through the looking glass and created a relationship with the Cheshire Cat but it's twelve-year-old Tyler who falls into the toile wallpaper and unwittingly bonds with thirteen cats.

Tyler must rescue the girl of his dreams or forever be imprisoned inside the wallpaper of time while running from an evil wizard.

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Mary K. Savarese is an award-winning author & speaker born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for her quirky titles. She earned a degree in accounting from City University, NY and worked within the insurance and financing world. Her debut novel, Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume (who knew!) is a contemporary spiritual mystery that transcends three genres … mystery, spirituality, and romance, and won eight national book awards. Mary was a religious education teacher and is now a Eucharistic minister for the Catholic church. After raising a family in Connecticut, she moved to Florida with her husband and spends her time writing entertaining and unusual stories. Her latest release, The Girl In The Toile Wallpaper, is a fantasy adventure intertwined with romance. It is the first novel in The StarWriters Trilogy.

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#Spotlight: The Christine Stewart Time Travel Adventures by Christy Cooper-Burnett #giveaway #timetravel #scifi #historicalfantasy #bookseries


No Way Home

A Christine Stewart Time Travel Adventure Book 1

by Christy Cooper-Burnett

Genre: Time Travel, SciFi, Historical Fantasy 

2020 California Author Project Winner - Adult Fiction

2020 PenCraft Award Winner - Science Fiction

"An action-packed time-travel adventure that will leave you thirsting for the sequel." Sublime Book Review

"A brilliant and thought-provoking book that readers who love tales of time travel will find fascinating." Authors Reading

Christine Stewart is a regular woman just doing her job when she gets stranded in history. When she gets up for the day, her plan is simple: go to work, travel back in time to the year 1867 in Oklahoma to deport a cyber-criminal, then head back to her time in 2070 Los Angeles and get ready to go on vacation with her son, Michael.

Then the system goes down and she-and dozens of other transporters around the world-are stranded in the past with minimal training and no supplies.

Just when she thinks things can't get any more dangerous, she is cast further back in time and thousands of miles away.

As her goals shift from simply getting home to something much more dire to all of humanity, Christine must step outside of herself, work as part of a team, and ultimately make the choice between what it easy and what is right. Even if it costs her everything-including her one chance of ever getting home.

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Finding Home

A Christine Stewart Time Travel Adventure Book 2

An exiled prisoner. A desperate woman. A time travel agent willing to break the rules.

Malcolm Aldred is starting over in 1868, Oklahoma. There’s just one problem—he’s an exiled prisoner from 2070.

In 2071, Los Angeles, housewife Hannah Cole is desperate to escape her abusive husband, and begs Cyber Criminal Enforcement Agent Christine Stewart to send her somewhere, anywhere, in history. When Christine agrees to send Hannah to 1868, neither woman has any idea the events that sets in motion.

Malcolm and Hannah adapt to pioneer life in an untamed world full of danger and unimaginable hardships, but falling for each other was never part of the plan. When a deadly hunter tracks Hannah to 1868, fate intervenes and catapults her back to Colonial America, threatening to destroy their future before it ever begins.

Can Christine save Hannah in time or will they both be lost to history forever?

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Escaping Home

A Christine Stewart Time Travel Adventure Book 3

United States, 2072

With the country under the threat of war, a group of time-traveling government agents devise a risky plan to keep their families safe. But transporting hundreds of years to the past and blending in may prove much more dangerous than they expected.

Cyber Criminal Enforcement Agent Christine Stewart has been to the past before and thinks she knows what to expect. She couldn’t be more wrong.

Life in the eighteenth century is anything but ideal, especially when they learn a rogue agent with plans to strike it rich follows them back in time. Armed with a modern-day weapon, the agent may disrupt the timeline in the most disastrous way and alter history as they know it.

Now they’re refugees in their own homeland, and how they proceed will determine their fate. Will they crash and burn in their race to stop the defector before it’s too late?

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Christy Cooper-Burnett is an award-winning author based in California with a degree in Administration of Justice. After retiring early from the new home construction industry, she now divides her time between northern and southern California.

She has one grown son who inspired her to write her award-winning debut novel, No Way Home. She began her writing career later in life, but once she started she couldn't stop. Her work focuses on creating relatable stories and characters that transcend genres and encourage readers to imagine what they would do if thrown into the unique, imaginative situations her protagonists end up in.

Christy's debut novel, No Way Home, was the recipient of the 2020 California Author Project award in the Adult Fiction category, the 2020 PenCraft Award in the Science Fiction category, a 2021 Literary Titan Gold Medal Award and a finalist position in the 2021 International Book Awards, Science Fiction category. Her second novel, Finding Home released June 17, 2021, and early praise has already garnered several five-star reviews and her second Literary Titan Gold Medal Award. The third book in the Christine Stewart Time Travel Adventure series, Escaping Home, is an Indies Today recommended read and is set to launch on November 18, 2021.

You can learn more about Christy, subscribe to her mailing list for news and book deals or contact

her at www.christycooperburnett.com.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Eating Well To Fight Arthritis by Holly Clegg #Giveaway #Cookbook PLUS $25 Amazon Gift Card @deliciouslysavv @HollyClegg


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Judgement Town by Bryan W. Alaspa #giveaway #Thriller #mystery #spotlight #bookseries



Judgement Town

Deklan Falls Book 4

Genre: Mystery, Thriller 

The town of Redemption, NV, is a dirty, rotten, stinking little town. Not as famous as Vegas or Reno, it's a place where people come to gamble. They come to drink. They come to get into trouble. It's better known by another name - Judgement Town.

Redemption is also a place hiding big secrets. A town torn by two families vying for power and an old, brutal, murder, that threatens to tear lives apart if the secrets are revealed.

Into this firestorm steps private detective Deklan Falls. Hired to find out who murdered a young man years ago, he soon finds himself in the middle of a family struggle stretching back decades.

Who will survive? Who will manage to find that bit of redemption they seek? Who will be able to leave Judgement Town.

This is the fourth novel in the Deklan Falls series. A very different tale told in a unique way, this novel takes Falls out of Oldtowne for a novel about family, rivalries and murder.

From the author of The Man From Taured, Storyland, RIGTotality and Deranged comes a tale of murder and mystery.

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Bryan Alaspa is an author from Chicago and has published more than 50 books and novels. He writes thrillers, horror, suspense and mystery novels as well as true crime and history books. He lives with his wife and two dogs and still hopes to someday write the definitive book about Chicago.

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