Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.



The camera crew returned to shoot footage of Linda at work.  She pounded shortbread cookies into a fine powder for the crust and put on a sweet smile for the camera.

-- A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.

This second book in Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop Mystery series finds the owner of Torte competing in a reality show, Take the Cake.  Apparently someone is willing to kill for the top prize.

The series started with Meet Your Baker and is a lot of fun for fans of culinary cozies! The Ashland, Oregon setting is a real treat.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Mailbox Monday: Summer Fun



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

A couple of fun looking, perfect-for-summer books came into my house last week:



An Irish Volunteer by Juliet Cardinal.

This fact-based historical novel tells the remarkable story of Joe Plunkett and Grace Gifford, an unlikely pair of lovers who joined forces during the 1916 Irish Revolution. Joe is a poet, a Catholic, and the son of a Count; Grace is a Dublin artist and a Protestant. Can they risk their lives and their love for their dreams of an independent Irish Republic?



A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.

On the lighter side, here is the second mystery in this smart new cozy series of "Bakeshop Mysteries" set in Ashland, Oregon, following the clever debut, Meet Your Baker.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Beginning: A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander



SORRY FOR THE LATE POSTING FOLKS! CRAZY WEEK!!!

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

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They say that time heals a broken heart. I've noticed that no one mentions exactly how much time it take, though. 

-- A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.

This is the second book in Ellie's Bakeshop Mystery series that started last year with the delightful Meet Your Baker. Sweet treats and terrific mysteries are coming out of this Ashland, Oregon themed series!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Olivay by Deborah Reed



The chorus of sirens had scaled back, long enough for the ringing in Olivay's ears to kick in. Her apartment was ruined.

-- Olivay by Deborah Reed. After taking a stranger home, Olivay wakes to a bombed-out Los Angeles and a possible terrorist in her bed.

Reed has creative energy to spare and it overflows the pages of her latest novel.  Olivay is terrific!

Reed wrote Carry Yourself Back to Me and Things We Set on Fire, two fine literary novels set in Florida farm country. She also wrote two wild-ride thrillers, A Small Fortune and Fortune's Deadly Descent, under her Audrey Braun pen name. In Olivay, Reed brings her her literary and storytelling skills together in one page-turner of an adventure.

I'm lucky enough to get a review copy of this one. Olivay is coming out on July 7 and is available for pre-order from Wallace Books (call 503-235-7350 to order a copy) or from amazon in kindle, paperback, or audio editions.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Mailbox Monday



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I got a couple of books last week that go together:



Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands

I don't know how anything can top the two-volume Reagan biography by Steve Hayward, but I'm willing to give this new one a shot. It is generating good buzz for being accessible and engaging, so it sounds like it will be enjoyable.



-- The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman

Who can resist Cold War spy history that reads like the hottest fiction? Based on newly-released CIA documents and personal interviews, Pulitzer-winner David Hoffman tells the story of the Soviet spy who worked with the CIA's Moscow station in the last years of the Cold War.



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