Brand New!!

DragonKin

Now Available:

Soul of the Desert

Moon Shadow series:

Under Witch Curse

Little Helpers

Santa has elves, I have cats.

As you may recall, Junior was always big on helping cover plants for coming cold. He was always around to make sure I didn’t leave any gaps:

Found small hole here.


Turns out that Leo takes winter seriously too. Here he is warming the tomato plant.

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Posted: November 21, 2014

New Tania Children’s Book

savingThere’s a new Tania Children’s Book out at Amazon. (Go here to see them both.)


cover_detectiveThere are actually 13 of the stories published, but not all of them are on Amazon. If you know how to mail stories to your kindle or sideload, you can find them all here at the author’s website. Of course, I was immediately attracted to the detective story–both the cover and the plot!

Several of the books can be downloaded at Kobo as well.


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Posted: November 19, 2014

Frank Tuttle: All the Turns of Light

savingTuttle has FINALLY published, All the Turns of Light, the second in the All the Paths series (first book: All the Paths of Shadow at Amazon). Look at that fabulous cover!!!

These are cozy fantasies or cozy steampunk if you prefer. (Steampunk is the mixing of an historical setting, such as medieval England with more modern technology and magic thrown in). I had a sneak peek at All the Turns and I predict you will love it. There’s definitely a mystery, a cool new setting and…drumroll, MUG is back! Did you know Mug’s full name was Mugglesworth Orvis? He is already the coolest familiar ever to be written on the page (He’s a plant. With many fronds and many eyes). His full name just adds to his personality. I admit some of my favorite parts of this book are Mug parts.

Meralda and Mug are off on a great and grand adventure. Will they survive? Will Donchen wait for Meralda to return or find another love while she is off on Kingdom business???

All the Turns is live on Kobo.

and on B&N.

Prices are low for the release week but will probably go up after a couple of weeks so grab a copy while it’s cheap!!!

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Posted: November 16, 2014

Rhys Bowen Brings Us Dragons

savingYou may recognize Rhys Bowen’s name from her two cozy series. She now has a young adult DRAGON book out!!! Dreamwalker is her latest and she brings it to you at a great price ($3.99). WOOT! Agent Lucy has already started reading it (she finds all the gems) and wrote to let me know that I’m behind the times. Undercover agents are always ahead in the game.

Hopefully it will appear on Kobo books soon and I can break the news here. WOOT! Here it is on Kobo!!! Coupons should work with this book–worth a try!

savingEdited to add: Just saw that book 8 in the Mercy Thompson series is on sale for 3.84 — this book is only out in hardback right now for 26 dollars. If you’ve been waiting for a price drop, try to grab it now! Night Broken (It’s probably a glitch and won’t last long. It’s not marked down on any of the other sites.

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Posted: November 15, 2014

Kobo Week Long Sale

salepostit This time Kobo is doing a week long sale on a special list (long list, you may have to click “more” at the bottom a few times!) of books. The code is unlimited so you can buy as many from the list as you like and it’s good in all territories: GET35. Enter the code at checkout. Dragons of Wendal is part of this sale, so if you don’t already own it, you can buy it at a discount this week!

As I posted earlier, there’s also a couple of codes that seem to work on two of the e-readers:

The kobo Aura can be had for 40 dollars off right now using JUSTFORYOU as the code at checkout! You can also apply a second code: siriusxm for another 14 dollars off. Oddly enough some readers are reporting you must use a Chrome browser for this coupon to work. Shrug. I just report the deals, I don’t understand them all!

The Ultimate Concealer
looked like an interesting cozy. (Here it is at Amazon.)

I almost didn’t click on this one, because the cover is blah, but the description sounded very intriguing! Swap Out! (Here it is at Amazon.)

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Posted: November 14, 2014

Reader Recommends: Cozy, The Ambitious Card

savingAs y’all know, I have many reader friends. Some of them work undercover, hunting down the gems out there. They are ever diligent in searching for the best of the best. Agent Lucy recently found and recommended The Ambitious Card (at Amazon) by John Gaspard. Lucy is best known around these parts as the undercover buddy reader. She is not to be trifled with. Her taste in books is legendary–I tell you she has a nose for great reads.

Here is the description for The Ambitious Card AND it’s also available on Kobo where coupons work.

The life of a magician isn’t all kiddie shows and card tricks. Sometimes it’s murder. Especially when magician Eli Marks very publicly debunks a famed psychic, and said psychic ends up dead. The evidence, including a bloody King of Diamonds playing card (one from Eli’s own Ambitious Card routine), directs the police right to Eli.

As more psychics are slain, and more King cards rise to the top, Eli can’t escape suspicion. Things get really complicated when romance blooms with a beautiful psychic, and Eli discovers she’s the next target for murder, and he’s scheduled to die with her. Now Eli must use every trick he knows to keep them both alive and reveal the true killer.

A perfect book club recommendation: A murder mystery book filled with sly wit, clever tricks, and a charming amateur sleuth – see which of your group figures out whodunnit first!

Edited to add: The kobo Aura can be had for 40 dollars off right now using JUSTFORYOU as the code at checkout! You can also apply a second code: siriusxm for another 14 dollars off. Oddly enough some readers are reporting you must use a Chrome browser for this coupon to work. Shrug. I just report the deals, I don’t understand them all!

savingI also came across this awesome deal–this book was hilarious. I read it several years ago and it’s only 99 cents. Good cozy mystery: The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell. This is the first in the series.

Also at Kobo books.


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Posted: November 11, 2014
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To Be a Heroine

As y’all know, I like action packed books with smart heroines, smart heroes and a good plot. I don’t mind romance thrown in there either, although there is no need to get too smarmy. I’m really, really not big on the heroine focusing on bulging muscles when she’s supposedly running for her life or about to pull off a snazzy rescue. I love a well-educated main (of either sex, preferably both). Not big on anyone drinking to solve their problems. It’s rather overused, and frankly, drunks are boring, at best. *Please read this review for a hilarious and truthful look into the thoughts of a reader as she reads about a “sexy” drunk.

But I digress. When writing a heroine, of any age, of any time period, she MUST do something besides fall into bed with the hero before the halfway mark. No, standing up for herself and running around shouting about how she is old enough to make a difference really doesn’t count. She must actually do something of substance. Even if the hero is a reluctant hero, he can’t carry half the book doing his part and then being so interested in the heroine we “forget” she has really been nothing more than fluff. Yes, we notice. Well, I do. I’m quite certain in Iron Kin that the heroine is destined to save the day in the second half of the book, but unfortunately, I won’t be there to notice. The setup is there and the writing is fine, although rather long-winded in spots as we wait for the heroine to do something besides plot to take on a role. It’s good that she’s motivated, but plotting to take on an important role is not the same thing as actually doing it. It’s a good book for light reading, but the fantasy story and character growth appears secondary to the romance. I’ve nothing against romance, but mark it as such. Even so, make sure that your heroine acts like one.

In other review news, here is a new review site that covers cozies. MJReviews has a few giveaways going on right now. I’ve noticed she reviews a number of cozy books. Check it out and see if there is something there of interest!

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Posted: November 10, 2014

Where is the Cotton?

I had a coupon for 10 dollars off 10 dollars at Penneys. Pretty good deal…if you can find something you want to buy! I went with a few items in mind, but I have to tell you, there are far too many things out there made of “microfiber” and nylon and stretch this and stretch that. I don’t *want* to stretch. I don’t want bamboo, I don’t want polyester. I just want plain, 100 percent cotton. And by that I mean 100 percent. Not 2 percent stretch, not 10 percent stretch. Boy, were the pickings slim. I finally settled on an overpriced item, but this was after searching entire sections for anything that was in comfortable cotton. At the checkout, the wait was seven people deep. Too bad I was completely out of patience. I had just wasted a half hour of my time hunting high and low…and now you tell me that I get to stand here and wait to pay for it? I left it on the counter and departed.

The last time they had this coupon, I bought socks. Even those were hard to find. I bought the last bundle of six. Regular price was 16 dollars. If I hadn’t had the 10 dollars off, I wouldn’t have bothered. Most of the other bundles were 3 socks for 14 dollars. THREE? for 14 dollars?

Two of the last shirts I ordered online are probably not 100 percent cotton. Sure, the tag can say that. But they don’t feel like cotton. One is quite shiny. Like nylon. Or bamboo.

My niece recently bought pot holders. They melted up against the baking pan when she pulled it out. Obviously not cotton or hemp. Obviously a petroleum product. They don’t work. I’m sure the material was labeled cotton, but it obviously wasn’t.

Just makes me wonder. What happened to all the cotton?

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Posted: November 8, 2014

Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Reposting because this is what I’m making today!

I used to buy these in the store, but they run about 6 dollars these days–on sale. I decided to look around and find some recipes. Most were too annoying. I didn’t want to use almond paste because I didn’t happen to have any. Long and short of it, here’s the loaf style recipe I came up with.

1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Mix everything in a bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Put in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. I let it sit in the oven after the 40 minutes for another 10 with the door closed.

Icing:

3/4 cup powered sugar, two tablepsoons of melted margarine and a drizzle of hot water (about 2 tablespoons) until you have the desired consistency. You can use lemon juice or orange juice instead of the water. You can add a 1/2 tsp of almond extract or vanilla extract too.

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Posted: November 5, 2014
Filed in Desserts

Bags, Kindle, Phones, Purses

Every so often, the topic of purses, wallets, bags and how to carry everything pops up on my radar. On one of my forums, there was quite a discussion going about how best to carry all the things we need and yet be sleek and mobile. Turns out a lot of us like smaller bags, including wrist bags for those quick trips where we only want a phone and wallet. That led to some pretty cool finds. The most popular? By far, Vera Bradley:

bagsUpdated–I just noticed they now have some black and white and black/white paisley. I don’t mind wild colors and quite like them, but there are times when I like the elegance of black and white. The hipsters and wristlets below seem to now be offered in black/white. There’s also a big sale starting tomorrow, but I doubt the black/white will be on sale because it’s new. But here ya go: Online Outlet! Up to 75% off Select Styles! November 21st-23rd

bagsWristlets got a lot of attention and I can see why. These look great for a phone and credit cards. The various links even tell you what types of phones will fit in there. A lot of people just read on their phone app when they are the go.

bagsThe All in One Crossbody was mentioned several times as a favorite–this bag can be a shoulder strap, wristlet or crossbody.

bagsIf you have the iPhone 6 or want to carry an actual ereader (or even a paperback!), various hipsters were highly recommended. I really liked the Little Hipster The wallet is on the side so you can access your credit cards and the like, yet still have just enough room for a book or an e-reader!

There’s even a mini-hipster.

Found some offers/coupons in the associate listings!

There’s a sale over at the outlet store on some bags: Online Outlet! Up to 75% off Select Styles! November 21st-23rd

Purchase a piece of Rolling Luggage and get a Travel Tote for 50% off. November 3rd-29th.

Vera Bradley is also on Amazon.

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Posted: November 3, 2014
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