Tuesday, March 7, 2017


This collection of stories will have you laughing, crying and cheering for the couples as they try to find happiness. Each author brings their own unique writing style and gives readers hours of delightful stories . I don't have a favorite because I thought every story was beautifully written. Don't miss your chance to get your copy to enjoy.

Second Impressions by Pepper Basham
What a delightful story this is. The details are so picturesque and helps readers visualize the setting. I absolutely adore Nora. She is very smart and a huge Jane Austen fan. Her family is always trying to play matchmaker and leads to some funny encounters for her. As her birthday arrives, she knows what is about to happen. A grand party with lots of food and perhaps a romantic meeting is in store for her.

She is quite surprised by the gift she gets this year. Her dream vacation to Bath, England to attend the Jane Austen festival is coming true. There are many surprises awaiting her and a chance meeting with Ethan. What a dashing character he is. They have some tense moments but oh my are they funny . Will Nora finally meet the man  of her dreams? Is Ethan trustworthy? Don't miss this wonderful story of chance meetings and characters that jump off the pages.

Mowed Over by Christina Coryell
This story was a bit different for me. I loved Willow and her free spirit as I call it. She has a great job drawing fairies and seems to have fans who love her characters. She sure can be crazy at times and when she runs into Clint I almost fell out of my chair laughing. He is mowing the lawn and suddenly some crazy little thing comes running outside to stop him. She thinks Clint is a hillbilly with his long beard. So what does Clint think of her rainbow hair? Will these two ever become friends? It's a battle of the lawnmower vs rainbow in a cute story that I loved reading.

An Informal Affair by Heather Gray
Lia and Maverick are great friends . They enjoy each other's company and have a blast telling each other about their disastrous dates. A dare has placed them in the online dating scene. Their dates are funny and horrible at the same time. Have you ever done online dating ? It's like rolling a dice. You never know what you are going to get. I'm not sure who has the worse dates but Lia and Maverick can't wait to share with each other.

What happens when they both decide to try a new dating site? They discover  that it is a Christian dating site so hopefully they will not have to deal with people who are less than truthful. Maverick is such a great character. He is funny, smart and loves God. I loved the true friendship Lia and Maverick have and loved their interaction. They are so comfortable with each other. The story has a bit of mystery which really intrigued me. I found myself telling Lia that the man of her dreams is right in front of her. Do you think she heard me? Will Lia and Maverick find their soul mates? The author gives readers characters with great morals and I loved how they always turned to God for His direction.

A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey
I love watching shows about renovations and seeing all the beautiful designs . The author does a great job of making readers front row seats to a couple who does remodeling. It was fun to read about Deidre and her big undertaking of a beautiful and historic home. I loved her determination and ideas. She is struggling with her relationship with God and trying to trust again. When she meets Jeremiah her guard is up. Jeremiah is a great person and wants to help Deidre on her project. The story is written well and I loved how Jeremiah shared his faith with Deidre. Will Deidre learn to trust again? It's a great story about finding your way back to God and mending your heart. I loved how the story really shows how people struggle with hurt and find a way to overcome it.

Unleashing Love by Jessica R. Patch
The opening of this story is so funny and with the authors great words I saw the scene as if I was right there. Emma Kate  is a hoot and I love her sassy attitude. She  is petite and is walking a dog that could be mistaken for a pony. She has been wanting to meet the well dressed man she sees most days on her walk. Griff is none to happy when he is run over by this huge dog. The interaction between him and Emma  Kate are priceless. I wonder if Griff is upset or embarrassed by the incident? Guess sometimes first impressions are not always good .

Things just seem to go from bad to worse for Griff. After getting bad news he is now trying to decide what to do about his niece. The baby is only nine months old and after calling his dad, it is clear that the baby is not something his dad wants to deal with. I found Griff's father to be cold and distant. What  would make him feel nothing for his family? After a big misunderstanding Emma Kate finds herself in a sticky situation. Will she help Griff out? The story is funny and at times emotional. I loved that they were both looking for acceptance and willing to take a chance on each other. The story made me cry at times. It is hard to not feel wanted by your family . Can Griff forgive and let someone very special into his life?  You don't want to miss this story about a man who hates dogs, a woman who loves dogs and a baby that needs love.

A (Nearly )Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips
The sparks  are sure to fly when Mari the nanny is suddenly surprised by an intruder in the home she stays at. She must keep the children safe so she does the only thing she can think of. There is just one little problem after she knocks the intruder in the head. Did someone forget to mention that the children's uncle was back in town?

Brandon has come back to his sisters place to stay after a concert tour has been cancelled. Brandon is fun and likes to take chances. Mari is serious about her duties as a nanny and it's a perfect setup for lots of laughs as two people try to make the best of an uncomfortable setting. Will Mari lighten up and get some fun back into her life? Can Brandon show Mari that it's ok to trust others and to let go?  I thought this was a perfect story that shows opposites attract.

That's When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson
I loved the story of Chelsea and Nick. Chelsea has a big heart and loves sports which is a big plus for guys. Nick is excited to see Chelsea after such a long time. They shared a lot of great memories. Will there be a reconnection between them? Chelsea finds delight in the small things that Nick remembers. I loved the scene when they were eating ice cream. It just seemed so relaxed and brought a smile to Chelsea's face. I found Nick's truck to be a great part of the story. Sometimes it is hard to let go of something you hold dear, but that truck may cause some funny moments as it sputters down the road.  The best part of the story is reading that they each listened to God and let their relationship grow with His guidance.

A Time To Laugh by Marion Ueckermann
What a wonderful story this  was. Elizabeth and Brian have  always longed for a child but it never happened. They have done some rewarding mission work over the years and have  decided to settle down and enjoy life . Both of them are in their sixties and ready for a new chapter in their life. God always  has the best timing and what a surprise He has for them.

When Elizabeth and Brian get the news that they are expecting , I could just imagine the look of their faces. I could relate to this couple so much. I remember when I found out I was pregnant after having two teenage boys . I cried and thought that God had a good sense of humor. Much like Elizabeth I embraced my pregnancy and had my share of looks and whispers. I loved how they were so in awe of the miracle God had given them.  There is much emotions in this story and I loved how the author allowed the pregnancy to draw someone to a relationship  with God. Miracles do happen and God has a plan for our lives. We are never to old to be blessed by Him.

I received a copy of this book from one of the authors. The review is my own opinion.

Sunday, March 5, 2017


I love books that contain  several stories and fill your heart with hope and joy. The author has done a great job of capturing the time period and given us characters that are strong, determined and faith filled. Each story is enchanting and I loved how the author brings each character to life. This is one collection that you don't want to miss.

My Candy Valentine
I loved reading about how candy was made and the hard work that it takes to make beautiful chocolates, ribbon candy and much more. Wouldn't it be fun to have your own candy store? After each batch of candy is made, you could sample one and taste the different flavors exploding in your mouth.

Catrina Jensen is known for her delicious candies and is kept busy filling orders each day. She has worked hard to make her candies a success. What happens when a gentlemen comes in the shop to offer her a business deal that will make her candies famous? Can she trust Gilbert Williams or is he there to steal her business? This is a delightful story with a bit of romance and a lesson in trusting God.

Love's Glory
The story opens with excitement as a plane is seen in the sky. The crowd is eager for it to land to welcome home Alfred and his friend Smitty. The story is set in 1919 and the author vividly describes the plane as it flies through the sky ready for landing. I could feel the excitement as Beth and Agnes waited as the plane touched down. To Beth's surprise Garan steps down from the plane. The shock on her face is easy to see. Everyone thought that Garan had died during the war, but here he was.

Garan has a lot to make up for with Beth , but she has a surprise that will change everything. I loved the reference to The Wizard of Oz and the name Dorothy. That is my all time favorite movie and I never miss a chance to watch it. This story really touches on some emotional moments. What happens when a secret is revealed? Can Garan and Beth forgive each other and themselves? The author does  an amazing job of describing the war and the many dangers the war presented.

The reunion with Beth's family was very touching. It is hard sometimes to forget about the past. Will Beth's father forgive Garan for hurting his daughter ? I loved the theme of forgiveness in this story . It's funny that we think if we keep a secret no one will ever find out. God has a way of revealing secrets and allowing  grace and mercy to follow. Don't miss this great story of learning to forgive and the importance of family.

Tobogganing For Two
We are introduced to two  sisters full of life having fun riding toboggans until one day disaster happens. Laura and her sister, Eliza are changed forever when something goes terribly wrong. I admired Laura and her dedication to helping her sister who cannot walk anymore. Laura has carried guilt about the accident and I loved how the author showed how Laura couldn't  let go of the past. Have you ever done something that you couldn't forgive yourself for?

As the sisters travel to Plymouth, Nebraska they are excited to see their aunt and to meet a doctor that can possibly help Eliza become a bit more independent. I loved Dr. Jay Andrews immediately. He has a strong desire to help others . He will have his hands full with Laura hovering over her sister. Laura and Jay will have some things they need to overcome and I loved how they prayed and asked God to help them. It is a wonderful story of forgiveness, new beginnings and trusting God.

Christmas Visitors
From the beginning of this story I could feel the emotions stirring within me. I love Christmas stories and this one really touched me. Alex and Josh came to know Cora when a tragedy struck. Cora is a very caring person and has been there to help others in need. I loved the connection between the story about a young couple taken in by an innkeeper and Cora doing the same.

As Christmas approaches, three women arrive at Cora's place looking for a place to stay. It is no accident they have arrived at Cora's place. God has placed these three women there to help  Alex face his past , heal his heart and forgive someone that needs him. Cora will find herself dealing with the past as well. I loved this story so much and the ending is very moving as I felt tears run down my face.

Angel in Disguise
Rosie has not had an easy life. She is known as a thief but when she asks Jesus into her heart, she is a new person. She wants to follow His ways and help others that are struggling. I loved this story because it talks about those who are struggling to survive. Everyday there are people who go hungry, have no place to live and own very few clothes. We are to help those in need, but sometimes we forget about the people around us. Rosie has a big heart for the poor and decides to do something to help. She can't understand why the church she attends isn't doing anything to help the less fortunate. Not everyone in the church trust Rosie and she is not treated fairly. It reminds me how we may treat the homeless. Do we turn our backs on them? Are we guilty of judging someone because of their past?

I loved how Owen could see past Rosie's mistakes and treat her with kindness. He knows that others don't want to be around her, but they need to be reminded that we are forgiven and now are new believers. Rosie is so sure she is doing the right thing by helping her neighbors but she will soon find out that she may be breaking the law. Will Owen be able to help Rosie? Will others reach out and help their neighbors? This is a great story that focuses on helping others without judging.

Each story is beautifully written and I loved how the author had scriptures throughout each story. The boom is a great reminder that God forgives, does miracles and loves unconditionally.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Facials Can Be Fatal
by Nancy J. Cohen

Plan to spend all weekend at the day spa! With all the twists and turns between these covers you will need to plan a relaxation day to recover. The book starts with a scream and the action never slows…
~Laura’s Interests
This book is great for cozy lovers of all sorts.
~Community Bookstop 
Cozy Mystery
13th in Series
Five Star Publishing (February 22, 2017)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1432832827


During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the suspects. As she learns more about Val, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.

About The Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazineas best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.
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I really enjoyed the setting of this cozy mystery. What better place for chaos and murder to happen while at a spa. I loved the description of the spa and salon . The author made you feel like you were there with the other customers. You could hear the scissors snipping away and  smell the scents of the facials as they were placed smoothly on faces. I have  been to a spa before and loved how relaxed you feel.

Marla  is a smart business woman. She owns a salon and now has expanded and opened a day spa next door. Things are going well  until a scream shatters the tranquil atmosphere. As Marla  rushes next door she finds out why there was a loud scream. A customer lays dead in one of the rooms. As the investigation begins they find out that Val Weston died from latex poisoning. The spa keeps very detailed files on each client. Everyone was aware of Val's allergy to latex. Who put the latex drops in the facial? Should other customers be worried about their safety?

I really liked Marla's husband. He is very smart, patient and has his hands full with the investigation. There seems to be a theme in most cozy mysteries where the main character in the story gets involved in the investigation. I always find them to be funny, intuitive and determined. Marla is that and much more. Along with her husband they will find themselves with many suspects to clear and a mystery that keeps readers guessing. Will Marla heed her husband's warning and try to stay save? Who is after her and what information did she stumble on? The story is full of great action and a cast of characters that really make the story intriguing.

What ties did  Val have with the upcoming gala? Was she hiding something that could have caused someone to murder her? When more bodies start piling up, the investigation really heats up. I loved the fast pace of the story and how the author throws curve balls just as you think you have solved the mystery. Marla and Dalton are a great couple and I love the interaction between the two. I never could figure out who the killer was, but I loved the ending. I was quite surprised when the killer was revealed .

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Ghostly Mortality
by Tonya Kappes

I appreciate watching the characters grow and their relationships develop.
~Laura’s Interests
I LOVE this series, and this book only serves to illustrate why…I couldn’t stop reading.
~Book Babble
A Ghostly Mortality: A Ghostly Southern Mystery
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Witness (February 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062466976


That ghost sure looks . . . familiar
Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.
But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a . . . ghost.
Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.

About the Author

For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans. Be sure to check out Tonya’s website for upcoming events and news and to sign up for her newsletter! Tonyakappes.com
Also by Tonya Kappes
Kenni Lowry Mystery Series
Olivia Davis Paranormal Mystery Series
Magical Cures Mystery Series
Grandberry Falls Series
A Laurel London Mystery Series
A Divorced Diva Beading Mystery Series
Bluegrass Romance Series
Women’s Fiction
Young Adult
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Chapter 1
“Lawdy bee.” Granny scooted to the edge of the chair and lifted her arms in the air like she was worshiping in the Sunday morning service at Sleepy Hollow Baptist and the spirit just got put in her.
I sucked in a deep breath, preparing myself for whatever was going to come out of Zula Fae Raines Payne’s mouth, my granny. She was a ball of southern spitfire in her five-foot-four-inch frame topped off with bright red hair that I wasn’t sure was real or out of a L’OrĂ©al bottle she’d gotten down at the Buy and Fly.
“Please, please, please,” she begged. “Let me die before anything happens to Emma Lee.” Her body slid down the fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair as she fell to her knees with her hands clasped together, bringing them back up in the air as she pleaded to the Big Guy in the sky. “I’m begging you.”
“Are you nuts?” My voice faded to a hushed stillness. I glanced back at the closed door of my sister’s new office, in fear she was going to walk in and see Granny acting up.
I sat in the other fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair next to Granny’s and grabbed her by the loose skin of her underarm. “Get back up on this chair before Charlotte Rae gets back in here and sees you acting like a fool.”
“What?” Granny quirked her eyebrows questioningly as if her behavior was normal.
My head dropped along with my jaw in the “are you kidding me” look.
“Well, I ain’t lying!” She spat, “I do hope and pray you are the granddaughter that will be doing my funeral, unless you get a flare up of the ‘Funeral Trauma.’” She sucked in a deep breath and got up off her knees. She ran her bony fingers down the front of her cream sweater to smooth out any wrinkles so she’d be presentable like a good southern woman, forgetting she was just on her knees begging for mercy.
“Flare up?” I sighed with exasperation. “It’s not like arthritis.”
The “Funeral Trauma.”
It was true. I was diagnosed with the “Funeral Trauma” after a decorative plastic Santa fell off the roof of Artie’s Meat and Deli, knocking me flat out cold and now I could see dead people.
I had told Doc Clyde I was having some sort of hallucinations and seeing dead people, but he insisted I had been in the funeral business a little too long and seeing corpses all of my life had brought on the trauma.
Truthfully, the Santa had given me a gift. Not a gift you’d expect Santa to give you, but it was the gift of seeing clients of Eternal Slumber, my family’s funeral home business where I was the undertaker. Some family business.
Anyway, a psychic told me I was now a Betweener. I helped people who were stuck between here and the ever after. The Great Beyond. The Big Guy in the sky. One catch . . . the dead people I saw were murdered and they needed me to help them solve their murder before they could cross over.
“I’m fine,” I huffed and took the pamphlet off of Charlotte Rae’s desk, keeping my gift to myself. The only people who knew were me, the psychic and Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, my hot, hunky and sexy boyfriend. He was as handy as a pocket on a shirt when it came time for me to find a killer when a ghost was following me around. “We are here to get her to sign my papers and talk about this sideboard issue once and for all.”
Granny stared at me. My head slid forward like a turtle and I popped my eyes open.
“I’m fine,” I said through closed teeth.
“You are not fine.” Granny rolled her eyes so big, I swear she probably hurt herself. “People are still going around talking about how you talk to yourself.” She shook her finger at me. “If you don’t watch it, you are going to be committed. Surrounded by padded walls. Then—” She jabbed her finger on my arm. I swatted her away with the pamphlet. “Charlotte Rae will have full control over my dead body and I don’t want someone celebrating a wedding while I lay corpse in the next room. Lawdy bee,” Granny griped.
I opened the pamphlet and tried to ignore Granny as best I could.
“Do you hear me, Emma Lee?” Granny asked. I could feel her beady eyes boring into me. “Don’t you be disrespecting your elders. I asked you a question,” she warned when I didn’t immediately answer her question.
“Granny.” I placed the brochure in my lap and reminded myself to remain calm. Something I did often when it came to my granny. “I hear you. Don’t you worry about a thing. By the time you get ready to die, they will have you in the nuthouse alongside me,” I joked, knowing it would get her goat.
The door flung open and the click of Charlotte Rae’s high-dollar heels tapped the hardwood floor as she sashayed her way back into her office. The soft linen green suit complemented Charlotte’s sparkly green eyes and the chocolate scarf that was neatly tied around her neck. It was the perfect shade of brown to go with her long red hair and pale skin.
“I’m so sorry about that.” She stopped next to our chairs and looked between me and Granny. She shook the long, loose curls over her shoulders. “What? What is wrong, now?”
“Granny is all worried I’m going to get sent away to the nuthouse and you are going to lay her out here.” The words tumbled out of my mouth before I could stop them. Or did my subconscious take over my mouth? It was always a competition between me and Charlotte, only it was one-sided. Mine.


It's another big hit for  this very talented author as A Ghostly Mortality brings us laughs, heartwarming moments and a mystery that is sure to intrigue you. I love the authors quirky southern sayings throughout the book. It is fun to read a book that has great characters that come to life. The story is a look at the mortuary business  and the shenanigans that take place there.

Emma is a great character that has  her hands full keeping up with her grandmother and sassy sister. It seems that the two sisters are in a bit of a disagreement since they work for different mortuaries. Why would Charlotte go work for the other company when her family owns their own funeral business? It certainly doesn't set well with Emma . I loved the bickering between the two sisters.  The sibling rivalry was well written and I loved how others seem to pick sides at times.

Charlotte is so sure she made the right decision when she took the new job that she loves to try to take business away from Emma. There are some very loud arguments that cause hurt feelings between the two and Emma seems to have had enough of her sister . That all changes when Emma sees her sister and realizes that she is a ghost. Did I mention that Emma helps people cross over? Emma is shocked to realize her sister is dead . I would not want to be able to talk to ghosts or see them. Poor Emma must be beside herself now that her own sister needs her help. Not only is Charlotte dead but someone murdered her .

I loved the back and forth talking between the sisters when it looked like Emma was talking to herself.  I must mention the grandmother because she was one mad woman when she found out about Charlotte. She does go a bit crazy wanting answers to her granddaughter 's death. The author does a brilliant job showing how a grandmother is willing to give up anything to catch the killer .

I had my list of suspects in my head but I did not guess who the killer was. In fact I was quite surprised who it was and more importantly why Charlotte was killed. The creativity of the author really shines in this book as the mystery takes a turn I never saw coming. You don't want to miss this outstanding book written by an author who always delivers a story that is intriguing , full of laughs and characters that are unforgettable.

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