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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Of Sword and Shadow By A.L. Sowards: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway


 

Product Details

  • Title:Of Sword and Shadow 
  • Author:  A.L. Sowards
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (February 8, 2021)
  • Genre:Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 1524413585
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Greece, 1379

She is known by many names, none of them her own. In truth, she is an unnamed slave, nothing more than a weapon in the hands of her owner in his attempts to provoke political mayhem. When she encounters a handsome young man while on an assignment, she thinks little of him—until he attempts to take what she has stolen. But in her line of work, failure is not an option.


Gillen is intrigued by the mysterious woman who thwarts his mission. But when his path crosses hers again, his intrigue turns to gratitude as the thief he comes to call Eudocia saves his life. The two form a bond of friendship and join forces to wrest control from a group of ruthless rulers. But as their camaraderie blossoms into something more, Gillen and Eudocia must fight for love even as they wage war for a better future.




My Review


I love historical fiction and A.L. Sowards is one of my go-to authors for great, accurate historical stories. Of Sword and Shadow takes place in Greece 1379. Between the interesting time period and the absolutely gorgeous cover, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. This novel met all of my expectations. 


The characters in this novel are amazing! Most of them are fictional and some are real people from the history of the time. I learned a lot about what was happening in Greece and now I want to read more of this time period. Better yet, the story is so well crafted that readers are drawn in from the first chapter full of thievery, to many adventurous episodes full of political intrigue, and of course a budding romance. The main character is an unnamed slave girl, later known as Eudocia. Her life is changed while during a botched robbery she meets the handsome Gillen. After that meeting, things will never be the same. The excitement never ends in this novel. The characters go from one predicament to another whether it's sword fights or torture. 


This novel was different with a unique story. I highly suggest it to readers who love stories based during the Middle Ages and those that love historical fiction. A.L. Sowards has written a novel that has everything you need for a fantastic read. 


Meet Author A.L. Sowards


A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have become Whitney Finalists and won a Whitney Award, reached the number one spot across multiple Amazon categories, received praise from the Historical Novel Society, and been loved by readers from a variety of backgrounds. She has called both Washington State and Utah home, and is now in the process of adding Alaska to the list. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She lives with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

Learn more about the author at her website HEREwww.alsowards.com



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EXCERPT from Of Sword and Shadow:
Thebes, Greece, Spring 1379
I don’t remember the name my mother gave me. Nor can I recall each of the hundreds of names I’ve used since. But the morning I was to steal five sheets of paper from Don Paco de Folgueres, I would be Anna, if anyone asked.

Anna was a safe sort of name, giving few clues about a person’s birth or loyalties. Anna could be Greek, like most of the population. Or Anna could be a descendant of the Franks, who created the Duchy of Athens after they sacked Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. Anna could also be a Catalan, whose ancestors had worked for, then turned on the last Frankish Duke, Walter de Brienne. They’d defeated him in battle and ruled Thebes and the Duchy of Athens ever since.

Thomas and everyone else I knew called me Girl or Little Mouse. Names weren’t as important as abilities for people in our line of work, where failure could mean starvation, a flogging, mutilation, or exile but where a commissioned burglary might offer a chance to break from the gutters completely.

The Greek scribe who worked for Don Paco de Folgueres had a desk in a small stone room bordering the property’s central courtyard. Light from the room’s sole window illuminated the wooden writing surface and a second table with four books, a supply of paper, parchment, and papyrus, reed pens, and ink. I found the documents I wanted among his scattered papers and slipped them between my dalmatica and tunica. I didn’t always wear both layers— clothes were expensive—but Thomas had taught me to dress the part most likely to lead to success, so I was respectable today. At least on the outside.

The scribe was absent, and that made my task easy. But a complication in
the form of a tall, brawny man appeared the moment I left the room. He was clean-shaven, and the hair reaching to the collar of his pourpoint was a few shades lighter than my raven locks. He had a straight nose and long ears, one of which was pierced with a gold earring. He gave me a friendly smile.

“Have you seen the scribe?” His words were Catalan but pronounced differently than what I was used to hearing from the class who ruled Thebes. I pretended not to understand. Perhaps if he thought I was Greek, he wouldn’t press me. I gave a small gesture of incomprehension with my shoulders.

He repeated his question, in Greek. That meant I would have to reply. “No. He seems to be out at the moment.”

The man surveyed the scribe’s room, and I surveyed him, noting his pleasant face and hazel eyes. He looked closer to twenty than to thirty years of age. The fitted hosa western men wore were meant to show off their masculine legs, and his legs were certainly worthy of admiration. My favorite Anna, daughter of the Emperor Alexios Komnenos, would have noticed him, much as she had noticed and commented on the pleasant forms of the Frankish crusaders who had passed through Constantinople on their way to take Jerusalem during the First Crusade. She’d also dismissed the handsome knights as ignorant barbarians, and I thought it best to follow her example.

Now that I had the documents I’d come for, I was eager to get away from the tall man with the earring and from Don Paco’s home. “I hope you find him soon.” And I did. If the scribe was busy with the earring man, he was less likely to notice his missing documents.

“Thank you.” The man gave me a nod and entered the scribe’s room.
I left, forcing myself to walk at a normal pace across the sunny, paved court- yard, past the fountain and the marble statue that dated back to times before the Frankish invasion.

The scribe stood near the gates, speaking with someone I took to be a Moor. A line ran across the Moor’s face, from his left temple to his lips, a pale-pink scar against skin of rich brown. His inquisitive eyes glanced at me as I passed.

A polite person would have gone back to the scribe’s office to tell the man who was seeking him where he could be found. But I was polite only when politeness suited my task.

“You there, what’s your business?” One of Don Paco’s men stepped in front of me. He was clothed in mail armor and carried an arming sword and a crossbow.

I’d spoken in Greek when I’d met the man with the earring, and my clothing was more Greek than western, so I kept my identity as Anna the Greek, for the moment. “I was visiting one of the weavers, a friend. We grew up on the same street, you see. She wanted my opinion on whether the cloth she is making has a strong enough warp thread or if she should order something with more twists.” I continued in rapid Greek, uncertain if he understood my language while I compared the thickness of the supposed warp thread to the thinness of the made-up weft thread. As I spoke, I gave silent gratitude to Zoe, the silk maker who had always welcomed me into her workshop. I could talk about silk long enough to bore all but the most dedicated of weavers. The Catalan man-at-arms waved me on quickly. It seemed the silk trade was not his passion. I relaxed as I walked along the streets of the Cadmea, Thebes’s fortified citadel. Don Paco’s property faded from view, then disappeared completely when I turned left after the bakery that sold the best durum wheat bread in the city. It also sold a more affordable loaf of summer wheat, barley, rye, and millet, and I was more familiar with the latter. I turned right after a wine merchant’s shop that specialized in muscat and malmsey. Then I ducked into a narrow side street. I took off my hair veil, and I didn’t want to put it on again. The early spring sun shone pleasantly, and I was neither respectable nor Christian, but bareheaded women stood out, and I didn’t want that. I turned the veil over so my head was covered in blue instead of yellow and walked farther into the alley. A tall man stepped out in front of me, blocking my path. The same man who had been looking for the scribe, but this time, there was no smile on his face. It seemed changing the color of my hair veil hadn’t prevented him from recognizing me. “I believe you took something from the scribe’s office. I need it.”
I tried my best to display confusion. “I took nothing from the scribe.”
“You’re the only one who was near that room from the time Rasheed distracted the scribe.” His eyes shifted to a spot behind me. I followed his glance. The Moor stood between me and the main street. So they were working together. And I’d benefited from their plan.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I tried to walk past the man with the earring, but he took my arm and held me. He didn’t squeeze, but I had a feeling it would be difficult to break his grip. A threatening longsword hung at his side. Another complication.
“I think you do. There was a letter on that table, delivered this morning, threatening Don Paco de Folgueres because he supported Maria of Sicily instead of Pedro of Aragon when King Frederick died.”

His intelligence was good. Better than mine. The letter was Catalan, and I didn’t read Catalan. I’d just memorized the name of the sender so I could verify I had the right document. The discord King Frederick’s death created had spilled into the Duchy—some local nobles had supported Maria because she was King Frederick’s daughter and his declared heir. Others had followed Pedro because he was a man. But the succession crisis was nearly two years in the past. Pedro had won. “I thought the Catalans had reconciled to their new lord.”

“On the surface, perhaps. The divisions are still there, underneath. King Pedro has stripped more than one Catalan noble of lands because they chose the losing side—just as Don Paco did.”

“Well, I hope you find your letter. I don’t have it.” I pulled away, but he didn’t let go.

“I’m sorry, but I can’t let you leave until you’ve given me the letter.” He gave me a smile again, but this time, the motion contained no friendliness. Maybe I shouldn’t have dismissed him quite so quickly as a typical westerner with more muscles than brain.

He’d chosen his ambush site well. A few streets over, there would have been a steady flow of foot traffic, but here, behind the wine shop, the alley was deserted. All the deliveries had been made far earlier in the day, so it was just me, the man with the earring, and the Moor.

Monday, February 22, 2021

A Captain For Caroline Gray: A Proper Romance By Julie Wright-Regency Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: A Captain For Caroline Gray
  • Author: Julie Wright
  • Publisher : Shadow Mountain (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1629728462
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***



Book Summary
Regency London

Caroline Gray's third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it's because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family's dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn't work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip's first night's dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother's wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?


My Review

It is always so refreshing to read a Regency novel with a twist. A Captain For Caroline Gray has many things that make it different; it takes place on a ship, some of the novel takes place in India, and the main female character is strong and independent thinking. I really liked Caroline when she was allowed to be herself. In this time period women were seen, not heard, especially when it came to speaking of politics and current events. As Caroline has not found a husband after three London seasons, she is now on her way to India to "find" a good husband. On this fateful voyage, she meets renowned bachelor Captain Thomas Scott. Right from the beginning, Caroline and Thomas clash. Their differences soon turn to great interest and then on to other things. Her uniqueness and opinions fascinate him.


A good portion of the novel takes place on the ship. There is a bevy of characters from the young women heading to India, the crew of Captain Scott's ship, and the cute little cabin boy, Tom. The young women keep things interesting from the very confident and jealous Miss Cole to the mousy and timid Miss James, and the high strung Miss Jeffries. There is also some suspense with the evil cook Corbeau causing problems on ship and land. 


The romance in this novel is slow-building and sometimes leaves you wanting more. The couple is kept apart for most of the story because of hurt feelings and misunderstandings. It's so surprising what or should I say "who" finally brings them back together. The story wraps up nicely for this clean, Proper Romance. If you're looking for a romance intertwined with adventure, you'll find it and more within the pages of, A Captain for Caroline Gray.


Meet Author Julie Wright
Julie Wright (1972-still breathing) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She's lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don't ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she's written twenty three novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney award for best romance with her books "Cross My Heart" and "Lies Jane Austen Told Me" and Is a Crown Heart recipient. Her book "Death Thieves" was a Whitney finalist.

She has one husband, three kids, one grandbaby, one dog, and a varying amount of houseplants (depending on attrition).She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.She used to speak fluent Swedish, but now speaks only well enough to cuss out her children in public. 
She hates mayonnaise.




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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Real By Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard: Book Review


 

Product Details

    Title: Real
  • Author: Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard
  • Publisher : Shadow Mountain (February 2, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 162972789X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1629727899
  • Reading age : 8 - 11 years
  • Grade level : 3 - 6
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Watch the YouTube Video to meet the co-authors of REAL


Authors Carol Cujec and Peyton Goddard talk about their book, Real, about a girl with non-speaking autism who must face the social and learning challenges of public school. Real is based on the true story of Peyton Goddard. Peyton wants people to see her arduous struggle to communicate, something we all take for granted, but she puts exhausting effort into every interaction because, she says, communication is what makes us human.

Book Summary
Inspired by a true story, Real speaks to all those who've ever felt they didn't belong and reminds readers that all people are worthy of being included.

My name is Charity. I am thirteen years old. Actually, thirteen years plus eighty-seven days. I love sour gummies and pepperoni pizza. That last part no one knows because I have not spoken a sentence since I was born. Each dawning day, I live in terror of my unpredictable body that no one understands.

Charity may have mad math skills and a near-perfect memory, but with a mouth that can't speak and a body that jumps, rocks, and howls unpredictably, most people incorrectly assume she cannot learn. Charity's brain works differently from most people's because of her autism, but she's still funny, determined, and kind. So why do people treat her like a disease or ignore her like she's invisible?

When Charity's parents enroll her in a public junior high school, she faces her greatest fears. Will kids make fun of her? Will her behavior get her kicked out? Will her million thoughts stay locked in her head forever? With the support of teachers and newfound friends, Charity will have to fight to be treated like a real student.

My Review

REAL was such an amazing novel. This book was written for the age group of kids 8-14 but it should be read by adults too. As I did some research, I found that a book was written for adults about Peyton published in 2012 called, 

I Am Intelligent: From Heartbreak to Healing--A Mother and Daughter's Journey through Autism.


 The novel REAL is inspired by Peyton's life but told from the story of the fictional Charity Wood. It is told in the first person from Charity's viewpoint. It is a story of a non-verbal child that is deemed stupid and not very smart because she can't speak. Finally, a device is given to her where she can get her thoughts out from typing on a machine. Slowly her world opens up as she's able to finally express herself. This novel will open any person's eyes to the struggles of any child with autism or any disability. I have a loved one that is autistic but she is verbal. I do know of other friends that have a child that is non-verbal. It's hard to see your child suffer and be bullied by others because of your child's disability. I could totally relate to the feelings of Charity's parents as they desperately try to advocate for their child. 


The main message I hope kids get from reading this book is to not judge other kids from the outside. Make sure to get to know all kids, no matter their race, gender, abilities, or disabilities. We as adults need to find ways to help those who are in need of advocates. Things are not what they always seem. We as humans need to dig deeper and look beyond ourselves. I'm hoping that pre-teens and teens read this book to enlighten their minds and reach out to those who are different and find ways to help others. I'm so glad that Peyton has told her story in a book for adults and teens/kids. This book will change the mind and hearts of kids and I hope that educators will use it in their literature classes. 


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Meet Authors Carol Cujec & Peyton Goddard
Carol Cujec is an educator and author. Her latest book, written with Peyton Goddard, is a middle-grade novel, called REAL, which invites young readers into the world of a girl with nonspeaking autism. Peyton wants kids to understand autism not as a disability so much as a different way of experiencing the world. Real is a groundbreaking story that celebrates the magic that happens when we value and include all people.

Carol lives with her family in southern California and enjoys yoga, cooking, playing guitar with her daughter and, of course, hiding out with a good book.

Visit Carol's website: http://carolcujec.com
Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolacujec
Follow her on Twitter: @Ccujec


Peyton Goddard is an advocate for inclusion and has written about and made many presentations on living with autism. Her message is one of valuing all people and protecting those most vulnerable from abuse which she experienced for several decades when she lacked a dependable mode of communication. Her message centers on “changing this worrisome world” through compassionate understanding and support for all. Peyton lives with support in her own apartment, adjacent to her parents’ home in San Diego.

Learn more about Peyton HERE:https://peytongoddard.com




Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Lamb of God Concert Film Trailer: Film Opens Exclusively in Theaters on Friday, March 12


Find the light and hope of Easter this year. Lamb of God: The Concert Film, exclusively in theaters March 12. ✨ The music you know and love now on the big screen with all new soloists and orchestration. Look for this poster in theaters soon, and follow for more exciting announcements next! đŸ¥³ 
Visit lambofgodmovie.com for more information and to request a showing in your area.



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About The Show: This Easter, experience the power of the last week of Jesus Christ's mortal ministry as told through the widely celebrated and sacred oratorio, LAMB OF GOD. This unique concert film brings composer Rob Gardner’s work to the big screen for the first time. Join us for breathtaking performances from new soloists, a new orchestration, and a close-up view of this work that has been compared to Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.






About Rob Gardner: Rob Gardner began his musical career in high school as a member of and arranger for the a cappella band Two Five Nine. The group recorded 5 albums together and, while in college, toured around the country. From there, Rob began composing original works for film, theater and the concert stage. He is the author of a handful of stage musicals, including Blackbeard, The Price of Freedom, and 12 Princesses. Rob has also composed several sacred music oratorios. Rob is an accomplished producer and conductor and appears regularly on the concert stage conducting his works.


Rob has a bachelor's degree in Management and Entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University. He also attended the University of Southern California, doing graduate studies in the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. He currently resides in Gilbert, AZ.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Forever Phoebe: A Regency Romance By Chalon Linton-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


 

Product Details

     Title: Forever Phoebe: A Regency Romance 
    Author: Chalon Linton
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (February 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 1524416886
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***



Book Summary
At the dignified age of eighteen, Phoebe Jamison knows she should behave in a manner befitting her station, as her three loving elder brothers often tease. Unfortunately, the lively young woman has a personality every bit as fiery as her red hair, a fact brought to her attention in the criticism from the gentleman she has long pined for. But not every man is of the opinion that a woman should be decorous above all else. The newest resident of Somerset, Mr. Franklin Everly, is considered a most eligible bachelor, and he is immediately drawn to Phoebe’s spirited nature as he becomes acquainted with the delightful Jamison siblings of Primly Park.

Franklin embarks on a friendship with Phoebe that quickly deepens into a warm and thrilling connection. But even as he fights for Phoebe’s attentions, a very real danger is revealed: girls in neighboring villages have gone missing, and the kidnapper is moving ever closer to Primly Park. Despite the guard of her fiercely protective brothers and Franklin, Phoebe must rely on her own strength when she finds herself in the sights of the Bride Snatcher.


My Review
Forever Phoebe is another wonderful Regency Romance by Author Chalon Linton. As I've said in previous reviews of her novels, she truly knows how to write memorable characters. She brings them to life in such a way, that readers become immersed quickly into the story. Can I tell you how much I love the main character Phoebe? She is darling and her fiery red hair shows her true personality. She has three handsome, protective brothers but this doesn't stop her from being bold and doing what she wants, Speaking of the brothers, I hope we will see more of them in upcoming books. They each had distinct personalities that would make great main characters in their own books.

Franklin Everly is a perfect hero. He saves the day in many instances, but I loved how he showed such respect and admiration for Phoebe. He never looked down on her for doing the things she loved, like other men around her such as Mr. Mason. It was fun to read another book with an Everly family member after having read, Escape to Everly Manor. The connection between Phoebe and Franklin built slow and steady feeling like a real life connection. 

This novel also had a mystery in the background that plays a huge part at the end of the story. It would have been interesting to explore more into the aspects of this mystery.

Forever Phoebe is right there among my favorite Chalon Linton books. This clean Regency Romance is filled with humor, some mystery, and a fun filled romance. Make sure to put this novel on your to-read list of romances.  

Meet Author Chalon Linton

Chalon Linton is an air force spouse, a mother of four, and a fan of all things romance. Jane Austen has long been a favorite because who can resist handsome men in tailcoats? Manners, wit, and true love, combined with a faith in God, guide her stories to a happily ever after. She has met friends from around the globe and is grateful for each experience that adds to her own faith in the goodness of people. Chalon currently lives with her handsome husband in Southern California.

Learn more about Chalon and her books HERE: https://chalonlinton.com/



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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Instant Cooking: Six Sister's Stuff-A Fast, Easy, and Delicious Way to Feed Your Family-Cookbook Review


 

Product Details

  • Instant Cooking:A Fast, Easy, and Delicious Way to Feed Your Family
  • Authors: Six Sisters
  • Publisher : Shadow Mountain (January 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbook
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1629727911
  •  ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***   


Book Summary
In their tenth cookbook, bloggers Six Sisters' Stuff make Instant Pot© cooking a snap with quick-and-easy recipes and a how-to guide for using this must-have essential kitchen cooking tool. This cookbook covers each meal of the day and features classic recipes retooled for Instant Pot® cooking like Hawaiian Meatballs as well as new dishes like Dr Pepper Pulled Pork. By following the "Instant Pot How-to Guide," chefs can learn how to use this tool to easily cook food that has robust flavors. Each recipe contains clear instructions for prep and specific pressure cooking times from start to ready-to-serve.

My Cookbook Review

This is the cookbook we've all been waiting for. I love my Instant Pot and I've had it for a few years. I've wished this whole time I knew how to use it better and had a lot of recipes to choose from. The Six Sisters have heard my cry for help. This new cookbook, Instant Cooking: Six Sister's Stuff-A Fast, Easy, and Delicious Way to Feed Your Family is my new fabulous resource for fixing meals for my family. 


The other great thing I noticed is that there are many recipes that are perfect for me eating the low-carb way; such as:
  • Cheesy Cauliflower
  • Lemon-Parmesan Broccoli
  • Tomato-Bacon Bisque
  • Veggie Frittata
  • Egg Rolls in a Bowl
  • Sweet Pork
 My kids have their own favorite recipes and they know how to use the Instant Pot and can help out fixing meals. 



As a working single mom, the Six Sisters have made my life easier through the years with their wonderful cookbooks. 

Instant Cooking has now become my favorite cookbook and I highly recommend it to all of you that own an Instant Pot or any multi-cooker, or are thinking of purchasing one. After you read this cookbook, you'll be running out the door to buy one. This book will make a wonderful gift for birthdays, and especially for wedding presents. 


Meet the Six Sisters

The Six Sisters—Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra—started their blog as a way to keep in touch after they moved out of their house and started families of their own. In just a few years their blog has become one of the top sites for women, with millions of visitors each month following the sisters’ recipes and tips for running a home. The sisters live in California, Texas, and Utah.


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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Suspense Novel By E. James Harrison-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

 


Product Details

     Title: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Suspense Novel

     Author: E. James Harrison

    Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (January 4, 2021)

   Genre: Mystery/Suspense

   ISBN-10 : 1524413542

    ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***   


Book Summary
Five years ago, U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper Garrett Shepherd saved a stranger's life. Now that man, Edwin Sprague, is dead and he's left Garrett millions of dollars as thanks. But there's a catch: Edwin has a task for Garrett to complete that will double his money if he survives. Edwin wants revenge from beyond the grave, and he wants Garrett to get it for him.

Garrett agrees to give the bizarre challenge one week of his time, but he's quickly pulled into a dangerous world of scandal, bribery, and secrets some would kill to keep hidden. He has attracted the attention of some very powerful people people who have destroyed their enemies before and will not hesitate to do so again. With the help of a Navajo policeman and a beautiful lawyer, Garrett's investigation leads him deep into the Navajo reservation but uncovering the information he's hunting for proves to be a deadly quest.




My Review
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" takes you for a very wild ride! This novel is the kind of book that keeps you up at night because you CAN'T put it down. I stayed up several nights in a row, way past my bedtime, so I could keep reading. This novel doesn't let up on the action, and good luck finding out who's behind all of this until almost the very last chapter of the book.

Main character Garrett Shepherd is a very rough, former military man who doesn't put up with much. He has a good heart though and cares for his friends and trying to do the right thing. When he gets pulled into a bizarre challenge after saving a stranger's life five years before, he finds no way out. He's given $5 Million dollars for his good deed but is given a new challenge to add to his earnings if he completes a task for the wealthy family. This task is all about revenge and the people behind it are fighting back and want secrets to stay in the past. 

This novel has many surprises that leave you in shock. This is the second book I've read by this author and I can't wait to read more. This is a 5 Star book for me! Adult Suspense readers must put this book on their to-read list. 

**There is some violence that may be sensitive to some readers. **


Meet Author E. James Harrison

Much to his dislike, E. James Harrison is not an Amazon or New York Times best-selling author. However, he is the author of five other novels, all of which his wife and mother really like.

Born in Salt Lake City, he learned to type in the seventh grade on an old Smith-Corona manual typewriter and has been pecking out words ever since. He somehow managed to graduate from college with degrees emphasizing public relations and creative writing and has spent most of his professional life writing magazine articles about such gripping subjects as Internet technology or has kept veterinarians on the edges of their seats with articles about the latest advances in goat, rabbit, and hamster medicine. Those thrilling achievements pale in comparison to the radio advertisements and TV commercials he has written encouraging people to upgrade to the latest mobile phone or calling plan.

When he isn't putting words on paper for himself or others, he can be found boating and waterskiing with his family, working on the family ranch, flying an airplane, or traveling to see new things and meet new people.

He and his wife, Deborah, have two amazing daughters and an awesome son-in-law and are the proud grandparents of the four best grandkids in the world. He is not prone to hyperbole.

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