Under “Mysteries” – “Hiss H for Homicide” – a 4 sparkler cozy mystery that has an amazing cat as the star of the book.
Under Nonfiction, three cookbooks. “Small Batch Cooking” for when you don’t want a whole lot of something, “The 30-Minute Prediabetes Cookbook” – a wealth of good information and recipes here. And finally “The Cookie Bible” – just yum!
Thank you to Sparkling Book Reviews for having me back to announce the latest release in my Adrenaline Shots Series! (Note: These are stand-alone quick reads with people falling in love in the middle of an adventure. Only 99 cents each or available in Kindle Unlimited!)
Operation Gratitude: Greta and Finn have always made a great team as part of JOE Ten, a private company running military-adjacent operations. They’ve each buried growing feelings for a long time, but the suppression becomes unbearable when a mission goes sideways.
Facing impossible choices, they are eventually forced to confront them, as well as each other and their own weaknesses. Making the wrong decisions will put their lives, careers, and relationship at risk.
The idea from this story is the end of the first scene, so I don’t want to spoil it. But I had this guy in my head, doing this really stupid, dangerous thing, and that action being the trigger that made his teammate realize she loved him, and vice versa, causing a cascade of complications.
This book was the catalyst for the Adrenaline Shots series. A bunch of friends (including the owner of this blog!) and I had done some short stories in a couple of fun anthologies, but that pursuit ended before the third collection was released, and I had already written Operation: Gratitude. I had SO much fun writing those stories and wanted them to find their audience. And I have so many more to come!
Next up is Endless Secrets and this post is my EXCLUSIVE cover reveal! When Bree finds herself in the middle of a time loop on Valentine’s Day, she decides to use it to her romantic advantage. But she soon discovers it’s not actually fun and harmless, becoming entangled in a race against time (ha!) to…well, save the world, of course! 🙂
Endless Secrets will be released very soon! If you want to be sure you don’t miss this or any other Adrenaline Shots, here are some options:
Mark has worked on Clay and Dell’s farm for a year, and he’s now in charge of the care and feeding of their growing herd of goats. He’s worked hard to provide for himself and build a life of his own. But with the operation continuing to expand, additional help is needed.
Isaac lives in a self-sustaining, simple-life community a few miles up the road. He’s spent his life working and wondering what the outside world might be like. When his father requires him to earn outside money, he asks for a job at Clay and Dell’s farm.
What neither Mark nor Isaac expects is a friendship that quickly grows into something more. But their feelings for each other go against everything that Isaac has been taught, and acting on those feelings will mean leaving the only way of life he’s ever known.
Together, Isaac and Mark are going to need a great deal of strength to weather the storm that’s sure to head their way.
I just finished SPRING UPON A CRIME by ML Erdahl – a 5 Sparkler Cozy mystery. Below are my thoughts. You can read the full review under “Mysteries”
Thoughts: I loved this story! This was the second in the Seattle Wilderness series. I enjoyed the first one enough to pick this one up as well – and wasn’t disappointed. This is a solid follow up to “Winter Takes All”. We are once again pulled into the life of Crystal, a wilderness guide who seems to stumble into murders. In the way of all cozy mysteries, she is our amateur sleuth who finds out who the killer is (and almost gets herself killed in the process). In this one, she has to save her friend Roxie the chef from being prosecuted for the murder of Roxie’s boss. She’s up against the local cops, developers, loggers, and tree-huggers. I especially loved the character of Emerson. He is perfect. The characters are fun and realistic and the imagery is amazing. The author shows us the northwest without being overly descriptive. And the light romance between Crystal and Conner is well done as well, although Conner isn’t in much of this book due to a sprained knee.
As the month draws to a close (already!), here are some new books for you to consider:
Under Fantasy: The Executioner’s Apprentice by D.K. Holmberg. This is a 4 sparkler book only because I was given the second book in the series and had no clue what was going on at first. The writer is an excellent writer with great characters and worldbuilding, but I strongly suggest reading the first book in the series first then this one. You’ll understand a whole lot more.
Under Fiction: Bernie and Bertie by Mike Owens. This darkly humorous book is about two serial killers who find love. Can’t say I liked it. Definitely not my kind of story, but that doesn’t mean someone out there won’t enjoy this kind of story. Take a look if you’re into dark stories.
Under Nonfiction: The Ultimate Memory Activity Book by Alexis Olsen and Phil Fraas. I liked this 5-Sparkler ebook so much, I purchased the paperback version for myself. Definitely recommended.
My review is for the entertaining book “Flirting With Fairies” by Peg Pierson. This 4 Sparkler story shows what’s happening to book characters when their authors aren’t working fast enough or writing well. It’s fun, silly, and gives you a HEA that satisfies. Even though there are romantic elements, you’ll find the review in the Fantasy section or on Goodreads:
Teresa has two reviews – neither of which scored very high for her. The first is a movie “Lord Edgware Dies” a 1934 Agatha Christie film adaptation.
The second is a 2-Sparkler review for “Before and After the Book Deal” that you’ll find on Teresa’s review page.
Ever since his discharge from the military, injured veteran Ashton Covert has been running his family ranch—and running himself into the ground to prove he still can. Ben Malton knows about running too. When he takes refuge in Ashton’s barn after an accident in a Wyoming blizzard, he’s thinking only of survival and escaping his abusive criminal ex, Dallas. Ashton has never met a responsibility he wouldn’t try to shoulder. When he finds Ben half-frozen, he takes it upon himself to help. But deadly trouble follows Ben wherever he goes. He needs to continue on, except it may already be too late. Working together brings Ben and Ashton close, kindling fires not even the Wyoming winter can douse. Something about Ben makes Ashton feel whole again. But before they can ride into the sunset together, they need to put an end to Dallas’s threats. Ben can make a stand, with Ashton’s help—only it turns out the real danger could be much closer to home.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Author Links:
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