Tuesday, December 3, 2019

"Pizza School: A Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Pizza Makers"--everybody--including the dog--will eat the homework!!!

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Become a pizza chef―it’s easy as pie!

Learning how to make your own warm, gooey, delicious pizza is so much fun―no matter how you slice it! Pizza School has everything you “knead” to start making your own pies, including easy-to-follow recipes with step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures.

From a simple Cheese Pizza to fancier creations like a Balsamic Mushroom & Goat Cheese Pizza, these creative recipes go from easiest to most complicated―so you can learn at your own pace. You’ll also find space in the back of the book to record your very own recipes so you can remember them for next time.

This awesome kids’ cookbook includes:
  • Pizza-making 101―Advance your pizza-making skills with helpful guides to making a variety of yummy doughs, savory sauces, and tasty topping combos, plus learn how to chop ingredients and safely use equipment.
  • Tons of flavors―Take your pick from classic toppings, new-school favorites, flavors from around the world, and surprising creative flavors you’ve probably never tried before.
  • Fun while cooking―Discover funny jokes and interesting facts with each recipe, as well as some cool craft activities throughout the book.
Get schooled on pizza-making! This exciting cookbook for kids will teach you everything you need to know to become a pizza pro.

MY REVIEW: "Pizza School: A Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Pizza Makers" is fun for foodies and perfect for pizza lovers of all ages. Leaning to cook at an early age is one of the most helpful and enjoyable skills that anyone could acquire, What better way to start than by learning to make people-pleasing pizza? Author Charity Curley Matthews, a family food writer and founder of Foodlets.com, advises how to "be in the know about the dough", the simple secrets for successful sauces, topping tips, and kitchen safety rules. Also included are guides for kitchen tools and ingredients and pages for noting recipe creations from young chefs. To tempt your taste buds, here are a few of the delicious recipes you'll find: "Cheese Pizza"; "Pepperoni Pizza"; "Barbeque Chicken Pizza"; "Ham and Pineapple Pizza'; "Greek Pizza"; "Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Pizza"; "Triple Chocolate Dessert Pizza"; "Hearts and Stars Pizzas"; and "Rainbow Veggie Pizzas".

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Charity Mathews

CHARITY CURLEY MATHEWS is a former executive at HGTV.com and MarthaStewart.com, who’s now a family food writer and speaker, contributor to Food Network, and founder of Foodlets.com, a website full of kid-tested recipes and ideas for teaching kids to love real food. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and four small kids on a tiny farm, currently home to two naughty Lab rescues, eight chickens, two bunnies, and 100,000 bees.


Monday, December 2, 2019

"Reducing High Blood Pressure for Beginners: A Cookbook for Eating and Living Well"--can help you manage―or even prevent―hypertension through delicious, nutritious recipes that you can cook at home with ease

Reducing High Blood Pressure for Beginners: A Cookbook for Eating and Living Well

Take heart―controlling your blood pressure is easy with this beginner's cookbook.

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, changing the way you eat can make all the difference. Reducing High Blood Pressure for Beginners can help you manage―or even prevent―hypertension through delicious, nutritious recipes that you can cook at home with ease.

Join the millions of Americans who have lowered their blood pressure through the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Reducing High Blood Pressure for Beginners can transform your health and well-being with time-saving, budget-friendly meals you’ll love: Fireside Beef Stew, 30-Minute Marinara, and Chicken Curry in a Hurry, to name a few.

Inside this essential blood pressure cookbook you’ll find:
  • Beginners welcome―This hypertension-centric cookbook is perfect for beginners who are starting the path to better living.
  • Savor the flavor―These pages are packed with 75 quick, easy recipes―including meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, and even gluten-free dishes―that taste great and help lower blood pressure long-term.
  • Get the facts―Clear, easy-to-understand medical information about causes, treatments, and the impact of lifestyle changes will help guide you on your way to improved health.
Now you can control your blood pressure and enjoy delicious food at the same time.

MY REVIEW: "Reducing High Blood Pressure for Beginners: A Cookbook for Eating and Living Well" advises that you can "take control of your blood pressure--one mouth-watering meal at a time". The recipes and meal plans included by author Kim Larson, a registered dietician and nutritionist, are based on the principles of the popular, and proven effective, DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Along with the recipes and meal plans, the author has included helpful information on what high blood pressure means, what causes it, and how it is treated. You'll also find advice on how to adapt to your new way of eating, best selections when dining out, making the right choices when shopping for groceries, healthy snacking, easy exercise, and learning to de-stress. Before beginning any new diet and exercise plan, check with your primary healthcare provider to see what works best for you. Here are some of the delicious recipes: "Everything Egg Scramble"; "Blueberry-Oat Muffins"; "Citrus Shrimp and Spinach Salad"; "Garlic-Roasted Red Potatoes"; "Veg-Out Ratatouille"; "Rainbow Corn and Bean Salad"; "White Wine Chicken Scampi";  "Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken"; "Grilled Steak with Roasted Onions and Peppers"; "Sweet-and-Sour Pork Stir-Fry"; " Spiced Honey-Roasted Pecans"; "Chocolate-Coconut Pots De Creme"; "Easy Honey-Dijon Sauce"; and "Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette".

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Kim Larson

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Kim Larson, RDN, NBC-HWC is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach and former Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson. Kim provides nutrition coaching, writing, media spokesperson and consulting services through her business Total Health.She is a regularly featured nutrition expert on KOMO Radio's Healthbeat program in Seatlle and writes a monthly nutrition column for the Everett Herald in Washington. Kim is passionate about nutrition, fitness and health and is an expert on healthy aging and disease risk factor management.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

From author Bill Roorbach--"THE REMEDY FOR LOVE"--an unusually involving contemporary tale--a romance in spite of itself, which is also a curious, cautionary adventure


They're calling it the "Storm of the Century," so Eric stops at the market for provisions on his way home from work. But when the unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in front of him in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart - twenty bucks and a ride home is the least he can do, right? Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods, no electricity, no heat, nothing but the nearby river to sustain her. She'll need food, water, firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole Maine winter ahead.

So he gets her set up, departs with relief, climbs to the road, but his car has been towed with his phone inside, and the snow is coming down with historic speed and violence. There's no choice but to return to the cabin. Danielle is terrified, then merely hostile - who is this guy with his big idea that it's she who needs rescuing? As the snow keeps mounting, they're forced to ride out the storm together. For better and for worse.

The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

MY REVIEW:  Once you start reading "The Remedy for Love", you will literally be compelled to see it through to the outcome. Author Bill Roorbach has created an unusually involving contemporary tale, a romance in spite of itself, which is also a curious, cautionary adventure. In the small, rural town of Woodchurch, Maine, Eric is an attorney with a moderate law practice. He cooks, savors his food and wine, and waits for his big-city wife, Alison, to make increasingly infrequent visits as their marriage sputters to an end. An occasional flicker of heat here and there has kept the spark burning far longer than it should. A massive winter storm is approaching Woodchurch just as Eric awaits Alison's tentative arrival. He prepares by stocking up on foods to appeal and appease his neglectful spouse. When a bedraggled young woman in the checkout line ahead of him is unable to pay for all of his purchases, Eric helps to pay her bill. A smart mind ruled by a kind heart, Eric also helps the woman, Danielle, make her way safely home to a rustic cabin near the river. Through circumstances created by his good intentions, which include having his vehicle towed away, Eric find himself with no other shelter than the dilapidated cabin of the defensive and delusional Danielle. Being snowed in with sharp-tongued, strange woman is a far cry from being snug in his own home, making his marvelous meal, and anticipating the arrival of his absentee wife. Danielle is erratic, disheveled, and obviously a member of the walking-wounded. However, as time passes and Danielle cleans up, enjoys Eric's impromptu improvisations with food and drink, she shows flashes of character which attract Eric, and he finds himself drawn to her in unexpected ways. As the storm builds and burgeons around them, they form an uneasy alliance, and awareness of each other blooms between them. However, there are secrets swirling amidst the storm, and the forces of nature are coming down on the little cabin. Soon, the fight for survival will push all else aside, and the danger of the moment becomes far more urgent than the questions of the past and the hopes of the future. "The Remedy for Love" is the perfect read for a cold, cuddled in the house weekend--just don't let yourself get snowed in.

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“Snowbound in Maine, two strangers struggle to survive--fighting, flirting, baring secrets. Their sexy, snappy dialogue will keep you racing through.” —People

“A snowstorm hits a small town in Maine, trapping strangers in a cabin: Danielle, who is homeless, and Eric, a lawyer who swoops in to help her. As temps drop, tensions rise and passions flare.” —Good Housekeeping

The Remedy for Love is a page-turner, a love story and a vivid drama of man (and woman) against the elements. Those who read and loved Roorbach's sprawling, eccentric Life Among Giants, coming to HBO as a dramatic series, will be a little surprised to see that The Remedy for Love is nothing like it--except that it's a great read by a wonderful writer who obviously has many tricks up his sleeve.” —Newsday

“[A] superbly grown-up love story . . . Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach (Life Among Giants, 2012, etc.), that poet of hopeless tangles.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Part survival tale and part romance . . . Roorbach does well in the limited space, keeping the narrative tight without being claustrophobic . . . There’s more depth to the fierce and mercurial Danielle than meets the eye, which gives [the characters'] interactions spark as the storm rages outside and something even more powerful develops within.” —Booklist

“One of the best novels of this or any year . . . A flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller.” —David Abrams, author of Fobbit

The Remedy for Love is not the remedy for sleep deprivation. You’ll stay up all night . . . It is relentless and brilliant. Leave it to Roorbach to tease out the subtlest nuances in the progress of love while stoking a tale that is as gripping as any Everest expedition--and that is also tender and terrifying and funny and, in the end, so true it seems inevitable. I’m not sure there’s another American writing today who can lay down a love story, or any story, with the depth and appeal and freshness of Bill Roorbach.” —Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars

Bill Roorbach
Bill Roorbach 

Bill Roorbach’s book, The Girl of the Lake, is a collection of stories from Algonquin in June 2017. Also from Algonquin are The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling Life Among Giants, which won a Maine Literary Award in 2012. An earlier collection, Big Bend, won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes in 2000. His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, just released in a new paperback edition by Down East Books, won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction 2005. He’s just been named a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow.

Bill lives in Maine, with his wife, Juliet Karelsen, who is a visual artist, and their daughter, Elysia Roorbach, an aspiring ballerina and full-time teen.


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Author SUSAN STEPHENS--contemporary and historical romantic fiction that takes readers around the world and deep into the heart of their dreams

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Snowbound With His Forbidden Innocent

There’s nowhere to hide from their chemistry…

Stacey has worked hard to become a successful businesswoman. She won’t let anyone—even frustratingly sexy tycoon Lucas Da Silva—remind her of the overlooked girl she once was.

Carrying responsibility for his worldwide company and his siblings, Lucas is always in control. Especially of himself. But snowbound with Stacey—his best friend’s untouched and very off-limits sister—he discovers temptation like no other. And as their mutual attraction grows hotter than the fire in his luxurious mountain chalet Lucas has never been so close to breaking the rules…


In the Sheikh's Service

Uncaging the lion of the desert…

Sheikh Shazim Al Q'Aqabi is horrified to discover that the woman who will execute his late brother's conservation dream is the exotic dancer he encountered in London!

But Isla Sinclair's feisty nature is like a cool glass of water in the desert to the unchallenged ruler. For his entire life, Shazim's only mistress has been duty. Now he's considering a far more pleasurable way to spend his nights under the desert stars.

Yet acting on his desire for such an unsuitable woman would be tantamount to treason! Shazim will have to make the hardest decision of his life…

Celebrating Susan Stephens's 50th book with Harlequin Presents!


The Argentinian's Solace

Diego Acosta's polo-playing days are over. Living in self-imposed exile on his idyllic island, he finds his nights are now filled with tormenting memories rather than the beautiful women who once graced his king-size bed.When Maxie Parrish crashes into his solitude, radiating exuberance and a love of life, she burns so brightly he can't take his eyes off her! He'll seduce her and conquer her with the same single-minded determination that saw him rise to the top of the world polo circuit.

This time he wants to walk away unharmed, because the scars that can't be seen take longer to heal….

Susan Stephens

Susan Stephens 

Susan Stephens was a professional singer before meeting her husband on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta.

In true romance style they met on Monday, became engaged on Friday and were married three months later. They are still very much in love, though Susan does not advise her three children to return home with a similar story as she may not take the news with the same fortitude as her own mother!

Susan had written several non-fiction books when fate took a hand. At a charity costume ball there was an after-dinner auction. One of the lots - 'Spend A Day With An Author' - had been donated by bestselling Mills & Boon author Penny Jordan. Susan's husband bought this lot, and Penny was to become not just a great friend, but a wonderful mentor who encouraged Susan to write romance.

Susan loves her family, her pets, her friends and her writing. She enjoys entertaining, travel and going to theatre and concerts. She reads voraciously, knits, cooks and plays the piano to relax, and can also be found throwing herself off mountains on a pair of skis or galloping through the countryside.

Most of all Susan loves to hear from her readers all around the world!


Thursday, November 28, 2019

"A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains" --Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith.--Recipes too!


Settling the vast open prairies, weathering the winter storms, and finding joy to celebrate during Christmas epitomizes the pioneer experience. In this unique collection of nine Christmas romances, readers will relive a prairie Christmas with all its challenges and delights as penned by multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney.

Take Me Home by Tracey Bateman
One Wintry Night by Pamela Griffin
Image of Love by JoAnn A. Grote
The Christmas Necklace by Maryn Langer
A Christmas Gift of Love by Darlene Mindrup
God Jul by Tracie Peterson
Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney
Christmas Cake by Janet Spaeth
Colder Than Ice by Jill Stengl

The warmth of Christmas will radiate in new love from the high plains of Minnesota and Dakota Territory, across the rolling hills of Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois, and down into the flats of Kansas. Filled with inspiration and faith, each story will become a treasure to be enjoyed again next year

MY REVIEW: "A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains" is the perfect holiday reader's treat for a "Prairie Woman at Heart" like me. Nine talented authors are featured in this charming Christmas anthology: Tracie Peterson, Tracey Bateman, Pamela Griffin, JoAnn A. Grote, Darlene Mindrup, Deborah Raney, Janet Spaeth, Jill Stengl, and Maryn Langer Smith. Each author spins a heartwarming romantic tale full of seasonal spirit and sentiment, and there are also delicious recipes as an added bonus. Throughout all the stories, the common element of abiding faith resonates. It took great faith to endure the hardships of life on the prairie, and the people who lived and loved during this time of great change in our country are always intriguing and inspiring. Recommended for those who like to get lost in dreams of yesteryear and love that lasts a lifetime.

"CHRISTMAS ANGEL"--by JO BEVERLY--Searching for a sensible woman to marry, especially since he seems unable to fall in love, Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, finds a suitable candidate in Judith Rossiter, a poor young widow with two small children, and as they embark on a marriage of convenience, unexpected love blossoms between them.


Weary of war and diplomatic wandering, Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, wants a home, a wife, and a good old-fashioned English Christmas. As he seems unable to fall in love, however, he will only consider a marriage of convenience to a sensible woman. He is beginning to despair when he encounters the perfect candidate, a woman so devoted to her late husband's memory that no one thinks she could ever love again.

Judith Rossiter is in no position to turn down the astonishing proposal, but it worries her. Why would an earl, and a most attractive one at that, offer marriage to an impoverished widow with two young children? At least his main condition should be easy enough to fulfill. After the folly of Judith's first marriage, a sensible rather than a sentimental union is exactly what she wants. Or so she believes when she says her vows...

Jo Beverley

Jo Beverley 

Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her future husband, Ken Beverley. After graduation, they married on June 24, 1971. She quickly attained a position as a youth employment officer until 1976, working first in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and then in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

In 1976, her scientist husband was invited to do post-doctoral research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. When her professional qualifications proved not to be usable in the Canadian labour market, she raised their two sons and started to write her first romances.

Moved to Ottawa, in 1985 she became a founding member of the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association, that her “nurturing community” for the next twelve years. The same year, she completed a regency romance, but it was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled more earnestly to learning the craft. In 1988, it sold to Walker, and was published as "Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed". She regularly appears on bestseller lists including the USA Today overall bestseller list, the New York Times, and and the Publishers Weekly list. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers Choice, and a two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times. She is also a five time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and a member of their Hall of Fame and Honor Roll.

Sadly, Jo Beverley passed away on May 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"MURDER, SHE WROTE: A TIME FOR MURDER"--from Jessica Fletcher and author Jon Land--In the fiftieth entry in this USA Today bestselling series, two timelines converge as Jessica Fletcher returns to high school to investigate the murder of an old colleague, while we meet Jessica as a young teacher solving her very first murder--that of the high school principal

Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder

Young Jessica Fletcher's life couldn't be more ordinary. She teaches at the local high school while she and her loving husband, Frank, are raising their nephew Grady together. But when the beloved principal dies under mysterious circumstances, Jessica knows something is off and, for the very first time, investigates a death.

Present-day Jessica returns to high school for a colleague's retirement party and has fun seeing familiar faces. That is, until the colleague winds up dead--and his death has mysterious links to Jessica's very first murder case.

With nothing but her own instincts to guide her, Jessica embarks on a quest to find out what really happened all those years ago and who's behind these murders. Because time is running out to catch this killer....

MY REVIEW: "MURDER, SHE WROTE: A TIME FOR MURDER" is the 50th entry in the best-selling book series based on the beloved, long-running TV series "Murder, She Wrote" featuring amateur sleuth and successful mystery writer Jessica Fletcher. This story is an involving mystery-within-a-mystery that engages the reader while giving fans a glimpse into the early adult life of the much-loved character of Jessica, who began her working life as an English teacher. The story line weaves action from the present day between Jessica's recollections of the first murder case which drew her in twenty five yeas ago. Always a sharp-eyed observer with a keen, intellectual curiosity, Jessica could never lave a clue unturned, a question unasked, or a mystery unsolved. Author Jon Land has captured the essence of "Murder, She Wrote"--giving readers an irresistible taste of the flavor of the quaint Maine setting, the lovably quirky characters, and the undeniable knack that Jessica has for becoming immersed in murderous mysteries. I am a longtime "Murder, She Wrote" fan, and I greatly enjoyed visiting with Jessica and her friends, and I laughed at their banter. Following along with Jessica (at any age) as she rides her bicycle through the great mystery trails of life is always a special treat.

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Praise for the USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote Series:

“Buckle your seat belts and join Jessica Fletcher on this non-stop, breathless thrill ride across time as Jon Land introduces us to a younger Jessica solving her first murder twenty-five years in the past, even as she deals with a connected killing in the present. The resulting mystery is a sparkling, slam dunk success that makes the 50th book in the eternal Murder, She Wrote series as compelling as the first."—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A tight, twisty tale that keeps you guessing until the final page and gasping when you've finally turned it. Jessica Fletcher has never been better!"—Lisa Scottoline, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Series fans will be pleased to find this popular franchise in Land's able hands."—Publishers Weekly

"Land takes the action and suspense to a new level, one not found in previous installments in the series. This is more than just another whodunit, it’s an action book that brings Jessica’s character into a whole new light."—Suspense Magazine

"A great book for fans of Jessica Fletcher, combining the complex plots of an Agatha Christie with the gripping characters of a Pelacanos and the atmosphere of a Shirley Jackson, but at the end 100% original."—Strand Magazine

“Fresh and appealing…extremely satisfying. It pulled me in right from the beginning.”—Open Book Society

"Jessica Fletcher, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, always has me coming back for more."—A Cozy Girl Reads 

 Jessica Fletcher

Jessica Fletcher 

Jessica Fletcher (born Jessica Beatrice MacGill, and writes under the initialed J.B. Fletcher) is a fictional character from the US television series Murder, She Wrote.


Jon Land

Jon Land 

Jon Land is an American author of thriller novels and a screenwriter. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude. He often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a twenty-five year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the US Special Forces and is an emeritus board member the International Thriller Writers. John currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.