Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry"--from pastry chef and Cake Wars judge Waylynn Lucas--for home cooks who want to make super-yummy breakfast delights in their own kitchen

Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry



Breakfast and brunch recipes from the essential egg to the perfect pastry, from pastry chef and Cake Wars judge Waylynn Lucas.

Sunny-Side Up is about making delicious brunch and breakfast food with love and attention--whether it's a scrambled egg for one or a full-on champagne brunch buffet for a special occasion. And it's not an exclusive party for seasoned foodies. In fact, Waylynn considers it her responsibility as a trained pastry chef to make things less--not more--complicated for home cooks who want to make super-yummy breakfast delights in their own kitchen.

The book will feature more than 100 recipes and 100 photographs. Recipes run the gamut from decadent Grapefruit Pistachio Cakes and Almond Frangipane Pear Baked French Toast to on-the-go breakfast bars and yogurt pops to healthful Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Frittatas, Avocado Pineapple Smoothies, and breakfast bowls. Fun brunch cocktails round out the recipes to make an all-occasion powerhouse of delicious and uplifting recipes.


MY REVIEW: There's something about a good breakfast--savored, not inhaled--that carries you through the whole day. It's not just the sustenance, which is important, it's the sight, the sounds, and the scents of the breakfast ritual. Done properly and enjoyed with as much leisure allowed, breakfast is a form of pampering. When I was growing up, my family and I greatly enjoyed "breakfast for dinner", and I still love it to this day. Waylynn Lucas, acclaimed chef and popular TV food judge, celebrates breakfast and brunch with "Sunny-Side Up", which includes over 100 delicious recipes. In addition to those scrumptious recipes, you'll also find "Way With Eggs"; Prep Talk For A Sunny Kitchen"; "Helpful Hardware"; and "A Note On Ingredients". Here's a sample of those "can't wait to try" recipes: "Bacon, Tomato, and Cheddar Bread Pudding (Breakfast Strata)"; "Baked Egg Cups"; "The Breakfast Burrito"; "Huevos Rancheros"; "Rosemary-Garlic Breakfast Potatoes"; "Chicken and Waffles"; "Savory French Toast"; "Buttermilk Biscuits"; "Honey Butter"; "Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits"; Honey-Cranberry Muffins"; "Banana Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins"; and so many more wonderful goodies!

Book Copy Gratis Rodale Books via Goodreads Giveaway


Reviews

 

“If Waylynn’s fonuts are anything to go by, I promise all the food in this book is going to be delicious. Her recipes are straightforward and mouthwatering for home cooks and pros.”—Duff Goldman, chef
 

“Waylynn’s bubbly and warm personality radiates through not only her storytelling in this book but also in the recipes themselves. They’re friendly and approachable but still convey the knowledge from her culinary training and, more important, her experiences as a chef.”—Josiah Citrin, owner and chef of Melisse, Charcoal Venice, Openaire, and Dave’s Doghouse

“This book is ezzactly what I’d eggspect from Chef Waylynn. She never does anything the over-easy way. Sunny-Side Up is sure to help any cook crack into the incredible, edible egg.”—Michael Voltaggio, chef/restauranteur
 

“Waylynn Lucas’s dazzling new cookbook, Sunny-Side Up, seizes the day. This comprehensive and colorful tribute to the egg—the planet’s most universally adored food—makes me want to wake up and dash to the kitchen.”—Nancy Silverton, owner of the Mozza Restaurant Group and founder of La Brea Bakery



Waylynn Lucas

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Waylynn Lucas is the encouraging but honest judge on Food Network's Cake Wars, and former executive pastry chef of such notable restaurants as SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, four-starred Bazaar by José Andrés, Joachim Splichal's Michelin-starred Patina, and the Penthouse Restaurant at the Huntley Hotel. She is also a former cast member of the Bravo show Eat, Drink, Love and CNBC's Restaurant Startup. Waylynn currently lives in Park City Utah, where she has founded a catering business called Butter and Barley.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/profiles/talent/waylynn-lucas/bio

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Baby"--balance your gestational diabetes with the needs of your pregnancy nutrition--make sure both of you are eating right with dozens of recipes for healthy (and satisfying) breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Baby

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Bab


Recipes for managing gestational diabetes―good for you and your baby.

The right diet can be a big help getting through gestational diabetes. The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan shows you how you can balance your blood sugar while still eating great meals that nourish both you and your baby every single day.

Take the guesswork out of your diet with an easy-to-follow, 4-week meal plan, filled with helpful meal prep tips so you’ll always have food available―even when you don’t feel up to cooking. Want to go off plan? Make sure both of you are eating right with dozens of additional recipes for healthy (and satisfying) breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan includes:
  • 90 gestational diabetes-friendly recipes―Keep your blood sugar under control without sacrificing the essential nutrition that the two of you need using these delicious dishes.
  • Straightforward meal plan―You’ve already got enough to think about―keep food simple with a complete 4-week meal plan featuring prep advice, shopping lists, and snack options.
  • Health guidelines―Get all the information you need about gestational diabetes, including handy charts for what to eat (and what to avoid), serving size references, and more.
Balance your gestational diabetes with the needs of your pregnancy nutrition with The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan.

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan is loaded with affordable, delish, and simple meals and food lists. The best part is that Traci wrote all the recipes and had them worked on by a certified nutritionist! How great is that? As a nurse and a diabetes health and wellness coach, I recommend this meal plan for all moms that are dealing with gestational diabetes and for its use during postpartum.”―Gwendolyn S. Woody, LPN, certified diabetes health and wellness coach

MY REVIEW: "The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Baby" offers insight into a healthcare issue which cannot be overlooked: gestational diabetes--a disorder of blood sugar regulation which occurs for some women during pregnancy. Authors Joanna Foley, a registered dietician, and Traci Houston, a chef, have combined their knowledge and life experiences to create a meal plan and food guide--with recipes--designed to help those with this condition manage their blood sugar levels and have a healthier pregnancy. As the authors advise, "Consult your health care team about what is right for you". Included in the book: "Eating Guidelines for Gestational Diabetes" and "The 4-Week Meal Plan". These sections are filled with such helpful information as meal-prep hints, snack options, and shopping guides. Here are some of the recipes you'll find: "Berry Almond Smoothie"; "Blueberry-Coconut Breakfast Cookies"; "Breakfast Tacos"; "Maple Sausage Frittata"; "Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup"; "Cheeseburger Soup"; "Summer Salad"; "Southwest Salad"; "Veggie Fajitas"; "Italian Zucchini Boats"; "One-Pan Chicken Dinner"; "Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans"; "Sloppy Joes"; "Beef Burrito Bowls"; "Shrimp Stir-Fry"; "Lemon Pepper Salmon"; "Creamy Dill Dressing"; and "Roasted Red Pepper Spread".

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers

  
TRACI HOUSTON
 
Traci Houston

TRACI HOUSTON, a former Air Force veteran turned chef, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during her first pregnancy. Traci's blog, thegestationaldiabetic.com, is a recipe and resource center that addresses common questions and pain points for GDM mothers.

Traci Houston was born in Marrero, Louisiana in 1986 but grew up mostly in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At 18 years old she joined the U.S. Air Force where she served honorably for nine and a half years. In that time she earned an Associates degree in Logistics & Business Management and Bachelor's degree in Health Administration. Those military years shaped her as an adult but didn't provide the freedom to feed her ambition. Consequently, Traci willingly separated from the Air Force to pursue a passion in culinary. Within months of leaving the military Traci started culinary school and graduated just five days before the due date of her pregnancy. It was in that pregnancy that she got diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition that led her down a path she never intended to walk. After back to back pregnancies and being a stay at home mom, Traci craved rejoining the workforce, but in a capacity that allowed her to spend as much time as possible with her children. Through much soul searching she embarked upon a blogging journey to help other moms suffering with gestational diabetes, and this is the work Traci continues today.

https://thegestationaldiabetic.com/ 


JOANNA FOLEY
 
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JOANNA FOLEY, RD, has been a registered dietitian for over 5 years. She’s the owner of a virtual nutrition consulting practice, Joanna Foley Nutrition (www.joannafoleynutrition.com), where she strives to help others create the healthiest versions of themselves.

"The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life"--helps you transform classic Southern comfort foods using diabetes-conscious ingredients--learn how to make them with flavorful substitutions

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life


Enjoy the Southern foods you love with a diabetic cookbook that loves you back.

Head down South with a diabetic cookbook that helps you transform classic Southern comfort foods using diabetes-conscious ingredients. Discover over 100 variations on favorite dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and Hoppin’ John, and learn how to make them with flavorful substitutions like alternative grains and flours, garlic, onion, and chives, instead of so much starch and salt.
With this diabetic cookbook, you’ll prepare hearty, comforting meals that balance the trademark bright acidity and satisfying heat of Southern cooking—but are designed with ADA guidelines in mind. Every recipe includes the nutrition information you need at a glance, and you’ll even find lists of key pantry staples to keep on hand.

Discover a Southern-style diabetic cookbook with:
  • Nothing to lose —Healthy ways to braise, barbeque, smother, and air fry all your favorites.
  • Condiment creations —Make your own brines, rubs, sauces, and seasonings.
  • What’s in a serving size? —Tips for knowing what a serving size looks like for different food groups, and the nutritional value they contain.
You can have it both ways, thanks to a diabetic cookbook that lets you keep your health and keep the flavor.

MY REVIEW: Maya Feller, author of "The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life", is a registered dietician, nutritionist, and the founder of Maya Feller Nutrition. By creating healthy versions of "comfort food", she works to educate the public on how to still enjoy favorite foods while maintaining glycemic stability. Keeping a healthy balance of proteins, fats, and carbs sourced from whole and minimally-processed foods, along with portion control, is a key component for obtaining optimal dietary success. As always, consult with your primary care physician before making major dietary changes. The recipes included here rely on plant-based carbohydrates and combine vegetables, beans, whole grains, fresh fruit, and low-fat dairy foods. Portion control like "The Plate Method" is vital: one half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables; one fourth should contain starch + grains ; and the other fourth of the plate is for lean proteins. Food charts are included to identify healthy ingredients and explain proper portion size. Salt, sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats are to be used sparingly. You'll also find many tips and hints for the pantry, refrigerator and freezer, and kitchen tools and cooking techniques. Here's a sampler of the delicious recipes: "Breakfast Casserole"; "Veggie Hash"; "Blooming Onion"; "Savory Skillet Cornbread"; "Candied Yams"; "Hoppin' John"; "Brunswick Stew"; "Red Beans"; "Cast Iron Hot Chicken"; "Loaded Cottage Pie"; "Dutch Oven Apple Pork Chops"; "Jumpin' Jambalaya"; "Seafood Gumbo"; "Banana Pudding"; "Fried Apples"; and "Ranch Dressing".

Book Copy Callisto Publishers

Reviews

 

“Maya makes cooking approachable and exciting for people with diabetes! Instead of focusing on what foods to cut out, this book celebrates all of the rich Southern foods that should be enjoyed! You’ll be able to have your biscuits, grits, black eyed peas, and collards in a way that promotes stable blood sugars and optimal health.”―Wendy Lopez, MS, RD, CDE, co-founder of Food Heaven

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook is a dream come true! Nutritionist Maya Feller has done the impossible, transforming southern classics into healthy dishes―without sacrificing any of their flavor or soul. While tremendously important for those managing diabetes, these recipes really are for anyone who values good food and good health. This is an instant classic that any lover of soul food must add to their cookbook collection.”―Mara Schiavocampo, Emmy award-winning journalist, author, and podcast host

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook is not only the perfect guide for cooking southern comfort food, but also a brilliant roadmap on how to do this while living with diabetes. The dishes are sumptuous, the recipes are easy to follow, and the education provided about living a healthy life with diabetes is spot-on! Brilliant!”―Dr. Jen Caudle, family physician & medical correspondent, DrJenCaudle.com


Maya Feller

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Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition, a nutrition private practice specialized in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya received her masters of science in clinical nutrition at New York University, where she is adjunct faculty.

When working one on one and with groups, Maya believes in meeting the whole person where they are and using a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to effect agency and enable each client to meet their unique nutrition-related goals.

To address the difficult and complex health epidemics of non-communicable chronic disease, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. Maya shares her approachable, real food-based solutions to millions of people through regular speaking engagements, writing in local and national publications, via her social media account on Instagram, @mayafellerRD and as a national nutrition expert on Good Morning America, Strahan & Sara, Dr. Oz and more.

When she's not hard at work, you may spot Maya out for a run, shopping at the Park Slope Food Coop or enjoying a delicious meal with her family.


https://mayafellernutrition.com/ 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

"American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History"--learn about the greats in sports, civil rights, art, science, and more--also includes activities and tips for exploring more online

American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History



Discover the amazing stories of 50 real American heroes.

Are you ready to read about daring deeds and world-changing events? Meet the American Trailblazers, diverse historical and modern figures who accomplished incredible things. History books for kids age 9-12 should include a range of people and stories--here you'll learn about the greats in sports, civil rights, art, science, and more.

Explore each person's groundbreaking life and find the details of their work in the vibrant illustrations. Unlike other history books for kids age 9-12, American Trailblazers also includes activities and tips for exploring more online.

This standout among history books for kids age 9-12 introduces:

Athletes and performers--Meet memorable stars of sports and stage like baseball player Roberto Clemente, boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and entertainer and activist Josephine Baker.

Scientists and explorers--Read about the epic undertakings of engineer Nikola Tesla, interpreter and expedition guide Sacagawea, and conservationist John Muir.

Rebels and writers--Hear the powerful principles of jazz poet Langston Hughes, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and author and voting rights organizer Louisa May Alcott. Some are famous, but many you won't read about in other history books for kids age 9-12.


Who will your new hero be? Find out in American Trailblazers--all history books for kids age 9-12 should be this inspiring!


 MY REVIEW:  Anyone--child or adult--who has an interest in American History will appreciate "American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History". Author Lisa Trusiani has put together an attention-holding collection of fifty amazing individuals from past eras and modern times--a list as diverse as it is dazzling. These are people from all walks of life and career paths--science, civil rights, sports, music, art, and much more. The more of the biographies that you read, the more you want to read. Here are just a few of the fabulous folks you'll find between the pages: Muhammad Ali; John James Audubon; Josephine Baker; Rachel Carson; George Gershwin; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Georgia O'Keefe; Wilma Rudolph; Dr. Seuss; and so many more. The book is easy-to-read, delightfully illustrated, and an enjoyably educational way to pass the time.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers


LISA TRUSIANI

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LISA TRUSIANI loves to research life in the past and often imagines going back in time to meet trailblazers and other fascinating people. Lisa has written award-winning comic book stories for Marvel Entertainment and a syndicated newspaper strip. She is happiest when writing for children and teens. 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2299024.Lisa_Trusiani

"Girl Meets Duke Series"--delicious historical romance from author Tessa Dare---once a girl meets a Duke...only a Duke will do!

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1)



When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:


- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.


But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:


- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…



The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke, #2) 



He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson

The accidental governess.


After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart... without risking her own.


The infamous rake.


Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling... and he’s in danger of falling, hard. 



The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke, #3) 



They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.


Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.
 



The Bride Bet (Girl Meets Duke, #4)

 

Coming 2020



Ten years ago, Nicola and the duke wanted nothing to do with each other…and that’s exactly why they got engaged.


Reviews

 

“Sexy, tender, and wickedly funny, Dare’s newest offering is a spirited tale with a Beauty-and-the-Beast theme and the perfect launch for her latest series.” (Library Journal)

“Dare once again works her own irresistible brand of magic by taking a cast of richly nuanced characters, a deliciously clever plot… and a generous measure of addictively tart wit, and then she spins the whole thing into pure literary gold.” (Booklist)

“You’ll laugh and cry... while reading this daring reimagination of Beauty and the Beast that is pure romance at its best. Dare’s gift for crafting humorous repartee is matched by her talent for writing deeply emotional stories filled with steamy love scenes.” (RT Book Reviews)
"Dare’s inimitable wit, charm, humor, and emotional intensity are on full display, and readers will be smitten. Another sparkling success for Dare and her delightful Girl Meets Duke series.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Dare outdoes herself with the scintillating third Girl Meets Duke Regency romance This riveting romance may be Dare’s best yet.” (Publishers Weekly)

“RITA Award–winning Dare’s flair for ingeniously inventive and wonderfully whimsical story lines is on full display in the latest of her marvelous Girl Meets Duke books, which distinguishes itself with a plot with a serious side while still delivering just the right ratio of lushly detailed love scenes to laugh-out-loud moments.” (Booklist)

“Dare has created a deliciously sexy take on Lady and the Tramp. Laugh-out-loud scenes involving a runaway otter, a foul-mouthed parrot, and a scene stealing hedgehog balance out the darker, more introspective topics of the characters’ childhood abuse and neglect.” (Library Journal)

“Alex and Chase are playful, intense and stubborn--their flaws make them a magical match, not perfect but perfect for each other.” (New York Times Book Review on The Governess Game

  
Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare 

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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.
 

"A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad"--from author Traci Douglass--contemporary holiday romance--a mistletoe kiss just may spark a second chance when former sweethearts meet again

A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad

A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad

Second chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he’d let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only, now they’re working side by side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic, their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?


MY REVIEW:  Well-drawn characterizations and a strongly-felt sense of longing add depth and poignancy to a "Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad". Author Traci Douglass has created two appealing characters who made choices at a young age which would separate the high-school sweethearts and give them careers each on other side of the country. Belle Watson left Michigan for a scholarship at UCLA which would allow her to pursue her professional dreams in medicine. Nick Marlowe had also chosen to become a physician, eventually working as a pediatric surgeon in Georgia. He would marry and become a father, but after his wife passed away, he came home to Michigan to open a new medical practice. When Belle's Aunt Marlene passes away, Belle returns to Michigan to settle her aunt's affairs. She and Nick are in each other's company after nearly twenty years, and a myriad of emotions are swirling between them. However, they are both shocked to learn that Aunt Marlene divided her estate between the two of them, and her final wish was that they would work together to reopen her free clinic to the public for Christmas Eve. Despite the passing of time, different lives on opposite sides of the country, and differing personal situations, the attraction and regard between Belle and Nick is stronger than ever. There is much to resolve for both of them, but the heart knows what it wants. Will the wisdom in a kindly matchmaker's last wish and the magic of mistletoe be just the holiday gift that will offer a second-chance at lasting love for Belle and Nick? If you enjoy holiday romances with heartfelt hopes for a happy reunion, then you will love "A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad".

Book Copy Gratis Author


Traci Douglass 

AUTHOR TRACI DOUGLASS SAYS:

Fresh, Flirty, Fun, Sweet, Sexy Romance.

"I'm a USA Today Bestselling Author whose stories feature sizzling heroes with humor, quick wits and troubled pasts and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. I hold an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and I love cute animals, chocolate, coffee, hot UK actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.

My books are published with Harlequin/Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, and Tule Publishing."

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

"NEW BEGINNINGS SERIES"--from awesome author DEBBIE MACOMBER--stories are imbued with everyday life matters, and humor and hope help to heal the more difficult aspects of existence that we all face from time to time--romance is delightfully written, and love pervades the storylines

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Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.


A wonderful novel of perseverance and trust, and an exciting journey through life’s challenges and joys, Last One Home is Debbie Macomber at the height of her talents.


Praise for "Last One Home"


“Fans of bestselling author Macomber will not be disappointed by this compelling stand-alone novel.”Library Journal

“Family, forgiveness and second chances are the themes in Macomber’s latest stand-alone novel. No one writes better women’s contemporary fiction, and Last One Home is another wonderful example. Always inspiring and heartwarming, this is a read you will cherish.”RT Book Reviews

“Tender, real, and full of hope.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Once again, Ms. Macomber has woven a charming tale dealing with facing life’s hard knocks, begging forgiveness, and gaining self-confidence.”Reader to Reader

“Macomber never disappoints me. . . . She always manages to leave me with a warming of the soul and fuzzy feelings that stays for days.”Fresh Fiction

“A very heartwarming novel of healing and reconciliation . . . that touches on life’s more serious moments and will leave readers hoping to revisit these flawed but lovable characters in the future.”—Book Reviews & More by Kathy


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In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.
 
  

Praise for "A Girl's Guide to Moving On"



A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is Debbie Macomber’s finest novel. Betrayal and sorrow can happen in any stage of life and, in this wonderful story, her very nimble hands weave a spectacular kaleidoscope of courage, struggles, and finally joyous redemption and reinvention. Macomber totally understands the human heart. I absolutely loved it!”—Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies

“Debbie Macomber’s beguiling new novel, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, whispers a message of love, hope, and, yes, reinvention to every woman who has ever wondered ‘Is that all there is?’ I predict every diehard Macomber fan—as well as legions of readers new to the Macomber magic—will be cheering for Leanne and Nichole, and clamoring for more, more, more.”—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, Ladies’ Night, and Summer Rental

“Macomber is a master at pulling heartstrings, and readers will delight in this heartwarming story of friendship, love, and second chances. Leanne, Nichole, Rocco, and Nikolai will renew your faith in love and hope. The perfect read curled up in front of the fire or on a beach, it’s as satisfying as a slice of freshly baked bread—wholesome, pleasantly filling, and delicious.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns

“Beloved author Debbie Macomber reaches new heights in this wise and beautiful novel. It’s the kind of reading experience that comes along only rarely, bearing the hallmarks of a classic. With characters as warm and relatable as your best friends, it’s a novel of connection, exploring life’s unexpected twists and turns—friendship, betrayal, passion, heartbreak, and healing. The timeless wisdom in these pages will stay with you long after the book is closed.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow Lake

“Debbie dazzles! A wonderful story of friendship, forgiveness and the power of love. I devoured every page!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep

“Debbie Macomber is a master at emotional, uplifting, insightful stories, and A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is one of her best novels. Her characters are well-defined, well written, and so realistic that by the end of the book the reader feels like they are intimate friends with Nichole and Leanne. . . . Macomber fans will love her latest novel. If you haven’t read Macomber before, this is a lovely book to start out with.”Night Owl Reviews

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is truly a story of love, friendship, hope and a woman’s capacity to make a fresh start. Whether you are in a rock-solid relationship or have faced a break-up or divorce, you are sure to connect with the joys and trials faced by Leanne and Nichole as they support each other in their individual quests for a brighter tomorrow. Readers will find the book full of the tender moments, humor, drama and emotion for which Debbie Macomber’s novels are famous.”Bookreporter

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On definitely hit the right buttons on how a good, strong, and happy relationship should be. . . . Pick up this beautiful story.”Fresh Fiction


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An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it s absolutely right

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn t exactly Sam s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.

Before long, Beth's strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she s come to love.



Praise for "If Not for You"


“[An] uplifting and deliciously romantic tale with vibrant characters and a wide range of emotions.”—RT Book Reviews

“A heartwarming story of forgiveness and unexpected love.”—Harlequin

“A fun, sweet read.”—Publishers Weekly  

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Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.



Praise for "Any Dream Will Do"


 “Emotional, romantic and inspirational, the latest novel from romance maven Macomber is a must read! . . . Shay’s journey is one of courage, and there’s something in her story for every reader.”—RT Book Reviews

Any Dream Will Do is . . . so realistic, it’s hard to believe it’s fiction through the end. Even then, it’s hard to say goodbye to these characters. This standalone novel will make you hope it becomes a Hallmark movie, or gets a sequel. It’s an inspiring, hard-to-put-down tale. . . . You need to read it.”—The Free-Lance Star

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a study in human tolerance and friendship. Macomber masterfully shows how all people have value.”—Fresh Fiction

“Macomber never disappoints. The message is uplifting and inspirational. Fans of Christian fiction or crossover works with a positive message will enjoy this book.”—Library Journal


Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber 

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2019, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Window on the Bay (July) and A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (October). Macomber is also releasing a new journal titled Be a Blessing: A Journal for Cultivating Kindness, Joy, and Inspiration (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published three bestselling cookbooks, most recently Debbie Macomber's Table in 2018, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.



"THE NEWBERG MYSTERY NOVELS"--by Neal Griffin--a suspenseful, thrilling series from an author with just the write stuff for the crime fiction genre

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Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He's seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty.

Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.

Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.

Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newberg--and Ben Sawyer--in his sights.


MY REVIEW:  Author Neal Griffin's law-enforcement background is as impressive and fascinating as any storyline that he could create for one of his fictional characters. With his debut novel, "Benefit of the Doubt", he puts his own knowledge and skills to great use in spinning a compelling tale of loss, redemption, and ultimate justice. Ben Sawyer made a mistake, a very public mistake, and it cost him his career in law enforcement in Oakland, California. With few choices available, Ben and his wife Alex, along with their twelve-year old son, Jake, move back to their home town of Newberg, Wisconsin. Ben is now a small-town cop, and the chief of police is his own father-in-law. Distrust by his fellow officers and resentment over his family connection to the department become the least of Ben's worries when issues with drug-running and prostitution become pressing and corruption rears its ugly head. A shocking scandal occurs when Ben's wife, Alex, is labeled an adulterer and is accused of murder. Once again, Ben's law enforcement career is in jeopardy, but this time the threat to his family is even greater. With a rookie female cop, herself an outcast, as his only trusted support, Ben determines to bring down the criminal element endangering his family. Ben's worries have only just begun, however, because someone truly evil is headed his way--a convicted murderer fueled by revenge--and Ben and his family are the targeted prey. "Benefit of the Doubt" is a suspenseful, thrilling debut from an author with just the write stuff for the crime fiction genre.

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Reviews

 

Benefit of the Doubt needs none--there is no doubt that this fine debut novel is the sure-handed work of an exciting new author.” ―Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of Savages

“[A] unique and suspenseful debut novel by a cop-turned-author who knows the turf. The story moves at warp speed.” ―Joseph Wambaugh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A taut and cleverly-plotted page-turner! Griffin is a terrific story-teller, and this compelling tale will keep you guessing from the first chilling line to the unpredictable and completely surprising last page.” ―Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony & Agatha Award-winning author

“A visionary, scathing, supremely effective peek into the darkness that permeates small town Americana. Drawn in vibrant colors upon an ambitious canvas, this major debut is destined to take its place alongside the work of Robert Parker, C.J. Box, and Harlan Coben when it comes to unrelenting suspense and wondrously staged, multi-layered construction.” ―Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling and The Tenth Circle


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Tia Suarez jumped off the pages in Griffin's brilliant debut novel, Benefit of the Doubt. Now she takes center stage in her own story, A Voice from the Field, a gripping thriller about human trafficking in the U.S.

Gunther Kane and his white supremacist group are using forced prostitution to finance the purchase of automatic weapons. Kane snatches young women off the streets and sells them to hundreds of men. When a victim is used up, she's killed and dumped. After all, there are always more where she came from.

Physically recovered from being shot but struggling with PTSD, Tia Suarez almost doesn't believe her eyes when she glimpses a Hispanic teenager bound and gagged in the back of Kane's van. The look of terror on the woman's face makes Tia desperate to rescue her.

Kane's in the crosshairs of the FBI, who don't want a small-town Wisconsin detective messing up their big gun bust.

Tia Suarez doesn't back down for anyone. Not the department shrink; not the feds who dismiss her; not even her boyfriend, a Marine veteran who thinks she doesn't know what she's getting into. Tia will find the missing teen come hell or high water.


Reviews

 

Neal Griffin joins an illustrious line of cops-turned writers with this fine debut. The police work is definitive, the emotions run high, and hero Ben Sawyer is one you will root for. ―T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author

Benefit of the Doubt is a taut, hard-hitting morality play set in small town America, but rich with big themes: revenge, betrayal and redemption. Neal Griffin is the new kid in town, and he is here to stay. ―Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author

A scathing peek into the darkness that permeates small town Americana. Drawn in vibrant colors upon an ambitious canvas, this major debut is destined to take its place alongside the work of Robert Parker, C.J. Box, and Harlan Coben when it comes to unrelenting suspense and wondrously staged, multi-layered construction served up suburban style. As visually stunning as it is viscerally gripping...one of the best crime novels of the year! ―Jon Land, author of Strong Rain Falling

A complicated killer seeking revenge is hunted by a complicated lawman in this unique and suspenseful debut novel by a cop-turned-author who knows the turf. ―Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author

Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller. ―Kirkus Reviews


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It looks like suicide.

The body of a young man has been found in the woods outside Newberg, dead from a close-range shotgun blast. The gun―his own―lies beside the body.


Certain things don’t add up for Detective Tia Suarez. Where did the fat envelope of cash in his pocket come from? Who called the police to report the body, then disappeared before the cops arrived?

The trail leads Tia to an institution for juvenile incarceration and to the leader of a local mega-church, a political and economic powerhouse in the region. Newberg’s mayor and the medical examiner keep trying to close the case.

But what if it isn’t suicide? What if this young man’s death is covering up something that will shake the town to its foundations?

Los Angeles Times bestselling author Neal Griffin burst onto the scene with Benefit of the Doubt, which introduced Tia Suarez, the only female―and Latina―cop on the police force in tiny Newberg, Wisconsin. Griffin’s compelling suspense novels show that big-city crime regularly plagues small-town America―that Breaking Bad is the rule, not the exception.

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“Add Neal Griffin to your list of must-read crime writers!”― Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles series

“With crackling dialogue, dead-on police procedure, and a smart, feisty heroine in Detective Tia Suarez, Neal Griffin delivers.”―Tami Hoag, New York Times bestselling author

“Engrossing. Griffin paints a vivid picture of the difficulties of police work, in particular the harassment Tia endures from her male colleagues on account of her gender.”―Publishers Weekly

 
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 Neal Griffin 

Neal Griffin is a twenty-five-year veteran of law enforcement who grew up in the kind of town he writes about. He often speaks about law enforcement issues and police ethics to civilians and fellow cops. Griffin has participated in special training at FBI headquarters. Currently serving in a department in Southern California, Griffin is married and has four children. His first novel, Benefit of the Doubt, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

From author David Joy--"WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO"--A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel In the country-noir tradition of "Winter's Bone" meets "Breaking Bad", a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.

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The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.  The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town.

Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known.


MY REVIEW:  Darkly compelling, "Where All Light Tends to Go" is an impressive debut from author David Joy. The story is told in first-person narrative, by a character who will break your heart. In rural Cashiers, North Carolina, Jacob McNeely is a young man with little choice but to help his father run the family business--a wide-reaching, tightly-run meth ring. While Jacob's father is deeply entrenched in drug dealing, evading and manipulating the authorities, and living the outlaw life, Jacob still hasn't given up all his dreams. His mother is a crazed addict herself, living in the remote cabin where she was exiled by his father. The only tenderness and joy in Jacob's life came from Maggie, his childhood neighbor and high school sweetheart. However, Jacob left school without finishing the tenth grade, and he and Maggie parted ways. He knew she was meant to leave her home and him behind--she was meant for better things. As Jacob becomes more and more swept away by the tide of violence, betrayal, and the desperation of the addicted, he determines to make a last-minute escape. A sweet reunion with Maggie gives him hope for a future together. However, there are elements of evil, as old as time itself, whirling around Jacob as he makes his plans. A long-inevitable showdown is in the works and survivorship is uncertain. Will Jacob follow his heart to freedom, or will the lethal legacy of blood loyalty have its way?

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Praise for Where All Light Tends to Go

“[A] remarkable first novel . . . This isn’t your ordinary coming-of-age novel, but with his bone-cutting insights into these men and the region that bred them, Joy makes it an extraordinarily intimate experience.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“[An] accomplished debut . . . In Appalachia, a young outlaw, Jacob McNeely, struggles to escape what Faulkner called that “old fierce pull of blood,” a violent meth-dealing father, the dark legacies of an unforgiving place and the terrible miseries it breeds. [A] beautiful, brutal book.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Readers of Southern grit lit in the tradition of Daniel Woodrell and Harry Crews will enjoy this fast-paced debut thriller. Fans of Ron Rash’s novels will appreciate the intricate plot and Joy’s establishment of a strong sense of place in his depiction of rural Appalachia.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Bound to draw comparisons to Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone...[Joy's] moments of poetic cognizance are the stuff of fine fiction, lyrical sweets that will keep readers turning pages...Where All Light Tends To Go is a book that discloses itself gradually, like a sunrise peeking over a distant mountain range...If [Joy's next] novel is anything like his first, it'll be worth the wait.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Joy’s first novel is an uncompromising noir, its downward thrust pulling like quicksand on both the characters and the reader. And, yet, there is poetry here, too, as there is in Daniel Woodrell’s novels, the kind of poetry that draws its power from a doomed character’s grit in the face of disaster. . . This is the start of a very promising fiction-writing career.”—Booklist

“Gripping . . . Engaging characters, a well-realized setting, and poetic prose establish Joy as a novelist worth watching.”—Publishers Weekly

“Joy’s debut is about hope as much as it is fate . . . [it] is harrowing.  Joy’s voice is authentic, his prose sparse, his eye for detail minute.  Everything works in this novel to push the reader closer and closer to the cliff’s edge, hoping against hope that what won’t be required is to jump off.”—Mountain Times

“Joy works with the materials many call the stuff of “country noir.” The result calls to mind the work of powerful writers such as Ron Rash, Daniel Woodrell, Mark Powell, and Cormac McCarthy . . . Joy has crafted a piece of masterful fiction.  His sense of pace, his ability to catch the reader off guard with explosive and often upsetting incidents, his way with the shape of a chapter—all herald a major young writer.”—Still: The Journal

Where All Light Tends to Go is lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. In this debut novel, David Joy makes it clear that he knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place. He uses details that put us inside the picture, and lets his narrative move at a graceful but restless pace.”—Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone and The Maid’s Version

“David Joy has written a savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country noir vein of Southern Literature.”—Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Serena

Where All Light Tends to Go is deeply rooted in place, written in an assured, authentic voice. David Joy manages to be both lyrical and gritty, loving and horrifyingly violent, funny and grim. His picture of modern Appalachia is rich and evocative, with bold storytelling not often seen in a first novel. This book is an amazing start to a career that could make Joy the Larry Brown of the Appalachians.”—Ace Atkins, New York Times-bestselling author of The Forsaken
“Compelling and authentic . . . a harsh tale of young love’s tender hopes set against the brutal realities of ruined Appalachia. Jacob McNeely’s story is one worth reading.”—Tawni O’Dell, New York Times-bestselling author of Back Roads

“David Joy writes under the auspices of community, heartbreak, and love, and makes use of the warmest color in fiction - gray. What is right and what is wrong and who is to decide? In the North Carolina mountains, these answers don't come easy. Big decisions come with big consequences, and if you second guess, you lose.”—Michael Farris Smith, author of Rivers and The Hands of Strangers

“Running with the dopers, drunks and less fortunate in my youth, those who were doomed by their surroundings, the story that David Joy tells is one of truth, power and circumstance and quite possibly a tour de force in American letters.”—Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook

Where All Light Tends to Go reads like the whiskey-breath of Harry Crews word-drunk on the lyricism of Daniel Woodrell. It's as brutally beautiful as it is heartbreaking.”—Mark Powell, author of The Dark Corner

“David Joy gives us a world that is equal parts graceful beauty and true grit in this poetic and heart-pounding novel.  Where All Light Tends to Go contains those essential elements for a novel that ‘sticks to the ribs’:  complex and memorable characters, a palpable sense of place, and a plot that is driven as much by suspense as lyricism.  You won't be able to put down this profoundly moving and illuminating look into a mysterious and intricate world where the smell of the southern pines mingles with the scent of cooking meth.”—Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt and Eli the Good

“David Joy's Where All Light Tends to Go will be compared to a handful of grit lit masterpieces, but Joy's his own writer.  It's a double page turner--I couldn't stop reading, but I relished each page twice, mesmerized by the language and plot twists. For every scene of evil personified, there's goodness.  For every horrific act of lawless characters, there's the sublime.  I'll remember—and be haunted by—this novel for a long, long time.”—George Singleton, author of Between Wrecks


David Joy

David    Joy 

David Joy is the author of the Edgar nominated novel Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015), as well as the novels The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017) and The Line That Held Us (Putnam, 2018). His memoir, Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011), was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His latest stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. He is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. His work is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. He lives in Jackson County, North Carolina.

From author Lisa Carter--a terrific trio of contemporary Southwestern mysteries--inspirational romantic suspense

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When federal agent Aaron Yazzie is assigned to protect the only witness to a drug cartel execution, he hides Kailyn Eudailey in the safest place he knows . . . the vast, untamed wilderness of the Navajo Reservation.

Transporting Kailyn to New Mexico may not be as easy as Aaron would like. Kailyn is a high-maintenance Southern belle who is determined to assert her independence at every step. Although Aaron's job is to protect her from the dangers that could get them both killed, Kailyn is getting to him. As an undercover agent, Aaron has grown adept at playing many roles. But will he be able to embrace his true identity and God's plan for his life in order to keep Kailyn alive?


MY REVIEW:  "Under a Turquoise Sky" is an involving, inspiring romantic suspense tale from author Lisa Carter. Aaron Yazzie, known as Rafael Chavez in his guise as an undercover FBI agent, had a tough beginning in life, one he had never forgotten. Despite the love and spiritual teaching of his adoptive parents, bitterness ran deep in him over all he had seen and experienced. The last thing he needed or wanted was to be saddled with safeguarding a federal witness until she could testify against the drug king who had murdered her friend--the drug lord's own wife--before her eyes. Kailyn Eudailey is a spirited, blonde and beautiful southern belle from a privileged background. She and Aaron appear to be extreme opposites, barely able to tolerate each other, yet stuck together on a dangerous flight from the evil which will stop at nothing to silence Kailyn. A promise to Aaron's dying father, a US Marshal, keeps Aaron bound to protecting Kailyn with all means at his disposal. He heads back to his roots in the Southwest, taking Kailyn and her small dog to the Navajo Nation where he was born. With contracts out on both their lives, they must evade the ever-approaching danger and learn to deal with the differences between the two of them. But will those differences, along with a growing respect and fondness, lead to something more? If they survive, is there a chance that their futures will be blessed by abiding faith and lasting love? Readers will also greatly enjoy "Beneath a Navajo Moon" from author Lisa Carter.

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The search for a woman who disappeared in 1906 has lead cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson to Cedar Canyon, where the iconic terrain of red rock walls and mesas keep Navajo traditions--and maybe criminal evidence--well hidden. When Erin's search leads her to cross paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn, it's hardly love at first sight. But everywhere she turns, Adam is already there.

Fighting their feelings for each other, the two are suddenly thrust into a battle far more dangerous--a common quest to rout an insidious drug cartel that has spawned the recent rise in gang violence on the reservation. Adam's position of authority gives Erin a rare glimpse into Navajo life few outsiders like her ever see--and into a crime ring that no one dares to imagine. As danger mounts, Adam and Erin begin to wonder if they will live to tell how they really feel.
 


MY REVIEW:  The more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challenges facing the characters. While the book features a strong, intelligent heroine, it was the troubled and tormented hero who really drew me into the story line. Erin Dawson, a graduate student working on her doctoral dissertations, has come to Cedar Canyon, Arizona to research her heart's quest. Long fascinated with the partial history of Olivia Thornton, a teacher at the Cedar Canyon Mission School in the early 1900's, Erin is determined to unearth the complete truth about the woman who haunts her thoughts. As the legend was told, Olivia was captured by a Navajo warrior, Silver Eagle, on the day the Navajos came to release their children who were forced to attend the Christian mission school. Lives were lost and the school never reopened, and Olivia lived among the Navajo for a time before being reunited with her own people. However, a great love had grown between Olivia and Silver Eagle, and eventually, she returned to the West to look for him. Erin could not rest until she found out if the unlikely sweethearts had found a happy-ever-after. Adam Silverhorn is a Navajo tribal policeman, a native son torn between the strong pull of the past, and the modern-day threat of the criminal element thriving in the Navajo Nation. Adam is handsome, charismatic, and the grandson of Hershal Begay, a tribal leader who operates on his own side of the law, fueled by his hatred of the white people and their government. Hershal's greatest desire is to turn Adam to his twisted way of thinking, and to have Adam leave law enforcement behind and take over the Begay empire. Meeting Erin, a woman of faith and compassion, has Adam longing for a different kind of life--and his feelings are shared by Erin. More than cultural differences are keeping them apart--Adam is secretly working undercover to bring down a meth lab being run on tribal land, and must act his role of playboy and bad boy until his assignment is complete. Adam tries to stay away from Erin, but her sweet strength and spirituality call out to his needy soul. Their connection proves to a dangerous one, and enemies are all around them--enemies who are all too ready to keep them apart at any cost. Will an abiding faith and a lasting love bloom in the midst of great turmoil and tribulation? Will Adam and Erin, and those they hold dear, survive and find a future of peace and fulfillment? "Beneath a Navajo Moon" is a compelling and suspenseful inspirational romance which touches on many thought-provoking issues.

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When Linden Birchfield arrives in the Snowbird Cherokee community to organize the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears, she runs head on—literally—into arrogant former army sniper Walker Crowe. A descendant of the Cherokee who evaded deportation by hiding in the rugged Snowbird Mountains, Walker believes no good can result from stirring up the animosity with the white Appalachian residents whose ancestors looted the tribal lands so long ago.

Though at odds over the commemoration, Linden and Walker must unite against an unseen threat to derail the festival. Together they face an enemy whose implacable hatred can be traced to the events of the Trail, a dark chapter in America’s westward expansion. When called to resurrect his sniper abilities, Walker must thwart the enemy who threatens the modern-day inhabitants of tiny Cartridge Cove—and targets the woman who has captured his heart.



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A tangled web of lies characterizes the life Laura Mabry has built for herself and her son after the tragic death of her husband. But Laura's carefully constructed world slides off its axis when she stumbles upon the body of a young college student on the recreational trails of Raleigh's Greenway. What's worse, Detective Jon Locklear is Laura's worst nightmare...and her dream come true.

Jon has spent years trying to forget Laura. Past experience has taught him that he can't trust her, but old habits--like old loves--die hard. When the killer turns his attention on Laura, Jon may be the only one who can save her.

Truth and murder lurk just around the corner for Laura. Can she find the courage to face her deepest fears and unravel the lies of her past before she and her son become the Greenway Killer's next victims.
 


MY REVIEW:  The "Vines of Entanglement" are tangled, twisted, and tenacious in author Lisa Carter's follow-up work to "Carolina Reckoning". In this inspirational romantic suspense tale, young widow Laura Mabry is rebuilding life for herself and her son. A year has passed since the death of her husband, Holt. Their ten-year-old son, Ian, acts out his grief by being difficult and resentful. With Ian away on a fishing trip with friends, Laura heads out for a run with their dog, and to her horror, she discovers the dead body of her own store employee. The killer is still lurking, however, and he attacks Laura, who manages an escape when someone else comes along the trail. To Laura's dismay, the homicide detective who arrives to investigate the crime scene is the former love of her life, Jon Locklear. Neither Laura nor Jon had realized that they were both back on home territory--their breakup so many years ago had been shattering in its bitterness. As young lovers, they were forced apart by familial control and societal conventions. Now, brought together again in the face of senseless tragedy, the two of them must face what they left behind so long ago. Jon senses Laura is hiding something, and he's right. Laura has a carefully guarded secret, and when the truth is revealed, many lives will be forever affected. Can the love which began in youth come full circle and mature into the love of a lifetime? Will truth and renewed faith cleanse old wounds, unite yearning hearts, and forge a future of unexpected happiness? Can new-found hope and honesty be strong enough to stop a killer in his tracks?

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Lisa Carter

Lisa Cox Carter 

Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick.

As a Southern romantic suspense writer--Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder--Lisa Carter has definite opinions on serious issues like barbeque, ACC basketball and the whole Pepsi vs. Coke controversy.

She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in North Carolina. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales.

She also enjoys quilting and researching her next exotic adventure.

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"LAMP BLACK, WOLF GREY"--from New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston--an enchanting tale of love and magic featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, an intriguing historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine that readers are sure to fall in love with

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Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the gossamer-fine veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable.

She and her husband Dan have given up their city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. Here she hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. But this high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys the charismatic loner who pursues Laura with fervor. And Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who seems to know so much but talks in riddles. And then there is Merlin.

Lamp Black, Wolf Grey tells both Laura's story and Merlin's. For once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nurse-maid to the children of the hated local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young, at the start of his renowned career as a magician, but when he refuses to help Lord Geraint it is Megan who may pay the price.

From New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston, Lamp Black, Wolf Grey is an enchanting tale of love and magic featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, an intriguing historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine that readers are sure to fall in love with.


MY REVIEW:  Lyrical descriptive writing, a compelling blend of history and mythology, and the unmatched beauty of Wales all combine for a richly atmospheric tale in "Lamp Black, Wolf Grey". Author Paula Brackston has a way with words and a definite talent for spinning bewitching romantic stories. Contemporary life blends with elements from ancient days as a young married couple's move to the Welsh mountains unearths many truths, both old and new. Laura Matthews hopes that a life-changing move will bring about a renewal of her creativity as an artist and bring to life her greatest wish--a child of her own. As she and her husband, Dan, begin to acclimate themselves to their surroundings, an unexpected awareness seeps into Laura's consciousness. With Dan working several hours away, and coming home just on weekends, Laura mostly has her new home to herself--or does she? The land she now claims home was once the realm of Merlin, himself, and his presence is inescapable. As Laura becomes more involved with the history of the area, the past becomes her present, and her involvement with her neighbor, Rhys, adds an unsettling excitement to her existence. Will Laura find all that she has longed for, or are there powerful forces at work with a mysterious agenda all their own?

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Reviews

 

“...compelling and beautiful...a book to be savored. I look forward to reading more from this wonderful writer who always manages to take my breath away.” ―SF Site on Lamp Black, Wolf Grey

“Brackston's characters possess intriguing and ambiguous true natures, and her lush prose imbues the Welsh landscape with an enchantment all its own.” ―Publishers Weekly on Lamp Black, Wolf Grey

“Enjoy the latest from this magical storyteller.” ―Library Journal on Lamp Black, Wolf Grey



Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.


"Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition"--from author Buddy Levy--Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

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Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

In July 1881, Lt. A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made.

Greely and his men confronted every possible challenge—vicious wolves, sub-zero temperatures, and months of total darkness—as they set about exploring one of the most remote, unrelenting environments on the planet. In May 1882, they broke the 300-year-old record, and returned to camp to eagerly await the resupply ship scheduled to return at the end of the year. Only nothing came.

250 miles south, a wall of ice prevented any rescue from reaching them. Provisions thinned and a second winter descended. Back home, Greely’s wife worked tirelessly against government resistance to rally a rescue mission.

Months passed, and Greely made a drastic choice: he and his men loaded the remaining provisions and tools onto their five small boats, and pushed off into the treacherous waters. After just two weeks, dangerous floes surrounded them. Now new dangers awaited: insanity, threats of mutiny, and cannibalism. As food dwindled and the men weakened, Greely's expedition clung desperately to life.

Labyrinth of Ice tells the true story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune—at any cost—and how their journey changed the world.
 

Reviews

 

"A graphic tale of horrific deprivation that is sure to be the benchmark account." ―Kirkus Reviews

“Polar exploration is utter madness. It is the insistence of life where life shouldn’t exist. And so, Labyrinth of Ice shows you exactly what happens when the unstoppable meets the unmovable. Buddy Levy outdoes himself here. The details and story are magnificent.” ―Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
 
“Buddy Levy’s Labyrinth of Ice is the harrowing saga of A.W. Greely’s doomed polar exploration of 1881. Every page shivers with high-stakes drama and survivalist instinct. There is never a dull moment in this thoroughly researched epic. Highly recommended!" ―Douglas Brinkley, Author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
 
"Labyrinth of Ice is a must-read for armchair adventurers everywhere. Buddy Levy's research is thorough and his writing fast-paced, making for an epic page-turner." ―Martin Dugard, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

No one brings the narratives of history to life more brilliantly than Buddy Levy. With laser accuracy, keen intelligence, exhaustive research, exhilarating detail, and genuine compassion, he takes us on wondrous journeys so packed with stunning moments of heroism, hope, fear, and survival that we feel that we are witnessing the events not in the past, but in the present. In Levy's most recent book Labyrinth of Ice, moments of unimaginable human endeavor, folly, and sacrifice become something more than myth, more than legend, more than history itself: they become an unforgettable part of our own reality." ―Kim Barnes, Author of In the Kingdom of Men and the Pulitzer Prize Finalist In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

"Few tales of survival against great odds and even greater misfortune can top that of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. Levy has produced a page-turner that tells in fascinating detail the story of Lt. Adolphus Greely―who ranks as one of the 19th-century's most intrepid and ruthless explorers -- and the two dozen men of his command who battled the Arctic elements and each other to try to survive one of the most harrowing voyages of discovery ever recorded."―Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City and The Heart of Everything that Is
"Buddy Levy’s Labyrinth of Ice is a thrilling and harrowing story. If it’s a cliche to say I couldn’t put this book down, well, too bad: I couldn’t put this book down." ―Jess Walter, bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

"Labyrinth of Ice is another masterful narrative by America's premier historiographer of harrowing, character-baring expeditions into the unknown. A tour de force of vivid detail and voluminous research!" ―Alex Shoumatoff, editor of DispatchesFromTheVanishingWorld.com

“Buddy Levy’s Labyrinth of Ice is riveting. It’s a true tale of unparalleled discovery, endurance, survival and patriotism, set in one of the world’s most unforgiving places: the Polar North. Levy writes history with a novelist’s timing and describes the stunning landscapes with precise, imagistic language. A gripping, unforgettable story.”―Erik Weihenmayer: Global Adventurer, Speaker, and Author.


Buddy Levy

Buddy Levy

Writer, educator, public speaker and entertainer, Buddy Levy is the author of Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition (St. Martin’s Press, 2019); No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon (co-authored with Erik Weihenmayer, Thomas Dunne Books, 2017; a national bestseller and Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Outdoor Literature category of the 2017 National Outdoor Book Awards); Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of An American Warrior (with Mike Leach, Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014); River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon (Bantam Dell, 2011). His other books include Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs (Bantam Dell, 2008), which was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, 2009, and nominated for the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, 2009, and the PEN Center USA Award 2009; American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett (Putnam, 2005, Berkley Books, 2006); and Echoes On Rimrock: In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge (Pruett, 1998). His books have been published in six languages. CONQUISTADOR is currently being considered for a television series. 

As a freelance journalist Levy has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel subjects around the world, including several Eco-Challenges and other adventure expeditions in Argentina, Borneo, Europe, Greenland, Morocco, and the Philippines. His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Alaska Airlines Magazine, Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Couloir, Discover, Denver 5280, Hemispheres, High Desert Journal, Poets & Writers, River Teeth, Ski, Trail Runner, Utne Reader, TV Guide, and VIA. He is clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho with his wife Camie, and his black Labs Dugan and CJ.