Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Stroll Through Philadelphia's Society Hill...

When William Penn found Philadelphia, the city was merely two square miles along the Delaware River as opposed to the over 120 square miles it is today. Society Hill is not only a beautiful section of the city, but one filled with an abundance of history.




The neighborhood known as Society Hill was named for the Society of Free Traders in the early 1700s. Influential merchants, the group engineered the commercial interests of the newly formed colony. 

Although perceived as an elite area due to its many prominent residents (including future president, James Madison), by 1776 Society Hill was a diverse neighborhood and home to various social classes.

As lovely as Society Hill is today, that wasn't always the case. Despite its impressive initial days, the area had slipped into despair by the early 20th century. Given that many of the historical buildings remained standing, in the late 1950s Edmund Bacon, (actor Kevin Bacon's dad), a member of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, stepped in with a plan to bring Society Hill back to its original prominence.

Now a mixture of residential, historic, and commercial sites, Society Hill was one of my recent Walking Tour Strolls sponsored by The Preservation Alliance for Great Philadelphia.

With her impressive research notes, our awesome Tour Guide was eager to share her knowledge. Our tour group consisted not only of Philadelphians, who like me enjoy learning more about our city, but visitors from California and Canada! Our brochure listed over twenty stops. Here are a few of my favorites.


Headhouse Square



Built in 1775, and used as a fire house back in the city's early days. The houses surrounding the square are from the 18th and 19th century and are a mixture of commercial businesses and private residences. Head House Square is popular during the Spring and Summer for holding a variety of Flea and Farmers Markets. The blocks, which I always thought were cobblestone, I learned are actually "Belgian Blocks."


Man Full of Trouble Tavern



Built in 1759, this is the last surviving Pre-Revolutionary War tavern in the city. A short stroll from the river, the tavern was generally patronized by mariners and dockhands. In the 18th century, taverns were more than just the place to meet, drink, and eat. They were also the "go to" place for the latest news. 

The cellar of the building was used as the kitchen, storage, and quarters for the maids and hired hands. Rooms for sailors, who were away from their ships, were on the second floor. 



Society Hill Synogogue



This building has a wonderful history with a heritage of religious freedom (William Penn's goal for the city). Built in 1829, this building originally was home to the Spruce Street First Baptist Church. In 1916 a Roumanian American Congregation purchased the site. The Yiddish words for "Great Roumanian Shul" can still be seen above the synagogue's main entrance.

In 1967 a Conservative congregation acquired the building which was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. 



Hill-Physick-Keith House





Built in 1786 by Henry Hill (who was also the executor of Benjamin Franklin's will) and purchased by Dr. Phillip Physick in 1790, this is the last freestanding mansion in Society Hill. A respected physician, Dr. Physick is also remembered for inventing "soda pop." The lovely garden, complimenting the house, includes plants common in the 19th century.

As with almost all businesses of the day, Dr. Physick's medical office was in the house where he treated famous patients such as Dolly Madison and Chief Justice John Marshall.


Samuel Powel House



The house was built in 1765. Samuel Powel, one of the colonies' wealthiest men, purchased the home in 1768. Along with being the first mayor of Philadelphia after the Revolution, Powel and his wife, Elizabeth, were respected for their party planning expertise. George and Martha Washington, friends of the Powels, visited the house on many occasions.

The lush narration of the Powel House can be chronicled in its decorative arts assortment, detailed portraits, and lavish garden. Powel died in 1793 during the Yellow Fever epidemic. 






The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization whose goal is safeguarding historic properties through education and activism. To find out more about their mission, events, and activities, check out Preservation Alliance's website, http://www.preservationalliance.com/



Thanks for stopping by, Everyone, and, have a great week!



(photo, Society Hill neighborhood c/o facebook.com/visitphilly;
 photo, Head House Square c/o southstreet.com/about;
 photo, Man Full of Trouble Tavern c/o ushistory.org/tour/man-full-of-trouble;
 photo, Society Hill Synogogue c/o facebook.com/Society-Hill-Synagogue-315447885193300;
 photo, Hill-Physick-Keith House c/o facebook.com/ThePhysickHouse/
 photo, Powel House c/o facebook.com/PhilaLandmarks1931/;
 photo, Preservation Alliance c/o facebook.com/preservationalliance)








Sunday, September 10, 2017

In the Mood for a DVD?

On a rainy, do-nothing-Saturday, I spent the day hanging out at home with plenty of snacks, lots of sweet tea, and some new DVDs.



Here are several that you might want to consider adding to your "to be viewed" list!


The Founder



The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) met Mac and Dick McDonald and worked to create a burger empire.

FMI, https://www.amazon.com/Founder-Michael-Keaton/dp/B01LTIAQEG/



Loving


In 1958, in the state of Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to many, it was also illegal. When Richard (Joel Edgerton, Black Mass) and Mildred (Ruth Negga, World War Z) fall in love and marry, they are arrested. The couple take their case all the way to the Supreme Court in their fight for the right to love, and for justice.




Fences



Based on the Broadway play by August Wilson, a 1950s working-class African-American man (Denzel Washington), who once dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player, attempts to come to terms with the events of his life. 




The Shack



Based on THE NEW YORK TIMES best-selling novel, THE SHACK takes us on a father's spiritual journey that will help him find the truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.

FMI, https://www.amazon.com/Shack-DVD-Sam-Worthington/dp/B06ZY6F9GX/


Have a great week, Everyone!



(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The "unofficial" End to Summer...

Although the calendar tells us a few more weeks remain of Summer, the Labor Day holiday weekend generally means the end of the season for most folks.



Almost everyone has finished their summer vacations. In Philly, all of our school children will be back in their classrooms by Wednesday.

So, Friends, enjoy the last holiday of the Summer of 2017. Relax, be happy, and most of all, be safe!

Have a good week, Everyone!





(photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Teaching Children Respect for Animals...

Visitors to my Facebook and Google Plus pages often see posts with animals. Sometimes funny, frequently poetic, and often reminders that our furry friends have rights and feelings, too.




A love, value, respect, and responsibility for animals and their rights begins at an early age. Listed below are some releases in children's books, aimed at friendships between little ones and animals. By reinforcing a bond, and teaching children to have a regard for animals and their welfare, children also learn to respect, appreciate, and forge friendships with other children.



Lola Gets a Cat
by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw



Lola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.

Buy Links:

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Lola-Gets-Cat-Anna-McQuinn/dp/1580897363/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lola-gets-a-cat-anna-mcquinn/1123809815

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lola-Gets-Cat/Anna-McQuinn/9781580897365


Friends
by Aiko Ikegami



A girl from a faraway place begins her first day at school. She doesn’t speak the language and she looks different. She just doesn't fit in. But one day, she makes an unexpected friend—a squirrel! Then a rabbit joins them. Soon the girl’s fuzzy woodland friends are followed by human ones and school becomes more fun! When a surprising new student joins the class, the girl and her new friends know just how to make him feel at home.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Friends-Aiko-Ikegami/dp/0807525502/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/friends-aiko-ikegami/1122642862

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Friends/Aiko-Ikegami/9780807525500


Lucy loves Sherman
by Catherine Bailey and Meg Walters



Lucy loves Sherman from the moment they meet at Flotsam’s Fish Market. Oh sure, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean, but he’s also polka dotted. And blurble-y. And he smells like the ocean! Unfortunately, Nana is not hooked on the idea of a pet lobster.

Things only get worse when Lucy meets Chef Pierre and discovers that Sherman’s fate is on a plate! She must rescue Sherman, even if it means getting into hot water with all the grownups. So Lucy takes action. But will the efforts of one little girl be enough to save Sherman from the bib and butter?

As humorous as it is inspiring, Lucy Loves Sherman explores an unlikely, yet utterly charming friendship, and the challenge and thrill of finding your voice and being an activist.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Loves-Sherman-Catherine-Bailey/dp/1634507053/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucy-loves-sherman-catherine-bailey/1123362564

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lucy-Loves-Sherman/Catherine-Bailey/9781634507059


Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo




Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.

Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.


Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Strictly-No-Elephants-Lisa-Mantchev/dp/1481416472/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strictly-no-elephants-lisa-mantchev/1121191063

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Strictly-No-Elephants/Lisa-Mantchev/9781481416474


Have a good week, Everyone!


(wolf photo c/o facebook.com/WolfSanctuaryPA)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Head to the "Jersey Shore..."

Since my birthday is in August, while I was growing up my dad would always take my birthday week as our family vacation. Living in Philadelphia, the most natural place for vacation was one of the many New Jersey beach resorts.




I included the New Jersey "shore" (as we call it in Philly) in my short story "Burgers and Hot Chocolate" for the Winter Wonders anthology, and in my novel, Magic Moment. Although the name of the town I penned, "Magic Lake Island," was fictional, inspiration came from childhood retreats in Wildwood and Cape May. 

Here are several of my favorite "shore" spots.




Wildwood



Best Boardwalk! You can sit with a treat and "people watch" for hours...



Cape May


The southern tip of New Jersey beach resorts.


Ocean City



Best Day Trip Destination...a simple hop, skip, and a jump from Philly.


FMI, check out the following websites:

www.wildwoodnj.org

www.capemay.com

www.ocnj.us


Have a great week, Everyone!


(photos c/o facebook.com/snoopy,
 facebook.com/dowildwood,
 facebook.com/CapeMayCity,
 facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday, Snoopy...and, me, too!


Growing up, I always felt a "kinship" towards Snoopy. At first, I just thought it was because I l-o-v-e dogs.



Last year, while making my daily visit to Snoopy's Facebook page, I discovered that Snoopy's birthday, is August 10th. We're both Leos! 😊

So, Happy Birthday, Snoopy! Enjoy your special day! Me? I'm taking two weeks off from blogging to enjoy our birthdays!!!

Enjoy August, Everyone!


(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Philly's Walking Tour of Sacred Sites...

As frequent visitors to this blog and my Facebook page know, I enjoy strolling through the Historic District of Philadelphia. This Summer I started taking theme-related walking tours sponsored by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.




The tours are a fun way to spend a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Our wonderful guides are eager to share their knowledge on the subject matter, and walkers are a friendly, sociable group. We all have in common a love for our city, Philadelphia, and a desire to learn more about it.

Two of our recent outings focused on the Sacred Sites in the Historical District. Given the boundaries lines of Philadelphia were more limited in those early days, and how William Penn created the city with the idea of religious freedom, I found it rather poetic that there was a church of a different faith on nearly every street corner.

We visited ten sites on our first stroll; on our second, eight. Our itinerary focused on both the historical background, and architectural design of the building. I thought I'd share a few of our stops with all of you.


Christ Church



Founded in 1695, and also known as "Historic Christ Church," many of our country's prominent names worshiped here (George Washington, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin to name a few). The church, and its burial ground, are frequent stops of tourists to Philadelphia.



Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church



The second Catholic Church, Old St. Mary's was built in 1763 after Old St. Joseph's (built in 1733 and also on our tour). Commodore John Barry, father of the American Navy, is one of several historical figures buried in St. Mary's Cemetery which is adjacent to the church.



St. Peter's  Episcopal Church 


St. Peter's Church was founded in 1758 by members of Christ Church who had settled in the Society Hill area. William White, Rector of both churches, was also Chaplain to Congress during the American Revolution. St. Peter's, like Christ Church and Old St. Mary's, has a cemetery with notable citizens buried there, including seven Native American chiefs.


Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church



Founded in 1787, Mother Bethel is one of the first African American churches in the United States. The church also serves as a museum which houses many artifacts from the era including the tomb of its founder, Rev. Richard Allen. Along with his religious duties as pastor, Rev. Allen was a political activist involved in the abolitionist movement.


Old Pine Presbyterian Church



Founded in 1768. During the Revolutionary War, British troops overtook the church, using it as a hospital and stable for their horses. The pews were destroyed for fire wood. Although the inside has been redone, the church stands on its original structure with its primary brick walls.


Congregation Mikveh Israel


Founded in 1740, Congregation Mikveh Israel is the oldest continuous synagogue in the United States. Mikveh Israel had several notable members including Haym Salomon who helped finance the American Revolutionary War.




The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization whose goal is safeguarding historic properties through education and activism. To find out more about their mission, events, and activities, check out Preservation Alliance's website, http://www.preservationalliance.com/


Have a great week, Everyone!


(photos c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum,
 facebook.com/ChristChurchPHL,
 facebook.com/Old-St-Marys-Church-235761779800743,
 facebook.com/stpetersphila,
 facebook.com/MotherBethel,
 facebook.com/Old-Pine-St-Presbyterian-Church-121153817898413,
 facebook.com/MikvehIsrael, 
 facebook.com/preservationalliance)






Sunday, July 23, 2017

RWA Conference 2017!

This is the week Romance writers anticipate all year long...the annual Romance Writers of America conference. 




Romance writers from all over are headed to Orlando, Florida to enjoy four days of special events, workshops, networking, and catching up with friends.

To those who are traveling and attending, best wishes for an informative week, be safe, and have a great time!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Little Golden Books..."

Last week, as I browsed in a bookstore, I found myself thumbing through the Little Golden Books display. My thoughts traveled to my late grandmother, and when I was a child. Every other Friday evening, we would walk to Woolworth's (aka "the five and dime") on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.




My grandmother would treat me to a soda or hot chocolate, depending upon the season, and buy me a Little Golden Book. I didn't realize, until I was a teenager, the reason we did this every other Friday was because her employer paid the staff every other Friday.






Strolling home from the bookstore on this particular day, I thought about how much I miss my grandmother who passed away over twenty years ago. Since "Grandmom" had always encouraged my childhood writing, I wish she had been here to see my first short story published. I also thought about the Little Golden Books she had purchased for me. Although reprinted several times over, many of these titles are still available.


The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore
Corinne Malvern



I can recite this word for word, and the illustrations are awesome!



The Poky Little Puppy
by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Gustaf Tenggren



I still have my "tattered" copy from those "Woolworth Days."


Cindrella
by Ron Dias
Bill Lorencz




My grandmother introduced me to Prince Charming. Maybe she knew I would one day try my hand at romance writing.



Animal Friends
by Jane Werner Watson
Garth Williams




This books is probably where I got my love for animals!



The Christmas Story
by Jane Werner Watson
Eloise Wilkin




This book, no matter what time of year, makes me want to put up my Christmas tree!



For information on Little Golden Books, including recent releases, http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/little-golden-books/

Have a great week, Everyone!


(Winnie and Tigger photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh,
 Snoopy photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Godfather? or The Godfather, Part II?

Hanging out at home on a not-too-long ago rainy Sunday, I decided to go through the "stuff" piled up on my desk. Looking for something on TV to serve as background noise, I found one of the cable movie channels had scheduled "The Godfather," and "The Godfather, Part II" back-to-back.


Although over the years I had seen both movies in theaters and on television, I hadn't watched them back-to-back as they were being shown on this day. Needless to say, the "stuff," remains piled on my desk as my entire Sunday was consumed by the Corleone Family.



Both movies are Best Picture Academy Award winners, with cast members receiving honors (Marlon Brando, Best Actor for "The Godfather"/Robert DeNiro, Best Supporting Actor, "The Godfather, Part II"). On this rainy Sunday, after switching off the television many hours later, I tried -- and failed -- to decide which was the better movie, the first or second "Godfather."

The next day, unable to get the theme song out of my head, I polled my colleagues. Still no consensus. (I didn't include "The Godfather, Part III" in my poll since that film hadn't been shown in the marathon). So, I'm asking you, Readers, which "Godfather" do you feel was the better of the two movies, One or Two?

Please share your thoughts, and have a good week!


(photos c/o facebook.com/thegodfather)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Super Sweet Summer Series!

Many thanks to all of you who stopped by these past few weeks to check out our Summer special feature on bundles and romance series!




Concluding this week is Jennifer Faye's Harlequin series "Miccaccino Marriages." These charming, contemporary stories are all about romance, love, and royal weddings in the Mediterranean!


The Millionaire's Royal Rescue




Tempted by the rebellious royal… 

Millionaire Grayson Landers has fled the paparazzi back home—only to find himself in another media storm: rescuing the king's niece from a thief!

Lady Annabelle DiSalvo is no pampered princess—she's come to the Mediterranean island of Mirraccino to solve the mystery of her mother's death. Grayson can't help but want to assist her. Plagued by guilt over not being able to save his ex, this is his chance for redemption. Only he absolutely cannot fall for her and risk his heart again…unless it's already too late!


Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Millionaires-Royal-Rescue-Mirraccino-Marriages-ebook/dp/B01LY4T2NO/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-millionaires-royal-rescue/id1153611267

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-millionaires-royal-rescue-jennifer-faye/1124485095

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-millionaire-s-royal-rescue


Married for His Secret Heir






From secret heir to secret vows… 

Elena Ricci has always had a crush on Earl Luca DiSalvo—with his dark and stormy eyes, his protective nature and his royal bearing, who wouldn't? But she believed they were destined to only ever be friends, until one magical evening in Paris…that has dramatic consequences.

Luca is reluctant to marry…but a baby changes everything. So when beautiful Elena reveals her secret, his royal duty means he has no choice—he must make her his wife!

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Married-Secret-Heir-Mirraccino-Marriages-ebook/dp/B01N408BE1/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/married-for-his-secret-heir/id1176397463?mt=11&mc_cid=073ef445d8&mc_eid=8bf0b16829

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/married-for-his-secret-heir-jennifer-faye/1125140700

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/married-for-his-secret-heir

Happy Reading! Everyone, have a great week!

(flower photo c/o morgueFile.com)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sizzling Summer Reads!

Book series are great reads for the Summer Vacation season.





This week's feature is Vonnie Davis's Paris Intrigue series. Book One, NIKO: Licensed to Kill, and Book Two, JEAN-LUC: Once is Never Enough are currently available for Kindle lovers.



Book Three, Bastian, The Spy Who Loves Me, is scheduled for release in September.


What is the series about?

The first two books contain American female travelers in Paris who attract the attention of Red Hand, a terrorist group. They're put under the protective care of French counterterrorism agents as they also try to find and apprehend gang members. 

The last book is about Niko's sister who is attracted to a German jazz saxophone player who is also a spy searching for the Red Hand member who killed his brother. These books contain fast-paced action, smoldering passion, humorous situations, and family closeness.


Currently available on Amazon:


Niko: Licensed to Kill

When Alyson came to Paris for a bit of adventure, she never imagined she'd foil a bombing attempt, karate-kick two men, and run from terrorists while wearing a new pair of Pradas stilettos...or would she be sitting in a safe house with a handsome government agent who oozes sex appeal, Niko Reynard.

http://a.co/5br4Dam


Jean-Luc: Once is Never Enough

Her daughter's kidnapping. A metro bombing. Going undercover. Zoey Morningstar's trip to Paris wasn't to include any of these things. But it does. Although Jean-Luc LeFèvre rescues her little girl from the Red Hand, the threat to her child continues. Zoey is grateful to Jean-Luc, but her need to help capture the abductors must override any desire she feels for the handsome agent with his own brand of justice...and danger.

http://a.co/3m8nhA0



Happy reading, Everyone, and have a great week!





(flower photo c/o morgueFile.com)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father' Day!

Taking a break from our June Summer Reads' feature to give all the Dads out there a "Shout Out!" Enjoy your special day!





(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Another Great Bundle of Reads!

With Summer goes vacation time. Do you read on a plane, train, ship -- or on the beach? This week I'm continuing with a June theme of "Vacation/Beach Reads!"



If great mysteries are your passion, check out this bundle of ten stories!


Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries
by Various Authors





Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries is a collection of 10 full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by 10 critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in this set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars.

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun
, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy Alter—Real estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends' funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn't realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan Santangelo—Carol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME's On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP Dahlke—When her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather Haven—Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie Hansen—When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

Buy Links:




(ocean/boat photo c/o morgueFile.com)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer Reading at the Beach!

Where do you enjoy reading a book? With Summer knocking at my window, my favorite place to read is at the beach! 



Bundles and series are awesome to have on your Kindle or Nook if you're fortunate to be vacationing for more than a week. Over the next few weeks, I'd like to introduce readers to some great reads for your Summer retreat!


Just You & Me
by Various Authors




Heat up your eReader with these 15 tantalizing reads written by today's hottest USA Today, Bestselling and Award Winning authors. These stories offer up something for everyone, from hot to scorching, this set is sure to tempt and tease you with romantic tales told with passion, emotion, and utter sexiness.

A Nanny For His Niece by Bestselling Author, Fiona Miers
A hot Spanish millionaire seduces his niece's nanny into bed, but loses his heart instead.

The Best Man For Leah by Caitlyn Lynch
A sassy wedding photographer clashes with the controlling best man until they get trapped together in an elevator and find they have better things to do than fight.

Raving Beauty by award winning author, Vicki Batman
A reluctant beauty contestant falls for the doctor treating her, only to discover the one she really loves has been right in front of her eyes the whole time.

The Sheriff Meets His Match by USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar
When a jaded sheriff is drawn to an exasperating woman in trouble, anything can happen.

Strokes by Amazon Bestselling and Award Winning authors Ashlyn Chase and Dalton Diaz
Book reviewer Darcy can’t get her work done with the racket coming from her Italian artist neighbor Paolo’s apartment. The sexy solution paints a surprising new portrait for both of their lives.

Learning to Love the Billionaire by Amazon bestselling author Cate Farren
A grieving woman meets and falls in love with a sexy billionaire at a grief counselling group.

Private Showing by Award Winning Author Brenna Zinn
Now that Gianna Romano's goal of owning her own restaurant is almost within her grasp, she can’t afford to lose focus and doesn’t have time for a man. Not even the sexy Scot with a delicious accent who wants to unleash her lust and make her a permanent fixture in his life, as well as his bed.

Always You by International Bestselling Author Tierney O'Malley
Will time, distance, and the unveiling of a secret keep James and Rienne, eternally apart or will they uphold their promises to each other… “Always you?”

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N

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