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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.

 

 

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About Diane Burton
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I grew up in the Detroit-area and have lived in Portage (MI), Sedalia (MO) as well as a brief stint in Chicago-land.  I’ve been a Parks & Recreation supervisor, an inventory clerk for a flute store, and a long-time volunteer for Girl Scouts. My last job was for an oil and gas exploration company where I discovered the cure for insomnia—reading oil and gas leases.  My longest-running gig was as a teacher where I taught elementary kids for over 10 years.  I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Mid-Michigan and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapters of RWA. I met my own hero on a blind date. It was love at first sight–for me. It took him a little longer. We currently reside in West Michigan and have two grown children and three delightful grandchildren.

I’ve been a reader all my life, and I love movies, especially action adventure, mysteries, science fiction, and romantic comedy. CastleFirefly, and NCIS are my favorite TV shows. So is it any wonder that I write science fiction romance and romantic suspense, both with comedic elements?

 Review . . . 

Alex finally has a chance to show that she can run a successful detective agency.  All she has to do is find her client’s long-lost brother….assuming she survives the case.

 

This is a humorous cozy mystery with enough suspense to keep the reader’s interest until the last page.  Alex is a strong female character, for the most part.  She has an unfortunate tendency to swoon at the sight of Nick and at times doesn’t see what should be obvious to her. These character flaws can be resolved as the series progresses, so I look forward to reading more in this series.

 

3.5 stars

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Novel Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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About the Book

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.

 

 

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About Diane Burton
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

I grew up in the Detroit-area and have lived in Portage (MI), Sedalia (MO) as well as a brief stint in Chicago-land.  I’ve been a Parks & Recreation supervisor, an inventory clerk for a flute store, and a long-time volunteer for Girl Scouts. My last job was for an oil and gas exploration company where I discovered the cure for insomnia—reading oil and gas leases.  My longest-running gig was as a teacher where I taught elementary kids for over 10 years.  I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Mid-Michigan and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapters of RWA. I met my own hero on a blind date. It was love at first sight–for me. It took him a little longer. We currently reside in West Michigan and have two grown children and three delightful grandchildren.

I’ve been a reader all my life, and I love movies, especially action adventure, mysteries, science fiction, and romantic comedy. CastleFirefly, and NCIS are my favorite TV shows. So is it any wonder that I write science fiction romance and romantic suspense, both with comedic elements?

 

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cucumbers, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large green onion, chopped, including tops
  • ¾ C red wine vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

 

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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
-  Lewis Grizzard

Mother & Son Spaghetti Sauce

 

 

Mother & Son Spaghetti Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ c green pepper, diced
  • 1 packet GOYA® Sazon
  • GOYA® Adobo with Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • dash of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef with onion, garlic, pepper, Sazon, and Adobo, stirring frequently.
  2. Drain and add to stockpot with tomatoes, oregano, basil, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn heat to low; cover and let simmer 30 minutes.
  5. Serve over warm spaghetti.
  6. Top with shredded cheddar and grated Parmesan, if desired.

 

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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

“Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.”
-  Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse  

Book Review: The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

Book Review:  

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

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She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?

When mysterious deaths disturb the peace in the village of Harmony Hill, newcomer Carlyn Kearney falls under intense scrutiny. Can sheriff Mitchell Brodie help her expose the true culprit?

Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 7/7/2015
ISBN: 9780800723415

 

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ann gabhartAnn H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer,The SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as several other historical novels, including Scent of LilacsOrchard of Hope, Angel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.

 

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My Review

The Civil War has ended, but Carlyn’s husband has not come home.  She has no idea if Ambrose is dead or missing, and she is overcome with debt.  When she loses their home, Carlyn has nowhere else to turn but the nearby Shaker community, Harmony Hill.  Although the Shakers are known for their peaceful ways, Carlyn’s arrival seems to coincide with mysterious happenings and violent death.  When the local sheriff investigates the happenings at Harmony Hill, his interest in Carlyn begins to turn personal.

While the Amish fiction genre is still going strong, there is comparatively little being written about the Shakers.  I find them to be as interesting as the Amish, if not more so.  The post-Civil War era is a fascinating era for historical fiction, and  the rural Kentucky setting is one the author obviously knows well.  The characters are believable and avoid the usual fictional stereotypes and cliches.  Although this novel is a part of the Harmony Hill series, it works fine as a stand-alone novel.  The mystery in the storyline is quite gripping, which, in my experience, is unusual in a Shaker novel.  The story usually focuses on the peace and simple life found among the Shakers.    I could not put this book down.

I do hope Ms. Gabhart continues to write about the Shakers.  i can’t wait to read more in this series.

5 stars

Available July 2015 at your favorite bookseller.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”