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!


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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!

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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!





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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:




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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

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-you-and-me-nicole-morgan/1126423547

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/just-you-and-me-1

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nicole_Morgan_Just_You_and_Me?id=MGckDwAAQBAJ

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/just-you-and-me/id1238787633?mt=11/


Happy reading!  😊   Have a great week, Everyone!


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