Friday, August 1, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! SILENCE OF THE LAMB'S WOOL: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

SILENCE OF THE LAMB'S WOOL
A Yarn Retreat Mystery
BY BETTY HECHTMAN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dessert chef Casey Feldstein has learned one end of a knitting needle from the other after inheriting her aunt’s yarn retreat business, but a murder threatens to unravel her latest event . . .

Casey’s running a new retreat called “From Sheep to Shawl” at a resort on the atmospheric Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheepshearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl.

Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. She’s an expert spinner, and her small shop in Cadbury by the Sea houses a beautiful assortment of spinning wheels and drop spindles. But when the new teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, it leaves everyone’s nerves frayed.

Now Casey has to knit together clues faster than she can count stitches before someone else at the retreat gets dropped . . .

Includes a knitting pattern and a recipe!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I grew up on the south side of Chicago and in a very busy weekend, got married, graduated college and moved to Los Angeles.

Although my degree is in Fine Arts, all I ever wanted to be was a writer and I've been doing it in one form or another for as long as I can remember. My shining moments in elementary and high school always involved stories or poetry I'd written. I wrote news stories and a weekly column in my college newspaper. My first job out of college was working on the newsletter of a finance company. I worked for a public relations firm and wrote press releases and biographies. Later I wrote proposals for video projects and television shows that went through various stages of development.

I tried writing screenplays and wrote three. I sold one and another was a winner in a Writers' Digest contest.

I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and did all kinds of volunteering at my son's schools including editing and writing several newsletters.

I wrote essays and small pieces that ran in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and Woman's Day among others. My short romantic and mystery fiction appeared in Woman's World, and Futures magazine.

My affair with crochet began in Las Vegas. I had always had a fascination with crochet, particularly granny squares, but thought there was some magic involved with making them that was beyond me. And then everything changed that day in Vegas when I saw the kids' kit in FAO Schwartz. If the instructions were easy enough for kids, I thought they might work for me.

My first granny square was missing a corner, but when I tried again, all four corners were there. I was in awe of my own accomplishment. I had found the magic. I went granny square crazy until pretty soon I didn't need directions anymore. Then I learned there were more squares than just basic grannies and I made squares with sunflowers in the middle and other patterns. I moved beyond squares and made flowers, hearts, bookmarks and more.

I was in love with crochet and began to make scarves, purses, afghans, and shawls. I started carrying my hooks everywhere. A plane trip became a pile of granny square wash cloths, or part of a shawl. A vacation in Hawaii turned into a tote bag.

And now I get to write about it...

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY BETTY HECHTMAN:

                     
                      

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS, I
HAVE ONE COPY OF SILENCE OF THE LAMB'S WOOL,
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!
 


HOW TO ENTER:


+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT SILENCE OF THE LAMB'S WOOL THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG AND/OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK HERE AND LEAVE ME YOUR LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING AT BETTY HECHTMANN'S WEBSITE HERE 

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON A CURRENT GIVEAWAY THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY FOR EACH TO RECEIVE MORE ENTRIES
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, AUGUST 14
  GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WINNERS...EVEN THOUGH IT IS THURSDAY!

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT!
 THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED 
BY EMAIL AND HAVE UNTIL NOON 
AUGUST 2, TO REPLY WITH THEIR
INFORMATION OR A NEW WINNER 
WILL HAVE TO BE CHOSEN! 
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THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS
BY CRISTINA HENRIQUEZ
THE WINNER IS:
#55 Margie
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TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT
A Teapot Collector Mystery
BY AMANDA COOPER
THE WINNER IS:
#109 holdenj
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DELICIOUS
Read by Julia Whelan
BY RUTH REICHL
THE WINNER IS:
#26 Carol N Wong
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ENGAGED IN MURDER
A Perfect Proposals Mystery
BY NANCY J. PARRA
THE WINNER IS:
#131 Linda Kish
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THE DIVA WRAPS IT UP
A Domestic Diva Mystery
BY KRISTA DAVIS
THE WINNER IS:
#99 Sue Farrell
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RAZING THE DEAD
A Museum Mystery
BY SHEILA CONNOLLY
THE WINNER IS:
#147 Lisa Brown
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NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD
A Threadville Mystery
BY JANET BOLIN
THE WINNER IS:
#39 Karen B
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SHOTGUN LOVESONGS
BY NICKOLAS BUTLER
THE WINNER IS:
#87 debbie
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HOT FUDGE FRAME-UP
A Fudge Shop Mystery
BY CHRISTINE DeSMET
THE WINNER IS:
#91 Mary Brandis
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THE GLASS KITCHEN
BY LINDA FRANCIS LEE
THE WINNER IS:
#114 Helen L.
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DEADLY FORECAST
A Psychic Eye Mystery
BY VICTORIA LAURIE
THE WINNER IS:
#120 Tina
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THE TEA SHOP ON
LAVENDER LANE
Miniseries: Life in Icicle Falls Novel
BY SHEILA ROBERTS
THE WINNER IS:
#38 petite
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THE BOOK STOPS HERE
A Bibliophile Mystery
BY KATE CARLISLE
THE WINNER IS:
#152 cyn209
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INDEPENDENCE SLAY
A Celebration Bay Mystery
BY SHELLEY FREYDONT
THE WINNER IS:
#28 Cheli
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INAUGURAL PARADE
The White House Chef Mysteries
Three Books in One!
BY JULIE HYZY
THE WINNER IS:
#19 traveler
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MUFFIN BUT MURDER
A Merry Muffin Mystery
BY VICTORIA HAMILTON
THE WINNER IS:
#128 Patricia
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ILL-GOTTEN PANES
A Stained-Glass Mystery
BY JENNIFER McANDREWS
THE WINNER IS:
#95 holdenj (DOUBLE WINNER TODAY)
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GRACE AGAINST THE CLOCK
A Manor House Mystery
BY JULIE HYZY
THE WINNER IS:
#140 Karen B (DOUBLE WINNER TODAY)
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CRIME RIB
A Food Lovers' Village Mystery
BY LESLIE BUDEWITZ
THE WINNER IS:
#129 kiki w
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TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE
A Stephanie Plum Novel
 BY JANET EVANOVICH
NARRATED BY LORELEI KING
THE WINNER IS:
#3 Steve Capell
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? AND WE STAY: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" 
ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"  
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S  
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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AND WE STAY
READ BY ERIN SPENCER
 BY JENNY HUBBARD
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JENNY HUBBARD is also a poet and playwright. Her debut novel, Paper Covers Rock, was a William Morris YA Debut Award Finalist.

PRAISE FOR AND WE STAY:
”Teasing out strands of the past and the present, Hubbard masterfully twines together a story of one girl’s journey to self-identity…As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme.”--Kirkus

“This novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and and poetry to stunning effect…Hubbard’s narrative tone will only make readers want to lean in closer.”--Booklist

“A little gem of a book…Despite the heavy topics, the book feels sweet and poetic and never gratuitous. Budding poets may particularly appreciate Emily’s story, but there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to overcome tragedy.” -–Jill Heritage Maza, School Library Journal

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard was not what I expected but I did find the book to be an interesting read, or listen to. This is a story set in mid-1990's in which Emily Beam and her boyfriend Paul have a complicated relationship that readers find more about from flashbacks throughout the story. I also found that more about the characters is revealed as the story goes on.

When Paul comes into school and shoots himself in front of Emily, his death is the catapult for the following actions taken by, and for, Emily. She is sent to an all girls school in Amherst, Massachusetts and it is there where she connects with her roommate K. T. Through Emily's love of poetry, we learn more about this tragic story. With Emily Dickinson having lived only blocks from the Amherst school, her poetry becomes a huge influence on young Emily. Not wanting to get close to anyone and thus chance more hurt, Emily is content to work her way through her troubles with the poetry and friendship from K T. The flashbacks bring greater understanding to how Emily's relationship with Paul, and even her getting pregnant and dealing with that, came to play such an important role in her life, as well as Paul's. This somewhat odd way of narrating the story and developing the characters may not appeal to all but I found it interesting.

Told from a third person point of view, and with all the flashbacks, there were parts that I felt could have been more satisfying had they been written in a more traditional manner. However, AND WE STAY is a fast read and one I feel worth your time as it does weave a tale that is intriguing and uniquely presented.
GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS EXCITING AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE

 SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
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GOOD LUCK!

Monday, July 28, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! SOME ENCHANTED ECLAIR: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

SOME ENCHANTED ECLAIR
A Magical Bakery Mystery
BY BAILEY CATES

ABOUT THE BOOK:
FLOUR POWER

When Hollywood invades Savannah’s historic district to film a Revolutionary War movie, magical baker Katie Lightfoot, and her witches’ coven, the Spellbook Club, take a break from casting spells for casting calls. One of the witches snags a part as an extra, while Katie’s firefighter boyfriend, Declan, acts as on-set security. Katie and her aunt Lucy decide to stay out of the action, but after the movie’s “fixer” fires the caterer, the Honeybee Bakery comes to the rescue, working their magic to keep the hungry crew happy.

But when someone fixes the fixer—permanently—and a spooky psychic predicts Katie will find the killer, the charming baker and her fellow conjurers step in to sift through the suspects…before someone else winds up on the cutting room floor….

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Also writes the Home Crafting Mysteries as Cricket McRae.

A former resident of the Pacific Northwest where her novels are set, Cricket McRae has always dabbled in the kind of practical home crafts that were once necessary to everyday life. The magical chemistry of making soap, the satisfaction of canning garden produce, and the sensuous side of fiber arts like spinning and knitting are just a few of the reasons these activities have fascinated her since childhood. As a girl she was as much a fan of Nancy Drew as of Laura Ingalls Wilder, so it's no surprise that her contemporary cozy series features a soap maker with a nose for investigation.

For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. She has also worked at a variety of other jobs, ranging from driver's license examiner to program manager at Microsoft. This fulfills her mother's warning that she'd never have a "regular" job if she insisted on studying philosophy and English in college.

Now she lives in Colorado, fitting her interest in all things domestic around writing, hiking, biking and, currently, learning how to hate the game of golf.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY BAILEY CATES/CRICKET McCRAE:

                      

                    

                    

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT OBSIDIAN AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF SOME ENCHANTED ECLAIR,
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT SOME ENCHANTED ECLAIR THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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