EVERDAY VEGETARIAN FAMILY COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK-VEGETARIAN

AS USUAL, I DID FIND A FEW RECIPES THAT I MAY TRY.  OVERALL I WAS NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE RECIPES.  THE SALADS WERE NOT VERY IMAGINATIVE USING MANY OF THE SAME INGREDIENTS WITH A SLIGHT TWIST ON THE OIL AND VINEGAR DRESSING.  I WAS HOPING FOR MORE SALADS WITH COMBINATIONS OF FRUITS AND NUTS IN THEM WITH SOME GREAT DRESSING VARIATIONS.  THE SOUPS WERE ALMOST ALL PUREED IN A BLENDER – USUALLY I SKIP THE BLENDING AND EAT IT CHUNKY!  THE MAIN DISHES USED A LOT OF EGGS AND POTATOES.  WHO AMONG US HAS EATEN NETTLES – I THOUGHT THEY WERE PRICKLY?  AND I’VE NEVER SEEN DRIED RED PEPPERS THAT YOU CAN REHYDRATE AND STUFF.  WELL, FRENCH TOAST FOR BREAKFAST – NOT TOO ORIGINAL EITHER.

I WOULD TRY A FEW RECIPES BUT A LOT OF OIL IS USED IN SAUTEING THE VEGETABLES – I WOULD USE CHICKEN BROTH INSTEAD AND, PERHAPS TRY THE CROCK POT AND SKIP THE SAUTEING ALTOGETHER.

THESE RECIPES LOOKED GOOD:

SPINACH WITH EGGS

ARTICHOKE AND ONION FRITTATA

ZUCCHINI AND ALMOND PASTA

LOOK FOR THE RECIPES ON MY FOOD BLOG http://fabulousfitfood.wordpress.com/

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:
Everyday Vegetarian Family Cookbook contains some of the most delicious and easy vegetarian recipes on the planet! They can be served on their own or as side dishes with some meat.
If you’re looking for quick, healthy and nutritious vegetarian meal ideas for you and your family, scroll back and grab your copy now!

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MURDER IN THE DARK

MURDER IN THE DARK

THE CHARACTERS ARE INTRODUCED AS THEY RECEIVE THEIR INVITATION TO A SURVIVAL WEEKEND.  NONE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW THEY WERE CHOSEN BUT ALL ARE ENTICED BY THE PRIZE OF AN ISLAND-HOPPING VACATION.  THE REMOTE INN WHERE THE WEEKEND IS STAGED HAS MANY TWISTS AND TURNS AS DOES THE PLOT.  THIS IS A FUN READ TO DISCOVER WHY THE GUESTS WERE CHOSEN AND WHO THE MURDERER IS!

PUBLISHER’S NOTE:

Twelve people arrive at a remote inn to spend the weekend. After dark, the doors and windows are locked, the lights go out, and someone starts murdering the guests. Is the murderer one of the twelve or someone else? Each guest must decide whether he or she should form a bond with any of the other guests, none of whom appear to be a murderer. Those guests, chosen specifically by the murderer, include a doctor, a judge, a private detective, a kindergarten teacher, a firefighter, a mystery author, a librarian, a taxidermist, a real estate agent, an insurance agent, a funeral director, and a computer programmer. Is the murderer one of them, the butler, or the owner, who is blind and confined to a wheelchair? Or did someone else find a way to sneak into the inn?

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THE BBQ AND OUTDOOR GRILLING COOKBOOK

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THIS IS THE FIRST  COOKBOOK I’M REVIEWING.  IT WAS A FREE KINDLE OFFER BUT THE KINDLE PRICE IS NOW $3.99 – STILL A GREAT DEAL.  WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT THE KINDLE EDITION IS THAT YOU DON’T GET THE PICTURES – I MISS SEEING THAT FINAL PRODUCT TO HELP DECIDE IF I WANT TO TRY A RECIPE!

THE COOKBOOK HAS PRETTY INTENSE INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRILLING ON A CHARCOAL GRILL, GAS GRILL AND SMOKING MEATS, FISH AND POULTRY.  THE RECIPES HAD LOTS OF INGREDIENTS, MANY SPICES THAT YOU MAY NOT ORDINARILY HAVE IN YOUR CUPBOARD.  FISH SAUCE AND JALAPENO PEPPER JELLY I WOULD HAVE TO SEEK OUT IN THE GROCERY.  TEQUILA AND RUM I NEVER HAVE IN THE HOUSE!   THE SIZE OF MEATS COOKED WOULD BE FOR A LARGE FAMILY (5 POUNDS AT A TIME!).  I DID FIND ABOUT 3 RECIPES I WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND WILL EVENTUALLY POST ON MY FOOD BLOG http://fabulousfitfood.wordpress.com

PORK CHOPS STUFFED WITH BLUE CHEESE
PORK TENDERLOIN STUFFED WITH CHERRIES AND GOGONZOLA
CAJUN SHRIMPS GRILL WOK STIR-FRY
STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM TART

THESE HAD FEWER INGREDIENTS AND LOOKED LIKE, WITH A FEW MODIFICATIONS, THEY MAY BE REALLY TASTY!

A WORTHWHILE COOKBOOK (ESPECIALLY FOR FREE) BUT I WOULD STILL PREFER THE PHYSICAL BOOK AND I ALWAYS LOAN MY COOKBOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY BECAUSE I ONLY FIND USE FOR A FEW OF THE RECIPES.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

It starts with a serene sizzle that sends an intoxicating aroma wafting through the air in smoky, cirrus-cloud wisps. The simple act of grilling outdoors creates a sensory magic few can resist.Steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, and vegetables transform into flavor-drenched food like nothing you produce in your housebound kitchen. Maybe it’s the open-air, blue-sky, backyard atmosphere. Maybe it’s the satisfying pop-tsst of a newly opened can of beer or soda that helps set the mood. Maybe it’s the laid-back attitude that a cook adopts when grilling.

The BBQ & Outdoor Grilling Cookbook: 110 Recipes for Everything from Appetizers to Desserts contains recipes, tips, and grate guidelines to whisk your away to lazy summer days full of satisfying sighs. Inside this book are recipes for irresistible seasoned steaks, marinated chicken, and herb-touched seafood. Sauces, toppers, and side dishes are included, too.

To hit your sweet spot, there is also a recipe that will show you how to make homemade root beer that could become an annual summertime tradition. It’s that good!

There are also recipes for smoked food, a cooking trend that is fast becoming a favorite technique among backyard grillers. Patience is required, but the long, slow cooking results in smoky barbecued, tender-beyond belief foods.

So step outside and have a searing relationship with your grill.

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THE VIEW FROM HERE

THE VIEW FROM HERE

THE VIEW FROM HERE WAS A FUN STORY THAT WAS MUCH MORE THAN A ROMANCE.  IT IS A TALE ABOUT A SMALL TOWN, ITS HISTORY AND A CAST OF COLORFUL CHARACTERS WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS EACH OTHER!  AN EASY AND ENJOYABLE READ!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

In this heartfelt, beautifully written novel, a woman with nothing left to lose finds the courage to start over in the last place she ever expected. . .

Newly divorced Maggie Carter has little to show for her marriage except a pile of boxes and regrets. So when she learns she’s inherited an old house and an abandoned gold mine in Eureka, Colorado, she doesn’t hesitate to leave Houston behind. In Colorado, she can learn about her estranged father and take stock of her life. After all, where better to decide what your next move should be than in a cabin 10,000 feet above sea level?

Eureka is a tiny hamlet with a café, a library, and plenty of intriguing locals. There’s the colorful town mayor, Lucille, and her prodigal daughter Olivia, bitter librarian Cassie, and handsome, enigmatic Jameso Clark, who had a fascinating love-hate relationship with Maggie’s father. Then there are the soaring views of distant mountains and clear blue sky, of aspen trees and endless stars. Piece by piece, Maggie is uncovering her father’s past–and reconciling with her own. And in this small mountain town, she just might find a place where she truly belongs.

“Cindy Myers strikes gold with this warm-hearted novel about friendship, family, and second chances.” –New York Times bestselling author, Deborah Smith

Cindy Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent, and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She’s written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Former president of San Antonio Romance Authors, Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc., and Rocky Mountain Fiction writers. She is in demand as a speaker, teaching workshops and making presentations to both local and national writing groups. She and her husband and their two dogs live in the mountains southwest of Denver.

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THE LAST CALL

THE LAST CALL

THE LAST CALL WAS A GOOD MYSTERY WITH A LITTLE BIT OF ROMANCE ON THE BACK BURNER.  WHILE BILL NEARLY GETS HIMSELF KILLED, SEVERAL TIMES, HE BLOWS OPEN SOME VERY OLD AND NEARLY FORGOTTEN SECRETS.  A FUN READ.

THE LAST CALL starts with a protagonist on the edge of an impending midlife crisis. Add a blond and an old friend with a fetish for high explosives, and you have the kickoff of a first rate crime novel. George Wier writes with wit, verve, and a gut-bucket
knowledge of Texas and those who people its quirky underside. This book does not disappoint.

—Milton T. Burton, author of Nights of the Red Moon and The Rogue’s Game.

George Wier’s THE LAST CALL has it all: a great setting, characters you care about, a little Texas history, and a twisty plot that’s built Texas tough. Get it before last call!

—Bill Crider, author of Murder In the Air.

Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin–the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920’s–for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life.

Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.


About the Author:

This action/adventure mystery novel is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries. With a total of twenty-one books planned for the series, including three prequels, Bill Travis, Austin, Texas’ newest hero, is here to stay.

George Wier has been writing for over twenty years. His most recent publishing credits include a contribution to Lone Star Noir (Akashic Books 2010). He lives in Austin, Texas with his lovely wife, Sallie.

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A WITNESS ABOVE

A WITNESS ABOVE

 A WITNESS ABOVE IS A GOOD MYSTERY WITH A SHOCKING ENDING!  I DID NOT SEE IT COMING AND I USUALLY HAVE SOME INCLINATION ABOUT WHO REALLY “DUN IT”.  I LIKE PAVLICEK AND HE DOES A GOOD JOB TRYING TO EXONERATE HIS DAUGHTER ON A MURDER CHARGE.  IT WAS REFRESHING TO SEE HIM TALK WITH HIS DAUGHTER AND BELIEVE IN HER DESPITE THE EVIDENCE BUILDING AGAINST HER.  THIS WAS A GOOD READ AND WILL SURELY MAKE YOU WANT TO READ MORE IN THE SERIES!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER HAS TO SAY:
“Pavlicek is a breath of fresh air in the field of private eye fiction.”
–Jeffery Deaver

First book in the popular Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series

note: This is the original, adult edition. There is also a separate teen edition.

Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now, the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry – and tries to live outside the shadow of his past.
Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk, Armistead, when he finds it. A teenage boy’s body – barely concealed behind a pile of brush in a part of the forest Frank recently visited with his daughter, Nicole. It’s a truly gruesome crime scene – one of the many things Frank doesn’t miss about working homicide in the big city.

But what Frank finds in the dead boy’s wallet is even more disturbing: Nicole’s phone number, scribbled in ink on the edge of a bill. He pockets the evidence and flees. Days later, his daughter is in jail. His past is coming back to haunt him. And his reputation – and life – are on the line…

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THE FRENCH MAID

THE FRENCH MAID

THE FRENCH MAID WAS A VERY SHORT STORY THAT SENDS OUT A VERY STRONG MESSAGE.  WITH SUCH HIGH DIVORCE RATES IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT MARRIAGE IS HARD WORK AND IT TAKES EFFORT ON BOTH ENDS TO KEEP IT HAPPY AND TOGETHER.  ENJOY THIS SWEET TALE.

 

New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries offers a sizzling short story featuring a mysterious French maid who mends marriages.

 

Lady Eleanor Langston has a problem: her husband Henry, prime-minister-in-the-making, is too caught up in his work to notice her. It takes a wily French lady’s maid–and a bit of work from Eleanor–to unleash her inner siren and change her life.

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THE DISTANT SHORE

THE DISTANT SHORE

THE DISTANT SHORE WAS JUST TOO FAR-FETCHED AND UNBELIEVABLE A ROMANCE.  NAOMI IS SPOILED ROTTEN – ALWAYS RUNNING AWAY WHEN THE GOING GETS A LITTLE TOUGH RATHER THAN COMMUNICATING HER THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.  I GREW TO DISLIKE HER BECAUSE SHE HAS EVERYTHING BUT SOMEHOW FINDS A WAY TO REMAIN UNHAPPY.  STILL NOT A FAN OF ROMANCE NOVELS

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:
There’s nothing like receiving a letter from a teenage son you knew nothing about, but that’s what happens to international rock star, Jonathon Stone. He drops everything to find the boy, and his mother, the girl he loved so many years ago who left him when his rock n roll life became too much for her to bear.

Seeing her is like falling in love all over again, and everything seems perfect, until someone sets out to destroy their idyllic life.

BACK COVER EXCERPT
It felt as if the universe itself had opened to welcome us into its embrace . . . It still feels that way to me, Naomi, every time we are together. It feels that way when you walk into a room and I see you. Now that I have you back, I feel the unbearable emptiness of those years without you. I was selfish, distracted, and uncaring. You should never have had to endure what you did, and I should have fought a lot harder to find you again . . .

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WANTED: A LEOPOLD BLAKE THRILLER

WANTED A LEOPOLD BLAKE THRILLER

WANTED WAS A GOOD MYSTERY THAT BEGINS WITH THE DISCOVERY OF A FORGED PAINTING AT THE LOUVRE BUT IT TAKES YOU THROUGH MANY TWISTS AND TURNS ABOUT PARIS.  BIG BUSINESS IS ALSO WOVEN INTO THE MYSTERY.  THE BUSINESS LEOPOLD OWNS HAS MADE SOME DISCOVERIES THAT COULD BE DEVASTATING IF IN THE WRONG HANDS.  THE STORY WAS A BIT UNBELIEVABLE WHEN LEOPOLD’S HIRED ASSASSIN HAS HIM CORNERED AND, THEN, JUST WALKS AWAY.  THE END, HOWEVER, DEFINITELY GRABS YOU SO THAT YOU WILL WANT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES.

 

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Nowhere to hide…

What should have been a relaxing vacation in Paris turns into another unwinnable situation for expert criminology consultant Leopold Blake. Caught in the cross hairs of a ruthless assassin and on the run from the police for a murder he didn’t commit, Blake and his team must fight to clear his name before it’s too late.

As enemies close in from all sides, Blake is about to learn who he can trust – and who is determined to destroy him – as The City of Light becomes a new hunting ground. Wanted is another exhilarating installment in the Leopold Blake series of thrillers, which can be read and enjoyed in any order.

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GUILTY PLEASURES

GUILTY PLEASURES

EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS STRUGGLES BUT THIS FAMILY IS TORN APART BY GREED FOR A WEALTHY UNCLE’S INHERITANCE.  EACH CHARACTER VIES TO OBTAIN MORE MONEY OR A PIECE OF THE COMPANY – SOME IN VERY EVIL WAYS.  YOU WILL LOVE THE RIVALRY DATING BACK TO CHILDHOOD BETWEEN EMMA AND HER COUSIN CASSANDRA.  IT IS A FUN READ WITH JUST ENOUGH ROMANCE THROWN INTO THE MIX!

PUBLISHER’S NOTES:

Fans of the hit TV show Revenge will love Guilty Pleasures…

How far would you go to get what you want?

Saul Milford, owner of one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious luxury goods companies is dead, but who will inherit it?
For years, Saul’s magazine editor niece Cassandra, has believed that she would one day be given the company. But she’s not the only family member with their eye on the ultimate prize. Emma Bailey, Cassandra’s unlucky in love cousin; Roger, Saul’s handsome and vindictive brother; Julia the art-dealer sister with a dark and brooding secret, Tom, the boyish playboy nephew. All have their reasons for wanting the company. But some play dirtier than others, and one of them will go to any length to secure what they believe is rightfully theirs.

Praise for Tasmina Perry

‘Brilliant’ – Red magazine
‘Thrilling’ – Sunday Mirror
‘No one can mix a delicious cocktail of intrigue, passion and glamor quite like Tasmina Perry’ – Hello
‘Had me hooked from start to finish…If you’re going on holiday – or indeed, anywhere – take this book with you’ – Daily Mail

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