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--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, June 30, 2011


Vidisha S.
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Random Thoughts - Long Weekend

 This has really become a family holiday for us and my birthday kicks it off on July 1. 

Then on July 2, a bunch of family and friends get together for Rhythm & Booms, a huge fireworks display set to music played on a local radio station, in Madison, Wisconsin.  
There are a lot of events in the actual park but we set up outside the park to picnic, play games and enjoy each other's company, plus their is plenty of room for the kids to run and play.

The 3rd will probably spent doing usually yard work and housework.

The 4th will start with a parade and then a family get together at my mother-in-laws.  
We have been doing this for years and we can watch the local fireworks right from her yard.
Shhh! and maybe set off a few of our own.

Hopefully, Mr. Dollycas will be on vacation for the rest of the week and the following weekend is Beaver Dam Lake Days which means more bands, a water ski show, fireworks and family time!!!!

What are your plans?
Share them with us!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

COZY WEDNESDAY (PART 1) - How To Moon A Cat by Rebecca M. Hale

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday.  
Today I get share two reviews with you that are set to release on July 5, 2011. July is going to be another fantastic month for cozies.  You can use the Amazon Links in the left sidebar to order them today so you have it arrive at your home on release date.
(If you use the links from my page I do receive a small commission.)  

Please mark your calendar to come back every Wednesday, most Wednesdays will have a cozy author Guest Posting plus a Book Giveaway. Most times by review of their latest book will be posted too.  Check the Dates To Remember at the top of the left sidebar to see when each author will be here.  My other reviews will be moving to Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends if necessary, so everyday will be a great day to stop by for a visit!!!

Cover Illustration
by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design
by Diana Kolsky
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
A Division of Penguin Books
A Cats and Curios Mystery
3rd in the Series

Release Date: July 5, 2011

Rebecca, Rupert and Isabella are back and better than ever!!!

Rupert is still sniffing out tightly wrapped packages hidden  by Rebecca's late Uncle Oscar.  Most times the package contains money wadded up which he seems to find right when Rebecca needs it.  But this time Rupert uncovers a package that contains a little bear holding a flag. This has to be a clue to one of her uncle's hidden valuable treasures.

The first clue sends Rebecca to Nevada City, a former mining town. Her neighbor Monty is headed there to represent the San Francisco Mayor at a bike race, The Tour of California. So they pack up the cats and head off together each on their own mission.

Rebecca starts to believe her little excursion may be putting herself right in the path of her uncle's oldest enemy.  Can she stay safe and follow the clues to uncover the treasure or is she endangering both herself and her cats with this road trip? 

I loved this book so much.  First of all with a title like HOW TO MOON A CAT you can't wait to delve into these pages.  The author has her hands full writing for the human characters and two very vocal cats, one extremely opinionated, the other more laid back and relaxed.  Then in this book she adds the moon as a character, a very important character and that leads to only one way of How To Moon A Cat.

This story also takes us on a history lesson about California Bear Flag Revolt . This flag is very essential to the plot. We also meet some colorful characters, clever impostors, and willing tricksters as Rebecca finds the clues she needs. Oh and maybe a couple of frogs.

This story has so many layers. It was laugh out loud funny in places, but my husband says I giggled through most of the book. The author has grown so much and is perfecting her writing craft.  I have watched her evolve with each story.  This plot while multifaceted is very tight.  Her characters are all growing and developing as well.  Her writing in places is almost poetry and her descriptions make people and places jump off the page, even a few we would like contained within the pages.J

I do believe this is my favorite cozy so far in 2011.  I gave it my highest rating which equals 5 stars but it is definitely a 10!!! I highly recommend this book and the entire series!!! This book could not have been more purr-fect!!! A purr delight to read!!!  

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  Don't Wait Order The First Two today and Pre-Order HOW TO MOON A CAT!!! Check out the author's website for more info. http://www.howtowashacat.com/ There are some wonderful pictures there of Rupert and Isabella.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Publishing. 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.”

COZY WEDNESDAY (PART 2) - Let's Play Dead by Sheila Connolly

Continuing on with this cozy feature to bring you another review of a book being released on July 5, 2011.

Cover Illustration
by Ross Jones
Cover Design
by Rita Frangie

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
A Division of Penguin Books
A Museum Mystery
2nd in the Series
ISBN-10: 042524220X
ISBN-13: 978-0425242209

In the first book of this series Fundraising The Dead, we met Nell Pratt who was in charge of fundraising but the president of the museum was up to no good, and Nell helped to crack the case wide open. So as we enter this story Nell is just getting settled in to her new job as President.

As part of her new duties she is invited to the nearby Children's Museum, Let's Play, to preview a new exhibit.The exhibit is based on the characters from the Harriett The Hedgehog children's book series. In the middle of her visit one of the animal characters malfunctions giving one of the installers a good jolt of electricity. Thankfully it was not a fatal injury and he recovers.

Let's Play president, Arabella Heffernan, has not one but two people check out the repaired wiring before another preview is scheduled. But then a second installer gets zapped and he was not so lucky. This time was a fatal jolt.  

Nell feels the need to help investigate because she was there when the first person was injured. Is someone trying to discredit the museum? Sabotage the exhibit because of the book author? Who is the real target? Hopefully with a little help from her friends Nell can put it all together if all the suspects play nice and answer her questions.  

I am getting to really like the main characters of this series.  Nell is priceless, Marty is a hoot and Shelby and Eric seem to be fine additions.  I was amazed how efficient Eric worked out as Nell's new assistant all without a computer. The hunky FBI agent is very pleasing and the romance between him and Nell is just starting to heat up. Every story has to have the person we all love to hate and this position is filled nicely by Hadley Eastman, a children's author that is hopefully like no other.

The characters are all wonderful, the plot is really good but the ending was very interesting and surprising. Not at all what I expected. It did leave me wanting more and ready to read the next installment to see where the author is taking these characters.  She has set them up nicelyToo bad authors can't write and publish as fast as we read. 

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Sheila Connolly is the author of The Orchard Mystery Series as well and will be here to Guest Post on August 10th.  Mark your calendars today!!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Publishing. 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.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage

A Plume Book
A Division Of The Penguin Group

Available Today

It all starts with a Premise!!

Hugh Waters was so excited that he had sold his script.  His whole life was about to change. Then a new person was put in charge so the contract was canceled.  He believed the new person, Hedda Chase, was wrong when she said "NO!" to his project.  So Hugh jumped on a plane to Los Angeles just to talk to her, make her see the script was good.

The conversation didn't go as planned when she declared his story unbelievable.  Stressed to a breaking point, Hugh decided to reenact the terrifying ending using Miss Chase as the victim.  Now her life hangs in the balance when Hugh plan takes an unplanned turn.

This is story about how far someone may go to fulfill his dreams. Set in the high pressure of life in Hollywood,  it is a scary look at just how quickly things can go wrong.  I would characterize the story as more intense psychological story than as a thriller.  

The characters are uniquely fit together, sometimes at too much of a coincidence to ring true, but the characters themselves are believable with their many faults. Hugh is bored with his life, including both his job and his marriage. I felt sorry for his wife. The character of Hedda Chase is very unlikable so it takes a little work on the part of the reader to become concerned about her fate.  The homeless girl showing up at weird times and places gave me pause. Bringing in a character, Denny, an Iraqi war vet adds a sense of current events to the story, but again his actions were confusing at times.    

With all that said I did enjoy the book, it just was not what I expected. It was much more psychological as first Hugh definitely suffers a break from reality but it seems all the other characters do as well. This turns into a character study set off by one event that connects it each character to the others. 

The way the story itself was written was the part that made it interesting, as it was told from the points of view of three different people and we actually got to read what was in their minds, what they were thinking.  To me this saved the book. The characters were well written the plot just seemed forced and contrived.

This is the first book I have read by this author and understand her past novel, The Doctor's Wife, was very successful and received excellent reviews so I will probably add it to my wish list. This one was just a bit off the mark for me.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Plume Books, A Division of The Penguin Group. 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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Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Monday!! What Are You Reading??

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at

It's a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Did last week just fly by fast or was it just me?

Fundraising the Dead (A Museum Mystery)
Fundraising The Dead
by Sheila Connelly
This is my Just For Fun book for June.

Let's Play Dead (A Museum Mystery)
Let's Play Dead
By Sheila Connolly
Review will be posted for Cozy Wednesday!!

How to Moon a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery)
How To Moon A Cat
by Rebecca M. Hale
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Review will be posted for Cozy Wednesday!!

A Stranger Like You
by Elizabeth Brundage
Paperback Release Tomorrow!!
Review will be posted tomorrow!

Books Can Be Deceiving (A Library Lover's Mystery)
Books Can Be Deceiving
by Jenn McKinlay
Release Date:  July 5, 2011
Jenn will be Guest Posting Here on July 6!!

Foul Play at the PTA
Foul Play at the PTA
by Laura Alden
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Laura will be Guest Posting Here on July 13.

The Square Root of Murder (Professor Sophie Knowles)
The Square Root Of Murder
by Ada Madison
Release Date: July 5, 2011

Is It Safe
Is It Safe?
by Jerol Anderson
The Beaver Dam, Wisconsin,
Book World will host author Jerol Anderson 
on July 9th, from 10:30 am to 2 pm


Please stop by check out my giveaways!!

Also check out the 
Grace Interrupted Giveaway and 
the Dire Threads Giveaway in the left sidebar.
There is still time to enter!!!

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I love this fun new meme sponsored by Xmas DollyLorie from The Shewbridges of CelebrationCallie at Jamerican Spice and Larry from Cakeblast.  Everyone has made me feel so welcome. This meme is so much fun and so easy!!!  Just go to one of the links above for the details and enjoy the music.

This weeks theme is Singer/Groups with one name.
Plus I have been selected for the Spotlight Dance!!
SO COOL!!!! 
Because my dancing partner is Tom aka Mr. Cool!!!

Spotlight Dancers

My Absolutely Favorite Band Of All Time!!
This concert was phenomenal!!!

Can't think of a better way to start the week!!!
C'mon join the fun!!!!
Click on one of the links above, 
and link up with your favorite songs!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop Winners!!


I hope it got all of you in the mood to
have a glass of iced tea or lemonade,
cover yourself in some suntan lotion,
and hit the nearest beach and

I am delighted to announce my giveaway winners!!!

Latanya T.

You have won 
Called Home: Two Hearts Answer
plus some cool goodies!!!

Judy C.

You have won
Scoop to Kill: A Mystery a La ModeA Parfait Murder: A Mystery A La Mode
plus some cool goodies!!!


Ruth H.

You have won
The Arrivals: A Novel
plus some cool goodies!!!

Winners were chosen using Random.org

Thank you to everyone that entered.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Spyder by David Fingerman

L & L Dreamspell
Available Now!
ISBN-10: 9781603182645
ISBN-13: 978-1603182645

First of all with a name like Spyder you already know his life must be interesting. A very street wise individual who believes his life can't sink any lower until he comes home and finds his girlfriend has died from an overdose with drugs he provided.

He is 30 years old and needs to reevaluate his life. Is it time he grows up and joins "mainstream society" or should he continue on the same path of drugs, homelessness, stealing and other unlawful behaviors?

If he wants to move forward he just needs to do a few simple things. Things he has done hundreds of times before, kick his drug habit, find a job, earn some money, and find a real place to live.  All at the same time.

Life never goes as planned and Spyder seems to keep tangling himself in the same web with the same people and same vices.  Will he ever escape this web and join the mainstream or will he be caught so tight that he can never escape?

David Fingerman has an imagination beyond belief and can write in a way that draws us all in like flies into his web.  I knew this from experience as he sent my a copy of his book Silent Kill which I reviewed last year. He definitely has a style that is his alone.

If you would see a person like Spyder on the street you may look away and just be glad he wasn't hanging out in your neighborhood. But the author has written him in such a way that you are intrigued by his life and hoping that he can get control of it before it's too late. You want him to succeed and get upset when he stumbles or takes a step back. He definitely has had a hard life thus far and is a man with more than a few issues and a weird twisted sense of humor. Through it all you want him to get past the loneliness and violence in his life and have the "normal" life has has only dreamed was out there somewhere. 

This is an edgy, gritty novel that exposes the underworld we all know is present and brings it right into our homes in the pages of this well written, David Fingerman style story.  I highly recommend getting tangled up in this web.

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To find out more about David, just go to his web page.

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.”


Welcome to
Feel GooFriday!!!

Erika had found that a lot of her bloggy friends reading posts about being positive, so she thought she might try her very own meme. She just wanted everyone to feel good and have some happy thoughts as you begin the weekend.  Go over to her blog for the details.

"The Girl" is busy constructing a new website so for the time being this feature is being hosted by lia sophia tomgirl.  She has a great blog, be sure to check it out!

What made me Feel Good this week!!

It was a normal week, no drama, no crisis, no hackers.
Jeff and the kids went to work as usual.
Kaden went to daycare as usual 
(except yesterday he stayed with me as his sitter was sick.)
The weather was sunny some days, rained others, even a little cool a couple of days, usual for Wisconsin this time of year.
I read, I blogged, watched a little television.
Politics was crazy but these days that's normal too.

The real Feel Good time was getting together with family to celebrate this little ladybug's 1st Birthday!!!
She is just so adorable. 
She is our great niece and is growing way too fast!!


What made you Feel Goothis week?
I hope you will take just a moment to share it with me.