August 24, 2016

Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver - Spotlight, Guest Post and Giveaway

Published: June 7, 2016
Number of pages: 190
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series; Lyrical Underground

Fortunes, fineries, and foul play . . .

It’s whale-watching season in Redwood Cove, and B&B manager Kelly Jackson’s battening down the hatches for the tourist rush at Redwood Heights—a Victorian-style estate owned by her boss. And due to recent jewelry thefts, her duties include keeping track of the many dust-covered artifacts spread throughout the property. But when Kelly finds Sylvia Porter’s lifeless body, menial tasks don’t seem so terrible. Enlisting the help of a ragtag group of brainy retirees, aka the “Silver Sentinels,” Kelly’s on the hunt for clues hidden behind the mansion’s glamorous fa├žade. . .and for a killer who may want to make history of her next!

About the author:
Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016.

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Guest Post:
A Kelly Jackson Mystery
Janet Finsilver

Hi! I’d like to give you an overview of Murder at the Mansion as well as some background about parts of the book.

The Story
Kelly Jackson returns to California to begin managing Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. The inn is being renovated, and while that is happening she is instructed to inventory a collection of objects from the 1800s housed at Redwood Heights, a nearby guest mansion owned by Kelly’s employer, Resorts International. Some jewelry has disappeared from the rooms of guests staying at the mansion, and Kelly is asked to see if she can learn anything. She’ll also be helping with the Whale Frolic, a food and wine event Redwood Heights supports.

Shortly after she arrives, Kelly goes to a guest’s room and finds the woman stabbed, the door and windows locked from the inside. The murdered woman, Sylvia Porter, had caused difficulties for staff members. The police question them as well as Kelly as they search for the killer. A son of one of the Silver Sentinels, a crime-solving group of senior citizens that has helped Kelly in the past, is questioned about the jewelry thefts.

Kelly and the Silver Sentinels must work together to find the murderer and the thief before another life is lost or someone is wrongly accused of a crime they didn’t commit.

The Mansion
Redwood Heights is the name of the mansion in this book. One description from my story reads, “The mansion reminded me of a majestic English queen, the towering trees her staff-in-waiting, her billowing skirts the outcropping of buildings spreading to either side, her crown the widow’s walk on top.”

It’s a fictional building, but it was inspired by Cleveholm Manor in Redstone, Colorado, which was often referred to as Redstone Castle. John Cleveland Osgood, who made a fortune in the coal industry, built the residence. The stunning mansion was operating as a hotel when my husband and I were vacationing in the area. We stayed there a couple of nights.

Crystal chandeliers hung in abundance in many of the rooms, and a ceiling of gold leaf adorned the dining room. The library held a green marble fireplace and had green hand-tooled leather walls. Every one of the forty-two rooms had something special to amaze visitors.

I got up at dawn the first morning and walked around the house. Other than some pans banging in the kitchen, there was nothing to make me aware of anyone else being there. I went to the basement where there was a game area and a room where one of the staff members had said decisions of national impact had been made. John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and Senator Edward O. Wolcott had been guests at the mansion.

I soaked in the history and essence of the place. It stayed with me, and when I started Murder at the Mansion, those memories helped me to create Redwood Heights.

Special Dogs

My books have dogs with special abilities. In Murder at the Mansion I introduce Jack and Jill, two beagles trained to sniff out bedbugs and termites. They arrive in an RV with a slogan emblazoned on the side that reads, “Bedbugs? Termites? If you’ve got ’em, they’ll find ’em. Call on Jack and Jill. Get the four-legged pros on the job and have a restful sleep tonight.” As they search for insects, they lead their owner to one piece of the puzzle as to how the guest was murdered.

The Setting

Redwood Cove is based on Mendocino, California, where Murder, She Wrote was filmed. It’s located on headlands high above the Pacific Ocean in northern California. Mendocino is a popular vacation destination and home to numerous art shops and many fine restaurants. A wide variety of festivals help to attract people to the area. Each book in the series has an event based on ones I’ve attended. Murder at the Mansion has Whale Frolic that is similar to the Mendocino Whale Festival.

I hope you enjoyed the post and learning more about the Kelly Jackson mystery series!


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August 21, 2016

The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell - Review

Published: September 13, 2006
Number of pages: 300
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

The inspiration for The Last Alaskans—the eight-part documentary series on Animal Planet! Called “[one of] the greatest life-or-death-tales ever told” (Esquire), James Campbell’s inimitable insider account of a family’s nomadic life in the unshaped Arctic wilderness “is an icily gripping, intimate profile that stands up well beside Krakauer’s classic [Into the Wild], and it stands too, as a kind of testament to the rough beauty of improbably wild dreams” (Men’s Journal).

Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Originally from Wisconsin, Heimo traveled to the Arctic wilderness in his feverous twenties. Now, more than three decades later, Heimo lives with his wife and two daughters approximately 200 miles from civilization—a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and by the very exigencies of daily existence.

In The Final Frontiersman, Heimo’s cousin James Campbell chronicles the Korth family’s amazing experience, their adventures, and the tragedy that continues to shape their lives. With a deft voice and in spectacular, at times unimaginable detail, Campbell invites us into Heimo’s heartland and home. The Korths wait patiently for a small plane to deliver their provisions, listen to distant chatter on the radio, and go sledding at 44° below zero—all the while cultivating the hard-learned survival skills that stand between them and a terrible fate.

Awe-inspiring and memorable, The Final Frontiersman reads like a rustic version of the American Dream and reveals for the first time a life undreamed by most of us: amid encroaching environmental pressures, apart from the herd, and alone in a stunning wilderness that for now, at least, remains the final frontier.

My thoughts:
Scott and I are fans of the tv show The Last Alaskans so I thought it would be nice to learn more about my favorite family. Heimo and Edna seem like such geniune loving and nice people and after reading this book I have even more respect for both of them. The story starts with Heimo in his home town of Appleton, Wisconsin and moves on to his dream of moving to Alaska and how he came to live in the bush. Let me tell you it takes a very strong person to do what he has done. It is not for everyone. I found this quote in the book about people who move to Alaska and loved it - they call these people sourdoughs "soured on this country and ain't go no dough to get out" Makes a lot of sense to me. Alos they say if you live in Alaska two years your feet will be frozen in. Heimo happens to be one of only seven people with a cabin permit in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge which is 19.5 million acres. Out of those seven he is the only one who is a permanent resident. I liked how there was a little history of the Eskimos included and it made me very angry to see they were treated just as bad if not worse than the Native Americans in the lower 48. In fact over 2/3 of the tribes were descimated. All for greedy people. For me this was a good, very informative book and am happy that I took the time to read it. 

About the author:
Author, adventurer and producer James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Military History, Backpacker, Audubon, Field and Stream, and many other magazines and newspapers. His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year and one of the Top 50 books of the Year and by the Midwest Booksellers Association as one of the Top 2 nonfiction titles of the year. His fascination with New Guinea and the war in the South Pacific led him to the story of the 32nd Division, the Ghost Mountain Boys, and his book of the same name. In 2006, he followed the route of the Ghost Mountain Boys across New Guinea -- a journey that historians describe as "one of the cruelest in military history" -- and shot a documentary film in the process. His story, “Chasing Ghosts,” about that expedition, which appeared in the May 2007 issue of Outside magazine, was chosen for The Best American Travel Writing 2008. The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea – the Forgotten War of the South Pacific was chosen as a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and History and Military BOMC selections. It also won the 2008 RR Donnelley Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author. Campbell’s newest book, Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild will be released by Penguin-Random House in May 2016.

Campbell is the co-Executive Producer of the Discovery Channel series, The Last Alaskans, which was inspired by his first book, The Final Frontiersman.

August 20, 2016

Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: August 1, 2016
Number of pages: 224
Genre: Romance, Christian Fiction

Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.

It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings---a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog . . . thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

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My thoughts:
This is the second book in this series that I have read and I think I enjoyed it even more than the first one. I enjoy the writing style of this author as she turns this story into a quick read. It is also cute how the books have animal themed titles. The main character was very likeable to me as she is a bookaholic just like me. I enjoyed "watching" how Rhett and Stephanie's relationship grows throughout the story. For me one of the great thing about this book is the inclusion of the dogs. I love books that have a great pet that is just like a family member. This book is full of romance, humor and encouragment - an all around good book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

About the author:
Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

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August 17, 2016

Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer - Review

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from Blogging for Books

Published: August 16, 2016
Number of pages: 336
Genre: Historical Fiction

I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it's difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. . .

For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to "let the dirt fly," and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats.

It's in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a defenseless girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires, sins, and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course or bring an end to it.

A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire brings to vibrant life the most impressive--and embattled--engineering achievement of the twentieth-century.

My thoughts:
This is the first book I have read by this author. I liked that it was a historical fiction book set in one of my favorite time periods. There is a lot in this book to keep you interested. It has some adventure, suspense, romance, politics, and history. When you read this you can tell the author did her research as it shows through. The author's writing style was also nice and made the story move right along. I liked Saffire and her determination to find out all should could about her mother. All in all a very good book and I will be watching for more from this author.

About the author:
Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.

Over Easy by Pamela Ford - Review, Interview and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: May 10, 2016
Number of pages: 262
Genre: Romance
Series: The Continental Breakfast Club #1

Allie Parker's had enough. Just because she's a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She's convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes.

So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister's stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy. Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she's met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn't know is that he's a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she's his contact—and so does everyone else who's after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie's world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

My thoughts:
This is the first book in a series that I was lucky enough to get to read. This was such a fun book to read. It was a light book that reads very quickly. Another thing I like about this book is that the way the author writes and makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. What a funny plan to go to a continental breakfast to find yourself a boyfriend. I can just imagine what was going through Allie's mind or maybe not going through her mind. Going along with Allie is like being with your best friend. Full of adventure and laughs. I am starting book two asap and watch for my review of that at the end of the month. 

About the author:
Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, waitress, pantyhose salesperson, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best and the Laurel Wreath, and is a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children.

When did your love of writing begin?
I’ve always liked to write, but my goal from high school forward was to break into advertising—not write a book. Only after being a copywriter for several years did the idea of writing a book occur to me, and even then, I didn’t give it a try until I was in my thirties.

Do you have a scheduled writing time, place, and/or routine?
The earlier I start each day, the more productive I am. I have a dedicated workspace in the house (not a separate office, but a corner of the living room with windows on both sides) where I work. I’ve found, though, that I’m even more productive if I leave the house and work in a coffee shop or the library. There are just too many ways to procrastinate at home!

What do you do to get over writer’s block?
A change of location is really helpful for me. Working in a new place seems to give my brain a creative jolt. I will also go back and revisit my main character’s history, goals, and motivations to make sure my writing isn’t stalling because I don’t know my character well enough.

What was it like to get your first writing contract?

Chasing the dream of publication was such an emotional roller coaster of hope and rejection that when the call finally came, it was almost surreal. As the editor was saying she wanted to buy my book, it actually felt like time stopped for few seconds. I was so excited, I forgot to ask how much the advance was and had to call her back.

How has the publishing/writing world changed since you first started writing?
I sold my first book in 2004 and the changes since then have been huge. My first few books involved mailing the hard copy of the print manuscript back and forth with the publisher, with shipping fees easily $50 each way. The biggest, most recent change has been the public acceptance of ebooks and the rise in digital publishing. Suddenly, instead waiting 18 months for a book to come out, authors could launch them immediately upon completion.

You write about strong female characters. Are they modeled after anyone?
They’re not modeled after anyone in particular, although I will say that a bit of me ends up in every character I write. I might borrow one aspect of someone’s personality that I find interesting, but I never base characters on real people. I think I tend to create characters I would like to be friends with.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I like to spend time with my family and to stay active—running, skiing, biking, walking. I’m not very good at sitting still, which is probably an odd trait for a writer.

Do you have any advice for beginning authors?
Two things, actually! First, learn the craft. I stumbled around for years trying to write a book without realizing there is actually a method. Once I understood scene and sequel; goal, motivation and conflict; turning points; black moments; and character arcs, it made writing easier, and I finally sold. Second, keep writing. As life starts to interfere—family, job, house—it can be easy to put off your writing dreams thinking you have plenty of time to do it later. Don’t let yourself do that. Fight for your dreams because the years slip past much too fast.

Do you have a favorite author or book you would like to recommend to readers?

I love so many different types of books, but my all-time favorite is probably The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley. It’s a big book and I’ve still read it a few times!

Please tell us five random things about yourself.

-I’m a dog lover.
-I was a tomboy growing up.
-I like reading young adult novels.
-I’m going to Paris for the first time in November.
-I am a big Star Wars and Star Trek fan

Five winners total: 
2 winners will get a print copy of Over Easy + a $10 Starbucks gift card, 
2 winners will get a print copy of Fresh Brewed + a $10 Starbucks gift card, 
1 winner will get a print copy of both books + a $25 Starbucks gift card
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Aug 17 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Fresh Brewed / giveaway
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Aug 22 - The Travelogue of a book addict - review of Fresh Brewed / giveaway
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August 14, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn - Review

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: August 2, 2016
Number of pages: 18
Genre: Childrens

Pumpkin Patch Blessings celebrates fall and shows little ones there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch! The sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East bring autumn alive for readers young and old as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.

My thoughts:
This is another very cute board book that I picked up for my little niece. I loved the illustrations they just make you want to reach in and cuddle the little bunnies. We follow the little bunnies to the pumpkin patch with their family and on their adventures of playing in the fall weather. I thought this was a cute little board book to get you and your little one in the mood for the fall weather during this hot summer. It also teaches little ones how to count their blessings. 

About the author:
Kim Washburn began her career in Christian publishing with Focus on the Family. While she worked on their Clubhouse Jr. magazine, two of her original stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category in 2006. Currently Kim stays home - and stays on her toes - with her eleven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old twin sons.

One Big Turkey by Anne Vittur Kenney - Review

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: August 9. 2016
Number of pages: 20
Genre: Childrens

Count your blessings! Join one big turkey and his forest friends as they celebrate the harvest season.

Children will count along with big turkey, squirrel, and their forest friends all the reasons they have to be grateful. Sweet, rhyming text will help children count everything they have to be thankful for, including food, friends, full tummies, and most of all, God! This board book presents parents with an adorable and simple way to teach their children about giving thanks.

With sweet rhyming verse, lots of fun images to count, and warm, charming artwork, this book will surely be a favorite every holiday season!

No turkeys were harmed in the telling of this story.

My thoughts:
I thought this was a cute book for little ones. The colors are very bright which will grab their attention. Also it is a board book so it is sturdy enough that the little hands can read it over and over with it ripping. There are many of the animals from the forest in this book and they are all adorable. This is a fun way to teach your little one how to count to ten. Each page has a new number and a new friend so by the time you get to the end you have met many of the cute little forest friends. 

About the author:
Anne Vittur Kennedy started out as a music teacher in public schools, but shifted to illustration in 1982. She has illustrated many children’s books, including the Miss Fox series by Eileen Spinelli and the Pony Scouts series by Catherine Hapka. Anne Vittur Kennedy lives near Columbus, Ohio.