National Book Lovers Day: My Recommendations and Wish List

Did you know it’s National Book Lovers Day? I didn’t until today. I’ve done a number of book reviews of the years. I don’t do them as much anymore but my love of books has not changed. It’s one reason I participate in the Silver Dagger Book Tours. I love learning about new book I might want to add to my list or having the chance to review a book I just can’t pass up.

I’m all over the board with the type of books like to read thrillers, para-normal, romance, comedy, drama, if the premise of the book peaks my interest then I’m about it.

I do tend to like books with strong/smart female characters (no whiney damsel in distress for me). I tend to like books set in the deep south for some reason or book set in Pennsylvania or the beach. I do NOT like books where bad things happen to kids and they go into too much detail. I also don’t like anything too gory.

My Book Recommendations

  • The Graveyard Queen Series by Amanda Stevens – If you’ve ever asked me about books I’ve probably raved about this series to you. I had the chance to review The Abandoned several years ago. It’s the prequel to The Graveyard Queen Series. This book can stand alone and you do not NEED to read it to understand the rest of the series. But if you end up liking the series as much as I did, you’ll want to read every page you have access to. The Graveyard Queen Series is a paranormal romance taking place in the deep south. A strong, professional, female character (not your helpless damsel in distress), ghosts, romance, cop drama, this series has everything. For some reason Amazon has The Abandoned listed as book 4 but it’s not, it’s the prequel. Trust me, every time a new book came out I went back and reread the series again. That’s how much I enjoyed it.
  • Paranoid by Lisa Jackson – I had the opportunity to review this book not that long ago. This thriller kept me up reading until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Then i went to work, came home and snuggled up to finish it again. (There may have been frozen pizza for dinner that night) This again has a strong lead female character.
  • Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn – Straight up I’m gonna tell you, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I’m not a BIG romance reader but I do like it if it’s done right. I don’t want an over-the-top romance or cowboy romance. I think part of what I don’t like is the whole damsel in distress idea that some of these romances seem to embrace as their theme. For me I like a modern day romance. Either realistic or with a smart woman character that’s not needy and clingy. I think that’s why I enjoyed this book. I also enjoyed that even over a 1/4 of the way through the book you weren’t sure how the situation was going to work out.
  • Pancake House Mysteries by Sarah Fox – Yes another series I fell in love with. This is a cozy mystery series that takes place in a little beach time. Perfect beach read or cuddled up under a blanket with your favorite warm beverage or glass of wine. This is currently a 6 book series and I’ve yet to read all of them but I’ve read 3 of the 6 so far. I actually started with Yeast of Eden which is book 4 because it was offered up for review. After reading that book and loving it I found out it was part of this series. I went back and snapped up book 1 and 2 to devour. Devour is an interesting choice of words too because the dishes served in the pancake house sound amazing. AND they offer recipes for some of the dishes described in each book at the end of the book. So when you’re mouth is watering reading the book you can whipped up a dish or two. You can read the books as stand-alone but I found, reading from book one gives you more background on the relationships and the history of the characters. Book One is The Crepes of Wrath.

What’s on my Bookish Wishlist?

The answer is, a lot. I have an ever growing list on Amazon for my book wishlist Here are my top 5

Now I want to know. Name one book you’d recommend and one book on your wish list.

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Thinking About Self-Publishing? Read This

Did I ever tell you that one of my brothers wrote a book? I mean, I think I did, in a blog post about it a while back. It was something he had wanted to do for a long time and he finally did it. When it first became available to buy his book was in the top 200 on Amazon..I think it was back then. Which, when you consider all the books on Amazon that’s not too bad. Want to know something else? He self-published his book.

My brother wrote Night of the Dancing Puppets which is a horror genre. Some people say it fits in with the popular game “Five Nights At Freddy’s” I’ve never played that game or saw the movie so I can’t personally speak on that. What I do know is that it was a constant up and down adrenaline rush. My brother has lived in Florida for many years and you get a sense that the book takes place in Florida.

This book is not recommended for children as it is a horror book and some profanity is used in the book. To self-publish, he went through a site called fastpencil.com but I’m sure there are other sources as well. There are also publishing companies that can help with reviewing, printing, publishing, etc but of course there is more cost involved with that. I think if I decided I wanted to write a book someday I’d go the self-publishing route too.

Being that my brother had self-published this book and never wrote a book before, I thought this was a pretty good start. I know he was talking about doing a sequel to the book but I don’t know where he is on the process of that. I know it can take a long time until a book is finally finished and ready for shelves.

You may be shocked to know some pretty famous authors have self-published at some point or another like Mark Twain. Did you know John Grisham and Tom Clancy started off self-publishing? This an interesting piece of information from an article on the huffpost website:

Tom Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October was acquired by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis, Md., when an editor there, Deborah Grosvenor, became enthralled by Clancy’s novel, convinced she had a potential bestseller in her hands.

Sam Haskell also talks about self-publishing books. He wrote the book Promises I Made My Mother. Sam Haskell has an impressive resume including being an Emmy nominated producer.

So in the end, I guess what I’m trying to say is that, self-publishing can be done. If you checked out any of the links in this post then there is hope for new authors with big dreams and small budgets

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Crepe Expectation Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Crepe Expectations The Pancake House Mysteries #5 by Sarah Fox Genre: Cozy Mystery Pub Date: 5/28/2019

When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery. . . Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McKinney, owner of the Flip Side pancake house, already signed up to volunteer, and chef Ivan Kaminski is one of the judges. But when Marley visits her landscaper boyfriend Brett at the site of the Victorian mansion that’s being restored as the Wildwood Inn, she discovers something else pushing up daisies: human remains. The skeleton on the riverbank washed out by the early- spring floodwaters belonged to eighteen-year-old Demetra Kozani, who vanished a decade earlier. While the cold case is reopened, Marley must step in when some of the cook-off contestants fall suspiciously ill. Stuck in a syrupy mess of sabotage and blackmail, it falls to Marley to stop a killer from crêping up on another victim. . . Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Google * Kobo * Kensington

Sarah Fox is the author of the Music Lover’s Mystery series and the USA Today bestselling Pancake House Mystery series. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she can often be found reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel. Sarah lives in British Columbia and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada. Visit her online at AuthorSarahFox.com. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

The last diners of the day left the restaurant shortly after two o’clock, and I locked the door
behind them, flipping the “open” sign to “closed.” Leigh Hunter, The Flip Side’s full-time waitress,
untied her red apron from around her waist. Patricia Murray’s daughter, Sienna, did the same with
her apron. Sienna was seventeen and still in school, but she worked at the pancake house on the
weekends.
“Did you know that Logan’s entering the amateur chef competition?” I asked Sienna.
“Yep. He’s a really good cook. He got into watching cooking shows about three years ago,
and now he can make some really amazing stuff.”
“I hope he does well in the competition,” Leigh said.
“He will,” Sienna said with confidence. “My friend Ellie Shaw’s entering too. She didn’t really
want to, but her mom thought she should.”
“Why didn’t she want to?” I asked.
“She’s kind of shy. I don’t think she likes the idea of cooking in front of an audience.”
“Maybe she’ll forget anyone’s watching once she gets cooking,” Leigh said.
“I hope so. She’s really talented, especially with desserts.” Sienna headed for the break room
to fetch her jacket, and soon she and Leigh had left the pancake house for the day.
Talking about cooking made me wonder if Brett would be finished work by dinnertime. I sent
him a text message asking him how things were going. I tidied up the pancake house while waiting
for his response. It came about half an hour later. He figured he’d have to work until six o’clock, but
he hoped he wouldn’t have to stay at the inn any longer than that.
Hungry? I wrote in another text. I can bring you a snack.
I love you, was his quick response.
Smiling, I finished up my remaining tasks and grabbed a can of soda from the kitchen before
heading out. I walked to Marielle’s Bakery and picked up two doughnuts and half a dozen chocolate
chip cookies. From there, I set a course for home. The Wildwood Inn sat on the outskirts of town,
and making the trip on foot would have taken a while, so I decided to make a quick stop at home to
pick up my car.
After checking on my cat, Flapjack, and Brett’s dog, Bentley, I set off in my hatchback. When
I reached my destination, I followed a long driveway toward the beautiful white Victorian mansion
and continued along the branch that led around the house to the large detached garage, built in the
same style as the inn. I parked my blue hatchback next to the cube van Brett used for his lawn and
garden business.
With the paper bakery bag and soda can in hand, I wandered around the garage until I could
see clear to the back of the inn’s property. An expanse of green lawn stretched from the mansion to
a white gazebo—a
new addition, Brett had told me. Beyond the gazebo, flagstone pathways wandered around
numerous flower beds. Brett had been working hard to add some color before the garden party. He’d
already transplanted numerous types of flowers in a variety of hues and would add more over the
coming days. Some of the flower beds farther back in the garden were home to recently planted
rosebushes, which would bloom in a few weeks’ time.
As soon as I started across the lawn, I spotted Brett near the back of the property, working
away at one of the last flower beds, only a stone’s throw from the woods that bordered the garden.
There was a small cottage in the back corner of the lot, but I couldn’t see anyone else around. The
garden was peaceful, the only sound the chirping of birds in the trees.
I followed the flagstone pathway past the flower beds, raising a hand in greeting when Brett
looked up and saw me approaching.
“I come bearing food,” I said as I reached him.
He grinned and drove the spade he was holding into the soil so it would stand upright on its
own. “Best news I’ve heard all day.”
I glanced around the garden. “You’ve made a lot of progress since the last time I was here. It
looks great.”

“I need to work at a couple of other sites this week, but hopefully this job will be done in the
next two weeks.” He pulled off his work gloves and tucked them into the back pocket of his jeans.
“How was your day?”
“Great. Everything went well at The Flip Side. A lot of people were talking about the garden
party. They’re going to love what you’ve done here.”
“Hopefully Lonny and Hope will love it too,” he said.
“They will,” I said without any doubt. “They like what you’ve done so far, right?”
“So far so good,” he confirmed.
I held up the paper bag and can of soda. “Your snack.”
“Thank you. You’re the best.”
“I can’t say I was disappointed to have a chance to see you before tonight.”
He grinned. “I’m definitely not disappointed either.”
He led me to a stone bench at the end of the garden that faced the flower beds, the mansion
visible in the distance. I sat with him and snacked on one of the doughnuts while he devoured the
other one along with a couple of the cookies. When I’d finished eating, I rested my head against his
shoulder.
“It’s so peaceful here,” I said, listening to the birdsong coming from the woods behind us.
Brett took a long drink of his soda. “It’s definitely a nice place to work.”
I raised my head. “Speaking of which, I should probably let you get back to it.”
He eyed the rosebushes sitting in pots near one of the flower beds, waiting to be
transplanted. “Another two hours or so and then I’ll be heading home.”
I got to my feet and set the paper bag on the bench. “I’ll leave these here in case you want
more.”
Brett set down his soda can as he stood up. He took my hands, pulling me in close. “Thanks
for stopping by, Marley.”
He gave me a lingering kiss that I reluctantly pulled away from.
“See you later.”
I was about to set off along the garden path when something small and black streaked
toward the tree line. I spun around to follow its progress.
“A kitten!” I exclaimed. “Did you see that?”
The tiny black cat paused at the edge of the woods, its green eyes wide, one ear twitching
while the rest of its body remained frozen.
“Does it belong to Lonny and Hope?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” Brett said. “I caught a brief glimpse of it earlier today, but that’s the first time
I’ve seen a cat around here.”
I took a careful step toward the kitten. It dashed beneath a bushy fern and hunkered down,
out of sight except for the tip of one black ear.
“It looks way too tiny to be out here on its own,” I said.
“We can take it up to the house and see if that’s where it belongs. If we can catch it, that is.”
As if it had heard Brett’s words, the little kitten darted out from its hiding place and zipped
away, deeper into the woods.
“Catching it might not be possible, but I don’t want to leave it in the woods. Maybe we can at
least get it to run back this way.”
“We can try,” Brett agreed.
We moved off in opposite directions, planning to circle around into the woods and hopefully
herd the kitten back to the garden. I tried to move quietly as I entered the woods, not wanting to
scare the cat farther into the forest. Despite my efforts, twigs still snapped under my feet and the
underbrush rustled as I picked my way through the trees.
I could hear rushing water somewhere nearby and realized we were close to the Wildwood
River. My concern for the kitten shot up. Although the water level was on its way down now, the river
was still higher than usual and could be dangerous for anyone who got too close to the slippery,
unstable banks. I didn’t want the kitten going anywhere near the water.

As I moved deeper into the forest, the dirt beneath my feet became soggier. Through the
trees, I caught sight of the river, still swollen and muddy, hurtling its way toward the ocean. I swept
my gaze from left to right, desperately seeking out any sign of the kitten.
“Can you see it?” I called out to Brett when he came into view. We were almost to the river
now, and I had to talk over the sound of the rushing water.
“Not yet,” Brett called back.
At the sound of his voice, something moved slightly a few feet away. I peered at a small,
hollowed-out cavity at the base of an old tree. It was dark inside the hole, but I was certain I’d seen
movement. I crept closer
to the tree, moving slowly and cautiously.
I was about to crouch down in front of the hole when the kitten darted out of the hollow tree. I
dropped to my knees and grabbed at the kitten, ending up flat on my stomach, my arms outstretched
ahead of me. A fallen tree branch poked at my ribs, cold moisture was seeping through my jeans,
and I had a face full of ferns, but I also had a wriggling kitten in my grasp.
“Are you okay?” Brett asked as he hurried over to me.
“I caught it!” I said through the ferns.
I couldn’t see too well, but I heard Brett reach my side. One of his hands brushed against
mine.
“I’ve got it. You can let go now.”
I released my firm but gentle hold on the cat and climbed to my feet, brushing pine needles
and clumps of mud from my clothes. I smiled at the sight of Brett holding the little kitten against his
chest, but when I reached down to brush a clod of mud from my knee, my smile slipped away.
“Brett…”
“Are you hurt?” he asked with concern.
I shook my head and stepped back before pointing at the ground.
Next to the patch of ferns I’d landed in, a partial human skull poked out through the mud.

I love a good cozy mystery. I had the pleasure of reading another book in The Pancake House Mysteries and I was hooked. When this one came up for review I had to do it. The main character, Marley, seems to be an amateur sleuth at heart. The setting of Wildwood Cove is described beautifully in the book and takes me away to a quiet little beach town.

Marley is always stumbling onto something that gets her involved in a crime scene. This time it’s the skull she finds while trying try to catch a stray kitten. The book leaves you guessing who the real killer is until your suspecting multiple people in the book until the last few chapters.

I fell in love with the characters and the setting in this series. It was nothing for me to read until I was dead tired but still push to at least finish the chapter. Another think I like about this series is there’s romance without it being too much.

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