Oct 272012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

I received an email this week from author Anya Wylde. Her book The Wicked Wager ( A Regency Murder Mystery & Romance ) is now Free for Amazon Prime Members and will be free for everyone November 1 – 5.

Book Description

The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.
Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.

Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.

His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient).

His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.

Excerpt
Emma walked into the dining room and was momentarily stunned speechless. The guests were already seated, but she wished they hadn’t been …
… Mrs Barker had her assets spilling out of her scarlet gown, and a hysterical Emma wondered if the waiter could balance the soup plate on the gigantic breasts on display. Her upright position gave her a splendid view down the never-ending depths of Mrs Barker’s ample bosom.
She hurried to take her seat beside Catherine.
They caught each other’s eyes and stifled a giggle. Catherine discreetly tilted her head towards her right. Emma glanced in the direction indicated and once more forced her open mouth to close.

Prudence Barker sat in a deep pink gown, wearing a hairdo that rivalled the Tower of London. Emma could scarcely see the hovering servant behind the pile of curls. A massive teapot was placed carefully in the nest of black curls.

‘’ That is an interesting hairstyle, Prudence, ’’ remarked the duchess. Even she had been brought out of her haze by the extraordinary vision.

‘’ It is, isn’t it? It is all the rage in France. Why, the Countess of Elridge, who as we all know is the very epitome of fashion, had a ship perched atop her head. It is difficult to move one’s head lest the tea dribble down and ruins one’s dress, but I think I have mastered the art, ’’ replied Prudence, pink with pleasure at the thought of creating such a stir.

‘’ Surely you do not need to fill the tea pot with tea? It is not as if you are going to drink it, since it must be stone cold by now. And getting it out of your hair must be a task in itself, ’’ commented the duke blandly.

‘’ Oh, but if one does something, then one must do it right, ’’ chirped Mrs Barker. ‘’ My daughter has been out long enough to know what is deemed proper, ’’ she finished, glancing meaningfully at Catherine.

Catherine, to give her credit, did not change colour but smiled back amiably. Her own hair was brushed back into an elegant, low coif.

They paused briefly while the soup was served. Once the servers departed, Mrs Barker leaned forward and once again addressed the duke,

‘’ I did not want to wear such a bold colour tonight, My Lord, I mean, ’’ she said simpering, ’’ I am too old to wear such things, but Poo Poo positively insisted, she would have it no other way. ’’

Emma mouthed ‘Poo Poo’ to Catherine, who promptly disappeared under the table pretending to retrieve a fallen fork. Her shoulders shook alarmingly, and Emma had a hard time not joining her.

The duke could not but help peek at the aforementioned dress. That had been the lady’s intent all along. He quickly looked away and clearing his throat said,

‘’ It is a … flattering colour, and you are not so old yet, Mrs Barker. ’’

‘’ I feel miles better now that you have stated you approve. I was terribly worried about being inappropriate in your household, but now I may wear such colours without any qualms, ’’ she tittered.

Emma dug her nails in; it was not the colour that was inappropriate, as the lady well knew, but the cut of the dress.

Author Bio 

Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

 

Sharon at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews is tooting her own horn this week!

She is sharing her own wonderful books!!

The authors over at Mystery Lover’s Kitchen are sharing Halloween recipes!!
Pumpkin Cake! Antipesto! Alligator Pie!
You have to check these out!!

Several blogs are offering giveaways for the To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary!
You could win a copy of the book and tickets to see the movie in theaters November 15.
Contests Ends Tomorrow!
Visit

Teresa’s Book Corner
Red Headed Book Child
Bermuda Onion’s Weblog
Bookhounds
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

That’s it for week 6 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

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Oct 202012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

Mystery Most Cozy – a group now on Facebook is celebrating it’s 10th Birthday this weekend!!!
Stop by and wish them a Happy Birthday and if you are not a member join this fabulous group.
It is the place to find out all about cozy mysteries!!! in addition to this this blog of course. 🙂

Brand New Blog – Christy’s Cozy Corners
Christy has been a reader of this blog and many others and now she is joining us bloggers with one of her own. Check it out. Books, recipes, contests on more. Tell her Dollycas sent you!!!

 

 

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CMash Reads has had a recent makeover. CMash or Cheryl offers book reviews, tons of giveaways and she is also the owner of Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  It is definitely a blog to visit often!!

 

Find out about Penguin Publishing Read Pink Program over at
Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews!
It is the third year of this wonderful program and some great books are featured this year.


Looking for some scary reads this Halloween. Check out Book Chick City!
She is throwing quite a party all month!

That’s it for week 5 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

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Oct 132012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

One of the blogs I stop at frequently is Michael Draper’s blog. He is a new author, his first book Splattered Blood was released in January.  He also reads books both my husband and I like to read so I always like to see what he has been reading  and reviewing. If you are looking for something different to read this blog is a great source.

This post is from yesterday. I love checking out libraries online. I was thrilled that The Brunette Librarian took us virtually to a very special one in Springfield, Missouri. Click Here to check out this amazing library.

Mystery Lover’s Kitchen is also one of my very favorite stops. The recipes are To Die For!! and the authors are so much fun! This recipe from Sheila Connolly for Apple Cream Cheese Tart sounds perfect for the fabulous fall weather. 

I have also been battling quite a cold the past couple of weeks so I have been searching for some throat soothing beverages. Here I found a tea, mulled wine and a toddy recipe that all sound good. While alcohol is not a recommended way to treat a cold sometimes the relaxing benefits a very helpful. Here the Mayo Clinic has some tips of how to deal with the illness that has no real cure.

That’s it for week 4 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

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Oct 062012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.


This past week was the 30th Anniversary of Celebrating the Freedom to Read Banned Books. Sheila at Book Journey organized a fantastic week of posts and giveaways. There is still time to enter if you do it today! Click here and scroll through a whole week of posts and travel around to several other blogs too. Great job Sheila!!!

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I received a very interesting email this week from James Houston Turner, author of Greco’s Game. I took part in his Blog Tour a couple of weeks ago. He has had a number of requests for more background stories about Talanov during his KGB years (when he was a spy for America), He is planning to release a Talanov novella early next year. The title is The Spanish Agenda, and it originates from an anecdotal comment made in Greco’s Game.

Talanov knew it was his own fault that he was in this predicament. If only he’d not gotten involved with Tash, the whore who had drugged and robbed him. If only he’d done what he set out to do, which was retrieve his wallet and leave. But no, he had to stick up for her and place his entire future in jeopardy. What the hell was he thinking?
Andrea would have stuck up for her, and in his former days, before her murder, he would have, too. In those days, he cared. These days, he did not. So why had he made such a stupid decision? Why had he gotten involved? It wasn’t simply because she was a woman. Well, maybe, partly. She was, after all, being picked on by a much bigger man. So maybe that was part of it, although not all of it, because he had once shot a woman in Spain who was trying to kill him, and she would have if he’d hesitated.
Greco’s Game
Chapter 4
1986. What really happened in Spain?

He plans to send a free eBook copy of this novella to about one hundred people who will agree to read it and then post a comment on Amazon prior to its general release. Thumbs up or down, short or long – it doesn’t matter. Participants can say anything they want. His goal: to get people talking. His gamble: that people will like it!

Would you like to receive a free copy of this e-book novella. All you have to do is respond with a “Yes” (plus their email address) via my website contact page: www.jameshoustonturner.com/contact.htm. Early in 2013, they will receive a FREE eBook copy of The Spanish Agenda. All I ask in return is that participants read it and post their comments on Amazon. That’s it.

Well almost! He is making this very interesting by adding a contest. Whoever helps me acquire the most readers will get a book character named after them in either novel #3 of my Talanov thriller series – Dragon Head – or #4 – “Book X” (the story is outlined, but I am withholding the title for now). All your readers need to do is say, “Lori sent me,” in the comments section of my contact page before clicking “Submit”.

BTW, HE NEVER shares email addresses with anyone. Never. And HIS only purpose here is to be able to offer free eBooks, occasional news updates and special offers to readers — in many ways similar to the Kindle Fire and free books offers for followers on HIS blog tour. There will be no “selling” or flood of emails. That’s a promise.

Also there is still time to enter the giveaways from his tour. The contests end October 12. Click Here and fill out the Rafflecopter form.

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This one has nothing to do with books. I am a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan but did anyone else think the network messed up the start of this season? Shouldn’t the episode we saw this week been shown first and then last week’s this week? All the jumping back and forth was confusing.

People on Facebook are kind of split. The show’s were good but I think could have been so much more powerful if reversed. 

Are you a fan? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!

That’s it for week 3 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

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Sep 292012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

It’s a Big Weekend with BlogFest 2012 and the Fall Edition of Blogiesta. You can find my BlogFest Giveaway below. I am skipping Blogiesta this time because there is so much family stuff happening right now.

Callapidder Days is hosting a Fall Into Reading Challenge.
The challenge goes through December 21, 2012. You can find all the details here.

 

Did you have a Barbie doll or several Barbie dolls when you were little? I know I did and so did my girls. Julie Hyzy had an interesting post about today’s little girls and Barbies over at The Cozy Chicks. What’s Wrong With Barbie? Can parents prohibit certain gifts given to their children? Check out the post and share your thoughts with Julie.
Fall has arrived and the fruits of the harvests can be plenty. I found a recipe over at Beverly’s Back Porch for Sweet Potato Home Fries that had my mouth watering. Beverly always has something cookin’ and I visit her blog often.

That’s it for week 2 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

 

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Sep 222012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

This week Cozy Author Laura DiSilverio had a great article on
Cozy Mysteries having the own special place.

You can read the full post here.

I love my Recommendations Page Lori at Lori’s Reading Corner takes a different approach.
She has a post every so often that helps us to keep track of the mysteries coming in the future.
You can read her “Mark Your Calendars” from September 15th here.
She has earned the title “Book Pimp” for a very good reason.

Lorna Barrett/ Lorraine Barlett had a Facebook post this week that was a great reminder.

Room at the Inn has been out a week, and many people have written to tell me how much they loved it, but not one person has written a review on the Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites. Please consider doing so. Thank you!

Writing a review on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com and Goodreads is so easy and helps the author so much. You do not have to be a blogger. Reviews on Amazon just need to be at least 20 words long. A simple I liked this book because…. is so easy. The words don’t have to be fancy, just a few words can help readers make decisions whether to purchase a book or not.

That’s it for the first Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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