Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Sage’s Eyes by V. C. Andrews

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Jan 232016
 

sage's eyes

Sage’s Eyes (Forbidden)
Gothic/Family Saga/Horror
Pocket Books (January 26, 2016)
An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451650914
E-Book ASIN: B010MHAJNI
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From V.C. Andrews, bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic (the first in a series of Lifetime movie events about the Dollanganger family), comes the tale of a young girl kept under the watchful eye of her adoptive parents, as if they fear who—or what—she’ll become…

Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child. Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of…something. And maybe they’re right to—even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers—no adult—could possibly have. So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.

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About V.C. Andrews

V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies. Cleo Virginia Andrews (June 6, 1923 – December 19, 1986), better known as V. C. Andrews or Virginia C. Andrews, was an American novelist. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Andrews died of breast cancer at the age of 63.

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Just Released
MY SWEET AUDRINA, available December 29th, will be a Lifetime movie January 9th, 2016

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SAGE’S EYES will publish January 26th, 2016

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The Dollanganger series (Flowers in the Attic) books 1, 2, 3 and 4 are Lifetime movies

 The Mirror Sisters, book 1 of 3, will publish October 25th, 2016.

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Jan 022016
 

my sweet audrina
My Sweet Audrina
(The Audrina Series Book 1)

Gothic/Family Saga/Horror
Pocket Books; Media Tie-In edition (December 29, 2015)
An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501138843
E-Book ASIN: B004DI7TUE
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V.C. Andrews has enthralled millions with her suspenseful, gothic family sagas, including the bestselling Dollanganger series that began with Flowers in the Attic. Now, one of her strangest, most beloved classics My Sweet Audrina—a haunting story of love and deceit, innocence and betrayal, and the suffocating power of parental love—is soon to be a major Lifetime movie event.

The idea of her sister hovered above them all.

Audrina fiercely desired to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved that other girl, for her sister was so special, so perfect—and dead.

Upstairs in a locked room awaited her sister’s clothes and dolls, her animals and games—and her sacred rocking chair. Now Audrina will rock and rock and rock to reclaim all of her gone sister’s special gifts.

And then finally she’ll learn the secrets everyone else knows but her.

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About V.C. Andrews

V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies. Cleo Virginia Andrews (June 6, 1923 – December 19, 1986), better known as V. C. Andrews or Virginia C. Andrews, was an American novelist. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Andrews died of breast cancer at the age of 63.

Upcoming books:
MY SWEET AUDRINA, available December 29th, will be a Lifetime movie January 9th, 2016


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MY SWEET AUDRINA:

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WHITEFERN, the sequel to
MY SWEET AUDRINA, will publish July 26th, 2016


Buy Links for
WHITEFERN
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SAGE’S EYES will publish January 26th, 2016

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The Dollanganger series (Flowers in the Attic) books 1, 2, 3 and 4 are Lifetime movies

 The Mirror Sisters, book 1 of 3, will publish October 25th, 2016.

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I have 1 copy of My Sweet Audrina to give away! 

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Apr 022015
 

garden of deathGarden of Death:
A Natural Remedies Mystery

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Pocket Books (March 24, 2015)
A Division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476748917
E-Book ISBN-13: 978-1476748917
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When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.

Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & Café, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.

Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…

But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Willow’s Market and Cafe sounds absolutely wonderful as does the new garden, sans the dead body, of course. She does spend a lot of time away though hunting down suspects and killers though. Thankfully most of her help is pretty dependable and she has her boyfriend, Jackson Spade, at her side, both at the shop and on the investigations. This time though he happens to be be the prime suspect.

I did enjoy the whole buried treasure and pirate theme. The Maritime Festival is an annual event in Greenport, hopefully there will be no one killed in the coming years but with a cozy set in a small town you just never know 🙂

An added treat is that each chapter tells us about a healing plant, like Aloe Vera, Evening Primose, and even Nettle.

Chrystle Fiedler has stepped things up with this installment. I felt the first 2 books were a little heavy on the homeopathic remedy education but she has really found a balance in her writing. While I liked those stories, I loved this one. Plenty of suspects and a very well developed plot made this a very fast read.

I disliked more than a few of the characters because of the way they treated Willow, you would have thought she had built some sort of eyesore instead of a beautiful garden. The characters rang true though as some people just stick together and act first before they have the facts and in this case it could land them in jail or worse.

I am anxious already for the next installment.

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Chrystle-Fiedler-and-Wallander-her-Detective-Dachshund-11About This Author

I love natural remedies and I’ve been using them for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple.

My interest in natural remedies continued after I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and subsequently dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production in Hollywood. In 1998 I moved back to my hometown, Greenport, NY and set up my own writing business. I’d always wanted to be my own boss and write full-time.

My focus was, and is, health, and in particular alternative medicine which includes natural remedies. As a freelance journalist, I’ve written about natural cures for Natural Health, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Vegetarian Times, as for over five years I was the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine.

You can see my writing work here: https://chrystlefiedler.contently.com

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Nov 182014
 

treacherous tartTreacherous Tart
A Pie in the Sky Mystery
2nd Book in the Series
Publisher: Pocket Books (October 28, 2014)
A Division of Simon & Schuester Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451689563
E-Book File Size: 2315 KB
ASIN: B00IWTWRWK
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In this second charming novel in the Pie Shop cozy mystery series, a modern-day Lothario is shot dead, and it’s up to Maggie to clear her aunt and partner-in-pie from the suspect list.

It’s Christmastime at Pie in the Sky, Aunt Clara’s pie shop, and she has a new beau, Donald Wickerson, who loves her Marvelous Mince Pies.

Unfortunately, it seems that this holiday, Donald might only be interested in Aunt Clara for her money. Ryan and Maggie research his background and find he’s had several wives who met with unfortunate “accidents” that left him wealthier. Now they have to convince Aunt Clara that her boyfriend is after more than just her pie recipes.

When Donald stumbles into Pie in the Sky and dies after being shot, Aunt Clara is devastated—and also a suspect, since everyone in Durham knows about Donald from Ryan’s newspaper article. Now Maggie and Ryan will have to prove that someone else in the long list of people he’d wronged finally got the courage to end his life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Pies, kittens and MURDER…OH MY!!

Ellie Grant has served up another awesome story for readers to devour!

Aunt Clara and Maggie Grady run Pie in the Sky, a shop featuring tasty delights like Evie’s Elegant Eggnog Pie, Marvelous Mince Pie and Pumpkin Pizzazz Pie. The are even going to start offering savory pies to bring in a lunch crowd. These two ladies are at work baking pies before the sun comes up and serving pie until late in the day. I don’t know how they do it and still find time to not only sleep but have boyfriends. Aunt Clara’s new beau, Donald, has quite a checkered past that she didn’t know about until right before he fell dead right in the middle of Pie in the Sky. Maggie has Ryan but he may have a little competition. Bring on the romantic tension…  But the police looking much too closely at Clara as a suspect so romance aside Maggie needs to find out who really killed philandering  Donald. She sees plenty of suspects, why can’t the police?

I love these characters.  Aunt Clara reminds me of my mother who also ran an eatery that was as important to her as Pie in the Sky is to Clara. Clara heart is huge and she always finds the “silver lining” to every situation. I felt so bad that she was falling for such a despicable man and then to have him die and her being suspected of killing him just broke my heart. But she persevered knowing she was innocent and handled it all with grace and dignity. Even some very scary situations. She is a wonderful woman.

Maggie had a lot on her plate. She not only had to keep the Pie in the Sky up and running and meet the commitment they had for a huge fundraiser,  she  also had to find the real person responsible for dastardly Donald’s death.

We also were introduced to some fun furry felines. You will love their names.

The author penned a fine mystery as well with quite a variety of suspects. Donald Wickerson had not only left behind scorned women but families and friends of those former wives who died due to “accidents” where he inherited all their money. The killer really could have been so many different people. The pages just flew by as we followed the clues until the awaited “aha moment”.

A very entertaining read. You will be craving pie by the end so be sure to check out the included recipes, perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

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About This Author
Ellie Grant writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Joyce and Jim Lavene. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. 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.”

Jun 202014
 

basil instinctBasil Instinct (Miracolo Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (June 24, 2014)
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476709369
E-Book File Size: 1853 KB
ASIN: B00BSBR1RU
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When Chef Eve Angelotta’s grandmother, Maria Pia, is invited to join Belfiere, a secret all-female Italian culinary society, Eve is concerned. Rumor has it that membership is lifelong—whether you like it or not. Eve and her cousin Landon try to research Belfiere, but all they come up with is a two-year-old blog entry warning against the two-hundred-year-old society that centers around meals inspired by famous female poisoners.

Soon after, Eve’s new sous chef turns up dead just inside the front door of Miracolo, Eve’s restaurant. When they discover the sous chef had connections to Belfiere, Eve and her Italian cousins start a mission to find out what happened—before Maria Pia is made an offer she can’t refuse.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This crazy Italian family is back and with their new sous chef dropping dead in the restaurant foyer and a big party coming up the story turns into scenes similar to the movie Weekend at Bernie’s. Oh my, this story was hilarious. Add to that a strange group of chefs and their weird rituals, Eve’s community college delinquents and murder investigation and you have a fantastic story.

Some of these characters take eclectic to a whole new level. Mrs. Crawford, the pianist that sets the restaurants atmosphere, continues to crack me up again and again. Maria Pia with her nightly Three Coins in the Fountain performances just add to the fun. “You have to give the people what they want.” Eve and Landon try to keep the eatery under control but let’s face it they are fighting an uphill battle.

Costa has woven a very creative mystery amongst all the humor. Eve really has the best intentions but she sure gets herself in trouble. She follows those clues wherever they lead and always thinks if she gets caught  she can talk her way out of it but that doesn’t always work. She gets herself into the pesto several times and keeps the reader on their toes.

This was a fun read  and I was truly craving Italian food when I finished it. Too bad there isn’t a restaurant like Miracolo nearby sans the dead body, of course.

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  Find out more about Shelley Costa on her webpage here.


 

Thanks to the people at Pocket Books I have 2 copies to give away!
My Review ARC and a paperback copy too!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. 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.”

May 162014
 

I read this series when it first came out in 1990 and absolutely loved them.

Now with the Lifetime movies Pocket Books is re-releasing the books with new covers. 

 

Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger)
2nd in Series
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Media Tie-In edition (May 20, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1476789552

 

On the heels of the successful Lifetime TV version of Flowers in the Attic comes the TV movie tie-in edition of Petals On the Wind, the second book in the captivating Dollanganger saga.

Forbidden love comes into full bloom. For three years they were kept hidden in the eaves of Foxworth Hall, their existence all but denied by a mother who schemed to inherit a fortune. For three years their fate was in the hands of their righteous, merciless grandmother. They had to stay strong…but in their hopeless world, Cathy and her brother Christopher discovered blossoming desires that tumbled into a powerful obsession. Now, with their frail sister, Carrie, they have broken free and scraped enough together for three bus tickets and a chance at a new life. The horrors of the attic are behind them…but they will carry its legacy of dark secrets forever.

 

FICTION INTO FILM: Pick up Petals on the Wind May 20th and watch the movie May 26th!

 

WATCH: The movie trailer, and tune in to Lifetime on  Monday, May 26th, 9:00 pm ET to watch the World Premier of Petals on the Wind!

ENTER TO WIN: Go to the Pocket Books Facebook page beginning May 20th to enter the sweepstakes for a prize pack of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind,and the Flowers in the Attic DVD.  Visit right before tuning into Petals on the Wind  on May 26 for the sweepstakes giveaway!

 

Petals on the Wind cast:

Heather Graham              as Corrine

Ellen Burstyn                      as Olivia

Dylan Bruce                        as Bart

Rose McIver                       as Young Cathy (played by Kiernan Shipka in Flowers in the Attic)

Wyatt Nash                        as Christopher (played by Mason Dye in Flowers in the Attic)

Flowers in the Attic
First Book in Series
Series: Dollanganger (Book 1)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Media Tie-In edition (January 7, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1476775852

At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive…

They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother…and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.

Book One of the Dollanganger series, followed by Petals in the Wind, If There be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows.

To celebrate the release of the movie and thanks to the people at Pocket Books I have 1 new copy of Petals on the Wind to giveaway!!

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Oct 292013
 

killer librarian
Killer Librarian
Pocket Books (November 27, 2012)
A Division of Simon & Schuster
Cozy Mystery
1st book in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451684643
E-Book File Size: 522 KB
ASIN: B007EDYLD8
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Karen Nash is a librarian in a small Minnesota town. She is so excited to be taking the trip of her dreams, to London England, hallowed homeland of Christie, Sayers, and Peters. But things get off to a rocky start when her boyfriend dumps her just hours before they are to head to the airport. The trip means so much to her she decides to go by herself. She can’t believe her eyes when she sees her ex getting ready to board the plane with a new young honey by his side. She is not going to let him ruin this for her and the best revenge (for now) is to get on the plane.

She checks into the B&B in London where she finds she and innkeeper Caldwell Perkins both share their love of books. Soon they have of mystery of their own to solve when Karen finds one of the other B&B guest has expired permanently in the parlor. It is attention to detail that could help her solve the murder but could also make her a target to the killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is a very romantic cozy mystery as our protagonist is dumped by one guy and finds someone perfect for her if she could just open her eyes and heart to something other than solving what only she believes a murder.  As the clues come together and others start to believe the death suspicious she has more help. She is also worried about what she may have set in motion when she told her tale of woe to a stranger in a pub. So Karen has many things are her mind beyond tourist attractions and a new boyfriend.

This was an old fashioned clue driven mystery with the exception  of one scene that caused me to drop the book and think “Oh My!”.

The author has laid a good foundation going forward and left us smiling at the end. All the characters have plenty of room to grow and while I enjoyed the setting of this story I am looking forward to the series moving back to Minnesota to get to know more of the residents and people at the library. I see some changes ahead for Karen, the librarian.

This is a fine fiction debut and have the next in the series on my schedule soon. Death Overdue (Librarian Mysteries) hits shelves November 5.

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About the Author
Mary Lou Kirwin has lived in France, Belgium, England, and New York City. She now lives a quiet life in the wilds of Minnesota and Wisconsin. She feels she owes a great deal to all the librarians in her life—for handing her the right book at the right time. Find out more about this author here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. 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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Aug 222013
 

YOU CANNOLI DIE ONCEYou Cannoli Die Once
(Miracolo Mysteries)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (May 28, 2013)
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476709352
E-Book File Size: 890 KB
ASIN: B00A6CM4YC
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From Back Cover

At Miracolo Northern Italian restaurant, one can savor brilliantly seasoned veal saltimbocca, or luscious risotto alla milanese, but no cannoli. Never cannoli. Maria Pia Angelotta, the spirited seventy-six-year-old owner of the Philadelphia-area eatery that’s been in her family for four generations, has butted heads with her head chef over the cannoli ban more than once. And when the head chef is your own granddaughter, things can get a little heated.

Fortunately, Eve Angelotta knows how to handle what her nonna dishes out. But when Maria Pia’s boyfriend is found dead in Miracolo’s kitchen, bludgeoned by a marble mortar, the question arises: Can a woman this fiery and stubborn over cream-filled pastry be capable of murder?

The police seem to think so, and they put the elder Angelotta behind bars, while Eve, sexy neighborhood attorney Joe Beck, and the entire Miracolo family— parenti di sangue and otherwise—try every trick in the cookbook to unravel a tangle of lies and expose a killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What a tasty debut!!  Eve and her Nonna don’t agree with what’s on and not on the menu but she knows her grandmother didn’t kill anyone. Eve pulls her friends and family together to do whatever they have to so she is cleared of the crime and back at the restaurant where she belongs. Even if it means breaking and entering!

When you pick up this book be prepared to laugh and laugh a lot. This is a true group of quirky characters and I was surprised at their depth for this being the first book in the series. This is a big Italian family so there are many characters to keep straight but as the story progresses they each come into their own and are very easily pictured in the reader’s mind. Don’t be scared off by the hard to pronounce or long Italian names, soon you will feel right at home at Miracolo’s.

The story unfolds slowly with delectable dialogue, a few bites of tongue in cheek moments,  some crumbs of sarcasm, and references of some great operas.  Then it picks up steam as the clues start to come together. There is also a little romantic tension we all love too.  All together a yummy cozy mystery.  I can hardly wait for my next reservation at this wonderful Italian eatery.

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I would love to share my review copy with one lucky winner!!
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Jun 252013
 

A DIET TO DIE FOR
A Diet to Die For:
A Skinny Mystery

Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (June 25, 2013)
A Division of Simon & Schuster
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451684681
E-Book File Size: 964 KB
ASIN: B008J4ROWQ

Does this murder make my butt look big?

Meet Jen Stevens—a hungry New York City event planner who’s 31 years old, 30 pounds overweight, and flirting with disaster when it comes to sticking to her diet. Working for the food-centric Yummy Channel, it’s hard to resist temptation. But when there’s a crime for Jen to solve, it’s easy as pie. . . .

Baker extraordinaire Bess Brantwood is one of the Yummy Channel’s brightest stars—and biggest divas. Despite the off-camera drama, Jen has to admit that Bess’s chocolate buttercream cupcakes drizzled with caramel are simply to die for—and kill for, as it turns out—when Bess’s body, like a baked good gone bad, is discovered . . . in a Dumpster.

Who iced the cupcake queen? Jen is determined to find out. With the help of her BFFs—fab foodblogger Gabby and lively life coach Elizabeth—she starts sifting for clues. She’s got all the ingredients to solve the perfect crime, including one delectable detective, one divalicious diary, and enough industry rivals for a battle of the network stars. But is Jen prepared to risk her life as well as her waistline? No matter how you slice it, revenge is sweet—and loaded with carbs.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
A girl after my own heart. Yes, I love the foods that are bad for me, and have walked the same path as Jen, but I have never ended up in the middle of a murder investigation.

Steding has created extraordinary characters and let readers get to know them while leaving plenty of room for growth. I love Jen.  The true friendship she has Gabby and Elizabeth just shines, even a bump or two in the road. My favorite character was “Officer Hazel Eyes”. He just kept popping up everywhere Jen went and hopefully that will continue in the next installment.

She also created a great whodunit. It was easy to identify the method of murder but the suspects all had motive and opportunity for icing the Yummy Channel diva. The killer could have been any one of them.

The story is a very entertaining read, definitely written by someone who has to have lived through the diet cycle a time or two. She is able to tell give us a clever mystery, sprinkled liberally with humor and just a touch of romantic tension.

I am looking forward to the next Skinny Mystery!

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas

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About the Author
Sarah Steding has cut carbs, calories, white foods, yellow foods, packaged foods, and fatty foods (not all at the same time, or any for more than a few well-intentioned days). She’s tried grapefruit, cayenne-spiced lemonade, macrobiotics, and even gummy bears. While crusading against thunder thighs, she has developed quite a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with three little boys and a husband who has learned to say she looks quite slender in those jeans.

 

A DIET TO DIE FOR

Low-carb Chocolate Mousse

2 tbsp cold water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
4 tbsp boiling water
1 cup granulated zero-calorie sugar substitute-try Truvia
1/2 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp whipped cream

Servings: 4

Total carbs for serving: 7.3 grams

sarah steding recipe

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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