Friday, February 12, 2016

Catching UP!


NO books went to press this week

Galleys that went out this week:

IRIS Fate: Iris Series, Vol.2, by Daniel Carr
   Colin Craft, “The Newspaper Myth,” spends his days in hiding. After Aaron Brink reveals his identity to the public, Colin is sent on the run and orphaned. Keeping the Myth in hiding was his life-long friend, Justin Mears, continuing to run Genetic Alliance missions. It barely felt like two years had passed since Allen and Anderson.

WENDELL & TYLER: ON THE ROAD! Open Road Series, Vol. 2, by James R. Kincaid.
    Two fairly naive new adults, Wendell & Tyler, continue their cross-country journey  in the  luxury Motor Home they plan to deliver in Carolina -- if they can get it there.  This time they visit Rosswell, take a side-trip to Mexico, where they meet  a young lady occupied in an old profession, and then off for a side-trip into  the Mountains of Colorado... Come on, join them, it'll be fun!
Cover Subject to Change
Work began or continued on the following
DECRYPTING THEE CACHE, by Jennifer Kirsch
   Treading through a shadowy woods didn’t rank high on my fun list. Yet I found myself surrounded by tangled tree limbs and hairy vines one Sunday evening. My new friend Dev crept along with me as we navigated angry roots, sprawling branches, and knotty trunks that resembled our knobby-nosed history teacher.
   We hoped to find a geocache. “You know,” I’d explained to Dev, “a hidden container you find using a navigation app.” But he’d wanted to see it for himself.


 GUIDING SPIRIT: A Ghostly Love Story, by Robert Kanehl  
   Love does not end with death or at the gravesite. It lingers in this world, as powerful after death as before. Ashley Dunlap and David Paine discover this first hand, as a benevolent spirit guides their lives toward its desires. Will the two follow this spirit’s pathway or rebel against its power to follow their own free will?


THE MURDER OF SECRETARY JUDD CANE: Adventures on Capitol Hill Series, Vol. 2 
by Celine Rose Mariotti.
     If you liked The Kidnapping of Senator Andy Thompsonyou’ll be excited to read The Murder of Secretary Judd Cane. This time Murder stalks the House of Representatives as Congressman Michael Rhodes is accused of
murdering Secretary Cane.
Cover subject to change
CEMETERY WALK: A Hannah Griswold Mystery, Vol. 3, by Robert Kanehl
   Hannah Griswold is back, with another ghostly companion...


THE SINS OF THE FATHERS, by A.A. MANN.  A Dora the D.R.E. Mystery, Vol. 1
   As a Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in the border town of San Pequeno, Texas,  Dora meets many interesting and unusual people.  This time 
she meets Death.

BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category! 

MINISTER'S ESCAPADES, Vol. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.  

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis. 
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis


Jack's News!

  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and gossip columnist!

Author Andy Nunez sends word he'll be making a personal appearance at the NATIONAL OUTDOOR SHOW at the end of this month. Also, Andy confided he  is planning to write three more books: GHOSTS III, TREASURES II, and WARRIORS OF THE EASTERN SHORE. We can't wait.

Our newest author, Jennifer Kirsch, sent in the attached art as a possible cover for her book DECRYPTING THE CACHE. She also confided she' almost done with the second in the series. Looks good to me! What do you think of it?  Spunky thinks it needs a gray and white and tan cat,  right down front,  peeking into the box. I've told her and told her there's no cat in the story. 
I'm afraid my baby sister is not a very good reader. Besides, if anyone were going to add a cat to this, it should be a mysterious-looking blue figure hiding in the shadows, not the Harlequin feline figure she describes.
Tomorrow is Sid's birthday. We probably won't see him, or celebrate, until Sunday, cause that's when he, and his lady, come to dinner. I sure hope Arline doesn't try to bake a cake...she makes terrible cake.


Please don't forget to let me know 
what you are all up to, so I'll have  
Gossip for my column next week!
Just send arline@mail.com a message with 

 "News for Jack" 

in the subject line, and

I'll make sure it shows up right here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AN explanation...




Jack's News!

  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and gossip columnist!
Thought I'd just let you know Arline's a tad under the weather -- she's not Really Sick (hasn['t missed any meals or treats -- she just keeps blowing her nose a lot and this morning she poured her coffee into her Oatmeal...

Meanwhile, I'll recommend a book, if I may...

Tabitha June is a Shoulder CatA writer muses on the ways of cats and other creatures, in a book filled with both feline and human characters who invade your heart.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Catching Up!


NO books went to press this week


Galleys that went out this week

WANTED: ROYAL PRINCESS MIRACLE BRIDE; Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 3. by Anna Dynowski

Prince Lorenzo, the reluctant prince, has no interest in his title or inclination to carry out his duties. Not likely to ever rule Mondoverde, he has no desire to play at royalty, dodging the royal commitments with remarkable success. He’d much rather play with his prized horses. A champion thoroughbred racer with multiple trophies, he’s surrounded by fans, mostly female. But can he find a woman who will compel him to dismount and take up his royal duties, including marriage?

 GUIDING SPIRIT: A Ghostly Love Story, by Robert Kanehl  Love does not end with death or at the gravesite. It lingers in this world, as powerful after death as before. Ashley Dunlap and David Paine discover this first hand, as a benevolent spirit guides their lives toward its desires. Will the two follow this spirit’s pathway or rebel against its power to follow their own free will?


Cover Subject to Change
Work began or continued on the following

DECRYPTING THEE CACHE, by Jennifer Kirsch
   Treading through a shadowy woods didn’t rank high on my fun list. Yet I found myself surrounded by tangled tree limbs and hairy vines one Sunday evening. My new friend Dev crept along with me as we navigated angry roots, sprawling branches, and knotty trunks that resembled our knobby-nosed history teacher.
   We hoped to find a geocache. “You know,” I’d explained to Dev, “a hidden container you find using a navigation app.” But he’d wanted to see it for himself.




THE MURDER OF SECRETARY JUDD CANE: Adventures on Capitol Hill Series, Vol. 2 
by Celine Rose Mariotti.

    If you liked The Kidnapping of Senator Andy Thompsonyou’ll be excited to read The Murder of Secretary Judd Cane. This time Murder stalks the House of Representatives as Congressman Michael Rhodes is accused of

murdering Secretary Cane.


WENDELL & TYLER: ON THE ROAD! Open Road Series, Vol. 2, by James R. Kincaid.
    Two fairly naive new adults, Wendell & Tyler, continue their cross-country journey  in the  luxury Motor Home they plan to deliver in Carolina -- if they can get it there.  This time they visit Rosswell, take a side-trip to Mexico, where they meet  a young lady occupied in an old profession, and then off for a side-trip into  the Mountains of Colorado... Come on, join them, it'll be fun!


THE SINS OF THE FATHERS, by A.A. MANN.  A Dora the D.R.E. Mystery, Vol. 1
   As a Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in the border town of San Pequeno, Texas,  Dora meets many interesting and unusual people.  This time 
she meets Death.

IRIS FATE: Iris Series, Vol. 2 by Daniel Carr
   The second in the popular Sci-Fi series.


BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category! 

MINISTER'S ESCAPADES, Vol. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.  

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis. 
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis


Jack's News!

  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and gossip columnist!

No real gossip this week, though I've heard from a few folks who are working hard on projects.


Robert Kanehl has approved the cover for his newest Hannah Griswold Mystery. He says he should have it to us soon. I thought the weeping figure behind Hanna looked a little fuzzy on this, but Arline reminded me it is a ghost. I love the Hannah mysteries.



Our newest author, Jennifer Kirsch, likes to go Geocaching. I felt kinda bad that I didn't know it was an Internet app for a treasure hunt game. Seems people all over hide stuff to be found OR people search for what has been hidden with their computers or cellphones. When they find the cache, there can be puzzles or directions inside...wild. Then they follow the directions and post online what they have found,.There are Geocaches in 17 countries. Imagine that!

I wish I could go geocaching, but Arline would never let me take the laptop outside and I don't have a cell phone. I did try to sign up for one, but they wouldn't let me. I think they're just prejudiced because I'm a feline, but they SAID I didn't have a high enough credit score.
Today is Roger's birthday. I gave him my best present, too, and he didn't even notice yet.  It's the new mousie I got for Christmas -- the one that dangles, with all shiny ribbons. I put it in his easy chair and he hasn't seen it yet. He'll find it if he sits on it, though. ;D

Okay I know it's not new, and the ribbons are a bit chewed by now, but it's better than what my baby sister Spunky got him. She dropped a big hog-nosed beetle right in his hand while he was eating breakfast and he didn't, even thank her. He just got up and chucked it in the trash.

Anyway we'll all get to sing to him later...

Please don't forget to let me know 
what you are all up to, so I'll have  
Gossip for my column next week!
Just send arline@mail.com a message with 

 "News for Jack" 

in the subject line, and

I'll make sure it shows up right here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Exciting Read and a recipe

Rampage
by Hank LeGrand III

The Topp family -- Jim, his wife Mary, and teenage son Rocky -- lived on the farm at the lower end of the valley. The roaming elk foraging for food didn’t really bother the Topp family all that much, except when they had to occasionally chase one or two out of their vegetable garden, or the small corn patch the Topps would plant each year. But what followed the elk down from the mountains, shadowing the animal’s movements did...


On the Other Hand
Some Days You Eat the Bear



Ingredients

Directions

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  1. Cream together the butter or margarine, sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Gradually add to the creamed mixture and blend. Chill until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  3. For each cookie: Roll: 1 ball for the body (1 inch), 1 ball for the head (3/4 inch), 4 small balls for arms/legs (1/2inch), 2 smaller balls for ears, and 1 tiny ball for the nose. Arrange on ungreased cookie sheet. With tooth pick, draw eyes and mouth.
  4. Bake 6 minutes or until set. Let cool 1 minute, then remove from cookie sheet. Optional: Make a ribbon around their necks using licorice whips (after baking).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

John Gardner Book Award




John Gardner Fiction Book Award

No Entry Fee PRIZE: $1,000.00. ENTRY FEE: $0.00. DEADLINE: 03-01-2016. WRITING CONTEST WEBSITE The Binghamton Center for Writers at Binghamton University is accepting submissions to the John Gardner Fiction Book Award (est. 2002) and is awarding a cash prize of $1,000 to an author of an original book of fiction or a collection of fiction stories written in English and published in 2015. To enter, submit each book with an application form (found online at the website). Either the publisher or author can submit. The publisher can submit multiple books for the judges to consider. The English Department must receive the author's book by March 1, 2016. 

Read more at:


 http://www.freelancewriting.com/freewritingcontests/FWC-john-gardner-fiction-book-award.php


Aaaaand a FUN READ

Treasures of the Eastern Shore

The Delmarva Peninsula abounds with tales of buried pirate loot and the off-shore wrecks of treasure ships. In this lavishly illustrated volume, Nunez, and his group of local treasure hunters, explore local sites and research legendary hoards with methods that can be used in any location.

Monday, February 1, 2016

A read and a recipe

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   Young Attorney Brooke Wheeler searches for a truth buried under the surface and suppressed by long held secrets. She has been in love with the wealthy heir, Jeremy Wright, who has long been suspected of killing his high school girlfriend, Lindsey. Years later, those suspicions deepen when his wife, Cassie, suddenly dies. Once inseparable, Brooke and Cassie severed their friendship years ago. Now Brooke will no longer be able to reconnect with her, repair their rift and heal the scars. Cassie’s death brings back memories of Lindsey’s murder. It sharpens Brooke’s focus on Jeremy, the man she too once loved. As Brooke digs at the past, she must confront her pain of lost friendship and spurned love, the effects of jealousy and deceit, and a truth about Jeremy that only she can unearth.




Simple Scones

Ingredients

Directions

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  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
  4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.