Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Gift Suggestions from Jack!

Good Morning Everyone,
 
I'm just waiting for Roger to come sing.  He is still learning  some new (to him) seasonal songs and I've almost given up on "Grandma got Runover by a Raindeer," though he's real good on "Jingle Bells."

Meanwhile I thought I'd mention some favorite Books of mine that might make some good Christmas gifts for people on your list. They are all series books, but every story stands alone, so it won't matter if they haven't read the others....

All are available at Amazon in both paper and Kindle. Other e-book formats are available at Smashwords.

ACup of Joy
by Anna Dynowski

    This is Book six in the "Harmony Villiage" series (that some people call the "Cupid Cat" series), and it does have the greatest Siamese Kitty in Literature, folks. Me? I'm still waiting for Arline to write a book about me.  You don't have to read the whole series to enjoy this one, but "warning" -- you'll want to! Take it from me,  Jack.

Life is great for Kasia Jacubek. She’s smart. She’s sassy. And she’s the sole owner of her restaurant. Well, sort of. She does have a silent partner. But the faceless man appears uninterested in taking a hands-on approach to their shared inheritance, content with accepting his share of the profits she mails to the lawyer.

Everything is going great, until…he shows up unexpectedly to take over the culinary reins. Why does he look familiar? And why does her heart take a leap of joy?

Take heed! Guard your heart!

Sharpening his matchmaking claws, Cupid Cat has his own ideas on the matter of the heart: he intends to make sure the restaurant’s silent partner isn’t so silent with her.


A Ghost Meets an Angel
by Elizabeth Eagan-Cox

   This a book from the "Shannon Delaney Paranormal Mystery Series," and, according to my friend Elizabeth, this one is the favorite one of all her readers. All your friends will enjoy it. Jack...

Gavin turned to me and queried, “This isn’t the first time you’ve seen ghosts, is it?” …

   And so begins Shannon Delaney’s assignment to write publicity for the Spotted Coyote. As the right spot for Grub, Spirits and Conjuring, it’s an entertainment venue that’s a re-invention of an Old-West Saloon in California’s historic mountain town of Julian. The Spotted Coyote is more than what Shannon bargained for when she discovers the century-old murder of little Sarah Morghan. Sarah’s ghost will not be denied, leaving Shannon no choice but to pursue haunting clues that pair jumping rope rhymes with rare books, treasure lore with a ghostly angel and an uncanny connection to the Scottish paranormal author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Assisting Shannon is Francisco Zavala, Alex Blackthorne and Shannon’s very own spectral guide; phantom magician from the 1800s, Eric Blackthorne.


First Waltz
by Terry L. White

   This one is from one of my favorite authors, Terry L. White.  How could I not love her. I was born under her bed. This is a story inspired by her mom and dad, and that is their picture she put on the cover, All her Chesapeake Heritage novels are stand alones, too. Whether they like Historicals or more modern stories, any of your friends would enjoy a quick trip to the shores of Chesapeake Bay.

Terry L. White’s First Waltz is a compelling portrait of a marriage, filled with interesting characters and a page-turning story.

"Starting in the days of World War II in the Eastern Shore town of Cambridge, at the dance when Sally, a pretty young nursing student, means Henry, a handsome soldier from Upstate New York, first meet, the story progresses through their lives and their love, their families and their children. There are trials and tribulations; life is after all, what happens when you’re making other plans.

"The story never falters, and keeps the reader turning the pages to see what will happen next. What renders this tale especially charming is Ms. White’s eye for time and place, and the mise-enscene of another time and another era in American history. Weaving details of that era skillfully into the fabric of the novel, the War and post-war periods and the small town life of ordinary people in Maryland and New York become characters in the story, so real you can taste the cooking and see the homes and places. This is a great read."

–Helen Chappell, Baltimore Sun columnist and author of the Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott Ghost Series, Oysterback Tales, A Whole World of Trouble and Looking for Midnight.


Dead Duck
by Helen Chappell

   And here's one from Helen Chappell, who gets fan mail addressed to "Famous Writer" in Trappe, Md. Back when Arline was a newspaper reporter, Helen worked for  the same chain, but in another town. Also back when she lived in the big city, she wrote for a soap-opera that should remain nameless.  Both come into play as Helen tells one of the coolest and funniest ghost stories around.  Jack...

Small-town reporter Hollis Ball is back, this time covering the "Decoy Jamboree." She's still smouldering over the light sentence Judge Fish gave a wife-murderer. Then someone bashes Fish on the head with an antique decoy. Hollis is pretty sure it's not suspect #1, an old school friend and Soap Opera Queen. So naturally she decides to solve the murder herself, with the help of her ex-husband of course, the charming and ghostly, Sam.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Catching UP!

Books that went to Press this week:


THE LAST CHRONICLER, by Judy Johns Heathcoe
    While tunneling through a mountain in the Russian Southern Urals, a team of engineers are trapped in a deep, large, cavern containing a living rain forest. Looking for a way out, they discover a hermitage that once was home to a historical society who called themselves chroniclers, whose
members were able to travel in time to view a famous person or event in order to record history correctly. In the hermitage library, among the many chronicles, they are privileged to view the lives of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia, and his family. But hiding out and watching their every move are the remaining chroniclers who are determined
to keep their existence a secret, even to the point of murdering any that discover it. The engineers find themselves running for their lives through the seemingly endless forest, wondering whether they
would face death at the hands of the dangerous and adamant chroniclers. . .or the primeval creatures of the forest.

 Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

Everything is pretty well back to normal around here, though I sure could have used some news for my column... 

We had a nice Thanksgiving and it sure was good to see Kathy again. She is recovering well from her knee surgery and already planning for going back to work. We surre missed her.

We still miss our Shelley, too. She gave the best ear rubs.

Arline is still working hard, trying to get all the books straightened out and thinking about getting back to her own writing again. She's over her flu shot -- so annoying, all that SNEEZzing!  AANNNnnndd, she wouldn't wake up for treats!

Roger is trying to learn some new songs for the season. So far he knows "Winter Wonderland" and "Grandma Got Run-over by a Raindeer."  Spunky really likes that one.


PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday's Read and a Recipe


Sleepy Sand Bluff hasn't had a murder in twenty years. That's about to change!"

When Jonas McCleary gets the opportunity to join the force in sleepy Sand Bluff, he jumps at it. A cushy job in a little town where nothing ever happens. He can relax and enjoy life, and since Jonas is getting onto thirty, he’s hoping with a little luck, to meet Miss Right. But on his third day in Sand Bluff, another officer, Ackers, finds a body in an alley.

Sand Bluff Cookies

Ingredients

8 h 30 m72 servings178 cals

On Sale

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  1. Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together. Add just enough flour to stiffen. Dough should be slightly sticky. Place dough in the refrigerator and let chill overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a very small bowl combine the egg white and the milk. Set aside.
  3. Remove small amount of dough from the refrigerator and roll it into a round ball. Place on Cookie Sheet. Of desired press thumb in center, brush top with egg white, and garnish with a pecan half. Place cookies on a cookie sheet, Repeat until all the dough is used up.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes and the edges are slightly browned. Watch these cookies closely for they burn very easily.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Poetry for November

Candle Song
by Bobbi Sinha-Morey

    In this collection you get the essence of the poet’s inner soul, the fine artistry of her spirituality, the
memorable imagery she displays, the depth of her imagination, her pastiches of life and people who
inhabit them. Her words are like a breath of the golden dawn; their gentle taste and wisdom fall lightly on the tongue. Sometimes poignant, sometimes stirring, her mainstream poetry often lends a dark, fine mystique, one that borders on the macabre. You’ll find a wide range inside here, including, for the first time, a touch of the bizarre. Readers will be drawn into her captivating world lit by her disquieting spirit and her love for the beauty in life.

Orange Slice Cake

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  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour one 10 inch tube pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream margarine and granulated sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk and add to the creamed mixture.
  3. Place flour in a large bowl and add dates, orange slices, and nuts. Stir to coat each piece. Add flour mixture and coconut to creamed mixture. This makes a very stiff dough, so it will be necessary to stir with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour batter into the tube pan. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. As soon as cake comes from oven, combine the orange juice and confectioners sugar and pour over hot cake. Let stand in pan overnight.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving
    from me and my Baby Sister, Spunky!
And everyone at WWI.
We're sorry not to have posted on time, but Jack was too busy eating and my typiingg isn'tt verrrry guudd yet.
    Anyway Roger and Arline had something called "Fluuu Shuuts" and Jaa-aack said. "Okaaay, so they worked! Leave them alone Baby." 
   Everythiiinnng is better today. They woke up. And Arline wants meeee off the machine, soooo, let me say real quick--

"We-are-all-thankful-for-our-blessings-and-for-all-of-you,-too. 
God-Bless-us-every-one!"


Friday, November 18, 2016

Catching UP!


Books that went to Press,or went to press again, this week!
LOVE BITES: The Barbara Garro Poetry Collection, Vol. 1, by Barbara Garro
    Now in her eighth decade, Barbara Garro, at the early death of her mom, became powerfully propelled into poetry. Poem after poem, flows through her as she shares the spirit of a lifetime in innermost love thoughts, fears and dreams. Love Bites is Garro’s debut poetry collection, first in a Series. A lifelong author, she thinks of her poetry as her heart exploding feelings she dresses in words, dancing them into poems. Since her mom’s death opened the floodgates, after “Remembering Mother” was published in The Maple Shade Progress,poems kept coming, 998 and counting. Each holds her heart inside the lines. Garro’s hope is that her heart connects with yours as she shares
her soft and hard feelings of love in Love Bites.


SECOND GROWTH, by Joan L. Cannon
    Serge Dziminowicz is hampered by his past in a dysfunctional family. 
When his career and his marriage both are destroyed by his feckless father, his reputation and his livelihood in shambles, he is forced to leave behind everything that has become meaningful to him. In rural Vermont, he stumbles on a way of life that nourishes a second growth. A near tragedy is the catalyst that enables him to dare to trust. He ultimately learns he must lower his own barriers


THE LIMITEDS, The Geocaching Mysteries, Vol. 2, by Jennifer Kirsch.
    Fourteen-year-old Luke dreams of spending July at Camp Unlimited, where campers explore cave networks, set off fireworks in pyrotech workshops, and sleep in tree house hammocks. But to get into the camp, Luke needs to demonstrate excellence in a sport, the arts, or school.
    More likely, he’ll end up at SURF, his town’s rec camp, where athlete’s foot, mildew, and warts plague the gym, bedbugs and lice infest the couches, and clumps of hair make frequent appearances in the burgers. When weird blobs start popping up on Luke’s computer, he’s too busy trying to complete his Unlimited application to notice. But when the blobs start looking like a secret,
uncharted geocache, he and his friend Gabe follow their trail, only to find themselves battling superbug viruses and navigating labyrinths while on a quest to save lives.

Galleys that went out, or went out again this week:

THE LAST CHRONICLER, by Judy Johns Heathcoe
    While tunneling through a mountain in the Russian Southern Urals, a team of engineers are trapped in a deep, large, cavern containing a living rain forest. Looking for a way out, they discover a hermitage that once was home to a historical society who called themselves chroniclers, whose
members were able to travel in time to view a famous person or event in order to record history correctly. In the hermitage library, among the many chronicles, they are privileged to view the lives of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia, and his family. But hiding out and watching their every move are the remaining chroniclers who are determined
to keep their existence a secret, even to the point of murdering any that discover it. The engineers find themselves running for their lives through the seemingly endless forest, wondering whether they
would face death at the hands of the dangerous and adamant chroniclers. . .or the primeval creatures of the forest.
 Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

Heard from my Tom Taylor, President  at the Writers Bloc this week.
Poplar Hill Mansion
117 Elizabeth St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Hi Folks,

We will be meeting at Poplar Hill Mansion on Nov 19th about noon... so I will get there at 11:30 to start setting up... please RSVP with a dish to share.

Thanks

Tom T.

PS: I will hopefully make some naked meatballs...  no sauce to spilll... Or do I prepare them naked...? Cannot remember, will have to check the recipe again. :D


Addition from Jack -- I believe it's okay to bring books to sell or swap, too.

As for home, all is well. The water from the new well still tastes funny, but Roger said if I was thirsty enough I would drink it and I AM..

Best of all, Roger's finger is well enough now to play his guitar again, so we can sing. He even played some holiday music I hadn't ever heard before and some ballads, too.

It's starting to get cold, too. We had a real frost and me and Spunky played the chasing game so there were lots of little kitty prints in the driveway...

PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!