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Snowball

Snowball’s Christmas
Kristen McKanagh
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: September 29th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The Purrfect holiday awaits…

Snowball–an aptly named bundle of feline fluff–is thankful to be spending her first Christmas in the comfort of Weber Haus, the Victorian B&B run by Miss Tilly. Emily Diemer, who cooks for the guests, dotes on Snowball, but she’s not thrilled about another new arrival at the B&B: Miss Tilly’s nephew, Lukas. Which is odd, because Snowball’s animal instincts tell her that Lukas and Emily should definitely be friends.

Everything Emily needs is in this quaint community–including, she hopes, the chance to open her own bakery one day. She doesn’t think much of Lukas for leaving his aging aunt to struggle while he jets around the world taking photographs. But now that he’s here, helping to spruce up the property and getting mixed up in Snowball’s antics, she begins to soften a little. Until she learns what he has planned…

Lukas is going to sell Weber Haus so that Miss Tilly can retire. But Snowball is certain that this B&B, and these people, are supposed to be her forever home. Somehow she has to get these stubborn humans to see things through the wisdom of a cat’s eye and a kitten’s loyal, loving heart…

Snowball's Christmas

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EXCERPT:

At her car, her good mood took a back seat to frustration. The fob on her key chain was dying, which meant it didn’t always let her in right away. After four or five clicks, she finally gave a grr of annoyance and opened the door with the key.

“Wait.”

No mistaking the deep voice of the man from the parking lot. No way could he be talking to her, though, so she went to get in.

“Emily.”

He is talking to me.

Surprise tinged with more delight than she’d let herself acknowledge had her pausing to look over her shoulder. “How did you know my name?” she called as he jogged down the last few steps.

He waved back up at the slope. “That man called your name earlier.”

And he’d paid attention? Wow. A blush warmed the skin of her cheeks, making the sting of the cold air against her bite more. “Listen, I’m flattered and everything, but I’m running late.”

He paused on a word, mouth open, then his eyes crinkled as he grinned. “I’m not asking you out.”

Oh. Disappointment dropped over her like snow falling off branches on her head. Kerfloop. Followed swiftly by embarrassment. The heat crept back up her cheeks, but for a much less fun reason. “Okay . . . What can I help you with?”

“Actually, I’m here to help you.”

Help her? With what? She raised her eyebrows in question.

“I believe you’ve picked up a small passenger in your purse.”

“My—” Realization rushed in with all the subtlety of a blizzard, and she closed her eyes in resigned horror. “There’s a kitten in my purse. Isn’t there?”

She opened her eyes in time to catch the full impact of her stranger’s full-bodied laugh, his eyes alight with humor. “Does this happen to you often?” he asked.

“Only since this one arrived on our doorstep.” More gently than she’d been handling it until now, she swung her purse around and opened it wide. Sure enough, two blue eyes stared back at her with all the innocence of angels.

“Snowball. You’ve got to stop this,” she admonished as she lifted the small kitten out. Cuddling the ball of fluff against her chest, she lifted her gaze to her helpful stranger. Right in time to see him with a camera up to his eye. A soft click sounded as he snapped a picture.

“Uh— No, thanks.” She lifted a hand to block any more.

“I’m only getting the cat in the shot. I promise.”

Zero for two. First, he wasn’t chasing her down because he was interested, and now he only wanted pictures of the cat. My ego is going to need some chocolate therapy if this keeps up.

Author Bio:

Sweet contemporary and Amish romance author Kristen McKanagh grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing) and an MBA. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. Kristen also writes award-winning steamy contemporary romance as Kadie Scott, and award-winning paranormal and YA fantasy romance as Abigail Owen. No matter the genre, she loves to write happily-ever-afters that shine with home, heart, and humor. Kristen currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own swoon-worthy hero husband and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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A Taste of Love
Senses of Love Book 3
by Kyle Shoop
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
 
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Dashing. Funny. Confident. Empathetic.
Two different men share these traits. Which one will Nikki pick?
 
Nikki had two goals in life: to become a famous wedding chef and to find love. She always felt that only one of these goals was realistic, while the other seemed like a dream influenced by her years of being a server at other people’s weddings in downtown New York City. But which goal would it be? Would it ever be her turn to wear the wedding dress?
Nikki wasn’t just trying to find a husband, she was looking for love. Or, rather, she was interviewing to find it – on first dates, twice a week. At the same restaurant. At the same table. With the same rehearsed lines and questions. But with different men. After a year, she was a pro at first dates and judging which men were right for her: none.
But then it happened. Nikki actually asked a guy out on a second date. Was she finally on the path to love? He was, after all, dashing, funny, confident, and empathetic – easily checking all of her boxes.
But then it happened … again. This time by happenstance. A second date with a different guy. He, too, was dashing, funny, confident, and empathetic – but in a different way. Nikki was in trouble. That lofty goal of finding love had backfired. Now, she was in love with two different men.
Love is the sweetest adventure. One with more ingredients than just check-boxes. But when faced with two different recipes for love, which one will Nikki choose?
 
Experience the new book in the compelling “Senses of Love” romance anthology series. The first two books, The Sound of Love and The Sight of Love, are also available. The books in the series may be read in any order.
 
 
 
 
 
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Kyle Shoop is a multi-genre author of compelling stories. His new “Senses of Love” series is a romance series that provides rewarding and inspirational stories.
Kyle is also the author of the Acea Bishop Trilogy, which is an action-packed fantasy series. All books in that series are now available, with Acea and the Animal Kingdom being the first book.
At a young age, Kyle was recognized for his storytelling by being awarded the first-place Gold Key award for fiction writing in Washington State. After spending several years volunteering in his wife’s elementary classrooms, he was inspired to write the Acea Bishop Trilogy. He is now motivated to finish his the new romance series. In addition to writing novels, Kyle is also a practicing attorney.
Kyle and is wife and two children are currently living in Utah.


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Maisy and the Mystery Manor

Book Review
Maisy and the Mystery Manor

Maisy and the Mystery Manor (The Maisy Files #3)by Elizabeth WoodrumGenre: Mystery Age category: Middle Grade Release Date: October 17, 2015

Blurb: Super sleuths will be thrilled to know that everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective is back with a double dose of mystery adventure! As Maisy participates in a mystery weekend event for junior detectives, she uncovers a real case. Could a ghost be haunting Mystery Manor? Find out in the exciting third installment of The Maisy Files!

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Maisy and the Missing Mice

Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files #1)by Elizabeth WoodrumGenre: Mystery Age category: Middle Grade Release Date: October 5, 2013

Blurb: When a mysterious thief called The Black Boot takes credit for stealing the school’s mascots, Maisy Sawyer has a mystery to solve! Maisy is the best detective in fourth grade. No, she’s the best detective in the whole school, and rescuing the little mice is her new mission. Raising the stakes, The Black Boot has also taken Maisy’s famous lollipop collection and warns her to stop searching for the mice if she ever wants to see her lollipops again. Follow the clues as Maisy tries to discover the identity of The Black Boot in this first adorable installment. Dive into Maisy’s world of mysteries and lollipops today!

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Maisy and the Money Marauder

Maisy and the Money Marauder (The Maisy Files #2) by Elizabeth WoodrumGenre: Mystery Age category: Middle Grade Release Date: February 17, 2015

Blurb: Maisy is back! Lunch money has been stolen at West Valley Elementary, and everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective in on the case. With a cherry lollipop in hand, her fedora, and her trusty notebook, Maisy steps into her black and white mystery world to search for clues. Join Maisy on her quest to unmask a thief in Maisy and the Money Marauder.

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About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum has been a teacher for thirteen years. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently lives in Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup. You can find and contact Elizabeth here: –

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My review

If you have a mystery to solve, you better go ahead and call Maisy. The cute and spunky Maisy is a determined fourth grader who loves being a good little detective. She’s been learning from some of the best detectives, and even has a cherry lollipop behind her ear. Now, her parents have surprised her with a Mystery Manor weekend.

As she packs for the trip, she can hardly believe her luck! Her parents have bought 3 tickets and even a new trench-coat! She is totally ready and puts on her Fedora hat. What a super-sleuth!

Mystery Manor is a 150 year-old house that is the perfect stage to have a mystery weekend. The hosts have set up great pretend mystery. A jeweled tiara disappears and each of the junior detectives is given the task to solve the case.

The entire time at Mystery Manor is scripted, and the parents are involved. Everyone has a part to play and it’s so much fun for Maisy and her best friend, Veronica. As they look for clues, it doesn’t take them too long to solve the case. But, then another mystery appears!

The children are spooked a little by sounds and something white flying by the window at night. Is the house haunted? What’s really happening? Will Maisy solve this second mystery? Read the book and discover for yourself.

This book will be a fun read for elementary school students (grades 3-6). Children will even love a read-aloud of this story.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

The Star and the Shamrock

Star and the Shamrock

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The Star and the Shamrock

Book Review: The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger

The Star and the Shamrock is Book 1 of 4 books in a series. The historical fiction begins in Berlin, 1939. Two Jewish children, Liesl and Erich, are leaving using the Kindertransport. This system helped to save Jewish children from the Holocaust.

The desperate Jewish mother had already lost her husband to the Nazis, and promised her children that she would find them after the war. Her husband’s cousin lived in Liverpool and agreed to take the children in as her own.

Elizabeth Klein, the main character, had married a Jewish-German man, but he had died in the first WW. She was a school teacher and had no children of her own. The story is full of action and adventure. The damage of war caused Elizabeth and the children to relocate to Ireland and her family home.

She then starts to teach school in her hometown and meets many Jewish refugees, including Daniel. There is danger, even in her small Irish village and the story is mysterious as the reader doesn’t know what will happen next.

I won’t add any more details, as to spoil the unfolding plot. The book, written by a USA Today Best-Selling author, is well written and held my attention easily. It’s not a hard read, but leaves you cheering for the characters to win in the end.

There are three more books in the series, and I’ll look forward to reading them, too. It’s a feel-good book, and I recommend it.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Halloween Jokes And Riddles for Kids

Halloween

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Book Review of Halloween Jokes and Riddles for Kids: 500 of the Funniest & Spookiest Child Friendly Halloween Jokes, Riddles, and Activities to Get the Whole Family Spooked. Jenny Jacobs is the author. She’s written 10 chapters that are divided into various Halloween themes.

Your children will soon be planning their Halloween costumes this year. With covid-19 hanging around, it remains to be seen what type of trick-or-treating will be available. But whatever happens, a great book of jokes and riddles can be a celebration in itself.

As I read through this book, I’m not very sure if you would classify these jokes as truly scary, but they are cute. And, telling a good joke will certainly get your children in the Halloween spirit. Is that a pun?

Knock-Knock Jokes:

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Phillip Phillip who? Phillip my bag with all your candy please!

Here are some cute Question and Answer jokes:

What did the ghost say when he made a mistake? I made a Boo-boo.

Why did the cyclops quit his teaching job? He only had one pupil.

Why won’t a witch wear a baseball cap? There’s no point.

How do you make a skeleton laugh? Tickle her funny bone!

What kind of bear doesn’t have any teeth? A gummy bear!

Riddles

Where do you find Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson? In a graveyard.

Did you hear about the mad scientist who got a new lab? He names him Fido!

There are a few mazes and word search puzzles scattered throughout the book, too.

If your children love jokes and riddles, this book will be one of their favorites. They’ll have lots of fun, even if you don’t. I’m giving away my favorite form of humor….sarcasm.

This book comes in paperback and kindle versions. I reviewed the kindle format.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Holly For President

Holly For President

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Holly For President

Book Review: Holly For President – Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 9

Holly For President is a YA book written by Dianne Harman. Dianne is a USA Today Bestselling Author. The book comes in paperback or Kindle, and you can purchase it at Amazon. This book features the main character, Holly Lewis.

Holly lives a busy life with high school and working at the bookstore. Her friends convince her to run for Junior Class President. She is not too sure about it, but goes along with the plan.

Soon after she becomes a candidate, strange things start to happen. She becomes the victim of bullying that gets progressively worse each day. The bully really attacks her in front of everyone in school, humiliating her with their rude attacks.

Holly goes through many emotions and her family and friends encourage her throughout this time. She has to face so much pain and also has to deal with her inner pain from her mother’s death.

This is an enjoyable book and you’ll want to cheer Holly on when you read this. If you like feel-good YA books, Holly For President will be on your Want to Read list. I recommend it, especially now with the rampant bullying problem in our country and schools.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman