Day 18 ~ Winter Writing Challenge ~ Irish Stewed by Kylie Logan

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An Ethnic Eats Mystery

Laurel Inwood, a chef, has left Hollywood and traveled to Hubbard, Ohio to help her sweet, foster Aunt Sophie run her restaurant, Sophie’s Terminal At the Tracks. The restaurant isn’t what Laurel expected, however, Aunt Sophie is having surgery, so, Laurel decides to stay and help until Aunt Sophie has recovered and is back on her feet again.

Shortly after Laurel arrives, Aunt Sophie and Laurel discover a dead body, slumped over a table in the restaurant. Jack Lancer, an investigative reporter is the victim. With Sophie soon to be in surgery and a young man wrongfully suspected, Laurel decides to do some sleuthing on her own. Of course, she does have help. Declan, a good looking lawyer, with a big family and owner of the Irish store is readily available to assist Laurel in any way he can.

Loved it! Laurel is a strong, female protagonist with an attitude and I suspect some arrogance. Declan, our equally strong male protagonist is up for the challenge. I loved the way those two bantered back and forth with one another. They were great together!!! The mystery was good ~ a little complicated. I didn’t solve it. 5 ***** stars!

Happy Reading!

Day 17 ~ Winter Writing Challenge ~ Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag

Hello Peoples. I was perusing blogs when I discovered this fun tag! If you would like to hop on board or participate in this fun tag, feel free to do so. You can find the creator’s blog at the link below ~

Baby Itโ€™s Cold Outside Book Tag (Originalโ„๏ธ) โ€“ Reading On A Star (wordpress.com)

OH NO! Rules again! ๐Ÿ˜

~ Thank the person who tagged and link back to their post. BIG THANK-YOU to Erin at Reading on a Star!

~ Display the banner (copy and paste).

~ Link to the original creator. The link is above.

~ Answer the questions!

~ Tag however many people as you want!

Questions!

Snow day ~ What’s your “comfort” book?

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This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart! I love this book. Anytime I want to travel to Corfu, visit with Lucy and her sister, share in Lucy’s adventure, swim with a dolphin and bask in the Corfu sun, I read this amazing book.

Snow Angels ~ What’s a book that you love so much you want to be buried with it?

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The Bible ~ Great stuff in this book.

Warm socks ~ What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside? (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read?)

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Molly by Sarah Monzon

Molly is a romantic comedy that will leave the reader in stitches. It’s cute, fun and romantic. Loved it!

Hot cocoa ~ What winter themed novels have you previously read?

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The White Witch cast a spell on the land *boo hiss* where it’s always winter and never Christmas. But! There is always hope. Aslan is on the move. One of my favorite books.

Sledding ~ What’s the book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

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Agatha Christie! She keeps me on my toes. I chose The Murder of Roger Ackroyd because it’s one of my favorites.

Ugly Sweaters ~ What’s a book with the ugliest cover? That’s a funny question. Mmmm.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo!

I did not like the book or it’s cover! โ˜น

Movie Marathon ~ What’s the last book you binge read?

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Oh my word! I am addicted to Max and Annie Darling in the Death On Demand Series by Carolyn G. Hart!

Letters To Santa ~ What’s a book that’s on your wish list this year?

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Stone and Sunset by Sibella Giorello

I really like the Raleigh Harmon series!!!

And there you have it! Now it’s your turn. Don’t be shy. I tag everyone who reads this!

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 16 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge

Hello Peoples! Yesterday, I stayed home all day. The weather was terrible. There was a light snow all day, but the wind blew and blew and blew! Oh my! My phone said, it was around 30 degrees all day. It looked colder than that. I made soup, watched a couple of movies. I read a book and had a nap. Rick started a new jigsaw puzzle.

January is a stay at home in jammies, reading a book or watching a movie kind of month.

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 15 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge

Hello Peoples! We are in a blizzard warning. The wind is horrible. The wind gusts are up to 60 miles per hour. Brrr. The warning is suppose to end this morning. It did snow yesterday. I’ll be staying home today, snug and warm, all rolled up like a burrito. I baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies yesterday. So good!

Oh my word! We have a black squirrel in our backyard. He is so wonderful. He is the first black squirrel I’ve ever seen. He’s as black as charcoal! I’ve seen gray squirrel and brown squirrel but never black squirrel. Have you ever seen a black squirrel???

I finished reading Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark. I liked it. It’s a murder mystery, a treasure hunt and so much more. The reader is transported to New Orleans. The author described the culture, the food and the great people so well. It’s also educational! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Highly recommend!

Currently, I’m reading Jocelyn by Sarah Monzon. It’s a cute romantic comedy.

Have a great day! Stay warm!

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 14 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge

Hello Peoples! Yesterday was a beautiful day. I woke, dressed and walked to the bakery. I didn’t need a winter coat. I wore my new quilted vest, a scarf and mittens. I didn’t wear a hat or boots. I wore my athletic shoes. This is so unusual for January. We’re usually below zero in January. The bakery is take out only these days, so, I purchased a hot, dark chocolate and savored it on my journey home. When I arrived home and walked in the house, I was surprised to see our living room looked like a blanket, book and movie bomb exploded in said room. I laughed. I guess I didn’t notice the disaster before I walked to the bakery. We certainly enjoy our home. ๐Ÿ˜

The Outstanding Blogger Award

I enjoy tags and memes, however, I don’t care so much for the awards, they exhaust me. โ˜น I hope you still love me after saying that??? ๐Ÿ™‚ My blogger friend, Carla, tagged everyone for the Outstanding Blogger Award, so, I thought I would go for it. You can find Carla at ~

The Outstanding Blogger Award โ€“ Carla Loves To Read (wordpress.com)

You can find the creator of the award at ~

Colton Beckwith RPC | Essays of a High School Student (wordpress.com)

Pesky Rules ~

~ Provide the link to the creator’s original award post, (very important: see why in step five).

The Outstanding Blogger Award | Colton Beckwith RPC (wordpress.com)

~ Answer the questions provided.

~ Create 7 unique questions.

~ Nominate 10 bloggers. If you are reading this, consider yourself nominated. Ensure they are aware of their nomination. Neither the awards creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.

~ At the end of 2020 (I think I ‘m a little late) every blog that pings back the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award. Mmmm. ๐Ÿคจ

Carla’s Questions ~

1.) What motivated you to start blogging?

I don’t really remember. I belonged to a book discussion group and the group had a blog. I branched out on my own from there.

2.) Do you have a favorite type of post? If so, what is it?

Short posts! *haha*

3.) What was your favorite book or genre from your childhood?

I loved biographies. I especially loved the story of Helen Keller and Pocahontas.

4.) Do you use your local library? If not, how do you get books?

I do use the local library. Since CO-VID I don’t use it as often as I did before CO-VID, but I do still use it.

5.) If you could have dinner with a famous person (dead or alive) who would it be?

Sarah Palin. I think she’s interesting.

6.) What is one time or incident in your life you wish you could relive?

Oh gee. I have no idea. Mmmm.

7.) Do you have New Year’s resolutions?

Not really this year.

7 Amazing Questions ~

1.) Do you love to cook? Favorite meal to prepare?

2.) What is your favorite exercise routine?

3.) Besides reading, do you have a hobby? What is it?

4.) Besides books, do you collect anything? What?

5.) Other than Christmas, what is your favorite holiday?

6.) Do you enjoy traveling? Favorite place to travel to???

7.) What is your favorite movie?

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 13 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge

Hello Peoples! It’s early here ~ still dark. I couldn’t sleep, so here I am. I feel much better today. Yesterday I didn’t fell good. *blah* I had a nice nap in the afternoon. After the nap, I was rarin’ to go.๐Ÿ˜

I have heard we have more snow coming our way. I’m not sure when it will arrive, but I say, bring it on! โ›„

What are you reading?

I’m reading, Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark. It’s my first library book of 2021. I like it. The story seems a little different from what I usually read. It’s set in New Orleans. And! A treasure ~ that’s right, a treasure and a poem, a murder, a chef, a woman falsely accused and a story that keeps me guessing. I’m not even sure who to trust???

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 12 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge

Hello Peoples. I don’t feel good this morning, so this will be short.

Even though it’s the middle of winter and the middle of January, the temperature is warming up. Very strange. For the next few days it’s going to be in the 40’s! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ We will probably see people walking around outside in shorts!

Do you enjoy little known holidays?

Did you know ~

January 19th is National Popcorn Day!!! CELEBRATE!!!

January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day!!! CELEBRATE!!!

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 11 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge

Hello Peoples! We were in the bookstore a few days ago and found a puzzle I thought was interesting. Now, I don’t put jigsaw puzzles together, but Rick does. He likes puzzles ~ a lot. So, if I see a puzzle I like, he puts it together for me. ๐Ÿค— Back to this puzzle. I thought the puzzle was interesting, so we bought it and took it home. As you can see, from the photos, it’s called, The Orient Express. It’s a mystery jigsaw puzzle with a short story included in it and the 1000 piece puzzle. We were to read the short story, put the puzzle together and solve the mystery from the image on the puzzle. The solution to the mystery is at the end of the short story, but it’s written backwards. One has to put it up to a mirror to read the solution. We haven’t done that yet.

I set up our puzzle putting together table *haha* and dumped the puzzle pieces out of the box, sorted them and started putting puzzle pieces together. Rick joined me. He definitely put more of the puzzle together than I did. I did some of it though. Take a gander at the photos.

The image on the box is not the image on the puzzle.

So, there you have it. A nice activity for those long, wintry days of January.

Much love ~

Kathy

Day 10 ~ Winter Writing Challenge ~ The Au Pair by Emma Rous

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“Seraphine Mays and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.”

“Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely and holding just one baby.

“Who is the child and what really happened that day.

“One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.” ~goodreads

Wow! What a train wreck! I was at the bookstore one day and this book caught my attention. After reading the description on the back, of the book, I decided to read it.

Seraphine and Danny are twins. They have one older brother, Edwin. I liked all three of the siblings. Mom died the day Seraphine and Danny were born. Edwin was a little guy. Laura was Edwin’s au pair. Edwin and Laura had great fun together. And! She was getting paid to have a great time with him! I liked Laura.

As the story begins, the three siblings are grieving because their dad passed away. Seraphine soon discovers a photo of their mother with just one twin in the photo. Curious she asks grandma about it and grandma refuses to answer her questions. So! Seraphine decides to find Laura, the au pair.

The chapters move back and forth between Laura, the au pair, while she is working for this family, and Seraphine as an adult searching for answers as to who she is. It wasn’t confusing. The transition from chapter to chapter are well done. And! Seraphine has quite a journey. Edwin doesn’t remember much, he was so young, but he does remember Laura and he liked her. She was nice. As Seraphine searches, the individuals she talks to aren’t wanting to share information with her. Her brothers try to discourage her from searching for the answers she seeks. She receives a couple of threatening messages, but she perseveres. The more she digs into the past, the more she is convinced something untoward has happened. The conclusion left my head spinning! 4 **** dizzy stars!

Happy Reading!

Day 9 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~

Hello Peoples. Everyone seems to be setting goals right now. The New Year brings that out in us. It is exciting ~ a fresh, new year. What adventures are in store for us??? Personally, my goals are month by month. Right now, I am sitting down, with pen, paper, stamps and envelope in hand and writing a letter to everyone, out of state, who sent us a Christmas Card. I’m not in a hurry. This isn’t something I’m rushing to do. I want to enjoy the process. ๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ“ญโœ So, I’m planning to be finished by the end of February. We received eleven Christmas cards from lovely people who live out of state. I’ve written two responses.

Much love ~

Kathy