Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Amy M. Reade, S.C. Richmond and Regina Puckett


Welcome to the first of the author updates this week. This is an opportunity for authors on the shelves to share their news about great reviews, offers on their books and new releases. I do check on every author regularly but it does help if you drop me an email to keep me updated.. Help me showcase your work.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first author today is Amy M. Reade and her recently released book The House on Candlewick Lane (A Malice Novel) published in February 2017 and already receiving excellent reviews.

About the book

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face.

Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous.

But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.

The House on Candlewick Lane” by Amy M. Reade immediately drew me in and made me wish I could read it cover to cover in one sitting. I really can’t say enough good things about the book. The characters are unique and well developed and I quickly came to care about them, especially the main character, Greer. The plot was intricate and kept me guessing to the very end. And the author’s descriptions of the setting in Scotland made me want to visit there.

If ever a book deserved five stars, this is it! I highly recommend “The House on Candlewick Lane.”

A great read! on February 7, 2017

The House On Candlewick Lane by Amy M Reade. Set in Scotland, Amy gives her reader a great look at the language and food of Scotland. One of my favorite things about Amy’s writing is the way she describes everything; From the characters, to the setting, to the plot! The reader gets to go along for the ride with the characters, in the streets and even in the kitchen! In addition, every chapter ends with a comment that pushes you on to the next chapter! This is an author you will want to get to know! And you will definitely get to do so in this story! She weaves herself through the pages beautifully.

Don’t stop at the end, there’s a glossary defining the many Scottish terms and teasers for her other books! And if you want to get to know Amy better click the link to the latest news about Amy M. Reade. Very Interesting! I don’t want to give anything away, I will just say that I would like to see this house on Candlewick Lane! And the cover… beautiful!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/House-Candlewick-Lane-Malice-Novel-ebook/dp/B01FBZXR3K

Also by Amy M. Reade

Secrets of Hallstead House has over 370 reviews and the other books are also very well regarded. Buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

Find out more about Amy Reade and connect via her website: www.amymreade.com

Another recent release at the end of the year is a collection of short stories In The Spotlight and other Stories by S.C. Richmond.

About the collection

A collection of short stories about human nature, covering all genres. Love, revenge, horror, magic, loneliness and imagination.

The Reviews

In the Spotlight & Other Stories is a foray into short story writing by S C Richmond. I enjoyed them immensely, in just one sitting. The plots twist and turn, and the genres are different enough from each other to make the book exciting to any fiction reader.
I’m hoping there will be more anthologies to follow from this up and coming author, although I loved both of her full length novels, this adds spice with variety to her repertoire.
It seems the author can’t go wrong. I would recommend this (and her other works) to any reader.  A fantastic read.

Fabulous By Glastonburypixi on 8 Feb. 2017

Brilliantly written short stories each one sending the reader through a variety of emotions and ending with a twist. I have read ‘The Community’ and ‘Pictures of deceit’ also by the very talented SC Richmond and I can honestly say they are amongst the few books that I would definitely read again. I’m very much looking forward to the next novel

Buy the collection: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spotlight-Other-Stories-S-Richmond-ebook/dp/B01N6MO2V

Also by S.C. Richmond

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S-C-Richmond/e/B01C6Q0O1K

Find out about S.C. Richmond and connect via her blog: https://scrichmondblog.wordpress.com

The last update for the day is for author Regina Puckett and her book I Close My Eyes released earlier this year.

About the book

The last thing The Duke of Greystone wants is a wife, until The Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of Earl Braxton’s ballroom. But there she stands, attempting to shut out the rest of the world by simply closing her eyes, but the duke understands better than most that life is never that simple.

The last thing Jane wants is a husband, until she opens her eyes to find the scarred and much too handsome stranger secluded in her chosen quiet corner. Why can’t the obstinate man understand she just needs a brief moment of solitude before returning to face her tormentors? But no matter how many times she tells him to go away, he remains. So is it her fault that her father misunderstands the young duke’s intentions?

Whilst marriage isn’t on Phillip—as she learns the duke is called—or Jane’s mind, when society’s trials and tribulations come, they soon become each other’s touchstone, and by it discover that joy is tantalisingly within their grasp, although others seem intent on thwarting their every wish.

One of the most recent reviews

Take one duke who is reluctant to marry and continue his ducal line; add another duke’s daughter whose every social appearance ends in disaster due to her seeming clumsiness. Place both in a quiet corner of the Earl of Braxton’s ballroom where the lady (Jane Blackmore) seeks to shield her ruined gown behind some large potted ferns unaware that she is not alone. She closes her eyes to escape the venue and mentally retreats to the one place she loves above all others – a cottage by the sea. Her brief respite is interrupted by the Duke of Greystone who is captivated by the winsome miss. Now add in a jealous young woman and a vengeful stepmother and you have a terrific romantic story awaiting your reading pleasure.

I Close My Eyes follows the usual storyline of happiness after overcoming personal trials and tribulations. The characters are endearing or vengeful, depending on their role, and the ending is one you won’t want to miss.

Author Regina Puckett wastes little time on superfluous description as her story is concisely woven. If you enjoy historical romance, don’t miss this one!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Close-My-Eyes-Regina-Puckett-ebook/dp/B01MUCMBR

A selection of books by Regina Puckett.

Discover all the books, read the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/Regina-Puckett/e/B004S3ORSG

Connect to Regina via her blog: https://reginapuckett.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping by today and it would be great if you could share these author updates with your connections. Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Amy M. Reade, Olga Núñez Miret and Gigi Sedlemayer.


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Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore update and today three authors who are either celebrating a new release or terrific reviews. Amy M. Reade, Olga Núñez Miret  and Gigi Sedlemayer.

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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and gothic women’s fiction Amy Reade has just released The House on Candlewick Lane, the first book in the Malice series, which currently consists of three books. Each book has a different main character, but you’ll find some characters that drop in throughout the series (some more than others). The second book in the series is called Highland Peril and will be out in the fall. The third book, with a working title of Death Comes to Thistlecross, will be out next year.

About The House on Candlewick Lane

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face. Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt.

When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.

Two of the early reviews

Incredible book that captures you from the start! By Kathleen Charon on February 7, 2017

I am a huge fan of Ms. Reade’s books! I enjoy her narrative style and her descriptions pull me into the world that her characters inhabit. This book is every parent’s nightmare and chronicles Greer’s search for her missing daughter. I was so caught up in the story that I couldn’t put it down. Although I read an advanced copy, I had to purchase it because I enjoyed it so much. Don’t start until you have the time to read straight through! It will captivate you. I cannot wait for her next book!

A great read! By New York Army Mom on February 7, 2017

The House On Candlewick Lane by Amy M Reade. Set in Scotland, Amy gives her reader a great look at the language and food of Scotland. One of my favorite things about Amy’s writing is the way she describes everything; From the characters, to the setting, to the plot! The reader gets to go along for the ride with the characters, in the streets and even in the kitchen! In addition, every chapter ends with a comment that pushes you on to the next chapter! This is an author you will want to get to know! And you will definitely get to do so in this story! She weaves herself through the pages beautifully.

Don’t stop at the end, there’s a glossary defining the many Scottish terms and teasers for her other books! And if you want to get to know Amy better click the link to the latest news about Amy M. Reade. Very Interesting! I don’t want to give anything away, I will just say that I would like to see this house on Candlewick Lane! And the cover… beautiful!

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.com/House-Candlewick-Lane-Malice-Novel-ebook/dp/B01FBZXR3K

Also by Amy M. Reade

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

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Connect to Amy via her website:  www.amymreade.com

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Olga Nunez Miret has received a wonderful review from Christoph Fischer for her latest book Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies.

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A woman shot dead. No enemies, no motive, only a story about how she swapped bodies with another woman found on her computer. The other woman in the story, the owner of the swapped body, goes into labour and won’t talk.

When FBI Agent Dave Dean asks psychiatrist/writer Mary Miller for her assistance, she doesn’t know that The Case of the Swapped Bodies is not the only mystery in Port Haven. A hit and run, an armed robbery gone wrong and questions about family traditions, priorities and legacies come into play and complicate matters. The line between fact and fiction is more tenuous than anybody realised and suspense is on the menu.

This is the third book in the Escaping Psychiatry series and it poses new challenges for Mary Miller. And not all the challenges are professional ones. How do you carry on when you’ve survived the unthinkable?

The review from Christoph Fischer for the book

“Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies” by Olga Núñez Miret was a real treat and almost a surprise. I like Olga’s sharp and psychologically charged writing the best and knew this would be good.I was not prepared, however, for the extremely clever plot.

At first there is the confusion of a woman waking up in a different body and in a different life. Then she establishes contact with the woman currently in her own body. That in itself is a great premise and the conversation between the trapped women would have been more than enough for one successful book.

Olga doesn’t stop there but now introduces more complexity as the case is being handled by both, the police, and our series heroine, psychiatrist Mary.Despite a heavy workload I couldn’t resist the book and kept reading at every opportunity to get to the bottom of this psychological thriller. My curiosity got the better of me and all I can say is that the denouement doesn’t let you down.

A clever idea, perfectly executed with sharp writing, excellent characters and a lot going for it.  Maybe the author’s best so far. Highly recommended.

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/review-escaping-psychiatry-2-the-case-of-the-swapped-bodies-by-olga-nunez-miret/

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Psychiatry-Case-Swapped-Bodies-ebook/dp/B01NBGH9G1

A selection of books by Olga Núñez Miret 

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Discover all the books,read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

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Connect to Olga via her website: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

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Gigi Sedlmayer has received a new review for Come Fly with Me the first book in the Talon Series from Akrum Menacker.

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Talon, come fly with me is a delightful middle grade story set in Peru with a family of condors and missionary Australians.

Is it possible for condors to understand humans?

Suspend your beliefs and watch how an under-size girl, Matica, finds friends with a family of condors, after being rejected by the Indians because of her size.

There are beautiful descriptions of the flight of the condors, and more so when Talon is cared for by Matica. The language suits this age group and does not talk down to the reader.

This is a great inspirational story for everyone. It will lift you up and make you believe in adventures, friendships, acceptance in a whole new light.

Come and take the journey that is called Matica’s life. It is filled with rejections, heartbreaks, growth and loneliness, but through it all, it will make you feel stronger.
Talon, Come Fly With Me is the first book in this series and you will be blown away!!!
In a world full of pain this story gives ones hope

Akrum Menacker’s review

Have you ever felt like you would never fit in? Of course you have, we all have at one point or another. But for some this is not simply being awkward socially, but much more. For 10 year old Matica, the problem is a physical one. She is not growing. Despite her age and having a younger brother, Matica has the body of a much younger child which has made her life a real challenge as far as making any friends in the little village in Peru where her parents are missionaries trying to help the local tribe. The tribe finds Matica’s situation strange and tend not to associate with her, making her more lonely than ever.

However, Matica does have knack for making friends. In this case its a pair of condors, which seems to fascinate the local villagers. But they are even more surprised when the bond between the undersized girl and the huge birds becomes so strong that when their egg is threatened by poachers they allow her to watch over and care for it. Soon the egg hatches and Talon is born. The villagers are more impressed than ever by the young girl as she helps raise the young condor, becoming an expert on the birds and soon Matica finds herself no longer the source of curious glances but a bit of a celebrity. But her true love for family and her condors never takes a backseat to this new status. Her dedication to both her families is unwavering and continues to grow just as quickly as Talon who is soon big enough and strong enough to take flight. But is he powerful enough to grant Matica’s most secret wish?

Aimed at preteens, this is a story that can be enjoyed by any age. As I said at the beginning of this review, we’ve all felt out of place and thought we’d never find where we truly belong. Matica’s journey is a tale that everyone can relate to. Sometimes its not finding where YOU fit in, but making a place for yourself in the world and watch it start swarming towards you.

This is such a wonderful tale, I have not problem giving it the 5-Star rating it deserves. I’m even more delighted to know that this is only the first installment. As of the writing of this review, there are four more books in the series. Needless to say, I’ll be adding them to my library and more reviews will come with time.

And now I will take my hat off to the author Gigi Sedlmayer, may she, Talon, Matica and the rest of this fine cast soar high and far for many years to come.
https://akrummenacker.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/my-review-of-talon-come-fly-with-me/

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

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Connect to Gigi via her website: http://gigised.com/

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Smorgasbord Open House – USA Today Bestselling Author – Amy M. Reade.


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My guest today, USA Today Bestselling author Amy M. Reade, writes women’s contemporary and gothic fiction. Her books have been compared to authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. Amy’s novels feature vivid descriptions of exotic and fascinating locations, such as the Thousand Islands region of New York State, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

A former attorney, Amy found that writing was her true calling, and is currently working on a new project, a series set in Edinburgh, Scotland. She loves cooking, reading, and travel. You can visit her website, http://www.amymreade.com where, in addition to information about her books and appearances, you will find a contact form, suggested playlists to go along with her novels, and notes and recommendations on wines.

Amy’s latest book was published in late April and is already receiving terrific reviews.

House of the Hanging Jade cover with USA Today

About House of the Hanging Jade
A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .

Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade–an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .

A stunning thriller! By Crystal Gomez on April 27, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition

This was an absolutely stunning thriller! With a captivating storyline, perfect dialogue and extremely complex characters, I was eagerly absorbed into reading this story late into the night. There were tons of twists and turns being revealed throughout the whole story, and it was a blast trying to figure out the culprit in the book. The author’s knowledge and descriptions of all the different food also definitely had me devouring this book as quick as I could! I absolutely enjoyed reading this thrilling book and can’t wait to see what else the author has written!
*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

Other Books by Amy Reade

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One of the great reviews for the book 
Outstanding! Could not put it down! By Kathleen Charon on April 29, 2015

I have just finished the Ghosts of Peppernell Manor and literally could not put it down! It is exactly the type of book that I love…..a little bit gothic with the old house and it’s secrets, mysterious death and clean romance. I got exactly what I expected and I enjoyed every minute of escape that this book gave me. I was not able to solve the mystery before the reveal so that was enjoyable for me as well. Overall, a fantastic read!

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This reminded me quite a bit of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca  By Gina Kelly on July 17, 2014

This reminded me quite a bit of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca in that it starts with a young girl in a large house with some dark secrets. Macy is a live-in nurse for an elderly woman, but as soon as she gets to the secluded house, she finds a cold welcome and the distinct feeling she isn’t wanted. I found the mystery to be a good one. Being alone on an island limited the number of people who could be behind the bad deeds, but I still didn’t guess the culprit or motive until the very end. The setting was also very well done. What put me off a bit was the extensive exposition and backstory. Some of it felt like info dump and slowed things down considerably. If the side stories had been trimmed down, I would have enjoyed this mystery even more.

Buy all the books.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/amy+m+reade?_requestid=239322
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=Amy%20M.%20Reade%20&ac=1&acp=amy%20m
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/amy-m.-reade/id972561593?mt=11
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Amy+M.+Reade
Kensington Publishing: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/29480
Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/

The Blogger
Amy has a terrific blog- https://amreade.wordpress.com/ –  and you will find interviews, guest blogs, book recommendations, recipes and articles on wine. Later on in the post you will find a delicious recipe that will give you a good idea of the food ideas you will find on the blog.

Here is a link to one of her recent author interviews with Phyllis Moore
https://amreade.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/meet-phyllis-moore/

I am now going to hand over to Amy to find out more about her life and work through the questions she has chosen to answer.

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Welcome Amy and who would you like to meet from the past who you would like to have a conversation with. What would you tell them about their behaviour that you admired or disapproved of?

If I could meet anyone from the past, I would choose Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I would want to know all about living in Paris in the early twentieth century- where she liked to go for fun, where she lived, which restaurants she liked to visit, how people dressed.

I would also ask her about her own writing, since as I understand it she was a very good writer whose work was always considered less important than that of her husband.

I’d also want to know about all her friends in Paris- I’d ask about Ernest and Hadley Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein and, of course, F. Scott.

What I know about Zelda Fitzgerald comes, of course, from the things I’ve read about her. And from that basis of knowledge, I’ve learned that she wasn’t too different from any other person, living or dead. She had her problems, just like everyone else. And one of her problems was the constant struggle to maintain her “self.” I would tell her that I admire her determination and desire to forge and keep her own identity despite living in the overarching shadows of her husband and their friends. I would tell her that her writing and her dancing were good for her. I would tell her that someday doctors would find effective treatments for the mental illnesses she faced and that I’m sorry she had to spend so much of her life fighting her own demons.

Which is your favourite leisure pastime?

It’s a toss-up between reading and cooking, and since I discuss cooking in Question #4, I’ll tell you about my favourite books and authors.

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I’ve had a number of favourite authors, beginning with Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew fame, continuing with James Herriot, and bringing us up to the present with Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Phyllis Whitney, and M. C. Beaton. My favourite author at any given time depends on my mood.

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Who is the best actor or actress you have ever seen on television or film and tell us why.

I don’t even have to think about this one. The answer is Cary Grant. I have yet to see a movie starring Cary Grant that I don’t love. Why is he my favourite? I think it’s because his comedic timing is perfect. Whether he’s raising an eyebrow or clearing his throat at just the right moment, or delivering a line in his characteristic tongue-in-cheek manner, he gets it just right and I don’t think he learned that from a director. I think that was just his way.

Incidentally, the two movies I watch over and over again are “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” and “The Bishop’s Wife.” Cary Grant plays opposite Myrna Loy and Loretta Young, respectively. During the Christmas season, “The Bishop’s Wife” is my favourite movie. During the rest of the year, it’s got to be “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.”

If you cook do you have a signature dish that everyone loves to eat? Can we have the recipe?

I love to cook. Baking is my speciality, though as I get older all the baking I do becomes more obvious on my hips and thighs. I’m going to give you two recipes: one is my signature dish, Parmesan Chicken (not to be confused with Chicken Parmesan) and the other is Rhubarb Cake, a dessert which my whole family loves (and it’s easy—not even from scratch! Shhh…).

*Cook’s Disclaimer: neither of these can in any way be considered healthy*

Parmesan Chicken

1 c. seasoned bread crumbs
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
½ c. melted butter
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
½ t. salt (optional)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

In a shallow bowl combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; mix well. In another shallow bowl combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; mix well.

Dredge chicken through butter mixture, then through bread crumb mixture.

Place chicken in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Pour remaining butter mixture over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, basting with butter mixture once or twice.

Serves 6.

Rhubarb Cake

1 pkg. (18 ½ oz.) yellow cake mix and ingredients to make it
5 c. diced rhubarb
1 c. sugar
1 c. heavy cream

Mix cake as directed on the package. Pour batter into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Sprinkle rhubarb over batter. Sprinkle with sugar. Pour cream over the top. DO NOT MIX THE LAYERS.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Whilst we enjoy both of those delicious offerings..tell us about your work in progress, plans for your blog in the next year any special events that are coming up that are very special to you.

My work in progress: I have been contracted by my publisher to write a three-book series set in the United Kingdom. Right now I’m working on Book 1, and although I have a working title for it, we haven’t come up with an official title yet. Otherwise I’d share it with you now! The three books will be in the same genre as my first three novels- women’s fiction with a gothic feel to them. I’m very excited about writing these books, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of writing the first in the series. It’s set mostly in Edinburgh and I have a field trip planned for research!

My blog: My goal this year is to increase the number of authors I have on the blog either guest posting or participating in interviews. It’s been a good year so far, and I enjoyed having you on the blog, Sally.

Upcoming events: By the time this posts, I will have attended Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD, US. It’s a convention bringing together writers and fans of traditional and less traditional cozy mysteries, as well as agents and editors.

I’m also planning on participating in a river cruise (a one-day affair) on the St. Lawrence River during the summer with a couple other authors. Since that’s the area where I grew up, I’m very excited about that.

I also have two other author/fan festivals planned for this year: the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival in Suffolk, VA, US, and Bouchercon, in New Orleans, LA, US. It’s going to be a busy year!

Thanks very much for including me in the Open House, Sally. I have enjoyed the experience and will be happy to respond to any questions or comments your readers might have.

Connect with Amy via her website and social media links:

Website: www.amymreade.com
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/readeandwrite
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/amreade

Thanks to Amy for sharing her interests, books and recipes.. no need to cook lunch today.  As always delighted to receive your feedback and please feel free to share Amy’s interview around the usual haunts.. Enjoy the rest of Sunday.. Sally

The Saturday Round Up – Jazz, Gothic Fiction, Peacocks and Swans


They say time flies by when you are enjoying yourself and that has certainly been the case this week.  Who does not like a little shopping.. On Monday we went down to North Wexford to view a property I had found online when searching in our last week in our Madrid House.  On paper it looked interesting and we met the agent at midday for the guided tour.  There is a fair bit of work to be done inside and out but to be honest it is the sort of project we enjoy. The price is good and we love the fact that we are less than a kilometre from the sea.

We had a survey done and have just got that in so once we have digested the contents and established if the work we identified as needing to be done is fairly accurate, then we shall proceed to the next stage.

Naturally in due course I will share some before and after photos of our new home and thankfully enough of a garden to stimulate the imagination for Tales from the Irish Garden!

On Tuesday we headed out to north of the Liffey River to visit a Japanese car importer who had some automatics for sale. I can drive stick shift but prefer automatics for town driving. We started off looking at the Nissan Micras thinking a small car would be practical but I felt a bit cramped.. So we tried out a Nissan Note and after a couple of other visits to garages we paid our deposit yesterday..

So considering we have only been back in Ireland for 9 days not bad going. Some people might think we are rushing into things.. But we met, got engaged on our first date and married five weeks later…. 36 years ago; worked out okay for us!

Anyway here are the posts from the week that you might have missed.  Thank you very much for dropping in to read them and also a huge thank you to my guests and to William Price King for his continued and valued collaboration on the music posts.

Smorgasbord Open House

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A Man and his Music – William Price King meets Nat King Cole.

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In part four of the series A Man and his Music with William Price King we relive the final years of the short life of Nat King Cole. Although Nat was only 45 when he died he had performed for over 30 years and had been a huge influence on the music of the time.

His influence was not restricted to the world of music as he gained the respect of Presidents and statesmen as he campaigned for racial equality in all walks of life. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-nat-king-cole-the-finale/

Book Promotion

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Challenges

I had time for a couple of challenges this week. The first was to celebrate National Haiku Day and was prompted by the Haiku Goddess herself Annette Rochelle Aben.

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The second was Hugh Roberts with his weekly photo challenge which is a ‘must do’ for so many.. This week the prompt was ‘group’. If you would like to join in this weely challenge head over to the post and follow the links.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/hughs-weekly-photo-challenge-week-22-group-2/

 Just an Odd Job Girl Serialisation

Another three chapters of this serialisation of my first novel from 2001.. With a purpose in mind which you will discover in the first post here.  I would be grateful for your help in choosing a chapter to send off in script format to agents with a view to getting it onto the screen .

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/the-purpose-behind-the-serialisation-of-just-an-odd-job-girl-your-opinion-would-be-valued/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eight-into-the-heat-of-the-kitchen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-nine-beware-the-tartan-army/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-ten-food-theft-and-cheque-fraud/

Memories are made of this – 1998 and are move to our house in County Louth and our first encounter with the lovely Sam.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/memories-are-made-of-this-1998-dublin-drogheda-and-sam/

On the move… a look at some of the signs that showed us we might be looking for a house in the right place.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/on-the-move-house-hunting-and-signs-from-the-other-side/

Health

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/smorgasbord-health-vitamin-of-the-week-vitamin-c-immune-system-and-3000-biological-reactions/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/smorgasbord-health-the-lungs-the-race-is-on-6-minutes-to-get-oxygen-to-the-brain/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/smorgasbord-health-the-lungs-part-two-acute-and-chronic-diseases/

Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/some-funnies-from-facebook-in-the-last-few-weeks/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/afternoon-video-a-fun-compilation-of-dogs-being-dogs/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/laughter-the-best-medicine-as-young-as-you-feel-yeah-right/

So that is it for this week.. tomorrow my guest is speculative fiction writer Bokerah Brumley so hope you can find the time to drop in and meet her.

Lovely to see you over here this week and thanks again for all the likes, comments and shares.. Sally

Smorgasbord Open House – Author Amy M. Reade


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Welcome to the first Smorgasbord Open House from Ireland and today I am delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling author Amy M. Reade. Amy writes women’s contemporary and gothic fiction. Her books have been compared to authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. Amy’s novels feature vivid descriptions of exotic and fascinating locations, such as the Thousand Islands region of New York State, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

A former attorney, Amy found that writing was her true calling, and is currently working on a new project, a series set in Edinburgh, Scotland. She loves cooking, reading, and travel. You can visit her website, http://www.amymreade.com, where, in addition to information about her books and appearances, you will find a contact form, suggested playlists to go along with her novels, and notes and recommendations on wines.

Amy’s latest book is available for pre-order and will be delivered to your kindle on April 26th. Pre-Order House of the Hanging Jade

About House of the Hanging Jade

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A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .

Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade–an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life .

Other Books by Amy Reade

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One of the great reviews for the book

Outstanding! Could not put it down! By Kathleen Charon on April 29, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

I have just finished the Ghosts of Peppernell Manor and literally could not put it down! It is exactly the type of book that I love…..a little bit gothic with the old house and it’s secrets, mysterious death and clean romance. I got exactly what I expected and I enjoyed every minute of escape that this book gave me. I was not able to solve the mystery before the reveal so that was enjoyable for me as well. Overall, a fantastic read!

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Delightful discovery! By Kathleen Charon on April 22, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When I was younger, I read Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney books all the time. I have looked in vain for other authors who write similar books. I am so pleased that I found Ms Reade. I could not stop reading this book, I enjoyed the pacing and the characters very much. Some plot twists seemed sudden but I was not able to figure out the ending. It was a clean story and no overt violence. I am anxious to read other books by this author.

Buy all the books.
Amazon        Barnes & Noble       Kobo      iTunes     Google Play      Kensington Publishing      Indie Bound

Amy M. Reade the Blogger

Amy has a terrific blog and you will find interviews, guest blogs, book recommendations, recipes and articles on wine.  Later on in today’s post you will find a delicious recipe that will give you a good idea of the food ideas you will find on the blog. Here is a link to one of her recent author interviews with Phyllis Moore.

I am now going to hand over to Amy to find out more about her life and work through the questions she has chosen to answer

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Who would you like to meet from the past who you would like to have a conversation with. What would you tell them about their behaviour that you admired or disapproved of?

If I could meet anyone from the past, I would choose Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I would want to know all about living in Paris in the early twentieth century- where she liked to go for fun, where she lived, which restaurants she liked to visit, how people dressed.

I would also ask her about her own writing, since as I understand it she was a very good writer whose work was always considered less important than that of her husband.

I’d also want to know about all her friends in Paris- I’d ask about Ernest and Hadley Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein and, of course, F. Scott.

What I know about Zelda Fitzgerald comes, of course, from the things I’ve read about her. And from that basis of knowledge, I’ve learned that she wasn’t too different from any other person, living or dead. She had her problems, just like everyone else. And one of her problems was the constant struggle to maintain her “self.” I would tell her that I admire her determination and desire to forge and keep her own identity despite living in the overarching shadows of her husband and their friends. I would tell her that her writing and her dancing were good for her. I would tell her that someday doctors would find effective treatments for the mental illnesses she faced and that I’m sorry she had to spend so much of her life fighting her own demons.

Which is your favourite leisure pastime?

It’s a toss-up between reading and cooking, and since I discuss cooking in Question #4, I’ll tell you about my favourite books and authors.

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I’ve had a number of favourite authors, beginning with Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew fame, continuing with James Herriot, and bringing us up to the present with Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Phyllis Whitney, and M. C. Beaton. My favourite author at any given time depends on my mood.

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I’m currently reading four books: Murder in the South of France by Susan Kiernan-Lewis, White Nights by Ann Cleeves, Trials Elsewhere by Robin Isard, and The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. It’s not like me to read four books at once- normally I’m a one-at-a-time reader, but things got a bit out of control and I’ll be back to my normal habits as soon as I finish this quartet!

Who is the best actor or actress you have ever seen on television or film and tell us why.

I don’t even have to think about this one. The answer is Cary Grant. I have yet to see a movie starring Cary Grant that I don’t love. Why is he my favourite? I think it’s because his comedic timing is perfect. Whether he’s raising an eyebrow or clearing his throat at just the right moment, or delivering a line in his characteristic tongue-in-cheek manner, he gets it just right and I don’t think he learned that from a director. I think that was just his way.

Incidentally, the two movies I watch over and over again are “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” and “The Bishop’s Wife.” Cary Grant plays opposite Myrna Loy and Loretta Young, respectively. During the Christmas season, “The Bishop’s Wife” is my favourite movie. During the rest of the year, it’s got to be “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.”

If you cook do you have a signature dish that everyone loves to eat? Can we have the recipe?

I love to cook. Baking is my specialty, though as I get older all the baking I do becomes more obvious on my hips and thighs. I’m going to give you two recipes: one is my signature dish, Parmesan Chicken (not to be confused with Chicken Parmesan) and the other is Rhubarb Cake, a dessert which my whole family loves (and it’s easy—not even from scratch! Shhh…).

*Cook’s Disclaimer: neither of these can in any way be considered healthy*

Parmesan Chicken
 
1 c. seasoned bread crumbs
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
½ c. melted butter
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
½ t. salt (optional)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

In a shallow bowl combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; mix well. In another shallow bowl combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; mix well.

Dredge chicken through butter mixture, then through bread crumb mixture.

Place chicken in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Pour remaining butter mixture over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, basting with butter mixture once or twice.

Serves 6.

Rhubarb Cake

1 pkg. (18 ½ oz.) yellow cake mix and ingredients to make it
5 c. diced rhubarb
1 c. sugar
1 c. heavy cream

Mix cake as directed on the package. Pour batter into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Sprinkle rhubarb over batter. Sprinkle with sugar. Pour cream over the top. DO NOT MIX THE LAYERS.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Tell us about your work in progress, plans for your blog in the next year any special events that are coming up that are very special to you.

My work in progress: I have been contracted by my publisher to write a three-book series set in the United Kingdom. Right now I’m working on Book 1, and although I have a working title for it, we haven’t come up with an official title yet. Otherwise I’d share it with you now! The three books will be in the same genre as my first three novels- women’s fiction with a gothic feel to them. I’m very excited about writing these books, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of writing the first in the series. It’s set mostly in Edinburgh and I have a field trip planned for research!

My blog: My goal this year is to increase the number of authors I have on the blog either guest posting or participating in interviews. It’s been a good year so far, and I enjoyed having you on the blog, Sally. (Thanks Amy, I enjoyed that very much too)

Upcoming events: By the time this posts, I will have attended Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD, US. It’s a convention bringing together writers and fans of traditional and less traditional cozy mysteries, as well as agents and editors.

I’m also planning on participating in a river cruise (a one-day affair) on the St. Lawrence River during the summer with a couple other authors. Since that’s the area where I grew up, I’m very excited about that.

I also have two other author/fan festivals planned for this year: the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival in Suffolk, VA, US, and Bouchercon, in New Orleans, LA, US. It’s going to be a busy year!

Thanks very much for including me in the Open House, Sally. I have enjoyed the experience and will be happy to respond to any questions or comments your readers might have.

Connect with Amy via her website and social media links:

Website: http://www.amymreade.com
Blog: http://www.amreade.wordpress.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/readeandwrite
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/amreade

My thanks to Amy for her great responses to the questions and also for providing two recipes that will just have to be attempted…. my chances of getting out of those elasticated waistbands is diminishing fast.

Please feel free to share Amy’s interview and we would love your feedback.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday Round Up – Coffee, Lunch, Music and Christmas Gift Ideas.


Hi everyone and hope your weekend is going well so far. We have been enjoying autumnal weather this week which means that one day I am reaching for my jeans and boots and the next I am sitting in the sun for an hour or wearing my bathers.. Not complaining I can strip off as quick as a flash if the sun pokes its head out for more than five minutes!

David is busy formatting and preparing Tales From the Garden for Ebook and print versions ready for Christmas. What began as a weekly challenge to myself has turned out to be a surprise extra book. Fairy tales for all ages.  Looking forward to ending the year with it.

The blog has been rollicking along with the edition of the Christmas Grotto and as you will see later the shelves are filling up. I am booked through to about 20th of November with a couple of spaces in the interim. So follow the link and let me have your books, gifts, music etc as soon as you can.

Finally, at the end of the post you will find a link to our house website. Our aim is to sell here and move back to Ireland. We are with two local agents and on Spanish websites but if you feel that you might have some contacts that could be interested then would be very grateful if you would share the link for the site which is in English.

Over to the week’s posts and as usual my deepest thanks to all of you who have contributed directly or by commenting and sharing.

The Weekend Cafe

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61k71c0ibpl-_ux250_Saturday Morning Coffee with Sarah Vernon, Mary Smith and Nicholas Rossis. There was as usual an assortment of beverages and sweet and sticky cakes, but also some wonderfully talented guests who you will enjoy getting to know better.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/saturday-morning-coffee-variety-with-sarah-vernon-mary-smith-and-nicholas-rossis/

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Last Sunday Lunch took a while to recover from as the guests surpassed themselves with the courses that they brought with them. I can only thank the patron saint of sugarholics that this only virtual! Head over if you missed to meet Helen Jones and Charles Yallowitz.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/sunday-lunch-invitation-authors-helen-jones-and-charles-yallowitz/

William Price King and other music posts.

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William Price King picks up the story. We are now in the late 60s and 70s and Quincy Jones has already made a name for himself whilst still in his 30s. Then near disaster as Quincy suffers a near fatal brain bleed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-quincy-jones-part-three/

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Last year I interviewed the amazing Garry George Wilkes about his music. Despite the challenges of mental illness, Garry’s latest project, a modern classical ballet, is ready for a preview. Links in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/garry-george-wilkes-beauty-and-the-beast-new-ballet-orchestrated-by-william-hoshal/

Wednesday Music Spot.

One of Tina Turner’s rock inspirational anthems.. Simply the Best.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wednesday-music-spot-simply-the-best-tina-turner/

Self-Publishing.

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It is a jungle out there and as with any newish trend there are plenty of people who will offer you advice. As a self-publisher for the last 12 years I only recommend people who I believe will offer you the best advice and information. Although a dear friend, Jo Robinson is also someone that offers just that. If you are going to publish on Kindle or CreateSpace then buy her book..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/planning-to-publish-on-kindle-or-createspace-essential-reading-the-absolute-indie-by-jo-robinson-2/

The Christmas Grotto.

Delighted to say that the grotto is filling up with books and gifts. Now looking to schedule posts at the end of November so you need to get your submissions in fast. The details can be found here but suggest that you take a look at the format too.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/omg-the-c-word-sallys-christmas-grotto-open-again-for-business/

Here are this week’s ideal Christmas gifts.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/christmas-grotto-books-what-jennifer-knows-by-wendy-janes/

Secrets Of Hallstead House (eBook)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/christmas-grotto-2015-books-secrets-of-hallstead-house-by-amy-m-reade/

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Size Matters serialisation.

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If we hit a wall in our efforts to lose weight it is not necessarily down to what you are eating. Others can sabotage our efforts, often unwittingly and you need to learn how to manage their expectations of you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/size-matters-serialisation-chapter-twelve-managing-the-people-around-you-as-you-lose-weight/

Memories are made of This… 1979…..Crazy Little thing called Love…

I leave the school in East Sussex and head to Wales. I arrive at a gothic manor in the dead of night and wait as dragging footsteps head towards the door and open it…………

I chose Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen as my song for this particular time but out of the others that I listened to a great deal was this by Dr. Hook and a song for the boys.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/memories-are-made-of-this-1979-out-of-the-frying-pan-and-into-bontddu-hall-in-wales/

What’s in a Name ‘C’ for Clive, is set in Ceylon in 1956 when the natural dangers that were ever present nearly cause a tragedy.

In Sri Lankan tradition, Frangipani is associated with worship

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/whats-in-a-name-short-story-c-clive-trincomalee-ceylon-1956/

Jane Dougherty with a poetry challenge.. This week’s them Swans.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/poetry-challenge-swans-via-jane-dougherty/

Just time for one Laughter the Best Medicine this week.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/laughter-the-best-medicine-some-jobs-are-a-real-hoot/

Our view is for sale.

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Our house here in the mountains close to Madrid is for sale and as well as being with two local agents, we are also selling ourselves. Here is our website and if you know of anyone who might be interested in a family home, or a holiday home for summer and ski seasons particularly, then please pass this along.

The market is pretty flat here in Spain and we are patient but also keen to try anything we can. Your help in sharing would be amazing. Thank you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/house-for-sale-madrid-in-national-park/

Tomorrow on the Sunday Show..

Kim Gosselin is here talking about her children’s book (and any age reader will fall in love with it) in many years. A stunningly illustrated story about twins. Alisa Belzil is the talented illustrator of the book and both of them will be talking about the project.

I have also invited along Claire Fullerton and her virtual guest so there will be plenty of food, discussion and no doubt a drink or two to be hand.. Hope to see you there.

Next week.

A lot going on in the house next weekend and also visitors on Sunday. I am taking the weekend off from the Coffee Morning and Sunday Lunch but will still have some Christmas Grotto posts and of course the round up.

Your presence this week has made it all the more enjoyable. Thank you and please leave your comments and hit some share buttons if you have time.

Sally

 

 

 

Christmas Grotto 2015 – Books – Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy. M. Reade


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The featured books today are written by USA Today bestselling author Amy M. Reade. Suspense and romance in very atmospheric surroundings.

Secrets Of Hallstead House (eBook)

About the Book

“You are not wanted here. Go away from Hallstead Island or you will be very sorry you stayed.”

Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Hallstead House is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats. . .slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House. . .

Other books by Amy M. Reade

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One of the great reviews for the book

One of the great reviews for the book Outstanding! Could not put it down! By Kathleen Charon on April 29, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

I have just finished the Ghosts of Peppernell Manor and literally could not put it down! It is exactly the type of book that I love…..a little bit gothic with the old house and it’s secrets, mysterious death and clean romance. I got exactly what I expected and I enjoyed every minute of escape that this book gave me. I was not able to solve the mystery before the reveal so that was enjoyable for me as well. Overall, a fantastic read!

New Release in April 2016

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A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . .

Pre-order link

http://www.amazon.com/House-Hanging-Jade-Amy-Reade-ebook/dp/B0138NHCMO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Buy all the books.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Amy’s website links to other bookstoreshttp://www.amymreade.com/#!books/cnec

Also available at Barnes and Noble, Kobo books, Kensington Books and other online bookstores.

About the Author

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About the Author

Amy M. Reade grew up in Northern New York, just 30 miles from the St. Lawrence River. A USA Today Bestselling writer of women’s gothic fiction, Amy’s books have been compared to authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. Her novels feature vivid descriptions of exotic and fascinating locations, such as the Thousand Islands region of New York State, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

A former attorney, Amy found that writing was her true calling, and is currently working on a new project, a series set in Edinburgh, Scotland. She loves cooking, reading, and travel. You can visit her website, http://www.amymreade.com, where, in addition to information about her books and appearances, you will find a contact form, suggested playlists to go along with her novels, and notes and recommendations on wines.

Connect with Amy on her site, blog and social media
website: www.amymreade.com
blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/readeandwrite
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/amreade

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