Tuesday, July 27, 2021


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Pork Chopped to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath

About Pork Chopped to Death


Cozy Mystery 7th in Series  
Publisher: MYS ED LLC; 
1st edition (July 23, 2021) Digital ~230 Pages  



You know what they say, you are what you eat, and Jolie and Ava are about to turn into everything they have been craving including pounds of chocolate, pizza, pickles, and ice cream.

Mafia, urban sprawl, gentrification, newborn babies, and the lives of the Leavensport villagers will be altered forever. Change is inevitable. Jolie Tucker is a Type-A perfectionist with fanatic tendencies who detest the very thought of change. Regardless of what she wants, change is a comin' along with a grizzly discovery of murder of one of the village’s most beloved, mayhem between the villagers and the urbanites of Tri-City, and new dynamics of family dysfunction.

Get ready for a roller coaster ride from the peaks of new life, yummy food, and blossoming relationships to the lows of slayings, chaos, and war. The residents of Leavensport are in for the battle of their lives, and it’s up to Jolie, Ava, and their crew to determine the future of their village.

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!


Undercover in Leavensport

Sometimes I wish I’d never met Jackson Nestle, my unscrupulous ex-husband who is always tied to nefarious business. Had I not met him, then I’d never end up in Leavensport, Ohio, with people I feel closer to than I do with my family.

My name was Natalia Nestle when I was married to Jackson. The first few years were wonderful until I overheard bits and pieces of conversations that made me realize my husband’s import/export business was more than just coffee beans.

There’s a lot of things that happened for me to get to a place to be able to divorce him, and that will all come up later—I’ve promised to spill it all to Jolie and Ava, who run Cast Iron Creations—two women I feel are like sisters to me.

Long story short, I ended up in witness protection and was there for years. I realized my ex was beyond intelligent, and he knows how to cover his tracks. The Feds wanted me to divorce him so I could testify against him. It turned out Jackson had people ready to be his fall guys, and they took prison time for him.

Three years into witness protection, I realized that if I didn’t take action, I’d be in this program for the rest of my life, and trust me when I tell you it’s no picnic. I’ve watched all the shows and movies that romanticize it, and that’s all it is—a lot of hype.

I had to change my appearance, name, get a new social security number, relocate, and agree never to see or speak to anyone I knew as Natalia. Once that was taken care of, I had to find a job. I had married Jackson at age eighteen and never worked. My high school diploma and background of no work landed me retail and restaurant jobs the first few years in my new residence. I worked my way up to manager when the Feds told me I had to relocate yet again due to one of the men getting out of prison, and someone found out information about where I was hiding.

That was terrifying. I had to change appearances yet again, get a new name and another new social security number, and move. I’d just met people and found some friends, which, if I’m honest, that is the worst part of witness protection—losing all those you love. It’s lonely. So, being told I had to leave and never speak to these new friends again—that was all I could take.

That brings me to where I am now—in Leavensport, Ohio as Lia—NOT in witsec anymore at this time. Did I mention I could leave anytime but had to sign what felt like a gagillion papers saying that I understood the risk I was taking?

Luckily, I truly believe that we will catch Jackson this time, and he will be put away for good. Jolie and Ava don’t seem to fear him, and so far, he doesn’t know I’m around. While I’m still in hiding, it’s such a relief that others know my background and my hope for the future is that I can Natalia again, see my family, and maybe find a good man to spend my life with.

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

About Jodi Rath

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021


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Murder at the Lakeside Library: A Lakeside Library Mystery 
by Holly Danvers

About 'Murder at the

 Lakeside Library'


  Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (July 13, 2021)  
Hardcover: 336 pages ISBN-10: 1643856324  
ISBN-13: 978-1643856322  
Digital ASIN: B08L5VF4X5 


In this series debut perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Miranda James, Rain Wilmot must discover the killer, before the book closes on her life.

Rain Wilmot has just returned to her family's waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain's corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain's mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

The community of Lofty Pines starts pointing fingers at Willow, since she has been unusually absent from the library this summer. A fishy rumor surfaces when Rain learns that Willow had been spending a lot of time with Thornton. The town even thought they were having an affair.

While theories swirl about Thornton's death, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the case to exonerate her mother. As more clues surface, Rain will have to piece together the mystery. But if she isn't careful, she may be the next to end up dead in the water in Murder at the Lakeside Library, the first in Holly Danvers' new Lakeside Library mysteries.


About Holly Danvers


Holly Danvers grew up devouring every mystery novel on the shelf of her local library. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and 3 chickens, where she's already plotting her next novel.

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Monday, July 19, 2021


--  'SAND TRAPPED'  --
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Sand Trapped: Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan


About Sand Trapped


Cozy Mystery 6th in Series Publisher: Spot On Publishing (May 16, 2021)  
Paperback: 292 pages ISBN-13: 979-8503202564  
Digital ASIN: B091S4S2MW 


A Cozy Mystery That's a Real Hit!

First they warned Jocelyn Johnson.

Then they ticketed Jocelyn Johnson.
Then someone murdered Jocelyn Johnson.
And Cara Mia Delgatto was looking for a lost ball when found Jocelyn “JJ” Johnson face down in a sand trap. Gave a whole new meaning to “take a drop.”

It wasn’t a surprise. The neighbors hated JJ for the reckless way she drove her golf cart. Sure, she lived on the grounds of a swanky golf club, and yes, she had tons of money, but JJ ruined flowerbeds, terrorized grandkids, and made a nuisance of herself.
Except…except…she’s quiet now. Lying there in the dirt at Hole #6. Someone bashed in JJ’s head. (Who would risk ruining an expensive Homna golf club like that?)

Cara doesn’t want to get involved. But when GertaHunsickler is named the prime suspect, and Gerta’s husband is so angry at his wife that he’s starting divorce proceedings, Cara can’t sit on her hands. She knows what it’s like to be unfairly accused. So she promises to take a swing at it and see if she can hit a long drive down the fairway of justice!

Meanwhile, back at The Treasure Chest, Cara’s friends are busy creating fabulous and fun Mother’s Day gifts. There are two brides-to-be working for Cara, and their two mothers-in-law-to-be have decided not to play nice. Can you say, “Mama’s boy” ten times really fast? I thought you could.

If you love warm-hearted, clean books, that feature female amateur sleuths, fur babies, family, and friends, you’ll love this charming DIY/recycling/upcycling series set on the Southeast Coast of Florida.


The day was glorious. A very, very light breeze kept us from getting hot in the sunshine. If you closed your eyes and concentrated on the smell, you could almost taste saltwater. The sky was the sort of blue you only find in a box of crayons, and that swath of color was interrupted by fluffy patches of clouds that roamed the sky like sheep. A little green lizard watched Aurora hit the ball squarely when we stopped at the fifth hole. The sun felt warm on my arms and legs, and I realized I needed to reapply sunscreen. But for the moment, the gentle sensation only made me drowsy.

“Sand trap ahead,” warned Aurora, climbing behind the wheel of our cart. “That sixth hole is a real doozy.”

Her commentary was unnecessary. No one could forget what was coming next.

“Time to test our luck,” I said.

“Skill,” Aurora corrected me.

She was right and I agreed, feeling glad we’d played this course together. We could cheer each other on and we could commiserate any failures. The latter was more frequent than the former.

“Even so, I wish you good luck,” I told her.

“Same to you,” she said before she took her shot.

I took my shot from five, and we drove the golf cart up a ridge and through a clump of palm trees. A big green iguana stared down at us from a perch on the branch of a sea grape tree. His googly eyes followed our progress. A handful of Snowy Egrets did a stiff-legged march around the turf, looking for small bugs to eat. All the natural beauty around us made my heart swell.

At the foot of the trees was a thick planting of schefflera bushes. From the top of the ridge, there was a narrow lane to the left, but getting your ball to travel along that thin path was extremely challenging. The more likely scenario was that you’d hit the ball up toward the ridge, and it would fall down into a bowl, a sand trap. Once you landed there, you had your work cut out for you. Many a golfer had dug their own tunnel to China while trying to hit out of the sand trap.

There were houses on three sides. For entertainment, I bet those homeowners took drinks outside and watched people try to fight their way free of the sand trap. That hazard was so tricky that it must have provided hours of entertainment. In fact, I’d heard there were a handful of people who refused to play Sandy Ridge because of the sixth hole. One golfer said, “It’s like the most depressing hole ever. I get there and all my confidence deserts me. You can feel your game trickling through your fingers."

“Now the fun begins,” said Aurora as she climbed out of the golf cart. “Where, oh where, are our balls?”

My shot had fallen short, landing on the rise that built up like the sides of a bowl with the “soup” being the sand. But Aurora’s had gone directly toward the sand trap. “Is it possible that I shot over it?” Aurora wondered. “How good would that be?”

Since we’d located my ball, and hers obviously had gone farther, we decided to divide up the grounds. Aurora walked along the rim, searching the grass at her feet. I walked up the crest of the rise and stared directly down into the sand trap. What I saw there in the midst of the yellow granules made me gasp.

“Find it?” asked Aurora.

“Sort of. Um, I think I found an immoveable object,” I said. “You’ll definitely need a ruling from the marshal on this.”

“Really?” Aurora came back to where I was standing. She stared at me defiantly. “We should be able to play through. I’ve got the rule book in the cart.”

“Right,” I said. “But when you find a corpse do you get to take a drop?”

Aurora gasped just like I had. The two of us stared down at the body of a woman in golfing clothes.



Cara Mia Delgatto’s Broccoli and Chicken Penne Dish

Cara comes from a long line of Italian women who love to cook. This dish is an easy favorite that comes together fast!


1 pkg. (13.5 oz.) penne pasta

1 T. salt

1 lb. broccoli florets (chopped, frozen will work)

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped

¼ C. olive oil

5 tsp. minced garlic

½ C. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Crushed red paper flakes to taste

Salt to taste


1.    Boil 6 quarts water in large pot. Add 1 T. salt.

2.    Stir in pasta and broccoli.

3.    Cook 9-11 minutes.

4.    Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat in a medium size frying pan. Add chicken, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes—and cook until chicken is done. Remove from heat and set aside.

5.    Remove 2 C. of cooking water.

6.    Drain.

7.    Mix in large bowl: Cooking water, broccoli and pasta, chicken, and Parmesan cheese.

8.    Serve immediately.


About Joanna Campbell Slan

"Our best friend, our next-door neighbor, and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous." That's how RT Book Review describes Joanna's protagonist, Kiki Lowenstein. The truth is that's a pretty good description of Joanna Campbell Slan as well.

Joanna is a New York Times Bestselling, USA Today Bestselling, and Amazon Bestselling author as well as a woman prone to frequent bursts of crafting frenzy, leaving her with burns from her hot glue gun and paint on her clothes. And the mess? Let's not even go there.

Otherwise, Joanna's a productive author with more than 80 written projects to her credit. Her non-fiction work includes how to books, a college textbook for public speakers, and books of personal essays (think Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Currently, she writes five fiction series: The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist, contemporary, St. Louis setting, crafting), the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series (contemporary, Florida setting, DIY, and recycling), the Jane Eyre Chronicles (Daphne du Maurier Award Winner, 1830s England, based on Charlotte BrontΓ«'s classic), the Sherlock Holmes Fantasy Thrillers (late 1800s, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's books), and the Zen Cozy Mystery Series (launch 2021).

A former TV talk show host, college teacher, and public relations specialist, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors. She won a Silver Anvil for her work on the original FarmAid concert to benefit farmers.

In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida. You can email her at jcslan@joannaslan.com or visit her website at https://linktr.ee/jcslan

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Thursday, July 15, 2021


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Make You Feel My Love JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!




Make You Feel My Love

Title: Make You Feel My Love

Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Genre: Christian, Contemporary Romance

One broken woman. One lost man. And the long-buried secrets tying them together. 

After escaping an abusive relationship, Chelsea Spencer flees to Chickadee Creek—the town where her great aunt Rosemary owns a quaint little antique shop. There, Chelsea plans to help with the shop as her aunt heals from an accident—and perhaps find some healing of her own. 

Liam Chandler was one film away from a leading role when his brother Jacob was stricken with cancer. After spending the last months of Jacob’s life with him in Boise, Liam heads to the vacation home he built outside of Chickadee Creek to get his life and his faith back on track. 

While working to clean out a storage room in the antique shop, Chelsea finds an old violin. Aunt Rosemary says she may have the instrument, but they soon learn it is very valuable and once belonged to Cora Chandler, Liam’s great-great-grandmother. 

Drawn together by the old violin and stories from the past, Chelsea and Liam begin to find answers for their present and the future God has in store for them.

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Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

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