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Book Club Friday * Fall into Magic

My Friday Book Club – after 5 special is  Fall into Magic book1 of the Season of Summers Series. Have fun and enjoy our Fall cocktail to celebrate . Lisa

 

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After a devastating breakup in the middle of her summer vacation, Summer Peters knows she needs something to distract her. What better than the arrival of fall, Halloween, and a new client? Though she assumes that Alexander Williams will be a hands-off client, she is surprised to find him very down-to-earth. She’s immediately drawn to him, much to the dismay of his overprotective assistant. When it becomes obvious that he feels the same, she begins to wonder if their meeting was meant to be.

Just when she thinks she could be ready to move on with her life, her ex-boyfriend Jake returns for a second chance. She’s in for even more of a surprise when she learns her nosy, meddling neighbor is actually a psychic pushing to reveal details of her future.

Summer doesn’t know which way to turn as she feels like she’s being pulled in different directions. Between Alexander, his assistant, and her ex-boyfriend, she fears she may not be ready to move on after all. She considers turning to her neighbor for advice but the fear of knowing exactly what the future holds is more frightening than not knowing.

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Combine Apple cider and bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (if serving a crowd, combine these two ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least an hour. Strain mixture into an ice filled glass and top with the chilled ginger ale. Stir gently. Serve with a slice of apple for garnish.

Hot Cider & Bourbon for Cold Days !

Put apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, black peppercorns and star anise in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Immediately strain the mixture into 4 mugs, divided evenly. Top with the bourbon. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon on top of each and garnish with an apple slice.

 

 

 

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Book Club Friday * Appletini

Book Club Friday – and it’s time for Cocktails and Books . Because it’s after 5 and time for fun.   Lisa

AppletiniAn Apple martini is a cocktail containing vodka and one or more of apple juice, apple cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. This drink, properly called an Adam’s Apple Martini, was created in 1996 at Lola’s West Hollywood restaurant

Recipe-

Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add the vodka, apple liqueur and lemon juice. Cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

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An apple a day keeps the homicides away…or maybe not!

A fast paced cozy mystery from #1 Best Selling Author Stacey Alabaster

When apples go missing from Pippa’s farm, the Bakery Detectives have another mystery on their hands. When someone turns up dead at a rival bakery, things turn far more sinister than a simple case of apple thievery. Can they put aside personal feelings and business rivalry and clear their rival or will this be the first case the Bakery Detectives can’t (or won’t) solve?

Apple Assassination is part of the Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast paced mysteries full of quirky characters and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Bakery Detectives.

Buy Apple Assassination and start solving your next mystery today!

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After 5 * Book Club Post

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Fall – Autumn   Sunrise

1 clementine

2 ounces of bourbon

1 ounce brandy based orange liqueaur

1 ounce maple syrup

11/2 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Juice clementine- Fill shaker with ice cubes-and all ingredients  .Shake unitl

Chill.   Strain into Martini glasses.

 

Our Cozy Mystery  for Friday –  Book Club Read !

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Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?

Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!

“When murder is unleashed in the idyllic town of Sylvan Creek, it’s up to spunky pet sitter Daphne and her darling duo of misfit mutts to catch the killer. A doggone charming read from start to finish!” —Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author

My Review- a wonderful first book in this series with just the right amount of funny characters,animals, romance and suspense in this first book of a series. Daphne is a fun characters and must solve a mystery to clear her sister the local vet but she has some help both the human and animal kind, A fun way to spend the evening curled up with this book. Book 2 will be out later -look for it here.   Lisa

* Some great dog treat recipe included.

 

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After 5 Book Club * Friday Special

It’s After 5 on Friday ! and the Book Club is celebrating Labor Day -with end of Summer cocktails and a book.  Lisa

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How to Make It
  1. Pour the wine into a pitcher.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the citrus wedges into the wine. Toss in the wedges, removing the seeds if possible.
  3. Add brandy (if desired) and add the sugar before stirring.
  4. Chill overnight.
  5. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

Wine to Use?

Ask for a dry, crisp, and unoaked wine. Most sangrias get their sweetness and full-flavor from fruit or additional sugar so we prefer wines on the drier side. Some particular types to look for: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling (if it’s dry), and Vinho Verde (a Portuguese white wine)

Fruit Choices ?

Combine sugar, Calvados, lime, lemon, peaches and apples in a large pitcher. Cover with 1 bottle of Rioja wine and chill sangria several hours. To serve, spoon fruits into glasses or goblets, adding a few fresh raspberries in each glass, pour wine over top of the fruit.

 

Southern Living has some great idea- sangria recipes

And What are we Reading today !

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Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria from A Tara Holloway Novel series

Diane Kelly

When it comes to exposing tax fraud, Tara and her partner Eddie are really cleaning up. From their brilliant takedown of the disappearing “Tax Wizard” to their perfectly planned downfall of the “Deduction Diva,” they’ve earned the respect of their peers at Criminal Investigations. Now Tara’s ready to celebrate with an ice-cold pitcher of peach sangria—even if her next case is totally the pits…

Tara’s looking forward to a challenge but, back at the office, everyone’s looking for love. Her boss Lu “The Lobo” Lobozinski and office virgin Josh Schmidt are signing up for an online dating service, and—to Tara’s dismay—so is her crush, Special Agent Nick Pratt. Tara’s trying to act chill. But when she learns that her next case involves cash-funneling to terrorists, it’s not just her love life that’s on the rocks. It’s her life, period.

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Net Galley Review* Rescued by the Wolf

Friday’s Net Galley Reviews-

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Mal wants one thing in life—vengeance against those that deserted him and those who tortured him. But rescuing a wounded girl from their captors, one that wreaks of innocence and fear, makes Mal put his plan on hold. Temporarily. He’ll do what he needs to keep her alive and safe, even if it changes both of their lives forever.

Being stabbed and held in a dark cell wasn’t on Olivia’s top ten list. Her savior isn’t exactly hero material. Angry, scarred, and pissed at the world, he seems to resent being saddled with her. But the longer they’re together, the more firmly a connection forms between them. A connection that binds her to him, his pack, and his world. But that connection may just lead to her death.

Books in the Blood Moon Brotherhood series:
Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby
Rescued by the Wolf

 

Lisa Book Review – Book 2 in this series. I would recommend to read book 1 before reading this one-since Mal is in book 1. But this story is really Mal book- Mal book is locked up,torched  and caged but he manages to get out with human Olivia with him. He doesn’t know why but he knows she needs to go with him -but shes hurt and when she is bleeding out he changes her and brings her to his pack. The pack that forgot about him – and hes not sure he can forgive the Alpha. This book is filled with great characters and a new look at pack dynamics. But Mal and Olivia makes it work and there bonding is beautiful thing. Looking forward to the next book in this series I am sure it will be another winner.

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Book Club * After 5

The Perfect Drink for our after 5 – Book Club * Lemon Drop Martini  and a book . Lisa 

 

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Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake well (supposedly the cocktail is to be shaken 40 times to make sure the sugar is well blended). Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini cocktail glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.

 

For Food – Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

Made with Tiny meatballs- cooked. Then placed in a blend of grape jelly(Sweet) and Chili Sauce,.

 

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A Metamorph Publishing 2016 Indie Book Award 2nd place winner
Author of 6 Contemporary Romance, and 6 Contemporary Fantasy books

“Angela’s treatment of the darker plot is masterful, while the romantic element carries the reader on a blissful journey to its climax.”  Mandy Thomas Author of Hard To feel Whole, Hard To Feel Free, and Hard To Be Strong

Jude Holland is a man with a problem. His heart belongs to his best friend, Maya. But Maya belongs to someone else.

Maya Jenkins has a bigger problem. Her boyfriend’s jealousy and temper is controlling her life. When she plucks up courage to leave Carl, she reaches out to Jude.

After rescuing her from an abusive partner, Jude is shocked by how much Carl Frasier has destroyed Maya’s strong spirit. No longer the carefree, self-assured woman he once knew, Jude vows to help her pick up the pieces of her life. However, Jude doesn’t bank on Carl’s unwillingness to let Maya go.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Ashley and J.A Huss

 

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Review * Twice Bitten

Friday’s Net Galley After 5 Review-  

 

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A Cascadia Wolves second-chance romance from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Dane  

“You need to know this thing between us isn’t over.” 

Michelle Slattery is no stranger to human cruelty. She’s a cop, after all, never mind a witch herself. But when her best friend disappears and all signs point to the same mages who have been killing witches across the country, she’s in over her head. There’s only one place to turn for the kind of tracking help she needs…

The werewolves.

Josh Neelan didn’t expect to ever see a witch at Pacific Pack headquarters. She’s no ordinary witch in need, either—Michelle was his first love. The one he left behind when he turned a decade ago. That their attraction flares instantly after all this time can mean only one impossible thing: she’s his mate.

As danger looms and the case intensifies, Josh’s need to follow the fates and claim Michelle as his mate grows…his man battling his wolf to keep them safe. And Michelle must decide just how far she’ll go to find her forever.

This book is approximately 64,000 words

My Review (Net Galley) – this is another book in the Cascadia Pack series -a second chance romance between high school sweethearts. Little did cop/witch Michelle know when she went to the Pacific Pack headquarters for help that she would meet Ex Josh who left her all those years ago. Josh was turned and left town and Michelle but now shes his mate and in danger. A great exciting tell in this series -if you haven’t read it – please do.   Lisa 

 

 

 

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The story goes like this – While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.

Visit Lauren on the web at http://www.laurendane.com
E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com
Blog http://www.laurendane.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurendane
You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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Book Club * Cocktail Time

It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere and Time for Cocktails and Appetizers with a Book twist 

I’am kicky my first Friday post off with a personnel favorite of mine -So Grab a good book and Enjoy * Because Its 5 o’clock Somewhere .  Lisa 

Read about Cocktail named after Classic Books here @      Barnes & Nobles blog

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Today’s Drink – The Whiskey Sour

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

11/2 cups  lemon juice

2 cups straight bourbon Whiskey

2 tablespoon cherry juice

Cook water & sugar to syrup. Add lemon .Take off stove and add remaining ingredients. Chill . Serve over ice with orange slice.

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Roasted Pecans with Rosemary

2 lb pecans

3 tbls  butter

3 T chopped Rosemary

2 T Brown Sugar

1 tsp of red pepper flakes

salt & pepper to taste.

Toast pecan is oven-slowly about 30 minutes @ 250 degrees.  Add butter and salt and toast about 15 minutes. Add rest of ingredients in a bowl with hot nuts -toss.

I make a big batch at Christmas time and place in bags and give out.  Lisa

 

 

 

 

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Book Club Tuesday – Book Series

Book Club Tuesday !  Do you have a favorite Author who writes a  Book series that you read?  Do you even read books written in Series ? Next Few Tuesday I will be chatting about some of my favorites . 

Today ‘s winners  in the Contemporary Category Two of my long time favorites are below. But I would love your recommendations . Drop me a suggestion always looking for the next great series.  Lisa

Susan Mallery ‘s

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Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Fools Gold Series

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Published in 2012 -Book 1 starts off this great series.

Welcome to Fool’s Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There’s lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there’s just one tiny problem in Fool’s Gold: the men don’t seem to stick around. Maybe it’s the lure of big-city life, or maybe it’s plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.

Charity’s nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer—everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he’s perfect just the way he is. But maybe that’s just what he needs—someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he’s just chasing perfect.

 

Lori Forster

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Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author.
She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance

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From New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, four classic tales of the Buckhorn Brothers in one hot boxed set!

Sawyer
The only doctor in Buckhorn County, Kentucky, Sawyer Hudson knows a thing or two about saving lives. But when he rescues beautiful Honey Malone from a car wreck and nurses her to health at his home, he finds himself dreading the day she’s well enough to leave…

Morgan
Buckhorn’s big, bad sheriff, Morgan Hudson, wants a wife—one who’s undemanding and content with small-town life. So why can’t he stop thinking about Misty Malone, the brazen city girl who’s just found herself on the wrong side of the law?

Gabe
Gabe Kasper, the heartthrob of Buckhorn, can have any woman he wants—except for prickly, uptight Elizabeth Parks. All she wants is an interview about Gabe’s recent act of bravery. And though he considers himself far from a hero, he’ll answer her questions in exchange for kisses…and more.

Jordan
Veterinarian Jordan Somerville thinks he wants a woman who’s a paragon of virtue. But when he meets single mother and exotic dancer Georgia Barnes, he’s suddenly tempted to break all his own rules…

Hungry for more Buckhorn Brothers? Check out Casey’s story, The Buckhorn Legacy, Shohn’s story, Buckhorn Ever After (in the Animal Attraction anthology), and Garrett’s story, Back to Buckhorn, available now!

Both of these series are great and still going strong – If you haven’t read them -what are you waiting for !Need to catch up they are on Amazon or I am lucky enough most can be borrowed from my public library eBook program.  Lisa