Announcing Winner of Bleeding Heart by Liza Gyllenhaal!

Liza Gyllenhaal


Calling all of you gardening enthusiasts out there…BLEEDING HEART by Liza Gyllenhaal, is right up your alley. Toss in some sophisticated romance and a murder mystery and you have an exciting read. I found myself guessing over and over again and, never guessing who “Done” it. Now that makes for a great mystery.

I want to thank all of you who took the time to make comments on my giveaway. That’s what keeps them coming. I wish I could give each of you a copy of BLEEDING HEART. However, I do have one lucky winner: Nancy Nortz, you are my winner! I will contact you shortly for your mailing address as your book will come straight from our publisher, Penguin Group. Thanks go out to them for my giveaway copy.

For those of you who live in the area, please stop by the store to pick up your copy of my gift giving list for this season. I hope to see you soon.

An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer

Nancy Thayer

An Island Christmas

Each year I hope to find a Christmas story to help put me in the holiday mood. Until last year I really had a hard time. Last year I chose A NANTUCKET CHRISTMAS, by Nancy Thayer. I absolutely adored the story and fell in love with the dog. This year I was anxious to read AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS, by Nancy Thayer. I was not disappointed.

Just imagine a lovely white Christmas wedding planned for Nantucket Island. Wow. I picture pristine white, carols being sung, snuggling up by the fire. And we do get all this, and much more.

Holidays are usually trying times for family get togethers. There are always plenty of tense moments no matter how close the family members and their mates may be. This year, on Nantucket, is no exception. As Felicia is planning on returning to her family home to wed her down-to-earth and rugged boyfriend, Jilly, her mom, is stressing out over the upcoming event. You see, Jill would love nothing more than to see Felicia married in a lavish ceremony while Felicia just wants to  keep it simple. And mom just isn’t keen on this wedding, at any rate. In fact, she feels Felicia would be so much better- suited and happier, married to her guy friend from childhood who is very available, or so we are led to think. Then older sister, Lauren, arrives with her rowdy kids. And brings with her the gorgeous wedding gown she has made for her sister.

Just before the brood arrives Jill and her husband take a moment to go out to lunch. A lunch that never even gets ordered. George, Jill’s husband, suggests that maybe, just maybe, they should check out the local animal shelter for a kitten to adopt. He’s hoping this might get Jill out of her funk. So off they go in search of a kitten. Who they find ends up being a big part of the story. I love putting an animal in the middle of a family story. And this works like a charm.

AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS, by Nancy Thayer, will have you laughing and nodding your head in understanding as treasured heirlooms are broken, kids are screaming, and beloved pets are upended. All in the name of love and family.

This heartwarming tale is perfect to read while sipping a hot cup of tea or a nice glass of wine. Happy Christmas to all!


I have to give a shout out to Ballantine Books for providing me with a lovely finished hard copy of AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS in exchange for an honest review. And that was easy:)

Giveaway! Bleeding Heart by Liza Gyllenhaal

Liza Gyllenhaal


Look at this lovely cover! BLEEDING HEART, by Eliza Gyllenhaal, is such a refreshing new novel. Alice Hyatt is finally recovering from the travesty her ex-husband caused several years ago. She left the city, moved into her family’s old summer home, and while still licking her deeply scarred wounds, is thriving in a business she created  for herself based on what she loves: gardening.  This novel has it all: greed, betrayal, murder, and gorgeous garden paths and scenery.

I have one copy of BLEEDING HEART, by Eliza Gyllenhaal, for giveaway. Please leave a comment after this posting and I will choose one winner on Friday, November 21. Only U.S. addresses and no P.O. boxes, please. Good luck!


Thanks go out to Penguin Publishers for this giveaway.

A Kitchen In France by Mimi Thorisson

Mimi Thorisson

A Kitchen In France

Once again, I’ve struck it rich! Look at this gorgeous cover. Mimi Thorisson brings us this authentic French cookbook along with stories of her life and how she ended up here in rural France after loving her life in Paris.

A KITCHEN IN FRANCE, by Mimi Thorisson, is just as warm and inviting as it appears on the cover. I have absolutely adored reading through it and feasting on the pristine photos her husband Oddur has contributed.

A KITCHEN IN FRANCE is divided into seasons. Mimi cooks locally with whatever is in season. This is also called organic. We are going in the right direction here in America, however, we still have quite a way to go. Mimi has it right, right now.

French cooking

Mimi’s pumpkin soup

I quietly eased the pages over and perused each page. At first, I thought the recipes might be too difficult for me to reproduce. But I quickly got over that idea. I am including a photo of Mimi’s pumpkin soup dish. Not only is it lovely, it’s easy to make. And we are in the season here to make it fresh. I’ve also chosen to showcase her Galette Peroughienne. It seems tres French, but easy enough to make.  And unique to intrigue me without causing my mind distress:)


Galette Peroughienne

The photos of Mimi’s family and dogs that romp across the pages of this remarkable book will bring smiles to your faces as well as a desire to know more about this family and their life in the Meduc region of France.

I received this awesome new cookbook in exchange for an honest review from Blogging For Books. Another sure winner!


Christmas All Through The South by Southern Living ( THE gift to give this season!)

Southern Living

Christmas All Through The South

CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH, by Southern Living, is the most gorgeous holiday book you will see this season! It is simply amazing. I quickly fell in love with the bold and glittery photos of famous places, delicious food, and fabulous recipes. I just want to shout my head off about this book.

I was quietly leafing through the book on my first look-see when I came upon some photos of The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. It literally took my breath away. There are many famous hotels and landmarks noted in this wonderful tribute to the holiday season.

Then there are the CAKES! And DRINKS!

holiday drinks

Caramel Apple Cider

Southern Living

Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake



OMG! Sumptuous pictures of cakes to die for. So, I am enjoying the pictures but can’t help thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if they had the recipes. And then I came upon them. Not just cakes, but entire feasts. 

This is your go-to gift for holiday gift-giving this season, and possibly for years to come. You have to see it to believe it. I have bought myself one and one for my daughter. I didn’t want to wait until Christmas Day for her to enjoy this. This is for now and throughout the season. Don’t wait. I’m selling them like hotcakes already.



An Evening With Jeff Shaara


Jeff Shaara

Mark your calendars and join us for …

An Evening with Jeff Shaara

Thursday, November 6, 2014 4:00pm – 6:30pm;

North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall

15000 Livingston Road Naples, FL 34109

Newest novel

No Less Than Victory

Meet New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara at a special event to benefit the Education programs of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL in Naples.

Tickets: $25.00 General Admission Seating $15.00 Military Veterans Seating

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please call the Museum at 239-263-9200, or e-mail View the displays of military memorabilia from World War I and World War II. Copies of Mr. Shaara’s works will be

available for purchase and signing. Mr. Shaara’s presentation will begin at 4:45pm

Sponsorships also available at the following levels. Contact Amy Snyder Executive Director (239-263-9200) for more details:

Gold Star Level: $1,500 (4) reserved seat tickets, dinner with the author after the event, signed World War II book series, and your name listed in the evening’s program

Silver Star Level : $750 2) reserved seat tickets, signed World War II series, and your name listed in the evening’s program

Bronze Star: $250 (2) reserved seat tickets, your name listed in the evening’s program

Announcing The Winner of ……

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

There Once Lived A Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In

I have my winner: Diane Carel, you’ve won my giveaway of THERE ONCE LIVED A MOTHER WHO LOVED HER CHILDREN, UNTIL THEY MOVED BACK IN by Petrushevskaya. Congrats! I will send you an email this morning asking for your mailing address. The book will come from Penguin, the generous publisher.

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to make comments. I can not tell you how much I appreciate your participation.