Recommended Books – The Winter King by C.L. Wilson (Book 1 of the Weathermages of Mystral Series)

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C.L. Wilson will be at Coastal Magic Convention in February! Squeal! I heard about Coastal Magic Convention from her blog post back in July 2017. There wasn’t a moment of hesitation for me to check out all of the details. I looked up the tickets, which are still available, and started planning. The convention is in Daytona Beach, Florida from February 22-25. Our convention hotel is The Shores Resort and Spa. If you are going to be there, shout it out to me. I would love to see you there!

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While we are on the subject of conventions, I’d love to hear about your experiences with them. Do you go to book conventions? Do you stay at the convention hotel? Do you stay for the whole convention? This is my first one, and I am excited!

Now, about The Winter King. Wilson is treasured for her detailed action scenes and elaborate world building, which we were introduced to in her Tairen Soul series. I definitely recommend the whole series and I hope you will share your thoughts with me when you read it (or if you already have). I love to compare notes.

There is a satisfying romance in The Winter King. The energy between Wynn and Kham zings through the page. You can feel their bond grow. There are scads and scores of details I’m leaving out that skillfully bring those feelings out. What fun would it be for me to spoil the discovery experience for you?

The lore of Mystral, the land where the weathermages live, is full and engaging. I loved the feeling that even as I read about new languages and customs, I could also admire Wilson’s skill in making them feel exotic and familiar at the same time.

There is a good dose of royal intrigue, similar to A Game of Thrones. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages.

The series continues in The Sea King (2017). I’m reading that now, and completely looking forward to talking about them at the convention. Hopefully Wilson will tease us with future books in the series.

Is there anything you would like to know about The Winter King that I didn’t talk about? Ask away!

 

Thanks for reading!

Gina

 

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Recommended Books – “A Cause for Murder” by HL Carpenter

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Emma Twiggs has my vote! I recommend this cozy mystery for anyone who likes a juicy who-done-it painted with a cast of characters who are so clearly written that it’s like watching a play. There are plenty of twists and turns, frail human emotions and villains to thicken the plot. I’m looking forward to the next Emma Twiggs Cozy Mystery already!

Have you read “A Cause for Murder”? What was your favorite part?

 

 

As always, thank you for the time we spend together!

Gina

 

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Spiced Apple Oatmeal – Inspired by Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas by Sojourner McConnell

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This chapter book charmed the socks off of me! Dolcey is so sweet, and loving! The story is relevant and moving. The illustrations are perfect for the story. I can’t wait for another Dolcey book!

While I was reading about Emily and Dolcey, I had the idea for this spiced apple oatmeal. You’ll understand why when you read this delightful chapter book.

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Thrive Life Quick Oats are gluten free.

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       Make ahead for busy mornings, camping and to give as gifts!

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That’s a family can of Fuji apples in the background!

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I’m bringing my spiced apple oatmeal to Fiesta Friday this week. It’s too good not to share! Our co-hosts this week are Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen and Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes.

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If you’re in Kentucky this October, you can meet Sojourner McConnell and get your copy of Who’s That In The…

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Recommended Books: They Serve Bagels In Heaven by Irene Weinberg

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My rating: 5 stars.

Weinberg is a skilled author, writing about a subject that has fascinated me personally since I was a child, and professionally since my own talents smacked me in the face. In a good way. Reading her book was like sitting down for a good girlfriend chat.

The love between the couple moved me. Channeled information from Saul about his life between lives process sounded and felt accurate to me based on my experiences and on research I’ve read.

I will caution you that Weinberg will draw you in with stories about past lives, some of which were tragic. Have your tissues handy.

I was impressed by Weinberg’s advice about how to choose a true medium, and enraged when I read that one of the mediums she hired tried to control her by telling her that her husband’s soul would be in jeopardy if his widow didn’t do what they said. It doesn’t work that way. It really doesn’t.

The book ends on a positive note, and I would be happy to see another book from this lovely author.

As always, thank you for the time we spend together!

Gina

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5-Star Review: Keeping It Clean: A Do It Yourself Guide To Non-Toxic Housekeeping by Cyhndi Mora

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Having this book in my reference library is like a security blanket against any stain we can manage to make in our home!

The question I ask myself about any new book is, “What does this book have that I can’t get somewhere else. Like the all-searchable internet?” The answers to that with this book are many. That’s how I knew it was a must have.

Recipes for any cleaner I could possibly need to make! Excellent recipes, in fact. I’ve been using the multi-purpose cleaner for years. I’m excited to try a couple of new ones, too, like the toilet ring remedy and making my own laundry soap. DIY laundry soap has been on my wish list for years now, but the recipes I saw were too complicated. The one in “Keeping It Clean” is perfect for me because, as the book says, I probably already have the ingredients…

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