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Thursday, November 25, 2021

RRR presents... THE SNOW-KISSED PROPOSALS by Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my fellow readers stateside (or overseas) celebrating this day of giving thanks, togetherness, and, let's be honest...FEASTING! I hope your bellys are full, your spirits are high, and you're ready to slide into the next holiday season with good cheer to spare...and today's featured title is a perfect match to kick it all off!


We're welcoming back another Rachel's Random Resources tour, and a title from one of my favorite reading genres...Historical Romance...that just so happens to be celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY today! The book on tap is actually TWO stories in one giving you THAT much more reading enjoyment to look forward too...and without further ado, let's dive between the epages! Today's ebook of choice is...


Snow-Kissed Proposals

A snowy Victorian Christmas - Two festive short stories!

In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher: wilful, independent heiress, Fiona MacKay, impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond.

In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes: fifteen years ago, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!







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Double your pleasure....double your holiday reading fun!


First up...THE CHRISTMAS RUNAWAY.

Once I got past the Scottish brogue of Angus, I was in love! Sorry, it's not my favorite accent, and reading it as authenically written as it was, I could totally hear it, BUT the character behind the voice was still someone I wanted to know. Well, okay, so I loved him AND loathe him because he falls victim to being an addle-witted twit on more than one occasion, and that's not even counting the times BEFORE he acknowledges his feelings! Moving on...our lady Fiona is hard to miss in her flashy hued colors, and when paired with her honesty infused tongue, she certainly makes an impression...and it was one I loved! I admire when authors write strong female characters, especially when the times they live in dictact that they should be quite the opposite. When you get a leading male that appreciates that as one of many beautific aspects of his potential match, it's heaven sent...hark the herald, and all that jazz, this is definitely one of those reads! Their ups and downs lead to a happily-ever-after eventually, but the close calls, misteps, and banter along the way are what make it truly enjoyable.




Secondly, we have...THEIR SNOWBOUND REUNION.

Amy and Anthony's story was one that I saw the fork in the road from a mile away, and yet, despite that fact, it didn't feel contrived. You just knew that eventually, the secrets would come out. The fallout from those unexpected revelations was realistic; the timing of the wool falling away from their eyes, perfectly in line. It was enjoyable watching them get to know each other again, even with the baggage they both carried. Seeing them let loose something amazing and in full color from the other was a gift. I especially liked the ice skating venture, and the indoor décor that stood witness to a reunion we never could quite hope against its passing. The eventual turn to family by book's end was just the ticket you were looking for.




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About the authors...


Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor and Facebook.




Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013. She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip. She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.  Catch up with her on Twitter @ElisabethHobbes and Facebook.




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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours presents... STYLED FOR MURDER by Nancy J. Cohen - GUEST POST!

 

Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J. Cohen

 


by
Nancy J. Cohen
Cozy Mystery 
17th in Series 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orange Grove Press 
(November 16, 2021) 
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 286 pages 
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952886228 
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952886225 
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09DYN9YG6


About the book...
Hairstylist Marla Vail flushes out a killer when murder disrupts her mother’s home renovation plans in this stylish cozy mystery. 

When hairstylist and savvy sleuth, Marla Vail, gets a frantic call from her mother that there’s a dead body in her shower, Marla realizes this wasn’t part of the home renovation plans. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had an untrustworthy reputation in town. Disgruntled customers, unpaid suppliers, and the design company’s staff are among the suspects. Which one of them wanted the foreman to pipe down about their shady dealings? 

Meanwhile, the lead investigator sets his sights on Marla’s stepfather, Reed, who’s keeping secrets from his family. Reed has a past connection to the victim and won’t come clean about what he knows. As Marla drills deeper, she’s showered with suspicions, but nobody’s willing to leak any information. She needs to hammer down the prospects, or time will drain away and the murderer will strike again. 

To flush out the culprit, Marla taps into her pipeline of resources. Can she assemble the clues and demolish the alibis to nail a killer? Or has someone designed the perfect murder? 

Recipes Included!

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~~~   GUEST POST ~~~


Is Garlic Good for You? by Nancy J. Cohen



I learned about garlic while doing research for my latest cozy mystery, Styled for Murder. My hairdresser sleuth attends a garlic festival and does the hair for contestants in a beauty pageant. She subtly questions the daughter of a suspect while fixing her updo. 

Garlic, or allium sativum, has been grown as far back as ancient Egypt. It’s used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Close relatives are onions, shallots, leeks, and chives. 

The familiar odor is produced as part of the plant’s defense mechanism. When a pest invades its cell wall, the plant releases substances that react to form allicin. This compound is responsible for the smell we know. That’s why you crush garlic before cooking. The amount of allicin created depends upon the number of cell walls that are breached. But if you boil or roast a bulb instead, it’ll cause the breakdown of other compounds that produce a different flavor. 

Check the origins of any garlic you buy. Imported garlic can be contaminated by heavy metal pollutants or pests. Much of the world’s garlic supply comes from China. Peeled garlic has been known in some instances to be processed by prisoners. The acidic content dissolves their fingernails, and they end up biting off the skins with their teeth. 

As for any health benefits of garlic, claims include lowering blood pressure as well as being an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer agent. Garlic contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and selenium, which can boost the immune system. It also contains a compound known as allyl sulfur that has been shown to slow the growth of cancerous cells. 

Raw or cooked garlic is more effective than garlic supplements, although too much garlic might upset your digestive system. Garlic oil or gel may be used as a topical application for the skin for its antiseptic properties, while garlic paste works for oral infections. Don’t apply pure garlic to the skin or it can be an irritant. 

To combat the bad breath you get from eating garlic, chew on green herbs such as parsley. The chlorophyll may help to break down the allium compounds and lessen the odor. Or use a good minty mouthwash. 

What about vampires? This folklore relates to porphyria, a term for diseases caused by irregularities in the production of heme, a component of blood. This affliction can cause sufferers to be sensitive to light and lead to disfigurement of the skin along with erosion of the lips and gums. Sound like a vampire to you? People who suffer from porphyria also have an intolerance to foods with a high sulfur content, such as garlic. 

Are you a garlic fan? Share with us a favorite dish that you make with this savory herb. 




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About the author...

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal and a RONE Award, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Her nonfiction titles, Writing the Cozy Mystery and A Bad Hair Day Cookbook, have also garnered numerous awards, including the FAPA President’s Book Award and the Royal Palm Literary Award. Active in the writing community, Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter. When not busy writing, she enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World.

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