Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Review: To Clear the Air by Mechtild Borrmann

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Amazon crossing, via Netgalley,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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Life comes to an end, but memory is forever. A moving epitaph for a lost loved one, or the menacing taunt of a vengeful killer? When a man is found brutally murdered in the woods, those words come to haunt the small German village of Merklen. And homicide inspector Peter Böhm faces the daunting task of unraveling a mystery with deep and twisted roots—in a town where doors stay closed, people stay silent, and death may have the final word.

But the case is just one more uphill battle for Böhm, who’s already grappling with a son’s death and a marriage on the edge. When a second grisly murder occurs and the same sinister death notice appears, fear spreads that a killer thirsting for justice will continue to spill bad blood. Now, for Böhm and his team of detectives, the only way forward may be back—decades into the past, where a horrific secret was buried…but will no longer lie silent.


Ya'll know me, I adore transcribed books! This time I went more Eastern, into Germany! I thought it would be interesting to see a mystery from a different viewpoint, and it was Böhm is your typical police detective, but with German sensibilities! His personal life is falling apart, and he doesn't know what to do, except to keep on, trying to solve this case with in a case, that keeps blossoming. History can be repeated, and Borrmann does a great job in showcasing how characters are formed by their history, both personal and shared within their communities. He also delves into the dynamics of a small farming town. It was an interesting read, and if you like trying something a bit different, then check this book out!

About the Author:

Mechtild Borrmann grew up in the Lower Rhine region of Germany, close to the Dutch border, and has lived in Bielefeld since 1983. She spent the first fifteen years of her career in a wide variety of teaching-related roles, followed by a year and a half in Corsica, before opening a restaurant in the center of Bielefeld. She has been a full-time writer since 2001, and To Clear the Air was her first novel. Silence, her third, won the Deutscher Krimi Preis in 2012 for best crime novel and was nominated for the Friedrich Glauser Prize.d, but memory is forever. A moving epitaph for a lost loved one, or the menacing taunt of a vengeful killer? When a man is found brutally murdered in the woods, those words come to haunt the small German village of Merklen. And homicide inspector Peter Böhm faces the daunting task of unraveling a mystery with deep and twisted roots—in a town where doors stay closed, people stay silent, and death may have the final word.

How to Be Tempted This Holiday Season!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books. free of charge,from Parragon Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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Holiday cooking.

We've all been there.

Every year you want something new and different to wow the relatives, to make a statement at your holiday party.

This year Parragon is giving you not one, but 2, great new cookbooks,
 to Tempt you to new recipes and traditions!

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Chocolate is a delight no matter what form it takes, and this stunning book celebrates its decadent indulgence with over 80 sumptuous recipes. Divided into sensory chapters, including Melt, Snap, Dissolve, Nibble and Soft, Tempt is a special cookbook where each recipe uses chocolate as its central, delicious ingredient. This sensuous collection includes dessert and sweet treat mainstays like Dark Chocolate Roulade, Chocolate Toffee Popcorn, Gooey Chocolate Pudding, old-fashioned Peppermint Creams, and White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies; contemporary twists like Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake Pops, Chocolate Chip Cookies & Ice Cream Cake, Strawberry & White Chocolate Napoleons, and Chocolate Lava Cakes with Caramel Sauce; and quirky new treats like Indulgent Whiskey Fudge, Melting Chocolate Risotto, and Pink Peppercorn & Chocolate Cupcakes. Also featuring hints, tips and advice on working with chocolate; a list of essential equipment; a history of chocolate as an ingredient and its different varieties and flavor notes; and a convenient table of flavor pairings. With cakes, bark, cups, meringues, doughnuts and more, this essential guide to eating and cooking with chocolate is a must-have collection for every chocolate lover's kitchen shelf.


If the pictures don't grab you, the recipes will in this book! All the recipes will delight chocoholics and cooks alike. Attention is given to every detail, making this truly your one stop chocolate cookbook! It's perfect for git giving, and for using for making your holiday gifts 'hand made' this year. I can't find just ONE fav recipe, and you won't  either! 


Check out my previous review of this book, for a great holiday gift giving
and indulging, recipe!

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Fill your home with the magic of Christmas with Christmas Recipes & Crafts. You can relax this festive season as this book covers everything from pre-Christmas planning to ideas for leftovers and homemade edible gifts, as well as recipes for parties - not to mention traditional recipes and modern ideas for Christmas dinner that everyone will love. There are even Christmas crafts that you can make to decorate your home, turning it into a perfect winter wonderland ready for the big day. So, take the stress out of Christmas this year and enjoy creating simple yet delicious dishes that will delight your friends and family.

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WOW this is an amazing holiday cookbook! If you want to totally redo your holiday table and traditions, THIS book can help you! It is SO delectable! Every color picture astounds your senses, and makes you want to run to the kitchen and start cooking! And then the recipes! Little tweaks that you may not have though of, really bring the recipes to life, and many are SO easy, you won't believe how much time you can actually save on Christmas day! Plus the food gifts and crafts are perfect compliments to the recipes! they are pretty simple, but totally charming, and perfect for putting together with your kids. My only grip was that the cover picture of a jam sponge Bunche de Noel, is NOT included in the book. ARGH. There is the traditional chocolate/chocolate one however. I'm sure it was a last minute editing error, as I've never had that happen with a cookbook from Parragon. It's minor though. This is a perfect holiday cookbook, and perfect for giving, especially as hostess and white elephant gifts. 


Here's a great recipe from the book that is not only perfect for Christmas morning, it's perfect for holiday parties and weekend brunch!

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pan au chocolate cinnamon rolls recipe

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Book Review: The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Thomas and Mercer, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

And now for a really unique police detective series!

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When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?
After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series.


This is book 4 in the Tracy Crosswhite Series, series, but the first one I had read.  But I think it is a great place to come into the series late, as Dugoni gives you a lot of  background information, but not enough to keep you from reading the previous 3 books! In fact, by the time you finish reading this roller coaster ride with all its twists, turns, Mount Everest drops and red herrings, you're gonna be running off to grab the other 3 books! Dugoni knows what he writes! His research is very evident, in the way he gets all the nuances of his settings right, how the cops interact with each other, and other agencies, and how This is anotehr book you will NOT want to put down! So be sure to add it to your wish list!

About the Author:

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, including In the Clearing, Her Final Breath, and My Sister’s Grave, which became an Amazon #1 bestseller, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a finalist for the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, a finalist for the International Thriller Award, and winner of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for Fiction. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling David Sloane series, including The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction. 

Murder One was also a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize. In addition to the stand-alone novel Damage Control, Dugoni penned the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year selection. His books have been likened to Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” by the Providence Journal. Visit his website at for more.

Chefs Limited Silicone Baking Bundle.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Chefs Limited, via Tomoson, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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I's holiday season and you know you'll be baking ALL month long!

So what you NEED is a baking set that will let you just churn out cookies and other goodies again and again, and I have just the set for you:

Chefs Limited Silicone Baking Bundle

This 3 piece set will get you through the busy baking season thanks to is 13 x 18 Non Stick Baking Half Sheet, which perfectly fits the Silicone Baking Mat. Additionally you get an amazing Silocone Oven Mitt! Call it the trifecta of baking!

The Silicone Baking Mitt is SO cool! As you can see above, it allows you one-handed removal of the hot pan from the oven (it can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees F.), and is perfect for adults and kits to use, As you can see, it can even stand up on it's own, so it can easily go out of the way on the counter, OR hand over your oven rail! I love the seafoam green color too!

The half-sheet pan allows you to get a full dozen mid-sized cookies, or 15 smaller cookies on the pan, letting you make more cookies, in less time! It can be used with or without the liner, thanks to being non-stick,  but trust me, once you loose the liner, you won't want to NOT use it! 

The Silocone Bakesheet Liner works for anything you can bake, like cookies, pastry,  and other baked goods. Thanks to its great makeup, cookies will never stick! Just check out the perfect chocolate chip cookies above- nicely crisp on the bottom, and chewy on the top! They were super easy to slide and flip over, and quickly remove from the pan! YEAH!   Plus, us busy moms can rejoice- it is dishwasher SAFE! Woo Hoo! 

This is a super set to get through the holiday season, to give to the new baker, as a wedding present, a housewarming present, well really any time a gift is needed! Just add your favorite cookie cookbook, and you've got a gift that keeps on giving! 
We LOVE it and you will too!


Salonpas Can Keep You Pain Free This Holiday Season!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Salonpas, via Vorticom PR, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

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It's the holiday season, and you KNOW what that means.....


Injuries,. Injuries, Injures.
(sing that to Jingle Bells...)

From climbing up ladders to putting up lights, to trying to lift the Christmas tree, to shoveling snow (you lucky dogs), to too many hours driving to Mom's house....

Not only aches and pains, you'll have sprains and deep nerve pain.

But there has been a solution for people all over the world since 1934 (yes, THAT long)! 

Salonpas is YOUR solution for pain management!

Thanks to it's full line of topical analgesic products (creams, gels, sprays and patches), it puts pain medicine right at the site of your pain, bypassing your stomach and liver, and preventing unwanted damage to them. Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose to make your pain go AWAY.

 “When people self-medicate with over-the-counter oral pain pills, they can ingest inappropriate doses and run the risk of potential drug interactions, which can lead to unintended or unsuspected dangerous side effects, some of which can be as serious as liver failure or heart damage,” says Dr. Sylvia Hesse, a New York based orthopedic medicine specialist. “By relying on topical analgesic gels, sprays and patches for pain relief - without the use of pills - you can be assured of making a safer choice.” And anything that helps keep you OUT of the doctor's office, with today's higher copays, deductibles and prescription costs, is a gem!

Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray is perfect for immediate relief, when you first get an injury. The smaller nozzle helps you to get the spray exactly where you need it, and not all over your clothes or hair! Its menthol provides fast relief with a cooling, soothing sensation (REALLY cold feeling when you first apply it), while the methyl salicylate, and NSAID control your pain, for long lasting relief (up to 8 hours of targeted relief)!  I found that it is super for shoulder injuries (which you WILL have during the holiday season, and you know you will), as you can spray it on your shoulder easily, compared to trying to put a gel on yourself backwards and sideways! It immediately freezes your pain and stops it in its tracks. It dries super quickly and has a no drip formula, so it STAYS where you put it! It also is not as strong, as far as the menthol smell goes, so kids will tolerate it better! It is perfect for Miss Grace for spot bobos and mini sprains too, making it great to keep in your travel bag, for on-the go injuries too!

Salonpas Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot contains two powerful pain fighting ingredients.  Menthol for a cooling, soothing sensation and Capsaicin  for long lasting heat, hot sensation relief.  The combination provides up to eight hours of targeted relief!  The advanced gel patch technology stays in place better than most other patches too. The rounded corners prevent peeling and the split film in the center allows for easy application. I found that when I had a hand sprain, it worked really well. it stayed in place, didn't move, and gave me long lasting relief, to get me through my work shift!

The Salonpas Lidocaine Pain Relieving Gel- Patch.  is the latest innovation from the world’s leader in medicinal pain patches. This Lidocaine Pain Relieving Gel- Patch provides temporary relief of pain associated with back, neck, shoulders, knees and elbows pain. I used it after a long long day on my feet, when my sciatica kicked up and I was really surprised that by putting in on my lower back for the 2 horu ride home, I was actually able to move and go up and down stairs with ease, when we got home! It's one of my new must haves for long days on my feet, or for when back pain may erupt.

Salonpas Pain Relief Patch is the first and only FDA-Approved OTC topical pain patch for the temporary relief of mild to moderate and provides pain relief for up to 12 hours! Its contains two powerful pain fighting ingredients, menthol and methyl salicylate (a NSAID – a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) go to work as soon as the patch is applied and immediately provide relief. I unfortunately had my bursitis come up when the weather went down to cold and I slept wrong One patch on and I was able to move with ease and finish decorating the house, climbing and stringing lights, with no problem!

Their DEEP Relieving Gel, is  non-greasy gel, that contains three active ingredients:  camphor (3.1%), menthol (10%), and methyl salicylate (15%), that penetrate deep, providing effective relief for up to 8 hours. Miss Grace uses it regularly for minor sprains and muscle pulls from dance class. it gets down DEEP and stops the pain at the nerves, while starting the healing process where it NEEDS to be, at the source of the problem! We don't go to competitions without it!

The strength of Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch has been improved with more medicine than the Salonpas Original. It has the same three active ingredients, but in a more flexible, 20% larger and easier to apply patch. This Pain Relieving Patch provides temporary relief of minor aches & pains of muscles & joints associated with arthritis, simple backache, strains, bruises, sprains. For those accidental bumps and bruises this is the pack to keep in the medicine cabinet, thanks to the larger size and more medicine, it's perfect for everyone in the family.

Not sure which Salonpas product is best for your injury? You can check out the new Salonpas Symptom checker and it can tell you! Isn't that so great??

The Salonpas products are great for sore muscles, simple backaches, muscle strains, joint discomfort like a stiff neck or arthritis pain, sprains and even bruises! All of the Salonpas products (except Salonpas Pain Relief Patch and Arthritis Patch), can be used for children 12 years old and over, making them perfect for keeping around for EVERYONE in the family during this holiday season! So make sure you add them to your holiday shopping list today!

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