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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Stargazer by David Scott - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host David Scott and his new book, “Stargazer,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with David and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Stargazer

by David Scott

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GENRE: Autobiography

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BLURB:

For thousands of years, stars have held our attention and imagination. They influence our life—we wish upon them, sing songs about them, navigate by them, write about them, follow them, and even give their name to the actors we love. My memories have revealed a lifetime of navigating by the stars, and moving beyond the fear and anxiety that self-doubt so insidiously cloaks us in. Yes, as Jiminy Cricket sang for us in Walt Disney's Pinocchio, "when you wish upon a star . . . fate steps in and sees you through."

Memories and influences have a profound effect on our lives. I look back on my childhood years—the 1940s to mid-'50s—and I can recall the people who were inspirational to me. Mostly it was my family, but there was also Jiminy Cricket. You no doubt recollect the song "When You Wish Upon a Star," with its lyrics that lift the spirit and let you believe anything is possible. I didn't doubt Jiminy for a minute.

The early years of my life were a time of innocence, security, adventure, and family love. How quickly my situation changed—one decision by my parents, made with my best interests foremost in their thoughts, shattered the world I had known. Through the fear, torment, isolation, and loss of my own identity, my memories and influences would come to have an overwhelming power on the choices I was to make.

My transition from teenager to adult seemed to happen overnight, but my unflappable outward appearance belied the struggles of a boy coming to terms with his guilt, and an irresistible need for his parents to be proud of him. My future was being shaped from the past, but it took me a long time to realise it. I chose the road less travelled, steeped in the wonder of the cinema and accompanied by my beloved animal companions, and it has been intriguing, daunting, rewarding, and, at times, solitary, but I always felt it was the path I was meant to take.

Like so many people, I let the emotions attached to memories hold me captive, and I missed opportunities to choose with more clarity. A near-death experience helped me to live a simpler life. Participating in a creative writing course inspired me to engage in script writing, stage work, and novel writing. This is my third book, an autobiography that has revealed more of me than I ever intended to share, and fate has led you to it.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

The war ended, taking with it most of the region’s military forces, the tent theatres and long traffic delays on the bridge crossing the Murray River.

Along with showing movies at Wodonga, Dad had started doing the same at the shire hall in Numurkah, a small town an hour-and-three-quarters drive west. From Wodonga, he travelled a short distance along the Hume Highway before turning onto the Murray Valley Highway, a road with a single lane each way that followed the Victorian side of the Murray River. He passed through Cobram along the way, a tiny town by the Murray River that was around one hundred kilometres downstream from Wodonga. Its population of four hundred and fifty was on the verge of expanding under a government scheme to establish irrigated dairy farms for servicemen returning from the war; earthworks to establish a vast network of channels to carry water from the river to the allotments were already underway.

It had no cinema so the opportunity for a free selection of movies to exhibit caused Dad to alter the location of the theatre he proposed to build from Wodonga to Cobram.

“Pack up your toys, Dick. We’re going to live where the sun sets.” Dad made it sound like a great adventure when, late in 1946, we moved to Cobram, leaving behind, in my case, a set of tonsils. I don’t know why he nicknamed me “Dick” when my name was David. It was a term of endearment, not a reference to my male appendage—the term for that was “whistlepot.”

Tea chests were filled with our belongings, several destined to remain sealed forever behind the silver screen at the theatre Dad would later build at Cobram. Decades later, I prised the lid off one and found round light shades, huge globes and coloured dog jackets with numbers on them—items from the Wodonga greyhound course when it closed. I will never know what was in the others as they went up in flames when the theatre burnt down in the twenty-first century.

My first impressions of Cobram were bleak. The gravelled main street was lined with peppercorn trees, gutters being car-tyre-rutted trenches to distinguish them from dirt footpaths. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, Dad had parked our car in the centre of the weed-infested theatre site.

A rambling weatherboard house that had been added to as the family grew flanked one side of the theatre block, a Vacuum Oil depot on the other. Behind the properties was a narrow pot-holed laneway with outside toilets backing onto it, their back flaps installed for the convenience of the weekly dunny-cart run.

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AUTHOR BIO:

David Scott is a playwright, director and novelist – among other things. His career included forty years as a film exhibitor; establishing a horse stud; managing a motel; working in the hospitality industry, and a few other experiences along the way. David’s latest book, Stargazer, is an autobiography highlighting the value of family, ingenuity, bravado, old-fashioned common sense, colourful characters and unfailing good humour. From rural towns in Victoria and New South Wales, to the mountain life in Queensland, the constant has been faithful canine companions, perseverance and a joy for living.

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CONNECT WITH DAVID:

Website:

http://davidscottbooks.com

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Goodreads Author Page:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

David will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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Reluctant Groom Anthology by Various Authors - Featuring: Not So Sham Wedding by Megan Slayer - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Megan Slayer will be awarding a prize pack with a necklace made by the author to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


ANTHOLOGY BOOK BLURB:

He’s older, wiser, and always gets what he wants. This wedding is happening ... whether the groom likes it or not.

Our seven hand-picked stories feature young reluctant grooms and the older men determined to claim them. These forced marriages may start out frigid, but our authors will prove that love can conquer all.

Evernight's Reluctant Groom anthology stories are sure to deliver passion that is off the charts, scorching hot sex, and sigh-worthy happy ever afters.

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INCLUDED STORIES:

Worth the Risk by Allyson Young
Sins of the Father by Hannah Morse
Room With a View by James Cox
Making It Real by Marie Medina
Protecting Chauncey by Cooper McKenzie
October Surprise by L.J. Longo
Not So Sham Wedding by Megan Slayer

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EXCERPT ONE:

From Not So Sham Wedding by Megan Slayer

#1 ©MeganSlayer, All Rights Reserved

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Hudson Granger said. “I have to do what?” He’d misheard the declaration from his assistant.

“Lucas?”

“Get married.” Lucas Cole held the tablet and looked up at him.

“You can stay in your position with Granger Stores and will be given your inheritance if you get married before the end of the month. It’s one of the stipulations in your father’s will. Every child must be married before the end of January. It’s already January twenty-eighth.”

“Or I can’t inherit that money and keep my position as the head of Granger Stores?” Hudson pinched the bridge of his nose. “I’m the only child who isn’t married.”

“Correct.” Lucas sighed and swiped his finger over the screen.

“Apparently, your sisters don’t get their money until you’re married.

They’ve got incentive to get you coupled up.”

“Crap.” He swayed before settling on the edge of his desk.

“They want the cash. Lia needs money for her second honeymoon, Cassie wants to put her kids through private school, and Desiree needs an infusion of money to her design studio.”

“Yes, yes, and yes.” Lucas paled. His blue eyes widened.

“They’re on the way up here. Looks like Cassie was in the lobby with a brunette woman. She’s trying to fix you up, I bet.”

“I’m gay.”

“I know that, and so do your sisters.” Lucas placed the tablet on Hudson’s desk. “What do you want to do? This is your life, and it should be your decision.”

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AUTHOR BIO:


Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. She’s an active member of the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Public library.

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**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Something Lost by Bernadette Marie - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Bernadette Marie and her new book, “Something Lost,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Bernadette Marie and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Something Lost

by Bernadette Marie

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Saying goodbye is sometimes the beginning.

Craig Turner was Coach Diaz’s star player, back in the day. He was held in high regard, until he broke the rules and dated the coach’s daughter. Young and stupid, his affection for her lasted until graduation, and then it was time to face the real world--but his love for her would never leave him.

Rachel Diaz became who her father wanted her to be, a well educated, well traveled, successful woman, but she holds a well full of secrets from the outside world. As a high school therapist, she uses her past traumas to help others overcome their own.

When the Fabulous Five arrive at Coach Diaz’s funeral, to pay their respects, a rekindling happens between them all—and between Craig and Rachel.

Is Rachel woman enough to face her demons and is Craig man enough to accept them? Or will their encounter be as brief as the affair they had a decade ago, behind her father’s back?

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EXCERPT ONE:

"Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.

She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.

A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face.

She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.

“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.

Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don't mind waiting for a brief moment, I'd like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”

She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name, “Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”

Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people.

But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia.

But she wasn't unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.

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GUEST POST:

Writing This Book Has Taught Me…

Something Lost, the first book in my Funerals and Weddings series, was planned so that I could dive into a topic I’m passionate about, and that’s mental health. The main character has had many traumas in her life, and counseling has helped her to cope and continue to cope as more is thrown her way. Understanding the benefits of mental health care also gave the character purpose in her life when she chose to be a school counselor.

In writing this character, and her openness with counseling, I was forced to dive into my own thoughts and identify how I deal with things as they are thrown at me. My experiences don’t compare to those of Rachel Diaz’s, the character in the book, but it was eye opening. Mental health is only now beginning to become somewhat normalized after the pandemic of 2020, but it has a long way to go until it’s not a whispered about disease.

For me, mental health starts with sitting down and being real with myself. Sometimes, I can do this with journaling. I have learned that even when I journal, it’s helpful to me to write things in a grateful manner, or as a prayer, and then I’m not burdened with the heaviness as much. When writing Rachel, there were times I would walk away and feel as if I were carrying her trauma with me. I had to be very mindful to use the mental health tools at my disposal to free my mind so that I didn’t carry her feelings into my own life. This is something that happens with authors, and I’m sure our families appreciate when we take care of it before transferring it to them.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.

Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.

When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.

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CONNECT WITH BERNADETTE MARIE:

Website:

http://www.bernadettemarie.com

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info@bernadettemarie.com

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Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58535765-something-lost

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Bernadette Marie will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Love, Death, & the Art of Cooking by Linda Griffin - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Linda Griffin and her new book, “Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Linda and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking

by Linda Griffin

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Software engineer Reid Lucas loves to cook and has a history of falling in love with married women. When he leaves his complicated past in Chicago for a job in California, he runs into trouble and must call a virtual stranger to bail him out of jail. Alyssa Knight, a tough street cop waiting for a church annulment from her passive-aggressive husband, is the roommate of the woman Reid calls for help, and she reluctantly provides bail for Reid. He falls for her immediately, and cooking for her is an act of love. She just wants to be friends, but they keep ending up in bed together. When his boss is murdered, Reid is a suspect—or is he the intended target?

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EXCERPT ONE:

Alyssa was patting down a suspect, checking for weapons, a task that called for her full attention, but she was a little distracted. Last night’s events had seemed natural at the time, but now she couldn’t imagine what she had been thinking. She had taken an enormous leap of faith—or else she had taken leave of her senses.

At first sight she had dismissed Reid as harmless, not sexy, not her type, but he had been a surprisingly physical presence as he escorted Paul out of the apartment. Nothing had changed, but maybe he was a little less harmless than she had thought, a little more interesting? He did have very nice eyes, even if they reminded her of a cocker spaniel’s, and he was a fabulous cook.

She had images of him now that she didn’t want to have, sense memories, as her actor friends would say. His body was not as soft as she had expected. He was pretty fit compared to the skinhead slob she was frisking and other guys she had been seeing all day. She had wanted to direct him and then hadn’t needed to. The way he touched her had made her feel soft and warm, as if her flesh was melting under his hands.

She tugged the suspect’s right hand behind him and snapped on the cuff. She remembered Reid’s mouth on hers. There was more tenderness in his kisses than she would have expected him to show this soon, if ever. Could he honestly feel that…for her?

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

Warning!!  Do NOT read this book on a diet or an empty stomach lol!!

This book was an interesting, intriguing, suspenseful read filled with delicious, mouthwatering cooking that is sure to leave your tummy growling and your mouth drooling over the pages lol!!!

This is the second book I have had the pleasure and privilege of reading and reviewing from Linda Griffin.  I really enjoy her unique ability to blend multiple genres together in a smooth transition and flowing story line design.

Now, I have to admit, I may be a bit biased in my review, as Linda used my name (Alyssa) as the main characters lol.  Okay, I’m sure it’s all a coincidence, but growing up no one shared my name or even knew how to pronounce it.  My grandparents would go on vacations and try to bring me back those personalized souvenir gifts and they NEVER would have my name.  It was always Allison or Alice or Alex even.  Never Alyssa.  Usually I’d get “Granddaughter,” or “Princess,” on those travel tags, mini license plates, stickers, notepads, pens, etc.  So, anytime I see my name, which surprisingly is becoming a bit more common these days, I truly get sooooo excited!!!  So, thank you Linda for throwing spotlight on a name that often gets left out and overlooked for the more common, popular names!!!

I think one of the best features of this book, is definitely the food and Reid’s cooking skills!!!  There were many delicious meals that had me fantasizing about cheating on my diet lol!!!  I think Linda could easily follow this book up with a fun, recipe book – “Love, Recipes, and the Art of Cooking with Reid Lucas.”  I’ve known many authors that have successfully published short recipe eBooks inspired by their books and/or main characters.  Or at the very least include a recipe section at the end of the book!!  Readers like me get so invested in connecting with characters that this would really help connect the dots and allow for more personal interaction.  PLUS, we all want these recipes!!!  LOL!!!

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was how it started out.  Right away the reader is swept into the excitement, intrigue, and suspense when Reid is arrested for a DUI.  Now, if you’ve only read the title, this seems like out of left field.  However, this start is the most important as it sets up the meet cute for Reid and Alyssa, the two main characters.  When Reid calls Jane (Alyssa’s roommate and the only person he sort of knows in town) to bail him out of jail, he reaches Alyssa, who informs him that Jane is not home.  Reid, completely alone and lost in a new city, begs Alyssa to come down and bail him out.  This is quite hilarious as Alyssa is a police officer!!!  How many people would seriously ask a cop to bail them out of jail?!?!  LOL!!!  So already this book starts out with lots of fun, LOL moments!!!

There is definitely a mutual instant attraction between Reid and Alyssa.  I absolutely believe in love at first sight, that people can fall in love multiple times throughout their lives, and even have more than one soulmate.  However, did this seem true of Reid and Alyssa?  I honestly have to say no.  Yes, there were sparks and passion – but it felt more like lust than love.  And it definitely felt wayyyyy more one-sided with Reid excessively chasing Alyssa.  Perhaps that’s because Alyssa was just getting out of a difficult and complicated marriage and was still in the process of finalizing her annulment.  She often voiced that she wasn’t looking for a relationship or anything “heavy,” right now, especially not wanting to start a new relationship without understanding why the first one failed.  Which let’s be honest, is completely understandable – a girl needs space.

I really liked Alyssa as she was smart, strong, fierce, kick-*ss, determined, and a bit stubborn.  She was a very likable character and was easy to connect with – and not just because we share the same name lol!!

I found Reid a bit off-putting.  Perhaps because he reminded me of someone?  The way he just continued to repeatedly pursue Alyssa, felt needy, overly persistent, inappropriate, and almost stalkerish.  I also found his love for only dating married women on the more distasteful, unappealing characteristic side.

He did, however, occasionally have at times, a more charming, compassionate side.  And of course, a strong passion for cooking – especially for those he identified as love interests, like Alyssa.  Whenever he was in the kitchen cooking or talking about all thing’s food, you could feel the warmth, sincerity, and excitement of his true passion come alive.

The murder plot point was a valuable (and quite important!!) ingredient to this book.  I think that this additional element to the story line really helped round out the book giving it balance.  I enjoyed getting to see the tough street cop side of Alyssa and watch her in action!!!  When Reid’s new boss is murdered, he immediately becomes a suspect, even though he may have a solid alibi.  Could he still be the killer?  Can he be trusted?  New developments may indicate Reid was the real target.  Regardless, a killer is on the loose and quickly closing in.  Alyssa must determine if Reid is guilty or innocent – a killer or a victim.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming but will enjoy watching unfold!!

This book is not currently listed as part of a book series.  It can be read as a standalone.  This book does have a satisfyingly tidy ending with loose ends thought-out and neatly tied up in a bow.

All things considered, there were many things I enjoyed about this book.  I love that Linda’s books always contain so many components and this book is no different.  This book is filled with romance, friendship, murder, mystery, suspense, intrigue, scrumptious meals, and so much more!!!

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!!  I think all romantic suspense readers, mystery romance readers, cooking fans, amateur chefs, and home cooks will like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

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AUTHOR BIO:

Linda Griffin is a native of San Diego and has a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. She retired from a position as fiction librarian for the San Diego Public Library to spend more time on her writing. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including Eclectica, Thema, The Binnacle, Orbis, and The Nassau Review. Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking is her fourth romantic suspense novel published by the Wild Rose Press, following Seventeen Days (2018), The Rebound Effect (2019), and Guilty Knowledge (2020).

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