Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On The Wind



I'm joining Wings on Wednesday with this beautiful female Red-tailed hawk that flies high over our backyard. She was soaring high above the trees the day I took this photo, it stretched my telephoto lens to the max.


To the mountains, I can rest there
To the rivers, I will be strong
To the forest, I'll find peace there
To the wild country, where I belong 

John Denver, To The Wild Country





I saw John Denver in concert three times, the last in Anchorage, Alaska. When he sang this song during the concert we knew it came from his heart.  He loved the land as much as we did.  I lived in AK from 1983 to 1993.




Book Blast - The Epherium chronicles: Embrace w/ Rafflecopter Giveway



EmbraceThe Epherium Chronicles: Embrace

Book one of The Epherium Chronicles

Hope. Captain James Hood of the Earth Defense Forces remembers what it felt like. Twenty-five years ago, it surged through him as a young boy watching the colony ships launched by mega-corporation Epherium rocket away. He, like so many others, dreamed of following in the colonists' footsteps. He wanted to help settle a new world—to be something greater.

Then came the war...

Hope. During years of vicious conflict with an insectoid alien race, it was nearly lost. Though Earth has slowly rebuilt in the six years since the war, overcrowding and an unstable sun have made life increasingly inhospitable. When mysterious signals from the nearly forgotten colony ships are received, Hood is ordered to embark on a dangerous reconnaissance mission. Could humanity's future sit among the stars?

Hope. Hood needs it now more than ever. As secrets about the original colonists are revealed and the Epherium Corporation's dark agenda is exposed, new adversaries threaten the mission, proving more dangerous to Earth than their already formidable foes…



Praise
From Laura (5 star reviewer on Amazon) "I was shocked about how fast the author sucked me into a new world, a world that I am impatiently awaiting the next in the series. I read from another reviewer that it would make a great television series and I would have to agree with that reviewer."

From Kathryn Svendsen of Kathryn's Shelf Full of Books Blog (4 star review) : "It was a delight to read. Mr. Wilson did an excellent job of introducing each of the many characters involved in this large crew. There were many people to keep track of, and like a movie we found out a bit about the character of each one as we went along."



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Excerpt

“I have an idea about that,” Hood said as he opened a channel to Engineering. “Mr. Whitaker. I need that shield of yours.”

Whitaker responded slightly out of breath. “Sorry, Captain. I can’t give it to you. That second rock that smacked us caused one of the reactors to scram, so we shut it down. Until we get that stable and some more juice in the batteries, I can’t power it up.”

Hood muttered under his breath as he pounded his fist on his chair. He took a deep breath, and let it out slowly as he closed the channel. “Alright, our ace is out of commission,” he told Sanchez, “and even with the best of my contingency plans, we are going to have to do this the hard way.”

“You have multiple contingency plans for this?” Sanchez asked as he pointed to the viewport and the many asteroids floating nearby.

Hood looked at Sanchez and raised a single eyebrow.

“Forget I asked,” Sanchez said.



traceyAuthor T.D. Wilson:

T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fortune Cookie - Review w/Rafflecopter



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Fortune Cookie 

Fortune Cookie

Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.

Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.

The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.

Culinary Mysteries



Josi 
Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.


My Thoughts
Sadie Hoffmiller is one of a kind. I have been following her adventures for a long time. My first venture into her world was Pumpkin Roll and since then I have joined her in her quest to solve many mysteries and prepare many delicious culinary creations.

In Fortune Cookie things are a little different. This time the mystery surrounds a member of Sadie's family. It's less than a month before Sadie and Pete's wedding when a letter arrives from San Francisco. It seems Sadie's sister Wendy has died under mysterious circumstances. Sadie and Pete travel to San Francisco to help sort through Wendy's belongings. Sadie also meets her nephew Ji who had a very rough life with his neglectful mother. He is quite bitter that her family did not do more to help. To make matters worse Pete is dealing with some emotional issues about his dead wife.

Although Sadie is hesitant to get involved when she feels she should be helping Pete she digs into Wendy's life.  What she finds will only uncover more questions.

I read a lot of mystery novels and can usually figure out who the culprit is before the ending but not this time. Josi Kilpack did an excellent job of keeping the guilty party in the background and really surprised me. I love that in a mystery.

And on a final note, this is a culinary mystery. There are yummy recipes throughout the book. I have the necessary ingredients on my grocery list and will be making the Chicken Corn Chowder for dinner next week.

If you haven't read any of the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mysteries may I suggest you start with Fortune Cookie. It is a delicious read.


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