Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Prequel to THE BLOND LEADING THE BLOND

The characters of Ellery Tinsdale and Samantha Greene begin their fictional lives in the first book in my Blonds at the Beach series, THE BLOND LEADING THE BLOND.  But they did have a life before the book.  Here we get a peek into the incident that led up to the opening scene, and get to see a little of the characters in their “ordinary world” before everything is tipped topsy-turvy on the very first page of the book.  I call this THE PREQUEL.  Enjoy.    


<<News clipping from the front page of the  Braddocks Beach Bugle, Braddocks Beach, Ohio, May 31)>>

Town Matriarch Dead at Age 63


          Isabel Genevieve Tinsdale, age 63, was found dead yesterday at the bottom of the stairs of the Braddocks Beach watchtower. Although the autopsy report is not expected to be released for two more days, sources involved in the clean-up efforts indicate that loss of blood will be listed as a contributory cause of death.
          Police have declared Miss Izzy’s tumble down three flights of steep, cement stairs to be an accident, although the reason she was visiting the watchtower at two o’clock in the morning leaves many asking questions. Don’t expect answers from the local authorities, as according to Braddocks Beach Police Chief Albert C. Bennett, “Delving into a citizen’s personal business is beyond the scope of our duty to protect and serve the community. Miss Izzy took that secret to her grave.”

Friday, December 21, 2012

Beach Chat with Terry Ambrose

There is a lot of buzz in the mystery writing world for the new book on the shelf, Photo Finish, so it’s quite a coup for this little blog to to snag this up and coming author.  Here’s what some people are saying about his book: 
     “..a mystery  as refreshing  as a visit to the island themselves.” ~Deborah Coonts.
     “A magnificent read!!” ~Books4Tomorrow
     “This is mystery at its best—humor, adventure and a rip-roaring good tale.”
          ~5-star review on Goodreads.
But enough about the book, let’s get to know the author.  

Today we’re chatting with:  Terry Ambrose
Recommend a Beach Read: Haole Wood by Dee Detarsio. It’s set on Maui and is not only a good beach read, but also includes some beach scenes in the book.
Most cherished beach memory:   Sunrise at Nukolili’ Beach on Kauai. The colors are spectacular and whenever I need to calm down and forget about the stresses of daily life, I visualize that sunrise and try to feel the gentle trade winds in my face.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Beach Reads: Seasonal Round-Up

Okay, so it's not exactly Beach Read season here in the southern tip of Virgnia.  But it is most definately Curl-Up-With-A-Good-Book season.  So I've rounded-up my 2012 seasonl areads.  All year I snap up books that have to do with a holiday theme and I tuck them away.  Then, as soon as the last Thanksgiving Feast dish is washed, I race for my stash and start reading.  It’s all holiday-themed, all the time, from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. 

I’ve been reading plenty the past few weeks, but not enough time to blog about each one individually.  So in the spirit of the season I thought I’d give you a list of some titles you might like to feast your mind on this season.

1)  First and foremost, the best book to get you in the Holiday Spirit is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.  If you haven’t read it, and you need a good stress-relieving laugh, go, right now, and get yourself a copy.  While I’ve been unable to find it on any store shelves this season (I know that because I looked, needing a last minute offer for the book club exchange) so you may have to order it or run to the library. But I bet if you ask around your neighborhood, somebody has a copy handy.  If all else fails, it is available for all e-reader platforms (and if you don’t have an e-reader yet, you can download a free program from Amazon for your PC.)  This is not the usual courtroom drama one has come to expect from Grisham, but a lighthearted and yet heartfelt look at how crazy we have let ourselves become over the holiday season.   If you haven’t read the book, you may have seen the movie, Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.  But, as always, the book is better! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Beach Chat with Bob Doerr

It’s no big secret I’m a 29-year military spouse so when the opportunity came along to chat with an Air Force veteran who writes mysteries/thrillers, well, suffice it to say it’s a thrill to have Award winning author stop by for a beach chat today!   

Today we’re chatting with:   Bob Doerr

Recommend a Beach Read:  This is actually a tough question because there are so many good books from which to pick.  Since I’ve joined Sisters-in-Crime, I’ve tried to read more books by SINC authors -- the group has a lot of talent.  Most would be good beach reads, and while I think any of my own books would be perfect to read on a beach, I’ll hold off on the self promotion for now. I just finished No Bells, by Marilyn Meredith and would recommend it to anyone sipping a Mai-Tai on the beach right now.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beach Tale: The Twelve Days of a Beach Christmas

‘Tis the season, as they say for Christmas Carols, and parodies thereof.  Perhaps the most parodied song ever (seasonal or otherwise) is "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  Who amongst us hasn’t smiled when we heard the barking dogs version or the Redneck tune?  Today I offer up a slightly different version of my own making that represents beach life.  Feel free to sing along! 



On the first day of Christmas I saw along the shore:
A lighthouse with a shell wreath on its door.

On the second day of Christmas I saw long the shore:
Two fiddler crabs;
  And a lighthouse with a shell wreath on its door.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winners Announced!

Congratulations Goodreads winners!  Out of 798 entries into the contest, three names were chosen to receive a free, autographed copy of The Blond Leading the Blond.  Copies are on their way to Violet, Cassandra and Patty.  They should arrive at their homes by the end of the week.   If you love to read and are tired of paying top dollar for all those books, consider joining Goodreads and entering the giveaways.  All have been released within the past six months (so they are fresh!).  Just set up an account at www.goodreads.com  and start entering to win!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Beach Read: THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I was thrilled to have stumbled across the most wonderful book for this most wonderful time of the year. 

Book Title:  The Twelve Clues of Christmas, A Royal Spyness Mystery
Author:  Rhys Bowen
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Setting:  Christmas 1933, at a manor house in Devon, England,
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  311
Publication date:  November 2012
Publisher:  Berkley Hardcover
Opening Line: Ah, Christmas:  chestnuts roasting; Yule logs crackling merrily; tables groaning under roast goose, turkey, mince pies and flaming plum puddings; carols and mistletoe, goodwill to all men. 
Favorite Passage: “Oh, bugger the royals,” Mummy said.  “It’s time you stopped trying to please other people and started living for yourself.  I always have.”   

Beach Read Rating: 5 Beach Umbrellas


Friday, December 7, 2012

Beach Chat with Teri L. Austin

There is more to today’s beach chat participant than meets the eye.  Not only is she the author of The Rose Strickland Mystery series, but she is also one of the driving forces behind a social group on facebook called The Little READ Hens. Isn’t that a clever name?   Every Wednesday the “hens” introduce a topic on something to do with books, be it characters, settings or childhood favorites.  It’s always a great discussion so be sure and check it out.  WAIT WAIT WAIT, not right this second...you should get to know a bit about her first. So…
Today we’re chatting with:  Terri L. Austin.  And thanks so much for having on Beach Chat today, Jayne! It’s a pleasure to be here.
Recommend a Beach Read:  I’m partial to the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. But if I had a Harry Potter book along, I could be persuaded to read.  
Most cherished beach memory:  Okay Jayne, you’re going to think I’m the saddest person ever, but I went to the beach for the first and only time when I was twenty-five. I tagged along with my husband on a business trip, leaving my baby son with my mom. All I wanted to do was run to the hotel every thirty minutes, call Grandma, and find out how he was. I was pretty miserable.   

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Santa Claus Cookies

Santa Claus Cookies

This recipe is from the Pillsbury Classics Cookbook…the little thing you buy at the check out line…from 1995.  I tried to Google the recipe but it seems to have changed over the years, and not for the better. Classic is well, classic, so here it is:

1 (20 oz) package Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
2 tablespoons red colored sugar
3 to 4 drops (I used a LOT more) red food color
1 can Pillsbury Vanilla Creamy Supreme Frosting
36 Miniature Marshmallows
Assorted Candies (I used red M&Ms for the nose and semi-sweet mini morsels for the eyes and skipped the mouth.  The official recipe calls for red licorice for the mouth, a red gumdrop for the nose and red cinnomin candies for the eyes.)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Beach Chow: Pineapple Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake


I like to try something new every holiday season.  Most things work, some don’t, but occasionally I stumble across something that instantly becomes part of the holiday tradition.  This is a recipe I came across in 2011 and I’ve already served it once this season.  There will be more before the New Year rolls around.  It is easy and, as they say, oooohhhhh so good!  Enjoy!

Pineapple Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake

3/4 cup butter, divided
1-1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg

Monday, December 3, 2012

Beach Chat with Judy Copek

When I cast my net out for writers to stop by for a beach chat, I never know who (or is it “whom”?) I’m going to catch.  But it’s always fun to meet a new and interesting author.  I know you’ll enjoy today’s chat!    

Today’s Beach Chat guest:  Judy Copek

Recommend a Beach Read:  Any book by Paul Theroux.  He’s a wonderful travel writer and a good novelist who writes about interesting places that may make you want to jump up, brush the sand off your feet and head for the nearest airport.

Most cherished beach memory:  The first beach I ever saw was on the Oregon coast on my first ever trip West with my parents at age fourteen.   This coast looked rugged and rocky and was full of seals, cliffs, and cute little motels and places to eat.  I’ll always remember the power of the waves crashing onto the shore.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Beach Chat with Marilyn Meredith

I’m an author who has one book published and it eats up all my free time, so it’s with a bit of amazement that an author with 30 published books even has time to sit down for a beach chat.  But let’s get chatting so today’s guest can get back to writing! 

Beach chat with: Marilyn Meredith

Recommend a Beach Read:   No Bells by F. M. Meredith, me using a different name. This is the latest in my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, set in a beach town between Ventura and Santa Barbara in Southern California. Every book has something to do with the beat—and murder and other crimes. In No Bells, Officer Gordon Butler finds the love of his dreams, but a big problem arises when she turns out to be the prime suspect in a murder case.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beach News: Guest Blog Gig at Dru's Book Musings

For those of you in need of an Ellery and Sam fix, hop on over to Dru’s Book Musings blog to read about a day in the life of Ellery Tinsdale.  The post is titled “Laissez le Bon Temps Roules,” because those of you who know me know I put a little bit of myself in everything I write, so this one has a bit to do with one of my favorite military spouse social outings, BUNCO. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Beach Tale: “The Next Big Thing” Blog Hop

Curious what writer’s are working on?  So am I.  Hence the beauty of “The Next Big Thing” Blog Hop.  How this works is, I answer 10 questions about my current WIP (that’s writerly talk for Work In Process) and then link to 5 more writer friends who are working on something new.  You can click on their links to learn about them.  It’s a great way to be introduced to some new authors. 
A big thanks to Shelia Lowe for inviting me to participate. Please visit her blog, featuring her Claudia Rose forensic handwriting series and her latest book, Last Writes:  http://www.claudiaroseseries.com/SheilaLoweMysteries/node/16
Now, here are my Next Big Thing Blog Hop Q&As:
What is the working title of your book?
Blond Faith, the second in the BLONDS AT THE BEACH series (the first, of course, being The Blond Leading the Blond.) 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beach Chat with Judy Alter

Today we’re chatting with award-winning novelist Judy Alter, a lifelong mystery lover turned mystery writer.  I was captivated by the pictures of craftsmen style homes on her website (linked at the end of this post) and what she says about herself: “When there are no kids or grandkids here, I am content in a lovely 1922 red brick bungalow with a great party porch, a garden of wildflowers, an eleven-year-old Australian Shepherd named Scooby and a nineteen-year-old cat, Wywy (my animals are aging faster than I am!) but I've solved that by adding a Bordoodle (Border Collie and poodle cross) puppy to the household.”  Let’s get to know a little bit more about her.    

Your name, for the record:  Judy Alter.

Recommend a beach read:  Naturally I want everyone to read my Kelly O’Connell Mysteries, so I’ll recommend the first in the series: Skeleton in a Dead Space.

Most cherished beach memory:  Evening on the beach at the Indiana State Dunes, watching the sun slip behind the tall buildings across Lake Michigan in Chicago; then a bonfire and marshmallows to roast.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Beach Tale: Things I Wish My Momma Taught Me, Thanksgiving Edition


Jayne's Thanksgiving, Circa 1970

           There comes a time when a woman must start hosting her own Thanksgiving celebrations.  For a woman who marries a military man and moves 3,000 miles away from family, these days come at a tender age of 22.  Had I had any inkling that I would have to prepare Thanksgiving feasts entirely on my own, my childhood holidays would have been better spent hanging out in the kitchen learning the tricks of preparing a flawless holiday mean instead of curling up in an over-sized arm chair with my nose buried in the latest Nancy Drew mystery.  As a result, I’ve had to learn a lot of Turkey Day lessons the hard way. 
          So in the spirit of the season, today I’m offering to a Top Five List of Things I Wish My Mother had Taught Me about Preparing (and Enjoying) a Thanksgiving Feast:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beach Chat with Sally Carpenter

When it’s mai tai time with a favorite author, I will tag along with today’s guest! I bet a few of you faithful readers will too!   

Today’s beach chat is with:  Sally Carpenter

Recommend a beach read: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—light, funny and mostly harmless. Decades ago one of my brothers gave this to me for a Christmas present. I eventually bought and read the next three books in the series.

Most cherished beach memory: I grew up in the Midwest, which doesn’t have beaches except along the shoreline of Chicago and Michigan. I finally saw beaches when I moved to the Los Angeles area. My best memory would be a day trip I took with a church group to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in San Diego. After viewing the exhibit we had dinner at a restaurant right on the shore. The restaurant had large windows facing the ocean and we could see the boats sailing into the harbor and the seagulls flying.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beach Chat with Sofie Couch

Sofie Couch writes humorous romance, (as Annette Couch-Jareb, a name which does not fit neatly on the front cover of a book), and paranormal YA mysteries as Sofie Couch. She has a new YA murder novella coming out soon, FLIPPIN’ THE BIRD.  I’m happy to welcome her for a Beach Chat today, but, in all due conscience,  I feel it necessary to issue a Spew Alert before you read on! So, let’s put our hands together for a warm Beach Welcome for Sofie Couch!  (For those of you whose eyes aren't quite ready to read this morning--and no worries, we won't ask WHY they aren't--a video format of this interview can be watched by clicking here)

Thanks for hosting me, Jayne! For your readers just tuning in, my name is Sofie Couch, (that’s SoFie with an “f”), and no, that’s not my “real” name, but since I’ve been saddled with it since middle school, (thanks alot, “Brat Pat” and “Joanie Macaroni”,) I figured, what the heck? It’s kinda catchy and it’s only ten letters long, so it can be printed in a larger font on the front cover of a book!

Can you recommend a Beach Read?  Does it have to be beach themed? If not, then pick up a copy of Pamela Morsi’s SIMPLE JESS. I picked up an older copy somewhere along the way to a writer’s conference and ended up skipping two whole workshops, because it totally sucked me in! (And I had paid good money for those workshops.) It’s an example of a well-written southern romance that will not disappoint.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Beach Tale: Writing the Cozy Mystery

When I tell people “I write cozy mysteries”, about half of the people say, “Wow.  That’s cool.”  Pause while they think about that.  “What the hell is a cozy mystery?”  The other half say, “Wow. That’s cool.”  Then they pull out their i-phones and Google the term.  Well, some Google it.  Most just continue on through life never really knowing. 
So let’s take a moment to talk about everything you’ve always wanted to know about cozy mysteries, but were afraid to ask.  First stop, Merriam Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.    
            
Mystery: a piece of fiction dealing usu. with the solution of a mysterious crime. 

Cozy:  Enjoying or affording warmth and ease.  Snug.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Beach Chat with Sharon Hopkins

If the “Hopkins” name in the blog title has a hint of deja-vu to it, it’s because we just chatted with her husband Bill last Friday.  Sharon is the second half of The Deadly Duo, a husband/wife mystery-writing household.  I can’t imagine their dinner conversations, can you?  But Bill's at home while we chat with Sharon today. 

Full name: Sharon Woods Hopkins

Recommend a Beach Read: The Devil’s Madonna, a suspense/ thriller by my friend Sharon Potts.

Most cherished beach memory: Going to the beach with my Uncle John when I was about seven. He taught me to swim, but not before he nearly drowned me.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Beach Chat with Bill Hopkins

A husband and wife who both write mysteries?  Yup. They call themselves “The Deadly Duo.”  Is that a scream or what?  Today we “chat” with the husband-half, Bill Hopkins, Be sure and check back Monday when his wife Sharon stops by for a chat. 

Today we’re chatting with:  Bill Hopkins

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Recommend a Beach Read: To Kill a Mockingbird

Most cherished beach memory: When I was a child, I was fascinated by how the waves came rushing to meet me and dug holes under my feet.  

One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki Beach: Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Beach Tale: Coming Down the Home Stretch!

          O.M.G.  I am so excited.  This project is almost done.  Then I get to put on my decorating hat and “cozy” it up.  Just a few more subcontractors in and voilá, we’re ready for guests. Or tenets.  Or a neighborhood cocktail party, at the very minimum. 
          So first thing we need is a Trim Guy.  I’m going to admit my naiveté because I didn’t even realize I’d need a Trim Guy but when the plumber showed up (he was the very first contractor at the very beginning of this project) he asked me if I needed a Trim Guy.  I said “Yes,” because obviously I did.  He gave me a name, and I’m really glad I made that call, because there was no way we were capable of doing trim work ourselves.  Where is that General Contracting for Dummies book, anyway?   

Monday, November 5, 2012

Beach Chat with Patti Brooks

Do you like mysteries?  Do you like horses?  Do you like the mountains?  Well then, you’re in for a real treat today as Patti Brooks stops by for a Beach Chat…

Recommend a Beach Read: Anything by Nicholas Sparks
Most cherished beach memory: Since I'm a mountain girl (Adirondacks) my memories are from lake adventures. My most memorable day on the lake was, at age 9, swimming across Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and getting my picture in the paper for the accomplishment. This was a Lake Placid "tradition" for natives.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Beach Tale: "Fall Back"

          As I was walking Jamaica (my dog) this morning and the first rays of sunrise glistened off the bay, it occurred to me that if I wanted to see a sunrise tomorrow I would have to take my canine companion for a walk at 5 a.m. instead.  So I enjoyed my last sunrise experience, for the time being anyway, and my thoughts turned to the idea of Daylight Savings.  I had researched the concept (hoping to gain some understanding of the whacky time adjustment) a few years ago and thought this would be a great time to share what I’d learned with my loyal blog readers.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Beach Chat with Eliza Fleetwood

I am so so so happy to welcome to Eliza Fleetwood to the blog today.  She has been a trusted critique partner for almost a dozen years and has recently released her debut novel.  But I’ll let her tell you about that.  So let’s get chatting:   

Beach chat with: ELIZA FLEETWOOD

Recommend a Beach Read: Depends. If I'm in a historical mood, Julia Quinn’s An Offer From A Gentleman is an old favorite, a Cinderella story that combines humor and romance. The Blond Leading The Blond by Jayne Ormerod (and no, she didn’t pay me) or Abraca Uh-Oh by Sandra Brown Rarey if I am looking for something hysterically funny and fun.  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beach Tale: "A Ghost Story"

<<note...this story was previously posted on this blog on Halloween, 2011, but it is one of my favorites so I'm dusting it off for a repost today!  For those of you who haven't read it yet, this is a TRUE ghost story from where we used to live, Newport, RI.>>

       
The time…1673
The Place…a 100 acre farm in Portsmouth, RI (currently the site of The Valley Inn, pictured on the left.)
          The situation…Thomas Cornell, a farmer aged 46, had a lot of hungry mouths to feed.  He was the father of four sons from his first marriage, two children (with a third on the way) from his second marriage to Sarah, plus his widowed mother Rebecca, age 73.  All nine people lived under one very tiny roof.  And, while Thomas did all the work, Rebecca owned the farm and thus controlled things. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Beach Read: The Ghost

It’s that time of year, and I wanted to find a spooky tale for your spine-tingling pleasure.  This one is the spookiest romance I have ever read, a brand new release from a brand new author, just in time for All Hallow’s Eve.   

Book Title: The Ghost
Author:  Sandra Brown Rarey
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Setting:  New England Coast
Format:  E-book
Pages:  144
Publication date:  October 17, 2012
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Opening Line:  Elizabeth Barrett’s house sat on the edge of a promontory that jutted over steep cliffs like a bony finger pointing at something beyond the foaming, angry seas.  Or, perhaps, beckoning something unknown to come closer. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Beach Chat with Sandra Brown Rarey


Name:  Sandra Brown Rarey

Recommend a Beach Read: The Blond Leading the Blond. The last time I read at the beach it was this book, the second time around. It is 100% entertainment. I've read it 3 times now and I am beginning to feel like Ellery is my neighbour.  Or maybe me. I can't wait for book two. (editor’s note:  I did NOT pay her to say that! Really!   But in the interest of full disclosure, she is one of my critique partners who read the book back in its infancy--and awful-cy!  And it’s a better book for her insights!) 

Most cherished beach memory:    Not cherished, but the most memorable:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beach Tale: Let's Get Physical!!!

Sorry, I couldn't find a G-rated version of Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical" video, so you're going to have to sing the song to yourself, as it is the audio background to today's post.  Okay, all together now, "Let's get physical, physical.  I wanna get physical..."

A reminder of where we left things two weeks ago:

The questions everyone has been asking is, "How did you come to have a truckload of boxes and what did we plan to do with them?" 
          I have procrastinated about writing this particular episode in our “little” construction project, because it brings back painful memories.  I don’t mean mental pain or emotional pain or spiritual pain.  I mean physical pain!  The type that the mere thought of lifting your little pinky brings tears to your eyes.   
          Oh wait, there I go again getting ahead of myself. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Contest Announcement



Congratulations Kym!  You are the winner of Chocolate for Breakfast, Martha Reynold's debut novel!  She will be contacting you soon to arrange e-delivery.  Thanks to all who stopped by over the weekend and special thanks to all who left a comment! 

There will be more contests this fall so be sure and come back to the beach every Friday for a Beach Chat.
~Jayne O

Beach Read: The Secret Adversary

Being a mystery-lover since my Nancy Drew days, you’d think that would grant me automatic enrollment into the Agatha Christie Fan Club.  But I think the first A.C. I read had something to do with Egyptian tombs or something and didn’t interest me in the least so I forsake all of her books.  But as an adult, with a much more mature reading palate, I gave an old Miss Marple a try, and loved it.  That led me on to Hercule Poirot and now I might be considered to have achieved Super Fan status!  But it wasn’t until a rainy Sunday a few weeks back when hubby and I wondered into a Barnes and Noble before the movie started and I found my first Tommy and Tuppence book…on the clearance rack, no less!  A lucky day for me!  

Book Title: The Secret Adversary
Author:  Agatha Christie
Genre:  Detective Story
Setting:  Post World War I England
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  302
Publication date:  2008 version of the 1922 original, complete with footnotes explaining some of the archaic words and phrases
Publisher:  Mud Puddle, Inc.
Opening Line:  It was 2 p.m. on the afternoon of May 7, 1915.  The Lusitania had been struck by two torpedoes in succession and was sinking rapidly, while the boats were being launched with all possible speed.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Beach Chat with Martha Reynolds

It's with great pleasure I introduce to you a new author who's first book Chocolate for Breakfast was recently released.  You can enter to win a free copy of this book for your Kindle by leaving a comment.  Good luck to all.  And now, without further ado, I give you...
Name:  Martha Reynolds
Recommend a Beach Read: I loved "Night Swim" by Jessica Keener
Most cherished beach memory: We had a beach house for a week when I was about ten. It was within walking distance to Sand Hill Cove, a lovely beach well-suited for kids and families. Traipsing back at the end of the day, skin tight from sunburn, Mom soothing it with Noxzema (the smell of Noxzema still reminds me of that time). Sand on the floors and in the bed. Chowder and clam cakes from the nearby restaurant, eaten outside at a picnic table. And falling asleep to the sound of the foghorn from the lighthouse.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Beach Read: "Room for Improvement"

If you were (or perhaps still are) a fan of those home makeover shows, and love a good “Dating Game” scenario and enjoy a laugh-out-loud read to tuck into your beach bag on your next day at the beach, then you are going to LOVE this book! 


Book Title:  Room for Improvement
Author:  Stacey Ballis
Genre: Chick Lit
Setting:  Chicago, with a brief trip to glitzy LA
Format:  Trade paperback
Pages:  294
Publication date:  2006
Publisher:  Berkely

Opening Line: I’m on all fours, on a rug of questionable cleanliness, fumbling in the dark for my boots.