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Memorial Day Charity Drive by Military Veteran Authors


Memorial Day is this Monday and it’s a day to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. It’s also a great opportunity to say Thank You to the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, our country and their families who support them!

There is a group of authors who have pledged part or all of their royalties this week to Veteran charity organizations through Memorial Day. The authors participating are also veterans, so this is a way for bookish people to support veterans who give back to other veterans. A win for all!Continue reading

Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Kimberly

Recipe: Huacatay Dip with Aji Amarillo


I’m going a little off topic today, but, to bring this back around to books, you would be your book club’s hero if you showed up to the next meeting with this dip.

Last year, my husband and I went to Tanta, a Peruvian restaurant here in Chicago and they served us a wonderful dip with fresh plantain chips. We asked the chef for the ingredients and then set out to recreate the recipe at home. This recipe uses two of our favorite Peruvian ingredients – Huacatay and Aji Amarillo.Continue reading

Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Kimberly

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eBook Deal of the Day: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

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The #1 New York Times bestseller filled with romance, adventure, and humor, from Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter.

What happens when happily ever after… isn’t?Continue reading

Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Kimberly

Review & Giveaway: On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy

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On a Night Like This is book one in a new series from Barbara Freethy. The first books in new series not only have to deliver on the promised romance, but also introduce us to characters we’ll want to get to know better in later books. On a Night Like This delivers on both counts.

I enjoyed that this book was based on a story line that could happen in real life and included a mystery or two that will, hopefully, play out over the course of the series.Continue reading

Posted Sunday, April 12, 2015 by Kimberly

Review + Giveaway: Harm’s Reach by Alex Barclay

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FBI Agent Ren Bryce finds herself entangled in two seemingly unrelated mysteries. But the past has a way of echoing down the years and finding its way into the present.

When Special Agent Ren Bryce discovers the body of a young woman in an abandoned car, solving the case becomes personal. But the more she uncovers about the victim’s last movements, the more questions are raised.Continue reading

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Kimberly

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Review: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson


Twenty years later, George Foss is still obsessed with his first love. I get it – he is nearing forty and has built a solid, quiet and utterly boring life. His college girlfriend Liana is all bright colors and excitement and probably a murderer. Despite everything he knows about her, he is easily ensnared in her dangerous game of sex and lies from which he may not be able to escape unscathed.Continue reading

Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Kimberly

Book Review: Princess’s Secret Baby by Carol Marinelli


Some of the first romances I ever read were from Harlequin, and it’s a line of books I still enjoy reading to this day. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on an advance copy of Princess’s Secret Baby by Carol Marinelli.Continue reading

Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Kimberly

Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer


HBO has released a trailer for Game of Thrones. Season 5 begins Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s a sneak peek: Continue reading

Posted Monday, February 2, 2015 by Kimberly

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