Sunday Post #161

Posted January 17, 2016 by Lola in Sunday Post / 36 Comments

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What happened this week?

This was another busy week, with lots of work, but I also made some time for reading, gaming and baking. 3 new cover reveals and a review opportunity went live on Lola’s Blog Tours this week and I’ve been busy working on this month’s marketing assistant work. I finished the work for one of my authors and am hoping to finish the rest of the work next week.

I tried two of the recipes that were on my list of recipes I wanted to try this week, so that was fun, even though one was a total failure. I also read my first 2 star read of the year, but no 5 star read so far. And I played a puzzle game called Mini Metro and it’s a lot fo fun and addictive.

I also managed to get way too many new books agin this week. The 3 of the cozy mysteries I ordered with my christmas money arrived and then I got two books from netgalley, one for review and Berls lended me the next calendar girl book.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
So I tried one of the recipes that was on my list of recipes to try in 2016. And let’s say it was a total failure, ugh it was gross. I do like the oreo and rice kripies combination, but the butter and marshmallows around it were so not good. It made me nauseous. I looked gross and tasted gross and was overly sticky and sweet. A few days later I made rice krispies in chocolate, which did turn out great.

German Oven Pancakes
And I tried another one of the recipes that was on my list of recipes to try in 2016. German oven pancakes, this turned out great, it tastes delicious. Although it was too much for me alone, so I am making less next time. I added some sugar on top and it was such an easy and handy way to amke pancakes. Yes you do have to wait a long time while it’s in the oven, but it’s much better than making normal pancakes as those always turn into a disaster when I try to make them.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Review: Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell
Review: Indestructible by Emma L Adams
Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Visualize When Reading?
Lola’s Kitchen: Lentils and Veggies in Peanut Sauce Recipe
Review: Crystal Cadets by Anne Toole and Katie O’Neill (Illustrator)

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Lost in Chance by Lize Jacobs
– Review: January (Calendar Girl #1) by Audrey Carlan
– Lola’s Ramblings: What do you remember from when you Read a Book?
– Lola’s Kitchen: “Speculaas” Muffins Recipe

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:

Review Opportunities:
Maisy and the Mystery Manor by Elizabeth Woodrum
Indestructible by Emma L Adams
Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis
Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
Buried and Forgotten by CJ Carmichael
Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce DomainNew!
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill – February 1 – New!
When Lucifer met Calamity by D. Alyce Domain – February 15 – New!
A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land – February 16
Crash Landing by Nikki Godwin – February 17 – New!

None open for sign-up at the moment

Book Haul:

Shards of MurderShards of Murder (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #2)
by Cheryl Hollon

Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Shards of Murder on Goodreads

When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal’s mind…

As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor.

But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $50,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far…

Murder in an Irish VillageMurder in an Irish Village
by Carlene O’Connor

Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Murder in an Irish Village on Goodreads

A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.

It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.

Peaches and ScreamPeaches and Scream (Georgia Peach Mystery #1)
by Susan Furlong

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find Peaches and Scream on Goodreads

In the first Georgia Peach Mystery, when murder threatens her family’s orchard, Nola Harper is ready to pick out the killer and preserve the farm’s reputation…

To help run the family peach farm during her parents’ absence, Nola Harper returns to her childhood home of Cays Mill, Georgia, and soon discovers that things back at the farm aren’t exactly peachy. A poor harvest and rising costs are threatening to ruin the Harpers’ livelihood, and small-town gossip is spreading like blight thanks to Nola’s juicy reputation as a wild teenager way back when. But Nola really finds herself in the pits when she stumbles upon a local businessman murdered among the peach trees.

With suspicions and family tensions heating up faster than a cobbler in the oven, this sweet Georgia peach will have to prune through a list of murder suspects—before she too becomes ripe for the killer’s picking…

Open HeartsOpen Hearts
by Erin Hayes

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Open Heart on Goodreads

My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.

Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.

Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.

I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.

And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.

By Book or By CrookBy Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery #1)
by Eva Gates

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find By Book or By Crook on Goodreads

Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery!

For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family’s social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father’s law partner. But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun—and some confections from her cousin Josie’s bakery—will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.

Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery—and she’s not so sure there’s going to be a happy ending….

Pies and PrejudicePies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1)
by Ellery Adams

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find Pies and Prejudice on Goodreads

When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious. They’re having magical effects on the people who eat them–and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn’s fiancé is found dead–killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin–it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

February February (Calendar Girl #2)
by Audrey Carlan

Format: e-copy
Source: lend to me by Berls
You can find February on Goodreads

A muse. Me. The motorcycle riding, ass-kicking, concert t-shirt wearing chick from Las Vegas, is a world-renowned French artist’s muse. For a month.

I had no idea when I took the escort job with Exquisite Escorts I would be standing naked in front of a blank canvas in a Seattle warehouse.

“Love on Canvas” he calls his exhibit, a combination of photographic stills and paint entwined to create the most awe-inspiring pieces the world will ever see. Except every last one of them features me and a moment in time where I was vulnerable.

Alec Dubois played on those vulnerabilities, teaching me lessons about love and life that would stay with me through the rest of my days.

Mia Saunders continues her mission to bail out her comatose father whose life is on the line to a dangerous loan-shark who happens to be Mia’s ex-boyfriend. For this journey, she serves as a high-priced escort to French artist named Alec Dubois in Seattle, Washington.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia, told from her perspective as she continues her journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.


36 responses to “Sunday Post #161

  1. The rice krispies looked like it had bees in it, I almost died then I realized it was Oreos and thought that doesn’t look good at all. I like rice krispie treats but I think I will avoid the Oreo ones. Lol

    The pancake looks yummy! Are you going to do a Lola’s Kitchen for that one? Would love to see how you made it. My family loves pancakes and if it’s similar I might be able to get them to eat that 🙂 Always looking for new stuff to give me.

    You all are making me want to read Calendar Girls, might have to borrow them from Berls too when everyone else is done reading them.

    Have a great week, Lola! Happy Reading! oxox
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    • It tasted even worse than it looked, ugh. I think I don’t like the marshmallows like that. The chocolate with rice krispies where yummy though!

      Yes I plan to do a Lola’s Kitchen for it next time I make it, although I probably divide the recipe in four for myself. It’s basically pancake batter(dutch/ european pancake batter, US batter is different), but instead of putting it in the pan you do it in the oven. It was so easy.

      I hope I don’t hold up everyone else who wants to lend it from her as I am reading a calendar girl book and then a netgalley book and then a calendar girl book again. So far I am enjoying this series. If you’re in the mood for a fun adult book with sex and depth, I would definitely recommend the series :).

  2. It feels like forever since I last read a cozy–and I know it hasn’t been quite that long. 🙂 I will have to check my TBR list and see if any stand out I might want to read soon. I am glad you were able to make time for reading and gaming despite the busy work week. It can be a real balancing act sometimes, can’t it?

    I hope you have a great week! We’re supposed to get rain tomorrow, but today the sun is out and the sky is clear. We’ll have to go for a walk a little later.
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    • I’ve been really getting into the cozy mystery since end of last year, so I bought a few of them with my christmas money and request some on netgalley when I see them. It’s definitely a balancing act with trying to fit everything in a week sometimes. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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  3. Well, the rice crispy things look a bit strange but unless you are a fan of rice crispy treats I don’t see that one working well. I love rice crispy treats and oreos so I would probably like it but must stay away as it’s fattening and trying to lose not gain…lol. The pancakes look pretty awesome though! 🙂

    You got some great books! I had to go look up the Irish one! There went my resisting netgalley….lol. I am getting the Pies and Prejudice one as an audio review for Tantor and can’t wait. 🙂
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    • I never tried rice cripsy treats before and not in a hurry to try them again now. The rice krispies and oreos was a good cobmination, the marshmallows just didn’t work for me.

      Sorry ;). The irish one sure sounds good though. And that’s great you’re getting the Pies and Prejudice one for audio review :).
      Lola recently posted…Review: Lost in Chance by Lize JacobsMy Profile

  4. A few cozy reads there I see! As for the cooking… the German oven pancakes look delicious! (And different to the usual pancakes.)

    Am not sure about the rice crispy recipe… :-/
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check-inMy Profile

    • I have been in the mood for cozies lately and as I am new to the genre I don’t have many of them yet, so I thought it was nice to buy a few ones and ofcourse thanks to netgalley for the others. The german oven pancakes were realy good and easier to make then the normal ones.
      Lola recently posted…Review: Lost in Chance by Lize JacobsMy Profile

  5. Sorry about the oreo rice krispies! That pancake looks delicious though. Plus it looks like you got a great book haul this week 🙂 That’s a fun idea that the Calendar Girl series is releasing one book each month. And you’re really loving the cozy mysteries! I’ve been on a bit of a historical fantasy kick myself, but now with the mermaid book and an ARC I just got from Netgalley, I guess I’m taking a short break from it. Gotta keep my feedback ratio up. It’s the only advantage my baby blog has got lol.
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  6. That rice krispies treat didn’t look good. I agree with Michelle and at first I thought it was bees lol. But the chocolate treats sound good. I would love to try the German pancake. Regular pancakes take a while to cook over the stove and sometimes I burn them by mistake lol. You got a lot of good books and the mysteries sound really interesting. I hope you have a great week!
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    • No I wouldn’t put bees in my food, that’s just gross, lol. It did look pretty gross too even in real life. The chocolates ones were so much better. I hate making normal pancakes, the dutch ones are horrible, I do slightly better with american pancakes, but I am not a patient baker. The pancakes either burn or stay too light as I don’t want to wait anymore. These oven pancakes were so handy, just make the batter, put it in the oven and return half an hour later.
      I tried Kaiserschmarnn this week, which is also made from pancake batter, but then a thick pancake, baked and cut into pieces, it’s so good and easy to make.
      Lola recently posted…Review: Lost in Chance by Lize JacobsMy Profile

  7. LOL! I was staring at your Krispie Treats with Oreos and trying to figure out what that was. I might have to try that one though it does look unappealing.
    The German pancake looks good, but yeah, that sucker is huge.

    Good that you got some work in this week along with some time for other things. A couple of your cozy mysteries look good. The Peach one and the Pie shop one are going on my list.

    Have a good week!
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    • I know the picture is horrible, but it didn’t look much better in real life. It didn’t taste much better than it looked.

      Next time I am dividing the german pancake recipe in four, so I can make a good one person portion. It was way too much for one person.

      I saw the second peach book on netgalley and it sounded so good I decided to get the first book. And the pie one sounds so fun too. I have a few more cozy mysteries ordered that should arrive soon :).
      Lola recently posted…Review: Lost in Chance by Lize JacobsMy Profile

  8. I love your new book haul Lola. Those mysteries look like great reads. And I really love those covers.. they almost look like they’re made by the same artist. Very pretty. I think it’s awesome that you’re reading all those mysteries now.. I love cozy mysteries.

    Wow.. that first picture does look very gross. I’m surprised you’d even tried it to be honest.. I love reading your recipes though.. It makes me wish I had more time to cook. Maybe I could even try out those oven pancakes then. I think my guy would love them.

    Have a great week Lola! 😉
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    • I have been in a cozy mystery mood lately and din’t own a lot of them in paperback yet, so much of my christmas money was spent on cozy mysteries. I love the cover art for those cozy mysteries.

      Let’s say I was tempted to not try it after I saw how it looked, but then some things look worse than they taste. This one tasted as bad as it looked.
      The oven pancakes were really neat though. I’ve been craving pancakes lately, so I am trying out recipes like that so I don’t have to make them the normal way. I just made Kaiserschmarnn yesterday and today and yum it’s so good.

      I have weeks were I don’t want to try out anythgin new or don’t make the time, but weeks like this I really love cooking and baking and trying out new recipes, it’s fun :).
      Lola recently posted…Review: Lost in Chance by Lize JacobsMy Profile

    • It was a nice balance of having enough work to keep me busy and still have time for other things. The german oven pancakes were delicious, I’ve been craving pancakes lately. I will have to make it again soon for a recipe post.

      I didn’t sign-up for the Cloak and Dagger challenge, but I am doing Anna from Herding Cats her genre challenge and cozy mysteries is one of the genres I set a goal for. I don’t think I am going to have trouble reaching that one as I am alreayd halfway to my goal for the year, lol.

  9. It does sound like your week was busy but also quite a lot of fun, Lola! How neat to try new recipes even if one didn’t turn out so well. And you also procured some great looking books. 🙂 I’ve been trying some new recipes this year as well…mostly salads though. Hopefully this week is off to a great start! We started off with a holiday so my kiddos were home for a 3-day weekend. 😀
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    • I am in a trying out new recipes mood lately. Tried out two new recipes again this week and these both turned out great. Good luck with your new recipes. I have a pasta salad with corn and egg recipe on the blog, if you’re looking for a new salad recipe to try ;).

      It seems that so many new aweosme books are releasing soon, I am getting way too many new books these weeks, but they all sound so good!

    • I think it’s the marshmallow part that didn’t work out for me, I can normally only eat a few of them. It just turned into a sticky sweet mess.
      Yeah the book just missed the mark for me, I don’t mind having read it, but I expected such a different book. My current reads are both great though 🙂
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