Seasoned for Stealth

Book Review for “The Chef’s Secret” by Crystal King. In the 1500s in Italy, there lived a man, Bartolomeo Scappi, who is known to this day as one of Europe’s most creative and talented chefs. Scappi, who died in 1577, rose from being a humble cook to a master who devised elaborate dishes and meals … Continue reading Seasoned for Stealth

The Tint and the Taint

  Book Review of “The Blue” by Nancy Bilyeau. In the author’s notes of this book, Bilyeau calls this “a spy story set amid the rivalry of eighteenth-century porcelain factories,” in which the author tells the story of Geneviève Planché, who becomes entangled in the intrigue behind discovering a new shade of blue that is … Continue reading The Tint and the Taint

TCL’s Trash or Treasure Tuesday #1!

  AKA “Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR” My fellow blogger Bookish Rita turned me on to this, which was originally Lia @ Lost in a Story’s idea. The rules are very simple: Sort your Goodreads to-be-read shelf from oldest to new; Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending … Continue reading TCL’s Trash or Treasure Tuesday #1!

My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

  2018: The year of “only by a whisker” books. Yes, the time has come once again for me to give you all my roundup of my favorite books published over this past year. I have to warn you however, I’m going to cheat a tiny bit with my non-fiction book this year. See, although … Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

My Liebster Award Nominations

  Last October, Annette Steinmetz of Reading in the Garden, nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Well, it has taken some time, but I'm finally complying!   For those who don't know what a Liebster Award is, you can find out all the details here. The short version of the rules is as follows: Acknowledge … Continue reading My Liebster Award Nominations

Feature & Follow Friday March 4, 2016

The Feature and Follow is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow’s goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other – even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options … Continue reading Feature & Follow Friday March 4, 2016

The Chocolate Lady’s First Book Blogger Hop!

  Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop! If you want schedule an upcoming post, click here to find the appropriate prompt question. To submit a question for a Book Blogger Hop, fill out this form. What to do: 1. Post on your blog answering this question:   This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth … Continue reading The Chocolate Lady’s First Book Blogger Hop!

Feature & Follow Friday (December 18, 2015)

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the … Continue reading Feature & Follow Friday (December 18, 2015)

Fictional blogging for her life

Book Review for "Undiscovered Gyrl" by Allison Burnett. Authors have always been told, "Write what you know," but as far as I can tell, this is a rule that Mr. Burnett has shunned totally. Had it resulted in an unsuccessful novel, would have been understandable, but amazingly, it doesn't. How a 50-something male author can … Continue reading Fictional blogging for her life