Friday, December 9, 2016

Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero

I finished Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero, last night. This is a really great story and I loved the mystery. Not at all how I thought this would turn out and a mystery I believe you will all love. Two cats, 4 dogs, a great boyfriend, an overbearing and well meaning mother, unexpected house guests and a cast if characters to get to know and love this book has great charm. This is a new series to me and yet is book 5! Out December 27th this one to include in your winter reading list for sure. I also loved that the main character is a woman named Stan, so creative and memorable. 



Learn more about Liz Mugavero and this series by clicking here. 
Pre order your own copy of Custom Baked Murder by Clicking here. 
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Cup of Tea and A Few Table Surprises For Me!

As I write this it is Wednesday night and I am about 21 chapters through Custom Baked Murder by Liz Mugavero. I have had some very busy and productive days of late and tonight as the temperatures continue to drop and the threat of snow again is eminent I look forward to the next few days of staying put watching the snow and trying out my new teas.  I am thankful for a chance to share about my advent calendar, which arrived last night from my mother in laws boss, who also included this mouse ornament as a thank you for the baking I have provided the office with this year. My mother in law kindly delivered it to me and I am thrilled to catch up on the first 7 teas!

Also on my table one of the Gold Canyon Candles I ordered and a lovely heart shaped gift from my Gold Canyon Candles Representative Laura, this is the coolest thing, you dip the wick in the wax to extinguish it rather then blowing! I had no idea and I loved how it worked.
My eyes are growing heavy tonight and I am writing this just before I turn in to bed. I am looking forward to discovering what is in my advent calendar for what is now today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day and I hope to be back with a cozy review for you tomorrow.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Sour Taste of Suspicion by CeeCee James

Monday December 5 brought so much snow that it afforded me a much needed reading break from the packing and the moving. I settled down into the couch and read every word cover to cover and I loved it. This was by far my most favorite book in the series and I found it the most interesting story line. I love a good paranormal mystery as you know and while this was not at all a paranormal mystery, I did love the "ghost story" that CeeCee tells. When all was revealed at the end I did not fully suspect the killer, nor had I picked up on all the subtle clues that CeeCee left in the book, at the big reveal I was actually pretty shocked and really impressed. Loved the tiny details in this one and I had no trouble at all picturing the setting, from the "dust" to the tiny doll house and the tormented lady of the house this was a great story to curl up with for sure!
The only thing worse than living in a haunted house is somebody trying to make you the next ghost. When Elise takes a position at spooky old Montgomery Manor as companion to her friend Lavina’s great aunt, she’s expecting an easy job for the holidays. What she doesn’t expect are dead bodies, ghosts and a murderer who’s picked her as the next target. Delving into the secrets and tragedies of the past, her only clue is a doll’s house from which pieces keep mysteriously disappearing. But what is the connection between the doll’s house and the real one? Is Montgomery Manor really haunted, or is there something even more sinister afoot? Elise will have to use all her all her ingenuity to answer the questions—and fast, or she just might find she’s the house’s newest ghost

The Sour taste of Suspicion by CeeCee Jame is now out and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Judy Hall's Crystal Mindfulness A Review

Today I am going to share a review of a non cozy book with you. Ever since I can remember, I have loved rocks, picked them up and filled my pockets and purse with them. It may seem odd to some but maybe not to others. Bottom line having a rock with me helps me feel grounded. Some call it crazy, others self-regulation, for me it is just something I have always done. I was immediately drawn to the book called Crystal Mindfulness by Judy Hall. I love Purple and lets face it the cover speaks to me! So much so that I ordered the one shown above for a friend for her birthday last month.
"Are you looking for a better way to practice mindfulness? Crystals can help in so many ways. They have been around for millions of years and in their terms the passing of decades is merely the blink of an eye, so they offer new ways of perceiving your life. Gazing into the depths of a crystal offers you instant clarity and stillness of mind. Providing a point of soft focus, crystals help you to stay attentively in the present moment without judging it or needing it to change. The unique qualities of each crystal assist in switching off your mind's chatter. Crystals can ease your anxieties, dispel your anger, show you how to forgive and let the past be, and so much more. They can help you make a decisive move (when that's appropriate). They connect you to yourself at a very deep level. The introduction covers what mindfulness is, how it works, what the benefits are for you and how crystals can help you practise it. Part 1 looks at specific topics that are relevant to your mindfulness practise, such as staying grounded, becoming centred, shutting off the chattering mind and accepting yourself.Part 2 is a comprehensive crystal mindfulness directory featuring 24 beautifully photographed crystals. Each description of the crystal and its benefits to mindfulness is accompanied by an exercise for a specific purpose, as well as other features such as keywords and a Crystal Reflection to use for instant access to inner calm. Flick through the pages until a picture catches your eye and work with the crystal as suggested, or target your crystal mindfulness practise more specifically using the book's headings. Then tune into the crystal you need and the magic will happen."
When reading this book there is so many wonderful lessons to take away and incorporate in your daily life. This book may not be for everyone but anyone picking up this book would be able to take away and incorporate its message in their own lives in their own way. The photos are stunning and if you are a rock or crystal person this is a great resource book as well as a guide to "Mindfulness" I enjoyed this book so much that I bought it from the book depository as a gift for a like minded friend. I enjoy discovering new books and reviewing them. I am always thrilled when I find a book I review and know I have to have a copy of my own even better when I find a book I just love and order it for a friend so we can share the enjoyment! Judy Hall's Crystal Mindfulness is avalible now and you can order it from The Book Depository (with free shipping) like I did by clicking here.
Thank you for  joining me for a cup of tea and a book review, I hope you have a wonderful day.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow At Sea Level....

Snow at Sea Level, sounds like a great book right, let me write it and I will share it with you. Early morning snow where I live that is actually sticking to the ground is rare here in Vancouver. While I live in Canada I live in the part that usually is free of the white stuff, cold and chaos that comes with it. But this morning in the early morning hours children everywhere here are waking up to what we think is a dusting of snow and to them a blizzard.
This is the front yard of our current home at 6 am, I have two cats and an almost 9 year old with his nose pressed to the window imagining the snowman he plans on building. Sad truth is that most of this will be gone by dinner time. So my thoughts turn to up coming releases, as I do not currently have a cozy on the go to read, here are three I am looking forward to reading and thought I would share with you!
I woke up to find that Laura Bradford has a new book series coming out in February with Kensington Books and I am thrilled and anxiously awaiting the release of Death in Advertising  or if I am really lucky advanced reading copy!
The next Kensington release I am looking at comes out in December, Custom Baked Murder looks great too! The cover is outstanding! I don't know Liz Mugavero but this one is one I am looking forward to reading!
Vicki Delany has a March release I am looking forward to as well, Elementary, She Read is going to be put out by Crooked Lane Books! 

We are in a sea of snow and boxes today, having the boys help pack their rooms has been a great challenge, now to have the snow let up so we can drop some boxes at the new place later today.
I hope you have a wonderful Monday. Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and some up coming cozy mysteries. As with all my posts I would love to hear from you. please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spiced and Iced by Jenny Kales

This is how I spent my rainy Saturday night, curled up on the couch with a great book, a large cup of tea and far too many snowball shortbread cookies! I finished Spiced and Iced by Jenny Kales, the second in her Callie's Kitchen Mystery Series. This book is out on Amazon December 5th!  I so enjoyed this mystery! Holiday themed, exciting small town murder and a twist of romance. Perfect for a holiday evening in and I would love to see this on the small screen! Main character Callie is a strong willed, single mom who has a knack for cooking and baking with a Greek flair and some amazing sleuthing skills too. A quirky family and a bit of bad news don't slow her down. Callie is definatly someone who keeps getting knocked down but always gets up on her own two feet. I did not have it figured out until the reveal and I never saw it coming. Lots of fun in this mystery too. I particularly enjoyed a new character in the book as well, but wont spoil it for you! The food mentions and the recipes included had my attention for sure, I can not wait to make each of them. I may have already made one though, shameful plug there is a recipe of mine at the end of this book too!


To learn more about author Jenny Kales please click here.
To order your own copy of Spiced and Iced from Amazon please click here.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

On My Table And In My Cup November 26th to December 3rd

December has arrived with the busy anticipation of the holidays and move. This is such a busy time of year and we often get caught up in what we should be doing, in the expectation, the anticipation and the hype. I have been trying to savor a few moments peace, take the time back from a season that seems to devour it. In my own busy and crazy life I am guilty of not doing this enough, being prone to worry and over planing and over expecting, so even these pauses are hard for me. Actually when I think about it, it is why I started taking photos of my morning tea, to force myself to slow down and capture the moment. A work in progress is what all of this is.
I came across this quote again earlier this week and it is one that really speaks to me, okay it yells to me. I am lucky in my life to have people placed here to remind me of exactly this. Take it as it comes, breathe, one step at a time and start where you are.  Life is extremely overwhelming and I am not the only one who feels this way. This is high functioning anxiety.
There is so many amazing things that cross my mind, my table and my heart and this week I was constantly reminded of the wonderful friends in my life who bring me joy. For that I am truly grateful....and there are books too!
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing one of my most favorite authors newest up coming release. Lorraine Bartlett (with Laurie Cass) has a great mystery for you with Dead, Bath and Beyond. I really think you will love it.
Also on my table this week and a book I am currently reading Spiced and Iced by Jenny Kales! This is book two and the cover is fantastic. Shameless plug here one of my recipes is featured in this book! Such an honor to have been included! I can not wait to share my review with you all soon.
You may have noticed the tiny elfin sweat shop that became of my table earlier this week. I had so much fun making these and even found the perfect little Mickey Mouse Buttons to put on them for my nieces and nephews who are spending Christmas in Disney this year.

 I mailed them off to my Montreal crew yesterday and handed my other sister hers. When my oldest niece arrives on Christmas Day I will give her hers too. I hope they have a blast!
I also finished reading The Ghosts of Misty Hollow this week and it was a great paranormal cozy! Lots of warm and fuzzy feelings in this one. Perfect holiday read!
I am still very much enjoying the cookies  from my cookie exchange last Saturday night, in my cup this week I have had an all Murchies black tea week,  with my Vanilla Black tea, their lovely Lavender Black Tea and their Christmas Morning Blend. Having Murchies so close is a blessing and I did a drive by of my new neighborhood this week and noticed that there is a Murchies not far at all from my new place, walking distance actually. I am so excited! Saturday starts with hockey in this house and hopefully Sunday taking the boys and showing them the new place. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you take a moment to breathe and start where you are.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a week in review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com