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April’s New Book Releases as I see it

April 2014


Week of April 1st

Ghost of a Gamble – Granny Apple #4 – Sue Ann Jaffarian

A Killing Notion – Magical Dressmaking #5 – Melissa Bourbon

Sugar and Iced – A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #6 – Jenn McKinlay

Stone Cold – Broken Magic #2 – Devon Monk

The Whole Cat and Caboodle – A Second Chance Cat Mystery #1 – Sofie Ryan

A Bat in the Belfry – A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery – Sarah Graves

Magical Misfire – A Southern Witch e-Novel – Kimberly Frost

Circle of Desire – Damask Circle #3 – Keri Arthur

Drowning in Fire – The Elementals #3 – Hanna Martine

Marked – A Mindspace Investigations Novel #3 – Alex Hughes

Death on Eat Street – Biscuit Bowl Food Truck #1 – J.J. Cook

The Day he Kissed Her – A Bad Boys of Crystal Lake Novel – Juliana Stone *

Under Stone Cold – A Constable Molly Smith Novel – Vickie Delaney

A Biscuit, A Casket – Gourmet Pet Food Mystery #2 – Liz Mugavero *

A Second Helping of Murder – Comfort Food Mystery #2 – Christine Wenger *

Bloom and Doom – A Bouquet Shop Mystery #1– Beverly Allen *

Uncertain Glory – Lea Wait *

Death Comes Quickly – China Bayles #22 – Susan Wittig-Albert *

A Roux of Revenge – Soup Lover’s Mystery #3 – Connie Archer *

Forget Me Not – Quilting Mystery – Fern Michaels *

Antiques Chop


Week of April 7th

Sea of Shadows – Age of Legends #1 – Kelley Armstrong

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3 – Laini Taylor *

Pack of Strays – Fangborn #2 – Dana Cameron *

Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover – Miss Julia Mystery – Ann B. Ross *


Week of April 14th.


Hanging by a Hair – Bad Hair Day #11 – Nancy J. Cohen

Guidebook to Murder – eBook – A Tourist Trap Mystery – Lynn Cahoon

Apart at the Seams – Cobble Court Quilt Mystery #6 – Marie Bostwick

Dances with Demons – Phoenix Chronicles Novella – Lora Handeland


Week of April 28th

How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) – Love at Stake #15 – Kerrelyn Sparks

Apart at the Seams – Cobbled Court Novel #6 – Marie Bostwick

The Taking – Kimberly Derting *

Half Moon Harbor – The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #2 – Donna Kaufman  

Once Bitten, Twice Burned: A Phoenix Fire Novel – Cynthia Eden  

Antiques Con – A Tran & Treasures Mystery – Barbara Allan  

Dead Giveaway – Joanne Fluke     

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Sweet Stuff is a Tender Yet Funny Romance

Sweet Stuff

By Donna Kauffman

Copyright February 2012

Publishers Brava (Contemporary Romance)


Double Fudge…Toasted Coconut…Key Lime…Strawberry Cream…
Every bite is a mouthful of heaven.
And the women of the Cupcake Club are bringing their appetites …

Riley Brown never imagined she would find her bliss on Georgia’s quiet Sugarberry Island after years of Chicago’s city life. With a new career and fantastic new friends, she’s got it all—except for eligible men. But a gig staging a renovated beach house delivers a delicious treat—six feet of blue-eyed, gorgeous writer as delectable and Southern as pecan pie. Quinn Brannigan has come to Sugarberry to finish his latest novel in peace, and suddenly Riley has a taste for the bad boy author that no amount of mocha latte buttercream or lemon mousse will satisfy …

Riley’s friends are rooting for her to give in to her cravings and spice up her life, but it’s Quinn who needs to learn that life’s menu just might include love, in all its decadent, irresistible flavors…


Riley had loved her job in Chicago and it still hurt when she thought about leaving it to start over.  She found her way to Sugarberry Island and settled in there on a borrowed houseboat. She found an interesting new job staging homes and condos for sale on the surrounding islands and began to make friends and a new life.  The only thing missing was male companionship, and she isn’t sure that she’s ready to get back into that race.

While working on staging a lovely beach cottage for showing, Riles lets her eyes wander to the Jog Master 3000 she set up and decides that it can’t be that hard to try.  Looking at the control panel with all the buttons she steps up and presses a few.  As the machine starts rolling she starts walking slowly.  The pace starts to pick up until she is hanging onto the side rails for dear life, wondering how she’s going to get off this thing with her body intact. Although of course she is also dreaming about hunky EMT’s coming to her rescue.

She is now almost thirteen minutes into her torture and wondering where the deliverymen with the Steinway Piano she ordered are. She is also imagining herself being thrown from the job machine and sees the newspaper headlines in her mind “Riley Brown Found Dead! Sugarberry’s Premiere House Stager in High Speed Treadmill Incident!”

The doorbell chimes and she hopes it is the men who are delivering the piano she ordered for the house. It will add just the right touch of class, and hominess to the house.  Again the doorbell chimes and she starts to wonder why they aren’t coming in, Open House means open house. Just walk in and bring the piano. A deep voice with a Southern accent startles her as he says “I thought this was the house that is being leased. Riley looks up and sees handsome six foot plus, with shoulders and jawline and loses it as she is thrown violently off the treadmill and into her artfully arranged cluster of plants.

This is definitely the way to meet the world famous author Quinn Brannigan!.

This is the second book in the wonderfully funny and enjoyable Cupcake Club Romance books. I love the way the author brings what are essentially damaged souls to the island where they are healed and find happiness and love in this small town island setting. I truly hope that this series has a long and successful run.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Sugar Rush is a Sweet Read

Sugar Rush

By Donna Kauffman

Copyright January 2012

Publisher: Brava Contemporary Romance

When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale leaves New York City for Georgia’s sleepy Sugarberry Island, She didn’t expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly her former boss, Baxter Dunne, AKA Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The Same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani’s mouth water and her cheeks blush the colour of raspberry filling… stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true.

Lani’s friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he’ll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal..

Leilani’s life in New York had been great, career wise anyway.  She was chosen by Baxter Dunne as his assistant and she learned a hell of a lot from him, eventually moving her up to Executive Chef and manager of “Gateau” his restaurant.   But while her professional career was going well, her personal life was the pits.  She was secretly lusting after her boss, and the fact that the people who she worked with, who actually thought she’d slept her way to that job just made her feel worse.

After three years as Gateau’s manager and many kudos for her award winning cakes she called it quits and went home to open a place of her own on Sugarberry Island off the coast of Georgia.  There she contentedly sold cakes by the cup.  Yes, she owned a cupcake bakery, and she was extremely proud of it.

Lani is putting the final touches on a batch of cupcakes for the Kiwanis Fund Raiser when her friend Charlotte calls from NY.  Her world is about to be turned upside down again as Charlotte tells her that her old boss, Chef Hot Cakes plans to take his show on the road and have Sugarberry Island and her shop as his opening show.  She is even less happy when the Chef shows up at her back door unannounced and sticks his foot in his mouth, angering Lani in the process.

This is a story about love denied, and finding happiness in your life’s work.  I found it funny, delightful, filled with cupcakes, crazy octogenarians, Hot Chefs,and romance.  I recommend it highly and am looking forward to the author’s next book in this series.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers who only requested a fair and impartial review.

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