What Was Supposed to be a “Key to a Murder” Book Review

What Was Supposed to be a “Key to a Murder” Book Review

So, who wants to hear something funny? Today, I was scheduled to review Key to a Murder by Vicki Vass. I sat down this week and read the book. I enjoyed it quite a bit and then sat down to write my review. That’s when I realized something wasn’t right. The synopsis posted on Amazon of the book didn’t sound much like the book I read. Then I went back and did some checking. Turns out that I had a copy of…

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Send in the Clowns Book Review

Send in the Clowns Book Review

True Confession – The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours have had so many awesome book review opportunities recently, I may have said yes to too many in a short amount of time. When this review was coming due, I was worried. I only had a couple days to read the book and write my review. Well, I shouldn’t have been worried at all because Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern was such a great read that I had it…

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The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole

The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole

My name is Garth McNary. I am guest posting on Marie’s blog today to tell you about a new book we just finished reading. The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler. I have never guest posted on a blog before, but if Lenny the Chihuahua in this book can have a blog, I figured why can’t I guest post? I sat next to my Mom on the couch and slept while she read the book, so I…

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Book Review: Crepe Factor + A Giveaway

Book Review: Crepe Factor + A Giveaway

Trying to decide what to read next? I have a new release for you to check out. I just finished, Crepe Factor by Laura Childs (with Terrie Farley Moran). It is the perfect read for those cool October nights when you just want to curl up with a good book. This is the fourteenth book in the “Scrapbook Mystery Series” but the first one I’ve read. I am a fan of Laura’s “Tea Shop Mystery Series,” thus when I heard…

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Masking for Trouble Book Review + Giveaway

Masking for Trouble Book Review + Giveaway

Halloween season with small kiddos ensures that one of the big items on my family’s October to-do list is picking out the perfect Halloween costumes. It is always a tough process for me. Finding one that fits them just right, will stand up to the weather (Halloween can be cold in Iowa), and works for school classroom parties. I usually end up at Target or Wal-Mart with the boys encouraging them to just pick something! Margo Tamblyn, the protagonist in this…

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Tangled Up in Brew Book Review + Giveaway

Tangled Up in Brew Book Review + Giveaway

I can’t get enough of fall themed mysteries this time of year. I just finished Tangled Up In Brew by Joyce Tremel and wanted to share a little about this perfect fall read. And give you the chance to win a copy for yourself! This is the second book in the “A Brewing Trouble Mystery” series and follows the adventures of Max, a female brewpub owner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During this adventure (the first one I’ve read in the series), Max…

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A March to Remember + A Giveaway

A March to Remember + A Giveaway

Do the election season blues have you down? Don’t think you can possibly handle one more political commercial, debate, or phone call? I have the solution. Pick up a copy of Anna Loan-Wilsey’s new book, A March to Remember and read a fun, fictional account set in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. There was a lot I liked about this book. One of those items was the main character, Hattie is a list maker like me! She would write out and organize…

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A Jump Into Cozy Waters

A Jump Into Cozy Waters

I have a lot of crazy ideas. I also have wonderfully supportive people in my life who are really good at saying, “That sounds like a great idea. Go for it!”  Putting these two things together can be a dangerous (but awesome) thing. It is no secret that I love to read. I also love the extras that authors have been putting in the back of many cozy mystery books these days. Recipes, decorating tips, etc. This got me thinking about other…

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Fall Reading Fun

Fall Reading Fun

It is no secret that I love fall. The colors, the cooler weather, and everything that comes with it. I started with fall themed reading even before the weather had turned. Sitting down with a good book is my favorite way to relax and let my mind wander at the end of a long day. And it beats so much of the stuff that is on TV! Here is what I’ve been reading the last couple of weeks. Hallowe’en Party by…

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We Survived the First Week!

We Survived the First Week!

It is back to school time in the McNary house. I’m happy to report we survived the first week and are still smiling just as big as they were in this picture taken on the first day. (Don’t they all look adorable in their uniforms?)   All three boys are in school full time now, which is different for me. I’ve enjoyed getting into the new routine. I’m amazed how productive I’ve been able to be in my virtual assistant work…

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