Showcase: SO, YOU’RE RAISING YOUR GRANDKIDS! by Harriet Hodgson

In a departure from my usual fare of mysteries and romantic suspense, today’s post shines the spotlight on So, You’re Raising Your Grandkids!: Tested Tips, Research, & Real Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier by Harriet Hodgson.  Promises to be a very insightful read.

About the Book

So, You're Raising Your Grandkids by Harriet HodgsonIf you are a grandparent raising your grandchildren, help has arrived.

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 10% of all grandparents in the nation are raising their grandkids, and the number is going up. You may be one of the millions of these grandparents and it’s a role you never expected. Willing as you are to assume this role, you have some questions. How will I find the energy for this? Is my grandchild normal? What if I “blow it?” Each day, you look for ways to make life easier.

This book will:

•  Help ease your worries and guilt;
•  Offer tips for creating a grandfamily;
•  Give methods for improving grandparent-grandchild communication;
•  Suggest ideas for how you can connect with your grandchild’s school;
•  Provide child development information;
•  Recommend approaches to help your grandchild set goals;
•  Stress the importance of having fun together;
•  Offer ideas of how to foster your grandchild’s hopes and dreams.

So, You’re Raising Your Grandkids blends Harriet Hodgson’s wise and moving grandparenting story with recent research and findings. It shares her 21 years of caregiving experience, including seven years of raising her twin grandkids. Each chapter ends with What Works, proven tips for grandparents raising grandkids.

At the end, you’ll cheer for all the loving grandparents—including you—who are putting grandchildren first.

The book is available on Amazon.

About the Author

Rochester, Minnesota resident Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 36 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and additional graduate training.

Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). She is a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation, The Grief Toolbox, and The Caregiver Space websites. Visit www.thecaregiverspace.org/authors/hhodgson to read her articles.

Harriet Hodgson shirtHodgson has appeared on more than 185 talk radio shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of television stations, including CNN, and dozens of blog talk radio programs. A popular guest, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences.

Her recent work is based on Hodgson’s 21 years as a family caregiver. She was her mother’s family caregiver for nine years, her twin grandchildren’s guardian and caregiver for seven years, and is in her fifth year as her disabled husband’s caregiver.  Visit Harriet’s RRBC Author Page to find out more about this busy wife, grandmother, caregiver, and author.

Review & Giveaway: SECRETS OF THE TREASURE KING by Terri Ambrose

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I recently read an ARC of Secrets of the Treasure King, the 4th book in Terry Abrose’s Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.

About the Book

SECRETS-OF-THE-TREASURE-KINGThe Seaside Cove rumor mill is buzzing about the captain of The Treasure King. He claims to know the location of the San Manuel, a four-hundred-year-old sunken Spanish galleon with a cargo worth millions. And now, he’s dead, the victim of a speargun attack.

When the police ask B&B owner Rick Atwood to consult in the investigation, he has mixed feelings. Consulting for the police is not the problem. He’s done it before. The problem is his eleven-year-old daughter, Alex.

Alex is fearless, precocious, and fueled by a strong sense of girl power. She’s also convinced the cops will never find the killer without her help, so she launches her own investigation—and quickly becomes a candidate for Seaside Cove’s youngest felon.

Now, unless Rick can solve the case with the clues Alex found illegally, his daughter might face charges of breaking-and-entering, the treasure of the San Manuel will be lost to pirates, and a killer could get away with murder.

My Review

Rick Atwood, a former investigative reporter,  has settled into his new life as owner of a B&B in a quaint seaside town.  Rick is a devoted father who only wants the best for his over-inquisitive daughter and that includes keeping her away from murder investigations.  Of course, that is too much to expect of Alex, a very determined and impulsive pre-teen.  The  narrative alternates between Rick and Alex’s points of view, including her journal entries, giving the book a younger feel.

The mystery itself focuses on local history and the search for a centuries old shipwreck. It is an interesting even-paced mystery, complete with a few surprises leading up to the discovery of the murderer.   An enjoyable light read for a day at the beach.

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book.  This has not affected my review in any way.

Giveaway

Enter a rafflecopter for your chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card from the author.

Terry-Ambrose-400x560About the Author

Terry Ambrose has written and published fourteen mysteries. His Seaside Cove Mystery series new releases have risen to the Amazon genre Top 100. In 2014, Con Game, Terry’s second thriller in the License to Lie series received the San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery/Thriller award. Terry also writes the McKenna Trouble in Paradise mysteries and organized an anthology written by bestselling mystery writers to benefit a literacy nonprofit in Hawaii.

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Giveaway: STAY HOME AND READ!

Just a quick note to wish you all the best during these unsettling times.  No matter where you live, your life has probably been affected by the raging pandemic in some way.  I’m not sure how others are coping, but I will confess to escaping into books. Lots of books. I don’t think I have ever read as much as I have these past few weeks.  Anyway, I decided now would be a good time  to host  a rafflecopter giveaway. As the prize, I’ll be sending one lucky winner a $10 Amazon Gift Card.   Enter for your chance to win (now through May 10th.)

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Book Blast & Giveaway: FEED YOUR READER

Is the news getting you down? Are you staying away from people to try to stay healthy? Are you looking for things to help you beat cabin fever?   I don’t know about you but I have been devouring books – my idea of a perfect escape during these stressful times.

KeepCalm_red_3If you are at all like me, you’ll want to stock up on books to weather the storms ahead. So here’s a great way to fill up your eReader and save money, too!

Visit http://www.goddessfish.com/promo/feed-your-reader-bargain-books/ to discover a wide range of books in your favorite genres that are currently only $0.99 or maybe even FREE.  Check them out to see if you find something that tickles your fancy!

There’s also a chance for you to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – check out the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

Review & Giveaway: DYING ON EDISTO by C. Hope Clark

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As part of a tour organized by Silver Dagger Book Tours, I recently had the pleasure of reading Murder on Edisto by  C. Hope Clark. 

About the Book

DYingOnEdisto-coverOne death. Two detectives. And unexpected backup.

A Callie Morgan and Carolina Slade crossover! (A standalone mystery)

When a renowned—and now dead—travel blogger washes ashore on the banks of Indigo Plantation, Police Chief Callie Morgan of Edisto Beach agrees to head the investigation as a favor to the county sheriff, whose reasons are as questionable as the death itself.

When death turns to murder and a watchdog from the county makes her investigation difficult, Callie reluctantly turns to Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo, vacationing agents with the Department of Agriculture. Because poison is growing on this plantation, and someone knows how to use it well.

“Page-turning…[and] edge-of-your-seat action…crisp writing and compelling storytelling. This is one you don’t want to miss!” —Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestselling author

“Her beloved protagonist, Callie, continues to delight readers as a strong, savvy, and a wee-bit-snarky police chief.”—Julie Cantrell, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author

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My Review

A dead body is never good for business. And when it is found by vacationing  federal investigators Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo while Police Chief Callie Morgan happens to be visiting the newly opened resort, the potential for conflict is no surprise.  Especially when it is outside their respective jurisdictions and the local detective is not a nice guy.    The author provides the reader with insights into both Callie and Slade, their  motivation, their pasts, and their relationships with others.

The plot was intricate and well developed, with twists and turns leading to a satisfying resolution and vivid descriptions of a picturesque southern community. An enjoyable mystery.

This was my first time reading anything by this author.  I liked this book, though I suspect it might be easier to get into for fans of both series who are already acquainted with the two main characters.  That said, I just might go back and read the earlier books in those series.

FTC Disclosure:  I received a review copy of this book as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

Giveaway

Click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

About the Author

C. Hope Clark_393x400C. Hope Clark has a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series as well as the Edisto Island Mysteries, both set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake, with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. Hope is also editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com.

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Amazon * Goodreads

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Cozy Happenings – March 2019

MysLoversSale3This month’s  “Cozy Happenings” post highlights a few new releases from my author friends from recent months.

And if you’re looking for great bargains to fill up your e-reader, check out the Mystery Lovers Virtual Bookshop  – all the featured books in the multi-author promotion are free or only 99 cents this weekend only!

And there’s also a great collection of  99 cent mysteries to be found as part of the mystery sale over at Fun & Flirty Mysteries this weekend.

Recent and Upcoming Releases – Check’em Out!

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Happy reading!

Spotlight & Giveaway: ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE by Tina Kashian

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, today’s post features a new release from Tina Kashian – One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Mystery).

About the Book

One-Feta-In-The-Grave-MM-626x1024As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea …

With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year … but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered …
Recipes included!

About the Author

Tina-Gabrielle-Author-Photo-199x300Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.

After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit http://www.tinakashian.com and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.

Giveaway

Click here to enter a rafflecopter for a chance to win a print or Digital Copy of One Feta in the Grave.

Author Links

Purchase Links

Amazon –   iBooks –  Barnes & Noble –  Kobo –   Google Books

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Cozy Happenings – October 2018

This month’s  “Cozy Happenings” post highlight some of the new releases, giveaways and bargains from my author friends. Hope it helps you find something great to read.

Recent or Upcoming Releases – Check’em Out!

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Free or Discounted Books

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And, last but not least – you won’t want to miss out on this cozy mystery sale for a great selection of 99 cent books from your favorite authors.

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Happy reading!

Cozy Happenings – September 2018

This month’s  “Cozy Happenings” posts highlight some of the new releases, giveaways and bargains from my author friends. Hope it helps you find something great to read.

Recent or Upcoming Releases – Check’em Out!

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Free or Discounted Books

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And, last but not least – you won’t want to miss out on the Mystery Lover’s Mega Sale for a great selection of free and bargain books from your favorite mystery authors.

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Happy reading!

Cozy Happenings – July 2018

This month’s “Cozy Happenings” post highlights some of the new releases, giveaways and bargains from my author friends. Hope it helps you find something great to read this summer.

Recent or Upcoming Releases – Check’em Out!

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Free or Discounted Books

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