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A Bargained For Bride: Book Review

a-bargained-200x300It is a rare occasion in which I finish a book (Well, technically a Novella) and feel at peace.  In other words, don’t feel like the story ended too soon or wasn’t enough.  This one gave me that feeling.  Not only did it give me a feeling of peace after reading it, I was happy.  Super happy for Jill and Boone, at the transitions they had adjusted to and the growing they had done as well as pleased with the way the story unwound itself.  Marcia Lynn McClure brought out deep thought and introspection in a very pleasing manner.  After reading A Bargained For Bride I slept peacefully and dreamt dreams of a woman who appreciated the love within her own life.  If you are looking for a book to read and don’t have much time, this book is perfect.  It will remind you how you truly feel about your loved one and give the desire for insight into the decisions of another time and place.

I truly enjoyed this book.  I loved that it was short and I truly enjoyed the whole gist of the story.  This is truly a good read, one that will help you relax.  So, get your hot cocoa and a blanket and curl up with this one!  You won’t regret it!

A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure (Novella)

Excerpt

“You’re the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?” Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment.

Jilly smiled. “And you’re the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know,” she flirted in return.

Jack smiled. “I do know,” he said.

Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable—and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove—and he was, for the most part.

Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid), there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no lingering on thinking of that man—no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for any reason—ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true—being that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way Jack did

Author Marcia Lynn McClure

marcia-237x300Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

Originally posted 2013-10-28 00:01:04.

5 Lessons & A Confession: Kid’s Book Review

Everyone knows that reading to our children is essential for their growth, development, and success.  At this point, this blogger does not feel a need to inform anyone of this.  However, there are some confessions that need to be shared.5 Lessons & A Confession: Kid's Book Review of Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32

5 Lessons & A Confession

First, while comments about products are always true some products are easier to review than others.  Some I don’t want to put down, let go of, or share.  Others, I can’t wait to be done with.

Second, in the Zoo we realize life is real.  Real means both sides of the coin: good and bad.  We do our best to point out all that we believe, be it good, bad, or ugly.

Third, if we find a particular product fantastic, we will go to all lengths to shamelessly promote it.

Fourth, as a My Crafty Zoo reader you may as well get accustomed to seeing this particular product.  I loved it. I’ll be going crazy about it for quite some time.  There’s a good chance it will end up being the gift I give for all appropriately aged persons, and a few fun loving friends.

Now that all of that is off my chest, my conscious is clear and I shall begin shamelessly expressing my absolute love for this fantabulous little book!  Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 is one of the most adorable stories I’ve read in a very long time.  I dare say it puts Dr. Suess to shame.  I know, I know.  Strong words.  Don’t believe me?  Read it, you will be a convert.

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Author B.C.R Fegan did an amazing job of telling an interesting story that are paired ever so well with the graphics done by Lenny Wen.  I love that the story flows so well, almost musically, and that every page is a page you want to spend a few moments looking at and talking about!  Even as an adult, there was a piece of me that wanted to skip to the back to find out what was behind door 32 and then the other part that couldn’t skip a single line or page!

Lessons That Can Be Taught From the Book

  1. Everyone, even seemingly scary beings, has something good about them.
  2. Even ‘monsters’ do good things.
  3. Just because one can’t do what they think they should, they can still have a good time! This can be verified, check on door 21!
  4. It takes all kinds of ‘people’ to be a team!
  5. It’s important to respect rules and privacy!

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Prodigal

Prodigal is a wonderful read!  It’s labeled as young adult, but I think everyone can enjoy this one!  Great book to curl up to!  I recently read and enjoyed it very much!  It isn’t your average book of it’s kind, so take a minute and check it out below!

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Rektok ROSS is the author of the debut novel PRODIGAL. Rektok graduated college with a degree in journalism, which has since been forsaken in favor of fiction writing. Rektok likes all animals, a good underdog story, and dessert at every meal. Rektok currently resides in California. For more information please contact rektokROSS@gmail.com.

Synopsis

Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl meets God. This is the book that just may change the way you look at life.

It was supposed to be Lexy Quinn’s year. The hard-working wallflower has finally landed the coveted spot as Editor of her school’s newspaper. Then the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy can’t think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she’ll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or–who is she kidding?–notice her at all. When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy’s life takes an unexpected turn. Ash Preston is the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him? PRODIGAL is a different kind of love story, where faith, romance, and God converge . . . and it just might change the way you look at your life.

Prodigal: My Thoughts

As promised, Prodigal is a very different kind of love story.  Written for young adults, I think it probably would reach better for teen readers.  Prodigal is a far cry from today’s unrealistic books.  While reading it, I could see the characters being people at my school (well, had I went to school in a different generation).

In my youth, I was an avid reader.  I needed my books more than anything.  I would read so many books and my head would fill up with ideas of what my life could be like if it didn’t suck.  You know, if I were one of those lucky kids born to rich, loving parents who made sure I was drop dead gorgeous and had everything I wanted?  Yeah, those!  LOL.  Man how I wish I had read this book then!

Having worked professionally with teenagers, as well as having raised one, I can say that this book really does sound like the thoughts and words of teens today.  It’s not your average Christian book where every few pages about God.  It’s a story that allows the character, and us, to learn about what God’s love is supposed to look like.  If you aren’t into Christian books but love a good love story, this book is still something you’d enjoy.  It’s a ‘sneak up and get you’ kind of story.  I highly recommend checking it out!

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About The Author

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Rektok ROSS is the author of the debut novel PRODIGAL. Rektok graduated college with a degree in journalism, which has since been forsaken in favor of fiction writing.

Rektok likes all animals, a good underdog story, and dessert at every meal. Rektok currently resides in California. For more information please contact rektokROSS@gmail.com.

 

Originally posted 2013-09-20 00:20:41.

Easy Indian Cooking 2nd Edition

indian-coverwebIndian dishes are hard to find around these parts, there aren’t many places in Arkansas/Oklahoma you can get good Indian food.  That made me particularly happy that I could check out Easy Indian Cooking (2nd edition).  It’s always nice to have meals that are different!  😀

One of my favorite things about the book is the way the author, Suneeta Vaswani, breaks it down.  All of the intimidation is taken out as the basics are broken down so well even a meat and potato Southern girl like me can understand!  The book is broken down into some easy go to chapters so that you can seek out just what you are looking for.

Another thing I love about the book, aside from the stunningly appetizing photos, is the amount of things I was able to learn about Indian culture.  For example, flipping through the first time I learned about Chaat, which is part of the first chapter of recipes.  Chaato, the verb form, means to lick.  I thought it was pretty cool that there is a whole section of foods designed to go under that category.  Reminded me of growing up and licking the spoon when the adults cooked, you only wanted to do that to the best dishes, so these have to be great!!!

About the Book

From the Website

Indian cooking is an exciting cuisine, and now it’s easier to make than ever.

This new edition of Suneeta’s first release features 8 additional photos, as well as 30 all-new recipes. All of the dishes are richly flavored but are not complicated to create at home.

The recipes are easy for beginners to make, while also appealing to experienced home cooks and those already familiar with Indian cuisine. You’ll be absolutely delighted and amazed by the authentic flavor of these easy-to-prepare recipes.
Suneeta’s repertoire of 150 exciting and inspired recipes includes classic recipes from northern and southern India, as well as her personal favorites, all of which have been adapted for North American kitchens. These savory and tantalizing dishes bring the innovative flavors of India to your home.

Armed with the delicious recipes in this book and some aromatic Indian spices, you can prepare everything from snacks and appetizers to poultry, fish and vegetarian meals. There are also chapters dedicated to accompaniments, such as chutneys, sweets and beverages, so you can create a truly authentic Indian dining experience.

Suneeta shares her wealth of Indian cooking experience and knowledge by providing insightful cooking tips throughout the book. Whether you already love Indian cooking or are thinking about giving it a try, this is the perfect place to start.

About the Author

From the Website

Suneeta Vaswani was born in Mumbai, India, and lived in Houston, Texas, for many years. She has taught Indian cooking in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years and has recently moved back to Mumbai.

Book Details

ISBN-10:   0778804505
ISBN-EAN:   9780778804505
Price (USD):   $19.95
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages:  264
Published Date:   Apr 2013
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Originally posted 2013-09-19 00:01:37.

Feed with Love: Better Food For Dogs

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Better Food For Dogs is an excellent book for any dog owner.  Whether you want to switch to a custom diet or simply want to know how to make treats, they’ve got it all covered!  It goes pretty in depth about the necessary diet for our 4 legged babies, basic diet necessities, and even has the recipes divided by weight so that you can properly feed your baby without making them overweight and unhealthy!  Throughout the book, there are adorable pictures of various breeds that brings out that all necessary ‘aww’!
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Originally posted 2013-06-15 00:01:54.

Dark Waters By Toni Anderson

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WARNING:

This is the second book!  If you haven’t already, you’ll want to get the first book.  Also, be well advised that it is in your best interest to get both at the same time.  You won’t want to take a break to get to the second one!  It’s great!

Two paragraphs into the prologue I was hooked.  I couldn’t put it down!  I especially love the way Toni Anderson  builds on the characters.  Just as in Dangerous Waters, she finds a way to build on the characters even deeper once you already feel like you know everything about them.  She has a way of writing that keeps you turning the pages, leaving your reality for that of the book.
As in Dangerous Waters, Dark Waters leads along twists and turns you didn’t see coming!  There are many of the same characters, so it’s like getting reacquainted with old friends!  If you have yet to read Dangerous Waters, you are missing out!  I suggest getting them both at the same time if you can, as you are going to want to pick up the second in this fabulous series as soon as you put the first one down!  I’ll be honest and say that I loved it so much that I contacted the author!  I needed her to know how much I enjoyed her book!  😀  Now I know what those crazy stalker people experience, well at least for a second.  LOL.

Originally posted 2013-05-06 02:07:00.

Cookbook: 300 Sensational Soups

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I was recently able to check out 300 Sensational Soups and let me tell ya, I was impressed!  I honestly never thought there were so many possible soups!  This book covers a huge variety!  The chapters include:

  • soup stocks
  • chilled soups
  • fresh garden vegetable soups
  • bean soups
  • hearty meat lovers soups
  • cheese soups
  • fish and shellfish soups
  • chowders
  • world of soups
  • dessert soups
  • toppings and garnishes

I can’t wait to experiment with the chilled soups this summer, but for now we’ll stick with the hot soups on these cool days!  Nothing like a good hot soup to take the chill away!


There are a LOT of great soups, even for picky people like me.  We have to deal with some food allergies in our house, and there are enough recipes that I don’t really have to worry about not being able to try them out.  Monkey has picked one to try out soon, I’ll post pics.  😀  Some of the recipes will be posted in upcoming days so be sure to keep an eye out for them!  If you are reading this in reviews, you’ll be able to find the recipes in the recipe tab.  😀
One of the things I love about this book is the vast variety of different types of soup.  Chief Zoo Keeper tends to get tired of having a meal more than once a month so I am really appreciating the additions to our menu!
The awesome people at Robert Rose has been gracious enough to allow us a copy to give to one lucky reader.  I think you’ll really enjoy it and it has great recipes for soups year round!

Book Details

ISBN-10: 0778801969
ISBN-EAN:  9780778801962
Price (USD):  $24.95
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages:  384
Published Date:  Oct 2012

 

Originally posted 2013-03-22 05:00:00.