Friday, June 14, 2024

Air Fryer Cookbook by Ella Sanders

 Whip up fun, flavorful restaurant recipes in your own kitchen!

Devour amazing restaurant-style eats whenever you want them with the ease of an air fryer! From appetizers and main events to desserts, 
The Better, Faster, Crispier-Than-Takeout Air Fryer Cookbook features more than 75 quick and tasty recipes inspired by menu favorites. You’ll benefit from less fat and fewer calories without sacrificing a bit of flavor. So fire up your air fryer and treat yourself to fast-casual classics and new fried favorites!

- Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Parmesan Truffle Fries
- Southwestern Egg Rolls
- Nashville Hot Chicken
- Fresh Fish Tacos
- Korean Chicken Wings
- Cinnamon-Sugar Churros
- Air-Fried Oreos

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Ella Sanders is a comfort food enthusiast who loves spending time at the table with friends and family. She shares her enthusiasm for cooking with anyone who's interested and specializes in making traditional meals with unexpected flavor and flair. Ella lives with her husband and two boys in Portland, Maine. Her cookbooks include The Ultimate Instant Pot Pressure Cooker CookbookThe Ultimate Ketogenic Cookbook, and Copper Magic.

My Thoughts...
If you are not watching what you eat this is a great cookbook. We are on Keto so we can't eat any of it but it all looks so good. And so easy.
Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Return to Lovelock Inn by Katie Prescott


Their father’s ambition made them strangers. Now his final challenge will bring the Lovelock sisters together as they discover the meaning of family on Valentine Key.

As the only child of wealthy businessman Horatio Beauregard Lovelock’s beloved first wife, Victoria Lovelock was robbed of the love of both parents at a young age — her mother dying in a fruitless attempt to give Horatio the son he wanted, her father through indifference and neglect.

Victoria’s childhood was a vagabond existence of moving from one boarding school after another across Europe and the United States. She came to rely on herself, and the affection of Lily Lovelock during her too-short summer visits to her aunt’s Lovelock Inn on Valentine Key.

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Katie Prescott loves hanging out on the beach. Once there she can typically be found with a book in one hand and a delicious fruity drink in the other. She is convinced that sitting in the sand and watching the waves come in is the best way to spend her time off.

My Thoughts...

What a great start to a new series. This is truly women's fiction at its best. The family drama and the fast-paced page tunning read does leave a cliffhanger at the end. So, I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Modern Friendship by Anna Goldfarb


Modern friendships can be painfully ambiguous. But they don’t have to be. Journalist Anna Goldfarb has your back. “It’s understandable if your friendships are floundering. You’re up against historically new forces that we, as a culture, have no precedent for navigating,” she says. With 
Modern Friendship, Anna shares a manual for understanding what is pushing our friendships to the brink and provides actionable advice for forming authentic, enduring connections today.

It’s never been easier to shed friendships, which is precisely why we need a new approach to keeping them strong. Anna argues that we need to update our approach to friendships in a way that accounts for the hyper-fluid society we live in. The key to forming a lasting bond is what Anna calls “Wholehearted Friendship”―proven strategies to enhance enthusiastic connection.

Blending keen insights, cutting-edge social research, and intuitive practical tools, she invites you to explore:

• Why modern friendships are so ambiguous―and how to get clarity
• How desire influences friend selection, why friendships fail, and how to hone your friendship intuition
• Mattering to others―establishing boundaries, being flexible, having fun, and setting up your friendships for success
• Tools for the tough times―exercises, prompts, scripts, and advice on keeping friendships active even when life gets hectic
• Practicing Wholehearted Friendship―how to be caring, curious, appreciative, and supportive to a friend in any situation
• Trying a 14-day Friendship Cleanse―two weeks of actionable advice to clarify your wishes in friendship and strengthen your connections, both old and new

Grasping the mechanics of friendships will liberate you from the prison of self-doubt. “Your friendships are precious. They’re vital. They matter. So let’s understand, cultivate, and harness their incredible power,” says Anna. With Modern Friendship, you’ll discover how to be a more self-assured and empowered friend to the most meaningful people in your life. Let Anna show you how.

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Author and journalist Anna Goldfarb has covered friendships extensively for the New York Times' Smarter Living section. Her reporting on friendship has also appeared in the Atlantic, TIME Magazine, Vox, Vice, The Cut and more. Her forthcoming book, MODERN FRIENDSHIP, will be out in June 2024. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and tripawd cat, Eleanor.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Coast Road by Alan Murrin


A poignant debut novel about the lives of women in a claustrophobic coast town and the search for independence in a society that seeks to limit it.

Set in 1994, The Coast Road tells the story of two women—Izzy Keaveney, a housewife, and Colette Crowley, a poet. Colette has left her husband and sons for a married man in Dublin. When she returns to her home in County Donegal to try to pick up the pieces of her old life, her husband, Shaun, a successful businessman, denies her access to her children.

The only way she can see them is with the help of neighbour Izzy, acting as a go-between. Izzy also feels caught in a troubled marriage. The friendship that develops between them will ultimately lead to tragedy for one, and freedom for the other.

Addictive as Big Little Lies with a depth and compassion that rivals the works of Claire Keegan, Elizabeth Strout, and Colm Tóibín, The Coast Road is a story about the limits placed on women’s lives in Ireland only a generation ago, and the consequences women have suffered trying to gain independence. Award-winning Irish author Alan Murrin reminds us of the price we are forced to pay to find freedom.

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Alan Murrin is an Irish writer based in Berlin. His short story, “The Wake,” won the 2021 Bournemouth Writing Prize and was shortlisted for short story of the year at the Irish Book Awards. The Coast Road was shortlisted for the PFD Queer Fiction prize. Murrin is also the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Agility Award and an Arts Council Literature Bursary. He is a graduate of the prose fiction masters at the University of East Anglia, and writes for the Irish Times and the Times Literary Supplement, as well as Art Review and e-flux.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle

 A ruthless murderer. A deadly secret. An unbreakable love.

After the brutal murder of her mother and brother twelve years ago, Corina Roberts built a new life in Kentucky. But when strange things begin to happen, she is thrust into a perilous game of life and death. With nowhere else to turn, her best hope of survival depends on her ex-boyfriend, army veteran Bryce Jessup.

Recently returned from service, Bryce has every intention of staying away from Corina, but when threats close in around her, he isn't willing to leave her safety to chance. As their search for answers uncovers lethal secrets her detective father kept hidden, Bryce and Corina must untangle the mystery of the merciless killer intent on terrorizing and eliminating Corina's family before it's too late.

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Angela Carlisle ( resides in the hills of northern Kentucky and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Christian PEN. Angela is an editor by day and prefers to spend her free time reading, baking, and drinking ridiculous quantities of hot tea. Her unpublished works have won awards in ACFW's Genesis and First Impressions contests and placed in the Daphne du Maurier contest. Her shorter fiction works, including the prize-winning flash-fiction piece "Mansion Murderer," have appeared in Splickety and Spark magazines.

My Thoughts...
What a debut, fun fast paced read. I love secrets and second chances. So, this was right up my alley. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Long Haul by Frank Figliuzzi


In 2004, the FBI was tipped off to a gruesome pattern of unsolved murders along American roadways. Today at least 850 homicides have been linked to a solitary breed of predators: long-haul truck drivers. They have been given names like the “Truck Stop Killer,” who rigged a traveling torture chamber in the rear of his truck and is suspected to have killed fifty women, and “The Interstate Strangler,” who once answered a phone call from his mother while killing one of his dozen victims. The crisis was such that the FBI opened a special unit, the Highway Serial Killings Initiative. In many cases, the victims—often at-risk women—are picked up at truck stops in one jurisdiction, sexually assaulted and murdered in another, and dumped along a highway in a third place. The transient nature of the offenders and multiple jurisdictions involved make these cases incredibly difficult to solve.

Based on his own on-the-ground research and drawing on his twenty-five-year career as an FBI special agent, Frank Figliuzzi investigates the most terrifying cases. He also rides in a big-rig with a long-haul trucker for thousands of miles, gaining an intimate understanding of the life and habits of drivers and their roadside culture. And he interviews the courageous trafficked victims of these crimes, and their inspiring efforts to now help others avoid similar fates.

Long Haul is a gripping exploration of a violent, disordered world hiding in plain sight, and the heroes racing to end the horror. It will forever unsettle how you travel on the road.

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Frank Figliuzzi was the FBI's Assistant Director for counterintelligence where he served 25 years as a special agent and directed all espionage investigations across the government. He is a national security contributor for NBC News and a columnist for MSNBC Daily. He is the author of the national bestseller, The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau's Code of Excellence.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Her secret to Keep by Makenna Lee


A secret that bound them together…

And split them apart!

Decades earlier, Sage Dalton gave a family their greatest gift: their daughter, Loren. But when an unwanted connection sparked between the surrogate and the father-to-be, they immediately cut contact. Years later, when widowed Grayson DeLuca reappears in small-town Channing to start over, something still sizzles between them. Grayson had made a sacred promise to his wife: to stay away from Sage—and to never disclose to their daughter the secret of her birth. But the bond between Sage and troubled Loren is as palpable as the day the teenager was born…even if Loren has no idea who Sage is. Are some secrets meant to be told?

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Makenna Lee is an award-winning romance author living in the Texas Hill Country with her real-life hero and their two children, one of whom has Down syndrome and inspired her first Harlequin book, A Sheriff’s Star. She writes heartwarming contemporary romance that celebrates real-life challenges and the power of love and acceptance. She has been known to make people laugh and cry in the same book. Makenna is often drinking coffee with a cat on her lap while writing, reading, or plotting a new story. You might also find her studying herbal medicine or listening to Celtic music. Her wish is to write books that touch your heart, making you feel, think, and dream. You can visit Makenna at

My Thoughts...
I loved going back to Dalton Ranch a place of healing. I just love Lee's writing style. This story about love, secrets, and family is not one you want to miss.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.