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Haunted Lake, Lauralynn Elliot

Guaranteed to give you chills...
Rachel Madison has it all.  With a successful art gallery, comfortable lifestyle, scads of friends clamoring for invitation to her parties, Rachel thinks little on serious matters.  But when a tragic accident steals her one true friend, Rachel rents a cabin at the secluded Misty Lake for a season of solitude and a healthy dose of soul searching.  During her stay, Rachel meets the eccentric and tortured owner, John, and fun loving, successful, and handsome Daniel.  The three slowly forge a bond as they discover that Misty Lake holds more than mere secrets in its murky depths.
Haunted Lake is the first book I've read by author Lauralynn Elliot, and I'll gladly buy another by this author.  Haunted Lake hints at eerie mystery from the first chapter, leading readers along with Rachel through the story to the unexpected conclusion.  Elliot's descriptions were vivid yet concise, capturing the scenery wonderfully, and I have my own mental pictures of…

Broads On The Bake, Banana Bread

  Who doesn't have the bowl of bananas on the kitchen table? 
Bananas are a favorite in my household.  As quickly as I buy, they're gone.  Once in awhile, though, we allow them to ripen that one day too many, and no one will eat them.  Here's the best recipe I've found.
Three Way Banana Bread
*  1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco or butter
*  1 cup sugar
*  2 eggs
*  1 1/2 cup mashed, rip bananas - 4 medium
*  1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
*  2 cup unsifted flour
*  1 teaspoon baking soda
*  1/2 teaspoon salt
*  1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
*  1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
*  1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cream together butter and sugar, then beat in eggs.  Stir in banana and lemon juice.  Mix together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and rind; blend into creamed mixture.  Stir in nuts.
For bread - Turn into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 min.  Cool.
For muffins - Spoon into 24 greased muffin cups.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool.
For coffee cake - Turn into g…

Tribute: Children of the Sidhe ~ One, J.R. Pearse Nelson

A Fresh Idea From Pearse Nelson
The first novella in the Children of the Sidhe series.

Hazel Fintan is the reluctant daughter of the Irish love god, Aengus. As much as she loves the Sidhe lifestyle, with baubles and leisure galore, she’s never cared for her father’s world. So who could expect her to be happy when she’s drawn into a conflict with a legendary race over an impossible tribute?

The tribute may be what brought them together, but Ian MacIlroy knows destiny when it stares him in the face with stunning green eyes and a gorgeous smile. Now he has a new mission. Hazel will be his, at any cost. My Thoughts...
Tribute houses aspects I applaud as well as those I regret.  Pearse Nelson crafts a terrific premise in her novella, Tribute, earning a favorable mention from this Broad.  Owing a tribute to beings of the Fae - and the resulting drama produced when unable to deliver, made for an intriguing conflict - one I've not encountered before.  Kudos to Nelson for bringing the hero, …

Welcome To Teaser Tuesdays

While browsing fellow reading blogs, I stopped by Pepca's post - Teaser Tuesdays.  What a great idea! 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!Here's my teaser....

One Hundred And One Nights: A Novel, Benjamin Buchholz
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Layla visits in the evening, like most evenings, this evening no exception even after the passing of a day apart, this yesterday, the day my shop and every other shop closed for the Friday prayers.  She stands in shadow under the awning of my little store, my shack, as a golden sunset reflects its…

Coffee Talk...with Moira

Pull Up A Chair...and An Expresso!

Here's a link for Kindle owners...
Free Kindle Apps
Browse around these FREE Kindle apps!  One app recommended to the Broads allows you to view full color illustrations on your desktop for those great children's books on your beat up, black-and-white Kindle.  

Beauty Of A Woman Blogfest, hosted by August McLaughlin features some wonderful posts.  All about women and beauty, you'll laugh, cry, and relate to every woman's entry in some way.  I stumbled across it accidentally and wanted to share. 

Author, Matt Hofferth posted an interesting article cataloging the differences in book length.  Here's the long and short of it...get it..the 'long' and 'short'...(giggles at unintended funny) Novel - Anything larger than 40k (so 50k is a safe assumption, it seems).Novella - 17,500 and 40,000 words.Novelette - 7,500 and 17,499 words.Short Story - Up to 7,500 words. Anything under 1,000 can also be referred to as Flash Fiction, whi…

The Moon Coin, Richard Due

Nine Moons Make A Realm...An Oft Repeated Fact By Two Young, New Fans Of The Moon Coin
Author Richard Due has written a fabulous adventure for young minds to immerse themselves in mystery, discovery, wonder, and danger.  Jasper and Lily are wonderfully created characters, full of personality, life, and depth.  This fact endeared the book to me at once, as the brother and sister of Due's making lacked all the boredom, laziness, un-imaginative apathy, and mock-maturity of too many middle grade characters.  Eager to learn and acutely aware of right and wrong, Jasper and Lily engage in antics of youth with curious bliss rather than the dark brooding of misunderstood angst.

A read-aloud for younger children, The Moon Coin could be enjoyed through the middle grades easily.  Intricate sentence structure, vivid descriptions, and complexity of storyline make Due's offering a welcome treat for young readers/listeners.

I (Moira) read The Moon Coin aloud to my seven and eight year old son…
Welcome author Richard Due and his wonderful, wonderful book..... The MoonCoin

Gibbering Gnome Press Presents a Tale of Epic Fantasy-
For Lily and Jasper Winter, the Moon Realm began with a single secret bedtime tale. As the children grew older, Uncle Ebb enthralled them with thrilling tales of the Dragondain riding horse-sized, catlike Rinn; mysterious tales of peerin-wielding lunamancers manipulating the magic that lies just beneath the surface of reality; exciting tales of flying dragons, swimming merfolk, stomping giants, and troublesome faeries. But as the magic of their childhood faded, so too did the tales. Eventually, they were just . . . good stories.
Or were they?
Now, nine years after it all began, Uncle Ebb is missing.
Lily and Jasper search for clues, but their uncle's mansion is full of distractions. A Tesla generator thrums in the basement. Prismatic electrimals flit around walls resembling underwater reefs. Then a most unexpected friend comes to their aid, leading t…