What would a wedding be without a few ghosts and a murder?
Frank and Sonja are getting ready for a last-minute spring wedding. Wanting to have a small, simple ceremony, the couple is scurrying about, rushing to get together decorations, cake, and a dress, so that they can be married at Sonja’s favorite place on earth—The Waffle Diner and Eatery!
Unfortunately, when the ceremony is interrupted by a couple of crazed parents claiming their adult daughter was abducted by a backwoods cult, the happy day is put on hold. Things only get more complicated when the young woman is found dead under most peculiar circumstances.
Will Sonja and Frank get to the bottom of this latest murder mystery, or will their wedding be permanently postponed?
Carolyn Q. Hunter is a professional writer, publicist, and editor. She is the author of paranormal and culinary cozy mysteries–including The Diner of the Dead Series, published under Summer Prescott Books. Carolyn has previously worked as a content creator and social media writer for online information websites and publishing agencies. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and publishing from BYU-Idaho.
In her free time Carolyn enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, painting, and watching old mystery and horror films on Turner Classic Movies. Her love of old movies helps to inspire her writing. She also enjoys listening to old time radio shows such as The Shadow, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and Suspense!
Carolyn is a Colorado native, having grown up in the Denver Metro Area. However, she currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Andy near the Old Market portion of the historic downtown area. She works from home as a full time writer and book publicist. She has two cats, Midnight and Cassiopeia.
(1) The word “photography” originates from Greek, meaning drawing with light. (2) The word camera originates from the Latin word “camera obscura” which means “dark chamber”. (3) The first ever camera described in the history was a pin hole camera, dating back to 4th or 5th century.
Let’s Celebrate :
So take a few pictures to Celebrate & share. And I won’t tell that you took them with you phone. Like Me -you probably never use a camera just the camera on your phone.
It makes it so much easier to share your pictures with friends & family ( Instagram ) and I can even make Scrap book page from my phone with great apps you can download. And then share the page or print out. Lisa
# Project Life App : Zoo Time with pictures from 2007.
more information About App you can download from Goggle play store or Iphone version.
* More projects can be find at Lisa ‘s Daily Grind .
Kathryn “Kappy” King is happy being a plain-spoken unmarried odd-woman-out in her Pennsylvania Amish hometown. Her talent is making the special kapps local women use to cover their hair. But her skill at uncovering trouble in this quiet valley is about to be truly tested . . .
At first, young Sally June Esh’s tragic death doesn’t look like murder. Even in peaceful Blue Sky, collisions between buggies and Englisch cars aren’t unheard of. Still, the Eshes are skilled drivers used to delivering their popular pickles for miles around. And after Kappy notices Sally’s buggy was deliberately run off the road, her ex-Amish friend Edie gets strange texts saying the crash was no accident . . .
Kappy won’t let her community’s silence keep justice from being done. And even though a still-shunned Edie thinks of moving back to the city, she and Kappy start rooting out secrets about the Eshes’ long-time neighbors—and new pickle-producing rivals. But when they learn that Sally’s brother is secretly courting an Englisch girl, their investigation takes a disturbing turn . . .
About the Author
Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas ranging from Amish romance and mysteries to contemporary and historical romance. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon (2012), she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at http://www.AmyWritesRomance.com.
My Review : Book from Net Galley . This is the 2nd book in this cute Amish mystery. Perfect for any afternoon read this book has Kappy( Amish ) & sunned best friend & neighbor Edie investigating another murder. This one involving a young Amish girl killed in a buggy accident with a car. Not un heard of but they suspect more and are willing to do what needs to be done to get justice in this silent Amish community. They are Interrupting a funeral & asking questions these two will not be stopped before the mystery is solved. Is it Amish or English are both these two will investigate it all until they have answers . This book is filled with great characters & and the Amish background makes for a charming afternoon read that will keep you entertained and wanting more.
I would start with book 1 – you dont want to miss the puppies , and then read this newest addition. Looking forward to see whats next for this crime fighting team.
From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, Pete’s magic sunglasses help him turn his mood from grumpy to awesome!
Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.
Fans of Pete the Cat will love watching him take his positive outlook and transform a grumpy day into an awesome day!
The fun never stops—download the free groovin’ song. Time for magic fun in the sun!
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Pete the Cat feels blue until Toad shares his “Cool, Blue, Magic sunglasses” that make birds sing, skies brighten, and the sun shine. He rides his skateboard down the sidewalk and encounters animal friends along the way who are also feeling unhappy or grumpy. He shares his glasses with Squirrel, Turtle, and Alligator to improve their moods, too, until he hits a crack in the sidewalk and his glasses go flying. Wise Old Owl reminds Pete that it doesn’t take glasses to make him see things positively; he can find the good in every day on his own. Though fans of the feline may find this story less engaging than the earlier ones, the charming folk-style illustrations reflect the mood of the characters. An animated version of the story is available through the publisher’s website.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa
About the author’s :
n 2004, Kimberly and James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of the new Pete the Cat book, Pete’s the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer; Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.
Let’s Get your Sunglasses Out !! It’s National Sun glass day *
Today I am sharing a little history about them you might not know * So get your favorite pair out & wear them on the Sunny Wednesday – Lisa
While even in prehistoric time Inuit peoples wore flattened walrus ivory glasses to block harmful reflected rays of the sun, the earliest historical reference to sunglasses dates back to ancient China and Rome. The Roman emperor Nero watched gladiator fights through polished gems.
In China, sunglasses were used in the 12th century or possible earlier. These sunglasses were made out of lenses that were flat panes of smoky quartz. They offered no corrective powers nor they protect from harmful UV rays but did protect the eyes from glare. Ancient documents describe the use of such crystal sunglasses by judges in ancient Chinese courts to hide their facial expression when they interrogated witnesses.
James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles around 1752. Ayscough was steadfast in the belief that blue-or green-tinted glass could potentially correct specific vision impairments. Protection from the sun’s rays was not a concern at this time.
Glasses tinted with yellow-amber and brown were also a commonly-prescribed item for people with syphilis in the 19th and early 20th century because one of the symptoms of the disease was sensitivity to light.
In the early 1900s, the use of sunglasses become more widespread, especially among Hollywood movie stars.
Modern Time :
Inexpensive mass-produced sunglasses made from celluloid were first produced by Sam Foster in 1929. Foster found a ready market on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he began selling sunglasses under the name Foster Grant from a Woolworth on the Boardwalk.
And now we have them from very expensive to almost through away kind. But whatever you favorite kinds are where them not only for eye protection but they look cool. Lisa
A wedding turns deadly when hairstylist Marla Shore discovers a dead body under the cake table in this killer cozy mystery.
Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, especially when she attends her friend Jill’s affair as a member of the bridal party. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, and she’s been busy juggling bickering relatives, building a new house with her fiancé, and expanding her hair salon.
The South Florida stylist is following her to-do list just fine until an unexpected event unravels her carefully laid plans. At Jill’s wedding reception, Marla discovers the matron of honor–Jill’s sister Torrie–dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest.
Unfortunately, Jill has a strong motive for murder. She and Torrie co-owned a piece of commercial property, and they’d disagreed on whether to sell or lease the land. Now with Torrie out of the way, Jill’s decision can rule. Or can it? Her relatives may have some say on who gets control, meaning Jill can’t trust any of them.
Torrie knew secrets about her colleagues, too, things they wouldn’t want revealed. But when Marla learns one of those secrets involves Jill’s past, she wonders if her friend is truly innocent. She’d better untangle the snarl of suspects and iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim.
“Smart, edgy dialogue and an intriguing cast of characters lift Cohen’s 10th Bad Hair Day mystery featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore. Once again, Marla shows she’s as adept at investigating murder as she is managing her hair salon.”-Publishers Weekly
“Who knows more about the wedding party than your hairdresser? Welcome back south Florida’s Marla Shore, who trips over the dead matron of honor in her tenth cozy.” –Library Journal
“The action is fast-paced, the situations and characterizations provide plenty of this author’s trademark humor. Her knowledge of the look, feel and social texture of South Florida living is another great attraction for her readers.” –Naples Florida Weekly
“Interesting characters and South Florida scenery make “Shear Murder” a cut above other amateur sleuth mysteries.” –Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
“This is a fabulous choice to curl up by the fireplace or lounge by the pool and immerse yourself in murder, mayhem and a healthy helping ofhumor.” –Night Owl Reviews
“Mix together a sassy hairdresser with a penchant for sleuthing, a sexy detective and some eccentric friends and neighbors; stir in an unconventional murder or two, bake in the South Florida sun, and you have the makings of Nancy J. Cohen’s delicious ‘Bad Hair Day’ mystery series.” -The Island Reporter
“This is an ideal cozy mystery full of murder, mayhem, humor and romance. It is so fast paced you will read it in one sitting.”-Escape with Dollycas
From the Inside Flap
Weddingsalways make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, especially when she attends herfriend Jill’s affair as a member of the bridal party. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, andshe’s been busy juggling bickering relatives, building a new house with herfiancé, and expanding her hair salon.
TheSouth Florida stylist is following her To Do list just fine until an unexpectedevent unravels her carefully laid plans.At Jill’s wedding reception, Marla discovers the matron of honor–Jill’s sisterTorrie–dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest.
Unfortunately,Jill has a strong motive for murder. Sheand Torrie co-owned a piece of commercial property, and they’d disagreed onwhether to sell or lease the land. Nowwith Torrie out of the way, Jill’s decision can rule. Or can it?Her relatives may have some say on who gets control, meaning Jill can’ttrust any of them.
Torrieknew secrets about her colleagues, too, things they wouldn’t want revealed. But when Marla learns one of those secretsinvolves Jill’s past, she wonders if her friend is truly innocent. She’d better untangle the snarl of suspectsand iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim.
Shear Murder is a fast-paced humorous mystery that will have yourooting for Marla to walk down the aisle with her groom before another disasterbefalls her.
And as a true Southern I though about the classic movie : Steel Magnolia Filmed in Natchitoches , Louisiana -the perfect spot to film this movie.
Southern’s take there Hair series : Have you ever heard the saying – Higher the Hair closer to God.
Yes, it’s a stereotype—Southerners have and love big hair. But this is one stereotype that’s absolutely true and we’re not ashamed to admit it. Southerners have been making waves with their over sized hairdos for decades and—we’d argue—have been the biggest hairstyle trendsetters to date
To be frank I am not a hair person on any given day its in a ponytail & I have no make up on and that doesn’t bother me. But my big Sis & Mom keep there hair appoints and never leave the house without hair done ,makeup and dressed up =even if its to the grocery store.
As people & the time changes we may move away from that trend but some Southerns will never give it up it’s a way of life. It kept you in touch with the community and your town in a fun environment that was special and comforting. Lisa
I am home today & Guess what it’s National Catfish Day –
My small town of Melville calls it self Catfish Capital of Louisiana. . Since it’s located on the banks of the Atchafalaya River. So come visit – Good time * Good Food
This town’s history and commerce are tied to the Atchafalaya River. Historically, the town made its fortune in river commerce and then as a crossing point for the railroad. Documents also indicate that Melville had several fish docks and ice houses. By the turn of the century, 50 barrels of fish were being shipped from Melville each day.
Remnants and photos of those early days can be found at the town’s grocery and hardware store, Cannatella’s, which has been in business for over 100 years serving authentic Italian sausage and muffulettas, a famous Louisiana deli sandwich made with Sicilian sesame bread, an olive tapenade, and cured Italian meats.
Famous for :
Biker enthusiasts and fans of the film Easy Rider can get to Melville by way of scenic Highway 105, where the memorable last scene of the film took place.
Check Out – Lisa’s Daily Grind for great catfish recipes.
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