December 2021

Hello and welcome to December!  Can you believe that the year is almost over, wow where did the year go?  I follow this blog and seen that it had some great new releases for December, so I thought I would share some of the ones that I want to get. 

You can follow the blog https://cozy-mystery.com I have included the link to the site.

The following Mystery Books will be released in December 2021:

When Camryn Paine’s student assistant asks for her help, Camryn finds it hard to say no. The Gleason family, alumni of the music conservatory where Camryn works, hired a company to assist with a move across town. Now the company, along with a truck full of their possessions has vanished.

The family is desperate to find their belongings, especially a violin that goes back multiple generations. The request strikes a sentimental chord with Camryn.

Camryn attempts to use her refined audio abilities to pinpoint anyone who may be trying to pass the violin off as their own—and she suspects it’s someone at the music conservatory.

But the guilty party is determined to keep Camryn silent—permanently, if necessary.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ River Heights (December 21, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 21, 2021
  • You can Purchase it HERE

Dark Night marks the third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series from Paige Shelton, in which Benedict, Alaska is met with some unexpected visitors…and then disappearances.

Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes a mysterious guest. The dreaded “census man,” seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this secretive community who would prefer to keep their business to themselves. Meanwhile, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received her own unexpected company: her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in the lower forty-eight, in search of Beth’s kidnapper, and Beth can’t help but be a little alarmed at her appearance: If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to?

Beth doesn’t have time to ponder this for long, after a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning. Suspicions immediately turn to the census man, but when he, too, goes missing, everyone in Benedict—including the police chief—is suspected, and Beth and Mill must work to uncover the truth.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minotaur Books (December 7, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 7, 2021
  • You can Purchase it HERE

Entrepreneur Emma Westlake is reinventing herself as a hired friend when murder gets in the way in this exciting new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Emma Westlake has always wanted to be in business for herself. As a kid, she had her own successful lemonade stand and dog-walking business. And when she entered adulthood, Emma sunk all her cash into her dream job of travel planning. But as her customers became more and more internet savvy, the need for her services declined. At a loss for what to do next, she turns to an elderly friend who suggests she try to get paid for doing something she’s really good at–being a paid companion. Emma thinks it’s a crazy idea until requests start pouring in. Big Max from down the block wants her to act as his wingman at the local senior center’s upcoming dance, nurse practitioner Stephanie needs a workout partner, and writer Brian Hill asks Emma to be his cheering section at an open mic night.

Brian will be reading from his latest work and wants to know someone will clap for him when he’s done. When Emma balks at the notion that people wouldn’t, he tells her the room will be filled with people he’s invited–most of whom will likely want him dead by the time he’s done reading. Assuming he’s joking, she laughs. But when Brian steps up to the mic and clears his throat to speak, he promptly drops dead. Emma is one of the last people to see him alive, and so she becomes an immediate suspect. Now she’ll have to cozy up to a killer to save her skin and her new business.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (December 7, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 7, 2021
  • You can purchase it HERE

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Weekend Cooking

Another great recipe hat I have tried from the https://lowcarblove.com Guys you have to check out her blog she has some amazing great recipes.  My next recipe I am hoping to try one of her Keto Friendly desserts.

15 Min Shrimp Stir Fry

Yields: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2lb shrimp 

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup garlic chili  
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil 
  • 2 tablespoon sweetener 
  • 2 tablespoon honey alternative 
  • 1 teaspoon  Sriracha 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 

Veggies:

  • 1 cup Broccoli 
  • 1 cup Green beans 
  • 1 cup Zucchini 
  • Hand full of Cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make sauce first. Add all ingredients to a bowl. 
  2. Cook shrimp with a tablespoon of avocado oil.
  3. Remove shrimp and then cook veggies. 
  4. Add sauce. 
  5. Enjoy. 

NUTRITION:

Nutrition per serving:

  • 4g Net Carbs 
  • 6g Fiber 
  • 10g Total carbs 
  • 12g Protein 
  • 4g Fat 
  • 112 Calories 

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

Weekend Cooking

As you all know I have been following https://lowcarblove.com and trying some of her recipes and I must say the ones that I have tried I am loving them.  Last weekend I made the Zero Carb Crust Big mac Pizza and wow was it de

 and I will definitely be making this again. After all who doesn’t love a Big Mac.

Meat Crust:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 ½ pound ground beef 
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (12 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce

Big Mac Marinara Sauce:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon dill pickles chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoon sweetener 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 2 teaspoon of mustard 
  • 2 teaspoon ketchup
  • dash of salt
  • 16 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley  

Toppings:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup of pickles 
  • ⅓ cup onions 
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce 
  • Ketchup and Mustard for after toppings

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix together ground beef with seasonings 
  3. Mix ground beef and eggs in a mixing bowl until thoroughly incorporated. 
  4. Add Parmesan cheese and seasoning mixture to ground beef, optional adds to texture, and; combine. 
  5. Press the ground beef mixture into a parchment lined pan, spread out evenly.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. 
  7. Drain grease, if necessary.
  8. Add big mac sauce and toppings.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes
  10. Broil until cheese is melted, bubbling, and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Slice and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

Nutrition per serving:

  • 1g Net Carbs
  • 0g Fiber
  • 2g Total Carbs
  • 18g Protein
  • 12g Fat
  • 191 Calories

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

November – Fall 2021 New Book Releases

Looking for some great new releases check out this great blog that I found while I was bored one night found this blogsite.  https://www.beyondthebookends.com there are two writer for this blog and you don’t want to miss their posts.  I have now started following them with my book blog.  There are many great new releases coming in November, I only choose a few that I wanted to read before the end of the year, so yes my TBR pile is overflowing.

  Please see my favorite listed below. 

  

The Stanger in the lifeboat

Mitch Albom

Scheduled to be released November 2, 2021

You can purchase it HERE

Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.

“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.

“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.

So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling and inspiring novel yet.

Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might the Lord look, sound and act like?

In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors already in heaven, or are they in hell?

The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is later discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat.

It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened. 

A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.

Anticipation

Melodie Winawer

Scheduled to release November 2, 2021

You can purchase it HERE

After the death of her beloved husband and becoming a single parent to her nine-year-old son Alexander, overworked scientist Helen desperately needs an escape. So when Alexander proposes a trip to Greece—somewhere he’s always dreamed of visiting—Helen quickly agrees.

After spending several days exploring the tourist-filled streets, they stumble upon the ancient city of Mystras and are instantly drawn to it. Its only resident is Elias, a mysterious tour guide living on the city’s edges…both physically and temporally.

In 1237, Elias’s mother promised his eternal service to the Profitis Ilias in Mystras in exchange for surviving a terrible illness. But during his 800 years of labor, he’s had one common enemy: the noble Lusignan family. The Lusignan line is cursed by a deadly disease that worsens with each generation, and a prophecy hints that Elias’s blood is their only hope for a cure. He has managed to survive throughout the centuries, but the line has dwindled down to the last Lusignan and he is desperate to avert his family’s destiny.

When Elias runs into Helen, he meets his match for the first time—but he unwittingly puts both her and her young son in danger as a result. With time running out and an enemy after them, Elias and Helen are forced to choose between the city they love, and each other.

Blending the historical romance of Diana Gabaldon, the rich detail of Philippa Gregory’s novels, and Dan Brown’s fast-paced suspense, Anticipation is a thrilling and satisfying read like no other.

A Day Like This

Kelly McNeil

Schedule to release November 1. 2021

You can purchase it HERE

What if everything you’ve ever loved, ever known, ever believed to be true…just disappeared?

Annie Beyers has everything—a beautiful house, a loving husband, and an adorable daughter. It’s a day like any other when she takes Hannah to the pediatrician…until she wakes hours later from a car accident. When she asks for her daughter, confused doctors tell Annie that Hannah never existed. In fact, nothing after waking from the crash is the same as Annie remembers. Five happy years of her life apparently never happened.

Annie’s marriage is coming to an end. Now a successful artist living in Manhattan, she’s no longer home in their beloved upstate farmhouse. Her long-estranged sister is more like a best friend, and her recently deceased dog is alive and well. With each passing day, Annie’s remembered past and unfamiliar present begin to blur. Haunted by visions of Hannah, and with knowledge of things she can’t explain, Annie wonders…is everyone lying to her?

The search for answers leads Annie down an illuminating path far from home, to reconcile the memories with reality and to discover the truth about the life she’s living.

Thanks for reading this week’s Fall 2021 New Releases on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to?  If so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Weekend Cooking

Hello and welcome

I have been following https://lowcarblove.com and trying some of her recipes and I must say the ones that I have tried I am loving them.  Last weekend I made the Keto Pizza Pockets and I will definitely be making them again. 

Keto Pizza Pocket (Calzone)

Dough

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ¼ cup mozzarella cheese 
  • ½ cup almond flour 
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum 
  • 1 egg

Filling

INGREDIENTS:

  • pizza sauce: (store bought ½ cup) 
  • 1- can 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1- can 15 oz tomato sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon oregano 
  • 2.5 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener 
  • ½ cup ricotta
  • ½ cup pepperoni 
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • Brush too with melted butter 
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl melt the cheese. 
  4. Once melted add flour, baking powder, xanthan, and egg. 
  5. Knead until well combined 
  6. In a pot add sauce ingredients cook over medium heat until it boils and reduce hit and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes 
  7. Roll out add sauce and fillings 
  8. Seal and make slits on top 
  9. Brush too with melted butter and sprinkle garlic salt 
  10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until done depending on filling 

NUTRITION:

Nutrition per serving:

  • 11g Net Carbs
  • 3g Fiber
  • 14g Total Carbs
  • 16g Protein
  • 15g Fat 
  • 239 Calories

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE 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!

‘What the hell…’ her husband muttered next to her.  She opened her eyes.  They were just  few meters from the entrance to the car park when John would drop her off.  She was due at work, already running late.  Here eyes were dragged to movement across the front of their car – a small boy, ten or eleven years old maybe.

And now for the book……..

HE WILL FIND YOU an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist 

Early Sunday morning, a rainy city centre. A ten-year-old-boy steps out in front of traffic. He is dazed, confused and barefoot. He is covered in blood. It’s not his.

Detective Maddie Ives is called out and finds the boy backed up against a shop front. He can’t or won’t speak. His face is a mask of shock and his whole body is tense. He’s ready to run again. He can’t tell her why.

WHO SCARED THIS BOY OUT OF HIS WITS?

Then a man is found brutally murdered, dragged to death. And Maddie and Detective Harry Blaker are determined to find out who is pulling the strings.

IF THEY DON’T STOP HIM, HE WILL FIND MORE VICTIMS. AND THE EVIL WILL COME CLOSE TO HOME.

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone.  I hope that your week went well.  So again I have been trying our some recipes from Lowcarblove.com and she has some great recipes, last Sunday I made the Keto Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast, but I added raspberries inside with the cream cheese and oh my there were delicious. I will be making these again.  Please see her link to her blog below. 

I have Included her blog click the link at https://lowcarblove.com  she has some great recipes. 

Keto Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast

Servings: 6

Toast

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ¼ cups almond flour 
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ tablespoon baking powder 
  • 7 ½ tablespoon avocado oil 
  • Dash salt 
  • 6 tablespoon sweetener 
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract

Milk Mixture

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggs 
  • ⅔ cup almond milk 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ cinnamon powder 
  • ⅛ nutmeg powder

Cheesecake Filling

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup softened cream cheese (4 ounces) 
  • 3 tablespoon powdered sweetener 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Toppings

INGREDIENTS:

Whipping Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit strawberry, any berries

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all bread ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Pour into prepared loaf pan with parchment 
  3. Shape and bake at350 12 to 15 minutes
  4. Make whipped cream 
  5. Add ingredients to a mixer bowl 
  6. And mix until stiff 
  7. Place In fridge until needed 
  8. Allow to cool and slice the loaf into slices. 
  9. In a small bowl add cheesecake filling ingredients and mix well. 
  10. Spread some of the filling onto one side of the toast. 
  11. Sandwich the toast set aside 
  12. Mix the milk mixture until well combined
  13. Heat a pan with butter, over medium heat
  14. Dip sandwich loaf into milk mixture
  15. Fry bread slices. 
  16. Top it whipped cream, fruit, and syrup

NUTRITION:

Nutrition per serving:

  • 4g Net Carbs
  • 5g Fiber
  • 9g Total Carbs
  • 18g Protein
  • 52g Fat 
  • 559 Calories

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

First Line Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

And the book is……….

Quiet and solid, the building oozed a sese of warmth, both in temperature and sensitivity.  A he climbed the steps, he thought of how different this was from where he and Philip lived, the openness of their property opposed to the density of New York City, an intense concentration of so many people living in such a small part of the world.

One Evil Woman. Two Trusting Men. Three Lives Destroyed.

Angela is beautiful and charismatic on the outside. But on the inside, evil rages and she’s determined to get anyone and anything she wants. And now with her biological clock ticking, she seduces her old friend Philip, and his partner Jonathan, into having a child with her through artificial insemination.

As time passes, Angela’s mask of deceit slips away and she leads the fathers-to-be on a relentless, agonizing journey filled with lies, anguish and finally tragedy that forever changes the lives of everyone involved.

If you enjoy books like The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and classics like Fatal Attraction and Misery, you’ll love this gripping thriller of fiction, a novel of pure suspense that will keep you on the edge… even weeks after turning the final page.

You can purchase it HERE

Monthly Wrap Up

Today, I have my monthly wrap-up for September. I can’t believe how many amazing books I read last month.

Books I Read!

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How was your September? Have you read./do you plan to read any of these books? Comment below!

Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author traces the enduring bond between a divorced couple in a poignant novel about love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any point in life.

Through her careful words and reverberating silences (The New York Times), Elizabeth Strout has long captured readers’ hearts with her spare, exquisite insights on family, relationships, and loss. And never has her perfect attunement to the human condition (Hilary Mantel) been so evident as in these pages, as Strout’s iconic heroine Lucy Barton, of My Name Is Lucy Barton, recounts her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband–and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidant. Recalling their college years, through the birth of their daughters, the painful dissolution of their marriage, and the lives they built with other people, Strout weaves a portrait, stunning in its subtlety, of a decades-long partnership.

A masterful exploration of human empathy, Oh William! captures the joy and pain of watching children grow up and start families of their own; of discovering family secrets, late in life, that rearrange everything we think we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love, despite the variety of obstacles we face in doing so. And at the heart of this story is the unforgettable, indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who once again offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. This is the way of life, Lucy says. The many things we do not know until it is too late. 

I have heard so much about this book, I can’t to read it.  So do you have any that you are waiting for?