Hello Sunday

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I have decided to try this meme again this will be second post for the Sunday Post Meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. I have been looking for new ways to interact with the book blogging community and I have been loving all of the new blogs that I have discovered due to blog memes and link ups. If you are new to my blog, I would love a follow.

Today is one of these perfect Sundays where the sun is shining, and the humidity is low, and cooler weather which I love and wished it would stay a little longer; but we could use so much needed rain. 

Last Week On The Blog

Monday:  No Blog Post

Tuesday: Top Five Tuesday, 2021 New (to me) Authors

Wednesday: No Blog Post

Thursday:  2022 Reading Challenges I have joined

This Week On The Blog

Monday: No blog posts

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW.Wednesday

Thursday: TBR Challenge 2022

New Arrivals At One Girl and Book

I have been looking into revamping One Girl and Book Blog.  One of my Christmas gifts from my husband was a blog journal where I could write out my ideas for blog posts, which I have started and hopefully this old blog will be blogged more often. 

I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

90 Second Bread

Hello and Welcome to the weekend; This week seemed so long, maybe it was because the last two weeks I only worked four days because of the Holidays.

I have another great recipe that I have tried, from https://lowcarblove.com, and I am loving it. I have started back on my Low Carb diet and this was great when I wanted a piece of bread. Check out Low Carb Loves blog, she has some great recipes.

Yields: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 large eggs room temp 
  • 3⁄4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a bowl mix well all ingredients 
  2. Pour into lightly greased mold 
  3. Microwave for 90 seconds 
  4. NUTRITION:

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 37
  • Total Fat 2.1g   
  • Total Carbohydrate 4.8g   
  • Dietary Fiber 2.8g   
  • Net carbs 2g 
  • Protein 0.7g 

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

TBR Pile Challenge 2022

In a recent post I had mentioned Reading Challenges, I usually do the Goodreads Challenge and then I cam across the challenge hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Book Reviews, Book Tours, Book Recommendations & Giveaways too!

 

And while searching for books that are new releases and those that I want to read for 2022, I came across another challenge and we all have a TBR pile.  So here is the other challenge I found The TBR Pile Challenge 2022  This challenge was started by Adam (at Roof Beam Reader) and he is hosting his annual TBR Pile challenge again. 

Here is how this challenge works:

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months)

Specifics:
1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2021 or later (any book published in the year 2020 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books ends up in the “did not finish (DNF)” pile.

Please visit Adam’s website here for more details.

My list of TBR books:

Local Girl Missing By:  Claire Douglas

The Sisters By: Claire Douglas

The Mistake By: K.L. Slater

Beartown By: Fredrick Backman

The House Next Door By: James Patterson

My Sister is Missing By: Carrissa Ann Lynch

What Lies Between You By: John Marrs

The Good Samaritan By: John Marrs

The Girl She Wanted By K.L. Slater

The Accident By: C.L. Taylor

One Perfect Lie By: Lisa Scottoline

The Minders By: John Mars

Have you done any of these challenges 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

WWW.Wednesday

Happy WWW Wednesday!

Welcome to first Wednesday of 2022. 

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading While Justice Sleeps By: Stacey Abrams and I must say what a great start and I am enjoying this author, it’s the first that I have read by this author. 

What did you recently finish reading?

I heard so much about this book, So when it finally became available at my Library I decided to request it, after months of it being on hold at my library I was so excited to read it.  But after finishing it I was a little disappointed in it.  I did not find this book to be suspenseful at all.

Rock Paper Scissors By:  Alice Feeney

Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts–paper, cotton, pottery, tin–and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t decided what I am going to read next, I may pick one of my TBR 2022 challenge and get that started. 

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

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello and Welcome to the New Year.  I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year.  And I have been looking into revamping my blog and searching for new ideas and following new Book Bloggers.  So Today I am linking up with Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – A Book Blog

Today’s topic is  the Releases I’m most looking forward to for the first half of 2022.  I have made my list and now I am looking into finding them. 

On to what I can’t wait to be released

The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton (January 18) From international bestselling author Karen Hamilton comes another pulse-pounding domestic thriller set against a lush, tropical backdrop as a woman fleeing her past as a con artist finds herself trapped aboard a cruise ship with someone who not only knows about that past, but will stop at nothing to get revenge.

It’s an offer she can’t refuse…and might not survive.

Charlotte has an unsavory past, but she’s on the straight and narrow these days. She was so young then—she married the wrong man, falling for Sam’s sweet-talking charm and charisma, and got caught up in his con artist games.

If only she’d left him before things went too far.

Now Sam is missing. But before he disappeared, he left urgent, cryptic messages about someone threatening him—someone who has been threatening Charlotte, too.
So Charlotte takes a job as a personal assistant for an engagement party aboard a private luxury cruise ship, the Cleobella, to get far away from anyone who means her harm. 

But as the Cleobella sails through its glittering destinations, increasingly sinister events haunt the guests, and the turquoise waves and sun-drenched beaches give way to something darker. Someone knows what Charlotte did. Is it the blushing bride? The seemingly placid mother-in-law? Or the mysterious heiress?

Someone knows, and someone wants revenge—before the ship reaches its final port.

You can purchase it HERE

Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks (February 1)

HAPPY. MARRIED. MISSING.

“A gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets.”

—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author, on Just My Luck

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmom to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband, Mark, says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman Daan and vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

Detective Clements knows that people disappear all the time—far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run toward and others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds. Their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the detective believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

You can purchase it HERE

Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks (February 1)

HAPPY. MARRIED. MISSING.

“A gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets.”

—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author, on Just My Luck

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmom to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband, Mark, says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman Daan and vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

Detective Clements knows that people disappear all the time—far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run toward and others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds. Their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the detective believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

You can purchase it HERE

Deep Water by Emma Bamford (May 31)

The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins.

When a Navy vessel comes across a yacht in distress in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, Captain Danial Tengku orders his ship to rush to its aid. On board the yacht is a British couple: a horribly injured man, Jake, and his traumatized wife, Virginie, who breathlessly confesses, “It’s all my fault. I killed them.”

Trembling with fear, she reveals their shocking story to Danial. Months earlier, the couple had spent all their savings on a yacht, full of excitement for exploring the high seas and exotic lands together. They start at the busy harbors of Malaysia and, through word of mouth, Jake and Virginie learn about a tiny, isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with a motley crew of expat sailors. Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare.

Now, it’s up to Danial to determine just how much truth there is in Virginie’s alarming tale. But when his crew make a shocking discovery, he realizes that if he doesn’t act soon, they could all fall under the dark spell of the island.

Wow my TBR pile just got longer, there a lot of new releases that are coming out, and these are the few that I am interested in. 

Which upcoming releases are you the most excited about?  Have you already and of these?  What did you think? If so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always- Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Almond Brittle

Another great recipe that I made over the holidays. I remember my grandma making this, Thanks to Low Carb Love, it’s a healthier version of it. Please check out her website she has some great recipes. I have included her website https://lowcarblove.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sweetener
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract no alcohol 
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add butter, sweetener and vanilla to a pan and cook over Medium heat until fully dissolved and no longer grainy, make sure to stir constantly.
  2.  Bring to a low simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches a deep brown color.
  3. Remove from heat, mix in salmonds and pour into the prepared cookie sheet pan covered with parchment. Spread almonds evenly. 
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

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

2022 Reading Challenges I Have Joined

Hello and welcome

So how many of you do reading challenges. I have done the 2021 reading Challenge using https://www.goodreads.com  which I have completed my 2021 challenge, but I want to challenge myself a little more, I know that reading is to be fun and enjoyable, which I love and enjoy.  But I am going to make it a little harder for myself.  I follow several blogs and came across this new blog and seen this post and thought it was interesting.  I have attached the link for this blog http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ 

This challenge  is hosted by Lori at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Book Reviews, Book Tours, Book Recommendations & Giveaways too!   Here is a little about how the challenge works The challenge runs from January 1, 2022, and ends on December 31, 2022. 

Choose the level at which you would like to participate: 

Levels 

Peckish – 1 – 25 

Cozy Mysteries Famished – 26 – 51 

Cozy Mysteries Yearning – 51 – 75 

Cozy Mysteries Starving – 76 – 100 

Cozy Mysteries Ravenous – 101 – 125 

Cozy Mysteries Voracious – 126 – 150

Cozy Mysteries Overindulged – 151 – 200 

Cozy Mysteries Pigged Out – 201 or more Cozy Mysteries 

You can always go up a level but you can’t go down.

I’m once again going for Peckish, 1-25 books. 

I am going to challenge myself to two of their challenges beside Goodreads challenge, which by the way I can’t wait for 2022’s challenge.  

2022 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge Sign Up Here

And now for my new challenges:

I have chosen the Peckish Level 1 – 25

Audiobook Challenge 2022

And I have been debating on the Audio 2022 challenge but I am going to give it a shot, I am not a person who likes to listen to someone reading to me, but maybe I just haven’t found a great audio book. I will give this a try.  This challenge is hosted by Caffeinated Review and that’s what I’m Talking about. 

The challenge detail runs January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022.  You can join at anytime.  The goal is find a new love for audios or to out do yourself by listening to more audios in 2022 than you did in 2021.  Books must be audio format (CD, MPS, etc) Any genres count. 

Have you done any of these challenges 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

Top Five Tuesday, December 28, 2021 New (to me) Authors in 2021

Top Five Tuesday was originally created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, but now hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan reads.com.  To participate, link your post back to Meeghan’s blog or leave a comment on her weekly post. 

I actually read 6 authors that were new to me this year.  I found that all six of these new authors were hard to rate which one I liked the best, so without further ado…

#6 Caro Ramsay – Absolution

It’s been twenty years since Police Detective Alan McAlpine has set foot in Patrickhill Station-and more than twenty years since he fell forever in love with the mute, faceless woman he called Anna as she lay dying in Glasgow’s Western Infirmary. Daily, he’d watched over her, and they had begun to communicate with each other, she by moving her wounded fingers. Her fingers could not tell the sad, unseasoned police cadet her name, however, or name for him the father of her newborn baby girl or identify the assailants who had flung the acid in her once incomparably beautiful face. Or tell him how she’d smuggled a cache of uncut diamonds into Scotland.

Now McAlpine is back in Patrickhill, where he’s been summoned to head up the investigation of a disturbing murder case. Two women-their arms outstretched, their legs together and feet crossed at the ankle-have already died at the hands of a man the press has tagged the Crucifixion Killer. More gruesomely, the third victim will also have been violently disfigured when her body turns up in Whistler’s Lane, coincidentally (perhaps) the scene of an equally brutal murder four years earlier.

The face of another woman, though-a strikingly beautiful young woman, blonde-has taken hold of McAlpine’s consciousness, and soon the consequences of a case cold for two decades are commanding-and dangerously thwarting-the course of his team’s current, already desperate investigation.

As crimes in the present intersect with iniquities committed in the past, the mystery in this steely, piercing, psychological thriller is as gripping as its twists are surprising. And absolution proves to be extreme.

 You can purchase it HERE

#5  Kiersten Modglin – Our Little Secret

Bad things don’t happen in Cason Glen.
The locals make sure of it.

So, when the residents of the town’s most exclusive subdivision discover one of their own is missing, it sends a wave of panic and discord throughout the neighborhood.
They are supposed to be safe.
But they quickly realize not everything is as it once seemed in their idyllic world.
Slowly, the cracks have begun to show, revealing the dark and devious truth behind their home, their neighbors, and the lengths some people will go to protect their secrets.

Someone’s missing.
Someone’s dead.
Everyone’s lying.

In a town full of masterfully woven webs, these six friends are about to watch their world unravel. And, if they’re not careful, one of them might be the next to disappear…

When everyone you know is a liar, how do you decide whom to trust

You can purchase it HERE

#4 Dan Padavona – Her Last Breath

He’s hunting a psychopath. And now the killer wants him dead.

After he’s shot in the line of duty, Detective Thomas Shepherd returns to Wolf Lake to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Living beside the water, he finds peace…until the body of a missing woman washes up on his shore and the town blames a teenage boy with a history of violence.

Is a killer stalking the sleepy resort village?

Thomas isn’t convinced the teenager committed murder. Challenging a village that wants justice at any cost, he pursues the real killer as evidence mounts against the teenager. If he fails, an innocent boy will go to prison.

Can Thomas clear the boy’s name before he becomes the killer’s next victim?

You can purchase it HERE

#3 Charlie Gallagher – He Will Find You

MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING TWISTS THIS YEAR.

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.

HE WILL FIND YOU: The new heart-pounding thriller from Charlie Gallagher. Maddie Ives faces her most dangerous adversary. 

You can purchase it HERE

#2 Dan Alatorre  – Tiffany Lynn is Missing

A young Florida woman goes missing; everybody believes she is dead. They even have a body at the morgue that her mother identified as her.

But the mother keeps getting letters from the daughter saying “Don’t worry, and don’t look for me.” They are in the deceased girl’s handwriting and there’s even a DNA match – but the body at the morgue is definitely her.

With their missing persons case resolved and the corpse showing no sign of foul play, police close the investigation – so the brash young investigative TV reporter Jessica Eve Tims-Thacker aka “Jett” is retained to find out why the strange letters keep coming.

Is it part of a kidnapping plot gone wrong, a cruel joke by an anonymous prankster, an extortion scheme to drive the mother insane – or something much more sinister?

You can purchase it HERE

#1 Rob Kaufman – One Last Lie

“Rob Kaufman’s cutting-edge tale is reminiscent of Sandra Brown at her best, a suburban shocker on par with Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben.”
~Jon Land, USA Today Best Selling Author of Black Scorpion

“One Last Lie in a word is awesome, an incredible psychological thriller that has readers hanging on the edge during the explosive and thrilling final pages.”
~Examiner.com

She’s demonic and evil, a wicked she-devil you’ll love to hate in this riveting psychological thriller that reviewers say is “gripping”, “heart wrenching” and “holding my breath suspenseful”.
Angela is beautiful and charismatic on the outside. But on the inside, a demon rages, 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.
From the moment the parenting agreement is signed, 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.
Five star reviewers rave that One Last Lie is a gripping thriller of fiction, a novel of pure suspense from which they are unable to pull themselves away. Like Annie Wilkes from Misery and Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction, Angela drags innocent lives into her web of insanity – a place from which readers have confessed is hard to escape, even weeks after turning the final page.

You can purchase it HERE

 

Keto McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Dupe

Hello and welcome so if you have been reading my blog you all know that I follow Low Carb Love™ Blog for a while now.  She had inspired me to start my Low Carb / Keto diet once again.  So in searching for something sweet I came across this recipe and who doesn’t like McDonald’s Shamrock Share, I know for one I can’t wait for them to have this, although this year my McDonald’s did not have it.  But now that I have this recipe, I can make it dupe of it.  And I must say I loved it and will be making it again.  If you haven’t check out Mayra blog I have included the link to it @Low.carb.love.  I have also found her on Instagram see link here Mayra Wendolyne (@low.carb.love) • Instagram photos and videos

further ado……

Servings: 2

Mason Jar Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweetener

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add ingredients to a mason jar and secure lid tightly.
  2. Shake jar vigorously for about 5 minutes until liquid doubles in size.
  3. Place in the freezer for about 3-4 hours until frozen.

Dairy Free Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Soymilk, Almondmilk, Coconut milk, or Cashew milk
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 seal-able gallon bag
  • 2 seal-able sandwich bags
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 1/3 cup ice-cream salt or kosher salt
  • A large glass

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place one of the sandwich bags in the glass and fold the top over the edge of the glass.
  2. Add the milk, coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla, in the smaller bag. Mix Well.
  3. Remove as much of the air as possible and seal the bag.
  4. Place the bag of the ice-cream mixture inside the other sandwich bag. Remove as much of the air as possible and seal that bag.
  5. Place the ice and rock salt inside the gallon bag. 
  6. Shake the bag for about 10 minutes or until the ice-cream mixture has solidified.
  7. You can eat the ice-cream directly from the bag. It will be more like soft-serve ice-cream. 
  8. Or you can place the ice-cream in the freezer for 30 minutes – 2 hours and allow it to firm up even more and scoop it.

HomemadeWhipped Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • ¼ cup of powdered sweetener 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place bowl in fridge for 30 minutes. 
  2. Add in all ingredients into a mixer and mix until stiff.
  3. And enjoy.

Shamrock Shake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ cup of ice cream
  • ½ cup of almond milk 
  • ⅛ teaspoon of mint extract
  • Homemade whipped cream 
  • Green food coloring 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make homemade ice cream.
  2. Make whipped cream.
  3. Add everything to a blender top with whipped cream and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

Nutrition for entire large shake:

  • 12g Net Carbs
  • 0g Fiber
  • 12g Total Carbs
  • 0g Protein
  • 60g Fat
  • 599 Calories

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