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width-150-wedding-cakeDaphne Martin is delivering one of the first cakes she has made since opening her own business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes. She knocks on the door to find someone telling her to “come in”. Unfortunately, she finds her first client, dead. Small towns have a knack for gossip, the problem is that it’s going around that Yodel Watson was poisoned by Daphne’s cake. Who is Daphne going to deal with that gossip, especially when it’s coming from the Police Detective’s wife?! As Daphne uncovers a family secret in Yodel’s journal, she’s torn as to confronting her mother, or just letting things be, and as she struggles with that, the person who murdered Yodel is coming after her!

Gayle Trent does such a great job of writing this mystery! I enjoyed this book so much, I read it in one day and just couldn’t seem to put it down. It was so clean and so much fun to read. I thought the character’s sense of humor was a lot like mine, I even found myself laughing out loud in some parts. I was really surprised by the ending, I always like to try and guess who the killer is, and I was dead wrong (no pun intended!)!

I really like the recipes at the end of the book (which I plan on trying)! The one recipe that I really want to try is her Cinnamon Rolls recipe. It looks so yummy! Gayle Trent also put in some tips for decorating cakes and I thought they were great tips. I like to try and make my kids’ birthday cakes all the time, so I will be using some of her tips.

Murder Takes the Cake, is a fun story and I will definitely be recommending it to anyone! I can’t wait to read more of Trent’s books!

You can read an excerpt here.

A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery Series:

Murder Takes the Cake

Dead Pan

width-100-Murder_Takes_The_CakeRating: Star 4copy

Content: 

Title: Murder Takes the Cake

Author: Gayle Trent

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 288

ISBN: 978-4516-0001-8

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: March 2011 (reprint edition)

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

 

 

Publisher Samhain has announced they will be bringing back romance novels originally published in the  70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s, they are currently taking submissions from authors who have the rights to their novels originally published during that time period.

The Romance Writers of America have posted the nominees of the 2011 RITA and Golden Heart finalists. Congrats to all the finalists, I am always pleased to see many of the authors I like in the lists.

Jennifer L. Armentrout has released the cover for Daimon: The Prequel to Half-Blood. I love the covers on the entire series, the flaming flowers are amazing.

Author Shannon Stacey, with a trilogy published by Carina Press, will be published in mass market by Harlequin in January, February and March 2012. I have been impressed by the quality of writing by Carina Press and am excited to see one of their authors move into the mass market press.

Red House Books has declared April to be NetGalley month, a time for reviewers to catch up on their NetGalley lists. I wish I had the time to participate in this because my NetGalley que is a little out of control, maybe in June I can do a personal one. :)

Christopher Paolini has revealed the cover to the fourth book in The Inheritance Cycle, Inheritance.

Amanda Hocking, author of successfully self-published YA novels The Trylle Trilogy, has signed a new book deal for a suspected multi-million dollar deal. Congrats to her, that is amazing!

So you can’t get a legal copy of Harry Potter on your email but you will soon be able to rent the movie through facebook, this seems a little messed up to me. (Mostly because I would rather not try to balance my hardbound copy of book seven when I reread it in July in preparation of the release of Part II movie.)

Amazon has announced that the latest Kindle owners will now be able to download and play Audible.com audio books.

Walden Media has announced that the next Chronicles of Narnia movie to be made will be The Magician’s Nephew, I have to admit I am disappointed because my favorite is The Horse and His Boy but they have done an amazing job so far on the movies so I am sure this one will be just as good.

On a sad note, Dianna Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle, has passed away this past week.

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Giveaways:

The Demon Lover’s March Mayhem has started, several blogs are giving away prizes from now until March 31st.

Author Jaimey Grant is giving away 25 ebooks, contest ends March 31st.

Book Hounds is giving away 3 copies of Jill Shalvis’ The Sweetest Thing, contest ends April 14th.

The Story Siren is giving away 3 copies of 3 YA novels, contest ends April 10th.

The Season of Romance is giving away a Kindle, contest ends April 15th.

Author Ashley March is giving away 3 copies of Jennifer Haymore titles.

Minding Spot is giving away 2 copies of B.J. Daniels’ Smokin’ Six-Shooter, contest ends April 7th.

Romantic Crush Junkies is giving away 2 copies of Jodi Thomas’ Texas Blue, contest ends April 5th.

Squeaky Books is giving away a $100 gift card to an online book store of your choice, contest ends April 1st.

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Free Reads:

Sarah MacLean has posted the first page from Eleven Scandals to Win a Duke’s Heart.

Mary Ann Webber has posted an excerpt from No Decorum.

Kristan Higgins has posted an excerpt from My One and Only.

Julianne MacLean has posted an excerpt from Claimed by the Highlander.

Carol Thayne Warburton has posted an excerpt from Just Shy of Paradise.

Beth Barany has posted an excerpt from Henrietta the Dragon Slayer.

Finally, I leave you with this great cat bookshelf that I think I need to get for my kitty.

As Dom listens to his father’s deathbed confession, he soon finds out that he knows nothing about his father. In Altar of Bones by Philip Carter, Michael O’Malley tells his son that he needs to find Katya Orlova and get a film from her, or he and his brother will be killed. Dom tries to contact his brother Ry, but gets the answering machine. Dom is scared for his life and for his brother’s life. He’s not sure what the film is, or even where he could find it and he knows that his brother has the knowledge to help him out.

At the time of the confession, a homeless woman, Rosie, is murdered in the park. She knew they were coming for her and she’d been waiting. She hopes that her granddaughter, Zoe Dimtroff, can get the message she really needs.

The Altar of Bones is a riveting story taking the reader back decades as you try to find out what the Altar is, and what it does. So many people are trying to find it, and many are willing to kill for it. Even Zoe’s own mother is trying to get her hands on it. As Zoe runs through Paris, she finds herself caught up with Ry O’Malley. The two work together to find the Altar of Bones to see if they can stop all those trying to get it for the wrong reasons. Can they find it in time and save it from those who want to kill them?

I find that Philip Carter does an amazing job of drawing you into the story in just the first chapter and continues to keep you glued to the book. I really enjoyed the story and how far back in time he takes you, the reader, in time. There is a lot of swearing and the use of the F* word and some graphic sex scenes. I would recommend this to readers, as long as they aren’t bothered by the swearing and sex. It really is a good story behind all of that.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rating: 

Content: 

Title: Altar of Bones

Author: Philip Carter

Format: Hardbound

Page Nos.: 464

ISBN: 978-1-4391-9908-4

Publisher: Gallery

Release Date: March 8, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way

 

 

The Books-to-Movie Challenge for April is Beastly by Alex Flinn, originally released in October 2008. A modern retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, Beastly takes place in current New York City. The novel uses modern technology to allow the main character, Kyle Kingsley, to connect with the outside world after his self-imposed seclusion without leaving his apartment.

I love this book, the fresh take on the classic story is so well done. You can read my original review here.

The movie stars Alex Pettyfer as Kyle Kingsley (recently rumored to be in Mortal Instruments, and starring in I Am Number Four). Vanessa Hudgens (of High School Musical) stars as Lindy, the love interest, and Neil Patrick Harris stars as Kyle’s tutor Will. *SQUEE!!* (Yep, I did just scream like a little girl over Neil Patrick Harris.)

Some things to keep in mind as you read and watch the movie:

How do you like the changes they made to Kyle’s character, having him scarred instead of hairy?

It appears from the featurette that Kyle goes to public school, what do you think of this departure from the novel?  Does it help or hurt the feeling isolation that Kyle experiences in the novel?

Do the actors/actresses fit the characters from the novel? If not, who do you think could do better?

Overall thoughts and impressions?

I am very excited of this challenge so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!

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