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Martha A. Cheves's Blog – December 2009 Archive (7)

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - Patricia Neely-Dorsey, Author

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



I don't think I've ever picked up a book that brings back as many memories as Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia. And the memories were all good memories. It made me remember growing up in the south and participating in the activities the poems represent. From the "Partyline" which talks about growing up with a telephone number shared by… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 30, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Lost Witness - Laura Elvebak, Author

Lost Witness - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Barky looked forward to celebrating his sixteenth birthday by getting high. He grinned at his reflection in the storefront window, admiring the Mohawk he had shaped with a discarded razor in the Shop-N-Stop restroom. With a furtive sweep of the street, he veered off onto a gravel drive behind a strip mall. Satisfied no one could see him, he two-fingered the blunt from… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 29, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Tilly's Tale - Harry Porter, Author

Tilly's Tale - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



First let me say that I'm an animal lover. It doesn't matter what the animal might be, I love them all but dogs are my favorite. They give non-conditional love no matter what you may do to them or how you may treat them. After reading the first few pages of Tilly's Tale I had to put the book down, hold my own dog and cry. The neglect of this beautiful animal tore at my… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 27, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

My Husband's Woman - Dee Dee M. Scott, Author

My Husband's Woman - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



When I read a book for review, I do no research on the book. I don't read other reviews, I don't go to the Author's site, I want to judge the book on it's own with no outside influence. When I read the first paragraph of My Husband's Woman I thought, 'this may be a book that will have a hard time holding my interest.' Boy was I wrong!



There are three… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 20, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

CEOs Don't Cry - Joselyn Vaughn, Author

CEOs Don't Cry - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'"Could this day get any worse?" Leslie Knotts muttered to herself, eyeing the watermark-circled hole in the ceiling tiles above her head. Thudding and muffled expletive rumbled from the hole. She yanked her cashmere scarf from her neck and stomped the slush off of her Prada heels. She took one look around her new office in the Carterville branch of Hanston and Boyd… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 13, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Cheater BBQ - Mindy Merrell and R. B. Quinn, Authors

One of my favorite recipes from this book



1 bath of brine (recipe in book)

One 3 lb. pork loin

vegetable oil

2 Tbl. Cheater Basic Dry Rub (recipe in book)



Brine the loin for 4 - 6 hours in the refrigerator.



Heat oven to 500 degrees



Drain loin, discarding the brine. Rinse and pat dry. Place the loin in a large roasting pan and brush with a light coating of vegetable oil. Sprinkle all sides of… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 5, 2009 at 1:42pm — No Comments

It's in the Eyes - Charles Toftoy, Author



It's in the Eyes - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'"Please get him." Lars looked down at her and flashbacked three years, as if he was seeing his own daughter at the morgue. Candance Hawthorne, the fourth rape and murdered coed, was almost an identical twin of Lars' daughter, Lisa. As he looked at Candance's face, he recognized some of those facial features. And the blue eyes seemed to be staring intently at… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 4, 2009 at 4:39pm — No Comments

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