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Letters From Heroes - World War I and World War II - Edward T. Cook, Author



Letters From Heroes - World War I and World War II - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Dearest Ruth,

I am working tonight until midnight and will be thinking about you and wishing I could be by your side. To me it seems like eternity since the last time I saw you. Can't help but remember what a soldier told me once, "This is a lonesome war."



I'm a baby boomer so I was around during the Viet Nam… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 31, 2009 at 8:45am — No Comments

Dispel the Mist - Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series - Marilyn Meredith, Author



Dispel The Mist - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Her next dream was a nightmare. Tempe knew she was on the reservation, but it was different looking as familiar places often are in dreams. The buildings all seemed dilapidated and badly in need of repair through she couldn't see them clearly because of a swirling grayish-yellow mist surrounded everything. Jagged black mountain peaks poked through the clouds.… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 24, 2009 at 2:29pm — No Comments

A Corpse for Yew - Joyce and Jim Lavene, Authors



A Corpse for Yew - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



As you read the excerpt below, picture a group of elderly ladies, all members of the Shamrock Historical Society due to their ancestors and proud of it. Picture these ladies standing in the middle of a cow pasture as they search for a grave that has been long forgotten. And now listen as they reminisce about another outing that took them in search of a grave… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 14, 2009 at 3:25pm — No Comments

And on the Surface Die - Lou Allin, Author

And on the Surface Die - Lou Allin, Author



And on the Surface Die - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'"Don't discount petty-ante crime," Ben Rodgers, her mentor in The Pas, had told her. "Sometimes they're part of a bigger picture, and it usually involves drugs. Why steal a CD player you can sell for only a twenty unless you need another fix?" But Ben had made his own fatal error. Their last month… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 20, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Man Corn Murders - Lou Allin, Author



Man Corn Murders - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Now she was too weak to leave the bunk, her tongue swollen and her lips cracking against every shallow breath, and she prayed for blessed release back into a warm, wet womb, her own barren into eternity. The tears had surrendered days ago, re summon them though she would to bathe sore eyes. She blinked a final time as cotton closed her ears and the pain… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 12, 2009 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Secrets by the Sea - Mary Montague Sikes, Author

Secrets by the Sea - Mary Montague Sikes, Author



Secrets by the Sea - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Far below, in a brilliant flash of lightning, Dana saw something move. Heart pounding, she brushed her hand across her eyes and leaned closer to the glass. She watched a dark shadow rise from the water - a human shadow with arms flailing skyward.'



Since very early childhood, Dana Sinclair had… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 5, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Uncle Si's Secret - M. M. Gornell, Author

Uncle Si's Secret - M. M. Gornell, Author



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



Creating Cedar Valley Residence was a dream come true for Belinda Jones and her brother Bernard. They had spent five years making sure each room and suite was perfectly decorated to create a feeling of comfort and welcome. Now it was time to add a new addition, which would create space for more residents and allow Belinda and Bernard to… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on August 14, 2009 at 3:21pm — No Comments

A Corpse in the Soup - Morgan St. James & Phyllice Bradner, Authors

A Corpse in the Soup - Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat





Some one is sabotaging the cooking show of America's favorite Chef. Food testers are coming down with food poisoning, the Baked Alaska is blowing up and the paprika is as hot as Hades. But who would do this and why?



When I was young I enjoyed playing the board game "Clue." What made this game so much fun were the characters. So now I want to introduce you to the characters of A Corpse… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on August 8, 2009 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Spice Up Your Life - The Flexitarian Way - Bindu Grandhi, Author

Spice Up Your Life - The Flexitarian Way - Bindu Grandhi, Author

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



I can't say that I've ever found a "healthy" cookbook that made me actually want to try it's dishes. The pictures grab my attention but the ingredients are always the same. Veggies, veggies, veggies. Don't get me wrong, I love vegetables but when I find myself thumbing through a health conscious cookbook I'm usually turned off by the lack of taste. I want… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on August 4, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Web of Secrets - Ernesto Patino, Author



Web of Secrets - Ernesto Patino, Author - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



"Sarah? Sarah Baker?" said a man with a raspy voice. "I know this may sound a little strange, considering you don't know me. But I happen to be in possession of some interesting information concerning your parents - your natural parents, that is - and I thought we might..."



This phone call became the beginning of many changes… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on July 29, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

A Circle of Souls - Preetham Grandhi, Author

Naya was afraid. She didn't want to stay in this hospital. She thought it seemed different from the other, regular hospitals, even though she had never stayed in any sort of hospital before. This hospital didn't seem at all like the hospital her classmate had described after having her tonsils removed. Besides, Naya didn't even feel sick.'



The hospital Naya has been admitted to is the psychiatric section of the Newbury hospital. Naya was taken to the hospital's emergency room after… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on July 25, 2009 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Legacy of the Ripper - Brian L. Porter, Author

'Does violent death have a name? Can evil truly be born into the world, evil so deep that it is bred into the genetic make-up of an individual? Until I came to this place and met the man who made me begin to suspect that such an evil could exist, I'd have been as dismissive as most of my profession at the prospect of such a possibility... Dr. Ruth Truman, Psychiatrist.'



Porter's book A Study in Red tells about the Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper. As the story goes, Robert… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on July 19, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

Gumbo Justice - Holli Castillo, Author

Gumbo Justice - Holli Castillo, Author - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Ryan couldn't keep her thoughts from drifting back to the homicides on the short drive home. L'Roid Smith had been killed in a way common among gangs members - beaten, shot in the head execution style and left naked. It was the ultimate humiliation, and the same way he had committed his own gang murders, including the one Ryan had tried to prosecute. And Jeremiah had been beaten, the… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on July 11, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Guiding The Way From Middle Neebish - Edward T. Cook, Author

Guiding The Way From Middle Nessbish - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



I've always been fascinated by lighthouses. They are so unique standing there like a giant eyes protecting ships and their crews. But not until reading Guiding The Way From Middle Nessbish did I understand the true lives of those who manned them. Edward T. Cook's book is one that was not only interesting but educational. The history that he has preserved will be cherished by his family… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on July 8, 2009 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Where Angels Dare, Sunnie Frazier, Author

Revelers writhed to the discordant music. Masks covered many of the faces, leaving identities to the imagination, but not much else. Conversation was confined to body language.



"This is the main dance area so people can get acquainted," Connie-the-tour-guide explained. "There's a small stage up front for exhibitionists, and smaller rooms for shy types. They're wired for close circuit TV for voyeurs. The torture… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on July 1, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Stir, Laugh, Repeat - Event

All-aboard! The "Author" Train is leaving the station on its way to Stir, Laugh, Repeat. Everyone is invited to this 4 day event starting Thursday (6/11) and ending Sunday (6/14). On your journey, you will be met by me and I'll guide you through my simple world of cooking with questions, answers and lots of friendly talk. So mark your calendar and meet me at the station http://www.booklandheights.blogspot.com…

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Added by Martha A. Cheves on June 9, 2009 at 6:50pm — No Comments

The Voice of Anton Bouchard and Other Stories - Brian L. Porter, Author

Short story "Red Sky in the Morning"... 'Prior to surfacing completely, the submarine's commander, Captain Simon Merrick had ordered the periscope raised, and he knew as soon as he put his eye to the scope that something wasn't right. Although the submarine's chronometer showed the time as eleven o'clock in the morning it appeared quite dark on the surface. There appeared to be an incredible red tinge to the outside world. While he tried to make some sense of what he saw his communications… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on June 7, 2009 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Blood Bar - Norman Applegate, Author

Blood Bar - Review by Matthew Morrison



All hell breaks loose, literally, in Norm Applegate's latest and greatest of the Kim Bennett series, Blood Bar. Norm's precisely detailed descriptions of unholy battles and unholier alliances between the world of vampire and human kept me turning page after page. Applegate's fusion of gothic mayhem and modern urban settings is seamless.



When the readers of Twilight grow up, they will thoroughly enjoy the gritty style of Applegate's… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on June 4, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Beaufort Falls - Mari Sloan, Author







Beaufort Falls - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



The characters of Beaufort Falls:



Molly age 8 and Tessie age 5 are the daughters of JD. Both children are well experienced in keeping a spotless house and making dinner for their father. And they both know the consequences that will be paid if it’s not done… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on May 22, 2009 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Stir, Laugh, Repeat - Book Review by Rita Hestand

Ms. Cheves wrote not just a cookbook, but a book to cook by. You'll find a little bit of everything in this recipe filled book, from her famous "Banana Puddin'" to her home-made "Chow-Chow".



Ms. Cheves packs plenty of cooking savy in this delightful book that has a hundred differnt little cooking tips that will have you delighted, to short little tidbits of stories that will make you remember what you are cooking.



Most cookbooks… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on May 13, 2009 at 3:53pm — No Comments

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