Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden

GROUND RULES                                           KATE FREY

Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult, and Kate Frey—expert gardener and designer—makes it easier than ever with her new book, Ground Rules. Frey distills the vital lessons gardening into 100 simple rules that, if followed, will yield a gorgeous, healthy, and thriving home garden. New home gardeners will discover tips on garden design, care and maintenance, healthy soil, and the best ways to water. They’ll learn how to create a garden that encourages birds and butterflies, how to how to choose healthy plants at the garden center, how and when to re-pot a container, and much more. With bite-size chunks of expert information and nearly 100 inspiring photographs, Ground Rules packs a lot of value into its playful package and will be a go-to resource for gardeners everywhere. 


This is a book for you to make your own garden and how to care for it when you are finished. If you already have a garden and want changes the author takes you through those as well. You find out when is the best time to re-plant, how to re-plant into pots, types of soil is best, how much or how little you should water which I found is very helpful and in the long run can save you money in not having to repurchase plants. She also gives you suggestions on the types of plants you want because certain ones attract different birds, or some even attract butterflies. I found this book to be full of useful information and a very handy book to have around for me in my shed with all of my gardening and replanting items. A very good book. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

A Season to Celebrate (Morgan Ranch #5.5)


Former Air Force Pararescueman Kevin Matthews is back home in Texas, working at his family's Christmas tree farm while deciding his next move. Or maybe he won't move at all if sparks keep flying with the town's new surgeon, Kate Stafford . . .

Widower Billy Morgan wishes his grown children still needed him. Good thing his longtime friend, Bella, does. She's planning her son's Christmas wedding and Billy is happy to help. Along the way, they just might discover their own occasion to celebrate . . .

Attorney Moira Brogan expects her brother's Christmas wedding to be a peaceful affair. She doesn't expect to be cornered by an unwanted lothario, rescued by a gorgeous Aussie chef--or be swept off her feet by the said chef. Nursing a broken heart, the last thing she wants is a new romance. But Hudson Walker has other ideas . . .

HOLIDAY HOMERUN * Priscilla Oliveras 
Event planner Julia Louisa Fernandez dreams of a life in Chicago. But her family in Puerto Rico expects her to take over the catering business. Former pro baseball player Ben Thomas knows what that's like--and when they meet, he might be the one to inspire a winning strategy, just in time for the holidays . . .


I really enjoyed the two stories by Kate Pierce and Priscilla Olivares. Kate Pierce one goes with the Morgan family and is about the father Billy. That story is really good. Olivares book is about a cousin of the three sister’s and is before her book about Lila. This works out good to go along with the season and the storyline. Donna Kaufman, I have never read before but I really enjoyed the story about the brother’s younger sister and attorney Moira and how she comes about finding someone for her, or actually, he finds her. You need to read that story and see how he comes to her rescue. This turns out to be a very good story. I liked the chief Hudson his character was very likable and made the story. The only story that left me a little lacking was the one written by Fern Michaels and maybe there is a book with an entire story of the two characters but when the story ended in this book it just felt off compared to the other stories. Overall not bad though. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us

Driven to Distraction (Road to Love #1)


Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted persona—and her trademark self-control—is slipping, and she won’t allow it.

Brodie can’t imagine what secret in Mary’s past has left her so buttoned-up, though he’d dearly love to find out. Maybe then she’d trust him enough to explore their explosive chemistry. But he needs this job, so he’ll play by her rules and bide his time…until an enemy determined to outwit them strikes and he needs to get close—in every way—to protect her. Otherwise they could lose much more than a precious collectible. They could lose it all.


Mary Daniels works for a man who buys collectibles and hires her and a driver to go pick up said items. Mary has worked for the man for three years and while they needed a new driver, the owner she works for saw a story about Brodie Crews and how he saved this dog that was chained up outside of a house and also had a hand in breaking up a drug ring at the same time. He hires Brodie and his brothers Jack business for the transportation mainly Brodie. Now from the first time they meet you know that this will be a story about opposites attract. It is the way that the author leads you around the story and gets you there just like the driving that they do that makes this story. For once it is the women who does not want share anything about her past mainly her childhood and the longer they are together in the car Brodie finds a way to get her to open up when she really does not realizes it until after she is talking. That is what makes this story. That and the dog who has a knack to be asleep but wakes up when he hears anything with food in it. The action parts are good but really it is between Brodie and Mary that makes this book work. Good characters all around and a good read. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

Ty Cobb Unleashed: The Definitive Counter-Biography of the Chastened Racist

TY COBB UNLEASHED                               HOWARD W. ROSENBERG

Howard W. Rosenberg’s Ty Cobb Unleashed: The Definitive Counter-Biography of the Chastened Racist (Tile Books) seeks to be the go-to first source on Cobb’s persona, including racially. Transparency about “what’s new” is the organizing theme.

While the historiography of Babe Ruth, the player closest to Cobb in votes for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, has engendered limited controversy since the work of three mid-1970s authors, the Cobb one is riddled with mines. Charles Leerhsen’s revisionist 2015 Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (Simon & Schuster) both settled some controversies and started new ones. Perhaps the biggest new controversy it created is on whether Cobb has been fairly cast as having been a racist.

A trifecta of features may make Ty Cobb Unleashed one of the most significant baseball biographical books. Firstly, it performs a hard-to-find public service by comparing the technical quality of the Simon & Schuster book and a second cradle-to-grave 2015 one that was also touted as authoritative or definitive: Tim Hornbaker’s overlooked War on the Basepaths: The Definitive Biography of Ty Cobb (Sports Publishing). For decades, media watchdogs have been largely passive (and especially lately) in shedding light on the books of nonfiction publishers from a nuts-and-bolts perspective. Ty Cobb Unleashed does the legwork for them and recommends a practice that publishers should adhere to in revisionist history titles.

Secondly, biographically on Cobb, it resolves differences between the two books, especially on the tricky subject of racism. It also textually is the first Cobb one to stress his 32-year post-career, 1929 to 1961. That span includes 1960 and 1961, the featured years in the 1994 movie “Cobb” starring Tommy Lee Jones. The movie, a limited release in theaters, has gained a second wind as an online video rental. The first of three appendices points out aspects of the movie that the author found substantiation for (or lack thereof). Some of the results should be surprising. Ty Cobb Unleashed also presents a fresh take on the accuracy of Cobb's controversial 1961 co-author, Al Stump. While reinforcing or raising new criticisms about a subsequent Stump 1961 article and 1994 book, it shows where the primary record lends a helping hand to some of his colorful or biting prose.

Thirdly, it is the rare history book that allows the reader to immediately deduce what has not previously appeared in a modern-day book or article. Whether new-to-Cobb versus prior Cobb book readers will like the transparency is an open question. But media watchdogs could have a field day.

This year is the first in which Cobb and Ruth are each the announced focus of hardcovers in excess of 500 pages in the same calendar year. The later Ruth one, by Jane Leavy, is The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and The World He Created (HarperCollins). In their playing and post-careers, Cobb and Ruth drew subjective newspaper coverage to an extent apparently unmatched by other 20th-century whites in the sport. Ruth’s was positive and Cobb’s closer to neutral overall.

Rosenberg’s prior book expertise was almost entirely on the 19th century. His specialty was plowing through surviving contemporaneous coverage of the great baseball media stars of that era, Hall of Famers Cap Anson and Mike “King” Kelly. He is also the book-length expert on tricky and dirty play through 1900, which helps in evaluating how Cobb used his baseball shoes. Fittingly, it is on that newsy subject that Rosenberg most strongly counters both 2015 authors.


I was asked by the writer through Netgalley if I would like to read his book about Ty Cobb. This book though goes into really about dispelling the myth about him being racist through articles that were written about him at the time. These same articles were not always referred to with accuracy in the different books about Ty Cobb. One the author really talks about is a book published by Simon and Shuster. What I have found over the years in reading many different books about former players and the history of the game, is that many people just go on and print what has been printed over the years and act like that is fact. One story about Cobb fighting a man outside with a knife, I have read it many different ways and the author here shows you an article saying he stabbed the man with a pen knife. Remember back then newspapers were the main form of news so if you could make it larger than the other papers in town why not. Plus it has been proven over the years that the Hearst Papers were not on the up and up when Anne Oakley sued them for defamation and won 54 of the 55 cases against Hears and he paid 20,000 which would be $545,630 in today’s money. So most people did not like him and especially when he got older and would say things like the only way they could go after Ruth is make the Parks smaller, this is true the fences are much smaller when those men played. Another man reported he and Aaron never met, yet there is a photo with Cobb shaking Aaron’s hand when he played for the Milwaukee braves. He was also a supporter for women’s suffrage back when it was not popular. So you can see not everything that is written about someone is factual. This book goes into dispelling those myths and the author does a good job at it. I am just afraid not many people will read this book and that is a shame for he put a lot of time and effort into researching all of the material that went into this book. For the average fan they may not enjoy this book, but for me growing up around the game hearing stories about Ruth, Shoeless Joe Jackson, even Satchel Paige from my father I actually enjoyed this book. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

Gluten-Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes for the Brand-Name Treats You Love


Did you think going gluten-free meant giving up your favorite snack foods? Well not anymore! Nicole Hunn of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring helps you bring back the memories of those classic snacks, whether it's a little surprise in a lunchbox or a treat at the end of the day. Make all the most popular cookies, snack cakes, and crackers you've been missing—from Thin Mints(R) Girl Scout Cookies(R) and Hostess(R) Twinkies(R) to Keebler(R) Club(R) Crackers and Kellogg's(R) Pop-Tarts(R) Toaster Pastries—in your own kitchen with ease.

With 100 recipes for everything from cookies, brownies, snack cakes, and pies to buttery crackers, cheese crackers, pretzel rods, candy bars, and licorice—along with helpful tips and tricks for easy prep, extensive information on ingredients and substitutions, and basic recipes for homemade flour blends—Gluten-Free Classic Snacks will help you to bring back all the flavors and fun or the treats you remember.


This is an excellent book for the simple reason the author has taken some of the most popular snakes and now has made them gluten-free. For the person in your family or your entire family you now have a way to have a dessert that you remember eating but had to give up. I got this book because of our daughter and we needed to change her food. It was just easier for us to all change and I was very pleased to come across this book and though it is not something we do all the time when we do want something we now have the option. Plus it is fun to make it in the kitchen with her. Do take into consideration that some of the ingredients are a little more expensive than regular items, such as flour for example. Overall a good book. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

Shout Out: An Author’s Place: Submission Strategies by Aram Mrjoian (See Link)

Shout Out:

An Author’s Place

"Editors Round Table: Submission Strategies"

December 16, 2018

Helpful hints from several genre editors during a roundtable.  Because many factors go into how a literary journal selects works for publication.

It is very interesting and thought you might find it just as interesting.  For any other up and coming authors out there this is for you.  Enjoy!

Taming Fire (Braving the Heat #2)

TAMING FIRE                                               LEORA GONZALES


Yoga instructor Louise Pine is the ultimate caretaker. Everyone around her seems to have an emergency, but Lou hasn’t met a fire she couldn’t put out—until she’s faced with the hunky, bossy firefighter who crashes into her own backyard—and her life. No one tells Lou what to do, yet somehow the guy’s take-charge style makes her tingle . . .


Phoenix “Nix” Jones is used to calling the shots, whether he’s dealing with his younger siblings or taking on a dangerous blaze. Luckily, the fire at Lou’s is a false alarm. But the heat the fit and feisty woman ignites is far from dying out . . .


As the sparks turn into a 5-alarm passion, can two strong-willed people end up engulfed by love—or will they crash and burn?


Louisa is taking care of her nephew when out of the blue her back gate gets knocked off its hinges and a firefighter is looking at her and saying where is the fire? Nix is surprised to see the women in the backyard and the surprised look on her face when they came through her gate. Now he cannot get her out her out of his mind. Going back the next day to fix her gate she says no when he says go out with me instead of asking. Not ever having any women say no to him he is surprised when she shows up at one of the guy’s parties with her nephew. After clearing up some confusion she decides to go on a date with him. After the date, you are left with a very good story about two people getting to know each other and some very hot scenes. A well-written book with good characters. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden

GROUND RULES                                             KATE FREY Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult, and Kate Frey—expert gardener...