Friday, September 18, 2015

Dear Abby: How to Be a Dachshund

Dear Friends,

One of my good friends sent me this picture this week and I liked it so much I had to share it with you.

I have to start with a disclaimer.  I am a dachshund mix.  Our vet says I am a dachshund - Jack Russell mix.    From the Jack Russell side I got a love of running in circles, a tendency to bark with short excited yips, longer legs, and fun ears.  The rest of me?  Well the rest is dachshund.

Let's go through this fun list!  

1. Must have belly rubs daily.  Yes to belly rubs (of course!).  

2. Be as stubborn as possible.  I am not very stubborn.  Momma says I have a "pleasey" personality.  I think that means I want everyone to be happy.  And yes, I do.

3. Make you laugh when you're sad.  I am cheerful and love to make people smile or laugh.  

4. Be there for you when you're sick.  I am also a wonderful nurse.

5. Must get squeaky out of every toy.  Nope!  I don't agree with this.  My toys are lovies.  I would never hurt them.

6. Take forever to pee.  I am pretty matter of fact about potty business ... I like to get it done and then see who is outside to visit.

7. Beg for your food.  What do you mean "your food"?   Isn't it all ours?  It seems it should be.

8. Be your best friend.   Of course!

9. Sleep as much as possible.  What?  I was starting to doze off there ...

10. Be loyal and love you forever.   This is true, especially my Momma.

What do you think of the dachshund rules?  I would love to hear from you in the comments below.  Please send questions too, for future blog posts!

Have a great weekend.

Love to all,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait

Threads of Evidence
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730061

It’s hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine–until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .

Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as “Aurora,” has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years–and some say it’s haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances…

Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate’s sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine’s murder–and the murderer–and it’s up to her to stitch the clues together. . .
But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?

My Review

This cozy mystery seemed custom-made to my reading taste:

1. There is a smart female protagonist. Angie Curtis is a former private investigator’s assistant and she has good detective skills. 

2. There is a fascinating old Victorian mansion involved.  I LOVE mysteries set in old houses!

3. There is a long-ago mystery (a mysterious death in 1970) to solve.

4. A large collection of antique needlework pictures figures into the story.  I am a lifelong antiques person and have appraised vintage books before (I sell vintage children's books and ephemera for a living).  I am not very knowledgeable about needlework but found the details in this book fascinating!

I have not read the first book in this series, but now I want to go back and catch up.   This book did work as a standalone read.

Threads of Evidence was a great cozy mystery read, and I highly recommend it to other cozy fans.

About This Author
Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.  

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I received this book from Great Escapes Book Tour and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco

Book Description for A Song for Bellafortuna:

A Song for Bellafortuna is an inspirational Italian Historical Fiction novel concerning a young man's desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family's long reign.

For years, the beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, was a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospered. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only one family in the village remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life. Antonio is determined to erase this legacy by offering financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. He introduces them to the choral song from Verdi's opera, Nabucco, which becomes the rallying cry for the villagers and offers them hope for a better life.

When Antonio's only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family's past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidifying the Vasaios' control. Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna, a sweeping epic historical fiction tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily.

Where to buy the Book: Amazon
 Author's Bio: 

Award winning and bestselling author, Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco, lives in New Orleans. His first novel, Tempesta's Dream - A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera, became an Amazon bestselling novel and was awarded the 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award in Historical Fiction. Amazon also has named his book as a Top Rated Novel in Italian Historical Fiction.

His most recent novel, A Song for Bellafortuna, was shortlisted in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Competition. He is an estate planning attorney in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife and two children. 

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