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Here's hoping you all are having a festive holiday season - What is your favorite holiday recipe?

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I have a special for Christmas Traditions on JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder, so I decided to add a special post on Character Madness and Musings too.  So, here is our holiday post on Character Madness and Musings.
We've had a couple of cookbooks this year, so this seemed festive, and appropriate.

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Death in Trout Fork by D.M. O'Byrne ***Cozy Mystery - Mystery - Spotlight***

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Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries, 
Book One

Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Published: October 2018 Publisher: Black Opal Books



Kathryn “Ryn” Lowell has escaped the stifling confines of her office at the New York travel magazine she writes for and pulls into Trout Fork, a tiny fishing hamlet in the Colorado Rockies, to write an article about the town. She hasn’t been there long when, out jogging with her orange tabby cat, Jack Kerouac, she discovers a T-shirt in the local creek that belonged to missing waitress. Now foul play is suspected, and Ryn, who has fallen for the quaint mountain town, is determined to find the killer and give her new friends closure. Teaming up with the local police detective, who seems to want more than Ryn can give him, she puts it all on the line—her heart, her job, and her life.





Other Books In The Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries Series:


The Mountaintop Murders Ryn Lowell Colorado Mysteries, Book Two Published: May 2019
Travel columnist, Ryn Lowell, has been away from Trout Fork, C…

Two Thousand Lines by Michelle Jester ***Contemporary - New Adult - Romance - YA - Interview - Spotlight - Giveaway***

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Two Thousand Linesby Michelle Jester 

Publication date: November 21st 2019 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult










Olivia Brooks has been able to keep her life in Sugar Mill, Louisiana held perfectly together, far away from the small town where she grew up. Even though her past still haunts her, she has found a perfect process of surviving, until a string of events brings Luke Plaisance to Sugar Mill and turns her organized life upside down.

While Olivia fights to hold on to the life she’s created, unraveling it may be exactly what it takes for her to truly survive. She must accept her past in order to live, or let it threaten the only future she’s ever wanted. Because some secrets can’t stay buried… and shouldn’t.

An inspiring and heartbreaking tale of abandonment, survival, and purpose. A harrowing journey of self-discovery and perseverance.

Goodreads / Amazon

An Interview with the AuthorMichelle Jester
Welcome to Character Madness and Musings, tell us about your newest boo…

Wishes, She Roars A Dark and Twisted Aladdin Retelling by Angela Kulig and Angela Sanders ***Princess Cyra isn't cursed, and she doesn't need Aladdin's wishes to save her kingdom.***

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Wishes, She Roars A Dark and Twisted Aladdin Retellingby Angela Kulig and Angela SandersGenre: YA Fantasy 
Publisher: Green Envy Press
Publication Date: November 1, 2019


Princess Cyra isn't cursed, and she doesn't need Aladdin's wishes to save her kingdom.
People are starving in Henjanan but in the palace on the mountain, otherworldly parties continue almost every night. In the middle of the crowd, where colorful veiled ladies dance with young lords and whisper lies and secrets, sits a sultan with a devil on his shoulder—The Grand Vizier—who does far worse than lie, cheat, and kill.

Absent from most of these parties is Princess Cyra al-Budur, who seeks to root out the evil inside her country by whatever means necessary—even if it means never marrying or finding love, even if it means donning claws and fur, even if it means giving up everything she has. She doesn't dare fail.

In the middle of a monsoon, with the world raging around her, a chance meeting with the handsome s…

Meet Me in the Strange by Leander Watts ***2019 IPPY SILVER MEDALIST – YOUNG ADULT***

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Meet Me in the Strangeby Leander Watts 

2019 IPPY SILVER MEDALIST – YOUNG ADULT
Meet Me in the Strange is an intoxicating adventure set in a glittery, retro-futuristic world of glam rock, spectral aliens, and gender-bendy teens. Davi is mesmerized by a girl at a concert, who appears to lose herself in the power of the otherworldy music of Django Conn. Later, through a chance meeting, Davi becomes friends with the girl, Anna Z. She is like no one Davi has ever met: she loves to talk, talk, talk and has grandiose theories of the next evolution of humans and a strange phenomenon she calls the “Alien Drift.”But danger lurks around every corner, because Anna Z is on the run, and her cruel and controlling older brother is determined to find her, at any cost. Davi faces a daunting decision, go on living a safe existence at the magical Angelus Hotel, which has been in the family for generations, or help Anna Z escape her troubled past. When the two take off to follow the concert tour of their g…

Memories in December Calendar Girls Book 4 by Gina Ardito ***Sweet Contemporary Romance - Spotlight - Excerpt - Giveaway***

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Memories in DecemberCalendar Girls Book 4by Gina ArditoGenre: Sweet Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: November 7, 2019



Siobhan Bendlow is struggling with her recovery from an eating disorder and the financial downturn of her photography business. The last thing she needs is to become the sole caretaker of her wacky grandmother. Especially since the man of her teenaged dreams, Jimmy Vais, has moved back to town, newly single and available. So has his pesky younger brother, Justin. One Vais is fun, but juggling two is a problem.

Althea Bendlow may be in her seventies now, but she still craves all the things she wanted in youth: joy, comfort, laughter, and happiness for her loved ones. If gaining the latter means performing some matchmaking magic for her only granddaughter, she’s up to the task. As long as her own past doesn’t keep distracting her, in the form of Captain Lou Rugerman, a man who meant the world to her for one night only.

Welcome back to Snug Harbor, where the memorie…

A Very Vegan Christmas: Mrs. Claus' Kitchen by Rebecca Henry ***Spotlight - Giveaway***

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A Very Vegan Christmas: Mrs. Claus' Kitchenby Rebecca Henry  Genre: Holiday Cookbook
Publication Date: November 8, 2019


Christmas has always been an important holiday in my home. It is a time for gathering in the kitchen to bake with family and friends. This book contains traditional, holiday recipes prepared from nondairy and cruelty free ingredients. 
With 46 recipes to choose from, you will have a classic selection of recipes to inspire your little Christmas elves or sugar plum fairies to gobble up their plates! Being a mom of two, and so no stranger to hosting Christmas parties for little ones, I understand the importance of presentation. If the food is fun and engaging, children and adults alike, will want to try vegan options. The recipes come with creative decorating ideas, party suggestions and enchanting holiday recipe names, to get your cute little Mrs. Claus helpers, eager to bake with you in the kitchen. 
Goodreads * Amazon





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