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BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home, post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it. Literally.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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Being Brooke by Emma Hart

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Emma Hart
Contemporary Romance
Smashword Publishing
December 13th, 2016
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My name is Brooke Barker...

And I'm a freaking disaster.

No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.

Not to mention I'm completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.

The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.

The second problem? He's my best friend.

My shut-up-and-put-on-Harry-Potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampons, kinda best friend.

And that’s all he can be, right?

Right.

(Being Brooke is a standalone romantic comedy. Hilarious, super-sexy, and possibly highly inappropriate at times, this is the perfect feel-good read!)

 BOOK EXCERPT

Cain’s phone begins to buzz on the table. The screen lights up, and the short name on the screen makes me have to fight a frown.
I know it’s Nina. It always is. It’s like she has a Brooke-dar. She can sense whenever Cain and I are alone and hanging out.
My heart sinks, slowly but heavily, and I school my expression into one of not caring. I refuse to look away from the TV now.
Cain hands me his pizza box, which I take, begrudgingly, then he leans forward and grabs his phone. He waits for the buzzing to stop, then unlocks it and turns it off vibrate.
Then? Then he shoves it under the table, screen down.
Ho. Lee. Shit.
I gape at him. I can’t help it.
A piece of pepperoni drops off the slice of pizza in my hand—the same one that’s frozen halfway to my mouth as I stare at him in total disbelief. Did he really just do it?
“What?” Cain shrugs and takes his box back, grabbing a piece of half-eaten, meaty pizza and shoving the end in his mouth. The crust crunches as he bites down.
I swallow and glance at the coffee table. “I don’t think you’ve ever not taken a call from her.” I can’t help the derogatory way I say ’her’. It’s not intentional—honest. It’s ingrained in me to be vicious to other women. I think it’s a female thing. Self-preservation and all that.
“I don’t think I ever haven’t either.” Cain tilts his head to the side and meets my gaze, a suspicious glint in his green eyes. “But the point is, we haven’t done this in weeks, and I’m having too much fun to leave. Besides, we have all this junk food. If I don’t help you eat it, you’ll eat it all, then it’ll be my fault when your pants don’t fit.”
Oh my god.
“Does she know you’re here?” I smirk slyly and raise my eyebrows.
He shifts uncomfortably. With a cough, he puts his pizza down and grabs his beer bottle to swig from it.
Oh. My. Shitty. Life.
“She doesn’t, does she?” I sit up straight, throwing my half-slice back into my box and shoving his shoulder. “Cain!”
“No,” he mumbles, scratching the back of his ear. “She doesn’t know.”
I laugh. I can’t help it. It’s totally immature of me to delight in the fact he hasn’t told the Prissy Princess where is he and he’s ignoring her calls, but I do. It’s hilarious.
And, okay. I’m smug. Totally smug. There’s only one reason he hasn’t told her, and that’s because she hates me too.
Bitchy Best Friend Mission: Level Up!
“And tell me.” I snicker, just about holding back the volcano of laughter threatening to erupt. “Where does Nina think you are?”
“She thinks I’m at Mom’s.” He looks at me, his lips flattening into a thin line. “Stop laughing, B. No, don’t shake your damn head. I fucking mean it. She’s a little insecure over my friendship with you and Carly, that’s all. Sometimes it’s easier to just tell a... little white lie.”
“A little white lie? She thinks you’re at your mom’s!” I laugh harder and wipe at my eyes because they feel a little too wet.
“I just want the best of both worlds right now, all right?”
“What is the best of both worlds? Pizza with me and blow jobs from her?”
“She chooses not to eat gluten. Until she finds a gluten-free recipe she likes, I can’t eat pizza when she’s around.”
Which is a lot.
I raise my eyebrows again. “Your girlfriend won’t eat gluten but she’ll happily put your dick in her mouth?”
“Brooke. Don’t be a bitch.” He chucks a piece of chicken from his pizza at me, his eyes narrowing.
I’m dying. I think this is it—this is how I die, laughing at Cain’s lame excuses for lying to his girlfriend about spending time with me.
“Oh my fuck. This is hilarious. Seriously. Someone call Comedy Central.”
“Brooke.” He says my name again, this time quieter.
I stop laughing. Just about.
“I’m sorry. I just think it’s funny. You want me to be nice to her but you lie to her about spending time with me.” I shrug a shoulder and peel a piece of pepperoni off my pizza. I’m not even that hungry anymore.
He sighs, putting the top down on his box, and sits back. “She thinks there’s something going on between us.”
I laugh even harder because I might cry if I don’t.
Hi, breaking heart. Grab the tissues, yo.
There’s an awkward silence hanging between us now. It’s not the first time someone has thought that, but given that the more time I spend with Cain, the more I seem to fall for him, it’s awkward. Especially since he’s lying to her just to hang out with me.
I clear my throat and look up at him. “That’s ridiculous. You’re my best friend. Like anything would ever happen between us. I can’t put up with your shit taste in music, for a start.”
“Exactly,” he replies in a quieter voice, scratching behind his ear again. “It’s fucking stupid. I can’t stand your taste in music either. Who the fuck likes Justin Bieber?”
“People who think Kanye West should retire.”

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My name is Brooke Barker…

And I’m a freaking disaster.

No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.

Not to mention I’m completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.

The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.

The second problem? He’s my best friend.

My shut-up-and-put-harry-potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampon, kinda best friend.

And that’s all he can be, right?

Right.

Being Brooke is a standalone romantic comedy. Hilarious, super-sexy, and possibly highly inappropriate at times, this is the perfect feel-good read!

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Ezi3.5 STAR REVIEW

I have mixed feelings about this one. Brooke was a quirky heroine and was amusing at times, but after awhile, those quirks grew annoying. In fact, Brooke reminds me of a goofy young actress.
  Yes, I thought of Jennifer Lawrence a lot during this book.

24 year old Brooke Barker had a crush on her best friend Cain Elliot but she hid her real feelings because she didn’t want to risk messing up their relationship. Cain, unaware of Brooke’s feelings, was also nursing a silent crush on Brooke. So the goofy pair of besties continued to circle around each other until Cain reveals his feelings to Brooke.
That’s when the book starts getting dicey for me. Brooke’s insecurities suddenly get the best of her and she cannot fathom how a great guy like Cain could truly want her. This somewhat comical story begins to have those “miscommunications” that drag out stories.

I will say that I vacillated between finding Brooke entertaining and immature. Cain, on the other hand, I really liked him. He made a good hero and cared for Brooke idiosyncrasies and all. Cain and Brooke actually should have moved from friends into a romantic relationship much more seamless than they did. Unfortunately the writing got redundant and a tad far-fetched. But Brooke and her other best friend Carly reminded me of friends that I have. I enjoyed that aspect of the story. Another funny character was joyed Carla’s grandfather, who managed to rename his alcoholic drinks with sexual positions. I would have loved to have him as a bartender.

The story made me smile at times, and I suspect that many people will chuckle throughout their reading. If you enjoy sassy heroines with self deprecating humor and zany one-liners about sexual parts, you will probably enjoy this story.

*e-ARC provided by InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review*

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emma-hartBy day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Shine Not Burn (Shine Not Burn, #1) by Elle Casey

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Pages: 350
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IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS.
I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much.Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marriage license until it's all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she's going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she's thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick ... before her fiance finds out and everything she's been working toward goes up in flames.
two-half-stars


Clearly, my idea of humor differs from a lot of people because I didn’t chuckle once while listening to this audiobook. There are many things I disliked about this book but Andi and her missing backbone tops the list. I’m sorry but this one didn’t entertain me at all.

Andrea “Andi” Marks was this young ambitious attorney who had a life goal of making partner, getting married and having a couple of kids by her early 30’s. She doesn’t have any fun, just work, work, and more work.
When she goes to Vegas with friends for a bachelorette party, she goes buck wild on the drinks. This is where hunky cowboy Gavin MacKenzie, enters the picture.

Gavin was in Las Vegas for his brother’s bachelor party when he saw Andi and they did what you do in Vegas.

2 years later when spineless Andi is getting ready to marry her rude fiancée Bradley, the county clerk refused her a marriage certificate as She is Already Married…in Vegas.
*Gasp* I mean…I am so surprised. Why, I declare! I’ve never read such a thing before. What a novel plot twist.

So Spineless Andi, who do you want country bumpkin Mack or ambitious yet treats you like crap fiancée Bradley? Really hard choices for you, right?
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Spring Fever (Holly Creek #2) by Poppy Dennison

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Series: Holly Creek
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Pages: 70 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:
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Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.

four-half-stars

 

Spring Fever pretty much picks up where Dogwood Days ended. We have Jefferson Lee and Sheriff Zane in a relationship and Jefferson is now the Director of Publicity for Holly Creek.

The first page of this book had me LOLing in bed because Jefferson cannot let go of the fact that people in this small town have seen his bare butt. Sure, it was as an infant… or so he thinks before he is told he and Zane should close the curtains at night. But wait, I want to see what was going on when those curtains were open because Sheriff Zane has become a dirty talker in this book… mmm hmm. He sure has.

This is much shorter than Dogwood Days was so I will keep my review short.

First, this CANNOT be read as a standalone, don’t even attempt it. You must read the first book before this or nothing and no one will make sense.

That being said, I really adored seeing more of Zane and Jefferson Lee as their relationship progresses. They fell so hard, fast and simple into one another that it was refreshing to see a bit of doubt peek into their bubble of warm and fuzzy and OMG it was hilarious to see Jefferson Lee overreact. Of course, he wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t involve his BFF Clover in on his doubt and once again, the comedy blunders these two manage to get themselves into had me in stitches. They were spot on with Lucy and Ethel sprinkled with a bit of Gladys Kravitz as they tried to scope out the new man in town.

This was again, so much fun. I can’t believe the smile that stayed on my face reading this and I can’t believe that I couldn’t put it down, not even while I made my family dinner.

But um… that end though… okay Ms. Dennison. I am waiting for the next book. You can’t leave it like that and can I just say I hope a certain redhead is there when Jefferson Lee arrives… I kinda need to know more about him. Kay? Thanks.

Spring Fever is a fantastic installment to this series of a quirky small town full of characters that may know your business and gossip behind your back but they do it with the best of intentions and ultimately with love. It’s a continuation of the swoon worthy romance between a man in uniform and the smart mouthed bundle of energy that has captured his heart.

 

 

About Poppy Dennison

Add two parts sass and one part sweet and you have Poppy Dennison to T—sweet tea that is. Raised by a gaggle of Southern women who love reading and have backbones of steel, Poppy was brought up to see the best in people but always speak her mind. Mix it all together, like Grandma’s famous cobbler, and you get a sassy, Southern lady with a quick wit and loads of charm, who will soften any blow with “Bless your heart.” Her books reflect her small town roots, are filled with all the comforts of home, and come with side dish of spicy, because that’s the way she likes it.

Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Pages: 194 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

four-half-stars

 

I don’t think I will ever not like a book from the Dreamspun Desire series. This book is just fun. This series is fun and that’s why I keep coming back to it all and am never disappointed. This is my first read from the Charlie Cochet and I am in love with her writing.

We meet one Joe Applin, owner of Apple’n Pies as he is going about his day of normalcy in his pie and coffee shop. We meet his motley crew of employees and get a general feel for Joe; he’s in his late 30’s, single and really married to his job. You get a sense there was a bad break up in his past and that he is hesitant about new relationships.

When he is changing a light outside his cafe with his employee young Danny, he hears a noise in the garden and they investigate to find one battered, semi-conscious man who doesn’t want them to call the cops but may have a concussion. While passed out, Joe and the gang drag the stranger up to Joe’s apartment and try to wake him up and find out what the heck is going on.

I loved that the author handles the first instances of amnesia with actual thought but includes the comedy. Being in Joe’s head as he questions the comparison of the situation to a Lifetime movie and if amnesia is plausible in the case was fun to read.  It brought a moment of realism to a story that only happens in movies and TV Shows… or does it?

I adored the hell out of Joe with his ability to quote movies, shows or anything else that pops into his head. I am the same way and I can guarantee you 99% of the time, my response to most situations has nothing to do with that is going on or what has been asked. My brain is always on six degrees of random, so beware.

Bea, Danny, Elsie and Jules were great supporting characters. They show how much Joe will go to take care of those he cares about and they also show how much they care about Joe. Bea was hilarious and I really hope Danny mans up and tells Elsie how he feels and I am happy Jules ends up back on her nurse feet as well.

Anyway. Joe is letting amnesia boy, though now christened Tom, stay in his apartment though he questions his decision of why. When he tells the gang, I was cracking up. Joe’s reaction to Tom and Tom’s reaction to Joe had me on pins and needles waiting for small touches, coy looks and the moment they both say screw it and give in.

Ugh.

The mystery of who Tom is though… let’s talk about that for a minute. I was so damn thrilled when I turned a page and we get Tom’s POV because oh boy did I ever need it. It was great to see him trust his instincts with Joe and give them both a chance… well, at a chance at something more, something special and something damn romantic.

I am not a reader who tries to figure out a story, regardless of its complexity. For me, letting the author and the characters lead me through it all is what I love about reading. Sure, I come up with theories from time to time but I like to let the story tell itself and having said this, I did have a theory on Tom and I am so happy I was right.

This story, of a sugary sweet romance between Tom and Joe was a joy to read. I loved every word of it and was honestly kinda bummed when it ended. I feel like I haven’t said enough as I look over the many highlights and notes I have from the story but I’m gonna keep those a bit longer so I can laugh and swoon over the moments a few more times.

Forgive and Forget is another wonderful addition to this series. It’s a story about taking a chance on love, even when the guy who are with may not know his name at the moment,  it’s about trusting your gut and it’s about being rescued and rescuing right back.

 

 

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Blog Tour: Exclusive Excerpt – Spring Fever by Poppy Dennison

 

Oh My Shelves welcomes author Poppy Dennison to the blog to share an exclusive excerpt from her new novella Spring Fever, book two in her Holly Creek Series – releasing from Dreamspinner Press Friday, April 1, 2016.  Our resident ginger, Sara, is in love with this series and can’t wait for more to come. 

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Exclusive Excerpt

Welcome back to Holly Creek, home of Jefferson Lee Davis and the quirky small town neighbors that always seem to get into trouble. In Spring Fever, Jefferson Lee has finally found his happily ever after with Sheriff Zane– or has he? Trouble is getting thick as Gracie’s gravy for our favorite small town boy! In this exclusive excerpt, Jefferson Lee faces off against one of the biggest challenges in Holly Creek: Gracie, the elderly owner of the town’s only diner.

“Oh my God. I forgot to tell you the worst part!”

Zane’s eyebrows rose, and he took another drink of coffee.

“Mr. Hartman said he got an eyeful of us and that we needed to close the blinds!”

At that, Zane’s smile dimmed. “What does that mean?”

“You know exactly what that means! He not only saw my butt when I was a baby, but now he’s seen it as a grown up. I’m—I can’t, Zane!”

Zane chuckled and squeezed Jefferson’s shoulder. “He can’t see that far into my house, darlin’. Stop panicking. He probably saw us kissing in the living room the other night. Remember when we—”

Jefferson covered Zane’s mouth with his hand. His cheeks heated, and he imagined they were turning as red as the checkered curtains covering the diner window behind him. “I remember very clearly.”

He removed his hand slowly when Zane didn’t seem inclined to continue. He forgot Zane’s patience as he spoke the moment Jefferson’s hand was free and clear. “Okay, so next time I put you up against the wall, I’ll make sure the blinds are closed first,” Zane said once he’d given Jefferson a heated glance that had him squirming in his seat.

“Glad you can think so clearly when we’re, you know.”

“Can’t even say it out loud?”

“No! What if Gracie heard me?”

Zane leaned in and whispered in Jefferson’s ear. “I liked fucking you against the wall. Your hot little hole squeezed me so tight.”

Jefferson shivered, and his jeans grew uncomfortably tight. “Stop that.”

“Gonna do it again tonight. Been imagining bending you over the back of the couch and making you scream.”

Fortunately Gracie herself arrived at the table carrying a tray with their food. She smiled at Zane and placed his plate down in front of him—fluffy scrambled eggs, three slices of bacon, and a little dish of grits. Zane beamed up at her.

With a glare, she slapped a plate down in front of Jefferson. “Egg white omelet with spinach and a side of fruit.”

Jefferson scowled, and she scowled back. “I wanted hash browns.”

“Want in one hand and crap in the other. See which one fills up first.”

“Gracie! That’s disgusting!”

“Uh-huh. If I hear you whine one more time about your jeans being tight, I’m going to whoop you. Now eat your healthy breakfast, and be happy I’m feeding you!”

Well, it looks like Gracie wins this round. To find out more about Holly Creek and it’s residents check out Dogwood Days and Spring Fever!


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Series: Holly Creek
Release Date: 
April 1, 2016
Pages:
70 • Cover Artist: A.J. Corza Pages
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:
DreamspinnerAmazon ARe • B&N

Holly Creek: Book Two

Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.


Available April 1, 2016

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About Poppy Dennison

Add two parts sass and one part sweet and you have Poppy Dennison to T—sweet tea that is. Raised by a gaggle of Southern women who love reading and have backbones of steel, Poppy was brought up to see the best in people but always speak her mind. Mix it all together, like Grandma’s famous cobbler, and you get a sassy, Southern lady with a quick wit and loads of charm, who will soften any blow with “Bless your heart.” Her books reflect her small town roots, are filled with all the comforts of home, and come with side dish of spicy, because that’s the way she likes it.