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Mmm, creamy chocolate. . .
We savor the sweet aroma as our mouths begin to water.
Then we indulge in the fun of selecting each savory chocolate to sample.
Now, why not combine our decadent treats with some delectable books?
White creamy chocolate filled with pecans links best with Michelle Knowlden‘s new mystery, Riddle In Bones. Despite past traumas, the sweltering desert, and a hot French housekeeper, Leslie Green must solve a bone riddle before the killer shoots again. Michelle has published 14 stories in Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine plus two earlier mysteries, so this book should be a page-turner!
Choose a key-lime chocolate truffle while enjoying Freeways to Flip-Flops, a multi award-winning memoir by Sonia Marsh who says, “After uprooting my three teens from affluent Orange County, California to a hut in Belize, chocolate was the last thing on my mind. Although it gave me comfort during the dark winters in Denmark, where I was born, I never craved blød nougat, my favorite hazelnut chocolate, during our hot Caribbean island adventure.”
A cup of hot chocolate with a crunchy almond roca packs the necessary punch when reading Running and Dancing, Newberry winner Carol Fenner’s and Claudia Alexander‘s book about two African-American girls maturing in the WWI-era, a time of Model-T’s and the lure of faraway places. Her story contrasts the comforts of home against an adrenaline rush from the hard bite of these lighthearted youngsters’ first experiences with bullying and discrimination.
Exotic dark chocolate encasing an apricot almond center is perfect while reading Mary Terzian’s award-winning memoir, The Immigrant’s Daughter. Her story is “laced with a perfect mix of drama and humor.” Her tale of an Armenian girl growing up in Cairo tells of a “triumph over destiny, a leap from passive acceptance into a fierce battle for self-determination,” in a time and place where the inferior position of women was, sadly, the status quo.
I now pass the baton to two other author friends who will share
their own chocolate delights with us next week!
They are Greta Boris and Susan Weidener.
Read Susan Weidener’s book, Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again with a rich dark chocolate in hand. Dramatic life events are the substance of this powerful memoir. A reader shares how romantic this story truly is: “Love is a long close scrutiny…the book’s scenes will stay with readers for years…touching hearts and lives with an honest portrayal of how cancer affects a marriage.”
A chewy caramel covered in lustrous chocolate is my choice for Morning at Wellington Square, Susan Weidener’s sequel. With refreshing and courageous honesty, Weidener reveals her circuitous path as a single woman, parent, daughter and writer. Readers learn that no matter how many heartaches we have, each of us has a “morning” in our future. Weidener found hers and we can too!
Choose a decadent cherry nougat covered in Bordeaux chocolate when reading Greta Boris’ book, The Wine and Chocolate Workout: Eat, Drink and Lose Weight. A reader shares, “I HAD to know how these two indulgences could help me get and STAY fit! With her extensive experience in the health and fitness industry, Ms. Boris…leads people by the hand on their journey towards better health.”
I’m excited about the chocolates & books they’ll share soon,
promising us more indulgent treats.