Malicious Mocha Murder by JR Pearson Review and Drink Recipe

Malicious Mocha Murder (A Sophia Rivera Paranormal Mystery Book 1) by [Pearson, J R]

Title- Malicious Mocha Murder

Author- JR Pearson

Genre- Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Purchase link- Amazon

Sophia Rivera is used to playing it safe and living simple in the chaotic city of West Emily. Working as a barista by day, and playing online fantasy games by night, Sophia’s life is pretty normal.

That is if you discount her ability to see ghosts.
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Lucky for me, the only apparitions that hang around these days are of my casino-hopping, grandmother and Rufus, the one-eyed ferret.

Yeah, never a dull moment at my place.

Unexpectedly, things take a wild turn when the spirit of a woman shows up–mind you, in the creepiest way possible– claiming to have been murdered and needs me to guide her to Tranquility. Essentially, where ghosts go to regain peace.

Sounds simple?

Well, it’s not!

Throw in a fifty year old historic catastrophe that somehow connects with spirit lady, Dark Entities, sexy twins who light parts of me on fire, and a raging war between Rufus and my cat, Mr. Murphy—-obviously, it’s going to be one hell of a week.

Take it from me, stuffing your face with chocolate danishes and fudge brownies, do NOT make life threatening problems go away.

No matter how good they taste…

Sophia Rivera isn’t what some would call a social butterfly or a risk taker. By day she serves up yummy coffee drinks and pastries at her job as a Barista during the day and at night her wild side comes out… playing her favorite fantasy computer game. Her life isn’t anything exciting, well except for the fact that she can see and communicate with ghost that is.

Sophia chooses to ignore the dead, all except her deceased grand mother and her childhood pet ferret Rufus. After all she never asked for this “gift” nor does she know what good it would do to converse with dead people. That is until one particular ghost doesn’t give her the choice. She needs Sophia’s help and won’t take no for an answer. It’s time for Sophia to put on her big girl panties and face her gift. With some help from her casino hopping grand ma and her best friend maybe she can help solve this ghost’s murder and keep her wits about her in the process.

The Sweet-

Sophia is a self proclaimed gamer nerd girl and would rather be home with her cat playing than adulting- if you were to trade gaming with books than me and Sophia could be twins! I was utterly enchanted with Sophia and could easily see becoming besties with her if she were real.

Though this is more of a paranormal mystery than a cozy it still all the charming characteristics of a cozy just with a little more umph to it and I couldn’t be happier! I found the plot both hilarious and spooky all at the same time and I loved that about this book.

The author’s writing skills shined so brightly in the book! I found the story so entertaining and well written it felt as though in my minds eye I was in the story- a noisy bystander drinking in the antics of Sophia and her rag tag “Scooby Gang”. Throw in a possible love triangle and some almost naughty moments here and there and in my opinion this book is a winner!

One of my favorite if not my favorite aspects of this book is all the yummy desserts and coffee concoctions that were so well described my mouth watered many times whilst reading and my mind was going a mile a minute trying to create a yummy recipe to include with this review!

The Sour-

As with any book I hate when the main female character puts herself down- there wasn’t much of this in the book but there were moments of self doubt and Sophia thinking that she didn’t deserve attention from a hot guy. It didn’t ruin the book or Sophia’s story for me but it did bum me out a little bit.

Rating- 4.5 Cupcakes from me!

Since I now live in the sweltering heat of Florida- I thought I would put together a fun spiked icey coffee drink together to battle the heat- Also no one will know you are drinking vodka laced coffee at 10 a.m. on a Monday morning! You can thank me later! I should also point out that this book comes with it’s own fun recipes as well!

What you will need to make this yummy Mocha Drink! (You will also need a blender)

  • Frangelico Liquor (or any hazelnut liquor)
  • Cream De Cacao Liquor
  • Godiva Liquor
  • 1 cup espresso or strong black coffee
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • Whipped Cream and chocolate shavings to top
  • Optional- if you really enjoy a chocolate kick to your mocha you can add some chocolate syrup to the blender)

Directions

Okay so before we get into directions let us go over what a count is to make it easier to follow said directions. A count is a second of a pour of liquor so you would count to three for a three count while pouring.

  • Set up your blender.
  • Next pour a 4 count of each liquor into blender.
  • Next Add your Vanilla Ice Cream (Sub Chocolate for an extra Mocha Boost)
  • Add espresso (Making sure that it is completely cooled)
  • Lastly add Ice and Blend till your prefer consistency!
  • Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and enjoy!

 

 

J R Pearson lives with her crazy but loving family in southern Maryland. She enjoys weekend excursions, Saturday night movies, and warm home-cooked meals. For years, J R Pearson has loved reading–especially cozy mysteries,and was inspired to write her own. Introducing funny characters, yummy foods, cozy small town life, and a feisty female protagonist.

 

The Witches of Enchanted Bay by Amelia Morgan Review

The Witches Of Enchanted Bay (Witches Of Enchanted Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Morgan, Amelia]

Title- The Witches of Enchanted Bay

Author- Amelia Morgan

Genre- Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

“A bewitching mix of wit, pastries, a charming setting, and a feisty, donut-loving sleuth”

“This cozy mystery put a spell on me”

Welcome to Enchanted Bay, a picture-perfect small town on the coast of Northern California.
Meg Walton comes from a long line of witches. It’s a secret her family has been keeping for generations. The Waltons have been living a quiet existence, running the local donut shop in town. All that changes when a murder occurs.
Enter Connor Smith, Meg’s former crush, who left for San Francisco ten years before, and who has now returned to town as the new detective with the Enchanted Bay police department. If Meg’s feelings were mixed enough over having Connor back in town, the detective wrongfully suspects one of Meg’s good friends for murder.
To prove her friend’s innocence, Meg has to find the real killer herself–with the help of a few good spells.

Reviewed by Crystal H.

Meg Walton lives a pretty normal life- for a witch that is! She runs Enchanted Donuts in the small town of Enchanted Bay. Her business is successful and  her life seems to be where she wants it to be.

That is until her best friend Lisa is accused of murdering her sleazy personal trainer boyfriend Jack.

The Sweet-

Anyone who knows me knows I am a sucker for a good donut! The fact that Meg owns her own donut shop where she bakes enchanted calorie free donuts I mean come on!!!

The author set the story and whodunnit up really well and I really enjoyed figuring out things along side with Meg- who by the way was filled with sass and snark and I loved every minute of it! What I enjoyed most was the loyalty that Meg had for her best friend- risking everything for her and to prove her innocence.

I also really enjoyed the character of Meg’s Grandmother Penelope who is sassy and a bit of a smart ass not to mention… a cat! I really loved that part of the story as it was original and so fun!

Overall I found the story to be cute, sweet and enjoyable and suggest it to any one who loves a good cozy!

Rating- 4.5 cupcakes out of 5 cupcakes

Amelia Morgan loves hearing from her fans. Feel free to drop her a line at witchcozyauthor@gmail.com.

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Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett Review and Recipe

Murder's a Witch: A Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Book 1) by [Garrett, Danielle]

Title- Murder’s a Witch

Author- Danielle Garrett

Genre-Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon KU

Holly Boldt has a secret

Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.

When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new-found home. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?

Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything … again.

Holly Boldt is a witch that is no longer welcome in the witch world as a matter of fact- she has been banished from the Seattle Haven. She now resides in a sort of half way house for paranormal creatures. Though she misses her home and the witch world she has managed to create a life for herself in the small town of Beechwood Harbor a non magical human community.

She has a job she enjoys and friends and of course her cute tabby Boots. She may not be exactly where she wants to be but she is happy that is until her boss Peg Holloway who owns Siren;s Song where Holly works is found dead.

Not only is she found dead but all clues lead to murder and Holly’s coworker and friend Cassie is the number one suspect. Holly must find the actual killer before sweet gentle Cassie is sent to jail for a crime Holly knows she did not commit.

The Sweet-

I loved the way the story and characters were set up. the idea of a supernatural half way made this reader super happy!

I thought that our main character Holly was beautifully written and quickly grew on me.I found myself cheering her on as well as smiling constantly while reading this cozy. Holly had quickly become one of my favorite witches along side with Stacey Justice and Rachel Morgan. Holly is a perfect combo of the both – snarky and a bad ass!

I found the plot and the whodunnit original but not over worked- sometimes the answer is right in front of our eyes and the author works so hard sometimes to hard to trick us in to thinking we are wrong. This was not one of the times. The plot twist were far from a desperate attempt to get the reader not to see the obvious.

If you are a fan of witchy paranormal cozy that make you lake I strongly recommend this book!

Rating-

A strong and Solid 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

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Lemon Cloud Cupcakes

At one point the main character eats a magical lemon pastry that she describes as a cloud filled with lemon- When I think cloud I think marshmallows!!  You can use maybe a a cream cheese frosting but honestly I thought the sweet of the marshmallow fluff frosting went well with the tart of the Lemon cake. As always you can go sans liquor to make kid friendly or non boozy

Ingredients for cupcakes and soak

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Lemon Liquor ( I used limoncello yum!)
  • 1/2- 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • The Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of one lemon

Okay start off by preheating your oven to 350. This is an important step your cakes wont rise properly if you skip this step! If you are baking in a tin ) I use the silicone molds lined with cupcake liners) be sure to grease with your choice of either butter, cooking spray or coconut oil.

In a mixing bowl cream *fancy way of saying mix people) your sugar, eggs and butter. Once these ingredients are properly mixed add your extracts (vanilla and Lemon) as well as 1/2 cup of your lemon liquor- set this bowl aside-

Next in a separate bowl sift your dry ingredients- flour, salt  and baking powder.

Nest slowly incorporate flour and milk into your first bowl (sugar egg mixture) until batter is smooth being careful not to over mix. Over mixing will allow your gluten in your flour to toughen making these bread instead of cupcakes.

Next ladle (I find using a ladle makes it so easy not to make a huge mess) batter in to cupcake liners or pan. Place into the center of oven rack and bake for 18-22 minutes. Use a fork or toothpick to check centers- should come out clean when cake is ready.

Now here is the tricky part- if you rather not have these be boozy then move onto your frosting (recipe below) and you are done! However if like me and you enjoy your desserts boozy ( then can we be best friends pleeeeeeaasssse) you are going to over bake these just a teenie bit keeping in mind you are going to soak these bad boys in boozy yumminess!

Soak Recipe

Take the rest of your lemon liquor and mix it with 1/2 of your confectioners sugar until there are no lumps- then you are going to add the juice and zest of one lemon. If want it to be a bit sweeter slowly add more sugar till you get the taste you prefer.

With cakes still warm add 1-2 teaspoons on to each cakes top and let them soak till completely cooled.

Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients you will need for frosting

  • 1 jar of marshmellow fluff
  • 2 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Rum Extract
  • 2 cups softened butter

Cream (mix) your butter in a mixing bowl until butter is soft and fluffy (who doesn’t love soft and fluffy butter?!)

Slowly begin to add in your confectioners sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time; next add in your rum extract.

Next you want to gently (super gently or you will lose any air achieved and nor more fluffy for you) fold the marshmallow fluff into the frosting until thoroughly incorporated. If you want to be super fancy fance you can add some lemon zest or like me torch the tops of these bad boys- so it was a super hot and rainy day in south florida when I made these which did not help with photos- but I promise they are so yummy!

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle lives in Oregon, and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a dedicated servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

For more about Danielle and her work, please visit her at http://www.daniellegarrettbooks.com or at http://www.facebook.com/daniellegarrettbooks

 

 

 

 

 

Spy Games by Suz DeMello Review

Title- Spy Game

Author- Suz de Mello

Genre- Romance Suspence

Purchase Links- Amazon

Fledgling agent Ani Sharif has finally been assigned to her first undercover mission—to seduce software tycoon Richard Rexford, known as the fearsome T-Rex of Silicon Valley. He’s suspected of selling software secrets to the Chinese. Ani must succeed at her first assignment, but will handsome, clever Richard uncover her secrets and seize her heart?

Reviewed by Kitty G.

As soon as I got this book in to my hands, I was super intrigued. The captivated me right off the back, and after reading the book I think it is a perfect fit!

In the beginning we meet Ani Sarif a young woman, who has been working years for government agency as a top tier hacker who is only seen as a hacker, so when she finally get a chance to do her first undercover  job she jumps on it. Her mission is to seduce Richard Redford, the head of one of the biggest software companies in the world. Her seduction is the key to finding out if he had been selling secret information.

As the story unfolds we follow along as Ani has to figure out how to succeed at her mission. She has to think quickly on her feet more than once or twice.

In my opinion the plot was built out perfectly, it was easy to follow with  and it wasn’t confusing in the least bit keeping the reader captive until the very end, The characters were interesting and you could see yourself the heroine’s shoes, their backgrounds made each of them even more complex and left me want to know even more about the side characters too. Sex scenes between two of the main characters were tastefully written and could make anyone reading hot under the collar!

Rating- This story will get five out of five cupcakes from me.

 

Pretty Little Rose by Lucy Wild Review

Pretty Little Rose by [Wild, Lucy]

Title- Pretty Little Rose

Author-  Lucy Wild

Genre- Historical Romance

Purchase Links- Amazon

She needs a simple lesson in etiquette and decorum. 

Her new tutor is going to teach her something much harder.

Rose Winter might look like a Lord’s daughter but she acts like a spoilt child. When a tutor is hired to show her how to behave like a proper lady, she decides to instead teach him a thing or two about bad behaviour.

Titus Burlingham is renowned for turning brats into mature, respectable ladies. When he meets Rose for the first time, he’s appalled by her refusal to grow up. But as their lessons together become more intense, he realises he wants her to stay little just for him.

Rose soon learns to love submitting to her dominant tutor but when her parents announce they have found her a husband, she must make a decision. Will she grow up and become the delicate flower her parents desire, or will she accept a life of discipline and submission, blooming into her tutor’s pretty little Rose forever?

DISCLAIMER: This book contains domestic discipline, elements of age-play and power exchange, and explicit sexual scenes including anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

Reviewed by Kitty G.

Disclaimer- I was given ARC of this story for honest review.

Pretty little Rose is historical erotica like you have never read before so buckle up and get ready for a steamy ride!

Rose Winter is the young daughter of a Lord. She should be married soon to a suitor, however her parents have huge problem on their hands with it comes to Rose. Though she is a daughter from a respectable family she acts like a spoiled brat.

Her parents have asked for the help of the renowned Titus Burlingham, a tutor who is known from turning unruly brats to sophisticated socialites  and ladies. After their first official meeting, Rose is ready to make a run for it but quickly realizes that getting away from will not be as easy as she first thought it would be!

As the story follows Rose is introduced a new kind of style of life where she is ‘’turned’’ into a toddler, she has to wear diapers and is to be bottle fed, which to her surprise she finds herself enjoying. There is so much more than just age play and other sexual themes in this story, you can find how their feelings start to grow for each other, but not everything always goes as well as in love stories, there are sometimes dark storms that each of the characters have to survive if they can.

The story itself is well written and the plot makes you want to read more and more.

This story isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, because the sexual themes featured, but I myself found it to be interesting. So I recommend it to those that aren’t scared off easily about different kinds of sexual stories.

Rating- I give this story 4 out of 5 Cupcakes.

 

 

A Match Made in Spell by Regina Welling Review

A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch (Fate Weaver Book 1) by [Welling, ReGina, Lynn, Erin]

Title- A Match made in Spell

Author- ReGina Welling

Genre- Paranormal Cozy

Purchase Link- Amazon

Lexi Balefire, matchmaking witch extraordinaire, can find just about anyone’s perfect match—except her own.

Lexi hopes her dedication to bringing soul mates together is enough to counteract the wickedness that runs in her family, but without access to her full powers, she might never get the chance to find out. Musician Kin Clark wants to prove he’s the one to break her cycle of bad luck, but a gaggle of female groupies vying for his attention has Lexi worried he’ll break her heart instead.

When a formerly happy client gets dumped unexpectedly, Lexi will need to uncover the secrets of her past in order to put the pieces back together again—all while dealing with four fighting faerie godmothers, an obnoxious arch-nemesis, and a man who might just change her fate.

With the Beltane celebration—and a magical deadline—looming, will Lexi get exactly what she’s always wanted—or more than she ever bargained for?

Reviewed by Crystal H.

Lexi Balefire -match maker extraordinaire loves helping people find love and happiness- it’s her bread and butter and she is damn good at it. She has a sixth sense when it comes to finding someone’s soulmate. Her job is promising happily ever afters – only thing is she isn’t too sure about her iwn happy ending….

Lexi come’s from a long line of witches sworn to protect the Balefire Flame- however other than the gut feeling she gets about people’s love lives she has no magic like at all… With the help of her crazy talking cat and her even crazier fairy (yep those kind of fairies) godmothers can she find her magic before it’s too late?

The Sweet-

I enjoyed the author’s take on the many relationships Lexi has and also begins to build during this story- They are all well rounded and very realistic. The way she interacts with the characters is weaved smoothly into this witchy tale!

I also really enjoyed how much wit and comedy can be found within the page’s of A Match made in Spell. The humor flows with out a hitch into this story and is so natural and isn’t at all forced on the reader but instead gifted. I found myself chuckling out loud in many an awkward place- i.e. my job ha!

Another plus for me was the plot- it was well thought out and never rushed or over thought making it very enjoyable and at the same time not at all predictable- I mean I was able to figure out some plot twist really quickly while other’s surprised the crap out of me- that’s just they way I like my Cozy’s!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes! I suggest this for any one looking for a light hearted witchy cozy to brighten their mood! This is the first in the series and i can not wait to see the rest of the trouble Lexi will get herself into!

ReGina Welling prefers not to talk about herself in the third person so…

I live in Maine with my husband and a feisty Jack Russell terrier named Schnickelfritz. I write full time and also create mixed media artwork when I get the chance.

When I was three, my mom brought home a new book and when she went to read it to me, I read it to her instead. That was when she realized I’d learned to read. Since then I couldn’t even estimate the number of books I’ve read. It’s a lot!

I love talking to other readers so please visit me in any one of these various places and don’t forget to let me know you stopped by!

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His to Own by Autumn Winchester Review

His To Own by [Winchester, Autumn]

Title- His to Own

Author- Autumn Winchester

Genre- Suspenseful Dark Romance

Purchase Link- Amazon KU

Taken in the dead of night, Avidya Ray has no idea what to expect when she’d been blindfolded and given to a man that holds her life in his hands.

He will claim her, own her, no matter if she fights against his desire or not.

She is no stranger to the way life works, or so she thought. Growing up, Avidya knew what to expect.

Her father was clear that she’d be married off by the age of nineteen, but now, everything she once knew is no longer.

Herself included.

Reviewed by Kitty Grimm

The story starts with a young Avidya being kidnapped while she is visiting her friend. Avidya is terrified and can only imagine what her captures have planned for her. She has been taken as a payment to Zachariah, someone who will hopefully become her salvation.

Everything from character design to plot were executed perfectly in my opinion. I found this book to be an interesting read and really enjoyed how everything started to unveil for each of the characters including their relationships to one another.

The author kept me on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next and I was happily surprised to see that not everything was what it would seem. She kept teasing us with the sexual tension between Avidya and Zach which really added a sexy and steamy feel to the story.

His to own is something that in my mind Fifty Shades of Grey could have been! The BDSM aspect of the story was well written and excuted, Every scene and nuance was written and explained so well, again in my humble opinion this is something that FSOG was sorely lacking.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good steamy book that features a truly well written plot. It will make you purr like this kitten!

Rating- 5 out of 5 Cupcakes!

I am a mother of 4 kids. I live in Central USA. I grew up in the middle of nowhere. I have a dog and cat, who do not get along at all. I tend to be the quieter type of person. I was born to write, and love to spend any free time doing just that.