Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Bad Hair Day Cookbook by Nancy J. Cohen - Spotlight

Today, I'm featuring a different kind of book as part of blog tour.


A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen's Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Cookbook
Publisher: Orange Grove Press
Publication Date: 19 November 2019
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-10: 099979325X
ISBN-13: 978-0999793251
Digital ASIN: B07XSH6C7B

About the Book:
Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.
Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes. Bonuses Include:
•Meet the Sleuth
•Introduction by Marla Vail
•Cooking Tips
•Excerpts from Series Titles
•Themed Menu Suggestions
•“A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother
For Home Cooks, Food Lovers, Mystery Fans and Cookbook Collectors

Recipes are listed in these categories:

“Reading through this cookbook has revived my interest in getting back in the kitchen.” Rhonda Gilliland, Author and Editor of the Cooked to Death Series

“Designed for busy cooks who may not be out solving crimes, but whose time is equally challenged.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“Mysteries and cookbooks belong side by side on readers’ shelves. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook serves up both food and justice.” Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., Author of Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction

About the Author:
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won a gold medal at the President’s Book Awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

Connect with author Nancy J. Cohen via her Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, BookBub, Goodreads, and LinkedIn.

Purchase Links -  Amazon Kindle   Amazon Print    Nook    Kobo    Books2Read  BookBub   

As part of the blog tour there is a giveaway, enter using the link below 

Learn more about A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen's Cozy Mystery Series by keeping up with the rest of the blog tour, including spotlights, book reviews, guest posts, and author interviews.

November 20 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Guest Post & Island Confidential – Spotlight
November 21 – MJB Reviewers & View from the Birdhouse – Spotlights
November 22 – Baroness' Book Trove – Book Review & Hearts & Scribbles & The Book Diva's Reads – Spotlights
November 23 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – Author Interview & Cassidy's Bookshelves – Spotlight &  Ruff Drafts – Recipe & Spotlight
November 24 – I Read What You Write – Guest Post & Nadaness In Motion – Spotlight
November 25 – Laura's Interests – Spotlight & This Is My Truth Now – Author Interview
November 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – Book Review & Recipe & Reading Is My SuperPower & A Chick Who Reads – Book Reviews
November 27 – Literary Gold – Character Guest Post &
November 28 – THANKSGIVING - OFF
November 29 – My Reading Journeys – Book Review & Recipe &  Celticlady's Reviews – Book Review
November 30 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – Character Interview & fundinmental – Spotlight

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Am I Free? - Word bank-inspired poem

Surrounded by a clear blue sky
A pristine sea, a lake full of fish
The sun is warm against my skin
But my soul, it's not at peace
What's missing? What do I need?

I look around, it's calming
And yet…
A kitten of pure white rubs against my foot
Meows softly and disappears
I look around, I'm fine but…

Thoughts run around my mind
Why am I unhappy? Where's my comfort zone?
What's missing? What do I need?

A flock of birds flies above me
I watch them disappear into the mountains
The way they fly
They flock, but something about them
They're free

What about me?
When will I be independent?
When will I be free?
And is that what I truly need?


This poem was inspired by a word bank from my new and dear friend Sara Shaker: Here are the words she requested:

Warm – free – soul – peace – pure – comfort zone – independent – need?

Friday, November 1, 2019

Takhayyal writing prompt 101: Beautiful Autumn

Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends and Family; Welcome EVERYONE to Nadaness In Motion's MONTHLY picture-prompt writing challenge Takhayyal aka Imagine.

Can you believe it's prompt no. 101?!

November happens to be in Autumn and it's quite different depending on where you are in the world. If you're in Egypt, like me, it's still hot during the day but nice and breezy at night, if you're in Australia, you're heading into summer, if you're in the US some people are already getting snow! And if you're in some parts of Europe, you may be enjoying a cold breeze with some beautiful autumn colors in nature ;)

When I saw my friend author Nadja Losbohm post this image, I told her this needs to be a writing prompt. No photo editing was done. The picture was taken in Tierpark Berlin (The Berlin zoo in former East Berlin)

So without further ado, here's the writing prompt.

Image taken by Nadja Losbohm at the Tierpark Berlin (Photocredit: Nadja Losbohm)

And since November coincides with National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, feel free to use the image to inspire your characters or add setting to your novel.

Any form of writing is writing, so whether you write poetry, short stories, flashfiction, thoughts, one-liners, this writing prompt series known as Takhayyal/Imagine is where you want to be.

Check the full list of Takhayyal Writing Prompts here.

Arabic for Imagine, Takhayyal is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a place to spark creativity and explore new genres.

Your post can be in English or Arabic, prose, poetry, short story, flash fiction, an imaginary situation, an artistic thought; you name it and write it.

Feel free to connect with author Nadja Losbohm via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

General rules:
·        No nudity, violence, and/or abuse.
·  Use the image for inspiration and write your piece in the comments below or publish it on your blog and leave the link to it in the comments
·        Your piece MUST be inspired in some way or other by the above picture
·        Multiple entries allowed
·     It is not required but it is a nice and encouraging gesture to comment on others' pieces.
·        Feel free to add your Twitter handle (@....) so I can tag you in my tweets or tag me @NadanessSobhi and I'll retweet you :)