Author Archives: splendidsummer

HOT Freebie: Audiobook-Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff was just released yesterday and it’s free. You don’t need to sign up for a trial subscription to Audible to get it. Just click on the image. Happy Anniversary of Surrender at Yorktown: 235 … Continue reading

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Fall Into Cash

Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway October 15th to November 15th Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash. Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me … Continue reading

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Review: Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel

While the original thirteen colonies were fighting for independence from England in 1779, in California, Franciscans were perfecting wine. Tangled Vines depicts the fascinating history of California’s wines. It’s bookended by the story of the worst wine arson ever: In … Continue reading

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Best Of Blog: Hemingway’s Cat is Missing

This post appeared in November 2011. The kitty pictured above wasn’t Hemingway’s cat but she was the inspiration for the Magical Cool Cat Mysteries. The books don’t really do her justice. She died unexpectedly and I’m just grateful now that … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I like California, history, and wine and I’m looking forward to listening to the Audible edition of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel. Here is part of the description from … Continue reading

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*Expired* FREE Ebook Meow Baby from October 7-11

Enjoy a free download of Meow Baby from October 7-11. Here’s the description from Amazon: “Years after a pregnant woman disappears, 1920s detectives, Grace and Jack, discover a skeleton that carries the secrets of the heart that once beat within … Continue reading

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Review: Chain of Title

Chain of Title by David Dayen presents a never dull story of mortgage fraud and mortgage foreclosure. For a brief time, some would say not brief enough, no income and no assets were required to buy houses. People were pushed … Continue reading

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Best Of Blog: Lipstick at the 1920s New Yorker

This post originally appeared in October 2011. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for five years. With her love for cocktails and wit, Lois Long reviewed speakeasies for The New Yorker. She signed her articles “Lipstick” and defined 1920s Flapper … Continue reading

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Cat Cafe San Diego

Dodger, the adorable to the max cat pictured above, resided at Cat Cafe San Diego until humans worthy to take him home arrived. Cat Cafe San Diego offers the company of cats, locally brewed coffee, and locally baked pastry every … Continue reading

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*Expired*FREE Ebook Cat Dance September 2-6

Here is the description from Amazon: “Grace, Jack, and their magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, race to find a 1920s dance marathon’s saboteur. They meet their client in the kind of speakeasy where any woman who says she’s alone … Continue reading

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