Well, here we are, folks. April is upon us and, so far, 2020 is like no other year I've ever lived. When so many of us said we were tired of 2019 and couldn't wait for the new year, this is not what we had in mind. I've now been living away from home for two months. I was visiting family in another state when the virus broke and, as I live alone, everyone (including yours truly) felt it would be safer for me to stay put. I have a wonderful friend taking care of my home for me and I'm grateful to have family who have welcomed me into their home for an indefinite stay. So far, we've managed to not drive one another crazy. ;-)
One of the things I've discovered during this crisis is that "stuff" is not important...but books are. I do not consider my books "stuff," in case you were wondering. I have a feeling this year's spring cleaning, whenever it occurs, will be very different from years past. Streamline and declutter will be my mission directives. My books - romances, in particular - are still the vehicles that allow me to escape fear and worry for a while, though it's increasingly been much more difficult to focus my thoughts into a review that allows you readers to share the comfort these stories are giving me. I hope I'm giving the books, and authors, the credit they deserve. The good news is that there are some wonderful stories on the horizon over the next few months and I can't wait to share them with you. For now, I send you love, courage, strength, my wishes for good health and safety, and good books to bring you comfort.
Wednesday, April 1, stop by to read my tour review of Redeeming the Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath. This is my favorite of the books by this author that I've read to date.
On Friday, April 3, a new reviewer, A.S. Cookie, joins the Dish with her review of Hidden Hearts by Marci Bolden. If you enjoy romance with mystery and suspense, be sure to check out her review.
Monday, April 6 brings my review of PIVOT, an anthology with three inter-connected novellas by romantic suspense authors Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, and Rebecca Zanetti. I'll be reading more offerings from all three.
Join me on Wednesday, April 8 for an excerpt from Beachside Beginnings, the upcoming fourth book in Sheila Roberts' Moonlight Harbor series. Along with the excerpt, the publisher will also be hosting a two-book giveaway.
Nancy Herkness launches her new The Consultants series this month with The Money Man. Swing by Friday, April 10 to read my review.
Monday, April 20 brings a tour review of Sunrise on Half Moon Bay, a new women's fiction novel by Robyn Carr.
I'm sharing my thoughts about Liz Talley's upcoming women's fiction novel, The Wedding War on Tuesday, April 21.
It's more Sheila Roberts on Wednesday, April 22 when I review Beachside Beginnings.
There will be more reviews throughout the month and maybe a surprise giveaway or two so don't be a stranger.
Tell me what you're doing to find comfort in these scary times.
Are you reading any good books? Share the titles.
Are you stress baking? Share the recipes! (I'll share mine below)
I'll randomly choose one person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, April 8, to receive a $10 e-gift card from Amazon.
I've made two batches in the past week. It goes fast!
Peel and slice 8-10 large apples. Place in ungreased baking dish.
Mix 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups baking mix, 1 stick cold butter (cut into small cubes), and 1 tsp. cinnamon.
Crumble topping over apples.
Bake at 375 F. for 30-40 minutes.
I use a mix of tart and sweet apples. If using all sweet apples, sprinkle sliced apples with lemon juice before covering with topping.
Great with vanilla ice cream!