Literary Junkies Link Party

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Happy Tuesday!! The Literary Junkies are BACK!!!!

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Grab our button, grab the questions below, write your post and link up with us!! Our link party is now happening the LAST TUESDAY of every month (so mark your calendars!!).

Literary Junkies Hosts: Christine from Life with a Side of Coffee and ME!
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Here are this month’s questions…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
2. What are your top 3 reads for summer?
3. Do you have a favorite book that you like to re-read?
4. Do you have a favorite reading spot?
5. Do you enjoy a sipping on a beverage while you read? If so, tell us your favorite drink pairing!!

Here are my answers…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
A Separate Heaven by Alex DisantiA Separate Heaven
Goodreads.com Synopsis:
The enigmatic Dominic Gianelli is a man whose immense wealth and power have earned him respect and admiration from the social elite of both Europe and America. But his legitimate wealth has long been rumored to mask the secrets and dark corners in his world. Nearing fifty, he lives by a strict code and allows few people to know him. Beyond his carefully crafted image of sophistication, Dominic is a man with a tight grip on those around him. But a chance meeting with twenty-year-old Paige Hamilton forever changes his life.

Paige Hamilton is just beginning to find her own place in the world, away from her affluent, Long Island family. A striking beauty, she is a financial prodigy and a trusted market analyst climbing the ladder at a prestigious, New York investment firm where Dominic is a client. Their connection upon meeting is instant and profound.

Their first dinner date takes an unexpected turn and becomes a night neither will forget. But Dominic has doubts about a long-term love. His world can be dangerous and he fears for Paige s safety should she commit herself to him. Despite any qualms, he finds he cannot give her up. Her family objects, unsure of Dominic s secretive lifestyle. Their relationship takes a surreal turn when Paige becomes engulfed in Dominic’s world of tight security, clandestine meetings and increasingly erratic behavior.

Enter A Separate Heaven. Meet the families. Come to know them. From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this engrossing drama will hold you spellbound.

2. What are your top 3 reads for summer?

I’m excited to read:
Beach Town by Mary Kay AndrewsBeach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
Goodreads.com Synopsis:
Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame.

Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino—which will be perfect for the film’s climax—when the bad guys blow it up in an all-out assault on the townspeople.

Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoilt patch of the Florida gulf coast. She takes a room at the only motel in town, and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who’s seen huge damage done to the town by a huge paper company. The bay has only recently been re-born, a fishing industry has sprung up, and Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.

Will true love find a foothold in this small beach town before it’s too late and disaster strikes? Told with Mary Kay Andrews inimitable wit and charm, Beach Town is this year’s summer beach read!

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy ReichertThe Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. ReichertGoodreads.com Synopsis: YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster

The Best of Enemies by Jen LancasterGoodreads.com Synopsis: Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies—from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.

Jacqueline Jordan knows conflict. A fearless journalist, she’s spent the past decade embedded in the world’s hot spots, writing about the fall of nations and the rise of despots. But if you were to inquire about who topped Jack’s enemy list, she’d not hesitate to answer: Kitty Carricoe.

Kitty reigns supreme over the world of carpools and minivans. A SAHM, she spends her days caring for her dentist husband and three towheaded children, running the PTA, and hiding vegetables in deceptively delicious packed lunches.

Kitty and Jack haven’t a single thing in common—except for Sarabeth Chandler, their mutual bestie. Sarabeth and Jack can be tomboys with the best of them, while Sarabeth can get her girly-girl on with Kitty. In fact, the three of them were college friends until the notorious frat party incident, when Jack accidentally hooked up with Kitty’s boyfriend…

Yet both women drop everything and rush to Sarabeth’s side when they get the call that her fabulously wealthy husband has perished in a suspicious boating accident. To solve the mystery surrounding his death, Jack and Kitty must bury the hatchet and hit the road for a trip that just may bring them together—if it doesn’t kill them first.

You can check out all of my Must Read Books for Summer here!

3. Do you have a favorite book that you like to re-read?
I don’t really re-read books because I have SO many waiting for me to read! Anyone else have this “problem”? lol

4. Do you have a favorite reading spot?

A comfy chair with decent light. :)

5. Do you enjoy a sipping on a beverage while you read? If so, tell us your favorite drink pairing!!

Yes! Chai Tea Latte’s or a glass of wine. :)

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100+ Amazing Strawberry Recipes

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If you haven’t already guessed by now, I am a HUGE Strawberry fan. I’ve enjoyed this sweet fruit since I was a little kid. And still have a sweet tooth for it. Every time I go home to visit my dad and step-mom, there’s always a container of fresh strawberries with my name on it. To prove my obsessions of all things strawberries, check out these: Strawberry Sunburst Cocktail, Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine, DIY Strawberry Hair Mask. I told you so. ;) Now on to celebrate these amazing Strawberry Recipes!

STRAWBERRY DESSERT RECIPES
Strawberry Mallow Cake Roll | Lady Behind the Curtain
Easy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream | Cincy Shopper
Strawberry Cake Roll | Upstate Ramblings
Berry Patriotic Chia Seed Pudding | Tasting Page
Strawberry Chocolate Kabob | Pennies to Pearls
Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars | The Farm Girl Gabs
Strawberry Cookies | Coffee with Us 3
Strawberry Mousse | A Moms Take
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites | The Frugal Fairy
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Trifle | Mama of 3 Munchkins
Strawberry Margarita Parfaits | Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Banana Split with a Twist | Inspiration for Moms
Strawberry Upside Down Cake | Coffee with Us 3
Strawberry Lemon Cake with Basil Buttercream Frosting | The Shady Lane
Stuffed Strawberry Shortcake with Marshmallows and Pineapple | Thrifty Jinxy
Strawberry Banana Dessert | My Turn for Us
Strawberry Sundae for Adults | Spaceships and Laser Beams
Strawberry Brownie Trifle | Coffee with Us 3
Gluten Free Italian Strawberry Tart | Inspiration for Moms
Strawberry Angel Food Poke Cake | A Moms Take
Strawberry Ice Recipe | Teaspoon of Goodness
Strawberry Tart | Blessed Beyond Crazy
Red White and Blue Cupcakes in a Jar | Homemade Interest
Banana Split Bites | Simplee Thrifty
Homemade Strawberry Shortcake | A Moms Take
Yogurt Berries Pecans | Delicious Meets Healthy
Cast Iron Skillet Strawberry Shortcake Recipe | Hello Creative Family
Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle | A Moms Take
Red White and Blue Fruit Pizza | The Homemade Interest
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake | A Moms Take
Individual Strawberry Cobblers | Snappy Gourmet
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream | Snappy Gourmet
Patriotic Firecracker Fruit Kabobs | Mission to Save
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes | The Gracious Wife
Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars | Thrifty Jinxy
Mini Strawberry Pies | Thrifty Jinxy
Strawberry Pie with Lemon Cream Cheese | My Turn for Us
Red White and Blue Cookie Bar | Tags Thoughts
Strawberry Vanilla Cream Parfaits | Blessed Beyond Crazy
Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake | Jade Louise Designs
Strawberry Mice Nibbles | Grown Ups Mag
Frozen Strawberry Cream Pie | Bunnys Warm Oven
No Bake Twinkies Strawberry Shortcake | Thrifty Diva
No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert | Mind of Meesh
Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe | Coupon Cutting Mom
Scrumptious Strawberry Cobbler | The Kitchen is My Playground
Strawberry Cheesecake Bars | Simplee Thrifty
Strawberry Fields Roll-up Recipe | Chaos is Bliss
Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars | Just Us Four
Balsamic Brown Sugar Sauce with Fresh Strawberries | Project Domestication
Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits | The Farm Girl Gabs
Easy Fresh Strawberry Dessert | Cleverly Simple
Berry Tartlet Recipe | Jade Louise Designs
Easy Strawberry Sauce | Teaspoon of Goodness
Red White and Blue Trifle | Munchkins and Military
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp | Ann’s Entitled Life
Strawberry and Fresh Lemon Shortbread Bars | The Country Chic Cottage
Strawberry Blueberry and Raspberry Cheesecake Crumble | Food Done Light

STRAWBERRY BEVERAGE RECIPES
Copycat Starbucks Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino | Simplee Thrifty
Fresh Strawberry Sangria | The Kitchen is My Playground
Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever | Organized 31
Sassy Strawberry Lemonade | Pennies to Pearls
Berry Yogurt Popsicles | The Farm Girl Gabs
Strawberry Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie | Coffee with Us 3
The Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever | Not Just Paper and Paint
Fizzy Strawberry Lemonade Cubes Syrup Recipe | Hello Creative Family
Basil Strawberry Lemonade | Marlys This and That
Strawberry Shortcake Daiquiri | The Farm Girl Gabs
Southern Strawberry Coconut Punch Bowl | The Kitchen is My Playground
Strawberry Shortcake Martini | Lipgloss and Crayons
Strawberries and Cream Shake | Simplee Thrifty
Strawberry Key Lime Margarita | Just Us Four
Strawberry Coconut Milkshake | Lavende and Lemonade
Lava Colada Hawaiian Luau Drink | Oh My Creative
Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe | In The Playroom
Strawberry Basil Sangria | Ann’s Entitled Life
Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea | Cincy Shopper

STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST RECIPES
Strawberry Yogurt Pancakes | The Country Chic Cottage
Strawberry Shortcake Muffins | Mama of 3 Munchkins
Simple Strawberry Pancakes | In The Playroom
Red Iced Tea | Marlys This and That
Strawberry Muffin with Lemon Cream Drizzle | Pennies to Pearls
Fresh Strawberry Muffins | Coffee with Us 3
Moist Fresh Strawberry Muffins | Lori’s Culinary Creations
Strawberry Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze | Thrifty Jinxy
Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake | Bunnys Warm Oven
Strawberry Raisin French Toast Bake | Mom vs The Boys
Strawberry Paleo Pancake Recipe | Confessions of An Over-Worked Mom
Strawberry Bread Recipe | Chaos is Bliss
Copycat Strawberry Go Gurt | Life of a Southern Mom
Strawberry and Lemon Muffins | The Country Chic Cottage

STRAWBERRY SALAD RECIPES
Quinoa Salad with Strawberries Almonds and Mint | Tasting Page
Spinach and Strawberry Salad | This Cookin Dad
Jello Pretzel Salad | A Moms Take
Chicken Salads with Strawberries | Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Fruit Salad with Basil Chia Vinaigrette | Marlys This and That
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad | Spaceships and Laser Beams
Strawberry Quinoa Salad | Practical Mommy
Strawberry Spinach Salad | Blessed Beyond Crazy
Patriotic Red White and Blue Fruit Salad | Simplee Thrifty
Strawberry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad | Food Done Light
Strawberry Spinach Salad | Delicious Meets Healthy

STRAWBERRY JAM RECIPES
Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe | Thrifty Jinxy
Strawberry Freezer Jam | Pistachio Road

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