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From Hell to a Slice of Heaven

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
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by Lee Juslin


One day, Paula of Great Lakes Westie Rescue, received a call about a Westie with health issues that the owners wanted to turn over to rescue. The situation seemed a bit dodgy, but when Paula learned the Westie couldn’t walk and was most likely in pain, she made immediate arrangements to meet the owners and take the Westie.

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by Kathleen Costa


This is truly a delightful, entertaining series! Jamie Quinn may be a bit quirky with some low self-esteem issues, but one can easily identify with this young woman just trying to find her way. She loves her family, is loyal to friends and clients, misses her mom who recently died, and discovers she is more capable than she ever imagined…very realistic from her engaging first-person narrative. These books are quick reads, or listens in my case, but not short at all on enjoyment.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite the dire warnings of her protective parents, Emmy Adler is thrilled for the Grand Opening of her own kite shop in Rock Point, Oregon. Combining her art schooling and store management experience, Emmy is fulfilling her dream of owning a store of customized, hand crafted kites designed for a more artistic crowd. The first cloud over her dream appears when Emmy discovers a body washed up on the beach, one later identified as being Miles Logan, a local celebrity chef and the ex-boyfriend of her best friend and new roommate, Avery Cook.

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by Sharon Tucker


Of course, it doesn’t hurt that author Barry Lancet had years of publishing experience behind him, as well as years of living in Japan before he began writing his Jim Brodie thrillers. He had an insider’s advantage navigating the choppy waters of approach letters, choosing a literary agent, and a clear knowledge of what worked on the page. This and his deep appreciation of Japanese arts and culture must have presented an irresistible formula for writing novels to anyone so inclined.

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by Kathleen Costa


Is there any better way to celebrate the new year than with hundreds of thousands standing by the Thames awaiting the midnight fireworks extravaganza? Then you are surprised by an amorous New Year’s kiss from a surprise visitor, hit in the jaw by an errant fist and ? unannounced ? a direct link to the criminal mastermind you are seeking shows up!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Murder.
It’s not a pretty thing, yet we have a fascination with it. Thousands of mystery novels, movies, and television shows reveal whodunit, howdunit, and whydunit. Reality shows analyze the deaths, the investigations, the captures, and the trials. Usually, it’s men who kill, but there are times when a woman takes a life.

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Academy Award Nominated Short Films

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andJoshua Ryan Taylor,
andMovies
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by Joshua Ryan Taylor


Last weekend Fresno Filmworks hosted a mini festival showing all of the Academy Award nominated short films. The festival was broken into three segments—live action, animation, and documentary—and shown at the Tower Theatre.

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by Cynthia Chow


It’s been a busy summer for tourists on the Gulf of Maine, and the Gray Whale Inn is completely booked for the entire week. Ten Northern Spirit Tours guests are staying for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and owner Natalie Barnes is thrilled to be able to join them for one of their whale-watching ventures. The glimpse of majestic Humpback whales “bubble netting” and leaping out of the water is soured by the sight of one tangled in dangerous fishing gear, not to mention the boat captain’s too-close and illegal approach.

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Reedley School History Part 3

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andHometown History,
andJim Bulls
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by Jim Bulls


Here I am, continuing my school days saga, getting ready to start junior high school and evolving from adolescence into becoming a young adult. General Grant was the only junior high in Reedley, so both elementary schools attended seventh and eighth grade there.

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A Dog’s Purpose: Movie Review

IN THE February 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMovies,
andPets,
andSheryl Wall
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by Sheryl Wall



A Dog’s Purpose is a new movie based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. It is about a dog that is trying to find his purpose in life. He is reincarnated several times throughout the movie into various dogs and experiences life with new owners. The movie particularly focuses on his life as Bailey with a young boy named Ethan. He is a devoted dog to his owners in all of his lives and learns the meaning of life through his experiences where he helps his owners learn to love and find happiness.

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by Lee Juslin


Riley, a black Scottie, came into rescue as an owner turn-in but with a worrisome background.
Riley’s owners were an older couple in their mid sixties who both had some health issues. The wife was in a wheelchair and dependent on her husband for care. When the husband went into the hospital, he left Riley at a boarding kennel the couple had used many times. Sadly, the husband died unexpectedly and the wife had to go into a nursing home, leaving Riley’s future uncertain.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I always look forward to a new Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle–not only does it promise great characters and a well plotted mystery, but I feel like I’m walking into my favorite coffeehouse, enjoying the heavenly smell of coffee brewing, and spending some time with old friends. Dead Cold Brew is the latest book in this series and was as worth the wait as a great cappuccino.

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by Cynthia Chow


After inheriting a run-down historical mansion in Port Quincy, Pennsylvania, from her ex-fiancé’s aunt, Mallory Shepard planned to renovate it into a Bed and Breakfast where she would base her new business as a wedding planner. With her first ceremony moved up eight months and rezoning permits caught in Planning Commission hell, the chances of the B&B being ready in just a month look bleak. Mallory just couldn’t resist the pleas from her first bride, as the last wish of Whitney Scanlon’s dying father is to walk her down the aisle.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of 2 food related mysteries perfect for your Valentine’s Day reading-A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery by Leslie Karst, and War and Peach: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy both books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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