Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Tour- Nun to Soon by Alice Loweecey

I am so thrilled to have the Charming Alice Loweecey here with us today! Alice is an amazing author and friend.  Got to love her hats! Her new book Nun to Soon is out and it is a great read.

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Nun Too Soon
by Alice Loweecey

Like all books from Henery Press, you’ll find yourself laughing as you turn the pages…
~A Chick Who Reads
Well written, with unique characters, more than a touch of humor, and suspense, NUN TOO SOON is a great read.
~Christa Reads and Writes
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Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (January 13, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976655
E-Book File Size: 522 KB

Giulia Falcone-Driscoll has just taken on her first impossible client: The Silk Tie Killer. He’s hired Driscoll Investigations to prove his innocence and they have only thirteen days to accomplish it. Talk about being tried in the media. Everyone in town is sure Roger Fitch strangled his girlfriend with one of his silk neckties. And then there’s the local TMZ wannabes—The Scoop—stalking Giulia and her client for sleazy sound bites.
On top of all that, her assistant’s first baby is due any second, her scary smart admin still doesn’t relate well to humans, and her police detective husband insists her client is guilty. About this marriage thing—it’s unknown territory, but it sure beats ten years of living with 150 nuns.
Giulia’s ownership of Driscoll Investigations hasn’t changed her passion for justice from her convent years. But the more dirt she digs up, the more she’s worried her efforts will help a murderer escape. As the client accuses DI of dragging its heels on purpose, Giulia thinks The Silk Tie Killer might be choosing one of his ties for her own neck.
My review:
Alice Loweecey has brought another sensational read to the book world. She introduces you to Giulia Falcone- Driscoll, who used to be a nun now a PI. With wit and humor this Brilliant whodunit will make you eagerly wanting the next one. When it comes to solving the case Giulia is the gal you want to do it. She is strong and doesn't take no for an answer. You can't get one over her, she is a force to be reckoned with. For a great night of reading pick this book up today. You will love every minute of it.  
Guest Post: 
I don’t write cute cozies, the kind that have craft projects and puzzles and sewing patterns in them. This is because I’m not cute. I’m a hard, cynical broad who watches creature features and supernatural horror and demon movies for relaxation. You should see my house at Halloween. Muahahahaha!
Giulia Driscoll, my private investigator, is kind of cute. She also drinks coffee with flavored syrup. It boggles my mind. And my taste buds.
One thing Giulia and I have in common is cooking. Giulia’s all-Italian and she married into an Irish family. Her cooking repertoire has expanded.
Now that Christmas is long over and the holiday goodies have been eaten, the winter doldrums are creeping into my life. What, I said to myself, perks me up on a cold, dreary winter day? Why, cooking!
But those holiday goodies were delicious and decadent. Giulia runs five miles a day and hits the gym at least three times a week. How else can a good cook keep fitting into her clothes?
So today Giulia and I are sharing two recipes that taste almost as good as the decadent holiday ones, but are healthy. No, really. We will show you how to create food that doesn’t taste like a cardboard box and isn’t smothered in garlic in a futile effort to hide the lack of even a pinch of salt.
Giulia says—and I agree—that if you’ve gotta eat healthy, you should enjoy it.
Here’s the first recipe: Greens and Beans, from our grandmothers and probably way farther back than that:

Greens & Beans
2 large bunches endive or all the dandelions from the lawn and garden, if you don’t use chemicals on it
2 cloves garlic or powdered garlic to taste
1 can cannellini beans
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil endive/dandelions in large pot of salted water till done; drain. Slightly crush the garlic and rub around inside of large pot. Then dice garlic, add a bit of oil and fry the garlic in the same pot. (If using powdered garlic, just add it in with the beans.) Add greens, undrained can of beans and 1 can water. Bring to boil, then simmer for 1/2 hour.
Really chewy Italian bread goes best with this.
That was the Italian part. Now for the Irish: Soda Bread. Giulia learned this from her mother-in law, and I learned it from a fellow nun in the convent way back when.
Irish Soda Bread
Oven 375o
35-40 minutes
4 C flour
1 t salt
1 t soda
1 t powder
1 T sugar
1-2 T caraway seeds (optional)
1/2 C raisins (optional)
1-1/2 C buttermilk*

Mix dry ingredients. Add buttermilk to make a soft dough that is just firm enough to hold its shape. Use more flour or milk as needed. Knead a few minutes till dough is smooth and velvety. Form into a round loaf and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut a large cross on top with a sharp, floured knife. Bake until loaf is nicely browned and the bottom sounds hollow when rapped. Cool before slicing.
* If you don't have buttermilk, sour any milk by putting 1 T vinegar in a cup measure and adding enough milk to make 1 C. Stir and let it set a few minutes.

Mangia, mangia!

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About This Author
Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer Horror and Scooby-Doo Mysteries, which might explain a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).
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