eBook Review: Rosolio Red by Traci Andrighetti

RosolioRedSynopsis: With Christmas around the corner, Franki Amato’s got visions of her sugarplum, Bradley Hartmann, dancing in her head. Now that she finally has some time off from her PI job, she’s cooking him up a special holiday treat, and it’s not figgy pudding. Her Yuletide plans are dashed, however, when her meddlesome Sicilian grandma goes missing, and she has to hurry home to Houston to investigate. All the evidence points to foul play, but then there’s a bizarre break in the case—one that makes her wonder whether her notorious nonna has been naughty or nice.

My thoughts: Andrighetti is a bona fide comedian and if you want to assess that theory, please grab a copy of Rosolio Red and from the first paragraph you will know what I mean.

Andrighetti’s dialogue is genuine yet uproarious, and her glowing characters animatedly leap off the page.

Andrighetti’s sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment.

A mirthful, feisty heroine, a fun mystery exploration, diverting secondary players, ubiquitous comicality, sharp one-liners, and some famiglia make this Franki Amato holiday short story a definite homerun.

Rosolio Red is highly addicting, highly amusing, highly uplifting…and highly recommended.

Rosolio Red is engaging, robust and a must-read for bibliophiles looking to lose themselves in an inventive snack bite read!


Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco


Stories You Should Not Live Without: P. S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin

SD BC ps-i-love-youFor as long as I can remember, reading has always been among my ultimate passions. I remember when my mom and grandma surprised me with the monthly Snoopy book collection by the wonderfully gifted Charles Schultz. I was so excited when they gave me my first set of books. The package came with a “special gift” that filled my heart with joy – a set of blue Snoopy book ends. I was over the moon to have my very own library. Shortly after, the Golden Books and the Dr. Seuss monthly collections arrived at our door.


My grandma not only taught me how to read, my grandma encouraged me to read. In fact, both of my grandparents fortified my voracity for reading. I have always been surrounded by books, comics and magazines. Reading has always been one of my absolute joys. It became both my sanctuary and my saving grace to escape from the chaos of my childhood when my grandma died.


I love to be swept away by remarkable storytellers to the enchanted lands they create and dazzling writers who spill their innards out on the written page; for me, one of life’s most reflective delights is to open a book and learn from its stirring pages. When I lose myself in a story no matter what form of writing it is, comics, lyrics, memoirs, novels, poems, or scripts; I don’t want to be amazed, I don’t want to understand, and I don’t want to grow…I DEMAND it!

ynopsis: When her father left after the divorce, Mariah lost her sense of family. Now she’s lost her special summer, too. Instead of fulfilling her dream to become a writer, Mariah has to help her mother with a house-sitting job in very rich, very snobby Palm Springs. People with a lot of money make Mariah uncomfortable. Until she meets Paul Strobe, the rich boy next door. Paul’s not a snob and he doesn’t act superior. In fact, his sandy hair and piercing blue eyes break down all Mariah’s defenses. With Paul, Palm Springs becomes the most romantic place on Earth.


But Paul has to go into the hospital for some tests and then an operation. He’s seriously ill and all his family’s money can’t help him.


Will Mariah lose Paul, too, just when she’s found her first love?

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

eBook Review: Christmas Canapés & Sabotage by Janel Gradowski

Christmas Canapes and Sabotage JG (2)Synopsis: Amy Ridley is excited to be participating in the Holiday Celebrations Competition to kick off her Christmas season in Kellerton, Michigan. Local cooks are set to compete for prizes then serve their best party dishes to holiday revelers. Amy has her eye on a special prize, but she has a difficult time concentrating on creating a perfect party buffet when a plague of problems begins to whirl around her. Can Amy figure out who is sabotaging the competition in time to create a prize-winning tablescape and take home the ultimate Christmas gift?

My thoughts: Gradowski’s charming holiday short story mystery is absolute pure fun. Christmas Canapés & Sabotage is exhilarating, festive and an impressively plotted caper.


Christmas Canapés & Sabotage features intriguing characters with an energizing heroine to boot! Amy and Alex are sheer magic together and their scenes are spicy but elegantly written by the extremely skilled Gradowski.


Gradowski brilliantly describes the arctic climate in such a way readers will be reaching for a warm, fluffy blanket and a hot cocoa brimming with marshmallows.


As the mystery unfolds, readers wonder who is behind the shenanigans and Gradowski does an outstanding job keeping them guessing until the pivotal moment we discover whodunit.


Gradowski is a well-oiled machine when it comes to merging attention-grabbing mystery and good old-fashioned storytelling.


And the delectable recipes will make you want to drop everything and start cooking.


Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.


Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco