Friday, January 18, 2013

Linda Kozar Knows When The Fat Lady Sings

I’ve known Author, Linda Kozar for several years now and have waited patiently for the second and third books of her When The Fat Lady Sings fiction series to be published. Thanks to the amazing folks at Spyglass Lane Mysteries, all three books in the fiction series are now available as e-books and…I’m happy to say they only cost ¢99!

Misfortune Cookies is the first in the series. Here’s a little blurb about the book.

Best friends Sue Jan and Lovita run a beauty shop/boutique in the little West Texas town of Wachita. They share a passion of food and fun. But one day, over lunch in a Chinese restaurant, Lovita opens a fortune cookie with a sinister message: “Your father was murdered. . .” a clue that leads them to God, an international spy ring and several devastatingly handsome strangers. A most unlikely pair of detectives, these girlfriends “Comb” the countryside with style, sarcasm, and lots of Szechwan. This tale is like good take-out food–definitely worth bringing home.

The second book in the series is A Tiskit A Casket. So far this was my favorite, well after Misfortune Cookies anyway.

When Lovita Mae Horton wins a trip for two to attend a cooking school in Paris, she invites her best friend Sue Jan Pritchard along. Their joy is short-lived however, when they find out the trip is to Paris, Texas. Sue Jan has family there—Aunt Lila and Cousin Pouncey, but discovers her eccentric Cousin Pouncey has just passed away. When Sue’s Jan’s unique antique platinum engagement ring goes missing, they suspect she lost it when saying her last goodbyes. With her wedding only a few months away, Lovita, Sue Jan and Aunt Lila decide to unearth the ring on their own, but instead dig up the dirt on an international ring of art thieves intent on brushing them off for good.

Last but not least in the series is Dead as a Doornail. I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s next up in my to be read stack. And if it’s anything like Misfortune Cookies and A Tiskit A Casket, it’s going to be a great read.

With her wedding to Hudson just months away, all Lovita’s plans seem to be going awry. A crooked politician is running for Mayor, his girlfriend is opening a new beauty shop in town, and the contractor building Sue Jan and Monroe’s dream home is found dead, with Monroe as their prime suspect. To top it all off, the money from the high school band fundraiser has disappeared. Now the kids won’t be able to go to New York City and march in the Macy’s Day parade. All the girls have to do is nail the real killer, find the missing money, save their beauty shop, and rescue the little town of Wachita, before Lovita walks down the aisle. Can two big bodaciously beautiful women do it? Piece of cake.

Almost everyone I know can afford three bucks, so go and download these books…now! You won’t regret it. Here’s where you can find these and other books by Linda.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jump On The Bandwagon!

The Houston Texans football team is having a banner year. A twelve and four season lead to their second playoff berth and division title in the team’s history. And as of January 5, 2013 the Texans have won their first playoff game, beating the Cincinnati Bengals.

Houston Texans fans have come out of the woodwork. Red and blue Texans t-shirts seem to be the go to attire of everyone in the city. The Toro head logo dons everything from rear windshields to can coozies to backpacks. If you weren’t a fan before, you probably are now…everyone is jumping on the Texans bandwagon.

Bandwagon: A popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support – often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon. A current or fashionable trend.

This bandwagon effect reminds me of how some Christians act. I’m reminded of the week before 911. Church went on as usual. But the very next Sunday it was hard to find a seat. The thought of possibly dying brought out fair weather Christians in droves. Everyone wanted to get on the Christian bandwagon.

Will the Texans win this weekend against the Patriots? Time will tell. What will be the next world-changing event that will drive people to churches? I can’t say that I really want to know.

One thing I do know, however, is that I’m going to keep on supporting my Texans, win or lose.  And I’m going to keep going to church, serving my Lord, praising my Savior…no bandwagon needed.

I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1