Paul Walker’s ‘State of Treason’ [EXCERPT]

A Wedding Feast, c. 1569

Spy games play out in the midst of Elizabethan England in Paul Walker’s new historical thriller, State of Treason. (“A Wedding Feast, c. 1569” by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder/Public Domain)

More than four centuries have passed since Queen Elizabeth I died, and yet we still seem as captivated as ever by the rich history of Elizabethan England during the 16th century. And why not? After all, it was a time when treachery and betrayal were rampant in both the government and the church, the bubonic plague claimed countless lives across multiple outbreaks, and both William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe competed to write the best plays London had ever seen. Now author Paul Walker uses this vibrant setting to create a new series of spy thrillers centered around a doctor who embraces both lore and science. We hope you enjoy this exclusive excerpt from State of Treason.J&H Read more of this post

Remember to Take Care of Your Health by Scheduling Annual Exams Early

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Visits with your medical team are important for continued well being. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Have you scheduled your health and wellness appointments for the new year? Remember to do so now to ensure you stay healthy and nip any problems or ailments you might face in the bud early before they become a bigger problem. Not sure which doctors to schedule appointments with? Check out the list below. Read more of this post

Secrets, Danger, and More Than ‘A Trace of Deceit’ Abound in Victorian England [REVIEW]

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When a talented art restorer is found dead, his sister will stop at nothing to discover who did it in Karen Odden’s new Victorian mystery, A Trace of Deceit. (Photo courtesy Canva).

A murdered artist. A missing painting. An auction house in crisis. Scotland Yard may be on the case, but so is the victim’s sister! Together, will they be able to hunt down a killer and solve the mystery or will the truth prove as elusive as the absent portrait? Find out in Karen Odden’s new Victorian mystery, A Trace of Deceit. Read more of this post

Bake Better Treats with ‘Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection’ [REVIEW]

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Up your cookie baking game with Martha Stewart’s latest cookbook! (Photo by Canva).

Cookies. We all love them—even when we are avoiding them—because who can resist their yummy, crumbly, decadent goodness? It reminds us of the Borg’s trademark tagline in Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Resistance is futile!” So when you’re tired of the fight and want to cheat a little, we have the cookbook for you: Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection. It’s full of delicious recipes and glorious photographs that will have you baking up a batch of deliciousness in no time! Read more of this post

Plum-and-Blackberry Cornmeal-Almond Crumb Bars [RECIPE]

Plum-and-Blackberry Cornmeal-Almond Crumb Bars

These bar cookies are bursting with fruity flavor! (Photo by Lennart Weibull)

We are big fans of using seasonal produce in everything we cook, especially in desserts that call for of lots of succulent fruit. This recipe for plum-and-blackberry cornmeal-almond crumb bars comes from Martha Stewart’s latest cookbook, Cookie Perfection, and eating it is like sinking your teeth into the best parts of summer. To get the right texture for these bad boys, make sure to pick your plums with care. You don’t want ones that are too juicy, so look for those with a low moisture content (such as yellow-fleshed Italian prune plums), and combine them with another stone fruit or berries—like these plump, sweet blackberries. Taste-test your blackberries though. If they’re tart, temper them with an equal amount of blueberries.  —J&H
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