Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Welcome our guest Sofie Ryan plus book #giveaway



From Daryl:  Although this is typically my day to post, I've ceded it to my darling friend Sofie Ryan. She has a new book coming out, and you shouldn't miss it!  For those who don't know...

Sofie Ryan is the author of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series, featuring re-purpose store owner Sarah Grayson; Charlotte’s Angels, a group of senior sleuths; Mr. P, the world’s oldest computer hacker; and Elvis, a black cat with an uncanny ability to sniff out a lie.  

FYI, Sofie is also Sofie Kelly who writes the bestselling Magical Cat Mysteries.


Giveaway below...keep reading...

*

About the Second Chance Cat Mystery series

When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky group of senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels.

In Telling Tails, Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand turns deadly. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the woman claims her husband is very much alive and has left her for someone else—and has a text message and empty bank account to prove it. Despite the woman’s convincing story, Sarah is sure something is fishy—and she, Elvis and and the Angels are soon on the case.

From Sofie:

At this point in the holidays I’ve overindulged in stuffing, gravy, and gingerbread cookies and I’m looking for something that’s a little lighter and a little healthier. So I make Apple Carrot Salad. Most of the time I have all the ingredients in the house.

Enjoy!

Apple Carrot Salad

Ingredients:

1 large firm flesh apple
2 medium carrots
½ celery rib*
2 T. lime juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1T. honey
½ t. sunflower or canola oil

Whisk the lime juice, vinegar, honey, and oil together in a small bowl.


Peel and quarter the apple. Remove the seeds and coarsely grate. Pour half the lime juice mixture over the apples and mix well. Peel and grate both carrots. Finely chop the celery. Add the carrots and celery to the apple mixture with the rest of the dressing. Mix well.

Makes 4 servings. (You could eat the entire bowl yourself for lunch. Or so I’ve heard.)



*I usually use the one or two left over celery sticks from our Boxing Day veggie plate.

This recipe is very flexible. If you like more apple or more carrot use more. You can even leave out the celery if you don’t have any.


GIVEAWAY

Sofie is going to give away 2 copies of A WHISKER OF TROUBLE, 
so leave a comment below with your email address in case you win and 
tell her if you or anyone you know has ever gotten a second chance. 

75 comments:

  1. No second chances here. The book looks awesome, I want to read it. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh yes - second chances are a blessing and make you appreciate life that much more, I believe. Great salad recipe and book! EMS591@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have a second chance career - went back to school at age 45 to become a nurse.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I had a second chance at love and it worked.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love carrot salad and will be making this recipe soon. My second chance came 6 years ago, when my youngest daughter and I moved to a new place. Thank you for this contest.
    debprice60@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh yes second chances are wonderful - i got a second chance with my husband (of now 20 yrs) we both married other people and it did not work out but found each other again. thanks for the contest

    ReplyDelete
  7. I don't have any second chance story to tell. This series & the salad look good. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Second Chances make life special and are meaningful. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and have survived and thrived. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  9. The recipe sounds awesome. My second chance comes every morning when I wake up and realize that I am still in remission from Lupus. I know that a flair may come along but I will persevere to live life to my fullest.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I believe in second chances since they bring hope which is important. After surgeries for arthritis this year I was told I have RA. Definitely not expected but a challenge. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh yes I had a second chance and thank God every day for it. I would love to read your book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nicely done cover.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  13. I think we all have a second chance every day to do better! Love this series,
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think I would enjoy your characters and your salad. suefoster109 (at) net zero.net

    ReplyDelete
  15. I got a second chance at a career I have wanted for a long time...would love to read your book..sherryanne70@att.net

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have the first two books and really enjoyed them. I'd be thrilled to be one of the Lucky Two winners to be able to add it to my home library.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  17. I have had several second chances at life and your series makes me think of the second chances my sweet rescue cats, Grover, Ellie, and Jasmine have received. My mom has read the first 2 books of this series and I can't wait to follow suit and, also, to post reviews. I know already that this will be a new favorite series :) thank you for the recipe and giveaway!
    BrookeErin22@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  20. My own favorite second chance story is probably my dad's story. He was standing in line with a group of his army buddies. My mom was in the same line with her friends. The guys were goofing off and almost knocked my mother into the busy street. They tried to make amends but the girls were having none of it. Then Dad--who it turned out had noticed Mom the moment she'd gotten in line--asked for a second chance to make a better first impression. I'm glad she gave it to him!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I know people who have had second chances. It's a time to reflect and do better. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. crossxjo @hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. No second chance yet, but who knows what the future holds centraleast2 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  23. I think everyone had got a second chance at something.mama2bulls(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yes I have had 2nd, 3rd and more chances. Would love to win. annstanley1418@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ann, you're one of the winners! Sofie (Darlene) will be in touch. Congrats. ~ Daryl

      Delete
  25. I was able to tweak my career right when I thought I'd lost it. That was almost 14 years ago, and I'm still working. teenlibn at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I was a teacher for 35+ years, so second chances are common place, but always with a provision. However, I've been disappointed by so many of the results form 'second chances.' I am reticent to give them without 'only ifs...' I have been given second chances and I've taken them carefully...sometimes they're a trap.
    kat8762@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. My Aunt went to college at age 54 to become a nurse, a career she had always wanted but was pushed into becoming a secretary instead by her parents. She had her second chance at a life that fulfilled her.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. No second chance for me. My daughter found love the second time.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. amy guillaume lindermanDecember 28, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    i partied too much my freshman year in college, got kicked out, but went to school back home and earned an associate's degree, then was readmitted to the school i flunked out of, and got my Bachelor's! aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  30. Every time I've lost a job, I was lucky enough to be givin a second chance at working---once even at the same company. I'd love to read about Elvis again.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. I've had a few do-overs in my life. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book. elainehroberson at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I haven't had a second chance yet, but I'm happy, some people get a second chance.
    Thank you for the great giveaway, I love the cover! Mbcncc@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  33. i would love to win marilyn.kros@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. Yum. Could not wait to try this salad because I had everything on hand. Delicious. Thanks for sharing (and of course, the giveaway!)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Looking forward to reading this book very soon. I believe that my second chance at life was two years ago in June when after many months of serious leg ulcerations/infections and huge wounds from circulation problems in my legs and ankles, I got a life threatening bacterial infection which began shutting down my vital organs. Having had major reactions to antibiotics previously, all that the doctors had left to try was one IV antibiotic used normally for MRSA infections. Thanks to God, I was able to tolerate massive doses of this medication for quite sometime and it saved my life. I still have a few medical problems that will linger on from this near-death experience, but I am still here to live my life when almost all hope was given up for me. Praying I won't be faced with needing a third chance in the upcoming months when I have to have a very complicated throat surgery and others after that. ❤
    Cynthia

    ReplyDelete
  36. I've given 2nd chances but don't think I've had any 2nd chances. musiqmom@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. My life has been full of second chances. I truly believe there is someone watching out for me up there! Fortheloveofbooks@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Really enjoy this series. mcastor07@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Don't know anyone with second chance stories in their lives. Thanks for the chance. zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Gave my husband a second chance instead of divorcing him. Glad I did. bobbipad at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  41. Can't wait to try the recipe. Book sounds great. Jrparkfan at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  42. I suppose I got a second chance by surviving a car accident that probably should have killed me. But I don't feel I would have lived my life any different if I hadn't been in the accident. I just went on the same as always, just delayed by a year or so.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  43. Good luck everyone! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I got a second chance at marriage and am very blessed.
    ceciliayoung(at)gmx(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  45. I have the first two books in the series but haven't read them yet. So many books to read!
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  46. Our dog Harley is a rescue. And I got a second chance with my high school sweetheart some 30 years after high school. mommatoodle at msn dot com

    ReplyDelete
  47. I got a second chance at love and marriage after my first husband died
    I was married to my second husband for over 30 years when sadly he died of lung cancer Thank you for the contest

    ReplyDelete
  48. I love to give items a second chance, I remake, reuse, refurbish, or update. Thanks for the chance to win.
    pattislittlesecret@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  49. The recipe sounds great, though I was confused for a second when i read ribs...skipping over the celery bit! lol I've given second chances to all my animals family, including my two newest foster failure kittens!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  50. Yes, I have had a second chance a few times. Sometimes second chances work and sometimes they don't. Love both series. Thanks for the chance. Happy New Year!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  51. I spent 21 years in a toxic marriage when I finally got the courage to leave. I'm now married again to a wonderful, loving man who spoils me some. I feel I was given a 2nd chance at having a narmal loving relationship. pgenest57 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  52. Not entering because I've read and love all your books in both of your series and I pre-ordered the new book, waiting patiently for it to arrive. <3

    ReplyDelete
  53. I have had a few seconds chances...
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  54. I don't have a second chance story but your book looks amazing thank you for the chance to win one debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  55. I would love to win the book. I have had many second chances when it comes to getting a new job when I was unemployed. email address is joann_lord@excite.com

    ReplyDelete
  56. Here our second chances go to our adopted/rescued cats. No matter what type of life they had prior to coming home to us, they are given love, spoiled, and are forever our family members. Second chances are beautiful. Also, I love this series. kchinetti at gmail dot com.

    ReplyDelete
  57. I got a second chance to spend time with my birth mother. She was forced to give me up for adoption when I was 13 months old. We found each other again TOTALLY BY ACCIDNET when I was in my late 40s. She died suddenly 18 months ago just before I had planned another trip to spend time with her (she was in FL, I'm in VA). We had about 10 years to get to know each other, and it was amazing how much alike we were--even looked exactly alike.
    bmwhokie@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  58. Second chances is a way of life here. We reuse, refurbish things. We now adopt only senior dogs and cats. And I am trying to help my neighbor find someone willing to give her son a second chance. He did drugs for a little 20 years. No stealing, violence or anything like that. Just jail time for drug possession. Always worked until he decided to go into rehab. Felt he was to old to keep doing that s***. Had excellent work ethics. Well respected and liked. But once clean? I was really appalled at how few are willing to give recovering drug users or alcoholics a second chance. Even the guy he had been working for when he decided to quit was against him then. He has been clean for almost 10 years and he is still being told "Can't use you, people like you can never be trusted." I had gone with them to Walmart to grab a couple of things and was sitting nearby when he was told that. And the thing is. There were to of their employees who were taking something right outside the door. The gal who was monitoring the cameras told the manager and he said destroy the tape and leave it alone. I get only my meds there. Or did rather. Thought it best to change. We all get a second chance everyday. When we get up in the morning we have the option to do better. Be better. Have yet to read this author and am hoping this will be a start. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  59. Love the magic cats series and am looking forward to reading the second chance series soon. My second chance is now since I am retired!

    ReplyDelete
  60. My second chance was a career change in my 50's. I'm now a library technician in a high school and I love it! Deanna.refling@sympatico.ca

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Deanna, you won this giveaway. I'll put Sofie in touch with you. Congrats! ~ Deanna.refling@sympatico.ca

      Delete
  61. I love this series & can't wait to read the newest one. Second Chances or Second Starts happened with retirement 2 years ago. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  62. I'm always grateful when given a second chance! Kaitismommy@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  63. my various cats, dogs, turtle and a few of my chickens all got second changes - all were rescue/shelter animals.

    parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  64. My second chances were surviving two life threatening events. Clearly my work on Earth wasn't complete. Thankful to be alive. That salad sounds delicious. servedogmom@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  65. I love both your series! Second Chance Car's was the first that I read. Then I introduced my Mom who is now hooked. The audios are great as well. Can't wait to read this one!
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  66. Yes, I got a second chance with a new career in my mid-40s, and moved cities. Loved the new job and city until I retired this year. Thanks for the chance to win. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  67. Have enjoyed your book series! Love rescue cats & antiques! Looking forward to reading the new book. Hope I win one! charlenemwilson89@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  68. I don't have a second chance story. A WHISKER OF TROUBLE sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  69. No second chances here. But I do love this series and would love to win a copy of the new book.

    ReplyDelete
  70. I did get a 2nd chance and will forever be touched by their grace. thank you for this opportunity to win. I never win but I still try. seascapelife at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  71. The winner of this giveaway, by random number generator, is Deanna R! Congrats. Sofie will be in touch. ~ Daryl

    ReplyDelete
  72. And the second winner is Ann S, by random number selection. Sofie will be in touch. Congrats! ~ Daryl

    ReplyDelete
  73. Hopefully this works. Cannot wait to read the new books!jniesing8@netzero.net. Thank you

    ReplyDelete