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.


Apple Carrot Salad


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.


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. 


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

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

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

  4. I had a second chance at love and it worked.

  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.

  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

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

  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

  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.

  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

  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.

  12. Nicely done cover.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  13. I think we all have a second chance every day to do better! Love this series,

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

  15. I got a second chance at a career I have wanted for a long time...would love to read your

  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

  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!

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  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!

  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

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

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

  24. Yes I have had 2nd, 3rd and more chances. Would love to win.

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

  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

  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.

  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.

  28. No second chance for me. My daughter found love the second time.

  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!

  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.