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It’s time to get started on my reading challenges for 2018. I’m doing some repeats and starting some new ones. Here a few and I’ll be adding more.


I’ve been meaning to try the Cloak And Dagger Challenge and this is the year!


I read a lot of books in this genre group so I’m going big and shooting for Special Agent!


5-15 books – Amateur sleuth

16-25 books – Detective

26-35 books – Inspector

36 – 55 – Special agent

56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

For complete rules and to sign up GO HERE.


I’m going to do the 2018 Craving For Cozies Challenge.

I did this last year. I chose Level: Famished and completed my goal with 14 books.

Going to go with Famished again this year.


The challenge runs from January 1, 2018, and ends December 31, 2018

 Choose the level of which you would like to participate:


  • Peckish – 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries
  • Famished – 11 – 30 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning – 31 – 50 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving  – 51 – 75 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous – 76 – 100 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious – 101 – 125 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Completely Satiated – 126 – 150 Cozy Mysteries
  • Overindulged – 151 – 200 Cozy Mysteries
  • Pigged Out – 201 or more Cozy Mysteries


  For complete Rules and to Sign Up go HERE.


I’ve done the Alphabet Soup Challenge for several years and going to do it again. 2017 was the first time I didn’t complete the challenge.

I lacked titles starting with Q, V and Y. Maybe I’ll have better luck this year.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2018
your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful

For more details and to Sign Up Go HERE.

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018. You can join any time.


Thanks so much for visiting fuonlyknew!

For a list of my reviews go HERE.

For a list of free eBooks updated daily go HERE

To see all of my giveaways go HERE

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Hi ya’ll. I have so much to share with you today!

I have my review of As Gouda As Dead.

There’s a delicious recipe for you to try.

Plus two giveaways. And ones a scavenger hunt!

Come on in and join the fun!


As Gouda as Dead



Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 3, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425273319 / E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK43E


 My Review

I sure do enjoy cozy mysteries and I’m thrilled each time I discover a new series and author.

I’ll be following this one.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and a week of special events is planned in the town of Providence, Ohio.

Charlotte Bessette, owner of Fromagerie Bessette, is especially excited because she’s finally marrying the man of her dreams, Jordan Pace, this coming weekend. That is until she finds a dead body dumped in the large vat full of milk at her fiances cheese farm.

Charlotte and Jordan decide to postpone their wedding until the case is resolved, once it’s proven to be a murder.

I was worried about them. No matter that he assured her they will get married in the spring. No matter that he professed his ongoing love in the tender love notes he leaves for her to discover. Something, a feeling I got, had me wondering if the wedding would occur. I know I’m suspicious by nature. If it were my fiance, he’d probably throw his hands up in frustration.

When Charlotte stumbles upon another dead body, Chief of Police Umburto Urso relents and listens to her theories, her conclusions. It’s a race to find the killer before more people are killed.

The author’s descriptions of Providence made me feel right at home. I live in a small single tax colony founded by artists. The downtown area is filled with small shops, bakeries, coffee houses, and restaurants. And just like in this book, the owners all know each other, all use each others wares, and all chip in when something needs doing. It’s a tight knit community and you’d never meet a more loyal, friendly bunch.

I’d recommend you have some napkins handy while reading this one. The food described in these pages is delicious. I swear I could smell and taste it and my mouth was watering. There are some wonderful recipes included at the end, so be sure to check them out.

4 Stars



Someone is cheesed off . . .

Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he believes they should reschedule their wedding given the grim turn of events.

Charlotte is heartsick over the postponement. This killer crossed the wrong woman. No one, but no one, is ruining her wedding plans!



Potato Bacon Parmesan Soup

The protagonist of my Cookbook Nook mysteries would probably blanch at the number of ingredients in this recipe, but Charlotte Bessette, the cheese shop owner in the Cheese Shop mysteries would have no problem with it. She loves to cook. She knows some recipes take more steps. She loves to add cheese to just about everything. The Parmesan cheese in this recipe adds just the right about of yum! This is perfect for a cold winter night. Even better if you’re snuggling up with a good book! Anybody planning to read AS GOUDA AS DEAD?

PS: You’ll notice there is no flour in this recipe. The potatoes do all the work of thickening the soup, so this is gluten-free!



[serves 6)




2 pounds large Yukon Gold potatoes (about 4)

6 strips bacon

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup half-and-half

2 cups milk (I used 2%, but you can use regular, too)

¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon of salt (for boiling water)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

Extra Parmesan for garnish



Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon salt. While water is heating, cut the potatoes into quarters. Add cut potatoes to boiling water and bring to a boil. Cook for 20-25 minutes until tender. [A fork should slide easily in and out.] Drain well. Return the potatoes to the pot and cover, heat off.

Meanwhile, chop onions and saute in butter on low for about 10 minutes.

Also cook the bacon to crispy, let cool on paper towels. Break into pieces. Tip: I use scissors to get the bigger pieces chopped. Set aside. (Reserve 2 pieces for the garnish)

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the half-and-half and cheese until it simmers. Add the bacon.

With a handheld mixer, beat the hot potatoes in the pot until they are broken up. [You can also use a masher.] Slowly add the cream, salt, pepper, then beat until smooth.   [Note, right at this moment, you have fabulous mashed potatoes. You can skip the next step–adding milk—and serve as a side dish.]

Now, proceeding to make the soup. Add the 2 cups of milk. If the potato soup needs to be reheated, cover and cook gently over low heat until warm. [A few minutes.] Pour into 6 serving bowls and sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese & bacon. Serve hot.



Say Cheese!

As part of her Great Escapes Book Tour
Avery Aames is including an
I Love A Mystery Secret Code Game!

Here’s how it works:
1 – Collect the Secret Code Word at each of Avery Aames Escape Blog Tour stops.
Check out Avery’s delicious recipe on Each Blog Stop
to collect the Secret Word for that stop.

2 – At the end of Avery’s blog tour, put the words together and
form the Secret Code Sentence.

Then CLICK HERE to be taken to the tour page  and insert the Secret Code Sentence in the form with your name, email address and mailing address.

3. One Lucky Winner will receive a Fabulous Prize Package including an autographed copy as As Gouda As Dead, an I love A Mystery Tote and fun swag!

4. 10 Runner’s Up will receive a
Cheese Shop/Cookbook Nook kitchen jar opener and recipe cards.

All winners will be randomly selected from all entries submitted.

Winners will be contacted via email and the prize will be sent to the address you provided on the form.

Have fun and get searching!


The 3rd of the 7 words in Avery’s I Love A Mystery Secret Code Contest is
Other stops on the tour are listed at the bottom of the post.


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About This Author

As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. 

As DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. 

Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.


Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery

“They” blog on as well as

Facebook: Daryl ~   Avery

Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber


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Avery Aames

Purchase Links 
Amazon ~ B&N~ Book Depository


Tour Participants

January 26 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 27 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 28 – fuonlyknew – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 29 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

January 31 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

February 1 – Traveling With T – Review, Recipe, Giveaway



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I have one print copy of As Gouda As Dead to give away.

Entry is easy. Just leave your email address so I can contact you if you win and answer this question:

“Do you ever try the recipes provided in the cozy mysteries you read?”

Giveaway ends February 4th.


Thanks so much for visiting fuonlyknew and Good Luck!

To see all of my giveaways click on the lucky horseshoe below!

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This is my own version of a weekly bookhaul post where  I’ll be telling you about all of the books I got this week, whether print or e-book plus all things new on fuonlyknew.

I got a few books this week, some free, some for review, and some I purchased just for my reading pleasure.

I also post reviews on another blog aknifeandaquill . It’s all about horror. If someone doesn’t die, we don’t do it here!


Here’s some I picked up to review on both blogs. Double exposure for the author:)

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Here are some I picked up to review on fuonlyknew.


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Got some good ones!


Got some freebies for ya!

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and some more freebies.


Just click on the covers to get yours. Make sure they are still free. Were at time of posting.


Books for Review.


Trying to slow down for the holidays. I have too many review books. But I had to have this!


Books I won.

I didn’t win anything this week. But, several of my giveaways are ending this week and some lucky winners will be getting awesome prizes! Go HERE to enter the giveaways before they end!


Reviewed this week. Busy writing more!

You can read my review on my Monday Minis post HERE.


As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1  As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 2  As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 3

You can read my reviews and enter the giveaway HERE!


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You can read my review and enter the giveaway HERE!


Scheduled reviews for next week.

Mondays Minis Review

Not sure yet which story I’m reviewing but you can catch it on my Monday Minis Post.


Bad Juju

Catch my Review, my comments about voodoo dolls and enter the giveaway on Wednesday, October 30th.


Several more reviews and awesome giveaways coming this next week. Be sure to stop by!


Other posts this week. Just click on the links to see the posts.

4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Trailer Reveal ~ Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen

Release Day Giveaway ~ Dead Plains, The Zombie West Series: Book Three by Angela Scott

New Release ~ Ninet Eight by Shannon Mayer and Crawl Between The Sheets Scavenger Hunt ~ Huge Prizes!

Monday Minis #16 ~ Rag Doll ~ A short horror story ~  Free today! I know I’m a day late!

Only 99 cents for Nine Killer Thrillers ~ A Killer Deal and a Giveaway!

Teaser Tuesdays #44 ~ Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

My Reviews and Two Giveaways ~ As The World Dies, Untold Tales by Rhiannon Frater ~ Lots of Zombieness

WWW Wednesday #22 ~ A millionaire, a mermaid, and a medium

My Blog Is….Going To The Dogs ~ Collared #4 in the series! Giveaway Blast

From The Sydney Rye Series ~ Strings of Glass ~ Giveaway Blast

The Power To See by Jennifer Anne Davis ~ Release Day Sale

Praise for A Light in Dark Places ~ Spotlight and Giveaway

I have the Cover Reveal for Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade

Giveaway and My Review ~ The Harvesters ~ Can They Survive?

The Friday 56 #4 ~ It’s Horror. No, It’s Humor. No, It’s Eat, Brains, Love!

Blood in the Past by Jordanna East ~ Free Today!

Just Released! Controlling The Dead by Annie Walls ~ Special Two Day Sale and Giveaway!


Go here to find all of my giveaways. Enter one or enter all of them!!

Go here for a list of free e-books.

Busy, busy, busy. So many delicious reads! Some I’ve read and will be posting my reviews soon.

So what did you get this week? See something you like? Do you have any of these? Leave a comment and let me know.

This month’s giveaway

The best authors in New Fiction at are celebrating the arrival of Spring with a March promotion:

BestSelling Reads Kindle Fire Giveaway

Prize for winning reader entry: Kindle Fire 7”, LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8GB

2nd & 3rd place winners: $25 Amazon gift card

Enter at Best Selling Reads

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Winners will be chosen March 26th by Rafflecopter. No purchase necessary but always welcome.

Good Luck Everyone!

****For all of my giveaways go here****

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Prize: $1,000 Cash {paypal or visa}

Event dates: 4/1 – 5/1

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The Holiday Book Sale new


The Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale, hosted by the Indie Book Festival, will kick off on December 28 and run through December 31. All books will be .99!! The Indie Book Festival will be posting the participating books to their Facebook page as well.
The Indie Book Festival website is the premier online website for seasonal e-book sales events! From Halloween to Valentine’s Day – we’ll celebrate it by bringing you bestselling books by today’s hottest Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal and Young Adult indie authors.

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You can also enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card now!
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Are you still here?

What are you waiting for?

Go get some great books!

Enter to win a fantastic prize!

Have fun and Good Luck!

This just in! My giveaway for Don’t Tell by Mercy Amare is drawing to an end. For another chance to win go here to check out the awesome giveaway at Mercy’s blog.

She’s giving away 5 e-book copies of Don’t Tell and a $25.00 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card(winners choice)! Her giveaway ends December 31st.

Don't Tell

I could be surrounded by a million people, but I would still feel alone. I smile on the outside, but inside I feel like I’m slowly dying. I cry out for help, but nobody sees me, at least not the real me. They see a façade, a mask that I put on to hide the pain.

I pretend that I’m normal, but really, what is normal? Maybe what I’m feeling is normal. The hurt, the disappointment, the loneliness… it could be all just be a part of life. Maybe I will never know what normal is.

I put on long sleeves and makeup to hide the bruises, but they only mask the outside. What happens when I can’t carry my burden alone any longer? What would happen if I told somebody the truth?

Don’t Tell is a YA Contemporary Romance about love, forgivness and hope.

You can read my review of this wonderful debut novel here.

Wishing You The Best This Holiday Season!