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Tasty Tuesdays – July 30, 2019s

Tasty Tuesdays

Last night I planned on having Shrimp for dinner.  I had bought these wonderful Argentina Shrimp from Sam’s Club.  I was excited to cook them but had to decide how we wanted them cooked. I threw out the ideas of grilling them, sauteeing them, or making Shrimp pasta.

Our 18-year-old son felt like sauteed shrimp, so that is how I fixed them. We took three cloves of garlic and minced them.  Once minced, I sauteed the garlic in a cast-iron pan with some olive oil.  When I was satisfied with the garlic, I threw in the shrimp along with some butter, salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning.  Then I added a splash of lemon juice and some white wine and let it cook some more.  In the meantime, my husband fixed some wild rice in our Instant Pot along with opening a couple of cans of green beans.  I also prepared a salad of mixed greens, bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion.  Oh and we also cut up a cabbage into slices and placed salt, pepper, butter, and bacon on top and placed in the broiler for less than 10 minutes.  I have to say our meal came out delicious.

Tonight we will be having Ham ‘n’ Bean Soup.

What are you having for dinner tonight?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Review and Giveaway for Fragments of Fear


 About the Book


Book: Fragments of Fear

Author: Carrie Stuart Parks

Genre: Suspense

Release date: July 23, 2019

From award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks comes a new novel with danger that reaches from a New Mexico Anasazi archaeological dig to micro- and nano-chip technology.

Evelyn Yvonne McTavish-Tavish to her friends-had her almost perfect world in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come to a crashing end with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she’s given the news that her dog is about to be destroyed at the dog pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine-with her name and address-makes it hers.

Tavish recognizes the dog as one owned by an archaeologist named Pat Caron because she did a commissioned drawing of the two of them months earlier. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner, but she arrives only to discover Caron’s murdered body.

After meeting undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price the mystery deepens as more people start disappearing and Tavish becomes a target as well. Her only solution is to find the links between microchip technology, an Anasazi site in the desert, her fiancé’s death, a late-night radio show, and the dog. And the clock is ticking.


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Fragments of Fear brought me slowly into the storyline.  At first, I felt Tavish was one of those characters I might find it difficult to like.  Because I am not a dog person, the dog did not initially capture my attention.  But as I kept reading I found myself drawn into the story.

Sawyer Price, FBI agent, immediately caused me to like him.  I also found myself wanting him to help Tavish find her way out of the chaos and intrigue she was in when they first met.

The mysterious and dangerous aspects of the story kept me reading.  I found myself wanting to know how the story would turn out in the end.  The mysterious woman who shows up at Tavish’s fiance’s funeral made me angry.  She was a rude and ill-mannered individual.  I have to say I appreciated the journey Tavish found herself on and her willingness to stick to her claims that her fiance was murdered instead of someone who would commit suicide.

The storyline took me a while to get into, but once I started enjoying it, I was glad I stuck with reading it.  I have to say in the end the dog played a necessary role in the story.

So if you like books with mystery, danger, or pets, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol Award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.


More from Carrie

Using Art to Solve Crime: Techniques Used by Forensic Artists


Since 1981, I’ve been a forensic artist—an amazing feat since I’m only . . .um. . . well, younger than that. In those years, I’ve seen some shifts and trends, but some things have never changed. Despite the overwhelming prevalence of computers in almost every other field, they have never been able to replace a trained forensic artist. Artists have an amazing toolbox of techniques we use to gather the information we need to help solve crime.

  1. The pencil. Any forensic artist worth her weight in graphite knows the power of the lowly pencil and a sketchpad. Law enforcement would love a photographic image of the suspect, but all we have to work with is memory…and memory is faulty. The more the image looks perfect, the more imperfect it is for helping to identify a suspect. We want the drawing to just suggest a likeness and eliminate those not similar.
  2. Now that we brought up the subject of memory, a forensic artist needs to understand how memory works. The average witness will remember between four and five facial features. When they describe the person they saw, they will do so from their strongest memory to their weakest memory, from most important to least important. We listen carefully to the order of facial features.
  3. Whole vs Parts. We don’t look at faces as individual parts, although a particularly outstanding nose or Marty Feldman eyes might catch our attention. We will remember the face as a whole, with the proportions of the face an unacknowledged part of that. Forensic artist prefer to use reference photographs where the whole face is viewed.

Want more? Check out the rest of my article at The Strand Magazine

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To celebrate her tour, Carrie is giving away a grand prize of her book!!

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