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Purr-fectly Delightful | Review of ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’ (A Magical Cats Mystery #9)


By Cynthia Ayala

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofia Kelly
Berkeley
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With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder. The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident. Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town’s history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don’t work for free.” —Goodreads

Published September 5, 2017, by Berkeley A Tale of Two Kitties
by Sofie Kelly is the ninth in her adorable cat filled mystery that is both serious and delightfully lighthearted.
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Weekly Reading List #112


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week. Seems I’m starting to get backlogged again with my reviews and reading list. I’ve gotten some requests to read some novels from many authors. So at the moment if you are wondering if I would like to read your book the answer is, of course, yes, however, please understand that I’m backlogged so think long and hard about whether or not you are prepared to wait. There are some instances where I’m able to push a book up on my reading list, however, they are few and far between and take a lot of consideration. I read them in the order that I get them. Books set to expire to get precedence, so if you send me a file like Penguin’s First to Read program, please let me know about any expiration date. And also stay tuned for my reading list! This reading list is to let you know which reviews to expect in the future so be watchful about when you’re going to see your book. Be warned though, I only tend to put 2 – 3 reviews up a week so give myself time to read and work on my own novel. Also my job, need that too.

But in the meantime, check out these titles and see if they tickle your fancy. Happy reading!
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Weekly Reading List #111


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and enjoyed some very spooky reads. I did start a vampire-esque book set in Russia, which you’ll see very soon on this site. In the meantime, check out these reads and see what’s up on my reading list.

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Book of the Month Poll – December 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. God, I can’t believe that it is already November. Man, the year sure goes by fast doesn’t it. Well I hope everyone had a Spooktacular Halloween, I know I did. I was a very pretty Slytherin for the record. In any case a new month means new books for all us book lovers and I have selected 10 for you all to check and vote for December’s Book of the Month title. Woo books! Just think, maybe one of these will be a Christmas present for a book lover you know or yourself. So check out these titles and vote here or by clicking the image below. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. Happy voting!
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Book of the Month Poll – November 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week. It’s finally October!!! Woo!! Favorite time of the year. Did you know that in 1 year I will be getting married? Yup, on Halloween. It’s going to be Spooktacular. No my dress will not be black. But it will certainly be unique. But that’s all beside the point. A new month means a new list of book releases. Which means I need your help to choose the next winner of the book of the month for November. So check out the ten titles listed below and vote for your favorite. If there isn’t a book on the list that you think deserves to be on the survey you can fill in your own. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here (and all my various social media platforms, Goodreads and Amazon). Vote by clicking this link here or by clicking on the image below. Happy voting!
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Character Driven Mystery | Review of “When I Am Through with You”


By Cynthia Ayala

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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“Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry, and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.” —Goodreads

Published August 1, 2017, by Dutton Books for Young Readers, When I Am Through with You
by Stephanie Kuehn is a contemporary thriller for the young adult audience.
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Weekly Reading List #101


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. So, it turns out that I have once again become backlogged on books. I have until Sept 2 to read 4 books. I’ve knocked one out of the park (these are ARCs with expiration dates btw) and I’m in the middle of two at the moment. I’m saving the longest for last while I go through these two, using every spare moment, my sleepless nights (I’m an insomniac) to read, read, read. I guess it’s a good thing I have finished prelim edits on my novel. I printed out a copy for myself so that I can go over formatting and editing issues that will no doubt need to be addressed. So, until that arrives in the mail, I plan on using all this free time to catch up on this reading. I’ve also gotten control over my anemia again. I’m not great at taking care of myself and I feel fine most of the time so I don’t take my iron pills but when I crash, boy do I crash. And you know what one of the symptoms of anemia is? Loss of interest. So I was reading slower than usual, spending half my time just being a lazy bum. But I’ve taken my iron pills every day for the past 6 days, getting my iron up as best as possible. And the change is noticeable.

So here you go folks, my upcoming reading list for this week. Since my energy is up, I have no doubt that I will catch up on my reading. At least, that’s the hope. Happy reading!
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Book of the Month Poll – September 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, but as it’s another month what we have here is another poll! Woo! Let me just personally say that I am super excited by this month’s selection of books. There are about 5 books here that I am most definitely going to read. I hope you’re as excited for these upcoming ten titles as I am. Let me know by voting right here which novel should this Septembers book of the month title. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can vote by clicking this link here or by clicking the picture below. Happy voting!
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A Beautiful Debut | Review of ‘The Girl in Between’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
Kathy Dawson Books
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Homeless but not alone, a young girl lives with her mother in an abandoned mill worried every day that the authorities are going to take her away. But with developers coming their way to tear the place down, she must contend with her mothers’ personal demons and the ghosts of the past haunting them.

Published June 20, 2017, by Kathy Dawson Books, The Girl in Between is the debut novel by Sarah Carroll, a young adult tale about family, homelessness and the love between a mother and daughter.
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Weekly Reading List #90


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Haven’t had much time to read or edit this past week so I’ve fallen behind just a bit. But nothing to worry about, I’ll always find time to read, even if it’s only 20 pages a day. And I’ll always find some time to edit my novel. Anyway, see my weekly reading list right here. Happy reading!
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