California Guide: Great Saltwater Fishing

If you're looking to go saltwater fishing in California, Ray Rychnovsky's book, California Guide: Great Saltwater Fishing, will help you out with both locations to fish at and what to fish for.

When to Go For Certain Fish

The beginning of the book contains information on the best fishing for each month of the year. Beginning with January and ending with December, there are best options for these four different locations: North: Oregon to Point Arena; San Francisco Region: Bodega Bay to Monterey; Central: San Simeon to Oxnard; and South: Los Angeles to San Diego. Also included for each month are best options for long range fishing. In this section, Rychnovsky gives hints on places to avoid or places that are closed, and best options for long trips.

Where to Go for Fishing

This encompasses the bulk of the book, and includes tips for fishing in those specific areas. For example, if you are in Northern California in San Francisco Bay, there is a section on the best place to catch halibut from your boat, and if you are South of Los Angeles, there is a section on how to catch yellowtail or calico bass, two very popular species in this area for local fishermen.

For those interested in long range fishing and how to prepare for overnight boats Rychnovsky lists what a typical day is like and what the general routine is for long range fishing, along with tips from other experts. Contact information for popular boats are listed with phone numbers, websites, and an email if one is listed.

California Guide: Great Saltwater Fishing Book Contents and Chapters

There are 15 chapters in the book besides the introduction: Great Fishing; Best Fishing Each Month; Best of the Best (Northern California, Southern California, Statewide); Redwood Coast; North Coast; Great Fishing Off San Francisco; San Francisco Bays; Monterey Bay Area; Central Coast; Santa Barbara and Channel Islands; Los Angeles Area; South of Los Angeles; Long-Range Fishing; Dozens of Great Game Fish; and Keeping and Cooking Your Catch.

The last chapter deals with what to do after you catch the fish, such as making the decision to keep it, and ways to prepare it if you do. There are 16 different recipes included.

Recommended For Those Interested Fishing in California

Whether you are planning on a trip to California or already live in California, California Guide: Great Saltwater Fishing has all the tips and locations for fishing for California fish species. It only deals with saltwater fish so the areas talked about are located on or around the coastline.

California Guide Great Saltwater Fishing by Ray Rychnovsky is available through Amazon.

Book Information

California Guide Great Saltwater Fishing, by Ray Rychnovsky
Frank Amato Publications, Inc, 2001
ISBN: 1571882219
Softcover, 148 pages, black and white with pictures

Disclosure: This book was a public library book edition, and any opinions are the author's own.

Dessert Designer: Kids Baking and Dessert Cookbook Geared for Grades 3 to 9

Dessert Designer by Dana Meachen Rau is a fun, simplified baking book that is easy on the kids.

Bright pictures with easy-to-execute designs, the recipes call for little actual baking and focus on the decorating. Each chapter works on a different subject: Cupcakes; Cookies; Candies; and Cakes. This book focuses on ready-made purchased commercial items or plain cupcakes and cookies that are decorated. Examples of recipes include themed cupcakes, Oreo-style cookie projects, and quick candy projects that require no stove-top cooking - just putting different candies together.

Read the full review here, and try three free projects shared from the publisher.


Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley

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Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free. Raised as courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucus. After ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love, choosing instead to lock her heart away.

But when Glaucus meets a violent death in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death. If she can keep it a secret long enough, she can escape.

Tessa throws herself on the mercy of the Greek god Helios, but finds instead unlikely allies in Nikos, a Greek slave, and Simeon, Glaucus’s Jewish head servant. As Simeon introduces her to a God unlike any she has ever known and Nikos begins to stir feelings she had thought long dead, Tessa fights to keep her heart protected.

As an assassination plot comes to light, Tessa must battle for her own freedom—and for those to whom she has begun to open her heart—as forces collide that shatter the island’s peace.

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I've always loved historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley did a fine job of setting the reader right in the middle of Ancient Greece during the period between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. And while it is marketed as Christian fiction, it didn't come over that way for me. The main character is a courtesan and she tries to hide the death of her current lover. Because of the crossover elements, it has potential to reach a much broader audience.

Tessa is both strong and, to me, fragile. She was raised to be in the profession she was in, and her beauty made it easy to accept it. Isle of Shadows had action from the beginning all the way to the end and the fight between two brothers; one who loved her and one who would do anything to completely possess her.

The imagery of the time period was great and the way Higley interwoven suspense with historical light romance was satisfying. It was fast paced and I look forward to more of her work.

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Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Live Detectives by Matt Kuhns

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Everyone can name a famous detective or two. Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, Columbo; and, of course, the Baker Street gentleman whose renown surpasses all the others. But all of the familiar great detectives are fictional. What about the real world? Haven’t any real-life detectives ever demonstrated a little greatness of their own?
Indeed they have. Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives reintroduces these figures whose lives were every bit as remarkable as the literary figures who have supplanted them. The forty-niner who accidentally detoured into a half-century career as a crime solver; the famous London P.I. who dazzled Europe with his genius for mysteries, but may have been the biggest mystery of all, himself. These men and their peers once filled headlines with their exploits, winning tributes and sometimes stirring controversy, but fascinating the public either way.
Yet today, nearly all of history’s real great detectives are forgotten, even as crime drama and mystery stories remain as popular as ever. The contrast is something of a mystery, itself. Brilliant Deduction summons witnesses, reviews the evidence and presents its theory of the case, all in entertaining style and witty, lively language. The first broad study of famous real-life detectives in decades, Brilliant Deduction should instantly find favor with fans of mysteries, true crime, and any thoughtfully written nonfiction.
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They say truth is always stranger than fiction, and it is also usually more interesting, too. The fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Poirot are both engaging detectives with memorable stories. But they are all fictional and nearly pale in comparison with the lives of historical detectives. Brilliant Deduction by Matt Kuhns explores the real life detectives in history who have made such an impact on the field of investigation.

Kuhns explores the lives of these historical detectives: Eugène François Vidocq; Jonathan Whicher; The Pinkertons men; Ignatius "Paddington" Pollaky; Isaiah Lees; William Burns; and Ellis Parker. The different biographies span nearly two centuries, and it is fascinating to learn about how they went about their work, and why solving crimes became so vital to them.

Their lives are at times tragic and full of obstacles but each had an instinctive and deep desire to solve mysteries. They are as interesting as any fictional character you will read about. Knowing these individuals made the history books and inspired others makes them even more engaging.

A great read, for both mystery and history buffs as Brilliant Deduction combines the two. It is highly recommended for those that think those fictional characters are the most dynamic detectives around. And I'll think about the generic word 'Pinkerton' a little differently when I watch another Western. I now know who the real men were.

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Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field by Bobby Richardson

Impact Player is a memoir of baseball great Bobby Richardson. Bobby Richardson was a star player for the Yankees, winning three world series with the team in the years '58, '61, and '62, and was an all-star player 8 times. He played second baseman, and was strong at defense. And while he is a notable figure in baseball, he is also a Christian who now devotes much of his time sharing his positive experiences with others.

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Bobby Richardson, born Robert Clint Richardson, lives a life that puts many professional athletes to shame. I was impressed with how he lived his life. He literally gave up pro ball to be with his family because his four young children needed him to be at home more. He ended up having 5 children with his wife, with whom he shares nearly 60 years of marriage. From professional baseball, Richardson went on to coach college ball.

More than reading about the life of a pretty good guy, I liked reading about all the historical players in baseball that he was intimate with on a daily basis: Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Tony Kubek, Yogi Berra, and more. This makes for a feel-good read memoir, and with so may tell-all memoirs out there, Impact Player is actually one that can be read by anyone in the family.

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Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Feature and Follow: Which Book/Reader Convention Would You Like to Go?

Q: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend and why?

A: I'd love to attend two: the RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers Convention and the BEA one (BookExpo America). The BEA one because it would be one time I would get really booked-out, and the RT convention just looks plain fun.  

Hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog.

F&F: First you leave your name here on this post using the linky tools, grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post, and then visit as many blogs as you want on the list and tell them “hi” in their comments or respond to their question. If someone follows you, it's courtesy to follow back. It's a great way to see what other book bloggers are reading now, and how they feel about the weekly question.

Your turn, is there a convention you'd like to attend? Enter the linky and leave a comment below.

Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson

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When witch for hire, Megan Stephens, is assigned to help the local werewolf pack leader find a mate, she thinks the job will be easy. Get in, get him up and get gone. But when she meets Zack Connor, she realizes her future might have a lot more dog jokes in it than she ever imagined.
Loved this book. Or rather, short short story. It goes by very fast and it is gone. I wish it was longer so I could savor the characters more. I thought I was going to read a longer book when it seemed to end in the middle. But then I realized the author filled in the other half with a preview from another one of her books. I didn't catch the notice when I downloaded it.

Back to this story, it's about a witch flown in to help an alpha male werewolf find his mate. And the soul mate surprises both of them. There was a lot to like in the short story: the chemistry between the characters, the play on words, and the actual story line. And the back and forth between the two main characters and all the dog references were super funny. I just wish it was longer to enjoy more.      

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Disclosure: This book came from my kindle library and any opinions are my own.

The Gin Lovers by Jamie Brenner

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It’s 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William’s rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams – and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy.
Soon, Charlotte realizes that nothing is as it seems. Secrets are kept and discovered, loves are lost and found, and Charlotte is finds herself on the brink of losing everything — or having it all.

I wasn't expecting to read this all in one sitting. I mean, it's written in a soap opera-like way with each scene taking off where one ends, but, as with Brenner's other novel (writing as Logan Belle, The Librarian), I was instantly pulled in as soon as I started reading. And I enjoyed every minute.

The story begins with a funeral and the family expectations that are placed upon the surviving members inside a powerful New York family during the 1920s. It is prohibition time and I felt myself inside that world with the descriptive writing of the clothing, architecture, and the way women were expected to behave back then. The main character Charlotte is easily liked, and she finds protectors hidden both in her home and the speakeasies she is so drawn.

The Gin Lovers was originally published in 6 installments, and I had the fortune of reading the entire book in one sitting. I probably wouldn't be as fulfilled if I had to completely stop and wait for the next scene; I'm a little impatient when it comes to good reading. There was mystery and romance and lush descriptions of that time period that kept me turning the page.

I loved the transformation of Charlotte as well. She begins as the young, good wife who is expected to do all she can to prevent scandal to the wealthy family she married into. This includes watching over her sister-in-law who can't help but to bring her family down by whom she is attracted. Charlotte meets the raw Jake Larkin in the process who brings life and love back to her in a way her husband cannot, or won't.

And in the end, she learns the good are not so good, and the bad aren't so really bad. And those twists made the page turning all that more worth it. Brenner makes it easy to be a fan of her written work.

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Disclosure: This book was provided by the author and any opinions are my own.

Sugar Baby Cookbook by Gisine Bullock-Prado (and a Recipe for Ginger Cookies)

Sugar Baby is a comprehensive cookbook revolving around sugar. It all starts in the beginning with the first chapter 'A Brief History of the World (As It Pertains to Sugar)', and explores the world of sugar from there. It is written by Gesine Bullock-Prado and if the name sounds familiar, it probably is; she is Sandra Bullock's younger sister but she's famous in her own right. Bullock-Prado is the author of Bake It Like You Mean It and a guest instructor at King Arthur Flour.

Read the full review and test out her spicy ginger cookies, too.