May 052016
 

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House of the Hanging Jade
by Amy Reade

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House of the Hanging Jade
Contemporary Fiction/Suspense
Setting – Hawaii
Lyrical Underground (April 26, 2016)
ASIN: B0138NHCMO
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Synopsis

A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens’ house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .

Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade–an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it’s the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the first book by Amy Reade that I have read but it definitely will not be the last.

Kailani Kanaka has had enough of the harsh winters in Washington D.C. so she decides to return home to Hawaii. She quickly finds a job working as a personal chef for the Jorgensens. Barbie Jorgensen wants her family to eat more healthy foods, while her husband Lars, and the kids, Marcus and Justine, love things like chips, hamburgers and pot roast. She grows close to the children as she teaches them about more healthy treats and teaches them a little cooking as well. She is so happy and feels at home.

But things are a little more cloudy in the household. Mom seems to be having an affair with a doctor living in the guest house, and Dad seems to know but Kailani tries to remain neutral and putsthe kids needs first. Then the man is founds dead in the pool and Kailani wonders if Lars got rid of his competition. As if there is not enough drama, her ex, Geoffrey, from Washington, shows up and is determined to win her back. She had no serious feelings for him when she left but apparently he did. She becomes unnerved when she finds him stalking her and demanding they get back together.

First of all the Hawaiian setting and the Jogensen’s home sounds absolutely fabulous. I hope someday to see the surf and sand myself. I don’t understand how anyone could ever leave the islands to live somewhere like D.C.

The characters Amy Reade brings to life in the pages are vibrant, complex, and real.  Kailani has a good soul and tries to see the best in everyone. Her boyfriend goes from quirky to crazy in a hurry. Barbi Jorgensen seems to be into every man except for her husband. Lars is a good man, in a tough spot. The oldest son Marcus is having trouble adjusting to life in Hawaii. The family has recently moved from California. Justine is at a tender age so Kalani feels very protective of her. We also meet Kailani’s family and her friend, Liko, who becomes the children’s tutor.

The Jorgensen home is a house full of secrets and Kailani seems to be caught in the middle.

There are more than a few suspenseful moments in this book. One where Kailani gets up close and personal with a shark. I think I held my breathe the whole time I was reading about that adventure. But it was the final twist that had me almost hyperventilating. So good, so, so good!

This is a excellent piece of suspense fiction. I could easily see it made into a movie of the week.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Amy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, a novel of romantic suspense set in the Thousand Islands region of New York, and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, a novel in the same genre set outside Charleston, South Carolina. Her third novel, House of Hanging Jade, is set in Hawaii and will be released in April, 2016. She is currently working on the first book of a series set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.

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May 042016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I love when Sally Goldenbaum stops by for a visit.

Her new book, Murder at Lambswool Farm, the 11th Seaside Knitters Mystery, was released yesterday in hardcover. A Finely Knit Murder, book 9 in the series was released in trade paperback yesterday too. 

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My warmest thanks to our wonderful hostess, Dolly. She is a friend to so many of us, bringing readers and writers together in her cozy corner. Thank you, dear Dolly.

It all began with a Farm, a Lamb, a Beautiful Sunset Dinner . . .

sally 1Sometimes when a new mystery is about to be launched and people ask me how it all began, I have to really think hard to separate the final product from the very first idea, that first ‘ping’ that made me think of my Sea Harbor women and their mystery solving expertise.

Was it something I read?   A conversation I overheard in Starbucks? Something I saw on a walk?

sally 2Sometimes that moment is easy to remember, like the time I spotted a deserted baby car seat on a beach and it was still there days later. It stayed in my head, a mystery for Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie to solve—a scene that launched the fifth seaside knitters mystery, Angora Alibi.

Or the day I walked along the Gloucester harbor and was curious about an overgrown piece of valuable land, strewn with trash and bordered by a rusty fence. Who owned it? Why was it such a mess? It wasn’t until I explored it in A Fatal Fleece that an old fisherman named Finnegan helped the seaside knitters figure it all out.

sally 3Murder at Lambswool Farm was different. It began with beautiful photographs I came upon by chance: a green sustainable farm in Massachusetts, a photo of a barn transformed into my dream kitchen, and a photo of an elegantly set table out in a field. I wanted to be in every one of those scenes. And so was born Lambswool Farm, a piece of land Birdie (the oldest seaside knitter) had inherited. She decided to turn it into a farm where guests could dine alongside the vegetables—with the sea in the distance and soft music floating on the salty breeze. And of course it would be called Lambswool Farm. Birdie is a knitter, after all—and she has a granddaughter who loves lambs.

sally4It wasn’t until I began writing about the farm that the mystery developed. It happened the day a stranger stopped at the gate. His car broke down, or so he said. He was a photographer … or so it seemed.  A passerby…he said…but one who seemed overly curious about the seaside knitters and Sea Harbor—especially the town’s medical clinic, where strange things began happening.

And so it began . . . .a farm, a lamb, a sunset dinner . . .and the murder of a well-loved Sea Harbor resident. . . a seaside mystery to be solve

~Sally

About The Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Sally became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters Mystery series. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl.

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Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 3, 2016)
New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451471642
E-Book – ASIN: B013Q70DCS
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Late summer blooms in beautiful Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while a harvest thrives, Izzy Chambers Perry and the other Seaside Knitters will need to cast on their sleuthing skills to save a local farm.  Unfortunately, finding a killer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. . . .
 
Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep.  In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix fixe dinners plated by local chefs and served on a gorgeous restored harvest table, decorated to perfection with colorful knitted vegetables crafted by Izzy Chambers Perry, her aunt Nell, and the other Seaside Knitters.

But on the night of the first meal, everything spins out of control when one of the guests, Seaside Harbor’s family physician, becomes fatally ill. It seems that behind Dr. Alan Hamilton’s friendly bedside manner was a man with enemies and secrets.

Soon the town is gossiping and pointing fingers at all possible suspects—including the women at Lambswool Farm. Now the Seaside Knitters must join together to uncover the truth in Dr. Hamilton’s complicated past—and restore peace to town and country alike.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

When I pick up a book by Sally Goldenbaum I feel like I am going to visit dear friends. I can’t believe this is book 11 in this series, meaning this is my 11th visit to Sea Harbor. This time we travel to Lambswool Farm. Birdie with the help of several Sea Harbor residents has given new life to the Favazza Family Farm. The fields are full of crops and there are sheep in the pasture. The farm will now serve diners huge farm to table dinners outside at huge table. (Check out the cover for a great picture.) I love this idea! But on the night the first meal is served a long time Sea Harbor resident dies. No one else even got sick, so there is definitely some cause other than the fabulous food. The Seaside Knitters need to find the truth before it not only ruins Birdie’s plans but tears the community apart.

The Seaside Knitters, Izzy, Nell, Cass and Birdie, along with their spouses, significant others, kids and friends are some of the best characters right now in cozy literature. Over the years the group has grown because as a whole they are all so welcoming. Knitting may have brought them together in the beginning but it is their friendships that have stood the test of time. (Don’t worry if you are new to the series or need a little refresher the author includes a cast list as the start of the book.) They welcome someone new to the group this time who seems to be just passing through but ends up staying longer than they planned.

The dialogue between the characters is genuine and smart. They all have different ways to process clues and it is fun to see how it all comes together in the end.

Great dialogue is born from a great story. The murder plot was so well written and knit together with everything else going on is Sea Harbor flawlessly. I really enjoy the way Ms. Goldenbaum tells a story. The death doesn’t happen early in the book. She lets the reader catch up with our favorite characters and all that is happening in their lives before we really need to sink our teeth in to trying to solve the mystery. Then she throws in some twists that have us doing a backstitch or two as she keeps us guessing right to the end.

I have enjoyed every virtual vacation to Sea Harbor. It is a beautiful place to visit full of wonderful people. I am ready to book my next trip there as soon as possible.

Thank you Sally for the wonderful trip!

 

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the publisher I have 2 copies of Murder at Lambswool Farm to give away!
AND 1 copy of A Finely Knit Murder too!

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May 032016
 

It’s my favorite day every month!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

I am so excited about all the new books!

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
Click on the book covers below to order from Amazon.com


Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
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A Finely Knit Murder (Seaside Knitters Mystery) Paperback Version
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Are both out today!
Sally will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday!

Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Heather will be my Special Guest on Saturday!
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Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on May 25!
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Murder in Morningside Heights (A Gaslight Mystery)
Victoria will be my Special Guest on May 28.
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More Books Out Today *Several are paperback releases for previously released hard covers.

Being Released May 8


All of these books are touring with Great Escapes Book Tours!
Out on May 10


Coming May 17

Out on May 24

These books come out May 31

Another month of awesome reading ahead!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


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May 022016
 

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FRAMED to death
by Christina Freeburn

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Framed to Death (A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Henery Press (April 26, 2016)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110135
E-Book ASIN: B01B5BVGUA
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Synopsis

Eden has turned into a hotspot of crime, and Faith finds herself smack dab in the middle of the flare-up. When a favor for a friend links Faith to the synthetic marijuana problem invading her town, no good deed goes unpunished becomes the title of her life. The town accuses the police of favoritism toward her, putting a strain between Faith and Ted, and a new officer is determined to prove Faith’s guilt.

When the criminal is outed, Faith’s relief is short-lived. A fire takes out the store—along with the suspected dealer—and she’s now number one on an officer’s suspect list. Faith sets out to prove her own innocence, and her digging sparks the truth to life. Instead of the truth setting the town free, Faith finds out it might destroy Eden, the friends she holds dear, and smother out her own life.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, craft and hobby mysteries, small town mysteries, book club recommendations.

Books in the Faith Hunter Scrap This Cozy Mystery Series:


CROPPED TO DEATH (#1)

DESIGNED TO DEATH (#2)

EMBELLISHED TO DEATH (#3)

FRAMED TO DEATH (#4)

Praise for Framed to Death

Ms. Freeburn hit the sweet spot of getting enough action in to make the plot believable without becoming like the ‘Keystone Cops’.
~Back Porchervations

Framed to Death is a crafty murder mystery full of unexpected plot twists and plenty of suspicious characters – what more could mystery fans want?
~The Girl with Book Lungs

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About The Author –

The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series brings together Christina Freeburn’s love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook room or at a crop. Alas, none of the real-life crops have had a sexy male prosecutor or a handsome police officer attending.

Christina served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and church secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.

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May 022016
 

I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

This year Jim Lavene is re-releasing the first series he and Joyce wrote together.

In January, Last Dance, the first Sharyn Howard Mystery was released again.

When the prom queen is found brutally murdered, Sheriff Sharyn Howard recalls that a similar murder occurred on the night of her prom ten years ago. Her father was the sheriff of Diamond Springs, and the man he sent to prison for the murder now sits on death row awaiting his execution. But Sharyn’s convinced there are too many similarities between the two murders and that the true killer is still at large.

Her move to reopen the first case pits her against the community and her mother, who feels she’ll destroy her father’s reputation in the process. But Sharyn is determined to discover the truth and catch the real killer before he can strike again.

Last Month, Book 2 – One Last Goodbye – returned.
Sheriff Sharyn Howard has her hands full. The county commission wants to cut her staff. Colonel John Metzger wants his brother’s killer yesterday. And the Navy wants to be sure she comes up with the “right” answers to the town’s new mystery.

Add to that a lovesick deputy and her mother dating Senator Caison Talbot, one of Sharyn’s least favorite people.

But what really has her puzzled is the mystery everyone in town is talking about. Someone shot WWII Navy Captain William “Billy” Bost as he dipped his plane’s wings to his sweetheart. The secret’s been hidden for over half a century. Is it possible that the person who killed Billy Bost, Diamond Springs’ most famous hero, is also the same person who killed the Pulitzer prize-winning author looking for the truth?

Tomorrow Book 3 – The Last To Remember – Will land on e-readers everywhere.
On one of the stormiest, busiest night of the year, a prominent businessman stumbles into the sheriff’s office, confessing to a 40-year-old murder. Just a few hours later he’s found hanging from the ceiling of the conference room. The district attorney is soon on the warpath and all the clues point to one man.

Sheriff Sharyn Howard begins to search for the key to unlock a secret shared by three men for forty years. A district court judge, a prominent businessman, and her own deputy, Ernie Watkins, believe that they were responsible for a child’s death at the old Jefferson Training School for Boys when they were just teenagers.

But now someone is after all the men, and it’s up to Sheriff Howard to unravel 40 years of cover-ups, blackmail, lies, and guilt. But with so many suspects and such little time, can she find the real killer before an innocent man is convicted of murder or before the real killer can stalk and kill his prey?

joyceI was so honored to have Joyce Lavene as a friend. We never met in person but our lives met through the computer screens. It is a wonderful tribute to both her and Jim to have these stories released again. I know Joyce is smiling in heaven as we enjoy her stories. It brings her close to us that knew her and introduces her work to so many new fans. If you haven’t read this series, now is the perfect time to start. If you are like me you will be reading them again for pure enjoyment. Just click on the covers to order.

Dollycas

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May 022016
 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

It’s MAY!!
I am so ready for the warmer temps and taking my reading out into the fresh air!  

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Sally Goldenbaum will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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House of the Hanging Jade
Release Date – April 26, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stop here Thursday!
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Played by the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery)
Release Date – February 3, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
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Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Heather Blake will be my Special Guest Saturday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK


The Final Tap (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Day – May 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!
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Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Peg Cochran will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Clouds in My Coffee (The Country Club Murders)
Release Date – May 10, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!
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Murder with a Twist (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
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May 012016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

challenges-ahead1I hope you had a fabulous week. It was a busy blogging week as well as on the home front.

My youngest daughter, left the job she has had for 9 years, since she turned 16, and starts a new job on Monday. She was sad to say good-bye but is excited about her new adventure. After working in a grocery store where her schedule changed every week it will be a change to have a set schedule. The other big challenge will be adjusting to being paid biweekly instead of every week.

Also this week Mr. Dollycas saw a surgeon about the pain in his back and legs that he has been dealing with for years. It looks like surgery is in his future. A surgery very similar to the one I had after my accident in 2001. Thankfully his spinal cord is crowded but not pinched so his prognosis should not include any paralysis. He did learn that the surgery has to happen soon before any more damage is done. I am scared but hope the surgery will allow him to get back to his more active self.  

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Weekly Rewind – April 25 – 30, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #17

Tuesday – #Review/ #Giveaway – Raisin the Dead by Karoline Barrett – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Erika Chase – Author of Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries – Giveaway too!

Thursday – #Review/ #Giveaway – With A Vengeance by Annette Dashofy – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #Flashback Friday – A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont – #Review – #Giveaway

Saturday – #Review / #Giveaway – Needle and Dread by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Plus – Product Review – Divine LEDs – Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

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Apr 302016
 

PRODUCT REVIEW

As an Amazon Reviewer I am asked to review not just books but everything from A-Z. Amazon Fire TV Sticks to Zap Cleaner. Dog Food to Diapers. Toys and Bikes to Office Supplies. Usually I just post those reviews on Amazon and not on my blog. But today I have a fantastic product from a great company I want to share with you.

 

Divine LEDs

They started out in 2013 with the mission to light up the world
with their superior quality LED lights.

Divine LEDs has offices both in London and New York. They specialize in all areas of lighting, from LED headlamps, lanterns to bike lights.

Customer satisfaction and experience is the absolute priority!

Back in November they sent me some Gorgeous String Lights that I absolutely loved. The were super bright and used less energy. When they contacted me again to review another new product I jumped at the chance. This is the product I want to share with you today.

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

  • The ultimate desk lamp with 4 lighting modes and 5 levels of brightness. This lamp is super bright at its maximum setting.
  • 1 Hour auto-off timer & USB port for charging your smart phone and electronics. The ultimate convenience.
  • Non-flicking natural light means your eyes are fully protected. Modern fashionable design means this a perfect addition to your desk.
  • Smart flexible design allows you to fold the lamp for easy storage. You are also able to adjust the head of the lamp angle as you wish.
  • The hand-made LEDs have a life-span of 25 years. That is a reflection of their quality. Your purchase is also protected by a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as 2 years guarantee covering defects and even theft.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I spend a lot of time at my desk, writing reviews and working on book tours. This room is in the middle of the house without much access to daylight. The ceiling light is fine but why light up a whole room when you only need light in a small area. I needed a good desk lamp and this one more than fit the bill. Unlike a previous desk lamp, this one takes up very little space and is so adjustable to fit my needs. The long neck reaches above my computer screen perfectly.

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What I really love is this touch pad panel. 

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desk lamp 4The base is touch sensitive with 4 light modes:

Sun Face: Reading Mode: ( 4,500-5,500K Color Temperature )

The reading mode stimulates concentration and reduces eye strain…This is the setting I use the most.

Happy Face: Study Mode: (5,500-6,500k Color Temperature )

This mode is said to help you study more effectively by increasing attention and concentration.

Coffee Cup: Relaxed Mode; ( 3,500-4,500K Color Temperature

A very relaxing light for low stress activities.

Moon Face: Sleep Mode : ( 2,500-3,000K Color Temperature )

This is like a night light, perfect for calming before sleep.

There are also  – and + signs to adjust the brightness.

With a Switch to turn on/off and 60 minute auto timer.

It also has a USB Port to charge your devices!

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Again using LED lights this lamp uses much less electricity and stays cool to the touch.

It has a weighted base and assembly is super easy, just 2 pieces to connect.  A soft cleaning cloth is also included.

It has a lifetime limited warranty and you just need to go to their website to register.

My only problem is I want one in my bedroom for nighttime reading too. They are sleek enough for anywhere in your home.

Right now they are available on Amazon for just $50 with free shipping.  This is 54% off the list price.

If you are an avid reader or spend a lot of time at your desk like me, you need to get this lamp. I have noticed my eyes are not as tired at the end of the day and I credit this wonderful lamp.

I am really impressed with this new company and the way they use LED lights. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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Apr 302016
 

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Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282564
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Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.

But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room—strangled by a sewing machine power cord—it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams.

PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED

Dollycas’s Thoughts

SewTastic is a new shop in Sweet Briar, run by none other than Rose and Leona. Really, even the other members of the sewing circle are surprised that these rivals have teamed up. They all plan to pitch in to help make the place a huge success. Starting with a DIY weekend. There happens to be more helpers than students this time, but one participant in trying everyone’s patience and the circle members do their best to calm the woman and her derogatory comments. Things were stitching right along until the testy guest is found dead in the project room. Someone in the group has to be the killer and Tori and the ladies are going to find out who helped the cranky woman take her last breathe.

The death in this story was a little too close for comfort after my son’s death, but this is one of my favorite series and features my favorite ladies, so I couldn’t just not read it. Compartmentalization helped me enjoy this  story. I packed my grief away, skimmed over a couple of things, and got around the things that would have hurt my heart.

While the death was the main part of the plot, there is so much more in this story. I have said it before, the stories in this series are all about the friendship this group of woman have forged. The age range is 20’s to 80’s, they are each unique, opinionated, and  strong. When one is down the others pick them up, when one needs help they all rally together. The bonds are strong, they may bend but the never break. I am honored to get a little peek into their lives in these books.

The mystery was quite good too. The victim, Opal, was not a nice woman, she was rich but it didn’t buy her happiness. She had touched many people’s lives and not in a good way. This made for several suspects. Tori researched the woman and brought several things to light. Now the ladies had to work together to find out which one was upset enough to kill.

Elizabeth Lynn Casey always gives us a fantastic story. Her characters leap out the pages. Their humor shines throughout and their dedication to solve the mystery is extraordinary.

The only bad thing about this book was when it ended. I wasn’t ready for my visit to end. Bring on Book 12. I can’t wait to return to Sweet Briar.

perfect 2016

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Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The latest installment in the seriesNeedle and Dread was just released. In addition to this series, Elizabeth also pens the Amish Mysteries under her own name, Laura Bradford. A Churn for the Worse, the fifth book in that series, released last month.

For more information, visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com or www.laurabradford.com .

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Apr 292016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

A GILDED GRAVE
A Gilded Grave
(NEWPORT GILDED AGE)

First in Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustrator by Aleta Rafton
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Trade Paperback: 416 pages
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In 1895, the height of the Gilded Age, the social elite spend their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the walls of their fabulous “cottages,” competition for superiority is ruthless … and so are the players.
 
During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph attends a ball given in honor of Lord David Manchester, a Barbadian sugar magnate, and his sister, Madeline. The Manchesters are an immediate success—along with their exotic manservant and his fortune-telling talents.

But on the nearby cliffs, a young maid lies dead—and suspicion falls on Joseph Ballard, a member of one of the town’s most prestigious families.

Joe humiliated Deanna when he rebuffed an engagement to her, but while he may be a cad, she knows he isn’t a killer. Now the reluctant allies must navigate a world of parties, tennis matches, and séances to find the real murderer. But a misstep among the glittering upper classes could leave them exposed to something far more dangerous than malicious gossip…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I escaped back in time with this wonderful debut. Newport in 1895, in all its glory, until a young maid is found dead on the cliffs.

Deanna Randolph and her maid, Elspeth, make a dynamic duo both in life and as sleuths. Deanna’s mother has warned her not to get too friendly with the help, but Deanna has ignored that piece of advice. They are friends and they both would do anything for the other. While the plans for Deanna and Joe Ballard to marry have fallen apart and she doesn’t want him around she knows he is not a killer.

The author brings the time period of the Gilded Age alive. The “cottages”, the cliffs, the clothes, the parties and daily life are described in colorful detail. Her words painted so fantastic images.

I enjoyed the character development as Deanna became more and more independent as the story moved along. Then again, her mother was out of town with her ailing sister so things may change when she returns.  I loved learning about Joe’s work and his ideas. Through Elspeth we come to understand life from a servants point of view. The Manchesters were interesting characters as well.

The story is well written and you know the author really researched the material to make it as accurate as possible. She gave me plenty of suspects and several red herrings to track as I followed the clues right along with Deanna and Elspeth.

Shelley Freydont has shown she can write a superb mystery set in present time in her Celebration Bay Mysteries, and now she has shown she can do historical mysteries too. The next book in this series, A Golden Cage, comes out June 7. I recommend that if you haven’t read this one yet, grab it so you are all ready for the next installment.  

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About the Author

Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife, Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)

As Shelley Noble, she is the NY Times Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors,Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.

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Apr 282016
 

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With A Vengeance
by Annette Dashofy

 

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With A Vengeance (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Pennsylvania
4th in Series
Henery Press (May 3, 2016)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110173
E-Book ASIN: B01BGZOFSU
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Synopsis

Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.

At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1)
LOST LEGACY (#2)
BRIDGES BURNED (#3)
WITH A VENGEANCE (#4)

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts
First responders are getting shot at and killed in Monongahela County! And Zoe or Pete could be next!Dashofy’s story is hot and suspenseful right out of the gate. Zoe and Pete are trying to more their relationship forward but is sure isn’t easy. The day starts out with both of them at a fire arms training seminar and that was pretty chilling in itself, but when Pete gets a call that two paramedics have been gunned down after arriving at an accident scene things get downright scary. Pete and Zoe head to the scene and she deals with the lost and injury of two of her friends and Pete gets to work. The gunman is still at large.

The author proceeds to take us on a wild trip as EMS and Police and Fire still have to respond to calls not knowing if they will remain safe after they arrive. Meanwhile Police Chief Pete Adams and County Detective Wayne Baronick are trying to keep them all safe and catch a killer.

These characters are truly extraordinary. Zoe is a strong, independent, woman, unafraid to put herself in harm’s way if it means saving someone she loves. She is smart and a critical thinker but she has a huge heart and that can get her into trouble. Pete is the same, strong and independent but he is not as trusting as Zoe, which makes him a great cop. Together they make a great team and a force to be reckoned with.

This story has a ripped from the headlines feel because of what is going on in the United States today. This story is believable and alarming as it seems we have a shooting happening somewhere each and every day. The author brings it all alive with her words and keeps the suspense level high for most of the story. So many people in danger. So many suspects to be located and questioned.  So many twists before the big dramatic ending.  I think I read this story at breakneck speed but I was still absorbing every word.

Each of these stories is better than the last. They all walk that fine line between a cozy mystery and a thriller novel. Dashofy writes it that way perfectly. Small town, wonderful characters, and the main plot and the subplots woven together with an expert hand. Growing up in a small town with family and friends on police and fire departments this story really struck a cord with me. They truly do put themselves out there to save people never really knowing what they will find when they arrive on the scene.

I have given the previous 2 books in the series “Paradise” rating, more than 5 stars. This one is as good and maybe better. I may have to add a whole new category just for Annette Dashofy. 🙂

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About The Author –

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE, published by Henery Press, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014. LOST LEGACY, was released in September 2014 followed in April 2015 by BRIDGES BURNED, which has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. WITH A VENGEANCE, the fourth in the series, will be available May 3.

Author Links

website– www.annettedashofy.com

blog– http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/ 

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Twitter– @Annette_Dashofy 

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Apr 272016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

I am so happy to Welcome Erika Chase back to Escape With Dollycas today!

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The Dreaded Deadline
By Erika Chase, author of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries

I was trying to come up with a blog topic and not doing so well. What was really going on in my head was the fact that the deadline for my new manuscript, Roux the Day, the second in the Dinner Club Mysteries, is due in less than two weeks. And here’s this blog deadline looming, a few days after my Mystery Lover’s Kitchen blog deadline, which was a week after my Killer Characters blog deadline. And then I had the ‘aha’ moment! What’s the constant in my life these days? Deadlines.

9780425278215A quick aside – the first book in my new series for Berkley, which I’m writing under my real name, Linda Wiken, is titled Toasting Up Trouble and will be out on July 5th! It’s about a dinner club (no surprise there), in Burlington, VT, with food, recipes, and of course, murder.

Now, back to deadlines. This may not be a very exciting topic to you dear reader, but think about it. We all have them, whether it’s a writing deadline, a cooking dinner deadline, a deadline for sending in money for your child’s school outing. Even the ultimate deadline, the dreaded income tax!

What fascinates me is how we all handle them. I admit, I’m kind of reckless, preferring to live life on the deadline edge. I blame it on my training as a journalist – you know, breaking story, short deadline, just do it! I’m afraid this has transferred over to my fiction writing as well. If I have a long deadline, say nine months or a year, I whittle away at the piece until it comes closer to the crunch. And then, I’m bum-to-the-chair, long hours of writing, feeling revved up and full of ideas.

What a way to live! It usually works just fine though, except when life chooses to interfere. An unexpected appointment; a sick friend; a sick pet; or, too many deadlines at the same time.

I’ve tried to re-train myself, setting early artificial deadlines but that’s exactly what they are – artificial and I find it hard to fool myself.

I have several friends who operate in a different style. They make sure they’re finished well in advance of that deadline. And I mean, well in advance. Their lives are structured, well-balanced, and healthy, without being constricted. I’m certain their stress levels are negligible or at least at what is considered acceptable. Health professionals do say a certain amount of stress in our lives is healthy.

I so admire those friends but know I have as much chance of joining their ranks as I do of winning the Nobel Prize for anything.

What I need to do is carry on in my own somewhat self-destructive way, ensure I have other interests to add balance to my life, and some wonderful, understanding friends…even if most of them are more adept at handling deadlines.

What about you? How do you approach those deadlines in your life?

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Let me know in the comment section below and your name will be entered in a draw for a copy of any one of my Ashton Corners Book Club MysteriesA Killer Read, Read and Buried, Cover Story, Book Fair and Foul, or Law and Author. If you haven’t yet met the characters in this series, I hope you’ll do so. All of these books did meet the deadlines. 

About The Author

Erika Chase, in a parallel life AKA Linda Wiken, is a former mystery bookstore owner.

The fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries, Law and Author, came out last Sept. A new series, the Dinner Club Mysteries is due in July under her real identity (Linda Wiken). Toasting Up Trouble introduces the Culinary Capers gang. She’s a member of those deadly dames, the Ladies’ Killing Circle. She’s been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel for A Killer Read and for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story from Crime Writers of Canada. www.erikachase.com

 

Coming in July

Dollycas’s Thoughts
The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries has been one of my favorite series. You can read my review of Law and Author here. As you can see I was really looking forward to the next book in this series but Penguin Random House didn’t share my enthusiasm and have cancelled the series. Now I am looking forward to Erika’s new series!

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Apr 262016
 

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Raisin the Dead
by Karoline Barrett

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Raisin the Dead:
A Bread and Batter Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Publisher: InterMix (April 19, 2016)
ASIN: B00PHV81AS
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Synopsis

The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…

While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldelli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.

When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

If you look at the front page of the local newspaper you would think there was more than library business going on between Molly’s mom, Anne, and board member Philip Baldelli. Anne assures Molly there is nothing to worry about, but then the man is found dead and Anne is being questioned by Detective Sean Corsino. Yes, new Molly’s boyfriend. Before he can wrap up the case and clear Anne he finds himself in the hospital. Another detective takes over the case but Molly decides she needs to track down the real killer herself.

I really enjoy Molly and Sean together with their basset hounds. Their romance is building, but it is not without a few bumps along the way. One huge bump happens when a person from his past comes to Destiny with only 1 thing on her mind. So Molly definitely has her hands full. One drawback to her character is how upset she gets when Sean doesn’t share his investigation findings with her. I understand her mother is a suspect but he is just doing his job and trying to avoid get kicked off the case because he is dating the main suspect’s daughter.

The romance was a little bit more prominent than the mystery this time but I was pleased with both plots lines separately and when they converged. There was always something happening, never a dull moment in Destiny. I was charmed by the characters and Destiny sounds like a wonderful place.

I read this book easily in one sitting. I was anxious to see how everything turned out.

I hope to take a trip to Destiny again soon and reconnect with this fun group of characters.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author –

I live in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, taking pictures, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math..

 

Author Links

Webpage      http://www.karolinebarrett.com/

Blog                http://www.karolinebarrett.com/category/blog/

Facebook      https://www.facebook.com/KarolineBarrettBooks

Twitter          https://twitter.com/KarolineBarrett

Goodreads   http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3315555.Karoline_Barrett


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Apr 252016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I hope you had a great weekend and have an awesome week of reading planned!  

Erika Chase will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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Raisin the Dead: A Bread and Batter Mystery
Release Date – April 19, 2016
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An Unhappy Medium (A Family Fortune Mystery)
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With A Vengeance (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
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Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Release Date – April 5, 2016
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Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Sally Goldenbaum will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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House of the Hanging Jade
Release Date – April 26, 2016
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Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
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Apr 242016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

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A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I took the whole day off yesterday. Went to watch Kaden play flag football in the morning and went to Natalie’s 4th birthday party at the YMCA in the afternoon. The kids and most of the adults had fun swimming for a couple of hours in the wonderful indoor pool. I stayed on dry land and visited with her other grandma and great grandmas. The weather was perfect too. Kaden then came home with us for a sleepover. A Great Day!!

She is growing so fast!

She is growing so fast!

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Weekly Rewind – April 18 – 23, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #16

Plus – BOOK BLAST – Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker by D.E. Haggerty

Tuesday – Review/ #Giveaway – Vanilla Beaned by Jenn Mckinlay

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Frankie Bow – Author of The Molly Barda Mysteries – #Giveaway too!

Thursday – Review/ #Giveaway – A Clue in the Stew by Connie Archer

Friday – Flashback Friday – Bodice of Evidence by Nancy J. Parra – #Review/ #Giveaway

Saturday – #Review/ #Giveaway – An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman

 

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